What I did last summer…


Lauren Cyrus

“This summer was an amazing way to relieve myself from my extremely busy first year at Guilford High School. The first three weeks I was getting readjusted to being in Brooklyn again. I met with the owner of the Performing Arts company “Creative Outlet.” We conversed and planned out ways to get them to come up and educate the people of small towns with low diversity on Black culture. They teach their lessons through the arts.

The last week of July I travelled to Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; The Cayman Islands; and Nassau. I learned so much about Haitian people especially, from how they live to what they eat, and how they provide for their family. Most people in these islands rely on their income from when tourists come to shop and take tours. I learned that the people who drive cabs spend most of their income on gas so they bring homeless than $20 a day. I also met many genuinely pleasant people from all over the United States on this trip.

The last weekend of summer I went to Spike Lee’s block party in honor of Michael Jackson. Backstage I was able to meet and speak to

Al Sharpton, Spike Lee, Denzel Washington’s son, and many more. It was a great way to end my summer and go into a long year of hard work.”


Sumaiyah Lee

“This summer I got the chance to go to China with the Experiment in International Living program. I traveled around Beijing, Inner Mongolia, Chengde, Shanghai and other smaller cities. Getting to taste their food and immerse myself in their culture was a dream come true! While in Beijing and Shanghai, we spent time visiting famous temples and other Chinese landmarks. In other cities, I had the chance to stay with two different host families, and experience their everyday lives, which was my favorite part of the trip.

This year, I’m looking forward to continuing Dance Team, as co-captain, and Unity Club as co-president. Going into my senior year, I’m excited for the heavily anticipated college process, and cannot wait to see where it takes me. ”


T-Jauni Barham

“Hi my name is T-Jauni Barham and I’m currently a junior at Guilford ABC. This summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Pace University Summer Scholars Program in the field of psychology. I took part in 6-hour classes daily, learning about the history of significant psychologists and different mental disorders. Then after class, I had the privilege of touring New York City and all its wonders, such as Chelsea Piers and the Brooklyn Bridge. Overall, this summer was an experience I could never forget. It gave me a true insight into psychology and provided me with new friends and connections all over the country.”


Julia Antwi

“My name is Julia Antwi and I am a junior at Guilford High School. During this past summer I attended a program called “Girls Who Code” in Manhattan, New York. The program lasted for 7 weeks, Monday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM. Thanks to the long hours in class, I was able to learn new program languages (Scratch, CSS, Java, Python, HTML, Arduino C and Java Script) and interact with different people. During the program we learned a new program language each week and were assigned to groups to work on projects that used the programming language. At the end of the week we shared our projects with the class. This allowed us to socialize with different students, learn new ideas and compromise in order to work as a team. The program also allowed us to visit companies, talk to computer scientists and go on trips. I was able to make many friends and understand more about the different aspects of coding. I would totally recommend this program to everyone because it is very informational—and the food was great! As a result of my summer experience, I decided to take AP Computer Science at Guilford High School. ”

The Guilford ABC Board has created guidelines to assist scholars with identifying and funding summer educational and cultural opportunities. While any and all of these programs are excellent resume builders and enhance college applications, they are optional.