Academy Journal Volume 58 - Page 26

the academy journal Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. That was a busy few weeks for our girls. The tennis team won two Friend’s League matches during the fall season, which had not happened since 1999! They finished up their 2016 season with an 8-8-1 overall record. Congratula- tions to all players and coaches on the tennis team. The field hockey team won their fifth consecu- tive Friend’s League championship. We had a group of senior girls who had yet to lose a Friend’s League championship during their time at the Academy. They put a lot of pressure on themselves to pull out a fifth victory and were successful. Five girls were awarded All-League status by the Friend’s League and two girls were invited to play in the All-League game: Zia Cooper and Saman- tha Hill. The fall play was A Charlie Brown Christmas. It is based on the comic strip Peanuts, by Charles M. Schulz. Charlie Brown finds himself depressed de- spite the onset of the cheerful holiday season. Lucy suggests he direct a school Christmas play, but he is both ignored and mocked by his peers. The story touches on the over-commercialization and secu- larism of Christmas, and serves to remind viewers of the true meaning of Christmas. The choral music class, instrumental ensemble, and performing arts portfolio class had three Arts Nights during the year: the first on November 11th with the theme of time, the winter concert on February 24th and the spring event on June 2nd with nature as the theme. These groups also put on an entertaining Christmas concert on Decem- ber 15th. We had three sports awards nights each term as well: the first on November 19th, the win- ter sports awards which had to be postponed until April 1 due to a power outage, and spring awards, which included major awards, on May 25th. Many of our girls participated in each of these events. Sa- mantha Hill was awarded the Most Outstanding Athlete and Katie Will was awarded the Sports- manship Award. On November 12, 2016, the senior class played the junior class in powder puff football under the lights. The girls were instrumental in raising the funding for the lights. The seniors ended up pre- vailing over the juniors with a score of 52 to 12. Tragedy struck our community on January 1st when beloved teacher and mentor, Marah Boyesen passed into the spiritual world. We are still find- ing days when grief strikes us afresh at the loss of our friend and colleague. The students and faculty were superlative in their care and support of each other in the days and weeks following Marah’s passing into the spiritual world. January 16th gave the students and faculty the opportunity to participate in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Many ANC folks worked on the Pay It Forward Crew with the Bryn Athyn Church. During Teacher Appreciation Week, the ANC- SS Parent Association provided a variety of won- derful gifts: flowers for every faculty member, a delicious display of food and a basket raffle. This was both unexpected and very much appreciated. They returned during National Education week to provide omelets and paninis. We feel completely spoiled but our wonderful parents. Sarah Coo per Waelchli organized a Spanish exchange this year. The students from Spain were with us from December 8 to 16, 2016 and then our students went to Spain during our spring break - March 3-12, 2017. An exchange is a wonderful way to establish friendships, learn about another cul- ture and have fun. The Oratorical Event was held on Saturday, March 25, 2017. As usual, we had a full house at MPAC for the event. The speakers made us laugh and weep in turns. The emcees kept the audience engaged between speakers and, as usual, the fac- ulty of the English department coaxed a profes- sional quality evening out of even the freshmen in the group. The spring musical was Mary Poppins which is a musical version of P. L. Travers children’s book by the same name. The production centers on magical English nanny Mary Poppins who is blown by the east wind to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks’ house- hold to care for their children. Encounters with pavement-painters and shopkeepers and various adventures follow until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves—i.e., “pops-out”. This show involved fly- ing - which is always fun to watch! It involved a large cast and crew with popular songs directed by Chris Waelchli, wonderful choreography designed by Sarah Gladish, delightful sets - many made by the stagecraft class - and costumes designed and produced by the costuming class under the direc- tion of Judy Merrell. The faculty participated in two days of profes- 26