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2017 Beautiful Minds Winners!

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Thank you to all of the students that submitted projects to this year’s Beautiful Minds Challenge! We loved the creativity and thought that went in to each submission. Congratulations to our 2016-17 winners! **All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant.** FIRST PLACE: “Listening to Silence” – by Faza Hikmatullah… Read more »

2017 Beautiful Minds Challenge Honorable Mentions

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**All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant.** “I Have” by Shayd Williams | Charleston County School of Arts | North Charleston, SC When I read the prompt “Be The Change”, I was immediately excited. I started thinking about all of the effective things I had done in my… Read more »

2016-2017 Winners!

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More information will following, but here are the names of our winners! Congratulations to all! Scholarship Winners: Faza Hikmatullah, first prize Talia Abrams, second prize Niza and Nkoli Mungabo, third prize $ Award Winners: Alique Fisher, first prize Alec Simmons, second prize Adele McLees, third prize Honorable Mention: Mahmoud Adel Julian Jaffe Shayd Williams Anna… Read more »

Small Changes, Big Impact.

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Where does your intention to change come from? Focusing on positive change to help others is often the key to lasting change. Here are 25 ways that small change can make a difference. thanks @tinybuddah  

Change by Kathleen Jessie Raine

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Change Said the sun to the moon, You cannot stay.   Change Says the moon to the waters, All is flowing.   Change Says the fields to the grass, Seed-time and harvest, Chaff and grain.   You must change, Said the worm to the bud, Though not to a rose,   Petals fade That wings… Read more »

2016 Honorable Mention Entries

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**All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant.** “Sequence” by Wynne Nuhfer | Hybrid Education of Greater Atlanta | Tucker, GA          What does it mean to be human? This is a broad question with both biological and philosophical implications.My exploration of this question began with researching the biological… Read more »

2016 BEAUTIFUL MINDS WINNERS

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Thank you to all of the students that submitted projects to this year’s Beautiful Minds Challenge! We loved the creativity and thought that went in to each submission. Congratulations to our 2015-16 winners! **All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant.** First Place, Senior – “Seeing Red” by Brooke… Read more »

Inspiration

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The prompt for this year’s Beautiful Minds Challenge sparks so many ideas for me that I could not identify one thought to delve deeply into. Instead, I thought that I would present a variety of concepts that I hope will spark your creativity as you ponder the prompt — Human being: being human. Capture truth…. Read more »

What is human?

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someone a person a boy/a man a girl/a woman they/their someone who on average will be alive for at least 66.57 years something that seeks oxygen while alive (with a ventilator counts) something that requires nourishment to stay alive something that has skin and bones a mammal “a political animal” something with DNA Typically something… Read more »

2014-2015 Honorable Mention Entries

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All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant. Resurrection of Art by Andrew Connelly | Easthampton High School | Easthampton, MA My submission to the Beautiful Minds “Creation Out of Destruction” Challenge is entitled “Resurrection of Art”. I took inspiration for my piece from the artwork of Joan Miró…. Read more »

And the Winners Are…

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All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant. First Place – Solar Recycling Machine by Julian Jaffe | Voyagers’ Community School | Lincroft, NJ My name is Julian Jaffe and I am a 14 year old boy who loves to build things. When I was first told about the… Read more »

Coming Home

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My father died on May 2nd, 2013.  He had been battling prostate cancer for several years.  His struggle had intensified pretty significantly in December of 2012.  My brother and I knew then that it was likely his last Christmas with us.  My former classmate and fellow alumna, Rebecca passed away almost seven years ago now. … Read more »

Rust Belt Chic

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Four months after my graduation from Marlboro College, life unexpectedly led me to Cleveland, Ohio, for a three-week stint.  I lived, for part of that time, with a fellow Marlboro graduate who works as an abstract painter in addition to managing a portrait gallery in Cleveland’s arts district, Tremont.  I made my own money washing… Read more »

Finding Inspiration

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Sometimes, obtaining inspiration is tough, and it can often work against us and make us uninspired. We may feel what the point of even trying is. Sometime if you JUST try, you will find inspiration will begin to flow. To attempt, to make, or to do is the first step towards the right direction. It… Read more »

Winning the [Compost] Lottery

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If we saved all of the disgusting food scraps we scraped off our plates in our whole lifetimes, and placed them in a slimy, gooey line, they would reach all the way to the moon and back 27 times. That’s a rough guess anyway, but what a better use of time and space it would… Read more »

A Haiku: Cancer

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So much material – I’ve no use for it. It’s not where I wish to dwell.   -Sunny Tappan College Receptionist and Information Hub Marlboro Class off ’77  

We Destroy to Understand

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We have all heard the phrase “good artists create, but great artists steal” at one point or another. In fact, we have heard it with probably just about every profession related to creation. Artist, musicians, writers, film directors, and philosophers: we say that the greatest of them steal what they create. But how? To simply… Read more »

Recycling Bin Inspiration

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I looked in my recycling bin for inspiration. I found crumpled up pieces of paper; drawings I had begun and abruptly finished a few days ago. They were sloppy, messy, and now crumpled. I flattened them out and again saw my point of frustration. I had circled in red pen all of the mistakes I… Read more »

Thanks, 2014 Symposium Participants! We Had a Great Time!

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Twenty-three high school students from across the country (and the world!) joined us in still-snowy Marlboro, Vermont April 2-5 for the second-annual Beautiful Minds Challenge Symposium. Highlights of the symposium, according to attendees, were the improv comedy workshop, dinner at faculty member William Edelglass’ house, attending college classes, seeing each others’ presentations and meeting an… Read more »

2013-14 Honorable Mention Entries

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The Life of an Observer by Grace John | St. Agnes Academy | Memphis, TN Link to video here: http://youtu.be/jIwmr_TZUKQ “To acquire knowledge, one must study; to acquire wisdom, one bust observe.” -Marilyn Vos Sevant The road of observation has always been my road less travelled. It has always been the road I have taken, it… Read more »

Check Out the 2013-14 Winning Submissions!

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All of the language and art are represented here as submitted by the entrant. First Place – Left and Right by Erica Schneider | Voyagers’ Community School | Brick, NJ Many would say there are two sides to a person. To me, this is true in the way of a past and present self, or… Read more »

Artist Tristan ‘Dirk’ Stamm (’12) ponders the likelihood of producing perfection

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“There is no end or purpose to existence, only ceaseless creation and destruction, governed entirely by chance.” Stephen Greenblatt, paraphrasing Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things in The Swerve: How the World Became Modern The chance that a saguaro seedling will survive to adulthood is almost non-existent. First, the seed has to find its way into the shade of… Read more »

Journey to The DeMar

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Journey to The DeMar “The support of friends, strong motivation, and a good pair of shoes have indeed given me super powers.” I said this well over a year ago as I was chronicling my “Champion journey,” part of the Healthy Monadnock 2020 program to make southwestern New Hampshire the healthiest region in the nation…. Read more »

The Presence of Step

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  In walking, according to cultural theorist Paul Connerton, we constitute ourselves as a coherent organism. Walking is at once an act of organic self-unification and an act which builds up for us a coherent environment. Walking, for us all, demonstrates our total organism. Next time you walk, whether its 10 feet or 10 miles,… Read more »

Climbing Out of Technophobia

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I am pretty darn old and have had plenty of amazing physical journeys in this world. I have been stopped by gun-toting border patrols in Cote d’Ivoire and gotten lost backpacking along the “Lost Coast” of California. I swam with whale sharks in Western Australia and tracked snow leopards in the Himalayas. But I want… Read more »

Sacrifice is a journey

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the feathers are spread out all over the gravelly ground. spatters of blood add color to a landscape dominated by browns, grays and soiled whites. the air is thick and the mood is somber. death hovers; tears perilously balance on the edges of eyelids. people of many ages stand with me–girls as young as 10… Read more »

My best days are the ones that feel like journeys

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  I can wear it like a badge: I traveled, A badge in exchange for airfare, gear, museum tickets, and visas, Airfare, gear, museum tickets, and visas in exchange for 12-hour shifts, And feeling lonely.   I set a timer, It went off, I’m home. I will occasionally remember a good meal, a bike ride,… Read more »

Beauty is a Cycle — Second Place Winner

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Erica Siclari | Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. ’13 | Brooklyn, NY For the Beautiful Minds Challenge I decided to bring light to something I find very beautiful, cycles. I find cycles to be beautiful mainly because cycles are imperative for understanding our world, and with that understanding come discoveries that have and will continue to… Read more »

Breaking Free — Third Place Winner

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Emily Ross | Home School | Gray, ME Beauty cannot be defined in simple terms, as the meaning of beauty varies between each individual. However, most individuals circle back to a generalized meaning of beauty, settling on expressing the ‘true you’ behind the layers of society-driven examples: being yourself without any sort of filter or… Read more »

2012 Runner Up Submissions

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The following submissions — posted in alphabetical order by the entrants’ first name — each earned a invitation to the Beautiful Minds Symposium at Marlboro College, February 21-23, 2013. Enjoy the incredible thoughtfulness, creativity and diversity of ideas!   New Year’s Party in The Jolly Old Beast Alexander Peters | Tampa Preparatory School ’13 | Tampa, FL The 1850’s would… Read more »

Beauty is Community

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One of things I like best about Thanksgiving is that it is one of the few days a year people open their homes to friends, family and yes, near strangers. I’ve spent Thanksgiving in a lot of different places in the twelve years since I left home for college – at friends’ family gatherings in… Read more »

Beauty and the Divine?

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Some final questions from resident philosopher, William Edelglass, to help propel you to those brilliant submissions! My colleague and dear friend, Amer Latif, is a scholar of Sufi poetry, especially the work of Rumi.  In a Rumi poem Amer has translated, Rumi questions God, asking where the poet should seek the Divine.  And God answers,… Read more »

The Beauty in the Barrios

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“What is the Spanish word for snow?” my friend, Catie asked me. I came and sat next to her and the little girl next to her. “Nieve.” Catie smiled, and pointed at the picture of a house covered in feet of powdered snow in her hand. “Nieve, snow.” The girl’s face lit up with wonder,… Read more »

Beauty is Light

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Beauty is light. The warmth of the sun on your back, the patterns thrown on the ground through the leaves on the trees, the moon through a window in the middle of the night. A lava lamp, the lights on a Christmas tree, a single candle flickering against a wall. Beauty is a lantern and… Read more »

Do you remember?

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Technology is the application of science.  Science is beautiful!  But in the application of science, its beauty is very often obscured or completely hidden. That can be necessary when the science is dangerous or fragile.   Power lines are kept out of reach and engines and computers alike are enclosed within metal and plastic. It’s not… Read more »

“Ugly” Pots

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When I was in graduate school we were asked to make the most ugly pots we could imagine.  I know this is a common assignment, designed to coerce students to reexamine what we value in our work. I worked counter to all my conventions; I made pots using only my left hand, slathering them in… Read more »

Beauty – Is it only in the EYE of the beholder?

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As a person who responds primarily to the visual, I see beauty everywhere. That’s easy. It’s the sunlight coming through the spores on a patch of moss. A painting by Diebenkorn, a photograph by Ansel Adams. A decaying piece of birch bark on the forest floor (I was going to talk about the beauty of… Read more »

Taking Stock

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Violets, trout lilies and spring beauties poke through the duff, trillium follow and pink lady slippers.   Now after warm rain the red efts emerge, with their soft bodies and tiny feet, navigating the open woodlands with delicate deliberation –   like young women studying their first garden party as they hesitate near the roses…. Read more »

Colorful Decay

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I can find beauty in just about anything.  This picture is of rust on an old door on the building across the street from the jail where I work and I find it beautiful. Beauty is more of a felt thing than a thought thing for me: there can be an element of surprise, a… Read more »

Help is Beautiful

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I think that helping people is beautiful. I know that sounds super cheesy and dumb, but it’s true. In my opinion, giving something selflessly to someone else is one of he most beautiful things a person can do. – Maggie Wood ’13  

Skeptics of Beauty

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More questions and musings from resident Philosophy Professor, William Edelglass: Some recent thinkers and artists have argued that beauty is not the support for ethics and justice that earlier thinkers had imagined.  Instead, they have argued, the valorization of beauty is an expression of privilege: only people who have all their basic needs met could… Read more »