Monthly Archives: May 2011

Literary genius

I stepped out of the car and was immediately swarmed with the sound of girls yelling “hellos” and parents reading off their “to-do” lists. New students stared in awe at the bell tower and the new science building, but I wasn’t one of them. Well yes, I was a new student, but no I did not gawk at how tall the buildings are or how shiny the marble floors looked. I had already been to campus a few dozen times for various sporting events and award ceremonies. This was Jake’s school, not mine. If it was up to me, I would have hopped on a plane and gone to college somewhere across the globe, only to fly home if a death in the family occurred. But free will in my family was just a myth.

And so begins a tale written by Nora Kline ’11, who recently won the 2011 A. MacDonald Murphy Short Story Contest, named in honor of a former English teacher.  The Murphy and Thomas McClary Mercer Poetry contests, won this year by Jessica Xu ’11, are held each year and are open to all students at the Academy.  Murphy and Mercer were beloved English “Masters” (as faculty members were once called), whose service to the Academy totaled more than 65 years.

These award-winning works appear in the 2011 editon of The Spire, the Academy’s student literary magazine.  Govs released the latest version of The Spire on Friday evening at a launch party in the PAC.  Eloise Willemsen ’11 served as Spire editor for the second consecutive year.  You may download The Spire, and read the rest of Nora’s short story, here: http://www.thegovernorsacademy.org/uploaded/Academics/Spire11_web.pdf

As an aside, blog fans may recognize Nora’s style; she’s a prolific contributor to the Govs mash-up and blog, and was editor-in-chief of The Governor student newspaper.

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Water, water everywhere …

With just three weeks remaining until Commencement, the clock is ticking on senior pranks.  Earlier this year, seniors wallpapered the Chapel with thousands of multi-colored sticky notes.  This past Monday, the Academy’s morning meeting was relocated to the Chapel after the aisles of the PAC were rendered useless due to the presence of hundreds of plastic cups filled with water.  The pranksters left a cryptic message — J3 — and faculty spent hours and hours trying to crack their code (not really, Jesse, Jack and Jeremy, but we like your style). The Class of ’11 likely has a few more tricks up their collectives sleeves.   Stay tuned …

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Sherman’s surf report: May 10

By Sam Sherman ’11

LAST WEEK’S RECAP:
Last week we had a solid little run of swell that came together for fun surf from Tuesday through Friday, with small remnants for the weekend.

OUTLOOK:
This week we have constant northeast and east swells filling in, shifting south for the latter portion of the week. The thing to watch for will be the winds. Winds are shifty throughout the week and are mostly onshore, but it will let up at various times throughout the week. Thursday night, Friday morning, and Saturday morning look like they’ll be fun, with only light onshores predicted.

Monday, May 10, 2011

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Jolly good fun

Lindsay Mackay ’10 is currently enrolled as a freshman at the University of St. Andrews University in Scotland, alma mater of Wills and Kate, aka HRH Prince William and his new bride, Catherine. Lindsay spent last Friday celebrating the Royal Wedding from a unique vantage point and sent the following email to share with the Govs community:

Kaity (Mullin ’10) and I were certainly in the best two places to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Kaity was in London and I received tickets to a beautiful breakfast event on the historical St. Salvador’s Quadrangle in St. Andrews (where, as I’m sure you know, Wills met Kate as university students) because my dance group was performing as an opening act to the festivities.

The breakfast was put on by the Fairmont Hotel (right by the Old Course) and welcomed locals and students of St. Andrews, alike. It was lovely to have the town and gown mix on the lawn. As the morning started, we had a lovely breakfast and saw acts from the university and local primary schools, and also saw traditional Scottish bagpipers and dancers. A large screen projected dubbed footage of the wedding in London. When Kate arrived at the chapel, the attention turned to the big screen and we watched in awe. As an international student, this was a fantastic time for me to observe the crowd and soak in British culture. Women were wearing lovely tea dresses and dramatic hats while men had brought out their finest tweed blazers and bow ties. They squealed when they saw Kate’s dress, chortled when Prince Harry was caught being cheeky on screen, and let their tears flow freely as Kate walked down the aisle. It was as if we were all guests in Westminister Abbey, ourselves!

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Ali Grenier ’11 releases CD

Governor’s senior (and Grill girl) Ali Grenier is releasing a CD of original music on Saturday, May 7 at 7pm in the PAC. Ali will begin the evening by performing a few of her songs, then guests will enjoy food and beverages in the PAC lobby. Copies of her CD will be available for purchase. Two years in the making, the CD consists of 10 original songs. Tom Eaton produced the CD at his studio in nearby Newburyport. Grenier, from Nantucket, MA, also serves as president of the Class of 2011, and is headed to the University of Southern California next year. All are invited and encouraged to attend the CD party! p.s. Fellow Grill girl Claire Lilly ’11 (http://thegrillforgovs.blogspot.com/) took that amazing photo of Ali on the promo poster.

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Ferriero ’05 makes most of NHL playoff debut

Benn Ferriero ’05 made the most of his NHL playoff debut, scoring the gamewinner in overtime as the San Jose Sharks defeated Detroit 2-1 in Game 1 of the conference semifinals. Ferriero, a free agent out of Boston College in 2009, played in 33 games during the regular season but sat out the first round playoff series against the Kings. The extra period gamewinner was potted on his first shot on net during his first shift of the game. And get this … it was Ferriero’s 24th birthday as well.

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