Second Lieutenant Ian A. Melendez of Sammamish Washington developed a deep love for history and political science at an early age. After graduating from high school in 2012, he attended Bellevue College and was involved in the colleges Model United Nations program. Ian took part in many simulations at an international level and personally lead the institution to several high-profile Model UN conferences. Ian transferred to Washington State University (WSU) in January 2016 and joined the WSU Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) detachment. Ian was the first cadet to lecture at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He graduated WSU with a bachelor’s degree in History and will earn Minors in Political Science and Military Science. Ian will receive his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in May 2019. He is serving as a military intelligence officer and is pursuing admission to a doctoral program in history.