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 Snowboarding team took to the lovely Ragged Mountain on Wednesday for the last slopestyle competition of the season. The course, by far the longest of the season, offered a few unique challenges to our riders: a cannon rail to start, two down flat down options--one rail and one box--and two sizable jumps. The stakes were set high after Proctor's number-one rider pulled a 360 off of the cannon rail.
Yifu Zhang (Beijing, China) and Jack Pearce (Milford, NJ) took big risks that paid off: while both have been riding boxes comfortably during the season, they each rode the cannon rail, marking the first time that either of them had ridden any kind of rail feature. Alissa Muise (Blue Hill, ME) and Imogen VonMertens (Hancock, NH) hit impressive ollies off of each knuckle, and Lucy Martin (New Canaan, CT) smoothly took down the box feature on both rides. Emil Hristache (Peterborough, NH) landed a frontside 270 off of the rail cannon and a smooth method off of the second jump. Arthur Garcia (Union City, NJ) took down the box in style, and Garret Autera (Roswell, GA) continued his characteristic frontside 180s. Alexander “AJ” Simpson's (New York, NY) classic freestyle moves were also at home in this park; he continues to work toward a frontside 540. We have faith in you, AJ! All in all, it was a mellow and fun day for all.
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.
It took the team some time to pick up their energy after a long bus ride, but they drew on some of the unlimited stores of teammate Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) '18 and picked up their level play. Marvelwood couldn't figure out a way to stop Imhoff in the first half. She did it all, ending the half with 4 assists, 3 steals, and 16 points. The story of the game was steals. Co-captains Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) '17 and Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) '18 combined for 14 and Shaneil Wynter (Brooklyn, NY) added 4. Dublin hopes to build on their 5 game winning streak as they close out their season and await news of the NEPSAC playoffs. Selection for the New England Prep School Tournament will be announced Sunday 2/26.
Dublin played its third road game of the week on Saturday and lacked the spark of the first two, falling to a scrappy Holderness team 54-44. The Wildcats got beat badly in the rebounding department and shot poorly from the floor. Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) and Will Campbell '19 (Milford, NH) led the team in scoring with 14 points apiece. Idriss Traore '19 (New York, NY) added 7.
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.”
Dublin boys' Varsity basketball traveled down to Springfield, Massachusetts, for the final of the River Valley Athletic League tournament on Thursday. The opponent, Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School, was undefeated and mostly unchallenged in league play, but the Wildcats gave them all they could handle. Both teams got up and down the floor in a hurry in this fast-paced contest, in which the momentum seemed to swing every few minutes. Hot-shooting Paulo Freire jumped out to an 18-point lead that Dublin cut down to 7 with 2:00 to play in the first half, but a rash of turnovers led to a 10-0 Paulo Freire run before halftime.
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.
The semifinals of the River Valley Athletic League tournament were held at Eagle Hill School in Hardwick, MA, where second-seeded Eagle Hill hosted the third-seeded Wildcats. Nip and tuck from the get-go, the game was broken open late in the first half. A three-pointer from Will Campbell '19 (Milford, NH) and two jumpshots from Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20 (Peterborough, NH) spurred Dublin to an 11-0 run and a 30-19 halftime lead. Both defenses clamped down in the second half, causing turnovers and getting crucial stops. But Dublin kept its cool down the stretch, with Nate Gryczka '20 (Keene, NH) going 5-5 from the free-throw stripe and Wyatt Switzer '19 (Marlborough, NH) pulling down clutch rebounds in the final minute to clinch a 49-40 upset and a ticket to the RVAL finals.
Belliveau-Ryan led all scorers with 17 points, followed by Switzer with 12 and Gryczka with 9. Kyle Mincey '19 (Newark, NJ) and Fabryce Joseph '18 (Easton, PA) played well off the bench for the Wildcats. Dublin will face first-seeded Paulo Freire in the RVAL championship game on Thursday.
The Dublin Girls' Varsity basketball team traveled to Massachusetts to take on Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School. Dublin struggled offensively in the first few minutes of the game; however once they found their range, each of the players were able to contribute to the win. Co-captian Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) '18 continued with the hot hand, scoring 38 of Dublin's 70 points. Tatiyana Dunkers (Newark, NJ) '19 energized her team with rebounds, steals, assists, and adding 4 points of her own. When PFSJ's defense collapsed on Davis, it opened up offensive opportunities for her teammates. Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) '18 found space in the paint to drive the ball, resulting in 14 points, and co-captian Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) '17 found her range, allowing her to add 6 points to the team total.
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!
Dublin Alpine ski team came off a rest period from all over New England for Slalom Races against St. Paul, Holderness, Brewster, Vermont Academy, New Hampton, Kimball Union and Dublin. The races were hosted by Proctor Academy for the NEPSAC Slalom Championships.
For the girls: Mari Nakamura St. Paul first, Stina Langenius Kimball Union, second and Ellie Neel third St. Paul. Dublin's Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) fighting the flu was thirty-second and Caitlin Hegarty (Durham, NH) took thirty-third.
For the Boys: Holderness Geoff West took first place, followed by Brewster’s Dexter Hanson and again Brewster took third by Max McDonald. Dublin’s Silas Howe (Amherst, NH) had two solid runs coming in fourteenth, Sean Brown (Hampton Falls, NH) followed in twenty-second with some trouble in the second run, Nick Runyon (Peterborough, NH) thirty-second, Peter Spang (South Hamilton, MA), thirty ninth and Will Boot (Larchmont, NY), who flew in from rest period to race came in fourty-fourth.
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.