The Orchard Class of '45 consisted of 7 boys: Charles W. (Buddy, Charlie) Culp; Frank (Frank/François) H. Dailey ; Weber (Web/Webby) D. Donaldson, Jr. ; Michael (Mike) B. Fairbanks ; J. Daniel (Dan/Danny) Nyhart ; Robert (Bobby, Bob, Robbie) D. Robinson, Jr. ; Stephen (Steve, Etienne) A. Wainwright. Naturally, "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" was chosen as our Spring Pageant. We appropriated Marjorie Tarkington, Orchard '46, to play Snow White.
It’s not often that high school freshmen get an opportunity to interact with world‐renowned innovators and leaders like Dr. Stephen Chu, President of Iceland Olafur Ragnar Grimsson and the U.S. Ambassador to Iceland Robert Barber. Not one, not two, but five 2015 Orchard graduates got a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to meet these innovators and others at the Global Student Leadership Conference on Sustainability and Energy in Reykjavik, Iceland. While the March trip was amazing in itself, our graduates were more than participants. Roughly 450 student leaders attended the conference, and each Orchard graduate was recognized in some way.
Access to the Internet connects kids to all kinds of information. For low-income students especially, that access has the power to change their social structure by allowing them to become empowered and engaged. Thanks to a 2011 Orchard graduate, students who may never have had an opportunity to work with computers are getting a chance to do so.
“Why do you care how we live in here?” Markus looked up at me through the bars of his jail cell. A ring of deep purple darkened his puffy eyelid, and a thin crust of dried blood stained his lower lip. Markus, 21 years old, had spent his adult life locked up in the Cook County Jail, awaiting trial. Earlier that day, he had been jumped and beaten by another detainee while guards watched from behind a protective glass enclosure.