Slices for Scholars at UPenn with Anika Ranginani (2015), Emily Zhen (2014), Michael Zietz (2015), Emily Tan (2016), Shaina Zafar (2017), Christopher Rathbun (2016), Hannah Le (2016), Carmen Duran (2017), Suzan Kim (2017), Ria Chhabra (2015), Anisha Reddy (2014), George Pandya (2016), and Sheryl Chen (2017).
Slices for Scholars at Cornell University with Francine Barchett (2016), Dalton Price (2016), Isiah Murray (2015), and Jeremiah Grant (2013).
Slices for Scholars at Brown University with Anna Delamerced (2012), Amador Delamerced (2014), Lauren Maunus (2015), Shanze Tahir (2015), and Alka Pai (2015).
Slices for Scholars at the University of Southern California with Sophia Wix (2014), Yash Gupta (2014), Cooper Yerby (2015), Mallika Jain (2017), Justin Kawaguchi (2017), Paul Lie (2016), Nihar Sheth (2017), Ahmed Mohamed (2017).
Scholars & Alumni Connecting
Meena Venkataramanan (2017) is a liaison for one of the Harvard Institute of Politics Resident Fellows, Dan Balz. He brought a special guest to their study group – Philip Rucker, the White House Bureau Chief of The Washington Post. Phil saw Meena’s Coke Scholars backpack and said he was a Coke Scholar in 2002!
Omar Viramontes (2010), Cooper Yerby (2015), and Lena Benson (2002) attended the MALDEF awards in Los Angeles as guests of Peter Villegas (VP, Latin Affairs) and The Coca-Cola Company. They snapped this picture with California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
Kyle Baldwin (2008) and Kate Wesler (2010) saw the Rockettes together at Radio City Music Hall in NYC! Kate has friends that are Rockettes so they were able to get a backstage tour after the show where they met Ted the camel, a 20 year veteran of the show.
CCSF staff and friends Carolyn Norton, Jane Hopkins, Patti Ross, Mark Davis, and Ryan Rodriguez met up with Lesley Truitt Wainwright (1994) and Alice Park (1999) at Jany Allen Brown‘s (1992) annual Chili Cookoff for the Atlanta food bank.
Heather McGonegle and Kristina Gisonde met up with fellow 1999 Coke Scholar Johanna Sanchez when Johanna was visiting NYC over the summer. The three women met and bonded during the 2013 Leadership Summit and have stayed in touch ever since!
2017 Scholars Deni Hoxha, Meena Venkataramanan, and Alec Fischthal formed a team to play some Harvard-Yale trivia during Harvard-Yale spirit week and decided to drink some Diet Coke, too. They love Coke as much as they love beating Yale!
Justin J. Pearson (2013) and his mom and uncle visited The Coca-Cola Company while in Atlanta for his brother’s wedding.
Connie Liu (2011), currently a grad student researching in the High Power Electric Propulsion Lab at Georgia Tech, came by to visit at Coca-Cola. We had a great chat about her time at SpaceX and other Coke Scholars she has connected with.
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.