Episcopal Collegiate School is pleased to welcome former National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) President Patrick F. Bassett this week for a series of professional development workshops with faculty, administrators, and board members. Having studied and visited schools in 42 states and 38 countries, Bassett is one of the foremost thinkers and senior consultants on education in the world today.
The Episcopal Collegiate Robotics Team, known as the "LegoCats", took home a first-place trophy at the statewide FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championship Tournament in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The nine-person team comprised of Lower and Middle School students received a first-place award in robotics strategy and innovation at the statewide competition held January 15-17 on the University of Arkansas campus.
Episcopal Collegiate Orchestra Director and Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Kiril Laskarov presented the 1712 Stradivarius Violin to students in Chapel January 27. The historically important instrument created by Antonio Stradivari during his "golden period" is on loan to the ASO for Laskarov's performance with the ASO this weekend. The violin is one of the finest instruments in existence and was once played by violin virtuoso Nicolo Paganini. There are only 500 Stradivarius violins known to remain today. Laskarov gave students a preview performance of Mendelssohn's Concerto, which he will perform for the public January 30 and 31 at 3 p.m. at Maumelle Performing Arts Center. For tickets, visit arkansasymphony.org
Episcopal Collegiate Upper School Broadcast Journalism Teacher Anthony Mariani continues to build on his success in film and writing. This month, his screenplay, Don't You Forget About Me, won Best Screenplay in the New York City Indie Film Awards in the shorts category. This success follows a Best Screenplay Award in the LA Shorts Competition. The film has been accepted into 10 film festivals around the world, including Roma Cinadoc, Access Code in Bangalore, Karnataka India, Miami Independent Film Festival, I Filmmaker International Film Festival in Marbella, Spain, Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Venice Film Week, and The London Shows International Film Festival.
The Upper School Quiz Bowl Team won its first trophy of the season, a 3rd Place in Division 1A-4A at the Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association Board-sponsored tournament held at Cabot Freshman Academy on Saturday, January 16. Over 100 teams from around the state competed. Congratulations to all participants: Captain Adam Hall, Jack Carney, Anna Feldman, Steven Angtuaco, Sadie Flannery, Nicole Occidental, Samuel Rhee, Boyd Bethel, Colin Bridges, Lowell Carr, Duane Chen, Graham Gordon, Ethan Strauss, and Ryan Wisely.