The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

First Year Fellows

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Victoria Meyer '20

Victoria Meyer ’20 grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from BASIS Scottsdale as a National AP Scholar, having taken 19 AP exams. At BASIS, Victoria was Student of the Year in AP Calculus AB and AP Seminar. Additionally, she was president of Leadership Society, participated in Speech and Debate, and ran on the Track and Field team.

At Dartmouth, Victoria plans to pursue dual majors in Economics and Chemistry. She participates on the Parliamentary Debate Team, tutors peers in chemistry, and enjoys hiking in the surrounding area.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Tyler Baum '20

Tyler C. Baum ’20 grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from the K12 International Academy. At K12, Tyler was the Co-Chairman of the Model United Nations club and the founding President of K12’s Student Council. He also played travel ice hockey and participated in the Spanish club, National Honors Society, and interned or volunteered on numerous national political campaigns, including Pat Toomey for Senate and Keith Rothfus for Congress. At Dartmouth, Tyler plans to pursue a major in Government with minors in Public Policy and Arabic.

As a First-Year Fellow, Tyler interned at The White House under the mentorship of Kevin Hudak ’07. As an Office of Political Affairs intern, Tyler provided daily news alerts and broader media coverage reports to staff members based on his analysis of national and local political sources. Additionally, he prepared research briefs to be presented to White House Senior Staff on national, statewide, and local topics that affected policy and the President’s agenda.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Jenna Salvay '20

Jenna Salvay ’20 comes from Palos Verdes Estates, California and graduated from Palos Verdes Peninsula High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction and recipient of the Wellesley book award. Throughout high school, Jenna volunteered as a youth soccer coach and a reading and writing tutor. In addition, Jenna played on her club soccer team, the Los Angeles Galaxy. She also participated in high school organizations, such as Link Crew, Walk for Life Ambassadors, and Principle’s Advisory Committee.

At Dartmouth, Jenna plans to pursue a major in Economics with a minor in Public Policy and Environmental Studies. She is a member of the Dartmouth Women’s Club soccer team, volunteer for SIBS, a one-on-one mentor program, and participates in sustainability efforts on campus.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Jesus Franco '20

Jesus Franco ’20 grew up in southeast Los Angeles in South Gate, California and graduated from South Gate High School as an AP Scholar with Honors. At South Gate High, Jesus was Senior Class President, Vice President of the Policy Debate Team, and President of Key Club, a community service based organization.

At Dartmouth, Jesus is interested in studying Government and Economics with a minor in Latin American, Latino/a, and Caribbean Studies. He is on the board of the Coalition for Immigration Rights, Equality, and Dreamers as Director of Finances and is also a member of the Club Swim.

As a First-Year Fellow, Jesus interned at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants under the mentorship of Jeff Kelley ’69. During his internship, Jesus spent most of his time working on a summer-long project to update a 2013 “Profile on the Modern Salvadoran Migrant”. Additionally, he was able to interview asylum applicants and create country condition reports.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Nicole Beckman ’20

Nicole Beckman ’20 is from Pelham, New York and graduated from Riverdale Country School. At Riverdale, Nicole was captain of the Mock Trial team which, under her leadership, ranked among the top 16 schools in New York City. She was also involved with Social Science Research, the Riverdale Admissions Office, and Student Government.

At Dartmouth, Nicole plans to pursue a major in Government and a minor in Public Policy. She is a member of the Dartmouth Mock Trial Team and Dartmouth College Democrats. Additionally, she is involved in outreach to prospective students as a Tour Guide with the Dartmouth Admissions Office and a member of Dimensions.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Will Barth '20

Will Barth comes from Ridgefield, Connecticut and graduated from Ridgefield High School in 2016 with high honors and as an AP Scholar with Distinction. In high school, Will was captain of the debate team, which he led to first place at state finals in 2016, as well as senior patrol leader and Eagle Scout in his local Boy Scout troop. He was also on the mock trial team, in orchestra and jazz band, and co-founder of the Robin Hood charity club.

At Dartmouth, Will plans to major in Government or History. He is on the mock trial team and volunteers with the DREAM mentorship program.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Julia Huebner '20

Julia Huebner '20 was born and raised in the city of Chicago and graduated from Walter Payton College Prep. During high school, Julia was the co-President of her school's freshman mentoring program, the Head Chair of the Model UN Team, and the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper.

At Dartmouth, Julia has integrated similar interests into her class schedule and extracurricular activities by working as a staff writer for the Opinion section of The Dartmouth and as a member of the Outdoor Leadership Experience (OLE). She’s currently majoring in Government and minoring in Public Policy as well as Human Centered Design.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Kenny Coleman ’20

Kenny Coleman ’20 comes from Silver Spring, Maryland and graduated from Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC. At Sidwell Friends, Kenny was the president of the Student Democrats. He was also treasurer of the Black Student Union and Opinion Section Editor of the Horizon school newspaper.

At Dartmouth, Kenny is majoring in Government with a minor in Public Policy. On campus, Kenny is an admissions tour guide and is also a member of the Dartmouth Brovertones all-male Acapella group. He is also a Great Issues Scholar at the Dickey Center for International Understanding.

As a First-Year Fellow, Kenny interned at the U.S. House of Representatives: Committee on Education & the Workforce under the mentorship of Christian Haines ’01. As an undergraduate fellow, Kenny supported both the administrative and policy teams. In terms of administrative tasks, he staffed hearings and markups and prepared briefing binders with all the materials needed for staffers before a committee event. On the policy side, Kenny interacted directly with other congressmen and women when he was sent to get their signatures on co-sponsor forms, resolutions, and letters.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Bethany Burns '20

Bethany Burns '20 graduated from Signal Mountain High School, located in a suburb of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was the class of 2016 Valedictorian, a National Merit Finalist and a six-time Carson Scholar. She holds an International Baccalaureate Diploma and was an AP Scholar. Bethany served as the Tennessee State President of the Technology Student Association and is a seven-time national champion in events ranging from public speaking to multimedia challenge. She also served as the Senate Pro Tempore for the Tennessee Youth in Government program. In addition to her academic endeavors, she was the captain of the two-time state championship golf team and was named First Runner-Up in the Tennessee Distinguished Young Woman Scholarship program.

At Dartmouth, Bethany plans to pursue a major in Computer Science with a minor in Economics. In addition, she is a member of the Dartmouth Women's Varsity Golf team.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Brandon Nye '20

Brandon Nye ’20 graduated from Barrington High School in Barrington, Illinois. Brandon was a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and a National AP Scholar. Throughout high school, he served as Class Board President and worked with multiple non-profit organizations. His experience as co-captain of the Congressional Debate team inspired him to study economics and public policy upon arriving at Dartmouth.

On campus, Brandon is involved with Dartmouth Model United Nations and Divest Dartmouth, and he enjoys attending guest lectures and symposiums held by the Political Economy Project and the Rockefeller Center. The summer before arriving at Dartmouth, Brandon interned at ED-RED, an organization that researches education issues and lobbies elected officials on behalf of Illinois school districts.


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