Please plan on attending the event of the century — literally! VES is kicking off its 100th year, and we want you to be a part of the festivities. Mark your calendar for September 30 - October 2, 2016.
Every year, all VES students study a Shakespeare play. At the conclusion, VES’ English Department hosts a themed dinner and activities, followed by an all-school trip to attend a world-class performance at the American Shakespeare Center. This year, through a stroke of interdisciplinary genius, the school combined their English studies with an exercise in business management and filmmaking. See the results.
VES is a blend of young men and women, both day and boarding students, from all over the United States and the world. Our campus is a meeting place for diverse perspectives and global cultures where students and faculty learn from and respect each other.
VES’ mission remains true to when the school was founded 100 years ago — to know students individually and help each grow Toward Full Stature. Intentionally small, VES offers both the programs and vibrant community to develop well-rounded students — scholars, athletes, arts enthusiasts and confident, globally aware leaders.
Tonight I had the privilege of speaking at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. The people in attendance were outstanding, intelligent, gracious, and sincere. They asked important questions about combatting extremism, women's rights, and how to elevate the voices of Muslims like me in the media.
The 100+ attendees reaffirmed my conviction that Americans are good, compassionate, and thoughtful individuals. The enemy is not Islam or Christianity or Republicans or Democrats. The enemy is ignorance and fear, and we can cure it with education and compassion.
As she opened the evening's presentation, Jen Anderson, Global Studies leader at Virginia Episcopal School, said: "Let this evening be the first of many small steps we take to bridge understanding and differences in order to embrace our shared humanity.
In addition, please read the excellent article and photos this morning in the News & Advance that capture the spirit and content of last night's fireside chat with Maria El-Abd, who spoke about growing up and living today as a Muslim in Central Virginia, and Qasim Rashid's presentation about the history of Islam and "his group’s new 'True Islam' campaign, aimed at spreading a compassionate, anti-terrorist view of Islam to Muslim youth and to non-Muslims seeking to understand the religion."
Today, we welcomed representatives from the McDonald’s All American Hometown Heroes presented by American Family Insurance to Virginia Episcopal School to recognize one of our elite student-athletes—senior Sacha Killeya-Jones—for his selection as one of the 24 young men who will play March 30 in Chicago at the McDonald's All American Games.
Whitney Holloway, representing McDonald's, said: "Today, with the support of American Family Insurance, we are excited to present Sacha Killeya-Joneswith an honorary game jersey and hat, commemorating his selection to the McDonald’s All American Game. Sacha, congratulations on achieving your dream of becoming a McDonald’s All American. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago."
See the full ceremony, hear Sacha's remarks and learn more about the McDonald's All American Games by clicking through Read More.
VES' young women students participated in #Self-Esteem—an engaging and interactive workshop brought to campus by Mary Hodges George '89, current VES board member, and her business partner, Claire Neary, who run the company My Remarkable Self. The program was offered this week as a component of VES' Student Life curriculum.
Read more about the impact this program had on VES' female students.
Stay current with AD Bob Leake's weekly athletics update. In this week's edition, Bob provides an update of Winter Storm Jonas' impact on our schedule, a recap of our strong VES winter sports season to date and introduces you to the following: Meet Coach Bob Leake, Swim Team Head Coach (and AD), and Athletes of the Week: Emory McVeigh – Lynchburg, Virginia – Swimming, and Kevin Quinn – Durham, North Carolina – Basketball.
VES has designed an exciting week of knowledge-sharing and building understanding of contemporary Islam as a component of our World Religions and Global Studies programs.
From student programs that include viewing thought-provoking documentaries with discussion and a full day of classroom learning, to an evening designed for parent learning. Our keynote presenter for the week is Qasim Rashid—best-selling and critically acclaimed national spokesperson, author, practicing attorney, and visiting fellow at Harvard.
Read the what and why behind our Understanding Contemporary Islam week, as shared in the article by Sarah Cuccio, Associate Head of School, and see our full calendar of events.
Virginia Episcopal’s Sacha Killeya-Jones will battle against the best high school seniors in the nation on March 30, when he plays in the 39th annual McDonald’s All American Game at the United Center in Chicago.
“This honor means a great deal to Sacha,” VES coach Curtis Staples said. “He grew up watching the McDonald’s game as a kid, fantasizing about actually playing in the game one day and now, through his hard work, his dreams became a reality.”
Read the complete News & Advance article here or click through.