Recent News Articles

Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2020
Members of the Class of 2020 display their diplomasMercersburg Academy held a Virtual Commencement for the 123 members of its Class of 2020 online Saturday, May 23. The event featured many of the elements of a traditional on-campus Commencement ceremony, including music chosen by the class, student speeches, class marshals, the reading of names and awarding of diplomas, the presentation of the senior class gift, special awards from the school, and the Commencement address from invited speaker,... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020
Sean Fiscus ’20/Shannon Fan ’20In advance of Mercersburg Academy’s 127th Commencement, which will be held virtually Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Eastern time, a total of 28 members of the senior class have been announced as recipients of academic, extracurricular, and other prizes. See the full list of prize recipientsWatch a video announcing the prize recipients The list includes nine students who earned multiple prizes, including Valedictorian Sean Fiscus ’20 of La Vale, MD (four prizes),... Read More
Posted on Friday, May 22, 2020
Though the Class of 2020’s time at Mercersburg Academy has drawn to a close, their impact on the school will not be soon forgotten. The senior class has made this an extraordinary year for college and university matriculation—a true credit to their abilities, their hard work, and the college counseling process.   While Mercersburg has always had strong matriculation lists, the Class of 2020 is noticeably impressive. There are 82 institutions in the lineup, and this year’s bunch is a highly... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Rock Pile 2020Dear Mercersburg parents/guardians, As we close the remainder of this school year, especially this particular unexpected virtual spring term, we can only say thank you for all you’ve contributed. Despite all the competing influences in the lives of teenagers, parents remain a child’s first teacher. Knowing how and when to access the information you need as they grow is important, and we intend to continue to partner with you.  In the meantime, during the summer months, you might... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020
A screenshot from the virtual singing of the Alma MaterThe Mercersburg Academy student body gathered together virtually Tuesday, May 19, for the school’s traditional Moving Up ceremony, which features the “promotion” of each academic class to its new place in the school. The ceremony is held each May in the Irvine Memorial Chapel (though relocated online this year due to the closure of campus), and includes brief speeches by the president of each class. Speakers during the ceremony included... Read More
Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020
The 2020 issue of the Blue Review, Mercersburg Academy’s annual literary and art publication, is now available. This year’s Blue Review features some of the best art and writing created by Mercersburg students. A digital version of the Blue Review is available online, and books will be available for purchase on campus in the fall.  Blue Review, founded in 1901, was originally known at The Lit. Its name changed in the 1980s and shortly after, artwork was included in the annual publication.... Read More
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020
Mercersburg Academy’s 2020 community reading selection focuses on the theme of “bridging the divide.” This year’s community read selection is Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (click here to read an excerpt) — which is a required read in addition to reading a designated book depending on their English-course enrollment for 2020–2021. "We've rebranded summer reading as community reading to make it clear that all members of our community are taking part in the reading and discussions... Read More
Posted on Thursday, May 14, 2020
Left to right is Sarah Grady ’23, Paige Cromwell ’20, Ryer Hastings ’20, and Leo Li ’20, and Jasmine Zhu ’23.Nearly 30 Mercersburg Academy students were recognized after taking this year’s National Latin Exam in early March. The test has three levels that correlate with placement in either Latin I, II, or III and an additional level for those students in Advanced Placement or post-Advanced Placement. Several awards and distinctions are given: medals, ribbons, and certificates as well as... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Our parent conversation began with a collective sense of belonging as Mercersburg Academy parents. We also framed the conversation around normal feelings of grief and loss, worry, frustration, and validation for what it’s like to be a parent during quarantined times. We explored grief stages and how they apply to what we are all experiencing, both adults and teenagers.  Parents are clearly trying to juggle full-time work at home, oversight of virtual school, and keeping an eye on emotional... Read More
Posted on Monday, May 11, 2020
Jesse Zhang ’20Lian Wang ’21, of Hong Kong, received a National Silver Medal for her poem, “On the Heat of My Tongue,” and Jesse Zhang ’20 of Beijing, China, earned a National Silver Medal  in the 2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for his art portfolio. Additionally, Clara Getty ’21  received a Gold Key, regional recognition as well as a American Visions Nominee for her sculpture “Banana Pietà.”  A total of 36 works by Mercersburg students earned recognition at the national or regional... Read More


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