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During the week of March 29 through April 4, 2014, five students from northeast Japan visited Horace Mann School. The students' visit, and speeches they had prepared to earn their spot on this trip, served as a stark reminder to the HM community of the events of March 11, 2011. For residents of the region, the experience is no mere memory. It continues to affect their lives in many ways, the students told members of the Horace Mann School community who came to hear them speak. Nevertheless, the students assured their HM audience, they are moving forward as best they can, and preparing for the futures, with each student hoping to be able to contribute in different ways to their country and to world society.
Jonathan Mendelson '18 has been awarded a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in the Category of 'Film & Animation' for his short film, 'Special Delivery.' According to the program website, "Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision." More than 900,000 works have been submitted in the past five years, and more than $40,000,000 in scholarship dollars have been awarded by partner colleges and art institutes.
Penn Model Congress 2014 was attended by about 850 students and 35 schools this year. The Horace Mann Delegation of 18 students brought home a total of 19 awards, according to Delegation Leader Mohit Mookim '14. Mohit added, "Our first time attending, we spent the last week of spring break simulating the United States congress and debating American politics on Penn's campus. Coming off a victory at Harvard Model Congress in February, we're proud to be continuing our winning streak. As a school, Horace Mann was recognized for being the 'Best Small Delegation.' We're confident that we performed at one of the highest levels of any other school in attendance."
Congratulations to HM students Jared Marks '16 and Jason Ginsberg '15, who are among only 624 students nationwide to have qualified for the USA Biology Olympiad Semifinal exam, based on their performance on the open exam last month. The USA Biology Olympiad (USABO) is a competition for high school students that ultimately selects four students to compete in the International Biology Olympiad (IBO). The competition begins with an open exam, which any US high school student can take. Of the 7,766 who registered for the Open Exam, only 624 achieved the qualifying score of 28.5 out of a possible 50 or higher, to continue to the next round.
From the March 27th Sterling Planet Press Release: Sterling Planet, the nation's leading retail renewable energy provider, announced today that 28 schools have become charter members of the Green Schools Purchasing Consortium, an initiative of the Green Schools Alliance (GSA), and have agreed to purchase an aggregated total of nearly 25 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy for 2014. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this volume compares to the annual electricity use of 2,142 average U.S. homes and has an environmental benefit comparable to taking nearly 3,400 cars off the road for a year.
On June 13, 2007, that year's graduation day at Horace Mann School, Class of 2007 valedictorian Daniel Liss '07 looked out at his classmates, their teachers, administrators, parents, grandparents and friends, and stated: "Horace Mann students, we're relentless and we're ready to take on a cause." Liss meant relentless in a good way, and went on to name some of the many causes his classmates had championed as students at Horace Mann, within the school, the wider community, and around the world. But his "ready to take on a cause" was as much a prediction of what he believed his classmates would do in the future, as it was a review. On March 13, 2014, exactly three months shy of the seven-year anniversary of Liss' high school graduation day, the HM alumnus received a Tweet from President Barak Obama. This Tweet: Hey @BamaCovered, thanks for all you're doing to help young people #GetCoveredNow at http://HealthCare.gov . Keep it up! –bo
Jeffrey Weiner '16 and Sahil Gupta '15 have been selected for the finals of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair. Approximately 150 finalists were selected from more than 600 projects during the preliminary round held last Sunday, March 2, at CCNY. Jeffrey's project is entitled "Granular Flow" and Sahil's is "A Study of Quantum Locking." The finals will be held at the Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, March 25. Public viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., with projects on display in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Winners of the final round will attend the INTEL world Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles. A special honorable mention goes to Julie Aaron '15, whose project, "Conserving Art by Determining the Most Chemically Combined Paint" was selected for the preliminary round.
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