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2019 Holman Finalists

Get the know the bright, diverse and pioneering 2019 Holman Prize finalists.

Rachel Magario
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Pamela Thistle
Coldwater, Ontario, Canada
Stephanie Campbell
South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Krystle Allen
Newark, New Jersey, USA
Kris Scheppe
Naples, Florida, USA
Lisamaria Martinez
Union City, California, USA
Dennis Gallant
Bloomfield, Connecticut, USA
Yuma Decaux, Australia
2019 Holman Prizewinner
Peggy Martinez
Seattle, Washington, USA
Alieu Jaiteh, The Gambia
2019 Holman Prizewinner
Pauline Dowell
Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA
Matthew Shifrin
Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Abdullah Aljuaid
Ta’if, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
Trevor Hahn
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA
Natalie Devora
Alameda, California, USA

Meet the 2019 Semifinalists

Read about our 41 Semifinalists and dive into their pitch videos on our YouTube playlist.


Claire Spector
Santa Rosa, California, USA
Joshua Loya
La Mesa, California, USA
Mona Minkara, USA
2019 Holman Prizewinner
Jennifer Lavarnway
Spokane, Washington, USA
Deniz, Yunus, Utku & Mina
İstanbul, Sariyer, Turkey
Bonface Massah
Lilongwe, Malawi
Ness Vlajkovic
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Trevor Attenberg
Portland, Oregon, USA
Brian Malvin Sithole
Harare, Zimbabwe
Alexandria Brito
Oceano, California, USA
Natalie Devora
Alameda, California, USA
Trevor Hahn
Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Pauline Dowell

Pauline and her guide dog live on a sailboat on the Boston Harbor. She would use the Holman Prize to form an all-female crew of blind sailors to compete in the 2020 Newport to Bermuda Race.

Note: Originally, Pauline was going to complete in the Marblehead to Halifax Race. Since this will will not take place again until 2021, she has changed it to the more difficult Newport to Bermuda Race.