About Us

WORD! was launched on Nov. 7, 2007, as evidence of a growing commitment of Tamara and her daughter, Tiffany A. Henry, to provide quality journalistic
and communication services that the Washington, DC metropolitan area solely needs.

Tamara M. Cooke Henry, Ph.D.

Tamara M. Cooke Henry, Ph.D.Teaches journalism, writing and media history at Towson University, in the Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department in Baltimore. For six years, she taught at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park. She also was an assistant professor in the School of Communication at American University, Washington, DC and a lecturer at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Henry divides her time between teaching and managing Scholastic Olympics, Inc. and its many projects.

Her work as a consultant includes projects with The Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, at Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York City; the Education Writers Association, in Washington, DC and Oxford University Press, also in NYC.

Henry began her career as a journalist. She was a National Education Writer at USA TODAY, covered education for the Associated Press in Washington, DC and worked for United Press International in both Des Moines, Iowa and the District of Columbia.

She earned a doctorate at Merrill College in December 2005 after only 3 ½ years of study as the second Scripps Howard Foundation Doctoral Fellow. She earned a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s from Hope College, Holland, MI. Born in Denver, CO, she lived 13 years in Southeast Missouri before moving with her family to St. Louis, where she attended high school. She is married with two grown daughters.

Tiffany A. Henry, MA

Has worked in a number of administrative positions while completing a multitude of tasks related to the successful operation of the annual Scholastic Olympics,
Inc. events. As a former athlete who played basketball from the age 8 through college, she proposed the high school breakfast featuring sports legends, experts
and analysts. So far, moderators for the event have ranged from ESPN’s Kevin Blackistone to WUSA9’s Dave Owens.

Tiffany has counseled teenage boys living in group homes owned and managed by Contemporary Services, Inc. She has worked as administrative coordinator at the Multidisciplinary Center for Gerontology at Howard University’s School of Social Work. She was a behavior specialist for United Methodist Family Services, Centreville, VA. eight years ago.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she grew up in Kettering, Md. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa. And, she earned a
Master’s Degree in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resources at Trinity University, Washington, DC.

Ways to Support

Make your tax deductible contribution today to Scholastic Olympics, Inc. (32-0408697).

Ways to help:

  • Provide a grant or other financial contributions needed for operations.
  • Consider a one-time monetary gift. Your contribution can used for one of the 12 awards in the four subjects - Math, U.S. History, Speech, and Spelling ($500, $300, $200). The gift can be made in the name of a loved one a company or organization.
  • Purchase an advertisement for the student study guides that are distributed each school year among students,
    teachers and administrators.

    • Quarter Page $35
    • Half Page $70
    • Full Page $140
    • Full Page (front inside cover or back) $150
    • Business Card $25
    • Logo $15
  • Donate cookies and juice to the math clubs, or other products for the main competitions.