Heads Up

Welcome to Heads Up, a blogging experiment that aims to: 

  • connect the people, parts, and principles of Durham Academy;
  • share ideas about learning and human development;
  • spotlight a few of the many wondrous things I get to see every day at Durham Academy. 

Thanks for reading the posts below — and sending news, links and ideas worth sharing. 

Michael Ulku-SteinerHead of School 


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Follow your bliss. Or Felicity. Or Alex. Or, better yet, your bliss.

Friday I attended a panel discussion with college admissions officers – Directors and Associate Directors from Stanford, Harvey Mudd, Loyola Marymount, and UC San Diego.

Among the most memorable nuggets of advice for the 50 school heads in the room: “Admission to our schools is never decided by a student’s slight advantage in the number of AP courses taken in high school. Remember that many of our schools don’t have enough room even for the Valedictorians in our applicant pool. We are looking for talented, accomplished, hard-working kids who have made some mistakes and demonstrated the courage to follow their interests to great lengths, whatever those interests might be.”

Their comments made me think of Felicity Walston and Alex Green.

On Saturday, Felicity (a DA 11th Grader) hosted visitors in her back yard as part of the Durham Chicken Coop tour. As the only teenager in Durham holding an agriculture permit (and the only teenage chicken owner) Felicity and her feathered friends are eggcited about the event (Sorry. I tried but failed to resist.) Ulu, Pepper and Penny are pictured at left. For more info about the Coop Tour: http://bullcitychickens.com/bull-city-coop-tour/

For more than three years, 9th Grader Alex Green has been building an extraordinary media portfolio dedicated to his interest in the natural world. What started as a newsletter for his neighbors about neighborhood wildlife has bloomed into a website, Facebook page, Google+ account, Youtube channel, Instagram and Twitter feeds.

If you like animals (including young humans chasing their passions with vigor and creativity), check out Alex's website (www.ncnaturenews.com) and ask Felicity about her chickens.  

Posted by Michael Ulku-Steiner on Tuesday October, 21, 2014


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