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Making her mark

Schenectady student wins award for skill, effort in a nontraditional field

Brenda Parker, an 11th grader studying to be an architect was recently named the winner of the Vanguard Award, a statewide honor given to one student each year who is studying for a profession. Here she has a lighter moment answering questions with her CAD teacher Jim Keough at Steinmetz School.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Brenda Parker, an 11th grader studying to be an architect was recently named the winner of the Vanguard Award, a statewide honor given to one student each year who is studying for a profession. Here she has a lighter moment answering questions with her CAD teacher Jim Keough at Steinmetz School.
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For years, architecture teacher James Keough has had Vanguard Award posters hanging in his classroom. The posters show girls as successful architects and boys confidently taking a patient’s blood pressure. Every year, he’s hoped that one of his students would excel in courses for a nontraditional career, and win the award. Twice, a student of his was nominated. Neither student won. Then, on Wednesday, his third nominee brought the award home. Brenda Parker, who leads ...

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