The arrival of May marks the beginning of the end of the school year as academics and athletics begin to wrap up. Although the year is drawing to a close, it is still an exciting time for the community that often accompanies a bittersweet realization for the seniors that they have only six weeks left in their Sandy Spring experience.
- Spring Sports: Spring sports came to an end around the middle of the month after a great season for all teams. The Varsity Baseball team won both the regular season banner (for the best record) and the PVAC tournament banner after an undefeated campaign. A number of players received special recognition including multiple All-Star nominations and both tournament and regular season MVP awards for senior captain Zain Bamji. Men’s Lacrosse ended their season with a 5-3 record and Women’s Lacrosse finished with an impressive 5-6 record for their third year in the ISL. Elle Wassertzug (’16) and Sammi Speight (’17) were the top scorers for the team, and senior goalkeeper Tierney Glabus finished the season with over 130 saves. The Track Team performed impressively at their championship meets with the team placing fourth overall. Both the four-by-400m and the four-by-100m teams placed third, Jeremy Mednick (’18) placed third in the 400m, Chiedu Nduka-Eze (’17) placed first in the shot put, and Karl Panton (’17) placed second in the shot put. The Equestrian Team concluded another extremely successful season and placed fourth in their league, beating every Maryland public school in the process. Looking forward to the fall, the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team will hold tryouts and the Women’s Varsity Soccer Team will begin practices.
- The APs: The first two weeks of May centered around AP tests for many students. Advanced Placement (AP) courses give students an excellent opportunity to challenge themselves and possibly earn college credit based on their scores on the May exams. Some of the more common exams for students are U.S. History, Literature, and Statistics while other students test their knowledge in areas such as Microeconomics based on classes they have taken outside of school. These exams take the place of finals for AP classes which lightens the workload for students after the AP exams.
- The Arts: As the end of the year approaches, the many artists in the Upper School community are looking to showcase how hard they’ve worked. On Saturday, May 21, student music group “J.A.K.,” made up of Jackson Key (’18), Alex Polón (’18), and Keigo Saito (’16), performed at The Cup in Westminster, MD. On June 2nd and 3rd, the Spring Dance recital will be held. There will also be an Upper School music assembly and performance.
As you can see, the end of the year is swiftly approaching and students are starting to wrap up their academic work and athletic endeavors as well as highlight their artistic work. While we begin to look forward to summer, the Upper School community continues to make an effort to stay hard at work and enjoy our last few weeks at school.
The month of April has been a very busy time for much of the Upper School community. After returning from Intersession and Spring Break in March, students and faculty were thrown back into balancing the many things that we are up to in the Upper School.
- SSFS Spring Sports: Spring sports started in full force with early success being found by many teams. Varsity Baseball (4-0) began the season with four consecutive league victories including three consecutive games without allowing a single hit (one perfect game and one no-hitter for Zain Bamji (‘17) and a no-hitter for James Sutton (‘17)). Mens Lacrosse (4-1) started the season with four wins and one loss including substantial victories against the Key School and Oxen Hill. Womens Lacrosse has gone 2-3 including a satisfying victory against Madeira as they look to gain a high seed in the tournament at the end of the year. The track team has had a few meets with good results for the team. Special congratulations to Taylor Washington for 1st place finishes in Shot Put and Discus, and to Elise Cumberbatch for setting a new SSFS record in the 400m at Friday’s Cronly Invitational at Episcopal HS in Alexandria, VA.
- Youth Peace Conference: The month began with the first annual student-organized Youth Peace Conference (YPC) which was held on campus and hosted students from Blake, Field, and Good Council and youth from the local Muslim Community Center. This initiative, backed by the Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting, helped to connect neighboring communities of students in a way that allowed them to discuss some of the pressing issues of our time surrounding peace and conflict-resolution. SSFS freshman Samaa Eldadah, one of the key student organizers of this event, feels that, “it is in bridging our communities that we overcome differences and prejudices and move toward the more peaceful world we want to see.”
- Earth Stewardship Day (ESD): ESD was also celebrated this month as the whole community came together to learn about climate change and take part in service to better our community. Students and faculty were also given the opportunity to share their experiences from intersession at the Intersession Assembly.
- 2016 SSFS Auction: This is year’s Parent Association auction, “Celebrating SPICES,” was held this month with a number of Seniors participating in the event. This group of Upper School students were happy to help the advancement team in pulling off what was a wonderful event. These opportunities for Upper School students are what help the school foster a community that looks to give back during and after their time at Sandy Spring.
- Prom 2016: Another great off-campus experience for the Juniors and Seniors was Prom 2016. Held at Argyle Country Club, students gathered for a night of food, fun, and dancing. It was a great success and special recognition should be given to the seniors, especially those on the Prom Committee, for putting together such an enjoyable experience. After Prom, many students returned to campus to spend the night at the Parents Association sponsored Post-Prom where students could ride a mechanical bull, play bubble soccer, or get hypnotized among many other things.
- SPARK and TORCH: The Lower School student government organization Spark came to Torch earlier this month to ask for help on a project to provide bottled water to a school in Flint, Michigan. Torch offered our full support and helped host a bake sale on Friday April 22nd with the goal of raising enough money to buy two water bottles for each kid in the school.
- The 2016 Musical: Looking forward, there are a few more things coming down the pike before the month ends. This year’s Upper School Musical is Little Shop of Horrors taking place from Thursday the 28th through Saturday the 30th at 7:15 in the Performing Arts Center. Students will also complete course registration and Torch Executive Committee nominations for Academic Year 2016-2017.
Along with this gorgeous weather, spring brings an exciting but diligent atmosphere to campus as much of the community balances various commitments. With less than two months until exams, there is a great feeling on campus for one of the most enjoyable times of the year.