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2013 Holt Graduates

In the Sept/Oct 2013 issue of Holt International Magazine, we celebrated Holt adoptees who recently graduated from high school or college. We have three more updates to share with you.

Brenda Osler

Brenda Osler of Rochester, Minnesota recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in management, with an emphasis in human resources, from St. Cloud State University. During her time at St. Cloud State, she was involved in Delta Zeta and University Program Board. She plans to pursue a career in human resource recruiting. Brenda was adopted from Guatemala.

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Jacob Vedral

Earlier this year, Jacob Vedral graduated from high school in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. In high school, Jacob participated in varsity baseball, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 15, and graduated as a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to study business management at Rutgers University and would one day like to open a small business. Jacob was adopted from South Korea.

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Michael Evanowski

Michael Evanowski of Beachwood, New Jersey recently graduated from high school and plans to study math at Rutgers University. In high school, Michael was involved with marching band, concert band, jazz band, track, cross-country and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He was awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, TREA scholarship, and the Toms River High School South Indian Bandwagon scholarship. Michael was adopted from South Korea.

Philippines Ambassador Trip

Two years ago, Holt led our first ambassador trip to the Philippines to advocate for older children living in orphanage care. During a week full of fun activities, eight Holt ambassadors got to know 11 older children — their likes and dislikes, their challenges and strengths, and what makes them special. Once home, the ambassadors began advocating for the children’s adoptions.

This program has proven so successful in helping older children find families that over the past two years, Holt has led two more ambassador trips to the Philippines! The most recent group of ambassadors returned just last month, ready to find families for the boys and girls they met. To learn more about the program and this year’s special group of children, contact Jessica Palmer at jessicap@holtinternational.org or visit us at www.holtinternational.org/philippines.

National Adoption Month

We at Holt love the month of November, when families, organizations and public figures rally together to support a cause dear to our hearts — finding families for orphaned and abandoned children. This National Adoption Month, help raise awareness about children who need families! Share stories of waiting children you read about on the Holt blog. Donate to the Special Needs Adoption Fund, featured on page 18. Encourage others to consider adoption by sharing your own story, or if you’re considering adoption — what a wonderful month to begin your journey!



July 27-31, 2014, Camp Rockin U­—Holt Adoptee Camp for adoptees 9-16 years old

July 20-24, 2014, Calvin Center—Holt Adoptee Camp for adoptees 9-16 years old

March 29, 2014, Omaha—Gala Dinner & Auction, Embassy Suites,
La Vista, 5:30 p.m.

New Jersey
August 3-8, 2014, Camp Louemma­—Holt Adoptee Camp for adoptees 9-16 years old

April 12, 2014, Eugene­—Gala Dinner & Auction, Valley River Inn, 5:30 p.m.
July 13-17, 2014, Camp Angelos­— Holt Adoptee Camp for adoptees 9-16 years old

July 6-10, 2014, Camp Lakotah­—Holt Adoptee Camp for adoptees 9-16 years old

Get the Info
For Holt Adoptee Camp and Family Picnic information, contact: Pame Chow at pamec@holtinternational.org

For Events information, contact:
Shonna Wells at shonnaw@holtinternational.org

For Holt Heritage and Adult Adoptee Tour information, contact:

Sara Higgins for China tours:

Paul Kim for Korea tours:

Meghan Nelson for adult adoptee tours:

For Vision Trip information, contact:
Sally Dougherty at sallyd@holtinernational.org

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