Humans of Northwood: Aimee Headland ’19


Aimee Headland ’19 celebrates a goal in the 2018 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Aldridge).

I am Aimee Headland and I’m a senior hockey and football player from Nottingham, England. Recently I represented Great Britain in the U18 Women’s Ice Hockey World Championships for my second year. This year we won bronze and I got to do it alongside my sister. My favorite thing about Northwood is meeting new people as well as Lake Placid. It can be stressful, but I love living and doing everything with my friends. My favorite thing to do with my friends is to go into town and eat. Mrs. Walker is my favorite teacher because she supports me in and outside of the classroom on both the educational and personal sides. She’s someone I trust who is easy to talk to and who helps me adapt. I think winter schedule is tiring and a long day, but I do like it because it means that it’s hockey season.

As told to Morgan Broderick ’19

Humans of Northwood: Kate Broderick ’22


Kate Broderick ’22 (Photo provided)

My name is Kate Broderick. I’m a freshman and I ski race. During July and August, I spent three weeks in Zermatt, Switzerland training on the mountain behind the Matterhorn, which was a really cool experience. During the fall, I spent two weeks in Milders, Austria, which was also really cool and we trained on sheer ice. I like the freedom of Northwood and how laid back it is compared to public schools and especially the ones I’ve been to in the past. I don’t really have a favorite teacher, I’ve never really been able to say who my favorite teacher is in any school. My favorite thing to do at Northwood is probably to hang out with friends and watch hockey games because sometimes I wish I played. The hardest part about adjusting to Northwood was leaving my friends at my old school. At first, it was hard to be in school without my old friends but I’ve made new ones.

As told to Morgan Broderick ’19

Humans of Northwood: Lando Egan ‘20


Lando Egan ‘20 (Photo: Owen Pierce)

My name is Lando Egan. I’m sixteen years old. I currently live in Elmhurst, Massachusetts. I used to live in San Jose, California, and I love it there. My parents moved to Massachusetts because of jobs, and they like the cold.

I like skiing, cross country (running), and climbing. I’ve liked to ski since I was young. I enjoy freestyle skiing because it helps me relieve my stress. I like Northwood because I can play lots of sports and the people here are chill.

As told to Owen Pierce ’21

Humans of Northwood: Calder Pierce


Calder Pierce (Photo: Ms. Aerie Treska)

My name is Calder, and I’m eight. I go to Lake Placid Elementary School. I really like it because I can hang out with my friends. I like the projects at school because we have a few days to turn them in.

My favorite thing to do is drawing. I like to draw monsters and comics that are graphics and information comics. I like to collect trading cards and listen to audiobooks. I really like to play soccer and golf, which I do in the summer at camp. I love skiing because of the “agility rush” and the really cool hills where you get to go up and down, up and down, up and down. That’s why I go to Whiteface a lot. I also like the 46ers, which are books that you have to read, and then you get a limo ride, popcorn, and movies.

The things that matter to me are my family, Halloween, and Christmas because I get free stuff. I drink water in my spare time. My dog Seamus is important to me, but my cat Poe [he makes a weird noise that is hard to describe], I don’t know. I’m just kidding. Poe is really nice and soft.

As told to Owen Pierce ‘21 (Calder’s older brother)

New Program Allows Donors to Give to Specific Programs

Have you ever thought about what happens to the money that is donated to Northwood? Does your $100 donation go toward something as simple as buying a new chair for our classrooms, or something to better the school’s future, like renovating Northwood on Main? Or does it go toward the electric bill or for ice rental at the Olympic Center?


Northwood has recently launched Discover Your Giving Opportunity, a new program which allows donors to choose a specific area to target their giving. For instance, a gift can now be made specifically to Northwood’s Ski Team or to the English Department.


Director of Advancement Alex Niefer (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

“The Advancement Office has many face-to-face meetings with alumni and parents,” Alex Niefer, Director of Advancement, told The Mirror. A donor will often ask, ‘What, specifically, does my gift fund?’ This question leads us into a conversation about how a donor can have a direct and enduring impact on the lives of students here at Northwood,” said Niefer, who oversees the school’s fundraising and alumni relations efforts. Gifts from alumni, families, and friends account for a significant part of Northwood’s annual operating costs. “It’s nice to be able to say that 29% of the total Northwood experience is supported through giving,” he added. “When you break it down, this would mean that two out of every seven days are covered by giving,” said Niefer.

Niefer said inviting Northwood donors to direct their giving to the people and programs that they care about most is part of an effort to increase the number of donors who contribute to Northwood and the amount they give. A New York State Association of Independent Schools research project about annual giving among boarding schools in New York state found that the number of donors at other institutions are decreasing across the board. It’s actually a national trend, according to the National Association of Independent Schools.

“The good news [from the NYSAIS study] is that the size of the gifts is increasing because donors know where their funds are going and they can witness the impact that their generosity has on the school. They have the opportunity to get to know the students and the programs that benefit from their gift,” said Niefer.

The Advancement Office wanted to apply this knowledge to Northwood. “Hence we have the Discover Your Giving Opportunity campaign,” said Niefer. “It invites donors to target an area so that they can directly enhance the Northwood experience for students. Donors can find the specific areas they want to give to on the school’s website, but it’s really a growing list,” he added. “If a donor contacts us and says, ‘I’d really love to support program X,’ then we’ll make it work to achieve not only the goals of that donor but also the mission of Northwood School.”

That begs the question, will donations be made to only a few popular programs, leaving many areas unfunded?

Northwood is currently in the early stages of developing this program and having even a single program entirely funded by donations is a long way off, according to Niefer. “When we do get to that position, folks such as myself, Stephanie Colby, Christine Ashe, as frontline fundraisers, will communicate with the donors about where our greatest needs are,” he said. “If you imagine all these areas as buckets, as one bucket starts to fill up, we have the ability to communicate with our donors and tell them, ‘Program X might not be our greatest need right now,” he said. “Our greatest need is program Y.’ Our goal is to guide donors through the process of giving so that they feel their generosity is being utilized to their wishes. We look forward to the day that our buckets start to overflow… but I think we are several years from that happening,” said Niefer.

Fun Things to do Outside During the Lake Placid Winter

With the air crisp and cool, the mountains layered with fresh powder, and the pond frozen thick enough to skate on, the winter of Lake Placid is magical. While most Lake Placid locals and Northwood students take advantage of the wonderful winter environment by skating, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, and many others, some of us students who are new to the village may not know how to enjoy these winter activities. I am here to tell you first-timers how to have fun while staying safe here in Lake Placid. [Read more…]

Drama Club Tackles Refugee Crisis in Winter Production


The national discussion on immigration, asylum and refugees is coming to Northwood School. Following a wildly successful fall production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” the Northwood Drama Club is changing the pace and producing a topical play. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), there are currently more than 65 million people displaced worldwide—the highest number on record since the agency began collecting statistics. The Drama Club hopes to humanize the experience of these individuals who otherwise seem distant and different from us.

[Read more…]

What Northwood Students Did on Their Vacation

The Mirror sent senior Wyatt Friedlander to the living room to interview students about what they did during the recent vacation. Here’s what he learned.


Senior Francisco Castillo (back right) spent the break with Junior Devon Jolley (at the steering wheel). The spent some of their vacation in Florida.

[Read more…]

The Committed Life: Athletes Talk About Getting the Offer


Reid Leibold ’20 celebrated his commitment to RPI on Twitter.

You may have seen it on your friend’s Twitter or Instagram bio: “Committed to St. Lawrence” or “Dartmouth Commit.” Or maybe you’ve seen the social media announcements: from the student-athletes, from the colleges or from the athlete’s club or school. For many student-athletes, playing Division I athletics is the ultimate goal, and committing to a college is an important milestone on that journey.

According to the NCAA, “A verbal commitment happens when a college-bound student-athlete verbally agrees to play sports for a college before he or she signs or is eligible to sign a National Letter of Intent. The commitment is not binding on the student-athlete or the school and can be made at any time.” Most student-athletes “become committed” before they even apply to the school, sometimes as early as ninth grade.


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Coach Chadd Cassidy

A player’s coach usually has a big role in the recruiting process. “Coaches help with kids getting committed by trying to identify the right college program for the student and introducing the college coach to the student,” said Junior Team head coach Chadd Cassidy. “The most important part is making sure it is a good fit for the student and the school/hockey program. In my opinion, it is not important for a player to get an early commitment. It is more important to make sure they make the RIGHT commitment,” Cassidy added. “I am always proud and happy when our players find the right school to continue their academic and playing career,” said Cassidy.

Northwood School currently has ten committed student-athletes between the Junior Hockey and Soccer Teams. They are:

  • Will Arquiett ‘19 (hockey) to St. Lawrence University
  • Tommy Bannister ‘20 (hockey) to St. Lawrence University
  • Mark Keiffer ‘19 (soccer) to Colgate University
  • Jared Lambright ‘20 (hockey) to St. Lawrence University
  • Reid Leibold ‘20 (hockey) to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Prince Loney-Bailey ‘19 (soccer) to James Madison University
  • Cody Monds ‘19 (hockey) to St. Lawrence University
  • Iñaki Rodríguez ‘19 (soccer) to University of Michigan
  • Alex Van Schalkwyk ‘19 (soccer) to Dartmouth College
  • Josh Waters ‘19 (hockey) to Dartmouth College

The Mirror sat down with several of the committed student-athletes to learn more about their stories.



“I committed to Dartmouth College in November 2018. It was a long process, and I got a lot of help from my coaches and family. The coaches from Dartmouth saw me play in a tournament, and they asked my coach about me and the possibility my of playing for their team. Then they came to watch me play in Quebec, where I had one of my best games. After that, while I was on Thanksgiving Break, I received a call from Coach Cassidy saying that Dartmouth wanted me to visit campus. My guidance counselor then sent all of my academic records to the coach so he could ask the admissions office if I had the grades and test scores to get in. During the visit they offered me a spot on their roster. After I got commited, I felt relieved because now my future is kind of set up and my life is coming together. Even though I am already committed, school has the same importance to me because I know Dartmouth’s classes will be challenging.”

– Josh Waters ‘19



“I am committed to James Madison University since the summer of 2018. The process started when I was playing for my old team. I was looking for a different school and JMU caught my attention. Their coaches reached out to me and brought me to campus to visit. They ended up giving me the best offer, so I took it. After I got commited my life got easier. Because I already knew where I was going to college, I started to focus on other stuff. I think that I have to keep trying in school because in order to play at a DI school you also have to be a not only a good athlete but also a good student.”

– Prince Loney-Bailey ‘19



“I committed to Colgate in November 2018, It was a long and difficult process. I was first committed to Cornell in the fall of my junior year (2017), but ended up losing it over the summer. And that led me to continue my college search. Colgate had been in touch with me before, so I ended up reaching out to them. They saw me play couple of times and ended up giving me an good offer, which I accepted. After I got commited I felt less stressed about school and my future. I still work hard because I feel that I have to maintain my grades and improve in order to do well in my courses at Colgate.”

– Mark Keiffer ‘19



“I commited to St.Lawrence three years ago during my freshman year. The process started when they saw me play when I was 14 years old. Then I came to Northwood and during my first year, when I was playing on the U16 team, they told that if I keep it up they will offer me in January. They did, and I accepted. Life after my commitment has changed for me and my family: we already know about my future and having a full scholarship helps my parents financially because college is so expensive. With the commitment, I don’t stress a lot about school. But I am just maintaining good grades.”

– Cody Monds ‘19



“I am committed to St. Lawrence since 2016. The process took a while. I was talking to them and a couple of other schools for approximately 6 month, but St. Lawrence was the first one to offer me and I accepted. Now that I am committed it feels nice to know  where I am going for my college years. Now I am focused on school and finishing with good grades.”

– Tommy Bannister ‘20

New Students Adjust to Winter Schedule

Northwood started “winter schedule” after Thanksgiving break. Students have their sports and other co-curricular activities in the morning before classes start at 12:30 and last until 6:15 in the evening. The schedule can be hard to adjust to, especially for students new to Northwood. [Read more…]

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