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Congratulations, Celia '19

Congratulations, Celia Kreth ’19, for winning the Cum Laude Society’s District (regional) Paper award for District 7!

Congratulations, Celia Kreth ’19, for winning the Cum Laude Society’s District (regional) Paper award for District 7!

Chapter secretary, Mr. Stan Whittlesey, had this to say about the process:

“At Episcopal, we ask that each Cum Laude Society inductee submit their best research paper to our Cum Laude committee.  The national rules state that papers may only be from the just-completed year, must have been written for a course at the school, and may not be corrected or edited for the competition beyond their final version used for the course.  In Celia's case, the paper was written for AP Seminar, taught by Ms. Beard. 

Our committee selects one and sends it to the CL Society national office in Louisville, Kentucky. A committee of CL faculty from around the country called regents read the papers (with the students' names and school names removed).  In addition to the anonymity, regents only judge papers not from their own district (to avoid any of them accidentally recognizing a paper).   

Celia's paper was judged to be the best from district 7, which is a vast territory encompassing many far larger metropolitan areas:  Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.   

We have submitted a paper to the contest since our chapter began in 2009, and Celia's is the first in these 11 years to win an award.   When one considers that these are all elite schools submitting one paper which they consider to be "their best effort," the magnitude of Celia's achievement is all the clearer.  We could not be prouder of Celia!”

Upper School Head, Mr. Troy Urquhart, reached out to Celia to let her know the good news. She had this to say about the experience:

My paper was written for Ms. Beard's AP Research class as part of the AP Capstone Program in which I was tasked with conducting original research in an area that interests me. I've always been captivated by historical precedents' effects on contemporary politics and the causation between sources of public opinion and democratic governance. In formulating my idea for the research, I thought what could be more contemporary and intriguing than studying impeachment and its intrinsic relevance to public opinion. Essentially, the research encompasses an historical evaluation of impeachment cases derived from sources of public opinion and uses those models and findings to predict the impeachment of our current President, Donald Trump. Though I began conducting this research last August and completed it this past April, it’s been quite entertaining following the impeachment trial today. One thing Episcopal Collegiate's teachers heavily promoted was a confidence in opinion. I knew this research would be controversial, but throughout my high school career I was always encouraged to formulate an original opinion as long as I had substantial research and facts to back it up. I was never deterred from challenging and questioning popular opinions, but always taught to provide sufficient evidence.”

Celia attends the University of Pennsylvania and is interested in studying Communication with a concentration in Political or Civic, or English with a concentration in Literature and Law.

Way to go, Celia!

Stephanie Maxwell ‘05

Stephanie Maxwell ‘05 visited the Upper School’s Writing Center on January 23 to speak to aspiring writers and publication students about the steps in her career that led to her becoming the Editor of At Home In Arkansas

Stephanie Maxwell ‘05 visited the Upper School’s Writing Center on January 23 to speak to aspiring writers and publication students about the steps in her career that led to her becoming the Editor of At Home In Arkansas. Maxwell detailed her journey from Middle to School to present, explaining finding her passion and honing her talents for writing and publishing. As an 8th grader, she described herself as a young writer who also “made collages with magazine clippings, much like inspiration boards and Pinterest boards of today.”  Her talent as a writer and student in English courses in Upper School led her to earn a B.A. in English from Millsaps and then an M.A. in Media Communication from Regents College in London, UK.

From her work in marketing, to freelance writing, to copy editor, to magazine editor, Maxwell stressed the importance of networking and having an open mindset to new skills and opportunities. In the words of Writing Center Director, Ms. Vivian Blair: 

“To have Stephanie, as a professional writer, speak to our students about her work is inspiring!  The fact that she shared her personal journey is even more helpful, because it allows students to see that no path is ever straightforward, and that hard work and persistence, along with a willingness to learn and adapt, are invaluable “soft skills” to a successful career.”

Episcalums Take Home Hardware from Little Rock Touchdown Club

Cori Gooseberry ('15) and Allie Freeman ('16) were awards recipients at the annual Little Rock Touchdown Club Awards Banquet.

On Thursday, January 9th, Cori Gooseberry (‘15) and Allie Freeman (‘16) were awards recipients at the annual Little Rock Touchdown Club Awards Banquet. Gooseberry won the Willie Roaf Award for Outstanding Lineman and Freeman was awarded the MVP for Ouachita Baptist University. Freeman helped lead the Tigers to the Conference Championship with nine touchdowns on the season, receiving All-Conference honors and breaking multiple school records. Gooseberry was praised for his consistency in the classroom and leadership on the field. He was also recognized for being a team captain his senior year while helping lead the Tigers to a regular season #5 national ranking in the NCAA DII.

Alumni Christmas Party

Episcopal’s Alumni Christmas party, Jingle and Mingle, once again provided a wonderful way to ring in the holidays with our alumni.

Episcopal’s Alumni Christmas party, Jingle and Mingle, once again provided a wonderful way to ring in the holidays with our alumni. Over 50 Episcalums were welcomed to Lost 40 for the annual event, which was held on Friday, December 20, 2019. Alumni home for the holidays enjoyed seeing each other and visiting with faculty and staff. We look forward to this tradition each year!

Wildcat Alumni Return to the Court

Episcalums were welcomed to the Championship Gym on Friday, January 10, for the annual alumni basketball game!

Episcalums were welcomed to the Championship Gym on Friday, January 10, for the annual alumni basketball game. The contest took place during the Middle and Upper School pep rally, and this year’s group featured returning players Latoya Bankhead ‘05, Stanley Hastings ‘07, Rachel Hildebrand ‘10, Devin Hall ‘12, and Mary Claire Patton ‘17. Making their alumni game debut were Mahlon Martin ‘15, Kam Brasfield ‘17, Emma Towe ‘18, and Ty Lazzari ‘19. The alumni were joined on their teams by faculty players, and the two teams were coached by Ms. Dowell and Dr. Hall. A great time was had by all, and when the buzzer sounded at the end of the game, Coach Dowell’s team claimed victory. Players, friends, and faculty enjoyed refreshments in the dining hall following the game. Thank you to all who participated!