By Brittany Urick ’10
While resourcefulness and networking are two skills any Princeton student hopes to hone before leaving campus for the real world, Genevieve Ryan ’11 mastered them prior to becoming a Tiger. As a teenager, Ryan, with the help of a few influential Washingtonians, authored “The American Presidents,” a song designed to help children remember the occupants of the Oval Office. The tune has received national recognition in the last few years.
“People don’t know as much about our government as they should, especially about its leadership, so I think [the song] is a fun and educational way to learn about the highest office in our country,” Ryan, a Maryland native, said about her creation.
Ryan, who is majoring in politics, began the project at age 12 when her father asked her to memorize the presidents as a Father’s Day gift. She constructed a series of couplets to the melody of William Tell Overture to help her remember the proper order. Her parents, impressed by her ingenuity, encouraged her to further develop the song as the American equivalent of a popular British tune that lists the order of the country’s kings and queens.