Brien McMahon student Michael Tashash recently won second prize in the annual Kemper Memorial Essay contest, sponsored by the Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation. Paul Cantor, president of the Foundation, visited Michael and Principal Koroshetz to award the $250 scholarship. This year’s essay question asked students about what progress has been made in race relations since World War II, and what remains to be done “for our society to fulfill the vision of the Double V campaign that called for victory against fascism abroad and racism at home.” Michael’s essay, “Black Lives and Rights Matter,” was singled by the judges out for its “well-researched history of the progress that has been made from Brown v Board of Education, to the March on Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and for his insights regarding the special role that media and entertainers can play in helping combat racism, so that progress will continue until Dr. King’s dream is realized.” Congratulations Michael!
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Norwalk Teachers Awarded “Golden Ticket” for Summer Learning
In partnership with Norwalk Public Schools, the Norwalk Federation of Teachers, and the Dalio Foundation, Fund for Teachers announced eight Norwalk teachers as recipients of grants totaling more than $34,000. These teachers will embark on summer odysseys spanning North America, South America and Europe. Topics range from researching zero gravity at Cape Canaveral to examining special education and science instruction in Colombia.
The following BMHS teachers have been named the 2015 Norwalk Fellows:
Susan Quatrella, Kelsey Mucrphy, Joseph LaPrad and Diana Manousos.