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2017/05 Special to TSI Supporters

 

Special to TSI Supporters
The Sunflower Initiative is proud to announce that Maggie Micklo of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is the recipient of the 2017 Harriet Fitzgerald Scholarship. Maggie will enroll at Mt. Holyoke College in the fall.  In addition to taking demanding academic courses and producing a stellar high school record, Maggie was Senior Class President, starred in theatre productions, sang in concert and madrigal choirs, and actively participated in speech club and the debate team.  She volunteers in projects to help at-risk children, bilingual students, LGBTQ youth, and children with autism. 
As president of the Gender Equality Club at her school, she has been able to recruit both boys and girls to the club through projects for women and children in homeless shelters in the Chicago area.  She was an exchange student in Marseille, France, and has hosted French exchange students in the U.S.   Both in and outside of school she combines powerful persuasion with empathy and generosity.    Her teachers note that she is a fearsome debater because of her analytical skills and incredible grasp of the language, and that she was able to persuade several other students to go with her to the Women’s March on Washington in 2017.  She is active in local politics, passionate about the rights of individuals and displays a “deep sense of empathy and concern for people who have individual differences.”  
Maggie writes that Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership Institute was a pivotal experience.  “My two weeks at Barnard showed me the power of women’s voices in a way I had never experienced in my co-educational high school.  I added my perspective to the intelligent, motivated voices of my peers in discussions that not only changed my thinking, but also changed the direction of my life.  Women’s colleges create leaders, and strong leaders change the world. “