Archer Athletics is out in front this fall season on the cross country course, volleyball and tennis courts, and in the pool. Middle School sports are closing out league play and preparing for playoffs. Upper School sports will clinch league championships in Tennis and Volleyball and head into CIF playoffs next week.
On Friday, September 20, the Archer community took part in the globalclimatestrike led byclimate youth activist Greta Thunberg. Students in 8th-12th grade who wanted to participate traveled to Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles with faculty and staff chaperones to use their voices and advocate for climate change.
Best Buddies recognized Maisie S. ’20 in September for helping Archer raise the most money as a school at the 2019 Long Beach Friendship Walk. Maisie raised about $3,400 for Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that provides jobs, leadership opportunities, and lasting friendships for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Student and faculty leaders in the Performing Arts department received 11 accolades from National Youth Arts for the Upper and Middle School productions from this year. Additionally, Archer received 33 nominations in a variety of categories. Over 700 productions were considered for the awards, including shows from 240 different members spanning 17 states, Canada, and the UK.
Archer hosted its 8th annual Archer Film Festival, empowering female filmmakers and featuring Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Production Victoria Alonso as the keynote speaker. Festival organizers received over 700 student-produced film submissions from 57 countries.
Karen G. '23 let her curiosity guide her as she prepared for this year's state and county science fairs. She started researching potential topics last year before choosing to examine whether the most expensive sea salts are the best quality.
New Academic Center Named in Honor of Archer Co-Founder Dr. Diana Meehan
The Archer School for Girls is celebrating the grand opening of its new Academic Center today, further delivering on its mission to empower future female leaders in an environment specifically created for their success. The event includes addresses from Archer’s Head of School Elizabeth English, Co-Founder Dr. Diana Meehan, Board Chair Frank Marshall, and Archer alumna and Trustee Lauren Finkelstein. Lead donors Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall will name the new building in honor of Archer Co-Founder Dr. Diana Meehan. The opening of the Diana Meehan Center ushers in a new era for Archer and secures the School’s mission for generations of girls to come. To date, Archer has raised 93% of its $35 million goal for the Campaign for Archer.
Archer Athletics has continued to find success this spring, building on the momentum of the fall and winter sports. Read highlights for beach volleyball, softball, swim, tennis, and track and field on the Archer website and follow Archer Athletics on Instagram for more updates.
Archer was among 12 schools to receive the 2019 First Amendment Press Freedom Award in February for actively supporting its student-run media publications and allowing students to make all final content decisions without interference from School administrators. This is the fourth time Archer has received the award.
Evan B. ’22, Paola H. ’22, and Elle W. ’20 placed third in the math challenge and first overall at the Raytheon Engineering Games on Wednesday, February 20. Archer was among 36 schools invited to Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems facility in El Segundo for the competition.
The Upper School Robotics team received a Connect Award and was part of an alliance that earned second place overall at the interleague FIRST Tech Challenge tournament in Palmdale, Calif. the weekend of Saturday, February 16.
For four years, Ruby C. '19 balanced her classes and activities at Archer with readings, retreats, and projects for the National Leadership Council. This month, Ruby traveled to St. Louis to graduate from the prestigious four-year youth leadership program with a bronze Congressional Award.
Two poems by Livia B. ’19 will be published in the next issue of Hanging Loose Magazine, one of the country’s oldest continuously publishing independent journals of poetry and fiction. Since 1968, the magazine has been publishing a section devoted to poems and stories by high school writers in each of its issues.
On Wednesday, January 9, the Archer Oracle was named an Online Pacemaker finalist for the fourth time in its history. Twice, the Oracle has gone on to win the award, which is widely considered the Pulitzer Prize of scholastic journalism.
Archer received two awards in December 2018 from InspirED, an international organization of independent schools' marketing and communications departments. A panel of 60 marketing experts from schools and businesses gave Archer a Bronze award for the 2018 Raise Your Paddle videoand a Gold award for a selection of photographs from School events.
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