April 23, 2003

CONTACT: Marilyn Duncan, (901) 333-4247/ Kimberly Stark, (901) 333-4023

MIDDLE COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AT SOUTHWEST WILL HOST NATIONAL STUDENT CONFERENCE

Middle College High School at Southwest Tennessee Community College will host the 11th annual Middle College National Student Conference April 30-May 4 at the Radisson Hotel at 185 Union Avenue in downtown Memphis.

More than 20 Middle College high schools throughout the country are expected to send about 200 students, teachers and principals to the event. This year’s conference theme is “Echoes of Truth through the Voices of Youth.” Participants will be challenged to research and depict historical and cultural truths (societal issues) through lenses, voices, dance and song. Students attending the conference represent the tenth through twelfth grades, and vary in background and ethnicity.

“ ‘Echoes of Truth…’ deals with societal issues such as racism, human rights, injustice, poverty and teen issues,” said Joyce C. Mitchell, MCHS principal. “When we send out truths, we want to send out the most positive ones in order to get a positive return.”

Middle College High School is an academic collaboration between Memphis City Schools and Southwest. By placing a high school in a college environment and providing personalized support for academic and career preparation, the intent of the school is to enable capable but academically frustrated students to complete their high school education and meet the challenges of today’s world. The school is housed on Southwest’s Union Avenue campus.

During the conference the participants will visit several area historical/cultural sites, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the Henning, Tennessee, boyhood home of author Alex Haley, Chucalissa Museum and Indian Village, the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence at Christian Brothers University, and various Memphis in May activities. The students also were given several pre-conference reading and activity assignments they will share at the national conference. For more information about the conference or Middle College High School, call (901) 333-5360.