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PEACE 12th Grade Core Teachers

Mrs. Frost - Government and Economics

 

Ms. Glenn - Philosophy and Justice in America

 

Mr. Santucci - Forensics 

 

Mr. Wilson - CSU Expository Reading and Writing

 

 

Service Learning Opportunities

PEACE Academy Senior Scholarships

12th Grade

12th Grade PEACE Students Welcome Dr. Alanoud Al-Sharekh

On Wednesday, November 1, Kuwaiti Feminist Dr. Alanoud Al-Sharekh came to share her work with improving conditions for women in the Arab world.

Forensics with Mr. Santucci

Mock crime scene that the students had to evaluate and measure to make a crime  scene sketch.Mock Crimescene
 

Senior PEACE Committee sells hot dogs at the Homecoming Carnival!

PEACE Seniors raise money for the PEACE Academy at the Homecoming Carnival this year!Fundraiser
 

Millikan’s PEACE Academy Seniors Participate in Whittier College’s Amy Biehl Foundation Project on Human Rights and Social Responsibility

Millikan’s PEACE Academy Seniors Participate in Whittier College’s Amy Biehl Foundation Project on Human Rights and Social Responsibility

By Lee Underwood,

Teacher of Philosophy and PEACE Senior Project Facilitator

Whittier, CA (April 27th, 2015) The Mayor of the City of Whittier, Fernando Dutra, listened with focused attention to PEACE Academy Senior Alfonso Garcia as he enumerated the myriad Human Rights violations the LBGT community in Russia faces on a daily basis. After shaking hands and congratulating him on his work, he moved on to listen to an impassioned plea by Dorrianna Roberts, Chris Brio, and Lance Hazan on how the lack of access to clean drinking water is not only a Human Rights violation but can perpetuate extreme poverty in developing nations. The message is clear: we need to act now! No one deserves to die of preventable water borne diseases.

“If these are our future leaders,” Mayor Dutra says, beaming with pride, “Then the future of humanity is safe!”

On April 25th, sixteen PEACE Academy seniors took part in the Amy Biehl Foundation Conference at Whittier College where, along with students from other area High Schools including Whittier High School and Pioneer High School, they presented their Senior Project research on self-selected Human Rights topics to parents, teachers and professors, business executives, and members of the Whittier City Council.

The event included an elegant brunch and award ceremony. Whittier College’s Dr. Joyce Kaufman, Professor of Political Science, and Linda Biehl, Co-Founder of the Amy Biehl Foundation, recognized the students for their work and encouraged them to turn their research into tangible activism.

This year, the senior Capstone project, ELEVATE, took on the issue of Universal Human Rights violations. To accomplish this, the seniors partnered with Whittier College’s Center for Engagement with Communities and the Amy Biehl Foundation Project.

The Amy Biehl Foundation Project, an initiative of the Whittier College Center for Engagement with Communities, seeks to develop high school students’ critical awareness of the compelling human rights issues of the 21st Century and their sense of social responsibility for addressing human rights challenges (global and local) that align with their personal values. The guiding vision for the project is to cultivate students’ understanding of human dignity and the importance of confronting violence in any of its forms. Students are challenged to learn these principals while also working collectively and collaboratively in forming ideas and taking actions in response to social issues they deem important.

This vision is based on values that were dear to Amy Biehl – a 26-year-old Fulbright scholar and anti-apartheid activist who worked for social change in South Africa, and who died at the hands of young black activists in 1993. In response to her death, her mother and father (Linda and Peter Biehl – both Whittier College graduates) founded the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust as a living memorial dedicated to educating and creating opportunity for the young people living in the South African township where Amy died.

The guiding educational mission of the project—in keeping with Whittier College’s liberal arts tradition—is to provide participating students an academic experience that teaches them to think for themselves about the world, as they investigate their own values and draw from these in taking principled positions regarding the social, political and cultural challenges they wish to research and explore.

More information on the Amy Biehl Foundation

Chloe Robinson Makes History!

PEACE Academy Senior Chloe Robinson makes history as the first female to score a point for Millikan's football team! And, the Press Telegram wrote about it, click on the link to learn more about it! Press Telegram Article

 

First Female football hero
 

International Negotiations

The International Negotiations Project is a joint effort between Whittier College and participating high schools. Students play the role of  a country in the United Nations seeking to find compromise and consensus with other participating nations on the Millennium Development Goals outlined by the UN.
This year Millikan played the Japan, and attended the face to face conference at Whittier College on November 18. They participated well and were able to reach agreement in all four areas that were assigned this year.

Girls Who Code

During the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to take a computer science coding class at Stanford University.  Coding is computer programming by using a series of languages such as Python or Javascript to create directions for a computer to follow.

 

The organization is called “Girls Who Code” and its goal is to help fill the gender gap in the computer science field. I learned from GWC that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million jobs available in computer science, yet only 3% will be filled by women.

 

GWC has numerous programs during the summer; the one I attended was sponsored by Intel. Out of 1,000 applicants only 20 are accepted for each program, so I took my chances and applied. I found out about this opportunity through my family mentor.  She is a coder herself and knew about my interests in a STEM career.

 

The GWC Program is seven weeks long and free; however, housing and transportation was not provided. My parents do not make enough money for all five family members, and I was slowly losing hope of attending the program. Fortunately, I spoke to my PEACE history and English teachers about it and they agreed to help me fundraise so that I could take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime chance. Within two months, we had raised enough money to make attending a reality.

 

This program was more than just a summer trip; Stanford is my dream school. Never in a million years would I have imagined visiting the campus, much less taking a class there!

I stayed with family friends in San Francisco and with the help of the Peace Academy, raised enough money to travel to and from Stanford safely, as well as other expenses.

 

The support of the Peace Academy was such a blessing. Not only did I learn about computer science, but I also experienced the life of a coder in field trips to Google, Facebook, and Intel.

 

I am extremely grateful to have such amazing teachers who push me to do better and to expand my education inside, as well as outside the classroom. The experience of being at Stanford has only fueled my determination to succeed my senior year so that I may reunite with the campus once again.

Lupe Bello
Lupe Bello