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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Tricia Lucas Chair Manchester, NH


John Allard Manchester, NH

Annie Briggs Director of Communications

Bradley Benson ’78 Derry, NH

O’Neil Griffin Bodi, Inc. Design

James Cahill Concord, NH

Puritan Press Printing

Steven Burke Treasurer Bedford, NH

Jim Davis New Boston, NH


Pamela VanArsdale Secretary Bedford, NH

William Davis II Hopkinton, NH

John Bouton Char, English Department

Dr. Louis Fink Bedford, NH

Randall Krantz ’91

Arthur Coviello Vice Chair Hollis, NH


features FEATURES


Sanborn Fellow Captivates by John Bouton

Dianne Connolly Corporate Secretary Windham, NH Randle Richardson Head of School Concord, NH

Thinking Outside the Classroom


by Annie Briggs

Terry Flahive Bedford, NH

A Letter from Chiapas

Patrick Griffin Bedford, NH

by Randall Krantz ’91

Joseph Horton Manchester, NH

2003 Distinguished Alumni

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Hank Corwin ’70 Maria Holland Law ’75 Bedford, NH Donna Lencki Candia, NH

departments DEPARTMENTS

David Lockwood Manchester, NH

Message from the Head

Lourdes Maldonado Manchester, NH

Around Campus

Eric Nickerson Windham, NH

Cougar Athletics

Jeffrey Pollock Bedford, NH

Summerbridge Spotlight

Gay Shanahan ’76 Duxbury, MA


Barbara Stahl Manchester, NH

Update on Alumni Life After Derryfield Alumni Profile

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FRONT COVER: Joe Cahill ’04 and Nick Couraud ’04 help clean out the Visitors’ Center at the Massabesic Audubon Center during Make a Difference Day. Derryfield Today is published by the Institutional Advancement Office at The Derryfield School. If you note errors, please notify us at 603.669.4524 ext. 123 or send an email to Correspondence may be addressed to: Director of Communication, The Derryfield School, 2108 River Road, Manchester, NH 03104-1396. The Derryfield School welcomes students of any race, color creed, national or ethnic origin. The school does not discriminate in its hiring, admission policies, or programs on the basis or race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual preference, or disabilities.

INSIDE FRONT COVER: Shay Roberts ’04 loads pies into 60 Thanksgiving Baskets as part of a community service project. BACKGROUND: Librarian Betty Jipson and several seniors head out to do trail maintenance at the Massabesic Audubon Center during Make a Difference Day.




Making a Positive Difference he Derryfield Statement of Philosophy contains some powerful statements that were written both to describe Derryfield values and to offer up an ever‑ present challenge to all of us to live up to our highest ideals. One sentence that is especially compelling and has provoked a great deal of thought and action at Derryfield is the final sentence of this document: “Recognizing that academic achievement without compassion and concern for others is meaningless, we are committed to a purposeful involvement in the world outside our school in both the local and the global community.”


“We seem to more frequently look at our youth as either victims or scapegoats rather than as capable, powerful, and positive agents of change.” If taken at face value, this goal is relatively easy to achieve. Almost by definition, we are all involved in the world outside our school in some way. In fact, most of our students are ambitious and engaged both within and beyond the walls of Derryfield. They lead busy lives that involve the constant changing of hats in many different organizations. They play on teams, lead activities, write articles for publications, and perform on stage. The more interesting and challenging question in light of the Statement of Philosophy is how much of this involvement is broadly altruistic as opposed to narrowly or selfishly focused?


One could argue that this is a difficult question to put before American teenagers in the twenty‑first century. In fact, if we succumb to the frequently negative and stereotyp‑ ical anti‑teen media blitz, we would assume that our stu‑ dents are incompetent and incapable of positive and caring thoughts and actions. We seem to more frequently look at our youth as either victims or scapegoats rather than as capable, powerful, and positive agents of change. At Derryfield, we recognize that our expectations are powerful, and our students respond when they are given respect and responsibility. We expect Derryfield students to make a positive differ‑ ence, and they are living up to our philosophical ideals in a variety of ways. On one level, they demonstrate care and compassion for each other, their teachers, and their families virtually every day. Equally impressive is the fact that the majority of our students are engaged in some kind of com‑ munity service activity. Some of our students not only serve as Summerbridge teachers and play leadership roles in Key Club, but also find time to help with church or town projects as well. Our students are ensuring that a Derryfield educa‑ tion not only provides knowledge and privilege, but also purposeful, compassionate, and concerned action on behalf of others. While we expect no less, we will never take the genuine commitment and extra effort for granted.

Randle B. Richardson Head of School

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from Chuck Sanborn

JANUARY Admission Open House

joined the Derryfield faculty in the summer of 1975 thinking that it would be an interesting and challenging experience to help this ten‑year old school establish a development office and formulate a long‑range plan to guide its growth during the following decade. After twelve valuable and good years in boarding schools, I was ready for a change, and this emerging school in Manchester provided important educational choices for area students. The loca‑ tion was just right, as my adolescent years were spent in Kingston and I would be returning to an area of New Hampshire that I loved. My thought was to be at Derryfield for three to five years and then seek new professional opportunities. Little did I suspect that Derryfield would be my school home for 28 years and the place of my retirement after 40 years in independent education. I came, I saw, I fell in love, I stayed! I have known all along that inspiring young people, dedicated and caring par‑ ents, trustees with boundless wisdom and loyalty, Heads of School with vision and commitment to the soul of Derryfield, faculty colleagues who were stimulat‑ ing, energetic, open, bright, and teaching for the right reasons kept me coming back year after year. The balance between professionally and personally reward‑ ing administrative opportunities, and the annual excitement of a fresh group of eager, motivated students in A.P. United States History and Images of Humanity was just right for me, and other enticements could not pull me away. Each year confirmed this feeling, and the experience provided for me at my retirement party capped this emotion and decision in an awesome way. It was an evening I will never forget, and one that carries me forward with a treasure chest of memo‑ ries that will deepen and add meaning to the coming years. How lucky and fortunate I am. Words fall short of expressing my deep gratitude and thanks for all that my friends at Derryfield have provided me during these 28 years. Intellectual nour‑ ishment, optimism, humor, spiritual growth, meaningful personal relationships, and community combined to make Derryfield my home away from home. Derryfield will always be a special place to the Sanborn family. To me, May 31st was all about these things. The memory book and pictures from that evening will brighten any rainy day. Thank you from the depths of my being and know that my life has been enriched and blest beyond words because of you all. See you at soccer games, concerts, plays and other assorted Derryfield events.


With appreciation and love, Chuck Sanborn


Upper School Musical


Lyceum Gallery Reception


Summerbridge Saturday


FEBRUARY Jazz All-State Music Festival


Winter Carnival


Summerbridge Saturday


MARCH Senior Blood Drive


Upper School Play


Spring Varsity Preseason Begins


APRIL Classical All-State Music Festival


Admission US Ice Cream Social


Senior Dinner


Admission MS Ice Cream Social


Founders’ Day


Summerbridge Saturday


Middle School Dance



founders’ day Join us April 16th in honoring Founder Scholars and celebrating the creation of Derryfield as The School enters its 40th year.





WPI Math Contest

Leadership Donor Party

WPI Math Contest

Four members of The Derryfield School math team traveled to Worcester Polytechnic Institute on October 23rd for the 16th Annual WPI Invitational Contest. Sean Kehoe ’06, David Batchelder ’05, Maura Spiegelman ’04, and Brett McLarnon ’05 competed with foursomes from 94 other New England schools. Derryfield placed 2nd overall, and Sean Kehoe and David Batchelder were recog‑ nized for outstanding individual perfor‑ mance. This is the third year in a row that Derryfield has placed in the top ten.

The annual leadership donor party was hosted by Pat and Sally Griffin at their beautiful home in Bedford on Thursday, October 9th. It was the perfect setting for the festivities with a fabulous view of a harvest moon rising over the city of Manchester. The talent of Sean Pallatroni ’06 on the piano added to the ambiance of the evening. After Trustee Pat Griffin wel‑ comed everyone to his home, Development Committee Chair David Lockwood

German Jazz Band Visits Leadership Donor Party Grandparents’ Day Reunion Country Fair Roman Holiday A Grand Proposal Waking in the Blue Target Initiative Sanborn Fellow Captivates Music All-States FIGURE THIS...

Alice Handwerk, Director of Institutional Advancement, visits with current parent Chuck Rolecek, who generously donated the food and wine for the event.

n Next year Derryfield will celebrate its

40th anniversary. n Ed Lemire and David Haight have

coached the girls’ basketball team

German Jazz Band Visits

together for 20 years. n Derryfield photocopiers printed

948,348 pieces of paper last year. n The Annual Fund raised $270,770 in the 2002-2003 year. n Students assembled and delivered


Thanksgiving baskets for local families. n

135 students performed in the Winter



On October 21st, Derryfield welcomed 28 student jazz musicians from Neustadt, Germany, who visited the School for two days to attend classes and perform for the community. Members of the Kurfuerst‑ Ruprecht Gymnasium received a standing ovation for their impressive performance during a special assembly.

Guests listen as Development Committe Chair David Lockwood discusses the latest success of the Annual Fund.

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One Busy Weekend Grandparents’ Day

Host Pat Griffin catches up with fellow Trustee Brad Benson ‘78 at the party.

announced that we had already reached 100% Faculty/Staff and Trustee participation in this year's Annual Fund. Head of School Randy Richardson and Board Chair Tricia Lucas also spoke briefly, not wanting to keep the guests from the World Series Playoffs. All who attended enjoyed delicious food, donated by Chuck Rolecek from C.R. Sparks, and the company of peers who share an interest in Derryfield. The Annual Fund is vital to the daily success of The Derryfield School and the Institutional Advancement Office was pleased to be able to honor those who have shown generous leadership in this way. We hope that you will be able to join us next year!

Friday, September 9th kicked off a very busy weekend at The Derryfield School, which included Grandparents’ Day, an Art Reception, Reunion and Country Fair. On Friday morning, 189 Derryfield grandparents, who combine to have a total of 816 grandchildren, arrived on campus, anxious to participate in a busy school day with their grandchil‑ dren. Gloria McKenna (Camden ’07) of San Jose and Lotte Erlich (Jennifer ’09) of Los Angeles tied for the greatest dis‑ tance traveled to spend the day with a grandchild. After a coffee reception, grandpar‑ ents met up with their grandchildren and had a family photo taken. They then proceeded to classes, where they participated in discussions, learned first‑hand how busy a student’s schedule is, and even imparted their own wis‑ dom in many classes. The day finished with an assembly, hosted by

Melissa Law ’05 welcomes her grandmother at the beginning of Grandparents’ Day.

Jennifer Melkonian, Head of Upper School, and Mark Blaisdell, Head of Middle School. The assembly featured performances by student musicians and a duet by Jenna Bee ’05 and her grandfather, Dick Bee. Annual Fund Grandparent Chair, Bud Van Arsdale, spoke briefly and thanked everyone for visiting the school to spend the day with their grandchildren. The grand‑ parents then departed, worn out by a long day of learning.

Faculty member Rick Zeller conducts a poll of grandparents in his classroom.



Reunion Derryfield alumni returned to their alma mater for Reunion on the evening of September 9th. Alumni strolled through an art opening in the sculp‑ ture garden before heading to the

Monarchs take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on January 30th. Once the Alumni had a chance to catch up with classmates and former teachers, Head of School, Randy Richardson, welcomed the guests and Alumni Council Member, Bennett Freeman ’70, spoke briefly about the importance of maintaining ties with the School. Everyone was invited to return the following day to attend Country Fair and cheer for the Cougars at the varsity games.

Maria Holland Law ’75, President of the Alumni Council, catches up with Cassie Devine ‘73 during the reunion reception.

reunion reception. As they looked over old yearbooks and caught up with their classmates, Derryfield alums had the chance to see how much the School has grown and changed over the years. They also met the new Director of Alumni Relations, Jen Pierce, who has many events sched‑ uled for the upcom‑ ing year. Already plans have been made to gather Alumni for a Hockey Night as the


Joe Guerra ‘04 and Ethan Schwelling ‘04 battle hard for the arm wrestling championship during Country Fair.

Country Fair After a washout in 2002, the Derryfield community couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day to have the 2003 Country Fair. This year’s event was organized by Director of Admission, Kathleen Rutty‑ Fey ’87, and parent chair, Grace Kruskol. In an effort to focus more on having fun and less on making money, each class was asked to organize one free booth for children and one fund‑raising activity. Classes began preparing for Country Fair in homeroom the first week of school. The attrac‑ tions ranged from potato sack

Bruce Berk, Director of College Planning, prepares himself to take the brunt of a student’s wrath at the faculty sponge throw.

races to face painting to cake walks, with the faculty sponge throw drawing many enthusiastic and vengeful stu‑ dents. The seniors raised money with a car wash, and the sophomores hosted laser tag. Children climbed all over inflatables and listened as faculty members Michelle Coombes and Bryan Duff performed with their band, Waking in the Blue. A fun time was had by all. The Parents’ Association raised nearly $3,000 from the event.

Students leap for the finish line in a close run of the potato sack races.

After the Country Fair was over, everyone walked over to the upper fields to cheer on the varsity girls’ soc‑ cer game as the Cougars played Tyngsboro High School.

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Roman Holiday

Waking in the Blue

Middle School Latin students had the opportunity to share their love of the ancient language and culture with sev‑ eral visiting Latin students from the Dana Hall School. Students participated in games, skits, and even a chariot race. While rainy, the daywas deemed a suc‑ cess, thanks in large part to the Latin teachers and several parents.

Faculty members Michelle Coombes and Bryan Duff lend their talents to the debut CD of the band Waking in the Blue. The band released Isn’t it Pretty to Think So? in December at a CD release party hosted by The River 92.5, which was attended by many enthusiastic Derryfield students and faculty mem‑ bers. Waking in the Blue was formed by Michelle and her husband, Brian,

“With material ranging from pop to progressive, Waking In The Blue is a band to watch”

Derryfield and Dana Hall Latin students cross the finish line during the chariot race.

A Grand Proposal Derryfield’s Varsity Baseball coach Jeff Hastings devotes his life to his team, so he decided to include them in an important moment in his life. Last spring, after winning the opening round of the State Championship play‑ offs, Jeff lined his players up on the field and used them to propose to his girlfriend, Wendy. The plan was a suc‑ cess, and the wedding is planned for July 31, 2004. Congratulations!

–Russell Elliot, Musical Discoveries

when his band, Tristan Park, disbanded in 1998. The couple built a studio in the basement of their home with the idea of recording their own music projects, and from that the new band was born. The music of Waking in the Blue, named for a Robert Lowell poem, is described by the artists as intelligent, introspective pop with some progres‑ sive, atmospheric moments and has been compared to 10,000 Maniacs and the Cranberries. Fellow faculty mem‑ ber Bryan Duff contributed to the recording of Isn’t it Pretty to Think So? and later joined the live band. Former members of Tristan Park, and Michelle’s

songwriter sister, Karen, also made an appearance on the album. The band hopes to expand its touring schedule over the following months and looks to be in a good position to develop a fol‑ lowing. Russell Elliot of Musical Discoveries elucidates, “With material ranging from pop to progressive, Waking In The Blue is a band to watch; they have capitalized on Brian’s pro‑ gressive background and Michelle’s pop tendencies to produce excellent material.” For more information, visit the band’s website, www.wakinginthe‑ For a full review of the CD, visit reviews/witb.htm.


takeof charge education Members of the Varsity Baseball team pose the question, “Wendy, will you marry me?” on behalf of their coach, Jeff Hastings.

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Sanborn Fellow Captivates Community by John Bouton Dr. Michael Thompson, an internation‑ ally known psychologist, author, and consultant to independent schools, visited Derryfield on September 29th and 30th as the 2003 E. Charles Sanborn Visiting Fellow. Reflecting a remarkable range of information and a capacity to connect with diverse audiences, Thompson captivated faculty, parents, and students in his sessions at the school. The author of Best Friends/ Worst Enemies and co‑author of Raising Cain, Thompson largely mapped the emo‑ tional and social lives of children dur‑ ing his sessions with students and par‑ ents. A common theme of Thompson’s distinct presentations to parents, facul‑ ty, and students in grades six through ten in the Performing Arts Auditorium was that “A friend is what gets a child through school.” One supportive friend, Thompson explained, allows a

student to suffer the slings and arrows of “status hierarchies” that lead to feel‑ ings of exclusion. Distinguishing between popularity and friendship – a distinction hinging on one’s being con‑ sidered “friend‑eligible” by his or her peer group – Thompson challenged his audience to flatten out social hierar‑ chies in grades six through ten by pro‑

“Thompson challenged his audience to flatten out social heirar‑ chies in grades six through ten by providing students meaningful opportunities to embark on a common mission.” viding students meaningful opportuni‑ ties to embark on a common mission. He pointed to cooperative/collabora‑ tive learning activities as effective ways to increase friendship at these grade levels. “Everyone needs a chance to depend on everyone else; let’s make everyone friend‑eligible,” Thompson

Dr. Michael Thompson addresses the junior and senior classes, encouraging the students to realize the vast number of choices they had post-graduation, both conventional and unconventional.


remarked, noting that research sug‑ gests that about 20% of this age group is considered unpopular, falling into categories of “neglected, controversial, or rejected.” It is vital that adults con‑ nect with these children to help them learn the social cues necessary to enable them to make friends within their peer group, according to Thompson.

In his sessions with the Derryfield faculty during the School’s professional development time, Thompson discussed strategies for effective communication between parents and teachers. While the vast majority of parents express concerns in a reasonable manner to teachers, anxious and aggressive par‑ ents and those who bring a consumer commodities mindset to the complicated business of education present particu‑ lar challenges, Thompson said. Because teachers are by nature largely empathic, believing in a student’s development, they may be particularly susceptible to parents’ varied agendas, according to Thompson. He circulated guidelines developed by the Bancroft School’s fac‑ ulty to guide teachers’ and parents’ efforts to build effective relationships based on developing mutual trust.

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Former faculty member, Chuck Sanborn, and Michael Thompson at the Visiting Fellow’s Tea.

Perhaps the most energetic session came at the least likely time: juniors and seniors were roused from their tor‑ por at 8:00 a.m. to interact with Michael Thompson on the subject of college pressures. Drawing on more than twenty years’ experience in con‑ sulting to independent schools, includ‑ ing his ongoing work as psychologist

for Belmont Hill School, Thompson described the college process in clinical terms, noting that it is “not about col‑ lege, but launching into adulthood.” Parents who have always had their children’s best interests at heart sud‑ denly are confronted with the knowl‑ edge that they are losing control of their children, and so parents act in myriad ways to respond to their help‑ lessness in the face of colleges’ deci‑ sions, according to Thompson. Return‑ ing to a mantra that “Believing that there are only ten colleges is a sure way to make yourself crazy,” Thomp‑ son shared encouraging statistics with juniors and seniors, noting that there are over 3,000 institutions of higher learning and that his experience sug‑


All-State music festival

gests that Derryfield students are “as prepared as anyone” for college admis‑ sion. The right fit is most important.

“Believing that there are only ten colleges is a sure way to make yourself crazy.” Noting that college attendance is ulti‑ mately a student’s launching into his or her adulthood, Thompson encouraged students to reassure their parents during their preparations to leave for college that these soon‑to‑be Derryfield gradu‑ ates have learned to become “indepen‑ dent, productive, loving, and moral adults.”


A number of Derryfield student musicians have been chosen to participate in Classical and Jazz All‑State Festivals through a highly competitive selection process. Over 500 students from schools all over New Hampshire auditioned at Jazz All‑States for only 64 voice and 50 instrumental spots. Two Derryfield singers were selected for the Jazz Choir. The Jazz All‑State Festival is February 5th‑7th and culminates in a concert that Saturday. At Classical All‑States, over 500 students auditioned for the chorus alone. Four Derryfield singers will perform with the All‑State chorus. Additionally, four students were selected to the All‑State Band, among which Connor Gartska scored first in the state on tenor sax. The Classical All‑State Festival is April 1st‑3rd and culminates in a concert that Saturday at Pinkerton Academy.

All-State Jazz Choir Stephanie Kruskol ’05 (honors) Alex Rolecek ’06 All-State Chorus Stephanie Kruskol ’05 - soprano Alex Rolecek ’06 - tenor Drew Moerlein ’04 - tenor Glen Frieden ’06 - bass All-State Band Nick Stepro ’05 - french horn Julia Spiegelman ’04 - clarinet Tyree Robinson ’06 - trumpet Connor Garstka ’06 - tenor sax






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coach of the year Coach Dudley Cotton was select‑ ed by his peers as the New Hampshire Class G/S Golf Coach of the Year. He led the Varsity Golf team to a 17‑1 record and a Class G/S State Championship. 11

Fall wrap-up Girls’ Varsity Cross Country

Boys’ Varsity Golf

Season Record: 16-0 Granite State Conference Champions Carolyn Goodwin ’05, All-Conference, 18th at NH Championships Julie Katz ’04, Co-Captain, Class of 1970 Award

Season Record: 17-1 NH Champions (Class G/S) Derek Boelig ’05, All-State (2nd team) Dan LaGuerre ’05, All-State (2nd team) Mark McCormick ’05, All State (2nd team), All-Conference Kurt Schuler ’06, All State (2nd team) Taylor Scott ’06, All-State (1st team), All-Conference, Player of the Year, Class of 1970 Award, 2nd at NH Championships

Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Season Record: 18-4 5th at NH Championship (Class M/S) Team Invitation to Meet of Champions Jeff Lyford ’04, Co-Captain, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award Doug MacKenzie ’05, All-Star, All-Conference, 6th at NH Championships

Boys’ Varsity Crew Textile Regatta: 1st in junior 4+ NH Championships: 1st in junior 4+ Head of the Fish: 3rd in junior 4+ George Dirth ’04, Class of 1970 Award Thad Duprey ’04, 1st in novice single at Textile Regatta Ben Jundanian ’04, 1st in junior single at NH Championships Cale MacMichael-Magruder ’04, Captain, 3rd in novice single at Textile Regatta

Girls’ Varsity Crew NH Championships: 1st and 2nd in junior 4+; 3rd in novice 4+ Beth DeBold ’05, Class of 1970 Award

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Season Record: 12-3-2 NH Championship Semi-Finalists (Class M/S) Farrah Desrosiers ’04, Tri-Captain, Senior All-Star, All-State (1st team), All Conference, Class of 1970 Award Ariana Hodes ’04, Tri-Captain, Senior All-Star, All-State (2nd team), All-Conference Alexa Warburton ’05, All-State (1st team), All-Conference Kate Weber ’04, Senior All-Star

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Season Record: 14-2 NH Championship Finalists (Class S) Geoffrey Blanding ’04, All-Scholastic Joseph Guerra ’04, All-Scholastic Kanon LaCroix ’05, All State (2nd team) Timothy Mastrogiacomo ’04, All-Scholastic Drew Moerlein ’04, All-Scholastic David Moore ’04, All-Scholastic Mike Moran ’04, All-State (1st team), All-Conference, All-Scholastic Bryan Sanford ’04, All-State (1st team), NH Lions Cup Team, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award

Girls’ Varsity Soccer Season Record: 14-5 NH Championship Finalists (Class S) Kate Dewey ’05, All-State (1st team), All-Conference Joelle Emery ’04, Co-Captain, All-Star, All-State (1st team), NH Lions Cup Team, All-Conference, All-Scholastic, Class of 1970 Award Beth Frieden ’04, All-Scholastic Emily Fritch ’05, All-State (honorable mention) Whitney Krause ’04, Co-Captain, All-Scholastic Melissa Law ’05, All-State (2nd team) Julia Lehman ’04, All-Scholastic Alex Moser ’05, All State (2nd team)

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competition Clockwise from top right: Joelle Emery ’04 shoots a corner kick as an opponent looks on. Emery was selected to compete on the NH Lion’s Cup Team. n Alexa Warburton ’05 takes a swing during a 3-0 victory against Littleton High School. Warburton made the All-State 1st team. n Glen Freiden ’06 makes his move in a cross country meet on home turf during the Derryfield Invitational. The Derryfield girls’ and boys’ teams both won the competition. n Tim Mastrogiacomo ’04 sweeps in for the kick during a 7-0 victory against Thayer High School. n Beth DeBold ‘05, Crystal Czaja ‘04, Nicole Speidel ‘04, and Emily Runnells ‘04 (left to right) get set to start a seat race during crew practice. The varsity girls’ team placed 1st and 2nd at NH Championships. n Taylor Scott takes a swing at the Candia Golf Course in a three-way meet. Scott was selected Class G/S Player of the Year.


spotlight Summerbridge



RANDLE RICHARDSON: “Summerbridge Manchester is a wonderful resource for Derryfield and Manchester because it makes a difference. Not only does this nationally recognized program dramatically enrich the lives of all of the students we serve, it trains and motivates some very talented and dedicated young people to become lifetime teachers and active community members. Derryfield is investing in Summerbridge because we know we are a better school when we are tied to this wonderful program. Summerbridge has brought us much closer to the larger Manchester community while the program and its students have enriched our school.”

PARTNERS IN 2002-2003 PROGRAM n Austin Memorial Foundation n Raymond G. and Olga Cote Family Fund n Annebelle and Arnold Cohen Fund n The Heineman Foundation n Kiwanis Club of Manchester n The Manchester Regional Community

Foundation n Donna Anne Poulack Foundation n Stonyfield Farm Fund of the

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation n Madelaine G. Von Weber Trust n The Walker Fund of the

ounded in 1978 as Summerbridge, the Breakthrough Collaborative now includes 26 sites that collectively serve 2,500 middle school students and train 750 outstanding high school and col‑ lege students to serve as teachers each year. Summerbridge Manchester, founded in 1991, is the third oldest site in the colla‑ borative. As the program moves into its fourteenth year, the work, power, and spirit of students teaching students continues to extend to and support many students both locally and across the country. Summerbridge Manchester is an educational program whose mission is to increase edu‑ cational opportunities for motivated, but underserved, middle school students, and to encourage talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education. Middle school years are important because they mark a critical time of development in students’ educational paths, and because students are making life decisions that affect their academic futures. By providing students with both the academic and social skills they will need to succeed in college‑ preparatory high schools, Summerbridge is working to change the educational trajectory


of its students. The demand for Summerbridge is high. Over 100 fifth grade students apply each year for approximately 43 openings, and those selected commit to two consecutive six‑week summer sessions and year‑round after‑school and Saturday programs. Following this intensive two‑year program, Summerbridge Manchester continues to serve as an educational resource and advo‑ cate to students until they enter college. By providing high expectations, a safe learning environment, and positive role models, the program helps students increase their edu‑ cational aspirations and attainment of those goals. The core of the Summerbridge model is an intensive six‑week summer program which includes rigorous academics, cre‑ ative arts, and spirit‑filled group activities designed to provide the students with the academic, social and leadership skills that they will need to succeed in college‑ preparatory high schools and beyond. The key to Summerbridge’s success is the stu‑ dents teaching students model. The high school and college students who serve as Summerbridge teachers are powerful role models and mentors. In classes with an average teacher to student ratio of one to three, teachers form strong connections with their students, and the students par‑ ticipate fully, challenging themselves and

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 13

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each other. Summerbridge is truly a community of committed and engaged learners. While the hallmark of the Summer‑ bridge program is the summer session, the school‑year component is critical to the long‑term success of our students. Like the summer session, the school‑ year program complements and expands upon what the students are learning in their own schools, with a particular emphasis on skill‑building, study skills, self‑advocacy, and enrich‑ ment. There are three main program‑ matic elements to the school‑year session with very different purposes. n Summerbridge Saturday takes place monthly at The Derryfield School. Students participate in educational activities which revolve around a unique theme for each session. For example, teachers planned a Forensic Science day in which the students conducted interviews and analyzed scientific data to solve a crime. n School After School is held every Thursday afternoon at the Beech Street School. The program focuses on

ABOVE: Gabriel French, SB Class of ’04 OPPOSITE: (L to R) Megan Lessard, Faculty ’03; Binh Doan, SB Class of ’03; Patience Lekien, SB Class of ’03

academic acceleration in English, math and study skills led by high school and college students in small classes. n Long‑Term Support and Advocacy: Programmatic Pieces for Graduates. The long‑term nature of Summerbridge makes it work. Students develop “roots” with Summerbridge during their initial years in the program and seek the program out for information and support in later years. The pro‑ gram’s long‑term support is highly personal and individualized. It centers

student population shows the School’s commitment to building a meaningful involvement and partnership between the public and private sectors of educa‑ tion. Students, teachers, administrators, trustees and families from the School are actively involved with the objectives and core values of Summerbridge. Many Derryfield students teach in the school‑year or summer program. Teaching for Summerbridge gives Derryfield students an opportunity to build their leadership, communication,

“I want to participate in school year session because of the atmosphere. The energy at Summerbridge is terrific, and no one is afraid to ask questions.” on 1) providing students with the information they need to find success within the educational system; 2) iden‑ tifying summer and extra‑curricular opportunities for students after they have graduated from Summerbridge; and 3) advocating for students as they pursue academic and extra‑curricular opportunities. After students complete the program in seventh grade, the focus turns to high school placement and registration. The existence of Summerbridge at The Derryfield School benefits both the program and the school. This impor‑ tant program of the school aids Derry‑ field in its mission to be purposefully involved in the larger community. The initiative of a small independent day school to support a national non‑profit program that serves a public school

–Kierston Coke, SB Class of ’02

and organizational skills while making a positive impact or difference in a young person’s life. Some Derryfield students have become so inspired by the mission of Summerbridge they have taught in the program for multiple years, or even become professionally involved (as a Director or full‑time professional) with the National Collab‑ orative. Derryfield’s faculty, trustees and families interact with and support the program by being mentor teachers, offering a homestay (room and board for a summer teacher), or by giving financially to the program. The School’s support and commitment to Summer‑ bridge is an important part of the program’s growth and success over the years.




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Thinking Outside the Classroom

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“Recognizing that academic achievement without compassion and

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ful involvement in the world outside our school in both the local

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ost independent schools mention community service in their mission statements, but few schools have the connection that Derryfield has established with its hometown since the School was found‑ ed by local residents 40 years ago. While Derryfield falls victim to the same “town/gown” perceptions that all private schools face, it has made a spe‑ cial effort over the years to make a pos‑ itive impact on the local community. The community service program has been active since 1964, and participa‑ tion has increased consistently since then. Although there is currently no ser‑ vice requirement for students, all 105 members of Key Club are required to do 50 hours of service each year, and they frequently surpass that. Another 50 students are involved in indepen‑ dent projects at the Currier Museum, the V.A. Hospital, Child Health Services, Upreach Riding, and many faith based organizations. Kathy Hill, Head of Community Service, and the members of Key Club organized sever‑ al group projects this fall. Derryfield’s Making Strides Team raised $3,659.44 to benefit the American Cancer Society. Students have also assembled and delivered 60 Thanksgiving baskets to


families in the community; worked at the Fall Special Olympic Games in Manchester; and been actively involved in teaching Summerbridge Saturday sessions during the fall term. In November, the class of 2004 was honored by CareGivers, Inc. as Youth CareGivers of the Year for the students’ work on the 2002 Make a Difference Day. Members of the class organized and participated in a community ser‑ vice day in which they volunteered at either the UpReach Therapeutic Riding Center or the Mental Health Center. This summer, Class President Farrah Desrosiers proposed that the senior class would turn Make a Difference Day into a larger annual event. “I real‑ ized, by teaching at Summerbridge, that my individual efforts can make a difference; I wanted others to experi‑ ence this,” says Desrosiers. Seniors worked together to organize a day that exemplified the School’s mission of service. Seniors volunteered at the V.A. Hospital and at the Massabesic Audubon Center while the junior class participated in the projects at UpReach and the Mental Health Center that the seniors had established in 2002. As the next step in service, Derry‑ field has created a task force to look into the creation of a service learning

program that would apply the philoso‑ phy of service to classroom learning. Thus far, the community service pro‑ gram has been a valuable addendum to the curriculum. Now the goal is to integrate it into the curriculum. Hill believes that, “through applying aca‑ demics to service activities, students readily learn that school knowledge is relevant in the real world.” The chal‑ lenge that this task force will face is to find a way to add the value of service learning without detracting from the curriculum or overloading students. What is clear is that in an age when Americans are asked to think on an increasingly global scale, educators must integrate that perspective into their teaching. Derryfield is already well on the way.

ABOVE: Members of the junior class with one of the ponies at the Upreach Riding Center during Make a Difference Day. OPPOSITE: Ethan Schwelling ’04 clears some brush from a landscaping project at the Massabesic Audubon Center.



Update on

IN MEMORIAM SYLVIA M. STEEVES passed away on June 17, 2003. Mrs. Steeves attended Boston University and worked several years for the

The news contained in this section covers the period of January 1 – October 1, 2003. For more recent news, or to post a note, please visit the alumni community at

telephone company. She married Robert

1971 Hal Freedman and his wife, Margy, are the proud parents of a new daughter, Pedra, born on May 18th. She joins sister Zelie.

Steeves in 1949. Mrs. Steeves lived in Bedford for 40 years, where she raised her family. She and her husband were founding members of The Derryfield School. She is survived by her four children, Jan Steeves ’68, Betsey Chadwick ’71, Mark Steeves ’74

1969 Lon Weston is living in Bethlehem, NH, where he is serving as a selectman.

and Paul Steeves; one grandson; and four siblings.

CHARLES SEAVEY WOODS passed away at the age of 82 on August 4, 2003. Mr. Woods, a World War II veteran, was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre of Operation ribbon and a World War II Victory Medal. The Lieutenant was discharged in 1946 and returned to Albion, NY, where he worked for his family’s flour milling business. In 1959, Mr. Woods bought the assets of Kaulbeck

1970 Susan Hardy is now working for Charles River Financial, which she says is great, but requires lots of hours and some travel. Between that and her family, she is busy. She reports that she is trying to get the courage to teach her 16‑year‑old daughter, Julia, to drive and knows that 13‑year‑old Alex won’t be far behind!

and Earle wholesale food distributor in Manchester, which later became C.S.

1973 Jean Melrose Wright writes, “Sorry I had to miss the reunion – two kids in college this year, a trip to and from Macalester College in Minnesota to drop off my youngest, and a full‑time job teaching for Head Start are my obvious excuses – it’s a long drive from Ohio! I drove past this summer and looked over the campus and it looks great.”

1974 Hilary Chaplain appeared as a lawyer on Law & Order Criminal Intent in an episode which aired last February 9th.

Woods, Inc. Mr. Woods was active in the community and church life. He was a found-


ing member of The Derryfield School. Mr. Woods is survived by his wife, Ann Bradshaw Woods; a daughter, Susan E. Woods; a son, Douglas B. Woods ‘68 and several stepchildren and grandchildren.


Members of the class of ’68 gather for a reunion photo. From left to right: Doug Woods, Sherry Ford Levesque, Kathy Worrell Newton, Cheryl Wainwright Anderson, Peter Paquette, Mary Jane Peabody, D.G. Krasner, Bob Mandel, and Dorrie Freedman.

Anne Havinga and husband, Tom Posever, are the proud parents of twins! Peter and Sylvia were born in August. n “Buddy” Pope writes, “Happy to report I’m still kickin’ around in New Hampshire, along Derryfield Today – Fall 2003


with my wife, Marcy, and three kids. I’m working as a realtor at Coldwell Banker Ashton Kilgore Realty Inc. in Amherst, NH. Marcy works as an art teacher in Merrimack. We would wel‑ come any DS correspondence. We also occasionally rent our home on Chebeague Island, ME, especially dur‑ ing the fall, winter, and spring for those of you looking to reconnect with the elements or write a novel. Check out my website at www.thepope‑ Wishing you the best!” n Carol Walker writes, “In 2002 I moved to Cairo, Egypt with my husband and son, who is five. I am working as a consultant on a USAID‑ funded governance project, doing some free‑lance travel writing, study‑ ing Arabic, and trying to take up geo‑ caching.”

1977 Jeffrey Girolimon and his wife wel‑ comed their second child, Madeline, into the family on March 27, 2003. She joins older brother Parker (2).

1978 David Grosso is a Major in the US Army Special Forces. He was a Company Commander in Mosul, Iraq during the war. n Tom Shanahan and his wife, Susan, became parents in 2002 with the birth of Samuel Joseph.

1979 Ted Graf and his entire family were at Derryfield in May for the dedication of the John Graf Memorial Garden, which was given in memory of his late father. Ted's three children enjoyed seeing where their dad attended school. Ted is the head of a school in Vermont that is 13 years old, which is about how old Derryfield was when he attended. He hopes that his school will have the same success that he sees at Derryfield. n John Stahl, M.D./PhD. has been granted tenure on the faculty of Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and has been promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor.

1981 After a stint in politics, serving as Governor Shaheen’s chief of staff and managing her 2002 Senate campaign, Rich Sigel has joined the Shaheen & Gordon Law Firm and will lead the firm’s Public Strategies Group.

1982 Walter Milne has made a move to FleetBank, where he is a Relationship Manager in the Private Clients Group. His family took a road trip to Raleigh, the Outer Banks, and Williamsburg for school vacation. They met up with Eric Pfeifer and his wife, Louise, who gave them a tour of Kitty Hawk.

Hal Freedman ’71 with his daughter, Petra, born on May 18, 2003.

1983 Danielle Currier is living in Connecticut and working on her Ph.D. in psychology. She’s looking forward to seeing her classmates at their 20th reunion. n Peter Graf and his wife, Maureen, and two young daughters, Lauren (6) and Alicia (1½), traveled from Toronto to attend the dedication of the John Graf Memorial Garden in memory of Peter’s late father. Peter hadn’t been to DS since his graduation and was amazed at the changes.

1984 Sara Galantowicz and her family are still happily living in Arlington, just a short trip down Massachusetts Avenue from their old life in Porter Square. She writes, “I am working part‑time as a researcher in disability policy at an



office wonderfully close to our home. Our two daughters are thriving in school while I’m at work ‑ Abby (6) is in kindergarten and Sorrel (4) is in preschool. Last month I traveled up to Portland, ME to see Robin Gregg O’Rourke.” n Edward Haletky writes, “Following my divorce in December 1999, I have been active in outdoor groups and other non‑work things. It feels good to have a real life again. I lost 50 pounds! I cycle, hike, swim, and kayak now. Though I ruptured my Achilles in late November 2002, it’s doing a lot better now. I’ve stayed in close touch with and recently saw Chris Sweeney and his wife. Over the last three years, I have published nine more articles and two are in the pipeline. I am writing one now and have proposed four more. Writing is turning into a fun thing for me. I was recently promoted at work (Hewlett‑ Packard now... I started with Digital) and just got back from Ireland, where I was for three weeks. As you can see, everything is going incredibly well. I am enjoying life and am blessed with an extremely good set of friends.” n Sue Maskat Knoll and her husband, Phil, had their first child in 2002, Lanna Sophia. They have moved from New York City to Great Barrington, MA. n Robin Gregg O’Rourke writes, “We are still in Portland, ME, and enjoying it, except for the harsh winter! But it’s harsh everywhere. We have a new baby girl, Phoebe Grace, who was born September 2, 2002 (Labor Day!). I am working part‑time as an occupa‑ tional therapist at Maine Medical


Center and it’s going well.” n Chris‑ topher Sweeney is now working with Dartware, a Dartmouth spinoff which makes InterMapper, a network map‑ ping, monitoring and alerting software system. He also continues to sing in his church choir and occasionally with the Handel Society at Dartmouth. He and his wife, Christy, have a 2‑year‑old daughter, Fiona.

1985 Sarah Jukes Huegel writes, “I’m enjoy‑ ing life on the West Coast in Bend, OR with my 9‑month‑old son, Alexander, and husband, Jerry.” n Cathy Thomas Kaplan is enjoying being a stay‑at‑ home mom for Miranda (3) and Henry (1). She recently reconnected with Kristen Marzloff Sharpe, who teaches at Pinkerton Academy.

1986 Richard Chodes is married to Wendy Newman and has two sons, Adam (6) and Corey (1). They are living in Jamesburg, NJ, and Richie works as a 7th grade math teacher at I.S. 98 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn where he has taught for the past 11 years. n Davis Richmond is working for Child and Family Services in Franklin, NH where he is a family support counselor in the student assistance program. In his spare time he is an active member of the Alumni Council.

Chuck Sanborn and his wife, Wendy, visited Nancy Lord ’70 on a trip to Alaska last summer.

1987 Deborah Hall Andrews e‑mailed us from Hopkinton, MA, where she lives with her husband, David, and daugh‑ ter, Molly (1½). She writes, “We have a second child on the way in July, so things will start to get busy! It was nice to hear about all the news at Derryfield – there have been so many changes since our class graduated!” n Kathleen Rutty‑Fey writes, “Hey everyone! I hope that a few of you are checking in here from time‑to‑time to see what’s new. I’m still working at DS as the Director of Admission... every time I say that, I crack up! I have junior and sophomore advisees and coach middle school girls’ lax. It’s a blast, but rather consuming. It has given me real perspective on how much our teachers did for us. As an update, Mr. Sanborn retired last year and this is Mr. Haight’s last year. He and Barbara are planning

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to move to the Washington area to be closer to Alex and Becky. We’re sad to see him go. I have two kids, Miles (4) and Parker (1). Having a couple of boys is a blast – life is happily insane. I had dinner with KK Grotton Craven and family this summer and it was great to spend time with her family. Ricky is still busy racing, and the kids, Riley and Everett, are incredibly sweet. I hear from Sue Resnicoff from time to time and she’s still enjoying San Francisco. Deb DuPont Tremblay just sent me an Ofoto album of her one‑ year‑old daughter, Hailey. She’s a total wide‑ and blue‑eyed peanut! Winnie Loeffler Lerner had baby number two, Sam, this summer. He joins spunky big sister, Madeline, in the Big Apple. Speaking of the Big Apple, I’d love to do a Class of 1987 family reunion next summer. Maybe we could arrange an outing to the Big Apple Circus when they come to the Dartmouth area? I’d love to see and hear from more of you. Drop by the Art House if you’re in Manchester!”

1988 Scott Barger writes, “We joyfully announce the birth of our son Graham Kelley on May 15, 2003.” n Julie Graf Lear and her family were at DS for the dedication of the John Graf Memorial Garden in memory of her late father. Julie had dropped by earlier in the spring and was given a tour by Mrs. Melkonian. She was amazed by all the changes on the expanded campus. n Tom Morgan married Heidi Book on June 14 at a ceremony at his parents’ home in New Boston. n Lisa Newman writes, “I am currently living in Cambridge, MA and working as a computer programmer at Harvard University. This past fall I spent an exciting three weeks in Europe as a member of the US women’s kayak polo team attending the World Champion‑ ships (kayak polo is a cross between water polo and kayaking). My twin sis‑ ter Andrea lives down the road from me with her husband and works at the EPA.” n Alexandra Terninko and Ben Steinberg were married on July 5, 2003

Wendy Keller Baker ’87 had a special gift on Mother’s Day this year. Her youngest son, Graham, born on May 11, 2003, is shown here with brothers, Ian and Declan.

at their family farm in Nottingham. They are in transition from Tanzania!

1989 Erin Perry and Jonathan Bourgeois were married in a double‑ring, Scottish Highland ceremony at the Stonebridge Country Club. Erin received a master’s degree in fine arts from Vermont College and is currently writing her first novel. Jonathan is a graduate of Worcester Polytechnical Institute and is employed as a software engineer with West Corporation in Omaha, NE. After a six‑day honeymoon in Jamaica, the couple will live in Omaha. n Kimberly Frederick started teaching at Concord Academy in Concord, MA in the fall. She has been taking graduate courses for an advanced degree at Brandeis. n Ray Hindle and Taylor Ferry Hindle ’92 announce the birth of their second son, William Scott, on March 1, 2003. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 7 ounces. He joins brother, Tripp (2). n Bruce Jukes and his wife, Lisa, had their first child, Christopher, on September 12, 2001. A bright spot at a sad time. n Travis Reed writes, “I’ve bounced steadily west (Denver in ’93 and ’94; Dallas ’94‑’99) and have settled nicely into San Francisco. I recently changed careers from BEA as a soft‑ ware salesman to Soundview as an analyst who analyzes software compa‑ nies like BEA. In a nutshell, I get to critique my former bosses. Read that again. I’m not skiing as much as I did, continued on page 23...



A Letter from Chiapas

expedition down the seldom‑visited Rio La Venta Canyon in Chiapas, Mexico. For the past ten years this remote gorge has been explored by an Italian team specializing in speleology and more recently getting involved in the archeology and anthropology of the Zoque culture, which inhabited the caves and cliffs of this canyon up to 2300 years ago.

“Despite the fierce fight of the jungle, the main hazards were the usual risks associated with remote expeditions: falls and injuries.”

by Randall Krantz ’91 Entrance to the bottom of the sinkhole, “El Sótano” (The Basement), which is 1800 feet across, and more than 1000 feet deep. We walked a half-mile through a subterranean riverbed cave to get to the bottom of the sinkhole.

osquitoes, chiggers, midges, blackflies, ticks, ants, bees, wasps, hornets, hellgrammites, spiders, scorpions, cockroaches, taran‑ tulas, nettles, poison ivies, pica‑pica. These are the dreams of entomologists and botanists, and the nightmares of anyone trying to trek the wild jungles of Chiapas. I just got back from my two‑week Mexico trip during which we had encounters with all of the above antag‑ onists, to which my swollen and



scabbed ankles and wrists still can attest. Despite the fierce fight of the jungle, the main hazards were the usual risks associated with remote expeditions: falls and injuries compli‑ cated by the impossibility of evacuation. We were lucky enough to avoid any practical emergencies, though we had a few evening chats about how we would get someone out of a deep canyon surrounded by a biospherical reserve of more than 118,000 acres. The trip was a ten‑day exploratory

Our role was the continued explo‑ ration of several cave systems located 40 meters from the canyon floor and accessed by roped rock climbing. Inside one cave, amid fruit seeds and guano left by bats, 27 skulls were counted, along with innumerable other bones. Several of the skulls are those of children, and are severely deformed as in the Mayan tradition. We document‑ ed our findings with photos and field notes... some of which will be shared with Dr. Thomas Lee at the Centro de Estudios Superiores de México y Centroamérica of the Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas. It was a bit eerie to actually be the first to see some of these bones and artifacts since they were left however many hundreds of years ago... To think of others slithering through tunnels on their bellies without the benefit of

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headlamps, or of children being led into the darkness of inner chambers for human sacrifice – let’s just say that we were all very quiet. Outside of the caves, the air was a bit more raucous, as we spent three days backpacking along the Rio and four days navigating rapids and flat waters in inner tubes. There was some excellent climbing to be done, along with a good bit of bouldering and cliff jumping. The 84km long canyon has steep limestone walls carved out of a perforated karstic geology, creating an idyllic setting with some spectacular Paddling through a spectacular waterfall formation on rafts, which were actually truck tire inner tubes.

waterfalls and overhanging white cliffs hundreds of meters high. The last three days of the expedition were spent on a visit to El Sotano La Lucha, an impressive sinkhole with perfectly vertical walls of nearly 1000 feet, and a diameter of slightly more. Access to the sinkhole was via sever‑ al hours of hiking up an enormously bouldered streambed. Hopping up a petrified path of trailers, sheds, and busses, was like chasing a tornado up the side of a volcano – just a jumble of innocuously white megaliths vying to twist ankles and hyperextend knees. At the top of the rockfall, the roaring water disappeared yet again under‑ ground and we were left facing yet another stratified limestone cliff. This time, instead of continuing up, we put on our helmets and headlamps head down in search of the water. The efflu‑ ent of the sinkhole had carved a neat tunnel through 600 meters of limestone – large enough to drive a truck through. (Luckily, all that rockfall will keep any‑ one from trying anytime too soon!) Following a straight path past crys‑ talline pools and stalagmitic forma‑ tions, we half expected to see Injun Joe and Tom Sawyer, half to see Gollum and Bilbo Baggins! The opening into the floor of the Sotano was awesome as the first glimpses of green light made us momentarily forget the roaring flow at our knees. I hopped up onto a sub‑ terranean sandbar to see one of my companions silhouetted against the jungular floor of the open arena.

Spectacular waterfall, morning of day three, named “La Conchuda” which means The Big Tick... How promising!

One by one, we emerged into this natural theater and speechlessly stared at the curving white walls as we stretched our necks all the way back. To lie in the middle of the rockstrewn floor and stare at the cookie‑cutter patch of sky was awesome, especially as the human eye is easily able to see the white perimeter at once, rimmed with a cornea of palm trees silhouetted against the evening sky like tiny cilia so far away (barely captured with a 24 millimeter lens). It certainly made a nice conclusion to the natural splendor of a week in the wild! From the Sotano la Lucha back to San Cristobal de las Casas was another adventure entirely, including several hours of hiking, one burro, one horse, two boats, a pickup hitch, a bus, two taxis, and a Suburban... a sixteen hour trip to cover maybe 150 miles! That ought to make your next commute seem easy...



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and instead have taken up running. I did my first marathon here. I still fol‑ low the Sox via satellite and get back to Boston once in a while to get my dose of east‑coast misery and hang with younger brother, Jeff. Please drop me a line if the spirit moves you. I hope this finds you well.” n Phil Ryan has been busy. He graduated from Tuck at Dartmouth in June 2002, along with Cynthia Richmond Umscheid, and two days later he and wife Gwen became parents of their first child, Luke. After spending the summer in New Hampshire, they moved to Cincinnati, OH, where Phil is an assis‑ tant brand manager for Proctor and Gambel working on the Old Spice brand. n Michelle Callahan Sanneh writes, “Not much to say. It’s strange how nostalgic one can get. Do you all realize how good we had it? Anyways, I’m chilling in Las Vegas (93° today), working for corporate America (yuck) and putting myself through graduate school. Not very interesting, but nonetheless, it is what it is. I would love to hear from some of you, if jah is willing.”

1990 Susanna Woodbury was married to James Newsom in April 2003. Her sis‑ ter Eliza ’93 was maid of honor and sister Carver ’96 was a bridal atten‑ dant. After a reception at the Bedford Village Inn, the couple went on their honeymoon to the British Virgin


Islands. They are currently living in New York. n James Richardson recently moved to Seattle to join the Hartman Group, a small consumer insight research firm specializing in the health and wellness arena. He’s enjoy‑ ing the innumerable opportunities for outdoor alpine recreation available in the Pacific Northwest.

1991 Shayne Bickford writes, “Hello all! I hope everyone is doing well and enjoy‑ ing life. Everything in Webster, NY is good. I live here with my wife, Nell, our son, Jack (2½), and our latest addi‑ tion – Kathryn was born on September 29, 2003 at 4:30 a.m. She is doing great and thankfully looks like her mother. Life has been interesting here – Nell and I put an offer in on a house the same day her water broke and we have been dealing with everything that goes along with that. Now we are dealing with a toddler and his ego and a 3‑ week‑old. Thankfully, Jack likes his lit‑ tle sister. I just wish she liked to sleep! It was good to hear from classmates online and I hope others will post notes soon. I hope to make our 15th reunion; has it been almost that long?” n James Galluzzo writes, “Greetings all from sunny California. I am cur‑ rently serving in the Army at the Defense Language Institute, learning Russian. Next month, my family (wife and 4‑year‑old daughter) is moving to Germany, to the Marshall Center in Garmisch. I am a senior captain and

will be considered for promotion to Major next spring. Hope you guys are all having a great time, would love to hear from you.” n Jennifer Gravel is finishing her master’s in Public Relations at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. This summer she is taking a full course load as well as doing an internship with The Indiana Space Grant Consortium (, creating publications materials. Additionally, she volunteers for the Indiana Public Radio Station (an affili‑ ate of NPR), writing feature articles and helping out whenever she is need‑ ed. She shares an apartment with her beloved six‑year‑old Golden Retriever, Bailie. n Karin Harvey‑Olson writes, “Hi everyone! I had dinner with Chris Perry and thought I would check out the website. I am married and mother to a 13‑month‑old little boy. I work in Early Intervention and spend my time at the Bruins games. I sit right behind the bench for anyone who watches the games!” n Karin Loscocco Witt writes, “Hello all. I have been married now for over four years to Michael Witt, and

Chris Ormsbee ’93 tries his hand at breathing fire.

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have a daughter, Natalie Rose (1½). I am an Ob/Gyn and have recently joined a practice in Middletown, CT. Chris Perry and I have kept in touch over the years. I hope you are all well.”

1992 Ray Campanile writes, “I am living in Vermont, doing a lot of skiing and playing a ton of soccer. I play for a team that vies for the Futsal National Championship every year, coach a high school boy’s varsity soccer team, and try to stay out of trouble. I received a B.A. in Liberal Studies and am current‑ ly finishing my master’s in Curriculum Development.” n Jason Donnelly and his family, Sue and Ruby, enjoyed their time in Paris, and returned to the U.S. in mid‑July so Jason could begin his Ph.D. program at Boston College in September. n Taylor Ferry Hindle and husband Ray Hindle ‘89 announce the birth of their second son, William Scott, born on March 1, 2003. He joins his big brother, Tripp. n Matthew Hurlbut was married to Anne McManus in June 2003. n Keith Linhart and his wife, Kate, will have an exciting story to tell their new daughter, Abigail Murphy Linhart, as she was born in the middle of the biggest blizzard ever seen in DC! She arrived on February 17th, weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces. Keith drove in more than two feet of unplowed snow to get to the hospital at midnight. Everyone is doing well. n Rebecca Ross is going back to Seattle (for the third time!) in July. She writes, “I will

Several DS Alumni were present at Neil Cremin’s wedding. From left to right: Brady Bonus ’90, Reilly McCue ’91, Boyd Brown ’90, Adam Osburn ’90 (back), Alexander Sturke ’89, Brenna O'Leary Reagan ’90, Neil Cremin ’89, James Markham ’89 (back),Garrett Gillespie ’89, Erik Noyes ’89, Leigh Lambard Gillespie ’89, Eileen Cremin Urquart ’86, Christopher Frueauf ’89 (back), and Ned Cremin ’95

be going to Graduate School to get my master’s in Early Childhood Education. I am really looking forward to moving back to the Northwest and being in school again.” n Andrew Sklarin has given up insurance for the time being to teach tennis at the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, NC, starting in May. He is very excited about the change and started practicing by helping Mr. Berk and Mr. Blaisdell with the boys’ tennis teams. After this winter who could blame him? n Sara Stonner has left Akamai and is now working for Biogen in Boston. n Rachel Sturke is at John Hopkins, in their public health doctoral program.

1993 David Botsford received his master’s in Sports Psychology and is working with kids in Portland, OR. n Katherine Hurlbut Chappell and her husband, Andy, announce the birth of their first child, Brady Thomas Chappell, on April 2, 2003. n Amily Dunlap is cur‑

rently working as Assistant Director of Events at Harvard University’s Develop‑ ment Office. n Tara Felicella is living in Dallas, TX and working at Manny Rodriguez Photography as the studio manager. n Lauren Halvorsen was married in November 2002 to Howard (Trip) Wolfe III in Boston, and Kelly Wojcicki was Lauren’s maid of honor. Lauren and Trip are living in New York City, and Lauren has started her own public relations company. She reports that she couldn’t be happier.

1994 Katharine and George Brown have moved from New Hampshire to Honesdale, PA, where they have pur‑ chased the family homestead. George fulfilled a lifelong dream when he started working for Highlights for Children in August. His dad worked there for years and the timing was right for George to follow in his foot‑ steps. A great family tradition. n Ashley Stearns Burr writes, “Wow,



Several Derryfield alums were present at the wedding of Susanna Woodbury ’90 to James Newsom on April 26, 2003. From left to right: Eliza Woodbury ’93. Melanie Palmer ’88, Alison Rooney ’90, Susanna and James, Carver Woodbury ’96, Sarah Smith Hickey ’90, and Mr. Keiner.

the website looks great! Andrew and I are settled in New Canaan, CT and enjoying life outside of New York City, although we spent most of our winter digging out of the snow. I am currently teaching third grade at the Brunswick School in Greenwich. Seventeen boys are really keeping me busy! We were able to take a vacation this winter and visit Wes in Denver, and he is doing well and hooked on the Colorado sun‑ shine and skiing. I am ready for the spring and sunshine to stay here. Hope everyone is well.” n Martin Isabelle married Dawn Birch at St. Anselm College and a reception was held at Three Chimneys Inn in Durham. He is a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne

Division, Fort Bragg, NC. They are cur‑ rently living in Fort Bragg. n Alison Blanding Lomaka and her husband, Chris, have moved to Parrish, FL.

1995 Beth Crosby was recently married in Goffstown, NH to Alex Kriegsman. Beth is training as a physician’s assis‑ tant in midwifery in San Francisco. n Charles Hendricks writes, “Life’s great since finishing with my MFA in Acting at Columbia University. I signed with About Artists Agency for theatre, tele‑ vision, and film. I have been working for the past eight months doing pro‑

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Reunion will be combined with Country Fair this year. Please join us for a reception Friday night and then return on Saturday to cheer for the Cougars on the playing fields and to attend Country Fair.

motional work for Nike at events like the U.S. Open and NYC Marathon. I recently finished performing as Macduff in Macbeth, produced by the York Shakespeare Company off‑off‑ Broadway. Currently I’m having a blast playing Pulcinella in Benvenuto Cellini, an opera premiering at the Metropoli‑ tan Opera in December. I will also be featured in ingenue magazine in an article about actors in the early stages of their careers. I am looking forward to March 2004, when I’ll be performing selections by T.S. Eliot for an animal benefit. I might squeeze in a trip to Australia in February 2004.” n Lesley Keiner writes, “I am still in Washing‑ ton, DC working at the National Gallery of Art. I am in the Education division, which means I write, teach, and research. I am planning to return to school next fall to get my master’s in Art History/ Museum Studies. Drop me a line, and if you need an update on Dana ’98 or James ’01, I’m happy to provide those too!” n Scott McAuliffe was recently engaged to Teresa Daniels. Scott and Teresa are living in Corvallis, OR where they both attend Oregon State University. Both are graduate teaching assistants and are getting their master’s degrees, Teresa in Engineering and Scott in Marine Biology. Scott spent the summer off of the coast of Greenland and in the Artic on an ice‑ breaker. n Lauryl Green was married to Dermot McGowan in November 2001. They both work for Fleet Bank and are living in Quincy, MA. n Laura McIninch is teaching in Wenham, MA n Todd Norwood received two awards

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at the 2003 Boston International Film Festival held in Boston over the July 4th weekend for his short comedy, Jack Milton: Fairy Tail Detective, which he wrote and directed. The first award was Special Recognition for storyline and the second award was Special Recognition for creativity. Todd is currently working for Ricochet Enter‑ tainment in Los Angeles and pursuing a career in script writing and produc‑ tion. Todd has also written and directed a full‑length movie entitled Fallen Angels and written several other screenplays. n Lisa Tuttle writes, “I am still living in Manchester with my boyfriend, Matt. I continue my career in the Human Resources/Training & Develop‑ment field and just completed my MBA.”

1996 Lisa D’Ambruoso graduated from Arcadia in Philadelphia with a mas‑ ter’s in Genetic Counseling. She is working at the BU medical center. n Timothy Foster is busy studying for

his securities license and is considering going for his MBA. The timing has worked out, since he is somewhat less mobile because of recent ankle surgery and it’s easier to sit and study than to hobble around on his cast. n Jennifer Goodrich is working at GLS Consult‑ ing, a national, Boston‑based firm that specializes in building leadership and organizational capability for profession‑ al women in business and technology. They focus on teaching companies to thrive, even in periods of uncertainty. Jennifer does research for principles Mindy Gerwitz and Peter Gumpert. They have recently published an article titled Coping with Changes in the New Economy. n Matt Melkonian is working for the Aspen Educational Foundation in their SUWS Program. The focus of the program is working with troubled youth ages 11‑17. Matt is a field instructor in the therapeutic wilderness program located in Sho‑ shone, ID. When not working, Matt resides in Jackson, WY, where he sees Dan Oas regularly. n Donald Monson writes, “I have purchased a condo in

parents To Hal Freedman ’71 and his wife, Margy, a daughter, Petra, May 18, 2003. To Anne E. Havinga ’76 and her husband, Tom Posever, twins, Peter and Sylvia, in August 2003. To Jeffrey M. Girolimon ’77 and his wife, Tara, a daughter, Madeline, on March 27, 2003. To Thomas G. Shanahan ’78 and his wife, Susan, a son, Samuel Joseph, on May 19, 2002. To Sue Muskat Knoll ’84 and her husband, Phil, a daughter, Lanna Sophia, in February 2002. To Robin Gregg O'Rourke ’84 and her husband, Charlie, a daughter, Phoebe Grace, on September 2, 2002. To Sarah Jukes Huegel ’85 and her husband, Jerry, a son, Alexander, in 2002. To Winnie Loeffler Lerner ’87 and her husband, Rob, a son, Sam, in the summer of 2003. To Scott Barger ’88 and his wife, Julie, a son, Graham Kelley, on May 15, 2003. To Raymond Hindle ’89 and Taylor Ferry Hindle ’92 a son, William Scott, on March 1, 2003. To Philip Ryan ’89 and his wife, Gwendolyn, a son, Declan Williams, on September 23, 2003 To Shayne Bickford ’91 and his wife, Nell, a daughter, Kathryn, on September 29, 2003. To Angela Calvetti Horner ’92 and Nye Horner ’85 a daughter, Carolyn Grace, on July 9, 2003. To Hilary Horner Boynton ’92 and her husband, Nick, triplets, Campbell, Dossie, and Cooper, on November 28, 2003. To Keith Linhart ’92 and his wife, Kate, a daughter, Abigail Murphy, on February 17, 2003. To Katherine Hurlbut Chappell ’93 and her husband, Andy, their first child, Brady Thomas, on April 2, 2003. To Insley Barr McGuire ’00 and her husband, Thomas, a son, Kenneth John, on February 2, 2003.

Amy Harding ’94 and Chris Hanlon ’92 were joined by several classmates, who witnessed the formation of a perfect Derryfield match. From left to right: Lisa Boucher, Meredith Craig, Nell Dodge, Joshua Harding, Christian and Amy, Kim Elliot, Stacy Denham, David Athey, and Robb Edwards.



the Gold Coast district of Chicago, right north of the loop. This is my first mortgage. I’m still in the process of decorating and I have rented a room for now in order to help cover costs. I’m thrilled to be here. I’m working for Deloitte and Touche downtown, doing economic consulting. Also, I sing in a choir, the Apollo Chorus.” n Wes Stearns is living out in Denver, CO and working as a manager for Aggregate, Inc. He is now in charge of nine of their operations. Previously, he worked in sales for the company. n Brian Stewart checked in from Japan to update us on his life. He is living in Japan and teaches ESL, although teach‑ ing is not his real passion. He would love to sing, perform, or write. He’s engaged to a woman named Takako.

1997 Ryan Bouchard and his wife, Jennifer, have moved to Glendale Heights, IL from a neighboring community. Ryan is a product marketing specialist at Amphenol, a company that deals in fiber optic products, and Jennifer is teaching school. They are active in Bates College regional activities. They came back to Derryfield to attend Chuck Sanborn’s retirement party. n Josh Johnson is enjoying plenty of snow out in Telluride, CO. This fall he worked on a shoot for Budweiser for their holiday and Superbowl commer‑ cials. He was offered a job in Los Angeles, but prefers the lifestyle that Colorado offers. n Patrick Johnson


Beth Crosby ’95 had a huge Derryfield contingency present to cheer her on as she married Alex Kriegsman. Left to right: Nell Dodge, Karen Anderson, Ben Glahn, Beth and Alex, Staci Boucher Olson, Kathleen McGhee, Meg Crosby, Erin Kenny, Julie Davis, Preston Hunter and Kate Davis.

moved to Los Angeles this spring and is working as an assistant to an inde‑ pendent producer. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Pat lived in New Orleans for about a year, writing screenplays and making short films. You can check out one of his films, A Bunny’s Tale at

1998 Elizabeth Bolduc writes, “I graduated from Trinity University in Texas last spring, and now I’m having fun living it up and studying Chinese in Taiwan this year! I’ll be back this summer, and who knows where after that!” n Gerard Murphy is working for a com‑ pany called Readak. He travels to schools around the world, where he stays for a month and teaches the stu‑ dents how to take notes, read faster, prepare for tests, and study for the SATs. So far he has taught in Miami, Jamaica, and Massachusetts. In March, he moves to Melbourne, Australia, before moving to Japan. He says it’s

very different to be teaching and it’s given him an appreciation for Derryfield. His least favorite students are the ones that remind him of him‑ self!” n Sharon Pozner was married to Daniel Moulis of Concord in August. She is a graduate student at Yale University, where she is studying Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. n Elizabeth Stefany checked in from Hawaii to fill us in on her life aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans, a ship with Sea Education Association. Her ship crossed the equator and is in Honolulu for six days, where she is getting some much needed rest and relaxation before setting sail again. Their next port of call will be Palmyra Atoll, an uninhabited island owned by the Nature Conservancy, 352 miles north of the equator. n Chuck Sanborn received word from Nathan Swift that he was accepted to the graduate pro‑ gram at the Royal College of Music Program in London, one of the premier schools for opera training. His focus will be studying for a career in opera performance, a program that can run

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alumni for four years. He is the youngest per‑ son, by four years, to be accepted into the program. n Christina Turner wants to know if anyone she knows is in the DC area. n Andrew Young and Robin Green were married May 24, 2003 in Sterling, MA. Peter White and Gerard Murphy were ushers and Robin’s sister, Lauryl Green McGowan ’95 was the matron of honor. The happy couple is living in Waltham. Andy is working for IBM as a software engineer and Robin is in graduate school at Boston College studying for her MSW.

1999 Timothy Bouchard will be attending graduate school at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in the fall. n Evelyn Brensinger graduated from Skidmore this May. At Convocation she received three prestigious academ‑ ic awards: The Henry T. Moore Prize in Government, awarded to a Government major who has excelled in the study of


hockey night! January 30th

Come watch the Monarchs take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:35 p.m. Join us at 6:00 p.m. for a pre‑game reception at Margarita’s Restaurant. For more informa‑ tion, please contact Jen Pierce at jpierce@ or 603.669.4524 ext. 136.

International Relations; The Jerome Solomon Ginsbgerg memorial Award in European and International Integration Studies; and the Consulate General Prize in German. She was also excepted into Phi Beta Kappa. She has worked in the Government Depart‑ ment for the last three years. Thanks to Evelyn’s mom for the great update! n Sarah Fogal graduated from North‑ western and is headed to CalTech in the fall where she will be pursuing a Ph.D. in Computat‑ional Mathematics. She is thinking of becoming a profes‑ sor, but is keeping her options open. n Timothy Kile is at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM and has been awarded a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Found‑ ation. n Nicole Poneman wrote in with the following update: “Surprise, surprise. I am getting married. I’ve met a wonderful man named Vadim Kokhnovitch, and on the 2nd of August 2003, we will be married in New York City. In my wedding party will be Bitsy Jorgensen and Victoria Brenner, and I am sure that Dan Levenson will be there if he is not roaming Europe like he usually does every summer. Life has a funny way of leading us in exciting new directions, and I am happily looking forward to starting this new journey with some‑ one whom I love very much. I also have become the owner of a new art gallery. It is already successful, and at the same time, a lot of fun. Looking forward to posting some pictures in the future of the wedding and perhaps the honeymoon, which will be in Las Vegas, Tahoe, Napa Valley, San Fran‑

weddings Thomas C. Morgan ’88 to Heidi Book on June 14, 2003 in New Boston, NH. Alexandra Terninko ’88 to Ben Steinberg on July 5, 2003 in Nottingham, NH. Neil Cremin ’89 to Nicole Cammarata on May 31, 2003 in Hollis, NH. Christopher Koerber ’89 to Amy Marx on July 12, 2003 on Monhegan Island, ME. Erin Perry ’89 to Jonathan Bourgeois ’89 in 2003 in Goffstown, NH. John Allan ’90 to Mary Kathryn Reusch on August 2, 2003 in Seabrook, NH. Susanna Woodbury ’90 to James Newsom on April 26, 2003 in Bedford, NH. Christian Hanlon ’92 to Amy Harding ’94 in 2003 in Rye, NH. Matthew Hurlbut ’92 to Anne McManus in June 2003. Lauren Halvorsen ’93 to Howard Wolfe III in November 2002 in Boston, MA. Eliza Woodbury ’93 to Matthew LaPenta on August 9, 2003 in New Boston, NH. Martin Isabelle ’94 to Dawn Birch in 2003 in Manchester, NH. Beth T. Crosby ’95 to Alex Kriegsman in August 2003 in Goffstown, NH. Lauryl Green ’95 to Dermot McGowan in November 2001. Sara Brennan ’98 to J. Christopher Adams in 2003 in Bedford, NH. Sharon Pozner ’98 to Daniel Moulis in August 2003. Andrew Young ’98 to Robin Green on May 24, 2003 in Sterling MA. Nicole M. Poneman ’99 to Vadim Kokhnovitch on August 2, 2003 in New York, NY. Insley Barr McGuire ’00 to Thomas McGuire on April 1, 2002.



cisco, Hawaii, and Miami. After so much planning and opening a business, I suppose we deserve such a long break.” n Daniel Levenson writes, “Transferring to Cornell University was the best move I’ve ever made. When I arrived, I decided to change majors from Classical Languages to Linguistics, focusing on Phonology. I love what I study, and my GPA has never been so high; last semester it was a 3.9!” n Christopher Norwood grad‑ uated from Babson in May and is working in commercial real estate at The Norwood Group. n Eric Shaka writes, “Park City has quieted down a little now that the summer tourist sea‑ son is over, but I’m sure things are just starting to pick up with you back at school. My stint running this seal coat company only has about a month left before the weather shuts us down. It’s great work for the time being though. My ambition now is to teach kids (ages 6‑10) how to ski. The first mountain I’ve applied to is Deer Valley. I think teaching kids will be a more enjoyable and rewarding experience.” n Stacey Starner graduated this year from Williams and is working in Boston for Fleet Bank. n Michael Vrakatitsis writes, “I am looking forward to grad‑ uation from Union College in June 2003 with a degree in Political Science and then will be on to George Mason Law School in August. I’m glad to be done with Schenectady, and on to Washington, DC. Hello to all my old Derryfield teachers and classmates.” n Jason Winesburg sends best wishes and best of luck to all the class of 1999,


“Though life has its way with us, all we can do is stay strong and keep shin‑ ing. I’m at Hood College in Maryland working on my English major.”

2000 Caroline Foster is spending her spring semester in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. She is enjoying the opportunity and has traveled to London, Ireland, and Rome. n Insley Barr was married to Thomas McGuire of Pennsylvania on April 1, 2002. They have moved back to Amherst and are the proud parents of Kenneth John McGuire, born February 2, 2003. n Morgan Melkonian was named the 2003 David Meader Scholar by the New England Club Managers’ Association. Recipients must have demonstrated academic excellence in a full‑time degree program in manage‑ ment. In addition, they must have worked in the club industry, with career plans in club management. Morgan has worked/interned for the past two years at The Country Club in Brookline, MA. A senior at Boston University, Morgan spent the spring term of 2003 on BU’s international cam‑ pus in London. n Jenna Sirkin has been awarded the Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize, which is a summer scholarship that she will use to research women’s reproductive health in Mexico and Cuba. Last summer, Jenna spent time in the Dominican Republic doing research.

2001 Lori Hendrickson writes, “I hope everyone is doing well at the beginning of the fall. I am back at St. Lawrence this semester, but am planning a trip to the US/Mexico border region for the month of January to continue research for my senior project. I’ll be looking at cultural identities in the different bor‑ der cities, as well as researching the disappearances/murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.” n James Keiner graduated from Ranger School on April 11, 2003. He was one of 15% of the candidates who passed on the first try. Justin Liu joined his family for the graduation ceremony in Florida.

2002 Lindsay Armstrong is transferring from Skidmore to Syracuse University and will be studying industrial design. n Martha Stebbins is enjoying life at McGill, except for the cold! She is learn‑ ing French and had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics Winter Games in Montreal.

2003 David Colburn spent the summer in Texas as an intern programming for eCommerce website solutions, an online retailing organization.

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Hank Corwin ’70 Conquers Both Coasts New Age editor and sound designer, editor Hank Corwin brings to theatrical motion pic‑ tures a cornucopia of experience from the worlds of music videos (Nine Inch Nails) and hip advertising (Nike, Microsoft). Corwin’s feature career commenced in 1990 when Oliver Stone commis‑ sioned him to create a title sequence for JFK. He stayed on as an additional editor and has since cut three of the director's subsequent works, Nixon, Natural Born Killers and U‑Turn. At Derryfield, Corwin was the sec‑ ond student body president. He stud‑ ied neurobiology and history at the University of Cali‑fornia, Berkeley in the mid‑1970s, intending to become a doctor. However, after writing some


plays he moved to New York, where he worked at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, taking various other salaried jobs on the side. These ranged from editing the Chinese Journal of Physics to bartending. The sudden death of a fellow bartender sent him rushing for “a real job.” That job turned out to be in a com‑ mercials film house. At first given only trims and outtakes to work with, he began experimenting with images and sound, ultimately developing a style and syntax all his own. Since music videos were just coming out, he was able to find employment in a creative, risk‑taking environment. When Avid editing came in, he found himself in greater demand, working bi‑coastally on commercials and public service announcements.



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Corwin had scarcely completed The Horse Whisperer for Robert Redford when he was called to Australia for Snow Falling on Cedars. Director Scott Hicks considers his contribution major and invaluable: “He has a distinct visual language and grammar, a particular syntax which I was keen to harness.” Hank Corwin heads Lost Planet, his own company, which edits music videos and commercials. Recent work includes music videos for Beck, LL Cool J and Porno for Pyros. Corwin and his wife, Nancy, are fully bi‑coastal, with homes and offices in both Los Angeles and New York. Hank Corwin was selected as The Derryfield School 2003 Distinguished Alumni. Excerpted from the Universal Studio’s website.

We want to keep in touch with you! Visit the online alumni com‑ munity at to read and post up‑to‑date class news, update your personal information, reconnnect with your classmates, and find out what is going on at the School. We are planning several events for the coming year which will give you the opportunity to come back to Derryfield, including an alumni hockey night, Founders’ Day, a golf tournament, and Reunion. Keep an eye on your mailbox!


Fun Run! Upper School students, joined by the Cougar mascott, warm up for the Fun Run, held on November 7th as a way to wrap up the fall athletic season.

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Derryfield Today, Fall 2003  

The fall 2003 issue of Derryfield Today.

Derryfield Today, Fall 2003  

The fall 2003 issue of Derryfield Today.