Rebecca Noga (Hazleton, PA) is a freshman at Brown University studying biomedical engineering. After completing her undergraduate studies, she hopes to either obtain an advanced degree or go to medical school. Ideally, she would like to regenerate limbs with nanotechnology for amputees. Rebecca acted as a student ambassador and volunteered in 6 European countries. She is also passionate about her rowing career because it is a very demanding physical team activity requiring complete commitment and dedication.
Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, NM) is a graduate student at the University of Utah, studying to obtain her Master’s of Gerontology. After receiving her Master’s degree, she plans to work in administration in an assisted living facility. After gaining adequate experience she hopes to one day own and manage an assisted living facility. She had the opportunity to do an internship in Virginia at a nursing home, which gave her the confirmation she needed to know it was the right field for her. Amaris played basketball at the college level for four years. It helped her learn to manage her time and prioritize tasks.
Cassie Smith (Helena, MT) is a freshman attending the University of Montana. She is planning to study psychology and hopes to become a counselor and open her own clinic one day. Running is one of her favorite activities, as well as yoga. Running and doing yoga have impacted her life by helping her cope with stress in a healthy way. During her junior year of high school she and a friend created a charity called Kicks4Kidz. They drew on plain canvas sneakers with sharpies and sold them for $20 apiece. All the proceeds went to a clinic that helped young women discover their options with pregnancy.
Hannah Clinton (Washington, IN) is a freshman attending the University of Indianapolis, double majoring in Chemistry and Biology. After three years of undergraduate studies, she will apply to veterinary school and would like to graduate with a degree in Large Animal Veterinary Medicine and someday open her own vet clinic. 4-H has made a huge impact on her life. It was there she learned how much she enjoys working with large animals like horses. Each year she was in 4-H, she participated in the Indiana State Fair, competing in different events with her horse, including barrels, poles, speed and action, and flags. Hannah has 5 brothers and sisters as well as 3 foster siblings. She has also traveled to China with her mother to adopt and pick up her youngest sister.
Erica Davis (Haines City, FL) is a law student at Florida Coastal School of Law. She is also an employee at the Social Security Administration. After law school Erica hopes to become a United States attorney (criminal federal prosecutor) and her long-term goal is to become a federal judge. In her spare time she enjoys helping children learn the game of basketball. Basketball has always been a part of her life and she says it taught her the true meaning of teamwork, hard work, and dedication. She is most proud of achieving her undergraduate degree in Corporate Communications and her Masters degree in Business Administration.
Cassandra Howey (Hartington, NE) is a senior at the University of South Dakota studying nursing. She plans to advance her degree from her ASN to her Masters in Nursing and hopes to get a job in obstetrics or pediatric oncology. She is the president of USD’s Student Nurses Association, and a member of South Dakota’s Student Nurses Association, and National Student Nurses Association. She also founded Let’s CAN Cancer, which is a program that collects cans from generous donors throughout the community and donates the money earned to those in need of funding due to cancer diagnosis. After having three back surgeries and being diagnosed with Addison’s disease and Hashimoto’s disease, Cassandra decided she wanted to be he best nurse she can and make the hospital experience the best it can be for the patient.
Elizabeth Bryan (Sewell, NJ) is an employee for the Social Security Administration and is a graduate student at City University of New York – Hunter College. She is studying Public Health – Community Health Education and hopes to continue working with the public but as a health educator or heath advocate with the federal government. Elizabeth is a full-time federal employee and takes her graduate classes at night. To decompress from the stress of balancing such a busy schedule, Elizabeth tries to stay active and takes a ballet class a couple times a week. She has been involved in many leadership activities, which have provided her with opportunities for success. She says that the Institute for Women’s Leadership taught her how to be an effective leader, and the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program gave her experience working in the field of public health.
Anna Brown (Pownal, MN) is a sophomore at Plymouth State University majoring in Tourism Management and Policies with a minor in Business Administration. She plans on applying to the Peace Corps after graduation and aspires to become a manager at a hotel in Boston. She is the treasurer of PSU Running Club, treasurer of Habitat for Humanity, a board member of Student Support Foundation, a PSU Admissions Representative, and Student Senate Mary Lyon Hall Representative. Those extracurricular activities have helped her learn how to communicate and have made her realize her love of giving back to the community. She looks forward to studying abroad next summer in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mira Ledwani (Miami, FL) is a graduate student at Florida International University studying physical therapy. Her goal is to work in an outpatient physical therapy clinic where she can help people return to their lives pain- free and recover from injuries. When she isn’t focused on her studies, Mira enjoys playing piano. Having played piano most of her life, she likes to use piano as an escape from the chaos of life. Mira is well traveled and travels alone to India almost yearly to be with her grandmother. She is also training for a half-marathon in her spare time.
Chase Nienaber (Independence, KY) is a freshman attending the University of Louisville. He plans to major in Forensic Accounting and go on to become a forensic accountant and work in auditing, credit card and other fraud cases. Chase is also an employee at UPS and has previous experience in sales at Sprint and at Lowes. He currently works at the airport for UPS where they have dogs that sniff out packages to find drugs and items that are illegal. His experience there helped him realize he wanted to work in forensic accounting and fraud cases.
Shane Mangin (Great Neck, NY) is a senior at the College of William and Mary, studying economics and government. He has accepted a full-time position with Deloitte as a Federal Consultant where he will work with federal agencies in their Strategy and Operations Departments. Eventually he wants to go to law school and work as an attorney in the public sector. He is the president of his fraternity on campus and is also an orientation area director for new student orientation at his school. As a sophomore president of his fraternity he was able to turn his chapter around in 2 years and bring them from strict probation with his school to a fully autonomous chapter with a house and a good overall reputation. He is proud of the transition his chapter has made and he feels as if his hard word has paid off.
Caroline Rodriguez (Lima, NY) is a freshman at Cornell University. She is undecided in her major but hopes to attend medical school in the future. She eventually would like to work as an embassy doctor in a Spanish speaking country where she would be able to assist American diplomats and foreign nationals. As the president of a tutoring program in her high school, Caroline enjoyed her experience helping others so much that she became more interested in a career in which she could help others. As a result, she was drawn to the medical field. This year she is working as a lab assistance in a plant laboratory where scientists are trying to make food more nutritional to help sustain the world’s growing population. Caroline is proud of her academic accomplishments but feels her physical accomplishments are equally as rewarding. During her 7th and 8th grade year in school her father worked as a legal attaché at the American Embassy in Bogota, Columbia. While she was in Columbia, she is grateful to have had the experience of climbing the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. She has also participated in a bike tour of the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Mah (Sioux Falls, SD) is a freshman attending Northwestern University. He plans to major in Economics and hopes to one day become a lawyer. In high school, Scott was an active member of the choir. He believes it gave him a fantastic opportunity to grow as a leader and it taught him a great deal about hard work. He is most proud about making All-State Chorus his junior year of high school and also of his acceptance to Northwestern University; making All-State Chorus demonstrated his growth as a singer and being admitted to Northwestern University was a positive reflection on his collective body of work as a high school student. Scott believes being from a smaller community and having a family background in farming has great impacted that way he approaches his studies.
Garrett Morrell (Smithville, TX) is a senior at Baylor University studying business management and communication. Driven by his passion for sports, upon graduation, Garrett hopes to work at a sports agency. On campus Garrett is involved with an organization called Campus Kitchen. He helps coordinate activities that deliver residential food on campus to charitable/hunger organizations. During the summer Garrett works with Southwestern Advantage as an independent salesperson and student manager. He believes that his experience there has aided in his growth in character and personal development. Garrett is most proud that he has accomplished the Eagle Scout rank.
Kyle Hancock (Frankfort, KY), a freshman attending the University of Kentucky, plans to focus on pre-medicine in his studies. He hopes to pursue a career in the medical field so he can serve those in underdeveloped countries. He has a passion for missions and helping those who are less fortunate and has been to three foreign countries on mission trips: Brazil, Haiti, and the Ukraine. The community service projects in which he has participated have taught him to be an effective leader and have inspired his interests and career goals. When he is not delving into his studies or volunteering in his community, Kyle enjoys playing sports.
Shayna Meisel (Sparta, NJ) is a sophomore at Goucher College studying Russian and English Literature. After obtaining her undergraduate degree, she hopes to continue her studies in graduate school and then go on to work for an agency like the NSA. She is an active member and co-president of Goucher’s Russian Club. The club and her leadership role have provided her with the opportunity to explore Russian culture outside of the classroom. She currently works as a Supplementary Instruction Facilitator for Russian and spends several nights a week tutoring students in the Russian language. She hopes to be able to use her knowledge of Russian to translate and serve her country.
Sarah Brent (Tarzana, CA) is a freshman attending the University of Southern California. She plans to study business with the possibility of working in the non-profit business sector, likely with an organization that has a global outreach. In high school, Sarah played on the varsity tennis team and actively participated in student government. In her spare time she especially enjoys volunteer work and doing community service through her school and church for a broad range of underserved populations. The summer before her senior year of high school, Sarah traveled to China on a mission trip with her church to serve those with disabilities.
Feodora Kurtz (Severna Park, MD) is a freshman at the University of Chicago studying Economics and Russian Studies. After completing her degrees at the University of Chicago, she wants to work as an economic liaison between the United States and Russia and former Soviet countries. In the summer of 2012, Feodora won a U.S. Department of State scholarship to study abroad in Russia, cementing her passion to work with Russia as a career. Outside of her studies, Feodora stays very busy with playing sports and with her nail polish blog. Sports have taught her the mental discipline needed for success and proper time management and her nail polish blog has taught her vital communication skills. Important for her future career, she believes that traveling has given her cultural awareness which helps her better understand various cultures.
Alexander Tran (Long Beach, CA), a junior at Brown University, is majoring in Health and Human Biology - Health Systems Structure and Policy. Alexander is also a student in Brown’s Program in Liberal and Medical Education, an eight-year medical program. While he is still deciding on which field of medicine to focus, Alexander wants to serve both the Vietnamese and American communities in the United States as well as in Vietnam. His research in the Emergency Department of Rhode Island Hospital combines his love for medicine with his interest in promoting the health of the general public. As a first generation Vietnamese-American, he is inspired by the opportunities he has been granted in the United States. In his free time, Alexander plays for Brown’s Club Tennis team.
Laura Cummings (Bedford, IN) is a senior at Cedarville University majoring in Pharmacy. She would like to become a clinical or retail pharmacist so that she can use her profession to directly care for patients. She is also looking forward to pursuing pharmacy-related community service opportunities, either through charitable pharmacies or public health events. Her most valued extracurricular involvement is with her local church. She appreciates the opportunity to spend time with individuals outside her peer group. During the past three summers she was able to work at independent pharmacies as a pharmacy technician and become familiar with daily pharmacy operations and prescribed medications. She believes her regular interaction with people in a diverse age group has increased her empathy towards patients.
Cristina Cote (Tecumseh, MI), a sophomore at Western Michigan University, is studying Elementary Education. She hopes to become a first grade teacher in downtown Detroit and to help better the Detroit community. Her sorority, Pi Beta Phi, is one of her most important extracurricular activities. It has allowed her to work in classrooms, make networking connections, and has helped her develop leadership abilities. Her future career as a teacher inspires her to achieve on a daily basis.
Audrey Post (Solsberry, IN) is a freshman at Ivy Tech Community College. After a year at Ivy Tech, Audrey plans to transfer to Ball State University and major in Occupational Therapy. Her career goal is to become an Occupational Therapist and assist others to lead independent lives. Volunteering at PALS (People and Animal Learning Services), a therapeutic horseback riding center, and at IU Health Hospital Bloomington in the Physical and Occupational Department, has allowed Audrey to use her abilities to benefit the lives of others in her community. In addition to keeping up with her studies, she is also a student ambassador and member of the Student Leadership Academy.
Rachel Jackson (Norman, OK) is a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma, studying english/composition, rhetoric, and literacy. After completing her PhD she wants to teach and research at a university, working with students to develop community programs that empower local groups and underrepresented people to get engaged in public discourse concerning issues that impact them. She enjoys working with diverse people in local social justice-related events and projects because it gives her a chance to learn new ideas and creative tactics. Rachel is currently working as a Graduate Research Assistance in the University of Oklahoma Writing Center, in the role of Community Project Developer, where they are designing a digital storytelling project for survivors of the May 2013 tornadoes.
Alexa Janus (Orland Park, IL) is a freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and is currently on the pre-med track with the hopes of one day becoming a physician. Throughout her high school experience, she was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She says that through each activity she was able to learn something new about herself or the people around her. She is a volunteer at the VA hospital and that experience inspired her to someday help patients like the ones she meets there. Her most proud accomplishment is being named all-conference, all-tournament, and all-sectional in all three varsity sports in which she participated.
Emily Jensen (Vienna, VA) is a junior at Clemson University. She is majoring in Special Education and would like to become a teacher and help students who believe they cannot succeed. “I want to support them and show them that they can,” says Emily. She is involved in ClemsonLIFE, which is a program at Clemson University for students with Intellectual Disabilities. Once completing the program, students will be able to get a job and live on their own. Her involvement has taught her a lot about teaching students with special needs, as well as giving her a bigger heart for the special needs population. Her father’s position has impacted her career goal because he inspires her to be the best she can be. She is most proud of how far she has come as a teacher.
Julie Riggins (Bloomfield, IN) is a sophomore attending Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) studying Exercise Science and is Pre-Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. After completing undergraduate school, she hopes to complete graduate school and become either a physical or occupational therapist. She is an avid runner and ran both cross-country and track in high school and is a collegiate athlete. Running has taught her hard work, discipline, dedication, time management, responsibility, and perseverance. She has learned that to accomplish her goals in running, as well as any part of life, she must apply these principles. Through being a collegiate athlete, she has had the opportunity to be a member of the IUPUI Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and be involved in community service projects. A fun fact about Julie – she enjoys baking, especially cupcakes, and would love to own her own bakery someday.
Alex Sanchez (Brunswick, GA) is a freshman attending the College of Coastal Georgia and plans to major in Engineering. Upon finishing undergraduate school, he hopes to attend graduate school to further his studies in engineering. Music has proven to be his most influential extracurricular activity and has offered him a way to express himself artistically. He has participated in several youth leadership programs – from attending local state leadership events to the Inaugural Address Conference of 2008/2009.
Lonna McKinley (Xenia, OH) is an Air Force employee and a graduate student at Kent State University obtaining her Masters of Library and Information Science degree. She is obtaining her Masters Degree in order to support her current duties as a federal employee at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force where she is a Manuscript Curator. With the serious concern of preserving today’s digital files, her current studies will provide her with the knowledge and skills to preserve digital resources as well as previously digitized materials. Lonna has been and continues to be actively involved in organizations for archivists, museum curators, preservationists, and librarians. She has also served on organization councils and committees, presented on papers and at workshops and conferences, and mentored new members to these fields. She feels she is fortunate to work in a full-time job that she loves. She is proud of her marriage and 3 children she has raised.
Rebecca Wolff (West Farmington, OH) is a freshman attending Ohio University, planning to major in Psychology with a focus in pre-med. She hopes to go on to medical school and become a psychiatrist. She hopes to shed light on the field of psychiatry and do research to improve the field. This past summer she had an internship with the Neurology Department of the VA Hospital in Cleveland Ohio, giving her irreplaceable first-hand experience in the neurology field. Rebecca has always been very involved in music. She has been playing the violin for many years, has studied opera, and performs in show choir and musicals. While in college, she hopes to take a break from her studies by joining clubs and pursuing music. Her greatest accomplishment and proudest moment thus far is being valedictorian of her graduating class.
Saharra Griffin (Peachtree City, GA) is a freshman attending the University of Southern California, planning to study law, history, and Culture/Broadcast journalism. She hopes to one day attend law school and become an attorney. Saharra is currently a panelist on “Platforum,” a political talk show on the USC TV Network. As a panelist, she enjoys debating on-air and explaining complicated government policies to the public. Her experience on the show led her to pick up her Broadcast Journalism major. As an attorney, she wants to be able to explain policies to clients and gain more experience in public speaking during trials. She currently works as an intern for the Los Angeles Democratic Party. A fun fact about Saharra – last year she and her father completed a 450-mile bike ride across the state of Iowa.
Jennifer Weinstein (Gaithersburg, MD) is a freshman attending the University of Maryland. She is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience with the hopes of earning a PhD in Psychology. With her degree she wants to perform research to better the lives of those who struggle with psychiatric illness, and to be a part of the exciting growth that is occurring in the field of brain and psychology research. The past two summers, Jennifer has volunteered in labs at the National Institute of Mental Health and currently works as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab at the University of Maryland. Those experiences have confirmed her desire to become an expert in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. Her desire to alleviate the suffering of those with mental illness most inspires her to achieve her goals.
Andrew Blake (Boise, ID) is a senior at the University of Idaho studying International Studies and Political Science. As he looks forward to graduating in the spring, Andrew believes it is very important for him to choose his career goals wisely. He hopes to find a work environment in which he is challenged and where there are opportunities for growth and learning. Additionally, he wants to have a work-life balance which fosters a sense of purpose and presence. As a member of student government on campus at the University of Idaho, Andrew had several opportunities to represent student interests on campus and state levels as an advocate for educational access and opportunities. He is proud to be working as an Alternative Service Break Student Coordinator at the University of Idaho’s Center for Volunteerism and Social Action, because he is able to work with his peers and help students serve in communities across Idaho, the nation and the world, during academic breaks.
Kelsie Grimes (El Paso, TX) is a freshman attending the University of Texas at Austin. She plans to major in Psychology and dreams of continuing her education at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to purse a career in psychiatry. A lover of music, Kelsie was in choir and band in high school. She believes it taught her discipline, leadership, and how to think in ways many non-musicians cannot. An interesting fact about Kelsie is that her vocal range is either extremely low or extremely high. She says that “for some reason, the middle [range] just isn’t my thing.”
Diana Kelly (Beverly, MA) is a freshman attending the University of Utah. She plans to study Instrumental Music Education and would love to either continue in the realm of education, teaching at the secondary level, or move into the musicology field, and she dreams of potentially working with the Smithsonian Folkways project. Diana’s main extracurricular activity in high school was Marching Band. It inspired her to become a better musician and a stronger leader. She currently marches in the Pride of Utah Marching Band. Diana also teaches clarinet to middle school students, giving her better insight to what she is studying.
Angeline Pham (Chantilly, VA) is a senior at St. Bonaventure University. She is majoring in Biology with the goal of pursuing a career in healthcare and medicine. She is particularly interested in becoming a neurologist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Angeline wants to be able to continue conducting research on the process of neurogenesis in recovering from neurodegenerative disorders and nervous system injuries. She hopes to one day possess the ability to cure, heal, and transform lives. She found that volunteering at a local retirement home and hospital was important in her life and in her career goals. It lead her to realize that everyone is connected by the universal sensation of pain and suffering. There she developed her sense of compassion towards humanity and decided she wanted to become a doctor in order to comfort others. During her senior year of high school, Angeline was accepted into the combined BS/MD program between St. Bonaventure University and George Washington University Medical School. Her conditional acceptance into Medical School alleviated a lot of the stress that typically comes with applying to medical school traditionally.
Scott Drexler (Atlanta, GA) is a graduate student at University of Phoenix studying organizational management and is a full-time federal employee at the Department of Health and Human Services. He hopes to use his education to increase the effectiveness of emergency management specialists responding to local populations during public health events. Scott is a husband, a father, an emergency assistance responder, a Presidential Management Fellow, a Navy Seal, and a retired US Navy Veteran with 22 years of service. He is a Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster and a 4-H S.A.F.E. shooting sports coach, which have allowed him to participate with his family and other families in community service activities that give back to his community.
Ashley Harris (Monticello, MS) is a sophomore attending Alcorn State University. She is a Pre-Nursing/Biology major with the goals of completing her Bachelors of Science degree and to begin practicing as an R.N. in the state of Mississippi. Ashley enjoys singing and seeing the positive reaction she receives when other listen to her singing. Her internal self-motivational drive for success was instilled by her parents and is what most inspires her to achieve.
Ileana Vior-Quintanilla (Montebello, CA) is a freshman at Loyola Marymount University studying Business Marketing. Upon completing her degree, she hopes to attend graduate school to further her education. Ultimately, she hopes to market for a production company or play some business role in the film industry. Participating in Girl Scouts and attending an all girls high school taught her women empowerment and largely shaped the way she takes on challenges. In addition to keeping up with her studies, Ileana has also held two jobs on campus; she works for the athletic department working at sporting events and she also works for the campus ministry office as a manager for one of their on campus locations.
Ann Lederer (Fairfield, CT) is a freshman attending Wake Forest University. She plans to major in business with the hopes of becoming a successful and independent businesswoman. Later in life, she wants to become a teacher and always continue to delve in her passion for studio art. Ann is a dual citizen and has lived in London for half of her life. She also has worked for a chef in a very diverse community, which taught her to open her eyes to all aspects of life. She believes that her mother’s position in the federal government inspired her to be an independent woman in the working world and to go after what she wants to do in life.
Katie Davis (Emmitsburg, MD) is a sophomore at McDaniel College. Other than completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to earn a Master’s Degree. Her career goals are to work in a management position for a major corporation or obtain a position in the federal government as an analyst or a contracting specialist. Her participation in sports teams taught the importance of teamwork and her involvement in volunteering at her local fire department has shown her the importance of giving back to the community. In addition to keeping up with her studies and her volunteer work, Katie also has two part-time jobs; one at a Golf Course and the other at a Children’s Learning Center at a Ski Resort.
Justin Magrath (Mandeville, LA) is a freshman attending the University of Alabama studying Chemical Engineering. His ultimate career goal is to become a doctor. Boy Scouts is one of his most prominent extra curricular activities. Boy Scouts has allowed him to grow immensely as a person. Through Boy Scouts, he has gained valuable leadership experience and learned many outdoor skills. In helping his dyslexic brother, he has learned the importance of patience and understanding. He says he has “come to not respect people for what they were born with but rather what they do with what they have.”
Angeline Pham (Chantilly, VA) is a senior at St. Bonaventure University. She is majoring in Biology with goal of pursuing a career in healthcare and medicine. She is particularly interested in becoming a neurologist for the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Angeline wants to be able to continue conducting research on the process of neurogenesis in recovering from neurodegenerative disorders and nervous system injuries. She hopes to one day possess the ability to cure, heal, and transform lives. She found that volunteering at a local retirement home and hospital was important in her life and in her career goals. It lead her to realize that everyone is connected by the universal sensation of pain and suffering. There she developed her sense of compassion towards humanity and decided she wanted to become a doctor in order to comfort others. During her senior year of high school, Angeline was accepted into the combine BS/MD program between St. Bonaventure University and George Washington University Medical School. Her conditional acceptance into Medical School alleviated a lot of the stress that typically comes with applying to medical school traditionally.
Anthony Sullivan, Jr. (University Park, IL) is a graduate student at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and a full-time federal employee at the Department of Health and Human Services. He is studying to obtain his Master of Divinity – Africentric Studies/Black Church Studies/Urbana Ministry. A critical component of his studies has been his completion of two field education placements; one community based and the other church based. Both environments modeled and taught him the ways of thinking, being and doing that are integral to his vision of ministerial identity and practice. As a public theologian, he frequently has opportunities to present at local, national and international conferences and lectures on diverse issues such a building inclusive faith communities, the intersection of spirituality and sexuality, and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. He is also an avid collector of African and African American artwork.
Christina Aguirre (Center City, MN) is a full-time federal employee of the Department of the Treasury and is attending Century College studying to be an Administrative Assistant. After completing her 2 year degree, she plans to go on to a 4 year college in the Spring of 2014. Her work as a Legal Assistant for the IRS has provided her with administrative skills she has put to use during her studies in college. Christina is fascinated by hot rod cars and is fluent in Spanish, which is her second language.
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Rosalyn Leon Guerrro (Honolulu, HI) is a graduate student at Capella University studying Criminal Justice. Rosalyn is also a full-time federal employee at the Department of Homeland Security and prior to that job she worked for the State Attorney General’s office as well as the Country Corporation Counsel’s office. She is interested in teaching at a university where she would like to instruct training course and move up the corporate ladder. In her spare time she enjoys dancing hula and singing.
Shawn White (Prescott, AZ) is a freshman attending Arizona State University. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and hopes to one day create or perfect machines than can help the major problems of the less developed countries so they can have their basic needs like clean water, medicine, and clean clothing. His mother is his greatest inspiration and he wants to become successful so he can take care of her for the rest of her life. Shawn is a very active and attributes much of his accomplishments to what he has learned from working out and being a part of sport teams.
Lesley Hatfield (Pennington Gap, VA) is a senior Biology student attending Alice Lloyd College. Lesley has been accepted into the Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences and plans to one day become a Physicians Assistant. The most important curricular activities that she has participated in on campus are the Allied Health Club and Impact Club. Lesley enjoys DIY projects and going to auctions and collecting antiques.
Lauren Russo (West Chicago, IL) is a freshman attending the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She plans to major in Community Health, Pre-Health and hopes on day her career allows her to work in a hospital or clinical setting to help administer health care. She also hopes to have the opportunity to travel and extend her healthcare knowledge to those in need, both in America and on a global scale. Participating in stage crew for numerous theatre productions is one of the most important activities for Lauren and has taught her a variety of skills and challenged her daily. She believes that everything she learned in theatre has helped to be a better focused student and to be a leader in her community.
Kelli Schmitz (Cashton, WI) is a sophomore Nursing student at Winona State University. Her career goals are to further her education in nursing and learn what area of nursing interests her the most. While in high school, Kelli was very involved in athletics. Her experience in sports taught her time management and the importance of working as a unit, communications, and pushing yourself to be the best. The great example that her mother has set for her most inspires Kelli to achieve.
Shannon Beattie (Wrentham, MA) is a full-time federal employee at FDIC and is a graduate student at UMASS – Isenberg School of Management studying to obtain her Master of Business – Financial Services Management. She aspires to become a supervisor within the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and more directly assist in carrying out the agency’s mission to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system. Shannon is a wife and mother of three. While she is not at work she serves on governing committees for her church and her boys’ high school soccer program. She also teaches dance at her daughter’s dance studio.