The Kinkaid School Sporting Clays Benefit
Friday, April 21, 2017
Greater Houston Gun Club
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.
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 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 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
2014 Larry Temkin, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University
2013 Douglas Brinkley, American author, professor of history at Rice University
2011 J. Pittman McGehee, D.D., Diplomate Jungian analyst and the Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychology and Spirituality
2010 Clark Kent Ervin, '77, Director of The Aspen Institute's Homeland Security Program
2008 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 ’90||John Germann||Malcolm Waddell ’70|
|Mark Breeding ’74||Frances Hopper Jeter ’74||Milton West ’71|
|David Brill ’78||Carroll Robertson Ray |
|Ted Curry||Marc Shapiro ’65|