Coolidge Scholars

Class of 2017

Joshua Kim is a senior at The Cambridge School in San Diego, California, a K-12 classical Christian school. Joshua is an accomplished student who, like President Coolidge, has studied Latin extensively, having completed AP Latin in 10th grade and having achieved the rank of Maxima Cum Laude on the National Latin Exam IV.  He is a founding member of his high school’s varsity debate team and is a nationally ranked public forum debater who has won numerous awards both on a state and national level, including qualifying for the Tournament of Champions. An accomplished athlete, Joshua is the starting shooting guard on his high school’s varsity basketball team, has a first degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, and ranks in the top 1% nationally in various athletic training drills. During both the summers of 2015 and 2016, he interned at ASICS America in their Pro Basketball Training and Development program. He has played piano for eight years.

Joshua also has an impressive record of service. Since 2006, he has volunteered at God’s Extended Hand Homeless shelter, where in addition to serving meals, he recently implemented a program to help make the shelter fully self-sustaining and fund-raised over $14,000 to improve the facilities. Joshua is the son of Scott and Jean Kim.

Elissa Morgan home schools in Loganville, Georgia. Interested in entrepreneurship and engineering, Elissa is especially proud of her Soli Deo Gloria Engineering Club’s first place finish in the state of Georgia in the “Design and Build” category of the 2017 National Technology Student Association TEAMS Engineering Competition. In addition to her Engineering Club, Elissa also holds leadership roles in the Soli Deo Gloria Math Team and the Soli Deo Gloria Physics Club. Like President Coolidge, she has a deep interest in the classics. She has written a three-act play and is at work on a trilogy of original science fiction novels. She participates in the Guardian Guild Literary Society and Guardian Guild Elocution Recitals, and tutors beginner and intermediate students in Latin.

Elissa has spent many years playing piano and frequently gives piano concerts at local nursing homes. She is a longtime youth leader and member of the Care Team at Monroe Presbyterian Church, where she also sings in the choir. From 2015 to 2016, Elissa worked as an intern at Yesteryear’s Treasures Furniture and Antique Store where she learned aspects of managing a small business. Elissa is the daughter of Jeff and Amy Morgan.

Neha Seshadri is a senior at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Like President Coolidge, she has a strong interest in the English language and debate. An AP Scholar with Distinction, the past three summers Neha has conducted research at her local hospital on sickle cell anemia and calponin – a calcium binding protein. She is an Intel SEFMD Science Fair Grand Award winner and has qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. At her high school Neha is the captain of the Forensics and Quiz Bowl Team, co-editor of the high school newspaper, and founder and president of the “Leadership and Technology for Girls” club in Detroit. She is a two-time DECA State Champion, and qualified for the 2015 National Quiz Bowl and the 2016 National History Bowl. In 2014, Neha finished 11th in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Neha started a non-profit, Helping Hands Going Global. She coaches mentally and physically challenged students for the Special Olympics. Neha has been a varsity swimmer and member of the Women’s State Championship team since 2014. In 2013, she won a gold and silver medal in the Junior Olympics in the freestyle and backstroke competitions. Neha is the daughter of Shiv Seshadri and Sabina Attavar.

Class of 2016

Regan BradyRegan Brady is a freshman at Harvard College. In 2017, she graduated from Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. A highly-accomplished student and AP Scholar, Regan’s interests include economics, debate, mathematics, and writing. At Hathaway Brown, Regan competed on the school’s debate team and is a varsity athlete in cross country, lacrosse, and indoor track. She served as editor of the school’s newspaper, is a member of the “Savvy Investors Club,” and served as co-president of the school’s GROW Foundation, an organization that awards thousands of dollars annually for economic and social empowerment.

Regan is a national advocate for the hearing impaired, carrying on the legacy of Grace Coolidge who was a teacher at the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Ma. At age 11, Regan published Listening to the Waves, a book about her own experience overcoming hearing loss and growing up with cochlear implants. She volunteers with children who have experienced hearing loss and mentors families of newly diagnosed hearing-impaired children through the Auditory-Outcomes Project. Regan speaks often to audiology students on college campuses and at state and national conventions on early auditory intervention. In addition to her work advocating for the hearing impaired, Regan has raised significant funds to support wounded veterans through the Marine Corps Marathon’s 10K Race, collects food for the Cleveland Food Bank, and assists physically disabled children through Youth Challenge Sports. Regan works as a math tutor, babysitter, and for her family’s small business. Regan is the daughter of Cory and Sharon Brady.

Joshua Moriarty is a freshman at Harvard College. He graduated from Hunter College High School in New York, New York in 2017. Like President Coolidge, Joshua is an accomplished debater, currently ranking among the top public forum style debaters in America. Joshua has won several prestigious debate tournaments including the Princeton Classic, Columbia Invitational, and the Newark Invitational. In addition to competing, Joshua is the co-president of his school’s debate team. He has served as the team’s administrative director, organizing travel and lodgings for tournament participants, communicating with parents, coordinating judge and chaperone involvement, and overseeing the team’s budget. Joshua has also coached younger students, guiding Hunter’s novice debate team to a state victory. During the summers, Joshua has served as a counselor at the Harlem Debate Institute.

Outside of debate, Joshua has earned numerous academic awards, including two Gold Keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. At Hunter, Joshua is the co-editor-in-chief of The Observer, the school’s newspaper, and he serves as a student senator and on the Class of 2017 Term Council. Since 2013 Joshua has volunteered at DOROT, visiting and making phone calls with elderly members of his community on a weekly basis. Joshua works as a math tutor. Joshua is the son of Patrick and Elizabeth Moriarty.

Samuel Reddick is a freshman at Rice University. In 2017 he graduated from Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, Tennessee. At Evangelical Christian, Samuel was ranked first in his class, and has twice been named “Student of the Year”. He has competed in the National School Scrabble Championship in Washington, D.C., and has placed highly in multiple statewide math competitions.  Like President Coolidge, Samuel is an enthusiastic student of the classics, having achieved top marks in the American Classical League’s National Latin II and III exams. Samuel performs the French horn, sitting 1st chair, and has received Blue Ribbons from the Tennessee Music Educators’ Association two years in a row. Samuel is a highly accomplished soccer player, playing on his high school’s varsity team and serving as captain for the U-19 “Germantown Legends Soccer Club.” His high school team finished as regional champions in 2014, making it all the way to the state’s semifinal round. Samuel also works as a soccer referee.

Samuel is interested in medicine and has participated in the conference of the American Association for Cancer Research in San Diego and has volunteered for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.  He is highly involved with local youth groups, volunteering as a photographer for events, assisting with church maintenance, and helping elderly and homebound church members. Samuel is a founding member of Shelby County Mayor’s Youth Council, and he tutors younger students in Latin, science, and mathematics. Samuel is the son of Gene and Jennifer Reddick.