Summer 2017 Update #1

- week one -

It is that time of year again!  Last week we welcomed back two classes of Atlas Scholars and our new Class of 2019.  The office is abuzz with the opening of the investment games, lively current events discussions, case study competitons, and engaging guest speakers.  Stay tuned for more announcements and news about the summer program.

Back (L to R): Brock Lewis (Energy Institute), Case Briscoe (Carnegie), Sam Buley (Westside), Madison Sidney (Energy Institute).
Front (L to R): Olesja Purvina (Westside), Anastacia Castro (Westside), Georgy Thayyil (Carnegie), Vi Nguyen (HSPVA), Yeni Rubio (HAIS), Chris Wang (Carnegie).

Speakers Series

Last week, Scholars met with University of Texas Admissions Counselor James Beeks, to learn more about the admissions process, opportunities available at the University of Texas, and requirements for specific majors. Our Scholars had some great questions and are getting excited about future plans!

Year 3 - Investment Challenge

The Investment Challenge is well underway and students are having a blast!  This year, the challenge has a greater focus on decision making, developing a logical thesis, and risk management. Scholars are now taking turns leading the morning market discussions, which leads to very passionate conversations about the impact on the market and their positions in the simulation. 

Year Two

Scholars participated in the elevator pitch exercise and received valuable feedback on their ability to speak about themselves in a meaningful way without preparation. In addition, students participated in workshops on college selection and began to build their Excel models for their final presentation. The excel model is part of a final project that they will present to their peers. The goal of the presentations is develop analytical thought processes for decision making. As part of developing SMART goals Scholars took an SAT practice to help highlight the areas in which they need to improve and created detailed SAT tutorial goals.

Year One

Students took their first SAT, which will serve as their benchmark to track personal progress as they prepare for standardized assessments this school year.  Students delivered personal elevator pitches and received feedback on first impressions and presentations skills. Scholars spent time developing SMART goals for June and for the rest of the summer. Each Scholar received individual feedback on week one performance.

Thank you to all of our partners and supporters who make Atlas Scholars possible.