2020-21 Year-in-Review

Academics & Student Life

In February 2021, Greenhill launched the school's next strategic plan: Greenhill 2025: Growing Stronger Together. This plan, which was based on the feedback and input of the community, builds on the vision of founders Helen and Bernard Fulton, charts the course for the school over the next five years. As a part of Greenhill's strategic planning process, we refined our mission and core values and added a vision statement.
 
MISSION
In a diverse and inclusive community, Greenhill prepares and inspires students to lead authentic, purposeful lives.
 
CORE VALUES
Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Courage
 
VISION
• We see our students joyfully reaching their full potential.
• We see our school thriving as an academically excellent, diverse, inclusive, and connected community
• We see our world made more hopeful because of the Greenhill community.
On Monday, May 24, 2021, the 71st senior class graduated from Greenhill School. Although commencement was originally scheduled to take place on Brinkmann Field, inclement weather required the event to move into Phillips Gymnasium. The Greenhill community was thrilled to have the opportunity to gather under one roof to celebrate and honor the Class of 2021. The commencement ceremony featured an introduction from Head of Upper School Trevor Worcester, a musical performance by the Greenhill Percussion Ensemble featuring senior Rakesh Venkat '21, and senior addresses from Sheena Kwon '21 and Clarissa Smith '21. The ceremony concluded with Board of Trustees Chair Holland P. Gary '93 and Head of School Lee J. Hark awarding the Class of 2021 with their diplomas.
The members of the Class of 2021 will attend these colleges in the United States and abroad.
American University (2) Hendrix College University of Arizona (2)
Arizona State University Howard University University of California, Los Angeles
Austin Community College Indiana University, Bloomington University of California, Santa Cruz
Babson College Macalester College University of Chicago
Barnard College Miami University (2) University of Denver
Baylor University (2) Middlebury College University of Houston
Bowdoin College New York University University of Miami (4)
Bradley University Northeastern University University of Missouri (2)
Brown University Northwestern University (5) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Claremont McKenna College Nova Southeastern University University of Oklahoma
Clemson University Olivet College University of Pennsylvania
Columbia University Pitzer College University of Rochester
Cornell University Purdue University (6) University of San Diego
Drexel University Reed College (2) University of Southern California
Duke University (2) Rhodes College University of Texas at Austin
Emerson College Rice University (3) University of Texas at Dallas
Emory University Rochester Institute of Technology School of Visual Arts University of Texas at Tyler
Furman University (2) Southern Methodist University (4) Washington University in St. Louis (3)
George Washington University (2) Spelman College (2) Wesleyan University
Georgetown University Stephen F. Austin University Williams College
Grinnell College (2) Texas A&M University Yale University (2)
Hamilton College Tulane University (6)
Greenhill said goodbye to the Fred & Ruth Agnich Science Hall this past summer. The science building, which opened for classes during the spring of 1964, served three generations of Greenhill students. The building was demolished to make way for a new STEM and Innovation Center, which will enable Greenhill to continue offering leading-edge programming in science, math, engineering, and technology.
The Class of 2021 painted the water tower in October 2020. This time-honored Greenhill tradition needed a little tweaking with socially-distant groups and varied time slots throughout the day.
The Greenhill Upper School Quiz Bowl Team placed fifth in the nation out of 224 teams at the 2021 High School National Championships Tournament in May. Josh Rubel '22 (captain), Gokulan Anand '22, Shruti Siva '22, and Nikky Nandipati '24 beat the #1 and #4 seeds and only lost to two of the four semifinalist teams.
The Greenhill Middle School Quiz Bowl Team "A" finished seventh overall at the 2021 Middle School National Championship Tournament. This was the highest finish for a Greenhill Middle School team in school history. The "A" Team, which consisted of Maya Jagsi '26, Aaron Kuang '26, Evans Senvalds '26, and Kate Ponnambalam '26, finished with a 10-3 overall record, including a 7-1 record in regulation.
The year looked a little different for our Lower School students, but they were still excited to show their Hornet Pride during Spirit Week, celebrate 100 days of school with special t-shirts, and wear their Halloween costumes while enjoying activities in the afternoon like pumpkin decorating, cookies, and spooky stories.
The Nutcracker might not have looked the same as year's past, but the kindergarteners' long-standing tradition continued. Parents and students were able to enjoy the holiday performance from the safety of their cars as it was projected onto the side of the Marshall Family Performing Arts Center.

Athletics

The Greenhill boys lacrosse team captured its first-ever Southwest Preparatory Conference championship following an 11-8 victory over St. Stephen's Episcopal School on May 6, 2021. The Hornets finished their season with a 9-2 overall record, including a 5-0 mark in SPC Counter action. In addition, head coach Jack Fisher was selected as the Texas High School Lacrosse League's Person of the Year.
Lane Herbert '21 was announced as the winner of the 35th Annual Davey O'Brien High School Scholarship Award and received a $30,000 scholarship. Herbert became the first Greenhill student-athlete to capture this award since former Board Chair Holland P. Gary won the honor in 1993. Herbert was a four-year letterwinner in both field hockey and lacrosse while carrying a 3.84 GPA. A four-year starter for the Hornets, Herbert earned All-American honors during her junior season to go along with All-Southwest Preparatory Conference laurels.
Jason Estrada '22 broke the school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.79 at the Texas Track & Field Coaches Association (TTFCA) Meet of Champions in San Antonio.

Pictured: Kate Marano
Greenhill had eight student-athletes choose to continue their athletics careers at the collegiate level beginning in the fall of 2021. Below is a list of those student-athletes.
Joshua Fountain '21 (Diving), Olivet College Kate Marano '21 (Lacrosse), Drexel University
Lane Herbert '21 (Field Hockey), Northwestern University Jake Nelson '21 (Soccer & Lacrosse), Hendrix College
Theo Johnson '21 (Swimming), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Carter Shedd '21 (Baseball), Grinnell College
Zach Kennedy '21 (Baseball), Grinnell College Sheela Vasan '21 (Field Hockey), Rhodes College
Zoe Gillen-Malveaux '25 was invited to join the USA Volleyball National Team Development Program for her age group. The 6-2 middle blocker is the first student-athlete under head coach Tatiane Deibert to be selected to join the National Team Development Program.

Fine Arts

Caroline Greenstone '22, Cameron Kettles '22, Ashley Shan '22, and Aimee Stachowiak '22 won the 2021 National Debate Coaches Association National Championships in April. The team defeated The Potomac School (VA) in the finals on a unanimous decision en route to earning their second national championship. Also at the NDCA National Championships, Ashton Higgins '22 was also named Top Speaker of the tournament.
Joshua Timmons '21 was named National Champion in two events at the University of Kentucky's Tournament of Champions (TOC). This is the first time that a Greenhill student has won an individual event championship at the TOC. Timmons won a Greenhill-record five national championships during his Middle and Upper School careers. He was selected as one of the seven finalists for the National Speech & Debate Association National Student of the Year.
The Evergreen, Greenhill's student newspaper, was selected as the Best Newspaper in the Dallas Morning News' 30th Annual High School Journalism Competition. This year's competition featured nearly 500 entries from 24 schools, which were judged by News editors and reporters.
Christine Yan '22 won a national gold medal for her oil painting "I Am Not A Virus" at the 2021 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Christine and Katherine Li '22 also won a silver medal for their animated film "Fish Fish Bish!"
The Cavalcade (Greenhill's yearbook) received a Gold Medalist rating and an All-Columbian Honors Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). The CSPA judges yearbooks in three categories: reference, verbal, and visual. The 2019-20 Cavalcade scored a total of 924 points out of a possible 1,000 points - the highest score a Greenhill yearbook has ever received.
Fanying Tang '22 and Laya Venkat '23 were awarded with special Global Online Academy citations for their year-end presentations. Venkat's was also selected to receive an Audience Choice Award.
Pictured: Ava Markhovsky '21
Three Upper School thespians earned nominations at the 2021 Schmidt & Jones Awards for their performances in the spring musical, Working: The Musical. Ava Markhovsky '21 earned a nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of Delores. Lucas Lopez '24 was nominated for Best Actor in a Minor Role for his performance of Singer, Man 3, and Ensemble Soloist. Quinn Graves '24 was nominated for Best Male Ensemble Actor for his role as Joe, Man 2, and part of the Ensemble.
Collin Chon ‘28 won this year’s Best of Show in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Annual Student Art Contest. Collin’s artwork, based on this year’s theme “Everyday Heroes Ride DART,” was selected from 688 entries submitted by students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

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