OFLA Scholarship Winners for 2017

Teri Wiechart
Scholarship Chair

1. Arbogast, Angela Edison High School
2. Carrasquillo, Ashlyann Arts & College Preparatory Academy
3. Davis, Amelia Eastern Local School District
4. Fencil, Marc Marysville Early College High School
5. Forgie, Ashley Bay High School
6. Hunt, Leah Sycamore High School
7. Kryc, Valerie Oberlin High School/Langston Middle School
8. Murphy, Megan Valley Forge High School
9. Robbins, Lauren Delaware City Schools
10. Starczak, Nathalie Horizon Science Academy, Cincinnati
11. Thomas, Julia Prospect Elementary, Oberlin
12. Vandersommers, Julie Roswell Kent
13. Ward, Marcy Central College Christian Academy
1. Anthony, Tyler Bowling Green State University
2. Armstrong, Rosa Ohio University
3. Bishop, Blair Bowling Green State University
4. Blasy, Debralynn Wright State University
5. Campbell, Brooke Ohio University
6. Frank, Nicholas Bowling Green State University
7. Lamoureux, Sarah Wright State University
8. Langsdon, Hannah Miami University
9. Misra, Michelle Wright State University
10. Schmitz, Jaclyn Wright State University
11. Schneider, Hanna Ohio University
12. Seigley, Klaryssa Ohio University
13. Shirley, Katherine Miami University
14. Smith, Kirsten Wright State University

Fraulini, Maria Xavier University
Peru Study Abroad Program: Service, Solidarity, Sustainability

Blackmore, Meredith Sycamore Schools
The OFLA Teacher Grant will be used for the following, as written by the recipient. “I am requesting an OFLA Grant in order to create bilingual biographical booklets of undocumented, Spanish-speaking immigrants in our community. The booklets will be the result of a collaboration between upper level Spanish and photography students, working with the immigrants. This project will also be the culmination of a year-long study of undocumented immigration from Latin America to the United States, as well as an effort to help build real-life connections between my students and others in our community they might not otherwise interact with. Following is a description of the year-long vision.
I am currently a candidate for the National Boards for Professional Teaching Standards. As part of this process, I am tasked with building real-life connections for my students with our community. To begin this process, last year I wrote a grant proposal from the National Education Association (NEA) for $5,000 to bring a Pulitzer Prize winning speaker, Sonia Nazario, to Sycamore High School. Our Spanish students read her book, La Travesía de Enrique ( Enrique’s Journey), which documents the true story of the odyssey of a boy from Honduras who rode on the tops of freight trains to reunite with his mother in the US. To help cover costs, I partnered with Miami University. The grant was awarded and Ms. Nazario spoke at our high school on September 22, 2016. It was a wonderful event for our students, as well as other area high schools that were invited to attend.
To deepen the impact of her presentation and immerse our students in this topic here in
Cincinnati, I will be pairing advanced Spanish students with advanced photography students (Ms. Nazario had a photographer with her when she herself rode on the trains, in order to help convey the story). I have made contacts with a local organization, Su Casa, where the students will be paired with undocumented immigrants from Latin America who are currently living in Cincinnati.”

Bils, Tina Cory-Rawson High School

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