The May/June issue of the Fountain has profiles, quotes, statistics, and updates on all of our great Senior class, as well as articles on enrollment, the One Body One Campus Campaign , a call to prayer, 5th and 4th grade Living History Museum, Lower School plays, and new teacher photos and bios. Enjoy!
A quick glance at six-foot nine-inch Sam Berlin, and most folks immediately imagine him dunking on a basketball court. Certainly that’s true, but a closer look is needed to discover what Sam is all about. A life-ling resident of Manassas, Sam came to AFA as a seventh grader. He is the youngest of three and had been homeschooled prior to calling AFA home for the rest of his scholastic career.
During the past six years, Sam has proven to be part of a vital core of his class. While he has thoroughly enjoyed his time on the court with his friends and attributes much of his basketball success to the mentorship of Coach Jerry Cuffee, Sam contributions to the culture of Ad Fontes are varied. For the past two years he has served as head of House Ilium where he has had opportunities to model servant leadership and set an example for younger students. (more…)
“My parents told me that when I was younger, writing made me cry,” reflects senior Shane Perry, who has attended AFA since the 2ndgrade. “I admit that in my time at AFA I sometimes asked why I had to work on what I wasn’t good at. It can be frustrating, but if you learn to let down your guard, and let yourself be taught, transformation happens. Now I’m writing a 27 page senior thesis!”
Shane is a confessed “math and science guy, with a passion for how things work,” but has seen his interests expand over the years. He loves guitar, which “allows me to express feelings I can’t in other ways,” and has even dabbled in writing his own songs. In his free time he also reads many 20th century classics from Hemingway and Orwell, to which he attributes his time in Miss Milroy’s literature classes. He finds that his literature and music hobbies help him with his future as an engineering major at Virginia Tech. “Mr. Carey (his physics teacher) told me that a mathematician who can write well will always stand out, so I’ve definitely learned to see the benefits of AFA’s emphasis on being well-rounded.” read more