Humans of Northwood: Su Hae “Jessica” Jang


When I was younger, I had a fear of talking to people older than me. Even people I’d known for basically my entire life, like my grandparents. It was more than just shyness. For example, I could never order food at restaurants. It was not easy challenging myself. It was only when I was in the eighth grade that I began to feel okay talking to my teachers one-on-one. I think Northwood has really helped me overcome my fear.

At first, I tried hiding my fear. I wanted to appear calm and not let others know the panic I was feeling inside. But as I got more and more opportunities to voice my opinions, I actually began feeling comfortable enough to push myself further. As I got involved in the rowing team, the Sustainability Committee, the Wild Center’s Youth Climate Program, the student councils, The Mirror, and other activities, I became more and more confident interacting with teachers and other adults. This was one of the reasons why I chose Northwood. I’d always wanted to go to a boarding school to learn to be more responsible for myself and to be more independent. Now, after four years of Northwood, I’m not even afraid of public speaking. I’m really thankful for how the Northwood community has always been supportive and loving all along.

Another reason why I decided to go to Northwood was the winter activities. I love skating and snowboarding. I’m sad that I had to leave Lake Placid in the middle of winter. I was getting better and better at snowboarding and was planning to learn skiing from my friends as well. Now that I’m back home in Korea, I don’t get much time to spend on outdoor activities. I’ll never forget all the hiking I did in the Adirondacks.

I’ll also miss my friends and teachers. They believed in me more than I did and always encouraged me to trust myself even when I doubted what I could achieve. Without them, I would’ve never been able to listen to myself. I can’t say I loved every single moment I spent at Northwood. There were days when it was a struggle to get through study hall or times when I missed my family and friends in Korea. But the good moments overshadow the bad ones. I’m glad to be a four-year survivor at Northwood. It means that I got to enjoy almost all the opportunities the school has to offer. Regardless of what I do or where I go in the future, the support of the Northwood community will always stick with me and be a part of who I am.

Su Hae “Jessica” Jang was the editor-in-chief of The Mirror for two years (2018-19 and 2019-20). This profile was published on her originally-scheduled graduation day. The ceremony was postponed until May 20, 2021 due to the global pandemic.

Humans of Northwood: Andrew Goldberg ’20


Andrew is a post-graduate student from Fayetteville, New York. He was involved in rock climbing and skiing and was a key member of Northwood’s FIRST Robotics Team. He is undecided about his plans for next year.

Humans of Northwood: Chao Wang ’20


My name is Chao Wang, but people call me Kevin. I am from Dongguan, China. I am a “four-year survivor” of Northwood. I enjoyed skiing at Whiteface and the school’s Adirondack setting. I plan to attend university in the United States, but I am currently undecided about where I will study.

Humans of Northwood: Mingwei Zhou ’20


Mingwei is from Yiwu, China. At Northwood, he participated in Rockets and Robotics. He’s currently undecided about his university plans for next year.

Humans of Northwood: Christophe Garon ’20


Christophe, from Saint Augustin de Desmaures, Quebec, Canada, was an alpine ski racer during his time at Northwood. He plans to attend the University of Ottawa.

Humans of Northwood: Braelyn Tebo ’20


I have been at Northwood for 4 years. I’ll remember all of the amazing experiences that my time at Northwood has offered, and a passion to always be open to trying new things. Mrs. Van Slyke helped spark my passion for painting and supported me every step of the way in all the time I spent in the art room. Next year I am going to attend Skidmore College with plans to major in Environmental Studies.

– Adapted from a senior spotlight.


Humans of Northwood: Gesangdanda ’20


My name is Gesangdanda, but people call me Gesang. I am from Tibet. I enjoy basketball and listening to music. I also like to cook.


DelliQuadri Receives Distinguished NYSSRA Don Jugle Memorial Award

Mr. Terry DelliQuadri (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Recently at the NYSSRA Board Meeting, annual awards were announced and Northwood School’s Terry DelliQuadri received the New York State Ski Racing Association Don Jugle Memorial Award.

This annual award is presented to an outstanding individual or organization who exhibits hard work, dedication, unselfishness, and/or sponsorship to preserve fairness in ski racing in order that those racers that start at the end have as equal a chance as those starting first.

This is the quote from his nomination and he was selected by the NYSSRA Awards Selection Committee:

“Terry DelliQuadri is the Northwood Program Director and ideally should always be looking out for the top athletes to recruit and develop. He, of course, does this but what makes him so outstanding is that he spends equal (if not more) amounts of time making sure that ALL athletes are receiving the same amount of attention, coaching, and fairness at training and on race day. He is always paying close attention to every race day detail, rule, and regulation. Anyone that knows Terry knows that his best word to describe him is selfless. He spends every free moment he has helping all Northwood students, not just skiers! Whether it’s countless hours in the tuning room or rides to Starbucks, he is the most dedicated individual to this sport I have ever met.”

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Student Project to Distribute Masks to “Second-Line” Essential Workers

Mask Hub

Quy-An “Q” NguyenLe ’21 is the founder of The Mask Hub.

The Innovation Hub has transformed from facial shield production to a command center for The Mask Hub, a community outreach project created by Northwood School junior Quy-An “Q” NguyenLe ’21.

The project is in the process of distributing more than 100,000 tested, certified, reusable, 3-ply cloth masks are being donated and distributed to North Country residents and second-line essential workers. She has plans to significantly ramp up distribution to more than one million masks.

Her goal is to minimize the competition that has formed between medical facilities and non-medical facilities over the already limited supply of disposable surgical masks, by providing the public with high-quality reusable protective cloth masks. To support the Hub and projects such as Q’s, visit GiveCampus.

Maher: Face shield project wraps up

NOTE: This column, written by Head of School Michael Maher, was originally published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

The newly married Leigh and Gino Riffle help make face shields at Northwood School’s Innovation Hub in Lake Placid. (Photo provided)

As fears of the virus and a lack of personal protective equipment for health care workers began to swell in our region, new uses for 3D printers began to circulate. Our Associate Head of School Tom “Brody” Broderick quickly jumped into a leadership role, teaming up with local entrepreneurs and teachers to bring together the Northern NY 3D Printing Network, a collaboration between North Country high schools, volunteer printers, residents and businesses.

Forty-five days later, the initiative has concluded at the Innovation Hub at Northwood School on Main Street, and we are proud to announce that with the tremendous support of the community of volunteers, 3,000 face shields were made and delivered.

The initiative and 3D printer network spread into three regional hubs, of which the Innovation Hub at Northwood School supported the Tri-Lakes, Beekmantown Central School District supplied the Lake Champlain area, and a group of community leaders banded together to manage production for St. Lawrence County. We delivered 1,600-plus hospital-grade facial shields to Adirondack Health, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center, Clifton-Fine Medical Center, Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, Elizabethtown Community Hospital and Hudson Headwaters Health Network. We delivered 300 first-responder-grade face shields to Lake Placid, Keene Valley, Wilmington, Colton Rescue, Essex County Emergency Services and Warren County Emergency Services. We delivered 650-plus first-responder-grade face shields to nursing homes in Lake Placid and North Creek, Will Rogers at Saranac Lake, and throughout St. Lawrence County through United Helpers. Lastly, we also delivered 125-plus face shields of first responder quality to individual groups, alumnae and/or community members. Groups included North Country Life Flight, North Country Life Net, local doctors, urgent care of Saranac Lake, animal hospitals and others.

The North Country community came together in a remarkable way. We would like to recognize and thank Tom “Brody” Broderick alongside the members of the core group including Andrea Audi, Brad Rafferty, Jeff Erenstone, Debbie Erenstone, Brian LaValley, Dan Mannix, Nathaniel Horn, Matt Burnett, Sarah Galvin, Marc Galvin, Michael Aldridge and Darcy Norfolk.

Rising freshman Drew Donatello, left, and Tom Broderick of Northwood School help make face shields at the school’s Innovation Hub on Main Street, Lake Placid. (Photo provided)

Thank you to all of the printers, printing volunteers, schools, organizations and businesses that have supported this initiative, including Lake Placid Central School District, Saranac Lake Central School District, SUNY Canton, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Loreman’s Screenprinting, UPS Store, Compass Printing, Bookstore Plus, Adirondack Foundation, Adirondack Daily Enterprise, North Country Public Radio, Sun Community News, Post-Star, Paul Strack, Scott Shipley, Cathy Tedford, Bill Short Jared Bandru, Bob Bever, Bob, Jennifer Bourdette, Scott Brightwell, Logan Coggins, David Craig, Terry Fishlock, Calista Fraser, Kaden Jewell, Emma Keilmeier, Kyle Lapan, Aaron Miller, Corey Moussea, Elliot Mousseau, Dylan Murnane, Kaleb Pecoraro, Brian Post, Randy Pray, Jonathon Santamoor, Kate Sears, Jo Skiff, Ben Smith, Lief Sorgule, Randy T. Todd II, Michael Walters, Sam Baker, Amelia Brady, Brian Brady, Matthew Brady, Alicia Brandes, Brian Brandes, Kate Broderick, Angie Carlisto, Dan Carlisto, Olaf Carlson, Kelly Carter, Josh Dann, Andy Donatello, Carrie Donatello, Drew Donatello, Zach Dupree, Francis Eisenger, Laura Finnerty-Paul, Lori Fitzgerald, Peter Frenette, Tricia Garrett, Trevor Gilligan, Lisa G., Woo Jeon, Mary Jane Lawrence, Sydney Lawrence, Lia Loomis, Jeff Martin, Jason McComber, David Miller, Karen Miller, Meredith Miller, Tony Miller, Chase Ormiston, Matt Paul, Olivia Paul, Wendy Poole, Trish Preston, Amy Quinn, Gino Riffle, Leigh Riffle, Alex Russo, Cammy Sheridan, Elise Stosiek, Brian Vasser, Jason Wamsganz, Carrie Wardlaw, Tait Wardlaw, Teegan Wardlaw, Wyatt Wardlaw, Ellen Yousey, Ken Yousey and Zach Zienko, and so many others that may not be named here.

We live in an incredible community, and during this challenging time, we have generously shown that we are #inthistogether.

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