Bonner Fellows Class of 2022
My name is Nicole Chavarria and I am from the DMV area. I was born in D.C. but have done most of my schooling in Montgomery County, Maryland. I love being in D.C. and exploring there. I have had experience in community service through my school and other programs I have been a part of such as NJROTC, NHS, IB, and LTI. I have volunteered at family markets, food banks, helping pick up trash from my school’s side of the road, tutoring and in many school hosted events. I am going to into CC as a Chemistry major for now, I know I might change majors. I am into sports and games. I am very competitive, at times, when it comes to games.
Yajie (Angelina) Chen
Hello! I’m Yajie Chen (or Angelina) from China. I grew up in Guangzhou (a city where the best food in China exists), and went to high school in Shenzhen to study A-Level courses. Sociology, Spanish and Theater were my favorites but my major at CC is still undecided. I enjoy hiking and doing farm stays, so Environmental Sciences might be a fit too. In terms of community service and engagement, I’ve been an activist and volunteer in the fields of education, sustainability, feminism and LGBTQ+. I also worked with both local and international NGOs, schools, sociologists and anthropologists in China. I’m a huge fan of post rock and indie, and I listen to a little bit of everything in different languages. My favorite bands are Sigur Rós, Arcade Fire, mol-74 and Beach House. Looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know about each of you!
I am Daniel Cortés. I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and became acquainted with community service during my time attending Amy Biehl High School. Beginning my freshman year, I visited several service sites, each providing me with new skills, and an opportunity to make a difference. The following year, I helped to spearhead “Project NOVA”, an opt-in, week long service trip to Portales, New Mexico, where we assisted New Mexico Christian Children’s Home in their mission to better the lives of vulnerable children. My junior year I remained a part of that project and volunteered at a summer camp. My senior year I conducted a 100-hour service project involving the operation of my own organization. In my free time, I enjoy bike rides, soccer, meditation, and hanging out with my closest friends. I also have a passion for creating and listening to music.
My name is Dylan Hall, I’m 18 years old and a 2018 graduate from Nichols School in Buffalo, New York. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I moved to Buffalo when I was 10. At Nichols, I discovered and explored my interest in languages and cultures; studying Mandarin Chinese for 8 years and Spanish for 3. I plan to continue my study of these languages and others at CC. My life goal is to visit as many countries and learn as many languages as possible. I enjoy listening to music, reading, and watching Netflix in my spare time. My focus on community engagement led me to organize and host the Nichols annual Inclusivity Conference, construct a Black History course my junior year, volunteer with the Home Again organization, and assist with a children’s play day for underprivileged kids at my school. I look forward to becoming a Bonner Fellow and working in the Colorado Springs community.
My name is Annika Koch, and I grew up in the small town of Zimmerman, Minnesota. I come from a large family of eleven children and one beautiful mother. I have always known I’ve wanted to be a teacher. In high school, I volunteered in mentor groups for younger students and I was an Avid coach. I took a gap year before attending CC. During that time, I dedicated 900 hours of my year to volunteering as a Minnesota Reading Corps tutor at a local preschool. My passion for education has guided a lot of my decisions in my life. I enjoy reading a good book, playing video games, and listening to some great music. My favorite hobbies are sewing and quilting.
My name is Julieta and I am from Montevideo, Uruguay. Since early ages I participated in different organizations such as “Un techo para mi pais”, I was a facilitator at my high school for 2 years and I created a project to build libraries in some of the poorest schools of my city. When I was 16 years old I attended UWC in Germany. Apart from the community events I lead and participated, I worked with refugees and immigrants helping to teach English or doing integration activities. During the last year I went to Senegal for a bridge year and I tried to immerse in the culture, learn the beautiful language of Wolof and be part of many activities such as English classes, a women cooking cooperative and an NGO for children with disabilities. Through my life, experiences taught me the importance of stepping out and learning before trying to help and that to change the world first we need to understand each other. Apart from a deep love to serve, meet people and learn I love anthropology, feminism, traveling, singing and playing (some) sports.
My name is Jasmine Linder and I am so honored to be joining you as a Bonner Fellow! I grew up in Portland Oregon with my single mom and our many pets. In my free time, I love to paint, play the guitar, and hike in Oregon’s beautiful forests! While living in Portland, I have developed a strong passion for many issues, especially those regarding environmental justice and women’s rights. So far, my most influential commitments of service, community engagement, and leadership have been through public protests, as well as two organizations called Outdoor School and Amigos de las Americas. These opportunities have challenged me, but were undoubtedly the most rewarding experiences of my life. Although I have participated in some political activism and service, I am excited to further my experience through the Bonner Fellowship. I can’t wait to get to know you all!
Hello, my name is Min and I am from Los Angeles. Over the past three years, I had the pleasure of participating in a mentoring organization at Minds Matter. My involvement as a mentee instilled an interest in me to help the immigrant and under-resourced communities, specifically to better inform and provide resources for students and families on the education system in the United States. I was also engaged with my school’s track and field team, in which I helped guide and support the underclassmen in jumps. Because of my activities, I hope to learn more about sports medicine, leadership, and the people I will work with and for. One activity I hope to learn at Colorado College would be ice skating. In my free time, I enjoy watching dramas, journal, and attempt to cook.
I am a life-long local of the Colorado Springs region here in the Centennial State. Growing up in the downtown area, the non-profit hub has left a major impact on me from an early age. Since accompanying my parents on their volunteer efforts and discovering the vitality of communal spirit over time, engagement with my surroundings has become an ongoing mission. Thus far, I have had the opportunity to become involved with the Pikes Peak Library District, Penrose Hospital, Catamount Institute, and Colorado Springs Teen Court.
Additionally, I enjoy gaining perspective through photography, poetry and literature–am currently intrigued by transcendentalism and Greek theater–and hiking. I am also an advocate for communication (avid speech writer for speech/debate) and a Taekwondo black belt.
Lonnell Schuler graduated from Manual Arts High School as Senior Vice President in Southern California. In high school, he was the Battalion Commander for the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp program. For the past two years Lonnell has been an avid peer educator for Black Women for Wellness, a community-based non-profit organization, that has empowered him to become an instrumental member in his community. As a peer educator, he taught comprehensive sexual education classes to high school students. His classes include information on birth control, STD/STIs, and healthy relationships. During his time as a peer educator he founded the Youth Advisory Board for BWW. He now aims to lower the rates of STD/STIs in his community and educate his peers on safe sex and healthy relationships. In his spare time, he plays the trumpet, listening to music, and reading.