Inaugural Fellowship in Creativity Class Announced

With tremendous pride, we recognized the nine students chosen to participate in our inaugural Middle School Fellowship in Creativity this morning at Community Assembly. 
Families of our honorees were invited to celebrate the moment with their children.

The Fellowship in Creativity is an enriching, yearlong independent study that offers select Grade 7 and Grade 8 OTS students opportunities to be intellectually curious and pursue one’s passions and interests. It is part of the school's commitment to providing transformative student experiences that distinctly promote experiential learning and creativity.

"Old Trail is devoted to creating interactions, experiences and opportunities that ensure that all students have the means to pursue their interests and passions," said fellowship director Marival Quesada. "The areas of study chosen are as varied and interesting as the students who chose them."

Topics, which were also announced this morning, ranged from the scientific study of Down syndrome to a photographic journey through the architecture and history of some of Cleveland's most notable buildings to scoring a full orchestra composition. Each student will present the result of their work in a culminating reception at the end of the school year.

Although our fellows are expected to work entirely on their own, they have been matched with mentors on campus for support. Our mentors formally recognized this year's fellowship class by presenting each mentee with a seal of the school.

To be selected, fellows had to complete a rigorous application process that included a review by a committee composed of OTS faculty and administrators. In addition to demonstrating a sincere interest in their chosen field of study, applicants had to set their own reasonable goals and deadlines. They also had to provide examples of how they would meet those obligations while also maintaining strong academic performance at the school.

Congratulations to our honorees and their families. We are eager to see all the projects at the end of the year!

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Old Trail School is an independent day school (toddler through grade eight) located in the heart of Cuyahoga Valley National Park.