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what we're reading - July 13th, 2015

Julie Leary

Knoxville High School Student Heads to Washington to Talk Diabetes with Congress - (7/11/15)

A Knoxville Catholic High School student Owen Flomberg, 17, is heading to Washington D.C to meet members of Congress and talk about diabetes research and funding. He’s an east Tennessee delegate who is one of about 160 kids going to tell his story, which is not slowing down with this disease. “It hasn’t stopped me from doing anything. I do everything a normal 17 year old would be doing,” said Flomberg. “It’s a real honor because I got chosen out of a lot of people.” Watch the video


High School Students Put Classroom Skills to Work - (7/11/15) 

During the summer, high school kids are usually busy with friends, hobbies, and jobs. But one group of dedicated Central Valley High School Students are keeping a school year extra-curricular going throughout the summer. They are called the Central Valley School District Green Team. The club was started to implement a district-wide recycling program. They've now taken to the outdoors with a community garden aimed at helping students take what they've learned in the classroom and put it to work. Watch the video.


GradNation Summit to be Held to Increase High-School Graduation Rate - Times Free Press (7/12/15)

A little more than 82 percent of students in Hamilton County graduate from high school. This number is a tick above the national average, but the United Way of Greater Chattanooga and the Hamilton County Department of Education want it to increase. The groups are forming a partnership to work to raise the graduation rate, and are hosting a GradNation Summit on July 20 in Chattanooga. Read the full article


The 8 most important Goldman Sachs alumni who left to lead fintech startups - Business Insider (7/10/15)

Falling technology costs and layoffs during the financial crisis created a boom in financial startups after 2008, and increasingly investment bank workers are leaving top firms to join the world of financial technology, or fintech. Goldman Sachs is often seen as top of the tree when it comes to finance, but even their employees are jumping ship to join startups that are trying to kill traditional banking. Read the full article

what we're reading - July 10th, 2015

Julie Leary

How to Save 145,243 Lives with High School Diplomas - Deseret News (7/9/15)

Your high school or college diploma might be doing more than helping you get a job and taking up space in your attic. It could be saving your life. A new study has put a number on how many premature deaths could be avoided when people earn a high school diploma: 145,243. To find this number, researchers at the University of Colorado, New York University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill compared the relative risks of death for people with varying levels of education to the educational attainments all Americans have received, Alia Wong reported for The Atlantic. Read the full article


60 high school students build apps at Samsung Mobile App Academy at University of Miami - Miami Herald (7/9/15)

Sixty South Florida high school students were selected from more than 1,100 national submissions to attend the Samsung Mobile App Academy at the University of Miami this week to learn the skills to prepare for technology careers. Local 11th and 12th grade students took their future in their own hands, and during the weeklong program that ends Friday they learned how to develop mobile applications that will help solve critical issues relevant to their communities. They received hands-on experience with industry experts, Samsung engineers, University of Miami representatives and leading technology professionals from the Miami area. Read the full article


Class gifts a new way of giving for business alumni - FIU News (7/10/15)

At FIU’s 2015 commencement ceremonies, for the first time, many College of Business students are wearing a special cord or stole with their graduation gown to show their support of a new way of giving back: the class gift. “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the university and the College of Business has initiated an effort for each class to make a gift,” said Danielle van der Eijk, chair of the newly formed Business Student Philanthropy Council. “Business students have stepped up, becoming part of a culture of giving.” Read full article

what we're reading - july 8th, 2015

Julie Leary

Noble High Alumni Help Build up Schools Endowment Fund - News OK (7/8/15)

Randy Kersey, a financial adviser and 1980 Noble High School graduate who is now president of the Noble Public Schools Foundation, challenged 50 graduating classes to contribute $1,000 apiece, mostly by appealing to their sense of community. One of the first things Kersey did when he joined the Noble Public Schools Foundation board in 2013 was find out how much money other districts were raising. The numbers were sobering. Read the full article.


More Students Getting College Degrees in High School - USA Today (7/7/15)

More than one-third of Americans have earned a postsecondary degree.Few obtain one as a teenager. But this spring, hundreds — if not thousands — of U.S. students received associate degrees before high school commencements.Brayan Guevara said he made a goal of earning an associate degree by the time he graduated high school. He was a student in Albany, Minn., and attended classes at St. Cloud Technical & Community College, or SCTCC. The native of Colombia said through the state's Post Secondary Enrollment Options program, he earned 66 college credits — a savings of two years and more than $10,000. Read the full article


Andrews' Alumni Plea for Help for the High Point School - Greensboro (7/7/15)

Members of the Andrews High community want school officials to be stricter about allowing students to be reassigned to other schools when they live in Andrews’ attendance zone. They say their school needs some attention and help. More than 100 people — a mix of black and white, alumni, current students and parents — gathered in the school auditorium Tuesday night for a public forum with the Guilford County Board of Education. Most of them wore red, a show of school pride. Read the full article


High School Students Find their MathROOTS at MIT - MIT News (7/8/15)

In a noisy MIT classroom last week, high school students eagerly speculated on the problems they might see in the team math competition they were about to begin. The MIT students serving as the competition’s judges passed out problem sets, shouting pleas for order above the din. Program aims to inspire female and underrepresented minority students to pursue STEM fields. Out of the chaos, teams formed, and Tara Falt, a rising high school junior from Anaheim, California, was soon at the blackboard solving a problem. Read the full article


ACE High School Climate Change Science Program Adopted By US Mayors Conference - Planet Save (7/7/15)

Calling for the “swift implementation” of ACE* climate education in high schools across the country, a bipartisan group of mayors attending the US Conference of Mayors’ annual June meeting took a strong stance against “climate change denialism.” San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and over 250 other mayors passed a resolution adopting High School climate change education.  Read the full article


High school students focus on science at MU - Herald Dispatch (7/8/15)

More than 100 high school students are at Marshall University this week as the university, in collaboration with West Virginia University, hosts its annual Health Science & Technology Academy Summer Institute. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue college degrees in the health sciences. Read the full article