Wow, what a week! While I catch my breath let me attempt to share with you what I witnessed from my Head of School perspective.
The recent presidential election brought about an unprecedented level of vitriol, hate and anger in our country. As a history teacher I had to go back to the election of 1800 between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams to find such a divisive campaign. As an educator I am deeply disturbed by the number of stories coming from college and high school campuses that talk about students being threatened based on their race, gender identity, religion, sexuality and beliefs. Now more than ever schools like Dublin must engage in intense conversation and encourage active listening.
Can you match the senior with his or her project? Do so and get a special invite to our end of term “Soiree” where you can learn more about each project and the major learning challenges and rewards each senior has experienced thus far this year.
Eleven intrepid Dublin students, two faculty members and two parents participated in the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) on February 11/12, 2017. The CSM is North America’s longest and oldest Nordic ski tour. Unlike most ski events, there are no winners or losers in the Canadian Ski Marathon: it is not a race. Each skier can select his/her own level of challenge and try to achieve it. One can ski as little as 12 km or up to the maximum of 160 km over the weekend.
Lucy Selby is a ninth grade day student from Peterborough, New Hampshire. Lucy describes herself in these terms: “I am friend-and-family oriented and I know what I want to do and I know how to get there, so I can be really confident about what I’m passionate about.”
Our student writers submitted outstanding work that earned 30 of the 127 Honorable Mentions, meaning that Dublin School work took 23% of the award-winning work in that category.
Six of the 77 Silver Keys went to Dublin writing, meaning that 7.8% of that award category went to our very own writers.
The championships included both Slalom and Giant Slalom races. Dublin athletes achieved several top finishes. All athletes finishing in the top ten received medals and three Dublin skiers finished in the top ten.
The Dublin Varsity girls' basketball team hosted Stoneleigh-Burnham in the RVAL championship game Thursday night. This was the sixth championship match-up between these two teams, and every time Stoneleigh has come out on top, until Thursday. Dublin started the year with the motto "Our Team, Our Time," and that is how they played this game.
Dublin School hosted the Lakes Region Championships on Wednesday, February 15th at the Nordic Center. On a historic day for Dublin skiing, both the boys’ and girls’ teams won the team events and Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH) and Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH) took the overall titles in the individual races.
This year’s winter production opens Thursday, February 23 at 7pm and runs Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25 at 7pm and Sunday, February 26th at 2pm. The twenty-two Dublin students in the cast are joined onstage by faculty member Jon Phinney’s ten year old daughter, Amelia, supported by a student-run technical crew of six students who have been immersed in the design and production process. Three seniors have been integral to the creative team this year: Cam Harrington (Francestown, NH) as Assistant Director, Shaneil Wynter (Brooklyn, NY) as Assistant Choreographer, and Eliza Sigel (Manchester, NH) as Assistant Lighting Designer. We are proud of all of the joy and energy, both onstage and off, that each member of this ensemble has brought to the process of bringing this play to life - and we look forward to sharing it with an audience!
Two weeks ago, Dublin School’s five in-house finalists, who were chosen from a pool of twenty-five, did just that. And they told: beautifully, courageously, softly, triumphantly. These finalists spoke the words of Sherman Alexie, George Herbert, Emily Dickinson, and more, but other voices emerged, other voices were paying attention.
Destiny Goncalves, Owen Mortner, Mia Brady, Faith Lewis, and James Speaks were in conversation with their poet’s words, listening, considering, filling in spaces with their own stories. The result was mesmerizing.
The NH Scholastic Art Awards were announced and a number of Dublin students were recognized again this year. These Dublin students have upheld a long tradition of Dublin School excellence in the arts as recognized by this competition.
Jared Lewis (Bennington, NH) was named an Eagle Scout by the Boys Scouts of America. The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement attainable in the Boy Scouting program. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank. Jared is the third Dublin senior to win this award (12% of the senior class) this year.
For Jared, the scouts have been a road forward to many of the things he does today, “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without scouting. All of my major interests started with scouting…”
The Winter Warrior Challenge consists of 24 tasks this year and will conclude on February 3rd. To earn a special Winter Warrior Challenge t-shirt, a student or faculty member must complete 18 of the 24 challenges and submit a video or photographic evidence of completing each task. Any student who completes all 24 tasks receives both the t-shirt and a Winter Warrior hat. The spirit of this challenge is to get outside, get connected, and take care of each other at Dublin.
Dublin, Holderness School and Northfield Mount Hermon vied for supremacy in the first Nordic Race of 2017 at Holderness School. A total of six and seven points separated the top three teams in each of the boys and girls categories.
On the boys side, Dublin School won for the first time in Lakes region competition against a field of 12 schools. The boys, led by GH Werowinski's (Acton, MA) #1 finish, defeated home team Holderness by 4 points. The boys won despite the absence of top skier Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH). Quinn Wilson 7th (Dublin, NH); Ryan Hyde 12th (Hollis, NH); and Yates Desel 28th (Fairfield, CT) closed out the scoring for Dublin.
On the girls side, Dublin School finished six points behind winner Holderness. Dublin dominated the podium capturing the #1 ( Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH)) and #3 ( Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH)) positions. Robyn McIntosh #10 (Chelsea, Quebec) and Olivia O'Rourke #25 (Peterborough, NH) closed out the scoring for Dublin. In a great sign for the future, three out of the four Dublin scoring racers were either Freshmen or Sophomores.
Noelia Calcano ’17 (Hamilton, NJ) was awarded a QuestBridge Scholarship by Bowdoin College. QuestBridge was founded in 2004 to connect the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge works to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities. Only 5% of applicants to the QuestBridge program become College Match Scholarship Recipients.
“My first Geometry class this year revolved around mental math,” says freshman Aggie Macy. “I found it a little odd at first that we were spending so much time learning how to square numbers such as 12,642, but, over time, I learned that it was [more] the process Mr. Weis focuses on and less the answer.”
Those who have braved a mathematics class with Math Chair Mr. Jonathan Weis will know the early frustration and eventual exhilaration of mental math. They will know that, like Macy realized, the answers were not as crucial as the process of learning mental math.
With snow slicking the sidewalks, dusting the trees, and coating the nordic trails and bucolic campus hills, a special kind of energized quiet settles in. Cam Harrington, a senior beginning to reflect on his high school career as he is doubly immersed in the Play and festive arrangements with Dublin’s a cappella group, has been thinking about the sounds of Dublin.
“I think there’s a general hum to this campus that you can hear,” he says. “There’s an energy and an audible presence that changes across the seasons and trimesters. It changes, and you have to listen to it. Finals week, there is this huge shift. It is quiet. Focused. The hum changes. You realize then: you’ve been listening to this campus without realizing it for all of these days. And you notice when it quiets or changes.”
For many years, Dublin School has celebrated the various traditions of the holiday season and the winter solstice and its promise of longer and brighter days with the Celebration of Light. In a break with tradition (and possibly the establishment of a new tradition?), the Celebration of LIghts was partially celebrated outside this year. After a traditional family style meal, students and advisors walked up a candle lit path to the outdoor stage of the Fountain Arts Building where a roaring bonfire warmed toes and hearts.
Five Dublin School endurance athletes have committed to college programs over the last two weeks. They are Calvin Bates - Nordic Skiing - Middlebury College; Joey Hynes - Crew and Soccer - Washington College; William Stanhope - Crew - Florida Institute of Technology; Michelle Zhong - Crew - Cornell University; and, GH Werowinski - Crew and Nordic - Saint Lawrence University.