Junior Team Set to Rebuild After a Successful Season


Nate Boak ’20 (Photo: Mr. Mchael Aldridge).

Northwood’s Junior Hockey Team has had a lot of success in the past few years, including ending last season ranked 4th out of 139 teams. Led by celebrated coaches Trevor Gilligan and Chadd Cassidy, the 2018-19 squad made it to the USA Hockey Tier I U18 National Championships but lost in the semi finals.

With only three returning players from last year’s team, this is a rebuilding year. When asked how the team is doing so far, head coach Chadd Cassidy said, “To be honest I don’t know what the potential of the team is yet, because we are just getting started and the players are getting acclimated. We have so many players that aren’t used to the style and the system that we play and haven’t played at this level before. So it’s going to be a learning process in the beginning, but we have three really good returning players that are great leaders for us.”

Defenseman Nate Boak ‘20, one of the returning players, said, “It is different since there are only three returners on the team, but we see it more as an opportunity than a challenge. We will have to battle through adversity at some points and things might not go the way we want all the time but that’s a part of growing,” said Boak. “Just like past years, our team will develop into a family. The most important factor is time, it’s not gonna happen overnight,” he added.

Cassidy, Boak and rest of the team are ready to face new challenges and help this new team evolve into something greater. Boak is optimistic. “Just like past years our team will develop into a family,” he said.

The Huskies lost a 2-game home-and-home against New York State Tier I rival CP Dynamo and this weekend they face stiffer opponents. Husky-watchers are asking: Can they continue the legacy?

Northwood Expands Composting Program


Su Hae (Jessica) Jang ‘20 and Imani Hawman ‘20 with a bucket of kitchen waste headed to the composter (Photo: Mr. Tyler Eaton).

Two years ago, two freshmen began transforming food waste from the school kitchen into natural fertilizer for the garden on campus. Collaborating with the kitchen staff, the girls composted two five-gallon buckets of food scraps per week using a small compost tumbler adjacent to the school greenhouse. By their second year at Northwood, they had built an outdoor three-bin composting system behind the Friedlander science building and were composting about 70 to 80 gallons of organic waste every week.

As they begin their senior year, Su Hae (Jessica) Jang ‘20 and Imani Hawman ‘20 looks forward to expand the composting program at Northwood through the giant drum composter behind the Shipman Youth Center here in Lake Placid. “Northwood produces about 40 to 180 pounds of organic waste a day. The three-bin composting system didn’t have the capacity to handle all of that” said Jang, the President of Northwood’s Sustainability Committee. “Now that we have a new composter in town, we’ll be able to compost all of the food waste from the school kitchen and the dining hall, including bones, meat, oils, veggies, what have you,” she added.

The new composting machine is one of the three replicas of a model composter that was built at North Country School three years ago. Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program, North Country School installed three additional composters this summer–one of each at Lake Placid Central School, Hermon De-Kalb Central School in St. Lawrence County, and The Wild Center, a natural history museum in Tupper Lake. Each composter can handle an input of 300 pounds of food waste each day, year round.

Northwood was the first to partner with Lake Placid High School. Last Friday, on September 13th, Mr. Tyler Eaton, the faculty advisor of the Sustainability Committee, added the first buckets of food waste along with wood pellets to the composting facility. “The cost is $0.10 per pound of waste, the same cost for waste at the Town of North Elba Transfer Station,” Mr. Eaton said. “Since the Committee will be diverting all food waste from the back of the school kitchen, composting two to three times per week, Northwood’s trash dumpster size and pick-up schedule should decrease.”

As the teacher of Environmental Science at Northwood, Mr. Eaton thinks that students can further the composting efforts on campus by designing an independent study focusing on the impact of composting on sustainability. “It seems feasible that we create a course for composting. We could use half of that course time for actual composting, and use the other half to do some independent research, whether it might be research into the economic side, the environmental carbon footprint side, or the social aspect side of composting. A designated period for the course would be nice to get our compost transported multiple times a week,” said Mr. Eaton. He continued, “The course could be cool, interactive, and hands-on learning, and, at the same time, count toward hours of independent study.”

The problem remaining for the Sustainability Committee and the Northwood community is the lack of student volunteers to transport kitchen compost to the drum composter in town. “We need to find a way to involve more students. Right now, we need at least three volunteers who are willing to transport our food waste to the composter in one of their free periods,” Jang said. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to compost organic waste locally, engage students, partner with the local community, all while decreasing the school’s carbon footprint. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me,” said Jang.

2019 Commencement Weekend Recap [Senior Video + Photos]

CommencementThe 2019 Northwood School commencement weekend began, as is tradition, with the Senior Dinner on the night of Friday, May 17th. This is a highlight activity of the weekend as families and friends gather under the tent, spending some quality time together, sharing a meal and celebrating their special graduate. Graduates often invite their friends and favorite faculty/coaches to join them at their table. A few awards are distributed and the Cum Laude Society is recognized.

P1044053The main attraction, however, is always the Senior Video. This year, senior Sarah Bennett directed the video, which was widely praised as the best senior video ever.

The Northwood School Class of 2019 commencement ceremony took place on May 18th, 2019. This was the one hundred-twelth commencement ceremony in Northwood School history.

Following the ceremony, the graduates proceeded to ring and walk under the Victory Bell and receive their Northwood Alumni pin. This is another one of Northwood’s beautiful traditions. It signifies the transition from high school to the greater world and entry into the great family of Northwood Alumni.





Morgan Broderick
Lake Placid, NY
Attended Northwood School for five years.
Click here for a transcript of Morgan’s speech


Isaac Newcomb
Lake Placid, NY
Attended Northwood School for three years
Click here for a transcript of Isaac’s speech



Barbard Dill and Dr. Richard Smith





James Herd Fullerton graduated from Norwich University in 1930 and joined the faculty at Northwood School in 1932. During his Northwood career, Jim would serve as a math and science teacher, hockey, baseball, and football coach, crew coach and Director of Athletics.

Throughout his more than thirty years at Northwood (1932-1955), Jim Fullerton established a reputation as a caring, compassionate teacher and an innovative, thoughtful coach. But it was through sheer force of his character that Jim Fullerton had the greatest influence on a generation of Northwood graduates. There are countless stories of Jim coming to the aid of a student or player in need of some sage advice, a pat on the back or some firm direction. Mr. Fullerton passed away in 1991.

The Fullerton Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated the most significant professional growth and/or had the deepest impact upon the overall character development in the student body during the academic year. The winner must embody the qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and love of students so valued by Coach Fullerton. The prize is intended to enhance the professional and personal growth of the faculty recipient.

I am pleased to award this year’s Fullerton Prize to Noel Carmichael, who embodies the qualities that still live through the legend and legacy of Jim Fullerton. Noel, please come forward to receive this award.




Dr. Vanderlyn R. Pine is a native of New Paltz, New York and graduated from Northwood School in 1955. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1967 and his Master’s Degree in 1969 from Dartmouth College. Dr. Pine earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 1971.

While at Northwood, Van Pine excelled in athletics as a member of the ice hockey, football and track teams. In addition, he was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Mirror, the school’s newspaper, and was involved in the total life of the school as he served on a wide variety of committees. Two of Dr. Pine’s children, Brian, Class of 1981 and Daniel, Class of 1982, graduated from Northwood. Dr. Pine was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1986. In the fall of 1997, he was elected Chair of the Board and assumed his current position of Emeritus Chair in 2014.

The Pine Award, an engraved Boston Rocker chair, is given to the faculty member who: “Demonstrates dedication to his or her students; exudes energy and enthusiasm for learning; fosters respect for scholarship and provides a consistency of preparation and classroom delivery which stimulates students to want to learn.” The members of the Northwood student body select the faculty winner through nomination and vote.

This year’s winner is Ben Runyon


Ira Flinner served Northwood School as its headmaster from 1926 to 1951. During his long and legendary service, he fostered excellence in academics and character. His influence is with us today, and it lives on through the achievement of this year’s recipients of the Ira A. Flinner Award: Isaac Newcomb and Joanna Rosenbluth.


Harry MacDonald served behind the scenes at Northwood School for thirty years. The award in his name honors a student for whom giving is more important than receiving and who puts the greater good in front of his or her own interests. For all she has done for the greater Northwood School community, we extend our gratitude to: Morgan Broderick.

A $4,000 Scholarship, $1000 per year for four years, is awarded to a student who has achieved outstanding performance in academics, demonstrated excellence in a co- or extra-curricular activity, and who is attending a four-year college or university next year. This year’s co-winners, sharing in this scholarship, are: Aiden Smith and Chelsea Smith.


There’s an essence to Northwood School that cannot be put into words. Instead, it shows itself in the actions and character of its community. For thirty-four years, no one displayed this essence better than Anne Edwards. Inspiring community service, offering a maternal shoulder to students in need, even teaching hockey players to knit, Annie wasn’t just an instructor. She was a living personification of the school itself. This year’s award goes to that student who, like Annie Edwards, understood and fully lived the Northwood experience. Our thanks to Zhuoxian (Simon) Ou.


The Judith K. Good Student Council Award is given in honor of Mrs. Judith Good, who served the Lake Placid community as a mediator and conflict resolution specialist for more than twenty years. The recipient is chosen and the award is given by students themselves in recognition of the qualities of character they see, knowing that student better than any faculty member possibly could. To Aimee Headland – your classmates thank you for being yourself so truly and giving to others so generously.




This plaque is awarded annually to a member of the Senior Class who, over their last three years at Northwood, has shown the greatest academic growth through their hard work and determination to succeed. The award is given in memory of Mr. Roland Urfirer of Lake Placid, who served on the school’s Board of Trustees from 1973 to 2014. We are pleased to recognize Lanxin (Jessica) Lin for her achievements.




This prize is awarded to the student or students in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the headmaster, advised by the faculty, is an individual who has, through his/her character and enthusiasm, contributed in a positive way to enhance the culture of Northwood School. This year, the winner is: John Biechler.

The Senior Scholastic Awards, honoring the two graduating seniors who have achieved the highest academic averages over the past year.

The second highest ranking scholar – Joanna Rosenbluth

The highest ranking scholar – Chelsea Smith


The School Seal is the visual representation of what we are and what we stand for. The annual prize is awarded to the senior who best lives up to the high ideals of our Core Values: Responsibility, Courage, Compassion, Integrity, and Respect. Just as the School Seal represents our school, so does the work and influence of this year’s winner embody all that we aspire to be. This year’s recipient is: Lanxin (Jessica) Lin.


This plaque is awarded to the senior who has shown through influence, character, and service to be the outstanding citizen of the school community, embodying our highest ideals and offering a consistent willingness to work for the betterment of his/her classmates and school. This is Northwood’s highest award. This year’s winner is: Matthew Shanklin.




This plaque is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics and in women’s sports. The recipient is chosen for her accomplishments and enthusiasm in developing both her intellectual and physical being. The winner is: Sarah Coombs.




This is an award given each year by Mr. & Mrs. F. Stillman Hyde and family, in loving memory of Tim Hyde, who graduated from Northwood in 1962. It is given to the hockey player who, in the opinion of the coaches, best exemplifies Tim Hyde’s love of the game and his “never quit” attitude; no matter how stiff the opposition. The winner is: Andrew Gilbert.



Charlie Holt served as a teacher and coach at Northwood School from 1955 to 1962. After Northwood, Charlie was hockey coach at Colby College and the University of New Hampshire. Considered one of the “true gentlemen” of the game, Charlie Holt embodied the best qualities the game has to offer. A plaque is awarded annually by Northwood School to the members of the boys and girls hockey squads who have shown the best sportsmanship in practice and in games. The winners are: Cole Leal and Aimee Headland.

The permanent trophy was given by the late Herbert L. Malcolm, former Headmaster of the Lake Placid School now Northwood School, and the individual plaque is awarded each year to the male and female students who, in the opinion of the faculty Athletic Committee, have shown the best sportsmanship in athletics throughout the year. The award recognizes qualities of character that enhance the excellence of the teams on which the individuals participate and that reflects positively on Northwood as an institution during athletic competition. The winners are: Alex van Schalkwyk and Jane Baumer.


Mark Driscoll, Class of 1970, was the complete skier, competing in cross-country, jumping, and alpine events. His legacy is one of extraordinary enthusiasm and dedication. As an athlete, a student, and a student leader, Dill was one of the school’s most positively influential characters. The school named the premier ski team award in his honor. This year’s winner is: Sarah Bennett.


This award is given to the student athlete of the North Country who best displays Tim Smythe’s leadership and courage and who inspires their teammates to rise to any challenge. The winner is: Will Arquiett.


The English award goes to a student for whom literature is a passport to all lands and ages, for whom writing is an opportunity to convey worthy ideas with passion and grace. The winner this year is: Aleksei Rutkovskii.


The Science award is given to a senior who has demonstrated both interest and achievement in the field of science. This student has a strong desire to understand scientific concepts and has an inquisitive mind. In addition, this student thinks about the topics beyond the scope of the classroom and completes every assignment with diligence and effort. This year’s winner is: Isaac Newcomb.


The Mathematics award is made to a student who combines talent with hard work, and whose curiosity and creative thinking provide a lively model for maximizing learning in mathematics. The winner this year is: Joanna Rosenbluth.


The Language prize is awarded to the student who passionately pursues skill in the speaking, reading, and writing of a foreign language. For French, this year’s recipient is: Sarah Coombs.


The Social Science award is presented for excellence in the appreciation and understanding of issues in the Social Sciences. This year’s winner is: Lanxin (Jessica) Lin.


Creativity, passion, energy, and a zest for artistic excellence are qualities that describe the recipient of this award. The Arts Department Prize goes to: Yuqi (Jessie) Li.


The English as a Second Language Prize is given to the senior who has excelled both in English language fluency as well as cultural fluency. This student, through hard work, patience, and involvement, has enriched the Northwood community. The winner this year is: Pedro Paggi Simoes.


The Deo B. Colburn scholarships are awarded to students of Essex and Franklin counties who have demonstrated good scholarship and strong character during their years in secondary school. The grants come from the foundation established by Mr. Colburn, Northwood’s long time neighbor. This year, the following student has been selected to receive this award: Kevin Quinn.


Awards Ceremony Celebrates Achievement and the Places We Come From

In the final days of the school year, following commencement and LEAP and before final exams, the Northwood community pauses to reflect on our “new school,” with juniors assuming the leadership left vacant by graduating seniors. Mr. Mellor opened the annual underclass awards ceremony, held on Wednesday, May 29, by asking a group of students to show where they are from using Google Earth. As the globe spun from Lake Placid to China to Bermuda to Star Lake to Chile and back to Lake Placid, Mr. Mellor encouraged students to appreciate the different places we all come from and to also appreciate the place that we all create together, Northwood School.

Following that exercise, Headmaster Mr. Michael Maher led an awards ceremony where more than twenty students won nearly thirty awards, including over $750,000 in college scholarships.

[Read more…]

Ten Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society


Ten students were inducted into Northwood School’s Cum Laude Society at School Meeting on Friday, May 10. They join four seniors who were inducted to the honor society last year. The Cum Laude Society is Northwood School’s highest academic honor.

Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. The founders of the society modeled Cum Laude after Phi Beta Kappa and in the years since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters, mostly at Independent schools in the United States.

The 2019 class of the Cum Laude Society inducted on May 10 includes Jane Baumer ’19, Lanxin Lin ’19, Beth Fisher ’19, Alex van Schalkwyk ’19, Courtney Fairchild ’20, Zachary Ellsworth ’20, Aleksei Rutkovskii ’19, Rachel Rosner ’20, Erin Hooper ’20, and Rintaro Akasaka ’20. They were joined at the ceremony by Cum Laude Society members who were inducted in 2019: Isaac Newcomb ’19, Chelsea Smith ’19, Aiden Smith ’19, Joanna Rosenbluth ’19.

Slide Show of the 2019 Commencement Ceremony



26 Prizes Awarded at Banquet


Recipients of athletic and co-curricular awards at the banquet on May 7, 2019.

At the opening of the Athletics and Co-Curricular Awards Banquet, Athletic Director Mr. Gino Riffle said, “The Athletic Banquet is the beginning of the end for the Seniors.” It marks the start of graduation season. The Athletic Banquet is a tradition that honors every athlete and cocurricular participant. For each sport and cocurricular, a coaches award is presented. In other sports, such as tennis and skiing there are awards given that honor notable members of the sports community that are given to the athletes that the coaches feel best honor the ideals of said person. This year, a total of 26 awards were given to 23 students ranging from Hockey to Theater. [Read more…]

“The 57 Bus” is Next All-School Read


The 2019 All-School Read is The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater, pictured here with other recent All-School Reads (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

At School Meeting today, Assistant Head of School Mr. John Spear announced that The 57 Bus will be Northwood School’s 2019 All-School Read. Written by Dashka Slater and published in 2017, The 57 Bus is a true story that centers on the lives of two high school students in Oakland, California. [Read more…]

Student Wins Grant to Install Solar Charging Stations on Campus

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Mr. Tyler Eaton presents Su Hae Jang ’20 with the $1,000 grant award to help build solar-powered charging stations on campus.

Junior Jessica (Su Hae) Jang applied for and received a mini-grant from The Wild Center’s Adirondack Youth Climate Summit towards her solar-powered charging stations project for phones and laptops. Her effort is part of Northwood’s Sustainability Committee.

Last February, Jessica Jang, Braelyn Tebo, and Imani Rodriguez went to the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit in Tupper Lake. Back then, they discussed how they could apply what they learned to their community at Northwood School, and that’s where their idea came: charging station powered with solar energy.

The Sustainability Committee got the support for the project from Head of School Mr. Michael Maher in February. After drawing a sketch and deciding the location, the committee submitted it for a second approval from Maher who was totally impressed and proposed to build two instead of only one. Environmental science teacher Mr. Tyler Eaton is going to assist the students with this project as well as the robotic program.

The Sustainability Committee is trying to involve as many students as they can to help with this project. It is a very expensive project; the cost total would be around $1,200, including the 300-watt solar panels. Fortunately, the Wild Center in Tupper Lake is supporting this idea and made a donation of $1,000 to help the school fund the project.

The solar panels are going to be provided by a local company, called Crust Solar, who is going to help to install the panels because it is very complicated. The two phone charger stations will be located in both of the academic building, right under the stairs. Students will be able to charge their phone while they are in class. Thirty phones can be charged at the same time, fifteen phones per station. These stations will be set up for the beginning of next year.

If this project is successful, the committee is thinking about installing one in Northwood on Main and also in the main building.

Northwood Seniors Make Their College Decisions


Some of the class of 2019 on “College T-Shirt Day, an annual tradition at Northwood (photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

May 1st has come and passed, which means only one thing for Northwood’s seniors: they finally know where they will be attending college! For those who are not aware, May 1st was the deadline for all seniors to declare their college choices. Now, some of our senior hockey players at Northwood will be taking a gap year, meaning that instead of going to college next year, they will be playing U20 hockey at a high level. But for many of the seniors here at Northwood, this is it. They’re almost done with high school.

To celebrate the fast-approaching end of the four–or five–years of high school, I interviewed a few of our seniors.


Kevin Quinn ’19

Kevin Quinn ‘19 has decided to attend Oswego State University. Quinn said, “I chose Oswego because of the affordability. Not being in debt for the rest of my life is important to me. Also, the school have a really good communications program, which is what I want to study in College.” Quinn plans to get a masters degree in Broadcasting and Business Administration in five years. “Overall, I feel like I did a good job of executing what I wanted to achieve here at Northwood. And now, I’m off to the next stage of my life,” he added.


Grey Pfefferkorn ‘19

Grey Pfefferkorn ‘19 is attending Clarkson University. “Clarkson has a strong business program, and I got a $50,000 scholarship,” said Pfefferkorn. “I plan on getting my majors in Accounting there. Although I’m still on the fence, I might choose to play club hockey there as well.”


Chris Athanasiadis ‘19

Senior Chris Athanasiadis is excited to go to Saint Mary’s College of California. “I’m not sure yet what I’m going to study at Saint Mary’s, but it will probably be either Business or Marketing. And though I’m still waiting to hear back, I think that I’ll also be able to play Division I soccer there,” commented Athanasiadis. The best part about going to college for him is that he will be in California, which means “beautiful weather, lots of trees, and pretty girls!”


Josh Waters ’19

Senior Joshua Waters ‘19 is heading off to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Water said, “I’m not quite sure what I am going to study there yet, but I think that I’m going for Economics.” The reason why he chose Dartmouth was not only because of the strong academics the school offers. “When I toured there, all of the faculty were really nice, and the Division I hockey coaches were very interested in me, which altogether made the school feel like the right fit for me,” said Waters.

All in all, it appears that the Senior Class of Northwood has a pretty firm grasp on where they will be attending in the fall. As the Northwood community prepares to say goodbye to these dear friends of ours and watch them take their next big step in this world, we wish them all the best of luck in both their college ambitions and in their lives thereafter.

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