Green Horn Interview
and Olivia Thayer
GREEN HORN STAFF
EditorLayout EditorLayout EditorPhotography EditorSports EditorTech News EditorAshley Richardson
pringﬁeld High School has added a literacy coach,Kevin Coen, to its professional staff. This posi
tion is funded by a grant. “Our school district
realized that we are not meeting the AYP [AdequateYearly Progress]standards of the
NCLB [No ChildLeft Behind] Act
of 2001,” said
Coen. “We are
hoping that im- provement willhelp lower thedropout rate at
Springﬁeld HighSchool.” Coen
was hired froma grant based onthe number of
SHS students on
free or reducedlunch.Stu-dents who willneed extra help
will be identiﬁed using the MAP (Measure of Aca
-demic Progress) test which took place in October. As
a literacy coach, Coen will target about 30-35 students
who struggle with reading and writing.
There has never been a literacy coach at SHS.Therefore, Coen was forced to develop his own literacycurriculum. “Students come to me to develop skills to better read and understand the text,” said Coen. “Thesekids don’t have a strategy to read well and my job is to
teach them those strategies. Students will be choosingtheir own books [with guidance] and hopefully realizethat reading is not a nemesis.”
Developing a literacy curriculum has been achallenge for Coen. “I had no guide to use from thisschool so I have been reading a lot to try to develop awell-balanced curriculum,” said Coen. “I will focuson the reading and writing. I have developed a modelof challenges for writing. I will be teaching about sixclasses, in which we will be writing authentically. This
means that they will write about something they reallycare about.”
He added, “For example, a question could be, ‘what is something you wish SHS had?’ and then
Coen Fills Position asLiteracy Coach
By Erika Anderson
Eliza PennellQuestBridgeScholarship Finalist
his autumn, Eliza Pennell and Jess Watkins
learned they were ﬁnalists in the QuestBridge National College Match Scholarship. This schol
-arship, which offers to cover complete college costs, is
for low-income senior scholars. Last year, QuestBridgeallowed 1000 students to attend college with ﬁnancialaid and full scholarships. Founded in 1987, Quest
Bridge has been providing help to students for over 20
talked with Pennell about
the Questbridge application process.
Green Horn: How do you apply for the QuestBridgescholarship?Eliza Pennell:
You apply online via Questbridge.organd submit 3 essays, a short answer, a section aboutﬁnance, a section about transcript (online and sent) anda section on test scores. Then 12 days after the applica
-tion, you send your high school rankings.
GH: How did you ﬁnd QuestBridge?
They sent me mail. Luckily I got it early enoughthat I didn’t just throw it away. For that I am eternallygrateful. I wish everyone knew about it. It is deﬁnitely
not publicized enough.
GH: What are rankings and how do they work?EP:
With rankings, you have to submit a list of colleges
that you would like to go to in the QuestBridge umbrella(26). These colleges include Notre Dame, Yale, andPrinceton. Then you rank the choices, 1 to 8, of whereyou would like to go. If you become a ﬁnalist, thenQuestBridge will forward your application to these col
-leges in the hopes that one of them will accept you.
GH: Can you go to any college on the list if you getinto it?EP:
No. If you get into, for example, school 1, 2, and7, you must go to your top-ranked school. It is bind
ing. That is why you need to pick your rankings very
GH: Would you have changed your rankings?EP:
I would have kept my top two schools the same,
but would have switched my third and fourth school and
gotten rid of my ﬁfth-ranked school.
GH: Are you happy that you found the QuestBridgeNational College Match scholarship?EP:
I am very excited I found the scholarship. Quest
Bridge makes it possible for some kids to attend collegewho wouldn’t have been able to go. It really opens doorsto people who haven’t had doors opened for them in the past. This is such a wonderful opportunity, and I am solucky to be a ﬁnalist. It really shows that college isn’t
just for men, or for the rich or white. Something really
good is coming out of this scholarship. This is what
college is for: to help people add good to the world.
By Erika Anderson