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Vanderbilt wins NASA rocketry championship for fifth time

May. 11, 2018—The Vanderbilt Student Launch team won the NASA University Student Launch Competition for an unprecedented fifth time—following up on their eighth Payload Design Award—the space agency announced Friday.

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Blair students continue wins at prestigious national competition

May. 10, 2018—For the second year in a row, Blair undergraduates won national honors at the 2017-18 Music Teachers National Association annual competition in Orlando, Florida.

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Class of 2018: Joshua Forges creates art that reflects his life

May. 8, 2018—Joshua Forges has been inspired to make art ever since his second-grade teacher complimented his drawing of an alligator. She recommended that Forges attend art-focused magnet schools in his native Miami, and by high school, he was taking college-level classes and drawing, painting and sculpting up to four hours each day.

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Class of 2018: Kelly Perry uses storytelling to connect and heal

May. 8, 2018—Kelly Perry believes in the power of stories—writing them, collecting them and sharing them to strengthen community.

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Class of 2018: Josh Fleck is giving greater mobility to people with disabilities

May. 7, 2018—As a high school student, Josh Fleck knew he wanted to research and develop robotic prosthetic devices. At Vanderbilt, the mechanical engineering major has spent the past three years in Assistant Professor Karl Zelik’s Biomechanics and Assistive Technology Lab immersing himself in research.

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Class of 2018: Samantha Long sings with body and soul

May. 7, 2018—Samantha Long, who is majoring in musical arts (voice) at Blair School of Music, came to Nashville with many interests, not certain if music would be her path. But after doing a bit of searching, she found that singing was still her passion.

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Class of 2018: Logan Brown has immersed herself in law and justice

May. 3, 2018—At age 12, Logan Brown decided she wanted to become a lawyer. So the pre-teen pursued and landed an internship at the Douglas County district attorney’s office in Lawrence, Kansas, giving her a front-row seat to the legal system at work.

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Class of 2018: Phillip McGloin wants to promote sports as a cultural unifier

May. 3, 2018—Since he was 13, Phillip McGloin’s world had orbited around basketball. He walked on to the Commodore basketball team as a freshman and played three seasons. But he chose to leave the team during his junior year to begin planning more seriously for his future.

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Class of 2018: Sami Chiang champions hands-on learning

Apr. 30, 2018—Sami Chiang was conducting experiments and using critical thinking long before she knew what those things were. The daughter of a school administrator and an engineer, the Berkeley, California, native’s life was immersed in experiential learning from the start.

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Class of 2018: Christian Motyczka helps build a virtual reality app for struggling addicts

Apr. 30, 2018—School of Engineering senior Christian Motyczka has found his passions in and out of the lab. He is one of two computer science undergraduates who developed a virtual reality program to help addicts stay clean.

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Class of 2018: Briana Francois wants to make content that resonates and entertains

Apr. 26, 2018—The only thing Briana Francois enjoys more than watching TV and digital content is creating it. Her double majors in psychology and cinema and media arts have allowed her both to examine human behavior and represent it authentically on film.

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Class of 2018: Alexandra Doten wants to help young students reach for the stars

Apr. 26, 2018—Alexandra Doten’s passion for blending science, education and outreach was born from a failure. Doten took an astronomy class her first semester freshman year and failed the first test. But with encouragement from a professor, she turned the experience into a lesson in perseverance.

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