The Demographics of Honor Roll: An Investigation

The Live Music Scene in Lake Placid

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Paul DesLauriers & Anwar Khurshid recently played at Bluseed Studio in Saranac Lake

Even though it can be difficult for Northwood School students to see live music in the Lake Placid region, there are some venues accessible to students. In New York, you must be 21 years old to be admitted to bars, so even those seniors or PGs who are used to seeing live music as 18 or 19 year-olds are often out of luck.

Because Lake Placid is a tourist region, there are a number of good venues for small performers.  Many such venues are in breweries or small restaurants, which are available to students on weekends.  Despite the number and quality of the venues in Lake Placid, there seems to be a dearth of actual performers in the area or even traveling through; however, the musicians and performers who do play shows around here can be fascinating and worth seeing.

Towards the end of September, Paul DesLauriers & Anwar Khurshid played together at Bluseed Studio in Saranac Lake, Paul DesLauriers is a talented blues guitar player, while Anwar Khurshid plays the sitar, a traditional Indian instrument, which makes for a very interesting fusion of traditional eastern and western music.  Later on in October, Bluseed will also start its open mic series “open minded mic.”

Delta Blue in Lake Placid also has open mics every Wednesday, along with a number of other live performances. Most of the live music performers seem to play folk and blues but ranges also to jazz and apparently 17th century guitar pieces.

Many of the performers who come through this area are very talented and well worth seeing.

NoBo in Boulder in Colorado

canneryrowThe “Cannery Row Assignment” is a legendary writing exercise in Mr. Reed’s Advanced Composition and World Literature (Senior English) class. Here’s the prompt:

“After a careful examination of the opening pages of Cannery Row, choose a place you know well and describe it using the opening of the novel as a model. You should try for a sentence-by-sentence parallel to Steinbeck’s style. For example, when he writes, “Cannery Row in Monterey in California” you could write “Northwood School in Lake Placid in New York.” The idea is to carefully mimic Steinbeck. Find similar characters in your place to those Steinbeck mentions in Cannery Row.”

Every year he gets some outstanding work. This year, the staff of The Mirror found senior Amalia Theodoredis’s response, an intimate look at her neighborhood in Boulder, particularly good and worthy of a larger audience.

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Questions for Hali Kuipers ‘17

 

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Hali Kuipers ’17

What is your secret talent?
I used to sing, but please don’t ask me to do so.

 

What would you do with a million dollars?
I would save it up and live a simple life off of it, get a fun, easy-going job and donate to charities regularly.

If you could be anyone else, dead or alive,  who would it be?
Harambe, because he’s a true hero.

If you could see any artists dead or alive, who would you see?
I’d go see the Red Hot Chili Peppers play at the famous castle in Ireland.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I’d be the Phoenix, if you don’t understand the reference you can’t talk to me.

What movie character would you be?
I’d be the Phoenix, because she’s awesome and low key insane.

What living person do you most admire?
Nobody… Wait, no, Mr. Eaton.

If you could travel in time, would you go ten years back or forward?
I would go ten years back most likely, because it’s safer than going forward ten years and getting swallowed by the sun.

If you could go back to your first day of high school, what advice would you give yourself?
Oh god, don’t get me started.

What would your last meal be?
Banana laffy taffy, yeah.

If you could avoid a school subject for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chemistry, it’s a life-ruiner.

Students United in Disdain for Presidential Candidates

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Northwood students dislike both major party candidates. Source: Forbes

With the upcoming presidential election, the United States faces a divide in opinions more extreme than it has been in many years. Those who support a candidate seem to support that candidate very stubbornly and are nauseated to hear the name of the opposing candidate. Right now, young people in the US do not support either candidate, but rather have disdain for either Trump or Clinton and would vote for the other simply to keep the one they do not like out of office .

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Get to Know: Ms. Linda D’Arco

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Ms. Linda D’Arco (Photo: Amalia Theodoredis)

What is your job here at Northwood?
I’m the Dean of faculty, and I teach the innovation and design course.

What brought you to Northwood?
Professionally I was getting really interested in the design thinking process because it’s really focused on individual work. I was excited when I started to learn about what was happening here with the Northwood on Main project.

What made you pick your career?
In terms of school in general, I’ve just always been comfortable in school. I started working in schools when I was still in high school, and always loved creative learning.

What did you do before working at Northwood?
I worked at the White Mountain School as founding director for the Center for Authentic Inquiry. Our focus was on student-driven learning. [Read more…]

The Triple Threat Profile: Max Stransky ‘17

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Max Stransky ’17 (photo by Amalia Theodoredis ’17)

Hometown: Essex NY

Three pump up songs:

  1. “Energy,” by Pouya
  2. “Ultimate,” by Denzel Curry
  3. “I don’t like,” by Chief Keef

 

Three people would you call in an emergency:

  1. My sister
  2. Jesus
  3. 911

 

Three things you’re afraid of:

  1. Girls
  2. Math
  3. The dark

 

As told to Amalia Theodoredis ’17

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