The United Way of Franklin County recognized Deerfield Academy’s community volunteer efforts with a new award during its annual Community Celebration and Recognition Breakfast. The Channing Bete Cornerstone Award will be given each year to a workplace that “lives united by giving, volunteering and advocating in support of the well-being of Franklin County residents.” Read
View highlights from the 2018/2019 Advanced Placement Photography portfolios.
Brandon Wu ’15 and the Stanford men’s golf team defeated higher ranked Texas to win the 2019 NCAA Men’s Golf Championship yesterday, May 29 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at Blessings Golf Club. It is the ninth title in program history and the first since 2007 for the Cardinals. Read More. »
After a combined 73-year teaching career at Deerfield, Claudia Lyons and David Dickinson are retiring. Students and colleagues gathered outside of their last classes to celebrate the moment and honor their legacy. Watch the video. »
Watch a livestream of Baccalaureate this evening beginning at 5:00 pm. This year’s keynote speaker is Visual Arts Teacher David Dickinson, who is retiring after 32 years at the Academy. Watch here. »
Mae Emerson '19 and Fernanda Ponce '19 were among 11 area students honored with Peacemaker Awards by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and Traprock Center for Peace and Justice last week at Greenfield Community College. Emerson said it was a “nice surprise” to be nominated for her work coaching Special Olympic athletes in floor hockey. Ponce said she was “shocked and honored" to be recognized for her work addressing issues of gun violence, immigration, cultural traditions, and institutional racism. Read More. »
The Boston Musical Intelligencer writes, "Deerfield Academy junior and third-year Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra member Meriel Bizri led off with a strikingly secure and beautifully inflected account of the first movement of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. She has chops aplenty for virtuoso display but chose a work of deep musicality. Fresh from a Boston Symphony Orchestra prize-account of the movement, she obliged on this afternoon with probing poetry, intense emotion, and spot-on technique. As the well-drawn unsettling truculence from the orchestra resolved to noble resignation, Bizri returned with a luscious benediction."
Dr. Margarita O' Byrne Curtis—Deerfield Academy's 55th Head of School—retires this spring. On Friday, Board President Brian Simmons P'12,'14 announced at a school celebration for Dr. Curtis that an anonymous donor has renamed New Dorm to O'Byrne Curtis in honor of her 13 years of service as Head of School. Learn More. »
The Deerfield Academy community took to the track on Thursday for the Miles for Meals event, organized by Deerfield's Center for Service and Global Citizenship in partnership with The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Food Bank Director Andrew Moorehouse and student organizers led the DA community 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.
Dr. Matthew Hayek—science and policy researcher in climate change and food systems at Harvard—is on campus today to discuss some of the cutting-edge research in his field of climate change mitigation. Dr. Hayek’s keynote this evening is part of a full week of activities for Earth Day! 🌍 Learn More»
Molly Schaus '06 was presented with the 2019 Ashley Award at School Meeting on April 17. The Ashley Award, named in honor of Tom Ashley, Class of 1911, was created by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association to recognize a young Deerfield alumnus or alumna who is pursuing a life of service. It honors those who can serve as an example for current students and their fellow alumni.
Astronomers have captured the first-ever picture of a black hole utilizing a network of telescopes around the globe. Read about Katie Bouman, the 29 year-old MIT graduate who was part of the team of scientists from MIT, Harvard, and other universities who worked together on this outstanding achievement. »
This weekend, 13 Deerfield students traveled to Hanover, NH to compete in the Dartmouth Model United Nations Conference. These students represented a number of countries in order to address global issues ranging from Brexit to Climate Change Refugees to Chemical Weapons. Many Deerfield delegates emerged as leaders in their respective committees, speaking frequently and eloquently, ultimately becoming primary sponsors on the final resolutions that passed with stunning majorities. Read more.»
The renowned poet W. S. Merwin died on Friday at the age of 91. Merwin visited Deerfield Academy in October, 2011 while he was poet laureate of the United Sates. Deerfield employees and alumni fondly remember his visit, which included a reading of the poem Youth of Grass. Read the Poem.»
On International Women’s Day and every day, we are proud of the Deerfield alumnae working to improve their communities and the world. Deerfield alumnae are helping to pave the way for future generations with the Deerfield Women’s Initiative: an alumnae-created opportunity to help current Deerfield young women explore career opportunities. This summer they are offering a grant for a current ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade female student who needs help covering expenses related to career exploration. Read More.»
Yesterday, the Deerfield girls varsity alpine ski team won the 2019 Class A New England Prep School Athletic Council championship at Mt. Sunapee in Sunapee, NH.
The Big Green won with 29 points; scoring 10 points on the slalom and 19 on giant slalom. St. Paul’s finished in second place with 33 points.
The Deerfield boys captured the silver medal at the championships; posting a final team score of 56 (25 slalom, 31 giant slalom). Read more. »
Nine Deerfield students have been honored with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and honorable mentions by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify students with exceptional artistic and literary talent. Sarah Jung '20, Yongjin Park '22, Mia Silberstein '20, Sabrina Ticer- Wurr '21, and Lukas Trelease '20 won "Silver Key" awards, and Jinghuizi (Jing) He '21 was awarded the highest regional honor—a "Gold Key" distinction for her poem, "Half Forgotten." Oscar Depp '21, Daisy Dundas '21, and Isabella K.A. Rolfe '21 received Honorable Mentions. Read Jing's poem "Half Forgotten." »
Today on National Letter of Intent signing day, we celebrated four Deerfield student-athletes who committed to playing collegiate football.