Maggie Lo of the Episcopal Academy – principal student of the week – News of the mainstream media

A junior at the Episcopal Academy, Maggie Lo is co-president of the EA Student Union for Sustainability (formerly known as the Save the Planet Club). She is a member of the executive board of EA’s Community Service Corps and participated in the National High School Climate Forum. Luo participated in the Girls.Hack competition and plays the flute in the Episcopal Academy school orchestra. She is the co-editor of the EA school newspaper, The Scholium, and is a board member of the Girls in STEM club. In her sophomore year, she was part of a team of five girls that won first place in the Girls.Hack Competiton competition. Last summer, she participated in an internship in chemistry, working with a Penn State graduate student on his project to study the enzyme that forms ethylene (EFE).

Media Highlights: Tell us about the EA Student Union’s mission of sustainability and its goals.

Maggie Lo: In line with our mission, the Student Alliance for Sustainability “works to improve our community’s impact on the environment by raising awareness, engaging and implementing material projects to make a difference”. In fact, we run a variety of environmental initiatives at our school. We spoke to the cafeteria staff at our school to offer more vegetarian options and reduce the use of disposable plastic. We wrote letters to our political representatives on various environmental issues.

Main Line Media News: What was your favorite activity with the Student Alliance for Sustainability?

Maggie Lo: One of my favorite awareness projects was creating a kangaroo sculpture from completely recycled materials such as jars and boxes. I think my favorite pastime this year was planting trees, which we contributed to this fall. We collaborated with the Chester Watershed Association Ridley Shop to plant more than 100 trees in Gable Park in Newtown Square. It was a fun way for our club to join our wider community and spend time appreciating our environment.

Media highlights: Tell us a little about your activities at the National High School Climate Forum.

Maggie Lo: In line with its mission, the NHSCF “promotes the exchange of ideas between environmental student leaders from across the country regarding sustainability and other environmental projects / initiatives in their respective high schools”. As a forum delegate, I attend monthly meetings to discuss how the forum can increase its reach and impact. The forum creates newsletters that include information on how some of the participating clubs have made a difference in their schools, giving everyone else an idea of ​​how to potentially implement these projects in their schools. The forum also includes larger meetings with speakers such as Ms. Bonnie Lay (founder of the AI ​​for Microsoft Earth program and current head of environmental justice at Microsoft) and Dr. Stacy Gifford (Managing Director of IBM Future of Climate Initiative), who were the two speakers we heard in February. Overall, the information I get from participating in this organization helps me work with the EA Student Union on Sustainability.

Main Line Media News: What are your most memorable impressions of Girls in STEM?

Maggie Lo: I liked the STEM-based projects we’re involved in, but I really appreciate the speakers who came to talk to us. One of my favorites was Shreya Dalal, an EA graduate, who discussed her experience in STEM at EA, in college and at her new job as a data scientist for Handshake. I am very excited to continue working with the Girls in STEM Club as co-president next year. So far, our talk of next year has focused on expanding the club’s reach in high school and schools in more disadvantaged areas, where girls may not be as encouraged to study STEM as we are.

Main Line Media News: What is your favorite public project and why?

Maggie Lo: I really enjoyed leading Mutt Madness this year along with my girlfriend Elizabeth Boroff and EA Public Affairs Coordinator Mrs. Brinks. During this campaign we sold NCAA March Madness braces to community members and started a school-wide pool and competition. All proceeds went to the Providence Animal Shelter to help them with supplies, medical care, treatment and accommodation of companion animals. We organized stands to buy brackets, announcements in the Chapel and even a fun meeting with the two puppies at the shelter. This year we raised over $ 1,000 for the shelter, and it was a great pleasure to see everyone who is so excited to participate.

Main Line Media News: What is your favorite song performed with the flute and why?

Maggie Lo: I think my favorite song to perform was some parts from Carmen’s opera. I love playing the flute solo Entr’acte, the song Toreador and Habanera. These pieces are so much fun to play the flute because of the range and rhythm. Entr’acte is for flute playing and I really like its smooth and sweet melody. The songs of Toreador and Habaner are more intense, they are so exciting and sound great on the flute.

Main Line Media News: what is your favorite book and why?

Maggie Lo: My favorite book is probably BA Behind Closed Doors, a horror thriller about abusive relationships. The book describes a seemingly perfect couple who aren’t really that perfect; horrible details of their relationship come out in the course of the book. When I have time to read for fun, I really like thrillers or mysteries such as “Behind Closed Doors” as well as fantasy.

Main Line Media News: Who is your favorite author and why?

Maggie Lo: My favorite thriller is probably Gillian Flynn for her novels such as “Gone” and “Sharp Objects”. Flynn is a master of intense and dark plots, which I really enjoy reading. My favorite fantasy author is probably Victoria Aveard, especially for her work on the Red Queen series.

(To be selected as the principal student of the week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his or her school.)

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