INTERN CLASS FALL 2013
Raised in Dalton, New Hampshire, Conor has always led a somewhat quiet life. When he was younger, he would spend his time outside pretending to host New Hampshire’s version of “The Crocodile Hunter”, which usually involved catching garter snakes, yelling crikey when they bit him, then taking them back to his house, much to the terror of his mother. He is currently a sophomore at the University of Montana, where he is studying writing. More often than not you will find him under a tree with his guitar somewhere on campus, where he will compose a silly folk tune about a shiver of sharks, or perhaps an ostentation of peacocks. They usually end up sounding only slightly better than Vogon poetry. He is a firm believer in the answer to life being 42, which is also 6 multiplied by 7. He is convinced that if we based all of our local and federal fiscal policies on the number 42 then humanity would enter the next great golden age.
Dana freakin’ Nighswonger is the name. An intern this year is studying Business marketing and management and minoring in being a legitimate Washingtonian. Came from the tiny town of good ol’ Harrington, Washington, she has learned that Montana is just as weird as Washington and that’s why she loves being here. If it were allowed, she would be majoring in Baseball and coffee. A die hard Red Soxs fan and a Mariner’s native, this girl can talk baseball for hours and always has a coffee of some sort in her presence. She has got great ideas to make this wonderful state more progressive and she’s a girl that isn’t afraid to speak her mind. A progressive she is and a progressive she always will be.
With a last name meaning “mermaid” in French, one might assume that Hannah Syrenne is majestic and docile. Majestic she may be, but she lives her life like a freight train outta Hell, goin’ straight up the alley of competition. Luckily for us – and luckily for America – this fine broad has decided to reign in her go-get-em’ attitude and challenge the enemies of Democracy face-to-face. You might see her struttin’ ‘round the downtown, sleeping in the library, practicing the Arabic tongue, or looking at shirtless pictures of Vladimir Putin, but you can rest assured that she has got your back – she has got all of our backs. And she is here to win the glorious fight.
Jo Bernhard born and raised in the UK made the life changing decision to pack-up and move to the US (Montana of all places!) last year. After getting involved in the community, where socks and sandals are socially acceptable, Jo realized that she had made one of the best decisions of her life. Majoring in Journalism and Spanish at the University of Montana, her dream, like everyone else, is to change the world in some way! Jo joined Forward Montana not only to learn more about the political spectrum but also to get out there and encourage others to become more politically aware. Jo enjoys the relaxed lifestyle and the great outdoors as well as EVERYTHING BRITISH, duh!
Who is Justin Sharpe? The easy answer is that guy with the magnificent, majestic, macho, marvelous, magical, and mystical mustache. Seriously, just look at that ‘stache! Incredibly enough though, there’s even more to him than just the mighty mustache. He is passionate about politics, the German language, and to top it all off he can play the cello! Also he is still waiting for a man in a blue box to whisk him away and a certain letter via owl post that seems to have gotten lost for the past 11 years, though he’s sure that will all get sorted out soon.
Leann is a Freshman at the University of Montana majoring in Communications. She is from Pittsburgh (Go Steelers) and is very, very excited to be interning for Forward Montana! Even though she hasn’t been in Missoula for very long, she has already fallen in love with the beautiful sky, mountains, and river. She enjoys playing frisbee, telling bad jokes, and chit chatting. Her favorite things include sunglasses, dresses, and crayons. Although she can’t sing or dance, that doesn’t stop her from trying. Leann is always a little too excited and talking a little too loud. She can’t wait to meet more amazing people in Montana and start helping to move Montana forward!
Nasrin Chaudhry, better known as Naz, Snazrin, Spygirl, Carlos, or (much to her chagrin) Nazi, is an undergrad at the University of Montana studying Philosophy and quadruple minoring in Poly Sci, Women and Gender Studies, Non-Profits, and International Development Studies…if that’s even possible. Besides being a Persian Flower Princess (which is what her name means in various languages) and the coolest Asian you’ll ever meet, she plans on pursuing a law degree. Before entering Forward Montana, Nasrin spent her time “running for change” to get the wonderful people of Missoula involved in politics, serving on the first Student Advisory Board to the Superintendent of Public Instruction, working with her peers in student government, and volunteering her time in the National Honor Society. For some lax time Nasrin loves to play soccer, hike, cross-country, skatestyle and downhill ski, rock climb, dance, and travel. She now hopes to bring her goofy and awkward yet enthusiastic approach to an impressive organization that has proven that a small group of committed individuals can affect significant change in this state!
Adam Poeschl grew up in Livingston, then hopped on the wagon train to Bozeman where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Photography with a minor in Philosophy. He loves pizza, beer, and metal. He also like to read when he can sit still and concentrate for more than ten minutes.
Aubrey Wall is currently in her third year as a Political Science – Policy and Analysis student at MSU – Bozeman. As a self-proclaimed environmental and political wonk, she plans to spread the word that the political wonks are the new cool kids in town during her time at Forward Montana. She also prides herself on being a master chef and coffee connoisseur. In her free time, she likes to do Bikram yoga, coach synchronized swimming, pet her french bulldogs, run, and try new foods – especially the weird stuff.