A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and most produced plays in his repertoire. The play’s simple love-story and hilarious takes on love and life produces some of the most immortal lines in history like, “Lord, what fools these mortals be” and “The course of true love never did run smooth”.Our play is set in the late 60’s/ early 70’s, a time of Beatniks and Hippies and great music. The play follows teenage lovers Hermia, Lysander, Demetrius and Helena as they fall in and out of love, attempting to avoid the strict rules of parents and society. While in the woods, the lovers get entangled in a spat between the king and queen of the fairies, much to the amusement of their mischievous servant, Puck. Meanwhile, a group of actors, attempting to practice a play for the Duke’s wedding, also get mixed-up in the zaniness. A play full of tender moments and laughter, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a play for everyone to enjoy.
In the cumulative standings at the end of the WordWright Challenge meets this year, Archmere's twelfth graders tied for ninth place in the nation among all teams at their grade level. The students were supervised by Archmere English teacher, Mr. Stephen Klinge.
Archmere seniors Alex Lu, Michael Mallamaci, and James D’Elia have been named National Merit Semifinalists because of their high scores on the PSAT's, taken in their junior year. Only 16,000 students (of approximately 1.6 million) in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition.
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the more than 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
This summer, seniors Tyler Allison, Abigail Jones, Michael Acierno, Seamus Morgan, and Gabriella Gildea worked together to raise over $1,000 to support local restaurants and health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. They created a Go-Fund Me page called “Free Meals for Heroes” and collected money that was used to buy gift cards from local restaurants on Route 202. These gift cards were given to health care workers at A.I. duPont Hospital.
Auditions for the Archmere fall play production, Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream were held on Monday, August 17th. Eighteen students auditioned outside in the Meditation Garden, including three freshmen. A Midsummer Night's Dream will be performed outdoors, on campus with a socially distanced audience the first weekend in October.
Archmere senior Hannah Wright has been identified by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) as an elite rising high school senior, recognized on the 2020 Under Armour All-America Watch List. The Under Armour All-America Watch List is for the top rising seniors who have received external recognition for their outstanding volleyball play. Hannah is the Archmere Libero/Defensive Specialist and has already verbally committed to continue her volleyball career at the University of Delaware.
Press Release from National History Day, College Park, MD:
Ms. Kristen Witte, teacher at Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware, is one of only 98 teachers selected for a National History Day® (NHD) summer professional development program. This new course focuses on using online Library of Congress resources to develop and support historical arguments and is a feature of NHD’s membership in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Consortium. Over the course of the series, Ms. Witte has explored digitized primary sources from the Library of Congress, engaged in four live webinar programs and discussions with fellow educators from across the country, and developed resources to use with students in her classroom.
This summer, Archmere history teacher Tara Rodack partnered with the Delaware Historical Society to create a virtual field trip centered around World War II and the historical society’s Minker Collection. The Minker collection is a series of 650 letters that detail the experience of B-17 pilot Ralph L. Minker Jr. and his Wilmington based family as they cope with the stresses of World War II. Tara worked with the historical society’s Director of Education and Archmere alumna, Rebecca Fay '90, to create a lesson around the theme of sacrifice as evidenced through the primary source letters. From rationing and air raids to the pain and anxiety due to their son’s and brother’s deployment, the sacrifices of this Delaware family especially resonate with students who experienced their own sacrifices this year with the onset of a worldwide pandemic. The virtual field trip will be offered to all private and public schools in Delaware this coming fall.
In 1989, Andrew Swainson was convicted of a murder that he didn't commit. In February 2020, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office said his case should be overturned. Andrew was represented by Nate Andrisani '88.
The 33rd Annual Golf & Tennis Outing is right around the corner on Monday, September 28, 2020 at the beautiful DuPont Country Club in Wilmington. This annual event is hosted by Archmere's Alumni Association and the proceeds will benefit the Archmere Alumni Legacy Scholarship Fund. All alumni, current and past parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the Archmere community are invited to attend.