Cohort 2013

Rachael Bachert

Hello everyone! I am Rachael Bachert and I will be graduating from Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, AZ. I will be attending the W.P. Carey School of Business majoring in Business with a focus on Public Policy and Public Service. In high school I was involved in various volunteering services, and clubs. I participated in Marching band, FBLA, key club, student government and a mentoring program. I cannot wait to start my journey at ASU and be a part of the Leadership Scholarship Program! Go Devils!!

Samarth Bhat

Graduating from Estrella Foothills High School in Goodyear, Arizona this spring, I was very nervous about what would lay ahead. Luckily for me though, I’ve already made several amazing LSP friends that are helping me get ready for this new chapter in my life! My goal at Arizona State is to study Business with a focus in Global Politics. I hope to someday work in government or international business. In high school, I was very active in the Future Business Leaders of America, DECA, the National Honor Society, and my city’s Youth Commission, all of which have given me a love for leadership and community service! Aside from school, some of my favorite activities are martial arts, golf, and watching sports- I can’t wait for ASU football is year! This year is going to be absolutely great, and I can’t wait to give back to the Leadership Scholarship Program. Thank you, Arizona State, for this amazing opportunity!

Nicole Briones

Each person is a composition of their unique life experiences. These experiences, identifiable as activities and relationships, become our personal biography. My biography has been shaped, impacted, and refined by the opportunities that I have been granted and by the passion with which I approach these endeavors. During my high school years I participated in leadership positions such as President of National Honor Society, Vice President of Key Club, and President of Photography Club. Transforming the leadership skills that I accumulated during my school club experiences, I began the first ever Photography program at the non-profit and inner-city program ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods). Every week, I have the privilege to teach the youth of ICAN about my passion and the power of visual impact. My objective is to teach the kids that photography is another form of language—without the limitations of word connotations—that they can use to express their perspective. I am honored to be a part of the LSP 2013 cohort. I embark upon my journey to earn a Business degree accompanied by a group of individuals who already inspire me with their collective accomplishments. Together: I hope that we will be able to positively influence the ASU community.

Holly Celaya

Hi! My name is Holly Celaya, and I graduated from Desert Ridge High School. I was born in Tucson, Arizona on December 11th, 1994 and raised in Mesa, Arizona. While in high school I participated in National Honors Society, Anytown Club, Interact Club, The Anti-Defamation League, and my school's technical theatre program. I like to spend my free time volunteering and hanging out with my friends and family. My two older brothers have been my role models and have encouraged me to live with passion. For the past seven years I have been a vegetarian, and I hope to graduate ASU with a degree in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology and Behavior) and spend my life learning all about animals. I'm super excited to be a part of the 2013 Cohort, and I am looking forward to the next four years at Arizona State University!

Nicholas Deininger

Hi, my name is Nic Deininger and I am extremely excited to be a part of the 2013 LSP Cohort! When I heard about this amazing program I knew it was perfect for me as I love doing everything I can to serve my community. My community happens to be located in Cave Creek, Arizona, a small town just north of Scottsdale where I was born and raised. It was here that I went to Cactus Shadows High School and was a Part of the International Baccalaureate program. I have been active in Key Club and Student Council and I even served as the Lookout Mountain Lieutenant Governor in Key Club. Service is one of my greatest passions but I do have a few others to! I am an avid Whovian and I love doing anything from messing with technology to hanging out with friends as well all do. However, above all else, I love meeting new people and finding individuals who I can share experiences with and create lifelong bonds. Because of this I am sure that LSP will be the perfect place for me. This is going to be a great year and I can't wait for it to get started!

Julia Deitz

Lao Tzu once said, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” This is exactly why I have made the decision to attend Arizona State University as a member of the Leadership Scholarship Program. My name is Julia Deitz and I am from Fort Collins, Colorado. I am an outgoing, motivated, passionate individual with a zest for life. In high school I was actively involved in DECA, FBLA, NTHS, NHS, and Key club. I was the DECA Vice president and raised over 13,000 dollars for my chapter. This achievement allowed me to become an internationalist finalist in DECA. Additionally, I also hold the state title for client service in FBLA. My passion has always involved business. A career in marketing and communications would mean that I would never work a day in my life. I plan on studying and perfecting my skills within these areas to ultimately fulfill my dream of owning my own marketing firm. Studying at the W.P. Carey School of Business is a great opportunity that I will take full advantage of. I plan on immersing myself and getting involved with the ASU community in a way that leaves me with many new and diverse friendships and memories that will allow me to be successful and achieve my dreams.

Grady Eldridge

My name is Grady Ryan Eldridge, and I was born in the small town of Yuma. Throughout my adolescent years, I was able to develop myself as an individual in thanks to being raised in a Christian environment. As a child I was constantly involved in a social activity whether it was soccer, baseball, 4-H, or youth leadership conferences. My happy-go-lucky demeanor let me develop lasting friendships and my ambitions helped me to stand out from the crowd. After entering Yuma Catholic High School I was able to really come into my own after discovering who I was through such activities as football, wrestling, and student council. Developing myself as a student and athlete are both things that I took pride in during my high school years. My whole life up to this point has not been about accomplishments or titles, but rather a focus self betterment. As I reach this apex in my life I look forward to continuing on this path of continuous improvement in every aspect of my life.

Patricia Esch

Hi everyone! My name is Patricia Esch, but everyone knows me by Patty. I graduated from Valley High School in the small town of Gilcrest, CO (Population: 1,059—is that even considered a town?). I consider myself to be a very optimistic, and am known as the girl who does everything. I am involved in Student Council, FBLA—serving as Vice President, NHS—serving as President, Class Government—serving as President, Key Club, 4-H, volleyball—two time state champions!, and (my favorite activity) soccer. I will be majoring in Engineering at ASU in the fall. This may change because there are so many things that I want to do. I want to save the world, I want to travel to every country, I want to live in Europe, I want to become fluent in two other languages, I want to run a marathon, I want to go to outer space, and most of all I want to make the world a better place. Wait...scratch all those “I want to's” and replace them will “I will!” I enjoy playing sports, running, reading, being in the warm sun (I am always cold! Hopefully AZ will change that), traveling, and I love trying new food. I cannot wait to experience the next four years of my life with all of you! I truly believe that LSP has been an immense blessing, and I have not even met any of you!

Angelica Fox

Hey everyone! My name is Angelica Fox, and I’m a graduate of McClintock High School in Tempe. Go Chargers! I will fondly remember my years at MHS, especially the challenging work and fun times in Student Council, YoungLife, Key Club, Young Democrats, NHS, and Unicyclers Anonymous. I enjoy being an active member in the community, being outdoors and meeting new people. I look forward to welcoming all the new opportunities ASU has to offer and learning how I can best contribute to LSP’s continuing success. I am thrilled to be a part of the 2013 Cohort and cannot wait for the next four years. Go Devils!

Jordan Garcia

Hey everyone! My name is Jordan Garcia, I'm 18 years old and I was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. For those who do not know where that is, it's a small "one horse town" up in northern Arizona where it snows 8 out of the 12 months. I recently graduated from Coconino High School, and I was involved in many activities during my time there: Link Leadership, Student Council, National Honor Society, IMPACT club (against underage drinking, drugs, etc.), varsity golf, and basketball. Outside of school, you could catch me on a basketball court, tennis court, golf course, or doing other outside activities. I'm extremely excited to be an LSP student and an ASU Sun Devil for the next four years! Go Devils!

Shannon Gilpin

Shannon will be a freshman attending ASU Barrett in the fall, with a focus on Global Health and Pre-Med. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field, as well as incorporating ministry in her field work. Shannon loves to travel, and has already been to many amazing places in her short eighteen years. Community service projects and the local political field have been large influences in Shannon's life the past few years, and she can't wait to continually be a part of this culture at ASU. Other things that please Shannon? Coffee, Disneyland, music festivals, and corgis

Matthew Gomez

Hello everyone! My name is Matt Gomez, and I am a graduate of Mountain View High School in Tucson, Arizona, where I have lived for my entire life. Though I come from a family of die-hard Wildcat fans, I am proud to call myself a Sun-Devil! Throughout High School I sought to immerse myself in as many groups as possible, including NHS, HOSA, the STEM Leadership Academy, Boys Volleyball, and Model United Nations. On the more academic side of things, I have conducted independent research for past three years. While participating in the KEYS Research Internship in 2011, I searched for ways to genetically enhance rice. The following year, 2012, I tested local tap water for arsenic contamination and earlier this year, in 2013, I surveyed the growth potential of local plants for the phytoremediation of mine tailings. These experiences have encouraged me to pursue a career in research, and ultimately helped determine my major in Molecular Biosciences/Biotechnology. Outside of school, I enjoy a plethora of activities and interests, ranging from photography to Science-Fiction. However, it is my friends, family and giving back to my community that holds the utmost importance to me. With High School now in my past, I am excited to be a part of LSP and make a difference in the lives of all, welcoming the countless opportunities waiting for me at Arizona State University.

Matthew Harris

Hello! My name is Matt Harris and I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Sun Devil pride has been in my blood from the beginning as both my parents attended ASU, so I look forward to carrying on the legacy. At ASU, I plan to major in Supply Chain Management and afterwards, would like to go on to receive an MBA from a top 20 business school. I attended Brophy College Preparatory, which helped me realize the importance of community, service and brotherhood. By being part of this incredible community, I have found that giving back is extremely important. Specifically, I work with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities through clubs like Best Buddies or my summer job at Camp Civitan. Other than that, I am a simple man with big dreams. I hope to one day live in Southern California and create a profitable corporation that creates educational scholarships for deserving students. I believe that educating the youth will help society progress and create a better world. Also, country music is my thing and photography is a new hobby of mine. Oh, I LOVE LSP.

David Ingraham

Hello, my name is David Ingraham and I'm a graduate of Saguaro High School. Over the past 4 years I’ve spent most of my time building. Building a tech-theatre program and training my peers. Building a disc-golf course for the summer camp I grew up attending. Building an award winning robotics team that competes on an international level. I am passionate about building, and about finding new things to build. I have also participated in Track, Cross Country, Choir, and youth mission trips with my church. I am an Eagle Scout, and I love exploring. I can’t wait to see what we can all build together!

Ciera Lederer

Hey everyone! I’m Ciera Lederer, currently majoring in Global Health with focus on Pre-Med. For the past four years I have been an active member in Student Council at Higley High School where I was the Student Body President. My sophomore year, my best friend and I spontaneously joined the swim team, the following two year her and I were the Varsity Swim Captains. Swim became a passion of mine and I would love to keep it as a lifetime hobby. I tried to stay as well-rounded and balanced as I could, juggling academics, sports, student council, and many other clubs and community involvement (best buddies). In college I plan to do the same! I have a large sence of humor and love to laugh, quote movies, and take pictures (not professionally, just for Instagram). Oh, and since I was chosen for the LSP, I find any excuse I can to say, “No Pitty for the Kitty!” I also dream Maroon and Gold. Needless to say, I’m super excited for the future and my new LSP family.

Brandon Marks

Hi there! I'm Brandon Marks, graduating valedictorian of Mesa's Skyline High School. I grew up in Casa Grande, lived in Port Hueneme, California for eight years (you've probably never heard of it; it's okay, I hadn't until I moved there!), and relocated back to Arizona in 2009 to attend high school. At Skyline I immediately became involved in DECA, where I served as Chapter Vice President. During my junior year I was elected as Skyline's first Arizona DECA State Officer, spending my senior year serving marketing students within the state and across the nation. It's no exaggeration to say that DECA completely my personal goals and trajectory, and I'm happy to look back on the past year as the best of my life so far. I will further explore my passion for youth empowerment as I pursue my degree in Political Science while at Barrett, the Honors College; then I'm off to graduate school! After my studies I plan to work with LGBT youth and fight for human rights, be they domestic or global. I'm so excited to make a positive impact at ASU with my fellow Cohort members. Here's to the next four years, Devils!

Ryan Melikian

My name is Ryan Melikian and I am coming from Notre Dame Preparatory High School. I have lived in Arizona my whole life and love it here. Some of my interests include singing, acting, running, drawing, and playing piano. I would say I’m pretty musical and I’m studying Biology to hopefully go to medical school. I used to horse back ride and even though I don’t do it anymore, I absolutely love horses still. My favorite animal is a cat, and I’m not shy about that fact as can be determined by my favorite cat shirt that I wear quite a bit. I really like being thrifty and make my own clothes. I’m very excited to attend ASU in the fall and am so happy to be part of this LSP family. I held the leadership role of senior class treasurer in my high school and I am exited to bring the leadership skills I have learned to ASU and to this cohort.

Elizabeth Palos

Hello everyone! My name is Elizabeth Palos and I graduated with honors from Bioscience High School. This year I am going to be a freshman Sun Devil studying at Barrett, the Honors College and at the College of Nursing & Health Innovation. I am in pursuit of becoming a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and hope to one day become a traveling practitioner. Now let me tell you a bit more about myself. I greatly enjoy outdoor activities, such as a rock climbing, surfing and snowboarding. In high school I was involved with numerous clubs and student groups, such as member of Student Government, President of the Green Shovel Club and Historian & Public Relations Officer for our National Honor Society. Aside from being a Leadership Program Scholarship recipient, I am also a Gates Millenium scholar, an Obama scholar, a Ronald McDonald scholar, and one of the thirty Generation Know Ambassadors for U by Kotex in the United States. I am ecstatic and honored to have been presented with the opportunity of becoming a part of the LSP Cohort of 2013! We are already starting to feel like one big family!

Kaycie Quinonez

Hey everyone! My name is Kaycie Quinonez, and I hail from the small town of Safford in Southeastern Arizona. I recently graduated as Salutatorian from Safford High School, and I’m incredibly excited to begin the next chapter of my life at ASU and in LSP! When I began high school, I was incredibly shy and not confident, and I was looking for that one thing that would allow me to break out of my shell and find my passion – I found that opportunity in the Future Business Leaders of America Organization. I was an FBLA member all four years of high school, including three terms as a local chapter officer and two terms as an FBLA Arizona State Officer. This past year I served as FBLA Arizona State President, which is an experience that I will never forget. Besides FBLA, I was also involved with the National Honor Society, Tennis, and I was a Student Theater Technician for my local Center for the Arts. As busy and memorable as high school was, I’m looking forward to moving to Tempe and starting my Sun Devil Story with the other members of the Leadership Scholarship Program! Go Devils!

Xavier Reyes

My name is Xavier Vincent Reyes. I will be graduating from Globe High School. Throughout my years there I participated in things such as soccer, student government, teen court and volunteer work. The years came with many challenges but family and friends got me through them. It is for them, that I plan on succeeding in my studies of Elementary Education at Arizona State University. My ultimate goal in life is to be a teacher that not only provides students with knowledge but also inspiration and motivation. I was overjoyed to receive a position in LSP’s 2013 Cohort and I look forward to the many years we will spend together as a family. Here’s to us accomplishing many dreams and pursuing much more. Go Sun Devils!

Hans Rodriguez

For starters, my family is who made me who I am, EDM gets my dance moves on, deep thinking is what I do when boredom overcomes me and leadership isn’t just a “trait”, it’s a lifestyle! So with that being said lets get the facts done. I was born and raised in Yuma Arizona where I attended and graduated from Cibola High School. While there, I dedicated all 4 years to SkillsUSA. I started from the bottom (Chapter & Regional officer) and worked my way to the top to become a National Officer for the organization. Now that I’ll be going to ASU I’m looking forward to the new opportunities and amazing experiences that come with time and dedication to the university. Lastly, I have a firm belief that everyone and anything is beautiful(or handsome) from the right angle. So enjoy life!

Hannah Warren

My name is Hannah Warren, and I am a very positive person. I absolutely love to smile and laugh, and am usually happy! I also consider myself a balanced person. I love to get involved in as many things as possible and try to dedicate my whole self to everything that I do. I love music and playing my instrument, it is a huge part of my life, every part of music, it is powerful and creates emotions that I love being a part of. Also I love to workout and exercise! I have been involved in sports my whole life and always being active has simply been drilled into me! Above all my family and friends are my whole life; they mean so much to me. I guess... I love to love! So when you see me I will probably be with family or friends with a smile on my face. That is who I am and I love it!

Lizette Yslas

My name is Lizette Miranda Yslas, I’m eighteen years old and I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I am an only child born into a very Catholic, very Mexican family. I’ve gone to parochial school in the same two mile radius all of my life. I’m super picky about food and terrified to try new dishes. My taste in music ranges from country to rap, hip-hop, R&B, banda, and reggaeton. I love Keeping up with the Kardashians and Duck Dynasty. I know every line in the movie Oceans 11 by heart. I’m probably one of like two people in this world that is anti-apple products. In my spare time I go on pinterest until my phone dies. Oh, and I love making U of A fans cringe at the sight of my ASU gear. I’m very excited to be attending ASU, Barrett because it’s my dream school. I know these next four years are going to fly by, but I’m going to soak in every second. I would like to become an orthopedic surgeon and hopefully attend The Mayo Medical School – Arizona Campus.

Emilia Zamora

Hi! My name is Emilia Zamora. I grew up baking in the Tucson sun with my Mom, Dad and fourteen-year old brother. I attended University High School where I learned the meaning of life and key procrastination skills. Soccer has consumed my life for the past 10ish years, traveling to play in California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas but mostly right here in Phoenix. I am still waiting for my acceptance letter from Hogwarts, but in the meantime, I will be majoring in business. I was president of my high school's Key Club last year and had tons of fun. The main place I volunteer is at a local soup kitchen for homeless people where we serve delicious food. I enjoy volunteering and hope that through LSP I will be able to make a difference in my new community. Although I am sad for life as I know it to be ending, I am so excited for what is next. I feel honored to be part of the LSP family and I know it is going to be an amazing experience. I cannot wait to get to know everyone, and become a Sun Devil!