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.

Thank You for Visiting the Mirror


Thank you for visiting The Mirror, Northwood School’s student-led newspaper. Classes resumed online on March 18, and The Mirror’s staff, who have dispersed to three states and four countries, are committed to chronicling life at Northwood from the student’s perspective, especially now that students have left campus.

(Missing from photo: Hadley Swedlund ’20)

Campus Closes and Classes Go Online in Response to COVID-19


Image: CDC

For just the second time in Northwood School’s 115-year history, the school is closing its campus in response to an emergency. Head of School Michael Maher announced the move via email on Wednesday, March 11 and Assistant Head for School Life Mr. Spear elaborated and answered questions at a hastily-announced school meeting that evening. They explained the move was intended to help stop the spread of the global pandemic known as Coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. The last time school operations were suspended in response to an emergency was during World War II.

Maher’s letter to the community is below. The Mirror will have continuing and extensive coverage of the situation beginning this week.

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Mr. Michael J. Maher
Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM
Subject: Important Message from Mr. Maher Re: COVID-19
To: Northwood Community
Dear Northwood Community,

The COVID-19 virus has continued to spread, and many parts of the United States and the world have been impacted. All of us are concerned about how the virus will affect our daily lives over the next weeks and months. To best protect the health and well-being of our campus community, we need to focus on reducing its possible effects.

While New York State and Essex County have both declared states of emergency, currently there are no confirmed cases at Northwood School, or in Lake Placid and Essex County.  Given the rapid spread of the virus and its proximity to our dense residential community in Lake Placid, itself a destination for millions of visitors each year, we have made a series of decisions we believe are in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff. The aim in all our deliberations has been to move quickly and thoughtfully to minimize, as best as we can, the risk of exposure for members of our community while continuing to fulfill our educational mission.

I have consulted with Northwood School trustees and school leaders, as well as experts in public health, and colleagues at other boarding and college institutions. I have concluded, after careful analysis, that Northwood School will cease all on-campus programming and transition all instruction online as of today, March 11, 2020. Tomorrow we will prepare students for online learning and assist them with their travel arrangements. Student departures may begin as early as 2:00 pm.

We plan to resume on-campus instruction and other programming on Monday, April 27, which will leave four weeks for classes, AP exams, and other year-end activities, including commencement and LEAP. Of course, resuming on-campus programming at that time depends on the status of the coronavirus. We will monitor the situation closely and communicate regularly with everyone in the Northwood community.

We come to this decision with mixed emotions. We believe it is the most effective approach to protect our students, faculty, and families. This allows us to do our part to contain, prepare for and cope with the spread of the virus.

As social distancing is becoming a new normal, distance learning is an effective means to continue to educate and be responsible for outcomes for our students. Northwood School is fully equipped to migrate to online learning and we are confident that students and faculty will transition effectively. We are committed to supporting our students and teachers throughout this process.

We recognize that this communication raises a significant number of questions, which we will address in communications to follow. We ask for your patience as our students adjust to this news and we properly formulate individual return and transition plans.

If you have any questions, you can reach John Spear, Assistant Head for School Life or Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul, Dean of Academics.

Thank you all for your understanding, your patience, and your partnership during this challenging time.


Michael Maher

Head of School

Today is Ring the Bell for Northwood!

RTB_2020March 5, 2020, is our fourth annual giving day called  Ring the Bell for Northwood. Students around campus are wearing their blue Ring the Bell t-shirts to class and alumni and families around the world are showing their Northwood pride by making gifts to the Northwood Fund. Students representing each of the four Peaks have submitted entries into the annual video competition and the winner will be determined at a special school meeting today at 11:30 am.

Every March, our Northwood family around the world — alumni, students, parents, friends, neighbors, faculty, and staff — come together for Ring the Bell, a 24-hour online fundraising event. Ring the Bell supports the Northwood people and programs that are important to achieving the school’s mission of fostering growth in young people so that they may engage their world and lead lives of consequence.

Excitement for Ring the Bell for Northwood has been building as Huskies everywhere have watched daily videos leading up to the event.

The annual fundraising effort, organized by Northwood’s Advancement Office, is using a  new platform to communicate with alumni, parents, and friends of Northwood and inspire their support The primary goal of Ring the Bell 2020 is to celebrate our school and support the people and programs we all care about most. We hope to reach 400 donors today and surpass the goals of previous years — join us and Ring the Bell for Northwood!


Advanced STEM Research to be Offered in the 2020-2021 Academic Year

For the 2020-2021 school year, Northwood School will introduce the Advanced Scholar Programs that will encourage achievement and accelerated instruction to high-performing students.

The first program to be offered, Advanced STEM Research, will provide a platform to engage in independent research within the fields of biological sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences and engineering. Students with a deep interest in scientific discovery will have the ability to design and implement their own research projects throughout this year-long honors-level course.  By engaging in literature research, generating a testable hypothesis, implementing an experiment and analyzing the results, students will develop the mastery to critically think about the scientific world. Formal presentations, or publications, of the results at the end of the year will further develop the students’ communication and critical thinking skills.

“We are very excited to provide a catalyst of encouragement for Northwood students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM),” states Jill Walker, Dean of Faculty, Science & Math Faculty.

Enrolled students must hold an interest in problem solving and a deep desire to conduct independent research.  Depending on the students’ interests, mentorships with regional scientists may be arranged to support the student with expert advice and exposure to a higher level of academic engagement.  Placing a special emphasis on research directly related to systems within the Adirondack Park will further develop the relationship between Northwood School and the community and foster with these young scientists a deeper awareness of their living environment.

“The new Advanced Scholar Programs, alongside the official opening of the Innovation Hub at Northwood School, fortifies our commitment to excellence in academics,” states Michael Maher, Head of School. “Our talented and accomplished faculty are poised to teach and inspire an interest in advanced thinking.”

Students Win Photo/Video Contest

Four Northwood students recently earned recognition for their photography and video skills. Ms. Darcy Norfolk, Northwood’s Marketing and Communications Director, congratulated the winners of Northwood’s photography contest for capturing the incredible winter beauty surrounding us in Lake Placid and the Adirondacks:

1st place (tie): Haley Donatello ’21 and Peppi DelliQuadri ’22
2nd place: Macie Eisenhart ’23
3rd place: Cisco DelliQuadri ’20
The winning video: also by Haley Donatello ’21

Photography Contest Winners:
Peppi DelliQuadri_1stplaceTie PhotoContest

Peppi DelliQuadri ’22 (First Place – tie)

Haley Donatello_1stplaceTiePhotoContest

Haley Donatello (First Place – tie)

Cisco DelliQuadri_3rd placePhotoContest

Cisco DelliQuadri ’20 (Third Place)

Macie Eisenhart_2ndplacePhotoContest

Macie Eisenhart ’23 (Third Place)


Video Contest Winner:

Haley Donatello ’21

Six Students Earn STEM Honors

Six Northwood female students recently won recognition for their computing-related achievements. It’s the third year in a row that Northwood’s girls have received such recognition and more girls were honored this year than ever before. Two girls were honored in each of the previous two years.

73314886_579731255902376_5698522987259494400_nThe NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

Comp Girls

Top row, from l to r: Emilie Venne ’20, Angie Castillo ’21, and Braelyn Tebo ’20
Bottom row, l to r: Kate Hagness ’21, Lexi Hooper ’20, and Miranda Bookman ’20
All photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge

The multi-tiered award structure includes Winner, Honorable Mention, Rising Star, and Certificate of Distinction designations at National and Regional Affiliate levels, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and all U.S. overseas military bases. Regional Affiliate Award programs are hosted in 79 locations nationwide by NCWIT Alliance member organizations—a powerful, national network of universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations working to increase the influence and meaningful participation of girls and women from every community.

The Northwood School winners at the regional affiliate award level include:

  • Emilie Venne ’20 – Winner
  • Angie Castillo ’21 – Honorable Mention
  • Braelyn Tebo ’20 – Honorable Mention
  • Kate Hagness ’21 – Honorable Mention
  • Lexi Hooper ’20 – Rising Star
  • Miranda Bookman ’20 – Rising Star

Venne is the first Northwood girl to win the award and Tebo earned the recognition for the second-straight year.

Congratulations to the amazing women for this accomplishment and thank you to Mr. Jeff Martin, robotics team coach and chair of Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship at Northwood.

For a complete list and to learn more visit 2020 Aspirations Award Recipients.

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