The MERIT Scholars greeted the start of the new school year with their first Saturday session today. The Scholars discussed their course schedules for the upcoming school year and the hard work like preparing for the SAT that will be required. Understandably, the Scholars were more excited about their summer experiences like shadowing physicians on home visits and viewing doctors perform surgeries. However, everyone was prepared to hit the ground running for the new school year.
The Junior Scholars started the day with a math session to prepare for the SAT. They tackled an avalanche of data representations from pictographs to Venn diagrams to scatter plots. The Scholars were glad to learn shortcuts to using proportions and decimals when working with percentages and a large quantity of data. Scholar Savannah Tripp was quick to catch on, asking questions to find an easy method to solve data analysis problems, and then sharing her knowledge with her peers. After their math session, the Scholars engaged in a SAT English session that introduced them to the Critical Reading portion of the SAT. While the Scholars were preparing for the SAT, the Junior Scholars’ families met with MERIT co-founder Tyler Mains to discuss how everyone can best support the Scholars in reaching their ultimate goals.
Meanwhile, the Senior Scholars began brainstorming and discussing their community service projects focused on nutrition and sex education. For instance, Scholar Sabreenah Khan decided to research fitness and nutrition topics for a pamphlet on cellular applications related to nutrition that she and her group hope to publish. Scholars also searched for potential donors to donate fresh fruit that they can pass out at local events to spread awareness about healthy eating. On the sex education front, the Scholars have established a relationship with Stadium Middle School and plan to speak at an event there to spread awareness. In this session, they researched experts they could invite to speak to the middle school students. The Senior Scholars also decided upon a name for their project: CURE, Care Using Responsive Education. With all of their hard work, CURE is sure to be a great success!