Congratulations to the Dublin Equestrian Show Team! Caroline Robbins and Mia Brady were 3rd and 4th over all in their respective classes, for State Finals!!!
NHHSET (New Hampshire High School Equestrian Team) has 21 High Schools in the state that have equestrian teams, divided in four different districts. Dublin School is in District 1 (with Conval, Monadnock, and Hillsboro-Deering). District 1 was the overall High Point District with total points!!! Great job team! Just to put this in prospective, District 1 is the smallest district in the state and Dublin School is the smallest team in NHHSET. That makes this extra special!!!
Congratulations to the entire Equestrian Team for a great season and thank you to everyone on the team for always being their to help and support each other!!! Also, a shout-out to Ms Rabb for her outstanding job as horse show announcer (including the state finals)!!!! Thank you and great job to the entire team!
Wow, things really ramp up here on campus as we speed into graduation! I just returned from Millinocket, Maine where I spent forty-eight hours with the junior class talking about their senior year and rafting the high waters of the Penobscot River. I like to take this trip every May to start preparing the next class of seniors for helping the faculty to run the school. School culture is important at Dublin, in fact it may be the most important thing, and I want the seniors to be intentional about how they shape and manage that culture.
In 2016, Denis Maguire joined the faculty and took over the DUT program with Phinney. Maguire, an accomplished player at Bowdoin had high hopes in his first year. He expected the high level techniques and strategies that he had learned at Bowdoin and in club ultimate to translate instantly to the Dublin field. While some did, most did not, and Maguire realized that the team simply wasn’t ready for what he thought would work. As the 2016 season progressed, Maguire and Phinney refocused on developing throwing fundamentals and implementing a zone defense to counteract the potent offenses that they faced. While the team made progress through 2016, competitive results lagged — games were closer than before but the overall record reflected our inexperience.
If you walk up the stairs to the Wing and Hollow loft, the upstairs open-plan room in one of our boys’ dormitories, you will meet this a builder’s studio. Bordered with snow boots, winter gear, and general storage items, you will see tools, duct tape, coils of wires, and a stunning army-style robotic suit. On recent nights, you will see students in Wing and Hollow marveling at the suit, trying it on, testing its movement function, and helping the designer photograph his work.
The boys finished out the season with a convincing 10-0 shutout of the Cushing Academy JV. The starting units on both offense and defense had strong performances, and put together a comprehensive half of lacrosse before reserve players started to be subbed in. The game showed flashes of brilliance from young, first time defenders junior Garret Autera and freshman Isaac Espada, and also highlighted up and coming midfielders like sophomore Kyle Mincey and freshman Dereck Elmera.
Dublin earned the River Valley Athletic League trophy once again. In Championship play, Dublin gave up one goal over two games and stifled both Putney School and Eagle Hill School on the way to reclaiming the cup.
Dublin AP Environmental Studies students are partnering with the the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England in their Monadnock Ecological Research and Education (MERE) Project. Through several long-term ecological research projects, the MERE Project is working to develop an in-depth understanding of Mount Monadnock’s current ecological patterns and processes. As climate changes in the years to come, the MERE Project will monitor its progression by looking at what changes occur to the composition of the natural communities of Mount Monadnock.
Mayfair Weekend had a new addition this year - The 2017 Parent/Student Dublin Open on the Horgan Tennis Courts. Organized as a kind of round robin doubles tournament, over 20 students, parents and teachers participated in this new favorite. Partners were drawn randomly for each pro-set and the winners were determined by the most games won, regardless of partner. Yates Desel '17, Calvin Bates '17, Owen Morner '18 and Sara Hamilton P'18,P'20 went on to compete in the finals with Calvin and Sara taking the win. A special thank you goes out to Robert Desel P'17 for organizing this inaugural tournament.
One of the options for Seniors at Dublin School is to engage in a year-ong Senior Project. Senior Project offers students the opportunity to engage in 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.
Dublin played White Oak at home for their final game of the season in high winds. Dublin started the game with quick scores that resulted from smart defensive plays. They kept this up throughout the first half, which ended 8-1. During the second half, Henry Luettgen '19 and Reed Brencher '20, two up-and-comers, made impressive catches and defensive plays to help extend Dublin's lead. In the final points, efforts from seniors Katia Dermott, Silas Howe, AJ Simpson, and Dieter Brehm (who caught the games final goal), ensured the victory with a final score of 15-2.
With their most successful season in the books, DUT now must say farewell to the seniors who gave so much to the team. However, with an overall level of experience that is greater than this program has ever seen, Dublin looks to improve even more next year. With many returning playmakers, the future for Dublin Ultimate is bright.
The boys and girls boats travelled up to Lebanon, NH to participate in the Granite State Championship Regatta on Sunday. There were six teams involved in this race for boys and girls 4+ boats. The "+" in rowing terminology indicates that the boat has a coxswain, the most essential person in any crew! The coxswains have to steer the boat, motivate the crew, and direct the athletes both on land and on the water. The rowers are visible to spectators while the coxswains are usually lying down in the front of the 4, keeping as low and aerodynamic a profile as possible, and are largely unseen. Their effort, however, is the glue that holds their boat together and maximizes their speed.
It was a successful day of racing for the various boats, and each individual boat also scored points towards a team total. Dublin finished 2nd in this team category. The boys Varsity and 2nd Varsity boats won their races by wide margins, putting lengths of open water between them and the next fastest crew. The girls Varsity boat raced courageously and sprinted furiously to claim 2nd place in their race. The girls 2nd Varsity also had a tremendous sprint to move into 3rd place in their race. The novice boats all raced well and finished with their best pieces of the season. The parents and alumni who came to cheer on Dublin were enthusiastic in their support of the team.
The rowers enjoyed a beautiful day of racing on Wednesday against Vermont Academy. The warm weather, brisk tailwind, and sunny skies made for fast conditions on the course and pleasant spectating for the parents and friends who came over to Thorndike Pond to watch. Many thanks to VA for making the trip and giving both teams the opportunity to experience a competitive race piece. The boys and girls 1st and 2nd boats both finished ahead of VA, and the novice boats were behind VA. The Dublin novice girls joined in the boys novice races since VA only had two girls boats. It was a day when the coxswains welcomed the traditional toss into the pond after a victory, and many of the rowers jumped in themselves!
Girls took on the varsity team from Proctor Academy in the Lakes Region Championships. In scorching 90 degree heat on turf, we faced a tough task going up against a deeper and talented Proctor squad. A lack of defensive intensity and some unlucky bounces allowed Proctor to jump out to an early 7-1 lead. After calling a timeout, we started to play better and managed to match Proctor through the remainder of the half although still facing a 10-4 halftime deficit.
A slight adjustment in technique by goalie Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) and moving some players around led to a significant Dublin run. Natson played an outstanding second half. We scored the next four goals to close to a 10-8 score. However, that was as close as we could get as fatigue set in and Proctor controlled the ball for large parts of the remaining playing time.
Coaches were very proud of the effort made by our team in adverse circumstances. Great team and individual growth was exhibited by the Dublin girls team throughout the season. We look to further growth from newcomers Aggie Macy (Dublin, NH); Caitlin Hegarty (Durham, NH); Celeste Hopson (Newark, NJ); Robyn McIntosh (Chelsea, Quebec) and Gabriela Quintero (Union , NJ).
On the hottest day of the year so far (87 degrees), Dublin traveled to play Charlemont, the surprise 3rd place finisher at the RVAL tournament. Dublin beat Charlemont earlier this year, but came into this game with a chip on their shoulder. They used a zone defense to great success and built an 8-1 halftime lead. In the second half, Dublin switched to one-on-one defense and continued their dominance. With excellent handler motion on offense and good downfield cutting, Dublin closed out the game 15-2.
After a strong regular season, Dublin came into the tournament as the 2nd seed. In the first round they closed out Charlemont's JV squad in an uncontested match. They next saw Four Rivers Girls Varsity, one of the most skilled teams at the tournament. After building a 6-3 lead, Dublin started to struggle against Four Rivers's stingy zone defense. As time cap loomed, the game grew tighter, and eventually was tied 7-7. The final point featured incredible throws, athletic plays, miscues, and heroic efforts by players on each team, but Four Rivers came away with an 8-7 victory.
As the Louise Shonk Kelly Recital Hall is about to undergo renovation, this morning (May 15th) was our traditional Moving Down Day Ceremony where seniors leave Morning Meeting for the last time and the junior class replaces them in the front rows.
Boys played in the Eagle Hill School Tournament. It was a round robin with Williston Northampton JV and the hosts, Eagle Hill School. Dublin was named tournament champions for the second consecutive season.
We had a long and good day on the Lowell race course today. The weather was cool and calm, and the rains held off. The weather predictions for Sunday were so abysmal that the race hosts called off all Sunday racing. All races were in the time trial format, with one crew at a time racing against the clock. This way every team had a chance to come down the course one time and measure their speed. Our teams did well, and the novice group got their first taste of big, crowded regatta, with all the bustle and nervous energy of high level competition.
The next race will be Sunday, May 21 at the Granite State Championships. We hope that every rower will have a chance to participate in this regatta, and we'll have more details to you as soon as we hear from the hosts.
The Dublin Crew Coaches
After playing a preliminary game against the Bement School, the girls came out a little flat against Stoneleigh Burnham (SBS). We struggled to gain possession and SBS took advantage, scoring two goals in the first three minutes. We won possession on the next draw and Dublin found its footing, scoring the final 11 goals of the game to win the Championship. After the early hiccup, the defense settled in and smothered the SBS offense. While we were a little over-anxious on offense — reducing our efficiency — our continued presence in the offensive zone led to multiple scoring opportunities.
The Dublin seniors (Noelia Calcano (Hamilton, NJ), Somali Green (New York, NY), Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH), Brianna Moore (Irvington, NJ),Madeline Pastan (Marblehead, MA), and Shaneil Wynter (Brooklyn, NY)) have never lost an RVAL championship game and have set a high standard of excellence for their younger teammates.
Scoring for Dublin: Bette Imhoff (Dublin, NH) 6G, 1A; Stella Davis (Dublin, NH) 4G, 4A; and Sabrina Hayden (Marlborough, NH) 1G, 2A. Goaltender Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) had 7 saves.
The score does not reflect the level of play of the matches yesterday. We were outplayed but not without a fight. It was a very experienced team and we had some amazing points and games and Eric had a two and a half hour match that was a definite battle of the wills. Great effort by Dublin.
1. Yates Desel (Fairfield, CT) 1-6, 1-6
2. James Wolpe (Dublin, NH) 1-6, 2-6
3. Owen Mortner (Cambridge, MA) 0-8
4. Calvin Bates (Dublin, NH) 0-8
5. Otto Vogel (Dublin, NH) 1-6, 1-6
6. Eric Freeman (Dover, MA) 4-6,5-7
1. Yates Desel and Calvin Bates 6-8
2. James Wolpe and Eric Freeman 2-8
3. Kyle Greenberg (Tai Tam, Hong Kong) and Charlie Castle (Montpelier, VT) 0-8
The girls had a very solid match today and won every line handily. Very proud of these young ladies. Go Dublin!!
1. McLaren Bristol (Greensboro, NC) 8-2
2. Taya Kerwin (Hancock, NH) 8-2
3. Mya Kerwin (Hancock, NH) 8-0
4. Grace Harrington (Sharon, NH) 8-3
5. Seo In Cho (Seoul, Korea) 8-0
6. Olivia O'Rourke (Peterborough, NH) 8-1
1. Taya Kerwin and Mya Kerwin 8-1
2. McLaren Bristol and Grace Harrington 8-1
3. Seo In Cho and Antonia Bean (Montpelier, VT) 8-1
Dublin boys came out of the gate strong scoring several goals within the first few minutes and building a lead quickly. We controlled the faceoff game which was key in our victory, as sophomore Ian Baker (Boston, MA) and senior Mark Franklin (Keene, NH) shared the load of draws at the x. We showed to be a more developed lacrosse team than our opponent, but hold the Tilton team in the highest regard due to their sportsmanship and hard work. Dublin was able to replace starters with reserve players after the first quarter, and by the second half, all players and goalies had entered the game.
Scorers included seniors Cam Harrington (Francestown, NH) (3), Ben Simon (New York, NY) (3), and Mark Franklin (1); juniors Fab Joseph (Easton, PA) (1) and Joe DuPont-Roche (Peterborough, NH) (1); and sophomore Ian Baker (2). On defense, junior Garret Autera (Roswell, GA) and freshman Isaac Espada (Windsor, CT) played key roles in keeping Tilton at bay during their offensive possessions. Sophomore Idriss Traore (New York, NY) and juniors Alex Goltz (Dallas, TX) and Aidan Carter (Mattituck, NY) all shared time in net.
Dublin travelled to Stratton Mountain School (SMS) to play the second of a home and home series. Stratton Mountain School is a premier ski academy and all of the players on their team are well conditioned and gifted athletes. Dublin jumped out to an early 2-0 lead but took some tough fouls to allow an early SMS goal. With great draw control play from Stella Davis (Dublin, NH), Dublin started to dominate the game and scored a series of beautiful assisted goals. A mini run from SMS at the end of the half, narrowed the Dublin lead to 7-3.
Dublin came out strong in the first couple of minutes of the second, extending the lead to 9-3. However, a Dublin two minute penalty, combined with injuries to two Dublin starters, allowed SMS to make a run to narrow the game dramatically. Solid defense from Somali Green (New York, NY) and Diamond Miller (Parsippany, NJ) coupled with superior goaltending from Amani Natson (Hillside, NJ) limited the damage. Weathering the pressure, Dublin didn’t panic and slowed the game down to burn the clock and patiently find a series of open scoring opportunities.
Our robotics season is over and yet the planning for next year has already begun. We use the same iterative design in the program that we use for the robot. It starts with a retrospective on what was done in the past, what worked and what didn’t, and what are new areas to explore next time? That’s how the season began last fall and it is how we will prepare for next fall. We had ambitious ideas for this year and although not all of them worked out, both students and mentors learned from the experience. We will use that information to formulate the next iteration of how we proceed.
“Steam powered” is a play on words. The challenge this year for FIRST Robotics was named Steamworks and was a steampunk themed game with dirigible-like air ships. It is also a reference to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and the trending inclusion of arts into the acronym. Innovation requires creativity in order to find a new perspective on problem solving. Math and science are the core of the program and being able to nurture an idea from a formula into a three foot cube of a robot takes imagination!
Imagine being a Freshman in a new school. Imagine walking around after returning from a three-day camping trip, but you are returning to a place where you know no one except those you’ve just bonded with on the trip, but they’ve all gone off to their dorms. You are a day student, and you aren’t sure where to go. You are tired from your recent adventure in the wilderness, your hair is tangled with campfire smoke and unwashed sweat, and you are not sure what to do: call your parents? Check the student center? Meet your fellow Freshmen somewhere?
Have you noticed that we are being forced into a world filled with “likes” and “don’t likes?” I fear that social media is forcing us to lose our sense of nuance, our tolerance for ambiguity, and our willingness to live fully in the present without the need for a photo opportunity.
I may be in the process of becoming a curmudgeon so I will stop there and say that I found it refreshing when the United States’ top Olympic triathlete, Joe Malloy, visited the school last week to talk about his career in endurance sports.
According to Dublin alumna, Jillian Steele '13 it can. Jillian's work recently took center stage during the senior art show at the Wood-Gerry Gallery at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). A stunning collection of "halter" type necklaces, which would have looked equally at home in a NYC store window on 5th Avenue, Jillian carefully combined leather, stone, metal and wood into wearable art that does more than just look pretty.