Women As Founders: Chierika Ukogu '10
At 22 years of age, Chierkia Ukogu has a chance to make history for Nigeria. Chierkia, who was born in Philadelphia to Nigerian parents and holds a dual citizenship, may be the first rower to represent Nigeria in the Olympics.
The Olympic rowing hopeful is practicing for success at the World Rowing Championships in Aiguebelette, France on August 30 and qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Chierika went on to row at Stanford University, where she graduated in 2014 with a B.A. in human biology. She put her medical school plans on hold to take this Olympic shot. If that happens, the twice-daily, 30-hours-a-week training will be all worth it.
Stay tuned for more information on how Chierika ties rowing into charity work.
This article was adapted from a press release issued by Malvern Prep School, where Chierika's trainer is assistant rowing coach.
Women As Founders: Krystina Faillace '03
A Brush With Greatness
During her time at the Mount, Krystina Faillace's developed an acute entrepreneurial sense that she later merged with her artistic talents. She now is head of her own business, Brushing Bride (thebrushingbride.com), where she commissions one-of-a-kind sketches of wedding dresses for brides. Krystina describes it as a "modern-day spin on wedding dress preservation."
Brushing Bride started with a single sketch gifted to bride, and blossomed into a full business from there. From there, brides who fell in love with their gowns and were reluctant to leave them sitting in a box gathering dust began contacting Krystina, commemorating their dresses in unique, display-ready artwork.
Krystina's custom artwork is often given as gifts for wedding, showers, and anniversaries.
Krystina graduated from St. Joseph's University with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Fine Art. She later returned to pursue an MBA.