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Liana Star of Santa Fe has received a scholarship to continue her high school education at the United World College-Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The daughter of Miranda Saint James, Liana recently completed her sophomore year at Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe. She was among 60 U.S. students selected for the merit-based Davis Scholarships.
Liana’s article “Kindness Rocks, and So Do CASA First Youth Ambassadors,” in Tumbleweeds' Fall 2020 issue, won second place for articles on social issues in the New Mexico Press Women 2021 Communications Contest.
UWC is an international high school for 16- to 19-year-olds with 18 campuses worldwide whose mission is to unite cultures through education, thus creating a peaceful, sustainable world. UWC students represent up to 90 countries at some campuses; many come from conflict regions.
UWC offers the international baccalaureate, a two-year pre-university program that is the most widely recognized secondary school diploma in the world.
Applicants for Davis Scholarships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and be either 16 or 17 years old on Sept. 1 of the year they intend to enroll. Additional non-scholarship students may also be selected. These students will be offered partial or no financial support. To learn more about UWC-USA, visit www.uwc-usa.org.
- Gwen Albers, Advancement and Communications Coordinator, United World College
The Santa Fe Children’s Museum is distributing a line of newly designed Grab and Go Kits designed by students from New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts & Technology Department. Created for New Mexico children and families without access to the internet, and as a way to serve the community during the pandemic, these kits provide hands-on STEM and art-based activities for the whole family.
Using the kit themes — Paper Rivers, Rain Jar, and Solar System String -- visual communications students from the Department of Media Arts and Technology designed new, creative brand packaging and curriculum materials for the Grab and Go Kit Program.
“Sam Gallegos led the student team and played an important role in developing the logo mark, while Krislyn Padilla pitched some fun ideas for the ‘Solar System String’ lesson,” Advanced Design Practices course instructor Mariah Fox Hausman said. “This project was challenging, and I’m proud of the students’ hard work. The reward of seeing their designs reach communities in need throughout the state is not only priceless but a valuable educational experience.”
Leona Hillary, director of education, said she is grateful for the Highlands partnership and happy with the students’ work.
“It hit home on our mission of discovering the joy of learning, play and community,” Hillary said. “We are very fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing pool of local talent.”
With donor support, the Children’s Museum has delivered more than 7,000 free kits to children and families across the state since March 2020. Kits have been distributed with the help of partners including:
● Keres Children’s Learning Center, Cochiti Pueblo
● Mariano Elementary, Gallup
● Northern Youth Project, Abiquiu
● Railyard Park Conservancy, Santa Fe
● Community Educators Network, Santa Fe
● City of Santa Fe Homeless Shelter: Midtown Campus, Santa Fe
● Espanola Public Schools, Homebound Services, Espanola
● Gerard's House, Santa Fe
● Santa Fe Public Libraries, All Locations
● New Mexico Autism Society
● Rio Arriba Independent Libraries, Rio Arriba County
● Rio Arriba County Health Department, Rio Arriba County
● Community Art Closet, Santa Fe Place Mall
● Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center serving families from Riberia, Questa, Taos, Las Vegas and Santa Fe.
During the next year, the Children’s Museum anticipates distributing 20,000 Grab-and-Go Kits to rural and Tribal communities throughout the state.
For more information, visit www.santafechildrensmuseum.org.
- By Hannah Hausman, Santa Fe Children's Museum
Sugar and spice. A female child. A maiden. What does it mean to be a girl in today’s modern world? Having passed through the rocky terrain of girlhood myself, and further, as the mother of two young women, I find the subject to be an intimate and important one.
This project is my celebration of a new, more complex feminine iconography. Part fantasy, part allegory, these are the stories of growing womanhood...based on strength in the face of adversity, perseverance in the face of injustice, and grace in the face of prejudice. Throughout, there is a sense of place and the tension between setting roots down, and breaking free of expectation. We mark the twin values that marry the power of a female gaze with the force of a female life.
This show is a jumping off point for a deeper exploration of the allegory and iconography of humanity by exploring different sexes, different sexual orientations, and different seasons of life. My next pieces will be centered around boyhood, and titled, Once Upon a Boy.