26 Prizes Awarded at Banquet

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Recipients of athletic and co-curricular awards at the banquet on May 7, 2019.

At the opening of the Athletics and Co-Curricular Awards Banquet, Athletic Director Mr. Gino Riffle said, “The Athletic Banquet is the beginning of the end for the Seniors.” It marks the start of graduation season. The Athletic Banquet is a tradition that honors every athlete and cocurricular participant. For each sport and cocurricular, a coaches award is presented. In other sports, such as tennis and skiing there are awards given that honor notable members of the sports community that are given to the athletes that the coaches feel best honor the ideals of said person. This year, a total of 26 awards were given to 23 students ranging from Hockey to Theater. [Read more…]

The “Promposal” Tradition at Northwood

As Prom rolled around the corner, some students prepared small, private “Promposals” where as others planned bigger, showier ones. In the past, some Northwood students have done big promposals in front of the entire school. In recent years, Sam DiBitetto ‘18 and Sean Bunting ‘18 have jumped up with flowers in school meeting for the two girls they wanted ask.

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(Photo: Northwood School’s Facebook page)

This year, the first public promposal came from senior Prince Loney Bailey, who asked senior Aimee Headland to Prom. Right after the Prom ticket announcement was made, five of Prince’s friends spelled out “Prom?” and laid a path to Aimee. Prince later said, “I wanted it to be somewhat public, and that’s why I used big letters on the sign. I wanted it to be cute.”

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Prince Loney-Bailey (left) and Aimee Headland, both seniors (photo provided).

Many students still planned promposals as a sweet gesture even if they already knew who they were going to Prom with.

Will Arquiett ‘19 shares a common passion for hockey with his girlfriend Marina Alvarez ‘21. They often go out to the tennis courts to shoot pucks, so when Will invited Marina to the courts, she had no idea what her boyfriend had in mind. When she got there, Will had laid out the pucks to spell “Prom.” Marina, of course, said yes.

Senior Mark Kieffer had a more crafty approach to his promposal for his girlfriend Ana Spencer ‘20. Mark made a bracelet just for Ana that said “Prom?” and also picked up Ana’s favorite drink, Kombucha, with some flowers.

Ella Fessette ‘21 and Jared Lambright ‘19 often do their homework or watch a movie together in the Freshman Lounge. Since Ella’s favorite snack is popcorn, Jared asked her, “I know it’s kind of corny that we always hang out here, but want to pop over to the golf house for Prom with me?” But Jared wasn’t the only one who used a pun.

Junior Trent Seger got help from his friends to ask his girlfriend Maggie Macneil, also a junior, out to Prom. He wrote up a pun that referenced Maggie’s homeland, Canada, that he and his friends came up with. His poster read, “I know you’re from up North, but would you like to get down at Prom with me?”

Recently, smoothies were added to Northwood’s vending machines, and Trevor Souza ‘19, my boyfriend, offered to buy me one. When I agreed, he put the smoothie down on a counter with a stack of notecards. The card on the top said, “I hope this is smooth(ie) enough,” with the following cards saying “PROM?” Hard to say no to such a smooth pun.

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Trevor Souza ’19 used a smoothie as a prop in his “promposal,” (photo provided).

Skate it Forward Raises Money for 9/11 First Responders

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The participants in Skate it Forward, the student-led fundraising for the Ray Pfeifer Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting September 11th first responders, firefighters and police, with medical needs not covered by insurance. (Photo: Mr. Tom Broderick)

To cap off a busy March filled with events like Winter Carnival and the end of the winter sports season, Northwood’s service organization CARE organized a hockey tournament fundraiser called Skate it Forward on March 24. Led by Senior Morgan Broderick ’19 under the guidance of faculty members Jeff Nemec ’05 and Aerie Treska, this year’s event raised funds for the Ray Pfeifer Foundation, a charitable organization started by a group of FDNY first responders, including alumnus Rob Serra ’97. Serra is a retired New York City firefighter whose first day on the job was at Ground Zero on 9/11. The organization works to raise money for 9/11 first responders with medical needs not covered by insurance.

Skate it Forward boasted 14 teams and countless volunteers this year. The event raised over $1,000 for the Ray Pfeifer Foundation.

This article originally appeared in the Northwood News newsletter.

Breaking: Northwood to Add Elite Water Polo Club to Athletic Offerings

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The Grey Stone Water Polo Club believes in developing players with good character and strong values. Beyond the pool, players are committed to excellence in the classroom and throughout their school communities. Over the years, team members have consistently earned some of the highest leadership positions and honors at their respective schools.

April 1, 2019 — High-level water polo will join ice hockey, soccer, and ski racing as signature athletic programs at Northwood School for the 2019-20 school year, according to school officials.

Elite scholastic water polo is found mostly in Southern California and Florida, but Northwood Athletic Director Mr. Gino Riffle believes the Adirondacks will soon be known as one of the sport’s hot spots.

Northwood plans to partner with the well-respected Grey Stone Water Polo Club, based in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Jim Fickle is the head coach and program director at GSWC.

With the abundant lakes and rivers of the Adirondack region, water activities have been featured at Northwood School throughout its history, and the school has well-respected spring offerings in whitewater kayaking and fly fishing, but it offers no aquatic sports at the competitive level equivalent to hockey, skiing, and soccer. Until now.

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Coach Jim Fickle will bring his elite Grey Stone Water Polo Club to Northwood School in the fall of 2019 (Photo provided)

“The idea of building signature academic and athletic programs at Northwood has been here since [Head of School] Mr. Maher came to campus,” said Mr. Riffle. According to Riffle, with water polo, and before that soccer, Northwood is doing more than adding sports; it is building what he called Centers of Excellence. “Athletically, we feel we have Centers of Excellence today in skiing, soccer, and in hockey, and academically, with robotics and innovation and design programs. Water polo will be at that level.”

When news of the water polo program spread on campus, questions emerged, including “Where are they going to get players from?” and “What will their travel be like?”

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Water polo, which will be new to Northwood School in 2019-20, is an exciting and fast-paced sport.

Mr. Riffle had answers. Coach Fickle has already started recruiting players. “He spent a week in California and another in Florida this winter, and I think 800 teams were in Florida for the event,” said Mr. Riffle, who noted the travel for the new water polo athletes will be similar to those of the soccer team. “They will play weekends in the fall against other prep schools. They will travel to four showcase events in the winter and spring months. The schedule will be similar to our current soccer travel.”

Another question was, “How are these athletes going to be able to train in the rough winters of Lake Placid?” Again, Mr. Riffle was able to clear that up. “We are looking into the possibility of an indoor pool facility on campus for training sessions during the winter months. It looks like we can convert our squash court into an indoor pool. In the spring and fall, we will rope off a section of Mirror Lake for training sessions and meets, if that’s what they call water polo games,” said Mr. Riffle.

Student and faculty response to the news was mixed. “I’m not thrilled about sharing our lakefront space with a bunch of ball-throwers,” said crew coach Mr. Howard C. Runyon, “but at least water polo doesn’t smell like hockey.” Fran Castillo ‘19, a soccer player from the Dominican Republic, was incredulous when he learned of the plans. “Water polo? At Northwood? It doesn’t make sense. We are a school known for soccer, and also ice hockey and skiing. I don’t see how anyone will come to Northwood for water polo.”

The team’s first game is tentatively scheduled for September 14, 2019 against Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, which is a national water polo power.

Prep Team Splits Final Weekend and Brody Gets 400th Win

The Prep Team went 1-1 against OHA for their last weekend of games including their senior game on Sunday. The weekend was intended to honor the graduating seniors but wound up being a dual celebration. Thomas “Brody” Broderick hit his 400th win as a hockey coach, with all 400 wins at Northwood. [Read more…]

Students Excited for Winter Carnival, Despite Changes

Any student who’s been at Northwood for at least one year has noticed a change to a Winter Tradition. Winter Carnival is no longer run by the four-year captains, and there is no longer a draft. Instead, it is now a Peak event. Many kids have their doubts about the new system as they’ve barely gotten to know their Peaks. The teams have been active for less than a year. [Read more…]

Junior Team Ends Regular Season with Senior Ceremony

On March 2nd and 3rd, the Junior Team had their Senior game as well as an away game. The team is now preparing for New York State Championships and hopefully National Championships in April. While their season may not be over yet, the team held a ceremony to honor its seniors before the first game of the weekend. Both games were against CP Dynamo U18, from Clifton Park, NY.

The first game of the weekend was held at the 1932 Rink on Saturday. Both teams stayed strong letting in no goals until a little over three minutes left of the first period. Josh Waters (Forward, 2019) scored leaving Northwood ahead by one point for the remainder of the first period. The second period saw two goals from the Huskies, bringing the score to 3-0.  Daniel Colabufo (Forward, 2020) scored a little over halfway through the period, shortly followed by another goal by Finlay Ulrick (Forward, 2019). The game ended with two more goals from Tommy Bannister (Forward, 2020) and Reid Leibold (Forward, 2020) making the final score 5-0 Huskies.

After the game, Northwood honored the fifteen seniors by having the parents or coaches give their kids flowers.

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On Sunday, Northwood traveled to CP Dynamo’s home rink for another game to round out the weekend. Both teams held out for half the first period until once again, Josh Waters (Forward, 2019) scored on the powerplay. The game stayed locked at 1-0 until the third period when after only five minutes in Will Arquiett (Forward, 2019) scored even-strength bringing the game up 2-0. The game ended 3-0 Northwood thanks to the final goal from Daniel Colabufo. (Forward, 2020.)

On the weekend of March 15th, catch the Junior Team at New York State Championships at Northtown Center in Amherst, New York.

Prep Team Tops Trinity College School

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John Biechler ’10 in action at the Olympic Center earlier this season (Photo: Michael Aldridge).

On Friday, March 1 the prep team traveled to Canton, New York for a single game against the Trinity College School. It was a close game, ultimately ending 6-4 in favor of the Huskies, thanks to Johann Tremblay Kau ’22 in net with 28 saves in net. John Biechler (Forward, 2019) scored two goals and had one assist with one goal being an empty netter. Brendan Merriman (Forward, 2021) had one assist as well as one goal. Alexander Ray (Forward, 2019) had two goals and two assists. Fellow senior Grey Pfefferkorn (Forward, 2019) had one goal as well as one assist. Other players who had assists were Devon Jolley (Defense, 2020), Zach Ellsworth (Defense, 2020), Owen Allard (Forward, 2022), and Ryan Panico (Forward, 2022).

This weekend, March 9th and 10th, the Prep Team has their last games of the season, both against OHA. The game on Saturday will be at 8:50 PM in the ‘32 rink and the Sunday one will be the game to honor the Seniors held at 12:15 PM in the USA Rink.

Ted Lockwood ’42, Former Trinity President and Mirror Editor, Dies

Northwood School has lost a notable alumnus. Theodore D. Lockwood ‘42 died recently at his home in Vermont at the age of 94. Lockwood was President of Trinity College from 1968 to 1981 and was the founding president of United World College-USA.

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Ted Lockwood’s Senior Portrait from Epitome in 1942

At Northwood School, he had an impressive array of accomplishments that included writing for The Mirror for five years, three of them as editor-in-chief.

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Theodore Lockwood, center, stands with Trinity College’s first female graduates in 1970. From left to right: Elizabeth Gallo, Judith Odlum Pomeroy, Judy Dworin and Roberta Russell. Trinity began admitting female students, including these upperclasswomen, in 1969. Lockwood died on Monday. He was 94. (Photo courtesy of Trinity College)

 

After Northwood, Lockwood attended Trinity College where he graduated Valedictorian of his class. At Trinity, he achieved numerous accolades and accomplishments. Lockwood lettered in football, held numerous leadership roles, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After Trinity, he went on to get his masters degree at Princeton and later returned to Trinity as President of the College in 1968. In just his second semester as president, Lockwood and the Board of Trustees made it possible for female students from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY  to transfer to Trinity. Female students were allowed to apply as undergraduates by the next year.

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Ted Lockwood, pictured in 1983 at United World College-USA, was the founding president of the international baccalaureate school. (Barbaraellen Koch/Albuquerque Journal)

 

In his last year as President of Trinity, Lockwood received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the College. Before that, he earned the 175th Eigenbrodt Cup, presented to the Alumnus who “exemplifies the college’s mission and upholds its proud tradition of scholarship, leadership, and innovation,” a similar honor to the Northwood School Seal prize, which he also was awarded in 1942, his senior year.

While his obituaries remember Lockwood’s many accomplishments as a higher education administrator, a study of Northwood’s newspapers and yearbooks during Lockwood’s six years at Northwood (he started as a seventh grader), makes it clear that his high school career was equally celebrated.

 

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His list of accolades and achievements at Northwood are simply breathtaking:

Leadership:

  • Student Council
  • Athletic Council
  • The Mirror (Editor-in-Chief for 3 years)
  • Outing Club (President for two years)
  • Citizenship Prize (3 years)
  • King Trophy Award (3 years)
  • Commencement Marshal
  • The Epitome (Editor-in-Chief)
  • School Seal Prize

Academic Honors:

  • First or Second Scholar (all six years)
  • Cum Laude Society
  • Winner, Isham Speaker
  • Winner, Bradley Speaker
  • Dickson Speaker
  • Phrontisterion Society
  • Ogilvy Poetry Prize

10 Varsity Letters:

  • Football (2)
  • Baseball (4) MVP
  • Ski Team (3) Captain
  • Basketball (1)

Club Memberships:

  • Glee Club
  • Orchestra
  • Double Quartet
  • Dramatic Club
  • Debating Team

While Theodore Lockwood may not yet be well-known among current Northwood students, he will be forever regarded as one of Northwood School’s most celebrated students and alumni. It’s hard to imagine a more accomplished graduate who exemplified Northwood’s core values.

 

See also: Hartford Courant, Trinity College, Albuquerque Journal

Essay: Social Media and the Pressure to Conform

Like any teenager, when I’m bored, I check Instagram, go to the search option, and see what the app has to show me. Often there are posts regarding dance, feminism, comedy, and fashion. But sometimes a thread pops up saying things like, “Get the perfect body!” or “How to make him want you!” and “How to be irresistible!” With kids spending so much time on social media, both girls and boys are prone to be molded into social norms from an early age. For instance, a girl has to dress up, act dainty, and be sweet, whereas a guy has to be macho and mysterious.

These days, women play a big role in society. Some of the best-known figures around the world are women who own their own businesses. Despite all of this progress, women are still paid less in workplaces and are expected to conform to gender norms.

For girls, the pressure is mostly appearance-based. You can’t show too much of your stomach, back, or anything without the outfit coming off as “slutty.” You can’t wear as much makeup as you want because if you wear too much, you’re “hiding something.” The need to impress boys has become so woven into the culture of teenage girls today.

An “ideal” man must always be muscular, athletic, and the list goes on. On Instagram, I see some guys posing in front of an ocean, shirt off. Just look at the models of Calvin Klein and Abercrombie and Fitch on billboards and magazine ads.

Following these norms doesn’t make you a bad person. Social media has put these “standards” out, and it’s your choice to follow them or not. But these expectations certainly are hurting today’s society as people receive unwanted attention and comments by the way they appear.

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