Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Parsons The New School for Design
University of Washington
The Culinary Institute of America
So reads the last ten schools on my list of senior plans. Students with the last names from Woods to Zuk will receive a warm round of applause from faculty, staff, and peers in Chapel as I announced these senior plans and we wish them congratulations and good luck in the next stage of their education.
Three Academy teachers will participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholars program this summer. Social Studies department chair David Eckhardt will travel to the lower Hudson Valley in New York to visit historic sites along the Hudson River; Social Studies assistant department chair Denise Scavitto will travel to Rome to study the effects of Roman government and public architecture on English culture; and English department assistant chair Angela Drew will travel to Siena, Italy to study Dante's Commedia.
Standing in Chapel, watching Academy Theater perform a scene from The Grapes of Wrath, I thought how fitting this play was, not only for our country right now, but also for us this week. I was particularly struck by Jacob Houde's performance of Jim Casy's grace, which he says at the request of the Joad family, praying that all people be of one spirit and giving thanks that there is food to eat and love within the family. Casy's sense of what is good in life has been echoed here in many ways: not only in this final chance for our Academy Theater members to perform as an ensemble, but in an entire week filled with oneness of spirit and gratitude for the good things we share.
Three plays by SJA creative writing students were honored at the culminating event of the 2015 Vermont Young Playwrights Project, the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival, at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington on May 12. During the festival, professional actors performed Senior Morgan Sulham's play, Mt. Olympus Marriage Counseling; Sophomore Natalie Jones' play, My Truth, Your Truth, received a cold reading by professional actors; and Junior Jaime DeKett received an honorable mention for her play, Saving Goldilocks.