Willimantic, CT, Nov. 14, 2017 - A student of EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school received an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Future of Technology (FT) Summit Essay Competition. Nationwide, over 2,000 essays were submitted by students in grades 5 – 12.
ACT junior Naremean Aumaree of Willimantic, received one of three Honorable Mentions awarded nationwide in the high school category. In response to an essay prompt that asked students to describe their vision for the future of technology, Aumaree wrote about technology’s potential to improve communities and health. Aumaree is an acting major at ACT.
“There are really important aspects of technology we can work on that can help other people. Not flying cars, but things that can make real change,” said Aumaree. “[This competition] really opened my mind and made me think about what I want to do with the world’s future.”
According to the FT Summit website, winning essays were those that conveyed the complexity and challenges of technology advancements, not just the opportunities and benefits. The purpose of the essay competition is to feature the voices and ideas of the next generation at the FT Summit where today’s leaders in technology will gather to discuss how technology advancements will alter the way we work and live in the coming years. Learn more at www.ftsummit.us.
“[Naremean] demande d that we as a society evaluate how we use technology. She listed many of the differences we could make if we weren't so engrossed in our screen time,” said ACT science teacher Rebecca Weir. “That reflective thought is what we are striving for when we look at issues in science.”
ACT, a performing arts magnet high school, is now recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in the 2018-2019 school year. Students have daily access to creative experiences through a rigorous curriculum that integrates the performing arts with more traditional academic high school subjects. Visit www.eastconn.org/act to learn more or download an application.
EASTCONN, which administers ACT, is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org