Hello! My name is Gabriella, but you may call me Gabby. I live in Baltimore Maryland, just a few blocks from where the Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, grew up. When I’m not doing school work, I enjoy listening to political podcasts, reading dystopian novels, and braiding hair. This year I am 17 going on 18, which isn’t quite how the song goes...maybe I can adapt it? One of my hobbies is writing ICC parodies of well known stories and songs. I’ve been part of ICC’s global community for 9 years. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that feedback is there to build you up, not tear you down. As an Ambassador for the Institute, I’m really looking forward to mentoring the students I will get meet. I can’t wait to connect with you!
Hi! I’m Kim. I’m from the corny state of Ohio. As the first child of six, I would categorize my family as chaotically good. We’re busy, but have a great time together. I enjoy quite a few things, including but not limited to, climbing, cooking, reading, school (believe it or not), and martial arts. I am always ready to have a conversation about philosophy or go on an adventure. Not only am I thrilled about the adventure of internship, but I am also looking forward to the incredible conversations and learning opportunities on our journey. I am hyped to learn more about what it means to be an intentional leader and communicator. And I can’t wait to share what I’m learning with you!
Hi! My name is Joanna, and I live in Minnesota, the land of 11,842 lakes. The one I live closest to is shaped like a spoon; although, it’s named Boon. Some things I enjoy doing are painting, perfecting my smoothie recipes, and making music with my siblings. In fact, I’ve studied violin for 14 out of my 17 years on this earth. When I was younger, one of my dreams was to become an author. Despite the fact that I have yet to publish anything, I still love to write. I have been coming to ICC events since 2010, and throughout my journey, I’ve learned how to better express my ideas and listen to others’ ideas as well. I’m grateful for the opportunity to join with you on this next adventure!
Hello! I am Daniel Lukachick. I grew up in the American South where the weather is hot and the humidity is hotter! Although some may say mud is disgusting, I grew up running through swamps, making mud cakes when it rained, and pulling anything we could find behind our four wheeler! Ever since I can remember, my father has been teaching me about woodworking, building, and fixing things. I love doing anything adventurous or creative. I discovered ICC when I was a young child, roughly 15 years ago. I treated ICC like it was just another school thing I had to do, but little did I know how much the Institute was actually shaping the person I was becoming. ICC has taught me how to create ideas, put those ideas into words, and speak those words with confidence. I can’t wait to go on this journey with you! I hope to see you soon!
South Carolina, USA
Hi everyone! My name is Doug Ruff and I’m from South Carolina, the Palmetto State. I’ve been part of the ICC community since 2013. For the past three years I’ve had the privilege of being able to serve on the Southeast Area Student Leader Team (ASLT) and the Global Student Leader Media Team (GSLMT). Some of my passions include photography, collecting Legos, and studying Russian and Central Asian geopolitics. Through ICC, I’ve discovered a love for film and storytelling, and I’ve had the opportunity to co-produce a documentary film for a church in Nashville, Tennessee with ICC’s Frame It Up program. When I first joined ICC, I was scared of simply sharing my ideas, not to mention the whole public speaking aspect of it. However, at my first ICC event I saw that the people there truly cared about me and wanted to hear my ideas. This year, I am incredibly excited to help create meaningful experiences for you.
Rhode Island, USA
Hello, my name is David Stamp. I am 18 years old and I hail from the small state of Rhode Island. For the past year I have had the honor of serving on ICC’s Northeast Area Student Leader Team (ASLT). I come from a large family with five sisters and two brothers. Some of my hobbies include rock climbing, swimming, hiking, camping, and any other outdoor activities. You can bet that wherever I go I have a book (either hardcopy or downloaded on my phone) and am looking for a good tree to climb and a place to read. After a break, I re-joined ICC back in the fall of 2018 and if you had told me then that God was calling me to apply to this Intern team I would have said, “No way.” However, one of the most impactful things I have learned through ICC is how God can bring inspiration and direction from anywhere and anyone. I am looking forward to working and growing with my team. I can’t wait to meet you all somewhere on this tour.
Kia Ora! I was born in the year 2000. My family lived on a small lifestyle block in rural New Zealand. I spent the first almost-eleven years of my life showing our award-winning Anglo Nubian goats at agricultural and pastoral shows and using every piece of paper in our house to draw princess dresses. Living in Singapore for the last almost-nine years has been a life changing experience for which I’m eternally grateful. While there I got involved with my church’s worship band, was taught piano by myself and actual professionals and joined a local choir. I read a lot of books, lost a lot of board games, and traveled to 11 countries with my family. And I discovered a love for gaming that became a meaningful tool to connect with friends and family across borders. It was also in Singapore that I encountered ICC. In my early life I had decided there were two things that I could never do: I could not be a leader, and I could not speak to public audiences. Both my mother and ICC disagreed. Through my journey I came to understand that, if I let go of fear, I can find freedom to focus on the heart of my message and the hearts it could impact. I am Jessica Shepherd, and I hope to see you soon!
New Jersey, USA
Hello there! My name is Gwen Wittel. I live in the Garden State, also known as New Jersey, where we have super good pizza. I am the youngest in my family - and the only asian in the family. I was adopted at 14-months old. I love puns any day, any time. I also love connecting with others one-on-one and having wonderful conversations. ICC has given me the ability to step out of my comfort zone and try hard things. One of those was serving on last year's IMPACT Team. Learning how to respond and act in different situations has strengthened my character, particularly my patience. I’ve heard others say that an ICC Internship has helped them grow in so many ways. I may not grow past 5 feet, 2 inches, but I look forward to taking the skills ICC has taught me and applying them to this internship - gaining more skills and growing into the person God has called me to be. And I can’t wait to share what I’m learning with you!