Images from the Spring Dance Recital

Another fantastic performance on April 1-3 by Northwood’s dancers in the Dance Sanctuary production “Mix Tape Masterpiece.” Photos below by Mr. Michael Aldridge.

Prom Committee Chooses Theme for 2022 

Get your fur on the dance floor! All the “fursonas” will be on display at Northwood’s prom.

(April 1, 2022) Members of the Prom Planning Committee today announced the theme of the 2022 Northwood Prom. Director of Student Activities, Ms. Carrie Donatello, was joined by student planning committee members on stage at school meeting for the big reveal, which was received with universal acclaim from the students assembled. 
 
The theme of this year’s prom is “It’s a Furry World!” Students will be encouraged to dress as their favorite furry animal.
 
 
The choice of prom theme reflects the global furry fandom phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, “Furry Fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics.” Examples of anthropomorphic attributes include exhibiting human intelligence and facial expressions, speaking, walking on two legs, and wearing clothes. Many students already have a well-established fursona, while others will create one for the event.
 
 
“I hope couples choose to go as the same species. I think it will be so much fun to see pairs of chipmunks and gerbils dancing their tails off at prom,” said committee member Jazlyn Lluberes ’23 (fursona: rabbit).
 
 
Bryan Jones ’22 (fursona: cat) is also on the prom committee, and he said the competition for themes was intense. “There were so many clever ideas,” Jones said. “My personal favorite was ‘Under the Sea,’ but there was a lot of enthusiasm for “2020, too” and “Mask-erade,” added Jones.
 
 
The dinner will be catered by local restaurant Dancing Bears and beloved pet shop Man and Beast. “There will be a DJ, photo booth, and yard games like Spike Ball and Corn Hole. A trailer with restrooms, including a litter box, will be brought in for the event,” said Abigail Sinclair ’23 (fursona: fox) a prom committee member.
 
 
While many students already have their own costumes, some will need to buy or rent their furry suit, and that could get costly. Senior Angie Gonzales (fursona: wolf) isn’t happy about buying her costume. “I don’t know how I feel about this theme,” said Gonzales. “I’ve outgrown my wolf costume and now I need to spend a ton of money on a new furry costume right before I go to college. I don’t need this expense.”
 
 
Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake, the longtime home of ADKFurries, has a limited supply of costumes for rent.
 
 
It’s widely believed that Mr. and Mrs. Donatello will wear the two Northwood Husky mascot costumes as they chaperone the prom, but the Donatellos couldn’t be reached for comment before deadline. Their son Drew Donatello ’24 (fursona: puppy) was not enthusiastic about the idea. “Eww. Gross,” he said.
 
 
When asked about the wisdom of wearing bulky and hot costumes to a dinner dance at a time known to be warm, Ms. Riffle (fursona: muskrat), also a member of the prom committee, said, “I guess we’ll rent some fans.” When pressed about what attendees will do during dinner, Riffle said, “We’ll take our heads off. Wait, furries can do that, right?”
 
 
It’s a Furry World! The 2022 Northwood School Prom will take place under a giant tent on MacKenzie Field at Northwood School on Thursday, May 19. See Ms. Donatello for tickets.
 

  

This article was originally published on April 1, 2022, also known as April Fool’s Day. 

Ring The Bell for Northwood Raises Record Donations 

Mr. Tom Broderick, Associate Head of School and director of Northwood’s Annual Fund (Photo: Mr. John Spear).

On March 3rd Northwood School celebrated Ring the Bell, the annual day of giving that raises money for many different aspects of school, including scholarships, sports, winter carnival and many other activities.  

The goal for Northwood’s annual fund is $1.6 million. Last year from the singular day of Ring the Bell, just under $300,000 was raised. This year, Northwood set a new record for the amount raised on the day of Ring the Bell. Associate Head of School Mr. Tom Broderick oversees the annual fund, and he is certain the school has passed the previous record of about $300,000 from last year, although the exact amount of this year’s donations is still being calculated.  

“Our strategy with Ring the Bell is always to try and generate enthusiasm, and the enthusiasm is there,” Broderick said.  

Mr. Broderick hosted a variety of student and teacher guests at the Hub and held a live video throughout the entire day of Ring the Bell. They discussed many different topics including the dance program, independent studies, the advanced STEM research program and much more. This helped create enthusiasm and demonstrate the different school programs supported by the money raised during Ring the Bell. Broderick also said that educating students, getting more sustaining gifts, and holding a phone-athon to get students more involved helps encourage people to donate.  

The Northwood community is extremely grateful for every donation we have received this year. Each gift will help benefit the school in many different ways.  

“People who give are basically becoming caretakers of the school,” Mr. Broderick stated. 

Robotics Team is Headed to Nationals 

The Northwood Robotics Team has qualified for its first-ever national championship. The Huskies are headed to Houston during spring break for the 2022 FIRST Championship.

Some of the member of the Northwood Robotics Team (6300), including (l to r) Mr. Jeff Martin, Kirk NguyenLe ’23, Mitchell Tuttle ’24, and David Garvey ’22 (Photo: .

The Robotics team qualified for the national championship by winning the “The Engineering Inspiration Award” at a regional competition earlier this season. This award recognizes a team’s engineering and design skills for their robot; it also recognizes how well they work together and work with other teams. The Northwood Robotics Team showed great perseverance and resilience which inspired many Northwood students and staff. 

The 2022 FIRST Championship is April 20 – 23 in Houston, Texas. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a robotics community that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. 

The Northwood students on Team 6300 always work to help other teams,” Mr. Jeff Martin, the mentor for the robotics team, said. “At this event they specifically gave a great deal of help (programming, parts, strategy, etc.) to the Lake Placid High School team,” Martin added.  

Martin believes the Huskies deserved the engineering award. “The judges at the event were impressed by how well kids knew and understood their robot design and how well they communicated their ideas to the judges,” Martin said.  

Earning a trip to nationals is a huge honor. “Winning this award qualified the team for the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in Houston in April,” Martin said. “Only 3 awards at any competition will earn you a trip to World Champs. They also earned a $5,000 NASA sponsorship,” Martin boasted. 

“It was a fantastic tournament,” robotics team member David Garvey ‘22 said of the event that qualified the Huskies for nationals. “It was only our second tournament this year. It could have been better though. We got unlucky with some of our assigned alliances. However, we still succeeded.” 

Garvey has high hopes for the Huskies in Houston. “We are excited to compete against the top 600 teams in the world,” Garvey said. “We are aiming to place really high in that tournament and potentially win it.” 

Students interested in getting involved in robotics should reach out to Mr. Martin or Ms. Carmichael.  

This Robotics Team has inspired many students and faculty around campus. Northwood wishes the Robotics Team good luck in Houston and hope they come home with a trophy. 

Humans Of Northwood: Ruby Lewin ‘22 

I am originally from Blue Mountain Lake. It is about an hour and a half south of here and has a total of 150 year-round residents.

I first attended Northwood in the fall of 2020, the start of my junior year. I came to Northwood for the first year of the dance program, in collaboration with The Dance Sanctuary, and for an enhanced academic experience. I was excited when I first heard about this new program. I had never heard of this school until the head of admissions came to our dance studio and told us about this collaboration.

Including dance into my academic schedule was an intriguing idea, and I am glad to have this opportunity.  My favorite part about the dance program is meeting people from a variety of places and diverse backgrounds, and we can come together and share the same passion. This studio has such a sense of community and welcomes everyone with open arms. I have loved having a “second family” and creating amazing pieces with some wonderful people.

Northwood does a respectable job of supporting the dancer students. I am hoping that as the program grows and progresses, there can be a formal practice space on campus. The dance students have dance classes at night, typically starting around 6:30/6:45 and lasting for two hours. For dancers next year (and years after), I would love to see better communication with the kitchen to confirm full meals for all the dancers rushing to catch transport to dance.

As told to Angelica Gonzalez ’22. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge

New Investment Club Generating Interest 

Clubs are an important part of life at Northwood School. They help students diversify from their commitment to sports and academics. A popular new club this year is the Investment Club founded by two seniors and advised by Mr. Kelvin Martinez.  

The idea for the investment club came from Slater Loffredo ‘22 and Berhanu Stevens ‘22. Club advisor Mr. Martinez wears many hats at school: in addition to advising student investors, he is also the boys U17 soccer coach, Spanish instructor, and Dean of Multicultural Affairs.  

“Berhanu and I are really interested in trading and stocks,” Loffredo said. “We found out that Mr. Martinez knows a lot about the topic, so we asked if he would be willing to share some investment and stock tips with students.” 

Now over a year later, the investment club has a regular attendance of around 12 students at each meeting.  

“During the meetings we all get our computers out and login to our TD Ameritrade paper trading accounts,” Loffredo continued. “These accounts are set up so we are not using actual money and we can practice the basics of investing without any risk of financial loss.”  

Mr. Aaron Garvey P’25 speaking to the investment club at the Innovation Hub in February 2022 (photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The accounts use real time data and act as any other account funded with real money would. This allows the students and Mr. Martinez to have open discussions on different investing strategies as well as spotting investing trends.  

Last month, the club welcomed guest speaker Mr. Aaron Garvey P’25 to the Innovation Hub. Mr. Garvey, a parent of a current student, has had a long and successful career in finance. Garvey mentored students on the psychology of a successful investor. Each attendee had an opportunity to create an individualized investing plan and receive feedback. 

Students interested in the Investment Club should reach out to Mr. Martinez, Slater Loffredo or Berhanu Stevens. 

Humans of Northwood: Komar Martinez-Paiz

Komar Martinez-Paiz (Photo by Pablo Obrador ’22)

A new face joined the Northwood community a few months ago. Mr. Komar Martinez-Paiz hopes to contribute to the community, especially the Black Rock soccer program.

Coach Komar told The Mirror he feels very happy with this new position and he also says he feels very productive with the responsibilities he has had both in the Black Rock program and for the greater Northwood community. This time has been vital for Coach Komar to find balance in his life, wake up each morning with a reason and find happiness in his work.

Within Black Rock, his job is to support Coach Moodey with the organization of championships and the U19 team, as well as helping young athletes to enhance their quality on and off the pitch, by giving advice and helping each of the athletes to be better athletes people every day.

During his free time, Coach Komar likes to read, do yoga, meditate and exercise to stay in shape. Lately he has found a new passion for investing and is exploring this with the new Investment Club that Mr. Kelvin Martinez advises.

Coach Komar wants to continue working to support each of the athletes and move forward with his personal goals, working day by day to achieve his goals.

Three Students Honored by Tech Organization 

Iva-Amanda Nelson ’23, Christie-Ann Nelson ’23, and Adria Tebo ’23 were recently honored by NCWIT (Photo: Mr. John Spear).

Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23, Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23, and Adria Tebo ’23 were recently honored with National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Awards for Aspirations in Computing. The NCWIT works to increase the meaningful participation of girls and women in computing. 

Amanda won the Regional Aspirations in Computing Award, which is extremely difficult to win. Her sister Christie achieved a Regional Honorable Mention for the same award, and Tebo was named Regional Rising Star. They were recognized for their work in CAD Design, 3D Printing and Robotics courses, which are part of Northwood’s Innovation, Engineering, & Entrepreneurship Department and offered at Northwood’s Innovation Hub.

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors female, genderqueer, or non-binary students in 9th-12th grade for their computing-related achievements and interests. The award also encourages them to pursue their passion. 

“I am inspired by my achievement. Since a young age I have always been into STEM-related activities,” Amanda Nelson said. “This award means a lot to me. Since coming to Northwood, I have been open to so many new opportunities and am extremely grateful for the opportunity to win this award,” she added. 

The Northwood community is extremely proud of Amanda, Christie, and Adria. Northwood encourages more students to challenge themselves and participate in STEM-related opportunities at school. 

Northwood’s Playlist: March 2022

Original Illustration by Julia Turner ’23. More by Julia on Instagram @blixd_eyed.

According to psychologists from psychology-spot.com, “…we listen to certain songs again and again because they generate a kind of addiction. When we like a song or link it to some positive experience, it activates the reward system in our brain by releasing dopamine. Since that song makes us feel good and generates a pleasant feeling of comfort, it is normal that we want to listen to it again and again.” 

The Mirror wanted to know what songs students were listening to that make them happy. This playlist (Apple Music | Spotify) represents Northwood students when they are most happy. We spoke with fifteen students, and this is what they told us.  

Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22

The song Homecoming makes me happy because the beat is uplifting and pumps me up.”

Sam Lyne ’24

“This song gets me motivated to get things done. The message of the song is to live your life to the fullest and to not listen to people who tell you can’t do something.”

Nori Fitzsimmons ‘24

“It makes me feel full of serotonin and euphoric, and it reminds me of the time I started listening to it: car rides with my friends.”

Abigail Sinclair ‘23

“It reminds me of my childhood. The lyric, ‘and the butterflies fly away’ remind me to not be as nervous.” 

Brady Hildreth ‘22

“This song calms me down and takes away the stress of school work and anything else that is going on in life.”

Gus Garvey ‘25

“This song a reminder of going on long road trips with my family. I remember that song playing when we arrived in Old Forge. I associate it with a sense of optimism and anticipation.”

Katie Demers ‘24

”They lyric, “Don’t wanna think about her, or wear a ring without her” makes me feel that everyone has a person, and it might always not be the person you expect it to be and at the beginning it’s hard to realize this.

The lyric, “And see the world through whiskey glasses, and I need a better view, where I don’t drink to you” makes me feel that moving on is hard, but without moving on you’re just going to keep reliving the same events.” 

Matt Brady ‘22

Trademark USA makes me happy because I associate it with good memories.”

Maisie Crane ‘23

“The song is really good, and I like the artist. It is my current favorite song from Tame Impala.” 

Jackson Smith ‘23


“I enjoy Pursuit of Happiness because it reminds me of summer nights driving around with the boys and not a care in the world.”

Leah DeFilippo ‘22

“This is a good song to work out to. I find the lyrics funny.”

Cilla Nee ‘22

“I really like this song because I associate it with positive memories, and it is by far my favorite band.”

Caroline Purcell ’24

“This song makes me think of summer and the memories I made, makes me feel happy and puts me in a good mood.”

Hillary Larsen ‘22

“This song reminds me of my childhood and I like the guitar.” 

Kate Broderick ‘22

My sister and I listen to this song a lot when we’re driving together, and it’s always been fun to sing along to.” 

 

 

Soccer Teams Compete at Gillette Stadium

Early in March, the boys’ soccer program traveled to Foxboro, Massachusetts to play a friendly match at Gillette Stadium against the New England Revolution Academy.

First the boys watch an MLS game between the N.E. Revolution and F.C. Dallas. This was a heavily awaited matchup as the MLS was just started back up after a short off season. The match ended 1-0 in favor of the Revolution, much to the delight of the home fans. Black Rock players enjoyed the match and saw it as a wonderful opportunity to see the top level of football in the United States.

Both the U17 and U19s played on Sunday against the Revolution’s Academy U17s and U19s. This match was greatly anticipated, not only due to the high-level competition but also because it was played at Gillette Stadium, home of the N.E. Revolution and the New England Patriots of the NFL. This is an experience that most players will never forget and will motivate them in their journey.

The matches started with the U17s playing at 11 a.m. against the U17 Revs. This game was a challenge for the young huskies as they have many first-year students and sophomores on the squad. The match ended 5-0 in favor of the Revolution, but it was seen as an important learning experience prior to traveling to Las Vegas and Dallas later in the spring.

As for the older Huskies, it was a battle from the staring whistle. The first half ended with the revolution, up 3-0, but the boys were persistent in fighting in the second half. Early in the second half Northwood senior Liam Doyle put the first goal past the Revolution. However, this was followed by another opposition goal leaving the score at 4-2. The match ended 4-2 after Lex Dadmun ‘22 netted the second goal for the Huskies late in the second half.

Although both teams took a loss in Gillett stadium it was a particularly important wakeup call prior to some major tournaments this spring season.

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