Vegas Longlois, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in folklore and mythology, and a minor in Spanish and global health and health policy. She competed on the debate team and competed at the American Parliamentary Debate National Championship twice. She also co-directed Response Peer Counseling, was a Peer Research Fellow with Harvard College Libraries, volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital, and wrote children’s books for orphans in foreign countries. Currently, Vegas volunteers as an advocate with the Crisis Center of Birmingham and with Boston Children’s Hospital. She previously served as a SpeakFirst High School coach and is continuing to work with the SpeakFirst team in the college preparation process. After her time with Impact America, Vegas plans to attend medical school and become a child psychiatrist.

What do you like to do for fun?.

Vegas enjoys reading, hiking, and baking. She also loves comic books and bad puns.

Who is someone you admire and why?

Vegas greatly admires her high school debate coach, David Gardiner. He was incredibly dedicated to the activity and his students but never let it interfere with his family life. He acted as a second father to Vegas and modeled what it meant to be a true Christian.