Humans of Northwood: Patrick Callahan’18


“I’m 17 turning 18 in 2 months. I am a senior from Skaneateles, New York. This is my second year at Northwood. Following my time after Northwood I am looking to play junior hockey. I came to Northwood to play hockey, it is been a lot of fun playing for Coach Gilligan and Coach Cassidy, two of the best coaches I’ve ever had. During my time at Northwood School I definitely feel like I’ve grown as a person, become more independent, and able to take better care of myself. It is a great atmosphere, I love being able to go to school with all the boys and make memories. One my favorite things at Northwood is ripping Fortnite on Xbox with the boys. There is no bonding experience quite like it. It gets all the boys going and when the game is going on the room gets absolutely electric.”

– As told to Matthew Shanklin


Five Alumni Competing in PyeongChang Winter Games

Five Northwood School alumni will compete in the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Two athletes, Andrew Weibrecht ’03 and Tony Granato ’83, are participating in their third Olympic Games, while Kevin Drury ’06, Mike Testwuide ’05, and Will Rhoads ’13 are first-time Olympians.

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Humans of Northwood: Sam DiBitetto ’18


“I’m from the ‘Dirty Roch.’ I am 18 years old, I was born in Rochester, New York, I’m half Italian, a quarter German and a quarter Irish. I’m 5’8. This is my second year at Northwood. I am positive you will never meet a kid who loves Northwood and this environment more than myself. I love it here so much because I am with my best friends everyday. The teachers here are really awesome, and the hockey environment is what completes it all. I play hockey here during the winter season, then come off season, I am all about the lax life. Only good times and laughs with the boys on and off the field every day. I have really learned to appreciate my Speech class taught by Mr. Riffle, because it will help me develop skills that are crucial later on in life. I was terrified of public speaking, but Mr. Riffle did push me pass my fear, and I am forever thankful for that. Mrs. Edwards was one of my favorite teachers at Northwood, before she left us for China. Being in this amazing environment has opened my eyes to multiple different career paths, specifically in education and coaching. Coach Cassidy and all my current and previous teachers have demonstrated the skills needed to be a successful teacher/coach, and it is something I would for sure love doing in the future.”

As told to Shane McGrath ‘18

Humans of Northwood: Logan Stewart ’18


Photo: Shane McGrath ’18

“I’m from Cary North Carolina, I am 18 years old, I was born in Portland, Oregon, I’m a quarter Japanese, my favorite color is blue, and I’m 6’2. I’ve been in prep school for three years now, but this is my first year at Northwood. I am a senior. The last two years I was at St. Mark’s School in Southborough,  Massachusetts, which is 40 minutes outside of Boston. I played hockey, soccer and lacrosse there. I played soccer and hockey here at Northwood, and I am going to play lacrosse. Northwood is a lot smaller, so on a social level there is a lot less drama and unnecessary chaos. It’s pretty straightforward here at Northwood: everyone pretty much does their own thing and moves on; nobody gets caught up on anything too small. The staff are a lot nicer and a lot friendlier. They’re not on the hunt for trouble like it was at St. Marks. Economics is piquing my interest right now. I wasn’t planning on taking it until recently, so I’m glad I did. Dr. Finnerty Paul is a wonderful teacher, and maybe I’ll chose a career in economics.”

As told to Shane McGrath ’18

First Person: Cyclocross at Northwood

Sophomore Magnus Sheffield is the top-ranked American cyclocross athlete in his age group. He’s also an outstanding ski racer. He gets a lot of questions about cyclocross


Cyclocross athlete Magnus Sheffield ’20. (Photo: Todd Prekaski)

I started racing cyclocross as a way to train for skiing in the off season. It started as something I did for fun, and it has now turned into something that I devote a lot of time and energy training for. Cyclocross is a cycling discipline that is extremely popular in Europe, especially in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and it is done in any kind of weather conditions. The season runs from late August until early February.  Unfortunately, cyclocross is not yet an Olympic sport, but it is very popular worldwide.

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Checking in With Ninth Grader Ava Day


“I am enjoying both the athletic and academic sides to Northwood, and am learning a lot in both aspects. I am very happy. I really appreciate the community at Northwood, and even as a day student I always feel very included and welcome no matter what. I also enjoy my classes and ski training thus far. I don’t think I have anything negative to say about the school, and am truly happy here at Northwood. I have always enjoyed a challenge, and at Northwood my academics are full of them; however, I am learning an amazing amount of new information, and at a different level of understanding than ever before. I am pleased with all of my classes and hope to keep enjoying them. Exams, as always, were stressful and I am glad they are over. Thanks to a large amount of studying I felt confident about all of my exams and hope the grades turn out as I would like them to. I’m not sure I can pick a specific part of Northwood that I enjoy the most. Out of all the aspects of the school, whether that is the academic, athletic, or social, they each contribute to my happiness here at Northwood.”

As told to Sam DiBitetto ‘18

Checking in With Ninth Grader Adelia Castillo

“I think Northwood is a fun school with many opportunities for me to try new things. I like that I am being pushed out of my comfort zone here. For the first time, I went rock climbing and do it regularly now. I don’t like the fact that the school is mainly winter sports focused, meaning there’s a lot of effort into making the sports run smoothly, but not the same for sports like cross country. I wouldn’t say school is hard. But it’s definitely challenging at times. I find geometry a bit difficult but that’s about it. Exams went great. I was well prepared with the study guides that were provided by the teachers. My favorite part of Northwood would have to be the teachers. They are always there and extremely helpful. Especially being a boarder, the teachers are like family.”

As told to Sam DiBitetto ‘18

Humans of Northwood: Ms. Aerie Treska


Ms. Treska with her son, Calder. (Photo: provided)

I teach Literary Themes. I am also the Eleventh Grade Dean and the co-advisor for CARE. This is my first year at Northwood. My dad [Mike Treska ‘64] fell in love with this school, this town, and especially the people, and I was lucky enough to grow up in Lake Placid. Before Northwood, I taught for four years at St. Paul’s School for Boys, then spent fourteen years at Roland Park Country School. I loved it there, but I was eager to work in a place where my boys [Owen, 14, Baxter, 12, and Calder, 7] could also benefit from the educational community into which I was pouring my time, heart, and soul. I returned to the Adirondacks with them every summer, and when we weren’t there, I felt so homesick for the mountains. Mr. Pierce and I had a long talk, then we e-mailed our friend, Jill Walker, to see if there might be any openings at Northwood. We were eager to rejoin this close-knit community that our children could also be a part of, and so we did. My colleagues are wonderful; they are creative and passionate about working and living in these mountains. I love teaching and interacting with students, but although I have learned to cultivate an extroverted personality, I am a hard-core introvert. By Friday night, I am sort of talked-out. I just really need time and space and silence so that I can tune in to my rich and restorative inner life. One thing about me that may surprise people is that I really like rap and hip hop (as long as it’s not racist or misogynistic), especially MIA, Eminem, the Beastie Boys, and old-school stuff like Grandmaster Flash, De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, and Run DMC. Really good rappers do amazing stuff with language; their use of cadence, internal rhyme, and double (even triple) entendre is virtuosic.

As told to Courtney Fairchild ’20

Humans of Northwood: Ms. Leigh Getz


Photo credit: Mr. Michael Aldridge.

“I’m weird and uniquely myself, I wouldn’t change for anyone else. I would like to say that I’m pretty sassy but I’m not sure if that came with age. I’m from Clifton Park, NY. I went to public school until I completed my junior year and then jumped on the prep hockey bandwagon with all my teammates. Then I ended up at Canterbury for two years. I repeated my junior year, graduated in 2011, then applied early decision to Connecticut College. The most unique thing about me is probably the titanium rod in my right leg. I had two surgeries, one for my ACL and one for my leg break. I love to read, I like listening to podcasts, that comes with age too. I love being outdoors, which is one of the reasons I took the opportunity to move to Lake Placid. I obviously love what I do, teaching and coaching. Life happens when you least expect it. Ever since the summer of my junior year in college I wanted to be in an environment that was surrounded by both water and mountains. When this opportunity presented itself everything just fell into place and it was something I felt I couldn’t say no to. I was at a point where I felt I needed change and Northwood happened to be that change. It had everything I needed and more. I’m truly grateful for this new direction. To be honest, my favorite thing to do outside of coaching and teaching is connecting with friends I haven’t seen in a long time. Growing up, my teachers were my role models, my coaches were my role models, and I knew I wanted to teach since I was 11. So when I went to prep school I realized that I could have the best of both…and here I am! I don’t know where I see myself in ten years. We spend a lot of our lives projecting where were supposed to be and I feel like sometimes you just have to go with the flow.”

As told to Ashley Davis ‘17

Plattsburgh-Bound Seniors Hope to Continue Dynasty

Three senior hockey players have announced their plans to attend SUNY Plattsburgh and play for the most dominant team in Division III hockey. The Cardinals have won a total of six NCAA Division III women’s ice hockey championships, seven ECAC Women’s West Championship titles, and have won at least 20 games in each of the past fifteen seasons. It’s one of the most impressive dynasties in the history of college hockey.

According to the blog D3 Recruiting Hub, at the Division III level, “committing” is an informal and non-binding statement by the student-athlete that she intends to apply and, if admitted, matriculate at the college and participate in intercollegiate athletics. Committing does not guarantee admission to the college nor does it guarantee playing time.

Ashley Davis, Hanna Rose, and Sierra Benjamin have chosen SUNY Plattsburgh, the hockey power and small state school an hour from Lake Placid on Lake Champlain. The Mirror staff writer Courtney Fairchild ’20 sat down with the trio to ask them a few questions about being committed to a college, and what it’s like to do so with some close friends at their side. [Read more…]

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