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Megan Wickenden ’06 and Lucia Allen Named Davis Award Winners

May 28, 2020

The Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching was given to Megan Wickenden for Upper School and Lucia Allen for Middle School at the end-of-year faculty meeting and Chapel held Thursday, May 28, on the Acosta House lawn. Lucia Allen, who teaches Spanish, was nominated by her peers for being “a devoted teacher and a generous… Continue Reading

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Caitlin Fitzpatrick Nominated for The Guardian Award by Luke Brunell ’20

May 28, 2020

At Senior Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate on May 22, English instructor Caitlin Fitzpatrick was named the 2020 Guardian Award winner. Ms. Fitzpatrick was nominated by Luke Brunell ’20. In his nomination of Ms. Fitzpatrick, Luke wrote: “She’s engaging, inspirational and genuinely invested in her students in the classroom and beyond. Her class is by far… Continue Reading

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Senior Athletic Awards

May 28, 2020

he Athletic Department honored seniors last week with annual awards, including the Peter Ober Sportsmanship Award, The Athlete-Scholar Award, Best Athlete in a Single Sport, and the Best All Around Athlete. Watch the video. Award winners include: Peter Ober Sportsmanship Award Niya Williams Tommy Bishop Athlete-Scholar Award Hannah McCarthy Max McQuiddy Athlete in a Single… Continue Reading

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Senior Honors Awards

May 28, 2020

Honor Award Plaques HONORS IN COMMUNICATIONS Nolan Alexander Nicholson JOSEPH A. HAUBER AWARD HONORS IN WORLD LANGUAGES Sarah Madison Clark HONORS IN THEOLOGY Sarah Madison Clark HONORS IN VISUAL ARTS Elizabeth Pauline Conklin HONORS IN ENGLISH Sarah Madison Clark HONORS IN PERFORMING ARTS Nandini Tandon DR. ARTHUR F. PETERSON AWARD HONORS IN HISTORY Justin Russell… Continue Reading

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Juniors Named Place Award Winners at Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Event

May 20, 2020

Juniors Julia Kagiliery and Jordan Harrow were named Place Award winners in the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society Virtual Symposium last week. Julia was the First Place High School Winner in the oral presentation category for her work to improve the efficiency and lower the cost of sulfur analysis in lignite coal. Jordan was… Continue Reading

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Beaches Campus Health and Safety COVID Action Plan

May 18, 2020

Health and Safety COVID Action Plan for Episcopal Summer Programs on BES Campus Beaches Episcopal School is prioritizing the health of children, all summer camp assistants, faculty, and staff so that it will be a fun and safe summer on campus. BES, as part of the ESJ Summer program, is preparing proactive measures for our summer… Continue Reading

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St. Mark’s Campus and Camp CREATE Protocols

May 18, 2020

St. Mark’s is prioritizing the health of your child, all camp assistants, faculty, and staff. It will be a fun and safe summer. St. Mark’s is preparing proactive measures for our summer program participants, guided by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and by the City of Jacksonville’s additional protocols for Phase 2… Continue Reading

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Munnerlyn Campus COVID Camp Safety

May 18, 2020

Episcopal is prioritizing the health of your child, all camp assistants, faculty, and staff. It will be a fun and safe Episcopal summer. Episcopal is preparing proactive measures for our summer program participants, guided by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and by the City of Jacksonville’s additional protocols for Phase 2 once… Continue Reading

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Video: Fine Arts Faculty Present Awards

May 13, 2020

Fine Arts faculty presented department awards this year in person. View the video they created instead of holding the annual fine arts awards and induction night, previously scheduled for May 7. Congratulations to all the recipients! Excellence in Middle School Visual Art – Sarah Barringer ’24 Honors in Ceramics – Kolby Mullaney ’20 Honors in… Continue Reading

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Rebecca Hoadley Wins Timothy Award

May 6, 2020

Rebecca Hoadley, Visual Arts instructor, was named this year’s recipient of Episcopal’s Timothy Award in Chapel today. The Timothy Award is presented annually to an Episcopal School of Jacksonville teacher who exemplifies the ideal of Christian service to students and to the community. The Timothy Award recognizes the service of the individual and the importance… Continue Reading

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Honors Theatre Seniors Celebrated with Online Send-Off

April 29, 2020

Honors Theatre Seniors were given a proper Zoom send-off on Saturday, April 25. Members of the Performing Arts Department, including Ms. Elsila, Mr. Hustis, and Ms. Black attended. The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, also was kind enough to share a few words. Alumni from the Classes of 2018 and 2019 also spoke to seniors.… Continue Reading

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Donations Enable Teachers to Attend College Board Seminars

April 29, 2020

Thanks to Episcopal Fund donations, six teachers from three different departments soaked up two days of subject-specific seminars during the College Board’s Advanced Placement National Conference in Orlando earlier this year. Attending were Margie Stevens (Computer Science), Andy Hostetler (Math), and Marta Pauly, Caitlin Fitzpatrick, Tara Kneale, and Cathy Kanaday (English). Some faculty who attended… Continue Reading

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Honors Art Senior Profile: Rita English

April 22, 2020

 What is the central idea of your concentration? I created this series called “The Untitled Series” which consist of these four different pieces. The first piece is a block print about gentrification. The second piece is sketchbook cover design that basically explains my personality or aesthetic. The third is a portrait of my friend and… Continue Reading

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Class of 2020 College Acceptances as of 4.20.20

April 21, 2020

Congratulations to members of the Class of 2020 for their acceptances into the following colleges and universities! University of Alabama, Birmingham University of Alabama American University Amherst College Appalachian State University Arizona State University University of Arizona Auburn University Ave Maria University Babson College Bard College Barry University Baylor University Belmont University Berry College Birmingham… Continue Reading

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Closed Campus Means Planned Improvements Can Occur Sooner 

April 15, 2020

Episcopal is taking advantage of remote learning and a closed campus to move ahead with several improvement projects led by the Campus Operations and Logistics department. This includes the pool, new spaces for Fine Arts, and a new sixth grade classroom. ESJ was scheduled to replace the liner in the Randy Reese Pool this summer.… Continue Reading

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AP Drawing Portfolio Senior Profile: Cassidy Terre

April 8, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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AP Drawing Portfolio Senior Profile: Katherine Barringer

April 2, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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ESJ Holds First Remote Health, Safety, and Well-Being Event

April 1, 2020

ESJ’s first remote learning Health, Safety, and Well-Being event was held yesterday, and students were very creative in their activities. They were asked to go outside and take a picture of an activity that represents Health, Safety, and Well-Being for them personally, such as something that represents comfort right now, or something that was already… Continue Reading

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CARES Act Offers Tax Benefits to Donors for 2020

April 1, 2020

CARES Act Offers Tax Benefits to Donors for 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides tax benefits which incentivize giving to non-profit organizations. Previously, taxpayers who claimed the standard deduction of $10,000 (a group which includes 92% of all taxpayers) did not get a tax benefit related to any charitable contributions… Continue Reading

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Winston Foundation Grants Episcopal Funding for Technology and Teens Programming

March 25, 2020

Episcopal recently received funding from the Winston Family Foundation for a grant program entitled Technology and Teenagers. Surveys conducted through ESJ’s Health, Safety, and Well-Being program have identified social media and technology as key contributors to student anxiety levels. Teachers echo the sentiment and strive to incorporate technology in the classroom without losing connection to… Continue Reading

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Teachers, Students Dive into Remote Learning

March 25, 2020

Persuading classmates to buy a chicken in Freshman Seminar; an interpretive dance depicting a scene from Othello submitted via video for Honors English; a poem describing daily responsibilities of a medieval job during the Middle Ages; and an online Bible study are all examples of different ways Episcopal faculty are seeking to make remote learning engaging and interesting… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Ally Raudenbush

March 11, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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Sally Hogshead ’87 and Timo Weiland ’01 Inducted into Alumni Hall of Honor

March 11, 2020

The Alumni Hall of Honor gained two new inductees on Tuesday, March 11. Timo Weiland ’01 and Sally Hogshead ’87 were inducted during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn. Hall of Honor members represent professional and personal accomplishments in the following areas: Arts, Athletics, Humanitarian, Academia, and Business. These five fields represent individual facets of… Continue Reading

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College Counseling Hosts Multiple Events

March 4, 2020

College Counseling hosted and participated in several events last week. On Monday the office held informational meetings for parents of 8th grade students. On Wednesday Ryan Riggs, Director of College Counseling, presented on a panel sponsored by High School 9:12, with Alan Verlander, CEO of Airstream Ventures. The panel was open to Duval County Public School… Continue Reading

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A.P. Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Madeline Pruden

March 4, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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Farley Callaghan Softball Training Facility Dedicated

March 4, 2020

The Episcopal softball training facility was dedicated Monday afternoon in honor of former student Farley Callaghan, daughter of Charles and Rushton Haskell Callaghan ’82. Farley, who was a member of the Class of 2017, played softball at Episcopal and now plays for Florida Gulf Coast. Episcopal thanks the Callaghan family for their Lead the Way campaign contribution in… Continue Reading

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A.P. Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Kevin Pina

February 27, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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A.P. Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Olivia Orr

February 19, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Lauren McKinney

February 13, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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Students Recognized with Portfolio and Gold Key Scholastic Awards

February 12, 2020

Several Episcopal students were recognized at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on February 8 at the Florida Theatre. ESJ had three Gold portfolio winners, four Silver portfolio winners and one Honorable Mention portfolio. In addition to the portfolio awards, Episcopal received more than 113 individual awards.The portfolio awards are equivalent to $920,000 in scholarships at… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Lilly Gleaton

February 6, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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Two Will Represent Florida at National Science Competition 

January 29, 2020

Congratulations to Sally Barksdale ’21 (first) and Julia Kagiliery ’21 (second) for their awards at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS) at the University of Florida yesterday. The students presented their projects to an audience of their peers and a panel of UF researchers, who selected them as the top student speakers from the… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Lauren Conners

January 29, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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ESJ Science Fair Winners

January 27, 2020

Students in the Honors Science Seminar presented their science projects to judges at the School Science Fair on January 21-23 in the Berg Gallery of the Munnerlyn Center. “The judges were impressed with the students’ creativity, scientific thinking and critical thinking,” said Marion Zeiner, Director of Scientific Research. “The projects were complex, novel and pertinent… Continue Reading

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A.P. Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Lizzie Conklin

January 21, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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Record-Breaking Parent Participation in The Episcopal Fund 

January 21, 2020

This year to date, 96% of current parents have given to The 2019-2020 Episcopal Fund, which is amazing considering the national average for parent participation in giving among National Association for Independent Schools (NAIS) member schools is 65%. Episcopal thanks Katherine and Chris Rabil, Middle School Parent Chairs, and Kim and Dan Goodman, Upper School Parent Chairs, for their leadership during the… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Emily Coll

January 14, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit completed pieces… Continue Reading

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Save the Dates: Spring Fine Arts Events

January 8, 2020

Middle School Play: The Chekhov Project  January 29 – 6:00 p.m. January 30 – 6:00 p.m. January 31 – 6:00 p.m. February 1 – 2:00 p.m. Sikes Theatre Art of Art (NAHS Club Event) January 30 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Acosta House Middle School Art Show March 5 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Berg Gallery Spring… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Naiya Cheanvechai

January 8, 2020

The AP Drawing Portfolio is a highly intensive studio course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates’ work, as well as submit… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Madison Clark

December 18, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is a high intensive studio course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates work, as well as submit… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Rebecca Brown ’20

December 12, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is a high intensive studio course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates work, as well as submit… Continue Reading

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Christmas Chapel Includes Pageant  and “Chrismons” Tree

December 11, 2019

Episcopal celebrated Christmas in Chapel today, including a pageant, scripture trivia, and decorating a special “Chrismons” tree. Sixth graders and theological arts students, grades 11-12, performed “A Traditionally Untraditional Christmas Pageant.” The pageant included sixth graders as angels, shepherds, the innkeeper, the star, and wise men, as well as Mary and Joseph. The pageant theme recognized… Continue Reading

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AP Government Students Honored at Federal Court House

December 2, 2019

Emily Farmer’s AP Government classes recently participated in an essay contest held by The U.S. Middle District Court of Florida. Out of more than 100 essays submitted by area students, Mark Mori ’20 placed first. Ella George ’20 tied for third and Mabel Smith ’20 finished in the top ten. Students were honored at a ceremony… Continue Reading

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School and Episcopal School of Jacksonville FAQs

November 22, 2019

CULTURE AND CAMPUS Q: I signed up for St. Mark’s, not Episcopal. What makes Episcopal so special and will my child receive the same experience we originally chose for him or her when we enrolled at St. Mark’s? A: Episcopal’s objective is to provide greater resources to the St. Mark’s campus, including academic rigor, fine… Continue Reading

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College Counseling: Beyond the Basics Series Kicks Off

November 19, 2019

College Counseling and the Parents’ Association hosted the first of four special interest sessions Thursday evening as part of the College Counseling: Beyond the Basics series. This first session, Less Stress, More Gain: Maintaining Mental Health and Wellness through the College Process and Beyond to College featured panelists Amy Burrows Perkins ’92, ESJ Director of Student… Continue Reading

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New Leadership Appointments at Episcopal

November 19, 2019

Dear Episcopal School of Jacksonville Community, I am very pleased to share with you several exciting leadership appointments which will support the growth and culture of excellence of our school. All of these individuals are committed educators and experienced administrators who are dedicated to our great school’s mission. Most importantly, their love for, and commitment… Continue Reading

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Julia Kagiliery ’21 First ESJ Student Published in Science Journal

November 12, 2019

Junior Julia Kagiliery is in her second year Marion Zeiner’s science research class. During the spring semester last year Julia found a researcher at Texas Tech, Dr. David Weindorf, who helped her analyze her experimental samples and offered her the opportunity to work in his lab this past summer. Julia and Dr. Weindorf collected coal… Continue Reading

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Students Learn from Peers through “Eagles for Eagles” Program

November 8, 2019

Eagles for Eagles (E4E) is a student-initiated and student-led program within Eagle Ambassadors. Its purpose is to develop a supportive mentoring relationship between Upper School students and Middle School students. Every 7th-grade advisory has four Eagle Ambassadors that serve as mentors for their advisory, meeting with them, answering questions, and giving advice. E4E’s began as… Continue Reading

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Economics Students Present Urban Plans

November 8, 2019

Nine teams of juniors and seniors in Perry Walthour’s Economics class presented their redevelopment vision to a fictitious city council made up of Urban Land Institute (ULI) volunteers. Two concurrent city councils were held on Friday, November 8, producing a winning development team from each council. The winning teams are: BONK’D Development with Holly Hardman,… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Fund Chairs and Parent Reps

October 29, 2019

Episcopal Fund Parent Campaign Supporter List 2019-2020 Parent Donors   Episcopal Fund Parent Chairs 2019-2020 New Parent Chairs – Suzanne and Jason Burhyte ’93 Middle School Chairs – Katherine and Chris Rabil Upper School Chairs – Kim and Dan Goodman Class of 2020 Parent Chairs – Lara and Bob Leinenweber Episcopal Fund Parent Reps 2019-2020… Continue Reading

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Episcopal and The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens to Partner for Arts

October 15, 2019

Episcopal School of Jacksonville’s Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. This year’s partnership will include an evening entitled “Midsummer at the Cummer,” a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream presented by Episcopal students and performed in the Cummer’s gardens. This event will also… Continue Reading

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Global Learning Programs Offer Opportunities for All

September 30, 2019

ESJ’s Institute of Global Learning will be offering five wonderful, life-changing experiences this summer for students, and one for the entire Episcopal community.  For those students interested in traveling to Europe, the Spanish Exchange and Romans & Britain trip are both being offered in June. The Spanish Exchange travels to Zaragoza and Barcelona, Spain every… Continue Reading

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Students Inducted into National Honor Society

September 25, 2019

Selected seniors and juniors were inducted into the Aerie Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) on Tuesday during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn Center. NHS accepts students who have demonstrated excellence in the following areas: scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS recognizes students for their accomplishments and challenges participants to develop further through… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Hosts Guest Artists Ashley Weldon and Chrys Rowe 

September 25, 2019

Fine Arts recently welcomed two guest artists to campus. On Thursday, September 16, Episcopal’s Technical Theatre department hosted a workshop on “Stage Managing a Musical, ” presented by Ashley Weldon. Ashley is an accomplished stage manager who currently serves as the Event Coordinator at Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Wilson Center for the Arts and… Continue Reading

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Honor and Discipline Council 2019-2020

September 18, 2019

Honor Council 2019-2020 12th Grade Ellie Riggs– President Ashton Body– Vice President Abby Donahoo– Secretary Jackson Jones– Sergeant at Arms Justin Aho Kristin Taylor  11th Grade Daniel Cooper Jordan Harrow Kieran Nicholson Taylor Wells 10th Grade Jake Barker Julia Polster Andrew Velarde Discipline Council 2019-2020 12th Grade Anna Donahoo– President Carrisa Iszard– Secretary Ally Raudenbush–… Continue Reading

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Thank You to Episcopal Fund Parent Volunteers!

September 17, 2019

The Episcopal Fund six-week parent campaign has officially started and runs September 16 through October 25. Your gift to our annual fund will help to provide excellence across our Four Pillars, and supports every student and teacher on campus. Thank you to our Episcopal Fund Parent Chairs and our 60 parent representatives. Episcopal Fund Parent… Continue Reading

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Hurricane Dorian Update: Thursday, September 5

September 5, 2019

Dear Episcopal Students and Parents, We hope you have made it through the storm with minimal damage and have been able to return safely if you needed to evacuate. Today we completed a thorough assessment of campus to ensure its safety, and began to clean up. We feel very blessed that Episcopal was spared any… Continue Reading

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New Softball Facility Named in Honor of Farley Callaghan

August 27, 2019

Episcopal thanks the Callaghan family for their Lead the Way campaign contribution in support of the softball program. Charles and Rushton Haskell Callaghan ’82 named the new softball facility in honor of their daughter Farley, who attended Episcopal as a member of the Class of 2017. Farley played softball at Episcopal and now plays for… Continue Reading

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Student Government Installed

August 27, 2019

The 2019-2020 Episcopal Student Government was installed on Monday, August 26 in the Munnerlyn Center. Alumna Randy Poitevent DeFoor ’82 gave the remarks, sharing her experience as student body president and explaining how the leadership opportunities she experienced at Episcopal shaped her own life. The Student Government Cabinet includes President: Lizzie Conklin ’20; Vice President: Jake Murphy… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Theme 2019-2020 – Timeless

August 21, 2019

A note from the Director of Fine Arts Most things in life are fleeting. We all know this and we experience it everyday. Developments or events that are significant in the moment but hardly memorable in the future. In fashion, bell bottoms were fleeting, but the little black dress? Timeless. In technology the palm pilot… Continue Reading

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Renovated Girls’ Locker Room Dedicated 

August 7, 2019

The girls’ locker room in the Semmes Gym was renovated over the summer and was dedicated today in appreciation of the Hakimian family’s support of the school. The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, spoke at the dedication. Athletic Department staff and current and former Girls Volleyball and Basketball team members were also in attendance.… Continue Reading

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Eagles Serving Jacksonville Helps at Seven Non-Profits 

August 6, 2019

Ms. Andrea Rizzi, Associate Director of College Counseling, and Ms. Stephanie Schuster, College Counseling Assistant, and ten students served those in need in the Jacksonville community last week as part of the Eagles Serving Jacksonville back yard service trip. The group volunteered at seven different non-profit organizations, including Church Without Walls, Eden’s Garden (a project… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 5, 2019

Episcopal welcomes 13 new faculty members and five new staff members to campus this year. In addition, several returning faculty and staff will hold new positions at ESJ. New faculty and staff were on campus last Friday for training and orientation activities. Faculty Dawn Adams – Dance Director B.A. Performing Arts – St Mary’s of… Continue Reading

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Kiara Wessling, Lastinger Summer Scholar, Visits Senegal 

August 1, 2019

by Kiara Wessling World Languages, Director of Global Learning I was incredibly fortunate to travel to Senegal with a group of other French teachers from across the United States with funding from the Lastinger Summer Scholars Fund. Going to Africa has long been a dream of mine, but with my position as both French instructor… Continue Reading

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2019 Fall Sport Tryout/Practice Start Dates

July 24, 2019

NOTE: All participants must have a completed physical (EL2) and consent (EL3) in the Athletic Office BEFORE you may participate. Please contact Mary Krombach in the Athletic Office at [email protected] if you have questions.   SPORT STARTING DATE TIME LOCATION HEAD COACH Cheerleading (Varsity) August 5 3:45p   Langford Track Melissa Durso [email protected] 904-406-0013 Cheerleading… Continue Reading

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New Members Join Episcopal Boards for 2019-2020

July 24, 2019

Helen C. Rowan, longtime trustee and parent of three ESJ alumni, will serve as Episcopal’s new Chair of the Board of Trustees this year. Helen follows David C. Hodges ’90, who served as Chair from 2016-2019. “I am immensely humbled and honored to support the school in its mission and to work closely with The… Continue Reading

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Important Announcement from Episcopal School of Jacksonville and St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School

June 26, 2019

Dear Episcopal School of Jacksonville and St. Mark’s Communities: As Head of School for Episcopal School of Jacksonville (ESJ), Chairman of the Board of Trustees for St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (SMEDS), and Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, we are pleased to share with you today that we have agreed to discuss the possibility… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Takes Mission Trip to Puerto Rico

June 24, 2019

Episcopal had 19 students and four chaperones travel to Arecibo, Puerto Rico, from June 16-21 on a mission trip. The group stayed at Comunidad Christiana, a church in Arecibo. The team was divided into four work teams, along with other teenagers from a church in Minnesota. The groups served the community from 10:00 a.m. to… Continue Reading

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Global Learning Programs Visit Italy, China, and France

June 12, 2019

Episcopal’s Global Learning Programs kicked off the summer with trips to China, Italy, and France. Students on the trip to Italy are focusing on photography and art, attending the Biennale in Venice, visiting Florence, Cinque Terre, and Milan. Students were able to process their film at an art school in Florence, see the Boboli Gardens, Uffizi, Accademia… Continue Reading

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In Memoriam: John W. Donahoo Jr., Trustee Emeritus

June 11, 2019

John Donahoo Jr., Trustee Emeritus, passed away May 28, 2019. A steadfast supporter of the school, he was beloved by those he knew professionally and personally. His servant’s heart for his family, friends, community, and the Episcopal Church guided a life devoted to the love and care of others. John was, among many honors, a… Continue Reading

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Tracy Jester and Kate Wallis ’01 Named Davis Award Winners

May 30, 2019

The Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching was given to Kate Wallis ’01 for Upper School and Tracy Jester for Middle School at the end-of-year faculty celebration luncheon on May 30. Tracy Jester is a Physical Education instructor and the Associate Director of Honor Education. She has worked at Episcopal since 2002. In addition to… Continue Reading

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22 Legacy Alumni Seniors Graduate

May 22, 2019

Episcopal graduated 22 legacy alumni on Saturday. Alumni and their graduating seniors were invited to a special breakfast Saturday morning before Commencement at the Alumni House. Photos are on Flickr. Legacy Alumni Include: Jack and David Barksdale ’84 Stela and Brett Chepenik ’90 Zoe and Charles Cobb ’83 Cole Crane and Dianne Morse ’77 Kirby,… Continue Reading

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Jennie Rankin ’89 Nominated for The Guardian Award by Amaria Simmons ’19

May 21, 2019

At Senior Honors Convocation on May 17, science teacher Jennie Rankin ’89 was named the 2019 Guardian Award winner. Ms. Rankin was nominated by senior Amaria Simmons. In her nomination of Ms. Rankin, Amaria wrote “I consider her my guardian is because of the constant positivity that she brings into my life. There are so… Continue Reading

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Awards Presented at Senior Honors Convocation

May 21, 2019

Episcopal held Senior Honors Convocation for the Class of 2019 on Friday, May 17. The following awards were presented to seniors: Scholarship Awards Parents’ Association Service Scholarship: The PAS Scholarship is awarded to recognize exemplary community service. The Parents’ Association provides a grant for the scholarship. Anna Shepherd and Xander Magevney Yvonne L. and Monique… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Names New Trustee Emeritus and Honorary Trustees

May 15, 2019

The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, hosted a special Board of Trustees dinner in the Berg Gallery of the Munnerlyn Center for Worship and Fine Arts on Tuesday, May 14. At the dinner three trustees were honored for their service and dedication to the school with honorary and emeritus designations, which are the highest… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Awards and Inductions

May 13, 2019

On Thursday, May 9, at the Inaugural Fine Arts Awards and Inductions Ceremony, the Fine Arts Department presented annual fine arts awards recognizing students for excellence in all disciplines of fine arts, as well as inductions into the National Art Honor Society, the National Honor Society of Dance Arts, Tri-M Music Honor society and the… Continue Reading

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Middle School Recognitions Given in Chapel May 8

May 8, 2019

On Wednesday, May 8, academic, fine arts, and athletic recognitions were presented to Middle School students in Chapel, including eighth-grade Presidential Awards, Honors and Head of School lists, the Mary of Bethany Award, the Katharine K. Zambetti Christian Service Award, and The Great Oak Award of Distinction. Middle School Recognition Spring Sports 2019 Athletic Awards… Continue Reading

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Timothy Award Presented to Carolyn Tuttle ’03

May 8, 2019

Carolyn Tuttle ’03, Director of Choral Music, was named the 2019 recipient of Episcopal’s Timothy Award in Chapel today. “Carolyn truly has a servant’s heart,” said The Rev. Teresa Seagle, School Chaplain. “She leads her students to use their gifts and talents for the sake of others. When someone is in need, she is the… Continue Reading

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John Ryan Coaching Award Winners

May 8, 2019

The Excellence in Coaching Award was established in 1992 by then-athletic director, John Ryan. The award was renamed the John Ryan Excellence in Coaching Award in 1999 in Coach Ryan’s memory. This award recognizes the coach whose team reaches their potential in an environment that values and teaches leadership, performance, self-discipline, integrity, and teamwork. This… Continue Reading

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Senior Athletic Banquet and Awards

May 8, 2019

This past Sunday at the Senior Athletic Banquet, the Athletic Department presented the annual athletic awards traditionally bestowed upon seniors. The awards presented were the Peter Ober Sportsmanship Award, The Athlete-Scholar Award, Best Athlete in a Single Sport, and the Best All-Around Athlete. Boosters, which hosted the banquet, also presented the Senior Choice Award, JT… Continue Reading

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Tabitha Hung ’22 Wins Bryan Library’s Reader-of-the-Year Award

May 8, 2019

by Lori Sackman, Director of Library Services Three hundred and sixty-five books. . . that’s how many books Tabitha Hung ’22 has read (so far) from the Bryan library collection since school started in August! This number doesn’t include those books she has read for her classes. It also doesn’t include books she has checked… Continue Reading

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Fine Arts Chapel Theme: “He is Worthy”

May 7, 2019

Fine Arts Chapel occurred on May 1 in the newly dedicated Deming Theatre. Music, theatre, dance, visual arts students, and technicians all played an integral role in the special Chapel service, which was themed “He is Worthy.” Senior Gracie Guy began Chapel with a performance about being a Christian and an artist. Senior dancers then… Continue Reading

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History Students Create Museum of American Transformation

May 7, 2019

Mrs. Farmer and Mrs. Herford’s United States History classes presented the “Museum of American Transformation: America in the 1960s and 1970s” this week. This mock-exhibition opening was the culmination of a weeks-long Project-Based Learning assignment. Project-Based Learning is a learner-centered technique that poses challenging questions, gives students choice in their topic, encourages sustained inquiry and… Continue Reading

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Upper School Awards Presented May 2

May 7, 2019

Upper School academic awards were presented on Thursday, May 2. Recognitions included academic department awards, Presidential awards (GPA 3.5 and higher), and College Book Awards, as well as the Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award and Rensselaer Medal. US Academic Course Awards List: May 2 US Academic Awards Presidential Award Upper School 2019 College Book… Continue Reading

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Class of 2019 College Acceptances

May 3, 2019

Members of the Class of 2019 will be attending more than 80 different schools after graduating from Episcopal, and were accepted into more than 200 colleges and universities located around the world, including the following: University of Alabama at Birmingham Alabama State University The University of Alabama Albany State University Alfred University Allegheny College American… Continue Reading

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Munnerlyn Theatre Dedicated in Honor of Sally Deming

May 1, 2019

More than 200 alumni, parents of alumni, and current and former faculty and staff honored longtime theatre teacher and former Director of Fine Arts Sally Maguire Deming by naming the Munnerlyn Center Theatre for her at a special dedication ceremony last Friday night. The Rev. Adam Greene, Head of School, blessed the newly named theatre… Continue Reading

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Clare Gebert Berry ‘73 Named Alumna of the Year

May 1, 2019

The Alumnus of the Year Award is given during Reunion Weekend to an alumnus who has consistently provided exemplary service to Episcopal by enhancing the mission, success, stature, and well-being of the school. Episcopal’s incoming Alumni Board President Heather Rainey Moseley ‘88 announced the 2018-2019 Alumna of the Year award winner, Clare Gebert Berry ‘73,… Continue Reading

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Track & Field Heads to Regional Meet

April 17, 2019

Last Friday the boys’ and girls’ track teams competed in the district tournament and advanced numerous athletes to the regional meet. Finishing second overall, the girls’ team advanced the following to regionals: Gabi Carter ’19 – first in high jump; Caroline Johnston ’19 – first in triple jump and first in long jump; Reagan Rawls ’21 –… Continue Reading

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Episcopal Holds Cum Laude Society Induction

April 10, 2019

Episcopal inducted new student members of the Cum Laude Society on Monday, April 8, during a special ceremony in the Munnerlyn. Kevin Chinoy ’86, Freestyle Picture Company, gave the remarks. Kevin’s projects have played at major movie festivals around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and Tribeca. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic achievement for… Continue Reading

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Spring Band Concert Recap; Photos on Flickr

April 8, 2019

On Thursday, March 28, Episcopal hosted the 2019 Spring Band Concert, an evening of wind ensemble and chamber music. The program included a variety of new wind ensemble music, bringing energy and excitement to the stage, as well as chamber music where students performed in small groups. The Middle School Concert Band, comprised of seventh… Continue Reading

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Honors Science Students Win at State Competition

April 2, 2019

Eight students from the Honors Science Seminar earned cash prizes and place awards in the categories of Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Plant Sciences at the state science fair last week, where more than 850 students from public and private schools from Florida competed. Participants included Jake Barker ’22, Sally Barksdale ’21,… Continue Reading

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AP Drawing Portfolio Senior Spotlight: Daniella Teixeira 

April 2, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Daniella Teixeira has been a part of the Fine Arts Department since… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Gracie Mickler

March 5, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Gracie Mickler has been a part of the Fine Arts Department since… Continue Reading

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Rowing Christens Three New Boats Thanks to Donors

February 27, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Episcopal Rowing has added three new boats to the team’s fleet. The boats were dedicated on Saturday, February 23. The new boats will be named the Arthur F. Peterson, the Ann Campbell-Hays, and the Eagle Pride. At the event, Program Director and Head Coach Mike Alton thanked the rowing… Continue Reading

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Students Visit U.S. Federal Courthouse

February 26, 2019

AP U.S. Government & Politics students visited the Bryan Simpson U.S. Federal Courthouse in Jacksonville on Wednesday last week to get an inside look at the process for citizenship and an increased understanding of the Department of Justice. The students took a citizenship test and heard from an immigration officer on the process of becoming… Continue Reading

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ESJ Holds NJHS Induction Ceremony

February 20, 2019

Episcopal held an induction ceremony for National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) on Thursday, February 15, in the Munnerlyn Center. ESJ NJHS officers include: Co-presidents–Andrew Velarde ’22 and Grace Burhyte ’22; Vice President–Katie McCawley ’22; Co-secretaries–Hannah Logullo ’22 and Amelia Haynes ’22; Treasurer–Mary Emma Cook ’22. Faculty members Jhan Shaaber and Brenda Vermillion serve as the… Continue Reading

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ESJ holds Saturday Service Day  

February 13, 2019

Saturday Service Day was held February 9. Students played kickball with Daniel Kids, and North Florida School of Special Education students worked with an ESJ buddy to Rock, Roll, and Run for Fun on the Langford Track. Wounded Warriors enjoyed flag football and lunch. Student volunteers manned tables that offered activities for different groups: Art Club –… Continue Reading

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Middle School Students Recognized for Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics  

February 13, 2019

Middle School students were recognized last week for accomplishments in Fine Arts, Athletics, and academics. Academics Head of School Honor QTR2  Honors QTR2-2018-19 Athletics Students were honored for being a captain, playing on a JV or Varsity team, and for different awards, such as MVP and character. 2018-2019 Fall Middle School Athletic Recognition 2018-2019-Winter-Sports-Middle-School-Athletics Fine… Continue Reading

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Students Recognized with Portfolio and Gold Key Scholastic Awards

February 12, 2019

Several Episcopal students were recognized as regional portfolio and Gold Key winners from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Each Gold Key is equivalent to a $5,000 scholarship to Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), a Silver Key portfolio is $5,000, and a Gold Key portfolio is $10,000. All Gold Key winners go on to… Continue Reading

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A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Courtney Kurlas ’19

February 12, 2019

The AP Drawing Portfolio is an intensive course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 24-29 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. Twelve of those pieces explore a common idea called a concentration. Courtney Kurlas has been a part of the Episcopal Art Department since… Continue Reading

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