Carole & Jim Young Fellows are (from left) SMU students Rahfin Faruk, Julie Kangas, Andress Boggs, Alicia Booker, Moria Momsen, Brandon Lazarus, Harriet Atsegbua, Roman Stolyarov, Katelyn Hall, Krishanu Sengupta, Andrea Netti and Bre'Shard Busby. Not pictured is Seth Dennis.

Thirteen SMU students have been selected as the first Carole & Jim Young Fellows — an enthusiastic team to participate in a yearlong relationship with the TEDxSMU program through a combination of leadership development and service learning opportunities.

Their first responsibility will be to serve as guides for the more than 300 middle school students who will attend TEDxKids@SMU on Dec. 2 at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre.

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“Above all else, the Carole & Jim Young Fellows are ‘interesting and interested’ in what’s happening both locally and in the world around them,” said director Sharon Lyle.  “We hope that the creation of the Carole & Jim Young Fellows gives them each an opportunity to expand their world views and to share that experience with the students participating at TEDxKids @SMU.”

The fellowships were made possible by a grant from an anonymous donor to honor Carole and Jim Young for their longstanding commitment to the TED theme of “Ideas Worth Spreading” and for their enthusiastic support of TEDxSMU and TEDxKids @SMU, Lyle said. The Youngs have been active volunteer leaders at SMU for two decades and both are current members of the Lyle School of Engineering’s Caruth Institute for Engineering Education Advisory Board.

The fellows represent each of SMU’s seven degree-granting schools.  Representing Dedman College are Rahfin Faruk, an 18-year-old freshman studying economics, and Julie Kangas, a 24-year-old graduate student studying clinical psychology. Representing Perkins School of Theology are Andress Boggs, 28, and Brandon Lazarus, 23, and both are pursuing a master of divinity. Graduate student Alicia Booker, 34, is seeking her masters’ degree in dispute resolution and was chosen from the Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Representing the Lyle School of Engineering are Moria Momsen, a 19-year-old sophomore studying mechanical engineering, and Bre’Shard Busby, an 18-year-old freshman studying computer science.   Harriet Atsegbua, 29, and Krishanu Sengupta, 25, are representing the Dedman School of Law.

Roman Stolyarov, a 19-year-old junior, and Seth Dennis, a 22-year-old senior, are both studying business management in the Cox School of Business. Katelyn Hall, a 19-year-old, freshman studying journalism and Andrea Netti, a 24-year-old senior pursuing communications studies, are representing the Meadows School of the Arts.

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