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Did Beto O’Rourke even go to College?

Beto Rouke

Beto O’Rourke is an American politician and businessman. He served on the El Paso City Council from 2005-2011 and was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. He is the Democratic Party nominee in the 2018 Texas U.S. Senate running against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz.

O’Rourke is known for being a progressive or liberal Democrat. His political plans include combatting global warming, increasing federal aid to schools. He supports the decriminalization of cannabis, favors immigration reform and champions Planned Parenthood and marriage equality.

Personal Life:

Born in El Paso, TX on Sept. 26, 1972, Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke is the son of Melissa Martha Williams and El Paso County Judge Pat Francis O’Rourke. His father was a political associate of former Texas Governor Mark White.

After graduating college, O-Rourke worked for an internet service provider in New York City and then co-founded Stanton Street Technology, an internet software company that develops websites and software. He also played bass in a band called Foss which featured members who went on to have impressive music careers.

O’Rourke married his wife, Amy Sanders in 2005. The two have three young children together, Ulysses, Molly and Henry. He enjoys staying in shape and often shares his workout routine with his Facebook followers.

Beto Rouke College

Education:

O’Rourke attended Carlos Rivera and Mesita Elementary Schools and El Paso High School. He then moved on to graduate from the Woodberry Forest School in 1991. This is a private, all male boarding school located in Woodberry Forest Madison County, VA. Current enrollment is 395.

He then moved on to attend Columbia University in New York City where he was captain of the rowing crew. He graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in English literature. Established in 1754, Columbia is a private Ivy League research university. It contains the oldest college in New York State and is the fifth chartered institution of higher learning in the U.S. making it one of nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence.

 



Ted Cruz Educational Background | Did Ted Cruz go to School in the USA or Canada?

Ted Cruz Princton Educational Background
Ted Cruz is a politician and attorney who has been serving as the United States Senator from Texas since 2013. He is the first Hispanic American to serve as a U.S. Senator representing Texas. He was also a candidate for the Republican nomination for the President of the United States in the 2016 election. He is known for his ultra-conservative political views as well as his persuasive speeches and tactics.

Among Cruz’s political accomplishments, one has been the instrumental role he played in the government shut down in 2013 which followed his 21 hour speech against Barack Obama’s healthcare plan. He opposes same sex marriage and abortion. He celebrates legal immigration and is in favor of abolishing the IRS and instituting a flat tax system.

Personal Life:
Ted Cruz was born Rafael Edward Cruz on December 22, 1970. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada but raised in Houston, TX. He demonstrated a gift for public speaking at an early age when he joined an after school program run by the Free Enterprise Institute which introduced young people to free market economics and focused on an understanding of the Constitution. The organization encouraged him, and other youths involved, to give speeches around Texas on related issues.
Cruz married his wife Heidi in May of 2001. The couple has two daughters, Catherine, born 2011 and Caroline, born 2008. He is very religious and outspoken about his belief in God.

Education:
Senator Cruz believes that school is greatly beneficial to children and that every child deserves a quality education. He believes it gives students more opportunities and improves the schools themselves, making them more accountable to the communities they serve.
High School: Cruz went to two different private high schools, Faith West Academy near Katy, TX and Second Baptist High School in Houston. He graduated as valedictorian from the latter in 1988. Second Baptist serves approximately 1200 students from PK-12 and has access to nearly 1,000,000 square feet of educational and recreational facilities.
Ted Cruz College
College:
Following high school, Cruz went on to go to Princeton University. He graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. While at Princeton, he competed for the American -Whig Cliosophic Society’s Debate Panel and won the top speaker award at the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American Debating Championship and was also named U. S. National Speaker of the year. Princeton is an Ivy League School that has been ranked as 7th among 300 Best World Universities in 2011 by the Human Resources and Labor Review.



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

Introduction:

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.

Education:

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

Introduction:

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.

Background:

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.

Education:

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.

Dan Marino Nutrisystem

 



Mike Pompeo’s Educational Background

Why He Deserves Our Notice:

Mike Pompeo is now the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. He took over this position from Obama’s John O. Brennan on January 23, 2017. In his new position, he will assume responsibility for both leading the United States intelligence community and serve as a security advisor to President Trump. Prior to that, Pompeo served as the U.S. Representative for Kansas’ 4th congressional district from 2011 to 2017. In addition to being a staunch Republican, he’s also known for holding many of the same beliefs as the ever-controversial Tea Party.

Personal Life and Education:

Born on December 30, 1963, Michael Richard Pompeo is the Dorothy and Wayne Pompeo. He spent much of his early childhood split between Santa Ana and Fountain Valley, California. After earning himself a name as a basketball forward, Pompeo graduated from Los Amigos High School in 1982.  He then enrolled at West Point to complete his undergraduate education. In 1986, he graduated as his class valedictorian with a degree in mechanical engineering.  Immediately after graduation, Pompeo served as an army officer until he returned to school in 1991.

After his service in the military, Pompeo enrolled at Harvard University to complete his law degree. While there, he served as the editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Mike would go on to join Williams and Connolly as an attorney.

While serving in the House of Representatives, he voted on a variety of educational items. He voted to reauthorize the DC scholarship program, fund further abstinence education, and to revoke the items laid out by common core.

School Profiles:

  • West Point University: Better known as “The Point”, this military academy sits on a scenic bluff overlooking the Hudson River. Upon entry to this university, all students are considered “officers-in-training”; they’re commonly referred to as cadets. Students who make it through the rigorous admission’s process are given the chance to earn a bachelor of science degree in a major of their choice. Since its opening in 1801, The Point has managed to produce two U.S. Presidents and 75 Medal of Honor recipients.
  • Harvard University: Established in 1636, Harvard is one of the world’s most illustrious universities. Harvard University is divided into ten separate academic units. Its graduates include 242 Marshall Scholars, 359 Rhodes Scholars, and eight U.S. Presidents. Harvard currently possesses the largest financial endowment in the world.


Tom Brady’s Educational Background

Why He’s Earned Our Notice:

Tom Brady is a record-breaking quarterback for the New England Patriots. He’s one of only two players to win five Super Bowls, the only player to win all five on the same team, and the only player to do so while playing quarterback. In his 15 seasons with the Patriots, Brady has accompanied them to the Super Bowl on seven separate occasions. This well-known player has been rewarded for his hard work. He’s the proud recipient of four Super Bowl MVP awards and holds the record for most appearances in the postseason. Forbes estimates Brady’s net worth at $540 million.

Personal Life and Education:

The only son born to Galynn and Thomas Brady, the younger Brady spent much of his childhood in California. He, along with all three of his sisters, was raised in the Catholic faith. As a boy, the future quarterback regularly attended games at Candlestick Park. It’s there that he first saw his hero, Joe Montana, dominate the gridiron. Before enrolling at the University of Michigan, Tom Brady completed his primary education at Junipero Serra High School.

Tom Brady excelled both on and off the football field. He graduated in 1999 with a 3.3 GPA. While his degree was in general studies, Brady rounded it out with minors in both psychology and business administration. In addition to his work in football and academics, his college resume includes a variety of part-time jobs and volunteer work. After he finished his bachelor’s degree, Tom Brady wiped his hands clean of education.

In 2009, Brady married Gisele Bundchen. The couple welcomed a son later that year and a daughter, Vivian, in 2012.

Education:

  • Junipero Serra High School: Commonly known as JSHS, this school is a Catholic-faith centric institution base out of San Mateo, California. It currently serves male students in grade 9 to 12.  Junipero focuses on five core values: faith, wisdom, service, community, and leadership. As of 2016, JSHS hosts roughly 900  high school students.
  • University of Michigan: Founded in 1817, UoM is Michigan’s oldest university. Since its founding, the school’s campus has grown to cover more than 780 acres. Due to its strict academic rigor and highly-focused approach to research, UoM is considered one of the best universities in the United States. With a body of living alumni totaling well over 500,000, University of Michigan possesses one of the largest alumni bases in the world.


Dwayne Johnson’s Educational Background

Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, better known as The Rock, is an American producer, actor, producer, and singer.   The first third-generation fighter of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., Johnson’s emerged with 10-world and two intercontinental championships. While he’s now retired from full-time wrestling, many consider him one of the greatest wrestlers to ever hit the ring.

Nowadays, however, you’re much more likely to see Johnson on the silver screen. His film career started with 2002’s The Scorpion King. Johnson’s gone on to make a name for himself with The Fast and Furious franchise. Most recently, he voiced Maui in Disney’s Moana.

In 2013, Forbes listed Johnson as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world.  Time Magazine would later announce him as a nominee for its 100 most influential people in the world. In short, even if you hate wrestling, it’s hard to escape The Rock’s influence. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Personal Life and Education:

Dwayne Johnson was born in Hayward, California on May 2, 1972.  With two generations of professional wrestlers before him, his love of the sport developed early. He wasn’t just knowledgeable in the ring, however. A truly international man, The Rock spent much of his life bouncing between New Zealand, Hawaii, and California. He did lay down roots long enough, however, to graduate from Bethelem’s Freedom High School. When it came time to attend college, Dwayne didn’t fall back on his family’s wrestling expertise. It was his prowess on the football field that earned him a full-ride to the University of Miami.

That school made a huge impact on Johnson’s life. Within Miami’s hallowed halls, Dwayne would go on to both meet his first wife and play for a national football championship. In 1995, he graduated with a Bachelor of General Studies with concentrations in both criminology and physiology. Dwayne Johnson is the father of two young girls. Anyone interested in reading up on The Rock’s life can pick up his best-selling autobiography, The Rock Says. . ..

Education:

  • Freedom High School: Freedom Hill High is a densely-populated public school located in the heart of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It’s practically popping at the seams. In 2015, its enrollment numbered close to 1900. With a history of poverty and poor test scores, Freedom High is not exactly the crème-de-la-crème. In 2015, test scores showed that just 57-percent of students were progressing adequately in both reading and literature.
  • University of Miami: Often referred to as UM, the University of Miami is a private research university located in Coral Gables, Florida. It’s a pretty large school. At the end of 2015, it served as home to nearly 17,000 students. Those enrolled at UM can choose between 116 undergraduate, 105 masters, and 63 doctoral degree programs. Unlike Freedom Hill, this school is anything but shabby. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked UM as the 44th best national university in the US.


Drake’s Educational Background

Why He Deserves Our Notice:

Audrey Drake Graham, better known as Drake, is a Canadian-born producer, actor, singer, and songwriter.  He first shot into the public eye in the early 2000s after assuming a role in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Audrey didn’t dream of making a career out of teenage angst, however. In 2007, Drake departed the series to pursue a career in rapping. He flourished. His albums smashed box office records and captured the public imagination. In fact, he holds the record for most charted songs by a solo artist. His second studio album, Take Care, netted him a Grammy.

His success goes far beyond the mike. Drake also owns his own record label and clothing line.  School, however, was never quite his thing.

Personal Life and Education:

Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto on October 24, 1986. His parents represented a rather odd coupling of African-American Catholic drummer and a Jewish-Canadian English teacher. While the couple did not last long, divorcing five years after Drake’s birth, they helped him to become the person he is today. He was raised almost solely by his mother in a small department in Toronto. While he proved himself skilled in the arts, especially drama, Drake never had an easy time at school. For much of his youth, the future superstar was the target of rampant bullying.

Drake dropped out of Vaughan Road Academy at 15 to pursue an acting career.  In 2012, 10 years after dropping out, Drake went back to school to earn his high school diploma.  Shortly after graduating, Drake tweeted about the achievement, “97% on my final exam. 88% in the course. One of the greatest feelings in my entire life. As of tonight, I have graduated high school!” he wrote.  In short, finishing his education made him as elated as winning a Grammy.

Education:

  • Vaughan Road Academy: VRA is a Toronto school located in the multicultural Oakwood-Vaughan neighborhood of Toronto. Since 1998, Vaughan Road Academy has offered all students a chance to join its international baccalaureate program. For any future Drakes, the school recently launched its INTERACT program; this highly-flexible program offers the artistically minded a chance to pursue their dreams. The Toronto District School Board’s website starts the school’s summary by saying, “Vaughan Road Academy holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the community and its students.”


Nikki Haley’s Educational Background

Why She’s Earned Our Notice:

On January 27, 2017, Namrata Haley, better known as Nikki, became Trump’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. In her new role, she’s responsible for protecting U.S. interests at meetings of the United Nations. Nikki Haley previously served as the Governor of South Carolina. She’s one of only two Indian-Americans in U.S. history, and the first woman in South Carolina, to hold a gubernatorial position.  In 2016, Time magazine singled her out as one of the year’s most influential people.

Personal Life and Education:

Born January 20, 1972, Nimrata Randhawa is a second-generation Indian-American. Her father, Ajit Sing Randhawa, worked as a professor at Voorhees College. Her mother, Raj Randhawa, would go on to open her own clothing shop in 1976. At the age of 12, Haley started to help out in her mother’s clothing shop. The Economist characterized Nikki Haley as “an extreme watchfulness about overheads and a sharp aversion to government intrusion.”

Nikki Haley graduated from the local Orangeburg Preparatory Schools in 1989. After that, Nikki enrolled at Clemson University to complete a B.S.in accounting. In 2015, the University of South Carolina granted Nikki Haley an honorary doctorate in public service. As governor, Haley supported a variety of initiatives meant to improve school performance.

While raised a Sikh, Haley converted to Christianity in1996. She’s currently married to Michael Haley and mother to two children.

School Profiles:

  • Orangeburg Preparatory Schools: Orangeburg Preparatory Schools, Inc. is a college-preparatory institution serving students in preschool to twelfth grade. The staff at this highly-rated institution make it their goal to provide a high-quality and comprehensive education. Its current dual-campus structure resulted from the 1986 merger of Wade Hampton and Willington Academies.
  • Clemson University (CU): Based out of South Carolina, CU serves more than 20,000 students across its seven academic schools. Classed as a school with high-research activity, U.S. News & World Report ranked Clemson 23rd out of the country’s public universities.
  • University of South Carolina (USC): USC is a public research university based in South Carolina. Its main campus covers more than 300 acres of downtown Columbia. While not as highly-ranked as Clemson, USC is consistently ranked as an “up-and-coming” university by the S. News & World Report. The school also possesses one of the best-rated international business programs in the country. The school currently serves 33,000 students across its more than 350 programs.


Mick Mulvaney’s Educational Background

Who the Heck is Mick Mulvaney?

Confirmed on February 16, 2017, John Michael “Mike” Mulvaney is the current director for the Office of Management and Budget (OBM). In his newest role, Mulvaney oversees and manages the budgets of various federal agencies. Furthermore, it’s his job to prepare and coordinate activities surrounding the President’s annual budget. With over 10 years’ experience in the South Carolinian legislature, Mulvaney was the first Republican in more than 100 years to represent the state’s 5th congressional district. Before discovering his passion for politics, Mike worked as a lawyer out of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Experts estimate his net worth at approximately $2.6 million dollars.

How Educated Is He?

Shortly after his birth, Mulvaney’s family moved to Indian Land, South Carolina. While there, the future OMB director attended and graduated from Charlotte Catholic High School.

After earning his high school diploma, Mulvaney enrolled at Georgetown University to complete his degree in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. He would go on to graduate with honors in 1989. However, his pursuit of enlightenment did not end there. Mick enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to obtain his law degree. With the help of a full-ride scholarship, he graduated in 1992.

School Profiles:

  • Georgetown University: Georgetown is a private research university situated in the heart of Washington D.C. Since its founding in 1789, the university’s grown to include nine separate schools and forty-eight programs of study. Its nearly 18,000 students have access to some of the largest student-ran businesses in the world. This prestigious university only admits 16.4-percent of applicants. So, before you apply, make certain you have all your ducks in a row.
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill: One of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina systems, UNC’s been open since 1795. This fact makes it one of the oldest public universities in the United States. Its nearly 30,000 students can choose from nearly 70 majors spread across 14 different colleges. All undergraduates spend their first two years focused wholly on the liberal arts. Of its more than 550 organizations, its student-run newspaper, student-run radio station, and men’s basketball team receive the most publicity.

 





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