Johnny Reed

Waukegan High School, Class of 2009
Colorado College, Class of 2013

At Waukegan High School, Johnny graduated in the top 10% of his class. He also co-founded Bulldog, Inc., a service organization at his high school which began as a Schuler pilot program. His accomplishments and vibrant personality helped him gain access to Colorado College in the fall of 2009. Johnny comes from a single parent family (father) and is the first in his father’s family to attend college.

After only his first year at Colorado College (CC), Johnny had studied and volunteered in a variety of locations: as a volunteer on a vegan farm in Española, New Mexico, as a student of economics and public policy in Washington, D.C., and as a student of theatre and drama in Toronto and Montreal, Canada. In addition, he was elected co-chair of the Black Student Union at CC.

Following his first year of college and finding a balance between academics and extracurricular activities, he became extremely invested in campus life: he was elected as the founding president of the Chi Sigma Chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, was appointed as the Minority Heads of State Representative for the Colorado College Student Government Association, implemented the campus-wide HertzOnDemand Car-Sharing initiative as a Marketing Representative (initiated by Sloan Danenhower) and was employed as a Colorado College Admission Fellow. Johnny also pursued his dream of traveling the world: he lived in France for six months and Dakar, Senegal for three. As his adventurous undergraduate tenure came to close, Johnny received his B.A. in French and Francophone Studies and produced a 25-page French Thesis comparing elements of identity between President Barack Obama to the well-known psychoanalytic-philosopher Frantz Fanon.

Now, one year after college, Johnny has completed his first year as a Teach for America Corps Member in the Las Vegas Valley and is pursuing his M.Ed in Secondary English Curriculum and Instruction. In the Las Vegas community, Johnny runs a French club at Swainston Middle School and frequently tutors high school students for their Comprehension, Literacy and Writing proficiency exams while also volunteering to advise students through the college application process.

For the summer months of 2014, Johnny has secured a position in Chicago working for the Illinois’ Office of the Governor where he will research alongside Education Policy Advisors analyzing policies and compiling information on state-wide collective impact initiatives.  Overall, Johnny seeks to explore an array of political and public office professions to aid him in his next big decision of deciding to pursue law school, public policy school, or both.

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