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UT Announces the Inaugural Cohort of the Academy for Global Scholars

The Academy for Global Scholars (AGS), a program for first-year students that provides them with a unique opportunity for global engagement and individual growth, welcomed 22 students to its inaugural class.

Participants join AGS by invitation and engage as a cohort in a summer workshop, service activities, general education courses, and a study abroad experience. The Academy is a collaboration between the Division of Enrollment Management and the Center for Global Engagement.

“The Academy provides scholars with opportunities for academic success and prepares them for the global workplace,” says Doug Terry, teaching associate at the English Language Institute and AGS coordinator. “As we enter into a new normal of campus life, we are excited about exploring new ways to build community and engage in compelling programming with this inaugural AGS cohort.”

Meet the 2020 AGS Participants:

Natalia Acuna

Natalia Acuna, a first-generation student, has received many honors, including an AP Scholar award, Tri-Star Scholar award, and a Work Ethic Diploma for her high school graduation.
She was involved in different organizations and clubs such as Beta Club, National Honors Society, French Honors Society, and Art Club. While in high school, Natalia served her community by tutoring middle and elementary school students and completing a summer internship at a law firm through her school district’s Web-Based Learning program.

Lauren Boles

Lauren Boles, of Greeneville, Tennessee, plans on majoring in Global Studies. She enjoys listening to music, thrift shopping, and hanging out with friends. Lauren was a member of the cheerleading team in high school and her hobbies include doing makeup and researching true crime cases.

Adrianna Brown

Adrianna Nicole Brown, a first-generation student, plans to study an exploratory path with interests leaning towards the arts. She loves animals, theatre, and nature. Adrianna was extremely involved with her high school’s drama department and was an officer in the French club.

Bryan Bustamante

Bryan Bustamante, of Nashville, Tennessee, plans to major in political science. He was a student in the International Baccalaureate program at his school. Bryan served as vice president at his school’s Latino Achievers and Best Buddies programs. He participated in various other clubs but most notably in Youth Court, Model United Nations, and Youth in Government where they fueled his interest in law. Besides being interested in law, he enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. He hopes to study abroad during his time at UT and to meet people from other parts of the world.

Megan Byrd

Megan Byrd, of Cleveland, Tennessee, graduated from Cleveland High School in 2015 with straight A’s and Honors. Shortly after graduating high school, she went to boot camp to serve in the United States Marine Corps. She was in the Marine Corps for five years and strived for excellence in everything. While stationed in Hawaii, Megan volunteered in the local area, accumulating 450 hours of volunteer work over the past four years. She was on several committees to host bake sales, local soup kitchen volunteer events, and outreach programs for children within the surrounding communities.

Megan recently completed her military contract and participated in the Warrior-Scholar Project, a rigorous college-prep course through Texas A&M, with other motivated and educationally minded individuals. She has a passion for traveling to various places to experience and learn about different people, cultures, and areas. She believes there is always something to learn from other people, even if she cannot speak the same language. She enjoys hiking and adventuring outside.

Jaiva Chandler

Jaiva Chandler, of Knoxville, Tennessee, plans to study psychology and has a passion for assisting underprivileged children through school.
Jaiva served as a middle school tutor for children struggling with mathematics. She plans to be a criminal psychologist, profiling in the FBI. She hopes to start a nonprofit organization in her community that would help create educational equity. Jaiva was the Student Government Association president at her school. She participated in the Senior Committee, Project Grad, Interact Club, National Achievers Society, National Society for High School Scholars, and many more programs throughout her high school experience.

Haylie Daugherty

Haylie Daugherty, of Knoxville, Tennessee, plans on majoring in child and family studies. She hopes to one day be a kindergarten teacher. Haylie loves meeting new people and learning new things.

Madaline Dople

Madaline Dople, of Rocky Top, Tennessee, plans to major in English and minor in Hispanic Studies or American Sign Language.
She is a first-generation college student and is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program. She was a member of various clubs throughout high school, including Interact, Creative Writing Club as president, Book Club as vice president, and Spanish Club as secretary. She was a member of both the National Honors Society and the National Spanish Honors Society and is a member of her local Rotary Club.
She loves dogs, her friends and family, and writing. She is also a strong advocate for Civil Rights and hopes to use her passions to make the world a better place for all people from all walks of life.

Corina Fultz

Corina Fultz, of Kingsport, Tennessee, plans to double major in French and Francophone Studies and Hispanic Studies. Her dream is to one day teach high school or university, either domestically or abroad. Additionally, she hopes to participate in linguistic research, focusing on a variety of topics.
In high school, Corina served as the president of Beta Club and student representative of the World Language Honor Society. She was also selected to participate in both the Tennessee All-East and All-State Women’s Choir during her senior year.
During Corina’s leisure time, she enjoys knitting, watching her favorite television show, Doctor Who, learning foreign languages, and singing. She hopes to one day use her language skills to make a difference in the world.

Madison Gray

Madison Gray, a first-generation college student, is a member of the NSHSS, Key Club, and Writing. She is also serving in the Ignite Serves program this fall.
She has a passion for traveling, four wheeling, mission trips, and serving the community.

Aislin Gue

Aislin Gue, of Nashville, Tennessee, loves running, trying new things, and watching movies. She is patient about helping others who are sick.

Emma Hartsook

Emma Hartsook, of Lenoir, Tennessee, plans on majoring in Language and World Business focusing on Hispanic studies.

During high school, she was a part of the Spanish Club and the National Honor Society. She has also been taking guitar lessons all through high school and continue to play music. She loves not only playing guitar, but also reading, watching movies, listening to records, and traveling.

Autumn Large

Autumn Large, of Rogersville, Tennessee, plans to major in biology and follow a pre-health track, either pharmacy or dentistry. She plans to possibly minor in Spanish as well.
In high school, Autumn was a member of the Health Occupations Students of America and the SkillsUSA chapter within her school. Additionally, she was a member of Douglas-Cherokee Upward Bound, Key Club, Spanish Club, and the bowling team. Outside of school, Autumn tutored students in math and volunteered at a local humane society and the Shepherd’s Center in her hometown.
Autumn enjoys swimming, bike-riding, and spending time with friends. She is passionate about helping others.

Morgan Malugin

Morgan Malugin, of Dickson, Tennessee, was a member of the Beta Club and the varsity bowling team during high school. She created a platform to speak out against parental drug use and won the interview award at a Miss Tennessee scholarship pageant. In 2019, she was on the first mission team from Kentucky to go to Havana, Cuba, where she served in a drug rehabilitation center.

Kaitlyn Marek

Kaitlyn Marek, of Clarksville, Tennessee, plans on majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Africana Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She aspires to be a clinical psychologist with concentrations in transgender therapy and personality disorders. She would like to be involved in nonprofits that use cultural education to make the world a more peaceful and productive place.
Kaitlyn held leadership positions at her high school’s Computer and Information Technology Academy, National Honor’s Society, and Gay-Straight Alliance club. She was a member of her school’s National Technical Honor Society and attended the Governor’s School for Prospective Teachers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Kailee Messer

Kailee Messer, of Clarksville, Tennessee, enjoys traveling and experiencing new things all the time. She was co-captain of her school’s drill team and captain of the academic team for a season. She is passionate about speaking out for societal and environmental issues in hopes of positive change.

Sophie Pauti

Sophie Pauti, of Memphis, Tennessee, plans on majoring in Psychology and leaning more towards a Spanish minor. She served three years on the Advisory Board for Student Council in high school and was President during her senior year. Sophie has also been inducted into the National Honor Society as well as the National Spanish Honor Society.

Sophie loves listening to music, playing soccer, eating, and hanging out with friends and family. She also volunteers to lead a book club with girls whose first language is not English, in the 4th-6th grade, at an after school program called Multi-National Memphis.

Mary Roark

Mary Roark, of Knoxville, Tennessee, plans on majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish. She was the National Honor Society president and Key Club vice president at her high school. She was involved in Student Government and Young Life and hopes to continue participating in college. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Honors Program and a Ned McWherter Scholars Program scholarship recipient. After college, Mary hopes to attend law school to pursue a career as an immigration attorney.

Chloe Taylor

Chloe Taylor was head drum major of her high school marching band, as well as the president of all bands. She was involved in many clubs, including Young Democrats and #MeToo.

Anna Trevathan

Anna Trevathan, of Dandridge, Tennessee, plans on majoring in English Literature with a minor in Secondary Education.
She is a proud Mexican-American woman and a first-generation college student. In high school, Anna was in the Advanced Placement (AP) program and dual-enrolled at Walters State Community College. She was involved in various organizations such as Mock Trial, Beta Club, National Science Honors Society, Model United Nations, and the Upward Bound program. Anna advocates for growth in the nation, as she is an activist for diversity, immigration reform, gender equality, and LGBT rights.
In the future, she plans on using her degree to teach English as a Second Language in low-income communities to share the American Dream she grew up with

Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams, enjoys lifting, music, and helping others with their fitness/health goals. He was Vice President of his school’s National Honor Society.
He was very involved in the National Future Farmers of America Organization, which allowed him to develop teamwork and leadership skills.

One other student (not pictured) is in the AGS: Ivan Delgadillo