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Alex Jackson ’15

I’d tell every prospective student that attending Mercersburg will be like nothing else that you’ve ever experienced. You’ll just learn so much about yourself and others.

I have a little trouble disconnecting myself from the tag line “Define Yourself. Here.” Not because I don’t like it, but because it states exactly what I realized on my own that I’d be able to do here. Happily, it’s exacty what I’m doing as a student.
 
I’m from Greencastle, which is just down the road from Mercersburg on Pennsylvania Highway 16. Living so close to Mercersburg, my mom knew several parents of day students who were attending or had attended Mercersburg. She got the solid impression from them that Mercersburg was a great place to learn and to grow. So, that’s how we got introduced to Mercersburg.
 
We looked at one other school in the area. At first I wanted to go there simply because my dad used to coach there, but then I visited Mercersburg. I really liked the campus and the focus. I liked the arts program, which is my real passion, as well. At Mercersburg, the facilities and the teachers seemed to be of a higher quality.
 
Both my parents work in public education, so I wouldn’t be enrolled at Mercersburg if it weren’t for the scholarship Mercersburg awarded me. It was the deciding factor, so I feel very fortunate.
 
For me, the diversity of opportunity is what really sets Mercersburg apart from other schools. There’s no other place around that has the number and quality of opportunities that Mercersburg offers.
 
For example, right now I’m involved in Endeavor, which is a program of Mercersburg Outdoor Education—a winter program that involves camping and ice climbing. Last year at the end of the winter term, I was one of the speakers in Declamation, which is the finale of Irving-Marshall Week. In the spring I’ll be running again with the track team.
 
At Mercersburg, students are given a lot of leeway. In class, this leeway can engender awesome ideas and discussion. It fits my personality well. In my English class, I’ve learned different skills, such as having to think about the text critically and to formulate and justify my own ideas about it, which I thought was pretty unique. It wasn’t what I was used to.

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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