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.
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.
On Saturday, Dublin faced a gun-slinging, huck-happy team in Eaglebrook School on their home field. After falling behind in the opening minutes, Dublin made defensive adjustments to frustrate Eaglebrook 's attack, and began making better decisions in zone offense. Executing a patient series of swing passes between handlers, cutters found space in the middle of the field and learned the virtues of finding the open continue or reset pass, rather than going for glory in low-percentage, down-field hucks. The team continued to evolve as a unit, growing together in its ability to adjust and communicate on the field. Defensively, Miles Morgan 18, Robbie Bostrup 17, and Silas Howe 18 caused problems for Eaglebrook all day, each recording multiple deflections. AJ Simpson 17, led handlers with six assists, and Miles Morgan led scorers with six goals.
Fire & Grace is composed of two incredibly talented musicians - Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter. Canadian-born violinist Edwin Huizinga is one of North America’s most versatile violinists. Grammy award winning guitarist William Coulter has been performing and recording traditional and classical music for over 25 years.
In their 25 minutes on the Dublin stage, they took our students and faculty on a journey that connected the elements of classical, folk, and contemporary musical traditions from around the world.
On Friday, April 21, Dublin Ultimate traveled to Winchendon to compete in the cold, drizzling rain. After jumping out to an early lead, DUT struggled to maintain its advantage in the first half. Inexperienced decision-making extended some points, making for a lot of running on tired legs, which led to sloppy mistakes. However, using the opportunity of competing against a stingy person-to-person defense gave Dublin a change to develop its vert stack offense. The contest also gave them valuable experience making in-game adjustments on both offense and defense. Silas Howe 18, and AJ Simpson 17, led the way defensively, each with six deflections. Miles Morgan 18 and Harrison Atlas 18 each scored four goals.
Visiting coaches had to take our word for it that Mount Monadnock loomed above the race course on Thorndike pond. The low, gray clouds hid the mountain, but the rain held off and the water was flat and perfect for rowing. Berwick Academy and Souhegan Crew sent their first and second boys crews to do a scrimmage with the Dublin boats. All the coaches agreed that at this early point in the season, with only a limited number of practices, doing multiple race pieces would be the most helpful for the athletes.
The first varsity and second varsity boats from Dublin won both pieces by a convincing margin, rowing with excellent power, control and poise. Freshmen Quinn Wilson, Will Robinson, and Ethan Stanhope had their first racing ever for Dublin, and Seniors John Sandstedt and William Stanhope had their first races of the 2017 season. The next race will also be at home on Thorndike Pond on Saturday, April 29, with the first race scheduled for 1:00pm.
Girls varsity first race: Dublin had a strong start and stayed close with Berwick in the lead. Stayed about 2 seats down for most of the race until some steering issues slowed Dublin down and Berwick won by about 4 seconds. Girls varsity second race: Dublin won against Souhegan and Berwick's Second varsity boat. Berwick's first boat dropped out of the race. Girls second varsity: first race: second to Berwick (out of 2 crews). Injury prevented a second race.
The ice came off of Thorndike Pond on Tuesday, April 11, the docks went in, and the crews had three days of practice before the Varsity group made a trip to Lake Quinsigamond for their first race of the season. Novices were still learning the most basic skills, so only the top boys 4 went to this event. The goal for this intrepid group of veteran oarsmen was to experience travel, rigging, racing, and de-rigging in order to be better prepared for the later, championship events.
Coach Brown forced the group to row a controlled rating, much lower than their competition. Again, with so few strokes under their belt, the goal was to emphasize control and a clean race. Facing crews that had several weeks of practice on the water, Dublin boys varsity 4 still managed to finish 2nd out of 4 crews. It was a strong race and indicative of the skill and leadership of the group - coxswain Joey Hynes (Dover, MA), Stroke GH Werowinski (Acton, MA), 3 seat Jared Lewis (Bennington, NH), 2 seat Sean Brown, and bow seat Warren Umbach (Birmingham, AL).
On the girls side, the lack of early season on-water practice was compounded by the youth of our teams. With only three returning varsity rowers: Michelle Zhong (Beijing, China), Zoe Hewitt (Keene, NH), and Faith Lewis (Bennington, NH) and only one senior, the team needs time on water. We did bring up a strong group of novices from last year led by Lilly Bates (Dublin, NH), Theresa Barth (Alexandria, Virginia), and Laura Coffin (Keene, NH) who all competed at Nationals last year.
Girls varsity 1 finished second to Bancroft. Bancroft had a very strong start and held onto the lead the entire race. Girls were close, but couldn't close the gap. Set a goal to work on quickness and speed at the start. Boat line-up: cox: Laura Coffin, stroke: Zoe Hewitt, 3: Michelle Zhong, 2: Lilly Bates, bow: Faith Lewis.
Girls varsity 2 finished third. Strong gusts and worst wind of the day for their race. Line-up: cox: Devyn Itula (Los Angelas, California), stroke: Theresa Barth, 3: Ali Weis (Nelson, NH), 2: Laura Hoffheimer (Peterborough, NH), bow: Bridget Geary (Exeter, NH). This was the first race for Ali as a rower and Devyn coxing in tough conditions. Bridget's first race for Dublin.
Dublin travelled to Brewster Academy on Saturday to play the Brewster JV. Weather was again less than ideal with 45 degree fog blowing off Lake Winnipesaukee. With a number of girls away with other conflicts and a game finishing 18 hours before, this was the ideal setting for a let-down game. Instead the team came out on fire, scoring four goals in the first 3:30 of the game. Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH) dominated the draw early leading to multiple Dublin scoring chances. Defense played very well as Dublin took the shutout well into the second half before giving up a couple of goals late.
Missing several seniors on college trips, Dublin girls played local rival Winchendon School on Friday afternoon in a near constant 45 degree drizzle. Dublin started fast scoring less than 20 seconds into the game and was up 2-0 early. Some sloppy early defense led to an attacker running free down the field with only the goalie to beat for a 2-1 tally. A couple of other miscues kept Winchendon School in the game as goalie Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) had to make a series of saves to keep Winchendon from doing further damage. Wet stick syndrome set in as our passing was not crisp for about a five minute stanza. Finally the offense got on track, scoring five straight goals to close out the half.
On a rainy day, after the long drive to White Mountain School boys lax took on both the elements and WMS. It was a hard fought game with great sportsmanship and effort by both teams. It was another solid outing for our defense, only allowing one goal while our starters were in the game. By the third quarter, the team had built up a sizable lead, and we were able to get all of our players some playing time.
Goal scorers included senior Ben Simon (New York, NY) (4), juniors Fab Joseph (Easton, PA) (4) and Joe DuPont-Roche (Peterborough, NH) (2), and sophomore Ian Baker (Boston, MA) (2). Sophomore Idriss Traore (New York, NY) made five saves, and junior Aidan Carter (Mattituck, NY) made one.
The Dublin School Girls' Lacrosse team improved to 2-2 (1-0 RVAL) with a decisive 18-3 win over Stoneleigh-Burnham. Despite dropping temperatures and a stiff wind on Alumni Field, the Wildcat offense was hot with five different players registering goals. Coming off of her 8 goal performance against Tilton, Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) contributed 5 goals and 1 assist in this match. Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) pushed 4 goals to the back of the net and registered 2 assists. Junior Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) and Freshman Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH) each had 3 goals while senior Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) contributed 3 goals and 2 assists. Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) and Caitlin Hegarty (Durham, NH) split time in the goal. Natson made 6 saves, Hegarty with 4.
In the wind and drizzle on Wednesday, April 19, Dublin Ultimate hosted The Academy at Charlemont for our first game of the year. Dublin deployed the three-person cup in a stingy defensive effort, limiting Charlemont to five goals. The trio of Miles Morgan '18, Harrison Atlas '18, and Timmy Stone '18 kept Charlemont's handlers off balance and forced many low-percentage throws and turn-overs. A.J. Simpson '17, roamed the deep end of the field and cleaned up with six Ds. Playing in a three-handler, zone offense, Dublin reached the end-zone 14 times, with Harrison Atlas '18 (6), and Miles Morgan '18 (5), leading the scoring. Silas Howe '18 and A.J. Simpson '17 each led with four assists, and Katia Dermott '17 contributed three. It was a strong team effort, with all players making contributions to the victory. Way to go DUT!
On April 12th, the Dublin School Board of Trustees unanimously approved moving forward with a series of construction projects that will begin in May and extend through the fall and early winter. In response to continued growth in the school, Dublin will begin the construction of three projects:
- Expansion of the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall
- Rebuilding the David E. Howe Administration Building
- New “Slopeside” Dormitory
Private school Admissions professionals always pray for good weather for their scheduled Revisit Day. Conventional wisdom has it that bad weather makes for a bad day and year. Dublin’s revisit day this year was held on April 6th - perhaps the wettest, greyest, chilliest, most outwardly depressing day of the year.
Girls took on a deep, experienced and talented Proctor varsity tennis team on Saturday. Five of the six top players for Proctor were seniors.
1. Taya Kerwin lost to Emilia Helms-Leslie 6-1, 6-3
2. Grace Harrington lost to Caroline Ellis
3. Mya Kerwin lost to Madison Clarke
4. Olivia O’Rourke lost to Avery Montgomery 7-5, 6-1
5. Seo In Cho won against Jane Ellis 7-5, 6-3
6. Georgina Yang lost to Caroline Jones 7-5, 6-0
1. Taya Kerwin and Mya Kerwin lost to Emilia Helms-Leslie and Caroline Ellis 8-4
2. Olivia O’Rourke and Grace Harrington lost to Madison Clarke and Sophie Nasvik 8-1
3. Seo In Cho and Antonia Bean won against Jane Ellis and Julia Steeger 8-1
The overall match result was 4-5 with Dublin losing by a mere two games!! Very exciting and many many incredible points for a match to be proud of. Great first match of the season.
- Taya Kerwin lost to Ting Ting Jiang 8-0
- Grace Harrington lost to Arianne Charette 8-1
- Mya Kerwin won against Rosie DeLerme 8-6
- Olivia O’Rourke lost to Naz Sahin 8-2
- Seo In Cho won against Yvette Jiang 8-3
- Georgina Yang won against Taegan McGuire 8-0
- Taya Kerwin and Mya Kerwin lost to Ting Ting Jiang and Arianee Charette 8-6
- Olivia O’Rourke and Grace Harrington lost to Rosie DeLerme and Naz Sahin 8-3
- Seo In Cho and Antonia Bean won against Yvete Jiang and Taegan McGuire 8-0
Dublin took on a talented Tilton School team on Friday night under the lights. Dublin scored the first goal but then surrendered five consecutive goals as the ball seemed to fall Tilton’s way on the draw. The teams exchanged goals through the rest of the first half with Tilton scoring a backbreaker with 5 seconds left to build a 8-4 halftime lead. A Tilton penalty led to Dublin narrowing the margin to 8-6, but that was as close as it got. A Dublin penalty, a couple of ill-timed turnovers and another late goal allowed Tilton to put the game out of reach. Scoring for Dublin: Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) 8G, Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH) 1G 1A, Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) 1A, and Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) 1A. Netminder Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) had 11 saves and was forced to face multiple doorstep shots.
Girls start RVAL play on Wednesday against rival Stoneleigh Burnham School.
Girls took on a young KUA team on the Franklin Pierce College turf. Playing in the rain, it took a while for Dublin to get its footing and Junior netminder Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) had to make a number of early saves. Once the team found its rhythm, the offense flowed and we controlled the game at both ends of the field. Leading the scoring were Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) with 4G 1A, Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) 4G 1A, and Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) with 3G. Other goals were scored by Emma Williams (Concord, NH) 1G, Adunni Abrams (Brooklyn, NY) 1G, Madeline Pastan (Marblehead, MA) 1G, Shaneil Wynter (Brooklyn, NY) 1G 1A, and Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH) 1G.
Directly following our Revisit Day “Opportunity Fair”, the Dance Ensemble departed for an opportunity of their own: a two day excursion to New York City to train in the heart of the “dance capital of the world.” Ten students, traveling with Arts Chair and dance program head Jenny Foreman and Associate Director of Admissions Teresa Imhoff, arrived in midtown Manhattan Friday afternoon and started their NYC experience with a dance masterclass taught by Foreman’s long-time friend, Rachel Feinerman. Feinerman, who regularly teaches and performs in the city, exposed the Ensemble to the Simonson Jazz technique, a style that pays special attention to anatomical alignment and how that awareness aids in the dancers’ freedom. One student wrote, “I learned so much about being stable [in a balance] from the class.”
In the first full game of the season, the Boys Lacrosse team defeated KUA 4-2. Offense was paced by goals from senior captain Cam Harrington (Francestown, NH) (1) and junior Fab Joseph (Easton, PA) (3). A strong showing by the starting defensive unit of senior captain Mark Franklin (Keene, NH), senior Ryan Hyde (Hollis, NH), freshman Nate Gryczka (Keene, NH) and netminder Sophomore Idriss Traore (New York, NY) who had 13 saves limited KUA to 2 goals.
On Saturday, April 8, Dublin’s Truth Community Service Work Gang team—Dylan Hackle, Emily Field, Diamond Miller, Will Boot, and Olivia White, led by Ms. Rachael Jennings—braved chilly winds and an hour’s drive for a wonderful volunteer experience at the State House in Concord. After hearing about the event from a local parent, Beth Brown, the Community Service team eagerly took up the offer to volunteer at the governor’s Easter Egg Hunt, but they did not know what to expect.
Over March break, twelve students and two faculty members spent twelve days on an immersive adventure in Peru. Students visited Lima and then traveled to the Andes and the countryside of the Incan Empire: visiting Cusco—the Incan Capital, the Sacred Valley, Ollantaytambo, Aguas Calientes, and the world famous Machu Picchu. Along the way, students enjoyed homestays, wherein they resided with families, spoke Spanish, and had the opportunity to hear real stories and see “non-tourist” sights with their host parents and siblings.
UCLA Health, comprised of 4 hospitals and over 160 clinics, recently announced that Dublin Alumna, Desert Horse-Grant ’96 has been appointed to the position of Senior Director, Clinical Research Transformation at UCLA Health. In this role Desert will serve as a “bridge” between academics (science) and hospital operations. She will provide leadership support on key research initiatives that are ready to be implemented into the clinical environment of the health system.