|Martin is a sophomore majoring in History, and the Founder and Operational Director of the Rather Prize. He thinks that Texas is a state with so many resources that its educational system can and must do better. He loves basketball and dreams of someday witnessing a New York Knicks-San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals series.
||Daisy is a sophomore from Cary, NC, majoring in Economics and Political Science. She loves education, and believes that we can all work together to improve the public education system-the backbone of our society. After Rice, she hopes to further her studies in law school, and own multiple golden retrievers.
||Jaecey is a junior from Lubbock, TX, majoring in English with a Business minor. She believes that teachers are the largest catalyst for progress in our education system, and is committed to being an advocate for them. She foresees her future self making a difference in the world of journalism, teaching, or business.
||Gunny is a sophomore from Singapore, Singapore, majoring in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He believes strongly that education is everybody’s business, and that any remote degree of change in the educational landscape world begins with the individual. He dreams uncontrollably of electric sheep, Haruki Murakami and bargain-buy H.E.B. New York Strips.
||Priya is a sophomore from Sugar Land, TX, majoring in Psychology with a Business minor. She believes in creating more opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to reduce prevailing disparities in education. In the future, she is considering graduate school in law, business, or public health.
|Dan Rather, host of AXS TV's Dan Rather Reports and The Big Interview. is a native of Wharton, Texas and the son of an oil pipeline worker, and Texas has always been his home. Before becoming one of television's most notable journalists, he received his entire education through Texas public schools. He is honored to have the opportunity to give back to his home state.
||Caroline Quenemoen is the Executive Director of the Center for Civic Leadership at Rice University. In this role she leads the development and implementation of programs, curriculum, and partnerships that foster civic leadership in Rice undergraduates and creates mutually beneficial university-community partnerships locally, nationally, and globally. She holds a Ph.D in Classical Archaeology from Yale University.
||Purvez Captain, of Houston, TX, is the Global Director of Ernst & Young LLP's Oil and Gas Transfer Pricing and Economics practice. He is the founder of Rice University's GradConnect, an initiative linking graduate alumni with current students for mentorships. He holds a doctorate in Economics from Rice University.