• June

    The Review Sweeps Lone Star Awards

    The Houston Press Club has announced the results of the annual Lone Star Awards, and editors of The Review swept the student print news or feature story category, which was open to college and high school publications.

    First place went to Executive Editor Dani Yan '18 for his story on Evan '18 and Steve Hammerman's water rescue missions during Harvey: “Deliverance: How a father-son duo decided to brave Harvey’s waters.” Yan, a four-year veteran of The Review, will be attending Duke University in the fall.

    Second place went to assignment editor Sophie Caldwell's special report on the importance of consent education: “Culture of Silence: How a lack of consent education harms high school students.” Caldwell, a rising senior, was recently named one of two Editors-in-chief for 2018-2019.

    A trio of editors shared third place for their team reporting on school safety and security. Executive Editor Dani Yan, Online Editor-in-chief Emily Chen '18, and copy editor Sophie Gillard wrote “Locked Down: Campus security changes prove vital," which was the cover story for the January issue, just five weeks before the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Chen, who spent four years on The Review, will be attending Brown University in the fall. Gillard, a rising senior, will become news editor next year.
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  • May

    Genson Hooper-Price

    Mavericks Shine on SPC Saturday

    Sunshine and Mavericks made for a good mix on SPC Saturday. Boys' Track and Field won their second SPC championship in the last three years and Girls' Tennis joined Girls' Golf for back-to-back spring season titles.
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  • 2018 Girls' Golf SPC Champions!

    SPC Record Champs!

    Maverick Girls' Golf started the final round of the SPC tournament with a 24 shot lead and almost doubled it for SPC record score of 615 and a back to back SPC Championship. Christine Wang shot the two lowest scores for each round (71, 70). Denise Pan had a pair of 72's and May McCabe shot 77 in the final round to join Wang and Pan with All SPC honors. Runner-up Hockaday finished with 660 points. Led by All SPC Sean O'Neal's 79/73 performance, St. John's Boys finished fourth (643). For complete scores and results please click here.
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  • April

    Class 7 Stratostar Balloon Launch

    On Friday, April 20, Class 7 students traveled to Hohlt Park in Brenham, TX, to launch 33 science experiments to the stratosphere aboard four weather balloons. The balloons reached altitudes as high as 98,000 feet. While most came down near Conroe, one balloon traveled 160 miles and landed at the Texas/Louisiana border.

    The project came about in December 2016 when the Class 7 science teachers, Ms. Gant and Mr. White, started chatting with the Middle School Technology Specialist, Dr. Hemenway, about the weather unit curriculum. The teachers wanted to make it more interesting and authentic, while adhering to the fundamental goal of the science program: for students to learn the scientific process, design experiments, identify variables, analyze data, and communicate results to a broader audience. After extensive research, the teachers chose to partner with Stratostar because students could further their study of weather while also developing their experimental design skills. By using weather balloons as a launch vehicle, the students were given the opportunity to collect data in conditions that would be difficult to replicate in the classroom.

    Each balloon was launched with three payload boxes. One of the boxes handled the telemetry for the system. The other two boxes contained student-designed experiments from all fields of science, some of which included:

    • Examining genetic mutations in bacteria exposed to high levels of UV radiation at altitude
    • Measuring the electric generation performance of solar panels at different altitudes
    • Sampling VOC levels in the different layers of the atmosphere
    "We chose to work with Stratostar because, first of all, the prospect of launching weather balloons to 90,000 ft. is very interesting and awe-inspiring. More importantly, though, we were drawn to this project because it would give our students the chance to design their own scientific experiments and allow them to participate authentically in the scientific process, rather than just complete a lab from a textbook," said Mr. White. He also appreciated the support of Philip Cannon, who was "instrumental in going to bat for this project in order to secure the funds."

    To watch a video of the launch, click here. To see stats on the balloon flights, click here.
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  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day

    We enjoyed hosting our Grandparents and Special Friends on campus Friday! Visitors gathered in Flores Hall for a light breakfast before watching a performance by Kindergarten, Class 1, 6, and 9 students in the VST. Everyone was "walking on sunshine" by the time it was over. Afterwards, volunteers guided guests to the Fine Arts Annex to get a photo in the one of the photo booths, and faculty members welcomed the visitors to their rooms for classroom visits.

    A special thank you goes to all of the Grandparents Day Parents' Guild volunteers for making it such a successful event.

    Unable to attend the event? Click here to watch the Grandparents Day performance.
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  • Lexi Lozano '18 Awarded Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

    Lexi Lozano '18 is one of 106 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s College Scholarship Program. This highly competitive national scholarship will provide Lexi with up to $40,000 annually to complete her bachelor’s degree. In addition to the monetary award, she will receive comprehensive educational advising from foundation staff to guide her through the processes of transitioning to campus and preparing for her career. The foundation will additionally provide opportunities for internships, study abroad, and graduate school funding, as well as connection to a thriving network of 2,300 fellow Cooke Scholars and alumni.

    This year, over 5,000 students applied for the Cooke College Scholarship. Many of these students were identified through a partnership with the College Board, which connects scholarship organizations to students through their participation in the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10. The foundation evaluated each submission based on academic ability, persistence, leadership, and service to others. Engineering, political science and government, biological science, and physics are the most popular fields of study among the cohort.

    Click here for a full list of the 2018 Cooke College Scholars, including the high schools and states they represent. Congratulations, Lexi!
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  • March

    Texas French Symposium students along with French teacher Shelley Stein celebrate onstage with the team's first place trophy.

    SJS Wins First Place at Texas French Symposium

    Félicitations to the SJS French students who won first place at the Texas French Symposium for the first time since first competing in 2012. Not only did the SJS team win first place overall, but four SJS students placed among the top ten individual point winners of the competition: Jordan Fullen (first), Raunak Kundagrami (second), Charlotte Gillard (fourth) and Sophie Gillard (ninth). The 54th annual Texas French Symposium took place on March 23 and 24 at The Woodlands High School.

    From SJS, 27 students competed in categories from poetry and prose recitation to vocal and drama groups and even quiz bowl. They submitted artwork including watercolor, a short film and a scrapbook inspired by this year's theme of Les Années Folles (The Roaring 20s). The statewide competition drew some 800 students from 38 different schools. The following students won first-place medals for individual categories: Jordan Fullen, Charlotte Gillard, Margaret Gorman, Sophia Kontos, Raunak Kundagrami, Abigail Price, Tara Samson-Williams. Stay tuned for a complete list of winners.
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  • Coach Raper Selected Coach of the Year

    Congratulations to St. John's Swimming and Diving Head Coach Ron Raper for being selected as 2018 TISCA State Private School Swimming Coach of the Year.  Coach Raper led the Mavericks to two SPC titles this past season. Both the Girls' and Boys' teams won for the first time in the history of the St. John's swimming program.
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  • February

    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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