Self-Awareness and Problem-Solving: Ali Weis on her Psychology Independent Study

Ali Weis, ’19, a self-described “spiritual, open-minded vegan,” is a junior at Dublin School. She has always been interested in psychology, and, this trimester, she had the opportunity to conduct an Independent Study in Psychology with Ms. Alexandra Scalfano, Learning Specialist, and VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy, which provides free online high school classes to anyone living in New Hampshire). Scalfano, who has a M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work, met with Weis weekly to discuss what Weis was learning through her online coursework; additionally, Scalfano provided complementary readings and resources.

“I have always been interested in psychology and why people act the way they act,” says Weis. “Because Dublin doesn’t have a psychology course right now, I thought I could pursue it independently.”

Learning through Conversation: Harrison Atlas on Intellectualism in Quad, Classroom, and Cross Country Trail Conversations

Harrison Atlas, ’18, a self-described “curious, dedicated learner,” when asked what his greatest passion is, can answer honestly: “talking. I love to talk.”

“I would honestly say that I love intellectual conversations, academic discussions—the classroom setting is so discussion-based in my classes—and I really just enjoy talking about the material and getting other people’s perspectives,” he elaborates.

Hispanic Heritage Month - Gabriela Quintero

I never really thought about how much celebrating Hispanic Heritage month would mean to me until I realized how important being a Latina is as a part of my identity. Growing up in a diverse area in New Jersey, I got to learn a lot about my Colombian and Bolivian cultures because of my family getting me into festivals, customs, traditions, food, music, dance, and more. I grew up with traditions that I thought were normal such as the Hispanic- State parades that I often attended and even have been part of, but now not being able to celebrate this at a predominantly white school has made me realize how much it is needed and how important it is. 

“Opening a Space so that We Can Declare Ourselves:” Devyn Itula on the Performing Arts

When she was three, Devyn Itula, ’18, began finding her way in what would become one of her greatest passions: dance.

While she only took “baby classes” once or twice a week, her routine of dance classes evolved; by the time she was seven, she was taking classes three days a week. Classes varied from ballet to lyrical to jazz to, occasionally, tap. By the time she was eleven, Devyn was dancing competitively on a team that she would continue to work with through age fifteen.

“Excited About the Distance:” Nemo Chen on How to Make a Robotic Suit in 3 Weeks

“Excited About the Distance:” Nemo Chen on How to Make a Robotic Suit in 3 Weeks

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.

Falling in Love with Lacrosse: Amani Natson - Goal-Keeper

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.

Building Community & Building Self: Lucy Selby on “Getting Right into It” in her Freshman Year

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.”

“Pushing Toward a Passion or Dream:” Destiny Goncalves and Poetry Out Loud

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.