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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.

Staff Standoff: April Showers or May Flowers?

April Showers by Mary Orsak There is no greater day of the year than April 1. Aside from the antics of April Fool’s Day, this day welcomes my favorite month of the year. While...

Meet Your 2018-2019 Executive Student Council

On April 2, 2018, the 2017-2018 executive Student Council handed over the reins to the incoming leaders of the student body during the traditional Student Council installation ceremony. During this assembly, current Student Council...

Staff Standoff: Elevator or Stairs?

Elevator By Mary Orsak, Magazine Editor Although no comprehensive history of the elevator exists to my knowledge, the first primitive elevators date back to the third century B.C., and since the Greek mathematician Archimedes...

Dallas City Council Member Kicks Off Women in Politics Speaker Series

PICTURED ABOVE: Speaking to the nearly 75 students and a dozen faculty members in Clements Lecture Hall, Gates focused on her meandering path in politics and her current position as the city council member...

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...