Morehead-Cain Foundation announces 57 new Scholars

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For immediate use: Friday, April 25, 2014

 

The Morehead-Cain Foundation this fall will welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 57 new Morehead-Cain Scholars from across North Carolina, the United States and the world. The class of 2018 will include:

 

  • Thirty-one scholars from North Carolina
  • Twenty-six scholars from outside North Carolina, including:
    • Sixteen scholars from eleven different states;
    • One scholar each from Brazil, Italy, South Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam;
    • One scholar from Canada; and
    • Four scholars from the United Kingdom.

 

The Morehead-Cain Foundation is the home of the first merit scholarship program in the country. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition, it features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences. Over four summers, scholars will have the opportunity to complete an outdoor leadership course, carry out public service in the United States or abroad, conduct research at sites across the world and gain experience in private enterprise.

 

The summer enrichment program is complemented during the academic year by the Morehead-Cain Discovery Fund. Scholars are encouraged to more deeply explore their particular interests, whether they involve studying under celebrated artists, attending leadership retreats or obtaining wilderness first responder certification. From conducting research about traditional medicine in Ecuador to creating a documentary about hidden Jewish communities in Ethiopia, Morehead-Cain Scholars are given resources to pursue educational opportunities wherever they find them.

 

Selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, academic achievement, moral force of character and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment.

More than 220 Morehead-Cain Scholars currently study on campus, making outstanding contributions across the full range of University life. From student government to community service to the performing arts, Morehead-Cain Scholars play a prominent role in Carolina’s vibrant student community. For example, UNC’s recently elected student body president, senior class president and student attorney general are all Morehead-Cains, as are the outgoing student body president, Honor Court chair and student attorney general.

 

Within the past 10 years, 13 Morehead-Cain Scholars have won Rhodes Scholarships to England’s Oxford University, one of the world’s most competitive and prestigious awards for graduate study. Since the first Morehead Scholars graduated from Carolina in 1957, 30 of UNC’s 33 Rhodes Scholars have been Morehead-Cain graduates.

 

Morehead-Cain Scholars have accounted for 24 of the University’s 36 Luce Scholars and 19 of Carolina’s 32 Truman Scholars, among the nation’s most generous and distinguished awards for graduate study. Twenty-seven Morehead-Cain Scholars have won Fulbright Fellowships.

 

Like the scholars, the nearly 3,000 Morehead-Cain Alumni across the world are a diverse and distinguished group. They include:

 

• Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch;

• U.S. Congressmen Jim Cooper, Mike McIntyre and David Price;

• Sallie Krawcheck, owner of 85 Broads and former head of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney;

• Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International;

• Karen Stevenson, a Los Angeles attorney and the first black American woman to win a Rhodes Scholarship;

• New York Times columnist Frank Bruni;

• Tim Sullivan, chief executive officer of Ancestry.com;

• Ann Livermore, current board of directors member and former executive vice president at Hewlett-Packard;

• Adam Falk, president of Williams College;

• Peter Henry, dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business;

• Danae Ringelmann, co-founder and chief development officer of Indiegogo, the world’s largest crowdfunding platform;

• David Gardner, co-founder and co-chariman of the board of the Motley Fool, world-renowned multimedia financial services company; and

• Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

The Morehead-Cain, founded in 1945, has been a model for countless merit awards throughout the United States. These include the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Program, Duke University’s Benjamin N. Duke Scholars Program, and Emory University’s Woodruff Scholars Program.

 

For more information, visit http://www.moreheadcain.org or call the foundation at (919) 962-1201.

 

 

 

New Morehead-Cain Scholars are listed below alphabetically by North Carolina county, state, and country. Students noted with an asterisk are listed in more than one location.

 

 

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

Buncombe

Travis Broadhurst will graduate this spring from North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, North Carolina, where he is an accomplished member of the school’s math team as well as captain of the football team. Travis is also a member of the Order of the Arrow, an honor society of the Boy Scouts, and serves as lodge chief. Travis is the son of Richard and Laurel Broadhurst.

 

Grace Buie will graduate this spring from Asheville High School in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is student body vice president, captain of the debate team, and a member of the school’s top-ranked field hockey team. She also volunteers with Asheville Greenworks, an organization dedicated to improving the local environment through community-based projects. Grace is the daughter of Stephen and Billie Buie.

 

Sarah Gilmour will graduate this spring from Charles D. Owen High School in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where she is co-editor of the school newspaper—The Hoofbeat—and a member of the school’s soccer and swim teams. Passionate about politics and news, Sarah is interested in journalism, government, and nonprofit work. Sarah is the daughter of Monroe Gilmour, Jr., and Marilyn Martin.

 

Cabarrus

Daverian Williams will graduate this spring from Cabarrus/Kannapolis Early College High School in Concord, North Carolina, where he is a leader in student government, tutors classmates in mathematics, and serves on the Concord Youth Council. He also founded a youth book club, helping children develop a love of reading. Tre’ is the son of Stephan Anderson and Sandy Williams of Harrisburg, North Carolina.

 

Carteret

Blake Dodge will graduate this spring from West Carteret High School in Morehead City, North Carolina, where she is a leader in student government, plays three musical instruments, sings in chorus, and is a captain—and twelve-time state champion—in cross country and track. Blake hopes to pursue a career in politics, journalism, or marketing. Blake is the daughter of Robert and Beverli Dodge of Beaufort, North Carolina.

 

Catawba

Sandy Alkoutami will graduate this spring from St. Stephens High School in Hickory, North Carolina, where she is student body president and vice president of Key Club, a public service organization that provides opportunities for students to volunteer in their schools and communities. Sandy is an avid swimmer and has competed regionally since the fourth grade. Sandy is the daughter of Ghassan and Rana Alkoutami.

 

Chatham

Christopher Guevara will graduate this spring from Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City, North Carolina, where he is a member of the Scholars’ Latino Initiative, president of the Beta Club, and a co-founder of his school’s wrestling team. He also competes in regional, state, and national business marketing comptetions. Chris is the son of Javier Guevara and Susana Zaragoza.

 

Cleveland

David Allen, Jr., will graduate this spring from Shelby High School in Shelby, North Carolina, where he is senior class president, vice president of the French Club, and founder of the Political Awareness Group. David is interested in political science and broadcast journalism, and also works at WOHS radio station covering a wide array of youth and high school sports. David is the son of Amy and David Allen, Sr.

 

Craven

*Hannah Sloan will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina, where she is member of the science olympiad and a residential life assistant. Hannah is also an avid swimmer and member of the school’s soccer and cross country teams. Hannah is interested in applied mathematics and physics, philosophy and applications of biology, and global studies. Hannah is the daughter of Timothy and Kara Sloan of Trent Woods, North Caroina.

 

Davidson

Olivia Bruff will graduate this spring from Central Davidson High School in Lexington, North Carolina, where she is a leader in student government, an all-conference and all-region member of the track team, and president of the Environmental Club. Having grown up on a farm, Olivia loves to garden and help plant, cultivate, and can her family’s produce. Olivia is the daughter of Leonard and Marie Bruff.

 

Durham

*Emma Astrike-Davis will graduate this spring from Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, where she is co-president of the National Honor Society and a member of the school’s championship cross country and track teams. Emma is also the founder and president of Art for Hospice, an organization that shares art made by young students with hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes. Emma is the daughter of Nancy Astrike and Joan Davis of Durham, North Carolina.

 

Elena Kovalik will graduate this spring from the Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill in Durham, North Carolina, where she is captain of the robotics team and vice president of the student council. She also practices karate, which has taught her patience, strength, and mental focus—qualities she hopes will serve her well as she studies biomedical, chemical, and materials engineering. Elena is the daughter of Eugene and Isabel Kovalik.

 

*Mallory Lowe will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina, where she is president of the Spectrum Club and a residential life assistant, responsible for planning hall activities. She also writes poetry, paints, and, when just 14 years old, became the youngest female glider pilot in North Carolina. Mallory is the daughter of Georgia Mertel of Trinity, North Carolina.

 

Cameron McNeill will graduate this spring from Riverside High School in Durham, North Carolina, where he is editor of the school newspaper, founder of a volunteering club, and president of the school’s National Honor Society. Cameron, who is a member of the lacrosse team and captain of the soccer team, also attended the North Carolina Governor’s School. Cameron is the son of David and Diana McNeill.

 

*Hannah Sloan will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina, where she is member of the science olympiad and a residential life assistant. Hannah is also an avid swimmer and member of the school’s soccer and cross country teams. Hannah is interested in applied mathematics and physics, philosophy and applications of biology, and global studies. Hannah is the daughter of Timothy and Kara Sloan of Trent Woods, North Carolina.

 

Forsyth

Sami Lachgar will graduate this spring from R. J. Reynolds Senior High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he is editor-in-chief of the school’s award-winning newspaper, Pine Whispers, a leader on the science and history teams, and captain of the soccer team. He is also fluent in Arabic, French, and Spanish. Sami is the son of Abdessadek Lachgar and Christine Leroy.

 

Allison McGuire will graduate this spring from West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina, where she is co-editor of the school yearbook as well as captain of the cross country and swimming teams. Before participating in a foreign exchange trip to Argentina, Allison organized a fundraiser to paint and renovate a rural church—and buy clothes for dozens of kindergarteners. Allison is the daughter of Sharon and Thomas McGuire, Jr.

 

Franklin

Anna Dodson will graduate this spring from Bunn High School in Bunn, North Carolina, where she is student body president and co-founder of the Project Unity club, an organization that fosters the inclusion of special-needs students in school events. Passionate about dance, Anna is a member of a troupe that has won national awards and recognition. She also studied natural science at the North Carolina Governor’s School West. Anna is the daughter of Terry and Patricia Dodson.

 

Guilford

Rachel Lempp will graduate this spring from Lucy C. Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, North Carolina, where she is student body president, secretary of the Key Club, and a member of the volleyball and lacrosse teams. A volunteer at an animal shelter and a tutor, Rachel also serves on her church’s mission team, helping build and renovate homes for families in need in Tennessee. Rachel is the daughter of John and Sara Lempp of Greensboro, North Carolina.

 

Marlon Petty, Jr., will graduate this spring from Eastern Guilford High School in Gibsonville, North Carolina, where he serves as a member of the school’s National Conference for Community and Justice representatives, working with classmates to alleviate discrimination, segregation, and bigotry within schools. No stranger to fancy footwork, Marlon is defensive captain of the football team and leader of a competitive dance troupe. Marlon is the son of Cailisha and Marlon Petty, Sr.

 

Rishab Revankar will graduate this spring from the Early College at Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he is president of Health Occupations Students of America and of the Interact Club, helping raise eight thousand dollars for a children’s music program in India. Interested in health, he wants to pursue a career in medicine, medical research, or medical journalism. Rishab is the son of Rajan Revankar and Nina Uppin.

 

Mecklenburg

Eleanor Teller will graduate this spring from Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she is president of her school’s Amnesty International chapter. She spent her junior year at sea—studying, working, and living on a ship as a member of Class Afloat. Ellie also helped develop her school’s ultimate Frisbee club into a varsity sport, and is an avid surfer. Ellie is the daughter of Robert and Deidre Teller.

 

Moore

Elaine Kearney will graduate this spring from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, where she is a leader in student government, vice president of the National Honor Society, and member of the school’s championship-winning speech and debate team. She is also a member of the golf team and attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Mathematics. Elaine is the daughter of Jennifer and Wayne Kearney, Jr., of Pinehurst, North Carolina.

 

*Joseph Nail will graduate this spring from Blue Valley West High School in Stilwell, Kansas, where he is president of his school’s National Honor Society. Joe served as one of six United States student ambassadors to Indonesia, and founded two service projects to help Indonesian families in need. A decorated athlete, Joe captains the school’s soccer and track teams. Joe is the son of Christopher and Kerry Nail of Whispering Pines, North Carolina.

 

Orange

Hannah Hodge will graduate this spring from Chapel Hill Senior High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she is president of a diversity and leadership club, a section leader in the school’s orchestra, and a leader on the softball team. She also attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Social Sciences and is a member of Youth Bridging Cultures, leading discussions and arts-focused activities to encourage diversity within the community. Hannah is the daughter of Eric and Lauren Hodge.

 

Corey Risinger will graduate this spring from East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she is editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, president of Model UN, and actively involved with El Centro Hispano, tutoring, mentoring, and directing summer camps. Corey also attended the North Carolina Governor’s School, is an avid tennis player, and was selected for the North Carolina Pottery Center’s student show. Corey is the daughter of Bradley Risinger and Carolyn Landever.

 

Pitt

Ashish Khanchandani will graduate this spring from Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina, where he co-founded the school’s Project Unity chapter, an organization that carries out projects for students with disabilities. He is also an active member of Health Occupations Students of America and of the J. H. Rose track team. Ashish is the son of Thakur and Jaya Khanchandani.

 

Randolph

*Mallory Lowe will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, North Carolina, where she is president of the Spectrum Club and a residential life assistant, responsible for planning hall activities. She also writes poetry, paints, and, when just 14 years old, became the youngest female glider pilot in North Carolina. Mallory is the daughter of Georgia Mertel of Trinity, North Carolina.

 

Wake

*Emma Astrike-Davis will graduate this spring from Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, where she is co-president of the National Honor Society and a member of the school’s championship cross country and track teams. Emma is also the founder and president of Art for Hospice, an organization that shares art made by young students with hospice centers, hospitals, and nursing homes. Emma is the daughter of Nancy Astrike and Joan Davis of Durham, North Carolina.

 

Mary Grady Bell will graduate this spring from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she is a leader in student government, co-concertmaster of the orchestra, and vice president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. Mary Grady also co-founded the Strategic Acts of Kindness Club, which distributes small gifts to fellow students to make them feel appreciated and to build community. Mary Grady is the daughter of Mary Grady Bell and Vic Bell, III.

 

Sanjay Gadi will graduate this spring from Raleigh Charter School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he is senior class president, president of the Key Club, and a member of the honor council and the student legislative assembly. He also excels at karate, earning his black belt in only three years and winning five national titles. Sanjay is the son of Jagadish and Sashi Gadi.

 

Elizabeth Nicholls will graduate this spring from Raleigh Charter School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she co-founded Act Packs—a backpack program designed to spark elementary school students’ interest in reading, art, sports, and other mentally and physically engaging activities. Elizabeth also attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Instrumental Music, is a member of the basketball and soccer squads, and is captain of the cross country team. Elizabeth is the daughter of Marc and Kay Nicholls.

 

Catherine Sullivan will graduate this spring from W. G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she is student body president, lead marshal, and a student representative on the school improvement team. Katie also plays classical piano, is a member of the softball team, and attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for Social Science. Katie is the daughter of Thomas Sullivan and Catherine Atchison.

 

Wayne

Myra Waheed will graduate this spring from Charles B. Aycock High School in Pikeville, North Carolina, where she is a leader on the Goldsboro Mayor’s Youth Council and the student-writer for the Wayne-Wilson News Leader, a weekly newspaper distributed across two counties. She is also president of her district’s Health Occupations Students of America, leader of the photography club, and a member of the cross country team. Myra is the daughter of Waheed Akhtar and Shabana Anwar of Goldsboro, North Carolina.

 

OUT OF STATE

Alaska

*Nicholas Curtin will graduate this spring from the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, where he is a unit commander in the military leadership program, a peer tutor, and captain of the hockey team. A lover of the outdoors, Nick spends much of his free time hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and fishing. Nick is the son of James Curtin of Anchorage, Alaska.

 

Arkansas

Gordon Miller Wilbourn, Jr., will graduate this spring from Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, Arkansas, where he is president of the student honor council and helped start the school’s SUMMA Theological Debate Society. Miller is also a member of his school’s state championship track team, as well as president of his district’s Conference Council on Youth Ministries. Miller is the son of Penny and Gordon Wilbourn, Sr.

 

California

Devon Hughes will graduate this spring from Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, where he is president of the black student union, vice president of the United Black Student Unions of California, and a member of the school’s tennis team. Devon is also president of the Junior Antlers, an Elks Lodge youth group. Devon is the son of Robert and Sharon Hughes.

Mahogany Monette will graduate this spring from the Thacher School in Ojai, California, where she is co-head of the United Cultures of Thacher, a group promoting diversity in school, as well as a leader on the lacrosse, basketball, and cross country teams. Mahogany is also a prefect, living with freshman girls to mentor and support them. Mahogany is the daughter of Telona Monette of Los Angeles, California.

 

Florida

Jonathan Alvarez will graduate this spring from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami, Florida, where he is the captain and goal keeper of the soccer team, as well as the head of athletic events and fundraising on the student council. Off the field, Jonathan is interested in science, math, and engineering, and is considering a career in the medical field. Jonathan is the son of Jose Alvarez of Coral Gables, Florida.

 

Indiana

*Nicholas Curtin will graduate this spring from the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, where he is a unit commander in the military leadership program, a peer tutor, and captain of the hockey team. A lover of the outdoors, Nick spends much of his free time hiking, mountain biking, climbing, and fishing. Nick is the son of James Curtin of Anchorage, Alaska.

 

Iowa

*Scott Diekema will graduate this spring from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he is the head of photography for the school newspaper, an active member of the school’s comedy troupe, and captain of the cross country team. Scott is also a co-founder of Shoes 4 Change, a nonprofit project he started with a classmate to help children in developing countries who are born with clubfoot. Scott is the son of Daniel Diekema and Janet Andrews of Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Kansas

*Joseph Nail will graduate this spring from Blue Valley West High School in Stilwell, Kansas, where he is president of his school’s National Honor Society. Joe served as one of six United States student ambassadors to Indonesia, and founded two service projects to help Indonesian families in need. A decorated athlete, Joe captains the school’s soccer and track teams. Joe is the son of Christopher and Kerry Nail of Whispering Pines, North Carolina.

 

Kentucky

Caroline Folz will graduate this spring from Dupont Manual Magnet School in Louisville, Kentucky, where her love of science led her to conduct research, present results at regional science fairs, and represent her school at the Illinois Science Research Symposium. A tactician on the field and off, Caroline is also the captain of her school’s chess and lacrosse teams. Caroline is the daughter of Rod and Emily Folz.

 

Louisiana

Rebecca Chaisson will graduate this spring from Slidell High School in Slidell, Louisiana, where she is a leader on student council, captain of the varsity tennis squad, and historian of the Thespian Society—writing, casting and directing her own original play. Rebecca is also an intern at the Audubon Zoo, and is currently the only non-employee allowed to work with birds of prey. Rebecca is the daughter of Brian Chaisson and Kimberly Russell.

 

Massachusetts

*Scott Diekema will graduate this spring from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he is the head of photography for the school newspaper, an active member of the school’s comedy troupe, and captain of the cross country team. Scott is also a co-founder of Shoes 4 Change, a nonprofit project he started with a classmate to help children in developing countries who are born with clubfoot. Scott is the son of Daniel Diekema and Janet Andrews of Iowa City, Iowa.

 

Minnesota

Claire Drysdale will graduate this spring from Breck School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she holds records on the cross country team and is a co-leader of the school art club. As much as she loves to paint, Claire also enjoys studying historical texts, performing chemical reactions, and exploring the places where the science and art worlds intersect. Claire is the daughter of Michael and Julie Drysdale of Golden Valley, Minnesota.

 

Missouri

Eric Lee will graduate this spring from Francis Howell High School in St. Charles, Missouri, where he is class president, serves on the principal’s advisory council, and is co-founder and president of the Asian culture club. He is also a member of the track and cross country teams. Eric is interested in microbiology, economics, and neuroscience. Eric is the son of Chunping Li and Aihua Shao of Weldon Spring, Missouri.

 

New Jersey

Elliot Furbert will graduate this spring from the Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, where, as president of the Junior Classical League, he encourages his classmates to share their love of Roman history and language. He is also captain of the school’s track team and a section leader in the jazz and concert bands. Elliot is the son of Lora and Calworth Furbert, Jr., of Bloomfield, New Jersey.

 

New Mexico

*Samuel Haddad will graduate this spring from United World College USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, where he is co-captain of the Model United Nations team and a residential advisor, and leads backpacking trips through the wilderness of New Mexico. Sam’s academic interests are diverse, including anthropology, biology, and English. Sam is the son of Luigi and Mary Haddad of Amarillo, Texas.

 

*Emily Venturi will graduate this spring from United World College USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, where she is co-editor of the school newspaper and a leader in student government. Outside of the classroom, Emily is a member of her school’s field hockey team, as well as the swing and ballroom dancing clubs. Emily is the daughter of Vittorio Venturi and Tracy Stannard of Trieste, Italy.

 

South Carolina

Cara Pugh will graduate this spring from Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, South Carolina, where she founded A Different Perspective, a club that provides a platform for differing points of view for its members, the school, and the community as a whole. Cara is also the president of her chapter of Jack and Jill of America, a youth leadership organization. Cara is the daughter of Willis and Charlisa Pugh of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

 

Tennessee

David Doochin will graduate this spring from the University School of Nashville in Nashville, Tennessee, where he is editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, a leader in Peer Educators and Assistants, and vice president of the student theatre guild. Interested in mathematics and chemistry, David is considering college professor and chemical engineer as possible career interests. David is the son of Lawrence and Janice Doochin of Franklin, Tennessee.

 

Niman Mann will graduate this spring from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, where, as president of the science olympiad and of her district’s Health Occupations Students of America, she organizes meetings, fundraisers, and social events. Passionate about dance, Niman has studied and performed classical Indian dance for twelve years. Niman is the daughter of Daljit and Anuradha Mann of Franklin, Tennessee.

 

Gabrielle Nair will graduate this spring from Hutchison School in Memphis, Tennessee, where she is a leader of the Government Club and captain of the cross country team. She is also vice president of the Rogers Scholars Program at her school and established a theatre workshop to help children build confidence through a performance-based curriculum. Gaby is the daughter of Brenton and Kathryn Nair.

 

Texas

*Samuel Haddad will graduate this spring from United World College USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, where he is co-captain of the Model United Nations team and a residential advisor, and leads backpacking trips through the wilderness of New Mexico. Sam’s academic interests are diverse, including anthropology, biology, and English. Sam is the son of Luigi and Mary Haddad of Amarillo, Texas.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Brazil

*Andre Ceccotti will graduate this spring from United World College Costa Rica in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, where he is student council vice president, a member of the volleyball team, and an avid cyclist, having completed a 500-mile cycling trip across Spain. Andre is also well trained in conflict mediation and leads coaching workshops inside and outside of school. Andre is the son of Antonio Edimundo De Melo and Patricia Santo of Nova Lima, Brazil.

 

Costa Rica

*Andre Ceccotti will graduate this spring from United World College Costa Rica in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, where he is student council vice president, a member of the volleyball team, and an avid cyclist, having completed a 500-mile cycling trip across Spain. Andre is also well trained in conflict mediation and leads coaching workshops inside and outside of school. Andre is the son of Antonio Edimundo De Melo and Patricia Santo of Nova Lima, Brazil.

 

Canada

David Collins will graduate this spring from Greenwood College School in Toronto, Ontario, where he is the house captain coordinator, serving as the student leader of house events. David is also a founding member of the school’s diversity committee as well as an actor and musician. An internationally ranked competitive water skier, he has medalled at the Canadian Nationals. David is the son of Michael and Christina Collins.

 

Italy

*Emily Venturi will graduate this spring from United World College USA in Montezuma, New Mexico, where she is co-editor of the school newspaper and a leader in student government. Outside of the classroom, Emily is a member of her school’s field hockey team, as well as the swing and ballroom dancing clubs. Emily is the daughter of Vittorio Venturi and Tracy Stannard of Trieste, Italy.

 

Singapore

*Amukelani Muyanga will graduate this spring from United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where she is chair of the group Focus Africa, working to teach classmates about the African continent, clarify misconceptions, and raise money for charitable organizations. A dancer, performer, and writer, Amukelani is interested in the dramatic arts. Amukelani is the daughter of Aisha Muyanga of Soweto, South Africa.

 

South Africa

*Amukelani Muyanga will graduate this spring from United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, where she is chair of the group Focus Africa, working to teach classmates about the African continent, clarify misconceptions, and raise money for charitable organizations. A dancer, performer, and writer, Amukelani is interested in the dramatic arts. Amukelani is the daughter of Aisha Muyanga of Soweto, South Africa.

 

Turkey

Ege Partal will graduate this spring from the Koc School in Istanbul, Turkey, where he is a leader of the Model United Nations Development Program and a member of the school’s highly ranked basketball team. His passion for politics—and sports—led Ege to start East to West Basketball, an organization connecting schools from remote parts of Turkey to help elimnate prejudice and build communty. Ege is the son of Ali and Gülay Partal of Kocaeli, Turkey.

 

United Kingdom

Rebekah Cockram will graduate this spring from Torquay Girls’ Grammar School in Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom, where she is Head Girl. She is also president and founder of the school’s society program, which helped launch twelve new clubs, as well as captain of the school’s field hockey and netball teams. Rebekah is the daughter of James and Claire Cockram of Newton Abbot, Devon, United Kingdom.

 

Lauren Eaves will graduate this spring from St. Albans School for Girls in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, where she is a member of the youth advisory panel for Plan UK, an organization helping the world’s poorest children build better futures. Lauren is also passionate about theater, performing in more than ten school plays and co-directing her own production. Lauren is the daughter of Simon and Andrea Eaves of Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

 

Matthew Jackman will graduate this spring from Fettes College in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he is the head of the Combined Cadet Force—a Ministry of Defence-sponsored youth organization—and a member of his school’s field hockey team. He also coaches girls’ field hockey and is a member the chapel choir, concert band, and saxophone trio. Matthew is the son of David and Ann Jackman of Grasmere, Cumbria, United Kingdom.

 

Adeyemi Olatunde will graduate this spring from Mossbourne Community Academy in London, United Kingdom, where he is actively involved in Young Citizens and the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, two organizations dedicated to promoting positive change and non-violence within their communities. He is also crew captain at his school, and a member of a national championship rowing team. Ade is the son of Oluyemisi Afolabi of London.

 

Vietnam

Hoang My Linh Luu will graduate this spring from the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, where she is editor-in-chief of The Record, the school literary and art magazine, as well as the academics editor of the school newspaper. Fluent in three languages, My Linh is interested in creative writing and aspires to become a published author. My Linh is the the daughter of Danh Doanh Luu and Thi Ngoc Mai Hoang of Hanoi, Vietnam.

 

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