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August 2018

From Downtown to Midtown — Dinner and a Show

The evening started out at Shuka, an ambient restaurant downtown across the way from Scholarship Plus’ internship partner, New York Public Radio. Seven scholars headed to the back room with staff and a board member for a candid conversation about the nuances of dining etiquette that we had learned over the years, and thought could best be summarized and shared over a nice meal. Senior Director Anna Antoniak opened the conversation with an embarrassing moment from when she was learning the ropes as a Seinfeld Family Scholar (the program that Executive Director Kate Fenneman Stokes ran before Scholarship Plus). Conversation spanned a range of topics and tips, perhaps best surmised by “it’s okay to ask questions and share uncertainty.”

After a colorful meal of mezzes and kebabs, we gathering our bags and umbrellas for a trip to the Theater District for one of the year’s most talked about musicals, Carousel. Two of our scholars this year are dancers and their eyes showed extra spark watching some of their professional heroes move across the stage.


Photographs by Kate Fenneman Stokes

All this talk of etiquette brought out some great anecdotes and slightly awkward moments from our teachers’ pasts. Shown sharing a good laugh around the table from Left, Bai Hao, a sophomore at Lehigh; Xabier, a sophomore at Columbia; Anijah who will be starting at USC; Anna Antoniak, senior director at Scholarship Plus, a hidden Arianna headed to Boston College; Mike who will be dancing at Skidmore College; Scholarship Plus board member, Laura Wilson; new Dartmouth scholar, Joselyn; and Tasmia, a sophomore at NYU Tandon School of Engineering.



No amount of rain could dampen our scholars’ excitement to watch Carousel at the Imperial Theater. From Left: Bai Hao, Xabier, Joselyn, Anijah, Mike, Arianna and Tasmia.



Rising sophomore scholars, Bai Hao and Tasmia, waiting for curtain call.



Xabier and Mike check out the playbill. An aspiring dancer, Mike particularly loved the choreography.

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