Recently, the HWS Summer Academy held its 11th annual graduation ceremony for Geneva High School students who completed the two-week intensive college prep program. The celebration was attended by faculty, parents and community members who gathered for a presentation of projects completed during the Summer Academy.
Several students were welcomed to the podium to describe classes that had been meaningful to them throughout the program, including “Race and Education” taught by Assistant Professor of Education Khuram Hussain, as well as a course centered on preparing for college and the college application process.
Assistant Professor of Architectural Studies Gabriella D’Angelo, who had led the students through two weeks of architectural planning, showcased student blueprints for a community project. In small groups, the cohort of students designed “Little Free Library” boxes that will be constructed for several of Geneva’s public parks. Two designs were selected by D’Angelo for immediate construction and will be displayed in the community.
For the final part of presentations, students premiered a theatrical production for Associate Professor of English Laurence Erussard’s Literature class. The drama, “Dulcitius” allowed each student to act a specific role in the play concerning the titular Roman governor of Macedonia. Written by Hrovstit in the 10th century, this drama was a key insight to early writings in Latin.
“I have taught in the program of the Summer Academy for 11 years. Each time, it has been the highlight of my summer,” reflects Erussard. “In addition, for the first time, an HWS student was included, and her presence was an asset to the positive dynamics of the group and to the success of the college experience for the participants. I share the excitement of one of the rising 11th graders who said: ‘I can’t wait till next year!'”
The Summer Academy, led by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Program Coordinator Shayne Feinberg, kicked off on June 29. Feinberg and Summer of Service intern Lesly Rivero ’17 distributed certificates of Summer Academy completion.
“It meant the world to me to see these students go through the Academy graduation. I have known so many of them since they were in elementary school and it impressed me to see the pride they took in their accomplishments and appreciation they showed towards everyone who put so much effort into making the program so successful,” says Feinberg. “It was wonderful to see so many families there to support them. I believe they will all seek higher education and do great things with their future.”
The two-week HWS Summer Academy provides Geneva High School students the opportunity to experience college-level content at the Colleges as well as establish valuable connections for college preparation. Founded by Professor of Chemistry Walter Bowyer and funded in part by The Wyckoff Family Foundation and the Office of the President, the Summer Academy has grown from previous enrollment to include a record 20 participants.
More information on the Summer Academy may be found here.