From helping out in Traylor Hall with various tasks to giving tours during their free rotations and escorting prospective students to class, Mercersburg’s Blue Key Ambassadors are important liaisons between our Admission Office and prospective families. Get to know some of our student ambassadors by reading about them below. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!
“The Blue Key Ambassador program is about introducing prospective students and families to Mercersburg - showing them who we are and the special community we have.” - Morgan Matsuda ’15
If you would like to be in touch with any of these ambassadors, please feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where are you from? I currently live in The Bronx, NY, but I am originally from Togo, West Africa.
What is your favorite subject? My favorite subject is History, because I love learning about current issues in our country and how they affect people.
What activities do you participate in? I am a part of the Soccer, Wrestling and Track teams.
Who is your favorite teacher and why? This is a hard question because I equally love all my teachers. I enjoy going to all of my classes because they make learning fun.
Why do you enjoy giving tours? I enjoy giving tours because I am able to show prospective students all the reasons why I love attending this great school.
What do you do during your down time? I love reading books and watching Law and Order.
Describe your most memorable Mercersburg moment. My most memorable Mercersburg moment was when the boys' soccer team beat our rival, Blair Academy, in double overtime. It was a great team effort and we enjoyed winning in front of all our fans.
What is your favorite Mercersburg tradition? Inbound is my favorite Mercersburg tradition because it is a full week of fun and games before starting classes. During Inbound, you will make many friends that will stick by your side throughout your Mercersburg career.
What advice do you have for prospective/new students? Ask a ton of questions! There's only so much you can see on a tour, so questions of all sorts can help you learn a great deal about Mercersburg.
What activities do you participate in? Blue Key, Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Varsity Football, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Lacrosse, Voices for Justice, Student Alumni Association
Who is your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher is Mr. Bennett because of his ability to be engaging, even when the topic of conversation is something like vocab.
Why do you enjoy giving tours? I love being able to share all the great memories Mercersburg has given me with prospective students. Hopefully by the end of the tour they are just as excited to make their own memories here!
What do you do during your down time? During my down time at Mercersburg I love to go to sporting events to cheer on my friends! I also like to go to the student center to listen to music and play a game of Ping-Pong or watch a college football game.
Describe your most memorable Mercersburg moment. My most memorable Mercersburg moment was beating St. James, a rival school, under the lights in football 35-19. It broke a 9 game losing streak, and the whole school came out to support us. It was one of the best feelings I have ever had.
What is your favorite Mercersburg tradition? My favorite Mercersburg tradition is Step Songs and the giant bonfire during Alumni Weekend. It is such a great time to relax, have fun, and enjoy each other's company in preparation for the big game against the Hill School the next day!
What advice do you have for prospective/new students? Make the most of the opportunities you are given. Mercersburg offers so much, but it is up to you to take advantage of it. Don't be afraid to try new things––this community will support you every step of the way.
What is your favorite subject? Quinn-Ferguson Seminar
What activities do you participate in? Online Newspaper, Yearbook, Dance, MOE (Mercersburg Outdoor Education), Water Club
Who is your favorite teacher and why? Ms. Stephens, because she is always extremely positive and dedicated to the students, while being rooted in her beliefs and helping others develop their views.
What do you do during your down time? I really enjoy being with my friends and having genuine conversations with them, either in the dormitory, at the student center, or outside on the quad on a nice day. The Burgin Performing Arts Center also offers a lot, from spending time in the dance studios, in ceramics, or in the music practice rooms.
Describe your most memorable Mercersburg moment. One of my most memorable Mercersburg moments was a Tuesday night after a Romeo's (a local restaurant) run with some of my closest friends. Amidst the laughter and the conversation as we were walking back to our dorms, I was watching the chapel as the sun set and really took in the beauty that is this campus, and in that moment, I felt like Mercersburg truly was my home.
What is your favorite Mercersburg tradition? My favorite Mercersburg tradition is Step Songs during alumni weekend and the bonfire afterwards. It really brings everyone together and offers such a fun night of connecting with your classmates while reconnecting with past alumni.
What advice do you have for prospective/new students? You will find your niche on campus sooner or later, and once you've found it, you will truly feel like Mercersburg is a part of your identity. Don't be afraid to try new things, even if your friends aren't a part of it! You will connect with some amazing people no matter what.
What activities do you participate in? Head Blue Key, Peer Group Leader, LMC Ambassador
Who is your favorite teacher and why? Madame Prescott is my favorite teacher because of how much she cares about her students' success. Every day in class, she comes in completely prepared and with a good attitude. Although her classes are consistently difficult, they are designed to set us up for success.
Why do you enjoy giving tours? I enjoy giving tours because I love to show people the place where I have had the privilege of studying for the past four years. Just walking from building to building and looking around campus genuinely makes me appreciate the beauty of Mercersburg. When I give tours, I try to convey this feeling to the prospective student and their family, so that they understand why I love the school.
What do you do during your down time? I like to play table tennis in the student center or relax in the dorm with my friends.
What is your favorite Mercersburg tradition? My favorite Mercersburg tradition is singing Step Songs. When the entire school gathers on the steps of Main Hall to sing, I really feel that the whole school is brought together. Also, I just like to sing.
What advice do you have for prospective/new students? My advice for new students is to call or text home frequently. Even if you aren't homesick, I'm sure your families would love to hear about what you are doing!
What is your favorite subject? My favorite class is AP Biology. This class has pushed me academically more than ever. I appreciate the challenge that comes with learning about things I enjoy.
What activities do you participate in? Cross Country, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Blue Key and violin
Who is your favorite teacher and why? My favorite teacher is Mrs. Walker. She is my anatomy teacher. She always brings so much energy into the classroom. This makes it fun and also more engaging to learn the things she is teaching.
Why do you enjoy giving tours? I enjoy giving tours because I love talking about Mercersburg. I show people how the Mercersburg community is far different than anything else. Everyone knows everyone and we all get along.
Describe your most memorable Mercersburg moment. My most memorable Mercersburg moment when we beat St. James in football this year. Almost the whole entire school came to support our football team. I have never seen anything like the school spirit we showed that day.
What is your favorite Mercersburg tradition? My favorite Mercersburg tradition is Irving-Marshall week. During this week, the students are divided into two societies and participate in a series of contests. This week is filled with friendly competition and rivalries that date over a hundred years.
What activities do you participate in? Writing Center, Newspaper, Mercersburg Outdoor Education, Soccer, Softball
Who is your favorite teacher and why? David Bell: I love history, but it does require a lot of memorization. Mr. Bell made sure we were analyzing and really thinking just as much as we were simply absorbing the info, and I felt this really made a difference on the AP exam.
Why do you enjoy giving tours? I love meeting prospective students and being able to share my Mercersburg story with someone who may embark on the same journey.
What do you do during your down time? Movie nights with friends!
Describe your most memorable Mercersburg moment. Time spent traveling in the school. Whether it be to China or Costa Rica with summer programs, or to the Adirondack Mountains with MOE, Mercersburg offers some amazing opportunities to explore the world around us, and I've made some great memories doing so.
What advice do you have for prospective/new students? Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and try different things at Mercersburg. This school is really one of the best environments for experimenting with new activities, and who knows, maybe you'll find something you love.
Academic Interests: Math, physics, and persuasive/argumentative writing
Activities: Tennis and Mercersburg Outdoor Education biking
Favorite day on campus: Any day of the weekend in mid-fall or early spring. On these days everyone is able to hang out around campus while the weather is cool and typically there are fun activities to get into.
Fun Fact: I have known how to play piano since I was 3.
Academic Interest: English has been my favorite class since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I love the idea of stringing together a world of my creation. Similarly, I love Digital Art because it lets me create something out of nothing. I have made two posters for the school so far and several for my local library and community.
Activities: Swimming (fall and winter) and lacrosse (spring)
Favorite day on campus: Step Songs because it gives all the teams a chance to be represented in an age-old Mercersburg tradition, and I get to see all of my graduated friends. I have never felt closer to the school then I do at Step Songs every fall.
Fun fact: I have a cat named Thor after the Marvel Comics character.
Academic Interest: English and history are definitely my favorite subjects because I love to write and analyze text. I’ve recently started becoming more interested in French culture due to my class, and I hope to do the French exchange during my time at Mercersburg.
Activities: Field hockey, singing, and newspaper
Favorite day on campus: Saturday is a great day on campus because most people have free time. It’s a great day to hang out with friends in the Student Center or take advantage of the off-campus trips!
Fun Fact: I lived in London, England, when I was younger, and I hope to go back in the future.
Academic Interest: History, because it puts into perspective the cyclical process of the world we live in.
Activities: Cross country, indoor track & field, lacrosse, and newspaper
Favorite day on campus: The Friday of Alumni Weekend because of Step Songs. Everyone is so excited to be here whether they currently go to school or are visiting. It’s a day that shows how much everyone values and appreciated the opportunity to go or to have gone here.
Fun fact: I have gone on three trips with faculty member Mr. Rutherford—the Delaware Bay trip, the Costa Rica Tropical Biology trip, and the India spring break trip.
Academic interests: I really love English and the humanities. I find the human condition fascinating, and I love that I am able to share my thoughts and hear such diverse perspectives as I do in Harkness discussion here.
Activities: Stony Batter (theatre)
Favorite day on campus: Declamation, or the opening night of the musical.
Fun fact: I have met and sung with Tony Award winner Idina Menzel, who voiced the character of Elsa in Frozen.
Fun fact: I have lived on three continents—Europe, Asia, and North America.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236 717-328-6173