Senior in the Spotlight: Amanda Tapparo

May 11, 2016

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Meet some of our outstanding seniors from the Class of 2016. Read more about their contributions to the University, involvement on and off campus, and in the community.

Senior Amanda Tapparo (Topsfield, Mass.) never thought she’d be the voice for students as a leader in the Student Government Association (SGA). The end of her sophomore year, she was approached by Scott Ansevin-Allen, advisor to SGA, to run for executive secretary after serving as the secretary for her class.

“He saw my potential, and I wasn’t going to let him down, so I tried,” said Tapparo. “I’m definitely glad I did because my Franklin Pierce experience would be completely different without it.”

Under her leadership, she organized the first off campus SGA community service event at the DeMar Marathon in Keene, NH.

Aside from SGA, Tapparo has always had a passion for art, so she decided to combine it with business as an arts management major. She currently owns her own business, Amanda Tapparo Photography.

Tapparo was invited to go to the Iowa caucus in February as part of the PolitcsFitzU team working with the Boston Herald on political coverage. “I never saw myself as someone who is into politics,” she said, “but I decided to take hold of the opportunity and just go for it. It was an eye-opening and learning experience for me.”

The next morning, after the caucus, Tapparo woke up to dozens of congratulatory texts on three pictures and an article published in the Boston Herald. “It was a surreal – yet exciting feeling,” she said.

An Alternative Spring Break trip down to Montgomery, Alabama instilled in her the desire to always give back the community. After volunteering in the school district and helping to paint houses with the community organization group, Common Ground, she learned to never take things for granted.

Tapparo hopes to do event planning after graduation. “I’ve certainly learned a lot here and feel I can do anything,” she said with a smile. 


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