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.
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.
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 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
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.
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.”
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.