Opinion: Australia Was Right to Deny Djokovic 

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Djokovic with the 2011 Australian open trophy. (Photo: CC BY-SA 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Novak_%C4%90okovi%C4%87#/media/File:Novak_Djokovic_AO_win_2011.jpg

On January 9th, my home country and city started hosting the infamous Australian Open, the prestigious tournament that dates to 1905. Despite the optimistic Melbournians (City Where the tournament is hosted) who are enthusiastic about finally being out of a year of harsh lockdown, there has been major controversy over the reigning champion Novak Djokovic’s visa application. 

Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star currently ranked number one in the world, had his entry visa denied by the Australian government. He appealed, won the appeal and was allowed to enter but authorities then revoked his visa again and he was prohibited from entering the country and winning the tournament for a tenth time.  

A few of my mates from home who are of Serbian descent have posted photos on social media protesting Djokovic’s absence. I spoke to some of them, and they all seemed agitated about the decisions. I asked my friend Luka Jevtic what his thoughts were on the decision. “Extremely frustrated and unfair, we were going to go watch him play,” Jevtic said. I sympathized for my mates back home because this is such an important event for my city and not having the world’s best player here is a huge loss. He is such a huge role model to the people in Australia and it is devastating for many young athletes, like my little cousin who idolized Djokovic. I feel bad for tennis fans back home. 

After speaking to some people back home, I wasn’t sure whether my country was doing the right thing. As an Australian, I have concluded that my country did the right thing. Djokovic shouldn’t be at this year’s tournament because he is anti-vaccination and broke several covid rules during a critical time. He was spotted in public shortly after testing positive, which is extremely unethical and infuriating.  

Many people are saying, “he was recently positive, which makes him immune for the next three months. He should be allowed to play.” I understand their argument, but in this scenario it’s not about him being immune or not. It is about his attitude towards the virus and his behaviour. His past decisions were appalling, which makes the visa decision fair: he shouldn’t be playing in this tournament.  

Hopefully, Djokovic will learn his lesson and develop as a human and come back next year. On the bright side, Australia’s fan favourite Nick Kyrgios has more chance of winning now that Djokovic isn’t here.  

C’mon Australia!! 

Hockey Tournament Is On, Despite COVID 

A scene from the 2019 Northwood Invitational (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered Northwood’s Winter Weekend somewhat, but the annual tournament is still on. The Northwood Invitational Tournament and Winter Weekend are important events for the staff and students to relax from work and enjoy activities. It is also an opportunity for parents and alumni to return to Lake Placid. All non-tournament activities are canceled.  

According to athletic director Mr. Trevor Gilligan, this year marks the 43rd annual Northwood hockey tournament. Athletes compete from Saturday through to Monday to try win the prestigious trophies.  

Traditionally, Northwood uses this weekend as a “Winter Weekend” where parents and alumni come and visit the school and Lake Placid to enjoy the tournament, pond hockey, receptions and other activities, but non-tournament activities have been canceled out of concern for the health and safety of the participants.  

Gilligan faced extreme difficulties organising the tournament due to Covid-19. Three teams from Quebec have cancelled their plans on playing in the tournament due to Covid-19. As Covid-19 cases rise locally there is a worry this homecoming weekend could potentially spread the virus severely, but Northwood are testing students and staff with symptoms regularly and are optimistic about this year’s Homecoming weekend. Several students have travelled back home for the weekend due to Covid-19, but many are still excited about the Hockey tournament. Mr Gilligan said, “Our hockey team is in pretty good shape for this weekend.” He also said “Covid has had an impact regarding scheduling and travelling but for the most part the Winter Weekend will be great.” 

 

NORTHWOOD GAME SCHEDULE 

Saturday       
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School Girls  Shadyside 
USA Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood School HS  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Prep  Gilmour 18’s 
1932 Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood Varsity  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood School Girls  Gilmour Academy 
1932 Rink  5:30 PM  Northwood School Prep  Ridley 
       
Sunday       
1932 Rink  7:00 AM  Northwood School HS  South Kent 15’s 
1932 Rink  8:45 AM  Northwood Varsity  Nichols 16’s 
1932 Rink  10:30 AM  Northwood School Girls  A-21 
1932 Rink  12:15 PM  Northwood School Prep  Bridgton 
USA Rink  2:00 PM  Northwood School HS  Gilmour 16’s 
1932 Rink  3:45 PM  Northwood Varsity  South Kent 15’s 

 

Monday  

Monday’s games TBD: Check the Northwood Community Team or social media channels for times 

12:15 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Girls Division)
12:15 PM Championship (USA Rink) (HS/Varsity Division)
2:00 PM Championship (1932 Rink) (Prep Division) 

 

Students Reflect on Media Bias on Anniversary of January 6 Riots 

On January 6th last year, nearly 2,000 supporters of then-President Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol building, infuriated by the 2020 election, which he lost to Joe Biden. A joint session of Congress was inside the Capitol and certifying the election, and the protesters outside hoped to overturn that result.  

Photo “2021 Storming of the United States Capitol” by Tyler Merbler. CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/37527185@N05/50812356151/

January 6th2020 may not be in our textbooks yet, but it has become a particularly important day in American history. On that day, the Northwood campus was quiet. Students were still at home following an extended winter break and were attending remote classes. Like so many others, the Northwood community learned about this tragic incident via social media.  

Ms. Noel Carmichael is Northwood Dean of Academic Affairs and co-teacher of integrated humanities teacher. Carmicheal marked the one-year anniversary by teaching her class about the January 6th incident and exploring various news sources reported the incident.  

“In our humanities class on January 6th we will be comparing and contrasting how different media sources are covering the event, including an analysis of what terminology is used by each source,” she said before the lesson.  

Carmichael was leading her ninth-grade integrated humanities class when the riots began January 6. “We were actually in class at the time it happened. It was 1:30 in the afternoon, I think. Our class was virtual, so I was at my kitchen table with all our students on the screen,” Carmichael said. When a student blurted out something about riots at the Capitol during class, she was suspicious. “Honestly, at first, I didn’t believe him. I thought he was exaggerating.”  

Dean of Academic Affairs Ms. Noel Carmichael (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Carmichael saw the incident as a teachable moment. “We spent a lot of time the rest of that week trying to understand what exactly happened and how it had been able to happen. We also did an exercise looking at what have now become iconic pictures and writing our responses as a way of beginning to process the events.”  

Incorporating the event into her class wasn’t easy for Carmichael. “Honestly, in a classroom with a wide variety of opinions and political leanings and during a time of heightened emotion, it was difficult to feel like we could have productive conversation,” she said, “More time needed to pass before we could do that.”  

This year, on the anniversary of the riots, Carmichael open class by asking, “Who knows what happened on January 6th?” A majority of the class appeared confused until she mentioned what happened and sounds of recognition filled the room. Students then proceeded to talk about the riot: where they were when they learned about it, why they think it happened and more. 

Media bias was the focus of the lesson, the class learned about how different media sources portray different stories. Ms. Carmichael also discussed how the January 6th riot will be written in history and asked students “How would this history be written?”. Lots of students shared their beliefs and opinions, which were all listened to respectfully by the class.  

It was a great class taught by Ms Carmichael that helped her students think about January 6th and learn about media bias. 

 

Ed Note: the author is a student in Ms. Carmichael’s Integrated Humanities class described in this article. 

Art Courses an Outlet for Student Creativity 

At the furthest end of the main building there is a space full of creativity, color and new ideas. Students gather here for classes and during their free time to explore their passion for making things and advance their skills in the world of art. 

Northwood offers a variety of art classes including Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture where students can learn how to work with different mediums. Student artists work with pastels, acrylic paint, water color, paint markers, oil paint, clay, a variety of different types of paper, found objects, charcoal.

In the beginning of the trimester in Painting I students were taught a variety of skills such as, the basics of color by using frosting mixed with food coloring. We then mixed the frosting to make all the colors and painted vanilla cookies with it. It was a simple, hands-on exercise that was informative, fun and delicious!

Painting I students spent more time in in the fall figuring out ways water can affect the canvas depending on how much water is used when working with watercolor. They also learned how to bring shapes of our choice off of the page by layering the shapes on top of each other after putting down a base coat and carefully painting certain areas.

The culminating project in Painting I is “The Chair Project.”  Ms. Van Slyke spent the summer collecting chairs so her students could choose an artist of their choice and then transform the chair into a version of a piece inspired by that artist. Students picked famous artists like Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, Lee Krasner and others. The finished chairs are currently displayed in Northwood’s dining room and pictured below. 

First Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

December 3, 2021 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first trimester of the 2021-22 school year, which concluded on Friday, November 12

 

DEAN’S LIST

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+

Bailey, Georgia ‘23 Harrison, Caroline ‘22 Nguyen, Tam ‘22
Batten, William ‘23 Jackson, Turner Wells ‘23 Nguyen, Hung ‘25
Brady, Brian ‘24 Kelly, Timothy ‘23 Paye, Lohkoah ‘24
Creighton, Elisabeth ‘24 Kiggen, Kristen ‘24 Roth, Quinn ‘25
DelliQuadri, Peppi ‘22 Kis, Colin ‘24 Schneid, James ‘23
Demers, Katie ‘24 Korec, Jan ‘22 Shain, Jacob ‘22
Dempsey, Cara ‘25 Leddel, Noah ‘23 Sherman, Sophia ‘25
Donatello, Andrew ‘24 Lyne, Sam ‘24 Shin, Kyumin ‘22
Doyle, Liam ‘22 Martin, Sadie ‘25 Sinclair, Abigail ‘23
Doyle, Sean ‘22 Meyer, Adrian ‘24 Sunkum, Shashwath ‘22
Dupuis, Kody ‘24 Nee, Cilla ‘22 Teig, Piper ‘25
Garvey, Augustine ‘25 Nelson, Christie-Ann ‘23 Tremblay-Kau, Johann ‘22
Green, Sebastian (David) ‘22 Nelson, Iva-Amanda ‘23 Volpe, Richard ‘23
Wardlaw, Teegan ‘25

 

HIGH HONOR ROLL

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

Basden, Kendin ‘22 Hall, Carson ‘22 Prince, Marie-Jeanne ‘22
Bette, Brian ‘23 Jaslow, Jacob ‘23 Randall, Alexander ‘25
Boudreau, Tyler ‘22 Kelley, Brooke ‘23 Sheridan, Evelina ‘22
Brammer, Tsinat ‘24 Lasky, Aidan ‘23 Smith, Morgan ‘24
Broderick, Kate ‘22 Tebo, Adria ‘23 Spiegel, Lily ‘22
Buchbinder, Daniel ‘23 Tsang, Lok To (Jeremy) ‘23 Wargo, Zachary ‘25
Byrne, Maegan ‘24 Larsen, Hillary ‘22 Wentzel, Teagan ‘24
Cheney-Seymour, Colter ‘22 Loffredo, Slater ‘22 Winicki, Roman ‘22
De Angelis, Connor ‘22 Ming, Sachiel ‘24 Wissler, Bella ‘23
De La Barrera, Julian ‘22 Mules, Halle ‘24 Wright, Nathaniel ‘25
Guevara, Ashley ‘24 Norfolk, Rowen ‘22 Zarcone, Natalie ‘22

 

HONOR ROLL

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-

Ali, Suhaib ‘22 Gonzalez Gonzalo, Pedro ‘23 Newman, Hayden ‘24
Barbieri, Jackson ‘24 Gry, Aristide ‘22 Norfolk, Lincoln ‘24
Beaulieu, Olivier ‘23 Happi, Junior ‘23 Norton, Benjamin ‘22
Bedortha, Tyler ‘25 Jones, Bryan ‘22 O’Donoghue, Liam ‘22
Borlido, Rafael ‘23 Kelting, Sophia ‘23 Pavlasova, Anna ‘23
Boschen, Bodhi ‘24 La Roche, Sebastian ‘23 Pentinat Llurba, Ïu ‘22
Brady, Matthew ‘22 Hollister, Karleigh ‘22 Rutley, Ryan ‘23
Burns, Matthew ‘22 Itkowitz, Eliyahu ‘24 Smith, Jackson ‘23
Christaldi, Nathan ‘22 Lee, Junyeop ‘23 Schupp, Sophia ‘24
Cook, Kira ‘ 23 Lluberes, Jazlyn ‘23 Sparo, Anthony ‘23
Davis, Camden ‘23 Mathews, Cole ‘23 Spiegel, Jack ‘23
DeGuardia, Dominick ‘24 Nolet-Gagne, Mathis ‘23 Thioubou, Mariema ‘23
Donahue, Finley ‘23 Maiore, Ruby ‘22 Winthrop, Joey ‘23
Eisenhart, Macie ‘23 Melicant, Paige ‘22 Tommy, Calem Luke ‘22
Fesette, Ella ‘22 Moodey, Noah ‘25 Van Etten, Cole ‘25
Fitzsimmons, Nora ‘24 Moores, Seth ‘24 Wentzel, Kara ‘22
Frantz, Trey ‘25 Murphy, Cian ‘22 Wissler, Maya ‘25
Woudenberg, Nolan ‘22

 

EFFORT HONOR ROLL

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

Abel, Camden ‘23 De La Barrera, Julian ‘22 Nolet-Gagne, Mathis ‘23
Bailey, Georgia ‘23 Fuerpass, Aiden ‘22 O’Donoghue, Liam ‘22
Basden, Kendin ‘22 Garvey, Augustine ‘25 Pavlasova, Anna ‘23
Batten, William ‘23 Green, Sebastian ‘22 Randall, Alexander ‘25
Bette, Brian ‘23 Guevara, Ashley ‘24 Roth, Quinn ‘25
Borlido, Rafael ‘23 Hall, Carson ‘22 Schneid, James ‘23
Boudreau, Tyler ‘22 Harrison, Caroline ‘22 Shain, Jacob ‘22
Brady, Brian ‘24 Hollister, Karleigh ‘22 Sheridan, Evelina ‘22
Brady, Matthew ‘22 Itkowitz, Eliyahu ’24 Sherman, Sophia ’25
Brammer, Tsinat ‘24 Jackson, Turner Wells ‘23 Shin, Kyumin ‘22
Broderick, Katherine ‘22 Jaslow, Jacob ‘23 Sinclair, Abigail ‘23
Buchbinder, Daniel ‘23 Kelly, Timothy ‘23 Smith, Jackson ‘23
Burns, Matthew ‘22 Kelting, Sophia ‘23 Spiegel, Lily ‘22
Cheney-Seymour, Colter ‘22 Kiggen, Kristen ‘24 Sunkum, Shashwath ‘22
Christaldi, Nathan ‘22 Korec, Jan ‘22 Tebo, Adria ‘23
Cook, Kira ‘23 Lasky, Aidan ‘23 Teig, Piper ‘25
Creighton, Elisabeth ’24 Leddel, Noah ‘23 Tommy, Calem Luke ‘22
De Angelis, Connor ‘22 Lluberes, Jazlyn ‘23 Tremblay-Kau, Johann ‘22
DelliQuadri, Peppi ‘22 Loffredo, Slater ‘22 Tsang, lok To (Jeremy) ‘23
Demers, Katie ‘24 Martin, Sadie ‘25 Volpe, Ricky ‘23
Donahue, Finley ‘23 Meyer, Adrian ‘24 Wardlaw, Teegan ’25
Donatello, Andrew ’24 Nee, Cilla ‘22 Wentzel, Kara ‘22
Doyle, Liam ‘22 Nelson, Iva-Amanda ‘23 Wentzel, Teagan ‘24
Doyle, Sean ‘22 Nelson, Christie-Ann ‘23 Wint, Jonathan (JT) ‘25
Eisenhart, Macie ‘23 Nguyen, Hung ‘25 Wissler, Bella ‘23
Fesette, Ella ‘22 Nguyen, Hung ‘22
Nguyen, Tam ‘22


Ed. Note: the Effort Honor Roll was updated on 12/8/21 to correct a misprint.

The Bucket List: 8 Things to do Before You Graduate

Our most cherished moments we’ll remember from Northwood won’t be the ones where we aced that test in math — well maybe if you are failing the class. It’ll be when we couldn’t stop laughing with our best friends to the point where our stomachs were hurting . Our friends and the community around us are what add meaning to your high school experience, and the moments we create within it are the ones that make it an unforgettable memory we’ll be thinking of long after we graduate.   

So, with the end of trimester 1 on the horizon, the time where some of us will have to say a heartbreaking goodbye to Northwood is slowly approaching. With that in mind, it’s not such a bad idea to create and fulfill a bucket list while you are still a Northwood Student. 

Here is a suggested list of things you should definitely do during your time at Northwood, ranging from climbing the 46 Adirondack peaks to having a favorite sandwich order at the local deli.  

#1 Attend all sporting events at least once  

Northwood is well known not only for its prestigious academics but also for its prominent athletic history. That being, attending a sports event will be an exciting experience as you’ll undergo the competitiveness atmosphere and school spirit. Attending a soccer match, hockey game, and skiing event is a must. 

“It was nice watching a my first ever hockey game, they moved so fast gliding across the ice, it was majestic,” said Suhaib Ali ’22. “Hopefully I can attend my first skiing event this winter as well,” he added. 

Fans take in the action at hockey games at the Olympic Center in recent years. (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Next time you can catch a hockey game is November 13th where the Prep Boys take on South Kent Selects and the Girls Hockey team take on Hockey Training Institute. For the Boys Soccer, each team has three games this weekend on the new turf field providing numerous opportunities to see the huskies in action. 

#2 Take advantage of Northwood’s academic opportunities   

With all the academic opportunities Northwood offers, exploring your passions and interests is possible. For example, an independent study allows students to create their own curriculum and program for any area of discipline they desire. Furthermore, the STEM Research Program offers students interested in science a course to dive deep into a topic they are passionate about. 

“The STEM Research Program and Independent Study Program has allowed me to explore my interest outside of the traditional high school class.” Kara Wentzel ’22 stated.

Students in the 2021-22 Advanced STEM Research Class. (Photo: Ms. Jill Walker).

In addition, the numerous electives range from music, dance, innovation classes, to rock climbing. Take a class outside your comfort zone. If you are scared of heights take a rock climbing class. If you despise dancing because your body just can’t dance, let loose and join the dance class.  

#3 Get on Stage   

Conquer your fears! Before you leave Northwood you should definitely perform on stage. This could range from being just a simple school meeting announcement or performing a lovely song with Mr. Stewart in front of the school.  

Ashley Guevara ’24 performing at the Open Mic at the Innovation Hub on Main Street on October 1, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

“I was relatively afraid to be in front of the whole school preforming, but doing it with your friend makes it easier and exciting,” as said by Kendin Basden ’22 who was a cast member of the play “Anonymous” in 2019. 

#4 Hike High Peak   

From the summit of Hurricane Mountain on Mountain Day, September 21, 2021 (Photo: Ms. Vanessa Pillen).

Being surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains is a benefit the Northwood community has. There are 46 peaks that are up to 4,000 feet in elevation. With all those mountains, you should certainly set a goal to climb at least one. Furthermore, this comes along with having a favorite sandwich named after the 46 peaks at the famous Big Mountain Deli on Main Street, a Lake Placid favorite.   

#5 See an event at one of the Olympic Venues  

Lake Placid, also known as the Olympic Village, has hosted two Winter Olympics hence giving the town its nickname. As a Northwood student, you should watch an actual event at one of the Olympic venues. For example, world class competitions in speed skating, ski jumping, luge, bobsledding , cross country skiing, and alpine skiing. It is not your every ordinary school that has all these facilities nearby. In addition, Northwood has two Olympians working here, Mr. Biesemeyer (alpine skiing) and Mr. Roy (bobsledding).   

Lake Placid often hosts major events like this World Cup Luge competition (Photo: Lakeplacid.com)

#6 Hike Cobble  

Enjoying the view on Cobble (Photo: Northwood/Facebook)

Cobble Hill is right in Northwood’s backyard. It is about a mile hike from the school’s campus and is a well-known hike for many locals, tourists. For many children, Cobble is their first-ever hike. This beautiful trail takes you to a small peak with gorgeous views that overlook the village and the school’s campus. For Northwood students, some may get the opportunity to hike it as a class trip, if not, many students will make the climb themselves mostly to watch the sunset or sunrise. Cobble is a delightful hike you should experience. 

 

Now, for the more mischievous side of the list, here are a few of Northwood’s student traditions that everyone should experience.    

#7 Midnight Soccer Game   

Any soccer game is enjoyable; how about enjoying one in the middle of the night, with your friends, on the new turf, and just running around freely? One night a year, the Northwood students gather to play a game at midnight not only for the purpose of having fun but perhaps causing a little trouble. 

This tradition has waned during the pandemic, but it is due to make a comeback. An attempted interview occurred amongst a few students and they claimed “it was one of the best nights of the school year,” but, they would rather keep their identities anonymous.   

#8 Senior Prank   

The very words “senior prank” can stir up some pretty heavy-duty fears for teachers but some mischievous ideas for the students. Although it may cause some chaos, it is surely worth completing. This could be any creative idea you think of, but just make sure it’s not destructive.  

We are not advocating for students to get kicked out of school, but a good natured prank will definitely give you a good laugh and not cause too much trouble. 

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With the opportunities Northwood and the community around us have to offer, you should try to cross all of these off your list. Make your experience at Northwood memorable. 

What other experiences should be added to the Northwood bucket list? Add your choices in a comment below.

 

Turf Field Opens in Time for Showcase 

Photos from the last stages of construction of the new artificial turf field at Northwood School (Photos: Mr. Michael Aldridge).

The new artificial turf field at Northwood School is getting its finishing touches as the debut for the venue is nearing. This weekend, Northwood will be hosting a soccer showcase that will bring eight football clubs from the Northeast to campus to compete in front of coaches at some of the nation’s best collegiate soccer programs. 

Both the U18 and U19 teams will participate in the showcase, and each team will play 3 games over the course of the weekend. The first match on the new turf will take place on Friday, November 12 at 2:00 p.m. when the U19 teams plays IHC Academy from Watertown, NY. 

Saturday will be packed full of soccer action with eight matches throughout the day. At 10:00 a.m. the U19 boys will play St. Andrews School then the U18 boys will play at 1:00 p.m. against Burlington FC. The final match for Northwood on Saturday is against rivals High Mowing at 2:00, a highly-anticipated matchup. 

Games continue on Sunday as the Northwood U19s play NY Elite AlleyCats FC at 10:00 and RMPUS at 1:00. The U18s will close out the showcase playing North Country Select at noon.

The Northwood soccer team hears an inspirational message from their coach, Mr. Jon Moodey, at their first practice on the new artificial turf field, November 9, 2021 (Photo: Mr. Andy Donatello).

The soccer teams took the field for the first time this morning for training. It’s the first time the squad has trained on campus this school year. Until now, they have trained on a field on the outskirts of town. 

Huskies Sweep Hitmen in “Pink Out” Series

Kate Broderick ’22 (foreground) at the Pink the Rink game in October 2021 (Photo: Northwood School/Facebook).

Northwood hosted the annual fundraiser ‘Pink the Rink’ recently to raise money for cancer research. The CARE Community Service club did a ‘Pink Out’ on Saturday, September 23, where spectators dressed in pink to support the fight against Breast Cancer. To promote this cause, the school’s Varsity and Prep teams used pink accessories or taped their sticks with pink. The hockey games attracted many spectators to support the club’s worthy cause. In addition to raising over $500 in donations at the games, both hockey teams wrapped up the weekend with two wins apiece.

We raised just under $600 within the community and had a great turn out of students in pink!” said Kate Broderick ’22, the event organizer and co-leader of CARE. Broderick said the funds raised will be split and donated to the Susan G. Komen fund and American Cancer Society. “I wanted to do this as something fun students could dress up for and I chose breast cancer as our charity because of the many relatives and friends I know who beat breast cancer,” Broderick added.

Fans at the Pink the Rink charity game in October 2021. From left to right: Kate Broderick ’22, MJ Prince ’22, and Hillary Larsen ’22. (Photo: Northwood School/Facebook)

The boys hockey teams had a rare, four home game series at the Lake Placid Olympic Center. To kick start the weekend, the Varsity team went head to head with the New Jersey Hitmen 16Us  Saturday and won 5-2. Nicholas Bennett ‘22 completed a hat trick in scoring the team’s first three goals. Teammates Roman Winicki ’22 and Landon Cole ’23 each scored one. Goaltender Ben Norton ‘22 had 17 saves in net. 

The following morning, Varsity continued their streak with a win 3-2 against NJ Hitmen 16U. Bennett dominated the game by scoring another hat trick to lead his team to victory. Goaltender Jacob Jaslow ’23 made an impressive 32 saves in the win. 

The prep team had a successful game on Saturday as well, winning  4-1 against the NJ Hitmen’s 18U team. Olivier Beaulieu ‘23 scored a hat trick and his teammate Bill Zonnon ‘24 scored as well. Goalie Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22 made five saves.

Finally, on Sunday the Prep team dominated with a convincing 9-0 win against the New Jersey Hitmen’s 18U team. Carson Hall ‘22 led all goal scorers with four. James Schneid ‘23 (2), Billy Batten ‘23 (1) , Michael Urgo ‘22 (1) and Connor Santay ‘22 (1) rounded out the scoring. Jan Korec ’22, the goalie, backstopped the team with 8 saves. 

New Equipment a Major Upgrade for Ski Team

The Wintersteiger Jupiter is a fully automated tuning and service system for skis and snowboards (Photo: Wintersteiger Company)

The Northwood Ski team will soon get a massive upgrade: a Wintersteiger Jupiter, a fully automated tuning and service system for skis and snowboards.

“The Wintersteiger will grind the base of the ski, put a pattern on creating a fresh layer, take side and base edges down, and will allow taper beveling,” U19 Head Alpine Men’s FIS Coach Mr. Thomas Vonn ’94 said. 

“We will no longer have to outsource to other ski shops who aren’t as high tech as we’re looking for,” Vonn added. “Having the Wintersteiger will show up in the team’s results. Everyone’s skis will feel more consistent, so athletes will be able to push more. It’s like having a car that you know you trust and know you can push to the limit. ”

This is good news to Kieran Delay ’23 is a ski racer known for extreme attention to his equipment. “I’m super excited that we now have the opportunity to keep everything in-house and not have to outsource,” Delay said. “This makes the turn around almost instant.”

Mr. Tommy Bisesmeyer, Director of Alpine Skiing thinks the new equipment will be a competitive advantage for Northwood’s ski program. “In the current state of ski academies, there’s an arms race to see who has the best equipment. The Wintersteiger Jupiter puts us in the lead,” Biesemeyer said.  

Neil Lande, Northwood’s new Ski Technician. (Photo provided)

Mr. Neil Lande, Northwood’s Ski Technician, will be responsible for operating the new equipment. Lande is excited to be running the Wintersteiger. “With the addition of the Wintersteiger Jupiter, we will be able to precisely discuss plans in every variable of our athlete’s skis, allowing them to take their skiing to the next level,” Lande said.

The Wintersteiger will be located in the former girls’ hockey storage building, and is set to arrive early November. The Girls’ Hockey team is now using the former art studio the basement of Bergamini to store their equipment.

Formal Dinner Returns with Country Line Dancing [Photo Gallery]

Scene from the Country & Western Line dance following formal dinner on October 14, 2021. (Photos by Mr. Michael Aldridge)

Formal dinners have returned to Northwood with an excellent meal prepared by the kitchen staff that was followed by a Country & Western line dance. It was the first formal dinner since January 2020, when such events were discontinued due to the global pandemic. 

The formal was held on Thursday, October 14 and was a mandatory event for all students. The dress code was suit and tie for the boys and the appropriate equivalent for the girls. The event kicked off with an explanation of the menu from Mr. Adam Fischer from the kitchen staff. The menu consisted of salad, chicken, shrimp and grits, steak and more. Mr. Stephen Reed shared a reflection about making new friends before students were allowed to the buffet.

The evening continued with line dancing led by dance instructor Ms. Mandi Maiore the co-leader of Northwood’s dance program. Students learned line and square dancing techniques and concluded the evening by dancing to the popular song “Cotton Eye Joe.”

“It was great to see what different food the cooking staff can offer. I also enjoyed dressing in my formal clothes and dancing with my friends,” Kyumin Shin ’22 said.  

The school hopes to continue formal dinners throughout the year with one each month. Each formal will have a theme and often a related activity. The next formal dinner will be a Thanksgiving celebration to be held shortly before Thanksgiving break.

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