A recap of the 2018 Academic Awards.
A recap of the 2018 Athletic Awards.
Dublin School is pleased to announce that Paul Wardlaw has joined Dublin as our new Athletic Director. Over a 33 year career, Wardlaw has coached collegiate tennis and soccer, taught in the classroom and served as a mentor to other coaches around the country. He joins Dublin after a 14-year engagement as Head Coach of the nationally-ranked Brown University D1 Women's Tennis team. He has also served as the Head Women's Tennis Coach at the University of Iowa (D1) and Kenyon College (D3). At Kenyon, his teams won three D3 National Championships, and Wardlaw was named the 2000 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III Coach of the Decade.
The Dublin boys' lacrosse team wrapped up their season with a convincing win over Cushing JV on Friday. The Wildcats were able to put together a performance that displayed the culmination of their efforts throughout the two-month long season.
Dublin jumped out and scored four quick, unanswered goals right off the bat. Sophomore Dereck Elmera had a dominant day at the faceoff x, only losing a small hand full of draws throughout the contest. Senior goalies Aidan Carter and Josh Hochberg split time in net, and along with the stout Dublin defense, they were able to hold Cushing to a single goal.
Midway through the second quarter, Dublin's reserve players started to see significant minutes, and by the end of the game, almost all starters had been replaced by younger, less experienced teammates. The sportsmanship on the field was solid, and it was a great way to send out Dublin's graduating senior class.
The Dublin boys' lacrosse team took on an unfamiliar opponent when they played Northfield Mount Hermon JV on Wednesday. Despite the relative proximity of the two schools, Dublin and NMH had not been matched up for several years. The contest was worth the wait, and when all was said and done, three overtime periods were needed to determine a sudden-death winner. After a long, grinding, up and down game, Dublin was able to secure the victory and defend their home turf of Memorial Field with honor.
Cathie Runyon is a grandparent to two generations of two: her children L.P. (Laurance) and Grier Runyon attended Dublin in the 80s, and her grandchildren Nick and Liza currently attend Dublin; Nick is graduating in the spring. Cathie and her husband moved to Peterborough in 1974, and L.P. started at Dublin in 1984 with Grier close behind.
“When L.P. was in middle school at Peterborough, it was not a great experience for him,” notes Runyon. “We started looking around and decided that we really didn’t want to send him to a boarding school far away, so Dublin seemed like a good alternative. We had been hearing more and more positive things about Dublin, so we started to look into it.”
One of the large projects of the annual Introduction to STEM course taught to first-year students is a competition to design and fabricate the most efficient propeller blade. Course teacher Jesse Jackson introduces the students to some basic concepts related to aeronautic design and then turns the students loose to research, design and fabricate their masterpiece. The most efficient propellor is measured by connecting the blades to a small generator tower that then uses an Arduino based system to measure total electrical output.
This years' winning team, Sina Abraham (Cambridge, MA); Lindsey Gould (Sharon, MA); and Nicholas Kim (San Francisco, CA) said they followed a standard engineering protocol to achieve their result. They did research, studied both successful and unsuccessful prior year designs, and built a couple of iterations of the design. Concerning the design piece, all of the student teams used Solidworks, a very advanced CAD design program, starting with a blade template. The winning team altered the angle of the blade along its length beginning (from the attachment point) with a 25-degree angle, and tapering to a 20-, 17- and 14-degree angle toward the tip. Based on their observations, they believed that the angle of attack needed to be steepest near the hub and wanted to create a "belly" at that point.
Having completed the AP Environmental Science exam, the two sections of AP Environmental Science have been doing field work on the Dublin campus over the last week.
A central part of the curriculum in the Spring has been focused on water management. One of the topics was land management in controlling runoff. Plants both stabilize soil and help to keep the nutrients in the soil, bare ground allows nutrition to leach out and beneficial ions such as Ca2+ are replaced with H+ leaving the soil more acidic. These problems often occur after construction or as a result of clear-cutting. These types of disturbances often make soil less hospitable for re-growth and can cause over-nutrition problems down-stream. This is one of the reasons that construction sites are mandated to install silt fences and erosion barriers to keep sediment and nutrients out of the water system.
Taya Kerwin, ’18, is a person who describes herself as “in it for the long haul.” While some students may enjoy the opportunity to try different sports and programs across their time at Dublin, Kerwin is someone who picked her sports at Dublin freshman year, and, as a senior, she is still pursuing her careers in sailing, theatre, and tennis.
“I get involved, and I like to grow into what I am doing,” she describes.
“I like that you feel really committed to whatever you are doing,” says Kerwin. “You see yourself growing into a leadership program. You watch your leaders when you are young and think, ‘I can do that.’ And then you take time and practice to figure out how.”
The 2018 NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) is a national conference that attracts over 1,500 high school leaders every year. These high schoolers attend workshops and lectures centered around justice and equity; they learn new leadership skills that help them bring energy, agency, and creativity to their home institutions. This year’s conference will take place in conjunction with the People of Color Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from November 28 through December 1, 2018. The 2018 SDLC theme is "Listening for the Grace Note: Finding Harmony Amid Cacophony."
Dublin (DUT) started the day against Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, and it was clear from the start that Dublin’s experience would carry them to victory. DUT finished off the game 13-0 and got some extra rest before the second round.
DUT then played Four Rivers JV, which is actually one of the stronger teams in the region. DUT quickly jumped out to a lead with strong play from its senior class. Without too much struggle, DUT put the game away by a score of 13-5.
Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in year-long rigorous study centered around a question or topic that is of special interest to them. The course has both a scholarly and a creative, or applied, component and students are given college-level expectations of independence, time management, and advanced analytical and creative problem-solving.
Several weeks ago, Ms. Sarah Doenmez’s AP European History class took a trip to New York City. They spent two nights there; on the first day, they traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at, in particular, art between Impressionism and Cubism, visited the Morgan Library, and attended a screening of a film on Mary Shelley at the Tribeca Film Festival. They also enjoyed a ton of walking—they walked from 58th to 85th Street in Central Park—gloriously bright, colorful, and cool—that first day! The next day, they explored the United Nations and the 9/11 Memorial, by way of Wall Street and Federal Hall.
“The city itself and the places we visited were emblematic of what we’ve been studying in the late 19th century as the modern city took shape—parks, commuter trains, museums,” says Doenmez. “In relation to later the UN, for example, is one of those representations of transnational identity and the post-WWII order.”
The boys' rowers had a full and successful conclusion to their racing season. The varsity boat, with three sophomores and two juniors, first traveled to Camden, NJ to compete in the Stotesbury Regatta on Friday and Saturday, May 18 -19. This enormous regatta has nearly 6,000 athletes competing from almost 200 different scholastic rowing programs in a variety of events. The Dublin boys raced in the "Junior-4 with coxswain" event -- meaning that none of the athletes were in their senior year. This was the first time Dublin School has ever competed in the Stotesbury. It was an eye-opening experience for the team to see the breadth and depth of rowing competition from all over the U.S. and Canada that was there to race.
All boats had to row a 1,500-meter time trial, and the top 12 boats went to a semi-final round. There were 65 entries in the boys' junior-4 event, so making the semi-finals was going to be a challenging task. The odds were not in our favor. Overcoming the difficult conditions of high wind, rain, and cold, the boys' boat surprised the field and finished with an impressive 5th place in the time trial. They then raced in the semi-final and were just a fraction of a second away from earning a starting spot in the final. It was a successful regatta experience, and the group returned to Dublin Saturday night full of optimism and dreams of future racing at the highest level.
The group could not rest, however, as the varsity boat had to get up early Sunday morning to travel with the entire Dublin team to race in the Granite State Championship Regatta. Even Mr. Hungerford who had driven the boat to the Stotesbury and back, was up early Sunday morning to take the full trailer with all the shells up to Lebanon, NH for the race. The boys entered a varsity-4, 2nd varsity-4, novice-4, and 2nd novice-4, and all of these crews made it to the finals. Both the varsity-4 and novice-4 boats won their championship races, and the 2nd varsity and 2nd novice boats gave their full and best effort in their races.
On the women's side, we entered a varsity-4 and a 2nd varsity-4 at the Granite States Championship. The 2nd varsity-4 came in 3rd in their heat, missing qualifying for finals. The varsity-4 won their heat and entered the finals with the fastest time. All four boats entering the finals were within 5 seconds of each other in preliminary heats, setting up an exciting final in the afternoon. The race proved as close as expected. Dublin edged out a win by less than a second, beating both Derryfield and Lebanon who they had lost to earlier in the season. It was an exciting finish for seniors Devyn Itula and Zoe Hewitt! We'd like to thank seniors Zoe, Devyn, and Nancy Rose Unser for their contributions to the crew program. We look forward to continuing to follow Zoe's rowing career as she heads off to the University of Virginia in the fall.
The racing season is now over, and the boats will be put back in the boathouse to wait for next spring. The teams have earned some well-deserved rest after their weeks of training and racing. There were no seniors in the boys' program this year, so their accomplishments are all the more impressive considering the youth and inexperience of the group. We all want to thank the parents for their support of the athletes, for bringing food to the away races, and for cheering all the teams. Thanks to Mr. Hungerford for all his assistance with driving the trailer, and thanks to the volunteer coaches - Mr. Jack Calhoun and Mr. Jeff Dickler - who came every afternoon to help teach and mentor the novice rowers. They are great examples of how rowing is a lifetime sport and passion, and the Dublin athletes are just at the beginning of their rowing journey.
We had a chance to make Wildcat history yesterday at the Lakes Region Tournament at Cardigan Mountain. James Wolpe and Rohan Gold were favored in the #1 and #2 singles draw. The #1 and #2 Doubles draw was up for grabs. Eric Freeman and Otto Vogel played their the best doubles of the year and Alex Goltz and Will Boot should we say had a little luck of the draw and before we knew we had all four Wildcats in the Finals. It was a chance to make history. No Wildcat team has ever had four teams in the final with a chance to sweep the whole tournament! James and Rohan made quick work of their singles matches winning the #1 and #2 Finals 6 -1.
Eric and Otto got an early break in the match but couldn't quite hold on losing the match 6-4. Alex and Will were up 4 -2 40- love serving to go up 5 -2 but the pressures of a first time ever Final crept in. Losing their serve seemed to take the wind out and they lost the match 6 - 4. It was a fantastic tournament ending a fantastic year. Great job to everyone!
Girls lacrosse ended their season yesterday playing an elimination game as the 7th seed in the Lakes Region Lacrosse Tournament. Dublin was matched up against the Tilton School who we lost to earlier in the season 9-2. Although Dublin fell 10-7, the game was a great, close contest that demonstrated the significant progress made by the team over the course of the season.
Tilton scored early and built a 2-0 lead. Their first goal was indicative of the play, as goalie Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ) made two point-blank saves on Tilton before the second rebound squirted to an open Tilton player who finished. Natson played a fantastic game with 17 saves, keeping Dublin in it early while the defense found its footing. Dublin went on a run and built a 5-3 lead with four minutes left in the half, but Tilton came back scoring its final goal with 6 seconds left to knot the score at 5-5.
With some adjustments on defense, the Dublin defense of Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ); Celeste Hopson (Newark, NJ); Destiny Goncalves (Brockton, MA); Camille Pollak (Laconia, NH); and Jessica “Jess” Meyers (Scotch Plains NJ ) was stout, severely limiting the Tilton offense and frustrating numerous possessions. With about six minutes to play the game was tied 7-7. Dublin had three excellent scoring opportunities but couldn't find the back of the net. Tilton capitalized on theirs, building a 2-goal lead with under 2:30 to play. At that point, Dublin had to break out of its defense and sell out to try and get the ball back. This strategy often leads to a cheap final goal as it did in this instance.
As they have all season, Dublin mid-fielders Stella Davis 4G, 1A (Dublin, NH) and Bette Imhoff 3G, 1A (Dublin, NH) provided the bulk of the scoring. Fellow Senior Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) had two assists. Playing an aggressive all-around game, Davis and Imhoff contributed an amazing 16 ground balls between them.
It was a fitting end to the Dublin School careers of Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY); Stella Davis (Dublin, NH); Destiny Goncalves (Brockton, MA); Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH); Robyn McIntosh (Chelsea, Canada); Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ); and Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ). These young women have been critical contributors to the best run of girls lacrosse in the school's history. We will miss them.
The boys picked up a much-needed win versus Eagle Hill on Saturday. Despite a bit of a sloppy performance, the Wildcats were able to dig deep and retain a lead throughout most of the game. As the game progressed, Eagle Hill found itself in the penalty box more than they would've liked, and Dublin was able to possess the ball and capitalize on the presented opportunities.
Junior Ian Baker and sophomore Dereck Elmera had a solid day at the faceoff x, winning many of the draws. Goals were scored by senior captain Fab Joseph (three), senior Jacob Horowitz (five), and junior Kyle Mincey. Seniors Aidan Carter and Josh Hochberg split time in net and finished with five saves collectively.
The Dublin boys' lacrosse team let one slip away on Wednesday when they lost to Tilton 8-6. Despite jumping out to an early lead, Dublin's sluggish stick skills and lack of willingness to compete for ground balls let Tilton back into the game. Defensively, the Wildcats struggled to slide effectively, and let Tilton ball carriers find lanes that should've been closed.
Bright spots for Dublin included goals scored by senior Jacob Horowitz (two), juniors Wyatt Hodgkins (two) and Ian Baker, and sophomore Dereck Elmera. Senior Josh Hochberg made three saves in net.
Great weather, great fan base, great competition yesterday. VA came to play and put Dublin to the test. All the singles matches were close but we couldn't quite get the "W" when we needed it. After losing five of the six singles matches, we wanted to finish strong and we did by winning two out of the three doubles. It will be a full week of practice then off to Cardigan Mtn for the Lakes Region JV Tournament on Saturday.
Dublin girls played Cushing Academy Varsity for the first time on Saturday before an enthusiastic Cushing Senior Day crowd. Cushing controlled the early draws and the ball, leading to a 3-0 lead. Dublin dug down and chipped away at the lead tieing the game at 5-5. Cushing again pushed their lead out to two goals before Dublin answered to close the half out at a 7-6 advantage for Cushing.
Whether it was the aftereffects of the prom the night before, Cushing's change in tactics or their superior depth and stickhandling, the second half belonged to Cushing. Dublin made a series of unforced errors and Cushing rolled their defense at Dublin's leading scorers resulting in a lop-sided second half. A couple of unfortunate plays gave two easy goals to Cushing that Dublin could ill afford to surrender.
Senior goaltender Amani Natson (Vauxhall, NJ) made 10 saves to try and stem the tide. Scoring for Dublin: Bette Imhoff 5G (Dublin, NH) and Stella Davis 2G (Dublin, NH).
Crew competed in the Amber Zapatka Memorial Regatta this weekend for a 2-day event, racing against up to 24 different teams in each event. Many of these teams are club programs that row three seasons. With about a month of on-the-water rowing time, Dublin did quite well against the tough competition.
While most of the school was asleep after Friday night's prom festivities, 25 rowers and coxswains embarked to Lowell at dawn. The race was structured with a 1900 meter time trial Saturday morning. The results of the time trial seeded boats for the finals, with 1-6 place going to the A final, 7-12 going to the B final, 13-18 going to the C final, and 19-24 going to the D final. The finals were held late Saturday afternoon for novices and second varsity boats and Sunday morning for first varsity boats. Finals were 2000 meters (500 meters longer than typical high school races). At the start, rowers needed to back their boats into a stakeboat to ensure all crews were exactly aligned at the start, a new challenge for our rowers. Racing 6 boats across in a buoyed course was exciting for the Dublin kids!
Dublin girls played their hearts out on Wednesday. They worked hard for every point and were tenacious and gracious. A very proud moment for Dublin to have shown such fortitude coupled with impeccable sportsmanship. Wow!! Great job Dublin!!
Mya Kerwin (Hancock, NH) - 8-3
Taya Kerwin (Hancock, NH) - 8-4
Amelia Pyron (Framingham, MA) -8-6
Grace Harrington (Sharon, NH) -8-4
Olivia O'Rourke (Peterborough, NH) - 8-6
Antonia Bean (Montpelier, VT) - 0-8
Mya/Taya - 8-3
Grace/Antonia - 8-4
Amelia/Olivia - 6-8
On Wednesday, May 9, Dublin Ultimate played its senior game, hosting Winchendon School. After jumping out to a commanding 5-0 lead, Dublin gave its younger and less experienced players time to develop. Dublin won the first half 8-6. In a similar back and forth fashion, Dublin controlled the second half, never leading by fewer than two points. Hard cap went off at 13-9, but coaches from both teams elected to play all the way to 15. Dublin prevailed in the end, 15-12.
Miles Morgan, '18, led the scoring with 11 points, while Silas Howe, '18, was good for 11 assists. Harrison Atlas, '18, who scored 3 goals himself, played a solid game defensively, registering 5 Ds. At the conclusion of the game, coaches Maguire and Phinney honored each of the seniors with flowers and short speeches of appreciation for their hard work and dedication to the team. This year's seniors are: Silas Howe, Miles Morgan, Harrison Atlas, Sean Brown, Timmy Stone, and Faith Lewis. We will miss you!
The boys were challenged by a strong Holderness team this Saturday on Memorial Field. As is generally the case, the more developed stick skills of the Holderness squad were a key factor in their victory, and Dublin trailed by a widening margin as the game progressed.
Despite the final score, Dublin played with admirable effort and sportsmanship, and represented the school honorably in the face of adversity. Goal scorers included senior captain Fab Joseph, senior Jacob Horowitz, and junior Ian Baker. Baker also had a solid day at the faceoff x, winning seven draws and getting a handful of ground balls.
Senior goalie Josh Hochberg had a strong first start in net, finishing the day with ten saves.