Penn State Homecoming: From Prince Charming to Hopeful King
Editor's note: Throughout the week, we're posting profiles of the 10 members of the 2010 Penn State Homecoming Court: Daniel Cartwright, Danielle DaSilva, Dan Florencio, Marina Johnson, Katherine Larimer, Curran McCready, Jared McKnight, Jessica Pelliciotta, Katy Poole and Justin Ross. Check back as we continue to publish more and more profiles. And click on our Homecoming page for a full listing of the week's Homecoming events. Penn State students can cast ballots for Homecoming king and queen online here: http://homecoming.psu.edu.
Unlike many Penn State students, Daniel Cartwright can’t claim Pennsylvania—or even this country—as his birthplace; he was born across the pond in England.
But after his family moved to Pennsylvania, Penn State pride caught up with Cartwright. In high school he settled on Dear Old State, a decision he says that was solidified by the intense anger he felt at the sight of a T-shirt insulting the university.
Cartwright has made a name for himself on campus through involvement in a wide variety of organizations. As a brother of Theta Chi fraternity, he served as president during 2009 and currently serves as the vice president for communications for the Interfraternity Council. He’s also involved with Lion Scouts, student volunteers who share their experiences with prospective students; and serves on the University Park Undergraduate Association’s life and diversity committee and the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Committee.
It’s a busy schedule that’s even more impressive when you factor in his classroom responsibilities. He is studying energy, business and finance with minors in history and economics minors.
Cartwright has always made Homecoming a priority during his years at Penn State. Each year he has found a different way to be involved in the event; this year he’s a public relations captain. Two years ago, he had the opportunity to ride on his fraternity’s float as Prince Charming. Last year, he drove one of the convertibles that carried the Homecoming Court down the parade route.
This year, someone else is going to be doing the driving and Cartwright just gets to enjoy the ride.