Alma Matters

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    March 2017

    Dear Alumni,

    Spring break is nearly upon us, and students’ plans include spending time with their families, traveling with Blair groups to Kenya and Cuba, and training with their teammates at athletic facilities in the South. The Blair experience is truly one-of-a-kind, and I thank you for helping to make it all possible with your continued support. Enjoy this month’s news from campus!

    Sincerely,
    Chris Fortunato
    Head of School

    Pictured above, Blair's boy's swimming, circa 1960's.

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    Blair Buccaneers to Keep an Eye Out For During March Madness!

    We are getting closer and closer to 2017 March Madness! The NCAA Tournament officially starts on "selection day", March 12. Keep your eye out for the following Blair Bucs who will be in the tournament:

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    Notre Dame University
    Elijah Burns '15, #12

    University of Virginia
    Marial Shayok '14, #4

    Villanova University
    Tim Delaney '15, #34

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    NYC Reception and Skeptics

    Chris Fortunato cordially invites you to a "Skeptics on the Road" featuring John I. Blair historian and former Blair history department chair Elliott Trommald, PhD, as he presents: The Elusive Search for the Truth About John I. Blair. This event will take place at The Yale Club of New York City on Wednesday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information and to register for this event, click here.

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    Alumni Weekend 2017

    You should be receiving your Alumni Weekend invitation and registration information later this month by mail. To register online and view a list of links that will be helpful as you plan your trip back to campus, click here. We hope to see you during the weekend of June 9 to 11.

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    Congratulations to Blair’s Winter Athletic Awardees!

    Players, coaches, athletic department staff and members of the administration gathered to honor Blair’s winter athletes at the Varsity Athletic Banquet on March 1. During the event, Athletic Director Paul Clavel '88 and head coaches praised the student-athletes for their commitment, hard work, sportsmanship and passion throughout the winter months.

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    Young Alumni Network at NYC Reception

    More than 70 alumni representing 32 industries—from healthcare, marketing, technology and food service to public relations, finance, media and hospitality—attended Blair’s annual young alumni networking reception on February 8.

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    Highlights of Headmasters’ Societies Games

    Last week was, indeed, a busy week. The much-anticipated Headmasters’ Societies Games took place throughout the week, and students were eager to cut through the February cold to compete against their friends and faculty. Starting on February 20, Blair students donned their team colors—red, blue, green and purple—when Head of School Chris Fortunato announced the start of the games at Monday School Meeting.

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    Jack Bogle '47 Has Done the 'Most for American Investors' Praised Warren Buffett

    In 1974, Jack Bogle '47 founded Vanguard Group, which transformed investing forever with the index fund. Buffett writes, "If a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors, the hands- down choice should be Jack Bogle."

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    Blair Wrestling Wins 37th National Prep Championship

    Blair wrestling earned its 37th national prep team championship at the 2017 national prep tournament held February 24 and 25 at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena. The Bucs’ final team score of 306 was 30 points higher than second-place finisher Wyoming Seminary and nearly 80 points higher than third-place finisher Malvern Preparatory School, and Blair won all 12 of its medal matches.

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    Blair Girls’ Basketball Wins 7th-Consecutive MAPL & State Titles

    The girls’ varsity basketball team capped off another successful season in February, winning its seventh-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) and prep “A” state championship titles.

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    Save the Date: Second Annual Day of Giving on April 6

    Mark your calendars! Blair Academy will hold its second annual Day of Giving on Thursday, April 6, in conjunction with Blair’s founding on April 6, 1848. Please join us in supporting the Blair Fund as we celebrate Blair’s 169 years and the entire 676-member Blair community. To learn more about the Day of Giving, click here.

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