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Featured Alum: Theo Hooker ’18 

Theo Hooker ’18 discovered his interest in sustainable food systems during his summer internship with Groundwork Denver through CC’s Public Interest Fellowship Program (PIFP). He went on to volunteer for Colorado Springs Food Rescue in his junior and senior years.

Theo was named a 2018-2019 Watson recipient for his project “Feeding the Earth and Ourselves.” The Watson Fellowship supports students for a year of learning through their independently-designed projects. Theo’s project took him to England, Spain, the Netherlands, Kenya, India, and Fiji, where he worked on local farms, learned from organizations combatting food insecurity, and studied the intersections between culture, sustainability, and agriculture.

Theo graduated with a major in Mathematical Economics. He was a goalkeeper for the CC’s men’s soccer team, serving as captain as a junior and senior, and received the Van Deist Award as CC’s top male student-athlete. While at CC, Theo also worked as a residential advisor and was named a Community-Engaged Scholar. He plans to pursue a career in sustainable systems management.

Each year, Colorado College nominates four students for the Watson fellowship. Harrison Raine ’19 is currently completing his yearlong project studying wildfire history, ecology, and management in Canada, Greece, South Africa, Australia, and Chile.

Learn more about the Watson program here.

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