Students New To Stage Anticipate Debut in Musical

Even for a veteran, performing in front of an audience can be very intimidating. The Northwood drama club, which this week will perform its fall musical, The Good Old Days, has a couple of students who have never before performed on stage.

Margot Rouquette ‘20 is a hockey player and golfer from France. She loves to try new things, but she had never tried performing before. So last spring, she auditioned for the school musical. “I wanted to be more involved in the community and to try something new, which is always good,” Rouquette said. She continued, “I’m still not comfortable with singing and dancing. But I have a solo and a couple of dances [in the play].”

Just like Rouquette, Julia Geraldi ‘20 doesn’t have prior experience in drama performance but she auditioned for the school musical. She is primarily known at Northwood as an alpine ski racer.

“As a senior, I wanted to try something new outside of skiing. The school play Anon(ymous) last year encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try singing,” Geraldi recalled. “I’m very glad I joined the drama program this year. I met people I wouldn’t normally meet or talk to outside of school. I’ve been having a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see how this experience will open up new opportunities for me in the future,” she said.

Performances of The Good Old Days are Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 PM at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Admission is free.


New Musical Asks, “Which Decade Has the Best Music?”

Drama at Northwood has been thriving after last year’s successes on the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the play Anon(ymous). Thanks to Theater Director Ms. Noël Carmichael, the first performance of the 2019-20 school year is, once again, expected to be outstanding.


The poster for “Good Old Days” was designed by Sara Ellsworth ’21.

The upcoming show, The Good Old Days, is an original musical written by Ms. Carmichael and Sarah Sheridan ‘21. “It’s a musical review that covers 99 years of pop music from 1920 to 2019. The premise of the show is a competition of which decade has the best music and which generation is right — because every generation feels as though music from their childhood is the best,” said Ms. Carmichael.

“What I want the audience to learn from our play is that every one of them is right. Every music is the best music because it reminds each of us of different events in our lives and the emotions we’ve felt,” she added.

Since auditions last spring, students involved in drama production both onstage and backstage have worked hard to produce this much-anticipated performance. Along with the original script, the play also features a performance from a live, professional band directed by Ms. Brianna Sanford, Music Director, animations created by Sara Ellsworth ‘21, and choreography designed by students. “The musical is funny and light-hearted. It’s about celebrating and enjoying music from every decade,” Ms. Carmichael said.

The Good Old Days will be performed at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts at 7 pm on October 29th and 30th. All Northwood students will attend one of the performances, and the public is welcome to attend for free.

Get to Know Teacher Jacquie Lopez

Jacquie Lopez joins Northwood as an instructor in Molecular Genetics. Jacquie received both her BS in Biochemistry and her Ph. D. in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology from Cornell University. She homeschooled her children and taught science courses ranging from the elementary school to college level.  She is also the Academic Coordinator for NYSEF Winter Term student athletes. Jacquie, her husband Craig, live in both Ithaca and Lake Placid. She has three children, Alex, Avery, and her daughter Audrey who is a junior at Northwood. 

That was the brief description of new teacher Ms. Jacquie Lopez on Northwood’s home page. The Mirror staff writer Hadley Swedlund ’20 tried to get to know her a little better and filed this report.


Ms. Jacquie Lopez (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I’m from East Greenbush, New York, right outside of Albany. I live in Ithaca, New York, in the summers and in Lake Placid during the school year. I teach Molecular Genetics here at Northwood, and until this week, I’ve been teaching AP Biology and Human Biology because Ms. Jill Walker was away.

How did you first learn about Northwood? Why did you decide to come here?

I first heard about Northwood because my kids are skiers for NYSEF. They had friends who go to Northwood, and my daughter [Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21] goes to Northwood now.

I decided to work at Northwood because the opportunity came. I love science, and I love teaching. Northwood needed a substitute teacher for one of the teachers that was gone at the beginning of September, so I jumped at it.

When you first got here, what was your first impression of Northwood? Has it changed?

What I really liked when I first came here as a teacher was the support and welcoming environment that teachers have for each other. I also realized how much they care about the kids. These impressions haven’t changed.

How is Northwood similar or different from the schools you attended?

Northwood is different because it is a smaller school. There is also a lot of room for more creativity here.

What was your favorite day at Northwood so far? 

My favorite moment so far was when my class isolated DNA from strawberries.

What are your hopes for the year? What do you want to get out of this year? 

As a teacher, my goal is to inspire some kids to like Biology.

Many (Not All) Like New Block Schedule

Would you rather have seven forty-minute classes or five fifty-five-minute classes a day?

This year, Northwood has adopted a block schedule, and because of the winter schedule and the midyear opening of Northwood’s Main Street location, the school will have three different schedules–one of each for fall, winter, and spring.

The schedule is a seven-day rotation. Each day progresses in alphabetical order from A period to E period with five minute passing periods. Flex-time is still available if students need extra help from teachers, and Community time is now dedicated to not only school meetings on Mondays and Fridays but also advisor, faculty, class, and club meetings on other weekdays.

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This is junior Amelia Brady’s copy of the year’s three schedules, with her off periods highlighted (Photo provided).

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New Students Add Diversity, Perspective to School

With 72 new students from all over the world, the farthest one from South Africa, which is 7,970 miles away from Lake Placid, Northwood School continues to be an exceptionally diverse community. Overall, we have 194 students from nineteen states and 24 different countries. This diversity allows students and faculty not only to learn about others’ unique cultures, traditions, and values but also to create lifelong friendships.

New students may feel uneasy or intimidated about meeting different people, but they soon end up feeling at home, learning many similarities among differences.

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Luke French ’20 (photo provided)

“I am a post-graduate from Overland Park, Kansas,” said Luke French ‘20. “My hobbies here at Northwood are playing on the junior hockey team and playing senior golf. I decided to come to Northwood to further my hockey career and my education so that I’m more prepared for college and my upcoming years,” said French.

Though Northwood is different from his home in that the school is “in the middle of nowhere,” according to French, he likes that Northwood allows him to meet new people. “I went to a public school before this year, so going to a prep school is a lot different. People come from all over the place, creating more diversity, instead of just a bunch of kids coming from one city. My first impression of Northwood was good because of what I have heard of it. But when I first pulled up [to the school], I was a little bit uneasy. After being here for about a week or so, I got to meet a lot of new people, and everyone has been treating me very well. The way I feel about the community is very great because there are so many open people that can help you with anything you need. I feel welcome here at school,” French said.

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Marie-Jeanne Prince ’22 (Photo provided)

Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22 is a U16 alpine skier who learned about Northwood from her neighbor Sarah Bennett ‘19. Prince said, “I am a new tenth grader from Quebec. I am fifteen years old, and my hobbies are mostly skiing and fitness. I came to Northwood because of the skiing program. Northwood is very different from home because where I am from, everybody is more independent. But here, we are more like a community, which is really nice. My first impression of Northwood was that everybody was super nice and welcoming and included every new student in their group.”

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Ben Norton ’22 (Photo provided)

Like French and Prince, Ben Norton ‘22 is looking forward to furthering his athletic career as well. “I am from England, and I am fifteen. I came to Northwood for hockey. Northwood is a lot different from home because there are a lot of different cultures here. My first impression of Northwood was that everyone was very friendly and welcoming. [Northwood] seems like a great place to live,” Norton said.

Though Magdalena Erbenová ‘20 took time adapting to life in the United States, her attachment to Northwood has been steadily growing since she has arrived. Erbenová said, “I am a post-graduate, and I am from the Czech Republic. I am eighteen years old, and my hobbies are hockey, playing piano, skiing, and hanging out with my friends. I came to Northwood because I need to get better at English for my upcoming years at a university. Northwood is very different from where I went to school at home. I usually just went to school then came home instead of spending time with the people at school. So it is quite different that I am on campus at all times.”

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Magdalena Erbenová ’20 (Photo provided)

“At home, I had about 14 subjects, but here, I only have five. There was also no dress code at my old school. We could wear whatever we wanted to. My first impression of Northwood was good because I really liked the location of the school, and I really liked that it is a small school with not a lot of people. I really like the community here at Northwood because everyone is very close to each other, and everyone, including teachers, helps each other out. Everyone seems connected to each other,” said Erbenová.

Although there are many differences among the students and faculty at Northwood, the diversity throughout the school continues to create a stronger, more bonded community, allowing new students to feel comfortable and at home.

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