Sun, May 16 | Zoom (see event info for link)

High School Sports, Academic Competitions, and Early Childhood Education

Join us as we discuss the importance of high school sports and academic competitions with two State High alumni that participated in both types of activities. We will also unpack how high-quality early childhood education is vital to success with professionals in the field.
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High School Sports, Academic Competitions, and Early Childhood Education

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May 16, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Zoom (see event info for link)

About the Event

Join us as we discuss the importance of high school sports and academic competitions with two State High alumni that participated in both types of activities. We will also unpack how high-quality early childhood education is vital to success with professionals in the field.

Nick Feffer is a Computer Science Major and a senior at Darthmouth College. He plans to attend graduate school in the fall.

Nick is a member of Darthmouth's Varsity Cross Country and Track & Field teams. During his career there, he has qualified for eight Ivy League Championships, where he's won six individual and relay medals, and one NCAA Regional Championship. A graduate of State High's class of 2017, Nick holds the school record in the 4x800, is a 3-time New Balance All-American, and is a 10-time PIAA State Medalist.

In Nick's spare time he plays guitar and bass.

Joey is a senior at Harvard College studying math and getting a minor in film and visual studies. Outside of class, he's involved with advocacy efforts for incarcerated populations in Boston and for diversity in STEM on campus. Combining his interests in math and social welfare, he will be pursuing a PhD in Economics next fall.

Joey is a graduate of State High's class of 2017. During his time at SCASD he competed in many national and international competitions, earning many medals and trophies.

Thomas Bryant is an early education professional serving the Pittsburgh community for 11 years. He is passionate about helping pre-schoolers, their schools, and their families find the resources and support they need to thrive. Through Jumpstart Pittsburgh, Thomas mobilizes college students to serve these pre-schoolers, develop professional and leadership skills, and become advocates for early childhood education. As a graduate of Pitt’s KATZ Graduate School of Business MBA Program, he strives to bridge the gap between business, social entrepreneurship, and non-profit work to build an equitable & transformational educational landscape for young children.

Karen Bierman, Ph.D., is an Evan Pugh University Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies and Director of the Child Study Center at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on school-based and family-focused programming to promote social-emotional learning and school readiness in young children, and the long-term benefits of preschool interventions.

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