Newsworthy Notables - April 2012 

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Roosevelt HS Culinary Arts Students Earn Scholarships

Chef Fredrick Monroe of Roosevelt High School’s culinary arts program keeps cooking up success for his students. Jeanine Williams, a senior at Roosevelt High School, has earned a full scholarship to Johnson & Wales University valued at $104,000. And, Malasia Hasson, another Roosevelt High School senior, won a $5,000 scholarship to the New England Culinary Institute (NECI). Hasson previously won a $60,000 scholarship to NECI through the NAACP ACT-SO competition in June 2011. 

School Without Walls Students Win Medals at Heritage Music Festival

The School Without Walls Music Department under the direction of Christopher O. J. Alberts (instrumental music) and Joan E. Moten (vocal music) received several medals at the recent 2012 World Strides Heritage Music Festival in Atlanta, Ga.

The School Without Walls Show Choir received a silver medal; the Concert Choir received a silver medal; the Orchestra received a silver medal and second place overall; and the Stage Band received a gold and first place overall. The Stage Band also earned an Adjudicators Award that is given to groups who score an average of 95 or higher.

Brigid Carmichael received a Maestro Award for her performance in "You Know I’m No Good" by Amy Winehouse with the School Without Walls Stage Band. This award is given to individual student musicians "who display extraordinary music ability and sensitivity."

The School Without Walls Music Department also received the Festival Spirit Award, which is given to "the group that best represents their school and community!”

WorldStrides is the nation's leading educational student travel provider and the Heritage Performance programs give band, choral, orchestra, dance, and cheer students the opportunity to learn and perform in venues Carnegie Hall and Segerstrom Center for the Arts as well as Disneyland and Universal Studios.

Phelps Senior Wins Cash for Essay Contest

Naim Owens, a senior at Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School, received a $150 cash prize for his essay in the Cliff Weiss Essay Contest sponsored by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

This year’s contest required students to consider the Career and Technical Education Month theme, “CTE: Careers through Education,” and communicate how CTE prepares individuals for a future career. Owens’ essay and other winning entries will be posted on ACTE’s Web site and published in the May issue of Techniques magazine.

In his essay, Owens shared his long-term interest in becoming an architect and information about the educational foundation that Phelps’s engineering program provided him to support his career pursuit. The program also provided Owens several opportunities to develop career experience and connected him to professionals in the field where he learned about the most relevant applications, tools and skills needed to be a successful architect.

He stated in his essay that “having CTE courses on my transcript makes me stand out from other students when applying for admission into colleges and universities.”

MacFarland Student’s Artwork Appears on White House Program

The artwork of Breonna Bailey, 13, a seventh-grader at MacFarland Middle School, was featured on the cover of the program for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Bailey, a student in Charles Jean-Pierre’s class, submitted art for the nationwide White House Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest and her piece was hand-selected by first lady Michelle Obama for the program cover.

Jean-Pierre challenges students to step outside of themselves and into their communities with artistic projects that promote global citizenship. 

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