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Senior Named Presidential Scholar Finalist
(11/21/14) Aaron Hilton has been named a Presidential Scholar Finalist by the National YoungArts FoundationAaron is one of 700 applicants, out of over 11,000 applicants, invited to attend YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida (Jan. 4-11, 2015).   Aaron receives his dance training at the School of American Ballet.
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and supports the next generation of artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts; assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development; and raises appreciation for the arts in American society.

Alum Megan Fairchild Opens on Broadway
10/15/14) Megan Fairchild makes her Broadway debut on October 16th when On the Town opens at the Lyric Theatre.  Megan has been a New York City Ballet principal dancer since 2005.  She told Broadway Buzz, "Until now, I've never spoken on stage before.   I'm having the best time with the acting parts."   The musical evolved from the Jerome Robbins Ballet, "Fancy Free," with music by Leonard Bernstein.  Adolf Comden and Betty Green contributed the book and lyrics to the musical version. 

PCS Administrators Join Online Teaching and Learning Leaders
(10/2/14) Marcy Mann, Associate Head for Academic Affairs, and Lizbeth Johnson, Director of Academic Technology, will join representatives of six other leading online learning programs including the Online School for Girls/Boys and the Global Online Academy, at a New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) conference on Online Teaching and Learning on December 8, 2014 in New Paltz, NY.  Ms. Mann and Ms. Johnson will share some of the latest information on online learning and present models and programs developed in PCS classrooms.   Distance learning has been a part of the PCS program for one-hundred years and today PCS continues to pioneer new ways of adapting technology to meet the needs of today's students.




























PCS Junior Wins French Contest
Aaron Hilton received First Place at the Grand Concours, National French Contest prize ceremony on May 31 at the French Lycee.   PCS French teacher Renata Nikoleyev accompanied him.  Aaron placed First in the Teachers of French/New York Metropolitan Chapter and received a bronze medal in the national contest. Level 5, the contest's highest level.  It was a busy weekend for Aaron who was also dancing in the School of American Ballet's Workshop Performance that evening.

Teen Vogue Features PCS Senior
(5/15/15)  Mimi Staker is one of the School of American Ballet students featured in "What it Takes to Become a Star: Strictly Ballet," a new YouTube series by Teen Vogue.  VIEW EPISODE TWO

PCS Students Perform at 9/11 Museum Dedication
PCS students Isabel Schaffzin (Gr. 11) and Quentin Williams (Gr. 8) performed as members of the The Young People's Chorus of New York at the dedication of the 9/11 Museum at ground zero on May 15, 2014.   Honored guests included 9/11 survivors and family members, as well as President Obama, Governors Cuomo and Christie, and New York Mayor DeBlasio and former Mayor Bloomberg.

Justice Anthony Kennedy Talks with Students
(5/9/15) Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy visited PCS today and spoke before an all-school assembly.   Justice Kennedy talked about the founding documents and shared his love of the constitution and the law.   A gifted teacher, Justice Kennedy engaged in an interesting discussion with the students and encouraged their questions.   Justice Kennedy was appointed to the court by Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1988.   As Dr. Dawson mentioned in his introduction, Justice Kennedy was one of only 112 Supreme Court Justices in United States history and PCS was extremely honored by his visit.

Author Adam Gidwitz Talks with Middle School
(4/10/14) Children's author Adam Gidwitz ("The Grimm Trilogy") visited PCS and talked with Middle School students about his trilogy which is based on the stories of the Brothers Grimm.  A former middle and upper school teacher, Mr. Gidwitz's connection with the audience was immediately apparent as he entertained the students with a hilarious retelling of the Cinderella story.  Questions were invited, and he discussed his writing process and his life as an author with the entrhalled audience.   After a break, he led the students through an exercise in creating a story, passing along some wonderful insights in a light-hearted way.   Children and adults in the audience agreed it had been a wonderful visit.
 
Gina Piersanti, Gr. 10, Stars in New Film
PCS sophomore Gina Piersanti stars in It Felt Like Love, a new coming-of-age film by director Eliza Hittman which opened to excellent reviews on March 20th.  Gina plays Lila, a 14 year-old  spending a languid South Brooklyn suimmer playing third wheel to her friend Chiara and Chiara's boyfriend Patrick.  The New York Times called it a "mood poem" and "an insightful first feature."  
 
Alex Wolff, Gr. 10, Has Two Movies Opening
(2/7/14) Alex Wolff has two movies opening soon.  In Hair Brained, a college comedy, Alex plays a young genius sharing a room with "mature" student Brendan Fraser.  Parker Posey and Julia Garner round out the cast.   Hair Brained opens in theaters February 28th.  A Birders Guide to Everything opens in theaters March 21The coming of age film stars Ben Kingsley.   Audobon Magazine said of the film, "who knew the hunt for an extinct bird could be so satisfying?"

PCS Senior Lucas Bize Featured in New York Times
(1/12/14) Lucas Bize, who is the youngest member of the Racers Edge Motorsport Team, is featured in a Sunday New York Times article, "The Racecar Driver at Rest."  Lucas will be racing professionally for the first time this season with the Racers Edge Team, competing at some of the most challenging tracks in the United States and Canada.  READ MORE



 

















 
Nutcracker Season at PCS
(12/22/13) It's Nutcracker season again and PCS students have been performing in productions all over town.  PCS seniors Mimi Staker and Isabella La Freniere have joined the New York City Ballet Company as apprentices and are performing with the company at Lincoln Center this holiday season.  Middle School students Eli C., Adam D. and Nola M. are also in New York City Ballet's production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center (11/29-1/4).  They're surrounded by PCS alumni in the New York City Ballet Company.  Benjamin L. (gr. 7) played the Prince in The Yorkville Nutcracker at the Kaye Playhouse (Dec. 8).  Duncan M. (gr. 8), above photo, and Minagi N. performed in American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Dec. 13-22).   Madison C. (gr. 11) danced the Dew Drop Fairy in Long Island Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker.  Eyden T. (gr. 11) performed in the French Academie of Ballet's Nutcracker Excerpts on Dec. 22 at the Westside JCC and Anna G. played Clara in the New American Youth Ballet's Nutcracker on Dec. 15.    

Alumni Return for Dance Symposium

(11/19/13) Robert Fairchild (NYCB principal dancer), Rick Faugno (Broadway & nat'l tours), Lane Harwell (Exec. Dir., Dance/NYC), Steven Melendez (New York Theatre Ballet, principal dancer), Tiler Peck (NYCB principal dancer), Gillian Turner (int'l security analyst) and Tanya Rivero Warren (ABC News Now anchor) were panelists at "Dancing Through Life/Living Through Dance," a conversation about life and careers in and out of the dance world, held at the school on Nov. 18th. The panelists were incredibly open about the journeys that their love of dance has taken them on. Afterwards, members of the audience were invited on stage to meet the panelists.

PCS Senior Named NYCB Apprentice
(11/15/13) Senior Mimi Staker has been invited to join the New York City Ballet Company as an apprentice.  Mimi will begin dancing with the company when it returns to Lincoln Center for its production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (Nov. 29-Jan. 4).
 
RACE CAR DRIVER LUCAS BIZE
PLACES FIRST
Senior Lucas Bize (center, in photo at right) had his first win of the season on October 17th in the Mazda Speed Challenge at Road Atlanta in northeast Georgia.   Lucas managed to place first despite the rain.   Congratulations, Lucas!
 
MARVIN HAMLISCH FILM AIRS DEC. 27, 2013
(August 23, 2013) The life and career of celebrated PCS graduate Marvin Hamlisch will be explored in What He Did For Love on PBS's American Masters on December 27th.  Hamlisch is one of only two people to win the Pulitzer Prize and the Grammy, Emmy, Oscar, Tony Awards.  His time at PCS will be remembered by classmates and friends, including Leslie Uggams.  While a student at PCS, Marvin composed several original musical revues for the student association to perform.

NYCB STARS RETURN TO PCS
(August 12, 2013) PCS graduates Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild (right) will return to PCS on Monday, November 18th as participants in "Dancing through Life, Living through Dance," a conversation with dance veterans about the journey from dance training to careers in, and out, of the dance world.  Tiler was just named the 2013 winner of the Princess Grace Statue Award.  Other panelists include Steven Melendez of New York Theatre Ballet and Lane Harwell, Executive Director of Dance/NYC.  The event will be hosted by alum Tanya Rivero Gingerich, ABC News Now Anchor.   "Dancing through Life" will be held at Professional Children's School from 6-8 p.m.  Admission is Free.

UNDER CONTRACT
(June 15, 2013) Daneila Aldrich'13 and Isabella LaFreniere (Gr. 11) have joined the New York City Ballet as Apprentices.  Daniela and Isabella are recipients of the School of American Ballet's 2013 Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise.  Gabrielle Estep'13 will dance with the Miami City Ballet Company as a Miami Ballet School Apprentice.  Skyla Schreter '13 is a member of the Boston Ballet II Company.  Sarah Steele '13 joins the Tulsa Ballet Company.

LUCAS BIZE, Gr. 11, PLACES 2ND AT MAZDA SPEEDWAY
(5/14/13) PCS Junior Lucas Bize placed 2nd at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA.  As a result, Lucas is now running 2nd in the MazdaSpeed Pro Challenge.   The MazdaSpeed Pro Challenge consists of 12 races at 7 tracks across the United States and Canada.  Lucas's car is sporting the PCS logo.


 
ALEX KO, GR. 11, PUBLISHES MEMOIR
(5/8/13) Eleventh grader Alex Ko has published a memoir, "From Iowa to Broadway, My Billy Elliot Story."   Released on April 30th, the book is published by Harper Collins.  To celebrate, Alex read selections from the book before a middle school audience in the Gladys Brooks Library (photo, right).  Special guest Stephen Daldry, Academy Award nominated director (Billy Elliot, The Hours, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) introduced Alex.   After questions, Alex inscribed a copy for the PCS library.
 
CLASS OF  2012 GRADUATE, SILAS FARLEY:
"the future of New York City Ballet"
(3/7/13) The Huffington Post recently dubbed Silas Farley "the future of New York City Ballet."  Silas, who deferred college acceptance to Harvard in order to pursue his dance career, is a New York City Ballet Apprentice.  Just eighteen, Silas has already been teaching classes at the School of American Ballet.  In an unusual move, Silas was asked by artistic director Peter Martins to choreograph a piece for the School of American Ballet's 2013 Winter Ball.    Read the complete interview.

Alum Jack Antonoff and fun. Earn 2 Grammys
(2/11/13) PCS graduate Jack Antonoff (center in photograph) and his FUN. bandmates Nate Reuss and Andew Dost, received 2 Grammy Awards for "Song of the Year" (We are Young) and Best New Artist.  The band received 6 nominations in what Variety called a "breathrough year" with nominations in all 4 top categories.  Congratulations to Jack and the band!


Senior Competes on Food Network
(12/12/12)  Seventeen year old Gregg Grossman is the youngest contestant ever on "Chopped," the Food Network's cooking competition show. Gregg's episode aired on 12/11/12, but check local listings to find out who wins. 

New York Times
(12/12/12) Alexandros Pappajohn, attracted attention in the Snow Boy role in Dances Patrelle's "The Yorkville Nutcracker" at the Kaye Playhouse ( December 6-9).   Times reviewer Alastair Macaulay said he "flooded the stage with style, charm and fantasy."   Congratulations, Alex!   Emily Sotirov (Gr. 11) as Dewdrop and Ben Lepson (Gr. 6) were also in the cast.  PCS alumnus Steven Melendez received notice later on in the same review for his performance as the Sugarplum Cavalier in New York Theater Ballet's, "The Nutcracker."  Macaulay praised Steven's good manners and classical grace that "transform seemingly formulaic roles into expressions of humanity at its most chivalrous."

PCS Alumni on Dancing With The Stars
(11/13/12) PCS graduates Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, New York City Ballet Principal Dancers, were special guests on Episode 8 of ABC Television's Dancing With the Stars (11/12/12).   WATCH

Jack Antonoff and Fun. on Saturday Night Live
(11/4/12) PCS graduate Jack Antonoff (right in photo) and fellow Fun. band members Nate Reuss and Andrew Dost were special musical guests recently on Saturday Night Live.     The band has partnered with Jack's sister, fashion designer Rachel Antonoff (and PCS alum) to form The Ally Coalition, a non-profit group that will raise awareness and funds to aid in the fight for LGBTQ equality.  WATCH

17-Year Old Chef Subject of Film
PCS senior Gregg Grossman is the subject a 6-minute documentary.  Gregg has cooked in over 40 restaurants alongside some of the world's greatest chefs.  The documentary was created for THNKR, Youtube's educational content channel.   View the documentary HERE.

 
Two PCS Alumni Win 2012 Emmys
(9/28/12) Martha Plimpton and Eran Dinur each received Emmy Awards at the 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Ceremony on September 23rd in Los Angeles.  Martha received the award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for an episode of "The Good Wife" on CBS.  Eran was honored for "Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role" for "Boardwalk Empire" on HBO.  They were photographed (right) with Associate Head Carol Kleban (their former Social Studies teacher) at the 2012 Alumni Reunion in June. Congratulations to both!

Reed Kessler Heads to London Olympic Games
(6/18/12) Reed Kessler, Class of 2012, has been  named number 3 on the nominated entries for the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team on Cylana.   Reed is the youngest rider in U.S. Olympic Team history.  The last PCS student to compete in the Olympics was 5 time World Figure Skating Champion Carol Heiss in 1956.  Congratulations, Reed! 

Reed was featured in The Huffington Post and in Sports Illustrated (August 13, 2012).

Sibling Success
(7/4/12) PCS graduates Rachel and her brother Jack Antonoff were featured in a New York Times article, "Sibling Success: The Power of 2" on July 4, 2012.  Rachel is a fashion designer whose ine has appeared at Barney's New York and at boutiques in the U.S., Japan and Canada.  Jack is the guitarist in Fun, whose single "We are Young" topped the charts for 6 weeks this spring and made an appearance on  "Glee."  READ THE ARTICLE.

PCS In the Comics
(6/14/12) Professional Children's School was mentioned in the June 14, 2012 installment  of "Curtis," the King Features comic strip by Ray Billingsley.