After one of the best seasons in recent school history, the WNA Boys' team ran hard to win the MIL Championship. Maxwell '18 finished first overall with a personal and WNA course record time of 18:40. Three other WNA runners also earned first team all conference honors for their performances in the championship race. Congratulations are also in order for our boys soccer team who took home their 5th conference championship in a row with a 5-0 over Tri-State Christian Academy!
Weekend activities are confirmed for this year's celebration of parents and alumni for Homecoming 2016. Beginning Friday, October14, parents will have the opportunity to visit with classroom teachers for 1-1 appointments, attend a college counseling presentation, and listen to a performance of our Academy Singers, while finishing the day with an Oktoberfest hosted by Dr. and Mrs. Banks in Gayley House. On Saturday, October 15th the admission office will offer an Open House from 11:00 - 1:00. Parents and Alumni will enjoy athletic contests for volleyball, cross country and soccer beginning at 11:00. Alumni are welcome to a tailgating reception at Gayley House beginning at 2:00. Those remaining on campus in the late afternoon will have the pleasure of enjoying a community softball game. The public is invited and welcome to attend athletic events on Saturday.
West Nottingham Academy is pleased to welcome Dr. Thomas Banks as the new head of school for the 2016-17 academic year. Dr. Banks comes to WNA from Harrisburg Academy, where he served as the head of Upper School and International Baccalaureate coordinator, among other duties, for over ten years. Dr. Banks and his family – his wife, Celeste, and two children, Hannah and Sam – have settled into Gayley House and are enjoying exploring all that the area has to offer. "I look forward to meeting all of you in August and introducing new families to the West Nottingham Way. I will work together with you to support the education of our students and share in their successes!"
The West Nottingham Academy Community is sad to report the passing of Edward J. Baker, Head of School from 1989-2000, on Thursday, June 9, 2016 following a courageous battle with Leukemia. As we mourn his loss, please keep his wife, Carol Ann and their children Karen Campellone, Susanne Hodgin, Sarah Baker, Mark Baker '95, Ben Aldred '95, and Rebecca Aldred Rankin '00 in your thoughts. We will share additional details of any service as they become available.
Gayle Hurd joined the WNA Staff in 1993 as the part-time coordinator for the school's 250th celebration in 1994. Her abundant skills were immediately noted and she quickly became a permanent part of the Development Office. Over the last 23 years, Gayle has served tirelessly in numerous capacities, but is best known for her interaction with and dedication to keeping alumni connected to the school. In recognition of her dedicated and loyal service, Head of School Stephen Brotschul presented Gayle with a West Nottingham Academy Captains Chair. We wish her and her family the very best in her retirement, and look forward to seeing her back on campus as an honored guest in the upcoming years.
West Nottingham Academy welcomed painter Megan Ewert this spring, a 2013 MFA graduate of the New York Academy of Art, who resides on campus as Artist-in-Residence and teaches classes in painting and color theory. Ms. Ewert will debut her body of original paintings, Strange Love, during her opening Artist's Reception at the Joseph R. and Paul W. Gates Gallery on Thursday, May 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. "We seek love that we recognize, love that we can accept," said Ewert.
Recently, WNA's Model United Nations team welcomed their counterparts from the Barrie School in Silver Spring, MD to campus to host a partnership conference focusing on parliamentary procedure, diplomacy, and cultural perspective. Under the direction of Ms. DeBusk and Mr. Conner student delegates began the conference with guest speaker Anthony Hogan, entrepreneur and Model UN advocate, who encouraged students to set personal goals and "to be better global citizens, as everything you do has an impact." Students served on either the Disarmament and International Security Committee to discuss International Cyber Security, or the World Health Organization Committee to discuss the Zika virus. Model UN President Lani Lee '17 served as committee Co-Chair for the DISEC Committee and Okyu Girmen '18 served as Co-Chair for the WHO Committee. Allyssa Cooper '16 was awarded Best Delegate for her representation of North Korea in the DISEC session, and Will Robear '17 and Kyle Bullard '19 shared Best Delegate honors for their representation of the US in the WHO session. Student delegates from both schools extensively researched and collaboratively wrote a background guide for each topic. Throughout the day, students engaged in thoughtful debate and had the opportunity to create lasting friendships. As the years progress, we expect to offer more innovative, leadership-based events to enrich every student's academic experience.
The Math Department announced the results of the AMC Mathematics Competition this week during Morning Meeting, where students were recognized for their participation and achievement. 62 of our students participated in the prestigious Mathematics Association of America's American Mathematics Competition. All around the world, over 60,000 students at over 1600 schools participated. Our students performed somewhere between the top 75% and the top 50% of all students across the United States. "This is an incredible achievement," said Dr. Vyacheslav Shabliy, Math Department Chair. "Most of the schools that compete are charter and magnet schools whose primary focus is STEM and mathematics training, where they focus on the study of mathematics 3-4 hours per day compared to our 50 minute classes." "The AMC offers our students the opportunity to challenge themselves, and gives them the chance to see what they can do with the skills and tools that we've provided them with. It's important to understand that we're not looking to have the best school average: we're trying to have every kid perform their best and be exposed to hard problems with often ingenious solutions. I've covered some of the AMC questions in my classes, and they bring out the curiosity natural to humanity. They help us ask 'Why?' in the best way possible," said Math Teacher Connor Callahan. Congratulations to all of the participants and scholars, who rose to the daunting task!
This week, Math teacher Mr. Connor Callahan presented "Dante's Divine Comedy as a Scientific Text" for the WNA Speakers Series, which hosts monthly lectures on topics of social and cultural relevance to enrich students' academic experience and strengthen ties to the community. Mr. Callahan discussed the literary and metaphorical elements of the text and presented his own unique interpretation of its themes, represented by mathematical formulas. Mr. Callahan is well-known on the WNA campus for his cross-disciplinary methods infusing philosophy, math, and science.
West Nottingham Academy is pleased to announce the 2016 Science Fair to be held on Thursday, April 7th, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm in the Frank D. Brown Dining Hall. The public is welcome to attend this free event, which will be an interesting and educational evening of STEAM-themed projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) designed by the students of West Nottingham Academy. Hosted by the Science National Honor Society, the event is sure to be of interest to all attendees.