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Speaking Their Minds

The 2017 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, moderated by competing health gurus "Mandi Bun" and "Yoga Matt":

Sophie Z., The Rejected
Derek C., The Process
Caroline O., Not Fair
Yates P., Why I intend to Fail
Astri H., You Never Know
Matt M., Off to Find our Courage
Onye H., Tit for Tat
Nandin R., Too Deep
Adele A., Karate Lesson?
Caden M., Open Face Lie

You can enjoy the speeches by watching the recorded video after clicking HERE (Program starts 15 minutes in)



ANC Students Sponsor Child's Education

For the last three years ANC students and faculty have sponsored a Kenyan girl named Nancy through an organization called Helping Children in Crisis. HCIC assists a New Church orphanage in Kenya in raising and educating over 30 children. HCIC uses traditional donations to support their work, and each child has a sponsor who donates $800 each year to feed, clothe, educate, and provide basic life necessities for that child. ANC students and faculty have managed to raise at least $800 each December by various means, including a Dress Down Day, in which students and faculty pay a small fee to dress in jeans, sweatpants, and other comfortable but non-regulation clothing for a day. We have been fortunate the last two years to have an anonymous donor who matches dollar-for-dollar what is raised by those who pay to dress down.

There is also a donation jar with Nancy’s photo on it in the School Store that comes out each year in December. This year, Miss Knight raffled off some of her extraneous classroom paraphernalia to her junior history class, and the money raised with these 25 cent tickets totaled $24 that went to the HCIC fund.

The last means of fundraising is by faculty donations. Several faculty members use this donation in lieu of sending individual Christmas gifts to their colleagues. In the past, we have had parents who knew of these efforts and sent in money as well.

This year ANC raised over $1000, enabling us to cover Nancy’s expenses for the year and to donate to the cost of repair and upkeep at the orphanage. It seems fitting that ANC’s students and their teachers help a young person in Kenya have an education and the necessities of life. We hope to be able to support Nancy (who is now 16 years old) until she finishes her education and training and moves out into the world to earn her way.



Field Hockey and Soccer Advance in Playoffs

Girls Field Hockey and Boys Soccer each battled in a championship game Monday, Soccer for the first time ever, and Field Hockey for an amazing 5th year in a row.

Soccer earned its ticket by defeating Friends Central on Saturday, in a game that remained 1-1 through the overtime period. In the penalty kicks, Xander Pendleton, Tenzin Wade and Eric Zhang made their PK's, while Xander made three saves on kicks by Friends Central. The Lions took on the Moorestown Friends on the home field and fought a 0-0 tie through two overtime periods, falling only after an extended shootout, 8-7.

Meanwhile, the ladies had defeated George School at home on Saturday in the semi-finals, 4-0. They also took on the Moorestown Friends for the league championship at home, defeating them 1-0 for their fifth consecutive title. This is the 12th time they have played in the FSL Championship game since joining the league in 1994, winning 6 out of the 11 previous finals.


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.



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.


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