Youth Art Month is an annual observance each year to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. It is observed in March, administered by the Council for Art Education (CFAE), with thousands of American schools participating. Often, local art museums and civic organizations are involved in promoting the work.
The Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition took place virtually on February 19 and 20, 2021. Archmere Academy fielded both a Varsity and a JV team in a surprisingly exciting case about drone surveillance, land restoration and insurance denial of coverage. The teams competed in 4 rounds, with Varsity winning 3 rounds and ultimately coming 4th in the state, continuing a long tradition of excellence in the competition. The JV team was very competitive for a team consisting of first year team members, coming in 13th above all other JV teams and many other schools.
On Wednesday, February 24, Archmere held a student-faculty Blood Drive to benefit the Blood Bank of Delmarva. The Blood Bank of Delmarva serves the community by meeting the needs of patients, hospitals, and members for safe, high quality blood products and related services. The staff from the Blood Bank of Delmarva remarked that this was the first school drive they have been able to do in almost a year, since the pandemic began.
The State Math League competition was held online this year in the form of four, 30-minute timed competitions. This was followed by a March Madness style "Math Madness" tournament among the teams that emerged as the Elite 8 at the end of the regular season. Sophia Chen '24 placed first in the state during the regular season and then took the state title after winning in the Elite 8.
Archmere Academy artists are always hard at work in the Manor throughout the school day - whether they are painting, sculpting, drawing, or working with digital media. This year, Archmere won the most Fine Art awards in the Delaware Regional Scholastic Art Competition - 138 awards in 12 Art and Design categories. The obvious success of Archmere artists in this contest was due to the creative abilities and talents of Archmere students combined with the dedication of Archmere’s fine art teachers in this difficult year for in-person learning and art classes.
Archmere Academy seniors Alex Lu, James D’Elia, and Michael Mallamaci were named National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Finalists based upon their high scores on the PSAT's, taken in their junior year. These academically talented seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered to the winners. The selection of approximately 7,500 Merit Scholarship award winners from the group of nearly 15,000 will be decided in March.
At the 3rd Annual Unlocke the Light Basketball Classic held on February 5, the Archmere boys basketball team took on Saint Mark's at the 76ers Fieldhouse as part of the weekend event. The Unlocke The Light Foundation is dedicated to "unlocking the students' light" by providing resources for those struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide. The foundation's mission is to educate high school and college students to the signs of depression, remove the stigma of depression, and make available resources to help people with depression and the real threat of suicide.
Alisa Yakovenko ‘18 loves problem-solving, which drew her to study industrial engineering at Georgia Tech, minoring in public policy. This summer, she will apply what she learned in the classroom in one of the world’s largest technology companies as a supply chain intern at Microsoft working with hardware and devices.
On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, athletic trainer and health teacher Jim Malseed, M.Ed., ATC, received the Carl S. Campion Service Award for his exemplary service to Archmere Academy. This award is given annually to a current or former faculty, or staff member whose contributions, work ethic, humility, integrity, and spirit have made Archmere Academy a better place.
On Wednesday, February 3, the Archmere wrestling team came back to defeat Newark Charter after trailing them by 10 points. They picked up six points on a pin, plus another six on a forfeit to lift them to victory. With the team down going into the last few matches, senior Sanjay Long snagged a first-period pin at the 220 lb match, and a forfeit win for senior Bennett Brooks at 285 gave Archmere the win.
Archmere, now 3-0, will visit Wilmington Charter on Saturday at 2 pm.