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TMLA seniors win special awards

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Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2014 10:30 am

The Mary Louis Academy located in Jamaica Estates congratulates seniors Quinn Hurse and Mary Casey who have earned special recognition for their academic and leadership potential and have been chosen as Posse Scholars.

Founded in 1989, the Posse Foundation identifies high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students.

Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Quinn Hurse will attend Wheaton College and Mary Casey will attend Vanderbilt University.

The concept of a Posse works for both students and college campuses and is rooted in the belief that a small, diverse group of talented students—a Posse—carefully selected and trained, can serve as a catalyst for increased individual and community development.

Vanderbilt University was Posse’s first partner institution and took a Posse of five students from New York City in 1989. Four years after setting foot on Vanderbilt’s campus, all five members of Vanderbilt Posse 1 graduated with honors and accolades.

Since then, Posse has sent 5,544 scholars to top-tier colleges and universities throughout the country. Nationally, Posse Scholars have won $687 million in scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions and are graduating at a rate of 90 percent—significantly above the national average.

The GOALS of the Posse program include these principles:

To expand the pool from which top colleges and universities can recruit outstanding young leaders from diverse backgrounds.

To help these institutions build more interactive campus environments so that they can be more welcoming for people from all backgrounds.

To ensure that Posse Scholars persist in their academic studies and graduate so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.

Shown above are Sister Joan Killen, left, chairperson Guidance Department; Heather Maloney, senior guidance counselor; Mary Casey, Quinn Hurse (class of 2013); Sister Kathleen McKinney, principal, and Ann Cordes, assistant principal.

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