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National Capital Chapter Hosts Alpha Xi Deltas for Immersion Program

August 02, 2014

The National Capital Area chapter of Autism Speaks was proud to host a dynamic group of Alpha Xi Deltas for the second annual Summer Immersion Experience the week of July 28th. Young women from colleges across the country came to Washington DC and spent Monday through Friday learning all things related to autism as well as the importance of the four pillars of Autism Speaks. Activities included a trip to the Ivymount School in Rockville, Md., scheduled visits with Members of Congress and staff on Capitol Hill, a stop at Johns Hopkins Kennedy Krieger Institute, attending a House Ways and Means Committee hearing regarding the “ABLE Act” and volunteering at the National Capital Area Chapter office and the DC Bike to the Beach Charity Ride. The Alpha Xi Deltas celebrated the end of the week by giving presentations on all of the information they absorbed during their busy time in the district and look forward to continuing their involvement with Autism Speaks in the future. None of it would have been possible without the dedicated Alpha Xi Delta staff members and volunteers, especially Lindsay Eichelman, Kristen Elgie and Susan Mamber.

2014 Alpha Xi Delta Summer Immersion Participants:

Alyssa Backhaus – Marquette University
Emma Barnett – Kansas State University 
Kathryn Bryant – Eastern Michigan University 
Alyssa Canestro – Boise State University 
Bethany Coomes – University of North Carolina - Asheville 
Tessa Cross – Ohio Northern University 
Lauren Joyner – Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville 
Kally Moore – Purdue University 
Silvana Paradiso – Syracuse University 
Alexandra Sekulovski – Michigan State University 
Sarah Stegmaier – West Virginia University 
Paige Tanaka – Georgia State University 
Taylor Tripp – Alma College 
Brooke Zelnik – San Jose State University 
Karly Zengel – Wright State University

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