Northwood Seniors Make Their College Decisions


Some of the class of 2019 on “College T-Shirt Day, an annual tradition at Northwood (photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

May 1st has come and passed, which means only one thing for Northwood’s seniors: they finally know where they will be attending college! For those who are not aware, May 1st was the deadline for all seniors to declare their college choices. Now, some of our senior hockey players at Northwood will be taking a gap year, meaning that instead of going to college next year, they will be playing U20 hockey at a high level. But for many of the seniors here at Northwood, this is it. They’re almost done with high school.

To celebrate the fast-approaching end of the four–or five–years of high school, I interviewed a few of our seniors.


Kevin Quinn ’19

Kevin Quinn ‘19 has decided to attend Oswego State University. Quinn said, “I chose Oswego because of the affordability. Not being in debt for the rest of my life is important to me. Also, the school have a really good communications program, which is what I want to study in College.” Quinn plans to get a masters degree in Broadcasting and Business Administration in five years. “Overall, I feel like I did a good job of executing what I wanted to achieve here at Northwood. And now, I’m off to the next stage of my life,” he added.


Grey Pfefferkorn ‘19

Grey Pfefferkorn ‘19 is attending Clarkson University. “Clarkson has a strong business program, and I got a $50,000 scholarship,” said Pfefferkorn. “I plan on getting my majors in Accounting there. Although I’m still on the fence, I might choose to play club hockey there as well.”


Chris Athanasiadis ‘19

Senior Chris Athanasiadis is excited to go to Saint Mary’s College of California. “I’m not sure yet what I’m going to study at Saint Mary’s, but it will probably be either Business or Marketing. And though I’m still waiting to hear back, I think that I’ll also be able to play Division I soccer there,” commented Athanasiadis. The best part about going to college for him is that he will be in California, which means “beautiful weather, lots of trees, and pretty girls!”


Josh Waters ’19

Senior Joshua Waters ‘19 is heading off to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Water said, “I’m not quite sure what I am going to study there yet, but I think that I’m going for Economics.” The reason why he chose Dartmouth was not only because of the strong academics the school offers. “When I toured there, all of the faculty were really nice, and the Division I hockey coaches were very interested in me, which altogether made the school feel like the right fit for me,” said Waters.

All in all, it appears that the Senior Class of Northwood has a pretty firm grasp on where they will be attending in the fall. As the Northwood community prepares to say goodbye to these dear friends of ours and watch them take their next big step in this world, we wish them all the best of luck in both their college ambitions and in their lives thereafter.

Students Prepare For AP Exams and Finals


It is coming down to the final few weeks of the academic calendar here at Northwood, and for the students, that means finals. Sure, the weather is finally nice outside, and the end-of-year festivities are starting to kick in, but these aren’t stopping students from finishing off their academics of this year on a high note. Now, I’m a senior myself, and I know how hard I’ve been working for the past few weeks to prepare for my AP exams and course finals. But to see how other students around campus are preparing, I interviewed a few of my fellow students about how they are coming down the home stretch of this school year. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurship Project Leads to Items for Sale in Local Shop

It was a long road, by it has finally come to fruition. The Northwood T-Shirt Team has a deal!  The project took off at the beginning of this year when Mrs. Jill Walker commented that Northwood’s Peak T-Shirts, given to each student at the beginning of the school year with a design featuring the name of their peak, could be sold in local stores. A group of students in the Entrepreneurship class then took this idea to raise money for the school’s LEAP programs. After trial and error, the T-Shirt Team has finally secured an exclusive deal with Imagination station.


Entrepreneurship students pose with their T-shirt designs (Photo provided).

The shirts turned out gorgeous, and the fabric is top-notch. For the designs, the students chose the topographical maps of Marcy, Cascade, Giant, and Whiteface, as the first three are the most climbed peaks in the Adirondacks, and Whiteface is the biggest skiing mountain in the area.


Senior Marcelo Suarez poses with the Marcy T-Shirt (Photo: Kyle Bavis ’19).

The t-shirts will go on sale around the middle of May. So before you head home for summer, don’t forget to stop by Imagination Station in Downtown Lake Placid. Not only will you have a souvenir to take back with you, but you will also be doing good for the Northwood community.

Further details on the exact launch date will be announced in a future Northwood Mirror article as well as on Northwood’s Facebook and Twitter.

Northwood Spring Sports Preview

It’s been a great school year thus far, and as the snow melts, Northwood turns its attention to the short but sweet spring sports season. This spring, Northwood is fielding boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams, a golf team, and a tennis team. In addition to these spring sports, both of Northwood’s soccer teams and its crew team are finishing up their seasons this spring as well. And as if all of this wasn’t enough, Northwood is also offering a rock climbing club, a mountain biking club, a whitewater rafting club, a water activities club, a basketball club, an art club, and a music club. Every Northwood student must participate in one of these activities.

Now, many of the athletes who only play spring sports are expressing disappointment about the short length of the spring sports season. But while Northwood’s spring sports schedule may only stretch from April 23 to May 11, these three weeks are sure to be packed with excitement. If you don’t believe me, then read on, as I break down what is to come for all of our Northwood sports teams and clubs in the next few weeks.

Boys’ Lacrosse

Boys’ Lacrosse has six games scheduled, with three home games and three road games:

4/30/19 – @ Lasalle – 4:30 PM

5/1/19 – Plattsburgh – 4:00 PM

5/3/19 – @ IHC – 6:30 PM

5/4/19 – @ Massena – 6:00 PM

5/10/19 – Northwood – 4:00 PM

5/11/19 – Northwood – 10:00 AM


Girls’ Lacrosse

Girls’ lacrosse has three games scheduled, with one home game and two away games:

4/30/19 – Ogdensburg – 5:00 PM

5/4/19 – @ Massena – 4:00 PM

5/9/19 – @ Canton (Partridge Run) – 5:00 PM



The Golf Team has a three-game schedule, with one home game and two away games:

4/30/19 – @ Massena – 3:15 PM

5/2/19 – @ Canton (Partridge Run) – 3:00 PM

5/3/19 – Massena – 4:00 PM



The Tennis Team doesn’t have any games planned, but Mr. Donatello is currently working on scheduling the team some matches.


Crew Team

Crew Team will be closing out their season with two final meets:

5/4/19 – Scrimmage on Hudson River in Mechanicville, NY – 5:00 PM

5/11/19 – 5/12/19  – New York State Scholastic Rowing Championships on Fish Creek, Saratoga Springs, NY


U19 And U17 Soccer Teams

4/28/19 – Both the U19’s and U17’s will be taking Leadership Training and competing in Friendly Games at Roots Sports Complex in Westfield, MA)

5/5/19 – Both the U19’s and U17’s will be competing in the BRFC Prep Academy Spring Showcase – Location TBD

5/11/19 to 5/12/19 – End of Year Retreat


It certainly is shaping up to be another fantastic sports season here at Northwood. So if you want to show your school pride and cheer on the Huskies this spring, I highly suggest coming out to some of the games and events these next few weeks.

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Senioritis Spreading at Northwood

Senioritis: A condition in which a high school senior starts to care less and less about school and wishes for everything to be over already.

Symptoms may include: an unusual amount of “sick days,” loss of homework, shortened attention span, frequent rolling of the eyes, prolonged due dates, and excessive Fortnite playing.

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Some seniors have come down with “Senioritis.”

Northwood is now well into the third and final trimester, and for many seniors, school is the last thing on their minds. With graduation, going to college, getting a job, starting a family, having kids, and becoming an adult to look forward to, they lose interest in studying and become rather lazy.

To learn how Northwood students are fighting (or happily accepting) Senioritis, I asked several Northwood seniors how they have kept themselves productive during their final few months at Northwood.

Cole Leal ‘19 said, “To be honest, it’s tough to continue working as hard as I have in the past few years. And I’m sure that all [seniors] are ready to get out of here.” He added, “Sort of luckily for me though, I don’t know right now where I’m going to college, as I’m going to play junior hockey after this year. This gives me a reason to keep my grades up as best as I can so that I can keep all of my options open going forward.”

Alexander Ray ‘19 said, “Towards the end of the year, it’s always a bit tough to stay on track with school, but my advice to all of the other seniors at Northwood is to just keep grinding because no matter what, grades are always important to maintain.”

Post-Graduate Alex Van Schalkwyk ‘19 is actively trying to fight off Senioritis. Van Schalkwyk said, “I am feeling [Senioritis] a bit. However, I know there isn’t too long to go, so I’m going to stay motivated to finish this life test rather strongly. Regarding my grades, I’m as concerned with my grades right now as I was at the start of the year, mainly because the school that I want to go to, Dartmouth, is still monitoring my grades. I have to keep my grades up to keep the admissions office there happy.”

I reached out to five other Northwood seniors via text message, and all of them told me that they would get back to me very soon, but none of them ever did. I suppose that Senioritis is already in full force at this school.

Of course grades are always very important, but it’s also hard to blame the seniors for this drop in attentiveness. After all, they have been in school since they were four or five years old. As the 2018-2019 academic year is winding down to its end, and seniors begin to see the light at the end of their tunnels, it’s understandable why some seniors try to just take a knee and run out the clock.

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A Visual Representation of Seniors This Last Trimester

But what Northwood seniors do need to keep in mind is that Graduation Day is still a long way away. Up until that day, why not push through to the end of their high school lives and make their time well spent?

Soccer Team Tries Their Luck In The Sin City


The soccer team competed in Las Vegas recently.

It was a very exciting weekend for Black Rock FC, who made a journey to Las Vegas, Nevada, to try their luck in a highly-scouted showcase with college coaches from all around the country.  The adventure for the Northwood teams started Thursday morning at 3 A.M. when a charter bus picked up both the U19 and the U17 teams and drove over two hours to Burlington International Airport in Vermont. The teams then caught a 7 A.M. flight to Las Vegas, with a connection in Chicago, arriving at Sin City at 2:50 P.M. Matches started the next day, and over the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, the U19’s and U17’s each played a gruelling 4 games against elite competition from all over the United States. The fixtures for these games can be found below.

U19 Results

Game 1: Black Rock FC V.S. Strikers FC
Score: T 1-1
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Matías Valenzuela ‘19 (1 goal)

Game 2: Black Rock FC V.S. BEACH FC ECNL
Score: W 3-2
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Petro Paggi ‘19 (1 goal)
Cory Booth ‘19 (2 goals)

Game 3: Black Rock FC V.S. DTFC DESA
Score: W 2-0
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Cory Booth ‘19 1 goal)
Diego Dutilh ‘19 (1 goal)

Game 4: Black Rock FC V.S. BYSC CORONA
Score: W 4-0
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Diego Dutilh ‘19 (2 goals)
Abdou Samb ‘21 (1 goal)
Matías Valenzuela ‘19 (1 goal)



Game 1: Black Rock FC V.S. Laguna United FC
Score: T 0-0

Game 2: Black Rock FC V.S. ECNL 00B Pride SC
Score: L 0-4

Game 3: Black Rock FC V.S. RIVERSIDE CITY FC
Score: L 4-7
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Alvaro Garcia Pascual ‘21 (1 goal)
Kenji Mboma ‘20 (2 goals)
Marc Wharfe ‘21 (1 goal)

Score: L 1-2
Black Rock FC Goal Scorers:
Luke Smith ‘21 (1 goal)


The highlight from this slew of games was the U19’s second game against BEACH FC ECNL. After about 30 minutes of play, Black Rock FC was down 2-0, but Petro Paggi ‘19’s stellar goal pulled the game to within one, and with two later goals by Cory Booth 19’, Black Rock FC was able to rally the troops and pull off the win in exciting comeback fashion. Once the final whistle blew, Booth realized that he had won his team the game. He said, “I thought to myself that it was a much harder game than it needed to be, but in the end, I was also just glad that I could bring one home for the team.”

In addition to the games, the boys had some fun off the pitch as well. They got to visit the Las Vegas Strip not just once, but twice. There was even a roller coaster on the strip that some of the players got to ride. The roller coaster was a hit especially among many of the international players, who had never seen a roller coaster dead smack in the middle of a city before. A few of them were quite confused, though, when they saw the re-creation of the Statue of Liberty right next to the coaster, wondering how and why the Las Vegas strip was borrowing one of New York City’s greatest monuments.

For the Northwood’s soccer teams, this past week was exciting indeed. But the adventures for Black Rock FC are far from over. In fact, in just one month, both teams are heading to Dallas, Texas to try their luck yet again against some of the best U20 soccer teams in the country.


Skyline of Dallas, Texas – Where Black Rock FC Will Be Heading To Next Month.


Update: Northwood’s School Safety Plan

On December 12, 2018, Kevin Quinn 19’ published an essay in The Mirror about how Northwood should prepare its students in an event of a school shooting. Quinn had suggested that Northwood adopt the same safety measure used by Oakland University–to equip all students with hockey pucks so that they can throw the pucks at the shooter. Now, of course, this is a bit of a long shot, but any plan is better than no plan at all. So what steps has Northwood School gone through to assure the safety of its students? To figure this out, I sat down with the Assistant Head of School Tom Broderick.


Assistant Head of School Mr. Tom Broderick (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

My first question for Mr. Broderick was what he thought about the idea of students at Northwood carrying around hockey pucks. He said, “What I’ve learned over my time studying the Fort Hood massacre, studying Newtown, and studying other active shooter events, is that when students flee, they often have a greater chance at survival.” He added, “Also if you are confronted with an active shooter, distraction is a major thing. In reality, though, you don’t need to carry around hockey pucks to create a distraction for the shooter. Any object, say, a stack of paper, can be enough of a distraction to disrupt a shooter’s accuracy.”

I then asked Mr. Broderick if there is a reason why Northwood has never conducted drills to prepare for the possible event of a school shooting. He replied, “The school has tried to come up with the best way to run an active shooter drill. The problem is that right now, our school does not have at its disposal a warning system for this sort of thing. Northwood’s safety task force has been looking into purchasing an appropriate warning system.” He continued, “We can’t use the fire alarm for this sort of thing because a shooter might use it as a way to access more targets all at once. And since we are so efficient with fire drills, within two minutes an active shooter could have all the students and faculty out in the field. So using a fire drill would actually put people at greater harm. We are going to have some meetings with students as we go into the spring to talk about these sort of things, and hopefully, determine our plans of action rather soon.”

fire-alarm-systemFinally, I asked Mr. Broderick what current steps the school is taking to secure school buildings. He said, “At this point, the school has been authorized to secure most of the [entry] doors in the Allen building, in Bergamini, and in the Uihlein classroom building, and the Friedlander science center. Next year, when students return to campus, all students will be required to carry around what is called a fob, which is a small electric key that can open doors. They will not be able to enter school buildings without one.”


The school safety plan will call for more locked doors, which may mean more keys and fobs (Photo: Kyle Bavis ’19).

“Now, all this being said, Lake Placid is a very safe place. I still leave my house unlocked. I still leave my car unlocked. The problem with the age that we live in today, though, is that we can not assume our safety. And so that is why these new measures and many more still to come, plan to be implemented here at Northwood School,” Mr. Broderick said.

We are living in a dangerous world. With the recent rise in the number of school shootings, school safety has never been more important. But with many school faculty like Mr. Broderick looking out for us, the Northwood community can all breathe a little bit easier.

How To Prevent And Treat Frostbite

frostbite-treatment-featured-image-1-750x420It may be the end of February, a month that saw the famous groundhog see his shadow indicating an early spring, but Lake Placid is still in the grips of winter. The Adirondacks is one of the coldest regions in the United States. Both locals and tourists enjoy outdoor activities here in Lake Placid even when it’s freezing. But spending many hours in the cold increases the risk of getting frostbite, which can not only interfere with your winter fun but also damage your body.

Frostbite is a condition in which the tissue below the skin freezes. Since humans are composed mainly of water, when exposed to cold for too long, cells that make up our skin tissues can actually freeze solid, leading to both pain and possibly permanent damage to the tissues.

Luckily, frostbite is easily recognizable. The skin first turns pink and then red. Once the tissue actually freezes, the skin turns white. If the frostbite is serious enough, it can even turn black, meaning that the skin tissue has actually died. If you think that you have frostbite, let your body warm up naturally. Never put warm or hot water on the area affected, as this will further damage the tissues.

However, frostbite can be avoided by simply wearing hats, gloves, scarves, and warm boots, as it usually occurs on areas of open skin, such as fingers, ears, necks, and on extremities.

Even though you may not look “cool” wearing layers, if you stay safe and warm, at the end of the day, you’ll be able to enjoy the winter of the Adirondacks longer.

Northwood’s Favorite Super Bowl Commercials


Well, the Super Bowl came and went this past Sunday, and by all accounts, the game itself was very boring to watch. Even the Halftime show felt strangely stale. There was one saving grace that night, though: the commercials. Some were funny, some were exciting, and some were touching, but there is no doubt that they were entertaining. Here are some Super Bowl ads that Northwood students found most appealing.

[Read more…]

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