Michael George ’15 says his passion is a personal one. Growing up in the Philippines, George lived a divided life — his parents’ employers would pay for him to go to a private American school, while his best friend took a Jeepney to the local school. George left the Philippines for Harvard, while his friend stayed behind — and that’s stayed with him.“As an American who grew up overseas in the developing world, it was eye-opening for me to move home and realize that, in one of the richest countries in world, 1 in 4 children live in poverty and that 1 out of 4 will remain there as adults,” he said.When George departs Harvard, he’ll head to England on a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study comparative social policy at the University of Oxford and economic history at the London School of Economics.Anna Hagen ’15 will be nearby. Hagen, an English concentrator by way of Brooklyn, “fell in love with language as a kid.” Along with her study of literature, Hagen has immersed herself in theater at Harvard. After the Boston Marathon bombings, she produced Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” she said, “not only because I wanted to make sense of its frenzied chorus and long, poetic messenger speeches, but because I felt in need of the play’s strength and exuberance.”Under the direction of Professor Amy Hempel, Hagen is working on a book of short stories for her senior thesis; with her Marshall Scholarship she plans to pursue a master’s degree in contemporary English literature at the University of Cambridge and a secondary master’s degree in theater marking at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.“I’m passionate about storytelling, and the Marshall means the chance to think about what stories I want to tell, and how best to tell them,” said Hagen. “I look forward to immersing myself in another culture and learning from a vibrant community of friends and scholars. I expect the next two years to be life-changing.”Up to 40 students are selected annually for Marshall Scholarships, which support young Americans in graduate studies in the United Kingdom.“I’m drawn to the U.K. not only because of the incredible academic opportunities, but also because the U.K. is at the forefront of innovative public policy,” said George. “Being there will allow me to see how I can apply these ideas elsewhere.”Both George and Hagen are still getting their heads around the honor.“I was racing out of Lowell dining hall to get to the Loeb Theater and to the last performance of ‘Three Sisters,’ the show I spent the semester directing, when I got the phone call,” recalled Hagen. “My heart was pounding. My legs felt like Jell-O. I couldn’t believe it. I gave the phone to a friend so I would know it was real. I still don’t quite believe it.”“When it finally hit me what the person on the other end of the line was saying, I was overwhelmed,” said George. “I could kind of feel the course of my life shifting beneath my feet.”
A street sign in Douglas.DOUGLAS, Bohle Plains, Mount Low, Deeragun and Idalia top the list of suburbs Gen Y residents like to call home in Townsville.According to Core Logic data the average age of residents is 30 or below for the five suburbs with the 20 to 29 age bracket having the largest percentage of residents.Ray White Douglas agent Nicole Plozza who specialises in the Douglas area was not surprised the suburb was so popular with young people as the university was nearby.“You get university students, nurses and army people as well,” Ms Plozza said.“You also get people where Mum and Dad have bought in Douglas then the kids end up buying there eventually, too.“You’ve got lots of walkways, beautiful ponds with turtles and everything and it is so well maintained, so it’s a place where a lot of people want to live.”Bohle Plains has surged in popularity following the Kalynda Chase estate which was started by Urbex and has continued to expand.In Douglas the average age is 24, followed by Bohle Plains at 27, Mount Low at 28 and Deeragun and Idalia both at 30.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020In Douglas more than one in three residents are aged between 20 and 29 and 61 per cent are under 30,Urbex general manager Peter Sherrie said Kalynda Chase offered affordability for young families.“Kalynda Chase is seeing a lot of interest from young couples who are looking for an affordable first house,” he said.“The local amenities within the estate certainly add value. The convenience of having facilities such as the tennis courts … a grocery store and restaurant, is very attractive to first home buyers.“Young couples want everything in one place and Kalynda Chase offers an affordable yet active lifestyle that first home buyers want.” Ray White Townsville agent Julie Munro said Mount Low had become popular with young families.“Mount Low is largely non-Townsvillians,” she said.“It’s people transferring here for work and professional people coming here that are migrating from smaller North Queensland communities.“They are happy to live out there and it’s absolutely swarming with young families and children.”
The Minister of Youth and Sports is optimistic the Black Stars of Ghana will emerge winners when they clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt on Sunday October 13, 2013.“We must respect Egypt but not fear them at all so the talk should be about preparing to beat them both home and away and not how to avoid them”, said Elvis Afriyie Ankrah in reaction to speculations by some sports commentators that Ghana may not carry the day.During a draw on the 2014 FIFA World Cup play-offs on Monday, September 16 the Black Stars were paired against Egypt in what some have described as a tough call for Ghana.The encounter is sure to be a cracker and a repetition of the finals of the 2010 AFCON.But making reference to the 2-1 victory over Zambia in Kumasi, the Sports Minister said preparations will start immediately on all fronts to ensure that the level of support offered the Black Stars is not only repeated but notched up to maximum.