2019

Owl News

  • Class of 2019 Commencement

    Surrounded by the family members, friends, and teachers who supported them along the way, the Class of 2019 celebrated graduation on Sunday, May 19, at Second Presbyterian Church. Click here to see selected photos from the event. Kathy Daniel Patterson took photos during Commencement, and the images should be loaded on her website by May 23. Under Client Viewing, enter the Event ID MUS2019.

    We will mail the parents of each graduate a complimentary flash-drive copy of the Commencement video.
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  • Arjun Puri Physics Olympian

    Junior Arjun Puri earned a Gold Medal for his performance in the 2019 Physics Olympiad and has been named a USA Physics Olympiad finalist. Approximately 6,000 students participated in the first round of the competition hosted by the American Association of Physics Teachers in late January. Less than 7 percent of those students qualified as semifinalists, advancing to the next round in late March.
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  • From left, Eddie Feild, Ethan Hurst, Ethan Lam, Ev Nichol, Arjun Puri

    Owls Take Second in Regional Physics Bowl

    Owls competed against the best physics students from 11 states in the annual Physics Bowl, taking second place in Division II for the fourth year in a row.
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  • Second Year Eighth Grade Members

    Order of the Owl, Latin Society Celebrated

    Lower School Principal Loyal Murphy welcomed families as Order of the Owl and National Latin Honor Society inductees were celebrated Friday, May 10, 2019. Order of the Owl eligibility demands high academic performance and demonstrated excellent citizenship in accordance with the school Honor Code and Community Creed. In order to qualify for the NLHS, a student must be a member of Junior Classical League, must attend one of the Latin conventions during this school year, must maintain an A average, and must gain approval from his instructors.
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  • Springfield Scholars Induct 10

    Ten eighth graders joined the Springfield Scholars May 9 in an evening filled with moving testimonials, proud parents, and crisp new ties. During the 13th annual dinner, Jack Blackwell, Vince Boberski, Jaxon Hammond, Frederick Huang, Varun Krishnamurthi, Kevin Ma, Jackson Oswalt, Alyaan Salman, Jack Zaptin, and Lou Zhou each received a commemorative tie, certificate, and lapel pin, and a favorite teacher spoke in his honor.
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  • Salman Wins Trigon Tournament

    Lower School students gathered in Thomas Amphitheater this morning for the grand spectacle of the 7th Annual Roman Trigon Tournament.
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  • Cash Award Winners

    CAMWS Honors 26 Latin Owls

    A total of 26 students earned recognition on the 2019 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Latin Translation Contest. Competing against 1,000 or more students from Virginia to Colorado, Owls earned cash, books, or certificates for their performances. Cash award winners scored in the top 2-3 percent in their grade level, book award winners scored in the top 5-6 percent, and certificates of commendation winners scored in the top 20 percent.
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  • 57 Owls Medal in National Spanish Exams

    Spanish students collected a ton of hardware for their performances on the 2019 National Spanish Examinations. Students scoring at or above the 95th percentile for their grade level nationally earned Gold; 94th-85th percentiles; Silver; and 84th-75th, Bronze. A 50th percentile score equals the national average.
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  • Admissions Office Names New Ambassadors

    Director of Admissions Buck Towner announced the biggest class of ambassadors to date this week: 30 sophomores will join the current 26 junior ambassadors as official school hosts for 2019-20, leading tours of campus for prospective families and representing MUS at a number of additional events throughout the year. 
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  • Economic Owls Take Third in Finance Challenge

    Mr. John Knaff, instructor in economics, lead the team of seniors Sonny Charbonnet, Wood Davis, Alden Southerland, and junior Jack Fernandez in the Personal Finance Challenge in early April. The Owls took third place out of 127 teams in the Wild Card Division.
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  • Latin Owls Win Title XII

    Our Latin scholars won first place – for the 12th consecutive year – this weekend in the 63rd annual Tennessee Junior Classical League convention in Chattanooga. A total of 32 schools from across the state competed in the event. MUS fielded a delegation of 41 Upper School and Lower School scholars, all of whom contributed in some way to the 1,421 points scored by the team. University School of Nashville came in second.
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  • Duke’s TIP Recognizes 10 Owls

    Seventh graders Gabe Chen, Bryan Ding, Evan Wu, and Jerry Xiao earned nationwide Grand Recognition in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program.
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  • Senior Awards Honor Superlative Achievement

    Seventeen seniors received the following special honors recognizing their academic, artistic, extracurricular, and community service efforts during their time at MUS. Opening the awards chapel ceremony today, Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray said, “This is a very nice honor for our young men who’ve worked awfully hard in a variety of areas.” 

    Awardees are as follows:
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  • Sign Up for Summer Government Conference by July 1

    MUS will co-host the Future Leaders in American Government conference with Rhodes College this summer. FLAG is a three-day, two-night political debate conference to be held at Rhodes from Friday, July 19, to Sunday, July 21. It is open to 2019-20 high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors; tuition is $250. The deadline to register is July 1, 2019. For more information, visit musowls.org/flag.
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  • Special Awards Night

    Nine students received special honors and collegiate book awards this month at the annual Special Awards and Honor Society Induction. Faculty, alumni, and special guests presented the awards:
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  • Exam Study Sessions

    Take advantage of our Exam Study Sessions, which began April 29, to finish the fourth quarter well and prepare for finals. You still have time to attend. The program meets at night in Hyde Library, providing a quiet, distraction-free setting in which students can study. The cost is $200, and the schedule is as follows:
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  • Owls Soar in Chemist Challenge

    Four eighth graders traveled with Mr. Garrett Smithson to Middle Tennessee State University Saturday, April 13, to participate in the You Be The Chemist Challenge. Aaron Barawid, Vince Boberski, Varun Krishnamurthi, and Nickolas Mathews earned a place at the competition by making the top four scores on the school placement test given in late March.
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  • Yearbook Delivery, Orders

    The 2018-19 yearbook will be distributed at the Book Sale in August 2019. Those who will not be on campus may request to have a yearbook shipped directly from the publisher.
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  • Meet Mr. Johnson: April 23

    Assistant Director of College Counseling Curtis Johnson will be on campus Tuesday, April 23, to meet with parents in Wiener Hospitality Room from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Drop by and say hello to our newest member of the team!
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  • Owl Afternoon College Visits

    We host colleges and receptions throughout the year in Morgan Foyer of Humphreys Hall. These opportunities offer students a valuable opportunity to learn more about the schools, and for the schools to learn more about our students. The next reception is Tuesday, April 16, at 3:15 p.m. Come meet representatives from University of Mississippi and The University of Alabama.
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  • Youth in Government Honors

    Mrs. Jenny Pratt and Mr. Davis Smith took 46 students to the YMCA Youth in Government Conference April 4 in Nashville. The 8 officers and 38 delegates won four awards, two top-20 delegate recognitions, and seven 2020 leadership roles. Award winners:
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  • Careers Available at the U

    We are adding a few new people to our team! Job listings are posted on the school web page, Careers at MUS. We are interviewing for these newly created positions:
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  • Language Fair Honors

    Five Owls earned honors at the University of Memphis Foreign Language Fair March 30. Junior Rob McFadden won second place in Spanish Writing for juniors; sophomores Ahmad Alsafwah and Matthew Jones won first and second place, respectively, in Spanish Writing for their grade levels; and freshmen McRae Dickinson and Scott Ledbetter won second place for their poster “Les Pause-Cafes” – a contest that was open to all grades.
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  • Spiegelman Named Honor Council President

    Junior Ben Spiegelman has been elected president of the Honor Council for the 2019-20 school year. The Honor Council president is always the first leadership position elected for the coming school year. As Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray reminded students before the nominees’ speeches March 28, the Honor System – a basis of the school’s founding 125 years ago – is the most sacred tradition MUS has.
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  • Agricenter College Fair: April 11

    College representatives from over 100 of the country’s colleges and universities will assemble April 11, 6-8 p.m., at Agricenter International to meet with local high school students.
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  • 7th and 8th Graders Experience STEM at Lone Oaks

    Seventh- and eighth-grade students enjoyed a beautiful day outside the classroom on their annual STEM field trip to the University of Tennessee’s Lone Oaks Farm in Middleton, TN. Guided by a team of UT’s educators, the boys calculated the slope of a field, used a compass and paper map (rather than a cell phone!) to find locations, improved their collaboration skills, and learned about the tremendous amount of science involved in cotton production and watershed restoration. 
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  • Students Promote Latin Appreciation

    It's almost the month of April, which can only mean one thing . . . Latin Language Appreciation Month in the state of Tennessee.
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  • National Honor Society Inducts 43

    Congratulations to our 43 new National Honor Society inductees!
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  • WordSmithing Owls Earn Awards

    Owls competed in the 2019 WordSmith Writing Olympics in late February with four earning honors in their grade-level competitions. Seventh grader Jerry Xiao earned a school trophy and an individual Silver Medal for taking Second Place in the 400-Word Main Event and Third Place in the 80-Word Dash for his grade level.
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  • Honor Roll Resource Board

    Keepsake versions of the quarter and semester Honor Rolls are stored on the Honor Roll Resource Board under your login. Check them out under Resources when you are logged in to the website. Go, Honor Roll Owls!
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  • Speaker Offers Tips on Raising Resilient Kids

    Dave Verhaagen, Ph.D., author and founding partner of Southeast Psych in Nashville and Charlotte, NC, spoke to parents and faculty February 27 about “Raising Resilient Kids.” Although the internet-fueled, 24-hour news cycle feeds the perception that the world today is more dangerous than in times past, Verhaagen provided evidence that the opposite is true.
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  • Summer Fun Starts Here!

    MUS offers a wide variety of academic, athletic, arts, and leadership opportunities for boys entering Grades 1-12. We also offer several co-ed academic camps. Explore and plan your summer fun now!
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  • Crump Plans Student Travel Endowment

    The man responsible for much of the architectural look of the MUS campus, Met Crump ’60, spoke in chapel February 22 about his life and work. The Crump Firm Architects, which he founded in 1970, is responsible for the design of the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center, Dunavant Upper School, Campus Center, Dunavant-Wellford Tennis Center, Field House, and Stokes Stadium.
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  • Two Owls Advance as National Merit Finalists

    Of the three Semifinalists recognized by the 2018-19 National Merit Scholarship Program, two seniors have advanced as National Merit Finalists: Ethan Hurst and Hudson Miller. Assistant Headmaster Barry Ray congratulated the Finalists during chapel assembly Tuesday, February 19.
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  • Cum Laude Inducts 20 Members

    Family and faculty celebrated 20 juniors and seniors during the school’s annual Cum Laude Society induction ceremony February 15, 2019. An organization modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, Cum Laude represents the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can achieve.
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  • National Classical Etymology Exam Medalists

    Bubones have risen to the challenge of the National Classical Etymology Exam with 12 students earning medals during the November portion of the competition. The exam tests a student’s ability to handle Latin and Greek derivatives and their usage in the English language.
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  • Seven Owls Commit to Colleges Feb. 6

    Faculty, family, and friends celebrated the school's first National Letter of Intent signing day of the year with these seven seniors: Walker Crosby will golf for Furman University, JoJo Fogarty will play lacrosse for Sewanee: The University of the South, Maurice Hampton will play baseball and football for Louisiana State University, Dorian Hopkins will play football for The University of Tulsa, Bailey Keel will play football for Washington and Lee University, Ev Nichol will swim for Williams College, and Matthew Rhodes will play football for The University of Memphis. Download photos from the event HERE.
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  • Owls Soar on AMC-8

    The American Mathematics Competition honored AMC-8 mathletes at the end of December, and four Owls achieved notable scores nationally. Seventh grader Bryan Ding and eighth grader Varun Krishnamurthi ranked in the top 1 percent in the nation, and eighth graders Reid Chauhan and Henry Yu ranked in the top 5 percent. Pictured, from left, are Chauhan, Ding, Krishnamurthi, and Yu.
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  • Mathletes Take 3rd at Collierville

    Math instructors Mrs. Leigh Packard, Mrs. Nancy Gates, and Ms. Heather Davis took two four-man teams to the 7th Annual Collierville Math Bowl January 26. The A Team, from left, eighth grader Henry Yu, seventh graders Jerry Xiao and Gabe Chen, and sophomore Arjun Puri took third place after battling 19 other teams in the competition. Also pictured are Collierville High School instructor Dr. Matthew Holmes, far right, and the competition reader, Alex Zhang, a CHS sophomore.
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