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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.

 



Ryan Zinke’s Educational Background

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Why They’ve Earned Our Notice:

On March 1st, Mark Zinke joined Donald Trump’s cabinet as the Secretary of the Interior. In doing so, he becomes the 52nd person to hold that position and the first Montanan to occupy a cabinet position. Before joining the current administration, this Navy SEAL served two years in the Montana Senate and two more in the legislature. While in the house, Zinke used his power to support troops in the Middle East and battle against both the affordable care act and more stringent environmental regulations. In his new job, he’s responsible for the management and conservation of our nation’s national resources. Considering his pessimistic views on both climate change and environmental protectionism, his nomination is rather ironic.

Zinke made a name for himself in the military. In 22 years, he rose from the rank of a Navy SEAL to that of a Navy Commander. In 2004, he was elected as the acting commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force in the Arabian Peninsula. Less than four years later, he would establish the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command and work as its “Dean” until his 2008 retirement. For his more than two decades of service, he was awarded two Bronze Stars, four Meritorious Service Medals, two Joint Service Commendation Medals, and two Defense Meritorious Service Medals.

While serving as commander, Mark founded a property management company by the name of Continental Divide.  He would late pass this company on to his family and retain an advisory role.

Personal Life and Education:

While he was born in Bozeman, Ryan spent most of his young life growing up in Whitefish. The son Ray Dale Zinke and Jean Montana, Ryan grew up in an All-American, “blue collar” family. By the time, he reached high school, however, his football skills earned him the notice of numerable college recruiters. He would go on to play linebacker, and later offense, for the University of Oregon.

In 1984, Zinke graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Geology. After taking a few years off, he would go on to earn a Master of Business Administration from National University in 1993. Ten years later, he enrolled at the University of San Diego to complete a Master of Science in Global Leadership.

Zinke is currently married to his wife Lolita and father to three adult children. He splits his time evenly between Washington D.C., his hometown, and Santa Barbara.

School Profiles:

  • University of Oregon: Commonly referred to as UO or Oregon, this public research university is nestled in the heart of Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1876, this university has been classified by Carnegie as a hotbed of “research activity” and is home to the oldest honors college in the United States.
  • National University: Founded in 1971, this nonprofit institution is currently headquartered in La Jolla. NU offers a wide variety of courses for adult learners across its numerous campuses. Classes are typically no more than a month long. This school offers heavily reduced tuition to active members of the military.
  • University of San Diego: This private Roman Catholic University allows gives its students a choice between more than 42 majors.  USD’s undergraduate programs have been recognized by many publications, including Bloomberg Businessweek, for their academic rigor.  By and far, however, USD’s MBA is its claim to fame.

 



David Shulkin’s Educational Background

Why He’s Earned Our Notice:

The current US Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the senate unanimously confirmed Shulkin on February 14th of 2017. Before becoming a member of the cabinet, this former CEO worked as the Under Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs for Health. He’s also a fellow with the American College of Physicians and the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics. While practicing medicine, Shulkin received numerous awards from both Modern Healthcare and the Healthcare Forum.

In his new position, Shulkin retains sole responsibility for ensuring veterans get the services they need. This includes access to health care services, benefits programs, job postings, and national cemeteries.

Personal Life and Education:

David Jonathon Shulkin was born at Fort Sheridan on June 22nd of 1959.  Considering his current position, a childhood spent on a US Army base will likely prove invaluable. His father, an Army Psychiatrist, continued to work at Sheridan throughout his son’s childhood. Perhaps inspired by the older man’s work, David Shulkin set his sights on medical school.

After graduating from high school, Shulkin enrolled at the Massachusetts-based Hampshire College to complete his Bachelors of Arts degree.  In 1982, he graduated from his original alma mater. Without so much as a gap year, Shulkin immediately enrolled at Drexel University to complete his MD. In 1986, David completed his degree and began his internship at Yale University. His residency followed.

Currently, Shulkin’s married to dermatologist, Merle Ban.

School Profiles:

  • Hampshire College: A private liberal arts college located in Massachusetts, Hampshire originally opened as part of an experiment in higher education. Even now, this school is best known for its highly liberal beliefs and out-of-the-box curriculum. They put little stock in grades and prefer portfolios to essays. Out of all the colleges in the USA, it’s 30th in the percentage of its graduates who go on to obtain doctorate degrees.
  • Drexel University: Drexel University is a well-known research university based in Philadelphia. Founded in 1891 by Anthony Drexel, the school’s undergone a variety of name changes. This institution offers 170 different majors stretched across its graduate, doctoral, and undergraduate programs. This school’s intensive co-op program has earned it plenty of accolades.
  • Yale University: Part of the American Ivy League, Yale is a school known for its high-quality academics and long history. Started all the way back in 1716, it’s the third oldest university in the US.  Currently, this institution is split into 14 separate schools of thought; twelve out of these fourteen programs are devoted to professions. As of 2015, the school boasted a student population of roughly 12,000.




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