Meet Our Scholars - Class of 2022

Listed below are all of the Scholars from the class of 2022.

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Kate Brown (she/her/hers)

STEM
French
South Korea 2019 Exchange

Hi, I'm Kate Brown and I'm focusing on STEM for my area of study. I'm excited to be part of the rotary program to have unique experiences that give me opportunities to go on travel-based learning trips and become a global citizen. I haven't decided on an area of study for my capstone course yet but am interested in Children's environmental health including physical, biological, and chemical hazards.

Capstone Project coming soon!
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Lauren Ebert (she/her/hers)

STEM
French
French exchange student

Lauren loves traveling, art, dance, and music. She plays cello for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and is a member of the Edina Hornettes Dance Team. Some places she has traveled to are Costa Rica, Belize, Guatemala, Chile, Ecuador, France, Spain, and Belgium.

Capstone Project: Industrialization and Indigenous Traditions (podcast)

I volunteered and interviewed members of Indigenous Food Labs, an organization (and future restaurant!) that is Indigenous and sustainability based that donates to homeless shelters. I also looked into some of their connections and looked into Indigenous companies and organizations in Minnesota in general. For my global experience, I did research online as well as interviewed Ms. Smaka's connections in the country, including Julia Kemberg.

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Francesca Elia (she/her/hers)

STEM 
Spanish
Model UN 2019

Bio coming soon!

Capstone Project: Golden Future (Podcast)

I researched the ways we can reach our zero hunger goal (SDG #2) through innovative bioengineering techniques such as GMOs, which as a result can improve the health and well being (SDG #3) of those struggling to access the nutrients and food they need. For the global aspect of my project, I focused on the Philippines as my country of choice, specifically due to their work with golden rice; For the local aspect, I had the opportunity to work with Karlee Box, a researcher and food science specialist at Cargill, and learn about the work she does, as well as the research her company does with GMOs here in Minnesota. Taking all of this into account, my podcast is a culmination of my research on both the local and global implications of hunger and malnutrition as I answer my research question: How can we utilize GMOs as a potential solution for providing a more sustainable food source in the Philippines?

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Oliver Engstrom (he/him/his)

STEM
French
WorldQuest Team 2021

Hi, my names Oliver Engstrom. Music, school, and work are all essential parts of my life, but I love competition. Whether it's achieving important goals, or creating new ways to execute ideas. I always want to do the best I possibly can.

Capstone Project: Minnesota - Mekong (Video)

My preliminary research was primarily towards Minnesota's watersheds, and how exactly our water system worked. Then with a connection in Vietnam. I worked on looking at what exactly is being done, what can be done right now, and the possibilities for the future. My project is a creative reflection on the Minnesota, Mekong waters. Bringing informative awareness to the subject of pollution, what is being done to conserve pollution, and what we as individual citizens can do to add to the conservation effort.

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Benjamin Thym (he/him/his)

STEM

German

Gymnasium Oberhaching, Visiting Student, Germany 2019
Audi AG, Engineering Internship, Germany 2019
Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, Aeronautical Internship, Germany 2020
Porsche AG, Engineering Internship, Germany 2021

I’m a dual German-US citizen who grew up in Munich, Germany and moved to Edina in the 6th grade. Despite the distance, I remain in close contact with my friends and family in Germany and Switzerland and stay up-to-date on German news, music, and sports. I am an automobile and airplane enthusiast and have sought out opportunities to learn more about these industries during my summers in Europe. I am happy to be able to build upon my international STEM experiences and share my global perspective in the classroom through the Edina Rotary Global Scholar Program. I look forward to completing my capstone project in the winter of 2022.

Capstone Project coming soon!
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Julian Thym (he/him/his)

STEM

German

Gymnasium Oberhaching, Visiting Student, Germany 2019
Audi AG, Engineering Internship, Germany 2019
Airbus Defense and Space GmbH, Aeronautical Internship, Germany 2020
Porsche AG, Engineering Internship, Germany 2021

I’m a dual German-US citizen and lived in Munich, Germany before moving to Edina in the 6th grade. I still maintain a close connection to Germany by keeping up on current events, rooting for FC Bayern Munich, and, of course, staying in touch with family and friends. I also spend my summers in Europe and have used my time there to pursue my interests in STEM, specifically in the automotive and aviation sectors. I am excited to incorporate my international experiences into my high school curriculum through the Edina Rotary Global Scholar Program. I plan on completing my capstone project in Winter 2022.

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Olivia Tran (she/her/hers)

STEM
French
South Korea 2019 Exchange

Hi! I am Olivia Tran. I am interested in global scholars because I love the idea of becoming a global citizen! I really wish to study abroad and want to learn about so many different cultures and languages.

Capstone Project: Sustainability in South Korea & Minnesota Podcast

In my capstone project, I compared and contrasted the sustainability rates for South Korea and Minnesota. I also researched ways that they both contributed to having clean and affordable energy.