Major: History, Spanish, and Global Studies
Hometown: Alpharetta, GeorgiaKeely serves as the president of the Howard College Ambassadors as well as the president of the Spanish National Honors Society, Sigma Delta Pi. She is also a member of John Howard Scholars, the History National Honors Society Phi Alpha Theta, the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, the Gamma Sigma Alpha Greek Honors Society, and the Order of Omega Greek Leadership and Honors Society. Keely was the first place winner of the Colonial Dames Jubilee Award for her essay on the Spanish colonization of Florida and has presented a paper on the usage of effigies as colonial identity markers at the 2017 Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference in Montgomery, Alabama in February 2017, and at the Mercy College History Undergraduate Research Conference in Tarrytown, New York in April 2017. Keely is a student researcher for the Samford University Oral History Program (STORI) where she conducts and transcribes interviews of members of the Birmingham community. Last summer, she finished her Spanish major while studying abroad in Spain, and this summer, through an Alabama Power Summer Research Fellowship, she plans to study the formation of Puritan praying towns in colonial New England. In the future, Keely aspires to become a colonial history professor.