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‘Jeopardy’ clue: Olney school

• Barnesville school answers ‘What are Quaker Values, anyway?’

February 21, 2011
Times Leader

BARNESVILLE - Fans of the popular television game show "Jeopardy" may have noticed a familiar name in one of the clues given during Thursday evening's Teen Tournament broadcast.

The show featured Barnesville-area's Olney Friends School in a clue about boarding schools.

"Olney Friends School was founded in 1837 by this religious group and still teaches its values," read the clue. A contestant provided the correct response, "Who are the Quakers?"

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OLNEY FRIENDS School near Barnesville was founded in 1837 by the Quakers, and today still teaches their values. This fact was a clue on Thursday night’s national broadcast of the popular game show “Jeopardy.” In the photo, ninth-grade students are tapping a maple tree on the school’s campus for a biology class project. From left are Kita Frick-Shipley, Inea Lehner, biology teacher Leonard Guindon and Gwendolyn Reed.

The clue was less revealing about the values that are taught at Olney and at other Quaker schools.

"Integrity, peace, equality, community, and stewardship of the earth certainly belong on that list," said head of school Richard Sidwell.

"At Olney, we teach students to think critically about their choices, to improve the place where they live, and to measure their contributions to the planet.

"Students who thrive at Olney know themselves better than most teenagers do," he said. "And because of that knowledge, which is gained by being a participant in the academic and community life at the school, students naturally learn how to care for the world," he added.

What does it mean to care for the world?

"Everything we do here comes around to, 'What are the effects of my actions on others? What choices can I make right now that will improve the life of my local community, my local watershed, my town, my slice of the planet?' It's not a single set of skills. It's a combination including continual learning, immersion in the natural world, and the conservation of resources - and it all plays out in a close-knit community of adolescents and adults," he said.

Olney Friends School brings students from around the state, around the country, and around the world to study in a college preparatory program in grades 9-12.

The academic program focuses on humanities, the arts, and the sciences.



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