Founder’s Day, an annual event held on or near the April 19th birthday of Roger C. Fenn, who established the School in 1929, was particularly special this year as the community gathered with members of the Fenn family to dedicate a bronze bust honoring Roger and his wife, Eleanor.

The sculpture, created by British artist Domenica de Ferranti and cast in a Maine foundry, is displayed in a granite niche at the front of the Jafari Library. A three-dimensional plaque under the likeness is inspired by a line from Roger Remembers, a collection of memories penned by Mr. Fenn. It reads: “In commemoration of Roger and Eleanor Fenn for their vision and dedication in creating this simple, small, personalized school for boys.”

Holy Himalayas! How many questions could you answer correctly about geography given a moment's time and no way to look up the answers? Erik Abele, who won first place in the Fenn finals of the National Geo Bee in January, qualified to move on to the state finals, where he finished fifth of 100 competitors earlier this month. 

Erik is a geography whiz; he won the Geo Bee at his former school, in Vermont, and came in fourth in that state’s finals.

Social Studies Chair John Sharon, who organizes the annual event, said that at Fenn, “we’re always making the push to go global” and he complimented Fenn’s social studies teachers for doing “an amazing job” in their classes.

The Fenn Math Team distinguished itself this year by finishing in the top 25% in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition and seventh in the State Competition. Ben Kelly, Mark Morton, John Xu, and Quincy Hughes were joined by Ted Pyne and Jon Gong, who competed as individuals.

In the Chapter competition, John finished second; Mark, ninth; Quincy thirteenth; and Ben twenty-third.

The current eighth grade class boasts a group of "very strong" math students, according to Department Chair Ralph Giles. The competition “exposes the boys to a broader engagement with math,” he adds, “they develop a greater appreciation for the talents of others, and they see themselves in the larger mathematical community.”

The team met at 7:30 on Tuesday mornings and balanced their commitment to the group with their many other Fenn obligations. “It has been a real pleasure to work with this set of talented mathletes,” says Ralph.