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Eliminating the Other — Ebony Davis, Cohort 3

By Tom Moore  Ebony Davis has always loved reading. Her love of the written word started early and continues today with her book club friends in Chicago. But it was the syllabus from her Rainier Scholars literature classes some fifteen years ago that framed much of...

College Support During COVID-19

By Derek Rogers, Director of College Counseling  Like most aspects of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, the college admission landscape has seen many changes in these last few months and its future is still unfolding. Whether it’s shifts in testing policy or...

Reflections from Rainier Scholars Leadership, Part 2

All, I’m heartbroken by recent events. Again and again. Mr. Little and I were exchanging texts about reading a historical account of the murder of teenager Emmett Till in Jet Magazine when we were 10 years old, one of our earliest memories of reading about our black...

Reflections from Rainier Scholars Leadership, Part 1

For a list of justice and community support resources, as well as anti-racism resources for parents, please click here. Dear Rainier Scholars Community, Like so many of you, I have spent this past week aching in heart and soul at the images of yet another brutal...

Rising to the Challenge — Sallie Lau, Cohort 3

By Tom Moore There was a seminal moment early on in Sallie Lau’s time with Rainier Scholars. It was during the Academic Enrichment Phase of the program and her English Literature instructor, Ms, Mikolasy, was teaching the Jane Schaffer Paragraph Structure (a...