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His Majesty King Abdullah bin Hussein ’80 Wins Templeton Prize

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded its annual prize to His Majesty King Abdullah bin Hussein '80. The Templeton Prize honors a living person who has "made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works." The foundation praised Abdullah for doing "more to seek religious harmony within Islam and between Islam and other religions than any other living political leader." The prize will be presented to the King at a Nov. 13 ceremony in Washington, DC. Previous recipients include the 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, and the Rev. Billy Graham.

Nailah Barnes ’18 and Fatima Rashid ’19 Win Peacemaker Awards

Congratulations to Nailah Barnes '18 and Fatima Rashid '19 who received Peacemaker Awards for their inspiring community service efforts. Nailah founded “The Brains with Beauty Project” to empower young black women and girls through two parts – “The Salon Initiative,” which places empowering books in hair salons, and “The One-Stop Initiative,” an online platform that pairs literacy and beauty tips. Fatima has been working and volunteering in the substance abuse prevention field for almost seven years. During her sophomore year at Deerfield Academy, Fatima founded the Deerfield Substance Abuse Awareness Group (DSAAG) on campus.

Miles for Meals

The Deerfield Academy community took to the track today for the Miles for Meals event, organized by Deerfield's Center for Service and Global Citizenship in partnership with the The Food Bank of Western MA. Deerfield trustee Ben Clark '96 and Food Bank director Andrew Moorehouse led students, employees, alumni, and community members around the track to help raise funds to feed families in need. Each lap walked by participants was tallied and will support the work of the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.
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Deerfield Students Plan Advocacy Initiatives around School Walkout Day

Deerfield students have planned a series of advocacy initiatives around National School Walkout Day today. Including voter registration training, speeches and other forms of protest and advocacy. The events of the day are entirely student led. We celebrate our students’ desire to advocate for issues they are passionate about and encourage them to debate productively, listen to understand, advocate skillfully, and have their voices heard.

Sticks Out for Humboldt

Deerfield honors the memory of the Humboldt Broncos players, coaches, and support staff whose lives were lost this past week.

From the Archives: Class of ’68 Responds to MLK Assassination

50 years ago, in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., members of the Class of 1968 rallied together to initiate "meaningful programs of social service" at Deerfield. Today, their legacy is served by the myriad community service programs coordinated through the Center for Service and Global Citizenship. From local partnerships with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts to spring break service trips across the globe, service has become an integral part of Deerfield's mission. Learn more about the CSGC:

Can Science Still Save the Northern White Rhino?

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, died in Kenya on Monday. He is survived by the last remaining female white rhinos—Najin and Fatu—at Ol Pejeta Conservancy.  "Thomas Hildebrandt, head of reproduction management at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research in Berlin, has been working for years to perfect in-vitro fertilization on the related and plentiful southern white in the hopes of harvesting eggs from one of the two remaining females. Neither of them is physically able to carry a calf, but should Hildebrandt successfully harvest their eggs, he can fertilize them with northern white sperm—taken from...

Deerfield Hockey Helps Lead Special Olympic Team to Victory

Special shoutout to the Deerfield hockey program for their work volunteering with Special Olympics for 15 years! This year, the team that DA students helped coach dominated the State tournament, winning all 4 games by a combined score of 33-6!
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