Excellence Without Limits

Students at Western Reserve Academy will now have more opportunities than ever to showcase their talents, now to an audience outside these fair halls amid a lawn’s wide sweep. Recently, the External Opportunities for Student Distinction List was released by English Department member Samuel Douglas Ray and WRA administration. The list, which includes categories for … Continue reading

Annual Spirit Week Celebration Returns

Another year of Reserve Spirit has come and gone, and yet it feels like we as a community are missing something. This year’s spirit week, the traditional lead-up to Western Reserve Academy’s Homecoming Dance, was the week after mid-fall break, and the dress down days were timid affairs compared to previous years. In years past, … Continue reading

Caterham Students Visit from Across the Pond

Every year, Western Reserve Academy sends 10 students to the Caterham school for an exchange program during the summer. This fantastic opportunity gives the students a chance to immerse themselves in an entirely different culture while staying with a host family. They visited many sites such as Buckingham Palace, Princess Diana’s Memorial and The London … Continue reading

Borneman Begins

Andrew Borneman is a new member of the English Department here at Western Reserve Academy. He grew up in Cincinnati, OH where he attended high school with Member of Mathematics Department Katie Bonomo. At WRA, Borneman will be teaching three sections of junior American English and a senior English elective post-colonial literature. After nine years … Continue reading

A New “Record” Room

For years, the Reserve Record, Western Reserve Academy’s newspaper, has called Seymour Hall home. But while Seymour is under renovation, the Reserve Record has moved its office to Hayden Hall. “While I will definitely miss the old room in Seymour,” noted Matthew Groll ’18, current co-Editor-in-Chief, “I think Hayden will be more than capable to … Continue reading

New Day Student Prefect Responsibilities

The day student prefects will no longer be helping in the library during study hours this year. They have, instead, been assigned to monitor study hall. Kali Chapas ’18 explained this will give the day prefects more of an opportunity to mentor students “the same way the boarding prefects help out the kids in their … Continue reading

Heidelberg Science Trip

For most of the last month of summer break, a few Western Reserve Academy students spent their time in the city of Heidelberg, Germany, as part of an international science summer school program. These students were Matthew Groll ’18, Ran Tao ’18 and Serena Gao ’18. Juniors interested in the program submit applications towards the … Continue reading

Gieske Got Mad Math Game

Hardy Gieske joins Western Reserve Academy as Chair of the Mathematics Department and as a teacher of the 21, 33 and 51 levels of math. Gieske, who is originally from Maryland, had previously worked at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. In addition to his work in the classroom, Gieske will coach both soccer and tennis. … Continue reading

Nataupsky Navigates Naviance

Jillian Nataupsky is one of the many new faculty members here at Western Reserve Academy, and is the latest addition to the college counseling committee. Originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania, she previously worked at Mercersburg Academy before coming to WRA. Nataupsky is also the Dorm Head of Ellsworth 2nd, a position she explained she “loves.” But … Continue reading

Welcome Back, Velbeck

Katie Velbeck has been a part of the Western Reserve Academy dance program for years, serving as interim dance instructor during Emily Barth’s maternity leaves. Last year, Velbeck choreographed “Leaving On a Jet Plane” for the Fall Dance Performance. This year, Velbeck will collaborate with Barth in the WRA dance program, and they are currently … Continue reading