December 2012

Vocal Ensemble Caroling

Jody Gregory ’12
In keeping with the holiday spirit, a week after the choral concert the Tower Hill Upper School Vocal Ensemble traveled to the WILM radio station to sing on air. Mrs. Zerrin Martin, Upper and Middle School Choral director, was invited to bring the group of chorus members selected to join VE to sing for the station earlier this year for the first time. This year Vocal Ensemble consists of Katherine Ianni, Anne Grae Martin, Zach Rosen, Julia Lindsay, Rodney Orr, Michelle Amorison, Cory Menden, Henry Mette, Whitney Polich, and Sara Brown. The group sang songs from their first semester repertoire, including “Oj Koledo”, “Deck the Halls in 7/8”, and “In the Bleak Midwinter.” After singing live on air, they also visited Stonegate and Cokesbury Village retirement home to carol for the members. 
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“One Light”

Leslie Sysko and Chris Wheeler


84th Annual Tree Trim 2012

The tragic massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, CT on Friday, December 14th, brings to mind and heart many things, chief among these is grief. After the most acute phase of grief subsides, and we pray that it may, there will be debates about laws, social customs, and the role of family and community in the lives of its most troubled members, and much, much more. At the end of all of these roads must be truth, tolerance, and virtue. Dr. Wheeler’s comments on the occasion of Tower Hill’s 84th Annual Tree Trim offer some wisdom in this vein:

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SDLC Experience

Jody Gregory
SDLC Experience
Upper School Students recount their experiences at SDLC

On December 5th, seven Upper School students departed for Houston, Texas to attend the 25th annual People of Color Conference/Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Alex Churchwell, Jody Gregory, Victoria Longo, Madi Schopfer, Courtney Hayman, Carina Miller and Rodney Orr were selected from applicants by the Diversity Club faculty advisors and joined over 1300 other students from across the nation for the three day conference. With a focus on the eight core identifiers of diversity (age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, race/ethnicity, socio-economic status and religion), students gathered together to discuss how to impact communities with what the conference and people taught them. SDLC is hard to capture in words, but some of the attendees explained their experiences below.

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Atkins As Artist


Leslie Sysko

Hugh Atkins, Upper School English Department Chair, opened an exhibit of his collage work at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington on Friday, December 7, 2012.

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