Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Crossing the Bridge-Dreams Become Reality

The past week has been one of dreams becoming reality. Many of the Bridges students have already received Admission to college. That in and of itself is awesome! However, the Furman family has literally changed two Bridges students' lives by offering admission and one Hollingsworth Scholarship!

Jonathan Riascos-Montoya was awarded the Hollingsworth Scholarship this morning by Jeny Bishop. Jonathan attends Wade Hampton High School. He and his mother are from Colombia. His mom has endured unbelievable things to take care of Jonathan, providing a loving and nurturing environment. She continues to work 12-hour days on the night shift to provide for him. He was awarded a $42,000 financial aid package. His mom said, "This is more than I could make in two years."

After overcoming shock, Jórge Jiménez, a student at Blue Ridge High School cried for 15 minutes after finding out he had been admitted to Furman. Jórge, is one of eight family members. He works 40 hours a week to support his family (literally). He too, has endured unbelievable circumstances to achieve.

I know that Furman is going to be a perfect place for these two young men to grow and develop. Since their first year in Bridges to a Brighter Future, they talked about coming to Furman. This is a dream come true, not only for them, but for their families.

These were the moving words of program director Tobi Swartz. Stay tuned for more good news!

About those scarves, part 2...

So the scarves from last week have finally found a home! Last Friday we took them to the Miracle Hill headquarters on Wade Hampton Blvd, and they will go out to women and children throughout the upstate! Have a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

About those scarves...

Remember the post about Saturday College? Remember those scarves? Well, here a few pictures of the students making them! Tomorrow they will reach their home at Miracle Hill Ministries near downtown Greenville. Miracle Hill sponsors shelters for men, women and children in the Greenville-Spartanburg area, and we are proud to send our students' work to them. More on the delivery as it happens.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A full year of Bridges, part 1

In order to get you closer to the inner workings of a year in the life of the Bridges program, we're going to start at the beginning. Last week the annual educator breakfast was held at Furman University, where guidance counselors and principles from the School District of Greenville County meet to hear from Mrs. Swartz about Bridges. In addition, they were given the nomination forms for the Lambda class! Each year around 80 students are given the chance to apply for Bridges. They are selected by members of the community, guidance counselors and teachers, and students currently enrolled in the program. In the end, only 23-25 will be selected, but right now it's wide open! More on the application and interview process soon.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Counselor Profile-Joel!

A few weeks ago, we asked Joel Leagans, Furman Senior, Counselor and all around nice guy a few questions regarding his experiences with Bridges to a Brighter Future and Furman in general. What follows are his (very candid!) answers:

1. How has Bridges shaped your experiences at Furman? Has it changed your goals or career aspirations? Bridges has been the highlight of my entire Furman experience. I honestly do not know where I would be in life right now if I hadn’t gotten into Bridges. Working at a lumber mill or attending law school are definite, miserable, possibilities. This program made me realize how much I love working with students, and people in general, and that going into education was truly my calling. I switched from pre-law to education because of this program and I have a gut feeling that I am going to be much happier in my life because of it. That moment when you realize what you want to do for the rest of your life is a great feeling that I hope each and every one of you gets to experience. Getting good grades and attending college all open the doors to different possibilities and opportunities that can put you in places you never thought possible. That is what Bridges is all about.

2. Since you've been a counselor for 2 summers, how has your experience changed from year to year?
I was not as "on the ball" the [first] summer as I wished I could have been. Coming into the summer I really didn’t know what to expect or how to handle a lot of the situations I would be faced with. Training was good but nothing can replace experience. My first summer was much more challenging and I don’t believe I stepped up to the plate like I should have. I wasn’t as involved in the day to day activities of the students and just not their for them like I would later wish I had been.
This summer was amazing and probably perfect. The fact that nobody went home almost speaks for itself. Every single one of the counselors contributed something to the overall success of the program and worked as a cohesive unit for the whole month. I personally felt like I put all of myself into the summer as I could as well. I am extremely proud of everything that the students and counselors accomplished and hope that this will serve as a good foundation for the future of the program.

3. What's your favorite thing about Bridges? The most challenging?
my favorite thing would have to be the last night when everybody mends bridges, lets it all out and says goodbye. The last night is when everything really comes together and we recognize what the students have accomplished.
The most challenging thing was my first summer figuring out how to balance discipline with being a friend. I didn’t realize that I could discipline relentlessly and still be the students friends until my second year so that first summer I probably chose to be a friend before being the person in charge which was a hindrance at times.

We'll hear more from Joel in 2007. More to come!

Finished in 2006

Last Saturday marked the last Saturday College of 2006, and so far it has been a resounding success! Well over half of the Bridges students have made it to every Saturday College, and the tutoring and team building workshops have helped them stay focused and excited for next year's Bridges experience. In addition, the group got the chance to make scarves as a community service project. These scarves are headed into the Greenville community, and we'll keep you posted on their final destination. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

PFC Santiago Diez

Santiago Diez graduated from Bridges to a Brighter Future in July 2005. His last summer in the program was challenging. I remember having several discussions with his father regarding Santiago's behavior and decisions. Looking back, Santiago was simply going through the unsettling teenage years. It was that summer he announced he would join the United States Marine Corps after high school graduation. We all were not sure if we should believe him. There were those who thought he was joking and those who thought it would be good for him. I was one of those who thought it would be good for him.

Therefore, I was excited last week when I heard his voice on the other end of the phone. He had just graduated from the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island, S.C. Immediately I could tell he was a new man! The first obvious difference was his use of "yes ma'am." He used it often and with respect. We immediately made plans to see each other in person.

Santiago stepped out of his car dressed in uniform! I remembered back to over a year ago when he was an unsure young man who cut up in class. And there he was, dressed from from head to toe with purpose. Not only was he dressed with purpose, but he spoke with purpose. Santiago and I talked for an hour about how the Marines Corps changed him. He talked about the great challenges he encountered during 16 weeks of basic training and how those challenges created in him, a new man. He spoke of teamwork, commitment and purpose.

PFC Diez has now moved on to Marine Combat Training at Camp Lejune, NC. He said that for over 20 days, he will sleep in a tent and will go through more grueling training. After combat training, he will go to Pensacola, Florida for Aviation Training. He hopes to further his career in the Marines working in aviation and expects to be deployed to Okinawa, Japan.

We are so proud of you Santiago and are proud of your commitment to serve our country!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Dee Dee: The Road Less Traveled By

In his famous poem The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost wrote:

...I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Dee Dee Allen, a student at Berea High School, is taking the one less traveled by. I had the pleasure of spending the day with Dee Dee and Lauren Whitner (a Bridges student from TRHS) on Monday. They had the day off from school, so we traveled to Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC to take a campus tour and meet with faculty. Both are Seniors and have been interested in Winthrop for quite some time. Spending the day with Dee Dee, reminded me of the Robert Frost poem.

Two Roads Diverged in a Wood
I have said this before about Dee Dee and I will say it again in writing, she is a special student! I have not met a student who possess quite the same mixture of talents. She is charismatic, smart, creative, funny, and lovable. She makes light of many things in her life, except for one, academic success. Academic success is very important to Dee Dee. One may not immediately know that about her because she puts up a front that is quite convincing. However, to those who know her best, knows that school is a priority. In a student culture where being smart is not cool, Dee Dee has stood in front of divergent roads and been challenged to decide.

I Took The One Less Traveled By
Dee Dee was recently selected to attend a Creative Writing class at the Greenville County Schools Fine Arts Center. This was quite an accomplishment. She had to apply, interview, and was the only student selected from her school for creative writing and is the only African-American in this class at the fine arts center. I was not surprised by the accomplishment because I have witnessed her creativity in writing for three years at Bridges. She has written many poems during Bridges that hit you right at the core. The road less traveled by...

And That Has Made All The Difference
By taking the road less traveled by, Dee Dee has allowed herself to experience aspects of life she may not otherwise. Dee Dee has a tough exterior that serves as protection from many influences. However, very smartly, she knows when to soften. This softening has allowed her to take the road less traveled by and open herself up to new experiences. Being in Bridges facilitated much of this evolution. This has made all of the difference as she begins to realize her goal of going to college and majoring in graphic design.

The Bridges Leadership Team. Dee was instrumental in leading this team. She is pictured here, left to right: (f) Lauren Whitner, Maria Negrete, Janet Uribe, (b) Jorge Jimenez, Dee Dee Allen, Jonathan Riascos-Montoya.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Five Bridges Students Selected for the Inaugural Class of Youth Leadership Greenville

Five Bridges to a Brighter Future students were recently selected to participate in Youth Leadership Greenville! Daphnie Glenn (Riverside), Luis Gonzales (Greenville), Hillary Rampey (Woodmont), Rosa Rivera (Berea), and Damaris Taylor (Greenville), are participants in Class I.

The mission of Youth Leadership Greenville is to engage the youth of Greenville County in a series of classroom and practical learning experiences designed to develop, cultivate and nurture their leadership potential and to get them engaged in Greenville’s future.

The program participants are selected from among students who are highly motivated and potential leaders within their school communities. The program of study will challenge these students to become more aware of, examine and respond to the social and economic needs of the Greenville community.

This year’s class of 32 rising high school juniors represent 13 high schools in Greenville County, including Greenville Charter High School. The program for this year’s class will include sessions on the history of Greenville, healthcare and human services, quality of life in Greenville, and law enforcement and local government. In addition to these topics, the students will also participate in workshops covering college and career selection, leadership skills development, and how they can make a difference in their community.

We are extremely proud of these young people selected to participate in Youth Leadership Greenville!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Saturday College a Success!

History was made on Saturday, September 23rd as 49 Bridges students attended the first SATURDAY COLLEGE! 74% of continuing Bridges students attended this optional program geared toward enhancing the four-week summer program by providing year-round academic and personal support.

Students recieved tutoring in all academic subjects and participated in a goal setting (10th and 11th graders) or college planning (12th graders) workshop. They also ate lunch at the newly renovated Furman Dining Hall! Students also enjoyed spending time with each other, the counselors, and faculty.

15 Furman students volunteered at Tutors. The majority of those tutors are Teacher Fellows at Furman University. Thank you Teacher Fellows! Another important group of volunteers were the Bridges 2006 Summer Counselors. 11 of the 12 counselors will assist with Saturday College throughout the year. The counselors were there all day Saturday serving as tutors, coordinators, and activity specialists! Thank You! Bridges Faculty are also involved with Saturday College as tutors and supporters. Many thanks to Mr. Choplin, Miss Turza, Mr. Martin, Mrs. King, and Mr. and Mrs. Grills!

Saturday College is being coordinated by Casey Crisp. Casey is a Bridges graduate, Furman student, and served as a Bridges counselor in 2006. She did a great job planning the first Saturday College!

Here are pictures from our first Saturday College!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Bridges on the Radio!

In June, Bridges to a Brighter Future was featured on the Public Radio program, Speaking of Schools. Miss Brittany Morgan and Mr. Jorge Jimenez represented Bridges to a Brighter Future. They were phenomenal!

Click here to hear the radio show!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Catching up with the Students, Part 1

Today we begin a new series of posts about the lives of Bridges graduates in college and beyond. Our first student is Luis Arrieta, who graduated from Bridges 3 years ago. He is entering his junior year at Belmont Abbey College, and he plays on the soccer team. Be sure to read about his successful experience and important plays here!
We asked Luis several questions about his Bridges experience. Here's what he had to say:

What impact do you think Bridges has had on your college experience?
It had a great impact in the fact that it prepared me as well as anybody could be prepared for my freshman year. The classes, the independence, everything that Bridges teaches you is pretty much the same things I encountered my freshman year. I'm very proud to be a Bridges alumni.

How are you doing academically?
Right now I'm doing pretty good even though is a little hard to juggle between soccer and school. I have a 3.2 GPA, and I have declared my major in International Business with a minor concentration in Accounting.

What advice would you offer current Bridges students?
I would tell you guys to enjoy it as much as possible and to soak in and take advantage of all the opportunities that bridges has to offer. I remember my high school years as being part of Bridges. Even today, every summer I wonder how would it be to be back. Also, the friendships. I met people there that have influenced my life so much and I know that they will be my friends for the rest of my life.

What would you like to brag about?
My life. I think I'm a very lucky person. I get to go to school do what I love that is playing soccer. I'm enjoying my college years, I love my major, what can I say, I want to brag about being happy.

We are very glad that Luis has kept in touch, and we hope that his future continues to be full of bright and wonderful things! Stay tuned!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Banquet pictures!

At the end of each summer, professional photographer Charles Register comes to take pictures of the Bridges banquet. This summer was no different, and we now have some of his pictures to share!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Saturday College

Thanks to a grant from the Jolley Foundation (see the newsletter for more), the Bridges to a Brigther Future Saturday College program is just about to start! Some of you may be wondering what this expansion of Bridges is all about. To shed some light on this exciting new initiative, we once again turn to the words of program director Tobi Swartz:

The Bridges to a Brighter Future Saturday College is an expansion of the current four-week summer program. Although the current summer residential program makes a significant difference in these students’ lives, Bridges finds it increasingly difficult to overcome the difficulties that these students face daily. As negative influences increase, so does the need for consistent and ongoing support. Saturday College will provide much-needed year-round reinforcement and services. The Saturday College program will consist of nine meeting dates held once a month throughout the year at Furman University. Each session will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. Our goals are to further increase students’ academic and personal success; keep students focused on the goals they have set for themselves; and to identify student challenges as they develop, in order to provide opportunities for intervention before problems magnify and become insurmountable. These goals will be met by providing:
· Intensive tutoring in:
o Math (Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus and Calculus);
o English (Writing, Grammar, Essays, Research Reporting, etc.);
o Social Studies (Reading Comprehension, Memorization, Writing, etc.); and
o Science (Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science)
· Academic success and college planning workshops such as:
o Time Management, Study Skills, Effective Test Preparation, and Note-taking Strategies; and
o Completing College Applications and Financial Aid, Writing College Essays, and Determining the Right College Fit.
· Mentoring by Furman and community leaders:
o The Saturday College will provide a consistent location and time to establish mentoring relationships. Mentors will be invited to lunch each Saturday.
· Emotional support and strengthened friendships with Bridges classmates and staff.

This program is the largest expansion in the history of Bridges. Saturday College starts in just one month, so stay tuned for more information as it gets closer.

Friday, August 18, 2006

The E-Connector!

The first issue of our new newsletter, the E-Connector is here! The newsletter has all sorts of information not contained in the blog or the website:
Check it out here
We hope you enjoy the read, and stay tuned for more next week!

Both Sides of the Bridge-Casey Crisp

Casey Crisp (pictured right) is a Bridges graduate who has come full circle: she not only attends Furman as a student, but she works as a counselor for Bridges! We asked Casey a few questions about this transition, and Bridges in general. Here is the complete text of the interview:

1. What was your experience like as a student at Bridges? Did it help you in deciding to come to Furman?
I think Bridges had a huge impact on my decision to come to Furman. I loved this atmosphere and the helpfulness of everyone. Bridges also helped to open up my eyes to the possibility of coming to Furman financially.

2. Has your furman experience lived up to your expectations?
Absolutely. Furman is a very different place from the inside looking out than it was as a community member, but I've enjoyed seeing the aspects of Furman that I had not experienced as a Bridges student, such as the student body, professors, and academic challenges.

3. What made you decide to work as a counselor?
When I reflect back on my Bridges experience, I often think of my counselors and how they impacted my life. I wanted to do that for the current Bridges students. I wanted to be that person that they could depend on for support and encouragement.

4. What is it like working with Mrs. Swartz first as a student, then as a staff member?
VERY DIFFERENT!! I never realized how much energy and concern she put into this program until I was on the other side. Of course I knew she cared about the students and was always very supportive of each of us, but I did not see the careful thought and love that she put into each decision to make sure this program was the absolute best it could be. I developed a whole new respect for her and the work that she puts into her job- she's amazing!

5. How is Bridges different as a counselor? It's completely different. I have completely new responsibilities and concerns. It really made me wish that I would have been even more grateful for everything Bridges provided for me as a student. It's amazing to see all of the behind the scenes of the program that I could have never imagined as a student. There are so many people who care about this program and the students.

6. How has Bridges impacted your life?
Bridges provided me with opportunities I would not have had anywhere else. I was opened up to a whole new world of diversity and challenges. The Bridges students remind me each day that anything is possible, because they continue to amaze me with their strength, hard work, and determination to achieve their dreams.

7. You're working as the studnet coordinator for Saturday College this year. how did that come about?
Mrs. Swartz presented me with the opportunity to work in the Saturday College program and this position seemed to be a good fit. We are in the process of getting some great things planned and I really believe this is going to make a tremendous impact on the Bridges program.

8. Would you like to work as a counselor again?
Absolutely!! This was the best summer job I've ever had. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my summer than working with 70 amazing high school students.

Look for part of this interview, along with much more, on the newsletter-coming soon!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

More Information about Subscribing

After only a few days of our new subscription service, a small problem has come up: the email used to confirm your subscription is blocked by some spam filters! So be sure to check your filtered emails if the subscription email doesn't come up immediately. Thanks, and happy subscribing!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Now you can Subscribe!

We've just opened up another feature on the Bridges blog! If you look at the links on the right, you'll notice a spot to enter your email address-that option lets you get email updates everytime the blog is updated. This is a great way to stay in touch with the happenings in Bridges, and it goes straight to your email inbox.
Stay tuned!


After a year or more of inactivity, the Bridges to a Brighter Future website is being renovated! Work on the page isn't quite finished, but most of the information reflects the current state of the program. You can access the site by using the link to the right, or by clicking on this link:
In other news, look for a post detailing the new Saturday College program later this week, as the Greenville County School year gets started. Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Another blog!

The blogging community at Furman just keeps getting bigger and bigger! The Emerging Public Leaders program, run through the Riley Institute on campus, gives students from all over the US a chance to have an impact in their community. Their blog has words from the students, as well as pictures from their week long residential camp at Furman. The address is:
We hope you'll check it out! Look for a HUGE announcement this week!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Stay tuned!

In the coming weeks, big things are happening in Bridges! When school resumes in a few weeks, we'll be ready to begin preparing the Saturday College program. Also, in the next few weeks, the newsletter for Fall of 2006 will be ready to go, and we will give everyone an opportunity to obtain a copy of the newsletter, not to mention a chance to preview the newsletter here first! We'll be back next week, but first here's another picture from camp!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Student poetry part 1!

Remember Glenis Redmond's stay at Bridges during the 2nd week? (if not, you can check out the July 2006 archives for more details) Well, as a result of this collaboration, we have some poems to showcase, and many more put together in an anthology for the students! Here are a few samples:
The Kappa class wrote recipe poems, and here's one-

A recipe you’ll never forget.
Ashley Jenkins
1 cup of my ancestors picking cotton in the hot southern fields.
2 teaspoons of their tears being washed away by their bloody hands.
1 pinch of our ancestors fighting for freedom.
A dash of hope and faith engraved in my heart by my mother, by teaching me that being a black woman made my spirit stronger, and more willing to fight, while she put her macaroni and cheese into the oven as I helped her flour the chicken.
1 drop of tolerance for all of my black and hispanic brothers and sisters who have been mentally and physically abused, because of our darker skin.
A handful of freedom for everyone touched by these calming words.
Baking Instructions-
Mix all of this into the minds of others and bake it by showing actions of tolerance, giving hope and faith to others, and spreading freedom to everyone you touch.

and here's another recipe:

Ashley Tapperson
The recipe for a better world is as easy as it gets
But to make sure you understand, I’ll break it into little bits
A cup of peace is what we need to make the world go round
For all of us to get along with everything we surround
Two teaspoons of love, to sugar up our lives
Embrace even your enemies, give them the longing to survive
A pinch of troubles, inner conflict with yourself
To overcome, build character and bring your spirit wealth
A dash of imagination will throw adventure into everyone
Let’s sink below the ocean floor, or travel to the sun
A drop of dreams to strive for and hold your head up high
To achieve above and beyond and reach into the sky
A handful of faith to keep our hearts alive
Not to be afraid, but to go ahead and dive
Mix it all together, make a smiling face
Go ahead and be different, every kind of race!

one more about home:

Tacloban, Philippines
Neizel Songalia
Born in a small island where coconuts dominate
Burned by the rays of the sun, but cooled by the clash of the waves
Alarmed with natures golden invincible music
Awakened by the sudden gleam of the goddess light
untrapped by the eyes
Sudden rush through the door to say good-bye to my mom,
I wave a memorable goodbye to hope she’ll be alright
And so I go on, breakfast is eaten, the clock ticks in a beat,
and I wait for the real treat.
My heart beats with the clock, beating and beating, my ears
Participate and tell me they’re here.
Continuous laughter, continuous running, I became a princess,
I became a mom
I fell but I went back up with no concerns, but wounds
continually appeared but disappearingly healed
We hit a can with a shoe, we froze each other by a tapping touch
We made our own territory, we conquered each others base
We climbed a tree for tropical fruits, we ended up on top of the roof,
Turning into a new world where miniature flowers became our food.
I became a bird, I became doctor, I became a patient, and
I was thought to be dead.
With the powerful ball of light keeping our surroundings suspected and
And the rays directed to our diamond fantasies
This was my childhood in Tacloban, Philippines
A time where imagination was in full content.

Look for more soon!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Something new!

One of the things that comes with the end of another year of Bridges is a great deal of pictures! With so many pictures, we decided to change the hall display in the office to reflect the new and exciting things happening in the program. Here are a few of the new pictures:

Look for student poetry later this week!

Some words from the banquet

After a week's vacation at the office, things are back in motion! Almost all of the supplies are organized, and DVD copies of the video slideshow have gone out to the students, but the work is never finished in preparing for the next year of Bridges! In the coming weeks, we'll be updating the blog with student poetry, art, and more information about Saturday College...and of course more pictures! But first, here is an excerpt from Mrs. Swartz's closing remarks to the Thetas at the banquet, on the theme of love:

Now, I as I look out at you, I don’t see those people from three years ago. I don’t see the glasses, braces, insecurity, fear, or doubt.

As I look at YOU, I see, I feel, I think, and I touch LOVE. Not that fluffy, fake, kind of, ‘I love because I have to love you” love.

But love that grows over time.

Love that comes from seeing you at your lowest low and witnessing you crawl you way back up to your highest high.

Love that comes from sharing your heart breaks and your triumphs. This kind of love is AGAPE love,

Agape is one of several Greek words meaning, “love.” Agape is love that is:
· divine,
· unconditional,
· self-sacrificing,
· active,
· thoughtful, love.

I feel this when I look at you, all of you.

But my question for tonight is, “Do you feel this when you look within yourself?” Do you feel that Agape love? Is the love for yourself unconditional?

It is hard to love yourself unconditionally when the world around you only shows conditional love.

If you clean the house-you get love.

If you get good grades-you get love.

If you are pretty-you are loved.

If you do exactly what is expected-you are loved.

If you have the right clothes-you are loved.

If you drive the right car-you are loved.

This is conditional love-you get it based on what you do. So we grow up thinking that no one can love use unless we do something for them to deserve the love. Many people in our lives say, “I love you” and then reject you the next day.

The thing is, that we are so used to this conditional love that when someone loves us unconditionally, we believe it can’t be true. We think and we know that this is just going to be one more person that let’s us down. But I am here to tell you tonight that I won’t let you down, Bridges won’t let you down and we will always love you.

But loving you, it is not enough for you to succeed. Theta’s, I am here to tell you that LOVE, Agape love, unconditional love, whatever you want to call it LOVE, it comes from you first.

You have to love yourself unconditionally first before you can receive or give love to someone else.

Unconditional love is an unlimited way of being. Loving yourself unconditionally will remove so many barriers from you life. It is a dynamic, powerful energy that lifts us through the most difficult times.

Knowing that if all else fails and you are left standing alone, you still have YOU. You still have that powerful unconditional love that will get you through.

So, stop seeking love in all of the wrong places. You can’t get unconditional love from someone else, if it doesn’t start in you first.

I know without any doubt in my mind that you will each go forth and do great things.

It was a very powerful speech, and it still resonates clearly, several weeks after the program has ended. Look for picutres from out new hall display later today!

Friday, July 21, 2006

Award Winners!

With the week drawing to a close, let's take a look at some of the award winners from last week's banquet:

Valedictorians, for academic excellence and service in and out of the classroom:
Ne'Kosha Flanningan
Jonathan Riascos

Humanitarian Award, for excellence in service and friendship throughout the program:
Maria Negrete
Jorge Jimenez

Chandler-Huse Scholarship winner-a 1000 dollar scholarship for the student's first year at the college of their choice:
Lauren Whitner

Teacher of the Year:
Mr. Bernard Frost

Senior Superlatives also went out to the Thetas, and they looked something like this:
Funniest-Tenealya Littlejohn and Long Huang
Friendliest-Thanh Ho-le and Jorge Jimenez
Most Likely to Succeed-Maria Negrete, Ne'Kosha Flanningan and Jonathan Riascos
Best Smile-Janet Uribe and Osita Obi
Best Dressed-Lashawnda Harkness and Hernan Ochoa
Best All Around-Charnele Handy and Jonathan Riascos

A peek at the closing comments coming soon!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

More Pictures!

The last batch of pictures are here! (This set has some from week 3 that were too good to pass up!)

Look for more updates later in the week!