Kaia Barnett '21 recently signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Clark Atlanta University. Our 2021 state championship basketball player and state tournament MVP was recruited as a dual-sport collegiate athlete for both basketball and track and field at Clark Atlanta, where she also plans to major in psychology.
Walking around the immense Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library with Keenon McCloy ’86, who has been the Director of the Memphis Public Libraries since 2008, you begin to notice something: she is excited to say hello to everyone who works there. What you discover is that everyone is happy to see her, say hello, and begin a conversation. You might chalk that up to employees being nice to their boss, but it’s not that. They are clearly enthusiastic about their jobs and McCloy.
Some people dress to impress, but in the case of Miller Johnson ’21, it’s her dresses that impress! Her AP Drawing portfolio is a collection of drawings of beautifully intricate children’s dresses. After she finished drawing her own childhood dresses, she collaborated with Hutchison parent Allison Frazier, owner of Frances Rose Boutique, and mother to Lila ’30 and Mary ’33.
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.
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?
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.