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Horace Mann School alumnus Kensho Watanabe '05 was named assistant conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, beginning in the 2016-17 season. He succeeds Lio Kuokman, whose term ends at the end of the 2015-16 season. The two-year appointment includes conducting select concerts, participating in residency, touring, and educational activities, and serving as a cover conductor. The assistant conductor position also provides assistance to Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin on artistic matters in preparation for and during rehearsals, as well as assisting visiting guest conductors. Watanabe joins the distinguished conducting roster of The Philadelphia Orchestra, including Principal Guest Conductor Stéphane Denève and Conductor-in-Residence Cristian Măcelaru. To read more click the title link. Photo by Andrew Bogard.
On Thursday, May 12th, HM senior Molly Roberts will celebrate her 18th birthday as the Pediatric Honored Hero at the 2016 NYC Take Steps Walk. The Walk, Take Steps for Crohn's and Colitis, is organized by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). Molly was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease during her first year in the HM Middle Division, and has made it her personal mission to raise funds and awareness for Crohn's Disease. To read more about Take Steps, or to join Molly's Mission, click the title link.
Horace Mann School students Joshua Gruenstein '17, Karen Jiang '17 and Michael Truell '18 were named first-place winners of the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) in the competition that took place on March 29, 2016 at the American Museum of Natural History. Gruenstein and Truell will have the opportunity to present their project at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held May 8 - 13, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. Jiang was also honored with the Air Force Award, presented by the US Air Force to "outstanding projects that offer Air Force applicability." To read more, click the title link.
The spring arts season that draws New York audiences and viewers to concerts and galleries throughout the City was mirrored at Horace Mann School, from late February through mid-March 2016, by the exhibitions and performances by over 1,000 HM students from throughout the school who are involved in the arts. To read more and see photos, click the title link.
Horace Mann School's Basement Lions Robotics Team earned the Highest Rookie Seed Award at New York City's FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) following an intense weekend of competition at the Jacob Javits Center March 11-13, 2016. The award celebrates the first-year team with the highest ranking after the 88 matches that qualify teams for quarter, semi-final and final competitions. To read more, click the title link.
Book Day at Horace Mann School is a highlight of the academic year, a day during HM's spring trimester when the Upper Division suspends regular classes for students, faculty and administrators to focus together on one book they have all read, and examine the book's related issues through a variety of lenses. Now in its 22nd year Book Day is also an event fondly remembered by HM alumni, a number of whom have returned to their alma mater on that day as guest speakers or to offer workshops, should the year's selected book touch upon an alum's area of knowledge or expertise. Other alumni participate to enjoy the intellectual excitement Book Day always provides. And, over recent years, alumni have gotten together for a pre-Book Day discussion that, in effect, serves as a run-up to the event ahead. The third-annual HM Alumni Book Day gathering took place on Wednesday March 2, 2016 in midtown Manhattan when about 15 alumni gathered for a discussion of The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian. To read more, click the title link.
Spectators lining New York City's Fifth Avenue to view the world's largest St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17, 2016 will surely display a "wearing of the green." But there will be a bit of Horace Mann School "Maroon and White" mixed in, as three members of HM's Department of Security are among the lead-off marchers. Retired members of the New York City Police Department these three marchers won't, literally, be wearing HM's school colors, but they will be in the same unit marching together as members of the Pipes and Drums of the New York City Police Department Emerald Society on a day they each chose as one on which to use accrued vacation time. To read more, click the title link.
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