2008 Scholar Profiles

Chevon Boone
Chevon grew up in tiny Garysburg, North Carolina (population 1,000), attended KIPP Pride High School (Gaston, NC) and came to Philadelphia in August 2009 to attend the University of Pennsylvania. While adjusting to her new life in a large city, Chevon enjoyed focusing both on academic pursuits, with a major in Health & Societies, and on some of Penn’s extracurricular activities, of which the highlights for her were the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir and its freshman year concert. She served as a peer counselor in the same pre-freshman program that helped to orient her to the university. Chevon volunteered her time by serving dinner at a local homeless shelter and described the experience as “life altering.” After graduation, Chevon joined Teach for America with a placement at North Star Academy Charter School of Newark (NJ). She passed her teacher certification test in January 2013 and received a master’s of arts in teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, a master’s degree program training district and charter public teachers.  She was a member of the founding faculty for KIPP DC: Valor Academy Middle School where she currently teaches 5th grade English-Language Arts.
Joivonnah Childs
A graduate of Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics (Bronx, NY), Joivonnah is also an alumna of  the Wharton School of Business where she majored in Marketing and minored in Japanese Studies. She participated in the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association, joined the marketing and freshman liaison committees, and for three years made an impressive presentation each spring to the next college-going cohort of Leonore Annenberg Scholars. She joined a community service organization called Stitch for Kids that crochets and knits blankets and hats for the Children’s Hospital.  Joivonnah is a Marketing Analyst with the Digital Customer Solutions Team at Pepsi Co.
Areej Hassan
Areej arrived in the U.S. with her family from the Sudan (by way of Egypt) at the age of nine. She knew no English. Eight years later, she graduated as the valedictorian of her class from Northeast High School in Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University where she assisted a professor of Arabic with research for a new book and served as a tutor for middle school students in nearby Trenton. In the spring of her junior year, she studied abroad at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. By the end of her study abroad program, Areej had written two lengthy research papers entirely in Arabic and received a “Superior” rating on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages’ Oral Proficiency Interview. She also interned at the Witherspoon Institute (in Princeton, NJ), working for the director of the Islam and Civil Society Project and helping to prepare for the “Quran in the Modern World” seminar held at the Princeton Theological Seminary in July 2012.  She is currently director of media and research for the Center for Islam and Religious Freedom and research associate at the Zephyr Institute in Palo Alto, CA.  CIRF engages in research, education, media, and advocacy at the intersection of Islam and religious freedom. She is the author of “Religious Freedom: Arguments from Islam” and other publications.
Candace Hensley
A graduate of Boston Latin School (Boston, MA), Candace also graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a double major in English and Philosophy. Candace was selected for a John William Ward Public Service Fellowship during the summer before her senior year of high school, and she worked for the Fellowship program as coordinator for the Summer 2009 Fellows and their Sponsors. She also held a Discovering Justice internship at the Moakley Courthouse, and was hired for another summer internship at the Peabody-Essex Museum. Her work for Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf during the Discovering Justice internship and again the following summer, together with her experience as a John William Ward Fellow, reinforced her desire to pursue a legal career. Candace has served on the Board of the Ward Fellowship. She is currently enrolled at Harvard Law School, Class of 2018.
Shiyah Trotman
A graduate of Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice (Brooklyn, NY), Shiyah was a budding filmmaker at the University of Chicago when he joined the on-campus film group FireEscape Films, the Organization of Black Students, the campus literary magazine, and Rhythmic Bodies in Motion.  During his junior year, he studied abroad in both London and Paris. As a senior, he worked with the Black Student Organization on its Cultural Show. Shiyah was a listener services associate at New York Public Radio, and participated in training internships at Democracy Now! Productions, Resonance Interactive Corp., Tribeca Film Institute, and Soze Productions.  He is currently a teaching artist at Reelworks, offering film analysis classes in Brownsville, Brooklyn and Harlem middle schools.  He initiated and oversaw ‘Reelwork’s ReelBros’, a program designed to create an open and safe space for young men of color. He customized and co-authored semester-wide unit outlines and day-to-day lesson plans for the program.
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