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MAY 2016: LUMINARI NEWSLETTER

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DEVELOP YOUR BEST SELF[ie]

An important part of public speaking is finding your own unique voice that plays to your strengths. Experienced speakers know this and use a variety of techniques to connect with their audiences while letting their authentic selves shine through. Speak & Tell! campers will learn from and work with noted Pittsburgh-area TV, Sports and Theater professionals such as TIM HARTMAN and STAN SAVRAN to develop their own public speaking "selfies"... read more

HOW TO WRITE AN EXCEPTIONAL  COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY
by Gina Catanzarite, director, Teen Writer!

As the end of another school year approaches, kids’ thoughts turn to a summer of sleeping in and lazy days spent lounging by a pool . . . unless you’re finishing your Junior year of high school, in which case your stress level is rising like mercury on a sunny day because (insert ominous music) IT’S TIME TO THINK ABOUT APPLYING TO COLLEGES... read more

We are pleased to announce CHRISTY GUALTIERI is the winner of our May "Share Your Story" Writing Contest. Christy is a writer and editor who lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and two young children.
THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF A VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE
by Christy Gualtieri

It took me five tries to get my driver’s license. It was mostly due to parallel parking, well, that and K-turns, those three-point turns you have to make to make a U-turn out of wherever you are. It was pretty embarrassing, having go through the test five times, but my brother took the cake for worst license test-taker in our family when he mixed up the gas and brake pedals... read more
Our next contest begins June 1: SHARE YOUR STORY for a chance to win!
AMBASSADOR ALUM: Zach Kiehn
by Beth Dolinar, Luminari Coordinator

Zachary Kiehn is that rare student who mapped out his career path while still in high school. A graduate of Fox Chapel High School, Zach decided early on that he would serve in the United States Navy. But that is down the road a bit. Zach will first study nuclear engineering—his major at Penn State University... read more

WHAT'S THAT SOUND?
The Sharpsichord

by Katie Smith, journalism student, RMU

Our series of unusual and unique musical instruments continues: As a collector of music boxes, I was thrilled to learn that there is an instrument that is basically a giant, glorified music box. This instrument is called a Sharpsichord. It’s also known as a pin-barrel harp, and was invented by a sound sculptor named Henry Dagg...  read more
LUMINARI programs are made possible by the generous support of our SPONSORS
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Luminari is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization founded to foster activites that broaden minds, inspire innovations and promote community engagement.

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