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The pilot alumnus Jamie Effros directed, "ON", is an official selection DC Independent Film Festival! It can be viewed on Saturday, March 9, 3:50-5:20 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Pilot summary: In a near-future world of endless information, we’ve lost the ability to look away. Games, social media, news, and virtual reality all vie for attention, and are all meticulously designed to hold it and not let go. Isaac Walsh is a device addict and brilliant coder in Artificial Intelligence development. But something is happening, either to his mind or to the code itself…
Congratulations to Robert Williams for moving on to the Regional 2019 Northern Virginia Science and Engineering Fair! His project involved finding a way for wet suits to stay warmer longer.
From Robert's paper: "I want to do this project because my family and I are divers and towards the end of our dives we always get cold even with wetsuits, so I would like to find a solution to this."
From Robert's mom, Sarah: "Everything you guys have given as teachers has contributed to his love of learning and figuring things out. Thank you for everything!"
We are so proud of you, Robert!
Hannah Miller, ‘15, TC Williams ‘19, is one amazing Burgundy grad. Hannah has been offered early admission to Georgetown University’s Justice and Peace Studies Program. Although we are told she will likely attend Georgetown, she has a few other exciting opportunities to consider, too! In addition to her remarkable college offer, Hannah is a remarkable citizen and advocate who embodies so much of the Burgundy mission and who makes all who knew her at Burgundy feel very proud.
For example, following the Stoneman-Douglas High School shootings, Hannah co-founded the DC/MD/VA chapter of Students Demand Action, an anti-gun violence group, to honor the victims and demand change, that grew so quickly that they split into three groups: DC, NoVa, Maryland and expanded to ten other area schools!
Hannah currently is doing a two-year AP Research class at TC Williams. It culminates in a massive research paper that is sent to the College Board for scoring and college credit. For her Seminar paper, Hannah wrote about (no surprise) gun violence prevention. She interviewed Congressman Beyer and Senator Kaine and received full AP credit on the paper. This year Hannah chose to write about how the AIDS crisis impacted the way gay people were and are treated, and she’s going to New York very soon for five days of research. She found, contacted, and secured all of the people who are advising her and her paper. One of her advisers was an original founder of ACT UP. Hannah will attend GAG-NY and ACT UP meetings, interview people who were at Stonewall, interview the partners of those who were lost to AIDS, and so on It is a massive project, more like a doctoral dissertation than high school project.
Hannah also teaches piano two afternoons per week so that she can save. Her love of music and dedication to the apprenticeship that allowed her to start teaching came from Burgundy!
Via Hannah’s mom: “Burgundy gave me the confidence I need to be a leader... Today, when I am organizing massive protests against gun violence outside of the White House, members of the press ask me, ‘How can you do all of this at such a young age?’ I always answer that it has to be done, by every one of us, no matter our age. But I know that I can do it because I was never told I could not. The ten years I spent at Burgundy taught me I can. And I will!”
Congratulations to Hannah Miller ’15 on being named a Peacemaker of the Year by the PCMDCB (Pax Christi Metro DC-Baltimore). The organization honors local youth who are working to prevent gun violence and promote peace. She, along with other recipients, will be honored at an awards ceremony later this month. We are so excited for and proud of you, Hannah!
Congratulations to Lindsay Arnold ‘07 on completing her first marathon at the Baltimore Runfest on October 20.
Lindsay is a kindergarten teacher at a public school in NC.
Raven Bolding ‘09 recently had the privilege of honoring Trayvon Martin in a spoken word group tribute at Alfred Street Baptist Church. The group first presented the tribute six years ago. You can view the original presentation here.
Raven is a 2017 graduate of St. John’s University with a bachelor’s in finance. She is currently pursuing a master’s in international peace and conflict resolution at American University. #burgundygrad
Renee Woods Stramel ‘82 works for World Art Group, an art publishing company in Richmond, VA. The company sells artwork all over the world on a wholesale basis to framing companies, furniture companies and big interior design houses. She currently has a piece that was licensed by Anthropologie as a tapestry!
She writes, “Burgundy taught me how to see, but more importantly, it taught me how to be curious. It lets me explore new media and techniques at work and has lead to the innovation and development of new products. I really think it is my most important quality. So much of what I do comes down to basic problem solving and having the skills to think creatively. My constant striving to explore and discover keeps those skills sharp. My curiosity sets me apart in a very competitive world, and that started with being a Burgundy Kid."
For more about Renee and her work, visit www.reneestramel.com/home.
From an opportune meeting in Rome to a conference participant in Zurich, studying author James Joyce has taken Burgundy grad Mikaela Kelley '08 across the globe.
Indeed, in August, Kelley was invited to return to the James Joyce conference as a visiting scholar and attend an annual summer workshop in Zurich. She was also asked to publish a review of the Zurich conference that will be in James Joyce Quarterly.
“Being able to participate in the workshop was a huge honor,” Kelley said. “In one small room, seasoned Joyceans who have dedicated their life to studying his work were seated next to new scholars who have just begun to scratch the surface of his work – me.”
Read more about Mikaela and her work here.
We are so proud of you, Mikaela!
Burgundy grad highlight: Emma Beall ‘09 received her Master's in Public Health from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in May 2018.
Emma also recently began a new position with the City of Alexandria as the Coordinator of the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA) on June 1. Anyone (youth and adults!) interested in learning more about SAPCA or volunteering should contact Emma at email@example.com or 571.302.1022. We are so proud of your accomplishments and work, Emma!
Emma is pictured here (center).
Cassie Cope ‘14 is the recipient of the 2018 The Little Theatre of Alexandria (LTA) scholarship. LTA has been Cassie’s home theater since she began studying voice in second grade and where she has performed as Jacqueline Bouvier (Grey Gardens), Anybodys (West Side Story), and Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables.) The scholarship will be helpful as she heads off to college in 2019!