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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Wyoming High School Foundation Day 2018

Distinguished Alumni Award Presented to David Shenk, Wyoming High School Class of 1984

The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the legacy of excellence of Wyoming Schools. The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to David Shenk – Writer, Lecturer, and Filmmaker. David addressed the Wyoming High School student body on April 23, 2018. 

David is the award-winning and national-bestselling author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us ("deeply interesting and important" - New York Times), The Forgetting ("remarkable" - Los Angeles Times), Data Smog ("indispensable" - New York Times), and The Immortal Game ("superb" - Wall Street Journal). He is a popular lecturer, a filmmaker, and a contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harper's, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, the New Republic, The American Scholar, NPR, and BBC. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Wyoming launched David on his journalism career in the third grade when he was appointed editor of the Hilltop Frolic Gazzette. In the fifth grade, David fell in love with writing after reading Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. In the eighth grade, he was brought into the weird, wide world of English teacher Bob Moses, who would later mentor him in his poetry writing. In high school, David served as co-editor (with Adam Berliant) of the Horizon and was one of the many pre-med acolytes of the great human anatomy teacher Marie King Johnson. 

Previous Distinguished Alumni took part in Foundation Day with David Shenk, left to right: Dan Jones, David, Jill Van Lokeren, and Thomas D. Boyatt. 
After graduating from Brown University in 1988, he moved to Washington, DC, where he wrote for the Washington Post, the Washington Monthly, and Spy magazine, and where he served as a producer for National Public Radio. In 1993, David moved to New York City and was granted a fellowship at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center at Columbia University. 

In 1998, David and his family lived briefly in Tokyo, Japan on a United States-Japan Foundation Fellowship, where David explored the cultural ramifications of extreme technology-saturation. That same year, he co-founded "Technorealism," a movement encouraging balanced consideration of technology's effects on humanity.

David's writing appears in several collections and has been translated into many
additional languages. In 2004, his original term "data smog" was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and the PBS companion film of his book The Forgetting was awarded an Emmy. In 2006, The Forgetting was featured in Sarah Polley's Oscar-nominated film Away From Her. In 2011, he was featured in the HBO film Bobby Fischer Against the World

David has advised the President's Council on Bioethics on dementia-related issues, directed five animated "pocket films" about Alzheimer's, and is currently a Senior Advisor to the research consortium Cure Alzheimer's Fund and Executive Producer of the "Living with Alzheimer's" film project.

Most importantly, David is the eldest (and least-accomplished) of three brothers Shenk.  Number two, Jon Shenk, Wyoming High School Class of 1987, is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. Joshua Wolf Shenk, Wyoming High School Class of 1989, is a powerful writer, performer, editor, and mentor. To learn more about David, visit

The Wyoming School Foundation Presented the Class of 2018 Senior Scholarship Awards

Camille Robinson, President of the Wyoming School Foundation, announced the Scholarship Awards for eleven graduating seniors from the Class of 2018. The scholarship awards, totaling $20,600, were funded by generous supporters of our students 
and schools through the Wyoming School Foundation.
The Dorothy F. Mantel Scholarship is awarded to a senior who, in addition to outstanding academic performance, has cared about the school and school environment as evidenced by interest and contributions that have made a positive difference in school. 
The recipients of this scholarship award were Lindsay Sasson, who plans to attend Villanova University, and George Arenas, who plans to attend Harvard University.
Andrew Chaney, Lindsay Sasson, Jamaiica Hurston, Ben Pantalone, and Max Magella all received scholarships through the Wyoming School Foundation.  
The Kindness Matters Scholarship was established in loving memory of Richard Beck, a high school senior who died suddenly in a car accident on May 16, 2010. This scholarship was awarded to a student who has been a shining example of kindness and caring to others. The recipient of this scholarship award was Max Magella. Max plans to attend the University of Cincinnati.
The Lynn Y. S. Lin Family Scholarship recognizes students in good standing who have achieved benchmark cumulative GPA and are pursuing secondary education. The recipients of this scholarship award were Andrew Chaney, who plans to attend the University of Cincinnati, Jamaiica Hurston, who plans to attend Emory College, and 
Ben Pantalone, who plans to attend the University of Kentucky.
The Tink Miller Wrestling Scholarship is awarded to a senior who participated in the WHS wrestling program, and who demonstrates dedication, determination, and a love of wrestling. The recipient of this scholarship award is Yima Nyamor, who plans to attend Miami University.
The Go the Distance Scholarship is awarded to a senior male and female who participated in the WHS Cross Country program, and who best exemplify the spirit of the sport and the life lessons it teaches. The recipients of this scholarship award were Grant Mellott, who plans to attend Boston College, and Lily Parker, who plans to attend the University of Minnesota.
During the fall golf season, the following graduating seniors who are members of the golf team were awarded the Wyoming Legends of Golf Scholarship: Abby McMonigal, 
and Max Randman.

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