On another rainy afternoon, Dublin girls played a young team from Proctor Academy. Dublin’s starting players completely dominated the first 12 minutes of the game, sprinting out to a 8-0 lead and only allowing a couple of intrusions to the offensive zone. Center midfielder Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) won every draw she took, creating a lopsided field. Liberal substitutions occurred throughout the rest of the game, with many new players getting extended playing time. There were a couple of rough defensive moments in the first half, but the newer players settled down, started to see and understand their assignments and played a solid defensive game in the second half. As a result, Proctor Academy was never able to mount a significant challenge and a number of the Dublin starters enjoyed the second half cheering from the bench.
Senior Geoff Erickson (Concord, NH) has been riding horses from before he was born. Geoff’s mother, Martha (leader of the Dublin equestrian program) was still competing and jumping horses when she was six months pregnant with Geoff. Born to the horse, Geoff actually started riding before he could walk. His love of riding and the barn life has led to riding broncos and breaking and training horses.
Almost two years, he decided that riding horses was not enough. Geoff decided he wanted to try Bull Riding, rodeo’s biggest challenge.
When Dublin senior John Sandstedt found a pile of old 16MM film reels above the woodshop, what looked like a bunch of old junk to most people, looked like a worthwhile challenge to John. Having restored old film before; often after rebuilding the associated projectors to view them, John thought the old film could be valuable to the School if he could digitize them. After checking that he had permission to try, John set to work buying the necessary projector components on Amazon, tinkering in his makeshift workshop in his dormitory, all the time following meticulous procedures not to further damage the delicate strips of film.
Kristin M. Schild is a recently minted Dartmouth PhD, whose primary area of focus has been in understanding the ice dynamics of outlet glaciers in Greenland, Alaska and Antarctica through on site measurements and satellite remote sensing. She gave a fascinating talk on her work in remote parts of the world and the life of being a working scientist.
She began by talking about a recent paper that led to cross-over discoveries in her area of study. A group of seismologists were studying earthquakes looking for patterns that would allow them to predict earthquake activity. They found that a number of long wave earthquakes were happening in and around Greenland. Greenland however does not sit on any existing faults. Equally puzzling was the fact that earthquake activity was highly concentrated in the summer months which would not occur due to normal plate activity. A collaboration between glaciologist and seismologists led to a theory that the earthquakes were caused by glacial motion.
After spending a couple of weeks on the road it was wonderful to be on campus all week last week listening to music, hearing speeches, watching students chasing flying disks, eating wraps, and watching heavy machinery at work.
Ultimate frisbee, other than being every business manager’s favorite sport ($10 discs, t-shirt uniforms and no referees), is an exciting sport to play and watch. There are so many things I love about the culture of the sport, including but not limited to the fact that it is coed, the athletes call their own fouls and negotiate outcomes, the coaches are often on the field with their teams providing real time feedback, and they have the most interesting cheers in sports. On Wednesday our team had one of the best games I have seen played since we started the sport at Dublin. They were trapping as a unit and making great plays for exciting scores. Well done!
Wednesday was also Grandparents Day and I had fun talking about the school with the great turnout of grandparents and answering their questions. When I asked them what we should be teaching their grandchildren they had many great answers. They spoke to the importance of teaching writing, critical thinking, values, life skills, and art. I love spending time with this group every year and only wish they could come to Dublin School as students!
One of my favorite traditions and guilty pleasures at Dublin is wrap day! Almost every Thursday the kitchen sets up a custom wrap making station in the dining hall. I am very picky and only go to Georgette’s station for my weekly wrap for she knows exactly what I like in my gyro wrap. Students and faculty will often wait in a fifteen-minute line to get their wraps and that is where I get the campus scoop from the students.
We have had three powerful guest speakers in a row at Morning Meeting. On Thursday, President Kim Mooney of Franklin Pierce University spoke to the students about college life and told them that they should view their education as much more than something that prepares them for a job. She urged them to see their education as something that prepares them for life. On Friday our friends from Electric Earth Concerts traveled north from New York with an amazing acoustic duo (guitar and violin) called Fire and Ice. The group reduced a number of students and faculty to tears with their beautiful adaptations of Bach and folk tunes. Ten students were so moved by the music that they attended Fire and Ice’s two hour concert in town later that night. For Earth Day Ms. Curtis invited a scientist friend of hers named Kristin Schild to speak about the dissertation topic she studied at Dartmouth College. Ms. Schild spoke about her thesis work on the relationship between shrinking glaciers and earthquakes. The students were quite impressed with her knowledge and her ability to be dropped off on icebergs by helicopter. I loved that they got to hear about the process of becoming a scientist from someone who literally just defended her dissertation.
Yesterday I experienced both sadness and excitement as I watched the old art building and outing club being taken down to make room for a new dormitory and outing club. I have personally enjoyed coaching out of that building for the last few years and remember its previous life as an art building for generations of Dublin students. While it was time for the building to come down, it is always a little sad when the time comes to say goodbye. Towards the end of the day I went back up to the demolition site and started to picture the new building filling this beautiful space. Possibly more than any other space on campus this dormitory will take full advantage of the views from our stunning location on Beech Hill. We will keep you posted as the site work continues and the slab is poured.
This morning Jared Lewis delivered the final senior presentation of the year. Jared spoke about his love of bikes and how he has started to build his own bikes from wood and carbon. I am reminded of how important these presentations are to both the seniors delivering them and the community hearing them. The seniors learn how to be vulnerable, to share something they are passionate about, and practice speaking in front of a large audience. Jared’s final words to the younger students were to make the most of their time at Dublin because high school will be exactly what you make of it. Well said.
Amani Natson, from Hillside, New Jersey, is a self-described “calm, sarcastic” junior who loves Chemistry, Dance, especially jazz, and Lacrosse.
When she was a freshman, she would not have identified herself as a lacrosse athlete, but over the years, she has come to identify herself as a very specific kind of lacrosse athlete: a goalie: the end of the line, the last stop for defense.
Boys matched up against Stratton Mountain School, traditionally one of our toughest opponents on the calendar. The game was hard fought on both sides with a higher level of lacrosse play than we had shown in our previous outings. Dublin had lots of great offensive opportunities, but poor shooting led to the disparity in score. Our defense played another solid game, but needs to work on recognizing the tendencies of specific players on opposing teams
Senior Ben Simon scored all three of our goals. Sophomore Ian Baker had a solid day at the faceoff X, winning many of the draws, but needs better support from our wings in order to secure more ground balls. Sophomore netminder Idriss Traore finished with nine saves.
Andrew Forsthoefel, author of the newly released book Walking to Listen, has accepted Dublin School’s invitation to speak at graduation this year. Mr. Forsthoefel is an author, speaker, and peace activist living in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Mr. Forsthoefel is a graduate of the St. Andrews School (where both Mr. Bates and Mr. Brown taught previously) and Middlebury College.