Student Ambassadors 2023–24
Student Ambassadors serve as a critical link between News Decoder and their school. They promote our program on campus, help organize webinars and workshops and strengthen student and faculty engagement.
African Leadership Academy (South Africa)
Maria Kadijah Samai
Avicenne Private Business School (Tunisia)
Chadwick International (South Korea)
Seoyoung (Sophie) Kim is in her second year of high school at Chadwick International in South Korea. She is interested in global politics and current events. In the future, she would like to major in politics and international relations.
Chadwick School (United States)
The European School Brussels II (Belgium)
Gimnasio Los Caobos (Colombia)
Greens Farms Academy (United States)
The Hewitt School (United States)
Goldie Zarabi is a third-year student at The Hewitt School in New York City. She possesses a fervent enthusiasm for linguistics which she one day hopes to pursue. In her leisure time, Goldie actively participates in her school’s tennis and basketball teams and is a member of Hewitt’s debate team.
Rachel Roth is a student at The Hewitt School in New York City. She is head of the Psychology Club and a member of the Business Club, the Cultural Awareness Club and the Debate Club. Outside of school, she plays tennis and competes in U.S. Tennis Association tournaments.
Indiana University (United States)
Braden Holt is pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs student at Indiana University, focusing on international security and nuclear non-proliferation. He has a multimedia background as a musician and videographer and recently completed a summer research associate position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory studying nuclear safeguards.
La Jolla Country Day School (United States)
Realgymnasium Rämibühl (Switzerland)
Lucy Beckenbauer is a student at Realgymnasium Rämibühl Zurich. Her favorite subjects are Art, English and Italian. Outside of school, she plays basketball and enjoys drawing and reading. As she looks to the future, graphic design is an area that interests her.
St. Andrews (United States)
School Year Abroad France
Clover Choi is from the U.S. state of Californa and is spending her third year of high school studying at School Year Abroad France. Her home high school is Culver Academies. Her favorite subjects are English and French, and this year she is fascinated by her French Political Science class. Her favorite hobbies are dancing, taking photos, blogging and filming Youtube videos. In the future, she would like to become an entrepreneur.
Shannon Day is from the U.S. state of Massachusetts and is spending her third year of high school studying at School Year Abroad France. At home, she attends Noble and Greenough School. Her favorite classes are History, English and ceramics. Outside of school, she plays soccer and enjoys singing. She hopes to major in Political Science at university.
School Year Abroad Italy
Keya Dutt is from Chicago, Illinois, and is spending her second year of high school studying at School Year Abroad Italy. When in the United States, she attends the Latin School of Chicago. She has lived in Chicago, Tokyo, Detroit, Hyderabad, Shanghai and Perth. Her favorite subject is History, and outside of class she enjoys Model United Nations. In the future, she hopes to major in History or English at university and eventually become a political journalist.
Miles Gardner-Berg is in his last year of high school, studying at School Year Abroad Italy. He enjoys debating, making movie trailers and writing creatively for literary journals.
Lusha Greer is in her third year of high school, studying at School Year Abroad Italy. She is from Los Angeles, where she attends Westridge School for Girls. Her favorite subjects are History and English, and outside of class, she likes to read and go to museums with friends. She is keenly interested in journalism and politics.
School Year Abroad Spain
Alina Bunch comes from Austin, Texas, where she attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal School. She is in her second year of high school, currently attending School Year Abroad Spain. Her favorite subjects are English, History and Science. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, writing, playing the piano and playing volleyball. She aspires to be an oncologist.
Diemmy Dang is a third-year student at the Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, currently studying at School Year Abroad Spain. Her favorite subjects are English and Philosophy. In her free time, she loves reading, writing, trying new foods and listening to music. She hopes to explore a career in law or psychology.
Truitt Flink attends St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, and is currently spending her third year of high school with School Year Abroad Spain. Her favorite subjects are History and English, and she enjoys baking, podcast hosting and video editing. A dual Swiss-American national, Flink hopes to travel the world while continuing to strengthen her skills in writing and media production.
Alina Sorkin-Camacho is from Florence, Massachusetts, and attends the Williston Northampton School. Currently she is spending her third year of high school at School Year Abroad Spain. Her favorite subjects are History and Spanish. She plays on her school’s volleyball team in the United States and in Spain loves cooking and ceramics classes.
SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College (Ghana)
Sarah Bedele is a student at SOS-HGIC in Accra, Ghana. She participates in Model United Nations and sings in the school choir. Through News Decoder, she hopes to bring global issues that affect her generation to the attention of her peers. She enjoys reading National Geographic and TIME magazines.
Isaac Kimathi is a third-year student at SOS-HGIC. He is of Kenyan nationality. He enjoys theatre performances and music. He would like to pursue medicine in future.
Nana Osafoaa Asumang is in her third year at SOS-Herman Gmeiner International College in Ghana. Her favourite subjects are Economics and Mathematics. In her free time she loves to relax with friends or play sports. She hopes to study economics further and become an entrepreneur.
The Tatnall School
Morgan Noel is a second-year student at The Tatnall School in the United States. Their favorite subjects are Biology, English and Latin, and they enjoy teaching, both as a volunteer tutor and as an employed assistant teaching science, engineering and art.
Darian Harris is a student at The Tatnall School and is from the U.S. state of Delaware. She is fascinated by learning new languages and is learning to speak French. She is keenly interested in Biology and Chemistry, and would like to become a doctor. Harris loves track and field and is one of the top runners in the state of Delaware for the 300 and 400 hurdles as well as the 400-meter dash. She is an active member of the Black Student Union Club at her school.
The Thacher School (United States)
Tenzing Lama is Nepali-American from New York, in her second year of high school. She loves playing basketball and tennis, and is also currently learning to play the drums! She hopes to have a career in computer science and make the topic more accessible to females in her Nepali community.
Ada Hornung is currently a second-year student at The Thacher School. She is from Nebraska but grew up in Hong Kong. She enjoys riding horses, playing tennis and reading in her free time. Academically speaking, Hornung is very engaged and specifically enjoys her History and Chinese classes. Though Hornung is only a second-year student, she firmly believes that a career in Law or Diplomatic Relations will be in her future.
Ama Okigbo is a Nigerian-American third-year student at The Thacher School in California. She is passionate about social change, particularly about gender. She is part of the volleyball and track team. She enjoys journaling, crocheting and listening to music. Ama aspires to study business and promote Girls Across Borders, her online platform that connects girls to engage, learn and empower them for a societal impact.
Transylvania College (Romania)
Anaïs Popovici is a student in Year 11 at Transylvania College from Romania. She wants to pursue a career in International Relations and Law. She is president of Transylvania Insights, a student-led newspaper that focuses on bringing awareness towards social, political, environmental topics and more.
Maia Hermann is in her second year of high school at Transylvania College in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She is interested in art and philosophy. She studies art at her school and aspires to have a career in this field, as well as to develop her writing skills. She is also passionate about studying sociology and human behaviour in society.
Maria Dejeu is in her second year of high school at Transylvania College in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She is interested in literature, philosophy and foreign languages. During her free time, she enjoys listening to music, writing, participating in MUNs and exploring the world of martial arts. She is the vice president of the school’s newspaper and loves to find out more about international relations. In the future, Maria hopes to follow a journalism career and discover more about how societies function.