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The Place Where I'm Most Content

7/10/14 8:57 AM

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Would you like to have a special place where you could go to be completely and freely yourself? A place to escape your everyday routine where no one had expectations for you? Imagine a place where you were always happy and everyone that you met was smiling and cheerful. Sounds like a nice place, doesn’t it? Fortunately for me, I have just the place … inside my school mascot’s costume. I am the Sewickley Academy Panther, and from time to time, I get to go to that place, inside my huge, black, furry domain.

For many years, we did not have a mascot at our school, but during my freshman year, a gigantic panther showed up during morning announcements to the delight of all of the students. The Panther legacy was created! For a while, there was a trending conversation in our school about the new mascot: who was inside the panther costume? Everyone had a theory, but no one knew for sure. When the mascot was introduced, I had dreams of how awesome it would be to become the Panther. I would have access to so many unique and fun school and community events and be able to enthusiastically (albeit covertly) interact with others at these events.

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This I Believe: "Color Clarity"

6/19/14 4:00 AM

 

Modeled after public radio's "This I Believe" series, Sewickley Academy seniors share what they believe in as the final project of their Senior Seminar course.

"Color Clarity" by Rosie

Although Rosie has lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her entire life, she loves to travel to different states and countries to expand her worldview. Rosie enjoys creating every kind of art, especially poetry, ceramics, and moss artwork. She loves to spend time in nature, whether just exploring a new environment or actively ameliorating an industrialized area by cultivating plants and connecting with the community. Rosie was co-editor-in-chief of Ephemera, the Academy's award-winning arts magazine. Winner of the annual graduation award, the Cavalier Cup, for her excellence in scholarship, sportsmanship, and citizenship, she will attend Kalamazoo College to major in international and area studies with a concentration in eastern Asia.

 

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5 Tips for Using LinkedIn for Young Graduates

6/17/14 4:00 AM


5_Tips_for_using_LinkedIn_for_Young_GraduatesA recent Forbes article reported that these days more than 70% of jobs are being found through person-to-person networking. Today’s tech-saavy young graduates are particularly poised to utilize the bustling super-network of professionals, known as LinkedIn, to build their networks and jumpstart their careers. Before you dive into the virtual candidate pool, here are five tips for using LinkedIn the right way and avoiding some common pitfalls.

1. Keep it professional.

LinkedIn has many of the same features as other social media platforms like Facebook, however, its purpose is absolutely unique. Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media sites, LinkedIn is purely and solely professional. And thus, when using the site, it is really important to keep it that way. One really easy way to ensure that your LinkedIn profile and networking efforts remain pristine is to avoid oversharing via other social media platforms. Don’t link your LinkedIn profile to a personal Facebook or Twitter account. All of your posts on LinkedIn are cached on your profile and accessible by any employer that might be checking you out online. An inadvertently unprofessional moment on Facebook or Twitter could find its way into their research and reflect poorly.

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Senior School Graduation Speech

6/12/14 8:00 AM

Jeff-Hennion-Branding-BrandOn June 8, 2014, Mr. Jeff Hennion (@JeffHennion) president of Branding Brand, Sewickley Academy trustee, and father to Nick (Class of 2014), gave the graduation speech to the Class of 2014. Below are his remarks:

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This I Believe: "Oh, Extroverted World"

6/10/14 6:00 AM

 

Modeled after public radio's "This I Believe" series, Sewickley Academy seniors share what they believe in as the final project of their Senior Seminar course.

"Oh, Extroverted World" by Ryan

Born and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, Ryan is a senior at Sewickley Academy. His favorite subjects include psychology and economics. He is an active member of his community, having volunteered many hours at the Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Ryan’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, listening to music, and spending time with his friends. Though undecided on a major, he will attend the University of Vermont this fall.

“Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” It seems that in our society today, the spotlight all too often only shines on one type of individual, the extrovert. Ryan explains this phenomenon and stresses the importance of accepting and promoting the introvert’s approach in his essay, “Oh, Extroverted World.”

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Summer Reading Recommendations for High School Students

6/5/14 8:00 AM

summer reading recommendations for high school studentsHigh school students, it’s summertime - finally a break from papers, homework, and exams! But don’t let that brain turn to mush over the summer. Instead, bury your nose in one (or all!) of these books that Sewickley Academy librarian Faith Bitterolf and our Senior School Student Book Club have recommended for summer reading for high school students.

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This I Believe: "A Strong Cup of the Extraordinary"

6/3/14 4:00 AM

 

Modeled after public radio's "This I Believe" series, Sewickley Academy seniors share what they believe in as the final project of their Senior Seminar course.

"A Strong Cup of the Extraordinary" by Elizabeth

Elizabeth has attended Sewickley Academy since pre-k. She’s an avid reader with an affinity for drinking tea and watching ice hockey. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures by meeting new people, especially through homestays. She will attend Case Western Reserve University in the fall and major in chemical engineering. The most important thing in her life is her family; they have taught her all the things that aren’t taught in a classroom but are essential to life: the power of a genuine smile, the strength of a sincere apology, and the capabilities of unwavering faith.

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Summer Reading Recommendations for Adults

5/30/14 8:00 AM

Our librarian Faith Bitterolf has compiled summer reading recommendations for Sewickley Academy faculty. They also make for perfect adult summer reading! Happy reading!

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This I Believe: "My Special Place"

5/27/14 2:00 PM

Modeled after public radio's "This I Believe" series, Sewickley Academy seniors share what they believe in as the final project of their Senior Seminar course.

"My Special Place" by Olivia

Olivia, a senior at Sewickley Academy, has lived in Pittsburgh her entire life but will be leaving next fall to attend Emory University in Georgia. She plans to study international relations in college and continue her love of traveling, with the hopes of going to Spain and living with a host family. Olivia likes swimming, gymnastics, and lacrosse. She is excited about going to her cabin this summer to continue making memories with her family. 

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Happy Memorial Day

5/26/14 4:00 AM

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Sewickley Academy

A private school located 12 miles northwest of the city of Pittsburgh which enrolls 720 students in grades PK-12. Our elementary school, middle school, and high school are all located on a single 16 acre campus with our athletic fields located on an additional 14 acres.