Newman Oxford Scholars
Newman Oxford Scholars strive to be thought leaders in the world. Like Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, they are passionate about the world of ideas. They are eager to help solve real world challenges involving poverty and injustice.
John Henry Newman, during his years at Oxford University, guided students to follow a rigorous academic curriculum. He encouraged them, through what became known as the Oxford Movement, to take a leadership role in working to improve society through the government and the Church.
The Newman Oxford Scholar Program is designed to acknowledge both the exhilaration and the responsibility of learning. Newman Oxford Scholars will be presented with opportunities for learning beyond the classroom. In addition they will develop their leadership skills.
Students chosen to be Newman Oxford Scholars are expected to:
- Enroll in a challenging course of studies including Honors and Advanced Placement classes;
- Achieve a 4.0 GPA every semester, or a year-end cumulative GPA which places them in the top 10% of their class;
- Maintain the highest standards of behavior as prescribed by the school and affirmed by the Dean of Students;
- Actively pursue co-curricular, extra-curricular, and service opportunities;
- Serve as models for fellow Newman Oxford Scholars and for students in the entire community;
- Participate in workshops and enrichment activities, ranging from lectures by academicians and Church leaders to community leaders pursuing social justice.
Admission to the Newman Oxford Scholar Program is based on overall academic achievement and potential, standardized test results, grade point average, and teacher or counselor recommendations. Invited students will be asked to submit additional information.
The Spring topic is the 100 year anniversary of the US entering WWI, a reflection with one of two choices. First, finding a family connection to back then and how the War impacted their lives as we have a large variety of family backgrounds to share. Second option, to find a connection to then and now, how the War changed lives and influences us today.
The Fall topic was “California Propositions for the General Election”; our dinner followed two days later on November 10th. Each of the Scholars posted their papers the day before the election on our website with their prediction of the vote. Their task was to research their topic, discover who favored it, who opposed it, and to offer a personal conclusion based on their discovery. Sorting through the deceptive advertisements, the convoluted arguments pro and con, and the mass of information was challenging, yet they likely were more expert on their topic for this effort than most voters were who cast ballots. Our government requires effort to understand issues and our participation to make decisions more inclusive. These students, some who were old enough to vote, showed the benefits of preparation and research.
Newman Oxford Scholars Spring 2016
The topic for our Newman Oxford Scholars this Spring explores the students' views and experiences in education as they are moving on to college.
Newman Oxford Scholars Fall 2015
The topic for our Newman Oxford Scholars this fall is the Election of 2016. The students chose topics about issues they believe will play a role in the voting decisions next year. The Scholars will give insight and evidence in a reasoned and thoughtful evening of presentation and questioning. Wide-ranging from World Affairs to Domestic Policy to Civil Rights, the students will submit their papers ahead, we post them online for wider review, and they will defend their work live. Jeff Scharfen, Esq., and CN English teacher, again will review the work and pose the questions. From the quality of thought, we have much to look forward to for their Spring Presentations in April 2016. Click on the names below to read the scholars' papers. This year's Oxford Scholar students are: