Durham Academy News & Notes/Feb. 26, 2015  
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Lowell Oakley '14 teams up with Pharrell

on NBC's singing competition 'The Voice'

One year ago Lowell Oakley took the stage and delivered a blistering duet version of Ain’t No Sunshine in Durham Academy’s Kenan Auditorium in front of an audience of hundreds of adoring DA fans. The self-described #CavCrooner earned that faithful following by stepping into the spotlight and delivering a string of show-stopping performances during his senior year including Feeling Good, Me and Mrs. Jones and Hallelujah. On Monday night, Oakley a veteran of XIV Hours, In the Pocket and Upper School musicals and a 2014 Triangle Rising Star finalist took center stage in front of his biggest audience ever to deliver what he called “the performance of my life” on the season 8 premiere of NBC’s vocal competition show The Voice. Read More





Guest author Richard Sobol has

been to 45 countries and DA, too

Richard Sobol was given a camera when he was 15, starting him on a journey that has taken him to 45 different countries — and, now, to Durham Academy's Lower School. His website describes him as a "traveling photographer," but Sobol is both writer and photographer, and on Wednesday, he was the Lower School's guest author. Read More


XIV Hours tackles R-E-S-P-E-C-T

in a cappella championship set

With an "awesome beat, an intricate melody and lots of energy," Kanye West and Bon Iver's Lost in the World seemed like a perfect song for XIV Hours, Durham Academy's auditioned a cappella group. Almost. There was just one problem, recalled junior Kiran Nagar: "When it came time to read the lyrics, we realized that the words had a meaning we did not intend." Read More


Senior Jordan Barry to compete

on U-19 USA field hockey squad

Durham Academy senior Jordan Barry has been selected for the U-19 USA field hockey team among just 18 young women from across the country named to the roster. Barry, who has committed to play at Stanford University next year, will travel to Belgium from April 4 to 10 to compete with Team USA. Read More


Durham Academy schedules snow

make-up day on Monday, April 6

Due to the weather-related school cancelations over the last two weeks, Durham Academy will operate as a regular school day for students on Monday, April 6. The day had previously been scheduled as a No School Day because it had been designated as a Professional Development Day for faculty.


Speech and debate team's roster

for nationals is its biggest ever


In the home stretch of a season than spans more than 20 tournaments, Durham Academy's speech and debate team is going strong, with a record number of DA team members qualifying for this summer's national championships and great success at Harvard University, host site of the year's largest invitational tournament. Read More


Athletic Director's Update:

Winter season comes to a close

We have officially wrapped up the winter athletic season as swimming and basketball teams have concluded regular season and tournament play. The Varsity Winter Athletic Awards program, postponed from its original date due to inclement weather, will be held Monday, March 2, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. in Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Lower School campus. Read More


Indy Week poll open: Show some

love for DA Summer Programs

Today’s weather may have you already looking forward to summer. So are Mr. Dan and the Durham Academy Summer Programs crew! Families make Durham Academy Summer Programs part of their summer vacations year after year because the 208 camps offer the Triangle's best variety of activities — from LEGO Ninjaneering and super soccer skill-building, to Chinese language and crocheting. Don't keep the secret to yourself; spread the word about why your family loves DA Summer Programs through Indy Week's Best of the Triangle poll! We would love to see Durham Academy Summer Programs recognized in the best Summer Camp in Durham County category.

And if you haven't registered your students for camps yet, do so at www.da.org/summer. DA has amazing options for keeping your artists, athletes and adventurers busy all summer long. Some camps have already filled up, so don't miss out!


DA in the News

Senior Neil Cornwell is a finalist for NCSU's Goodnight Scholars Program

Eighth-grader Luci Jones wins ACIS writing contest with essay on traveling to Tokyo

Alumnus Cam Lewis '11 is named NCAA DIII Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week

DA music teacher Michael Meyer says Lowell Oakley '14 of The Voice had 'it' at an early age

Alumnus Chris Rosati '89 challenges Chapel Hill students to keep BIGG ideas coming


This Week's Events



Lower School

Middle School

Upper School


Upcoming Events and Reminders

Winter Varsity Athletic Awards Program
- Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., Brumley Performing Arts Building (Lower School campus)

Middle School After-School Drama Performance:

- Monday, March 2, 7 p.m., Taylor Hall (new date due to inclement weather) 

Spring Break: No School
- Monday, March 9, to Friday, March 13

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)

No School: Faculty Work Day
- Friday, March 27 

No School: Good Friday
- Friday, April 3

Snow Make-up Day:
School in Session

- Monday, April 6
(formerly Professional Development Day)

Videos and Photos

Seventh-grader Casey Carrow's presentation on Ted-Ed Blog

Lowell Oakley '14
Blind Audition for The Voice



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