Two Sophomores Received National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
On March 13, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the winners for the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Sophomores Aysu Türkay and Anthony Wiles won a Gold Key and Silver Key respectively.
Science Bowl Team Places Second at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl
Sewickley Academy’s Science Bowl team – juniors Prateek (captain), Jiaji, Ashwin, and Aditya, and senior Tim – competed in the 29th annual Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl (WPASB) on Saturday, February 22, at the Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus, earning second place.
Official Selection at the Cleveland International Film Festival and the Heartland Film Festival
REJECT is the first documentary to examine the universal experience of social rejection. Blending cutting-edge science with intimate stories, the film is driven by research that demonstrates a chilling correlation between social rejection and physical pain, which can ultimately lead to acts of violence against the self or others. From neuroscientists to broken-hearted moms, the film's lead characters are rejection experts by choice or by fate. The film is ultimately about human potential, and the price we pay as a society as long as this universal truth is not understood and addressed.
SA alumna Ruth Thomas-Suh ’83 directed and produced REJECT. Ruth was inspired to make the film by the work of her father, Dr. Herbert E. Thomas. A psychiatrist for 30 years at Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh, he published his experiences with prison population violence in his book, The Shame Response to Rejection.
A Q&A with Ruth and ostracism researcher Kipling Williams, a professor at Purdue University, will take place after the film.