(Washington, DC) is a junior undergraduate student attending American University in Washington, DC. A student of AU's College of Arts and Sciences, Victoria is studying public health, with a minor in education studies. Victoria is particularly interested in community-based health promotion and health disparities, and has had many opportunities to explore these issues in the DC community. She has volunteered for several health related organizations in DC, such as Children's National Medical Center. She is also beginning her second year as a Team Leader for Jumpstart at American University and has recently became the treasurer for AU's chapter of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. After graduating from AU, Victoria hopes to have the opportunity to explore her interests abroad and eventually go on to earn her Master's in Public Health. Victoria is pictured with her father, Raymond Donnelly.
Alexa Oestmann (Atlanta, TX) is a freshman attending Henderson State University and will be pursuing the nursing curriculum. While attending Henderson she will also be playing on the volleyball team as a Lady Reddie. In high school she received all A's during all four years. She played saxophone in the band for 4 years and was a 4 year varsity letter recipient in softball and volleyball. She was also a member of the National Honor Society and finished 5th in her class. Alexa is active in the community and the Christian community. Alexa is pictured with her father.
(Wichita Falls, TX) is a freshman attending Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She is majoring in chemistry, and hopes to conduct research during her undergraduate career. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science she plans to attend graduate school; her ultimate career goal is to specialize in forensic toxicology. Emma was a member of her high school's drama club for all four years and was elected the drama club's Vice-President consecutively for her final two years. During her senior year, she portrayed a major character in their UIL Competition play, which advanced to the State level. She is still active in extracurricular theatre in college, and in her spare time she enjoys writing and reading. Emma is pictured with her mother, Karen.
Eric Beach (Medway, Massachusetts) is a freshman attending Bentley University. A student of the Honors College at Bentley, Eric is studying finance, with a minor in CIS. After attaining his Bachelor's Degree in Finance, he plans to study one more year at Bentley, using their Five-Year MBA program plan. He hopes to eventually work for a major investment firm, and specialize in management of hedge funds. On campus, Eric is a part of BIG (Bentley Investment Group), CAB (executive board of the Concerts committee), and plays intramural soccer as well. In the future, he hopes to study abroad in either Italy or Spain. Throughout high school, he played soccer and tennis, and founded the School's first Ultimate Frisbee team. In the second year since the team's inception, they placed 6th in the state tournament. He also was a part of NHS, and held leadership positions in Project Green and S.A.D.D. Eric prides himself on being a passionate and motivated person, who enjoys teaching others.
(Hagerstown, IN) is a freshman attending Earlham College in Richmond, IN. He is studying biology and is in the Pre-Med program. After completing his undergraduate studies, he plans to attend medical school and eventually practice medicine. Also at Earlham, Tyler will be a member of the baseball team. In high school, he was a member of National Honor Society and Peer Helpers. He also graduated third in his class with a 4.0 GPA and was a captain and leader on the varsity football and baseball teams.
He prides himself on his work ethic, discipline, and dedication to both athletics and academics. Tyler is pictured with his father, Jim Funkhouser.
QuanDra Shanks (Lawrenceville, GA) is a sophomore attending Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, in Tallahassee, Florida. She is a student-athlete running cross-country and track & field for the university. QuanDra is studying in the pre-professional area of Physical Therapy at the School of Allied Health Sciences. After obtaining her Bachelors in Health Science, she plans on attending graduate school and earn a Doctor's degree in Physical Therapy. Her career goals are to work for an accredited rehab facility, and then start her own private practice. In her free time, QuanDra likes to volunteer with various organizations whether at school or for Trees Atlanta. She is also in the process of joining Big Sister, Little Sister (BSLS) chapter of FAMU, a student organization known for mentoring others.
Shreyas Kousik (Atlanta, GA) is a senior attending the Georgia Institute of Technology. Studying mechanical engineering, Shreyas intends to pursue a career in automotive design. He will graduate in December 2014, and is currently applying to graduate programs for mechanical engineering across the country. He is driven by the idea of creating a part, a system, and eventually an entire car from his imagination, and seeing it on the road just a few years later. His ultimate job satisfaction is in ownership and personal investment in a mass-produced product - the ability to point to a device in public and say, "I made that." He has worked towards this satisfaction in internships with Nissan, NASA, and most recently, General Motors. Outside of school and work, he has been heavily involved over the years as vice presidents of both Phi Kappa Theta fraternity and the Georgia Tech Public Speaking Club. In addition, he has a predilection towards watching Formula 1 racing and plucking away at his old classical guitar.
Tara Keller (Newark, DE) is a freshman attending the University of Delaware and is studying Medical Laboratory Science. After obtaining her degree from University of Delaware, she plans to attend medical school. Her ultimate career goal is to become a doctor specializing in emergency medicine. Tara had a unique opportunity to attend the National Student Leadership Conference to gain hands on medicine experience with a wide range of medical professional, which only furthered her interest in medicine. When Tara has time away from her studies she devotes her time to better her community by helping others. In high school she was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for the amount of time and effort she gave to her community. Tara is pictured with her mother, Tammy, and her father, Bruce.
Emily Price (New Bern, NC) is currently a junior at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. She is double majoring in Chemical Engineering and Textile Engineering (with a concentration in Chemical Processing). Emily has had summer internships with Milliken & Company in Spartanburg, SC and PotashCorp in Aurora, NC. She is a student ambassador for the NC State College of Textiles and treasurer for the Textile Engineering Society. She is also involved with the University Honors Program, NC State's chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and Kappa Tau Beta Textile Leadership Fraternity. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to work as a production engineer in chemical or textile manufacturing. When she's not studying, Emily enjoys cheering on the Wolfpack and water sports. She earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in 2010 by creating and running a program designed to get young girls interest in science and engineering.
Madison McEwen (Cypress, TX) is a freshman attending Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Madison is an Allied Health major with plans to pursue nursing school at Texas A&M. After she obtains her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing, Madison wants to specialize in labor and delivery nursing. She discovered her passion for medicine in her high school's health science program where students had the opportunity to shadow doctors and nurses at the local hospital. Currently, she is actively involved in numerous student organizations on campus. She is a member of Future Aggie Nurses, Ags for Orphans (an organization that raises awareness for orphans in Haiti), and Patriot Paws (an organization that trains service dogs for disabled veterans). During college, Madison hopes to have the opportunity to study abroad or go on mission trips to Haiti. Madison is pictured with her mother, Kori McEwen.
Anthony Davis is a student in a combined Bachelor/Master degree program in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. Anthony is in the Biomechanics track of the program and hopes to design innovative prosthetics in the future. Anthony not only earned a spot on the Dean's list each of his semesters at the university, but also was named to the university's highest academic honor roll, President's Honor Roll, in Spring 2013 for earning a 4.0 GPA while enrolled in 15 credit hours. Anthony is a member of Kappa Phi Epsilon, a Christian Fraternity, in which he is involved in several service projects including Habitat for Humanity. He also is strongly involved in intramurals at the university, participating in flag football each semester and is the captain of three teams. Additionally, Anthony is involved in the Biomedical Engineering Society. Anthony is pictured with his father, David Davis, his grandmother, Violet Mudryk, and his mother, Andrea Davis.
Rachel Harder (Shoals, IN) is a junior attending the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. Rachel is studying Exercise Science with minors in Business and Coaching. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree from UE, she has been accepted to attend graduate school and earn a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy, also at UE. She hopes to eventually work with geriatric or veteran patients. Her ultimate career goal is becoming a Physical Therapist who specializes in orthopedics. Rachel has had the unique opportunity of having studied abroad, visiting England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, and France in May and June in 2014. She is a part of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the National Society of Leadership and Success. She has held internships with the student fitness center at UE and Body Makeover, a women's fitness facility in Evansville. Rachel is involved on campus by being an Admissions Ambassador to potential students and the Exercise Science Club secretary, and participating in Physical Therapy Club. These create many volunteer opportunities. Rachel is involved in her home community at Shoals, IN through church activities. She holds two jobs, teaching anatomy and physiology tutoring at UE and working as a customer service attendant at West Boggs ark in the summers. Rachel was also Valedictorian of her high school class and is a Lilly Endowment Scholar.
Fairuz Sarker (Allen, TX) is a junior attending the University of Texas at Dallas on a full ride with the Academic Excellence Scholarship (AES). A part of the Collegium V Honors Program at UTD, Fairuz is a pre-medical student majoring in neuroscience and minoring in psychology. After the completion of her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend medical school, focusing on pediatric neurology. She would like to work as a pediatric neurologist and eventually take part in Doctors without Borders. Fairuz has worked as an intern for a neurologist at Baylor Medical Center at Dallas for two consecutive summers. A member of the Neuroscience Student Association, UNICEF, and the Pre-health Honor Society at UTD, she also has done two years of neuroscience research on Schizophrenia and addiction. In her free time, Fairuz volunteers at a low-income pediatric clinic, the emergency department at Texas Health Dallas, and helps out at a local hospice. Fairuz is pictured with her mother and father.
James Duke (Hooks, Texas), known as Harmon to friends and family, is a freshman at Mississippi State University where he is pursuing a double major in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting and Management. During his academic pursuits, Harmon plans to intern with several lucrative landscape architecture firms, including one in Europe. The coursework and internships will provide a base for the establishment of Harmon's own successful firm. After graduating from State, Harmon plans to return home and begin a landscape architecture firm focused primarily on designing landscapes for municipalities, new home construction, and golf courses with a subsidiary for contracting and management. At Mississippi State, Harmon is actively involved with the college chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, Day One Leadership, and New Maroon. In high school, Harmon was Class President all four years, a member of Student Council, National Honor Society, and Hooks FFA Chapter. He also logged more than 500 hours of community service through school organizations and church mission trips to Kentucky, Alabama, Texas, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Olivia (Taylor) Agathen (Campbellsville, Kentucky) is a freshman attending the University of Kentucky. A previous Governor's Scholar, Taylor is majoring in political science and plans to attend law school. She is already actively involved in the Christian Student Fellowship and her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta.
Christopher Fong (Manhattan Beach, CA) is a freshman attending the University of California, Berkeley. A student of the College of Letters and Science, Chris plans to major in either economics or biology. After obtaining an undergraduate degree he intends to work in the healthcare industry. In high school Chris played basketball and participated in varsity track and field, in which he holds his school's triple jump record. He volunteered at the West Los Angeles Medical Center with the in-patient pharmacy and walk-in dental clinic. He also played the viola in his high school symphony orchestra and chamber ensemble. In addition, he participated in the California Orchestra Directors Association All-State Orchestra, Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association All-Southern Orchestra, and the pit orchestra of his high school's play, Peter Pan.
Kaitlynn Williams (Tucson, AZ) is a freshman attending the University of Arizona. She is working to complete a major in PPEL (Philsophy, Politics, Economics, and Law). She also plans on minoring in Arabic and Military and Leadership Studies and has joined Air Force ROTC. As both of Kaitlynn's parents are National Park Service employees, she has grown up in and around the National Park Service (she lived in the only house in one national park for nine years), so she has a great appreciation for federal service. Since her junior year of high school, she herself has been a student employee at a national park; and more recently, she has also started a job at the U of A in medical television and teleconferencing. She is interested in eventually working in politics and law, or in another field that will allow her to make a difference in the lives of others. Kaitlynn is pictured with her mother, Peggy Williams.
Kaley Heiman (Madison, WI) is a freshman attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. A pre-medicine student, Kaley is studying biology with interests in biomedical sciences. She also plans on minoring in Spanish and biochemistry. After completing her undergraduate work, Kaley plans on attending medical school and obtaining her MD license. Currently, she is interested in cardiovascular medicine, oncology, or anesthesiology. Kaley became fascinated with medicine after injuring her lower vertebrae. Spending countless hours around orthopedic physicians and physical therapists, she knew she found her passion. Kaley enjoys a challenge, and she believes becoming a physician will allow her to reach her full academic potential. In high school, Kaley had the unique opportunity of qualifying for national competition in the Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA) student organization; she qualified over hundreds of other students three years out of the four. Besides her undergraduate coursework, Kaley plans on spending her time volunteering, traveling, and working as a nursing assistant. She fully enjoys working with the elderly and spends several hours per week volunteering at a local nursing home. Additionally, Kaley is a member of the Pre-Medicine organization on campus, and plans to fulfill numerous volunteer experiences with other club members. Lastly, Kaley hopes to find time to travel abroad for global projects such as serving under-developed nations, but she also would like to visit for leisure and familiarize herself with other cultures. Kaley would like to thank her family and teachers for all of their support over the years. Kaley is pictured with her parents, Lynn and Joe.
Sarah Logan (Greenwood, AR) is a freshman attending Hendrix College in Conway, AR. Sarah intends on majoring in Political Science and minoring in Women and Gender Studies and plans to be on the Pre-Law track. After graduation, Sarah hopes to attend law school in the north, preferably at an Ivy League. Sarah wants to work as a prosecuting attorney for the FBI following Law School, and eventually plans on working with developing countries on their Women's Rights Status, specifically prosecuting sex crimes. Only 2 months into her college career, Sarah hasn't had much time to get involved with extra-curricular programs; however, she is a Hendrix Warriors tennis player, and is working on a proposal for a project to travel to either East Timur or Cambodia and study their respective genocides and the affects on their respective communities today. During her time away from college, Sarah likes to help out her high school policy debate and quizbowl teams, which she used to be captain and co-captain of; there, she judges at debate tournaments and moderates for quizbowl tournaments. Lastly, Sarah would like to give a big shout-out to her father, Stanford Logan, for having devoted his career to working in the post office which made her eligible for the scholarship and for devoting his life to making her's wonderful. Sarah is pictured with her father, Stanford Logan.
Selin Nugent (Atlanta, GA) is a graduate doctoral student in Anthropology attending The Ohio State University (OSU). After completing her Bachelors of Science in Biological Anthropology & Human Biology and receiving Highest Honors for her Bachelor of Arts Senior Thesis in Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Emory University, she continued her studies in Anthropology and successfully completed her Master of Arts at The Ohio State University before continuing onto the PhD program at the same institution. Selin's areas of research interests include human migration, population mobility, and their social and political impacts, with a particular geographic focus on Anatolia, the Caucasus, and Middle East. She ultimately hopes to pursue a career in research and higher education. Selin has had the opportunity to engage in fieldwork related to her research interests in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Oman. She has received numerous grants to support and develop this research. Furthermore, she has published and presented papers/posters on research related to these areas as well. These experiences have allowed her to develop essential skills in conducting research abroad, contributed to her dissertation data collection, and broadened her perspectives on the diversity of human mobility, migration, and lived experience around the world. Apart from her studies, Selin enjoys serving others through education and representation. She teaches Biological Anthropology and serves as a mentor for students at OSU. She also serves as a delegate for her peers through the Council of Graduate Students at OSU. Selin is pictured with her father, James Nugent.
Zachary Gallegos (Villanueva, NM) is a senior attending the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California. A student of the College of Arts and Sciences, Zachary is studying biology with a focus on molecular biology and biochemistry. He is also working on his honor's thesis, which focuses on the field of breast cancer. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science degree from USF, he plans to attend graduate school and earn a PhD in Cancer Biology or Biomedical Sciences. He hopes to eventually work for a university, a biotech company, or the NIH. His ultimate career goal is becoming a Biomedical Scientist who specializes in breast cancer research. Zachary has had the unique opportunity of having multiple internships, which furthered his interest in the biomedical sciences. He participated in the Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts during the summer of 2013. During the summer of 2014, he participated in the Summer Research Opportunities Program at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Zachary is currently preparing to attend the Gulf Coast Undergraduate Research Symposium at Rice University, in which he will be presenting his research findings from his OSU internship. When Zachary has time away from his studies, he works at USF's Learning and Writing Center as a peer tutor lead, a peer tutor, and a front desk receptionist. In addition, he also volunteers at the American Red Cross and is the recipient of the 2013 – 2014 Arthur Furst Undergraduate Scholarship Award.
Matthew Bridges (Anguilla, MS) is a freshman at Mississippi College, majoring in Biology/Medical Sciences. After completion of his undergraduate degree, he plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in orthopedics. Throughout high school, Matthew maintained a 4.0 unweighted GPA, and was Valedictorian and STAR Student of his graduating class. He received highest average awards in eighteen of his high school classes, and was a Mississippi Delta Honor Graduate. He served as Class President his junior and senior years in high school, and was a member of his high school baseball team, Beta Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. An active 4-H member, he has won four consecutive State 4-H Shooting Sports titles in .22 Rifle. In 2013, he was chosen to participate in the NRA Youth Education Summit in Washington, DC. He is a recent pledge to Kokoa Service Club at Mississippi College, and enjoys hunting, playing guitar, and drawing in his limited spare time.
Gabriel Salazar (Albuquerque, NM) is studying Human Resource Management at The University of New Mexico. Gabriel currently works for the United States Forest Service Human Resource Management division, as he has been awarded a Student Indefinite position. After completion of his bachelor's degree Gabriel plans on obtaining a Business Administration Master's Degree. This is to ensure quality career development, and career enrichment as his passion is customer service. Gabriel currently works in the Office of Workers Compensation for the U.S Forest Service, and dreams of being a manager one day. With the qualification and experience, he believes that he can be a manager that leads his employees with humility, and leads by being a servant. As a student, education is important to Gabriel. He displays a great work ethic as he has been on the dean's list at UNM every semester, and currently has a cumulative 3.89 GPA. Gabriel is passionate about the community and has served in many different ways. He currently is involved with a ministry titled Holy Virus Ministries. He also has volunteered at homeless shelters, and also donates to the poor on a regular basis.
Penelope Fergison (San Francisco, CA) is a freshman at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently studying history with a public policy focus and plans on attending graduate school to receive a Master's degree in Public Administration. She plans to work for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, inspired by her involvement in high school debate and her parent's work for HUD.
Julie Riggins (Bloomfield, IN) is a junior attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is an honors student studying Exercise Science pre-Physical Therapy. Upon completion of her bachelor's degree, she plans to attend graduate school and earn a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. After graduate school, Julie would like to work as a physical therapist helping others. She is an avid runner, and is currently a member of the IUPUI women's cross country and track team. She is also currently the community service chair for IUPUI's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and IUPUI's female Summit League SAAC representative. Aside from academics and athletics, she is a member of the Bloomfield Church of Christ. Julie also enjoys baking and volunteering. She really appreciates the generosity and service of organizations such as FEW, and hopes one day she can give back and help others as they pursue their educational dreams. Julie is pictured with her father, Grant Riggins.
Destanee Hamilton (Ellicott City, MD) is a freshman attending Baylor University in Waco, TX. As a Pre-Physician Assistant student, Destanee is studying biology. After obtaining her Bachelors of Science degree from Baylor University, she plans to attend an accredited Physician Assistant school. Destanee has demonstrated academic excellence, maintaining a 4.0 GPA all four years of high school. In addition to excelling in her academics, Destanee was very involved in serving her community throughout high school and continues this involvement in college. She was an executive member of Centennial High School's National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, and the World Language Honor Society and was president of both Delta Scholars and Best Buddies. Currently, Destanee is an active member of the Multicultural Association of Pre-Health Students and Pre-Physician Assistant Society. She also dedicates time volunteering with Urban Missions at Talitha Koum, a therapeutic center for at risk children of Waco, TX. Destanee is pictured with her father, William Hamilton, and her mother, Tina Hamilton.
Arev Doursounian (Boston, MA) is a sophomore in the Boston College Honors Program, on the Pre-Law track and studying Mathematics and Economics. She has received First Honors on the Dean's List each semester. After graduating from Boston College in 2017, she hopes to work for a technology firm in a business-related capacity. She also hopes to eventually attend Law school and afterwards return to work either for a corporation or for the federal government. At Boston College, Arev is the Publicity Director for the Bellarmine Law Society and the Armenian Club, and she sings in the University Chorale. She is also a Google Student Ambassador, serving as a liaison between Google and Boston College and working to enhance fellow students' educational experiences by utilizing Google products. Arev's interests include singing, playing the piano, cooking, studying foreign languages, and traveling. She is incredibly grateful for the opportunities she has been given, and hopes to make a great impact with her education. She is pictured with her mother, Anne Marie.
Chris Fedors (Palmdale, CA) is a freshman attending Cornell University in New York, a long way from his home in sunny California. He plans on acquiring a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and minoring in materials science. His goal is to obtain a masters degree and go to work in the aerospace industry. He was selected for the Rocketry Project Team at Cornell, where he applies the skills he has learned in class to design and build rockets for competition. He is also a student glider pilot with plans to become fully certified this year. When Chris isn't flying or thinking up ways to make things fly, he is out seeing the world. He is a certified scuba diver and avid snow skier. He also volunteers as a tutor and participates in outreach programs. During high school he found that volunteering at a local retirement home helped him connect with people and that helping others is a great way to feel that he is a part of the community at his new home.
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Latonia M. Cambric-Wade (Harker Heights, Texas) is a doctoral student attending Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. Latonia is pursuing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. Her ultimate career goal is to become an academic professor educating new clinicians in the field of Psychology, in addition to private practice. Latonia obtained her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois and currently works as a Psychotherapist for the U.S Department of Defense, Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where she provides individual and group therapy, as well as crisis intervention to active duty service members diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Latonia is also an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the NAACP and Psi Chi the International Honor Society in Psychology. In her free time, Latonia enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering, and participating in her book club.
Brooke Nash (Brandon, MS) a freshman at Mississippi College and is studying nursing with hopes of minoring in Spanish. After completing her undergraduate degree, she plans on attending graduate school to become a nurse practitioner. She wants to eventually work in a hospital within the emergency room or trauma ward, and she plans to use her future medical training to help others who do not have access to adequate healthcare. Brooke has always had a heart for serving others. Throughout high school, she volunteered with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and with many other organizations around Mississippi. She plans to continue volunteering throughout college. Her passion for volunteering and science pushed her towards a career in the medical field. Brooke graduated third in her class with a 4.13 GPA, and she plans to continue striving for academic excellence during the rest of her academic career. Brooke is now a full-time student and a part-time education assistant with the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. During her free time, she loves to help serve around the Jackson area and spend time with her family and friends. Brooke is pictured with her mother, Janie Nash, and her father, Eric Nash.
Barbara Sims-Shockley (Memphis, TN) is a post-grad student (FNP) attending Austin Peay State University. Barbara attended Tennessee Technology Center at Memphis to obtain her LPN diploma in 1997. From there she went on to obtain her RN BSN from Baptist College of Health Sciences in 2007. In 2011, she began another journey that led her to gain a Master in Nursing Education from Austin Peay State University, where she graduated May 9, 2014. Barbara was nominated and selected as one of the Top 100 nurses in Shelby/Fayette County in April 2014, and then out of those 100, she was awarded one of the "Excellent 11" nursing awards during the Celebrate Nursing ceremony. Her goal is to eventually give back to her community by serving at a local clinic within the city to help high-risk teens that are pregnant. She will also continue to serve within the VA system giving back to the VETS as an honor to her father that served in the Army and fought to defend our country in the Vietnam War.
Kevin Lin (Dayton, OH) studies Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a freshman in the College of Engineering's James Scholar Honors Program. Currently, Kevin plans to pursue graduate studies after earning his Bachelor's degree. Eventually, he wishes to research Artificial Intelligence with the goal of enhancing human wisdom, creativity, and passion. Kevin's first big high school achievement occurred at the 2011 National Division B Science Olympiad Tournament, where he and his partner became National Champions in Optics. Kevin was also a Scholar-Athlete for Cross Country, earning a spot on the All-Conference Academic Team. Next, Kevin served as DACA Youth President. In orchestra, Kevin not only served as an officer but he also played in Youth Orchestra, in Wright State Symphony Orchestra, and then in Alternative Strings as Rookie of the Year. Kevin also got involved in Physics Club/Fysics Friends, the Honors Seminars of Metropolitan Dayton, Philosophy Club, Chinese Club, and DCCC Youth. In the summer of 2014, Kevin interned for Airforce Research Lab's summer at the Edge program, working on Project AVATAR. In college, Kevin currently serves the Engineering Student Alumni Ambassadors as both an ambassador and an Events Committee member. Kevin also participates in The Foundry, a graded honors section where students design, create, and ship a real product as their own startup company. Kevin also participates in ACM's "SigArt" (Artificial Intelligence), ACM's "Init", and Covenant Fellowship Church.
Alex Schelhorn (Farmingdale, NY) is a freshman attending the University of Notre Dame. He will declare a major in Finance at the Mendoza School of Business at ND this spring and is also considering a minor in Statistics. He is currently involved in various activities on campus including the Wall Street Club, Intramural full contact football and service clubs. Alex hopes to pursue a career in risk analysis within the financial world. During high school, Alex spent his time playing varsity sports, participating in the math and science Olympiads, tutoring his peers, and volunteering at youth ministries at his Church. He prides himself on being a well-rounded compassionate individual who brings his passion to all his activities. Alex is pictured with his father, Robert Schelhorn.
Alivia Berry (St. Louis, MO) is a second year graduate student studying speech-language pathology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her undergraduate degree in the same field from Purdue University in 2013. She currently resides in St. Louis, where she is completing practical internships at St. Louis Children's Hospital and The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. After obtaining her Masters of Science degree from SIUC, she hopes to work as a speech therapist specializing in adult rehabilitation of communication and swallowing deficits. Alivia has always been a "people person," and is delighted that her future career will allow her to work closely with others and positively influence their lives. Even before she began her formal studies, she realized the significant power of speech and language. From critical, life-and-death situations her father faces as an air traffic controller, to simple exchanges with family members, the ability to effectively communicate is key. In her spare time, Alivia enjoys traveling, cooking, and volunteering. She was a member of numerous service-based clubs throughout high school and college, and continues to volunteer her time when she is able. Alivia would like to sincerely thank all donors for their gracious and generous gifts. She is honored to be chosen as a recipient of a 2014-2015 FEEA scholarship, and she truly appreciates the contribution to her education. Alivia is pictured with her mother, Danielle Berry, and her father, Jeff Berry.
Pete Chirico (Vienna, VA) is in his second year studying at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Pete is a PhD student in the Geography and Environmental Systems Program and he is focusing on the use of remote sensing satellite imagery and geographic information systems (GIS) techniques for mapping and monitoring natural resources. He is a full time Federal employee with the US Geological Survey in Reston, VA where he has worked for 18 years and where he looks forward to continuing his career. Pete has worked on a variety of natural resource related projects throughout his career both domestically and also as a part of the USGS's International Program. One of his proudest achievements is an internship program that he developed at USGS where he has been able to sponsor over 40 undergraduate and graduate students and help them gain practical work experience in the fields of Geoscience and GIS. When Pete is not working or studying, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Bethany, and their dog Reese. He's an active volunteer for his community association and his local Church Parish. Pete is pictured with his wife, Bethany, and their dog Reese.
Shay Coolican (Newport, NC) is a freshman attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shay is currently a double major in business and music with a focus in voice. After graduation, she plans to attend law school, and would eventually like to pursue a career in politics. Throughout her high school career, Shay volunteered with many different organizations that brought together service and music. She was the historian of Tri-M Music Honors Society, a program that used academics and music to reach out to the community, Beta Club, and the Grandparent Program, a volunteer organization where students could visit the residents of Harborview Nursing Home and help the staff with whatever needed to be done. In addition, Shay was president of the Performing Arts Club, and even directed a play during her senior year. In college, she plans to continue her fusion of music and volunteer work while she works towards both of her degrees. Shay is pictured with her mother, Leigh Ann Dixon.
Shelia Nwachukwu (Marietta, GA) attended Alabama A and M University where she earned Bachelors Degree in Business Management with a minor in Computer Science. She loved her computer classes enough to begin a Masters in Computer Science. After one year she was force to leave school and move to Georgia with her young family. After years of longing to complete what she started over 20 years ago, She enrolled in Southern Polytechnic University in May 2013. She is having the time of her life learning new things. Sheila says she gives the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ all the praise and glory for all she has accomplished and says "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me."
Maritza Ozepy (Florence, KY) is a senior attending Northern Kentucky University at Highland Heights, KY. A student of the College of Business at NKU, Maritza is majoring in Accounting with a minor in Business Administration. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree from NKU, she plans to sit for the CPA exam. She hopes to advance her career with the IRS and eventually become a Budget Analyst. Maritza is currently a Bilingual Tax Examining Technician at the Centralized Liens Operation department at the IRS. Through the agency, she has had the opportunity to volunteer at the Covington Campus VITA site and at the Great American Cleanup of Goebel Park in Covington. Maritza started her Accounting studies at Gateway Community & Technical College where she obtained an Associate Degree in Business- Option Accounting in 2013. She was born in Lima, Peru and obtained her US Citizenship in 2010. Maritza is fluent in both Spanish and English and she is very interested in helping the community and promoting diversity.
Johanna Kovarik (Denver, CO) is currently the National Cave and Karst Geology Program Coordinator for Minerals and Geology Management within the USDA Forest Service. She also works with Forest Service International Programs, coordinating work on the Biosfera de la Reserva Selva el Ocote in Mexico. She holds a masters degree in Geoscience, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Florida. Johanna is an accomplished and experienced cave and karst resource geologist, having led and participated in grant-funded exploration and research in the U.S. and abroad. A Fellow of the National Speleological Society, her doctoral research focuses on groundwater vulnerability and environmental disturbance in protected areas in developing countries. In addition to her work with the Forest Service, Johanna has instructed undergraduate courses in geoscience and conservation and traveled as an invited speaker to conferences and workshops.
John Russell (Annandale, VA) is a senior attending American Military University. John is an honors student studying homeland security with a concentration in emergency and disaster management. After completing his Bachelors of Arts from AMU, he intends to attend graduate school at either George Washington University or American Military University where he intends to continue his homeland security studies. He hopes to work in the counterterrorism field upon completion of graduate school and retirement from the U.S. Army. Over the past decade, John traveled throughout Europe and the Middle East, which broaden his understanding of world and cultural affairs that effectively influenced his chosen career field. John received numerous leadership and service awards and was selected as member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 4.0 for the duration of his collegiate career. John is pictured with his wife, Jenny.
Maria Jirele (Maplewood, MN) is a freshman attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maria is currently undecided but leaning towards double majoring in Marketing and Spanish with a minor in Graphic Design. She plans on studying abroad in Spain next fall and becoming an active member in the Spanish Club at the University. She currently works for the University's dining center, as well as belongs to a intramural co-ed soccer team. In high school Maria was a part of the campus service group, was a captain for her Varsity Track and Field team, and was on the A-Honor Roll all four years. Outside of school Maria maintained a part time job both her junior and senior year of high school and had the opportunity to work for her high school's business office as an office assistant. Over the summer she volunteered as a Summer Stretch leader for her local Church, leading younger parishioners in various service activities as well as supervising recreational activities. October of her junior year, she was able to participate in the Homeless Memorial March Cardboard Box Sleep Out where she spent a night sleeping in a cardboard box in the rain. Because of this experience she found a deep passion in service towards the community and helping those less fortunate than herself, and now continues to serve her new community in Madison, WI. Maria is pictured with her father, Lieutenant Colonel James Jirele.
Jamie Haussecker (Fort Worth, Texas) is a graduate student attending La Salle University - Philadelphia. A student of the College of Professional & Continuing Studies, Jamie is studying economic forensic crimes with a focus on fraud and forensic accounting. After obtaining her Bachelors of Arts degree from Texas Woman's University and a Master's of Science degree in Criminal Justice, she plans to earn her second Master's degree in Economic Crime Forensics and a Master's certificate in Forensic Accounting. She hopes to continue her career with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and eventually move into an investigative role at the Commission. Her ultimate career goal is to work as an intelligence analyst for a defense agency. Besides working full time for the entirety of her college career, Jamie has regularly sought out opportunities to help the community. She is currently the office liaison for the Combined Federal Campaign and serves to support their local Student Shadowing Program that mentors high school students and introduces them to the Securities & Exchange Commission. In high school she was Student Council Vice President and Chair of the Good Works Committee, wherein she was awarded chords for graduation for the amount of hours served in her community. When Jamie is not working, volunteering, or studying; she is spending time with her 10 month old son and husband.
Rachel Duncan (York Haven, PA) is a sophomore attending Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Rachel is double majoring in Actuarial Mathematics and Mathematics while looking to minor in Computational Science. Over the summer, she began a wonderful internship at Capital BlueCross in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she is learning about her future career and has become even more involved in her community. Along with a large focus on academics, she is also an active student athlete at Lycoming. Rachel is playing on the Women's Basketball team for her second season as a forward or center for the Warriors. Her love of math has led her to become a member of the AMIS (Association of Mathematically Interested Students) club where she helps organize events to raise mathematics awareness in local schools. Rachel is also a Calculus tutor for Lycoming College and at home where she offers her assistance to anyone that wishes to have a better understanding of mathematics. By the time graduation approaches, she plans to have passed as many actuarial exams as possible and hopes to work for a private insurance company close to home. This past spring, she was awarded with the M. B. Rich Endowed Prize Award at Lycoming's Honors Convocation for academic excellence and achievement. In Rachel's free time, she loves to play games, paint, learn new skills, and spend time with her family, friends, and her dog.
Ben Reese (Marietta, OH) is a 2013 graduate (summa cum laude) of Marietta College where he earned Bachelors' of Arts in Economics and Political Science; he also received a minor in Leadership Studies and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society. Ben is currently a second-year student at the University of Michigan Law School, where he is an Associate Editor on the Michigan Law Review. He also works part time as an extern at the Washtenaw County Prosecuting Attorney's Office. For the summer of 2015, Ben has accepted a Summer Associate's position at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll, a public interest firm in Washington, D.C. While an undergraduate, Ben worked as a grant writer and student intern at the Marietta Municipal Court in Marietta, OH where he obtained funding from the State of Ohio for a $40,000 program to provide case management services for probationers struggling to deal with mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, and unemployment. Between semesters at law school, he has returned to the Municipal Court to work as a judicial intern to the Honorable Janet Dyar Welch, where he has helped to draft opinions and work on various criminal law issues. This summer, Ben worked in the Special Proceedings Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. There he assisted Assistant United States Attorneys in responding to collateral attacks on criminal convictions by performing research and drafting memoranda and pleadings in a variety of cases.
Ken Brandon (Huntsville, AL) is a sophomore attending Oakwood University. He is currently completing a dual degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. After obtaining his Bachelors of Science degree from Oakwood University, Ken plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a Neurosurgeon. Ken has had the opportunity of watching multiple surgeries, which sparked his interest in medicine. After spending over three summers volunteering at the Atlanta Veteran's Affairs (VA) Medical Center he knew that this was his calling. When Ken has time away from his studies he enjoys working as a chemistry lab instructor, where he assists and aids general chemistry students. He is also a pianist and has played for over 10 years. While balancing school and work, Ken is a student leader and is currently serving as the Academic Senator of the School of Sciences. His passion for change and love for leadership is only a reflection of his high school years, where he was class president junior and senior year as well as the National Honor Society president.
Michelle Grenier (San Antonio, TX) is a graduate student at LeTourneau University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Southwest Texas State University. Pursuing a M.A. in Counseling with LPC licensure, she plans to help military families with the unique issues they face. She has been a federal employee for 3 1/2 years. She recently transitioned her career from a Program Analyst working with the Air Force to a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator with the Army. Her passion for working with the military came from her active duty Army father, brother and husband. Michelle currently maintains a 4.0 GPA and volunteers monthly at a nursing facility. Her hobbies include photography, home improvement projects and traveling. She lives with her husband, Josh, and children, Lindsey and William (pictured).
Katherine Lothrop (Balch Springs, Texas) is a freshman attending Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. She is currently earning her Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering, and hopes to one day work in a corporate environment that allows her to problem-solve and use her skills to maximize her potential. Eventually, Katie hopes to study abroad, and to one day even work abroad. Katie had the opportunity in high school to gain an internship with PepsiCo's Food for Good program, and worked on projects with an Industrial Engineer, which furthered her interest in Industrial Engineering. She also earned her Girl Scout Gold Award in high school by partnering with the Balch Springs Mayor's Back-to-School fair, and hopes to continue her community service in college. In her spare time, Katie plays tennis, read, and go backpacking.
Jacqueline Romero (Land o' Lakes, FL) is a third year medical student attending Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) in New York City. Jacqueline is currently in the four-year Doctor of Medicine program obtaining her undergraduate medical education which focuses on human anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and clinical science. After receiving her Doctorate of Medicine degree from WCMC, she plans to complete a residency program in a specialty of her choice. Currently, she is interested in pediatrics and neurology but is keeping an open mind as she goes through her third year rotations. Jacqueline hopes to one day practice medicine in an academic or community hospital setting (she is still undecided) seeing mostly under-served populations. She hopes to also be involved in community outreach teaching patients how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Since her undergraduate years, Jacqueline has done many short-term projects ranging from studying how fat cells form to writing about minimally invasive surgery for chronic back pain to finding out what barriers to eating healthy and exercise are present in low income communities. Recently, she participated in an internship with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center studying the chemotherapeutic treatments given to patients with mucosal melanoma. During her medical school years, she has volunteered with the student-run community clinic and participated in community outreach events held in under-served communities. When Jacqueline is not busy with her studies, she enjoys sketching, painting, and visiting her family. Jacqueline is pictured with her mother, Jacqueline M. Botello.
Valerie Verdun (Washington, DC) is a first year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She will graduate in 2018, where she hopes to enter a residency program in either Internal Medicine or Pediatrics. Valerie is interested in a career in academic medicine and was elected by her peers during the first month of medical school as the Georgetown University School of Medicine Class of 2018 representative to the Student Medical Education Committee, which meets twice monthly with faculty and deans to discuss curriculum changes. She currently volunteers at a women's homeless shelter in Washington D.C., where she teaches classes once weekly on health and nutrition. She is excited to begin a very rewarding career in medicine. Valerie graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in May 2014. Valerie is pictured with her father, Peter Verdun.
Matthew Trice (Arlington, VA) is a freshman attending Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Matthew is currently taking classes in calculus, spanish, political science, and ancient history. Matthew is unsure what he wants to major in, but has interests in attending the business school and possibly developing a career in politics. Though Matthew is unsure of what career he wants to pursue, a general goal that he has is to be successful at whatever he does and, above all, to enjoy his work. At Wake Forest, Matthew not only strives to excel in the classroom; he also is an active participant in intramural sports and on-campus service organizations, like that of Campus Kitchen. Matthew hopes to continue to expand his interests over his college career and possibly study abroad in Europe or Latin America.