2019

  • March

    Peggy Orenstein

    Peggy Orenstein to Give the Jacobs Residency Lecture March 25

    Peggy Orenstein, author and speaker, will give the Jacobs Residency Lecture on Monday, March 25, in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre at 7 p.m. The event is part of the 2018-2019 Monday Evening Lecture Series. Tickets are free and available to the public, though seating is limited, as the event is required for Mercersburg students and faculty. To reserve seats, email reservations@mercersburg.edu by Friday, March 22.
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  • Alice Albright P ’12, ’17

    Alice Albright to Speak at Cum Laude Convocation March 22

    Mercersburg Academy will induct new members into its chapter of the Cum Laude Society, which recognizes the highest level of academic achievement within the school, during its annual Cum Laude Convocation Friday, March 22, at 11 a.m. in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. Alice Albright P ’12, ’17 will be the featured speaker.
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  • Harry Hughes ’44 during his term as the 57th Governor of Maryland

    Former Maryland Governor Harry Hughes ’44 Passes Away

    Harry R. Hughes ’44, who served as governor of the state of Maryland from 1979 to 1987, died March 13 at age 92 in Denton, Md.
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  • Dean Davis

    Portrait Photo Exhibit Featuring Poets to be on Display

    “Pictures of Poets,” a series of 12 large-scale photographic portraits exhibit by photographer Dean Davis, will be on exhibit March 21 through April 14 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery. An artist reception will be held on Friday, April 5, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Cofrin Gallery.
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  • Larry Sheridan ’51

    Sheridan, Leavitt Inducted into Wrestling, Track & Field Halls of Fame

    A pair of legendary Mercersburg alumni—Larry Sheridan ’51 and Bob Leavitt (1903)—have been chosen for enshrinement in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association Hall of Fame, respectively.
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  • New Book by Samantha Lumby Seiple ’85 Explores Louisa May Alcott and the Civil War

    Louisa May Alcott is best known as the author of Little Women, but during the Civil War, she held a different role when she served as a nurse at the Union Hotel Hospital in Georgetown in Washington, D.C. In her latest book, Louisa on the Front Lines: Louisa May Alcott in the Civil War, Samantha Lumby Seiple ’85 dives deeply into Alcott’s role as a nurse and its influence on her life and writing. Seiple’s work, which came out February 26 and is now available at many major retailers, is the first nonfiction book to focus on this lesser-known aspect of Alcott’s career.
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  • Director of Community Engagement Tricia Crocker with Mercersburg student volunteers at the Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games at Whitetail Ski Resort

    Students Volunteer at Special Olympics Maryland Winter Games

    Eight Mercersburg Academy students and a number of faculty volunteered their time February 24-26 helping to manage ski and snowshoe courses for the Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD) Winter Games at nearby Whitetail Ski Resort. Tricia Crocker, director of community engagement, coordinated the event.
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  • February

    Fantastic Four: Marshall Wins Fourth-Straight Irving-Marshall Competition

    The overall result of 2019’s Irving-Marshall Week at Mercersburg? The same as in 2018, and 2017, and 2016, with the John Marshall Literary Society outlasting the rival Washington Irving Literary Society for the fourth year in a row. Marshall won this year by a score of 1350-650 on the strength of a first-place Declamation finish by Elizabeth Heidecker ’19.
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  • Jesse Ratcliffe

    March Carillon Recitals Announced

    Carillon recitals at Mercersburg Academy’s Irvine Memorial Chapel will resume Sunday, March 24, following after the Academy’s spring vacation. Guest carillonneurs for the month of March include Jesse Ratcliffe (March 24) and Dr. Elisa Tersigni (March 31).
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  • Dance students work with Denise Dalton in the Reeder Dance Studio in the Burgin Center for the Arts.

    Winter Dance Showcase Held February 22

    Mercersburg Academy presented its fifth-annual Winter Student Dance Showcase February 22  in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The event featured student-choreographed work from a variety of styles, including hip-hop, modern/contemporary, and jazz.
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  • From left: Mercersburg Academy students Priscilla Zhang ’19, Maria Weimer ’19, Grace Neville ’19, Tiffany McGhie ’19, and Caroline He ’19 participating in Relay For Life

    Mercersburg Community Supports Relay For Life

    More than 300 people from Mercersburg and surrounding areas participated in the Relay For Life of Mercersburg on February 17. The event took place in the Hale Field House on campus and raised close to $30,000 for the American Cancer Society.
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  • Pictured (L-R): Will Willis, Andrew Yuen ’21, Ryan Bland ’21, Madi Norris ’21, Maggie Betkowski ’21, Clara Getty ’21, Farah Yahaya ’21, and Leah Rockwell ’97.

    Students Heading to South Africa in March for Leadership Symposium

    Six Mercersburg Academy students, along with Director of Environmental Initiatives Will Willis and Director of Global Programs and Initiatives Leah Rockwell, will attend this year’s International Student Leadership Symposium March 19-27 at Uplands College in White River, South Africa. It will be the 11th symposium for Mercersburg students to participate in since the inaugural event was held in 2007 in Oman.
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  • Rev. Tabitha P. Ssonko

    Martin Luther King Jr. Service Rescheduled for February 24

    Mercersburg Academy will host the third-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service on Sunday, February 24, at 4 p.m. in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. The service is held by the Mercersburg Ministerium Association to commemorate the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All are welcome to attend.
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  • Leah Rockwell ’97

    Leah Rockwell ’97 Named Dean of Experiential Programming

    Leah Rockwell ’97 has been named Mercersburg Academy’s dean of experiential programs, a position she will assume at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
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  • Maddie Kennedy ’19 and Casey Nguyen ’19 in the Burgin Center for the Arts.

    First Ever Mercersburg Film Festival Held February 16

    Mercersburg seniors Maddie Kennedy ’19 and Casey Nguyen ’19 organized the first-ever Mercersburg Film Festival, which took place February 16 at the Star Theatre, located at 23 West Seminary Street in Mercersburg.
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  • Patrice McGloin ’19

    Patrice McGloin ’19 Named Coca-Cola Scholar Regional Finalist

    Patrice McGloin ‘19 has been chosen as a Regional Finalist in the 2019 class of the Coca‑Cola Scholars Program, which moves her to the next round of the selection process to potentially become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship
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  • Mathilda Zimmerman ’19

    Mathilda Zimmerman ’19 Competes at Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition

    Mathilda Zimmerman ’19 represented Mercersburg Academy at the Poetry Out Loud regional competition January 31 at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg. Poetry Out Loud is a national program that encourages high-school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.
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  • L-R: Tag Curwen ’19 (Pomona), Jill Ahlgren ’19 (Gettysburg), Noah Litzinger ’19 (WPI)

    Ahlgren, Curwen, Litzinger Announce College Commitments

    Three student-athletes in Mercersburg’s senior class—Jillian Ahlgren ’19, Tag Curwen ’19, and Noah Litzinger ’19—have chosen the destinations where they will continue their athletic careers at the college level. Ahlgren (of Mercersburg) will play lacrosse and field hockey at Gettysburg College; Curwen (also of Mercersburg) is joining the swim team at Pomona College; and Litzinger (of Waynesboro, Pa.), is headed to play football at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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  • George Brown from the agency Freedom from Chemical Dependency meets with students during a morning session.

    Students Participate in Health and Wellness Day

    Instead of the usual class schedule on Wednesday, February 13, students took time to learn about healthy habits and engage in restorative activities as part of Mercersburg Academy’s Health and Wellness Day.
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  • Alexa Marsh ’21

    Marsh, Nemoto Named “Inspired by Writing" Winners

    Congratulations to Alexa Marsh ’21 and Shoki Nemoto ’21, who are the student winners of the Winter “Inspired by Writing” Contest. Entrants submitted work in response to “Simile Song,” an imagery-rich poem by Ellie Wilkie ’19, who is a member of this year’s senior class from Alexandria, Va.
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  • The cast and crew from Stony Batter Players'

    “Chicago: High School Edition” Takes Simon Theatre Stage

    Stony Batter Players, Mercersburg’s student theatre company, gave three performances of Chicago: High School Edition February 8–10 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. Director of Theatre Laurie Mufson directed the show.
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  • Steven Guttman '64

    2019 Alumni Award Winners Announced

    Join us in celebrating the service and accomplishments of distinguished alumni Steven Guttman ’64, James Snyder ’69, P ’05, Robert Hunter ’59, Joseph Huber ’64, Masroor Ahmed ’99, Bebe Lloyd ’94, and Magdalena Kala ’09. The group of seven will be honored Thursday, June 6, at the Faculty, Staff, and Alumni Recognition Dinner, which is hosted by the Alumni Council and officially kicks off Reunion Weekend 2019.
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  • January

    Jesse Ratcliffe

    February Carillon Dates Announced

    Mercersburg Academy will host recitals from the school’s Swoope Carillon each Sunday in February.  Featured recitalists will include guest carillonneur Jesse Ratcliffe of Luray, Va., along with Academy Carillonneur James Brinson.
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  • Jennifer Miller Smith ’97

    Jennifer Smith ’97 Named Dean of Academics

    Jennifer Miller Smith ’97, who is in her 11th year on the Mercersburg faculty and has served as head of the science department since 2014, has been named the school’s dean of academics, a position she will assume at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
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  • The 2019 Irving and Marshall declaimers

    2019 Irving, Marshall Declamation Teams Ready to Compete

    Mercersburg’s two rival student literary societies have announced their lineups of declaimers for this winter’s highly anticipated Prize Speaking Contest (more commonly known as Declamation), which is the culminating event of Irving-Marshall Week.
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  • “Yellow Dancer” by Naeemah Winter ’22

    14 Mercersburg Students Receive Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Twenty-one pieces by 14 different Mercersburg Academy students have been chosen for recognition in the 2019 South Central Pennsylvania Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Work by Harriet Brown ’22, Lucy Bowman ’21, Cherie Sio ’20, Selina Xue ’20, and Jesse Zhang ’20 earned Gold Key awards and will advance to compete for awards at the national level.
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  • Members of the Traces in the Wind ensemble perform at Mercersburg January 25

    Traces in the Wind Presents at School Meeting January 25

    Traces in the Wind, a four-person ensemble staged-reading and vocal performance based on the true-life stories of three Holocaust survivors, performed at the school meeting January 25 in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre. The performance was held two days before Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is Sunday, January 27.
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  • Sera Chang ’20

    Sera Chang ’20 Chosen for PMEA Region Orchestra

    Sera Chang ’20, a violinist, has been selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival, which will be held at Jersey Shore Area Senior High School (in Jersey Shore, Pa.) February 20-22 and will include approximately 100 of the best high-school musicians from more than 40 school districts.
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  • Winter 2018-2019 Mercersburg Magazine Cover

    New Mercersburg Magazine Concludes 125th-Anniversary Celebration

    The winter 2018-2019 issue of Mercersburg magazine is on its way to mailboxes, and you can access the digital version now. This issue, which specifically explores Mercersburg’s history from 1972 to the present, is the third in a three-part series highlighting and celebrating Mercersburg’s 125th anniversary.
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  • Clockwise from left: Thomas Yonke ’19, James Buchanan High School senior Michael Newman, Megan List ’20, and Mia Than ’19 brainstorm ideas in a session on supporting the local community

    Day of Conversation Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

    During the afternoon of Monday, January 21, students and faculty took a break from the regular class schedule to participate in a variety of workshops, exploring diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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  • Mercersburg Model UN Students and faculty at the opening ceremony of CMUNCE XVIII

    Students Take Part in Columbia University Model UN

    Fourteen Mercersburg students spent four days at Columbia University in New York City January 17-20 for the 18th-annual Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE XVIII). The event was held on Columbia’s campus in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.
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  • Eight-Player Football to Begin at Mercersburg in 2019

    The 126th football season at Mercersburg Academy—which fielded its first football team in 1894—will be unlike any of the previous 125 at the school. In 2019, Mercersburg joins a growing number of preparatory and public schools across the country in a move to eight-player football, which is a more wide-open version of the classic American sport played with eight players per side compared with 11.
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  • Alexandra Scott addresses students during the school meeting.

    Alexandra Scott Addresses Transgender/Gender Non-Binary Education January 18

    Educational consultant Alexandra Scott was the featured speaker at a school meeting Friday, January 18. Scott’s talks and workshops focus on the emergence of transgender and gender non-binary students and adults.
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  • Bruce Williams

    Exhibit by Artist Bruce Williams Opens January 11

    “The Isolated Figure,” an exhibit by New York City-based professional artist Bruce Williams, opened at Mercersburg Friday, January 11. The show features a total of 29 pieces from Williams in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Cofrin Gallery and gallery niche. Williams will be on campus visiting classes and attending an artist reception at the exhibit on Friday, January 18 from 6:30-8 p.m.
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  • Bill Kissick

    William “Bill” Kissick Appointed Chief Development Officer

    Head of School Katie Titus announced this week the appointment of William “Bill” Kissick as Mercersburg Academy’s chief development officer. Kissick comes to Mercersburg from St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., and will relocate to Mercersburg this summer.
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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 9.

    Chilean Exchange Students Arrive for 12th Exchange

    Eight students from Colegio Alemán de San Felipe, which is Mercersburg’s sister school in central Chile, arrived at Mercersburg January 10 for the 12th year of the exchange between the two schools. The group is spending four weeks at Mercersburg and is scheduled to return to Chile February 9.
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  • Back row (L to R): Dalton Fitzsimmons ’20, Kenny Hong ’21, Sean Fiscus ’20, Shirley Lee ’20, Shoki Nemoto ’21. Front row (L to R): Aaron Zheng ’19, Julian Bown ’19

    Mercersburg Hosting Franklin-Fulton County Band Festival January 11-12

    Approximately 220 student musicians from Franklin and Fulton counties in Pennsylvania rehearsed and performed at Mercersburg Academy as part of the Franklin-Fulton County Band Festival on Friday and Saturday, January 11-12. This was the first time since 2007 that Mercersburg has hosted the event, which rotates between Franklin-Fulton County Music Educators Association member schools.
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  • L-R: Head of School Katie Titus, Joshua Bratter ’91, P ’21, Ann Fegley Rodriguez ’97, Aaron Chiu ’99, faculty member David Bell

    January 11 Immigration Panel Features Three Alumni

    A school meeting January 11 spotlighted a panel discussion on immigration in the United States with three Mercersburg Academy alumni as panelists and history faculty member David Bell as the moderator. The panel included attorneys Aaron Chiu ’99 of Washington, D.C., and Joshua Bratter ’91, P ’21, of Miami, Fla., as well as Ann Fegley Rodriguez ’97, a legal assistant from Wake Forest, N.C.
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  • The studio art class visited Ennead Architects and talked to Brian Masuda and Felicia Berger, associate principals (pictured right) at the firm.

    Studio Art Class Visiting New York City

    Students in Sydney Caretti’s Studio Art class traveled to New York City January 11-13 to experience the sights, sounds, cuisine and art of New York. This was the fifth year Caretti, an arts faculty member, has taken students on this trip.
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< 2019
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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