Alumni Accolades March 2014

Abbie Newton (2012) gave a TEDx talk in February about her experience running 150 miles through the Andes Mountains and Peruvian Amazon with the non-profit organization Impossible 2 Possible!

Liz and Chelsea at MSU_2Congrats to Michigan State University students and Coke Scholars Chelsea Rawe (2010), who was named the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources outstanding senior, and Liz Brajevich (2012), who was awarded a fisheries and wildlife scholarship by Dr. Amber Peters, a member of the first class of Coca-Cola Scholars in 1989 and professor at MSU!  It was a great night for the Coca-Cola ladies at MSU!

1 Nicholas Cobb Shaking President Obama's hand_2Each year, as part of the Boy Scouts of America congressional charter, the BSA presents the Report to the Nation to the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, congressional leadership, and other top government officials. To culminate the presentation, Nicholas Cobb (2014) from Texas was one of six Scouts selected to present the report to the President of the United States on Thursday, December 12, 2012, in the Oval Office. In 2009, he started his own non-profit, ‘Comfort and Joy,’ dedicated to helping the homeless. Here is a photo of Nicholas and President Obama!

Alumni Connections 2014

atlanta scholars at symphony_2Coke Scholars in Atlanta got together for a night at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra recently!

086This spring, FSU Professor and 1997 Coke Scholar Wendi Adelson led a team of Florida State University law and medical students on a service learning trip to Immokalee, Florida. Wendi connected with Tori Bawel (2010) at last fall’s Coke Scholars Leadership Summit, and Tori joined Wendi’s group to learn about medical legal partnerships and migrant farm worker communities. Wendi and Tori had a wonderful time in Immokalee and enjoyed sharing a few Cokes!

Left to right:  Jensen Abellaneda, Sonny Pilanthnakorno, Dianna He (2005), Chris Paul, John Tang, Edward Chan;  Not pictured:  David Buckholtz (1993) and Sofia Fernandez (1990)

Left to right: Jensen Abellaneda, Sonny Pilanthnakorno, Dianna He (2005), Chris Paul, John Tang, Edward Chan; Not pictured: David Buckholtz,(1993) and Sofia Fernandez (1990)

Coke Scholars and Coke employees in Los Angeles got together for the 2014 L.A. Sports Awards.  Here is a photo they took with Chris Paul, 2014 Sportsman of the Year!

Left to right:  Joe Nail, Albert Feng, Serena Tharakan, Jared Hopper and Corey Risinger.

Left to right: Joe Nail, Albert Feng, Serena Tharakan, Jared Hopper and Corey Risinger.

2014 Scholars met up at the Morehead Cain Finalist Weekend in February.

Alumni Celebrations March 2014

chris la wedding best_2Chris La (2009) married her college sweetheart, Andrew Wong, on December 28, 2013 in Cedar Hill, Texas at Hillcrest Baptist Church where they currently serve. They met during her freshman year (his sophomore year) at Dallas Baptist University. They now live in Dallas, Texas, where Chris is pursuing her master’s degree in occupational therapy and Andrew is working for a large tax company. They are enjoying married life to the fullest and serving together in an international student ministry.

Alumni Accolades February 2014

Scholar-FeatureCongratulations to Derrius Quarles (2009), author of “Million Dollar Scholar”, who won the Tavis Smiley Social Innovation Competition! He will also be pitching at SXSW as a finalist in the Student Startup Madness.

Congratulations to Gabby Mitchell (2008) who has been invited to join Teach for America in New York City as an Early Childhood Educator! A recruiter reached out to her when she read that Gabby is a Coke Scholar! We are happy to help make these connections through our partnership with Teach for America, which is often highlighted in our alumni newsletter.

Alex Dzurick (2008) was selected for a 3 year appointment to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Committee on Informal Science Teaching. This appointment is related to his work as the Energy Educator for Columbia Water & Light, a municipal water and electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, where Alex has been working on school and community outreach on energy efficiency, renewable energy, clean drinking water, and other energy-related topics.

Christopher Gray (2010) and Bryson Alef (2010) founded Scholly, a smartphone app that allows students to search for scholarships, and it was recently written up in Forbes in this article!

Mr. Charles Doxley (2002), an Electronics Engineer at NASA Glenn Research Center, will be honored at the 28th Annual BEYA STEM Global Competitiveness Conference held in Washington D.C. as the recipient of the Most Promising Scientist in Government award at the Emerald Honors and Trailblazers dinner on February 6th demonstrates tremendous potential for future scientific contributions based on previous merit.

Congratulations to Jackie Rotman (2008)! Her organization Everybody Dance Now! was the first nonprofit accepted to Stanford’s accelerator, StartX! Through this experience, EDN! was featured in Tech Crunch, Dish Daily, Silicon Valley Business Journal as pitch of the week, San Jose Business Journal, SF Business Journal, PR Web, and more!

Radhika Rawat (2010) was chosen to help design and teach a course with Saul Perlmutter (2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics), Rob MacCoun (Law and Public Policy), and John Campbell (Philosophy), three of Berkeley’s most distinguished professors. The course, “Sense, Sensibility, and Science” is one of the “Big Ideas” courses at Cal that exposes students to the top thinking and professors on campus.

Alumni Connections February 2014

Scholars in the Asian American Coke paradei-ST96xJW-L[1]Coca-Cola Scholars in San Francisco were invited to be part of the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade in February. Several local Scholars, family and friends joined Coca-Cola employees to celebrate the “Year of the Horse” in this annual parade. This year, they were especially proud to feature Jason Pate (2005) and Lily Mai (2011) on the Coke Float with the beloved Coca-Cola Polar Bear. Walking beside the float were:  Eloy Balderas (2004), Ali Price (2004), Jacqueline Welch (1990), Jacky Kwong (2007), Christine Chung and Judy Chung (wife and mother of Kevin Chung, 1990, who could not attend).

Case Western Univ. Coke Scholars DinnerScholars at Case Western Reserve University enjoyed a pizza dinner together in January. In attendance were: Suneil Kamath (2012), Dan McQuaid (2013), Raghav Tripathi (2013) and Jazmine Smith (2012).

Scholars at Naval academy with VP cheneyJoel Bervell (2013) met up with fellow 2013 Coke Scholars Megan Rosenberger and Bob Leddy while attending a leadership conference at the United States Naval Academy, where Megan and Bob go to school. Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, was a speaker and they took this photo with him afterwards!

IMG_20140202_194439833Tekay King (1989) and Josh Miller (2005) got together in L.A. recently. Tekay was there as a master clinician and instructor at the Los Angeles A Cappella Festival at the end of January. After meeting at the Leadership Summit,  they kept in touch through Facebook and were excited to reconnect and share a Coke together while Tekay was in town.

scholars at stanford when muhtar spoke in jan2014Coca-Cola Scholars at Stanford University came together to hear Muhtar Kent, CEO and Chairman of The Coca-Cola Company, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice speak last month.

juany torres with muhtar and condiAlso attending the event was Juany Torres (2009) who seized the opportunity to get this photo with Mr. Kent and Dr. Rice afterwards.

photo 1The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff loves it when Coke Scholars visit their office in Atlanta! This month they got to catch up with Merry Willis (2000) who is a teacher in Atlanta.

photo 4Jason Pate (2005), who was also in Atlanta with his girlfriend Deanna for the weekend, was joined by TJ Abrams (2001) and Karyn Harrington (1997), who work at The Coca-Cola Company.

Alumni Accolades Winter 2014


FOUR COCA-COLA SCHOLARS MAKE IT INTO THE FORBES
‘30 UNDER 30’ LIST!

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Kavita Shukla (2002) under Social Entrepreneurs category:

David Demirbilek (2004) under Law category:

Josh Sommer (2005) under Science category:

Vivek Ramaswamy (2003) under Finance category:


Miss Chinese Las Vegas wins 3 major awards

Elisa Chan best to useCongratulations Elisa Chan (2007) who won the title of “Miss Chinese Las Vegas“, “Miss Asian Las Vegas 1st Princess“, & “Miss Community Service” during the first ever, Miss Asian Las Vegas pageant this past October 2013.  As “Miss Chinese Las Vegas” she was sent to the Miss Nevada USA Pageant on Sunday, January 12th, where she broke the record and won three major awards: Miss Photogenic, Miss Congeniality, and Best Evening Gown.

Her hometown, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, just published this article on her. And here is a video of an interview with Elisa after her big win.


Academic Achievements

Nick Picon (2010) was selected as a 2014 Marshall ScholarRead more about that here.

Simon Boehme (2010) was named a Mitchell Scholar (the first for Cornell University)! Later this year he will be studying for a Masters in Conflict Resolution and Education Policy in Ireland. Simon was appointed by Secretary Arne Duncan to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) for six years!

Congratulations to Jamaal Barnes (2005), Assistant Director of Admissions at the Harvard Graduate School Education, who was selected to be part of the 2014 Class of Harvard Administrative Fellows Program.


Other Accolades

Congratulations to Wendi Adelson (1997) whose book, This is Our Story, has been selected as a finalist for the 2014 One Book/ One Campus selection!  Wendi also was named a delegate from the US for the British-American Project is a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,000 leaders, rising stars and opinion formers from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views.

Kate Gasparro (2010), a senior at Clemson University majoring in Civil Engineering, was featured on Clemson’s website in an article about her experience there.

Sami Stoner (2013) and her seeing-eye dog, Chloe, have been featured in this Purina commercial!

Robert Accordino (1999) writes for the Huffington Post on occasion. Here is his latest article on his magnificent grandmother and the effects of aging.

Anthony Orlando (2006) has a new book out!  Letter to the One Percent is being hailed as “powerful, compact primer on American economics.” (Kirkus Reviews) and Reese Schonfeld, the founding President and CEO of CNN, says “it should be read by every one of us.” Check it out!

A documentary film was made on Michael Tubbs (2008) and his campaign trail running for Stockton City Council! You can see the trailer here and also Like the film on Facebook, follow the film on Twitter, and subscribe to the YouTube Channel for more film updates!

Albert Lawrence (2003), founder of Talk of Fame Entertainment, recently challenged talk-show host Jimmy Fallon to a freestyle rap about his Tonight Show plans. Check it out!

Celebrations Winter 2014

carrie and john2Congratulations to Carrie Regan (1989) who wed her longtime love John Dandelski in Jamaica on November 30th!  They are residing in Knoxville, TN, where Carrie works for HGTV and John is a chiropractor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cozy Dreamy GuyAusten Alexander Tolve joined the world on October 28, 2013, clocking in at 8lbs 4oz and almost 23 inches long, which he gets from his tall parents, Ali Hartman (2001) and Andrew Tolve. While born long and lean, his parents are working hard to fatten him up for the sole purpose of getting him into his “Future Scholar” t-shirt ASAP. Mom, Dad, and Austen miss their Coca-Cola family so much, especially Austen’s honorary Grandmother, Patti Ross. They can’t wait to get out of cold New York right now, so are dreaming of their summer visit to Atlanta where the only thing ice cold will be the Coca-Cola!

 

 

coy parksAmber Wallin Parks (2000) and her husband Terry welcomed Coy Isaac into the world on November 18th . Coy is an avid bubble blower and drooler. He can’t wait to turn in his Coke Scholar application in 2032!

 

 

 

 

 

Liam KennedyCongratulations to Rosalyn Menon Kennedy (1997) and her husband Clif on the birth of Liam Vikram Menon Kennedy, who arrived three weeks early on October 31st!  Rosalyn, Clif and big sister Maya are enjoying this precious time with Liam.

 

 

 

 

 

Alumni Connections Winter 2014

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff enjoyed their annual pre-Christmas visit from Alice Park (1999) and her son Lyon, Jany Brown (1992) and her son Graham and Lesley Wainwright (1994), her husband Trey and their kids Ali and Couper!

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff enjoyed their annual pre-Christmas visit from Alice Park (1999) and her son Lyon, Jany Brown (1992) and her son Graham and Lesley Wainwright (1994), her husband Trey and their kids Ali and Couper!

CC Scholars Alumni with B&G Club members

Coca-Cola Scholars in Minneapolis got together with kids from the Boys & Girls Club at a Minnesota Timberwolves game a few weeks ago! Alumni in attendance included Will Schulz (1994), Jackie Hess (2008), Kim Gohman (1993), Mike Reiners (1994), Gavin Ovsak (2011) and Austin Sandmeyer (2013).

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation also enjoyed a December visit from Neda Norouzi (2011), Kaley Parchinski (2013) and Tina Ho (2012) , Coke Scholars at Georgia Tech.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation also enjoyed a December visit from Neda Norouzi (2011), Kaley Parchinski (2013) and Tina Ho (2012) , Coke Scholars at Georgia Tech.

Coke Scholars in OH, IN and KY got together in Cincinnati, OH to volunteer with Marge Schott-Unneweher Boys and Girls Club of Covington. Those who attended included Patrick Daly (2001), John Lowrey (2010), Lauron Fischer (2007), Anna Delamerced (2012), Katie Wesler (2010) and a friend of Lauron’s.

Coke Scholars in OH, IN and KY got together in Cincinnati, OH to volunteer with Marge Schott-Unneweher Boys and Girls Club of Covington. Those who attended included Patrick Daly (2001), John Lowrey (2010), Lauron Fischer (2007), Anna Delamerced (2012), Katie Wesler (2010) and a friend of Lauron’s.

Coke Scholars in San Francisco attended the 2013 Tech Awards Annual Gala on November 14, 2013 among an audience of 1,500.  Presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Awards is a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation  in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The event celebrates 10 international laureates and our global humanitarian, Dean Kamen. Among those in attendance were Jason Pate (2005), Alice Fang (2011), Jessica Qu (2006) and Ashley Chang (2006).

Coke Scholars in San Francisco attended the 2013 Tech Awards Annual Gala on November 14, 2013 among an audience of 1,500. Presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Awards is a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in association with the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University. The event celebrates 10 international laureates and our global humanitarian, Dean Kamen. Among those in attendance were Jason Pate (2005), Alice Fang (2011), Jessica Qu (2006) and Ashley Chang (2006).

Jake Bernstein (2012) met up with Chris Gray (2010) while in Jake was in Philadelphia for fencing.  They met at the Coke Scholars Alumni Summit in Atlanta in October and have stayed in contact since.

Jake Bernstein (2012) met up with Chris Gray (2010) while in Jake was in Philadelphia for fencing. They met at the Coke Scholars Alumni Summit in Atlanta in October and have stayed in contact since.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff enjoyed a nice visit with Nick Picon and Frederick Grimm (both 2010 Scholars at GA Tech) at Coke Headquarters recently. Nick is their Student Body President and just became a Marshall Scholar, and Frederick is President of their Student Ambassadors program and just came back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica!

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation staff enjoyed a nice visit with Nick Picon and Frederick Grimm (both 2010 Scholars at GA Tech) at Coke Headquarters recently. Nick is their Student Body President and just became a Marshall Scholar, and Frederick is President of their Student Ambassadors program and just came back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica!

New Alumni Advisory Board Members

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Alumni Advisory Board (“A.A.B.”) was formed in 2006 by alumni Scholars to help support the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation’s mission and goals. Currently 15 alumni serve on the A.A.B. on a three year rotation. This year they voted on five new members, Rudy Fernandez (1991), Mary Kathryn Covert Steel (2003),  TJ Abrams (2001), Megan Harney (2004) and Sarah Williams (2011 and Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholar). Get to know them here…

RJF headshot_AABRudy Fernandez is a 1991 Coca-Cola Scholar from Miami, Florida.  He is currently the Chief of Staff to University of Miami President Donna Shalala and also serves as Vice President for Government and Community Relations at the University.  Before joining UM in 2007, he was Special Assistant to the President in the George W. Bush White House, serving as one of President Bush’s senior liaisons to state and local elected officials throughout the country. Prior to joining the White House staff, Rudy held senior positions in the United States Department of Transportation, the Bush-Cheney 2004 Campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Rudy makes regular appearances on television and radio as a political analyst. He also serves on the board of directors of several nonprofits including the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Miami-Dade. Rudy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Miami, receiving the valedictorian and the leadership awards in his MBA class. He is a CNBC junkie and a die-hard fan of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes. Rudy and his wife Jennifer are the proud parents of four kids ages 6 and under.

MKSteel576x366Mary Kathryn Covert Steel is a Senior Vice President in the Washington, D.C. office of FTI Consulting, a global business advisory firm. Her expertise includes corporate social responsibility and reputation management, focused primarily on the pharmaceutical and food industries. Her clients include Pfizer, Shire and the GE Foundation. Mary Kathryn has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek and The Huffington Post, among others. She was recently named one of PR News’ “15 to Watch” Star of PR.

Prior to FTI Consulting, Mary Kathryn worked at the corporate headquarters of The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, in Worldwide Public Affairs in Corporate Responsibility. She created the Company’s first external online Global Reporting Initiative Index for reporting key Corporate Social Responsibility performance indicators. She became the youngest full-time associate of
The Coca-Cola Company, working in the Public Policy and Stakeholder Relations Group on environmental issues management, helping Coke to “go green.”

A New York Times-published essayist, Mary Kathryn Steel is a 2003 National Coca-Cola Scholar from Meridian, Mississippi. She graduated summa cum laude from Samford University, with a University Honors Bachelor of Arts in History and a Political Science minor. She was selected as Omicron Delta Kappa’s National Leader of the Year for 2008 and was a national finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship. In 2013, Mary Kathryn was selected to be a Vanguard Fellow for the Aspen Institute.

TJ Abrams 2012_CompressedTJ Abrams is a 2001 Coca-Cola Scholar and Brand Manager on Coca-Cola at the Coca-Cola Company where he leads the planning and implementation of brand growth strategies and national system programs (including Olympics, NASCAR and 2014 FIFA World Cup). Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Brand Team, TJ spent two years as the Associate Brand Manager on Coke Zero helping propel the brand to 21 consecutive quarters of double-digit growth. He joined Coca-Cola with previous experience working in marketing at Lowe’s Home Improvement where he built the multicultural marketing strategy, specifically leading the Hispanic commercial business plan, local marketing strategy and sports programming. TJ was recently named to Forbes 30 under 30 list for Marketing and Advertising.

TJ earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2005 and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Duke in 2009. TJ currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his wife and son. He’s an avid runner, lover of the arts and a huge Tar Heel fan.

meganMegan Harney is a 2004 Coca-Cola Scholar from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. In 2007, she founded, and continues to direct, The Scholar’s Choice Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enable individualized learning for every student by making educational data accessible and actionable. To do so, Scholar’s Choice built a new, integrated enterprise software platform for schools. Megan also enjoys coaching mock trial, teaching, and offering professional development for teachers. She has previously worked for Microsoft as a program manager, conducted neurodegenerative and neurogenetic research, and produced An Evening with Champions, a nationally-recognized figure skating exhibition that benefits pediatric oncology care and research at Dana Farber. Megan earned her master’s degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education and her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in English and computer science from Harvard University.

Sarah WilliamsSarah Nicole Williams attends Scripps College in Claremont, California where she is currently completing a double major in Psychology and Global Leadership. Her studies at the Kravis Leadership Institute combined with her research working with the Psychology Department Chair at Scripps College, have led to insights helping to identify the risk and preventive factors of elder financial exploitation. Recently, Sarah presented these findings at the International Neuropsychology Society Conference in Hawaii. Currently, Sarah is in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she is studying the behaviors and learning differences of children in a multicultural context.

Sarah Williams is a young entrepreneur with a strong desire to give back to her community. While in high school, she founded “A Blanket of Their Own”, a project committed to helping foster care youth. The project continues to thrive today.

Sarah is a 2011 Sandy Williams Alumni Legacy Scholar and she is extremely excited and honored to join the AAB.

Alumni Accolades October 2013

Mansfield wins two national awards

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At a ceremony held at the Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center in Washington D.C., Alison Mansfield (2013), a Yale freshman and Homestead High School graduate was presented two scholarships by Claes Nobel, a senior member of the family that founded the Nobel Prizes and the National Society of High School Scholars. Mansfield’s awards included a $2,500 Robert P. Sheppard Leadership Award and a $1,000 National Scholar Award. More information can be found in this press release.

 

Four Upper Midwest Emmys for Loetscher

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Congratulations to Jolene Loetscher (1997) and her husband Nate Burdine who received a W3 Award from International Academy of the Visual Arts for a web video they produced. They won four Upper Midwest Emmys!

 

2005 Scholar featured on The Katie Couric Show!

Congratulations to Kristina Ellis (2005)!  She is the author of a newly published book called “Confessions of a Scholarship Winner”  and was featured on The Katie Couric Show! Kristina advised viewers to download the “Scholly” app, created by Scholar Christopher Gray (2010)! Now THAT is another great example of the power of this awesome network!

 

COKE SCHOLARS IN BOSTON GIVE BACK

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On Saturday, September 21, a crew of 88 volunteers including a team of Coca-Cola Scholars and employees from the Coca-Cola plant in Needham, and a team from the Boston Red Sox scholarship program came together on Spectacle Island to clean up the island and its beaches. The Scholars partnered with Save the Harbor | Save the Bay for the second as part of the Coca-Cola Scholars National Day of Service.  The group enjoyed an incredibly beautiful day out on the island picking up trash, artifacts, and learning about the island’s storied past from Save the Harbor Director, Bruce Berman.

 

More Accolades:

Rocio Ortega (2012) is one of four teens chosen to be honored at the 2013 TEENNICK HALO AWARDS for her service to women who don’t have a voice through Global Girl Media and Girl Up.   Click here for the press release and be sure to watch the interactive live event on Sunday, Nov. 17th at 8 pm on Nick at Nite.

Kevin Kalra (2004) wrote an article that was published by the UN, a joint initiative of UNESCO, UNICEF, the UN Global Compact, and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education: The Smartest Investment: A Framework for Business Engagement in Education.

The publication was launched on Friday, September 20 by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education at the 2013 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit before 1,200 CEOs and business leaders. Read more in the press release.

Kevin also wrote a Q&A with Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, about why business is so fundamental to advancing global education goals.

Danny_Celebrates_Advent500Jennifer Grenardo (1996) is a published children’s book author! Her book Danny Celebrates Advent tells the story of Advent through Danny the Donkey and his family in this fun and animated book for early learners and includes crafts for parents and grandparents to do with their little ones.  It is published by Tau Publishing Company, Inc. with illustrations from Emmy-nominated artist, Jeff West and is now available here.

SAMSUNG CSCCrystal Moore (2003) had quite a summer! In May she graduated from The Duke University Fuqua School of Business, where she captained the team that won the Executive Leadership Council Business Case Competition. She spent the last few months interning in the White House Domestic Policy Council on the Education Team and contributed to the development and strategy of the President’s education policy agenda.  This month she joins The Parthenon Group as a Principal Consultant in September!

Samuel Wakefield (2001) is the author of the recently released book, Becoming Riley’s Dad: My Personal Journey as a Young Black Father.  It chronicles his experiences as a first time dad, providing tons of lessons and laughs along the way.  To contact him, or find more information about Samuel, his book, and his work go to samuelwakefield.com.

Unified Theater, founded by Micaela Connery (2004), has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation.  “The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation were some of the first people, outside the West Hartford community, to celebrate the work of Unified Theater,” Connery, said in a news release. “To receive this grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation for our national expansion feels like we’ve come full circle.”

Sejal Hathi (2009) founded “Girls Helping Girls” when she was just 15! Check out her recent article in The Huffington Post.

Congratulations to Tamara Klajn (2001), a top foreign policy practitioner on the #99under33 list by @diplocourier !

Marianne Ragins McGee (1991) just published another book on scholarships (her 4th) entitled “Winning  Scholarships for College”.  Check out her website: www.scholarshipworkshop.com

Elisa ChanCongratulations to Elisa Chan (2007) who recently competed in the first ever “Miss Asian Las Vegas” pageant on Saturday, Oct 12, and won “Miss Chinese Las Vegas”,  ”Miss Asian Las Vegas 1st Princess” and “Miss Asian Las Vegas Community Service”!  She was also asked to be a finalist for the upcoming Miss Nevada USA Pageant in January!

Elisa wrote us to say, “Growing up, I was the only Chinese student in my school and thus was very proud to be the sole recipient of the Coca-Cola Scholarship in the entire state. Winning the Miss Asian Las Vegas Community Service was especially meaningful to me, as it was reminiscent of me receiving the Coca-Cola Scholarship due to my strong civil service background.”

Congratulations to Alex Morse (2007), Mayor of Holyoke, MA, who received the most votes to run for his second term as Mayor against Jeff Stanek. Alex was elected for his first term in 2011 at just 22 years of age.  Read more about this mayoral race here.

Steven Olikara (2008) is co-founder and president of Millennial Action Project (M.A.P.), a nonprofit group dedicated to making “creative cooperation — rather than ideological conflict — the dominant mode of American political decision-making.”  Check out this article on one of its recent initiatives, the Congressional Future Caucus.

Kaitlyn Chana (2009) had a once-in-a-lifetime internship this summer at the TODAY Show in NYC where she learned about how they prepare for breaking news, the topics covered on the show and controversial interviews. One of her most memorable experiences working there was when the ‘Royal Baby’ was making headlines – a producer selected Kaitlyn to be one of the ‘Royal Announcers’ on the 3rd hour and Willie Geist, Al Roker and celebrity contributor Mel B. encouraged her to talk in a British accent as she wore a royal robe. Kaitlyn also had the pleasure of working on the 4th hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb and participated in a dozen on-air segments.