News and Calendar



  • May

    April's Diversity Forum: The Asian-American Experience

    Lexi Justice '22
    On the evening of April 22, the Davidson Day Student Diversity Council hosted its final forum of the year, focusing on the Asian-American experience. The call was powerful and emotional because the speakers not only gave insights on their experiences with assumptions and misunderstandings directed toward Asians, but also discussed the recent anti-Asian violence and increasing xenophobia due to the pandemic.
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  • April

    Kathleen singing the National Anthem at a home basketball game (Winter 2021)

    Kathleen Moore '23 Wins Second Round of The Blumey Awards

    Congratulations to sophomore Kathleen Moore who is one of six 2021 Blumey Awards Best Actress Finalists! Click HERE for the press release from Blumenthal Performing Arts.
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  • Podcast: Joanna Gerdy on How Theatre Helps Us Explore What It Is To Be Human

    In this episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews Joanna Gerdy, who teaches middle and upper school theatre arts and directs Davidson Day’s vibrant and award-winning Theatre program.

    Although interested in theatre in college, Joanna graduated with a political science degree and worked as a research analyst for the state legislature in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She later followed where the universe guided her, moving to Charlotte to work as an actor, director, and theatre teacher at the Children’s Theater of Charlotte. 

    Joanna joined Davidson Day in 2007 when our current campus opened. Over the past 13 years, Joanna has directed 8-12 performances each school year and helped our student-actors explore the human experience through theatre.

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  • Editors-in-Chief - Olivia Oosterhouse '20 and Tyra Rubin '20

    2019-2020 Yearbook Wins Staff and Individual Awards

    Davidson Day's 2019-2020 Yearbook Staff were recognized as Jostens National Yearbook Program of Excellence winners for the sixth year in a row. The People Pages were featured in Jostens Look Book as an example of design excellence. The yearbook was awarded second place by NCSMA and first place by American Scholastic. Individual recognitions went to YY Xie '20 for headline writing, Jessie Wiles '21 for Senior Spotlight design, Kate Fleming '22 for feature copy, Brendan Clark '23 for feature copy, Sloane Fuhr '22 for photography, and Editors-in-Chief Olivia Oosterhouse '20 and Tyra Rubin '20 for table of contents design and divider index design. Plus, the whole staff was recognized for the spring supplement that featured multi-page academic coverage. Click HERE for more details.
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  • Wesley Duncan '29 in a National Commercial

    Fourth grader Wesley Duncan recently had the opportunity to play the child version of Jimmie Johnson (wearing the yellow racing suit) in a national Indycar Carvana commercial that came out today, timed to run leading up to the 105th Running of the Indianpolis 500 on May 30, 2021. Jimmie Johnson is a seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion who partners with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive car No. 48, sponsored by Carvana. Very cool, Wesley!
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  • L to R: Cameron Baker '22, Sully Young '22, Lexi Justice '22

    “We Felt Like We Were Heard”: Cameron Baker '22 and the ‘Her Drive’ Campaign

    by Mr. Steve McGill
    Sometimes in life, people search for their passion but just can’t find it. Other times, after much trial and error, they stumble upon it later in life and discover a new level of fulfillment. If your name is Cameron Baker, and you’re a junior at Davidson Day School, you found it when you were 17 years old while scrolling on your TikTok feed.
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  • Track & Field Team Achieves a Davidson Day School Record

    The Boys 4x400 Relay team of Dean Ferguson '21, Thomas Watson '21, Carter Laatsch '22, and Mitchell Zammitti '22, made a school record time of 3:46.3 on Friday, April 16, at the Woodlawn meet. This time is also the leading one in the current 1A/2A NCISAA state rankings. Well done, gentlemen!
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  • Five Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

    On Friday, April 16, 2021, five senior student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent, which makes their commitment to compete at the collegiate level official.
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  • Winners of Spring 2021 Writing Contest

    Davidson Day's English Department has chosen two winners for the spring Writing Contest:
    Head of the English Department, Dr. Kerri Hunt, shared: "Thanks to all the students who submitted their work -- we have many promising writers in the Upper School, and it was difficult to pick just two winners!"

    Congratulations, Tara and Ava!
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  • Kathleen Moore '23 Nominated for First Round of The Blumey Awards

    Blumenthal Performing Arts holds The Blumey Awards each spring for "Excellence in High School Musical Theater," and each year Davidson Day's Theatre Program proudly takes part in the nominations.
    Since in-person performances were not possible this year, The Blumey Awards held auditions for interested musical theatre actors instead. Three Davidson Day students auditioned -- Kathleen Moore '23, Ashlyn Letarte '24, and Ella Grace Wolfe '22 -- and Kathleen was nominated in the first round as "Best Actress." Next, she will participate in a Musical Theatre Bootcamp and workshop and perform in The Blumey Awards' Opening Number, and then there will be a second round of auditions from which the top six male and femal best actor nominees will be chosen. Well done, Kathleen!
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  • Podcast: Tiffani Thomas on the Importance of Tiny, Inspiring Moments

    In this episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews Tiffani Thomas, who teaches middle school art and upper school journalism and serves as the faculty advisor for the award-winning Davidson Day School yearbook. 

    Tiffani is a fabulous, creative artist with an amazing story and inspiring perspective on teaching, the cycles of life, and the importance of tiny moments.  
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  • March

    Libbie Gordon '21 Wins Championship, Earns Tri-Color Ribbon

    Patriot Libbie Gordon '21 and her horse Montauk this weekend won the championship title in the Large Junior Hunter 3’6” 16-17 Division. The pair received 23.5 points in the division with two firsts, a fourth, a fifth, and a sixth-place finish, securing yet another tricolor ribbon and receiving championship honors. 

    A full recap of Gordon's accomplishments can be found online, in the second section of this industry publication.  Congratulations, Libbie!
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  • Upper School Academic Honors for the Third Quarter

    Davidson Day announced the Third Quarter 2020–2021 Academic Awards for Upper School today.  

    To make the Headmaster’s List, students must earn an unweighted GPA of 3.67 and above in their classes. 

    To make the Honor Roll, students must earn an unweighted GPA of 3.33–3.66 in their classes.
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  • Upper School Character Awards for the Third Quarter

    Each academic quarter, the upper school honors a student of character in each grade. Such an honor recognizes those students who exhibit character traits in line with the Upper School Patriot Pledge, not to lie, cheat, steal, or plagiarize; nor to tolerate the dishonorable behavior of others.
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  • Podcast: Randy Baker on Entrepreneurship

    In this episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews Randy Baker.  Randy, a parent of current Patriot Cameron ‘22 and Patriot alumnus Charli ‘15, grew up in Wilson, North Carolina, where he attended local public schools and began his working career by working in a tobacco field during the summers.  Now, Randy is the founder and CEO of MedCall Advisors, a tele-emergency medical provider that delivers immediate interventions for acute medical events including injury and illness, which also pivoted, innovated, and adapted to provide critical services to employers relating to COVID-19 at the outset of the global pandemic. 

    Beyond his role as a parent and CEO and founder of a company, Randy serves on the Advisory Board for a local nonprofit working to reduce situational homelessness and serves on the Davidson Day Health Advisory Board.
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  • Winter Sports Recognition Award Recipients

    Congratulations to all the Patriot student-athletes who received awards at the Fall Sports Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, March 10!
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  • Did You Know? The Majority of Families are Non-Traditional

    Lexi Justice '22
    Nine panelists shared their perspectives, opinions, and experiences about growing up in non-traditional families at last week’s Davidson Day Diversity Forum, the sixth forum of the 2020-2021 academic year.  

    The prevalence and cultural dominance of the traditional “nuclear family,” explained Head of School Pete Moore, is actually largely a myth, as for at least the last 15 years, less than 50 percent of families are structured a nuclear family composition. 
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  • Varsity Girls Basketball Team Earns Third NCISAA State Championship in a Row

    The Lady Patriots are the 2A NCISAA Champs for the third year in a row! On Saturday, Feb. 27, our Varsity Girls Basketball team won the state final game vs. The Burlington School, 65 to 46. Click HERE for the profile article in the Herald Citizen this week. Amazing season and outcome, ladies and coaches!!
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  • Maryn Holden '26 Earns Girl Scout Silver Award

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  • Twenty-seven Juniors Inducted into National Honor Society

    Recently, we inducted 27 juniors into the Davidson Day School Chapter of the National Honor Society. 
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  • Upper School Pair Place 9th in Regional Fishing Tournament

    Cole Mitchell ’22 and Hayden Mare ’21 co-lead Davidon Day’s Upper School Fishing Club this year. This past Saturday, Feb. 27, they took 9th place in the Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series at Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida. Their next stop is the national high school tournament (date and location TBD). Congratulations, gentlemen!
    On a related note, Cole and a fellow fishing enthusiast friend started their own handmade fishing lure business last year, called Bustin Baits.
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  • Podcast: Tia Hill & Caitlin Barndt on What Colleges (Really) Want

    In the latest episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews Tia Hill and Caitlin Barndt, who together comprise the Davidson Day College Counseling Office.

    Tia Hill is our Director of College Counseling, and Caitlin Barndt is our College Counseling Associate and Admission Associate, and in this conversation they discuss their pathway to their own college selections, working "on the other side of the desk," and the college admission process at Davidson Day.
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  • February

    Patriot Swimmers Win NCISAA State Championships

    Congratulations to our Davidson Day Patriots Swim Team, and to Patriots Logan Zucker '23, Olivia Hardey '23, Sophia Bellissimo '25, and Gavin Conroy '25, for competing in the NCISAA State Championship Swim Meet earlier this month! 

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  • Libbie Gordon '21 Places First in Winter Equestrian Festival

    Senior Libbie Gordon and her horse High Society took top honors in the Small Junior Hunter competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, last weekend. 
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  • Podcast: Jason Chinuntdet ‘13 on Change and Culture

    In this episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews Patriot Alumnus Jason Chinuntdet.  Throughout this episode Jason, who now works at Gartner as an HR Advisory Specialist, chats with Pete about organizational culture, change management, and Jason’s transition from Davidson Day to college, career, and beyond. 
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  • 2021 Black History Month Video coordinated by Jaden Graham '21

    Jaden Graham '21
    February marks Black History Month every year.  This year, I wanted to do something meaningful, something that could involve the voices and diverse perspectives of members within our Davidson Day community, so in December, I set out to plan an extracurricular project that would culminate in a video produced and then shared and discussed by our Upper School during this year’s Black History Month. 

    Here’s the video:
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  • Podcast: Takila Williams on Perseverance, Purpose, and Service

    In this episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews parent Takila Williams. 

    Takila shares how perseverance and pursuit of purpose-driven goals led to a fulfilling and rewarding dream of winning a professional cheerleading job and how those same principles applied to growing an entrepreneurial and exceptional career in sales, starting in pest control and, later, in pharmaceutical sales.  She also shares actionable tips about the creation of a vision board and an in-depth explanation of how taking a service-oriented approach to sales can yield dividends in employment, parenting, relationships, and nearly any other goal one may have. 

    Today, in addition to being the parent of a Patriot, Takila shares inspirational messages and lessons via an Instagram channel, beyond her accomplished professional career serving customers through selling products that matter.
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  • January

    Gender Equity: Recapping the Davidson Day January Diversity Forum

    Lexi Justice '22
    At the fifth Davidson Day Diversity Forum, ten panelists discussed the topic of gender equity, the process of seeking gender equality, as described by moderator and Head of School Pete Moore during an introduction of the Forum to more than 60 virtual participants.  

    As one of the speaking panelists, I felt supported knowing that there were so many members of our community who cared about and planned to listen to what I, and my fellow panelists, would share about the topic and about our experiences at and beyond Davidson Day.
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  • Middle School Character Awards for the Second Quarter

    Every action a student chooses reflects that student's character and values. Each academic quarter, the middle school honors a student in each grade for an act of character, a time when the student took action and displayed a character trait in line with the Middle School Patriot Pledge, to show compassion and respect, to be a leader and a role model, and to give 100 percent.
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  • Upper School Character Awards for the Second Quarter

    Each academic quarter, the upper school honors a student of character in each grade. Such an honor recognizes those students who exhibit character traits in line with the Upper School Patriot Pledge, not to lie, cheat, steal, or plagiarize; nor to tolerate the dishonorable behavior of others. 
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  • Celebrating Service in Our Community: Third Grade Food Drive

    Each year, Davidson Day students go beyond campus to participate in service projects where they contribute their time, effort, and creativity to local nonprofits and impact-based organizations.  

    One long-standing service project, the Third Grade Food Drive, benefits the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center, just minutes away from our lakeside campus in Davidson.  

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  • Gretchen Leffew Earns Master of Education Degree

    When Gretchen Leffew first began teaching, she set a goal for herself: earning a Master of Education degree.

    In December, Leffew, who currently teaches Kindergarten at Davidson Day, achieved that goal, completing her coursework to earn a Master of Education degree with a concentration in STEM instruction for elementary-aged students.

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  • Podcast: Jessica Thompson on Stress, Worry, and Anxiety

    In the latest episode of the Davidson Day Community Podcast, Head of School Pete Moore interviews School Counselor Jessica Thompson. Jessica discusses the difference between worry, stress, and anxiety, suggests how parents can help their children navigate normal social pain, and shares actionable tips that parents can take and put into practice this week to cultivate a nurturing, healthy family environment that allows children to foster resilience and navigate periods of high stress.
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