Upper School Highlights from May 2018

As Upper School students entered the month of May, we began to wrap up our endeavors, getting closer to the end of the year. Seniors are excited to move on to their next journey, while at the same time sensing that their SSFS experience is drawing to an end. Nonetheless, energy and momentum remain strong in the Upper School.

Spring Sports
Spring sports finished their seasons around the middle of the month and had fantastic experiences. Men’s Varsity Baseball, captained by Mike Britt (’18), finished with a 10-6 overall record, 9-2 in the PVAC. They made it to the PVAC Championship Final. It was a tough loss, but every player could proudly say that they had a great season. Women’s Varsity Lacrosse, captained by Kate Gearon (’18) and Alex Polón (’18), obtained victory in their senior game and wrapped up their season. Record aside, the team showed a great deal of improvement over the course of the season. Men’s Varsity Lacrosse, captained by Brodie Stewart (’19) and Jackson Key (’18), finished their season with tremendous energy. Co-Ed Varsity Track and Field, captained by Jeremy Mednik (’18), Kevin Ye (’18), Erica Fenton (’18), Thomas Fagiolo (’19), and Kathleen McCullough (’20), has had stellar accomplishments. Five runners have gained first place in at least one race including 100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m, 1600m, 300 immediate hurdles and so forth.

Congratulations to all teams who finished strong and the seniors who have dedicated to the teams in multiple years!

AP Exams
Every May means the start of AP Exams. Many Upper School students took one or multiple exams including AP Comparative Government, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition and so forth. Most students were prepared to tackle these exams through their classes, while some students took an online course to prepare themselves. Since AP students are taking the exams in May, they are not required to take finals, and have mostly projects in the remaining classes.

Our People, Our Planet Day
On May 23, Upper school students participated in an all-school event, Our People Our Planet Day, a day committed to a dual focus of environmental literacy and greater understanding of the unique social, global, and cultural composition of all SSFS community members. This year kicks off the second annual “OPOP” Day, and numerous Upper School students took initiatives in continuing the vision of Victoria Lyu (’17), which expanded upon our traditional Earth Stewardship Day to also highlight the many different cultures of students here on campus. The day included Upper School student presenters on topics including current events, diversity, and international awareness, as well as education on environmental issues. For example. Jamshed Ashurov (’18) and I organized a workshop on cultural stereotypes to a group of middle schoolers that turned out to be very compelling. The connections across divisions highlight the value of community at our school.

The SPB Memorial Concert
Upper School art students attended the annual SPB Memorial Concert, which is held in honor and memory of Nan Schwarz Pricher ’76 and Jane Schwarz Binger. This year’s performance featured PostClassical Ensemble’s “Music in the Shadow of War,” highlighting the powerful impact chamber music has had as a tool of protest and resistance. Works included songs from Hanns Eisler and two pieces from Dmitri Shostakovich, Cello Sonata in d and Piano Trio #2. Students immersed themselves in an evening of beautiful music and wrote reflections afterward in art classes.

Senior Trip
As seniors, we have sensed senioritis after opening our college acceptance letters and especially after AP exams. Instead of having a senior skip day, the Upper School organized a senior trip to Greenbrier State Park, where students enjoyed a fun day of fishing, hiking, and boating. The trip was meaningful as it strengthened the relationships among seniors and enriched our lives with something different to explore.

As school is coming to an end soon, I would like to add a few words in my last post: it is truly impressive and inspiring to see the variety of things Upper Schoolers are involved in. They pursue their passion and let their lives speak. Through these posts, I have had the opportunity to reflect and learn from my peers. Now, I would like to pass the torch to next year’s Scott House Rep, Alan Burd, and look forward to reading some of the future posts here.

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