Mr. Roger S. Loud (1935 – 2022)

The Mirror learned today of the passing of legendary math teacher Mr. Roger Loud, who retired from full-time teaching at Northwood in 2018 and has led Northwood’s Math Lab on a part-time basis ever since. He was a teacher and school administration for 64 years.

Northwood will share a commemoration of Mr. Loud’s many contributions to the the school early next week. In the meantime, we share this “Exit Interview” by former staff writer JoJo Rosenbluth ’19 and the official obituary released by Mr. Loud’s family.

 

Roger Sherman Loud, 86

Roger Sherman Loud died April 29, 2022, at home in Lake Placid, NY.

He was born June 14, 1935, in New York City to Ruth Putnam McAneny Loud and Sherman Loud.

Roger received his formal education from the Dalton School (NYC), Fountain Valley School (Colorado), Phillips Exeter (1952), Amherst College (A.B. – 1956), and the University of Cincinnati (M.Ed.).

He began his long career in teaching at the Hillsdale School in Cincinnati in 1958, teaching history and math, and was Headmaster in 1969-70. He moved to Lake Placid, NY in 1970, joining the faculty of North Country School/Camp Treetops, and becoming Director from 1982-92. Then he began a lengthy stint teaching math at Lake Placid’s Northwood School, finally retiring in 2021 at the age of 86. He served on the Board of Trustees at Gould Academy (Maine) for six years in the 1980s, and also on the Board at North Country School/Camp Treetops from 1994 to 2022.

Roger’s greatest passion outside of family and teaching lay in the mountains, especially the Adirondacks. He was an Adirondack Forty-Sixer, #125, completing twelve rounds of the High Peaks, and he co-led summer hiking/climbing expeditions to Wyoming, California, Oregon, Washington, and Alberta in the 1970s. He strongly believed in connecting children to the beauty and challenges of the wilderness. He co-founded Camp Gawee in 1964 and began the Treetops West program in 1974 – both designed to immerse teenagers in intense mountaineering experiences.

Roger is survived by his wife, Patricia; his four children: David Roger Loud, of New York City, (Pedro Porro); Jennifer Vann of Longmont, Colorado; Patrick George Loud of Virginia Beach; and Brigit Loud of Colchester, Vermont; and his beloved grandson, Bodie. He was pre-deceased by his sister, Margaret Faron.

Gifts in memory of Mr. Loud would be warmly received by North Country School/Camp Treetops in Lake Placid.

At Roger’s request, there will be no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

Students Have Varied Plans for Break 

This year, the school’s annual spring break is set to begin today, on Friday, April 8th. This period, consisting of nearly two and a half weeks of recess, is one of the most anticipated stretches of the year for many of the students at Northwood. This year’s spring break is the latest the school has seen in recent memory. With many different types of people and backgrounds at the school, there are a lot of different agendas for break from person to person. Here are a few different students and what their plans for spring break are. 

Many students are taking the time off and using it for some much-needed rest, and a chance to go on vacation. “I’m going on vacation to the Caribbean this spring break,” Jacob Jaslow ‘23 said. “I’m excited to get out of the cold and into the warmth. Maybe tan a little bit. Who knows?” 

For others, it is a much simpler matter. Many are content with being able to go home and spend time with those close to them, like Shashwath Sunkum ‘22. “I’m just going to be staying in Ohio, chilling with family, studying for APs.” 

Members of the soccer team still have commitments during break. Gonzalo Munoz ‘24 will be spending his first week of break with the team, as they head to Texas for the Dallas Cup. However, after that, Gonzalo has plans for his time off.   

“We are going [to Dallas] from the 8th to the 18th, so we will have a week left personally,” Munoz said. “I will go to Miami, to a friend’s house.” 

Speaking of commitments, two members of the Boys’ Varsity Hockey Team, Sam Lyne ‘24 and Ben Norton ‘22 are representing Great Britian’s U18 National team, as they attend the Division 2A World Championships in Tallinn, Estonia, during the front end of break. After they get finished, Lyne plans to return home.  

“I am going home after my World Championships and spending time with my family and friends,” Lyne said. 

With many different agendas for students this break, a common theme seems to be rest and relaxation. Students are ready to enjoy the time off in whatever way they are able to. 

Luge Athletes Pursuing Their Dreams

 Northwood school is widely known for its athletic success, especially in hockey, skiing and soccer. Two students are following a different path this year and pursuing Luge with the hopes of earning a spot on the junior national team, and eventually the Olympics.  

Luge is a winter sliding sport where athletes (called “sliders”) race down an icy track on a small sled. The fastest time down the hill wins the race. The sport is not unlike sledding children do when they take their plastic sleds and speed feet-first down a snowy hill. But luge sleds weigh 50 pounds and can hit speeds of 90 miles per hour. Clearly bravery and adrenaline are involved in luge. 

Like many sliders, Darryl Cooper ‘24 and Sadie Martin ‘25 had interesting ways of finding the sport. “My parents saw an ad on Facebook to try luge,” said Martin. “The people that I met were nice and they told me that I could be good at it,” she added. Darryl came to the sport when he saw some people trying these plastic sleds one day while skiing. Both students train in Lake Placid, the home of USA Luge and one of only two luge tracks in the country. They occasionally travel to Park City, Utah for training and competition on a different track. They hope to compete internationally. 

Both student-athletes have major goals for this sport. “My goal is to make it to the Olympics,” Martin said. Cooper has his sights set on the Youth Olympics “I am currently training and hoping to participate in the 2024 Youth Olympic Games. Also, I and hoping to be doing Youth World Cup races starting 2023.” 

Overall, this introduction of a new sport at Northwood is extremely exciting and the community cannot wait to see where it takes them! 

Did You Know? Kei Takahasi ‘98 (above, left) competed in Doubles Luge for Japan in the Olympic Games in 1998 and 2002. 

Did You Know? Current faculty member Ms. Raychel Germaine (above, right) is a former member of the USA Luge National Team. She competed internationally for 9 years between 2010 and 2019.  

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

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.” 

 

 

Celebrating Northwood’s Girls on International Women’s Day

On this International Women’s Day, The Mirror is celebrating the Northwood School students who identify as women/girls. We are recognizing each one of their accomplishments and hard work.  

Did you know that each International Women’s Day has a theme? This year’s theme is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.” According to UN Women, “The year 2022 is pivotal for achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, and environmental and disaster risk reduction, which are some of the greatest global challenges of the twenty-first century. Without gender equality today, a sustainable future, and an equal future, remains beyond our reach.” 

 

Humans of Northwood: Colter Cheney- Seymour ‘22 

I was born in Maine but grew up in Saranac Lake and Park City Utah. I am the second of two brothers. In my free time I love to play soccer and ski in the winter. I also enjoy listening to music. My dream is to achieve my goals: on the academic side, I would like to become a physical therapist and possibly a soccer coach. In college I hope to study sports medicine or physical therapy. 

As told to Pablo Obrador ’22. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge

Humans of Northwood: Ïu Pentinat Llurba ‘22 

I was born in Barcelona, ​​Spain, where I have lived all my life. I am 18 years old and I am the second of four brothers. At 16 I arrived at Northwood School to achieve my goal of studying and playing soccer at the highest level in college. In my free time I like to spend time with my friends, play video games and watch Formula 1. Thanks to the experiences of life, I have matured, which has helped me to have goals in my life and work for them. I am very passionate about football and my dream is to become a professional footballer and find something that makes me happy. I enjoy living at Northwood and the friendships I have made here will be for a lifetime.” 

As told to Pablo Obrador ’22. Photo by Mr. Michael Aldridge

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