Multicultural Students Club Focuses on Black History

MSC 2020-21

Some of the members of the MSC from left to right: Julia Turner ’23, Christie-Ann Nelson ’23, Iva-Amanda Nelson ’23, Jazlyn LLuberes ’23, Gian Franco Rodriguez ’21, Mariema Thioubou ’23, Abby Sinclair ’23, Angie Castillo ’21, Jaden Klebba ’21, Kendin Basden ’22, Jazzy Valenzuela ’21, Addie Castillo ’21 (Photo provided).

The Multicultural Student Club at Northwood serves as a forum for communication amongst students from diverse backgrounds and the entire Northwood community. Through discussions and guest speakers, the Multicultural Student Club hopes to foster a school community where students learn from their differences and celebrate cultural diversity, according to the club’s description on Northwood’s web site. Jasmin Valenzuela ‘21, one of the club’s leaders, spoke with The Mirror about MSC and what the club does. “Our group is made up of much of the people of color on campus. We start off the year with discussions on issues we see in the world. Then we go on to talk about changes we would like to see within our community. In turn, we discuss events and other ways to promote our diversity and the issues we would like to see change in,” she saidRight now, for Black History Month, we are presenting on prominent Black events, people, and places that cultivate history,” she added 

The Multicultural Student Club is such an important addition to Northwood these past few years because Northwood has become such a diverse community recently. The MSC gives everyone from different backgrounds a chance to voice their opinion and experiences with others. Many members find MSC a safe space for themselves and others.  

The month of February is Black History Month, and MSC held series of school meeting presentations that illuminated aspects of Black history that most members of the community didn’t know aboutMSC leaders Amanda Nelson, ‘23, and Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23, shared insight on what the club hoped to do throughout Black History Month. “The Multicultural Students Club emphasizes that Black History is a part of American History that should be embraced, and not looked upon with disdain,” they said. “As we are introducing less commonly known important black figures and events in history each week at our school meetings, we hope to educate the student body that the ‘patriotic’ history learned in classes and in books have excluded an important part of history that aided in America’s development. These people and events deserve to be known as their history and accomplishments are just as important,” they added.

Teachers Share Vaccination Experiences

Many Northwood faculty and staff are getting vaccinated. As a matter of fact, nearly 80% of Northwood School employees have received or are scheduled to receive their first dose. Nearly 30% have received their second dose of the shotThese numbers are encouraging, considering less than 14% of the US population has received at least one dose.   

The Mirror caught up with five faculty and staff members to ask about their experience getting vaccinated:  

Mr. Tony Miller said, I reacted to the first dose like a normal flu shotmeaning just my arm was sore. The second dose made me feel like I had a severe case of the flu, but I felt a sense of relief afterward. We’ve all been living in fear of getting sick. It was the first time I felt any sense of relief or comfort in a year.” (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)


“Mr. John Spear said “I had no reaction to the first dose, which I was lucky enough to receive the week before students arrived back to school in January. The second dose really knocked me down for a full day, but it was worth it. I’m so excited that so many of my colleagues are able to get the vaccine.” (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)


Ms. Katie Gilligan said, “I feel really, really lucky to be fully vaccinated this early in the year, though the second vaccine definitely kicked my butt. I woke up with just a sore arm and thought that would be the worst of it, but then around 11:00am I hit the couch hard and didn’t move for at least 6 hours. Fever, body aches, headache, stomachache — I had every symptom in the book. But the day after I was totally fine! Again, I feel super lucky and it was totally worth the 12 hours of not feeling good.” (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)


Ms. Noel Carmichael said “I feel much more comfortable about the vaccine. There’s a lot we don’t know, and a lot we are assuming about how much it will protect us and for how long and from which strains. I’m still going to be cautious about wearing a mask and being careful about where I go. For instance, during spring break, I plan to go see my mother and she will also be fully vaccinated and so it’s exciting and a huge deal for my family. We haven’t seen my mom in over a year, so that one thing alone is huge in terms of our quality of life.” (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)


Ms. Tara Wright  said, “I’m very fortunate to have been able to get both vaccines. I had very little reactions which I was also very fortunate, but I still feel like I don’t have a total sense of security because my kids are not vaccinated, and my husband is only partially vaccinated, so I’m continuing to do things as I was prior to being vaccinated.” (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)


It’s Here: First COVID-19 Case at Northwood 

After more than 2,000 negative COVID tests and six months into the 2020-21 school year without a positive casea member of the Northwood community has COVID-19Yesterday a day-student in the Snowsports cohort tested positive SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Assistant Head of School, Mr. John Spear, notified the school community in an email this morning:  

This is the first positive case of a student or employee while school was in session and the student was attending in-person classes. The school is aware of more than twenty positive cases among students and staff that have occurred during school breaks and were resolved before the student returned to school or the employee returned to work.

Life at Northwood has proceeded as normal today for all students except those within the Snowsports cohort. Mackenzie Hull, a senior in the Girls Hockey cohort said, “It’s a little concerning, but I know that the school and the health board are taking the right precautions to keep studentsafe.”  

One of the students in quarantine also gave us insight on how they’re feeling. “Going into quarantine feels strange but I figured it would happen to some people at school eventually,” they saidI’m at least happy that I’m able to go home for a few days and just have a mental reset before coming back to school, they added. The Mirror will not use the names of students who test positive or are required to quarantine out of concern for student privacy.

The school is assisting the Essex County Health Department with contact tracing and expects the precautionary quarantine to be lifted within a few days. While having a positive case in the school community is unsettlingstudents are all working together to protect our pack” and continue keeping our community safe.  

NY State Finally Allows Hockey Games 

Northwood hockey players received good news on January 31st: Essex County will allow high-risk sports, including ice hockey, to play. Mr. Gino Riffle, Athletic Director and Junior Team assistant coach, sent a mass email with the confirmation stating, “The county we are in, Essex County, released information Friday that they will allow high-risk sports to begin at the youth level on February 1st.”  

Members of the 2019-20 Northwood Girls’ Hockey team celebrate at the 2020 New York State Championships (Photo: Kara Wentzel ’22)

The news has Northwood hockey players ecstaticBeneath all the excitement many of us had questions about the fine print. Governor Cuomo stated that in order to be able to train and play games, county health departments must first approve it and provide guidelines, which came from Essex County late last weekMr. Riffle’s message indicated that the school has more work to do before games could be scheduled. “The countyhas included procedures, protocols and stipulations about playing these high-risk sports. We are working through the document and with Essex County officials to figure out what we can and cannot do based upon the guidance. We will have another update this week as we gain more clarity. 

Hockey players are left wondering what the protocols will be. We do not yet know, but we assume they pertain to spectators coming to watch and whether masks will have to be worn while playing or not. Questions remain about how it will work if Northwood wants to play teams in other counties, considering there are no teams to play in Essex County. On top of that, Husky hockey players are curious to see how thnew UK strand of COVID-19 will affect us, since it has made its way into the area.  

UK Variant Found in Essex County

The UK variant of SARS-CoV-2, a highly-contagious strain of the coronavirus, has been found in Essex County, according to the Essex County Health Department, which released the following statement on its Facebook page last night:

The presence of the more contagious variant in the county could affect Governor Cuomo’s order permitting higher risk sports like ice hockey to play games beginning on February 1. In that order, the Governor delegated authority to permit such activities to local health departments and instructed them to consider the presence of more transmissible variants in the area as the first factor to weigh when making their decisions. The relevant part of the Governor’s order on higher risk sports is:

The Mirror will follow this story closely.

Northwood Alum Excited to be Back for Pro Hockey Bubble 

Cailey Hutchinson ’15 of the New York Riveters (Photo provided)

The National Womens Hockey League is squeezing a full hockey season into only two weeks. Due to COVID-19, teams traveling all over the place to play against each other did not sound like the safest idea. So, the NWHL had to figure out a safe plan to salvage a 2020-2021 season. The NHL had a bubble in Toronto over the summer to finish out the season and uphold the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was very successful, so the NWHL saw this as an opportunity to have a bubble of their ownas they compete for the Isobel Cup.  

Luckily for Northwood students the bubble is located right where we call home, Lake Placid, NY. From January 23rd to Friday February 5th, over the 2 weeks, the 6 teams in the league will play 24 games at the famous Herb Brooks Arena (where the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team beat Russia for the first time to win gold in the Miracle on Ice). This is a round-robin tournament, and the best teams will end up playing a “final four” round of games at the end to determine who will go to the championship 

Having the bubble held in Lake Placid, is not only a thrill for Northwood students but it is also super exciting for Northwood Alum Cailey Hutchinson. She is competing in the tournament for the New York Riveters and wears number 13. Cailey graduated in the class of ‘15 and then went off to The University of Maine where she played division 1 college hockey in the Hockey East conferenceCailey is not only an exceptional hockey player but she is an exceptional leader. At UMaine, she was a leader as an assistant captain and is also an assistant captain for her New York Riveters team nowShe inspires so many people, especially young girls who look up to her and want to follow in her footsteps  [Read more…]

Pandemic Effects Mental Health of Student-Athletes 

Since March 2020, the Coronavirus Pandemic has been an ongoing series of unfortunate events. From social distancing to lockdowns of schools and businesses, the coronavirus has taken over our lives. 

Sports are central in the lives of athletes. Sports teach social skills and development, giving a healthy way to relieve and cope with stress and everyday life problems. From Little League to National Leagues, the Coronavirus has forced athletic seasons to be canceled. According to a recent study from Stanford University and Strava, a social network of exercise enthusiasts, “22.5% of professional athletes reported feeling down or depressed on more than half of the days of the week in the period between mid-March and August of last year, while COVID-19 restrictions on athletic training and competition were in place, compared to 3.9% of athletes reporting the same struggles earlier this year before the pandemic hit. That’s an increase of 477%.”   

It’s not just professional athletes affected by the pandemic. Even though Northwood students can train with their coaches and teams nearly every day, they have had very little competition in the form of games against outside opponents. Student-athletes at Northwood are suffering. Senior Rachel Hinkley says, “I know that Covid has effected us all, but it’s really hard not being able to play the sport you love. Watching others get to play while we can’t breaks my heart, and while I know it’s for our safety, it’s really hard having to sit on the sidelines when I’ve been playing hockey for fifteen years. While we can’t play games, I’m happy to be with my girls to keep me sane during these hard times.”   

Sports are a type of therapy and the bonds built by teammates are like a family’s connection, which is just one of the many reasons the game is loved by Rachel and millions of other athletes in the world.  Senior Ashlyn McGrath says, “not playing games makes me feel like I’m missing out on my senior year/season.” Throughout your hockey career you look forward to things like your senior night. It only comes once, and for some of us, it’s not coming at all. 

Northwood’s school psychologist, Ms. Tara Wright agrees that sports are important to the emotional well-0being of athletes.  “Diminished opportunity for sports has taken a toll on student athletes’ social emotional health during the pandemic,” said WrightAthletes derive multiple benefits from sports, which affect their mental wellbeing – physical fitness, goal setting and achievement, focus and mental training, and the social benefits that come from team sports. Even with more individual achievement sports such as ski racing or ski jumping, the group training aspect provides student athletes with significant social benefits,” she added 

Wright also noted that online learning exacerbates the isolation that students-athletes feel. “The Covid pandemic has left student athletes to adjust to online or hybrid learning for periods of time, reduce their ability to spend time with family and friends, and made athletic training and competitions fewer or altered to ensure social distancing,” said WrightThe teenage years are a time when students form significant bonds with their peers,” she addedWhile Covid has affected all teens by limiting their ability to socialize, the effect on teams has been particularly challenging.”   

It’s safe to say this is a very challenging time for everyone, especially the studentathlete population 

Photos of Northwood student-athletes enjoying the social benefits of athletic training and competition. (Source: The Mirror)

Virtual Classes: Northwood Students Share Their Thoughts 

Aidan Lasky ’22 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

While many Northwood students and faculty enjoyed their extended Thanksgiving and Christmas break, one email may have sent some dreading the start of classes. John Spear, Assistant Head for School Life had announced in an email that classes would resume January 5 and be virtual for three weeks because our return date would be pushed back to January 18, 2021.  

During these three weeks academics would be 4 classes a day each an hour long except for Wednesdays with 5 classes each an hour long as well. Many students found those times concerningThe length of the inperson classes seemed exactly right at 45 minutes long. An hour for an online class seemed too long. 

Aidan Lasky ‘22 said“I feel like the hour-long class times are a bit too long. I feel like the 45 minutes long classes were perfect times because I can stay easily focused for that time.”  

Kira Cook ’23 (Photo: Mr. Michael Aldridge)

The class times were not the only concerns expressed by students. Some had a hard time imagining getting back onto their computers for several hours of homework in the evening. Kira Cook ‘23 said“I’m not the biggest fan of hour-long classes and then after a day of classes a few hours of homework is kind of a lot.”  Teachers may find the work load manageable for studentsbut some students might disagree.  

Virtual classes are not easy for either the teacher or the students, as many want to be together on campus, but it is safe to say the students at Northwood have some suggestions to make it a little bit better.  

Watch This Space!

Coming in early January, an all-new Mirror staff will begin publishing articles again, after a hiatus that began at the end of the 2019-20 school year. Watch This Space

First Trimester Honor Rolls Announced

December 15, 2020 — Ms. Noel Carmichael, Northwood School’s Dean of Academic Affairs, today announced the Honor Rolls for the first trimester of the 2020-21 school year, which concluded on Thursday, November 20.


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

Amelia Brady ‘21 David Green ‘22 Slater Loffredo ‘22
Brian Brady ‘24 Ashley Guevara ‘24 Anja Martin ‘22
Katherine Broderick ‘22 Kathryn Hagness ‘21 Andrew Mazza ‘21
Sierra Butler ‘21 Carson Hall ‘22 Luc Mikula ‘21
Angelina Castillo ‘21 Caroline Harrison ‘22 Keith Mutunga ‘21
Ryan Cielo ‘21 Turner Jackson ‘23 Cilla Nee ‘22
Ellie Colby ‘21 Jacob Jaslow ‘23 Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23
Gabrielle-Catherine Cote ‘21 Brooke Kelley ‘23 Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23
William Cruickshank ‘21 Lealani Kidd ‘21 Lincoln Norfolk ‘24
Ava Day ‘21 Colin Kis ‘24 Chase Ormiston ‘21
Leah DeFilippo ‘22 Jadenlin Klebba ‘21 Joaquín Sánchez Kornfeld ‘21
Haley Donatello ‘21 Jan Korec ‘22 Sophia Schupp ‘24
Drew Donatello ‘24 Madison Kostoss ‘21 Evelina Sheridan ‘22
William Donato ‘21 Hillary Larsen ‘22 Adria Tebo ‘23
Liam Doyle ‘22 Aiden Lasky ‘22 Richard Volpe ‘23
Macie Eisenhart ‘23 Madison Lawrence ‘23 Chuer Zhang ‘21


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

Adelia Castillo ‘21 Mackenzie Hull ‘21 Anna Pavlasova ‘23
Andrew Centrella ‘22 Nathan Kirschenbaum ‘21 Robert Renner ‘21
Jillian Clark ‘23 Junyeop Lee ‘23 Adeline Swanson ‘24
Magnus Eisler ‘24 Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Ella Fesette ‘22 Elise Loescher ‘21 Kennedy Wilson ‘22
Tate Frantz ‘23 Seth Moores ‘24 Joey Winthrop ‘23
Jacob Guévin ‘21 Mathis Nolet-Gagne ‘23 Zachary Zientko ‘21
Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 Rowen Norfolk ‘22  


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-

Suhaib Ali ‘22 Benjamin DeGirolamo ‘21 Mark Monaco ‘21
Marina Alvarez ‘21 Dominick DeGuardia ‘24 Thebe Mosehathebe ‘23
Kendin Basden ‘22 Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Quy-An NguyenLe ‘21
Kaiya Belisle ‘21 Ray Fust ‘21 Kami O’Brien ‘23
Matthew Brady ‘22 Alvaro Garcia Pascual ‘21 Maximilian Oechsner ‘21
Daniel Buchbiner ‘22 David Garvey ‘22 Tomas Restrepo Gaviria ‘21
Benedetta Caloro ‘21 Emma Goldberg ‘23 Ryan Rutley ‘23
John Cielo ‘21 Sean Kgwakgwa ‘21 Austin Scheine ‘21
Kira Cook ‘23 Lars Kroes ‘21 Abigail Sinclair ‘23
Meggan Cramer ‘21 Michael Leone ‘21 Lily Spiegel ‘22
Maisie Crane ‘23 Ruby Lewin ‘22 Ainsley Tuffy ‘24
Nora Dawood ‘23 Ruby Maiore ‘22 Roman Winicki ‘22
Carter Day ‘23 Cole Mathews ‘23 Nolan Woudenberg ‘22
Connor DeAngelis ‘22 Ashlyn McGrath ‘21 Natalie Zarcone ‘22


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

Suhaib Ali ‘22 Macie Eisenhart ‘23 Paige Melicant ‘22
Marina Alvarez ‘21 Ella Fesette ‘22 Brendan Merriman ‘21
Kaiya Belisle ‘21 Tate Frantz ‘23 Luc Mikula ‘21
Tyler Boudreau ‘22 Ray Fust ‘21 Seth Moores ‘24
Amelia Brady ‘21 Alvaro Garcia Pascual ‘21 Keith Mutunga ‘21
Brian Brady ‘24 David Garvey ‘22 Cilla Nee ‘22
Omiel Brito ‘21 David Green ‘22 Christie-Ann Nelson ‘23
Katherine Broderick ‘22 Ashley Guevara ‘24 Iva-Amanda Nelson ‘23
Sierra Butler ‘21 Kathryn Hagness ‘21 Calil Neme Filho ‘21
Adelia Castillo ‘21 Carson Hall ‘22 Quy-An NguyenLe ‘21
Angelia Castillo ‘21 Caroline Harrison ‘22 Lincoln Norfolk ‘24
Andrew Centrella ‘22 Audrey Higgins-Lopez ‘21 Maximilian Oechsner ‘21
Ryan Cielo ‘21 Mackenzie Hull ‘21 Chase Ormiston ‘21
Ellie Colby ‘21 Turner Jackson ‘23 Anna Pavlasova ‘23
Kira Cook ‘23 Lealani Kidd ‘21 Caroline Purcell ‘24
Gabrielle-Catherine Cote ‘21 Colin Kis ‘24 Robert Renner ‘21
William Cruickshank ‘21 Jadenlin Klebba ‘21 Joaquín Sánchez Kornfeld ‘21
Nora Dawood ‘23 Jan Korec ‘22 Sophia Schupp ‘24
Ava Day ‘21 Madison Kostoss ‘21 Evelina Sheridan ‘22
Carter Day ‘23 Lars Kroes ‘21 Abigail Sinclair ‘23
Leah DeFilippo ‘22 Hillary Larsen ‘22 Lily Spiegel ‘22
Benjamin DeGirolamo ‘21 Aiden Lasky ‘22 Adeline Swanson ‘24
Peppi DelliQuadri ‘22 Madison Lawrence ‘23 Adria Tebo ‘23
Norah Dempsey ‘21 Junyeop Lee ‘23 Calem Tommy ‘22
Drew Donatello ‘24 Jazlyn Lluberes ‘23 Kara Wentzel ‘22
Haley Donatello ‘21 Elise Loescher ‘21 Kennedy Wilson ‘22
William Donato ‘21 Slater Loffredo ‘22 Chuer Zhang ‘21
Liam Doyle ‘22 Anja Martin ‘22


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