Casey Aldridge, of Concord, NC, graduated in May 2017 with a degree in Religious Studies and History, with minors in Political Science and Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies. In September, Casey will begin a three-year Master of Divinity program at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, where he has been offered the Presbyterian Leadership Award. As a part of the Levine Scholars Program, Casey interned with Greenpeace Charlotte, completed a visiting scholarship at the University of Glasgow's Study of Socialist Theory and Movements Network; studied abroad in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, South Africa; and traveled to Jerusalem and the West Bank as an Interfaith Peace-Builders delegate. "Before traveling with my cohort to Wyoming the summer before college, I had never flown," Casey said, "but again and again the Levine Scholars Program put my education into my own hands, letting me integrate my academic interests and activist inclinations, allowing me to follow them even when they took me to the other side of the world." On campus, Casey involved himself in student activism with the North Carolina Student Power Union and Customer 49. He also traveled to Brussels in 2014 with UNC Charlotte's Model United Nations team and served for two years as Opinion Editor of the Niner Times. "Both my parents graduated from UNC Charlotte, and both of my dad's parents worked for several years on this campus," Casey said. "This University has given a great deal to my family, and my family in turn has given a great deal to the University. Because of that, this community feels like family, and I am so blessed to be a part of Niner Nation."