• Another sneak peek at Baylor’s Class of 2021

    Sophia Fulton

    Every summer, we take a look at some of the freshmen who will be joining the Baylor family come fall. We recently met four class of 2021 members recognized for citizenship in their hometowns. This time around, we meet four more incoming Baylor students — each of whom has displayed their leadership through service to his or her community:

    * In his hometown of Marshall, Texas, Criston Cade is known as a good neighbor. He serves his community as a member of the District Strategic Planning and Marshall City Youth Commission, and he is recognized by his teachers for citizenship. The history lover is also active in speech/debate and orchestra at Marshall. It was his teachers who nominated him for State Farm’s “Good Neighbor Student of the Month” Award, which he won in March. He has also earned scholarships from organizations such as the Rotary Club and the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce.

    * Princeton University noticed the efforts of Desiree Daniel to educate classmates at her high school in Deerfield Beach, Fla. — but it’s Baylor that she’ll be calling home this fall. In April, Desiree received the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for her work encouraging her classmates and professors to think more deeply about issues of race and to examine their own perceptions. She surveyed 300 of her classmates for her study, and her teachers credit her for helping her high school classmates become more engaged in thinking through important issues. She plans on pursuing a career as a doctor, but hopes to continue to encourage other students to be more understanding and treat each other with respect.

    * Rochester, Minn., native Sophia Fulton (pictured) has done a little bit of everything, from starting her own summer camp to teaching piano lessons to creating an app that encourages safe driving. Fulton has been home-schooled by her mother — who came to Minnesota from Thailand as a refugee — and, in-between school, work, and her entrepreneurial efforts, manages to find time to write for sites like the HuffPost.

    * When Madison Garrett learned that 30,000 teens lose their lives in distracted driving incidents each year, she knew she had to do something. So, she built and hosted a workshop called “In The Blink Of An Eye” in her native Houston, where she educated her peers and others in the community about the dangers of preoccupied driving and texting behind the wheel. For her service, the Cypress Creek High School student and longtime Girl Scout won scouting’s most prestigious honor, the Girl Scout Gold Award. She plans to major in business at Baylor.

    Sic ’em, #BU21!

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