RPS 205 teaches top scholar the power of ‘thank you’

Jessica Trinh is heading to Yale University in the fall, determined to take one thing with her: gratitude. Trinh, who graduated as Auburn High School’s valedictorian last month, says she learned at the Rockford Public Schools to remember the individuals who helped her get where she is today. And today—just like the last few months—is pretty impressive: –Before she goes to Yale, Trinh will do a summer science internship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford. She will begin Monday and be assigned to a scientist...

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RPS 205 Capstone project targets cancer treatment

UPDATE: Auburn High School senior Brad Foster won first prize in the RPS 205 Capstone presentations April 30. Second place was Nicholas Cordonnier. Sierra MacEachron was third, and Nicholas Kissick was fourth. The winners received a total of $2,000 in gift cards from Barnes & Noble to use toward the purchase or rental of textbooks for college.   To Brad Foster’s mind, he had two advantages in doing his Capstone project: His sister and a lab full of scientists. Foster is a senior in Auburn High School’s Renaissance Academy, where he...

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For RPS 205 students, fun begins with STEM

In just a half-hour, four industry panel members at the STEM Summit covered lessons some college students take years to absorb: Don’t procrastinate. Study the difficult material first. Everyone fails sometime. Enjoy learning. Ten students from each high school and middle school in the Rockford Public Schools attended the April 24 summit at Rock Valley College. It was a partnership with the college, RPS 205 and the Pi Gamma Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha. The day began with the panel of professionals: Neysa Alicea, a mechanical engineer at...

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Welsh principal leads students to college, careers

Maurice Davis, the principal of Welsh Elementary School, taught history at Jefferson High School for five years. He’ll never forget asking a graduating senior what his plan was. “I’m done,” the student said. “I did what I needed to do.” But tomorrow you have nowhere to go, Davis told him. The student seemed unfazed. Davis didn’t know then he would end up as an elementary principal in the Rockford Public Schools. But once he arrived to lead Welsh in 2012, he knew he could help students find focus and direction earlier in their lives. His...

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