Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a joyous time to remember those who have passed away. In Mexico, ancient Aztec traditions were combined with Christianity during the Spanish conquest. As a result, each year families construct colorful altars or ofrendas in their homes that essentially welcome the spirit of their loved ones on November 1st and 2nd.
Senior Successes: Katie Hughes Makes a Joyful Noise in the Junior Mendelssohn Choir
For the fifth year in a row, senior Katie Hughes auditioned and was selected to be a part of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. This one-of-a-kind choir showcases some of the finest young singers in the Pittsburgh region.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation Names Six Seniors as Commended Students
The National Merit Scholarship Program recognized six seniors for their exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
Sewickley Academy will be well represented throughout the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's (PMEA) concerts.
Freshman Gary Peng was accepted into the PMEA District 1 Honors Orchestra Festival. Gary was among 75 violinists who auditioned and he placed 12th overall, a remarkable achievement for a Grade 9 student. The Honors Orchestra concert took place on Sunday, November 18, at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Junior Sarah Phillips and sophomore Felicia Niebel were accepted into the PMEA District I Chorus. Over 400 students auditioned on Monday, November 19, and both of our candidates were chosen to participate in the festival which takes place in February with a final performance at Mount Lebanon High School.
Junior Nick Valenta was chosen to participate in the PMEA District Band this year. He will play bassoon. The festival will be hosted by Carrick High School in January.
Congratulations to our talented musicians, Gary, Sarah, Felicia, and Nick!