Leadership Scholar Presentations
It is that time of year when our Scholars proudly present their research and findings. Click here to learn more about the Scholars Program.
We are pleased to announce that on the evening of April 10, 2017, our Leadership Institute Senior Scholars will present their research papers. All parents and local community members are welcome. The presentations will be as follows:
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Claire Beiter: How does false memory affect eye-witness testimony? Advisor: Mr. Tom Nelson
7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nora Loftus: How do microbeads affect the water supply?Advisor: Ms. Heidi Eichler
The presentations will be held in the Leadership Institute, Room 201 B on the second floor. Please come at 6:15 p.m. for a brief reception. We will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Dr. Linda Liang, 847-256-7660 ext. 259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Junior, Sophomore and Freshman Presentations
Junior, sophomore and freshmen Scholars present during the school day. Presentations will be held in the Leadership Institute Center (Room 201B), 701 Locust Road, Wilmette, IL 60091.
Scholar Topics (Names in Alphabetical Order)
Adams, Arabella: How do factors such as race, religion, and gender affect the identity development of LGBT people? (Junior)
Beiter, Claire: How does false memory affect eye-witness testimony? (Senior)
Burke, Katherine: How has technology revolutionized marketing? (Junior)
Clancy, Kaitlin: What is third-hand smoke and what can this new discovery do for society? (Junior)
Clancy, Nora Ann: Does the harm of social media outweigh the benefits? (Freshman)
Couture, Katherine: How do emotions affect a person’s health? (Freshman)
Galante, Grace: Why aren’t more women involved in STEM fields? (Freshman)
Gillespie, Elizabeth: How have American attitudes towards Russia changed in the past 100 years? (Sophomore)
Hoffman, Hailey: How do gender roles and expectations influence people’s political views in elections? (Junior)
Junagadhwala, Rihab: What is the conflict between the theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung? (Freshman)
King, Gillian: How can neurology be used to evaluate mental illness, and therefore, crime sentencing? (Junior)
Leahy, Anelise: Why do U.S. students continue to rank around the middle of the pack and behind many other advanced industrial nations? (Freshman)
Loeher, Elizabeth: What is the reason for the accessibility problems with feminine products in Haiti? (Sophomore)
Loftus, Nora: How do microbeads affect the water supply? (Senior)
Lucas, Rachel: How does both print and news television bias affect a reader’s point of view? (Junior)
McCabe, Meghan: How can the research of osteoporosis being performed in space help prevent it from occurring on Earth? (Sophomore)
McInerney, Riley: Where do the Protestant and Catholic faiths stand on the issues brought into question during the Protestant Reformation? (Freshman)
Menon, Nina: Are the advances in human genetic engineering seen as a way to free humans of all diseases in the next decades, or are they seen as scientists meddling with what it means to be human? (Junior)
Ovist, Jennifer: What are the turning points for women in the film industry and how do they affect women’s positions in film? (Junior)
Pins, Mary: How did women’s roles in WWII affect women’s rights? (Sophomore)
Rabbitt, Kathleen: What are the most common life-threatening conditions that infants face in the neonatal intensive care unit? (Freshman)
Seaman, Caroline: How have immigration laws changed in the US in recent history? And, why have they changed?” (Freshman)
Steffen, Grace: What affects does brain cancer have on the human brain? (Freshman)
Sullivan, Lucienne: How does taking dance affect disadvantaged students’ cultural identity? (Freshman)
Sweilem, Alexandra: What is the effect of colorectal treatment on the mind and body? (Sophomore)
Tamisiea, Grace: What is the controversy over physically assisted suicide, especially pertaining to the evolution of assisted suicide globally? (Junior)
Vallikalam, Sherril: How does regular participation in a school physical fitness program affect cardiovascular fitness in high school girls? (Junior)
Wilson, Grace: Is the medical community prepared for the increasing aging population? (Sophomore)
Zhou, Ying: Will cryonics work in the future? (Freshman)
Leadership Institute News
RISE students receive Rotary Young Leaders Awards
The following young ladies were selected to accompany Dr. Liang at the RYLA weekend at the YWCA Camp Edwards in East Troy, Wisconsin. They were Nora Ann Clancy, Anisa Figueroa, Moira Guthrie, Riley McInerney, Ziying (Anna) Li, Vivienne O’Bryan, Kathleen Rabbitt and Nora Reese. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Wilmette, Rotary Club of Winnetka and Wilmette Harbor Rotary Club for sponsoring our eight students.
The site was beautiful. About 150 boys and girls from local high schools attended. Sean Wilson, the executive director of the Illinois YMCA Youth and Government worked tirelessly to organize the leadership retreat. The weekend was kicked off by Rick Metzger, a goal medalist in wrestling, who gave a motivational speech about dedication, perseverance and attitude. Joshua Williams, the founder of Joshua’s Heart, a non-profit that assists the homeless, spoke about how he was inspired to create the non-profit when he was 5-years-old when he saw homeless people on the street. He badgered his parents and Aunt, who finally agreed to help him start an organization, which he began at age five and a half. He is now 18 years old and has fed over 250,000 people with 1.3 million pounds of food.
The obstacle course involved many challenges including a trust wall where participants had to jump up and help each other get to the top of a 12-foot wall. There was also a trust fall where the team had to catch participants falling backward off the wall.
Thomas Carroll, chief administrative officer of RR Donnelley, spoke about generational differences and how they will impact the workplace in the future. There were team building exercises, ghost stories and S’mores by a campfire. Stedman Graham spoke about the importance of love and gratitude in our lives. The students did team skits, which were hilarious. A meaningful and fun time was had by all.
Important Dates and Announcements
Daytime Speaker Series: Wednesday, April 5, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
“Designing a Career for Impact,” Amy Guterman, Strategic Innovation Executive, Design; Pooja Merai, Design Strategist, Salesforce (formerly Gravity Tank). As innovation consultants and strategists, Amy and Pooja identify new opportunities, reinvigorate brands and disrupt industries to help their clients create significant economic value and social impact.
Spring Leadership Luncheon: Friday, April 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm, Woman’s Athletic Club of Chicago
“Embracing the Challenge of Human Trafficking in the US and International Arena,” Virginia M. Kendall serves on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is an alumna from 1980. She is the co-author of Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining the Global Challenges and the U.S. Responses.
Evening Speaker Series: Tuesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
“Faith in Leadership,” Sally Blount, MS, Ph.D. is the Dean of Kellogg School of Management and the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Management & Organizations. She is an internationally recognized thought leader in management, negotiation and behavioral decision-making.
Daytime Speaker Series: Wednesday, September 6, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Mrs. Kelly O’Rourke Golden, owner of fashion emporium Neapolitan is an alumna from the Class of 1989. Mrs. Golden is an Edgebrook native and a Kellogg MBA. The store has quadrupled in size and sales have grown 2000 percent since 2003.