Campus News

< 2022


  • Sisters Spark Recognition from State Rep

    A representative from the office of PA State Representative (and SA alumna) Valerie Gaydos '85 stopped by campus to deliver laminated articles from the Tribune-Review and personal notes to Ashley '24 and Kirsten '25 Close to recognize their achievements in tennis this season. 
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  • Nataliya Di Domenico Receives University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award

    Nataliya Di Domenico, an educator at Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh’s oldest co-educational college-preparatory and independent day school, received the University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award. Mrs. Di Domenico teaches Global Studies at Sewickley Academy and was nominated for this award by Milla Ivanova who graduated from the Academy in 2022.
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  • Nine Seniors Recognized as Commended Students by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    In addition to the four Seniors who were previously announced as Semifinalists, SA has learned that nine members of the Class of 2023 were named Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Claire Cable, Colin Helbling, Ibrahim Khan, Suman Krishna, Alexander McClain, Ashton Ragoowansi, John Shillingsburg, Daniel Torres, and Jonathan Varghese!
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  • Sometimes It's All About Who You Know

    SA's Senior School Peer Mentors group (a selection of Grades 11 and 12 students who meet with Grade 9 students to help them with their transition to Senior School) developed a "Goosechase" for the Grade 9 advisory students to give them the opportunity to connect with adults around campus with whom they may not otherwise interact.
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  • Four Seniors Named as Semifinalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

    Grace Armutat, Leon Jiao, Jayne Miner, and Maria Silvaggio were named Semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized these four seniors from Sewickley Academy for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
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  • Senior School Math Teacher Named the 20th Clark Faculty Chair

    During the Academy's annual opening assembly on September 2, 2022, John Basinger, Senior School mathematics teacher and math department chair, was named the 20th Clark Faculty Chair by the Board of Trustees and Dr. Ashley Birtwell, Head of School.

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  • SA Announces Board Leadership and Three New Board Members

    Sewickley Academy is pleased to announce the results of yesterday’s elections for the executive committee of the Board of Trustees. Three new members were also added to the Board as of July 1, 2022.
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  • SA Seniors Receive National Recognition for Academic Honors

    SEWICKLEY, PA - The administration, faculty, and staff of Sewickley Academy are excited to share that four students in the Class of 2023 have earned academic honors from the College Board National Recognition Programs. Daniel Torres of Moon Township, Isaac Ulloa Antonio of Pittsburgh, and Lucas Mendonca of Mars (Pine-Richland) have all been recognized with the National Hispanic Recognition Award, and Jaeden Dorsett of Aliquippa received the National African American Recognition Award. 
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  • Sewickley Academy Educator and Brentwood, PA Resident Receives Teacher of the Year Honor for Impact on Physics Education

    SEWICKLEY, PA – The administration, faculty, and staff of Sewickley Academy are excited to share that Benjamin Spicer, a Senior School Science and Robotics teacher at Sewickley Academy in Sewickley, PA, and resident of Brentwood, PA, has been selected as a Local PhysTEC Teacher of the Year recognizing his exemplary contributions as an educator. During his 15 years at Sewickley Academy, Spicer has been a key contributor to the science and robotics programming creating unrivaled opportunities for students and graduates.
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  • Juneteenth 2022

    Dear Sewickley Academy Community,
    Today, we recognize and celebrate Juneteenth. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it wasn’t until this date in 1865 that federal troops arrived in Texas to ensure that the state’s 250,000 enslaved people were freed.
    One of our Grade 11 students prepared a presentation for her peers this past spring on Juneteenth because she felt it required more recognition. Having only become familiar with the holiday a few years ago herself, she discussed the history, its importance in today’s world, and how her family and others celebrate annually. If you would like to learn more about Juneteenth, two helpful websites are: The History Channel and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    Sewickley Academy celebrates all of our Black and African American students, faculty, staff, and families, as well as the historical significance and magnitude of this day. We are committed to supporting an inclusive community that welcomes and encourages everyone to be their authentic selves. Let us all take some time today to reflect on the importance of resiliency, determination, and independence.
    Ashley Birtwell
    Head of School
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  • Sewickley Academy Kindergarten student, Talon Ivy, making a 100th birthday card  for the last Tuskegee Airman of Rhode Island.

    Sewickley Academy Kids Celebrate Special Centennial Birthday

    SEWICKLEY, PA – The Kindergartners of Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's oldest PreK - Grade 12 co-educational, college-preparatory and independent day school, made a chance encounter into a nearly schoolwide project as they helped a very important person in our nation’s African American history celebrate his 100th birthday. Mr. Victor W. Butler of Rhode Island, one of the last of the Tuskegee Airmen, will have 73 cards to open from the students of Sewickley Academy when he turns 100 years old on May 21, 2022. 
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  • Students, faculty, and staff in Sewickley Academy’s Senior School wore their blue and yellow to show support for their teacher, Nataliya Di Domenico, as well as all of the people of Ukraine.

    Sewickley Academy Rallies to Support Teacher and Ukraine

    SEWICKLEY, PA – The students, faculty, and staff of Sewickley Academy rallied to show support for the people of Ukraine, and, in particular, Global Studies teacher Nataliya DiDomenico who grew up in the now war-torn country, moving to the U.S. in 2007. Mrs. DiDomenico’s mother and brother still reside in her homeland, and she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of care and consideration from her school community which included monetary donations and countless necessities that will be primarily donated through two organizations, DT Care and Brother’s Brother Foundation.
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  • Best in Show, “Skin/Bone Bust,” by Katie Serafin

    Award Announcement from Sewickley Academy

    Sewickley Academy is proud to announce that Katie Serafin, a Junior from Sewickley, Pennsylvania, was selected as the recipient of the Best of Show Award at the High School Student Exhibition, a regional juried show hosted by Standard Ceramics in Carnegie, Pennsylvania. The Awards Reception was held May 5, 2022 in the Clay Place at Standard Ceramics. Katie submitted two original works, the winning piece, “Skin/Bone Bust,” and “Merged Facial Planes Bust” both created from a grittier clay sculpted onto a newspaper base.
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  • Sewickley Academy Expands Scholarships to Beaver County Students

    SEWICKLEY, PA – Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's oldest PreK - Grade 12 co-educational, college-preparatory and independent day school, is expanding academic opportunities to students in Beaver County by launching the “For the Future Fund” scholarship program. The school is partnering with athletic and business legend Robert “Rocky” Washington to select students from his alma mater, Beaver Falls High School, for the first round of scholarship recipients.
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  • Opening presentation in the Events Center

    Student Diversity Club Hosts Conference at Sewickley Academy

    SEWICKLEY, PA - The Senior Council of the Student Diversity Leadership Club (SDLC) at Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's oldest co-educational college-preparatory and independent day school, hosted the annual Learning for Equity, Acceptance, and Diversity (L.E.AD.) Conference today, the first time in-person for the past three years due to the pandemic. Regular classes in the Senior School were postponed for the conference to allow students to participate in peer-led workshops and listen to a speaker and panelists centered around the theme of Liberation.
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  • Ms. Chris J. Anderson, Sewickley Academy's Associate Head of School

    Sewickley Academy Appoints Chris Anderson as Associate Head of School

    SEWICKLEY, PA – Dr. Ashley Birtwell, Head of School of Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's
    oldest co-educational, college-preparatory and independent day school, announced today that
    Ms. Chris J. Anderson has been appointed new Associate Head of School, starting in July 2022.
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  • Campbell Gallery hosts art sale

    Art for Sale on April 13 at Campbell Gallery

    Sewickley Academy has been given an art collection by a generous local donor to offer for sale to benefit the Fine Arts programming at the school. Twenty-five pieces will be on display to the community on Wednesday, April 13, in the Campbell Gallery of the Rea Auditorium on campus from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
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  • Face-to-Face Discussion of Student Demands Provides Opportunity for Progress at Sewickley Academy

    SEWICKLEY, PA – A meeting of Sewickley Academy students and the school’s administration occurred this morning providing the opportunity for dialogue.
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  • Sewickley Academy Responds to Requests from Student Petition

    SEWICKLEY, PA – It has been brought to the attention of the Administration at Sewickley Academy that certain Senior School students are preparing to publicly demand a response to the petition that they issued last week.
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  • An Update from Our Interim Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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  • Sewickley Academy to Receive Largest Financial Gift in the School's History

    The Tull Family Foundation’s $20 Million Donation Will Fund a Diverse Range of Capital Improvement Projects Designed to Maintain the Academy’s Stature as a Top-Tier Education Destination.
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  • Sewickley Academy Announces Gift and Opens Doors with Student Scholarships

    SEWICKLEY, PA – Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's oldest co-educational, college-preparatory and independent day school, enthusiastically announced the launch of a new scholarship program funded in part through a generous gift from Academy parents and dedicated community members David and Dawn Jardini.
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  • Dr. Ashley Birtwell

    Sewickley Academy Names Dr. Ashley Birtwell Next Head of School

    SEWICKLEY, PA – Sewickley Academy, Pittsburgh's oldest co-educational, college preparatory and independent day school, is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Ashley Birtwell as its new Head of School.
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  • Bridget with Yogi (left) and Russell (right) at the 2021 Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show

    Senior School Student is “Fearless” in Equestrian Competition

    When Bridget Hickton is accused of horsing around, she takes it as a compliment. She and her horses, known affectionately around the barn as Russell and Yogi, but professionally as Fearless and Serenade, respectively, have been taking the equestrian circuit by storm. 
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