Maureen DiClementi, Middleburg Academy’s volleyball coach, was named “Coach of the Year” for the second straight year by the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (Division II).
(November 17th, 2016)
The Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams had an amazing season overall. Both Boys and Girls finished in the top 5 of all invitationals they participated in this season. Both teams had great showings over the weekend at the VISAA State Championships. The Girls in particular had an extremely great showing for this being the team’s first year with a full girls team, finishing 8th of 21 teams. The Boys also had a great showing finishing 17th out of 31 teams.
Leading the Lady Dragons throughout the year, Senior Tori Kahler ‘17 came up big again for the team this past weekend, finishing 8th of over 200 runners with a time of 20 minutes and 54 seconds, and earning first Team All-State, her second state title in two years of running. She finished 16th last year, showing big improvement over her stats from last season.
Junior Josh Kay ‘18 continued to lead the boys team returning with great talent and even greater goals from last year’s campaign. Josh lead the team in the State meet with a time of 19 minutes and 51 seconds, with a close second on the team going to Junior Mason Price ‘18, with a time of 19 minutes and 59 seconds. Senior Alan Salacain ‘17 had a great race and took third for the team, moving ahead three team slots, and helping the boys’ team do well overall.
The Girls’ team had some great highlights throughout the year taking 1st at the first home meet of the season. Eighth grader Jenny Chen ‘21 lead the way for the Dragons with an impressive finish of 25 minutes and 32 seconds. Also emerging as a force to be reckoned with this season was Senior Lotta Dierschke ‘17 having a personal best of 22 minutes and 32 seconds.
Both teams took 2nd place finishes overall at the second home meet of the season. The team saw its first hardware midway through the season, bringing home their first plaque at the Spire Invitational. Boys took 3rd with strong showings from Freshman Colley Bell ‘20 having a time of 20 minutes and 7 seconds and Junior Jimmy Cunningham ‘18 finishing in 2o minutes and 4 seconds. Both times were their personal bests for the season.
When asked what this season has meant to Coach Myers and the Middleburg Cross Country Program Coach Myers believes,
“But all of these accomplishments and accolades are really a minor piece of what it means to be a member of the Middleburg Academy Cross Country team. In my life, the decision to run was life changing one that continues to influence me each day. I now have the pleasure to witness this same process taking place in the lives of my runners, who surprise me with their constant dedication to a sport that they do not always love. Seeing this level of commitment from young people is truly incredible, and has been humbling for me as a coach. They are, as they say, a family: they watch movies together, laugh together, encourage one another, and work together through the hard times as a team. That is the accomplishment of which I am most proud of. ”
Coach Myers also wanted to give a personal shout out as well to Jenny Chen, “She brought home over 8 metals this season, which was our most decorated athlete on either team this season… and she is only in the 8th grade!”
Middleburg Academy is an independent school serving grades 8 through 12, with small classes, dedicated faculty, full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) curriculum, excellent athletics, and a remarkable record of graduates excelling at top universities. The campus in Middleburg, Va. is set on a 90-acre estate. More than 20% of the student body comes from abroad, and students benefit from an eight-to-one student to faculty ratio. There are 16 sports teams. For more information, visit www.middleburgacademy.org.
(Middleburg, VA - November 17th, 2016)
Middleburg Academy repeated as State Champions in the Virginia Independent School State Championship (Division II) defeating Nansemond-Suffolk Academy, 3-1.
Middleburg Academy Lady Dragon's Volleyball team played in more matches than any other high school in the State of Virginia, 43 matches with an overall record of 40-3. Considering this is a team of 10 players, the results are highly impressive. The Lady Dragons, finished the season ranked #7 in the State and 310 Nationally. That would place this little team in the top 1% in the country.
In the State Tournament, Middleburg Academy had a quick start against Trinity Christian in the semi-finals and pushed until the final point of victory. As a team, they mastered 49 digs and 6 blocks. Junior Lilly Reilly ‘18 led the team will 11 kills and Junior Emma DiClementi ‘18 finished with 10 kills with set scores of 25-14, 25-13, 25-18.
Middleburg Academy entered the finals as the defending VISAA D2 State Champions and in the first two sets moved the ball quickly and hit hard. The third set the tempo changed and it was clear some nerves were creeping in and the Lady Dragons lost the third set. The fourth set was a point by point match and once again, this talented group came together and worked each point as a team. Freshman Ashleigh Moffett ‘20 stepped up with very aggressive serving, including 3 aces. Sophomore Chelsea Penfield ‘19 demanded attention with 19 booming kills. Junior Lilly Reilly ‘18 continued to swing for a match total of 13 kills and Junior Lilian Vargo ‘19 dished off a total of 35 assists. Defensively the team dug 96 balls with Senior Libero, Alison Thomas ‘17 anchoring the center for the Dragons to pull away with a consecutive state title. 25-12, 25-19, 27-25, 25-23.
Middleburg Academy, a small independent school located in southern Loudoun County, prides itself on the quality of the character in its students. For members of the girls’ volleyball team this was the character of their season. Junior Lilian Vargo ‘19 spoke of a smaller team where “our practices had me touching every ball – and on every drill, that’s the privilege of playing at Middleburg.” The absence of Senior Captain Meagan McDonald ‘17 due to a season ending injury in September, whom the fans affectionately called “Megatron” for the delivery of her powerful kills, meant the team had to reinvent itself over the course of the year. Junior Lilly Reilly ’18 noted, “that this year it really took every single one of us to win . . .we are really like a family.”
Middleburg Academy defeated Division I powerhouses Flint Hill School and Bishop O’Connell early in a regular season matches, and would see their record extend to 34-3. “We were new to this ‘defending champions’ thing . . . so we worked hard to stay focused – we learned a lot about ourselves, and much of that was not to take anything for granted,” said Vargo ‘19.
Jumping, literally, into the fray as new students and freshmen was Ashleigh Moffett ’20 and Kennedy Bryant ‘20. “Kennedy had to be Meagan,” said Reilly ‘18 and the freshmen pair made their presence known. “Ashleigh was her own weather system and a force anytime the ball came off her hand,” said Vargo. Reilly added, “we were sloppy and unfocused playing in the semi-finals having defeated that opponent 4 times before. When we finished the game and watched Nansemond-Suffolk play a stellar game against Peninsula Catholic, we still had great confidence in our ourselves.” Reilly paused, and added, “that’s who we are: confident, skilled and of great character.”
Middleburg Academy serves as the region's only independent day school that partners with Project Lead the Way
We’re excited to share that the White House recognized PLTW as a partner in the CS for All initiative, launched by the President earlier this year to empower all American students from kindergarten through high school to learn computer science. This recognition highlights our efforts to increase access to computer science education for students and teachers across the country.
Additionally, we’re thrilled to announce our participation as a member of the CSforAll Consortium. This national organization was formed in response to the growing computer science education community, the broadly bipartisan support for computer science, and the President’s goal to provide every student with access to computer science education.
We want to thank you for the continued commitment you have made to empower your students with opportunities to develop in-demand skills through computer science. As part of our ongoing combined efforts, we are:
- Increasing the number of students with access to computer science by training more than 13,500 K-12 teachers in PLTW computer science courses this year
- Engaging K-12 students in hands-on activities, projects, and problems that allow them to solve real-world challenges
- Preparing students for long-term success and encouraging them to pursue CS degrees and careers through opportunities like AP + PLTW student recognition
Together, we’re making a difference in providing computer science education to more K-12 students across the U.S.
For more information, read the White House announcement and press release on PLTW.org.
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For Middleburg Academy sophomore blocker Chelsea Penfield, there’s nothing like a good swing at the net. She can feel it in her legs, she says, when the ball arrives on time from her setter, when she’s around the other team’s block, when the defense has left a gap open for her to smash the ball through.
Andrew Corum, Bryan Cutlip, Jonathan Lee, Alan Salacain, and Christian Sweazie are traveling to Coco Beach, Florida to attend this year’s Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. As student engineers and founders of MA Technologies, they are presenting their Elektrex design to a panel of experts in the Energy and Environment category of the competition.
On Friday, April 1st, three actors from the American Shakespeare Center arrived on campus to lead a workshop for Middleburg Academy students entitled "Directing Shakespeare." Drama Teacher David Sturdevant was instrumental in bringing the workshop to the school. "As part of our focus on STEAM, it is important to have these kinds of events on campus," he said. "The creative and critical thinking skills that theatre develops is something that all our students can benefit from."
The Middleburg Academy Model UN Team recently traveled to the the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. to compete in the UN-affiliated Global Classrooms Spring Conference. The sixteen students who attended the day-long competition served in delegations representing Denmark, Iran, Israel, New Zealand, the Syrian Arab Republic, and the U.K. They worked with and competed against students from MD, DC, VA public, private, and parochial schools on U.N. committees including the Security Council (UNSC), the Committee for Disarmament and International Security (DISEC), and the UN Committee on Education, Science, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Topics included the "situation" in Syria, nuclear non-proliferation, and World Heritage site conservation.
What an incredible weekend at Middleburg Academy as teams competed in our inaugural STEAM Competition creating Rube Goldberg projects. Special thanks to our Raytheon Engineers who served as our judges in the competition. Wonderful enthusiasm and creativity came from all of our teams competing. Thank you to all of our participants in contributing to our Rube Goldberg wall in our science hallway. Many schools were represented: Hill School, J. Michael Lunsford Middle School, River Bend Middle School, the Nysmith School and the 8th grade from Middleburg Academy. A very special thanks to Mr. Gillis, Ms. Dames, and Mr. Hennigar who engineered a superior competition along with Middleburg Academy Engineering students.
Middleburg Academy welcomed over 100 colleges for this year's College Fair. Students from surrounding schools, as well as Middleburg Academy, took the opportunity to meet with college representatives and ask questions about academic, athletic, and extra-curricular programs. We would like to thank everyone who volunteered, and the college representatives that attended.
Middleburg Academy Drama teacher David Sturdevant was featured on Good Morning Washington this week. Mr. Sturdevant was promoting Shakespeare in the Burg, an annual Shakespeare festival in Middleburg, Virginia. Organized by the Middlburg Community Center and performed by the American Shakespeare Center's actors, the festival also hosts workshops in stagecraft and acting, and a One Act Playwriting Competition, with the first prize being a public reading or performance of the winning script!
If you've seen a play at Loudoun Center Theatre recently, you may have seen Blythe Condon in Hairspray, a musical based on the 1988 John Waters film. At first there were concerns about casting, but the director felt that the play was timely and important. The play turned out to be a big hit with multiple sellout performances. Blythe sang and danced in the show, something she loves to do as an extracurricular activity. Blythe is currently a freshman at Middleburg Academy and aspires to attend NYU's Theater Program.
Congratulations to our lady dragons for making it to the VISAA state tournament! The girls Varsity Basketball team celebrated their seniors, Medha and Laryn before Thursday's game against Fairfax homeschool.
We are pleased to announce that Bridget Rizzo '16 has been awarded the prestigious Harry F. Byrd Leadership Award and accompanying $10,000.00 academic scholarship. In addition, she has also been named an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia.
5 students from Middleburg Academy are traveling to Guatemala this week. Kian Manafi, Tori Kahler, Trilby Brown, Alex Hess, and Samantha Steinman are participating in a service trip, which has been organized by their Spanish teacher, Mrs. Myers. Students are partnering with Constru Casa to build a house for the indigenous Maya of Guatemala.