2018

  • November

    Members of the String Ensemble and the Chorale perform at the 2017 Christmas Candlelight Service

    Christmas Candlelight Service Set for December 16

    Mercersburg Academy’s annual Christmas Candlelight Service will be held Sunday, December 16, in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. Services will be held at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with light refreshments served in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The service is open to the public and free of charge. Parking is free and the Chapel is handicap accessible.
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  • Steven Zhang ’11 (photo: Getty Images)

    Steven Zhang ’11 Presiding Over Inter Milan

    Steven Zhang ’11 has been appointed president of Inter Milan (officially Football Club Internazionale Milano), which is one of the world’s most popular professional soccer teams. Inter Milan has won 18 league championships in Serie A, Italy’s top soccer league. The squad has three UEFA Champions League titles (with its most recent coming in 2010), and is the only club in the 20-team Serie A to never have been relegated to a lower-division league.
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  • James A. Brinson

    Carillon Recitals Continue November 18

    Mercersburg Academy is hosting three Sundaynrecitals from the school’s Swoope Carillon Sundays in November. John Widmann will give the next recital Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m.
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  • Fall Pops Concert Held November 10

    Members of Mercersburg Academy’s Octet and Magalia (the school’s a cappella vocal groups) and Jazz Band took the stage November 10 for the Fall Pops Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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  • Alison Huang ’22

    Summer Reading Essay Winners Announced

    One essay written by a student from each of Mercersburg’s four academic classes has been chosen as a winner of the school’s Summer Reading Essay Contest. This year’s honorees are Alison Huang ’22 (of Taichung City, Taiwan), Marco Malo ’21 (of North Bergen, N.J.), Maggie Quick ’20 (of Denton, Md.), and Katie Brennan ’19 (of Wheaton, Ill.).
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  • Campers and counselors gather around the campfire at sunset during Mercersburg Academy Summer Program's 2018 season.

    Mercersburg Academy Summer Programs Unveils 2019 Schedule

    Mercersburg Academy Summer Programs is excited to announce the 2019 program dates as well as announce two new camps coming to this season’s lineup.
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  • Students in the

    Students Embark on a “Lit-Venture” November 7

    Eleven 10th-grade students in the Honors “Power, Justice and Authority” course taught by Michele Poacelli and Alexandra Patterson presented an evening of dystopian workshops November 7 to showcase their work from this term.
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  • October

    Fall Dance Concert Held November 3

    Mercersburg Academy’s Dance Program hosted its Fall Concert November 3 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. View a photo gallery from this year's concert. 
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  • The 2018 All-MAPL girls’ cross country team

    MAPL Cross Country Championships Run at Mercersburg October 31

    Mercersburg hosted the Mid-Atlantic Prep League Cross Country Championships October 31 on campus. Peddie won the boys’ team title while Lawrenceville took the girls’ crown. Individual champions included Robert Enck of Lawrenceville (boys, 16:37) and Charlotte Bednar of Hun (girls, 18:10).
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  • Mercersburg Academy Partners with Tuscarora Organic Growers

    Mercersburg Academy has announced a partnership with Tuscarora Organic Growers, a local cooperative with 50 member growers and more than a dozen non-member growers. The warehouse and offices are located near Maddensville, Pa., which is less than 30 miles from the Academy campus.
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  • Pamela M. Parsons talks to students in Syd Caretti's Voice and Vision class on Friday, October 26.

    “Clipped, Ripped, and Reassembled” Art Exhibit on Display Now

    Classically trained artist Pamela M. Parsons’ show, “Clipped, Ripped, and Reassembled” is on display now through November 27 in the Cofrin Gallery in the Burgin Center for the Arts.
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  • Rod Hissong speaks at the school meeting in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on Friday, October 22.

    Local Businessman Rod Hissong Continues Immigration Speaker Series October 26

    Rod Hissong, co-owner of Mercer Vu Farms, was the featured speaker at a school meeting Friday, October 26 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel as Mercersburg Academy continues a three-week session of discussions on the topic of immigration.
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  • Members of the entrepreneurship class visited Common Wealth Joe in Arlington, Va. and sample some Nitro cold brew coffee while on their Springboard field trip.

    Springboard, MAPS Students Explore Research Topics

    More than 90 seniors in Mercersburg Academy’s 12th-grade class enrolled in Springboard capstone courses participated October 24 in field excursions around the area and region pertaining to their fields of study. Some classes used the day to have uninterrupted time to work on projects on campus.
     
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  • Valor and Sacrifice: Paying Tribute to Mercersburg’s Medal of Honor Recipients is on display in the Burgin Center for the Arts' Niche Gallery through November 27.

    Valor and Sacrifice: Paying Tribute to Mercersburg’s Medal of Honor Recipients

    In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, Mercersburg Academy is exhibiting portraits of the Academy’s Medal of Honor recipients: Joel T. Boone (1909), Ralph Talbot (1916), and Eugene Fluckey ’30. The exhibit is on display in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Niche Gallery through November 27.
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  • Joe Beauregard ’18

    Remembering Joe Beauregard ’18 (1999–2018)

    Mercersburg Academy mourns the unexpected passing of Joseph Beauregard ’18, who died October 18 in Savannah, Ga. Joe was attending Savannah College of Art and Design and lived in Richmond, Va.
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  • Pictured left to right (back row): Johnny Nguyen ’19, Teak Romtrairut ’19, Katie Brennan ’19, Kamryn Bacchus-Larode ’19, and Patrice McGloin ’19; (front row) Sophia Divone ’19, Aaron Zheng ’19, Ben Hedstrom ’19, Alex Dicke ’19, Cherie Sio ’19, and Jason Fang ’19. Not pictured: Quan Tran ’19.

    First Group of Cum Laude Seniors Announced

    Mercersburg Academy announced the first 12 members of its Class of 2019 who have been chosen for induction into the school’s chapter of the Cum Laude Society, which recognizes the highest level of academic achievement within the school.
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  • Paige Cromwell ’20 and Clara Getty ’21 in

    Stony Batter Players Performs “She Kills Monsters”

    Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg Academy’s student theatre company, presented She Kills Monsters October 19-21 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The play was directed by faculty members Matt Maurer and Kelly Dowling. View a photo gallery from She Kills Monsters. 
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  • Alex Nowrasteh speaks in the Irvine Memorial Chapel during the school meeting on October 19.

    Speaker Series on Immigration Begins October 19 with Cato Institute Analyst

    Mercersburg opened a three-week examination of the important topic of immigration October 19, when Alex Nowrasteh, a senior immigration-policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, spoke at a school meeting in the Irvine Memorial Chapel.
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  • Patrice McGloin ’19

    McGloin, Reinhard, Zheng Honored in National Merit Scholarship Program

    Three Mercersburg Academy students—Patrice McGloin ’19, Ella Jane Reinhard ’19, and Aaron Zheng ’19—have been named Commended Students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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  • From right: Quinn-Ferguson Honors Seminar students Anna Mele ’19, Carmen Martinez ’20, Alex Coenjaerts ’20, and Daniel Mazo ’20

    Quinn-Ferguson Students Experience The Atlantic Festival

    For two days last week, the classroom for students in Mercersburg’s Quinn-Ferguson Honors Seminar shifted to Washington, D.C., and included conversations with and presentations by sitting U.S. senators; a former U.S. secretary of state, senator, and presidential candidate; the editor of a major newsmagazine; and thought leaders in the worlds of government, politics, technology, food, medicine, and more.
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  • Hakeem Rahim

    October 8 Ammerman Family Lecture Features Hakeem Rahim

    Hakeem Rahim gave the Ammerman Family Lecture at Mercersburg Academy October 8 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The lecture kicked off the school’s 2018-2019 Monday Evening Lecture Series. and was a required appointment for Mercersburg students and faculty.
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  • Eliza DuBose ’20 (left) as Sara and Grace Bennett ’19 as Callie in

    Stony Batter Players’ "Stop Kiss" Held Over Two Weekends

    Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg Academy’s student theatre company, opened its 2018-2019 season with Stop Kiss, a play that examines themes of friendship, love, attraction, prejudice, and hate. The sold-out opening performance was held September 29 as part of the school’s Family and Alumni Weekend, with three other performances October 5-7 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Hale Studio Theatre. Director of Theatre Laurie Mufson directed the production.
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  • Julia Littleton

    October Carillon Recitals Continue Sunday Concert Series

    Mercersburg Academy will host recitals from the school’s Swoope Carillon Sundays in October; guest carillonneurs will include Julia Littleton (October 7 and 14), Joey Cotruvo (October 21), and John Widmann (October 28). The school’s carillon recital series hosts performances on most Sundays during the academic year; recitals begin at 3 p.m.
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  • Brian Hargrove Appointed New Head of School at Northfield Mount Hermon

    Head of School Katie Titus has announced that Assistant Head of School for Advancement and Communications Brian Hargrove will be leaving Mercersburg Academy in the next few months to accept the head of school position at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass.
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  • Family and Alumni Weekend 2018 Draws Crowd

    More than 700 parents, grandparents, siblings, other relatives, alumni, and guests visited Mercersburg for Family and Alumni Weekend September 28-30, where they participated in campus activities and met fellow members of the school community.
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  • September

    Pictured from top to bottom are the 11 Mercersburg students who received the National AP Scholar Award:  Kate Frimet ’18, Andrew Howe ’18, Lauren Ingram ’18, Thai Khong ’18, Victor Li ’18, Julia Mitchell ’18, Johnny Nguyen ’19, Eric Oh ’18, Cherie Sio ’19, Rachel Yang ’18, and Summer Zhang.

    115 Mercersburg Students Named 2018 AP Scholars

    In recognition of their performances on Advanced Placement (AP) Exams in spring 2018, 115 Mercersburg Academy students have been selected for recognition in The College Board’s 2018 AP Scholar Awards program. These students have demonstrated college-level achievement through their performances on AP exams and on AP courses. Honorees are recognized in four different categories: National AP Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction, AP Scholar with Honor, and AP Scholar.
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  • 2019 Break Travel Trips Announced for Students

    Each year, approximately 100 Mercersburg Academy students and 20 faculty members embark upon academic, outdoor, and service adventures all over the globe during the school's spring and summer breaks. This year's break travel options have been announced; applications are open through October 15.
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  • Mercersburg’s field hockey team was one of four Blue Storm varsity squads to earn victories over Madeira on Day 1 of the M Cup

    Girls’ Teams Lead After First Day of Inaugural M Cup

    Eight different Mercersburg teams headed southeast to McLean, Va., on September 22, with a common opponent awaiting them: the Snails of The Madeira School, who played host to the Blue Storm’s girls’ cross country, field hockey, girls’ soccer (varsity and junior varsity), girls’ tennis (varsity and JV), and volleyball (varsity and JV) teams on the inaugural day of competition in the M Cup, created this year to recognize an athletic rivalry that dates back to at least 1976.
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  • H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’49

    Celebration of Life for H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’49 is October 17

    A ceremony in celebration of the life of H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’49 will be held Wednesday, October 17, at The Academy of Music (located at 240 South Broad Street in Philadelphia).
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  • Mercersburg Academy Partners with South Mountain Creamery

    Mercersburg Academy has announced a partnership with South Mountain Creamery, a local, family-owned farm located in Middletown, Md.
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  • Students and faculty members from the Gauss Gymnasium at Mercersburg

    German Exchange Students Arrive for Four-Week Visit

    Students from Gauss Gymnasium of Worms, Germany, arrived at Mercersburg Academy Wednesday, September 12, for the start of a 27-day exchange program between the two schools. Seven students and two teachers from Gauss are taking part in 2018, which marks the 21st year of the program.
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  • James Brinson

    September Carillon Recitals Begin Sunday Concert Series

    Mercersburg Academy Carillonneur James Brinson gave a recital on the school’s Swoope Carillon Sunday, September 9, and will also perform Sunday, September 30. Guest carillonneurs Steven Ball (September 16) and Buck Lyon-Vaiden (September 23) will perform in the coming weeks as part of Mercersburg’s carillon recital series, which hosts performances on most Sundays during the academic year. All are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.
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  • Cory Bontrager

    Seven New Faculty Join School Community

    Mercersburg Academy welcomes seven new faculty members for the 2018-2019 academic year, which begins Monday, September 3.
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  • Debbie Rutherford speaking at Opening Convocation 2018

    Convocation Opens 2018–2019 Academic Year

    Classes in Mercersburg Academy's 126th academic year as a preparatory school begin Monday, September 3. The school's Opening Convocation was held September 2 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel.
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  • Patrice McGloin ’19 (right), recipient of the Robert H. Michelet Prize, with Head of School Katie Titus

    McGloin, Bland Chosen as Student Prize Recipients

    At Mercersburg Academy’s Opening Convocation September 2, Patrice McGloin ’19 received the Robert H. Michelet Prize, while Ryan Bland ’21 garnered the John H. Culbertson Prize. Head of School Katherine M. Titus presented McGloin and Bland with their awards during Convocation, which was held in the Irvine Memorial Chapel.
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  • August

    Allison Stephens/Michele Poacelli

    Stephens, Poacelli Receive 2018–2019 Teaching Awards

    Jillian Wilkerson
    Allison Stephens is the 2018–2019 recipient of the Ammerman Distinguished Teaching Award for Religious & Interdisciplinary Studies, while Michele Poacelli is this year’s Zern Excellence in Teaching Award honoree. The awards, which are presented on an annual basis to two members of the Mercersburg faculty, were announced August 24 by Head of School Katie Titus.
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  • Boyd Straley

    After 57 Years, Boyd Straley Calls it a Career

    Lee Owen
    Boyd Straley began working at Mercersburg Academy in June 1961. Fifty-seven years later, he retired from the school’s buildings and grounds department August 24 with a lifetime of memories and jobs well done. He leaves the Academy as one of the longest-tenured employees in the school’s 125-year history.
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  • Nancy Horton Heefner working with students.

    Nancy Horton Heefner Memorial Art Show on Exhibit in Burgin Center

    The 13th Annual Nancy Horton Heefner Memorial Art Show will be on exhibit in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery August 29–September 21. It is a non-juried show and is sponsored by the Mercersburg Historical Society. A reception will be held Sunday, September 9, from 1–4 p.m.
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  • Mercersburg faculty members Leah Rockwell ’97 and Michele Poacelli at the Summer Faculty Institute

    Summer Institute Prepares Faculty for Opening of School

    Jillian Wilkerson
    Mercersburg Academy held its third annual Summer Faculty Institute for teachers and administrators August 13-17 on campus. The annual event is geared toward classroom teachers and those working with adolescents in residential, counseling, and advisory settings and is open to education professionals from within or outside the Academy. This year, 58 attendees took part in the weeklong event, including six from peer schools.
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  • H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest ’49

    H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest '49—Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, and Leader (1930-2018)

    Lee Owen
    Harold FitzGerald "Gerry" Lenfest '49—a luminary in the history of Mercersburg Academy and American philanthropy, and a pioneer in the field of communications—died August 5 in Philadelphia at age 88. He leaves a profound legacy at Mercersburg and in communities across the nation.
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  • July

    From top left: Rick Hendrickson, Laurie Mufson, Heather Prescott, Debbie Rutherford, Allison Stephens, Tom Thorne, Wells Gray, and Chip Vink.

    Eight Mercersburg Academy Faculty Taking Sabbaticals

    Jillian Wilkerson
    This summer and into the fall of the 2018-2019 academic year, eight Mercersburg faculty members are on sabbatical, and most are spending their time away from campus traveling domestically and abroad.
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  • Burton Richter ’48 in 1976

    In Memoriam: Burton Richter ’48 (1931–2018), Nobel Laureate

    Lee Owen
    Burton Richter ’48, who received the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics, died July 18 in Stanford, Calif. He was 87. Richter was director emeritus of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (originally the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center) at Stanford University.
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  • Shirley Zeger,  assistant to the head of school (left) and Katie Titus, head of school, at Zeger's retirement celebration on Friday, June 29.

    Shirley Zeger Retires After 48 Years

    Elizabeth Im ’18
    After 48 years of service at Mercersburg Academy, Shirley Zeger retired June 29, wrapping up a career that began in the registrar’s office, transitioned into an assistant with student banking and accounts payable in the business office, and ultimately brought her to the role of assistant to the head of school—a role she has served admirably since 1983.
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  • Jim Brinson

    Jim Brinson Plays Patriotic July 4 Recital

    Lee Owen
    Academy carillonneur James Brinson gave a free concert of patriotic music from the school’s Swoope Carillon July 4. The concert included a mix of American folk songs, hymns, and patriotic standards in honor of the United States’ 242nd birthday.
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  • June

    L-R: Jeff Abel, Katherine Dyson, Jim Schmutz, Katie Titus, Tricia Crocker, Luke Weierbach

    Academy Establishes Official Partnership with Special Olympics Maryland

    Amy Marathe
    Mercersburg Academy and Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to engage Mercersburg Academy as an official program partner of Special Olympics Maryland.
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  • Patrick Madden ’18, Victor Li ’18 (seated), and Joseph Lieber ’19 with a judge at RoboCup International 2018 in Montreal

    Robotics Students Take Second Place in RoboCup International Competition

    Five students competed June 18-22 at RoboCup International 2018 in Montreal, Canada, with the team of Victor Li ’18, Patrick Madden ’18, and Joseph Lieber ’19 taking second place in the Rapidly Manufactured Robot Competition (RMRC) division. Li, Madden, and Lieber compiled 115 points, coming in behind Japan who had a final score of 185. Mexico was third with 90 points, and Slovenia took fourth with 63 points.
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  • Mercersburg Bucks National Trends on Tuition Cost

    Amy Marathe
    Building on the foundation laid by its $300 million Daring to Lead Campaign and informed by its ongoing strategic design process, Mercersburg Academy is taking bold and decisive next steps to address affordability and access as educational costs for students and families nationally continue to rise. For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Academy is holding the tuition increase to just 1.5 percent for boarding students (as compared to a 10-year average increase greater than 4 percent) and decrease tuition by 10 percent for day students. These important steps, paired with significant increases in financial aid, signal the school’s commitment to making a Mercersburg education within reach for more families from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
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  • Faculty member Denise Dalton with students in Peru

    Students, Faculty Travel the Globe This Summer

    Megan Mallory
    Throughout the month of June, a total of 79 Mercersburg students (and 17 faculty members) traveled domestically and internationally with programs coordinated by Mercersburg’s Office of Global Programs & Initiatives. Groups visited Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany/Austria, the New River Gorge in West Virginia, Peru, Prague/Budapest, and South Africa.
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  • 2013 classmates Johanna Krygsman, Woodli Krutek, and Ashley Frederick pose with this year's reunion T-shirts

    Reunion Weekend 2018 Draws Record Crowd

    More than 750 alumni, their guests, faculty, staff, and friends of Mercersburg gathered on campus Thursday, June 7, through Sunday, June 10, to celebrate their connection to each other and to the school. Classes ending in 3 and 8 held their five-year reunions, breaking last year's record attendance of more than 600.
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  • Mike O’Keefe

    Michael O’Keefe to Lead Mercersburg Baseball Program

    Lee Owen
    Michael O’Keefe, an assistant varsity baseball coach at Mercersburg and a member of the English faculty at the school for three years, has been appointed Mercersburg’s head varsity baseball coach. O’Keefe succeeds John Lowery Jr., who won Mid-Atlantic Prep League championships in each of his three seasons with the Blue Storm. (All told, Mercersburg has won or shared the MAPL baseball title every year since 2011—an eight-year span.)
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  • Jayvien Sandridge ’18

    Baltimore Orioles Draft/Sign Jayvien Sandridge ’18

    Lee Owen
    Jayvien Sandridge ’18 was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles June 6 in the 32nd round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Sandridge was a varsity baseball letterwinner all three years at Mercersburg, and helped the Blue Storm to three Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles (the team has won or shared the league crown in each of the past eight seasons).
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  • Debbie and Frank Rutherford ’70

    New Academy Health and Wellness Center to Honor the Rutherford Family

    Amy Marathe/Lee Owen
    Mercersburg Academy is thrilled to announce that the school’s new health center will be named the Rutherford Health and Wellness Center in honor of longtime faculty members Frank ’70 and Debbie Rutherford. Click here to see photos of the building. 
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  • Marilyn Houck in her green golf cart, caring for students on game day.

    Marilyn Houck: Offering the Healing Touch for 32 Years

    Katie Brennan ’19
    Working with high-school athletes to heal their aches and pains—ranging from minor shin splints to bone fractures—is most certainly not a job for everyone. It requires saint-like patience and an extensive knowledge of the human body. Marilyn Houck knows this better than most: for the past 32 years, she has dedicated her time and caregiving skills to being an outstanding athletic trainer at Mercersburg Academy. As her long and caring tenure comes to a close, Houck prepares to leave the community and embark on retirement this June.
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  • May

    Jason Fang ’19 receiving the Frank Hoffmeier (1896) Scholar/Athlete Prize from Director of Athletics Rick Hendrickson

    Year-End Dinner Recognizes Student Award Winners

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg completed the 2017-2018 academic year—its 125th as a preparatory school—with a special year-end awards dinner May 31 in Ford Hall. A total of 56 awards were presented to students in the ninth, 10th, and 11th grades for excellence and accomplishment in academics, the arts, and athletics.
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  • John-Anthony Di Tullio ’18

    Di Tullio, Rogat to Continue Basketball Careers in College

    Lee Owen
    John-Anthony Di Tullio ’18 and Alex Rogat ’18, two of the newest members of Mercersburg’s alumni body after graduating May 26 with the Class of 2018, have announced their commitments to enroll at and play basketball for a pair of universities beginning in 2018–2019. Di Tullio, of Gmunden, Austria, is headed to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, while Rogat, of Langenzersdorf, Austria,  has chosen Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia.
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  • Gold Medalists Julia Mitchell ’18 (French), Quan Tran ’19 (German), and Jack Kothari ’20 (Latin)

    National Language Exam Results Announced; 46 Students Honored

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg recognizes the achievements of 46 language students, who are receiving accolades for their performances on national language examinations in their respective fields of study.
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  • Benicio Del Toro ’85 addressing the Class of 2018

    Benicio Del Toro ’85 Celebrates Class of 2018 at 125th Commencement

    Amy Marathe/Lee Owen
    Academy Award-winning actor Benicio Del Toro ’85 gave the Commencement address for the 132 members of Mercersburg Academy’s Class of 2018 May 26. The ceremony was the school’s 125th Commencement and was held on the traditional campus graduation platform between Keil Hall and South Cottage.
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  • Earthenware by James Thompson ’18

    Senior/Student Art Show, Senior Recital Featured in Burgin Center

    Lee Owen
    Pieces by 30 student artists—including 10 members of the Class of 2018—are on exhibit in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery and Small Gallery. The annual Senior Art Show features work by Charlotte Caruso ’18, Gabriel Gotera ’18, Sydney Hosbein ’18, Elizabeth Im ’18, Yuju Kang ’18, James Thompson ’18, Arturs Tomsons ’18, Daniel Zeballos ’18, and Alex Zhukova ’18, and the Spring Student Art Show includes work by members of Mercersburg’s ninth-grade, 10th-grade, and 11th-grade classes.
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  • Will Kendrick ’19 and Yasemin Celikoyar ’19 discuss an “applicant” during a mock admission committee

    11th Graders Serve on Mock College-Admission Panels

    Lee Owen
    Nine college-admission representatives visited Mercersburg May 22 to lead the school’s entire 11th-grade class in a workshop and culminating exercise that put the students themselves in the seats of a college admission panel—less than six months before those same students will begin submitting their own applications to colleges and universities.
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  • Mercersburg’s RoboCup OnStage team (Priscilla Zhang ’19, Rachel Marsh ’18, Thai Khong ’18, Collin Morris ’19) with faculty member Marcus Jaiclin and their robot

    In June, Mercersburg Students to Compete in International RoboCup for 10th Time

    Lee Owen
    Seven Mercersburg students have been chosen to represent the United States at RoboCup International 2018, which is set for June 18-22 in Montreal, Canada. 2018 will be the ninth consecutive year for Mercersburg students to compete at the international level of RoboCup, and the 10th time overall.
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  • Elizabeth Im ’18 and Cole Kissam ’18

    Two Seniors’ Work Chosen for Professional Publication

    Megan Mallory
    Pieces by Mercersburg seniors Elizabeth Im ’18 and Cole Kissam ’18 have been selected for professional publication. Im’s piece “Here Lies Lobster” will be published in this year’s The Apprentice Writer literary magazine, and Kissam’s poem “My Pregnant Mother Craves Orange Juice” recently appeared in The Emerson Review, Volume 47.
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  • The 55 Mercersburg student recipients of the President’s Education Award

    President’s Education Award Recognizes 55 Mercersburg Seniors

    Megan Mallory
    Fifty-five members of Mercersburg’s Class of 2018 have been selected to receive the President’s Education Award. The group hails from eight nations (including the U.S.) and 15 different American states; Pennsylvania (14) and Maryland (7) are home to the most recipients from the U.S.
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  • Michael Davies ’85 Brings Football/Soccer to Your Library with “Encyclopedia Blazertannica”

    Lee Owen
    Emmy Award-winning television producer Michael Davies ’85—who was the invited speaker at Mercersburg’s Commencement in 2016—has found a true calling as half of the famed soccer/football duo “Men in Blazers.” Davies and colleague/co-host Roger Bennett co-host a weekly television show by the same name on NBC Sports Network as well as a long-running (and similarly titled) podcast series and popular blog.
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  • Debbie and Frank Rutherford ’70

    Debbie and Frank Rutherford to Retire in June 2019

    Lee Owen
    Longtime faculty members Frank ’70 and Debbie Rutherford have announced that they will retire from Mercersburg in June 2019, at the conclusion of the 2018–2019 academic year.
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  • Seated (L-R): Maddie Lauther (swimming, Miami [Fla.]), Ally Armbruster (swimming, Air Force), Abby Voce (swimming, Babson). Standing (L-R): T.J. Harris (football, Trinity [Conn.]), Charlie Webb (football, Case Western Reserve), Eli Riley (baseball, Connecticut), Mikale Williams (track and field, High Point), Logan Cort (swimming, Dickinson).

    Student-Athletes to Suit Up for Air Force, Dickinson, Miami, UConn, More

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg has revealed the college commitments of eight additional student-athletes in the school’s Class of 2018, who are announcing pledges to NCAA Division I and Division III institutions.
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  • The 2018 MAPL Champions: Mercersburg’s varsity baseball team

    V Baseball Takes 8th Straight MAPL Title With Sweep of Lawrenceville

    David Bell
    Mercersburg’s varsity baseball team defeated visiting Lawrenceville, 11-1, in game one of a doubleheader May 12 to clinch its eighth consecutive Mid-Atlantic Prep League championship. The Blue Storm completed a perfect 10-0 MAPL season by blanking the Big Red, 3-0 in game two for a 10-0 league mark.
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  • Julia and Tony Furnary ’76

    Lloyd Aquatic Center to Feature Newly Named Furnary Pool

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg Academy has announced that the pool inside the eagerly anticipated Lloyd Aquatic Center will be named the Furnary Pool in honor of Anthony “Tony” Furnary ’76, a leading cardiothoracic surgeon and a standout swimmer and student as well as a Mercersburg parent and sibling. View a gallery of photos from the groundbreaking and pool naming here
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  • Emma Maurer ’18

    Spring Dance Concert Held May 12

    Megan Mallory
    Mercersburg presented its Spring Dance Concert May 12 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The performance featured a variety of genres including jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and more.
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  • Front row (L-R): Trent Topping, Justin Jelacic, Jack Hinsperger, Cameron Porter, Chris Toomey. Back row: Evan Zhang, Dalton Jackson, Isabell Baltimore, Boone Brothers, Thomas Prim.

    10 Senior Athletes Choose College Destinations

    Lee Owen
    Ten more student-athletes in Mercersburg’s Class of 2018 have officially announced the institutions where they will continue their academic and athletic careers. The group includes seven members who are headed to the United States Naval Academy, an eighth matriculating at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and two more bound for their home country of Canada.
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  • Book by Anne Raugh Keene ’83 Highlights Baseball History During World War II

    Megan Mallory
    Seventy-five years ago this May at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, some of baseball’s greatest players—Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain, just to name a few—took to the field for the first time as members of the Cloudbuster Nine, a baseball team at an elite Navy training school in North Carolina. The story of these baseball greats and their naval service during World War II might have remained largely hidden had it not been for their bat boy—Jim Raugh—and his daughter Anne Raugh Keene ’83, whose new book The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II came out this week from Sports Publishing and is available at many major retailers.
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  • Tommy Sliskovich ’18 challenges Mercersburg Elementary fourth graders Brett Ellis and Miranda Hackey to a game of badminton

    Second Annual Field Day Brings Elementary Students to Campus

    Megan Mallory
    For the second year in a row, a section of Mercersburg Academy’s campus became a playground for students from nearby Mercersburg Elementary School when the Academy’s Community Engagement Team hosted the 2018 Mercersburg Community Field Day May 3. More than 90 third- and fourth-graders enjoyed a day of fun with 78 student and faculty volunteers led by Tommy Sliskovich ’18. See photos from the day.
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  • Clara Getty ’21 and Wren Dahbura ’21 rehearse a scene from the 10-Minute Play Festival

    Stony Batter Players Showcases 10-Minute Play Festival

    Megan Mallory
    Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg’s student theatre company, presented its 10-Minute Play Festival May 5, with a preview performance May 4 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Hale Studio Theatre.
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  • April

    Ava Paul ’18, Clare Liss ’18, Addie Dumm ’18, Sophia Fabiano ’18, and Emma Maurer ’18 take a bow after their April 13 performance of “How We Happen”

    Springtalk Showcase April 30 Features Students from Nine Courses

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg’s annual Springtalk Showcase April 30 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre spotlighted one student (or multi-student group) from each of the school’s nine Springboard capstone courses for members of the senior class. The event was a required appointment for all Mercersburg students.
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  • Bass Diakhoumpa ’18 addresses the student body

    Bass Diakhoumpa ’18 Talks Second Chances at School Meeting

    Tyler Miller
    Class of 2018 member Bass Diakhoumpa addressed his fellow students and faculty during a school meeting April 27, recounting his unlikely return to Mercersburg this year as a postgraduate student following his graduation from Mercersburg last May.
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  • Members of the Chorale perform during the 2017 Spring Music Concert.

    Band, Chorale, String Ensemble Perform in April 27 Spring Music Concert

    Megan Mallory
    Mercersburg’s Spring Music Concert, which took place April 27 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre featured the school’s Band, Chorale, and String Ensemble. 
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  • New society presidents Hunter Roberts ’19 (Marshall) and Daphne Valen ’19 (Irving)

    2018–2019 Officers Announced for Irving, Marshall Societies

    Megan Mallory
    The Washington Irving Literary Society and John Marshall Literary Society—Mercersburg’s two student literary societies—have selected their officers for the 2018–2019 school year. A total of 26 students will serve in these leadership roles, including new society presidents Hunter Roberts ’19 (Marshall) and Daphne Valen ’19 (Irving).
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  • L-R: Green Team members Courtney Gantt ’18, Garrett Noone ’18, Addie Geitner ’21, Madi Norris ’21, and Dylan Gantt ’21 present to fourth-and fifth-grade students at Mercersburg Elementary School.

    Green Team Distributes LED Lightbulbs at Mercersburg Elementary

    By Megan Mallory
    To commemorate Earth Day (Sunday, April 22), Mercersburg Academy’s Green Team—the school’s student-run environmentally focused group—visited Mercersburg Elementary School April 20 to distribute LED lightbulbs to 94 fourth- and fifth-grade students.
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  • Students gathered to hear speeches

    Students Rally April 20 for End to Gun Violence

    Lee Owen
    In support of the National School Walkout, approximately 100 Mercersburg students gathered near the steps of the Irvine Memorial Chapel at 10:30 a.m. April 20 for a student-initiated and student-planned rally to voice their opposition to the epidemic of gun violence in America—specifically (and especially) in schools.
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  • L-R: Tom Quick '22, Julie Quick P '19, '20, '22, faculty member Sydney Caretti

    Mercersburg Welcomes New Students for 2018-2019

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg Academy extends a hearty welcome to the 151 new students who will join the school community this fall as members of the school's Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022.
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  • All-MAPL selection Mikale Williams ’18

    All-MAPL, Academic All-MAPL Awards Announced for Winter Athletes

    Lee Owen
    The Mid-Atlantic Prep League has chosen 21 Mercersburg varsity student-athletes as All-MAPL and/or Academic All-MAPL honorees for the winter 2018 season and academic term.
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  • Pandora “Pandy” Yeakle

    Pandy Yeakle Retires After More Than 32 Years

    By Addy Kipe ’18
    Since she first came to Mercersburg Academy in August 1985, Pandora “Pandy” Yeakle has served the school community tirelessly. April 13 was her final day before she embarked on a well-deserved retirement after more than 32 years at the school.
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  • Kate Bryan ’18 giving a Springtalk from the Global Food Chain Springboard course

    SEARCH Presentations, Springtalks Highlight Student Capstone Work

    Lee Owen
    The 130 members of Mercersburg’s senior class are giving their capstone presentations over the next three weeks. All seniors are enrolled in one of the school’s two capstone experiences: MAPS (Mercersburg’s Advanced Program for Global Studies) or Springboard, and will present their yearlong projects during the month of April.
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  • Jayvien Sandridge ’18 signing with the University of Central Florida

    Jayvien Sandridge ’18 to Play Baseball at UCF

    Lee Owen
    Jayvien Sandridge ’18, a member of Mercersburg’s senior class and a three-year player on the Blue Storm’s varsity baseball team, signed a national letter of intent April 12 to attend the University of Central Florida and join the Knights’ baseball program beginning in 2018–2019. UCF is an NCAA Division I member (and the defending league baseball champion) of the American Athletic Conference.
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  • Community Chorus Performs in Chapel

    Lee Owen
    The Mercersburg Area Community Chorus and Orchestra—under the direction of Mercersburg Academy Director of Music Richard Rotz—gave three performances of its 2018 Spring Concert April 14 and 15 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on campus.
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  • L-R: James Brinson, Jason Weibel

    Jim Brinson, Bagpipes Highlight April 8 Carillon Recital

    Lee Owen
    Academy Carillonneur James Brinson teamed with bagpiper Jason Weibel for a special carillon recital from Mercersburg’s Swoope Carillon April 8. Brinson and Weibel alternated pieces from the Barker Tower.
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  • Magalia members Mira Vance ’18, Dierdre O’Rourke ’20, Emma Maurer ’18, and Clare Liss ’18 at the Spring Pops Concert

    Spring Pops Concert Features Jazz Band, Magalia, Octet

    Lee Owen
    The 2018 Spring Pops Concert April 7 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre included performances by the Jazz Band, Magalia, and Octet. Click here to see photos from this year's concert.
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  • Julia Wiedeman Whitehouse ’98

    Julia Wiedeman Whitehouse ’98 Shares Stories at School Meeting

    Tyler Miller
    Mercersburg welcomed storyteller Julia Wiedeman Whitehouse ’98 back to campus April 6 for a school meeting in the Burgin Center for the Arts and for a workshop with the Women’s Activist Club and other interested students.
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  • The cover of the spring 2018 issue of Mercersburg magazine

    Students and Alums Explore School’s History in New Mercersburg Magazine

    Megan Mallory
    A celebration of Mercersburg’s 125th anniversary continues with the spring 2018 edition of Mercersburg magazine, which mails this week and is available in a digital format now. This issue highlights Mercersburg’s history from 1928-1972, focusing on the three headmasters and the nearly five decades of students who followed in the footsteps of founding headmaster William Mann Irvine.
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  • Tiffany Shlain speaking in the Simon Theatre

    Tiffany Shlain Gives Jacobs Residency Lecture

    Megan Mallory
    Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain delivered the Jacobs Residency Lecture at Mercersburg April 2 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. Shlain’s talk was the final offering in the school’s 2017-2018 Monday Evening Lecture Series. In addition to her lecture, Shlain held a book signing immediately following the event, and she met with students for a Q&A on Tuesday morning, April 3.
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  • March

    Students from Collège-Lycée Saint-Joseph (with teacher Kirsten Peray) arrived March 31 and will be on campus until April 14

    French Exchange Students Return to Mercersburg for Two-Week Exchange

    Lee Owen
    Eight students—an octet—from Collège-Lycée Saint-Joseph, Mercersburg’s sister school in Thônes, France, are making Mercersburg their home for two weeks from March 31 to April 14. 2018 is the sixth year of the exchange partnership between the two schools; a group of seven Mercersburg students will travel to France to return the exchange in June.
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  • Andrew Young with his assistant, Eric Fears, on stage in the Simon Theatre

    Ambassador Andrew Young Speaks at March 30 School Meeting

    Lee Owen
    Andrew Young, who has served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, as a U.S. Congressman from Georgia, as mayor of the city of Atlanta, and as a key adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., addressed a school meeting at Mercersburg March 30 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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  • “Inside Sunday” (mixed media by Daniel Zeballos ’18)

    Daniel Zeballos ’18 Earns National Gold Medal for Mixed-Media Artwork

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg’s Daniel Zeballos ’18 has been selected to receive a National Gold Medal in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, which is the nation’s longest-running and most-prestigious recognition for creative teens in grades 7-12. Zeballos earned the honor, which is bestowed upon less than 1 percent of the more than 350,000 submissions in the program, for his mixed-media piece “Inside Sunday.”
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  • The Mercersburg Chorale and James Buchanan High School’s Messa Voce performing together

    Mercersburg Chorale, James Buchanan’s Messa Voce Present Combined Concert

    Megan Mallory
    For the first time in recent memory, the Mercersburg Academy Chorale and James Buchanan High School’s Messa Voce appeared together in a combined choral concert. The performance was held March 23 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on campus.
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  • The 2018 class of Mercersburg’s new Cum Laude Society members with invited speaker Dr. Margee Ensign (front row, center), Head of School Katie Titus (back row, left), and Judge John E. Jones III ’73 (back row, right)

    26 Seniors Officially Join Cum Laude Society

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg welcomed 26 members of the Class of 2018 into its chapter of the Cum Laude Society March 23. Dr. Margee Ensign, president of Dickinson College, was the featured speaker at Mercersburg’s Cum Laude Convocation 2018, which was held in the Irvine Memorial Chapel on campus.
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  • Eliza DuBose ’20 gives a presentation

    Six Students Participate in International Student Leadership Symposium 2018

    Lee Owen
    Six Mercersburg students attended the International Student Leadership Symposium March 20-28 at Westlake Academy in Westlake, Texas (near Fort Worth). The group, which was accompanied by Dean of Student Life Chris Howes and history faculty member Jeff Adair ’98, was the 10th Mercersburg contingent to attend the annual event, which this year had a theme of “Ethics Gone Viral” and included eight schools from seven nations around the world.
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  • WDVM-TV’s Mark Kraham interviewing Head of School Katie Titus

    Katie Titus Appears on WDVM-TV’s “Issues & Insiders”

    Lee Owen
    Head of School Katherine M. Titus was a guest on WDVM-TV’s “Issues & Insiders” program, which aired March 17-18. WDVM produces the weekly program from its studio in nearby Hagerstown, Md.
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  • Students on the Grand Canyon trip taking a bike tour of street art in Phoenix, Ariz.

    Student Trips Head West to Grand Canyon, Silicon Valley

    Lee Owen
    Two groups of Mercersburg students spent the first week of the school’s Spring Vacation exploring parts of the western United States: on a Grand Canyon expedition with Mercersburg Outdoor Education and a trip to Northern California and Silicon Valley. Both trips departed March 3 and are coordinated by the school’s Office of Global Programs.
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  • Mid-Atlantic Boarding Schools Call for Meaningful Change to End Gun Violence

    Like so many following the events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the heads of the six schools comprising the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and Six Mid-Atlantic Boarding Schools (SMABS) believe we must do more as a country to protect students from gun violence. Those of us who work and live at schools feel the weight of this latest tragedy and cannot, and will not, be silent. 
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  • Marshall Society members (including all five declaimers) celebrate their victory

    Marshall Wins Third Straight Irving-Marshall Competition

    Lee Owen
    The John Marshall Literary Society emerged victorious for the third year in a row in Mercersburg's annual Irving-Marshall Week competition. Marshall won by a score of 1275-725, though Irving's Spencer Kurtyka '19 took first place at Declamation March 1.
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  • 2018 German National Exam Gold Medalists Henry Mitchell ’18 and Alexandra Howard ’20

    19 Students Earn German National Exam Awards

    Megan Mallory
    The first group of 2018 German National Exam results are in, and 19 Mercersburg students are being recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German, which oversees the exam. Seven of those students earned the top rating—a Gold Medal.
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  • February

    Aurelius Dunbar ’20

    Track Athletes, Wrestlers Place at Weekend State/National Events

    Mercersburg track stars Sophia Divone ’19 and Mikale Williams ’18 competed in the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association Indoor State Championship at Penn State University (in State College, Pa.) February 25, while five Blue Storm wrestlers participated in the National Prep Wrestling Championships at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, Pa.) February 23-24.
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  • (L-R): Nick Rubino ’18, Brad Rynkowski ’18

    Rubino, Rynkowski to Continue Athletic Careers at New York Colleges

    Lee Owen
    Nick Rubino ’18 and Brad Rynkowski ’18, two standout student-athletes in Mercersburg’s senior class, have announced commitments to their respective college destinations. Rubino will play football at Hamilton College, while Rynkowski will join the cross country and track & field teams at Marist College.
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  • Front row (L-R): Caitlin Dawson, Courtney Gantt, Sofia Makarova. Back row: Bass Diakhoumpa, Joseph Bucci, Matt LoPresti, Tyler Russell.

    Seven Blue Storm Athletes Announce College Choices

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg announces the commitments of seven student-athletes in the Class of 2018, who are revealing the colleges and universities where they will enroll in fall 2018 to continue their athletic and academic careers.
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  • The Mercersburg Chorale at Saint John’s Episcopal Church

    Chorale Performs February 18 in Hagerstown

    Lee Owen
    The Mercersburg Chorale, under the direction of Bryan Morgan ’07 and James Brinson, gave a free concert January 18 at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Hagerstown, Md.
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  • Mandolin Nguyen ’18 and Courtney Gantt ’18 display their hardware after finishing second and sixth in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke

    Girls Swimmers/Divers Place 3rd, Boys Finish 7th at Easterns

    Lee Owen
    At the 2018 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships February 16-17, Mercersburg’s girls finished in third place and the Blue Storm boys took seventh place. Swimming events were held at Franklin & Marshall College’s Kunkel Aquatic Center in Lancaster, Pa., with diving events taking place at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa.
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  • Ellie Gregg ’18 performing at the Fall Dance Concert in November 2017

    Winter Student Dance Showcase Held February 17

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg’s Winter Student Dance Showcase, featuring a variety of styles and exclusively student choreography, was held February 17 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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  • Rebecca Lowe ’99 hosting NBC’s Olympic coverage from PyeongChang, South Korea

    Rebecca Lowe ’99 Hosting Olympics on NBC for Third Time

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg alumna Rebecca Lowe ’99 is hosting NBC’s daytime coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which began February 8 in PyeongChang, South Korea. It marks the third Olympics Lowe has covered for the network, following the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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  • L-R: Raphael Gotera ’19, Courtney Gantt ’18, Katie Owens ’19, Clare Liss ’18, and Katie Brennan ’19 with the collection box in South Cottage for the St. Thomas Food Drive.

    Community Engagement Organizes Drive to Help Local Food Bank

    By Julia Mitchell ’18
    On December 6, Mercersburg’s Community Engagement Program visited the St. Thomas Food Pantry at St. Thomas United Methodist Church, a community organization that receives funding from South Central Community Action Programs Inc. Every Saturday and the first Wednesday of every month, this food bank provides monthly grocery items to low-income families of our region. Mercersburg’s trip to the pantry was arranged through the partnership of Community Engagement and United Way of Franklin County, a local non-profit organization committed to improving education, income, and health in the community. This visit was the first step in an ongoing food drive that Community Engagement organized to support St. Thomas.
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  • Jessica Malone ’03 (second from right) at the U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting February 9 in Orlando

    Jessica Malone ’03 Involved in U.S. Soccer Presidential Election

    Lee Owen
    When the United States Soccer Federation (known as “U.S. Soccer,” and the governing body for the sport in the U.S.) held its most high-profile presidential election ever February 10, Jessica Malone ’03 was among the voters.
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  • Poster design by Elizabeth Im ’18

    Stony Batter Presents “Anything Goes”

    Lee Owen
    Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg’s student theatre company, gave three performances of the classic Broadway musical Anything Goes February 9, 10, and 11 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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  • “1-800-799-7233” by Antonia Kempe ’18

    Announcing the Winners of the “Inspired by Writing” Contest

    Megan Mallory
    Congratulations to the three student winners and one faculty winner of the Winter “Inspired by Writing” Contest. All four submitted creative work to the competition in response to “Tornado Skies,” an imagery-rich poem by Kate Frimet ’18, a member of this year’s senior class from Washingtonville, N.Y.
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  • January

    Phil ’65 and Peggy Lloyd

    Lloyd Aquatic Center to Serve as Home of Mercersburg Swimming, Diving, Additional Programs

    Lee Owen
    Mercersburg Academy—which has produced more than two dozen Olympians in swimming and is a regular contender at the prestigious Eastern Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships—is thrilled to announce that the school’s new aquatic center will be named the Lloyd Aquatic Center in honor of Board of Regents member Philip A. Lloyd ’65, his wife, Peggy, and their daughters, Kim ’90 and Bebe ’94.
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  • Faculty member Jo Wrzesinsky with Syd Godbey ’14 and Charlotte Rhoad ’14

    Mercersburg Onward 2018 Held in D.C.

    Mercersburg Onward—the school’s largest annual off-campus event—was a destination for nearly 450 people January 26 in Washington, D.C. Alumni, parents, and friends of Mercersburg joined faculty, staff, and current students at the Four Seasons Hotel for a one-of-a-kind evening.
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  • Paul Thulin

    Paul Thulin Photography Exhibit by Visiting Artist On Display Through February 18

    Lee Owen
    Pine Tree Ballads, an exhibit of photography by visiting artist Paul Thulin, is on display in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin and Niche Galleries through Sunday, Februrary 18. Thulin was on campus January 26 to visit with visual-arts students and to attend a reception spotlighting the exhibit.
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  • The 2018 Irving and Marshall declaimers

    Meet the 2018 Irving-Marshall Declaimers

    Lee Owen
    Irving-Marshall Week 2018 at Mercersburg is less than a month away. The spirited annual renewal of the highly anticipated contest between the Washington Irving Literary Society and the John Marshall Literary Society kicks off Sunday, February 25, with athletic and skill contests. The highlight and culminating event of the week, Declamation (officially the “Irving-Marshall Prize Speaking Contest”), is set for Thursday, March 1, at 7:15 p.m. in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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  • “Investigation” by Joseph Yonke ’19 (Gold Key winner)

    Eight Students Recognized in Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition

    Megan Mallory
    Fifteen pieces by eight different Mercersburg students have been chosen for recognition in the 2018 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Work by Katie Brennan ’19, Joseph Yonke ’19, Daniel Zeballos ’18, and Alexandra Zhukova ’18 earned Gold Key awards and will advance to compete for awards at the national level.
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  • Jim Brinson

    Carillon Recitals Continue January 28

    Lee Owen
    Academy Carillonneur James Brinson and guest carilloneur John Widmann are giving carillon recitals Sunday afternoons in January  from the Irvine Memorial Chapel’s Swoope Carillon. Brinson is the next scheduled performer Sunday, January 28, at 3 p.m. Recitals can be heard from inside the Chapel or from the Prentiss-Zimmerman Quad on campus. There is no admission charge.
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  • Justin Kim ’18 and Esteban Cervera Semerena ’18 journal their responses to the documentary film “I Am Not Your Negro”

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day Features More Courageous Conversations

    Lee Owen
    On Monday, January 15, Mercersburg again chose to pause its regular daily class schedule for a full day of conversations and reflections surrounding issues of social justice, social equity, and identity. Following a successful daylong event with a similar format first held in October 2017, the school marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by dividing into groups of 16–18 students and 2–3 faculty members for group and individual discussions and exploration.
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  • Kevin Lee  ’20 receiving a Best Delegate award from faculty member Allison Stephens

    Students Experience Model UN in New York City; Kevin Lee ’20 Named Best Delegate

    Lee Owen
    Fourteen Mercersburg students spent four days in New York City January 11-14 for the Columbia University Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (or CMUNCE—pronounced “sea monkey”—for those in the know). This year’s conference—widely known as one of the premiere Model UN events in the U.S. and the world—was the 17th renewal (hence the acronym “CMUNCE XVII”). Mercersburg’s Kevin Lee ’20 won "Best Delegate" honors in his committee, “Petrograd Soviet, April 1917.”
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  • Bryan Morgan ’07

    Interview with Bryan Morgan Featured on WWCF

    Megan Mallory
    Bryan Morgan ’07, Mercersburg’s director of Chorale and Jazz Band and faculty member since 2016, was recently interviewed for The Third Floor, a radio show on WWCF 88.7 FM. The show aired January 14 and featured Morgan’s interview with host Bill Cromwell, selections of Morgan’s favorite classical music, and the world premiere broadcast of Morgan’s original composition “The Fam Bam.”
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  • Harry Potter Spends an Evening at Mercersburg

    Megan Mallory
    The Lenfest Library faculty and staff hosted An Evening at Hogwarts, a literary-themed dinner based on the Harry Potter novels, January 12 in the Edwards Room of Keil Hall. For photos from the event, click here.
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  • The exchange group from Colegio Alemán de San Felipe arrived on January 10 and will be in the U.S. until February 8.

    Chile Exchange Contingent On Campus for 11th Year of Exchange

    Lee Owen
    Eight students from Colegio Alemán de San Felipe, which is Mercersburg’s sister school in central Chile, arrived at Mercersburg for the 11th year of the exchange between the two schools January 10. The group is spending four weeks at Mercersburg and is scheduled to return to Chile February 8.
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  • Sarah Noorbakhsh ’21 performing “Raien”

    Sarah Noorbakhsh ’21 to Perform at National High School Dance Festival

    Lee Owen
    A solo dance piece choreographed and performed by Mercersburg’s Sarah Noorbakhsh ’21 has been selected for performance in the Showcase Concert of the 2018 National High School Dance Festival, which will be held February 28–March 4 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. Her piece, Raien, originally premiered at the 2017 Fall Dance Concert in November.
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  • Michael Rubin

    Former Pentagon Official Michael Rubin Speaks at School Meeting

    Lee Owen
    Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a foreign-policy expert who specializes in Middle Eastern and Iranian affairs, gave a talk to the student body, faculty, and staff at a school meeting January 5 in the Irvine Memorial Chapel.
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  • First-place photo by Teak Romtrairut ’19

    Winners of Student “Beat the Pros” Photo/Video Contest Announced

    Lee Owen
    Six Mercersburg students have been saluted for their excellence in photography and videography in the seventh annual “Beat the Pros” photo and video contest, which is organized and judged by the school’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.
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< 2018
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 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 of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236
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