Eight Whitby chess players and parents travelled to Dallas, TX, to compete in the U.S. Chess Federation National Elementary Championship, a hard-fought seven-game marathon that took place over three days. In the top level Championship K-3 section, Max Lu and Joseph Ho were joined by three players playing above their rating section: Jack Klein, Peter Liu and Nicholas Stephens. With many Whitby players facing long odds against higher-rated competition, members were able to persevere, helping Whitby secure its first ever National Championship section trophy, finishing 16th in the nation. Four students won individual trophies as they finished first, second, or third in their rating groups.
Whitby's Lower Elementary classes (grades 1-2) welcomed guest poet Ted Scheu to school in May for a two-day workshop. During his visits to the classrooms, he discussed sensory tools like metaphor and simile, and the students explored exemplar poems. Students then had the opportunity to write their own free verse poems, comparing themselves or things to other things using imagery and figurative language.
Three Whitby alumnae, all members of the Greenwich High School (GHS) band, consistently noted as one of the top high school band programs in the country, traveled with the band in April to Cuba as part of a cultural exchange program.
Whitby alumna Eliza McNitt '05 won Best Short Dramatic Film at the Arizona International Film Festival for "Without Fire," which she wrote and directed on a Navajo Reservation last year under an Alfred P. Sloan Science film grant. The film, based on a true story, is about a young Navajo girl with a scientific brain who defies her Mother's desire that she be a traditional Navajo girl. Eliza has also won an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant and 46 Film Festival Nominations and Prizes, including eight "Best Film" and "Best Director" Awards.
Whitby 7th Grader Nate Lucas advanced to Level 3 at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Spring Evaluation Festival. Nate performed Mozart's Menuet, K. 164. A judge commented, "A most enjoyable performance today. Nate's hard work and attention to detail are paying off...We need good oboists like Nate in our music programs."
Members of Whitby School's leadership, including Admissions Director Nadia Meier, Upper School Head Jonathan Chein, Lower School Head Simone Becker, Director of Secondary School Counseling Jacqueline Quigley and Associate Director of Enrollment and Registrar Kathleen Steinman, along with current parents Thasunda and Richard Duckett and incoming new parents Byron and Nora Valenzuela, were on hand Monday, April 28, at the Greenwich Hyatt for an inspiring luncheon to celebrate the 20th class of REACH Prep scholars.