This is the time of year where HepsTrack must take a bit of a break from the usual to serve to direct an innovative educational program which pairs successful collegians with aspiring urban high school students in an intense college residential program in rural Indiana.
The program — X-Mester, held at Vincennes University — welcomed the 2011 Fellows to Indianapolis on Wednesday with a trip to the NCAA Hall of Champions. Juliette Kenny and Jennifer Strawley of the NCAA greeted the cohort upon arrival as did Indiana State Representative Mary Ann Sullivan.
After the trip to the NCAA, the grouped ventured to Vincennes, where they have begun deep training and preparing for the weekend arrival of more than 100 students.
There are a ton of Ivy League athletics connections here. Kenny and Strawley both worked in the Columbia athletics department before joining the NCAA. X-Mester director Patricia Melton was a track star at Yale and I, Brett Hoover, served as the associate director of the Ivy League from 2000 to 2008.
Of those in the photo, Maka Anyanwu plays basketball at Cornell; Kathleen Barry played hoops at Columbia; Kirsten Jorgensen is a distance runner at Harvard; Genay Kirkpatrick is a jayvee tennis player at Princeton; and Harrison Soebroto rows at Columbia.
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Left to right: Maka Anyanwu (Cornell); Emma Stolz (Washington State); David Tucker (VP, Vincennes University); Kathleen Barry (Columbia); Adrian Lugo (Vincennes); Victor Ingellis (Johnson & Wales); Kirsten Jorgensen (Harvard); Joseph Davis (Vincennes); Genay Kirkpatrick (Princeton); Harrison Soebroto (Columbia); Chidi Uche (Virginia); David Foster (Bowie State); Chris Tucci (Manhattan); Megan Mahoney (Marist); Justin Harter (IUPUI); Courtney Sender (Johns Hopkins).
Kneeling: Makura Compton (Lehigh)