Our annual May Day tradition celebrates spring and new beginnings, especially for our seniors whose journeys at Hutchison are coming to a close.
This tradition illustrates the strong bonds our girls have formed while here, both amongst their own classmates and with girls from other divisions. Each year the senior class selects the May Court, and the entire Upper School selects the queen, a young woman who has had a positive influence on our school community both in and out of the classroom
Setting up YouTube videos so she can share her thoughts on fashion, science, and exercise was the easy part. Convincing mom and dad to let her have her own channel was the hard part! The poise and presentation skills beyond her years come naturally to this kindergartner, but her parents say Hutchison’s nurturing environment has accentuated her talents.
Frances Cates ’21 heads to The University of Texas at Austin this fall to enroll in the Plan II Honors Program, a four-year interdisciplinary arts and science honors major – a perfect fit for the budding scientist with an insatiable curiosity who is also a talented pianist. The Forty Acres Scholarship is a highly competitive full-ride, merit-based scholarship.
Hutchison is proud to announce that our Sting varsity basketball team garnered major honors from the Daily Memphian! Senior Carmyn Harrison was named player of the year, Coach Thomas Jones was named coach of the year, and five Hutchison girls were named to the All-Metro Team for Division 2. Honorees were selected based on regular- and post-season performance and made in consultation with area coaches.
The outlook for Amellia Hausmann ’21 is bright and sunny these days. She is one of only eight people in the country to earn the Gold Medal Portfolio Award in Art, the highest honor given by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The prestigious award comes with a $10,000 scholarship. Her work was selected from nearly 2,000 works that received National Medals, and among the 15,000 works that were awarded regionally with Gold Keys.
"I think my time in France, which is what I credit for my love of wines, ties back to taking French classes at Hutchison,” Katie Griesbeck ’96 said. “We started French in junior kindergarten and took classes until about sixth grade. I elected to pick it back up when I was in high school, and it set me up to be a Francophile for life. I loved the language, and that’s what inspired me to go to the Burgundy region of France when I was in college."
Victoria Martin ’21 wants to be able to reflect on her more than 12 years at Hutchison and know that she did what she could to make things easier for black students who came after her. Victoria was one of six seniors who participated in a candid panel about race relations this week at Hutchison to commemorate Black History Month. The other students were seniors Nia Drayton, Dakota Shelton, Camilla Johnson, Kiya Brown, and Micah Watkins.
The University of Virginia Jefferson Scholars program is recognized as one of the two leading scholarship programs in the country. Out of more than 2,000 nominations from around the world, approximately 120 finalists are selected after rigorous regional competitions and interviews.
She has a full plate of academics, volunteer work, leadership responsibilities, and extracurriculars, and she has the work ethic to succeed in anything she puts her mind to. She credits Hutchison for instilling in her that anything is possible.
As with many academic adventures at Hutchison, a weeklong lesson on computer science and coding transformed into an interdisciplinary exploration for our girls as teachers from various subjects incorporated coding activities into their day-to-day lessons.
This might seem like a silly question: Are you a dog person or a cat person? Why? Now imagine you’re a dog lover and you can’t understand the enthusiasm of a cat aficionado. Or vice versa. Suppose you have to explain your passion for your favorite pet to a person who disagrees with you. How do you communicate your beliefs civilly?
When Leah Grace Wolf is not thinking about solving a science problem or tinkering with a new invention, you can find her at the mixed martial arts gym, thinking about next steps to overpower her opponent. This National Merit Commended Student is the epitome of a Hutchison girl who enjoys exploring a variety of interests.
When Ms. Prewitt’s Pre-Kindergarten class went to the farm recently to look at carrots they had planted, Mrs. Riddle, the director of environmental education and sustainability, was in a bit of a pickle. She said she desperately needed help with her crop of cucumbers.
Sophie Mansour ’21 wants to help young people see diseases and their impact more clearly. Whether it is a classmate with diabetes or asthma, or a family member with Alzheimer’s, Sophie believes everyone would benefit from a deeper understanding. So she created the Memphis Medical Awareness Club at Hutchison, and that’s just the beginning for this conscientious entrepreneur.
Think of them as warm-up stretches – for the brain. Each one of Joe Koelsch’s 7th grade math lessons begins with a “bell ringer.” It encourages the girls to “open up their brains” before class, he says.