The Straight Dope on Refreshing Mountain

By Keira A. ’25
Photos by The Chaperone Shutterbugs

The seventh grade field trip was a lot of things. But one of the things it was not was forgettable. Many memories were made, some good some bad; many activities were so fun, others less so.

The first day we arrived an hour or so before lunch. We were assigned our rooms and finally the anticipation was over: We found out who our roommates were.

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We got a chance to unpack and settle in before some pre-lunch games. After we ate, we split into three groups for two team-building exercises. The first was a physical challenge with 34 separate parts that we had to divide up and conquer. The second was geocaching, where we had to use GPS to navigate to specific coordinates to find information that we recorded on a sheet.

After our activities we had time to ourselves before dinner and then the gym to play kickball and dodgeball. Curfew was at ten o’clock and we had to be at breakfast by eight.

The second day started with archery, using a slingshot, and a giant swing. While the first two are self-explanatory, the last one isn’t. The giant swing is where you get hooked into a harness to which two ropes are then attached. One of the ropes your teammates will pull to raise you up; the other rope is what you swing by.

Lunch separated the morning and afternoon.

The afternoon activities were pedal carts, zip lining, and reptile and amphibian center; which were all shortened to 45 minutes since it was raining that day, which made it not as enjoyable.

The third day saw us head to our last activities, which were the rock wall, obstacle course, and reptiles and amphibians (a different reptiles and amphibians from the day before).

We ate our last meal, then hopped on the bus and went back to school to be picked up by our parents.

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LCDS Fall 2019 Athletics Summary

By Director of Athletics Zac Kraft

The Girls’ Tennis team ended the regular season with an overall record of 12-3, 5-2 in L-L League Section 4 (t-third place). The Cougars (No. 8 Seed) lost to Wyomissing (No. 1 seed) 3-2 in the first round of PIAA District 3 Team Tournament to end the season with an overall record of 12-4. Cassidy G. ’21 (17-4), Olivia S.’21 (7-9), Isabella G. ’21 (8-7) and Maggie A. ’23 (11-2) led the Cougars in Singles. Cassidy G. ’21 finished second in the Lancaster-Lebanon League AA Singles Tournament, and advanced to the PIAA District 3 AA Singles Tournament Semifinals. The doubles team of Cassidy and Sloan K. ’21 placed second in the L-L League AA Doubles Tournament, and advanced to the Semifinals of the PIAA District 3 AA Doubles Tournament.

L-L League Section 3 All-Stars:
Cassidy G. ’21

Team Awards:
Leadership Award Amelia L. ’21
Most Valuable Player Cassidy G. ’21
Rookie of the Year Maggie A. ’23
Most Improved Oliva S. ’21


The Golf team finished the regular season with an overall record of 12-18, 12-18 in L-L League Section 4 (fourth place). The only returning player from last year’s Cougar golf team, Phoebe S. ’22 led the team with a regular season scoring average of 95. At the L-L Championships, Phoebe tied for fifth (second in Class AA) in the girls’ division with a 90, and finished sixth overall at the PIAA District 3 AA Golf Championships.

Team Awards:
Most Valuable Player Pheobe S. ’22
Rookie of the Year Winston T. ’23

The Girls’ Soccer team finished the regular season with an overall record of 10-7-1, 5-6-1 in L-L League Section 4 (fifth place). The Cougars showed tremendous improvement over the course of the season, and recorded a 1-0 upset over Pequea Valley and 1-1 tie versus Annville-Cleona. In the PIAA District 3 A Tournament Quarterfinals, Grace G. ’20 scored five goals to help lead the Cougars to a 6-1 win over West Shore Christian Academy. The Cougars lost to Camp Hill in the Semifinals 7-1 to finish the season with an overall record of 11-8-1. Individually, Grace G. ’20 and Julia M. ’20 paced the offense with 23 and nine goals, respectively, and both recorded five-goal games during the regular season (Grace did it twice!). Anna S. ’20 was solid in goal all year with 91 saves. Gaby N. ’20 controlled the midfield while Alyssa K. ’22 and Abby G. ’20 anchored the defense.

L-L League Section 4 First Team All-Stars: Julia M. ’20, Grace G. ’20
L-L League Academic All-Star: Julia M. ’20

Team Awards:
Leadership Award Gaby N.’20, Abby G.’20
Offensive MVP Grace G. ’20
Defensive MVP Alyssa K. ’22, Anna S. ’20
Team MVP Julia M. ’20


The Boys’ Soccer team finished the regular season 11-4-2, 7-3-2 in the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 4 (third place). The Cougars (No. 5 seed) knocked off Harrisburg Christian (No. 4 seed) 2-1 in the Quarterfinal Round of the PIAA District 3 A Tournament, lost to top-seeded Halifax 3-0 in the Semifinals, but advanced to the PIAA State A Tournament with a 1-0 win over Camp Hill in the District 3 Third Place game. The Cougars upset District 5 Champion and previously unbeaten McConnellsburg (21-0) 2-1 (4-3 PKs) in the first round of the PIAA State Tournament to advance to the State Quarterfinals for only the second time in school history. There they fell to Winchester Thurston 4-0, and ended the season with an overall record of 14-6-2. Ryan N. ’20 (17 goals, 6 assists),, Cameron Y. ’21 (10-5), Rohan K. ’21 (9-4), Wesley G. ’20 (6-2) and Alex V. ’21 (4-5) led a balanced offense, while Jake H. ’20 controlled the midfield and Grant G. ’22 and Alex P. ’20 anchored a stingy defense. Michael K. ’21 was outstanding in goal with 100 saves (78 percent).

L-L League Section 4 First Team All-Stars: Jake H. ’20, Ryan N. ’20
L-L League Section 4 Second Team All-Star: Michael K. ’21
L-L League Academic All-Star: Wesley G. ’20

Team Awards:
Rookie of the Year Chandler K. ’23
Outstanding Teammate Luke F. ’21
Defensive MVP Grant G. ’22
Coaches Award Jackson O. ’21
Cougar Award Rohan K. ’21
Mr. Hustle Award Christopher S. ’22
Most Dedicated Alex V. ’21
Offensive MVP Cameron Y. ’21
Most Improved Player Freddie B. ’23
Mr. Versatility Alex P. ’20


The Field Hockey team finished the season with an overall record of 7-9-1, 4-9-1 in L-L League Section 3 (fifth place). Lauren W. ’20 led the Cougar offense with a school-record 35 goals and five assists, giving her 71 for her career, the most in program history. Whitney F. ’20 (9 goals, 7 assists), Annabelle C. ’20 (5-7) and Madison F. ’22 (6-2) also contributed offensively. Ryan D. ’23 (70 saves) and Ashanti D. ’20 (53 saves) shared GK duties throughout the season.

L-L League All-Star: Lauren W. ’20
L-L League Section 3 First Team All-Stars: Lauren W. ’20, Whitney F. ’20
L-L League Section 3 Second Team All-Stars: Annabelle C. ’20

Team Awards:
Most Improved Player Sydney V. ’23
Offensive MVP Lauren W. ’20
Defensive MVP Genesis M. ’23
Cougar Award Maya R. ’20
Coaches Award Annabelle C. ’20


The JPM Boys’ Cross Country team finished the regular season with an overall record of 7-3. Christian F. ’20 recorded a personal best (18:36) and placed 76th at the Lancaster-Lebanon League XC Championships, helping the JPM boys to a fifth place finish. At the PIAA District 3 XC Championships, Christian clocked a respectable 18:40 and helped the team to a 12th place finish out of 42 teams.

The JPM Girls’ Cross Country Team finished the regular season with an overall record of 5-5. Arielle B. ’21 (19:18) placed third and younger sister Milana B. ’23 (20:24) 11th at the L-L XC Championships. At the PIAA District 3 Championships, Arielle (19:16.9) placed and Milana (20:04.6) turned in outstanding performances, finishing 14th and 45th respectively, and helped the team to a 14th place finish out of 32 teams. At the PIAA State Championships, Arielle placed 32nd with a time of 19:33.

L-L League Section 1 First Team All-Star: Arielle B.’21
L-L League Section 1 Second Team All-Star: Milana B.’23
L-L League Academic All-Star: Christian F.’20


The LCHS Girls’ Volleyball Team enjoyed a 14-match winning streak to finish the regular season with an overall record of 14-2, and captured the L-L League Section 3 Title for the first time in program history with a League record of 11-1. The Crusaders lost in the L-L League Quarterfinals, but bounced back to defeat Octorara in the first round of the PIAA District 3 Tournament, marking another program first. The season ended for the Crusaders in the PIAA District 3 Quarterfinals after losing to top-seeded Palmyra.

L-L League Section 3 First Team All-Star: Isabel H. ’21
L-L League Academic All-Star: Summer T. ’22

A Thoroughly Considered ‘Blithe Spirit’

“Oh my God, I’m dying,” proclaimed Kristin Wolanin, with the buoyancy of someone positively effervescing with life. She then clarified, “It’s just my usual tailspin that happens around this time before every show.”

This was actually the second tailspin that this year’s fall production had induced in the director. The first was over the selection of the play itself. A confluence of factors large and small forced Wolanin to switch from her first choice to her second, and then from her second to panic.

As befits a dramatist who found herself “in the booth tearing my hair out,” deus ex machina took the form of a long-forgotten memory and Wolanin snatched inspiration from the jaws of hopelessness.

“Oh,” she recalled thinking. “‘Blithe Spirit!’ We’re going to do Noël Coward and everyone’s going to love it!”



Everyone will get a chance to prove Wolanin right when the curtain rises on the English playwright’s 1941 comedy centering on a séance gone wrong, leaving a widowed and remarried novelist haunted by one, then a second, ill-tempered ex-wife.

The showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Nov. 14, 15, and 16, with a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. Advanced tickets are $7 and available here, or $10 at the door.

“This is a wonderful show for students to step up and showcase their talents,” Wolanin said. “Every cast member is in a role that’s totally different from anything they’ve done before, which has forced them to stretch out and really display their growth as actors.”

“The audience has to come ready to listen,” Wolanin continued. “A lot of the play is sitting and talking” and the dialog is dense with jokes that Wolanin described as “‘Frasier’ humor.” To properly deliver English upper crust jokes, the cast had to memorize and deliver their lines with an English accent.

Of all the areas in which the show required the actors to stretch themselves, elocution presented the stretchiest challenge.

“We’ve had some repeat offenders,” Wolanin said. “Been. Not. Those have been especially tricky for the kids.” But if her troupe can perform Shakespeare with American accents, why can’t they do the same with Noël Coward?

“You could,” Wolanin said, “but there’s a flavor that you’d lose. With this play especially, there’s comedy in the delivery of the words, in how they sound, that means you have to say them a certain way if you want to it to be funny.

“We want it to be funny, so we’ve put in the work to make sure it sounds right,” she said.

While the cast is all Upper Schoolers, the crew has both Middle and Upper Schoolers, with students in grades 6-12 helping bring “Blithe Spirit” to life. In addition, Wolanin’s former student and current assistant project manager at ATOMIC Design, Adam Curry, has lent his talents to the production as technical director.

Wolanin called the show “a great break from reality,” and its popularity has endured since its West End debut more than 75 years ago.

This would have come as no surprise to Coward, who didn’t want for confidence in his play. After German bombs had leveled his office and apartment in the Blitz, he headed to the Welsh coast for a brief working holiday.

“For six days I worked from eight to one each morning and from two to seven each afternoon. On Friday evening, May ninth, the play was finished and, disdaining archness and false modesty, I will admit that I knew it was witty, I knew it was well constructed, and I also knew that it would be a success,” Coward wrote.

Wolanin picked up the thought: “The kids are amazing and it’s going to be awesome.”



The LCDS Theater Company Presents “Blithe Spirit”


Charles Condomine — Christopher M.
Ruth Condomine — Malia C.
Elvira — Mae B.
Madame Arcati — Amelia L.
Dr. George Bradman — Adam M.
Violet Bradman — Tess M. & Maya R. (Understudy — Peachy L.)
Edith — Laura B. (Understudy — Peachy L.)


Production Stage Manager — Joan M.
Assistant Stage Managers — Charley W. & Adrien W.
Sound Designers — Hayden F. & Ben K.
Sound Run — Hayden F. & Ben K.
Props Mistresses and Run: Gaby N. & Linnea W.
Props Crew — Keira A., Mira H., & Litty C.
Props Run — Mira H.
Assistant TD —Riley E.
Deck Carpenter – Run — Riley E.
Set Crew/Stage Crew — Keira A., Renie C., Laurel M., Ruby N., & Frannie T.
Publicity Chief — Charley W.
Publicity Crew — Raphael A. & Ben K.
Costume Mistress/Master and Run — Julia N. & Theo Z.
Costume Crew — Lianne H. & Rebecca M.
Costume Run — Renie C., Lianne H., Laurel M., Rebecca M., & Frannie T.
Master Electrician and Run — Justin K.
Lighting Crew — Rebecca M.
Box Office Manager and Run — William H.
Box Office Assistant and Run — Noah S.
House Manager and Run — Sarah H.
Assistant House Manager and Run — Eli H.
Ushers — Keira A., Waasae A., Raphael A., Litty C., Rohan K., Ruby N., & Morgan T.

Halloween: A Festival on Parade

Be warned: The following slideshow contains images of adorable, costumed children, as well as graphic depictions of hand-holding, water balloon-throwing, and donut-dangling-from-a-yardstick eating. If you find any of these things irresistible, Cougar News strongly urges you to prepare to smile. Special thanks as always to Donna Wilcox and everyone who shared their photos.

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Fire, Rebirth, and a Photobombing

“I am convinced that by far the best and most enduring thing we can leave for our children and for the children of others is a good education — one that is sound and broad. That tells the story in one sentence. That is why I am for the school.” — C. Dudley Armstrong, speaking at the June 6, 1949 groundbreaking of the 725 Hamilton Road incarnation of Lancaster Country Day School. Armstrong donated the original nine acres in School Lane Hills where Country Day now sits.

On a chilly Monday morning in April 1949, a fire broke out in the basement of Lancaster Country Day School on North Lime Street.

“The bell started to ring and the teachers said we had to leave the building,” Marge said. “It all happened very fast and we couldn’t get our coats or anything. You could smell the smoke, and the scene on the street was pretty chaotic.”

Marge waited for the school bus, which proceeded to drop her off at home hours earlier than it was supposed to.

“I walked in the door and the first thing my mom said wasn’t what are you doing home, it was, ‘Where’s your coat?’”

Her coat, as it turned out, was too smoky to be salvaged, but from the ashes of Lime Street would rise something truly remarkable. Seven months after Country Day’s home burned down, it welcomed students to a new home. Armstrong, who had no children at the school, had donated nine acres of land, helped raise many thousands of dollars, and spearheaded the crash project whose result would become the school we know today.

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Marge is Margaretta Light Edwards ’59. As her class gathers this weekend to celebrate their 60th reunion, they will come back to a building (or at least an address) that’s bound them together and held a special place in their hearts for 70 years.

In 1959, 12 seniors graduated from Country Day. The class has remained exceptionally close, and more than half of the gang of 59ers has gotten together every year since the Carter Administration.

Ten years before they graduated, however, two members of the Class of ’59 made their newspaper debut in an innocent photobombing of sorts.

Marge lived on State Street and her best friend, Sandy Hodge Cross ’59, lived on President Avenue, so the old school burning down was a boon to them, commute-wise. Before they walked into the school as students, however, they stumbled upon its future site as summer adventurers.

“We happened to be on our bikes and riding around and we heard this big to-do. We didn’t know what it was, so we walked up to the front of the line and checked it out.”

The big to-do was Trustee and Board President C. Dudley Armstrong’s ceremonial groundbreaking of the Hamilton Road school. The front-page picture in the June 7, 1949 Intelligencer Journal shows Armstrong, shovel in hand, next to two little girls, squinting in the bright sun and looking bored, confused, and skeptical in that way 7-year-olds have a unique gift for.

“We didn’t know what was going on,” Marge said. “We knew we were going to go a new school, but we had no idea what we were watching had anything to do with that.”

Third grade was Marge’s first year at the Hamilton Road incarnation of Country Day, and it’s hard not to view her first impression of the new building as a good omen. “The school on Lime Street was so dark,” she said. “And the new school was so bright. There were big windows and we got so much sun, and my biggest impression from second grade to third grade was of moving from that darkness into the light.”

Thanks to a weekly speaker assembly that brought in someone of prominence to talk to the students, Marge also got an early start on college prep that first year in the bright new school.

“One day the speaker came in and talked about Wellesley College. Her talk was for the juniors and seniors, but the whole school came to those assemblies, and I went home that day and said to my mom, ‘I’m going to Wellesley College!’”

And that’s exactly what Marge did, graduating from Wellesley with degrees in Biblical history and French. She went on to teach French, and became a tireless advocate for improving public education, working with a national nonprofit to further this goal.

In 2004, Country Day presented Marge with the Alumni Achievement Award in honor of this work.

Asked what she felt as a student was special about the school that endures to this day, Marge didn’t hesitate.

“The individualized attention. You could always ask for help if you needed it, and the teachers were genuinely interested and invested in their students. They cared, and we all knew they cared,” she said.

Marge was speaking for herself, but expressing a sentiment with which legions of her fellow alumni across the years would agree. As we celebrate Alumni Weekend, Cougar News would like to thank Margaretta Light Edwards for sharing her story, as well as every other graduate of Country Day, whose own memories and stories form the tapestry that unites us all.