2014 Production Cast Includes:


Kerstyn Auman

auman.jpgAge: 19
Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Year: Freshman
Experience: None
Fun Fact: I speak fluent German
Inspiring Quote: The minute you think about giving up, think about the reason why you held on for so long -unknown

Chelsea Benson
benson.jpgAge: 20
Hometown: Canonsburg, PA
Major: Animal Science, Science Option
Year: Junior
Experience: Canon McMillan Big Mac Marching Band Flag Corp (2 years), Canon McMillan Big Mac Band Indoor Guard (1 year), Penn State Eclipse (currently)
Fun Fact: I have worked at a dog kennel in my hometown for over 4 years.
Inspiring Quote: "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover." -Mark Twain 

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Age: 19
Hometown: Wernersville, PA
Major: Animal Science
Year: Sophomore
Experience: Spun indoor and outdoor all throughout high school from 7th to 12th grade with Conrad Weiser, 2 years with Penn state Eclipse (2012-present), DCA summer 2013
Championship Titles: DCA world champions 2013, TIA A Class Bronze medalist 2013
Fun Fact: I have an obsession with all animals but mainly puppies, and all I watch is animal planet.
Inspiring quote: "Without struggle there's no progress and with progress comes strength" - Brianna Bernheiser

Amanda Brooks


Age: 18

Hometown: Perkasie, PA

Major: Chemical Engineering and a minor in Spanish

Year at PSU: Freshman

Experience: Pennridge Middle School Indoor Guard (2006-2008), Pennridge High School Marching Rams (2009-2013), Pennridge High School 'Destiny' Winter Guard (2009-2013), Penn State Blue Band Silks (2013-Present), Penn State Eclipse Winter Guard (2013-Present)

Championship Titles: Cavalcade of Bands 6A Class High Auxiliary Guard 2010-2013, Various Festival Awards with the Marching Rams, Festival of Disney Marching Band Gold Award 2013, Festival of Disney Superior Award for Pennridge Indoor Guard 2013

Fun Fact: My family is from San Francisco, California and I go back there as often as possible. Thanks to this, I have a passion for traveling and hope to visit Spain soon!

Quote: I am on my way, I can go the distance. I don't care how far, somehow I'll be strong. I know every mile, will be worth my while. I will go most anywhere to find where I belong. ~Hercules


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Age: 20

Hometown: West Chester PA

Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders

Year: Junior

Experience: The Raiders Winter guard 2009, The Classics Color guard 2011, The Raiders Drum and Bugle Corps 2009-2011, The Glassmen Drum and Bugle Corps 2012, The Colts Drum and Bugle Corps 2013

Fun Fact: Have marched 5 seasons of DCI

Inspiring Quote: Performance is 1% glamour and 99% hard work. -Lionell Moore

Julia Ferraiolo

ferraiolo.jpgAge: 21
Hometown: Woodbury Heights, NJ
Major: Food Science and Nutrition (Basic)
Year: Senior
Experience: Gateway Regional High School Indoor Color Guard 2005/06 - 2009/10; Blue Band Silks 2010/11-2013/14; Eclipse 2010/11 - 2013/14
Championship Titles: 2006 Independent Novice - Moon Dance (Michael Buble) - 1st place. Bronze medalist at All Chapter Championships 2013 Eclipse, Silver medalist All Chapter Championships 2012 Eclipse.
Fun Fact: Anteaters are my favorite animals, and I'm extremely addicted to the Kingdom Hearts series!
Inspiring Quote: A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. - Colin Powell

Gregory Hamilton


Age: 18

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Major: Nothing yet ;)

Year: Freshman

Experience: South Brook Middle School Dance Team (2009), Carrick HS Marching Band (2009), Carrick HS Indoor Color Guard (2010), Dance Fx Dance Team (2010-2013), Exquisite Performance Ensemble Color Guard (2011-2013), Dance Fx Majorettes (2013), Penn State Eclipse Winter Guard (Present), Penn State Elegance Majorettes (Present)

Championship Titles: 2009 TIA Scholastic Middle School Dance Champions, 2010 TIA Independent Novice Dance Champions, 2011 TIA Independent Novice Guard Bronze Medalist, 2011 TIA Independent A Dance Bronze Medalist, 2013 TIA Independent Novice Majorettes Silver Medalist, 2013 TIA Independent A Dance Champions

Fun Fact: I have a slight obsession with Netflix. And Chinese food. And glitter. And All Time Low. And a 3 legged Chihuahua. And America. #2H2H5EVA

Inspiring Quote: "This isn't my first time here. This isn't my last time here. These aren't the last words I'll share, but just in case, I'm trying my hardest to get it right this time around" -Carmel HS World Guard 2012 "Word"


Rachel Harvey


Age: 20

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Major: English and Spanish, with a Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition with a Minor in Classics and Mediterranean Studies

Year: Junior

Experience: Archbishop Ryan Raiders Outdoor Marching Band Color Guard (2007-2011) Blue Band Silks (2011-present) Eclipse Indoor Winter Guard (present)

Championship Titles: Cavalcade of Bands Independent Class High Auxiliary Guard (2010)

Fun Fact: I consider my love of photography to be more of an addiction rather than a hobby.

Inspiring Quote: "Nothing is too hard, you just have to try harder."


Allison Kekoler

Age: 18

Hometown: Herndon, VA

Major: Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (PK-4) with a Minor in Special Education

Year: Freshman

Experience: Chantilly Mighty Marching Chargers (2009-2012), Chantilly Indoor Guard (2010-2013), Blue Band Silks (2013).

Championship Titles: 2011 AIA Scholastic Regional A2 (Toxic) - 1st Place, 2011 BOA (Reflections from the Edge of Darkness) - 2nd Place, 2012 AIA Scholastic A3 (Zombie's Ahead) - 2nd Place, 2012 BOA (No Ordinary Day) - 2nd Place, 2013 BOA (Outbreak) - 2nd Place.

Fun Fact: I have an obsession with quotes and I'm a Ginger! ;)

Inspiring Quote: "A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account looked like, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove...But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child." -Forest Whitcraft


 Mitchell Knight


Age: 20

Hometown: Riverside, NJ

Major: Psychology

Year: Sophomore

Experience: 3 years marching band, 4 year high school indoor, 1 year with Eclipse

Championship Titles: TIA A Class Bronze Medalist (2013), Chapter 4 Gold Medalist

Fun Fact: I love the snow and cold weather

Inspiring Quote: "Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope"


 Megan Krause


Age: 18

Hometown: Phoenixville, PA

Major: IST and PR

Year: Freshman

Experience: Phoenixville High School Guard (2008-2013); Windsor Regiment (2012)

Fun Fact: Knows all the Lindor Truffles colors/flavors.

Inspiring Quote: Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. - Joshua J. Marine


Michelle Mackinnon


Age: 19

Hometown: Sinking Spring, PA

Major: Mathematics

Year: Freshman

Experience: Wilson High School Marching Band/ Wilson High School Indoor Color guard (3 years), Blue Band Silks (2013)

Championship Titles: TOB Group 4 Open Class High Auxiliary (2012), TOB Group 4 Open Class 3rd place Auxiliary (2010/2011), Cavalcade of Bands High Auxiliary Yankee A class (2011), Cavalcade of Bands 2nd Place Auxiliary Yankee Open Class, KIDA Blue class Silver Medalist (2013)

Fun Fact: I was born on Friday the 13th and had a broken collarbone.

Inspiring Quote: You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Wayne Gretzky


Nicole Mapp



Age: 20

Hometown: Edgewater Park, NJ

Major: Psychology -- Neuroscience

Year: Junior

Experience: 3 years Marching band(flute) and Indoor Guard in High School; Blue Band Silks (3 years) Penn State Eclipse (2 years)

Championship Titles: USSBA (Marching Band) Group 3A Champions(2008-2010); TIA Intermediate A Silver Medalist (2012), Chapter 4 Gold medalist (2012) ; TIA A Class Bronze Medalist (2013), Chapter 4 Gold Medalist

Fun Fact: On a whim, I packed up my things and studied abroad in Costa Rica during the summer.

Inspiring Quote: "When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny."


 Ashley Milillo


Age: 20

Hometown: Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania

Major: Fine Art with a concentration in Photography

Year: Junior

Experience: Pocono Mountain East High School Outdoor Color guard (4 years), Pocono Mountain East High School Indoor Guard (1 year), Penn State Eclipse (current)

Fun Fact: I'm taking pre-requisite classes to go back to Penn State for my second degree in Nursing.

Inspiring Quote: "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever." - Walt Disney


Elizabeth Mizikar



Age: 18

Hometown: Norvelt, PA

Major: Geo Science

Year: Freshman

Experience: Mount Pleasant Area High School Viking Performance Ensemble (2009-2012), Penn State Blue Band Silks (2013-Present), Penn State Eclipse Winter Guard (2013-Present)

Fun Fact: I started taking dance lessons when I was two and I can play the flute.

Inspiring Quote: Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, and dreams are forever. - Walt Disney


Kayla Niel

neil.jpg Age: 20

Hometown: DuBois, PA

Major: Animal Science; Pre-Vet with a focus in large animals

Year: Junior

Experience: Kidnetix Baton Corp., DuBois Area High School Marching Band, DuBois Area High School Indoor Color Guard, Penn State Blue Band Silks, Penn State Eclipse Winterguard

Championship Titles: Various medals with Kidnetix in TIA and also Twirling Unlimited, 2011 TIA all-chapter bronze medalist with DuBois Area High School Indoor Color Guard, 2012 TIA all-chapter bronze medalist with Penn State Eclipse Winter guard

Fun Fact: I have a pet mouse named Debbie, who is named in reference to the Spongebob episode where Spongebob keeps a seahorse named Mystery in the Krusty Krab.

Inspiring Quote: "If you believe in yourself, and with a tiny pinch of magic, all your dreams will come true." -- Spongebob Squarepants

 Laura Nestor


Age: 19

Hometown: Lansdale, PA

Major: Psychology--bio/ev focus with French minor

Year: Sophomore

Experience: Penndale Lady Knights 2007-2009; North Penn Marching Knights 2009-2011; North Penn Visual Ensemble 2009-2012

Championship Titles: MAIN 1st place Champion 2008, 2009; Cavalcade 1st place Champion 2008, 2009; USSBA 1st place Champion 2010, 2011 and silver 2012. USSBA National 4A open 1st place Champions 2011 (outdoor). TIA Bronze medalist 2013.

Fun Fact: I love snow and everything that comes along with it. Snowball fights, sledding, hot chocolate, blankets, fires, EVERYTHING!

Inspiring Quote: "Believe deep down in your heart that you're destined to do great things."


Melissa Ricciutti



Name: Melissa Ricciutti

Age: 21

Hometown: Audubon, PA

Major: Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (PK-4) with a Minor in Special Education

Year: Senior

Experience: Methacton Warriors Marching Band Color Guard (2006-2009), Methacton Indoor Guard (2006-2010), Blue Band Silks (2011-2012), Penn State Eclipse (2010-present)

Championship Titles: USSBA Marching Band (2A) Champions (2007), TIA Intermediate A Silver Medalist (2012), TIA A Class Bronze Medalist (2013)

Fun Fact: I'm a pretty good artist, especially with paint. I wish I had more time to sit down and practice it.

Inspiring Quote: "Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning." -- Robert John Meehan


Alyssa San Jose


Name: Alyssa San Jose
Age: 18
Hometown: Well I was born in Florida but I've lived in California, Hawaii, Japan, Singapore, and the Philippines so I don't have a place to call home.
Year: Freshman
Major: Psychology (with a Business focus) and Economics
Experience: Brand new to guard this year
Fun Fact: I've gone riding on a camel past the pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Inspiring Quote: "You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough." -Mae West

Mandy Wilson

Age: 20

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

Major: Information Science and Technology

Year: Junior

Experience: McCaskey Marching Band (2006-2011) Sitao Winterguard (2007-2010) Penn State Blue Band (2011- present) Penn State Eclipse (present)

Championship Title: TIA Novice Champions (2007) TIA Open Champions (2009)

Fun Fact: I started color guard in 8th grade and I had always planned on not sticking with it and changing back to playing saxophone when I got to high school.

Inspiring Quote: "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" -Winnie the Pooh


Diego Zavala Lopez


Age: 18 years old

Hometown: Kennett Square, PA/ Mexico

Major: Communication studies in public relations and television/ Political Science

Year: Freshman

Experience: 4 years marching (Cavalcade of Bands 2009-2013), Kennett Winter Guard (1 year and a half 2009/2012), WGI Sport of the Arts with Aero Independent (1 year 2013 Made finals on every competition we had), Penn State Eclipse Winter Guard (Present 2013).

Championship Titles: Kida Championships Aero Independent (Keystone Indoor Drill Association), Cavalcade of Bands @ Ridley High School (1st place & 1st place high visual Color Guard). In 2012, the Kennett Marching band took first place in regional band competitions, moving on to state championships. Cavalcade of Bands @ Unionville High School (1st Place), Cavalcade of Bands @ Coatesville Area Senior High School (1st Place), Cavalcade of Bands @ West Chester Rustin High School (1st Place).

Fun Fact: I'm a dolphin under water. I love fire, water, and all about nature for many reasons. The outer space has something very interesting in it (I believe in Aliens). I love wolfs too.

Inspiring Quote: "Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will soon come."




Team Alumni:

Maber (2).jpgName: Amber Godowsky

Years Performed: 2008, 2011

Best Memory with Eclipse: All the car trips and traveling with the team. As well as team dinners at the Chinese buffet.

Current Activities: Currently I live in Dallas, Texas and I work for Coca-Cola as a Product Supply Leadership Associate.





Laura_Salvatore.pngName: Laura Salvatore

Years Performed: 2007-2009

Best Memory with Eclipse:   I always just loved being able to spend time with some of the greatest girls at Penn State for three/four times every week.  I was known as the "Little Miss Trouble" of the group...always creating pranks!  My favorite part of the season was when it was time for Wildwood.

Current Activities:   I graduated Penn State with a degree in Elementary and Kindergarten Education.  I am currently attending grad school full-time to complete my Masters of Education in Reading at Towson University in Towson, Maryland.


Mary Kate McLaughlin

Jacqueline Nelson



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