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The Episcopal School of Dallas Girls Volleyball Coach Laura Gomez reached the 400-win milestone for her career when the Eagles defeated Frassati Catholic on Saturday, September 4, in the Prince of Peace North Texas Invitational.

Coach Gomez is in her 21st season leading the volleyball program at ESD. In 2007 she guided ESD to the SPC Championship, along with runner-up finishes in 2006, 2009, 2016, and 2019. Coach Gomez also holds the school record for most wins in a single varsity sport. Gomez joins Varsity Boys Soccer Program Director Mark Gardner and Varsity Boys Basketball Program Director Corey Henderson as coaches with at least 300 varsity wins at ESD. She was also inducted into ESD's Keri Scholtz Hall '87 Convocation earlier this year for 20 years of outstanding service to the school.  

"While we are most proud of this tremendous accomplishment by Coach Gomez, we are equally grateful for the countless lives she has positively influenced over the 21 years leading our volleyball program," said ESD's Director of Athletics, Dan Gill. "She has led our program to unprecedented heights during her time at ESD and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate this coaching milestone with her."

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Ground Zero 360 honors the sacrifice of the victims and families of the 9/11 terror attacks. The traveling exhibition containing original works of art and 9/11 artifacts allows the spectator to step into the past and explore the startling aftermath of one of the most tragic events in American history. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and the 10th anniversary of Ground Zero 360, this year’s exhibition includes interpretive artwork from over 50 world-renowned artists that explore their reactions to and experiences of the events of 9/11. 

ESD Upper School Film and Fine Arts Teacher Bobby Weiss was one of the 50 selected to show in the collaborative exhibit. "'Elephant Tracks’ represents a literal staging of those moments my senior year of high school, listening to the news reports the morning of 9/11, where sense and rationale must contend with the incomprehensible,” said Weiss. “Steel monuments to American ingenuity were forced to become symbols of warring ideologies, painted here as items that mimic real objects and yet remain unplaceable. The sharp angles create a tableau that these totems might forever reside within, cut from the cloth of time to become a shift in the culture. The elephant in the room can do nothing but cower and wait for time to reveal what truths were once hidden in plain sight.”

The Ground Zero 360 exhibition is one of four Remember 9/11 Exhibitions represented at the Museum of Biblical Art. 

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The Episcopal School of Dallas is proud to announce that Arya '26 was selected as the National Youth Story Teller representing the State of Texas for the Timpanooga Story Telling Festival! This festival is the largest storytelling festival in the western United States and brings together select storytellers from across the nation. 

Arya has been storytelling participating in storytelling festivals throughout Texas for the past few years. She is passionate about public speaking and enjoys coaching young kids the basics of the art; she often shares her talents with the ESD community during daily worship. 

Timpanooga is also one of the few storytelling festivals that selects youth storytellers, making this accomplishment even more special. Although typically held in Lehi, UT, the festival was held online earlier this month - learn more on the Timpanooga Story Telling Festival website

Way to go, Eagle - ESD is so proud of you!

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Film students at The Episcopal School of Dallas continue to impress with their work behind the camera! Six students recently had films accepted into the All American High School Film Festival. The AAHSFF is the premier destination for talented high school filmmakers and media arts enthusiasts from around the world. Each year, they receive thousands of submissions and judges select the best of the best to be screened at the festival. ESD is excited to recognize six Eagles this year:

Sam Curtis ’21: Beyond Protein, Comedy

Robert Giles ’21: Tophet, Experimental

Lily Hagge ’21: CoronaVirus: Through the Ages, Documentary

Gabe Letcher ’21: The Life of a Penny, Experimental

Dani Nisbet ’22: Musicalia, Experimental

Ava Thompson ’21: Enough, Drama

Despite having the festival virtually this year, the students will tune in online this weekend to view their films with classmates, as well as other submissions from across the nation. “I have gone to the invitational in past years, and have to say the organization is something really awesome that I hope continues to flourish even throughout the online experience,” said Sam Curtis, who will be featured in the comedy category. “I’m happy with the final product of the film, and hope that the festival judges enjoy its dark humor and irony.” Others submitted in the experimental section, or like Ava, in the drama section. “I worked really hard on creating a very personal, sensitive film, so I am so glad that it came through to the viewer,” she said. “Getting into All-American was just the cherry on top.”

Five of the six students recognized are seniors this year and are excited to start the year with such an honor. “Through my four years of film class, I've always wanted my film to be accepted and am honored to finally have my art chosen,” said Gabe Letcher. “I never would have thought a film about pennies filmed during quarantine in my closet would be selected.”

Click here to visit the AAHSFF website to view screening times.  

Bravo, Eagles! ESD is so proud of your hard work and dedication.

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This year, The Episcopal School of Dallas had an incredible number of students who were awarded for their performance on the 2020 AP exams. A total of 124 students scored well enough on their AP exams to be awarded the title of an AP Scholar and higher. Cumulatively, the 107-member Class of 2020 took more than 675 exams while students at ESD. Pictured are 15 National AP Scholars from ESD's Class of 2020. 

This accomplishment is especially extraordinary given this spring semester's unusual circumstances. Due to the pandemic and school closures, AP exams were moved online. These exams were designed specifically for an at-home administration, with each subject’s exam taken on the same day at the same time across the US. Academic Dean Eric Boberg worked closely with upper school teachers to ensure that students had adequate time to prepare within their normal course-load. We are especially proud of these students' accomplishments and adaptability during these unusual times!

ESD currently offers 33 Advanced Placement coursework options. Students who take AP classes at ESD are required to take the accompanying exam or submit the corresponding portfolio or presentation. 2020-21 AP selections include Art History; Biology; Calculus AB; Calculus BC; Chemistry; Comparative Government; Computer Science A; Computer Science Principles; English Language & Composition; English Literature & Composition; Environmental Science; Environmental Science & Engineering; European History; French Language & Culture; Latin; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Psychology; Physics I; Physics II; Physics III; Research; Seminar; Spanish Language & Culture; Statistics; Studio Art: Ceramics, Drawing, 2-D Portfolio, 3-D Design, Photography; U.S. Government & Politics; and World History.

National AP Scholar: scored a 4 or higher on eight or more AP exams and an average score of 4 on all AP exams taken. These students are also AP Scholars with Distinction.

Scholars from the Class of 2020: Lily Baughman, Sameer Bhasin, Abby Brand, Brodie Burke, Ned Dockery, Spencer Dunn, Meera Gangasani, Zain Haq, Nick Harapanahalli, Henry Isom, Kevin Jin, Daniel Kaplan, Tarun Mittal, Abby Ragan, River Woods

AP Scholar with Distinction: scored a 3 or higher on five or more AP exams with an average score of 3.5 on all AP exams taken.

Scholars from the Class of 2021: Ellie Bass, John Callis, Katherine Cowser, Jiaying Fu, Zander Knight, William McCabe, Susanna Newsom, Penelope North, Henry Nurenberg, Zaria Osimetha, Lucy Sinwell, Emma Sucato, Ava Thompson, Clay Watson, Lauren Weber, Hollis Wood,

Scholars from the Class of 2020: Kerrm Ahsan, Virginia Baker, Lily Baughman, Cambridge Bender, Sameer Bhasin, Abby Brand, Brodie Burke, Elizabeth Carrie, Sunny Courtwright, Yash Dayal, Emily Delgado, Ned Dockery, Spencer Dunn, Lauren Egger, Kate Flanagan, Meera Gangasani, Zain Haq, Nick Harapanahalli, Aidan Hieber, Cameron Hills, Henry Isom, Kevin Jin, Ty Johnson, Brian Jones, Grace Judin, Daniel Kaplan, Caroline Massey, Christopher Miller, Tarun Mittal, Val Mooty, Rachel Morrow, Arrington Nelson, Isabella Pfister, Abby Ragan, River Woods

AP Scholar with Honor: scored a 3 or higher on four or more AP exams and an average score of 3.25 on all AP exams taken.

Scholars from the Class of 2021: Blair Batson, Jack Beck, Charlotte Clark, Isabella Collins, Jackson Fricke, Christopher Hess, Alexandra Jeter, Taylor Maris, Monse Rodriguez, Lily Yandell, Evelyn Zhao

Scholars from the Class of 2020: Jordan Aikman, Callaway Clark, Sydney Goodiel, Lily Jackson, Alexander Konradi, Jack Loftus, Madison McCoy, Zain Mian, Ashley Owens, Hadley Smith, Allie Warnecke, Sofia Weinstein

AP Capstone Diploma: scored a 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research and on 4 additional AP Exams. 

Scholars from the Class of 2020: Brodie Burke, Zain Haq, Nick Harapanahalli, Sohaib Raza, Richard Roberson

AP Scholar: scored a 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.

Scholars from the Class of 2021: Olivia Abbott, Michael Bagley, Smith Cochran, Aidan Cox, Samuel Curtis, Elle Etcheverry, Laura Gillies, Martina Harkin, Emma Jerrier, Grace Knudson, Samuel Lindsey, Hadley Mattocks, Cleo Neuhoff, Sophia Sinacola, Anna Strohmeyer, Raleigh Toledo, Gardiner Vose, Samantha Whiting, Victoria Willox, Sumner Wooldridge, John Yarbrough

Scholars from the Class of 2020: Alan Benitez, Catherine Blaylock, Ava Brennan, Mason DeYoung, Jade Donahue, Max Duffner, Andrew Gibson, Sabrina Gies, Benjamin Goodman, Lily Grace Hoodis, Briggs Jones, Selam Mekbeb-Gillett, Braden Montgomery, Sarah Morrow, Humza Naseem, Biz Newsom, Amanda Park, Charlotte Podeszwa, Jose Portela, Blayre Riley, Andrew Russell, Garrett Seymour, Humza Tariq, Crissy Williamson, Margaret Wilson, Kyndell Wolfe

AP Seminar and Research Certificate: scored a 3 or higher in both AP Seminar and AP Research.

Scholar from the Class of 2020: Humza Tariq

To learn more about AP Awards and your students' scores, visit the AP Students website here.

Congratulations to these outstanding ESD scholars!

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Earlier this month, The Episcopal School of Dallas's Lower School building was named the Best Project in K-12 Education by Engineering News-Record (ENR). The building was nominated by contractors Hill & Wilkinson for their work with Overland Partners. The Lower School building was opened for the 2019-20 school year after more than five years of planning, realizing ESD founder's vision of uniting Eagles of all ages on one campus. 

ENR received 131 entries into this year's contest — the most of any of ENR's 10 regional contests, according to their blog. The Lower School was selected as one of the 18 Best Projects in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Special thank you to both Hill & Wilkinson and Overland Partners for their fantastic work in building the innovative and beautiful space!

Learn more from ENR here. 

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Last week, The Episcopal School of Dallas recognized Katherine Cowser '21 and Jiaying Fu '21, who have been named semi-finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named semifinalists, representing the top one percent of PSAT scores taken in 2019-20. Katherine and Jiaying will both go on to compete for the National Merit Scholarships. 

These academically talented students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 Merit Scholarship awards worth about $30 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Congratulations to these high-scoring students!

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The Episcopal School of Dallas' Art Around Campus Committee, made up of nine members of the ESD community from across a broad range of divisions, recently reviewed nominations for this year's Purchase Awards. Selected recipients receive a monetary prize and the purchased artwork becomes a part of ESD's permanent art collection, displayed around the school for years to come. 

Please join us in congratulating the following artists:

Ceramics

  • Hadley Smith '20
  • Jake Carrell '20

2D Art 

  • Jade Donahue '20
  • Crissy Williamson '20

Photography

  • Ned Dockery '20
  • Olivia Hagge '21

Sculpture 

  • Abby Brand '20
  • Biz Newsom '20

Visit ESD's Facebook page to view each artist's work. 

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The art of glassblowing is a unique and tedious craft. While you may be familiar with the work of Dallas-based artist Carlyn Ray, ESD alumni class of 2000 - who created the eagle wings sculpture that hangs in the entrance to ESD's Swann Center - did you know ESD has another up-and-coming glass artist? Jordan, class of 2027, started glassblowing after meeting Carlyn and attending a demonstration back in 2014. Since then, she has not only become her own artist but also started her own shop on Etsy to sell her work.

On her trips to the studio about twice a month, she loves working with dark blue because of how the color melts and stays malleable. Although she also enjoys making slug shapes - easy and fun to make - she’s also made a fountain and a solar system. It took about two months to make each piece. “Every time I go into the studio, I am learning and practicing new techniques to get better at my art. Even after six years of time and effort, there is still more to learn, but I love every second of it and am excited every time I step into the studio.”

Her Etsy account features all sorts of shapes, such as ornaments, business card holders, and more. “Starting a business takes a lot of work,” said Jordan ’27. “I have to think about what glass colors and what tools I need that will help me create the pieces in my mind. I am learning how far in advance I have to plan for holidays and events so my customers have enough time to buy the pieces they want and get them delivered.”

Check out Jordan’s website here. Keep up the good work, Eagle!

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While the transition to distance learning wasn’t an easy one, students at least had previous experience with completing school work on the computer. When it came to athletics, however, the transitions forced by off-campus learning weren’t as simple. Athletic programs are an integral part of the curriculum at The Episcopal School of Dallas, so finding a solution for students to maintain physical education and sport-specific activities during distance learning was key. Coaches and trainers in the Athletic Department worked hard to create a revised plan to allow student-athletes to continue their sports as best they could from home. 

All coaches had weekly communication with their athletes, holding meetings, and virtual practices with their teams via Zoom. The Strength & Conditioning Department composed at-home workouts for students grades 7-12 to keep active through the end of the school year. Even team tryouts went virtual this year, with Varsity Cheer tryouts taking place over Zoom. Students completed their tryouts from home in front of a virtual panel of judges unaffiliated with ESD. 

“Going virtual was definitely a learning curve but the athletes adapted so well. I had the opportunity to judge a peer school’s tryouts so I was able to tweak our process to make it the best possible,” said Megan Boyd, Cheerleading Program Director & Head Coach. “I am so proud to be part of a school that was able to tackle these uncertain times and continue to deliver on our promises, mission, and beliefs.”

Aside from the day-to-day athletic activities, the Athletics Department also took great strides to recognize its senior athletes, many of them missing out on their final seasons. The department took part in the SPC Run-Walk-Bike-Hike initiative, where coaches from all over the conference worked together to accumulate 2020 miles on May 2 in their honor. 34 ESD coaches accumulated 247.21 miles, and Crew Program Director Adam Jones led all coaches in the conference with 81 miles logged. Coaches then delivered gifts to senior athletes and illuminated the stadium lights and scoreboard for two hours that evening.

The school also held its second-annual Collegiate-Bound Athlete Ceremony, recognizing all student-athletes who will go on to play their sport at the collegiate level next year. This year ESD recognized 15 student-athletes - read more about the virtual celebration here.

ESD is so proud of its coaches and teachers who went above and beyond during this distance learning period to support their students both on the field and in the classroom! Thank you for all you do.