Leslie is entering her junior year at Columbia Prep in New York City. This is her first year as an intern at WWW, and she recently traveled to New Orleans with the WWW staff to work with students in the New Orleans "Rethink" camp. She worked with 15 students there to generate ideas for a healthier cafeteria and safer public schools, diligently documenting their initial progress using a blog, video and photos. An avid music and movie lover, she avoids meat but loves the stage, showcasing her impressive vocal skills in multiple Columbia Prep musicals, concerts and music groups.
A high school junior at Randolph Technical Center in Elkins, WV, James participated in the first year long pilot of Globaloria in West Virginia. He is continuing to work on original games in the Globaloria program this Fall. He has also joined the World Wide Workshop team as an intern. In that role James is contributing to the MyGLife curriculum, supporting educators and mentoring other Globaloria students at his school and across West Virginia.
Steward is a student at Marshall Community and Technical College, where he studies Information Technology. An intern with WWW since February 2008, he has been creating game tutorials, concepts, and ideas or helping to teach RTC students game design and flash programming. Outside of school, work and his internship, he spends time in Huntington, WV, with his wife and daughter.
A first-time intern, Rebecca graduated from Columbia Prep in New York City in 2008. She plans to attend Yale in the fall, looking to major in Psychology or English. Through Columbia Prep's Science Research Program, she spent three years studying serotonin receptors in relation to clinical depression and designing an independent protocol for determining the prevalence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder in a population of New York City adolescents. She has been dancing ballet for almost 14 years, performing with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater and the Warwick Ballet Theater.
As an intern at the WWWF, Jadry Gruen has helped to analyze and code several of the West Virginia wiki pages, write newsletters, create a Globaloria facebook group, and worked on various other projects that facilitate the Workshop's growth. A native New Yorker, Jadry has danced ballet since the age of three at the Manhattan Ballet school, and has performed in two full dance productions each year since the age of five. She recently graduated from Columbia Grammar and Preparatory school in New York City, where she served on the student government and participated in various singing groups and a multi-ethnic cultural awareness club. Jadry will attend Davidson College in the fall with a full merit-based scholarship.
Noa, who is about to enter her junior year at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in NYC, is the Workshop's "original intern" who participated in WWW's Israel program in 2006-07. For her latest intern assignment, Noa recently traveled to New Orleans to work with the Rethink camp, helping kids use Globaloria as they"rethink" cafeterias and security in New Orleans public schools. Noa loves music and makes her own, playing guitar and spending time song writing. She also enjoys dancing in all of its forms. In school, she especially finds interest in math and looks forward to continuing to learn it. Noa loves to have fun but is always willing and ready to work.
LEAH MORGAN HERNDON
Leah is a current student at Marshall Community and Technical College, where she enjoys learning about computers and designing websites. She resides in West Virginia, and is an accomplished majorette, with a particular passion for fire batons. Her work for WWW includes game proposals and ideas, graphics design with great attention to detail and color and mastering the different flash programming skills necessary to create attractive and informative games.
Once published in an international literary magazine "A Vision," Aixsha graduated from Columbia Prep in New York City in 2008 and will enter Yale in the fall. A self-proclaimed movie aficionado, she is a triple threat within the Columbia Prep theater department, acting in drama productions, singing in musicals and most impressively, directing a production of "Romeo and Juliet," the largest and most elaborate production ever attempted independently by students. She was an active member of Columbia's Model Congress.
RYAN ONELL LETADA
Inspired by those who changed the world with simple ideas, Ryan hopes to empower youth to dream bigger through innovation, enterprise and technology. In addition to supporting partnership development, he is responsible for identifying and implementing best practices of improving the Workshop's social media presence. For years, Ryan has been active in affecting change through activism and social enterprise. He is also the founder of Innovative Dreamers, a social venture committed to harnessing the power of technology for youth development. At the end of his internship, he will begin his Fulbright Fellowship to study best practices of homelessness reduction programs in Manila, Philippines. Ryan holds a BA from Wheaton College in Economics and Sociology.
Born in Jarabocoa, Dominican Republic and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Leticia graduated from Columbia Prep in New York City in 2008. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she loves math, science and psychology. She will study at Yale in the fall, hoping to enter medical school and become an ophthalmologist. She is the recipient of Columbia Prep's Science Department award and Tech Theater Award. She actively participated in Columbia's theater department, stage-managing two productions and working tech for many others.
Trevor Smith has been interning with World Wide Workshop since February 23rd, 2009. He began Globaloria in college and is graduating Marshall Community Technical College in 2010. He plans to major in Animation and Game Development. He is an avid video game player who enjoys drawing and listening to music of all sorts.
Charles Stewart worked as a World Wide Workshop intern between January and July in 2008. He began Globaloria his junior year at Man High School and became intern in senior year. Charles is now beginning his first year at college, where he plans to continue pursuing his passion for game design.
Graduating at the top of her class at Columbia Prep in 2008, Emily will attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall. An avid level-10 tennis player, Emily has traveled the country and the world training and playing matches, reaching an impressive rank amongst the top 100 tennis players in her age division. Although tennis consumes many hours of her days, Emily remains a focused and diligent student.
MADISON "MADII" MEADOWS
I'm a senior at Liberty High School and a first-time intern for Globaloria. I'm up for anything, and enjoy challenges. My interests include photography and graphic/web/fashion design. I have dreams, and determination. (Madii started with the Workshop in the fall of 2010. Her wiki page and blog can be found here and here, respectively.)
Matthew is a freshman at West Virginia Wesleyan who started as an intern with the Workshop in the spring of 2010. Currently, he is one of the interns managing the Globaloria Spotlight, a tumblr that showcases the best of Globaloria students' work.
JULIA WILSONJulia works to improve teacher participation and communication within the Globaloria program. She helps manage the Globaloria Game Design Competitions, and oversees the Globaloria Spotlight Blog, twitter account, and other social media tools. Julia recently graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Secondary Education, Social Studies and is certified to teach in New York State. She has deep interest in bringing more technology and innovative thinking into our public schools.
Heath is a second-year Globaloria Student and intern. Last year, he monitored several of our schools and helped in Mrs. Halsey's Globaloria classroom at Liberty High School. This year, in addition, he has been working at the Help Desk, providing on-demand Flash support to students across the program. His fascination with technology and for finding ways to solve problems has driven him to keep with the World Wide Workshop's Internship Program. On top of all this, Heath loves to play music. He is in a Christian band known as Redeemed. He have sang all his life and also plays the harmonica and guitar.
Corey is a second-year Globaloria student and a first-time intern with the Workshop. He monitors eight schools in West Virginia, keeping close track of their blogs, learning logs, and other work, all the while leaving positive comments and suggesting things each student can improve while in the program. He also attended the November Academy to help the new educators get started in the Globaloria program. Corey is a senior at Greenbrier West High School and enjoys sports, especially basketball.
Carl is a student at WVNCC and a first-year intern with the Workshop. He works mainly on visiting the different high schools in the program, helping them organize and produce better games. Carl focuses mainly on programming and graphics, and has been working to learn ActionScript 3 and create tutorial software for other students.