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What is 25 Ducks?

Out of 24,181 students at the University of Oregon, 25 outstanding Ducks have been selected. Each finalist, and ultimate winner, is nominated and chosen based on their involvement in campus and the surrounding community, the diversity of that involvement and overcoming testing situations. These nominations are public and open to …

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Dyuce Woodson is a 19-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania majoring in journalism (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Dyuce Woodson

Age: 19 Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Year: Sophomore Major: Journalism major/ political science minor Dream Job: To have my own part time news show on ESPN Why are you attending UO? The journalism school and the connection that sports has with the journalism school. We’re able to work alongside professionals. How/why …

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Caitlin Corona is a 21-year-old from California majoring in psychology (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Caitlin Corona

Age: 21 Hometown: Sacramento, California and Hanford, California Year: Senior Major: Psychology Dream job: Academic research Why are you attending UO? My father and grandmother both attended the University of Oregon, so I’m a third generation Duck. It’s very much a part of my family’s identity. How/why do you want …

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Beth Maiman is a 21-year-old from Agoura Hills, California majoring in journalism (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Beth Maiman

Age: 21 Hometown: Agoura Hills, California Year: Senior Major: Journalism Dream Job: Producing or writing stories that are of human interest that also involve sports. Why did you choose U of O? Growing up I always went to games with my dad and sometimes I would go to an event with …

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Brittany Lang is a 22-year-old from Tempe, Arizona majoring in product design (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Brittany Lang

Age: 22 Hometown: Tempe, Arizona Year: Senior Major: Product Design Dream Job: An outdoor professor who teaches social justice through design thinking. Why did you choose U of O? I’m in love with the place, the people, and the culture. I feel like it’s the best environment for me to be. How/Why do you …

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Kelsey West is a 22-year-old from Portland, Oregon majoring in sociology (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Kelsey West

Age: 22 Hometown: Portland, Oregon Year: Senior Major: Sociology, Minor in Planning, Public Policy & Management Why did you choose U of O? I fell in love with the Clark Honors College. It was a more affordable option of a small liberal arts college, with all the opportunities of a …

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Hana Kamata is a 19-year-old originally from Tallahassee, Florida majoring in human physiology (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Hana Kamata

Age: 19 Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida Year: Sophomore Major: Human physiology Dream job: Right now I’m going back and forth between being a pediatric occupational therapist or a teacher. Why are you attending UO? My dad used to work here, and when he did work here I used to come here …

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Gordon Levitt is a 25-year-old from Mosier, Oregon in his third year of a dual degree in the law school. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Gordon Levitt

Age: 25 Hometown: Mosier, Oregon Year: Third Year Dual Degree Student in the Law School Major: Environmental Law Dream Job: Governor of Oregon that IS THE ULTIMATE AMBITION Why are you attending UO? “I’m at the UO because the environmental program is really strong. Ultimately, I would like to address …

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Charles D. Ekblad is a 22 year old from Gresham, Oregon majoring in architecture (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Charles D. Ekblad

Why are you attending University of Oregon? University of Oregon is the number one school for sustainable design in architecture. How/why do you want to change the world? I would like to change the world by positively affecting people through my leadership and experience. Throughout my life, I have been …

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Jessica Bateman is a 21-year-old from Redmond Washington majoring in political science (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Jessica Bateman

Age: 21 Hometown: Redmond, Washington Year: Senior Major: Political Science Dream Job: My dream job is to be Secretary of State. Why are you attending UO? It’s pretty close to home and when I came, I came for chemistry and we have a pretty good chemistry department here. Then, I …

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Kevin Loder is a 26-year-old from Salem, Oregon majoring in PR (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Kevin Loder

Age: 26 Hometown: Salem, Oregon Major: PR Year: Senior Dream Job: I see myself working in higher ed… whether that be on a campus or an international office I want to be supporting student success through communication and development of resources for students. Why did you choose U of O? For the PR major …

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Sarah Thomas is a 25-year-old from Cupertino, California majoring in biological anthropology (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Sarah Thomas

Age: 25 Hometown: Cupertino, California Year: Junior Major: Biological anthropology Dream Job: I want to be an elementary school teacher. Why are you attending UO? I love the atmosphere. It’s a beautiful campus, and it’s so fun and I love the area. I love Eugene. How/why do you want to …

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Emma Carscallen is a 21-year-old from Beaverton, Oregon majoring in international students, linguistics and Spanish. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Emma Carscallen

Age: 21 Hometown: Beaverton, Oregon Year: Senior Major: International Studies, Linguistics, Spanish Dream Job: “I don’t really have a dream job. I suppose any position where I can help different cultures and communities connect.” Why are you attending UO? “I’m from Oregon. So I grew up here and when it came …

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Jasmine Beeson is a 19-year-old from Troutdale, Oregon majoring in political science (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Jasmine Beeson

Age: 19 Hometown: Troutdale, Oregon Year: Junior Major: Political science Dream job: Family law attorney Why did you choose U of O? I chose the UO because I loved the environment. The environment and culture were ones of diversity and inclusion, which are two principles that are really important to …

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Adrion Trujillo is a 20-year-old from Springfield, Oregon majoring in cinema studies (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Adrion Trujillo

Why are you attending the U of O? When I was 18 my parents kicked me out when they discovered that I am gay… because I was kicked out I didn’t have a lot of options or places to go I was working at a WalMart, not doing anything with …

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Tyde Kaneshiro is 21-year-old from Hilo, Hawaii and is majoring in human physiology. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Tyde Kaneshiro

Age: 21 Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii Year: Senior Major: Human Physiology Dream Job: Professional Photographer with National Geographic Why are you attending UO? “It’s a happy medium between meeting new people and a close community.” How/why do you want to change the world? “I think one thing with the world in how …

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Allie Sasek is a 22-year-old from Limerick, Pennsylvania majoring in Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Allie Sasek

Age: 22 Hometown: Limerick, Pennsylvania Year: Senior Major: Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (minors: WGS, PPPM) Dream job: Working at a global think tank, maybe international law eventually. Why did you choose U of O? I fell in love with the campus when I first visited: it was a …

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Dalton Fusco is a 21-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona majoring in environmental studies (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Dalton L. Fusco

Age: 21 Major: Environmental Studies Year: Junior Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona Dream Job? Anything where I could have a tangible effect on those who are most impacted by climate change. Why are you attending UO? I decided to attend the UO because I wanted to experience something completely different than what I …

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Sandra Benny is a 22-year-old from Singapore majoring in family and human services (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Sandra Benny

Age: 22 Hometown: Singapore Year: Senior Major: Family and Human Services Dream Job: Ambassador to the United States Why are you attending UO? I have always wanted to study in the US — since I was young. The University of Oregon offered me everything I could have ever asked for …

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Max Forer is a 26-year-old from Santa Monica, California studying at the UO School of Law (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Max Forer

Age: 26 Major: N/A — student at UO School of Law Year: Third year Hometown: Santa Monica, California Dream Job: Through conferences and internships, I’ve been able to learn about my “dream jobs” and I realized, a dream job is still a job. There are pros and cons to every position. Therefore, …

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Hugo Nicolas is a 22-year-old from Veracruz, Mexico majoring in political science. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Hugo D. Nicolas

Age: 22 Major: Political science Year: Sophomore Where’s your hometown? I was born in Mexico Veracruz but I have lived in Salem OR since I was 11. Dream Job? My dream job will be to travel all over the world and be able to learn different cultures. Why are you …

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Sophie Hoover is a 21-year-old from Sacramento, California majoring in international studies (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Sophie Hoover

Age: 21 Hometown: Sacramento, California. Year: Senior Major: International studies Dream Job: I would like to be an immigration attorney and provide low cost services for folks who are trying  to apply for a ciley status or who are refugee status and are trying to bring more family members over …

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Amber Erkan is a 20-year-old from Rochester, New York majoring in psychology and international studies (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Amber Erkan

Age: 20 Hometown: Rochester, New York Year: Junior Major: Psychology and International Studies focusing on the Middle East and Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Dream job: If I could dress up as the Lorax and teach children how important it is to respect the environment and each other, I would. …

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Kelly Weiss is a 21-year-old from Redmond, Washington majoring in business administration. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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25 Ducks: Kelly Weiss

Age: 21 Hometown: Redmond, WA Year: Senior Major: Business Administration Dream job: I love talking to people…and I’m actually working for Frito Lay when i graduate and I’m doing sales so i want to do something in sales or recruiting. I really want to work for LinkedIn, but I would …

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Iago Bojczuk is a 21-year-old from Atibaia, Brazil majoring in journalism (Taylor Wilder/Emerald).
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25 Ducks: Iago Bojczuk

Age: 21 Hometown: Atibaia, Brazil Year: First year Major: Journalism Dream Job: My dream job is to work for an international agency such as Al Jazeera or BBC where I can work as a journalist on an international level. Why are you attending UO? I came to Portland in 2011 …

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Nominate an inspiring University of Oregon student to be one of this year’s 25 Ducks

What do Vic Atiyeh, Neil Goldschmidt, Robert Holmes, Paul Patterson, Julius Meier, Tom McCall and John Kitzhaber have in common? They all attended the University of Oregon long before they took a seat behind the governor’s desk in Salem. Phil Knight was a sports reporter for the Oregon Daily Emerald, then …

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Introducing 25 Ducks who will change the world

Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight attended the University of Oregon before founding Nike and revolutionizing the athletic shoe trade. Ann Curry was a journalism major here before she went on to cover wars and work with journalists the likes of Brian Williams. And before Ty Burrell was part of an …

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25 Ducks: Garrett Dunlavey hopes to help save the environment

Garrett Dunlavey Year: Senior Major: Environmental Studies Garrett Dunlavey is the founder and president of the University of Oregon’s Net Impact program. He’s skilled at gathering people and making club projects shine. He’s also involved with the Climate Justice League and Earth Week. What got you involved with sustainable business …

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25 Ducks: Josef Khalifeh is pushing himself to heal the impoverished

Did you know that your veins move depending on the weather? In warmer temperatures, or after working out, veins rise to the surface of the skin to dispel body heat. In cold weather, they shrink closer to the bone to keep the body warm. This process, part of the body’s …

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25 Ducks: Brandi Freeman helps people overcome addiction

Brandi Freeman smiles brightly when she talks about being a Duck. “I always wanted to be a Duck, ever since I was really little,” she said. “I remember my parents liking the Ducks. I always wanted to be here.” Freeman, a 29-year-old senior psychology major, has only been at the …

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