Murray 1693 Scholar
Oakton, Virginia (Oakton High School)
It always felt right. My heart had been set on William and Mary since I was 12 years old. When I was notified of my status as a Murray Scholar finalist, my heart skipped a beat. One morning several weeks later, I opened my phone and saw a missed call from the College and a text reading "Pls call me ASAP so I can offer u a Murray Scholarship. We are excited 2 give you the offer & want u @ WM!" I sat in shock for a few minutes, called my parents, sat on the decision until after lunch, and promptly accepted. The scholarship, the incredible opportunities for research and study abroad, and the amazingly beautiful setting made coming to W&M an easy decision.
Economics and possibly Mathematics
Extracurriculars at W&M
I am a member of William and Mary's dance team and a student-run dance company called Pointe Blank. I am also part of a research team that investigates the relationship between the environment, food and international security. Our team spent part of the summer of 2012 in Uganda working in a partnership with the National Fisheries Resources Research Institute.
What I Did Last Summer
I went to Uganda to examine the production and marketing practices of fishers on Lake Victoria.
Was featured in a video on our African research.
I traveled to Uganda to do research with Cullen Hendrix and Sarah Glaser, and visited Australia, England, and France on my own time.
My "1693 Project"
It's in the dream stage right now, but I got a great idea for a project while I was in Uganda. I met a man who runs a large fish processing plant outside Jinja, Uganda. He has a business model in which a simple change to the processing of the fish (drying on raised rack rather than on the ground on the beach) significantly increases the profit margin for fishers and allows fish to become a valuable regional export commodity. He hopes to secure funding to establish a training program so that others can benefit from this simple business model. I think helping to raise funds and establish that program would make a really meaningful Murray project.
I plan to return to Africa to gather data regarding the migration patterns of laborers in the fishing industry around Lake Victoria, with particular regard to the relationship between migration and access to capital.
High School Activities and Awards
- Senior Class President
- Varsity Dance, Varsity Track and Field
- Female Scholar Athlete of the Year 2011
- National Honor Society, French Honor Society, History Honor Society
- Delegate to Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent's Advisory Council
- Named "Best French Speaker" at Virginia Governor's Foreign Language Academy
- Named "Most Outstanding Junior in Academics" for Oakton, Madison, and Marshall High Schools by the Optimist Club of Greater Vienna
- National Merit Finalist and Scholarship Winner
- Presidential Scholars Semifinalist
- Danced at Washington Ballet Summer Intensive