News in Brief

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Olivia Marrus

“Almost, Maine”

This fall, students will be performing in the play “Almost, Maine.” “The play is a quirky, lovable performance that shows different types and stages of relationships and comments on how love remains constant throughout the turmoil of day to day life,” said Avery Looser (11). “It’s a fabulous show that will make and break your heart all at the same time, and leave you with a hopeful outlook and this complicated array of emotions we summarize as love.” The performances will be on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 22 at 2 p.m.

Freshman Retreat 2.0

After the cancellation of the Freshman Retreat in August, the Peer Mentors planned a series of events to help bond the freshman class. During the weekend of Sept. 22, the freshmen were invited to a pre-homecoming game tailgate in the Houston Plaza, as well as a pre-party the night of the homecoming dance. In addition to these two events, another bonding opportunity is planned to take place during the weekend of Oct. 20.

Midterm Cancellation Plan

Upper school midterms have been cancelled due to the scheduling issues caused by Hurricane Harvey. Instead, teachers will have the option to assign unit assessments on fixed days in the last week of the semester. On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the English department may collect their final grades. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the Math and World Language departments may have their assessments. On Thursday, Dec. 14, the History and Science Departments may collect assignments. On Friday, Dec. 15, students do not need to come to school unless they have a Computer Science class or are submitting an English assignment.

One Last Blast

On Aug. 20, the class of 2018 gathered on top of the parking garage to paint cars and reunite after a summer apart. This annual celebration of the start of their final year at Kinkaid is a highly anticipated event. This year, the event was preceded by a meeting with the deans about college.  “One Last Blast was a great way to reconnect with my peers and start senior year on the right foot.” – Bennett Sikes (12)

Falcon Wings Fall Submissions

This year’s Falcon Wings, the annual Kinkaid literary magazine, is changing its submission process. In order to avoid the second semester of the Creative Writing class centering around the production of Falcon Wings, Ms. Jamail and the English Department decided to add a rolling submission date in the fall. The goal of this is to reduce stress on the Creative Writing students and to allow for more time to spend on developing writing skills during the second semester. Fall submissions are ongoing with a final submission date in January.

Debate Update

During the weekend of Sep. 8, the debate team competed in a tournament at Grapevine High School against 102 schools. Despite a seven day break from school, the debaters earned high rankings. Dani Knobloch (11) and Amy Ho (11) placed as the 18th seed in the policy debate with 3 wins and 2 losses. In the Lincoln-Douglas debate, a one-on-one debate about philosophy,  Jiya Ghei (12), Jack Scofield (11), and Shreya Mehta (10) had 3 wins and 2 losses during the 5 preliminary rounds.

Freshman Election Results

The freshmen voted for their class officers on Sep. 20. This year, Daryn Mehling will serve as freshman class president, Harrison Jones as Governing Council Representative, and William Watson and Alice Hogan as Honor Council Representatives. “I’m honored to be selected by my peers to represent the grade and improve the Kinkaid community. Over the course of the year, I plan to make school less stressful academically and plan events to integrate our class into high school.” – Daryn Mehling (9)