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!
Congratulations to student-athlete Jake Kakar ’17 on signing with Barton College!
Kakar, a 6’4” shooting guard, received a scholarship to play basketball for the Division II Barton Bulldogs. Located in Wilson, North Carolina, Barton College is a private liberal arts school with a strong athletics program. In 2007, the Men’s Basketball Team won the NCAA Division II Championship.
“I believe Barton College gives me the best opportunity to be successful,” says Kakar. “It was a perfect fit, and I hope to have an immediate impact on the court and in the community.”
Nicely done, Jake. We wish you every success!
The Arts Department has done it again with another successful winter musical! This year’s production was Anything Goes, with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and a book by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse later revised by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse.
The story takes place on a transatlantic ocean liner on which a nightclub singer poses as a gangster’s henchman to follow the runaway (and engaged) heiress he loves to England.
The MacDuffie performances, presented by a special arrangement with Tams-Witmark Music Library Inc., were held March 3-5. The musical was directed by Ted Lyman, with Asia Meirovich as Music Director, Angie Muzzy as Choreographer, and Becky Beth Benedict as Producer.
“The cast embodies the multicultural nature of MacDuffie,” said Ted Lyman, directed Anything Goes for the fourth time. “They are talented, enthusiastic students exploring an art form that is distinctly American—the golden age of Broadway.”
More than 40 students (and even a few faculty and staff) took part in the production. Congratulations to all who participated, and thank you to everyone who attended. Bon Voyage!
(Photo credit: Janet Xie ’17)
Candlelight, held after our Mountain Day activities, is our annual tradition for welcoming new MacDuffie community members. We begin as two circles–inner and outer–as Head of School Steve Griffin shares the initial candlelight flame with several students, who share with others, and so on, until everyone’s candle is lit. After several brief student speeches about the CIRCLE values, those in the inner circle join the outer circle, leaving behind the “new” designation. Together we embrace unity.
Thanks to Tira Xia ’17 for the photos!