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  • October

    Madeliene H. Earns 9th Chair in All-Region Mixed Choir

    Madeliene H., eleventh-grade soprano, earned 9th chair in the 6A TMEA All-Region mixed choir competition this month.  She will move to the next round on her way to making the TMEA All-State Choir. Congratulations, Madeliene! 
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  • Craig Stoker accepts his award as Hall of Honor recipient.

    5th Annual Hall of Honor

    On October 8, 2020, Trinity School celebrated the induction of three outstanding alumni into the Trinity Alumni Hall of Honor. Craig Stoker ’95, Mary Jane Philpy-Dollins ’01, and Kevin Blonkvist ’70. The Hall of Honor recognizes alumni who have brought great honor to Trinity School in their professional careers and in service to their communities. Read about this year's outstanding alumni in the MRT article here
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  • September

    In the News

    “Last season gave us a lot of confidence, especially the win at the end,” Seybert said. “The whole season last year we were trying to leave a legacy. That’s what we’re trying to do this year, especially the seniors. We’re trying to leave the legacy.” Read the article by the MRT about this year's varsity football team and their confidence going into this year's season. We can't wait to cheer this new team on to hopefully another victory! 
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  • Trinity Chaplain Takes New Role

    We are thrilled that Reverend Shannon Weisenfels is leading us in our inclusion and equity efforts. She accepted the position of Director of Spiritual Life and DEI in the spring of 2020 and began her role in July 2020.  A great article and interview by the MRT about her new role.
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  • 2020 Home Football Games to be Live Streamed

    We are excited to announce that this year's home football games will be live streamed!  Now family, friends, and fans can all be part of the Charger action by tuning in online. Links to view the games will be emailed to the Charger fanbase in the next couple of weeks. The first home football game for the Chargers is Friday, October 9, vs Lubbock Kingdom Prep.
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  • Senior Danielle B. National Merit Semifinalist

    Senior Danielle B. has qualified to be a National Merit Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Danielle is Midland County's only National Merit Semifinalist and one of only 16,000 semifinalists in the country. Read the MRT article here.
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  • June

    Debbie B. rising Trinity senior

    Trinity Student makes NSDA National Tournament Finals

    Rising Trinity senior, Debbie Bajomo, will compete as a national finalist in the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament today at 4:00 p.m. Debbie is the first Trinity student ever to break into the top 6 of the tournament and become a national finalist. 
     
    The past three weeks, six Trinity students have been perfecting their submissions for the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament. The tournament, originally scheduled to take place in Albuquerque this week, moved to an online format because of Covid-19. 
     
    The following Trinity students qualified to represent the Tall Cotton District (made up of West Texas and the Panhandle, except for El Paso):
     
    Abi C.-- Humorous Interp
    Deborah B.--Informative Speaking
    Danielle B.--Original Oratory
    Joseph K.--Original Oratory
    Hadley W.--Public Forum debate
    Ethan P.--Public Forum debate

     
    In the NSDA competition, students who do not break into octofinals (top 60) in their primary events can, if they choose, enter various supplemental events. These events then also progress to National Finals. Trinity students showed tremendous success in supplementals:

    • Abi C. made it to octofinals (top 60 in the US) in Storytelling;
    • Danielle B. made it to quarterfinals (top 30 in the US) in Prose Interpretation, and also in Poetry Interpretation;
    • Danielle B. made it to semifinals (top 14 in the US) in Prepared Prompt;
    • Deborah B. is a National Finalist (top 6 in the US), in Prepared Prompt.
    Trinity's speech and debate coach, John Klassen, spent many hours leading up to the event researching best online practices, attending forums, and even creating mock stages to help the students adapt well to the change of online submissions. When confirming the lastest results, John proudly stated, "Making Nationals is an amazing achievement. "Breaking" into elimination rounds (octofinals and after) is extraordinary. Making a National Final...I have no words."
     
    Watch Debbie B. in the final round, to be livestreamed today at 4 p.m. at https://live.speechanddebate.org/. It will show on Livestream 3.
     
    The awards ceremony for the entire tournament will be at 7 p.m., also livestreamed, when final results will be distributed. 
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  • "With liberty and justice for all"

    Head of School Shelby Hammer
    Dear Trinity Community,

    When the Trinity School community gathers for Chapel, we end the service with a patriotic song and the Pledge of Allegiance. Adult and student voices join together to affirm our commitment to the principles on which our nation was founded, “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Francis Bellamy wrote the original Pledge in 1892. The words “with liberty and justice for all” certainly were not true then, and once again Americans are facing the reality that they are not true now. Our fellow citizens’ experiences with education, career and social opportunities, and most notably at the moment, law enforcement, vary as widely as the color of their skin.

    As an independent school in the Episcopal tradition, Trinity School is committed to the Episcopalian Baptismal Covenant “to strive for justice and peace among all people and to respect the dignity of every human being.” Striving goes beyond hoping or praying, though those activities are important. Striving involves exertion, effort, and struggle.

    Part of our striving means teaching our children about these events and their historical roots. Those conversations can be uncomfortable and difficult, so we are providing a list of resources that you may find helpful in discussing these topics in your family.

    Earlier this year, I appointed Shannon Weisenfels to be our Director of Spiritual Life and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. While we are grateful for Chaplain Weisenfels’ leadership, this work belongs to us all. As a community, we must strive to recognize injustice wherever it occurs, on our campus or in our community. We must then act to correct and remove the injustice. Over the coming weeks, the Administrative Leadership Team with help from the Wellness Team will be working on concrete plans to ensure that Trinity is part of the solution. We will be sharing those plans with you over the summer along with our plans for reopening campus. With our mission to enrich the mind, strengthen the body, enliven the soul, and inspire servant leadership, Trinity is uniquely poised to help our community reach that ideal of liberty and justice for all.

    Blessings,

    Shelby S. Hammer
    Head of School
     
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  • April

    Nikkie Galindo - Class of 2020 Valedictorian

    Trinity Announces 2020 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    Trinity School is proud to announce our valedictorian and salutatorian for the class of 2020. Both students represent the mission of Trinity School well through the variety of ways each seeks to enrich the mind, strengthen the body, enliven the soul, and inspire servant leadership.

    VALEDICTORIAN - NIKKIE GALINDO
    During Nikkie’s high school career, she has served Trinity School as a chapel prefect & acolyte. She also served as the National Spanish Honor Society president and was a teacher’s aid for the band director during her senior year. Nikkie has won many regional and district awards as a flutist, including being a four-time honoree in the All-State Band.

    Nikkie is the daughter of Crystale Galindo Lopez and granddaughter of Rudy and Rosemary Galindo. Nikkie plans to attend SMU in the fall, where she will study music at the Meadows School of the Arts.

    SALUTATORIAN - KYLE ALWORTH
    Kyle served Trinity School as the student body president during the 2019-20 school year. He has been a letter winner in three sports including cross country, track and field, and football, and was a key player in the football team’s 2019 Texas Six-Man Football Independent Bowl Series State Championship win. Kyle has also served his peers as a member of the Honor Council and as a chapel prefect & acolyte.

    Kyle is the son of Mr. Dwight and Dr. Melissa Alworth. He plans to study Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at Texas A&M in the fall where he was accepted into the Craig and Galen Brown Engineering Honors Program. Kyle is a second-generation Aggie.
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  • Journey of Peace artwork by Modesta W.

    Modesta W. Wins Peace Poster Contest

    Congratulations to Modesta W. for winning 2nd place in Texas for the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest! The theme this year was “Journey of Peace.” Shown here is her winning artwork.
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  • Trinity Students Win at UTPB Regional Science Fair

    The UTPB Regional Science Fair took place in early March and several students from Trinity were chosen to compete. Congratulations to both Audrey L. '26, who won 3rd place in Physics in the Junior Division, and Alex K. '23, who won 2nd place in Environmental Engineering in the Senior Division. Alex also won the Senior Division in Trinity's Science Fair.

    Audrey was recognized for her project "Flipping Quarters," which hypothesized that the design on the back of the quarters will not affect whether the quarter lands on heads more than tails. Audrey said, "My results were that all the quarters landed on heads around 50% of the time, except for the Nevada quarter, which landed on heads 42% of the time. My hypothesis was correct: except for the Nevada quarter, they will land slightly more on heads." 
     
    Alex was recognized for his project "Microplastics Extraction Using Gas Nucleation," showing that microplastics can be removed from water using gas nucleation. Alex said, "This is important because it helps keep our water supply clean and free from the increasing amount of plastics found in the environment."

    Congratulations, Audrey and Alex! 
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  • Dr. Wetendorf Receives TACAC Founder's Award

    Dr. Trey Wetendorf, Director of College Advising at Trinity School of Midland, has won the 2020 Founders' Award, presented by the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC). 
     
    Established in 1986 by the TACAC Executive Board, the Founders’ Award recognizes members whose contributions to the Association and the profession are “above and beyond the call of duty” and exemplary of exceptional talent and devotion to students. These awards are designated as “Founders’ Awards” in honor and recognition of the charter members of the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling. (https://www.tacac.org/awards)
    Dr. Wetendorf has worked as the Director of College Advising at Trinity School for the last eight years, acting as a lifeline for students and parents as they navigate the college admission process. In the fall, you’ll find him at the coffee shop every Monday, working on college applications with students and helping them develop their resumes. Throughout the year, he travels around the country to learn more about various colleges and the changing landscape of college admissions. In the spring he helps chaperone sophomore students in a week-long expeditionary trip, visiting private and public universities around Texas. In his words, “it’s the kids’ hearts and hard work that fuels me every day,” but his dedication to those students shows year after year as scholarship offers and college acceptances grow.

    To date, the Class of 2020 has been accepted to over 40 colleges and received close to $2 million in scholarship offers, with more on the way.


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  • March

    Five Trinity Players Make All-District and One Makes All-State

    Congratulations to the following players for making 2019-2020 TAPPS 1st team All-District: Ciro B., Oshiobughie E., Spencer O., and Ben S. and 2nd team All-District: Sam B.

    Ciro B. also was named the 2019-2020 TAPPS District Offensive MVP and named to the All-State 4A basketball team!
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  • Aspen E., Winner

    Trinity US Student Wins First Place at Texas Tech School of Art Competition

    Congratulations to senior Aspen E. for placing first in the Second Annual Texas Tech University School of Art High School 150 Exhibition. The competition showcased the talents of high school students within a 150-mile radius of Lubbock. The graphite drawing shown here was the winning artwork.
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  • Five Speech and Debate Students Qualify For Nationals

    John Klassen
    Five Trinity School students who have qualified to compete at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Albuquerque, NM, June 14-19.   They are:
     
    Deborah B., '21, Informational Speaking
    Danielle B., '21,  Original Oratory
    Abi C., '21, Humorous Interpretation
    Joseph K., '21, Original Oratory
    Hadley W., '23,  Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking
     
    To qualify for Nationals, students had to finish in the very top tier of competitors at the NSDA Tall Cotton District Tournament, which was held in Lubbock from February 20-22.  The Tall Cotton District covers the entirety of West Texas and the Panhandle, except for El Paso. Of all the competing schools at Tall Cotton, Trinity tied for qualifying the second most entrants for the National Tournament
     
    In the three years since Trinity's program began, its Speech and Debate national qualifiers have grown from one in 2018 to three in 2019, to five in 2020. Coaches are John Klassen and Assistant Coach Lauren Sonka.
     
    ABOUT THE QUALIFIERS
    Danielle B, Class of 2021
    Her Original Oratory is entitled "A Waste of Time," and explains how our slavish service to the "clock" in nearly all aspects of our lives negatively affects physical and mental health. 

    Deborah B, Class of 2021   
    Her Informational Speech, "The Ugly Truth," discusses how the psychological concept called the "Halo Effect", e.g., our tendency to immediately assume, without evidence, that good-looking people are also smart, often boomerangs, especially to the detriment of people of color. 
     
    Hadley W., Class of 2023 
    Just a freshman, Hadley competes in Extemporaneous Speaking.  Her final-round required her to prepare, in just 30 minutes, a 5-7 minute cogent speech, delivered without notes, on the following topic:  If the United States withdraws troops from Iraq, how will this affect the balance of power in the Middle East?  
     
    Joseph K., Class of 2021
    His Original Oratory, "The Point of Mediocrity," argues that Malcolm Gladwell's "10,000 Hour Rule" has cowed us all into believing that it's pointless to learn anything new because we will never be "great" at it when in truth as little as 20 hours of practice at something can make us at least....pretty decent, certainly enough to derive enjoyment and growth.  
     
    Abi C., Class of 2021
    Her Humorous Interp takes a child's Scooby-Do! book and turns it into a vehicle for hilarious satire.  Her "Shaggy voice" brings down the house every round.  
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  • February

    Trinity Golf Wins TAPPS State Preview

    Girls and Boys won first place at the TAPPS state preview. Davis took first and Spencer placed second. On the Girls team, Ali won first place, Jules second, Aspen third, and Brooke placed fourth.
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  • Ricordi del Duomo

    US Student Wins 2020 Travel is Education Scholarship Contest

    Gunnar W., a senior student at Trinity School, won the grand prize for photography in the 2020 ACIS Travel is Education Scholarship Contest. His photo is titled "Ricordi del Duomo."
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  • US Tennis Wins Gold and Silver

    The Upper School Tennis team participated in the Tall City Invitational on February 18 at Bush Tennis Center and Midland College. Despite the chilly weather, the Chargers won silver medals in mixed doubles and gold medals in boys doubles. 
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  • Varsity Boys Basketball Team Makes Playoffs

    For the first time in over 20 years, the Varsity Boys Basketball team has made the TAPPS 4A District 1 playoffs. The team won in the best two out of three against Lubbock Christian Eagles on Monday, February 10, to claim their spot.
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  • Glowtastic Museum

    Read the MRT article here.

    Once again, Trinity School students impressed families and the public with glow-in-the-dark art featured in the Glowtastic Pop-Up Museum.
     
    This year's Glowtastic Pop-Up Museum is an interdisciplinary creation of all subjects that encourages participation, immersion, and interactive experiences. Featured displays include CEC students' painting of the Northern lights, 6th-grade students' Egyptian influenced art, a neon tree entrance, a crawl space influenced by the artist Yayoi Kusama, and 3-D interactive sculptures. 
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  • Ladies Golf Wins Sandhills Invitational

    The Lady Chargers won first place at the Sandhills Invitational golf tournament on Saturday, February 1. Aspen E. placed 2nd overall, and Ali E. placed 3rd.
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  • January

    Spelling Bee Winners

    After a long, intense competition, Trinity congratulates Ezekiel B. (8th), winner of this year's Spelling Bee, Hudson M. (7th), who won alternate, and Brayson B. (6th), who placed third. Ezekiel will go on to the area contest at Midland College on Feb. 29 for an opportunity to be in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., at the end of May.
     
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  • Two Trinity Students Make 2020 ATSSB All-State Band

    Read the MRT article here.
     
    Trinity School's Fine Arts department is pleased to announce the selection of two Trinity band students in the 2020 ATSSB All-State Band; congratulations to Nikkie G. (flute), and Mitchell S. (percussion).  
     
    More than 10,000 high school band students from across Texas auditioned in twenty-two different regions for a place in their respective all-region bands. The top chairs in each region advanced to one of the five area auditions held this past weekend across the state, and only 280 of these 2,288 students were selected for all-state honors.

    They will perform in San Antonio on February 15th at the Lila Cockrell Theater for the TMEA (Texas Music Educator's Association) convention. 
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  • Trinity Students Serve Others

    Service initiatives are an integral part of education at Trinity, and over the holiday season, students of all grade levels embarked on service initiatives as part of their BIGG projects. Read the story here

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  • Trinity Aqua Chargers

    Trinity's only US swimmer, Lillie A., participated in the 2020 Andrews Invitational on January 3, 2020, achieving two personal best swims in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. She will participate in the TAPPS Regional Swim Meet on January 24 in Mansfield.
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