Dr. Lee Berger, a research professor of paleoanthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, spoke to a group of Middle Schoolers over Zoom about his team’s recent groundbreaking discovery of early human fossils.
At the 2021 Dallas BEST Robotics Tournament, the St. Mark’s Robotics Team placed third overall and took home the “Founders’ Award for Creative Design”— the award for the best-designed robot in the eyes of the judges.
On Friday, October 8, St. Mark’s welcomed back two world-renowned intellectuals for a lesson in civil discourse. Professors Cornel West and Robert George spent several hours on campus, meeting with students and presenting a special Upper School Assembly on “Truth-Seeking, Democracy, and Freedom of Thought and Expression."
Over the past few years, the need for positive mental health has become clearer than ever before. As St. Mark’s seeks to address the overall health and wellness of its boys, efforts have been made to bolster the School’s counseling services.
The College Board has recognized ten seniors for their remarkable academic achievements. Four seniors were named National African American Recognition Program Scholars, and six were named National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has honored Ekansh Tambe ’22 as a recipient of its 2021 Power of Children Awards. The honor recognizes and rewards students in grades 6–11 across America who are improving the lives of others through a selfless commitment to service and the betterment of their local communities.
Earlier this year, Cultivation Nation (also known as the St. Mark’s Garden Club) installed several small, raised beds adjacent to the Arthur Douglas Greenhouse, dedicating themselves to tending to their crops over the long hot summer and into the upcoming school year.
This spring, Grant Jackson ’22 and Andrew Jin ’25 completed their Eagle Scout projects, an important step towards earning the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.
This fall, the varsity football team will take the field under new leadership. Harry Flaherty will join the faculty as St. Mark’s Head Varsity Football Coach, as well as a teacher of both history and physical education.
Nestled between the St. Mark’s Chapel and the Fine Arts Wing, campus visitors will now find a large dark-blue angled metal beam, systematically adorned with bright yellow rope. The new piece was created by Rohan Khatti ’21 as part of a recent tradition that gives seniors the opportunity to create a large-scale sculpture on campus.
At the final faculty/staff meeting of the school year, Eugene McDermott Headmaster David W. Dini announced that Middle School humanities teacher Greg Crook has been appointed the next holder of the Thomas S. Adams Master Teaching Chair.
As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, the faculty and staff of St. Mark’s gathered together in the Great Hall one last time before the summer break. Eugene McDermott Headmaster David W. Dini honored several colleagues for their longevity and special service to the School.
On Thursday, May 27, 2021, 102 young men donned white dinner jackets and walked across the stage on the Ida M. and Cecil H. Green Commencement Theatre. As St. Mark’s honored all the incredible Marksmen of the Class of 2021, Eugene McDermott Headmaster David W. Dini presented the three major School prizes.
At the Upper School Final Assembly on May 27, 2021, the Alumni Association announced Janis Oprea and Doug Rummel as finalists for the 2021 Ralph B. Rogers Alumni Award, and Nurse Julie Doerge was named as the recipient of this year’s honor.
Two St. Mark’s publications, The Marque and The Scientific Marksmen, recently received national recognition. These accolades are even more impressive considering both were published in the spring of 2020 and the initial stages of the pandemic, presenting unique coordination and production challenges.
In less than a month, the Class of 2021 will walk across the Commencement stage and begin the next chapter of their Path to Manhood. To help mark this milestone, the Senior Class, in consultation with the Headmaster, has selected retired Air Force Lieutenant General (LTG) Steven Shepro to deliver the Commencement Address.
The Upper School Academic Team proved worthy of their #1 seed by going undefeated to win the Small School National Championship Tournament (Open Division) hosted by National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT).
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) announced its annual Crown Awards, recognizing the top student publications in the nation. Marksmen brought home four Gold Crowns, the Association’s highest honor, for works published in the 2019-2020 school year.
St. Mark’s continues to restore the campus following the October 2019 tornado. Repairs are complete on most campus facilities, where the work ranged from mending masonry to completely replacing roofs and windows. Restoration work is now focusing on the campus's green spaces.
Thirty-one seniors have been named Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are among only 15,000 Finalists selected nationwide, out of a pool of 1.5 million eligible students who met the required PSAT/NMSQT scores and competed in the application process.
Over the summer of 2020, the country underwent a serious moment of introspection, as tragic episodes of racial injustice and excessive force sparked protests and calls for change. In Dallas, Thomas Philip ’22 and Rahul Gunukula ’22 watched the events unfold and decided to take action to further the conversation at St. Mark’s.
Finding positivity amidst tragedy, Ben and Karen got involved with Team Michael, a non-profit that collects toys for children undergoing cancer treatment at Children’s Medical Center and Cook Children’s. Team Michael hosts parties and a toy drive each June on Michael’s birthday to restock the pediatric cancer prize closets. This is the tenth year Ben and Karen have been involved with the organization.
Over the past few summers, Shreyan Daulat ’23 had volunteered these centers in South Dallas, until the pandemic brought that work to a halt. Determined to continue helping the community, Shreyan created The Buckner Project.
St. Mark’s faculty and staff volunteered to be part of a study to better understand the spread of COVID-19 in Dallas-Ft. Worth. Organized by UT Southwestern and Texas Health Resources, the DFW COVID-19 Prevalence Study has a focus on front-line workers, including those in the education sector.
This fall, the Lower School participated in a food drive to support the CitySquare food pantry, collecting 120 boxes of stuffing and 120 cans of corn. Marksmen focused on collecting these items as part of CitySquare’s larger Thanksgiving Food Drive.
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