Renovations Begin at Northwood on Main

For more than three years, Northwood on Main has been somewhat of a mystery to Northwood students. The empty building in the center of town, purchased by Northwood in late 2015 and vacant since long before that, finally has some activity in it. Renovations began earlier this spring on the old building formerly known as With Pipe and Book.


Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Chris Knight)

According to Assistant Head of School Mr. Tom Broderick, “Northwood School on Main is an extension of the school’s campus and educational philosophy to engage students in the active pursuit of knowledge through exploration and inquiry. Our extraordinary location rooted in the Adirondacks combined with the school’s highly talented faculty and diverse academic programming enhances our goal to provide experiences that create confident, globally-minded students ready to innovate and adapt to our ever-changing world.”

Broderick added, “Programs like Entrepreneurial Studies, Innovation + Design, Robotics, Aviation Science, and Olympic Physics will expand with the addition of this new facility allowing Northwood School to offer an interdisciplinary approach to education that emphasizes active learning and creating, challenging students to become resilient, independent thinkers.”

The facilities are set to open during the first trimester of the 2019-20 school year. Local newspapers have reported on the story, including The Lake Placid News and Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Small Dorm Room Fire Quickly Extinguished

Less than halfway through first period on Thursday, students heard the familiar sound of the school’s fire alarm. Considering there was a false alarm the day before, and numerous others this year, many students thought nothing of it and some were happy to get out of their first-period class.


Photo: Jack LaDuke (Plattsburgh Press-Republican)

As students assembled in their appointed location to be counted, it became clear that this wasn’t a normal false alarm. As fire trucks arrived, they laid thick, heavy hoses on the school’s driveway. One of the firefighters donned an air pack and ran into the building with a fire extinguisher. As faculty and firefighters scrambled around the first truck to arrive on the scene, it became clear that this was a real emergency. A dorm room on Third East was on fire and smoke was in the hallway.

Kyle Bavis ‘19 is one of the two students who resides in the room affected by the fire. Bavis was in class at the time, but his roommate was sound asleep in the room and was woken up by the alarm. “I came out of class thinking nothing was wrong and it was a regular fire drill, but my roommate came out and said our room was on fire I was both shocked and worried.”

Bavis’s roommate was treated for a minor burn on his foot. Both roommates have been moved to other dorm rooms while the affected room is cleaned and repaired.

First period was rescheduled to the end of the day. Second-period classes normally held in the main building were canceled, but otherwise, the academic day went on normally.

Head of School Mr. Michael Maher sent this announcement to the community later in the morning:

To the Northwood School Community:

I am writing to inform you of an incident at Northwood School this morning. During first period, the school’s fire detection and alarm system was activated, and the school was evacuated according to our usual procedures. All Students, faculty, and staff were quickly accounted for and safe.

Faculty and maintenance staff found smoke and a small fire in the affected dormitory room and extinguished the fire.

The Lake Placid Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter, and by third period, all classes resumed normally. One student suffered minor burns and was treated at the scene and is back in class. Parents of the students in the affected dorm room were immediately notified.

The Northwood School community is grateful for the fast response and professional service of the Lake Placid Fire Department and other emergency services that responded.

Should you have any questions, please contact John Spear, the newly-appointed Assistant Head of School Life ( and 518-302-5123).

Michael Maher
Head of School

Quinn Revisits NBA Predictions

Staff writer Kevin Quinn revists and revises his NBA predictions as the regular season comes to a close:

nbaNBA Champion: Golden State Warriors

Midseason Prediction: Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors are still one of the greatest teams ever in NBA history. Sure they haven’t quite captured the regular season success of 2015-2016 team who went 73-9, the best ever regular season, despite sporting a much better roster. Draymond Green has been disappointing this season with a dip in his scoring numbers and field goal percentages and Demarcus Cousins hasn’t looked like the player once referred to as the best Center in the NBA since returning from an achilles injury. Still a team with three 2019 All Stars, 2 more former All Stars, and two former league MVPs shouldn’t have trouble winning their third consecutive championship. Midway through the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors are currently facing what many see as their biggest challenge in the Houston Rockets. Cousins went down with a season ending injury in the first round, and Curry has not looked like his MVP self in the Houston series, but it will still be tough to bet against Golden State.

Eastern Conference Champion: Milwaukee Bucks

Midseason Prediction: Toronto Raptors

The Raptors didn’t have a bad second half of the season at all, they continued to be a top team in the Eastern Conference, and made one of the bigger splashes of the trade deadline by trading for veteran Center Marc Gasol. Gasol’s fit with the team still feels awkward. Toronto, a team who likes to run in transition more than almost any other team in the NBA doesn’t seem like the best fit for Gasol, who at 34 has definitely seen better days in his career. The team just seems destined to crumble sometime in the playoffs as they have been known to in years past. The Bucks on the other hand added Forward Nikola Mirotic at the trade deadline who fits their system very well. Mirotic adds height and shooting to a Bucks team that wants to put as much shooting as possible around star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Mirotic hasn’t been exceptional for the Bucks since the trade but he fills a void that the team had before the deadline. When the playoffs begin Malcolm Brogdon should be returning from a foot injury that saw his miss the last month of the season. Brogdon, while not the flashiest player, has had a historic shooting season, joining the elusive 50-40-90 club and is a key to Milwaukee’s success. While I’m not 100% confident in the Bucks, it will be interesting to see if Antetokounmpo can carry the team to the Finals. The Bucks ran through the Detroit Pistons in the first round, a series so lopsided it saw little media coverage. Now they face a big challenge in a very talented Boston Celtics team. Despite dropping game one of the Boston series at home, the Bucks rallied to take the next two games. I still like their chances to come out of the east.

Most Valuable Player: Giannis Antetokounmpo- Milwaukee Bucks

Midseason Prediction: Giannis Antetokounmpo- Milwaukee Bucks

The debate between Antetokounmpo and James Harden of the Houston Rockets for the MVP award is one that’s being had by NBA fans and analysts everyday. Harden has had an amazing offensive season average a ridiculous 36.4 points per game, but I still think the award should go to Antetokounmpo. He plays on a team with a better record, anchors his team’s defense, and gets his way more often than not when attacking the rim. While both players are the lone star carrying teams that would be far out of the playoffs without them, Antetokounmpo should win the award due to his efficiency as a scorer and his presence on the defensive end, an area where Harden has been criticized his whole career.

Rookie of the Year: Luka Doncic- Dallas Mavericks

Midseason Prediction: Luka Doncic- Dallas Mavericks

Midseason the Rookie of the Year award race was cut and dry, Doncic was leaps and bounds above all other first year players in the first half of the season. That was until Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks decided to explode in the second half of the season. Young got off to a slow start but since the All Star Break he has been on a tear. The rookie point guard is averaging 25.0 points per game and 9.2 assists per game since the all star break, before the break he averaged 16.9 points and 7.6 assists on much worse efficiency. Young’s recent hot streak and clutch moments have had players like Donovan Mitchell and Blake Griffin coming out in support of him for the award, but the recent hot streak shouldn’t be enough. Doncic’s efficiency has gone down in the second half of the season, but his year long consistency and more well rounded game should still earn him the honors of Rookie of the Year.

Sixth Man of the Year: Lou Williams- Los Angeles Clippers

Midseason Prediction: Derrick Rose- Minnesota Timberwolves

It was a magical season for Rose, who added new elements to his game and showed flashes of the player he was before injuries. If the NBA had a comeback player of the year award Rose would win it without question. As good as it was for Rose, he missed the tail end of the season with an elbow injury and the Timberwolves are far out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Clippers have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season and Williams is a big key to their success. After trading their best player Tobias Harris to Philadelphia at the trade deadline many thought the Clippers were taking a step back and trying to secure a lottery pick in this years draft, but since the trade the Clippers have been one of the NBA’s hottest teams and have already clinched a playoff spot. Williams at 20.2 points per game leads the team in scoring and assists with 5.3 per game, all while coming off the bench. This season Williams passed Dell Curry for all time bench points, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest 6th men of all time. Williams has already one the award twice in 2015 and 2018, and him being honored for a third time seems very likely.

Defensive Player of the Year: Myles Turner- Indiana Pacers

Midseason Prediction: Paul George- Oklahoma City Thunder

A late season collapse saw the Thunder slip all the way down to the bottom of the Western Conference setting up a possible first round matchup, and probable first round exit, with the Golden State Warriors. Part of this was due to time that George missed due to injury. The Pacers seemed doomed and likely to collapse after a season ending injury to All Star guard Victor Oladipo just before the all star break, but have held their own with a roster with no true star. The Pacers are currently 5th in the Eastern Conference, right about where they were when Oladipo went down. Turner anchoring their defense has been a huge key to this success. His 2.7 blocks per game lead the NBA, and the Pacers defense suffers when he’s not on the court. Turner is no sure thing to win the award. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, two of the games best centers, could just as easily take the honors. Turner should be honored for being a big part of the Pacers staying together and winning games when so many people thought they were doomed.

Most Improved Player: Pascal Siakam- Toronto Raptors

Midseason Prediction: Julius Randle- New Orleans Pelicans

Randle has taken a big step this season and his growth this year makes him one of the NBA’s most exciting young talents, but the Pelicans season has been highlighted by the messiness of Anthony Davis’ trade request and his uncertain future with the team. Every other player on the team not named Davis seems to be overshadowed.

Pascal Siakam’s leap forward has seen him go from an important role player to the second leading scorer on a team looking to make a deep run in the Eastern Conference. Siakam’s stats don’t tell the whole story of his contributions to his team, he is a guy who plays with high energy and toughness and does a little bit of everything on the court. He’s deadly in transition and already an elite defender who can guard pretty much every position. He’s makes defenses play tight on him with an ability to score from anywhere on the floor, but doesn’t always need the ball in his hands. D’angelo Russell of the Brooklyn Nets is also a pick for many to win the award. Russell is making every single Lakers fan scratch their head after the team gave up on the former number 2 overall draft pick after just two seasons. Russell is the leader of a Brooklyn team that surprised many and is currently in a playoff spot and earned his first All Star game selection this year, but Siakam’s ability to do anything on the floor should earn him the award.

Coach of the Year: Mike Budenholzer- Milwaukee Bucks

Midseason Prediction: Mike Budenholzer- Milwaukee Bucks

There isn’t much to say that I didn’t already say about Budenholzer midseason, in his first year in Milwaukee he has lead a team that was at the bottom of the playoffs a season ago to a championship contender in just one year. This isn’t the first time Budenholzer has had a great regular season as a coach. In 2015 he coached the Atlanta Hawks to a franchise best 60 wins and the best record in the Eastern Conference, but they were swept by Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It will be interesting to see if an amazing regular season will lead to a postseason collapse for Budenholzer again or if he can take his team all the way to the Finals.

All NBA Teams

1st Team:

G: Stephen Curry- Golden State Warriors

G: James Harden- Houston Rockets

F: Giannis Antetokounmpo- Milwaukee Bucks

F: Kevin Durant- Golden State Warriors

C: Joel Embiid- Philadelphia 76ers


2nd Team:

G: Russell Westbrook- Oklahoma City Thunder

G: Damian Lillard- Portland Trail Blazers

F: Paul George- Oklahoma City Thunder

F: Kawhi Leonard- Toronto Raptors

C: Nikola Jokic- Denver Nuggets


3rd Team:

G: Kyrie Irving- Boston Celtics

G: Bradley Beal- Washington Wizards

F: Lebron James- Los Angeles Lakers

F: Blake Griffin- Detroit Pistons

C: Karl-Anthony Towns- Minnesota Timberwolves


Forget Hockey, Skiing, or Soccer: Northwood is a “Bread School”


Jason at work making his world-famous bread (Photo: Kevin Quinn ’19).

April 1, 2019 — While Northwood’s Junior Hockey team is currently ranked third in the nation and the soccer team was ranked second last fall, Northwood is ranked number one in something else: bread. Students, faculty, Lake Placid locals, and people from around the world have come to associate Northwood with delicious homemade bread.

Northwood has one man to thank for its reputation as a bastion for baked goods: Mr. Jason Hicks-Moriarty, known at Northwood and around the worldwide bread community as simply “Jason.”

At the New York State Independent School Bread Making Championships held last month at the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, Jason absolutely obliterated his competition. He earned a perfect score of 10 out of 10 on his signature sourdough loaf, and a 9.5 on his honey bread, for a composite score of 9.75.

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Blood Drive a Success

Tuesday, March 19th marked Northwood’s annual blood drive. Every year the fitness center is transformed into a donation clinic at which many Northwood students and faculty give blood. Blood Drive Coordinator Mr. Andy Donatello shared this recap with the Northwood School community via email:

Northwood School held its annual blood drive for the American Red Cross early this week. The Fitness Center was transformed into a donation center on Tuesday and students, faculty, and several community members donated their blood to help save lives. Mr. Andy Donatello, the event’s organizer, shared the results of the blood drive with the school community via email:

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  You all were great!

Look at these results!   for all of you that could not give, there is always another drive and NEXT year for sure!!

– Donny

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Ring the Bell Exceeds Goal, Raises $267K

ring the bell logo 2019 blueNorthwood’s third annual Ring the Bell giving day took place on March 8th, raising over $267,000 for the Northwood Fund. It was nearly a $120,000 increase from last year’s event. In the weeklong lead up to Ring the Bell, Northwood released several videos and endorsements featuring teachers, students, and alumni. Several alumni pitched in with matching challenges with individual totals as high as $20,000.

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Munter 1st in GS and Fisher 2nd in Slalom in U19 State Championships

U19 States

Image: NYSEF

Several of Northwood’s U19 alpine team raced in State Championship events over February break. Five athletes, male and female, raced in Slalom and Giant Slalom Races at West Mountain.

In the U19 men’s slalom, Martin McDonough ‘20 finished 7th. In the GS, Gabe Munter ‘20 finished 1st and McDonough finished 11th.

In the U19 Women’s Slalom, Beth Fisher ‘19 finished 2nd and Amelia Brady ‘21 finished 18th. In the Women’s GS, Ana Spencer ‘20 finished 15th and Brady finished 23rd.

Zientko and Norfolk on the Podium at State Alpine Championships

Zientko Podium

Zach Zientko ‘21 (second from left) won the Super G in the 2019 NYS Championships at Gore Mountain (Photo: NYSEF).

Northwood U16 boys had some good performances at U16 State Championships over break. In the Super G at Gore Mountain, Zach Zientko ‘21 finished 1st and Matthew Brady ‘22 finished 51st. Brady was the only Northwood racer to finish the Giant Slalom Race, coming in 51st. In the Slalom race at West Mountain Rowen Norfolk ‘22 finished 2nd, Zientko finished 16th and Brady finished 44th.

Kostoss is U16 Girls State Alpine Champ; 4 Other Girls on Podium in Championships

Northwood Girls had a strong showing at U16 State Championships over Winter Break. In three races — Super G and Giant Slalom at Gore Mountain, and Slalom at West Mountain — Northwood racers secured 7 of 9 possible podium spots and 14 top-ten finishes.

In the Super G, Jaden Klebba ‘21 won the race, Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 finished 2nd, and Ava Day ‘21 ended 3rd. Northwood racers off the podium were Gabby Cote ‘21 in 5th, Maddie Kostoss ‘22 in 6th and Kate Broderick ‘22 in 31st.

In the GS, it was another impressive showing from Northwood skiers. Kostoss won the race, Klebba finished 2nd, Cote was in 5th place, Higgins-Lopez in 7th, Day in 9th, and Broderick finished in 26th.

In the Slalom, four Northwood racers finished in the top ten. Cote won the race and Kostoss finished 2nd. Day finished 4th and Kate Broderick was in 8th place.

After all the races were finished, ninth grader Maddie Kostoss was named the U16 Women’s overall State Champion, having the best overall results for the three races.


Liu and Tebo Receive National STEM Honor


Ruoci “Julia” Liu ’19 (left) and Braelyn Tebo ’20 (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Braelyn Tebo ‘20 and Ruoci “Julia” Liu ‘19 have won Upstate New York Affiliate Honorable Mention of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing. They have been chosen for their computing-related aspirations and achievements, leadership ability, academic performance, and future plans. This is the third consecutive year that Northwood students have won this award.

The two join an elite group of 2,500 young women from all over the U.S. honored at the regional Affiliate level.

Mr. Jeff Martin, robotics team coach and chair of Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship at Northwood, was very pleased to have two of his students receive the award. “This is the third year running we have had Northwood students receive this award,” said Martin. “I am very proud, and it’s great that we have a program that supports young women studying engineering and robotics,” he said.

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