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Boston Scenes 04-23-2015

The career panel discussion was hosted by Google’s Kurt Fennell, on right, and panelists (l to r) Stevie DeGruff, Harriet Holcomb, Kwasi Mensah, and Michael Diamond. Twenty-five lucky 9th grade students from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester, who are currently enrolled in BUILD’s four-year entrepreneurship program, won a field trip to Google’s offices in Kendall Square, Cambridge, last Thursday, April 9th. In an exercise to teach their students about using social media for business, BUILD had hosted a crowdfunding competition between the four local BUILD high schools, to see who could get the most “shares” for their campaigns. The winning students were accompanied on the field trip by their four BUILD mentors, teachers, and program coordinators, and were treated to box lunches, a career panel discussion with four Google software engineers, and a tour of the innovative, high tech, office space. The trip was coordinated by Google’s Kurt Fennell, a technical account manager for gTech Publishers. Google supports the BUILD program with funding and by providing volunteers and mentors. BUILD is an innovative, college preparatory program, whose mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income high school students to college and career success. BUILD partners with four Boston high schools where the aggregate graduation rate is less than 45%. In BUILD’s 15-year history, 99% of students completing the program have graduated high school and 95% have been accepted to college. (For more info contact Will Leitch at BUILD: wleitch@build.org)
Google Software Engineer Kwasi Mensah, with 9th grade BUILD student, Isaiah Murray, from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School
BUILD mentor, Gilad Rosenzweig, BUILD students: Alandre Francois and Ranyae Newburry Walkers, from Jeremiah E. Burke H.S.
BUILD Entrepreneurship Coordinator Clara Diaz, student Isaiah Knight, and BUILD Teacher John Bernier
Winners of the 119th Boston Marathon, Lelisa Desisa (left) from Ethiopia, and Caroline Rotich, from Kenya. Desisa won the men’s title with a time of 2:09:17 while Rotich won the women’s title with a time of 2:24:55.
Annual Gala on April 8, 2015 to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of The Honorable Chief Justice Roderick L Ireland, Diane B. Patrick, Professor Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., and Tony West. The event was held at the Boston Park Plaza and emceed by WCVB-TV CityLine host, Karen Holmes Ward. Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland (Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient), MBLA President Doreen M. Rachal, Diane B. Patrick (Trailblazer Award Recipient), Professor Charles Ogletree, Jr. (Trailblazer Award Recipient)
Sgt. Paul Tobin of the Massachusetts National Lancers portrays William Dawes, who passed through Roxbury on his April 18 1775 ride to Lexington to ward colonists of approaching British troops. The re-enactment is part of the Roxbury Collaborative’s annual Patriots’ Day celebration at the First Church of Roxbury in John Eliot Square.
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