A Week to Celebrate the Arts

Arts Week was chockablock with creative fun for Middle School, with activities including an art scavenger hunt, a nature walk and art installation a la Andy Goldsworthy, and sidewalk chalk mandalas. This was only the beginning. Students then learned a dance from the Philippines with Christine Healy, made sun prints, rock paintings, air-dried clay pendants, origami, played in drum circles, and rounded out their deep art dive with improv exercises and other theater games.

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Lower School adapted with aplomb to the continuing pandemic-imposed constraints. Wrote LS Art Teacher Mary Ferris, “The day was created for this unusual school year where we didn’t celebrate the arts with concerts, musicals, art shows, and field trips. The Lower School special teachers taught from carts to abide by Covid protocols, but this was still one day where we could celebrate the arts for an entire day. The outside tents, the playground, Eric’s Arena, the new sidewalks by Gardner Theatre and the lawn areas provided the stations we needed for an art and musical festival experience for the LS students. The added treat of the Penny’s ice cream truck provided a very welcome cool treat to beat the heat.” Individual activities included Goytaku printmaking, constructing rainsticks, and bucket drumming, to name just a few.

In Upper School, Greg Woodbridge conducted the orchestra and accompanied smaller choir performances, including selections from “Hamilton.” In addition, the jazz band grooved in the midday sun outside the library, its jazziness making everyone listening at least 20 percent more comfortable by virtue of its coolness.

The May Excellence Achievement Roundup

The Sound — and the Gift — of Musical Preeminence

Three Country Day Upper Schoolers won spots in festival ensembles after competitive auditions earlier this spring. In Pennsylvania, students begin the process by competing within the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association at the District Level, comprising 25 school districts within the South-Central Pa. From there, the top players in their instrument section advance to the Regional level and finally the All-State level, again through competitive auditions against their peers.

Caterina Manfrin, 11th grade flutist, won auditions through to the All-State level, and is ranked among the top 12 flutists in the Commonwealth. In addition to studying privately, Caterina is a member of the Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra and performs in our school orchestra as well.

Students who succeed to the All-State level have the chance to apply the following year to participate in the All-Eastern Festival, made up of the top students across 13 states, as well as the All-National Festival, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAFME). As a result of their 2020 All-State wins, Florie Schaumann and Cecilia Wright applied for and were accepted into the All-East Festival. Florie, an 11th grade violinist, studies privately and is also a member of the Allegretto Youth Chamber Orchestra and our school’s orchestra.

Cecilia Wright, a 12th grade violist, also won a spot in the NAFME All-National Orchestra. Lia studies with a member of the New York Philharmonic and is a member of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra in addition to playing in our school’s orchestra.

Due to the pandemic, the festivals went on, but virtually. Rather than rehearsing in person with their peers and conductors who represent the best in their field, the students would Zoom into sectionals and be coached as to how to best play for the “performance.” Each student then recorded their individual parts against a background track as a guide. These were then stitched together to produce a virtual ensemble recording. Each of the girls remarked that while it could never replace rehearsing and performing live with other fantastic musicians, it was nonetheless a tremendous learning experience.

Said Country Day Orchestra Director Greg Woodbridge, “Of course I’m impressed by the level of musicianship these three young women demonstrated by winning these prestigious positions in these honors ensembles. But what impresses me most is that they share their talents with their peers and the school community by choosing to participate in their school’s ensemble. This is a true contribution — their gift, given for the benefit of others, not just themselves.”

Eighth-Graders Crush North Museum Science & Engineering Fair

This year’s North Museum Science & Engineering Fair may have been virtual, but the Class of 2025’s achievements make clear they weren’t phoning anything in.

Amelie Breuninger won the junior champion award for her project, “Analyzing the Impact of the Global COVID-19 Lockdown on Microplastics.” Her success had company. Raphael Andreae took second place in the engineering category, while Anna Grove placed third in earth science and classmate Emma Trout earned an Honorable Mention in Computer Science.

Robotics Students Are Winning Machines

At the Middle School First Lego League scrimmage hosted by LCDS in mid-March, Team Jade won the First Place Core Values Award, while Team Orange took top honors in Robot Design as well as Coding. Both squads went on to compete at the LCDS Qualifying Tournament March 27.

At the Qualifier, CougarBots Jade came in fifth out of 17 teams, earning the Breakthrough Award and a place in the championships. Team Jade is Wyatt Alexander ’25, Jack Burns ’28, Sonia Gallo ’25, Dalton Groff ’27, Zachariah Neff ’25, Jeremy Ouilikon ’25, Nehemiah Smith ’25, Caden Topper ’27, Nate Weiss ’27, Finn White ’27, and Andrew Yanero ’25.

Also at the Qualifier, CougarBots Orange ranked sixth out of 17 teams, earning the Motivate Award and a spot as an alternate in the championships. Team Orange is an all-Class of ’27 crew, made up of Andrew Carlisle, Lauren Cohen, Ruby Edwards, John Kelsey, Lucas McDevitt, Benjamin Yodfat, Samantha Zerbe, and Austin Zheng.

In Upper School robotics news, four students earned honors in the US Technology Student Association Regional Competition. They are:
Isa Marquez ’22 — First place, Extemporaneous Speech
Any Jaramillo ’22 — First place, Flight Endurance
Seth Meyer ’24 — Second place, Architectural Design
Eli Hurtt ’23 — Third place, CAD Engineering

Sparks de Triomphe in National French Contest

Three Upper Schoolers earned awards in the Grand Concours, a written exam organized by the American Association of Teachers of French and administered to students in all 50 states as well as abroad.

The Country Day standouts were:

Arielle Breuninger ’21, AP-Level 5, Silver, No. 7 nationally
Natalie Stuccio ’21, AP-Level 5, Honorable Mention, No. 19 nationally
George Warfel ’22, Level 4, Silver, No. 11 nationally

Said their teacher, Erin Myers, “I am so proud of all of my students for their hard work in French, especially considering that proficiency in French is just one of many scholarly and athletic pursuits for them.”

Warfel and Brantley Earn Chemistry Honors

Congratulations to George Warfel ’22 and Carson Brantley ’22, who, on March 27, finished in first and second place, respectively, out of 48 students from 13 area high schools across south-central Pennsylvania on the 2021 Chemistry Olympiad regional exam. The regional exam is the first stage of the national Chemistry Olympiad competition, which identifies top chemistry students throughout the United States.

Because of their top performance, George and Carson qualified to take the first portion of the 2021 National Chemistry Olympiad Exam, given to about 1,000 students across the country. On this test, Carson was the top performer of the 10 students from south-central Pa. who qualified for that level, and George placed second in that group. While neither student qualified for the final stage of the national exam, Carson missed the cut-off for the finals by just one point and both of their performances were outstanding.

Said chemistry teacher and Assistant Head of School Todd Trout, “Their achievements on both the local exam and the first stage of the national exam were highly commendable. I believe that this was the first time in my 22 years at LCDS that one of our students had the highest score on the local section exam. For Carson and George to earn first and second place on both that exam and also the first component of the national exam for students in our region of Pennsylvania was very impressive.” Both boys received special recognition for their achievements at the annual Chemistry Education Night hosted by the Southeastern Pa. section of the American Chemical Society on April 21.

Winning at Wall Street from Hamilton Road

Raafae Ayyaz ’25 finished in the top 10 of Pennsylvania middle schoolers in the PennCFL Stock Market Challenge. Raafae is a student in Trex Proffitt’s Money Matters class, and won thanks to his savvy investing and the performance of his stock portfolio over the duration of the competition. The Pennsylvania Council on Financial Literacy, or PennCFL, aims to provide students a solid foundation in financial management and foster entrepreneurial skills.

LCDS 2020-21 Winter Sports Omnibus

By Athletic Director Zac Kraft

With only one starter returning from last year’s L-L League Section 5 and District 3 Class A Champion squad, the girls’ basketball team entered the 2020-21 campaign in rebuilding mode. As if replacing five seniors and 3,000+ points was not enough of a challenge, there was the uncertainty created by COVID. From the state-mandated three week shutdown after only four team practices, to wearing masks at all times, to spectator limitations, the Cougars faced a daunting task on many fronts.

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Led by versatile point guard Genesis Meadows ’23 (18.7 ppg) and team leader Alison Ngau ’21, the Cougars finished the season with an overall record of 7-10, 2-8 in League play, and qualified for the PIAA District 3 Class AA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year, losing to eventual champion Linden Hall in the semifinals. Coaches and players embraced adversity, developed tremendous team chemistry, and bonded together to create a season of significance that truly transcended wins and losses.

Lancaster Lebanon League Awards
L-L League Section 5 1st Team All-Star: Genesis Meadows ’23
L-L League Section 5 Defensive All-Star: Genesis Meadows ’23
L-L League Section 5 Academic All-Star: Alison Ngau ’21

Team Awards
Most Valuable Player: Genesis Meadows ’23
Defensive Player Award: Piper Graham ’22
Most Improved Player: Madison Feddock ’22
Cougar Award: Alison Ngau ’21
Coaches Award: Kiana Wakefield ’22


The Boys’ Basketball team entered the 2020-21 season with high hopes of redemption after a disappointing season last year. With the start delayed a few weeks, the Cougars finally hit their stride midway through the season and won five out of their last six regular season games to finish 10-6, 4-4 in League play, and qualify for the PIAA District 3 Class A Tournament as the #6 seed. After a bye in the opening round, the Cougars lost in the quarterfinals to High Point Baptist 57-52, ending the season with an overall record of 10-7.

Grant Landis ’22 (16.8), Lance Lennon ’21 (11.9) and Luke Forman ’21 (10.5) led the team offensively. Forman (10.8 rebounds per game) anchored a strong defense that held opponents to 49.5 points per game.

Lancaster Lebanon League Awards
L-L League Section 5 1st Team All-Star: Grant Landis ’22
L-L League Section 5 Defensive All-Star: Luke Forman ’21, Lance Lennon ’21

Team Awards
Most Valuable Player: Luke Forman ’21
Top Offensive Player: Grant Landis ’22
Top Defensive Player: Grant Gilbert ’22
Hustle Award: Christian Hoin ’23
Coaches Award: Lance Lennon ’21


The JPM Girls’ Swimming team finished the season with an overall record of 2-4, 1-4 in L-L League Section 1. At the L-L League Swimming Championships, the team of Riley Kraft ’22, Alexa Alhadeff ’22, Amelia Woodard ’24 and Corinne De Syon earned two medals, placing eighth in both the 200 Medley Relay (2:03.47) and 200 Free Relay (1:51.95).


JPM Winter Track & Field — Because of COVID, the team did not officially participate in any indoor meets.

The 2020-21 Squash season consisted of after-school and weekend training sessions and practices. Coach Proffitt did organize an in-house box league, but the teams did not compete interscholastically versus other schools. The coaching staff awarded the following honors:

Upper School
Rookie of the Year: Delanie Edwards ’24
Coaches Award: Andrew Sigmund ’22
Most Improved: Christopher Riebel ’23

Middle School
Rookie of the Year: Riley Reeser ’27
Coaches Award: Olivia Fantazzi ’26
Most Improved: Andrew Scheid ’27
Spirit Award: Jonathan Ni ’25