Meet Our Student Leaders

What is it really like to be a Durham Academy student? One of the best ways to find out is by getting to know members of the Student Ambassador Leadership Council! Collectively, these six students are involved in all facets of life at DA, and they're eager to share about their experiences with parents who attend Upper School Tour and Information Sessions, and with prospective students who participate in Upper School Student Visit Days.

Julian Adler

I am a junior here at Durham Academy. I came to DA in ninth grade from Phillips Middle School. These past few years have been a great experience for me! My favorite subjects are math and history, and here at Durham Academy I can enjoy these very different subjects to the fullest. I participate in many extracurricular activities here at DA. As a student-athlete, I am a part of the cross-country and track teams. I am also a member of the Student Council, a leader of Dartboard Finance, a director of SOCK Camp (a free summer camp for students in the Durham community) and a member of Science Olympiad and Model United Nations. I’m looking forward to showing you our school and all it has to offer.

Sydney Lin

I am a senior this year and have been at Durham Academy since kindergarten. I have participated in the dance program for all four years of high school, been a member of the Diversity Club, served as one of the Zumba Club and Dance Club leaders, and participated in the 2015 winter musical, Fiddler on the Roof. I also dance outside of school every day at Encore Academy of Dance. This year, I am ecstatic to join the Student Ambassador Leadership Council after serving as a member of the Student Ambassadors Club since Middle School. 

Eamon McKeever

I am a senior at Durham Academy in the Class of 2018. I originally grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, and in 2010, I moved to London with my family. I attended Hereward House School and The American School in London during my time there, and came to DA in eighth grade in the summer of 2013. I have grown up in a very international family; I have relatives in Ireland, Switzerland and Florida, can speak German proficiently, hold U.S.-German dual citizenship, and have one of the most common (and unpronounceable) names in the Gaelic language.

At Durham Academy, I enjoy running cross country, playing my saxophone, and being a member of the Model UN team. I ran varsity XC for three years, and this year was the assistant coach for the J.V. cross-country team. I am a member of In the Pocket, and have been playing in the jazz-rock ensemble since I was a sophomore. I also am a leader of the Model UN team, and have attended conferences at UNC, Duke and App State. I can’t wait to get to know you when you visit Durham Academy, and am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding our academics, fine arts or sports programs! I look forward to seeing you soon!

Raksha Ramanan

I am a junior this year at Durham Academy. I was new to DA as a ninth-grader, but I quickly came to love our community! On campus, my favorite subjects are English and history. I am a leader of DA’s Diversity Club and Discussions Club and have been a member of the speech and debate team for the past three years. Aside from that, I love being involved with music! I play flute with DA's jazz-rock band In the Pocket and am a member of the Percussion Ensemble. I’m super excited to be a leader of the Student Ambassadors this year and show students our wonderful community!

Scarlett Reade

I am a senior and have been at Durham Academy since fifth grade. Prior to being at DA, I went to Montessori Community School. I’ve been a student ambassador since my first year here and absolutely love giving tours and showing people around our school. I played volleyball from seventh grade through junior year. I also love the arts; I’ve been in two winter musicals — Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me — and most recently, the fall play — Almost, Maine. I have taken two years of dance classes and two years of art. I adore traveling and have been to Canada, England, France and Italy, as well as to many U.S. states. My favorite academic subject is English, and I love Shakespeare! I am the Senior Class President and a leader of the Rise Against Hunger Club, and I serve on DA’s Special Olympics committee. I’m extremely passionate about music; I play guitar and piano and sing whenever I can. I look forward to answering any questions you may have about Durham Academy!

Shane Smith

I am a senior and have been at Durham Academy since my ninth-grade year. I came to DA from Triangle Day School, a small K-8 school in Durham. Since arriving at DA, I have played three years of basketball (the last two as a varsity player) and three years of varsity baseball. I am a member of the school's auditioned ensemble group, In the Pocket, as a drummer. Some of my other activities at DA have been writing for the newspaper, The Green & White, as well as leading Healthy Durham/Duke Club, a group that creates public service announcements on healthy living in the community. In addition to my activities at school, I also run my own website that posts sports articles and I assist in the production of Durham Bulls baseball games for Time Warner Cable. My favorite classes at Durham Academy have been Western World with Mr. Spatola and AP Economics with Mr. Biersach, as well as a plethora of math classes. I'm excited to help you and your families get to know our great school!

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