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Announcing the First Joe Lubar Scholar

Turquoise Baker will enter the ninth grade for the 2012-2013 school year. She comes to USM from the Milwaukee Montessori School. She says, “I am honored to have been chosen for the Joe Lubar Scholarship. I look forward to contributing to the USM community as well as honoring the legacy of Joe Lubar.”

Among her many accomplishments, Turquoise was selected to represent Wisconsin at the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC. This conference highlighted students with the scholastic merit, maturity, and strength of character to be future leaders.

A gifted musician, Turquoise has been playing the piano since age four, earning 2nd  place at the 2008 Cascio Interstate Music Pop Pianofest competition. She has also received multiple superior piano ratings from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Turquoise is also an accomplished athlete. She is a nationally-ranked sprinter, a state champion, four-time Southeastern Wisconsin District Champion Hershey Track and Field, and a four time Milwaukee City Champion for Track.

She also loves debate. Her debate skills were tested when she attended the Montessori Model United Nations (UN) in New York, NY. As an UN student delegate she wrote, presented, and debated a resolution before the UN Human Rights Council.

In her free time, Turquoise is an avid reader, enjoys exploring digital photography, as well as playing with her four-year-old brother Kile.

The Joe Lubar Scholarship honors the memory of Joe Lubar, USM Class of 2008, whose contributions to the School as a student, citizen, and athlete exemplified the character and traditions of University School. In the first year of the scholarship, there were 20 applicants, from which 16 semifinalists were selected. The semifinalists (12 boys and four girls) came from 11 different middle schools and participated in group interviews conducted by Upper School faculty, staff, and Administration. As a result, the field narrowed to five finalists (four boys and one girl), with the scholarship committee making the final decision to select Turquoise. The committee was impressed with her confidence, her poise, and desire for excellence. She will be a wonderful participant in next year's freshman class.