Hockey Tournament Is On, Despite COVID 

A scene from the 2019 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered Northwood’s Winter Weekend somewhat, but the annual tournament is still on. The Northwood Invitational Tournament and Winter Weekend are important events for the staff and students to relax from work and enjoy activities. It is also an opportunity for parents and alumni to return to Lake Placid. All non-tournament activities are canceled.  

According to athletic director Mr. Trevor Gilligan, this year marks the 43rd annual Northwood hockey tournament. Athletes compete from Saturday through to Monday to try win the prestigious trophies.  

Traditionally, Northwood uses this weekend as a “Winter Weekend” where parents and alumni come and visit the school and Lake Placid to enjoy the tournament, pond hockey, receptions and other activities, but non-tournament activities have been canceled out of concern for the health and safety of the participants.  

Gilligan faced extreme difficulties organising the tournament due to Covid-19. Three teams from Quebec have cancelled their plans on playing in the tournament due to Covid-19. As Covid-19 cases rise locally there is a worry this homecoming weekend could potentially spread the virus severely, but Northwood are testing students and staff with symptoms regularly and are optimistic about this year’s Homecoming weekend. Several students have travelled back home for the weekend due to Covid-19, but many are still excited about the Hockey tournament. Mr Gilligan said, “Our hockey team is in pretty good shape for this weekend.” He also said “Covid has had an impact regarding scheduling and travelling but for the most part the Winter Weekend will be great.” 



1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School Girls  Shadyside 
USA Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School HS  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Prep  Gilmour 18’s 
1932 Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood Varsity  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood School Girls  Gilmour Academy 
1932 Rink  5:30 PM  Northwood School Prep  Ridley 
1932 Rink  7:00 AM  Northwood School HS  South Kent 15’s 
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood Varsity  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Girls  A-21 
1932 Rink  12:15 PM  Northwood School Prep  Bridgton 
USA Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood School HS  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood Varsity  South Kent 15’s 



Monday’s games TBD: Check the Northwood Community Team or social media channels for times 

12:15 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Girls Division)
12:15 PM Championship (USA Rink) (HS/Varsity Division)
2:00 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Prep Division) 


Students Reflect on Media Bias on Anniversary of January 6 Riots 

On January 6th last year, nearly 2,000 supporters of then-President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building, infuriated by the 2020 election, which he lost to Joe Biden. A joint session of Congress was inside the Capitol and certifying the election, and the protesters outside hoped to overturn that result.  

Photo “2021 Storming of the United States Capitol” by Tyler Merbler. CC

January 6th2020 may not be in our textbooks yet, but it has become a particularly important day in American history. On that day, the Northwood campus was quiet. Students were still at home following an extended winter break and were attending remote classes. Like so many others, the Northwood community learned about this tragic incident via social media.  

Ms. Noel Carmichael is Northwood Dean of Academic Affairs and co-teacher of integrated humanities teacher. Carmicheal marked the one-year anniversary by teaching her class about the January 6th incident and exploring various news sources reported the incident.  

“In our humanities class on January 6th we will be comparing and contrasting how different media sources are covering the event, including an analysis of what terminology is used by each source,” she said before the lesson.  

Carmichael was leading her ninth-grade integrated humanities class when the riots began January 6. “We were actually in class at the time it happened. It was 1:30 in the afternoon, I think. Our class was virtual, so I was at my kitchen table with all our students on the screen,” Carmichael said. When a student blurted out something about riots at the Capitol during class, she was suspicious. “Honestly, at first, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was exaggerating.”  

Dean of Academic Affairs Ms. Noel Carmichael (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Carmichael saw the incident as a teachable moment. “We spent a lot of time the rest of that week trying to understand what exactly happened and how it had been able to happen. We also did an exercise looking at what have now become iconic pictures and writing our responses as a way of beginning to process the events.”  

Incorporating the event into her class wasn’t easy for Carmichael. “Honestly, in a classroom with a wide variety of opinions and political leanings and during a time of heightened emotion, it was difficult to feel like we could have productive conversation,” she said, “More time needed to pass before we could do that.”  

This year, on the anniversary of the riots, Carmichael open class by asking, “Who knows what happened on January 6th?” A majority of the class appeared confused until she mentioned what happened and sounds of recognition filled the room. Students then proceeded to talk about the riot: where they were when they learned about it, why they think it happened and more. 

Media bias was the focus of the lesson, the class learned about how different media sources portray different stories. Ms. Carmichael also discussed how the January 6th riot will be written in history and asked students “How would this history be written?”. Lots of students shared their beliefs and opinions, which were all listened to respectfully by the class.  

It was a great class taught by Ms Carmichael that helped her students think about January 6th and learn about media bias. 


Ed Note: the author is a student in Ms. Carmichael’s Integrated Humanities class described in this article. 

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