January 25, 2016
Kudos to Rockdale Academy's Principal
Belinda Tubbs-Wallace, principal of Rockdale Academy, recently was featured in a story titled "Can One CPS Principal Change the Face of a School and the Community?” on WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) for her outstanding work and caring, and the difference she is making in the lives of her students. Ms. Tubbs-Wallace's formula is to ingrain in her students that their dreams can come true, and that poverty should not define their futures or who they can grow up to be, and that college is attainable for them — as well as making sure their school is a place for them to learn and strive. Kudos to you, Ms. Tubbs-Wallace, for your unselfish love for the children CPS' parents have entrusted to you.
Kudos to Two Cincinnati Student Musicians for Selection to Sphinx Competition
Myles Yeazell, 18, and Matthew Adams, 17, are the first Cincinnati-area musicians selected to perform in the Sphinx Competition taking place in Detroit in February.
Yeazell and Adams perform with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, where Adams is 1st violinist and Yeazell is an active cellist. Both musicians have received the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Norman E. Johns Multicultural Awareness Committee Chair Award.
Yeazell, a student at Walnut Hills High School, is a member of the CSO's Nouveau Chamber Players. Adams, who is homeschooled, is a former member of the Nouveau Chamber Players and trains privately with CSO Principal Second Violin Chair Gabe Pegis.
The annual competition is open to all junior-high, high-school and college-aged African-American and Latino string players in the United States.
Founded in 1997 by Aaron Dworkin, the Sphinx Competition's goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the African-American and Latino communities. Sphinx provides opportunities for young musicians to compete under the guidance of an internationally-renowned panel of judges and to perform with established musicians.