Upper School News

King School Announces 2022 Commencement Speaker 

King School is pleased to announce Julie Sheetz ’03 as this year’s Commencement keynote speaker. 

Julie Sheetz currently serves as the Chief of Staff for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In this role, Sheetz oversees an organization of nearly 100 people that provides the Secretary of Defense with policy recommendations and advice spanning the management of the United States’ treaty alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region. 

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Researchers Demonstrate Resilience for Return of Science Fair

The Upper School Science Fair was back in the gymnasium this year after a two-year pause. Upper school students in Honors Biology, Honors Chemistry, Honors Physics, and the ASPIRE program participated in two sessions held on May 12 to present their research to peers, faculty, family, and special guests. 

“I love mentoring science fair projects for beginning students. Their excitement for trying new things is always refreshing. My favorite moments are when they shift from fear and nervousness about doing something new to excited and confident after they get results and realize it’s not that hard, and then they’ve learned a new skill,” said Director of Science Research Victoria Schulman. 

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Inaugural King of Spring Events Bloom Into Action

King of Spring was in full bloom on King School’s campus last weekend. The inaugural festivities showcased King’s extracurricular programs – Athletics, King Cares Service Learning, and Performing Arts – during a week of fun-filled activities. 

Leading up to the weekend, each division hosted a different theme each day for Spirit Week to kick off the celebration with a major show of Viking Pride. To name a few, the week featured a tie dye day in the Lower School, Wacky Wednesday in the Middle School, a neon day in the Upper School, and an all school King Spirit day at the end of the week. 

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 Senior Artists O.P.E.N. to Self Expression at Art Colloquium

Culminating a year of self-discovery and exploration in the arts, the senior art students presented their capstone projects at the Art Colloquium, an annual arts seminar hosted in the Performing Arts Center at King School. The presentations are a result of the school’s O.P.E.N project experience: Original, Personal, Experiential, and Novel. Each year, seniors are encouraged to explore different mediums of art and create projects that are a personal expression of their interests or experiences to present to their classmates at the colloquium.

The students typically begin their projects with one idea, but the idea develops into new concepts or multiple projects as the year progresses. Jamie Munno ’22 likened the experience to the growth of a flower.

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King School’s Biennial Gala Returns After Pandemic Pause

King School’s biennial gala returned to campus this year with invigorating energy after an extended pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The glass ceiling tent was filled with cheer, laughter, and the sound of clinking glasses as over 350 guests gathered for the event which took place on Saturday, April 23, on the King School campus. 

Head of School Carol Maoz kicked off the evening. “Tonight, we celebrate our community, and we celebrate the ability to gather in person on this beautiful campus – something we no longer take for granted!”

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King School Takes Action on National Day of Silence

April 22, marks the annual Day of Silence, led by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), to raise awareness about the discrimination and harassment LGBTQ+ students face in schools. The Day of Silence has been held each year in April since 1996.

King School observed the day as a Day of Action with optional student-led initiatives to celebrate and support members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Gender and Sexuality Awareness (GSA) Club in King’s Upper School organized a gathering to mark the occasion. Students also participated by wearing pronouns pins, rainbow stickers, and colorful clothing. “Here at King, part of our values is that individuals are able to be seen as their authentic selves,” said Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr.Clyde Beverly III. 

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King School Partners with American School of Warsaw to Learn About the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

When the Russian forces invaded Ukraine at the end of February, upper school students Anabelle Creveling ’22 and Meredith Joo ’23 sprung into action. They started to network, searching for ways to connect with those directly affected by the attacks.

Together they learned that history teacher Lindsey Rossler had a friend and colleague at the American School of Warsaw. Poland, which is adjacent to Ukraine, has welcomed the largest number of Ukrainian refugees since the onset of the conflict.

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King Scholars Earn Cum Laude Distinction

A row of students gleamed on stage before an audience of parents, family members, faculty, and staff at King’s Performing Arts Center as they received recognition for achieving cum laude distinctions for academic excellence. Fittingly, the phrase “cum laude” is Latin for “with praise.”

“Today, we celebrate you and your hard work individually and collectively,” said Head of School Carol Maoz as she celebrated the recipients. “Remember this experience as an example of true excellence where your individualism converges with a greater purpose, and your success is the result of both your hard work and the love and dedication of many others.”

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Alumni Return for Inspiring Career Day Panel

Every year, alumni are invited to return to King School for Career Day to share their professions and life experiences with upper school students. This year’s featured alumni reflected an array of career paths including marketing, sales, finance, theater, and medicine. The panelists offered advice to the students as they consider life after King. 

“The framework of education is to produce the skills you need to be a part of any environment,” said Jesse Freedman KLHT’00, who is a Magic and Illusions Associate for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway and the Founding Artistic Director of the Meta-Phys Ed. Performance Group.

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King Students Advance to Prestigious Research Competitions

Six students from the Advanced Science Program for Independent Research and Engineering (ASPIRE) delayed their spring break plans to qualify for the final round of the 2022 Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF). The effort proved to be worthwhile for the students, who advanced through higher levels of competition and brought home numerous awards from the event.

Ben Persily ’23 won several distinctions for his research exploring whether prime editing in stem cells could be used to correct the well-characterized mutation that causes cystic fibrosis. Among other awards, he earned one of only seven prestigious spots on the Connecticut delegation to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).  

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