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ESS Student Honored for Research; Helps Secure Funding for Native Schools

on Wednesday, 15 May 2019.

Katie Ward ESS Frabutt Award

Katie Ward, a Notre Dame senior and future member of ACE 26, was recently awarded the 2019 Frabutt Prize for Outstanding Community-Based Research in recognition of her research on the intersection of Catholic identity and Native spirituality in three Native American Catholic schools.

Ward, an Education, Schooling and Society (ESS) minor, traces her interest in Native American education as far back as high school, during which she spent a week in an experiential learning course at Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota. Her experiences in the third-grade classroom began to shape her academic interest in Native American education systems.

Knowledge, Buzzer Skills, and Strategy

Audrey Scott on Monday, 29 April 2019.

What are the three things you need to win on Jeopardy!?

Kedin Donohue Jeopardy!

Take it from someone who knows–Kevin Donohue (ACE 17, LA South Central), who appeared
last week on the famed television quiz show hosted for over 30 years by the inimitable
Alex Trebek.

Remembering Rob Smith

Theo Helm on Wednesday, 17 April 2019.

Rob Smith passed away on April 14 after a two-year battle with cancer. Rob was deeply committed to service, and he left a promising engineering career to join ACE as part of our 11th cohort. Rob was a member of the Los Angeles East community, and he taught at Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary High School.

Getting Things Done...Escape Room-Style

Audrey Scott on Wednesday, 13 March 2019.

Thomas Clark Escape Room AmeriCorps

Mystery . . . clues . . . suspense . . . riddles . . . decipher . . . unlock . . . success.

Who knew math could be so intriguing?

“I’ve noticed sometimes students in class lack a little bit of motivation or excitement toward math specifically. They know it’s important, but it’s hard for them to get too excited about it,” says AmeriCorps member Thomas Clark (ACE 25, Jacksonville). “That’s where I got the idea of an escape room.”

AmeriCorps Week "Today’s Homework: Submarine Sandwiches, Basketball, and Lightsabers for All"

Audrey Scott on Monday, 11 March 2019.

In honor of AmeriCorps Week 2019, we are celebrating how our ACE Teachers are transforming the lives of the students they serve everyday in schools across the country. Follow along on our social media accounts and share your own stories with #MadeInAmeriCorps.

This story was originally published for the April 2018 ACE Newsletter.

Liam Driscoll MadeInAmeriCorps - AmeriCorps Week 2019

Tick. Tick. Tick. Tick.


Liam’s eyes fix on the clock above the blackboard.

Tick. Tick.

Still no sign of one of his students.

“He showed up late if he showed up at all. Not just a few minutes, like right after the bell, but I mean 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. every day,” Liam Driscoll (ACE 24, Denver) remembers.

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