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Highlands Recognizes First-Ever Global Scholar Graduates


Highlands proudly recognizes our first Global Scholar Graduates, Christopher Dombrowski and Emily Crawford, HHS Class of 2019. 


After only one year since Highlands launched the Global Scholars Program in collaboration with the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association (PSMLA), Christopher and Emily met the rigorous requirements of the program that are typically completed over four years of high school, including: eight global academic courses with at least a B average, four global extracurricular activities, twenty global service hours, and eight literature or media reviews of works with a global focus.


In their literature/media reviews, Christopher and Emily made very thoughtful reflections as they communicated their cultural learnings from the works, made cultural comparisons, explained the cross-curricular nature of the works, and hypothesized how their experiences with the works may affect life within and beyond the school setting.


As Global Scholars, Christopher and Emily developed their global competence with various academic and extracurricular activities at school as well as in the community. Both Christopher and Emily studied Spanish at Highlands, including College in High School Spanish IV for which they earned La Roche University credits. They also performed international music pieces as part of musical and performing arts programs at Highlands and the community such as Concert Band, Honors Choir, high school musicals, a church choir, and a private dance studio. Similarly, both Christopher and Emily have had the opportunity to deepen their global experiences with international travel. Christopher has traveled to various Spanish-speaking countries and interviewed Westinghouse employees about their global work. Emily has traveled to several European countries to visit the AFS exchange students whom she and her family hosted over three consecutive years.  


Because of their varied interests, Christopher and Emily have also pursued unique global interests. While Christopher earned the Boy Scouts Citizenship in the World merit badge and presented at a STEAM in Spanish Expo sponsored by Penn State’s ABC CREATE, Emily studied Chinese at the University of Pittsburgh’s STARTALK program the summer of 2017 and served as the Highlands International Club president this year.


Both Christopher and Emily plan to continue to develop their global competence after graduation by studying abroad in college. Christopher will attend Westminster College, where he plans to study environmental science and Spanish while playing football. Emily will attend the University of Pittsburgh to study pre-med and world languages.


Highlands is one of only 16 schools in Pennsylvania to offer the Global Scholars Program. The goal of this interdisciplinary program is to help cultivate globally-minded students who will be better prepared to negotiate our increasingly international society.


Special thanks to contributing writer Mrs. Laura Proaño, HHS Spanish teacher and Global Scholars Program coordinator.