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Friday
Aug262016

ANC Spanish Exchange

ANC is once again sponsoring an exchange with La Purísima school in Valencia, Spain during the 2016-2017 school year. See photos from the 2015 exchange here! ANC students and teachers will travel to Valencia over spring break 2017 to live with host families, attend classes and tour Valencia as well as spend a weekend in Madrid. Our visit to Valencia will coincide with preparations for the region’s biggest festival of the year: Las Fallas. We will get to experience the daily fireworks, numerous parades and gigantic ninots - huge paper-mache statues that commemorate and satirize the past year. In Madrid, we will visit the Plaza Mayor, Plaza del Sol and Palacio Real (Royal Palace) as well as a day trip to the small medieval city of Segovia.

The Spanish students will be coming to ANC December 8-17 to stay with host families, attend ANC classes and also take day trips to surrounding points of interest. On December 17th, they will depart by bus for New York City, leaving directly from there to return to Spain a few days later.

Since this is an exchange, students who plan to travel to Spain are also expected to host. Students will be matched by the teachers and ANC students will stay with the same Spanish student he or she hosted. If there is an impediment to hosting (such as being a resident student) we can work together to find alternate arrangements for the students.

The trip is open to any ANC student, although some knowledge of Spanish language is necessary to live with a host family for a week. Spanish 1 students have gone on both of the previous exchanges with great success. Click below for itinerary and prices. Thanks to a generous grant, there is financial aid available. Please contact sarah.waelchli@ancss.org for more information or for registration instructions.

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Thursday
Aug182016

Charter Day 2016

Charter Day is our homecoming weekend, held in October each year to celebrate the signing of the Charter for the Academy of the New Church in 1877.

Charter Day 2016 will be on October 14. Festivities will take place from October 13-17, 2016.

Every year, traditional festivities include reunion events, our boys varsity football game, our Charter Day Banquet, and a golf outing fund-raiser for our student aid fund. The weekend begins with a visually-striking procession in which our students march from Benade Hall to a worship service in Bryn Athyn Cathedral, carrying banners that represent over a century of our alumni classes.

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Monday
Jun132016

Graduation 2016

On a clear Saturday morning, the ANC class of 2016 was launched into the next phase of their lives. Surrounded by friends and family, and overlooked by more than a hundred banners of preceding classes, to which they have now added their own, the seniors of the Girls School and Boys School received their diplomas with all the pomp of tradition and hope for the future.

The ceremony was preceded by a service officiated by Bishop Brian Keith, who introduced the speaker, the Reverend Clark Echols. Clark's talk addressed the interplay between thoughts and emotions, an appropriate topic as these young people contemplate saying goodbye to friends and school, and embracing the realities of making their own lives. Honorary degrees were granted to Traci Gray and Barbara Jean Duggan on behalf of the Girls School, and Chris Barber and Saul Fisher on behalf of the Boys School.

Following the granting of diplomas, Theta Alpha Gold Medals were awarded to senior girls Eden Halterman and Tykah Echols, and a Boys School Gold Medal was awarded to senior boy Zach Brock. The Girls School and Boys School valedictories were delivered by Brittany Gunther and Weston Wadsworth, respectively.

VIEW THE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE 2016 GRADUATION HERE >>

Friday
May272016

Major Sports Awards

Congratulations to senior Zach Brock, awarded the Stanley F. Ebert Award for his outstanding contributions as an athlete and leader during his four years at ANC. Thomas Villante walked away with the Payson W. Lyman Award, and Kyla Rogers and Chelsea Duggan shared honors for the Outstanding Female Athlete Award. The Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for 2016 went to Jamie Reynolds.

This event was the finale for Coach Shawn O. Synnestvedt, who is stepping down as Athletic Director. Shawn has been a fixture in the ANC Athletics and Physical Education firmament for nearly four decades, and his hallmark has been ensuring that the drive for athletic excellence is characterized first and foremost by an emphasis in moral education.

In recent years, Shawn was joined by his wife Aileen as Assistant Athletic Director, and as a pair they have done a magnificent job of what has become a very demanding job. Their very big shoes will no doubt be ably filled by incoming Athletic Director Brendan Asplundh (ANC '02), assisted by Rob Forster as building manager; Rob has been a very effective Lacrosse Coach in the last few years, in addition to various other involvements in the program.

VIEW THE COMPLETE LIST OF AWARD WINNERS FOR 2015-2016 HERE >>

Thursday
May192016

Congratulations to ANC Winning Teams

ANC teams have distinguished themselves this year, adding championships in Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, and a strong second-place showing in Girls Softball to earlier champs in Football and Field Hockey. All of our teams will be honored at the Spring Sports Awards this Thursday night.

The Softball ladies, in particular, shined, losing a well-played game 7-4 against an 11-0 Friends Select team that had given up only 8 runs in those 11 games. They defeated the #2 seed in the semifinals to make the championship round for the first time in ANC history.

Their counterparts in Lacrosse defeated Abington Friends to win the Quaker Cup. Meanwhile, the Boys Lacrosse team had beat Shipley 13-6 for the Friends League Championship, and made it into the InterAc Tourney against some of the top teams in the country, before falling to Germantown Academy 3-8.

All our teams will be honored at the Spring Sports Awards Thursday Night, May 26th. It will be the final Awards Night for retiring Athletic Director Shawn Synnestvedt. Join us at the Asplundh Field House at 7:30 PM to celebrate our athletes and coaches. Light refreshments will be served following the presentations.

SOFTBALL PICTURES ON FACEBOOK >>

GIRLS LACROSSE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK >>

BOYS LACROSSE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK >>

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