The Evolution of Unity Day
By Claire Hill, Alexa McFall and Emily Giorgio '22
Over the past four years, Unity Day has evolved from simply a speaker coming in, to a half day of workshops, to a full day of student-led seminars with a speaker as well. During this development of Unity Day, the overall experience has expanded in more ways than one. Rather than being just one day, we now have an entire Unity Week, with Mix-it-up Lunch and the Multicultural Dinner.
For Good Unknown: An Original Play by Jake Leroux
By Henry Stoer '20
Theater has always been a big part of Severn School. Each year, talented actors and tech crews put on amazing performances for the school. Some have even taken their love of theater beyond the standard fall play and winter musical. Such was the case for senior Jake Leroux, who started an independent study of theater for his senior year by creating his own play, For Good Unknown.
Entrepreneurs Among us
By Emma Campbell '21
For the average high schooler, money has just become an earned commodity rather than a couple of bucks for menial chores. Perhaps you’re the go-to babysitter for your neighbor, a first-rate dog-walker, or maybe even managed to secure a part-time job at a retail store. Whichever you might be, you are in the process of earning your own freedom.
Introducing Mr. Soden
By Brendan Murphy '20
A new school year always brings changes. One of the biggest changes in our school community this year was the addition of Mr. Soden as Head of the Upper School. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be on the committee that interviewed all of the new Head of the Upper School candidates. After meeting four different applicants, I was convincingly able to say that Mr. Soden was my favorite for the job. Fast forward ten months, and here we are.
International Student Experience at Severn School
By Lorenzo Hu '20
Often times, people confuse international students with exchange students. In some ways, they are similar, but the difference is also noticeable. Exchange students, like the ones Severn hosts every year from Spain and France, are students involved in an exchange program established between two schools. The students do not pay any tuition to the school they are travelling to...
Lights on the Turf Fields: A Losing Battle
By Will Kennedy ‘20
Getting lights for our turf fields has been a hot topic in the community for a long time. Personally, I am in favor of lights, and I had always wondered why we don’t have lights on our fields. I wanted some questions answered on the subject, so I went to the two people who I thought could give me the best explanation on why we don’t have lights, and whether lights could be a possibility for the future.
2020 Musician in Residence: Mackenzie Shivers
By Lorenzo Hu '21
Mackenzie Shivers, a famous singer, songwriter, and piano player, was the Dillon Moran Musician in Residence for Severn School this year. Ms. Shivers was invited by Mr. Redei, who had high praise for her music; he said he could hear the influence of Tori Amos, and enjoyed the folky and Celtic styles she incorporates.
Tips for the College Process
By Will Kennedy '20
As the college search begins to wind down for seniors, it is just now starting to pick up for juniors and even some sophomores. The process can be stressful for many reasons, and finding your perfect fit can be very difficult. These tips should hopefully help you find the best school for you, especially if you are struggling or don’t even know where to start.
Tensions Simmering Between Iran and the U.S.
By Ryan McNemar '23
Not long after the ball dropped in New York City, tensions escalated between the United States and Iran. On January 3rd, 2020, the Pentagon confirmed that the airstrike on the Baghdad International Airport that had killed Iranian major general Qassem Soleimani was in fact sent by the United States. There were also nine other casualties
Artist Spotlight: Yeala Grimes '21
By Emma Campbell '21
If you have ever taken a stroll through the Back to School Art Show in
McCleary, or even glanced at the cover of this year’s planner, chances are that you have seen multiple pieces by seventeen year-old student Yeala
Grimes (‘21). Ever since her introduction to Severn in ninth grade, Grimes has been an avid member of the art community.
The Makings of a Professional Writer: Notes from Dr. Lisa Damour
By The Anchor Staff
On Friday, November 15th, The Anchor newspaper team was able to sit down for a lunch interview and discussion with Dr. Lisa Damour, bestselling author and New York Times contributor. Here are some of the highlights from our conversation!
An Ironic Tempest
By Margaret Craverns '23
On October 16, a storm blew in to Severn School. But as students ran through the rain, heads bowed in a pathetic attempt to stay dry, something even bigger was happening: the school was preparing to put on a production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, to be performed in the amphitheater. And here is why the rain was such a problem: the whole newly-constructed back wall of the stage was made out of strips of fabric and hundreds of painstakingly placed sheets of paper
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Student Spotlight: Mackenzie Boughey
By Kyle Russell '20
Did you know that Mackenzie Boughey, as a sophomore in high school, led a march against gun violence with 2,800 people in downtown Annapolis? Mackenzie has been educated in politics ever since she could remember. Her parents told her that they would support everything that she believed in; however, she did not think about that advice until high school began.
The Joker Controversy: Much Ado About Nothing
By Nick Miller '20
In recent news, there has been much controversy surrounding Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix and directed by Todd Phillips. There has been outrage over the so-called “glorification” of a mentally ill psychopath who incites crime all over Gotham City.