Introducing the Penn Ten

Over the course of this semester, The Daily Pennsylvanian has worked to find the most impressive undergraduates at Penn. We asked the Penn community to nominate those who are making an impact at Penn, in Philadelphia or around the world - and who will continue to do so post-graduation. We sent out applications to the top nominees, which were reviewed by a selected panel of alumni judges. The inaugural Penn Ten is a diverse cross-section of the Penn undergraduate population. These students are working tirelessly to empower those who are disadvantaged, to develop innovative technologies that solve serious problems and to make the world healthier and happier - all while balancing the many responsibilities of life at Penn. Over the course of this week, the DP will take you from an impoverished village in Ghana to the Long Island suburbs to hear their stories. We are confident that all the winners will accomplish great things and hope you find inspiration in their experiences and passions. The DP is proud to present the first ever edition of The Penn Ten!

Alumni Judges:
Randall Lane, Editor, Forbes Magazine, C'90
Stephanie Weiner, Venture Capitalist, Bain Capital Ventures, W'14 GEN'15
Malcolm Evans, Founder, Evans and Company, W'11

Ariel Koren

Year: 2015
School: College of Arts & Sciences
Major(s): East Asian Languages and Civilizations

"From freshman to senior year, I've served as founding director of ACTION (Active Cross-cultural Training In Our Neighborhoods), which engages 100+ Penn student volunteers annually in efforts to teach foreign languages to West Philadelphia students."

Taylor McLendon aka Ivy Sole

Year: 2015
School: Wharton
Major(s): Individualized Management & Consulting of Expressive Culture

"My name is Taylor McLendon, but most people on this campus know me as Ivy Sole. Ivy Sole was supposed to be just a rapper, a persona I could take on and off whenever I pleased. Now, Ivy Sole is the point of connection. I'm extremely humbled to be able to interact with people through various performing arts groups on and off campus."

Seaon Shin

Year: 2015
School: Wharton
Major(s): MGMT - Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Currently I am working on a developing a smart pill dispenser that combats the mental and behavioral barriers for millions of people to take medicine properly."

Christopher Yao

Year: 2018
School: College of Arts & Sciences
Possible Major(s): Biology, Social Impact and Responsibility

"For almost a decade, I have served as the Executive Director of Kids Change the World, Incorporated, the organization that I founded in fifth grade. Throughout my tenure as Executive Director, I could not be more satisfied by the sheer number of people the program has brought together - from all walks of life around the world - all in the service of children."

Denzel Cummings

Year: 2015
School: College of Arts & Sciences
Major(s): Philosophy, Politics and Economics

"The Black Ivy Coalition is a coalition I co-founded dedicated to social change is comprised of black student leaders from all eight Ivy League institutions. We decided that our plan of action would be to create a network of black student leaders to organize joint protests"

Daniel Fine

Year: 2015
School: Wharton
Major(s): OPIM

"It's not just about sunglasses. It's not a world-changing entity but does donate some of the profits ... Glass-U is targeting millennials. What is one of the products that everyone wears? Sunglasses. If you put in front of them a product that they actually desire, they will donate more."

Allyson Ahlstrom

Year: 2017
School: Wharton
Major(s): Finance/Real Estate

"When I was fourteen, I founded a nonprofit organization called Threads for Teens. It is a clothing boutique for girls who are in foster care and group homes. I currently have a location in California, and am working to open a location in Philadelphia. I started this organization in January 2010 when I was a freshman in high school. I strongly believe in the importance of girl empowerment and see Threads for Teens building confidence in teen girls through the gift of clothing."

Sayid Abdullaev

Year: 2015
School: College of Arts & Sciences
Major(s): Political Science

"My biggest commitment is to help to achieve the UN's Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Development Goals project is considered to be the most important international document ever created in the history of the United Nations. It encompasses a collective and global promise to the most vulnerable people to eradicate extreme poverty, promote gender equality and education, as well as, create environmental sustainability."

Shadrack Frimpong

Year: 2015
School: College of Arts & Sciences
Major(s): Biology

"In college, I have been able to participate in a number of activities, but I consider my work with Students for A Healthy Africa (SAHA) to be the most significant. Motivated by my experiences with the devastating effects of infectious diseases and the death of my two uncles who succumbed to HIV/AIDS back in my village, I founded SAHA in my freshman year to provide a common platform for young Africans around the globe to tackle health-related issues in their communities."

Adrian Lievano

Year: 2015
School: Engineering
Major(s): Mechanical Engineering

"Most important commitment is creating BionUX, a 3D-Printed muscle controlled prosthetic arm capable of recreating aspects of touch for amputees."