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Margaret Leak ’15 Helps Transform School in Ethiopia

posted 2012.10.14 Margaret Leak ‘15 spent her summer a significant distance away from her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She traveled to the thriving city of Addis Ababa to teach math to Ethiopian students through the nonprofit organization Cherokee Gives Back. However, when Leak arrived, she realized that her supervisor had something different in store for her. “What are you passionate about, Margaret?” asked Hareg Gerusu, the principal of Destiny Academy. “Teaching and making teachers better,” Leak responded; her answer immediately
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Hannah Whitaker ’06 Engages Students Through Innovative Educational Practices

posted 2012.08.15 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students enrolled in public charter schools more than tripled from 340,000 to 1.4 million between 1999 and 2009. During that period, the percentage of charter schools that were high-poverty schools increased from 13 to 30 percent. In 2010, Hannah Whitaker ‘06 became a founding teacher at the SOAR Charter School, a school in Denver, Colorado that combines innovative approaches in the classroom with enrichment opportunities to foster socially
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Park Scholars Gain Clinical Experience at Brody School of Medicine

posted 2011.09.19 This past summer, three Park Scholars held internships at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and immersed themselves in a unique clinical opportunity.   Dr. Wiley Nifong, Andrew Miller, Mark Draelos, and Dr. Randolph Chitwood prepare for a surgical procedure. Mark Draelos ‘12 and Andrew Miller ‘13 worked in the East Carolina Heart Institute under Dr. Randolph Chitwood and Dr. Wiley Nifong. The students observed surgical procedures with Chitwood and learned about minimally invasive heart surgery techniques
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Emily Gray ’10 Uses Irish Study Abroad Experience to Help Internationalize Carolina Forest Elementary School

During her semester abroad in Cork, Ireland, Emily Gray ‘10 participated in a unique program which allowed her to share her experiences with a class of first grade students. As a Cultural Correspondent, Emily used web conferences to present lessons about Ireland’s customs, climate, transportation system and historical figures. Upon her return to the United States, Emily had the opportunity to visit her class from Carolina Forest Elementary School in Jacksonville, North Carolina and meet her students in person. “This
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Park Scholars Help Create “Cinderella” Magic at Centennial Campus Middle School

Three times a week, Park Scholars Jessica Ritter ‘10, Elyse Smith ‘10, Michael McKnight ‘12, Brian Carter ‘11, Christina Ritter ‘12, Jamie Myers ‘12 and Kelly Quesnel ‘13 lend a hand with the vocals, acting and dance sequences to help prepare Centennial Campus Middle School students for their upcoming production of “Cinderella.” The musical’s director, Jessica Ritter, is carrying on the Park Scholarships tradition of Curtain Call, a creative service project that began six years ago with a dedicated crew
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Law School Grad Profiled by Tampa Tribune

When Adedayo Banwo (2002) graduated from law school this year, it was more than his latest success. It was the best Mother’s Day present he could give. The following is excerpted from the Tampa Tribune. To read the full article, visit the Tribune’s site. TAMPA – Nine years ago, Adedayo Banwo’s world was centered in a tiny apartment at Robles Park Public Housing Complex, where he lived with his mother and brothers. He was surrounded by poverty and divisive influences.
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