Review and Preview: April/May


Our teacher is quite surprised. Image taken by Kiera Toliver.

The month of April began with April Fools’ Day, which people around the U.S. celebrated with pranks. Noah from Panther Press was one of those to perform a prank on our new teacher, which you can learn about here.

  The staff here at Darby had their own spirit week during the week of testing, with the themes including Autism Awareness day, Miller Strong day, college alumni day, dress as a student day, and Darby day. See pictures and learn more about the fun they had here.

  Darby Track and Field won the Panther Invitational on their home field on April 7th. The Panthers beat the Bradley Jaguars by 57 points. Learn the specifics of the Invitational here.

The Palestine booth dancing. Photo taken by Olivia Deslandes.

  Every year Darby has a Multicultural Day for students to learn about the different food, traditions, and cultures their peers have. Read all about the special day here.

The month of April was filled with all kinds of testing from state tests, to the ACT, to preparing for next month’s AP tests. All of the testing information can be found here.

Image taken by Kiera Toliver

  In sports news, the girls’ lacrosse team won their game against Delaware Hayes with a score of 14 to 10. To read the specifics and find out what some of the players’ thoughts were on the game, click here.

  The biggest holiday during the month of April was Easter on the 16th, with students and teachers having school off the Friday before for Good Friday. Easter egg decoration ideas for next year are located here.

Image taken by Madeline Capka.

  The Darby Art show was during the weekend of the 21st, and featured artwork from over 175 students! You can read about the featured work of art, “Sushi” here.

artwork created by Kiera Toliver

   Earth Day was on April 22nd, and throughout the day, thousands of people came out and protested Donald Trump’s budget cuts to the national parks. How much will his policies hurt the Earth? Read this to learn more.

  The most exciting part for many upperclassmen is Prom and After Prom, which are both on the 29th. To find out if Prom or After Prom is better, go here.



The final days of the 2016-2017 school year are packed full of activities and obligations for both those graduating soon or those returning through the Darby doors in the fall.

  Advanced placement testing begins on the first of May. Darby students will be taking Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish 4, German 4, French 4, statistics, Calculus, biology, chemistry, Physics, U.S. History, U.S. government, Psychology, and even more. This will go on for the first two weeks of May in the wrestling room. 

 The first week of May will also feature Darby’s sector of the Multicultural Resiliency student group, who will be hosting a Kombat for Kindness week. They are promoting sharing kindness and hope for students to pledge to be kind while rearing the wristband they are passing out. 

  Senior skip day is May first, and is followed by no school on the second!

  On May 5th at 7 PM, the jazz and percussion ensemble will perform their final concert of the year. Make sure to be in the Performing Arts Center to enjoy some good music.  The Darby final orchestras will also perform their last concert, along with Heritage musicians, on the 15th at 7. The spring choir concert is on the seventeenth, followed the next day by the Symphonic Farewell Concert. The robing ceremony, where students are inducted into Symphonic Choir, is on the 18th.

  Academic awards for freshmen, sophomores and juniors are the morning of the 11th. Students who are invited to attend this event will receive more information in the mail.. Later that night, the Panther Ambassador banquet will be held in the PAC. The Senior Academic and Scholarship Ceremony is on the 12th in the PAC. Legacy Awards, given to students nominated by their teachers, is on the morning of the 17th.

  The Darby Theatre Troupe will have a double show event at 7 PM on the 12th and 13th. I Never Saw Another Butterfly, which tells the story of concentration camp survivor Raja, will be directed by seniors Christian Hill and Sarah Krumpe. The show will be preceded by MC One Acts, a collection of three short plays written and directed by Senior Matthew Connell. The theatre department will also be presenting the Senior Cabernet on the 16th. Anyone can come watch the theatre Seniors perform their best for the last time on the Darby stage! On the 19th theatre students will be inducted to the International Thespian Society.

  Between May 17th and 24th, iPads will be collected. Be sure to upload everything important to your Google Drive account, for each iPad will be reset.

  The 22nd is the spring sports awards. The 26th is the final day for everyone!

 The 18th is also the last day for graduating seniors. Per tradition, that night is the Senior camp out in the Grove. Students will wake up the next morning in their tents for the Senior Pancake breakfast in the commons, followed by the Senior talent show. Graduation practice is on the 23rd at Darby and the big day is Wednesday, the 24th, at the Schottenstein Center.


Written by Olivia Deslandes and Madeline Capka

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