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Ten years ago this week our country was reeling from the effects of Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast of the United States early in the morning of August 29, 2005, bringing sustained winds of 100–140 miles per hour to a 400-mile stretch of land. While the storm itself did massive damage, its aftermath was catastrophic. Commemorating the anniversary of this tragedy President Barak Obama visited New Orleans on August 28, 2015. The city had become the symbol of the area's devastation, but the President also hailed its "extraordinary resilience." Citing, in particular, not only the restoration of the city's education system but its transformation President Obama told those gathered "You inspire me. Your efforts inspire me." Horace Mann School alumna Kira Orange Jones '96 is one of those inspirational people who was instrumental in transforming New Orleans' schools, and for this work she was recognized in 2015 as one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People." To read more, click the title link.
Horace Mann School Upper Division math teacher Chance Nalley was among the 100-plus recipients of this year's Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) who were honored during the week of July 27 – August 1, 2015 at the White House, and in ceremonies and events in Washington, D.C. These awards are the highest honor bestowed by the government on K-12 mathematics and science teachers in the U.S. The National Science Foundation (NSF) receives recommendations from states and territories of some of their best and most inspiring teachers for the award. NSF reviews the submissions and forwards recommendations to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). President Obama announced this latest group of awardees on July 1, 2015 and presented the awards in a ceremony at the White House on July 31, 2015.
Horace Mann School's Boys and Girls Varsity Volleyball team members were recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the outstanding academic records they collectively accumulated, while also playing varsity-level volleyball during the 2014-2015 school year. Academic awards to a record-breaking 752 college and high school volleyball teams across the United States were announced at the end of July by the Lexington, Ky.-based AVCA. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams with members displaying excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.
On July 26, 2015 a group of 21 high school students from Japan arrived in the U.S. "shy, quiet and very jetlagged" and speaking little to no English, according to Horace Mann School alumnus Kundan Guha '15. Less than a week later the students performed two plays in English, had translated a complex poem by former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins into Japanese, and celebrated together with excitement and laughter – and a bit louder and more comfortable with one another and with their new friends – students from Horace Mann School who spent the week in workshops and play practices – than anyone could have imagined. The HM and Japanese students were part of a weeklong "Express Yourself!" program of language immersion developed by Horace Mann School Upper Division foreign languages teacher Mami Fujisaki that involves speech, conversation, and theaterical performance.
Topping the summer reading lists of dozens of book reviewers, from The New York Times to Vanity Fair to National Public Radio and more is Among the Ten Thousand Things, a debut novel by Horace Mann School alumna Julia Pierpont '04. Published by Random House on July 7, 2015 Pierpont's "hotly anticipated debut novel" dropped "in the middle of beach-read season" but is hardly a casual read, according to Vanity Fair's Meredith Turits. "Weaving readers through the New York streets with the Shanleys (parents of two children; marriage in turmoil) and in and out of each of their minds as they try to survive the infidelity that's torn them from the life they've built, Pierpont has written a debut so honest and mature that it will resonate with even the most action-hungry readers ... Her story is the one we'll be talking about this summer, and well beyond." To read more, click the title link.
According to the July 14th post by Spencer Bokat-Lindell of Inc., Lara Setrakian '00 is "the entrepreneur at the forefront of an exciting new trend in online journalism" helping to pioneer single-subject news sites with her company, News Deeply. From the company website, "News Deeply is a new media and technology company dedicated to bringing thought leaders together, enhancing public engagement, and improving the user experience of complex global issues. Our team of journalists and technologists builds unique, user-centered resources that fuse news, live events, information design, and social participation." News Deeply started with National Press Foundation Excellence in Online Journalism Award recipient site Syria Deeply and in October 2014, launched Ebola Deeply "as a real-time crisis monitor during the deadly outbreak." Click the title link to read the article.
Horace Mann School alumni Andrew Remec '13 and Jay Fleischer '14, together with their University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) teammates, took first place in the Society for Applied Engineering (SAE) International Formula SAE – a race that pits custom-built, high-performance racecars created by student engineering teams from around the world against one another. Not only did the Penn team win the race, its members triumphed with an electric car they built to demonstrate that it could hold its own against the gas-powered cars that made up the majority of the field in the meet, which took place in Lincoln, Nebraska over the weekend of June 17, 2015. Competing were more than a hundred teams from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India and Japan. Andrew Remec was also one of his team's five drivers. To read more, click the title link.
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