Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Andover does a Rap

Unlike your typical boarding school recruitment video, Phillips Academy (Andover) has separated itself from the pack. A few months ago, it released an eight minute long rap video that gives a full tour of the tree-lined school in all its vibrant glory and shows even one of the most prestigious schools can have fun too. Don't let the autotune and the scooter riding distract you, this is a promotional video and the lyrics, oddly enough, serve to educate prospective students.

Although I have had a few good laughs about the video, I give them props as it is composed extremely well. The community at large as responded well and the video has since gone viral.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Celloboxing takes Kevin Olusola to the Finals

UPDATE:Congratulations to Kevin and the Pentatonix on winning The Sing-Off! 

After his beatboxing/cello-playing, now dubbed "celloboxing", YouTube video went viral, Kevin "KO" Olusola Andover '06, is in the running to win NBC's The Sing-Off - the prize is $200,000 and a Sony recording contract. Him and his a capella group "Pentatonix" are finalists on the show and have stiff competition with two other a capella groups - Urban Method and Dartmouth Aires. The winner will be revealed in a live broadcast, American Idol style, at 8 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov 28.

While at Andover, KO's main focus was playing in the Orchestra, the jazz band, and began developing his skills as a beatboxer as a member of the "Yorkies" (Andover's premier all-male a cappella group). He continues to to play cello while earning a degree in East Asian Studies at Yale.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Prep Schools go Green

Hotchkiss School has recently added a farm to it's prime 810 acres of Connecticut land. The school is trying to bridge the gap between the disconnect that now exists between students and mother nature. Food produced on the farm will be served in the dining halls, and eventually, will the be sole source of the school's diet. This year alone, the farm will produce enough food for 900 students.

This past year, Loomis Chaffee School has joined the ranks of sustainable schools and created a 40' by 40' composting area on its campus.

Read it here.