Horace Mann School students Emily Sun '23 and Maeve Goldman '24 were named national Gold Medal winners in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, now in its 98th year. National winners were announced on March 17, 2021. Click to read more about all of HM's winners.
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Exploring the life of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a significant way to observe Women's History Month. Horace Mann School alum Regina Kulik Scully '81 provides a new appreciation of this women's rights champion in the just-released documentary "Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words." Scully served as an executive producer of this latest look at Justice Ginsburg, who died in September, 2020 at age 87. The film premiered March 1, 2021 on Starz, and is streaming throughout Women's History Month.
Horace Mann School's observance of Women's History Month got off to an inspiring start with a virtual visit by five Latinx alums working and studying in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) fields. These graduates described their journeys in a panel discussion with the HM community, and became instant role models to current students. The program was titled, in English and Spanish, "'You've Got a Friend in Me": Latinx Horace Mann Women Alum as Role Models in STEAM/Hay una Amiga en Mi': Ex-alumnas Latinx ejemplares en STEAM de Horace Mann," and took place on the evening of March 2, 2021. Click to read more.
For over a decade Horace Mann School's Music Week has warmed the HM community during early February's cold days, with musical presentations in each Division. Despite 2021's COVID-19-imposed restrictions on live performances, HM upheld its Music Week tradition by inviting recent graduates back to campus to play and sing for a school-wide audience – virtually, that is. Music Week, from February 8 - 11, 2021, featured YouTube video performances by alums from the Classes of 2013 through 2019.
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Asia Night at Horace Mann School is among the most vibrant events on the school's calendar, with its music and dance presentations celebrating various Asian cultures. When this school year's coronavirus restrictions made it impossible to hold this much-anticipated event in person, the hosts, HM's East Wind West Wind (EWWW) student group, switched to an online format, to keep this tradition alive. Click to read more and to see the video performance.
Members of the Horace Mann School community will cheer on HM alum Marsha Hunt '34 as she receives the prestigious Mensch Award in a ceremony via Zoom on January 19, 2021 at 8 p.m. EST (5 p.m. in Los Angeles, where the award will be presented.) The 103-year-old actor and social activist will be recognized for her seven decades of humanitarian service.
The award is presented by the Mensch International Foundation, which focuses on developing values within society that respect minority rights and freedom of speech and worship, and promotes an educational curriculum aimed at stamping out stereotyping and racist and anti-Semitic thinking. Previous awardees include President George H. W. Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, and Zubin Mehta. "The world 'mensch' is synonymous with Marsha Hunt," says Mensch International Foundation founder Steven Geiger. A mensch is a person who can be counted on to act with integrity and honor.
Beloved actor and social activist Marsha Hunt, who graduated from the Horace Mann High School for Girls in 1934, and celebrated her 103rd birthday in October 2020, is still making news. As recently as Thanksgiving 2020 Hunt urged fellow citizens to practice "Thankful Giving" –asking those observing this national holiday to consider others going hungry – especially as the coronavirus crisis expands their ranks.