Vonn Returns to Northwood as Alpine Technical Director

Thomas Vonn is a new addition to the NYSEF/Northwood coaching staff. He is returning to his high school roots after spending twenty years away from Northwood as an Olympic and World Cup alpine ski racer and, later, a world-class coach, known mostly for coaching the technical aspects of ski racing.   [Read more…]

School-Wide “Peak” Events Begin Tomorrow

Beginning this weekend, Northwood School will be split into four teams — called Peaks — and kick-off a year-long series of competitions and events. This development comes after a fall meeting at which students expressed concern to the school’s Board of Trustees about a lack of school spirit at Northwood. That conversation led to a months-long series of meetings that eventually brings back a piece of Northwood History that organizers hope will build school spirit. [Read more…]

2018 Commencement Weekend Recap [Video + Gallery]

Commencement weekend began, as is tradition, with the Senior Dinner on the night of Friday, May 18th. 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.

The main attraction, however, is always the Senior Video. This year, creative director Mr. Michael Aldridge directed the video, which was widely praised as the best senior video ever.

2018 Senior Video from Northwood School on Vimeo.

 

The Northwood School Class of 2018 commencement ceremony took place on May 19th, 2018. This was the one hundred-eleventh 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.

 

CLASS OF 2018 HONOR SPEAKERS

Sara Ritchie Donatello

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

 

Ruiyang “Kevin” Xiao

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Beijing, China
Attended Northwood School for two years.
Click here for a transcript of Kevin’s speech

 

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

Mr. Roger S. Loud

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Retiring Mathematics Teacher
Click here for a transcript of Mr. Loud’s speech

 

FACULTY PRIZES

THE JAMES HERD FULLERTON FACULTY PRIZE

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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 TIM WEAVER who embodies the qualities that still live through the legend and legacy of Jim Fullerton. Jill, please come forward to receive this award.

 

THE DR. VANDERLYN R. PINE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

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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 JAMIE WELSH

 

SENIOR DINNER AWARDS FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018

 

LINDA FRIEDLANDER AWARD

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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 Kylie Kroes

 

TIM HYDE HOCKEY AWARD

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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 Martin Simanek

 

CHARLES HOLT HOCKEY AWARD

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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 Sara Donatello and Sam DiBitetto

 

MALCOLM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

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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 Moe Tsukimoto and Patrick Callahan

 

MARK “DILL” DRISCOLL SKI AWARD

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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 Kevin (Ruiyang) Xiao

 

ENGLISH PRIZE

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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 Kylie Kroes

 

SCIENCE PRIZE

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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 Madison McCarthy

 

MATHEMATICS PRIZE

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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 Sidney Williams

 

LANGUAGE PRIZE

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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 Daniel Lambert

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE PRIZE

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The Social Science award is presented for excellence in the appreciation and understanding of issues in the Social Sciences. This year’s winner is Olivia Skriloff

 

ARTS PRIZE

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

 

ESL PRIZE

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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 Chenghong Tang

 

DEO B. COLBURN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

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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 longtime neighbor. This year, the following student has been selected to receive this award: Kylie Kroes

 

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AWARDS SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

 

THE IRA A. FLINNER AWARD

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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 recipient of the Ira A. Flinner Award, Patrick Callahan

 

THE HARRY MacDONALD AWARD

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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 he has done for the greater Northwood School community, we extend our gratitude to Sidney Williams

 

TIM SMYTHE AWARD

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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 Keeley Rose

 

CROWNE PLAZA RESORT ACADEMIC & SNOW SPORTS AWARD

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A $4,000 Scholarship, $1000 per year for four years, is awarded to the top student in both scholastics and snow sports attending a four-year college next year. The winner is Matthieu Cote

 

THE JUDITH K. GOOD STUDENT COUNCIL AWARD

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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 Sam DiBitetto –your classmates thank you for being yourself so truly and giving to others so generously.

 

URFIRER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

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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 Aoi Sugimoto for her achievements.

 

THE EDWARD M. GOOD HEADMASTER’S PRIZE

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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 we have three winners: Nicole Kendrick, Hannah Kessel and Madison McCarthy

 

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

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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 – Kylie Kroes
The highest ranking scholar – Sidney Williams

 

SCHOOL SEAL PRIZE

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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 Martin Simanek

 

THE NORTHWOOD AWARD

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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 Sara Donatello.

 

 

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Ceremony Celebrates Achievement, Cautions Against Need for Approval

In the final days of the school year, following commencement and LEAP and before final exams, the Northwood community pauses to reflect on our “new school,” with juniors assuming the leadership left vacant by graduating seniors. Mr. Mellor opened the ceremony, held on Wednesday afternoon, by asking two students, Ava Day ’21 and Rachel Rosner ’20, to share how their perspectives have changed since they started attending Northwood. Mellor then showed a humorous video clip about a conflict between an enormous naval warship and a lighthouse.

Mellor addressed a theme in Rosner’s and Day’s remarks: the danger of needing the approval of others. Bringing it back to the video clip, Mr. Mellor said, “Ultimately, you are the captain of your boat,” he said. “You are in control of your life. The lighthouse won’t move.”

Three other students walk to the stage and addressed the audience. Martin McDonough ’20 spoke of dealing with a difficult situation with integrity. Charlie Purcell ‘21 spoke of the importance of being able to be yourself and how he has found that at Northwood. Finally, Paul Han ’20 spoke about finding his place at Northwood and his personal resolution for next year.

Following their remarks, Head of School Mr. Michael Maher led an exciting awards ceremony where twenty-two students won twenty-four awards, including over $800,000 in scholarships to fourteen colleges and universities.

 

BROWN BOOK AWARD

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Brown University honors the junior who best combines academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression.  Language is the highest expression of our humanity; it defines what we are and what we aspire to be.  Those who use words effectively will be the leaders in the generation.  In them we invest our hope; to them, we accord our respect.  With this award, we salute their potential.  The winner is ISAAC NEWCOMB ’19.

 

CLARKSON AWARDS

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The Clarkson University High School Leadership Award is in recognition of outstanding leadership qualities and academic promise.  This award carries a $15,000 per year scholarship for WILL ARQUIETT ’19.

The Clarkson University High School Achievement Award carries a $12,000.00 per year scholarship for JACOB MUCITELLI ’19.

 

RENSSELAER MEDAL

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This award is given annually by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to the student in the Junior Class who has distinguished themselves in math & science and has the greatest interest in a science-related career.  This $25,000 per year merit scholarship is guaranteed for four years.  The winner is AIDEN SMITH ’19.

 

SAINT LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD

Drew Rose

St. Lawrence University honors the achievement of a high school junior who has demonstrated academic success and displayed a significant commitment to community service.  The winner of this award will receive a $4,000 merit scholarship for the four years.  The winner is DREW ROSE ’19.

 

WELLS COLLEGE 21st CENTURY LEADERSHIP AWARD

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Wells College presents 21st Century Leadership Awards to high school juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership ability in high school and community activities.  Recipients are nominated by their school and are then recognized by the Admissions Committee.  21st Century Leadership Award recipients are awarded a $40,000 scholarship, $10,000 a year for four consecutive years of study at the College.  The winner is MORGAN BRODERICK ’19.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER BAUSCH & LOMB HONORARY SCIENCE AWARD

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A $40,000 scholarship, $10,000 per year, to the University of Rochester is given to one junior with outstanding academic achievement in the field of science.  This year’s recipient is CHELSEA SMITH ’19.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER FREDERICK DOUGLASS AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY AWARD

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A $40,000 scholarship to the University of Rochester is given to one junior with a demonstrated commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues as well as leadership and dedication to community action.  This year’s recipient is JOJO ROSENBLUTH ’19.

 

AUGSBURY/NORTH COUNTRY SCHOLARSHIP AT ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY

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The Augsbury/North Country Scholarship was established in 1974 and serves to recognize academic and co-curricular leadership among designated North Country and Canadian high school students.  The $108,000 scholarship ($27,000 per year) is awarded to up to two nominated students from each eligible high school.  Students who are nominated and admitted to St. Lawrence University, but who are not selected as scholars, will receive a $10,000 annual award to recognize their nomination.  Northwood School’s nominees are BETH FISHER ’19 and ZACH ELLSWORTH ’19.

 

ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION & CREATIVITY AWARD SCHOLARSHIP

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This scholarship of $28,000 over four years is awarded to a junior with great promise in science, technology, engineering or math and in recognition of their potential as an innovator, creator, and entrepreneur.  The winner is SARAH COOMBS ’19.

 

SAINT MICHAEL’S COLLEGE BOOK AWARD

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The Saint Michael’s Book Award recognizes a junior who exhibits the characteristics of an ideal Saint Michael’s student.  In addition to academic excellence, awardees must demonstrate Social Conscience:  a concern for social justice issues and a sincere commitment to volunteerism and leadership in their communities.  This year’s winner, who will receive a scholarship to Saint Michael’s College of at least $12,000 per year up to full tuition, is JANE BAUMER ’19.

 

UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY MULTICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVERS AWARD PROGRAM

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The University at Albany Multicultural High School Achievers Award Program honors the accomplishments of high school achievers from upstate New York and beyond.  Now proudly celebrating its 29th year, this program provides the University at Albany with the opportunity to recognize juniors who have distinguished high school academic records and who are involved in numerous school and community activities.  This year’s winner is JULIA LIU ’19.

 

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY BOOK AWARD

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The Syracuse University Scholarship in Action Book Award is given to a high school junior who has demonstrated both a commitment to academic excellence and a dedication to community involvement in service to the public good.  This year’s winner is JOHN BIECHLER ’19.

 

THE HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGES SCHOLARSHIPS

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The Hobart and William Smith Colleges Scholarship is given to a male and female high school junior who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership.  The winners of this award will receive a $5,000 merit scholarship for four years.  This year’s recipients are JESSICA LIN and MATTHEW SHANKLIN.

 

SCAD DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS AWARD

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The Savannah College of Art and Design Distinguished Scholars Award is a scholarship in the amount of US$20,000 per year.  This scholarship is applicable toward tuition to attend SCAD in Atlanta, Hong Kong, Savannah or online via eLearning, and may be renewed annually, provided the recipient is enrolled and maintains a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.  This year’s winner is JESSIE LI ’19.

 

HIGH POINT UNIVERSITY JUNIOR SCHOLARS

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High Point University Junior Scholars are strong students as well as engaged members of their schools and communities. Junior Scholars have the opportunity for non-binding early acceptance to High Point University and will receive an initial $2,500 scholarship per year to HPU, totaling $10,000 over four years. The winner this year is ALEKSEI RUTKOVSKII ’19.

 

ENGLISH PRIZE

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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 CHELSEA SMITH ’19.

 

LANGUAGE PRIZE

Jessica Jang

The Language Prize is awarded to the student who passionately pursues skill in the speaking, reading, and writing of a foreign language.  The winner this year is JESSICA JANG ’20.

 

MATHEMATICS PRIZE

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The Mathematics award is given 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 ISAAC NEWCOMB ’19.

 

SCIENCE PRIZE

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The Science award is given to a student 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.  The winner this year is AIDEN SMITH ‘19.

 

SOCIAL SCIENCE PRIZE

Joanna Rosenbluth

The Social Science award is presented for excellence in the appreciation and understanding of issues in the Social Sciences.  The winner is JOJO ROSENBLUTH ’19.

 

ARTS PRIZE

Adelia Castilo

Creativity, passion, energy, and a zest for artistic excellence are qualities that describe the recipient of this award.  The Arts Department Award goes to ADELIA CASTILLO ’21.

 

ESL AWARD

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The English as a Second Language Award is given to the student who has excelled in both English language fluency as well as cultural fluency.  This student, through hard work, patience, and involvement has enriched the Northwood community.  The winner is CHLOE ZHANG ‘21.

Performing Arts Thrive at Northwood

This is the second in a series of articles to explore the arts at Northwood. Here we look at music and performing arts, while the previous story features visual arts.

The student and faculty talent showcase held on April 25th represented a variety of interests of the Northwood community from singing and dancing to stand-up comedy and improvisational theater. Fourteen acts, consisting of students and teachers, captivated the packed auditorium crowd. Event organizers hope that the talent showcase is a successful start to a series of annual performing arts shows.

“Ms. Sanford and I initially wanted to organize [the showcase] for students who weren’t in music classes,” commented Mr. Michael Portal, a music teacher at Northwood. “But then we also figured that it would be nice to add some variety to our band and guitar classes. I think that this event was a great opportunity for those who performed and for the audience as well,” said Portal. “Everyone seemed to enjoy the acts.”

Owen Pierce ‘21 played the violin in the talent show as a part of the band class. “I used to play the violin in an orchestra back when I lived in Baltimore,” said Pierce. “I’ve been in county showcases before, and the student talent showcase at Northwood was a very unique experience for me. [The performance] was on a much smaller scale than what I am used to, but at the same time, I did feel kind of uncomfortable because I’ve always played my violin with other people in the orchestra,” he said. “Overall, it was really fun, and I can’t wait to experiment with more songs and play them in front of people,” said Pierce.

Northwood tends to have a competitive culture, and the talent showcase featured prizes for the top acts. “Northwood kids tend to be competitive, and it was great to see how they competed against each other in arts,” said Ms. Noël Carmichael, the Ninth Grade Class Dean who also helped organize the event. “Next year, the art department is looking forward to expanding the talent showcase to also incorporate visual arts so that it can be more of a mixed media presentation rather than just music,” added Carmichael.

At Northwood, students develop their abilities to communicate their artistic visions not only through performances open to all levels, such as the Northwood Cafe open-mic events and the talent showcase but also through daily practices. The school offers a total of five music classes — Band, Guitar, Advanced Guitar, Music Recording, and Vocal Performance — and students are welcome to tap into the knowledge and skills of the Northwood performing arts faculty to learn new instruments, create their own music, sing, and so on. The courses explore various musical techniques, including classical and contemporary repertoires, and teach students to apply them to different genres like jazz, soul, rock, and pop.

Northwood School requires students to three trimesters (or one full year) of art, but many choose to take many more than the minimum graduation requirement.

Many students learn to play the guitar for the first time in Mr. Portal’s guitar classes. “Growing up, I’d always jump around and play the air guitar, even when I was raking leaves in my backyard,” said Mr. Portal. “I think that it’s great how my passion for playing the guitar influences my students,” he said. “Learning to play the guitar can be physically hard in the beginning, but it’s one of those instruments that are easily accessible. For a beginner, guitars are a great starting point because once you know a few chords, you start picking up really quickly,” he added.

“What I like most about guitar classes here is that I can learn to play the songs I like,” said sophomore Courtney Fairchild. “The first time I took Guitar in my freshman year, Mr. Portal taught me how to play ‘Seven Nation Army’ and ‘Simple Man,’” she recalled. “I instantly fell in love with the guitar. Starting from guitar classes, I’ve challenged myself to take Music Recording, and now, I’m taking Band,” Fairchild added. “In Music Recording, I had no idea what I was doing, but I managed to make a pretty good heavy metal song. Band classes give me a break from academics. Also, my band is just a pretty fun group,” added Fairchild.

Zach Zientko ‘21 currently plays the bass in Band. “In band class, there is more variety in what we can do,” said Zientko. “We can have a lot more fun because we can choose what songs we want to play as a group. You wouldn’t really expect a traditional instrument, like Owen’s violin, to go well with a band of electric guitars and a drum, but we were surprised to find out that they make a shockingly good mix,” Zientko added.

In recent years, students have been permitted to use the co-curricular time each day, once reserved exclusively for athletics, to pursue other interests, like art, music, robotics and community service.

“I think that co-curricular music is a good place to start if you don’t really know what instrument you’re interested in playing yet,” said junior Isaac Newcomb. “I did it last year, and I liked how I was able to make music individually, at my own pace.” Twice this year Newcomb has successfully performed the music he has composed: in the Winter Carnival talent show and the Northwood talent showcase. Each of Newcomb’s performances received a fervent response from the audience. “The most important thing when making music is being able to gain comfort and confidence,” said Newcomb.

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This year, the Northwood community has also collaborated in producing theatrical productions. What is Love? was directed by Ms. Carmichael and included 21 students who participated in the co-curricular drama offering that culminated in the performance following the Valentine’s Day formal dinner. Carmichael and her students put together numerous acts, ranging from spoken word to dancing, all under the theme of love. “I was really pleasantly surprised by the number and variety of people who wanted to participate in our show this year. We had students doing backstage work as well,” commented Carmichael. “Next year, we are going to have two shows — one in the fall, which will probably be a small-cast musical, and one in the spring. We will be having auditions for the fall show the week after LEAP so that during the summer, the cast can memorize their lines and practice for the performance that will be held two months after school starts. One of the main reasons I’ve decided to have another show early is because I want people who are dedicated to their winter sports to have a chance in participating in school theater,” she said.

Carmichael is excited about a new course offering next school year. “Approaches in Acting is a new one-trimester elective course next year. For those who are interested in taking the course for an entire year, I am willing to make it progressively intense,” Carmichael said. “I encourage students who don’t necessarily think of themselves as ‘theater’ kids to join because we will not only learn about the history and techniques of acting but also how to gain self-confidence and project our voices when we are on stage,” she added.

In the coming days and weeks, students will be making course selections for next year. Art teachers and student artists encourage students to add art classes to their schedules, even if they’ve met the minimum requirement. Art courses available to students next year include:

  • Fundamentals of Art
  • Drawing (and Advanced Drawing)
  • Painting (and Advanced Painting)
  • Print Making
  • Ceramics
  • Raku (Advanced Ceramics)
  • Sculpture
  • Digital Imaging (Photography)
  • Advanced Studio Art (Honors)
  • Innovation with Design Thinking
  • Approaches in Acting
  • Band (and Advanced Band)
  • Guitar (and Advanced Guitar)
  • Vocal Performance
  • Music Recording

Boys’ Lacrosse Has Historic Season [Photo Album]

It was an historic year for the boys’ lacrosse team. The group started the year strong and finished the same way, concluding the season with some home games and one tough road opponent and earning the school’s best-ever single-season lacrosse record.

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The first home game of the year was a rematch against Plattsburgh. In the first meeting, the Huskies had their number, but the guys knew Plattsburgh would come out strong. The Huskies scored early and never looked back. Goals were scored by numerous players, including Drew Rose, Nate Boak, Jack Pensa, Elijah Deveaux, Will Arquette and more. With a final score of 18-3, the Huskies swept Plattsburgh in the home and home series.

The next game, a road match against Massena, would be the toughest of the year. Massena is one of the best teams in the North Country. The guys knew they would need to bring their best effort in order to come out on top. Just as they did vs Plattsburgh, the Huskies scored first and continued to stay on top. With the score only 3-0 at halftime, it was a defensive battle. Massena’s goaltender made huge saves that kept the score close, but the Huskies continued to fire shots. Massena was able to score a few in the second half, but it wasn’t enough. The Huskies won 7-3. “It was a big one for sure,” said Nate Boak (Attack, 2020). Massena is always a tough test. It was a good road win”.

The final two games of the year were played at home versus Kuper Academy. It was a fun two games for the boys. Playing Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the team won both games. Cisco Delliquadri ‘20 and Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 played goalie for the two games, each splitting time. Sam Debitetto (Attack, 2018) notched his first Northwood Lacrosse goal. DiBitetto was electric after the game. “I’ve waited two years for this,” he said. “Nothing feels better.”

The team’s final record of 8-1 is the best record in Northwood Lacrosse history*. It was a great year for all the guys, and the boys want to wish all of the seniors, Patrick Callahan, Sam Debitetto, Logan Stewart, Martin Simanek and Jack Pensa the best of luck in college and beyond. You will be missed.

 

* Thorough records of past lacrosse seasons are not available. Northwood staff with extensive historical knowledge of the school believe no other Northwood lacrosse had a more successful season.

 

The Mirror Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week

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The faculty and staff during opening faculty meetings in August, 2017.

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and the staff of The Mirror used this occasion to ask our fellow students to reflect on their teachers and offer brief appreciations. What follows is the result of that exercise. [Read more…]

Nineteen Students Take Home Awards at Banquet

 

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Award-winners posed with their plaques following the 2018 Co-Curricular Awards Banquet.

 

The Annual Co-Curricular Awards Banquet awarded twenty awards to nineteen student-athletes. This was the last formal dinner before graduation, recognizing individual athletes that are characterized by the concept that there is no “I” in team. Each coach chooses one student that they thought represented each award best and shared attributes of the athlete. [Read more…]

Students Excited for LEAP Courses

While the senior class is finishing up their last couple weeks on campus, ninth, tenth and eleventh graders are looking forward to LEAP, a one-week course for underclassmen that takes place the week following graduation. [Read more…]

Day of Silence Brings Awareness of the LGBTQ Community

Last Friday, Northwood School participated in a Day of Silence to bring awareness to the LGBTQ community. This is an annual event nationwide and was organized at Northwood by Addie Castillo ‘21 and Ben DeGirolamo ‘21 as part of a class in Mrs. Carmichael’s ninth grade English class.   [Read more…]

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