|New Malone Scholars Announced|
A dinner honoring the 2012 St. Andrew’s Malone Scholars was held last week. Malone Scholars, their parents and the St. Andrew’s Malone Scholarship Committee gathered in the Dorothy Davis Gallery of the Center for Performing Arts for a sit-down dinner. Special recognition went to our new St. Andrew’s 2012-2013 Malone Scholars, Bushra Akbar, Cara Keyser and Katie Morse-Gagne, as well as graduating Malone Scholar seniors Daniel Landry, Sadaaf Mamoon, and David Morse-Gagne.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is pleased to offer gifted students entering grades 7 – 12 the opportunity to apply for a Malone Scholarship during the fall. The amount of the scholarship varies according to the student’s financial need, but the Malone Scholarship can pay up to full tuition plus other school-related expenses. The Malone Scholars Program was established through a generous grant from the Malone Family Foundation.
Based in Colorado, the Foundation provides endowments to outstanding private and independent secondary schools nationwide to create scholarships for exceptional students. The Malone Foundation chooses partner schools based on their academic caliber, programs for gifted students, attention to the individual student’s needs, interests and talents. In 2005, St. Andrew’s became the ninth school in the nation to be granted this prestigious scholarship endowment and is still the only school in Mississippi to receive this honor.
|Presidential Scholar Semifinalists|
Of the five Presidential Scholarship candidates in the senior class at St. Andrew's, two have advanced to semifinalist status. Congratulations to Jessica Lee and Phillip Qu! There are a total of 7 semifinalists from Mississippi, and St. Andrew’s is the only Mississippi school with multiple semifinalists. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. The Finalists will be announced in early May.
Senior Blake Luehlfing was named an All-STAR (Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition) Student by the Mississippi Economic Council's MB Swayze Educational Foundation. STAR students are selected on the basis of academic excellence. Both ACT scores and scholastic averages are compared to determine the recipients. The All-STAR designation means out of the 230 some-odd students from all over the state, Blake was in the top 20. Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher, the classroom teacher who has made the greatest contribution to the student's scholastic achievement. Blake selected Mrs. Ruth Holmes as his STAR Teacher.
|North Pasture Wins Scholastic Awards|
The Mississippi Scholastic Press Association at the University of Mississippi awarded St. Andrew’s North Pasture with 1st Place in General Excellence and 1st Place in Design among schools from 1A-5A divisions all over the state. North Pasture students also were awarded individual awards including: Larken Byers: 1st Place for Short Fiction, Jonathan Panter: 3rd Place for Short Fiction, and Kendall Brown: Honorable Mention for Poetry.
St. Andrew's School celebrated Easter with chapel services in each division. The Middle and Upper Schools celebrated with Eucharist on Thursday, April 12th. The service included special music at communion and homemade bread baked by Boudreaux Dulske and Isabella Auchus. The Lower School students brought beautiful blooms to flower a cross in chapel on Friday, April 13th. Photos from the Lower School service are here.
|Beekeeper Visits 1st Grade|
In conjunction with their study of bees, first graders enjoyed a visit from Larry Sudbeck, grandfather of first grader Lawson Sudbeck. Mr. Sudbeck is a past president of the Mississippi Bee Keepers Association. He brought hives, his bee keeper's suit, and best of all honey for the children to taste.
|SA Has Stellar Showing in the 2012 Mississippi Literary Competition|
St. Andrew’s writers accounted for four of the ten prizes awarded in this year’s Mississippi Literary Competition. Submissions from around the state in essay, short story, poetry and drama were judged by the Millsaps faculty, resulting in a Third Place award for the short story “Sole,” by John Taylor Kitchings; a Second Place award for the short story “ Mal’s Used Cars,” by Lee Schmidt; a First Place in Poetry for “Love Poem,” by Emma Liston; and a First Place in Drama for Welcoming Party by Meredith Blackwell. Congratulations to these outstanding writers! Emma Liston is not pictured above.
|Snow White and Seven Dwarves|
Congratulations to the cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for a wonderful performance this past weekend! The play based on the fairytale by the Grimm brothers balanced dramatic depth with humorous poetry and characterization. Through a modern interpretation, the seventh and eighth grade actors brought the Grimm fairytale to life in a performance that was thoroughly enjoyed by actors and audience.
|Helicopter Visits South Campus|
Thursday was a great day as our elementary Saints got to experience seeing a helicopter land on the Lower School football field! The AirCare helicopter from the University of Mississippi Medical Center landed at 9:50 AM. All Lower School students sat patiently looking up in the sky, listening for the sound of the helicopter. The pilots did not disappoint! They swooped the helicopter down right in the middle of the field as the students cheered and clapped to welcome them to our campus (photos and video are here)! This was arranged by one of our parents for the 1st grade career day.
The plan was for all children from each grade level to be able to climb through the helicopter at 15 minute intervals. However, the pilots received an emergency call letting them know they were needed in Hattiesburg to help transport a newborn infant to UMC to be treated, so their amazing visit to St. Andrew’s was immediately ended so they could respond to the emergency call. The students were able to see how the pilots quickly changed to their career-selves as health care providers.
|Arts on the Green|
Arts on the Green is April 21 - it's The Final Countdown!
We need every St. Andrew's parent to participate. Listen, surely you can hear AOTG calling your name. Go to the Arts on the Green homepage to learn more.
Calling on all adventurers to checkout flying weapons, bows and arrows and hand to hand combat demos at Knights of the Round Table.
Calling on all fashion fans to enjoy tween-age fashions at Queen's Tea and Fashion Decree featuring local boutique apparel modeled by St. Andrew's 3rd - 8th graders.
Calling on all art lovers to sign up for one of the outstanding art workshops offered at AOTG.
Calling on anyone who might like a great deal on some fabulous items to check out the online auction where you can find everything from fun trips to fabulous grade baskets.
Calling on all shoppers to come out and peruse among over 50 vendors featuring original artwork, handcrafted pottery, jewelry, hand-spun cloth, furniture and much, much more.
Calling on all volunteers to sign up for a shift and help us pull off this fabulous event.
Calling on any parent who might like to save a year's tuition to buy a raffle ticket.
Calling on everyone to model the latest AOTG tshirts. Buy yours today!
Calling on the entire St. Andrew's community to come out and support SAPA's major fundraiser which produces funds needed for SAPA to provide critical resources and support to the school each year.
|Saints Sports Round-Up|
The Saints girls golf team is the 2012 St. Andrews Invitational Champions. Our own team of Miriam Parker and Lily Katz had a team score of 187, defeating the other teams in the event: Tupelo, Madison Central, Ridgeland High, St. Aloysius, Jackson Prep, and Jackson Academy. Miriam Parker was also runner up medalist, edged out by one stroke.
The Saints varsity baseball team clinched the district championship Tuesday night at home. William Rowell pitched a complete game, one hitter, and gave up zero earned runs in the Saints 3-1 victory. Friday the Saints traveled to Raleigh and suffered a 4-3 loss in extra innings. Saturday the baseball team traveled to Vicksburg to play the St. Al Flashes. The Saints won behind strong pitching outings by Corban Snider and Baylor Obert. William Rowell had 3 RBI's on a bases clearing triple.
Saints archers defeated New Summit 2964 to 2427, setting a new team scoring record in the process. The Saints top-12 archers were:
Scott Kennedy 288
Zack Donnelly 264
Kim Steere 258
Millie Morse 253
Madeleine Arthur 250
Kathryn Monroe 249
Darby Parker 246
Aumbriel Schwirian 235
Jessica Garner 234
Henry Ray 234
Noah McDaniel 227
Leila Chowdhury 226
The next archery match is today at 5:00 p.m. at MDWFP Archery Center (same as Jackson Archery Center).
The Saints varsity fast pitch team had a tough week, suffering losses to Raleigh, Pelahatchie, and St. Al last week. Today the girls play at Morton, and Senior Recognition Night, the final home game of the regular season, is against McLaurin on Wednesday.
The tennis team defeated St. Joe, and will host the district tournament on Wednesday.
The Saints track and field team is hosting the divisional championship meet on the North Campus this Wednesday and Thursday.
|Pennies for Patients|
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Upper School raised $1,053.32 this year during their Pennies for Patients service project. They raised $592.50 last year. St. Andrew's Middle School raised $1,996.54 this year, after raising $580.72 last year. Thanks to all the Saints who gave their spare change to help fight cancer!
|Powderpuff and Rockfest|
Last Thursday the Upper School hosted its annual Powderpuff and Rockfest Day. Starting after school, each grade broke into teams to begin this year’s Powderpuff games. The girls play football, while the boys coach and cheer them on. Each class showed their spirit by flaunting their colors, freshman wearing green, sophomores blue, juniors red, and seniors black. Student Council helped set up equal playing fields and a fun atmosphere to help hype up the event. Each team played two games, with the seniors coming out on top. The freshman, although they may not have won a game, showed some of the best spirit with boys dressed in cheerleading outfits to support their female classmates’ fight on the field. Thanks to the refs Kelly Foster, Jim Foley, and Jackie Lewis, each team was able to get an equal chance at victory. Powderpuff photos are here.
After the games, students were invited to walk over to the Pavilion by the concession for a hearty helping of crawfish, corn, and taters while they watched classmates put on performances. From around 6 to 8 various students performed, including Susannah Burell, Benton Parker, Lee Schmidt, Adam Travis, Pontus Andersson, Patrick McKee, Alex Hamlin, Caitlyn Sullivan, Skylar Menist, Catherine Carroon, Cara Keyser, Erin Boerema, Michael Germany, Sam Westover, David Dulske, and Mike Delashment, during the St. Andrew’s 22nd Annual Rockfest. The weather could not have been more perfect for these afternoon events. With a bright sun, and comfortable temperatures, and the free snow cones (thanks to Mr. Green and his generosity) were a great added touch. Everyone was all smiles at the end of the night after a very successful afternoon. Rockfest photos are here.
Well, perhaps not everyone was all smiles. After a crowd-pumping Dubstep performance by Patrick McKee and Pontus Andersson, everyone was anxious for the closing performance by Michael Germany's band, including David Dulske, Mike Delashment, and Sam Westover. As Michael stood up to the mic, no one expected what happened next. After a night full of jams, the electric sockets blew and sent a shock through Michael's body. His fellow bandmates helped him to the steps. Luckily it was nothing too serious and he was soon feeling healthy. Unfortunately their band was not able to perform due to the shortages, but they did inform all that they would be having a live performance in a couple weeks.
|1st Graders Learn About Community|
Social Studies came alive for our first graders this past week. What is a community? It is a place where you live, work and play. The first graders took a walking field trip around the Fondren community in Jackson. They were able to visit the post office, a yoga studio, Campbell’s Bakery, a bank, an architect, a guitar shop, and Sal and Mookie’s restaurant. Several parents joined us and helped to make this experience so meaningful.
Following our field trip to the Fondren community the children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as Community Helpers, and sharing ideas about their chosen careers. Many thanks to the pilots of the helicopter from UMC and the many parents who spoke to students about their professions. Photos are here.