Jonathan Corsini, MD is a military-trained, board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in the most advanced techniques in corneal refractive surgery. He served eight years in the United States Air Force and performed thousands of refractive surgery procedures on pilots, special forces, and active-duty members of all military branches. He separated honorably at the rank of Major and is excited to be back to his birth state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Corsini’s passion for refractive surgery led to the formation of Corsini Laser Eye Center, whose mission is to provide premier, patient-centered refractive surgery to the people of greater Philadelphia and beyond.
Kelly Hodlofski '21 is a junior at West Chester University. When she is not at school studying for her nursing degree, she is either working at Chester County Hospital or coaching Archmere's field hockey team.
"The Archmere field hockey program was so good to me and was the highlight of my 4 years at Archmere. My hope is that I am able to motivate my girls to be the best version of themselves on and off the field, just as Heidi Dell'Oso did when I played for her."
Archmere Academy is proud to present its Fall Play, You Were Born on a Rotten Day by Christopher Sergel. In this zany spoof, Claude P. Jones, a science teacher, has had it with fake science, especially astrology and horoscopes. As he desperately attempts to convince his students that they should study real sciences, he ends up making astrology even more popular. He now has to take drastic means to convince everyone that science is better than pseudo-science, and he learns a valuable lesson about acceptance and tolerance.
On September 17th, Archmere students traveled to Bellevue State Park to attend the Hispanic Heritage Festival. The Festival is held every year in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. The students had an amazing time, enjoying folk dances, beautiful crafts, and tasting delicious tacos and mango water ice. They were able to meet people with Hispanic backgrounds and learn more about their culture.
After a 5-0 run in the first set for Ursuline, the Archmere volleyball team rebounded using strong defense and "thunderous straight down kills" by senior Ceci Connolly. The Auks had an answer for much of the Ursuline attack, blocking and digging their way to a sweep of the Raiders in a battle between top-5 contenders. It was an exciting back and forth game in the crowded Laffey-McHugh Gymnasium, with set scores of 27-25, 25-19, and 25-22.
The newly elected members of the 2023-2024 Student Council were installed before their classmates at a ceremony in the Theater on Tuesday, September 19th. Mr. Mike Johnson is the Student Council Moderator and Director of Student Life and Culture.
Executive Council President: Ceci Connolly David Cui Gabi Fernandez Sam Wahl
The Archmere soccer team's first win of the season came at home against Sanford on Tuesday, September 19th. With a 9-4 shot advantage and a 9-1 edge in corner kicks, Archmere defeated Sanford 2-0 to mark their first victory. Mason Kohl '26 was steadfast in goal, recording four saves.
On September 14th the Archmere volleyball team rebounded from a first set loss against Padua to win the next three sets and the match. The game took place in the Moglia Fieldhouse in front of a very spirited and packed crowd. The team displayed their dominant hitting skills and improved their record to 2-1. Set scores were 20-25, 25-17, 25-23, and 25-20.
Archmere seniors Sophia Chen and Alicia Chu 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 1.3 million) in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
Last weekend our cross country runners successfully opened their season in Kennett Square at the Unionville Two Mile Bash. The 5th annual run was held at Unionville High School and includes races for each grade, with both overall results and results by graduation year. The Archmere girls team finished third behind some of the top teams in Pennsylvania. The boys team finished 12th with three runners recording times under 11 minutes. The Archmere girls competed against 38 other schools, and the boys ran against 40 different high schools.
On Saturday, September 9th at Coaches’ Field on the Archmere campus, the football team kicked off its season with a big win over Saint Elizabeth's. The Vikings struck first, but the Auks proved to be too much to handle and went on to a 42-8 win. Saint Elizabeth's was able to score early and get on the board, even earning the two point conversion, but it didn’t take long for Archmere's offense to strike.
In July, Archmere sophomore Giovanna Clemente competed in the 2023 Pan Kids, known as the most premier youth jiu-jitsu tournament in the world. With an astounding 2,700 competitors ranging from the Mighty Mite to the Teen divisions, the event was a testament to the growing popularity of jiu-jitsu among youth. The international tournament was held over three days at the Silver Spurs Area in Kissimmee, Florida. Giovanna competed in the Teen division, placing second overall. Her team is affiliated with Logic, and she trains under Tiger Kang MMA.
One-hundred and seven works of original art created by eighty-three Archmere Art students are now on display at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA, through October 16th, 2023. Original student artwork was created across all four grades in four distinctive elective courses, including Introduction to Design, Junior Portfolio 2D Design, Photography, and Illustration.
Helena Raskob Arts Institute member Daniel Qi ’26 spent most of his summer playing the violin on an international stage. Daniel, last year’s winner of the Betsey L. Kent Youth 2022 High School Division Concerto Competition, serves as first violinist for the Helena Raskob Arts Institute String Ensemble, and is a student of Charles Parker.
Valentina Ramos’ 26 won first prize in her age category of the Music School of Delaware Piano Competition in August. She performed at the winners recital and was part of a Master Class given by the adjudicator, international concert pianist Emiko Edwards. Additionally, Valentina is preparing to participate in a harp competition this October in Hong Kong.
Auditions for the Archmere fall play production, You Were Born on a Rotten Dayby Christopher Sergel, were held this summer on campus. The play is a light-hearted comedy about a high school Physics teacher who is really into astronomy and really dislikes the pseudoscience of astrology. This quiet and sincere high school science teacher is actually a “wild” astrologer who couldn't get adequate funds to equip his classroom.
On August 5th at the Possum Point Theater in Georgetown, Alicia Chu ’24 was honored as the recipient of the 2024 Distinguished Woman Award. Distinguished Young Women, formerly America’s Junior Miss, was founded in 1958 as a way to reward the accomplishments of high school senior girls seeking to pursue higher education. The scholarship program is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholastics, leadership and talent in young women. Alicia performed an operatic vocal performance and garnered the Talent Award, among many others.
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 25 percent of the more than 2.66 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.
Archmere Valedictorian Alex Chen ’23 was nominated for the Atlas Fellowship by Principal Katie Thiel this spring, and recently selected as a 2023 Atlas Fellow. The Atlas Fellowship is an educational program with advanced academic content, funded by Open Philanthropy, a large philanthropic organization in the US. The Fellowship is a highly selective scholarship for students interested in science, philosophy, and the future, and includes is a $10k scholarship and free 11-day program at Berkeley in California. This year’s program will have a special focus on artificial intelligence.
Annual trips offered by Archmere include the French Exchange Program, offering a chance for Archmere students to immerse themselves into the French world, to live with a host family, and spend two weeks touring and enjoying the richness of French culture. Last month eighteen Archmere students traveled to France from June 5-20 as part of an exchange program with our sister school, Lycée Saint Vincent, in Senlis, France. Highlights of this year's trip included visits to Paris, Mont Saint Michel, the D-Day Beaches and Giverny. Archmere students spent quality time with host families and enjoyed getting a first hand glimpse into French family life. Vive la France!
The Court of Chancery, in partnership with the Court of Chancery Historical Society, hosted an art competition to celebrate history through art in June. Archmere sophomore Cassius Hearne won First Place and a $500 scholarship for his entry titled, "Our Segregated Worlds". The contest was open to students in grades 7-12 and was announced in May to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic Brown v Board of Education ruling desegregating public schools and the Delaware Court of Chancery’s key role in that decision. Archmere senior Isabella Ferris placed third in the competition for her work titled, "The Integration of Claymont High School".
Sponsored by the "I Could Do Great Things Foundation", the Beau Biden Memorial Scholarship honors college-bound seniors “who embody the virtues of Beau Biden: qualities of leadership, community, civility, respect, and who demonstrate a strong moral compass.” The Foundation announced this week that Archmere Medal winner Jessica Lattanzi '23 is one of five recipients in the state of Delaware to receive the scholarship. Jessica will be heading to the University of Delaware Honors College to study Cognitive Science and Italian.
Archmere Academy welcomed 136 alumni into its ranks during Commencement ceremonies on June 4th in the Performing Arts Center. The Baccalaureate Liturgy & Commencement Exercises were also live streamed for friends and family to view on the Archmere YouTube Channel.
Dr. Caroline Corrigan Eskow '02 recently opened Virginia Prosthodontics, a dental office specializing in prosthodontics in Chantilly, Virginia. She helps fix her patients’ smiles by repairing and replacing teeth and was just named a 2023 Top Dentist by the Washingtonian.
Head Coach Pete Duncan led the Archmere lacrosse team to a 13-4 record this season, Diamond State Athletic Conference Championship for the third year in a row, and a #2 seed in the DIAA State Tournament. The team pushed themselves this year outside of the state and their conference, defeating teams in Maryland and Pennsylvania, and narrowly losing to top 15 competition. Archmere lacrosse not only boasted 16 All-Conference players and 5 All-State players, but also Drew Duncan '24 and Alex Starnes '23 earned All-American honors; both players were only one of seven in the state to earn those titles.
Produced by Justine Ciarrocchi '06 and Jennifer Lawrence under their joint banner Excellent Cadaver, the documentary, Bread and Roses, follows three educated, previously employed women whose lives have been upended by the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan in August 2021.
This marks Excellent Cadaver’s third production after Causeway and the upcoming comedy No Hard Feelings.
Congratulations to all of our spring athletes who were named to the Diamond State All-Conference teams and the All-State or All-County teams. Six out of our ten sports teams all won their respective Diamond State Athletic Conferences: Golf, Girls Tennis, Boys Lacrosse, Girls Lacrosse, Girls Soccer and Girls Track are all DSAC Champions. The girls soccer team captured the State Championship!
For the first time in school history, the Archmere girls soccer team took home the State Championship title, defeating Saint Mark’s in a dominating 6-1 victory at Delaware State University’s Alumni Stadium on June 2nd. The Auks’ 6-1 win in the Division II final equaled the second widest outcome in DIAA Girls Soccer Tournament history.
The Archmere golf team traveled to Baywood Greens Golf Club in Long Neck, Delaware on May 30 and 31 to compete in the DIAA State Golf Championships. They placed third overall with a school record for lowest score at the State Tournament and just 4 shots behind the champions. During the two - day State Tournament, sophomore Danielle Higbee made headlines for scoring a hole-in-one on hole 6. Meredith Finger ’26 placed second overall, while Danielle Higbee ’25 placed third.
On May 19 and 20, the Archmere track and field team competed at Dover High School for the DIAA State Track & Field Championships. The girls finished 3rd in Division 2, the highest team finish in more than a decade. The boys battled through some injuries and setback to finish 14th, respectively.
Congratulations to the Archmere baseball team for a successful 11-7 season! The team qualified for the DIAA State Tournament after a resounding 14-4 win over Conrad, but fell in the first round to Appoquinimink. Notable matches this season also included wins over Concord High School, Tower Hill and the Charter School of Wilmington. Several players earned Diamond State All - Conference awards.
Archmere junior Ella Strohmaier entered the DIAA State Tennis Tournament in second doubles bracket as the second seed. To win, she had to compete strategically against No. 1 Erin Gross of Caesar Rodney. On May 25 at St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, Ella did just that, winning in two sets, 6-4, 6-1. Ella became Archmere’s first individual girls champion since Abby Podolski in 2017, also at second singles.
On May 22, the Archmere golf team participated in the Diamond State Athletic Conference Championships at Frog Hollow Golf Club. The team took home first place, and sophomore Danielle Higbee was the overall champion with a score of 69 for the second year in a row.
Playing at home on Saturday, May 20, the girls lacrosse team defeated Tower Hill 18-10 in the quarterfinals of the DIAA State Tournament. Heading into playoffs, the #3 seed Auks boasted an impressive 13-1 regular season record. Tower Hill controlled the opening draw and held possession for more than two minutes, even gaining a 3-0 edge, before the Auks found their momentum.
The Marinelli Athletic Award is named in honor of Pat Marinelli, an Archmere student who tragically passed away in a car accident on June 3, 1988 while attending the Academy. This recognition is awarded to a 9th grade male and female athlete who best exemplify what it means to be an Archmere student-athlete.
This year, three Archmere seniors — Rui (Leo) Chang, Alex Chen and Clare O’Dwyer — were among the 2,500 students nationwide named National Merit Scholarship winners. In the Class of 2023, Archmere has 9 Commended students, 2 Finalists, and 3 scholarship recipients.
Archmere Academy recently announced the most distinguished awards for the Class of 2023: the Valedictorian is Alex Chen, and Class of 2023 Salutatorian is Helen Qi. The Class Valedictorian and Salutatorian earn these distinctions through their superior academic achievement, which directly correlates with the number of courses elected, and number of high-level courses taken. These are our highest academic awards and represent four years of discipline, hard work, and resilience.
TEAMS is a competition of math, science, and engineering requiring students to complete an essay on an engineering topic, a multiple choice exam, and then design and build a device with a specific purpose. Last summer, the team of Michelle Zhang, Sophia Chen, and Andy Zhu competed at the national TEAMS competition in Dallas, TX. The team's competition was highlighted by a 2nd place finish in the design build portion of the competition and they were top 10 in the multiple choice portion.
This year, based upon qualification from the state competition, there were two teams that have qualified for the TEAMS national competition in Louisville, KY. The team of Michelle Zhang, Sophia Chen, Andy Zhu, and David Cui plus the team of Justin Flenner, Gavin Nguyen, Miguel Zavala and Alex Bogey have qualified.
Archmere senior Richie Smith is one of approximately 840 high school seniors from across the country to earn corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award. Corporate sponsored awards are financed by about 107 different corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Richie's scholarship is sponsored by the Siemens Corp., which produces and markets electrical and electronic systems, instruments and components for medicine, science and industry.
Congratulations to Jace Walker ‘25 and Grace Yang '25 for earning spots in this summer's very prestigious Governor's School for Excellence for the Visual Arts. This is the third consecutive year both of Archmere's Visual Art nominees were accepted into the program. The Delaware Governor's School for Excellence is a one-week summer program that brings together academically and artistically talented Delaware high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Students are nominated to participate in Governor’s School through their schools via a competitive application process.
Archmere 9th grader Meredith Finger was recently named the Delaware Online Athlete of the Week for her outstanding performance on the golf and softball teams. A multi-sport athlete at Archmere, Meredith was named Athlete of the Week for Week 7 of the spring season. The 9th grader shot a combined 1-under par in three golf matches and went 3-for-4 with four RBIs in a softball win over Ursuline. Congratulations to Meredith!
The Archmere girls soccer team took on Delaware Military Academy on May 3 at the Seahawks Fusco Memorial Field. Despite the rain and cold, the Auks scored twice in nine minutes in the second half to earn the 3-1 victory.
The lone goal of the first half came in the fifth minute, when Emma Gioffre '23 converted a pass from Hannah Stewart '25.
The Cappies, "Critics and Awards Program," is a program through which high school theater and journalism students are trained as critics, attend shows at other schools, write reviews, and publish those reviews. Archmere's winter musical, Willy Wonka, was a Cappies show this year, and hosted critics from all over the Philly area. The Cappies is an international program for recognizing, celebrating, and providing learning experiences for high school theater and journalism students and teenage playwrights. Getting published earns a critic point towards that critic award.
The Diamond State Athletic Conference Track and Field Championships were held on Monday, May 1 at the Charter School of Wilmington. For the second year in a row, the Archmere girls team took home the title with 187 points. The boys finished 2nd in the DSAC and look to improve upon both individual and team finishes next year as they return the majority of the team.
Archmere art student Bella Hughes ‘24 has been named the recipient of the annual Michael Curcio '06 Emerging Artist Scholarship Award for her commitment to the study of art, outstanding portfolio, and originally conceived sketchbook. Bella was selected for the award by Archmere’s Fine Art Department faculty, and her work was recently highlighted at the Archmere Fine Arts Festival on April 28.
On Tuesday, April 25, the boys lacrosse team traveled to Appoquinimink High School to compete against the Jaguars under the lights in a battle of top-10 teams. Within minutes, Appoquinimink took a 2-0 lead, but it didn't take long for the Auks to regain control of the game. They scored the next 11 goals en route to a 15-3 win. Archmere junior Drew Duncan recorded six goals that evening. Senior Jack O'Neill was dominant in face-offs.
Isabella Lehr '24 has been selected as the sole Delaware representative for the 2023 Al Neuharth Free Spirit and Journalism Conference. Isabella will attend the conference in Washington, DC this summer from June 24-29. Students selected for the program receive an all-expenses-paid trip and a $1,000 scholarship to the college of their choice.
From April 20-23, the Archmere Academy Mastersingers were in Williamsburg, VA to compete in the Heritage National Music Festival. While in Williamsburg, the Mastersingers performed a concert at the historic Bruton Parish Church, which was attended by many Mastersinger families and by former Mastersinger Ryan Tibbetts, class of 2000, who was part of the very first Mastersinger group to compete in 1998. The singers also sang for Mass at St. Bede's Church, the Catholic church of Williamsburg.
Bill Sickles '79 retired from Google in January, after more than 15 years of working on a variety of ad sales teams based in the New York Office. In August of 2022, he started as a full-time professor at Fordham University's Gabelli School of Business, after two years of teaching as an adjunct professor. Bill teaches "The Ground Floor", which is a required Foundations of Business Course for first year students.
Click here to read more about the course at Fordham University.
Matt is currently a junior at the University of South Carolina, pursuing a double major in International Business and Finance, with a minor in Spanish.
While studying at Darla Moore School of Business (which has the #1 International Business program in the country) he has started his own asset management company, Shaw Circle Management, in the hedge fund sector. He collaborated with other students who were a part of the finance scholar program, and after completing their first fiscally successful year in 2022, they opened a second fund, which is currently in its capital-raising phase. The company's tear sheet will be included in the book celebrating 25 years of education at the Darla Moore School of Business. He and his peers have also collaborated with the Finance Department of Education and have created their own elective course for the Fall '24 semester.
In addition to Matt's entrepreneurial endeavors, he was fortunate to earn a spot through the International Business Program to study at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. His experience studying abroad thus far has allowed him to further develop his skills in the finance sector while maintaining a focus on International Business.
Dr. John Finley '96, Dr. Katie Sahm '90, and Dr. David Boyajian '96 joined us for a medical "Lunch & Learn" with 15 current students who are considering a future career in the medical field. Each alumnus spoke about their journey, how they felt Archmere prepared them, and what their typical day looks like.
The Diocese of Wilmington St. Francis de Sales Awards Convocation for Catholic High School Seniors recognizes students for "excellence in faith development, scholarship, service, leadership and citizenship". The Convocation was held on held on Wednesday evening, April 26, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Newark, Delaware, and was presided by Bishop Koenig. Ten Archmere seniors have been recognized as award winners:
On Friday April 21, Archmere hosted the Delaware National Chemistry Olympiad Exam sponsored by the Delaware section of the American Chemical Society. Eleven students from Delaware qualified to take the day-long exam. The exam included multiple choice and open-ended questions as well as a self-directed lab exercise. Sophia Chen '24 and Michelle Zhang '24 represented Archmere at the event.
The Department of World Languages and Cultures began the next cycle of Archmere's Spanish Exchange Program this month. From April 2 - April 14, fourteen students traveled to Madrid, Spain to spend time with exchange students at Colegio Maristas Chamberí, a K-12 Catholic school in the Chamberí neighborhood of central Madrid.
The National Honor Society recognizes students who have excelled in four areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. The Archmere chapter requires juniors and seniors to have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.70 or higher to qualify for membership. Members are expected to serve as peer tutors, mini-roster night guides, and participate in NHS sponsored charity programs. On April 19, Archmere inducted 78 new members from the class of 2024 and 3 new members from the class of 2023. This year marked the 50th annual Honors Convocation held at Archmere Academy, first instituted in 1973 by then headmaster Father Justin E. Diny, O. Praem. On these occasions the Academy accords public recognition to those students who, because of their superior academic accomplishments, have been granted membership in various National Honor Societies.
The Archmere baseball team took on Concord High School under the lights at Frawley Stadium on April 18. They trailed, 5-1, with three outs to go, heading into the seventh inning. Concord had been in the lead since its first at bat, but a three-run triple by Chris Albero '23 in the bottom of the seventh capped an Auks comeback as Archmere defeated the Raiders, 6-5.
In a battle of the "undefeated", the Archmere girls lacrosse team took on fellow undefeated Wilmington Charter in a key Diamond State Athletic Conference game on April 18th on the road. The Auks trailed the Force, 6-0, just seven and a half minutes in. But the girls fought back, getting the deficit down to one at halftime, then controlled play for much of the second half on their way to a 15-12 win.
The Blue-Gold All Star Football Game Committee of the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities recently announced the players for the 67th Annual All Star Football Game. Archmere seniors Chris Albero, Nate Morda, and Kieran Udovich were included in this year’s roster. Chris, Nate and Kieran were nominated by their coaches and selected based on their character and football ability. The game will feature 72 of Delaware’s top seniors playing their final high school game at 7 p.m. June 16 at Delaware Stadium.
Archmere participated in the first annual Delaware World Language Showcase competition at the University of Delaware on Saturday, March 18. Students competed in various cultural and language-based competitions, giving presentations and telling stories. Archmere took home 28 medals, placing second overall in the competition.
Brian McGlinchey ’87 served as the 2023 Grand Marshal of the Wilmington Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, sponsored by the Irish Culture Club of Delaware. Brian was appointed as Ireland’s first Honorary Consul to the State of Delaware a year ago, in recognition of his “outstanding qualifications, experience and engagement with Irish issues”. The honorary consul’s office in Wilmington supports Ireland’s embassy in Washington DC and consulate general in New York in facilitating business and official visits from Ireland, providing information on Ireland and consular guidance and assistance to Irish citizens in Delaware.
Dr. B. Christopher Dougherty ‘85 will become the eighth president of Madonna University effective July 1, 2023. Chris has over 30 years of higher education experience, currently serving as associate professor of business at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He and his wife Joanne are excited about the opportunity to make our family home in the Livonia area and to enjoy the many aspects of life at Madonna University.
Isabelle Hanlon ‘21 serves as the Executive President for the Residence Hall Association at Tulane University, serving all undergraduate students. Through her position, she works directly with a nonprofit organization, Glass Half Full, and the Board of Directors at Tulane University to enact campus-wide glass recycling for all students. Since the city of New Orleans does not have any public or citywide glass recycling, any glass that is used ends up in a landfill. More importantly, Louisiana loses about a football field of land everyday due to coastal erosion. This issue has posed a significant threat for the citizens of Louisiana, specifically those who reside near the coast.
The glass that is collected through recycling, is brought back to the Glass Half Full Headquarters where it is pulverized and processed until it becomes as fine as sand. The newly processed “sand” is then packaged and allocated towards restoring Louisiana's coastal erosion. Tulane University is now the first institution in New Orleans that has free glass recycling.
Press Release from the Music Teachers National Association:
Maile Gutsche is the Second Place National Winner in the MTNA Student Performance Competition for Senior Voice. As one of six divisional finalists and representing the Eastern Region, Gutsche competed March 26 as part of the 2023 MTNA National Conference, held in Reno Nevada. She was awarded $1000 from the Jane Snow Memorial Foundation of MTNA.
Our Math League teams competed at the state invitational meet in Dover on Wednesday, March 29th. Three of our students received perfect scores on individual questions: Leo Chang, Alex Chen, and Kabir Goyal. Kabir additionally was the first place individual across the entire state for 9th grade competitors.
Congratulations to all of our winter athletes who were named to the Diamond State All-Conference teams and the All-State teams. Archmere team accolades also include the Diamond State Athletic Conference Championship title for the girls basketball team and Diamond State Conference Coach of the Year for girls basketball coach Dan Pisani. Archmere junior Lucy Oliver was named the Diamond State Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Year.
Over Saint Patrick's Day weekend, the Archmere Stage Band performed in Seattle, Washington, showcasing their talent at multiple locations throughout the city and at the Seattle Music Festival. Two outdoor concerts were held; one at The Center for Wooden Boats Dockside on Lake Union, and later in the week on Pier 62, at the Seattle Waterfront. Both performances were in unusually warm and sunny Seattle weather. While in Seattle, the Stage Band also spent time in the Museum of Pop Culture, went up into the Space Needle, toured the Seattle Underground, attended the Seattle Symphony, toured of the Locks via boat, visited the Seattle Aquarium, and of course, spent time at Pike Place Market.
This month, Carnegie Hall announced the names of the 89 young musicians selected from across the country for NYO2, an intensive summer orchestral training program for outstanding American instrumentalists, ages 14–17. Among those names is Archmere 9th grader, Daniel Qi. NYO2 is a free orchestra program that comes together alongside the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America (NYO-USA) and NYO Jazz each summer for intensive training and performance opportunities
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, has recognized two Archmere Academy students with National Silver Medals: Michael Ciampoli '23 for his "Froc" sculpture (teacher Jody Hoffman), and Caeli McAlanon '25for her original book cover concept for Jaws (teacher Stephanie Silverman).
This month, twelve Archmere students from the Model UN Club attended a three day conference in New York City. From March 15th-18th, the team competed at the National High School Model UN Conference. Model UN was represented by delegates Alex Chen '23, Tony Liu '23, Annamaria DeCamp ’23, Andy Zhu '24, Elizabeth Maher ‘24, Gavin Nguyen ’24, Anthony DeCamp ‘25, Benjamin Li ‘25, Brianna Yang ‘25, Josie Calder ‘25, Laura Messamore ’25 and Zimo Liu ’25. The team was supervised by Archmere teachers Mrs. Tricia Maher and Ms. Kristen Witte. Ms. Witte also serves as club moderator.
In this year's Scholastic Writing Awards, eight Archmere students earned fourteen awards in six different categories, including: Personal Essay and Memoir, Poetry, Short Story, Writing Portfolio, Humor, and the Critical Essay. Junior Sophia Chen earned the nomination for the highly prestigious American Voices Award.
On Saturday, March 4, Archmere’s Science Olympiad team competed at the Delaware State Tournament. With only a team of 20 students, they competed in 19 events throughout the day. Our students medaled in 14 of the events. Competing against 27 schools and 46 teams, Archmere’s team had an outstanding event!
On March 4, the closing night of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka, the Cappies program sent over 50 critics from Greater Philadelphia high schools to Archmere to critique the winter musical. They rated the show and wrote reviews - the top two are published on the Philly Inquirer sponsored WordPress page.
Angela Zhang ’26 competed in the Ticket to Broadway Wilmington Regional Competition the weekend of February 24th-26th. Ticket to Broadway is a high-energy, touring dance competition offering Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Levels. Angela dances for the American Dance Academy, but registered in Ticket to Broadway with a solo and duet dance.
Can you name three women artists? Most people cannot! In celebration of Women's History Month, Mrs. Silverman's Painting class has been learning about and researching women artists to ensure that students are familiar with the amazing creative contributions of female artists to the continuum of art history. The class just finished assembling their "mystery squares" painting assignment. For this collaborative class project, students were each assigned a mystery tile from the painting Sequins (2003) by American realist artist Janet Fish' (born 1938). Students were challenged to recreate the colors and shapes in their assigned mystery square as accurately as possible, so that when the pieces of this group "painting puzzle" project were assembled, they would connect seamlessly. The primary learning objective beyond the acquisition of technical skills mixing and applying acrylic paint, was to deepen the students' understanding that abstraction is inherent in all realism.
The Delaware High School Mock Trial Competition took place on February 24 and 25, 2023 at the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center (formerly the New Castle County Courthouse). This was the first year back in person at the Courthouse after two years of virtual competition. Archmere Academy competed with Varsity and JV teams in 4 rounds. The Varsity team won 3 rounds, ultimately coming 4th in the state, continuing a long tradition of excellence in the competition. The JV team won 2 rounds, scoring very well in all rounds.
Dr. Drew Fagan '97 is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education and Coordinator of the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. He was recently named 2023 Teacher of the Year by the TESOL International Association and National Geographic Learning. This award honors exceptional English language teaching at all levels. Click here to read more.
Three Archmere Students Sit For American Invitational Mathematics Exam
On Tuesday, February 7th, Sophia Chen '24, Kabir Goyal '26 and Alex Chen '23 sat for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). The American Invitational Mathematics Examination is a selective and prestigious 15-question, 3-hour test given since 1983 to those who rank in the top 5% on the AMC 12 high school mathematics examination, and starting in 2010, those who rank in the top 2.5% on the AMC 10.
Archmere juniorsCamilo Alvarez '24 and Sophia Chen '24 both had pieces selected for inclusion in the 2023 Youth Art Month Exhibition, sponsored by the Delaware Art Education Association Exhibition (DAEA). During the month of March, DAEA sends daily social media posts highlighting the great talent in the state of Delaware. Camilo and Sophia will be highlighted virtually on the DAEA Facebook page.
Karl Boettcher '88 is currently performing the role of Chief Nobleman onstage at Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in United Ukrainian Ballet's production of the classic "Giselle". Both Karl and his brother Tom Boettcher '81 have performed several productions previously at the Kennedy with Mariinsky Ballet and ABT. Although Tom had to miss auditions while undertaking a special project in New Zealand, Karl was chosen from among 70 specially selected dance performers for one of four positions in the Ballet under the direction of world-renowned ABT choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.
Karl and Tom brought a special guest to this year's Homecoming festivities-- Ms. Katarina Holosova, from Kyiv. Karl served as mentor to Katarina, an analyst who worked on anti-corruption projects funded by British Foreign Services, and he orchestrated her escape from Kyiv on Feb. 24, 2022, as Russians advanced on the city. The Boettcher brothers have smoothed the way for this Ukrainian refugee to continue her anti-corruption work for KPMG in their Manhattan Financial Forensics Group. Ms. Holosova is one of the first participants of the United for Ukraine Program initiated by Archmere alum and POTUS, Joe Biden '61.
The Archmere Swim Team competed in the DIAA Swimming & Diving Championship Finals on Saturday, February 25, 2023. The State Preliminaries were held during the week, with Finals taking place all day Saturday at the University of Delaware. The State Championship Meet is a qualifying meet, and twelve team members of the Archmere team competed in the Prelims, at which four members of the boys team and four members of the girls team earned a spot in Finals. Elizabeth Maher ’24 and Kathryn Pyne ’25 qualified for individual events for the girls, along with Annamaria DeCamp ’23 and Aoife McGurk ’25 who competed in the relays. Nate Bustard ’23 and Logan Bustard ’25 both qualified for individual events at Finals, along with Luca Anerino ’26 and Quinn McCormick ’25 who qualified for the relays.
D. Zachary Losco '05 graduated summa cum laude from Delaware Law School in May 2022, passed the Delaware bar exam that summer, and was admitted to practice as a Delaware attorney on December 14, 2022. He handles transactional and municipal matters, with a focus on commercial and residential real estate, business and finance, at Baird Mandalas Brockstedt Federico & Cardea LLC in Wilmington, DE.
Mrs. Silverman’s Junior Portfolio 2D Design students and AP Studio Art students created original works of art for inclusion in the 2023 12x12 Youth Art Exhibition, held at the Delaware Art Museum. The 12x12 Youth Art Exhibition showcases art by young artists during National Youth Art Month. The exhibition engages local schools, organizations, community centers, and education networks, and invites young artists ages 13 to 18 to bring one two - dimensional work of art. The art must be no larger than 12 inches in height or width.
"Archmere turned defense into offense over and over in the first half, opening up a lead at Concord, and the Auks closed out the regular season with a 49-31 win over the Raiders on February 21." The last regular season game for the boys basketball team was on the road, and they made sure it was a win.
Twelve swimmers on the Archmere swim team qualified for the DIAA State Championship Meet, held Wednesday, February 22 through Saturday, February 25. Girls prelims will take place on Wednesday, February 22 at University of Delaware Carpenter Sports Building with the boys prelims on Thursday, February 23. Finals are slated for Saturday, February 25.
On February 9, the Archmere wrestling team defeated Wilmington Friends 48-28 on the road. After facing an early deficit in the first 5 matches (trailing 22-6), the team was able to take the lead and secure the victory with 6 consecutive wins by fall.
On Thursday, February 16 the Archmere girls basketball team traveled to Conrad to take on the Red Wolves on the road. At stake: the conference title. The Auks led, 11-6, with three minutes to go in the first quarter. The Red Wolves scored 10 of the next 13 points, taking a 16-14 lead until senior Ally Lengkeek got that three right back, sparking a big run that carried them to a 50-34 victory and the Diamond State Athletic Conference championship.
Archmere announced this week a new Head Coach for the Boys Soccer Team, Joe Manlove. Joe has spent the last 20 years coaching soccer in Delaware in various forms, including high school, club, and ODP teams. After 10 years as a member of the Archmere Boys Soccer staff from 2003-2011, Joe made the move to A.I. du Pont to take over as Head Coach. After 10 seasons at the helm of A.I., he made a move from Head Coach at A.I. to Varsity Assistant Coach at Salesianum.
Archmere seniors Rui (Leo) Chang, Alexander Chen, Natalie Gildea, Clare O’Dwyer, and Richard (Richie) Smith have met all requirements to advance to the Finalist standing of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) after being named Semifinalists in September 2022. 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 7,250 Merit Scholarship award winners from the group of nearly 16,000 will be decided in March.
Helena Raskob Arts Institute member Daniel Qi ’26 has been named winner of the Betsey L. Kent Youth 2022 High School Division Concerto Competition, sponsored by the Newark Symphony Orchestra. Daniel, a violinist, will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto in D Minor with the orchestra under the direction of Stephen Czarkowski. The concert takes place at 3:00 PM on March 5, 2023, at the Independence School, 1300 Paper Mill Rd, in Newark, Delaware. Tickets are available in advance at www.newarksymphony.org. Daniel serves as first violinist for the Helena Raskob Arts Institute String Ensemble, and is a student of Charles Parker.
Archmere senior Helen Qi was chosen as one of three "Best In Show" award recipients by the Delaware Art Education Association (DAEA). Each year, the Executive Board of DAEA convenes at the Delaware State University's Arts Center Gallery in Dover, Delaware to choose the three "Best of Show" pieces from among the Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key winners on view in the exhibition.
On Thursday, February 9, the boys basketball team competed in an exciting battle against Wilmington Friends at home in the Moglia Fieldhouse. Defense ran strong all night, as evidenced by the score after the first quarter: 4-2. By halftime the Auks were up 15-5, but after that the game went back and forth until the last few seconds, with the Auks coming away with a 35-33 victory.
Last night the Archmere girls basketball team battled against DMA for sole possession of first place in the Diamond State Conference. Clutch plays down the stretch from seniors Sarah Denning and Ally Lengkeek helped the Auks to a 48-40 win over the Seahawks to remain perfect (6-0) in Diamond State Athletic Conference play.
During each Catholic Schools Week since 2017, Archmere Academy presents the Carl S. Campion Service Award to a member of the Archmere community in recognition of their dedicated service with consistent, selfless giving for the school community, and a commitment to the many facets of Archmere life. Character, dedication, integrity, and humility have defined the lifelong service of Mr. Campion and this year's recipient, Mr. Brian Manelski, has similarly left his indelible mark on the Archmere community.
On Tuesday, February 7th, Sophia Chen '24, Kabir Goyal '26 and Alex Chen '23 sat for the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). The American Invitational Mathematics Examination is a selective and prestigious 15-question, 3-hour test given since 1983 to those who rank in the top 5% on the AMC 12 high school mathematics examination, and starting in 2010, those who rank in the top 2.5% on the AMC 10.
The 2022-23 Delaware high school indoor track and field season came to a close on Saturday in Landover, Maryland. The 200 meter oval at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex was the perfect site for the DIAA State Championship meet, and the site of the highest place finishes in school history for both Archmere teams. After an incredibly successful season, the girls ended the indoor track season with a 5th place finish, the best finish in program history. The boys ended the indoor track season in 11th place, also the highest in program history.
Last summer a group of Archmere students, alumni, and faculty went on the first annual AukSCUBA Club trip. The trip was to sunny Cozumel, Mexico. As part of AukSCUBA, several students completed multiple PADI Scuba certifications, including Deep Water Diver, Wreck Diver, Underwater Navigation, etc.
Last summer a group of Archmere students, alumni, and faculty went on the first annual AukSCUBA Club trip. The trip was to sunny Cozumel, Mexico. As part of AukSCUBA, several students completed multiple PADI Scuba certifications, including Deep Water Diver, Wreck Diver, Underwater Navigation, etc. They dove for six days in the crystal blue water of Caribbean and encountered a wide range of underwater wildlife. Two alumni, David Demnicki ’19 and Andrew Demnicki ’21, completed all course work and diving necessary to achieve the rank of Master Scuba Diver, the highest rank available for non-professional divers. On this year’s trip, we hope to have two present students complete that rank as well. In October, Alex Bogey ’24 moved one step closer by completing his Rescue Diver training. Additionally, many PADI course can count for college credit. If you’d like more information about AukSCUBA, please reach out to Mr. Demnicki ’86, our in-house PADI Elite Staff Instructor. This year’s trip is already in the works - back to Cozumel - and will again have Archmere students, alumni, and faculty.
Angela Zhang ’26 was awarded individual and group honors at the Artists Simply Human (ASH) dance convention, held this past weekend in Philadelphia. Angela dances for the American Dance Academy. Dancers and programs from all over the area performed for the industry’s top choreographers, dancers and teachers from the commercial, concert and university worlds. The American Dance Academy received the Studio of Excellence award the same weekend.
Caroline Donovan '19 is finishing her anthropology honors thesis at William & Mary and about to enter her senior season on the women’s lacrosse team. Her research focuses on recent gendered publishing patterns and occupational trends in Oceania Archaeology. This fall, she presented at both the Society for Hawaiian Archaeology Conference in Honolulu and an invitation-only CIRAP Archaeology Conference in Tahiti. In addition to completing her undergraduate degree, she is in the process of earning a one-year M.A. in Historical Anthropology and Archaeology.
A group of four alumni friends: Payas Parab '15, Danny Bannon '15, Matthew Gallagher '15, and Caleb Smack '15 have started a boutique consulting firm called The Handy Point Group LLC.
The Handy Point Group helps small businesses succeed by providing personalized solutions for their unique needs and challenges. They focus on streamlining business processes to save time and money, so business owners can achieve their goals more efficiently. The team values diversity of thought, personal attention, and a “show-not-tell” mindset.
Lisa Christian '03, currently working as a nurse anesthetist in Delaware, just wrote and self-published her first children's book titled "The Little Airplane's Big Adventure: Slow Down and Enjoy the Ride". This charming rhyming book has a clear message about slowing down in this fast-paced world and enjoying the present moment. As a small single-engine prop plane, she may be slower than large jet planes, but that doesn’t stop her from experiencing quite an adventure…at her own pace! The book is currently available for purchase on Amazon.
After successfully competing in big races at the Armory in New York, the Archmere winter track team participated in their last meet of the duel season at Tower Hill this past weekend. Once again, the team put up multiple personal bests and smashed a few school records. They will compete in the DIAA State Championship Meet on February 4th at the Prince Geo Sports Complex in Maryland.
Archmere senior Kieran Udovich has been named winner of the 2022 Michael DeLucia Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a senior football player from a Delaware Catholic high school. The award is presented to a player who has exemplified outstanding performance, attitude and character on and off the field. This was the first time since 2017 that the honor has been awarded to multiple players; Eric O'Neill of St. Elizabeth High School also received the award. The DeLucia Award was presented to both players in the Patio library on Friday, January 27th. Kieran follows in the footsteps of his father, Patrick Sr., uncle, Mike Udovich, and brothers, Patrick Jr. and Conor, as winners of the award for Archmere.
On January 20, the Archmere girls basketball team took on a tough Saint Elizabeth's, claiming victory for the first time in over 10 years. Lucy Oliver '24 led all scorers with 27 points, and Bridget Malloy '26 showed up big time in her first year as an Auk. The Auks defeated the Vikings 45-39, leaving themselves and Delaware Military Academy as the last two unbeaten teams in the Diamond State Athletic Conference.
The Archmere Academy Drama Club is proud to present its Winter Musical, the classic, "Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka". This nostalgic musical was originally a movie starring Gene Wilder and later rebooted starring Johnny Depp. The classic songs "Pure Imagination", "Candyman", "Golden Ticket", "I Want it Now!", and of course the Oompa-Loompa songs are all part of a fun night of theater.
Delaware Soprano Maile Gutsche is a Division Winner in the MTNA Senior Voice Competition
Maile Gutsche, a resident of Arden, will compete as a National Finalist in the MTNA Senior Voice Competition. Gutsche, the daughter of Oliver and Annie Gutsche, earned this opportunity after winning the Eastern Division of the Senior Voice Competition. A senior at Archmere Academy, Gutsche has been studying voice for 4 years and is currently a student of Mary Ellen Schauber.
For the third consecutive year, Archmere won more individual awards and more Gold Key awards than any school in the state of Delaware at the 2023 Scholastic Art Awards Show! Seventy-one Archmere Academy Students Recognized with 142 awards in 11 art and design categories including 4 Portfolio awards.
On January 9, the Archmere swim team competed against Delaware Military Academy at the Charter High School pool. The girls defeated DMA by 4 points to improve their record to 3-0, their best start since 2016-17.
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key Awards Art & Writing Exhibition
For the third consecutive year, Archmere won more individual awards and more Gold Key awards than any school in the state of Delaware at the 2023 Scholastic Art Awards Show. Seventy-one Archmere Academy Students Recognized with 142 awards in 11 art and design categories including 4 Portfolio awards. The 2023 Delaware Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Key Awards Art & Writing Exhibition is on display at the Arts Center Gallery at Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware from January 23-February 11, 2023.
Last weekend, the Archmere indoor track team once again traveled to the New Balance Track and Field in New York to participate in the 28th Annual US Air Force Hispanic Games at the Armory. Held over two days, teams from Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Maryland competed against the country's top high school track and field athletes at the world's premier indoor track and field facility.
Over Christmas break, the Archmere girls basketball team won the Hope Bracket at the Viking Invitational. The tournament, hosted by Saint Elizabeth's High School, welcomed twelve women's basketball teams and eight men's teams to their gym from December 28th through December 30th. Founded in 2020, the Viking Invitational Foundation made it their mission to bring a very competitive tournament to the St. E Center over the holidays that raises awareness and funds for the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware, which was founded by Archmere parent Denni Ferrara.
On January 3 at Brandywine, the Archmere men's basketball team took home a victory, but it was a 42-40 nailbiter that came down to the final seconds. From the first quarter, the game went back and forth. The Auks trailed, 10-7, late in the first quarter when Matt McCarthy '24 drained a long three-point attempt to tie it up. Before the first quarter ended, Matt Malloy '24 and McCarthy added threes, giving the Auks a 16-10 lead heading into the second. The long-distance accuracy continued and Archmere’s advantage grew to 25-10, but that point cushion came to end by halftime as the Bulldogs scored the final six points and trailed by just one, 26-25, at the break.
Maxwell Football Club President, Mark Dianno, announced the 2022 Mini Max High School Award winners for the state of Delaware last week. Archmere senior Chris Albero has been named one of forty-four Mini Max high school award winners for Delaware by the Maxwell Football Club. Players were nominated by their coaches throughout the 2022 season and were evaluated based on criteria that includes: football performance, academics, and community service.