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Introducing New College Counselor Tania Bradt

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The School’s College Counseling Office, previously comprised of College Counselors Kate Augus and Carrie Horsey, and College Counseling Assistant Mya Paul, expanded this summer to include Tania Bradt, who will serve as a third College Counselor.  While new to the School, Bradt has decades of college counseling and college admissions experience.  “Most recently, I used to work at UC Berkeley in the Admissions Office,” she said, “I… oversaw the entire operation, from applications, all the way through enrollment, which was really fascinating.”  In addition, she worked for seven years at Stanford University, “leading the diversity outreach efforts for the university,” and as college counselor in Florida.

On why she chose to join the School’s college counseling team, Bradt explained, “I wanted a school that took academic rigor really seriously, but also had a diverse and warm sort of community environment, which is exactly what Head-Royce offers… I think the tight-knit community matched with the powerful academic reputation of the institution, I think was something that really called to me.”

Describing her role in the School’s college counseling, Bradt continued, “I’ll be taking on a group of students in the senior class, and working with them very closely to sort of usher them through the process, and obviously work closely with Kate and Carrie… in terms of programing, setting the calendar, working with parents, and just the entire Head-Royce community.”  Bradt says she is most looking forward to “getting to know everyone… I think just seeing this place in action and come alive… is something that is very exciting.”

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Dana’s Cupcakes

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Junior Dana Gillis is well known around the School for her scrumptious cupcakes and equally sweet personality. Her cupcakes are a favorite class time treat, and she has now expanded her skills to form her own business: Dana’s Cupcakes.

Gillis notes that her passion for baking began from watching her mother, who is an avid baker. She says, “I’ve been baking my entire life… Freshman year I baked a lot of cupcakes for my classes, and I figured people might want to buy batches from me, so Dana’s Cupcakes was born.” Gillis reveals that her recipes are the result of “a lot of testing”. She says she “continually make[s] changes in order to get the best flavor, consistency, and moistness” that make her cupcakes so popular.

Gillis describes her passion as art form that benefits not just herself, but the people around her: “I like baking because it’s amazing how you can make something so delicious using different ingredients and cooking techniques. I love making people happy. When I give people cupcakes, it brightens their day and mine.”

Undoubtedly, managing both baking and school work is difficult. Gillis states that she tries to finish her homework as quickly as possible without procrastinating. She says, however, that “if you are passionate about something, you make the time…You just make it work.”

Although Gillis is not yet sure of whether Dana’s Cupcakes will continue once she graduates, she says that she “would love to continue baking… whether it’s for fun or it’s a business.”

Order cupcakes for yourself or your advising today at danascupcakes.weebly.com

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Upcoming Fall Television Program

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Atlanta

Created by and starring Donald Glover, this drama showcases the lives of two cousins living in Atlanta trying to break into the rap scene there. Glover plays Earnest, a Princeton dropout who now manages his talented cousin, Alfred or “Paper Boi.”  

 

The Exorcist– Premieres Friday, September 23

Based on the 1971 novel by William Blatty, The Exorcist is sure to please. As the title implies, this horror series is based on the life of a modern day exorcist who performs exorcisms on demonic spirits.

 

Frequency

After losing her father as a young girl, a police detective in contemporary New York discovers she can talk to her father in the past through his old HAM radio. She then warns him of his impending early death, which causes ripples in time and alters her reality in unprecedented ways.

 

The Good Place-Premieres Monday, September 19

Kristen Bell stars as a woman who has died and wrongly ends up in heaven. She then realizes that she’s been mistaken for someone else but is determined to shed her old ways and try to be good.

 

Marvel’s Luke Cage-Premieres Friday, September 30

Marvel puts another superhero character on the screen with Power Man. After an experiment goes wrong, Luke Cage escapes prison and becomes a superhero for hire. His alter-ego is Power Man, who has super-strength and durability.

 

No Tomorrow

Evie meets and falls for free-spirited Xavier after she realizes how controlled and organized her life is. While trying to find the secret to his free spirited lifestyle, Evie learns that Xavier believes the Earth is ending in eight months. It’s because of this fact that Xavier lives such a carefree life, guided by his “Apocolyst,” a list of things he wishes to do before the world ends.

 

Pitch-Premieres Thursday, September 22

An aspirational story of a young woman who becomes the first female pitcher to play in Major League Baseball.

 

Quarry

A Vietnam War veteran returns home to Memphis, Tennessee and finds that his war efforts are unappreciated. He cannot find a job, so he becomes a hitman.

 

This is Us-Premieres Tuesday, September 20

This is Us follows the lives of several people born on the same day. It explores their hardships and everything life brings their way in this slice of life drama.

 

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All School Presidents Henry Yeary and Max Sahlins Speaking at the All School Opener

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Go Pro Senior Fallout River Rafting 2016

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Upper School Teachers’ Practicum Dance at Barry Barankin’s Farewell Assembly

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March Madness

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Preview of Day of Dialogue

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As many Upper School students may remember that on March 31 we learned a lot about our community and the masks we wear. As a precursor to the actual Day of Dialogue in April, various community members including faculty and students set up a day for the community to start thinking about these important issues in our community. Ashanti Branch from the Ever Forward Club and Charis Denison of Pranja Consulting. Both individuals helped open a dialogue between students and faculty about the masks members of the community wear.

Both Branch and Denison led groups of students in activities that many believe brought us closer as a community.  In Branch’s group as well as Denison’s group community members sat in small groups filling in the statement: “You can’t tell by looking at me that ____.” While initially people were afraid to open up in such a seemingly public way, by the end of the sessions people were sharing some deep thoughts as well as heavy parts of their lives that they tend to keep hidden behind their masks. It was truly amazing how two outsiders, Branch and Denison, were able to come into our community and pry open the shell we find ourselves in quite often.

Hopefully the events of Thursday helped students and faculty better prepare for the actual Day of Dialogue soon to come.

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Lip Sync Review

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It is a tradition in the Upper School for each grade to perform a lip sync during spirit week. After receiving some backlash from last year’s Senior lip sync, the regulations surrounding appropriateness became stricter. Many students feared that the performances would not be as funny this year, but I think everyone agrees that all four grades lip syncs were a success.

Usually the freshman have the hardest time doing a lip sync because they are new to the Upper School and less well-known. This year’s freshman class was rumored to not even have a lip sync; nevertheless, they were able to bounce back and put on a great show. They poked fun at themselves as the babies of the Upper School by including the Kidz Bop version of the smash hit “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. Their act featured the recurrence of White Mike (Justin Feldman), and their dance was well coordinated and well rehearsed. They also incorporated a patriotic dance alluding to Donald Trump with plenty of whipping. The freshman definitely exceeded expectations. Their performance was pretty funny, but short. Next time, maybe make sure the music is set up correctly.

Overall Grade: B

 

Being a sophomore myself, I am not unbiased on the matter, but I would say they also did a good job. There was some laughter and many funny moments such as Sophomore Julian Garman showing off his flexibility while lip syncing to Adele. The lip sync included Sophomore Jake Benham reclaiming his role as “Pork Bunz.” The sophomores included a bit with an old and new Justin Bieber to highlight Sophomore Mitchell Bloemker’s uncanny resemblance to Justin. I think that the sophomores had some really clever, funny ideas, but they could have been more rehearsed.

Overall Grade: B+

 

After last year’s performance the junior class had high expectations to live up to, and they definitely met that high standard. Their lip sync was highlighted by the juniors boys’ rendition of FADE performance of “Classic Man” by Jidenna. The boys were clearly well rehearsed. Junior Isaiah Martin pushed the junior-senior rivalry by performing an unexpected rap dissing the seniors. The finale, however, was arguably the funniest part. Juniors AJ Stella and Henry Yeary performed an amazing rendition of Dirty Dancing with some of the same dance moves from the movie. The juniors not only had clever (mostly appropriate) ideas but executed.

Overall Grade: A

 

The seniors overall did a great job with this year’s lipsync. It was extremely funny and included a variety of acts. Nevertheless, they managed to slow their momentum with numerous technical difficulties. Moreover, the seniors performed one of the same songs as the sophomores (even though the sophomores sent it in to the deans a month ago *cough cough*) Their performance was highlighted by a silly documentation of Senior Kyle Russell’s love life. Despite the technical difficulties, the lip sync was comical, and Mr. Barakin whipped!!! The senior boys also included their version of a FADE belly dancing song that, although technically not a lip sync, was truly amusing.

Overall Grade: A-

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