Alumni News

Seniors gathered for a class picture and enjoyed an afternoon of food and fun as they were initiated into Potomac's alumni community during yesterday's PreUnion event. We wish our graduates well as they set out on their next adventures!

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Thank you to each of our alumni donors who participated in the February Leap Year Challenge. We couldn't have reached our goal without your help! Because of the alumni gifts listed to the right, we not only met our goal of 500 gifts but we also reached 14% alumni participation for the fiscal year.

And, because we reached our Leap Year Challenge goal, the Potomac Fund will receive $5,000 from two leaders in the alumni community - Enrico Cecchi '85 and Steve Wolf '69. A huge thank you to Enrico and Steve who helped lead the Challenge. Click here to see all who gave during this challenge.

We are grateful to each of you for your continued support of the Potomac Fund!

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Last week The Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard University announced Kirsten Lodal '97 one of two recipients of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Awards. The awards, which honor Americans under 40

for their commitment to public service, are given to only two people each year. Kirsten's New Frontier Award "honors an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have had a positive impact on a broad public policy issue or challenge."

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Olivia Pavco-Giaccia '12 has been named by HerCampus as one of their "22 Under 22 Most Inspiring Women" for 2015. The award recognizes college women who are leaders doing big things to make our world a better place.

Olivia and her social enterprise "LabCandy" work to encourage more young girls to get involved in science, engineering, technology and math.(www.labcandy.com). So important! Check it out.

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Davis Guggenheim '79 wrote and drirected HE NAMED ME MALALA. This film is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends' school bus in Pakistan's Swat Valley.

The then 15-year-old teenager, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls' education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage. An educational activist in Pakistan, Yousafzai has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and in December 2014, became the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

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