Better known to us as Nico’s (2019) dad, Enrique “Ricky” Posner added another dimension to his Dublin relationship when in June of 2017 he was named to the Dublin School board of trustees. Ricky is very familiar with the prep school experience having graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall (where his brothers also attended) and where Nico’s sister is a junior.
In joining the Dublin board, Ricky said: “I am thrilled to have an opportunity to get closer to the school.” Likewise, we are delighted to have him and look forward to all he can contribute to our school. Ricky brings an international perspective to Dublin’s trustee leadership team. He and his wife Isabel live in Madrid Spain, but now are splitting their time between there and NYC. He is an entrepreneur and investor with experience in a variety of start-up ventures in the fields of wireless communications, software development, 3D animation, biotechnology, and e-commerce. Ricky is a director of Anglo Scientific, Phasor Solutions, and Microtest Diagnostics.
Dublin School’s Math Tutoring Program does not have a home base or an office; it exists everywhere on campus. It is two students settled into the corner of the Schoolhouse, reviewing homework problems over hot cocoa, besides flickering fireplace flames; it is two students working in a math classroom in the PRISM Building after dinner time, when the campus is quietly studying; it is two students meeting in the Dining Hall’s cafe, asking questions over pencil-scratched notes and Dublin’s famous “Wrap Day” wraps.
P.J. O’Rourke, famous satarist and father of Olivia O'Rourke '19 (a member of the Dublin Nordic Ski Team) recently appeared on the NPR’s popular quiz show “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” The conversation turned to the Winter Olympics in Korea and the safety concerns over the Olympics being held in South Korea, when PJ said, “Glad I don’t cross-country-ski.”
The last week of December before Holiday Break was full of poetry. The Fountain Arts Building corridors conducted echoing strands of Emily Dickinson’s, Langston Hughes’, Alfred Lord Tennyson’s, Simon Ortiz’s, and Helen Mort’s poetry. Students stood in stairwells, on stages, and in locker groves to recite with their friends and classmates.
At Dublin, all English 11 and AP English Language and Competition courses do a three-and-a-half week unit on Poetry Out Loud. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition that holds competitions in every state. As the organization advertises, since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers across America. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom audition level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals. Contestants are evaluated for their voice and articulation, physical presence, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, and overall performance.
The Nordic Center after the ice storm.
The Dublin Wildcats traveled to Stoneleigh-Burnham over the weekend to compete in a two-day, eight team tournament. The tournament field was made up of NEPSAC Class C and D teams, giving the Wildcats a chance to see how they could match up versus some of the top programs from across New England.
In game number one Dublin faced a very well coached Gould Academy team, from Bethel Maine. Despite all five starters from Dublin netting a basket in the first half, Gould was able to secure a five-point lead going into halftime. GA’s Sister duo, of Eva and Amelia McMillan, started the game strong, rebounding as well as finishing inside. They both combined for fifteen first-half points and proved to be a matchup nightmare for the Wildcats on the inside. Coming out of the locker room to start the second half, Dublin appeared to have a spring in their step. The team defense tightened up, and started to force turnovers and shot clock violations, leading to easy buckets on the offensive end. As time in the second half winded down with the game still very close game, Senior Seo In Cho caught fire from the outside, knocking down three straight three-point baskets putting the Wildcats up by their largest margin of the game. As Gould made a small run of their own cutting the margin back to single digits, point guard Bette Imhoff took control of the game with a great understanding of time and score, limiting Gould to just two field goal attempts over the remaining five minutes. Final Score Dublin 44 Gould 35.
Boys' Varsity basketball traveled north through the snow to Cardigan Mountain on Saturday. The game was played at a breakneck pace; from the moment the whistle blew, Cardigan's quickness and depth presented challenges to the Wildcats, who fell behind early but closed the deficit to 32-30 with three minutes remaining in the first half. Cardigan capitalized on some late turnovers to close the period, however, and went into the locker room on an 11-2 run. Dublin did its best to mount a comeback in the second half but had no answer for Cardigan forward Christian Moore, who led both teams with 25 points en route to a 81-64 victory. Dublin was led by Jaydon Belleveau-Ryan ’20 (Peterborough, NH) with 24 points, Nate Gryczka '19 (Keene, NH) with 18, and Wyatt Switzer’19 (Marlborough, NH) with 16.
Dublin (2-2, 1-0 RVAL) returns after the holiday break with a home game against Putney on January 10.
The Dublin Wildcats were able to bounce back from last weeks loss, with a well-rounded team effort in a strong win over fellow RVAL member Charlemont Academy. Dublin did a really good job attacking the glass early on, and they utilized their depth in this, their first RVAL game of the season. Bette Imhoff, Amani Natson, and Hannah Spindler combined for 16 first half rebounds, 8 of which were offensive, giving the Wildcats multiple opportunities to score. Seo In Cho took full advantage of her first start of the season and scored six of her new season-high eight points in the first half. Point guard Bette Imhoff did a good job picking her spots throughout the half, efficiently scoring in transition as well as shelling out multiple assists helping Dublin to a 27-4 lead going into halftime.
Varsity boys' basketball took care of business in their home opener on Wednesday night, defeating River Valley Athletic League rival Eagle Hill, 59-40. Dublin led from wire to wire, building a 28-22 halftime lead on the strength of pesky half-court defense and the hot shooting hand of Jaydon Belliveau-Ryan '20, playing in his first game of the year. Eagle Hill hung close for the first ten minutes of the second half, forcing a series of turnovers in the open floor. But the Wildcats kept their cool, scoring big fast-break buckets down the stretch to seal the victory. Belliveau-Ryan led both teams in scoring with 25 points, including five three-pointers, to go with 4 assists. Junior co-captain Kyle Mincey '19 added 9 points and 3 assists, while senior co-captain Fabryce Joseph '18 had 6 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals, and 3 assists in a great all-around effort.
Mother nature has finally blessed us with some snow here in Dublin! The snowboarders have been hard at work on dry-land training, and today they took to the snow for the first time this season. Many of our more experienced riders spent the weekend hard at work on a mini-course right in the heart of Dublin's campus, and our veterans spent some time on it today. Our rookies have been getting accustomed to their new equipment and practiced some starts and stops today alongside our veterans. Tomorrow, we'll head over to Crotched Mountain to pick up rentals for those who need them. Thanks for all of your continued support. Friday will be our first day on the mountain, and we can't wait!
“None of my schools have ever been the same,” says Adunni Abrams ’18.
“I experienced four different types of schools, two of which gave me polar opposite experiences,” she says. “In one, Poly Prep, I was the only black kid in a predominantly white school. In another, North Star Academy, I was a black kid who didn’t have the same cultural experiences as my classmates. Even though I went to school with people who looked like me, I felt like a stranger. At Maple Leaf International School, I was with a bunch of white kids who acted more Trinidadian than I did, and attending that school helped me acknowledge stereotypes.”
“This isn’t a robot. [...] This is a lesson in humility, hard work, and collaboration [...] This is the Rosetta stone to help translate the future [...] It’s a machine to build the people who will change the world,” says the voice in a FIRST Robotics video, cutting to images of high schoolers from all over the world cheering each other on, solving problems, gathered over a control panel, building together.
The All-State Music Festival is a three-day event held in April at the Capital Center for the Arts which features the most talented young musicians in the state. The festival is sponsored by the New Hampshire Music Educators Association and highlights musicianship in three different disciplines - choral, concert band, and orchestra.
In order to qualify, students are required to audition in a massive audition weekend in late November. The audition process is like a scene out of America Has Talent, where hundreds of students are in the same room, warming up, judging the competition, trying to calm their nerves and preparing for their evaluation moment. Over 2000 musicians are then winnowed down to 120 choir members, 80 concert band members, and 50 orchestra members.