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.
Hoops Madness 2019: Unity through… Basketball?
By David Seidl '19
Hundreds of Severn students, faculty members, and some parent referees gathered in the Severn gyms to take part in Severn’s Hoops Madness tournament, a tradition that has been taking place since before this year’s seniors were even in high school.
Reflection on Unity Day 2019
By Lauren Gibbons-Neff '19
While planning our recent Unity Day throughout the winter, my fellow club leaders and I began to brainstorm how we could create a more inclusive day than in the past. With the help of our faculty advisors, we were able to make a program that interests students of all backgrounds, political views, and identities.
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
A Whole New Ball Game for Severn Baseball
By Brendan Murphy '20
Over the last three years, the Severn baseball team has made two conference championship games and one semifinal game, while consistently dominating opponents in and out of conference. This year’s squad has some big holes to fill, but head coach Bob Laffey is optimistic about the developing program.
The Best A Man Can Be: Opinion on a Controversial Ad
By Mallory Gersh '19
Famously known for their slogan “The Best A Man Can Get,” Gillette razor company has recently used its platform to shine a light on “toxic masculinity” and to promote the #MeToo Movement.
An opinion piece by Annie Bennett '19
I recently attended my third Women’s March in Washington D.C. While protesting, I couldn’t help but wonder what comes after today. Is there even a point to marching? I’ve gone for three years and it seems as though nothing has really changed. A certain someone is still President, the Equal Rights Amendment hasn’t been passed, and women are still being oppressed systematically. No matter the cause, there seems to be little tangible change that directly results from a rally.
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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.
The Winter Musical: Once Upon a Mattress
By Lisa O’Fiesh ‘19
A few weeks ago the Water Street Players presented its winter musical, Once Upon a Mattress, a show unlike any other put on by Water Street Players in the last four years. Although a crucial rehearsal was lost due to inclement weather, the cast still came out on Thursday night with an amazing level of energy and confidence
Unity Day's Virtuous Cycle
By Jack Wellschlager '19
In researching dozens upon dozens of colleges in the past year or so, I have constantly seen, and often questioned, claims of a “community like no other.” It’s not that I didn’t believe them, or even that I couldn’t see what they were talking about; rather, I found it hard to conceptualize how something as complex as a communal identity would come to be formed.