Bravo! to middle school students discussing literature and teens doing good in the community – Orange County Register
***Performing arts: Robert C. Fisler students were awarded prizes this summer for winning a contest requiring middle schoolers to film student-led literary discussion groups.
The Fullerton school won the Top Production award for its analysis of Emily Dickinson’s poem “Because I could not stop for death;” the Best Middle School Ensemble Cast award for its production of Henrik Ibsen’s play “A Doll’s House;” the Best Actress award, won by Gianne Veluz, for her discussion of John Green’s novel “The Fault in our Stars;” and the Best Actor award, won by Carson Kim, for his video about David Halberstam’s “The Fifties.”
Fisler teacher Elizabeth Ellison received a $500 Amazon gift card for classroom supplies.
“Seeing students so inspired and creative was the most gratifying part of this competition for me,” Robert Romano, CEO of contest sponsor StudySync, said in a release.
The national contest is in its fourth year.
Yorba Linda 14-year-old Isabella Dominguez, who has Down syndrome, recently competed at the 2017 Summer Games, a showcase for athletes with disabilities. (Courtesy of April Lopez)
Isabella Tejeda, a Yorba Linda teen, has spent her summer implementing a literacy program for local at-risk youth. (Photo courtesy of Higher Ground Youth and Family Services)
A literacy program initiated by Yorba Linda teen Isabella Tejeda, bottom row second from right, sees volunteers put on puppet shows for local at-risk youth. (Photo courtesy of Higher Ground Youth and Family Services)
Anthony, 10, of Santa Ana starts down the water slide at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange on Sunday, Aug. 20, as his big brother mentor, Grant Still, looks on. More than 300 children and their volunteer mentors attended the eighth annual UnitedHealthcare Sports Day hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. (Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Jocelyn, 12, left, and her big sister mentor, Erika Gates, reach the top of a climbing wall at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange on Sunday, Aug. 20. More than 300 children and their volunteer mentors attended the eighth annual UnitedHealthcare Sports Day hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire. (Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
Anaheim kids in Project Access Family Resource Center program received robot art sculptures to inspire their own robot creations. (Courtesy of Project Access)