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July 3: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jul 3, 2015 11:00:00 AM

July 3, 2015Here are the best articles from education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news, JKCF in the News

NPR Interviews JKCF Young Artist Award Recipient Oscar Paz-Suaznabar

Posted by Christine Florence on Jul 1, 2015 4:39:00 PM

You may remember Oscar Paz-Suaznabar from our blog post last November celebrating our 10-year partnership with From the Top, the preeminent showcase for young musicians broadcast weekly on NPR. Oscar is a 2014 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award recipient who performed at a special taping of From the Top in Washington, DC. He started to play the keyboard at the age of two, and by the age of nine he was performing at Carnegie Hall. He was recently interviewed about his music on NPR's All Things Considered.

Each year From the Top's Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award program provides 20 outstanding young musicians with financial need between the ages of eight and 18 with a $10,000 scholarship to advance their artistic development and education. Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists also perform on From the Top and participate in arts leadership training to spread the power of classical music.

When This 9-Year-Old Pianist Plays, He Feels The Music

Oscar started playing his older sister's keyboard by ear when he was just 2. The sorrow he conveys when he plays "The Lark" by Russian composer Mikhail Glinka is drawn from the kind of loss any 9-year-old can understand.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Young Artist Award

JKCF Examines Massachusetts Excellence Gap in Worcester Telegram

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 29, 2015 2:39:00 PM

As I See It: Meeting the needs of all students

By Harold O. Levy
June 25, 2015

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act has reshaped the Bay State’s public education landscape, and now stands as an exemplary model for other states. Policymakers and citizens should be proud of the progress and committed to supporting it. However, while achievement gaps narrow, there is a pernicious gap that has gone unnoticed and it continues to widen.

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Topics: excellence gap, JKCF in the News

June 26: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jun 26, 2015 12:00:00 PM

June 26, 2015Here are the best articles from education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news, JKCF in the News

JKCF Scholar Wellington Mackey Featured in the Daily Mail

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 25, 2015 11:22:08 AM

A Bahamian immigrant who was once homeless in New York City, recent Westchester Community College graduate and new Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Wellington Mackey is headed to Yale this fall. His remarkable story of perseverance and transformation was featured today in the Daily Mail. 

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From the streets to the Ivy League: Inspiring 13 year journey of homeless man to Yale

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, JKCF in the News

JKCF Scholar Michael Novak Profiled In The Philly Voice

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 24, 2015 3:18:40 PM

From community college to the Ivy League

New Undergraduate Transfer Scholar Michael Novak was one of four students profiled in an article by John Kopp on PhillyVoice.com about students transferring from the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) to the University of Pennsylvania. In "From community college to the Ivy League,” Mr. Kopp writes:

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholar Sharalyn Sentinella Featured in The Bellingham Herald

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 22, 2015 3:53:58 PM

Former drop-out solving life’s puzzles at Whatcom Community College

By Wilson Criscione

Sharalyn Sentinella likes solving puzzles.

In some ways, her own life has been a puzzle. From growing up training horses in Montana, to dropping out of school to build websites, and now graduating from Whatcom Community College, the stages of her life never seemed to fit together.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, JKCF in the News

June 19: Education News We're Reading This Week

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jun 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

June 19, 2015Here are the best articles from education news this week.

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Topics: Friday Roundup,, education news, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholars Profiled in Community College Daily

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 18, 2015 10:20:02 AM

Cooke scholarships transform lives

It took Shannon Connor, 48, a long time to realize her dream of college, and she had to overcome many obstacles along the way. But once she enrolled in Seminole State College of Florida, she excelled.

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Topics: Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF in the News

Cooke Scholar Jared Bitz Profiled in Argus Leader

Posted by Christine Florence on Jun 17, 2015 3:46:00 PM

Foundation delivers Lincoln High grad to Stanford's door

Businessmen from China and Sioux Falls are video conferencing, conversing in their native tongues but understanding each other in real time though neither speaks the other's language.

How is this possible?

It isn't entirely, not yet — at least up-to-the-moment real time. But when that day comes, a 2015 Lincoln High School graduate from Sioux Falls likes to think he can play a role in conjuring that technological wizardry.

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, JKCF in the News

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