Durham Academy News & Notes/April 7, 2016  
Durham Academy

Eighth-grader Carlton zum Brunnen

places second in state Geo Bee

Geo Bee

Each January, fifth-grade history teacher Virginia Hall prefaces the start of the Durham Academy Middle School National Geographic Bee with an admonition for the audience: "No matter how they do today, they have already come far."

It's true that to make it to the stage of DA's Taylor Hall, students must first best their peers in classroom-level bees. And then the winner of DA's schoolwide bee, along with the winners of the hundreds of other school bees around the state, vie for one of just 100 spots in the statewide bee. And then those 100 geography whizzes compete for a spot in the state bee's finalist round. And then those 10 finalists battle to be among the last students on stage.

So when DA eighth-grader Carlton zum Brunnen was left standing at the conclusion of the North Carolina National Geographic Bee with a second-place trophy in his hand and ribbon around his neck, you could say that he's come really, really far. Read More 


Student-led Ultimate tournament

to benefit Durham Nativity School

Ultimate tournament

No matter the goal count at this weekend's Ultimate Frisbee tournament at Durham Academy, the true victor is already apparent: students at Durham Nativity School, which stands to establish a 1:1 laptop program with proceeds from the high-flying fundraiser. 

The tournament — set for Saturday and Sunday on DA's Upper School campus — is the brainchild of DA freshman Alex Hoffman. After being introduced to Durham Nativity as an eighth-grader when students from the all-boys middle school joined DA students for their end-of-year dance, Hoffman went home and did some research. Read More


Faculty Spotlight: Lower School

reading specialist Beth Reeves

Beth Reeves

Her mother was an educator and her older sister was majoring in education, but when Beth Reeves headed to college, she knew she wasn’t going to be a teacher “because I wanted to do something different.” 

She was intrigued by a psychology course that had a focus on advertising, but an internship in California the summer after freshman year made her realize advertising wasn’t for her. Read More  


UNC chancellor Carol Folt to speak

at Class of 2016 commencement

UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Carol L. Folt will give the keynote address at Durham Academy's 42nd commencement exercises. The Class of 2016's 100 seniors are expected to receive diplomas in a ceremony set for 3 p.m. on May 27 at Memorial Hall on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Read More

Donors needed for blood drive on Tuesday

Athletics Spring Fling set for April 14

Middle School science teacher Barb Kanoy, alumnus Patrick Nevins '03 to be honored at April 15 Spring Alumni Reception,
followed by In The Pocket spring concert

The Hill Center to hold Hill Mile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash fundraiser at DA April 24

Not attending the auction? Bid on fabulous packages from the comfort of your home!

Tickets available for DA Night at the Durham Bulls community event, set for April 24

Volunteers needed, bake sale donations sought for Used Book Sale and Bake Sale

Plum Print fundraiser turns student artwork
into keepsakes

Dining Out for DA set for April 26 at
the Q Shack and Nanataco

DA in the News

The News & Observer:
DA girls lacrosse team is No. 4 in area spring sports rankings 

Environmental Film Festival:
Alumna Laura Dunn '93 discusses background in filmmaking, new project, The Seer

The Week in Photos

English tea party  Baseball team opening doors 

Peter Rabbit  Poetry Celebration

International Night  Upper School community service






This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders 

Benefit Auction
- Saturday, April 9, 6:30 p.m.,
Washington Duke Inn 

Upper School Dance Concert
- Sunday, April 10, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium 

Blood Drive
- Tuesday, April 12, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kirby Gym 

Used Book Sale Book Sort
- Wednesday, April 13,
8 a.m. to noon
(drop-in volunteer opportunity), Middle School Tunnel

Athletics Spring Fling
- Thursday, April 14, 4 p.m., Upper School Athletic Fields

Final Day to Donate Books for Used Book Sale
- Friday, April 15 

Spring Alumni Reception (honoring Barb Kanoy &
Patrick Nevins '03)
- Friday, April 15, 6 p.m.,
Upper School Learning Commons

In The Pocket Spring Concert
- Friday, April 15, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Used Book Sale
Open to DA Community

- Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Middle School gym

Used Book Sale
Open to Public

- Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to noon, Middle School gym

Hill Mile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash
- Sunday, April 24, 1 to 4 p.m., DA Upper School 

DA Night at the Durham Bulls
- Sunday, April 24, 5:05 p.m., Durham Bulls Athletic Park 

Dining Out for DA
- Tuesday, April 26,
11 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
the Original Q Shack
and Nanataco 



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