Torchbearers

For the last 9 years, I have been building a scholarship fund at Barnard College, my alma mater. Recently, I attended the annual Torchbearers event where donors connect with the students who benefit from the many scholarship, fellowship and internship funds which donors have established. This year, I met my third student and we had a terrific evening becoming acquainted.  Gianni LaTange, Barnard ’16, is wildly industrious. She has been on the debate team, served as a student ambassador, tutored fellow students, taught public speaking to fourth and fifth graders and played varsity basketball. And that was all in high school! She is interested in Urban Studies and Economics and would feel very comfortable in the world of fashion. But, my feeling is—stand by—a lot can happen in this dynamic young lady’s life in 4 years. My previous students started with me as Juniors so it will be a luxury to watch what develops with Gianni during her entire tenure at Barnard.

In this photo, we have taken a break from the Torchbearers dinner to be interviewed for a video which will be shown at the Barnard Annual Gala in April.

Lida Orzeck & Gianni LaTange

Lida Orzeck & Gianni LaTange

-Lida Orzeck, CEO

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