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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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Brian Parham ’11 Guides Policy To Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Following is one of 28 first-person alumni profiles that were compiled in a photo book for the Park Foundation Trustees in September 2016. Each alumnus was ask to share highlights of his or her path from receiving the Park Scholarship to the present day.

Stephanie Wenclawski ’16 Dives into Experiential Learning

From the Sarteneja Peninsula in Belize to the coastal city of Perth, Australia, Stephanie Wenclawski ‘16 has demonstrated her commitment to the study of marine sciences. Her international volunteer work with oceanic wildlife coupled with outreach efforts as both a Park Scholarships and University Ambassador have already primed Wenclawski to be a leader in her field.

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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