Today was a bitter sweet day... after 12 days in Peru where we have been on the beach, in the mountains and a little bit in the jungle, our time here has ended. We have been able to go back in time with the Incas and learn about their history and culture, we have met incredible people, tasted delicious food and listened to the Andenian music.
Our time here helped us not only to improve our Spanish but to helped us immerse ourselves in a new culture full of colors and contrasts.
Today was our first full day in Ollantaytambo. Our morning was spent
working with students of the local school on a service project. It was an
amazing experience being able to give back to the community and create a
bond with the children there.
Today has been another incredible day.
The archeological site was amazing, it is unbelievable that the Inkas were ahead of time in so many ways, specially with architecture. We learned a lot about that in Saqsaywaman. Saqsaywaman is a citadel on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the historic capital of the Inca Empire.
Today it has been an incredible day. It was a bit hectic because of our flight to Cusco. But we are safe and sound in our homestays.
We started our day learning about the Pre-Colombian culture at the Larco Museum in the beautiful neighborhood of Pueblo Libre. Here we learned with Cecilia our guide how the indigenous lived in Peru many centuries ago. She explained what they wore, ate, their belief systems etc.
Today we woke up with a lot of energy and very eager to learn about Peru.
We had an Incredible breakfast at the hotel and after that, we did a food tour at a local market and learn about other types of vegetables and fruits that we didn't even know exist, And try them all.
Following our tasting of new fruits, we visited Chef Luciano we prepared some delicious Ceviche. And we all loved it. In the afternoon, we had lunch in Francesco Restaurant where we had the opportunity to cook our own Ceviche and Causa with what we bought at the local market and with the guidance of chef Jair.
“Taking Self, Sexuality, and Society was the best mistake I ever made,” says senior Geoff Erickson.
“The class truly is fun and interesting, and I am learning so much that I had never even thought of before,” he says. “I highly recommend the class, especially to people like myself who think it’s not for them, try it for at least one term.”
The Dublin girls' Varsity team travelled with high hopes to Loomis Chaffe School in Connecticut to compete in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference tournament. With the boys Nordic team having won Dublin's first ever NEPSAC Championship last week, the girls hoped to bring back a second trophy to the school. Unfortunately, with a one point, last second loss in the finals, the weekend didn't end completely as they had hoped.
As the Dublin girls' team stepped on the floor on Sunday, they were making history: the first time in a Dublin basketball team was in the NEPSAC finals. Dublin looked loose and confident as they warmed up but this wasn't to be their day.
Over the last two years, Dublin School’s Amnesty International chapter has worked on the “My Body, My Rights” campaign, hosted school-wide write-a-thons—dubbed Write for Rights, furthered Dublin’s work on micro-lending through KIVA, and written numerous Urgent Action Letters. In short, the club has worked not just to fight for human rights but to educate and inform the school community.
Liam Kelly, student president of Amnesty International, says, “I think it’s important to be conscious that some people are not as fortunate as we are. We need to make a concerted effort to help make everyone’s lives as good as they can possibly be. I know that it’s not an easy thing to do, but every little bit helps.”
The Dublin girls' Varsity basketball team hosted Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall in the NEPSAC tournament quarter finals. Katia Dermott '17 got the offense started, then her teammates, Stella Davis '18 and Bette Imhoff '18, took over, combining for 55 points. Tatiyana Dunkers '18 fired up the crowd and energized her team with her work on the defensive end, stealing the ball and starting Dublin's fast break and with a big block in the second half. The team is looking forward their match up against Oakwood Friends School on Saturday.
Ella and the "bot."
The Nordic Junior Nationals brings together the best skiers in the US to compete over eight days in March. Calvin Bates and Lilly Bates will be representing Dublin School and our local ski club Dublin XC. They join a New England team of 21 boys and 21 girls that have been rated as the best skiers in New England.
Dublin hosted Winchendon on Saturday in its final game of the season. The Wildcats put it all together in the first half, executing well on offense and feeding co-captain Wyatt Switzer '19 (Marlborough, NH) in the post for 10 points before intermission. Dublin held its own on the boards against the bigger Winchendon forwards, and took a 27-26 lead into the locker room. But the height difference in the front-court made a difference in the second half, as Winchendon capitalized on 16 offensive rebounds to pull ahead for good, while Dublin's shooters went cold. Switzer led the team with 12 points, while Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH) and Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) each added 11.
In a year led by underclassmen, the Wildcats (6-14, 3-4 RVAL) made great strides both individually and as a team. With all players returning, expectations are high for Dublin's 2017-2018 campaign.
Dublin ran into a deep, athletic, talented squad from Cambridge, MA, on Wednesday and got pummeled, 77-34. Idriss Traore '19 (New York, NY) led the team with 13 points. Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) added 10 and Will Campbell '19 (Milford, NH) had 9.
Dublin knew they were going to be facing an undefeated, talented JV team on their home court, and that they would need to bring their A game. Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) '18 and Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) '18 got Dublin off to an early lead, hitting 4 3-pointers. Although Dublin was ahead throughout the game, they were never able to build a comfortable lead. They were only up by 2 points at the half, when Tilton tried to change up its defense to slow down Davis and Imhoff, opening up offensive opportunities for their teammates, Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) '17 and Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) '18. Tilton hit 2 key 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game, cutting Dublin's lead. Dublin was able to hold off Tilton's late surge, extending its winning streak to 6 games. For the next week, Dublin will be preparing for the upcoming NEPSAC tournament.
Bette Imhoff led all scorers with 23 points, and Stella Davis added 18 points to the team's win.