Introducing: 2014 Rome Prize Scholars

2014 Rome Prize Recipients:


Miguel Gomez

Joshua Hammer

Tere Hernandez

Nathan Johnson

Carmen Delgado Rodriguez

Raquel Ross

Ashleigh Marie Sells

Josh Siapno

Vernisha Williams

Angelina Alvarez

Isabel Horta

2014 Rome Prize Chaperone-
Misty Martinez (2013 Rome Prize Recipient)

Rome Prize Program Intern-
Katherine McGuire (2013 Rome Prize Recipient)


8 Responses to Introducing: 2014 Rome Prize Scholars

  1. Brandon Marzan says:

    Ciao 2014 Rome Prize Winners,

    I wish you all the best as you embark on this journey through Italia, more specifically Roma and Firenze. I hope you grow intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Roma is such beautiful city filled with a rich history and a vibrant atmosphere, and I know that you will enjoy your time both studying and exploring. Explore all you can on your free time whether it is taking a train ride to Bracciano or trying to find La Fontana di Trevi. You may be tired by the end of the day, but explore on your free time; it’ll be worth it. When it comes to the food, try everything even the anchovies; you won’t regret it. There is one thing that Chiara introduced to us that I absolutely loved. It’s called granita di caffè con panna​. Just try everything! I wish you all the time in the world because you’ll soon realize that 24 hours in a day is not enough to explore such a charming place.


  2. Twila says:

    Congratulations scholars!!!!!

    you guys are about to embark on one of the greatest experience of your young adult life. I hope all of you the best of times, fond memories, and a great learning experience that will last you your lifetime. Have a blast and remember as my mother always told me and my brothers make the good choices.

    Veni vidi vici

    Nathan’s big sis,

  3. Mario Rodriguez says:

    Congrats to you all! I’m relieved to hear that you all made it safely. I hope you all enjoy this amazing experience. Cherish the moment and take plenty of pictures! Have a safe flight back to the US. Good luck! I’m so proud of you Tere!

  4. Isamar Quiroz says:

    Hello Rome Prize 2014 friends,

    I am glad you guys made it there safely! I get so happy seeing the smiles on your faces in all the pictures while in such a beautiful place. I know that you will love every second of it. You will have the opportunity to come in contact with breath taking pieces of art, incredibly designed churches, and beautiful people. So, soak it all in! When you walk down the streets, on those demented stones – as Chiara perfectly described them- admire the sights, the sounds, the scents. I agree 150% with what everything Brandon has said; I couldn’t have put it better myself. Rome IS an amazing place to grow. Allow yourself to get lost (maybe not literally) but lost in the history, in the language, in the sights, and in the tastes. Make sure to eat a lot of Gelato!!! Also, I ask that you please really give the buildings and the art treasures a special amount of your time. Especially with places like the catacombs, or the statue of David. Notice the impact that they make on you and preserve that experience in your mind and heart. Get enough sleep so that you could be ready for the adventure of the next day. You will need the energy, but beware: the more steps you take in Italia and Firenze, the more you will fall in love with them. Trust me.

    Tanti Abbracci,

  5. Ellen Grant says:

    Congratulations Joshua! Hope you’re enjoying Italy and all it has to offer. Love, Grandma Ellen

  6. April Aggacid says:

    Ciao Amici!!!

    First of all, congratulations! I am so excited for you all to embark on an amazing “time traveling” journey to Roma! Every step you take (in Rome/Florence), I want you all to remember that you are walking the very same grounds of many great known and unknown leaders we learn about in our history books and from myths and legends. If that doesn’t give you goosebumps, take some time to just sit, take a look at your surroundings and realize that the architectures and ruin rubbles holds centuries of history and memories. My tip to you all while you are all there is ‘live in the moment’. I know its cliche and coming from first hand experience, it is so easy to get caught up by all the excitement of taking pictures for instagram/facebook to show off to friends and family but after taking a couple good photos (and of course selfies!), make sure to be present at the moment and realize where you are and what you are seeing, smelling, hearing and touching (touch only if it is permitted). Also, make sure to try everything that you can. The food is amazing and even if there is a certain type of food you usually don’t eat, try it anyways…“WHEN IN ROME!” I am certain that we are all going to mention it but, yes, you are going to fall in love with the city.
    It is a big privilege to be able to study abroad and being picked as one of the Rome Prize winner is an honor. Not only you will come out of Italy with the greatest memories of your life but you will also gain new friendships and a family. Speaking on behalf of the ’13 Rome Prize Winners, Chiara, Andy, Pepe, Julian and Maddie, WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!

    (p.s. eat the loads of carbonara, fiori di zucca, marinara pizza, gelato and Chiara’s lemon pasta that she taught us how to make…god I’m hungry).

  7. Aurea Horta says:

    God bless you all. Many thanks to those who support these students. Thanks for the opportunity and I wish you all the best. Congratulations t

  8. Tyrone Robinson Jr says:

    Wassup my fellow Rome Prize participants!!!

    May GOD bless all of you on this incredible life altering journey over the next 17 days.

    1. Explore the neighborhood, get familiar, don’t be scared to leave your roommate
    2. Eat as much gelato as possible, you’ll miss it like crazeeeeee!
    3. Italian Icee is a must, tell Chiara to take you asap!
    4. Fill your journal, love your journal, don’t hate Andy (grumpy gills) so much, you will be thankful after the trip.
    5. Don’t lounge too much, take full advantage of the trip. Experience as much as possible. Can sleep when your home.
    6. There isn’t an “I” in team or us, look out for each other, yes your roommate but everyone too.
    7. Get to know you, step outside of your comfort area, leave that box we all live in sometimes in your room.
    8. Lastly, love life and have fun!!!!! Turn up, in a positive way lol, you only live once dawg!!!!!!!

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