On January 12, in anticipation of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27th which commemorates the day Auschwitz was liberated in 1945, Emma Joseph, Sophie Miller, Michael Lee, and Meredith Greenberg — the student leadership of Hackley’s Jewish Culture Club — invited three speakers from the American Jewish Committee (AJC) to talk to the Upper School over Zoom.
Since the fall of 2019, senior Ben Kirsch and junior Zach Yusaf have had an extraordinary run in Varsity Public Forum debate, culminating in a current NSDA ranking as the third top team in the country. Highlights included wins at the Byram Hills Invitational to kick off the ’19-’20 season, and three Gold Bids at Princeton, Blake, and UPenn during the ’19-’20 academic year, resulting in a spot in the prestigious Tournament of Champions which was conducted online in April, 2020.
In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Merideth Maddox, a Middle School Theatre teacher, shares a personal story about family connection. “As an actor and theatre teacher, I am drawn to stories. More than any script or fictional tale, though, I crave connection with others by hearing true stories from their lives, and sharing stories from mine.”
“Today's events in Washington are deeply unsettling and stand in stark contrast to the democratic ideals of our country and the values of the Hackley community.” Read the letter to the Hackley Community from Head of School Michael Wirtz and Division Directors Lisa Oberstein, Cyndy Jean, and Andy King.
Not even COVID-19 will prevent the Hackley Computer Science Department from once again celebrating Computer Science Education Week on the Hilltop. Annually scheduled during the first week of December, CS Ed Week is a program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to become involved in the study of computer science. Here at Hackley, we highlight this week as a chance to celebrate just a little and reflect on computer science and its impact on our world.
This year Hackley’s Service team is concentrating their service efforts on addressing food insecurity on a hyperlocal level given the extraordinary challenges 2020 has presented to so many of our neighbors.
In this month’s blog post on Hackley Perspectives, Cyndy Jean, Director of the Middle School, explores the topic of Radical Self Love. “When the world shut down, one of my dearest friends and colleagues at Hackley introduced me to a book written by Sonya Renee Taylor. It was a book on radical self-love.”
Hackley’s Independent Research Program had the pleasure of hosting Metika Ngbokoli ’11 on Monday, December 7, where she discussed her incredibly inspiring path in being a first generation college student to now a 4th year PhD student in the Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience Program at the UNC.
On Saturday, November 14th, three teams of Hackley Parliamentary debaters competed in the second regular season HSPDP (High School Public Debate Program) online tournament, including schools from New York, New Jersey, and California.
From November 6 to 8, 2020, 4 Hackley teams competed in the AppleValley Minneapple Debate Tournament against 170 of the top Public Forum Debate teams in the country. Hackley Senior Ben Kirsch and Junior Zach Yusaf went 4-2 in Preliminary Rounds but then went on a run winning triples, doubles, octafinals, quarterfinals, semifinals, and then won the finals to become Tournament Champions.