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Secretary Wagner delivered the Graduation Address at this year's College Leaders Program commencement. She discussed the current state of the Commonwealth and urged the graduates to get involved in public service.
Ara Friedman (Randolph Macon's Women's College '09) was this year's recipient of the Spirit of Citizenship Award, which recognizes a commitment to public service and citizen engagement, leadership, participation, enthusiasm, and commitment. The award was presented by Sorensen's Marc Johnson.
Regis McKoy (Radford University '07) delivered the Class Address for the College Leaders Program Class of 2007.
Dr. Tom Shields is the Director of the Center for Leadership in Education at the University of Richmond and an instructor in the College Leaders Program. Dr. Shields addressed the graduating class, after having been introduced by Marc Johnson, Director of Youth Programs at the Sorensen Institute.
The Sorensen Institute celebrated the graduation of its College Leaders Program Class of 2007 on Saturday, June 30, in Charlottesville. Family and friends came together to recognize twenty-three of our students for their successful completion of the nation's premiere youth leadership training program.
Sean O'Brien, the Executive Director of the Sorensen Institute, took the podium first, sharing the joy and honor he feels each summer working with some of Virginia's very best and brightest young people.
Laura Harris, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005 and a Youth Program Manager for the 2006 season, has recently graduated from George Mason University with a Master's Degree in Public Policy.
In the past week she has been offered and accepted a position at the Brookings Institution. Laura will be a Project Manager in Brookings' Economic Studies Department. She will be working on their Budgeting for National Priorities Project.
Elizabeth Hooper, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, will spend this summer in Richmond working as an Outreach Officer for Moving Virginia Forward, Governor Kaine's Political Action Committee.
Elizabeth just completed the first year in a two-year Master's program in Public Administration at Virginia Tech. She will be incorporating her experience this summer into her thesis and will graduate in May of 2008. Way to go Elizabeth!
An alumna of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, Holly Mattocks recently celebrated her graduation from the University of Virginia where she earned her degree in Foreign Affairs. She has quite a summer ahead of her.
Holly will be in Northern Virginia interning with State Senator Creigh Deeds' Gubernatorial campaign as well as working in the African Programs Department of the Search for Common Ground organization.
Veronica Tessler, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, is celebrating her graduation from Virginia Commonwealth University. She earned degrees in Political Science and International Studies.
This summer Veronica will be moving to Iowa to begin a new job as Program Associate of Policy Analysis and Dialogue at the Stanley
Foundation, a "nonpartisan, private operating foundation focusing primarily on peace and security issues and advocating
Andrew Lamar, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, celebrated his graduation from Mary Washington University last Saturday. Andrew earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Political Science.
He is a past State Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia and a 2006 recipient of the Patrick Henry Award for Public Service and Leadership.
Andrew is currently serving as the Chairman of Speaker Bill Howell's re-election campaign.