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Johnson-Doubleday To Become “Ninth-Grade Village”

Recently, Deerfield’s administration shared plans for a new dormitory configuration, which the school will implement next fall. The changes include “a ninth-grade village,” all-sophomore halls and junior-senior brother-sister dorms in close proximity. During her School Meeting announcement, ...

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Alums To Hail Co-Education

On February 25, at School Meeting, Deerfield will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of coeducation with a panel of alumni moderated by two members of the senior class. All visiting alumni were students during the first year of coeducation. English teacher Michael Cary, one of the event’s ...

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DA Protests In Greenfield

On December 12, a Friday evening, about 200 citizens from the Greenfield area, including 12 Deerfield students, gathered on the town square, in front of the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church for an anti-police-violence vigil. A few days prior to the protest, Matt Morrow ‘15 received an ...

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Anonymity: A Double-Edged Sword

Last year, the app Yik Yak swept through the Deerfield campus, prompting a series of community-wide conversations about our school values, accompanied by pleas from the administration to stop hurtful anonymous postings. Many students felt individually targeted by the app, and others were concerned ...

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Class of 2015 College Admissions

The early application process is a highly discussed and, more often than not, raw subject for those involved. In an anonymous Scroll Poll, a member of the class of 2015 who was deferred, commented, “It is a very sensitive time. The emphasis and pressure students put on one another should—and I ...

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Dance Celebrates Its 25th Year

What 25 years ago started as a group of seven dancers taught by one teacher in the East Gym in 1989 has evolved into a celebrated dance program with two studios and eight instructors. Visual and Preforming Arts Chair Jennifer Whitcomb knew when she started as a freshman in high school that dance ...

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Students Have The Right To Be Stressed

Serena Ainslie ’16 Deerfield Academy has the reputation of being one of the best prep schools in the world. With that reputation come expectations set by those both within and outside our community. The administration wants students to excel to attain a high ranking on Business Insider’s ...

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Watching Boys vs. Girls Sports

Over the past decade, there has been a lot of talk among Deerfield students, faculty and alumni about a perceived decline of school spirit on campus. Whether it is getting rowdy at a pep rally or supporting our athletic teams by attending contests, something is different. Although change has ...

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Swim Team Superlatives

The varsity swim team is possibly the closest team there is on campus, from spending over ten hours a week in the pool together and taking an annual sun-filled Florida trip. Though constantly jokingly referred to as a “cult,” they are actually just one big family, each person having his or her ...

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Fissore O’Leary Calls For Fruit!

The “Live Clean, Eat Dirty” campaign at Deerfield Academy has undoubtedly achieved critical success: the health benefits associated with fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and healthy fats have been widely disseminated around the school, and these salubrious options are now readily ...

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