By: Cassandra C. ’17
Every year on a Saturday in October, Academy Day brings people from the SIA community past and present to campus for soccer games, raffles, and delicious food. Whether you’re two, twenty-two, fifty-two, or ninety-two, Academy Day is always a fun time. Several alumni came back this year to cheer on their former classmates and catch up with their favorite teachers.
For this year’s event, the theme of Academy Day was the Wild West. Every grade had their own appropriately-themed game, while the seniors all lent a hand at the barbeque with the money raised funding part of the annual senior service trip to the Dominican Republic. Nearly every student contributed some time to Academy Day, either helping set up, cleaning at the end, or running one of the booths.
My favorite event of the day had to be when it was Ms. Crig’s turn to volunteer at the pie-throwing booth. While she was yelling, “You got nothing!” some students from the lower school managed to hit her square in the forehead with a whipped cream and graham crackers pie. And yes, we have pictures.
By: John H.
On Saturday, October 10th, Staten Island Academy hosted many families from Staten Island to join us as we held our annual Academy Day. The day was filled with lots of fun and laughs as we cheered on our Varsity Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Teams as well as our Varsity Girls’ Tennis Team. Our girls’ tennis team defeated St. Joseph Hill with a 4-1 win with the help of two “singles wins” from senior, Jill A, and junior, Allie G, along with two “double wins” from the team of Megan S and Romy F, and the team of Iris L and Rizia L. Boys’ soccer defeated Martin Luther, 3-1, with Mike K scoring 2 goals. The girls’ soccer team fought back from an early deficit to draw a tie against Berkley Carroll, thanks to a late goal from Taylor T. After all our current athletes had played it was time for the annual Alumni Soccer Game. The game featured alumni of all ages who proved that even though their soccer careers may have ended, they still had a few good moves. The Sugar Shack
Aside from sporting events, carnival rides were held for children, and of course, the very popular dunk tank was back for another year. Although the lack of water in the dunk tank took away from some of the fun, it was still a favorite for the kids. While games, sporting events, and food were a major part of the day, family was made it truly spectacular. Academy students of all ages interacted with each other. Many students had come back to show the pride they have in being known as Staten Island Academy alum. Raffles were drawn, prizes were won, and photos were taken, yet the most popular ride of the day was having the privilege to go on someone’s Segway. Although it looks rather easy, this author fell off it after two seconds! Service was also a driving force of the success of the day. From the oldest member of our community to the youngest student, everyone lent a hand. The entire Academy family helped out in making the day such a triumph from selling food to promoting She’s The First to manning the very popular “Sugar Shack.” It was great to see everyone come together to make a huge impact. Academy Day embodied what being a SIA Tiger is all about: coming together as a family.