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On July 27th, Michael Stier and his teammates on the Manhattan Soccer Club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) 96 team won the U17 national championship with a score of 1-0 over FC Dallas at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Michael's soccer journey started on the Grasshopper at HM's Lower Division eight years ago. Perhaps he couldn't then imagine that this summer, that journey would end with a Manhattan soccer first – the 'triple crown' – as the team won the New York State Championship, the USA Region 1 Championship, and now the National Championship.
Horace Mann School junior Kenneth Shinozuka '16 was named winner of the third annual $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, powered by the Google Science Fair, for his project "Wearable Sensors: A Novel Healthcare Solution for the Aging Society." The award, announced by Scientific American on August 6, 2014, honors a project that can make a practical difference by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge. According to the competition's requirements the winning entry was to be innovative, easy to put into action and reproducible in other communities. In addition to the prize, Scientific American will fly the Science in Action winner to the finalist awards event at Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., in September 2014, and will establish mentoring for a year to support the student's work in further improving his project.
Their plates piled high with hot dogs, fried chicken and potato salad students from Horace Mann School and from two high schools in Japan took a break from their week of studies and activities together to enjoy a traditional, all-American barbecue on the terrace outside of HM's Fisher Hall. The barbecue, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 came at the end of a day of English language immersion sessions, theatrical rehearsals and some basketball. But the classes the students were participating in were not just about learning language. They were aimed at helping the Japanese students find their own "voice" in English, and begin to learn to truly express themselves in another language. "Express Yourself!" is, in fact, the name of the workshop the students had come to the U.S. and to Horace Mann to participate in. Created by HM Upper Division foreign languages teacher Mami Fujisaki her Express Yourself method of teaching foreign language involves speech, conversation, and theater performance.
Dr. John Lustgarten '00 was in New York City for all of 24 hours when he arrived at his first social gathering since moving back to the area after 14 years. Before leaving his home in Miami Beach for a three-week trip north Ted Weinreich '60 made sure to block out time from his busy itinerary to attend the same gathering. The event these two Horace Mann School alumni, and 115 other HM alumni and their guests were eager to attend? It was the 11th Annual Horace Mann Alumni Association Benefit that took place on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the stylish and popular Butter restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Called "A Toast to HM" the annual HMAA benefit supports Horace Mann School's Student Lunch Initiative, a project designed to raise the approximately $85,000 needed to fund the lunch subsidy program that helps cover the cost of lunch for qualified financial aid students in Horace Mann's sixth-through-twelfth grades. Following months of hard work by the Benefit co-chairs Jodi Rosensaft '96 and Erica Zeichner Siena '98, and by 54 alumni members of the Benefit Committee, as well as by HM Director of Development Melissa Parento and members of the HM Alumni and Development Office, "A Toast to HM" raised $98,358.41—a record-breaking amount.
On June 21st, Horace Mann School was honored to host the sixth annual graduation ceremony of the Bronx Center for Science & Mathematics, a public high school located on Fulton Avenue in the Bronx, and currently ranked in the top 4% of public schools in the United States and one of the top public high schools in New York City. The one hundred graduates of the BCSM Class of 2014 received their diplomas in HM's Gross Theatre, as had the previous five classes before them. BCSM does not have a theatre space, and when the school was preparing for their first graduation ceremony in 2009, HM Head of School Tom Kelly, who had gotten to know principal Ed Tom through HM parent '04 and '06 and BCSM teacher Mitchell Kurz, volunteered to host the ceremony at Horace Mann School. Six years later, Horace Mann School continues proudly to host the ceremony for BCSM, and Mr. Kurz now serves as BCSM Academic Dean and College Advisor. The 2014 graduation marked a very special addition to the celebration. Click the link above to read more.
On Thursday, June 5th, Horace Mann School celebrated 'life in the Middle' with Middle Memories, the promotion ceremony for Eighth Graders finishing their time in the Middle Division. Highlights from the event included Shakespeare performances, an original skit about life in Middle School by members of the Theatre 8 class, several songs performed by the Eighth Grade Chorus, and a dance performance by Dance 8. Faculty members introduced their advisory members individually, and each advisory selected an item to place in the Time Capsule which will be opened when the students are in 12th grade. Those items included advisory mascots, photographs, a game one advisory played often, and even a Pink Panther figurine from Sixth Grade Dean Camille Miller who remembered back to her first days with the class three years earlier and playing that theme song at grade level meetings.
The 8th annual Horace Mann Theatre Company alumni performance of All My Sons by Arthur Miller and the first ever Alumni Dance Show brought together alumni from the Classes of 2000 through 2013 to perform for record numbers of audience members June 6th, 7th, and 8th in the Black Box Theatre at Horace Mann School.
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