Wolves Making Waves
Posted 11/17/2021 09:45PM

Ruby Ferguson '07

Ruby Ferguson (Erdmann) '07
has been named Chicago's first-ever food equity policy lead. In her new role, she will help address food insecurity across the city, which has been exacerbated by the pandemic. Ruby previously worked with the Near North Health Service Corporation, expanding supplemental nutrition programs for women and children, and clinical dietetic and cooking programs.

To learn more, read and listen to Ruby’s recent interviews with Chicago news outlets WTTW and WBEZ, among others.

Dylan Vecchione '17

Since graduating with the Class of 2017, Dylan Vecchione has made waves—literally—as the founder of ReefQuest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to planetary citizen science. Dylan founded ReefQuest to give citizen-scientists the tools to engage in real scientific monitoring and documentation and to make global change through collective individual action. This fall, Dylan headed to the South Pacific on board of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography research ship Roger Revelle. Collaborating with a joint team from the University of Washington and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Dylan is conducting metagenomic and marine microbiology research on the area between French Polynesia and Peru.

From the Class of 2021 (left to right): Max Staples, Ximena Perez, and Joseph Benefiel.

The Class of 2021 is attending 34 different colleges and universities across the country. As they embark on this next step in their journey our newest alumni are also the recipients of several national, prestigious scholarships. Max Staples, a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, was chosen as a recipient of INTEL’s Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program. The program is part of a partnership between Intel and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to increase the number and success of Native American students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Other scholarship winners include Ximena Perez, a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, who was awarded a Questbridge scholarship, a highly competitive program which matches high-achieving students to some of the most selective colleges in the country. In addition, Joseph Benefiel is the recipient of a full-tuition merit scholarship to Tulane University through the Posse Foundation, whose mission is to strengthen the next generation of diverse leaders.

We love to hear how our alumni are transforming our world! Please keep us posted by emailing alumni@wildwood.org with all your exciting news.