First Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

December 2, 2021 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first trimester of the 2021-22 school year, which concluded on Friday, November 12



Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12): Minimum weighted GPA of 4.00 with no grade below B+

Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10): Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B+

Bailey, Georgia ‘23 Harrison, Caroline ‘22 Nguyen, Tam ‘22
Batten, William ‘23 Jackson, Turner Wells ‘23 Nguyen, Hung ‘25
Brady, Brian ‘24 Kelly, Timothy ‘23 Paye, Lohkoah ‘24
Creighton, Elisabeth ‘24 Kiggen, Kristen ‘24 Roth, Quinn ‘25
DelliQuadri, Peppi ‘22 Kis, Colin ‘24 Schneid, James ‘23
Demers, Katie ‘24 Korec, Jan ‘22 Shain, Jacob ‘22
Dempsey, Cara ‘25 Leddel, Noah ‘23 Sherman, Sophia ‘25
Donatello, Andrew ‘24 Lyne, Sam ‘24 Shin, Kyumin ‘22
Doyle, Liam ‘22 Martin, Sadie ‘25 Sinclair, Abigail ‘23
Doyle, Sean ‘22 Meyer, Adrian ‘24 Sunkum, Shashwath ‘22
Dupuis, Kody ‘24 Nee, Cilla ‘22 Teig, Piper ‘25
Garvey, Augustine ‘25 Nelson, Christie-Ann ‘23 Tremblay-Kau, Johann ‘22
Green, Sebastian (David) ‘22 Nelson, Iva-Amanda ‘23 Volpe, Richard ‘23
    Wardlaw, Teegan ‘25



Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12): Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B

Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10): Minimum weighted GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B

Basden, Kendin ‘22 Hall, Carson ‘22 Prince, Marie-Jeanne ‘22
Bette, Brian ‘23 Jaslow, Jacob ‘23 Randall, Alexander ‘25
Boudreau, Tyler ‘22 Kelley, Brooke ‘23 Sheridan, Evelina ‘22
Brammer, Tsinat ‘24 Lasky, Aidan ‘23 Smith, Morgan ‘24
Broderick, Kate ‘22 Tebo, Adria ‘23 Spiegel, Lily ‘22
Buchbinder, Daniel ‘23 Tsang, Lok To (Jeremy) ‘23 Wargo, Zachary ‘25
Byrne, Maegan ‘24 Larsen, Hillary ‘22 Wentzel, Teagan ‘24
Cheney-Seymour, Colter ‘22 Loffredo, Slater ‘22 Winicki, Roman ‘22
De Angelis, Connor ‘22 Ming, Sachiel ‘24 Wissler, Bella ‘23
De La Barrera, Julian ‘22 Mules, Halle ‘24 Wright, Nathaniel ‘25
Guevara, Ashley ‘24 Norfolk, Rowen ‘22 Zarcone, Natalie ‘22



Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12): Minimum GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B-

Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10): Minimum GPA of 3.00 with no grade below B-

Ali, Suhaib ‘22 Gonzalez Gonzalo, Pedro ‘23 Newman, Hayden ‘24
Barbieri, Jackson ‘24 Gry, Aristide ‘22 Norfolk, Lincoln ‘24
Beaulieu, Olivier ‘23 Happi, Junior ‘23 Norton, Benjamin ‘22
Bedortha, Tyler ‘25 Jones, Bryan ‘22 O’Donoghue, Liam ‘22
Borlido, Rafael ‘23 Kelting, Sophia ‘23 Pavlasova, Anna ‘23
Boschen, Bodhi ‘24 La Roche, Sebastian ‘23 Pentinat Llurba, Ïu ‘22
Brady, Matthew ‘22 Hollister, Karleigh ‘22 Rutley, Ryan ‘23
Burns, Matthew ‘22 Itkowitz, Eliyahu ‘24 Smith, Jackson ‘23
Christaldi, Nathan ‘22 Lee, Junyeop ‘23 Schupp, Sophia ‘24
Cook, Kira ‘ 23 Lluberes, Jazlyn ‘23 Sparo, Anthony ‘23
Davis, Camden ‘23 Mathews, Cole ‘23 Spiegel, Jack ‘23
DeGuardia, Dominick ‘24 Nolet-Gagne, Mathis ‘23 Thioubou, Mariema ‘23
Donahue, Finley ‘23 Maiore, Ruby ‘22 Winthrop, Joey ‘23
Eisenhart, Macie ‘23 Melicant, Paige ‘22 Tommy, Calem Luke ‘22
Fesette, Ella ‘22 Moodey, Noah ‘25 Van Etten, Cole ‘25
Fitzsimmons, Nora ‘24 Moores, Seth ‘24 Wentzel, Kara ‘22
Frantz, Trey ‘25 Murphy, Cian ‘22 Wissler, Maya ‘25
    Woudenberg, Nolan ‘22



Attained at least three “excellent” grades, with no effort grades below “good.”

Abel, Camden ‘23 De La Barrera, Julian ‘22 Nolet-Gagne, Mathis ‘23
Bailey, Georgia ‘23 Fuerpass, Aiden ‘22 O’Donoghue, Liam ‘22
Basden, Kendin ‘22 Garvey, Augustine ‘25 Pavlasova, Anna ‘23
Batten, William ‘23 Green, Sebastian ‘22 Randall, Alexander ‘25
Bette, Brian ‘23 Guevara, Ashley ‘24 Roth, Quinn ‘25
Borlido, Rafael ‘23 Hall, Carson ‘22 Schneid, James ‘23
Boudreau, Tyler ‘22 Harrison, Caroline ‘22 Shain, Jacob ‘22
Brady, Brian ‘24 Hollister, Karleigh ‘22 Sheridan, Evelina ‘22
Brady, Matthew ‘22 Itkowitz, Eliyahu ’24 Sherman, Sophia ’25
Brammer, Tsinat ‘24 Jackson, Turner Wells ‘23 Shin, Kyumin ‘22
Broderick, Katherine ‘22 Jaslow, Jacob ‘23 Sinclair, Abigail ‘23
Buchbinder, Daniel ‘23 Kelly, Timothy ‘23 Smith, Jackson ‘23
Burns, Matthew ‘22 Kelting, Sophia ‘23 Spiegel, Lily ‘22
Cheney-Seymour, Colter ‘22 Kiggen, Kristen ‘24 Sunkum, Shashwath ‘22
Christaldi, Nathan ‘22 Korec, Jan ‘22 Tebo, Adria ‘23
Clark, Jillian ‘23 Lasky, Aidan ‘23 Teig, Piper ‘25
Cook, Kira ‘23 Leddel, Noah ‘23 Thioubou, Mariema
Creighton, Elisabeth ’24 Lluberes, Jazlyn ‘23 Tommy, Calem Luke ‘22
De Angelis, Connor ‘22 Loffredo, Slater ‘22 Tremblay-Kau, Johann ‘22
DelliQuadri, Peppi ‘22 Martin, Sadie ‘25 Tsang, lok To (Jeremy) ‘23
Demers, Katie ‘24 Meyer, Adrian ‘24 Volpe, Ricky ‘23
Donahue, Finley ‘23 Nee, Cilla ‘22 Wardlaw, Teegan ’25
Donatello, Andrew ’24 Nelson, Iva-Amanda ‘23 Wentzel, Kara ‘22
Doyle, Liam ‘22 Nelson, Christie-Ann ‘23 Wentzel, Teagan ‘24
Doyle, Sean ‘22 Nguyen, Hung ‘25 Wint, Jonathan (JT) ‘25
Eisenhart, Macie ‘23 Nguyen, Hung ‘22 Wissler, Bella ‘23
Fesette, Ella ‘22 Nguyen, Tam ‘22 Zarcone, Natalie ‘22


Humans of Northwood: Kyumin Shin ’22

“From I young age my passion has always been football. Being born in Seoul, South Korea I had the environment and opportunity to play high level football and play for good teams. Besides for sports I enjoy certain academics like science and mathematics. As a post Graduate student, I chose to come to Northwood after I learned about the Black Rock soccer program and met Coach Moodey. He did a great job explaining how attending Northwood could help me achieve my goals of becoming a Division I student-athlete. In my free time I like to sing and participate in the open mics offered at the Hub on Main Street.”

As told to Colter Cheney-Seymour ’22

Humans of Northwood: Suhaib Hussein Ali ’22

I’m from Somaliland, it’s a country in East Africa. A lot of people confuse it as Somalia but the countries divided in 1991 as an independent state. Even though we come from similar backgrounds, ethnicity, language, religion, it’s a totally different country.

Where I’m from the culture and lifestyle are vastly different. In Somaliland, the popular traditions we have are pottery, music, wood carving, and architectural things. A lot of our arts and traditions are based on pre-Islamic mythology and Muslim beliefs.

Something that is completely different in Somaliland that may be a shock to many people is the number of siblings in a family, in our country the household is much large than the average US family. I have 9 siblings, and I am the youngest. Living in a house with 9 siblings can be a challenge sometimes as you can imagine, but it’s something normal where I’m from. And it was shocking for me when I came here because most people would have 1 or 2 siblings; sometimes not even any.

There has been a lot of cultural shocks coming here. For example, my first time experiencing snow. It wasn’t pleasant but I’ve gotten used to it. But moving here was great I was able to learn another language which is something I am really passionate about. Currently, I speak 4 languages, Arabic, English, Somali, and Hindi.

I moved to the United States and Northwood School so I could pursue my education and maximize my opportunities. I for sure miss my home, but experiencing a different culture and new lifestyle has been a good experience for me. I plan to attend college here in the US but I am excited to finally go see my family back in Somaliland during the summer.

As told to Jacob Shain ’22. Photo provided.

The Bucket List: 8 Things to do Before You Graduate

Our most cherished moments we’ll remember from Northwood won’t be the ones where we aced that test in math — well maybe if you are failing the class. It’ll be when we couldn’t stop laughing with our best friends to the point where our stomachs were hurting . Our friends and the community around us are what add meaning to your high school experience, and the moments we create within it are the ones that make it an unforgettable memory we’ll be thinking of long after we graduate.   

So, with the end of trimester 1 on the horizon, the time where some of us will have to say a heartbreaking goodbye to Northwood is slowly approaching. With that in mind, it’s not such a bad idea to create and fulfill a bucket list while you are still a Northwood Student. 

Here is a suggested list of things you should definitely do during your time at Northwood, ranging from climbing the 46 Adirondack peaks to having a favorite sandwich order at the local deli.  

#1 Attend all sporting events at least once  

Northwood is well known not only for its prestigious academics but also for its prominent athletic history. That being, attending a sports event will be an exciting experience as you’ll undergo the competitiveness atmosphere and school spirit. Attending a soccer match, hockey game, and skiing event is a must. 

“It was nice watching a my first ever hockey game, they moved so fast gliding across the ice, it was majestic,” said Suhaib Ali ’22. “Hopefully I can attend my first skiing event this winter as well,” he added. 

Fans take in the action at hockey games at the Olympic Center in recent years. (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Next time you can catch a hockey game is November 13th where the Prep Boys take on South Kent Selects and the Girls Hockey team take on Hockey Training Institute. For the Boys Soccer, each team has three games this weekend on the new turf field providing numerous opportunities to see the huskies in action. 

#2 Take advantage of Northwood’s academic opportunities   

With all the academic opportunities Northwood offers, exploring your passions and interests is possible. For example, an independent study allows students to create their own curriculum and program for any area of discipline they desire. Furthermore, the STEM Research Program offers students interested in science a course to dive deep into a topic they are passionate about. 

“The STEM Research Program and Independent Study Program has allowed me to explore my interest outside of the traditional high school class.” Kara Wentzel ’22 stated.

Students in the 2021-22 Advanced STEM Research Class. (Photo: Ms. Jill Walker).

In addition, the numerous electives range from music, dance, innovation classes, to rock climbing. Take a class outside your comfort zone. If you are scared of heights take a rock climbing class. If you despise dancing because your body just can’t dance, let loose and join the dance class.  

#3 Get on Stage   

Conquer your fears! Before you leave Northwood you should definitely perform on stage. This could range from being just a simple school meeting announcement or performing a lovely song with Mr. Stewart in front of the school.  

Ashley Guevara ’24 performing at the Open Mic at the Innovation Hub on Main Street on October 1, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

“I was relatively afraid to be in front of the whole school preforming, but doing it with your friend makes it easier and exciting,” as said by Kendin Basden ’22 who was a cast member of the play “Anonymous” in 2019. 

#4 Hike High Peak   

From the summit of Hurricane Mountain on Mountain Day, September 21, 2021 (Photo: Ms. Vanessa Pillen).

Being surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains is a benefit the Northwood community has. There are 46 peaks that are up to 4,000 feet in elevation. With all those mountains, you should certainly set a goal to climb at least one. Furthermore, this comes along with having a favorite sandwich named after the 46 peaks at the famous Big Mountain Deli on Main Street, a Lake Placid favorite.   

#5 See an event at one of the Olympic Venues  

Lake Placid, also known as the Olympic Village, has hosted two Winter Olympics hence giving the town its nickname. As a Northwood student, you should watch an actual event at one of the Olympic venues. For example, world class competitions in speed skating, ski jumping, luge, bobsledding , cross country skiing, and alpine skiing. It is not your every ordinary school that has all these facilities nearby. In addition, Northwood has two Olympians working here, Mr. Biesemeyer (alpine skiing) and Mr. Roy (bobsledding).   

Lake Placid often hosts major events like this World Cup Luge competition (Photo:

#6 Hike Cobble  

Enjoying the view on Cobble (Photo: Northwood/Facebook)

Cobble Hill is right in Northwood’s backyard. It is about a mile hike from the school’s campus and is a well-known hike for many locals, tourists. For many children, Cobble is their first-ever hike. This beautiful trail takes you to a small peak with gorgeous views that overlook the village and the school’s campus. For Northwood students, some may get the opportunity to hike it as a class trip, if not, many students will make the climb themselves mostly to watch the sunset or sunrise. Cobble is a delightful hike you should experience. 


Now, for the more mischievous side of the list, here are a few of Northwood’s student traditions that everyone should experience.    

#7 Midnight Soccer Game   

Any soccer game is enjoyable; how about enjoying one in the middle of the night, with your friends, on the new turf, and just running around freely? One night a year, the Northwood students gather to play a game at midnight not only for the purpose of having fun but perhaps causing a little trouble. 

This tradition has waned during the pandemic, but it is due to make a comeback. An attempted interview occurred amongst a few students and they claimed “it was one of the best nights of the school year,” but, they would rather keep their identities anonymous.   

#8 Senior Prank   

The very words “senior prank” can stir up some pretty heavy-duty fears for teachers but some mischievous ideas for the students. Although it may cause some chaos, it is surely worth completing. This could be any creative idea you think of, but just make sure it’s not destructive.  

We are not advocating for students to get kicked out of school, but a good natured prank will definitely give you a good laugh and not cause too much trouble. 

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With the opportunities Northwood and the community around us have to offer, you should try to cross all of these off your list. Make your experience at Northwood memorable. 

What other experiences should be added to the Northwood bucket list? Add your choices in a comment below.


Advanced Science Class Provides Research Opportunities

A new advanced research program provides students a unique opportunity to engage in research at a level usually not experienced before college.  

The program focuses on the STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) field. According to the school’s web site, the new academic offering provides students with “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.”

The program is led by Ms. Jill Walker, a science and math teacher whose official title is Director of the Advanced STEM Research Program. She believes that the STEM Research Project is a way to expand students’ scientific literacy and promotes extensive research for information.

“The goal of the class isn’t about the final answer to some research project, it’s about the process of giving students an open-ended project that they have to work through, like figuring out the background information or the questions that they have to ask, contacting scientists or engineers. It’s really about giving them the ability to follow a path toward something they’re interested in,” Walker said

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In the first trimester, students are researching and reading. They are finding and citing scientific papers and learning about their topics of interest. Ms. Walker has been assisting students find topics that they’re interested in, students are reading published papers, asking lots of questions and taking abundant notes about of the research projects being constructed.

Walker explained that there is a lot of flexibility in the course and provision is made for students in any STEM field as well as those curious on ways to expand and make use of  scientific apparatus in their project.

Georgia Bailey ’23 wanted to do a project on dehydration, so I said, ‘Let see what’s out there, let’s see if there is any cool equipment.’ There’s this meter that you stick on somebody’s tongue and it tells you if they’re hydrated or not. We were going around with the kids in the class practicing using this meter to make sure she knows how to use it and she’s using this as the basis for developing her project.”

STEM students gain a sense of independence as they formulate their own topics to work with and develop their projects. They develop communication skills, critical thinking, and perseverance in this course. Students often network to experts in their fields, utilize in-depth data to aid their projects, and learn to be patient to discard, change and edit their questions and projects to be more scientifically suitable.

Jacob Shain ’22 is enjoying his experience so far. “The best part is getting involved in research because a lot of high schools don’t offer that option, especially working with a doctor. It’s really a privilege,” Shain said.

Students are conducting many different projects, ranging from the effects of microplastic pollution to the study of human dehydration.

“I am studying the effects of microplastics, which are tiny pieces of plastic that pollute bodies of water, on Daphnia Magna, a type of tiny water crustacean. I will learn about how the combination of microplastics and herbicides affect creatures and plants in ecosystems,” explained Cilla Nee ‘22. 

Students in this program are graded based on their evident commitment to their project, the effort that they are putting towards answering the question their project is based on and the quality of their advanced research. 

“There is a lot of individuality and a lot of creativity with the class,” Ms. Walker said.

Students interested in Advanced STEM Research should speak with Ms. Walker or Academic Dean Ms. Carmichael to learn more about course requirements. 

Turf Field Opens in Time for Showcase 

Photos from the last stages of construction of the new artificial turf field at Northwood School (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The new artificial turf field at Northwood School is getting its finishing touches as the debut for the venue is nearing. This weekend, Northwood will be hosting a soccer showcase that will bring eight football clubs from the Northeast to campus to compete in front of coaches at some of the nation’s best collegiate soccer programs. 

Both the U18 and U19 teams will participate in the showcase, and each team will play 3 games over the course of the weekend. The first match on the new turf will take place on Friday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. when the U19 teams plays IHC Academy from Watertown, NY. 

Saturday will be packed full of soccer action with eight matches throughout the day. At 10:00 a.m. the U19 boys will play St. Andrews School then the U18 boys will play at 1:00 p.m. against Burlington FC. The final match for Northwood on Saturday is against rivals High Mowing at 2:00, a highly-anticipated matchup. 

Games continue on Sunday as the Northwood U19s play NY Elite AlleyCats FC at 10:00 and RMPUS at 1:00. The U18s will close out the showcase playing North Country Select at noon.

The Northwood soccer team hears an inspirational message from their coach, Mr. Jon Moodey, at their first practice on the new artificial turf field, November 9, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Andy Donatello).

The soccer teams took the field for the first time this morning for training. It’s the first time the squad has trained on campus this school year. Until now, they have trained on a field on the outskirts of town. 

“Don’t Let Up:” Biesemeyer Encourages at School Meeting Talk 

Director of Alpine Skiing Tommy Biesemeyer (Photo: World Cup Dreams Foundation)

There may be no person who better understands our school’s 2021-22 theme of Resilience than Tommy Biesemeyer, Director of Alpine Skiing. Biesemeyer shared the adversity he faced how he persevered at school meeting on Monday, November 1.

“Don’t let up,” shared the 12-year veteran of the U.S. Ski team, who came back from numerous “career-ending” injuries. Biesemeyer’s list of injuries include, 3 broken hands, a broken jaw, herniated disc, torn lateral and medial meniscus, ACL and MCL (in his left knee), torn ACL and medial meniscus as well as a patella tendon rupture (in his right knee), Achilles’ tendon rupture, post-surgical Achilles’ tendon staph infection, and a broken shoulder. 

Some of his injuries had the worst possible timing. His Achilles’ tendon rupture occurred during the downhill training run, just days before he was supposed to compete in the Olympics. His motto of “don’t let up” helped him persevere through these setbacks.

Biesemeyer announced his retirement from the World Cup during the fall of 2020. Retirement doesn’t mean he’s lost his competitiveness, though. Several months after announcing his retirement Biesemeyer competed in US Nationals, and won his first U.S. National Downhill title. “Don’t take life too seriously,” he said in an Instagram post after his win. 

“As time goes on, it’s easier to reflect on my ski career because it is my own story, and I think kids deserve to know the importance that there’s no one way to be successful.” 

Humans of Northwood: Ms. Katie MacCuaig 

I’ve played hockey my whole life. When I was 15 I moved away from home in Massena NY to play on a travel team in New Hampshire. I was there for my sophomore, junior, and senior years. From there I got recruited, and I played hockey there at Holy Cross for four years. I was a political science major. I didn’t really know what to do after graduating college. All I had done my whole life was play hockey. I had never thought about what I wanted to do after. I was looking for jobs throughout the summer, and nothing was really clicking with me. I didn’t really want a 9-5 job because I had been an athlete my whole life. I was used to being busy all the time. At the end of the summer, [Northwood Athletic Director] Trevor Gilligan reached out to me about an opportunity to coach at Northwood. I also teach now too. It’s really nice to coach kids who have the same goals and aspirations that I did. It’s nice to be able to connect with them because I recently went through what they’re going through. We relate on the same topics. Even with other sports like skiing and soccer, it’s cool to be around kids who have similar goals.

As told to Leah DeFilippo ’22 (Photo provided) 

Huskies Sweep Hitmen in “Pink Out” Series

Kate Broderick ’22 (foreground) at the Pink the Rink game in October 2021 (Photo: Northwood School/Facebook).

Northwood hosted the annual fundraiser ‘Pink the Rink’ recently to raise money for cancer research. The CARE Community Service club did a ‘Pink Out’ on Saturday, September 23, where spectators dressed in pink to support the fight against Breast Cancer. To promote this cause, the school’s Varsity and Prep teams used pink accessories or taped their sticks with pink. The hockey games attracted many spectators to support the club’s worthy cause. In addition to raising over $500 in donations at the games, both hockey teams wrapped up the weekend with two wins apiece.

We raised just under $600 within the community and had a great turn out of students in pink!” said Kate Broderick ’22, the event organizer and co-leader of CARE. Broderick said the funds raised will be split and donated to the Susan G. Komen fund and American Cancer Society. “I wanted to do this as something fun students could dress up for and I chose breast cancer as our charity because of the many relatives and friends I know who beat breast cancer,” Broderick added.

Fans at the Pink the Rink charity game in October 2021. From left to right: Kate Broderick ’22, MJ Prince ’22, and Hillary Larsen ’22. (Photo: Northwood School/Facebook)

The boys hockey teams had a rare, four home game series at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. To kick start the weekend, the Varsity team went head to head with the New Jersey Hitmen 16Us  Saturday and won 5-2. Nicholas Bennett ‘22 completed a hat trick in scoring the team’s first three goals. Teammates Roman Winicki ’22 and Landon Cole ’23 each scored one. Goaltender Ben Norton ‘22 had 17 saves in net. 

The following morning, Varsity continued their streak with a win 3-2 against NJ Hitmen 16U. Bennett dominated the game by scoring another hat trick to lead his team to victory. Goaltender Jacob Jaslow ’23 made an impressive 32 saves in the win. 

The prep team had a successful game on Saturday as well, winning  4-1 against the NJ Hitmen’s 18U team. Olivier Beaulieu ‘23 scored a hat trick and his teammate Bill Zonnon ‘24 scored as well. Goalie Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22 made five saves.

Finally, on Sunday the Prep team dominated with a convincing 9-0 win against the New Jersey Hitmen’s 18U team. Carson Hall ‘22 led all goal scorers with four. James Schneid ‘23 (2), Billy Batten ‘23 (1) , Michael Urgo ‘22 (1) and Connor Santay ‘22 (1) rounded out the scoring. Jan Korec ’22, the goalie, backstopped the team with 8 saves. 

Humans of Northwood: Cilla Nee ’22 

When I was a second year U16 we had a speed [Super G] series at Burke. Pretty much every U16 girl went to this series, and Burke was hosting a training camp on the track that we would be skiing a few days before the races. The U16 girls decided not to do the training camp. This was a bit of a mistake. We weren’t sure what we were getting into. 

There’s this one jump at Burke. It’s called pavilion. Pavilion is fine-if you prepare for the jump correctly. But if you don’t prepare for pavilion correctly, then you’re either getting sent into the B-Net to the right, or getting tons of air right onto the pitch. We had like a 50% chance of us doing this jump right. I love the 04s/05s, but we were screwed. 

Race day came and there was a foot of snow on the ground, the wind was shaking the chairlift, and the race was put on hold. We were all a bit anxious, as extra snow for speed events can make things more dangerous. It was also really hard to see, the light was flat and dark. Somehow, the course was set, and we went up to slip. Course maintenance had us to tip to tail slips, but the snow was just not going anywhere. We did around three slip runs before we were told to head inside. 

I can’t remember who, but someone had an Uno deck in their boot bag. The NYSEF girls started playing and slowly more and more Vermont girls joined in on our game. Eventually we had pretty much everyone racing that day playing a huge game of Uno. I’m pretty sure US Ski Team Member Zoey Zimmerman, who was at the race, even played.

Eventually our coach came in, sat down, and started talking to us. We asked him if the race was canceled and he was like “I don’t know. It could be.” Five minutes later the race director came into the lodge and said the race was cancelled. 

The next day is just as hectic, it was -18 degrees. You couldn’t have any skin exposed or you would get frost bite within a matter of seconds. We put tape on our faces to try to protect out skin, but it wasn’t working. 

It’s time for the U16 girls to go, and we’re terrified. We all make it down ok, but everyone did pretty bad. Our usual speed queens were around six seconds out, and the rest of us are close to last, or just last. But at the end of the day it was a good experience.

Photos from that race:






As told to Leah DeFilippo ’22. Photo of Cilla by Mr. Michael Aldridge. Race photos provided.

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