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Dear St. Andrew’s Family, 

In 1994, shortly after my confirmation at St. Anne’s Church in Middletown, Delaware, a parish volunteer named Chuck Mandes approached me to see if I would be interested in serving as an acolyte. I agreed, and over the course of the following year, Mr. Mandes became my first mentor. He was the librarian at the local boarding school, an otherworldly place about which I knew little and assumed much, but he never lacked for book recommendations for an inquisitive young man, he paid me well to mow his lawn, and he nurtured my growing independence with increased responsibilities around the church. One day in the spring of 7th grade, Mr. Mandes said, “Matt, I think you need to come out and interview at St. Andrew’s…”

Twenty years later, as St. Andrew’s Director of Admission, I think about Mr. Mandes often when I introduce new families to the School. His role at St. Andrew’s was not to attract, select and enroll a student body, but at the core of his outreach to me was encouragement, mentorship, and the enthusiastic description of an educational opportunity that could (and did!) change my life. St. Andrew’s was and is a community of educators dedicated to this work: the work of encouraging and mentoring, empowering and enlightening young people. They do this work not only during the school day, but on evenings and weekends, in classrooms and on fields and on dorm and even when they’re not working at all. Every aspect of our program serves this mission, and our mission shines through every member of the community—faculty, staff, students, parents, friends.

As anyone reading this knows, admission to selective schools like St. Andrew’s in the 21st century can be fraught with anxiety, strategy, even a sense of despair. We can fall victim to a culture that regards the decision of an admission committee as an existential evaluation. In the words of Frank Bruni, applying becomes about determining “Winner or loser: This is when the judgment is made. This is the great, brutal culling.”

This was not my experience applying to St. Andrew’s, and my sincere hope is that nobody who walks through our doors feels this way during their application process. Though of course our task is to fill St. Andrew’s each year by choosing among many wonderful, talented, smart, compassionate students, our process and our interactions are designed to affirm that anyone who strives for a great education is worthy of it. 

On March 10, the Admission Office offered admission to 139 new students. As we approach our annual Visit Back Days, we are excited to welcome these students and families back to campus to share with them the spirit and opportunity of St. Andrew’s School.

Congratulations to all newly accepted students, and thank you to all who have helped someone discover St. Andrew’s!

Matt Wolinski ’00
Director of Admission
Welcome, New Families!
Welcome newly accepted students and families, and congratulations again! In case you're wondering what you're reading, this is the Noxontown News (also referred to as the Friday News), an email newsletter we send out to all parents, alumni, and students, every other Friday afternoon when School is in session. In it, we share photos and write-ups of everyday life at St. Andrew's, and we celebrate the great people who make up our School community. As you consider your enrollment choices for next year, we hope that this issue of the Friday News (and our archived editions) gives you more insight into the excitement, achievement, and friendship that define life as a St. Andrean!
In the Classroom
Film Studies 1 students critique each other's short films with teacher Peter Hoopes in the Graphic Arts Lab.
Acting 2 students Jaryd Jones ’17, Akeem Martindale ’18, and Emma Ferrandino ’17 rehearse a scene in class.
III Formers in Intro to the Arts learn dance steps from Avi Gold in the Cameron Room in the Old Gym. 
Painting 1 students work on acrylic portraits with visual arts teacher Navanjali Kelsey, in advance of the winter student show in the Warner Gallery.
A few days later, Fred Geiersbach's Jazz Improvisation students gathered in the Warner Gallery to riff and respond musically to the student artworks hanging on the walls.
Spring athletic camps were in full swing last week, with students hitting the fields, gym, and pond for two and three practices a day in sub-freezing weather. Below, boys and girls crew...
"Did we make them run 4+ miles tied together? Absolutely. Did we make them row on the pond when it was frozen? You betcha," said boys crew Head Coach Will Porter. "Frustrating that I couldn't get them to stop smiling about it all."
...girls soccer...
... and girls and boys lacrosse.
In other spring camps news: the boys crew team received a generous donation of dinner from local restaurant 1861. Hilary Mead (wife of boys crew Assistant Coach Terence Gilheany) had posted in a Middletown Facebook group about where to buy bulk meat for a team taco bar, and 1861's general manager chimed in with an offer to donate trays of pulled chicken, pork, and vegetarian crumbles. 
During the first weekend of Spring Break, St. Andrew's boys and girls swimming competed at states, with fantastic results. Sixty four percent of the team qualified for states, and St. Andrew's had eighteen total swims in finals races (which represent the top sixteen swimmers in the state in each event). What follows is a breakdown of achievements from Head Coach Richard Samulski:

  • 10th place overall (best finish in 3 years)
  • 7 swims at finals
  • Caitlin Cobb ’17 finished 6th in the 200 free and 4th in the 500 free
  • Hannah Beams ’17 finished 12th in the 50 free and 16th in the 100 free
  • Sarah Caron ’19 finished 11th in the 50 free and 7th in the 100 back
  • Ann Yancey Bassett ’19 finished 15th in the 500 free (after being called in as an alternate)
  • 4th place overall (third year in a row in the top 5)
  • 11 swims at finals (A final swim in every event except the 50 free!)
  • Keegan Pando ’17 finished 6th in the 200 free and 4th in the 100 free
  • Tad Scheibe ’19 finished 14th in the 200 free and 8th in the 500 free
  • Dylan Torrance ’18 finished 4th in the 200 IM and 5th in the 100 fly
  • Colin Campbell ’17 finished 13th in the 100 free
  • Xander Atalay ’19 finished 10th in the 500 free
  • Will Cammerzell ’19 finished 7th in the 100 back
  • Wilson Archie ’18 finished 8th in the 100 breast
  • The 400 free relay team (seen here) (Campbell, Cammerzell, Torrance, Pando) placed 2nd in the 400 free relay to earn a silver medal!
In addition, 14 swimmers earned All-Conference honors and seven swimmers earned All-State honors. Sarah Caron ’19, Will Cammerzell ’19, Wilson Archie ’18, and Tad Scheibe ’19 received All-State Honorable Mention, Caitlin Cobb ’17 and Dylan Torrance ’18 were named to All-State Second Team, and Keegan Pando ’17 was named to All-State First Team.

For more winter athletics achievements & awards, visit our website.
Nicaragua Trip
Over Spring Break, students and faculty spent ten days in San Nicolás, Nicaragua, where they built greenhouses for local farms, led health workshops, and stayed with families in the local community (and worked in some swimming, sightseeing, and volcanic hiking on the side). Thanks to Dianna Georges ’18 and Henry Esterson ’19 for the fantastic photos!
Upcoming Events
Visiting writer Nathan Englander is on campus today (Friday, March 24) to attend classes and give a talk to the School community. Englander will speak about his writing practice and his short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank , which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013. (III Form and V Form students read this book as part of their 2016 summer reading.) Parents and alumni are welcome to attend Englander's talk, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Engelhard Hall—or watch on our Livestream channel.
We are excited to welcome our SAS grandparents, aunts, uncles, and family friends to campus tomorrow (Saturday, March 25) for our annual Grandparents & Special Friends Day! A full schedule of events can be found on our website.

Join us Friday, April 7 for the School's 14th annual Levinson History Lecture. This year's lecture will be given by Micah Levinson ’05 (seen here in an SAS Archive photo). Micah is an Instructor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He anticipates completing his PhD in Political Science at UNC Chapel Hill in spring 2017, and will begin working for the Middle East Forum, a foreign policy think tank, this May. His research focuses on the dynamics of revolutionary groups, the stability of authoritarian regimes, and international relations in the Middle East. His talk will begin at 8:00 p.m. on April 7 in Engelhard Hall; join us in person, or watch on our Livestream channel

Save the date! The 13th annual St. Andrew's Coast to Coast Toast will be held on Thursday, April 13. Coast to Coast Toasts are our worldwide celebration of St. Andrew's, our people, and the spirit of our School. Once a year, on one night, every St. Andrean is invited to celebrate the common ground that connects us all, and raise a glass to the Founder of our School, A. Felix duPont. Visit our website for a full list of Toasts locations and to RSVP. Cheers to you, and cheers to SAS!

Can't Help But Connect
Henric Hungerhoff '02 organized a gathering of ASSIST/St. Andrew's alumni (plus Ashley Gosnell ’02) in Berlin. Seen from left to right are: Frederic Gunnemann '07, Ursula Staab '03, Christopher Hildebrandt '08, Henric Hungerhoff ’02, Jonas Dunkel '10, Ashley Gosnell ’02, Volker Hoffmann '66, Alfons Gunnemann '73, and Alexander Ernst '04. 
Associate Chaplain Dave DeSalvo grabbed a copy of Walking to Listen, written by Andrew Forsthoefel ’07, in a Florida bookstore while on a Spring Break trip. Walking to Listen is Andrew's memoir of his eight-month walk across the country (yes, the ENTIRE country). The book was published by Bloomsbury on March 7—get your copy today. And read an interview with Andrew in the upcoming issue of the SAS Magazine, which should be hitting your mailboxes next week!
Parent News & Notes
Returning Student Re-Enrollment
Re-enrollment contracts for returning students will be mailed April 15, and are due back to St. Andrew’s with your deposit by April 30. Please ensure both parents or guardians sign the enrollment contract. Call the Admission Office at 302-285-4231 if you have a change of address or any questions.
A Note on Student Physical Exams
For those students who will be returning for the 2017-18 school year, we wanted to inform parents, guardians and students that a physical examination is required AFTER April 1, 2017. While we appreciate those parents who want to be diligent and schedule their child's physical examination early or during Spring Break, we will not be able to accept paperwork for physical examinations conducted before April 1, 2017. Since many medical providers may have limited appointments available during the summer months, we encourage you to contact them today to make an appointment after April 1, 2017. As you know, your medical provider will need to complete and sign several of our health forms, which will be available on the Parent page of the SAS website on April 1. The deadline to submit ALL Health Forms for ALL students is June 30, 2017. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Health Center at or  302-285-4240
Upcoming Events
Fri Mar 24—Visiting Writer Nathan Englander
Sat Mar 25—Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Tue Mar 28—Admissions Visit Back Day
Fri Mar 31-Sat Apr 1—Student Equity & Diversity Conference
Tue Apr 4—Admissions Visit Back Day
Fri Apr 7—Levinson History Lecture
Thu Apr 13—Coast to Coast Toasts
Mon Apr 10-Fri Apr 14—Cheers Challenge
Fri Apr 15-Tue Apr 18—Long Weekend
Fri Apr 28-Sat Apr 29—Spring Trustee Weekend
Fri May 12-Sun May 14—Arts Weekend
Sun May 21—VI Form Dinner
Wed May 24—Awards Night
Thurs May 25—Commencement
Fri June 9-Sun June 11—Reunion

All-School Calendar  |  2016-17 School Calendar  |  2017-18 School Calendar
We Leave You With This
Enjoy this video, which attempts to capture—in under two minutes—an average day in the life of a St. Andrean.
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