Our Future Changemakers: Congratulations to the Class of 2019

The 2018-2019 school year is slowly but surely coming to a close, and we are so excited for all our students who are getting ready to start the next chapters in their lives. This means, however, that we have to say goodbye to 39 of our beloved Vote Everywhere Ambassadors who are graduating or transferring to new institutions in Spring 2019. While we are sad to see these individuals leave our program, we are beyond proud of the amazing work they have contributed during their college careers.

Each Vote Everywhere Ambassador plays a huge role in the continued success of the program and our nation’s democracy. We have the utmost appreciation for our graduating seniors’ dedication to The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s mission, and civic engagement as a whole. Their hard work serves to remind us that our country is in good hands as the newest generation of leaders and changemakers rises to the stage.

Our graduating Ambassadors have a world ahead of them, and we are so excited to see where their journeys take them. Many have already accepted full-time jobs, and others are admirably looking to continue their education in undergraduate or graduate programs. We are also thrilled to know that many of our graduating Ambassadors have plans to continue their involvement in civic engagement as they search for jobs. Regardless of where they land up, we know their futures are bright!

To learn about our graduating Vote Everywhere Ambassadors’ plans, take a look below:

Daijha Hilliard Alabama A&M University Working in the engineering field
Candaisy Crawford Allegheny College Attending Southwestern Law School
Victoria Grijalva Ochoa Arizona State University
Samantha Mooney Arizona State University Teaching elementary students in Colorado Springs  for America Colorado, Cohort 2019
Sierra Lipscomb Case Western Reserve University Attending law school
Kourtney Birks Dillard University Attending law school
Daniel Chang East Carolina University Working in a hospital to gain experience hours while applying to Physician Assistant school in the upcoming year
Thomas Armooh Elon University Entering the workforce
Jacqueline Beveridge Georgetown University Pursuing a master’s in International Crimes, Conflict, and Criminology in Amsterdam for a year, and then attending law school
Alana Burrell Georgia State University- Clarkston Starting a co-op and transferring into a four-year institution
Anna Determann Grand View University Attending graduate school at the University of Wyoming
Rachel Campbell Louisiana State University
Zoe Williamson Louisiana State University Working on a gubernatorial campaign
Marvin Read IV Mesa Community College Transferring to Arizona State University
Rachel De Armas Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus Transferring to another institution where she plans to continue her work as an Ambassador
Nazario Saint Louis Miami Dade College – North Campus Transfering to another undergraduate institution
Ariana Tringali Montclair State University Partaking in the Disney College Program
Carlos Chediek Queens College Working in state or federal politics, preferably with a political party
Michael Taylor Rutgers University Becoming a licensed social worker
Danielle Bates Simpson College Entering the workforce before possibly going to graduate school
Kristina Echols Spelman College Partaking in the Fulbright Scholar Program in Malaysia
Skylar Mitchell Spelman College Taking a gap year in the D.C. area before attending graduate school for cultural studies with a possible focus on postcolonial studies
Madeline Thibault St. Lawrence University Attending law school or entering the workforce
Yark Beyan Stony Brook University Entering the workforce
Patrick Buckley SUNY Geneseo Pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology at Yale University
Leah Christman SUNY Geneseo Partaking in the Fulbright Scholar Program before attending graduate school
Dilynn Livesey SUNY Geneseo Entering the workforce, searching a job in non-profit event coordination and possibly moving to NYC
Norris Davis University of Alabama Pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Berkeley or the University of Chicago
Stephen Grover University of Alabama Working at a startup through the Venture For America fellowship
Corban Gotcher University of Central Arkansas Entering the workforce before possibly attending graduate school
Itzel Velazquez University of Central Arkansas Attending graduate school
Ian Henson University of Chicago Entering the workforce before possibly pursuing an MBA or another graduate degree in business and/or international relations
Allison Saracina University of Dayton Interning with the US Forest Service International Programs this summer
Christopher Mayer University of Michigan – Ann Arbor Joining a Presidential campaign
Reilly Newell University of South Carolina- Upstate Entering the workforce, possibly with a nonprofit organization like The Andrew Goodman Foundation that encourages civic and political engagement
Charles Allworth University of Wisconsin – Madison Going back to D.C. and interning on Capitol Hill while searching for a solid communications job
Camilla Harris Virginia Commonwealth University Entering the workforce, searching for jobs related to human rights or community engagement (mostly NGOs or nonprofit consulting firms) before possibly attending graduate school

To each of our graduating Ambassadors: THANK YOU! You are the reason Andy’s legacy remains strong in 2019. We wish you all the best, and cannot wait to see everything that you do. You may be graduating from your positions as Ambassadors, but we know that you will forever be democracy defenders.

About the Author

Erica Meline is the Communications and Development Intern at The Andrew Goodman Foundation. She is currently a student at Ramapo College, where she is perusing a degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Global Communications and Media. Throughout her college career, Erica has served as the News Editor of the college’s newspaper. Previously, Erica was a Development Intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in Philadelphia.