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Preventing Tuberculosis in Kenya–An Intervention Proposal

By Taylor Collins, V Form

The Tuberculosis epidemic is sweeping the world. There were about 8.6 million Tuberculosis cases in 2012[1], and there were about 1.3 million deaths related to Tuberculosis worldwide[2]. Anyone can be infected with Tuberculosis, but nations in poverty particularly suffer. People with weaker immune systems, living in a nation without sufficient healthcare and doctors, are more susceptible to Tuberculosis. For instance, those with HIV/AIDS have a compromised immune system, so their risk of contracting tuberculosis is much greater than
those without HIV/AIDS. Preventative measures need to be taken immediately, particularly in the poverty-ridden countries in the world, like Kenya. (more…)

Creative Freedom in Computer Programming

By Max Hinkley, V Form

When I was younger, my favorite subjects were always math and science. I loved to do experiments, to try and find the answer to something my way, and to use my own creativity rather than a formula. As I grew up and advanced into more serious science, I became less and less engaged and interested. The more rigid, method-based style of solving problems that high school science courses offer did not captivate me nearly as much. I did not mind those problems, but I no longer enjoyed them. Math, in the same way, lost much of its appeal. I (more…)

Two IV Form Othello Essays: “Iago the Gardner” & “Emilia: Feminist Wisdom

By Allegra Forbes, IV Form, and Claudia Chung, IV Form

Allegra–“Iago the Gardener”:

A true villain invests time and care into his work, tending to his malevolent deeds tirelessly from whence they bloom in his mind to when they grow to be ripe and succulent. A true villain is as diligent as a gardener, scattering seeds of suspicion where he finds fertile soil, ripping out hindering weeds, irrigating his fields periodically, and even patiently waiting for nature to contribute its share. In Shakespeare’s play Othello, the scheming and fickle Iago proves to be a brilliant gardener, using the entire stage and cast as his plowed field. (more…)

Promoting Women in STEM: St. Markers Attend Girls STEM Summit

By Haley Jeon, VI Form

Stem1When people are asked to picture a structural engineer or biomedical researcher, the image that comes to their minds most like is that of a male figure. The Girls STEM Summit held at MIT on Saturday, April 26th was a step towards changing that stereotype. This Summit is organized by Jr. Tech, whose mission is to engage 4-12 grade students in STEM education. The Girls STEM Summit is a one-day workshop for young women in grades 8-12 who love STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. The day consisted of a keynote speaker followed by six career sessions. The (more…)

Commitment to Athletics in Education

By Patrick Travers, History Faculty


DSC_0354-LHopefully you will never have to outrun a bear in your lifetime. If you do find yourself running away from a grizzly, physical fitness might save your life. But there must be other reasons to exercise, right? The sports tradition at St. Mark’s and many peer schools has deep historical roots. In his May Head’s Reflection, John Warren focused on the importance of athletics at St. Mark’s and the school’s continuing commitment to athletics in education. School athletic teams foster lifelong skills for students that can be transferred to a family (more…)

On a Teacher’s Life

By Kimberly Berndt, Science Department Head

I have taught in East and Central LA, rural North Carolina, a small Catholic day school in Massachusetts, in Newton, at Choate, the cross town high school highlighted in Friday Night Lights, a K-12 private school in Midland, Texas, and at St. Mark’s. I have worked with students struggling to understand physics in suburban Cleveland and watched students cling to their one spiral-ring notebook on the top of a mountain in Haiti.   What I have gleaned from this experience in a diversity of settings is that kids are kids wherever you go.   (more…)