Through participation in Global Online Academy (GOA), several Upper School students are taking advantage of the chance to enroll in classes that complement the GFS curriculum by way of virtual classrooms. (More than a just a participating school, GFS is actually a founding member in this international independent school learning endeavor.)
Of the six GFS students participating in GOA, three took part in the Catalyst Conference (April 27-30), and one—Lia Weil '18—was awarded a Catalyst Conference Citation.
The Catalyst Conference describes itself as "a global, online event for students in the GOA consortium to share projects designed to spark change in their communities. Each presentation is the culmination of a capstone project that asked students to transform learning from their courses into research-based solutions for real-world issues."
GOA Citations are awarded to exemplary presentations who the Global Online Academy and participating member school faculty determine best represent the goals of the conference: 1) Raising awareness, 2) Promoting grassroots action, 3) Promoting institutional change.
Lia Weil '18 won a Citation for her work in gender studies, investigating gender-neutral clothing. See Lia's Catalyst Confernece entry, "Fashion Choices: Challenging the Gender Binary."
Ellis Maddox '17, also focusing on gender studies, presented "The Understanding of Gender Expression at Germantown Friends School."
Daniel Cho '19 studies Organic Chemistry through GOA, and he presented on applications of organic chemistry in modern life, with "Let's Make More Cornfields-But Not for Food?"
Current GOA students at GFS:
Lia Weil '18 - Gender Studies
Ellis Maddox '17 - Gender Studies
Daniel Cho '19 - Organic Chemistry
Piyush Pillarisetti '17 - Medical Problem Solving
Christine Xu '17 - Macroeconomics
Hyunju Kim '18 - Linear Algebra