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Alumni Spotlight

The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”.  With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.

 

Kristina Aiad-Toss Class of 2014

 

Education, Professional Development, and Internships

Kristina is a senior undergraduate student studying Philosophy, Political science, & Economics with a minor in Spanish at the University of Akron. She will graduate with Honors in May 2018. Even though she is graduating in four years, Kristina took an entire year off to complete several internships.

Kristina completed an internship this past fall semester working for the U.S. Department of State with the U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome, Italy. She worked alongside U.S. federal government officials including Foreign Service officers, USDA and USAID representatives, and others. Her office was responsible for dealing with relations between the U.S. government and the United Nations organizations, focusing on world hunger and agriculture. The United Nation organizations included the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Through research projects, social media, event planning, and policy work, Kristina contributed to the U.S. government’s goal to provide humanitarian relief programs, organizing events and meetings between country representatives, and highlighting U.S. contributions to international organizations. During the internship, the Mission focused on the efforts to end the four famines occurring in the world, combat pests in Africa, promote new biotechnology to improve agriculture in developing countries, and support free trade and private-public partnerships in their efforts to end hunger.

Kristina also completed an internship in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in Toronto in 2017. As she learned about Canadian affairs, legislative policy, constituent relations, and the parliamentary system, she also deepened her understanding of the LGBTQ community, workers’ and women’s rights, and immigration issues, the specialization of Cheri DiNovo, the legislative member under whom she worked.

2016 was a very busy and enlightening year for Kristina, in and out of the classroom. She attended the United Nations’ Youth Assembly, which centered on sustainable development and human rights. As an intern at the Ohio Environmental Council in the summer of 2016, Kristina gained knowledge in both the legislative and communication aspects of political advocacy organizations. And later that summer Kristina had the amazing opportunity to study abroad at the University of Valladolid in Spain.

Kristina is also active on the campus of the University of Akron and in the Akron community. Kristina truly enjoys writing and has a strong background in Journalism. She was the News Editor for the University of Akron’s newspaper, The Buchtelite, and a columnist at the local, community magazine, The Devil Strip.  In addition, as a board member of the Zips’ Programming Network, Kristina has planned and coordinated events to engage students and build the campus community.

The many places Kristina has traveled and the people she has encountered along the way are the driving forces behind her interest and pursuit of a career in international development and human rights.  In the future, Kristina hopes to attend law school and focus on private and public international law.

Recently Kristina’s successes were showcased in an article by the University of Akron. The University and Williams Honors College recognized Kristina for her unique contributions and “stand out” accomplishments while completing her undergrad degree.  Click here  to read the inspiring story!

 

Honors and Awards

Golden Key International Honors Society

National Society of Leadership and Success

Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honorary Society

Alpha Phi Eta Gamma Chapter Alumnae

U.S. Federal Government Secret Security Clearance

 

Mooney Reflection

Kristina’s time at Mooney was extremely important in preparing her for her future endeavors. The teachers and mentors Kristina had during high school taught her invaluable lessons that gave her a strong foundation in moving forward in her college and professional life.

Two teachers who really touched Kristina’s life and changed her perspective were Mr. Butler and Mr. Bozick. Mr. Butler fostered Kristina’s creativity and encouraged her as an artist. Today, she still uses this creative force in her paintings and photography, as well as in the different work positions. Mr. Bozick’s sophomore World Literature class really changed Kristina’s perspective about the world and sparked her curiosity about other cultures. It was here that her desire to travel the world started.

Other fond memories Kristina had at Mooney were her four years as a cheerleader at football and basketball games. In addition, she was in two plays at CMHS.

Kristina’s two younger sisters are also Mooney Cardinals; Angelina will graduate this year from CMHS and Nicolina is completing her sophomore year.

Kristina is grateful for her time at Mooney and for everyone who contributed to her success today.

 

Personal Life & Interests

Outside of the classroom and intern work, Kristina loves to travel and take photos. Kristina has her own photography business doing event, portrait, and promotional free-lance work. Her portfolio can be found at kristinaaiadtoss.com.

Apart from Kristina’s photography business, she also takes many photos while she is traveling. You will rarely find her without her camera! In the future, she hopes to obtain a job where she can travel the world and continue to learn about other cultures.

Kristina is a coffee enthusiast and enjoys going on road trips to find new coffee shops. She is an avid lover of music, has an in-depth record collection, and loves reading, painting, and yoga.