March's Buzz

Posted by Nadira Presley on 3/9/2022

A Message From Nadira Presley, Student Support Liaison

Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.”- Malala Yousafzai

As we enter into March 2022, think of each small step you take towards accomplishing your goal(s) as a giant leap into your future. Some of us are excelling in our academics, while others may have drifted off. No matter the circumstances, I want you to know that you can finish your courses successfully.

The Student Support Liaisons and Student Support Team hopes you realize we are here for you, and we are cheering you on.

My parting words to you are, “Every task, goal, race, or year comes to an end……...therefore make it a habit to always finish strong.”

Olympic Spirit at BVA

Flags from all over the world hung in the BVA office during the Winter Olympics. Can you name all the countries in the pictures?


Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month. Throughout all of history, women have left an impact that has inspired later generations. On page two, The Buzz gives the spotlight to three American women who have left their mark on history. Sacagawea, Maya Angelou and Hedy Lamar all achieved greatness and recognition in their respective time periods.


St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is an Irish holiday that was first celebrated over 1,000 years ago! The Irish saint is attributed to bringing Christianity to Ireland. This holiday is observed on March 17 every year to honor St. Patrick and the arrival of Christianity to Ireland. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City. Homesick Irish soldiers in the British army held a parade to honor the saint. This blossomed into smaller parades happening every March 17th until 1848 when all the smaller parades united to form one massive St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York City.


Historical Women Throughout the Years

Sacagawea: Guide to the New Frontier

Born in what is now modern day Idaho within the Shoshone tribe, Sacagawea became an essential part of Lewis and Clark’s expedition westward. Sacagawea, as well as her husband and newborn baby, traveled with Lewis and Clark as she worked as their guide and translator. With knowledge of the land, Sacagawea guided the expedition party through the tough terrain and along the Missouri River. She advised Lewis and Clark on what plants to eat, where to camp during the winter and which path to take when encountering a fork in the road. Lastly, Sacagawea’s presence encouraged friendly negotiations and trade with other Native American tribes.

Hedy Lamarr: Talented Actress and Inventor

The multi-talented Hedy Lamarr left her mark on history as a famous actress and inventor. As an only child growing up in Austria, Lamarr inherited her passion for machines from her father, even as her mother enrolled her in ballet and piano classes. The classes led Lamarr to acting school, which quickly evolved into her earning roles in German films. After an unsuccessful marriage, Lamarr moved to America where she continued starring in more films, while also meeting many historic inventors. Hedy Lamarr would work with these individuals to develop a faster airplane as well as a key component in the discovery of Wi-Fi.

Maya Angelou: Inspirational Poet and Writer

Maya Angelou’s trailblazing work has inspired and impacted generations. After a traumatic event in her childhood, the St. Louis native did not speak for five years. A teacher named Mrs. Flowers encouraged Angelou to speak again by instilling a love of poetry into the 12-year-old girl. In her adult life, Maya Angelou worked for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, used innovative writing techniques that earned the book national acclaim. Maya Angelou would later go on to write many more autobiographies, poems, children’s books, screenplays and Bill Clinton’s inaugural poem.

Kamala Harris: Modern Day Pioneer

Kamala Harris was born in Oakland, California to immigrant parents. Although her parents divorced when she was a young girl, Kamala Harris’ Indian-born mother would still take time to connect Kamala and her sister to their African- American roots. This involved going to Civil Rights movements and later attending a HBCU (historically black college or university). Early in her political career, Harris became the first African American and first woman to serve as California’s Attorney General. Following that, she became the second African- American woman to become a senator. Presently, Kamala Harris is the Vice President of the United States and the first woman to hold that title.


References and Educational Links

Sacagewea

 

Maya Angelou

 

Hedy Lamarr

 

Kamala Harris