Seniors Have a Night Dedicated to Fun and their Class

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With athletic teams heading in different directions between now and spring break and Northwood Seniors coming close to their graduation, Friday, February 26 was a night dedicated to fun and the class of 2021. From 8 -10 pm seniors were invited to the indoor turf field where there was food, drinks, and several fun activities set up. Some of the games included Spike Ball, Twister, Football, Can Jam, JengaCorn Hole, and Badminton.  

The night was dedicated to giving seniors the opportunity to spend time with other seniors outside their cohort and get to know new people who they would be graduating with. The pandemic has made this school year unlike any other, and Senior Class Dean Mr. Jeff Nemec, along with several Northwood seniors, decided a night for seniors in the turf would be a good way to have some fun as a class 

We had the one virtual gathering of the class of 2021 at the start of school. With fall and protocol and all the different directions plus the importance of using senior time for the college process, we never carved out a time to properly get together,” said Nemec“Led by the longer tenured seniors, Friday’s gathering was a quick effort to offer a basic senior shoutout with folks soon to be going in different directions.” 

Mr. Nemec shared some appreciation for others involved in the effort. “Thank you in particular to Ms. Christine Ashe for all of her help,” he said. 

Today is Ring The Bell for Northwood!

March 4, 2021, is Northwood’s fifth annual giving day called  Ring the Bell for Northwood. Students around campus are wearing their purple 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 Peaks have submitted entries into the annual video competition and the winner will be announced .

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, uses an online platform to communicate with alumni, parents, and friends of Northwood and inspire their support. The primary goal of Ring the Bell 2021 is to celebrate our school and support the people and programs we all care about most. We hope to reach 250 donors today and surpass the goals of previous years — join us and Ring the Bell for Northwood!

Winter Schedule Has Fans and Foes 

Northwood students and staff have adjusted to winter schedule, which has changed this year due to the pandemic. Winter schedule at Northwood consists of Mondays and Friday’s classes starting in the morning at 8:00 am with cocurricular starting after the end of the academic day. Tuesdays through Thursdays have classes beginning at 12:30 pm with cocurricular starting in the morning before the academic day. Winter schedule has been around in one form or another at Northwood for generations and it is particularly beneficial for Snowsport athletes who can ski on the mountain without missing academics or having training cut short because of limited daylight 

Dean of Academic Affairs Ms. Noel Carmichael (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

This year, winter schedule has been a little different for returning students with classes being an hour long every day, a change that has gotten mixed reviews 

The Mirror checked in with a couple of students to hear their opinions on the new schedule. Leah DeFilippo ‘22 said, “The winter schedule is nice, especially as a skier. I personally really like skiing in the morning, so that we can be done with training and focus on school for the rest of the day.   

Calem Luke Tommy ‘22, a soccer player from South Africa, said, “I like how the classes start later because it gives us enough time to prepare our minds for the day and classes ahead, the hourlong classes are a bit of a stretch and is not always enjoyable, but I feel as if we get a lot more work in than we did previously with the 45-minute-long classes.  

Other students have said that they are still getting used to the hourlong classes that came along with winter schedule and are not sure why they are hour long. Dean of Academic AffairsMs. Noel Carmichael, explained why class length was increased this year. “Hourlong classes three times a week allows us to maintain the same number of minutes of class time as we had in the fall trimester while cutting down on the transition time in between classes. This helps us complete the academic day before dinner time.  

Although it might be hard to sit through hourlong periods, students understand they are actually getting the academic day completed earlier and faster.  

Music Helps Students Cope with COVID 

Illustration: Carolina News & Reporter

Hey you! Yeah you! What song are you listening to right now? I bet it’s a jam.  

Whatever it is, I’m sure it’s good. I’m guessing you streamed music on your phone and computer during quarantine rather than hearing it in your car or inside a store, right? Because of COVID-19, streams and sales of music have skyrocketed. By the end of 2020, Spotify had gained a whopping 6 million new Spotify Premium members, because of an increase in music streams, podcast streams, and even cooking related audios! Since March 2020, YouTube has also reported a similar increase of streams. 40% of people say they watched YouTube significantly more, and 24% watched slightly more. 46% of the rest either watched the same amount or didn’t even watch at all (and I don’t know about you, but most of the YouTube videos I watch are music related.)  

More streams equal more money for the artists, so you can rest assured your favorite artist benefited from your earwormsHowever, COVID didn’t just cause rainbows and butterflies for the music industry. Advertising cost the industry a lot of money, since artists can’t flaunt their stuff everywhere in person now, and artists are struggling to form and release new albums.  

Though we are streaming a TON of music, it’s not enough since digital sales have decreased by 11% thanks to things like stores not being able to play music often. Even physical sales (like vinyl and CD) went down by one third! 

But enough about the statistics! What about our friends? Here are a couple of words from Northwood students about how music helped them through quarantine. 

“Music helped me a lot during quarantine. It helped me to study, workout, and just chill in my room,” said Calil Neme-Filho ‘21I discovered of a lot of good music and I am definitely listening more to music now. I have a specific type of music that I listened to in quarantine, electronic music, added Neme-Filho. 

Yeah, I figured out some new genres I liked, such as 90s Alternative Rock, or artists like Daft Punk, the Foo Fighters, and my new favorite, Pearl Jam,” said junior Matthew Burns. I also regained some appreciation for genres or artists I lost interest in before, and even found out that Pearl Jam was also one of my dad’s favorites,” he said. Burns turned to music during the quarantine. “I was definitely listening to music more often, even having to go as far as to dig through my parents’ CDs to see if any seemed appealing to me, just to find something I hadn’t listened to 7 times already! I even bought two new CDs, and am considering buying some others,” he said, adding “I know, actually buying new CDs nowadays — mind-blowing 

What song got Burns through the quarantine? “That’s a tough one. I usually threw on whatever playlist or album I was in the mood for at that time. However, I often found myself enjoying either Even Flow or Alive, both by Pearl Jam, the most. If I’m being honest, the whole album those songs are from (Ten) got me through it a lot,” said Burns. 

Seniors Earn New Privileges 

Image source: Northwood School

On Friday, senior privileges for the class of 2021 were announced at school meeting. This is exciting news for seniors because they have not been able to have any yet this year.  

Privileges include not having to check-in at 9:30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, allowing their dorm room door to remain closed during study hall, and a favorite of seniors: being able to go to the Innovation Hub for study hall in town.   

Rachel Hinkley ‘20 says, I really like going to the Hub for study hall because it gives people the chance to have a quiet space to study and get away from the dorm while also being able to go into town safely for the night.” On Fridays and Sundays, seniors can buy takeout dinner and bring it to the Hub to enjoy a nice dinner with friends and then stay right there for study hall.  

In a message to the senior class, Mr. John Spear said: 

Four Huskies Earn Women in Tech Honors

Northwood NCWIT honorees, from left to right: Angie Castillo ’21, Kate Hagness ’21, Nora Dawood ’23, and Anja Martin ’22.

Four Northwood female students recently won recognition for their computing-related achievements. This is the third straight year Northwood’s girls have received such recognition. Fourteen girls have been honored in the past three years. 

The 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. 

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: 

  • Anja Martin ‘22 – Winner 
  • Angie Castillo ’21 – Honorable Mention 
  • Nora Dawood ’23 – Honorable Mention 
  • Kate Hagness ’21 – Rising Star 

Congratulations to the amazing young women for this accomplishment as well as to their teacher, Mr. Jeff Martin, robotics team coach and chair of Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship at Northwood. 

Chinese New Year’s Eve Is What Kids Prefer 

Chinese New Year is in the first day of the lunar calendar. It is a highly anticipated event, but many people, especially kids, prefer New Year’s Eve even more. 

Traditionally, people will have lunch at night in their homes; however, in modern times, people prefer to go to restaurant. In this way, all the family can sit together and have meal. Normally, every family will eat fish at dinner and leave the last piece of fish uneaten, because that means you had even more than you wished for. 

At the middle of the big meal, an elder will give young people red pockets containing money. The amount of money will differ depending on the different provinces in China. Normally, I can get the equivalent of $350 for each red pocket from my uncle and aunts. Sometimes there are $1,500 in my grandparents’ red pockets. 

After dinner, people will get back home early and watch the Spring Festival Gala. It includes every kind of program: cross talk, music from ethnic minorities and short sketch. The last part of Spring Festival Gala is the countdown. That night will usually be the only night of the year that children are allowed to stay up all night. 

Local Establishments Open for Northwood Students 

This weekend the school was able to get the coffee shop Origin, to open exclusively for Northwood students, to provide them with an opportunity to leave campus, go into town, and grab coffee and pastries. This was a safe for students because the shop was closed to the public and safe for shop employees because of Northwood’s rigorous COVID testing and other protocolsThis was the first time students were able to go into town since they came back from winter break and it gave them a chance to get out and about.   

Students at Origin Coffee shop in Lake Placid (Photo: Facebook)

Senior Marina Alvarez said, “I really enjoyed being able to get off campus and get coffee with my friends. The coffee was really good, and I had a great time. I’m grateful that the school is creating off campus actives for us.”  

The school has also partnered with local restaurants to open for us to be able to go and enjoy a nice dinner with our friends.  

Opinion: Art is Just as Important at Sport 

Original illustration by Sara Ellsworth ’21

Northwood is a school dominated by athletics and it is full of hockey and soccer players, ski racers, jumpers and freestylersTo many of the athletes, art isn’t seen as important, and instead seen as “for the weak. This is probably because of the logic of you don’t have to practice and work out for it, and instead sit in a chair splashing colors on a canvas. But this is not just what art is about. In fact, despite what jocks may think, art is one of the most important things in the world 

Art isn’t just visual works on a piece of paper. Art is also music, performance, and design. Some may argue that cooking can be considered an art as the practice is dubbed Culinary Arts. Therefore, with that in mind, art is everywhere. It’s the music you listen to during workouts, it’s the Northwood logo and your team uniform designs. Art is the food you eat every morning, and art is that horror movie you watched last night with your significant other.  

Art is how detectives will find a criminal by description when sketch artists draw a suspect’s face. Art is the graphics and character designs in your favorite video game. Art is the architectural buildings that you see on every block of your hometown. Art is writing. It is your favorite book series, and your favorite poems. Art is the makeup you put on, and the costumes you wear for Halloween. Art is our 3D visuals of a virus or other pathogen, and the cartoony diagrams for things in scientific magazines.  

Art is our dreams that our brain painted, and our wackiest thoughtsArt is everywhere, and essential to human existence. To say art isn’t as important In Northwood is like saying oxygen isn’t what we should breathe. One may value their athletic pursuit more, but it’s impossible to deny that without art, we wouldn’t flourish. 

Humans of Northwood: Jacob Guevin ’21

 I am a senior from QuebecCanada. I really love Northwood because in Quebec it is a much bigger school with bigger classes and when you are at school you have “school friends” then you go back home and kind of just forget about them where at Northwood you build friendships that will last forever. I really loved living in a dorm with the boys it was fun. I really loved my hockey experience at Northwood, what made it so great was having the opportunity to be coached by a great coach like Coach Chadd Cassidy. 

I am currently finishing school asynchronously and playing with the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. Online school is hard, as it gets later into the week when I get busier with hockey practice and games it is hard to find times for my homework, but I try to use my off day and get my homework done. 

I was fortunate to represent Team Canada last year at the U17 World Championships in Swift Current, Saskatchewan and Medicine Hat Alberta. I met new friends and it was really fun even though the outcome was not what we wanted; it was still a great experience. 

As told to Marina Alvarez. Photo provided.

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