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Rabun Gap Senior Meredith Garren was one of 125 student leaders selected worldwide to represent Rabun Gap and the State of Georgia at the 2014 Student Climate & Conservation Congress, a program of the Green Schools Alliance in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Pictured with Ian Cheney, co-creator of the Peabody award-winning documentary film "King Corn," Garren has served as an environmental leader at Rabun Gap and in the local community. When asked about high points of her experience, she said, "I was proud to learn how far ahead Rabun Gap is in terms of our sustainability efforts. My exposure to the many different speakers and leaders gave me a new appreciation for the worldwide necessity for sustainability and conservation. I am very grateful for being given the opportunity to participate in such a valuable experience." Hosted by the National Conservation Training Center of the U.S. Department of the Interior, student participants learned ways to improve the overall sustainability initiatives and efforts at their schools and in their communities. Activities included attending conservation classes and lectures, participating in group brainstorming sessions, cleaning garbage out of the Potomac River, preparing video presentations, and hands-on learning about bats and amphibians. Garren spent the weeks following the conference working closely with Rabun Gap Directory of Sustainability Woody Malot and other Rabun Gap faculty to complete an application for the Zayed Future Energy Prize. This initiative awards a $100,000 grant to one school for sustainability efforts.
Marion "Doc" Truslow completed a fellowship in the Gilder Lehrman Age of Lincoln seminar at the University of Oxford (UK) this summer. Fellowships were awarded to applicants demonstrating a strong interest in American history, a commitment to growth and progress in the teaching profession, and an ability to translate new knowledge and materials into effective classroom teaching. Dr. Truslow holds a B.A. from Georgia State University, an M.A. from Vanderbilt University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. He joined the faculty at Rabun Gap in 1999, and currently serves as History Department Chair, Teacher, Model United Nations Faculty Advisor, and Philosophy Club Faculty Advisor.
There comes a point in every student's academic career where they must face the anxiety brought upon by the SAT and ACT tests. However, with proper preparation, students can feel confident and ready come test day. To help achieve the best possible results, Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School will be hosting a ZAPS PSAT/SAT test-preparation seminar on 9/3 & 9/4 from 3:45 to 6:15 pm. Each year, ZAPS Learning Company helps over 25,000 students learn the habits of mind necessary for success on major standardized tests. A majority of students who attend a ZAPS seminar raise their ACT score by 2-4+ points or their SAT score by 50-150+ points. This is a substantial difference! The seminar will include: Five hours of personal instruction with an expert test specialist Study materials for your student to keep, including a comprehensive study guide and six practice tests per subject Subject review and strategies for every question type in each section of the test A customized study plan To register, visit register.doorwaytocollege.com or call 877-927-8378.



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