Tahlia Lehmann, a seventh-grader at Maple Creek Middle School, is excited – very excited.
The winsome 12-year-old flashed a dimpled grin as she explained how she was chosen from thousands of other girls across the United States and Canada to be one of 36 Discovery Girls featured in Discovery Girls Magazine.
Discovery Girls magazine, in Los Altos, California, began in 2000 and caters to adolescent girls or tweens. Published bimonthly, the publication encourages girls to believe in their own abilities and strengths.
“My best friends know about it and they think it’s cool, but I’m not really telling anyone else. I don’t want anyone to think I’m bragging or anything,” she said.
Tahlia will travel next week with her mother, Lisa, to the Discovery Girls Leadership Summit in Pacific Grove, California, where all 36 Discovery Girls will meet in person for the first time.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Tahlia, adding that she has never been to California.
“We get to come up with ideas for the magazine and do photo shoots and model for the magazine,” she said. “But no makeup or anything – they don’t like that. They want the natural girl look.”
The magazine will profile four girls in all six issues of 2015 and the first three issues of 2016 with four girls featured in each issue. Girls were chosen based on enthusiasm, personality, insight and a “certain spark” that the magazine’s readers can relate to, according to a statement from the magazine.
To enter, Tahlia had to submit a tedious and lengthy application, answering questions such as “Tell us about a time you had to stand up for yourself or someone else” and “How do girls compare themselves to others?”
At the Leadership Summit, the girls will write essays for the magazine on various topics such as health and beauty, embarrassing moments, difficult experiences, editorials and will be interviewed for other articles that will appear in future issues.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School opened its new school Wednesday at 10650 Aboite Center Rd. in southwest Fort Wayne. Today is the first day for students in the K-8 school. Preschoolers will begin this week, as well.
•Indiana Tech’s new entrepreneur center, the Center for Creative Collaboration, dubbed the C3, is now open. The C3 will provide entrepreneurs with rapid, targeted and effective assistance in all phases of business startup, operation and growth. Located in Indiana Tech’s new Academic Center, C3 will assist clients by matching their needs with an experienced team of Indiana Tech faculty and staff from across the university, along with business mentors from around the region. Services offered include business formation and structure, business model development, recommendations on competitive strategy, technology advice, industrial and manufacturing engineering, legal services, marketing, product prototyping and seed funding. Lilly Endowment Inc. has supported the launch and first three years of operations with a $500,000 grant awarded last year.
•Judith Matlin of Columbia City has been named campus director for the Fort Wayne Campus of National College, 6131 N. Clinton St. She has 18 years’ experience in higher education and was most recently served as department chair for a legal studies and criminal justice program. A registered nurse who holds a law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ursuline College, she also had a private law practice in Cleveland.
•Registration is open for Saturday morning art classes for children through the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. Classes are for children in grades 1-8 from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 13 through Dec. 6. A fee of $75 per child includes all materials and instruction fees for classes which include drawing, painting, printmaking, multimedia and ceramics. Early registration is advised, as enrollment is limited. To register call 399-7700, ext. 8001.
•The School of Creative Arts will sponsor a bus trip to the Chicago Institute of Art on Sept. 18. The bus will leave the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off Leesburg Road at 7:30 a.m. and return about 10 p.m. Cost is $40 for the general public and the $23 admission fee to the Art Institute is not included. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival at the museum or through the museum’s website: www.artic.edu. Tickets include entrance to the special exhibition, “Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938.” Travelers will be dropped off and picked up at the art institute. Bus seats can be purchased by calling 399-7700, ext. 8001. For more information, contact Molly McGowan at email@example.com.
•Trine University will celebrate 20 years in Fort Wayne with an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. More than 700 students have earned degrees at the Fort Wayne Regional Campus. The public is welcome to attend.