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A Glorious Season

The “Bryn Athyn Academy” (comprising ANC Secondary Schools and College) played its first ice hockey game in 1901. In the early days the hockey teams included both high school and college students. At first, these combined hockey teams generally played against other high schools or prep schools, but then, starting in the late 1960s, games against colleges and universities were included on the game schedules. Since 1971-72 the institution has been part of intercollegiate league play, and the College and the Boys’ School have had entirely separate teams since the 1970s. Even though several of the historic hockey teams achieved success and won championships, much of the institution’s hockey history has become largely forgotten. Dr. Fredrik Bryntesson therefore undertook a summer research project to elucidate the ice hockey history of Bryn Athyn.

This presentation will give an overview of the hockey history of the Bryn Athyn Academy including the development of the College’s hockey program. The main focus of the presentation is on the championship season of 1920-21. This team, composed of high school and college students, was arguably one of the best athletics teams in the history of the institution. Such was the strength ofthis team that it also played the Ivy-league teams from University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Its captain, Werner Schnarr, is the only Bryn Athyn Secondary School and College alumnus to have played professional ice hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL).



A Seussified Success!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of A Seussified Christmas Story. Once again, the students and directors have outdone themselves, and immensely entertained the community in the process.

Time to enjoy a well-deserved break, and then it is time to ramp up for Peter Pan in the Spring!



Blue Ribbon for the ANC Garden

As part of it's Community Greening Contest, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has awarded a Blue Ribbon to the ANC Educational Garden. Noting that the gardens were selected from over 350 entries, the PHS invited representatives to attend the award ceremony at the Governor's Mansion in December, as well as to the award ceremony at the PHS sponsored Philadelphia Flower Show in the first week of March.

In an article in the Weekly Wire, reporter Matt Schickling remarked on the dual function of the gardens, both as something that adds aesthetic beauty to the neighborhood and as an outdoor classroom. The ANC Educational Garden and the Bryn Athyn College Garden were nominated anonymously in tandem, and receive the award jointly.



Field Hockey Third Title in a Row

ANC played an evenly matched game against Springside Chestnut Hill in the first round of the PAISAA state tournament today. Fighting exhaustion after winning the Friends League Championship in overtime yesterday, the girls found themselves facing OT again after finishing the regulation time 1-1. Neither team scored during the first 15 minute 7v7 overtime period. A determined ANC team scored to win the game 17 seconds into the second OT period!

Round 2 of the state tournament will be played at Agnes Irwin school early next week.



Spanish Exchange 2015

Back by popular demand, the ANC Spanish classes are repeating the exchange with La Purísimsa school in Valencia, Spain. ANC students and teachers will travel to Valencia over spring break 2015 to live with host families, attend classes and tour Valencia as well as spend a weekend in Barcelona. ANC students will be in Valencia during preparations for the region’s biggest festival of the year: Las Fallas. They will get to experience the daily fireworks, numerous parades and gigantic ninots - huge paper-mache statues that commemorate and satirize the past year. In Barcelona, students will visit Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia cathedral and Casa Mila La Pedrera as well as Las Ramblas and Montjuic Mountain.

The Spanish students will be coming to ANC March 20-30, 2015 to stay with host families, attend ANC classes and also take day trips to surrounding points of interest. On March 30th, they will depart by bus for New York City, leaving directly from there to return to Spain on the first of April.

The trip is open to Spanish students of all levels. For the exact itinerary and prices, please see “Spanish Exchange VALENCIA (pdf).” There is a limited amount of financial aid available. Please contact Profesora Sarah Waelchli for more information or with any questions you may have.

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