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Luminari Newsletter | March 15, 2012
When teachers share, students shine
When teachers share, students shine
by Hilda Pang Fu, President, Luminari

After an exciting months-long process, we were thrilled to recognize four area students with the first annual Luminari Award, noting outstanding academic and personal qualities. Each student was rewarded with a scholarship to the renowned I Want to be an Ambassador! camp being held in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., this coming June.

But the Luminari Award does more than recognize outstanding students. It also honors the committed schools and dynamic teachers that provided those students with such exceptional support. William Arthur Ward once penned, "The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."

This philosophy stands at the heart of the first annual Luminari Award, because this year’s honorees come from schools led by educators who are profoundly committed to mind-broadening and enriching curriculum. Current cuts to school budgets place an ever-increasing burden on our educators so Luminari seeks to recognize the resourceful teachers who go that extra mile to inspire and capture the imaginations of their students.

We salute this year’s Luminari Award nominees and we salute the teachers and schools that so tirelessly share their talents and shine their lights so students can see a brighter path and a better future. 

LUMINARI Award Honorees 
We encourage you to visit our Web site (home page) to read what our Luminari Scholars are saying!

Centrail Catholic High School
Chartiers Valley School District
Fox Chapel Area School District
Propel Schools
  • Brandon Quinn, Central Catholic High School, Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Nick May, Chartiers Valley Middle School, Chartiers Valley School District
  • Rohan Chalasani, Dorseyville Middle School, Fox Chapel Area School District
  • Malaysia Meador, Propel Andrew Street High School, Propel Schools
Read more about the Luminari Award in the Press:
Celebrate "I Want to be an Ambassador! Day
Celebrate "I Want to be an Ambassador! Day"
Pittsburgh City Council proclaimed Tuesday, February 28, 2012, "I Want to be an Ambassador! Day" in the City. We are beaming with pride over this incredible recognition! Thank you, all of our friends and supporters in attendance, including Alex Gardner, 2011 Ambassador camp alum, who represented his fellow Ambassadors at the Proclamation.
Luminari has a new look - check us out!
LUMINARI has a new look!
Check out our newly designed home page launched this month. A very special THANK YOU to Harold Behar, Kirk Peters, Pilar Brown and Jacqueline McWilliams for the beautiful Web site you see today!
Good Luck, Luminari Team Member:
We send off Jacqueline McWilliams with our best wishes on the next phase of her life’s journey! Jacqueline served as Luminari's administrative coordinator in the past year.
Inspired by Picasso
Inspired by Picasso! is a fun, creativity-inspiring Web site that lets you make your own Picasso-style painting from a variety of drag-and-drop shapes and forms.  Create your “self portrait” and then upload it to our Facebook page to share with the Luminari community.


February Teen Writer! Workshop a Success
-- by Gina Catanzarite, Teen Writer! Director

Eight enthusiastic students participated in our intensive one-day workshop on Saturday, February 25 at the WQED studios in Oakland. They learned journalistic skills for writing reviews, blogs, commentaries and essays.  The reviews lesson included flexing their writing skills by reviewing a food product, and students were pretty good sports, trying everything from beef jerky to "s'mores pop-tarts" and pre-packaged tuna salad. There was some pretty spirited debate over the subject matter they chose for the commentary exercise, showing kids care about a lot more than adults may give them credit for! Topics ranged from course requirements at school to whether teachers and administrators turn a blind eye to hazing, and even the separation of church and state. They engaged in a number of writing exercises, peer coaching, and presenting their work for feedback, just as professional writers do in workshops, and left with drafts they could continue to revise and polish and submit to school newspapers, as well as to respected writing competitions. The day ended with a tour of the WQED studios, which support our Teen Writer! series by donating space for our workshops and camps.

Teen Writer! Fantastic Fiction Writing Summer Camp
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