Rodriguez is an All-American Soccer Player

Northwood’s soccer program is one of the best high school soccer programs in the country, so it is no surprise that one of our players, Mateo Rodriguez Cortina`20, was selected to play in the 2019 High School All-American Game.


Rodriguez (second from left) with other Black Rock FC players at the All-American Game in Orlando, November 2019.

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First Trimester Honor Rolls Released

December 6, 2019 — Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first trimester of the 2019-20 school year, which concluded on Friday, November 15.

Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum weighted GPA of 4.00 with no grade below B+
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B+

Amelia Brady ‘21 Macie Eisenhart ‘23 Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23
Katherine Broderick ‘22 Courtney Fairchild ‘20 Santiago Matheu ‘20
Ryan Cielo ‘21 Kathryn Hagness ‘21 Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23
Ellie Colby ‘21 Caroline Harrison ‘22 Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23
Kira Cook ‘23 Erin “Lexi” Hooper ‘20 Rowen Norfolk ‘22
Ava Day ‘21 Su Hae “Jessica” Jang ‘20 Mateo Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
Cisco DelliQuadri ‘20 Jacob Jaslow ‘23 Abigail Sinclair ‘23
Haley Donatello ‘21 Madison Kostoss ‘21 Jonathan Sinclair ‘20
Patrick Doyle ‘20 Hilary Larsen ‘22 Emilie Venne ‘20


Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.70 with no grade below B
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum weighted GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B

Rintaro Akasaka ‘20 Aimee Headland ‘20 Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22
Angelia Castillo ‘21 Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 Charles Purcell ‘21
Adelia Castillo ‘21 Jadenlin Klebba ‘21 Imani Rodriguez ‘20
John Cielo ‘21 Aidan Lasky ‘22 Bernardo Simoes ‘20
Maisie Crane ‘23 Anja Martin ‘22 Ana Spencer ‘20
Nora Dawood ‘23 Andrew Mazza ‘21 Adria Tebo ‘23
Norah Dempsey ‘21 Olivia McClean ‘22 Braelyn Tebo ‘20
William Donato ‘21 Ashlyn McGrath ‘21 Mariema Thioubou ‘23
Magdalena Erbenova ‘20 Thebe Mosehathebe ‘23 Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
Ziyad Fakhuri ‘20 Keith Mutunga ‘21 Andew Van Slyke ‘20
Ella Fesette ‘22 Minh-Khoi “Kirk” NguyenLe ‘23 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Lucas French ‘20 Madison Novotny ‘20 Joey Winthrop ‘23
Alvaro Galan Ortega ‘20 Maximilian Oechsner ‘21 Zachary Zientko ‘21
Christophe Garon ‘20 Santiago Perez Diosdado ‘22
Carson Hall ‘22 Noah Pittman ‘21


Upperclassmen (Gr. 11 & 12):  Minimum GPA of 3.30 with no grade below B-
Underclassmen (Gr. 9 & 10):  Minimum GPA of 3.00 with no grade below B-

Pedro Bacci ‘23 Mackenzie Hull ‘21 Benjamin Norton ‘22
Brian Bette ‘22 Eli Jean-Francois ‘21 Chase Ormiston ‘21
Tyler Boudreau ‘22 Sean Kgwakgwa ‘21 Anna Pavlasova ‘23
Daniel Colabufo ‘20 Nathan Kirschenbaum ‘21 Robert Renner ‘21
Gabrielle Cote ‘21 Michael Leone ‘21 Lucas Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
Benjamin DeGirolamo ‘21 Elise Loescher ‘21 William Rosen ‘20
Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Slater Loffredo ‘22 Eitan Rosen ‘20
Zachary Ellsworth ‘20 Martin McDonough ‘20 Jack Schlifke ‘20
Ray Fust ‘21 Brendan Merriman ‘21 Luke Smith ‘21
Jordan Harris ‘21 Luc Mikula ‘21 Hadley Swedlund ’20
Erik Hegyi ‘21 Christopher Morgan ‘20 Marcelo Suarez Rojas ‘20


Attained at least three “excellent” grades, with no effort grades below “good.”

Rintaro Akasaka ‘20 Ella Fesette ‘22 Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23
Matthew Brady ‘22 Lucas French ‘20 Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23
Amelia Brady ‘21 Julia Geraldi ‘20 Rowen Norfolk ‘22
Katherine Broderick ‘22 Danda Gesang ‘20 Benjamin Norton ‘22
Angelia Castillo ‘21 Kathryn Hagness ‘21 Chase Ormiston ‘21
John Cielo ‘21 Caroline Harrison ‘22 Santiago Perez Diosdado ‘22
Ryan Cielo ‘21 Aimee Headland ‘20 Noah Pittman ’21
Daniel Colabufo ‘20 Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 Marie-Jeanne Prince ‘22
Ellie Colby ‘21 Erin “Lexi” Hooper ‘20 Robert Renner ‘21
Ryan Combe ‘20 Su Hae “Jessica” Jang ‘20 Imani Rodriguez ‘20
Kira Cook ‘23 Jacob Jaslow ‘23 Lucas Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
Gabrielle Cote ‘21 Jadenlin Klebba ‘21 Mateo Rodriguez Cortina ‘20
Nora Dawood ‘23 Madison Kostoss ‘21 Eitan Rosen ‘20
Ava Day ‘21 Hilary Larsen ‘22 William Rosen ‘20
Benjamin DeGirolamo ‘21 Adian Lasky ‘22 Bernardo Simoes ‘20
Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23 Jonathan Sinclair ‘20
Cisco DelliQuadri ‘20 Elise Loescher ‘21 Ana Spencer ‘20
Haley Donatello ‘21 Slater Loffredo ‘22 Lily Spiegel ‘22
William Donato ‘21 Anja Martin ‘22 Marcelo Suarez Rojas ‘20
Patrick Doyle ‘20 Santiago Matheu ‘20 Braelyn Tebo ‘20
Macie Eisenhart ‘23 Andrew Mazza ‘21 Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
Zachary Ellsworth ‘20 Olivia McClean ‘22 Andrew Van Slyke ‘20
Magdalena Erbenova ‘20 Luk Mikula ‘21 Emilie Venne ‘20
Courtney Fairchild ‘20 Thebe Mosehathebe ‘23 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Ziyad Fakhuri ‘20 Keith Mutunga ‘21 Zachary Zientko ‘21

Northwood Students Get Insider’s View of Cryptocurrency Industry

Gemini’s Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss Join the Classroom Live

Digital currencies like Bitcoin are widely considered the new frontier of global finance, and Northwood School students were recently treated to a class visit by two of the leaders of the world’s cryptocurrency industry.

Students in Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class had a forty-minute conference call with Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the founders of Gemini Trust Company, LLC, a private asset exchange for cryptocurrency that allows investors to trade several different cryptocurrencies. Launched in New York in 2015, Gemini now operates in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

“An important component of the course is exploring new technologies that have the potential to reshape the global economy,” stated Dr. Finnerty Paul.  “The opportunity to speak with leaders in the field who have created a secure platform to invest in cryptocurrencies is a unique opportunity to engage our students as we believe that students learn best through exploration and inquiry.”


Students in Dr. Laura Finnerty Paul’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship class hold up copies of “Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption,” a NY Times bestselling book that tells the story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’s big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.

Cryptocurrencies are digital assets with advanced cryptography, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Unlike traditional currencies such as dollars and euros, central banking authorities do not control cryptocurrencies.  Bitcoin, released in 2009, was the first cryptocurrency, but the market has exploded in recent years, and over 6,000 altcoins (alternative variants of bitcoin, or other cryptocurrencies) have been created.

Cameron Winklevoss said, “I don’t think it’s going to be one cryptocurrency take all. Other things like the Facebook Libra or Gemini Dollar will be more like a currency.”

“In my opinion, it’s probably a lot better than gold,” said Brian Kelly recently about Libra, Facebook’s new cryptocurrency. Kelly is a commentator on the business and personal finance network CNBC and sometimes called a “Cryptocurrency Televangelist.” He believes that having companies like Gemini and currencies like Libra grow will start to change the market for what crypto is today and have more competitors in the future.

The industry is growing rapidly and with two trustworthy and respected entrepreneurs running a company like Gemini, the future looks bright for the startup and the entire industry.

The Winklevoss brothers believe that in the near future, all real-world assets will be tokenized and traded on blockchain, a technology that enables transactions without a central authority. Aimee Headland ‘20, a student in the Introduction to Entrepreneurship class, agrees with them. “[Blockchains] will make trading any type of cryptocurrency much easier and also allow me to invest more easily,” she said.

Drama Club’s Next Play Focuses on Collaboration and Community

seedfolksDuring school meeting on November 11, Ms. Noël Carmichael, Drama Program Director, announced the timeline for the next play. Based on the novel Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, the play will focus on how diverse characters come together to transform a bleak empty lot into a vibrant community garden. This resonates with Northwood’s theme for this year: community.

Auditions will take place on November 18 and 19, call-backs on November 20, and the show will be performed at Lake Placid Center for the Arts on February 11 and 12. As many as 23 to 75 roles are available in the show, and opportunities for backstage work, such as lighting, props, and costumes, are abundant. For those involved in other extra-curricular activities but would like to participate in the play, specific schedules will be created so that they will only need to attend rehearsals when needed. What is more unique about this show is that it will be a co-production with North Country School, Lake Placid Middle/High School, and homeschoolers around the area.

Click here for a copy of the slides Ms. Carmichael used in her presentation. Stay tuned for our next play, and good luck to everyone auditioning!


Students Continue Halloween Tradition at Northwood

The trees have lost their leaves and the temperatures are getting colder. Snow is in the forecast. Fall is coming to an end at Northwood and it is time for the tradition of celebrating Halloween.

Halloween began as a Celtic festival Samhain, an event for people to dress up and light bonfires in hopes to scare away ghosts. Over time, some of these traditions were integrated into All Saints Day, November 1st, which slowly evolved into Halloween. Through the years, Halloween in America has become an entire day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating treats.

Northwood students look forward to celebrating Halloween. “I mainly like Halloween for the movies and the good food around this time of the year,” said Michael Leone ‘21.

Celebrating big holidays while being away from home can be a challenging time for Northwood students, but the school organizes many fun activities. From the start of breakfast, students will attend classes and walk the campus dress in all types of costumes. Then, during community time, there is a costume contest with the following categories: Funniest, Scariest, Most Creative, Best Duo/Trio, and Best Group.

When the sun goes down, the lights come up, and the fists start pumping, The Halloween disco features the funky beats of DJ Hilaire. Northwood’s newest hockey coach and math/robotics teacher, Mr. Keanu Hilaire, will get the school dancing.

Another Halloween tradition is CandyGrams. Northwood’s community service organization CARE offers the opportunity for students to send each other small bags of candy with personalized messages. The fundraiser raises hundreds of dollars for worthy causes each year.

Not everyone enjoys the Halloween tradition at Northwood. Daniel Colabufo ‘20 said “ I don’t like it because I don’t see it as a real holiday as I don’t see a real meaning behind it. It’s a way for little kids to get candy.” Despite Colabufo’s skepticism, the tradition continues and Northwood still finds a fun way for all students to enjoy the day.

Celebrating Halloween is a way for the school to come together as a community.  For some, it is the scariest time of the year and for others, it is their favorite time of the year.

Details of this year’s festivities were outlined in a recent email from Ms. Mavis Agnew:

From: Mavis Agnew <>
Date: Fri, Oct 25, 2019 at 12:12 PM
Subject: Halloween
To: FacultyStaff <>, students <>

Students & Faculty:

On Thursday, October 31st we will have a Peak costume contest and runway walk at a special all school meeting during community time at 10:25am.  Students are permitted to wear appropriate costumes on Halloween or they may be in class dress. This is not a “dress down day” and students cannot dress as a “yoga instructor”  or a “rugby athlete” in order to just wear leggings, or shorts and t-shirts to class. Please have fun, but make costumes both respectful and specific and do not abuse the privilege to wear costumes to class.

Thursday evening we will have a Halloween Dinner.  Dress is either costume or class dress:

Rainbow Carrot Slaw
Green Salad
Green Curried Shellfish (shrimp, mussels, clams)
Tri-Colored Tortellini with roasted tomato sauce and fresh basil
Cheddar Stuffed Meatloaf with tomato glaze
Crispy Waffle Fry Poutine
Fresh Tuscan Bread
NY apples with Caramel Fondue
Sundae Bar

Dinner will be followed by a Dance in the rear of the Dining Hall featuring DJ HIlaire

Some Peak Events including a balloon stomp and hide & seek will take place.

The festivities will commence by 8:15 and study hall will resume by 8:30pm.

Please let me know if you have questions.  If you have ideas, please reach out to our Halloween Spirit Chairman, Addie Castillo.  We will be looking for student volunteers to help with decorations and clean up.


Students New To Stage Anticipate Debut in Musical

Even for a veteran, performing in front of an audience can be very intimidating. The Northwood drama club, which this week will perform its fall musical, The Good Old Days, has a couple of students who have never before performed on stage.

Margot Rouquette ‘20 is a hockey player and golfer from France. She loves to try new things, but she had never tried performing before. So last spring, she auditioned for the school musical. “I wanted to be more involved in the community and to try something new, which is always good,” Rouquette said. She continued, “I’m still not comfortable with singing and dancing. But I have a solo and a couple of dances [in the play].”

Just like Rouquette, Julia Geraldi ‘20 doesn’t have prior experience in drama performance but she auditioned for the school musical. She is primarily known at Northwood as an alpine ski racer.

“As a senior, I wanted to try something new outside of skiing. The school play Anon(ymous) last year encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and try singing,” Geraldi recalled. “I’m very glad I joined the drama program this year. I met people I wouldn’t normally meet or talk to outside of school. I’ve been having a lot of fun, and I’m excited to see how this experience will open up new opportunities for me in the future,” she said.

Performances of The Good Old Days are Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 PM at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. Admission is free.


Girls’ Hockey Remains Undefeated and Wins Tournament

The girls’ hockey team returned to Burlington, Vermont last weekend to compete in the Rice Prep Tournament. The girls went 5-0, winning the tournament and extending their historic winning streak to seventeen games.


The Girls’ Hockey Team poses with the championship plaque as winners of the Rice Prep Hockey Tournament in Vermont. The team’s 17-0 start is the best in program history (Photo provided).

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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.

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