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Marie Osmond’s Educational Background: More Than Just the Nutrisystem Lady


Olive Marie Osmond is a true quadruple threat. She not only sings but also dances, designs dolls, and acts.  Though well-known for being part of the Osmond family, she chose to blaze her own trail as a solo country artist. During this time, she became particularly well-known for her cover of “Paper Roses.”  The Baby Boomers among you might also remember her as one half of the famous variety show Donny & Marie. In 2013, she became the face of one of America’s most popular diet programs: Nutrisystem. But, did she ever find the time to get an education?

Personal Life:

Marie Osmond was born on October 13, 1959. The only girl amongst the family’s nine children, her upbringing was not all sugar and spice. The Osmonds were a showbiz family, after all, and the show must go on. It didn’t take long before the family’s little princess joined her older brothers in the spotlight  All that script memorizing and voice training left little time for a normal childhood. Despite her fame, Marie remained devout to her Mormon faith throughout her childhood and early adulthood. As her belief system prohibited things like tea, coffee, and premarital sex, her lyrics were notoriously squeaky clean. This lack of edge likely contributed to her declining music career.

Her personal life, however, was pretty tumultuous. She has been married three times to two different men. First, and third, to actor Stephen Craig. The pair would stay together until their first divorce in 1985. Less than a year later, Osmond would tie the knot with Brian Blosil.  This actress and businesswoman has had to deal with weight-related issues, postpartum depression, and a child’s suicide. Due in part to these struggles, she has undertaken her fair share of charity work. She’s best known for being one of the co-founders of the Children’s Miracle Network.


Her typical 18-hour work day made it hard for Marie Osmond to attend a normal high school. Instead, she squeezed in some high-school-level tutoring in between her dancing, singing, and acting lessons. This left her with the equivalent of a high school diploma. As of the publication of this post, she has not yet pursued any other form of education.



Dan Marino’s Educational Background


Dan Constantino Marino Jr. is a former NFL quarterback and holder of more than a dozen NFL records. While he never won the Super Bowl in his seventeen seasons with the Miami Dolphins, Marino is still recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in history. His powerful arm not only  led his team to 10 playoff appearances but also netted them a spot in Super Bowl XIX. Inducted into  Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005,  Marino has filled his life after football with NASCAR, acting,  commercial appearances,  and charity work.


Born September 15, 1961, Dan Marino is the eldest of Daniel and Veronica Marino’s children. He and his two younger sisters were raised in Pittsburgh’s South Oakland, a decisively blue-collar neighborhood. It wasn’t until he reached high school that he started taking sports seriously.  By the time he graduated, he’d won Parade All-American honors and a chance to play for the Kansas City Royals. But, he decided to take his chance on college football instead and spent four years playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers.  Marino was later drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1983. By the time he’d reached his second year in the NFL, Marino was shattering NFL records left and right. After nearly twenty years with the Dolphins,  Marino opted to retire in 2000.

Dan Marino married his wife, Claire, in 1985. The pair would go on to have seven children. While he publicly admitted to fathering one child in a 2005 affair, Marino and his wife’s marriage is still going strong. Currently, he works as a spokesperson for Nutrisystem and a men’s life ambassador for AARP.


When he was growing up, Marino’s family lived right across the street from St. Regis Catholic Elementary School. So, he spent many of his formative years there. Upon reaching his teenage years, this future football legend transferred to Central Catholic High School in the heart of Pittsburgh. He graduated from Central Catholic 1979 with a full-ride scholarship from the University of Pittsburgh. In between all his record-breaking and partying, Marino managed to net himself a Bachelor’s degree in communications. Though he never returned to school, his alma mater would later grant him an honorary doctorate in broadcast journalism.

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Kylie Jenner’s (Real) Educational Background: Did She Go To School?

Kylie Jenner is one of the most famous television stars, most successful entrepreneurs, and most followed influencers of her generation. Despite her amazing success, there are rumors that Kylie did not go to school.

The facts, however, put the rumors to rest. Kylie did attend school–but where she went to school might surprise you.

Here is the story of Kylie’s early life and educational background:

Personal Life

Kylie was born on August 10, 1997 to Caitlyn and Kris Jenner in Los Angeles, California. She is the youngest daughter in the family. It didn’t take long after being born into a large, famous family for Kylie to find the spotlight.

She first appeared on the E! Network reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007, when she was only 10 years old.

Six short years after her first TV exposure, Kylie’s career as a successful entrepreneur began to take off.

In 2013, Kylie, along with her sister, Kendall, launched The Kendall & Kylie Collection. Later in 2013, the sisters launched another line for jewelry, Metal Haven by Kendall and Kylie. A shoe and handbag line with Steve Madden was launched by the sisters in 2014. In 2015, the sisters launched yet another line, this time with a British retailer. The line is simply called Kendall + Kylie. Kylie then launched her own lip line in 2015.

Kylie has also leveraged her popularity with multiple endorsement deals. She’s been featured in numerous music videos over the years, as well.

She has also participates in many charity events and in 2015, she was featured on the Most Influential Teens list from Time Magazine.


So, did Kylie Jenner even go to high school? What about college?

Let’s go back to the beginning.

First, Kylie attended primary school at Sierra Canyon School, which is a private school in Chatsworth, California near Los Angeles. At Sierra Canyon School is where Kylie first found the spotlight, as she was a cheerleader and actress in school plays while she was enrolled there.

From 2012 to 2015 Kylie was home schooled. Kylie’s at-home education program earned her a high school diploma from Laurel Springs School in Ojai, California.

Kylie Jenner did not attend college.

Kylie currently resides in Southern California, just outside of Los Angeles, near her family.

She recently had her first child on February 1, 2018 with rapper Travis Scott. She named her daughter Stormi Webster.

Ivanka Trump’s Educational Background: What Academic Credentials Does the “Real First Lady” Have?

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Why She Deserves Our Notice:

The eldest daughter of Donald Trump and his ex-wife, Ivana, Ivanka Marie Trump has been referred to as both the “real” first lady and her father’s “most powerful weapon”. She’s also been characterized as her father’s polar opposite in both personality and conduct.  However, even when removed from her father’s influence, Ivanka is worthy of notice, and perhaps, admiration. Her success started early. By the age of 16, Ivanka had hosted Miss Teen USA and graced the covers of both Elle and Seventeen.

 As an adult, her inclination towards success showed no signs of lessening. After completing her bachelor’s degree and joining the Trump Organization, Ivanka quickly rose through its ranks. She’s currently the Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions. When away from her father’s company, Ivanka works diligently on her rapidly growing clothing line. As of 2016, this side business netted over 100 million dollars in revenue.

Personal Life:

Ivanka was born on October 30th of 1981. Like her two elder brothers, Eric and Donald, she spent much of her younger life in and around the Big Apple and residing under her mother’s custody.  At the age of 14, Ivanka landed her first modeling gig. While she quickly climbed to the top of the industry, featuring on two covers by the time she reached 17, she realized that modeling was not for her. That’s when she set her sights on succeeding in her father’s business.

She’s now the mother of three young children and married to real estate developer Jared Kushner.


Chapin School:  Ivanka Trump attended this all girl’s private, preparatory school until the age of 15. Chapin has worked for over 100 years preparing  young girls for the rigor of higher institutions. On a yearly basis, they serve approximately 800  students in grades ranging from preschool to eighth grade.  This school is particularly well-known for its intensive liberal arts and well-regarded student exchange programs.

Choate Rosemary Hall:  After outgrowing the Chapin School, Ivanka’s parents sent her off to Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. She wasn’t happy about it. In interviews, she’s characterized its boarding-school lifestyle as “prison-like.” However, with a perfect score on Boarding School Review, not everyone agrees. This highly-regarded, co-educational institutions helps prepare students for college by focusing on programs of academic rigor. It serves approximately 900 students across its 500-acre campus. The school claims notable alumni including Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Douglas, and President John F. Kennedy.

Georgetown University: Following in her brother Eric’s footsteps, Ivanka started out her college career breaking family tradition and attending Georgetown University. However, after just two years there, Ivanka transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to complete her undergraduate degree.  That doesn’t make Georgetown an inferior school, however. Located in Washington, D.C., this private research institution serves about 18,000  students across nine schools. It’s best known for its highly-rated law school. It’s also home to the largest student-run business and financial institutions in the world.

University of Pennsylvania: Like nearly all of the Trump family, Ivanka would later earn her bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. While there, she majored in finance through the world-renowned Wharton Business School. She would go on to graduate from her program cum laude.  The University of Pennsylvania is considered part of the Ivy League and was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. It’s 1100 acre campus is home to approximately 10,000 students. In its centuries of operation, UPenn has helped produce 14 heads of state, 25 billionaires, and more than 33 US senators.


James Comey Educational Background: Is James Comey well educated?

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Confirmed as the seventh director of the FB on September 14th of 2013, James Comey came under scrutiny after announcing a reopening of the Clinton e-mail investigation less than 11 days before the 2016 presidential election. While his impact on the election cannot be quantified, many believe that he may have swung the hotly contested race in Donald Trump’s favor. Before he assumed his current position, James Comey worked as the deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. After leaving the Department of Justice in 2005, he went on to serve as a senior vice prudent at Lockheed Martin. After almost a decade away from the government, Comey assumed his current role in the public sector. However, long before he was an attorney, James was just another kid growing up in Allendale.

Born on December 4th of 1960, James Comey was one of four children belonging to James Brien and Joan Comey.  While born in Yonkers, James spent most of his formative years growing up in New Jersey. After attending local elementary schools, he completed his primary education at Northern Highlands Regional High School. It was during his senior year at Northern Highlands that James underwent an ordeal he credits with changing his life. One evening, he and his brother Matthew found themselves imprisoned in their own home by a notorious serial rapist. Though they escaped unscathed, it allowed James to develop an empathy for his clients that’s not found in all attorneys. These twenty-four hours helped determine his life for years to come. After graduating from Northern Highlands, he went on to join the ranks of William and Mary, majoring in chemistry and religion.

The second oldest school in the US, the College of William of Mary is sometimes called the Alma Mater of the Nation. It’s at this school that George Washington and Thomas Jefferson received their secondary education.  Comey graduated from this illustrious school in 1982 following four years of liberal-arts based coursework. From there, he set his sights on becoming a lawyer. To fulfill this dream, Comey then enrolled in the University of Chicago Law School. Two years after enrolling, Comey received his Juris Doctorate from that same university.

Elon Musk College Education Background


Elon Musk was born June 28, 1971 in South Africa, now residing in Los Angles, California.

Musk is a world famous and highly educated engineer, inventor and business magnate.

At the age of 19, Musk was accepted into Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario for undergraduate. He was there for two years until he transferred to University of Pennsylvania. There, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and his economics degree at its Wharton School of Business.

In 1995, at age 24, Musk moved to California to begin a PhD in applied physics and materials science at Stanford University, but left the program after two days to pursue his entrepreneurial aspirations in the areas of the Internet.




Shaunae Miller Education Background at University of Georgia

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Shaunae Miller is a Bahamian sprinter from Nassau, Bahamas. She was born April 15, 1994 to parents Mabelene and Shaun Miller.

After completing high school education at St. Augustine’s College in the Bahamas, she now lives in Athens and is enrolled at the University of Georgia.

In 2013, she set a school record in the 400m at 51.57.

At the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics, Miller was the first Bahamian to win the 400 meter sprint.

At the 2016 Olympics, she won a Gold medal in the 400 meter.

You can follow Shaunae on Twitter – @hey_itsshaunae


Simone Biles Educational Background

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Born on March 14, 1997, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles was born unfortunately born to her mother, Shanon Biles, who had a drug and alcohol addiction and was unable to care for her. She lived with Shanon’s father and stepmother in a north texas suburb near Houston.

Simone first started gymnastics at 6 years of age and eventually started training at Bannon’s Gymnastix. She eventually caught the eye of trainer Aimee Boorman and started training with her. Boorman is still with her at every competition.

Secondary education

Simone spent all of her secondary education homeschooled from 8th grade to high school and graduated in summer 2015. She said it was a sacrifice she needed to make to focus on her career.

“I didn’t get the high school opportunity, but it always worked out” says Biles.

College and Professional Career

Simone tweeted her verbal commitment to UCLA on August 4, 2014, where she planned to attend college after the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

On July 29, 2015, she announced she was going professional and giving up college eligibility due to NCAA rules.


Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, is Spreading a Powerful Message Across College Campuses

Miss America is about to embark on a tour of college campuses that will allow her to share an important message with students that has nothing to do with red cups.

Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, first made waves during the talent portion of the competition. Eschewing pageant norms, she plopped down cross-legged on stage and sang Pharrell’s “Happy.” All while accompanying herself on a red Solo cup a la “Pitch Perfect.” Clearly her talent did nothing but help her, since Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 later in the evening.

Now she’s ready to move on past all the talk about a cup and move on to more serious issues, namely awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence. Just a few days after being crowned, Kazantsev spoke about her own experience as a victim of domestic violence. Now she’s using her experience to help prevent others from landing themselves in similar situations.

In an interview on HuffPost Live Kazantsev said, “Women need to know how they should be treated. Women need to know what healthy relationships are, and as Miss America I hope to educate women. I hope to raise awareness on what that healthy relationship is because I didn’t know. That’s what happened with me – I just didn’t understand.”

As part of her duties as Miss America, Kazantsev will visit several college campuses to share her story and what can be learned from it.

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The 10 Best Celebrity College Commencement Speeches

Graduation memories are unfolding for college students at campuses across the country. Some are lucky enough to have speeches presented by the foremost thinkers of our time. Don’t discount them because of their celebrity. They’re bright, interesting, see the world from a different angle, and often leave otherwise stodgy commencement speeches feeling a little lighter.

We’ve rounded up the commencement speeches given by actors, actresses, and even tech giants that left us inspired, humbled, and in stitches.

In 2006, Stephen Colbert gave the commencement speech at Knox College, a private liberal arts school in Galesburg, IL. His opening remarks played on his thinly veiled real life/television persona. “I play someone on television named Stephen Colbert. He looks like me and talks like me, but with a straight face, says things he doesn’t mean. I’m not sure which one of us you invited here today.”

It didn’t take long to figure out which Stephen Colbert showed up. In his trademark farcical, news anchor style, he was light on the wisdom and heavy on “truthiness.” He somehow pulled off a law student/beer pong/Dred Scott joke, and claimed to have attended Knox College. “It doesn’t get reported much, partly because the press doesn’t do proper research, and partly because it’s not true,” he said.

It only took him 18 minutes, but he finally squeezed in some genuine remarks. He talked about his experience with improvisational comedy troupes, and how the spontaneity imitated life. “You’re about to start the greatest improv of all. You’ll have no script, no idea…and you are not in control. So say yes, and if you are lucky, people will say yes back,” he said. “Saying yes begins things, saying yes is how things grow. Yes is for young people, and that’s the word.” Read the rest of this entry »


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