The Handshake Students are a diverse group of high school student-athletes; they come
from different schools, different families, and different backgrounds, but they all share
three common traits. The students in the Handshake Program want to go to college,
they're coachable, and they have grit.

Handshake America believes that with these qualities, students have what it takes to be successful in life. The Handshake Program provides the students with an opportunity to get out of their hometown “bubbles” and connect with their peers as well as adults who have had success in their lives. The students learn that these common traits will help drive them to success.

Apply to be a Handshake America Student

applications now being accepted for 2020

Prior to applying please read:

Program Information

Student applications due by November 15th.

2019 Atlanta Students

Joshua Abend - Lakeside
Trent Bartlett - Wesleyan
Catherine Camerieri - Blessed Trinity
David Cartier - Roswell
Carlton Kell - Pope
Algyn Kerney - Campbell
Jakobe Majors - KIPP Atlanta
Jacob Moore - Lakeside
Ruby Reich - Lakeside
William Troutman - Roswell
Victoria Umoren - KIPP Atlanta
Bryn Yoder - Pope

2018 Handshake Atlanta Students & Schools
2017 Handshake Atlanta Students & Schools

2019 Columbus Students

Michael Parks - Walnut Ridge
Julia Patterson - Central Crossing
Salvatore Poggiali - New Albany
John Racik - St. Charles
Jordan Reid - Columbus Downtown
Mason Rickens - DeSales
Emma Riffle - Watkins Memorial
Hannah Rose - Johnstown Monroe
Joeson Russell - Columbus Africentric
Benjamin Rutledge - Grove City
Lashawn Samuel - West
Hassan Sesay - Whetstone
Antonio Smith - East
Zachary Smith - Westerville Central
Shawn Talbert - East
Sarah Thompson - Centennial
Kearston Tufford - Franklin Heights
Austin Yanichko - Westerville North

Selamawit Alebachew - Whitehall Yearling
Michela Ayers - Groveport Madison
Lindsey Bair - Bishop Ready
Zachary Bennison - St. Charles
Braydon Biehn - Worthington Kilbourne
Bradley Buchert - Whitehall Yearling
Timothy Byrd - Columbus Alternative
Marie Cooper - West
Kendall Craiglow - Reynoldsburg
Grace Djaodo - Whetstone
Melanie Fisher - Worthington Kilbourne
Emma Katherine Hayek - Upper Arlington
Hayden Hoover - Fairbanks
Mikal King - Mifflin
Olivia Krumpe - Hilliard Darby
Christopher Martin - Watkins Memorial
Maddy Mayr - Dublin Coffman
Kailash Mishra - Northland

2018 Handshake Columbus Students & Schools
2017 Handshake Columbus Students & Schools