Five Country Day Students Selected as New Orleans Scholars

Earlier this week, the New Orleans Scholars Program selected five Country Day students to participate in their 2016-2017 program: Suzy Ascuitto, Conley Kronenberg, Darby Le, John Wisdom, and Sam Murray. The New Orleans Scholars Program, directed toward incoming juniors and seniors at Metairie Park Country Day School and Benjamin Franklin High School, supports a two-year study of the economic development, environment, politics, and culture of New Orleans. As a New Orleans Scholar, students are required to take essentially four (non-credit) half-courses over four semesters, one in each topic during their junior and senior years. 
Students are accompanied off campus on Tuesdays from lunch to 2:00 p.m. to study the semester’s topic of interest. Collaborating schools, therefore, work with their students’ schedules to accommodate participation in this engaging and visionary program.

As New Orleans Scholars, students participate in developing joint projects each semester, applying their knowledge to the issues at hand. Students complete the program with a better understanding of the problems that have historically faced our community. Having immersed in active community problem-solving, they will be equipped to re-engage with these very issues as an adult, wherever they may live.

"As program director and on behalf of the selection committee, I am pleased to be able to recognize these students’ commitment and dedication to civic leadership and aspiration to serve the public interest in improving their city’s quality of life," said New Orleans Scholars Director, Vanesa Gentinetta.

2016-2017 Scholars

Metairie Park Country Day School
Suzy Ascuitto
Conley Kronenberg
Darby Le
John Wisdom
Sam Murray

Benjamin Franklin High School
Mariza Francis
Victoria Papai
Joe Scarmuzza
Mariah Smith
Emilie Tran
300 Park Road, Metairie, LA 70005 (504) 837-5204
Established in 1929, Metairie Park Country Day School is a coed private school for New Orleans area students in early childhood through Grade 12. From the elementary grades through upper school, the care and cultivation of each child comes to life in our exciting academic program, creative arts, and competitive athletic offerings.