Humans of Northwood: Lars Kroes ‘21 

One of the biggest reasons I chose to attend Northwood was for the opportunities that both the hockey and school programs had to offer. I have been here for 3 years now, and I have created such an amazing group of friends. Northwood has so much to do outside of school and I feel I have taken advantage of that. Northwood has taught me to create good relationships with your teachers because those relationships can help you in the future with jobs or with meeting people. One of the things I love about the hockey program is how close we all are. The program creates such a strong bond between such a different group of guys. I am super excited to attend the University of Oregon. It has all the sports I love to play and watch. I will be able to ski and kitesurf on the weekends, which is hard to find in the world. I am also excited about the school part, but the location is amazing. I am going to miss the tight community we have; everyone knows everyone. I am also going to miss some of the teachers that have made my experience unforgettable.”  

As told to Meggan Cramer ’21 (Photo provided)

Humans of Northwood: Sierra Butler ‘21 

I am from Burlington, VT. I played for Rice Prep for three years before deciding to finish out my high school career at Northwood. I was drawn to Northwood because of the elite hockey program with great coaches as well as the rigorous academics. When I arrived in the fall, I was welcomed by my teammates and students here as well as the faculty members. Coming to a new school for my senior year was a big change for me, but the culture here made me feel at home right away. Surrounded supportive friends, coaches, and teachers, I have felt myself grow in confidence. I have found the courage to step out of my comfort zone and use my voice to engage with others. I have met some amazing people here from all over the world and have made friendships and memories that I know will last a lifetime. My experience at Northwood has taught me many valuable lessons that will stick with me forever. I am excited to attend Northeastern University next year where I will be furthering my education and finding my career path! 

As told to Rachel Hinkley ‘21 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge) 

Colleges Plans Provide Clues for Life at Northwood Next Year 

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Will next year be more of the same or will school be back to a pre-pandemic normal? Northwood hasn’t shared its plan for next year, but many colleges have, and those plans may provide clues as to what Northwood will look like next year.  

As the college admission cycle ends this spring, college administrations are beginning to share their plans for next year. With the vaccination rate in the United States increasing rapidlydoes that mean a return to normal? As Northwood School followed colleges throughout the pandemic in terms of reopening plans, does this mean a return to normal for Northwood as well? 

US colleges are hoping for a return to normalcy by next fall and the COVID-19 vaccine is the centerpiece of many colleges’ plansA growing number of colleges, such as Rutgers, Brown, CornellNortheastern, and Duke are requiring students to be fully vaccinated before returning to in-person classes. Most colleges are allowing students to opt-out of the vaccine for medical or religious reasons.  

Students generally support the vaccine requirement. CNBC reports that “according to a recent survey of 1,000 college students by College Pulse, an overwhelming 71% of students believe colleges have the right to require students to get vaccinated before returning to campus. However, 19% say they do not support vaccination requirements and 10% say they are not sure.” As vaccines become widely available to all college-age students, it’s widely expected that more colleges and universities will require vaccinations. 

But not every school believed they can legally require students to get vaccinated. Some colleges wish to leave the decisionAt Virginia Tech, officials “determined that they can’t because the US Food and Drug Administration has only allowed the emergency use of the vaccines and hasn’t given vaccines its full approval.”  

Three COVID-19 vaccines have been approved for emergency use in the US, but only the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer is approved for people 16 and up. Approximately 20% of Northwood students are currently under 16For a secondary school like Northwood to require the COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA must approve a vaccine for people under 16. Clinical trials and well underway for people aged 12-15, but it is uncertain whether the vaccine will be approved for people aged 12 and up in time for Northwood’s youngest students to be vaccinated before the start of the 2021-22 school year. 

Whether and how vaccinations will figure into Northwood’s plan for next school year is still unclear. Mr. John Spear, Assistant Head for School Life, said the school will share more about its plan for next year “in the coming weeks.” 

In-Person Commencement is On! 

Will there be a Northwood Commencement Ceremony this year?  

That has been the question in the minds of many seniors and their families for many months, as the 2020-21 school year starts to come to an end. After abruptly leaving campus during the 2019-20 school year with news that there would be no inperson commencement due to the coronavirus pandemic, commencement festivities have been a question for school officials, students, and families.  

Many aspects of the ceremony will be like any non-pandemic year, including ringing the victory bell. (Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge from commencement on May 14, 2016)

Early in 2021 the school announced that there would be commencement, but that seniors should expect a very different ceremony from the typical Northwood graduation. A typical Northwood graduation includes a senior banquet with graduates and their guests, along with Northwood underclass students and staffThe banquet also included awards and yearbook signing. The next day commencement ceremony would be held with again graduates, their guests, and Northwood underclassman and staff. Seniors knew that banquet was canceled, but they were uncertain about the other details about commencement, including how many guests would be allowed to attend.  

Recently Assistant Head of School, Mr. John Spear, updated the Northwood Community in a school-wide emailGraduates would be permitted to bring up to four guests, but all guests must be fully vaccinated or recently tested negative for COVID-19. School for students in grades 9-11 will end several days before graduation and will not attend commencement unless they are invited guests of a graduate. The other elements of commencement – speakers, awards, the procession/recession of graduates, ringing the victory bell, and bag pipes – will be nearly identical to a traditional Northwood graduation.  

After receiving the email, Northwood seniors shared their opinions amongst each other. Some were happy that up to 4 guests were allowed and commencement would be somewhat normal, but some were disappointed that friends and fellow classmates from other grades would not be able to attend, unless as one of the four guest per graduate. After catching up with a few seniors here are their thoughts:  

I am very grateful to have a graduation this year,” said Amelia Brady ‘21. While I wish we could have the graduation ceremony that I experienced in my first two years at Northwood, I know Northwood will do their absolute best to make it memorable. I think considering the vaccine and outdoor ceremony, this will be a very COVIDsafe event, Brady added.  

Obviously I wish everyone was able to go to grad, but with the circumstances of COVID, having my parents be able to watch me walk the stage is pretty cool!” said Lars Kroes ‘21. “It is better than nothing. My brother is graduating from Cornell this spring, and none of my family can go, so we should feel fortunate to have it in person with our parents,” added KroseThe biggest part of grad is being with our class and experiencing it together, that is the most important thing for me!” 

Spring Sports and Activities Bring Normalcy

(Image: Northwood Athletics)

A year ago, campus was empty, everyone was taking classes from home, and most of the country was locked down. Spring at Northwood was canceled. This school year students are again participating in spring sports and co-curriculars.

There are many options this year, including intramural sports. The list of sports includes girls’ and boys’ lacrosse, co-ed crew, rock climbing, mountain biking, white water kayaking, golf, tennis, drama, track, yoga/hot HIIT, and dance.

Spring sports at Northwood give students a chance to be active while still having fun at the same time. While we are unsure of a possibility of games, we are hopeful and excited to have fun. Coaches Mr. Tom Broderick and Mr. Tim Weaver have been working hard with the girls’ lacrosse team while having fun and playing speed lacrosse. The girls’ lacrosse team has scheduled a scrimmage against Massena, which will be a fun opportunity for the team to play and bond.

Humans of Northwood: Gabby Cote ‘21 

Northwood has been my home for the past 4 and a half years. Northwood has pushed me to try many new things and has prepared me for my future life. I skied raced for all my years at Northwood, and now for my spring co-curricular, I’ve gone back to dancing, which I pursued before I came to Northwood. I’m still waiting to hear back from one college for next year, but my goal in my next couple of years is to hopefully go to med school! 

As told to Mackenzie Hull ‘21. (Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge) 

Humans of Northwood: Amelia Brady ‘21 

“I am a four-year survivor from Lake Placid. Northwood has changed a lot during my time here, but it has remained a tight-knight family. It is such a unique place and I’ve loved all the traditions that come with the school. I came to Northwood to ski, and I am grateful to say that I started and ended my ski career at Whiteface. Having the opportunity to both train and learn at such a high level is so special. When I reflect on my time at Northwood, I will always remember hanging out in the living room with the girls, traveling to Austria to train, and walks to town.” 

As told to Rachel Hinkley ‘21. (Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge) 

Students Vaccinated at Northwood

Jordan Harris ’21 received the Pfizer vaccine at the clinic at Northwood School on Thursday, April 15.

Just nine days after New York State opened the vaccine to high school students ages 16 and 17 and only three days after school opened following spring break, Northwood School hosted a coronavirus vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 15 for students, faculty, Northwood families.

The clinic is believed to be the first school-based clinic for high school students in the North Country and maybe all of New York State.  The indoor turf field was temporarily transformed into a vaccine clinic thirteen months after the school sent students home at the start of the pandemic.

The clinic, operated in conjunction with Adirondack Health, vaccinated every student currently at Northwood who wanted and is eligible for the vaccine.  Thirty-one students and twenty-six community members were vaccinated.  

Not every student who wanted to be vaccinated could get the shot this week. Two athletic teams are away this week traveling for games. The school is currently making arrangements to bring the late-returning students to a state-run clinic that uses the Pfizer vaccine. The closest such clinic are in Plattsburgh or Potsdam. 

Students getting vaccinated at Northwood this spring will be fully vaccinated before graduation and summer break, which everyone agrees is a great start to helping life at school return to “pre-pandemic normal”.   

Assistant Head for School Life Mr. John Spear announced the clinic in a letter to the community on Tuesday morning: 

Humans of Northwood: Meggan Cramer ‘21 

I came to Northwood from Cicero, New York to play hockey at an elite level while also getting a topnotch education. This is my second year at Northwood, and it has been an experience I will never forget. I really loved the hockey program because I got to be with my friends on the ice every day and compete in the highest level of competition. Northwood has taught me how to manage my athletics and schoolwork appropriately and get everything finished on time. I am super excited to go to SUNY Cortland where I will be continuing my hockey career. What I will miss the most about Northwood is being with the girls every day and making unforgettable memories. 

As told to Marina Alvarez ‘21 

Second Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

April 15, 2021 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the second trimester of the 2020-21 school year, which concluded on Friday, March 12.

Editor’s note this list was updated on April 30, 2021 to include 17 students who were erroneously left off the originally-published list.

 

DEAN’S LIST

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+

Amelia Brady ‘21

Brian Brady ‘24

Katherine Broderick ‘22

Angelia Castillo ‘21

Ryan Cielo ‘21

Jillian Clark ‘23

Ellie Colby ‘21

Kira Cook ‘23

Gabrielle-Catherine Cote ‘21

William Cruickshank ‘21

Ava Day ‘21

Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22

Haley Donatello ‘21

Drew Donatello ‘24

Liam Doyle ‘22

Emma Goldberg ‘23

David Green ‘22

Ashley Guevara ‘24

Kathryn Hagness ‘21

Carson Hall ‘22

Caroline Harrison ‘22

Turner Jackson ‘23

Brooke Kelley ‘23

Lealani Kidd ‘21

Nathan Kirschenbaum ‘21

Colin Kis ‘24

Jadenlin Klebba ‘21

Jan Korec ‘22

Lars Kroes ‘21

Hillary Larsen ‘22

Aidan Lasky ‘22

Madison Lawrence ‘23

Slater Loffredo ‘22

Anja Martin ‘22

Luc Mikula ‘21

Seth Moores ‘24

Keith Mutunga ‘21

Cilla Nee ‘22

Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23

Iva-Amanda Nelson ’23

Chase Ormiston ‘21

Robert Renner ‘21

Joaquin Sanchez Korenfeld ‘21

Sophia Schupp ‘24

Adria Tebo ‘23

Lok To Jeremy Tsang ‘23

Richard Volpe ‘23

Kara Wentzel ‘22

Joey Winthrop ‘23

Chuer Zhang ‘21

 

 

HIGH HONOR ROLL

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

Marina Alvarez ‘21

Kendin Basden ‘22

Kaiya Belisle ‘21

Tyler Boudreau ’22

Matthew Brady ‘22

Angelia Castillo ’21

Connor DeAngelis ‘22

Dominick DeGuardia ‘24

William Donato ’21

Macie Eisenhart ‘23

Ella Fesette ‘22

Nora Fitzsimmons ‘24

Audrey Higgens-Lopez ’21

Eli Jean-Francois ‘21

Bryan Jones ‘22

Michael Leone ‘21

Jazlyn Lluberes ’23

Elise Loescher ‘21

Cole Mathews ’23

Andrew Mazza ‘21

Brendan Merriman ‘21

Lincoln Norfolk ‘24

Rowen Norfolk ‘22

Tomas Restrepo Gaviria ‘21

Evelina Sheridan ’22

Abigail Sinclair ’23

Adeline Swanson ’24

 

 

 

 

HONOR ROLL

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-

Suhaib Ali ‘22

Omiel Brito ‘21

Daniel Buchbinder ‘22

Benedetta Caloro ‘21

Nicolas Cedeno Silva ‘24

Andrew Centrella ‘22

Jalen Commissiong ‘21

Meggan Cramer ‘21

Carter Day ‘23

Leah DeFilippo ‘22

Tate Franz ‘23

Raymond Fust ‘21

Alvara Garcia Pascual ‘21

Jacob Guevin ‘21

Jordan Harris ‘21

Eliyahu Itkowitz ’24

Jacob Jaslow ’23

Junyeop Lee ’23

Ruby Lewin ‘22

Paige Melicant ’22

Mark Monaco ‘21

Calil Neme Filho ‘21

Mathis Nolet-Gagne ‘23

Iu Pentinat Llurba ‘22

Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22

Luke Smith ‘21

Berhanu Stevens ’22

Johann Tremblay-Kau ’22

Ainsley Tuffy ‘24

Mitchell Tuttle ‘24

Wyatt Wardlaw ’24

Kennedy Wilson ‘22

Roman Winicki ’22

Nolan Woudenberg ‘22

 

 

 

EFFORT HONOR ROLL

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

Suhaib Ali ‘22

Marina Alvarez ‘21

Kaiya Belisle ‘21

Tyler Boudreau ‘22

Amelia Brady ‘21

Brian Brady ‘24

Omiel Brito ‘21

Katherine Broderick ‘22

Sierra Butler ‘21

Adelia Castillo ‘21

Angelia Castillo ‘21

Andrew Centrella ‘22

Ryan Cielo ‘21

Jillian Clark ‘23

Ellie Colby ‘21

Jalen Commissiong ‘21

Kira Cook ‘23

Gabrielle-Catherine Cote ‘21

William Cruickshank ‘21

Ava Day ‘21

Connor DeAngelis ‘22

Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22

Norah Dempsey ‘21

Drew Donatello ‘24

Haley Donatello ‘21

William Donato ‘21

Macie Eisenhart ‘23

Ella Fesette ‘22

Nora Fitzsimmons ‘24

David Garvey ‘22

Emma Goldberg ‘23

David Green ‘22

Ashley Guevara ‘24

Kathryn Hagness ‘21

Carson Hall ‘22

Jordan Harris ‘21

Caroline Harrison ‘22

Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21

Mackenzie Hull ‘21

Eliyahu Itkowitz ‘24

Turner Jackson ‘23

Jacob Jaslow ‘23

Eli Jean-Francois ‘21

Bryan Jones ‘22

Brooke Kelley ‘23

Lealani Kidd ‘21

Colin Kis ‘24

Jadenlin Klebba ‘21

Jan Korec ‘22

Lars Kroes ‘21

Hillary Larsen ‘22

Aidan Lasky ‘22

Madison Lawrence ‘23

Junyeop Lee ‘23

Michael Leone ‘21

Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23

Elise Loescher ‘21

Slater Loffredo ‘21

Anja Martin ‘22

Paige Melicant ‘22

Luc Mikula ‘21

Seth Moores ‘24

Keith Mutunga ‘21

Cilla Nee ‘22

Christine-Ann Nelson ‘23

Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23

Calil Neme Filho ‘21

Mathis Nolet-Gagne ‘23

Lincoln Norfolk ‘24

Maximilian Oechsner ‘21

Chase Ormiston ‘21

Robert Renner ‘21

Abdou Samb ‘21

Joaquin Sanchez Korenfeld ‘21

Sophia Schupp ‘24

Abigail Sinclair ‘23

Lily Spiegel ‘22

Berhanu Stevens ‘22

Adria Tebo ‘23

Lok To Jeremy Tsang ‘23

Jasmin Valenzuela ‘21

Richard Volpe ‘23

Kara Wentzel ‘22

Chuer Zhang ‘21

Zachary Zientko ‘21

 

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