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SUMMER 2013 NEWSLETTER GRAD Surpasses $1 Million in Scholarship Awards L to R: Natalie Wais, Melissa Montag, Stephanie Morton (WHUHS), Michael Turner (Taft), David Hoguet, Charles Powers, Cheryl Nunez, Darlene Kamine, and Helen Habbert present the scholarship check. Photo credit: Kim Dye

“Look where you want to be, envision it and achieve it,” encouraged guest speaker Curtis Mimes to the 32 2013 GRAD Scholars at the annual Scholars Reception at Cincinnati State on Friday, May 17th. Only a year ago, Mimes was sitting in their place as a 2012 GRAD Scholar at Taft. In the fall, he will be a Sophomore at University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering. At the event, GRAD Cincinnati awarded $105,500 in scholarships to seniors from the 2013 graduating classes at Western Hills University High School (WHUHS) and Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School (Taft). This class of Scholars joins over 270 other students who have been awarded the GRAD Cincinnati Scholarship since 2006. In the past eight years, GRAD Cincinnati has awarded over $1 million in scholarships and helped identify millions of dollars in additional resources to help students afford college and achieve their dreams. This year alone, GRAD has helped our Scholars identify more than $604,000 in financial aid, scholarships and grants. Thirty Scholars plan to go on to college in the fall and two prepare to enter

the military with future plans of attending college. WHUHS student speaker, DaNesha Bell, told her fellow scholarship recipients to always remember who inspired them to persist through their high school career. Bell reached graduation day because of the hard work and tenacity she put into her education, but she is thankful for all the help she received along the way from her teachers and the GRAD staff. GRAD Cincinnati Board member, Cheryl Nunez, gave best wishes to the 2013 scholarship recipients telling them to “remember that college is a journey, but you will always find your way back home to GRAD.” By awarding the students these scholarships, GRAD Cincinnati is supporting these students’ futures. Before awarding the students their scholarships, the Board shouted, “We’re investing in you!” To be eligible to receive the GRAD Cincinnati scholarship, throughout their high school careers, students must have maintained a 93% attendance rate, achieved a minimum 2.5 grade point average, participated in two GRAD Cincinnati Summer Institute programs, and graduate in four years.


A Letter from the Executive Director.

Honoring Peter and Mary Levin at the Founders Award Banquet.

Congratulations to the 2013 GRAD Scholars!

Destination: Success After School Program End of Year Showcase.

A Taste of College.

A Look at our Elementary Programs.

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Thank you and congratulations to the runners and walkers who participated in Flying Pig events (5K, 10K and full marathon) to support GRAD Cincinnati on May 4th and 5th. Through fundraising efforts, these dedicated athletes helped raise over $1,500. A special thank you to Miles That Matter for training and support!



A Letter from the Executive Director. Summer Greetings, Friends! At GRAD Cincinnati, we are driven by our vision to help more first generation students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds graduate from high school and college. On behalf of the GRAD Board of Directors and myself, we would like to thank our staff, parents, university partnerships, donors, and community partners for supporting us in opening up new pathways so that our students can have a brighter future. As you read through our summer newsletter, you will see that our many partners and supporters came together to reinforce the work of GRAD Cincinnati. Together we ensure that our students have academic enrichment and college awareness activities, parent involvement and the strong community support that is needed to help them graduate from high school and pursue a college education. A special thanks goes out to Cincinnati Public Schools for the strong partnership we have had since 2001. CPS’ support continues to help us serve over 3,500 students per year to be ready to succeed in college and career. We would not be able to accomplish all we do without the help of our many wonderful partners and supporters. We are thankful for the loyal support we have, but we are always looking for additional volunteers and partners to join the GRAD family. If you would like an opportunity to take a more active role in supporting our students, please feel free to contact us!

First grade teacher reading I Know I Can Go to College to her students at Ethel M. Taylor Academy.

Thank you for a great school year and we look forward to your continued support in the 2013-14 school year.


Executive Director, GRAD Cincinnati Bearcat Buddies tutor helping students with their work at Rees E. Price Academy.

2013 Western Hills graduates with GRAD Resource Coordinator, Angela Campbell Harris. Photo credit: Kim Dye

Honoree Peter Levin sharing a moment with Executive Director Patricia Stewart-Adams at the 2013 Founders Award Banquet. Photo credit: Kim Dye


Founders Award Banquet Honors Peter and Mary Levin

Honoree, Peter Levin (center), receiving the award from Executive Director, Patricia Stewart-Adams (left), and Board President , David Hoguet (right). Photo credit: Kim Dye

The 3rd Annual Founders Award Ban- careers and how it prepared them for the quet was held on Thursday, April 18th at challenges of college. They are also the Maketewah Country Club. 160 guests thankful for the support of donors like the were in attendance to help us honor long- Levin's who supported GRAD and their time supporters, Peter and the late Mary high school education. Levin. We honored the commitment of This has been the most successful the couple and their continuous contribu- Founders Award Banquet to date. In total, tions to GRAD Cincinnati’s scholarship the event raised close to $50,000 to help program and other school-based pro- support GRAD. The event was a lovely grams including the yoga club at West- evening to celebrate the life of Mary Levern Hills University High School. The in and to thank the Levin’s for the countevent included a reception, silent auc- less hours dedicated to GRAD and the tion, dinner and program. financial support they have given to our The program was emceed by WLWT scholarship program. news anchor Courtis Fuller. A short vidPast Founders Award Honoree, Chad eo tribute to the couple was produced by Wick spoke highly of Peter Levin saying CET. In the video, Anne DeLyons spoke “He is interested in contributing and makabout her parents’ ability to work well as ing life better for others. He is out there a team: her dad as the big picture, strate- doing the work himself, not just standing gic thinker, her mom as the worker bee on the sidelines.” who got things done for GRAD. Anne’s husband, Ron, also spoke of the couple’s passion for GRAD and our students. Cincinnati City Council member, PG Sittenfeld, proclaimed April 18, 2013 Peter and Mary Levin Day in the City of Cincinnati. Two Western Hills alumni who currently attend University of Cincinnati, Whitney Hollingsworth and Alex Shelton, spoke about how thankful they are for all the help GRAD gave them Members of the GRAD Cincinnati Board at the 2013 throughout their high school Founders Award Banquet. Photo credit: Kim Dye


Thank You to the 2013 Founders Award Banquet Supporters! Presenting Sponsor David Hoguet Greystone Investment Management LLC US Bank Supporting Sponsor Patricia Stewart-Adams Pitcher, Enders & Drohan CPA's Inc. Table Host/Hostess Bartlett & Co. Charles and Darlene Kamine KnowledgeWorks Foundation Melissa Montag Project Yoga The Center for Closing the Health Gap Special Tributes Alphonse Gerhardstein dunnhumby USA Friedlander Family Fund Helen Habbert James Miller Jean Wyman Karen Wachs Kate Levin Nancy Gladstone Penny Friedman Ron DeLyons In-Kind Supporters Powers Agency Maketewah Country Club Thank you to the many businesses and individuals who donated to our Silent Auction.

Jarren Barber, Northern Kentucky University

RayQel Bradley, University of Cincinnati

Earl Danzy, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Jamaika Floyd, Kentucky State University

Congratulations 2013 GRAD Cincinnati Scholars! Jaelyn Barfield, University of Cincinnati

DeNesha Bell, University of Cincinnati

Caleb Booker, Army Reserves/University of Cincinnati

Danielle Huffaker, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Christopher BurseWooten, Central State University

Zipporah Fant, University of Toledo

Ashley Cooper, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

TieChay Ferguson, Morehead State University

Dominique Jackson, University of Cincinnati

Belinda Kemetse, University of Cincinnati

Hannah Kestermann, University of Cincinnati

Destiny McClure, Bowling Green State University

R’Kasia Ramsey, University of Cincinnati

Willie Love, The Ohio State University

Sarah Melford, Miami University

Keir Sims, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Shylah Mason, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Christiana Mitchell, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash

Zaire Sims, The Ohio State University

Dametra Vance, Good Samaritan College of Nursing

Chanikka Welch, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Leon White, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Not Pictured: Asiana Knox-Allen, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Tamara Lebron, University of Cincinnati

Onadeja Matthews, United States Navy

Siara Myrick, The Ohio State University

Adrienne Smith, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash or Northern Kentucky University

Kayla Scott, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Photo credit: Kim Dye



High School Students Get a Taste of College On the overnight college bus tour April 11th-12th, 30 students from Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School and Western Hills University High School visited University of Rio Grande, Marshall University, and Shawnee State University. These high school students received firsthand experience of college campuses they may not have been able to visit without the help of GRAD. They toured the campuses, ate in the dining halls, and learned about the different majors, extracurriculars and opportunities for financial aid available. This experience helped these students realize college is not only a possibility, but a reality. Overall, the students had a great time and learned a lot about the college campuses. These students will be better prepared to make decisions when the time comes to apply to colleges.

Destination: Success After School Program End of Year Showcase GRAD provides students at Western Hills University High School with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of after school programs to gain new skills and have fun with their peers. At the End of the Year Showcase on May 7th, students had the opportunity to display what they learned or worked on throughout the year. The clubs presenting projects included: Robotics Club, Cooking Club, M.O.R.E. (Men Organized Respectful and Educated), A.W.A.K.E. (Adolescent Women Attaining Knowledge and Empowerment), Key Club, Student Ambassadors, and the Outdoor Adventure Club. The school choir, along with the dance and drama classes also performed during the showcase. Project F.A.B. (Fashion and Beyond) Club, held a fashion show to display the clothing designs they put together. Parents, friends and staff attended the event to see the students’ accomplishments in the after school programs.

College Awareness Days at Taylor To promote and encourage a college going culture in the school, Ethel M. Taylor Academy hosted College Awareness Week May 20th to 24th. The goal of the week was to make these young students aware of the importance of going to college and provide them with opportunities to begin thinking about their futures and realize that college is a real possibility. Throughout the week, teachers spoke about their own college experiences and inspired students to start thinking about their college and career plans. Photos of each class were taken for a display in the main hallway that shows that all these students are ‘College Bound.’ (pictured above). Classroom doors throughout the building were decorated with student work reflecting the importance of going to college, college decorations, and students’ college aspirations and future goals. GRAD staff and invited guests judged the doors and rewarded the winning classrooms prizes. This event is similar to the College Awareness events that take place at our high schools.



Bearcat Buddies Wrap Up the Spring Semester

Team members Amber Dunn, Ta'Veauna Lakes-Tautm, and India Richardson with teacher Carolyn Powers. Bearcat Buddies at Hays-Porter School.

Bearcat Buddy at Rees E. Price Academy.

As the Spring semester of the Bearcat Buddies has come to an end, we thank the 318 wonderful tutors from the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Community Engagement who volunteered their time to help our students learn. These tutors spent 13 weeks with their Buddies for a combined 4,959 total hours served over 3,164 total tutoring sessions. For the 2012-13 school year as a whole, 472 Bearcat Buddies volunteered 8,230 hours over 5,229 sessions in 23 weeks of tutoring. We are very fortunate to have this partnership and such great support from these UC students in our schools!

Taylor Students Take Second Place in Capstone Showcase A team of sixth grade students from Ethel M. Taylor Academy came in second place in the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Common Core Capstone Showcase held May 17th at GE Aviation’s B.H. Rowe Learning Centre. As part of the adoption of the Common Core, CPS requires year-end crosscurriculum, multimedia capstone projects for grades 4 through 8.

Students in every CPS school prepared virtual presenElementary Parent Night Events tations to compete in this conOur Parent Make-It/Take-It Night events in March and test judged by GE employees April drew great support from parents who came to find from around the world. 46 new ways to help their children learn at home, especially teams in grades 6 through 8 over the summer months. were chosen to present their During these parent nights, final projects; winners were our coaching staff provided chosen at the Showcase. parents with fun, educational The Taylor team used what games to play with their chilthey learned throughout the year dren to promote learning outto research and create a fictional side of the classroom that are country called Tavindiamber inexpensive and easy to set that everyone would want to up. These nights were also an Coaching staff at Rees E. move to because of its clean air opportunity for parents to Coaching staff at Roll Hill Price Academy showing parand water, comfortable homes, ents games they can play with learn about the Bearcat Bud- School handing out summer plentiful food, and democratic dies tutoring their student reading lists at Parent their children at home. Teacher Conferences. government. receives during the day. Bearcat Buddies helping students with games at Make-It/Take-It Night at Roll Hill School.

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A Fond Farewell to Dr. Stephanie Morton!

Executive Director, Patricia Stewart-Adams, Principal, Dr. Stephanie Morton, and Resource Coordinator, Angela Campbell Harris at Western Hills 2013 graduation. Photo credit: Kim Dye

It is with much sadness that Western Hills University High School Principal Dr. Stephanie Morton has decided to retire. Her presence and leadership will be missed. Dr. Morton has been a strong supporter of GRAD Cincinnati over the past several years. Under her leadership, WHUHS has flourished academically and many strong partnerships have formed, especially with GRAD. These partnerships have brought a school based health care center, a 21st Century grant to

support after school programs, and a Community Learning Center that has been recognized by the Coalition for Community Schools. Dr. Morton’s successes of incorporating partnerships to support the academic and social needs of high school students have positively changed the culture of the school. Dr. Morton’s passion for her students and staff will be missed as she ventures into retirement. GRAD would like to thank her for the years she has given and we wish her well!

GRAD Cincinnati Summer 2013 Newsletter  
GRAD Cincinnati Summer 2013 Newsletter