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The holiday season stretches out over a month of activities that awaken the call to reach out to others, get together with friends and family, celebrate different traditions, and even enjoy leisure time to catch up on a good book, or engage in individual moments of reflection. The greater Horace Mann School community can find within it numerous opportunities to engage in all of these ways to observe these special days in the efforts of students, faculty members, administrators and families, as well as in the work of alumni from generations past. To read more, click the title link.
Horace Mann School and Sanctuary for Families, an organization assisting victims of domestic violence and their children, marked their 24th year of observing the holiday season together with a dinner at HM on December 6, 2016. The dinner brought about 150 parents and children who are served by Sanctuary for Families to Horace Mann School's Cohen Dining Commons to enjoy a party that featured craft-making, face-painting, a visit with Santa, a delicious meal of turkey and trimmings, and cake for dessert. Each child left with a specially-wrapped present. The dinner was a true HM community affair. But it might not have taken place without many members of the Horace Mann School community working to organize the dinner and help make it the joyful event it was for all. To read more, click the title link.
The 2016 holiday season is still in full swing, with observances and celebrations of every kind. The real holiday feast takes place, for football fans, in the days surrounding New Year's, when a full roster of college bowl games is on the viewing menu. For the Horace Mann School community the Orange Bowl game between the University of Michigan and Florida State, on December 30, 2016, will be the most exciting of the games for it will feature 12 HM dance students performing during its halftime show. To read more, click the title link.
Horace Mann School alumnus Ari Hest '97 was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Folk Album category for "Silver Skies Blue" the album he and legendary singer-songwriter Judy Collins wrote and released together in June 2016. When the nominations were announced, on December 7, 2016, Collins tweeted: "It's wonderful to be nominated with Ari Hest for a Recording Academy / GRAMMYs for BEST FOLK ALBUM for SILVER SKIES BLUE! #ArtistVision #GRAMMY." Wrote Hest: "First nomination for a Grammy thanks to @Judycollinsofficial and all the musicians who contributed to #silverskiesblue." To read more, click the title link.
For the past 33 years Todd Haimes '74 has worked to bring audiences the finest theater presentations as first Executive Director and then Artistic Director/CEO of New York City's Roundabout Theatre Company. In so doing he contributed both to NYC's cultural life and stability, and expanded the theatrical canon for audiences worldwide. Haimes was recognized for these accomplishments with the 2016 Horace Mann School Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Achievement, and presented with the award at a dinner in his honor on December 5, 2016. To read more, click the title link.
In an Ivy League Sports website news post on November 17, 2016, Columbia University's ChiChi Ikwuazom HM '16 was named Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year, sharing the honor with a Princeton freshman. According to the Ivy League website, "Ikwuazom leads the League with a .427 hitting percentage and 1.37 blocks per set. The New York, N.Y., native also ranks seventh nationally in hitting percentage and 28th in blocks per set. Ikwuazom is Columbia's first-ever Rookie of the Year honoree—and just its third "of the Year" award winner, joining two-time Defensive Player of the Year Wes."
Horace Mann School's Katz Library was uncharacteristically un-quiet on Friday morning, November 11, 2016, as students turned from their books to listen to the music of one of their peers – HM senior Emily Spector '17 whose debut album "Departed Qualities" was released that day. But, since "day" begins at midnight, by the time Emily arrived at school dozens of her friends had already listened to the album, downloading it on their subway rides to HM, and then hearing it broadcast in the cafeteria upon their arrival at school as they grabbed breakfast before class. Several students made listening to the album their Snapchat "story." To read more, click the title link.
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