Upper School Highlights from February 2018

By Haoran Zhu ’18

February marked the beginning of the second semester. The beginning of the second semester felt significant for me since it means my last five months of high school for me; I did not realize everything is marked with “last” until writing this blog. Classes and extracurricular responsibilities kept us busy.

Varsity Sports
During this month, winter sports teams wrapped up their seasons. Pressure and excitement came to a full release. Men’s Varsity Basketball, captained by Mikey Parker (’18) and Cheick-Oumar Toure (’19), finished the season undefeated and won the 2018 PVAC Championship! Bravo to Mikey, who earned MVP of the league. Women’s Varsity Basketball, captained by Noa Brown (’18) and Erica Fenton (’18), had their senior celebration game last week against National Cathedral. We were thankful for our seniors’ contributions both on and off the court to the team. The Coed Rock Climbing team, captained by Seth Gorton (’19), Sam Schwartz (’20), Colleen Cooper (’18), and Anna Goodman (’18), had their final tournament earlier this month competing with nine other teams. They had great improvement over the season and placed 5th overall. SSFS Hockey athletes Alan Burd (’19), Jimmy Hu (’19), and Quinn Bittenger-Esser (’19) competed in the Blake-Poolesville Griffins co-op team and made it to the playoffs in the Maryland Scholastic Hockey League. They had a tough loss but completed their season strong.

Congrats to all the winter sports teams for finishing their seasons and best of luck for next year!

The Arts
This year’s Community Play was Rogers and Hammerstein’s beloved classic The Sound of Music! The Community Play is a remarkable tradition at SSFS because it is one about community, a central element of Quaker SPICES. Faculty, parents, students, and alumni were all involved in the play. Although the performance lasted 2-3 hours, the play took the cast and crew months of persistent preparation and rehearsals. Thanks to those involved for putting on a superb and complex show! See more photos from the Community Play online here.

International Talent Show
Sandy Spring’s diversity is reflected every year in the International Talent Show. From K-pop dance to traditional Chinese song, the show features a variety of inspiring music and arts that reflect different culture. The show ended with the International Fashion Show, during which students model each country’s cultural clothes. The Talent Show is always a highlight of each school year, and thanks go to the students and to Eduardo Polón for organizing such a wonderful event. See more photos online here.

Student Life
The SSFS Chinese Culture Club once again hosted this year’s Chinese Spring Festival Celebration. Parents, Upper School students, host families, and faculty immersed in an afternoon of making dumplings and chatting. The spirit felt like home for numerous Upper Schoolers from China. The dinner began with a student presentation about the history and culture of Chinese New Year followed by warm and tasty food in the cafeteria. Our community is one that celebrates all culture, and this event is one of them. Click here for more photos.

Empty Bowl
Empty Bowl is an event held around the world, and at SSFS, it shares the common purpose of raising awareness about the acute problem of hunger. In the past 10 years, the SSFS has community supported this effort with hundreds of volunteers raising more than $45,000 to feed the hungry in our area. Empty Bowl reflects our Quaker value of simplicity and stewardship. This year, the event kicked off successfully, accompanied by musical performances by Upper School students. Although Sandy Spring is small town, we are constantly thinking about the larger community and the greater world around us. See photos from the event online here.

I hope everyone enjoys the last few weeks of winter and stays warm. With spring coming ahead of us, our excitement for Intersession and Spring Break continues to grow. We look forward to more great things in the near future.

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