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
Durham Academy's speech and debate team wrapped up the 2016-2017 season with a stellar performance at the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament — the most prestigious national championship that the DA team has the opportunity to compete in. Among the tournament’s highlights for the DA team are the fourth-place Public Forum Debate finish by recent graduates Rohan Patel and Michael Li, and DA being named a School of Excellence.
It was the fifth consecutive School of Excellence honor for the DA team, and it places DA in the top 20 schools out of the 1,200 schools competing in the national tournament. More than 4,000 students from across the country qualified for competition, making it the largest academic competition in the world.
Eleven DA students qualified for the NSDA tournament, held in Birmingham, Alabama, from June 18 to 23:
- Rohan Patel & Michael Li ('17) qualified in Public Forum.
- Nathan Dalva-Baird & Sheridan Kum ('19) were third alternates in Public Forum.
- Raksha Ramanan ('19) qualified in both Domestic and International Extemporaneous Speaking.
- Yaakov Huba ('19) qualified in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.
- Carlton zum Brunnen ('20) was third alternate in Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking.
- Nechama Huba ('19) was third alternate in International Extemporaneous Speaking.
- Bhamini Vellanki ('18) qualified in Congressional Debate.
- Olivia Chilkoti ('18) was third alternate in Congressional Debate and second alternate in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
- Davi Sapiro Gheiler ('19) was first alternate in Humorous Interpretation.
Patel and Li’s fourth-place Public Forum finish earned each of them a $2,500 scholarship.
In addition, Vellanki finished within the top 24 in Congressional Debate.