Scholars and alumni in Dallas hosted Mark for a fun rooftop reception. Many thanks to Amanda Harvey (1997) and Tim McCallum (1991) for organizing the event.
Stanford Scholars took a break from finals to share a Coke on campus. Thanks to Grant Means (2012) for coordinating the get-together.
2016 Scholars Wyatt Pontius, Joy Hsu, Eamon Bracht, Siona Sharma, and George Pandya got together in Palo Alto to draft new goals for the nonprofit they started last year after their Scholars Weekend, Starts with Soap, that promotes equitable education in the nation’s most underfunded schools by providing basic necessities through innovative service projects. Siona shared, “It’s been over a year since the inception of Starts with Soap at Scholars weekend, and I truly have never worked with a more dynamic and passionate group of leaders and good friends. We came together at Stanford for the first time since Scholars weekend last year, and it left us all feeling so thankful and inspired. Our hearts and gratitude go out to you all at Coke!”
Manaal Ali (2016) and Jolene Loetscher (1997) hugged a Coke machine in South Dakota!
Chad Jones (2001) and Angela Harrell (1990) shared a Coke at a Special Olympics event in Washington, DC.
Monica Maldonado (2012) joined the CCSF staff for lunch. She works for the Posse Foundation in Atlanta but will be getting married soon and moving to Washington, DC.
Margaret “Moggie” Bolton Baudinet (2003) welcomed Carolyn Norton (CCSF, Alumni Relations Manager) to her home in Richmond, where Carolyn met her quintuplets! Carolyn had so much fun helping her feed Luke, Ava, Clara, Izzy, and Millie, and they were so thankful when they were able to get all five children down for a nap- at least for a few minutes!
Carolyn also had coffee with Emily Haynes McGee (2004) while in Richmond, who had great stories about her time as a nanny in Paris because of a connection by Joy Sparrowhawk (2000)!
Julie Gehrki (1998) and Sue Suh (1992) spent some time together in New York City while Julie was visiting The Rockefeller Foundation, where Sue works.
Lesley Wainwright (1994) and TJ Abrams (2001) visited the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta for an open house and are happy to report that they are slide certified!
2012 Scholars Rocio Ortega and Monica Maldonado met up in DC in April at an event for the Posse Foundation. Rocio is working for Girl Up in DC, and Monica will be moving to DC this summer.
Sarah Perkins (2007) came by our office while in town. She works for Oracle in Boston.
Jasmine Taiwo (2003) came by, too, and brought her daughters, Zoe (2) and Olivia (4), with her! The family just moved back to Atlanta after 8 years in South Korea.
For several Coca-Cola Scholars impacted by the storm, their network has provided a support system, with Scholars checking in on Scholars, providing donations and words of encouragement. Others have rolled up their sleeves and joined efforts to rebuild impacted cities.