Cohort 2008

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Lars Ward

Lars Ward My name is Lars R.Ward and I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. You might wonder how I got the name Lars, and no, it is not because I am Norwegian, nor do I have a flowing mane of blonde hair. I do, however, have an interest in professional sports, lifting weights and watching UFC fights. I became involved in student government as a junior, eventually becoming student body treasurer at my high school. I’ll be studying business at the W. P Carey School of Business, which I hope will someday lead me to a career as a manager of a professional sports team. I am looking forward to this year as an LSP member (especially because of the free money!)


Paige Wyles

Paige Wyles My name is Paige Wyles and I graduated from Mingus Union High School in Cottonwood, Arizona. I will be studying special education at the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education. I have always held a special place in my heart for special needs children. I am super excited about LSP and can’t wait to get started!!





Brittany Yarbrough

Brittany YarbroughHey everybody! My name is Brittany Yarbrough. I was born and raised in Phoenix. I’m a spirited, funloving girl, who lives life to the fullest! I graduated with honors from Arizona School for the Arts with a graduating class of 36. My biggest accomplishment this past year was leading my high school’s mock trial team as the team captain. We competed and placed first in a regional competition, and fifth in the state competition. I was one of six competitors to be placed on the All-State team. During my high school years, I participated in many drama productions and became Student Council President. I was an active member for Amnesty International. I sing and play piano and flute. When I’m not singing or playing, you can usually find me on the soccer field. I am very athletic and love to be active. I am majoring in political science, hoping to later attend the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. I am very excited to be part of LSP.


William Aja

William AjaHey fellow LSP members and Sun Devils! My name is William Aja, but you can call me Will. I graduated from Buckeye Union High School as valedictorian and decided to attend Arizona State University to pursue a degree in civil engineering. I like to play tennis and really just hang out. I can’t wait to get to know all of you and I really look forward to the experiences we will share as a cohort.




Joseph Arnett

Joseph Arnett Hey! My name is Joe Arnett. I am from the one and only Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona. My parents graduated from Westwood and ASU, so I’m keeping the tradition alive. I graduated way back in ‘o6 and put things on hold and went to India for two years as a missionary for my church. I have had many great experiences and learned so much living in India. I’m excited to be back and to be part of LSP. I’ll study international business/politics and who knows what else. To me, there is nothing better than college football. I’ve been a devout fan since birth. GO DEVILS!



Breana Branham

Breana BranhamHello! My name is Breana Branham, and I’m really, really psyched to be part of LSP this year. I am really excited for my classes and all of the amazing opportunities which ASU has to offer! Last year, I graduated from Estrella Foothills High School where I was heavily involved in the Drama Club and also a member of the Choir and NHS. At ASU, I plan to major in theatre in hopes of pursuing a future career in theatre education or theatre for youth. I love acting, singing, chocolate, meeting new friends, reading, miniature dachshunds, listening to music and conversations about nothing. I can’t wait to meet everyone in LSP and have a great first year at ASU!



Jennifer Simmons

Jennifer SimmonsHey Everyone! I’m Jennifer Simmons. I recently graduated from Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Being a military child, I grew up all over the country and even lived in England for a few years. Throughout high school, I was involved in student government and served as Student Body Vice President my senior year. I was also a member of the Society of Female Scholars and the National Honor Society. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, listening to music, and reading. While at ASU, I will be majoring in geography with a concentration in meteorology and climatology. After my undergraduate work, I hope to attend graduate school and work my way to becoming a hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel. I’m excited to be involved in LSP and start ASU in the fall. I can’t wait to meet you all!


Alejandra Valenzuela

Alejandra Valenzuela My name is Alejandra Valenzuela, I graduated from Douglas High School, ONCE A BULLDOG ALWAYS A BULLDOG. I want to be an auditor and I will be studying at ASU’s West campus. I love to play sports such as volleyball, soccer and softball. I am really close to my family and I always try to help others with the best of my ability. I am extremely honored to be part of LSP and become part of the family. I see that everyone that is in LSP is not only just friends but a family. LSP helps you to sharpen more of your abilities to become a leader. Thank you for the opportunity.



Guadalupe Velazquez

Guadalupe VelazquezHello, My fellow LSPers! Please call me Estina. I am a recent graduate from North High in Phoenix. I plan to study business and philosophy. I am a simple person but I do not mind hard work. I embrace challenges, because I understand – if they do not kill you they only make you stronger. I feel honored and privileged to be part of LSP. Not only am I excited for my four years to come, but I look forward to becoming an LSP alumni and leaving an everlasting mark in the community.



Jose Ruiz

Jose RuizHello everybody, My name is Jose Esteban Ruiz, (you don’t worry about the middle name my mom is the only one who uses it.) I graduated from Westwood High School (Home of the Warriors) in Mesa; I wouldn’t have had it any other way. I served as the Student Body President there, I was on the Varsity football team for two years, I served in National Honor Society, and was President of the YMCA Achievers club. I also served on the Mayor’s Youth Committee and the Superintendent’s Youth Advisory Board, oh and a couple AP classes here and there, and lots and lots of volunteering. Sounds like I didn’t have any spare time but I did; I know how to have a good time. I love spending time with friends and meeting people (I’m a people person). That is why I am very excited to attend ASU, and be in LSP. My long-life goal is to become an architect and ASU is the first step where I will be majoring in architecture. I am SOO excited for this year I’m more than sure that it’s going to be one to remember ... go warriors ... oh wait, no, no ... LET’S GO DEVILS!!!!!


Joseph Schibi

Joseph SchibiHello everyone! My name is Joe Schibi, and I am a proud born and bred Oklahoman. I have spent the last 18 years of my life in Lawton, OK, and would not have it any other way. I recently graduated from Eisenhower Senior High School, the home of the Eagles. I deeply loved staying involved in my high school through just about every leadership opportunity, but my favorite opportunity was being the leader of my school’s all male spirit group called the Blue Body Brigade (we were the crazy guys you would see spelling out Eisenhower and deafening the crowd with our chants and cheers). I have also had the distinct privilege to be the International Vice President of Key Club International during the past year. This has given me the opportunity to make connections with other young people making a difference in their home, school and community through the world’s largest student-led service organization. I may be sad to see my time in Key Club end, but now I am ready for the next great experience that awaits me! Because of this, I am excited to be headed to the sunny state of Arizona! Although I did grow up an OU Sooner fan my entire life, I am thrilled for the opportunity to broaden my horizons and impact a new community. I hope all of you are ready for the exhilarating experience that awaits you during our freshman year at ASU! I know I am!


Chelsey Camponeschi

Chelsey Camponeschi My name is Chelsey Camponeschi and I graduated from Sedona Red Rock High School. I am currently an exploratory major, however I am very interested in law and medicine! I enjoy meeting new people, talking and learning about those people, spending time with friends and family, listening to music, working out, and working with young children. I can’t wait to get started at ASU and in the LSP program. Go Devils!!!!



Joseph Denoncourt

Joseph DenoncourtTraveling all the way from the New York-Canadian border, I am honored to be a member of the 2008 Leadership Scholarship Program at Arizona State University. My name is Joe Denoncourt and I am a recent graduate from Ogdensburg Free Academy in the small city of Ogdensburg, New York; just a mere eight hours north of the slightly more popular New York City. If I had to use one word to sum up my high school career, it’d be “involved.” I participated in everything from soccer, hockey, spring track and field, Key Club, Concert and Marching Bands, and National Honor Society, while serving as Class President. Now that high school has come to an end, I’m ready to continue my involvement and education and make the transformation from an OFA Blue Devil to an ASU Sun Devil. Entering ASU I plan to double major in marketing and Spanish, but have yet to officially set that in stone. I’m very excited and looking forward to meeting you and experiencing everything ASU has to offer with everyone in LSP!


Regina Duran

Regina DuranMy name is Regina Duran. I am a proud graduate of Red Mountain High School and I’m ready to embark on my new journey at ASU. I plan to double major in nursing and non-profit leadership and management. I truly enjoy volunteering and being able to give back to the world, and I can only hope that with the education I will receive at ASU I will leave a dent in the world and take one step forward in changing the world’s problems. I love to have fun, dance and live life to the fullest. I’m extremely excited to be part of LSP because I know I will grow from the program and create new friendships that will last forever. People say that your college years are some of the best years in your life; I’m sure that being in LSP will only enhance my college experience.


Natalie Fleming

Natalie Fleming Greetings from cheese land! My name is Natalie Fleming, and I am from Wisconsin. A year ago, I would have never, in a million years, thought that I would be going to Arizona State University. My major is sustainability, and I cannot wait to begin my studies. I am thrilled to be attending ASU this fall, and unbelievably honored to be in the Leadership Scholarship Program. Being a very involved girl in my high school and community, it became a familiar sight for me to see my friends roll their eyes and ask what I was up to this time. My favorite activities involved Student Council, Dance Team, National Honor Society, Link Crew, Choir, Band, soccer, musicals, and Key Club. Specifically, my favorite activity was Key Club, from serving on the district board to participating in a local service project. I believe that without my experiences in Key Club, I would not be who I am today. It is through this organization that I formed a bond with the March of Dimes and now serve on the National Youth Council. Volunteering has always been a large part of my life and I plan to continue on that path throughout college and for the rest of my life. Don’t get me wrong though – it’s not all about work! There has got to be some play involved, too. In my spare time, I enjoy darkroom photography, vegetarian cuisine, ultimate Frisbee, Jones soda, and dancing.


Kara Peirce

Kara Peirce Hi everyone my name is Kara Peirce. I grew up in a small town called Wickenburg, Arizona. It’s most commonly known as the pit stop to Las Vegas. I graduated from Wickenburg High School. I was active in my school athletically and academically. I ran four years of cross country and track, even snagging a couple of records along the way. I was a member of my school’s student council and National Honor Society. My senior year I interned at a local veterinarian clinic. Even though I love animals I am pursuing a nursing degree. I have been a lifeguard for four years and working there helped me realize the field I wanted to study in. To know me you must first know that I am obsessed with swimming and the ocean. I’m very easy going and I’d have to say I’m a pretty happy person. I can’t wait to be part of ASU and to be a member of the LSP family!! One last fact: I’m left handed.


Cora Rodriquez

Cora Rodriquez Hi! My name is Cora and I went to Moon Valley High School in Phoenix. I was president of National Honor Society, president of Key Club and a member for four years, and also senior editor of the best yearbook Moon Valley has ever seen. I love traveling, art, singing, playing sports and working at the clothing store Forever 21. With all my interests I have not yet narrowed down a major. I’m hoping to choose one this first semester at ASU. I am very excited about LSP, and I look forward to getting to know everybody!



Tujuan Netters

Tujuan Netters What’s going on everyone!? My name is Tujuan Netters. People call me Tee-Jay for short. I came to Tempe a few years back and graduated from Marcos de Niza High School where I was involved in activities on and off campus. I was an officer in student council each year. I was also Parliamentarian of FCCLA/HERO, creator and captain of a Dance & Step Team (REMIX) and a member of Key Club, Drama Club and Christian Club. I also volunteered for Best Buddies, Young Actor’s Theatre, and the Tempe Historical Museum. My hobbies include dancing ... especially to Latin music! My plans are to study social psychology and minor in human communications or Spanish at ASU. My ultimate goal in life is to make a positive impact on our society today mentoring and helping the next generation. I’m going to raise the bar high for African Americans in my community, and be a role model to all. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity LSP has given me, and can’t wait to meet all the new LSPers!!!


Kevin Ngai

Kevin Ngai Hello, my name is Kevin Ngai. I am originally from Hemet, California in southern California, but I just graduated from Maricopa High School as the Class of 2008’s Co-Valedictorian. High School was probably the greatest time of my life, so far, but I know that ASU will bring more fulfilling and memorable memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. In high school I was “most involved” because I was known mostly for being president of almost every club. Some of my favorite clubs/activities were the National Honors Society, Academic Decathlon, Asian Pacific Association, student council, tennis, and being Senior Class President. My favorite thing in the world is just plain and simple laughter. I like to have a good time and spend some time with friends and just enjoying life. The saying I hold true to my heart is, “Don’t be afraid to be who you are.” I love text messaging, going to the movies, and throwing ceramic ware on the wheel. I am an English literature major and a history minor and I hope to one day go to law school. LSP here I come!


Yalda Godusi

Yalda Godusi Hey there! My name is Yalda Godusi and I am so incredibly excited for my first year at ASU as well as LSP. I graduated from McClintock High School and loved every moment of it, but I know these next four years will be even more amazing! I am majoring in biological sciences with my emphasis on genetics and cell development. Sounds difficult, I know… But I am always up for a challenge! I love meeting new people and am frequently called a social butterfly. I am really looking forward to meeting all the new and existing members of LSP.


Johnathan Ingraham

Johnathan Ingraham Hey everyone! I’m John Ingraham, a recent graduate of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale. While I was there, I participated in plenty of obscurely different activities, probably best summed up as some choirs, some bands, some cross country and track teams, some science teams, some leadership organizations, some Boy Scouts, and a church youth group. I try to contribute as a leader in all of my different areas of interest, and I have particularly enjoyed community-service-oriented leadership opportunities including co-directing humanitarian mission trips to San Francisco, Mississippi, and New Orleans and working on Eagle projects in the Boy Scouts. At ASU, I intend to major in biochemistry and mathematics, with possible future plans of research or medicine, each of which can involve such opportunities to help people. In my free time, I love to hike, run and bike with friends in the outdoors and eat good food with them around town. Concerning this next year, I can’t even imagine what’s in store for us and I guess I just have to say that I’m stoked to be a Sun Devil and that I can’t wait to get to know everybody in the LSP!


Joshua Judd

Joshua Judd I’m Joshua Judd (yes, I go by Joshua, not Josh). I’m from Queen Creek Arizona, but I graduated from Desert Ridge High School in Gilbert. I love my alma mater and, although I never did any sports, I was very involved in clubs. I had a great time participating in Academic Decathlon, the Anti-Defamation League, Anytown Club, DRHS’s community service club and GSA. I plan to start my own non-profit organization within the next few years, and someday open an animal sanctuary. I’m excited about beginning a new chapter of my life at ASU! As of now my major is set as justice studies, but I’m certainly open to changing if I find something else I’m passionate about!



Eric Johnson

Eric JohnsonHello everyone! My name is Eric Matthew Johnson, graduate of Bourgade Catholic High School. I plan to study the wonderful world of the theatre while attending ASU. I am very glad to have made it in to this esteemed Leadership Scholarship Program, because not only do I understand the high honor of it, but also I am thankful for the many great people and opportunities that I will encounter along the way. I enjoy various, odd hobbies, but the theatre is my life and my passion. I often like to write awe-inspiring quotes including “The theatre is where people go to watch other people humiliate themselves for pleasure, all to praise the actors for their humiliation later. Why can’t life be like this?’’


Katie Kengla

Katie KenglaMy name is Katie Kengla, I am from Pinetop- Lakeside, Arizona, and I graduated from Blue Ridge High School. I am going to study early childhood education in hopes of owning a preschool some fine day! I love working with kids, rain, knitting, laughing, snowboarding and going to the movies! I also love to go on walks by the lake. And ... I hate snakes more than anything in the world ... . So be nice.




Stuart Luther

Stuart LutherMy name is Stuart Luther. I graduated from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. I’m so stoked about getting to come to Arizona State to get a degree in global studies. I’m so glad to get out of the humid south into the nice and dry southwest where it’s almost always warm. As far as hobbies go, I love to play tennis. Morning, noon, and night, any time is a good time to go and play. In high school, organizations were a big part of what I did. I was extremely active in Key Club International. I am looking forward to being part of this program seeing all the opportunities it can provide me, not to mention the friendships.



Kristina Gonzalez Medina

Kristina Gonzalez Medina Hello everyone!! My name is Kristina Lynn Gonzalez Medina. I am extremely excited to be in this program! I graduated from Gilbert High School, and I am currently pursuing a degree in industrial engineering. My ultimate goal is to obtain a doctorate degree in this field. Now … to talk a little bit more about myself, I am Puerto Rican. I moved to Arizona about two years ago. My favorite things to do are going to the beach, spending time with my family, scrapbooking, and interacting with people. I have gone through myriad changes and difficulties in the past two years. Although I am still struggling with the change, there is one thing that I have learned the hard way and that has kept me going: It does not matter how impossible something may seem, how hard things may get, how tired I may be, if I try my hardest, if I fight as hard as I can, I will achieve anything that I want. Thank you LSP, for giving me a chance to shine!!!!