Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Congratulations to Naomi, Sarah, Ezra for being invited to join the National Honors Society.

Congratulations to Naomi, Sarah, & Ezra for being invited to join the National Honors Society.  The Council reviewed all potential candidates and selected these three as shining examples of students who excel in the four pillars of the Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.  Their stellar grades and participation in the STL Chapter of RISE all contributed to their invitation.  They have been invited to join a very select group who work hard in the school and community.  Over the course of the year, they will be working on collaborative service projects that will allow them to continue their positive work in the community.

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cameron Reed Voted Senior Class President

The First Israelite SGA Senior Class President of Paulding County

Hello, my name is Cameron Reed and I proud to say I am the first Israelite Senior Class President of Paulding County High School. I thank my God the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for blessing my with this leadership role. At first I had a lot of critics even my so called friend doubted me. They told me “I am too dumb, not qualified, or you are black and white people always win that type of positions.” All the critics and haters just made me work even harder to get success. I worked hard for this position. I created a funny video and the link is below. I and my family had prayed about it and God of Israel heard. God of Israel blessed me with the position to be the SGA 2016 Senior Class President.


Way to go Cameron!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

IPRIDE Scholar, Sarai Daniels, completes another successful year of dance!!!

IPRIDE would like to congratulate Sarai Daniels, two time IPRIDE Leadership Honors Award Scholar, for completing another successful year of dance.  

Sarai began dancing at the age of 3 and has shown so much love and dedication for her craft that she was recently promoted to Level 5, the highest level at her dance academy. 

Sarai is an A student, ranked in the top 17% for her high school class and has placed 15th in the National French Competition.

 Congratulations Sarai!!!


Friday, May 29, 2015

IPRIDE Congratulates Miriam!!!

IPRIDE would like to congratulate Miriam on her recent induction into the National Junior Honor Society.  The National Junior Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929.

Once again, congrats Miriam on your achievement!!!
It truly takes a village!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Roundtable with President Barack Obama: The Cost of Education


A Roundtable with President Barack Obama: The Cost of Education

VICE hosted a roundtable discussion, moderated by VICE founder Shane Smith, with President Barack Obama and five students who discussed the challenges surrounding student debt and the pursuit of higher education in the US.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rachel - Web Challenge Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Rachel for being a 2015 Web Challenge Scholarship Recipient!

Rachel led a team of 2 other students and was selected as  1 of  6 winning teams amongst over 60 teams applicants.

Finalist received their award and recognition at the Atlanta Google office.

Web Challenge is a program sponsored by TAGED. TAGED's mission is to increase student interest in the fields of Science,Technology, Engineering and Math.

Students were tasked with submitting proposals for improving traffic to the websites of various non profit organizations.  An organization by the name of 21st Century Leaders selected Rachel's team as a finalist and gave many praises to the team on their honest critique and strategical plans for increasing the public view of their organization's website. It was also shared with the crowd that ideas from the proposal have been implemented with positive results!

Friday, April 17, 2015

STEM Mentoring Programs Invite Girls of Color into the Industry

New York City DOE creates opportunities to push girls towards STEM related fields

The Department of Education has developed programs to improve access to STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education for girls and black and Latino students.
Since 2001, the percentage of women working in STEM fields like computing and traditional engineering has been stagnant, while percentages of African Americans and Latinos continue to shrink.
A recent report by Change the Equation, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that promotes STEM education, identified a “diversity dilemma” in STEM professions.
The reports states, African Americans and Latinos have surged as a percentage of the U.S. population, but their share of critical STEM jobs has barely budged. In fact, African Americans and Latinos were less likely to pursue careers in engineering, computer science, or advanced manufacturing in 2014, than they were in the past.
Leaders of STEM-oriented companies are worried about the diversity of their workforce, said Linda Rosen, Change the Equation’s chief executive officer, to the New York Daily News.
The department of education, as well as community organizations, such as, Black Girls Code, a mentoring group for young black girls, introduces computer coding lessons to girls from underrepresented communities in programming languages such as TouchDevelop, Scratch or Ruby on Rails.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

University of Toronto Schools


University of Toronto Schools (UTS) is a university preparatory school, grades 7 through 12, affiliated with the University of Toronto. Located on U of T's St. George Campus, UTS offers high-achieving students a specialized curriculum and a unique co-educational learning environment that encourages creative interests and physical activity as well as a sense of social responsibility.
UTS graduates are admitted to highly-selective North American colleges and universities, many on scholarships. UTS is renowned for educating generations of outstanding graduates including two Nobel Laureates, 20 Rhodes Scholars and numerous leaders in commerce, industry, academics, the arts, sports, government and public service.
UTS is the only merit-based university preparatory school in Canada affiliated with a university and located on a university campus. Admission to UTS is based on overall performance. Financial accessibility is supported through a generously endowed bursary fund to which families may apply and which has been set in place to provide opportunities for qualified applicants.  

Monday, March 2, 2015

Congrats to Mock Trial Winners!

Congrats to Naomi & Sarah for winning their Mock Trial Competition. 

The Missouri High School Mock Trial Competition is the largest and most established program coordinated by the Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis.  It serves more than 600 students from more than 65 schools throughout Missouri. During the summer, volunteer attorneys develop and write the mock trial case or problem for the regional and state competitions. After the case is completed, a manual is developed to help the students.  With the support of attorney volunteers, students tackle age-appropriate legal problems, engage in legal analysis, and ultimately try a case in a real courtroom before an actual judge and a jury made up of community members.

Join A Mock Trial Competition in Your Area - Highly Recommended!

Monday, February 23, 2015

New Study Confirms: Black Students Who Are Taught Racial Pride Do Better In School

Remember how good you felt when Black History Month rolled around and you finally got to learn and talk about significant African American historical figures in school? Well, according to new research published in the Journal of Child Development, affirming a black child’s desire to learn about their race does more than just give them a personal boost, it helps them academically as well.
The study, conducted by Ming-Te Wang and James P. Huguley of the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard University respectively, found that “racial socialization”—teaching kids about their culture and involving them in activities that promote racial pride and connection—helps to offset the discrimination and racial prejudices children face by the outside world.
Wang explains:
“Our findings challenge the notion that ‘race blindness’ is a universally ideal parenting approach, especially since previous research has shown that racially conscious parenting strategies at either extreme—either ‘race blindness’ or promoting mistrust of other races—are associated with negative outcomes for African American youth.
“When African American parents instill a proud, informed, and sober perspective of race in their sons and daughters, these children are more likely to experience increased academic success.”
Wang’s study surveyed 630 adolescents from middle class backgrounds to explore how racial discrimination and prejudice in school affects their G.P.A., educational goals, and future aspirations. They found racial pride to be the single most important factor in guarding against racial discrimination, and discovered it had a direct impact on the students’ grades, future goals, and cognitive engagement.  Despite fewer instances of multicultural and inclusive learning in school and the increased frequency in which black students are treated more harshly than their peers, Wang’s study shows that teaching kids, especially black children, to take pride in their culture is an integral part of their success.

Wang sums it up:
“Our study provides empirical evidence that the longstanding practice in the African American community of cultivating racial pride and preparing children to face racial bias in society should be considered among appropriate and beneficial practices in parenting Black children.”


Thursday, February 19, 2015

African American Achievement Award

Congratulations to Naomi, Sarah, and Ezra for being awarded the 2015 African American Achievement Award from their high school
Diamond; Sarah; T. Christopher People; Keynote Speaker, President of Frontenac Engineering; Naomi, & Ezra

Friday, January 16, 2015

President Obama Proposes Free Community College for All

President Obama has proposed that two years of community college be available free for all students. Under the plan students would have to attend community college at least on a half-time basis. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade point average and continue to make progress toward an associate’s degree or technical certificate.

Under the plan the federal government would issue grants covering three-fourths of all tuition costs with participating states paying the remaining one-quarter of a student’s tuition.  The White House estimates that the program would benefit nine million students annually and save them an average of $3,800 in tuition costs each year.

The White House did not specify where the funds would come from to finance the new program. With a GOP-controlled Congress, it undoubtedly will be very difficult for the President to establish a new massive public program.

While the new plan would seem to be highly beneficial to the educational prospects of African Americans, some Black leaders have expressed a fear that a free community college education will serve to drag down enrollments at four-year historically Black colleges and universities. Many of these schools are struggling financially. If large numbers of Black students opt for the free community college plan, enrollments at these four-year HBCUs might drop significantly