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Our 2015-2016 AmeriCorps members are getting ready for a powerful year of service! You've already heard about what they've been doing during Basic Training Academy, and already got a chance to meet our amazing Team Leaders, so now let's take some time to get to know the corps!

Now introducing... The '15-'16 City Year Columbia Hyatt Park Elementary School Team!


Name: Benjamin Thomas Deardorff
Hometown: Lakeland, Florida
College: FSU
Why I joined City Year: To serve others in the Columbia area. 
In the future: I hope to run a non-profit organization one day. 
Interesting fact: I'm left handed but right footed.
Favorite PITW: #11 Nail the details! Every single one.


Name: Isha Booker
Hometown: Laurens County, SC
College: South Carolina State University
Why I joined City Year: Because I wanted to help students that need extra support.
In the future: Mental Health Counselor
Interesting fact: I don't like my food to touch
Favorite PITW: #159 This is hard. Be strong


Name: Latoya Beonca Washington
Hometown: Ravenel, South Carolina
College: University of South Carolina
Why I joined City Year: Wanted to make a difference for the youth
In the future: Working in the Human Resource Department
Interesting fact: I enjoy swimming
Favorite PITW: #139 Avoid the “It-doesn’t-apply-to-me” mode


Name: Shawntel Austin
Hometown: Columbia, South Carolina
Why I joined City Year: To give back to my community
In the future: Become a surgical doctor
Interesting fact: I have bucket list and at the very top is scuba diving
Favorite PITW: #159 "This is hard"


Name: Kelsey Marie Kenney
Hometown: Lowell, MA
College: Keene State College
Why I joined City Year: I joined City Year because teaching children has always been a passion of mine. I recently graduated with my degree in education and wasn't quite sure what my next step would be. What I did know was that I wanted to work with children and also have a change of scenery. City Year provided me with a chance to do both. 
In the future: I hope to become an elementary school teacher specifically have my own 1st grade classroom. I think that City Year will be able to give me the appropriate tool in order for me to become a successful teacher. 
Interesting fact: I was in a bowling league for 4 years when I was younger and won 1st place in my division. 
Favorite PITW: #177 Our work at City Year is nothing if not fun. National Service, as a movement, looks to tap into the energy and idealism of our nation’s young people. Laughter is full of energy and idealism. Employ laughter as you would a tool—and watch what it can do!


Name: Nadxiieli Ramirez
Hometown: Versailles/Lexington, KY
College: University of Kentucky
Why I joined City Year: I joined City Year because I believe in the power of today's youth, and that every student deserves the opportunity to succeed and accomplish their dreams with support along the way. I want to be a part of that support and a part of someone's success.
In the future: To receive my Masters in Public Health
Interesting fact: My name means "I love you" in a Zapotec variation
Favorite PITW: #50 We must never lose the human aspect of what we are doing


Name: Dennetta Rose Harris
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
College: Benedict College 
Why I joined City Year: I have a passion for helping people especially children. 
In the future: I hope to be a social worker in the future 
Interesting fact: I have seven sisters and three brothers, and I'm afraid of heights. 


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