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March 25, 2005

Take the Lead Program Seeks Nominations by April 12

  Take The Lead
  Photo by Jim Gipe

Mount Holyoke is seeking nominations for bright, idealistic high school sophomores who want to make a positive difference in the world. Forty young women will be selected to participate in the sixth annual Take the Lead, the College's leadership program for high school students, which will run September 29–October 2.

Participants will build their leadership skills by attending workshops, working with MHC student mentors, and listening to successful women leaders. They will each develop action plans to address an issue of particular concern to them.

Past programs have inspired significant accomplishments by Take the Lead participants. Kara Schnabel of Barrington, Rhode Island, cofounder of her high school Latin Club and a member of the Brown University Friends of Egyptology and the Archaeological Institute of America, devised a plan at the 2003 Take the Lead conference to create an armchair travel club at her school. Last March at her school in Wilmington, Delaware, Katie Ball organized the first ACT (Active and Compassionate Teens) Conference for Social Justice. Ball and her committee of 20 students received two grants, recruited two noted speakers, and hosted 20 workshops during the day. Approximately 100 students attended the conference from 15 schools. In Charleston, South Carolina, Anne Rhett started an after-school arts program for youth. While working on her project, Anne earned two grants, tapped into other teen activists online, and published two articles in Charleston’s daily newspaper. She also recruited 25 volunteers and held approximately 15 art classes for children of various ages.

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 V. Creighton will write a letter of congratulations to each nominee and invite her to apply. The MHC community received Take the Lead brochures and nomination forms earlier this month. The completed forms should be returned via campus mail by April 12. Nominations can also be submitted electronically at

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