News List

  • June

    Diya Hegde Wins First Place in Texas Fish Art Contest

    Rising Form III Student Diya Hegde wins First Place in Texas Fish Art Contest. Her artwork was displayed at the Texas Fish Art Celebration at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center.
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  • Callan Fox and Connie Zhao Receive Outstanding Rating in Technology in Music Festival

    Congratulations to Callan Fox (Class of 2026) and Connie Zhao (Class of 2028) for winning the “Outstanding" and "Best-in-Class" ratings at the national 2022 Technology in Music Composition Festival.
    “This is a tough national contest for both public and private schools, and Callan and Connie’s outstanding talent, hard work, and dedication are to be praised,” said their music teacher, Yung-Fang Hu Ludford who sponsored them to enter this contest. 
    Callan’s Original Composition titled Forbidden Love was …inspired by Romeo and Juliet and this resulted in such a creative, programmatic work!” said the judge, Prof. Floyd Richmond, “Your music is quite expressive, and your use of varying techniques (string pizz., harp glisses, etc.) helps to convey a specific mood and character.”
    Connie’s Multimedia Composition titled Two World combined techniques of Music, Art, Animation, Creative Writing, and Technology.  “Your animations and process to tell the story are exquisite”, said the judge.   
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  • April

    Varsity Soccer Finishes Ninth Nationally

    Hockaday’s Varsity soccer team finished ninth nationally in the Prep Soccer Fab 50 rankings for the winter season, which includes teams from Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. This is Hockaday’s highest-ever FAB 50 ranking! 
    From Prep Soccer: 
    “This Hockaday team delivered when it mattered. The team's only loss was to No. 2 Southlake Carroll. The squad tied No. 8 Keller. In addition, Hockaday defeated TAPPS Division I state champion John Paul II.”
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  • Studio Art 1 Participates in The Memory Project

    As part of the Memory Project, Upper School students in Studio Art 1 made paintings and charcoal drawings for students in Nigeria.

    CLICK HERE to see the VIDEO of students receiving the artwork in Nigeria.

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  • Dr. Laura Leathers Named Interim Eugene McDermott Head of School

    The Hockaday Board of Trustees has named Dr. Laura Leathers as the interim Eugene McDermott Head of School, effective July 1.   
    Dr. Leathers has served as the Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs since 2020 and is currently responsible for supporting the Division Heads and the Dean of Studies, in addition to faculty-led initiatives, committees, and workgroups. Prior to joining Hockaday, she spent 16 years at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee as the Assistant Head of School. Laura and her husband Kevin are the parents of five children, including Ella (Hockaday Class of 2023). 

    Dr. Leathers earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and French from Lafayette College and studied abroad at the Université de Grenoble. After graduating, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology degree from the University of Vermont and conducted her postdoctoral work as a Research Fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
    Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to research and has authored numerous scientific publications, presented at STEM and other education conferences, and actively participates in leadership seminars focused on best practices in girls’ education. Dr. Leathers treasures working with students and being in the classroom. She has taught science courses including biology, chemistry, and AP chemistry, and continues to teach a section of chemistry at Hockaday. 
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  • 21 Members of the Class of 2022 Inducted into the Hockaday Chapter of Cum Laude

    Twenty-one members of the Class of 2022 were inducted into the Hockaday Chapter of Cum Laude: Tukwa Elahi Ahsan, Siddhi Bansal, Elizabeth Reese Carroll, Sydney Shreffler Eyestone, Lily Licia Fu, Sydney Holland Ghorayeb, Julia Luisa Haetzel, Kyulee Kim, Elise Claire Little, Cassie Brianna Liu, Eleanor Charlotte Lockhart, Leena Anne Mehendale, Mina Hiranmayee Raj, Anneliese Celesete Scherz, Nazli Soysal, Jordan Elizabeth Stock, Madeline Grace Stout, Laura Elaine Taten, Kathryn Loretta Welch, Yee Lam Yan, and Angela Yuan. Caroline Robb ’07 was the featured speaker.
    In 1946, Hockaday was granted its Cum Laude Charter. The Hockaday chapter of Cum Laude honors those among us whose academic achievement and scholarship have been extraordinary. Admission to Cum Laude is the highest academic honor Hockaday can bestow upon a student. The seniors inducted today have demonstrated a remarkable degree of intellectual curiosity, initiative, perseverance, and personal integrity in their pursuit of knowledge. They are leaders in the Hockaday community and will undoubtedly be leaders in a global community in the future. We congratulate these young women for all they have achieved and encourage them to continue to persevere in the pursuit of knowledge that has characterized their academic careers at Hockaday.
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  • Fourteen Members of the Class of 2022 Will Continue Their Athletic Careers in College

    Fourteen members of the Class of 2022 will continue their athletic careers in college, adding to the 48 collegiate student-athletes who have graduated from Hockaday in the past five years.  Read more here.
    Brooke Adams, The University of Texas, Swimming
    Paisley Brown, Connecticut College
    Audrey Gass, Transylvania University, Volleyball
    Sydney Eyestone, Williams College, Volleyball
    Landry Grover, The University of Denver, Lacrosse
    Anna Gum, Hamilton College, Lacrosse
    Julia Haetzel, Washington and Lee University, Golf
    Minje Kwun, Dartmouth College, Lacrosse
    Julia Luo, University of Chicago, Swimming
    Leena Mehendale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Soccer
    Lucy Roberts, Columbia University, Rowing
    Jordan Stock, Stanford University, Lightweight Rowing
    Olivia Weeldreyer, Cornell University, Rowing
    Sarah Youngberg, Wesleyan, Tennis
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  • Tanvi Jakkampudi ’18 Named Fulbright Scholar

    The Hockaday School is pleased to announce that alumna Tanvi Jakkampudi ’18 has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2022. Tanvi will graduate from Carnegie Mellon University in May with a Bachelor of Science in Physics, with a concentration in Biophysics, and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. At Carnegie Mellon, she is an undergraduate researcher, a teaching assistant, and a residential advisor.

    As a Fulbright scholar, she is heading to Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron in Hamburg, Germany to expand upon the biophysics research she has been involved with at both CMU and the University of Pittsburgh for the past few years. “I’ll be studying the mechanisms by which novel antimicrobial peptides can be used to treat biofilms formed in multi-drug resistant pulmonary bacterial infections,” said Tanvi. “Post-Fulbright, I plan to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. in immunology.”

    “I met Tanvi at the end of her freshman year at Hockaday when she contacted me about participating in the Hockaday Summer Research Program,” said Dr. Barbara Fishel, Dean of Studies. “She was one of the most enthusiastic and persistent of the group of young students who joined me in our research project on soil bacteria. Tanvi’s willingness to tackle the sophisticated concepts underlying our research at a time when she had not yet taken high school chemistry or biology, underscored both her commitment to learning as well as her intellectual fearlessness.”

    Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government. The program is part of the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and provides support for academics and professionals to engage in multi-country, trans-regional projects.

    Hockaday Alumnae have won numerous Fulbright Scholarships in the past, most recently Kenya Roy ‘15, Katherine Dau ’15 and Kate Cooper ‘16.
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  • 2022 Founder's Day Award Recipients

    Congratulations to our Founder's Day Award recipients: Cate Goglia, Anna Gum, Jules Johnson, Minje Kwun, and Leena Mehendale!

    In 1959, members of the Hockaday Student Council demonstrated their appreciation of the outstanding principles upon which this School was founded by establishing the Founder's Day Award. Founder’s Day provides us the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to the Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics on which Miss Ela Hockaday founded this incredible School.
    Members of the Class of 2022 were nominated by their peers and teachers, and the recipients were honored at the ceremony because of the thoughts and observations of their classmates, teachers, advisors, and administrators who believe they fully exemplify the ideals of our founder, Miss Hockaday.
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  • March

    Hockaday Boat Dedication

    Hockaday Rowing dedicated a new boat; the team nominated and voted to name the boat Ann Elizabeth Hill ’22 which will be affectionately known as The Libby Hill. “Libby has been a vital member of Hockaday Crew since she joined her sophomore year,” said the team. “She rowed that year and then transitioned to a manager position where she has not only thrived but helped the rest of the rowers thrive through her incredible support.”
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  • Sophomore Ava Shipp Places First in State Poetry Competition

    Ava Shipp (Class of 2024) won the 2022 Texas Poetry Out Loud competition. Ava recited the poems "Fairy-tale Logic" by A.E. Stallings, "I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, (340)" by Emily Dickinson, and "Stomp" by Nikki Grimes. Ava will represent Texas at the national level on May 1, 2022.
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  • February

    Hockaday Science Presents Virtual Poster Symposium

    For well over a decade, Hockaday students have explored the nature of laboratory and field research in a variety of scientific disciplines over the summer. Those who participate share an overview of their experience in an annual poster symposium. This year, we have adapted the event to be presented as a Virtual Poster Symposium. See the results of research Hockaday students conducted on computational, physical, chemical, and biological problems during the summer of 2021 by Clicking Here.
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  • Newly Named Distinguished Teachers

    Congratulations to Hockaday’s newly named Distinguished Teachers! 
    Brandi Finazzo, The Lyda Hill ’60 Distinguished Teacher; Darin Jeans, Distinguished Teacher; Susan Sanders-Rosenberg, The Nancy Penn Penson ’41 and John G. Penson Distinguished Teacher in Fine Arts, and Tymesia Smaw, The Lyda Hill ’60 Distinguished Teacher.  
    Hockaday’s incredible faculty are at the center of our School’s legacy of excellence in education. Our teachers place students first and make the Hockaday experience unparalleled. In 2011, the School formally recognized our faculty with the establishment of The Endowed Distinguished Teacher Program, in recognition of faculty excellence. The title of Distinguished Teacher refers both to a position and to qualities of teaching and scholarship. The purpose of the Distinguished Teacher program is to recognize and reward exemplary teachers, often ones of long-standing tenure, for their life-changing work with students. These teachers’ skills in the classroom, their ability to bring subjects to life, their ongoing research and scholarship, and their impact on their students’ lives make them each deserving of the title.  
    These endowments reflect the embodiment of our teaching mission and exemplify the School’s traditions. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors, which allows us to recognize and honor exemplary faculty members who have served Hockaday so admirably and who will help lead us into the future.  
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  • Winter Sports Championships

    Hockaday’s Winter Sports finished their seasons with a very successful Winter Sports Championships weekend and enjoyed tremendous fan support from parents, faculty, and students. Swimming and Diving team won the SPC championship after winning five of the 12 events at the meet. The 200-yard medley relay team set a School and SPC record, and Brooke Adams (Class of 2022) set a School and SPC record in the 100-yard freestyle. The Diving team had four top-8 finishes.  

    SPC Champions Varsity Soccer capped off an amazing season by beating St. John’s in the finals 2-1, after going undefeated throughout SPC play and winning the North Zone. This is the soccer team’s sixth SPC title since 2005. 

    The Varsity Basketball team finished their season strong by beating The John Cooper School in the first round of SPC play before losing a tough game to Episcopal High School. They beat St. Andrew’s in their final game to finish in fifth place. 
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  • Middle School Robotics Win Awards

    The Middle School Robotics team recently competed in two FIRST Lego League) North Texas Regional Qualifiers. In the Cleburne competition, Team Transportation Nation (Eighth Graders Tanvi Joshi, Sasha Kitson, Jiajia Li, Maddy Oyakawa, Aadyha Yanamadala, and Emily McLeroy) won first place champions and Daisies On Wheels (Seventh Graders Aiza Ali, Cecilia Chen, Sudha Kodem, Cata Parra, and Naisha Randhar) won second place champions and second place robot performance. In the Allen competition, Daisy Delivery (Eighth Graders Sena Asom, Deniz Gurun, Melinda Hu and Yolanda Pan) won second place champions and Hockatech Inc. (Seventh Graders Miranda Chen, Ruhi Mehta, Aryaa Sachdev, Sofia Salem, and Natalia Salem) won Break Through award. All four Hockaday teams ranked in the top 20% and are advancing to the North Texas Championship this spring. 
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  • Volunteer for the 2022-2023 HPA Board

    Sign Up Genius will close February 4 for all nominations and self-nominations! The HPA needs Grade Reps, New Family Outreach Chairs, an Athletic Liaison, Community Service and Teacher Appreciations Chairs to name a few!  

    Be sure to self-nominate or nominate a friend. Check the All-School Sign-Up and your Division tab (Lower School, Middle School, Upper School) for opportunities to join the team.  Multiple nominations are welcome, and all nominations will be anonymous.
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  • January

    Five Students Selected into the TMEA All-State Ensembles

    Congratulations to Madeline Chun (Class of 2023), Angelina Dong (Class of 2024), Bridget Qiu (Class of 2024), Riley Yuan (Class of 2023), and Emma Zhao (Class of 2024) for being selected into TMEA All-State. They will perform with the Texas All-State in San Antonio on Saturday, February 12 at the Henry B. González Convention Center as part of the 2022 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.
    High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through auditions to qualify at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. 1,875 students are selected through a process that began with over 70,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 18 ensembles. Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition. This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 33 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in eight TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group. Only the top 2.6% of musicians who initially audition become All-State musicians.
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  • Hockaday Parents Association 2022-2023 Executive Committee

    The HPA is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Executive Committee.  Thank you to all of the parents who nominated and self-nominated.

    President - Tricia Drum Davidson '91
    President-Elect - Courtney Jones Johnson '97
    Vice President - Bonner Mead Allen '94
    Vice President Elect - Laurie Sudbury
    Treasurer - Kelly Buford
    Treasurer-Elect - Patrick O'Brien
    Corresponding Secretary - Sarah Saafield Stallings '95
    Recording Secretary - Julie Little
    Communications Liaison - Hannah Strom
    Volunteer Coordinator - Joanne Nguyen
    Volunteer Coordinator Elect - Lisel Matheny Simmons '92
    Parliamentarian - Carla Bolden
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  • Senior Named Finalist for Davey O'Brien High School Scholarship Award

    Congratulations to Leena Mehendale (Class of 2022), who was named a finalist for the 36th Annual Davey O’Brien High School Scholarship Award! The scholarship, underwritten by Higginbotham and Simmons Bank, is presented each January to an exceptional senior student-athlete in North Texas.
     An All-Southwest Preparatory Conference performer in soccer, cross country, and track, she serves as a team captain in all three sports. In addition, Mehendale is a member of the Sting Dallas soccer club. She is a three-time recipient of the President’s Gold Volunteer Service Award. She also is the president of the Hockaday Social Impact Board and the founder of run2learn, a nonprofit organization.
    Hockaday has one previous winner of the prestigious award, Allison Campfield Taten ’88.
    The recipient of this year’s scholarship will be announced Tuesday, January 18. Recipients of the High School Scholarship Award are chosen on the basis of scholastic achievements, community service, character, leadership, and varsity sports participation. As part of the selection process, the committee will interview all five finalists this week.
    The Foundation has distributed over $1.2 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field to leadership in life. The winner will be honored at the 45th Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner at the Fort Worth Club on Monday, February 21.
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