After completing the PSAT on Wednesday, Oct. 10, Upper School students headed into the Midland community to serve. Upper School Head, Tim Jones, wrote:
The Freshmen and some of the Sophomores, along with their teachers and advisors, worked with Keep Midland Beautiful and collected over 30 bags of trash from fields near Cinergy Theater. Additionally, the Sophomores organized a sock drive, collecting and delivering over 300 pairs of socks to Field’s Edge. This was a very timely and appreciated gift, as the inventory of clean socks available there had been exhausted. Students also served dessert and visited with some of the homeless neighbors in our community there before joining the rest of their classmates at the Keep Midland Beautiful initiative.
Our Junior students partnered with the Bynum School to help organize their library, which included an earlier gift of books from Trinity School. They also had the opportunity to work with students during their afternoon visit.
The Class of 2019 volunteered their time at the West Texas Food Bank. While there, they worked on sorting canned goods from recent donations. They worked so hard they quickly went through the supplies laid out in anticipation of their visit and more items had to be brought out for our students to organize.
Israeli adventurer, author, and humanitarian, Yossi Ghinsberg, spoke to Trinity's 9th-12th graders on Thursday, Oct. 11. Ghinsberg was lost in the Bolivian jungle for three weeks, miraculously survived, and wrote a book about his harrowing experience. The book has been made into a movie, Jungle, starring Daniel Radcliffe. He spoke to students about his life and lessons learned through the ordeal.
On October 4, Trinity families gathered by All Saints Chapel with their dogs, chickens, turtles, and stuffed animals. The animals, real and otherwise, were blessed by all three Trinity chaplains: Father David Galletly, US Chaplain Shannon Weisenfels, and MS Chaplain Barbara Kirk-Norris. Trinity has hosted a Blessing of the Animals every October in remembrance of Saint Francis's love for them for a number of years. Photos
Students in Mrs. Repnak's Upper School "Fun Figure Sculpting" class created headpiece projects. They researched the traditional ritual headdresses of several cultures along with haute couture and wearable contemporary art as part of the process.
Ninth graders Hana T. and Alexandra E. completed their Girl Scout Silver Award project by presenting iPads, earphones, and beanbag and trampoline chairs, along with books, to Bynum School students for their new media center.
Shelby Hammer was installed as Trinity School's Head of School at a ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Beal Gym. Erin Black, Board of Trustees President, presided and Rhonda Durham, former Trinity Head of School who has recently retired as director of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, spoke. Chris Aycock, former Board president, led the gathering of students, parents, and friends of the School, in prayer. Seniors presented Mrs. Hammer with a collage of student art representing the core values of Trinity School.
Dawson '19 rings the blue Trinity bell in the Upper School de Compiegne Building to signal that he has been accepted by a college. This is a new tradition, and his is the first college acceptance for the Class of 2019.,
Trinity School opened on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, with record enrollment numbers of over 630. When the Children's Enrichment Center's program for two-year-olds is taken into consideration, there are over 650 students on campus each day.
Camille '20, an AP Photography student and editor of the yearbook, has had an article and photographs published in the Cenizo Journal. It is a quarterly journal which chronicles the history and people of Far West Texas through the work of writers, artists, poets and photographers. View the online magazine here.
Yearbook editor, Camille F '20, and sponsor, Betty Ann Whitten, attended Camp Lonestar DFW Student Media Wrokshop 2018 in Fort Worth on July 26-28. The comprehensive journalism workshop included yearbook, writing, and photography tracks.
On April 26, the Boys and Girls Club held an awards ceremony and dinner honoring their most dedicated volunteers. One of the awards went to Trinity student Gina C. '19.
Gina received the award not only for her much appreciated volunteer work, but also because of her age. Gina is a "Big" to a "Little" five year old, whom she meets with every Monday after school. The speaker presenting the award mentioned time and time again how Gina has truly made a difference in the five year old's life and that family was more than appreciative of Gina's time and dedication.
Trinity School's Upper School Academic and Speech team placed second at this year's TAPPS State Academic Competition, held on Ap[ril 10 and 11 in Waco. Trinity competed in the 4A division. Senior Jordan S. was a great assistant speech coach, and the freshmen had a very strong showing in the Speech categories.
First place winners were: Bella S., Current Events and Issues; Jordan S., Solo Acting; Sean N., Spanish; and Deborah B., Original Oratory.
Second place: Curtis W., Science (with Top award in Chemistry and Biology); Jordan S., Prose Interpretation; Abby C./Jordan S., Duet Acting.
Fifth Place: Sarahann A., Prose Interpretation; Nikkie G., Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Sarahann A./Danielle B., Duet Acting; Joseph K., Original Oratory.
Sixth Place: Sean N., Ready Writing.
Seventh Place: Curtis W., Number Sense; Abby C., Poetry Interpretation.
Eighth Place: Saloni C., Science; Mark F., Persuasive Speaking; Curtis W., Advanced Math.
Jenna Bush Hager, author, NBC correspondent, president's daughter, and former Trinity student visited the school on Tuesday, March 27, to share a message about the impact of charitable efforts. She spoke to Lower and Intermediate School students in the afternoon and to parents that evening. Read the Midland Reporter Telegram article for more. Photo by James Durbin/Reporter-Telegram
The Museum of the Southwest invites you to attend the reception of the exhibit Tiny Art: Miniature Work with Big Ideas on Friday, April 6, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Exhibition dates are March 31- April 22 in the Turner Memorial Art Museum. This is a juried exhibit for Midland students in grades 7-12. Works will be selected on the basis of quality, originality and the artist’s use of the theme.
Trinity School has a number of works by Upper School students in the exhibit.
Trinity cleaned up at the Permian Basin Regional Science Fair on Wednesday, March 7. Mrs. Harvey supervised 7-9th graders at UTPB. Congratulations to all who participated.
Senior Division: Sarahann (9th) - Best in Show!!!
Junior Division Category Prizes: 1st place - Sydney (8th) 1st place - Colleen (8th) 1st place - Hadley (7th) 2nd place - Hudson (8th) 2nd place - Sage (7th) 2nd place - Justin (7th) 2nd place - Raj (7th)
Jeff Yalden, nationally recognized youth speaker and author, will speak to Upper School students on Thursday, March 1, at 8:00 a.m. in the Commons. From Jeff's website: ""I think today’s teens are desperate for the attention of caring adults who recognize their problems, and speak with them honestly and directly about the challenges they face."
Jordan '18 has qualified for the National Speech and Debate Association Championship Tournament in June in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He will join hundreds of other competitors from all 50 states--the "best of the best." Jordan's event is Informative Speaking. He is the first-ever national qualifier in the history of Trinity School.
Congratulations to Trinity senior Jordan Sanz, who has become a National Merit Finalist. About 1.6 million students take the PSAT annually. Of these juniors, about 16,000 gain scores that qualify them as Semifinalists (that's around 1%). This group is then narrowed down to 15,000, who become Finalists. Jordan, who has been at Trinity since K3, will attend Dartmouth in the fall.
Trinity's Intermediate School Chess Club is looking forward to another winning season. Under the leadership of "Coach G" (Trinity parent Brian Grzelewski) the team is set to play against the following area schools: Feb. 22 Emerson March 1 Greenwood March 7 Midland Christian March 21 Midland Christian March 28 Carver April 4 Hillander April 11 Fannin
Nikkie G. '20 has once again made it to the Association of Texas Small School Bands All State Band. This year she earned the first chair spot against competitors from a large area of Texas--El Paso all the way to Abilene and up to the Panhandle. She will rehearse and perform with the All State Band in San Antonio on Feb. 14-17. This is a huge accomplishment: out of the thousands of students who auditioned for All Region in the fall, only the top 1% advance to the state band.
Jenness Rouse '02 will perform a benefit concert for The Life Center on Tuesday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. Current Nine, a "powerhouse rock cover band," will also perform. Jordan Holmes, Trinity band director, is a member of the group. Tickets available here.