Upper School Highlights from April 2017

April marked the start of the fourth and final quarter of this academic year, and our campus was constantly buzzing with activity. Here are some of the exciting things students were involved in this past month:


Spring Sports
The Varsity Spring Sports teams kicked into full gear. Women’s Varsity Lacrosse, captained by Sammi Speight (’17), Olivia Murray (’17), and Victoria Lu (’17), has been quite busy with mostly in-conference games, as well as a few out-of-conference games. Their Senior Game is on Tuesday, May 2nd against Sidwell. Men’s Varsity Lacrosse, unfortunately, has had many of their games canceled due to impactful weather. However, they have won a number of crucial games, including against St. Anselm’s. Men’s Varsity Baseball, captained by Davy Adise (’17) and Ben Deichman-Caswell (’17), boasts wins over St. Andrews, Covenant Life, and Washington Christian. Co-Ed Varsity Track and Field, captained by Jeremy Mednik (’18), Kevin Ye (’18), Quentin Thomas (’17), Emma Warnick (’17), and Taylor Washington (’17), has had a couple meets so far this season. Scout Crooke (’20) and Kathleen McCullough (’20) are very close to beating the school’s records in the 800 meter and 1600 meter, respectively, and Kevin Ye is close to breaking the school’s 300-meter hurdles record. Co-Ed Varsity Golf has not had many matches this season but has been led so far by Ahn Le (’17) and Daniel Hooks (’18). Co-Ed Varsity Tennis, captained by Muhammad Jallow (’17), has, unfortunately, not had a match thus far due to impactful weather, but has still been growing individually and collectively. Good luck to all the teams with the rest of their respective seasons.

Our People Our Planet Day
This year marked the first annual Our People Our Planet Day. The day featured student-led Ted Talks and cultural presentations, in addition to the stewardship component that had defined the previous annual Earth Stewardship Day. Victoria Lu, the student organizer of this day, says, “The goal for such a day was to keep increasing environmental awareness and also allowing the students to understand the human composition of the SSFS diverse population. I felt this day went as successfully as I expected, especially for the cultural presentations by Upper School ISP students in the Lower and Middle Schools. Kids [interacted] with the presenters through traditional crafts and games. They were so immersed in other cultures!”

Writing Center’s Foreign Relations Journalist Panel
The Writing Center sponsored an event that focused on writing about foreign relations.  The two panelists were Steve Levine, a journalist, author, and blogger who writes about the geopolitics of robots, society, and energy, and David Wood, winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. History Department Head Kathy Laughlin moderated the discussion. The event was extremely well-attended and interesting.


FIA Club’s “Inside the Business World: Finance and Innovation” Event
The Financial Innovation Analytics Club hosted Aaron Meisner, an alum of SSFS and Senior Financial Advisor of Merrill Lynch, for their event titled “Inside the Business World: Finance and Innovation.” According to Breezy Zhu, one of the clerks of the club, “This is the first time a club has organized an educational event on campus with a professional speaker. From emailing to shaking hands, everything was student-led. During the event, I felt an atmosphere full of interests in exploring the topic, and everyone was paying full attention to Aaron’s story. FIA members have done an amazing job either taking notes or live streaming the event, I am really proud to call FIA a team now.”

The Upper School Musical: The Wiz
This year’s Upper School Musical was The Wiz. The show was grand and featured actors, singers, dancers, and musicians from a number of art classes (e.g. Modern Dance, Instrumental Music, and Musical). Jaya Sullivan (’18), who played the lead role of Dorothy, did a great job in her role- as did the rest of the cast. Bravo to everyone involved in The Wiz!

2017 Science Bowl
The Science Bowl Club sent four members to Johns Hopkins University on Saturday, April 29th to compete in the Physics Fair. The team played quite well and finished second in the High School Science Bowl Competition. Congrats to the team!


As we head into this last full month of school, we students are beginning to prepare for AP exams and everything else that the exciting end of the school year will have in store for us.


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