Owen Mortner (Cambridge, MA) and Katia Dermott (Old Fort, NC) both participated in writing programs this summer where their work was published.
By Jill Hutchins, Dean of Enrollment Management
In my opinion, Family Weekend is the best Dublin School event held each year other than Graduation! This past weekend did not disappoint, as we had spectacular Fall weather and the largest attendance of families ever! We have the best families and it is always a pleasure to put on this weekend for you!
Opening Friday November 4, 2016
6:30 - 8 PM
In November 2015, I spent time at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. This residency is 17 miles from Appomattox. When I left I drove slowly home through Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. I stopped at 12 Civil War battlefields. At each one I took a long walk or bike ride. I recorded the path of each tour on my phone with a mapping app. I wanted to pay attention to place and research how and if tragic slaughter lingers in a place.
Ella Rutledge (Amesbury, MA) is a little nervous about the robotic season this year. On the surface everything would seem to be better: more coaching, being able to work during the afternoon sports block, a tradition of winning. But to Ella “everything was so good” last year. Her only disappointment last year was not being able to drive the robot in competition. She got hints that she might be able to last year but it never materialized. It’s “obviously a privilege” and something she desperately wants to do.
Mr. Walters planted a 500 pound safe near the School House last week. He challenged the school to solve a series of clues that would lead to the opening of the strongbox. It took over six days for the safe to be “cracked”. Juniors Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME), Ella Rutledge (Amesbury, MA) and Freshman Reed Brencher (Killingworth, CT) were there at the opening. While the juniors were celebrated, they admitted that,” the Freshman Class did all the work and gave us the last clue when they couldn’t solve it…” That didn’t impact the safecrackers enthusiasm when the final tumblers clicked into placed, “we screamed, grabbed everything inside, and ran” to which Mr. Walters commented, as “all good bank robbers do…”
The fall Alpine Ski Camp is designed to bring a non rushed, fun atmosphere of ski racing fundamentals to the Dublin School alpine ski team. This is open to all Alpine ski team members and is not mandatory but highly suggested. It will be held from November 19-22, 2016 at the Sunday River Resort.
The Alpine Ski Camp will provide an exceptional start for the ski team to get on snow early season as a group, dial in new ski equipment, work on technical and tactical parts of ski racing through the very basis of ski racing which is free skiing. At the highest levels of ski racing, this is the best way to start a race season.
In 1945 the World Series’ contestants were the American League’s Detroit Tigers and the National League’s Chicago Cubs. For whatever reason, Don Kennedy ‘48, Ebby Dane, ‘51 and I, ’50, felt great sympathy for the generally acknowledged underdog, the Chicago Cubs.
However Paul W. Lehmann, Dublin School’s founder a decade earlier and headmaster, was emphatic in proclaiming the certainty of a Detroit victory. A sort of wager resulted. Oddly (though perhaps not, given PWL’s rather dictatorial style), it was a one-way bet in that there was nothing we three students would receive if Chicago won. To PWL that was a clear impossibility, and with the Cubs’ loss thus assured, our part of the “bargain” called for us to cut a new ski trail.
GH Werowinski (Acton MA) is probably like a lot of seniors at this time of year. He is focused on college. But unlike others his focus is not so much on where, but on what he plans to do there. He is interested in science going forward and as a result is taking three science courses this year: Physiology, AP Environmental Science and AP Physics. The bigger uncertainty for GH is in what sport he will play in college.
When GH came to Dublin three years ago that might have been the most unlikely result possible. In middle school, GH ran a bit of cross country, played some lacrosse and in the winter he did woodworking. He was not really committed to anything but he knew he wanted to try Nordic Skiing and Crew even if he really did not expect much, “When I came to Dublin I wasn’t very confident that I could do new things and be good at them. With the sailing team there was a very clear defining moment in our first race when I got picked to go to the varsity race. I slowly began to learn that I was capable of things that I didn’t think I was before. Basically, I got confidence with sailing that I could be good at something that I wasn’t good at just by pure work. I realized I could get better. I realized I could improve and I was shocked that that was possible.”
Emil Hristache’s (Peterborough, NH) father, Eduard, grew up in Rumania. He was 15 years old when the communist regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu fell. He recently visited Ms. Doenmez’s AP European History class to talk about the contrast between the promise of communism and the reality as he experienced it.
This past weekend we had perhaps the most successful Alumni/Reunion Weekend since the school celebrated its 75th Anniversary back in 2010. There were alumni from 1950 - 2011, former faculty members, significant others, dogs, and new Dublin School alumni babies ready to become the Class of 2030. Dublin School was packed!
Although all alumni are welcome back every year, there is always a particular emphasis on the classes celebrating ten year graduation milestones, which this year were the 6’s: the Classes of 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, and 2006. There seems to be something about the 6’s:
Diane van Deren is one of the most gifted endurance athletes in the world. She shared her personal story with the Dublin community on Friday morning. It was a spell binding story of adversity and triumph.
Growing up, Diane was always a gifted athlete. She discovered early on the she was not only better than the local girls but also better than the boys. As a kid she played baseball with her hair hidden under her hat. She excelled at golf and then discovered tennis. She played professionally. But she would often get a strange feeling almost like deja vu. It would pass but something was wrong.
Lindsay began rowing in 1982 as a freshman at Williams College and has been involved in the sport ever since. He was a captain of the team his senior year, and then went on to be a part of the U.S. Pre-Elite team in 1986, the U.S. Pan American Games Team in 1987 and the U.S. Olympic Team in 1988. He won several national titles during those years, and then turned to teaching and coaching at St. Andrew's School. Lindsay also coached as part of the staff of the 1995 U.S. Junior National Team that traveled to Poznan, Poland to compete in the Junior World Championships, and he worked as a trustee of the Scholastic Rowing Association of America for 24 years.
During his years at St. Andrew's School, Lindsay led four crews to international competition at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. Many of his former rowers continued on to a variety of collegiate programs, and several went on to compete in and even win gold medals at World Championship and Olympic competitions.
Maddie Pelissier is a self-proclaimed visual arts student, open-minded athlete, and “huge nerd” who joins us at Dublin after eleven years at Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. She is a freshman at Dublin School who is eager to meet new people and learn everything she can from a place she describes as so unlike any school she has seen.
Being open to learning and trying new activities is crucial for Maddie, who, with her sense of humor and candid optimism, has already, in just under three weeks of school, had a colorful journey when it comes to athletics.
Maddie had never done the sports that Dublin offers.
“I started with soccer. The first day, I kicked maybe four different people in the face with the ball. Including the coach. So, I switched to Dance,” Maddie explains with a laugh. “I really love it. I’ve made a lot of friends. I am terrible at it. I have two left feet and look like a dying duck. But I love it. I get really excited about it,” she smiles.
Dublin Shop and 3D Art Teacher Dylan Pierpont was wandering the woods above the Nordic Ski Center last year and noticed a dead tree with an enormous deformity. The deformity is a highly prized anomaly among wood workers called a burl. A burl results from a tree undergoing some form of stress. It may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus. A burl is the resulting scar tissue in a tree where, in the healing process, the grain of the tree becomes confused and less linear. As a result, the wood of the burl presents a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. And one Dublin School Shop and 3D Art teacher.
First Robotics released its first teaser trailer that revealed, in only the most minute way, the theme of this year’s First Robotics Challenge. The release date is a much anticipated date for our FIRST Team 1786 - The Robotics Team at Dublin School. Until then, no one knows the full extent of the challenge. Upon announcement, our students and advisors are on a full bore mission to design, program and fabricate a competitive robot. It takes a team of incredibly gifted and driven students to conceptualize and build the robot in the short six week period before competition begins. Our team is extraordinarily excited to get in the winner’s circle again this year.
Simon McFall, Dean of Students and Soccer Program Director challenged senior Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough NH) to score in a recent game. There was an encouragement offered. Sabrina struck the ball high and true over the opponent goalie's head and this afternoon Mr. McFall received his new racing stripe.
To the apparent delight of many.