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Mary Orsak

Mary Orsak

Mary Orsak

Mary is an avid bibliophile, politico and a lover of law and crime TV shows.

It’s Meryl Streep’s World and We Are All Living in It

In the era of assaults upon the free press and a cultural awakening on workplace sexual harassment, Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” a fast-paced and exhilarating drama chronicling The Washington Post’s decision to publish sections...

Scarlett Letter of Rejection

  Very few movies and television shows accurately depict the college admissions process. For example, in “High School Musical 3,” star basketball player, musical theater extraordinaire and teen-heartthrob Troy Bolton shocks his classmates by...

Captain’s Council Motivates Athletes

  During the first set of the match against the Episcopal School of Dallas during the Southwest Preparatory Conference tournament, the Hockaday varsity volleyball team remained in serve-receive for four points. Senior and captain...

Status Update on the First Amendment

PICTURED ABOVE: Student journalists from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia convened in Washington, D.C. for the Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference to discuss journalistic best practices and...

Kramer Explains: The Civil War, Episode 1

Upper School History Department Chair Steve Kramer explains common misconceptions of the Civil War in this series, “Kramer Explains.” In this episode, Kramer discusses John Brown and answers the question, “Is John Brown a...

A (Trance)formative Way To Improve Scores

PICTURED ABOVE: Starting as early as Lower School, Hockaday students begin standardized tests. Director of Learning Support Shelley Cave notes that these types of tests often provoke anxiety in even the youngest students. Photo...

Staff Standoff: Is He Our President?

COMPROMISE By Mary Orsak To preface this article, I must admit that I despise President Donald J. Trump. His megalomania, ignorance of history and puerile temper render him incompetent to hold the most powerful...

Don’t Sweat Homecoming

PICTURED ABOVE: Then juniors Payton Hart and Julia Mitterer-Claudet dance at the 2017 Hockaday Winter Formal. Photo provided by Cornerstones staff. After 45 minutes of awkward conversation about family pets, favorite subjects and upcoming...

It’s a Long Story

PICTURED ABOVE: Ed Long, Nancy Penn Penson ‘41 & John G Penson Distinguished Teacher in Fine Arts and Dean of Upper School // Photo by Cirrus Chen A staple of the Hockaday community since...

Day in the Life of Mr. Murray

Have you ever wondered what occurs behind the closed door of Head of Upper School Terry Murray’s office? We did, too. The Fourcast sent Magazine Editor Mary Orsak to shadow Murray and to learn...