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The intent of this blog is to provide a format for various members of the Elgin Academy community to showcase our unique learning environment. We hope you enjoy these stories.

Trustee Harold Rider, Sr. Receives National Leadership Award
Lynn Martin

We are thrilled to announce that Harold Rider, Sr., a long-time supporter of Elgin Academy, has been awarded the Seymour Preston Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Seymour Preston Award is a national award presented annually to a school trustee who has exhibited exceptional commitment and leadership in developing voluntary support for his or her institution.

Harold was presented with the distinguished honor at the CASE conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, January 29th. Harold and wife Susan Sehnert '61 Rider, are parents of EA graduates Harold, Jr. '84, Hugh '86, Samuel '89, and Stephen '90.

Congratulations, Harold! The award is well deserved. 


Past Blog Posts

The Flag of the Free by Anika Jaitley
Lynn Martin

Congratulations to eighth grader Anika Jaitley who recently earned second place in the Veteran of Foreign War (VFW) Patriot’s Pen essay contest for students in grades 6-8. The competition encourages middle school students to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. Anika wrote on the topic "Why I Honor the American Flag."

Anika attended a ceremony hosted by the Elgin VFW Post #1307, where she was presented with a certificate and a cash prize for earning 2nd place in the competition.  Congratulations, Anika!

We hope you enjoy her essay. 

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Royalty Visits 5th Graders to Lay Down the Law
Lynn Martin

Any EA fifth grader can tell you that King Hammurabi once ruled ancient Babylon in Mesopotamia. They are also likely to share that he is most famous for a series of judgments inscribed on a large stone and dubbed Hammurabi's Code.  Students learn about life in Babylonian society through the many edicts handed down by King Hammurabi. They gain an understanding of the biases of the Code against women and towards people who commit crimes against the church and the upper class. 

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Lynn Martin

The Broadcasting Exploratory, with support from Ms. Clements and Mrs. Veltri, have put put together the January 2019 Middle School Minute. The students worked on script writing and photo editing. On-air personalities were Chris Cole and Janae Gillus. The students learned some of the basics of using video recording equipment. Hopefully, in the future, they will be more involved in production.

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Lynn Martin

We love our 2018 Holiday card so much that we have put it on the blog where we can look at it whenever we want.

The card features artwork by EA first-graders.  Lower School art teacher Elizabeth Sala introduced her young students to Vincent Van Gogh's famous painting "Starry Night."   She had her budding artists recreate the work of art with a unique twist.  Like Van Gogh, they painted the whirling celestial forms in the sky, but instead of a landscape of a humble village, the students painted Elgin Academy's Old Main with its cupola silhouetted against the night sky.

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