I understand that my fellow musicians and I are ambassadors of the United States, and we have a responsibility to represent our community to the people we visit in Costa Rica. I hope that this experience helps me learn more about the world and what my part is in it.
Denver, CO (Vocus) July 31, 2009
The Alyssa Heberton Morimoto Scholarship was established through a grant from the Pioneer Fund to acknowledge a Denver Waldorf High School (DWHS) student entering grades 10 - 12 for outstanding excellence, either academically or in a special interest outside of school. The first recipient of this scholarship, Mirjam Neyrinck, was awarded the scholarship to enable her to complete her senior year at DWHS. Mirjam was an exchange student from Germany who fell in love with our school, supported Mr. Clark's class in learning circus skills, and inspired everyone who came in contact with her.
This year the high school faculty nominated five students to apply for the Scholarship and established an award committee to review the applications. Three students were awarded the scholarship. Chloe Prendergast will use her award to join a concert tour with a group of advanced violin students from Boulder Suzuki Strings to travel to Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica the group will be performing in schools and small communities, sharing joint musical endeavors with other students and learning about their culture. Chloe said in her application, "I understand that my fellow musicians and I are ambassadors of the United States, and we have a responsibility to represent our community to the people we visit in Costa Rica. I hope that this experience helps me learn more about the world and what my part is in it."
Dylan Baker has been a Parkour and Freerunning enthusiast for many years, creating videos of his work and posting them on the Urban Freeflow Youtube Channel. Parkour is the art of moving through an environment as efficiently and effectively as possibly, using only the physical body, and Freerunning involves a more creative, artistic aspect including flips and twists. The philosophy behind both is that one should always be pushing to get better, while staying within natural limits. Dylan will use his award to train with and learn from fellow traceurs from all over the world, connecting with leaders in the Parkour community, and will bring his new skills back to teach his Colorado colleagues. Says Dylan, "By overcoming obstacles physically and battling with fear mentally, I have become a stronger individual, much more capable of conquering the situations I face in my daily life."
Madison Dezlesky will be using her award to travel to Cambodia, fulfilling her lifelong dream to visit other countries. In her words, "My passion for the world isn't just a hobby or interest, it's my dream, something that motivates me, excites me. I want to spend my life doing all that I can for the world, living in many countries, learning many languages, and meeting many people who will share their cultures with me." While in Cambodia, Madison will teach English to underprivileged children. "My experience in Alabama [during her 8th grade class trip], participating in a non-profit with Rural Studios, built my strong and fervent compassion for people in need and for people that are willing to spend their lives making a difference."
As part of their award, all three candidates are asked to share their experiences with our community. We will be printing stories on their adventures in future newsletters.
The Denver Waldorf School is located in the Congress Park neighborhood and provides a unique and excellent education to students from early childhood through high school. A developmentally appropriate Pre-K/Kindergarten program lays the foundation for Grades 1 - 8, and ultimately prepares the student for an academically rigorous, liberal arts High School experience. In a given day, our students are offered an opportunity for physical movement, academics integrating mathematics, science, humanities and language arts, foreign language, and artistic expression through the musical, performing, practical, and fine arts - all with the intention of developing the whole human being. Our Middle and High School Sports Program as well as class trips and community service orientation provide ample opportunity for students to interact with the outside world. Our 2009 graduates were accepted to the University of Colorado, DU, CSU, as well as Hampshire, Wesleyan, Bennington, Bard, Allegheny, and Knox Colleges to mention a few - many with generous scholarships. Monthly tours begin in September - call or check our website for times to experience a window into this education for yourself.
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