Junior Team Takes Two From Hitmen at Home

After starting the season with only one win in six games, the Junior Team knew that they needed to bring home two big wins against the New Jersey Hitmen.

Junior Team Celebrates a goal in a game against the New Jersey Hitmen at the Olympic Center in September 2019. (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

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Senior Spencer Shares Meaningful Advice

Speaking in front of over 200 people can be terrifying, but not for Ana Spencer ‘20. She stood up at Friday’s school meeting to talk about her personal experience. Thanks to the Northwood Speaker Series, organized by Mr. Martinez, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, once a week, students have the opportunity to speak to the school about an important message they wish to share.


Ana Spencer ’20 was the first speaker in the 2019-20 speaker series (Photo: Facebook/Northwood School).

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School Goes Crazy for Nuggets

What’s crispy and gold on the outside and tender and warm on the inside? Welcome to Chicken Nugget Day — Northwood students’ most anticipated day of the year.

Graduation, Prom, and formals do not matter as long as we have chicken nuggets on our plate. “I’m very excited about Nug Day. It’s my favorite day,” Anneliese Munter ‘22 said.  “Chicken Nugget Day makes me feel whole,” said Miranda Bookman ‘20.

As the line winds into the living room, everyone is in awe of what is to come. No matter what country, continent, or planet you are from, the beautiful nuggets bring the Northwood community together. Whether you top the poultry morsels with barbecue, ranch, buffalo, or ketchup, the combinations are endless as you bite into the hot, crunchy goodness.

“Nug day is the most important day of the school year,” said Cian Murphy ‘22.

In contrast to the students, the kitchen staff dreads the stampede and havoc caused by chicken nuggets in the dining hall.  “They’re wonderful…Lovely,” the kitchen staff said sarcastically when asked about nugget day.

“Oh my god, I’m so excited! I was having a pretty bad day, but then my friends said, ‘Gabby, it’s Nug Day,’ and I was like ‘Yes!’ I started crying. That’s how much Nug Day means to me,” Gabby Cote ‘21 said.

Reminding kids of Christmas day, Chicken Nugget Day is on the way.


New Students Take on Northwood Orientation

New students arriving at Northwood School for the opening of school experienced various types of emotions. They were nervous, worried, and excited for the next chapter in their life away from home.

A typical orientation at a high school is simply going to school, getting your schedule, and then leaving. But at Northwood, students go through a lot more. First, they attend registration, collecting stamps on their checklists after talking to the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Director of Athletics, the Director of Technology, the school nurse, and so on. Then, they move into their dorm rooms. This means that the time for them to say goodbye to their parents is getting closer, which can be exciting, since they will be on their own, but also sad since they won’t be able to see their family for a long time.

Northwood Orientation

Students participate in Northwood orientation activities in the fieldhouse (Photo: Northwood School Facebook)

As new students settled into their new home, the warm and welcoming community at Northwood gave comfort to many of them. Jack Schlifke ‘20 said, “I really liked how tightly knit the school was.” Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22 said, “I felt welcomed, like a part of a community.”

Mixed emotions carried on throughout the rest of the orientation. “My parents have done everything that they could do for me my whole life, and it was definitely a little weird seeing them go home after orientation,” Schlifke said. Waking up to the ringing of your alarm clock instead of the yelling of your parents — “You’re gonna be late. Get up!” — may seem daunting at first, but learning to become more independent is one of the many advantages of going to a boarding school.

To help new students fit in, Northwood organized several days of activities for orientation. By the end of the week, the new students felt more comfortable since they were able to meet a lot of new people.

43rd Mountain Day a Success [Slide Show]

With another year in full swing at Northwood, faculty and students prepared themselves for one of the school’s oldest traditions: Mountain Day. Once every year, the Northwood community steps out of the classroom and into a day of adventure on the beautiful Adirondack mountains.

Preparing for the 2019 Mountain Day, Mr. Don Mellor, the English teacher and renowned  rock/ice climbing coach, separated students into small groups that would each take on an assigned mountain. Last year, the school walked approximately 1,785 miles total–the distance from Northwood to Dallas, Texas. “The shortest hike is somewhere around four and a half miles,” said Mellor. “Regardless of how short or long the hike is, the most important thing is to have a good attitude.”

Mountain Day has been an annual school tradition for 43 years now, and many alumni look back to this tradition as one of their favorite memories at Northwood. However, students today had mixed opinions on the event. Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 said, “I like Mountain Day because it is a time out of the classroom when we get a great outdoor experience and enjoy the environment we have around us.” Other students stand with Luke Smith 21’. “I feel like a lot of kids don’t like Mountain Day, so there is a negative energy among the students that day.”

Students React to Dress Code

Dress code: the most common phrase you hear when walking down the halls at Northwood School. With the next school year just kicking off, the faculty is buttoning down on dress code. It is clear that there are mixed emotions regarding Northwood’s dress code among both new and returning students. Ella Fesette ‘22 said, “the dress code doesn’t let students express their styles and themselves.” On the other hand, Madison Novotny ‘20 said, “I like the dress code as it makes everyone at Northwood look nice, welcoming, and professional.”

What is dress code and what is not?

Marina Alvarez ’21, Lucas French ’20, and Ella Fesette ’22 demonstrating the differences between what is dress code (center) and what is not.

Northwood is unique in that we have students from over 24 different countries who all have different opinions on the dress code. For Ben Norton ‘22, Northwood is his third school and second preparatory school. “In England, I had to wear a blazer, tie, shirt, dress pants, and black shoes. In Austria, there was no dress code. [I think that] Northwood’s dress code is fair,” said Norton.

Camouflage is one of many styles of clothing against the school’s dress code. But many students, especially girls, find it difficult to understand why. Fesette said, “I disagree with camouflage being a dress code violation because personally, I love to wear camouflage. It is part of my style. [The rule] is taking away my opportunity to express my true self.” However, Magdalena Erbenova ‘20, a new student this year, said, “I don’t mind not wearing camouflage. If I could add anything [to the dress code], it would be denim, hoodies, and t-shirts.” She even believes that the dress code could get stricter. “In my opinion, I prefer uniforms because everyone is equal. And you don’t have to think about what you’re going to wear in the morning,” Erbenova said.

Early in Northwood’s history, students were required to wear formal dress: shirts, ties, and blazers. Over the years, Northwood’s dress code has become more relaxed with only one expectation remaining: looking smart and presentable. According to the Northwood School Handbook, “Northwood believes that neatness of dress and appearance conveys an attitude of seriousness and respect toward academics, ourselves and others, and toward all community activities at Northwood.”

The majority of Northwood students prefer to be more untucked about the dress code, but is a change possible?

Soccer Bests Berkshire

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Northwood School’s starting eleven versus Berkshire School on September 11, 2019 (Source: Black Rock FC).

The Northwood boys’ soccer team believed they were the best prep team in the country last season, but they never had the chance to prove it. Berkshire School, which held the top spot in the rankings, cancelled a fall 2018 game with Northwood, preventing the Huskies from ascending to the top of the prep soccer rankings in their first year of the elite soccer program.

The expectations for the game last Wednesday, September 11th, were high, especially for John Sinclair  ‘20, a postgraduate who graduated from Berkshire School last year. “I knew it would be high tensions,” Sinclair said, “and it would be a very physical and intense match.”

Indeed, it was a tough game for Northwood, who got their first goal with an amazing kick by Luke Smith ‘21 from outside the eighteen. Eitan Rosen  ‘20 said, “It was a phenomenal goal–a real piece of class that broke the ice in a tight game.”

Video: Luke Smith ’21 scored the first goal versus Berkshire (Video credit: Berkshire School)

The Huskies were able to maintain the advantage until the second half, when Berkshire scored on a penalty kick to tie the game. But this setback didn’t deflate the Huskies. “I felt we had to keep playing our style of play: don’t force anything and eventually we would get the goal,” said Ryan Combe ‘20.

Northwood had never given up on a victory that seemed reachable. With about five minutes remaining in the game, Mateo Rodriguez  ‘20 headed a corner kick ball into Berkshire’s net, scoring the game-winning goal. Despite Berkshire’s attempts to tie the game, the Huskies controlled the game until the end.

When the final whistle was heard and the game finished, the rivals became friends again. “After the game, a lot of my friends at Berkshire came over to me, and it was a really great feeling to see them stay after the game and greet me!” said Sinclair, who described the Northwood win as “bittersweet” at a school meeting assembly last Friday.

Rankings haven’t been released since the game, but Northwood’s players and coaches expect the Huskies to earn the top spot when national prep rankings are updated on Top Drawer Soccer.

Northwood coach Mr. John Moodey was the soccer coach at Berkshire before starting Northwood’s program two years ago. “It was a good outcome,” said Moodey. “[The team] has only been together for a week, so I am happy with the result. There were really good moments for us, and we showed some of our potential,” he added. “Obviously we made some mistakes and weren’t perfect, but it was a good first step as we begin our season.” He had always believed that the Northwood soccer players had the ability, the chemistry, and the character to win the game.

Now that the boys have overcome this first challenge, the main goal for this year is to build a strong sense of community within the team to get the strongest chemistry possible and to continue getting great results.

2019 Commencement Weekend Recap [Senior Video + Photos]

CommencementThe 2019 Northwood School commencement weekend began, as is tradition, with the Senior Dinner on the night of Friday, May 17th. This is a highlight activity of the weekend as families and friends gather under the tent, spending some quality time together, sharing a meal and celebrating their special graduate. Graduates often invite their friends and favorite faculty/coaches to join them at their table. A few awards are distributed and the Cum Laude Society is recognized.

P1044053The main attraction, however, is always the Senior Video. This year, senior Sarah Bennett directed the video, which was widely praised as the best senior video ever.

The Northwood School Class of 2019 commencement ceremony took place on May 18th, 2019. This was the one hundred-twelth commencement ceremony in Northwood School history.

Following the ceremony, the graduates proceeded to ring and walk under the Victory Bell and receive their Northwood Alumni pin. This is another one of Northwood’s beautiful traditions. It signifies the transition from high school to the greater world and entry into the great family of Northwood Alumni.





Morgan Broderick
Lake Placid, NY
Attended Northwood School for five years.
Click here for a transcript of Morgan’s speech


Isaac Newcomb
Lake Placid, NY
Attended Northwood School for three years
Click here for a transcript of Isaac’s speech



Barbard Dill and Dr. Richard Smith





James Herd Fullerton graduated from Norwich University in 1930 and joined the faculty at Northwood School in 1932. During his Northwood career, Jim would serve as a math and science teacher, hockey, baseball, and football coach, crew coach and Director of Athletics.

Throughout his more than thirty years at Northwood (1932-1955), Jim Fullerton established a reputation as a caring, compassionate teacher and an innovative, thoughtful coach. But it was through sheer force of his character that Jim Fullerton had the greatest influence on a generation of Northwood graduates. There are countless stories of Jim coming to the aid of a student or player in need of some sage advice, a pat on the back or some firm direction. Mr. Fullerton passed away in 1991.

The Fullerton Prize is awarded annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated the most significant professional growth and/or had the deepest impact upon the overall character development in the student body during the academic year. The winner must embody the qualities of honesty, integrity, compassion, and love of students so valued by Coach Fullerton. The prize is intended to enhance the professional and personal growth of the faculty recipient.

I am pleased to award this year’s Fullerton Prize to Noel Carmichael, who embodies the qualities that still live through the legend and legacy of Jim Fullerton. Noel, please come forward to receive this award.




Dr. Vanderlyn R. Pine is a native of New Paltz, New York and graduated from Northwood School in 1955. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1967 and his Master’s Degree in 1969 from Dartmouth College. Dr. Pine earned his Ph.D. from New York University in 1971.

While at Northwood, Van Pine excelled in athletics as a member of the ice hockey, football and track teams. In addition, he was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Mirror, the school’s newspaper, and was involved in the total life of the school as he served on a wide variety of committees. Two of Dr. Pine’s children, Brian, Class of 1981 and Daniel, Class of 1982, graduated from Northwood. Dr. Pine was elected to the Board of Trustees in 1986. In the fall of 1997, he was elected Chair of the Board and assumed his current position of Emeritus Chair in 2014.

The Pine Award, an engraved Boston Rocker chair, is given to the faculty member who: “Demonstrates dedication to his or her students; exudes energy and enthusiasm for learning; fosters respect for scholarship and provides a consistency of preparation and classroom delivery which stimulates students to want to learn.” The members of the Northwood student body select the faculty winner through nomination and vote.

This year’s winner is Ben Runyon


Ira Flinner served Northwood School as its headmaster from 1926 to 1951. During his long and legendary service, he fostered excellence in academics and character. His influence is with us today, and it lives on through the achievement of this year’s recipients of the Ira A. Flinner Award: Isaac Newcomb and Joanna Rosenbluth.


Harry MacDonald served behind the scenes at Northwood School for thirty years. The award in his name honors a student for whom giving is more important than receiving and who puts the greater good in front of his or her own interests. For all she has done for the greater Northwood School community, we extend our gratitude to: Morgan Broderick.

A $4,000 Scholarship, $1000 per year for four years, is awarded to a student who has achieved outstanding performance in academics, demonstrated excellence in a co- or extra-curricular activity, and who is attending a four-year college or university next year. This year’s co-winners, sharing in this scholarship, are: Aiden Smith and Chelsea Smith.


There’s an essence to Northwood School that cannot be put into words. Instead, it shows itself in the actions and character of its community. For thirty-four years, no one displayed this essence better than Anne Edwards. Inspiring community service, offering a maternal shoulder to students in need, even teaching hockey players to knit, Annie wasn’t just an instructor. She was a living personification of the school itself. This year’s award goes to that student who, like Annie Edwards, understood and fully lived the Northwood experience. Our thanks to Zhuoxian (Simon) Ou.


The Judith K. Good Student Council Award is given in honor of Mrs. Judith Good, who served the Lake Placid community as a mediator and conflict resolution specialist for more than twenty years. The recipient is chosen and the award is given by students themselves in recognition of the qualities of character they see, knowing that student better than any faculty member possibly could. To Aimee Headland – your classmates thank you for being yourself so truly and giving to others so generously.




This plaque is awarded annually to a member of the Senior Class who, over their last three years at Northwood, has shown the greatest academic growth through their hard work and determination to succeed. The award is given in memory of Mr. Roland Urfirer of Lake Placid, who served on the school’s Board of Trustees from 1973 to 2014. We are pleased to recognize Lanxin (Jessica) Lin for her achievements.




This prize is awarded to the student or students in the graduating class who, in the opinion of the headmaster, advised by the faculty, is an individual who has, through his/her character and enthusiasm, contributed in a positive way to enhance the culture of Northwood School. This year, the winner is: John Biechler.

The Senior Scholastic Awards, honoring the two graduating seniors who have achieved the highest academic averages over the past year.

The second highest ranking scholar – Joanna Rosenbluth

The highest ranking scholar – Chelsea Smith


The School Seal is the visual representation of what we are and what we stand for. The annual prize is awarded to the senior who best lives up to the high ideals of our Core Values: Responsibility, Courage, Compassion, Integrity, and Respect. Just as the School Seal represents our school, so does the work and influence of this year’s winner embody all that we aspire to be. This year’s recipient is: Lanxin (Jessica) Lin.


This plaque is awarded to the senior who has shown through influence, character, and service to be the outstanding citizen of the school community, embodying our highest ideals and offering a consistent willingness to work for the betterment of his/her classmates and school. This is Northwood’s highest award. This year’s winner is: Matthew Shanklin.




This plaque is presented in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics and in women’s sports. The recipient is chosen for her accomplishments and enthusiasm in developing both her intellectual and physical being. The winner is: Sarah Coombs.




This is an award given each year by Mr. & Mrs. F. Stillman Hyde and family, in loving memory of Tim Hyde, who graduated from Northwood in 1962. It is given to the hockey player who, in the opinion of the coaches, best exemplifies Tim Hyde’s love of the game and his “never quit” attitude; no matter how stiff the opposition. The winner is: Andrew Gilbert.



Charlie Holt served as a teacher and coach at Northwood School from 1955 to 1962. After Northwood, Charlie was hockey coach at Colby College and the University of New Hampshire. Considered one of the “true gentlemen” of the game, Charlie Holt embodied the best qualities the game has to offer. A plaque is awarded annually by Northwood School to the members of the boys and girls hockey squads who have shown the best sportsmanship in practice and in games. The winners are: Cole Leal and Aimee Headland.

The permanent trophy was given by the late Herbert L. Malcolm, former Headmaster of the Lake Placid School now Northwood School, and the individual plaque is awarded each year to the male and female students who, in the opinion of the faculty Athletic Committee, have shown the best sportsmanship in athletics throughout the year. The award recognizes qualities of character that enhance the excellence of the teams on which the individuals participate and that reflects positively on Northwood as an institution during athletic competition. The winners are: Alex van Schalkwyk and Jane Baumer.


Mark Driscoll, Class of 1970, was the complete skier, competing in cross-country, jumping, and alpine events. His legacy is one of extraordinary enthusiasm and dedication. As an athlete, a student, and a student leader, Dill was one of the school’s most positively influential characters. The school named the premier ski team award in his honor. This year’s winner is: Sarah Bennett.


This award is given to the student athlete of the North Country who best displays Tim Smythe’s leadership and courage and who inspires their teammates to rise to any challenge. The winner is: Will Arquiett.


The English award goes to a student for whom literature is a passport to all lands and ages, for whom writing is an opportunity to convey worthy ideas with passion and grace. The winner this year is: Aleksei Rutkovskii.


The Science award is given to a senior who has demonstrated both interest and achievement in the field of science. This student has a strong desire to understand scientific concepts and has an inquisitive mind. In addition, this student thinks about the topics beyond the scope of the classroom and completes every assignment with diligence and effort. This year’s winner is: Isaac Newcomb.


The Mathematics award is made to a student who combines talent with hard work, and whose curiosity and creative thinking provide a lively model for maximizing learning in mathematics. The winner this year is: Joanna Rosenbluth.


The Language prize is awarded to the student who passionately pursues skill in the speaking, reading, and writing of a foreign language. For French, this year’s recipient is: Sarah Coombs.


The Social Science award is presented for excellence in the appreciation and understanding of issues in the Social Sciences. This year’s winner is: Lanxin (Jessica) Lin.


Creativity, passion, energy, and a zest for artistic excellence are qualities that describe the recipient of this award. The Arts Department Prize goes to: Yuqi (Jessie) Li.


The English as a Second Language Prize is given to the senior who has excelled both in English language fluency as well as cultural fluency. This student, through hard work, patience, and involvement, has enriched the Northwood community. The winner this year is: Pedro Paggi Simoes.


The Deo B. Colburn scholarships are awarded to students of Essex and Franklin counties who have demonstrated good scholarship and strong character during their years in secondary school. The grants come from the foundation established by Mr. Colburn, Northwood’s long time neighbor. This year, the following student has been selected to receive this award: Kevin Quinn.


Ten Students Inducted into Cum Laude Society


Ten students were inducted into Northwood School’s Cum Laude Society at School Meeting on Friday, May 10. They join four seniors who were inducted to the honor society last year. The Cum Laude Society is Northwood School’s highest academic honor.

Founded in 1906, the Cum Laude Society is dedicated to honoring scholastic achievement in secondary schools. The founders of the society modeled Cum Laude after Phi Beta Kappa and in the years since its founding, Cum Laude has grown to 382 chapters, mostly at Independent schools in the United States.

The 2019 class of the Cum Laude Society inducted on May 10 includes Jane Baumer ’19, Lanxin Lin ’19, Beth Fisher ’19, Alex van Schalkwyk ’19, Courtney Fairchild ’20, Zachary Ellsworth ’20, Aleksei Rutkovskii ’19, Rachel Rosner ’20, Erin Hooper ’20, and Rintaro Akasaka ’20. They were joined at the ceremony by Cum Laude Society members who were inducted in 2019: Isaac Newcomb ’19, Chelsea Smith ’19, Aiden Smith ’19, Joanna Rosenbluth ’19.

“The 57 Bus” is Next All-School Read


The 2019 All-School Read is The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater, pictured here with other recent All-School Reads (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

At School Meeting today, Assistant Head of School Mr. John Spear announced that The 57 Bus will be Northwood School’s 2019 All-School Read. Written by Dashka Slater and published in 2017, The 57 Bus is a true story that centers on the lives of two high school students in Oakland, California. [Read more…]

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