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Five Alumni Earn Top Honors in Vacation Photo Challenge!


The winner: Kelly Oeltjenbruns, JD ’18, dressing the university's namesake as a law school alum at Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota

Second place: From left, Jason Kravitz and his wife, Marla Dubin, both AB ’90, with their children, Amanda and Ryan Kravitz, all wearing WashU gear while standing in front of the torii gate at Miyajima, Japan

In the second year of our Going Places With WashU photo contest, alumni submitted vacation shots of themselves sporting WashU gear in locations domestic and international, mountainous and beachy, rural and cosmopolitan. More than 100 of you responded, and we enjoyed sharing your photos with our alumni and friends on the Alumni Association's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

There were so many creative and colorful photos to choose from this year that one winner was not enough. So we also picked a second-place winner and three runners-up. Judging was based on how well each submission reflected WashU sprit and captured the essence of the vacation location—as well as photo quality.

The winner (left), Kelly Oeltjenbruns, JD ’18, says her photo was inspired by her experience playing on the law school's basketball team, which was started by Cortez Whatley, JD ’17. The team made jerseys such as the one pictured and wore them to play annual games against a group from Saint Louis University. It is among her favorite WashU memorabilia.

After graduating, Oeltjenbruns spent a year clerking for a federal judge in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. While planning a drive across the state to see Mount Rushmore, she thought a photo of our university's namesake wearing her jersey would perfectly encapsulate both the energy and distinguished history of WashU Law.

Our second-place winner (left), Jason Kravitz, AB ’90, submitted a photo with his wife, Marla Dubin, AB ’90, and their children, Amanda and Ryan Kravitz, at a sacred Shinto shrine that appears to float in the water.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. We hope you keep sharing your WashU spirit throughout the year.

Michael Farchakh, LLM ’16, showing his law school pride at the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

Michael Farchakh, LLM ’16, showing his law school pride at the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal

Deanna Goldberg, BFA ’82, taking a photo of the Kremlin in Moscow

Deanna Goldberg, BFA ’82, taking a photo of the Kremlin in Moscow

From left: Shaun Koiner, BSBA ’04, Eugene Hillsman, BSBA ’02, Michael Craig, AB ’10, Brandon Roberts, BS ’03, Leah Tooks, BS ’04, Jerreau Taylor, AB ’06, Daniel Gould, BSBA ’04, Johnathan Goree, AB ’05, Leon Humphries, BS ’02, Vincent Caesar, AB ’05, and Matt Story, BS ’02, BS ’02, taking a break from throwing axes in Vancouver, British Columbia

Leah Tooks, BS ’04, fifth from left, submitted this photo of herself and 10 additional alumni, which was taken during their yearly get-together to make draft picks for their fantasy football league. They founded the league in 2005, and since 2014 have drafted in person as a way to keep in touch and travel. Several group members met through the John B. Ervin Scholars Program, and others became friends through the Black Alumni Council and the National Society of Black Engineers.


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