Sharan SubramanianSharan Subramanian is a freshman at the University of Chicago studying Economics. He is the Founder and President of “Invest in Chess,” a chess advocacy initiative that is working not only to spread, teach, and promote chess, but also to raise awareness of its practical and educational benefits. At the University of Chicago, he is on the board of the Uncommon Fund (a philanthropic fund containing $85,000 to fund impactful projects), the advisory board of the Center for Leadership and Involvement, and is a member of the Student Leadership Institute, a selective leadership development program for students in the college. He is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others and believes deeply in the transformative power of chess. Sharan is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award and was recently named to The Prospect’s “20 Under 20” list featuring 20 incredible teens changing the world.
Julia SchemmerJulia Schemmer is a senior from sunny California, who participates in five AP classes, is co-captain of the Mock Trial team, and is the president of the Female Empowerment Club; all while maintaining a 4.1 GPA. In her spare time, she's the CEO of She Speaks Media and The Face of Cancer, an author, a public speaker, an executive for Her Culture Magazine, and an avid Sam Smith enthusiast. One day, she aims to become an international human rights lawyer, foreign correspondent and diplomat working on anti-genocidal policies in developing countries.
Gina DiPaola is a junior at Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY. At her school, Gina is the president of her class, the president of Student Service Club, and an active member of Debate Club and Model UN. Outside of school, she is the editor and social media manager of the non-profit organization Girls4STEM, a committee member of the New York Women's Equality Coalition, and a magazine writer and blogger for Her Culture. Gina frequently volunteers at Stepping Stones Learning Center, the Irondequoit Community Cupboard, Together Including Every Student (TIES), and ElderONE Nursing Home. Gina is passionate about service, women's empowerment, human rights, politics, and advocacy; she aspires to pursue a career in social justice and international development in the future. Follow her on Twitter @Gina_DiPaola.