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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.
Horace Mann School alumnus Harrison Bader '12 is moving swiftly up baseball's Minor League ladder after being drafted into Major League Baseball in June 2015. Bader was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the MLB Draft and began his MLB career on June 30, 2015 as an outfielder with the New York-Penn League State College Spikes, in State College, PA. Racking up stellar stats, by the end of his first week Bader was advanced to the Chiefs, the Cardinals' affiliate in Peoria, Ill.
Horace Mann School Upper Division math teacher Chance Nalley was named a 2015 recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in a July 1 announcement by President Barak Obama. HM's Nalley was one of 103 outstanding math and science teachers from around the country, with awardees this year representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.
Classes had just ended for the year, but for ten Horace Mann School rising fourth and fifth graders the first week of summer vacation meant an exciting opportunity to learn. The students – all girls – were the first-ever participants in a "June School" robotics class, offered exclusively to girls. The class was launched by Lower Division Science Coordinator Katie Diaz, together with Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly. Titled "Robots, Rube Goldberg and Wrenches: Four Days of Construction" a great deal of thought went into planning the class, especially since it was one that would not follow HM's usual emphasis on including all students in all activities. However, offering this class to girls only had its roots in the overall approach HM is taking to science studies in the younger grades – an approach designed to engage students with this all-important subject early, and to keep them involved, Diaz explained.
For 60 teachers from 30 New York-area public and private schools Horace Mann School's Bronx campus became a slice of Stratford-on-Avon during the last week of June 2015, when HM held its first-ever Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Teacher Training Conference. For two intensive days the teachers worked with RSC actors and directors from the famous theater company's Education Department, established by the company about a decade ago to make Shakespeare more accessible to students throughout Great Britain. With a mission of extending its educational activities worldwide, in 2015 the RSC entered into a three-year partnership with Horace Mann School. Focusing on student and teacher education, the partnership is the first in the U.S. at a kindergarten through grade-12 school. To read more, click the title link.
Seventy years to the month of the anniversary of their graduation from Horace Mann School members of the Class of 1945 returned to campus on June 24, 2015 for a reunion that enabled them to reconnect with their alma mater and with one another. As the class members arrived at the home of Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly, and made their way to the patio to enjoy cold drinks and conversation on this beautiful, sunny day they were given name tags fashioned with pictures from their high school Mannikin yearbook. Greeting one another warmly several exclaimed "you haven't changed a bit" or "I'd recognize you anywhere." To read more, click the title link.
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