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Spring Team Outlooks
(as reported in The Capital)

Coach: Hal Sparks, sixth year
Last Year: 16-6
Key Players: Christian Marciano (Sr., IF/P); David Jaklitsch (Sr., CF); Zach Domenech (Sr., IF/P); Jack Elstner (So., IF/P); Rick Treanor (So., C/P).
Outlook: Sparks looks for veteran pitchers Christian Marciano and Jack Elstner to lead the pitching staff and return the Admirals to the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season. With Rick Treanor working behind the plate and David Jaklitsch anchoring the outfield, Severn is looking to contend for the MIAA B Conference title.

Coach: Brian Wood, 7th year
Last Year: 9-11
Key Players:  Zac Davliakos (Sr., D); Graham Davis (Sr., A); Matt Sindler (Sr., M); Andrew DeStefano (Sr., A); Max Bailey (Jr., A); Michael Bucci (Jr., M); Jack Kunowsky (Jr., M); Liam McFaden (So., D); Doug Hill (So., M) Jacob Mandish (So., D); Trey Johnson (Jr., G); Derek Lee (So., D); Tyler Perreten (So., M); Hunter Tyler (So., M); Ben Bedard (Fr., M); Charlie Olmert (Fr., M); Michael Lamon (Fr., A).
Outlook: With the majority of starters being underclassmen, Wood is looking for the more experienced players on the team to carry the load early in the season, until the younger players can adjust to the demands of the game. Wood is counting on each player to embrace his individual role in order to foster a cohesive team.

Coach: Renie Sotiropoulos, 19th year
Last Year: 9-7-1
key Players: Meredith Brown (Sr., GK); Annie Igler (Sr., A); Kasie Lilly (Sr., M); Regan Leavitt (Jr., A); Hayley Norris (Jr., A/D); Caroline Steele (Jr., A/M); Maddie McDaniel (So., A).
OUTLOOK: The Admirals lost some talented and seasoned midfielders to graduation but return a strong group of attack and defenders. They will use a nice mix of underclassmen, including some freshmen who will see a good amount of time.

Coach: Cathy Officer, 6th year
Key Players: Matt Alden '15, Nick Bondra '15, Ryan Buhrer '14, Evan Crawford '14, John O'Hare '15, Graham Harding '16.
Outlook: The Admirals hope to be a contender in the MIAA B Conference. The returning players will bring depth and experience.

Coach: Chris McBee, 2nd year
Last Year: 7-2
Key Golfers: Eric Hall '16, Christian Lisle '15, Jamie Soderlund '14
Outlook: Expectations are high for the defending MIAA B Conference champions as four of their top six golfers from last year return.

Coach: Richard Zmuda, 4th year
Last Year: 9-1 (girls); 5-3 (boys)
Key Athletes: Jarid Ryan (Sr., high jump/hurdles); Joe Yearby (Jr., high jump/hurdles); Michael Byrns (Sr., distance); Nick Falcon (So., discus/shot put); Lana Humes (Sr., 400); Allison Voorhees (So., high jump); Kate Reed (Jr., distance).
Outlook: The boys team came within a few points of going undefeated in the regular season last year and with added depth that should enable them to compete for a league championship. The girls team will look to win a third consecutive championship and are fielding the largest team in the school’s history. Voorhees and Reed will be counted on to lead the Admirals.
Admirals Earn 4 Conference Championship Titles!
The Admirals earned their stars this winter sports season! Four of the 5 varsity sports teams captured the title in their respective divisions.
Please join all of us here at Severn School in congratulating the nearly 80 student-athletes and their coaches on their remarkable achievements.

Varsity Girls Basketball – IAAM B-Conference Champions
   Coach Chuck Miller (15th year)
   23 - 2 record

Varsity Girls Swimming – IAAM B-Conference Champions
   Coaches Eileen Palmer (2nd year) and Erin Domenech
   6 -2 record

Varsity Boys Swimming – MIAA B-Conference Champions
   Coach Gayle Bremer (2nd year)
   8 -1 record

Varsity Wrestling - Maryland Independent State-B Champions
Coach Art Saumenig (4th year)
  14 - 5 record
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Athlete of the Week: Grant Murray '14
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Upper School Spring Sports Begin 2/18
Head Coach information below. Please note the days off for Spring Break.

• Baseball: Hal Sparks (off March 8-11 for Spring Break)
• Golf: Chris McBee (off the first week of Spring Break)
• Boys Lacrosse: Brian Wood (off March 8 -12 for Spring Break)
• Girls Lacrosse: Renie Sotiropoulos (off March 8 -11 for Spring Break)
• Sailing: Anne Megargel (off the first week of Spring Break)
• Boys Tennis: Cathy Officer (off the first week of Spring Break)
• Track: Richard Zmuda (off the first week of Spring Break)
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Black History Lives in Severn Classrooms
Commemorating Black History Month

February is a time to reflect on the contributions of amazing African Americans, from Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to President Barack Obama, and Severn School teachers don’t disappoint.

The Upper School English Department's Public Speaking elective class spent three class periods on a rhetorical analysis of Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech. “The students have a much better understanding of the historical context of the speech and thus its rhetorical significance,” reflected Dr. Jackie Baugh. “We began with a look at the transcript of the official program for the March on Washington which documented the span of Civil Rights Leaders who spoke that day. Additionally, the author of our text, The Art of Public Speaking, named "I Have a Dream" as the top speech of the century!”

Mrs. Cathy Carper’s 6th grade geography class will watch the film The Ernest Green Story and learn about what conditions were like for the Little Rock Nine, a group of courageous black students who enrolled in a previously all-white Arkansas high school. As the oldest member of the Little Rock Nine, senior Ernest Green withstood harassment and restrictive conditions for a chance to get a better education and uphold our constitution.

Students in grade 2 through 5 have learned a West African song called Fanga Alafia in both the native language and English, reported Mrs. Beverly van Joolen. The translation is...
     Welcome to everyone, with open arms
     Peace, love, good will to you, we're glad you've come!
“We talked about how the words to the song reflect the core of Martin Luther King's message. Our second grade students also learned to accompany themselves on the Djembe (African drum) and the 3rd grade students learned to accompany themselves on their recorders! Our 5th grade students are also learning the song Yes I Can! to celebrate President Obama's message of how we can all do our share to make the world a better place.”

Mrs. van Joolen is also teaching her 4th and 5th grade students about the works of African American jazz and RnR greats - Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, composer Scott Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Little Richard and Michael Jackson.

Second graders are also researching famous people in honor of Black History Month in Mrs. Kristin Long and Mrs. Jackie Schubert’s Chesapeake Campus classrooms. “After each student has researched his/her selected individual, they will compose a mock interview,” explained Mrs. Long. “The students will write out the questions and the responses that their famous person may have said by using what they learned.”

Students in Arts Principles, the introduction to visual arts for ninth graders, are studying the fundamentals of color theory and printmaking by creating linoleum block prints, shared Mrs. Mary Ellen Carsley. "The block prints are in the form of quilt squares and are inspired by the Gee's Bend Quilters from Alabama." 

“While, Black History Month provides the opportunity to showcase and celebrate these accomplishments, Severn believes it is important to learn about and appreciate African American history and African Americans who have made positive changes to our society all year round. In addition to the sampling of activities described above, there are assemblies and reflective activities that occur as well during Black History month and beyond," added Academic Dean Ms. Lise Charlier.
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Keller Appointed Next Middle School Head
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LS Spring Break Camp (March 17-21) Registration Due by 2/1
     The Severn Lower School 5-day camp program is designed to allow students the opportunity to have a fun-filled, action-packed, and recreational camp experience at school during part of their Spring Break. Spring Break is the two-week period beginning Monday, March 10, with classes resuming on Monday, March 24. The Spring Break Camp is open the second week of break, March 17-21.  
     This week-long program costs $240 per student. There are 3 camp offerings, each geared toward a specific age group from preschool through grade 5. Download the Camp Brochure and Registration Form. Completed forms and full payment is due no later than February 1.  
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