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Class of 2010: Highlights

Notable Achievements


The 507 students who enter Carleton in September 2006 number 233 men and 274 women. They were selected from a pool of 4,461 applicants and represent 45 states and 21 countries.

  • 9 percent come from countries outside the United States.
  • 78 percent graduated in the top tenth of their class--95 percent were in the top fifth.
  • 9 percent are the first generation of their families to attend college.
  • 20 percent are African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino/Chicano, or Native American
  • 100 are National Merit Scholars, 5 are National Hispanic Scholars, and 4 are National Achievement Scholars
  • 9 percent speak a language other than English at home.

Notable Achievements

The class has undertaken an impressive array of endeavors in its pre-Carleton days.

Someone in the class:

  • Won the 2005 National Soccer Youth Referee of the Year Award.
  • Spent more than 300 hours restoring Elissa, a 19th-century sailing ship.
  • Won an award for the best artistic rendition of the new Cooper Island Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Was crowned Miss Norway at the Scandinavian Festival in Albany, Oregon.
  • Was a sergeant in the English Royal Air Force Cadets.
  • Had a year-long internship with the United Steelworkers of America.
  • Played on an American ex-patriot Ultimate Frisbee team while living in Shanghai and traveled to tournaments in Thailand, Korea, and Singapore.


The Class of 2010 includes:

  • 10 Eagle Scouts.
  • Two Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award recipients.
  • Two 4-H Club Leaders.
  • In addition, someone in the class arranged a benefit concert for victims of the earthquake in Pakistan.
  • Another student raised $6,000 as the chair of an Adopt-a-Family program.


The Class of 2010 includes remarkably adventurous students who have:

  • Interpreted for surgeons repairing children's cleft palates as part of Operation Smile in Paraguay.
  • Worked for two weeks in Costa Rica preventing the theft of leatherback sea turtle eggs.
  • Completed a 570-mile canoe trip through northern Canada.
  • Lived in Dagestan, Russia among the Tabasarans (a mountainous Muslim people) as a child.
  • Studied or performed community service in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, British Virgin Islands, Cambodia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, th Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Puertor Rico, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Vietnam, and Zambia.

Out-of-the Ordinary

In this class, you could meet someone who:

  • Was president of a varsity bridge team.
  • Started a T-shirt company (Shucks Shirts).
  • Taught himself Japanese in order to read anime comics.
  • Makes wind instrument reeds.
  • Attempted to set a Guinness World Record by wearing the same pair of white socks for six months.
  • Won a grocery-bag packing competition called the "Pack Off."
  • Enjoys ice fishing


Someone in the class speaks: American Sign Language, Bengali, Chinese, Finnish, French, Garifuna, German, Guarani, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Jicarilla Apache, Kalenjin, Kannada, Korean, Malayalam, Norwegian, Persian, Russian, Siswat, Spanish, Swedish, Tigrinya, Turkish, and Vietnamese.


While in high school, members of the class have conducted impressive research projects. Someone has:

  • Studied a protein that potentially inhibits the growth of TB bacteria in HIV/AIDS patients at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
  • Recorded activity on chemical suspension at nonsocopic levels as a National Science Foundation research assistant at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Completed an intense ethnography of the Kuna people in the San Blas islands of Panama.
  • Presented research on the relationship of protein IL-17F to asthma to the Northwest Assocation for Biomedical Research.