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.