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Four SMC Students Go to Washington:

Four Santa Monica College students have been selected to take part in this year’s Dale Ride Internship program. Interns receive stipends to cover transportation, housing and other expenses.

The interns will spend eight weeks in Washington, D.C. this summer working in the U.S. Congress.

The program has sent 51 students in 13 years (excluding this year’s group) to the White House, Congress and other agencies. It is sponsored by the Dale Ride Family Fund, former SMC President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson, SMC Foundation President’s Circle, Stratton-Petit Foundation, and the SMC Associates, a private community support organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.

The interns and their assignments are:

Anthony Allman, Los Angeles, will work in the office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). A political science major, Allman is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Kuwait in support of the war in Iraq and is the director of college outreach for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Maintaining a near-perfect 4.0 grade point average, he is a member of Phi Theta kappa Honor Society and the SMC Scholars Program, and he received the William & Clyde Stieb Memorial leadership Scholarship and the SMC Foundation Scholarship in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Hailey Gilmore, Los Angeles, will serve in the House Committee on Government Reform and the American Council for Voluntary International Action. Majoring in political economy of industrial societies, Gilmore plans to transfer to the University of California at Berkeley. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before coming to SMC. Her activities at SMC have included membership in the Progressive Alliance and serving as Inaugural Commissioner of the Arts and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Persistence of Vision, the student poetry magazine.

Mariana Horta-Cappelli, Los Angeles, will serve with Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, a California Democrat and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. A native of Brazil, Horta-Cappelli attended her last year of high school in Wisconsin and returned to the classroom after several years as a partner in a small business. She plans to transfer to UC Berkeley this fall and to go to law school at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall or get a master’s degree in international relations from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Ethan Lacey, Los Angeles, will serve with the House Committee on International Relations. A double major in political science and computer animation, he is interested in foreign trade and commerce as it relates to computer technology. He has supported himself through web and software development since he was 17. He plans to transfer to UCLA, work in the private sector and ultimately enter the political arena.The internship program was established in 1991 in the memory of a man who had a long and distinguished career as an educator, administrator and public servant. Ride taught political science and served in administrative posts at SMC for 33 years until his death in September 1989 at the age of 67.

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