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Posted 04/17/2019 01:02PM
Horace Mann School juniors Reha Mathur '20 and Jayer Yang '20 were named finalists for the prestigious FIRST® Dean's List award at two recent robotics competitions, and will travel to the world competition in Detroit, MI from April 24-27, 2019. The HMers make up two of the four-person Dean's List delegation from New York City heading to the world event. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization founded in 1989 by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to inspire young people's participation in science and technology. Today hundreds of thousands of K-12 students around the world are involved in local, regional, national and international FIRST® educational events that engage them in the technical and creative aspects of scientific innovation. The Dean's List award is named for Kamen, who will host a luncheon where Mathur, Yang and other finalists from around the country and the world will be honored.
Posted 04/11/2019 12:59PM
Horace Mann School's 2019 William K. and Marion Langfan American Constitutional Oratorical Competition gave HM's tenth graders the opportunity to delve deeply into the U.S. Constitution and its voting rights related amendments as they examined the question of whether the Constitution currently does enough to protect these rights for Americans. Known as the Langfan Competition this program enhances HM's tenth grade U.S. History curriculum with the chance it offers students to look at a specific question related to the Constitution and prepare and present a speech examining a different critical issue each year.Launched at HM nearly two decades ago by alumni Mark '78 and Dayna '79 Langfan the Langfan Competition was inspired by the love their late mother Marion K. Langfan and their father William Langfan had for both the U.S. Constitution and for oratory that the couple promoted throughout their lives. The program is open to all tenth graders who wish to participate by submitting an essay to judges from the HM faculty. Finalists then present their position on the year's given topic at a dinner held each spring. This year's dinner took place on April 2, 2019 in the Rotunda of HM's Fisher Hall, with administrators, faculty members and the students' parents in attendance. Also taking part were finalists from last year's competition, now eleventh graders at HM, who served as judges.
Posted 03/27/2019 07:41PM
Four students from Horace Mann School's Upper Division will compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. Three HMers were selected as winners of the 2019 New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF), it was announced on March 25, 2019 in a ceremony at The Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College in Manhattan. They will be part of the 13-member team representing New York City at ISEF, the world's largest international pre-college science competition.
Posted 03/20/2019 11:33AM
Horace Mann School's Athletics Department wrapped up its winter sports schedule on March 7, 2019 with a dinner honoring all of the student athletes who participated on the season's HM Lions teams. The season just past had been a stellar one for HM Athletics, with the Department, a host of teams, and individual athletes recording historic first, several coaches told the students gathered in HM's Cohen Dining Commons enjoying tailgate type treats together at the annual Winter Athletics Banquet. All of HM's coaches, including HM Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Robert Annunziata, were on hand to show the athletes their support.
Posted 03/13/2019 03:27PM
A month of exciting musical performances at Horace Mann School culminated on the morning of March 12, 2019 with an assembly that brought all of the School's Upper Division students' voices together—both those of the choir members on stage, and of students in the audience. The assembly also highlighted how arts and academics enhance one another at HM, and how the arts are a uniting force within the School. The flurry of musical activity began a month earlier with the launch of HM's annual Music Week on February 11-15, 2019.
Posted 02/23/2019 12:01AM
Horace Mann School alum William Barr '67 was sworn in to the office of U.S. Attorney General on Thursday, February 14, 2019, following his confirmation to the position by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 54-45. Barr is the country's 85th Attorney General, succeeding former A.G. Jeff Sessions. Honored with the Horace Mann Alumni Association's Award for Distinguished Achievement in 2011 Barr returns to this position after serving as the country's 77th Attorney General under President George H.W. Bush from 1991 to 1993. Click to read more.
Posted 02/14/2019 05:47PM
For two weekends in a row Horace Mann School's Upper Division science and athletics facilities became regional centers for STEM education as HM hosted robotics competitions for hundreds of high school and middle school students from New York and New Jersey. On Sunday, January 27, 2019 students from 29 high schools gathered at HM from early morning into the evening to participate in a FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) qualifier competition.
Posted 02/14/2019 05:27PM
Horace Mann School launched its Black History Month observances on Friday evening, February 1, 2019, with a celebration of Black culture that was both exciting and illuminating. Completely student organized the event represented the collaborative efforts of HM's Union, and the Hilltop Diversity Coalition (HDC), which brings HM students together with students from the nearby Fieldston Ethical Culture, and Riverdale Country School. The event drew some 350 students, faculty members, and families from all three schools to a screening of the 2015 documentary "Fresh Dressed" followed by a panel discussion of issues raised by the film. Directed by Sacha Jenkins "Fresh Dressed" chronicles the history of hip-hop's urban fashion from its beginnings to high fashion.
Posted 02/07/2019 04:47PM
Model United Nations, a part of Horace Mann School student life for 52 years, has grown over the last decade-plus to include Middle Division students in the international organization's conferences and related competitions. On February 2, 2019, for the sixth year in a row, Horace Mann School's Middle Division Model UN club sponsored HoMMUNC Jr., a middle school only Model United Nations Conference. This year, 120 students from HM and eight other middle schools came together to debate issues critical to current international relations.
Posted 02/07/2019 04:37PM
Horace Mann School's Girls and Boys Lions Varsity Basketball teams will meet the Riverdale Falcon Girls and Boys teams in the 68th installment of the Buzzell Tournament on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Manhattan College. The girls' game begins at 2 p.m. with the boys scheduled to tip off at 4 p.m. This year's Buzzell Tournament promises to be an exciting one. It's been that for generations, as recalled here by HM alum Roy Salomon '55, a former Lions team captain. This year, the HM side brings to Manhattan College's Draddy Gymnasium a Girls Varsity Lions team that's rocking a record of 17 wins and one loss since their season began in late November 2018. On February 6, 2019, the New York State Sportswriters Association (NYSSWA) ranked HM number one in the State's Class B division.
Posted 02/03/2019 07:37PM
Ever since its earliest days Horace Mann School has been inspiring students to study and pursue the visual arts, with graduates (including the painters and illustrators James Montgomery Flagg, 1893, Rockwell Kent, 1900, and Mary Petty, 1918) whose work has made an indelible impact on U.S. and world culture. In more recent generations HM visual arts students and alumni have also ventured into studying and producing digital art, film, and animation. A recent exhibit in Horace Mann School's Fisher Hall Art Gallery showcased a range of work by HM alumni currently engaged in visual art. Titled "Sixty-five Years of HM Alumni Art" the exhibit was organized by the HM Visual Arts Department, chaired by Upper Division Art History teacher Dr. Anna Hetherington. Running from January 14, 2019 through January 30, 2019, the exhibit featured a celebratory reception on January 24th that drew several of the artists whose work appears in the show.
Posted 01/31/2019 07:00PM
New Yorkers may be shivering under the icy temperatures of January 2019, but for one group of city residents, "ice" is a word that warms their hearts. These New Yorkers are the members of Figure Skating in Harlem, a program that "provides girls ages 6-18 with vital educational and skating opportunities that promote confidence, leadership, physical well-being and academic excellence." Their story has also warmed the hearts of others recently – ever since freelance photographer and Horace Mann School alum Florence (Flo) Ngala '13 showcased Figure Skating in Harlem in a vivid piece that ran on a full print page of The New York Times on January 6, 2019, and longer online. Ngala's beautiful and inspiring photographs drew widespread attention – including from NBC's "Today Show" journalist and meteorologist Al Roker.
Posted 12/11/2018 11:54AM
On Sunday, December 9th, Horace Mann School's First Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams -- Teams 4326 (the Basement Lions), 7890 (the Space Lions) and 9681 (the Parallel Lions) -- competed with 25 teams in the FTC "Rover Ruckus" Qualifier at John Dewey High School. Team 4326 came in first place after the qualifying matches, and then paired with team 9681 to win the entire qualifier. Team 9681 won the Inspire Award and Team 7890 won the Think Award and will also be advancing to the next levels of competition. Click to read more.
Posted 12/07/2018 12:16PM
Horace Mann School alumni Dr. Renee Richards '52, a former tennis star and distinguished eye surgeon, and groundbreaking Broadway producer Jordan Roth '93, were named to Out magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the LGBTQ+ community for 2018. The Out100 list, a 24-year long tradition of this country's premier LGBTQ+ publication, was founded "to celebrate and honor some of the brightest voices and most influential LGBTQ+ figures." Click to read more.
Posted 12/01/2018 11:00AM
Celebrating stellar accomplishments and contributions to society by Horace Mann School alumni is a longtime tradition, enshrined in the presentation of the HM Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement. In 2018, the Alumni Association honored filmmaker Lynn Novick '79 with this award, recognizing how her compelling work in documentary film has illuminated our understanding of significant aspects of U.S. history and culture. Click to read more.
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