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The all-school read provides the entire Blair community, from students to faculty and staff, an opportunity to engage with a single work of literature. The tradition, started in 2017, offers students the chance to interact with up-and-coming authors and thinkers, and it allows the entire community to have a collective conversation about important issues. Past all-school read titles include Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, an autobiography detailing “The Daily Show” host’s funny and harrowing childhood in aparthied South Africa, and Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi’s historical fiction account of slavery in 18th-century Ghana.  

This year’s all-school read committee, composed of 10 Blair students and their faculty advisor, English teacher Molly Hoyer, selected The Boy with Two Hearts by Hamed Amiri. A memoir about hope and perseverance, the book describes the author’s family of five and their trials with the Taliban. Amiri follows them in their flight from Herat, Afghanistan, across the globe, detailing the obstacles the refugees encounter on their journey to safety. The book is comparable to last year’s Born a Crime, Ms. Hoyer says, in that, “Both stories...bring global perspectives to the Blair community, raising issues with which countries around the globe are reckoning: the legacies of imperialism, racial and ethnic divides, immigration and asylum.” 

Having flagged the book as a stand-out in an early round, Lily Starrs ’21 is excited about the committee’s selection. “When this title came up for discussion,” Lily recalls, “every student who read it was emphatic that it would be an excellent candidate for this year’s all-school read. From its gripping first chapter to its emotional depiction of a family overcoming countless obstacles to save one another, Amiri's book has something to pique every reader’s interest.” Lily notes that one of the aspects that drew her to Amiri’s novel is the new perspective it gave her on the refugee experience. “Immigration and refugee issues are prominent topics of political conversation in America today, and seeing this issue from the refugee point of view was eye-opening,” Lily claims.

Ms. Hoyer hopes that readers will take away other lessons as well. “Blair students will learn more about Afghani culture and life under the Taliban, a name with which almost everyone is familiar, but few young people currently understand,” she says.  

The process for selecting the all-school read title has evolved since the tradition’s inception.  This year, students read several titles each, rated them, then wrote about what they learned.  “The four readers of The Boy with Two Hearts learned a lot, which is a significant part of what brought the book to the final,” explains Ms. Hoyer. At the last stage of selection, English department chair Jim Moore read all three finalists and then narrowed it down to the winner based on the entire committee’s discussion. Among this year’s top contenders, Amiri’s memoir stood out to Mr. Moore. “This book is going to go beyond the English department and will be applicable to curricula beyond English,” he says.  

While students on the committee can sometimes feel pressure to select a title that will be well-liked by the Blair community, Lily is confident with this selection. “I’m not worried about this one,” she says. “Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger.” 
 

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Reading is an essential component of a well-rounded Blair education, and the summer is no exception. All Blair students are expected to read a minimum of five fiction or nonfiction books over the summer, and they are urged to wade into even more.

The five books students read may include titles of their choosing in addition to those required by teachers. Depending upon their courses, they may also have associated assignments and/or assessments to complete.

Titles for 2021 summer reading assignments are listed below. New and returning students enrolled in certain language courses for the 2021-2022 academic year must also complete summer work. Details about the summer work for language courses is linked in the list below.

All-School Read for 2021-2022: The Boy with Two Hearts by Hamed Amiri

Requirements for selected courses (listed by department) for 2021-2022

English

English 1: The Glass Castle (Walls)

English 2: Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)

English 3: Into the Wild (Krakauer)

English AP Literature: Let the Great World Spin (McCann)

English 4 AP Language: Between the World and Me (Coates)

 

History

Modern European History:  Please read the article shared here. Students should complete the writing assignment on the last page. All work is due on the first day of class.

AP U.S. History:  Read this selection from Charles Mann’s 1491 here. Students should annotate as they read, write down three to five main ideas from the selection, and develop a question to guide our discussion about the reading on day one.

AP European History: Assignment is here.

Global Issues; U.S. History: In lieu of summer reading, instructors may assign a book over either the winter or spring break.

 

Science

AP Biology: Riddled with Life (Zuk). Students should complete RWL Supplemental Questions as they read.

Campbell Biology in Focus AP Edition, 3rd Edition; Chapters 1-3 reading and notes.

AP Chemistry:  The Disappearing Spoon (Kean), published byBack Bay Books in 2011. Students may complete the assignment here.

AP Physics C: Mechanics: Physics: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press)

AP Psychology: Read Unit 1, Part I of the textbook (Updated Myers' Psychology for the AP® Course, 3rd Edition). Complete the assignment here.

Chemistry Honors: Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World (Miodownik). Dr. Sayers and Dr. Markolovic ask that students review this document as part of the assignment.

Marine ScienceClose to Shore (Capuzzo)

Language

Summer work in language courses differs by grade level and language studied. Please review the below requirements closely and click on the appropriate link.

Spanish 2/2 Honors: Click here for the assignment from Mrs. Castillo, Ms. Cullen, and Mrs. Lang.

Spanish 3/3 Honors: Click here for the assignment from Dr. Mundo and Ms. Cullen.

Spanish 4 Regular:  Click here for the assignment from Mr. Devaney.

Spanish 4 Honors: Click here for the assignment from Mr. Devaney.

AP Spanish Language:  Click here for the assignment from Mr. Devaney.

French 2: Click here for fun ways to stay connected to French.

French 3/3 Honors: Click here for fun ways to stay connected to French.

French 4/4 Honors:  Click here for the required assignment.

                                   And here are more fun ways to stay connected to French.        

AP French Language: Click here for the required assignment.

                                      And here are more fun ways to stay connected to French.

All students studying Chinese: Click here for the assignment from Mr. Facciani and Mrs. Wang.

 

Music & Performing Arts

Music Theory AP: The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Cadences (Palmer, Manus, Lethco)

 

Fine Arts

AP Art History: Ways of Seeing (John Berger)

 

Mathematics

AP Calculus BC & AP Calculus AB:  All AP students are required to complete summer work in advance of the start of school. This work is required for enrollment in the course.  The assignments will be linked to this article by early July, and instructors will also send them directly to enrolled students.

 

Far Hills Scholarship Recipient

When Far Hills Country Day School student Cayden Walton opened his acceptance package to Blair Academy and saw that he had been awarded the Blair Academy Far Hills Endowed Scholarship Prize, he felt elated. “I’m so grateful to have received this scholarship from my top choice for secondary school,” Cayden said. From the first time he toured Blair, he felt the hilltop campus was where he belonged. “I felt a sense of inclusion and belonging, a personal and welcoming connection, a sense of genuine care for your well-being, and strong relationships among the teacher and student community.” He was happy to announce that he’d be moving to Blairstown this fall. 

While Cayden is the first student to be awarded this scholarship, Blair Academy and Far Hills Country Day School have long held a close relationship. Blair is the top boarding school destination for graduates from the private primary school, and in 2019, one Blair/Far Hills family pledged $250,000 to create the scholarship and strengthen that partnership further.  To fully fund the award, Blair will need to grow that amount to $500,000. 

Blair awards the Endowed Scholarship Prize to the best all-around student in eighth grade who is representative of the ideals of Far Hills and Blair. Dean of Admission Teddy Wenner ’96 recalls that Cayden stood out as a student who would excel academically and was self assured, athletic and fully immersed in service to his community. A few years ago, for example, Cayden and his dad travelled to Tanzania and Zanzibar to install Solar Suitcases™, a system that provides lighting and power for medical and communications devices, at a remote clinic. The equipment made it easier for medical providers and women giving birth at the facility. Cayden plans to continue helping others at Blair. “I have a responsibility to give back to others within and outside of my own community,” Cayden said. 

On April 16, Cayden and his family joined staff from Blair and Far Hills at a celebratory lunch, where he received some Blair swag and a plaque to commemorate his achievement. “I would like to give a big thank-you to the Blair admission team for selecting and seeing something within me, and letting me join the Blair family,” Cayden said, addressing the gathering. “I know that Blair will challenge me...I am looking forward to...making my family at home and FH proud.”  

Congratulations, Cayden!
 

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Blair’s freshman, sophomore and junior classes came together on May 27 on Hampshire Field to celebrate students’ accomplishments at the Underclass Prize Assembly. During the event, faculty members presented a number of subject and major department prizes, as well as awards that recognize achievements in other aspects of student life. To watch the full presentation, press "play" below.

Dean of Academics Nathan Molteni welcomed the audience to the last assembly of the 2020-2021 school year, commending students for their hard work and dedication during an unprecedented and life-changing time.

“I think most of us are looking ahead excitedly to a summer of greater freedom and a coming school year which returns the nature of our physical spaces at Blair to what we once knew,” he said. “But we can never truly go back to what was, only forward to what will be. Next year, just as in this one, Blair will once again be what all of you choose to make of it. You’ve done amazing work this year bringing to life this community in all of its many aspects.”

Following Mr. Molteni’s remarks, academic department chairs recognized students for outstanding work in their respective subjects. Veteran English teacher and president of Blair’s cum laude chapter Kaye Evans then inducted junior members into the society.

Blair administrators presented several special prizes to underclassmen, after which Head of School Peter G. Curran addressed the community for a final time before the school year closed. In his speech, he highlighted the many “firsts” in a year that will go down in Blair history, with the most poignant being the introduction of The Five Fundamentals of Living and Working at Blair Academy.

Recounting The Five Fundamentals—1) See the good; 2) Know yourself & practice honesty; 3) Honor the dignity of others; 4) Show care in all spaces; and 5) Be curious & suspend judgment—Mr. Curran asked students to truly reflect on and embrace the values as their own, both on campus and at home. He finished his speech by reminding students of their intellectual curiosity and willingness to take smart risks.

“I couldn’t be more grateful to stand here before you tonight and to wish you a wonderful break filled with time with families and friends as you recharge for next year,” he said. “I will be ready to enthusiastically welcome you back to campus in August. Until then, be well, get some rest and know that all of us at Blair will miss you until you return!”

Blair students and faculty will now prepare to say goodbye as the year officially ends on May 29 and summer vacation begins!

Congratulations to these awardees:

Freshman English Prize: Natalie Chamberlain ’24, Peyton Franz ’24 & Simisola Onakomaiya ’24

Sophomore English Prize: Elizabeth “Betsy” Kim ’23, Chloe Lau ’23 & Ellie Walker ’23

The Henry B. Cowan Prize: Megan Donaghy ’22, Aidan Ward ’22 & Timothy Xi ’22

The Edyth Jeffrey Shakespeare Essay Prize:

Nathan Bo ’24

Fengyi Fiona Han ’23

Charlene Jiao ’24

Elizabeth “Betsy” Kim ’23

Garrett Lee ’24

Lorenzo Norman ’23

Paul Ognissanti ’24

Amanda Olthof ’23

Owen Shin ’24

Renee Tracey ’23

Napat “Jene” Vachirapong ’23

Ellie Walker ’23

Emily Wang ’23

Shihan “Apple” Wu ’24

Kaitlyn Zachareas ’23

Michael Zhang ’24

Underclass Art Prize: Duc Dinh ’22

Photography Art Prize: Luisa Fernández ’22

3D Art Prize: Sophia Papadopoulo ’22

Kampmann Video Prize: Chris Tung ’22

2D Art Prize: Julia Twomey ’24

Design Art Prize: Timothy Xi ’22

Freshman History Prize: Simisola Onakomaiya ’24 & Owen Shin ’24

Sophomore History Prize: Elizabeth “Betsy” Kim ’23 & Ellie Walker ’23

Junior History Prize: Yuchuan “George” Gan ’22 & Ben Liu ’22

Chinese Language Prize: Duc Dinh ’22

Pythagoras Prize for Geometry: Morgan Edwards ’24

Newton Prize for Calculus: Yuchuan “George” Gan ’22 & Timothy Xi ’22

Euler Prize for Analysis: Aidan Ward ’22 & Dylan Zhang ’22

Gauss Prize for Algebra: Shihan “Apple” Wu ’24

Instrumental Music Prize: Laila Davson ’22

Vocal Music Prize: Nikki Kirkwood ’22

Underclass Theatre Prize: Alex Schamberger ’22

Religion & Philosophy Prize: Bella Conway ’23 & Evelyn Sharma ’22

Biology Prize: Michael Zhang ’24 & Shihan “Apple” Wu ’24

Chemistry Prize: ElizabethBetsy” Kim ’24

Physics Prize: Ben Liu ’22

Cum Laude Inductees - Class of 2022:

Archer Benedict '22

Sofia Ciminello '22

Laila Davson '22

Duc Dinh '22

Isabelle Dugan '22

Frederick Hargett III '22

Caroline Johnson '22

Benjamin Liu '22

Sean Um ’22

Aidan Ward ’22

Timothy Xi '22

Elleen Xue '22

Commencement

On the morning of May 25, as the sun settled on the shining faces of Blair’s class of 2021, it became clear that this year’s graduation brought an extra sweetness. “Had I known I’d be standing here, addressing you as Head of School back when we were sending many of you your acceptance letters in March 2017,” said Head of School Peter G. Curran, “I might have focused...on some of the challenges you would face over your high school career and the self-awareness, empathy, emotional intelligence and resilience you would develop as you navigated what lay ahead."

The morning began as family and friends gathered at tables in the Bowl under a wide blue sky. In keeping with tradition, seniors passed through the Arch one last time with the faculty before joining their families on the field. Standing before the crowd, Blair Trustee the Reverend David Harvey opened the ceremony with an invocation. Mr. Curran welcomed students and families to the event, and Senior Class Speakers Daniel Siyuan Dai ’21 and Alexandra Andrea Bakulina ’21 reflected on the lessons they have learned and how the last year has fostered deeper connections. “We grew closer from six feet apart and had the impossible role as senior leaders and prefects of teaching underclassmen to do the same,” observed Alexandra.

Blair administrators took the stage to recognize the outstanding achievements of several faculty members, who were commended for their skill and for inspiring students’ love of learning. Likewise, several seniors were honored with prizes for distinguished performance over the course of their Blair journeys (please see below for the full list of prizes awarded at commencement).

Finally, the moment that the last four years had been building toward arrived. As their names were read by Dean of Campus Life and Director of Leadership Programs Carolyn Conforti-Browse ’79, each senior accepted his or her diploma and shook hands with Mr. Curran. When the last student had taken his seat, Mr. Curran listed many of the class of 2021’s notable achievements, saluting the group's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and its legacy of leadership. He also commended  the new graduates’ flexibility in responding to the challenges brought on by COVID-19. Recognizing how bittersweet the moment must be for many parents, Mr. Curran thanked them for their support over the last four years.

“The relationships that you have built during your time at Blair are what you will take with you today and in the months and years ahead, relationships that you will carry with you through different phases of your careers and lives," he said.

Above all, he urged the members of the outgoing class to “Build on what you have learned here...Become confident citizens of the world who move their professions forward, give back to their communities and find great personal fulfillment.” At the conclusion of the ceremony, Jenna Madison Van Valkenburg ’21 had the honor of accepting the class of 2021 pennant from Michael J. Lieberman ’71, a dedicated Blair alumnus and member of this year’s 50th reunion class.

After the recessional and as the last strains of “Ode to Joy” faded, the graduates joined their families at each table to share a meal and memories from Blair. It had been a morning filled with heartfelt speeches, lighthearted quips, and the cheering of proud parents and faculty. As the first cars began to leave, a few friends stood on the steps of Hardwick Hall for a last photo. Although masks obscured their faces, no one needed to see their lips to know they were smiling. They radiated the joy of a class that had overcome an especially challenging year and, surrounded by friends, emerged stronger on the other side.

Congratulations to the Blair class of 2021! To watch the ceremony, press play below:

Faculty awards presented at graduation:

Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence: Science teacher Suzana Markolovic

John C. and Eve S. Bogle Teaching Prize: Science department chair Kelly Hadden

Riether Residential Life Award: English teacher Molly Hoyer

Lillian and Samuel Tedlow Teaching Prize: Math teacher Robin Anthony

Headmaster’s Faculty Prize: Director of Academic Support Allison Leddy

Student awards presented at graduation: 

Headmaster’s Prize: Abney Tessier Whitehead ’21 & Jaylen Tomi Blakes ’21

Blair Academy Trophy: Grace Anderson Hogue ’21 & Sarab Singh Anand ’21

George P. Jenkins ’32 Prize: Daniel Siyuan Dai ’21 & Alexandra Andrea Bakulina ’21

Appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy: Sean Horner ’21

Seniors Reflect at Baccalaureate

Seniors’ Blair experience ceremoniously approached its close on May 24 at Baccalaureate, a service that is held annually on the eve of graduation. Throughout the evening, the soon-to-be-graduates reflected on and celebrated their time at Blair and looked to the future as they prepared for commencement the next day.

The program began with a bagpiper-led procession through the Arch to Marcial Field, where faculty members lined the path and applauded the graduating class. Maria Strulistova ’22 and Nikki Patterson ’22 opened the service with a piano prelude before Blair Trustee the Rev. David Harvey welcomed the audience and offered a prayer.

The ceremony included readings by Mollie Sysler ’21, Jordan Abraham ’21 and Campbell Craig ’21, as well as an original spoken word poem by Michael Richardson ’21 titled “B.L.A.I.R., Believe Living An Incredible Reality.” In addition, the Blair Academy Chamber Orchestra and the Blair Academy Singers each performed a song.

Head of School Peter G. Curran introduced the evening’s keynote speaker, Associate Dean of Students Andee Ryerson. Mrs. Ryerson shared with students the important impact change will have on their lives for years to come. She began her speech recounting the changes Blair students experienced this past year due to the ongoing pandemic.

Mrs. Ryerson went on to remark on the role that change will play in graduates' lives after they leave campus tomorrow to move into their next chapters. Change, she noted, many challenges and difficulties that students must learn to grow through. The class of 2021 was inspired to meet this challenge, utilizing the many skills they learned during their time at Blair. Mrs. Ryerson ended her speech by empowering graduates to feel confident in their ability to navigate difficult change.

“Whether the changes lying ahead of you are academic, social, athletic or personal in nature, your ability to navigate the difficult baggage of change will help bring you success,” she said. “By preparing for the side effects, finding the familiar and reminding yourself of the constant waiting for you, you will be able to weather the storm that is life’s constant change.”

Mrs. Ryerson has been a Blair faculty member since 2012 and has held numerous roles across campus, most recently in the student life office and fine arts department teaching Advanced Placement art history and the Freshman Seminar design module. In July 2021, she will become Blair’s director of communications.

Following Mrs. Ryerson's address and Rev. Harvey's litany and benediction, attendees sang the "The Blair Love Song. The ceremony came to a close with a piano recessional as the audience dispersed, with seniors one step closer to graduation.

 

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Blair returned to its coeducational roots when girls once again joined the student body in the fall of 1970. In the years that followed, these pioneering young women became an important part of every aspect of school life, and they distinguished themselves in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in artistic pursuits and more.

We continue our celebration of the 50th anniversary of Blair’s reinstatement of coeducation by sharing the names of the first females to receive some of the School’s major prizes in the 1970s, according to Arthur Hamlin’s Sesquicentennial History and the plaques that hang in Locke Hall. (The year in which each prize was awarded appears in parentheses. Special thanks to library assistant Holly Newcomb for compiling this list.)

(1972) THE JOHN KINCH LEACH MERIT AWARD, given to that member of the sophomore class whose record of scholarship, participation in activities, and general citizenship have been a special credit to the School and an example for others to follow: Mary Beth (Lewis) DiMarco ’74 

(1973) THE FRANKLIN PRIZE, awarded to the senior who has shown the greatest development and improvement throughout the course: Aileen (Madden) Gaumond ’73 

(1973) THE ROBERT F. HARRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY, awarded to a member of the senior class for special interest and outstanding achievement in the study of English literature: Marguerite C. Laporte ’73 

(1973) THE ROBERT F. HARRIS DRAMATICS AWARD, presented to that member of the student body who has shown the highest standard of excellence in dramatics: JoAnn (Deibel) Taylor ’73 

(1973) THE SCHMEIZER-SELINGER RELIGION PRIZE (now THE PETER AMERMAN PRIZE): Debra (Goldman) Markowitz ’74 

(1974) THE BLAIR ACADEMY TROPHY, awarded in recognition of the member of the senior class with the highest all-around achievement: Pamella L. Olsyn ’74 

(1974) THE HARDING MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to that student who has contributed most to musical organizations: Eleanor T. Howard ’74 

(1974) THE PHILLIPS-JAMES-ROSEN TROPHY, awarded to that member of the junior class whose record has been marked by devotion to the School, and who has, while performing creditably as a student and citizen of the school community, displayed uncommon leadership: Anne E. Cramer ’75  

(1974) THE HAROLD F. WALKER MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to a senior who is deserving of recognition not provided in other awards: Susan E. Perna ’74 & William A. Hindle ’74 were co-recipients

(1974) Class Valedictorian (now THE GEORGE P. JENKINS ’32 PRIZE): Lida Drummond ’74 

(1975) THE HEADMASTER’S PRIZE, awarded to the student in the senior class who has conspicuously displayed loyalty to the school, outstanding leadership, a fine influence in sportsmanship and Blair spirit in athletic competition: Anne E. Cramer ’75 (Ms. Cramer was also the 1975 Class Valedictorian.)

(1975) THE ROBERT DALLING PRIZE, presented to the athlete who has best represented Blair Academy in athletic competition: Laura (Cochran) Morris ’75 (Mrs. Morris is the first and only female to ever receive this prize. In 1976, the School established the William Zester Memorial Prize to recognize the top female athlete, and the Robert Dalling Prize became the award for the top male athlete.)

(1976) THE WILLIAM ZESTER MEMORIAL AWARD, presented to the female athlete who has best represented Blair Academy in athletic competition: Janet (Jones) Harrington ’76 

(1977) THE JOSEPH F. EBERLE MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to that student who exhibits outstanding achievement in music: Louise E. Ewing ’77

Latta Browse

At the last School Meeting on May 21, yearbook editors Kathy Fong '21, Belle Laxer ’21, Xinyi Lu '21 and Tess Whitehead ’21 presented the first yearbook to math teacher and longtime girls' cross country coach R. Latta Browse, to whom the 2021 ACTA is dedicated.

“This year’s theme of ‘Change’ is indicative of the year we had and the positive change we experienced together,” Belle said. “It was easy for us to choose Mr. Browse.”

Appointed to Blair’s faculty in 1982, Mr. Browse has impacted the Blair community in a variety of ways during his tenure, serving as math department chair, dorm head of Davies, West and Mason halls, and sophomore class monitor. He has also served as head or assistant coach for a myriad of sports and is currently head coach of the girls' cross country team.

Mr. Browse began his career graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1978 from Middlebury College with a BA in mathematics. In 1989, he earned an MALS in Islamic studies at Columbia University and, in 1991, received his CAS in mathematics from Wesleyan University. Before coming to Blair, Mr. Browse taught high school mathematics as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia and as an international baccalaureate math teacher in Belgium.

Mr. Browse is married to Dean of Campus Life and Director of Leadership Programs Carolyn Conforti-Browse ’79, they are the parents of Tyler ’08 and Annelies ’13.

For the printed dedication, the yearbook editors gathered testimonials from Blair students, alumni and faculty, each of whom has a special connection with Mr. Browse. Many of the entries highlight Mr. Browse’s optimism, dedication to students and the lasting impact he has made on campus.

“Mr. Browse is the most genuine, funny, and supportive coach imaginable, and he is so much fun to be around,” said Lily Starrs ’21, Corrine Wilm ’21 and Jessica Wilm ’21. “Even during seasons when he isn’t coaching us, he shows up at our meets and practices. Coach Browse has proven that he truly cares about us, not just as athletes and students, but as people for these past four years, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have gotten to know him! Mr. Browse is our biggest supporter, and we are all so lucky to have him in our corners. Thank you for all the bonfires, team dinners, strategy talks before races, deep conversations, and for being such a constant and positive role model. You are one of things we will miss most when we graduate from Blair.”

“I always appreciate Latta’s honest and frank appraisal of things, he’s such a voice of reason and one of my most valuable friends,” noted English teacher Craig Evans.

As he accepted his award on Marcial Field, Mr. Browse humbly expressed his gratitude to the Blair community for his nomination. He explained that to him, this is the greatest honor a teacher can receive.

“You cannot imagine how happy I am to receive this, thank you to everyone,” he said. “To the class of 2021, I will always remember you and the year we experienced together.”

Senior Prize Assembly

With graduation just a few days away, the members of the class of 2021 came together on May 21 to celebrate one another’s achievements at the Senior Prize Assembly. Held in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre, the event gave Blair’s department heads and administrators the opportunity to recognize the top seniors in each academic discipline, as well as in the arts, in athletics and in the life of the School.

Head of School Peter G. Curran welcomed senior class members, whom he initially had the privilege of meeting as prospective students in his former role as Dean of Admission. "I remember admission committee meetings where we discussed your incredible strengths and merits, and we knew that you were going to wow us all,” he said. “And you have done exactly that, especially over these last 15 months. Please know how proud we are of your accomplishments."

To watch the full presentation, press play below:

Among the many awards presented at the Senior Prize Assembly, one honor was accorded to a faculty member: The James M. Howard Jr. Fellowship Prize. This award recognizes an early career teacher who has especially impacted the Blair community over the course of the year. Assistant Head of School and Dean of Faculty Lorry Perry presented the honor to science teacher Nadia Abascal, PhD, noting that, in accordance with tradition, the members of the senior class had assisted in selecting Dr. Abascal as this year’s recipient.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the class of 2021 gift to Blair Academy by Advancement Ambassadors Jasneed Meghadri ’21 and Jonathan Wong ’21. Ninety-eight percent of the senior class contributed to the gift, which totaled $1,945 and included donations earmarked for the Blair Fund and the Scholarship Fund. The bulk of the senior class gift—nearly $1,700—will help fund The Class of 2021 Scholarship, a fundraising endeavor that seniors have undertaken with their parents.

Blair Trustee the Rev. David Harvey closed the Senior Prize Assembly with a benediction, and then the audience enjoyed the premier of the Class of 2021 Video Perspective, a film created by seniors that highlights all the happenings of the historic 2020-2021 school year.

Class of 2021 Prizewinners:

THE DURLAND PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, awarded to that student who has demonstrated extraordinary ability and interest in computer programming or computer applications while at Blair: Sarab Singh Anand

THE DUMONT ENGLISH PRIZE, awarded to the member of the senior class who ranked highest in English and presented in memory of the late Senator Wayne Dumont and his father, Wayne Dumont Sr. by Mrs. Helen Dumont: Grace Anderson Hogue & Linda Marie Starrs

THE ROBERT F. HARRIS MEMORIAL TROPHY, awarded to a member of the senior class for special interest and outstanding achievement in the study of English literature: Lucy Pearl Clayton & Ava Ryan Nothstine

THE EDYTH JEFFREY SHAKESPEARE ESSAY PRIZE, awarded to a Blair Academy student based on an essay related to the work of William Shakespeare: John Charles Weber III

AN ART PRIZE, awarded to the student who, in his or her study of art, is widening his or her life by sharpening his or her perceptions: Katherine Allison Jacobs

ART DEPARTMENT PRIZES, recognizing outstanding work in these areas:

DESIGN: Matthew K. Neuffer

TWO DIMENSIONAL ART: Eunseo Elle Choi & Ashley Hanrui Dai

THREE DIMENSIONAL ART: Olivia Ann Mohlmann

PHOTOGRAPHY: Avery Patricia Lehman & Linda Jorden Maree Thomas-Galloway  

THE PAUL R. WHITE HISTORY PRIZE, awarded to that student who is considered to be the most proficient history student in the senior class: Grace Anderson Hogue

THE CHARLES H. BREED LATIN PRIZE, awarded to an outstanding student in advanced Latin: Alice Catherine Devereux

THE MARGUERITE DEYSSON HABERMANN MEMORIAL FRENCH PRIZE, awarded to a senior who has done exceptionally well in French: Abigail Margot Schwartz

SPANISH LANGUAGE PRIZE: Ashley Hanrui Dai & Alexandra Andrea Bakulina

THE WINSON D. EWING PRIZE, awarded to that student who is considered to be the most outstanding mathematics student in the senior class: Hao Hank Cui

THE HARDING MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to that student who has contributed most to musical organizations:  Linda Marie Starrs & Nathaniel Chung Hsing Tung

THE JOSEPH F. EBERLE MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to that student who exhibits outstanding achievement in music: Michael Gerard Richardson

THE ROBERT F. HARRIS DRAMATICS AWARD, presented to that member of the student body who has shown the highest standard of excellence in dramatics: Michael Gerard Richardson

THE PETER L. AMERMAN RELIGION PRIZE, awarded to that student of religion who has been most challenged by the material encountered and who has demonstrated an effort to re-evaluate the philosophy of life accordingly: Daniel Siyuan Dai

THE SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD, presented to that student who exhibits an overwhelming passion and commitment toward science and who has written a superior academic record in multiple AP science courses: Lucy Pearl Clayton, Daniel Siyuan Dai & Dylan Tianyu Zhu

THE DONALD E. LAWSHE PRIZE, presented in memory of former Blair physics teacher Donald E. Lawshe to that student who has consistently demonstrated a passion for science and a dedication to interests beyond the classroom: Jessica Grace Wilm

THE ROBERT DALLING PRIZE, presented to the male athlete who has best represented Blair Academy in athletic competition: Jaylen Tomi Blakes

THE WILLIAM ZESTER MEMORIAL AWARD, presented to the female athlete who has best represented Blair Academy in athletic competition: Olivia Rose Miles

THE HERBERT J. SIEGEL ’46 SPORTSMANSHIP PRIZE, presented to those seniors whose sportsmanship, spirit and selfless dedication to their teams best represent the ideals of Blair Academy: Aaron Yassin Armitage, Morgan Avery Jones, Dominique Alexis Darius & Grace Anderson Hogue  

THE LEE ROSE MEMORIAL TROPHY, awarded to the senior who while performing with merit in the classroom, has made significant contribution to Blair life: Ashley Hanrui Dai & Mollie Elizabeth Sysler

THE FRANKLIN PRIZE, awarded to the senior who has shown the greatest development and improvement throughout the course: Ava Rose Gamble & John Charles Weber III

THE SELENA AND JAMES HOWARD PRIZE, awarded to a senior who is deserving of recognition not provided in other awards: Michael Gerard Richardson & Miki G. Wang

THE HAROLD F. WALKER MEMORIAL PRIZE, awarded to a senior who is deserving of recognition not provided in other awards: Simar Singh Anand & Oliver Patrick Tipton

THE JOHN H. WYETH YEARBOOK PRIZE: Hoi Ki Kathy Fong, Isabelle Sara Laxer, Xinyi Lu & Abney Tessier Whitehead

Inducted into Cum Laude:  

Aksher Aiyer

Sarab Singh Anand

Simar Singh Anand

Johannes Boellhoff

Zachary Goncalves

Nicholas Harpe

Xinyi Lu

Siddharth Mehta

Olivia Ann Mohlmann

Oliver Patrick Tipton

Nathaniel Chung Hsing Tung

Hei Chun Jeffrey Wu

Senior Athletic Award, given to students who have earned seven or more varsity letters (five varsity letters for new juniors or three varsity letters for postgraduates):

Aaron Yassin Armitage

Alexandra Andrea Bakulina

Beverley Condoleezza Marie Da Costa

Ashley Hanrui Dai

Alice Catherine Devereux

Owen Gerald Donaghy

John Jason Hadden Jr.

Grace Anderson Hogue

Morgan Avery Jones

Sofia Louise Kasparik

Avery Patricia Lehman

Olivia Rose Miles

Olivia Ann Mohlmann

Hunter Olaf Sloan

Jenna Madison Van Valkenburg

Corrine Amber Wilm

Jessica Grace Wilm

 

Senior Speech Contest

With just over a week until graduation, the members of the class of 2021 gathered in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre on May 17 for a quintessential Blair rite-of-passage: the annual Senior Public Speaking Contest. During the evening event, 12 seniors spoke eloquently on topics of their choosing, and a panel of faculty judges selected the top three orators: Lily Starrs ’21 (first place); Sofia Kasparik ’21 (second place); and Ramla Gunnarsdottir ’21 (third place). English department chair Jim Moore announced the winners at the seniors’ final School Meeting on May 21.

To view the winning speeches, press “play” below”

Seniors began gearing up for the Senior Public Speaking Contest earlier in the second semester, when they wrote and filmed their Leadership Stories as part of their English classes. In this exercise, they related how they faced a challenge or choice and remained true to their values, and the experience helped prepare them to construct a speech they could share with a broad audience.

“Unlike the Leadership Story—which allows for ‘do-overs’ since it is filmed—the senior speech incorporates much more in the way of delivery skills,” Mr. Moore remarked. “Students have to focus on projection, pacing, enunciation and reading the audience, all the elements that speaking to a live audience in a large venue requires. These are important skills for our seniors to begin to master before they graduate, and the Senior Public Speaking Contest is excellent practice in this regard.”

In addition to the development of writing and speaking skills, Mr. Moore shared another reason why the Senior Public Speaking Contest is such an important milestone for Blair’s soon-to-be alumni. “The event is essentially the beginning of seniors’ last week at Blair,” he said. “Their speeches represent a final message or thoughts they want to share with the School community before they move on to the next stage of their lives.”
 

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On May 18, the on-campus Blair community came together to watch nearly 20 student-produced films at the annual Student Film Festival in Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts’ DuBois Theatre. According to fine arts teacher and festival coordinator Robert Hanson, the event gave students and faculty an appreciation for the work that goes into the process of filmmaking and the sheer commitment to the craft students have shown during this unconventional year.

A majority of films premiered at the Festival were produced by students taking “Introduction to Film Production” and were under three minutes in length.

The event also featured longer films, which were semester-long group projects created by students taking “Advanced Film Production'' and Advanced Placement (AP) studio art portfolio. The highlight of the evening was the premiere of “Airstream,” which took an entire year to complete. The work is the brainchild of director Gabi Bernstein ’21, producer and cinematographer Chris Tung ’22, and co-producer and sound recordist Jordan Abraham ’21.

Mr. Hanson and his students have looked forward to sharing their work at the annual Film Festival since the fall, when many of these projects were first created. Over the course of the year, students worked hard to film and edit across Blair’s campus and around the world to prepare for the Festival.

Submissions were divided into five genres, including poetry in motion, scene coverage, micro documentary, short short and advanced film, with three to four films in each category. Mr. Hanson explained that a number of the films were created by virtual learners including a documentary about Duc Dinh ’22 by Alyx Khuat-Sherwood ’22, both of whom are currently in Vietnam.

One winner in each genre received a plaque, and prizes were awarded in a number of other categories, including “best director” and “best actor” (see the full  list of winners below).

 

Congratulations to the 2021 Student Film Festival award winners:

Best Poetry in Motion: “Butter Poem” (by Ben Liu ’22)

Best 1 x 1 x 1: “Lagrima” (by Gabriel Ramirez ’22)

Best Micro Documentary: “Interview with a Teenage Drag Queen” (By Alyx Khuat-Sherwood ’22)

Best Short Short: “The Lost Guard” (edited by Moussa Kane ’23, produced by the Fall 2020 Introduction to Film class)

Best Advanced Short Film: “Airstream”

  • Director: Gabi Bernstein ’21
  • Producer and Cinematographer: Chris Tung ’22
  • Co-Producer and Production Sound: Jordan Abraham ’21
  • Starring: Alex Schamberger ’22

 

2021 Gratitude Chapel

The Gratitude Chapel marks the final Chapel of the school year, as well as a very special opportunity for students to publicly thank those who have made a difference for them during their Blair careers. The 2021 Gratitude Chapel took place on May 14 on Marcial Field, and the outdoor location allowed the entire School community to come together—appropriately distanced, of course—for this beloved event.

Seniors Jack Weber ’21 and Mikey Richardson ’21 shared personal reflections on gratitude before opening the floor to their classmates. The members of the class of 2021 eagerly thanked the teachers and friends who have been an important part of their Blair experiences. As the Gratitude Chapel concluded, community members began one of their final weekends on campus with an “attitude of gratitude,” thankful for their time together during this historic school year. 

Students Cater to Interest in Fine Dining at Pop-Up Restaurant

Wander to the serene wooded corner of campus above Blair Lake on a Sunday afternoon, and an unexpected scene greets your eyes: Four tables stand in a clearing, graced with starched white linens, floral centerpieces and gleaming flatware. Around them, eight formally dressed students and/or faculty members—appropriately distanced—are enjoying a delectable, chef-prepared dinner, while a small wait staff, also formally dressed, attends to their guests’ every need.

Welcome to Lords by the Lake, a student-run, pop-up restaurant that has been catering to Blair community members’ hunger for fine dining since mid-March. The concept is the brainchild of Teddy Zinn ’21 and Jack Weber ’21, entrepreneurial seniors who saw a desire among students and teachers for a formal, elevated dining experience this spring and cooked up a way to offer it.

An Inspired Idea
“The idea for a restaurant came to us over winter break,” Jack said, recounting a discussion with Teddy over dinner at a Charleston, South Carolina, eatery. With pandemic protocols firmly in place at Blair, formal dinners were not possible this year and trips to area restaurants had become taboo. “Teddy—perhaps inspired by the duck confit—sparked the idea of starting a restaurant on campus to satisfy the demand for a good dinner, and suddenly, we were bouncing ideas off each other. I offered the name ‘Lords by the Lake,’ and next thing we knew, we had everything!”

Upon returning to campus, Jack and Teddy presented their idea to Teddy’s four-year advisor, Dean of Admission Teddy Wenner ’96, and Dean of Students Carm Mazza. Mr. Wenner and Mr. Mazza offered advice on getting started and steered them to staff members who could help, including Director of Facilities Dave Schmitt and Assistant Director of Dining Services Scott Jordan. Within weeks, chefs George Sigety ’21 and Alex Chung ’22 were onboard, and on March 21, the first guests were enjoying Lords by the Lakes’ inaugural dinner.

Team Effort
Since then, Teddy, who has no previous food service experience, and Jack, who at one time worked as a waiter, have divided the managerial responsibilities for the restaurant’s popular weekly dinners. Jack handles social networking and reservations, posting the dinner menu on Instagram each Thursday and reserving places for the first four people to respond and their guests. He also takes care of accounting and waits tables, while Teddy serves as general manager, ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

Teddy and Jack are quick to acknowledge the vital role that George, Alex and recent chef recruit Jene Vachirapong ’23 play in the restaurant’s success. “We honestly couldn’t do it without them,” Teddy said. “They bring so much to the team, and it’s so important that everyone is on top of everything!”

George, Alex and Jene are responsible for all things food, creating the menus, ordering supplies through Mr. Jordan and Blair’s food service purveyors, and preparing each recipe from scratch. Head chef George comes by his role in the kitchen naturally, having learned how to cook from his father, Trustee Robert G. Sigety ’75, and grandmother, Katharine Sigety, who, he proudly points out, “ran one of the first cooking shows in America.”

“I’ve been cooking my entire life, including at our family’s holiday dinners, where we often enjoy traditional Hungarian dishes,” he said, noting that for one Lords by the Lake dinner he prepared his family’s recipe for chicken paprikash. His favorite Lords by the Lake meal so far, however, has been lobster risotto. “Everything went so smoothly that day, and the quality of the ingredients was great. It’s a treat to use something that you don’t often deal with.”

Alex, an aficionado of culinary videos, articles and books, is a self-trained cook who signed on with Lords by the Lake because he knew it would give him all that he was looking for in the kitchen: practice, experience and fun.

“My favorite meal to prepare so far has been the ragu,” he said, describing how he and Jene flew solo for that service with George away on college tours. “It was a dish I had long wanted to make in the States and in bulk, since some of the ingredients are rather difficult to get back home in Korea. It took me around five hours to complete the ragu, but it was certainly a memorable experience.” 
For her part, Jene was delighted to pitch in that evening, her first time cooking with Lords by the Lake. “Cooking has always been a passion of mine, so, of course, I said yes when George, my volleyball team manager, asked me if I wanted to try it out,” she said. “I was really proud of the desserts I made, and I received so many compliments from our guests!”
 
Lessons Learned & Future Plans

Of course, not every service has gone according to plan. Teddy recalled a mishap involving a dropped container of hollandaise sauce that happened while plating Atlantic eggs benedict during Easter brunch. “Even amongst this tragedy, we found a way to salvage the dish, though,” he said. “This is the type of attitude we constantly activate, to prevail through any hardship.”

“Lords by the Lake has taught me a lot about myself and a lot about the importance of communication and persistence,” Jack said. “I have learned that it is incredibly difficult to run a restaurant, and it is so much more than just cooking and serving food.”

George also emphasized the value of good communication among team members, as well as the importance of being prepared for anything, staying organized while cooking and keeping things clean to make sure the meal runs smoothly. Alex added that trusting one another is a key factor in the restaurant’s success. “It isn’t an easy task for high school students with no prior culinary education to serve a three-course meal for eight people,” he said. “I’ve learned that you can’t pull off such a feat without trusting that your friends and colleagues are doing their jobs properly.”

With Teddy, Jack and George set to graduate in a few weeks, the founding team expressed gratitude to the faculty and staff members, including Mr. Schmitt, Mr. Jordan, Mr. Mazza and Mr. Wenner, who have been a “huge help” throughout the process of establishing and running Lords by the Lake. They hope that Alex and Jene will take the business to new heights next year and beyond—and the two younger chefs are all in with that plan. 

Mr. Mazza and Mr. Wenner are impressed not only with everything that the Lords by the Lake team has accomplished since mid-March, but also with the way the founders are training their apprentices to take the reins. “This venture has been incredibly popular, and I love the fact that it is completely student-created and –led,” Mr. Wenner said, noting that the crew devotes about six hours of work to each dinner, in addition to all their other Blair commitments. “I also love that Lords by the Lake has real potential to continue even after Teddy, George and Jack graduate. Franchising should be next on their list!”

(Photos by Annalise Fried ’22.)
 

Girls' Golf 2021 MAPL Champs

The 2021 spring athletic season will hold a special place in School history: Not only did Buccaneer teams compete during a pandemic year, but they also earned MAPL championships along the way.

“I am very proud of our spring student-athletes,” said Paul Clavel ’88, director of athletics. “They faced unprecedented challenges this season due to the pandemic and never backed down. These Bucs overcame incredible adversity and have added to the legacy of Blair athletics.”

Girls’ Varsity Crew Earns MAPL Crown

On May 1, the girls' varsity crew team captured a Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship on Mercer Lake, making a statement by winning four of five races.

To start the day, the girl's novice four achieved a definitive win over the Hun School. Next up, the girls' third varsity four had their best race of the year, beating Peddie and Hill and giving a fast Lawrenceville crew a true test down the course. The girls' second varsity four were put to the test by the Peddie School over the first 1000m of their race; however, as the conditions worsened, Blair's second varsity locked in and executed the best part of their race, their sprint. They pulled ahead for a nearly four-second win over Peddie.

The girls' first varsity four led immediately off the start and opened the gap for the remainder of their race, rowing a very high standard. The first varsity had a seven-second gap over Peddie by the finish buoy, claiming the title of girls' All-MAPL Crew.

The day ended with the girls' novice eight taking to the water, with five athletes completing their second race. They cruised down the course with a commanding win over their field.

“I am extremely proud of our team's MAPL championship win,” said John Redos ‘09, director of crew programs and head girls’ rowing coach. “This event means a lot as the result is dependent on the entire varsity program as opposed to the top boat. The work these athletes have put in over the past year, and the way they treat one another, led to a definitive day on the water at Mercer.”

Girls’ Varsity Golf Earns Sixth MAPL Championship

On May 5, the girls' varsity golf team secured its sixth MAPL championship in program history. The Bucs won the event with a total score of 165, 15 strokes lower than the second-place Hill School.

Lucy Barton ’23 and Chloe Barton ’23 both had the lowest score of 40, along with Hill's Lulu Nakagawa. This led to a sudden-death playoff, which Lucy won with a birdie on the third hole. She was crowned MAPL individual champion. Chloe, Molly Wu ’23 and Jassiel Sanchez ’24 were each awarded All-MAPL honors, as well.

This MAPL championship marks the varsity girls’ golf team’s fourth MAPL crown in five years. “This championship win was very impressive,” said Mr. Clavel, head girls’ golf coach. “Not only did the girls win in tough weather conditions, but they also recorded the lowest overall score for the team this year.”

Varsity Boys’ Tennis Claims Fourth MAPL Championship

The Bucs hosted the 2021 boys’ tennis MAPL championship on May 15 and defended the home courts by securing their fourth MAPL title in program history. This marks their second conference championship in the past five years.
 
All Bucs received a bye in the first round. In the second round, John Boellhoff ’21 and Nick Harpe ’21 swept their opponents 6-0, 6-0. In singles, Marc Riera Manzanaro ’22, Jack Weber ’21, Hagen Shook ’21 and Ethan Turkewitz ’22 all won in two sets. 

The six players advanced to the championship round, where they secured enough points to clinch the MAPL championship. Jack won the round 6-0, 6-3 to be crowned MAPL champion for the Bucs. Overall, Blair’s team scored 21 points, followed by Lawrenceville with 19 points.

“I'm proud of the team,” said Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97, head coach of boys’ varsity tennis. “I knew we had the talent this year to win the MAPL title, and it was just a matter of the individual players rising to the moment when they needed to, on championship day and in each match this year. They earned it!! What a phenomenal group of young men to work with, and I'm especially happy for the five seniors on the team to have had this win on campus and in front of their friends and faculty.”
 

College Counseling

Blair’s annual College Fair, held each spring in Hardwick Hall’s field house, has traditionally been a wonderful opportunity for juniors and sophomores to learn about a wide variety of colleges and universities and meet admission representatives. This year, mindful of health-and-safety protocols, Blair’s college counseling office took this large-group event in the opposite direction and created eight virtual Micro College Fairs, each a unique, themed experience designed to introduce students to higher education options in a very personalized—and, therefore, a very Blair—fashion.

Dean of College Counseling Niki Applebaum ’01 explained that the Micro College Fairs centered on specific topics, ranging from “Studying Business” and “Studying the Liberal Arts” to “Studying at an Urban University” and “Studying at a Private Research University.” Each fair featured six colleges or universities—including a well-known “anchor” school—with five schools represented by admission officers and one represented by a Blair alumnus or alumna who shared his or her student experience.

“We highlighted schools focused on one central tenant at each Micro College Fair, drawing students in with at least one familiar college or university,” Ms. Applebaum said. “At the same time, we carefully cultivated each event to offer variety along other lines, exposing students to different institutions, ranges of admit rates and varied educational models. The result was eight thoughtfully designed replications of the very best outcomes a student might achieve by traversing a gym full of schools.”

The Micro College Fairs proved popular with college admission officers and alumni, including Anya Parauda ’15, a 2019 graduate of Colby College who attended the event focused on studying liberal arts. She spoke to students about the similarities and differences between Blair and Colby, drawing on her own deep knowledge of the Blair community to connect with students. “I offered my perspective on why I chose Colby, which included my interest in studying abroad, the school's location, and financial aid,” she said. “I enjoyed the conversational aspect of the Micro Fair and hearing what students are considering in the college process. I'm not an admissions fellow for Colby, but I'm happy to share my own experience in hopes of helping Blair students make a more informed, and ideally less stressful, decision.”

Blair’s 10th- and 11th-graders, many of whom attended several of the half-hour long events, also enjoyed the Micro College Fairs. Hope Dragonetti ’22’s favorite session of the four she attended was “Studying at an Urban University” because it gave her insight into the opportunities available at different city schools. “I got a good ‘first impression’ of some schools I’d like to learn more about,” she said, noting that the University of Miami admission officer’s description of business internships in the heart of Miami piqued her interest. “These Micro College Fairs were extremely organized and well-planned. It was great to hear short snippets from each school and jump between calls to ask questions!”

“I’m proud of the college counseling team for all the work they put into developing the Micro College Fairs,” Ms. Applebaum said, expressing thanks to Associate Deans of College Counseling Joe Mantegna and Kevin Parsons, college counselor Caroline Wilson and administrative assistant Rachel Byrne. “In a year when many of our peer schools outsourced their college fairs to third-party vendors, we were able to create something completely unique and especially meaningful to Blair students.”