Phillip

A little about Phillip ...

Phillip (Phil to his friends) graduated in 2005 from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, Maryland where, along with a full load of advanced courses, he was President of the Class of 2005. His hard work earned him a full scholarship to the University of Maryland at College Park. In 2008, Phillip was selected as a recipient of the Truman Scholarship and was named President William E. Kirwan Citizenship Award - Outstanding Junior - both prestigious awards!

During the summer of 2006, he worked for Constellation Energy and travelled to Brazil in August with Engineers Without Borders. During the summer of 2007, he worked for General Electric here in Laurel but also took a trip to Africa for Engineers Without Borders. He returned to Africa in 2008 with Engineers Without Borders and then did some site-seeing. For several years, he participated in the Hugh O'Brien (HOBY) seminars for high school students and counseled troubled students at the University of Maryland.

In July 2011, again on a scholarship, Phillip earned his Master's from UNEP-Tongji Institute of Environment for Sustainable Development in Shanghai, China. Somehow, he still managed to do some traveling in Africa. Phil also earned a PhD position at Princeton University and has been happily ensconced there since August 2011.

When J-P took up the guitar a number of years ago, Phillip had to follow suit. Now, he is quite accomplished in his own right. Phil financed his guitar habit (he has six now -- one of them he and I built together) by mowing lawns, raking leaves, and shoveling snow. During high school, he played lead guitar with a popular band called Adrenaline. He and his band played in a number of musical events at his high school and other local venues. They recorded some of their own songs which, in my unbiased opinion, are ready for prime time.

Clearly, Phillip has the ability to do whatever he chooses in life and make it a success.

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