Good food, good conversation, sharing fond memories…sounds like Reunion Weekend!
On Friday, we welcomed Marisa Maleck ’03 and presented her with the Distinguished Alumni Award at an afternoon Assembly. Marisa is an attorney who, among other achievements, has served as Clerk of Courts for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and worked on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Her speech to the student body was a contemplation of the CIRCLE values and how they have influenced her life.
On Saturday evening, we held a wine and beer reception, complete with displays of old yearbooks and other MacDuffie memorabilia unearthed in our History Project. Following the reception we enjoyed an elegant dinner provided by SAGE Dining Services. At dinner, our Volunteer Award was presented to Carol-Ann Boardway Chapin and Michael Chapin for their MacDuffie community efforts.
Congratulations to our award recipients, and thank you to all who attended the events. We look forward to next time!
Our Run for Hope was a lot of fun…can you tell?
The Sixth Annual 5K run/walk (with optional “color” route) raised $2,993.95 for Hope for Haiti. Congrats to event winner Ethan Deecher ’18, who ran the multi-terrain course in 21.17!
Full results are available here on Cool Running.
We’d like to extend a thank you to our sponsors:
Why do people prefer the left side of a face in a photo?
Could antibacterial hand gel work on plant fungi?
And colors: Which is best for reading retention, and which is best for portion control?
These are just a few of the questions posed at this year’s Science Fair, which featured projects from both Middle and Upper Schools. In addition to judges within the MacDuffie community, we also had area STEM professionals serve as judges (asking students questions and speaking with them in-depth about their projects). A special thank you to physics teacher Mr. Stella for coordinating the effort!
Our annual Diversity Day–26 years and counting!–promotes an exchange of ideas, hobbies, and culture through workshops and activities.
The morning began with Zeke Cohen, Baltimore City Councilman and former student of Mrs. Vachet, speaking on “Building an Equitable Community.” We then had more than 20 workshops led by both students and faculty, including: Desi for a Day, The Peace Corps, Unicycling, Lebanese Culture, Chinese Food and Culture, Cosmetology, Intro to Yo-Yo, Ecuadorian Culture, Zumba, Vietnamese Food, Civic Engagement, Harry Potter Trivia, Fun with Ukeleles, and more. We also had a yoga session led by Eric Love and a performance of Afro-Cuban music by Iroko Nuevo. To conclude the festivities, Khadija Gurnah of MomsRising spoke on “Diversity to Activism.”
So many workshops, so little time! We’ll just have to do this again next year…
Over spring break, 40 or so members of the MacDuffie community went on a memorable guided tour of Spain and France. It seems like just yesterday that Mrs. Vachet and Mr. Hillman engaged in a playful “Spain vs. France” Assembly skit to kick off the trip’s information session!
In Spain, students, accompanied by faculty and staff chaperones, stayed in Madrid for several days. Sites included the Reina Sofia Museum, the Royal Palace, a cooking school evening, Madrid Stadium, and the Prado Museum as well as side trips to Segovia, El Escorial, and the Valley of the Fallen.
Next the group flew to France, where they spent a few days in Bayeux and explored nearby Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Normandy sites. From there the group traveled to Paris, where they saw nearby Versailles Palace, the Eiffel Tower (at night!), Notre Dame Cathedral, and the Louvre.
It was quite an adventure (and no word which country won in Spain vs. France…it must have been a tie). Scroll down to enjoy a few of the photos contributed by several travelers. Time to plan the next trip!