Dublin Day of Giving

Enzo

Enzo

The Dublin development office conducted its first Day of Giving on May 16th. The development office, joined by 15 engaged class agents and one exuberant dog named Enzo, went all in on a one-day electronic campaign of emails, Facebook and Instagram posts.

The results were stunning and deeply gratifying.

Dublin received more gifts than on any previous day in its history. 154 gifts ranging from $1 to $5000 were made by alumni, current and past parents and faculty, friends, grandparents, and even current students. 84 alumni made gifts including 18 who had never made a gift to the school before. The Class of 2004 led all alumni groups in terms of the total number of donations. It was exciting to see two of our newer alumni classes - the classes of 2013 and 2017 - coming in second and third in terms of participation.

A new phenomenon to us was the utilization of Venmo by many of our younger alumni to make a contribution. While most of our gifts in a normal year are made electronically through our website, 37 gifts (24%) were made through Venmo. Another 100 (65%) were made through the school website allowing 88% of gifts to be made electronically.

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A donation in honor and recognition of Dublin's 84th year (85th according to J. Weis)!

...we love you Dublin!

Day of Giving (seems to be what all the cool kids are doing!)

Donation to my fav school…

Fer da fund.

Tell Brad I say hi!

Dublin School was an amazing place for me to begin my teaching career, and it provides its students with a meaningful and life changing educational experience.

Rallied the troops.

To the best school on earth!

An Amazing Mayfair Weekend - Recap

We just completed an amazing Mayfair Weekend. Maybe the most amazing ever...

Friday kicked off with Seniors who had done a year-long Senior Project sharing their work. The entire school spent the morning visiting each of the presenting Seniors to discuss their project in detail. The projects ranged near and far with students developing expertise in breadmaking, wedding photography, guitar case making, valuing corporate stocks, origami puppet making, ironworking, religion, making sneakers, creating a field guide to edible plants, music recording, scriptwriting, graphic design, and dance. The originality of the projects was complemented by intensive research and some stunning endproducts. Scattered around campus was also a curated collection of student art and woodworking projects.

Students exploring Emma Louise Williams amazing video dance installation.

Students exploring Emma Louise Williams amazing video dance installation.

In the early afternoon, the new Play Lab (a three semester Dublin class) students staged three short plays based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. The first Wittenberg, written by writer-in-residence Henry Walters, explored the class dynamics of a school for psychically gifted students. After a short intermission, Wittenberg was followed by two plays written entirely by the students: Hamlit or Griff & Griselda - a kind of upstairs/downstairs story of Hamlet's kitchen staff; and, Project Ghostcop: a Murder most Foul - a buddy cop story between a cop and a ghost involving police corruption and murder.

With only a few hours to recharge before the evening events, girls lax took on Putney instead, winning a competitive matchup.

The entire campus then took to the Whitney Gymnasium for our annual Spring Dance and Coffeehouse. The event showcased both experienced and new performers to the Dublin stage. Coffeehouse is always a fantastic evening as we often see an unexplored part of students talents - grabbing a guitar, belting out a tune and bringing huge smiles and cheers to parents and classmates alike. With over 23 different performances, the music and dancing went on until late in the night. Underclassmen had to be excused from curfew in order to see the whole spectacle!

The next morning began with the Senior class bejeweled with floral crowns and their most exotic finery dancing around the Maypole. Grady Allen shimmied up the pole for the customary photo op. Long tradition has it that the Junior class will steal the Maypole as soon as the dance ends - theoretically to avoid participating in the dance the following spring. However, the Seniors stole a march on the Juniors, taking the Maypole themselves before the Juniors could mount their charge. But the Junior class rallied, tracking down the thieves and swiping the 15-foot pole to hide it away.

Seniors post dance and pre-steal.

Seniors post dance and pre-steal.

The afternoon was then devoted to athletics with both the boys and girls tennis teams venturing off to the Lakes Region Varsity Championships - a first for both teams; girls lax facing off against Cushing Academy; and the boys staging the annual bragging rights Mike Walter Alumni Game against a motley crew of alumni and coaches.

The weekend ended with a dramatic performance of Stupid F**cking Bird - a contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, written by American playwright Aaron Posner. The performance was an entirely student-run production conceived of and directed by Junior Otto Vogel. It was a remarkable production showcasing the talents and personalities of a group of actors. Since this was a student production, the crew had to rehearse when they could within their already busy schedules. To accomplish what they did in their "extra" time is a testament to their dedication and love of the craft.

Dr. Adar Cohen Visits Dublin

Adar Cohen visited Dublin on Wednesday morning to talk about his work with at-risk communities affected by war or violence. Born and raised in Peterborough NH, Dr. Cohen came from an ethnically mixed emigrant background and was the first in his family to pursue higher education. He has worked with Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, with gang leaders and correctional officers in Chicago, and with Jews and Muslims in the Middle East, leading efforts to mediate peace in settings defined by conflict and uncertainty. A co-founder of the Civic Leadership Foundation (CLF) in Chicago, Cohen has helped over 15,000 at-risk, and justice-system-involved youth in Chicago become leaders in their communities. The mission of CLF is to “partner with schools and organizations in communities impacted by violence and poverty to teach young people critical lifelong leadership skills, preparing them for college, career, and positive engagement in their communities.”

His talk was spellbinding as he described the lives of inner-city Chicago gang members and his work in breaking the institutional, social and economic cycles that have made Chicago among the most violent places in America. He described how humor is a key tool in allowing him to break through the communication barriers that divide people.

Dr. Cohen is a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, and the George Mitchell Scholarship, and he holds a B.A. in Conflict Resolution from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Peace Studies from the University of Dublin (Trinity College).

More information on the Civic Leadership Foundation.

Dr. Martin Rumscheidt, Theologian and Son of Nazi Perpetrators Visits Dublin

Martin Rumscheidt, a retired theologian, visited Dublin on Monday. Born in 1935 in Nazi Germany, Dr. Rumscheidt did not learn his father was an integral piece of Adolf Hitler’s war machine until more than a decade after World War II ended. His father was an executive at IG Farben, a large chemical company that used slave labor to build and run its factories during World War II. Martin Rumscheidt has spent most of his adult life confronting the reality that his parents were Nazi industrialists and perpetrators.

As a child in Germany, he absorbed the lessons of the state - and the virulent antisemitism that was central to Nazism. It was only after immigrating to Canada and being exposed to an open society that he began to experience people and realize the stories he had been told were simply untrue. He shared a story of befriending a Jewish classmate while in college.

“We were playing billiards in the student union, and he banged his knee on the table, and he blurted something out, and I said, ‘ I didn’t know you spoke German.’ He said, ‘Martin, that’s not German, it’s Yiddish,’” said Rumscheidt. “At that moment everything I had learned in school, in church, and partly in my home, everything I learned about Jews was wrong. He didn’t cheat, he didn’t lie, and he had accepted me as a friend. I had been impregnated with anti-Semitism, and I didn’t know until I was 19.”

In rejecting these views, Dr. Rumscheidt’s professional studies focused on how Christianity can allow for such atrocities as the Holocaust and reforming the liturgy to prevent a recurrence. In talking at morning meeting, he said, " you don't have to try and change the world, just try and change your neighborhood... A neighborhood is a place where everyone is welcome. Faith is trust in others; and, hope is friends who will help you."

Dr. Rumscheidt spoke at morning meeting and visited with a number of the history classes throughout the day.

Deven Hardikar Wins National Silver Medal Art Award

Deven Hardikar

Deven Hardikar

Deven Hardikar's won a National Silver Medal for "Untitled" in the Category of Comic Art  from the Scholastic Art Awards! All state-level Gold Key Award winners are eligible for National Award consideration.

A multi-talented musician, visual and performing artist and writer, Deven won Gold Keys at both the State Scholastic Writing and State Art Awards!


Katie Strauss Wins National Gold Medal Writing Award

Katie during Winterfest

Katie during Winterfest

Katie Strauss' personal essay/memoir called "Buzzed" received a National Gold Medal from the Scholastic Writing Awards! All state-level Gold Key Award winners are eligible for National Award consideration.

Katie not only placed in the National Awards—she won the highest honor!

Buzzed

I eased into the hairdresser’s chair as she draped a cape around my torso. She tore off a length of tissue from a roll and secured it around my neck to prevent hair from getting into my t-shirt. Rock music blared out of the speakers and filled the musty air, the shrill sounds of electric guitar adding to the punk rock ambience of the hair salon. The walls were painted black, but you could hardly tell because of all the posters and stickers plastered everywhere. The room smelled of shampoo and chemicals, like any good hair salon.

“What kind of haircut do you want?” The hair stylist asked, running her black painted nails through my hair.

“I just want it really short. I’m sick of it.” I sighed with disgust and looked at my over-bleached hair, arms draped at my sides under the cape. It had been a great idea to bleach my hair a few months ago, and even though it did suit me, it was time to go back to my normal self, to start afresh.

“Do you want my honest opinion?” She asked, and I nodded. “You’d look killer with a buzz cut. You may not trust my opinion, but I think we should do it.” A smile spread across my face and I nodded furiously. The idea was one that had crossed my mind, but I never spoke it aloud. As a young child I was taught that women had long hair, and that was what was beautiful. Disney princesses, actresses, singers, everyone the world thought was beautiful had long hair. I didn’t realize that whether or not hair makes one pretty is entirely up to the person with the hair. If I truly believed I could be beautiful with close to no hair, then I would be.

Hours and hours I’d spent, scrolling through the depths of Pinterest, admiring the bold faces of women and girls who’d sheared off their hair. They looked free, happy, beautiful. Not just physically beautiful, but beautiful everywhere. Their confidence spilling out from the gleam in their eyes.

The hairdresser smiled at me and flipped on the clippers, the attachment set to number three. She rolled up the sleeves of her fluorescent windbreaker, counted to three and pressed the clippers to the front of my hairline, dragging all the way back. The sensation tickled and itched slightly, but it was a feeling I enjoyed.

I stared at myself in the mirror and giggled at the pure hilarity of a buzzed strip in the center of my head. As I watched chunks of hair fall to the floor, a feeling of pure freedom encompassed my entire body. The history of my hair, the blue, the purple, the bleach, the cutting the dying, it was gone. I was starting over. The past three years, my hair had been an outlet. Like almost all other teenagers, I’d get angry or sad or not know who I was. I needed to feel something, anything, so I’d change my hair. The chemicals of bleach and dye and toner became a ritual. A normality. This ritual temporarily subdued the empty, concave feeling in my chest.

The hairdresser’s black lined eyes stayed glued to my head, looking up every now and then and making eye contact with me through the mirror, both of us smiling contentedly.

The buzzing continued as the hairdresser worked her way around my head, switching the attachment on the clippers from a three to a one as she got to the nape of my neck, then working her way back up.

Once she finally turned off the razor, she unbuttoned the hairdresser smock and peeled off the tissue tied around my neck. I stood up and looked closer in the mirror. It’s all gone, I thought to myself. My smile hadn’t faded since the hairdresser first suggested the buzz cut. I explored my new haircut with my fingers. My head felt so smooth and delicate, as though I could feel the wind and cold better. I didn’t stop touching my freshly buzzed head as I walked over to my mom, who was perched in one of the waiting chairs by the door. She bolted upright and embraced me tightly.

“You’ve never looked so much like yourself,” she whispered in my ear.

I hugged her back harder, then turned on my heel and fished a ten dollar bill out of my pocket. As I handed the hairdresser the bill I said as earnestly as physically possible, “Thank you.” I had never meant one “thank you” more than I did that one at that moment.

I felt beautiful. A word I’d never use to describe myself.

I stepped out onto the sidewalk, wind brushing my face. Cars rolled past, the rough sounds of their engines rumbling by. None of them knew that I had finally felt comfortable with who I was. I wasn’t the least bit self conscious that you could see my whole head, my ears, and my neck. I was relieved. I wasn’t hiding anymore. A haircut was more than a haircut to me. It was an expression of who I was.




Chinese News Articles about Dublin Ski Trip

Link to Article with Video

Translated by Google Translate - Link to actual Article in Chinese

Chinese and American students Changbai Mountain ski exchanges help 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

March 24, 2019 16:04

Source: Phoenix Network Jilin Comprehensive

“Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience the opening ceremony of the skiing exchange event in Jilin – Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain”. This group picture Liang Qijia photo

“Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience the opening ceremony of the skiing exchange event in Jilin – Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain”. This group picture Liang Qijia photo

On March 24th, the Changbai Mountain Management Committee, the Jilin Provincial Sports Bureau, the Jilin Provincial Department of Education and the Global Development Research Institute of Tsinghua University jointly hosted the “Winter Olympics in Beijing, Experience in Jilin – Sino-US Students Meet Changbai Mountain” Ski Exchange The event was held at the Changbai Mountain Plateau Snow Sports Training Base.

Wang Ku, secretary of the Changbai Mountain Party Working Committee and director of the management committee, announced the opening of the event.

Wang Ku, secretary of the Changbai Mountain Party Working Committee and director of the management committee, announced the opening of the event.

The US Dublin High School Principal Bates and China Changbai Mountain Peace All Seasons Terrain Park Manager Mao Dechang awarded and exchanged flags.

The US Dublin High School Principal Bates and China Changbai Mountain Peace All Seasons Terrain Park Manager Mao Dechang awarded and exchanged flags.

At the ceremony, Wang Ku, secretary of the Party Committee of Changbai Mountain and director of the management committee, presented the letter of appointment for the “China-US Youth (China Changbai Mountain) Winter Sports Center” for the US Dublin High School Principal. The US Dublin High School Principal Bates and China Changbai Mountain Peace All Seasons Terrain Park Manager Mao Dechang awarded and exchanged flags.

Li Yiyang, deputy director of Changbai Mountain Management Committee, was interviewed by the media.

Li Yiyang, deputy director of Changbai Mountain Management Committee, was interviewed by the media.

Li Yiyang, deputy director of Changbai Mountain Management Committee, said that Dublin High School is a famous skiing school in the United States, and Changbai Mountain also has significant advantages in ice and snow resources. The gathering of Chinese and American students in Changbai Mountain to experience and exchange the infinite fun brought by the snow and ice sports is a rare opportunity for Changbai Mountain to show its own charm and development achievements.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

It is understood that this activity aims to promote the friendly exchanges between Chinese and American young students, including the internship of General Secretary Jin Ping, "Ice is also Jinshan Yinshan", "300 million people on the ice and snow" and "promoting the development of cold and snow economy". Promote exchanges and cooperation between Jilin Province and international skiing famous brand schools. After friendly consultations between the Dublin High School and the Changbai Mountain All-terrain Terrain Park, a consensus was reached: a platform for winter sports will be established for the youths of the two places, and a youth winter sports center will be established in Changbai Mountain and New England respectively.

Rogers, a teacher at the Dublin School in the United States, was interviewed by the media.

Rogers, a teacher at the Dublin School in the United States, was interviewed by the media.

"This is my first time to come to Changbai Mountain. The scenery here is beautiful and the infrastructure is perfect. It is a pleasure to come here for skiing." Rogers, a teacher at Dublin School in the United States, said that although the snow road is different from the United States, this time She also left a deep impression on her skiing experience in Changbai Mountain.

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"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

After the opening ceremony, a total of 68 Chinese and American students from Dublin High School, Cosley Education Foundation, Jilin Province Second Youth League, Jilin Foreign Language University and Changbai Mountain Management Committee held a ski race on the 10km cross-country track.

Quinn, a high school participant from Dublin, USA, was interviewed by the media.

Quinn, a high school participant from Dublin, USA, was interviewed by the media.

“I started skiing when I was 5 years old. This is my first time to come to Changbai Mountain for skiing. The skiing experience here is very similar to that of my hometown, but the beautiful scenery here makes the skiing trip more fun.” Quinn, a high school participant from Dublin, USA.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

"Winter Olympics in Beijing, experience in Jilin - Sino-US students meet Changbai Mountain" ski exchange activities.

Changbai Mountain is located in the “World Ice and Snow Gold Latitude Belt” and is “the world's three largest powder snow bases”. Its snow quality, snow volume and snow period are all at the top level in the world. “Changbai Mountain will use abundant natural resources to build a high-quality Winter Olympics athlete training base and volunteer training base to help the Beijing Olympics in 2022.” Li Yiyang said.

5th Report from Argentina-Chile

Wassup guys, it’s the one and only Zay telling you about what we did today. I am staying with my good ol pal Matteo for the past few days. We got up early this morning, like around 9(8 o’clock in the USA), to eat breakfast. We had toast with some Argentinian spread called “Dulce de Leche.” It was really good. We packed to get ready to go rafting. I put on my bathing suit because I was informed by Matteo’s dad that we would be getting wet. We got in the car and drove to Rufo’s house, the guy who’s hosting Syan, to pick up Syan and Rufo. It took about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get to the rafting place. You might have already heard this but the rafting place is owned by one of parents that is hosting Henry. We met up with the other kids and put on our thermal gear and safety equipment for Rafting. We quickly broke up into groups. My group was Candela, Rufo, Marie, Ainsley, Nikki, Caitlin, and of course me. Now looking back at it, it was a pretty stacked team.

The rapids were actually fun. I almost fell off the boat, but thanks to my Spider-Man like powers I stuck to the floor of the boat and didn’t fall off. We went through 10 rapids and the 7th one was the most bumpiest/ the most fun we went on. Trust me when I say a lot of water got in our boat during that rapid. After the 7th rapid we stopped at a rock that was 30 ft high so people can jump off it. Shout out to Syan for conquering his fear of heights and jumping off the rock. I unfortunately didn’t jump off because I wasn’t in the mood for rock jumping [yea i know I’m a party pooper]. Also while we were rafting my boat would constantly find itself at a splash war with Matteo’s boat. I kind of feel bad for Martina, she got splashed the most. After we were done rafting, everyone got together to have a picnic, talk, and joke around.  It felt like family. That was the majority of our day. Hopefully you guys are also having fun on your vacation. And don’t worry we didn’t forget about you guys. We miss you guys and can’t wait to get back home.

Love, the one and only Zay