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Student Art Work

EA art students - do you recognize any of this art? We have gathered the student artwork adorning the walls of Elgin Academy and would like to return it to the artist. Please stop by Edwards Hall and pick up your art prior to August 5th. EA's summer hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

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Painted Ceiling Tile Pick-up

In recent years, EA seniors have had the option to paint a ceiling tile to be displayed at Elgin Academy. Those ceiling tiles have been removed and are now ready for pickup. Students interested in keeping their ceiling tile may pick it up in Edwards Hall Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. prior to August 5th.

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Interested in EA Memorabilia?

Elgin Academy memorabilia will be available to the EA community on Thursday, July 18th, from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and Friday, July 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. These will be the only times available. Items include photo canvases, signs, trophies, uniforms, yearbooks, and more. Stop by the Sears Gallery and take home a memory. 

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2024 Commencement!

Congratulations to the EA Senior Class of 2024! On June 1st the senior class graduated from Elgin Academy. They listened intently to their classmate Kate Kihnke as she gave the Valedictory address, and were excited to welcome back Beth Hogan Corley '82 and Thomas Hogan '81 who gave the Commencement address. Congratulations to award winners Ryan Zonts (Ora L. Pelton III Award) and Victoria Hill (Mother-Daughter Award). We wish the entire Class of 2024 the very best in college and their future endeavors! 

We hope you enjoy this video of the 2024 Elgin Academy Commencement. (Thank you to Valeria Saavedra, Upper School Videography teacher, for filming and editing the video.) Photos of the event can also be viewed and downloaded. (Thank you to JGray Photography.)

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Long Live Academy!

Elgin Academy's Legacy Celebration brought together over 600 Hilltoppers of all ages under a beautiful blue sky on May 25, 2024. School spirit and nostalgia were soaring, and it was gratifying to see all of you reconnecting and reliving your days on campus. Thanks to all of you -- students, alumni, teachers, parents, and friends past and present who attended the event and sent messages sharing your EA stories. This memorable gathering served as a testament to your love for the school and a fitting farewell. Throughout the day, one thing was evident. Something as significant as the history and legacy of this amazing place will never be forgotten. Although the school's doors are closing, the spirit of Elgin Academy truly will live on in all of us. Long Live Academy!

We hope you enjoy this video of the Legacy Event (Thanks to Gideon Studios)

Photos of the event are available to be viewed and downloaded. (Thank you to JGray Photography.)

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Congratulations Class of 2024!

The college shirt photo on the steps of the Sears Gallery is a long-standing tradition at Elgin Academy that celebrates the bright future of EA seniors. Congratulations to the Class of 2024!  

  • Priyanka Bhogaraju - University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 
  • Cassie Cowen - University of Miami
  • Frieda Euscher-Klingenhagen - Judson University
  • Rahul Gowda - University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Naomi Grigsby-Bailey Roosevelt University
  • Tori Hill - University of Rochester
  • Talia Horn - Washington University
  • Camren Horton - Northern Illinois University
  • Kate Kihnke - Chapman University
  • Angelo Novelli - Loyola University
  • Eesha Peddhapati - Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Lily Perez  -University of Illinois
  • Kaden Saurer -  Queens University
  • Katherine Sept - Southeast Missouri State University
  • Aari Singh - United States Naval Academy
  • Saraya Singh - Loyola University
  • Jeremiah Walker - University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Barrett Wilcox - University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • Tayten Wilder - University of Alabama
  • Ryan Zonts - Ohio Wesleyan University
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Congratulations Jim Kidston!

On May 24th we celebrated EA's Director of Technology and senior faculty member, Jim Kidston, who retired after teaching at Elgin Academy for 44 years! Over 200 students, parents, faculty, trustees, and alumni gathered, along with his family, to wish him well. We hope you enjoy this video montage of Jim's time at Elgin Academy. (Thank you to Ethan Moore '20 for his work in creating the video.) Photos of the event can also be viewed and downloaded. (Thank you to JGray Photography.)

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Summer Office Hours

A very limited number of EA staff members will be on campus until the close of our summer program on August 2nd. Summer office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Edwards Hall will be the only building on campus that will be open to the public. If you need to talk with someone on campus between now and August 2nd, please email or call ahead and make an appointment.

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Class of 2024 Senior Speeches

Each year, Elgin Academy seniors engage in the time-honored tradition of delivering a speech to an audience of peers, faculty, family, and invited guests. The Senior Speech is an opportunity for our oldest students to reflect on personal experiences or issues they are passionate about and share those reflections with others. The EA Class of 2024 senior speeches are now available on our YouTube channel to view and share. Enjoy. 

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