124 students at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

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124 students at UNC-Chapel Hill inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Dec. 5, 2018) – Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most honored college honorary society, has inducted 124 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill students as new members.

 

Phi Beta Kappa membership is open to undergraduates in the college and professional degree programs who meet stringent eligibility requirements. Less than 1 percent of all college students qualify.

 

A student who has completed 75 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a GPA of 3.85 or better (on a 4-point scale) is eligible for membership. Also eligible is any student who has completed 105 hours of course work in the liberal arts and sciences with a 3.75 GPA.

 

Phi Beta Kappa has 286 chapters nationwide. UNC-Chapel Hill’s chapter, Alpha of North Carolina, was founded in 1904 and is the oldest of seven chapters in the state. Each year, Phi Beta Kappa chapters and alumni associations across the country raise and distribute more than $1 million in awards, scholarships and prizes benefiting high schools and college students.

 

Phi Beta Kappa officers at Carolina for 2018-2019 are students Katherine Gora Combs, president; Pooja Joshi, vice president; and Christiana Cornea, recording secretary. James L. Leloudis, professor of history, Peter T. Grauer associate dean for Honors Carolina and director of the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, is chapter executive secretary and faculty advisor.

 

The recent induction ceremony featured a keynote address by Buck Goldstein, University Entrepreneur in Residence and professor of the practice in the economics department. New members received certificates and Phi Beta Kappa keys, the organization’s symbol.

 

Listed below are 123 inductees, 95 of whom are from North Carolina. The names appear below in alphabetical order by North Carolina county, then by state and country. All study in the College of Arts and Sciences except where otherwise noted. One student chose not to be listed.

 

Alamance County

  • Samuel Sumner Lowe, a junior with a computer science major and cognitive science and music minors, son of Ed Lowe and Beth Lowe of Elon.
  • Megan Elizabeth Miller, a junior with an environmental health sciences major and a geography minor, daughter of Lisa Miller and Dr. Mark Miller of Elon.

 

Alexander County

  • Robert Andrew West, a senior with a statistics and analytics major and music and mathematics minors, son of Eric West and Tammy West of Taylorsville.

 

Ashe County

  • Emily Suzanne Long, a senior with biology and English majors and a medicine, literature and culture minor, daughter of Tim Long and Sandy Long of Jefferson.

 

Buncombe County

  • Casey Aurora DeMarco, a senior with a human development and family studies major, daughter of Gordon DeMarco and Jill DeMarco of Arden.
  • Brooke Noel Fisher, a senior with journalism and global studies majors and a Chinese minor, daughter of Rick Fisher and Brenda Fisher of Weaverville.
  • Nicholas Clayton Konz, a junior with physics and mathematics majors, son of Dr. Jeffrey Konz and Dr. Louly Peacock of Asheville.

 

Cabarrus County

  • Nicole Katherine Ashburn, a senior with a psychology major and neuroscience and biology minors, daughter of Randy Ashburn and June Ashburn of Concord.
  • William Michael Alexander Yoder, a senior with English and history majors, son of Michael Yoder and Christina Yoder of Concord.

Cleveland County

  • Timothy Warren Hartman, a senior with chemistry and Hispanic linguistics majors, of Shelby.

 

Cumberland County

  • Kathy Chan, a senior with a nutrition major and chemistry and Asian studies minors, daughter of Dr. Tat Chan and Maggie Chan of Fayetteville.
  • Clara Marcelle Shirley Schwamm, a senior with information science and Germanic and Slavic languages and literatures majors and a mathematics minor, daughter of Alice Ann Campbell and John Campbell of Hope Mills.

 

Dare County

  • Madeline Brigid Bailey, a May 2018 graduate with a psychology major, of Kill Devil Hills.
  • Caelan Johannes Dick, a senior with economics and political science majors and a public policy minor, son of Ingrid Schmedtje and David Dick of Salvo.

 

Durham County

  • Nancy Kitterman, a senior with a political science major and philosophy, politics and economics and social and economic justice minors, of Durham.
  • Kailey Madison Morgan, a senior with English and political science majors and a creative writing minor, daughter of Tonya Morgan and Lafmin Morgan of Durham.
  • Kevin James Parham, a May 2018 graduate with health policy and management and Asian studies majors and a chemistry minor, son of Kenneth Parham Jr. and Susan Parham of Hillsborough.

 

Forsyth County

  • Danielle Leanne Bruce, a senior with human development and family studies and global studies majors, daughter of Robert Bruce and Christina Bruce of Winston-Salem.
  • Sophie Gentle Capshaw-Mack, a senior with a philosophy major, daughter of Teri Capshaw of Washington, DC.
  • Bethany Kristin Cole, a senior with economics and public policy majors, daughter of Melissa Cole and Brian Cole of Winston-Salem.
  • Emma Grace Gillett, a senior with history and English majors, daughter of Sarah Gillett and Andrew Gillett of Winston-Salem.
  • Kacey Dale Rigsby, a senior with English and Spanish majors and a creative writing minor, of Clemmons.
  • Ashley Nicole Smith, a junior with a computer science major and Hispanic studies and biology minors, daughter of Clare Smith and Lindsey Smith of Clemmons.

 

Guilford County

  • Tricia Celeste Bacon, a senior with a computer science major and mathematics and music minors, of Summerfield.
  • Angelica Mae Ford, a senior with human development and family studies and psychology majors and a women’s and gender studies minor, daughter of Sylvia Ford and John Ford of Kernersville.
  • Lily Hong Lou, a junior with a computer science major and an entrepreneurship minor, of Greensboro.
  • Kimberly Mara Oliver, a senior with history and anthropology majors and an American Indian and indigenous studies minor, of Greensboro.
  • Jessica Rose Whalen, a senior with psychology and anthropology majors and a Hispanic studies minor, daughter of Theresa Whalen and Richard Whalen of Greensboro.

 

Harnett County

  • Elizabeth Reaves Houston, a senior with a chemistry major and a medicine, literature and culture minor, daughter of Dr. Paige Houston and Keith Houston of Dunn.

 

Henderson County

  • Mary Margaret McKenzie, a senior with Arab cultures and French and Francophone studies majors, daughter of Susan McKenzie of Hendersonville and Kenneth McKenzie of Monroe, LA.
  • Sylvia Ann Ward, a senior with English and psychology majors, daughter of Dr. Robert Ward and Sally Ward of Hendersonville.

 

Johnston County

  • Melanie Amber Langness, a senior with a political science major and art history and public policy minors, of McGee’s Crossroads.
  • Lily Zhang, a May 2018 graduate with applied mathematics and computer science majors and a statistics and analytics minor, daughter of Dr. Max Zhang and Dr. Qin Lu of Clayton.

 

Mecklenburg County

  • Marc David Brunton, a senior with public policy and English majors and a creative writing minor, son of Jacqueline Brunton of Charlotte and Stephen Brunton of Palm Springs, CA.
  • Kevin Edward Gauch, a junior with economics and history majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, son of Thomas Gauch and Cathleen Gauch of Charlotte.
  • Hope McCleese Gehle, a senior with a biology major and social and economic justice and chemistry minors, daughter of Janice Rea and David Gehle.
  • Catherine Lee Gill, a senior with economics and statistics and analytics majors, daughter of Thold Gill and Ruth Ellen Gill of Charlotte.
  • Brenee Ansleigh Goforth, a May 2018 graduate with a political science major and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, of Mint Hill.
  • Linda Marie Henry, a junior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major and chemistry and German minors, daughter of Frank Henry and Anette Henry of Charlotte.
  • Danny Ly, a senior with statistics and analytics and economics majors, son of Hanh Ly and Buoi Ta of Charlotte.
  • Andrew Ward Maxwell, a junior with a health policy and management major and business administration and Spanish for the health professions minors, son of Robin Maxwell and John Maxwell of Charlotte.
  • Casey Nora Rothrock, a senior with a history major and a cognitive science minor, of Charlotte.
  • Alexander James Roupas, a senior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major and chemistry and music minors, son of Donna Roupas and Anastasi Roupas of Charlotte.
  • Gray McCracken Smith, a senior with computer science and information science majors, son of Eric Smith and Sally Smith of Charlotte.

 

Moore County

  • Loc Gia Ho, a senior with a philosophy major, son of Yen Nguyen of Aberdeen.

 

Nash County

  • Nicholas Kenneth Chamberlain, a senior with a biology major and computer science and chemistry minors, son of Dr. Matthew Chamberlain and Lori Chamberlain of Rocky Mount.

 

New Hanover County

  • Abby Marie Phelps, a senior with an environmental science major and a German minor, of Wilmington.
  • Katherine Mae Spencer, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Lynn Spencer and Terry Spencer of Wilmington.

 

Orange County

  • Vikram Aikat, a junior with computer science and quantitative biology majors and a chemistry minor, son of Dr. Deb Aikat and Dr. Jay Aikat of Chapel Hill.
  • Thomas Alexander Elliott, a senior with political science and contemporary European studies majors and a German minor, son of John Elliott of Montreal, Quebec, and Joanneke de Cock of Chapel Hill.
  • Matthew Louis Gilleskie, a senior with a biostatistics major and a chemistry minor, of Chapel Hill.
  • Emma Giusto, a senior with political science and economics majors and a public policy minor, daughter of Sharon Carlson of Pittsboro.
  • Emily Goldstein, a May 2018 graduate with a geography major and city and regional planning and public policy minors, daughter of Phil Goldstein and Donna Goldstein of Chapel Hill.
  • Samuel Nielsen, a junior with economics and computer science majors, son of Martha Diehl of Chapel Hill and the late Dr. Francois Nielsen.
  • Daniel Stratton, a senior with a computer science major and an entrepreneurship minor, son of Marianne Chan and Timothy Stratton of Chapel Hill.

 

Pitt County

  • Larry Yang, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and neuroscience minors, of Greenville.

 

Randolph County

  • Matthew Scott Queen, a senior with economics and political science majors, son of Scott Queen and LouAnn Queen of Asheboro.

 

Rowan County

  • Abraham Louis Post, a senior with computer science and political science majors and an information science minor, son of Jonathan Post and Libby Post of Salisbury.

 

Rutherford County

  • Allyson Marie Yelton, a senior with psychology and Hispanic literatures and cultures majors and a geography minor, daughter of Dr. David Yelton and Denise Yelton of Rutherfordton.

 

Stanly County

  • Sarah Elizabeth Krug, a May 2017 graduate with media and journalism and anthropology majors, of Albemarle.

 

Surry County

  • Mary Beth Browne, a senior with political science and peace, war and defense majors and an environmental studies minor, daughter of Charles Browne and Lu Ann Browne of Mount Airy.

 

Union County

  • William Hunt Cachine, a junior with applied mathematics and economics majors and a computer science minor, son of Jeffrey Cachine and Michelle Cachine of Waxhaw.
  • Erin Marie Danford, a senior with an environmental science major and a geography minor, of Waxhaw.
  • Om Vinayak Dave, a senior with a nutrition major and a chemistry minor, son of Brinda Dave and Vinayak Dave.
  • Meredith Grace Emery, a junior with a studio art major and a geography minor, daughter of Angela Emery and David Emery of Waxhaw.
  • Mariah Caroline Harrelson, a senior with public policy and political science majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, daughter of Calvin Harrelson and Margaret Harrelson of Charlotte.
  • Emily Ruth Hazlett, a senior with a Hispanic linguistics major and a biology minor, daughter of Ted Hazlett and Carolyn Hazlett of Monroe.
  • Lee-Ann Mai Nguyen, a senior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major and a Spanish for the health professions minor, daughter of Tuan Nguyen and Lieu Nguyen of Weddington.
  • Adam Joseph Sommers, a senior with a chemistry major and a history minor, of Weddington.

 

Wake County

  • Anne Meredith Bennett, a junior with American studies and music majors, daughter of Dr. Betsy Bennett and Dr. Brian Bennett of Raleigh.
  • Caroline Elizabeth Butler, a senior with a biology major and Spanish for the health professions and chemistry minors, daughter of Andrew Butler and Sarah Butler of Apex.
  • Corwin A. Carr, a junior with statistics and analytics and chemistry majors and a computer science minor, son of Alexander Carr and Elizabeth Carr of Raleigh.
  • Samveg Arpan Desai, a senior with a biostatistics major and chemistry and mathematics minors, son of Arpan Desai and Trupti Desai of Raleigh.
  • Shivani Desai, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and medical anthropology minors, daughter of Himansu Desai and Manisha Desai of Wake Forest.
  • Justin Lee Do, a junior with information science and computer science majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, son of Minh Do and Tina Lee of Raleigh.
  • Jake Matthew Evans, a senior with a chemistry major and a computer science minor, son of John Evans and Mary Evans of Willow Spring.
  • Alec Jennings Fischbein, a senior with contemporary European studies and political science majors, son of Gary Fischbein and Carole Fischbein of Cary.
  • Morgan Jean Goetz, a senior with a biomedical and health sciences engineering major, daughter of Andrew Goetz and Cathy Goetz of Cary.
  • Isabelle Hirschy, a senior with political science and peace, war and defense majors and a social and economic justice minor, daughter of Stephanie Hirschy and Bradford Hirschy of Cary.
  • Alexandra Howland Hitson, a senior with economics and French majors, daughter of Dr. Molly Leavitt of Raleigh.
  • Alex Jose, a senior with physics and mathematics majors, son of Jose Chandy and Lynda Jose of Cary.
  • Alexander Quinn Shiu-Kei Kan, a junior with computer science and statistics and analytics majors and a cognitive science minor, son of Victor Kan and Etta Kan of Morrisville.
  • Richard Vu Le, a senior with computer science and information science majors, son of Colette Le and Khai Le of Raleigh.
  • Brennan Lewis, a senior with public policy and women’s and gender studies majors, daughter of Sera Lewis and Chad Lewis of Apex.
  • Sabrina Corin Madrigal, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Kimberly Patrey and John Patrey of Raleigh.
  • Tanner Lane Morgan, a senior with political science and history majors, son of Kelly Morgan and Jennifer Petty.
  • Kyra Coates Mulder, a senior with biostatistics and computer science majors, daughter of Curtis Mulder and Rachel Elliott of Raleigh.
  • David Near, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and history minors, son of Joseph Near and Dianne Near of Holly Springs.
  • Jackson Arthur Oakley, a senior with a global studies major and a Spanish for the professions minor, son of Bryan Oakley and Elaine Oakley of Raleigh.
  • Lily Caroline Rashid, a senior with an exercise and sport science major, daughter of Irfan Rashid and Michelle Rashid of Cary.
  • Zachary Michael Ripberger, a senior with an exercise and sport science major and business administration and Hispanic studies minors, son of Michael Ripberger and Wendy Ripberger of Cary.
  • Cody Bray Staples, a senior with psychology and religious studies majors, of Wendell.
  • Alyssa Jenna Tan, a junior with a biostatistics major and Spanish for the health professions and chemistry minors, daughter of Aldin Tan and Carmela Soraya Flores-Tan of Cary.
  • Dylan Jude Tastet, a senior with computer science and information science majors, son of Sylvia Tastet and Lance Tastet of Apex.
  • Sarah Nicole Wotus, a senior with a biostatistics major and an environmental science and studies minor, daughter of Cindy Wotus and Jeffrey Wotus of Apex.

 

California

  • John Ezra Miles Rawitsch, a senior with a geography major and an urban studies and planning minor, of Los Angeles.
  • Lauren Julia Weisel, a May 2018 graduate with an exercise and sport science major and chemistry and biology minors, daughter of Catherine Weisel and Gregory Weisel of Carlsbad.

 

Connecticut

  • Madison Rackear, a senior with a biochemistry major, daughter of Kathleen Rackear of Fairfield and Robert Rackear of Stratford.
  • Caitlin Young, a senior with political science and economics majors and a business administration minor, daughter of Michael Young and Kathleen Young of Southington.

 

Florida

  • Brooke Rose Bekoff, a senior with political science and history majors, daughter of Nelson Bekoff and Valerie Bekoff of Boca Raton.
  • Claudia Teresa Malone, a senior with sociology and management and society majors, of Fort Lauderdale.
  • Lauren Elizabeth Shumpert, a senior with a sociology major and women’s and gender studies and social and economic justice minors, daughter of Holly Shumpert and Scott Shumpert of Pensacola.
  • Grace Darby Tan, a senior with a biology major and chemistry and environmental science and studies minors, daughter of Dr. Thomas Tan and Toni Tan of Pensacola.

 

Georgia

  • Jamie Patricia DeCicco, a senior with a psychology major and biology and chemistry minors, daughter of Christine DeCicco and Daniel DeCicco of Fayetteville.

 

Illinois

  • Evan M. Thompson, a senior with psychology and piano performance majors, of Chicago.

 

Maryland

  • Caroline Gladd, a junior with business administration and political science majors, daughter of Holly Gladd and Paul Gladd of Potomac.
  • Henry He, a senior with an economics major and a business administration minor, of North Potomac.
  • Genevieve India Victoria Molyneaux, a senior with economics and political science majors and an environmental science and studies minor, daughter of Dr. Elizabeth Molyneaux and Robert Molyneaux of Gaithersburg.

 

New Jersey

  • Thomas Ross Marshall, a junior with physics and music performance majors, of Manalapan.
  • Adesh Ranganna, a senior with nutrition and public policy majors and a chemistry minor, son of Suresh Ranganna and Anuradha Ranganna of Marlboro.

 

New York

  • Mia Gabrielle DeMarco, a senior with a biology major and a chemistry minor, daughter of Wendy DeMarco and David DeMarco of Schenectady.

 

Ohio

  • Allison Anne Carter, a senior with biology and women’s and gender studies majors and a chemistry minor, daughter of William Carter and Elizabeth Carter of Loveland.

 

South Carolina

  • Matthew Bleakley Ballance, a senior with archaeology and history majors and a geological sciences minor, son of Dr. Julia Ballance and Kevin Ballance of Columbia.
  • Michala Sterling Patterson, a junior with biology and global studies majors and a medicine, literature and culture minor, daughter of Micheal Patterson and Teresa Patterson.
  • Seth Daniel Pinosky, a May 2018 graduate with a biology major and a chemistry minor, son of Karen Pinosky and Mark Pinosky of Mount Pleasant.
  • Julia Cristine Whitten, a senior with English and Spanish majors, daughter of Robert Whitten and Onelia Madden of Summerville.

 

Texas

  • Benjamin Scott Walzel, a senior with business administration and biology majors, of Dallas.

 

Virginia

  • Sarah Ann Burk, a senior with English and political science majors and an advertising and public relations minor, daughter of Teresa Ipock Burk of Kinston, NC, and Ted Burk of Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Malik Savoy McNeil Jabati, a senior with economics and computer science majors and a philosophy, politics and economics minor, son of Keith Jabati and Myra Compton-Jabati of Alexandria.
  • Rachel Louise Tyeryar, a senior with economics and global studies majors and an Arabic minor, daughter of Jennifer Tyeryar of Haymarket and David Tyeryar of Raleigh, NC.

 

Washington

  • Abby Jean Bergman, a senior with biology and music majors, of Kirkland.

 

West Virginia

  • Noah Mancuso, a senior with chemistry and global health majors and a biology minor, son of Paul Mancuso Jr. and Janet Mancuso.

 

China

  • Yunfei Wang, a junior with biology and psychology majors and a chemistry minor, son of Dr. Bo Wu and Dr. Mingxing Wang of Matthews, NC.

 

 

 

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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 74 bachelor’s, 104 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools including the College of Arts & 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 nearly 330,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US Territories and 162 countries. Almost 178,000 live in North Carolina.

 

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UNC-Chapel Hill announces $21M gift to support media and journalism, medicine and athletics

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UNC-Chapel Hill announces $21M gift to support media and journalism, medicine and athletics

 

Largest-ever gift to School of Media and Journalism will fund new Curtis Media Center

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C. – Nov. 2, 2018) – Today the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced a $21.275 million gift from the Curtis Foundation, thanks to the generosity of Barbara and Don Curtis. The donation includes $10 million for the largest gift ever made to the UNC School of Media and Journalism, in part to build a new state-of-the-art media center to bring the forefront of the media world to Carolina students. Additional funding will create immersive extracurricular learning opportunities for students, and support the pursuit of service and excellence in both medicine and athletics.

 

“From his first days at Carolina, Don Curtis has dedicated his life to pioneering work in broadcast journalism,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “With the largest gift in the School of Media and Journalism’s history, the Curtis family is passing on his legacy to the next generation of journalists, creating spaces for innovation and collaboration among our students and faculty. Their generosity and commitment to Carolina, from athletics fields to the hospital and classrooms, is remarkable. This gift will keep us at the cutting edge.”

 

The gift to the School of Media and Journalism will support efforts to help students gain a foothold in a rapidly changing industry. Eight million dollars will fund the construction of the Curtis Media Center, a flexible space that brings together students and faculty in a collaborative environment around emerging technology. By eliminating both literal and figurative barriers in a state-of-the-art environment, the Curtis Media Center will challenge students to learn and practice their craft while working in teams. The adaptable teaching and production facilities will prepare students to lead the industry into a new era by immersing them in experiences to develop critical thinking, creativity and collaborative skills with the latest technology at their fingertips. The center will serve students and faculty from across campus as well as those in the School of Media and Journalism. Plans for the building will require approval from the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees prior to construction. The building is expected be completed within the next four years at a site yet to be finalized.

 

The remaining $2 million to the School of Media and Journalism expands the existing Don and Barbara Curtis Excellence Fund for Extracurricular Activities and establishes a new fund to support programs within the school. The Curtises started the extracurricular fund in 2003 to encourage and support learning experiences outside of the classroom without the worry of cost. In the 2017-18 academic year alone, the fund allowed 43 students to gain real-world, hands-on experience critical to thriving in their chosen industry.

 

“These gifts are as much for the state of North Carolina as for the University,” said Don Curtis. “For all my life, the University of North Carolina has been the primary driver of progress and change. As a result, North Carolina can hold its head high as a national leader. I can think of no better investment than in medical research and the media to ensure that this progress continues and to see that North Carolina can provide the proper leadership for the future.”

 

“The Curtis family’s long-running generosity and dedication to our school has created life-changing experiences for countless students by funding immersive learning activities outside of the classroom,” said Susan King, dean of the School of Media and Journalism. “This gift is visionary and transformational for our school and this campus. It speaks to our values of collaboration, innovation and transparency as a public institution with a responsibility to engage with issues and inform citizens.”

 

Three million dollars will support the ongoing work of the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians through patient care, education and research. The UNC Athletics department will also receive $3 million to support ventures to be determined at a later date. As part of the Curtis Foundation’s $21.275 million gift, $5.275 million will fund future endeavors to be determined at a later time.

 

“The Curtis Family is a generous and engaged partner of UNC Medicine, sharing our commitment to excellent clinical care, leading-edge research and training physicians who will serve in North Carolina and beyond,” said Dr. Bill Roper, dean of the UNC School of Medicine and CEO of the UNC Health Care System. “For many years, the Curtises have funded important initiatives at the UNC Children’s Hospital, the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and in cardiovascular medicine. Thank you, Don, Barbara and Donna. We are honored by your new investment in UNC medicine.”

 

“The Curtises have long been dedicated champions of Carolina Athletics – cheering on our students during competitions while also supporting them behind the scenes,’’ said UNC director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “Barbara, Don and Donna believe wholeheartedly in our mission to educate and inspire through athletics, and they, in turn, have inspired us with their generosity and commitment to our University. We appreciate their gift and their investment in the future of our broad-based program and our students.”

 

The Curtis Foundation’s gift supports the most ambitious university fundraising campaign in the Southeast and in Carolina history, For All Kind: the Campaign for Carolina. On Oct. 6, 2017, Carolina announced its goal to raise $4.25 billion by Dec. 31, 2022. The Campaign for Carolina secured $2.23 billion by the end of fiscal year 2018, exceeding half of its dollar goal ahead of schedule. The Campaign for Carolina is inspired by the Blueprint for Next, the University’s overall strategic plan built on two core strategies: “of the public, for the public,” and “innovation made fundamental.”

 

A record-breaking fiscal year 2018 raised $617 million in commitments, marking the first time Carolina has ever topped $600 million in commitments. The University exceeded fiscal year 2017’s $543.3 million by 14 percent.

 

Don Curtis of Raleigh, North Carolina, established The Curtis Foundation in 1979. A 1963 UNC alumnus and chairman and CEO of the Curtis Media Group, Don Curtis is a former member of the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees and a 2005 recipient of the William Richardson Davie Award—the board’s highest honor recognizing extraordinary service to the University or society. Don also served as chair of the UNC General Alumni Association from 2011-2012. Together Don and Barbara Curtis are former members of the UNC Lineberger Board of Visitors and founded the UNC Children’s Hospital Radio-thon which has raised tens of millions of dollars since 1998. In 2006 Carolina renamed the auditorium in Memorial Hall as the Beasley-Curtis Auditorium to honor the Curtis’ contribution in renovating the dedicated space for the arts on campus.

 

Barbara Curtis is a member of The Medical Foundation of North Carolina Inc. board and the UNC Cardiovascular Board of Advisors. Barbara and daughter Donna McClatchey also serve as foundation trustees. Donna Curtis graduated from Carolina in 1993 from the School of Media and Journalism. She also serves on the Carolina Women’s Leadership Council.

 

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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 74 bachelor’s, 104 master’s, 65 doctorate and seven professional degree programs through 14 schools including the College of Arts & 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 nearly 330,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, US Territories and 162 countries. Almost 178,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Carly Miller, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

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Carolina welcomes 5,095 new undergraduate students to campus

Carolina welcomes 5,095 new undergraduate students to campus

Fall 2018 first-year class includes record number of first-generation college students

 

(Note: The following statistics are preliminary and will not be final until after Sept. 4, 2018, the University’s official enrollment reporting date.)

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— Aug. 17, 2018) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is welcoming 4,295 first-year students and 800 transfer students to campus as classes begin this fall. The first-year class includes the highest numbers of first-generation college students and students from North Carolina’s rural counties since the University began collecting this data 15 years ago. The University received a record 43,472 first-year applications this year, the 13th consecutive year in which applications have increased.

 

Among first-year North Carolinians, 40 percent are enrolling from a rural county, up from 35 percent last year. Among all first-year students, 21 percent will be the first in their families to graduate from a four-year college or university, up from 17 percent last year. The Carolina Covenant, which offers eligible low-income students the opportunity to graduate debt-free, is welcoming 669 new first-year and transfer students, 13 percent of all enrolling students.

 

The new students are extraordinarily well-prepared academically and also contribute outside the classroom:

  • Among new transfer students, the average GPA at their previous colleges was 3.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 45 percent of new first-year students ranked within the top 10 students in their high school class, and 78 percent ranked within the top 10 percent.
  • 93 percent of new first-year students have taken five or more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college-level courses while in high school.
  • 52 percent of all incoming students held a paying job during the school year; 58 percent had daily responsibilities within their families; 67 percent competed in a sport; and 88 percent participated in community service.

“Carolina will once again grow stronger through the addition of another outstanding class,” said Stephen Farmer, vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions. “All of these students have earned their places at Carolina, and each of them deserves to be here. As accomplished as they already are, we’re confident they’ll make each other better. We’re grateful they’ve chosen to join our community, and we’re excited to support and encourage them as they find success on campus, across our state and in the wider world.”

 

Enrolling students were admitted to Carolina through a thorough process that considered each candidate individually and holistically. Admissions officers read applications one by one, doing their best to understand students in the context of their families, schools, and communities, and to assess their capacity both to thrive at Carolina and to contribute to the education of their classmates.

 

In addition to offering outstanding academics, extensive student aid, and tuition and fees that are among the lowest in the nation, the University recruited admitted students by reaching out to them in innovative and individualized ways. The Black Student Movement connected admitted students with current students through one-on-one video calls and events. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosted on-campus breakfasts that welcomed more than 1,500 admitted first-generation college students and their families to Chapel Hill. Members of the admissions office traveled across the state to share meals with students and their families and to discuss academic opportunities at Carolina. The University Office for Diversity and Inclusion hosted spring programs for admitted students, many of whom had previously visited Carolina through the office’s longstanding and successful Project Uplift program.

 

The incoming class will join students already on campus who are engaging in scholarship and research – Carolina conducts more than $1 billion in sponsored research each year – positioning themselves for success after graduation. Based on responses to an annual survey by University Career Services, 97 percent of Carolina students go on to jobs in their preferred fields or continue their education within six months of receiving their bachelor’s degrees.

 

Among enrolling first-year students who indicated an intended major on their application, 55 percent said that they hope to major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics; 26 percent indicated an interest in professional programs including business, public health and media and journalism; and 18 percent expressed interest in the humanities, fine arts or social sciences. In addition:

  • 96 percent said they hope to receive, during their time at Carolina, the experience of engaging with a broad range of ideas, perspectives and visions that differ from their own;
  • 95 percent said they want their understanding to be broadened and refined through discussion and dialogue with classmates and professors who differ from themselves;
  • 96 percent said they want to work with classmates who have different perspectives and different approaches to solving problems;
  • 96 percent said they want to get better at leading, serving and working with people from different backgrounds; and
  • 96 percent said they want to deepen their appreciation, respect and empathy for other people.

The following statistics are highlights from the Fall 2018 incoming class:

 

FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS

Demographics

First-year students come from:

  • 97 North Carolina counties, including 40 percent from rural counties in the state as defined by the UNC System.
  • 43 states and the District of Columbia
  • 38 countries

Of the incoming first-year class:

  • 1,398 North Carolina students are from rural counties
  • 62 percent are female and 38 percent are male
  • 235 students are international students
  • 264 students have a military affiliation
  • 890 students will be the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree
  • 12 percent identify themselves as Black or African American
  • 9 percent identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino
  • 18 percent identify themselves as Asian
  • 3 percent identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native

Academic credentials

  • 45 percent ranked within top 10 students in their high school class
  • 78 percent ranked within the top 10 percent
  • On the SAT, the middle 50 percent of students scored between 1290 and 1470
  • On the ACT, the middle 50 percent of students scored between 29 and 33
  • 93 percent of enrolling students have taken five or more Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or dual enrollment courses
  • Their top five intended majors are biology, business, computer science, psychology and biomedical and health sciences engineering

Extracurricular achievements

  • 90 percent participated in community service
  • 69 percent played a sport
  • 66 percent contributed to a cause they believe in
  • 58 percent assumed daily family responsibilities
  • 55 percent traveled outside their home country
  • 50 percent held a paying job during the school year
  • 47 percent held a position as president of their class or a club
  • 46 percent participated in religious or faith-based communities
  • 33 percent participated in student government
  • 31 percent conducted research outside the classroom
  • 20 percent founded an organization or started a business or non-profit
  • 19 percent participated in orchestra or band

Admission

For Fall 2018 first-year admission, the University received 43,472 applications – 6 percent more than last year. The overall admit rate fell from 24 percent to 22 percent this year, and the North Carolina admit rate fell from 46 percent to 41 percent.

The incoming class includes 265 students from one of the 75 partner high schools served by the Carolina College Advising Corps, a public service of the University that seeks to increase college-going rates among low-income, first-generation college and other underrepresented students.

 

Applied / Admitted 

Applied Admitted
North Carolina 13,909 5,690
Out-of-state 29,563 3,829
Total** 43,472 9,519

 

 

TRANSFER STUDENTS

Approximately 43 percent of the enrolling transfer class is transferring from a North Carolina community college. Incoming transfer students range in age from 16 to 56 and have an average college GPA of 3.7.

The transfer class includes 79 students who come to Carolina from partner community colleges served by the Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program, or C-STEP. The program is designed to enable community college students to transfer to and graduate from UNC-Chapel Hill, and partners with 11 community colleges across the state. C-STEP students represent 10 percent of all enrolling transfer students.

 

Applied / Admitted 

Applied Admitted
North Carolina 1,826 710
Out-of-state 1,624 524
Total** 3,490 1,234

 

Aid and scholarships

Among all new first-year and transfer students:

  • 43 percent of the incoming class will receive need-based aid, primarily in the form of grants and scholarships.
  • 669 students (12 percent of the incoming first-year class) are Carolina Covenant Scholars.

(Note: All aid statistics are preliminary and subject to revision.)

 

Military

Among all new undergraduates:

  • 364 enrolling first-year and transfer students indicated an affiliation with the U.S. armed forces, primarily as dependents or spouses of a military member who served or is serving.
  • 25 are currently serving.
  • 34 have previously served in the U.S. armed forces.

(Note: Some students qualify for multiple categories, i.e., many who served are also dependents.)

(**These numbers reflect residency information at the time of application.)

 

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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, 111 master’s, 65 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 nearly 330,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications contact: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8360 kate.luck@unc.edu

Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program expands to Southwestern Community College

Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program expands to Southwestern Community College

Partnership will increase the number of low- and moderate-income students transferring to and graduating from Carolina

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— July 20, 2018) – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Student Transfer Excellence Program (C-STEP) and Southwestern Community College (SCC) in Sylva are partnering to increase the number of students transferring to and graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill. SCC will be the 11th community college to partner with C-STEP and Carolina.

 

Through C-STEP, low- and moderate-income high school and community college students who enroll in one of the program’s partner colleges are guaranteed admission to Carolina if they are first admitted to and successfully complete the community college portion of the program with at least a 3.2 GPA.

 

“Every day we have the chance to see our students grow and challenge themselves as they build successful lives,” said Dr. Don Thomas, Southwestern Community College president. “The launch of C-STEP at Southwestern Community College will create even more opportunities for our students, their families and our community.”

 

Now in its 12th year, C-STEP was launched with the support of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation in an effort to enable more community college students to transfer to and graduate from Carolina. Almost 800 transfer students enter UNC-Chapel Hill each year, about 33 percent from North Carolina community colleges.

 

“North Carolina community college transfer students are an amazing group of scholars,” said Rebecca Egbert, C-STEP program director. “Working with Southwestern Community College students as they prepare to come to Carolina and once they’ve arrived in Chapel Hill will be a privilege. These students enrich our campus with their experience, diligence and intelligence.”

 

Students who participate in C-STEP agree to earn an appropriate associate degree at their partner community college and participate actively in the program, which offers students special events, advising and transition and support services both at their home college and at

Carolina. The program also provides transition and support services once students have enrolled at Carolina and are pursuing bachelor’s degrees.

 

The communities surrounding SCC include the Qualla Boundary, home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). Members of ECBI participate in many SCC programs and have partnered with SCC and Western Carolina University to develop the Oconaluftee Institute of Cultural Arts on the Qualla Boundary, where students come to study and preserve the artistic traditions of the ECBI community.

 

“Education is a priority for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and generations of tribal leaders have worked toward that goal,” said Richard Sneed, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. “By collaborating with C-STEP and Southwestern Community College, our students will benefit for years to come.”

 

C-STEP currently serves almost 845 students; 652 of those have already enrolled at Carolina and 482 have graduated. The remaining students are expected to enroll after completing their community college courses. As of 2018, the average C-STEP graduate GPA is 3.0 and the overall graduation rate is 81 percent.

 

Current C-STEP partners include: Alamance Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Carteret Community College, Central Carolina Community College, Craven Community College, Durham Technical Community College, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Robeson Community College, Sandhills Community College and Wake Technical Community College.

 

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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, 111 master’s, 65 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 nearly 330,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Kate Luck, (919) 445-8360, kate.luck@unc.edu

 

Olivia Holder named 2018 Yenching Scholar

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Olivia Holder named 2018 Yenching Scholar

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 18, 2018) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Olivia Holder will join the fourth cohort at the Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, China, as a Yenching scholar. A Yenching Academy scholarship offers a fully funded interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. Holder will enter the program in fall 2018 with a concentration in history and archeology. She is Carolina’s first Yenching scholar.

 

Holder, from Greenville, North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in history, concentrating on modern European history, with minors in Chinese and comparative literature. Additionally, Holder was awarded a William D. Weir Honors Fellowship in Asian studies to travel to China for intensive language study and a summer internship experience, during which Holder interned for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Center and the LanYuan ChaShi tea house. Holder also interned at Eastern Leaves, a tea company that owns a wild tea plantation, as a student.

 

A Carolina Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Holder was awarded a Class of 1938 Fellowship to study Chinese tea ritual and a Hogan Fellowship to research tea in London in preparation for her senior honors thesis. Her activities on campus included Honor Court and the Ackland Student Guide program.

 

“I am honored to join the fourth cohort of scholars and take part in a dynamic program that uses a unique, interdisciplinary approach to understanding China and our global world,” said Holder. “At Yenching Academy, each scholar designs her course of study. I plan to design a course of study that discovers the threads that connect China’s history to her present and will weave China’s future.”

 

“Our office just initiated the partnership with the Yenching Academy so that UNC-Chapel Hill can nominate and endorse talented students interested in the broad, interdisciplinary master’s program that Yenching offers. We are delighted that Olivia Holder will be the first representative of this new partnership,” said Professor Inger Brodey, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships.

 

The English-taught Yenching Academy program emphasizes interdisciplinary education and studying China’s development from both Chinese and international perspectives. During their twelve-month fellowships, international Yenching scholars complete coursework and a thesis. Scholars design their study experience by choosing one of six academic concentrations that direct their electives and field studies. Complementing academic courses are Chinese language training and career-focused workshops, consultations and seminars.

 

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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, 111 master’s, 65 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 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

Office of Distinguished Scholarships contacts: Inger Brodey, (919) 843-0965, brodey@email.unc.edu and Maggie Douglas, (919) 843-7757, mdouglas@unc.edu

 

 

Unparalleled mosaics discovered by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist and team provide new clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village

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Unparalleled mosaics discovered by UNC-Chapel Hill archaeologist and team provide new clues on life in an ancient Galilean Jewish village

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— July 9, 2018) — Recent discoveries by a team of specialists and students at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor Jodi Magness, shed new light on the life and culture of an ancient Jewish village. The discoveries indicate villagers flourished under early fifth century Christian rule, contradicting a widespread view that Jewish settlement in the region declined during that period. The large size and elaborate interior decoration of the Huqoq synagogue point to an unexpected level of prosperity.

 

“The mosaics decorating the floor of the Huqoq synagogue revolutionize our understanding of Judaism in this period,” said Magness. “Ancient Jewish art is often thought to be aniconic, or lacking images. But these mosaics, colorful and filled with figured scenes, attest to a rich visual culture as well as to the dynamism and diversity of Judaism in the Late Roman and Byzantine periods.”

 

The first mosaics in the Huqoq synagogue were discovered by Magness’ team in 2012. Since then, Magness, director of the Huqoq excavations and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Early Judaism in the department of religious studies in Carolina’s College of Arts & Sciences, assisted by Shua Kisilevitz of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Tel Aviv University have uncovered additional mosaics every summer. This year, the team’s specialists and students focused their efforts on a series of mosaic panels in the north aisle. Magness said this series is part of the richest, most diverse collection of mosaics ever found in an ancient synagogue.

 

Along the north aisle, mosaics are divided into two rows of panels containing figures and objects with Hebrew inscriptions. One panel labeled “a pole between two” depicts a biblical scene from Numbers 13:23. The images show two spies sent by Moses to explore Canaan carrying a pole with a cluster of grapes. Another panel referencing Isaiah 11:6 includes the inscription “a small child shall lead them.” The panel shows a youth leading an animal on a rope. A fragmentary Hebrew inscription concluding with the phrase “Amen selah,” meaning “Amen forever,” was uncovered at the north end of the east aisle.

 

During this eighth dig, the team also continued to expose a rare discovery in ancient synagogues: columns covered in colorful, painted plaster still intact after nearly 1,600 years.

 

The mosaics have been removed from the site for conservation and the excavated areas have been backfilled. Excavations are scheduled to continue in the summer of 2019. Additional information and updates can be found at the project’s website: www.huqoq.org.

 

Mosaics uncovered by this project include:

  • 2012: Samson and the foxes
  • 2013: Samson carrying the gate of Gaza on his shoulders
  • 2013, 2014 and 2015: a Hebrew inscription surrounded by human figures, animals and mythological creatures including cupids; and the first non-biblical story ever found decorating an ancient synagogue — perhaps the legendary meeting between Alexander the Great and the Jewish high priest
  • 2016: Noah’s Ark; the parting of the Red Sea showing Pharaoh’s soldiers being swallowed by giant fish
  • 2017: a Helios-zodiac cycle; Jonah being swallowed by three successive fish; the building of the Tower of Babel

 

An image of the most recent discovery, images from past digs and video from this summer’s excavation may be downloaded here using password huqoq.

 

Photo/Video credit: Jim Haberman.

 

Sponsors of the project include UNC-Chapel Hill, Baylor University, Brigham Young University and the University of Toronto. Students and staff from Carolina and the consortium schools participated in the dig. Financial support for the 2018 season was also provided by the Friends of Heritage Preservation, the National Geographic Society, the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust and the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.

 

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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, 111 master’s, 65 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 323,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 149 countries. More than 169,000 live in North Carolina.

 

University Communications: Carly Miller, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

College of Arts and Sciences contact: Kim Spurr, (919) 962-4093, spurrk@email.unc.edu

 

UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus named 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholar

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UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus named 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholar

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—July 5, 2018) – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumnus William McInerney has been awarded a prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides full support for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England.

 

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established by a donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, supports scholars in a variety of fields with outstanding intellectual ability and the potential to be transformative leaders. The Gates Cambridge program seeks to build a global network of leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

 

McInerney, from Chapel Hill, graduated from Carolina in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in peace, war and defense. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Honors Carolina, McInerney researched arts and peace education and discovered the power of poetry in the classroom. He went on to work as a poet and educator, performing and teaching worldwide; a journalist and producer with WUNC-FM, focusing on peace and conflict stories; and executive director of a spoken word poetry and peace education nonprofit in Chapel Hill called Sacrificial Poets.

 

As McInerney began to focus on the problem of men’s violence against women, he returned to UNC-Chapel Hill as an employee to develop and help facilitate the UNC Men’s Project, a men’s violence prevention program for undergraduate and graduate students. In recognition of his work, he was awarded a Rotary Peace Fellowship to study conflict resolution from the University of Bradford in England, earning a master’s degree in 2018.

 

McInerney will take up his Gates Cambridge Scholarship this fall to pursue a Ph.D. in education at Queens’ College of Cambridge. He will continue to research the value of creative educational approaches, specifically spoken word poetry, in men’s violence prevention education.

 

“We are delighted that William McInerney, a talented and deserving educator, will have the opportunity of representing UNC-Chapel Hill as our seventh Gates Cambridge scholar,” said Professor Inger Brodey, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “William is on the forefront of creative ways to address violence prevention.”

 

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Photo of McInerney: https://bit.ly/2lQB2EM

 

 

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, 111 master’s, 65 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 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of Distinguished Scholarships contacts: Inger Brodey, (919) 843-0965, brodey@email.unc.edu and Maggie Douglas, (919) 843-7757, mdouglas@unc.edu

 

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student receives Boren Fellowship

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UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student receives Boren Fellowship

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.—June 15, 2018) – Elizabeth Christenson, a graduate student in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been awarded a Boren Fellowship to study critical languages abroad. She will be UNC-Chapel Hill’s 13th Boren fellow since 2000.

 

Christenson, from Charlotte, received her bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2010. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in the environmental sciences and engineering department and studying the impact of industrial hog farms on water quality in North Carolina. As a Boren fellow, she will study Arabic in Amman, Jordan, during the 2018-2019 academic year. Christenson plans to use her scientific training for community-based public health and disease prevention initiatives in the Middle East.

 

“The Office of Distinguished Scholarships is delighted that Elizabeth was awarded this fellowship,” said Professor Inger Brodey, director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. “I’m confident that she will do important work for the security of our country as well as for global health quality.”

 

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program. Boren awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients work in the federal government for at least one year.

 

This year, Boren scholars and fellows will live in 38 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East. Since 1994, over 6,000 students have received Boren awards.

 

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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, 111 master’s, 65 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 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

Office of Distinguished Scholarships contacts: Inger Brodey, (919) 843-0965, brodey@email.unc.edu and Maggie Douglas, (919) 843-7757, mdouglas@unc.edu

 

University Communications: Media Relations, (919) 445-8555, mediarelations@unc.edu

 

The Morehead-Cain Foundation announces its Class of 2022

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The Morehead-Cain Foundation announces its Class of 2022

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— April 27, 2018) – The Morehead-Cain Foundation, home of the first merit scholarship program in the United States, founded at the first public university in the country, is proud to announce the largest class in its history.

This fall, Morehead-Cain will welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 79 new Morehead-Cain Scholars from across North Carolina, the United States and the world. The class of 2022 includes:

  • 43 scholars from North Carolina
  • 36 scholars from outside North Carolina, including:
    • 29 scholars from 15 different states and Washington, D.C.
    • 3 scholars from the United Kingdom
    • 2 scholars from Canada*
    • 1 scholar each from Armenia, Italy, Jamaica, Peru, Swaziland*

* Scholar either attended high school in listed country or is from listed country

 

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 United States 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. During this program, scholars are encouraged to and receive financial support for more deeply exploring 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 240 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 UNC-Chapel Hill’s vibrant student community. For example, during the past ten years, five 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 UNC-Chapel Hill in 1957, 31 of its 34 Rhodes Scholars have been Morehead-Cain Scholars.

 

Morehead-Cains have accounted for 26 of the University’s 39 Luce Scholars, eight of its 17 Marshall Scholars and 19 of UNC-Chapel Hill’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, two were among the inaugural class of Schwarzman Scholars, an elite China-based graduate scholarship that enrolled its first students in 2016, and one alumnus is among the inaugural class of the prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford University.

 

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 https://bit.ly/2Jh2LrW.

 

Class of 2022

 

New Morehead-Cain Scholars are listed below alphabetically by N.C. county, state and country. Students noted with an asterisk (*) are listed in more than one location.

 

NORTH CAROLINA

 

Alamance County
Robert Dudley McQueen (Bobby) will graduate this spring from the Burlington School in Burlington, where he is an Eagle Scout and serves as both chaplain aid and patrol leader for his entire troop. Bobby has also sung at the White House, the Vatican and on stage with Broadway singers as part of the Choral Ensemble. He has volunteered repairing homes and as a camp counselor with at-risk children, and has captained his varsity soccer and tennis teams. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Bobby is interested in learning about business law. He is the son of Chapman and Shannon McQueen of Burlington.

 

Jennifer Andrea Te Vazquez (Jenny) will graduate this spring from Southern Alamance High School in Graham, where she holds many key roles with Elon Academy, a college access program. Jenny is part of the leadership team, the recruitment team and the Elon Ambassadors team, planning events and sharing her experiences with interested applicants. She also is a member of Young Musicians of Alamance, volunteers at Blessed Sacrament Church, is an active member of student council and serves as captain of her varsity tennis team. Jenny is interested in studying biology and chemistry. She is the daughter of Jose Te Rueda and Zenaida Vazquez Puebla of Graham.

 

Buncombe County
Melanie America Godinez-Cedillo (Melanie) will graduate this spring from North Buncombe High School in Weaverville, where she is a member of National Beta Club and has dedicated hours of her time to community service. Melanie is also a leader on both her school and competitive cheerleading teams, earning regional and state recognition. She serves as a school ambassador, tutors her classmates and provides free babysitting for families in need throughout her community. She is interested in learning about political science and business. Melanie is the daughter of Francisco Godinez and Gabriela Cedillo of Weaverville.

 

Alayna Camille Powell (Alayna) will graduate this spring from Enka High School in Candler, where she is president of the senior class, managing aspects of graduation, fundraisers, proms, homecoming and more. She also is president of the community service organization Junior Civitans, serves as captain of both her indoor and outdoor track teams and volunteers with Mission Hospitals. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Alayna is interested in studying law and dentistry. She is the daughter of Gregory and Shanda Powell of Asheville.

 

Cabarrus County
Krupa Sanjiv Patel (Krupa) will graduate this spring from Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, where she serves as Key Club Carolinas district lieutenant governor. In this role, she encourages community service within her school and seven other schools, performs administrative tasks and plans multiple fundraisers. Krupa was once one of only 19 students to receive a scholarship from the U.S. State Department to study Hindi and Indian culture in India. Krupa is interested in studying information science, health science and engineering. She is the daughter of Sanjiv and Deena Patel of Harrisburg.

 

Catawba County
Jalen Wayne Johnson (Jalen) will graduate this spring from Discovery High School at Newton-Conover in Newton, where he is student senate president, helping plan and manage fundraisers, spirit weeks, dances, field days and much more. He is also a member of the Catawba County Youth Council and For Civic Good, a group of students who partner with local government to solve problems within their communities. Jalen serves on the leadership team of Beta Club, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and runs track and field. He is interested in studying political science and public policy. Jalen is the son of Jerry and Alanda Johnson of Conover.

 

Chatham County
Tyler May Deegan (Tyler) will graduate this spring from Woods Charter School in Chapel Hill, where she has served in student government throughout her four years at high school. This year, her classmates elected her student council president. Tyler has also competed at the regional and state championship levels of Science Olympiad, held an internship at a community pharmacy and founded her school’s outdoors club. Tyler plays varsity volleyball, basketball and soccer, and is interested in studying biology and chemistry. She is the daughter of Sean and Janna Deegan of Pittsboro.

 

Currituck County
Marlee Noelle Walls (Marlee) will graduate this spring from Currituck County High School in Barco, where she is president of the Beta Club, organizing events, planning community drives and supporting her classmates as they provide community service of all types. She also is team leader of her cheerleading squad, serves as a volunteer peer tutor, is an active member of student government and is a contributing member of Science Club. Marlee is excited to learn about biomedical engineering and medicine. She is the daughter of Phil and Jody Walls of Moyock.

 

Durham County
*Christina Marie Alperi (Christina) will graduate this spring from North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where she is an accomplished scholar and athlete. During senior year, Christina combined her two loves, sports and medicine, by conducting research on both through a mentorship program with Duke University. She also led as captain of her varsity softball and basketball teams, as president of Girl Up and as vice president of the Foundation for Girls, and served her school as a residential life assistant. Christina is excited to study anatomy, physiology and mathematics. She is the daughter of Steven and Amy Alperi of Davidson.

 

*Vibhu Kishan Ambil (Vibhu) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he co-founded and manages the nonprofit SECURED. The organization strives to raise awareness about the dengue fever epidemic and foster innovative treatments. Vibhu also served as student body treasurer, has competed in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge and has worked in the Mukherjee Oncology Lab at UNC-Charlotte since eighth grade. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he is interested in studying computer science, mathematics and political science. Vibhu is the son of Kishan Rangarajan and Hema Kishan of Charlotte.

 

*John Paul Benson (Joe) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he was an active leader with the YMCA, serving as a junior board leader, volunteer coordinator, program leader, ambassador and lifeguard. Joe also supported his schoolmates as a resident life assistant, served on his school’s first-ever Student Government Association Mental Health Committee and led his varsity soccer team as captain. He looks forward to learning more about neurology and orthopedics. Joe is the son of Scott and Paula Benson of Wilson.

 

Richard Scott Hallyburton (Scott) will graduate this spring from Durham Academy in Durham, where he is an accomplished musician and student. Scott is the lead student guitarist for “In the Pocket,” a jazz-and-rock ensemble that plays several concerts per year to raise money for student organizations, volunteer trips and student-led summer camps. He also is an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow; is stage manager for Durham Academy Technical Theatre productions; and runs cross country and plays lacrosse. Scott is looking forward to studying mathematics, chemistry and biology. He is the son of Robert Hallyburton Sr. and Elizabeth Hallyburton of Durham.

 

*Robert Franklin Keener IV (Bob) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he is a scholar, musician and athlete. Bob has held an internship at the UNC-Chapel Hill geography department, helping research the political ecological dynamics of agrarian transitions and the degradation of traditional communities. He also has served as an intern at the Duke University Vilgalys Mycology Lab, plays both the clarinet and banjo, and is an accomplished soccer player. Bob is interested in studying cultural anthropology, philosophy and literature. He is the son of Robert Keener III and Mandi Keener of Hendersonville.

 

*Leticia Tuset (Leticia) will graduate this spring from Research Triangle High School in Durham, where she is captain of the speech and debate team. In this role, she recruits and trains new members, creates her own pieces and competes in monthly tournaments. She has also served as captain of her cheerleading team, organized a Hispanic Heritage Celebration and planned her school’s annual celebration of Teachers’ Appreciation Week every year. Leticia is interested in studying English and developmental psychology. She is the daughter of Raul and Eve Tuset of Raleigh.

 

Forsyth County
Jaya Rani Mishra (Jaya) will graduate this spring from Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, where she is student body president, organizing projects, fundraisers and many other school activities. She also is a member of the Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council that focuses on community issues, is a co-captain and four-year player on her varsity basketball team and teaches Indian dance. Jaya looks forward to learning more about neuropsychology and biology. She is the daughter of Girish and Shubha Mishra of Winston-Salem.

 

Fletcher Thomas Wilson (Fleet) will graduate this spring from R. J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem, where he is editor in chief of the student publication Pine Whispers. His role includes planning layouts, editing pieces and maintaining all social media accounts. Fleet also serves as senior team captain of the varsity lacrosse team and captain of his school’s Social Studies and General Knowledge Academic Teams and volunteers as both a basketball coach and camp counselor. Fleet likes to learn about political science, public policy, journalism and the media. He is the son of Fletcher and Lara Wilson of Winston-Salem.

 

Gaston County
*Mary Hunter Russell (Mary Hunter) will graduate this spring from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, where she is an active member of student government. In this role, she helps plan school events, organize school bonding activities and manage a $30,000 budget. As a leader in the Girl Scouts, she has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and is working toward her Gold Award. She also serves as captain of the varsity cross country team and founded a club to teach others about personal finance. Mary Hunter is interested in studying business and foreign languages. She is the daughter of John Russell Jr. and Erin Russell of Belmont.

 

Charlie Tran (Charlie) will graduate this spring from South Point High School in Belmont, where his knowledge about the stock market earned him one of three spots on the 2016-2017 North Carolina Stock Market Game State Championship team. Charlie’s team earned a more than 60 percent return on a hypothetical $100,000 investment within seven months. He also serves as co-captain of his varsity soccer team, is a leading member of the South Point Chorus and is an active member of student council. Charlie is interested in studying biology and chemistry. He is the son of Thi Nguyen of Gastonia.

 

Guilford County
Capri Alexis D’Souza (Capri) will graduate this spring from Northwest Guilford High School in Oak Ridge, where she serves as captain of the Northwest Speech and Debate Team, mentoring team members, setting team goals and encouraging collaboration. She is also a member of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra and founder and president of Girls for a Change, a club that helps women in need in her community. Both activities contributed to her earning of a 2017 Congressional Award Gold Medal. Capri wants to study business and gender studies. She is the daughter of Russell and Diane D’Souza of Oak Ridge.

 

John Rees Dewey (Jack) will graduate this spring from Walter Hines Page High School in Greensboro, where he is part of the Mock Trial Club, researching, writing and preparing arguments for both the prosecution and defense. Jack is also an active member of the Boy Scouts of America and has achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and joined the Order of the Arrow. He is also passionate about playing the piano. He enjoys improving his skills, but playing also helps him relax. Jack enjoys learning about economics and global studies. He is the son of James and Rebecca Dewey of Greensboro.

 

Charlotte Sophia Nowell Dorn (Charlotte) will graduate this spring from Salem Academy in Winston-Salem, where she plays a vital role on her First Tech Challenge robotics team helping design, prototype and build robots for competition. Her team has advanced to state competition three years in a row and last year competed at the World Championship tournament in Houston, Texas. Charlotte also serves as captain of her varsity soccer team, is part of the National Spanish Honor Society and tutors her peers in Spanish and math. She enjoys studying engineering and physics. Charlotte is the daughter of Henry Dorn III and Elizabeth Nowell of High Point.

 

Olivia Catherine Weyler Romine (Olivia) will graduate this spring from Grimsley Senior High School in Greensboro, where she is a scholar, leader and athlete. Olivia has completed her Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for the Girl Scouts. For one project, she built a bicycle repair station to put in a local park. Olivia has been a Spanish immersion student since kindergarten, serves as captain for cross country, runs outdoor and indoor track, and is a nationally competitive triathlete. She wants to learn more about lab science and radiologic science. Olivia is the daughter of Brian Romine and Karen Weyler of Greensboro.

 

Praveena Somasundaram (Praveena) will graduate this spring from the Early College at Guilford in Greensboro, where she is features editor of the student newspaper, The Guilfordian. Last year, her writing earned her a fellowship from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting that allowed her to spend a summer reporting in India. Praveena also serves as co-captain of the Science Olympiad team, raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and plays school and club field hockey. At UNC-Chapel Hill, she wants to study chemistry, global health and cultural studies. Praveena is the daughter of Somasundaram Palani and Vijayalakshmi Govindan of Oak Ridge.

 

Henderson County
*Robert Franklin Keener IV (Bob) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he is a scholar, musician and athlete. Bob has held an internship at the UNC-Chapel Hill geography department, helping research the political ecological dynamics of agrarian transitions and the degradation of traditional communities. He also has served as an intern at the Duke University Vilgalys Mycology Lab, plays both the clarinet and banjo, and is an accomplished soccer player. Bob is interested in studying cultural anthropology, philosophy and literature. He is the son of Robert Keener III and Mandi Keener of Hendersonville.

 

Iredell County
Daniel De Campo Bonomo (Daniel) will graduate this spring from South Iredell High School in Statesville, where he helped organize Senior Center Tech Day. Once a month, Daniel gathers volunteers to teach seniors how to use smartphones and computers, and to troubleshoot tech issues. He also serves as captain of the varsity soccer team, received the 2018 Congressional Award Gold Medal and once took part in a 23-day trip across the country with 80 other teens that required them to leave all of their electronic devices at home. Daniel is interested in learning about business and international affairs. He is the son of Walter and Lilian Bonomo of Mooresville.

 

Lenoir County
Hunter Alexis West (Hunter) will graduate this spring from South Lenoir High School in Deep Run, where she founded a student-tutoring committee to lower the dropout rate and raise math scores. The committee managed to cut failing grades nearly in half during the 2016-2017 school year. Hunter also takes part in the faith-based community service organization Erasing the Lines, served as team captain of the club basketball team Carolina Force Elite and is an active member of Junior Leadership Lenoir. Hunter likes to learn about English and math. She is the daughter of Gerald and Sheila West of Kinston.

 

Lincoln County
Chloe Madison Saine (Chloe) will graduate this spring from West Lincoln High School in Lincolnton, where she is chair of the Student Advisory Council of Lincoln County and leads the organization’s volunteer subcommittee. Chloe also is a regular volunteer with Carolina Cross Connection, tutors elementary school students during the Union Summer Reading Camp and serves as president of West Lincoln High School’s Student Council. She is interested in learning about political science and psychology when she arrives at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. Chloe is the daughter of Russell and Kelly Saine of Crouse.

 

Mecklenburg County
Grant Charles Abrams (Grant) will graduate this spring from Providence Day School in Charlotte, where he co-founded the community service group Meaning Behind the Music, an organization that teaches musical skills to students in schools without music classes. Grant also serves as the student body co-president, led the boys’ lacrosse team as a captain his junior and senior seasons and holds a seat on the teen board of the literacy program Freedom School. He is interested in studying psychology, economics and business. Grant is the son of Richard and Dru Abrams of Charlotte.

 

*Christina Marie Alperi (Christina) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where she is an accomplished scholar and athlete. During senior year, Christina combined her two loves, sports and medicine, by conducting research on both through a mentorship program with Duke University. She also led as captain of her varsity softball and basketball teams, as president of Girl Up, and as vice president of the Foundation for Girls, and served her school as a residential life assistant. Christina is excited to study anatomy, physiology and mathematics. She is the daughter of Steven and Amy Alperi of Davidson.

 

*Vibhu Kishan Ambil (Vibhu) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he co-founded and manages the nonprofit SECURED. The organization strives to raise awareness about the dengue fever epidemic and foster innovative treatments. Vibhu also served as student body treasurer, has competed in the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge and has worked in the Mukherjee Oncology Lab at UNC-Charlotte since eighth grade. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he is interested in studying computer science, mathematics and political science. Vibhu is the son of Kishan Rangarajan and Hema Kishan of Charlotte.

 

Michael James Dorgan (Michael) will graduate this spring from William Amos Hough High School in Cornelius, where he is a leader in marching band, in and out of uniform. Michael has served as communications quartermaster, handling logistics behind the scenes and as brass captain, one of the two highest-ranking horn line positions in the band. Michael also founded the program Swim Into Summer to teach underserved children how to swim to reduce drowning deaths, and he helped start a tutoring program for third to fifth graders. Academically, Michael is interested in environmental science and biology. He is the son of Thomas and Emily Dorgan Huntersville.

 

Samantha Christine Ferris (Sammy) will graduate this spring from Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, where she is editor in chief of The Hook, Charlotte Country Day’s online student-run publication. Sammy leads editorial meetings, generates story and special edition ideas, and promotes The Hook to her classmates. She also leads the Bridge Peer Mentoring Program, is a regular in school musical productions and revived the National Math Honor Society at her school. Sammy enjoys learning about English, creative writing and molecular biology. She is the daughter of Christopher and Sharon Ferris of Charlotte.

 

Tracy Colburn Laughlin (Tracy) will graduate this spring from Providence Day School in Charlotte, where she founded the Reaching Refugees Service Club, an organization that strives to connect students with Charlotte’s refugee community. She also is a member of Honor Council, serves as co-captain of the cross country team and participates in Providence Day’s Global Studies Diploma Program. Tracy is interested in studying economics and history. She is the daughter of John and Gail Laughlin of Charlotte.

 

Sita Marie Tayal (Sita) will graduate this spring from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where she is a four-year member of the Teen Health Connection. In her role, she created a public service announcement campaign against prescription drug abuse, helped promote a summer conference and reviewed scholarship applications. Sita also is president of the IB Student Council, studied in Costa Rica as part of a language immersion program and serves as captain of her track and cross country teams. She likes to learn about human biology and environmental sustainability. Sita is the daughter of Vivek and Mary Tayal of Charlotte.

 

Aneesha Tucker (Aneesha) will graduate this spring from the School of Math, Engineering, Technology and Science at Olympic High in Charlotte, where she is president of her chapter of the National Honor Society. In her role, she organizes many activities designed to make her school and community a better place. Aneesha is also co-founder and co-president of her school’s Model United Nations Club, founder and president of her school chapter of the National Organization of Women, and captain of her varsity volleyball team. She enjoys learning about biomedical engineering and radiology. Aneesha is the daughter of Jacqueline Tucker and the late Antron Tucker of Charlotte.

 

New Hanover County
*Tershona Denise Alfreda Branch (Tershona) will graduate this spring from Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, where she serves as senior class president, organizing major events such as her school’s haunted house. Tershona is also a part of Youth and Government, preparing case briefings, and serves as captain of the Mock Trial Club. She has received awards for Best Witness and Star Attorney. Tershona is ultimately interested in attending medical school. She is the daughter of Terry and Sonya Branch of Burgaw.

 

Sanya Shah (Sanya) will graduate this spring from John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, where she is student council vice president, coordinating local events and serving as a liaison between students and faculty. She is also a volunteer and fundraiser for Homes of Hope, an organization that has rescued and educated nearly 2,000 orphaned, abandoned or trafficked girls in India; an award-winning singer; and highly ranked in the South Korean martial art Soo Bahk Do. Sanya is interested in studying finance and psychology. She is the daughter of Satish and Ash Shah of Wilmington.

 

Onslow County
Bogue Hiram Dick (Bogue) will graduate this spring from Swansboro High School in Swansboro, where he is president of Student-2-Student, an organization dedicated to making schools and communities better places by building stronger friendships. He is also a volunteer with Swansboro Parks and Recreation, a youth group leader with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and a state champion pole vaulter. Bogue is interested in biomedical engineering and bioinformatics. He is the son of Kevin and Leslie Dick of Swansboro.

 

Orange County
Connor Antonio Díaz (Connor) will graduate this spring from East Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, where he founded and leads his school’s solar project. Connor wrote the winning entry for the 2017 North Carolina Greenpower Grant Award valued at $55,000. He also founded and serves as president of his school’s Astronomy Club, leads the sustainability club Eastainability, is an accomplished pianist and volunteers at Gigi’s Downs Playhouse. Connor likes to learn about astronomy, astrophysics and enviornmental science. He is the son of David Díaz-Sanchez and Mella Díaz of Chapel Hill.

 

Pender County
*Tershona Denise Alfreda Branch (Tershona) will graduate this spring from Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, where she serves as senior class president, organizing major events such as her school’s haunted house. Tershona is also a part of Youth and Government, preparing case briefings, and serves as captain of the Mock Trial Club. She has received awards for Best Witness and Star Attorney. Tershona is ultimately interested in attending medical school. She is the daughter of Terry and Sonya Branch of Burgaw.

 

Pitt County
Frances Annette Reed (Frances) will graduate this spring from Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville, where she is a leader for the community outreach program Wyldlife. Frances mentors seventh-grade girls in fellowship, Bible study and public service. She also serves as co-captain of the Debate Club and of her state-ranked varsity tennis team and is an active member of the Envirothon Team. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Frances is interested in studying molecular and cellular biology and biomedical science. She is the daughter of Darel and Virginia Reed of Greenville.

 

Sampson County
William Kade Sutton (Kade) will graduate this spring from Clinton High School in Clinton, where he is treasurer of the Key Club, an organization dedicated to public service. Kade has supported activities such as Special Olympics, the Kiwanis Pancake Feast and the Salemburg Food Bank. He also serves as a Peer Group Connections leader, joined the Order of the Arrow and earned the rank of Eagle Scout and leads his high school cross country team as captain. Kade is interested in studying business management and entrepreneurship. He is the son of William and Kimberly Sutton of Clinton.

 

Wake County
Olivia Riley Delborne (Olivia) will graduate this spring from William G. Enloe High School in Raleigh, where she is editor in chief of the school yearbook, managing a staff of thirty classmates as they produce a 400-page book featuring the school’s 2,800 students. She also founded TOPSoccer, an outreach program for special-needs athletes; is an active part of the Enloe Sports Medicine Team; and volunteers at the North Carolina Museum of Science. Olivia’s academic interests include health, biology and Spanish. She is the daughter of Jason and Tonya Delborne of Raleigh.

 

Benjamin Forrest Humphries (Ben) will graduate this spring from Cary Academy in Cary, where he is a member of the United States Association for Young Physicists Tournaments, writing simulations to test theories and helping his team solve complex problems. He also is a programmer for the robotics team, is a volunteer camp counselor at Camp Summer Quest and serves as a captain of his swimming team. Ben is interested in studying computer science and mathematics. He is the son of Wofford Humphries IV and Elizabeth Humphries of Cary.

 

Michael Hosseini Marand (Michael) will graduate this spring from Panther Creek High School in Cary, where he is president of his school chapter of DECA, an organization dedicated to preparing young leaders and entrepreneurs. Michael coordinates all club activities and mentors new members. He is also a member of the Science Olympiad, helps conduct research at the Hingtgen Lab at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and is an avid soccer player. Michael’s academic interests include biochemistry and entrepreneurship. He is the son of Mark and Pamela Marand of Apex.

 

*Mary Hunter Russell (Mary Hunter) will graduate this spring from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, where she is an active member of student government. In this role, she helps plan school events, organize school bonding activities and manage a $30,000 budget. As a leader in the Girl Scouts, she has earned her Bronze and Silver Awards and is working toward her Gold Award. She also serves as captain of the varsity cross country team and founded a club to teach others about personal finance. Mary Hunter is interested in studying business and foreign languages. She is the daughter of John Russell Jr. and Erin Russell of Belmont.

 

Sonam Jyoti Shah (Sonam) will graduate this spring from Raleigh Charter High School in Raleigh, where she is captain of the Science Olympiad team, organizing tryouts, managing meetings and supporting her team during regional, state and national events. She also is an after-school tutor for elementary school children in Wake County, has conducted research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, plays piano, and participates in modern and traditional Indian group folk dance. Sonam wants to learn about biomedical engineering and neuroscience. She is the daughter of Sanjay and Jyoti Shah of Cary.

 

*Leticia Tuset (Leticia) will graduate this spring from Research Triangle High School in Durham, where she is captain of the speech and debate team. In this role, she recruits and trains new members, creates her own pieces and competes in monthly tournaments. She has also served as captain of her cheerleading team, organized a Hispanic Heritage Celebration and planned her school’s annual celebration of Teachers’ Appreciation Week every year. Leticia is interested in studying English and developmental psychology. She is the daughter of Raul and Eve Tuset of Raleigh.

 

Christopher Graham Watkins (Graham) will graduate this spring from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, where he is senior class president, launching new service projects and working to instill new traditions for his classmates. He is also co-founder of the Change Foundation, a microfinance organization that has raised more than $1,200 to distribute to those in need. Graham also tutors refugee students in Raleigh, researches methods of 3D printing of prosthetics as a member of the Helping Hands Club and is a member of the varsity basketball team. Graham is interested in studying biomedical engineering. He is the son of Christopher and Shannon Watkins of Raleigh.

 

Wilson County
*John Paul Benson (Joe) will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he was an active leader with the YMCA, serving as a junior board leader, volunteer coordinator, program leader, ambassador and lifeguard. Joe also supported his schoolmates as a resident life assistant, served on his school’s first-ever Student Government Association Mental Health Committee and led his varsity soccer team as captain. He looks forward to learning more about neurology and orthopedics. Joe is the son of Scott and Paula Benson of Wilson.

 

 

UNITED STATES

 

California
*Chiazo Corne Agina (Chiazo) will graduate this spring from the Armand Hammer United World College (UWC-USA) in Montezuma, N.M., where she is an accomplished musician and outdoorswoman. Chiazo has served as first flute player in the marching and concert bands for five years, played saxophone in the jazz band for two years and served on the Sanger High Band Council. Chiazo also completed first-aid training and a 14-day leadership hiking expedition to become a UWC-USA Wilderness Leader. She is interested in learning about computer science and music. Chiazo is the daughter of Cornelius and Hyacintha Agina of Fresno, Calif.

 

Andrew Jack Buchanan (Andrew) will graduate this spring from Chadwick School in Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., where he is secretary general (co-leader) of the Model United Nations Club. He has won multiple individual awards and competed in three international conferences. Andrew also co-founded a tutoring and surfing summer program with his brother, has played club soccer since he was eleven years old and has taken part in improv performances throughout high school. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he wants to study business, political science and economics. Andrew is the son of William and Rena Buchanan of Redondo Beach, Calif.

 

Connecticut
Jack Thomas Moore (Jack) will graduate this spring from Conard High School in West Hartford, Conn., where he served as director of the school’s Unified Theater productions, managing performances starring students of all abilities. Jack is also a talented athlete and starting quarterback on the football team, breaking several single-season and career records and receiving national recognition for his accomplishments this past spring. His academic interests include economics and political science. Jack is the son of Thomas and Tara Moore of West Hartford, Conn.

 

Florida
*Margo Claire Helmke (Maggie) will graduate this spring from St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is head of house and an active member of Prefect Assembly, facilitating communications, helping plan community activities and reworking school policies. She is also the founder and president of the Chess Club and leader of the Intercultural Council, and plays and coaches competitive volleyball. Maggie enjoys learning about psychology and international relations. She is the daughter of James Helmke and Bronwyn Tulloch of Tampa, Fla.

 

Samuel Butler Sands (Sam) will graduate this spring from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Fla., where he is president of his school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. In his role, Sam has created a trivia tournament, organized meetings and given school speeches. He also is an active volunteer with several projects and organizations such as Support the Troops, plays the piano and cello, and serves as captain of both his club and high school swim teams. Sam’s academic interests include English and philosophy. He is the son of William Sands Jr. and Brenna Sands of Lutz, Fla.

 

Georgia
Olivia Ellene Bell (Olivia) will graduate this spring from Deerfield-Windsor School in Albany, Ga., where she is student council president, managing school assemblies, planning student activities and encouraging her classmates. She also has served as a photographer, social media coordinator and editor of her school yearbook; is an active member of YoungLife; and helped fundraise for recovery efforts after a tornado devastated her town in January 2017. Olivia likes to learn about biology and mathematics. She is the daughter of Edwin and Kelly Bell of Albany, Ga.

 

Kristina Kathleen Chapple (Kristina) will graduate this spring from Lambert High School in Suwanee, Ga., where she is editor in chief of her school yearbook, leading a staff of nearly 40 girls and producing a more than 500-page book. She has also served as a group leader at North Point Community Church and is captain of her state-ranked varsity tennis team. Kristina also loves leaving encouraging, anonymous handwritten notes around her community. She is interested in studying international affairs and political science. Kristina is the daughter of Russell and Karen Chapple of Suwanee, Ga.

 

Harrison David Lewis (Harrison) will graduate this spring from Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga., where he founded Pace Academy Entrepreneur Mentor Day. He coordinated with more than a dozen companies to open their doors to classmates and offer shadowing opportunities. Harrison also played a key role on his state championship-winning basketball teams in 2016 and 2017, serves as a leader of the Pace Food Bank Club and leads tours of his school as a Pace Ambassador. He is interested in learning about psychology, business and consulting. Harrison is the son of Mark and Kim Lewis of Atlanta, Ga.

 

Megan Connally Lienau (Megan) will graduate this spring from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School in Sandy Springs, Ga., where she served as president of the Business and Entrepreneurship Club, inviting guest speakers, planning a trip to the Harvard Business Club Breakfast and more. Megan also works in design consulting, is president of Environmental Club and is a three-sport varsity athlete. She plays basketball, soccer and volleyball (and is also captain of her volleyball team). Megan enjoys learning about engineering and sustainability. She is the daughter of Alan Lienau and Sally Love Connally of Dunwoody, Ga.

 

Katherine Armistead Loughran (Khaki) will graduate this spring from Pace Academy in Atlanta, Ga., where she is service leader for Habitat for Humanity. Khaki is also a peer leader, building relationships with and mentoring more than a dozen first-year students at her school. She is an active member of the National Charity League, has taken part in service trips in Chile and Thailand and is a four-year captain of her team at the Candler School of Dance. Khaki likes to learn about American literature and physics. She is the daughter of Joseph Loughran III and Lee Loughran of Atlanta, Ga.

 

Kelsey Megan Rappe (Kelsey) will graduate this spring from Wesleyan School in Norcross, Ga., where she is student government president, organizing dances, pep rallies, school-wide meetings and service initiatives. She also enjoys the theater and she has performed in six shows throughout her four years, in addition to serving as a backstage crew member. Kelsey also writes, serves as a peer leader and is a member of the leadership team for Student-Led Worship. She is excited to learn about English, creative writing, journalism and political science. Kelsey is the daughter of Charles and Megan Rappe of Johns Creek, Ga.

 

Nisarg Hetal Shah (Nisarg) will graduate this spring from Johns Creek High School in Johns Creek, Ga., where he is president of his regional chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. He has organized state events, mentored a team of 16 officers and overseen multiple projects. Nisarg is also a dedicated tutor, helping children learn math, reading comprehension and writing skills. He also plays high school and club baseball and is an avid player of the card game bridge. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Nisarg would like to study finance, business and economics. He is the son of Hetal and Hiral Shah of Alpharetta, Ga.

 

Illinois
*Helen Susanne Johnston (Helen) will graduate this spring from Culver Academies in Culver, Ind., where she founded the Women’s Rights Awareness Program, or WARP. The club hosts semi-monthly meetings and documentary screenings, and coordinates volunteering at local domestic violence shelters. She also is lead organizer for TEDxCulver Academies and president of the Model United Nations Club and serves as captain of the varsity soccer team. Helen hopes to focus her future education in the areas of gender studies and engineering. She is the daughter of James Johnston of Chicago, Ill., and Sarah Johnston of Park City, Utah.

 

Caitlin Wen Nygren (Caitlin) will graduate this spring from Walter Payton College Prep in Chicago, Ill., where she is a part of Payton Advisory Leaders, or PALS. The program pairs current students with incoming first years to help build relationships and strengthen the school community. Caitlin is also finance chair of the Model United Nations Club, serves as captain of the varsity swim team and founded a varsity lacrosse team at her school. She is interested in learning about psychology, eastern medicine and public health. Caitlin is the daughter of Matthew and Jenny Nygren of Chicago, Ill.

 

Indiana
Shivam Shankar Bhargava (Shivam) will graduate this spring from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Ind., where he is involved in his school and community. Shivam served on the Carmel Mayor’s Youth Council, acting as vice president, running events and volunteering initiatives, and working with Mayor Jim Brainard. He has also served as a board member for his school’s Investment Club, as captain of the varsity tennis team and has volunteered with Special Olympics. Shivam is interested in studying biology and political science. He is the son of Atul and Reeta Bhargava of Carmel, Ind.

 

*Helen Susanne Johnston (Helen) will graduate this spring from Culver Academies in Culver, Ind., where she founded the Women’s Rights Awareness Program, or WARP. The club hosts semi-monthly meetings and documentary screenings, and coordinates volunteering at local domestic violence shelters. She also is lead organizer for TEDxCulver Academies and president of the Model United Nations Club, and serves as captain of the varsity soccer team. Helen hopes to focus her future education in the areas of gender studies and engineering. She is the daughter of James Johnston of Chicago, Ill., and Sarah Johnston of Park City, Utah.

 

Louisiana
Anna Katherine Kalifey Aluise (AK) will graduate this spring from Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, La., where she serves on the Upper School Community Service Board. The board focuses on causes students are passionate about and creates purposeful ways to serve. AK also is captain of her state championship-winning varsity soccer team, took part in the Heart of Passion Leadership Certification Program and Ethical Leadership Institute, and volunteers with the Orleans Parish School Board. She looks forward to studying economics and political science. AK is the daughter of Joseph Aluise and Rhonda Kalifey-Aluise of New Orleans, La.

 

Chelsea Tate Deitelzweig (Chelsea) will graduate this spring from Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans, La., where she is president of the Peer Assistance Team, a club focused on tutoring and raising awareness of social issues such as suicide prevention and substance abuse among classmates. She also serves as the religious and cultural vice president of NFTY Southern. The Jewish youth group has the mission of building strong, inspired and teen-empowered communities. Chelsea is interested in studying biology, chemistry and English. She is the daughter of Steve and Stacy Deitelzweig of New Orleans, La.

 

Isabelle Maria McGoey (Isabelle) will graduate this spring from Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, La., where she is president of the National Honor Society, coordinating tutoring hours and helping elementary and middle school students learn math, science and Spanish. Isabelle also started the Hearts in Homes Club. The group records video interviews with local senior citizens about their lives, then gifts the finished videos to the interviewees’ families. Isabelle likes learning about economics, social science and political science. She is the daughter of Patrick and Robin McGoey of Metairie, La.

 

Maryland
*Katherine Muse Collamore (Katherine) will graduate this spring from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC, where she is student government honor board president, responsible for the handling of disciplinary infractions and suggesting repercussions. She also serves as president of the Mental Health Awareness Club and is an inclusion facilitator, supporting individuals with disabilities to take part in the performing arts, including music, dance and theater. Katherine looks forward to learning about psychology and philosophy. She is the daughter of Thomas and Jacqueline Collamore of Chevy Chase, Md.

 

Isabel Mae Kintzley (Izzy) will graduate this spring from Severna Park Senior High School in Severna Park, Md., where she is a scholar, leader and athlete. She has served as captain of the cross country and outdoor and indoor track teams since her junior year. Izzy also serves as a Woods Memorial Presbyterian deacon, leads a Habitat for Humanity-related youth mission trip called Woodswork and enjoys painting in her free time. She is interested in studying nursing, environmental sciences and engineering. Izzy is the daughter of Keith and Janna Kintzley of Severna Park, Md.

 

*Alexander Benjamin Thompson (Alex) will graduate this spring from Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, where he is a member of the Consent and Sexual Assault Summit. Alex was on the planning team for this year’s event, helping educate and raise awareness among area teens. He also serves in the Peer Leadership Program, is sports editor for his school newspaper, has drummed at many festivals with his jazz band and is goalkeeper for the Georgetown Day varsity soccer team. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Alex is interested in studying history and political science. He is the son of Reed Thompson and Julia Sweig of Takoma Park, Md.

 

New Jersey
*Brianna Elizabeth Thompson (Bri) will graduate this spring from the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J., where she is student council president, overseeing council initiatives and serving as a liaison between the student body and administration. She is also a Lawrenceville School Summer Camp counselor, a ropes course instructor at the Joshua L. Miner Challenge Course and co-president of the Caribbean Students Association. Bri is interested in studying biology, ecology and botany. She is the daughter of Douglas and Nadine Thompson of Kingston, Jamaica.

 

New Mexico
*Chiazo Corne Agina (Chiazo) will graduate this spring from the Armand Hammer United World College (UWC-USA) in Montezuma, N.M., where she is an accomplished musician and outdoorswoman. Chiazo has served as first flute player in the marching and concert bands for five years, played saxophone in the jazz band for two years and served on the Sanger High Band Council. Chiazo also completed first-aid training and a 14-day leadership hiking expedition to become a UWC-USA Wilderness Leader. She is interested in learning about computer science and music. Chiazo is the daughter of Cornelius and Hyacintha Agina of Fresno, Calif.

 

New York
Alexander Samuel Mazer (Alex) will graduate this spring from Manhasset High School in Manhasset, N.Y., where he became his school’s youngest-ever captain of the Mock Trial Club, before the start of his sophomore year. He also serves as vice president of the Feminism Club, president of the National Honor Society, and captain of his school’s track and cross country teams. Alex is also a diehard Brooklyn Nets fan, and at 12-years old, he turned a popular fan page he created into full-fledged business. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he would like to learn about economics and mathematics. Alex is the son of Mark and Svetlana Mazer of Manhasset, N.Y.

 

South Carolina
Ivana Cheynne Devine (Ivana) will graduate this spring from South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, S.C., where she founded and leads a book club. Today the club has dozens of active members reading novels they might not have otherwise. Ivana also is the event coordinator for the NAACP Club at her school, mentors new students to Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics as a “natural helper,” and serves as co-captain of her varsity soccer team. In the classroom, she likes to learn about chemistry and English. Ivana is the daughter of Tawanica Kluttz of Orangeburg, S.C.

 

Ashley Hunt Wade (Ashley) will graduate this spring from Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg, S.C., where she has dedicated herself to raising money for Project AID (Assistance in Delhi). Ashley has raised nearly $8,000 to pay for pediatric surgeries, cancer treatments, malaria prevention and more. She also leads the fundraising committee for the United Way of the Piedmont Youth Philanthropy Board, is an accomplished cellist and serves as captain of her varsity volleyball team. Ashley is interested in studying neuroscience and chemistry. She is the daughter of Gregory and Mary Helen Wade of Spartanburg, S.C.

 

Tennessee
Caroline Elizabeth Ciaramitaro (Caroline) will graduate this spring from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tenn., where she is deeply involved with the St. Mary’s Community Fund, leading solicitation calls, reviewing grant applications, conducting site visits and helping distribute grants averaging $40,000 to area charities. Caroline also founded her local chapter of I AM THAT GIRL, a nonprofit dedicated to helping girls connect and support each other, served as editor in chief of her school newspaper, and ran cross country and track. She is interested in studying journalism and global studies. Caroline is the daughter of Charles and Courtney Ciaramitaro of Memphis, Tenn.

 

Texas
Lucia Helena Hagert (Lucia) will graduate this spring from Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, where she is student council executive vice president, ensuring the student council runs smoothly and overseeing the work of several committees. She also founded and coaches the “Sharks,” a life-skills soccer team that accommodates the needs of students with disabilities. Lucia also is a member of the AMALA Youth Leadership Committee and volunteers with the Beyond Batten Foundation. Her academic interests include public policy and social and economic justice. Lucia is the daughter of Eduardo Hagert and Celia Cole of Austin, Texas.

 

Mirza Abbas Hasan (Abbas) will graduate this spring from Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, where he is senior class president, the fourth straight year he has served his classmates as president. He helps plan social events, organize fundraisers and represents his grade during school council meetings. Abbas is also executive editor of his high school newspaper, The Evergreen, chief intern and writer at the nonprofit WiseUp Texas, and captain of his school’s swim team. At UNC-Chapel Hill, he wants to learn about international relations, religious studies, government and public policy. Abbas is the son of Mirza and Saira Hasan of Plano, Texas.

 

Kobe William Roseman (Kobe) will graduate this spring from St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas, Texas, where he is editor in chief of the student newspaper, The ReMarker, and the magazine Focus. Both publications have received regional and national recognition. He is also a co-founder of Ethos, a group of several student-run organizations focused on implementing changes at the school and strengthening its character and leadership efforts. Kobe is interested in studying economics and writing. He is the son of Joshua and Dana Roseman of Dallas, Texas.

 

Utah
*Helen Susanne Johnston (Helen) will graduate this spring from Culver Academies in Culver, Ind., where she founded the Women’s Rights Awareness Program, or WARP. The club hosts semi-monthly meetings and documentary screenings, and coordinates volunteering at local domestic violence shelters. She also is lead organizer for TEDxCulver Academies and president of the Model United Nations Club and serves as captain of the varsity soccer team. Helen hopes to focus her future education in the areas of gender studies and engineering. She is the daughter of James Johnston of Chicago, Ill., and Sarah Johnston of Park City, Utah.

 

Virginia
William Alexander Forrest IV (Will) will graduate this spring from St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va., where he is co-founder and head of MIND Group. The group provides students support to discuss issues relating to mental health and to break down stigma surrounding mental illness. Will also is head of the Peer Advisory Program, serves as a team captain for the gift-buying nonprofit “100 4 100,” and is a four-year member of St. Christopher’s football team. He enjoys learning about medicine and education. Will is the son of William Forrest III and Paige Forrest of Richmond, Va.

 

Washington, DC
*Katherine Muse Collamore (Katherine) will graduate this spring from Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC, where she is student government honor board president, responsible for the handling of disciplinary infractions and suggesting repercussions. She also serves as president of the Mental Health Awareness Club and is an inclusion facilitator, supporting individuals with disabilities to take part in the performing arts, including music, dance and theater. Katherine looks forward to learning about psychology and philosophy. She is the daughter of Thomas and Jacqueline Collamore of Chevy Chase, Md.

 

*Alexander Benjamin Thompson (Alex) will graduate this spring from Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC, where he is a member of the Consent and Sexual Assault Summit. Alex was on the planning team for this year’s event, helping educate and raise awareness among area teens. He also serves in the Peer Leadership Program, is sports editor for his school newspaper, has drummed at many festivals with his jazz band and is goalkeeper for the Georgetown Day varsity soccer team. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Alex is interested in studying history and political science. He is the son of Reed Thompson and Julia Sweig of Takoma Park, Md.

 

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Armenia
*Takhona Grace Hlatshwako (Takhona) will graduate this spring from United World College Dilijan in Dilijan, Armenia, where she leads the speech and debate team, Dialogues Stream. She teaches her classmates debate and public speaking skills, creating a platform for all students to develop their ability to hold open dialogues. Takhona also writes for her school’s website, has a love of poetry and once attended the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. She is interested in studying public health, epidemiology and biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Takhona is the daughter of Charles and Patience Hlatshwako of Manzini, Swaziland.

 

Canada
Phoebe Margaret Flaherty (Phoebe) will graduate this spring from Monarch Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, where she is the executive member in charge of the Monarch Park House System, organizing school intramurals, leading pep rallies and organizing athletic events. She also creates programming for girls between seven and 15 years old at Camp Oconto, received a Duke of Edinburgh Award for youth achievement and runs with the University of Toronto Junior Development Track Program. Phoebe likes to study English literature and theology. She is the daughter of Thomas and Kimberley Flaherty of Toronto, Ontario.

 

*Margo Claire Helmke (Maggie) will graduate this spring from St. Michaels University School in Victoria, British Columbia, where she is head of house and an active member of Prefect Assembly, facilitating communications, helping plan community activities and reworking school policies. She is also the founder and president of the Chess Club and leader of the Intercultural Council, and plays and coaches competitive volleyball. Maggie enjoys learning about psychology and international relations. She is the daughter of James Helmke and Bronwyn Tulloch of Tampa, Fla.

 

England
Montgomery Marcus Eyre Evans (Monty) graduated from St. Paul’s School in London, England, where he co-led the Maths Problem-Solving Society. Monty and a friend taught classmates quirky problems that required ingenuity over brute force. He is also an accomplished player of Fives—a British take on American handball—and won the national doubles championship at 14-years old. At UNC-Chapel Hill, Monty is interested in studying information security and modern American literature. He is the son of Timothy Evans of London, England, and Amanda Evans of London, England.

 

Matthew Benjamin Bittner Atticus Grassby (Ben) will graduate this spring from Eton College in Windsor, Berkshire, England, where he is a volunteer for the Asha Foundation, which is focused on India’s development. Ben helps provide vocational programs, consults with government officials and promotes programs that support social mobility. He also created a travel grant for students of need to pursue their academic interests abroad and founded both the Global and Balfour Societies to help students find their academic interests. Ben is interested in studying education, international development and global inequality. He is the son of Michael and Beverly Grassby of London, England.

 

Maryam Hana Khan (Hana) will graduate this spring from Baylis Court School in Slough, England, where she is head girl of her school, presenting during school assemblies, attending meetings with school staff and administrators, and giving speeches during open houses. Hana also is a leader of a Mock Trial team and a member of the Amnesty International Club, and has completed the National Citizen Service. At UNC-Chapel Hill, she is interested in studying history and political science. Hana is the daughter of Sajida Khan and Javed Baloch of Slough, England.

 

Italy
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Maria Fernanda Lucia Silva Morote (Maria) will graduate this spring from United World College of the Adriatic in Duino Aurisina, Italy, where she is the main organizer of the student-led Initiative for Peace Conference. She manages logistics, helps set the activities schedule, and coordinates participants and collaborators. Maria also helped start the Aurora Project, a student group that plans at activities designed to better multicultural understanding and sustainability. She enjoys dancing Marinera, a Peruvian dance, writing short stories and swimming competitively. Maria is interested in studying economics and English. She is the daughter of Hugo Silva and Maria Esther Morote of Lima, Peru.

 

Jamaica
*Brianna Elizabeth Thompson (Bri) will graduate this spring from the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J., where she is student council president, overseeing council initiatives and serving as a liaison between the student body and administration. She is also a Lawrenceville School Summer Camp counselor, a ropes course instructor at the Joshua L. Miner Challenge Course and co-president of the Caribbean Students Association. Bri is interested in studying biology, ecology and botany. She is the daughter of Douglas and Nadine Thompson of Kingston, Jamaica.

 

Peru
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Maria Fernanda Lucia Silva Morote (Maria) will graduate this spring from United World College of the Adriatic in Duino Aurisina, Italy, where she is main organizer of the student-led Initiative for Peace Conference. She manages logistics, helps set the activities schedule, and coordinates participants and collaborators. Maria also helped start the Aurora Project, a student group that plans at activities designed to better multicultural understanding and sustainability. She enjoys dancing Marinera, a Peruvian dance, writing short stories and swimming competitively. Maria is interested in studying economics and English. She is the daughter of Hugo Silva and Maria Esther Morote of Lima, Peru.

 

Swaziland
*Takhona Grace Hlatshwako (Takhona) will graduate this spring from United World College Dilijan in Dilijan, Armenia, where she leads the speech and debate team, Dialogues Stream. She teaches her classmates debate and public speaking skills, creating a platform for all students to develop their ability to hold open dialogues. Takhona also writes for her school’s website, has a love of poetry and once attended the Yale Young Global Scholars Program. She is interested in studying public health, epidemiology, and biology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Takhona is the daughter of Charles and Patience Hlatshwako of Manzini, Swaziland.

 

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UNC-Chapel Hill selects “Popular” for 2018 Summer Reading

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UNC-Chapel Hill selects “Popular” for 2018 Summer Reading

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the reading program

 

(Chapel Hill, N.C.— April 16, 2018) – “Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World that Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships” is the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s 2018 selection for the Carolina Summer Reading Program. Written by UNC-Chapel Professor Mitch Prinstein, the book explores why popularity plays a key role in human development and ultimately, how it still influences people as adults.

 

The book examines how popularity affects success, relationships and happiness—and why people don’t always want to be the most popular. Prinstein serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

“This book is directly relevant to incoming students and can spur tremendous conversation about the challenges of transitioning to college and adult life,” said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp. “We’re also thrilled to have work by one of Carolina’s own to mark a milestone for the reading program, the 20th anniversary.”

 

First-year and transfer students who enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall are encouraged to read the book this summer and participate in small-group discussions during the Week of Welcome before fall 2018 semester classes begin.

 

The Carolina Summer Reading Program, now in its 20th year, aims to stimulate critical thinking outside the classroom and give new students a shared experience. Students are encouraged to come to their own conclusions about the book and will participate in summer reading discussion groups that serve as an academic icebreaker.

 

“I am so excited that students will get a chance to learn which type of popularity will help them over the course of their lives, which type is toxic, and the ways that social media may be influencing them without even realizing it,” said Prinstein. “Anyone who ever went to high school will find something in this book that makes them feel much better about their adolescence.”

 

Prinstein will be on campus to give a lecture about the book on Aug. 20, 2018, in Memorial Hall.

 

“Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World that Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships” is available at the Bull’s Head Bookshop in UNC Student Stores. The paperback version, which includes a new chapter focusing on how adults can achieve the most useful type of popularity, will be available beginning June 19, 2018.

 

Past selections for the Carolina Summer Reading Program include: “How Does it Feel to be a Problem?” by Moustafa Bayoumi, “The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains” by Nicholas G. Carr, “Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point” by David Lipsky, and “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande.

 

For more information, visit the Carolina Summer Reading website.

 

Photo Link: https://unc.photoshelter.com/galleries/C0000.jfK5DRIwnI/G0000O6f5v5HyJpw/I0000nPpQsOxGbRU/Mitch-Prinstein (Password: summer)

 

Photo credit: Somer Hadley, Revolution Studios 2017

 

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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, 111 master’s, 65 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 322,000 alumni live in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and 165 countries. More than 175,000 live in North Carolina.

 

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