List of 5 news stories.

  • Brett Gutstein '13 Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    SJS Alumnus Brett Gutstein '13 was awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for graduate studies on Friday, February 16. Brett is one of 35 American students who have been selected to study at the University of Cambridge in England. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from Rice University last year and will complete his master's degree in computer science from Rice in May.

    According to a news release from Rice University, "the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, established with a donation of $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge, is given to only 1 percent of approximately 5,000 applicants for the prestigious program each year. Gutstein is the second Rice graduate student to receive this honor." His goal is to use the scholarship "in support of humanitarian and societal issues, including protecting the environment, defending human rights, improving global health and effectively regulating technology."

    Brett is back on campus this semester assisting as a teaching aid in the Programming Data Structures class led by SJS Chief Information Office Jeff Ritter. To read more about Brett and the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, please click here:

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  • Winter SPC- Final Results

    Congratulations to all SPC participants. 2017-2018 final team results:
    Boys' Basketball (S4): 66-55 loss vs Oakridge (N5); 62-35 win vs St. Stephen's (S6); 55-44 win vs John Cooper (S5)- 9th place finish.
    Girls' Basketball (S5): 39-35 win vs Hockaday (N4); 50-20 loss vs Kinkaid (S1); 38-32 win vs St. Andrews (S3)- 5th place finish.
    Boys' Soccer (S3): 1-0 win vs FWCD (N6); 1-0 OT loss vs. St. Mark's (N2); 3-2 loss vs Cistercian (N4)- 7th place finish.
    Girls' Soccer (S2): 5-1 win vs Greenhill (N3); 4-0 win vs ESD (N1); 3-2 loss vs Kinkaid (S1) SPC Runner-up.
    Girls' and Boys' Swimming & Diving: Girls' SPC Champions! Boys' SPC Champions!
    Wrestling: SPC Champions!
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  • All School Chapel: Rise Up

    The entire St. John's community met in Liu Court on Thursday morning for All School Chapel. The theme of this year's gathering was "rising up." After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey last semester, students in Class 5 listened to Andra Day's inspirational song Rise Up. The students were then asked to express what they think it means to rise up after experiencing adversity. This question traveled through the School, and students made their own personal definitions of rising up. Some students created artwork, while others wrote about helping each other overcome difficult times of trial.

    During All School Chapel, the crowd watched a video that featured students explaining what rising up means to the St. John's and Houston communities. In addition, Upper School Terpsichore used dance as their form of expression and gave a live performance to the song Rise Up. Headmaster Mark Desjardins then recognized a faculty member who truly epitomizes the spirit of rising up. After a motorcycle accident left Upper School teacher Erol Turk paralyzed last year, he has persistently progressed during his daily rehab visits and returned to campus last week to do what he loves most: working with students. Headmaster Desjardins officially welcomed him back to his St. John's home and awarded him the T.C. Evans Award. This award is given to a member of the St. John's family who has best exemplified devotion to the School through spirited and continuous support of its activities.

    Click here to watch the livestream video of All School Chapel.
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  • Reception for Rhodes Scholar Xavier Gonzalez ’14

    St. John's welcomed Xavier Gonzalez ’14 back to campus on Thursday to congratulate him on being named a 2018 Rhodes Scholar. Xavier's family and friends were all in attendance as well as his former SJS classmates, teachers, and coaches. During the reception, Xavier said he was "grateful for the opportunity to go to this incredible school." He went on to say how strongly he believes in the School's mission "to educate the whole person for life by continued service and leadership to Houston and the wider world." Finally, Xavier gave special thanks to his former math teacher, Dwight Raulston ’71, for writing his recommendation letter to Oxford and for his "invaluable support and advice." Xavier is the fourth graduate from St. John's to be named a Rhodes Scholar.

    St. John's would like to congratulate Xavier Gonzalez ’14 who was named a Rhodes Scholar on November 18, 2017 to study at Oxford University beginning in October 2018. Xavier is currently a senior at Harvard University studying mathematics. He is one of 32 students (four of which were from Harvard) to receive the prestigious scholarship. Xavier plans to get his Masters in Science by research in Mathematics from Oxford.

    In addition to his 4.0 GPA, Xavier plays on the varsity men’s tennis team for Harvard and is a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen. It did not take long for Xavier to be recognized for both his academic and athletic talents at Harvard. In September of his freshman year, Xavier was awarded the USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award at the US Open. In his profile for the Rhodes Scholarship, Xavier said his goals are to “promote the public interest in math and to use math and its methods to promote the public interest.”

    St. John's will be hosting an event on campus on December 21 to congratulate Xavier on this outstanding accomplishment and to wish him well at Oxford next year. To read more about Xavier's story, please click the links below.

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  • Lower School Christmas Chapel

    Faculty, staff, family, and friends gathered in St. John the Divine on Wednesday morning to watch the Lower School's annual Christmas Chapel. This year's theme was centered around classic Christmas books like How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, and The Christmas Story. In between songs, students spoke about the history of each book and what makes it meaningful. The performance ended with a special appearance from Santa himself. As always, the festive holiday music was a perfect way to bring the semester to a close.
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