Families Descend on Campus for Fall Weekend

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Although families could not be on campus in 2020 due to COVID-19, students still
gathered for the traditional Step Songs at Main Hall.

Mercersburg Academy welcomed more than 550 parents and family members to campus October 8-10 for its annual Family Weekend. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event was limited to members of a student’s immediate household(s).

See full details about the weekend.

Throughout Family Weekend, guests experienced school traditions like Step Songs at Main Hall and a bonfire on Tippetts Beach, plus athletic contests and a performance of the Stony Batter Players production Lost in Yonkers.

To kick off the school year’s theme of Health and Wellness, a school meeting was held in the Hale Field House featuring alumni and parents who work in these fields. The panel was moderated by Jen Cort P ’18, ’23 and included Stephanie Comer-Concordia P ’22, ’22, ’24, Sarah Firestone ’13, Amy Shaffer Post ’02, and Steph Turner McGraw ’06. Jen is a Montessori high school counselor in Baltimore and an education consultant, Stephanie is a nurse practitioner in the Rutherford Health and Wellness Center, Sarah is a fitness and performance coordinator in Mercersburg’s Department of Athletics, and Amy is a social-emotional learning counselor in the school’s Counseling Office.

Other highlights included college counseling sessions for parents, a tailgate lunch featuring the inaugural “Mercersburger” competition, and a Chapel service. 

This year’s event marked the first time families have been invited to campus for the weekend since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Last year’s event took place as a month-long virtual celebration, and recordings are available here

Mercersburg looks forward to welcoming alumni back to campus this spring when classes ending in 0, 1, 5, and 6—those classes whose reunions were affected by the pandemic—will have the opportunity for a “make-right” reunion experience on Saturday, April 30. All classes ending in 2 and 7, along with 1970 and 1971, are invited back to campus for their reunion anniversary June 9-12, 2022.

For more information about Mercersburg’s upcoming events, visit our events page.

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen (owenl@mercersburg.edu) in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.