Springtalk Presentations Continuing in May

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Over a three-week period, Mercersburg Academy seniors are presenting the results of their capstone work from the Springboard classes offered during the winter term. Courses include Application Design (Andy Brown, mathematics faculty), Commarts (Kristin Pixler, arts faculty), The Fight Against Disease (Eric Hicks, science faculty), Food for Thought (Michele Poacelli, English faculty and Maggie Howes, English faculty), Open Topic (Rick Hendrickson, dean of experiential programs), and Positive Psychology (Brett Potash, student life faculty).

Presentations are being held during the weeks of April 26, May 3, and May 10. Similar to the fall term classes, sessions will be held virtually with a pre-recorded presentation followed by a time of online Q&A for peers and mentors to interact with the presenters. View the schedule here

“Just as we did for the winter, we chose to go online again for Springtalks just in case in-person [instruction] became impossible, and also because there will be limited seating in the available spaces—but we feel good about how the presentations were received last spring, when we had record attendance,” says John David Bennett, dean of curricular Innovation and director of Springboard. “The 'crowds' were smaller in January, but we hope to see lots of folks coming to see the great work our Springboard seniors have done this year.”

The Food for Thought Springboard was a success in its first year.

“Ms. Poacelli and I are both incredibly proud to have worked with this group of students over the course of the winter term. We miss the class: the depth, the camaraderie, the connections, all related to food,” Howes says. “Their Springtalks are diverse and personal.  Just imagine experiencing a food identity journey across the United States, an exploration of social media on our own food choices, cookbooks about comfort food and family, an international food scrapbook that represents the diverse community at Mercersburg Academy, and documentary film expression about the relationship of memory and food.  I can't wait to celebrate their efforts, discoveries, and new understandings during their formal presentations.”

All seniors are enrolled in one of the school’s two capstone experiences—MAPS or Springboard—and successful completion of one of these two experiences is a requirement for graduation. MAPS presentations will take place in person (with options to watch virtually) the weeks of May 17 and May 24.

For more information on this story, please contact Lee Owen (owenl@mercersburg.edu) in Mercersburg’s Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications.