Durham Academy News & Notes/May 14, 2015  
Durham Academy

Class of 2015 headed to 55 colleges

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 on making great decisions as to where they'll spend their next four years! Seniors wore college T-shirts to school on May 1, known nationally as College Signing Day, as a way of announcing their decisions.

Graduating seniors will enroll at 55 colleges and universities in all corners of the United States and running the gamut from small liberal arts schools to large flagship state universities. 
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K-1 chess team places sixth 

at national championship

Durham Academy's K-1 chess team competed in the 2015 National Elementary Chess Championships May 8-10 in Nashville, Tennessee, placing sixth overall and finishing just two team points away from a national championship. DA chess coach Craig Jones described the tournament as the most prestigious of all American scholastic chess events. Read More


Upper Schoolers to raise funds for

quake relief at carwash Saturday

When junior Tad Ghanem heard that a magnitude-7.8 earthquake had devastated Nepal, he knew he had to do something to help, for the tragedy was particularly personal for him and many other Upper School students. Spanish teacher Liliana Simón has many family members in Nepal through her husband, Suraj Dhungana, a native of the South Asian country. With the Simón-Dhungana family in their hearts, students will hold a quake relief carwash fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, from noon to 3 p.m. by the DA Middle School gym. Washes will be $5 for cars and $7 for trucks. Read More


NCISAA competition continues

for three varsity athletic teams

Three of Durham Academy's varsity athletic teams — girls lacrosse, boys tennis and track and field — remain in the game for state titles as the school year and spring season draw to a close. 
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Third-graders experience 

modern-day immigration at RDU

Third-graders got a glimpse of how modern-day immigrants travel to America this week at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. And most agreed it was definitely easier than the turn-of-the-century Ellis Island simulation they experienced in March as part of their study of immigration. Read More


School store clearance sale will

run through end of school year

The Cavalier Supply Co.'s clearance sale has been extended to the end of the school year, with prices slashed by at least 20 percent on all apparel, school supplies and other DA merchandise — from Nalgene bottles and Under Armour sackpacks to bow ties and baby items. Read More


Middle Schoolers hone diplomatic

skills at Model UN Conference

For the fourth year, a dynamic group of Durham Academy Middle School students participated in the annual Triangle Model United Nations Conference held at Duke University in late April. The event involved students from a variety of North Carolina public, independent and charter schools, each of whom was assigned to one of seven committees representing the real branches of the United Nations (e.g., the World Health Organization, the Security Council and UNICEF). Read More


International students flock to 

DA camps, an Indy Week finalist

Nearly 1,200 children are expected to participate in Durham Academy Summer Programs this summer, including campers who come from halfway around the globe.

DA camps aren't just popular with the international set, though. The program is a finalist in Indy Week's Best Of the Triangle poll in the category of "Best Summer Camp in Durham." Read More



DA in the News

Indy Week:
Photography teacher Harrison Haynes' solo exhibition earns praise

Alumnus Chris Rosati '89 honored at ALS event in Raleigh

Durham Magazine:
DA juniors Tad Ghanem and Sam Frey earn Durham Magazine's 'Class Act' recognition 

Durham Magazine:
Alumnus Lowell Oakley '14 credits courage to sing on stage — taking him all the way to The Voice — to DA's Melody Zentner

Durham Magazine:
Alumnae Samantha '08 and Constance Leder '14 applauded for work with SOCK Camp

The Herald-Sun:
DA boys tennis advances to NCISAA semifinals; golf finishes eighth in state tournament


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Final Day of Lower School Extended Day Enrichments
- Friday, May 15 

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

Fourth Grade Play Performance
- Tuesday, May 19, 7 p.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building 

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

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

Memorial Day (No School)
- Monday, May 25 

Final Day of Preschool Aftercare & Extended Day Enrichments
- Thursday, May 28

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

Middle School Early Dismissal
- Friday, May 29, noon 

Final Day of Extended Day 
- Friday, May 29

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

Lower School Early Dismissal
- Tuesday, June 2, 11:45 a.m. 

Middle School No School
- Wednesday, June 3

Lower School Closing Exercises
- Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building

Middle School Closing Exercises
- Thursday, June 4, 8:30 a.m., Taylor Hall 

Photos & Videos

Emerald Pond-Preschool Goodbye Celebration

Middle School

Kindergarten Play: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock

Culture and Community Festival


Video: Preschool


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