Parents Association & Parents Council
The Durham Academy Parents Association supports the school's academic, social, fine arts and athletic objectives. Parents Association encourages volunteerism, raises and disperses funds, promotes communication and cooperation, and provides input to the school on issues of concern and interest to parents. All Durham Academy parents are members of the Parents Association.
The Durham Academy Parents Council is the governing board of the Parents Association. This group comprises members of an executive committee; division representatives; members of schoolwide committees on matters such as diversity, wellness and athletics; and parents who organize both community-building and fundraising events. See a list of the parents who serve on Parents Council.
Parents Bulletin Board
The 2018 spring season came to a close Saturday as our boys tennis team and track and field teams competed admirably in their state championships. The tennis team came up just short in a 5-3 state finals loss to Charlotte Country Day, and senior Virginia Capehart’s two individual state championships led the girls track team to a 10th place finish. Two Cavaliers boys relays teams finished as state runner-up, with the boys track team placing seventh overall. In this week’s Cavs Corner, we recap both events and acknowledge our All-Conference and All-State honorees who were announced at Sunday’s spring varsity awards program.
The boys tennis team completed a banner year on Saturday as they traveled to the Lake Norman Tennis Center in Mooresville for the state championship match vs. Charlotte Country Day School. The Cavs had defeated the Bucs 5-4 a month ago in the regular season, handing Country Day its only loss in the last two years. This time, however, the Bucs had their complete lineup in tact as they went for their second consecutive state title. The Cavs played their best doubles segment of the year as seniors Alexander Brandt and Priyan de Silva, and James Shaheen and Kenan Ulku-Steiner took victories on courts one and two, respectively. The clinching point of the 8-6 win on court one came courtesy of a de Silva service winner; on court two, Shaheen and Ulku-Steiner were dominant in an 8-3 victory. Despite falling 8-6 on court three, senior Jack McCallie and junior Sheridan Kum fought back from a 1-5 deficit to put a scare into the Bucs.
Country Day jumped on the Cavs in singles play to the tune of four first-set wins. Only de Silva secured a straight-set singles win for the Cavs on court two. Shaheen on one, Brandt on three and Ulku-Steiner on four lost in straight sets leaving Country Day needing a win in just one of the final two matches on court. With only five indoor courts available, ninth-grader Jackson Zobrist had to wait until a match finished before starting his No. 6 singles match. Zobrist got off to a dream start against his opponent, taking the first five games. With Zobrist leading 5-2 in the first set, McCallie had rallied from a 1-6 first-set loss to send his fifth singles court to a third set tiebreak. After taking the first point in the race to 10, McCallie would see his opponent win nine of the next 11 and hold a 9-3 lead with six match points. McCallie saved the first three but asking him to stave off six was a little too daunting. The Bucs clinched the match with the three-set win on court five, ending DA’s season. The tennis team finished 18-3 and sent out their five-man senior class with a state runner-up trophy.
Track and Field
The boys and girls track and field teams braved rainy conditions last weekend to compete in the 3A state meet at Ravenscroft. The girls team placed 10th overall, led by senior Virginia Capehart’s state champion finish in the 400m. Capehart won the race with a time of 57.85 and then teamed with her younger sister Camille, senior Callie Pierce and ninth-grader Lucy Steiner to win the 4x400m relay event in a time of 4:06.06. Other top-10 results included Pierce’s fourth-place finish in the 400m; seventh-place finishes by senior Ava Pacchiana in the 100m hurdles and ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson in the 3200m; and a ninth-place finish from senior Leah Granger in the high jump. The 4x100 relay team of Sarah Julius, Bella Kim, Katie Kim and Pacchiana placed ninth, while the 4x200 team of Julius, Kim, Pacchiana and Isabella Towning finished 10th.
On the boys side, a seventh-place team finish was sparked by runner-up finishes in both the 4x800 and 4x400 relays. On Friday night, the 4x800 team of seniors Ethan Goldman and Josh Klein, junior Nick Epstein and sophomore Mark Alkins ran a school-record 7:59.2. Goldman, Alkins, Klein and senior Wilson Hansen came back on Saturday in the meet’s final event to run a 3:25.79 in the 4x400. Hansen, who had the lead 300 meters into the 400m individual race, placed third in that event with 49.48. Alkins was third in the 800m event, while junior Neil Mosca was fourth in the 1600m race. Other top-10 individual finishes on the boys side include Ethan Goldman’s sixth-place finish in the 1600m and Mosca’s ninth-place finish in the 800m. Donovan Herndon, Dylan Peter and Jack Knoll were also part of two top-10 relay finishes. The trio joined with Cole Sinclair for a seventh-place result in the 4x100 relay, while Jack Petrucci was the fourth member of the 4x200 relay that finished in ninth place. Congratulations to coach Costen Irons on another great track season!
All-Conference and All-State Honorees
Our successful spring season was celebrated Sunday night in Kenan Auditorium at the spring varsity awards program. This spring, 11 Cavaliers were named All-State honorees:
Boys Lacrosse: Tyler Carpenter, Ben Easley and Shaffer Woody
Girls Lacrosse: Anna West, Charlotte Easley and Caroline Sapir
Boys Tennis: James Shaheen and Priyan de Silva
Girls Soccer: Kendall Bushick and Erin Dilweg
Baseball: Michael Jaffe
In addition, 26 Cavaliers were named All-Conference, with five TISAC Players of the Year (James Shaheen, tennis; Virginia Capehart, girls track; Kendall Bushick, soccer; Tyler Carpenter, boys lacrosse; and Anna West, girls lacrosse). In addition to Capehart and the 4x400 team winning state track titles, nine track athletes won conference titles.
We also honored four seniors on Sunday with special senior-athlete awards. Jack McCallie and Nicole Riepl were the recipients of the Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Awards, while Tyler Carpenter and Erin Dilweg received the Kurt F. Meyer ’77 Senior Athlete Awards. Congratulations to all four of these student-athletes on their hard work and dedication to our athletics program over their high school careers.
Finally, we hope you enjoy this spring’s athletics slideshow. Thank you for your support of DA athletics!
Keeping up with the Cavs
As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App:
www.da.org/athletics: Schedules and Results
- For a list of all teams, their schedules and directions to games, visit www.da.org/teams.
- Click on an individual team to subscribe to automatic alerts about athletics results, postponements and cancellations, calendar and athletic event reminders. You can also import team schedules into your electronic calendars.
- For a recap of athletics results and scores, visit www.da.org/scoreboard.
- All information about the daily athletics schedule is also available on DA’s Athletics Hotline: 919-489-2534 (ext. 5).
The DA App: Schedules and Results
- The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
- The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.