Arts Council of Midland invited all Fourth Grade students in Midland to participate in their Watercolor Contest for a new calendar. The topic was "Midland, Texas". Mrs. Charlton offered a month-long watercolor club for those who chose to participate. Each school had 4 entries for the contests.
Two Trinity students won the opportunity for their art to be featured in the ACM 2020 calendar:
Sofia P., Midland Sunset, January 2020 Kasen S., Midland Community College, June 2020
On November 9, "the No. 3-ranked (Trinity) Chargers closed out their season with a 28-19 win over No. 4 Tyler HEAT in a Texas Six-Man Football Independent Bowl Game at Wildcat Stadium." Read the MRT article here.
In a recent announcement by the Texas Tennis Coaches Association, Janneke Garos was named "Tennis Coach of the Year for a Private School." Coach Garos was the only coach to be named in the Midland-Odessa area. In a recent release by Antwan Alexander, Director of Athletics at Trinity School, he stated:
"Congratulations on receiving the 2019 State and Regional Coach of the Year. You work so hard and tirelessly give hours of your time to our tennis program, this award is rightly given. This is a natural result of your outstanding efforts which were duly recognized. Trinity is fortunate to have your talent and ability in our corner. We are a better team because of you. We are so proud of you and wish you even more success in the future."
Six members of Trinity's Speech and Debate team were recently interviewed by the MRT on the Speech and Debate program, their success as competitors, and how the it contributes to their educational experience at Trinity. Read the MRT article here.
The Lady Chargers golf team won the Odessa Invitational yesterday at Ratliff Ranch Golf Links with a two day score of 617! Andrews placed second and San Angelo Central placed third. Medalist honors go to Jules C. 3rd, Aspen E. 4th, Alexandra E. 5th and Brooke W. 6th. Read the full story here.
The Trinity Chargers football team is ranked #3 in the Independent Bowl Series. They are invited to play in the championship game against Odessa Home School on November 9 in Gholson, Texas. More information will be released soon.
Trinity had the pleasure of inducting two alumni and one past faculty member in the Trinity Hall of Honor on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Michael Wood '04, Dr. Sharmila Singh Watkins '97, and former Head of Upper School Janet Stafford, were recognized at the award ceremony for having brought great honor to Trinity School in their professional careers and in service to their communities. Read the MRT article here.
The Varsity Tennis team participated in their first team tennis tournament on October 3 at Midland College. It came down to the last match in the team finals to decide a winner, with Trinity taking 2nd place. Coach Janneke Garos said, "I'm proud to say that the team placed second overall today. This was our first team tennis tournament and the kids played phenomenally." The 8-team tennis tournament final was played between Odessa High and Trinity.
Trinity School welcomed visiting artist, Darden Smith, on October 10 to speak with Upper and Middle School students on the process of song-writing. Speech and Debate coach John Klaussen says, ”I was interested in bringing him to Trinity to work with my forensics (speech and debate) students because cultivating one's creativity is key to any good speech or interpretive program.” Smith spoke to students about the power of intent, cultivating the artist inside, and doing what you love. He also wrote and recorded a song with the students to show how simple song-writing can be when you are aware of your surroundings and have intent.
Lauren Wagner Kannady (Class of 2013) visited Trinity during the School Book Fair. Lauren and her aunt recently published the children's book Pancho in Cabo, and held a book signing on campus. The book was read in Lower School Chapel (for K5-4th grade students), and they spoke with Upper School Creative Writing and Visual Arts students about the process of publishing a children's book.
Congratulations to sophomore Madeliene H. for qualifying for the TMEA All-Region Mixed Choir on September 28th. Madeliene placed 10th chair in Region 6 and will continue on to audition for the Area Choir on November 14th.
Even with a very small crew—only 4 competitors—Trinity Speech and Debate claims title to one of the Sweepstakes team awards for "Best Overall Performance". Trinity's results from the tournament on September 14, 2019 are as follows:
Danielle B., 1st in Informative Speaking, 2nd in Poetry, 2nd in Impromptu Speaking.
Debbie B., 1st in Impromptu Speaking, 6th in Original Oratory.
Betsy H., 3rd in Original Oratory (in her first tournament).
Lorraine O. also competed and contributed to the team totals.
Trinity Speech and Debate students, Sydney L., David V. and Danielle B. swept the TTU/Tascosa Speech and Debate tournaments on September 7, 2019.
1st in Informative Speaking (TTU and Tascosa)
1st in Original Oratory (TTU)
1st in Impromptu (TTU)
3rd in Poetry (TTU)
1st in Poetry (Tascosa)
3rd in Impromptu (Tascosa)
4th in Original Oratory (Tascosa)
Sydney L. was 5th in Congressional Debate
Danielle is now qualified for the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament in Informative Speaking. “What an incredibly successful first outing of the season!,” commented Trinity Speech and Debate Coach, John Klassen. "Most kids don't "qual" until January or so...Danielle did it in one tournament."
Photo: Danielle B. posing with her multiple trophies.
Upper School Visual Arts students learn about Gustav Klimt and "The Kiss" through the new Mueral Canvas smart art frame. The digital art frame accesses images from museums and galleries all over the world.
At the age of almost 101, Vina Rahlfs passed away on May 16. Mrs. Rahlfs served the Trinity community for decades, personifying energy and excellence in the classroom. In the words of Peggy Simmons, Head of School Emerita of Trinity School, we recognize " .....the important role Vina Rahlfs played for over forty years in the founding, growth, and development of Trinity School. She taught students, guided parents, educated teachers, trained acolytes, nurtured Heads, and was a constant source of inspiration. In essence, she was the heart and soul of our school."
There will be a memorial service at her church in Alabama this weekend, and very possibly a memorial service in Midland in six to eight weeks. Details will be made available as soon as they are known.
Ros E. '20 and Andrea K. '20 have both been selected to participate in the Midland Young Leaders Challenge with General Tommy Franks. The Midland Young Leaders Challenge is sponsored by Midland College, the Midland Independent School District and the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute. A total of 30 students are selected from Midland County for the Midland Young Leaders Challenge with General Tommy Franks. Congratulations to Andrea and Ros.
The Four Star Leadership program is a world-class summer leadership program that allows 70 of the top high school students in the world to meet face-to-face with national and international leaders. The national program offers a once in a lifetime opportunity, confronting students with practical leadership and ethical scenarios and challenging them individually in a persuasive speech and writing competition and collaboratively in an Ethics Bowl competition.
Congratulations to Ros E., member of the Class of 2020, who has been selected to attend this summer.
Preschool and Lower School Head Patricia Maurer is retiring after seventeen years at Trinity School, just a part of her over fifty years' service in education. She was honored at an All School Worship Service on Thursday, May 9.
French Honor Society members visited Mrs. Dorr's kindergarten class and read "Come With me to Paris" by Gloria Fowler, which highligts Parisian attractions.. They also taught the students French rhymes that the children performed for each other. Everyone had a great time exploring French culture and language!
Congrats to Upper School band students who earned a 1st division medal at the TAPPS Instrumental solo competition at Lubbock Christian University. Left to Right: Emily R., Victoria S., Mitchell S., Melissa M., Julian B., Nikkie G., Debbie B., Emilee W., Adalyn B., (not pictured Britton B.)
Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change Maker. Angela embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.
Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem
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Angela Maiers will be the speaker at the 8th Annual Sweetie and Hal Clay Peck Memorial Speaker Series on tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in the Trinity School Commons. Free tickets available here.