The Clothesline Sale is a cherished tradition at Sewickley Academy that not only serves the school through the significant funds raised but also provides a service to the greater community. However, in order to protect our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Clothesline Sale. This was a difficult decision, but we believe it was the right one. However, we plan to see you at the Clothesline Sale in 2021 and we need your donations!
Elizabeth “Betsy” (Wiegand ’91) Wentz teamed up with Jason Leviere of Santom Upholstery in Ross Township to produce masks for local businesses in an effort to do their part to contribute and help support those who need protective equipment. Betsy, owner of Betsy Wentz Interior Design in Sewickley, purchased the fabric from Thibaut Fabrics and Santom Upholstery provided the labor.
As Virtual School wrapped up for the year, Head of Lower School Ryan Baxter notified four Grade 5 students – Giovanni, Bella, Nicholas, and Isabela – that they were this year’s Community of Respect Award recipients.
Head of Middle School Dr. Shannon Mulholland announced Abby and Max as the winners of the John W. Heagy Award, which has been given annually since 1994, during the Grade 8 Virtual Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Sewickley Academy is proud to congratulate four seniors – Mira Bhatia, Connery Brown, Catherine Cable, Eirnin Mahoney – who are graduating as Honor Thespians through the International Thespian Society (ITS).
On May 18, 2020, Sewickley Academy’s Senior School hosted a virtual ceremony to honor the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of students during the annual Awards Ceremony, which included an induction presentation for the newest members of the Cum Laude Society.
Junior Prateek performed extraordinarily on this year's Center for Excellence in Education’s USA Biolympiad (USABO) exam, earning a place as a semifinalist. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s semifinals were canceled.
Freshman Leon Jiao earned a gold medal, sophomores Natasha Karlik, Sarah Cao, and Gary Peng were awarded silver medals, and freshman Spencer Krysinski and junior Joshua Kurian presented with Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude certificates respectively in the National Latin Exam. All of these students were over the national average, with many more Latin II-IV students finishing just a few points short.
Sophomores Aysu and Madeleine, along with freshman Daniel, were recognized in a high school Chinese speech competition organized by the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh and the Chinese Language Teachers Association of Western Pennsylvania.
On May 13, 2020, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced its second round of scholarship winners in the 65th annual program. Seniors Mishon Levine, Zoe Luther, and Luke Tyson each received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
Sophomore Sarah Cao participated in a virtual audition and was accepted into this year's Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) All-State Orchestra Festival. In addition, Sarah ranked first chair in the violin II section – an extraordinary achievement.
Junior Ace Song received an Honorable Mention for Aspirations in Computing from the Western and Central Pennsylvania Affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) for her manuscript, “Association of Air Quality and Cancer Mortality Rates: PM2.5 and O3 Trends Across US Counties,” which was submitted to the Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI).
Grade 7 student Rayna Thakkar participated with hundreds of students from across the region in the 2020 Pittsburgh National History Day (NHD) competition, placing third in the junior individual website category.
On March 13, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers announced the winners for the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Sophomores Aysu Türkay and Anthony Wiles won a Gold Key and Silver Key respectively.
Sewickley Academy’s Science Bowl team – juniors Prateek (captain), Jiaji, Ashwin, and Aditya, and senior Tim – competed in the 29th annual Western Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl (WPASB) on Saturday, February 22, at the Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus, earning second place.
In partnership with Penguin Bookshop, Sewickley Academy’s Lower School hosted author Gillian McDunn this morning in the Marion Hutchins Library. Students in Grades 4 and 5 had the opportunity to learn about writing, how she crafts memorable characters, and the importance of the revision process to transform stories into finished pieces.
While it was a typical weekend for most Sewickley Academy students, Simran and I spent February 21-23 attending the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE) Honors Systems Conference at the Harker School in San Jose, California.
Junior Felicia Niebel will sing the National Anthem at the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Basketball Championships at the Petersen Events Center this Friday, February 28, at 5:00 p.m.
Senior Hannah Travali-Peacock has been selected for a full four-year scholarship to Northwestern University through the QuestBridge National College Match program, a nonprofit organization that matches exceptional students to the country’s best colleges and universities.