Humans of Northwood: Kyumin Shin ’22

“From I young age my passion has always been football. Being born in Seoul, South Korea I had the environment and opportunity to play high level football and play for good teams. Besides for sports I enjoy certain academics like science and mathematics. As a post Graduate student, I chose to come to Northwood after I learned about the Black Rock soccer program and met Coach Moodey. He did a great job explaining how attending Northwood could help me achieve my goals of becoming a Division I student-athlete. In my free time I like to sing and participate in the open mics offered at the Hub on Main Street.”

As told to Colter Cheney-Seymour ’22

Turf Field Opens in Time for Showcase 

Photos from the last stages of construction of the new artificial turf field at Northwood School (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The new artificial turf field at Northwood School is getting its finishing touches as the debut for the venue is nearing. This weekend, Northwood will be hosting a soccer showcase that will bring eight football clubs from the Northeast to campus to compete in front of coaches at some of the nation’s best collegiate soccer programs. 

Both the U18 and U19 teams will participate in the showcase, and each team will play 3 games over the course of the weekend. The first match on the new turf will take place on Friday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. when the U19 teams plays IHC Academy from Watertown, NY. 

Saturday will be packed full of soccer action with eight matches throughout the day. At 10:00 a.m. the U19 boys will play St. Andrews School then the U18 boys will play at 1:00 p.m. against Burlington FC. The final match for Northwood on Saturday is against rivals High Mowing at 2:00, a highly-anticipated matchup. 

Games continue on Sunday as the Northwood U19s play NY Elite AlleyCats FC at 10:00 and RMPUS at 1:00. The U18s will close out the showcase playing North Country Select at noon.

The Northwood soccer team hears an inspirational message from their coach, Mr. Jon Moodey, at their first practice on the new artificial turf field, November 9, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Andy Donatello).

The soccer teams took the field for the first time this morning for training. It’s the first time the squad has trained on campus this school year. Until now, they have trained on a field on the outskirts of town. 

Soccer Team Fares Well in Ohio

Boys soccer teams traveled to Ohio in October (October 22-24) to compete against other top prep schools in the Northeast. 

On Thursday, October 21st both the U18 and U19 teams loaded onto a charter bus and set out for Ohio. The team made one stop on the way to their games taking a scenic route to Niagra Falls.  For many of the players, this was a first visit to the falls, and were astonished to hear stories of daredevils who went off the falls. 

Junior Happi ’23 in action against Phillips Exeter Academy in the fall of 2021 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Upon arrival in Ohio on Friday, the Huskies watched an exciting matchup between two D1 programs Akron and Bowling Green. The match ended in a 5-1 win for Akron and gave many of the players a better understanding of soccer at the next level. Calem Tommy ’22 saw this as a great opportunity saying, “It’s important to see the next level in our football careers. It gave us motivation to make that next step.” 

The prep showcase was hosted by Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Games started with the U19 boys playing Kiski School on Saturday morning and winning 3-1. Goals came from Kyumin Shin ’22, Junior Happi ’23 and Liam Doyle ’22. Sebastian Green’22 said the match was “a great response from the team after a prior winless weekend.”  The younger U18 team faced Lake Forest Academy Saturday evening, and that game ended in hard fought 2-4 defeat with goals from Saquiel Ming ’24 and Gonzales Munoz ’25. 

The weekend continued with the U19s playing Western Reserve Academy on their home turf. The match ended with a 3-1 win for the Huskies. Two vital goals came from Happi and  one from Shin.  This marked a solid weekend for Junior Happi with 3 goals in two games. 

Formal Dinner Returns with Country Line Dancing [Photo Gallery]

Scene from the Country & Western Line dance following formal dinner on October 14, 2021. (Photos by Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Formal dinners have returned to Northwood with an excellent meal prepared by the kitchen staff that was followed by a Country & Western line dance. It was the first formal dinner since January 2020, when such events were discontinued due to the global pandemic. 

The formal was held on Thursday, October 14 and was a mandatory event for all students. The dress code was suit and tie for the boys and the appropriate equivalent for the girls. The event kicked off with an explanation of the menu from Mr. Adam Fischer from the kitchen staff. The menu consisted of salad, chicken, shrimp and grits, steak and more. Mr. Stephen Reed shared a reflection about making new friends before students were allowed to the buffet.

The evening continued with line dancing led by dance instructor Ms. Mandi Maiore the co-leader of Northwood’s dance program. Students learned line and square dancing techniques and concluded the evening by dancing to the popular song “Cotton Eye Joe.”

“It was great to see what different food the cooking staff can offer. I also enjoyed dressing in my formal clothes and dancing with my friends,” Kyumin Shin ’22 said.  

The school hopes to continue formal dinners throughout the year with one each month. Each formal will have a theme and often a related activity. The next formal dinner will be a Thanksgiving celebration to be held shortly before Thanksgiving break.

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Open Mic Brings Student Performances to the Hub

Around 15 students gathered at the Hub on a recent Friday evening to attend the facility’s first Open Mic. Performances included everything from singing to comedy to short stories.  The event was organized by Mr. Adam Stewart, the school’s new music instructor. 

“The open mic is a safe space for self-expression and creative risks,” Stewart said. “Events like these are great for our community to see the types of students we have and to recognize students for something besides athletics and academics,” Stewart added.

Students enjoyed this event and saw it as a chance to show their peers some of their hidden talents. “My favorite part was being able to watch everyone’s performances and having a very supportive environment,” Christie-Anne Nelson ‘23, who said her favorite performance was a story told by sophomore Ashley Guevara.

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Soccer Dominates Prep Foes in Showcase [Slideshows]

The Northwood soccer team traveled to Albany, NY to face some of the best prep competitions in the Northeast. Both the U19 and U17 teams participated in the NXT LVL showcase, at Afrims Sports Center, and the program made a statement by winning all four games they played.  

The U17 team, coached by Mr. Kelvin Martinez, faced much older opponents in both matches as they played U19 squads. The team collectively rose to the occasion winning their first match 1-0 against Kimball Union with a freekick goal from Saquiel Ming ‘24The U17s finished of the weekend with a decisive 5-1 win over Pomfret School with goals coming from Jeremy Tsang ‘23,  Saquiel Ming ‘22 (2 goals), Lokoah Paye ‘25, and Gonazalo Munoz ‘24. 

Slideshow from Kimball Union Academy match (photos by Mr. Michael Aldridge):

Northwood’s U19 team opened the weekend playing Phillips Exeter Academy under the lights at Afrims. The Huskies started with high energy and quickly went a goal up after Calem Tommy ‘22 sent a shot curling past the keeper after only a few minutes. The next goal came from senior Connor DeAngelis later in the first half. The team finished out the game with a 2-0 win in front of many notable college recruiters.  

Slideshow from the Exeter match (photos by Mr. Michael Aldridge):

The final game of the weekend was against Williston Northampton School, and the older Northwood squad finished with a 1-0 win. The lone goal was scored by Liam Doyle ‘22 in the opening half. Both teams have a solid week of training ahead followed by their first off weekend of the season. Their next games will be October 9th and 10th in Albany, NY.  

Humans of Northwood: Calem Tommy ‘22 

“I came to Northwood from Cape Town; South Africa to pursue my career as a student athlete. I know Northwood can help me develop me and I see it as the perfect balance between sports and academics. Something I really like about Northwood is the diversity throughout the school. It makes for a very interesting dynamic and opens me up to new cultures and ideas.  

“I have played soccer from a young age, but I began to take it seriously when I was 9 years old when I took part in my first match. 

“One aspect of Northwood that I consider to be negative is how far from home I am. When I’m not on the pitch, I enjoy listening to music and going to the beach with my friends. I plan to continue being a student-athlete at a top college with a successful soccer program where I hope to study business management or sports science.”

As told to Colter Cheney-Seymour ’22. Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Artificial Turf Field Nearing Completion

A new artificial turf facility is currently being constructed at Northwood School is expected to have a transformative effect on the school’s soccer program, but construction delays have stalled the field’s opening. Initially, the soccer team hoped to do most of their fall training and have their fall games on the new field. Now they hope to get in one game before the field is covered with snow.  

Bette & Cring Construction Group from Albany is the general contractor on the project and began construction this past summer with the hopes of having it finished by early September. However, upon renovating the site they discovered traces of asbestos in the old tennis courts. Abatement of the small amounts of hazardous asbestos set the project back several weeks as a separate company had to come in and remove the asbestos from the site.  

Artist renderings of the completed turf field. Note: these drawings include the former tennis courts and basketball court, which have since been removed.

The construction site has been busy the last couple of weeks. (Photo: Colter Cheney-Seymour ’22) 

According to Associate Head of School Mr. Tom Broderick, who updated the school community on the project at a recent school meeting, construction is expected to be finished in late October.  

The field will primarily be used by the Northwood U17 and U19 soccer teams that are associated with Black Rock FC. Since the start of the year-round soccer program at Northwood, the team has been training on campus and at a variety of grass fields off campus.  

This new facility is seen as a major upgrade by Program director and U19 head coach Jon Moody. “The addition of the new turf field at Northwood School is an exciting next step for the development of the soccer program,” Moodey stated. “This will provide the team with a high-quality surface for regular training while also enabling us the team to extend the fall season and start the spring season earlier,” Moodey added.  

Weather plays a large role in soccer training in the Adirondacks. And the turf field, which can be cleared of early- and late-season snow, will allow the squad to maximize the team’s training opportunities.  

The field is also expected to benefit the surrounding community. “This new field can become a great resource for the surrounding communities in the Adirondacks,” said Moodey, making it evident how the turf may be used for local activities or sports in the future.  

Soccer Splits with So. Kent in Philly

Northwood Boys’ Soccer continued their regular season play by traveling to Philidelphia to play prep rivals South Kent. The U17 team pulled off a 3-1 comeback win with the first goal coming from Lokaoh Paye ‘24 and two goals Cedric Lemaire ‘24. The U19 team fell 2-0 to the Cardinals in a highly anticipated matchup. The older boys had a goal called back due to offsides and several opportunities to score throughout the match.  

Artiste Gry, a postgraduate student and goalkeeper for the U19 team, explained how he thought there were positives to be taken away. “The result doesn’t fully reflect the effort and quality produced on gameday by the team,” said Gry. 

The soccer team watched two college matches in Philadelphia (Photo provided).

In addition to the games, the team was able to attend two division one college matches in Philidelphia. On September 17th, the boys arrived in the city and watched a match between the University of Pennsylvania and Mount Saint Mary’s College. The next morning, the team fit in a light training along with a short scrimmage against Western Reserve Academy from Ohio. Later that day, the boys saw an exciting game between Southern Methodist University and Temple University which was seen by the team as a great showcase of top division 1 talent and athleticism.  

Kendin Basden ‘22 said “It was important to see the level of play that we all aspire to be at one day.” While in the city, the team was able to appreciate some local tourist attractions as they went to The Reading Terminal Market and ran up the world famous “Rocky Steps.”  The Huskies will travel to Albany this weekend as each team plays two games in the NXT LVL invitational. 

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