February 2024 News

Dr. Olufowote Selected as Senior Administrator at Johns Hopkins Summer Program

Monday, February 26, 2024

Dr. Joel Olufowote, Director of Academic Affairs, has been selected to serve Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Center for Talented Youth (CTY) this June and July as a senior administrator for its flagship summer program on the Homewood campus of JHU in Baltimore, Maryland. As site director, Olufowote will provide administrative leadership for two, three-week intensive summer academic sessions that historically draws approximately six-hundred gifted and talented high schoolers from around the nation and world. In this role, Olufowote will also oversee the seventy-five staff members instructing and guiding students across the academic, residential, and operational functions of the program.

Founded in 1979 and recognized today as the premier world leader in gifted education, advocacy, and research, CTY is an academic center of JHU that delivers academic excellence, fosters intellectual growth, and provides transformational experiences to exceptional elementary, middle, and high schoolers from a range of diverse backgrounds, communities, and nationalities. This summer, CTY programs will provide a total of 70+ courses in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and humanities to just shy of 6,000 students at several sites located in California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island. Olufowote is one of ten site directors carefully drawn from a nationwide pool of candidates selected to oversee a CTY program this summer.

Congratulations to Dr. Olufowote on this esteemed accomplishment! Learn more about Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and its academic programs at cty.jhu.edu.

Dr. Lobo Receives Bell Education Grant From Community Foundation

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Congratulations to Dr. Phillip Lobo for winning a Robert P. Bell Education Grant to fund his project: “Let’s Build a World! – Collaborative Game Setting Construction.” According to Dr. Lobo, “The [May Term] project is to collaboratively create a world-setting and then populate it with converted game mechanics. It will be split into two phases. The first week will be spent creating the world itself, using a variety of games to generate the setting; the second week will be dedicated to playing games in that setting, and compiling ‘source books,’ either producing a key component in a larger game or a smaller game within the larger setting. The end result will be a robust, interconnected set of collaborative creative works, united in a single brand new world.” The funds from the grant will go towards purchasing reusable maps and drafting materials, graph paper and journals, as well as dice and tokens and because of the generosity of the Community Foundation, according to Dr. Lobo, “…I should be able to run my May Term free of cost for our students!”

Senior Sky Wood Awarded Presidential Scholarship to Indiana State University

Monday, February 19, 2024

Academy Senior Sky Wood was surprised on Friday, February 16 with a Presidential Scholarship to Indiana State University and their Honors College. Dr. Gregory Bierly, Dean of the ISU Honors College, and Kelly Pierce, Associate Director of Scholarships, came to the Academy to present the award, and Sky’s parents were also in attendance to surprise Sky with some ISU swag. This scholarship covers tuition, housing, and meals for 4 years. Congratulations, Sky!

Junior Asia Genawi Receives Aspirations in Computing Award

Friday, February 9, 2024

The Indiana Academy is proud to announce that junior Asia Genawi was a recipient of the 2024 National Aspirations in Computing Award. The award recognizes high school students who show aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing expertise, computing-related activities, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, leadership experience, and plans for post-secondary education. Asia is one of 40 national winners from a pool of 3,300 talented applicants. Congratulations, Asia!