Category: academics


Breaking Barriers

For decades, Parker has been actively involved in National History Day, the annual project-based contest for middle and high school students. Now, thanks to the efforts of Grade 12 student Cate Hasler, history aficionados at Lower School have their chance to get involved.

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Three Parker seniors awarded National Merit scholarships

Kainoa MacDonald and Pallavi Murthy, both Class of 2020, were recently selected as winners of the prestigious National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced last week.  

The scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. According to NMSC, approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year, of which roughly 7,600 finalists are selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.  

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Trio of Parker students win NFTE design challenge

Three Upper School students were recently awarded first place in the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) World Series of Innovation’s EY Belonging Challenge.

Brett Kim, Lena Luostarinen, and Caeden Mujahed, all Class of 2021, won the prize for the application they designed, Oikku, a community-building mobile app designed to help young people when they leave college and first enter the workforce.

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A Dream Come True

Ever since he was a little kid, Kimo Ferrari has dreamed of playing college basketball.

Earlier this week, that dream became reality when the CIF All-San Diego Section First Team guard accepted an offer to play at Brown University this fall.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” says Kimo, Class of 2020. “Many people have put in their time and sacrifices to help me reach the goal and I’m very grateful for all who helped me along the way.”

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A Garden of Their Own

When Parker closed earlier this month in response to the escalating COVID-19 global pandemic, Upper School students Zach Dean and Tess Karras found themselves missing their time working in the Social Justice Garden on the Linda Vista Campus. So they set about creating their own garden in Zach’s backyard. 

“We decided to start this garden as a way to give us something to do during this time at home,” says Tess, Class of 2021. “We’d seen what took place in the Social Justice Garden at School and figured we’d give it a try, especially since we figured there wasn’t much that could go wrong.”

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Parker Celebrates Third Annual Poetry Week

The Middle School students gathered in Lawrence Commons rise to their feet in unison and begin to follow the instructions of their guest teacher, Elizabeth Acevedo, the New York Times bestselling author of “The Poet X” and “With the Fire on High.” 

“Plant your feet proudly,” she directs them. 

“Pull your shoulders back–that lets the audience know you are confident. 

“You make sure you are heard.” 

And with that, Elizabeth calls up the first volunteer poet. 

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Parker Football named CIF ‘All-Academic Team’

They’ve got talent–both on the field and in the classroom.

For the third consecutive season, Parker Football has been named a CIF San Diego Section All-Academic Team, CIF announced Monday afternoon. The team earned the honor with a combined 3.32 GPA, the highest among football programs in the Center City Region and only second to Santa Fe Christian (3.38) in San Diego.

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