Peru ECS | John-Alex Mason ECS Scholarship Recipient 2018
Emma Walker, a senior at The Colorado Springs School (CSS) will participate in the Peru ECS as the 2018 recipient of the John-Alex Mason Experience Centered Seminar (ECS) Scholarship. As a CSS alumnus of the Class of 1994, John-Alex Mason had been active in the life of the school and even planned and led a Blues ECS alongside faculty. As a student, John-Alex’s passions were explored and nurtured at CSS. His family credits CSS for offering transformative educational experiences such as ECSs that allowed John-Alex to pursue his music career and become a well-known Blues musician. After John-Alex’s passing in October of 2011, memorial gifts from family and friends established a scholarship fund to fully fund an ECS experience for a deserving student.
An involved, active, and dedicated student, Emma looks forward to the unique opportunity for language immersion on the Peru ECS and the chance to master Spanish among native speakers. Her current interests in international relations and global economics poise her to glean valuable experiences from this seminar, which will cover Andean culture from past to present and the challenges and opportunities presented by globalization, tourism, and education.
At CSS, Emma brings a focus on service and reflection in and out of the classroom. She is the current president of Forum, National Honor Society, and the Upstagers drama club. She has many Advanced Placement classes under her belt and was voted by the Class of 2017 to receive the Cup of ‘82, an award given to the Junior who embodies the ideals of a CSS student. You will find her on stage for the spring musical, Once Upon a Mattress, as The Jester, and her talents have also been appreciated in the wider community as a member of the Fine Arts Center Youth Rep. In the community, she has been a member of the National Charity League since 7th Grade. At age 15, she spoke at a national conference to 400 women about leadership and service.
The horizon is equally bright for Emma. Her Senior Capstone in May focuses on business ethics and how companies form moral codes and handle controversy. She plans to study business in college and hopes that the Peru ECS will be a springboard for confident and thoughtful international travel in the future.
Previously, Emma has immersed herself with the following Experience Centered Seminars: Habitat for Humanity, Tall Ships, and Law & Order.
More about the Peru ECS
This ECS travels to Peru to seek cultural and linguistic immersion (Spanish and Quechua) while we study the lives of the Andean people, past and present. After a short stop in Lima, we begin in the Incan city of Cusco where we view pre-Columbian architecture and art and examine some of the contemporary tensions between traditional and “modern” ways in education, markets and tourism. From Cusco we venture to Amaru to experience village life with host families, learning about the traditional Andean agricultural system, weaving, music and dance, soccer games, village customs, the Quechua language, and the lives of the youth in villages. In Amaru we will participate in a community service project. From there we travel to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and Machu Picchu, where we will scale the ancient
heights and learn about Andean religion.
More about Experience Centered Seminars (ECSs)
Experience Centered Seminars (ECSs) are an integral part of the Upper School program and give our students the skills necessary to conduct large-scale investigations in college and beyond. Each March, our students participate in a three- to four-week-long study that immerses them in academic subjects through a hands-on, interdisciplinary approach. ECS’s approach broad, interdisciplinary questions to optimize the teaching of critical thinking, organized inquiry, in-depth analysis, and synthesis of information. They demand direct active participation and primary research in an environment outside of the classroom. Academic requirements include oral and written presentations, term papers, group work and projects, or final exams. The ECS experience sets our students apart as they move into the collegiate world and beyond.
More About the John-Alex Mason Scholarship
Established by friends and family of alumnus, John Alex-Mason ‘94, the John-Alex Mason ECS Scholarship is a full, merit-based memorial scholarship for a deserving student to explore their passion through an ECS. John-Alex Mason played an active role in the life of the school and even planned and led a Blues ECS alongside faculty. As a student, John-Alex’s passions were explored and nurtured at CSS. His family credits CSS for offering transformative educational experiences such as ECSs that allowed John-Alex to pursue his music career and become a well-known Blues musician. An application and essay are submitted by students and reviewed by a scholarship committee.
2013: Travis McDowell - The Blues
2014: Carl Churchill - Peru
2015: Kristi Tilghman - Sojourn in South East Asia
2016: John Churchill - Cuernavaca, Mexico
2017: Victor Wang - Life in Scandinavia ECS
About The Colorado Springs School (CSS)
CSS offers an experiential education curriculum for PreKindergarten – 12th graders. Through superior academics and mentoring, The Colorado Springs School prepares students to think independently and to meet the needs of a dynamic world with leadership, ingenuity, problem-solving skills, and personal integrity. Learn more at www.css.org or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheColoradoSpringsSchool