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SAS Holds Posse Forum at MDC North Campus for SAS Juniors



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Photo 1 -- 2012 SAS Posse Scholars (from left) Sofia Lund, (Wolfson-U Penn), Steven Claunch (Homestead-U Penn), Tomilya Simmons (North-Franklin & Marshall), Amy Reyes (North-Franklin & Marshall), Ryan Koven (Kendall-Hamilton), and Daniel Santacoloma- (Kendall-Hamilton).

Photo 2 -- SAS Posse Forum Panelists (from left) Sofia Lund (SAS Wolfson), Steven Claunch (SAS Homestead), Ryan Koven (SAS Kendall) and Estefania Pugliese (AAA South)

School for Advanced Studies held a forum on April 5, 2012 for the Class of 2013 at Miami Dade College North Campus. The purpose of the presentation was to inform current juniors about the Posse Foundation and what scholarship opportunities it offers to high school students.

The panel discussion was moderated by SAS counselor Dr. Michael Townsel and included the six SAS 2012 Posse Scholars (Sofia Lund - U Penn, Steven Claunch - U Penn, Amy Reyes - Franklin & Marshall, Tomilya Simmons - Franklin & Marshall, Ryan Koven - Hamilton, and Daniel Santacoloma - Hamilton). Estefania Pugliese and Stephanie Corrales from Academy for Advanced Academics South, who will be attending Mt. Holyoke next year, were also part of a very lively and informative discussion of the Posse process.

The Miami Posse partner universities are Mt. Holyoke, Franklin & Marshall, Syracuse, Hamilton and the University of Pennsylvania (U Penn). Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. Each of the five Miami Posse colleges select 10 multicultural groups of students from the Miami area that form a Miami Posse when they go away to that particular school for their college education.

SAS Posse Forum Panelists (from left) Sofia Lund (SAS Wolfson), Steven Claunch (SAS Homestead), Ryan Koven (SAS Kendall) and Estefania Pugliese (AAA South)

Posse is looking for individuals who have demonstrated leadership ability, communication and team building skills. Winners of the Posse Scholarship have been positive contributors to their schools and communities. They are the kinds of students who change the climate for the better. They are interested in issues of community and diversity. They are mature team-players who are able to not only take care of themselves, but also to look out for their peers.

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