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Convocation Kicks Off Mercersburg's 130th Academic Year

Mercersburg's Convocation took place September 4 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel, officially marking the start of the 2022-2023 academic year and Mercersburg's 130th year as a preparatory school. Language faculty member Heather Prescott, who has taught at Mercersburg since 1998, was the featured speaker.

Along with Prescott, other participants in the service included Head of School Quentin McDowell P '25; School Minister Rev. Dr. Will Whitmore; Student Council President Peter Rice '23 of Martinsburg, West Virginia; Organist, Carillonneur, and faculty member Jim Brinson; and the Mercersburg Chorale under the direction of faculty member Bryan Morgan '07.

During the service, McDowell presented Jasmine Zhu '23 of Chengdu, China, with the Robert Michelet (1930) Prize and Reagan Houpt '25 of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania, with the John Culbertson (1924) Prize. The Michelet Prize recognizes distinguished scholarship, character, and school spirit during the previous 11th-grade year, while the Culbertson Prize recognizes the exceptional promise and outstanding accomplishment of a student entering the 10th grade.

In keeping with tradition, each of Mercersburg's four grades was represented by a flagbearer leading the faculty procession into the chapel: 12th-Grade Class President Minh Tran '23 of Hanoi, Vietnam; 11th-Grade Class President Sihyeon Bae '24 of Seoul, South Korea; 10th-Grade Class President Albert Park '25 of Incheon, South Korea; and incoming 9th-grade class member Alli Caretti '26 of Mercersburg, Pennsylvania.

Mercersburg's 2022-2023 student body is composed of 446 students, including residents of 32 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and 46 countries.   

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