Seeing all the ILC participants was a treat. I got to meet some new people and reconnect with some friends I hadn't seen in a while. We all piled into the Lavona Dejon Middle School auditorium and went over a quick agenda with Mr. Vincent Rhea (former El Cerrito High School principal), who always leads the presentation.
|Kelly Xi (taking DNA-Biotechnology at Brown University) and I|
|Emily Cain - ECHS sophomore. She is taking Women and Leadership at Brown University|
|Lucas Lochner-Bravo - Taking Constitutional Law at Columbia|
|Tomi Balogun - Taking Constitutional Law at Columbia|
|Aurea Riboroso - Taking Presidential Powers at Columbia|
|Clara Lengacher (left) and Mariko Whitenack (right) - Both ECHS juniors who are taking Experimental Physics at the University of Pennsylvania|
|Calvin Kuang (left) and Emily Hayashi-Groves (right) - Both ECHS juniors, Calvin is taking Freedom and Justice at Cornell University and Emily is taking Macroeconomics at Brown University|
A special treat was hearing speeches from two past Ivy League Connection participants who are at Ivy League schools. The first speaker was Austin Long, who graduated from Pinole Valley High School with the class of 2011 and is a rising sophomore at Yale University. I met Austin last year, when he was a senior, and marveled at his public speaking skills and his ease and kindness with others. He spoke about the importance of the Ivy League Connection and really encouraged every single one of this year's participants to take advantage of the opportunity and really bring something back to the community.
|Austin Long - Yale University c/o 2015|
|Terilyn Chen (Harvard University c/o 2016) and I|