Samuel 'Sam' Kebede
Meet Samuel 'Sam' Kebebe. He is a Senior at Montgomery Blair Senior High School. With his ardent passion in the sciences, he aspires to become a surgeon in the future. Sam is also an active member of the United States Chess Federation (USCF) and has won several city-wide chess tournaments. As an Ethiopian immigrant, Sam is devoted to helping other immigrant students. He consistently voiced his support for such students through peaceful demonstrations and through numerous speeches at the Montgomery County Board of Education. Sam has also been featured in various newspapers such as The Citadel and CNN for his work. Currently a recipient of the Posse Scholarship, he will be attending Sewanee University of the South in fall of 2017.
Meet Bemnete Niftalem. She is a Senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. She is the co-founder of an international initiative called Project Joseph where she helps homeless people domestically and internationally. Through her initiative, she has distributed cloth and other goods. Bemnete has a passion to learn different languages. Fluent in Amharic and English, she is also proficient in Spanish. In addition, she is also learning Arabic in school and German at IEA Councils.
Currently a Posse Scholar and attending Lafayette College fall of 2017, she hopes to become a multilingual surgeon in the future to better impact the international nonprofit sector.