51 Morehead-Cain Scholars chosen for UNC-Chapel Hill

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 in Students

The Morehead-Cain—the oldest, most prestigious merit scholarship program in the United States—will welcome 51 new scholars in the Class of 2016 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August.

The Morehead-Cain—the oldest, most prestigious merit scholarship program in the United States—will welcome 51 new scholars in the Class of 2016 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August.

Twenty-six of the newest Morehead-Cain Scholars are from North Carolina high schools; 19 are from other U.S. high schools. The class will also include three British and three Canadian scholars.

Since its founding in 1945, the Morehead-Cain has been a model for countless merit awards throughout the United States, including the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Program; Duke University’s Benjamin N. Duke Scholars Program; and Emory University’s Woodruff Scholars Program.

Besides covering all expenses for four years of undergraduate study at UNC, the Morehead-Cain features summer enrichment experiences. Over four summers, scholars have the opportunity to complete an outdoor leadership course, carry out public service in the United States or abroad, conduct research at sites across the world and gain experience in private enterprise.

The summer enrichment program, designed to broaden each scholar’s experience and worldview, is complemented during the academic year by a Discovery Fund that encourages deeper exploration of a particular interest. From attending development conferences in Geneva to shadowing emergency room doctors in Boston, Morehead-Cain scholars receive the resources to pursue educational opportunities wherever they find them.

Selection criteria for the Morehead-Cain are leadership, academic achievement, moral force of character and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen solely on the basis of merit and accomplishment, not financial need.

More than 220 Morehead-Cain scholars currently study on campus, making outstanding contributions across the full range of University life. From student government to community service to the performing arts, Morehead-Cain Scholars play a prominent role in Carolina’s vibrant student community.

In the past nine years, 12 Morehead-Cain scholars have won Rhodes Scholarships to England’s Oxford University, one of the world’s most competitive and prestigious awards for graduate study. Since the first Morehead Scholars graduated from Carolina in 1957, 29 of UNC’s 32 Rhodes Scholars have been Morehead-Cain graduates. Morehead-Cain Scholars have accounted for 22 of the University’s 30 Luce Scholars and 19 of Carolina’s 32 Truman Scholars, among the nation’s most generous and distinguished awards for graduate study. Twenty-six Morehead-Cain Scholars have won Fulbright Fellowships.

The nearly 3,000 Morehead-Cain alumni across the world are a diverse and distinguished group. They include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch; U.S. Congressmen Jim Cooper, Mike McIntyre and David Price; Jonathan Reckford, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International;Karen Stevenson, a Los Angeles attorney and the first black American woman to win a Rhodes Scholarship; Tim Sullivan, chief executive officer of Ancestry.com; Adam Falk, president of Williams College; Peter Blair Henry, dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business; and Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health.

Class of 2016 List

New Morehead-Cain Scholars are listed below alphabetically by North Carolina county, state and country. Students noted with one asterisk are listed in more than one location. Those with two asterisks took a gap year between high school and college. For more information, visit http://www.moreheadcain.org or call the foundation at (919) 962-1201.

NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY

Alamance

*Krunal Amin will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he is student body president and the starting goalkeeper on the school’s championship soccer team. Krunal has a deep interest in computational science, conducting research into neuroeconomics and quorum sensing. He is also a dedicated Bhangra dancer, choreographing and performing in shows throughout the school year. Krunal is the son of Dhaval and Hema Amin of Elon.

Burke

Taylor Sharp will graduate this spring from Robert Patton High School in Morganton, where he is student body president and the founder of the student athletic boosters (colloquially known as Keller’s Yellers). Taylor is also the creative force behind “Taylor Gang,” a student-led television show that airs on Friday afternoons. He is a highly active member of his church, serving as youth preacher, and he volunteers his time at a local food pantry, soup kitchen, and center for the disabled. Taylor lives in Morganton and is the son of Willis Sharp and the late Amy Sharp.

Durham

*Krunal Amin will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where he is student body president and the starting goalkeeper on the school’s championship soccer team. Krunal has a deep interest in computational science, conducting research into neuroeconomics and quorum sensing. He is also a dedicated Bhangra dancer, choreographing and performing in shows throughout the school year. Krunal is the son of Dhaval and Hema Amin of Elon.

Nicole Behnke will graduate this spring from Trinity School in Durham, where she is a chemistry tutor, captain of three sports teams, and student body president. Nikki has put her French language skills to work on a service trip to Haiti and raised money for an international water charity.  She is the daughter of Paul and Debra Behnke of Durham.

*Bronwyn Fadem will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where she is captain of the diving team and the school’s Ethics Bowl team. She makes and markets her own jewelry — “high quality, yet affordable” — and has spent the past three summers working on an organic farm. She has also been a gymnastics coach at the IGA Adventure Center in Rutherfordton. She is the daughter of Carmen and Jerold Fadem of Rutherfordton.

*Alice Huang will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where she is captain of the varsity tennis team and third chair of the school orchestra. Alice serves as a resident life assistant, organizing events and mediating disputes among her hall mates. Last summer, she interned at Chapel Hill-based EmPOWERment Inc. Alice is the daughter of Weishi Huang and Qinghong Yang of Chapel Hill.

*Sarah Molina will graduate this spring from Durham Academy in Durham, where she is president of the honor council and co-editor of the student newspaper. She also co-edits Exurbia, the school’s literary magazine, an interest that grew out of her summer at the Duke Young Writers’ Camp. When she isn’t wielding a pencil and a stylebook, Sarah can be found hiking with her family in the North Carolina mountains. She serves on the board of Junior Leadership Durham. Sarah is the daughter of Paul and Grace Molina of Chapel Hill.

**Cecilia Stefany Polanco graduated in the spring of 2011 from Northern High School in Durham, where she was president of the student body and founder of the international club. She has volunteered for several years with Teen Voices, helping to plan community health forums. Cecilia is the daughter of Jose Sandoval and Nora Polanco of Durham.

Edgecombe

*Emma Park will graduate this spring from Rocky Mount Academy in Rocky Mount, where she is the founder of a peer tutoring program, a coach for the middle school math team and co-captain of the varsity tennis team. Emma is a competitive horseback rider, a volunteer home-builder and an avid surfer. For several summers, she has worked as a counselor at Rocky Mount Academy’s summer camp, where she learned that “children will always hold you accountable and that four-year-olds will always win water fights.” Emma is the daughter of Frederick Park and Melanie Marshall-Park of Rocky Mount.

Forsyth

Eric Barefoot will graduate this spring from R. J. Reynolds Senior High School in Winston-Salem, where he is captain of the swim team and a dedicated member of the championship-winning academic team. Between hiking trips to Grayson Highlands and sailing expeditions in the Nutshell Pram he built with his father, Eric found time for a constitutional overhaul of student government and a leadership position with his YMCA Youth and Government delegation. He is the son of James and Wendy Barefoot of Winston-Salem.

William Whitehurst will graduate this spring from Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville, where he is president of Youth and Government and a leader on the basketball team. Will has earned the rank of Eagle Scout and serves as a mentor to younger members of his Boy Scout troop. He is also an avid pianist, equally comfortable playing blues or Broadway musicals. Will is the son of William and Jane Whitehurst of Lexington.

Guilford

James Thomas Gooding will graduate this spring from High Point Central High School in High Point, where he is a leader on the student council and a founding member of the school’s first a cappella group. Thomas is an Eagle Scout, president of the youth council at his church, and co-founder of the Interfaith Service Club. He plays both piano and guitar, and has appeared in a number of stage productions. Thomas is the son of James and Karen Gooding of High Point.

Timothy Woodard will graduate this spring from James Dudley Senior High School in Greensboro, where he is a Dudley Fellow and section leader in the marching band. Timothy also holds the title of Mr. James Benson Dudley High School, which places him in charge of homecoming and a variety of school service projects. He is captain of the robotics team and took second place at the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair. Timothy lives in High Point and is the son of Donna and Timothy Woodard.

Henderson

Catherine Swift will graduate this spring from West Henderson High School in Hendersonville, where she is student body president and editor of the school newspaper. Catherine has also been involved in every West Henderson theater production, including a 2008 turn as Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice.” She also studied social science at the North Carolina Governor’s School. Catherine lives in Hendersonville and is the daughter of Rebecca Ellsworth and Thomas Swift.

Andrew Wells will graduate this spring from Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville, where he is a starter on the football team and a top-notch attorney on the mock trial team. Andrew studied mathematics at the North Carolina Governor’s School, and he founded Hendersonville High’s ultimate Frisbee club. Andrew is the son of Andrew and Kathryn Wells of Flat Rock.

Mecklenburg

Will Almquist will graduate this spring from Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, where he is editor of the school newspaper and captain of the varsity football team. Will serves on Charlotte Latin’s honor council and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. He also found time to earn his scuba diving certification. Will is the son of Perry and Robert Almquist of Charlotte.

Samantha Forlenza will graduate this spring from South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, where she is senior class president and captain of the varsity tennis team. Samantha is a leader in her church youth group and a prolific tutor to fellow students. She also somehow finds time for a cardio funk class at the YMCA. She is the daughter of Julie and David Forlenza of Charlotte.

*Emily Grohs will graduate this spring from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware, where she is school co-president and head of the Gay-Straight Alliance. Emily volunteers after school at the local Boys & Girls Club and is head of the St. Andrew’s vestry service group. She wishes her life were a musical and has served as the stage manager for school musicals at St. Andrew’s. Emily is from Charlotte and is the daughter of Lara Troy and Detlef Grohs.

*Neha Kukreja will graduate this spring from Providence Day School in Charlotte, where she is a class officer in student government and the captain of the varsity dance team. Neha founded the school’s ping pong club and served as emcee for Charlotte’s Festival of India. She is the daughter of Atul and Neeta Kukreja of Waxhaw.

Ariana Lutterman will graduate this spring from Myers Park High School in Charlotte, where she participates in an eclectic array of organized dance (ballet, hip-hop, jazz, Flamenco, modern, African). Ariana has led fundraising campaigns for a school in Sierra Leone and for pancreatic cancer research. She is an accomplished writer, having won the National Council of Teachers of English essay contest. She is the daughter of Leona Miller and Joel Lutterman of Charlotte.

Brent McKnight will graduate this spring from Covenant Day School in Matthews, where he is senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society. As a self-taught computer whiz, Brent has helped establish two computer labs in Haiti as part of the school’s mission trips. An Eagle Scout, Brent received the Boy Scouts National Heroism Award for saving a man’s life. Brent lives in Charlotte and is the son of Beth McKnight and the late Brent McKnight Sr.

Nash

*Emma Park will graduate this spring from Rocky Mount Academy in Rocky Mount, where she is the founder of a peer tutoring program, a coach for the middle school math team and co-captain of the varsity tennis team. Emma is a competitive horseback rider, a volunteer home-builder and an avid surfer. For several summers, she has worked as a counselor at Rocky Mount Academy’s summer camp, where she learned that “children will always hold you accountable and that four-year-olds will always win water fights.” Emma is the daughter of Frederick Park and Melanie Marshall-Park of Rocky Mount.

New Hanover

Stephen Cone will graduate this spring from E. A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he is president of student government and captain of the soccer team. Stephen has researched aquaculture at UNC-Wilmington, volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club and participated in North Carolina Boys State. When he isn’t on the golf course, Stephen finds time for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. He is the son of Caroline and Steve Cone of Wilmington.

Fields Pierce will graduate this spring from Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, where he serves as editor of the school newspaper and plays on the varsity basketball and soccer teams. Fields has already been elected Speaker of the House and Governor of North Carolina as part of the YMCA Youth and Government program, which puts his student body presidency in perspective. Fields lives in Wilmington and is the son of Virginia and James Pierce.

Orange

*Alice Huang will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where she is captain of the varsity tennis team and third chair of the school orchestra. Alice serves as a resident life assistant, organizing events and mediating disputes among her hall mates. Last summer, she interned at Chapel Hill-based EmPOWERment Inc. Alice is the daughter of Weishi Huang and Qinghong Yang of Chapel Hill.

*Sarah Molina will graduate this spring from Durham Academy in Durham, where she is president of the honor council and co-editor of the student newspaper. She also co-edits Exurbia, the school’s literary magazine, an interest that grew out of her summer at the Duke Young Writers’ Camp. When she isn’t wielding a pencil and a stylebook, Sarah can be found hiking with her family in the North Carolina mountains. She also serves on the board of Junior Leadership Durham. Sarah is the daughter of Paul and Grace Molina of Chapel Hill.

Rowan

*Hunter Latimer will graduate this spring from Gray Stone Day School in Misenheimer, where she is senior president of the student council and captain of the track and cross country teams. Hunter is an active member of her church youth group and a volunteer for the Rowan Youth Services Bureau, where she worked with at-risk teenagers. She is the daughter of Harrison and Carol Latimer of Salisbury.

Rutherford

*Bronwyn Fadem will graduate this spring from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, where she is captain of the diving team and the school’s Ethics Bowl team. She makes and markets her own jewelry — “high quality, yet affordable” — and has spent the past three summers working on an organic farm. She has also been a gymnastics coach at the IGA Adventure Center in Rutherfordton. She lives in Rutherfordton and is the daughter of Carmen and Jerold Fadem.

Stanly

*Hunter Latimer will graduate this spring from Gray Stone Day School in Misenheimer, where she is senior president of the student council and captain of the track and cross country teams. Hunter is an active member of her church youth group and a volunteer for the Rowan Youth Services Bureau, where she worked with at-risk teenagers. She is the daughter of Harrison and Carol Latimer of Salisbury.

Union

*Neha Kukreja will graduate this spring from Providence Day School in Charlotte, where she is a class officer in student government and the captain of the varsity dance team. Neha also founded the school’s ping pong club and served as emcee for Charlotte’s Festival of India. She is the daughter of Atul and Neeta Kukreja of Waxhaw.

Kacey Williams will graduate this spring from Piedmont High School in Monroe, where she serves as president of student government and captains the varsity soccer team. Kacey founded a community garden that supplies food to a local homeless shelter, and she serves on the Ronald McDonald Teen Advisory Board.  Kacey is the daughter of Karen and John Williams of Monroe.

Wake

Claire Bennett will graduate this spring from Sanderson High School in Raleigh, where she is editor of the school newspaper and founder of the school’s speech and debate club. Claire is captain of the varsity tennis team and a volunteer tennis coach for Raleigh Parks & Recreation. She also found time to organize an SAT prep book exchange, collecting lightly used books to share with the next generation of test-takers. She is the daughter of Mary and Brian Bennett of Raleigh.

Lindsay Gorman will graduate this spring from Millbrook High School in Raleigh, where she is president of the senior class and a section editor for the yearbook. Lindsay is a varsity cheerleader, and has served as a coach for the special-needs cheerleading team. She also attended North Carolina Governor’s School East. Lindsay is the daughter of Lori and Kevin Gorman of Raleigh.

Larry Han will graduate this spring from Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, where he is a peer tutor in several subjects and the event coordinator for Future Business Leaders of America. Larry is a dedicated golfer, having once finished a round in the middle of a snowstorm. He attended the Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language for eleven years, graduating with highest honors. Larry is the son of Bajin Han and Xiaomin Li of Raleigh.

OUT OF STATE

Alabama

Kristyn Wilson will graduate this spring from the Randolph School in Huntsville, where she is president of the honor council and captain of the cross country team. Kristyn is also a captain on the swim team, and she spends her summers as a swim coach and lifeguard at a local pool. She also serves as a student ambassador for Randolph, acting as a liaison between the school and the community. Kristyn is the daughter of Peter and Martha Wilson of Huntsville.

Connecticut

Ina Kosova will graduate this spring from the Taft School in Watertown, where she is editor of the school’s Global Journal and head of the Model United Nations club. Ina is a Davis Scholar and a devoted reader of classic literature. She is the daughter of Lucjan and Monika Kosova of Middlebury.

Delaware

*Emily Grohs will graduate this spring from St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, where she is school co-president and head of the Gay-Straight Alliance. Emily volunteers after school at the local Boys & Girls Club and and is head of the St. Andrew’s vestry service group. She wishes her life were a musical, and has served as the stage manager for school musicals at St. Andrew’s. Emily is from Charlotte and is the daughter of Lara Troy and Detlef Grohs.

Georgia

Peter Diaz will graduate this spring from the Lovett School in Atlanta, where he is president of the student body and a four-year member of the cross country team. Peter is an Eagle Scout with 21 merit badges to his credit, and he has played lacrosse since the fifth grade. He also plays a mean upright bass in the nationally recognized Ellington Jazz Band. Peter is the son of Peter and Melissa Diaz of Atlanta.

Blake Hauser will graduate this spring from the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, where she is captain of the crew team and leader of the school’s competitive robotics team. Blake has been a math tutor, a summer camp counselor and an intern at the Centers for Disease Control. In a nod to wide-ranging interests, she lists both “CIA agent” and “college professor” on her list of career possibilities. Blake is the daughter of Elizabeth and Michael Hauser of Marietta.

Illinois

Elizabeth Schroeder will graduate this spring from Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, where she is president of Best Buddies and was named Outstanding Student in History.  Elizabeth is also a talented wheel thrower (pottery maker), having once sculpted 26 pottery bowls in 12 hours as part of the school’s All-Night-Bowl-A-Thon. She is the daughter of Ann and James Schroeder of River Forest.

Indiana

Channing John Mitzell will graduate this spring from the Culver Academies in Culver, where he is regimental commander of Culver’s Corps of Cadets and president of the campus activities board. Jack rows crew and plays basketball, and he made it his mission at Culver to create a sense of “Maroon Madness” around the basketball team. He is the son of Sarah and Channing Mitzell of Culver.

Maryland

Rhea Wyse will graduate this spring from James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring, where she is president of student government, president of the National Honor Society, and a multi-instrumentalist in the Roaring Bengals Marching Band. Rhea has conducted genomic research with the National Institutes of Health and volunteered regularly at her local hospital. She is the daughter of Janet and Melville Wyse of Silver Spring.

Massachussets

James Williams will graduate this spring from Brooks School in North Andover, where he is student body president and founder of the school robotics team. James has been a varsity basketball player since freshman year, and last summer he summited a 14,000-foot peak in the Colorado Rockies. He is fluent in Mandarin, having spent a summer studying in Beijing. James is the son of Scott and Elisabeth Williams of North Andover.

Missouri

Jacob Bernstein will graduate this spring from Clayton High School in Clayton, where is captain of the cross country team and sports editor for the school newsmagazine. Jacob is an Eagle Scout and a member of the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, and he oversaw the 2011 Saint Louis Youth and Family Volunteer Fair. He is the son of Moira and Brad Bernstein of Saint Louis.

Elizabeth Soffer will graduate this spring from the John Burroughs School in Saint Louis, where she is a leader in student congress and president of the security council in Model UN. Elizabeth won the LMI Aerospace/D3 Technologies Award for her research into the neurodevelopment of premature infants, and she hopes to continue studying global health issues at Carolina. She also heads up her school’s diversity club and volunteers at the Casa de Salud medical clinic in Saint Louis. Elizabeth is the daughter of Mary Beth and Allen Soffer of St. Louis.

New Hampshire

Ian Gallager will graduate this spring from St. Paul’s School in Concord, where he is co-captain of the cross country team, a member of the varsity ski team and a prefect. Ian is an accomplished pianist, having won statewide competitions and performed in Italy, and a slightly less accomplished fisherman (“I’ve caught exactly one trout.”). He is the son of Kenneth and Sharon Gallager of Concord.

Pennsylvania

John Sincavage will graduate this spring from West Chester East High School in West Chester, where he is student council president and founder of the Teens 4 Kids annual charity concert. As part of the competitive Allied Health Program, John spends part of each school day shadowing hospital rotations and attending physiology courses alongside medical professionals. He also finds time to man the Snack Shack at every home football game, which is possibly a more stressful environment than the hospital. John is the son of John and Patricia Sincavage of Malvern.

South Carolina

Caroline Lowery will graduate this spring from Ashley Hall School in Charleston, where she is class president and a devoted classics scholar. Caroline interned at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s honeybee laboratory in Beltsville, Md., and is writing a senior thesis on the history of beekeeping. She also serves as president of the school’s baking society, which has evolved under her watch from a recreational group into a service organization, donating baked goods to hospitals and local charities. Caroline is the daughter of Robert and Cynthia Lowery of Charleston.

Tennessee

Caroline Orr will graduate this spring from Hutchison School in Memphis, where she is the arts editor of the school literary magazine and a state champion tennis player. Caroline is a talented visual artist, having been featured in four exhibitions, and she has used her artwork to raise money for a Tanzanian school. She also found time during the summer of 2010 to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Caroline is the daughter of R. Wilson and Caroline Orr of Memphis.

Texas

Tavia Gonzalez Peña will graduate this spring from the Hockaday School in Dallas, where she is president of the Human Rights Committee and president of the Spanish Honor Society. Tavia is a competitive golfer, helping to defend Hockaday’s conference title and an avid runner. She also volunteers at the Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Tavia is the daughter of Holly and Carlos Gonzalez Peña of Dallas.

INTERNATIONAL

Canada

Laura Limarzi will graduate this spring from Assumption College School in Windsor, Ontario, where she is prime minister of the student council. Laura was selected to represent Canada at the Hugh O’ Brian Youth Leadership World Congress in Los Angeles, and she served on the planning committee for the Ontario Catholic Student Leadership Conference. She is a volunteer at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. Laura is the daughter of Bruno and Rosemary Limarzi of Windsor.

Patrick Lung will graduate this spring from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in East York, Ontario, where he is co-chair of the Top Tutors program and external affairs officer for the student council. Patrick interned last summer at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, where he studied star formation. He is also a first-aid volunteer and recruiter for St. John Ambulance. Patrick is the son of Martin Lung and Suk Ying Leung of North York, Ontario.

Karine Martel will graduate this spring from École Communautaire Réal-Bérard in Saint-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, where she coaches eighth-grade volleyball, tutors younger students and served as school president during her junior year. Karine has been part of an arctic research expedition and spent a summer volunteering in a reconciliation program in Rwanda. She is a volunteer at the local senior center. Karine is the daughter of Brian and Michèle Martel of Saint-Pierre-Jolys.

England

James Ellsmoor will graduate this spring from Newcastle-under-Lyme School in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England, where he founded the school’s first environmental committee and squared off against his own principal as part of the public speaking and debating society. James is an elected member of the European Youth Parliament and a volunteer for the Shropshire Wildlife Trust. He is the son of Stephen and Jane Ellsmoor of Crewe, England.

Sam Fletcher will graduate this spring from Winchester College in Winchester, England, where he has directed two plays and starred in several others while also overseeing the school newsmagazine. Sam has served as a prefect, won a poetry competition and represented Winchester in national tennis competitions. He is the son of Piers and Paula Fletcher of Salisbury, England.

Imogen Schofield will graduate this spring from Sedbergh School in Cumbria, England, where she is the head of school and the recipient of a Rank Foundation Scholarship. Imogen is an accomplished flautist and a member of several academic societies. She also found time to complete a 464-mile sailing race aboard a 42-foot Royal Artillery yacht. Imogen lives in Kirklington, England and is the daughter of Alison Hollins and John Woodman Schofield.

South Africa

Zakaria Merdi will graduate this spring from the African Leadership Academy in Northcliff, South Africa, where he is chairman of student government and founder of the nonprofit organization Child2Child. Zakaria served as chairman of the Moroccan Parliament of the Child and was voted best delegate at a Model United Nations conference in Doha, South Africa. He is the son of Nejwa and Abdelaziz Merdi of Agadir, Morocco.

Turkey

Turker Bulut will graduate this spring from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, where he is president of the student council, a peer tutor and a prefect. Turker is also comfortable on stage, having progressed from minor parts to lead roles as part of the Turkish Theatre Company. He also served as a junior counselor at the Robert College Summer Camp. Turker is the son of Esin Saltan of Istanbul.

Dicle Kara will graduate this spring from the Koc School in Istanbul, Turkey, where she is the founder and editor of the school’s first English-language newspaper and organized an interschool law workshop. Dicle is a member of the European Youth Parliament, and she has given presentations abroad as part of the European Comenius Project. She is the daughter of Omer and Hatice Kara of Istanbul.

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