Secret Mueller Documents Link Northwood Student to Russian Collusion

April 1, 2019 — The Mueller report is in, and Donald Trump has been found not guilty of colluding with Russia during his campaign. While the President claims to be cleared of all charges, a whole new scandal, with roots at Northwood School, has been unearthed in its place.

Hidden deep in the mountains of files collected by the Mueller investigation is a group of documents that connects a Northwood student to a bold scheme to illegally influence the election in favor of Trump. The documents were leaked to The Mirror anonymously, and the veracity of the files was confirmed by two independent sources close to the investigation.


Northwood sophomore Riley Biro allegedly colluded with Russia (photo: Facebook).

According to the leaked documents, someone with the username “RBMountianMan” has been engaged in numerous communications with high-level government officials in St. Petersburg, Russia, and may have even aided in Russian collusion to turn the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump. The most troubling part of this news is that RBMountainMan’s IP address traces all the way back to Northwood School’s GPS coordinates.

Anonymous high-level sources close to the Mueller probe have concluded that Riley Biro, a Northwood School sophomore from Virginia, is the prime suspect in this alleged collusion scandal. The Mirror has also confirmed that Biro is the only student in the school with the initials “R.B.” and that he is a mountain climber of some renown.

Sources close to the story say Biro began colluding with Russia from his home in Virginia in the months before the election. Biro chose to transfer to Northwood because of the school’s strategic location deep in the Adirondacks. Intelligence experts believe that Northwood’s far northern location could allow Biro easy access to transmit radio signals over Greenland straight to Russia.

“The distance would be much longer if he had to transmit it all the way from his home in Virginia.  In a way, this treasonous plot by Biro was actually somewhat genius,” said Matt Donaldson, a Professor of Technology and Criminal Justice at Johns Hopkins University, when asked about the story following one of his classes recently.


The estimated path of Biro’s radio transmissions.

Furthermore, radio signals far north are hard to detect because there are very few American radars that are aligned to pick up signals directly over Greenland, not to mention the common blizzard-like conditions that impede American radar tracking.

The dense Adirondack Mountains also shield Biro’s radio signals from intelligence agencies south of the school, keeping both the CIA headquarters in Langley, VA and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio unaware of his stealth actions. If he had continued this colluding with Russian back in Virginia, the radar at these stations would have most likely picked up his signals and have ordered Biro’s immediate arrest.

President Trump took to Twitter to distance himself from Biro, but deleted the post shortly after tweeting it:

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Digging into Mueller documents even further, it has even been found that in order to keep Riley Biro’s last name private, the Russians have used a Clever Title for Riley’s Slush fund, “The Riley Bureau of Campaign Funds.”

Most people at Northwood were shocked that their sleepy school in the woods is linked to a global news story. But not everyone is surprised that Biro is involved. Northwood’s Director of Technology and Robotics instructor Mr. Jeff Martin said he saw a warning sign. “I have always expected Riley to do something like this,” said Martin. “In fact, during study hall one night, I saw Riley downloading the Tor Browser which is often used for surfing on the dark web. But to this extent? Wow, just wow.”

School administrators refused to comment on this developing story, expressing concerns for student privacy. Saying that the Northwood community is shocked by these developments would be an understatement.

The Mirror will continue reporting on this breaking news story as new developments unfold.

Forget Hockey, Skiing, or Soccer: Northwood is a “Bread School”


Jason at work making his world-famous bread (Photo: Kevin Quinn ’19).

April 1, 2019 — While Northwood’s Junior Hockey team is currently ranked third in the nation and the soccer team was ranked second last fall, Northwood is ranked number one in something else: bread. Students, faculty, Lake Placid locals, and people from around the world have come to associate Northwood with delicious homemade bread.

Northwood has one man to thank for its reputation as a bastion for baked goods: Mr. Jason Hicks-Moriarty, known at Northwood and around the worldwide bread community as simply “Jason.”

At the New York State Independent School Bread Making Championships held last month at the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie, Jason absolutely obliterated his competition. He earned a perfect score of 10 out of 10 on his signature sourdough loaf, and a 9.5 on his honey bread, for a composite score of 9.75.

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Breaking: Northwood to Add Elite Water Polo Club to Athletic Offerings


The Grey Stone Water Polo Club believes in developing players with good character and strong values. Beyond the pool, players are committed to excellence in the classroom and throughout their school communities. Over the years, team members have consistently earned some of the highest leadership positions and honors at their respective schools.

April 1, 2019 — High-level water polo will join ice hockey, soccer, and ski racing as signature athletic programs at Northwood School for the 2019-20 school year, according to school officials.

Elite scholastic water polo is found mostly in Southern California and Florida, but Northwood Athletic Director Mr. Gino Riffle believes the Adirondacks will soon be known as one of the sport’s hot spots.

Northwood plans to partner with the well-respected Grey Stone Water Polo Club, based in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. Jim Fickle is the head coach and program director at GSWC.

With the abundant lakes and rivers of the Adirondack region, water activities have been featured at Northwood School throughout its history, and the school has well-respected spring offerings in whitewater kayaking and fly fishing, but it offers no aquatic sports at the competitive level equivalent to hockey, skiing, and soccer. Until now.


Coach Jim Fickle will bring his elite Grey Stone Water Polo Club to Northwood School in the fall of 2019 (Photo provided)

“The idea of building signature academic and athletic programs at Northwood has been here since [Head of School] Mr. Maher came to campus,” said Mr. Riffle. According to Riffle, with water polo, and before that soccer, Northwood is doing more than adding sports; it is building what he called Centers of Excellence. “Athletically, we feel we have Centers of Excellence today in skiing, soccer, and in hockey, and academically, with robotics and innovation and design programs. Water polo will be at that level.”

When news of the water polo program spread on campus, questions emerged, including “Where are they going to get players from?” and “What will their travel be like?”


Water polo, which will be new to Northwood School in 2019-20, is an exciting and fast-paced sport.

Mr. Riffle had answers. Coach Fickle has already started recruiting players. “He spent a week in California and another in Florida this winter, and I think 800 teams were in Florida for the event,” said Mr. Riffle, who noted the travel for the new water polo athletes will be similar to those of the soccer team. “They will play weekends in the fall against other prep schools. They will travel to four showcase events in the winter and spring months. The schedule will be similar to our current soccer travel.”

Another question was, “How are these athletes going to be able to train in the rough winters of Lake Placid?” Again, Mr. Riffle was able to clear that up. “We are looking into the possibility of an indoor pool facility on campus for training sessions during the winter months. It looks like we can convert our squash court into an indoor pool. In the spring and fall, we will rope off a section of Mirror Lake for training sessions and meets, if that’s what they call water polo games,” said Mr. Riffle.

Student and faculty response to the news was mixed. “I’m not thrilled about sharing our lakefront space with a bunch of ball-throwers,” said crew coach Mr. Howard C. Runyon, “but at least water polo doesn’t smell like hockey.” Fran Castillo ‘19, a soccer player from the Dominican Republic, was incredulous when he learned of the plans. “Water polo? At Northwood? It doesn’t make sense. We are a school known for soccer, and also ice hockey and skiing. I don’t see how anyone will come to Northwood for water polo.”

The team’s first game is tentatively scheduled for September 14, 2019 against Harvard-Westlake School in Los Angeles, which is a national water polo power.

Drama Program to Take Anon(ymous) on the Road

Northwood’s drama program recently announced some exciting news: they will take the play Anon(ymous) on the road. On Thursday, March 28th, the drama program of Northwood will be traveling as a full cast to Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam, NY to perform the show in front of the entire high school in that school’s 400-seat auditorium.

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Taking their show on the road is a great opportunity for students to perform under a different pressure than at school, the audience is not their friends.

Anon(ymous), written by Naomi Iizuka, was performed by the drama club at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts in February. The play is a modern retelling of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” It tells the story a young refugee called Anon is separated from his mother and journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people — some kind, some dangerous and cruel — as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. The play is directed by Ms. Noël Carmichael.

Noteworthy for this production is sophomore Noah Pittman joins the cast, replacing sophomore Charles Purcell, who is unavailable for this performance.

Gilligan Named Head Girls’ Hockey Coach



Trevor Gilligan ’03 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

March 22, 2019 –  At a Girls’ Hockey team meeting yesterday morning, Dean of Students and Athletic Director Gino Riffle announced that Trevor Gilligan ‘03 would be the Head Girls’ Hockey coach for next season, taking over the team from Riffle who has coached Girls’ Hockey for the past two seasons. [Read more…]

Construction to Begin at Northwood School Main Street Location

New facility to extend the campus and connect with the community



An artist’s rendering of Northwood School on Main (Image provided).


Northwood School’s commitment to excellence in academic programming will soon extend into the new, innovative, 12,000+ square foot facility in downtown Lake Placid at the former With Pipe & Book. The flexible, open classroom and event space will be a center for real-world application, creative thinking and community collaboration, providing a hub for modern day learning.

The Main St. location is part of Northwood School’s strategic campus master plan. The plan builds on the school’s rich tradition, positions the school amongst the most innovative private boarding schools in the world and capitalizes on its unique location in a world-class destination.

Construction will begin this month and the school anticipates construction to be completed for the 2019-2020 academic year. The finished project will provide the school and community with a state-of- the-art facility in the middle of historic Main Street. The name of the facility will be announced at the ribbon cutting.

Programs such as robotics, innovation & design, entrepreneurial studies and the school’s signature program, L.E.A.P. (Learn. Engage. Apply. Perform.), will expand with the addition of this new facility allowing Northwood School to offer an interdisciplinary approach to education that emphasizes active learning and creating, challenging students to become resilient, independent thinkers.

A central function of the facility’s mission is to promote collaboration, engagement and partnerships, capitalizing on the shared knowledge, innovation and creativity within the community. The Main St. location will provide students and residents the opportunity to work in an innovative working environment in the heart of the Adirondacks. Northwood School on Main will offer auxiliary programs including after-school, weekend, summer, guest lectures and professional development to ignite intellectual, cultural and professional pursuits.

“Much in the same way that the Lake Placid Center for the Arts is bridging the educational gap for local youth in the arts, this facility will help young people and residents of the community develop the knowledge and skills that will help them succeed in their intellectual and professional pursuits,” stated Michael Maher, Head of School.

The $2.5 million funding for the project has been provided by key early philanthropic support from Northwood School alumni, families and friends. This financial commitment to the development of Northwood School on Main exemplifies the sustained support from generous donors to provide diverse academic offerings in top-notch facilities.

“This investment in the residents of the Adirondack Park and in the lives of the students will bridge programs, projects, and people, and provide a sustainable and positive impact on the region for generations,” stated Tom Broderick, Assistant Head of School and Administrative Lead for the Main St. facility.

Northwood alumni will have the opportunity to further connect with students through alumni supported programming and collaboration as master guides, sharing stories and professional achievements. Donor recognition will be prominent showcasing Northwood pride and inspiring current students.

“The Main St. location builds on the strength of Northwood School’s history and mission which is to prepare young people to be leaders in fields that innovate solutions to the challenges of our global community,” stated Maher. “The facility will benefit the entire community from local students to guests to our region.”

Reynolds Wins FIS Super G in Sunday River


Jake Reynolds ’19 atop the podium after winning a GS race at Sunday River Resort in Maine.

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Mackin ‘13 Nominated for Hobey Baker Award


A Northwood alum Corey Mackin ‘13 is a nominee for the 2019 Hobey Baker Award, which is awarded annually to the top male player in college hockey. Mackin attended Northwood in the 2012-2013 school year and played on Northwood’s Junior Hockey team.

Mackin is from Philadelphia and came to Northwood on the recommendation of Mr. Jim Sutow ‘80, a Northwood alum and influential hockey coach and mentor in Philadelphia. “He was the most skilled player on our junior team that year and was a natural goal scorer,” said Mr. Steve Reed. Mackin attended Northwood his senior year and was coached by Mr. Josh Leroy.

After graduating Northwood, Mackin went on to play in the BCHL for the Coquitlam Express, where he played 58 games and tallied 111 points for the 2014-15 season. He was awarded the Vern Dye Memorial BCHL Player of the Year Honor and the Brett Hull Award for being the league’s top scorer. He then went on to play in the NCAA for four seasons at Ferris State University and averaged over 24 points per season while playing an average of 36 games per season.

The Hobey Baker Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate a strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team, and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Fan voting is currently open. Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2019 include:

Top Ten list of candidates: March 20
Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 4
Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 12

The 2019 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 12, 2019, during the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in Buffalo, NY. The award ceremony will be held at the Harborcenter and will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network and streamed live at more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit

Black Student Union Established

The Black Student Union (BSU) is a new student organization at Northwood School. The first Black Student Union was created on the University of Kansas in 1968. Here at Northwood School, the BSU is made up of American-born students of color.


Some of the members of the Northwood School BSU at a recent planning meeting in the Multicultural Affairs Office. From left to right: Jazzy Valenzuela ’21, Angie Castillo ’21, Prince Loney-Bailey ’19, Aiden Williams-McCracken ’22, Addie Castillo ’21, Dean of Multicultural Affairs Mr. Kelvin Martinez, and William Vanterpool-Stanford ’22 (Photo: Northwood School)

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Kostoss is U16 Girls State Alpine Champ; 4 Other Girls on Podium in Championships

Northwood Girls had a strong showing at U16 State Championships over Winter Break. In three races — Super G and Giant Slalom at Gore Mountain, and Slalom at West Mountain — Northwood racers secured 7 of 9 possible podium spots and 14 top-ten finishes.

In the Super G, Jaden Klebba ‘21 won the race, Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 finished 2nd, and Ava Day ‘21 ended 3rd. Northwood racers off the podium were Gabby Cote ‘21 in 5th, Maddie Kostoss ‘22 in 6th and Kate Broderick ‘22 in 31st.

In the GS, it was another impressive showing from Northwood skiers. Kostoss won the race, Klebba finished 2nd, Cote was in 5th place, Higgins-Lopez in 7th, Day in 9th, and Broderick finished in 26th.

In the Slalom, four Northwood racers finished in the top ten. Cote won the race and Kostoss finished 2nd. Day finished 4th and Kate Broderick was in 8th place.

After all the races were finished, ninth grader Maddie Kostoss was named the U16 Women’s overall State Champion, having the best overall results for the three races.


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