Carmichael ’19, Hochberg ’19, McClain ’19, Perry ’20, Speller ’20, Dufner ’22, Fendler ’22
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Serving Others Through Photography
Gabby Carmichael ’19 is a Girl Scout working towards her Gold Award (the highest honor for a Girl Scout Senior) under the mentorship of Upper School Fine Arts teacher Denise Douglas. Gabby is working with the International Institute of St. Louis to photograph immigrant families who have recently arrived in the city. As refugees, these families leave behind their homeland, their lives and all their personal belongings. This includes family photos. Gabby is photographing the families and gifting them their first family photo in the US. Furthermore, Gabby has reached out to Schillers Photographic Supply store to supply the International Institute with a camera and photo paper to continue her mission beyond her project.
Daniel Hochberg ’19 was recently chosen as a recipient of the 2017-2018 US Squash Scholar Athlete Award. The national Award recognizes high school students who excel in both the classroom and on the squash court. Congrats Daniel!
Tennis Team News
Caleigh McClain ’19 recently raised awareness of autism through tennis (as covered in a past Weekly News Story), and West News Magazine also covered the story. In addition, McClain was named the recipient of the 2018 USTA St. Louis Award for Junior Sportsmanship in the G18 division. Her coach and World Languages Department Chair, Patrick Huewe, said, “As always, she demonstrated the utmost integrity and sportsmanship during the [Westminster] match, which is why she is a great person to receive the St. Louis Junior Sportsmanship Award for the G18 division.” In other tennis news, Patrick Huewe won High School Coach of the Year for the USTA 2018 District. Mary Vassar, Executive Director USTA St. Louis, said, “You have each contributed to the solid foundation and rich historical tradition of great tennis in the St. Louis region.
Peer to Peer Program Launches
Last winter, Anna Speller ’20 approached MICDS faculty and staff members to develop a program to help Middle School students learn from Upper School students about healthy relationships, decision making and Upper School life in general. This program, called Peer to Peer Program, has officially launched and was recently featured in The Jewish Light. We look forward to seeing this program develop!
Volunteering at Friends of Kids with Cancer
Hallie Dufner ’22 and Sophie Fendler ’22 are volunteers for Friends of Kids with Cancer, and most recently they served at their annual “Art for the Heart” event. Hallie shared “I always love volunteering with them because I get to see the joy on the children’s and even the adults’ faces when they walk into any of their events. I love creating positive experiences for people and making them happy. I think it’s important to have these events to show support for others and to focus on the best things in life!”