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Students Serve Internships, Receive Scholarships

June 18, 2005 –– Eight interns have joined Delegate Donna M. Christensen's staff this summer. Six Virgin Islanders have been placed in the St. Croix, St. Thomas and Washington, D.C. offices, learning tasks associated with a congressional office. Two other interns from the U.S. mainland are working in the Washington office. The interns come from organizations such as the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, and the Barbara Jordan Congressional Health Fellows program.
"Every year we are pleased to provide a challenging work experience to many young and gifted students in our community," Christensen said."
Interns working this year include:
Tiffany Lianique Bertrand is an 18-year-old sophomore at the American University in Washington D.C. She is majoring in Public Relations and Communications with a minor in International Studies. Her ultimate goal is to become an Immigration or Corporate Lawyer. Tiffany's parents are Edison and Annette Bertrand.
Christopher Terence Macklin is a graduate of Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School in Little Rock, Ark. As an 18 -year-old entering college freshman at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Macklin plans to work toward a major in mathematics with a minor in chemistry. After acquiring his bachelors degree, he has hopes on attending Medical or Business School for his masters. His ultimate goal is to become an obstetrician gynecologist or a statistician/chief financial advisor for a major corporation.
Candice Donald is a recent graduate for the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’’s degree in Community Health Education. During her internship, she plans to learn as much as possible as the Health Legislative Assistant, because she plans on continuing a career in health by furthering her education in Public Health.
Nicole Smith, one of the youngest interns, is 16-year-old senior at the Antilles School. Her career goal is to become a journalist. Her parents are Hugh Smith and Veronica Handy.
Kory E. Davis is an alumnus of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. Presently he is a honors sophomore at the Johnson C. Smith University, in Charlotte, N.C. He is majoring in Liberal Studies with concentrations in English and Communications. After acquiring his bachelors degree, he plans to attend George Washington University to obtain his masters degree in tourism management. His goal is to become a doctor (PhD) and return home and serve as Tourism Commissioner for the USVI. Kory's parents are Claxton Davis and Janice A. Freeman.
Justin Aronstein is a senior at the St. Croix Country Day School. He was a finalist for the U.S. House of Representatives Congressional Page Program. Aronstein will be stationed in the St. Croix district office this summer and will be assigned to reporting on local government. Kai Miller is an 18-year old junior attending Monroe College in New Rochelle, N. Y.. His major is Business management. He plans on becoming a successful human resource manager and own a business. His parents are Gregory E. Miller II and Monique M. Motta.
Socorro Yanez is a bilingual student at Washington State University, Pullman, Wash. At WSU he is an elementary education major. He strongly believes in "never being a follower but always a leader."
Emily Cromwell is 21-year-old communication major at Alfred University in upstate New York. Upon her graduation she plans on pursuing her masters in elementary education. Her parents are Errol Cromwell and Beatrice York.
While these nine individuals work for Congress, another nine have received scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Receiving $1,000 to further their college education are:
– Somalia Edwards-St. Croix Educational Complex.
– Sylvia Navarro- St. Joseph High School.
– Cherrelle Herbert- Good Hope School.
– Victoria McFarlane- Charlotte Amalie High school.
– Malik Felix- St. Croix Central High School.
– Jason Williams- Country Day School.
– Melissa Hutchins- Ivanna Eudora Kean High School.
– Lisa LaPlace- All Saints Cathedral School.
– JahLion Wasin Okolo- St. Croix Educational Complex.
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