Played 3rd base for the North Eugene Babe Ruth Highlanders, and was named team captain over several players who were better athletes (including future MLB pitcher Andrew Moore).
Signed NEHS students onto the LGBT "Ally Pledge" after an incident of bullying. (pictured)
Named and co-launched the first "Words Can Hurt" student-led anti-bullying campaign at North Eugene High School. Continued the initiative the next year, as student body president.
Designed a free shirt for students agreeing to respect Sportsmanship at HS basketball games.
Earned the Future First Citizen Award at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce Celebration of Business. I beat out nominees from the 5 other Eugene high schools, many of whom were more committed to their academics. It was my community service experience which led Pat Farr, Jim Torrey, and other panelists to determine that I should win the award.
Released my first two full-length hip-hop projects as Gradient. Focused on repairing my relationship with my father, who was incarcerated in 2011.
Launched Humans of Carleton: a localized photo/interview project modeled after Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York Facebook page. During my tenure, the page was the most highly-trafficked social media page in the college's history, with posts averaging 7,500 views and 2,100 clicks. Enrollment of the college was roughly 2,000 students.
Began an inaugural role as the Community Conversations Coordinator in the Carleton College Dean of Students' Office.
Worked as one of two College Guidance Coordinators at the LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) Scholars program on the Princeton University campus. Took on a caseload of 50 low-income students from around the nation, and mentored all 50 of them toward successful admission into one of Barron's "most competitive" colleges and universities.
Graduated from Carleton College, the top-ranked small college in the Midwest. Earned a BA in American Studies, with curricular emphases on government and education.
Was admitted to education Master's programs at Oregon, Columbia, Penn, Duke, Northwestern, Michigan, and USC. Gained admission at every school I applied to.
Began interviewing everyday Oregonians in podcast form (rather than a still image post), and launched the audio/video podcast, Less Stupid with Thomas Hiura