In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived for 30 days in an underwater laboratory positioned on the floor of the Red Sea, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. In a charming talk he brings his wondrous adventure to life.
Congratulations to Fernando Fine ’15 who was recently recognized as a scholar by the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP). Emily Caviglia ’15 and Sebastian Hurtado ’15 were previously named scholars in the program.
Mock Trial is one of the most prestigious academic activities in the nation. Mock trial teaches students critical thinking skills, effective public speaking, the ability to think on one’s feet as well as self-confidence, all useful tools no matter what occupation students will pursue. More than 400 colleges and universities field 600 teams in addition to over 100 law schools. At the high school level, there is one National Mock Trial High School competition.
College admissions departments give weight to mock trial participation because students are required to work for months on a single case, demonstrating commitment and perseverance, both important qualities in academic success. Rather than multiple competitions, after months of preparation, there are four trials that determine which teams advance. In addition, the small size of the teams [maximum 20 students] requires superior interpersonal skills as teams will spend hundreds of hours working together. The success of the team relies, in no small part, on the team dynamics, rather than on any single individual. Learn more about trying out for Mock Trial »
Shows at BOD-Sugar, Little Shop of Horrors, The Laramie Project.
What is your favorite memory of BOD drama?
“I enjoyed dressing in 1920′s fashion in Sugar. The movement of the dresses made them a lot of fun to dance in. Marcelling my hair was laborious but it was fun.”
Describe your role in One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.
“Nurse Ratched is the cold-hearted, autocratic head nurse with a warm facade that enables her to control the entire ward with an iron hand.”
How does this play fit in with BOD’s charism?
“The play portrays despicable behavior that results from not recognizing and respecting human dignity, thereby violating joy and suppressing social justice with characters that lack strength of character.”
This past weekend, the O’Dowd Mock Trial Team attended the Championship Mock Trial Academy (CMTA) in Carmel, California, to hone their skills and pick up new strategies as they prepare for the Empire International Mock Trial Invitational being held in San Francisco next month. The CMTA has been leading a two-day training academy for high school mock trial students since 2009. The training helps students develop performance techniques, trial strategy, and learn how to craft pre-trial arguments as well as effective direct and cross examinations of witnesses. Read more…
Fabien Cousteau: What I learned from spending 31 days underwater
In 1963, Jacques Cousteau lived underwater for 30 days, and set a world record in the process. This summer, his grandson Fabien Cousteau broke that record. Cousteau the younger lived for 31 days aboard the Aquarius, an underwater research laboratory nine miles off the coast of Florida. In a charming talk he brings his wondrous adventure to life.