LEAP Gets Students Out of their Comfort Zone

Since 2017, Northwood has offered the LEAP (Learn, Engage, Apply, Perform) program. LEAP was created to get students out of a classroom setting to learn. LEAP allows students to connect with experts from fields as well as provides them with more opportunities to get out of their comfort zone. 

Before LEAP, Northwood offered a spring program in which they would take kids for 3-4 days on various adventures in the area. When Head of School Mr. Michael Maher began working for Northwood in 2015, he wanted to expand this program. He reached out to one of Northwood’s staff, Ms. Marcy Fagan, to take on this task. Maher wanted a more experiential program for students to be able to enjoy. With that in mind, Fagan then helped design the program we now know as LEAP. 

Photos from recent LEAP courses. (Photos provided)

LEAP courses do not just take place in the Lake Placid area. Some courses are held in various places around the world. Typically, LEAP is run in the spring following graduation. However, this year, due to the FISU games, Northwood has decided to run several LEAP courses in January for students who are not traveling with their sport during the extended break. The FISU games have also helped make these January courses much more affordable, allowing more students to be able to enjoy them. 

In 2017, LEAP was run for the first time. There were 11 course offerings in the first year. Since then, LEAP has expanded tremendously to 19 different courses offered this school year. 

Northwood’s original 2017 course offerings: 

  • Adirondack Farm to Table  
  • Evolution of the Contemporary Circus  
  • Backcountry Search and Rescue  
  • The Power of Water: Dams, Electricity and Rapids  
  • Green Building and Design: Building a Cordwood Cabin  
  • The Art of Fly Fishing  
  • Great Camps of The Adirondacks  
  • Chess: The Royal Game  
  • Cultural Immersion in Quebec 
  • Iceland: A Study of Geothermal Activity and Sustainability  
  • Marine Ecology in the Bahamas 

Northwood’s 2023 January LEAPs:  

  • St. Lucia Science, Culture, and Cuisine  
  • NYC Arts 
  • Conquer One of the World’s 7 Summits – Kilimanjaro 
  • FISU Games Volunteer  

 Northwood’s 2023 spring LEAPs: 

  • Adirondack Farm to Table and Culinary Experience  
  • The Modern Circus  
  • Coastal Vietnam – Sustainable Tourism, Culture, Geography and Cuisine  
  • Geothermal Sustainability in Iceland  
  • Golf – A Swing Back in Time  
  • Introduction to Woodworking  
  • Kayaking from Lake Champlain to Lake George  
  • Mountain Rescue  
  • Muskie Madness  
  • Nutrition and Athletic Performance  
  • Explore the Adirondacks  
  • Canines – Understanding Man’s Best Friend 
  • Board Game Design 
  • Teaching is Easy? Give it a Try! 
  • Fly Fishing in the Adirondacks   

This year, there are a total of seven new LEAP courses. “I am excited for all of them and grateful for the faculty for designing them,” Fagan said. 

Northwood’s most popular LEAP selection for this year is the Iceland course. Twenty Northwood students selected Iceland as their top choice.  

The Iceland course consists of students traveling to Iceland to work and stay at GeoCamp Iceland. While in Iceland, they will explore glaciers, volcanoes, lava tubes, geothermal pools, geysers, and the rift valley. Students will be able to learn more about plate tectonics, climate change and the significance of geothermal activity in Iceland.  

Each year, at the end of LEAP, Ms. Fagan sends an anonymous survey to all the students, faculty and parents involved in LEAP. Over the years, she has found that nearly all of the reviews are positive. Most students and staff would agree that they enjoyed their LEAP and would recommend it to others. Marcy Fagan concludes, “I have found LEAP to be very successful!” 

Humans of Northwood: Mr. Aaron Garvey

“I love opera. Now, I’m not a connoisseur; I don’t know much about it, but when I used to have the time and ability, I had a single-season ticket, and I would enjoy going to the opera by myself and take in the performances.

“I grew up in East Greenbush, NY, which is a relatively small town east of Albany. I went to local public schools there until my sophomore year of high school, at which point I went to Milton Academy, a boarding school outside of Boston. From there, I went on to Amherst College, graduated there with a bachelor’s degree in economics and American literature. Then, I started working on Wall Street. I was the first hired at a hedge fund. My main job was assistant coffee-getter when I started out. Over the course of 17 years at the fund, I ultimately became a Senior Portfolio Manager, member of the Investment Committee, and a partner in the fund itself. I left that business in 2013. I’ve been doing more entrepreneurial stuff, working in several different areas.

“I think my greatest career accomplishment was in recognizing the seeds for the financial crisis and being able to take advantage of what I saw coming and assisting my colleagues in avoiding catastrophic losses that inflicted others in their position.

“My favorite food is eggplant parmesan, or something in that neighborhood. I love fly fishing. It’s one of my primary hobbies. When I have free time, I tend to tie flies. I’ve got a little kit down here [under his desk] in case I happen to be monitoring a test or something so I can take a little time to work on it. I used to golf a lot, although I haven’t done that in a while. Finally, I like to be outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, all the things we get to do around here.

“After spending time with students here last year in the investing club, and after observing from a distance my son’s very positive experience here, I decided that it was time for a career change. I wanted to be a part of this community—I loved what I saw here.

“Honestly, I am most excited to have a new challenge, to be trying to do something completely new and different for me. Nothing I’ve done up until this point had prepared me for this in any way. I’ve had a very long career, and by the end of that career I was very good at what I did, and I’m still always learning. For me, it’s the challenge of being new and bad at something, and it’s been a while since I’ve been new and bad at something. And I’m embracing that.”

As told to Mitchell Baker ’25.

Photo of Mr. Garvey speaking to the investment club last school year by Mr. Michael Aldridge. 

Family Weekend to Feature Student-Led Conferences

Next weekend, beginning October 7th, Northwood will have its annual family weekend. Family weekend allows families from all over the world to come and experience Northwood life. Parents will get to experience classroom life as well as co-curricular activities. For many students, this will be the first time they have seen their families since the start of the year. There are several events over the weekend that will easily welcome and entertain families from all over the world. The soccer and hockey teams will display their talent on family weekend with home games. 

A major addition to this year’s family weekend is student-led conferences. Student-led conferences were trialed with last year’s ninth-grade class. Ms. Noel Carmichael, humanities teacher and academic dean, played a significant role in the success of the student-led conferences last year. “I am really looking forward to the student-led conferences this year,” Carmichael said. “The student-led conferences are an opportunity for students to be in the driver seat for their educational journey. Students will have the opportunity to present a PowerPoint discussing their highlights, success, and challenges so far this year.”  

The student-led conferences are a terrific way to let students take charge of their conference rather than them being disengaged in a normal parent-teacher conference. Ms. Carmichael is aware that not all families will be able to attend family weekend. She expressed, “We are aware many families can’t make it which will mean several students will have to do their student led conferences virtually.” 

Ms. Wright is a teacher and a parent here at Northwood who attended the student-led conferences last year, and she believes that “The student-led conference was a wonderful way to learn about my child’s Northwood experience, from his perspective. The self-reflection was honest, and the goals were well thought out. Overall, it was a vast experience as a parent, and I enjoyed having my child guide his own conference.” It is safe to say the student-led conferences are a fantastic addition to this year’s family weekend.  

The student-led conferences, one of the many major events of family weekend. There will be several events that will portray the exquisite Northwood experience to families. Many families are coming to Northwood next weekend and the students cannot wait. Students are looking forward to the much-needed break after a hectic start to the year and they cannot wait to share their experience here at Northwood with their families. 

A full schedule of Family Weekend activities can be found here.

“Banned Books Week” Draws Attention to Censorship

Original illustration by Julia Turner ’23.

Did you know that the Harry Potter series was banned? Banned Books Week is a global event around the end of September every year, originating in 1982. In fact, this past week was Banned Books Week (September 18th-24th). Its significance lies in the celebration of intellectual freedom and raising awareness on the effect of censorship, starting with books. The chosen theme for this year is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.” 

Banned Books Week was first founded by activist Judith Krug, in 1982. The goal was to bring to light the censorship of books to United States citizens. This was following the Island Tree School District v. Pico case, which resulted in the Supreme Court ruling on June 25th, 1982, that school officials do not have the permission to ban books from libraries solely due to their content. 

 The cause for the challenge/ban of these books through the last four decades were often due to their nature of containing profanity, sexual explicitness, abuse, and gender diversity.  

The five most challenged books across the United States this year (in descending order), according to the American Library Association (ALA)’s Office for Intellectual Freedom are: Gender Queer, by Maia Kobabe; Lawn Boy, by Jonathan Evison; All Boys Aren’t Blue, by George M. Johnson, Out of Darkness, by Ashley Hope Perez; and The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. 

Why is book banning and censorship important to Northwood? Banned Books Week raises awareness of censorship to the school, which has secluded itself as a private institution, according to Ms. Noel Carmichael, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs. 

“We’re a little bit sheltered from this issue [of censorship], in a way, because, as an independent school we have a lot of freedom,” Carmichael said. “Every one of our English teachers and other courses gets to choose what they want to include in their courses that we vet internally, but we don’t have to respond to any external source for our reading material. So, we have a lot of freedom. But what that means is that we are ignorant of these issues. We can read whatever we want, but there are some people who can’t, and therefore, we have that problem of not knowing it’s an issue because it’s not an issue for us.” 

Back to the beloved Harry Potter books. According to the American Library Association, the popular children’s series, which has been made into wildly popular movies, are the most challenged books of this century. The most recent occurrence was in a Nashville Catholic school in 2019, according to The Tennessean newspaper.  

FIS Alpine Ski Racers Train in Chile [Slideshow]

Photo: Lea Lambert ‘ 24

On September 11th, four of Northwood’s FIS (Federation of International Ski) alpine ski athletes traveled to Valle Nevado, Chile. Each year, Northwood’s ski team travels to various places around the world in search of the best snow for preseason training. Usually, the best option is traveling to glaciers in Europe. However, the summer of 2022 brought Europe a heat wave that heavily affected its snow. Due to this, Northwood’s FIS team decided to travel to Chile for their fall pre-season.

While in Chile, these athletes have been extremely busy. Each day, the athletes spend around 4 hours in the morning training on the hill. Each athlete has specific areas they need to improve in which they focus on during training. Lea Lambert, a junior at Northwood training in Chile, says, “I am working on cleaning my turns and keeping my shoulders square.”

Olivia Levesque, another Northwood athlete, says, “I am currently working on my transition technique, which will help me go faster!”

Training is followed by a lunch break before heading off to study hall. The athletes meet in the lobby of the hotel where they have desks and tables to complete schoolwork. Study hall is two and a half hours long, giving them enough time to stay on top of all their work.

Athletes receive videos of their skiing after each training day to know where they need to improve. After study hall, athletes meet with coaches for a debrief of the training session where they review footage and discuss.

Finally, the athletes will have some free time at the end of each day. Most of this time is spent preparing skis and tuning them for the next training session. During additional free time or days when the athletes are not on the snow, they keep themselves active and busy. These skiers have various dryland activities they work on off the hill, consisting of agility work, hiking, and lifting in the gym.

Northwoods FIS skiers will be in Chile for a total of thirteen days before returning to school. The team is working hard and improving every day, while enjoying every minute of their time in Chile.

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New Schedule Gets Mostly Positive Reviews 

The new schedule, as it appears in the student planner (Photo: Mr. John Spear).

For the 2022-2023 academic year, Northwood has introduced a new schedule. In recent years, Northwood’s schedule consisted of 7 classes with 5 periods in each day. This allowed students to have variation in their daily schedules. On Fridays, Northwood had “squish days,” which consisted of 30-minute classes instead of the usual 45 minutes. The shortened Friday allowed for athletic training and travel to begin after lunch without conflicting with classes.  

This year, Northwood put in place a new class schedule, having 6 classes and 6 periods a day instead. This means that students will now have all their classes every day. Fortunately, this opens a new opportunity, as many students will have no classes on Friday.  

Fridays now consist of specific “G Period” courses that meet for three hours only on Friday, including Applied Robotics, Choreography, Art and Music. The new Friday schedule also allows athletic teams to travel to competitions without the stress of missing school or to offer team-building activities. Fridays allow students to branch off more with their flexible time to try new things. 

Noel Carmichael, the Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs, said, “Having a full day of classes on Friday is asking kids to be two places at once and is setting them up for failure.” In previous years, Northwood found that traveling athletes struggle more to keep up with assignments while missing Fridays during their playing season. Northwood’s new schedule allows students to stay busy and active without as much pressure if they are away. 

Most Northwood students agreed that they like having no classes on Friday. For students new to Northwood, this is all they know. However, many returning students had more to add. Senior Maisie Crane has an art class on Friday. “I like not having traditional classes on Friday, but I don’t like how we have all our classes everyday Monday through Thursday.”  

The majority of the returning students agreed with this statement. They feel that it is a lot for a day and will take some time to adjust. However, they also agreed with Nori Fitsimmons ‘24, who observed, “I would rather lose some free time on school days and be able to have Fridays off.”  

Many of the new students don’t observe an overload in their class schedule but agreed that having Fridays to co-curricular gives them more time. “Fridays give me more freedom, and more time for my homework,” said Hudson DiNapoli ‘24. 

The new schedule overall has had a good impact on Northwood. Students and faculty both agree that they enjoy the new Friday schedule with all the new opportunities it offers, and the amount of time it leaves open for them. 

No School in January Because of the FISU Games. What is FISU? 

Students learned over the spring and summer that the 2022-23 school year would be different: the traditional December holiday break will continue almost through the end of January. This drastic change is due to the FISU Winter Games coming to Lake Placid. 

What is FISU? FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). It is an organization hosting sporting and educational events for university students. FISU was founded in 1949 led by Dr. Paul Schleimer from Luxembourg. In total, FISU events include over 60 sports and students, between 17 and 25, from more than 150 countries. Biannually, FISU organizes summer and winter sporting competitions called the FISU World University Games in different cities. Lake Placid is extremely fortunate and will be hosting the Winter World University Games in January of 2023. 

The World University Games began far before the creation of FISU, with the first event taking place in Paris, 1923. The games were hosted every 2 years by the International Confederation of Students (ICS), founded in 1919 and led by Jean Petitjean. This would continue until 1939, when it was interrupted by the beginning of World War II. 

After the war, ICS, now the International Union of Students (IUS), wanted to host the games once again. However, conflict was raised as a result of the IUS wanting to use the World University Games to spread propaganda. This led to the splitting into FISU and IUS in 1949. By 1959, both FISU and the ICS agreed to participate in the Universiade in Turin, which featured 1,407 athletes from 43 countries, all students.  

As of 2021, FISU has hosted 30 summer and 29 winter Universiade events, with the highest registered students being 11,759 from 159 countries during the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia. 

Returning to the present, the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games will take place on the 12th of January until the 22nd. The last time FISU was hosted in North America was in 1993, in Buffalo. This will also be the first FISU Winter Games to take place in a city that has already hosted the event (Lake Placid, 1972). 

Twelve sports will be featured in this event: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle and freeski, ice hockey, nordic combined, short track speed skating, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating. 

Northwood School 2022-23, by the Numbers

Northwood as a school is always changing, and this year is no different. This article will go in-depth about this year’s Northwood student population and diversity. 

New students come to Northwood annually, keeping the community fresh and vibrant. Northwood enrolled 191 students this school year, 53 of which are day students, and 88 are new students. That is nearly half of the school who are new students. In addition, Northwood takes considerable pride in its student diversity. The student population takes roots locally and internationally from 21 different states in the U.S.A. and 24 different countries. 

For the school year of 2022-2023, Northwood students include 11 post-graduates, 63 seniors in the class of 2023, 59 juniors in the class of 2024, 48 sophomores in the class of 2025, and just 10 ninth graders in the class of 2026.  

Last year, the ninth-grade class had over 20 students, but the small size of the youngest class is no surprise to Mr. Gino Riffle, Director of Admissions. “The hardest market for prep school is ninth graders. Families think that their kids might be too young to send away. And there’s also faculty kids. I think last year we had three in the ninth grade, but this year we only have one. We had a large number of ninth graders apply, but ultimately, they either didn’t get accepted, or the ones that did get accepted felt that they don’t want to go away yet, so they are reapplying for tenth grade.” 

Students at Northwood have a variety of interests. 74 students compete on four hockey teams, 45 students compete on two soccer teams, and 25 students are ski racers. Beyond that, 17 students participate in the Northwood Outing Club, 10 students take part in dance, and nine are part of the crew team. In the minority but certainly not the least, Northwood is proud to have four Nordic skiers and three lugers. Furthermore, many students take a combination of activities, in addition to what was listed above, such as yearbook, sports manager, and music. 

Out of the 21 states that American students originate from, the 5 most common are: Connecticut and New Jersey, with five students each; six students from Pennsylvania; and eight students from Massachusetts. New York is home to 77 students, with more than two-thirds of them being day students. 

From the 23 international countries (excluding U.S.A.), the 3 most popular countries from the student body include: Canada (26 students), Hong Kong (SAR PRC) (6), and Viet Nam (5). Bermuda, Ecuador, and Russia are each home to three students. 

When asked about the student diversity this year and how it compares to last year, Mr. McCauley, director of international students, replied: “Overall, diversity across the whole school population is greater and bigger. We have a larger collection of students from Ecuador, three new students from Russia – we didn’t have any Russians last year. I think it shows greater diversity and it’s exciting. It’s probably the best [diversity] in Northern New York.” 

At Northwood, every year is a new year. Whether it is fresh faces, subjects, or co-curriculars, there is always something new for everyone, newcomers and returners alike. Students should go beyond their comfort zone and experience all that Northwood has to offer. 

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Third Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

June 10, 2022 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the third trimester of the 2021-22 school year, which concluded on Thursday, May 19.

 

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+

Georgia Bailey ‘23  Timothy Kelly ’23   Sophia Schupp ‘24 
Mitchell Baker ‘25  Kristen Kiggen ‘24  Jacob Shain ‘22 
William Batten ‘23  Colin Kis ‘24  Evelina Sheridan ‘22 
Brian Brady ‘24  Jan Korec ‘22  Abigail Sinclair ‘23 
Tsinat Brammer ‘24  Noah Leddel ‘23  Shashwath Sunkum ‘22 
Katherine Broderick ‘22  Sadie Martin ‘25  Adria Tebo ‘23 
Elisabeth Creighton ‘24   Adrian Meyer ‘24  Piper Teig ‘25 
Cara Dempsey ‘25  Cilla Nee ‘22  Jenny Tran ‘24 
Drew Donatello ‘24  Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23  Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22 
Sean Doyle ’22  Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23  Richard Volpe ‘22 
Edoardo Eigenmann ‘22  Hung Nguyen ‘25  Teegan Wardlaw ‘25 
Augustine Garvey ‘25  Tam Nguyen ‘22  Teagan Wentzel ‘24 
Sebastian Green ‘22  Lohkoah Paye ‘24  Natalie Zarcone ‘22
Caroline Harrison ‘22  Quinn Roth ‘25   
Turner Jackson ‘23 James Schneid ‘23  

 

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

Brian Bette ‘23  Ashley Guevara ‘24  Lincoln Norfolk ‘24 
Rafael Borlido ‘23  Carson Hall ‘22  Iu Pentinat Llurba ‘22 
Tyler Boudreau ‘22  Jacob Jaslow ‘22  Alex Randall ‘25 
Daniel Buchbinder ‘23  Hilary Larsen ‘22  Morgan Smith ‘24 
Kira Cook ‘23   Junyeop Lee ‘23  Jeremy Tsang ‘23 
Katie Demers ‘24  Cedric Lemaire ‘24  Kara Wentzel ‘22 
Finley Donahue ‘23  Slater Loffredo ‘22  Maya Wissler ‘25 
Liam Doyle ‘22  Sachiel Ming ‘24  Nolan Woudenberg ‘22 
Ella Fesette ‘22  Noah Moodey ‘25  Nathaniel Wright ‘25
Trey Frantz ‘25  Hayden Newman ‘24   
Henry Gibson ‘25 George Nguyen ‘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-

Camden Abel ‘23  Karleigh Hollister ‘22  MJ Prince ‘22 
Jackson Barbieri ‘24  Bryan Jones ‘22  Ryan Rutley ‘23 
Olivier Beaulieu ‘23  Brooke Kelley ‘23  Denny Sebek ‘25 
Bodi Boschen ‘24  Sophia Kelting ‘23  Sophia Sherman ‘25 
Matthew Brady ‘22  Sebastien La Roche ‘23  Jackson Smith ‘23 
Patrik Bruna ‘22  Aidan Lasky ‘23  Calem Tommy ‘22 
Matthew Burns ‘22  Anthony Lavigne ‘22  Julia Turner ‘23 
Maegan Byrne ‘24  Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23  Michael Urgo ‘22 
Colton Cheney-Seymour ‘22  Sam Lyne ‘24  Wyatt Wardlaw ‘24 
Landon Cole ‘23  Cole Mathews ’23   Zach Wargo ‘25 
Maisie Crane ‘23  Halle Mules ‘24  Celia Wiegand ‘23 
Lex Dadmun ‘22  Cian Murphy ‘22  Kennedy Wilson ‘22 
Camden Davis ‘22  Mathis Nolet-Gagne ‘23  Jonathan Wint ‘25 
Connor DeAngelis ‘22  Liam O’Donoghue ‘22  Joey Winthrop ‘23 
David Garvey ‘22  Anna Pavlasova ‘23  Bella Wissler ‘23
Aristide Gry ‘22 Airika Penney ‘22   

 

EFFORT HONOR ROLL

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

Camden Abel ‘23 Aristide Gry ‘22 Tam Nguyen ‘22
Georgia Bailey ‘23 Carson Hall ‘22 Rowen Norfolk ‘22
Mitchell Baker ‘25 Caroline Harrison ‘22 Kami O’Brien ‘23
William Batten ‘23 Karleigh Hollister ‘22 Lohkoah Paye ‘24
Olivier Beaulieu ‘23 Eli Itkowitz ‘24 Airika Penney ‘22
Brian Bette ‘23 Turner Jackson ‘23 Quinn Roth ‘25
Rafael Borlido ‘23 Jacob Jaslow ‘22 Ryan Rutley ‘23
Tyler Boudreau ‘22 Bryan Jones ‘22 James Schneid ‘23
Brian Brady ‘24 Brooke Kelley ‘23 Jacob Shain ‘22
Matthew Brady ‘22 Timothy Kelly ‘23 Evelina Sheridan ‘22
Tsinat Brammer ‘24 Sophia Kelting ‘23 Abigail Sinclair ‘23
Katherine Broderick ‘22 Kristen Kiggen ‘24 Jackson Smith ‘23
Daniel Buchbinder ‘23 Colin Kis ‘24 Morgan Smith ‘24
Matthew Burns ‘22 Jan Korec ‘22 Lily Spiegel ‘22
Kaitlyn Cielo ‘23 Sebastien La Roche ‘23 Shashwath Sunkum ‘22
Jillian Clark ‘23 Hilary Larsen ‘22 Adria Tebo ‘23
Kira Cook ‘23 Aidan Lasky ‘23 Piper Teig ‘25
Elisabeth Creighton ‘24 Noah Leddel ‘23 Calem Tommy ‘22
Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Junyeop Lee ‘23 Jenny Tran ‘24
Katie Demers ‘24 Cedric Lemaire ‘24 Johann Tremblay-Kau ‘22
Finley Donahue ‘23 Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23 Jeremy Tsang ‘23
Andrew Donatello ‘24 Sadie Martin ‘25 Richard Volpe ‘22
Liam Doyle ‘22 Adrian Meyer ‘24 Teegan Wardlaw ‘25
Sean Doyle ’22 Sachiel Ming ‘24 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Edoardo Eigenmann ‘22 Noah Moodey ‘25 Teagan Wentzel ‘24
Macie Eisenhart ‘23 Cilla Nee ‘22 Kennedy Wilson ‘22
Ella Fesette ‘22 Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23 Jonathan Wint ‘25
Augustine Garvey ‘25 Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23 Bella Wissler ‘23
David Garvey ‘22 Hayden Newman ‘24  

 

Northwood Robotics Goes 6-4 at World Championships 

Members of the Northwood Robotics team posed for a photo at the 2022 FIRST Robotics World Championships in Houston, April 2022 (Photo provided).

The Northwood Robotics Team travelled to Houston, Texas over spring break to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships. It’s the first time Northwood has qualified for the prestigious event. After a long season of preparation and hard work, they earned their place at the world championship, and the finished the competition with a winning record.  

Teams go through qualifications, which include 10 matches. At the end of qualifications, the teams that place in the top 8 then pick 3 other teams to be with them. Northwood’s robotics team won 6 and lost 4 in the qualifying round, which is outstanding for their first world championship, but unfortunately, they didn’t get picked to advance.  

There were 75 teams in their division and Northwood Robotics placed 46th based on points and placed in the top 20 based on wins and losses. 

The team was encouraged by the performance.

“It was fantastic. There were 25,000 people at the arena. We focused mainly on being a strong defensive team,” David Garvey, one of the team’s leaders, said. “We played some really good defense. We held some of the best teams in the world down really well. We were one of the best defensive robots there. It was an unreal experience going to such a huge event, it will be a tournament I remember for the rest of my life. We learned so much from this trip. Experiencing new things and meeting new people helped me develop as a person. Overall, it was a fantastic experience,” Garvey concluded. 

The robotics team found success despite having several issues getting to Houston. They were supposed to fly out of Albany at 9:30 on a Tuesday morning, but their plane broke down. The team began to worry that they wouldn’t make it to Houston. Thankfully, United Airlines gave them a coach ride to a hotel in New York, and with a 3:00 am start the next day, they finally made it to Houston.  

“We arrived in Houston at 8:30 a.m., and it took us an hour to get to the competition. We competed hard all day and got back to the hotel around 7:30 p.m. which gave us a bit of time to rest, but not much, because we had to be at the competition at 6 a.m. the next day,” Garvey said. 

The students who represented Northwood Robotics in the competition were Anthony Lavigne ‘22, Brian Bette ‘23, Brian Brady ‘24, David Garvey ‘22, Kiet Do ‘22, Matthew Burns ‘22, Minh-Khoi Nguyen ‘23, Mitchell Tuttle ‘24, Piper Teig ‘25, and Wyatt Wardlaw ‘24.  Mr. Martin is the coach and mentor of the team and Ms. Martin also serves as a team mentor.  

These students have worked hard all year and have talent and passion for robotics. They are happy with their performance in Houston and are optimistic about Northwood’s future in robotics. It was a great tournament for Northwood School and a valuable experience for students. 

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