2018 High School Fair a Great Success

Alain Locke on Thursday hosted its 2018 High School Fair, which featured visits from recruiters at 27 schools around the city.

The event gave students grades five through eight the opportunity to learn about prospective high schools from admissions and enrollment representatives, as well as other school staff.

We are very pleased to report school recruiters described the students they interacted with as nothing short of a class act, who displayed a mature demeanor and asked a number of very insightful questions regarding their schools.

Way to go, students!

The full list of participating schools at the 2018 Alain Locke High School Fair is as follows:

  • ChiArts
  • Chicago Bulls College Prep
  • Chicago Hope Academy
  • Chicago Tech Academy
  • Christ the King
  • CICS ChicagoQuest
  • De La Salle
  • DRW
  • Holy Trinity
  • Intrinsic Schools
  • ITW David Speer Academy
  • Jones College Prep
  • Josephinum Academy
  • Lane Tech College Prep
  • Legal Prep Charter Academy
  • Morgan Park Academy
  • Mansueto High School
  • Muchin College Prep
  • North Lawndale College Prep
  • Pritzker College Prep
  • Providence St. Mel
  • Rauner College Prep
  • Rowe-Clark
  • St. Ignatius
  • Urban Prep Academy
  • Walter Payton College Prep
  • Westinghouse College Prep

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Michelle and Nylah presented on “The Radium Girls”—the group of women who aided U.S. soldiers during Word Wars I and II through their manufacturing of essential supplies. The radium-based substances with which the women worked caused adverse affects to their health, often leading to death.

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Taylor K. Shaw (2008) is the founder of Black Girl Animators Collective. Shaw founded the collective to shine a light on the lack of diversity—particularly among black women—that exists in the animation industry today. “Black women in this industry are truly unicorns,” she told Teen Vogue in a recent interview.

Taylor spoke with the students about why it’s important to start pursuing the things they are passionate about now and to explore every possibility. Her advice: use your passions to find a career you love. 

Taylor also talked about how her Alain Locke experience prepared her with a great education and the confidence she needed to succeed in high school and then at Northwestern University. Ultimately, it led her to set out on the path she’s on today, showing that being true to your passions can lead to success.

Find out more about Taylor at TaylorKShaw.com. Learn more about Black Girl Animators Collective at BlackWomenAnimate.com

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