Tucker Cholvin Talks about Cats Too Much
Name: Tucker “Cats Change Lives” Cholvin
# of years on Mountain: Two years as a delegate. This is No. 3
School: Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service
Major: International Political Economy
Home State: Washington STATE (holla)
Favorite Sport: Badminton
Movie: Sound of Music … and PROUD
Place to Visit: Orcas Island, Wash.
Books: East of Eden, Steinbeck. War & Peace, Tulstoy.
Hobbies: Writing, kayaking, CATS
Music: Sad 80’s British pop-jazz fusion, GAGA
Role Model: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Best CONA Memory: Last year when my proposal passed Plenary, I think I blacked out a little, but I do remember throwing my hands in the air and feeling totally, utterly happy. I have never felt something like that outside of CONA.
Which YMCA core value do you think you best represent and why? Responsibility. I am a very talent-oriented person, but I am also afraid of letting people down. However, my favorite thing to sing is absolutely “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.
What is the most important thing CONA has taught you? Believe in yourself. You are so much stronger than you may ever realize. Believe in others. There is a world full of things to learn from them.
What does it mean to you to be back as a PO? CONA delegates are the best to watch. I’m so very honored to be able to see you all shine this year; and to help make it happen in some small way.
Compiled by Jessie High, Oklahoma
Tyler Gross Admits Being a Mama’s Boy
Name: Tyler Gross
# of Years on the Mountain: This makes four.
School: Michigan State University
Major: Public Policy/Integrative Studies
Home State: Michigan
Favorite Sport: Soccer
Movie: V for Vendetta or Pan’s Labyrinth
Place to Visit: New Zealand
Book: Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
Hobbies: Card games
Music: Aesop Rock
Role Model: My mom (Jennifer Marshall). She is the strongest, most amazing person I know.
Best CONA memory: Passing plenary with Melissa Weaver.
What YMCA core value do you think you represent and why? Honesty. Mostly with myself. I always try to stay true to myself, and the rest just comes.
What is the most important thing CONA has taught you? That people and friendship are more meaningful than accolades.
What does it mean to you to be back as a PO? Quite simply, it is the greatest honor of my life. I’m so thankful.
Compiled by Kyle Denman, Ohio
Name: Jake Friedler
Gami Thinks CONA’s Fetch
Name: Paavan Gami
# of Years on Mountain: 4
School: Yale University
Major: Economics, Computer Science
Home State: South Carolina
Favorite Sport: Debate
Movie: Mean Girls
Place to Visit: Pretty Place, South Carolina
Book: Infinite Jest, American Jest
Hobbies: Sleeping in hammocks, hating cats
Music: Bon Iver, The Temper Trap
Role Model: Fareed Zakaria
Best CONA memory: Accidentally signing up for the intent on the wrong side of my first year. I ended up changing a lot of my beliefs as a result.
Which YMCA core value do you think you best represent and why? Respect – I think the fundamental belief that all individuals have merit and should be respected is integral to our world becoming the best it can be.
What is the most important thing CONA has taught you? CONA has taught me to separate individuals’ beliefs and character.
What does it mean to you to be back as PO? I’m so grateful. This has been one of the most fulfilling weeks of my life.
Compiled by Kyle Denman, Ohio