Katherine Boyle will graduate from Georgetown University in the spring. Katherine’s unflagging intellectual
curiosity has led her to explore all facets of the Washington political scene –from a presidential campaign to the White
House to K Street. She founded an organization called aideffects.org, an online private aid database, which helps individuals
and nonprofits find HIV/AIDS program grants; co-founded and organized a campus umbrella group to consolidate Hurricane Katrina
relief efforts; and served as political affairs director of the DC Federation of College Republicans. Katherine is also a
professional vocalist, pianist, and composer, who by the age of ten was singing the National Anthem at the University of Florida’s
men’s basketball games and later apprenticed with Ann Reinking’s Broadway Theater Project. She is passionate about
intellectual property rights and will pursue a master’s in Public Advocacy and Activism at NUI Galway.
José Canto grew up in a tough section of Baltimore City, in a school system that offered few resources and little
hope to its students. But José’s combination of relentless determination and discipline, along with a natural intellectual
curiosity, enabled him to overcome great odds. José is a Gates Millennium Scholar and will graduate summa cum laude this spring
from Georgetown University. While at Georgetown he was named a John Carroll Fellow, a highly selective program offered to
only 3% of any undergraduate class, a Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Fellow, a John Kenneth Galbraith Fellow, and was awarded a prize
for outstanding scholarship, research, and leadership. José’s zeal for social justice and equality is evident in his
work as president of Communities, Housing and Economic Development, an organization that addresses antipoverty policies. He
will study Sociology at University College Dublin.
Joshua “Tyler” Dillard was born and raised in a conservative southern community in Alabama by his maternal
grandparents, who adopted him at the age of 2. When he was 18, Tyler chose to come out publicly, despite family renunciation
and loss of emotional and financial support. His personal experience has led him to become a passionate advocate for all victims
of discrimination and intolerance. He spent two years at Samford University, a Christian school in Birmingham, Alabama, where
he won numerous academic and leadership awards, including the White House Presidential Freedom Scholarship, and served as
the Vice-President of Samford’s Political Union and Student Senate. He began a diversity campaign at Samford, and founded
and served as president of a school-wide anti-poverty campaign. After his sophomore year, Tyler transferred to Rice University,
where he has been equally as active in student politics, and founded an organization that helps renovate HIV/AIDS health facilities
in the Houston area. Tyler will pursue a master’s in human rights.
A native of Michigan, Catherine Fontana came to Albion College as a Presidential Scholar. She is a double major
in Biology and English and has won numerous awards for her tremendous leadership, including the H. Morley Fraser Student Leadership
Award for her commitment to excellence, values, and service; the Michael P. Noonan Leadership in Public Life prize for her
record of public activism; and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Catherine is president of the College Democrats, president of the
Student Senate, and served as the President of the Michigan Federation of College Democrats. She is actively involved in a
number of environmental organizations, and serves as an advisor on the university environmental committee. She is the coordinator
of a state-wide reading program, serves as a tutor, and won a music scholarship to play the piccolo, flute, and oboe in the
college symphony and marching band. Catherine will study Environmental Science next year at Trinity College Dublin.
A senior at Dartmouth College, Travis Green is majoring in Natural and Artificial Intelligence. He was selected
out of 400 students to receive a Presidential Scholarship to do cutting-edge genetic research, which led to the discovery
of 50 potential tumor-suppressor genes. Presently, Travis is working with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science exploring
how the brain processes sensory data. Travis is deeply involved in Dartmouth’s student life, serving as President of
the Student Body, head of the Dartmouth Outing Club, and wilderness orientation leader for first year students. He is a member
of the Dartmouth heavyweight crew team and has worked as Design and Graphics Editor of the Dartmouth student newspaper. Travis
will study Neuroscience in Ireland.
Lara Janson is a 2005 graduate of Grinnell College and a Fulbright Scholar. Upon graduation from Grinnell, Lara
won numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship, including the Alumni Association Senior Award, and the Phi Beta Kappa
Scholar’s Award. As a Fulbright, Lara spent a year in Ecuador studying interculturalism and gender and ended up staying
another year to finish up her research, graduating with distinction from La Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. While in Quito,
Lara founded and led a Prison Art and Poetry Workshop in the oldest men’s prison in Ecuador, volunteered with the Women’s
Committee of the Union of Indigenous and Rural Organizations, and played basketball for both the men’s and women’s
teams at a local college. Presently, Lara is the assistant volleyball coach at Grinnell and works with government agencies
on a governmental anti-trafficking public education campaign. Lara will study Peace Studies.
Andrea Laidman will graduate in the spring from the University of Notre Dame with a major in Political Science and
International Peace Studies and a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy. She is the co-founder and director of Notre
Dame Against State Killing, an organization created to inspire dialogue about the death penalty. Her leadership in this area
earned her the Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award, a national award given annually to five students in the country,
as well as the Richard J. Wood Student Community Commitment Award, given to one student in the state of Indiana for exemplary
service, leadership and advocacy. Andrea is a weekly columnist for the college newspaper, served as the director of programming
for Notre Dame’s student-run television station, choreographed and performed in various campus theater productions,
and is a ballroom dancer. Andrea will study Anthropology and Development.
Ryan McCartney is a senior at Duke University and served as the editor of the student newspaper, The Duke Chronicle,
during the Duke lacrosse scandal. With Ryan at its helm, the newspaper received universal praise for its professionalism and
ethical and excellent coverage. Ryan’s work, in particular, was recognized nationally by the Associated Collegiate Press.
As a junior, Ryan was selected as one of the top three college journalists in the country for his reporting on the lacrosse
scandal and Hurricane Katrina. In addition to journalism, Ryan founded and continues to support a series of service trips
to Kingston, Jamaica, to help orphans with mental and physical abilities. Ryan’s interest in mentoring and serving children
with disabilities stems from his own personal experience. Growing up, Ryan suffered severe dyslexia and was unable to read
until he reached the fifth grade. Ryan will pursue a master’s in Political Communication.
Victoria Moore will graduate first academically in her class from the US Naval Academy in the spring. During her
years at the Academy, she has earned several leadership and academic awards, including the Carl Vinson Leadership Award, given
to the midshipman with the highest military standing in the class of 2008, and Brigade Training Sergeant, responsible for
the training of all 1200 first year midshipmen. Victoria is fluent in French, and was only one of two midshipmen selected
for a five-week internship with the international staff at NATO headquarters in Belgium. She is also a varsity athlete and
nationally ranked runner, clocking the second fastest time in the 1000m in the history of the Naval Academy, just one second
away from breaking the school record. Victoria will pursue a master’s in Development Studies.
Erin Rhoda, a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of Colby College, is a reporter for the Courier-Gazette Newspaper in
Rockland, Maine. She is a published poet and author, whose works have appeared in literary journals, like The Café Review,
and been broadcast on public radio. In addition to her writing and full-time newspaper reporting, Erin runs a nonprofit called
the Maine-Ghana Youth Network, which works to educate and inspire youth in the impoverished Ghanaian neighborhood of Kissehman.
She also organized, funded and led a group of students and one doctor to Sierra Leone to distribute mosquito nets to combat
malaria. Erin is hiking the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, section by section, with her mother. She will study creative writing
Christopher Rosson grew up in Kansas City, Missouri, in a neighborhood best known for gang violence, prostitution,
and rampant drug abuse. Despite the odds against him, Chris ended up at William Jewell College on a basketball scholarship,
graduating in 2006. He is presently a master’s degree candidate at Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced and International
Studies. Chris has earned many awards over the years, including an award given to the nation’s top graduate student
in international relations, chosen annually by a panel of former American diplomats. He served as the director of the Kansas
City Office of the Governor while he was in college, founded and runs an international interactive program, which promotes
international study and the exchange of ideas, speaks Arabic, and has traveled extensively in the Middle East. On his last
trip to the region, Chris was detained and interrogated for hours by Hezbollah. Next year, Chris will pursue a master’s
in Violence, Terrorism, and Security.
Adam Tart graduated in 3 years from the Georgia Institute of Technology with highest honors and a perfect grade
point average in Discrete Mathematics and is now pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering
Statistics at the Institute. Last summer, Adam was one of only 24 students selected nationwide for an internship for undergraduate
mathematics students at the National Security Agency. At Georgia Tech, Adam won the senior math prize, given to the most outstanding
mathematics graduate, as well as a George Fellowship, a merit-based graduate school award, and is a teaching assistant. Adam
is both a mathematical wizard, and a real magician to boot. He co-founded and serves as co-president of M@GIT, a local organization
that teaches magic and performs at local hospitals. Adam will study Mobile Networking and Computing in Ireland.