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CONTACT: Bruce Smith
Public Information Officer
(310) 434-4209
DATE: May 20, 2005


Four outstanding Santa Monica College students have been selected for the prestigious Dale Ride Internship program and will serve in the U.S. Congress this summer.

The interns – who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and interests – will gain valuable experience through the eight-week summer internship program, believed to be unique for a community college. Interns receive stipends to cover transportation, housing and other expenses.

The program – which in 13 years has sent 51 students (excluding this year's group) to the White House, Congress and other agencies – is sponsored by the Dale Ride Family Fund, former SMC President Dr. Piedad F. Robertson, SMC Foundation President’s Circle, Stratton-Petit Foundation, and the SMC Associates, a private community support organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.
The interns and their assignments are:

Anthony Allman of Los Angeles, who will be in the office of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). A political science major, Allman is a U.S. Army veteran who served in Kuwait in support of the war in Iraq and is the director of college outreach for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Maintaining a near-perfect 4.0 grade point average, he is a member of Phi Theta kappa Honor Society and the SMC Scholars Program, and he received the William & Clyde Stieb Memorial leadership Scholarship and the SMC Foundation Scholarship in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Hailey Gilmore of Los Angeles, who will serve in the House Committee on Government Reform and the American Council for Voluntary International Action. Majoring in political economy of industrial societies, Gilmore plans to transfer to the University of California at Berkeley. She attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts before coming to SMC. Her activities at SMC have included membership in the Progressive Alliance and serving as Inaugural Commissioner of the Arts and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Persistence of Vision, the student poetry magazine.

Mariana Horta-Cappelli of Los Angeles, who will serve with U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano, a California Democrat and chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. A native of Brazil, Horta-Cappelli attended her last year of high school in Wisconsin and returned to the classroom after several years as a joint partner in a small business. She plans to transfer to UC Berkeley this fall and to go to law school at Berkeley’s Boalt Hall or get a master’s degree in international relations from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Ethan Lacey of Los Angeles, who will serve with the House Committee on International Relations. A double major in political science and computer animation, he is interested in foreign trade and commerce as it relates to computer technology. He has been supporting himself through web and software development since he was 17. He plans to transfer to UCLA, work in the private sector and ultimately enter the political arena.

The internship program was established in 1991 in the memory of a man who had a long and distinguished career as an educator, administrator and public servant. Ride taught political science and served in administrative posts at SMC for 33 years until his death in September 1989 at the age of 67.

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