Members of the Emory Scholars Class of 2023 have extensive academic achievements and cite diverse interests and a commitment to serving others. All are Woodruff Scholars unless otherwise noted.
Alex Dresdner, of Minneapolis, graduated from high school in 2018 as a full-time dual-enrollment student at the University of Minnesota. She has spent the past year studying international relations as a non-degree student at Unicuritiba in Brazil. A former captain of her policy debate team and Minnesota championship holder, she also volunteered with a renters’ rights coalition and interned with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison. She plans to pursue classes in political science, Spanish, linguistics and sociology on her way to a public policy career.
Myles Dunn, of Atlanta, graduated high school as a dual-enrollment student at Georgia State University. His high school activities included serving as president of the Student Government Association, playing varsity football and mentoring with the leadership group The Esquires. He also committed to serving more than 1,000 hours of community service while in high school. He plans to study business and economics to start a career in hospital administration.
Tom Garrett, of Burnsville, North Carolina, served as historian of National Honor Society and co-captain of his school’s speech and debate team, while also founding a competitive video game club. He also volunteered with Yancey County Feed-A-Child and attended the North Carolina Governor’s School for natural science. A George W. Jenkins Scholar, he plans to major in neuroscience and behavioral biology and become a neurosurgeon.
Eugenia Giampetruzzi, of Coral Gables, Florida, served as senior class president and spent two of her four high school years on her school’s policy debate team as captain. Her passions include Model U.N., politics and volunteering at Camp La Llanada, an organization dedicated to humanitarian aid for Latin America. The Woodruff Debate Scholar plans to major in economics and political science before attending law school.
Samaia Hill, of Chicago, worked on the Student Voice committee and Black Student Union at her high school, while also volunteering within the Black Is Gold organization and her church’s education program outside of school. A four-year varsity cheerleader, she traveled to Ghana during her senior year to work at the Center for Plant Medicine Research. She plans to major in biology or public health before attending medical school and opening a women’s health clinic on the south side of Chicago.
Ruth Korder, of Red Wing, Minnesota, served as the student representative of her school board and Human Rights Commission, received the President’s Volunteer Service Award and was named the 65th Youth Governor of Minnesota while in high school. She intends to major in biology and anthropology and attend medical school to become an obstetrician/gynecologist.
Ethan Lane, of Kansas City, Missouri, was the solo pianist of the All State Missouri Jazz Band and an active performer at every major jazz venue in Kansas City. The Woodruff Music Scholar also served as chair of the Public Forum Debate, president of his school’s Youth In Government team and played varsity baseball and football. He plans to pursue a double major in business and music.
Sachi Madan, of Bellevue, Washington, lived in Finland, Singapore, Luxembourg and England before high school, where she served as the debate team’s vice president and led a district-wide mental health campaign through Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). She also built the Washington state chapter of BackPAC, the largest student-run political action committee in the country, and served on the national board of the nonprofit NextGenerationPolitics. She plans to major in international relations.
Jack Miklaucic, of Charlotte, North Carolina, served as director of Student Environmental Education Coalition, a nonprofit that increases student access to environmental education nationally, while also co-captaining his school’s Ethics Bowl and public forum debate teams. He also played cello in the orchestra, sang in his school’s chorale and co-directed the chamber choir. He plans to study environmental sciences and philosophy, before pursuing a career in environmental law or research.
Alexa Mohsenzadeh, of Barrington, Illinois, was percussion section leader in her school band and drumline and was principal percussionist of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. The Woodruff Music Scholar also served as co-president of Global Impact, a club providing students with a forum to find common ground on controversial topics, and was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin to work as a Senate Page. She plans to study philosophy, law and politics before become a human rights attorney.
Laila Nashid, of Bowie, Maryland, was co-lead of the Young Women of Color affinity group and member of the student-led Participatory Action Research cohort at her school. She also writes novels, runs a book review blog and, under a pen name, is the winner of the 2018 TeenPit writing program and 2018 Pitch Wars mentee. She plans to combine her interests in science and social justice by majoring in human health and neuroscience and behavioral biology.
Caleb Park, of Columbia, Maryland, played varsity tennis for four years, served as president of the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society and founded his school’s table tennis club. The Woodruff Music Scholar has played cello since he was four years old and was a three-time musician in the Verbier Summer Music Festival in Switzerland. He also conducted flu vaccine research and plans to major in chemistry and music before going to medical school.
Eddy Pineda, of Dallas, served two terms as class president and led his mock trial team to the playoffs as captain. He also conducted research in glycobiology and cancer at the University of Texas at Southwestern. He plans to major in chemistry and attend graduate school, before becoming a researcher.
Tori Siegal, of Portland, Oregon, has been a nationally competitive rock climber while also leading a club called SAFER (Students Active for Ending Rape) and teaching consent workshops. She sat on the Oregon Attorney General Sexual Assault Task Force’s advisory committee and co-authored a report on the state of Oregon’s schools and a legislative concept to improve K-12 schools’ responses to sexual harassment reports. At Emory, she plans to study sociology and public health.
Ben Thomas, of Centerville, Ohio, served as student representative on his community’s school board and was senior captain of his Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams. An avid bass trombonist, he was selected for three All-State ensembles and the Honor Band of America. He conducted research with fungal enzymes in high school and hopes to participate in enzyme biochemistry research at Emory in pursuit of a career as a structural biology professor.
Sarah Vickery Hartanto, of Navarre, Florida, has won a silver and three bronze medals at the World Karate Championships in Germany, having practiced Taekwondo for 12 years. A George W. Jenkins Scholar, she also volunteers at the local food pantry and tutors in her community. She plans to use her major in psychology and international studies to foster cultural empathy in society.