At Rowland Hall's fifth-, eighth-, and twelfth-grade graduation ceremonies this June, student speakers shared funny, reflective, and inspiring stories with those in attendance.
Learning Made Magical: Carol Blackwell's Legacy to Live On in Beginning School Facilities, Faculty, and Friendships
When Carol Blackwell took the helm of the Beginning School in 1996, the division did not have a cohesive identity. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Carol spent the past 22 years building a model for early childhood education, one that parents, faculty, and students often describe as magical.
As we wrap up Rowland Hall's 150th anniversary, I look back on the year's celebrations with joy and satisfaction. The kickoff party last September gathered more alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and community members—in total, over 1,400 people—than any event in our school's history. Just a few weeks ago, we had our culminating event on the Steiner Campus, the Jubilee, which was a fantastic party full of dancing, great food, and friends.
Can't Stop, Won't Stop: Three Faculty Members Embark on Exciting Summer Professional Development Opportunities
Jeremy Innis, Alisa Poppen, and Rob Wilson will be engaged in professional-development opportunities sure to enhance curriculum and student learning for years to come.
A junior writes about his internship at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH), where he works with physical trainers to help individuals in post-surgical recovery. His duties range from data tracking and analysis to lab prep and observation.
Oliver Jin '18 believes sharing and cherishing personal narratives is key to creating the human connections needed to spark meaningful change. For the past three years, he's built relationships with members of the Navajo Nation, using two documentary films and a portraiture project to help share the stories of those who live on the reservation. His work on the Navajo project-which he says is far from being complete—and his leadership on the Lincoln Street Campus earned him recognition this spring from Utah's Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Rowland Hall senior Aislinn Mitcham spent four weeks this summer at Oxford University, taking engineering and medical science classes taught by university professors, living in the undergraduate dorms, and making new friends from around the world. "Getting to meet people who have completely different world views and world experiences was really important to me," she said.
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Ikwo Frank '13 took the stage October 14 to present to the National Academy of Medicine as part of the DC Public Health Case Challenge. With a team of her peers from American University—where she is working toward her master's degree in health promotion management—Ikwo researched and proposed a creative yet practical solution to this year's case: "Reducing Disparities in Cancer and Chronic Disease: Preventing Tobacco Use in African American Adolescents."