B.E.S.T. Summer Scholars 2019
August 7, 2019
For five weeks during June and July, B.E.S.T. hosted our annual academic enrichment and transition program for 25 newly enrolled, rising middle and upper school B.E.S.T. students. The program consisted of rigorous academics, art, athletics, a curriculum focused on transitions, and time to build lifelong friendships.
At Outward Bound, B.E.S.T. students took on challenges and achieved great things during their outdoor adventures together. They participated in team-building exercises and pushed themselves to have new experiences and grow as leaders.
Storytelling Workshop with David Fakunle ’05
B.E.S.T. and Friends School alumnus, David Fakunle ’05, directed a storytelling workshop for Summer Scholars. Students had the chance to work with David on telling their personal stories. David facilitated discussion among each group as he asked them to share their core values, their daily emotions, and how they feel about where they are on their “Hero’s Journey.”
Camp Hippodrome at Summer Scholars
This summer, Camp Hippodrome came to Roland Park Country School and allowed our students to express themselves through movement, song, and dance. Students had the opportunity to learn some numbers from the Broadway hit, Hamilton!
Students attended a field trip to the Banneker-Douglass Museum in downtown Annapolis. At the museum, they learned about Maryland’s African American history and heritage.
Students reading a quote by famed civil rights photographer, Gordon Parks
A B.E.S.T. student admiring the exhibit dedicated to Verda Freeman Welcome, the first Black woman elected to a State Senate
A Huge Thank You to Our Supporters!
We are extremely grateful for our generous funders for making this experience possible for our students:
Thank you to STX for gifting each Summer Scholar participant with a new lacrosse stick and ball!
Summer Scholars wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and talent of the Summer Scholars faculty and staff! Thank you for supporting our newly enrolled students and providing them with the tools necessary to help them feel ready for their transition to their new schools! We know our students will be successful as they begin their independent school journeys.
Elisha James, Summer Scholars Director and Science
Edwina Jones, Reading
Cari Hummel, Writing
Fitz Hardcastle, Math
Antoinette Hawkins, Art
Kim Hoffman, Social Studies
Yvette Matthews, Extended Day
Akailah McIntyre, Explorations: Finding Me
Preston Waters, Athletics
India Kutcherman ’18, Intern
Niala Kutcherman ’19, Intern
Keziah Palmer, Intern
Thank you to Roland Park Country School for hosting our Summer Scholars program!