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An Episcopal, co-educational 100% boarding school in Middletown, Delaware for grades 9 – 12

Spencer McKenzie ’20
Liz Torrey

 

Hometown: Queenstown, Maryland

Favorite Class/Team/Club/Activity: My favorite class was my junior year English class with Mr. Torrey. This class was such an incredible group of individuals, and we had the best conversations about literature, especially about Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. I attribute most of my writing success to Mr. Torrey. He really helped me discover my own writing process and always encouraged me to dig deeper as well as think about what the literature we were writing about had to say with regard to greater society. 

What I miss the most Due to Virtual Term: I really miss being able to see my friends whenever I want to. I miss living, playing, working, and growing with the people that I have come to love like family over these last four years. I really miss living with my two roommates, who are two incredibly intelligent, thoughtful, and hilarious people that made my last rooming experience at SAS amazing. I also miss swimming and canoeing on the pond so much, especially during the spring. 

Favorite SAS memory/tradition/place: One of my favorite SAS memories is when many members of our community went to The Everett Theatre for the Manhattan Film Festival. All of the films were incredible, but there was one—Sylvia, by Richard Pendergast—that stood out from the rest and wound up winning the competition. After the film ended, I turned to Ingrid Hoopes, who was sitting next to me, and we both just burst into tears. We sat there in the theatre for at least seven minutes, leaning against one another and just bawling our eyes out. To be so vulnerable in front of our friends and classmates without feeling the need to suppress our emotions was a truly freeing experience. 

Powerful Experience: Reading Beloved by Toni Morrison was a really powerful experience for me. It is one of the most incredible books that I have ever read and to be able to work through it at the same time as my classmates felt like such a bonding experience for my class. Beloved felt like the pinnacle of my St. Andrew’s education.