Victor Pertsew ’18, who just completed Mercersburg’s ESL+ summer program and will join the 11th-grade class this fall, claimed first place in the 2016 Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Junior Tournament in his home city of São Paulo on August 20. This annual contest draws crowds from all over Brazil to the sports association Club Athletico Paulistano (CAP), and this year’s competition marks the second year in a row that Pertsew has claimed top honors. After last year’s competition, Pertsew was also named CAP’s 2015 Athlete of the Year in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
With the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (more commonly known as the 2016 Summer Olympics) just completed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, now’s as good a time as any to look back at Mercersburg’s illustrious Olympic tradition, which began almost as soon as the modern Olympic Games were established in the late 19th century.
The New York Mets have added Josh Edgin ’06 back to their major-league roster following Edgin’s successful rehab from Tommy John surgery. Edgin has appeared in 116 games as a relief pitcher for the Mets, though his August 3 appearance against the New York Yankees was his first in the majors since September 2014; he had surgery in March 2015 and missed the entire 2015 season.
Thirteen Mercersburg varsity athletes have been chosen for Academic All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League honors for the spring 2016 varsity season. The list includes athletes representing seven different sports and members of the school’s 10th-grade, 11th-grade, and 12th-grade classes.
Mercersburg has hired Paul Sipes and Lauren Hoffman as assistant directors of athletics beginning this fall. Both will have head coaching responsibilities in addition to their administrative duties; Sipes will serve as head coach of the Blue Storm girls’ varsity basketball team (which is the defending Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association state champion), while Hoffman will be the head softball coach.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236 717-328-6173