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Crystal Alvarez

Hey everyone! My name is Crystal Alvarez and I am from the lovely city of Glendale, AZ. I am a proud graduate of the oldest high school in Arizona: Glendale High, founded in 1911! It is over 100 years old, but not worry, we don’t use the textbooks from back then. With regards to my life, soccer, family, friends, student council and Interact have shaped my life. I love the outdoors, you can always find me where there is a soccer field or a group of people playing ultimate frisbee.

All in all, I strive to become a better person every day. The opportunity to be a part of LSP is an absolute blessing. I cannot wait to begin my journey as a business major and a member of the 2014 cohort. Change is the only constant thing in life, and a positive change is what I am certain the 2014 cohort will make at ASU. My excitement towards this year is beyond explanation as I am honored to be part of LSP and ASU. Let the journey begin. Go Sun Devils!

Efraen Amarillas

Hello! My name is Efraen Amarillas and I am a member of the 2014 cohort. I was born and raised in Glendale, AZ. I attended Bourgade Catholic High School in Phoenix. Throughout my high school career, I was very involved with activities such as, Student Council, Ambassadors, varsity tennis, chess and the annual mission trip to the San Carlos Indian Reservation. During my free time, I enjoy volunteering with various service organizations, primarily with the Phoenix Fire Department.

I am very excited to become a member of the Arizona State University community and the Leadership Scholarship Program. My major at ASU will be public service and public policy. I am very privileged to be given the opportunity to engage in all that ASU has to offer. Over the next four years I hope to impact ASU by sharing my personal qualities with the students and faculty of ASU. While studying public service and public policy, I hope to implement what I have learned to the ASU, LSP and local communities.

Delilah Cassidy

Hello all! My name is Delilah Cassidy. I am a graduate of Casa Grande Union High School in Casa Grande, AZ. While in high school, I participated in Student Council where I served as student body president, Key Club, National Honor Society, Youth Commission, and band. I was also the school mascot, and captain of various varsity sports including golf, soccer, tennis, and basketball. However, my favorite sport is football and I love the Chicago Bears more than anything in the world as can be seen by my outrageous amount of navy blue and orange memorabilia.

My major is exploratory, but I believe I will eventually be a business major and later attend law school. My goal is to work as an agent for a professional sports team. During my time at ASU and as a student in Barrett, The Honors College, I hope that by being involved in various clubs and programs I can make lasting friendships as well as memories. I am thankful and excited to take advantage of the opportunity to be in LSP.

Ryan Clogg

My name is Ryan Clogg. I am a graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. I am the child of a high school teacher and a very successful entrepreneur; I aspire to see their traits within myself every day. I look forward to putting a smile across a stranger’s face every day and opening his/her mind to so much more in life.

ASU is giving me the opportunity to grow into a more motivated and selfless person. I am very excited to be given the chance to show my compassion and drive towards helping others and to fully devote myself to a student organization and make an impact on campus. I will bring my experience in leadership from being the Michigan DECA State President to Arizona and implement it fully.

My goals are very simple and straight forward. I intend to learn a lot about business and finance and network and create a friend group of like-minded individuals that will be there for my entire life.

Zachory Daniel

Hello everyone my name is Zachory Daniel and I am a graduate of Palo Verde High School in Tucson, AZ. While at Palo Verde, I participated in an array of activities including football, wrestling and track. In addition, I was involved with marching/concert band (where I played the quints), NHS and HOSA. I also found time to volunteer at the University of Arizona Medical Center and the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. I have many hobbies; however, my absolute passion is working out and lifting weights. I love to challenge myself, set goals for myself and then achieve those goals.

I am super excited to be a member of the LSP program. Being an Eagle Scout, I know this program is right for me. I love helping others and giving back to the community. LSP will allow me to meet other like-minded individuals who I can share experiences with and create life-long memories. While at ASU I plan to major in Applied Biological Sciences with a Pre-Med focus. I hope to help others experience the gift of sight by becoming either an optometrist or an ophthalmologist. I am thrilled to be a member of the LSP program and an ASU Sun Devil. GO DEVILS!!

Natasha Feise

Hello all! My name is Natasha Feise and I am a graduate of Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, AZ. The first thing you will find out about me is that I am ALWAYS smiling. In fact, smiling is my favorite! When I moved to Arizona as a high school sophomore, I was eager to get involved right away. By my senior year, I was president of two of the largest clubs on campus, Mentors and Teacher Academy. Through these leadership experiences, I gained invaluable skills that will help me make the most of my college years.

At ASU, I hope to get really involved in student organizations in order to broaden my experiences as a future leader and elementary educator. I want to positively impact ASU by bringing my passion to the organizations I join. My goal for the next four years at ASU is to work, have fun, make tons of new friends, and leave a lasting legacy by the time I graduate. As a lifelong fan of ASU, I cannot wait to be a Sun Devil!

Ricardo Flores

Hello! I am Ricardo Flores and I am from the beautifully small (but not really small) town of Queen Creek, AZ. I was born in Chandler and moved to Queen Creek 13 years ago. I was Queen Creek High School’s 2014 class president. I was involved in NHS, student council, link crew, dawg pound, and most importantly DECA. In DECA, I served as chapter president for two years and was later elected to serve on the Arizona DECA state officer team at the end of my junior year. At the state level, I represented over 7000 marketing students across the state. DECA has defined who I am and who I want to become.

At ASU I will pursue a degree in marketing while also attending Barrett, The Honors College. I aspire to become Sparky the Sun Devil at the end of my freshman year. After graduating from ASU, I will pursue a career in the sports marketing industry. I look forward to the next four years at ASU. Fork ‘Em!

Rachel Gotsch

Hi! My name is Rachel Gotsch. I am a graduate of Resurrection College Prep in Chicago, IL. At this all-girls Catholic high school, I have been involved in sports, a ridiculous number of clubs and organizations, music, and volunteer projects. I am a part of six honor societies for math, science, journalism, service, art, and of course National Honor Society. Playing sports like volleyball and soccer, is my passion. My family is everything to me, especially my older sister Melissa! I am an extremely organized and hardworking person; however, I love to hang out with friends and have fun.

I hope to continue all of the amazing service I do now when I arrive at ASU. My goal is to excel in academics, to be involved in many new clubs, to become friends with inspiring people, and travel a lot. I am so happy to be a part of the LSP family and I hope I can bring my leadership and service to positively impact the ASU community!

Lindsay Heffron

My name is Lindsay Heffron and I am a graduate of Perry High School in Gilbert, AZ. I plan on majoring in secondary education-mathematics. I became interested in leadership when I was in the sixth grade and since then my interest has grown into a passion. Alongside leadership, I love to be active, play sports and compete. Throughout high school, I was a three sport varsity athlete, but in my transition to ASU, I will be taking on a new path through the Leadership Scholarship Program and will be leaving my sports behind.

While at ASU, I hope to get involved in as many ways as possible in order to spread my leadership and my positive attitude! I hope that while I am at ASU, I will grow as a person and as a leader in order to prepare myself for my future education career. My goal in life is to have a school named after me and to look back and say that I impacted my students’ lives as my teachers have impacted mine.

Melinda Hickcox

Hello everybody! My name is Melinda Hickcox, and I am the third oldest of nine children in my family. I am a recent graduate of Tempe High School. Go Buffaloes!! Throughout the past four years, I have participated in various clubs including: Key Club, NHS, Teen Court, Health Occupations Preparatory Education (H.O.P.E.), Marching Band, Chess, Students Helping Access Doors Educationally and Socially (SHADES), and Inspire Arizona. In addition, I participated in the International Bachelorette program. These organizations have not only continuously challenged me, but they have also helped shape me into the person I am today.

I plan on attending Barrett, The Honors College at ASU this fall. I will be majoring in biochemistry (medicinal chemistry) in hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field. My passion to help others has fueled my goal to become a medical doctor. Through my involvement with LSP, I hope to gain amazing friends and countless memories.

Jacob Jelinek

Hello! My name is Jacob Jelinek and I am an Arizona native from Peoria! I am driven yet patient, motivated yet cautious, and aggressive yet respectful. Having been blessed with so many opportunities through my school and community, I have found it easy to be involved. One highlight was being able to serve as the first youth ex-officio city council member in the state of Arizona. I consider myself very lucky and incredibly honored to have been selected for the LSP.

While at ASU, I plan on studying hard to pursue a finance degree. Beyond ASU, politics certainly hold an allure so I hope you’ll see my name on a ballot someday! As much as I expect to gain from my tenure at ASU, I hope I can contribute a proportional amount back into the ASU community. It is my whole-hearted intention to use one of my core values, service, to make this happen.

In my spare time my head is in the clouds; I have my pilot’s license and soon to have my airframe and power plant aircraft mechanic’s certificates! Also, I love to hang out and enjoy time with friends…and I plan to make many more here at ASU. GO DEVILS!

Sierra LaDuke

Hey guys! My name is Sierra LaDuke. I was born in a small town in Alaska, but I’ve lived in Phoenix, AZ for several years now (I know, just a slight climate change). I feel very fortunate to have gone to such a small school where leadership opportunities were easily obtained. I attended South Ridge Prep, where I was the student body president, N.H.S. vice-president, a volleyball and soccer captain, as well as the salutatorian. Aside from school, I enjoy wasting time with my friend Netflix, babysitting my adorable twin cousins, and taking and editing pictures.

This fall I will be attending Barrett, The Honors College and will major in journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I plan on getting involved with service projects, student government, and intramural sports - anything that allows me to make a positive impact and make new friends. I am so psyched to begin the next four years with the LSP family, and I look forward to all of the wonderful things that we will experience together.

Charles Larson

Hi! My name is Charles Larson and I am a graduate of Scottsdale Christian Academy. During my four years at SCA, I developed a heart for serving others. Doing community service and going on mission trips has taught me so much about how I can help others. In addition, I have been able to grow as an individual. I also was a member of National Honors Society.

Outside of school, I enjoy playing golf, wakeboarding, hanging out with my friends, and working at McDowell Mountain Golf Club. I will be majoring in supply chain management in the W.P. Carey School of Business. I am so excited to experience everything that ASU has to offer and even more excited to give back to the community as a member of LSP! I look forward to meeting everyone, knowing that together we will be able to impact the ASU community. I feel so blessed to be a part of this cohort, and I know that it is going to be an amazing four years! Go Devils!

Cindy Le

Hello! My name is Cindy Le and despite being a very dedicated Canadian, I have come to love Arizona. I have lived here five years and recently graduated from Hamilton High School. During my sophomore year, I founded the American Red Cross Club at my high school, and it grew to include over 250 members. I was also the vice-president of the Leo Lions Club and a Shift Leader with the Dignity Health Summer Volunteen Program.

At ASU, I will be majoring in biological sciences (animal physiology and behavior). However, it is actually my life’s ambition to attend medical school and become a primary physician and a leader within Doctors Without Borders. But before I can go and advocate world peace, I always ensure to love and respect my family and friends.

While volunteering is my greatest passion, I do love cooking, singing, swimming, traveling, playing video games, shopping, and sewing. At ASU, I plan to immerse myself in humanitarian work and philanthropic leadership opportunities. I am so elated to become a part of the LSP family and to meet leaders who have continually inspired other people. I can’t wait to see what we can all achieve together!

Jessica Lehman

Hi there! My name is Jessica Lehman and I am a graduate of University High School in Tucson, AZ. I have lived in Tucson my whole life, with my family and two younger brothers. In high school I kept busy with my involvement in Mock Trial, Triathlon Club, Math Club, the Student Activities Board, and swim team. I’ve always had a deep interest in the subject areas of science and medicine, and at Barrett, The Honors College I will be majoring in kinesiology. I hope to later attend medical school, become a pediatric orthopedist, and potentially even practice medicine abroad through the Doctors Without Borders program.

At Arizona State University, I hope to become involved in many clubs on campus and participate in community service as well. During my high school years I worked with a Tucson non-profit called “The Shyann Kindness Project,” a charity whose mission is to spread the spirit of kindness by donating toys, clothing, dental products, and other key essentials to children in need. I would like to help spread involvement in this altruistic project past the borders of Tucson and into the Phoenix area, starting with the ASU Tempe campus.

Emily Liu

Hey everyone! I’m Emily Liu, a fiercely independent journalism and mass communication major with a knack for writing and a bit of wanderlust. I was born in the San Francisco Bay area, but have been calling Gilbert, AZ my home for nearly ten years. During my career at Williams Field High School, I have gone from acting as Key Club’s vice president to editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, and from volunteering with Link Crew to the Arizona Museum of Natural History. I’ve been dedicated to extending my journalism experience through ASU’s Summer Journalism Institute, my role as historian in HOBY Arizona’s alumni program, and positions in azTeen Magazine, Feeling the Vibe Magazine, and Polyphony H.S. Literary Magazine.

My goal is to not only become a true journalistic professional in my time at ASU, but to also gain experience in leading community service—eventually gaining a Nonprofit Professional certificate to impact youth volunteerism during college and after. That being said, I hope ASU will aid me in building lifelong friendships and leadership skills, and that I will make a positive impact on the campus and students in return. Cheers to four years of collegiate tomorrows!

Eric Mannix

My name is Eric Mannix I come from the small town of Chino Valley. While in high school, I was a member of many clubs and sports including: NHS, NHD, HOSA, student council, track, and wrestling. Outside of school, I spent time with my friends working out or just hanging out.

My goals are to keep high grades during my collegiate career and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in mathematics. I am excited to attend the Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering and be a sun devil. I look forward to learning how to network throughout the entire campus, especially with those in a different major than my own. I hope to be an impact on the ASU community by being as helpful as I can starting with my LSP cohort then broadening my horizon to engineering majors and finally ASU students at large. I’m excited to be a sun devil and more excited to be in the LSP 2014 Cohort.

Mahnoor Mukarram

Hey there! My name’s Mahnoor Mukarram but you can call me Noor. Fun fact: my name means “moonlight” and is a little tricky to pronounce, so everyone used to call me Moon! Born in Lahore, Pakistan, I moved to California at the age of three and jumped around from state-to-state until by fate I ended up in Scottsdale, AZ. As a student at Desert Mountain High School, I was involved in a number of clubs and organizations in which I held leadership positions. Founding both Helping Hands (a non-profit community service organization) and Muslim Student Association, I was also fortunate enough to serve as vice president of Future Business Leaders of America, and class representative for National Honor Society.

I am now pursuing a double major in biological sciences and global health at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University with the hope of attending medical school post-graduation. I am lucky enough to have become a part of the Leadership Scholarship Program’s 2014 Cohort and while at Arizona State University, I hope to positively impact both the student body and community through LSP alongside my fellow LSPers. I cannot wait to see what is in store for the future!

Rachel O’Malia

Hello everyone! I’m Rachel O’Malia. I am a graduate from Globe High School in Globe, AZ. I’ve heard it said that life is what happens while you are busy making plans for the future. It is difficult and more than a little nerve-racking to picture what my life will be like down the road. There are so many ideas, opportunities, and adventures that interest me and there are many things that call to me. I have had several opportunities to travel and I know that whatever my eventual path, it will definitely involve travel, whether for my own personal adventure or in some way helping the global community. For now, I am looking forward to attending ASU in the fall while studying forensics and psychology. I am beyond excited to begin my college career with such a great LSP family by my side that will be there to motivate me and kick me off my high horse when I need it the most.

Maya Patel

Hi! My name is Maya Patel and I am a graduate of Notre Dame Preparatory High School in Scottsdale, AZ, where I have lived my entire life. Since the age of five, I have participated in traditional Indian dance, called Bharatanatyam and in Suzuki piano. In high school, I was actively involved in diversity club, National Honors Society, book and movie club, and ambassadors cub. I also had the opportunity to volunteer at various children’s shelters and hospitals in Malawi, Africa, the small country in which my mother was raised.

My time in Malawi opened my eyes to the preventable struggles facing many Malawians. I determined that I want to join the medical field and work to find solutions to such problems. Therefore, I will major in global health in hopes of attending medical school after graduation. Besides my academic interests, I also love to travel, dance, watch movies, meet new people, and spend time with family and friends! I am so excited to attend ASU in the fall and develop strong relationships with the diverse community of intellectual, well-rounded students. I can’t wait to be part of this amazing LSP family! Go Devils!

Naomi Reyes

Hello! My name is Naomi Reyes, and I’m a graduate of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ. Over the past four years I have been involved in numerous activities including National Honor Society, math and science academy, students supporting brain tumor research, choir, tennis, and basketball. I was a team member and captain when Saguaro won its first girls’ basketball state championship. I will be attending the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in biochemistry with a focus in pre-medicine. I have big plans for ASU, and I want to get involved in as many things as possible! Thank you ASU for this opportunity, and I’m so excited to be a part of the LSP family!

Kari Sanford

Surprise! I live there. My name is Kari Sanford and for all seventeen years of my life, I have baked in the hot Arizona sun, especially on the golf course. At Willow Canyon High School, my interests have grown beyond projectile motion. In addition to playing on the varsity golf team, I competed in several Science Olympiad events, as well as FIRST robotics competitions. My participation in science technology engineering and math (STEM) club encouraged me to explore the endless possibilities of a career in science. As society continues to evolve, problems such as communication, cybersecurity, resource distribution and ozone depletion will plague us. I see myself creating sustainable computing solutions that revolutionize the way we live, interact and exchange information with one another. I plan to pursue electrical and computer engineering studies within Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. And as an LSP student, I aim to “pay it forward” by tying my engineering work with outreach programs to serve the greater community.

Nick Staloch

Hello everyone! My name is Nick Staloch and I am a graduate of Mesa Preparatory Academy in Mesa, AZ. Although I was born and raised in Arizona, I am a self-proclaimed Minnesota Vikings fan with an undying love for the game of football. During my tenure at Mesa Prep, I held a leadership position in the Mentor Program, assisted in establishing the Student Life Team, volunteered in the Heart for Others Club, participated in track and field, and was the quarterback for our varsity football team. It was through activities such as these that I developed a passion for leadership and came to realize the importance of community service.

This fall, I will be attending Barrett, The Honors College, pursuing a degree in supply chain management. The opportunities afforded to me at ASU, and within the Leadership Scholarship Program, appear limitless, and it is my hope that I can give back to the community to a similar degree. I am incredibly excited to be a member of the 2014 LSP Cohort, and I look forward to the next four years at Arizona State University!

An Tran

John Quincy Adams once said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, then you are a leader.” I aspire to learn more about what it takes to become an influential leader as I attend Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University, and eventually, become a leader that will influence the rest of the world. My name is An Tran, and I was born in Vietnam, but I have lived in Arizona for most of my life. I am motivated, outgoing, competitive, and multifaceted.

During my high school career, I was actively involved in numerous clubs including National Honor Society, basketball, student council, Key Club, tango club, and cross-country. Developing myself as a student, leader, and athlete are things that I have took pride in during my high school years.

I plan on studying biomedical engineering to fulfill my dream of opening my own foundation that will expand biomedical technology availability to other countries. I will remain active in my community and continue on the path of self-improvement in every aspect of my life. I am also excited to make a positive impact at ASU along with my new LSP family.

Katherine West

Hi everyone! My name is Katherine West, but everyone calls me Kathy. I am a graduate from Arcadia High School and can’t wait to be an ASU downtowner. I will be studying at the College of Nursing & Health Innovation. At the age of five I became a competitive swimmer and was active until my sophomore year; I retired after I found my true calling - service. I spend most of my time volunteering as a peer counselor for Teens in Crisis across Arizona. Being a peer counselor has been the most rewarding experience of my life. Whenever I find free time, I run, nanny, and participate in school clubs like NHS and Arcadia Chemistry Club. During my time at ASU, I plan to participate in many service based clubs and LSP projects, and focus on my studies! I am so honored and excited to be a part of such an amazing group of people! LSP Cohort 2014 is going to be one for the books!

Dominique Zapata

My name is Dominique Zapata and I am a graduate of Coronado High School in Scottsdale, AZ. Since freshman year, I knew I wanted to be heavily involved with my school. I valued school spirit and I eventually wanted to become an influential leader on campus. I became that student. I had the honor of being the junior and senior class president, I held an officer position in Key Club for two years, and was an active member of National Honor Society. Being involved in these leadership experiences has shaped me into the outgoing student I am today.

This fall, I hope ASU presents me with opportunities that will help me grow as a student leader. I plan to impact ASU by becoming involved in the student outreach programs. I want to work with incoming freshmen to ensure they have a smooth transition to college. A goal I have for myself is to take advantage of the opportunities LSP and ASU has to offer. I hope to learn as much as I can and build lifelong friendships.