Second East First of Major Dorm Renovations


Sean Bunting ’19 relaxes in his newly-renovated dorm room on Second East.

Northwood School students are privileged to have a great environment to study; however, as the years pass, some parts of this environment inevitably become outdated. I interviewed Assistant Headmaster Tom “Brody” Broderick to learn more about the major renovations on the Second East boys residence hall, as well as future plans for renovations.

Northwood’s boys dormitories were last renovated twenty years ago, so they are very 90s-looking, or like Brody describes it, “It’s dated.” The current renovation will allow Northwood to attract the type of student the school wants. By giving the school a more modern feel it allows for more interest from applicants who visit the school. Brody said the purpose of the renovations is “to provide a cleaner and more modern living space that aesthetically fits the school.” [Read more…]


Finland Celebrates 100 Year of Independence

December 6 is a date of immense national important to Finland: it is the one hundredth anniversary of the country’s independence from Russia, and the day will be marked by Finns the world over with celebration.


Finland became an independent country on the 6th of December 1917. Finland declared its independence during the revolution of the Russian empire in the midst of the first world war. The emperor of Russia fell during the Russian revolution of 1917, and the country was taken over by the Bolsheviks. The leader of Bolsheviks, Vladimir Lenin, acknowledged Finland’s independence in 1918. Sweden followed the same year, and the United States acknowledged Finland’s independence a year later in 1919. Immediately following  independence, Finland went through a devastating civil war from January to May in 1918.


War veterans are remembered on Independence Day in Finland.

On numerous occasions since the declaration of independence, Finland has had to fight to keep its independence. During WWII, the Winter War and Continuation War against the Soviet Union led to territorial losses, but they solidified the national character: Sisu. Sisu is a symbol of Finnish character and represents stoic determination, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness. “To have guts” may be the best English translation of the beloved Finnish character trait.

The theme for the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence is “Together.” Together the Finnish nation has had celebratory programs throughout 2017, including a film adaptation of the cherished novel about the Continuation War against the Soviet Union, The Unknown Soldier, by Väinö Linna. Another film is about the biggest athletic achievement in Finnish history, the World Championship of Hockey in 1995, which was the Finland’s first international hockey championship and a source of national pride.

Finland traditionally celebrates its independence with a similar program every year. The day starts with a ceremonial flag-raising. This is followed by a Liturgical celebration, and the giving of medals and promotions for the Finnish Army forces, which holds celebratory parades a variety of cities that include a flyover by the Finnish Air Force.

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A big tradition in every Finnish home is to visit the graves of family members, light a candle on the grave and have a moment of silence to pay respect. Another big tradition in every home is to watch the reception of The Castle Ball, where the Finnish President receives every one invited to the Ball and shakes their hand. Guests include the government officials, members of parliament, ambassadors, war veterans, athletes and artists. This Castle Ball is also known as a very popular “fashion show,” as commentators evaluate the fashions worn by the invitees. All of this is traditionally concluded by watching the popular movie about the  Continuation War, The Unknown Soldier.

This article was written by Santeri Hartikainen ‘18, who was born and raised in Finland. He plans to celebrate Independence Day by having a traditional Finnish meal with other Northwood students at the home of a local family with Finnish roots.

United States Fails to Qualify for World Cup

For the first time since 1986, the United States has failed to qualify for the World Cup with a loss to the tiny dual-island Caribbean nation.

USA Loses

Christian Pulisic reacts to USA’s loss to Trinidad and Tobago Credit: Getty

The soccer World Cup is the most televised and followed sporting event in the world. It is held every four years and every country has to qualify for the event. The qualifications are divided into six regions by continental regions. The United States belonged to the North, Central American and Caribbean section of the qualifications or as shortened CONCACAF.

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Restaurant Review: Wyatt’s


The menu at Wyatt’s

In the time that I’ve been a student at Northwood, I’ve had the opportunity to taste a large variety of restaurants in Lake Placid. One of these restaurants is Wyatt’s, the place  “Where Tex Meets Mex.” This small Mexican-style restaurant delivers big flavors right in the heart of town. With friendly fast service, and a warm atmosphere, you can guarantee you will see me in Wyatt’s restaurant in the future. [Read more…]

Students React to Trump-Curry Tweetstorm

Tweet1President Donald Trump took aim at Stephen Curry, one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. Trump disinvited Curry, the leader of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors,  from the White House and directly inserted himself into a fiery debate over race, social justice, and athlete activism through his comments in social media. [Read more…]

Geographic Diversity of the Student Body

Northwood School is privileged to have students from around the country and the world. Sometimes the multitude of cultures and backgrounds are taken for granted. Northwood students come from five continents, fifteen countries and twenty-five states, which gives students a unique opportunity to learn something new about different cultures, and learn to appreciate the multitude of nationalities our world holds.

To show the diversity at Northwood School community The Mirror has created maps to illustrate the multitude of nationalities and cultures at Northwood.



Uber Comes to Northwood


Photo credit: North Coast Courier

Northwood students can now request rides to town using their smartphones. Uber and Lyft became available in Lake Placid over the summer, and could change how students get around town.

The popular ride-sharing apps were officially launched in 2011 in San Francisco, but until this summer, New York state only had Uber in New York City. State legislation expanded the services to upstate. [Read more…]

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