Garet Skinner ’18 Selected for Project Pengyou at Harvard

Jake Marmul

Novi, MI -  
Detroit Catholic Central High School student Garet Skinner did not necessarily have Harvard on his mind when he selected to enroll in Mandarin Chinese 1 as a freshman in 2014. Fast forward to 2017, and it is clear that the senior chose wisely!
For the past two summers Garet has spent 2 weeks in China as part of the Confucius Institute through Wayne State, interacting with Chinese people and immersing himself in the culture. These trips, in addition to the daily curriculum set by Teacher Fang in his Chinese classes, prepared him to apply for the Project Pengyou Leadership Fellows Program at Harvard.
Garet was one of 48 fellows chosen from 23 states, and one of only 5 high school students included in the selection.
Project Pengyou seeks to serve, connect, and build a robust national network for Americans who have studied in China once they return to the US. In 2017, they are seeking to train and build a national network of campus chapters for bilingual, bi-cultural leaders and bridge-builders through a number of high impact leadership workshops . More information can be found at the websit
This is the fourth time Project Pengyou has hosted a leadership summit at Harvard University, and in essence the workshop is the 10 week “Leading Change” course at Harvard compressed into 4 days.
The summit also included a guest performance by Abigail Washburn and Wu Fei, a banjo and guzheng playing duo who are working to build cultural understanding through their wonderful music, and guest speakers Dan Murphy, Executive Director of the Harvard University, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and the Harvard China Fund, and Professor Graham Allison, Douglas Dillon Professor of Government, Author of “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?”

Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.