UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 5th among national public universities for 17th consecutive year

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UNC-Chapel Hill ranks 5th among national public universities for 17th consecutive year

 

Carolina 30th overall on U.S. News & World Report ‘Best Colleges’ list

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  Sept. 12, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, once again ranks among the very best universities and colleges in the nation.

 

A leading public research university committed to making its high-quality education accessible and affordable, UNC-Chapel Hill placed fifth among national public universities for the 17th straight year according to U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” rankings, published today (Sept. 12) on www.usnews.com. For the 13th consecutive year, Carolina also places first among national public universities and ninth overall in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” based on academic quality and the 2016-2017 net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.

 

“Carolina’s placement among the top five public universities for the 17th consecutive year is a testament to an enduring commitment made by our students, faculty and staff to excellence and creating solutions to tackle the world’s most complex problems,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “The Carolina community continues to make a difference in people’s lives – in our state and well beyond North Carolina’s borders – through a continuing dedication to distinguished scholarship, groundbreaking research and life-changing public service.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill maintains its top-five standing alongside the same public universities perennially at the top of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. This year, the University of California at Berkeley placed first, followed by the University of California at Los Angeles, second; the University of Virginia, third; and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, fourth.

 

U.S. News & World Report bases the rankings on several weighted key measures of quality: graduation and retention rates (22.5 percent), assessment of excellence by academic peers and high school counselors (22.5 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (12.5 percent), financial resources (10 percent), graduation rate performance (difference between actual and U.S. News’ predicted graduation rates, 7.5 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

 

For the 12th consecutive year, Carolina set a record for total number of applicants – receiving 40,926 applications for fall 2017 admission — up 14 percent over last year. Forty-four percent of this year’s incoming class ranked among the top 10 students of their high school class, and 78 percent ranked in the top 10 percent.

 

The University has a unique commitment to making a Carolina education accessible to deserving students. The University practices need-blind admissions and proudly meets 100 percent of the documented need of undergraduates qualifying for need-based aid who apply on time and meets more than two-thirds of that need with grants and scholarships. This dedication to providing support and opportunities to low-income students through programs such as Carolina Firsts and the Carolina Covenant was recognized by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation when in June of 2017 Carolina became the first public university to receive the Cooke Prize for Equity in Educational Excellence. In addition to being recognized by U.S. News for this commitment, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has ranked Carolina first 16 times among U.S. public colleges and universities offering stellar academics at a reasonable price.

 

In the U.S. News & World Report rankings, UNC-Chapel Hill was again ranked 30th overall among both public and private universities and colleges. The other top publics were tied for 21st (UC-Berkeley and UCLA), 25th (Virginia) and 28th (Michigan).

 

UNC-Chapel Hill’s other U.S. News rankings included the following:

  • First among national public universities for the 13th consecutive year and ninth overall in “Great Schools, Great Prices,” based on academic quality and the 2016-17 net cost of attendance for a student receiving the average level of need-based financial aid.
  • 12th among publics and 21st overall among national universities for least debt, with 42 percent of seniors graduating with debt and an average amount of $20,852 according to U.S. News.
  • A 97 percent average first-year retention rate for the ninth consecutive year and a 91 percent average six-year graduation rate, two percentage points better than U.S. News predicted.
  • Only 14 percent of 2016 course sections enrolled 50 or more students, second to UC-Berkeley (13 percent) with the lowest rate among the top five publics. Thirty-nine percent of Carolina’s course sections enrolled fewer than 20 students. UC-Berkeley continues to lead the top five publics at 61 percent.
  • Fifth among the top publics and 94th overall in faculty resources. UNC-Chapel Hill was 89th last year after placing as high as 47th seven years ago. This category measures undergraduate size, two academic years (2015-16 and 2016-17) of average total faculty compensation (salary and benefits) based on indexes weighted for regional differences, student-faculty ratio and percentage of faculty who are full time and earned their field’s highest degree.
  • Tied for third among public universities with Michigan and tied for 22nd overall in high school counselors’ top picks.
  • Tied for seventh overall and tied for fourth among publics in best undergraduate business programs. Among specialty areas, Kenan-Flagler Business School ranked fourth in management.
  • Tied for 10th overall and fourth among publics in best colleges for veterans, a reflection of the strong support UNC-Chapel Hill increasingly provides to military students through initiatives including the UNC Core, a distance-learning program; Green Zone training; Student Veteran Resources and the Warrior Scholar Project.
  • Three mentions under “Programs to Look For” — outstanding examples of academic programs that led to student success. UNC-Chapel Hill appears in the categories for first-year experience, service learning and undergraduate research/creative projects.

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

U.S. News & World Report contact: Education-PR@usnews.com
University Communications contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill students receive Boren Awards

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UNC-Chapel Hill students receive Boren Awards

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  May 31, 2017) – Two University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students have been recognized by the National Security Education Program with Boren Awards, which support fields of study identified as critical to United States national security, particularly language study.

 

Kirsten Cooper, a graduate student from Westerly, Rhode Island, in the College of Arts and Sciences studying history, received one of 114 Boren Fellowships granted nationwide by the NSEP to graduate students. She will use the fellowship to study in South Korea. Richard Ong, a rising junior at Carolina from Winston-Salem majoring in history and peace, war and defense, received one of 194 Boren Scholarships granted nationwide to undergraduates. Ong will use the scholarship to study Hindi in India through the South Asian Flagship Language Initiative.

 

Valued at up to $30,000, Boren Fellowships are awarded to graduate students to live and study in areas of the world important to national security.

 

Boren Scholarships award up to $20,000 a year for students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests.

 

The Boren Awards underline the commitment of both the federal government and the Institute of International Education to educate our country’s citizens. It is among the few awards available to fund the deep pursuit of language study for graduate students. Both the Boren Fellowship and Scholarship are awarded in exchange for commitment to work in the federal government for a period of time.

 

“Without the Boren Awards, the National Security Education Program and the substantial funding and programs they provide, these outstanding Carolina students and others might find it difficult to gain advanced knowledge in critical languages not commonly studied,” said professor Inger S. Brodey, director of UNC’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “We’re incredibly proud that Kirsten and Richard will have this exciting opportunity.”

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 318,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 157 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of Distinguished Scholarships: http://distinguishedscholarships.unc.edu/, (919) 843-7757
Office of Distinguished Scholarships contact: Malindi Robinson, (919) 843-7756 malindi@email.unc.edu
UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu

Media invited to cover events during UNC-Chapel Hill’s commencement weekend, May 12-14

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Media invited to cover events during UNC-Chapel Hill’s commencement weekend, May 12-14

 

Alumna and CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin to address 2017 graduates

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  May 10, 2017) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host its spring Commencement on Sunday, May 14 at 9 a.m., featuring Brooke Baldwin, anchor of CNN Newsroom’s weekday edition and an alumna of the UNC School of Media and Journalism, as Commencement speaker. Members of the media are invited to attend all of the events scheduled throughout the weekend in celebration of Carolina’s graduates.

 

In addition to presiding over Commencement, Chancellor Carol L. Folt will speak at the Red, White and Carolina Blue Graduation honoring Carolina’s military-affiliated graduates and the doctoral hooding ceremony, which acknowledges students who have become masters in their fields.

 

The weekend will culminate in the formal Commencement presentation, with the Class of 1967 walking into Kenan Stadium with the Class of 2017 to listen to Baldwin’s address. Baldwin joined CNN in 2008 and took over the anchor position of CNN Newsroom in 2010. Most recently, Baldwin played an integral role in CNN’s record-breaking coverage of the 2016 presidential election.

 

Friday (May 12)

Red, White and Carolina Blue Graduation

9 a.m.

The Great Hall of the Frank Porter Graham Student Union

Folt will attend this special graduation ceremony honoring Carolina’s military-affiliated graduates. The ceremony will pay tribute to their service and accomplishments as students by presenting graduates that are veterans, currently serving in the military or ROTC students commissioning upon graduation, with red, white and blue honor cords. The students will wear their cords at Sunday’s Commencement as special recognition for their military commitment. This ceremony is part of the University’s continued expansion of support for military-affiliated students. Read more about the event here.

 

Media check in: 8:45 a.m.

If you would like to cover the event or have any questions, please contact: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8360, kate.luck@unc.edu. She will also be the on-site contact May 12.

 

Saturday (May 13)

Doctoral hooding ceremony

9:30 a.m.

Dean E. Smith Center

Folt will speak at this colorful hooding ceremony, acknowledging those students who became masters in their fields. Graduate students, including those who earned their dostorate’s in the past academic year rather than just in the spring semester, will come to the stage to have the hood of the Commencement regalia conferred by their advisors or dissertation committee chairs. Read more about the event here.

 

Media check in: 9:15 a.m.

If you would like to cover the event or have any questions, please contact: Thania Benios, (919) 962-8596, thania_benios@unc.edu. She will also be the on-site contact May 13.

 

Hooding live stream link.

The full ceremony will also be available on the University’s YouTube channel a few days after the event.

 

Speaker:

Richard Lenski, Carolina alumnus and biologist whose long-term experiment tracked evolution for more than 65,000 generations of E. coli bacteria, will deliver the keynote speech. Read more about Lenski here.

 

Sunday (May 14)

Commencement

9 a.m.

Kenan Stadium

The Class of 2017 will walk into Kenan Stadium with the Class of 1967, which is celebrating its 50th Reunion over the weekend. Also, Folt has arranged for an empty chair with flowers to be placed in the first row of seated graduates as a tribute to the students Carolina lost this year and to Deah Barakat, a member of the Class of 2017.

 

Commencement website.

 

Commencement live stream link.

The full ceremony will also be available on the University’s YouTube channel a few days after the event.

 

Speaker:

Brooke Baldwin, a Carolina alumna who anchors the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. weekday edition of CNN Newsroom, will deliver Carolina’s spring Commencement address. Find the full news release here. Baldwin will have a small window of media availability following the ceremony. University Communications representatives will be on hand to assist you. For a photo of Baldwin, click here.

 

Honorary degrees:

During the ceremony, Carolina will award honorary degrees to three individuals. More information on this year’s honorary degree recipients here. For photos of the honorary degree recipients, click here.

 

Inclement weather:

The Commencement ceremony will be held in Kenan Stadium. If it rains during Commencement, the Chancellor and organizers may shorten the ceremony, but it will not be relocated. Umbrellas will be permitted, but guests should use caution when using umbrellas and be mindful of those seated around them.

 

If severe weather is expected Commencement morning, the University may postpone the ceremony to allow for the threat to pass. If there are weather-related delays, the latest possible start time for Commencement would be 11 a.m. If severe weather threatens while the ceremony is in progress and the attendee’s safety is at risk, the ceremony will be canceled and guests will be advised to seek shelter. The ceremony will not resume. University Communications will inform media about the delay or cancellation. Weather-related updates will be available at unc.edu and on the Commencement website. Carolina also offers text alerts to inform media and all Commencement attendees if the main ceremony has been delayed or canceled due to weather or any unexpected circumstances. Sign up here.

 

Graduates:

Spring Commencement is for students completing degree work this spring or summer. The official number of graduates is not yet available, as not all grades have been recorded nor students cleared for graduation. As of May 10, the University registrar estimates that 6,028 students will graduate Sunday: 3,807 with bachelor’s, 1,337 with masters, 270 with doctoral and 614 with professional degrees from the schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing and pharmacy and 32 with certificates. For more information on the Class of 2017, visit here.

 

Media parking:

A limited number of spaces will be reserved in the Department of Public Safety lot off Manning Drive. From Manning, turn onto Paul Hardin/Public Safety Drive (one traffic light west of the intersection of Manning and Skipper Bowles Drive/Ridge Road) and turn left into the public safety lot. Media identification will be required. Parking will be available along the left side of the cones across the lot and toward the 2nd entrance to the lot as indicated by a special sign at the entrance. Do not park in numbered spaces. Please RSVP to MC VanGraafeiland (mc.vangraafeiland@unc.edu) no later than noon Friday, May 12.

 

Media representatives also may use lots and shuttles provided for Commencement guests, explained here.

 

Traffic into Chapel Hill is expected to be heavy from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

 

Media check-in/seating:

From the parking lot, walk past the trees to Kenan Stadium. Enter through Gate 6. Walk left, enter at section 120, walk down to the field and turn right to reach media seating on the field. Kate Luck from University Communications will be checking in press at the media table and Karen Moon be on site in the media section on the field. This year, all graduates will be seated on the field; however, media will not be permitted in student or guest seating areas during the ceremony.

 

Broadcasters, videographers and photographers:

Audio feeds will be available. Access to the field and surrounding track level will be limited to the designated media seating area. Broadcasters are asked to bring their own drop cords.

 

Other ceremonies:

Many individual schools and departments will hold their own ceremonies during Commencement weekend. Locations and times are posted here.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty, staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu

The Morehead-Cain Foundation announces its Class of 2021

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The Morehead-Cain Foundation announces its Class of 2021

 

Sixty-six new Morehead-Cain Scholars from across North Carolina, the US and the world will matriculate at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  April 28, 2017) – The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the first merit scholarship program in the U.S. and founded at the first public university in the country, is proud to announce its class of 2021.

 

This fall, Morehead-Cain will welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 66 new Morehead-Cain Scholars from across North Carolina, the U.S. and the world. The class of 2021 includes:

  • 37 scholars from North Carolina
  • 29 scholars from outside North Carolina, including:
    • 23 scholars from 15 different states.
    • One scholar from the United Kingdom.
    • Three scholars from Canada.
    • One scholar from Albania.
    • One scholar from Singapore.

The Morehead-Cain Scholarship covers all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC-Chapel Hill. It also features a distinctive program of summer enrichment experiences designed to support students as they learn and grow. During the course of four summers, scholars will have opportunities to complete an outdoor leadership course, commit themselves to public service in the U.S. or abroad, conduct research at sites around the world and gain experience in private enterprise.

 

The Summer Enrichment Program is complemented by the Morehead-Cain Discovery Fund. Scholars are encouraged and receive financial support to more deeply explore their interests, whether those involve studying under celebrated artists, attending leadership retreats or obtaining wilderness first responder certification. From researching food and agriculture industries in Iceland to examining the impact of innovation and entrepreneurship in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Morehead-Cain Scholars have the resources to pursue educational opportunities wherever they may find them.

 

As set out in the program’s founding documents, selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, moral force of character, academic achievement and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment.

 

More than 200 Morehead-Cain Scholars 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, during the past ten years, six student body presidents, four student attorneys general and four honor court chairs have all been Morehead-Cains.

 

Since 2000, 14 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, 31 of UNC’s 34 Rhodes Scholars have been Morehead-Cain Scholars.

 

Morehead-Cains have accounted for 25 of the University’s 38 Luce Scholars and 19 of Carolina’s 30 Truman Scholars, among the nation’s most generous and distinguished awards for graduate study. Twenty-seven Morehead-Cain Scholars have won Fulbright Fellowships, three have won Gates Cambridge Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England and two Morehead-Cains were among the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, an elite China-based graduate scholarship that enrolled its first students in 2016.

 

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

  • North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch.
  • Sallie Krawcheck, owner of Ellevate Network and former head of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and Smith Barney.
  • Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International.
  • Karen Stevenson, a U.S. Magistrate Judge and the first black American woman to win the Rhodes Scholarship.
  • New York Times columnist and author Frank Bruni.
  • U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper and David Price.
  • 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.
  • Michelle Jana Chan, travel and adventure journalist and columnist for Condé Nast Traveler.
  • Bobby Evans, general manager of the San Francisco Giants.
  • Best-selling novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda.
  • Jesse Moore, co-founder of M-KOPA Solar, which was named by Fortune as one of the Top 50 Companies Changing the World.
  • Peter Henry, dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business.
  • Danae Ringelmann, co-founder of the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
  • Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

Founded in 1945, the Morehead-Cain 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. Portraits of scholarship recipients can be downloaded at http://unc.photoshelter.com.

 

Class of 2021

 

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

 

Alamance
Lauren Emily Gornto will graduate this spring from Western Alamance High School in Elon, where she is director of WA Cappella, her school’s co-ed a cappella group. She arranges music, creates rehearsal and meeting agendas and helps lead the award-winning group. Lauren also sits on Alamance Children’s Theatre Board of Directors, has served as her class’s president each year since her first in high school, and formed an after-school tutoring program at her former middle school. She is interested in exploring law and chemistry. Lauren is the daughter of Meredith and John Gornto Jr. of Burlington.

 

Bertie
Jason Ray Cowan will graduate this spring from Bertie Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School in Windsor, where he is president of the STEM Senior Beta Club, vice president of the Student Government Association and a defense attorney for teen court. Jason has helped several teens avoid criminal punishments in exchange for performing community service. He also enjoys running and has served as captain of the distance team. Jason is excited to study English, business and law. He is the son of Robbie and Tonya Cowan of Lewiston.

 

Buncombe
William Grant Everist (Grant) will graduate this spring from Asheville High School in Asheville, where he is very involved with student government, serving for all four years and focusing on projects such as making prom and homecoming more affordable, teacher and staff appreciation breakfasts and leadership training. Grant is also president of the Spanish Club, runs his own business selling bracelets and has served as a leader on his school’s soccer, baseball, tennis and Frisbee teams. He is interested in studying international relations and economics. Grant is the son of William and Mary Everist of Asheville.

 

Sophia Wessels Swift (Sophie) will graduate this spring from North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, where her love of dance has led her to choreograph her school’s productions of “Legally Blonde” and “Footloose.” Sophie also serves as student body vice president and co-captain of the girls’ varsity tennis team and is a member of the Kai Orbus robotics team. She is interested in studying math and physics and may pursue a career in biomedical engineering or teaching. She is the daughter of Todd and Tami Swift of Weaverville.

 

Burke
Andrew Philip McRacken (Drew) will graduate this spring from Freedom High School in Morganton, where he started “Bulldogs in the Lab,” an interactive program that teaches elementary school students about science. He also serves as drum captain in his school’s award-winning marching band, is a leader in his church’s youth group and co-founded his school’s first 3D printing club. Drew is interested in learning about biomedical engineering and biochemistry and is thinking about careers in medicine. He is the son of Lisa Moses of Morganton and Mark McRacken of Mooresville.

 

Cabarrus
Kelsie Naomi King will graduate this spring from Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, where she is student body president, an officer in the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) club, and captain of youth ushers at The Park Church. Kelsie also built the volunteer relationship between her school and Carillon Assisted Living Center, as well as coordinated her school’s first annual Jingle Bell Run. Kelsie is interested in studying biology and biochemistry. She is the daughter of Kelsey and Michelle King of Harrisburg.

 

Cumberland
Nathan John Pait will graduate this spring from Village Christian Academy in Fayetteville, where he is student body president, organizing fundraisers, community-service events and student experiences, such as Homecoming Week. He is also a member of the Mock Trial team and editor-in-chief of the yearbook, and he loves to act in school shows and community theater. Nathan is interested in studying biology and chemistry. He is the son of Kevin and Janna Pait of Fayetteville.

 

Duplin
Richard Foster Livingston will graduate this spring from Wallace-Rose Hill High School in Teachey, where he is co-president of his school’s chapter of Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and treasurer of Student Government. Richard is also an Eagle Scout, founded his school’s first Quiz Bowl team and serves as volunteer coordinator for the Carolina Strawberry Festival. Richard is interested in studying biology and Spanish and wants to explore careers in health care. He is the son of Matthew Livingston of Wallace and Manya Kline of Wake Forest.

 

Durham
*Amruthansh Swamy Sriperumbudur (Amruth) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics in Durham, where he is senior senator and head of the Outreach Committee. It is his job to help facilitate interactions between the student body, faculty and staff. Amruth is also a student researcher, captain of the Mock Trial team and plays on his school’s two-time state championship-winning tennis team. He is interested in studying mathematics and business. Amruth is the son of Chakradhar and Srilaxmi Sriperumbudur of Cary.

 

Guilford
Grace Lane Fulton Henley (Laney) will graduate this spring from High Point Central High School in High Point, where she is president of the Rotary Interact Club, helping lead large events such as the Ending Hunger Games festival. She is also captain of the Mock Debate and Quiz Bowl teams and takes part in competitive saddlebred horse showing, placing second at the National Championships in 2015. Laney is interested in studying business and mathematics. She is the daughter of Grace and Arthur Henley III of High Point.

 

Pearce Armstrong Landry II will graduate this spring from Greensboro Day School in Greensboro, where he is the two-year captain of the nationally ranked boys’ varsity basketball team. Pearce also started the Service Through Sports club to give athletes a meaningful way to serve their community, founded Hoops for the Hungry and serves on Student Council. He is interested in studying finance and chemistry and is thinking about careers in business and finance. Pearce is the son of Pearce and Anne Landry of Greensboro.

 

Ashley Chandler Simpson (Chandler) will graduate this spring from Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, where she is an active volunteer with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and has helped raise more than $100,000. She is also co-chair of the Youth Leadership of Greensboro, a program designed to teach students about Greensboro’s communities and issues, and serves as co-president of the Page High School Principal’s Council. Chandler is interested in studying journalism and art history and may pursue a career as a journalist. She is the daughter of Ashley and Evander Simpson IV of Greensboro.

 

Harnett
Madison Grace Tart will graduate this spring from Triton High School in Erwin, where she volunteers and writes for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline blog. She is also student leader of the Triton High School Choral Ensemble, co-founder of the Creative Writing Club and co-founder of Project Unify—a program designed to teach youth about current social issues. Madison is interested in studying psychology and chemistry. She is the daughter of Allen and Rani Tart of Erwin.

 

Haywood
Levi Thomas McCracken will graduate this spring from Haywood Early College High School in Clyde, where he is the Haywood Community College Student Government president, coordinating service projects, school events, and serving on the college’s board of trustees. He also is president of his school’s peer mentor program, worked as a page in the North Carolina House of Representatives and volunteers at the Canton Central United Methodist Church. Levi is interested in studying political science and economics. He is the son of Mark and Crystal McCracken of Clyde.

 

Iredell
Marcella Francesca Pansini will graduate this spring from South Iredell High School in Statesville, where she is the president of Aprendemos Como Uno. ACU is a program that works with the Exceptional Children’s program to implement a Spanish curriculum and tutoring system. She also directed her school’s production of the play “Terra Nova” and coaches for Kidzz Du Tri, an organization that teaches children how to improve their biking, swimming and running skills. Marcella is interested in studying international business and Spanish. She is the daughter of Abigayl and Michael Pansini Jr. of Mooresville.

 

Lenoir
Angel Rodolfo Gaona (Angel) will graduate this spring from North Lenoir High School in La Grange, where he is president of his school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. He also volunteers at the Neuseway Nature Park Planetarium and the Down East ALS Walk, and is captain of the boys’ varsity soccer team. Angel also loves working under the hood of a car; he removed and replaced his first engine when he was only 15 years old. He is interested in studying mathematics, chemistry, and biology, and is thinking about a career as a surgeon. Angel is the son of Gregorio and Paula Gaona of La Grange.

 

Mecklenburg
Leslie Ruby Acosta Padilla will graduate this spring from Harding University High School in Charlotte, where she volunteers at Carolinas Medical Center, mentors middle school students who are making the leap to high school and leads the tutoring program Somos Unidos. Leslie is also the vice president of the Cultural and Leadership Club and captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team. She is interested in studying biology and public health and wants to explore a career in medicine. Leslie is the daughter Tesla Acosta of Charlotte.

 

Patrick Anderson Bradey will graduate this spring from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where he is president of the Student Government Association, president of the Teen Democrats club and co-captain of the Academic World Quest team. He also serves on Myers Park’s first Honor Council and is a “Mustang Ambassador,” leading tours for new students. Patrick is interested in studying foreign language and history and is considering a career in politics. He is the son of Christopher and Tracy Bradey of Charlotte.

 

Dennis Montgomery Cmiel (Denny) will graduate this spring from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where he is an active member of the Christ Church Youth Group and a member of the church’s Youth Council. He has helped plan weekly meetings, dances, fundraisers and trips to Europe. Denny also loves basketball; he serves as captain of the boys’ varsity basketball team and coaches a girls’ recreational basketball team. Denny is interested in learning about business and theology and is thinking about a career in business management, ministry or coaching. He is the son of Craig and Joyce Cmiel of Charlotte.

 

Sara Rose Holley will graduate this spring from East Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, where she created TEDxEastMecklenburgHighSchool. The event showcases student ideas and requires Sara to manage the speaker application process, coordinate the organizing team and raise money to pay for it. She also founded the Speech and Debate Club at her school, leads tours as an East Mecklenburg High School Ambassador and is ranked in the National Blackbelt League (Taekwondo). Sara is interested in studying social psychology, writing, and entrepreneurship. She is the daughter of John and Young Holley of Charlotte.

 

Sarah Dudley Sasz (Sally) will graduate this spring from Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, where she is president of her school’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society, working on projects such as bringing art and creativity to children in area hospitals and schools. She is also art editor of her school’s art and literary magazine OPUS, mentors a student through Big Brothers Big Sisters and plays girls’ varsity tennis and basketball. Sally is interested in learning more about literature and writing. She is the daughter of Steven and Nancy Sasz of Charlotte.

 

New Hanover
Camryn Gerard Kellogg will graduate this spring from Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, where he has performed in more than a dozen theater productions since middle school. He has performed at the North Carolina Theater Conference three times. He is also an accomplished musician, playing the alto saxophone and performing at events nationwide. Camryn also found the A-Team, an asthma awareness club. He is interested in studying biology and math and may pursue a career in medicine or music. He is the son of Robert and Laura Kellogg of Wilmington.

 

Mina Yakubu will graduate this spring from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, where she created the International Club to create opportunities for students to learn about their classmates and cultures. She also serves as senior class president, takes part in the judicial process as a member of New Hanover Teen Court, and is captain of the color guard and girls’ varsity lacrosse. Mina is interested in studying African, African American, and Diaspora studies and political science. She is the daughter of Awudu Yakubu and Grace Abrokwah of Wilmington.

 

Onslow
Alexandria Leigh Chadwick will graduate this spring from Swansboro High School in Swansboro, where she is president of the Swansboro Area Youth Development Foundation. She has helped lead efforts that raised thousands of dollars for local schools, animal shelters and parks. Alexandria also serves as senior class president, is secretary of the group Student to Student and is captain of the girls’ varsity golf team. She is interested in studying mathematics and English. Alexandria is the daughter of John and Donna Chadwick of Swansboro.

 

Orange
Lucas Cole Risinger will graduate this spring from East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, where he is an active volunteer with El Centro Hispano, tutoring and helping run summer camps. He also serves on the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, is co-president of his school’s Model U.N. club and plays on a nationally ranked Ultimate Frisbee team. Lucas is interested in studying applied mathematics and economics. He is the son of Bradley Risinger and Carolyn Landever of Chapel Hill.

 

Pitt
Olivia Leigh Hoynes will graduate this spring from Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville, where she is a member of student government, serving as co-chair of the Exceptional Children’s Activities Cabinet. She also volunteers at the Pitt County Animal Shelter and founded the Pitt Animal Welfare Society (PAWS); the club has raised more than $1,600 and 1,130 pounds of pet food for animals in need. Olivia is interested in studying biology and religious studies and wants to explore careers in medicine or research. She is the daughter of Matthew Hoynes and Wendy Creasey of Greenville.

 

Jordyn Marie Williams will graduate this spring from Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville, where she helped restart the History Day program at her school. In addition to helping many students with their projects, she herself won the grand prize at the national level of History Day. Jordyn is also an active member of the volunteer social group Life Teen, a senior editor for the opinion section of the school paper Rampant Lines and a member of the varsity track and cross country teams. Jordyn is interested in studying biology and psychology. She is the daughter of Marvin and Kimberly Williams of Winterville.

 

Robeson
Taner Kylan Jacobs will graduate this spring from Lumberton Senior High School in Lumberton, where he co-founded Treasured Gems, a club dedicated to involving disabled students in school events and activities. He is also an active member of the Native American Student Association and has represented his chapter at conferences and programs, serves as senior class president, and he is an enthusiastic member of the school spirit team the “Maroon Typhoon.” Taner is interested in studying biology and business. He is the son of Aubrey and Anita Jacobs of Lumberton.

 

Stanly
*Taya Sherie Joseph will graduate this spring from Albemarle Senior High School in Albemarle, where she organized a successful fundraiser for Sickle Cell Disease Research; she found sponsors, managed the sign-up process and hosted the event. Taya also interned at Albemarle Pediatrics to work closely with doctors and nurses, serves as president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and has twice been named captain of the girls’ varsity basketball team. She is interested in studying biology and Spanish and is considering a career in medicine. Taya is the daughter of Kenry Joseph of New York, New York, and Jay and Christie Biles of Albemarle.

 

Surry
Anna Andreevna Ilyasova will graduate this spring from Mount Airy High School in Mount Airy, where she is part of the Middle School Mentorship Program, tutoring and supporting younger students. She is also president of her school’s Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter, president of the Interact Club and an accomplished piano player. Anna is interested in learning about biology and international relations and is considering a career in medicine. She is the daughter of Andrey and Irina Ilyasova of Mount Airy.

 

Union
Kayley Elizabeth Carpenter will graduate this spring from Piedmont High School in Monroe, where she is pit captain of her school’s award winning marching band, has performed in more than a dozen plays and musicals and is an active member of the Girl Scouts. She also co-founded Project Unify, a club at her school that works with developmentally disabled teens and adults in her community. Kayley has many interests and is looking forward to studying everything from theater to biology. She is the daughter of Mark and Karen Carpenter of Indian Trail.

 

Wake
Lucas Saunders Buxton (Luke) will graduate this spring from Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, where he is president of Student Athletic Activities, organizing events that energize students in support of his school’s sports teams. He also started the Cinematography Club, produces segments for his school’s student-run video network, “The Loedown,” and serves as captain of the boys’ varsity soccer team. Luke is interested in learning more about television production, sports journalism and communications. He is the son of J.B. and Hunter Buxton of Raleigh.

 

Mackenzie Elizabeth Dion will graduate this spring from Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, where she is founder and president of the Broughton Food Ark, a nonprofit that fights food insecurity through volunteering and community engagement. She also founded the Walk for Water, leads the CAM Raleigh Young Artists Advisory Board, and volunteers at the Camden Street Learning Garden. Mackenzie is interested in studying public policy and environmental studies. She is the daughter of John and Lisa Dion of Raleigh.

 

Jacquelyn Claire Hedrick will graduate this spring from Jesse O. Sanderson High School in Raleigh, where she is president of the PALS Club. The club is built to foster relationships between students with and without disabilities; Jacquelyn spearheads fundraising efforts, organizes field trips and more. She also works on social justice issues at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!), leads a Project UNIFY team, and organizes an annual Halloween party for Wake County high school students with moderate to severe disabilities. Jacquelyn is interested in studying special education and occupational therapy. She is the daughter of John and Tammy Hedrick of Raleigh.

 

Jose Eduardo Neri (Eddie) will graduate this spring from Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, where he helps lead the Enloe Robotics Team, planning meetings, organizing team logistics and helping design and create hardware. He is also president of Key Club, managing more than 400 members and planning volunteer events, and practices karate. Eddie is interested in learning about mechatronics, neurology and biomedical engineering. He is the son of Eduardo and Esperanza Neri of Cary.

 

*Amruthansh Swamy Sriperumbudur (Amruth) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics in Durham, where he is senior senator and head of the Outreach Committee. It is his job to help facilitate interactions between the student body, faculty and staff. Amruth is also a student researcher, captain of the Mock Trial team and a member of his school’s two-time state championship-winning tennis team. He is interested in studying mathematics and business. Amruth is the son of Chakradhar and Srilaxmi Sriperumbudur of Cary.

 

Richard Andrew Wayland Jr. (Drew) will graduate this spring from Enloe Magnet High School in Raleigh, where he is editor-in-chief of his school newspaper, leading a team of 28 editors and staff. Drew is also a docent at Historic Oakwood Cemetery, leading candlelight tours as part of Raleigh’s First Friday events, runs varsity cross country and track and field and enjoys creative writing. He is interested in studying history and journalism and may pursue a career as a journalist or ranger in a national park. Drew is the son of Michelle Wayland and Richard Wayland Sr. of Raleigh.

 

Reagan Emery Woodard will graduate this spring from Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh, where she serves as student body president, organizing student events and volunteer projects. She is also an active member of Beta Club and assists teachers and tutors children, is secretary of the Spanish Honor Society and volunteers to help protect endangered sea turtles. Reagan is interested in studying business management and Spanish and is thinking about a career in nonprofits. She is the daughter of Robert and Sheryl Woodard of Fuquay-Varina.

 

OUT OF STATE

 

Connecticut
*Sarah Jane Kuehn (Sally) will graduate this spring from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, where she is editor-in-chief of The Record, her school’s biweekly newspaper. She also serves as senior class president, organizing events and fundraisers; co-head of the charity organization WISER; and captain of both the girls’ varsity soccer and tennis teams. Sally is interested in studying neuroscience and Spanish and may pursue a career in medicine or global health. She is the daughter of Jacob and Tracy Kuehn of Wayne, New Jersey.

 

Florida
*Anna Katherine Brandao (Katie) will graduate this spring from Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council, helping manage meetings and recruiting new members. She is also co-editor in chief of her school’s yearbook, a community educator with the women’s health organization A Step Ahead and a representative of her school at the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program. Katie wants to learn more about public policy and thinks a career in law or nonprofit management may be in her future. She is the daughter of Julia Brandao of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Honor Brandao of Wesley Chapel, Florida.

 

Joshua William Kennedy (Josh) will graduate this spring from Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, where he has been a key member of the Math Team since his first year and won several state and national awards. Josh served as captain of the cross country team his junior and senior years and has competed for district and regional titles in track. He is interested in studying mathematics and economics and is considering a career in data science or as an actuary. Josh is the son of Richard Kennedy and Sharon Gunsett of Fort Myers, Florida.

 

Max Ryan Kobernick will graduate this spring from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg, where he is president of the Honor Council, leading deliberations and adjudicating honor violation cases. He is also president of the Interact Service Club, co-president of the Youth in Government Club and a self-confessed history nerd. Max participates in History Fair and History Bee every year. He is interested in studying political science and foreign affairs and may pursue a career in law or politics. Max is the son of Stephen and Debbie Kobernick of St. Petersburg, Florida.

 

Sean Quan Nguyen will graduate this spring from Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, where he is vice president of the Student Forum and helped draft furniture, dress code and news channel proposals that were later adopted by administrators. He is also an active member of the Diversity Program Team and Berkeley Academy, a free program for low-income, high-achieving children. Sean is interested in studying political science, history and education. He is the son of Van Nguyen and Wendy Tran of Palm Harbor, Florida.

 

Georgia
John Patrick Dinges (Jack) will graduate this spring from Marist School in Atlanta, where he is two-time captain of the varsity football team, trains student ambassadors and helps organize school-wide events on the Junior Leadership Team. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and has worked on several houses in Atlanta. Jack wants to learn about economics and mathematics and is considering a career in business. He is the son of Jude and Michelle Dinges of Alpharetta, Georgia.

 

Ruth Etiesit Samuel will graduate this spring from First Presbyterian Day School in Macon, where she is editor-in-chief of the school literary magazine The Edda. She also serves as president of her school’s Honor Council, as a service leader for her school’s community service organization Project Lead and plays on the girls’ varsity tennis team. Ruth is interested in studying public health and Spanish. She is the daughter of Samuel and Nellie Samuel of Macon, Georgia.

 

Iowa
Donald L. Fejfar Jr. will graduate this spring from Linn-Mar High School in Marion, where he is a member of the Iowa Big Initiative Group, a program focused on providing students with experiential learning experiences. He also takes part in Teens Reaching Youth, Key Club, Students Against Drugs and Alcohol and other volunteer clubs. Donald is also captain of the boys’ varsity swim team. He is interested in studying health, political science and philosophy and is considering a career in medicine. Donald is the son of Donald and Catherine Fejfar of Marion, Iowa.

 

Kansas
Hannah Rose Motley will graduate this spring from Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, where she is president of the National Charity League, a mother-daughter organization that emphasizes leadership and cultural experiences. She is also a board member of the KC Women’s Foundation Girls Grant Program, executive chair of her school district’s Relay for Life organization and serves on the Superintendent Advisory Board. Hannah is interested in learning more about international relations, business and law. She is the daughter of Marvin and Susan Motley of Leawood, Kansas.

 

New Jersey
Emily Margaret Galvin will graduate this spring from the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, where she is editor-in-chief of Insight Magazine, compiling and editing pieces written about religion and philosophy. She also serves as news editor of the student-run Lawrence Newspaper, advises first-year students as a dorm prefect and is president of her school’s award-winning Model U.N. club. Emily is interested in studying religious studies and environmental studies. She is the daughter of Matthew and Katherine Galvin of Belle Mead, New Jersey.

 

*Sarah Jane Kuehn (Sally) will graduate this spring from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, where she is editor-in-chief of The Record, her school’s biweekly newspaper. She also serves as senior class president, organizing events and fundraisers; co-head of the charity organization WISER; and captain of both the girls’ varsity soccer and tennis teams. Sally is interested in studying neuroscience and Spanish and may pursue a career in medicine or global health. She is the daughter of Jacob and Tracy Kuehn of Wayne, New Jersey.

 

Maryland
Hunter Davis will graduate this spring from Friends School of Baltimore in Baltimore, where he is co-president of student government, co-founder of the school’s debate team and deputy field manager for Anthony Brown’s gubernatorial campaign. He also attended the School for Ethics and Global Leadership and created a chess class at a nearby elementary school, helping teach children the value of focus. Hunter is interested in studying political science, policy and international relations. He is the son of Bradley and Kathryn Davis of Baltimore, Maryland.

 

New York
*Taya Sherie Joseph will graduate this spring from Albemarle Senior High School in Albemarle, North Carolina, where she organized a successful fundraiser for Sickle Cell Disease Research; she found sponsors, managed the sign-up process and hosted the event. Taya also interned at Albemarle Pediatrics to work closely with doctors and nurses, serves as president of her school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and has twice been named captain of the girls varsity basketball team. She is interested in studying biology and Spanish and is considering a career in medicine. Taya is the daughter of Christie Biles of Albemarle, North Carolina, and Kenry Joseph of New York, New York.

 

Joanna Kuang will graduate this spring from Horace Mann School in the Bronx, where she is arts and entertainment editor of the school newspaper, The Horace Mann Record. She generates ideas, assigns and edits stories and creates layouts for the weekly publication. Joanna is also co-captain of the varsity cross country team, plays piano in concerts and competitions, gives piano lessons to classmates and is co-president on the Science Olympiad club. Joanna is interested in studying psychology and English. She is the daughter of Qing He and Ying Kuang of New York, New York.

 

Ohio
Justin G. Hadad will graduate this spring from St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus, where he is the four-time captain of the St. Charles Engineering Team, leading his team in nationwide competitions. He also held a Prater Engineering Mechanical Internship where he participated in large-scale projects, served on student council three times and spent more than 500 hours tutoring his classmates. Justin is interested in studying mathematics, statistics and chemistry and may pursue a career in research or pathology. He is the son of Christopher and Carolyn Hadad of Dublin, Ohio.

 

South Carolina
Christian Sutton Rust Gillespy will graduate this spring from Saint Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, where, he started many new programs such as a summer job fair for students as president of the Student Council. He is also an Eagle Scout mentor, serves on the Student and Administration Leadership team and co-founded Reedy Ridge Outdoors. The company sells shirts, hats and other gear for people who love the outdoors. Christian is interested in studying business, engineering and law. He is the son of Clark and Rikke Gillespy of Greenville, South Carolina.

 

Tennessee
*Anna Katherine Brandao (Katie) will graduate this spring from Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga, where she serves on the Mayor’s Youth Council, helping manage meetings and recruiting new members. She is also co-editor in chief of her school’s yearbook, a community educator with the women’s health organization A Step Ahead and a representative of her school at the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls State program. Katie wants to learn more about public policy and thinks a career in law or nonprofit management may be in her future. She is the daughter of Julia Brandao of Chattanooga and Honor Brandao of Wesley Chapel, Florida.

 

Claire Reeves Hyde will graduate this spring from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, where she is the editor of the Carillon Yearbook, founder and leader of the KIPP Charter School Tutoring Program and the St. Mary’s Community Fund fundraising co-chair. Claire’s work has helped raise more than $30,000 for nonprofit organizations throughout Memphis. She is interested in studying art history and literature and is thinking about a career in nonprofits. Claire is the daughter of Joseph Hyde III and Barbara Hyde of Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Rhea Manish Jaisinghani will graduate this spring from Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, where she is president of the Science Olympiad and holds a leadership role in the Model U.N., twice receiving the Outstanding Written Argument award. Rhea has also danced Bharatanatyam — a classical Indian dance — for more than a decade and performs throughout the Nashville area. She is interested in studying chemistry, international relations and public policy and is thinking about a career in medicine or diplomacy. Rhea is the daughter of Manish and Aarti Jaisinghani of Brentwood, Tennessee.

 

Matthew Haynes Keith will graduate this spring from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, where he has participated in every school musical since he began high school, playing key roles in “The Wedding Singer” and “Les Misérables.” He is also student council president, a member of the Honor Council and captain of the varsity cross country team. Matthew is interested in studying theater and political science and is considering a career as an actor or writer. He is the son Michael and Michelle Keith of Franklin, Tennessee.

 

*William Alberto McGregor (Will) will graduate this spring from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, where he is president of the LEO Club, coordinating projects across Chattanooga such as building trails, cleaning waterways and volunteering at community fairs. He also serves as captain of the varsity soccer team, has conducted undergraduate level biochemical research and loves a good game of Scrabble with his family. Will is interested in studying environmental sciences and marine biology. He is the son of Alberto and Barbara Jones McGregor of Leesburg, Virginia.

 

Frances Galloway Sentilles (Francie) will graduate this spring from Hutchison School in Memphis, where she founded the Community Leadership Initiative. The program connects first-years with Memphis-based nonprofits interested in service learning. She also serves as vice president of the Honor Council, is co-founder of her school’s Government Club and is captain of the swim team. Francie is interested in studying global health and anthropology. She is the daughter of Shawn and Katherine Sentilles of Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Texas
Caroline Elizabeth Durante will graduate this spring from Episcopal School of Dallas in Dallas, where she is an active member of student council and serves on the Executive Board of Ambassadors. She also helped create the student-run micro-financing group Change for Chiapas. The organization has raised thousands of dollars for women in the Dominican Republic. Caroline is also captain of the varsity field hockey team and plays on the girls’ varsity soccer and lacrosse teams. She is interested in studying medicine, English and business. Caroline is the daughter of Michael and Emily Durante of Dallas, Texas.

 

Virginia
*William Alberto McGregor (Will) will graduate this spring from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he is president of the LEO Club, coordinating projects across Chattanooga such as building trails, cleaning waterways, and volunteering at community fairs. He also serves as captain of the varsity soccer team, has conducted undergraduate-level biochemical research and loves a good game of Scrabble with his family. Will is interested in studying environmental sciences and marine biology. He is the son of Alberto and Barbara Jones McGregor of Leesburg, Virginia.

 

Mollie Anna Pepper will graduate this spring from Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville, where she is the co-leader of Step Up, helping rewrite her school’s dress code and leading seminars about sexual assault. She is also co-captain of the debate team, plays second violin in the internationally known Charlottesville High School String Ensemble and serves as the student representative to the Charlottesville City School Board. Mollie is interested in studying psychology and politics. She is the daughter of John Pepper and Elizabeth Wittner of Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Jessica Jiadai Wang will graduate this spring from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, where she is president of Future Problem Solving. She leads weekly meetings, develops and teaches lesson plans and organizes multiple fundraisers. Jessica also co-founded the computer science organization Project CODEt and enjoys playing the ukulele. She is interested in studying biomedical engineering and biotechnology. Jessica is the daughter of Xian Wang and Yongming Zhang of Chantilly, Virginia.

 

West Virginia
Jay Ashish Sheth will graduate this spring from George Washington High School in Charleston, where he helps organize several projects as student body president. He also helps lead the community service club Junior Civitans, plays on his school’s nationally ranked soccer team and enjoys birding in his free time. Jay is interested in studying economics and neuroscience and may pursue a career in medicine or as an entrepreneur. He is the son of Ashish and Falguni Sheth of Charleston, West Virginia.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Albania
*Jona Bocari will graduate this spring from United World College of the Adriatic in Duino Aurisina, Italy, where she was the main organizer of TEDxUWCAdriatic. She led efforts to choose the theme, invite speakers and manage the event. She also serves as a Humanitarian Aid volunteer, co-founded her school’s Mental Health Committee and organizes multiple discussion groups. Jona is interested in studying economics, women’s studies and policy-making. She is the daughter of Arben and Bendis Bocari of Tirana, Albania.

 

Canada
Catherine D’Arcy Miyoung Chang will graduate this spring from the Toronto French School in Toronto, Ontario, where she is the head of the annual dance show fundraiser. The 16-performance production raises thousands of dollars for charity. She is also leader of the environment-focused Globe Club, co-chair of her school’s Model U.N. and a member of a contemporary dance company. Catherine is interested in learning about business, environmental studies and sustainability. She is the daughter of Yongbum Chang and Elizabeth Lasserre of Toronto, Ontario.

 

Kimathi Mokua Muiruri will graduate this spring from Upper Canada College in Toronto, Ontario, where he is the head of the UCC Debate Club. Last year, he and his partner rose to Ontario Provincial Champions. Kimathi also serves as writer and editor for a student-run blog, The Blue and White, tutors children in math and plays varsity rugby. Kimathi is interested in studying philosophy, history and anthropology. He is the son of Mark Njoroge and Sophy Osoro of Pickering, Ontario.

 

Raymond Tu will graduate this spring from Guelph Collegiate in Guelph, Ontario, where he is co-chair of the Student Senate and has worked on several projects including an annual club fair. He also helps run a recreational after-school program for neighborhood children, is an active member of the leadership and entrepreneurship organization DECA and is a member of the Guelph Youth Council. Raymond is interested in studying chemistry, biology and psychology and is considering a career in public health or medicine. Raymond is the son of Huong Nguyen and the late Tru Tu of Guelph, Ontario.

 

England
Daniel Oluwakorede Ogunbamowo will graduate this spring from the Sixth Form College in Colchester, England, where he is an active volunteer with Interact, a local charity that supports young people with disabilities. He also serves on his school’s Welcome Refugees Committee and as the press officer and social media manager for the eastern region of the Young Greens Party. Daniel is interested in studying history and economics and may pursue a career in international development or politics. He is the son of Miriam Adams of Chelmsford, England.

 

Italy
*Jona Bocari will graduate this spring from United World College of the Adriatic in Duino Aurisina, Italy, where she was the main organizer of TEDxUWCAdriatic. She led efforts to choose the theme, invite speakers and manage the event. She also serves as a Humanitarian Aid volunteer, co-founded her school’s Mental Health Committee and organizes multiple discussion groups. Jona is interested in studying economics, women’s studies and policy-making. She is the daughter of Arben and Bendis Bocari of Tirana, Albania.

 

Singapore
Varun Jain will graduate this spring from United World College of South East Asia in Thailand, where he founded and leads a circular economy design consultancy named Circle. At Circle he manages client relations, employees and the firm. Varun also leads his school’s Model U.N. club, founded and leads the Magic Bus (a group dedicated to raising money in support of children in India) and enjoys singing jazz and performing at school concerts. He is interested in learning about business, entrepreneurship and engineering. Varun is the son of Siddharth and Tanvi Jain of Singapore.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

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Two UNC-Chapel Hill students earn Goldwater Scholarships

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scott_emmonsSarah Miller. (Photo by Rachel McClain)
 

Two UNC-Chapel Hill students earn Goldwater Scholarships

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. –  March 31, 2017) – The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program named University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill second-year student Scott Emmons and third-year student Sarah Miller as 2017 Goldwater Scholars.

 

This prestigious scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for eligible educational expenses to students who excel in academics and who plan to pursue research careers in science, mathematics, engineering and computer disciplines.

 

“My congratulations go to Scott and Sarah on their recognition from the prestigious Goldwater Foundation,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “They are prefect examples of the next generation of innovative researchers and problem solvers who will make an impact on a global scale. The diversity of their research — in areas ranging from visualization of microbiome data to non-coding RNA in embryonic stem cells — sets them apart as pioneers who will help create scientific breakthroughs.”

 

For 2017, the foundation selected 240 scholarship recipients. Emmons, Gray, and Miller were chosen from a field of 1,286 students who were nominated by 470 colleges and universities nationwide.

 

“We are thrilled that these three exceptional students have been selected by the Goldwater Foundation,” said Inger Brodey, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “Their exceptional academic qualifications and substantial practical research experiences exemplify the type of groundbreaking leadership we seek to nurture at Carolina.”

 

Emmons, 20, is a sophomore from Bloomington, Ind., majoring in computer science and mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a Robertson Scholar and an Honors Carolina student.

 

At Carolina, Emmons has done research in visualization of microbiome data, and is now researching in the mathematics department on network theory. He spent last summer teaching middle school math in the Mississippi delta.

 

While still in high school, Scott Emmons co-founded Sparq Creative Solutions, LLC to help small business owners organize their resources and target them efficiently. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science and conduct research in network sciences and teach at the university level.

 

Miller, 20, is a junior from Wilmington, majoring in chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences with a business administration minor in the Kenan-Flagler Business School.

 

She has been doing research on a non-coding RNA that regulates the transition to a differentiated (non-stem cell) fate in embryonic stem cells. She expects to be able to publish this work in the coming year.

 

Miller plans to pursue a M.D. and a Ph.D. in epigenetics and hopes to conduct research regarding long non-coding RNA. Her goal is to be principal investigator in a laboratory at a research university’s school of medicine, investigating epigenetic influences of certain RNA as they relate to human health.

 

Joshua Gray, a third-year student from Raleigh, was awarded an Honorable Mention.

 

Congress established the Goldwater scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The first awards were given in 1989.

 

Click here for more information about the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 110 master’s, 64 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s 317,000-plus alumni live in all 50 states and 156 other countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Goldwater Foundation announcement: https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/2017-scholars-press-release/

 

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Office of Distinguished Scholarships contact: Malindi Robinson, (919) 843-7756 malindi@unc.edu

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945 rimerwp@unc.edu

EPA awards multimillion-dollar contract to Carolina to protect air quality

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EPA awards multimillion-dollar contract to Carolina to protect air quality

 

Air quality analysis center receives contract worth up to $10.2 million to continue, expand operations

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 20, 2016) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment has been awarded a seven-year contract worth up to $10.2 million from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue and expand operations of its Center for Community Air Quality Modeling and Analysis.

 

Established in 2001, the EPA’s center has been hosted at Carolina since 2003 and works with the agency to lead the international, open-source, community-based air quality modeling and analysis software used to evaluate and propose regulations. The extended funding allows the center to continue and expand the scope of its work in these vital environmental and human health areas.

 

“UNC is a national hub for studying and protecting air quality,” said Terry Magnuson, vice chancellor for research. “This continued partnership with the EPA is a testament to the valuable role our research centers and institutes play at UNC—translating research into practical good for societal benefit.”

 

Since its inception, the center’s environmental and air quality models, have been used by regulatory offices at the EPA, as well as state governments, academics, businesses, industries, federal agencies and the international community. It has grown to serve more than 5,000 registered users in more than 90 countries.

 

“The growing and vibrant user community of these tools has not only helped promote scientific transparency regarding the models used in regulatory applications, but it is also helping evolve the modeling systems through contributions from the broader external environmental modeling community,” said Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta, director of the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory.

 

Through the center, scientists at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment have developed a largely participant-funded training program covering air quality and emissions models. The center’s trainings are conducted on campus, online and at national and international sites.

 

“Protecting air quality for human health and the environment is paramount,” said Adel Hanna, a research professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill institute who leads the center. “We will continue to enhance existing capabilities while, as required by the contract, we continue to develop new ones.”

 

The center also hosts an annual conference that brings together leading air quality scientists from all over the world. The 15th annual conference is Oct. 24-26, 2016, at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education. For more information on the center and the annual conference, visit cmascenter.org.

 

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About the Institute for the Environment

The Institute for the Environment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill catalyzes and advances interdisciplinary environmental research to solve local to global challenges, educates the next generation of leaders committed to the health and stewardship of our planet and informs and engages the public to enable environmental problem solving. The institute seeks solutions to critical environmental issues—including those related to water resources, public health, energy, climate change, air quality, land-use change and biodiversity—to enable sustainable human communities and their coexistence with natural systems. For more, visit www.ie.unc.edu.

 

About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 317,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC Institute for the Environment contact: Emily Williams, emilywilliams@unc.edu, (919) 962-0965

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications contact: Will Rimer, rimerwp@unc.edu, (919) 445-0945

Paul Cuadros to deliver Winter Commencement address

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Paul Cuadros to deliver Winter Commencement address

 

Award-winning investigative reporter, Latino initiative director focuses on race, poverty issues in America

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Oct. 14, 2016) – Paul Cuadros, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, will be the featured speaker at the Winter Commencement ceremony.

 

Chancellor Carol L. Folt will preside at the event, which takes place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, in the Dean E. Smith Center.

 

Cuadros emboldens students to investigate issues affecting communities, the state, the country and the world by examining race and poverty in America. He was selected by Folt in consultation with the Commencement Speaker Selection Committee, which includes students and faculty. His selection highlights Carolina’s continued tradition of outstanding faculty speakers at the ceremony.

 

“Paul’s remarkable career as an award-winning reporter and his wonderful contributions that enlighten our students as a distinguished member of our faculty are shining examples of his superb professionalism and daily dedication to making a difference,” Folt said. “I am excited that he will share his insights and experiences with an even larger audience at our Winter Commencement. His commitment to uncovering and highlighting the important issues of race and poverty in North Carolina and across our country will inspire our graduates to go forward and make an impact in our state, nation and around the world.”

 

Cuadros, who joined the University in 2006, serves as the chair and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, a three-year mentoring and college preparatory program between Carolina students and Latino students at six area high schools. He is the co-founder of two campus organizations: the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, a Latino educational and cultural center, and the Latina/o Caucus, a coalition of faculty and staff that advocates for Latino interests on campus. Cuadros won the UNC Diversity Award in 2012 for his work opening doors for minority students, faculty and staff on campus.

 
His book, “A Home on the Field: How One Championship Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America,” which tells the story of Siler City’s struggles with Latino immigration through the lives of a predominantly Latino high school soccer team, was Carolina’s summer reading program selection for new students in 2009. Cuadros is the only faculty member to have his or her book selected. His book has also been chosen for summer reading programs at other universities and is currently the focus of a documentary film project and episodic series.

 

Cuadros has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a fellowship with the Alicia Patterson Foundation in 1999, considered one of the most prestigious journalism fellowships; the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, for his contribution to the radio series “North Carolina Voices: Understanding Poverty;” and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ award for online reporting.

 

Cuadros completed his undergraduate degree in communication and media studies at the University of Michigan in 1985 and earned his master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications in 1991.

 

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About the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university, is a global higher education leader known for innovative teaching, research and public service. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, Carolina regularly ranks as the best value for academic quality in U.S. public higher education. Now in its third century, the University offers 77 bachelor’s, 113 master’s, 68 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools and the College of Arts and Sciences. Every day, faculty – including two Nobel laureates – staff and students shape their teaching, research and public service to meet North Carolina’s most pressing needs in every region and all 100 counties. Carolina’s more than 308,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 150 countries. More than 167,000 live in North Carolina.

 

UNC-Chapel Hill Communications and Public Affairs contact: Will Rimer, (919) 445-0945, rimerwp@unc.edu