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Inaugural Poetry Out Loud Event

"Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country."

Today, in the Space, six courageous upper-school innovators memorized a poem, stepped onto the stage, and delivered their chosen poem to their peers. This was NEIA’s inaugural Poetry Out Loud competition, and our community did not disappoint. The crowd was reverent and encouraging. Ben emceed. The judges (Mira, Camp, Tamara, Kaitlin) took this responsibility very seriously. And the contestants showed out! Here are their names and the poem they performed:

  • Ellis, “Every day as a wide field, every page” by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Langston, “I, Too” by Langston Hughes
  • Eddie, “Acquainted with the Night” by Robert Frost
  • Bella, “Ways of Talking” by Ha Jin
  • Jack, “Burning the Old Year” by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Darshan, “Ah! Why, Because the Dazzling Sun” by Emily Brontë

We are pleased to announce that this year’s winner is Langston, with Ellis as our runner-up. Langston will progress to a regional competition, representing NEIA to the wider world! All of the contestants should be very proud of themselves for their hard work.

When announcing the winner, Mira said, “It’s no small feat to be the inaugural group to do something—and these six set the stage well for years to come. Thank you as well to the encouraging and attentive audience, and to the many staff who supported this initiative.”

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After our first full week into summer, we want to look back on a year-long project that yielded impressive results for three of our amazing rising 12th graders.

This past fall, NEIA 11th graders pitched products that could add value to people’s lives by curing diseases or ailments. This is part of the BioTrek Program: a joint initiative by ARMI (Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute) and BioFabUSA. Students pitched their amazing ideas to Tim McCauley, their peers, and a panel of judges made up of NEIA staff members. 

Throughout these presentations, our students walked through all phases of the Biotrek journey. First, identifying a problem. Second, engineering a solution using bio-manufacturing techniques. In the third phase, they developed a business and financial model for their product. The final phase was this event: pitching to their peers and judges. They are trying to solve real medical issues, such as endometriosis, chronic lung disease, color blindness, and osteogenesis (just to name a few). 

The winners moved on to the Final Presentations judged by representatives from ARMI and Biofab, which decided
who would represent NEIA against other schools in the Biotrek Championship. The winning group chosen to go to the championship was Endopexy, created by Milena, Lila, and Max H.

Milena, Lila, and Max’s hard worked paid off as they were the winning team of the championships. We are so proud of these three innovators for working hard the whole year and being recognized in such a highly competitive program.

This project-based learning program continues to be a very valuable experience for our innovators. You can clearly see the intersection of subjects like science, math, entrepreneurship, and communications. It is the perfect example of how integrated academics lead to exciting projects and connections.

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This weekend, three of our 11th grade students: Vicki, Owen, and Langston, won first place at the Entrepreneurship for All - EforAll All Ideas Pitch Competition for their idea around the NEXTGEN Summit, a conference that Langston initiated this spring at NEIA.

Owen explains the idea to execution as follows, "My mother is an alum of the Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Business Accelerator Program. One night while scrolling Instagram, she found a post by EforAll about an All Ideas Pitch Competition happening. She sent me the post at 11:20 p.m. and we were signed up for the event by 12:15 a.m. A few weeks later we were selected to table at the event with the potential of being able to participate in the final pitch competition. We landed a spot in the pitch competition, and it was a huge success as we not only won the first place prize of $1000, but also won the Fan Favorite prize for an additional $500. We were by far the youngest attendees at the event and were pitching with people who were already well removed from college."

We are so proud of our innovators and commend them for their efforts to not only seek new opportunities each and every day but to thrive within them.

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That’s a wrap! We will see you soon, innovators. We miss you already.

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