June 15, 2022 unfolded over the Horace Mann School campus with blue skies and sunshine as dazzling as the day's celebratory event: graduation for the 180 members of the HM Class of 2022. This moment represented a dazzling achievement in itself, for, as the commencement speakers noted, the graduates had arrived at this day despite a portion of their high school years being compromised by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ella Feiner '18 to Compete on Jeopardy!
Ella Feiner '18, a senior at Princeton University majoring in chemical and biomedical enginrering, will be a contestant on a special, Primetime "National College Championship" edition of Jeopardy! The show airs Tuesday, February 8th at 8:00 pm on ABC. Feiner is competing in the first of 12 quarterfinal games against contestants from different colleges. If she wins on Tuesday, she will advance to the semifinal matches which will begin Thursday, Feb. 17.
According to a February 6, 2022 article in The Daily Princetonian, Feiner's love for trivia, and Jeopardy! in particular, blossomed during her freshman year of college when a group of friends competed nightly while watching the show. The passionate trivia buffs went on to form an official campus club, the Princeton Jeopardy! Circuit. Feiner is the second member of the Circuit to compete on the show.
Community Mourns the Loss of Beloved Admissions Director and Coach Gary Miller '56
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of the passing of Gary D. Miller '56, beloved classmate, administrator, advisor, coach and friend to generations of members of the HM community. Below is a copy of his obituary which includes details of the memorial service on June 5th and how to honor Gary by making a donation to Camp Merriwood's Campership Fund. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and classmates during this sad time.
The following obituary was published in the Greenwich Time on May 8, 2021.
Gary dedicated his life to fostering an environment for thousands of young people to grow and thrive, often playing the role of surrogate father and grandfather. His career began as a teacher and head basketball coach at Wilton (CT) High School where his team reached the state championship game in the 1967-68 season. In 1968, he returned to his alma mater to join the faculty at the Horace Mann School where he was a teacher, the Admissions Director, member of the Guidance Department, and coach of football, golf, and girls’ basketball before retiring in 1997. While at Horace Mann, he was also a co-founder of Summer on the Hill, an academic enrichment program for local public school students, where he served as chairman of the board.
Gary loved his family immensely, but his grandchildren were the apple of his eye. There was no bigger fan on the sidelines than Grandpa. He sported the appropriate team colors, wore the team swag like all the other fans, and in his eyes his grandchildren were always the best players out there. In addition to his beloved wife, Gary is survived by his daughter Susan (David) Hild, and sons Greg (Judy) and Mark (Renai) Miller, adored grandchildren, David (Ali) and Steven Hild and, Claire and Kevin Miller, and great-grandson, Archer Hild. He is also survived by his brother, Gordon Porter Miller and his immediate family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the "Moose and Janet Miller Campership Fund," named for his parents and created so girls who may not have been able to attend camp for financial reasons would have the opportunity to experience Merriwood. Checks should be sent to 37 Long View Road, West Hartford, CT 06107.
A celebration of Gary's life will be held on Saturday, June 5th at 11:00 at the Orford Congregational Church, Orford, NH with a reception following at Camp Merriwood.
Horace Mann School's Upper Division FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) 5806 team made history as participants in the organization's world championships in Houston, Texas, April 20-23, 2022. HM robotics teams have won regional championships in the past, but this year marks the first time in the school's 12-year participation in robotics competition that an HM team advanced to the FIRST® International Robotics Competition world championship round. HM's team, also known as the Basement Lions, performed well in Houston, reported Jason Torres, HM Robotics Coordinator N-12, and one of three faculty members who accompanied the students to Houston. Click to read more.
Ella Feiner '18, a senior at Princeton University majoring in chemical and biomedical engineering, will be a contestant on a special, Primetime "National College Championship" edition of Jeopardy! The show airs Tuesday, February 8th at 8:00 pm on ABC. Feiner is competing in the first of 12 quarterfinal games against contestants from different colleges. If she wins on Tuesday, she will advance to the semifinal matches which will begin Thursday, Feb. 17.
With fall's colors spreading across Horace Mann School's campuses, and classrooms alive with learning, HM celebrated by hosting Homecoming 2021 on October 9, 2021. Homecoming 2021 focused on the return to on-campus athletic competitions and the opportunity for parents, other guardians and family members of student athletes to come to campus, some for the first time in 18 months. Homecoming activities started on Friday, October 8th, with varsity team captains visiting the Lower Division during morning announcements, and an afternoon Middle & Upper Division pep rally on Alumni Field featuring the Maroon Monsoon, the Spirit Squad, and the introduction of the fall athletic teams. Students at all grade levels sported 'Mann Made' T-shirts in honor of this year's Homecoming theme.
Horace Mann School alum Harrison Bader '12 was named Major League Baseball's (MLB) National League Player of the Week on Monday, September 27, 2021 for his stellar play that helped secure a post-season playoff spot for his St. Louis Cardinals. As the Cardinals head into a Wild Card game against the Los Angeles Dodgers this Wednesday night, October 6, 2021, the MLB cited Bader as one of the top 50 players to watch in the post-season. And on Monday, October 4, Bader, himself, responded to the growing excitement with a moving letter to the team's supportive fans.
New York, NY—September 20, 2021—The New-York Historical Society, the oldest museum in New York City, presents "Turn Every Page": Inside the Robert A. Caro Archive, the first public exhibition drawn from the archive of the author whose award-winning works on Robert Moses and Lyndon B. Johnson are regarded as masterpieces of modern biography and history. Opening on October 24, the ongoing exhibition includes never-before-seen highlights from the archive—which New-York Historical acquired in 2019—that provide an intimate view of how Caro started his career and how he worked as a reporter. Caro's meticulousness as a reporter, biographer, and historian—which enabled him to become the country's premier chronicler of political power—is on view to the public in his research notebooks, handwritten interview notes, scrapbooks, photographs, and original manuscript pages. The exhibition also includes one of Caro's Smith Corona Electra 210 typewriters. The riches in the archive make it an essential destination for historians, journalists, students, and anyone interested in 20th-century American history and literature, where they can find materials available nowhere else.
The light rain that fell Thursday morning, September 9, 2021 didn't dampen the spirits of the 1,793 students, and 440 faculty and staff members and administrators who arrived at Horace Mann School for the first day of the 2021-2022 academic year. Rather, the sense of excitement among students returning to HM, and those first entering the school in the Nursery, Lower, Middle and Upper Divisions was apparent in the smiles that beamed from behind the masks worn by everyone on campus.
On Friday, September 10th, Horace Mann School commemorated the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks with a short service on Alumni Field near the 9/11 memorial. More than 200 students and employees came together on the field as the service commenced with the arrival of members of The Pipes & Drums Of The Emerald Society of the New York City Police Department, performing Hard Times. A wreath was laid at the 9/11 memorial by Public Safety Officer and retired Fire Marshall Glenn Smith. After a few moments of silence, the bagpipe band left the field with a moving rendition of Amazing Grace.
Violins sounded softly with almost sanctified emotion, and then swelled sensationally as the musicians, performing solo from their homes, appeared together on screen. Choral voices soon joined in, the face of each singer in similarly separate squares that combined into an urban skyline. The image offered a dazzling visualization of the music's lyrics: "Can we see a ray of hope? One pale thin ray reaching for the day/ We can build a beautiful city/ Yes, we can, yes, we can." Click to read more and to view our "Beautiful City".
Horace Mann School announced the appointment of Christine Moloney as Director of its Office for Identity, Culture and Institutional Equity (ICIE), and Bri'ana Odom as ICIE Associate Director, on August 19, 2021. Jaquan Shaw will continue his work as ICIE Program Associate.
"We are excited to welcome Christine and Bri'ana to the HM community, and to greet Jaquan upon his return to the ICIE office," said Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly. "With this trio of accomplished and dedicated professionals HM will continue to deepen our decades-long pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout our school, N-12."
One of the many ethical issues society faces today concerns the return of art and artifacts to their countries of origin from museums around the world. Horace Mann School alum Nancy Rosoff '78 advanced this discussion when she initiated the voluntary return of over 2,200 ancient artifacts from the Brooklyn Museum to the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica in San José, Costa Rica. The artifacts were sent to Costa Rica in two separate shipments, one in 2011, and the second in Fall 2020, and announced by the Museum in Summer 2021.
Horace Mann School alum Dr. Erika Zavaleta '89 was honored by the Ecological Society of America (ESA) with its prestigious Commitment to Human Diversity in Ecology Award for 2021. The award was announced at the ESA's annual meeting, held virtually this year, from August 2-6, 2021.
Founded in 1915 the ESA, with 9,000 members, is the world's largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge. The organization's award recognized the "long-standing contributions toward increasing the diversity of future ecologists through mentoring, teaching, or outreach" that Dr. Zavaleta pursues, in conjunction with her responsibilities as a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California Santa Cruz. Dr. Zavaleta also directs the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program which recruits a diverse cohort of students for experiential training in field research and conservation leadership. As a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor at UC Santa Cruz Dr. Zavaleta launched the Center to Advance Mentored, Inquiry-Based Opportunities (CAMINO) for students in ecology and conservation programs, and developed a training program for preventing sexual harassment in field research activities.
The Horace Mann School community was deeply saddened by the death of civil rights leader Dr. Robert Parris (Bob) Moses, on July 25, 2021. A former math teacher at HM, Dr. Moses continued to inspire students and faculty through his lifelong social activism. Dr. Moses returned to HM in 2001 and in 2017 to speak with students about his work, while encouraging their own social justice efforts. HM honored him in 2015 by establishing the Robert Moses Prize, assisted by the Class of 1964, which included some of his former students.
June 16, 2021 was a gift of a day for Horace Mann School, and for the greater HM community. Wrapped in bright sunlight and decorated with clear blue skies the school's Bronx campus set a vibrant stage for celebrating graduation for the 178 members of the HM Class of 2021.
And, celebrate the graduates did – with their families and HM faculty, administrators and staff –with a joyful mix of awe and gratitude over being able to experience this day together. After all, this graduating Class had spent a significant stretch of the final phase of their HM education separated from one another, in response to the coronavirus pandemic that turned the last part of their junior year into a remote learning experience, back in March 2020. A true highpoint of the graduates' HM years was their return to campus as seniors, in September 2020, after their classrooms, laboratories, physical education and athletics facilities had been transformed to incorporate the most stringent COVID-19 health and safety precautions possible. The grade had also returned to pursue their studies and co-curricular activities, their creative endeavors and art, and their community involvement and social action with renewed energy, and special intensity, as noted by each of the speakers who addressed those gathered for HM's 2021 Upper Division graduation.
Horace Mann School alumni enjoyed a magical evening together on May 12, 2021, gathering virtually for the annual Horace Mann Alumni Council (HMAC) Benefit.Now in its 18th year, the Benefit will also bring a little magic to the HM experience, through its support of the school's Student Lunch Initiative.