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.
by Hutchison World Languages Chair Alejandra Lejwa
Many years ago, I sat in my office anxiously waiting for a parent who had signed up to see me during parent-teacher conferences. This particular student was doing great — straight “A”s in my AP Spanish class, so her father’s visit puzzled me.
At Hutchison, we recognize that extraordinary things can happen for a young girl when passion, talent, and opportunity meet. Therefore, it is our aim to present your daughter with numerous opportunities to discover and pursue her unique interests. With hard work and dedication, our girls are learning that their passion and talent can take them anywhere they can imagine. Just ask the young women spotlighted.
Vicki Koehn, middle school English teacher, offered a creative approach to practicing writing. At a critical point in learning to write, she gave her sixth grade girls an assignment to write a ten-chapter book about the subject they know best – themselves.
It seemed like a no-brainer. The beehives on Hutchison’s farm regularly yield a good supply of honey, and the upper school girls in the entrepreneur class, part of Hutchison Invests, were learning how to create and run businesses.
Cesar Salazar, one of Hutchison’s middle school Spanish teachers, recently received the “Microsoft Best Classroom” award for his outstanding and innovative integration of Colombian culture curriculum into the Spanish language education of his classroom.
These days, it’s easy to look at the Hutchison lacrosse team in awe. Over the past 15 years, the girls who have played lacrosse at Hutchison have combined skill, teamwork, and determination to build the best team in the city and state. The Hutchison Sting has captured seven consecutive Tennessee state lacrosse titles since 2010 and eight total state titles to date.
We are proud to announce that the Hutchison theatre department’s production of Beauty and the Beast has been nominated for four different awards this year by the Orpheum High School Musical Theater Awards.
For Julie Rim Huygen ’87, Hutchison’s 2017 Distinguished Alumna recipient, attending law school and working in politics were always in the cards. It turned out, however, that her route there was somewhat circuitous.
Hutchison girls of all ages visit our working farm regularly for a variety of unique learning opportunities. Today, in honor of International Women's Day, several classes joined school Horticulturist Mary Riddle for an early spring inspection of our school apiary where 50,000+ female honeybees currently reside.
Twenty-four high school girls from seven different schools are participating in the fourth annual Hutchison Leads Summit at the Kroc Center of Memphis as part of the Center for Excellence at Hutchison.
Through our Hutchison Leads program, senior Gracie Meeks participated in an internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women with a goal of gaining a real-life perspective on the daily life of a nurse in a hospital.
As part of our Hutchison Leads program, Gwen Jones '17 participated in a marketing internship with Official Mississippi RiverKings Hockey where she developed a strategy for improving attendance, participated in sales training, and became more familiar with fundraising. She was the only high school student among the cohort of interns.
After a successful varsity fall sports season, six of our Sting athletes were honored by being named to The Commercial Appeal's Best of the Preps team in one of four sports: soccer, volleyball, golf, or cross country.
In this classroom, there are no desks. Instead, there is a long, oval table. It has a name. It’s called a Harkness table. And when girls gather around the Harkness table, something exciting happens —they are engaged in learning.
Middle and upper school girls competed in the Annual Foreign Language Fair at the University of Memphis, where they won an incredible 69 awards. Upper School Spanish teacher Rosa Carter was named Foreign Language Teacher of the Year.
We would like to extend our special thanks to our golfers, sponsors, and our tournament planning committee who supported Hutchison athletics through our annual Golf Scramble tournament on Monday, May 2. Despite the rain early in the day, it turned out to be a great afternoon for the golf tournament at Chickasaw Country Club. We would also like to congratulate all of our teams on their successes especially our overall winning team including Chip Campbell, Jacob Biddle, Sean Bowie, and Drew Cain. Thank you for your continued support of Hutchison athletics. Go Sting!