Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Lindsay Allen, a Senior at Fossil Ridge High School, will be reading her paper “Frankenstein as a Feminist Text” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Lindsay Allen, Class of 2017
Lindsay Allen is a senior at Fossil Ridge High School in Keller Texas and has lived in that area her whole life. She is an avid piano player as well as a member of the Fossil Ridge Band where she serves as a percussionist and the Band President. Lindsay was intrigued by the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley when she read it in her senior english class and enjoyed the opportunity to put her thoughts on the important aspects of the feminine in the novel into her essay. Lindsay's essay argues that there is an elevated importance of femininity in Frankenstein that contradicts the normally patriarchal elements of tragedy, and is very excited to participate in this year's colloquium. Lindsay hopes to attend Texas Woman's University in the fall and wishes to pursue a degree in Music Education and Music Therapy.

Lindsay will be presenting her paper “Frankenstein as a Feminist Text” during the 3rd block in Session A in a workshop titled “Feminism in Frankenstein.”  The presentation will take place in the upper school Black Box Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Fine Arts building at 1:15pm.







Josh Leffler, a Freshman at Greenhill School, will be presenting his paper “A Challenge to Nature” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Josh Leffler, Class of 2020
Josh Leffler is a freshman at Greenhill School, which he has attended since the seventh grade. He is a member of Greenhill's policy debate team and regularly attends tournaments around the Metroplex (and occasionally around the country). Josh has loved to read for as long as he can remember and is excited to attend the colloquium!

Josh will be presenting his paper “A Challenge to Nature” during the 2nd block in Session I, titled “Romanticism and Nature in Frankenstein.”  The session will take place in the Lower School Music room located on the first floor of the Fine Arts building starting at 10:30am.







Becca Hain, a Freshman at Greenhill School, will be presenting her paper “Natural” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Becca Hain is a 9th grader at Greenhill School. She enjoys acting, writing, and painting.
Becca Hain, Class of 2020
Becca will be presenting her paper “Natural” during the 2nd block in Session I in a workshop called “Romanticism and Nature in Frankenstein.” The session will take place in the Lower School Music room on the 1st floor of the Fine Arts building starting at 10:30am.






Jeff Wright, a Junior at The Oakridge School, is presenting his paper “Exploring Bio-Engineering” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Jeff Wright, Class of 2018
Jeff Wright is a student at The Oakridge School. Currently a Junior, Jeff is interested in Math, Physics, and Graphic Design. The staff at Oakridge wants to thank Jeff Wright for serving as the official graphic designer of all media and materials related to the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium. In addition to making the posters for the event, Jeff also designed the lanyard tags that all presenters and attendees will be wearing this Monday at the event.

Jeff will be reading his paper “Exploring Bio-Engineering” during the 1st block in Session D, titled “The Ethics of Science.”  His presentation will take place in the middle school Black Box Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Fine Arts building.






Matthew Sims, a Senior at Episcopal School of Dallas, will be presenting his paper “An Exploration of Relatability in Horror: How Frankenstein Emphasizes the Uncanny” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

A senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas, Matthew Sims is a student of history, philosophy, and computer science. His interests include gaming, dogs, and current events.

Matthew Sims, Class of 2017
Matthew will be presenting his paper “An Exploration of Relatability in Horror…” during the 2nd block in Session E in a workshop called “Monsters and Mechanical Men.”  The session will take place in the Fine Arts Performance Hall starting at 10:30am.




Sophomores Zaki Farooqui and Will Gehring from The Oakridge School will be debuting their short film “Frankenstein: Rebirth” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Zaki Farooqui, Class of 2019
A dashingly handsome, young lad, Zaki Farooqui is a sophomore at The Oakridge School, which he has attended since the 5th grade. He likes taking long walks on the beach, and gazing at the stars in the dead of night. Rumor has it that he is also an Olympic badminton player. His elective is honors integrated media which is the main reason he is able to make films. He is excited to be presenting his film "Frankenstein: Rebirth" at the colloquium along with his film partner Will Gehring. He is also excited to see what Hockaday's film team will be bringing to the table.

Will Gehring, Class of 2019
Will Gehring is a sophomore at The Oakridge School. He has been going there since he was in Kindergarten, and always enjoyed it. He is very excited for the opportunity to show his film, “Frankenstein: Rebirth,” which he made with Zaki Farooqui. The film explores an alternate ending to the book, in which Victor Frankenstein lives, but his monster does not. The main theme is that Dr. Frankenstein feels he has nothing left to lose. Will would like to thank everyone that helped make the film possible, as well as Mr. Colley and Ms. Triebwasser.

They will be showing their film both during the 1st Block and during the 2nd Block in Session J, which will take place in the Integrated Media Lab located on the 2nd floor next to the Library.






Monday, January 23, 2017

Kate Mitchell, a Sophomore at The Oakridge School, will be presenting her paper “Man Is the Real Monster” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Kate Mitchell, Class of 2019
Kate Mitchell is a sophomore at The Oakridge School. Her passions include swimming, singing, drawing and playing the violin and cello! She is enrolled in all honors classes and loves to push herself to be the best person she can be. Kate is also part of the Oakridge drumline, swim team, and choir. She works hard every year to make it into TMEA and TPSMEA region and all state orchestras and choirs. She also has a poodle and two birds at home, and they are her favorite things in the entire world.

Kate will be reading her paper “Man Is the Real Monster” during the 1st block in Session H, titled “Frankenstein and Feminism,” and during the 2nd block in Session G, “Feminist Readings of Frankenstein.”  Session H will take place on the Skybridge on the 2nd floor, and Session G will be located in the Boardroom on the 2nd floor in the Headmaster’s office suite.





Bradyn Smith, a Sophomore at Cistercian Preparatory School, will be reading his paper “Ethical Implications of Frankenstein in Modern Society” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Bradyn Smith, Class of 2019
Bradyn Smith is currently a Sophomore at Cistercian Preparatory School. He runs cross country, plays soccer, and cycles. When Bradyn is not working on homework or playing sports, he enjoys playing the guitar, listening to music, or sleeping. Bradyn looks forward to both presenting his work and learning new and interesting ideas through the works of others.

Bradyn will be presenting his paper “Ethical Implications of Frankenstein in Modern Society” during the 2nd block in Session D, titled “Science and Ethics.”  The session will take place in the middle school Black Box Theatre at 10:30am.





Keith Kadesky, a Senior at St. Mark’s School of Texas, will be reading his paper “The Imaginary Word: Viewing the Concept of the Unnatural through Frankenstein” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Keith Kadesky, Class of 2017
Keith Kadesky is a senior at St. Mark's School where he has attended since 6th grade. Outside of school Keith is a pole vaulter and has also earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

Keith will be presenting his paper “The Imaginary Word…” during the 1st block in Session I in a workshop titled “The Natural and the Unnatural in Frankenstein.”  The session will take place in the Lower School Music Room on the first floor of the Fine Arts building starting at 9:10am.






Ransom Swinney, a Junior at The Oakridge School, will be presenting his paper “The Ethics of a Man-Made Man” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Ransom Swinney, Class of 2018
Ransom Swinney is a junior at The Oakridge School. He has been attending Oakridge since preschool. On top of his regular academic classes, he is a part of the Integrated Media class and runs for the Oakridge Cross Country team. He is also a part of the Math Club, the World Language Club, and the Current Events Club. A lover of fantasy and science-fiction, Ransom enjoys reading books and watching movies in these genres in his free time.

Ransom will be reading his paper “The Ethics of a Man-Made Man” during the 2nd block in Session D, titled “Science and Ethics.”  His presentation will take place in the middle school Black Box Theatre on the 2nd floor of the Fine Arts building at 10:30am.






Cal Etcheverry, a Senior at Episcopal School of Dallas, will be presenting his paper “Frankenstein & the French Revolution” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Cal Etcheverry, Class of 2017
A Yankee at heart (born in New York) but raised a cowboy (grown up in Dallas), Cal Etcheverry is an avid storyteller at heart. He explores all forms of storytelling such as playwriting, filmmaking, and everything in between. Etcheverry plans on attending film school next fall, and he hopes to eventually become a film director.

Cal will be reading his paper “Frankenstein & the French Revolution” during the 3rd block in Session H, titled “Frankenstein and the French Revolution.”  His presentation will take place on the Skybridge on the 2nd floor between the Fine Arts building and the Library.





Thomas Keller, a Senior at Episcopal School of Dallas, will be presenting his paper “Innocence Drenched in Repugnance” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Thomas Keller, Class of 2017
Thomas Keller is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas and plans to attend Rice University this upcoming fall. Although Thomas plans to major in Computer Engineering, he has harbored a love for literature ever since his dad first read The Hobbit to him in Kindergarten.

Thomas will be reading his paper “Innocence Drenched in Repugnance” during the 1st block in Session C in a workshop titled “Exploring Monstrosity.”  The session will take place on the lower floor of the Library starting at 9:10am.





Westen Mulqueen, a Junior at Fort Worth Country Day, will be presenting his paper “Nature's Compassion” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Westen Mulqueen, Class of 2018
Westen Mulqueen is a junior at Fort Worth Country Day, where he has attended school since kindergarten. Westen plans to study medicine in college. He would like to thank his teacher, Mrs. Collins, for her dedication to the English program at Country Day. He is very excited about the opportunity to present at the Colloquium.

Westen will be presenting his paper “Nature’s Compassion” during the 3rd block in Session E, titled “Science, Ethics, and Question of Nature.”  The session will take place in the Fine Arts Performance Hall starting at 1:15pm.





David Boruff, a Senior at Episcopal School of Dallas, will be presenting his paper “Knowledge is Power” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

David Boruff, Class of 2017
Davis Boruff is a senior at the Episcopal School of Dallas and has attended ESD since his freshman year. Davis plays on the Varsity Soccer team, and although he hasn’t decided where to spend his next four years, David is a prospective Sports Management major. In his paper, "Knowledge is Power", he examines the ethical implications of modern advancement in science.

David will be reading his paper “Knowledge is Power” during the 3rd block in Session E in workshop called “Science, Ethics, and the Question of Nature.”  His presentation will take place in the Fine Arts Performance Hall starting at 1:15pm.





Anandi Barker, a Sophomore at The Oakridge School, will be presenting her paper “The Shadows Behind the Light: The Lurking Dangers Behind Man's Advancement” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Anandi Barker, Class of 2019
Anandi Barker is a sophomore at the Oakridge School, attending the school since fourth grade. She is an active participant in her school orchestra as well as the Fort Worth Youth Philharmonic Orchestra; she has played violin for four years and piano for six years. Anandi enjoys participating in the Oakridge Owls junior varsity softball team, and is looking forward to their new season. 

Anandi’s favorite subject in school is history, motivating her to tackle the subject of the Enlightenment and its effect upon Mary Shelley’s novel. Her paper details the possible adverse effects of knowledge upon mankind, and, more particularly, their appearance and expression in Frankenstein. She looks forward to January 30th and the incredible opportunity that the colloquium has offered!


Anandi will be reading her paper “The Shadows Behind the Light…” during the 3rd block in Session C, titled “Frankenstein in the Context of the Enlightenment.”  The session will take place on the lower floor of the Library at 1:15pm.




Camille Meshack, a Sophomore at The Oakridge School, will be presenting her paper “Staying Warm in a Cold World” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Camille Meshack, Class of 2019
Camille Meshack is a sophomore at The Oakridge School and has been attending since 8th grade. At Oakridge, Camille is a member of the volleyball team, basketball team, and orchestra. Outside of school she enjoys going on mission trips with her church, volunteering in her community, baking, and hanging out with friends. When she's not doing homework (or rather procrastinating about doing it) she is either sleeping or watching Netflix. Camille would like to thank her English teacher, Mr. Colley for his support and she looks forward to presenting her paper.

Camille will be reading her paper “Staying Warm in a Cold World” during the 1st block in Session G, called “Communities and Hedgehogs.”  Her presentation will take place in the Boardroom on the 2nd floor across from the Library in the Headmaster’s office suite.




Friday, January 20, 2017

Kaitlin Ferreira, a Senior at Fossil Ridge High School, will be reading her paper “Feminism in Frankenstein” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Kaitlin Ferreira, Class of 2017
Kaitlin Ferreira is a Senior at Fossil Ridge High School and has been writing since elementary school.

Kaitlin will be presenting her paper “Feminism in Frankenstein” during the 1st block in Session H in a workshop titled “Frankenstein and Feminism.”  Her presentation will take place on the Skybridge located on the 2nd floor between the Library and the Fine Arts building.







Tyler Hamilton, a Sophomore at Parish Episcopal School, will be presenting his paper “Heroism in Frankenstein: Dr. Victor Frankenstein as a Tragic Hero” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Tyler Hamilton, Class of 2019
Tyler Hamilton is a 10th Grade Student Government representative and a member of the Leadership Institute at Parish Episcopal School. Tyler is also a National Spanish Honor Society member, a varsity football and baseball starter, and a member of the Prestonwood Chapter of the Young Men's Service League.

Tyler will be reading his paper “Heroism in Frankenstein…” during the 3rd block in Session G in a workshop called “Exploring Heroic Archetypes.”  His presentation will take place in the Boardroom on the 2nd floor across from the Library in the Headmaster’s office suite.







Megan Marr, a Sophomore at The Oakridge School, will be showing her artwork “Year 2005” at the 2017 Frankenstein Colloquium

Megan Marr is an avid dog enthusiast who is currently a sophomore at The Oakridge School. She also enjoys art, design, and volleyball. She would like to thank her art teacher, Frances Allen, for making this opportunity possible.

Year 2005
Megan will be showing her work “Year 2005” in the visual arts gallery on the 1st floor of the Fine Arts building near the foyer of the Fine Arts Performance Hall on January 30th, 2017.