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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020
L-R: Caroline Kranich ’20, Addie jenkins ’20, Annie Leder ’20Mercersburg student-athletes Addie Jenkins ’20, Caroline Kranich ’20, and Annie Leder ’20 have announced their commitments to further their athletic careers at the college level beginning in 2020-2021. Girls’ lacrosse players Jenkins (Middleburg, VA) and Kranich (State College, PA) are headed to Roanoke College and Washington and Lee University, respectively, with Leder (Washington, DC) ticketed for Dickinson College. All three... Read More
Posted by Shelley Swope on Monday, January 27, 2020
Susan Simar P ’86, ’90, ’91When visitors walk into Traylor Hall, they immediately feel at home. With oriental rugs, vaulted ceilings, and soft lamps, the room is designed to be inviting, but something much more than the décor contributes to the warm ambience. Her name is Susan Simar, and she is the admission receptionist. “They have walked into my living room,” she says from behind her perfectly organized desk. “I want everyone to be comfortable.” Born in Front Royal, Virginia, Simar moved to... Read More
Posted by Shelley Swope on Monday, January 27, 2020
Monique Garcia ’22In her ninth-grade mindfulness course, Monique Garcia ’22 was asked to bite into a jalapeño. This spicy approach to stress reduction, according to her teacher Brett Potash, encourages students to sit with difficult emotions rather than reacting to them. Although some of her classmates did not enjoy the experience, Garcia—whose parents are from Mexico—thought it was nothing out of the ordinary. “I personally didn’t mind it,” Garcia smiles. “My mom does this at home all the time... Read More
Posted by Shelley Swope on Monday, January 27, 2020
Jack Kothari ’20Slowing down is not easy for Jack Kothari ’20. As vice president of the senior class, a prefect in Main Hall, co-president of Green Team, and co-editor of the Arts and Culture section of the Mercersburg News, Kothari admits that his biggest fear is leisure time. “I find my harmony amid the chaos,” he says, noting many items remain on his Mercersburg bucket list. “I just want to treasure the time I have left in this sacred place.”  Kothari, who was born and raised in Hagerstown... Read More
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020
Jim Malone P ’01, ’03For the past 41 years, Mercersburg Academy faculty member Jim Malone has had a singular guiding principle: to make the world an interesting place for his students and to inspire a love of learning.   “I try to present my kids with high ideals about learning and about understanding the world and how it operates,” says Malone. “I want them to develop a sense of intellectual curiosity and approach the world from a point of view that you can never learn enough about it.” For... Read More
Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020
Diane Wynter ’74During Family and Alumni Weekend 2019 at a celebratory dinner for the 30th anniversary of the Black Student Union, the Mercersburg community honored Diane Wynter ’74, the first black female graduate of Mercersburg Academy. Tonya Rutherford ’90, founder of the BSU, read the inscription on the award: “With our deepest gratitude, we stand on your shoulders. Thank you for coming before us and laying the groundwork for excellence.”   Wynter wonders why she would receive such... Read More
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2020
Foday Bangura ’22 (boys’ triple jump), James Colwell ’20 (boys’ 55m hurdles), and Addie Geitner ’21 (girls’ 3200m) won individual events for Mercersburg’s indoor track & field teams at the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association State Championships, which were held January 25 in the Hale Field House in Mercersburg. The Blue Storm boys placed second in the team standings, while the Storm girls finished fourth. BOYS’ HIGHLIGHTS Bangura’s jump of 42’ 4” was his best-ever jump... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020
Peggy OrensteinAuthor and speaker Peggy Orenstein will give the Jacobs Residency Lecture on Monday, February 10, in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre at 7 p.m. The event is part of the 2019-2020 Monday Evening Lecture Series.  Guests are welcome to attend this free event, but are asked to arrive between 6:45 and 7 p.m. and choose seats that are marked available, as the event is required for Mercersburg students and faculty. To reserve seats in advance, email reservations@... Read More
Posted on Thursday, January 23, 2020
Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg Academy’s student theatre company, is proud to announce its winter musical, Mamma Mia!, which opens Friday, February 7 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. Performances will also be held Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Directed by Laurie Mufson, director of theatre at Mercersburg, the play is set in Greece. Sophie dreams of a perfect wedding, including her father giving her away. There’s one problem: Sophie doesn’t know who he is.... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Chris Watson ’20Kaylen Oweh ’20 scored 23 points while Tom Scheers ’21 and Chris Watson ’22 added 11 points apiece in Mercersburg’s 70-48 win over local foe Scotland Campus High School January 22 in a non-conference game played in the Plantz Courts of Nolde Gymnasium. The victory marked the Blue Storm’s sixth win in its last seven contests. Mercersburg improves to 12-5 overall. It was an up and down game, with Mercersburg making a strong run in the second quarter (the Storm led 35-22 at... Read More

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