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PARISHarts Update February 12-25
Posted 03/21/2018 03:42PM

The Middle School Pep Rally happened on February 16 and the Middle School members of the Panther Drum Line did a really fun and different performance involving a drum set and electric guitars. Kudos to Chris Burns, Panther Drum Line Director, for pushing outside the lines and nailing this performance!

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) held their inductions on February 16 in the Godwin Chapel. Lead by Beka Johnson, Upper School Art teacher and NAHS faculty sponsor, it was a great ceremony! Barnaby Fitzgerald, artist and SMU Professor, served as homilist during their chapel presentation. It’s always nice having people from the community talk to the kids about their real life experiences. Thanks to Logan Krohn ‘18 for setting up his visit!

(Johnson, Fitzgerald, Krohn ‘18)

 Here is a list of the new and existing members:

It was a busy week for the NAHS kids! They also took a field trip along with AP Art students to see the art at Northpark Center in  Dallas and at Valley House Gallery, which is right on Spring Valley near the Hillcrest Campus. Shout out to Andrew Jennings, Assistant Head of Upper School; Sam Suchala, College Counselor and Molly Folse, Assistant to the Head of Upper School, for going along to chaperone. Jennings really took it very seriously:

(The whole group at Northpark.)

(Taylor Payton ’19, Rachel Bienko ’18, Maggie Bienko ‘20)

(Ellie Munson ’18, Shel Lipscomb ’19, Yorgin Esperias Flores ’19, Sheridan Merkle ‘20)

The Rosettes performed their Winter Show on March 2 and 3, but before they took the stage, they held the Rosettes’ Mini Clinic on Saturday. We do many adorable things in the arts at Parish and this is definitely one of them. The students who participated were the intermission entertainment on the first night of the Winter Show!


Courtney Joyner, Webmaster, came to PARISHarts about a month ago to replicate NPR’s Tiny Desk series. After a brainstorming session, Collaboration Room Concerts was born! Here are the episodes we have filmed so far. I would encourage you to take a look and listen. These kids are good!

Nevaeh Parkinson ’20 and Madalyn White ‘18

Maggie Bossalini ’18 and Griffin Holtby ‘18

Claire Hudson ‘21 and William Harrington ‘20


The Upper School One Acts, which were called RELATIONSHIPS ARE EASY, RELATIONSHIPS ARE HARD! ran February 22 and 23. They were a great success! Several of them will be performed again when we go to the ISAS Arts Festival at Hockaday, April 12-14.


Ruth Williams, Middle and Upper School Band Director, sent Matthew White ’20 and Gabrielle Ellison ‘20 to the UIL Solo and Ensemble Regional Competition on February 24 at Coppell High School. They both received outstanding rankings. Here is the info from Williams:

“Gabrielle Ellison ‘20 and Matthew White ‘20 performed at the Region 31 Solo and Ensemble contest Saturday, Feb. 24th. This means that they practiced and prepared a solo to perform for a judge who critiqued them in over 20 categories of playing, both technically and musically. Both students performed solos of the highest level of difficulty, and received the highest rating possible; a superior rating of a 1. Please recognize this achievement, and join me in congratulating them!”


Shastan Kuschke, Upper School Photography, took a couple of her Photo II students to the Heard Museum in McKinney for a field trip to get images of their grounds and wildlife.

Ananya Ganeriwalla ‘20 and Sohum Kulkarni ‘20 attended the District Speech and Debate Tournament and National Qualifier at Plano East High School on   Feb. 24 which was also the National Qualifier. They both did well and made it to semi-finals in each of their events, but just missed qualifying for Nationals. Congrats to them and to Sam Pietsch, Parish Speech and Debate Coach, who has really done a great job coming and dedicating his time and talents to the students who have competed in tournaments this year.

The 5th, 6th and 7/8 dance classes held their Trimester 2 Dance Performance Friday, Feb. 23. They performed in front of a huge audience in the GPAC during the school day. Congrats to Dru Stine and Jessica Robinson on a successful trimester! The 7th and 8th grade classes also performed at the Rosettes Winter Show.


10th Annual Dallas Art Fair! You may recall last year that John and Marlene Sughrue were generous enough to extend an offer for complimentary admission into the Art Fair and they are extending the same offer this year. The event will run April 13-15 in various locations in the Arts District Downtown. To purchase tickets, go directly to the webpage and click on “purchase tickets.” After entering your ticket selection(s) and pressing ADD TO CART, use the following code:  DAFPARISH2018 (all caps on the letters) for your discount.



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