A poet among us! Congratulations to Amanda Gorman, MS '16, who has been named the first National youth poet laureate! This award honors a teen poet who demonstrates not only extraordinary literary talent but also a proven record of community engagement and youth leadership. Amanda is a rising sophomore at Harvard studying literature and politics.
Great Honors! Sophie Davis Biomedical School of Education medical student, Clarence Kong, MS '14, is one of two recipients of the NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer Eugene Marshalik Scholarship, a 4-year C.U.N.Y. scholarship given every year to NYPD Auxiliary Officers in honor of the memory of Eugene Marshalik, an Auxiliary Officer who was killed going above and beyond the line of duty in 2007.
An Exciting Fellow! Congratulations are in order for David Lam, MS '11, who was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. David is currently attending Northwestern University where he is working toward his Ph.D. in material sciences.
Washington bound. Congratulations to Isiah Iniguez, MS '13, who is one of 22 finalists chosen to be part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s (CHCI) 2016 Spring Congressional Internship Program (CIP). Isiah will be spending the Spring semester working at the congressional office, participating in group community service projects, and attending leadership sessions.
Hot off the presses: This week Caroline Chiu, MS '13 was named the President and Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator, becoming the first Asian-American woman to hold the post. The Daily Spectator is the second oldest college daily newspaper and has a staff of over 200 Columbia and Barnard undergraduate students. Congratulations!
Changing Climates: Harleen Marwah, MS '11, is the youth liaison for the SeaTrust Institute’s delegation at the United Nations International Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris, where she is helping to lead their efforts to engage young people around the world on topics that include agriculture and food safety, indigenous populations, interfaith perspectives and moral obligation, intergenerational equity, and public health.
Innovate this. Congratulations to Takecia Saylor, MS '93, who’s Office of Innovation received the State award by the Learning Counsel. Takecia is the Director of the Office of Innovation for the New Jersey Department of Education and was acknowledged for her outstanding leadership and innovation efforts. Through the creation of InnovateNJ program, the Office of Innovation is championing the need for change in public schools for better education outcomes for its students.
You have the right to remain excited. Sophie Davis sophomore class representative, Clarence Kong, MS '14, is also the 2015 New York City Police Department Auxiliary Police Force Class Valedictorian. The NYPD Auxiliary is a trained and equipped civilian, all-volunteer group that assists their local police precincts throughout the city. Congratulations!
People’s Choice. Congratulations to Jason Young, MS '00, who’s Hidden Genius Project won the People’s Choice award in the Google Impact Challenge and will receive $500K. The program will connect underserved, young black males with the skills, mentors and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepeneurs and technologists in a 21st century, global economy. Jason is the CEO and co-founder of MindBlown Labs, a financial literacy software company based in Oakland.