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Snow Park Addresses Front Yard’s Campaign to Distract and Mislead Stockholders with Erroneous Claims

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Sends Letter to Stockholders Laying Out the Facts and Indisputable
Realities Regarding the Incumbent Board’s Record of Value Destruction,
Strategic Lapses, and Governance Failings

Highlights That the Board has Failed to Assume Any Accountability
for ~$500 Million in Wealth Destruction Since 2015 and Continues to
Devote Stockholder Resources to Mischaracterizing the Company’s Dire
State and Deliberately Misleading Stockholders Regarding Snow Park’s

Believes That Unlike the Incumbent Directors, the Snow Park Slate
Possesses Public REIT Sector Experience, Single-Family Residential
Market Expertise, and Ownership Perspectives

Urges Front Yard Stockholders to Focus on a Central Question: Are
We Better Off With the Current Board That Has Failed to Develop a Viable
Strategy and Deliver Returns OR a
Reconstituted Board with Fresh Expertise, Impartiality, and a Vision to
Realize NAV?

Reinforces That ALL THREE Proxy Advisory Firms Support Snow Park’s
Campaign for Change and Recommend Stockholders Vote the BLUE Proxy Card

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Snow Park Capital Partners, LP (together with its affiliates, “Snow
Park” or “we”), a significant long-term stockholder of Front Yard
Residential Corporation (NYSE: RESI) (“Front Yard” or the “Company”),
today sent a letter to stockholders in connection with its nomination of
three highly-qualified, independent director candidates – Leland Abrams,
Lazar Nikolic, and Jeffrey Pierce – for election to the Company’s Board
of Directors (the “Board”) at the upcoming annual meeting on May 23,

Snow Park reminds stockholders that all three proxy advisory firms –
Institutional Shareholder Services Inc., Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC and
Egan-Jones Proxy Services – have supported its case for change. All
three proxy advisory firms recommend that stockholders vote on the BLUE
proxy card
to elect Snow Park’s nominees, who each possess distinct
expertise and relevant qualifications that would enhance Front Yard’s
Board. We urge all stockholders to vote the BLUE
proxy card
today FOR Leland Abrams, Lazar Nikolic and Jeffrey

For more information and voting resources, please visit

Below is the full text of the letter.


May 16, 2019

Dear Fellow Stockholders,

Snow Park Capital Partners, LP (together with its affiliates, “Snow
Park” or “we”) finds it extremely troubling that stockholders of Front
Yard Residential Corporation (“Front Yard” or the “Company”) continue to
receive inaccurate and misleading communications from the Company’s
management and Board of Directors (the “Board”). We also believe it is
egregious that a Board that has presided over approximately $500 million
in value destruction in recent years is unwilling to assume any
accountability or exhibit some level of humility. In our view, this poor
conduct – which has been further punctuated by Front Yard’s recent
willingness to criticize leading proxy advisory firms and disparage
major stockholders – only reinforces that meaningful change is needed in
the boardroom. It is confounding to Snow Park that Front Yard would go
to such great lengths and impugn the Company’s own credibility to
prevent additive expertise and helpful ownership perspectives from
entering the boardroom.

We firmly believe that Front Yard’s baseless campaign to misrepresent
Snow Park’s interests and mischaracterize its slate’s superior director
nominees is nothing more than a smokescreen – one designed to distract
stockholders from the incumbent Board’s track
record of value destruction and the Company’s current poor position
This unfortunately makes sense, in our view, when considering that the
defining question in this election contest has a clear answer: are
stockholders better off with the incumbent Board that has sat by as the
Company’s share price declined nearly 50% in recent years OR with a
reconstituted Board that includes highly-qualified, independent
directors committed to acting in stockholders’ best interests by
properly overseeing the conflicted chief executive and pursuing a
strategy to realize management’s stated Net Asset Value (“NAV”)? We
contend that when stockholders are able to objectively assess Front
Yard’s history of failures and current structural issues, they will
conclude that our case for immediate Board-level change is valid and

In recent days, all three proxy advisory firms – Institutional
Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC (“Glass
Lewis”) and Egan-Jones Proxy Services (“Egan-Jones”) – endorsed our case
for change following their independent and impartial assessments of
Front Yard. We are very pleased that these proxy advisory firms agreed
with Snow Park that the incumbent Board has endorsed and supported a
poorly-executed strategy that has left the Company saddled with an
excessively-leveraged balance sheet, needlessly-bloated operating
expenses, and an inability to generate sufficient income. In addition,
we feel it was extremely important that the Company’s poor governance
policies and Board-level conflicts were each highlighted by these
respected, trusted sources.

Between now and the date of Front Yard’s annual meeting, Snow Park is
committed to ensuring that all of our fellow stockholders have the
unfiltered information necessary to make an informed decision regarding
the future of the Board. The Company is at a crossroads – one that
cannot be concealed by half-truths and misrepresentations.


To illustrate the extent to which Snow Park believes Front Yard is
misleading stockholders about its past and present failings, we have
highlighted a sampling of the Company’s recent misstatements and added
our own data-centric, facts-based responses. We hope this will provide
you with a sense of how our nominees would work to challenge the status
quo and instill accountability at Front Yard henceforth.

Misleading Claim #1: Front Yard Has an Accountable and
Stockholder-Friendly Board

The Company recently declared that is has an “accountable Board of
Directors […] which is committed to strong corporate governance
practices, ensuring proper oversight and acting in the best interests of
all stockholders.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Lack of Independent Directors
    Despite stockholders clamoring for change (including via multiple
    proxy contests initiated), the Board still lacks independent
    stockholder representatives. Instead, Rochelle Dobbs and George
    McDowell were appointed to the Board, as “independent directors”,
    though they were George Ellison’s former colleagues at Bank of America
    for many years.
  • Dismal Governance Policies
    Stockholders do not have the power to amend bylaws and the Company
    does not have a majority vote standard or director resignation policy
    in uncontested elections. Further, the Board has not opted out of the
    Maryland Unsolicited Takeovers Act (“MUTA”), which allows it to take
    various stockholder-unfriendly actions that include classifying the
    Board without stockholder approval. Both ISS and Glass Lewis
    highlighted these significant governance failings.
  • Divergent Interests – Front
    Yard’s officers and directors have actually seen their compensation
    steadily increase in recent years as the Company has delivered
    negative returns. While insiders have made more than $12 million since
    2015, stockholders cumulatively lost more than $500 million –
    underscoring the lack of accountability in the boardroom.
  • Excessive Compensation for Chief Executive
    George Ellison
    – Mr. Ellison currently receives nearly
    $2 million per year in compensation from Frond Yard, in addition to
    the millions that he is paid by the external manager the Company pays
    for management services. We believe such “double dipping” in
    compensation is not only unseemly, but it is tone deaf given that
    stockholders have seen approximately $500 million of value destroyed
    under the Ellison regime.
  • History of Broken Promises
    Front Yard consistently overpromises before ultimately
    underdelivering, including telling stockholders it would add
    independent expertise – not associates of George Ellison – to the
    Board in 2017-2018 and to expect “distributable income of 9-11% on
    3 Today, stockholders are still
    waiting for a truly independent Board and to realize the real estate
    value trapped within Front Yard’s shares.

Misleading Claim #2: Snow Park Has Poor Alignment With Front
Yard’s Stockholders

The Company has decided to baselessly attack Snow Park by claiming it
is “a highly conflicted hedge fund composed of short-term traders and is
not a ‘true owner’ of Front Yard.”

We believe the facts tell a different story:

  • Snow Park is “Long” Front Yard
    – Snow Park, which has been a sizable stockholder of Front Yard for
    multiple years, is net “long” Front Yard. Although we sought to
    partially hedge against sector-worst governance while the incumbent
    Board – which has presided over $500 million of value destruction –
    continues embracing Maryland’s anti-stockholder protections and adding
    George Ellison’s long-term associates, our intent has always been to
    unwind this position upon installing independent and qualified
    directors on the Board. To be clear, like every other stockholder,
    Snow Park will make money on its Front Yard position if shares rise
    and will lose money if shares depreciate.
    This has been true since
    we started the campaign, but the Company is deliberately misleading
    its stockholders to distract from its own poor track record and our
    slate’s superior qualifications.
  • Snow Park’s Goals Are Completely Aligned with
    Those of Fellow Stockholders
    – Snow Park’s substantial
    investment in a capital-intensive proxy contest that is focused on
    adding ownership perspectives and strategic vision to the Board should
    make clear that it has the same goals as its fellow stockholders. Snow
    Park is singularly focused on seeing Front Yard’s shares appreciate in
  • Snow Park’s Diminishing AAMC Position Poses
    No Issue
    – Snow Park continues to reduce its holdings in
    Altisource Asset Management Corporation (“AAMC”), which were amassed
    years ago, while George Ellison has grown his holdings in AAMC (where
    he is also chief executive and chairman). Moreover, Snow Park’s
    critiques of Mr. Ellison’s performance and Front Yard’s
    poorly-constructed amended agreement with AAMC should reinforce it is
    completely focused on maximizing value for Front Yard’s stockholders.
  • The Front Yard Board is Not Aligned
    – The Board barely owns any stock. The three directors we seek to
    replace own less than 45,000 shares, nearly all of which was awarded
    by the Company rather than purchased.

Misleading Claim #3: Front Yard’s Director Nominees Have More
Relevant Experience and Qualifications

The Company has apparently concluded that ISS, Glass Lewis and
Egan-Jones erred in their recommendations to vote FOR Snow Park’s
nominees, as evidenced by its assertion that our “nominees have little
to no experience in the ownership and management of SFR homes and
possess repetitive, finance-related backgrounds.”

We believe the facts tell a different story:

  • The Snow Park Slate Has Significant SFR
    Market Experience
    – Leland Abrams’ firm, Wynkoop, was an
    early player in the single-family residential (“SFR”) market that has
    acquired and sold more than 1,000 homes similar in profile to the
    assets in Front Yard’s portfolio. Lazar Nikolic founded MVC Real
    Estate, an SFR property investment vehicle that acquired and managed
    rentals in Atlanta for six years until the portfolio was sold. Jeffrey
    Pierce, outside of his role at Snow Park, owns and operates a
    portfolio of SFR and multi-family properties that has achieved
    significant appreciation since inception.
  • The Snow Park Slate Possess the REIT
    Experience the Board Lacks
    – Jeffrey Pierce, who founded
    one of the alternative asset management industry’s only firms
    dedicated to public real estate, has been analyzing and investing in
    Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) for nearly 15 years. He has a
    long track record of securing outcomes for shareholders while working
    with public REIT management teams to enhance corporate governance,
    improve strategic execution, and optimize portfolios. He has also
    helped notable REITs close significant NAV discounts through
    alternative strategies and transactions.
  • The Snow Park Slate Brings Valuable
    – While most of the incumbent directors
    come from mortgage and financial services backgrounds, like George
    Ellison, our nominees bring years of SFR market and REIT industry
    relationships that can support future financing efforts and
    transactions. Moreover, our nominees’ backgrounds investing in REITs
    have afforded them visibility into strategic review processes and
    connections to the types of advisors that excel at helping REITs
    maximize value.

Misleading Claim #4: Front Yard is a Market Leader

The Company touts that “[u]nder the stewardship of our current Board,
Front Yard has established its position as a market leader in this
attractive, growing space.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Negative Total Returns 
    Despite operating during a bull market in the SFR space and a period
    of tremendous economic growth, Front Yard has dramatically
    underperformed all relevant industry benchmarks and its two public
    company peers: American Homes 4 Rent and Invitation Homes. The
    Company’s shares are down approximately 50%
    over the past four years.
  • One of the REIT Sector’s Worst Valuation Gaps – Although
    REITs often trade at modest discounts to their NAV calculations, Front
    Yard’s shares trade at a consistent 45-60% discount to the Company’s
    own stated NAV.
    7 It recently had the second
    largest discount to NAV out of all publicly-traded REITs in the United
  • Peer-Worst General & Administrative Expenses
    – Front Yard’s incumbent Board has sat idle while the Company’s
    General & Administrative (“G&A”) expenses remain at levels that far
    exceed more profitable peers – despite the fact that the portfolio has
    grown. This dichotomy is concerning for stockholders when considering
    that management seems unable to curb costs yet has stated its desire
    to scale further.

Misleading Claim #5: Front Yard Has Achieved Critical Mass at the
15,000 Home Level

The Company highlights that it is well-positioned after acquiring
“11,000 additional revenue-generating SFRs since March 31, 2016 without
raising additional equity capital, allowing the Company to achieve scale
in several key target markets.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • No Cash Flows or Profits
    Despite claiming to be set up for success at the 15,000-home level,
    particularly now that property management is internalized, Front Yard
    still has generated no material cash flows or profits – and still does
    not even cover its dividend. There is no reason to believe the future
    will be different if this Board that has failed to embrace checks and
    balances remains in place.
  • NAV Has Actually Declined During the Period
    of Purchasing 15,000 Homes
    – Front Yard’s
    leverage-fueled acquisition spree has both eroded its balance sheet
    and resulted in a $4.50 depreciation in management’s stated NAV as the
    portfolio has increased from approximately 3,500 homes to roughly
    15,000 homes. Given the commensurate rise in housing prices during the
    same period of time, we find this unacceptable.
  • Contradictions Regarding Scale
    – Front Yard’s assertion that it has achieved scale in any markets
    runs counter to its own statements from earlier this year regarding
    reaching the 50,000-home level as a way to bring its sector-worst G&A
    expense ratio in line with peers.
    10 We are
    only left to conclude that management is willing to say and do
    whatever it has to in order to try to garner support for Front Yard
    this proxy season.

Misleading Claim #6: Stockholders Should Take Solace in Revenue

The Company implies stockholders should be hopeful about the future
because it grew “first quarter rental revenues from $6.1 million as of
March 31, 2016 to $52.6 million as of March 31, 2019.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Lingering Structural Issues Mitigate Revenue
    – Front Yard’s share price actually declined more
    than 22% during the specific three-year period it cited revenue
    growth, reflecting the Company’s inability to generate sufficient
    income to offset its increasing debt levels, poor external management
    structure, and needlessly high G&A expenses.
  • Negative Returns Continue as NOI Increases
    To be clear, NOI has increased as a result of reckless leverage-fueled
    acquisitions and in no way reflects any value-add or progress. To try
    to conflate reckless growth with progress is just another way for the
    Company to dodge accountability for the poor decisions that have led
    to stockholder value destruction over the years.

Misleading Claim #7: The Amended Agreement with AAMC Reflects the
Board’s Commitment to Value Creation

The Company contends that its amended agreement with AAMC is the
“most recent example of the current Board’s proactivity, strategic
vision, independence and focus on providing long-term stockholder value.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • No Accountability for Stockholder Returns
    – Rather than mirror many external management agreements that
    contemplate Total Shareholder Returns (“TSR”) as a performance metric,
    Front Yard has crystalized a flawed structure and a perverse incentive
    package with its external manager that offers zero accountability for
    stockholder returns. AAMC’s fee stream remains intact regardless of
    the depreciation in Front Yard’s shares – just like the previous
    agreement. Moreover, the new external agreement – which uses leveraged
    cash flows to determine performance incentives – promotes the further
    leveraging of the balance sheet and actually disincentivizes any
    capital strategy that could de-leverage or return capital at NAV to
    stockholders. This shows that the Board clearly did not learn any
    lessons from the reckless leverage-fueled acquisition spree that
    caused stockholder value destruction to begin with.
  • Concerning Incentives – The
    amended agreement eliminates Front Yard’s optionality to terminate the
    contract for performance default while giving AAMC another five years
    of strong fees with limited accountability. This is particularly
    troubling – as leading proxy advisory firms have noted – given that
    George Ellison is not only the chief executive at both Front Yard and
    AAMC, but also a director on Front Yard’s Board and the Chairman at
    AAMC (where he is a large stockholder).

Misleading Claim #8: Front Yard’s Balance Sheet is Not in Shambles

The Company expects stockholders to believe its balance sheet is not
decimated because it has “[o]ptimized financing arrangements by
transitioning away from repurchase facilities into term loan facilities
with significantly longer maturities, lower interest rates and less
interest rate volatility.”

We believe the facts and recent history tell a different story:

  • Peer-Worst Balance Sheet
    Front Yard’s debt-fueled acquisition spree in recent years has left
    the Company with a balance sheet that remains significantly more
    leveraged than its two public REIT peers.
  • More Debt on the Horizon
    Given that Front Yard has stated it intended to scale to 50,000 homes
    and cannot access the public markets for growth capital, we are left
    to assume the Company currently intends to use debt financing to
    pursue future acquisitions. To be clear, without the stock trading at
    NAV, any sort of equity issuance would be highly dilutive and actually
    perversely increase fees to the external manager when used to purchase
    more homes. In our view, stockholder oversight is clearly needed to
    prevent Front Yard’s conflicted management team from placing its own
    economic incentives ahead of real owners’ interests.


We believe it should be a telling sign to all stockholders that Front
Yard would rather spend time besmirching Snow Park and mischaracterizing
our nominees’ backgrounds, expertise, and qualifications than debating
us on the facts or producing a credible plan for realizing NAV. The
truth is this process should not be marred by the Board’s fear-mongering
and rancor, but instead should be focused on providing stockholders with
the opportunity to assess both slates’ ideas and qualifications. It is
very regrettable, in our view, that Front Yard is committing
stockholders’ resources to a campaign that consciously attempts to shift
focus away from the Company’s performance, strategy, governance, and
officers and directors. We are only left to conclude that Front Yard
simply lacks either the ability or willingness to acknowledge the
failures that have led to years of negative returns. Regardless, the
facts make clear that Board-level change is desperately needed.

Looking ahead, Snow Park urges stockholders to not only focus on the
facts pertaining to Front Yard, but to also examine the respective
director nominees’ qualifications. We are very confident that given
Front Yard is a highly-leveraged, unprofitable and poorly-run REIT
operating in the SFR market, our nominees bring the ideal backgrounds
and relevant experiences needed to help the Company get on an
accelerated path to stability and value creation. Below is an overview
of the distinct skillsets and perspectives that each of Snow Park’s
nominees would bring to the Board:

Leland Abrams, Principal of Wynkoop

Unique SFR market acquisitions background along with highly
additive financing experience and relationships

  • Significant SFR Market Acquisition and
    Transaction Experience
    – Wynkoop has bought and sold
    more than 1,000 homes similar in profile to the assets in Front Yard’s
  • Unique Knowledge of SFR Market Fundamentals
    – Years of experience investing in residential market securities has
    led to distinct knowledge of SFR market financing practices, portfolio
    management and operational efficiencies.
  • Proven Track Record Realizing Value in the
    SFR Space
    – Recently helped Wynkoop execute the sale of
    a $50 million block of SFR homes to another large institutional entity.
  • Strong Alignment with Stockholders
    – Front Yard is one of the largest equity positions in Wynkoop’s

Lazar Nikolic, Founder of JPL Advisors

Robust SFR market expertise based on experience constructing and
managing portfolios of residential homes, including via his own property
investment business

  • Significant SFR Market Investing Experience
    – Previously founded MVC Real Estate, an SFR market investment vehicle
    that acquired and managed rentals in one the country’s largest home
  • Deep Understanding of SFR Market Fundamentals
    – Oversaw investments in some of the earliest institutional-level
    private funds that deployed capital to the SFR space in 2010 and 2011.
  • More Than a Decade of Real Estate and REIT
    Investing Knowledge
    – Years of experience analyzing real
    estate securities and investing in public REITs on behalf of limited
  • Strong Alignment with Stockholders
    – Front Yard is one of the largest positions in JPL’s portfolio.

Jeffrey Pierce, Managing Partner of Snow Park
Capital Partners

Nearly 15 years of dedicated public REIT knowledge and expertise,
including with respect to effective governance practices and helping
management teams realize NAV

  • Significant Public REIT Experience
    – Brings 15 years of experience analyzing and investing in public
    REITs across SFR, apartment, lodging, and office markets.


For Investors:
Saratoga Proxy Consulting LLC
John Ferguson /
Joe Mills, 212-257-1311

For Media:
Greg Marose / Charlotte Kiaie, 347-343-2999

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Dr. Shlee Song, Director of Stroke Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Addresses Graduates of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) today
celebrated its commencement ceremony at the Watsco Center in Coral
Gables, Florida, and recognized nearly 400 graduates, who join AUC
alumni practicing medicine in all 50 U.S. states and globally.

Shlee Song, M.D., was the keynote speaker. Dr. Song is a 2003 AUC
graduate and, as the Director of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Stroke
Center in Los Angeles, California, oversees one of the busiest stroke
centers in the country.

“AUC has a strong tradition of inviting our alumni to speak at
commencement to encourage and inspire our newest graduates, and show
them just how far their degree can take them. We’re honored to have Dr.
Song be a part of that tradition today,” said Heidi Chumley, M.D.,
executive dean of AUC. “Dr. Song is a true leader in the neurology
field. Her development of a telemedicine program for stroke patients is
increasing access to crucial services, and, as an educator, she helps
train the next generation of neurologists.”

Dr. Song has been with Cedars-Sinai for the past seven years and has
worked on numerous steering committees. She also serves as the principal
investigator on multiple national and international clinical trials, the
most recent of which was published in the Annals of Neurology
using a protocol she helped develop.

As the previous program director for the vascular neurology fellowship
program at Cedars-Sinai, she has trained many stroke neurologists who
practice in the southern California. Additionally, she continues her
educational role as the associate director of the residency program in
the department of neurology.

“American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine was pivotal in
my medical career and the path I ultimately chose to follow,” said Dr.
Song. “I’m proud to join AUC as the keynote speaker for this year’s

After graduating from AUC, Dr. Song completed her neurology residency at
George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., before
conducting a clinical fellowship and stroke research at the National
Institute of Health in Maryland, which is the nation’s medical research
agency, and one of the world’s foremost medical research centers.

About American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC) is an
institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a global education
provider headquartered in the United States. AUC’s mission is to train
tomorrow’s physicians, whose service to their communities and their
patients is enhanced by international learning experiences, a diverse
learning community, and an emphasis on social accountability and
engagement. Founded in 1978, AUC has more than 6,500 graduates, many of
whom work in primary care or underserved areas. Dedicated to developing
physicians with a lifelong commitment to patient-centered care, AUC
embraces collaboration, inclusion and community service. With a campus
in Sint Maarten, affiliated teaching hospitals in the United States and
the United Kingdom, and internationally recognized faculty, AUC has a
diverse medical education program for today’s globally minded physician.
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Wisconsin Students Crowned America’s Top Rocketeers

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Madison West High School team tops 830 rocketry teams from across
America to win the Team America Rocketry Challenge and represent the
United States in Summer 2019 international competition

THE PLAINS, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Madison West High School of Madison, Wisconsin today took home the top
prize at the world’s largest student rocketry competition – The
Team America Rocketry Challenge

The students from Madison West will now represent the United States at
the International Rocketry Challenge at the Paris International Air Show
in June, facing off against teams from France, the UK, and Japan.

“This feels amazing – I didn’t expect us to win today,” said team
captain Jacob Mello. “We really didn’t know each other well at the
beginning of the year, but we became friends and pulled together as a
team. We encouraged each other, which really helped us today. There’s a
lot of pressure to keep up America’s winning streak in the international
competition, but we’re looking forward to it.”

Teams from Madison West now have won the Team America Rocketry Challenge
three times. This year’s team, consisting of Mazelie Passmore (14), Ella
Paulin (15), Ethan Lan (15), Rohan Yethiraj (15), Jacob Mello (15),
Lukas Weinhold (14), Alex Goff (14), and Nathan Wagner (15), posted a
combined score of 10 across their two launches. Persistence played a big
role in the team’s win, as they were still practice launching the week
of the contest.

The team’s victory follows months of preparation designing, building,
and testing a rocket capable of meeting rigorous mission parameters set
by the contest’s sponsors – the Aerospace
Industries Association
(AIA), National
Association of Rocketry
, and more than 20 industry sponsors. This
year’s rules celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by requiring
each rocket to carry three eggs in a separate capsule to symbolize the
three astronauts that made the journey to the Moon and back.

The Top 101 teams, hailing from 25 states from Hawaii to New York,
competed for a total of $100,000 in prize money and scholarships at the
national finals – an all-day event held at Great Meadow in The Plains,
Va., outside of Washington, D.C. The $100,000 prize pool will be split
among the Top 10 teams, with Madison West taking home the top prize of
$20,000 as U.S. champions. In addition, the top twenty-five finishers
receive an invitation to participate in NASA’s Student Launch initiative
to continue their exploration of rocketry with high-powered rockets and
challenging mission parameters.


  • 830 teams from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S.
    Virgin Islands competed in the 2019 edition of the contest.
  • Since its inception in 2003, the contest has inspired more than 70,000
    middle and high school students to explore education and careers in
    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields

Originally conceived as a celebration of a century of flight, the Team
America Rocketry Challenge has become AIA’s signature STEM initiative
and is supported by a broad array of aerospace and defense industry
companies – led by Diamond Sponsor Raytheon – who see the challenge as a
way to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists who will
power the industry.

“Apollo 11 showed what was scientifically possible through teamwork,
ingenuity and problem-solving skills,” said Raytheon Chairman and CEO
Tom Kennedy. “In their own way, the TARC competitors also learned this
valuable lesson. It’s a lesson they can use throughout their studies,
and in careers that have the promise to further push the bounds of
what’s possible in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.”

“These kids are amazing. They leave no doubt that there’s a bright
future for our industry and our country,” said AIA President and CEO
Eric Fanning. “Providing students the opportunity to work with our
experts and an outlet for their talents is one of the most important
things we can do as an industry. We are rooting for every young woman
and man who competed as they pursue their passions for STEM, and look
forward to cheering on the first place team at the international
competition in Paris a few weeks from now.”

For more information and content, check out the official #TARC19 web,
and Instagram


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Dr. Amanda Boag, President of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, Addresses Graduates of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

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BASSETERRE, St. Kitts–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) celebrated its 53rd
commencement ceremony at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida, on
May 18, 2019. RUSVM graduated more than 400 students, bringing the total
number of RUSVM alumni to more than 5,000.

The keynote address was delivered by Amanda Boag, MA, VETMB, DipECVECC,
DipACVECC, DipACVIM, FHEA, MRCVS, president of the Royal College of
Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS). As a female leader in an industry that is
outpacing the growth of women in medical and other STEM fields, Dr. Boag
shared her experience as a veterinary leader and provided advice for
RUSVM graduates.

According to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
(AAVMC), of which RUSVM is a member institution, there has been an 11.5%
increase in female enrollment in veterinary colleges since 20001.

“Times have definitely changed for the better but we should not assume
the change is complete. Hidden barriers, some of them within women
ourselves, do exist. So believe in yourselves and your value,” Dr. Boag
said to graduates.

Dr. Boag is a Board-certified veterinarian in both Internal Medicine as
well as in Emergency and Critical Care. She serves as clinical director
at Vets Now in the U.K., where she is responsible for clinical and
professional standards across 60 veterinary emergency clinics and three,
24-hour hospitals. She was president of the European Society of
Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (EVECCS) from 2011-2014, and
founding president of the European College of Veterinary ECC (ECVECC)
from 2014-2018. In addition to serving as president of the RCVS, Dr.
Boag is also an elected council member.

Sean Callanan, Ph.D., MVB, MRCVS, CertVR, DipECVP, FRCPath, dean at
RUSVM, encouraged graduates to explore the many opportunities in
veterinary medicine, to take advantage of RUSVM’s vast alumni network
and to lead the veterinary profession into the future.

“As we promote and demonstrate the connection between human, animal and
environmental health, also known as One Health, our graduates will be
key members of a global conversation. I am proud of our students and
look forward to the impact they will have in both veterinary and human
medicine,” Callanan said.

RUSVM’s graduating class includes students from 45 states in the U.S.,
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) is an institution
of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Founded in 1982, RUSVM is
committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the
worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human,
animal and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative) through research and
knowledge exchange. RUSVM has focused research programs with an emphasis
on emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine and
ecosystem health. RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters’, Ph.D. and Doctor
of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St.
Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board
. Ross University School
of Veterinary Medicine confers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
degree, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical
Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite
100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, Tel: 800.248.2862. For more information
please visit Ross
Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American
Animal Hospital Association
. The RUSVM Counseling Center is
accredited by the International
Association of Counseling Services, Inc.
For more information about
RUSVM, visit
and follow RUSVM on Twitter (@RossVetSchool),
Instagram (@rossvetschool)
and Facebook (@RossVetSchool).

About Adtalem Global Education

The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to
achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to
our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member
S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the
parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil (IBMEC, Damásio and
Wyden institutions), American University of the Caribbean School of
Medicine, Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists,
Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, Ross
University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary
Medicine. For more information, please visit and
follow us on Twitter (@adtalemglobal)
and LinkedIn.



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