Thirty-eight Milton students received recognition—Gold Key, Silver Key, or Honorable Mention—in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began in 1923 and are considered the most prestigious arts awards for teenagers in the country. All Gold Key award work is submitted to the national scholastic competition, and those awards will be announced in March.read more
Beginning with a single suggested word from the audience, “ravioli,” the 3Peat improv troupe rolled out a series of hilarious scenes for students at King Theatre. Five members of 3Peat, an acclaimed part of Chicago’s vibrant improv comedy scene, came to Milton as the spring’s Melissa Gold Visiting Artist. They performed for students, held a master class in the basics of improv, and visited several classes, including improvisation and public speaking. Students had several opportunities to perform with the professionals.read more
Jazz Students Return to South Africa
In the 25 years since Milton student-musicians first made the journey, the School and its South African partners have forged bonds that transcend cultural differences, says jazz director Bob Sinicrope.
Twenty-one students from Milton’s eight jazz combos, chaperoned by 13 adults, will leave for Johannesburg on March 7, beginning a two-and-a-half-week tour. Beginning with a performance at the African Leadership Academy—a program for young leaders from across the continent—the Milton musicians will play in schools, in jazz clubs, and at a Human Rights Day township jazz festival in Cape Town.
Constructing and Connecting in Appalachia
Eleven Milton students, with three chaperones, will spend a week in March repairing homes in southwest Virginia. The trip is organized by the Community Engagement Program and Partnerships (CEPP), and the students will travel to a region in the Great Appalachian Valley that has struggled with poverty as coal production has declined.
On February 3, Milton’s Nesto Gallery opened its doors to Dissipate/Disappear, a new exhibit by artist Deborah Davidson.
“With the installation, Deborah Davidson is interested in making manifest what she sees as her interior life,” says Nesto Gallery Director Larry Pollans. “The work is the attempt to resolve the conversation between wanting to reveal all and the desire to obliterate. These hybrid painted sculptures echo the subtle but heroic works of the Minimalist sculptor, Anne Truitt.”read more
The Community Engagement Board is hosting its annual Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, February 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wigg Hall. All are invited to donate blood or to volunteer to register and escort donors during the drive. Donors should plan on spending an hour at the drive. Students 17 and older, as well as 16-year-olds with signed, parental consent, are eligible to donate, provided they meet health requirements. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 617-898-2320.
Earlier this month, Milton hosted its annual Special Olympics basketball tournament. Students from Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) assisted in organizing, coaching and refereeing the games. “Our students have a lot of fun with our Special Olympics events,” CEPP faculty director Andrea Geyling-Moore says. “They really get to know the athletes and build relationships with them.”
Under the leadership of Keisha Baffour-Addo (I), Milton volunteers get to know the Special Olympians’ ability levels and individual strengths, navigating the best ways to coach the teams to success. Milton works with a group of young athletes from Milton, Quincy and Randolph. The tournament hosted 13 different teams from the region, whose scores will be evaluated for potential advancement to the statewide competition.
Volunteer Blair Xu (I) says working with the athletes provides more than a service opportunity. “It’s about learning to really let go and have fun. The athletes joke with us and each other on the court,” Blair says. “They’re pretty competitive.”
Special Olympics Massachusetts provides year-round athletic training, health programming and competition for athletes with intellectual disabilities.
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