The Dallas Academy community enjoyed celebrating a major milestone this year. For 50 years, Dallas Academy has served students throughout the Dallas community and around the world. Dallas Academy celebrated the anniversary throughout the week of March 21st. The celebrations culminated on Thursday, March 24th at the 50th Anniversary Ceremony where the new anniversary wall and plaque were dedicated.
Many events and activities were planned throughout the week of March 21st to get the student body excited about the anniversary. First we tasked students and teachers with decorating their classroom doors in the spirit of their assigned decade. There were some very creative doors and the three winning doors included Ms. Alvarez’s class, Ms. Delaney’s class, and Ms. Middleton’s class. On Tuesday, we asked our students to get inspired from the history and fashion from the past 50 years and dress up in costumes. We invite you to visit Dallas Academy’s facebook page to see some of the creative fashions from our community. Next we asked students to reflect on the theme of the anniversary and create original work of art in a category of their choosing highlighting this milestone. Projects included poetry, paintings, collages, sculpture, short-stories, and photographs. Over two-hundred reflection submissions were reviewed and we were blown away by the caliber of our students’ work. After much debate and consideration, a handful of submissions were selected deserving of recognition. Three winners were selected as well and honorable mentions. The three winning projects included 1st place winner Evan Everett, 2nd place winner Khristina Weatherton, and 3rd place winner: Rory Moore. Honorable mentions include Tea Barton, Anna Martinez, Brendan Kerbel, Emma Kenyon, Trevor Rose, and Bella Bagley.
On Thursday, we welcomed students, parents, alumni, and friends of Dallas Academy to campus for a celebration ceremony. The ceremony featured guest speakers including Chairman of the Board of Trustees Terry Welch, Vice Chairman Jim Lucius, local author and preservationist Virginia Savage McAlester, former Headmistress Pat Shaughnessy, Headmaster Jim Richardson, teacher Molly Grogan, and a special performance from the DA Singers. The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of the anniversary wall which was dedicated to all those individuals who have given so much to Dallas Academy throughout the years.
This anniversary is dedicated to the countless individuals who have shaped Dallas Academy and made it possible for thousands of deserving children to reach their fullest potential and turn promise into reality. Dallas Academy would like to thank all of those who joined us Thursday to celebrate this incredible milestone. Cheers to the next 50!