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Hobby Accepted to Stanford China Scholars Program

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School’s rising senior, Sarah Beth Hobby, was recently chosen as one of 20 students from across the country to participate in Stanford University's China Scholars Program (CSP).

The program, which is part of the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), is "an interactive, synchronous online course for high school students in the United States that offers an intensive exploration of key issues in contemporary China, spanning politics, economics, social issues, culture, and the arts, with an emphasis on how the United States and China have understood and influenced each other in recent history.” Sarah Beth will have the opportunity to participate in real-time conversations with leading scholars, experts, and diplomats from Stanford University and other institutions.

Coursework includes weekly reading and writing assignments, as well as real-time "virtual classroom" sessions with guest experts, culminating in an independent research project. Students are also required to give a presentation on China in their own communities. Successful completion earns Stanford Continuing Studies Program credit and a Certificate of Completion from SPICE, Stanford University.

Sarah Beth is a seven-year day student from South Pittsburg, Tenn. Last year, she received the school’s Chinese V award and was a member of the school’s state championship-winning Ethics Bowl Team. In addition to being an outstanding scholar, Sarah Beth is a state-qualifying athlete in track and field, a two-time MVP in track, received the Coaches’ Award in swimming, and is center back of the girls’ varsity soccer team. She provides leadership to the school as a proctor and president of Gorgas House. This summer she attended the Tearing Down the Walls racial justice conference at Vanderbilt University and interned for Bridge Refugee Services in Chattanooga. She is the daughter of the Rev. Kim Hobby and Brent Hobby.

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School offers language instruction in Chinese, Spanish, and Latin, as well as opportunities for advanced students to pursue language study at the University of the South in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Swahili.