Join us for this annual Christmas tradition at Hutchison!
For more than 40 years, Hutchison's graduating class has celebrated the character, integrity, and moral strength of a classmate by selecting her for the portrayal of Madonna in the annual Madonna tableau.
You might think the inspiration to write a musical would come while sitting at a piano noodling some notes or after hearing a particularly inspiring song. Katy Gilmore ’20 said the first time she remembers committing to writing Sidekicks, The Musical with her father, Barry Gilmore, and her sister, Zoe ’22, they were in a parking lot.
At first, Caroline Couch ’20 wasn’t sure what this past summer was going to look like. Some of the programs she had been interested in, hadn’t panned out. Then, suddenly in May, Caroline’s summer schedule got exponentially busier.
Middle and upper school girls represented Hutchison at the recent Model United Nations (Model UN) conference and proved to be very successful! Model UN allows the girls to practice their debate and public speaking skills in a formal setting while encouraging them to find ways to join together as a community to solve current global issues.
Congratulations to the entire Hutchison Middle & Upper School Model United Nations Delegation!
Even though history is not her favorite subject, Amanda Layne Miller ’14 discovered her life’s passion at Hutchison in Nancy Smith’s history class in the sixth grade. Miller had a research assignment and was required to present it using Windows Movie Maker. “I learned how to use it for the first time and loved it. I started documenting my life with my camera and editing my own videos, and it turned out that I loved film and loved making it.”
In her senior speech, Caitlin Robinson ’19 encouraged her classmates to be courageous by saying “We should stand up for what we believe in, even though we may face adversity.” Robinson believes in equality, and it shows in the work she does in the Memphis and Hutchison communities.
This has been a big year for the city of Memphis. From remembering and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination to appearing in the network TV show This Is Us, our city has so much to show and tell. As much as the third grade students and teachers loved our Colonial America unit, we realized there was another unit of study that deserved attention… our city.
Earlier this spring, Kiya Brown ’21 won second place in the 2018 Tennessee Poetry Out Loud Competition in Nashville. The win came with a scholarship cash prize for her and a stipend for Hutchison from the National Endowment for the Arts for the purchase of poetry books and supplies. Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of poetry through a recitation competition in high schools across the country. It has grown to reach more than three million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 schools in every state across the country. This year, Tennessee had nearly 3,000 students participate.
Senior student athlete Elizabeth Farnsworth was named High School Athlete of the Week by the Commercial Appeal after scoring 23 goals in three victories last week. Elizabeth is a three-time All-American, an Academic All-American, as well as Best of Preps Lacrosse Player of the Year in 2015. In 2016, Inside Lacrosse Magazine named her #6 on their list of Top Gun Juniors from across the nation.
Samantha Tancredi ’18 spent her summer participating in a Hutchison Leads Fellowship that took her all over the world. From Geneva, Switzerland, to Seville, Spain, and Washington, D.C., Samantha spent her time researching the role of law in the business, political, and cultural worlds.
By Fine Arts and Center for Excellence Director Tracey Zerwig Ford
When the lights go up next weekend for Hutchison’s production of the musical Once on This Island, senior Madyson Bolton will take the stage in the lead role of Ti Moune. Once on This Island is a unique show driven by African-Caribbean music and French colonial culture. The show weaves a new myth from plot elements of The Little Mermaid and Romeo and Juliet with a Caribbean flair.
I waited a few seconds as my friend stared pensively into the distance, processing my explanation to his questions about my job. When I came back into his focus, he replied, “Gosh, I wish someone had asked me that question when I was in high school.”
This is a busy time of year in the Hutchison college counseling office. As we prepare and send recommendation letters, transcripts, and work with girls as the application deadlines quickly approach, it is important to reflect on the relationships we build with each girl. Because of our one-on-one college counseling, we are able to vividly describe each girl in our letters of recommendation. Yet, our work does not start a few weeks before an application deadline; it starts years before. In fact, our relationship with each girl begins during her freshman year. This is the Hutchison difference.