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Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 
We are pleased to announce that Amanda Fisk’s poem “The Red Land” has been chosen as winner of Thalia’s Annual John Graves Award. Honorable Mentions: Amanda Fisk’s “The Night” and Jacqueline Reynolds’ “Ute Park, New Mexico.”

Congratulations, students!
This year’s judge was Lisa Fay Coutley. Lisa Fay Coutley’s debut collection, Errata, was chosen by Adrienne Su as a winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition, and was published by Southern Illinois University Press in 2015. She is also the author of two chapbooks: In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Back-Talk (Articles Press, 2010), winner of the Rooms Chapbook Contest. Her poetry has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, scholarships to the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize. Her writing has been anthologized and published widely in publications such as Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, Gulf Coast, Poets & Writers, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net, and on Verse Daily. She earned her MA/MFA at Northern Michigan University, where she was poetry editor for Passages North, and her PhD in Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Utah, where she was poetry editor for Quarterly West. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Posted Monday, Feb 13, 2017 

This past weekend, TVS competed in the Jesuit Prep Invitational in Dallas, where Brian Liao and Hae Seong Lee won First Place in Policy debate! They also took Fourth andSixth place in Speaker Awards, respectively.

Friday morning, Brian and Hae Seong will be joined by Flavia Lima and Lara Turan for a trip to the frozen wasteland of Cambridge, MA, where they will all compete for a TOC bid. If Flavia and Lara win their bid, they will be officially qualified for the prestigious Tournament of Champions, and will become the first ever competitors from TVS in Public Forum debate!

Wish them all the best of luck!

Dr. J. Austin Johnson
Trinity Valley School
Instructor in English and Director of Speech and Debate

Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 
TVS fourth grader Carson Ng took 4th place in the Region II Chess Tournament for the K-6 Open section. This award came after the tournament director re-calculated tie breaking results, determining that Carson won a trophy. Be sure to give Carson a high-five when you see him!
Posted Friday, Feb 10, 2017 

Senior Ethan Phelps is ranked #1 among all high school athletes in Texas in the Indoor 800m Run.

A TVS 13-year student, Ethan has been listed as first in the definitive listing since his race at the University of Arkansas January 14.

Things could change a bit after this weekend, as the largest indoor track meet in Texas history started today at the Cowboys Indoor practice facility in Frisco. Ethan will not defend his 800m ranking as he is focused on the 1600m (mile) Saturday afternoon.

The Big-12 universities and various colleges are running in this Frisco meet Thursday and Friday, but then a monolithic high school meet begins Saturday with athletes from all over Texas and the south-central United States. Over 3,000 athletes have registered.

The indoor track in place is a replica of the NCAA Championship track at the University of Oregon. This being an official Cowboy facility, there is seating for over 12,000.

Also running in this meet are TVS senior Avery Davenport, freshman Diego Williams, freshman John Pitre, and others.

Posted Friday, Feb 3, 2017 

The following students’ creative and critical work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for a Scholastic Writing Award:

Gold Key: Poetry
Tom Bosworth’s group of poems: “Nighthawks,” “Night Owl,” “To and From the Pacific Theater,” “Challenger,” and “Winter Tracks”
Amanda Fisk, “Warmth”

Poetry Honorable Mention:
Amanda Fisk: “Daughters of St. Maria”
Serena Gandhi: “Ode to an Armadillo”

Gold Key Short Fiction:
Serena Gandhi, “Footsteps”

Gold Key Personal Essay/Memoir:
Amanda Fisk: “Threads”

Silver Key Personal Essay/Memoir:
Serena Gandhi, “Belated Birthday”

Honorable Mention Personal Essay/Memoir:
Martha Sudderth, “Migration”
Hae Seong Lee, “A Nomadic Presence”

Gold Key Critical Essays:
Hae Seong Lee, “Freud’s ‘The Uncanny’ as a Deconstructive Heuristic in Planet of the Apes”

Critical Essay Honorable Mention:
Tom Bosworth, “It is Not the End of the World as They Know It”

Congratulations, Tom, Amanda, Serena, Martha, and Hae Seong!

Posted Monday, Jan 16, 2017 

We are so proud of the accomplishments of several LS and MS students at the Ridglea Hills Chess Tournament this past Saturday.

3rd-grade student Max McGuirk received 2nd place in the “K-3 rated” bracket.

6th-grade student Adam Bhaloo received 3rd place in the “K-6 open” bracket.

And the tenacious threesome of Adam Bhaloo, 6th grader Devan Dave, and 4th grader Carson Ng took home 1st place for TVS in the “K-6 open” team competition.

One of our great TVS Chess fans had this to share about the team performance: "An interesting side note to our 1st-place team victory is that our team of 3 TVS kids bested the 2nd-place team which had 7 players. That means our kids had to basically win twice as many games as the 2nd-place team in order to rack up the necessary points to win the championship."

Way to go gentlemen – what a performance!

Posted Monday, Jan 16, 2017 

At the Winston Churchill Classic in San Antonio, Junior Ronak Gandhi performed in finals in Student Congress and Senior Lara Turan went to quarterfinals in Domestic Extemporaneous Speech. Freshman Diego Williams teamed for his first debate tournament ever with Preston Robertson in Championship Policy to promising results. We hope to see more from him in the future.

The biggest news from this weekend is twofold, however. First, Senior Brian Liao’s partner was unable to join him for his partners-only event, Championship Policy debate. Never one to back down from a challenge, Brian went solo against a handful of two-person teams to receive both a perfect record and a Second Place speaker award for his performance.

Second, Junior Flavia Lima and Senior Lara Turan took Second Place in Public Forum debate and secured a bid for the most prestigious debate tournament in America, the Tournament of Champions! This is the FIRST PF TOC BID in TVS history and is the culmination of years of preparation and dedication. Please send your congratulations to them both. In addition, Flavia and Lara received Ninth and Second Place speaker awards in Public Forum, respectively, for the grace and clarity of their speeches.

Thanks for all your support and encouragement, and, please, pass your congratulations on to all these students!

Posted Monday, Jan 16, 2017 

The following students have qualified for positions in the OAKE Honor Choirs.
To qualify, each student made an audition recording that is quite exacting…and nerve-racking.
Congratulations to all!

OAKE Honor Choir…Childrens’ Choir
4th Grade
Grace Gibson
Mallory Turner
Kelton Finley
Ava Casto
Jessica Lucas
Kate Demchuk

5th Grade
Eleanor Walker
Juliet Koechel
Berkeley Moore
Ben Gerstle
Abby Everett
Gaby Kremer

OAKE Honor Choir…Youth Choir
6th Grade
Megha Duvvuri
Ava Dias
Eli Looney
Saidelle Norgaard
Ren Finley
Bobby Rogers
Sarah Willmann
Luke Snow

8th Grade
Sarah Ebrahim
Sophie Fine
Caroline Sloter

Upper School…Women’s Choir
Abby Gerstle
Taylor Henry
Morgan Nealy
Caroline Phelps
Mollie Sloter

Upper School…Chamber Ensemble
Chris Clark
Sarah Clark
Andrew Ekins

TMEA (TX Mus. Educators) All-State Orchestra…San Antonio in Feb.
Tim Im, Violin…4th year in a row!

TPSMEA (Private School) All-State Orchestra: Dallas in Jan.
Preston Robertson, Violin

TPSMEA All-State Choir: Dallas in Jan.
Chris Clark
Sarah Clark
Abby Gerstle
Ina Lee

TPSMEA Region Choir: Abilene in Jan.
Taylor Matthews, alto

TPSMEA Region Treble Choir: Abilene in Jan.
Lulu Wu, alto
Serena Gandhi, alto

Posted Thursday, Dec 8, 2016 
Posted Monday, Dec 5, 2016 
This week (Dec. 5th-11th) is National Computer Science Week!

To celebrate and spread awareness, Middle School students will take turns coding in the cafeteria (in 10-min increments) during their lunch hour.  The screen, projector, and computer will be set up for all to see.

In addition, we had a small group of students in grades 5-8 participating in an Hour of Code Event.  This event was synchronized with students from the Texas A&M STEM program.  We collaborated with them by coding together from 11:30-12:15 today, Thursday, Dec. 8th.  Our events were streamed to each other via Skype from our Upper School Computer Science Lab.
Posted Monday, Nov 28, 2016 

I’m excited to bring you all an update on the TVS Debate team’s performance for the month of November!

On the weekend of November 5th, Junior Ronak Gandhi took Fourth Place in Student Congress and Fifth Place in Original Oratory at Byron Nelson High School, and his fellow Junior Samer Majeed was a semifinalist in Student Congress. Meanwhile, Brian Liao teamed with first-time Policy Debater Flavia Lima to go to semifinals in Policy Debate.

The next weekend at Hockaday, Joey Cascino and Lara Turan went to semifinals in Domestic Extemporary, while Flavia Lima brought home Sixth Place in that event. In Policy Debate, Brian Liao and Hae Seong Lee went to Quarterfinals, while Flavia Lima and Lara Turan took Thirteenth Place in Public Forum. Lara Turan also brought home a Third Place Speaker Award in Public Forum.

This weekend, Hae Seong, Brian, Flavia and Lara will be joined by Thor Truelson and Preston Robertson at the University of Texas Longhorn Classic tournament. Wish them luck! 


Dr. J. Austin Johnson
Trinity Valley School
Instructor in English and Director of Speech and Debate

Posted Friday, Nov 18, 2016 

Here are the canned food drive totals - Upper School wins The Golden Can!



The TVS 2016 Canned Food drive raised 16,983 cans. This is over 1500 more cans than last year. Our theme was “We CAN do it!” and helped to emphasize the themes of dignity and gratitude the Upper School has been exploring this school year. All proceeds benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serves more than 50,000 individuals in a typical week and more than 53,000 households in a typical month. Trinity Valley Upper School students often volunteer at TAFB, helping with Quality Control (sorting/packing food), the community garden, the community kitchen, and the mobile food pantry.

Special thanks go out to Aldi Supermarket. The Hulen store donated 24 cases of canned goods to our drive.

Posted Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 

Last night's Inaugural Writer's Harvest Reading was a success! Tom Bosworth, Amanda Fisk, Jae Rhee, Martha Sudderth, Don Carlson, and Danielle Sellers read poetry and fiction. The headliners were TVS dad and TCU professor Alex Lemon, and fiction writer and TCU professor Matthew Pitt. Not only was it a night of literary brilliance, it was also a night of helping others! A total of 321 cans were donated for the canned food drive. Congratulations on the beautiful evening to all who read, and thank you for helping others!

Posted Friday, Nov 11, 2016 

Samantha Jancosek (12), Alexander Roemer (10), and Riley Hamilton (9) participated Friday, November 11, in a Shakespeare monologue competition held at the University of Dallas as part of the university's second biennial Shakespeare Conference. The TVS performers competed among 17 students representing five schools, including Bishop Dunne, Bishop Lynch, Faustina Academy, and Cistercian Prep. The Trinity Valley three were the only participants from the same school to advance past the first round, and Samantha and Riley ultimately won first and third places, respectively. Both received public recognition and monetary awards. Moreover, Samantha performed her winning monologue as Joan of Arc from the first part of Henry VI on stage that evening for the audience that had gathered to see the UD Drama Department's performance of As You Like It. Congratulations to all three fine Trojans!

Posted Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 

MS Trojan Mathletes competed in the 13th-annual, Spurs-sponsored Statewide Mathcounts Competition at AT&T Center, San Antonio on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Following are the top 10 team and individual ranks:

Team Rank: 4th 

Team Members: Jacob David, Raj Baweja, Kishan Kalaria, Michael Solomon

Individual Ranks:
Jacob David: 5th
Raj Baweja: 9th

Justin Im, Martin Krylov, and Bobby Rogers competed as individuals.

Thank you for your support for the Mathcounts Club!

Posted Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016 
Congratulations to the Trojan Field Hockey Team on finishing the regular season undefeated in SPC North Zone Conference games!!! Overall the Trojans are 12-1-5 and are in great position to CONTEND at the SPC Championships this weekend.
Posted Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 

What a mathematics-filled day for TVS students on Oct. 27!

First, twelve fabulous TVS students participated in an intriguing lecture titled, "Brain Rhythms in Health and Disease," by Dr. Nancy Kopell from Boston University sponsored by the American Mathematical Society.  Then came the competition portion.  Earlier this month Shruti Sahu and Harris To were one of eight in our area to qualify for a "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?" contest.  The AMS holds 8-10 of these contests each year throughout the USA.  After fierce competition, Harris To won his round and moved up to the finals.  In the finals, he quickly answered the final question.  With his win, he also received a check for $1000. 

The entire day was a splendid success.  TVS students asked probing questions, eagerly participated, and experienced excellent mathematics.  William Dou said, "I doubt I'll ever have the opportunity to eat a cookie with an integral sign on it." Ms. Burkhead hopes that he is wrong.

Posted Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 

First, 12 fabulous TVS students participated in an intriguing lecture titled, "Brain Rhythms in Health and Disease," by Dr. Nancy Kopell from Boston University sponsored by the American Mathematical Society.  Then came the competition portion.  Earlier this month Shruti Sahu and Harris To were two of eight in our area to qualify for a "Who Wants to Be a Mathematician?" contest.  The AMS holds 8-10 of these contests each year throughout the USA.  After fierce competition, Harris To won his round and moved up to the finals.  In the finals, he quickly answered the final question.  With his win, he also received a check for $1000. 

The entire day was a splendid success.  TVS students asked probing questions, eagerly participated, and experienced excellent mathematics.  William Dou said, "I doubt I'll ever have the opportunity to eat a cookie with an integral sign on it."  (Pics attached.)  Ms. Burkhead hopes that he is wrong.

Posted Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016 
Private School All-State Choir finals:
3rd place in Texas: Chris Clark, baritone
5th place                Abby Gerstle, soprano
16th place              Ina Lee, alto 2
20th place              Taylor Matthews (rookie alto freshman!)

These singers made it into all-state choir!
A programming anomaly in the All-State Choir judging skewed the initial results.  After corrections were made, Sarah Clark’s scores proved to be high enough to qualify her for All-State Choir.  There was lots of squealing and cheering and dancing around the room.
She and Lulu Wu qualified for Region Treble Choir.
The competition gets tougher every year…these students worked hard and came in for their recording sessions very well-prepared.  Congrats to all of them.
Posted Monday, Oct 17, 2016 
Justin Im, Preston Robertson, Ethan Phelps, Sarah Clark, and Tim Im (and Graham Lee- not pictured) played for the Youth Orchestra (FWYO) yesterday at the Murchinson Performing Arts Center at The University of North Texas. The performance of the Symphony No. 5 Minor, Opus 64 was powerful and beautiful. Our students performed at an exceptional level and we are so proud of their hard work!
Posted Thursday, Oct 6, 2016 
Posted Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 


Alec Reyes #5 of the JV football team scores to help the team defeat Greenhill last Saturday!

Posted Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016 

You are cordially invited to the opening reception for eight of our upper school students that traveled to New Mexico earlier this summer.  These students spent 10 days travelling to various locations in New Mexico and then spent three days at Santa Fe clay immersed in a clay workshop.  This art show celebrates their creative processes through photography and ceramics.  The following students will be exhibiting their work in the Upper School gallery library Thursday, September 29th from 6:00pm-7:00pm. 

Connor Browne

Dacy Distler

Abigail McGowen

Hannah Nedrelow

Ashley Riemitis

Misty Roten

Laura St John

Aris Wells


We look forward to seeing you.

Jo-Ann Mulroy and Marcy Roten

Posted Monday, Sep 26, 2016 

I’m thrilled to report our best weekend so far this year at the Lindale High School TFA Tournament.

Junior Joey Cascino brought home Fourth Place in Congressional Debate.

Junior Ronak Gandhi earned Second Place in Congressional Debate and Second Place in Original Oratory. 

Junior Kerry MacKenzie took Sixth Place in Domestic Extemporary Speech. 

Senior Lara Turan brought back a Second Place trophy for Domestic Extemporary Speech.

And the Junior/Senior team of Flavia Lima and Lara Turan brought home their first ever First Place trophy in Public Forum debate and qualified to State Public Forum!

Joining us for the first time this week were Akshay Sharma and Alex David who represented the Freshman class in Novice Public Form. Give them a big hand for starting out in a whole new world of debate! Also new to Congressional debate was Junior Samer Majeed! Last week at the Lovejoy High School Tournament, we welcomed the sophomore team of Paul Braymen and Kate Liao to Public Forum Debate as well. We expect great things from all these newcomers in the year to come!

Dr. J. Austin Johnson
Trinity Valley School
Instructor in English and Director of Speech and Debate

Posted Thursday, Sep 15, 2016 
Fintan Browne, William Dou, Timothy Im, Brian Liao, William Pickell, and Lara Turan have each qualified as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Competition. We are so proud of these seniors! National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in April.
Posted Monday, Sep 5, 2016 

Congratulations! Jae Haeng Rhee’s work, "Self Defense", has been selected for the Art.Write.Now.Tour 2016–17, the national traveling exhibition of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. This is one of the 60 pieces comprising the collection. Curated by Johanna Burton, the Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement at the New Museum in New York City, this is a traveling show and will be in the state of Texas this winter.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
November 1, 2016-January 2, 2017

Posted Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016 
The TVS Community Partners Program will be honored by ACH Child and Family Services, a local non-profit that has been part of our Community Partners Program for several years!

ACH Child and Family Services has developed its own Community Partners program to identify organizations that have been involved with them through the donation of time, talent, and treasure.

The TVS Community Partners Program is one of five organizations, and the only school that is being recognized in the inaugural year of presenting this award.

From Kirsten Murphy, LS librarian and head of the Community Partners Program: "I am so appreciative to the Once Upon a Time Foundation, which makes it possible for us to have the Community Partners Program here at TVS; to the amazing teachers who have worked in this program with me; and to our phenomenal students who choose to participate in this program, who learn about our community, and who are setting the stage to improve our world as young philanthropists.
"Our CPP motto is: You can make a difference. I can make a difference. Together we can make an IMPACT. I am grateful to be part of the impact that we are making by offering this program to our students."
Posted Monday, Aug 22, 2016 
This summer TVS juniors Samer Majeed, Piper Odom, and Jolene Pumphrey participated in The National Youth Leadership Forum in Medicine at UCLA Medical Center. They attended multiple medical sessions, got hands-on in the simulation center, and explored medical school!
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