Recent News Articles

Posted on Thursday, March 26, 2020
Jo Wrzesinsky (center) with Chris Howes (far right), administrative assistant Laurie Rice, and several students in the Office of Student Life, The 2019-2020 academic year celebrates so many milestones for Mercersburg Academy: 55 years of black student integration, 50 years of coeducation, and 30 years since the founding of the Black Student Union. It also marks another important moment for the school and for faculty member Jo Wrzesinsky. Wrzesinsky is in her first year as dean of students, the... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Dear Mercersburg families, As we face this unprecedented global health crisis, we are acutely aware of the effect an event like this can have on everyone's mental health. Social distancing is critical to slowing the spread of the disease, yet it runs counter to our instincts to be close to our friends and community—something that is especially important to teenagers and young adults. To quote the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): “Fear and anxiety about a disease can be... Read More
Posted on Thursday, March 12, 2020
Jim BrinsonCarillon recitals by a trio of carillonneurs on Mercersburg Academy’s Swoope Carillon have been postponed until further notice due to the closure of campus surrounding the nationwide/worldwide outbreak of coronavirus. During the academic year, recitals are scheduled to take place on the carillon on most Sundays; performances typically begin at 3 p.m.  Recitals can be heard from the Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad on campus or the Irvine Memorial Chapel, which includes the Swoope Carillon... Read More
Posted on Sunday, March 1, 2020
James Colwell ’20James Colwell ’20 lowered his own school record in the 60m hurdles and advanced to the semifinals of the event at the 2020 Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association (PTFCA) Indoor State Track & Field Championships, which were held March 1 at Penn State University’s Horace Ashenfelter III Indoor Track in State College, PA. Colwell ran his preliminary heat in 8.53 seconds, which bettered his own school mark of 8.63 seconds set earlier this season. He finished 15th... Read More
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2020
First-place declaimer Will Maurer ’20 (Irving)For the fifth consecutive year, the John Marshall Literary Society emerged victorious from Mercersburg Academy’s Irving-Marshall Week. Marshall defeated the rival Washington Irving Literary Society, 1325-525, though Irving’s Will Maurer ’20 (of Mercersburg, PA) won the Scoblionko Declamation Cup by placing first at Declamation February 27.See a highlight video from Irving-Marshall Week 2020 Marshall’s Eliza DuBose ’20 (Rollinsville, CO) placed... Read More
Posted on Saturday, February 22, 2020
Henry O’Brien ’20Mercersburg’s boys’ varsity squash team reached the championship match of the Division V draw at the 2020 HEAD US Squash High School Nationals before suffering a 6-1 loss in the finals to Woodberry Forest (VA) School February 23 at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT. Alex Lorenzo ’20 won his match at #1 in straight sets, but the six other Blue Storm players came up short. Henry O’Brien ’20 (#2) and Dalton Fitzsimmons ’20 (#7) both took their opponents to five games. Results... Read More
Posted on Friday, February 21, 2020
Aurelius Dunbar ’20Three Mercersburg wrestlers competed at the 2020 National Prep Wrestling Championships February 21-22 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. Aurelius Dunbar ’20, the No. 4 seed at 160 pounds, placed fourth to become just the fifth wrestler in school history to place three times at National Preps. is making his fourth National Preps appearance in four years, and went 3-0 on the first day of competition to advance to the championship semifinals. Dunbar (35-7... Read More
Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020
Students participate in pet therapy during Health and Wellness Day.Instead of the usual class schedule February 19, students took time to learn about healthy habits and engage in restorative activities as part of Mercersburg Academy’s annual Health and Wellness Day. “We are very excited to have a different sort of day and to take time to reflect on all that it means to be well physically, mentally, and spiritually,” says Chris Howes, assistant head of school for student life and culture. ... Read More
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2020
Jake Evert ’20 on the podium at EasternsMercersburg’s boys took second and the Blue Storm girls earned a fifth-place finish at the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships February 14-15. Swimming events were held at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, with the diving events taking place at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA. Easterns is widely considered the top prep swimming and diving meet in the nation. The second-place finish for the Storm boys is... Read More
Posted on Saturday, February 15, 2020
Addie Geitner ’21Addie Geitner ’21 and James Colwell ’20 won individual events and Mercersburg athletes set or tied four different school records at the 2020 Mid-Atlantic Prep League Indoor Track & Field Championships February 15 in Lawrenceville, NJ. Geitner won the girls’ 1600m in a time of 5:30.00, and Colwell’s first place time of 7.90 in the boys’ 55m hurdles lowered his own school record. Other new school records came from Grace Lewis ’20 in the girls’ triple jump (34’ 3”, bettering... Read More

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