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You're 14 years old and you've already helped discover a planet. What can you possibly do for an encore? For Horace Mann School junior Brian Wu '20 the answer is simple: Keep on exploring, and pursuing your dreams. Wu, now 17, has many dreams. One is to discover potentially habitable Earth-sized planets "within a close enough distance ... we may travel to" one day. The HMer sees this as imperative for nothing less than the survival of humanity, in light of his belief that the Earth's environment is steadily worsening to a point where it will become uninhabitable.
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.
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.
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.
Horace Mann School alum Marsha Hunt '34 was honored by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) with its prestigious Founders Award in a ceremony in Los Angeles, on October 20, 2018. Three days before the fabled actor celebrated her 101st birthday. Click to read more.
Horace Mann School's FTC Team 4326 took first place in the "Cliffside Cliffhanger" robotics weekend meet, held at Cliffside High School, N.J., on Sunday, October 21, 2018. HM was undefeated after five rounds of competition among 12 other high school teams. FTC stands for FIRST® Tech Challenge, an international robotics competition for students in grades nine through 12. Teams of up to 15 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete as alliances against other teams. Programming their robots in JAVA, teams are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Click to read more.
Horace Mann School alum Harrison Bader '12, now completing his second season in Major League Baseball as a centerfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, is also making his mark on the team. Bader was recently highlighted by New York Times baseball writer Tyler Kenner in his "Extra Innings" column (September 21, 2018) on stand-out players from the MLB's 2018 season. In his column – with the segment about Bader below – Kenner quotes former Gold Glove winner Jim Edmonds, now a Cardinals broadcaster, who praised the HM alum for his hard work, and calling him "awesome to watch."
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