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Jessica Ritter ‘10 is a Force for Change

When Jessica Ritter ‘10 decided to forego veterinary school for a year after graduating from NC State, she did not know how much of an impact that decision would have on her life, or in the world. It is a decision that has led her to her current role as director of water resources and coastal policy at the National Wildlife Federation, shaping and guiding policy and advocacy work on issues ranging from clean water to national infrastructure investments and
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sPark: A Park Scholarships Symposium

On Friday, April 6-Sunday, April 8, approximately 100 students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and selection committee members converged at the StateView Hotel on NC State’s beautiful Centennial Campus for sPark 2018 — the Park Scholarships second biannual leadership and networking symposium. It was a weekend exemplifying the four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, and character; bringing together individuals from all stages of life and career to ‘find their sPark’. Chancellor Randy Woodson joined attendees on Friday night to kick-off the
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Class of 2017 Discusses STEM Challenges with National Leaders

The Learning Lab II experience is designed to allow sophomore Park Scholars to develop a critical understanding of a national issue – selected by the class during their freshman year – by interacting with leaders immersed in that issue. In October the Class of 2017 traveled to Washington, D.C. to examine how leaders in the public and private sectors tackle complex challenges surrounding the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from both domestic and international perspectives.

Jessie Ritter ’10 Committed to Defending Wildlife and the Environment

Ever since she left her home in Illinois to pursue a degree in zoology at NC State University, Jessie Ritter ‘10 has been exploring different ways to protect animals and their environments. Jessie Ritter ‘10 outside the U.S. Capitol grounds. Ritter is currently working as part of a team at Oceana’s North American office in Washington, D.C. to pass national legislation protecting endangered sea turtles. In this role, she is involved in outreach to aquariums, sea turtle hospitals, and conservation
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