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SEEK Fellows Honored

SEEK stands for Scholars Engaged In Extending Knowledge and was established to provide a student enrolled in the seventh or eighth grade at Harpeth Hall with a means to pursue independent study in an area of her choice. It is designed to encourage a student to expand her learning beyond the standard curriculum with the aid of an in-school and/or out-of-school mentor. SEEK is the quest for “scholarship for its own sake and for its own reward,” said Mary Lea Bryant, Director of the Middle School. In her speech, Ms. Lipshie commended the SEEK Fellows for pursuing study in subjects that interest them without regard to whether they get a grade or receive acknowledgement and encouraged all the students to take the initiative to pursue learning and knowledge in areas they are interested but are not required to take. To Ms. Lipshie, it is in these areas that real joy comes.

Read about the 2012 SEEK Fellows’ projects below:

7th Fellows:
Hoping to shed light on an art form that had been previously invisible to her, Zsozso Biegl immersed herself in the study of street art. After extensive research into the artists, styles, political messages, and opinions of the art form, she endeavored to DO street art, using the technique of stenciling to create an original piece. (mentor: Joan Curry)

Iz Gius researched the inequalities that African American students face in the current public education system. Using state as well as national data, she presents 6 factors that illustrate the inequality between African American and white students and draws conclusions about the opportunities presented to both. Iz's final product is an opinion editorial submitted to the Tennessean. (mentor: Angela Brown)

Molly Power studied the marketing strategies that propelled the Coca-Cola Company to become one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Through research, interviews with Coca-Cola marketing executives, student surveys, and a visit to the Atlanta Coca-Cola Museum, Molly created an informational pamphlet on Coca Cola’s three strategic marketing initiatives that contribute to the company’s global success. (mentor: Joanne Mamenta)

Starr Rhee chose to explore the relationship between cuisine, resource availability, and culture in Latin America. Basing her work on extensive research, she produced an informational PowerPoint which explained the origins of cuisine in three Latin American countries. Furthermore, she produced a video in which she demonstrated how to make three dishes that represented the culture and resources of each country. Also, in order to further develop her considerable language skills, Starr chose to present her project entirely in Spanish. (mentor: Martha Lund)

8th Fellows:
Wynne Briggs studied the art and history of three distinct time periods: the prehistoric era, Ancient Greece, and the Renaissance. Wynne analyzed the styles and techniques used in art during those periods and created paintings to translate her new knowledge into skill. Wynne detailed her findings and experiences in a short book. (mentor: Anne Cron)

For her SEEK project, Olivia Caldwell explored the process of costume design. Focusing on the play, Of Mice and Men, she researched both the lives and clothing of migrant farm workers. She then created original costume designs for a female character (Curly’s wife) and a male character (Lennie). Taking special care to incorporate the personalities of the characters in her costumes, Olivia strove to enhance the audience’s understanding of the play through fabric choice and design. (mentor: Martha Goodman)

Interested in early childhood learning, Kate Capizzi researched Headstart and the potential impact of recent political funding cutbacks. As part of her experiential learning, Kate worked with Books from Birth, an early reading program in Nashville, and produced a position statement in support of early childhood education which was forwarded to Tennessee congressional leaders. (mentor: Alice Bryant)

Kathryn Copeland researched popular supernatural myths in the Tennessee area such as the legend of the Bell Witch and the hauntings at the Carnton Plantation. After completing her research, she offered conclusions about the origins of these myths and explained their impact on the local culture. (mentor: Donna Clark)

Ellie Fitzpatrick spent countless hours learning the intricacies of the programming language Python. Using her new knowledge and skills, she created a computerized assignment planner designed to help her classmates organize their homework load. (mentor: David Griswold)

Taylor Hardin created a website about the dangers of smoking cigarettes. The information on the website is geared toward preventing young people from engaging in such a harmful and addictive behavior. The website includes statistics, videos, and descriptions about the effects of smoking. (mentor: Alice Bryant)

For her SEEK project, Keely Hendricks researched a variety of poetic forms and then wrote 45 original poems. Keely self-published her poetry in a book entitled “An Eagle’s Soliloquy.” She explained that a soliloquy is an utterance that is not meant to be heard by others because she had never before shared her beautiful writing. This collection was meant in part as a means of overcoming that hesitance to express her personal creativity publically. She has made her final product available to the Harpeth Hall community in the Ann Scott Carell Library. (mentor: Pamela Carver)

Delaney Jacoway immersed herself in learning and experiencing all the facets of creating a music video. After extensive research into the process, which included interviews with successful songwriters, Delaney wrote the lyrics and music to an original song. She then produced a script and directed her friends in the filming of the music video for her song, which focuses on individuality. (mentor: Molly Rumsey)

Lillie Penley researched the pre-Revolutionary War era in America, including an in-depth study of the Sugar and Stamp Acts. She then explored the life of our Founding Father, Samuel Adams, focusing on his political and personal life in Boston. Building upon the foundation of this research, she constructed an informational prezi and a timeline of Adams’ life. Finally, she produced the first 30 pages of an original novel written from the perspective of Adams’ daughter. (mentor: Anne Cron)