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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.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: April Lam '20

April Lam ‘20 grew up in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. At Stuyvesant, April was a leader in the school’s community outreach Red Cross club and was one of the youth council leaders at the American Red Cross’ GNY chapter.

At Dartmouth, April plans to major in government with a minor in environmental studies and Chinese. She is a photographer for Humans of Dartmouth and is a part of the Asian Pacific Heritage Month planning committee.

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Alex Rounaghi ‘20

Alex Rounaghi '20 grew up in Laguna Beach, California where he graduated from Laguna Beach High School. In high school, he worked as Senator Feinstein’s U.S. Senate Page, served as the Secretary-General of the Model United Nations program, and founded Safe Rides Laguna Beach, a program that allows teenagers to have a safe ride home instead of driving in unsafe conditions. He also was involved in student government as Class President and received the award for Top Achievement in the Social Studies department. His passion for criminal justice began with his time as a Juvenile Justice Commissioner for Orange County.

At Dartmouth, Alex plans to major in Government and minor in Public Policy and possibly Urban Studies. He is involved in Great Issues Scholars, College Democrats, and the Dartmouth Law Journal.

As a First-Year Fellow, Alex interned in the Chambers of Judge John Mott ’81 at the District of Columbia Superior Court. As a judicial intern, he was primarily responsible for drafting legal orders for the judge to review and submit as well as researching certain legal issues on which he would write legal memorandums for the judge and clerk. 

Class of 2020 First-Year Fellow: Alexandrea Keith ‘20

Alexandrea Keith ’20 comes from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Julia R. Masterman High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction. At Masterman, Alexandrea served as the Co-President of the National Spanish Honor Society and worked as a tutor helping local middle school students. She was also a dedicated member of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center (PPAC) Teen Program.

At Dartmouth, Alexandrea plans to major in History. She is involved with Link Up, and America Reads, which reflects her commitment to education and female empowerment.

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