2023 Milken Scholars

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Alyssa Toussaint

Alyssa Toussaint is committed to making lasting contributions to her community. As an inaugural member and vice president for Rep Our City, she educated fellow students at District of Columbia International School (DCI) about the legislative process behind D.C.'s push for statehood. In collaboration with the Ukrainian National Women's League of America, Alyssa led a fundraiser selling handmade blue and yellow ribbons, pins and stickers for women in the Ukraine affected by conscription. Her interest in sustainability led her to the Exelon Foundation STEM Leadership Academy, where she worked with energy professionals to conceive environmentally friendly products. 

Alyssa graduated as Student of the Year from DCI with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma. She is a member of the National Honor Society and an OSSE (Office of the State Superintendent of Education) Scholar. As lead student ambassador, Alyssa wrote a handbook to guide future ambassadors and conducted tours in English and Spanish for prospective students, families and teachers. She served as head delegate and president emeritus of the school's Model United Nations team, training teammates, running elections and raising funds to subsidize travel costs for regional and national competitions. Alyssa earned top-three honors at competitions at William & Mary, Yale, McGill University and Georgetown University. She also received the Diplomacy Award at American University's Model United Nations Conference. 

An accomplished dancer, Alyssa studied classical ballet and modern, jazz, contemporary and improvisational dance, and musical theater at the Washington School of Ballet since she was 13 years old. She danced in summer intensives at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City and the John F. Kennedy Center's Dance Education programs, where she worked with principal dancers from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and American Ballet Theatre. Alyssa has also performed with RawArts Dance, a professional contemporary dance company. 

Alyssa will study chemistry and performance studies at Yale and plans a career as a sustainability analyst.

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