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Amanda-Rae Barboza is an up-coming senior at George Mason University. She is majoring in government and international politics and pursuing a minor in conflict analysis and resolution. Amanda-Rae maintains a 3.92 cumulative GPA and has earned Dean’s list honors every semester at George Mason. In addition to her academic success, Amanda-Rae is entering her third year as a Resident Advisor, and has focused most of her work on building bridges between the Office of Housing and Residential, the larger George Mason community, and local organizations and businesses, to better provide for and serve the residential life. In the fall of 2008, Amanda-Rae worked with Move-on.org in campaign work and promotion for the Obama Presidential campaign. During the 2009-2010 school year, Amanda-Rae was the Vice President of the George Mason University International Justice Mission, which focuses on advocacy, awareness, and education of modern-day human trafficking, and has helped organized the first “Justice Week” on Mason’s campus. Amanda-Rae, also, has served on the Student Committee Board for the 2009 & 2010 Democracy Conference held at George Mason, which is advised by Dr. Eric Shiraev. As well as being a member of the PIA Honors program, Amanda-Rae is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She was the recipient of the 2010 Heyward G. Hill Memorial Fund, worth $5000, from Dacor-Bacon House Foundation. Currently, she is interning with the National Association for Student Personal Administrators in D.C. and a Conference Assistant for the Office of Housing and Resident Life.
Violet M. Boggs is a senior at George Mason University, majoring in Government and International Affairs. She was accepted to the Public and International Affairs Department Honors Program for the 2010-2011 academic year. Violet has been on the Dean’s List every semester that she has been enrolled at Mason. She has been a member of Golden Key Honor Society since 2009. Over the summer of 2010 Violet spent 3 weeks in Paris in order to improve her French, which she has studied for over 8 years. She is currently an intern with United States Senator Jim Webb, where she takes down constituents’ opinions, responds to letters from constituents, attend committee hearings, conduct legislative research, as well as gives tours of the United States Capitol. Violet has done all of this while working full time as a manager in the restaurant industry, where she has worked for more than five years. After she receives her degree, Violet intends on going to school to receive a J.D. so that she may practice law in the Washington D.C. area.
Michael E. Duncanson has achieved the Dean’s list every semester he has been enrolled in GMU. He was inducted into Lambda Sigma Sophomore National Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Michael was also accepted into the Oxford Honors Program where he spent the semester studying International Relations and Politics and Economics of the European Union.
While in Lambda Sigma Sophomore National Honor Society, Michael helped citizens of the local community with holiday charity drives and volunteered for Kids in Action to help with children with disabilities. During his time on the George Mason Cross Country and Track teams, Michael assisted in many events, including a run for the Ronald McDonald House. Michael and his teammates ran with a man who was running from Maine to Florida to raise money and awareness for cancer.
Nicholas T. Hager, a government and international politics major, graduated from the Prince William County Public School System with an advanced diploma and began his higher educational career at Randolph College in Lynchburg under the Founders Scholarship. He eventually transferred to George Mason University, achieving the Dean’s List for three semesters and maintaining a 3.67 GPA. Nick has been a volunteer firefighter; an active member of American Mensa; and cares for the elderly in his spare time.
K. Baker Harcrow is originally from Riverside, California. A member of the Honors College, he is majoring in government and international politics with a concentration in political theory and law and a minor in philosophy and law. He makes it a point to write at least one paper about videogames each semester, and was actually asked to present one of them to the Virginia Collegiate Honors Conference in Spring 2009. During that same semester he helped to found Tau Delta Phi’s colony at George Mason University, and has since served as its secretary, pledge educator and president. Through his fraternity, Baker has worked on numerous philanthropic projects, from canned-food drives for Second Harvest to raising money for cancer awareness with Kappa Phi Gamma’s Mr. CARE Week Pageant (in which he placed third). What he is most proud of, though, is that while he has maintained a 3.74 GPA over his time at George Mason, he has done so on his own terms, writing papers and taking classes that he could honestly say he was interested in, in a style that is uniquely his.
As an upcoming senior at George Mason University, Noor Ibrahim is majoring in government and international politics while on the path to declaring a minor in spanish. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and Spanish and plans on attending law school next year in order to pursue a career in criminal or international law. As a result, Noor has participated in organizations at George Mason that will provide her with the experience she needs. Currently, she is a treasurer for the Political Honor Society also known as Pi Sigma Alpha at George Mason. In addition, Noor is a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Through the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, she has been a volunteer tutor for AVID, which is a tutoring program set up through the Fairfax County Public School System to help students receive extra help on subjects in which they are having difficulty. Essentially, the program allows students to receive the necessary help that they need in order to be successful through their educational years. Through AVID and the other organizations in which she is a member, Noor is able to gain experience in interacting with other students, learning about the demands of pursuing a career in law and politics, while being able to give back to her community.
Theodore “Justin” Lamb is a recent transfer from the University of Maryland, College Park who has maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. since arriving at this institution. Justin’s honors include: Eagle Scout, Tau Sigma National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Earl Linwood Koontz Award for Excellence in the Study of Chinese, Order of the Arrow, Distinguished Dean’s List while at the University of Maryland and Dean’s List each semester at George Mason. Admitted to the Honors program in 2010, Justin is currently majoring in government and international politics with a minor in international and comparative studies. He was recently accepted for a position with the United States Secret Service. While at the University of Maryland, Justin held an internship with the National Counterterrorism Center and was accepted into the prestigious Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) program. He is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the Kappa Alpha Order. Justin will graduate in 2011 and will either attend graduate school or seek employment with the military, federal law enforcement, or intelligence community.
James McMahon is a senior majoring in government and international politics. He has achieved the Dean’s List for 6 consecutive semesters at George Mason University.
While studying at George Mason University he has worked for the Prince William County Park Authority for three years and is currently being trained as a manager. He has a strong interest in community service and was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a community service fraternity. This summer he is preparing for the Law School Admission Test and plans to attend law school upon graduation.
Michael Medina is a government and international politics major. A native Virginian, he has made the Dean’s List each semester he has attended GMU and is a member of both Phi Theta Kappa and the Beta Nu Chapter of Tau Sigma. He aspires to go onto Law school in the fall of 2011.
Dominic Pody, of Philadelphia, PA, is a senior at George Mason University. He is seeking to complete his Bachelor of Arts in government and international politics with a concentration in political theory and law in 3 years of collegiate study. He has a 3.73 cumulative GPA and a 3.88 GPA within his major, and has been on the Dean’s List for three of the four semesters he has completed. A member of the University Honors College, he aspires to be a lawyer, and has been a member of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity at Mason since his freshman year. Also since his freshman year, he has been a Mason Ambassador and has held leadership positions within the GMU Student Government. He was the Congressional Affairs intern for Envision EMI in the summer of 2010, and is interested in becoming a Teach for America participant after he graduates in May 2011.
Born in London to a pair of diplomats, Alex Tyson is currently a rising junior. She is double majoring in government and international politics and global affairs, and intends to minor in french and economics. She maintains a 3.97 GPA. Tyson has served as co-chair of the Environmental Action Group, where she helped organize Virginia Powershift 2009, secured a series of grants (one totaling $5,000), and helped launch Patriot Green Fund campaign. Recently, the EAG’s work on Powershift 2009 was recognized for being the Most Innovative Program of the year by University Life. Tyson serves as a member of various Office of Sustainability working groups. With these groups, she helped plan earth week activities and helped organize a series of successful roundtable events that discussed the usage of nuclear energy, coal, and fossil fuels. Tyson is also a member of Alpha Phi Omega, where she served as pledge class service vice president, and where she is now serving as parliamentarian.
In addition to her passion for the environment and service, Tyson co-founded the Progressive Student Alliance and is a member of Golden Key. Outside of school, she has interned for the Center for Infrastructure Protection and has published articles relating to counter terrorism efforts throughout the globe. Tyson enjoys writing fiction and was awarded first place in the 2010 Global Affairs Short Story Contest. When she has the time, she plays guitar and keyboard, and is hoping to wrap up a series of demos in the near future.