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Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20

Eliza Jane Schaeffer ’20 graduated from Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky as a National Merit Scholar, National AP Scholar, and Salutatorian. At Henry Clay, she was President and Founder of Young Republicans and Service Coordinator of Y-Club. She participated in YMCA mock government conferences, serving as Youth Governor in 2015.

In college, Eliza Jane continues her work to elevate the voices of Kentucky’s youth in education policy discussions as Strategy and Development Coordinator for the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team. Past efforts include drafting and promoting a Kentucky bill which would allow students to serve on superintendent screening committees and coordinating a successful campaign to increase funding for state-funded, need-based scholarships.

At Dartmouth, Eliza Jane is a copy-editor for The Dartmouth, member of College Republicans, Outdoor Leadership Experience leader, and volunteer on Kelly Ayotte’s 2016 reelection campaign. She intends to major in English and minor in Public Policy.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Taylor Lane '20

Taylor Lane '20 hails from Dunn Loring, Virginia and graduated from George C. Marshall High School with an IB Diploma with academic distinction. She has received numerous awards for her community service work, including the Presidential Service Award, the Congressional Gold Medal, and the Girl Scout Gold Award. Her passion for global health issues has taken her volunteer work to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and, most recently, Swaziland. Taylor has also interned on Capitol Hill and studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

At Dartmouth, Taylor is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. She is a member of the Great Issues Scholars Program through the Dickey Center and the Dartmouth Sing Dynasty acappella group.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Sunny Singh '20

Sunpreet (Sunny) Singh hails from Jamaica, New York and graduated from Hillcrest High School. At Hillcrest, Sunny was the president of his school’s Junior State of America chapter and Model United Nations club where he won several awards at local, national, and international conferences. He also participated in the Junior Sikh Coalition, Mock Trial, and Moot Court.

At Dartmouth, Sunny plans to double major in Government and Economics with a minor in Public Policy. He is a Staff News Writer for The Dartmouth, a Rockefeller Global Leadership Fellow, and treasurer of the Dartmouth Quest for Socioeconomic Engagement group. He is also a Great Issues Scholar, Daniel Webster Scholar, and a member of the First Year Student Enrichment Program. Outside of school, Sunny also enjoys playing and watching basketball, dancing Punjabi Bhangra, and participating in DOC trips.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Peter Charalambous '20

Peter Charalambous '20 graduated from Chaminade High School in New York in 2016. At Chaminade, Peter led the Speech and Debate Team, served as editor-in-chief of Tarmac, his school's newspaper, and worked with children and adults with special needs. As a debater, he earned many regional awards, was one of the top Public Forum debaters in New York State, and received the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Great Communicator Scholarship.

At Dartmouth, Peter plans to major in Government and History and minor in Public Policy. He works as a staff writer for The Dartmouth, competes on the Mock Trial Team, and cooks for Students Fighting Hunger. He has also been an Aaron and Daniel Webster Scholar as well as the Build Chairman for Homecoming. Outside of the classroom, Peter loves the outdoors and is an avid carpenter.

Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Julian Marcu ’18

This series introduces the 2017-2018 Rockefeller Leadership Fellows. Each fellow reflects on why he or she wanted to be a part of the program and what aspects of leadership most interests them.

In our increasingly globalized world, what it means to be a leader in the 21st century is vastly different than what it meant in previous eras. Originally, the “ideal leader” was one that could efficiently organize and motivate a group around a common goal to achieve a desired objective. However, this conception would imply that the leader and the team exist in a vacuum. Today, as a global community, we realize that the independent actions of individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, and governments can have far reaching effects on people all over the world.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Sunny Drescher '20

Sarah (Sunny) Drescher hails from Hinesburg, Vermont. After graduating from Champlain Valley Union High School in 2015, Sunny took a gap year to pursue professional equestrian showjumping. Throughout middle and high school, she balanced academics with a demanding equestrian training and competition schedule.

At Dartmouth, Sunny is pursuing a double major in Government and Quantitative Social Science as well as a minor in Public Policy. Since coming to Dartmouth, she has enjoyed being involved in the Dartmouth Endurance Racing Team, the Dartmouth Club Alpine Ski Team, and Colleges Against Cancer/Relay for Life.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Tim Holman '20

Tim Holman ‘20 hails from Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Hawken High School. At Hawken, Tim was the President of Student and Faculty Government, the captain of the Men’s Varsity Soccer team, and earned numerous Speech and Debate awards at the local, state, and national levels, culminating as a Semifinalist at the 2016 National Speech and Debate Tournament.

At Dartmouth, Tim is pursuing a major in Government with a minor in Public Policy. He has continued his passion for student governance as an elected member of Student Assembly and the West House Executive Board. Additionally, he is a Dartmouth Tour Guide and a member of the Hill Winds Society. This Winter term, he is travelling abroad to Spain on a Dartmouth Language Study Abroad program.

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.


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