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The Kinkaid School Sporting Clays Benefit

Friday, April 21, 2017
Greater Houston Gun Club

Register now for Sporting Clays!

Now in its 15th year, the sporting clays benefit is held every spring and alumni, parents, grandparents, and friends are welcome to register and shoot in the tournament. Hosted by the event steering committee, the shoot takes place at a local shooting range and typically begins with a noon lunch and games to be followed by the tournament. Afterward, participants and volunteers enjoy snacks and beverages at the awards ceremony.

Proceeds from the Sporting Clays Benefit will go toward a new initiative, a Teaching Internship Program, akin to the “minor league” system in baseball. The Internship will provide a one-year training and mentored experience for high-character, high-potential teachers, and coaches, who have little to no teaching experience when they are hired into our program, e.g. recent college graduates or those looking for a change in career. The funds will be dedicated to the Barbara Cooney Teaching Internship Endowment named for a highly admired retired teacher of sixth grade ancient history. 

For more information about becoming involved with this event, please contact Kate DeWitt at or 713-243-5047.

The J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker Series

On Monday, August 31, 2015, The Kinkaid School welcomed Wes Moore as the J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker. 

Wes Moore

Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, social entre­pre­neur and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Win­frey Net­work. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Jour­nal bestseller.

Born in 1978, Wes and his sis­ters were raised by their wid­owed mother. Despite early aca­d­e­mic and behav­ioral strug­gles, he grad­u­ated Phi Theta Kappa in 1998 as a com­mis­sioned offi­cer from Val­ley Forge Mil­i­tary Col­lege, and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity in 2001, where he also played foot­ball and earned a bachelor’s degree in Inter­na­tional Rela­tions. He then became a Rhodes Scholar, study­ing Inter­na­tional Rela­tions at Oxford University.

After his stud­ies, Wes, a para­trooper and Cap­tain in the United States Army, served a com­bat tour of duty in Afghanistan with the 1st Brigade of the 82nd Air­borne Divi­sion. Wes then served as a White House fel­low to Sec­re­tary of State Con­deleezza Rice. He serves on the board of the Iraq Afghanistan Vet­er­ans of Amer­ica (IAVA), The Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity, and founded an orga­ni­za­tion called STAND! that works with Bal­ti­more youth involved in the crim­i­nal jus­tice system.

Wes is com­mit­ted to help­ing the par­ents, teach­ers, men­tors, and advo­cates who serve our nations youth. A por­tion of all book pro­ceeds for The Other Wes Moore are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.

Mr. Moore will be the eighth J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker.

J. Barry MossJ. Barry Moss

The Series is named after Mr. Moss, a beloved former teacher, debate coach, Upper School principal and Dean of Faculty, who was a prominent part of life at Kinkaid for over 40 years until his death in 2005. The focus of the Series is Civil Discourse in a Democracy, a topic that includes a number of the skills and values so important to Mr. Moss as a teacher: clear and convincing written expression, public speaking and debate, the development of analytical skills, service to others, and the commitment to excellence. The Series will feature a broad range of speakers, including scholars, journalists, business leaders, and those in public service.

Former Moss Speakers

Larry Temkin, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University
Douglas Brinkley, American author, professor of history at Rice University
J. Pittman McGehee, D.D., Diplomate Jungian analyst and the Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality
Clark Kent Ervin, '77, Director of The Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program
Dick Brass, inventor and technology futurist
2007 Edward Hirsch, author of The New York Times best seller How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry
2006 David Finegold, Ph.D., ‘81, Dean of Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations

Many thanks to the J. Barry Moss Distinguished Speaker Series Committee Members

Katie Mattingly Brass ’90John GermannMalcolm Waddell ’70
Mark Breeding ’74Frances Hopper Jeter ’74Milton West ’71
David Brill ’78Carroll Robertson Ray
Ted Curry
Marc Shapiro ’65 

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Upcoming Alumni Events

  • May 2017
    • WedMay03 DC Alumni Event 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMBar Deco, 717 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
    • ThuMay04 NYC Alumni Event 7:00 PM to 9:00 PMAgave, 140 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014, USA
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