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Oliver Scholars "Spring Forward"

While most American students think of spring break as a time to relax, Oliver is bustling with activity as Scholars from boarding and day schools gather for events around the city as part of Oliver's annual "Spring Forward!" week.

On Saturday, 40 Pre-Scholars and Scholars enjoyed a private tour of the Museum of Modern Art, thanks to Wendy Woon, the Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director of Education at MOMA, and Oliver Board Chair Dorothea Schlosser.

The students saw and discussed works by Picasso, Monet and Matisse. After the tour, the students participated in a modern art scavenger hunt. For the vast majority of the students, it was their first visit to the MOMA. Personally, I was impressed and inspired by their observations on color, brushstroke and perspective.

On Tuesday, over 70 Scholars attended the 2015 "In Our Own Voices" Diversity Conference.

"In Our Own Voices" is an event exclusively for Oliver Scholars to gather and connect during the high school years.

This year's conference, held at the Marymount School, focused on social justice and social change. Ama KariKari (George School '98, Harvard '02, Wharton School of Business '08) gave an inspirational opening address about finding one's voice and speaking up.

Joshwald Martinez (Exeter '15) says the conference inspired him to take a greater leadership role in life. "At such turbulent times in the country when it comes to social justice, 'In Our Own Voices' has motivated me to be a champion of change. I continue to be grateful for the impact that The Oliver Scholars Program has had on my life."

On Wednesday, 13 Scholars visited The New York Times, courtesy of Oliver trustee Marcus Mabry. The students sat in on a Page One meeting, met with reporter Sam Sifton, and toured the news room.

"It was exciting to get a special peek at how news is discussed, prioritized and delivered," says Edwin Honoret (George School '17). "The Page One Meeting was especially exciting because we got the opportunity to sit with editors as they discussed what was going on around the world and how The New York Times was going to report it."

Last night, 6 finalists came to the Oliver offices for interviews with the Experiment in International Living. Each year, EIL provides opportunities for students to live abroad over the summer. Our Scholars have lived and studied in France, Spain, and Botswana, among other countries.

This evening, 50 Scholars in grades 9-12 will be visiting Barclays in Midtown Manhattan

for an evening of mock interviews and career counseling with Barclays employees. Students will get coaching on interviewing skills, elevator pitches, and personal branding. Barclays is a major supporter of our Scholar Services program.

Tomorrow, Scholars are invited to attend a STEM info session here at the office. Recently, Oliver received a major two-year gift from Toyota to support STEM programming. As a result, we are launching Summer Immersion Program (SIP) III for students in high school interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

As you can tell, it's a busy time here at Oliver! Thank you to the Oliver staff, especially Director of Programs Manny Vega '04, and to the Oliver Board for their tireless support.

If you would like to invite Oliver Scholars to visit your organization, please let me know! As always, I can be reached at


David Allyn