January 2022

Model UN Club Competes at Harvard

This month, ten Archmere students from the Model UN Club attended a three day conference at Harvard University. Model Un was represented by Alex Chen, Tony Liu, Andy Zhu, David Konitzer, Richie Smith, Brendan McGuire, Leo Chang, David Cui, Brianna Yang and Zimo Liu.

It is the first time in quite a few years that Archmere has completed an out of state competition. Representing China, our students negotiated real world problems while working on committees with students from all over the country. While in Boston, the club members toured the Harvard campus and visited the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 

Model UN Awards (Representing China):

Leo Chang '23 and Richard Smith '23: Diplomatic Commendation in UN Commission on the Status of Women
Alexander Chen '23: Honorable Mention in UN Conference on Trade and Development
David Cui '22 and Brendan McGuire '23: Honorable Mention in UN Human Rights Council

Honors Spanish IV Creates Book Covers

Señora Michelle Midgley's Honors Spanish IV class recently read the book, "Libertad" (Freedom) in Spanish, and completed a unit on it. Within this unit they created a new cover for the book as well as created a mock interview with the main character, discussing his difficult journey from Cuba to the United States and just how important it was to live his life with "libertad" (freedom). Students compared and contrasted communism and democracy and learned about the brutal dictatorship of Fidel Castro, participating in an interdisciplinary unit of Spanish and history. 
At the end of the unit, students showcased their work and participated in a "gallery walk", commenting on each others' book covers in Spanish. 

View photos of the project here

Archmere Teacher Joins 1993 Alum for Golf Podcast

Theology Department Chair and Teacher Matt Chominski teamed up with 1993 Archmere graduate Tom Coyne for a golf discussion, recently published as a podcast on Golfer's Journal. Tom is a Senior Editor at Golfer's Journal, an online presence recognized in the golf community as "an elevated media experience focusing on golf from a unique perspective."

Matt has previously written articles for Golfer's Journal, and recently joined Tom for a thought-provoking conversation on what it means to be human, the absurdity of golf at its core, why the game is technically “useless,” what it’s trying to teach us, and which famous thinkers best represent current Tour players. 

New York Times bestselling author Tom Coyne '93 has published four books: A Gentleman's Game, Paper Tiger, A Course Called Ireland and A Course Called Scotland. His book, A Gentleman's Game, was adapted into a full-length film starring Gary Sinise and Dylan Baker. 

Golfer's Journal Podcast with Matt Chominski and Tom Coyne '93

Scholarship Opportunities from the Drivers Education Department 

The Archmere Drivers Education department has learned of two separate opportunities for any student, whether they are drivers or not, to earn scholarship funding. The students may create a 1-2 minute PSA video regarding "The Importance of Becoming an Organ Donor" and/or about "Why It is Important Not to Speed".  Please direct any  questions to Mr. Mike Walsh or the individuals mentioned in the flyers below:

Not So Fast Scholarship Opportunity

The Importance of Becoming an Organ Donor Contest

Archmere Partners With YW Leaders 

YW Leaders collaborates with YWCA Delaware’s Youth and Racial and Social Justice programs to provide a forum for discussing racial equity and inclusion. Their program will be offered via zoom in partnership with Archmere Academy on Wednesday’s, from January 26th through April 14th at 6:30-8:00pm. Currently, ten students are enrolled in the pilot training. The YW Leaders program is designed to help high school students develop a better understanding of
who they are while cultivating an appreciation and understanding for individuals of diverse backgrounds whose appearance, values, and interests differ from their own.

As part of YW Leaders, students will participate in facilitator-led, interactive virtual sessions offered through four educational modules. Participating students will engage in critical conversations and learn skills to become leaders in their communities as they advocate for racial and social justice. As the program grows, students will have the opportunity to transition into leadership roles.

The series schedule is as follows:
▪ Individual and cultural competency
▪ Healthy conversations about race
▪ Advocacy and civic engagement
▪ Becoming leaders in the movement for racial and social justice
Archmere Academy is a private, Catholic, college preparatory co-educational academy,
grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.