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Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021
When Danielle Nordyke was in high school, she thought she wanted to be an English teacher. Life took her in different directions, but as she says, “it feels like it was meant to be” when she found her way to Mercersburg. Today, she’s the director of human resources at the Academy, and that’s just part of the important role she now plays as Mercersburg navigates its way through the global coronavirus pandemic.
Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021
When COVID-19 made virtual learning a necessity, Dean of Curricular Innovation John David Bennett stepped up to play a key role in what has become known as Virtual ’Burg, Mercersburg’s virtual learning option for students beginning in spring 2020 and continuing during the current academic year. The initial issue with online learning was the varying time zones and finding a format that accommodates students around the world.
Posted by Lee Owen on Thursday, April 1, 2021
A poem hangs on the wall. Visitors to the office of longtime Case Western Reserve University administrator G. Dean Patterson Jr. ’71 took note of the words in the frame, which were written specifically for anyone entering the space:
Posted by Megan Mallory on Thursday, April 1, 2021
During Family and Alumni Weekend 2019, John Henry ’91, P ’23 and his friend and mentor Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine took the stage as part of a panel discussion to explore and celebrate the school’s theme for the year of “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.” Over the course of the conversation, Henry shared the story of how he came to Mercersburg: he was accepted in the late 1980s with the stipulation that he repeat ninth grade in order to strengthen his academic skills.
Posted by Lee Owen on Thursday, April 1, 2021
All it takes is a brief glance at the list of organizations where Nancy Abudu ’92 has spent her professional career to understand her commitment to making the nation and the world a more equitable and just place. 
Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021
Boarding schools all across the country worked behind the scenes last spring and summer to determine if they would be able to open for in-person learning for the fall term. Mercersburg was no exception, as the school’s entire community (including its alumni network and parents), worked through the challenges of safely reopening the school during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was during this time that Mercersburg received a call from Dan Henderson ’85. 
Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021
Stacie Rice Lissette ’85, a member of Mercersburg Academy’s Board of Regents for 20 years, became the 18th president of the Board in July 2020. In the role, she succeeds Deborah Simon ’74, who retired from the Board after 22 years of service, including four years as president (2016 to 2020). Student Council President Ryan Bland ’21 conducted the following interview with Lissette virtually. The interview has been edited slightly for length and clarity.
Posted by Lee Owen on Thursday, April 1, 2021
As the curtain slowly closed on the calendar year of 2020, Mercersburg students and faculty connected from down the street and around the world for a four-week academic period unlike anything the Academy had attempted before. 
Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021
A campus student organization was formed in fall 2020 to support Mercersburg students who identify as members of the Hispanic or Latinx community. The Latinx/Hispanic Student Union is modeled after the school’s Black Student Union (which has been a fixture on campus since its founding in 1989). Like with the BSU, membership is open to any interested students; approximately 25 students have already taken part in meetings and activities during this unusual school year.
Posted on Thursday, April 1, 2021
Madi Norris ’21 might be one of the busiest people around. After varsity field hockey practice or one of her other myriad activities during the week, she often gets a ride from a faculty member to nearby Whitetail Ski Resort, where she teaches kids how to snowboard. She’s there until 9:30 p.m., gets back to campus, and does school work until around midnight. On the weekends, she’s at Whitetail again as early as 6 a.m. 

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