Alice Trenholme Isaacman - 1964 Scholar

Alice Trenholme Isaacman - 1964 Scholar

A few weeks after her high school graduation, Alice Trenholme Isaacman (1964, OR) met Alan Shepard, the first American in space, at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. A quarter century later, she began working for the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) project at NASA.

Her first NASA visit was part of her national recognition as a Presidential Scholar. “That was in 1964, the very first year of Presidential Scholars,” Isaacman said. “We got the royal treatment. And I do mean the royal treatment.” Isaacman recalls shaking President Johnson’s hand, visiting the Supreme Court, and eating lunch with Senator Wayne Morse (one of just two senators to vote against the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution).

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Catherine Dekle and Nicole Dekle Collins - 1985 Scholars

Catherine Dekle and Nicole Dekle Collins - 1985 Scholars

Catherine and Nicole Dekle have answered just about every identical twin question there is. 
 
“We get asked a lot whether we have ESP,” said Nicole Dekle Collins, an editor at The Wall Street Journal. “We don’t.”
 
A physician based in Atlanta, Catherine offers a plausible explanation for twin telepathy. “I remember once we were cooking in the kitchen, and I turned to Nicole and asked if she remembered this one time we went to the beach. She said she had just been thinking about that, too. But we realized it was because we had both heard fragments of a song and, because we had the same shared experiences, it brought up the same memory.”
 

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Lex Hames - 1966 Scholar

Lex Hames - 1966 Scholar

Multiple award-winning writer and videographer Lex Hames (Montana, 1966) has traveled a remarkable path in life, whether spinning prayer wheels in the great Gonden Monastery at 14,000 feet in Tibet, riding horseback across Mongolia to meet the Reindeer People, or hitchhiking through the Yukon with a husky named Odin. We asked him to the share some of his adventures with us. Here's what he told us.

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Michelle Wu - 2003 Scholar

Michelle Wu - 2003 Scholar

Watching Boston City Council President Michelle Wu in action today, most people would guess she'd been a consummate politician all her life. Not so. A political career was the farthest thing from her mind in 2003, when she was named a U. S. Presidential Scholar from Illinois. Although she planned to attend Harvard, she was unsure of a particular career path. “I would never have predicted that I would be in politics," she said. "Even if someone had asked me to make a short list of careers I could see myself in, politics wouldn’t have been on that list.”

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Dr. Michael A. Weiss - 1975 Scholar

Dr. Michael A. Weiss - 1975 Scholar

Dr. Michael Weiss (1975, OH) quickly realized that in order to get to the future—a future with advances in insulin that would benefit the poor and most vulnerable—he would have to go back to school. With a MD, PhD (both from Harvard University), and a full professorship already in hand, Weiss took a two-year sabbatical from teaching biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine to earn an MBA at the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.

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Rachel Moore - 1982 Scholar

Rachel Moore - 1982 Scholar

 "At the beginning of my journey, I didn't know what a Presidential Scholar was," says Arts Scholar Rachel Moore (CA, 1982). But she soon learned and turned her nationally recognized talent into a preeminent career—first as a dancer with the American Ballet Theatre and later as the Theatre's executive director and CEO. Today she's President and CEO of The Music Center in Los Angeles.

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K. Tsianina Lomawaima - 1972 Scholar

K. Tsianina Lomawaima - 1972 Scholar

K. Tsianina Lomawaima (known as Kimberly Carr when she was a Scholar from Ohio in 1972) is a prominent Native American academic and author who has earned national recognition for her landmark books, To Remain an Indian (Outstanding Book Award, American Educational Research Association); and They Called It Prairie Light (North American Indian Prose Award, American Educational Association Critics’ Choice Award).

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Merrick Garland - 1970 Scholar

Merrick Garland - 1970 Scholar

Merrick Garland (1970, IL) is Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was appointed to the court in 1997 and was named Chief Judge in February 2013. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Garland has spent the majority of his career in public service, serving as Special Assistant to the Attorney General (1979-1981), Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia (1989-1992),

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