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Posted Thursday, Apr 13, 2017 

The nominations for this year’s Betty Buckley Awards (given for excellence in high school theatre) have been announced.  Two TVS students have been nominated for their work on the Upper School musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 

Amanda Fisk is nominated for Best Lighting Design.

Margaret Shumate is nominated for Best Sound Design.

Please congratulate these students when you see them!

Winners will be announced at the Betty Buckley Awards Ceremony scheduled to be held the evening of Thursday, May 25 at Casa Mañana Theater in Fort Worth.

Posted Friday, Apr 7, 2017 

More than 374,000 students, mostly HS and also MS mathletes, competed in the biggest nationwide math competition AMC 10/12 designed for HS students.

From AMC 10/12, only 2,300 mathletes advanced to American Invitational Math Exam (AIME).

From AIME, only 488 mathletes are advancing to USA Junior Math Olympiad (208) and USA Math Olympiad (280), based on combined scores of AMC 10/12 and AIME.

Jacob David (7th grade) is advancing to USA Junior Math Olympiad with following rankings:

Jacob's AMC 10 Ranking 2017:

9th among all 7th grade students nationwide

46th among all MS students nationwide

190th among all HS & MS students nationwide

 

AIME 2017 stats are not out yet. 

Based on AIME 2016 scores, Jacob would have following AIME rankings:

6th among all 7th-grade students nationwide

19th among all MS students nationwide

284th among all HS students nationwide

Thank you so much for your support for Mathcounts Club!

Posted Thursday, Apr 6, 2017 

TVS 8th grader Kishan Kalaria competed in the 29th annual State of Texas National Geographic Bee. Kishan, who won the TVS Nat Geo Bee back in January, was one of only 100 students across the entire state of Texas who qualified for today's competition. After the preliminary rounds this morning, Kishan was one of only 18 students with a perfect score and later competed in a tiebreaker round. After the tiebreaker, Kishan finished the competition tied for 13th in the entire state! We are incredibly proud of Kishan! When you see him next, please congratulate him and wish him luck in his future endeavors. 

Kishan will compete in the National Championship for the Junior Varsity division of the US Geography Olympiad in Arlington, Virginia on April 21 as well as in the National Championship for the Middle School division of the US Geography Olympiad in Chicago, Illinois on May 28-29.

Posted Monday, Apr 3, 2017 

A huge congratulations to our MS art students who competed in this years PSAI (Private School Art Invitational) contest!

Bill Buck and Melissa Black entered the following from TVS:

5th grade:
Ashton Green (watercolor of our school)
Winn Smith (drawing of our school)

6th grade:
Bobby Rogers (colorful circles inspired by Kandinsky)
Katie Anderson (collagraph)

7th grade:
Kaela Buffington (colorful self portrait)
Mallory Hill (rose print)

8th grade:
Walker Bowerman (image transfer with watercolor)
Emma DeHart (black and white self portrait)
Emma DeHart received 1st place in for 2D from 8th grade
Bobby Rogers received Honorable Mention for 2D from 6th grade

Congratulations young artists!

Posted Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 

More than 250 schools (public, private, charter etc.) and 2,000 mathletes competed across the great state of Texas in the Regional Mathcounts Competitions. Seventy-seven schools and close to 300 mathletes advanced to the State Mathcounts Competition which was held in Austin, TX on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

1.  TVS Team Ranked 4th in the State of Texas
(Team members: Jacob David, Raj Baweja, Michael Solomon, and Justin Im)

2.  3rd year in a row, TVS has been the only private school in the top 10
(next private school this year was The Hockaday School, Dallas with 19th rank)

3.  TVS continues to be the top most team in the entire North Texas.

Following TVS mathletes are in the top 20% as individuals:
1. Jacob Devid  11th
2. Raj Baweja  29th
3. Michael Solomon  42nd
4. Justin Im  51st

Kishan Kalaria competed as an individual mathlete.

Thank you so much for your support for the Mathcounts Club!

Posted Friday, Mar 10, 2017 

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represented less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
 
The following students have completed the detailed scholarship application, in which they provided information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received, and have recently been named National Merit Finalists. Please join us in offering our congratulations.
 

National Merit Finalists
Lara Turan
Fintan Browne
William Dou
Timothy Im
Brian Liao
William Pickell

Posted Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 

Trinity Valley students participated in the PSIA District Contest at Pantego Christian Academy, on Friday and Saturday, March 3rd and 4th.  Congratulations to the students who entered, and best wishes to those who will move on to compete at the PSIA State level in April!

Results in District Contest – March 3rd and 4th
Storytelling, 2nd 
Aditi Srikanth – 1st Place*
Thrisha Sukesh – 2nd Place*
 
Spelling, 2nd Grade 
Thrisha Sukesh – 1st Place*
Aditi Srikanth – 2nd Place*
Saanvi Pathikonda
 
Spelling, 3rd Grade
Saawan Duvvuri
 
Mathematics, 3rd Grade
Max McGuirk – 1st Place*
Nathan Charette – 2nd Place*
Saawan Duvvuri
 
Mathematics, 4th Grade
Jimmy Rosell – 1st Place*
Sameer Bhatti – 2nd Place*
Madeline Spence – 6th Place
 
Number Sense, 4th Grade
Tejas Sukesh – 1st Place*
Neal Shrestha – 2nd Place*
Caden George – 3rd Place
 
Spelling, 5th Grade 
Nicholas Charette – 1st Place*
Molly Worsley – 6th Place
Campbell Martin
 
Ready Writing, 5th Grade
Drew Corder
Channing Pinkos
Charlie White
 
Ready Writing, 8th Grade
Will Lourcey – 1st Place*
Reagan Fitzgerald
Rowen Kliethermes

*Will participate in the State Contest at TCU, Saturday, April 29th

Posted Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017 

Two of our TVS students placed in the Kay Granger Annual Congressional Art Show last weekend. Many schools in the area submitted artwork – over 100 entries. There were five awards, and TVS students took home two of them!

Abby Sahs (10th grade) won 3rd place in drawing

Sammy Russell (12th grade) won 5th place in photography

Posted Monday, Mar 6, 2017 

Last weekend our performance company represented TVS for the first time at a dance competition. The dancers competed at Kids Artistic Review held at Will Rogers Auditorium. They entered 3 small group dances (ballet, jazz, and lyrical performances), each receiving 1st place in their age division and category!

In the Overall Awards (includes all styles of dance and 3 age divisions), their jazz dance, "False Alarm," placed 1st Overall and received a Judges' Choice Award. Their lyrical performance, "Silhouette," received 2nd Place Overall. What an amazing start to our competitive dance program!

Please congratulate these dancers on an amazing performance:

Lower School:
Isabel Gonzalez 

Middle School:
Claire Dacy
Ariana George 
Calista Gonzalez
Mallory Hill
Annabel Purifoy
Eleanor Walker
Jessica Wu

Upper School:
Adelaide Lovett
Emily Reynolds

Posted Monday, Mar 6, 2017 
Last weekend, four TVS students competed in the 3-day North/Central Texas Scholastic Chess Championships:  Ben Hayward (10th), Devan Dave (6th), Adam Bhaloo (6th), and Carson Ng (4th).  Devan Dave won individual 5th place for Middle School Junior Varsity U900 section and Carson Ng won individual 2nd place for Elementary Junior Varsity U800 section.  The team of Adam Bhaloo and Devan Dave took 5th-place team for Middle School Junior Varsity U900 section. Join us in congratulating these students!
Posted Friday, Mar 3, 2017 
The National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, March 1, in the Seleny Theatre. Ten seniors and forty-six juniors were inducted into membership. The Upper School Choir performed before and a reception was held for friends and families of the new members following the event. Guest speakers were Will Pickell, Olivia Schoening, Lara Turan, John Clay and Mr. Ian Craig, Head of School.
Posted Friday, Mar 3, 2017 

We are THRILLED to announce that Will Lourcey won the Regional Spelling Bee and earned a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! In May, he will compete in Washington, D.C. During twenty-four rounds, Will spelled words such as "crescive", "erbium", and "bobidil". He battled twenty-four of North Texas' best spellers in a nail-biting competition at TCU. Congratulations to Will!

See link and video:

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/article136133703.html

http://ireader.olivesoftware.com/Olive/iReader/StarTelegramPress/SharedArticle.ashx?document=FWST%5C2017%5C03%5C03&article=Ar00204

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 athletic.net 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! 

Thanks,

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!

LOWER SCHOOL TOTAL FOR THE WEEK: 3,530 CANS
MIDDLE SCHOOL TOTAL FOR THE WEEK: 3,657 CANS
UPPER SCHOOL TOTAL FOR THE WEEK: 9,796 CANS

GRAND TOTAL: 16,983 CANS TO BE DONATED TO THE TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK

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.

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