2011-2012 Luce Scholar

Christopher Magoon was born and raised in North Canton, Ohio. Going through Ohio's public school system, he came to believe in the decisive power of education. Studying at Yale University during the past four years, Christopher began to learn more about educational systems and their challenges. He has interacted with schools in various capacities: directing a summer school for middle school students, working for an educational think tank, tutoring English as a Second Language, and exploring the political side of education by working on various campaigns. Through these experiences and others, he has seen the challenges and opportunities that education reform presents, and hopes to make a career improving the system that will play a key role in determining the success of the next generation. While he has focused mostly on education, Christopher enjoys many other activities. Last year, he founded the Yale Historical Review, a semesterly magazine that publishes outstanding undergraduate historical essays. He played various sports at Yale and recently ran the Providence marathon. He also enjoys playing mandolin with his bluegrass band.