Archive for February, 2012


Newark High School students have decided to start a chapter of the ASPIRE student organization at the high school.  Their purpose is to provide leadership for academic achievement among students.  Essentially,  All Students ASPIRE (ASA) leaders will recruit Students to Step Up and make being smart mean being popular, as well.  They want more students to take ownership of the personal responsibility to focus on school work, develop solid study habits, and earn good grades.  The leadership group met on Friday, February 24 at the ASPIRE student support office on the UD campus.  They plan to conduct at least one academic awareness session during the spring semester and work with ASPIRE leaders and Newark teachers to develop peer tutoring opportunities that allow the ASA leaders and those that they recruit as peer tutors to earn their volunteer credits.

Spring Semester 2012: Leadership in Action

On Friday Feb 17, the ASPIRE Leadership team convened the spring welcome to campus meeting.  Both seasoned ASPIRE members and students attending their first meeting turned out to learn about the spring 2012 ASPIRE agenda.   The session was led by current President Quindara Lazenbury who was supported by President-Elect Katie Kull.  Working side by side, the organizations elect officers and current officers outlined a busy, busy semester.  This semester, meetings are planned that feature new and exciting topics, such as Planning Life on a Teacher’s Salary, Using Travel Abroad Experiences to Explore Education in Other Cultures.  A full calendar of service opportunities was also presented, and these are outlined on the Get Involved page of this site.

Additionally, the group welcomed Dr. Shuaib Meacham who joins the ASPIRE faculty leadership team this semester as co-sponsor of the student organization.  Dr. Meacham will work with ASPIRE to mount a new initiative that focuses on preparing more young men to teach.  A late spring launch is planned for the ASPIRE Brothers and Leaders in Education (ABLE) initiative.  Stay tuned to this site for more information on how you can get involved.

A highlight of all ASPIRE gatherings is the sharing of community spirit and opportunities to meet new friends and reconnect with others…and so it is….




Spring Semester 2012 Hearst Scholar Named

Taria Pritchett Receives Spring 2012 Hearst Award

 The ASPIRE community is pleased to recognize Taria Pritchett, former ASPIRE president, for a near perfect academic record in fall 2011.  The Hearst scholarship is awarded at least once each academic year to contributing ASPIRE seniors with the highest grade point averages.  Taria’s fall 2011 record (3.74) is outstanding, and it makes her the third student to receive the Hearst scholarship in 2011-12.  Rachelle Bull and Sharline Derosier received awards in the fall.

Taria has participated in ASPIRE since her freshman year.  She became president of ASPIRE as a freshman and completed her first service learning project by leading the student team that developed the College Awareness workshops that are now sponsored by ASPIRE and UD admissions.  She served as a Summer 2010 Peer Leader in the ASPIRE Internship Program, where she led a team of student researchers in exploring how African American girls develop school identities. Taria is a 2011 McNair Scholar, a leader in residence life and a freshman year experience peer mentor.

 Taria, an English Education major, has been accepted to do graduate work in Urban Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  We are very proud of Taria and look forward to celebrating many future achievements with her.




Serious Business

Starting now!  The 2012 Officers Elect are on duty, working with ASPIRE president Quindara, vice president Anh, and secretary Huong.  The group met in Trabant on Tuesday 2/7 to begin reviewing officer responsibilities and assigning meeting tasks.  Stay tuned…this is a powerful group with really big plans.  ASPIRE is on the MOVE!!!