Cohort 2009

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Federico Bryner

My name is Federico Bryner but most people call me Fedy. I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the United States when I was five. I graduated from Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Arizona. I like to spend time with friends and play sports. My major is Business Management. I would like to make a shout out to all the current and new LSP members and I am definitely looking forward to meeting and working with everyone next year.




Justin Cooper

Hey everyone! My name is Justin Cooper and I’m from Agua Fria High School in Avondale, just west of Phoenix. Choosing to attend ASU because of LSP, I’ll be majoring in Business Management with a minor in Political Science. Coming from a military family, I’ve done my fair share of traveling, including living in northern Japan for three years. In high school, I was heavily involved in clubs such as Student Government, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America and a few others. I love to play sports and was involved in soccer, cross country and track during my high school years. Outside of school, most of my community service comes from annual missionary work in Mexico and teaching Sunday school. In my free time, I love to run, work out, hang out with friends, and watch movies and television. I love to meet new people and experience new things, and I’m looking forward to attending ASU in the fall!


Paula Crawford

Hello to my new LSP family! I am very eager to start a new chapter in my life, especially with LSP. Leaving Ray High School from the small town of Kearny, Arizona, to live in Phoenix to attend ASU with my older brother and sister has been something I have been looking forward to for a long time. I am thankful for the family and community that I have been raised in because I truly believe that they have prepared me for what I will be up against in my future life. I plan to major in Communication and also to get into international relations. So once again to my new LSP family, I can’t wait to begin a new part of my life with you all!




Sondell Cross

Hi, everyone!! My name is Sondell Cross, a recent graduate from North Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Purple ran through my blood in high school, in fact it replaced it. I ate, slept and breathed all things North Canyon. I participated in various clubs including National Honor Society, athletic club and GenYes. I ran varsity track but most of my time was consumed by Student Government. I was one of those kids who put hours into events and planned every social aspect of the school and, honestly, I absolutely LOVED it. I also was elected as one of three Arizona State Presidents for the Arizona Association of Student Councils. I managed all these activities, some outside community service, a decent GPA and a part-time job. I am beyond excited to be part of LSP but even more excited to become an ASU Sun Devil with many opportunities at my fingertips. I plan to double major in Communication and Global Studies. I want to try it all here at ASU and be able to leave saying I left no stone unturned and no person not befriended by me. Can’t wait to meet you all and embark on the next great experience of our lives!


Cylee Gutting

My name is Cylee Gutting and I come from a very small town of barely 2,000. I was born and raised in northeast Missouri, near Kahoka, where I explored gravel roads and train tracks for entertainment. Due to that, I had the small-town experience, but I’m not sure if it was for me. I’m very ready to have a new life started out West and get the big-city feel. I was always active in high school where I was Senior Class President, Student Council President, Foreign Language Club President, and even Prom King at Clark County R-1 High School. I was accepted into the Leadership Scholarship Program as one of the four out-of-state students and I hope to excel with it. Arizona State University is like a paradise away from home and I couldn’t be more pumped to be a Sun Devil.



Joe Hennessy

Hey, everyone, my name is Joe Hennessy, and I graduated from Pinnacle High School, home of the Pioneers! I was very involved in Student Government; I was elected Class President all four years and, with Sondell Cross, State President for the Arizona Association of Student Councils. I immersed myself in many community activities, served in various clubs, accomplished great things and learned a ton from each project, goal or experience offered to me throughout high school. I love playing sports, especially tennis. In college, I hope my curiosity flourishes, as well as my friendships within LSP. My goals for now are to figure out what I really want to study (Sustainability?), play a musical instrument, speak fluently in Chinese and Spanish, study abroad, cook, sing and act, and remember everyone’s names in LSP. Most of all, I aspire to have fun and take one day at a time. I am excited to enter another part of my life, start anew and be (considering the fact that I’ve been a Wildcat fan my whole life, I never thought I would EVER say this) a Sun Devil!


Nicole Henry

Bonjour all!! My name is Nicole Henry, a Biochemistry (Medicinal Chemistry) major at ASU! I am an East Coast native, and I plan to bring some of the East Coast ways to the West! After four long years of hard work, I recently graduated from Apache Junction High School in Apache Junction, Arizona. I finished high school in the top five percent of my class with perfect attendance and a 4.0 GPA! GO PROSPECTORS! Being in the Valley of the Sun is quite a change from the frosty four seasons of the East. I plan to bring to ASU a creative and fiery passion for service that competes with the devilish heat of the desert! GO SUN DEVILS! I have held leadership positions in countless activities throughout high school including Captain of the high school’s Varsity Swim Team, and Varsity Cross Country; First Clarinet in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Orchestra and Clarinet Quintet; Vice President of F.B.L.A. and S.T.R.I.V.E. Club; Ambassador of French Club, Green Club and World Language Club; Secretary of Anytown Arizona Club; Calculus Club and National Honor Society. Also, I volunteered for organizations such as Sojourn Hospice Care, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army and Apache Junction Senior Center. Along with other activities, I was even involved in the governmental system of our county by being a Lead ID Inspector at the Pinal County and General Elections. I am approaching my stay at ASU as being one unique jigsaw piece in the box of opportunity we all comprise. On our quest we are individually unique, together complete. In the words of Herman Cain, “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”







Skyler Holloway

Hi, everyone! I’m Skyler Holloway and I am from a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada. Recently I graduated valedictorian of Green Valley High School located in Henderson, Nevada, with nearly 3,000 students. While in high school I participated in many activities of which my favorite were Captain of the Varsity Football and Basketball teams and President of the largest student-run club on campus: Psychology Club. Outside of my high school I was involved in volunteering for Relay for Life, Nevada Homeless Youth Shelter and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Las Vegas. I enjoy longboarding, hanging out with friends and playing sports in my free time. I look forward to starting at the Barrett, the Honors College, this fall and I hope to double major in Civil Engineering and Construction Management. I can’t wait to leave home and start college and I am anxious to meet all my future LSP friends.



Erin Lin

Hey, everyone! I’m Erin Lin and I am a graduate of Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan. I will miss high school, but I am excited to start a new palette at Arizona State University! In high school I was very involved. Senior year I was the National Honor Society President, Business Professionals of America Historian, Habitat for Humanity Secretary, DECA Co-President, and I had the honor to serve as the Michigan District Governor of Key Club International. I also participated in Link Crew and Peer Mediation. I loved Key Club and it was a big part of my high school career. I found my passion of service when I first started with Key Club. I am a shopaholic (so if you want a shopping buddy, find me!). I love to play tennis, volleyball and badminton, and, of course, I am a Ping Pong PRO! In high school people knew me as the girl who did everything, who loved Hello Kitty. That’s right! I LOVE Hello Kitty! I’m not 100 percent positive of what I want to major in, but currently on my mind is a double major with Business and Psychology. One day, I hope to open orphanages in China. I’m excited to be at Arizona State University and to be part of LSP. I’m sure we won’t just be friends, but as Lilo says in Lilo in Stitch, we will be an Ohana!


Stephanie Ortiz

Hey, fellow Sun Devils! My name is Stephanie Ortiz and I’m from a small town called Vail, Arizona. However, the big city beckoned and here I am. Anyhow, enough of those shenanigans! I’ve always been extremely passionate about medicine and disease so, over the course of my senior year, I decided to major in Microbiology. I’m excited to get started on my course schedule and potentially develop interest in a secondary major. More than that though, I can’t wait for everything I will be involved in on campus with the help of LSP. I’ve already come to know a lot of my fellow cohort members, as well as members of other cohorts, quite well. They have quickly become great friends and together I hope that we can make a huge impact in student life.


Kalah Polsean

Hello, everyone! My name is Kalah Polsean and I am from Rockford, Illinois, the closest city to Chicago that is not a suburb or a cornfield. I recently graduated from Auburn High School. Throughout high school I did not sleep much, served as Class President, Key Club Lieutenant Governor, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief, Girls Varsity Golf Captain and National Honor Society member. Outside of school I am actively involved with my church youth group, various volunteer organizations, community theater and dance. I plan to double major in Communication and Social Work. Eventually I would like to be a social worker for a nonprofit organization and start a theater group for underprivileged inner-city children. It will be incredibly difficult to leave my family and friends, but I truly believe that God has great things planned for me at ASU! I cannot wait to meet other students who share the same passion as I do, to serve others.


Jenny Quezada

My name is Jenny Quezada. I was born on February 28, 1991, in Mesa, Arizona. I am the oldest of four kids and Spanish was my first language. I graduated with honors from Desert Ridge High School in May 2009. I served as Senior Class President and was involved in many clubs on campus such as Anytown Arizona Club, Anti-Defamation League, Academic Decathlon, Best Buddies, Extra Mile, Jaguar Ambassador and National Honor Society. I have been in Taekwondo since I was eight years old and I recently tested for my fourth degree black belt. My hobbies include Taekwondo, working at In’n’Out Burger and hanging out with friends. I am very excited to be part of the Leadership Scholarship Program and Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University.


Kelsey Randall

Hi, I am Kelsey Randall. I was born on June 6, 1991, in the small town of Flagstaff up in northern Arizona near the San Francisco Peaks. I have spent the past 18 years of my life living in Flagstaff running around in the snow, going to school, playing soccer, running track, listening to music and enjoying spending time with friends. I found it very easy to make the choice to come to Arizona State University, however picking a major has been a bit more mind boggling for me. As of now I am enrolled in the Exploratory Health & Life Sciences program, but I am leaning toward switching to the Nursing program in the near future. I am so excited to become an LSPer. I can’t wait to meet everyone and to start our journey in each making a difference in the world.


Lorenzo Slay, III

My name is Lorenzo Slay, III; I’m a graduate of Ironwood High School in Glendale, Arizona. My hobbies include sports, video games and computer programming. As far as sports go, I love soccer and track but will try my hand at anything. VIDEO GAMES; O.K. for all you addicts whose eyes lit up ’cause you thought I was talking about WOW, tsk tsk. I play RTSs like Age III and Starcraft (Waiting for that SC II). I also play a few FPSs. Like many of my fellow incoming freshmen, I have high expectations for what I will accomplish during my college years; I’m starting a business in graphic design and am looking for people with real talent in graphic and Web site design. Lastly, I’d like to shout out to all my fellow LSP members, especially the ’09 cohort, and all the Barrett freshmen: Let’s do this thing!


Whitney Stevens

Hi, everyone! My name is Whitney Stevens and I attended Xavier College Preparatory where I was known as the “little blur” because my 5’1” (almost) self would always be running around doing something. At my high school, I was Editor of our yearbook, Vice President of Key Club, Secretary of Spanish Club, Treasurer of Quill and Scroll and involved with National Honor Society, Presidents’ Council and the newspaper. I hope to remain just as involved at ASU, where I will also be majoring in Business Communication. A very important aspect of my life is my love for helping out the community. My favorite organizations to volunteer with are Children’s Angel Foundation, St. Joseph the Worker and Hunter’s Run. I have faced many challenges in my life, which have made me such a hard-working, friendly, caring, fun-loving and motivated person. I am so blessed to be part of LSP and I can’t wait for all the memories that come along with it. I can’t wait to get to know everyone better and enjoy our years in college! To end this “about me,” I find it fitting to end with my favorite, and coincidentally, my Senior quote, “Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” - Confucius


Caleb Street

Hello. My name is Caleb Street and I am a native Arizonan. I love Arizona and I am so excited that I am now a SUN DEVIL! I was born in Show Low, Arizona, but moved to the Valley of the Sun when I was two. I have lived in many cities all over Arizona but ended up graduating from Skyline High School in east Mesa. I have come to love life, and a few hobbies of mine are boating, playing the guitar and, of course, some Xbox here and there. My major is Business Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business. I strive for success in all that I do but I like to have fun as well. So come talk and get to know me; I cannot wait to meet new people and be part of the best family at ASU, LSP!



Tyler Tanner

Hi. My name is Tyler Tanner and I graduated from Chandler High School in 2009. I am a sports fanatic and was always very involved with Student Government and athletics during my four years at CHS. I am hoping to receive my bachelor’s in Communication with a minor in Sports Management. I hope to one day coach at a Division 1 NCAA football program. I love to travel, exercise and hang out with my friends! I am very easy to talk to and I usually tend to do it way too much (hint the communication degree)! I love to meet new people and just enjoy life.



Wayne Unger

Coming from Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona, I served as Student Body President for both my Junior and Senior years. As the only person to have ever served two terms at Mountain Pointe, I have dedicated my time to giving back to my community and making a positive impact in the lives around me. As an avid volunteer in many areas, most of my community service work has been for Anytown Arizona, an organization that focuses on diversity awareness, social justice and personal empowerment. Having served more than 1,900 hours of community service during my last four years in high school, I consider volunteerism not as a job, but as a passion. Recently, I was selected as azTeen Magazine’s top pick on its Hot 100 list, which is a list of students, staff members, administrators and community members who positively impact their schools’ communities. At ASU, I will be majoring in Supply Chain Management at the W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, the Honors College, while making money modeling for Ford Models. Shout out to my 2009 Cohort and Kim Jones at LSP, and I can’t wait to begin this next journey with you all.


Priscilla Jean Vasquez

I am Priscilla Jean Vasquez and my parents’ last daughter to attend Arizona State University. I live in Coolidge, Arizona. Coolidge is a small rural community between Casa Grande and Florence. The two major cities, which are Phoenix and Tucson, are each about an hour away. The major I intend to pursue is Sustainability with a minor in Business. I plan to head to California to attend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and become a fashion stylist. I also want to incorporate the sustainable ways and my love of fashion to produce an eco-friendly clothing and merchandise line. Lastly, Cohort 2009, I cannot wait for our adventure at ASU! Good luck to all. Our great minds can do wonders.



Veldin Velagic

Veldin Velagic is my name but you can call me Dino. I was born in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on October 2, 1990. My hobbies consist of hanging out with friends, working out, cheerleading, listening to music and playing Xbox 360. My major is going to be Business Management at W. P. Carey School of Business. I am a down-to-earth kind of guy and I’m easy to talk to. So talk to me.




Justin Velasquez

Hey, what’s up! I am coming to you from the vortex, crystal-loving, red rock beauty of Sedona, Arizona!!!!!! My name is Justin Michael Velazquez, and I would say I was born to live life to the fullest!!!!!!!! I have been a passionate leader since I can remember, from being requested by teachers to leading Student Council since the seventh grade. I graduated from Sedona Red Rock High School with a hefty résumé under my belt ... active member of National Honor Society, Anti-Defamation League, Spanish Club, Varsity Soccer, Key Club, Coordinator of the Cambodia Water Project, Co-Coordinator of Heal the Heart...The Heart of the Congo, Freshman Class Pres, Junior Class Pres, Student Body Pres, just a few things to name. I love road biking, snowboarding, working out, surfing, kickin’ it back with friends and living life. I want to major in Political Science and have a concentration in pre-law. I am so stoked to be part of the Leadership Scholarship Program ... Go 2009 Cohort!!!!


A.J. Whelan

Hey, guys! My name is A.J. Whelan, although my family and friends refer to me as Jack of all trades due to my uncanny ability to do and be good at so many random and unrelated things. I’ve always been a very active person and in my lifetime have participated in almost every competitive sport short of curling. In high school, however, I was most successful in a very non-athletic activity: Speech and Debate. I took second in the state my junior year in Humorous interpretation and went on to place as a national octafinalist my senior year. I also love to sing! When I was 13 years old I went on tour through Italy, Spain and France with the Phoenix Boys Choir. I suppose I should also mention that I like to beatbox and yo-yo because any of my friends will tell you that’s what’s most interesting about me! That, and the fact that I own a pig. Well, that about covers it! Oh, but one more thing … I am really looking forward to meeting new friends in the next chapter of my life: ASU and LSP!


Jordan Wilson

Hi. My name is Jordan Wilson, born in Phoenix and raised in Tempe, Arizona. I am a 2009 graduate of Tempe High School. I have been involved in many clubs and organizations such as Student Council, National Honor Society, Superintendent Advisory Council, Stand and Serve, Prom Committee, Young Democrats and Republicans, and the Youth Leadership Program. I was also Prom Prince and Homecoming King at THS. Playing baseball is one of my favorite hobbies as well as playing football, taking pictures and working on media projects. I was an All-Region and All-State player in football; All-City, All-Region, MVP, and Captain of the baseball team. I plan to major in Business but it’s not official. I am still exploring my options. Sociology is definitely something worth pursuing. Thank you LSP for this amazing opportunity. I am blessed with your help and I know this will help open many doors. I look forward to meeting new people, volunteering and having an awesome college experience!


Ashanti Wright

Hello, LSP community! My name is Ashanti Wright and I recently graduated from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona. This fall, I will be starting full time as a freshman at Arizona State University. I was admitted into the W. P. Carey School of Business as well as Barrett, the Honors College, and plan to major in Marketing and Management. What I am most proud of thus far in my academic career is the opportunity I have been granted to be part of the Leadership Scholarship Program at Arizona State University. To have the chance to obtain a high-quality education, while being surrounded by a comfortable support system of peers and faculty members, is invaluable to me. I appreciate the consideration and patience of Ms. Kim Jones, the first face I ever encountered involving LSP; her passion for the program supersedes expectations, which makes students like myself admire the dedicated individuals in my corner. I would also like to thank Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Mrs. Martha Byrd and Dr. Christine Wilkinson for their efforts on behalf of this program as well. To my Cohort 2009: THIS IS OUR YEAR … It’s up to us to maximize this opportunity and to experience college as other students never will — as a working, thriving, fellow-cohort-supporting, fun-seeking, but seriously-focused-about-school, thinking, caring group of individuals. Love you all and I can’t wait to spend the next four years with every single one of you!!!






Garhet Wright

My name is Garhet Wright. I was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, and I am the sixth of ten children in my family. I am enjoying a trip with my closest sister Aubrey. I enjoy getting involved whether it is through school or community. I attended Westwood High School and got involved in many different areas. I was able to serve as the Student Body President, play Varsity Football and sing in the Westwood Honor Choir. I also had the privilege of being part of many service organizations and activities such as Mesa Parks and Recreation, Boy Scouts of America, Salt River Garden Project, Adopt a Family, National Honor Society, acting as Santa Claus for a local preschool, and community projects throughout the neighborhood. During my high school career I had the opportunity to create and implement a leadership program, which I hope to continue. This program is to show students that it is possible to break down simple barriers of stereotype and trials holding them back from reaching their full potential. When I’m not working, I like to go participate in sports or be a disc jockey for friends during the night. I am going to be attending the W. P. Carey School of Business where I will be studying to major in Business Management.