Class of 2016

For the first time, Chocolate University began accepting applications from both Greene and Christian county. This outstanding group of 14 high school students accompanied Shawn Askinosie and our Executive Director of Chocolate University and Chief Kinship Officer to Tanzania.

After months of preparation, the students met with farmer partners, inspected Askinosie Chocolate’s next crop of cocoa beans, facilitated profit sharing with financial statements translated to Swahili, lead a chocolate tasting with farmers, facilitated a farmer co-op strategic plan, enacted community initiatives and more.

Community Initiatives

  • The CU class led “Vision of Greatness” writing session for the 200 young women in the Empowered Girls club at Mababu Primary School, funded by Chocolate University donations.
  • Instituting an Enlightened Boys club for whom the students will also lead a visioning session.
  • Installing sack gardens for widow and orphan homes in the village with the help of the cocoa farmer group.

“Throughout the week, our students will work alongside our farmer partners, spending time in their homes, helping to harvest cacao and getting to know their families,” Askinosie said in a news release. “This is a business trip. But it’s also about strengthening relationships and building community, together. The most important Swahili word we teach the students is ‘kujengana’ which means ‘to build each other up.”

Thank you to Chocolate University Class of 2016 for an amazing journey.

Alec Hilton, Senior, Central High School
Amanda Morrison, Senior, Central High School
Aneva Jefferson, Senior, Central High School
Anna Mercer, Junior, Grace Classical Academy
Bao Ha, Junior, Central High School
Baylor Barnes, Senior, Parkview High School
Desiree Johnson, Junior, Central High School
Emma Brand, Senior, Glendale High School
Emma Weiler, Senior, Catholic High School
Leila Ismaio, Junior, Nixa High School
Ronnie Warren, Junior, Nixa High School
Sydney Martin, Senior, Glendale High School
Timothy Hodges, Senior, Glendale High School
Zachary Smith, Senior, Nixa High School