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2020

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  • June

    Jennifer Stimpson Named an Einstein Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science

    It is with great excitement that we announce Middle School Science Teacher Jennifer Stimpson has been named an Einstein Fellow by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. Next year, she will have the unique opportunity to serve in the national education arena for 12 months in Washington, D.C. working in U.S. Congressional offices, and will contribute her extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to the national education programs and education policy efforts. At the conclusion of the fellowship, she will be part of a national network of educational leaders and programs who will have a deeper understanding of the challenges and possibilities in STEM education, and she will return to Hockaday ready to share her experiences and make significant contributions not only at Hockaday, but also at schools across the U.S. Ms. Stimpson will work with Congresswoman Alma Adams from North Carolina and will help develop her STEM Education policy for K-20 schools in her district and in North Carolina. Visit https://science.osti.gov/wdts/einstein for more information. Congratulations Ms. Stimpson!
     
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  • May

    Middle School Designer Daisies Win Edison Foundation Pitch

    The Designer Daisies (Georgia Fuller, Grey Golman, Tarini Gupta, Shifa Irfan, Ashna Tambe) and the Hockabuilders (Anya Ahuja, Yanet Bisrat, Ai-Vy Ho, Anisha Puri, Stella Wrubel) pitched their prototypes live (through Zoom) to a panel of judges. The Designer Daisies won for their prototype, Easy Parking! Their project consisted of a device that contained an ultrasonic sensor and GPS module. This device can locate available parking spots and then sends the location of the spot to an app that they created. In the app, customers can pick a specialized spot (such as first floor near an elevator) and it sends the driver directions to the closest available spot. These girls won a 3D printer for our school as well as various other prizes.

    The Hockabuilders came in second for their prototype, Dust-Be-Gone! Their project is a reusable air filter that has electrically charged plates that pull fine dust particles from the air. It also has a motorized wiper that cleans the dust off of the plate periodically. The Hockabuilders also won several prizes.

    The Daisies of the Future (Sanika Agarwalla, Angelina Dong, Christina Dong, Maddy Oyakawa) won Best Humanitarian “Problem Solvers” for their incredible success in meeting this year’s Edison Pitch Contest challenge and inventing not only to improve technology, but to change the world.  Their project contains an advanced metal detector that uses the target identification number for lead to find old lead pipes underground. This detector would be placed on the bottom of government vehicles (such as mail delivery and police) as they drive specific routes around the city. Their mission is to prevent lead poisoning in places such as Flint, Michigan by detecting and removing these lethal pipes.
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  • Upcoming Events and News

    Hockaday Athletics Awards
    Mark your calendar for the Hockaday Athletic Awards Video Release on Friday, May 15 at 6:00 pm. 
     
    Senior Spotlights
    Senior athletes have been spotlighted on Instagram recently.  Please make sure you check out hockadayathletics_ on Instagram to celebrate our Seniors!
      
    Spring sports team and individual photos are available
    Visit www.scottpeekphotography.com/hockaday. The site password is Daisy2020.

    Start of Fall Sports 2020
    2020 Fall sports start on August 10 for Upper School athletes and on August 25 for Middle School athletes.  Click here for the full August calendar.  The calendar is also listed under Quick Links on the Hockaday Athletics webpage. 
     
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  • Eighth Grader Stella Wrubel Raises Money for North Texas Food Bank

    Stella Wrubel (Class of 2024) and friends have created the CHALK4CHANGE Challenge to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). Through their artistic chalk works and “Chalk Bombs” they are sharing inspirational messages to friends and neighbors and raising money to help feed hungry North Texans.
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  • April

    Form I Student Amber Li Wins DART Art Contest

    Amber Li  (Class of 2023) won best in show in Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s annual student art contest which promotes the use of public transportation. Her theme was based on “paint the town with magic” and was selected from 1,174 student entries. Amber’s art will be on display at the Dallas Museum of Art and a DART bus will be wrapped with the art work.
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  • Junior Honor Wood Volunteers for Meal Delivery to UT Southwestern

    Honor Wood (Class of 2021) has been volunteering at her family’s restaurant, Jose, to pack and deliver 500-750 nutritious meals to Parkland and UT-Southwestern hospital staffers daily. Thank you to the many families in the Hockaday community who have generously donated to Feed the Front Lines, the charity purchasing the meals for Dallas’ frontline health care workers. Read more in the "Texas Monthly” article: https://www.texasmonthly.com/…/mexican-restaurant-feeding-…/
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  • Juniors Tia Hsieh and Jade Nguyen recently founded Sew Masks Save Doctors

    Tia Hsieh (Class of 2021) and Jade Nguyen (Class of 2021) recently founded Sew Masks Save Doctors, a student-led nonprofit organization, that hopes to empower refugee and medical communities during the coronavirus outbreak. In partnership with Vickery Trading Company, a nonprofit social enterprise, they hope to help to employ refugee women to sew masks that are then donated to health workers in the front lines. For more information follow them on Facebook.
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  • Hockaday Students and Recent Alumnae Launch Serve Our Heroes

    Nancy Dedman (Class of 2021), Celese Gierhart (Class of 2020), Morgan Lutz '19, and Catherine Dedman '19 recently launched Serve our Heroes, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, intended to feed frontline staff at Dallas area Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and support the local food and beverage industry by working with local restaurant branches to bring warm meals to VA employees. All proceeds donated to Serve Our Heroes go directly to daily meal delivery from partner restaurants to the Dallas VA Medical Center in South Dallas, and they will also deliver to the upcoming VA health care facility in Garland once it opens. Partner restaurants include DIVE Coastal Cuisine, Bandito’s Tex Mex Cantina, Wendy Krispin Catering, Katy Trail Ice House, Cassandra Fine Catering, Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Potbelly Sandwich Shop. For more information: https://www.serveourheroes.org/
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  • Hockaday 360 Survey

    Thank you to the almost 900 Alumnae who took time in March to complete the in-depth Alumnae Survey, which was conducted in collaboration with Art & Science Group. Alumnae input to this survey will help Hockaday understand how we can continue to deliver an exceptional educational experience, best meet the needs of each student, and help us more clearly see where Hockaday is or can be a leader.
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  • Seventh Grader Anya Ahuja Hosts Radio Show

    Anya Ahuja (Class of 2025) hosts a weekly radio show on Monday afternoons. She has gathered children across 6 continents to talk about their experience of staying at home, distance learning, and how they are coping with the current global pandemic. Follow Anya on youtube: https://youtu.be/KAKcjRsBzjc or follow her podcast:https://podcasts.apple.com/…/kids-hour-with-an…/id1497082819. # hockadaydifference #hockadaydistancelearning
     
     
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  • Boarder Families Send Medical Supplies from China

    Hockaday boarder families from China generously sent more than 2,200 N95 masks, 660 surgical masks, and 200 medical exam gloves. Nurse Herridge delivered the supplies to Southwestern Medical Center, Baylor Hospital, Dallas County Health Department, Texas Centers for Infectious Disease Associates, multiple ER facilities throughout the DFW area, and to Hockaday current parents' private medical practices.
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  • March

    HAARTS (Hockaday Alumnae in the Arts) Program 2020

    Out of an abundance of caution, the decision has been made to close Hockaday's campus for two weeks following Spring Break, Monday, March 23 - Friday, April 3. The HAARTS 2020 Program on Monday, March 30 will not take place as planned. 
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  • Upper School Robotics Students Win First Place

    Ten Upper School Students recently participated in the FIRST Robotics District Event in Greenville, Texas.  Their team, BBQ, mentored by REV Robotics, finished in First Place and won the district competition.  Congratulations to Form IV students: Megan Shimer, Ann Segismundo, Anoushka Singhania, Katie Ladue; and  Form II students: Lynn Jung, Riya Guttigoli, Tukwa Ahsan, and Form I students: Sydney Slay, Nina Dave, and Jayna Dave!

    FIRST is a global robotics community preparing young people for the future. This 2020 season, FIRST Robotics Competition, INFINITE RECHARGE, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening and protecting the Force that binds us and creating a place where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth. Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of high school students build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors.  The students must also raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach.  In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $80 million in college scholarships. Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology, FIRST Robotics Competition is the ultimate Sport for the Mind. 
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  • February

    Middle School MathCounts Team Competes

    The Hockaday MathCounts team recently competed in the Chapter MathCounts competition. Nine 8th graders (Elise Cho, Christina Ding, Defne Gurun, Kaelyn Lee, Lily McKenna, Anisha Sharma, Yoyo Yuan, and Kimberly Zhang) and two 7th graders (Rayna Li and Sunnie Wang) represented Hockaday.  Four girls advanced to the exciting Countdown Round with outstanding individual scores including: Elise ChoChristina DingKaelyn Lee, and Yoyo Yuan.  Kaelyn Lee placed fourth overall. Hockaday’s four-person team consisting of Elise ChoChristina DingLily McKenna, and Yoyo Yuan placed third in the team competition. In addition, Kaelyn Lee and Yoyo Yuan were selected to advance to the state competition based on high individual scores on the written test. 
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  • Students Named to the High School National Academic Squad for Field Hockey

    Congratulations to the nine Juniors and Seniors who were named to the 2019 Optimal Performance Associates (OPA) Winning Teams/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad for Field Hockey:  Ava Berger (Class of 2021; Emilia Callahan (Class of 2021); Maddy Charest (Class of 2021); Kate Clark (Class of 2021); Mary Gum (Class of 2020); Bella Heintges (Class of 2021); Anna Schindel (Class of 2021); Gigi Spicer (Class of 2020; and Margaret Woodberry (Class of 2020).
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  • Junior Barbara Lou's Film to Screen at SXSW

    Form III Film Student Barbara Lou's short film, ":)" was selected to screen at SXSW in the Texas High School Shorts Competition. The formal announcement of the films selected for the SXSW Texas High School Shorts called the showcase "a preview of the next filmmaking generation.”  ":)" will screen at SXSW in Austin, TX, on Saturday, March 14 and Saturday, March 21. Read here for more information.
     
     
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  • Form I Student Julia Paek Recognized in Art Competitions

    Julia Paek (Class of 2023) recently won several art awards including: the Gold Key 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Award for her Finding Myself….It’s Ongoing; Finalist in the 2020 YAT Competition for The Smile I Want to Keep which will be displayed at El Centro College from February 24 through March 25; and Second Place for The Silence Before the Storm in a 2019 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
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  • Upper School Musical: Crazy for You

    Please join the cast and crew of the Upper School Musical "Crazy for You"  in The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Theater. 
     
    Friday, February 7, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM
     
    Click here to purchase tickets. Please print or bring electronic tickets.

    A zany-rich-boy-meets-hometown-girl romantic comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU tells the story of young New York banker Bobby Child, who is sent to Deadrock, Nevada, to foreclose on a rundown theatre. In Deadrock, Bobby falls for spunky Polly Baker, the theater owner's daughter. But Polly takes an instant dislike to the city slicker, so Bobby vows - through cunning, razzmatazz, and a hilarious case of mistaken identity - to win Polly's heart and save the theatre. Memorable Gershwin tunes from the score include "I Got Rhythm," "Naughty Baby," "They Can't Take That Away from Me," "Embraceable You," "But Not for Me," "Nice Work if You Can Get It," and "Someone to Watch Over Me."
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  • January

    Resident Guest Artist Michelle Zada Hall

    Hockaday dancers have had a wonderful time with our resident guest artist, Michelle Zada Hall, for the past two weeks. Ms. Hall taught master classes to all five Upper School Dance ensembles and choreographed an original work for Hockaday Dance Theater.

    Ms. Hall’s professional performing career includes dancing as a member of Philadanco’s second company “D/2”, Lula Washington Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble and five seasons with Dallas Black Dance Theatre. In her sixth year on Dance Faculty at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), she has served as Director of the World Dance Ensemble at BTWHSPVA and is recognized as a District Distinguished Teacher & Mentor for the Dallas Independent School District, the National YoungArts Foundation and U.S. Presidential Scholar Program.
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  • Upper School Robotics Team Places First

    Competing against former world finalists, the Upper School Robotics Team placed first in the First Tech Challenge competition. The team worked together to design and troubleshoot their robot while building solid team rapport.  Embracing the cornerstones of Character and Courtesy, they assisted other teams at the competition to program their robots. Congratulations to Sophia Yung, Abrea LaGrone, Sanjana Koratala, Airu Weng, Juliana Lu, Grace Dorward, Tianxin Xie, Wendy Cao, Sarah Youngberg, and Caroline Rich.  #hockadaydifference #ifthenshecan
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  • Thirteen Hockaday Students Selected for TPSMEA All-Region Choir

    This year, 13 Hockaday students were selected and invited to sing with the Treble and Mixed All-Region choirs as part of the Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-Region and All-State festivals. The students spent Saturday rehearsing with renowned choral clinicians and performed a concert of beautiful, advanced repertoire for guests that evening. Congratulations to the following Hockaday Upper School students: Kate Borson, Shayle Cruz, Charlotte Ding, Sienna Ellis, Sarah Beth Kelton, Kirsten Kirk, Sidney Kronbach, Cristiana Miele, Izzy Page, Leah Segal, Mia Silver, Madeline Sumrow, Airu Weng. 
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  • Middle School Spelling Bee

    Congratulations to all the Middle School students who participated in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Isa Moreno (Class of 2025) won first place and Christine Park (Class of 2027) is the runner-up. Isa will compete in the Private School Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 18 at Good Shepherd Episcopal School.
     
     
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  • Neuroscience Brain Fair

    Hockaday Neuroscience Seniors hosted a Brain Fair at Burnet Elementary and shared their neuroscience knowledge with over 200 students and faculty! The fourth and fifth grade students learned about neuroanatomy, memory, emotions, movement, vision, attention, neuromyths, and brain health with fun, hands-on experiences.
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  • Students Participate in National Geographic GEO Bee

    Last week, two finalists from fourth through eighth grade competed in the School Bee of the National Geographic GEO Bee. Congratulations to first place winner Lily McKenna (Class of 2024) and runner-up Aadhya Yanamadala (Class of 2026). 
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