By Exchanged Staff
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Johnston Jumps Ship
Mrs. Erin Johnston (Former Head of College Guidance at NCS) joined Georgetown Prep as a College Counselor after departing last year. A letter addressed to the NCS community had previously stated that Johnston was “excited to explore new career opportunities.”
NCS Tussles with Teen Sexters
In a recent update to the Student Handbook, NCS explicitly laid out guidelines around sexting, stating that “students are prohibited from engaging in sexting, whether over the School’s systems or using their own electronic devices regardless of where the student was when the sexting occurred. Any student receiving such a photo must immediately report the situation to an Administrator. Even seemingly joking or flirtatious sexting behavior is wrong and will not only lead to disciplinary action but could lead to a report to child abuse authorities or law enforcement. The School will comply with all state and local laws regarding sexting.” Some students raised privacy concerns over the far-reaching implications of the policy.
Bert Joins Bulldogs; “Ernie” Yet To Be Found
As announced at the first upper school assembly, St. Albans has a new therapy dog on campus named “Bert,” who joins the Close from HeroDogs. Staying with school psychologist Dr. Carrie Friend, administrators hope that Bert will be a calming presence on the hectic close for the remainder of the year.
National Merit Semifinalists
6 STA and 5 NCS students were announced as Semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Qualification as a Semifinalist is dependent upon junior year PSAT score. The are:
Danny Hultzen Debuts
From St. Albans School Facebook: “Congratulations to Danny Hultzen ’08, who made his Major League debut with the Cubs Sunday night [9/8/19]. Coming in as a relief pitcher in the seventh inning, Hultzen struck out the side. … Hultzen is only the second STA athlete in the Major Leagues. (The first was his STA teammate Matt Bowman ’09, now pitching for the Cincinnati Reds.)”
Last Tuesday debuted the first of many TurtleNeck Tuesdays. Though seen as a disappointment by BEEF head William Carnahan—who called it a “four” out of ten—proponents hope that this Tuesday will mark a redemption, as students are encouraged to bring out the very best of their turtleneck collections and their matching “drip”.
Bulldogs impress in second home game
The Bulldogs started their season off with a stunning 8-0 home rout over Capital Charter School, a game in which six different players scored at least one goal. They play again at home against Potomac on Tuesday and request that all of the boys “get out to that.”
The Office Hour Returns for Third Straight Year
Headed by Kyle Davies, The Office Hour Podcast will return for a third consecutive year. Other than Kyle, only William O’Brien—resident numbers guy—is returning to the podcast. New members include Rob Murphy and Miles Harmon. The podcast will be posted (ideally) once every two weeks, and will be found on The Exchanged website, The Exchanged Soundcloud account, and The Exchanged Youtube channel.
Harmon Delivers First Student Homily of New Year
STA Head Prefect Will Harmon kicked off a year of student homilies last Tuesday in the Little Sanctuary. He touched on the community values that bind the school together and the importance of friendships and family. Rev. Brooks Hundley followed later in the week.
STA Prefects Give Opening Remarks
In their opening remarks to the school, the Senior Prefects emphasized the importance of diversity and transparency along with more traditional school values. Senior Vice-President Brandon Torng also announced the Diversity Forum (for ”Diversity Day” is no longer kosher) theme: allyship. The theme gives good leeway to create a meaningful event, for a dictionary.com search for “allyship” turned up empty—a testament, proponents argue, to its potential.
Carnahan BEEFs Up
Praised by faculty, students, and past BEEF presidents, William Carnahan ‘20 has taken the helm of BEEF Club with gusto, his near-daily lunch announcements effecting raucousness and good cheer. Under his stewardship, student support at early season games has proven most robust.