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This Week in Red Clay May 28, 2021

In this issue:

Watch Red Clay Graduations Live Online Beginning June 1 | Red Clay Students Earn Top Spots at History Competition | Volunteer Delaware Names Governor's Youth Volunteer Honorees | Over 300 Vaccinated at Clinic for Ages 12+ | Reminder: Mask Wearing in Red Clay Schools and Facilities

Watch Red Clay Graduations Live Online Beginning June 1

It's graduation season! Join Red Clay schools in celebrating the Class of 2021 by watching our upcoming commencements live online. We want as many friends and family members to enjoy these ceremonies as possible, so in addition to having a limited number of guests in person with the graduates, we will livestream all commencements online at the links below.

Set a reminder and celebrate LIVE with Red Clay's newest graduates!

Red Clay Students Earn Top Spots at History Competition

Congratulations to several Red Clay 7th- and 11th-grade students for participating in National History Day! As part of their yearlong research projects, students chose a topic related to the theme Communication in History: The Key to Understanding. They then delivered their final presentations in a virtual ceremony.

The winning students placed in individual and group categories including Website Design, Documentary, Research Paper and Performance. In the Special Award category, students earned the Global or Area Studies Award and the James Baker Award for African American History.

  • In the Junior Individual Paper category, Ryan Doty took 2nd place and Cindy Tran took 3rd place.
  • In the Junior Individual Website category, Sarah Cho earned 1st place and Josephine Pesce took 3rd place.
  • In the Junior Group Website category, Janae Harrison and Ana Hughes came in 1st, Genevieve Carson and Inari Dennis came in 2nd, and Nadia Ongtawco and Victoria Rein took 3rd place.
  • In the Junior Individual Documentary category, Calista DeGuzman earned 1st place, Samuel Caplan came in 2nd place, and Nadia Hunt took 3rd place.
  • In the Junior Individual Exhibit category, Simon Charles Breen won 1st place.
  • In the Junior Group Exhibit category, Elliot Jacob and Jacqueline Jerome came in 1st place.
  • In the Junior Individual Performance category, Valerie Payne took 1st place and Gianna Melvin 2nd place.
  • In the Senior Group Exhibit category, Courtney Drake and Seth Fields came in 1st place.
  • Josephine Pesce won the Global or Area Studies Award.
  • Nadia Hunt and Akimah Kumar won the James Baker Award for African American History.

All 1st and 2nd place projects will advance to The National Contest in June.

Special thanks to Andrew Bedell and Erin Sullivan, teachers at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, for guiding these young historians along the way!

Volunteer Delaware Names Governor's Youth Volunteer Honorees

Congratulations to the 2021 Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Award Honorees! Please make plans to join us for a virtual ceremony in their honor during the 2021 Volunteer Delaware Conference on August 26.

Honorees include Shanell Wooten (Alexis I. du Pont High School), who has volunteered over 125 hours with various communities throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Shanell has sorted, lifted, and provided food, gloves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, gift cards and more to hundreds of families. During this time when people were in great need of food, Shanell did not hesitate to assist during food distributions, collecting items and raising funds to provide families with gift cards. She also organized a sock drive, word search and goodie bag drive for our elderly citizens who have been having a difficult time adapting to being unable to see their family members due to COVID-19 guidelines. She is currently working on getting more youth involved with volunteering in their local communities with the food distribution."

Over 300 Vaccinated at Clinic for Ages 12+

Thank you to the over 300 students, families, and community members who participated in the COVID-19 vaccination event for ages 12 and over on May 26! This community-based event was hosted by CarePortMD at The John Dickinson School.

Participants will receive their second dose at a follow-up event at The John Dickinson School on June 16.

Reminder: Mask Wearing in Red Clay Schools and Facilities

Superintendent Green provided a May 21 update on mask wearing in Red Clay schools and facilities, in light of Governor Carney's 29th Modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration. As a reminder, the processes, protocols and mitigation strategies within the Red Clay Consolidated School District will remain unchanged for the remainder of the school year. Read the full announcement here.