Humans of Northwood: Xinglin Li ’20


My name is Xinglin, but people at Northwood know me as Gary. I am from Shangqiu City, China. I enjoy Basketball, Lacrosse, and Music, Robotics. After Northwood, I plan to attend Niagara University.

Humans of Northwood: Eric Swartz ‘20


I like making funny noises with my friend,s and when we go skiing, I usually try to do stupid things. I’m Erik Swartz and I’m from Brookline,Massachusetts. I came to Northwood because it has a smaller learning environment, where the teachers can focus on the students more one on one. Plus it’s in a beautiful environment. My experience was very good, I made friends that I still keep in contact with even though we are in quarantine.

Northwood also opened me up to trying new things. I had never skied before and Northwood taught me how to ski pretty well. A major difference is the student to teacher ratio, because there are far fewer students at Northwood compared to my old school. Another difference is the personality of everyone because people at Northwood are a lot more friendly than people at my other school.

I did miss having great meals in Boston and sleeping in a comfortable bed. I would like to attend college and probably go into the computer science world or the financial world. I won’t forget all the great times I had skiing with friends and going out to dinner over the weekends on Main street during my time at Northwood.

– As told to Luke French ’20

Humans of Northwood: Devon Jolley ‘20


I’m from Massena, NY. I decided to come to Northwood for the hockey program, which has opened up many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if I didn’t come to Northwood. My experience has been amazing: the community at Northwood is something I’ve never experienced before and I’ve made some really good friends along the way. I’d say the biggest difference is definitely how close everyone is at the school. At my old school, there are a lot of people that I didn’t really know. At Northwood, everyone is so close, you really become friends with everyone. While at Northwood, I missed hanging out with my friends from home that I’ve grown up with. Next year I will actually be returning to Northwood for a PG year. I will never forget the hockey trips we’ve had and all of the good times with the boys.

– As told to Luke French ‘20

Northwood Alum and Hobey Baker Nominee Jack Dugan Named First-Team All-American

Jack Dugan in Action (Photo: The Hockey News)

he Hobey Baker Award is given to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player of the season. To win the award, the player must not only contribute to his team with outstanding skills but also excel academically and show character, both on and off the ice. Each NCAA college can nominate up to three candidates who best exemplify the passion, sportsmanship, courage, and honor exhibited by Hobey Baker, the best amateur player of his time and a World War I veteran. Jack Dugan ‘17 was the only player nominated by Providence College this year.

Dugan, in his two seasons at Northwood, tallied over 130 points in under 100 games. After graduating from Northwood, he played for the Chicago Steel in the United States Hockey League, where he recorded 66 points in 54 games. Spending a year playing Juniors was enough to prepare him to play at Providence College. In his first and second years at college, he tallied 39 and 52 points each. Dugan averaged over 1.5 points per game and had 17 multi-point games and three four-point games.

His extraordinary achievements did not go unnoticed. In addition to his nomination for the Hobey Baker Award, Dugan was also named a First Team CCM/AHCA All American, an honor given to the nation’s top 25 college hockey players. After college, he will likely play for the Las Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League.

Humans of Northwood: Nate Boak ‘20

Wearing underwear is something that I rarely do. I’m from Canton, NY, just a couple of hours away from Northwood. Being at Northwood for four years has changed me from a young boy into a young man, and the transition been great. When I’m away for so long, I miss my friends and family back home the most. Something that I really struggled with at Northwood was the food. I also think the student lounge sucks. If there is a better place where all the students could hang out, it would bring everybody more together. Even though this is my senior year and the school year is almost over, I’m not really sure what I want to do after I’m done with high school. But one thing’s for sure — I’ll never forget the memories and friendships I made at Northwood.

– As told to Luke French ’20

Humans of Northwood: Will Rosen ‘20 

For the majority of the school year, I carried a water jug around with me at all times to stay hydrated. I became so enamored with this water jug that I named her Joyce. Joyce the Jug. Joyce and I did everything together, and she became a hot topic around campus. My peers’ curiosity soon turned to some unwanted suspicion about the nature of Joyce and what she represented. To me, Joyce was much more than a friend and just a little bit less than a wife. Through all my highs and lows, she was always there when I needed to quench my thirst. I’m from Washington, D.C. Before Northwood, I went to an all-boys Jesuit school in D.C., so it was very different in a lot of ways. I decided to go to Northwood because I was looking for a place that had a good balance of strong academics and competitive hockey. Throughout my one year at Northwood, I found myself having one of the best experiences at school. Northwood is definitely a close-knit community, and I found that especially true with the hockey team. Being away from home, I missed my two dogs the most. I wish the food at Northwood was better, though. Maybe a little more consistency with the quality of the food.  After Northwood, I plan to play college hockey at the best place possible for me. I hope to pursue a career in physical therapy. From my time at Northwood, I’ll never forget the relationships I made with both students and faculty.

– As told to Luke French ’20

Humans of Northwood: Zachary Ellsworth ‘20 

I don’t seem redneck, but I work in the woods all summer with steel toe boots and listen to country music 24/7. That’s something that makes me unlike most Northwood students.  I’m from Saranac Lake, NY, which is just up the road from Northwood School. I went to Saranac Lake High School my freshman year. But I decided to go to Northwood for the rest of my high school years because of the hockey program. I knew the program would help me further my hockey career. The biggest difference I noticed between the two schools is the overall student population and the class sizes. Another difference is that Northwood is a very tight-knit community, which is something I’m glad to be part of. Even though I’m a day student, the things I still miss the most when I’m at school are my childhood friends and sports.  Something I don’t like about Northwood is the way my final year ended abruptly because of the coronavirus. I also dislike some of the rules that treated me and other seniors a bit like children in a way. I’ll never forget my senior year at Northwood because of how crazy it’s been and how good it was up until this point.  After graduating from Northwood, I’ll be attending the University of Southern Maine, where I’ll be furthering my golf and hockey careers. I’ll also be studying business and sports management while I’m there.

– As told to Luke French ’20

Classes Incorporate Pandemic Into Curriculum

The global COVID-19 pandemic will soon appear in history and biology textbooks and will eventually be something future generations of students study, along with the Great Depression and the Spanish Flu of 1918. Several Northwood teachers are using the pandemic as a teaching opportunity today, while students are taking classes online as a result of the outbreak. Students in Statistics, Biology, Macroeconomics, Entrepreneurship, and Journalism classes have studied the pandemic from the point-of-view of their respective disciplines.

In Mr. Jeff Miller’s Statistics class, students have used the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases in the United States as a way to study exponential and logistic growth and linear regression:

Ms. Jill Walker has also been teaching how easily the virus can spread and who will most likely suffer the most from the disease in her Human Biology class. According to Ms. Walker, the virus can change so often that when the doctors and scientists come up with a cure, it may not last very long because the virus can mutate.

Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul teaches Entrepreneurship and Macroeconomics, and both classes have been including the virus in their studies. Zachary Ellsworth ’20, who is in Macroeconomics, said, “We’ve been discussing government’s stimulus package, looking at how the government is using expansionary fiscal and monetary policies in an effort to pump the economy back up. Although what’s happening right now is horrible, it’s nice to be able to apply Macroeconomics to understand what is going on in the world.” Meanwhile, Entrepreneurship has been studying about what the virus has done to education systems around the world and how life will go back to normal after the pandemic. As a student in Entrepreneurship, I’ve been talking to other classmates and reading articles online, which has helped me realize that the virus is promoting online learning and that this change has been hard not only on students but on teachers.

Of course, Northwood’s journalism class and The Mirror has been chronicling Northwood’s response to the pandemic by publishing articles that explore life from a student’s perspective.

Despite the uncertainty, the students and faculty of Northwood have been making the most of their online classes through useful discussions about COVID-19, which has been changing the world day by day.


It Took a Pandemic to End the Junior Team’s Season

The Northwood Junior Hockey Team set two ambitious team goals at the beginning of the season: defend their state championship and advance to the USA Hockey U18 Tier I National Championships. No hockey team prevented them from reaching those goals, but a global pandemic did.

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Renowned Climbing Film Comes to Northwood

At Northwood there are many students who are very passionate about rock climbing. A couple of weeks ago, Reel Rock films made a stop at our school for a screening of Reel Rock 14.

I sat down with Kip Morgan ’20 to get more information about what Reel Rock is, who makes it, why the film group decided to come to Northwood and other things.


“What is the Reel Rock Tour and where the films are shown?” was the first question I asked Morgan. He stated, “The tour is a collection of short films that come out, normally 3-5 films, about rock climbing or mountaineering. The films are an annual event that has been going on for 14 years.” The films are shown in more than 500 countries around the world.

I asked Morgan what these films were about and he stated, “There are 4 films in Reel Rock 14. The first one follows Nina Williams climbing a boulder problem called Too High to Flail which is a 50ft tall v-10 boulder…The next short film follows a group of climbers talking about bringing together a community in Joe’s Valley Utah…There was also a short look into a Full-length feature that will be coming out soon. That will look at Marc-André Leclerc’s career as an alpine soloist…The last film was about the speed record on A route on El Capitan called the nose.”

“The film is made by North Face and Sender Films with help from Black Diamond, Yeti, Swell, and a few other brands that give support.” Stated Morgan, when asked about who is all involved in the development of the films. After asking who makes the films I asked him why he thought it would be a good idea for the films to come to Northwood? Morgan Stated, “The tour came to Lake Placid maybe two years ago… the film didn’t end up doing as well as people hoped. I remember having a conversation with Mr. Mellor about how it was a sad turn out for the Climbing community and then a smaller venue it would’ve done rather well.” Deciding that the Northwood auditorium would be the perfect size venue for the films, Morgan contacted Reel Rock and they came to show the films.

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