Winter Sports Slideshow and Wrap-up

, Lancaster, 12/13/18:
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By Athletic Director Zac Kraft

The LCDS girls’ basketball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 16-5, 6-4 in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 5 play (3rd place). The Cougars are the No. 2 ranked team in the upcoming PIAA District 3 Girls’ Class 1A Tournament. LCDS will host the winner of the Lebanon Catholic (No. 7 seed) and New Covenant Christian (No. 10 seed) game at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 22. To view the entire District 3 Class 1A bracket, click here

The LCDS boys’ basketball team finished the regular season with an overall record of 16-4, 7-3 in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 5 play (tied 2nd place). The Cougars just missed out on the L-L League Playoffs — losing the tie-breaker to Columbia — and will begin preparation for the upcoming PIAA District 3 Boys’ Class 1A Tournament. As the No. 3 seed, LCDS will host Lancaster County Christian School (No. 6 seed) in the Quarterfinal Round at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. To view the District 3 Class 1A bracket, click here

The LCDS boys’ squash team finished the season with a record of 5-9. With 14 matches and additional scrimmages, this was the biggest schedule ever for the program. With one senior and one junior on the top of the roster — and the rest in ninth grade — the team was very young this year. Newcomers Jonah R. ’20 and Ben A. ’22 played important roles in rounding out the roster, with six other new players filling in as needed. The boys went 2-2 at the U.S. Squash National High School Team Championships in Hartford, Conn.

The LCDS girls’ squash team finished the season with a record of 3-9. With 12 matches and additional scrimmages, this was the biggest schedule ever for the program. The top of the roster was anchored by two experienced returning players, Whitney F. ’20 and Alexa S. ’19, with many newcomers in the remainder of the varsity group. Courtney C. ’19, Gaby K. ’19, Samantha E. ’19 picked up the game quickly and played admirably for their first and last season. The girls went 0-3 at the U.S. Squash National High School Team Championships in Hartford.

The McCaskey boys’ swimming team finished the regular season with an overall record of 5-4, 1-4 in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1. At the L-L League Championships, Christian F. ’20 placed sixth in the 100 freestyle (49.98) and eighth in the 50 freestyle (22.77), and Owen W. ’20 placed second in the 100 butterfly (53.37) and fifth in the 100 backstroke (55.83). Both Christian and Owen were on the 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle relays that finished third and seventh, respectively. The Red Tornado placed eighth in the team standings.

The McCaskey girls’ swimming team finished the regular season with an overall record of 1-8, 0-5 in Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1. LCDS had a total of six students compete on the girls’ team this winter, Allison M. ’19, Lauren W. ’20, Crystal F. ’20, Evie A. ’20, Alexa A. ’22, Riley K. ’22.

The Penn Manor Ice Hockey team finished the regular season with an overall record of 13-5, winning eight consecutive games and nine out of their last 10 to close out the season. The Comets defeated Annville-Cleona 10-2, in the first round of the CPIHL playoffs, before falling to West Shore Christian in Round 2. Jack K. ’19 was selected to participate in the CPIHL All-Star Game. Other key contributors from LCDS included Matthew G. ’19, Wesley G. ’20, Shaan T. ’20 and Thomas K. ’22.

Halloween Slideshow

Photos by: Mrs. Haddad, Mrs. Grim, Arielle B. ’21, Carly C. ’19, Mason L. ’19, Tommy C. ’21

Seniors and kindergarteners, superheroes and their archenemies walking in peaceful solidarity, classroom jack-o’-lanterns and hay rides. All of this could only add up to one adorable thing: Halloween at Country Day. Boo.

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LCDS Holds 110th Commencement Ceremony

By Michael Schwartz ’98

The proud and the smiling parents and grandparents filed in from the rain, their spirits bright and immune to gloom of any stripe on this May Saturday. In 15 minutes, their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren and siblings would process into the fieldhouse to cap their lives’ first act, and embark on the second with affirmation and love filling their sails.

On Saturday, May 19, the 53 members of the class of 2018 graduated from Lancaster Country Day in the school’s 110th commencement.



“On the whole, you see before you a profoundly interesting, impressive and easy to like collection of individuals,” said Head of School Steve Lisk in his introduction. “The value they have placed together on appreciation of difference in one another is, in my view, among their real strengths. This quality, I confess, gives us reason for hope in our future as a people, as a country and as a world.”

The class of 2018 “won acceptances to 83 different colleges and universities [and] … will scatter to 39 separate campuses across the United States and Canada,” Lisk continued. “I know I speak on behalf of the faculty and staff here who know you so well when I say: We are big on your future.”

Chosen by her peers to give the class address, Clare J. delivered a delightfully droll and self-aware monologue.

“If you’re looking for a commencement speech full of clichés, you’re going to be disappointed today,” Clare began. “At no point do I plan on telling you that your world is an oyster, or any other kind of shellfish. I will not say, “We made it!” and I definitely won’t say “It’s called commencement for a reason.” I also won’t quote “Oh, The Places You’ll Go,” but that’s only because Dr. Seuss’ copyright people are vultures and I’m 100 percent sure there’s one of them in the audience with us today.”

She gave her class three nuggets of wisdom: Take your work seriously, take others and their feelings seriously, and don’t take yourself too seriously. To this last point, she tacked on an addendum: Do your best to be humble.

“I’m the perfect person to give this advice because I am amazing at being humble. Not only that, I’m smart, I’m beautiful, I’m funny. … If any of you guys need advice on how to be humble, come talk to me in the lobby after the ceremony. I’m really easy to talk to,” Jackson said with impeccable comic dryness to peals of audience laughter.

The graduating class also chose mathematics department chair Mary Turner to give the faculty address, both an honor and a challenge, but one to which Turner rose with poise and eloquence.

“As you move through life, you will cross paths with many new people, new ideas, new opportunities. It’s always imperative that you remember the lessons of arithmetic: You must determine if these things are adding to or subtracting from your quality of life. Treasure those that add, and don’t be afraid to dismiss the ones that subtract,” Turner said.

“In turn, your impact on the lives of others is equally important. Be a force for good. Multiply your good fortune. … Be a multiplier, not a divider.

“Throughout life,” she continued, “I can guarantee that you’re going to face some problems — challenges — the word problems of life. Some will be small and some will be immense. Everyday we can allow ourselves to be swallowed by the enormity of it all — grades, jobs, money, success — or we can remember the lessons we learned in math. Focus on what’s important, put aside what is not, forgive our mistakes, face life head on and persist.”

Senior class co-presidents Dory B. and Lauren M. delivered a speech titled “What Makes Us the Class of 2018?” The pair told their peers, “You have been role models, comic relief … and you have made a difference. … Every time you took charge of an issue, someone younger was watching.” They closed on a note of gratitude, observing that, “The people in this room love us.”

While the day belonged to the students, they didn’t have the market cornered on prizes and recognition. Board of Trustee Chair Bernadette Gardner presented The Trustee Emeritus Award to Vicki Zuckerman, who “has served on the Country Day board for the maximum 12 years allowed in the bylaws.  I say maximum because we would keep her for more if we could,” Gardner said.

Gardner then saluted Director of Admission and her predecessor on the board, Sandi Abraham. She is “Country Day’s own Renaissance woman,” Gardner proclaimed, before presenting her with the Life Trustee Award and leading the seniors in a hearty chorus of “Happy birthday” for the mother of three lifers.

Fourth-grade teacher Crystal Meashey was awarded the Marcia L. Hubbard ’53 Endowed Faculty Chair, an honor previously held by the man who presented it: Assistant Head of School Todd Trout. In introducing the winner, Trout described Meashey as a versatile and dedicated teacher who has — and continues to — enrich the Lower School.

Diane Wilikofsky’s invocation and Genevieve Munson’s benediction echoed similar philosophical sentiments.

“Be courageous and compassionate as you create new and indelible marks on the wide world. We hope you fondly remember your LCDS community as we will remember you,” Wilikofsky said, invoking a maxim of Henri Matisse.

Munson mined her wisdom from the rich depths of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Quoting the Transcendentalist, Munson said, “The purpose of life is not to be happy … [but] It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate … [in order] to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

“Class of 2018, I hope that you find work that is real, that feeds your sense of purpose, that continuously pushes you to be honorable and compassionate, and that makes a difference — wherever you go,” Munson said.

Awards and Prizes

The Trustee Prize: Awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average. Winner: Matt L.

Ruth S. Hostetter Award: This award is presented by the Alumni Council in the memory of a Shippen School graduate from the class of 1931. It recognizes a senior who, over an extended period of time, has worked selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community. Winner: Katie W.

Ann Musselman Award: Given in honor of Ann Musselman, an LCDS English and history teacher who enriched the lives students and colleagues for 30 years, this award is given to the student who best exemplifies personal qualities Ann cherished and modeled for others: enthusiastic curiosity; the courage to take intellectual risks; joy in a lifetime of learning; and a desire to pack the most living possible into each one of life’s “precious minutes.” Winner: Emma S.

Faculty Award: Given to a student who embodies of what the faculty most respect in a scholar and a person, someone who has a true love of learning, contributes to the intellectual life of the school and is a model citizen. Winner: Sam D.

Head of School Award: Presented by the Head of School, recognizing the seniors who are most deserving of special recognition for having qualities such as leadership, school spirit, persistence and civic virtue. Winners: Lauren M. and Cristian T.

Departmental Awards for Excellence Presented at the Awards Assembly May 18

Music Award–Sarah F.
Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre–Delphi A., Clare J.
Visual Art Award–Cristian T.
English Award–Matthew L.
Elizabeth Ross Award–Delphi A.
Foreign Language Award
Latin–Maya M.
Spanish–Lauren M.
Chinese–Daniel L. Award–Lauren M.
History Award–Calvin B.
Mathematics Award–Matthew L.
Science Award–Michael E.

Athletic Awards
Female Athlete of the Year–Emma S.
Male Athlete of the Year–Matthew L.
PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award–Nicholas L., Matthew L.
PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award–Emma S., Samuel N.

FundFest Children’s Challenge Video

This past Saturday, the LCDS community gathered for the 27th annual FundFest, where Children’s Challenge raised almost $60,000 for teacher professional development. On behalf of everyone at Country Day, we’d like to thank all those involved in the enduring success of this important annual event in the life of our school.