Phipps Lands Internship in Germany


Toller Phipps, Heights High School, 2022, has been selected to participate in the DAAD RISE (Research Internships in Science and Engineering) scholarship program for the summer of 2024 in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

DAAD RISE is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office. Each year, PhD students and research groups from German universities or institutes apply to be part of this program. Once accepted, they create a description of their research, including what type of major or experience they are looking for in an applicant, and upload it to an application portal. The portal allows North American, British, and Irish university students to apply to the research programs. The applicants can apply for up to three research programs that fit their major. The PhD students then rank the applicants, and the German government matches applicants to research groups.

Toller is one of 375 chosen applicants out of 2,400 and will be completing research on GaN transistors on printed circuit boards at the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, working directly with the P3E (Power Electronics, Electronics, and EMC) research group on campus.

The program focuses on academic research and encourages students to immerse themselves in German and European culture. Toller will be able to explore and experience the culture and traditions while pursuing his research interests.
Toller told us, “This experience is not just about enhancing my academic knowledge; it’s also about broadening my horizons and immersing myself in a global community.”

Congratulations, Toller!

Kanagy Commits to Graduate School


We are thrilled to announce that Ben Kanagy, Trinity Academy, 2021, has recently accepted a top scholarship for graduate school at Wheaton College! Ben will commence his journey towards a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Exegesis this coming August, following his (double) graduation in May.

The program at Wheaton College is designed to be one of the most rigorous platforms for delving into the profound intricacies of biblical texts, encompassing their original languages and rich cultural and historical contexts. Starting this fall, Ben will be taking both Greek and Hebrew language classes.

Wheaton’s interdisciplinary approach ensures that Ben can explore various fields of study, including the psychology program. It is noteworthy that Wheaton College’s graduate program has a track record of sending students to top doctoral programs annually, opening up Ben’s future academic pursuits.

Beyond academia, Ben is excited about residing in Chicago and enjoying their jazz music.

Ben remarked, ” Both of my undergraduate degrees were pretty broad, so I’m excited to get to focus more narrowly on my interest in biblical texts, languages, and their cultural-historical contexts. A major reason I chose Wheaton was the faculty, who are world-class scholars and whose work I’ve read much of over the years. It’s a bit unreal that I’ll now get to work closely with them in my master’s program!”

Congratulations, Ben! We are excited to see what this next chapter holds for you!

Torres Chosen as Rudd Scholar


It is an honor to announce that Israel Torres, senior at Wichita Northeast Magnet, has been awarded the Rudd Scholarship!

The Rudd Foundation states, “We are searching for students who persevere. The ones who, though they get knocked down, get right back up. Those who will strive harder than everyone else and continue to meet their challenges head-on.” This quote perfectly encapsulates Israel’s determination and resilience, making him a truly deserving recipient of this honor.

Let’s give Israel a round of applause for this incredible accomplishment!