Daiya Erlin Malone


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Daiya, I’m so thrilled for your upcoming adventures in art history in grad school. I hope you are the first of many more to come! If I’m in DC over the next few years I’ll try to get in touch to see if we can grab a cup of coffee and so I can hear about the program and your success in it! Stay in touch!

— Dr. Henry R. Bleattler


  • The King’s College Presidential Scholarship
  • The King’s College Leadership Scholarship
  • The King’s College Dean’s List (2018-2020)
  • House of Clara Barton President (2019-2020)
  • House of Clara Barton Secretary of Interregnum (2018-2019)
  • Curatorial Intern at New York Transit Museum (2019)
  • CURE TKC Vice President (2018-2019)
  • CURE TKC CUREkids Coordinator (2017-2018)


House of Clara Barton

Notes for Daiya

Oh my, I love you so much Daiya Malone! Congratulations! From Barton Bible studies to winning Interregnum Cup to Boba/Dumpling dates, I cherish all of our lovely memories and look forward to many more to come <3 Keep seeking first Jesus' Kingdom and His righteousness, sweet friend! There are so many great LOTR quotes, but being here at the end of your college career, this quote from Frodo seems fitting: "I’m glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee…here at the end of all things." Only this is not the end–just the beginning 🙂 Proud of you–now go CELEBRATE!!

Daiya—thank you for serving the House well and with such grace and authenticity. I’ll always remember you as Madame President <3 I am so blessed to know someone like you. Congratulations on your undergrad!!!!!!!! I'll have to come visit you at American University in the fall.

First of all, one photo is not enough because I have over 200 photos of you on my phone. Secondly, I will try my best to make it through this note without crying (no promises).
Daiya, you are King’s for me. From my very first day to what will be my very last, you have been there. Our friendship has had its challenges, but in the end, I believe that it has made us stronger. Grateful does not even begin to cover it. What I will say instead is that I will cherish all of our memories for the rest of my life. Of course, high on that list is our iconic road trip, but I cherish so many little moments too. A lot of Merlin, Dibs at Federal Hall, walks to Battery park (or nowhere in particular), MASH, JoBros, and several coffee shops (I miss the Bean). And we have had big moments together too. So basically, I cherish all of it. It goes without say that I will be there till the end, but I’ll say it anyway because I’m sentimental. I love you, and my life at King’s is shaped by you in so many ways. Life will continue to be crazy and difficult for us both, but I am glad I will have you by my side for the best and worst of it.

Daiya, I don’t even know where to begin. I am so grateful for you and our friendship. You are a wonderful friend, and I don’t know how I would’ve made it through school and the pandemic without you. Thank you for going on boba and dumpling adventures with me in the freezing cold. There are so many moments I cherish with you <3 Your encouragement, growth, perseverance, and hard work these past few years has been so inspiring. I can't wait to see what amazing things you do in DC (I will definitely be visiting you) and beyond. Love you!

Daiya, what a blessing it has been to walk through college with you. I remember meeting you for the first time when we played Catan at Holly’s apartment as freshman and I specifically remember admiring 1) your gorgeous hair and 2) the quiet strength with which you looked at the board and planned your every move. I remember looking at you and thinking, “wow I wanna be her friend.” Since then, it’s been sweet to have SO MANY classes with you (humanities curriculum for the win!). I love seeing your passion for art, for the world of Lord of the Rings, for Augustine. Through it all, you’ve had such an amazing, quiet strength that I’ve always admired. I’m so excited that you get to study art history and walk into this new season with so much to anticipate!!

It was such an honor getting to work with you last year on the council. Your wisdom, perception, and curiosity were always top notch and I am so excited to see all the places that will be lucky to have you after this.

Daiya! I’m so so glad we got to get to know each other and grow out of our PPE/IR phases into our art history phases together! I’m SO excited to see what you accomplish in D.C. and all the incredible art you get to work with! It’s been such a great time being your Barton sister all these years 🙂 Congratulations!

DAIYA! chickfila and birch coffee will always be reserved for you!!! congrats on graduating – so so proud of you. i’m forever thankful that i know such a sweet and kindhearted human like you. from being a quiet freshman to putting yourself out there and leading our house as president, you have truly amazed me with how much you have grown these past four years. i know you are going to achieve so much in life and i always appreciate your love for the arts and all things philosophy. you are loved!!! congrats, little 🙂

Daiya, I want to thank you for pouring into the House of Barton these last few years. I’m very proud of you and grateful for you. Thank you for leading with humility and genuine love.

Congratulations, Daiya! I am so thankful to have gotten to know you these past few years at King’s. You are so intentional with everyone you encounter, and you make others feel seen and heard. I can’t wait to see what big things you do!

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