Reynolds, Dempsey and Van Slyke Own Podium at Empire Games


Reynolds ’19, Dempsey ’19, and Van Slyke ’20 swept the podium at the 2019 Empire State Winter Games (Photo: Northwood Skiing).

Northwood boys swept the podium in the Men’s Slalom and Giant Slalom events at the 2019 Empire State Winter Games. In both races, Jake Reynolds ‘19 came in first, Hugh Dempsey ‘19 came in second, and Andrew Van Slyke ‘20 finished third. Aiden Smith ‘19 finished fourth in Slalom and Rowan Norfolk ‘22 finished fifteenth. Zack Zientko ‘21 finished tenth in the GS.

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Quinn: NBA Predictions

As the mid-season NBA All-Star Break approaches, The Mirror’s NBA expert Kein Quinn makes his predictions. [Read more…]

New Program Allows Donors to Give to Specific Programs

Have you ever thought about what happens to the money that is donated to Northwood? Does your $100 donation go toward something as simple as buying a new chair for our classrooms, or something to better the school’s future, like renovating Northwood on Main? Or does it go toward the electric bill or for ice rental at the Olympic Center?


Northwood has recently launched Discover Your Giving Opportunity, a new program which allows donors to choose a specific area to target their giving. For instance, a gift can now be made specifically to Northwood’s Ski Team or to the English Department.


Director of Advancement Alex Niefer (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

“The Advancement Office has many face-to-face meetings with alumni and parents,” Alex Niefer, Director of Advancement, told The Mirror. A donor will often ask, ‘What, specifically, does my gift fund?’ This question leads us into a conversation about how a donor can have a direct and enduring impact on the lives of students here at Northwood,” said Niefer, who oversees the school’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts. Gifts from alumni, families, and friends account for a significant part of Northwood’s annual operating costs. “It’s nice to be able to say that 29% of the total Northwood experience is supported through giving,” he added. “When you break it down, this would mean that two out of every seven days are covered by giving,” said Niefer.

Niefer said inviting Northwood donors to direct their giving to the people and programs that they care about most is part of an effort to increase the number of donors who contribute to Northwood and the amount they give. A New York State Association of Independent Schools research project about annual giving among boarding schools in New York state found that the number of donors at other institutions are decreasing across the board. It’s actually a national trend, according to the National Association of Independent Schools.

“The good news [from the NYSAIS study] is that the size of the gifts is increasing because donors know where their funds are going and they can witness the impact that their generosity has on the school. They have the opportunity to get to know the students and the programs that benefit from their gift,” said Niefer.

The Advancement Office wanted to apply this knowledge to Northwood. “Hence we have the Discover Your Giving Opportunity campaign,” said Niefer. “It invites donors to target an area so that they can directly enhance the Northwood experience for students. Donors can find the specific areas they want to give to on the school’s website, but it’s really a growing list,” he added. “If a donor contacts us and says, ‘I’d really love to support program X,’ then we’ll make it work to achieve not only the goals of that donor but also the mission of Northwood School.”

That begs the question, will donations be made to only a few popular programs, leaving many areas unfunded?

Northwood is currently in the early stages of developing this program and having even a single program entirely funded by donations is a long way off, according to Niefer. “When we do get to that position, folks such as myself, Stephanie Colby, Christine Ashe, as frontline fundraisers, will communicate with the donors about where our greatest needs are,” he said. “If you imagine all these areas as buckets, as one bucket starts to fill up, we have the ability to communicate with our donors and tell them, ‘Program X might not be our greatest need right now,” he said. “Our greatest need is program Y.’ Our goal is to guide donors through the process of giving so that they feel their generosity is being utilized to their wishes. We look forward to the day that our buckets start to overflow… but I think we are several years from that happening,” said Niefer.

Opinion: A Plan to Throw Hockey Pucks at Shooter is Better Than No Plan

On March 2, 2018, The Mirror published an editorial on gun violence and its effects on our nation. The article called for Northwood School to create a school safety plan in the event of an active shooter. It has been nearly 300 days, and there is still no plan. There have been no emergency drills — other than basic fire drills — in at least 5 years. In the drill more than five years ago, students ran into the surrounding woods upon hearing the victory bell ring. No current students have had an active shooter drill. [Read more…]

Ski Racers Train at Copper Mountain [Photo Album]

After Thanksgiving, members of Northwood’s alpine ski team traveled to Copper Mountain in Colorado for a training camp. The camp is the second of the season for many ski racers, following an October camp in Austria. Coaches Mr. Terry DelliQuadri, Ms. Katie Haggerty and Mr. Thomas Vonn, as well as additional NYSEF coaches, are with the racers. Ms. Carrie Wardlaw traveled with the team to coordinate academic work and supervise study halls. [Read more…]

Spelling Bee Musical a Huge Success [Photo Album]

Music and laughter filled the Flinner Auditorium on November 3rd and 4th as the Northwood School drama club put on a production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Most of the school attended an open dress rehearsal on November 1st in preparation for the Saturday evening performance and Sunday matinee that were open to the public. The performance marked the return of Northwood’s drama program and the first musical at the school in decades, according to longtime Northwood theatre-goers. (Story continues below slideshow) [Read more…]

Who Has the Best Ice Cream in Lake Placid?

On Sunday, October 28th, I visited three ice cream shops in Lake Placid and ordered a scoop of vanilla ice cream at each shop. To determine the best ice cream in Lake Placid, I graded them on a scale of 1-10 in four categories: flavor, creaminess, portion size, and expensiveness (cost-to-satisfaction ratio).

1. Ben & Jerry’s


Ben & Jerry’s is a large ice cream chain that specializes in hard ice cream, but also serves milkshakes, smoothies, baked goods, and more. On a busy weekend in town, there are often many people in the store. Located on Main Street, it is a 1.4-mile walk from Northwood.

  • Flavor: 8/10
  • Creaminess: 9/10
  • Portion Size: 4/10
  • Expensiveness: 4/10 ($4)

Average Score: 6.25/10

Although the portion size is rather small for $4, the soft and creamy ice cream of Ben & Jerry’s has a flavor that stands out with each bite.


2. Emma’s


Emma’s is a local ice cream shop also located on Main Street. In the summer and on many weekends, there is sometimes a line out the door. The store specializes in soft ice cream but serves Hershey’s hard ice cream as well. It is known for having the “best milkshakes in town.” It is a 1.6-mile walk from Northwood.

  • Flavor: 6/10
  • Creaminess 6.5/10
  • Portion Size 6.5/10
  • Expensiveness 7/10 ($3)

Average Score: 6.5/10

Note: I asked for a scoop of hard ice cream in a dish at Emma’s but was informed that there was no hard vanilla ice cream left. To stay true to one flavor, I purchased a small soft vanilla ice cream in a dish instead. The ice cream was very rich. The portion size wasn’t too large, but it was larger than the one at Ben & Jerry’s.


3. Stewart’s


Stewart’s is a well-established chain of convenience stores located primarily in the Adirondacks and North Country. Stewart’s also serves their own brand of dairy products, including hard ice cream in a variety of flavors. Stewart’s has two locations in Lake Placid: one on Main Street right across from the arena and another on Saranac Avenue. The Main Street location is a 1.4-mile walk from Northwood.

  • Flavor: 6/10
  • Creaminess: 5/10
  • Portion Size: 9/10
  • Expensiveness: 9/10 ($2.50)

Average Score: 7.25/10


Stewart’s ice cream is the best in town. I grew up in Lake Placid, and I have been to the shop many times. I was interested to see how the ice cream would hold up compared to other stores and was not disappointed. Stewart’s was not only was the cheapest option but also had the largest portion. The flavor and creaminess were not quite as good as the other two stores, but the positives of the ice cream prevailed. If I could go to anywhere in town to get ice cream, it would be Stewart’s.

Junior Team Wins Beantown Classic

The Beantown Fall Classic is  “a team entry event featuring elite teams from North America at the 18U, 16U, 15U and 14U levels.” Both the Prep and Junior team played in the U18 division of the tournament. The tournament was held at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, MA, which has a total of ten rinks.

JRT Wins Beantown

The Junior Team won the tournament (Photo: @NWS_hockey).

The Prep Team didn’t have their best weekend, finishing with a record of 1-2-1 versus tough competition. Interestingly, a win against Boston Bulldogs U18 would’ve forced the Prep Team into a tournament matchup against Northwood’s Junior Team. It likely would have been the first meeting between the two teams outside of The Northwood Invitational Tournament in the school’s history. The Prep team fell to the Bulldogs 6-3.

The Junior Team had a much better weekend going 8-0 and winning the tournament. In the first six games of the tournament, only 4 goals were allowed by the Junior Team including two shutouts. During these games, they managed to score 17 goals of their own.

Humans of Northwood: Wyatt Friedlander ’19


Wyatt Friedlander ’19 (Photo: Kevin Quinn)

My name is Wyatt Friedlander. I was born in Lithia Springs, GA and I moved to Lake Placid when I was three years old. I’ve been at Northwood since freshman year. My grandfather was the Headmaster at Northwood for 30 years. My mom and aunt both attended Northwood, which played a big role in me coming here. I’ve lived right across the street from campus for most of my life. One of my favorite things about Northwood is the community, just being able to hang out with my friends all the time is something I really like. I spent four years at North Country School before I came to Northwood. I left after eighth grade so I could be a freshman here.

I’m a hockey goalie. Last hockey season, I played around 40 games because one of the goalies quit and another left early in the school year. I ended up being the only goalie on my team. It was a challenge at times, but it definitely made me better. It made me more confident with my play. Freshman year I weighed less than a hundred pounds. I had a big growth spurt the summer of sophomore year and I’m now 6’0” and 165 pounds. The academics at Northwood have made me work harder and developed me into a more well-rounded student.

I run a business called Northwood Chips, I sell bags of chips for a dollar a bag and also gum for two dollars a pack. It’s a good way to make money.

Before every hockey game, I light a candle. I’ve written motivational quotes on the side of my candle and I read each one before every game and mentally prepare myself before putting on my suit and going to the rink.

As told to Kevin Quinn ’19

Students Voice Concern About Late Night WiFi Access

Northwood students are frustrated that the school’s student WiFi network shuts down at 10:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday every week after study hall.


Students Voice Concern About Late Night WiFi Access (Photo: Kevin Quinn ’19)

Seniors Chelsea Smith and Sarah Coombs, who are members of the Headmaster’s Council, recently proposed to fix this WiFi issue. “The proposal outlines three key reasons why the student WiFi should stay on: to complete school work, to contact family in different time zones, especially for international students, and to gain more independence,” said Smith. “Our goal is to keep the WiFi on until midnight,” added Coombs.

However, some students think that late night WiFi access will have negative impacts on the academic lives of students. Rintaro Akasaka ‘20 said, “I think that a lot of people want the WiFi on at night to play games [rather than to do homework]. These people need to learn to be more responsible. If they are late on assignments or are not getting enough sleep because of gaming, they should be held accountable for their actions.”

On the other hand, many boarding students support the idea of having WiFi on at night. Grey Pfefferkorn ‘19 said, “I have times when I work on my homework or college essay after 10:30. In these cases, I have to use my personal hotspot on my phone to complete work.” He added, “I understand that the school is worried that the kids might play video games all night, but I don’t think that all students should suffer from that,” he said.

Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul has a conservative opinion on the matter. Dr. LFP commented, “The younger students with full-on freedom, I don’t think they could handle it, yet. It’s a legacy policy. I don’t know who developed it, but it’s been in place for a long time. The intention behind it is to get students to go to sleep. Students have found a way around it [by using multiple personal hotspots]. I don’t know how the school could realistically manage access for older students only. I would be open to it becoming one of the privileges for students who are performing well academically or working diligently.”

Update (October 29, 2018): six days after the publication of this article, Mr. Broderick announced at school meeting that student WiFi will remain on until midnight. He said the change is temporary and will be reversed if students are found to use the extra WiFi time irresponsibly. 


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