My name is Rhys Heyden. I lived in Palo Alto, CA for the first 10 years of my life, moved to Wellesley, MA for the next 8, and now reside in Washington, D.C. where I am attending American University. Although many things interest me, my main areas of study are Journalism and International Studies. I love to travel, and love writing about what I see even more.



- 3.79/4 cumulative GPA at American University. Dean's List in both Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.

- Received two 4's and three 5's on five total AP exams (AP English Language, AP English Lit, AP Statistics, AP Spanish Language, AP US History)


- Have traveled to 28 states, and Turkey, Tanzania, India, Kenya, Wales, England, The Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

- Went on "World Challenge Expeditions" 2008 summer trip to Northern India. 1 week of community service at a local school, 2.5 week trek in the Himalayas.

General Extracurricular Activities

- Attended 2009 High School Journalism Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington.

- Member of the ONA (Online News Association) and attended the 2010 conference.

- Was an active member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills throughout high school.

- Volunteer at the MetroWest Interfaith Hospitality Network, helping the homeless.

- Volunteer at the Perkins School For The Blind from 2006-2009.

- Member of WHS' Amnesty International Club

Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Contributing Writer/Blogger

The Eagle

I write articles for "The Eagle," American University's newspaper, and am also a featured blogger.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Editorial Intern

GateHouse Media

I wrote articles, took pictures, edited content, published content to the web, and worked with fellow interns and reporters in an active newsroom.

Feb 2010 - Jun 2010

Sales Clerk


I moved onto this position after Walgreens purchased the Eaton Apothecary story where I worked.

Feb 2008 - Feb 2010

Sales Clerk

Eaton Apothecary

I stocked shelves, manned the cash register, and helped customers find products.





Fluent in Spanish

I have taken Spanish classes since 6th grade, and received a 4 on the AP Spanish Language examination.

Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)



Jul 2010 - Present

AP Scholar With Distinction

The College Board
Aug 2010 - Present

Dean's List

American University