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Computer Model of Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon

As part of his Master's thesis in Architecture and Urban Studies, Myles Zhang crafted a precise digital construction of a panopticon prison based on Jeremy Bentham’s plans, with the design’s broader commentaries on punishment, power and surveillance sitting in the subtext. This was created at the University of Cambridge: Department of Architecture. You read more by visiting his site here.


THS Alumnus Rob Menendez Elected to Congress

The Hudson School congratulates alumnus, and Athletic Hall of Famer, Rob Menendez (US '03) on his election to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Rob commented that, "I am humbled and honored to have been elected by the voters of the 8th Congressional District to serve in the 118th Congress, and I am grateful for the support of so many of my former classmates, parents and teachers.

The values of serving the public and our communities were instilled in me at a young age by both my family and institutions like The Hudson School, where we teach students to be global citizens. THS has nurtured generations of life-long learners who have gone on to be leaders in public service, education, business, arts, medicine, and numerous other fields. A legacy that started with the school's founder, Suellen Newman, and continues to this day. 

Unfortunately, the school's values of courage, compassion and commitment have often been lacking in our public discourse, and I look forward to bringing the lessons I learned at THS with me to Washington. I will always be grateful for my time at the school, and I look forward to coming back."

Again, congratulations, Rob!

THS Parent Opening New Storefront
The Hudson School parent, Andrea Rizvi, is opening up a storefront for her business, Boomerang Bites.

"It’s been quite a journey (that has included more than its fair share of Jersey City permitting adventures), but (drumroll)... I am thrilled to announce that our Boomerang Bites storefront will be opening IMMINENTLY! We’ve completed our last inspection, and have the green light to open our doors. We will have a soft open to start, with our official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th at 10:00 am. We are located at 476 Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights – the bright pink and yellow storefront makes it kinda hard to miss! I’ve poured my heart and soul into this space, so I’d love for you to stop by and meet my 5th child! Hope to see you there!"

The Hive

Updates from The Hudson School Community

  • Gianluca (MS '17, HS '21) performed in "Much Ado About Nothing" at Hobart and William Smith this weekend. Amazing job!
  • Congratulations to Maddy Cohen for competing in the Junior World Cup Women's Bobsled Championship.
  • Alumna Maia Kamil released her next single is called Good Life on January 13th. This is her second single. You can listen here.
  • Congratulations to Teva O'Rourke Iacuessa for achieve her Master of Education- Special Education.
  • Dr. Thomas Louis Glatt, a dentist and the father of Janine Gkatt and Stephanie Glatt (THS Alumnae), passed away peacefully on October 15, 2022 while surrounded by his loving family. He was a generous friend to the school and loved by many in the community. You can read more here.
  • Denesia Rodgers is a highly-regarded member of a Public Health team, a champion for corporate social responsibility, and an advocate for physical and mental wellness. She spends her time outside of the office bringing healing and grounding practices to her community through the teachings of yoga and meditation
  • Maia Kamil performed in every Between the Lines student concert, and now she found a place and the space to share her musical gifts. Learn more here.
  • Stella Porter recently joined Channel 13 as a TV anchor.
  • Senem Kamiloglu Bestepe is on the list of most successful scientists in the world prepared by Stanford University and nominated for the TÜBA-GEBIP award by Dr. Ahmet Saim Kılavuz.
  • Josie Burke wrote, produced, and starred in a short film, which was selected by several film festivals. She also got to act alongside Grammy & Tony nominee Norm Lewis. You can view the film here. Password is Heirloom21.
  • Petra Suric Jankov works for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on the West Africa regional team, implementing humanitarian and development programs across nine countries in the region.
  • Max Feldstein invented the rectangle, a device that mounts onto a pedal board and allows one to attach a mic stand on it. Also, he succeeded in getting a patent for his musical invention.
  • Samantha Nathanson teaches middle school English in Union City, volunteers at the synagogue, and teaches 4th grade Hebrew School.
  • Betsy has been on the staff of Hawthorne Valley Farm for many years. She made her first visit as a THS fifth grader.
  • Phil Mazo ('95) released a new film in 2021 about the Forest Hill Neighborhood in Newark. Click here to view the video!
  • Molly Reckford ('07) competed in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. After a hard fought battle, she placed fifth in the finals of the lightweight women’s double sculls.
  • Djivan Schapira is a 28-year old Artist, Furniture Designer & Maker. You can view Djivan's exhibit here.
  • Noelle Williams is a curator for the recent 19th Century Black Power: Newark’s First African American Rebellion at the Newark Public Library. Read more here.
  • Flora Ekpe-Idang was honored as one of Brand Innovators’ 40 Under 40 Midwest. Click here to view the story.

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A chance to acknowledge The Hudson School students, teachers, and parents who have gone through so much during the pandemic. By donating $21, noting the most unusual year in American education, you can honor and support these students, teachers, and parents. 

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