on CAmpus COLORADO ACADEMY’S NEWSLETTER MAY 2017 | VOL. 43 | NO. 9 FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL DEDICATION SET FOR UPDATED WELBORN O n May 19, 2017, Giant Relay Day, Colo- rado Academy will dedicate the newly renovatedWelborn House.  The dedica- tion is set for 1:00 p.m. at the conclusion of the All-School picnic, and the entire CA commu- nity is invited. (See full schedule on page 4.) The renovation means that the Welborn Great Room was restored to its original purpose of the house’s living room. Accessibility was increased with larger entryways. The Admission Office and Business Offices have been renovated, and PARENTING IN AN ANXIOUS AGE A parent recently asked me,“How do I set high standards for my child without creating a family environment that produces too much stress and anxiety?” It is an insightful and important question and one with which any parent strug- gles. We live in an anxious age. There are uncertainties at nearly every level of public life. We read headlines about terrorist attacks, wars, economic dislocation, and injustice. Developments that many assumed would lead to a more progres- sive and interconnected world—like social media—have actually created more division and a more narcissistic, self-centered society. Obviously, these larger trends affect young people. This generation of students is perhaps one of the most anxious and stressed we’ve ever seen. As young people, they see an uncertain future. It may seem ironic that anxiety is increasing at the same time that our society has become more responsive to mental health issues. We are seeing more anxiety in young people at the very same time that the social stigma around mental health issues is decreas- ing and that our understanding of the human brain is increasing. The important question is, what we can do about it as parents and teachers? At CA, we have worked with faculty and students on the topic of mind- fulness. We have identified behavior Mike Davis, Ph.D. HeadofSchool MOCK TRIAL TEAM PREPS FOR NATIONALS L ater this month, students on Colorado Acad- emy’s MockTrialTeam will head to Hartford, Connecticut for the first-ever bid for CA for the National Championship. Sincemid-March,CAattorneycoaches,Mark Grueskin,VictoriaSharp,andByeongsookSeo,have beenteachingstudentsthefederalrulesofcourt- roomproceduretopreparethemforupcoming tournament. Thecriminalcasethatstudentswilllit- igate,StateofConnecticutv.WilburMerritt,confronts delicateissuesthatteenscurrentlyfaceincluding substanceabuseandsexualassault.Thecaseisa fictionalizationoftheMichaelSkakelmurdercase, onthathasbeentotheConnecticutSupremeCourt threetimesandengenderednationalpublicatten- tion,asSkakelisamemberoftheKennedyclan. Since the case’s release on April 1, students have engaged in weekly practices, meeting after school and on weekends, and mapping out the fact pattern for both the prosecution and de- fense.  As each side consists of six students, three attorneys and three witnesses, most students will take on roles for both defense and prosecu- tion.  With but five weeks to prepare, as opposed to thirteen for the Denver RegionalTournament, students have put forth a great deal of time and ef- fort as the official representatives of the Colorado Bar Association. Seven students and two understudies, along with Upper School Principal Dr. JonathanVogels and mock trial sponsor, LuisTerrazas, Denver SEE DAVIS|PAGE 2 SEE MOCK TRIAL|PAGE 3 TheleadedglasswindowsintheGreatRoomoftheWelbornHousewerepreservedandremainintherenovatedstructure. ColoradoAcademywilldedicatetherenovatedandexpandedbuildingonMay19,2017. SEE WELBORN DEDICATION|PAGE 4