Meet Winta Ghirmai she attended C.D. Hylton High School. She is an Eritrean American who resides in Virginia. Proficient in Tigrinya, Winta also hopes to become proficient in Arabic as she is currently learning it in school and IEA Councils. She believes that mastering the Arabic language will open the door to the Middle Eastern culture as she strives to work and give aid in that region. She has received her second degree black belt in Taekwondo and taught students at the academy in which she attended. She strives to make an impact in this global society with her acquired leadership skills and communication skills. She will be at Middlebury College fall of 2017.
Meet Ruth Goshu, a senior at Hayfield Secondary School. She is president of her school's National English Honor Society and a member of several other honor societies at her school. Ruth has a passion for science and aspires to become a Pediatrician in the future. Dedicated to serving others, she spends her summers volunteering at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She is also proficient in French and has passion for foreign languages. Ruth will be attending College of William & Mary in the fall of 2017. Other notable acceptances include Grinnell College, Scripps College and Boston College and more.
Meet Habeke Bekele, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. She was born in Addis Ababa and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Currently, she works as the outreach coordinator at the DC Youth Advisory Committee by educating youth in the District of Columbia area about health issues. She has a passion for educating others and working to improve her community. She wants to study the bio field. She joined IEA Councils in August 2016 which she says has helped her with gaining confidence and being able to speak in public. She hopes to someday practice bio-chemistry and business management. Habeke will be attending Gustavus College in the fall of 2017. Habeke has received admission from 30+ colleges.
Meet Xavier Sims. He is currently a senior at The Maret School. He is both of South Sudanese and Ethiopian descent. Xavier has a passion for spreading the English language worldwide and creating a close-knit international community. He has taught English professionally to children in the Dominican Republic as well as to hotel staff in Beijing, China. He currently acts as an English tutor for orphaned Ethiopian children and teaches Chinese martial arts at a local Chinese school. In addition to his community service, Xavier is active in musical theater and is a starting outfielder on the Maret Varsity Baseball team. Xavier is proficient in Spanish and fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He will be at Middlebury College fall of 2017.
Meet Selamawit ‘ Sal’ Girma. Sal is a senior at Wheaton High School. Sal enjoys learning about other cultures. At Wheaton, she is a part of the Biomedical program and also an officer at her school's Student Government Association. She hopes to start her own non profit organization to aid developing countries in gaining resources to structure their people and government. She currently interns at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in an analytical biology lab. She will be attending University of Richmond in the fall of 2017. Other notable acceptances include admissions from Colorado College, College of Wooster, and Northeastern University.
Meet Rahel Mideksa, a senior at Bell Multicultural High School in DC who is an empowering woman on the pursuit to change the world. Rahel wants to double major in bioethics and international human rights. She hopes to someday open a non-profit organization that allows access to basic healthcare in developing countries. Rahel is one of two students to have won the Presidential Scholarship at St. Lawrence University where she's chosen to attend. In the fall she will be at the University of London for a study abroad before returning in the spring to St. Lawrence. Her scholarship not only covers her + room and board, but also her personal expenses. Other notable acceptances include admissions from Wittenberg and Claflin University.
Meet Tselot Aklilu. She was born and raised in Nazareth, Ethiopia but immigrated to DC when she was nine. She attends The Field School. Tselot has a passion for social justice and community organizing. She works with a program called SMART (Student Multiethnic Action Research Team) to tackle issues faced by ESL immigrant students in the DCPS system. In school, she is the leader of AWARE club which is a discussion-based club that also works to tackle cross-sectional issues of identity. She is also the student-leader of Field’s People of Color Affinity Group. Tselot will be attending Scripps College in the fall of 2017 with a prospective major in International Relations. Other notable acceptances include admissions from Grinnell and Bard College.
Meet Samuel Merga. He was born and raised in Ethiopia, but immigrated to the United States at the age of six to Washington DC. He attends Archbishop Carroll High School and is a Full International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate. With a passion in chemistry, Samuel plans to become a medical doctor and hopes to work for Doctors Without Borders. Besides his academic life, Samuel also partakes in the Peer Ministry and Peer Tutoring program. He is the president of the National Honors Society and secretary of the student body government. He is also the co-captain of the baseball team. Samuel will be attending College of Wooster in the fall of 2017 as a chemistry major. Other notable acceptances include Drexel, Wheaton College, and St. John's College.
Meet Eden Mekuria. Eden is a senior at Wheaton High School. Throughout her high school journey, she has been part of the engineering academy where she hopes to pursue it professionally. Eden is also the co-founder of a foundation called 'The Angel Project' which raises money for orphans and teen moms in the DC, Maryland and Virginia area, as well as internationally in countries like Cameroon. She hopes to travel all around the world, learn about the different cultures and languages such as French and Arabic while spreading joy. Eden will be attending Lycoming College in the fall of 2017. Other notable acceptances include admissions from Allegheny College and Morgan State University.
Meet Miheret Hasenu. She is currently a senior at Columbia Heights Educational Campus in Washington D.C. She has served as class president for the past three years, concurrently involved in the National Honor Society and Philosophy Club inside of her school. Miheret hopes to major in Pre-Law and minor in International Business next fall to eventually help minorities, including women, who face injustice in developing countries. She hopes to become an agent of change within the international law spectrum to help individuals whose hopes have vanished. Miheret will be at the College of the Holy Cross this fall.
Meet Yael Emeshwu, She is currently a senior at Albert Einstein High School. She is an International Bacculater (IB) student that is aspiring to major in Political Science and International studies. She also hopes to travel the world and learn about the different cultures and languages such as French and Dutch. She will be at Manhattanville College next fall.
“IEA Councils has taught me to reach my full potential and has built my confidence from transitioning from high school to college.”
Meet Bezawit Tefera. She is on a vigorous pursuit to be a pediatrician. After watching her doctors conduct compelling work to those close to her, she knew at a very young age that she also wanted to go into the medical field. Bezawit currently volunteers at Washington Adventist Hospital, in the radiation oncology department. This experience has shown her the many sides of the medical field from the administrative side to the patient - doctor relationships. This will later on help her pursue her goal. Bezawit also hopes to one day travel across the world to get an international experience, with hopes to learn French and Korean. She will be at St. Lawrence University next fall.