Wow. What a response to our Round 2 Democracy for America Netroots Nation Scholarship Competition.
Out of all those who applied, I want to congratulate this round’s sixteen winners on their scholarship to attend the 2010 Netroots Nation Convention in Las Vegas.
You can check out all the winners to find out more about each of them – what they do, why they won, and how they’re going to contribute at Netroots Nation and make a difference in progressive online activism.
So without further ado, congratulations to:
Mark Howard, an artist from Los Angeles who combines art and media to bring people together and get people involved more than your average "Cheeto-munching slackivist"
Heather Pritchard, who brings the blue to the predominantly red Orange County, found inspiration in blogging, and is going back to school to be an ecologist so she can advance what she feels is our number one priority – the environment
Phil Attey, a self-described commenter from our nation’s capital who just launched Catholics for Equality and the Catholics for Equality Foundation as part of his mission to mobilize people of faith
Charlotte Hill, a passionate and prominent anti-genocide activist from California who focuses on the positives to inspire change
Jeanne Devon, Alaskan mother and author of her very own progressive blog on Alaskan politics, The Mudflats
Bonnie Duncan, a Vermonter who endlessly canvasses and campaigns around her home state and hopes to prevent any Republican takeover in this critical midterm election
Max Ellithorpe, a political science major at the University of Illinois who writes his very own self-titled blog
Matt Osborne, an Alabaman native and veteran who has been proudly "ridiculing the ridiculous and afflicting the comfortable since the age of fifteen"
Jamelle Bouie, a University of Virginia graduate who expresses his political opinion on his blog "The United States of Jamaica" and thinks that we should all "Slide to the Left"
Jay Tomlinson, the brains behind the "Best of the Left" podcast, which he now runs full-time, and our top vote-getter in Round 2
Bruce Reilly, who runs his blog "Lockdown Lowdown" out of Providence, Rhode Island and focuses his efforts on criminal justice issues
Lee Sakellarides, who helps fight the "fierce Republican stronghold" in Indiana with her liveblog every Sunday right here on Daily Kos entitled "Press the Face"
Corrine Chacon, a Chicana writer born into politics who wants to bring the online activism of Netroots Nation back to Texas to inspire change
Affad Shaikh, a Pakistani raised in Los Angeles who enjoys surfing and the outdoors when he’s not writing on his blog, "This American Muslim"
Cori Redstone, behind-the-scenes activist for progressive politics in Utah who "kicks ass in a red state and is not afraid to do it"
Miriam Zoila Perez, founder of Radical Doula.com and editor at Feministing.com who focuses on women’s and LGBTQ issues
Once again, congratulations to all our wonderful winners. We know they are going to rock the Rio Las Vegas July 22-25.