Vegetable garden removed
Students will lose the vegetable garden located in the modular village at the end of this year, as the field is restored to its original size at the end of construction.
Although there is no plan currently in place to have a garden within the new structure, Dean of Faculty Martha Schuur is hopeful to continue teaching sustainability in the future.
“I’m thrilled to utilize the technology in the new Academic Resource Center and expand on experimental learning,” Schuur said.
Schuur, who initially helped plan the garden, said the garden didn’t produce enough to do all the things they had envisioned, which included supplying the surrounding community with fresh organic vegetables. The garden was used for “grazing” more than “harvesting,” she said.
Many students said they have enjoyed eating the ripened vegetables from the garden.
“The tomatoes are amazing,” said Alexa ’13. “It was so cool to see how bell peppers grow.”
UV receives national recognition
The UltraViolet was nationally recognized this year for its editorials, columns, and cartoons by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) and Quill and Scroll.
For CSPA’s editorial cartoons category, Kat ’09 took second place for her commentary on the PSAT exam for eighth graders and Diana ’08 was awarded a certificate of merit for her perspective on last year’s writers’ strike.
For CSPA’s editorial category, Lorraine ’08 won a certificate of merit for her editorial “Under Pressure,” which discussed the tutoring culture of competitive students.
Several staff opinion writers won a second certificate for “We love the cake, but…,” which addressed student feelings about the construction.
In the Quill and Scroll’s International Writing and Photo contest, Amanda’s ’09 editorial on the music ensemble program was a national winner. In the category of general columns, Ali ’09 was a national winner for her “On Diversity” column on how people react to racist opinions.
Students receive scholarships
Lauren ’09, who worked on the link between blood pressure and serum levels of 25-Hydroxyvitamin D, was a regional finalist for the Young Epidemiology Scholars competition and was invited to compete in the national event in Washington, D.C. on April 17-20.
Lauren and Carlyle ’09 won the National Achievement Scholarships and entered the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ashtynn ’09 received the Mahatma Rice Scholarship by writing about, “How will your college education help you achieve your lifetime goals?”
Chelsea ’10, who was accepted into JPL’s Space Grant Summer Internship Program, will work under Leon Alkalai on the Moonrise Student Collaboration Project, which is designed to generate potential ideas for JPL’s New Frontiers Proposal, a lunar mission planned for launch in October 2016.
Jasmin ’10 was a finalist for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for her documentary about the black community with a focus on HIV/AIDS, gang violence, and education.