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Elektra Urbatsch '23 water polo action shot

Elektra Urbatsch ’23 Is Headed to Pan Am Games with USA Water Polo

Poly athlete will represent the USA at the 2022 Pan Am Games in Brazil.

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Isabella Saul '22

Tennis, Anyone?

Polygon's Carly Pyles '22 recaps the Girls' Tennis team's stellar season.

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Grades 7&8 play A Christmas Carol

PolyARTS Presents a Holiday Classic

No "bah humbugs" here... Grades 7&8 bring "A Christmas Carol" to life.

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Poly PM Spectacular STEM

Poly PM Is a Hit

After-school programming offers Middle Schoolers a smörgåsbord of fun and engaging options.

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One Love Community Fridge

Service Learning Guest Speaker Inspires Students to Give Back

Asmeret Berhe-Lumax, founder of the One Love Community Fridge, offered students an easy way to give back.

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NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour

History students visit stops on the NYC Slavery and Underground Railroad Tour.

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The Everyday Grind Polygon student story

The Everyday Grind: Hustle Culture at Poly

Emma Spring '22 opines about school "hustle culture."

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How I Got Here speaker series with Dr. David Petrou P’34 group photo

Google Software Engineer Shares Insights

Students interested in computer technologies met with Google engineer Dr. David Petrou P’34.

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Middle School Students Build Robots

Grade 6 Tech Class Builds AI Computer Vision Kits

Watch out Siri and Alexa, Grade 6 explores machine learning and so much more...

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Museum play poster art

Preview of the Grades 11/12 Play “Museum”

The Poly community is invited to visit Tina Howe's comedy, "Museum."

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Dancer and choreographer Winston Dynamite Brown instructs students

Professional Artists Return for In-Person Middle School Dance Classes

Professional artists return for in-person dance classes as part of Poly's Arts Partnership program.

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Party Book

Party Book, Fundraiser or Friendraiser? Why Not Both?

Party Book is a parent-led fundraiser and community builder that features dozens of events.

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service learning saturdays at one love

Be Part of Poly’s Service Saturdays

Poly community bands together to serve our larger Brooklyn community.

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Ramesh Laungani

Dr. Laungani’s Strategies to Make Science Approachable

Scientists must modify their communication to engage wider audiences.

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Zach Udin at British Museum

Math History Student’s Quest Led to British Museum

Student searches the British Museum for an ancient tablet of cuneiform writing.

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Lower School salsa dancers greet students at lower school

Lower School Celebrates Hispanic/Latinx Heritage

Vibrant salsa dancers greeted students as they arrived at Lower School.

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AI scholars program social media icons

Marisa Triola ‘24 Completes A.I. Scholars Program

Student learns fundamentals of AI and completes "Fake News Detection" project.

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Homecoming 2021

Poly Goes Big for Homecoming 2021

Homecoming 2021 was a blast! Enjoy a recap of the day's events.

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Dr. Robert Aston

Dr. Robert Aston Guest Lecture to Graduate Students in London

Dr. Robert Aston was invited to speak to graduate students in London.

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Blue Devil illustrator Ken Niimura

Meet the Illustrator Behind the New Blue Devil

Meet the artist behind the design of Poly Prep's new Blue Devil.

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Maite Iracheta summer professional development in Mexico

Maité Iracheta Connects with Mexicayotl Movement in Summer Professional Development

World Languages teacher immerses herself in native culture in Oaxaca.

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9-Man Poly on Film series

Poly on Film Looks at a Uniquely Asian-American Sport

Framed in Chinatown history, this documentary brings viewers into a gripping 9-Man streetball battle.

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Blue Devil teaser

What in the Blue Devil Is Going On?

Time for a change... the Blue Devil gets a new look!

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Grade 9 & 10 Play: The Outsider

Live ARTs Is Back: Grades 9&10 Play “The Outsider”

The Richard Perry Theatre is ready for its grand return to in-person performances! Poly Arts is excited to present our…

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Harold Eric Theurer ’13 Daddydelphia

Young Alumni Collaborate on Animated TV Pilot

Harold Eric Theurer ’13 and fellow alumni debut award-winning animated pilot.

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Climate Change professional development

Climate Change Education

Science teacher Debbie Van Ryn attends climate change seminar.

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Qadir Forbes

Meet Qadir Forbes ’11

Get to know Poly's Alumni Association's president, Qadir Forbes '11.

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Sarah E. Brook blue hallway

Sarah E. Brook’s Artist Residency Illuminates Poly

“I want my work to make you think about how you see...”

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Clubs Fair 2021 First Aid Club

Creative Pitches at the Upper School Clubs Fair

The festive Upper School Clubs Fair offered more than 40 clubs!

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Blue Devil Night September 24, 2021

Blue Devil Night Brings It

What a night to come together together and show our Poly spirit!

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Poly on Film 9/11 Memorial plaque

New Season of Poly on Film Debuts

Join us for a moving and personal account of September 11 by members of the Poly community.

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Michael Robinson Met Gala dress close-up

Art Meets Activism: Michael S. Robinson Garment Wows at Met Gala

Head of Arts Michael Robinson's garment wows viewers at the Met Gala red carpet.

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New roles, new faculty 2021-22

Taking on New Roles at Poly This Fall

The new school year brings fresh faces and new roles to Poly.

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Students receive letter from President Biden

President Biden Gives Advice to Grade 2

Grade 2 students shared their thoughts on immigration policy with President Biden.

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Dan Doughty, Director of Music

Dan Doughty’s New Role as Director of Music

Dan Doughty will lead N-12 music programs and align co-curricular opportunities, such as our Poly Conservatory.

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Dr. Ramesh Laungani, Science Chair

Meet Dr. Ramesh Laungani, New Chair of the Science Department

Dr. Laungani will inspire science students to become leaders and agents of change.

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Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr. Assistant Head of Lower School

Meet Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr., New Assistant Head of Lower School

Kenneth R. Hamilton, Jr. will join Poly as Assistant Head of Lower School as of July 1, 2021.

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Middle School and Upper School Final Assembly of 2020-2021

End-of-Year Assembly Celebrates Perseverance & Achievements

Middle and Upper School students gathered for the final assembly where academic and character awards were presented.

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We did it year end wrap up

Poly Highlights from a Most Unusual Year

On campus, in pods, 6-feet apart, wearing masks, online, the Poly community rallied together and made it through the 2020-21…

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2016 In The Heights

Poly’s 2016 “In the Heights,” Revisited

With the film releasing June 10, we revisited the cast of Poly's 2016 production of "In The Heights."

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senior capstone 2021

Senior Plan Capstone Project 2021

Poly celebrates the culmination of four years of learning with the Senior Plan Capstone Projects.

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Commencement 2021 cap

Poly Prep Celebrates the Class of 2021

The Class of 2021, family, faculty, and staff celebrated Poly’s 164th Commencement.

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Gauri Purohit joseph dana allen award winner 2021

Joseph Dana Allen Award Winner Gauri Purohit ’21

Gauri Purohit ’21 received the Joseph Dana Allen Award for highest scholarship, combined with commensurate character.

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Talia Marash Senior Speaker 2021

Senior Speaker Talia Marash ’21 Reflects on Her Poly Experience

Talia Marash ’21 was the Senior Speaker for the Class of 2021 Commencement.

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Class of 2021 Heads to College

The Class of 2021 Heads to College

Members of Poly’s Class of 2021 will head off to 65 different colleges across the country and around the world.

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2021 Cum Laude Inductees

Class of 2021 Cum Laude Induction with Guest Speaker Kwame Anthony Appiah

Author and Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah spoke to the Class of 2021 Cum Laude inductees.

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2021 Major Awards

Major Awards Ceremony 2021

Congratulations to the awardees of Poly's Major Awards, an annual celebration of academic excellence.

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Poly on Film The Argument

Poly on Film Features “The Argument” with Dan Fogler ’94

Actor Dan Fogler '94 and director Jason Schwartzman joined a panel discussion with Ron Sarcos and Dr. Racine Henry '03.

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Middle School Musical Godspell Junior.

Spotlight on Poly’s Middle School Musical “Godspell Junior”

Imagine learning dance steps by Zoom and keeping your right and left foot straight...

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reunion social justice panel 2021

Reunion 2021: Class of 2009 on Social Justice

Alumni guests have career paths that focus on social justice and activism.

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Middle School Bearns 2021 Poly at sunset

Bearns: A Speaking Tradition Goes Virtual

One of the oldest traditions at Poly is the Bearns speaking competition was presented as a webinar by Middle School.

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Richard Marlin and Robert Magnus

All in the Family: 70th Reunion Alumnus and Grandson in Class of 2021

Richard Marlin graduated from Poly in 1951, and this year, so will his grandson, Robert Magnus ‘21.

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Visual Arts Debuts Virtual Exhibition in May

Visual Arts Debuts Virtual Exhibition in May

Poly Prep Visual Arts to debut first-ever school-wide virtual art exhibition...

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Pop Up Vaccine Clinic at Poly Prep

Pop-Up Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for Students

An on-site Pop-Up Pfizer Vaccine Clinic makes it easier for students ages 16+ to get a COVID vaccination.

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Upper School Rienzi

Upper School Celebrates World Languages and Poetry

Justice was the theme of the 2021 US Rienzi World Languages and Poetry showcase...

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Dr. Donald Earl Collins Poly Connected speaker

Poly Connected: Tackles ‘Cancel Culture’

“Cancel is overused in the way that ‘woke” is overused.”

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Poly on Film Aaron Matthews

Poly on Film Features Academy Award Winner Aaron Matthews ’89

Aaron Matthews ‘89 spoke about his documentary "The War and Peace of Tim O’Brien."

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Middle School Rienzi 2021

Middle School Celebrates Rienzi 2021

Middle School students showcased the beauty and power of language...

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Michael Buckley Middle School Author Visit

Best-selling Author Michael Buckley Visits Grades 5 & 6

“My life has been nothing but adventure since I started writing.”

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Nobel Prize Science Forum

Nobel Prize Lunch Forum

Even lunchtime can be an opportunity to learn about discoveries in science.

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Poly Honored with CCE Award James Ogilvie and Wendy Banner

Poly Honored with CCE Award

Poly was honored by the Consortium for Customized Employment, a project of Job Path.

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Lower School Women's History Month Assembly 2021

Lower School Celebrates Women’s History Month

Meet women who inspire Lower School faculty and staff.

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National History Day

Poly’s History Club Members Advance

Members of Poly's History Club advance in National History Day competition.

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Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination

Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination

Students came together for a Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination Assembly, organized by Poly’s Asia Society.

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Poly Connected Dread Scott

Poly Connected: Social Change through Art

“I make revolutionary art to propel history forward.”

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Upper School Musical Songs for a New World

Preview of the US Musical “Songs for a New World”

Poly's Upper School Musical "Songs for a New World" debuts virtually on March 26.

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PolyCultura

PolyCultura: A Celebration of Diversity Through The Art of Storytelling & Connection

“Our hope is that, over time, the stories we tell... connect and uplift us as a community.”

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Sprinter screenshot

Poly on Film Features Rob Maylor ’96, Producer of “Sprinter”

Producer Rob Maylor ‘96 discusses movie, being a storyteller, Jamaica, filmmaking, writing, and more.

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Alumni panel discusses What to expect in College

Alumni Panel Offers Insight: What to Expect in College

Poly alumni spoke to students about all things college and gave advice on questions from choosing a school to choosing…

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Afrofuturism “Entropia,” by artist Julie Mehretu

Brooklyn Museum Educators Bring Afrofuturism to US Assembly

Educators from Brooklyn Museum presented a program on Afrofuturism.

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Plans for Spring at Poly

In-person classes for all Middle and Upper School students are coming in March.

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Lower School MLK and African-American History Month Assemblies art

Lower School Celebrates MLK and African-American History Month

Lower School celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. and African-American History Month with a combined live-streamed assembly.

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Poly Connected Camille Rich

Poly Connected: Other People’s Stories

Camille Rich facilitated Poly Connected, part our school's ongoing diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.

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SEED Project

SEED Is a Tool in Creating Equity in the Classroom

SEED is a part of Poly's DEI faculty professional development.

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Connie Chen ’19

Checking in With: Connie Chen ’19

This year has upended life and required everyone to adjust expectations andplans. For our recent grads just starting out in…

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Vacs for Vax Ethan Gilbert ’22

Ethan Gilbert ’22 Spearheads VACs for Vax

Student helps Poly get vaccinated with his VACs (Vaccine Appointment Crew) for Vax.

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Lunar New Year ox

Kindergarten A Shares Lunar New Year Celebration with Lower School

Parents shared a presentation about Lunar New Year celebrations and traditions...

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Facing Latin America Website by Students

Students Launch “Facing Latin America” Website Project

Students focus on the diversity of Latin America, migration and asylum-seeking, and more.

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Jair Froome ’15

Checking in With: Jair Froome ’15

Jair Froome ’15 graduated with honors in 2019 from Duke University...

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Evan James book covers

Author Evan James Shares “Tales” in Writers’ Block Masterclass

Students in Writers' Block have a master class with author Evan James.

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Lower School PreK Rosa Parks Civil Rights Lesson

Pre-K Reenacts Rosa Parks’ Bus Protest in Civil Rights Study

Our youngest students are introduced to the Civil Rights era , the concept of "fairness" and standing up for what…

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Chloe Sun '19

Checking in With: Chloe Sun ’19

This year has upended life and required everyone to adjust expectations and plans. For our recent grads just starting out…

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Laura Terruso Work It Alumni On Film

Poly on Film Features Laura Terruso ’99, Director of “Work It”

Director Laura Terruso '99 discusses film, dance, life at Poly, and more...

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Working to Stay Ahead of the Virus

Poly is innovative in its approach to keeping the community safe.

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Producer Paul Hanson Discusses District 9 with Grade 10 English

Producer Paul Hanson Discusses “District 9”

Grade 10 English students enjoy discussion with acclaimed filmmaker.

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Middle School Read-a-thon January 2021

Middle School Read-a-Thon Clocks Over 1,000 Hours

Find out which students read a combined 21,915 minutes.

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All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

Middle School’s Grades 7 & 8 Play Goes Virtual

Enjoy a preview and cast comments from our upcoming Middle School play.

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Dr. Omari Keeles

Poly Welcomes Dr. Omari W. Keeles as Its New Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Omari W. Keeles will take on the role of Poly’s new Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as of…

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Joseph Wright ’75, M.D. and Vivien Thomas (inset)

Dr. Joseph Wright ’75 Champions Story of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas

“It is not a story that is taught in medical school.”

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The Redemption/Blossom courtesy of Tawny Chatmon

Poly Context: Artist Tawny Chatmon on Celebrating the Beauty of Black Childhood

The Poly community was treated to a unique glimpse into the creative process and inspiration behind the work of acclaimed…

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How I Got Here speaker series Minya Oh P’33 and Dr. Armin Tehrany ’87, P’23, ’25

Listen to Perspectives on Career Pathways

We were very pleased to have as our latest guest speakers in the “How I Got Here: Advice, Counsel, and…

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Alumna experience COVID hotel

Alumna Experience with “COVID Hotel” Sheds Light on Health Care Inequities

Kathleen Martin Stillo ’88 witnessed firsthand how the COVID-19 pandemic affected people who often fall through the cracks in our…

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Lower School Virtual Festival of Lights

Virtual Festival of Lights Shines Brightly

A pandemic could not dim the lights on a longstanding Lower School December tradition. Our celebration of the Festival of…

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Author Helen Phillips and her book Here Where the Sunbeams are Green

Author Helen Phillips “Zooms” with Middle School Students

It is always a treat when an author comes to Poly and students get to speak with a favorite writer.

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The Students for Environmental Justice Conference

Reflections on The Students for Environmental Justice Conference

Rayeeda Mahmud ’23 writes about her experience in November's Students for Environmental Justice Conference.

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Competitive “Speechies” Succeed in Virtual Events

Competitive Speech is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the virtual stage...

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Winter Concert 2020

With New Technology & Resilience the Winter Concert Will Go On!

Poly's Performing Arts shares a sneak peak of our 2020 Winter Concert.

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