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SUMMER SIZZLERS

The contingent with Señora Candau in Toledo, Spain

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t’s never too soon for students to begin to fine tune their career expectations. Gilmour Academy offers a Summer Opportunities Program for students in grades eight through 12. Gilmour students can explore public policy debate at the University of Notre Dame or evolutionary biology at Emory University. They can study architecture at Carnegie Mellon University or Pratt Institute, photojournalism at Washington University or what it takes to become a global entrepreneur at Lehigh University. Some have successfully competed for internships at the Cleveland Clinic, ArtWorks and the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Bar Association. Others have elected to serve in programs such as Habitat for Humanity, to shadow a professional or pursue ad-hoc opportunities in companies. “Over the years I have seen students transformed returning from this kind of summer experience,” says Michele Kay, coordinator of learning enhancement at Gilmour. “I view these opportunities as gifts students should give themselves to discover their strengths and weaknesses and their ability to be independent and to grow.” Last year eight Gilmour students ventured to Spain and unraveled the wonders of Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and Toledo. During their two-week

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immersion trip they lived with Spanish families and attended school for half the day. The students learned to dance the Flamenco and to cook Spanish foods, visited the Prado Museum and Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park. “The students learned a lot of Spanish and experienced the European lifestyle according to the Spaniards,” says Upper School Spanish instructor Cynthia Candau, who led the group. Candau, also Department Chair of Classical and Modern Languages, guided the world travelers: Spencer Antunez ’12 an nd Kennedy Ricci, Jacob Saliba, Andrew Benedejciic, Monica Flocken, Tania Saliba and Jessica Wilson from the Class of 2013. Kay begins alerting students in September about the Summer Opportunities Prograam through postings and announcements. “One of the biggest hurdles is getting the students to thiink ahead about what they want to do and to explo ore the opportunities in a timely fashion,” she says. “Some programs are very competitive and d require students to take initiative early in the scho ool year.” Thee guidance counselor sits down with applicants to disscuss their interests and goals and students then co omplete an interest questionnaire. “Some of the

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  
Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012  

Gilmour Academy Magazine Spring/Summer 2012

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