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For the 153 members of Horace Mann School's eighth grade class the bright, sunny morning of June 6, 2019 marked a special moment. The day of the HM Middle Division's annual Middle Memories ceremony, it was also a day for the Division's students and teachers, deans, administrative aids, and student mentors from HM's Upper Division to share their appreciation for one another, and to extend their thanks. As they commemorated the completion of their middle school years the students shared with the parents, grandparents, siblings, and friends gathered under a gleaming white tent on HM's Alumni Field reflections on the classes, co-curricular and service learning activities, and more they'd experienced over the past three years. Coming to the stage, one Advisory Group after another, each "homeroom's" designated speaker also described discussions they'd shared, and spoke of the significant friendships they'd made. Interspersed among these thoughtful reminiscences were performances by the eight grade's string, band, dance, steel band, and vocal ensembles, as well as stories crafted and delivered by members of the MD's English elective in Storytelling.
Filling the stage of Horace Mann School's Gross Theater the 85 members of HM's Fifth Grade class shared one common characteristic: the smiles they wore throughout the ceremony that marked the end of their Lower Division years. Gathered together as a grade on Friday morning, June 7, 2019, the students shared those smiles with their teachers, administrators, parents, guardians, grandparents, siblings and family friends who comprised the graduation audience. The students also listened to words of encouragement and advice from those who had taught and guided them during their last year in HM's Lower Division, including their Lower Division Head Deena Neuwirth, their grade's team leader Sandy Rubenstein, and from Horace Mann Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly. Click to read more and see photos.
This country's national Spelling Bee finals, on May 30, 2019 in Washington D.C. captured this country's attention when eight spellers tied for first place. But, for Horace Mann School's Middle Division students it was the National Geographic GeoBee, held in the nation's capital two weeks earlier, that had students cheering. That's because one of their own—HM eighth grader Dylan Rem '23—was among the "GeoBee's" top ten finalists. He achieved that status in an academic competition that initially drew more than 2.5 million participants from 10,000 schools across the U.S. Competing, first, with other Middle Division students in HM's own GeoBee event, Dylan's stellar score advanced him to the state competition in Albany on March 29, 2019. There he was selected to represent New York State at the final round of competition in Washington, D.C. after topping 99 other contestants from throughout the state.
Horace Mann School student Benjamin Hu '19 was selected as one of 161 graduating seniors from across the United States to be designated a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar. The award, announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on May 7, 2019, recognizes these outstanding high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields. The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects candidates for this award, created in 1964, from among the 3.6 million students expected to graduate from high school in 2019, based on outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams or through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations and the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
The Middle Division Service-Learning Program has been wonderfully successful this year. In the Fall, we kicked off with an assembly, welcoming representatives from three of our partner organizations to be interviewed by our students about the importance of their work and how our participation helps to further their missions. This laid the foundation for thoughtful engagement in the activities to follow. To read more and watch a video. click here.
Horace Mann School student Miyu Imai '19 is one of 27 graduating high school seniors across the U.S. selected as a Milken Scholar, it was announced on May 27, 2019. The Milken Scholars program, a joint initiative of the Milken Institute and the Milken Family Foundation, is open to college-bound high school seniors in New York City, Los Angeles County and Washington, D.C. Milken Scholars are selected based on academic performance, community service, leadership and their ability to persevere in the face of personal challenges, and after a rigorous nomination, application and interview process. Imai is one of six New Yorkers chosen for this honor that includes a $10,000 cash prize and a lifetime of mentoring and resources.
While the Horace Mann School academic year is drawing to a close, summer offers new learning opportunities for HM students, as well as for the School's young alumni. For current students, there's a hearty roster of Summer School classes, and 2019 marks the second year of HM's Summer Film Institute. But for many students, and for college-age alums and newly-minted college grads, summer is a time to continue learning—not only in classrooms but through experiences that provide them with skills, prepare them for careers, and pave the way to the world of employment. Horace Mann School's Internship program does all this and much more, providing students and alumni "with exposure to careers while affording them opportunities for personal growth" as the Horace Mann Parents Association (HMPA) notes. Further, as HM parent, Mieko Willoughby, Chair of the Horace Mann Internship Committee, reported, a record number of exciting internship opportunities were made available to HM students and young alumni for the upcoming summer of 2019.
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