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We were so privileged to have Stephanie Merrill, our esteemed Upper School English teacher from 1990-2015, return to campus to give the 2016 Commencement address. As you can imagine, she moved all in attendance and left everyone with something on which to reflect. In that way, she did what she did for so many of you over 26 years in Edwards Hall Room 17.

In her speech entitled "Finding the Heart," Ms. Merrill gave a full-throated defense of a liberal arts education. As only she could, she discussed the roots of this concept and claimed its importance because, "when we have an education that empowers us to think and learn across disciplines, our minds are 'liberated'--made free to access our full potential." I hope there was something in your Elgin Academy experience that has allowed you to access to your full potential.

We invite you to hear all of Ms. Merrill's speech in the video below.

Congratulations to the 17 newly inducted members of the National Honor Society! Your scholarship, service, leadership, and character have earned you a spot in this prestigious organization. Thanks to sponsor Mr. Hilsabeck and NHS members for a thoughtful and inspiring induction ceremony!

The sophomore inductees are: Simon Balisi, Haley Dulabaum, Sharene Gould Dulabaum, Karan Gowda, Prudhvie Gudapati, Connor Jaworski, Cara Shanahan, Caitlin Sharma, Neha Shyamani, Benjamin Simon, and Madeline Sporina. The junior inductees are: Alexia Ceci, Nicholas Kathrein, Leila Li, and Jennifer Vernon. The senior inductees are Carolyn Ginder and Karl Rauschenberger.

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Elgin Academy's summer office hours are in effect from June 9th to August 19th. Offices will open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Closed 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. for lunch) Offices will be closed July 4th to July 8th and will also be closed on the following Fridays in July: 7/1, 7/15, 7/22, and 7/29. If you wish to meet with a particular administrator, please call ahead and make an appointment as individual vacation schedules vary from the posted summer office hours.

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Elgin Academy's Summer Program provides opportunities for active learning by offering a variety of enrichment, athletic, academic and creative programs for students in preschool through grade twelve. Participants can choose from a diverse selection of programs allowing them to follow their own interests and to personalize their summer experience. Elgin Academy's summer programs are open to non-EA students. Enrollment is still being accepted; register now. Discover the possibilities this summer at Elgin Academy! Click here for more information.

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Congratulations to Sophie Borchart '17 and Emma May '16 who were awarded a 2016 Certificate of Distinction from the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). This highly competitive honor was created to recognize women whose application essays portrayed experience, passion, and creativity. NCWIT is designed to increase women's meaningful participation in computing careers by providing encouragement, visibility, community, leadership opportunities, scholarships, and internships to high potential technically inclined young women.

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