William du Tertre

I am a French-American born in New York City, raised in New Jersey and currently studying within the country’s capital.  I am an incoming senior pursuing a dual degree at American University, Washington, D.C., in the CLEG Program which stands for Communications, Legal institutions, Economics and Government (B.A. Degree) as well as Computer Science (B.S. Degree).  I am awarded with the Dean's Scholarship annually and am a brother of the Sigma Chi Fraternity where I was elected twice to serve as the Risk Management Foundation Officer Chair for two terms last year.  Ever since I was young, I believed I had an obligation and duty to contribute back to my community in some way.  Manifesting my beliefs into a passion, I have worked with many politicians and community leaders regarding various volunteer work and local politics.  I have volunteered as a fireman in my town and as a mentor for the Big Brothers program.  As a high school student, I was able to successfully lobby my hometown council in New Jersey to implement a legal “sister city” relationship with a French city outside Paris called Chaville. I thereby created a local sister city committee, which included various department heads from my school, was responsible for most of the implementation of the program and coordinated with many community groups. Additionally, I have an interest in foreign languages and computer languages speaking English, French, and some Mandarin Chinese – while I also have experience with several computer languages as part of my studies and out of independent curiosity.