Durham Academy News & Notes/June 5, 2015  
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Upper School's 'I Don't Say' project

encourages thoughtful language

Durham Academy alumna Breanna Byrd '15 has a way with words, delivering passionate spoken word poetry performances on a national stage. So it's no surprise that even in her everyday life, she chooses her language — both what she says and what she doesn't say — carefully. 

"I don't say 'don't be a sissy,' just because — I mean, look at me. I'm kind of awesome, like tough right there," she said as she pointed to a photo of her — overlaid with the words she chooses to not say — projected on the stage of Kenan Auditorium at a recent assembly. Associating femininity with weakness "is not something that should be said or joked about," she said.

Byrd is among nine Upper School students, recent graduates and faculty who participated in DA's "I Don't Say" project, which aims to draw attention to commonly used language that can be marginalizing to groups of people. Read More


Sibling pianists share passion

for music with community

Durham Academy students Meredith and Noah Cox have tickled the ivories on some of the world's grandest stages, including Carnegie Hall. But performing in decidedly more humble venues is what truly makes their hearts sing. Meredith, a rising senior, and Noah, a rising freshman, plan to spend much of their summer break sharing their passion for music where they feel they can truly make a difference — local retirement homes, hospitals and the like. Read More


35 faculty, staff, administrators

honored for 690 years of service 

Thirty-five Durham Academy and Hill Center faculty, administrators and staff were recognized for their years of service on Thursday at the closing faculty/staff meeting. All together, they have been a part of the DA-Hill Center family for 690 years! Lisa Ferrari, president of Parents Association, presented each of them with a book to commemorate their 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of employment at DA or Hill. Read More


Class of 2016 raises $3,150 for

Camp Royall via Rent-A-Junior

Durham Academy's Rent-A-Junior program has been raising money for charitable organizations for more than 30 years. The Class of 2016 recently concluded its Rent-A-Junior effort by donating $3,150 to Camp Royall, a residential recreational program for children and adults with autism. Read More


DA faculty and alumni to perform

in Triangle Battle of the Bands

If anyone tells you Durham Academy faculty don't rock, they clearly haven't met computer science teacher Julian Cochran and his guitar, or photography teacher Harrison Haynes behind a drum set. And they certainly haven't encountered music/drama teacher Elizabeth South's powerhouse voice. These multitalented educators are just a few members of DA's first-ever Triangle Corporate Battle of the Bands group, set to perform at the Sept. 19 event benefiting Book Harvest. Read More


DA in the News

The News & Observer: 
DA alumni Mark Cohen '15 and Dana Rowe '15 earn
college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

DA Summer Programs named honorable mention Best Summer Camp in Durham County in Indy Week Best of the Triangle poll

The Herald-Sun:
Eliza Dekker '15 is honored by Durham Sports Club

The News & Observer: 
Rising sophomore Kendall Bushick is named to all-state soccer team



Upcoming Events and Reminders

DA Summer Programs Begin
- Monday, June 8

Back-to-School Information Released in Veracross
- Thursday, July 16

Follett Virtual Bookstore Opens
- Friday, July 17

First Day of School,

- Tuesday, Aug. 25

2015-2016 Key Dates

Photos and Videos

Preschool Closing Exercises

Lower School Closing Exercises

Middle School Closing Exercises

Video: Class of 2015 Commencement



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