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  • Fifth- and Sixth-Form Parents' Weekend Focuses on College Counseling

    Despite unusually rainy weather, parents of Woodberry Forest School's fifth and sixth formers spent October 2-3, 2015, learning more about their sons' lives at Woodberry and about how they could prepare for the years beyond graduation. Parents had opportunities to meet individually and in small groups with college counselors, teachers, and advisers. Other Parents' Weekend events included a showcase of the arts with performances by the pipe and drum band; the Dozen, Woodberry's a capella group; the strings ensemble; and the jazz ensemble. A Friday night pep rally and a varsity football game against Avalon School capped off the weekend.

    A highlight of the weekend was a talk on the current state of college admissions. Invited by Woodberry's college counseling office, Steve Farmer, the vice provost for enrollment and undergraduate admissions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, spoke to parents and students about the college search process. He told listeners, "Your search for a college isn't about finding out which is the best college and figuring out how to get into it. It's also about wrestling with who you are and who you want to be." Steve advised students not to search for a school, but to search for themselves in finding a good school, and he assured them their life's happiness did not depend upon getting into a certain college. Steve advised boys that, aside from finding an institution that offered the right course of study, their goal should be finding a good cultural fit. "I don't think students serve themselves best when they search for the 'fit' of a six-year-old pair of slippers," he said. "I encourage finding a school that fits like a of a pair of new shoes. Students should look for a school culture that fits but that will also draw them out and help them become the person they need to be." Steve Farmer holds an MA in English from the University of Virginia and an AB in English from Duke University. He has served at the University of North Carolina since 2000 and previously worked in admissions at the University of Virginia.
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  • Spanish Scholars Enjoy Evening in Capital

    Students in honors Spanish IV and V classes traveled to Washington, DC, on October 1, 2015, for an evening of Spanish dining and theater. They started the evening at Jaleo, an authentic Spanish restaurant, where they enjoyed tapas and paella created by Asturian chef José Andrés. Then they headed to the Gala theater to see an interpretation of Yerma, a classic Federico García Lorca play. After the show, the boys practiced their Spanish conversation skills when they were invited to stay in the theater  for a talk-back session with the actors.
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  • The Second City Brings Comedy to Forest

    Actors from The Second City, a comedy group originally based in Chicago, performed Fully Loaded for the Woodberry Forest School student body as part of the Woodberry Forest Artist Series.

    The show included comedic sketches, improvisations based on audience suggestions, and social and political commentary conveyed through humor. Backed by a pianist/sound technician, the six actors played characters that ranged from texting teenagers to cowboys on the open range, from dancing train passengers to elderly uncles. Every sketch earned the enthusiastic approval of an audience ready to enjoy a night of comedy. "We were amazed at the boys' energy," one of the ensemble members said. "They laughed at different jokes than our typical audience does."

    The October 1, 2015, performance was followed the next day by workshops offered to interested students. Gathering on Purrington Stage, young actors tried improvisational games and learned about the career paths open to members of The Second City.

    The Second City began in 1959 and has been a career-starting point for many prominent performers including Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, and Chris Farley.

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Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school–administered programs.