Ambassador Testimonials
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2013 Luminari Award Honorees


Sophie Belch

Riverview High School, Riverview School District
“Attending this program would allow me to meet like-minded peers, get an insider perspective on the work of an ambassador, and prepare me for various fields that I am interested in, such as law, education and international relations.”
Nathan Bindseil

Nathan Bindseil

Central Catholic High School, Diocese of Pittsburgh
“By attending this camp, I hope to improve my leadership and speaking skills, as well as learn more about the state of world events and how to properly represent my country by being an ambassador.”
Abigail Eberts

Abigail Eberts

Moon Area High School, Moon Area School District
“The Luminari scholarship is the perfect opportunity to expand my horizons and to get a taste of what a career in international affairs would really be like.”
Shannon Kim

Shannon Kim

Fox Chapel Area High School, Fox Chapel Area School District
“Learning about other cultures and religions and the ability to respectfully work together is essential. This camp will provide me with the skills necessary to negotiate and effectively communicate with others.”
Samantha Mackey

Samantha Mackey

Chartiers Valley Middle School, Chartiers Valley School District
“I am looking forward to gaining the skills and tools of an ambassador. In today's increasingly connected world, the need for good communicators and collaborators is so important.”

Troy Miles

“A few weeks ago, I attended Lead America's Inaugural Leadership Summit and realized that I have an interest in economics and world policies. [I believe] programs such as the I Want to be an Ambassador! camp will help me choose my path in life.”
Luminari - Welcome to the Inspiration Lab!

A Note from our President

by Hilda Pang Fu, President, Luminari

I'm so proud to be from Pittsburgh, a city with a long tradition of innovators in business, industry, art, technology and philanthropy. The brightest thinkers among us continually look for ways to make the bad better, and the good great-- and in that spirit Luminari is thrilled to reward the initiative of six local students for their noteworthy personal and academic qualities. We are confident these emerging leaders will continue to distinguish our city with their ideas and efforts. But we also know that great students are supported by great schools and great teachers, so I'd like to take a moment to also honor the six school districts and teachers who inspired our Luminari Award winners. 

Thank you 2013 Distinguished Educators for your dedication and inspiration:
Mike McNally, Riverview High School
Matthew Sudnik, Central Catholic High School
Judith Shuster, Moon Area High School
Jen Klein, Fox Chapel Area High School
Nathan Brown, Chartiers Valley Middle School
Joe Oliphant, Propel Schools 

And now for more good news: Luminari was recently awarded a grant from The Heinz Endowments to continue its work of inspiring the development of unique educational programs that broaden minds and have a clear impact on the community. The Heinz Endowments supports efforts to make southwestern Pennsylvania a premier place to live and work, a center for learning and educational excellence, and a region that embraces diversity and inclusion-  values we applaud and a mission we share.

Luminari is also the recipient of a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation, which will be used to provide need-based scholarships and ensure excellence in our 2013 summer programs. The Pittsburgh Foundation works to improve the quality of life in the Pittsburgh region by evaluating and addressing community issues, promoting responsible philanthropy, and connecting donors to the critical needs of the community.

We know that each of these grants will help to advance the creative and innovative activities and educational programs that make Pittsburgh great-- and we can't wait to meet the next wave of young people who participate in our 2013 programs!
Sabrina Volpe

Where are they now? Ambassador Alum: Sabrina Volpe

We are having so much fun catching up with former I Want to be an Ambassador! campers and learning about what they are doing now. In our new feature series “Where are they now,” we asked Sabrina Volpe, a summer 2011 Ambassador camper, a few questions since graduating from [School Name] where she completed her senior research project on diplomacy and the Ambassador program, which included a 10-page paper, 15-minute presentation and binder documenting all of her research.
Sabrina is now a double major (in International Political Economics and French with two minors in Geography and another language - to be determined) at Penn State University.

What does “diplomacy” mean to you?
Diplomacy means being able to approach any situation in life and be able to peacefully alleviate any obstacles.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve ever learned?
That “Everything will be okay in the end and if it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.”

What does 2013 have in store for you (future plans/career goals)?
I would like to come back and help with the camp this summer. I am planning on applying to a Fulbright scholarship to the UK this summer as well. I am also trying to get into the honors college and the Presidential Leadership Academy at PSU.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Determined, Outgoing, Observational

Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I dance, sing, and act.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation, so I could go anywhere in the world I wanted for free.

Can you share something with us that people may not know about you?
I am really happy to be at Penn State :)

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