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Congratulations to senior Alison Kimball, junior Anya Mulligan, and sophomore Alex Armknecht, who earlier this year won regional honorable mentions from the Award for Aspirations in Computing.
Rowland Hall students won the Best Young Entrepreneur Award at the University of Utah Center for Medical Innovation's Bench to Bedside competition April 9. Seniors Michael Palmer, Chris Ausbeck, Nico Edgar, Joseph Wang, and Leo Doctorman devised SmoothStop, a wheelchair brake that provides a safer, more comfortable stop for users riding downhill.
We had a total of eight Middle School basketball teams and 80+ basketball players on our rosters this season. Thank you to all our families for your support during the season and thanks to our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a sport specific t-shirt and for hosting fan appreciation game nights to show our school spirit. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated group of coaches who put in countless hours to develop our student-athletes.
The 2017-2018 season is one of the best in recent memory for Winged Lion winter athletics! Congratulations to our athletes and coaches Amelia Wolfgramm, Cole Jackman, Hope Feliciano (swimming); Ronnie Ross, Romaro Rogers, Zach Paige (boys basketball); and Bill Tatomer, Ashlee Ostler, Stacy Martin (girls basketball). Read on for their stories!
The Rowmark Junior Program had extraordinary success this year! From the older eighth grade Academy Prep skiers to the young All-Mountain Rippers, there were podium finishes and medals galore. This is a true testament to the hard work the athletes and coaches put in all year.
After record-breaking snowfall last season, the 2017-2018 season was the complete opposite. Most of the Intermountain West suffered a snow drought for a good portion of the season, so the skiers had to travel extensively in the beginning of the year to find snow for training. Rowmark only trained a handful of times in the Eagle Race Arena at Park City Mountain. Luckily, there was no drought in the medal count for the Rowmark Ski Academy athletes.
With a brand new coaching staff and a record number of swimmers, this year's team exceeded expectations. Senior and co-captain Sophie Hannah described the school's first-ever state title in swimming as "a direct representation of our persistence."
In the 35 years since its founding, 16 Rowmark alumni have been named to the U.S. Ski Team, and most of those have competed in the Olympics.
(R)evolution was a celebratory retrospective of dance in America and a rumination on how history learned through words and images doesn't tell the whole story.
The new playground hub built by one of our teachers as a DIY project encourages creative play and an appreciation for nature.
"Kids are the scientists now," sixth-grade science teacher Molly Lewis said, "and teachers are the facilitators."
The senior has been skiing and succeeding in increasingly competitive races, including the World Junior Championships in Switzerland, and she's taking it all in stride.
(R)evolution was both a celebratory retrospective of dance in America and a rumination on how history learned through words and images doesn't tell the whole story. Senior Sophia Cutrubus described the show as tracing the evolution of mainstream dance while demonstrating how the art provided "an outlet to express ideas and emotions that were taboo and threatened power structures in each time period."
One October morning, students in Dr. Fiona Halloran's Advanced Topics US History class engaged in a lively debate about whether Thomas Jefferson or John Adams was the best candidate for president in the election of 1800. Scribbling notes and whispering—preparing their rebuttal while the other side spoke—students displayed passion, conviction, and fierce competitiveness about a contest decided over two centuries ago. After one young woman asked how John Adams could govern the country when he couldn't control his own party, the stunned silence in the room quickly dissolved into laughter. The students' enthusiasm was contagious, and as they dispersed after the bell rang, their energy remained high.
Congratulations to Rowland Hall Debate Coach Mike Shackelford: in December, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) named him Utah's Educator of the Year. "I'm fortunate to have supportive administrators, understanding parents, helpful assistants, and talented kids," Mr. Shackelford said. "The team's success wouldn't be possible without countless other people within and outside our school. Ultimately, this award will motivate me to continue working as hard as possible." State award recipients are considered for the NSDA National Educator of the Year award, which will be announced in March.
Join us for the All-School Candle & Carol Service 7 pm Thursday, December 7, at the Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 East 100 South in Salt Lake City. Candle & Carol is a Christmas celebration modeled on a traditional Episcopal Lessons and Carols service, featuring student-musicians from the lower, middle, and upper schools. Space is limited. Please arrive early for seating. Parking is available at Harmons, City Creek, or on the street. Little to no parking is available at the Cathedral.
The Rowmark Junior Program, comprised of three teams, has committed hours of mental and physical conditioning work to prepare for the upcoming race season yet. The student-athletes are ready and excited for the snow to fall.
Train daily for a month. Focus on even the smallest details to shave milliseconds off your time. Travel across the country to a race. Crash right out of the gate. Your weekend's over. It's a seemingly discouraging chain of events for ski racers. But it primed Hank Shipman '13 for perseverance after a near-fatal Rowmark Ski Academy car accident April 9, 2011.
It was a fun fall season for all six of our Middle School Athletic teams. Thanks to all of our athletic families for your support throughout the season and a shout out to thank our Middle School Boosters for providing every athlete with a team T-shirt to show some spirit during the school day. We are fortunate to have such a dedicated coaching staff who put in countless hours to develop our student athletes. Please read on for a recap of each team's season highlights.

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