Jermani Maker ’23 Honored by College Board

The College Board has chosen Jermani Maker’s portfolio from her AP Photography class to be included in the AP Art and Design digital exhibit as one of the top 50 portfolios from over 74,000 submitted. Jermani’s thematic series was a powerful reflection on growing up as a “Katrina Baby” in New Orleans. Congratulations to Jermani!

Hussain Aga Khan ’92 at Deerfield

Last week at School Meeting Hussain Aga Khan ’92 spoke about his work supporting ocean preservation. Mr. Aga Khan’s beautiful images of aquatic life are displayed across campus this spring and an exhibit of his work will run in the von Auersperg Gallery from May 7 to June 12. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.

Edward E. Ford Foundation Grant Awarded to Deerfield

The Edward E. Ford Foundation is pleased to announce that Deerfield Academy has been awarded a leadership grant based on a proposal submitted by Head of School Dr. John P.N. Austin. This grant will support work led by Dr. Austin and a team of secondary school leaders drawn from across the United States to develop a practical, school-based framework in support of inquiry, expression, and viewpoint diversity, with a goal of advancing shared understanding and consensus building among various school constituencies, including boards, school leaders, teachers, students, parents, and alumni/ae. Ultimately, the goal of this framework is to deepen student learning and provide a broad and sturdy foundation for citizenship.

Congratulations to Thomas ’23, Impromptu Speaking World Champion!

We posted earlier about three Deerfield students qualifying the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships that took place in South Africa. Thomas ’23, Justin ’24, and Lily ’25 were all finalists (the top 10%), and both Lily and Thomas qualified for the Grand Finals! Congratulations to Thomas, Impromptu Speaking World Champion, and to Lily, third overall in Interpretive Reading!

Robert T. Hale Jr. ’84 P’15, ’17, ’18: 2023 Commencement Speaker

Deerfield Academy is excited to announce that Robert (Rob) T. Hale Jr. ’84, co-founder and President of Granite Telecommunications, LLC, will be our 2023 Commencement speaker. Mr. Hale has held leadership roles at Boston Children’s Hospital, The Massachusetts Soldier’s Legacy Fund, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Connecticut College, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and at Deerfield as a trustee. Mr. and Mrs. Hale received the Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Award for their long-time commitment to the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Among other recent awards and recognition that the Hales have received are the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s Carolyn Lynch Humanitarian Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Heritage Key Award, Partners Healthcare’s Jack Connors Philanthropic Leadership Award, Connecticut College’s Goss Award, and Deerfield Medal for Distinguished Service to the Academy.

Deerfield Welcomes Poet Tracy K. Smith

We were happy to welcome poet Tracy K. Smith to Deerfield this week. She is a Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, was named U.S. Poet Laureate in 2017, and is a faculty member at Harvard University.

Sunshine ’23 Published in the Concord Review

The History and Social Science Department celebrates the publication of original scholarship by Sunshine ’23 in the prestigious Concord Review, the only quarterly journal in the world to publish the academic history papers of high school students. Sunshine’s article offers an engrossing and incisive exploration of the dramatic reappraisal of the merchant class in China during the Song Dynasty (960-1276 AD), when the state and the public no longer viewed merchants as “unscrupulous men” but rather “reputable, righteous, sophisticated, and politically powerful citizens.” Head over to Boyden Library to see Sunshine’s article in the latest issue of the Concord Review—on display now!

Deerfield Academy Celebrates 223rd Commencement

Deerfield Academy’s Class of 2022 convened for a moment of “history” that Head of School John P.N. Austin said was “just beginning to be written” during their commencement on Sunday…

Congratulations to our College Board National Recognition Program Awardees

Congratulations to the following students at Deerfield Academy who have been selected as College Board National Recognition Program awardees. These students earned this recognition because of their academic achievements in school and outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, and/or AP® Exams…

Deerfield Student Completes Music Video

Lauren “Elle” Mitchell ’23 has completed her first music video during a gap year to work on her music; the full album is expected to be released in August of 2022…