5/22/15 — Louisville High School senior Hilary Skov was recently named a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant recipient. Hilary will work as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Indonesia. After traveling abroad to Indonesia her junior year, Skov fell in love with the country’s people, culture, food and environment, which is why she chose to go back to teach English. During her travels, she noticed the mental and physical barriers people with disabilities face in the country on daily basis. “I hope to work to de-stigmatize disability and increase individual levels of self-efficacy. Of course, this is not a quick-fix, but I look forward to doing the best that I can and helping in any way possible,” Skov said.
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5/21/15 — Foxcroft School’s Board of Trustees recently bestowed its highest honor—the Anne Kane McGuire ’52 Distinguished Service Award—on Ruth Thomas Bedford, a member of the Class of 1932 whose love for her alma mater led to an historic gift to the girls’ boarding and day school. Bedford was the 29th recipient of the award and the first on to be honored posthumously. Foxcroft Board Chair Reggie Groves said the McGuire Award was given to Bedford, “for being a shining example of strength, independence, and service to Foxcroft students and women around the world, and for inspiring us all to be true to ourselves, to follow our passions, and to make a difference in the world.” Bedford, who died in June just short of her 100th birthday, left the school $40 million in her will.
Girls Preparatory School Director of College Guidance Elected President of College Counseling Association
5/20/15—Susan McCarter, Director of College Guidance at Girls Preparatory School, was installed in April as the next president-elect of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) at the annual meeting. SACAC is the largest regional affiliate of the national association (NACAC) and represents nine states and the Caribbean. The organization is made up of admissions professionals from high schools, colleges, and universities. This will be McCarter’s third term on the board. She will move into the President’s position in 2016 and then serve a year as Past-President. During the three-year term, she will represent SACAC on the regional and national level, serve as a delegate to the national conference, and meet annually with lawmakers in Washington, DC.
5/19/15 — The 8th Grade Team at Roland Park Country School (RPCS) was the Maryland state winner in the 13th Annual eCYBERMISSION competition. The event, which is sponsored by the U.S. Army and administered by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), is a web-based STEM competition designed to help build students’ interest and knowledge in STEM. Students in grades six through nine are challenged with developing a solution to a real-world problem in their local community. The RPCS team will compete in the next round, and a panel of judges in STEM fields will determine three regional winners from each grade level.
5/18/15 — A student from St. Catherine’s School was named one of thirteen blogging interns worldwide for Voices of Youth, an organization under UNICEF. Noor Samee was the only American selected, and she will be posting blogs on a variety of topics. Samee said she hopes the internship will be a good opportunity to give a perspective as a young Muslim woman living in the U.S., but more importantly, provide an avenue for other voices different from hers. Her posts will be featured on the Voices of Youth website.
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Three Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Teachers Named as Finalists for 2015 Charter School Teacher of the Year
5/15/15 — The Tennessee Charter School Center (TCSC) recognized three teachers from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) as finalists in the Nashville and Chattanooga competition for 2015 Charter School Teacher of the Year. Angela Frick (6th Grade Math), Jen Semanco (High School English), and Reed Dillard (6th Grade Social Studies) were nominated with input from colleagues and some of their students. In letters sent to each of the finalists, the TCSC stated the teachers’ nomination materials were outstanding. The three received complimentary tickets to the 2015 Nashville Charter School Gala.
5/15/15 — The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) partnered with ten member schools in Los Angeles to host a Girls’ School Advantage advocacy outreach event. Prospective families and community-based organizations came to learn about the effectiveness and unique environment of all-girls schools. The program featured keynote speaker Dr. Linda J. Sax of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute and a Q&A panel of student representatives from each of the participating schools. Over 175 people attended, and guests’ comment cards overwhelmingly praised the effectiveness of the student panelists.
Participating NCGS member schools included The Archer School for Girls, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, Girls Academic Leadership Academy, Immaculate Heart High School, Louisville High School, Marlborough School, Marymount High School, Vivian Webb, Westridge School, and Ramona Convent.
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5/14/15 — A sixth-grader from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) won the 11th Annual Electric Power Board (EPB) of Chattanooga’s Black History Month Poetry Contest in the 6th – 8th grade category. EPB received 372 entries overall in this year’s contest. The student’s poem, “The Legacy of Harriet Tubman,” earned her a $100 prize, which was presented to her at an awards banquet sponsored by EPB in April. Her sponsoring teacher, Reed Dillard, also received a $100 award.
3/28/15 — Ethel Walker School announced it will offer two new full scholarships. The Capital City Scholarship will be awarded to a qualified student from Hartford, and the Sundial Scholarship will be awarded to a student from outside the area. Head of School Bessie Speers said, “We recognize that while potential is universal, opportunity is not, and these scholarships will provide highly qualified young women with access to an exceptional educational experience.”
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3/27/15 — National Beta Club members at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) empowered themselves and their classmates with a week of activities during Women’s History Month. Activities included a self-defense class taught by Deputy Chief Curtis Greene of the Chattanooga Police Department, the distribution of red ribbons to raise awareness of heart disease, and a “Jeans for Justice” event to raise money for a local women’s shelter.
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3/18/15 — Visitation School has announced that its Head of School, Dawn Nichols, will retire at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year.
Nichols will retire in 2016 after 16 years of dedicated service at Visitation. Chair of the Visitation Board of Trustees John “Ozzie” Nelson, Jr. said, “The span and influence of Dawn’s leadership on Visitation have been both broad and deep. Each day, she has moved our school forward while demonstrating a loving fidelity to both the educational mission and great tradition of our school founders, the Visitation Sisters of Holy Mary.”
3/11/15 — Stoneleigh-Burnham School (SBS) junior McKim Jean-Pierre has been selected to receive a full, merit-based scholarship to attend an intensive leadership program, “South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace, Politics, and Human Rights,” this summer. The program is offered by The Experiment in International Living (EIL), an organization that provides summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply with the richness and complexities of another country. The program will begin with four days of intensive leadership training in Washington D.C., and will be followed by four weeks in South Africa and follow up sessions on EIL’s campus in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Jean-Pierre said, “From my experience at SBS and how it has shaped me into who I am today, I will be able to contribute multicultural ideas and solutions in an open manner that is thoughtful, analytical, and respectful, as well as contribute positive encouragement for new cultural opportunities.”
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