Summer is an exciting time for new Lancers—a time of hope for new beginnings and anticipation of what the future holds. We asked 21 incoming freshmen to tell us what they are looking forward to most about Longwood and one interesting fact about them. Their answers underscore that the incoming Class of 2026 is among the most diverse and talented that we have ever welcomed. (click/tap to reveal)

Meet the Longwood Class of 2026…

I teach at my Irish dance studio.

Madeline Moeller, English, Literature Concentration

I love art and have won awards in art shows.

Nayla Turpin, Psychology, minor in Race and Ethnic Studies & Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

I'm 6'5", a self-taught juggler and can solve a Rubik's Cube in under a minute.

Ryan Griffin, Business, Finance Concentration

I'm very funny, and my friends think I have psychic powers.

Donovan Polite, Elementary Education

I portrayed Anne Frank in a play, fulfilling a dream of mine since second grade.

Kadyn Bunting, History, Public History Concentration

I hiked 1,700 miles on the Appalachian Trail, from Georgia to Vermont, this summer.

Sammy Cake, Psychology, Sociology Minor

I earned a state championship ring in football for my team photography work.

Savannah Bartlett, Communication Studies

I have been riding and showing horses since I could walk and wouldn't change that for anything!

Kerrigan Finch, Biology, Pre Medicine Concentration

I'm excited about the chance to join clubs like football and rugby.

Steve Griffin, Theater

I already have my associate's degree.

Dionna Welton-Boxley, Theater

I am an avid fan of anything related to theatre.

Aidan Brown, Special Education

I'm super excited about trying out for the cheerleading team!

Amory Wheeler, Business Administration, Management Concentration

I love watching hockey and going to hockey games!

Tyler Bagent, Political Science

I've read over 400 books in the past 2 years.

Destiny Carrington , Biology, Pre Medicine Concentration

I raised and showed sheep at my county fair for 8 years.

Luke Clemmer, Nursing

My dream job is to be an actor and I love to be on stage performing.

Jose Ramos Flores, Communication Studies

I’m an avid gamer and I’m obsessed with how video games can tell compelling stories.

Blakely Wright, Exploratory Studies

I competed in Miss Virginia Teen USA this past April!

Jordyn Epps, Communication Studies, Digital Media Concentration

I am super excited to meet new people and make new friends.

Reaksa Keo , Nursing

I train both Brazilian jiu jitsu and kickboxing.

Ethan Dobbins, Integrated Environmental Sciences

I have lobbied on Capitol Hill in support of the chronic illness community.

Grace Barnhart, Psychology

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