Durham Academy News & Notes/May 7, 2015  
Durham Academy

Third-graders raise nearly $2,700

for sick and injured sea turtles


A worthy cause, cute kids, nifty craft items and delicious baked goods — those are the components of the third grade's sea turtle gift shop, an annual fundraiser for the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center on Topsail Island. This year's sea turtle gift shop took place May 5 and raised nearly $2,700, a particularly impressive amount considering prices ranged from 25 cents for a chocolate chip cookie to five dollars for a sea turtle T-shirt. 

It’s a quick turn-around for their profits. Third-graders will take their annual coastal studies trip Friday (weather permitting), and will proudly present a check when they visit the center — well known for rescuing, rehabilitating and returning injured Loggerhead and other Atlantic Ocean turtles to their ocean habitats. Read More


Seniors earn prestigious 

scholarships to NCSU, Duke


Durham Academy seniors
Neil Cornwell and
Jackson Dellinger have been awarded prestigious, full scholarships to N.C. State University and Duke University, respectively. Cornwell was selected for the Goodnight Scholars Program, and Dellinger was chosen for the Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship. Read More


Ulku-Steiner and Hark soak

in ideas, culture on China trip

Durham Academy Head of School Michael Ulku-Steiner and Assistant Head of School/Upper School Director Lee Hark's recent weeklong trip to China served as a great source of ideas as the school seeks to bolster a student exchange program and expand conversations about curricular globalization
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Art students donate 20 works for

women's shelter room makeovers

Walking into Durham Academy Upper School art teacher Anne Gregory-Bepler's studio, it's difficult to frown. Student art work hangs everywhere one looks — from the ceiling to nearly every square inch of wall space — enlivening the space with bright splashes of color. But fewer than 10 miles away, at Chapel Hill's HomeStart shelter for women and children, the rooms aren't all so cheery. So to help brighten those sometimes-sterile spaces at the shelter, DA art students and alumni have donated 20 pieces of their work to be used in room makeovers. Read More


4th-graders take top spots in

water conservation contest


Durham Academy fourth-graders Faith Hanson and Teddy Wallen combined creativity with lessons learned in science class to produce prize-winning posters in local and state contests promoting water conservation.

Hanson’s poster won first prize in both the Durham contest for grades three through five and the state contest for that division. Wallen’s poster took second prize in the local competition and second place in the state contest. Read More


Varsity teams gear up for

NCISAA, TISAC tournaments

Six of Durham Academy's varsity spring athletic teams will hit the fields, courts and track for state and conference tournaments and championships over the next week — and they'll appreciate the support of their loyal Cavalier fans! Read More

Science Olympiad teams 

fare well at state tournament 

Durham Academy's Upper School Science Olympiad team notched its best finish in more than five years at the state tournament, placing fourth out of 55 teams. The DA Middle School also put on a commendable performance, placing 13th of 56 teams.

Of the 20 Upper Schoolers who competed, 12 earned top-10 finishes, and of the 17 Middle Schoolers who competed, 10 earned top-10 finishes. Read More


Debaters earn top finishes at

Tournaments of Champions

With their finish within the top 8 of the prestigious Debate Tournament of Champions' Public Forum competition, Durham Academy juniors Loften Deprez and Eilene Yang have earned an automatic qualification to the 2016 event, and the pair have considerably boosted their ranking within the top 10 in the nation. In addition, senior Connor Leech placed within the top 20 of the Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of ChampionsRead More


DA in the News

Goals for Girls:
Sophomore Creel Cashin to travel to India with Goals for Girls

Goodnight Scholars Program:
Goodnight Scholars Program announces historic Class of 2019

Duke Today:
Twelve selected for A.B. Duke Scholarships


Correction: CavClassifieds

The May 1 issue of CavClassifieds omitted the ad below. You may view an updated May issue, as well as an archive of earlier issues online. (You must log in to view.)

Drum & recording equipment for sale: DA & In The Pocket alum is selling a variety of musical equipment. Pieces include professional grade cymbals and drum kit, beginner drum kit, snare drums, hardware, cases, microphones, and assorted audio recording equipment. For details & pricing, contact Chris Bassil, 919-943-8957, chris.bassil@gmail.com.

This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Drama Performance, 
Grades 5 & 6 
- Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

NCISAA Tournament Play Begins
- Friday, May 8 

Culture and Community Festival
- Friday, May 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Upper School Quad 

Order Deadline for 
DA Night at the Durham Bulls

- Tuesday, May 12

Band Spring Concert,
Grades 7 & 8
- Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. 

Varsity Spring Athletics Banquet
- Sunday, May 17, 5 p.m. 

Preschool/Lower School Early Dismissal
- Friday, May 22, 11:45 a.m. 

- Friday, May 22, 5 p.m., UNC Memorial Hall 

Preschool Closing Exercises
- Friday, May 29, 8:30 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

Middle School Early Dismissal
- Friday, May 29, noon

DA Night at the Durham Bulls
- Friday, May 29, 7:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Videos and Photos

Preschool Grandparents Day

Zumbathon Fundraiser for WISER

Middle School Community Service Day

Video: First-Grader Aditya Kaul Takes on the Rubik's Cube (courtesy of Rosemary Nye)



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