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Speaking Their Minds

The 2015 ANC Oratorical Event has come and gone, but it's not too late to hear this annual favorite produced by the teachers and students of the ANC English Department. Experience the full range of emotions as these speakers employ humor, insight and pathos to Speak Their Minds:

Ben C., Bi Valve Mollusks and Human Emotion
Samantha H., Learning How to Listen
Graham J., Angry Leprechauns and Tortured Lunch Ladies
Julia C., Hands Off, Hands On
Ethan T., Boredom, Remember that Guy?
Rayna S., Chicken Feet and Cigarette Butts
Isaac S., The Most Noble Practice
Erica S., Memories
Tara D., Our Own Shoes
Victor F., Venti Spice Pumpkin Latte with 2 Pumps of Fear

You can enjoy the speeches by watching the recorded video after clicking HERE



In Memoriam Dave Roscoe

An encyclopedic knowledge of history, a passion for German culture and cuisine, a lifelong commitment to civic uses, and a devoted husband and father, David J. Roscoe taught History at ANC for nearly 40 years, serving as History Department Chair for most of those years. Dave - "Uncle Dave" to many - was also Senior Class advisor for many years, taught German and many other history courses along the way, and served as Registrar. Dave Roscoe had an enthusiasm for discussing almost any subject, and the ability to debate without a hint of rancor; for him, it was about the intellectual challenge of understanding the truth, not proving he was right.

Mr. Roscoe was an avid reader, a voracious reader. To quote his daughter's comment in Mr. Halterman's memorial address, "Before Google, there was Mr. Roscoe." His interests ranged through the philosophical into the theological. Although not born into the New Church, Dave Roscoe was as comfortable and knowledgable as anyone with the Heavenly Doctrines. Our thoughts go out to his wife Janice - "Mrs. Roscoe" (also very will known and beloved to ANC students) - and to his increasing progeny.



Ice Hockey Champs 2015

The team won the Independence Hockey League Championship for the first time in the leagues seven year history. In record low temperature at Junge' Pavilion, the Lions played one of their best periods of the season to start the game.

In front of a full and supportive crowd, the team stretched their lead to 3-0 in the second period, and then continued to score. The final score was 9-2, with a great performance both offensively and defensively.

The varsity team finished with a league record of 11-0-1, and did not lose in their last 16 games. Their overall record was 17-4-3. Coach Gurney says the teams focus was to display composure, have perseverance, and understand the details of the game.



Stop Hunger Now

More than sixty students and teachers took time out on the Presidents Day holiday to package food to feed the hungry. The event was organized by ANCSS's service club Delta Mu. In order to be able to host this event, the club needed to raise a significant amount of the cost, which they did by fundraising among the student body and from donations.

Stop Hunger Now distributes meals and other aid to vulnerable children and families around the globe. The Delta Mu sponsored event packaged more than 10,000 meals.



Colonel Dean Smith

Colonel Dean Smith is well-known to many in the broader ANC community, as a graduate himself, a father and grandfather of a number of graduates (including a granddaughter graduating this year), a member of the ANC Corporation and Board of Trustees over a number of years, and a pillar of the Washington New Church Society.

The Colonel took time from a distinguished career in the United States Air Force to serve the Academy in a wide array of capacities. In a statement from the Chancellor of the Academy, Bishop Brian Keith quoted from an ANC commencement speech Mr. Smith offered in 1975:

"To many of you in this room, this is the most exciting moment in your lives, and it should be. Seldom do we have the real opportunity to know how much we need each other than when we are about to part. With that state there is sorrow, and yet there is joy. For that is really what the Lord gives all of us-the ability to share the joys of His revelation."

Our thoughts go out to his extensive family, his friends and the community he loved, and especially his gracious wife Cathy, with whom he is pictured above.


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