Longtime faculty member Irvin "Irv" Ornduff passed away on February 17, 2019, at the age of 83. Ornduff served Asheville School and its students from 1963 to 2000 as English Teacher, Director of Studies, Director of College Counseling, friend and mentor.
Over the past year, Wei Tchou has launched her career as a freelance journalist. Her work has taken her across the country and provided a wealth of new experiences. She's also managed to rack up an impressive list of bylines in high-profile publications.
"Educate yourself before deciding a drug should be a part of your life." Asheville School senior Adam Stewart wants to share that message with teenagers in his powerful film "One Decision." Stewart, who grew up in West Virginia, sought to address the state's opioid crisis in his Eagle Scout Service Project and produced the film that he now hopes to share with teens across the United States.
On February 11, the Blues boys and girls varsity swim teams both took home NCISAA Division II state championship titles – the first in program history for the girls team and the first since 2001 for the boys team.
Major Eason and Reagan Bednar made their college commitments official on Wednesday when they took part in National Signing Day 2019.
Every Wednesday, a group of 26 Asheville School students travels to the Cataloochee Ski Area to race against other high school students from across Western North Carolina. With teams from 12 schools competing each week, it's a fun and competitive way for the Blues to hone their skiing and snowboarding racing skills.
Congratulations to Elli Efird 2021, who has received a 2019 Gold Key award from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for her poem, "Exercise Machine."
Katie Richards began her new position as Director of Mountaineering on January 28. Join us in welcoming her to the Asheville School community!
Congratulations to Claire Hill, who is one of 112 Finalists for the esteemed Park Scholarship from NC State University.
Congratulations to Varsity Swimming, who earned first-place finishes in 14 of 22 events at the 2019 CAA Conference Championship. Go Blues!
On February 16, Asheville School senior Grayson Sword will travel to Chapel Hill to give a TED talk at TEDxUNC, an independently organized TED event held each year at UNC Chapel Hill.
National Players, America's longest-running touring theatre company, will perform "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare in Asheville School's Graham Theater on Thursday, January 31 at 7:15 p.m.
Photo by C. Stanley Photography courtesy of the National Players
Join Asheville School for "Colette Collage" in the Walker Art Center's Graham theater on February 21 and 22 at 7:15 p.m. and on February 23 at 2 p.m. The show is free and open to the public.
On Friday, January 18, Asheville School held Civil Rights Day, an annual celebration of civil rights and social justice honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This year, students heard from 28-year-old activist, curator, and tastemaker Kimberly Drew.
Asheville School senior Grayson Sword has been named as a finalist for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
Congratulations to Charlie Ahn, Elli Efird, Tori Kim, Margarita Matta, Ryland Mettee, Emma Lyn Nolletti, James Pearsall and Grace Vo, who collectively earned 14 WNC Regional Scholastic Art Awards.
As part of Asheville School's Arts in the Community Initiative, a group of students will travel to the Center for Craft in downtown Asheville to participate in a closing ceremony for their latest exhibit, "In Times of Seismic Sorrows."
Image: Steve Mann, Black Box Photography, courtesy of the Center for Craft
Every year, Asheville School celebrates Civil Rights Day, a day of academic programming dedicated to discussions surrounding civil rights and social justice. On Friday, January 18, students will hear from speakers before participating in workshops led by faculty members, community members and their peers.
Six student athletes representing fall sports for the Asheville School Blues were recently honored with All-WNC recognition by the Asheville Citizen-Times. Congratulations to Rachel Kuehn, Sarah Abernethy, Declan Mettee, Titus Morrison, Uchenna Ikwuakor and Chris Hemphill!
Over the past year, Asheville School Art Instructor Casey Arbor has partnered with The Memory Project, a nonprofit that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to children around the world who have faced substantial challenges such as loss, violence and extreme poverty.
Congratulations to Claire Hill 2019, who has been named as a semifinalist for North Carolina State University's Park Scholarship.
Join Asheville artist Joseph Pearson and the Asheville School Fine Arts Department for the opening reception of "Thoughts on the Times: Reflections on Today's Current of Racial Injustice and Violence in America," on Thursday, January 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Walker Art Center's John M. Crawford Art Gallery.
Interested in learning more about Asheville School? Join us for the annual Asheville School Open House on Monday, January 21, 2019.
Asheville School will welcome the Reverend Joseph Watkins as he addresses the school community on Thursday, January 17, at 7:15 p.m. in the Walker Art Center's Graham Theater.
Congratulations to Grayson Sword 2019, who has been named as a semifinalist for the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.