All Academic News – Page 2

Theater Returns to Withrow

Last night, students at Withrow HS performed a play on the Withrow stage for the first time in over 20 years. The six act play “Bringing Back Our History” was conceived by senior Nya Williams-Jones in November of last year. Science teacher Mrs. Jody McOsker helped Nya develop the script and lead auditions. Stagecraft Instructor Mr. Zachery Riggins ‘72 mentored the stage production.

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Benjamin Carlson-Berne Fund String Instrument Scholarship Program at Withrow

John Beasley came to Withrow at the start of the Withrow University school with a focus on creating an introductory strings instrument program.  Over the past several years the, program has seen a growth in numbers and talent of students. Today there are about 30 students in Beginner classes and 25 students in more advanced classes.  An awareness of this talent came to the attention of the Benjamin Carlson-Berne Scholarship Fund resulting in their Foundation providing individual mentoring and lessons to the top students and group lessons outside of the classroom.  One goal is to have a performance in the Withrow auditorium. Below is their recent announcement:

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New Withrow Leaders

The start of any school year always finds new faces roaming the halls of Withrow. Rarely, though, would one expect to witness a complete turn-over in critical leadership roles. It certainly had never happened in Withrow’s 98 year history. That is, not until the doors opened on August 16th to welcome over 1,200 students. The new Withrow leadership team of Principal John Corey, photo at left; Assistant Principals Dwayne DuBois, photo at right, Danielle Battle, and Joseph Porter; and Athletic Director Jonas Smith came together in late July and have not missed a beat.

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Lesson from beyond Withrow’s Classrooms

by ROB HINTON 71, Tower News, Spring 2017

As another school year comes to an end, students and teachers often reflect on the year that has passed. For Withrow Tigers, both present and former, this is particularly true because one of the most important lessons learned this year took place outside of the classroom.

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Withrow Class of 2017 Bridge Walk and Celebration

Today the Withrow Class of 2017 Seniors walked across the bridge to celebrate their graduation. For the first time, after the bridge walk, a celebration was held in front of the school. Food was enjoyed by graduates, proud parents and others, and music was provided by DJ Stank. A raffle was held for Seniors with the winners receiving a dormitory room starter kit or a $25 gift certificate. Donated Reds tickets were sold to fund a brick in honor of the Class of 2017, and annuals for the Class of 2017 were available for sale. The weather cooperated, and the celebration was a great addition to the bridge walk. The celebration was organized by the Withrow PTSA with helpful donations from the Withrow Alumni Assn. and others. For a short video of the Graduation Celebration, click HERE.  Unfortunately, the Facebook audio has an echo that I can’t eliminate.