St. Martin’s Episcopal School held its annual Celebration of the Arts Mar. 30-Apr. 2 complete with a student art show and three performances of an abridged version of Disney’s Mary Poppins.  The popular musical was a huge hit and included a variety of musical numbers, a tap piece and performances by the middle school band and chorus.  Middle school students rehearsed for months leading up to this annual event directed by drama instructor Heidi Cline-McKerley with technical direction by Spencer Stephens. 

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A group of students from Dunwoody High School participated in a Spanish immersion program in Seville, Spain. The program involves various trips and cultural excursions. The students also spend time studying for their AP Spanish exams. 

They took classes at a language school in the afternoons. Around their classes there are a lot of activities scheduled. Group activities include Flamenco classes (a popular Andalusian folk dance), a paella cooking class (a traditional Spanish rice dish) and a spa-visit to the beautiful Arabic Baths of Seville.

On Sunday, April 2, the students went to Cádiz, a very old city with a lovely old city center and white sandy beaches. There they took surfing lessons, which they very much enjoyed.

The students took a Flamenco class on Wednesday. After learning a bit about it, they went to see a showing of the dance.

Spanish lessons were held every afternoon in the classrooms of Centro MundoLengua (language school and tour operator) in Seville. So, while learning more about the grammar and vocabulary in a classroom setting, the students are able to take in the unique culture and language by talking with locals on their excursions and during activities.

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Mallory Harris, a UGA Honors Program student from Dunwoody and Dunwoody High School grad, was recently named a Goldwater Scholar, a prestigious national award. Harris, studying in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is pursuing mathematical sciences with a concentration in computational biology.

Harris, a UGA Foundation Fellow, plans to obtain a doctorate in computational biology and aims to conduct research and teach at the intersection of mathematics and biology. After receiving a Ph.D., she hopes to study disease systems at the biochemical and population levels. She wants to develop more accurate diagnostic tests and precisely targeted treatment strategies based on genetic indicators, supporting a shift from reactionary to preventive approaches to epidemiology. 

She is working with professor John Drake in the Odum School of Ecology, studying vector-borne disease forecasting. She also conducts research in associate professor Juan Gutierrez’s Biomathematics Research Group in the Franklin College, integrating multi-omic data sets to understand the pathways affected by malaria infection and treatment in non-human primates.

“To encourage inclusion, I volunteer with MathCounts Outreach and coach an all-girls math team,” Harris said. “In addition to our weekly practices, I arrange activities including a summer book club where the girls served as beta readers for my forays into writing math fiction, providing feedback on the heroine’s mathematical adventures in my novel.” 

Harris is also a communications intern for Girlology, a math and reading tutor at Barrow Elementary School; community coordinator for Women’s Outreach and Resource Group at UGA; a policy think tank participant through the Roosevelt Institute; a grader for the UGA math department; and a CURO Research Assistant. 

Since 1995, 53 UGA students have received the Goldwater Scholarship. 

The scholarship recognizes exceptional sophomores and juniors across the nation. This year, awardees were selected from a field of 1,286 undergraduates who were nominated by campus representatives from 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide. The awardees will receive up to $7,500 toward the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s Black Box Theatre came to life with colorful song, dance, and clever one liners as its MV Allstars performed the musical comedy, The Addams Family. The 16-person cast and crew were more than enough to take the stage by storm, performing five nights to a sold out theatre. Directed by Upper School Drama Director Clark Taylor, the rich and romantic comedy captured the hearts and minds of any individual who dared to enter The Addams Family mansion.

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Congratulations to Chamblee student Manav Mathews for being named by PAGE as a co-winner of Region 3A STAR Student.  In March, Manav was awarded the Alonzo L MocDonald Scholarship as the DeKalb County System level PAGE winner and advanced to the Region where he was named one of 10 co-winners of the STAR student recognition for Region 3A (DeKalb, Fulton, APS, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cherokee, Cobb, Marietta, Buford, and Decatur).  All of the 10 Region winners scored a perfect 1600 on their SATs. This along with other academic criteria is in consideration for the STAR student scholarship and award recognition at the State.

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