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Class of 2017

Maryama Aden, Arizona State University. Maryama is pursuing a degree in sociology. She has volunteered throughout her community in hospitals and healthcare-related projects. Maryama has also worked at Project C.U.R.E, and volunteered at Cardon’s Children's Hospital in Mesa in patient and visitor relations.


Meghan Crowther, Brigham Young University (Utah). Meghan is studying Linguistics and plans to attend medical school. She hopes to eventually work with Doctors Without Borders to bring healthcare to war-torn areas. She has volunteered with Casa de los Ninos and the Red Cross. Meghan participated in the Veteran's Heritage Project, where she interviewed veterans and wrote their stories for a book that is now in the Library of Congress. 


Julia Garcia, Arizona State University. Julia plans on majoring in social work, with a minor in non-profit organizations. She hopes to use her degree to help those in need. She has given more than 450 hours as a volunteer at the Maricopa county hospital, in the Child Life department. Julia describes her volunteer time as, “putting my problems on hold while I do everything in my ability to ensure patients and families remember their experience in the best possible light.”


Noelle Kerr, University Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA). Noelle is majoring in Psychology, and is a pitcher on the softball team. Her goal is to become an occupational therapist. Noelle has spent many hours helping youth with special needs, working as an occupational therapy intern and volunteering with organizations such as Horses with Wings (a program to help autistic children).



Carlos Salazar Polanco, South Mountain Community College. Carlos plans to major in Premed and hopes to become a doctor. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy as an infant, Carlos has not only worked to overcome his own challenges, but serves others, committing more than ten hours a week to volunteer work. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his efforts, including the Courage Award from the city of Tempe.



Meena Venkataramanan, Harvard University (MA). Meena is planning on majoring in Government. In addition her classes, Meena is interning for the Chief Correspondent of The Washington Post and a member of the Harvard Mock Trial Team. She volunteers teaching a government and politics class to fifth-grade students at a local public school, and writes for the Harvard Political Review. In addition, she is a member of a student council that plans public service activities.



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