Twelve Mercersburg students in the 10th grade have been accepted to study with MAPS (Mercersburg’s Advanced Program for Global Studies) during the 2021–2022 and 2022–2023 school years. This marks the ninth group of students selected to join the MAPS program since its introduction in 2013.
The program stretches through both of the upper-class years, beginning with the required completion of the Thought, Knowledge, and Belief (TKB) course as upper-middlers and culminating with a Senior Research Thesis. The program is focused on expanding the existing curriculum in order to present promising students with challenging academic and co-curricular opportunities. Through MAPS, students gain skills in self-motivation, global citizenship, and creative thinking.
“I was really grateful and excited when I got into MAPS,” says Greta Lawler ’23, one of the newly selected students. “I know it will shape my high-school experience over the next two years, so it sort of felt like I was getting accepted to go on a cool adventure or quest.”
From the rigorous coursework to lively Harkness style discussions and traveling, MAPS creates numerous possibilities for exploration and creativity.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone else in my class, having fun in TKB, and figuring out what I want to do my research paper on,” Lawler says. The Senior Research Thesis and SEARCH (Study, Engage, Apply, Research, Create, Help) capstone project allows students to design their own research paper on global topics of their choosing.
Other requirements include advanced foreign-language study, 15 credits of approved MAPS courses in at least four different academic departments, significant efforts in community engagement, and participation in a required travel and study trip.
"The current MAPS students have done fantastic work through the disruptions of the past 15 months, but we look forward to the Class of ’23 having a more traditional MAPS/Mercersburg experience,” said David Bell P ’17, ’18, history faculty.
The incoming group features Koko Chen ’23 of Shanghai, China; Emma Hobbs ’23 of Hagerstown, MD; Jamie Hyung ’23 of Seoul, South Korea; Clare Ip ’23 of Hong Kong, China; Day Kim ’23 of Seoul, South Korea; Ian Kim ’23 of Houston, TX; Greta Lawler ’23 of Arlington, VA; Jooa Lee ’23 of Daejeon, South Korea; Priscilla Lee ’23 of Poway, CA; Catherine Orders ’23 of Charleston, WV; Brant Warner ’23 of Frederick, MD; and Jasmine Zhu ’23 of Chengdu, China.