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Lamplighter gets an update

A new design gives Lamplighter a look and feel that is consistent with other Dock publications

The joining of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School and Penn View Christian School into Dock Mennonite Academy in 2015 set in motion a series of changes. With a new name for our combined school came a new identity, and new ways to communicate who we are to our stakeholders—students, parents, faculty and staff, alumni and friends.

An important way to communicate these changes was our web site, which was re-created almost from scratch nearly two years ago. A viewbook and other promotional materials were next to adopt Dock's new brand image and colors.

The Winter 2019 issue of Lamplighter represents the logical next step in the metamorphosis of Dock's identity, and allows our publications to have a consistent look and "feel." Over the next few issues, we will be working to redirect the content of the magazine as well, with more news and information about alumni, including profiles of our graduates who are making an impact on their communities and the world.

We welcome your feedback on the new design, as well your suggestions for articles and alumni profiles. Please direct your comments to Jay Gordon,, 215.362.2675, ext. 108.

Note: As you flip through the digital version of Lamplighter (below), you will notice that on many pages, there are parts of the page that become highlighted as you scroll over them. These highlighted sections indicate additional content—videos, for example—that you can access by clicking the link. There is further additional content when you view Lamplighter on your mobile device. We look forward to your feedback!



Lamplighter is a print publication sent to some 6,500 alumni, current parents and friends.

Newsroom provides online access to Dock Mennonite Academy news and events 24/7/365.

New Panel


  • Project-Based Learning Initiative
  • Senior Experience
  • Arts Day 2019: Harmony

Winter 2019

Homecoming & Family Weekend 2018

  • Service Day 2018
  • Alumni of the Year
  • Fall Musical: The Sound of Music
  • What a run for Erik Kratz ('98)

Lamplighter Winter 2019

Additional content from the Winter 2019 Lamplighter:

Color Run photo gallery (page 7)

Disc Golf Open (page 8)

Water Balloon Launch Challenge (page 8)

Dock Talks (page 9)

Avelynn Myers' book (page 17)

"Dream Small" (song by Josh Wilson, page 19)

Annual Fund donation page (page 24)

Class reunion reports (page 25)

Summer 2018


  • 63rd Annual Commencement
  • Senior Presentations
  • Academic Awards and Scholarships
  • Business is (literally) taking off for this '09 alumni

Spring 2018


  • Senior Experience
  • Arts Day 2018
  • Planting Seeds: Reflections from Mr. Derstine, Dr, Bishop, and Señor Miller
  • 2016-17 Annual Report



Winter 2018

Good News of Great Joy

  • Christmas Benefit Concert
  • Fall Musical: Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Homecoming & Family Weekend 2017
  • 2017 Alumni of the Year

Summer 2017

Sparks sown in us like seeds

  • 62nd Annual Commencement
  • Senior Presentations
  • A transforming experience (Senior Experience trip to Uganda)
  • Thinking outside the box (Social Issues class)
  • Country Fair & Auction
  • Environmentally conscious (David Souder Endowment)

Spring 2017

Lights! Camera! Action!

  • Arts Day 2017
  • Senior Experience
  • The Mysterious Disappearance of Jim Herschberger '66

Winter 2017

Celebrating God's gift of music

  • Homecoming 2016
  • Service Day 2016
  • Fall Musical: Curtains

Summer 2016

Summer 2016 Lamplighter

The Upside Down Kingdom Life

  • Commencement 2016
  • Dock's new identity
  • Senior Presentations

The Window

The Window offers an inside look at the news and events of both the EC-8 and Grades 9-12 campuses.

Spring 2019 Lamplighter available online

The Spring 2019 issue of Lamplighter will be on its way to you in a few days, but the content is now available online, including:

  • A story about Dock's new Project-Based Learning initiative, which will impact curriculum at both campuses.
  • Coverage of Arts Day 2019, with the theme, "Harmony"
  • A look at some of the key happenings from both the EC-Grade 8 and Grades 9-12 campuses
  • Links to spring golf tournament registration, 2019 Country Fair & Auction page, and more!

There is additional online content available on many pages, which you can link to by scrolling over the page.

Spring 2019 Lamplighter

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Patience pays off for Dock photographer

Dock senior Carolina Fraser won a 2016 Audubon Photography Award in the youth category for a photo she captured of two Frigate birds in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of South America. For that photo, she was in the right place at the right time.

Now, Fraser is being recognized for another photo she captured—and this time she was in the right place for a long time. The Audubon Society has once again recognized Fraser, this time for a photo she snapped of a loon chick snuggled underneath the wings of its mother (above). The photo was taken in June 2018 during an “Ultimate Loon” photography workshop in British Columbia.

Loon chicks are born with their eyes open and covered in down. They ditch their nest for the water within a couple of days, but depend on their parents for the first few months of their life. Chicks often climb onto their parents’ backs or tuck under their wings for warmth and protection. To Fraser, this sounded like an opportunity for a unique shot, but it was almost impossible to tell when a chick was underneath its mother.

“The first few times I'd seen the loon inside the parent’s wing, I had an idea I wanted to get a unique up-close photo of the chick enclosed,” she says. The shot required a keen eye and great patience—but it looks like Fraser was successful. Congratulations, Carolina, it's an awesome shot!

Read the full story on the Audubon website

See more of Carolina's work

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Touring Choir kicks off 2019 season

Dock Mennonite Academy's Touring Choir kicked off its 2019 season Sunday with a concert at Towamencin Mennonite Church. The choir, an auditioned group of juniors and seniors, will perform at a series of concerts and festivals this spring, including the Mennonite Schools Council Choral Festival in Lancaster, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The choir's 2019 theme is "How Can I Keep From Singing?" The photograph on the cover of the choir's 2019 program was taken by senior Carolina Fraser. The public is invited to enjoy any of the choir's spring concerts.

Spring 2019 Touring Choir Itinerary

March 24  Fairview Village Church of the Nazarene, 8:25 a.m.

March 29-31  Carnegie Hall, New York City

April 7  Souderton Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

April 12-14  Mennonite Schools Council Choir Festival, Lancaster, PA

April 28  Salford Mennonite Church, 9:00 a.m.

May 19  Franconia Mennonite Church, 10:15 a.m.

May 22  Dock Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m.

June 2  Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, 9:30 a.m.

June 2  Zion Mennonite Church, 7:00 p.m.

June 8  Dock Commencement, 6:00 p.m.

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Serving others....together

A HUGE thank you to everyone who came out on March 12 to support our All-School Service Night. You helped us bring comfort to the people of Iraq and Ukraine by helping to color and knot quilts, coloring Ukrainian eggs, purchasing authentic comfort food from those countries, playing badminton, packaging pencils and band-aids, and even duct taping two of our staff to the wall!

Thanks also to our local partners, Mennonite Central Committee and the MCC Material Resource Center in Harleysville. We collected over 2,600 pencils, 7,500 band-aids, and 6,500 bags to put them in—and had a lot of fun every step of the way.

And if you weren't there for the highlight of the evening, here's your opportunity to see it on video:

Tale of the Tape


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AHERA plan on file

In order to remain compliant with federal regulations, this serves as notification that the AHERA management plan for Dock Mennonite Academy is on file in Detweiler House and is available for review upon request. 

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