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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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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