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“None sweeter or better …”

The Pumpkin
by John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892)

Oh, greenly and fair in the lands of the sun,
The vines of the gourd and the rich melon run,
And the rock and the tree and the cottage enfold,
With broad leaves all greenness and blossoms all gold,
Like that which o’er Nineveh’s prophet once grew,
While he waited to know that his warning was true,
And longed for the storm-cloud, and listened in vain
For the rush of the whirlwind and red fire-rain.

On the banks of the Xenil the dark Spanish maiden
Comes up with the fruit of the tangled vine laden;
And the Creole of Cuba laughs out to behold
Through orange-leaves shining the broad spheres of gold;
Yet with dearer delight from his home in the North,
On the fields of his harvest the Yankee looks forth,
Where crook-necks are coiling and yellow fruit shines,
And the sun of September melts down on his vines.

Ah! on Thanksgiving day, when from East and from West,
From North and from South comes the pilgrim and guest;
When the gray-haired New Englander sees round his board
The old broken links of affection restored,
When the care-wearied man seeks his mother once more,
And the worn matron smiles where the girl smiled before,
What moistens the lip and what brightens the eye?
What calls back the past, like the rich Pumpkin pie?

Oh, fruit loved of boyhood! the old days recalling,
When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling!
When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin,
Glaring out through the dark with a candle within!
When we laughed round the corn-heap, with hearts all in tune,
Our chair a broad pumpkin,—our lantern the moon,
Telling tales of the fairy who travelled like steam
In a pumpkin-shell coach, with two rats for her team!

Then thanks for thy present! none sweeter or better
E’er smoked from an oven or circled a platter!
Fairer hands never wrought at a pastry more fine,
Brighter eyes never watched o’er its baking, than thine!
And the prayer, which my mouth is too full to express,
Swells my heart that thy shadow may never be less,
That the days of thy lot may be lengthened below,
And the fame of thy worth like a pumpkin-vine grow,
And thy life be as sweet, and its last sunset sky
Golden-tinted and fair as thy own Pumpkin pie!


Welcome, Mrs. Sylvia Baker

Regents Academy is very happy to welcome Mrs. Sylvia Baker to its staff for the 2016-17 school year. Mrs. Baker will be serving as assistant teacher in the kindergarten class alongside Mrs. Duke, and she will also work several hours per week in the Regents office alongside Mrs. Gilbreath. Sylvia and her husband Jerry are the proud parents of Regents students Cate and Mason, and we are so glad to welcome her to our school’s staff.

Welcome, Mrs. Baker!

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State Champs!

The Regents Academy TAPPS Speech and Academics Team is 1A state champion again!

The team competed at the TAPPS championship meet on Monday and Tuesday, March 23-24, in Waco. This is the third (third!) straight year the Regents team has won the state championship. We are so very, very proud of them. They are bright, talented, devoted, and they work great together as a team. The hard work that goes into their preparations is on top of their school work, music, sports, and the many other things they are involved in. Congratulations, students! Congratulations also to Nicole Alders, Shannon Henry, Kelsey Treusdell, and Ashley Bryant, who worked very hard to help the team prepare.

Pictured below:

Seniors: Michaela Hill, Kendall DeKerlegand, Alice Bryant, Jon Sowell, and Will Young

Juniors: Caleb Henry, Kyla Alders, and Aaron Bertke

Sophomores: Avery Gound, Annaleigh Andrews, Anne Elisabeth Alders, Sarah Grace Alders, and Wesley Young

Freshmen: Grace DeKerlegand, Andria Sowell, and Lindley Bryant

Not pictured: Avery Griner (who competed in Ready Writing before the meet) and Emma Terrell (who was sick and had to stay home)

To God be the glory!

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