Middle School Hosts Discovery Day

Middle School Hosts Discovery Day

On March 2, middle school students enjoyed Discovery Day, a day in which our National Junior Honor Society invited different speakers, hobbyists, and professionals to come and speak to students about their unique careers and passions.

Students had a blast rotating through 4 sessions, ending the day with a Zoom conference in which we heard Gary D. Schmidt, author of Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now, speak about his life growing up and his passion for writing.

Many thanks to all who helped – including our stellar NJHS officers and Form 8 student: Max Elmendorf ‘27, Devika Patel ‘27, Hadley Bunch ‘27, and Meri Rabke ‘27.

NJHS would also like to thank all of our speakers. If you or someone you know might be interested in speaking and presenting next year, please send an email to Chase Hebert (chebert@smhall.org).


List of speakers for Discovery Day, 2023:

  • Wes Bunch, Nicole Montez, and Lauren Serrato – Bridgehead IT
  • Tony Chbeir – “Dissecting Pinball Machines”
  • Joe Cortez – Former Professional Basketball Player
  • Rachel Dias – “Dias Discovery: the Business of Healthcare”
  • Emilie Foster – “Creating a Career from Sports to Academics”
  • Adrian Garcia – TV Broadcasting, Video, and Photography for Web and Social Media
  • Octavio Quintanilla – Poet Laureate, San Antonio (2018-2020)
  • Vanessa Martinez – General Manager, La Villita
  • Steven Mathews – Professional Pilot
  • Mark McNeill – Professional Lacrosse Player
  • Jamie Ramirez – Music Director, Public Theater of San Antonio
  • Gary D. Schmidt – Author of Wednesday Wars and Okay for Now (Keynote)
  • Greg Seiler – CEO, Methodist Hospital System
  • Allison Sharawi – PUPPYatrics: featuring Marcus the Dog
  • Reema Shroff – Founder, Frost 321