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Meet the Sullivans

Written by Mike Thee
June 10, 2010

Seattle University has announced the newest recipients of the prestigious Sullivan Leadership Award. The following Sullivan Leaders will enter SU in the fall. Their hometowns, high schools and majors are indicated in parentheses.



Shandra Benito (Seattle, Wash.; Roosevelt High School; literature) - Shandra is a member of the National Honor Society, plays trumpet in the Marching Band, Symphony, and the renowned Roosevelt Jazz Band. She also volunteers at the Ballard Food Bank, and as part of the Leschi Music Partnership, teaches trumpet in low-income schools. She started a summer camp for kids in the children’s program at the organization ADWAS (Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services).



Eric Chalmers (Tempe, Ariz.; Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix; political science) - Eric serves on the executive board of the Brophy Big Brother program, is active in student council, varsity tennis and in retreat programs at his school. He is also member of the National Honor Society and participated in an El Salvador immersion trip. Eric achieved the rank of Eagle Scout and later served as senior patrol leader. He also received the senior award for Most School Spirit.



Sheldon Costa (Post Falls; Idaho Coeur D’Alene Charter Academy; cultural anthropology) - Sheldon is a member of the National Honor Society, participated four years in student government, lettered in Varsity Swimming and was Team Captain. He also founded LEGS,  Leaders Empowering Global Sustainability, and participated in the Model United Nations program throughout high school. 




Amelia “Meme” Garcia Cosgrove (Vashon, Wash.; Vashon Island High School, Humanities for Teaching) - Meme is co-president of the Vashon Youth Council, and works with the Vashon Island Prevention and Intervention Team to reduce teen drug and alcohol use. She was nominated for a Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and participates actively in musical theater, including lead roles in school and community productions. Although she speaks fluent Spanish, she studied Japanese for her world language.



Claire Giordano (Sammamish, Wash.; Skyline High School; psychology) - Claire is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate, a member of the National Honor Society, and has served as peer tutor, a counselor at a summer camp for medically fragile children, founded a fundraising guild for Seattle Children’s Hospital, and worked as a support staff member for a bereavement camp for children and teens.  She also received state and district awards in excellence for fine arts in photography and literature, and continues to organize an annual book and school supply drive for inner-city schools.



Logan McDonald (Portland, Ore.; St. Mary’s Academy; political science) - Logan, a recent inductee into the National Honor Society,  has served as captain of the Varsity Mock trial team, co-president of the Politics Without Borders club, and founder and president of speech and debate club. She also founded an annual non-profit golf tournament to benefit a local children’s oncology ward. 





Johannah "Josie" Parrish (Bothell, Wash.; Bishop Blanchet High School in Seattle; psychology) - Johanna, an Honor Society student, is active in drama on stage and behind the curtain, sings in multiple choirs including chamber and jazz, and serves as co-chair of the school prayer and liturgy team. She also played a significant role as part of the Diversity Club to help organize a successful all Catholic school charity dance.




Apneet Sidhu (Tukwila, Wash.; Foster High School; management) - Apneet taught in the Junior Achievement program in local elementary schools, mentored other Running Start students, lettered in varsity basketball and baseball, and is a Highline Community College Honors Scholar. He also serves as president of the HCC National Student Business Association and the Founder/President of the Leadership Team in the Honors Program at HCC.



Jacaueline "Jacqui" Wallis (Lake Oswego, Ore.; Lake Oswego High School; general science/pre-med) - A member of the National Honors Society, Jacqui regularly achieves a place on her school Honor Roll and has received the AP Scholar Award. She is on the varsity soccer team, and served as captain both for soccer and track and field. She holds five district championship medals in track. Jacqui regularly volunteers at her library with reading programs, and as an elementary school tutor. 


Michael Andrews, dean of Matteo Ricci College, and Andrea McDowell, visiting assistant professor of English, are co-advisors for the Sullivan Leadership Program.