Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
High School: Richard Montgomery High School
Intended major: Political science, economics
Possible career: Policymaker, Lawyer
Being a hearing child of deaf parents, Rosanna grew up with a unique life experience. Learning sign language before she learned to speak English exposed her to the complexities of language early on in her life. As a result, she developed a love for creative writing that revealed itself throughout her high school career. She was published in her school’s literary magazine as well as Susquehanna University’s The Apprentice Writer, a national high school literary magazine. She placed in Kaplan/Newsweek’s National My Turn Essay Contest, Rider University’s National High School Writing Contest, and won Region-at-Large Gold Key Awards in the memoir and humor categories of the Scholastic Writing Awards.
In the summer of 2007 Rosanna was accepted into the Advanced Mentorship Program, a yearlong mentoring program with eminent scholars in specialized fields. She chose to be mentored in the areas of law and policy and was partnered with Brian Wolfman, co-director of the Georgetown University Law Center's Institute for Public Representation. At the culmination of the program she wrote a 20-page paper analyzing the issues associated with standardized testing, as mandated by the no Child Left Behind Act, for deaf and hard of hearing students, which she presented at Yale University.
Throughout her junior and senior years of high school Rosanna interned with the Montgomery County Public Defender's Office. As intern to Assistant Public Defender Samuel Delgado, she visited and interviewed incarcerated clients, drafted court motions, prepared trial materials and wrote letters on behalf of Mr. Delgado to be submitted to judges for mitigation of a client's sentence. During the 2009 Maryland General Assembly, she served as a student page in the Maryland House of Delegates.
The summer after her freshman year at Swarthmore, Rosanna interned with Grameen Bank, a nonprofit bank based in Bangladesh which provides loans to the poor.
At Swarthmore, Rosanna is active in War News Radio, the college Judiciary Committee, the Swarthmore Mock Trial Team, the club Fencing Team, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).