Thursday, July 15, 2010

Summer 2010 Issue (#82); Houston, Texas
Commentary: And now for some reading!
13/07/2010 19:25:00 Michael F. Shaughnessy, Senior Columnist

7.14.10—Well, the World Cup is over and Spain has triumphed over the Netherlands and now perhaps we can turn our sights to some other WORLD CLASS scholars—those who have been published in The Concord Review.

Michael F. Shaughnessy
Eastern New Mexico University
Portales, New Mexico

Well, the World Cup is over and Spain has triumphed over the Netherlands and now perhaps we can turn our sights to some other WORLD CLASS scholars—those who have been published in The Concord Review.

You know, we extol Lebron James (although I will challenge him to a game of one on one at Greyhound Arena in Portales, New Mexico) and we make a big deal of football (and soccer players) and we seem to idolize baseball players and tennis players and volleyball stars, but I do not think we pay enough attention to true scholars who are at the head of their class. So, today, let me pay homage and tribute to those high school writers and scholars whose research and writings have appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of The Concord Review (#82).

Benjamin Weichman wrote an essay about Norman Borlaug (the exact title of his essay was “ Seeds of Innovation : Norman Borlaug and the Green Revolution”). Benjamin will be a Senior at Bedford High School, Bedford Massachusetts.

Abhishek Raman Parajuli wrote on the topic of the Rwandan Genocide. He is from Kathmandu, Nepal, and this essay was written while he was a student at Li Po Chun United World College, in Hong Kong. He is taking a gap year before college.

Neal Feldman penned an essay on the Balkan Wars, 1912-1913, and he is from George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado. He is going to be in the Honors Program at the University of Denver.

Jane Oliver Cavalier described Pittsburg’s East Liberty. She is from Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She will be at Dartmouth in the Fall.

Emma Silverman wrote on the topic of the Muslim Brotherhood. She will be a Senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois.

Anirudha Balasubramanian penned a piece on American Economics. This paper was written while at St. Albans School, Mount St. Alban, Washington, D.C. He is headed for Harvard.

Ruodi Duan wrote on the Confederate Divide. Ruodi attended Arcadia High School in Arcadia, California. She will be at Amherst in the Fall.

Sydney Small researched and wrote on the topic of the African Colonies of Belgium and Germany. Sydney attended the University of Chicago Laboratory High School in Chicago, Illinois. She will be at Columbia in the Fall.

Antonia Woodford wrote on the topic of Italian Fascism. Antonia attended The Horace Mann School in Riverside, New York. She is headed for Yale.

Scotland William Long contributed an essay on The Long Telegram and he attended Irvington High School in Irvington, New York (Sleepy Hollow Country, as I recall). He will be at Bates College.

EuNa Noh wrote about one of our greatest American Presidents, Andrew Jackson, and it comes as no surprise to me that EuNa will be a Senior at Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire. She came to the U.S. from South Korea just three years ago.

All of these individuals deserve congratulations and all of the teachers of these individuals have probably contributed to some extent and deserve recognition and all of the parents of these fine writers and scholars deserve some acknowledgement.

I do apologize for any misspellings and accept responsibility for these large clumsy fingers. In addition to these fine papers, Kristy Henrich of Marblehead High School Class of 2010 contributed a brief piece to the back cover of this edition of The Concord Review.

If you want to learn more about these outstanding writers, researchers and scholars, there is a section entitled “Notes on Contributors“ at the end of each issue. I have a feeling these high school students are well on their way to success in whatever college or university is lucky enough to recruit them.

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