Christian Beck (2020) auditioned on ABC’s American Idol and received a golden ticket to Hollywood! He was scouted on TikTok after taking up singing and songwriting during the pandemic. His story about his sister going through brain cancer on top of his amazing talent won over the judges.
Beyonce Hammond (2020) and Fatimata Cham (2019) were selected as Truman Scholars. Truman Scholars demonstrate outstanding leadership potential, a commitment to a career in government or the nonprofit sector, and academic excellence. Each Truman Scholar receives funding for graduate studies, leadership training, career counseling, and special internship and fellowship opportunities within the federal government.
Vanessa Voller (2012) and Zachary Marcone (2015) were selected as Fulbright Scholars. Vanessa will be returning to Costa Rica and Bolivia next year to analyze the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on a variety of adolescent health services and outcomes. Zachary will be based in Uganda and studying the role of foreign investment on economic development.
Grace Li (2013) published her debut novel, , a lush, lyrical heist novel inspired by the true story of Chinese art vanishing from Western museums, about diaspora, the colonization of art, and the complexity of the Chinese American identity. Portrait of a Thief described it as “engaging and surprising, and the narrative brims with international intrigue…as much a novel as a reckoning.” The New York Times Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle have also recommended her book, and her sister and fellow Coke Scholar Sharon Li (2015) made a short Tiktok video about Grace’s journey as a writer.
Nicole Thompson (2010) directed her first feature film for Lifetime Network, . It premieres June 18 at 8pm Eastern. Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story
Joel Bervell (2013) was named to the National Minority Quality Forum’s list of 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health for the way he uses digital media to break down barriers in the healthcare field.