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An array of neon basketball shoes cover the baseline. Campers watch Phil Pressey demonstrate the next drill while cones are zig-zagged in front of them. They begin dribbling towards half court, trying to stay in control as they cross-over at each cone. Phil Pressey stops the drill to adjust their form by reminding them to stay low because “the lower player usually wins the battle.”

Phil Pressey graduated The Episcopal School of Dallas in 2010 and went on to play basketball at the University of Missouri until he decided to forgo his senior year and declare for the NBA draft. He went undrafted but was signed by the Boston Celtics in July of 2013. Since being let go by the Celtics, he has bounced around between teams including the Philadelphia 76ers, the Phoenix Suns, and most recently the Golden State Warriors until being moved to their affiliated D-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors this past NBA season.

In the midst of playing NBA pinball, Pressey has collaborated with ESD head varsity basketball coach Corey Henderson, who won two SPC titles together, by running a youth basketball camp at ESD since the summer of 2014. The Phil Pressey Basketball Camp ranges in all ages, skill levels, and genders. They host younger players from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. followed by an advanced session for older players from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. What makes this camp unique is Pressey and his incredible staff, most of whom are family including Pressey's father, former NBA player and coach, Paul Pressey. Henderson says, “When you have an NBA player sometimes they don’t come every day, they’ll just drop by to take photos and speak to the kids. But then you’ve got Phil who’s actually involved in the drill or the game with these kids every day.” As the camp continues to grow, they would like it to be one of the best in DFW and eventually the nation. “[We want] the best kids in Dallas and the best kids around the country to be able to come here and give them what other elite camps offer. We really see that happening in the very near future.” The camp started with only 30 campers but it has grown to 95. “It’s outstanding to have a camp out here having that many kids. But at the end of the day, the goal is to make sure the kids are getting something out of it and having fun at the same time.”

Pressey grew up attending over 50 basketball camps and understands how beneficial they can be to a player’s skills and confidence. Pressey says, “It’s a good chance for kids to come out and really show what they have been working on and show how good they have gotten...A lot of kids get to meet kids they would probably never see if it wasn't for basketball camp, so new friendships are formed as well.” With his camp, Pressey hopes to leave players with a positive outlook on basketball and teach them skills they can apply to their game and practice after camp ends. Pressey doesn't have to be here every summer, he could be focusing on his game. But he loves coaching and giving back “because that’s all that it takes is for one kid to see what I did for them and in five or ten years maybe they will do the same thing.”

Pressey is also leaving an impact on Henderson’s current varsity players who are helping run the camp. Henderson says, “They have gotten better based on their work, but they have also gotten better based on their attitude because they are seeing what it takes [to coach]. Pressey’s advice to those student athletes is “just stay the course. Don’t get frustrated because with sports there will always be downs. Stay positive continue to work and never doubt yourself.” At 5’11” Pressey has faced some criticism himself, but his mindset has always been to never give up. “It doesn't matter how big you are. It all comes from within... It’s all about heart. If you don't put heart in whatever you do then you're not going to be successful.” Pressey will continue to work hard this summer and spend time with his family as he prepares himself for the upcoming NBA season as a free agent.

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The Episcopal School of Dallas was honored to welcome John Quiñones, Emmy-winning journalist and anchor of one of the highest-rated TV newsmagazines, “What Would You Do?,” as the commencement speaker at the graduation of the Class of 2017.

This amazing opportunity came about in a rather unconventional way. As Niko Gies ’17 revealed in his introduction of Mr. Quiñones at graduation, he and two other students, Mark Reppe ’17 and Alex Smith ’17, originally came into contact with him for the purpose of an ethics class project. Gies’s persistent nature encouraged Mr. Quiñones to accept his offer of a FaceTime interview for the project. Soon after the project was complete, Mr. Quiñones's name topped the list of potential student-selected commencement speakers. This speaks volumes for the impact that Mr. Quiñones had on all who knew of his generosity. 

And so, this past weekend, Mr. Quiñones stood in front of family, friends, and graduates of ESD’s Class of 2017 to discuss the power of perseverance and compassion. One of the many reasons he accepted the job, he disclosed, was because he believes his show epitomizes the Mission of The Episcopal School of Dallas.

“[ESD] endeavors to have each of the students graduate with an educated conscience and that’s exactly what the TV show I do is all about,” Quiñones explained. 

Through preparing young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose, the ESD Mission deeply resonated with Mr. Quiñones, reminding him of his own childhood and adolescence where he also embraced sound learning, discipline, and faith, just as ESD students strive to do.

After his powerful speech regarding overcoming obstacles, he left the Class of 2017 with these words: “Envision yourself as a success. Cleanse your brain of any and all negative influences. If you believe in yourselves above everything else, then no one can stop you.”

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Members and coaches of the ESD mens lacrosse team after their victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Episcopal School of Dallas mens lacrosse team won their fourth consecutive SPC Championship with a 13-7 win over St. Mark's this past weekend. The Eagles got to the title game with wins over Episcopal High School from Houston 18-0 and Greenhill 16-3 earlier in the tournament. St. Mark's defeated Houston Christian 12-2 and Kinkaid 14-11 in their run to the championship game.

The Eagles scored first on an unassisted goal by Nakeie Montgomery, who will be playing lacrosse for Duke University in the fall, until St. Mark's tied the game at 6:33. ESD then ran off three straight goals by Michael ColpackBrandon Meaux, and Patrick Skalniak to go up 4-1. St. Mark's refused to give up and scored two of their own to put the game at 4-3 at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, ESD stayed in control but the scoring went back and forth and at the half it was 7-6 Eagles. At the end of three it was ESD 9 St. Mark's 7. The 4th quarter was all Eagles as they added four more tallies to put the final at 13-7.

Montgomery ended the day with six goals and two assists and finished the tournament with 10 goals and five assists. Skalniak put in three against St. Marks and had a total of seven goals and six assists on the two day tournament. Attacker Meaux had two goals and two assists in the championship game and finished with 10 goals and four assists while fellow attackman Colpack registered two goals and helped on another and finished his SPC tournament with six goals. In all, 13 Eagles got their number in the score book over the three-game span. Prescott King was solid and came up with some big saves and was helped by an aggressive defense of Scott Bower, Christian Viracola, Carson RaneyHenry WatsonBraden MontgomeryBlair Oden, Paxton MarksChase Toledo, and Andrew GriffinTrey Bender, John Heldman, and Ross Chazanow constantly created scoring opportunities with excellent draw work on the face-offs.

Well done to all student-athletes who competed this weekend, and a big congratulations to the ESD Eagles on their victory!

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The Episcopal School of Dallas theater students have spent long hours rehearsing for their upcoming spring musical "Lucky Stiff," but students haven't been the only ones working their tails off. ESD is partnering with The Street Dog Project rescue organization for the upcoming production, which includes several actors of the four-legged variety. 

Six dogs currently fostered by The Street Dog Project will be performing alongside our student-actors in the musical this weekend. In collaboration with the rescue, ESD's Fine Arts Network (FAN) will be sponsoring a pet supply donation drive for the organization, and all dogs featured in the show are currently up for adoption. Patrons and ticket-holders are encouraged to bring donations of dog food, leashes, collars, dog beds, dog toys, etc to any of the performances. Audience members can also interact with the furry performers during intermission, and maybe even take one home to a forever home!

Performances will be held in the Bray Performance Hall at The Episcopal School of Dallas at 7:00 p.m. on February 23, 24, and 25. To purchase your tickets, please click here.

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Over the past two weeks, The Episcopal School of Dallas has celebrated its students' commitment to their Founding Tenet of Service. More than 260 Upper School students, from freshmen to seniors, were recipients of the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award for their community service efforts in helping others. Each student received a pin for their uniform lapel, as well as a certificate of their award. 

Also celebrated were those seniors who have received the award for four consecutive years, thus volunteering at least 350 service hours each over the course of their high school career. In total, the students of The Episcopal School of Dallas have dedicated in excess of 22,230 hours of community service in the past year. During the ceremony, the co-presidents of ESD’s Community Service Council were on hand to share their experiences with community service and what giving back means to them.

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The Episcopal School of Dallas has become one of the first independent schools in Texas to offer the AP Capstone program.

AP Capstone is an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success. This includes research, collaboration, and communication, and complements the other AP courses and exams offered at ESD.

The Capstone program consists of two courses: AP Seminar and AP Research, which will begin in the fall of 2017 and equip students with the ability to tackle real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills.

ESD is excited to implement the program next fall and looks forward to the new opportunities and educational challenges it will provide our students. 

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Lower School students at The Episcopal School of Dallas have been learning about Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in their electives for the past few weeks leading up to the three-day holiday that commemorates loved ones who have passed on.

In Spanish class, students as young as Pre-K have been learning all about the Mexican culture behind the celebrations of Dia de los Muertos and what makes it a special holiday for the people who celebrate it. In art class, students learned about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and how her heritage inspired her artwork. They also created paintings and masks that mimicked the sugar skulls that are a popular sweet treat served during the holiday. Even the faculty and staff got in on the action! Several teachers and staff members had their faces painted in the intricate style of a sugar skull to really get in the Day of the Dead spirit.

In chapel services, Father Towers explained the connection between All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos. Today, the Church celebrates all the faithful departed and loved ones who have come before us and are now gone. We remember their faithfulness and often tell stories about the role of these important people in our lives. On Dia de los Muertos, those who are no longer with us are celebrated and remembered with great festivity.

Celebrations continued with a special lunchtime performance from a traditional Mexican mariachi band. The music was the perfect touch to their Dia de los Muertos themed lunch, which included Mexican comida like tamales, fajita-style veggies, and a Dia de los Muertos altar complete with the sweet bread, called “pan de muerto,” for students to taste.

The day concludes with an after-school showing of Jorge Gutierrez’s animated film, The Book of Life, for students in grades two through four. The main character, Manolo, travels through several marvelous worlds in pursuit of his dreams. The animation celebrates Mayan folklore and the art comes directly from the cultural festivities that take place on Dia de los Muertos in Mexico.

We are grateful that our students can be exposed to a global education even at the youngest level, and be immersed in cultures that may be different from their own.