Inbox [May 8]: Worcester schools honors senior artists, Holy Cross rates Forbes lists, Clark prof ‘friend of Armenians’, GWCF seeks YCI applicants ASAP

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May8-WPS Art 7Worcester Public Schools honors outstanding senior artists

From WPS: “It is our distinct pleasure to announce the 2016 Class of Outstanding Seniors in the Arts.”

These students were recognized at a ceremony and luncheon on Friday, May 6, in the Saxe Room of the Worcester Public Library main branch. These students were selected not only for their hard work and mastery of artistic concepts but also their dedication to the development of the arts pathways at their schools.

Congratulations to these students, their teachers and families.

Read the full list of students on the Worcester Public Schools website

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Holy Cross ranked 19th on Forbes list of Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges

The College of the Holy Cross ranked No. 19 on Forbes’ list of Best Value Liberal Arts Colleges. For this ranking, Forbes looked at U.S. colleges and universities “that provide students with the most value for the dollar.” The magazine partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP) to analyze which leading research universities and liberal arts schools, both public and private, are worth the investment.

The formula Forbes and CCAP used to determine the rankings factored in quality, dropout risk, graduation time, alumni salaries, alumni skills, and gross tuition and fees. Holy Cross also ranked No. 34 on Forbes’ list of Best Value Northeast Colleges, and No. 49 on its list of Best Value Private Colleges.

Read the story on the College of the Holy Cross website, and see all the rankings on



Clark history professor receives ‘Friend of the Armenians’ award

Clark University History Professor Taner Akçam received the “Friend of the Armenians” award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) at a banquet of the Diocesan Assembly on April 29 in Cleveland. Hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from around the country attended.

“It is deeply rewarding to be recognized as a friend of the Armenians,” Akçam said. “While power, not truth, reigns supreme in politics, it is truth that wins in the fields of education and scholarship. We need to train dozens of young academics who can express the truth not as an emotional plea but as a scholarly fact.”

Read the entire story on the Clark University website

GWCFGWCF seeks local high school applicants for Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) program

Do you know high school students who are motivated to make a difference in their community? YCI is a free leadership program open to high school sophomores and juniors in Greater Worcester.

Ideal candidates are civic-minded and enjoy working with peers in a youth-led environment. Candidates must be available 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays from Sept. 14 to Dec 14, and all day Saturday, Sept. 10. Online applications are due by Wednesday, May 20.

Read the entire story and apply online on the Greater Worcester Community Foundation website

— Cindy Henderson

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