10 Things You Might Not Know About Brody


Mr. Tom (“Brody”) Broderick in the 1988-89 Epitome during his first year of teaching at Northwood School.

  1. He’s the middle of 5 kids. He had 3 brothers and a sister. [Read more…]

Humans of Northwood Andrew Van Slyke ‘20

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Andrew Van Slyke ’20 (Photo provided)

My name is Andrew Van Slyke. I was born and raised in Lake Placid and have lived here ever since. I came to Northwood to join the Alpine Ski Team. I have been skiing ever since I was one year old. I’ve been to Colorado, California, all over the East Coast, Alberta, and other parts of Canada for ski racing. Ski racing is something I really enjoy doing, and I hope I can do it for a long time. I like to fly drones, fix old boats, water ski, run and take photos in my free time. [Read more…]

Humans of Northwood: Wyatt Friedlander ’19


Wyatt Friedlander ’19 (Photo: Kevin Quinn)

My name is Wyatt Friedlander. I was born in Lithia Springs, GA and I moved to Lake Placid when I was three years old. I’ve been at Northwood since freshman year. My grandfather was the Headmaster at Northwood for 30 years. My mom and aunt both attended Northwood, which played a big role in me coming here. I’ve lived right across the street from campus for most of my life. One of my favorite things about Northwood is the community, just being able to hang out with my friends all the time is something I really like. I spent four years at North Country School before I came to Northwood. I left after eighth grade so I could be a freshman here.

I’m a hockey goalie. Last hockey season, I played around 40 games because one of the goalies quit and another left early in the school year. I ended up being the only goalie on my team. It was a challenge at times, but it definitely made me better. It made me more confident with my play. Freshman year I weighed less than a hundred pounds. I had a big growth spurt the summer of sophomore year and I’m now 6’0” and 165 pounds. The academics at Northwood have made me work harder and developed me into a more well-rounded student.

I run a business called Northwood Chips, I sell bags of chips for a dollar a bag and also gum for two dollars a pack. It’s a good way to make money.

Before every hockey game, I light a candle. I’ve written motivational quotes on the side of my candle and I read each one before every game and mentally prepare myself before putting on my suit and going to the rink.

As told to Kevin Quinn ’19

Humans of Northwood: Orion Torrance ’19


Orion Torrance ’19 (Photo: Kevin Quinn ’19)

“I like to ski. It’s nice to be able to hang out with a lot of my friends. People are crashing all the time. I like to play Fortnite. Shout out to Northwood Chips. I bounced around a lot of schools. I was at Lake Placid elementary then St. Agnes. Then I moved to Syracuse and went to a school called Cherry Hill. Then I moved to Dewitt in Syracuse in Onondaga County and went to Holy Cross. Then I moved to Saranac Lake and went to middle school there. After that, I did a couple years back in Lake Placid. I came to Northwood freshman year and I’ve been here ever since. At Northwood, I have friends I hang out with every day. One of my favorite skiing memories is when we took Paul Han, who just ‘learned’ how to snowboard, up the gondola and then left him halfway up the mountain because he was walking down. Another time we did the same thing to Alan. I work at McDonald’s, part of the McDonald’s gang. I flip and sell burgers. If Reno and Mr. Loud tried to give me a McDonald’s application I’d just roll up and be like ‘I already put mine in.’ I also just got my license so I love to drive around.”

As told to Owen Pierce

Senior Chris Athanasiadis Speaks of Perseverance, Purpose, and Humility

On Wednesday, October 10, Senior Chris Athanasiadis participated in the Northwood Speaker Series to talk about his experience of learning to stay true to himself. In his speech, Chris emphasized three words: perseverance, purpose, and humility. Each of these words comes from different areas of his life. [Read more…]

New Students Concerned About Frigid Lake Placid Winter

Northwood has many new students from all across the globe, including those from countries with warm climates who have never experienced a winter as cold as Lake Placid’s. Some of them expressed concerns about the fast-approaching extreme weather conditions typical in the winter of Lake Placid.


Northwood School in Winter.

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Humans of Northwood: Kevin Quinn ’19


“I’m Kevin Quinn. I’m seventeen, and I was born and raised in Lake Placid. I’ve been here my whole life. I grew up outdoors; rock climbing, hiking, and skiing. I finished my Adirondack 46 when I was ten. I make up one-hundred percent of the Northwood freestyle team, and it’s cool to be original. I have two dogs, a brother, and a restaurant called Desperados. Before Northwood, I went to North Country school. I had to kill chickens there, I feel like it made me more resilient. I feel like I’m a typical Adirondack kid. I used to work at Whiteface as a ski instructor, but I wanted to do something more competitive, and freestyle fit the bill. I like that I don’t have to focus on team success, only my personal success. I hurt my back last year and it took out half of my ski season and all of rock climbing. The doctors didn’t really know what the problem was, so I had to spend a full day in the E.R, and over three months recovering. I later learned that it was a spinal contusion and it basically made me have the mobility of a  grandpa. I walked like a grandpa and was able to pick things up like a grandpa. Next year I’ll miss Northwood a little bit, but I’m really looking forward to college. I want to study in the communications field, either journalism or advertising. I watch a lot of TV, which probably wouldn’t make my teachers happy, but I feel like it makes me smarter.”

As told to Owen Pierce ’21

Meet Coach Jon Moodey


Head Soccer Coach Jon Moodey (Photo: Sarah Bennett ’19).

I was motivated to come to Northwood by the opportunity to build a high-level soccer program in a boarding school environment that supports elite athletes and rigorous academics. I like Northwood because it is a small community. The teachers, coaches, and players work closely together, and that is important for building a strong culture within a soccer program. Academics are important to me, obviously. The location is gorgeous. I love the mountains and the snow. We have the new indoor turf, so it will all fit nicely. Before Northwood, I worked with Mr. Maher at Berkshire for about 10 years.

As told to Sarah Bennett ’19

Mr. Mellor Speaks of the Power of Pessimism

At school meeting on Wednesday, October 3, Mr. Don Mellor ’71, talked about pessimism. Mellor’s talk was part of “Ask Me Anything,” Northwood’s weekly speaker series for students and faculty, presented Mr. Martinez and the Office of Multicultural Affairs each Wednesday. This year’s theme is “Gaining Perspective. The Mirror staff writer Sarah Bennett ‘19 sat down with Mellor to discuss his talk and how it came about.


Mr. Don Mellor at his school meeting talk. (Photo: Ms. Christine Ashe)

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10 Things You Might Not Know About Mr. Maher


Mr. Mike Maher (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Mr. Mike Maher is Northwood’s Head of School. He may be the most recognizable member of our community, but how much do you know about him? Here are 10 things about Mr. Maher you may not know. [Read more…]

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