Many routines, traditions and day-to-day activities have been disrupted by COVID-19, but FWCD's fifth-graders did not let it stop them from participating in their signature community service event. They have collected nearly $2,500 so far and are extending the donation period through Wednesday, May 27. To help make a difference in the lives of Boys and Girls Club members, visit the Ride-A-Thon website.
A National Merit Commended Student, StephanieMorgan ’20 joined the Fort Worth Country Day community as a seventh-grader. She will attend Duke University, where she plans to double major in biomedical engineering and classical language and minor in computer science engineering. “I was inspired to choose biomedical engineering as my major after reading The Hot Zone,” she said. “I chose to major in classical languages because of the passion I developed for Latin during my time at FWCD.”
Reena Alame ’20 became a Fort Worth Country Day Falcon as a second-grader. She plans to attend Southern Methodist University, where she will major in biology and pursue a pre-med track, with either a double major or minor in business. “One day, I hope to be a surgeon with my own private practice,” she said. “College will help me determine what type of surgeon I want to be.”
One hundred members strong, the Class of 2020 has been accepted to 130 colleges and universities across the United States. They will attend 42 differentinstitutions. The class has garnered more than $12.6 million in merit-based scholarships and awards. Check out the college banners on Bryant Irvin to see where the class was accepted.
The voices of FWCD Middle School students Jane Shelton ’24, Lily Hyde ’24, Jennifer Lee ’24, Lauren Batton ’25, Sadie Thompson ’24, Carly Walker ’24, Lilah Firestone ’25, Carolina Murrin ’24 and Vivian Richey ’25 are soaring in this rendition of the School’s Alma Mater.
Senior LilyMelcher recently was named a National Merit Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In this case, Lily qualifies for Scholar status through the university-sponsored avenue because her college choice (Vanderbilt University) has awarded her its National Merit Scholarship. Read more at National Merit Scholar.
End-of-year activities and graduation are more than a goodbye. They are celebrations of community. FWCD’s events and celebrations may look different for the Class of 2020 right now, but they are no less special. This class of 100 members is vibrant, strong, dedicated, smart, talented, athletic, giving and kind.
Emma Pyron ’21 continues to foster her “tutoring” relationship with her kindergarten buddy, OwenAnderson. Owen’s mother, LaurenAnderson (also an FWCD second-grade teacher), recently shared: “Emma, Owen’s buddy, reached out to me to meet with him via Zoom. She even put his words on a PowerPoint for him, and she’s quizzing him. She’s a rock star.” Upper School students are paired with Lower School students for some interaction and extra help in reading, math and more. Typically the students get together in the Lower School Library for their meetings. COVID-19 has changed that interaction. If you have a student involved in this tutoring program and the buddies continue to meet, email a photo to Shannon Allen.
A scoreboard lit with 20s … stadium lights shining bright … April 20, at 20:20 (military time), was a day to pay tribute to honor Fort Worth Country Day seniors and spring athletes. This “Be the Light” event, based on a national movement, was streamed live on the athletics Instagram page.
Upper School students are serving as both role models and leaders. The Student Council is meeting via Zoom with their faculty advisors and advocating for the students, and elections for next year’s Student Council President took place this week. The Class of 2020 met via Zoom on April 1: They came to the meeting decked out in their senior polos to show their pride.
Together is the best place to be, but our Falcons SOAR wherever they are because we are #OneFWCD. During this time of social distancing, Fort Worth Country Day is finding new ways to keep the community connected and engaged. With FWCD Online launching on Wednesday, March 18, parents and students were encouraged to share their digital learning “classrooms” as they “do school” and teach from home.
FWCD’s Middle School MathCounts Team participated in the Fort Worth Chapter Competition on February 8 at Tarleton State University’s Fort Worth campus. There were 20 total teams from the Fort Worth area, comprising more than 240 individual students.
To celebrate the 100th day of school, FWCD first-graders collected cans for the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB). Each classroom’s goal? You guessed it, 100 cans. The grand total of cans collected from the four classes was 491!
Ten FWCD Middle School orchestra students were selected to perform with the 2020 Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) Middle School Honors Orchestra. Competing with more than 100 private school students from the North Texas area, Rhea Alexander ’24, Briana Castro-Balbi ’25, Leonardo Castro-Balbi ’27, Harper Berzon ’25, Joseph Brunson ’25, Corbin Harrell ’25, Murphy Hoefer ’25, Sean Hong ’27, Abigail Proell ’24 and Gibson Werner ’24 successfully auditioned for this prestigious all-region orchestra. The clinic and concert take place at The Hockaday School in Dallas on Saturday, February 22. Not pictured: Joseph Brunson ’25.
Joseph Brunson ’25 won gold for jiu-jitsu in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) Pan Kids Championship on February 8. This competition is recognized as the highest level of competition in the U.S. for kids (until the age of 15) and takes place every February in Long Beach, California. Joseph, who has been doing jiu-jitsu full time for almost two years, made the decision last summer to prepare for this specific competition. He participated in multiple state and regional tournaments as a part of his training.
AlexGasca ’29 competed at the 12th Duo-Piano Competition at Texas Wesleyan University on February 8. Alex and his partner took first place in their age category. The competition celebrates young pianists and their skilled collaboration. Duo-piano playing is defined as performing music specifically composed for a player at each of two pianos.
Cash Hickman ’26 FWCD in the Youth America Grand Prix Ballet Competition on January 31. The world's largest international student ballet competition and scholarship program, the Youth American Grand Prix is open for ballet students of all nationalities for ages 9-19. Hickman competed in the pre-competitive group and scored an average of 90 points out of a total of 100.
Jackson ’23 and CadenGrace ’29 recently represented the FWCD 4-H Club at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. In the Youth Show, Caden earned first place in Junior Showmanship, and Jackson earned Reserve Grand Champion Female with Diamond Q Zena and second place in Teen Showmanship. In the Open Show, Caden was honored with the Junior Champion Trophy Steer with JCG Ferdinand, and Jackson was Reserve Grand Champion Mature Female with Black Cadillac. “We truly appreciate all the support teachers, coaches, administration and staff show both Jackson and Caden throughout the year, helping and encouraging them to be the best they can be in all aspect of their lives, school, sports, scouts and showing,” said Carrie, Jackson and Caden’s mom.
Middle School students MilesBrown ’27, AndrewFriedman ’26, Drake Lightbound’ 27, Henry Murphey ’26 and Charlie Shelton ’27 punched their ticket to the VEX IQ Robotics state tournament by winning both the teamwork champion trophy (first place) and the judges’ excellence award at a qualifying January event. The students have been working on building their robot, coding/ programming it, and practicing "driving" it since early this fall. Read more at VEX IQ Robotics Team.
On Monday, February 3, 17 students and three faculty members from FWCD attended the DFW Interscholastic Colloquium hosted at The Episcopal School of Dallas. During the fall 2019 semester, students in Catherine Collins-Vecino’s AP Literature and Composition class read contemporary poet Clint Smith’s 2016 collection Counting Descent. Students then wrote analytical essays putting multiple poems in conversation with each other.
This year’s Geography Bee garnered 65 participants from the Mason Middle School. Hosted on January 31, the competition highlights students’ extensive geographic aptitude. After eight preliminary rounds, the competition whittled down to sixth-graders Sophia Jiang and EzraThomas.
Andrew Friedman ’26 earned Fifth Chair Clarinet in the 2020 Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) North Honor Band. Over the past few months, Friedman has been working on three pieces of music for the TPSMEA Honor Band auditions. “The music he prepared is in addition to all of the other music that he’s been preparing for school,” said SeanMorrow, Middle School Band Director. “After countless hours and multiple early mornings to record and re-record, Andrew produced extremely high-quality recordings to submit for judging.” Read more at TPSMEA Band.
Wrestling Coaches Hugo Muñoz and Randy Gonzales led the Falcons to a fantastic team showing on January 24 and 25 at the Texas Middle School State Tournament. The competition featured 662 wrestlers representing 50 public and private schools. Individually, the Falcons showed very well with two eighth-grade wrestlers placing in state. Luke Tierce placed fifth in state for his weight class, and Teeg Crumley went undefeated through his 48-wrestler bracket to finish second in his championship match. Read more at Middle School State Wrestling.
Following the airing of "Battlin' Braden" on Disney+, a few stories appeared in the local media. You can learn more about seventh-grader Braden Baker and his work to provide hearing aids for others on the Marvel Hero Project. Click on the articles below to read more. Comic art (left) by Derek Charm for Marvel.
Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a JK-12 private, independent, coeducational, nondenominational college-preparatory school located on approximately 100 acres in Fort Worth, Texas. The mission of Fort Worth Country Day School is to foster the intellectual, physical, emotional, and ethical development of capable students through an academically rigorous college preparatory program that integrates the arts and athletics.