News in Brief: February 17, 2017

Kevin Olusola ’06 is a member of Pentatonix. The group won Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Andover’s Casino Night took place last Saturday in Paresky Commons, running from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Students dressed up to participate in games such as Blackjack, Poker, and Roulette. At the end of the event, several students entered in a raffle won prizes including gift cards to Starbucks and Bruegger’s Bagels. All proceeds went to the Lawrence Boys and Girls Club. Check Arts on B8 for more information.

On Valentine’s Day Blue Key Heads continued the tradition of giving out kisses ordered by students for their friends. Each Blue Key Head filled roughly three pages worth of names of people to kiss, totaling to approximately 1,500 kisses ordered. This year, in an effort to emphasize affirmative consent, there were alternatives to the traditional lipstick kiss, such as offering a Hershey’s chocolate kiss or a Valentine’s Day sticker. The event raised 1,480 dollars for the American Heart Association.

Last weekend members of Phillips Academy Model UN went to a conference hosted by Boston University. Andover’s delegation consisted of 25 students, six of which won awards. Shoshana Wintman ’17 and Matthew Cline ’19 won Best Delegate in their committees (Legal Committee and UN Habitat Committee, respectively), Campbell Munn ’19 won Outstanding Delegate (International Atomic Energy Agency), and Diva Harsoor ’18, Allison Zhu ’19, and Austin Tuan ’17 received Verbal Commendation in their committees (UNSC 2030, Joint Crisis Committee: East Berlin, and Joint Crisis Committee: West Berlin).

The APAA and Andover Movie Maker’s Club hosted the premiere of the music video for “Feels Like a Memory” by DIVIDE ft. Set Record and miriam last Friday night in Susie’s. DIVIDE (Nathan Goldthwaite ’18), Set Record (Chase O’Halloran ’18), and miriam (Miriam Feldman ’18) collaborated to write, produce, and record the song. The music video was directed by Alex Emerson ’17, and can be viewed on Vimeo at, while the song can be found on DIVIDE’s SoundCloud.

Last Friday, Af-Lat-Am collaborated with Drama Labs to present a reading of the playThe Mountaintop.” Taking place the night before MLK’s assassination, the play features Martin Luther King Jr., played by Michael Codrington ’18, and a hotel maid, played by Makenna Marshall ’18. The hotel maid turns out to be an angel who helps MLK accept his impending death, and what his passing will mean for the world. The play portrayed MLK as complicated and multidimensional, including his flaws as well as his great qualities.

As a member of the a cappella group Pentatonix, Kevin Olusola ’06, took home the award in the category of Best Country Duo/Group Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. Their song, “Jolene,” features the renowned country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. At Andover, Olusola immersed himself in the music community as a cellist and a member of the Yorkies. Look for more on Olusola in next week’s paper.

Alexandra LeBaron contributed reporting.