Student films produced in Mr. Melchinger’s video classes last spring were entered into the 2020 All American High School Film Festival, and three films earned high honors! Margaret ('21) and Ella ('21)'s "Afterglow" was the winner in the "Claustrophobic Creativity" challenge of the September Film Invitational. Given four weeks from concept to delivery, Margaret and Ella were challenged to create a movie where the camera can't leave its one single room...and upped the ante by recording the five-minute movie in a single take, a "oner." Margaret and Ella have won $500 worth of software subscriptions and a trophy. "Tree Hugger," made by Brendan '24, Cate '24, Miko '23, Devon '24, Chidimma '22, Dani '23, and Will '23, and starring Peter Ziou, was honored as a Show Don't Tell Challenge NOMINEE. Margaret (21)'s hand-drawn animation "Just Like Me (Owl & Squirrel)" was an Official Selection for the Fest. Unable to work with live actors during the spring quarantine version of Advanced Video Production, Margaret hand-drew several hundred sheets, synced them to recorded dialogue, and made a cartoon about a friendship that transcends the owl's natural inclination to eat the squirrel. Congratulations to all our student filmmakers! Be sure to screen all of these films on the Arts Website: https://www.hopkinsarts.com/
Rehearsals for the HDA Maroon Week original production of "Boxes" got a big boost this past Tuesday when professional mask actors and directors from Vamos Theatre Company led the cast in a two hour long mask workshop. Vamos is a professional theater company based in Worchester, UK who create their own original mask productions, teach workshops and do community outreach. They have also been instrumental in helping Hopkins director, Michael Calderone, devise our own Hopkins mask show. "Boxes" is a series of non-speaking, masked vignettes based on responses Hopkins high schoolers gave to a simple survey about their quarantine experiences. Some of the scenarios are serious, many are humorous and all reflect some aspect of our shared experiences over the last six months. Creating a mask show like this seemed like a natural fit since students are already wearing PPE masks all the time making dialogue difficult. Having seen full-face character masked shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2016 and 2017, Calderone knew it would be an interesting, creative and safe way to explore a new form of theater. Three members of the Vamos company led the cast through basic mask exercises in Lovell via Zoom and then split into separate rooms to fine tune individual vignettes. HDA Maroon hopes to present "Boxes" the week before Thanksgiving break. Stay tuned as to how you can experience this poignant show.
Three Hopkins student-athletes have earned national recognition! For their hard work in the classroom and in the pool, Jon '22, Kate '21, and Andrew '22 were recently named USA Water Polo 2019-2020 Academic All-Americans. Each student earned a minimum 3.50 GPA last year.
Noah '21 recently won the 2020 Student Composers Competition, organized by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and sponsored by the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA). Noah and his winning submission, Riparian Reeds, will participate in a workshop with a professional reed quintet later this fall, during which a professional video of his piece will be recorded and then presented during a virtual performance in the Spring of 2021. Congratulations Noah!
This week and next the Maroon Key Board is hosting a fundraiser for Columbus House, a homeless shelter in New Haven. The Board is selling tickets in the Cafe for $1 each. Each ticket will go towards admission to an activity such as trash can soccer, football hula hoop throwing, and croquet mini golf! Come by the cafe to get your ticket and see all the prizes!
Congratulations to Lilly Fagan '20. The Italian Consulate and EduItalia recently awarded a scholarship to Lilly '20 to study for up to one month in Italy over the next year. Lilly, who made a 5 on the AP Italian Language and Culture exam this past May, was one of five students in the tristate area to be selected for this scholarship. Lilly is currently a first year student at Colby College. Congratulazioni Lilly!!
Hopkins School was unable to celebrate Prize Day in the spring of 2020. Today, however, we are pleased to announce our 2019–2020 prize recipients (Classes 2021-2025) virtually. Please join us in congratulating our well deserving prize recipients. Visit www.hopkins.edu/19-20awards to view a slideshow of the recipients.
The latest virtual assembly is now online! Visit Hopkins.edu/assemblies to watch.
Congratulations to Seniors (from left to right) Evan, Tyler, Jonathan, Suraj, William, Clay, Noah, and David! They were recently recognized nationwide as semifinalists based on their PSAT scores, representing the top 1% of U.S. high school seniors. To advance to finalist standing, semifinalists must complete an application, provide academic transcripts, write an essay, receive a recommendation from a school official, and earn an SAT score that confirms the PSAT performance. Finalists will become eligible for scholarships either through the National Merit Corporation, participating colleges and universities, or participating corporations.