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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Will anyone be in the Hilton Head Island, SC area on Friday, 2/24/12? I would love to have some aquatic representation at our high school's Black History Month event.


On Friday, February 24, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. on the campus of Hilton Head Island High School, there will be a Black History Month Wax Museum to celebrate the African-American culture and its accomplishments. The Hilton Head Island High School Junior Images Club (student club) would like to extend an invitation to you to serve as one of our guest presenters on that day.  Our goal is to have every student walk away from the wax museum with a greater appreciation for the African American contributions to our country and/or a better understanding of the world around them and its relationship to themselves. Our overall theme for this year’s Black History Month celebration is “Believe You Can Achieve.” This would be a great opportunity to present some statistics on drowning in the Black community and the push to get more children "water-safe."


The Wax Museum is a gathering of the African American culture, from West Africa and slavery to the present. There will be a variety of stations to visit, with a presenter at each station. Stations will engage students in learning and understanding the culture. We will have visitors from throughout the country who will share information, artifacts, and demonstrations. Some of these will include the freedom quilt, basket making, traditional Gullah food, Amistad Freedom tour, Cultural Dolls, a look back at Hilton Head during slavery, and more. Students may visit the museum with their class or during their lunch period. The wax museum  is also opened to the Hilton Head and Beaufort County community. We are sure to have a large audience throughout the day (approximately 600-800 visitors). We will provide our presenters with a light breakfast between the hours of 7:30AM-9:00AM and a thank you lunch from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. We ask that all presenters be available to teach at their station during the hours of 9:00AM to 1:00PM. The information you share with students should be between 5 to 8 minutes in length. This will allow students to visit other stations within a reasonable time frame.   


With the many contributions that are noted by the African-American community; hopefully this will inspire you to join us in this celebration. We believe your participation in this event will have a positive impact on our youth, as well as create a cooperative spirit between Hilton Head Island High School and the community. If you are available to serve as our “guest presenter,” please contact me at 843-689-4842/4800. We would love to discuss your contribution to our students. We look forward to a positive response.

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