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-Steiner, Head of School
Last weekend Senior Joia Freeman was a finalist in the highly competitive Jabberwock competition hosted by the Durham Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. From the Jabberwock website: "During this competition, the participants engage in social, cultural, and service activities. In the tradition of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, these activities are focused on building the mind, body, spirit and social awareness of youth as well as fostering positive relationships."
Joia was awarded a scholarship for over $16,000. In addition to the scholarship, she also received the award for Ms. Congeniality. Joia was escorted by one of her best friends and fellow DA lifers, Kelly Moore. Pictured above: Sterling Freeman, Joia, Michelle Graham-Freeman (DA Preschool Spanish Teacher), and Kelly.
Sometimes our students lead us to the deepest places.
Today at the Upper School morning meeting (and later, by popular request, at the Middle School community meeting), Seniors Kelly Moore and Maritzelena Chirinos paid their respects to Nelson Mandela. Kelly's spoken word poem layered over Ritzi's song left both audiences wide-eyed, wet-eyed, and inspired.
Click here to see an iPad-captured video of their moment on the Kenan Auditorium stage.
Both Ritzi and Kelly, along with a few of their Upper School peers and five DA faculty members, were similarly inspired by their trip to DC last week for the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. To see a few student and teacher reflections from that experience, click to their blog.
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