August 31, 2012 / News

Governor’s Academy making plans to celebrate 250th anniversary in yearbook

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

The Governor’s Academy in Byfield, Mass., is the oldest boarding school in the U.S., and is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. As the school states on its website, it opened its doors “more than a decade before our nation was born.”

That’s pretty impressive stuff, and definitely a reason to celebrate. Since 1980, The Governor’s Academy has published its yearbook with Walsworth. The 2013 edition of The Milestone yearbook will be the 34th straight one the school has done with Walsworth.

According to yearbook adviser Christopher Drelich, there will be a host of 250th anniversary events going on at The Governor’s Academy throughout the year and the yearbook staff will be making the anniversary a focus of the book.

“We have some great initial ideas floating around. One of our editors is also the school president and is making a historical documentary on the history of the school from a student’s perspective,” said Drelich. “She, along with my other two lead kids, and a host of others, will be going back and looking at a lot of the early yearbooks (1923-1950) to come up with ideas.”

Sounds like a yearbook that will be a very valuable keepsake. Good luck to the staff at The Governor’s Academy this year!

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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is the Marketing Automation Supervisor for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.