Thirty Top Students Launch RocketHub Campaign For 'The High School Truth'

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ December 3 rd, 2013 Martin Rather and Lila Rimalovski, two sixteen year old students at the School For Ethics and Global Leadership, have announced the launch of their RocketHub campaign to raise funds for professional help with their book, "The High School Truth".

The book was the idea of and has been created by Rimalovski and Rather in hopes that it will become, in their words, "if not the ultimate guidebook to high school then at least a very good one, and one with a fresh, new approach. This is one is written by students, for studentswith hopes that parents and school administrators will also find it useful."

Rather and Rimalovski organized a group of students representing the diversity of the country. The contributors include students from New York and Washington, D.C. to Seattle and Los Angeles, from Texas to Minnesota and many places in between. They are from a wide range of racial, religious and economic backgrounds.

The goal, as stated by Lila, was to "find contributorscollaborators for the bookwho can give us a unique perspective, something really different. So we've worked to include an especially wide variety of students: one who is homeschooled, another who is openly gay, and others who are artsy, athleticor none of the above." Each student provided tips that they wish they knew upon entering high school.

The roles of Martin and Lila have been to pull together and edit the many contributions of their collaborators and write some of the book themselves. Doing this included considerable outside interviewing and research.

The authors have spent much of the past two months speaking to educational experts, high school principals, and college professors. They believe it is important that they note and seriously consider the advice of adult experts but are committed to keeping the book mostly "by students, for students."

Martin says, "Some people may be skeptical, but I'm convinced that much of the best advice about high school comes from students who have lived the experience or are still in the middle of it. We have fresh, excellent tips that were offered by students with the thought of passing on advice to a younger sibling or friend. We're fully engaged in this; ready to show that we can write clearly and meaningfully, and in so doing make school life better for others. That's what this project is all about: students helping students."

The collaborators include Soven Bery, Arielle Brender, Hannah Casey, Jack Cmaylo, Max Daley-Watson, Jackson Dellinger, Jair Froome, Adina Gitomer, Daniela Gonzalez, Isa Gueye, Kenny Hahn, Dillon Hanson, Sam Harris, Cameron Koffman, Jackson Lea, Asher Leher-Small, Bibi Lichauco, Jason Liebmann, Hayes McManemin, Jack Olsson, Oscar Perales, Sara Platnick, Andrew Settleman, Silvia Sotolongo, Anna Sunquist, Meg Thode, and Camille Ward.




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