Owl News

  • Bookstore Open House: Dec. 7

    Join us for our annual Schaeffer Bookstore Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 7,  7:30 a.m. - noon. Stop by to shop for gift ideas and newly restocked items!
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  • Malone Manhood Breakfast

    Lt. Col. David Malone ’75 showed he is a true coach at heart during Manhood Breakfast for Lower School boys on November 17.
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  • Spring Meal Plan

    Spring meal plans are available to purchase now. Go to the Dining Hall Resource Board for pricing and instructions.
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  • Gatsby Auditions Begin: Nov. 30

    Auditions for the spring play, “The Great Gatsby,” will be Thursday, November 30, 6-8 p.m., and Monday, December 4, 4-6 p.m. in Hyde Chapel. A student-produced adaptation of the American literary classic, the play will run April 12, 14-16.
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  • Owls Give Thanks in Chapel

    Robert J. Hussey, Sr. Chair of Religion Clay Smythe ’85 led the annual Thanksgiving Chapel November 21, by reading from the “1928 Book of Common Prayer.” Max Williams ’24 then read Deuteronomy 8:7-18; Instructor in Religion Elliott Dent, Psalm 65; and Tucker Davis ’25, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15.
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  • Clothing Drive Begins: Nov. 27

    The Civic Service Organization will collect gently used coats and pants Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 27 - Dec. 1. This clothing drive will help Calvary Rescue Mission and Room in the Inn as they care for homeless men and boys.
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  • Owls Earn Model UN Awards

    Seven Owls earned awards at the 2023 YMCA Model UN Conference in Murfreesboro.
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  • Owls Succeed at Latin Festivus

    About 200 Latin students from the Memphis area participated in the Latin Fall Festivus in Hull Lower School on Saturday, November 18. Among the attendees were 70 Upper School and Lower School Owls, 34 of whom received recognition for their work in a variety of categories. All six Certamen teams received awards. Additionally, Owls captured 13 of the 20 Academic Pentathlon awards. See a complete list of Owl honors HERE.
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  • Recreational Basketball League Ahead!

    We are starting a recreational Buzzards Basketball League for Upper School students. The season will last approximately eight weeks in January and February. There will be two divisions - one for freshman and sophomores and one for juniors and seniors.
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  • MUS in Europe 2024

    Plans are being finalized for an amazing MUS in Europe trip to France and Italy: European Gastromonics. The experience will be open to current juniors and sophomores.
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  • Observing Veterans Day

    MUS honors all veterans of the United States Armed Forces today and every day. Thank you for your service and sacrifice!
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  • Music Instructor Matt Tutor ’91; his father, Maj. Gen. F. Dexter Tutor; and his uncle, retired Marine 1st Lt. Dean Tutor.

    Chapel Honors Veterans

    Maj. Gen. F. Dexter Tutor – who served as special assistant to the director, Air National Guard in Arlington, Virginia, until 2008 – spoke in Hyde Chapel about the history and significance of Veterans Day and the brave men and women who have defended the freedoms we enjoy. He held the attention of the assembled students as he recounted – without notes – compelling stories of military heroism and sacrifice.
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  • Class of 2025 Parents Survey

    We are interested in hearing from you! You can access your survey in SCOIR. The Parent Insights Survey can be found on the right side of the SCOIR dashboard.
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  • Juniors, College Counseling Meetings

    College meetings for juniors will begin Monday, November 27. Each Owl will receive an Outlook calendar invitation in his MUS email account for a meeting with his college counselor. Each meeting is scheduled for the student’s free period.
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  • Military Panelists Enlighten Owls

    Thanks to the members of our distinguished alumni panel who answered questions posed by History Instructor Jason Peters ’88 on life in the military. The presentation was generated through the MUS Alumni Veterans Committee, which serves as a resource for the school community to provide education, awareness, and inspiration regarding military service and veteran causes.
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  • Robotics Alliance is Runner-Up

    Two Owl Robotics squads joined forces to finish second in the Hub City West Tennessee Invitational VEX Robotics Competition at the University of Memphis at Lambuth Saturday, November 4.
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  • Sports Passes Half Price!

    Winter and spring sports are just ahead, so take advantage of the newly discounted sports passes in GoFan! Offering admission to all regular-season home games for the remainder of the 2023-24 school year, a pass costs $55 now.
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  • Take Advantage of Study Sessions: Dec. 6-19

    We will host Exam Study Sessions on select days beginning Wednesday, December 6. The sessions will run from 6-8 p.m. in Hyde Library. No registration is required - just attend!
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  • Make Your Senior Portrait Selections ASAP

    If your senior sat for his portrait but you have not made your selections, please go by Holland Studio to make them now.
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  • Quarter 2 Midpoint: Nov. 10

    Friday, November 10, marks the second-quarter academic midpoint for the school year.
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  • 102 Compete in Fall Startup Math

    One hundred two Owls from Upper School and Lower School competed in the Fall Startup Math Contest October 25. They had 30 minutes for 100 questions that began with an arithmetic problem (8,239 divided by 7) and progressed to an area problem requiring calculus.
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  • Artistic Owls Win BRACE Awards

    Congratulations to the following Owls for winning awards in the Briarcrest Regional Art Contest and Exhibition:
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  • Application, FA Deadlines Begin: Nov. 1

    Important college deadlines begin Wednesday, November 1. In addition to applications, other important deadlines begin hitting in the month of November. Carefully review the following list of reminders:
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  • IMPORTANT Campus Access Update

    To increase security, we are initiating a new visitor management system beginning Monday, October 30. Anyone without a current U sticker on their windshield (red U on gray background) will be stopped at the gate so the security officer can verify identity and issue a temporary visitor pass.
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  • Summer Fellowship Deadline: Feb. 20

    MUS is honored to offer two fellowships to support rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in summer enrichment programs. Application deadline is February 20.
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  • Owls Attend Latin Veterani Dinner

    Owl Latin students enjoyed the Latin Veterani Dinner at St. Mary’s Episcopal School on Monday, October 16. Around 75 “veteran” Latin IV and Latin V students from Collierville, Houston, Hutchison, St. Mary’s, and White Station joined MUS at the dinner.
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  • Owls Soar in Summer Activities

    In chapel October 18, we heard from six Owls who spent their summer participating in exciting and enriching activities.
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  • Smythe Named Hussey Chair of Religion 

    Headmaster Pete Sanders has named Clay Smythe ’85 the Robert J. Hussey, Sr. Chair of Religion. Smythe has served in many roles at Memphis University School, but teaching religion and ethics has been a strong thread throughout his tenure.
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  • Rick Broer Honored with Portrait

    The Alumni Executive Board honored Faculty Emeritus Rick Broer with the latest artwork in the Faculty Portrait Series. Family and friends gathered in the Dining Hall October 12 to celebrate the unveiling of his portrait, painted by Birmingham, Alabama, artist Carter Laney. Led by AEB President Horace Carter ’89, the evening featured tributes from Headmaster Pete Sanders, Director of Annual Fund Claire Farmer, former Lower School Administrative Assistant Julia DeBardeleben, and alumnus Steve Threlkeld ’82. 
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  • FedEx Express visits Hyde Chapel

    With a new FedEx Express electric delivery van parked in front of Hyde Chapel, the company’s Vice President of Human Resources Marcus Martinez, Director of Safety Thomas Lopez, and Senior Manager of Safety Larry Bizzell stopped by chapel Friday morning to teach Owls about vehicle safety.
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  • Jim Burnett '83 speaks to DECA

    Chairman of the Board Jim Burnett ’83 spoke to DECA members in Wunderlich Auditorium Thursday, September 28, about their participation in the Stock Market Game.
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  • 15 Owls Commended Scholars

    The following 15 seniors have received recognition as National Merit Commended Scholars indicating their PSAT scores rank among the top 3-4% in the United States: Dannie Dong, Henry Duncan, Harry Feild, Harrison Goetze, Hayes Graham, Nathaniel Griffin, Will Hess, Andrew Kuhlo, Tucker Lowery, Zander Mathes, Eshaan Patnaik, Everett Sego, Neil Seth, Charlie Treadwell, and Jerry Xiao.
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  • Evan Wu’s Research Published

    Senior Evan Wu spent much of his free time the last two years on an unconventional task for a high school student: analyzing genetic data for human and mice tissue and writing about it. His resulting research paper – Conserved Spatiotemporal Expression Landscape of Dominant tRNA Genes in Human and Mouse – has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.
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  • Golfers Wins 20th Regional Title 

    The varsity golf team won the TSSAA Division II-AA West Region Tournament at Windyke Country Club on Wednesday, September 20, registering a team score of 285 (-3). This is the varsity golf program’s second consecutive region title and its 20th overall.
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  • Sign Up for Fencing!

    Join the fencing team! Open to all Owls in all grade levels, the team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - noon.
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  • College Board Honors 3 Owls

    Jeremiah Tisdell ’24, Ammar Duldul ’25, and Tyler Edmundson ’25 received National African American Recognition Awards as a part of the College Board National Recognition Program.
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  • 9 National Merit Semifinalist Owls

    Nine seniors have been named National Merit Semifinalists, indicating their PSAT scores rank in the top 1% nationwide.
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  • Founders Day 2023

    September 13 is MUS Founders Day, a commemoration of the original school opening in 1893. On this day we honor the two teachers whose vision brought it to life, James White Sheffey Rhea and Edwin Sidney Werts. 
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  • Barry Ray Shifts Roles in May

    Mr. Barry Ray has announced he will step down from his roles as Upper School principal and assistant headmaster effective May 2024. He will continue to serve the school by assisting in the alumni office.
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  • MATHCOUNTS Team Meets Thursdays

    The Lower School MATHCOUNTS team will meet Thursdays after school until 4:30 p.m. in Math Instructor Heather Davis' classroom. All are welcome!
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  • Mark Twain Visits Hyde Chapel

    Mr. Pete Pranica, the voice of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies for nearly two decades, performed an abbreviated one-man show as 19th Century humorist Mark Twain for chapel.
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  • Lewis Named to Hall of Fame

    The Tennessee Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame inducted Owls Head Coach Chris Lewis into the Lifetime Service category during a ceremony Saturday, August 26.
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  • Hollinger Honored, 20 Years of Service

    Director of Facilities Willie Hollinger was honored in chapel today in recognition of his retirement after 20 years of service to the school. He came to MUS in 2003 after nearly two decades in facilities management at Methodist Healthcare in Memphis.
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  • HBCU Virtual Program: Sept. 7

    Students and parents interested in learning more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities are invited to attend a virtual program with college admission professionals Thursday, September 7, 6:30 pm.
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  • Owl Examines Cyclone Paths

    Dannie Dong ’24 received an “Outstanding Poster” honor for his project “Predicting Tropical Cyclone Paths through Learning from Existing Methods” at the Math Association of America’s MathFest held in Tampa, Florida, August 2-5.
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  • Owls Win Wenzler Tournament

    The varsity golf team was victorious at the Ronnie Wenzler Memorial Golf Tournament on August 17 at Windyke Country Club’s West Course.
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  • Carlisle Shares Vision for the 901

    Chance Carlisle ’01, CEO of The Carlisle Corporation, spoke in chapel August 18 about the challenges facing Memphis but also the city’s resources and promise.
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  • Sellers Visits Queen Cleopatra

    In light of the Netflix series Queen Cleopatra, Classical and Modern Languages Chair Ryan Sellers began the Wednesday Hyde Chapel speaker series August 18 with an examination of the life and media representation of the queen of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt.
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  • 90 Owls named AP Scholars

    Students at MUS have been among the nation’s top Advanced Placement performers since the school began participating in 1963, and this year was no different. In May the school administered 419 AP exams to 207 students, and 89% of tests taken by MUS students resulted in a score of 3 or higher. Students earned a 4 or 5 on 67% of the tests.
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  • Freshman Social: Aug. 19

    Freshmen are invited to a social Saturday, August 19, for games, food, and music!
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  • Get All-Sports Passes Now

    All-sports passes (Owl Passes) are available for purchase! Offering admission to all regular-season home games during the 2023-24 school year, a pass costs $110.
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  • Lim Conducts Research at St. Jude

    Joel Lim ’24 participated in the St. Jude High School Research Immersion Program this summer and presented his results July 29 at Lichterman Nature Center. In his research, “HPC Performance Evaluation of a Nextflow Pipeline – DIVIA,” Lim worked alongside St. Jude Researchers to explore the factors influencing data pipeline performance and optimization.
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  • Parent Forum, Dr. Michael Thompson: Aug. 7

    We are thrilled to host best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Michael G. Thompson on Monday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m. NOTE: This event has been moved to Hyde Chapel. An expert in boys, Thompson is a celebrated consultant, author, and clinical psychologist, specializing in children and families for nearly 35 years. It has been many years since we hosted him, so we are delighted to have him back for this parent forum. You don’t want to miss it!
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  • Safe Home Pledge

    We encourage all parents to sign the Safe Home Pledge, a longstanding tradition at MUS. By agreeing to the pledge, parents promise that all student gatherings will be supervised and alcohol, drug, and tobacco-free. They also pledge to welcome questions about student parties from other parents.
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  • Assignment Due Dates are Rapidly Approaching!

    Have you completed your summer reading and math assignments? Summer work helps the student begin the school year on the right foot – and reading-test results have a significant impact on first quarter grades!
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  • U Decals

    All family members who plan to drive on campus should display U decals in the lower left (driver's side) corner of their windshields.
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  • Dining Hall Food Service

    Sodexo provides our breakfast and lunch service. Fall semester meal plans are available for purchase through the Dining Hall Resource Board.
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  • Join the Parents’ Association

    Volunteers will be on site during Book Sale to answer questions about joining this organization and accept membership forms and payments.
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  • Senior Off-Campus Lunch Privileges

    One of the privileges for seniors is the possibility of eating lunch off-campus. To enjoy this privilege, we need signed parent permission. The form is HERE and stored on the Driving, Parking Resource Board on OwlHub.
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  • Three Owls Earn SCRIBO Honors

    Three students earned recognition for their work in the SCRIBO Latin Competition Contest.

    Brandon Nicholson ’24 – Maxima Cum Laude
    Alyaan Salman ’23 – Maxima Cum Laude
    Max Mascolino ’23 – Cum Laude
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  • Time to Schedule Class of 2024 Portraits

    Class of 2024: Make sure you have set an appointment with Holland Studio for your senior portraits because they fill up fast.
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  • 2023-24 Calendar Update

    There are two revisions to the calendar you will want to note: Fall break will run October 2-6, and the first day of second semester for students will be January 3. Click HERE to view the At-a-Glance calendar. 
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  • School/Office Hours, Campus Access

    After pick-up and drop-off times, everyone must enter the campus through the Primacy Parkway gate at 1350 Ridgeway Road. Read important instructions about driving, parking, school drop-off and pick-up locations, decals, and more on the Driving, Parking Resource Board in OwlHub.
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  • OwlHub, Digital Resources

    OwlHub (upper right corner of our website) is where you access school resources. THIS Navigating OwlHub document provides an overview of key areas.
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  • Ferebee Named Swim Head Coach

    David Ferebee has been named head coach of the swim team. Chair of the Physical Education Department and assistant to the athletic director dealing with logistics, Ferebee brings extensive knowledge of athletic development and experience as a parent of two successful competitive swimmers. He will be an excellent leader of a swim program that serves both our year-round club swimmers and our seasonal swimmers.
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  • 60 Owls Earn Spanish Honors

    Sixty Spanish students garnered national recognition for their performance on the 2023 National Spanish Examinations. Owls earned a total of 10 Gold, 14 Silver, and 13 Bronze Medals, along with 23 honorable mentions. Patrick Burke ’25 achieved a perfect score on the Spanish II examination.
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  • Springfield Society Inducts 10

    Faculty and families celebrated 10 eighth-grade Springfield Society inductees during a banquet May 11. These scholars are in the top 10% of their class and demonstrate character consistent with the high standards of the school’s Honor Code and Community Creed.
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  • Owls Win Hunters Challenge

    On behalf of Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Hunters for the Hungry Program Director Matt Simcox presented the MUS chapter of the program the regional championship trophy.
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  • Be a 2023-24 Peer Mentor!

    The Counseling Department is accepting Upper School volunteers for next year’s Peer Mentoring program - become a Wingman! Help a newer, younger student learn about the U! You will get training before you are paired with an underclassman. This is a great leadership and service-hours opportunity, so contact Mrs. Candy Harris with questions or sign up today!
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  • Johnson Talks Mental Health

    Kristopher Johnson ’23 spoke about his mental health journey during chapel May 10. A member of the MUS Mental Health Club, the outgoing senior wanted to encourage students who may be struggling with mental and emotional issues.
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  • Summer Reading - Plan to Succeed!

    The Hyde Library wants to help you get started with Summer Reading assignments! Everyone must complete the reading assignment before next fall, and the exam deeply influences first-quarter grades - so make your plans NOW to take (and pass) a Summer Reading Mastery course or by doing the reading assignment yourself over the summer.
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  • Christenbury Speaks to Lower School

    Stephen Christenbury ’19, who graduates with a degree in civil engineering from Mississippi State on May 12, spoke to Lower School boys about advice that has impacted his life.
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  • Crowd Cheers Trigon Final

    Students and faculty flocked to Thomas Amphitheater to watch as three Lower School contenders took to the arena for the trigon finals May 4.
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  • Jackson and Packard Celebrated

    In a twist of fate, the Student Council chaplain couldn’t make it to chapel May 5. Luckily, Robert J. Hussey, Sr. Chair of Religion David Jackson was available to deliver the devotional, because Headmaster Pete Sanders was honoring him, along with Instructor in Math Leigh Packard, to celebrate their retirements.
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  • McCarroll German Honors

    Freshman Miles McCarroll received a Silver Award for his performance on the 2023 National German Exam. The American Association of Teachers of German hosts the annual exam.
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  • Miller, Distinguished Teaching Award

    Headmaster Pete Sanders awarded Science Instructor Shauna Miller the 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award in Hyde Chapel May 5.
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  • Class of 2025 Ambassadors Announced

    The Ambassador Selection Committee – which includes Counseling Director Joe Abrahams ’96, Admissions Assistant Director Emily Bailey, Lower School Athletic Director Matt Bakke, and Admissions Director Buck Towner ’07 – announced the Class of 2025 Student Ambassadors during chapel May 1.
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  • Owls Succeed in Robotics Challenge

    Upper School Robotics engineers from the Class of 2023 put their skills to the test this semester as they built, programmed, and operated their creations to navigate a speed maze and clean up a trash pit in Science Department Chair Lee Loden’s Physics II: Robotics class.
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  • Fall Auditions Set: May 8, 10, 11

    Upper School and Lower School students interested in participating in the MUS Theater Company’s fall musical, Mamma Mia!, should head to Hyde Chapel May 8, 10, and 11 for auditions and tech interviews. Theater Assistant Director Ted Fockler ’10, Instructor in Music Matt Tutor ’91, and Theater Technical Director Robert Fudge welcome potential actors, actresses, designers, and crew members.
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  • Large Honored by The Salvation Army

    Mr. Jonathan Large, history teacher and Civic Service Organization advisor, received The Salvation Army Angel of Hope Award on April 27 during a volunteer appreciation dinner. In addition to his many personal philanthropic and service efforts, Large leads an impressive contingency of student volunteers. It was for his youth leadership and his work with the Angel Tree Program that he was honored this year.
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  • Latin Club Holds “Insanity” Contest

    Seven teams of Owls in Latin II, III, IV, and V competed in the Latin Club’s April Insanity Certamen Tournament, and the quartet of juniors Will Gramm, Parth Patel, Alan Zhou, and freshman Joshua Gramm came out on top.
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  • Math Modeling Owls 2nd in Nation

    Five Owls worked about 170 hours – six hours a week from October to April – to analyze the problem of recidivism in Iowa prisons and formulate solutions based on predictive mathematical models. Their 38-page report resulted in a second-place finish nationally in the 2022-23 Modeling the Future Challenge, sponsored by the Actuarial Foundation. 
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  • Nine Owls Sign NLIs

    Nine Owls committed to the next stop in their academic and athletic journeys in front of families and friends April 27. The recruiting process ended as these seniors made their decisions final in the Wunderlich Lobby.
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  • Zaptin Named Presidential Semifinalist

    The United States Presidential Scholars Program has named senior Jack Zaptin a semifinalist.
    Candidates are selected based on demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, artistic and technical pursuits, personal conduct, and selfless service to others. Those who advance from semifinalists to Presidential Scholars will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington where they will receive a medallion during a special ceremony sponsored by the White House.
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  • Owls Top State Math Competition

    What was needed for the Owls to bring home a state championship from the 2023 Mu Alpha Theta State Convention and Math Competition?  Intense preparation, sure. But other factors – Nerf guns, late night pizza in the hotel, two stops at Buc-ee’s Travel Center, and basketball pickup games – cannot be ruled out.

    Competing in this event for the first time since 2007, the Owls came away with nine top-3 awards including the Overall Sweepstakes. In the Math Bowl, two Owl teams met in the finals.
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  • Language Fair Latin Awards

    Congratulations to these students for winning awards in the Latin Translation Contest at the 2023 University of Memphis Language Fair.
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  • All-Sports Awards Announced

    Teams and families celebrated 2022-23 achievements at the Jake Rudolph All-Sports Awards ceremony April 25. Seventy-five seniors received varsity-letter plaques celebrating their careers at MUS while 331 underclassmen received newly earned letters.
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  • Classics Writing Contest Honors Owls

    Congratulations to seniors Max Mascolino and James Van Der Jagt and junior Brandon Nicholson for receiving recognition in the Monmouth College Bernice Fox Classics Writing Contest.
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  • Owls Excel on NLE

    Owls earned 140 awards for achievement on the 2023 National Latin Exam – 84 Summa Cum Laude Gold Medals, 29 Maxima Cum Laude Silver Medals, and 22 Magna Cum Laude and 5 Cum Laude certificates.
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  • Seniors Honored with Awards

    Class of 2023 family members joined students and faculty in Hyde Chapel on April 19 for the Senior Academic Awards program. Faculty presented the awards while praising each student for his accomplishments.
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  • Theater Spotlight Shines on '70s

    Thespians and tech crew from the 1970s – “The Elder Era” – gathered to celebrate legendary MUS theater directors George Elder and Andy Saunders April 14 and 15.
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  • 12 Seniors Earn Biliteracy Seal

    Twelve Owls earned the Seal of Biliteracy, a program recognizing students who have achieved proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation.
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  • Piecuch Named Music Educator of Year

    Instructor in Instrumental Music and Director of Band and Orchestra Programs Chris Piecuch has been named the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music Educator of the Year. He will receive the award in an April 26 ceremony in the Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center.
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  • April Proclaimed Latin Appreciation Month

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee once again renewed our request to proclaim April as Latin Appreciation Month, carrying on a tradition started in 2014. The MUS student-created Latin phrase Musica e montibus fluit (“Music flows from the mountains”) continues to be the honorary Latin motto of the state.
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  • Owls Honored with Awards, Inductions

    Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland presented The President’s Volunteer Service Award to seven Owls at the Special Awards and Honor Societies Induction ceremony in Hyde Chapel April 12.
    After reading about the selfless volunteerism of the honorees, he likened their work to the actions of the Good Samaritan toward the injured man in the famous parable. “People walked or rode by and thought, ‘If I stop, what will happen to me?’ The Samaritan flipped that and said, ‘If I don’t stop, what will happen to this man?’ And that is what these young men have done.”
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  • How to Win with Money 101

    In this course about making sensible life choices combined with the power of compound interest, students learn how to build wealth and change their financial family trees forever! Taught by Pam and George Sousoulas Chair of Economics Orlando McKay, subjects covered will include zero-based budgeting, car purchases, the world of credit cards, long-term investing, and much more. See a quick video message from him about this course HERE!
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  • Academic Progress Check Reminder

    We have arrived at the midpoint of Quarter 4.
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  • Owls Place in WordSmith Olympics

    Eleven students participated in the 2023 WordSmith Olympics February 26 at the University of Memphis, led by Instructor in English Eric Dalle. Among the awards, seventh grader Gus Williams won a Gold Medal, and junior Jerry Xiao a Silver Medal. The Owls also earned school second-place trophies for seventh and 11th grade.
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  • 2023-24 Student Council Executives

    Upper School students have elected the following Student Council executives for next year:
    President – Will Klepper
    Vice President – Sam Wilson
    Secretary/Treasurer – William Eubank
    Commissioner of Student Athletics – Catcher Miller
    Commissioner of Student Welfare – Will Hess
    Commissioner of Special Activities – Ben Wunderlich
    Commissioner of Social Events – Hays Prather
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  • Owl Writers Honored in Nation, Region

    Nine Owls from the Class of 2023 have received regional honors for their writing in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, including Kyan Ramsay, who also won a national Gold Medal.

    Ramsay’s critical essay examining themes in Toni Morrison’s novel “The Bluest Eye” was written as part of an independent study course, Perspectives in Women’s Literature, with English Department Chair Elizabeth Crosby last semester.
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  • Owls Earn YIG Honors

    Forty-five Owls participated in the 2023 YMCA Youth in Government Tristar Conference in Nashville March 20-April 2, leaving with a multitude of awards and leadership roles.
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  • DECA Members Win Awards

    Members of the DECA Club received several awards during the Tennessee DECA State Career Development Conference March 8-11 in Chattanooga. 

    The club was elevated to Thrive Level, which allows up to six members to participate at Thrive Academy in this year’s International Career Development Conference in Orlando. They also earned the Club 75 Achievement Award for membership.
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  • 2023-24 Cheerleaders Announced

    Cheer advisors Mrs. Rebecca Keel and Mrs. Michelle Crews have announced the 2023-24 cheerleading teams! Congratulations to these Owl cheerleaders.
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  • Boelte Portrait Unveiling

    The Alumni Executive Board has memorialized the late Faculty Emeritus A. Robert Boelte, Jr. with the 18th painting in the Faculty Portrait Series. At the portrait unveiling March 23, family, alumni, and colleagues gathered to celebrate the popular teacher who also served as an administrator.
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  • Coates ’06 Rogers Forum Speaker

    Entrepreneur and podcaster Sam Coates ’06 spoke in Hyde Chapel as the 2023 Rogers Leadership Forum special guest, sharing three principles for a life full of meaning:
    • Knowing who you are
    • Showing up
    • Doing the work
    Coates wove in lessons he has learned from guests on his podcast, “Driven By,” and other successful people, including some at 6191 Park Avenue.
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  • Math Modeling Team 2-Time Finalists

    The team of seniors Amar Kanakamedala, Jeffrey Liu, Henry Yu, Lou Zhou, and junior Evan Wu were finalists in two math modeling competitions, each requiring extensive data mining and analysis followed by a detailed written report.
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  • Smithson Advises Sharing Struggles

    Instructor in Science Garrett Smithson spoke in chapel about life’s challenges and the importance of confiding in trusted family members, teachers and coaches, and friends. He reported the results of an anonymous survey he conducted among faculty and staff to illustrate how everyone has encountered problems.
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  • Bridge Builders Deadline: April 7

    Bridge Builders COLLABORATE is a year-long leadership program for students in Grades 7-12. The 2023-24 application deadline is Friday, April 7.
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  • 14th-Straight TJCL Championship Win

    The Bubones brought home their 14th-straight first-place trophy from the Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention held March 23-24 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Knoxville. 

    A total of 36 MUS students, representing Latin I through Latin IV, contributed to this victory. They tallied 1,445 total points while the second-place team in the AAA Division, Webb School of Knoxville, scored 416 total points.
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  • NHS Inducts 62 Owls

    The Memphis University School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 62 members from the junior and senior classes in a ceremony March 24.

    Dr. David Jackson, chair of the selection committee, welcomed students and families to the ceremony while speaking on wisdom and the National Honor Society principles. Senior members then addressed the four pillars of the society, lighting candles to correspond with each trait: Amar Kanakamedala on scholarship, Parth Mishra on leadership, Carter Campbell on character, and John Lee on service.
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  • Students Elect Owen Honor Council President

    The student body elected junior Bennett Owen to be the 2023-24 Honor Council president.

    The Honor Council, composed of representatives from each class and a president elected by the student body, is charged with the responsibility of seeing that the school’s Honor Code is upheld and that any violation is dealt with fairly and justly.
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  • Spain Named MUS Assistant Principal

    Mr. Ross Spain has been named Memphis University School’s new Lower School assistant principal and Admissions associate, effective this summer. Spain comes to MUS from Presbyterian Day School where he has been director of Student Life since 2009.
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  • Wu Biology Olympiad Semifinalist

    Junior Evan Wu was among 400 semifinalists from around the world who competed in the Biology Olympiad on March 16. Wu and juniors Bryan Ding and Eshaan Patnaik and freshman Ari Thiyagarajaa took the online open exam February 2. 
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  • Owls Visit Selma and Montgomery

    Owls traveled to Alabama for an educational tour to wrap up Black History Month. Led by English Department Chair Elizabeth Crosby and History Department Chair Jonathan Jones, the group first stopped at the site where Ell Persons was lynched in 1917 off Summer Avenue near the Wolf River. A marker stands near where the lynching took place. This event led to the formation of the Memphis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
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  • Elahi Educates about Ramadan

    Senior Abdullah Elahi held a chapel presentation March 8 on the most blessed time for Muslims around the world – Ramadan, a month of fasting, prayer, and introspection. This year the observance runs from March 22 - April 21.
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  • Owls Complete 14-Hour Contest

    Armed with laptops, a whiteboard, comfortable clothes, and assorted snacks, seniors Amar Kanakamedala, Jeffrey Liu, Henry Yu, Lou Zhou, and junior Evan Wu sequestered themselves for 14 continuous hours March 3 to compete in the MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge, an online contest with $100,000 in scholarships at stake. They completed a research paper titled "Riding into the Future: Evaluating E-Bikes." 
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  • Owls Honored in DAR Contest

    Three eighth-grade Owls received honors in the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest, and Liam Curran took first place in the chapter, district, and state.
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  • Adams Focuses on Manhood Principles

    Hunter Adams ’06 spoke to seventh and eighth graders during the monthly Manhood Breakfast March 3. Honor Council president his senior year, Adams focused on the three tenets of the Community Creed that most resonate with him: Truth and Honor, Respect, and Accountability.
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  • Johnson Offers Steps to Success

    We are grateful to Pastor Donald L. Johnson of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church for his chapel message today on three steps to success. Johnson encouraged the boys to be self-governing in emotions and conduct; to be discerning about peer influence; and to draw strength from a spiritual, not material source.
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  • CSO Volunteers Needed: March 4

    The Civic Service Organization will host their next Mid-South Food Bank distribution Saturday, March 4, in the Lower School parking lot. Volunteers should arrive at 8:30 a.m., and plan to leave around 11 a.m.
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  • Celebrate Owls With Dedicated Books

    Celebrate your student's birthday, graduation, or other accomplishments by dedicating a book to the Hyde Library! Dedicated books are displayed during the year and include a special book plate honoring your Owl’s birthday or achievement.
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  • Owls Advance in Computational Linguistics

    Thirteen Owls competed in the North American Computational Linguistics Open Competition January 25, and seniors Varun Krishnamurthi and Ismael Qureshi and junior Gabe Chen have qualified for the invitational round March 16. In Tennessee only six students advanced, and three are Owls.
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  • Robotics Team Wins Think Award

    The 14-man Upper School robotics team was hard at work throughout this school year preparing for the TN FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship at Middle Tennessee State University February 18. After going 5-0 in qualifier matches and competing in the semifinals, they won the Think Award, given to the team that best reflects their journey through the engineering design process.
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  • Three Owls Win at Mock Trial

    A dental model lost control of her scooter after skidding on sand that had spilled from a “party wagon.” The model suffered numerous injuries including the loss of her two front teeth, and she sued the driver for damages. The MUS Mock Trial team took on the case during the Mock Trial District 14 Competition.
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  • Cum Laude Society Inducts 26 Owls

    The Memphis University School chapter of the Cum Laude Society inducted 26 new members from the classes of 2023 and 2024 during a ceremony February 24. Membership in the Cum Laude Society is the highest academic honor students in a secondary school can receive. The MUS chapter, which was modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, was chartered on December 14, 1967. The society encourages scholarship under the motto, “Excellence, Justice, Honor.”
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  • Lower School Manhood Breakfast: March 3

    Seventh and eighth graders are invited to attend the next Manhood Breakfast Friday, March 3. In this monthly series, faculty and alumni share their transformative MUS experiences, from boyhood to manhood, and use Community Creed principles to help students apply the lessons to their own lives. Complimentary breakfast will be provided, beginning at 7:15 a.m.
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  • DECA District Honors, Orlando Trip

    Twenty-five DECA members qualified for the state competition after finishing in the top 40 in the district competition. The state competition will be held March 9-11 in Chattanooga.
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  • Harris Highlights Black Church Traditions

    Thanks to Upper School Counselor Candy Harris for a heartfelt chapel program highlighting the history and customs of the Black church through her personal experience. And special thanks to the Ridgeway High School Concert and Men’s Choirs for a stirring performance of gospel music.
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  • Toolbox Tuesday Adds Money Sense

    The uber-popular Toolbox Tuesday continues into the new year for eighth graders with an added program for seventh graders. Pam and George Sousoulas Chair of Economics Orlando McKay will teach his “How to Win with Money 101” course to seventh graders in Dunavant Lecture Hall every other Tuesday for the remainder of the semester. The class is usually offered over the summer to Grades 9-12.
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  • Robotics Engineers Top Competition

    The Lower School Robotics Club took home the highest honor, the Middle School Excellence Award, at the West Collierville Middle School VEX Robotics tournament February 11. The top trio of engineers – eighth graders Ike Emmert and Walker Shirley and seventh grader Mustafa Rehan – qualified for the state tournament March 4 at Brentwood Academy. See the guys in action from another recent event (at SBA) HERE.
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  • Chrishton King Music Chapel

    Sophomore Chrishton King used Wednesday’s chapel to highlight how Black music has influenced most popular tunes filling the radio waves.
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  • Lower School Co-Edge with Bees

    The eighth grade Owls and seventh grade Hutchison Bees made the trek across the tree line separating the two campuses to swap places for Co-Edge Day.
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  • LS Owls Top Shelby League

    The seventh and eighth grade Owls won the Shelby League Tournament Finals of their respective basketball leagues February 8.
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  • Nine Owls Compete in AIME

    Nine Owls competed in the prestigious American Invitational Math Exam Tuesday, February 7. The students scored well enough on their American Math Competition exams to qualify for the three-hour, 15 question AIME.
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  • Varsity Swimmers Win County

    The Upper School swim team won the Shelby County Championship for the 11th time Saturday, January 28.
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  • Coach John Jarnagin Honored

    The Tennessee Baseball Coaches Association honored Head Baseball Coach John Jarnagin for his 784 career victories.
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  • Robotics Owls Compete at SBA

    Three Owl robotics squads competed in the VEX Robotics Competition at St. Benedict at Auburndale Saturday, January 28.
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  • Students Advance in Shakespeare Competition

    Freshman Miles McCarroll won the schoolwide English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition January 27 by performing an excerpt from Henry IV, Part 2, Act 5, Scene 5. Sophomore Amrik Chakravarty placed second with a performance as Nick Bottom from Act 4, Scene 1 of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
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  • Ramsay Explores Own History

    Senior Kyan Ramsay’s chapel presentation started with a video, put together by fellow senior Cristian Arocho, in which they asked students and teachers to choose between a favorite interest and Black History Month. When Madame Rebecca Keel was asked “French or Black History Month?” she responded, “French Black History Month!” 

    The video was a humorous way to highlight the question Kyan asked himself about Black History Month: Why? Why is it important? Why do we celebrate it?
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  • Aitken ’23 Commits to Memphis

    Senior Stryker Aitken committed to continue his football career at the University of Memphis. He put pen to paper in front of friends and family in the lobby of the Sue H. Hyde Sports and Physical Education Center.
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  • Business “Generalist” Speaks to DECA

    Executive Director at USRowing Rich Cacioppo spoke to the DECA club on “The Case for Being an All-Around Athlete” or becoming a well-rounded businessman.
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  • School Resumes Friday, Feb. 3

    School will be in session Friday, February 3, opening at the regular time. Dress code is Friday attire: coat and tie. The Massey gate will be closed, so please use the Park or Ridgeway gates.
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  • All-West Band and Orchestra Honorees

    Owls Earn All-West Band Honors

    Congratulations to the Owl musicians who auditioned for the All-West Tennessee Bands. They performed difficult musical excerpts and scales, and they were required to sight-read in front of a judge who is a professional musician and/or teacher.
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  • Swimmers Win County

    The Lower School swimming team won the Shelby County Middle School Championship in a meet at St. George’s in December.
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  • Zhou: Stats of the Last Shot

    Senior Lou Zhou reported in chapel on his independent study in sports analytics with Math Instructor Darin Clifft. Using random forest decision making and statistical computing, he quantified NBA players’ ability to make the last shot in a game, calling it DAWG, for Daggers Adequately Winning Games. “Through a combination of a metric which measures the importance or pressure of each shot as well as a metric which defines the difficulty of the shot, we can describe using math a player’s ability to hit that last shot.” Among his Top-10 were DeMar DeRozan, Trae Young, Damian Lillard, and Steph Curry, players “known pretty well for their clutch shooting ability.”
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  • Taylor ’11, About Finding His Lane

    Mr. Scooter Taylor ’11, co-founder of West Peek Productions, spoke to students in chapel Friday about discovering their own paths in life.
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  • Five Owls Win Art Awards

    Five Owls earned honors in the Mid-South Scholastic Art Awards for work they produced during the first semester. See their work HERE.

    Andrew Xu ’23 entered an illustration titled “Poli Sci,” which earned a Gold Key. Xu’s art will be on display at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and it will be sent to New York for national judging.
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  • Celebrating Our Memphis Home

    Memphis Day 2023 – dubbed Memphis Day Mayhem – showcased the best of the city with a little wrestling on the side! 

    The morning kicked off in Hyde Chapel with Studio Band playing Memphis tunes and Headmaster Pete Sanders framing the school’s vital connection to the city. He cited the 572 alumni who hold seats on nonprofit boards, the 486 Owls who are high-ranking corporate officers, and the alumni behind 20 of the top private companies in Memphis.
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  • Applying for Financial Aid

    We encourage every family to apply for need-based financial aid, even if they think they might not qualify. Some colleges are surprisingly generous with their financial aid awards, so it is worth applying to receive full consideration. 
    Also, to be eligible for aid consideration all four years, some colleges require families to apply for financial aid the first year.
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  • Mr. Willie Gregory Offers Words of Wisdom

    Often described as the man who personifies the slogan, “Just do it,” Mr. Willie Gregory, a Nike executive, has worked with top pro athletes, helped bring the Grizzlies to Memphis, spearheaded the largest sports athletic contract for the University of Memphis, worked to quell community unrest, and joined forces with organizations from the Greater Memphis Chamber to the 100 Black Men of America to the National Civil Rights Museum.

    Illustrating his talk with examples from his life, he advised the boys to remember three words: relationships, opportunity, and appreciation.
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    Liz Copeland 

    Communications Dir.
    (901) 260-1357
    University of Memphis - BPS
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    Rebecca Greer 

    Communications Asst. Dir./Webmaster
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    Union University - BA
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    Jonah Jordan 

    Communications Specialist
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    University of Memphis - BA
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    Graphic Designer
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    Berry College - BA