Kniasia Fortney, Cohort 2013 K Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I came to Reach for Excellence in 2011 as a rising 7th grader. I was attending a school named ICS (International Community School). ICS wasn't the richest school, but everyone there was like family. When I got the opportunity to join Reach for Excellence I was ecstatic. I knew it was something that would benefit me in the long run. What memories from the program stand out to you and why? I think my favorite memory would definitely have to [...]
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Rachel Wong Wins Prestigious Rangel Fellowship On December 4, Rachel Wong, Cohort 2011 I, was awarded a 2021 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide selection process. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The fellowship will support Rachel through a two-year master's degree in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and [...]
Simmy Wolfe How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? I have taught sixth grade with Reach For Excellence since 2016. What do you teach? I teach 6th grade Social Studies with RFE and love it! Where did you go to school? Most recently, I studied at Georgia State University and received a post-graduate certificate in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology. I have also received education degrees from the College of St. Rose (Albany, NY) and the State University of New York at Oswego. How would you describe yourself in middle school? As a middle school student, [...]
Andrew Quinn How long have you taught with Reach for Excellence? Since Cohort A so 2004 What do you teach? Social Studies Where did you go to school? Loyola Marymount, University Of New Orleans How would you describe yourself in middle school? athletic, kind of a cut up What was your favorite book, music, or movie when you were in middle school? I liked " Call of the Wild" Why did you choose to teach with Reach for Excellence? There was a presentation when I taught at Avondale Middle in Dekalb. I needed a summer job and it sounded cool [...]
Reach for Excellence's 7th QuestBridge Scholar! Anya Bibbs, Reach for Excellence Cohort 2017 O, has been named a QuestBridge Scholar and will attend Yale University after graduating from Shiloh High School in 2021. Anya is Reach for Excellence's 7th QuestBridge Scholar and the third Reach grad to attend Yale.
Melissa Ballin-Cardona becomes Reach's 6th QuestBridge Scholar Melissa Ballin-Cardona (Cohort 2017 O, Galloway School ‘21) has received the prestigious QuestBridge Scholarship and will attend Macalester College in 2021. QuestBridge connects the nation's brightest students with limited financial resources with leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself. Melissa is the 6th Reach for Excellence graduate to become a QuestBridge Scholar and one of several to attend Macalester College in Minneapolis, MN. You can read more about QuestBridge here: [...]
Rachel Wong, Cohort 2011 I Tell us your name and what years you were enrolled in Reach for Excellence… Rachel Wong, Cohort I - class of 2011 Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… I heard about Reach from a teacher back when I was in sixth grade at International Community School. School back then was too easy for me, so my mom and I thought Reach would a good opportunity for me and a productive way to spend summer breaks. What memories from the program stand out to you? Two things [...]
New 6th Graders begin their Reach Journey Our new Cohort of 6th Grade Scholars has begun their studies with Reach for Excellence. Most years, students are recommended by their teachers to apply for the Reach for Excellence program during the Spring of their 5th-grade year. In March, school closures delayed the usual application process but did not prevent us from receiving applications from gifted and dedicated young people. Cohort 2023 U (Reach for Excellence Cohorts have been identified alphabetically since 2003) includes students from Atlanta, Clarkston, Chamblee, Doraville, Lithonia, [...]
Jessica Melgarejo Devins, Cohort 2008 F Tell us the story about how you came to Reach for Excellence… My catechism teacher recommended me to the program through my childhood church (Holy Cross Catholic Church). I applied and was lucky enough to be selected. What memories from Reach for Excellence stand out to you? I remember the friends I made, some of whom I still keep in touch with. I remember the trips to several schools and universities, especially UGA. These trips instilled a desire in me to attend these schools. Without these trips and this attention, I [...]
Debra Hood-Booker named Teacher of the Month Congrats to veteran Reach for Excellence teacher Debra Hood-Booker for being named Teacher of the Month, representing St. Peter Claver in the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Debra is currently the Administrative Assistant, Art Teacher, and Director of the Extended Day Program at St. Peter Claver Regional Catholic School. Debra is a fantastic resource for Reach for Excellence students. She teaches Art, Algebra, and SSAT prep, but her extensive civic service experience makes her a unique source of wisdom and guidance. She has worked as an AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and [...]