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Posted by Jillian Wilkerson on Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Shawn Rockwell Hardy ’80 lives her life by the St. Augustine quote “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” While she grew up in Mercersburg and lives today in Welsh Run, Pennsylvania, she is no stranger to the world. As a lover of travel and stories, she has visited more than 26 countries with her husband, Jim, and serves as a reporter at the Echo Pilot in nearby Greencastle, Pennsylvania.  Shawn Rockwell Hardy ’80As the daughter of then-Dean of Students Tim... 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 by Tyler Miller 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 by Megan Mallory 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 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 By Eliza DuBose ’20 on Friday, August 23, 2019
Tonya Rutherford ’90Tonya Rutherford ’90 has sharp cheekbones, dark curls, and the authoritative voice of one who knows how to speak out and make people listen. Early in our conversation together, she stands up to survey the bookshelf behind her briefly before pulling down a volume: The Renaissance Soul: Life Design for People with Too Many Passions to Pick Just One by Margaret Lobenstine. Rutherford declares this to be the book that best exemplifies her life. Anyone who is even vaguely... Read More
Posted by By Eliza DuBose ’20 on Friday, August 23, 2019
Amy Jones Satrom ’98Sitting in front of her computer as we talk via video chat, Amy Jones Satrom ’98’s deep blue eyes are lit up by the morning light slanting through the windows behind her. In the background, loud laughter and calls from her children are interrupted by her husband’s deep tones as he makes them breakfast. Satrom is an eager, organized storyteller, as she details the incredible journey she took to become the woman she is today. Satrom’s family moved to North Carolina after they... Read More
Posted by By Eliza DuBose ’20 on Friday, August 23, 2019
Allison Stephens P ’11, ’13When her high-school friends teased her that she would one day be a teacher, Allison Stephens scoffed. Today, Stephens has been teaching at Mercersburg Academy for 32 years. She is among the most recognizable faculty faces with her greying hair, colorful outfits, and sparkling laugh. Perhaps what makes her most recognizable, however, is her self-assigned role as a voice for social justice on campus. In the course of her years at Mercersburg, she has organized groups... Read More
Posted on Friday, August 23, 2019
Eliza DuBose ’20A fried egg, sunny-side up. That’s Eliza DuBose ’20’s usual breakfast order, and the staff in Ford Hall knows this and starts preparing that order before she even has to ask for it each morning. “I’m really proud that the staff in the dining hall knows me, and they are so excited when I come in,” DuBose says. “I love that so much. They see so many students every day, and whatever the reason is, they remember me. I think that’s really cool, and I think that’s a real testament... Read More


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