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Following family tradition

June 23, 2012
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

Her mother attended school there more than 30 years ago, and her two older brothers have gone to school there as well and now Julia Redner of Echo, a student at Holy Redeemer School, will be attending a special program at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts.

Redner has been admitted to the Northfield Mount Hermon Summer Session for Middle School, which will be a five-week program.

"(I'm going to do) just a lot of activities like tennis, art, writing class, volleyball, math," Redner said.

Redner's mother, Helen Blue-Redner, said going to Northfield Mount Hermon is kind of a family tradition. She said her mother was an absolute educator and that her mother, who had lived all around the world, knew about the wonderful education afforded by the New England prep schools. Blue-Redner's mother was an editor for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe newspaper, and that's where she learned about Northfield Mount Hermon.

"She was really supportive of our kids going to NMH," Blue-Redner said. "I went to the school 30 years ago." Blue-Redner was selected as a scholar by A Better Chance (ABC), an organization that fosters the talents of minority students. Blue-Redner went to NMH for two years and graduated from there.

Julia's two older brothers, Caske and Frank, went to school at NMH. Frank had gotten into Columbia, Blue-Redner said, and Chaske is working in corrections. Blue-Redner herself went to Princeton and her husband, Frank, went to Stanford, so education is important to the family.

And now Julia is following in her family's footsteps.

"It's a great springboard," Blue-Redner said. "(It's) excellent college prep." Blue-Redner said that Julia is destined for NMH or one of the other Eight Schools Organization prep institutions, which includes Deerfield and Exeter.

Redner said she had to apply to get into the program. She also got excellent recommendations from her teachers at Holy Redeemer School, Blue-Redner said. Blue-Redner added that Julia loves her teachers and respects and admires them.

"I was one of a very few kids chosen," Redner said.

Redner said she's familiar with the school as she's visited her brother, Frank, there about three times.

"I really enjoyed going down there," Redner said. She said that she also got to watch her brother's sacred concert while there.

Blue-Redner said she and her husband will go out to Massachusetts with their daughter to get her settled in. She added that Julia will be exposed to so many things while at the school and meet kids from other countries. The summer program is for 250 students from 27 states and 37 countries and NMH has offered it to students for more than a century.

"She's going to have fun," Blue-Redner said. "We're really pleased."

Redner is looking forward to the art classes and tennis and meeting kids from Japan. She said she likes learning Japanese, especially from anime programs. Redner said she also spends a lot of time writing and is taking piano and violin.



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