2017

  • November

    Brendan O'Connell ’18, 1st Place Advanced Time Exposure for Rotation

    Photography Students Impress at ATPI Fall Contest

    Photography students in Sil Azevedo’s classes entered the annual Association of Texas Photography Instructors (ATPI) Fall Photo Contest. The competition boasted 6,800 photos from 87 different schools. Fort Worth Country Day had five students’ work accepted into the show with six total awards. Kudos to Brendan O'Connell ’18, Sydney Becan ’20, Sophie Moten ’19
    Brenden McCormack ’18 and Jessica Schaffer ’19.
     
     
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  • FWCD Students Cast in Upcoming Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre Production

    Claire Guthrie ’20, Frankie Leoni ’26 and Rocco Leoni ’23 have been cast in the Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre production of Santa Claus: A New Musical. It will be performed at Casa Mañana in the mornings on November 28-December 15.
     
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  • The Art of Yarn Bombing

    Earlier this month, local yarn bomber Amber Bailey came to campus to share her passion and expertise related to this unique art form with FWCD’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS).
     
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  • TPSMEA Honor Choirs Comprise 24 FWCD Students

    Twenty-four Middle School choir students participated in one of the two TPSMEA (Texas Private School Music Educators Association) Honor Choirs in November.
     
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  • Middle School Spanish Students Celebrate The Day of the Dead

    El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) has long been celebrated in central and southern Mexico from October 31 to November 2 to honor those who have passed. Legend has it that the gates of heaven open at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the deceased come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

    Middle School Spanish students in grades 6-8 have been celebrating The Day of the Dead for approximately 10 years, through an interdisciplinary project that combines art with Spanish language skills. A collaborative effort among the Middle School Spanish teachers and Visual Arts Teacher Holly Clifford, the project highlights heroes of Mexican culture and other deceased family members or friends who were special to the students. These colorful art projects are on display in the Amon G. Carter Foundation Commons within the Mason Middle School.
     
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  • October

    Fourth-Grade T-shirt Contest

    Each year, fourth-graders study graphic design in Dorrine DeChant’s visual arts class. DeChant not only teaches advanced concepts, she inspires students to create a graphic illustrating the Lower School PRIDE core value of the year. This year, that core value is kindness. Read more to learn who the finalists were and what T-shirt won. 
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  • CAST Grant Takes Students to PalletSmart

    Student artists in FWCD’s chapter of the National Art Honor Society recently went to PalletSmart for a tour of their facilities and a hands-on workshop, thanks to a Supporting CAST grant. Students learned about PalletSmart’s business model, which involves upcycling used, wood pallets that would otherwise go to the landfill to make furniture, art, etc., from Lucas White, one of the company’s employees. Students also got to create a piece of wall-hanging art on a wood pallet.
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  • Upper School Students Work with a Ballet Master

    Thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, 11 Upper School ballet students worked with guest choreographer Er-Dong Hu, Professor of Theatre and Dance at Bucknell University. Twenty-six FWCD Upper School students auditioned on Friday, September 29, for 11 spots to work with Hu on setting an original piece every day this week in the ballet studio. Lizann Bonin ’18, Faith Darrow ’21, Chloe Gilpin ’19, Alyssa Hughes ’20, Sophie McLarty ’18, Kacey Melton ’18, Gabby Pettit ’21, Kelly Pham ’21, Abby Shaffer ’19, Madison Smith ’20 and Will Tuomey ’20 were selected to participate in this CAST grant experience.
     
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  • Students Flourish at Summer Ballet Intensives

    For many students of dance, summer offers the opportunity to take part in ballet intensive programs. These programs, which can span from three to five weeks, allow students the opportunity to hone their craft and learn from other professionals and teachers in the field. Highly competitive, these summer dance intensives are designed for highly motivated dancers and require auditions in the months of January and February. Some students will choose to audition for multiple intensives. In the end, a very select group of students are selected to study.
     
     
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  • September

    Announcing the 2017-18 CeleryHeads

    Congratulations to the 2017-18 CeleryHeads. The following students are members of FWCD’s Improv Troup: Ben Bauman’18, Jackson Bennett ’18, Sam Carlile ’18, SamuelDeRobertis ’18, A.J. Gutierrez ’21, Henry Harveson ’20, Lauren Newton ’18, Kynnedi Smith ’21 and Luke Walker’19. The CeleryHeads had their first rehearsal on September 16.
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  • International Thespian Society Officers Elected

    The International Thespian Society (ITS) is an honor society for theatre arts students. The organization honors student achievement, supports theatre educators and influences public opinion that theatre education is essential.  Thespians may not be inducted based on election or review by other students. FWCD’s ITS officers are Kacey Melton ’18, President; LaurenNewton ’18, Vice President; Avery Pate ’19, Director of Communications; and Bass Bumstead ’19, Treasurer.
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  • "Anything Goes" Cast Announced, Work Begins

    “Our cruise is full,” said Director of Theatre Melodee Halbach who announced the 50-member student cast for FWCD's spring musical, Anything Goes. Click here for the cast list. Renowned tapper Abi Abel was on campus, thanks to a Supporting CAST grant, to start teaching tap choreography to the students. Supporting CAST—Creative Arts Students and Teachers—funds visual and performing arts programs at FWCD over and above what is supported in the general budget. These experiences enhance students’ artistic vision, open their minds to the arts world beyond FWCD and engage them in hands-on work with dynamic professionals.
     
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  • June

    The Matchmaker: US Fall Play Cast List Announced

    The 2017 Fort Worth Country Day fall play will be The Matchmaker!
     
    Thorton Wilder’s uproarious farce about love and money, stars the irrepressible busybody, Dolly Gallagher Levi, who inspired the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly! Through Dolly’s subtle machinations, several unlikely couples come together to find happiness in 19th-century New York.

    The show is scheduled for November 2 and 4 at 7 p.m., and November 5 at 3 p.m. All performances will be held in the FWCD Scott Theater

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  • May

    Eighth-Graders Shine in One-Act Plays

    FWCD eighth-graders took to the Scott Theater stage to perform two one-act plays: Alice in Wonderland and Selfie. For many in the cast and crew, this culminating project sparks a passion for theatre and/or musical theatre as they transition to Upper School.
     
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  • April

    A Concert to Remember

    In celebration of the retirement of Lower School Music Teacher Christine Derber, students in all divisions were treated to a magnificent private performance by Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Michael Shih, who played the 1710 Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Stradivari Violin, and Megan McCulloch Li on harp. Some people never hear a Stradivari instrument in their lifetime. All FWCD students had to do was come to school on April 10 for a truly extraordinary experience.
     
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  • FWCD Nominated for Buckley Awards

    The nominations are in, and there are three 2016-17 Betty Lynn Buckley Awards nominations for Fort Worth Country Day:
     
    Best Play: The Crucible
    Best Female Actor in a Play: Natalia Avila ’17  
    Best Supporting Female Actor in a Musical: Claire Guthrie ’20
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  • Finn Connor '18 and Chloe Gilpin '19 are a Finalist and Semi-Finalist, respectively, in the 2016-17 Circle Theatre High School Playwrighting Project.

    Upper School Playwrights to be Honored

    Four Upper School students “wordsmithed” their way to recognition in the 2016-17 Circle Theatre High School Playwriting Project. The script titled Three, by Finn Connor ’18, was chosen as a Finalist, and the script titled Plastic Family, by Chloe Gilpin ’19, was a Semi-Finalist in this year’s playwriting project. Scripts written by Annalee Kerrigan ’17 and Avery Pate ’19 were among the 20 highest ranked entries submitted for consideration. 
     
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  • March

    Photo Students View Exhibit that Responds to and Reflects Political Upheaval in the Middle East

    FWCD photography classes visited the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, part of the Art Galleries at TCU, to view the show RAWIYA: We Do Not Choose Our Dictators.  Sara-Jayne Parsons, the curator of the exhibition, spoke to each class about these Middle Eastern photographers.
     
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  • Art Accolades

    Teddy Margo ’17, Abby Hoffacker ’18 and Payton Childress ’19 had artworks accepted into the highly competitive Texas Visual Art Association 2017 annual High School Art Competition. They are students in Lauren Cunningham’s Painting and Drawing classes.  “Each of these stuidents are incredibly modest about their artistic abilities,” Cunningham said, “but their inclusion in this exhibit speaks to their quality of work, especially since the exhibition was juried by three notable art professionals.”
     
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  • Seniors Teddy Margo and Anna Puff with Artist Billy Hassell

    Inspiring Art

    Lauren Cunningham
    On March 1, seniors Teddy Margo and Anna Puff, AP painting/drawing students, visited the art studio of Billy Hassell with their teacher, Lauren Cunningham. The trio learned about Hassell’s art and artistic process. He also gave the students a short critique of their art. 
     
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  • Alexis Onuscheck ’18

    BEAUTY

    What does beauty mean to you? That was the question posed by Upper School Photography Teacher Kendall Davis and Upper School Counselor Kathy Roemer for a project titled “BEAUTY.” The powerful exhibition of photography that resulted from this endeavor was on display in the Bass Upper School Gallery February 24 through March 10.
     
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  • Dancing with a Star

    Last month, Upper School ballet students spent an afternoon with a ballet star. David Prottas, who was in the DFW area touring with the cast of An American in Paris, came to the School as part of a Supporting CAST grant. A member of the An American in Paris ensemble and Adam understudy, Prottas is a graduate of Toronto’s National Ballet School. He has spent the past 10 years with the New York City Ballet, dancing a wide range of repertoire by some of the great choreographers of the 20th and 21st century. 
     
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  • February

    Middle School Show Choir Wins Best Choreography Award

    The FWCD Middle School Show Choir “CAST” recently competed at the Lone Star Show Choir Invitational in Keller. Their 14-minute competition set, titled "WonderNeverLand," included the music "Alice’s Theme," "Lost Boy," I" Won't Grow Up" and "Mad Hatter." The set was choreographed by Amy Jones; Erin Ypya; and FWCD students, Faith Darrow, Mason Hill, Sadie Schuster and Madeleine Milliorn, and earned a superior rating and won Best Choreography!
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  • Get your Spring Musical Tickets NOW

    Tickets for FWCD’s spring musical, Spamalot, are on sale today! You won’t want to miss this musical comedy adapted from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Like the film, it is an irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend, but it differs from the film in many ways ... It comes from a line in the movie which goes: "We eat ham, and jam, and Spam a lot." Performances take place in the FWCD Scott Theater on February 23, 24 and 25. Purchase your tickets today.
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  • January

    Architect and Photographer Leonard Volk Shares Words of Wisdom

    Leonard Volk visited with Upper School Photography students last week to share his passion for “personal photography.” A shutterbug since 1950, Volk purchased his first camera, a Leica IIIC, during a gap year in Europe. Over the next 67 years, he has amassed a collection of what he calls “small pleasures,” many found right in our backyard. “Each person responds to images in their own way,” he said. View the video of the 30-minute program here
     
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  • Strings Students Earn All-Region Honors

    Seven Middle School String students were selected to the 2017 Texas Private School Music Educators Association (TPSMEA) All-Region Honors Orchestra:
     
    Violins:  Joaquin Castro-Balbi ’22, Mason Cheng ’22, Joshua Yoon ’22
    Viola: Allison Maberry ’21
    Cello: Emily Lynn ’21
    Bass: Henry Lynn ’21
    Alternate Violin: Ivana Moya ’21
     
    The clinic and concert will take place February 24-25, at Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas.
     
    The TPSMEA, founded in 1992, is an organization of more than 200 private school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TPSMEA comprises four divisions: band, orchestra, vocal and elementary. 
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  • Student Dances in Inauguration Celebrations

    Sophomore Riley Hammett danced at Presidential Inauguration celebrations last week.. Part of the American Tap Company, based out of Boston, Massachusetts, Hammett represented Texas during the welcome concert (Voices of the People) starting on Thursday January 19. The American Tap Company performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Hammett also attended the Inauguration on Friday morning. This all happened quickly, as Hammett received an email requesting she fly to Boston for the audition. She was one of 29 dancers chosen to participate. Click here for a story and see if you can catch a glimpse of her! 
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  • Joseph Westermann ’19, Chloe Gilpin ’19 and Finn Connor ’18

    Theatre Playwrights Earn Accolades

    Three FWCD playwrights will soon see their plays brought to life on stage! The students’ plays were chosen for the Neighborhood Play Festival to be produced by Stage West in the Festival of the Kid this May. The following students were selected:
    • Joe Westermann ’19 for Center: A Dance With Words
    • Chloe Gilpin ’19 for Plastic Family
    • Finn Connor ’18 for Three
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  • An Expert in the Classroom

    Shannon Rossman Allen
    Master Watercolorist Laurin McCracken returned to FWCD for the second year in a row to speak with Lauren Cunningham’s Painting and Drawing Students, thanks to a Supporting CAST (Creative Arts Students and Teachers) grant. McCracken shared his passion for watercolor technique with students on Tuesday, January 17, and Wednesday, January 18. Opportunities to work side-by-side with artists of acclaim is the cornerstone of an FWCD arts education. These experiences are invaluable to students. Through these workshops, students learn what it means to be an artist, and they learn to look at all works of art, including their own, more critically. 
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  • Taking Their Performance on the Road

    Upper School students and Ballet and Theatre teacher Natalie Bracken ’05 took their dancing on the road to perform “Illusion” and “At the Table” (choreographed by Reagan Smith ’17) on January 21 as part of the annual Youth Dance Festival at W.E. Scott Theatre. 
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< 2017
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Fort Worth Country Day (FWCD) is a K-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.