Each year, NSCD hosts the Harold H. Hines Jr. Visiting Fellowship that brings to campus a distinguished individual who exemplifies the school motto, “Live and Serve.” This year’s visiting fellow was Rajiv Vinnakota. Raj has dedicated his career to supporting students from underserved communities and to building a stronger democracy. 
Following remarks shared with upper and middle school students, Raj met with the upper school Open Entrepreneurship class, middle and upper school student leaders, the middle school public speaking class and faculty.
Raj co-founded the SEED school network, a group of urban, college-preparatory boarding schools where more than 80% of graduates are first-generation college students. He also founded the Youth & Engagement division of the Aspen Institute and is now the head of the Institute for Citizens and Scholars, formerly the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. In this role, his work is most directly focused on engaging the nation’s young people through civic education and involvement. 

The Institute for Citizens and Scholars administers a portfolio of fellowships intended both to strengthen American education and to address urgent contemporary challenges. These include programs to promote more gender and racial diversity in American higher education, improve the quality of K-12 education in our country, strengthen STEM teaching in high-need schools, and improve understanding of American history and civics. The foundation has recently been expanding the scope of its work to focus on civic education and the promotion of a more informed, productively engaged and hopeful citizenry able to sustain the reality of a democratic republic.
A graduate and former trustee of Princeton University, Raj has dedicated his career to educating, empowering and supporting America’s youth. His work as a social entrepreneur and nonprofit leader has earned him national recognition in the form of prestigious fellowships from Echoing Green, The Ashoka Foundation and the Aspen Institute, as well as awards such as Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award, Harvard University’s Innovation in American Government Award and Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life award.

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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