Office of Curriculum and Instruction Announces 2014 Isidore and Selma Wise Travel Scholarship Winners

Office of Curriculum and Instruction Announces 2014 Isidore and Selma Wise Travel Scholarship Winners

(Left to right)  Lynn Roach, Carmen Britt (Bank of America), Brianne Keating, Konjit Johnson-Richards, Angel Cooper, Triesha Thomas, Hsa Ku Soe, Bryan Daleas, HPS Teacher-in-Residence.

The Office of Curriculum and Instruction is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Isidore and Selma Wise Travel Scholarship.  The rigorous application process began with nominations solicited from all high school principals and teachers of high school U.S. History.  The nominees must be in their junior year and must have taken their required U.S. History course in either 10th or 11th grade.  The nominees then submit an essay, sit for an exam in U.S. History, and are interviewed by Curriculum and Instruction staff.  Five students were chosen from an original pool of eleven nominees.  

They are:
Angel Cooper, Bulkeley High School – Upper
Konjit Johnson-Richards, Classical Magnet School
Brianne Keating, HPHS Law and Government Academy
Hsa Ku Soe, University High School of Science and Engineering
Triesha Thomas, HPHS Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences

Isidore and Selma Wise established the scholarship in 1948, and intended recipients to enjoy an all-expenses paid educational trip.  Isidore himself, a self-made millionaire and Hartford resident who completed minimal formal schooling, felt that travel and exposure to different people and cultures formed the basis of his education.  In recent years the trips have focused on travel in the continental United States, and connected to elements of the U.S. History curriculum. This year scholarship awardees will engage in a tour of three, historic Eastern Seaboard cities, beginning in Boston, followed by NYC, and ending in Washington, D.C. in time for the Fourth of July holiday.

The students will be chaperoned by Wise Scholarship Coordinator Lynn Roach, History teacher at Classical Magnet School, and Bryan Daleas, Teacher-in-Residence for World Languages in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.  The scholarship program is overseen by Director of Humanities, Alicia Willett, and the funding is administered through Bank of America.

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