Derrius Quarles (2009) was accepted into the newest class of TED residents, a program is an incubator for breakthrough ideas, for 2017. He is the co-founder and CTO of BREAUX Capital, a financial wellness startup devoted to Black millennials. If you would like to be a part of the Spring 2018 TED Residency (which runs March 12 to June 15, 2018), applications opened on November 1, 2017, and close on January 5. For more information on requirements, and an advance peek at the application form, please see ted.com/residency.
Capt. Victor Lopez (2009), an MQ-9 Reaper pilot assigned to the 17th Attack Squadron, is featured on the Creech Air Force Base website for volunteering with science, technology, engineering, and math programs centered on mentoring the youth and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Jamaal Barnes (2005) was featured on the Today Show for being part of the fifth annual Techappella show, a singing contest among Engineers and data scientists for Silicon Valley tech giants like Google, Apple, and Facebook.
Logan Brown (2014) has been named a Marshall Scholar. A recent Vanderbilt University grad, Logan will pursue a master’s degree in terrorism, security, and society at King’s College in London next year.
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Heather Tell (1992) and Angela Orange (1998) were elected to the Georgia School Board Association and ran into each other at new member training! Heather was elected to the City Schools of Decatur School Board, and Angela was elected to the Marietta City School Board.
Justin Harlow (2006) was elected to City Council in Charlotte, NC!
Justin J. Pearson (2013) had a Resolution given to him in the Tennessee State Senate by State Senator Lee Harris for the summer enrichment program and Courtney Thurston (2015) has been named as a Goldwater Scholar.
Kate Sullivan (1994), Kristina Ellis (2005), Derrius Quarles (2009) and Sunny Sandhu (2016) made up an exclusively Scholar panel that discussed scholarships at the 2018 Scholly Summit in Chicago. Christopher Gray (2010 Scholar and founder of Scholly) put this event on and invited them to speak. Chance the Rapper and Jessie Williams were also in attendance. And more scholars connected across the country!
Manaal Ali (2016) named 2018 Peace Scholar, Kate Weslar (2010) joins Broadway National Tour in Chicago, Mayor Michael Tubbs (2008) appears on CBS This Morning, and Daron Roberts (1997) article appears in Fortune Magazine.