Best of the Class, Part 2

Recently, we introduced you to Summer Search Philadelphia star Shakya Geiger, the valedictorian of the Mariana Bracetti Academy (MBA) class of 2017.

Her speech at the MBA graduation ceremony last month was full of inspiration, humor, and gratitude, thanking her family, classmates, teachers, and Summer Search mentors for their support in her journey. She also encouraged her fellow graduates to follow her lead and not be afraid to take a chance on their dreams.

Shakya Valedictorian SpeechShakya delivering her valedictorian speech at the Mariana Bracetti Academy graduation.

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Coming Home and Coming Out

545 miles in seven days. On a bike.

That’s how far Summer Search Bay Area alumnus Saul Guzman rode earlier this year in support of a charity close to his heart, AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC).

Saul-AIDS-Lifecycle-RidePhoto credit: Georg Lester for AIDS/LifeCycle

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Storytelling with Katherine Kennedy

“For over 20 years, I witnessed the power that came from telling your story. For the person brave enough to share their story, and for the people who are fortunate enough to be in their presence.”

In the story of Summer Search, Katherine Kennedy has played many important roles. She was our founder Linda Mornell’s first hire in 1995, she was a mentor, an executive director, a fundraising guru, and a speech coach—helping students and alumni tell their story in front of hundreds of people at Summer Search signature events.

Katherine left Summer Search at the end of 2015 to start a new chapter in her professional career. Now, nearly two years later, we caught up with her to see what she has been up to, and how she is staying connected to Summer Search. Continue reading Storytelling with Katherine Kennedy

Chentese Stewart: Globetrotting for Change

In a Facebook post showcasing a vibrant photo of herself at the Hawa Mahal palace in Jaipur, India, Chentese Stewart jokingly declared, “I belong on someone’s brochure!”

This Philadelphia Summer Searcher, who recently finished her junior year at Gettysburg College, is no stranger to traveling, and could probably make her own travel brochure with all the photos of the places she’s been.

ChenteseChentese Stewart on a semester abroad in India.

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Shakya: Best of the Class

“I just love to help people.”

That’s one of the things Philadelphia Summer Searcher Shakya Geiger told reporters from Channel 6 ABC during the taping of a special program called “Best of the Class for 2017,” which honored academic achievement among high school valedictorians from Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey, and Northern Delaware.

Shakya 6ABCMembers of the “Best of the Class for 2017” discuss their future goals. Shakya comes in around 2:20.

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2017 Summer Leaders

Get ready world, the Summer Searchers are coming!

Earlier this month, amidst rain showers in the east and sunshine in the west, our first students headed out on their summer experiences. For all of us at Summer Search, this time of year creates a mixture of excitement, nervousness, anticipation, and intensity as it’s a seasonal marker of all the months of hard work and investment in the incredible young people we get to work with.

This summer, we’re sending 1,027 young leaders all over the country and the globe, where they’ll participate in challenging experiential programs to help them strengthen the skills needed to succeed in school and in life.

Here’s a look at where our Summer Searchers are going, and what they’ll be doing. Continue reading 2017 Summer Leaders

#Snapshot: Decisions, Decisions!

Welcome to another edition of #Snapshot, where we bring you a glimpse of what’s going on at Summer Search.

Before we’re completely immersed in the month of June—with graduations and students preparing to leave on their summer experiences—we look back on May, an extremely meaningful month in the college application calendar. The beginning of May is the official deadline for most high school seniors to make their final decisions about where they’ll be going to college.

Throughout the month, our senior Summer Searchers, many of whom will be the first in their families to make the journey to college, have been celebrating this important milestone. It’s the culmination of all the hard work they’ve put into researching schools, writing personal statements, sending in applications, navigating financial aid, and choosing the best fit with their families and mentors. Continue reading #Snapshot: Decisions, Decisions!

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