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February 28, 2003

Develop a Leader: Nominate a High Schooler for Take the Lead

Mount Holyoke is seeking nominations of bright, idealistic high school sophomores who want to make a positive difference in the world. Forty women will be selected to participate in the fourth year of Take the Lead, the College's annual leadership program for high school students, which will run October 2 through 5. Participants will build their leadership skills by attending workshops, working with MHC student mentors, and listening to successful women leaders. They will also develop action plans to address issues of concern to them.


Past programs have inspired significant accomplishments by Take the Lead participants. Anna Boatwright, for example, left the 2001 Take the Lead with a plan to share her talents with underprivileged children in her community of Charleston, South Carolina. The ballet dancer was featured in the January 2003 issue of Seventeen magazine for the results of that plan—a program of free, weekly dance classes at a local YWCA. Caitlin Gorski of Hopkinton, Massachusetts, a 2002 participant, is currently working with social agencies and employers in the Boston area to organize a job fair for the homeless. And Susan Sparrow of Salt Lake City, Utah, is leading twenty peers in a campaign for House Bill 81, proposed legislation to study gender-based salary inequities among Utah's state employees. The bill has already won support from the citizen interest group Utah Progressive Network and Salt Lake Democratic Representative Ty McCartney. This month, Sparrow testified before Utah's House Government Operations Committee and held a Valentine's Day bake sale on Capitol Hill, selling large cookies and 34 percent smaller ones (symbolic of the 66 cents women earn for every dollar men earn). "It made me think twice about what I'm doing to change the world," said Sparrow about Take the Lead in an interview with columnist Holly Mullen, who wrote about Sparrow's group for the Salt Lake Tribune.


Members of the MHC community are invited to nominate up to three women who are now in their sophomore year of high school. President Joanne Creighton will write a letter of congratulations to each nominee and invite her to apply. The MHC community will receive Take the Lead brochures and nomination forms during the first week of March. Nominations can also be submitted electronically at www.mtholyoke.edu/go/takethelead. They are due April 11, 2003.

 

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