Matthew Green (Meriden, CT) is a graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is working towards his Master of Science in Information in Archives and Records Management. He hopes to work for the federal government one day as an Archivist, Records Manager or Digital Preservationist. Matthew enjoys the time he spends doing service projects such as feeding the homeless and poor through local soup kitchens. Those activities not only give him a sincere appreciation for what he has but also made him acutely aware of all that he can give back to the community. He has previously worked at Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts as a costume interpreter and at the New Haven Museum and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum doing historical research with 18th, 19th, and 20th century documents. He is planning to spend his spring break in March 2014 with the National Archives to preserve film from World War II.
Brianna Tinkle (Columbia, MD) is a sophomore at the University of Maryland – College Park studying kinesiology. Upon graduation she plans to become a licensed physical therapist. Once she has worked in the field for some time, she eventually hopes to open her own practice. Sports and singing are the most important extracurricular activities in Brianna’s life. She is proud of being in the Peabody Children’s Chorus for 11 years and touring Europe with the group. She is also proud that she continues to do better in her academics each semester of college and strives everyday to be a better person and make her family proud.
Marcy Brown (Las Vegas, NV) is a freshman attending the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. A student of the Honors College at UNLV, Marcy is studying biology with a focus on ecology and evolutionary biology. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree from UNLV, she plans to attend graduate school and earn a Master’s degree in Restoration Ecology or Botany. She hopes to eventually work for a non-profit, for the National Park Service, or the Bureau of Land Management. Her ultimate career goal is becoming a Restoration Ecologist who specializes in invasive plant species. Marcy has had the unique opportunity of having multiple traveling opportunities, which furthered her interest in ecology. She participated in the first USDA AgDiscovery program in Hawaii and a year later participated in the same program at the University of Maryland - College Park. She was part of the Brown University Environmental Leadership Lab program in Hawaii and currently has an internship with the company Urban Hydrogreens. When Marcy has time away from her studies she enjoys bettering her community through serving others. In high school she was a volunteer for the National Charity League Green Valley Chapter and was awarded her Girl Scouts Gold Award.
Erik Katovich (Mounds View, MN) is a junior attending the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. He is studying economics and hopes to continue his education in graduate school studying applied economics. He is especially interested in improving education, health, and governance in developing countries. After graduate school he wants to work for an international organization or nonprofit in the field of International Economic Development. Working as an ESL tutor has been a great inspiration to Erik over the years. He was able to work with refugees and immigrants, as well as students who were learning their fifth or sixth language. Erik has many unique experiences to bring to his studies in college and eventually to his career. He interned at the Advocates for Human Rights, a nonprofit that provides free legal services to low-income asylum seekers and he also spent a semester in Seville, Spain delving deep into the culture and language of Andalucía.
Will LaBombard (Dallas, TX) is a senior at Park University studying Business Administration Management and is a full-time federal employee for the Environmental Protection Agency. Upon graduation he would like to move into a supervisory or management position where he would be able to work with other people and implement processes. Will gives blood every 8 weeks and has done so for more than 10 years. He believes it is a great way to help when help is needed most – when lives are on the line. He enjoys spending time with his family in his free time and they are what inspire him to achieve. An interesting fact about Will is that he loves anything and everything about technology. He tries to stay up-to-date on emerging technologies like 3D printed human cells, robotics and automation, and streaming media services.
Christy Jones (California, MD) is a full-time federal employee for the Air Force Audit Agency and is a junior at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) studying Business Administration with a minor in Accounting. Upon completing her degree, Christy hopes to become an auditor with her current employer, the Air Force Audit Agency. Christy’s main priority and inspiration is her family. Before her children graduated from High School, she was very involved in their education and was active in the parent-teacher association. Now that her children have graduated, she continues to find that helping others is rewarding and educational. She believes that she has been fortunate to have many rewarding jobs in her working career. From working in a bank to working as a bartender, Christy believes those experiences have given her a wide perspective which she can bring to the classroom and add value to both her education and her fellow students.
Ryan Walsh (Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX) is a freshman at American University studying International Studies. She hopes to one day secure a job with the federal government. She is particularly interested becoming a Foreign Service Officer. International experience is a constant in all of the visions she has of her future. Choir has been a particularly rewarding activity for Ryan. It was the one class that brought students of every race in the school, of every level of academic or athletic talent together. Choir helped her appreciate the diversity within her school, as well as making her wish to work with a diverse population in the future. This led her to be part of the Junior World Affairs Council on her school’s campus, helping to cement her career goals. Ryan is proud to have dual citizenship with the United States and Ireland, leading her to have a fascination for all things Western European.
Victoria Cochran (Alpharetta, GA) is a freshman at Harvard College planning to major in Chemistry. Upon completion of her degree, she aspires to work in a laboratory as a pharmaceutical researcher. She believes that drug development will be very rewarding due to its importance in society. Ultimately, she hopes to ease the ever-growing healthcare burden on society. She says her life would not be the same without her involvement in Christian fellowship and choral groups. At Harvard she is a member of the Harvard College Faith and Action and also participates in the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum. She is most proud of her long-term accomplishments, such as being her high school’s valedictorian and being accepted to and attending her dream college.
Abigail Parrish (Quincy, MI) is a freshman at Central Michigan University studying psychology. As she begins considering a career, she wants to use her education to serve others and make a positive impact in her community and world. Being involved in many sports and extracurricular activities in her high school career taught her important lessons, such as perseverance, teamwork, dedication, and service to others. She also had the unique opportunity to take an educational trip to Greece and Italy during her high school career. Now she plans to study abroad in Mexico in May 2014.
Mary-Grace Reeves (Pensacola, FL) is a sophomore at Harvard College studying chemistry. She hopes to become a pediatric ophthalmologist with the goal of saving and improving children’s vision. She says it would be an honor to serve the families of the military men and women who have devoted their lives to our country. She also is pursing the Spanish language to better prepare herself to serve patients of diverse backgrounds. Ballet is an important part of her life. She has danced classical ballet for thirteen years and continues to dance with Harvard Ballet. She also serves as the university’s College Ambassador for Boston Ballet, spreading arts awareness. She views literacy as a gateway for success and provides Boston girls with a ballet education while helping them improve their literary skills. Mary-Grace had the opportunity last summer to intern with Dr. Sunil Gupta, the founder of Retina Specialty Institute. Her summer experience, along with her personal experiences as a vision patient, greatly influenced her desire to practice medicine.
Ivy Watts (Hope Hull, AL) is a junior at Troy University. She is studying Biomedical Science and plans to pursue postgraduate work in the medical field. She enjoys working with people and helping others and also has a great passion for the science field. Through those combined interests, she is well suited for a career in the medical field. The extracurricular activities most important to her are her experiences as a Sunday school teacher and other volunteer work with children. Through those experiences she has developed a strong desire to work with children in her chosen career path. In her free time she enjoys painting, crocheting, and knitting.
Nicholas Costa (Salem, OH) is a sophomore at Denison University. He is majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics and would like to one day secure a position in developing software. He is also interested in obtaining a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and eventually starting his own business. At Denison University he is involved with the club rugby team and Delta Chi Fraternity, and is a lifeguard at the university’s aquatic center. He had the opportunity in the summer of 2013 to study abroad in Germany and in 2012 had an internship at the Air Force Research Laboratory. These experiences bring a diverse outlook on his studies and the ways he can serve his community.
Samuel Hueter (Bastrop, TX) is a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. He is majoring in Petroleum Engineering. His career goal is to provide a safe and more energy-independent future. He hopes to use his degree to provide better regulations for our domestic natural resource procedures, and to engineer more efficient or alternative harvesting methods. He also hopes to be able to give back to the University of Texas via research and by providing educational opportunities for future students. Recently he was given a chance to directly make an impact on his community by helping Bastrop fire victims. This experience showed him how drastically quick change can be and taught him about the importance of being proactive not reactive.
Kelly Watson (Binghamton, NY) is freshman at the University of New England studying Marine Biology. She hopes to have a career working with marine animals and help make a difference in their struggle to survive against the impacts of disease, climate change, and environmental and human impacts. She is impressed with the work that the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service does and believes that could be an exciting career option. Sports have always played a large role in Kelly’s life. Playing both soccer and ice hockey has taught her the discipline needed to allocate time to both sports and her studies. Being part of a team has showed her the importance of teamwork and leadership. At the University of New England she has started to work with a professor researching lobster and is gaining an understanding of how research is performed for the NOAA.
Jala Morrow (Vicksburg, MS) is a freshman studying mathematics at Jackson State University. Upon graduation, she hopes to go on to receive an advanced degree and eventually become an actuary scientist or an engineer. She has experience working as an aid to an instructor in the Mathematics Department. This spring she is participating in a research program that is based on creating and computing data. The idea of failure most inspires her to achieve. She wants to be nothing short of successful in life and in her career.
Dakota Whaley (Venice, FL) is a freshman at the University of South Florida – Tampa studying finance and accounting. Her career goals are to work for a financial services company as an accountant or financial advisor, and to later use her experience to work in a non-profit organization focusing on community betterment and beautification. Volunteering for Venice Area Beautification, Inc (VABI) has especially impacted her life. VABI focuses on making the city of Venice, FL a “more beautiful place to work, live, and play.” Volunteering at VABI taught her more responsibility for work and compassion for a greater cause, but has most importantly influenced her decision to work for a non-profit focusing on community betterment. Volunteering in an office setting has also influenced her choice to purse a business-related field. This coming summer, she is excited to be studying abroad in Florence, Italy where she will be taking courses in art, business, Global Information Systems, and Traditions of Italian Food.
Pauline Pechakjian (Glendale, CA) is a freshman at Glendale Community College studying English and mathematics. She is interested in writing, and is looking forward to a future in screenwriting or journalism. She also enjoys mathematics and is thinking about taking the necessary steps to go to graduate school and focus on mathematics. She is most proud of her inner motivation to learn and acquire new knowledge. She also plays the guitar and likes to do math for fun.
Claire Quin (Vienna, VA) is a freshman at the College of William and Mary. She plans to study Biological Anthropology and eventually work as an anthropologist on Neanderthal sites in Europe, particularly Spain. Between her junior and senior years in high school, she spent a month working with two Spanish universities on an excavation of Pollentia, the Roman capital of Mallorca. Through that experience she was able to learn about excavation and also improve her Spanish skills. She also had the opportunity to volunteer for five years as a colonial era re-enactor at Claude Moore Colonial Farm in Mclean, VA, where she portrayed one of the daughters of the colonial tenant farm. She’s followed up that experience while in college, volunteering with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and at Revolutionary War battle re-enactments. These experiences have provided Claire with rather unusual insights into the work of anthropology, from both a biological and cultural standpoint.
Amanda Johnson (Hudsonville, MI) is a freshman at Kalamazoo College studying economics and political science and is on a pre-law track. By studying both economics and political science, she hopes to have a better understanding of policy implications on society. Through that understanding she hopes to foster systematic change that positively impacts society at large by promoting a socially just community, nation, and world. She is proud of her experiences in advocacy for immigration reform both on campus and in her community. She quickly realized she could utilize her skills of communication and organization to work alongside those she advocates.
Elizabeth Evon (Newington, CT) is a sophomore at Cornell University studying Industrial and Labor Relations. Although her career goals are somewhat unclear, Elizabeth is interested in law and potentially wants to pursue law school and a career in either corporate or labor and employment law. She is also interested in Human Resources and HR Consulting. She has participated in a summer workshop on consulting for Deloitte where she conducted a case study and presented a business proposal to Deloitte personnel with fellow students. At school she is part of Outdoor Odyssey, a pre-orientation program where she has the opportunity to lead a group of incoming freshman on a 4, 6, or 8-day wilderness experience. Being a part of Outdoor Odyssey has strengthened her leadership skills and has taught her about being a mentor and about her own personal strengths and weaknesses.
Brett Quinn (Bedford, TX) is a sophomore at the University of North Texas studying Criminal Justice and International Studies. He hopes to go to law school one day and eventually become a District Attorney. Being a part of his fraternity is very important to him. It has impacted him in every aspect of his educational career and he believes it is preparing him to be a leader when he graduates. Brett has studied abroad in Costa Rica and will be studying abroad in France in the spring of 2014. Studying abroad will bring a unique perspective to his studies. A fun fact about Brett – he has a black belt in martial arts!
Ryan Burdick (Taylor, PA) is a freshman at the University of Scranton studying chemistry. Upon graduating for college he plans to attend law school and become and attorney, most likely focusing on litigation. If he doesn’t go to law school, he will use his chemistry degree to work in a research lab. Mock trial has helped him discover his interest in becoming a litigation lawyer. It taught him logic and problem solving skills that he uses everyday in math, chemistry, and philosophy. Boy Scouts of American has also had a great impact on his life. It taught him invaluable leadership and team skills and he is grateful to have obtained his Eagle Scout rank.
Evan Suda (San Diego, CA) is a freshman at the University of Redlands studying history. He hopes to go on to graduate school and graduate with a PhD in History and then go on to teach at a prestigious four-year university. One day, he would like to become the dean of a History Department. Boy Scouts is the extracurricular activity that had the biggest impact on his life. It helped him develop into a young man who values many of the same principles on which our nation was founded. He has obtained his Eagle Scout rank, is especially thankful for the leadership opportunities it has provided him and he aims to become a Boy Scout Leader one day. During his senior year of high school Evan was able to do an internship for a non-profit organization that lobbied to protect, restore, and raise awareness for historical sites around San Diego. It was a rewarding experience and an opportunity to play an active role in preserving the heritage of his nation.
Sarah Sasser (Portland, OR) is freshman at Breckinridge School of Nursing ITT Technical Institute studying to become a Registered Nurse and eventually become a Nurse Practitioner. She is currently a CNA and an employee for the Department of Veterans Affairs. When she is not working and attending school, she is an active volunteer for Human Rights issues with the hopes of bettering the lives of others. She is also a part of the Student Nurses Association and the Student Nursing Advisory Council. In her free time she also enjoys cross-stitching and studying new things.
Jacqueline Romero (Land o’Lakes, FL) is a medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College. After obtaining her medical degree, Jacqueline would like to enter a residency program to complete her medical training. She has not decided if she wants to enter academic medicine or work in a private practice. She is not certain what her focus in medical school will be but she plans to keep an open mind during her rotations. She also is interested in being involved in the community and advocating for higher education and working with minority populations. Ultimately, she hopes to become a compassionate and talented physician who advocates for higher education and works to better the health of minority patients. She is involved in many extracurricular activities; the activities that are most important to her are community service working with kids, public health research, volunteering in the student-run community clinic, and helping to organize public heath interest groups at school.
Hannah Long (Terre Haute, IN) is a freshman at Purdue University studying nursing. Upon graduation from Purdue, Hannah hopes to receive her Master’s degree in Nursing and work for a couple of years as an RN. After that, she hopes to get her license to practice as a Nurse Practitioner. Her favorite extracurricular activity is attending the meetings of the Nurses Christian Fellowship, an organization made up of nursing students who gather to share and discuss messages of their faith. She is most proud of the fact that throughout her academic career, she has challenged herself by taking some exceedingly difficult courses and has managed to maintain a high GPA.
Gregory Orme (Fayettville, NC) is a graduate student at East Carolina University studying Technical and Professional Discourse. He is also a full-time civil federal employee for the Army. He says he has the greatest job he can imagine, supporting those who defend our country. His goal is to bring as much knowledge as he can to his work position. Through his education in Technical and Professional Communications, he is able to produce better doctrine and training documents and suggest new ways to communicate vital information. God and his family are most important to his everyday life. His personal interests include music and computing and he has been able to integrate those interests into his studies. For example, he just completed a study on the relationship of themes in popular music to attendance at religious events. A fun fact about Gregory – he has had an Eastern box turtle, Pete, for more than 43 years!
Tyler Shuey (Chemult, OR) is a sophomore at Southwestern Oregon Community College studying Criminal Justice and Education. He hopes to one day be able to work with underprivileged youth. Having been raised in a depressed area, he has witnessed generational problems handed down to his peers. He wants to do something that will allow him the opportunity to help communities like the one in which he grew up. His involvement in the church body has had the biggest impact on his young life as well as being a rewarding experience for him. A fun fact about Tyler – he collects Japanese Anime!
Emily Wayland (Raleigh, NC) is a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to major in Mathematical Decision Science and Business Administration. While she doesn’t know exactly what she wants to do after graduation, her career goals are to make a difference in the lives of other people. She is currently on a committee for the UNC Dance Marathon where they dance for twenty-four hours in order to raise money for the patients and families of the UNC Children’s Hospital. A fun fact about Emily – she knows how to pole vault. She also can toss pizza dough up in the air and catch it!
Perneita Price-Sylve (New Orleans, LA) is a graduate student at the University of Phoenix working towards obtaining her PhD in Psychology. She is also a full-time federal employee for Social Security Administration. She hopes that studying Psychology will be the beginning of a challenging and rewarding career and she looks forward to working with others in all ranges of psychological instances. In undergraduate school, studying psychology encouraged her to develop an analytical way of thinking and evaluative skills. These skills have prepared her for her graduate studies and have helped her succeed in the work place. The accomplishments about which she is most proud are: her belief in God, Masters of Business Administration, Masters of Psychology, and the ability to work on her PhD in Psychology.
McKenna Emmerich (Columbia Falls, MT) is a freshman at Gonzaga University studying Business. Although she does not know what she wants to do upon graduating college, she knows that she wants to be doing something she loves and make a difference in the world. She is passionate about her participation in both choir and theater. They have kept her involved, taught her to lead as well as follow, and have given her confidence. She is most proud when she is able to positively affect other people. She hopes to be an inspiration to those younger than her and hopefully inspire them to do the same for the next generation.
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.