Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 12, 2015  
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Perfect for Valentine's Day celebrations,

'Thoroughly Modern Millie' opens tonight

On this Valentine's Day weekend, treat the ones you love to Durham Academy Upper School's production of Thoroughly Modern Millie, a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City, the people who seek to discover themselves there and the power of true love.

Performances will be held at Kenan Auditorium on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., and on Saturday at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but you are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets online at www.da.org/reservations. Read More


Documentary screening to look at 

racism through eyes of teens

What if the next generation could transcend racism? To do that, they have to confront and understand the roots of systemic racism by examining the ripple effects of race, power, class and privilege on their own lives. I’m Not Racist … Am I? is a documentary that follows 12 diverse New York City teens tackling those issues through workshops and often tense and painful conversations with their friends and family over the course of an entire year. Durham Academy will host a screening of the film on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with one of the filmmakers. Read More


Boys hoops team honors seniors,

closes out challenging season

In a touching ceremony at the Cavs' final home game against Wake Christian Academy on Tuesday night, Durham Academy seniors Jason Lapidus, David Oglesby, Alston Thompson, Zeke Tulsky and team manager Hank Tucker took center court with their families to be recognized for Senior Night. The five seniors received a standing ovation from a crowd that was also silently acknowledging the journey the entire team has been through since a Jan. 9 car crash that left Thompson and junior Cam Brown seriously injured and junior Ryan Hester hospitalized. Read More


Social media expert offers Upper

Schoolers tips for digital success

Social media is not something to be ruled by. It's not the number of likes or favorites that should determine your self worth; it's about the right engagement with the right people. And rather than being wary of warnings to be fearful of the power of social media, students should embrace it. Laura Suchoski encouraged Upper Schoolers to harness the power of platforms like Twitter and Instagram to reflect their true selves at an assembly Feb. 10. Read More


Preschoolers share Valentine's

Day love with Emerald Pond

Pink and red hearts with white polka dots, smiling faces framed by hearts and trees that sprout valentines are a few of the ways Durham Academy Preschoolers will be wishing "Happy Valentine's Day" to the residents of Emerald Pond retirement community. Each kindergarten and pre-k student was paired with a resident and then created a personal valentine for "Martin," "Esther," "Myron," "Selma," "Harold and Doris" and more than 100 other seniors who live at Emerald Pond. Read More


Gordon Korman inspires students

with his history as youth writer 

When Gordon Korman was 12 years old, he wrote a book as part of a seventh-grade writing assignment, which isn't entirely unusual in and of itself. What makes this particular project unique is that the book was actually published, the prolific author of young-adult literature said at an assembly at Durham Academy Middle School's Taylor Hall on Monday — prompting the jaws of the 300 or so assembled students to drop. Read More


Varsity Science Olympiad team

wins regional tournament

Durham Academy's Upper School and Middle School Science Olympiad teams fared very well at the regional tournament held in Raleigh on Feb. 7, with the Upper School varsity team taking first place among 17 teams, the Upper School junior varsity team placing second, and the Middle School varsity team placing fourth. Read More


15 DA seniors are finalists for 

National Merit scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named 15 Durham Academy students finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program competition.

The following DA seniors are finalists: Nathaniel Brooke, Derek Brown, Mark Cohen, Jackson Dellinger, Dina Guilak, Nico Herndon, Spencer Kim, Marie Li, Dana Rowe, Eitan Sapiro-Gheiler, Erin Seewaldt-Dietze, Hank Tucker, Irene Wallen, Elayne Wang and Caroline Wechsler. Read More


Athletic Director's Update:

Winter season is winding down

The winter sports season is winding down at Durham Academy as all Middle School basketball teams have completed successful seasons, and the Upper School swim and basketball teams prepare for postseason competition. Read More


DA in the News

News & Observer:
Four DA students are nominated for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

DA speech and debate team sweeps Tarheel East District Championships; 11 students qualify for nationals

DA alumnus Brendan Bradly '01 stars  as "Guy" in Staples
ad campaign

Elon University News:
Former DA student Al Drago is named White House News Photographers Association's student photographer of the year 


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Upper School Musical -Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Thursday, Feb. 12 (7:30 p.m.), Friday, Feb. 13 (7:30 p.m.), Saturday, Feb. 14 (2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.), Kenan Auditorium

Early Dismissal 
for LS, MS & US 
(faculty work day)

- Friday, Feb. 13

Grades 7 & 8 Drama Performance
- Thursday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall 

No School: Parent-Teacher Conferences (All-Day Care Available)
- Friday, Feb. 20 

Documentary Screening: 
I'm Not Racist ... Am I?

- Wednesday, Feb. 25, 
6:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Order Deadline for DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Monday, March 23 

DA Night at the Hurricanes
- Sunday, March 29, PNC Arena (order tickets in advance)

Videos and Photos

Lower School 
Jump Rope for Heart

Washington, D.C., Trip

Kindergarten Play:
'Seven Chinese Sisters'



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