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Upper School Graduation Proves Grads Are “More Than Enough”

On May 21, Principia Upper School students, parents, faculty and staff, and community members gathered to honor the class of 2023. The event celebrated the accomplishments of the 36 graduating seniors, highlighted their diverse backgrounds, and expressed gratitude for  the faculty members who played a monumental role in their education. 

BioBlitz Explores a World of Wonder

True to its title, the weekend was abuzz with activity. Students and community members identified and cataloged the range of animal and plant species around campus, tracked turtles, observed planets through telescopes, spoke to experts from the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Saint Louis Zoo, and more. “The excitement is there,” says Scott. “[BioBlitz] is building that interest, wonderment, and curiosity for the outdoors.”

Upper Schoolers Shine in Matilda

Upper Schoolers gave a rousing performance of Matilda the Musical, based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl. On a stage set with colorful letter blocks, students gave wonderful performances full of heart and a dash of rebellion.

Principia Band’s Bright Future

In March, both bands participated in music festivals that included performances and feedback from a panel of judges. The Middle School band received the highest rating, Exemplary, at the Union Music Festival. Even more impressive, the Middle School band is mainly made up of sixth-grade students who only have one year of performing under their belt. Additionally, earlier in the year, five Middle School band students auditioned and were admitted to the St. Louis Metro District 8 Middle School Concert Band, a regional honor band.

College President Announcement

Following an extensive, semester-long search, Principia is delighted to announce that Dr. Daniel Norton will be our next College President, effective July 1, 2023.

Solar Chariots chronicles Principia’s solar car underdog story

Enter on an aerial shot above waves of grain. A narrator speaks in low, dramatic tones: “Principia is a small liberal arts college in Elsah, Illinois. Despite finite resources, they have become a serious contender for this year’s race.”

So begins Episode 1 of Solar Chariots, the six-episode web docuseries. Produced by Million Stories, Solar Chariots chronicles the 2022 American Solar Challenge, the cross-country race billed as “the ultimate test of endurance and collaboration.”  

Alumni News

Upper School Classes of 1971 and 1972

After seeing the plans for the new Bill Simon Field House, the fundraising steering committee knew exactly what they wanted to support. "The opportunity to participate in a project of this scope and depth won’t come along again at Principia for decades” said Terry McNabb (US’71, C’75) to his Upper School classmates ahead of their fall 2021 50th Upper School Reunion. 

College Classes of 1972 and 1973

“We each have traveled many roads, and each—to one degree or another—was paved with the Principia "cobblestones" that provided us with a foundation and a path forward.” These words from David Morse (C’73) encapsulate the immense appreciation, gratitude, and love for Principia and its students felt by the College classes of 1972 and 1973.

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