Albany Tulip Queen

Meet the Tulip Queen & Court

Past Tulip Queens & Courts

2023

Olivia Owens, 23, Albany

Olivia Owens, 23, Albany | Tulip Queen

Olivia Owens is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s of Arts in U.S. in Culture and Business Practices and a minor in Communications. She graduated Magna Cum Laude maintaining a cumulative 4.0 GPA and is listed on the NCAA ALL – SEC Academic Team. Throughout her college career, she participated in numerous service activities, receiving the University of Kentucky’s Frank G. Ham Society of Character Award and named in NCAA SEC Community Service team member for her volunteer work at the Children’s Hospital, local food pantry, the nursing and rehabilitation center, local elementary schools, and around campus. Olivia is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and due to her academic success, leadership, ad community service within fraternity and sorority organizations, she was also initiated into University of Kentucky’s National Leadership Honor Society Order of Omega Chapter. Olivia Owens is currently an 8th grade math teacher and coaches modified girls’ basketball for the middle school. She has future aspirations of attending law school. In her spare time, Olivia values spending time with friends and family while serving her community.


Haleigh Gaston, 22, Latham

Haleigh Gaston, 22, Latham

Haleigh Gaston is a graduate student at the University of Albany where is studying for her Master’s in Criminal Justice. She is a lifelong Albany resident who recently completed her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology with minors in Psychology and Legal Studies. She is passionate about law and justice, volunteering with an organization called Legal Hand where she provides legal information and resources to members of the Capital Region. Haleigh has been a member of the Kiwanis Family for over 1- years and served as the 2022-2023 New York District Governor of Circle K International, the world’s largest student-led collegiate service organization. In her free time, she enjoys going to local farmer’s markers, sporting events, and nature walks with her family. Her future plans include attending law school to pursue public interest work. As a member of the 75th Tulip Queen and Court, Haleigh strives to promote a feeling of belongingness and support amongst the Albany community and encourages others to do the same.


Mariah Carter, 19, Albany

Mariah Carter, 19, Albany

Mariah Carter is a freshman at the University of Albany. She intends on majoring in Communications. Her hope is to work in public relations and marketing. Mariah's motto for this year is "when new doors open, walk through them and take the opportunity." Mariah's hope is to help the community by bringing awareness to the youth's mental health. She is also committed to celebrating the opening of small businesses across Albany. Motor Oil Coffee in Albany is a business Mariah has supported in opening and she looks forward to helping other businesses.


Victoria Clary, 23, Albany

Victoria Clary, 23, Albany

Victoria Clary is finishing up her first year of graduate school at The College of Saint Rose. She is working hard to earn her Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree. Throughout her time at Saint Rose, she has played an active role in Big Brothers Big Sisters. She joined the club in 2018 when she was matched with her Little and the two are still a match today! Victoria currently takes on the role of President of the club, plans and organizes fun arts and crafts activities for both Bigs and Littles to engage in. Victoria is extremely passionate about working with and advocating for children in need. She is a nanny for two young boys and a direct support professional and respite worker for a child with autism. Victoria enjoys finding enriching and educational activities for the children she works with, whether it be taking scooter rides outside or going on hikes together. In her free time, Victoria loves spending time with her family, especially bonding with her younger siblings by attending their sports games, always with an iced coffee in hand. As a member of the 2023 Tulip Queen and Court, Victoria hopes to continue advocating for the youth of Albany and those in need of a voice.


Jadan Rivera, 22, Albany

Jadan Rivera, 22, Albany

Jadan Pouriet Rivera is a 22 year old student enrolled in the RN program at Maria College. She is a life-long resident of the City of Albany. Jadan currently works as a licensed practical nurse and enjoys getting the opportunity to help people each and every day. She hopes to someday open her own practice. Jaden hopes to work to make a difference and inspire others to help strength the community. Jadan values spending time with her family, music, and taking walks. Jadan’s goal is to be a good role model for the youth in the community and wants to work hard to make a positive impact.


2022

Sakthi Muthukrishnan, Age 18, Latham

Sakthi Muthukrishnan, Age 18, Latham

Sakthi is a first-year undergraduate student at the University at Albany. She is majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with a passion for STEM and is inclined to provide her services to the community. Sakthi has volunteered in multiple organizations such as Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, Saratoga Children’s Museum, Saratoga Art Center and many more. She is open to opportunities and is willing to expand her skills to gain acceptance into Albany Medical College to pursue a profession in the medical field. She is also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Presidential Honors Society. Dancing, drawing, and painting are some of her favorite activities to do during her free time. As a member of the 2022 Tulip Court, Sakthi hopes to strengthen the community through various literacy programs and design a path to connect community and culture.


Sam Mills, Age 24, Troy

Sam Mills, Age 24, Troy | Tulip Queen

Sam Mills is a Saint Rose Alumni who graduated with a BFA in Studio Art. Since graduating, they have pursued stand-up comedy, working with local businesses organizing free open mic nights and comedy shows. Sam has lived in Albany for the past seven years and has become part of the social fabric. In their free time they enjoy painting, reading books on history and philosophy, and karaoke! As a member of the 74th Tulip Court Sam hopes to inspire the youth to fearlessly express themselves through the freedom of expression while teaching the importance of literacy, and the power of education. 


Ashley Mayfied, Age 20, Troy

Ashley Mayfied, Age 20, Troy

Ashley is a junior Music Industry major at The College of Saint Rose. She is the youth choir director and Mass choir co-director at her church United Ordained. She’s volunteered in the Annual Troy Back to School Bookbag Drive with the organization Team H.E.R.O., In the nursing homes Grand Rensselaer Manor and Eddy Heritage with Tamarac high school Kids Care, Went to Peru where she served a dormitorium that helps girls get an education; She also continuously volunteers in A.A.O.K.’s Annual Mother Daughter Brunch, Troy Little League’s Safe Night, and The College of Saint Rose Annual Reach out community service program. Ashley is extremely passionate about music, and cooking, she also enjoys swimming, and spending time with her family. As a member of the Tulip Court she aspires to strengthen the community through acts of service and hopes to inspire others to do so as well.


Kathleen Nielson, Age 22, Albany

Kathleen Nielson, Age 22, Albany

Kathleen is a graduating senior at the Russell Sage College, where she majors in psychology with a minor in sociology. She has volunteered at numerous places such as a peer mentor for the youth, Girl Scouts, Lions Club, Edan’s Rose Foundation, and Vista for AmeriCorp. Kathleen will continue her education in the fall for a master’s degree in community psychology, counseling, and forensic mental health. She has the passion and drives to serve her community regardless of how busy her schedule may seem. Kathleen’s goal as a member of the 2022 Tulip Court is to spread awareness of mental health amongst the community and to hold welcoming events in all sections of Albany. She also plans to hold inviting events that will promote the LGBTQI+ community and the newcomers who establish their life here for a welcoming community for all. Kathleen will strive to have meaningful connections with whoever she comes across and to unite our community as one.


Meghan O'Neil, Age 22, Albany

Meghan O'Neil, Age 22, Albany

Meghan is finishing up her first year of graduate school at The College of Saint Rose, working on her MS.Ed. in Communication Sciences and Disorders to become a speech-language pathologist. She is a graduate assistant for the Friday Knights Program for individuals with autism spectrum disorder at the college and works as a direct support professional and respite worker for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Throughout her time in college she was involved in Best Buddies and currently volunteers with Girls on the Run. She is extremely passionate about working with and advocating for individuals with disabilities. In her spare time, Meghan loves to run, hike, snowboard, and explore new foods and restaurants. As someone who grew up in Albany looking up to the Tulips, Meghan’s goal as a member of the Tulip Court is to be a positive role model to young people in the community and to emphasize the importance of literacy to all.


2021

Ashanti' Bishop, Age 21, Latham

Ashanti' Bishop, Age 21, Latham| Tulip Queen

Ashanti' is a Junior at the College Of Saint Rose where she studies Early Childhood and Special Education. She is also a long-time participant in New York State's Best Buddies Friendship Program as well as a devoted early intervention advocate. She hopes to someday use her knowledge and expertise to teach Special Education in the Upstate New York Area. Ashanti' is a member of The National Society Of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) and The College Of Saint Rose Honor Society. In her free time, she loves to travel, write poetry, volunteer in her local community, and express her love of art and fashion through cosmetology. Above all, she values time spent with her large family running their family business in Troy, New York. As a member of the 2021 Tulip Court, Ashanti' hopes to raise awareness of unity and mental health in the Albany community.


Aadya Kaushik, Age 22, Loudonville

Aadya Kaushik, Age 22, Loudonville

Aadya is a first-year medical student at Albany Medical College, where she is following her dream of being a physician. She moved to Albany in elementary school, and has since become a huge Stewart's ice cream fan and dedicated community member, spending time volunteering in local hospitals. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, singing, reading, and trying out local cafés. Aadya is a member of the American Medical Women's Association and Nu Rho Psi (the National Honor Society in Neuroscience); she has a BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University and an MS in Bioethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College. As a member of the 2021 Tulip Court, Aadya is excited to reach out to and connect with Albany's incredible youth population through literacy programs, STEAM encouragement, cultural enrichment, and more!


Allison Moser, Age 20, Guilderland

Allison Moser, Age 20, Guilderland

Allison is a senior at the College of Saint Rose where she enjoys learning about general and special education. She is a lifelong Albany County resident and competitive dancer. She is the fundraising chair of Saint Rose Best Buddies, an organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). She hopes to someday become a spokesperson for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Allison is a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success and a two-time recipient of the Saint Rose Distinguished Service Award for her work with Best Buddies. In her free time, she loves to dance, go on walks, swim, and be outside. Above all, she values time with her friends and family, especially her nephew and two nieces. As a member of the 2021 Tulip Court, Allison hopes to help close the education gap caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic by putting an emphasis on learning, reading, and writing throughout Albany.


Andrea Thomas, Age 18, Albany

Andrea Thomas, Age 18, Albany

Andrea is an incoming freshman at Siena College in the dual-acceptance program with Albany Medical College. She's a lifelong resident of Albany and enjoys volunteering at local hospitals, conducting drives, and teaching cultural dance to children. Andrea serves as the American Red Cross' NENY Youth Board Member where she presents project ideas to engage youth in the organization's life-saving efforts. During the pandemic, she founded two volunteer initiatives: Teens Helping Seniors NY, a contactless grocery delivery service for the immunocompromised and eldery, and Camp Hi-Five, a national virtual summer camp for special needs children to exercise their motor and communication skills despite social isolation. Andrea also has a passion for science research, through which she constructed a 3D-printed electromyographically controlled prosthesis and hopes to use science and engineering to benefit others through innovation. As a member of the 2021 Tulip Court, Andrea hopes to inspire others to take up careers of service to become community advocates as well as act on their ambitions. She also aspires to call attention to the breakdown of barriers to further unite the incredible Albany community.


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