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Make a Difference Day

Juniors and seniors split up on October 11 to visit six different community service locations for Make a Difference Day: Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center, Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester, Massabesic Audubon Center, the VA Medical Center, Easter Seals Adult Day Services, and the New Hampshire Food Bank. Activities included raking, pumpkin carving with veterans, sorting salvage food, and helping with memory disorder patients.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Dianne Connolly Chair Windham, NH Steven Burke Vice Chair Bedford, NH Nigel Donovan Treasurer Bedford, NH Randle Richardson Head of School Concord, NH


John Allard ’83 Manchester, NH

Annie Branch Editor

Bradley Benson ’78 Derry, NH

Griffin Bodi Krause Design

James Cahill Concord, NH

Puritan Press Printing

Christine Cikacz ex officio Chester, NH


Arthur Coviello Hollis, NH

Cathryn Vaughn ’91 Assistant Secretary Manchester, NH

Jim Davis New Boston, NH William Davis II Hopkinton, NH Dr. Louis Fink Bedford, NH Joseph Horton Manchester, NH

features FEATURES

Celebrating 40 Years Student Athletes

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Annie Branch John Bouton Chair, English Department Matt D’Alessio ’01

Janice Romanowsky Secretary Hampstead, NH

FALL 2005

Pedaling with a Purpose


Matt D’Alessio ’01 Kate Erskine Director, Summerbridge Paul Keiner English Faculty Randy Richardson Head of School

Paul LeBlanc Manchester, NH

Bob Cole, Jenny Cox ’06, Tim Jundanian ’06, Terri Moyer, Gerard Murphy ’98, Kate Newick ’00

Donna K. Lencki Candia, NH


Lourdes Maldonado Manchester, NH

Annie Branch Director of Communications

Walter Milne ’82 Manchester, NH

Gail Gordon Advancement Assistant

Constantinos Mokas Manchester, NH

Alice Handwerk Director of Advancement

Eric Nickerson Windham, NH

Tracey Perkins Director of Alumni Relations

Jeffrey Pollock Manchester, NH

Jen Pierce Director of the Annual Fund

A Flair for the Arts


Joanne Taube ’69

departments DEPARTMENTS

Message from the Head Around Campus Cougar Athletics Summerbridge Spotlight Update on Alumni Life After Derryfield Volunteer Profile

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FRONT COVER: Randy Richardson speaks during the 40th Anniversary Assembly. INSIDE FRONT COVER: Hilary Hamer ’07 and Megan Tsai ’07 shovel mulch into Paul DiPastina ’07’s wheelbarrow during Make a Difference Day. Derryfield Today is published by the 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 Communications, 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 of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, or disabilities.

BACKGROUND: Katherine Franklin ’11 on the ropes course. TOP: Emmie Lamp ’12 belts out a solo in the sixth grade production of Aladdin.



Message from the

Shaping the Future of Education n more than one occasion, I have been asked by stu‑ dents or parents about the rationale behind our ath‑ letic requirement. The question is usually accompa‑ nied by expressions of concern about a student having enough time to devote to homework and scholarly pursuits given the extent of athletic responsibilities. While we under‑ stand these concerns, and none of us doubts the primacy of the academic program at Derryfield, we are also committed to providing a complete educational experience that takes into account the importance of creative and physical devel‑ opment. For this reason, the reality is that all Derryfield students are expected to be scholar athletes, and this means that the expectations of a Derryfield student, particularly of a varsity athlete, are considerable. A good coach expects a commit‑ ment to team, practice, and excellence. Students spend between an hour to two hours a day in afternoon practices during a sports season. On competition days, students can travel long distances, sometimes returning to school late in the evening. The most committed athletes, some of whom ultimately compete in college and even internationally, devote countless additional hours to training. As an athlete, a coach, and a parent, I understand that we frequently create challenges for scholar athletes that require both thoughtful decisions and hard work from our students. While we acknowledge these conflicting demands as chal‑ lenges, we also celebrate them as a vital part of our overall educational program. In our statement of philosophy, we emphasize the importance of physical education. We promise a rigorous program that includes academics, athlet‑ ics, and the arts. We also stress the importance of helping



students develop mind, body, and spirit with a truly inte‑ grated program. While students devote a good deal of time to athletic endeavors, it is important to put this time in the context of a complete Derryfield day. A Derryfield student generally devotes six to seven hours to class and then another two or more to homework. In contrast, our students generally have only one to two hours dedicated to exercise and physical activity. We often marvel at the gifts of our students and their abil‑ ity to do so much so well. While we celebrate the fact that many become varsity athletes, and win league, state, and even national recognition, we are also very proud of the ath‑ letes who actively participate in a quest for an exercise niche. We want our students to understand the important connection between the development of the mind and body as a path toward lifelong health and happiness. I cannot thank our students, parents, and coaches (many of whom set great examples as scholars/teachers – athletes/coaches themselves) for creating and nurturing such a wonderful program that not only provides a vital balance to our excellent academic program, but also teaches the importance of dedication, hard work, teamwork, and sports‑ manship.

Randy Richardson Head of School

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events V I E W S O F T H E 4 0 T H C E L E B R AT I O N For more photos, visit our online gallery in the ‘Exploring Derryfield’ section of


FEBRUARY Winter Carnival


Jazz All-State Music Festival


College Planning Night for Juniors


Middle School Dance


MARCH Boston Alumni Gathering


Senior Blood Drive


Upper School Musical


Sophomore Spaghetti Dinner


Lyceum Gallery Reception


APRIL Admission US Ice Cream Social


Senior Dinner


Admission MS Ice Cream Social


Classical All-State Music Festival


Parent Association Auction


New York Alumni Gathering


Middle School Dance


Summerbridge Saturday


Founders’ Day





Clockwise from top right: Jeff Cousineau’s daughter, Zoe, performs her ABC’s at the Talent Show. n Tennis Tournament Champions Marianne Khayat and Tyler Merrill ’92. n Members of the Class of 1970 at the Reunion Reception. n Bruce Berk gets a sponge in the face at Country Fair. n Chuck Sanbornexamines an old Lamplighter with Katy Keefe-Hancock and Nancy Boettiger. n Kathy Stull ’08 and Charlotte Evans ’08 bounce on the moonwalk.

The 2005 Parent Association Auction will be celebrating American Bandstand style on Saturday, April 8 at C.R. Sparks in Bedford. Proceeds will benefit Derryfield’s 2006 programs.





Roman Holiday

Grandparents’ Day

Each fall, the middle school is transport‑ ed back to Roman times for a day to expe‑ rience Latin culture first hand. Roman Holiday, organized by the classics teachers, is an opportunity for Latin students to cele‑ brate as the Romans did. Students dress up in period costume, sometimes taking the form of characters like Aphrodite, Hercules, and Ares. Students prepared projects in the week leading up to the event: the sixth grade writing myths, the seventh perform‑ ing skits, and the eighth creating frescos. On the big day, students participated in chariot races, Caesar Dicit (a Latin version of Simon Says), and Certamen (the classic equivalent of Jeopardy), and finished things off with a feast prepared by parent volunteers. Latin teacher Gill Roberts says of the event, “All of the Latin students thor‑ oughly enjoy Roman Holiday. It gives everyone a chance to experience ancient Rome in a modern day setting.”

Roman Holiday Steel Magnolias All-State Musicians Katrina Efforts The Backpack Project Parent Volunteers Community Guests Nicholas Bryan ’08 in chemistry class with his grandfather, Bill Bryan.

Grandparents’ Day FIGURE THIS... As of December 31, the 2006 Annual Fund had reached $284,773, which is 71% toward the goal of $400,000. 100% of faculty have given, 95% of trustees have given, 50% of parents have given, 9% of alumni have given, and 10% of grandparents have given. Class participation is as follows:

6 th grade: 52% n 7 th grade: 49% n 8 th grade: 57% n 9 th grade: 56% n 10 th grade: 53% n 11 th grade: 44% n 12 th grade: 44% n


On Friday, October 7 over 200 Derryfield grandparents spent the academic day with their grandchildren, experiencing a stu‑ dent’s schedule first hand and sharing their wisdom with the classes they attended. Math teacher Ed Lemire brought photos of his grandparents to class, and Dean of Students Carson Smith actually brought his grandmother. Grandparents enjoyed lunch and a family photograph with their grand‑ children before attending classes. Middle School history teacher Rick Zeller had stu‑ dents interview their guests about their experiences growing up. The day culminat‑ ed with a special assembly that included student performances, grandparent awards, and a few words from Fred Lyford, Grandparent Chair for the Annual Fund.

Sixth graders Rachel Lamy, Maxine Joselow, and Matthew Michael playing Caesar Dicit.

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Steel Magnolias A small but talented female cast took on the production of Steel Magnolias, the story of a group of six unique southern women in a small‑town beau‑ ty parlor. The cast of Rose King ’09, Bekah Volinsky ’08, Hilary Hamer ’07, Bianca Nicolosi ’09, Paige Herlihy ’06, and Sarah Barlow ’08 was co‑directed by Jennifer Melkonian and Jim Speigel. Mrs. Melkonian said of her experience with the cast, “Co‑directing Steel Magnolias was an incredibly satisfying experience on so many levels. The script was extremely difficult and chal‑ lenging, balancing six women in a sharp, often hilarious dialogue that builds to a deeply moving conclusion. In addition to the challenge of the on‑ stage delivery, the backstage crew held key positions. Remarkable set design and paint‑ ing, light‑ ing, and

Sarah Barlow ’08, Rose King ’09, Paige Herlihy ’06, and Bekah Volinsky ’08 regrouping in the salon.

sound technicians all punctuated the production. The actresses transformed six complex, unique characters into very real personalities that came through with their amazing amounts of sincerity and care. This ‘slice of life’ story became as real as could be because of countless hours of talent and dedication from our cast and crew.” After a two‑year trial period of split‑ ting the play and musical into separate seasons, the visual and performing arts department has decided to return both productions to the winter term, and move the middle school musical to the fall term for the 2006–2007 season. Department chair Laurel Devino says, “With this change, we are con‑ fident we can continue to provide the caliber of performance to which the Derryfield community has become accustomed.” Don’t forget to mark your cal‑ endars for the upcoming Upper School Musical, Just So, March 9–11, 2006.

All-State Musicians Derryfield student musicians have received many accolades this fall in the All‑State Music competitions. Based on their placement at the Classical audi‑ tions in November, Tyree Robinson was selected to play the trumpet in the Brass Quintet and Allison Fink to sing in the Brass Choir at the highly selec‑ tive New Hampshire Chamber Ensemble Festival at Bow High School on January 7, 2006. In addition, Alex Rolecek, Rob Lemire, Carl Crafts, Kathy Stull, and Mallory Rinker will be performing in the chorus for the Classical All‑State Festival on April 6–8. After attending the Jazz audition in October, Connor Garstka, Sarah Umberger and Tyree Robinson were selected to participate in the New Hampshire All‑State Jazz Festival, hosted by Nashua South High School on February 2–4, 2006. Sarah sang in the Honors Jazz Choir while Connor and Tyree participated in Jazz Choir and Jazz Band, respectively.



Katrina Efforts The Backpack Project After Hurricane Katrina struck the southern states in August, the Derryfield community, like the entire country, expressed an urgent desire to do something to help those affected by one of the most devastating natural disasters in United States history. A group of students and faculty met to discuss how the community could make the greatest positive impact. The group decided to partner with the Man‑chester organization, Nobody’s Children, run by Derryfield past par‑ ent Elaine Yourtee. Nobody’s Children had already made contact with schools in Louisiana to determine what sup‑ plies children who had been displaced by the hurricane might need. These supplies were collected and sent with backpacks to four schools in the Baton Rouge area that had taken in over a thousand students from New Orleans. Derryfield students, faculty, and par‑ ents combined forces to collect sup‑ plies, raise money, and write personal notes for 420 students. Faculty mem‑

bers also donated gifts to send to the teachers at these schools. Derryfield parent Jean Michaud supplied the pro‑ ject with boxes, manpower, and finan‑ cial support to ship out over 100 boxes of supplies by the end of September. Community Service Advisor Susan Grodman said of the project, “I was amazed at how quickly students, par‑ ents, and faculty started approaching me after the hurricane wanting to help. This project was a great one for our students to be involved with, as they knew their donations were going directly to fellow students on the Gulf Coast. Receiving many poignant and funny thank you notes back from some of these students really completed the cycle and was gratifying for all of us.”

Parent Volunteers Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst natural disasters in United States history. The devastation, loss of life, and loss of property were unparalleled. Millions of Americans responded by donating money and materials to help the victims. And yet there hung over many of us in New England a detach‑

ment; we know that there is hardship, but we can’t really feel it. Luckily for the Middle School, we were able to draw a bit closer to this tragedy by hearing the testimony and seeing the pictures taken by two Derryfield par‑ ents who traveled down to the stricken area and offered assistance in different ways but with the same result: help for people in need from people who cared. Lt. Colonel David Stevenson of the Air National Guard, and Arthur (Buddy) Phaneuf, of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crema‑torium, each gave a short presentation on their individual efforts in New Orleans and Mississippi to the Middle School on November 14. Dr. David Stevenson, a Lt. Colonel in the Air National Guard, and father of Ryan ’12, volunteered to head a group of five hundred medical person‑ nel housed just outside New Orleans in an abandoned school with no water or power for two weeks following the tragedy. His unit’s job was to keep other relief workers healthy. The living conditions were primi‑ tive; the logistics involved with effec‑ tively deploying five hundred service

Grateful students from Franklinton Elementary School pose outside their school.


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personnel and keeping them all housed, fed, and healthy were chal‑ lenging. Yet Dr. Stevenson described his complex command with a calm and self‑confidence that did both his ser‑ vice and medical training great credit. His photographs of nearby neighbor‑ hoods that had been badly battered and flooded by the hurricane brought new meaning to the disaster for the students. His commitment to his per‑ sonnel, his command, and his mission of mercy allowed our students to feel both proud and confident in this effec‑ tive example of large‑scale volun‑ teerism. Arthur Phaneuf, head of the Phaneuf Funeral Home organization, and father of Jonathan ’12, came to his week‑long stay in Biloxi, MS, through a more personal decision. Mr. Phaneuf has been a mem‑ ber of a small

study group of ten funeral home own‑ ers from all across the nation for many years. This group had developed strong friendships not only within the group of professionals but within their families as well. As a result of Katrina one of their members in Biloxi had lost two of his six funeral homes; the busi‑ ness was crippled, and not able to assist its community in handling the person‑ al tragedies brought in overwhelming numbers by the vicious storm. When Arthur and his group found out about their friend’s personal disas‑ ter, they did not wait for another orga‑ nization to step in and organize a relief effort; they simply got in their vehicles and headed south. They did anything and everything to get the business back on a working footing so it could supply free coffins and services to dev‑ astated families. They cleaned debris from a chapel; they worked at restor‑ ing a cemetery. They sifted through thousands of files and documents, and even provided food for the staff of the funeral homes, many who had no place to live. The slides that Mr. Phaneuf showed chronicled a very per‑ sonal act of compassion and love. Sometimes, in the midst of disasters, trying to think of a way to act can seem futile because the problems appear so overwhelming. But what the students witnessed in this assembly was that big efforts begin with individuals who are not content to sit back and wallow in despair. Success can start with a single individ‑ ual who simply picks up a shovel and finds a place to start on his neighbor’s

Olivia ’11 and Tulia ’09 LaCroix pack up bags of supplies to be sent to students in Louisiana.

property. The Middle School was hum‑ bled at the accomplishments of our two dads and proud to have two such caring individuals in our community. – Paul Keiner

Community Guests In mid‑September, Derryfield wel‑ comed three new members to the com‑ munity: seventh grader Raquel Archer, sophomore Gigi Lossi, and junior Julia Archer, all relocated from the New Orleans area. These three bright girls quickly found a home at Derryfield. Raquel wrote in a farewell letter to her class, “We could not have picked a bet‑ ter place. We could not have found warmer people. Derryfield opened its doors to us. Y’all opened your hearts to us and let us in.” The Derryfield com‑ munity was sad to see them leave at the end of December, but wishes themthe best in rebuilding their lives in Louisiana.




These photographs document the 40th Anniversary Celebration of The Derryfield School, held September 30–October 1, 2005. The weekend included a student celebration, art opening, alumni reunion reception, student talent show, Country Fair, and the 40th Anniversary Gala. For more photos from the weekend, visit the shortQueue photo gallery at


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C E L E B R AT I N G 4 0 Y E A R S

OPPOSITE (clockwise from top left): Alumnae faculty members Gill Roberts ’99, Steff McCusker ’84, and Kathleen Rutty-Fey ’87 open a time capsule that was buried in 1983. n Zach Silversmith ’09 enjoys an ice cream sundae in a Derryfield mug. n Connor Garstka ’06 and Scott Hebert ’06 belt out a song during the talent show. n Susannah Malarkey ’70 catches up with Dennis Holland. n Randy Richardson chats with a guest in the Sculpture Garden during the art opening. n THIS PAGE (clockwise from top left): Paige Herlihy ’06 performs during the talent show. n An enthusiastic student tops the inflatible maze during the student celebration. n Two Derryfield students battle it out on a game at Country Fair. n Board Chair Dianne Connolly speaks during the Gala. n The gym was gussied up for the 40th Gala.






The Derryfield boys’ varsity golf team

Fall wrap-up

clinched its fourth consecutive state title at the Class M/S State Championship

Boys’ Varsity Golf

Girls’ Varsity Soccer

team final at Pheasant Ridge Country

Season Record: 23-0 New Hampshire State Champions (Class M/S) Erich Bradley ’06, Golf Outstanding Achievement Award Dylan Evans ’06, Golf Outstanding Achievement Award Glenn Laaspere ’06, Golf Outstanding Achievement Award Taylor Scott ’06, Individual State Champion (Class M/S), All-Conference, Golf Outstanding Achievement Award Kurt Schuler ’06, All-Conference, Golf Outstanding Achievement Award

Season Record: 12-6-2 New Hampshire State Champions (Class S) Jennifer Cox ’06, Co-Captain, All-State (1st team), Tournament MVP, All-Scholastic, Class of 1970 Award Annie Jenney ’07, All-State (hon. mention) Katherine Myers ’06, Co-Captain, All-State (1st team), All-Conference, All-Scholastic, Class of 1970 Award Isabel Plourde ’06, Co-Captain, All-State (hon. mention), All-Scholastic, Class of 1970 Award Kayla Delahanty ’07, All-State (1st team)

Club in Gilford on October 6th, finishing their undefeated season with a 23-0 record. Seniors Taylor Scott (1st), Dylan Evans (tie 2nd), Kurt Schuler (tie 4th), Erich Bradley (7th), and Glenn Laaspere (tie 8th) all earned spots at the individual finals, which was cancelled due to weather. With that cancellation, the Individual State Championship was awarded to the top-placed competitor at the team final, Taylor Scott. This is the first time in 35 years that Derryfield has had an individual state champion golfer. n

The eighth seeded Derryfield girls’

varsity soccer team took a “rebuilding year” and turned it into a NH Class S State Championship, the 10th in Bob Cole’s 20 years of coaching. Derryfield won the championship game against number two seed Wilton-Lyndeborough in a 1-0 overtime victory. Senior tri-captain Jennifer Cox scored the winning goal. n

While they fell short of a state champi-

onship, the girls’ varsity field hockey team had a monumental season, making it to the Class M State Finals for the first time since 1987. Congratulations to all the Derryfield fall teams on their successful seasons!


Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey Season Record: 11-2-3 NH Championship Finalists (Class M/S) Natalie Coviello ’07, All-State (2nd team) Laura Gelinas ’06, Co-Captain, Senior All-Star, All-Conference Molly Lyford ’06, Co-Captain, Twin State Team, Class M/S Player of the Year, All-State (1st team), Senior All-Star, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award Kristen Moran ’06, Co-Captain, All-Conference (hon. mention) Sarah Umberger ’06, Co-Captain, Twin State Team, All-State (1st team), Senior All-Star, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award

Boys’ Varsity Crew Head of the Fish: 1st boat - 1st, 2nd boat - 14th, 3rd boat - 35th, Novice 4+ - 4th, Novice 8+ - 13th Eric Spierer ’06, Class of 1970 Award

Girls’ Varsity Crew Head of the Charles: 1st boat - 33rd Head of the Fish: 1st boat - 12th, Novice 4+ - 8th Lauren Baker ’07, Class of 1970 Award

Boys’ Varsity Cross Country Granite State Conference Champions Glen Frieden ’06, Captain, All-State, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award

Girls’ Varsity Cross Country 2nd at Granite State Conference Championships Leah Burke ’09, All-Conference Lydia MacKenzie ’09, All-Conference Molly Platt ’06, Captain, Class of 1970 Award OPPOSITE (clockwise from top left): Evan Urtz ’06 evades a Pittsfield defender during a game. n Girls’ first boat during practice. n Glen Frieden ’06 during a cross country race. n Jenny Cox ’06 takes control in a win against Nashua Christian Academy. n Boys’ first boat takes a power ten during practice. n Lydia MacKenzie ’09 racing in the Derryfield Classic. n Molly Lyford ’06 focuses on a reception during a field hockey game. n BELOW: The State Championship Golf Team.

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Season Record: 8-7-1 Evan Urtz ’06, Co-Captain, All-State (1st team), All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award Mark Sanford ’06, Co-Captain, All-Conference, All State (2nd team) Jake Birchard ’06, All-Scholastic

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spotlight Summerbridge



OUR MISSION: Summerbridge Manchester is a year-round, tuition-free academic program whose mission is to help promising middle school students, particularly those with limited opportunities, build the skills and confidence to enter and succeed in college preparatory high school programs while inspiring talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

A SUMMERBRIDGE ACROSTIC: by Katharine Paiva, SB student and 6th grader at Southside Middle School Super staff Unity Mother Doodlebird & Magalena Pagalena Middle school students Everyone does two hours of homework Reading in Advisory Binder Reaching for the stars I love SB Directors Great special events Each day we start with attendance


School-Year in Full Swing “You work with Summerbridge? What do you DO for the rest of the year?” Although the name Summerbridge implies that we are busy during the hot and humid months of June, July, and August, we are a year‑round program that offers even more to our students and teach‑ ers during the school year, supplementing their academics and inspiring them to get involved in their own school communities as students and leaders. In addition to preparing for our upcom‑ ing summer session, the need for academic enrichment, positive risk‑taking, out‑of‑ school programming, and high school and college counseling does not stop from September to May. The main programmatic elements that help us to meet our mission during the school year are School After School (held weekly at Beech Street School), Summerbridge Saturday (held monthly at The Derryfield School), and Student/Alumni Advocacy and Support (individually and in groups). A glimpse of what happens in a Summerbridge fall: n Students at School After School read, discuss, and respond to poems and short stories in our Junior Great Books curricu‑ lum. n Eighth and ninth grade Algebra students are tutored by older students in our new

Math Minded tutorial program. n 47 high school students teach, mentor, and advise Summerbridge students. n Students at Summerbridge Saturday experiment with the cultural and scientific aspects of food. n 40 Summerbridge students and alumni take the SSAT to practice their standard‑ ized test‑taking skills. n Bernadette Robinson, Student and Family Services Coordinator, facilitates meetings with teachers and guidance coun‑ selors at Manchester middle schools. n Summerbridge students and staff attend Manchester’s Red Ribbon Breakfast where the keynote youth speaker is Shirley Tomlinson – another Summerbridge graduate! n School‑Year Mentor Teachers, Linda Mandra and Sandy Townsend, train and mentor school‑year teachers on classroom

Akash Vadalia '08 leads a demonstration on food chemistry at the first Summerbridge Saturday.

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management, curriculum develop‑ ment, and evaluation. n Summerbridge seniors e‑mail their college essays to be proofread and edited by Tina Govatos, Alumni Coordinator. n SB Manchester staff attends national conference of the Breakthrough Collaborative in San Francisco to learn from colleagues from the other 25 Summerbridge/Breakthrough sites across the country.

program also welcomes any in‑kind gifts that could support an academic program (computers, school supplies, art supplies, film, etc.). Please contact Kate Erskine at 603.641.9426 or kerskine if you would like more information about giving to Summer‑ bridge Manchester. Gifts may be made online at http://summerbridge.derryfield .org.

“It was great to work with the teachers, because the teachers are just like I am now: a high school senior looking to get some expe‑

Rob Lemire '06 prepares a duet with Summerbridge student Irvin Alferez to be showcased at All School Meeting.

rience in teaching and learning how to work with students and children."

– Tyree Robinson '06, Summerbridge Graduate

Annual Appeal

Recruiting Teachers

Each year we appeal to the community to help Summerbridge Manchester continue its mission of equipping youth with the skills to succeed in aca‑ demics and leadership. The program relies on individual gifts for approxi‑ mately 20% of the annual fund, allow‑ ing Summerbridge to offer its services to students tuition‑free. While we do not solicit the entire Derryfield com‑ munity, many families choose to partic‑ ipate in the separate, yet complemen‑ tary, mission of Summerbridge Manchester. Our appeal offers donors the oppor‑ tunity to give to the Summerbridge Annual Fund (separate from Derryfield’s), the Summerbridge Manchester Endowment, and/or the Joel Vargas Achievement Fund. The

Summerbridge Manchester is seeking a dynamic group of high school and col‑ lege students to teach and mentor our 85 motivated students this summer. No experience is necessary – just a passion for learning and a high standard of excellence. Ranked as one of Princeton Review’s Top Ten Internships in America, teaching at a Summerbridge/ Breakthrough program provides a challenging and rewarding experience for all of its participants. We encourage Derryfield students and alumni to con‑ sider participating in this unique work‑ shop in education. To learn more about teaching and to apply online, visit

NHPR Summerbridge Spot When Paul Renolis was in fifth grade, he waited impatiently for the time to come when he could fill out an appli‑ cation for Summerbridge Manchester. Now an eleventh grader at Manchester West High School, Paul balances teach‑ ing chemistry and math at Summer‑ bridge with a rigorous honors and advanced placement course load and the various leadership positions he maintains at school. He recently had the opportunity to talk about the rela‑ tionship he has had with Summer‑ bridge as a student, graduate and teacher. The radio feature is part of a series of non‑profit spots sponsored by NHPR and Giving NH at the NH Charitable Foundation, and it aired in early December. Listen to the radio spot on‑line at node/9610.




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Lessons Learned in Competition


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Derryfield education extends far beyond what happens in the classroom. Teachers become coaches, mentors, direc‑ tors, and friends to their students in the hallways, on the fields, and onstage and students learn valuable lessons from these interactions. Physical education is an integral part of Derryfield’s goal of giving students the opportunity to “develop their unique qualities of mind, body, and spirit.” All Derryfield students are required to participate in two seasons of athletics each year, and the athletic department strives to provide students with ample choice for a school this size. Students are encouraged to take advantage of all the opportunities available to them. Athletic Director Lenny McCaigue likes to point out that it’s not uncommon for the captain of a varsity team to have the lead in the winter musical. While the physical education program strives to create a competitive environment for varsity athletes (producing over twenty state championships in the past ten years), a key component of the curriculum is to help all students gain an appreci‑ ation of physical activity as a lifelong pursuit. Mr. McCaigue has seen many instances in which a positive athletic experience has inspired a student who came to Derryfield with no athletic experience to pursue a sport in college and beyond. The faculty/coach model has always been of vital importance to the program; it is this multifaceted relationship that cre‑ ates strong bonds between teachers and students and allows athletes the comfort to take risks in competition. “The passion that Derryfield coaches have for their sports inspires students – our coaches care about their athletes as people.” The follow‑ ing are some stories that demonstrate the importance of athletics as part of a Derryfield education.


Gerard Murphy ’98 Besides the sick‑to‑my‑stomach feeling when I drive near Lincoln, NH, Derryfield sports was an entirely posi‑ tive experience. The Derryfield soccer team lost in the 1997 state finals to Lincoln/Woodstock. I was the captain on the team and the goalie. I started my Derryfield athletic career playing goalie for the Middle School team. During a particularly try‑ ing game, after I let in the final goal, I laid on the ground after an unsuccess‑ ful dive at the ball. In a fit of anger, I started throwing dirt into the air. After the game, Coach Berk, in his always subtle way, explained to me that this

was not the proper way to react to adversity. After losing in the state finals, I didn’t throw dirt into the air. I remem‑ ber looking at my teammates and searching for ways to pick them up off the ground. I no longer needed Mr. Berk: I was a surrogate coach helping my younger teammates. This transition didn’t happen in the classroom and it didn’t happen by winning soccer games. Sure, I enjoyed winning state championships and I learned other valuable lessons – that hard work, determination, and teamwork pay div‑ idends – but it was in losing that I was able to mature from a dirt‑throwing

middle schooler into someone who could handle many of the pressures of life. (To the current members of the Derryfield soccer team: Don’t listen to me – go out and win a championship.) Gerard Murphy was captain of the soc‑ cer, basketball, and baseball teams and served as student body president while at Derryfield. He attended Gettysburg College, where played varsity soccer. He is now the Business Development Director at cMarket.

Kate Newick ’00 As a Derryfield student, I worked hard – I remember it clearly. Hard work, drive, and focus were necessary for academic survival. I was constantly



pushed by teachers and coaches who must have seen some remaining spark, even when I felt spent, finished, exhausted, and maybe even irritated. My teachers ignited a desire to do bet‑ ter and to prove myself. And at the end of the day, those same teachers were on the side of the soccer field or ski trail cheering me on – whether I was ahead or behind. Somewhere along the way I learned that the same drive, hard work, and focus that was cultivated at Derry‑ field was also an asset athletically. I now find myself on the other end of the spectrum as a coach, teacher, and dorm parent. The setting is differ‑ ent in that the school is a ski academy. Everyday I go to practice, and like the Derryfield teacher that pushed me in class, I am pushing my skiers to reach their outer limits. After an hour‑and‑a‑ half run, I find it my duty now to say, “Let’s run another ten minutes.” On speed/interval days, I ski alongside my athletes, encouraging them to ski faster and push harder. I want my athletes to work hard, and I am there for them on their good days and their bad days, just as Mr. Holland, Mr. Mathes, Ms. Chaplin, Mr. Moerlein, and the rest of the supportive faculty at Derryfield were for me. I think back to my teach‑ ers and coaches and hope that I can emulate the great model they set forth. Kate captained the soccer and nordic teams, and played on the lacrosse team at Derryfield. She attended Middlebury College, where she skied competetively. She now works at Burke Mountain Academy, where she is a dorm parent, art teacher, and ski coach.


Jenny Cox ’06 On the first day of soccer tryouts fresh‑ man year, I trudged down the steep hill in silence, my cleats digging into the Derryfield turf for the first time. I had trained all summer and had a pro‑ found desire to make the team, and the anxiety I felt was only amplified by the fact that I did not know anyone. As I neared the field, however, my fears were assuaged by the friendly calls of the girls. During the next four years, I became part of a soccer family and formed friendships that transcended

“ was in losing that I was able to mature from a dirt‑ throwing middle schooler into someone who could handle many of the pressures of life.” age. My coaches, Mr. Cole and Mr. Powell, were also a part of this support system, pushing me on the field but always offering words of encourage‑ ment. I felt welcomed from the moment I arrived, and the confidence and security this feeling gave me enabled me to play my best. Although life does not always look like a perfect story book, my senior soccer season was nothing short of a fairytale. Though we had seven fresh‑ men, we focused every moment of the season on bettering ourselves as indi‑ vidual players and as a group. With dedication and concentration, our game play steadily improved until we were able to knock off the top seeded team, Groveton, and head to the finals.

This is how the fairytale ended: a 1‑0 win in overtime and my first state championship. Although the win was a beautiful reward for our efforts, what I am most proud of is the love we devel‑ oped for each other and the level of connectedness we were able to achieve. While we were on the field, there was no space between us. There was only one force that night: The Derryfield Girls Varsity Soccer Team. Jenny Cox is a captain of the varsity soccer team and plays on the ice hockey and lacrosse teams at Derryfield. She plans to attend Colby College in the fall.

Tim Jundanian ’06 Coming into Derryfield in the sixth grade, I was more intimidated by the athletic requirement than any other aspect of the School. Looking back on it, rowing for Derryfield has been the defining aspect of my Derryfield expe‑ rience. Not only has it given me my closest friends and best times, but through team competition I have been challenged in ways that the academic equivalent could not. Through the role of captain I have learned the valuable skill of conversing with adults in order to complete like goals. The quality of the sports teams has enabled me to go to summer camps and be taught by coaches that train some of the best col‑ lege and national teams in the world. I often joke with my coach that I could never hold onto a girlfriend because he takes up the majority of my cell phone minutes each month. I have not only gained a coach in Vin Broderick, but also a close friend that

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has influenced me in a positive way that I would never have thought possi‑ ble in a man three times my age. My experiences with the team and my coach have shaped my life more than any other factor at Derryfield and make a very fitting counterpart to the education we receive in the classroom. Tim is a two‑year captain of varsity crew. He competed at Youth Nationals in June 2005 and will be attending Harvard University next fall.

Bob Cole Writing, soccer, life. It’s all about pro‑ cess. No “prefabricated henhouses,” as William Faulkner called our worst, for‑ mulaic writing that lacked spontaneity and style. Somehow, our best scholar‑ athletes really understand deep learn‑ ing in their lives. And, of course, they all know that nothing’s more important than soccer and writing! Developing art in our lives, in the widest sense of the word, is all about understanding the underlying process‑ es or principles that make art possible. There are no prefabricated plays that make soccer artful, that make possible the unexpected combinations that cre‑ ate goals. Similarly, writers live for sur‑ prise, the wild explosions of words, that accumulate on the page without our conscious formation. But scholar‑ athletes also know we must study a game or a genre doggedly, getting thousands of touches with feet or pen every day. We must meet surprise halfway, preparing ourselves to feel the game or poem, to flow with the sub‑ conscious play beyond words that

allows beauty on the field or page to unfold unbidden. Our best scholar‑ath‑ letes understand that it takes extreme focus, hours of practice, even a little coaching, to become natural at some‑ thing – to become a soccer artist or writing champion. Nothing seems to matter in life much more than finding our art – and it could be anything (tiddly winks? bottle‑cap art?) – but the essential understanding is that process matters more than product. I love to watch young people learning their art and connecting in the process with their teammates or writing workshop mates, learning the discipline, sacrifice, and commitment needed to experience deep surprise. And, often, if they embrace the process fully, they deepen their living process along the way. During my years at Derryfield, the most joyful results of teaching writing or soccer haven’t been a state title or an Excerpt publication, but watching scholar‑athletes uncover the goodness inside them, witnessing this universal spirit in us all. I guess this is what keeps this teacher‑coach going. Bob Cole has coached the Derryfield girls’ varsity soccer team for 20 years, earning 10 state championship titles in that period. He teaches writing and litera‑ ture and advises Excerpt.

Terri Moyer My fondest memories of coaching are not of championship plaques or tro‑ phies or even of top performances. They are of conversations shared on the trails at Lake Massabesic, of run‑

ning through the rain and diving into puddles, of post‑track workout ice cream cones at The Puritan, and of “family meals” at Green Mountain Running Camp. We cross‑country coaches are out there most days doing the workout with our team. When twenty‑five pairs of legs hit the trails or track every afternoon we are all run‑ ners working toward the same team goals. Running with our athletes helps us to understand how each individual responds to a particular type of work‑ out, what kind of encouragement or motivation they need, how their bodies are holding up to the training and rac‑ ing, and what else is going on in their academic and non‑academic lives. But it is mostly about sharing beau‑ tiful fall afternoons with others who also enjoy the freedom and simplicity of running, about putting the school day behind and focusing on breathing and heart rate and arm swing, talking about our competitors, or telling jokes. Sometimes the pace does not allow for conversation, and so there is silence and the sound of leaves under our feet and the breathing of our running com‑ panions. There is a bond formed from knowing that others don’t quite under‑ stand the hill workout, are puzzled by the barefoot cool down, and think any‑ one who actually enjoys running is a bit… odd. Terri Moyer has coached cross country running at Derryfield for 10 years, and remains in close contact with many of her athletes. She teaches math and academic support.



Update on William James Hickey, son of Sarah Smith Hickey ’90, is already a Red Sox fan.

IN MEMORIAM GERALD ALLARD Former trustee, past parent, and current grandparent Gerald Allard died on November 1, 2005. Mr. Allard served as a second lieutenant in the U.S.

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Air Force, then spent his career working for his family’s business, Allard Nazarian Group. He was a lifetime Red Sox fan, and was actively involved in the community, donating generously of his time and money to several charitable organizations. He is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons and their wives, John ’83 and Karen Allard and Michael ’82 and Ricci Allard; his daughters and their husbands, Lisa and Joe DiBrigada and Kim ’85 and Tim Socha; and ten grandchildren, including Derryfield students Chase ’12, Max ’08, and Tucker ’12 Allard,

1968 Greg Goodman writes, “I was recently hired as an Associate Professor of educa‑ tion at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. My most recent publication, Ubiguitous Assessment, was published by Peter Lang in 2004.”

1970 Susan Stahl Hardy has been named a cor‑ porate vice president of Charles River Labs, Inc. n Nancy Lord writes, “I really enjoyed seeing so many old (yes, we are old!) classmates at the reunion, as well as other Derryfield people we know or remem‑ ber, and the School itself doing so well.”

1972 David Snow, Jr. is currently chairman, president, and CEO of Medco Health Solutions, a Fortune 500 company. He has been married to Lynette Snow for 27 years,

and Sarah DiBrigada ’11.

SETH RESNICOFF Former Trustee and past parent Seth Resnicoff died on July 5, 2005, after a battle with malignant sarcoma. Dr. Resnicoff, who was the senior general surgeon at Concord Hospital, had lived in Concord with his family since 1971. He was an active member of the community, volunteering for several medical and nonprofit organizations. He is survived by his daughters, Debra and Susan ’87; his son and daughter-in-law, David and Alicia; and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Daniel.


The Class of 1970 at their 35th Reunion class party. Back row (L to R): Linda Costello, Bill Thornton, Nancy Steinberg Kudler, John Hanlon, Martha VanderWolk, Bennett Freeman, and Marc Owen. Middle row (L to R): Susannah Malarkey, Misty Toll Hallion, Adair O’Reilly, Jane Guilmette, Judy Hynes, and Alan Mandel. Front row (L to R): Bob Feins, Nancy Lord, and Dennis Holland.

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Deploying Linux on the Desktop, which is now available at your local book store by special order. He is starting on his second technical book now.

The Class of 1985 at their 20th Reunion class party (L to R): Ursula Davis, Kristin Marzloff Sharpe, Cathy Thomas Kaplan, Nye Hornor, Erik Grotton, Chris Smith, and MaryBeth Blight Reis.

and they have 12‑year‑old twin daugh‑ ters. He says, “I remember my Derryfield years fondly.”

1981 Stephen Perley wrote to let us know that he and Tanath Place are planning to marry on September 24, 2005, and will be honeymooning in Las Vegas. They reside in Goffstown with their dog, Cosmo. Steve is a CADD designer with Eric C. Mitchell Associates, Inc., a civil engineering and surveying com‑ pany based in Bedford, NH.

1982 Daniel Muskat writes, “Still living in the Salzman House with two kids, Alex (9) and Sam (5). I opened Snappy Auctions eBay Store front in Manchester in June. Until then I was enjoying another beautiful summer on Winnipesaukee.” n Karen Haack Ravanesi and her husband, Mark, wel‑ comed their daughter, Meghan Olivia, on June 3, 2005. All are happy and healthy living in Boston.

1983 Frederick Murdock III wrote to let us know that he is a research engineer (mechanical and ocean) and manages a team of engineers at a small company called TMT Labs in Huntington Beach, CA. He has been with the company for 13 years. He recently visited New Hampshire and spent a few days with Steve Allman and his wife and four children. Fred reported that Steve runs a small farm in Canterbury, NH, sell‑ ing organic chicken and milk. During his visit to New England, Fred and Steve spent a couple days hiking on Mt. Lafayette to celebrate their birth‑ days. Fred reported, “Living at the beach in Southern California is pretty nice, but I do miss New Hampshire – particularly the people.” n Danielle Currier writes, “I finished my PhD in sociology in 2004 and am an assistant professor at Radford University in Radford, VA.”

1984 Edward Haletky wrote to let us know that he just published the book

1986 Heather Koerber Nunes writes, “Hello to the class of 1986! On August 10 this summer we managed to gather friends from the class of 1986 hailing from all over the USA. It started with a few emails and phone calls and ended up at a sunny park in Kittery, ME. In attendance were Sarah Brown Jones from Colorado with sons Bennett (1) and Cooper (3), Laney Brown from Maine with baby‑in‑process, Jenny Carlson Mullins from New Hampshire with daughters Sally (5) and Meghan (8), Miriam Terninko from Virginia, Karen Callahan from Nevada with daughters Abella (15) and Makeba (13), and Heather Koerber Nunes from Massachusetts with chil‑ dren Ada (2), Emmett (5), and

Fred Murdock and Steve Allman (both ’83) recently hiked Mount Lafayette to celebrate their 40th birthdays.



Connie Frey ’87 with her son, Tevon, and her daughter, Munyo.

Hadleigh (8). Missing that day was Jonathan Baron and his family, as they had just had their third child! We caught up with Jonathan and his eldest, William, a few days later in Massachusetts. It was totally fun to get together, and we hope to manage something informal like this each sum‑ mer from now on. If you would like to be in the loop, please e‑mail me at”


Kathleen (14), William (12), Alex (10), and Madison (8), I have three new step children. The question is... is eight enough?” n Rachel Daum Humphrey writes, “My family welcomed Alexandra Charlotte on July 21, 2005. She joins sister Sam, now four‑and‑a‑ half years old. We must have been crazy to do this again... I run off to work most days hoping I don’t look like a freak show with spit up on my suit, my hair standing on end, and the biggest dark circles ever to circle one’s eyes! It is a good day when we actually remember we have a second child since we operated on auto‑pilot with the one. We are deep in the private school application process for kinder‑ garten (better known as pre‑1st in the private school world here in Atlanta) and hope even just one admissions director finds it in his or her heart to ignore Sam’s nutty parents and accept her for school. Hello to all!” n Kathleen Rutty‑Fey reported, “I am saddened to announce that Sue

Resnicoff’s father, Seth Resnicoff, who was a former Derryfield trustee, passed away this summer. While the occasion to gather was somber, I relished the opportunity to see Sue, who lives out in California. She looked and sounded terrific... a true rock for her family, and most importantly, an amazingly confi‑ dent and balanced person.” n When Hurricane Katrina struck this fall, we checked to make sure that Darin Maier was alright. Luckily, he is located quite a distance inland in Ridgeland, MS; nevertheless, all schools in his area were greatly affected. In the midst of it all, Darin was a valuable resource for Derryfield as the School went through the process of accepting three dis‑ placed students from New Orleans. Darin now reports that “Things are still hectic here, but we’re beginning to reach points on the calendar where we are largely unaffected by Katrina. From what I have heard from people who have been to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the devastation was even worse

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Melinda Mallon reports, “I went back to college while working full time, graduated with honors, and now work as a registered nurse at Portsmouth Regional Hospital in the IMCU. On July 21, 2005, the longest day of the year, I married my best friend, Jeff Paradis, at sunset on the beach in New Castle. Now, in addition to my five children, Allison (16) (who can drive, and may graduate a year early and head to college next fall, YIKES!),


A mini-reunion for the Class of 1986. Back row (L to R): Jenny Carlson Mullins, Miriam Terninko, and Heather Koerber Nunes. Front row (L to R): Sarah Brown Jones, Karen Callahan, and Laney Brown.

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parents To Karen Haack Ravanesi ’82 and her husband, Mark, a daughter, Meghan Olivia, on June 3, 2005. To Rachel Daum Humphrey ’87 and her husband, Scott, a daughter, Alexandra Charlotte, on July 21, 2005. To Janice Mosher Danis ’89 and her husband, James, a daughter, Briana, on May 30, 2005. To Cathleen Cronin ’90 and her husband, Jason Farago, a daughter, Caitlin Rose, on June 2, 2005. To Sean Downey ’90 and his wife, Heather, a son, Wyatt Richard, on July 27, 2005. To Sarah Smith Hickey ’90 and her husband, Dan, a son, William James, on June 3, 2005. To Jason Keefer ’90 and his wife, Jennifer, a son, Cole Kimberly Knight Ellington ’90 and her daughter, Danielle, with Brady Bonus ’90 and Ed Lemire at the 40th Gala.

than the pictures show.” n Connie Frey writes, “My oldest (and baby, for that matter) just left the nest this year – he went off to boarding school this year, and oh, has it been hard. Tevon is having the time of his life, and being challenged academically, which was not happening at the local high school. It’s strange to have studied and prac‑ ticed attachment parenting, only to have him leave the nest so young. If only I had raised a needy, unconfident child, he would still be at home with me!” n Winnie Loeffler Lerner wrote to say, “I am working for a corporate PR firm in NYC, got hitched, have two children, Madeline (4) and Sam (2), who are best of friends but like to con‑ spire against their parents already (particularly their mom). We’re living right in the city and I’m still a big fan of NYC, but Rob’s trying to get us to greener pastures. Little sister Alex Loeffler ’90 is here in NYC, too, work‑ ing at American Express, doing great, and spoiling my kids. Debra Dupont

Tremblay and her husband, Craig, are doing great in sunny Florida with two beautiful little girls, Hailey and Piper, and she’s getting her law degree, crazy ambitious person that she is.” n Kathleen Rutty‑Fey writes, “As for me, I am in the midst of my tenth year at Derryfield and still loving it. Please come to visit anytime! Thanks to everyone for the news... I’d like to hear from more of you, so please write!“

Benjamin, on January 21, 2005. To Susanna Woodbury Newsom ’90 and her husband, James, twin sons, David Harlan and John Woodbury, on November 25, 2005. To Lydia Henry ’95 and Ian Hughes a daughter, Zoe Elizabeth Darcy, on October 18, 2005. To faculty member Brent Powell and his wife, Wendy, a son, Henry Brentnall, on October 11, 2005. To Director of Advancement Alice Handwerk and her husband, Brian, a daughter, Lillian Thornton, on December 16, 2005.




Alexandra Terninko and her husband Ben Steinberg can’t get over how abso‑ lutely fabulous their new daughter, Mira, is. They are currently living in Helena, AR, and welcome any visitors who make it to the delta. n Lisa Newman was married in the summer of 2005 in Bedford, NH. She reported, ”My husband, Dang, and I met while whitewater kayaking on a river in Maine four years ago, and if anyone is

If you are expecting a new arrival or have recently welcomed a baby into your home, please let us know so we can send you a small token of our congratulations. Please include baby’s name, sex, and date of birth, along with any news of the delivery. Please send all information to Tracey Perkins, Director of Alumni Relations, at


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Pedaling with a Purpose by Matt D’Alessio ’01

Matt leading the draft line in western Virginia.

Matt attended George Washington University and majored in Applied Science and Technology with a minor in Design. He played club baseball all four years of college and was the president and head coach of the team his senior year. Matt is currently living in Silverthorne, CO, teaching skiing at Breckenridge, and living with two friends from Deerfield, NH. He is applying to graduate school for Industrial Design for next fall.


n the year 2003, my father, James Patrick D’Alessio, implanted in my mind that he wanted to ride his bicycle across the United States before he died. It was the summer before that we learned the time of his passing would come sooner than the average man. My father had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer, which meant he and I had to plan the bike trip that moment, rather than waiting for his retirement. The two of us got as far as organizing what bikes we would ride and what route we would take before he passed away on Easter of 2005 at


the age of 52. As part his dying wishes, an esophageal cancer fund was set up in my father’s name at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA. I announced to my friends at George Washington University that I was rid‑ ing my bike across the country with an open invitation to anyone who would be serious about an adventure of that magnitude. Originally there were three people interested in joining me; only one, Dave Adams of Hamden, CT, ended up following through with the plans. Dave and I picked up the reins my dad and I had dropped in March. We turned an elitist expedition into a philanthropic charity ride and an endeavor to carry out the dreams of my father. I created a “blog” ( to spread news of our cause and to enter‑ tain our friends and family along the trip. I also made custom jerseys with iron‑on original graphics to focus attention to our purpose as we ped‑ aled. With sponsorships from friends, family, JPD Inc., and NEMO equip‑ ment, we left Yorktown, VA, the morn‑ ing of June 11. Two carloads of friends and two “celebrity riders” – Paul Doherty, my father’s best friend since college, and his son Steve – followed us 25 miles into our first day of the 66‑ day trip. The official start was defined by splashing Atlantic Ocean water on our rear tires and the sound of Queen’s “I like to Ride My Bicycle” blasting from car windows. Virginia and Kentucky made up the longest and most tedious section of the ride. It took us fourteen days to get

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through Virginia. Contrary to popular belief, the Appalachian Mountains, although smaller than the Rocky Mountains, are much harder to ride through. The roads of the Appalachians are older and were not cut as well into the mountains, making them steeper and narrower than roads out West. By the eighth day we were ready to be out of Virginia. Even though the terrain didn’t change once in Kentucky, the

“In Virginia and Kentucky we encountered the best and worst aspect of this country: nice people and mean people.”

mental relief of completing the first of ten states gave us a boost of epinephrine comparable to consuming a Power Bar gel. Our longest day of the trip was day seven. We were on the Blue Ridge Parkway for twelve hours; 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Dave was riding slower than normal this day because he was still recovering from what we suspect was

Girardeau bacteria that he picked up from a lake near a campground three days earlier. Dave’s illness left him expelling liquid from all orifices of his body for 48 hours on the couch of our generous hostesses in Charlottesville, whom we met at a bar the night we entered town. Dave ended up going to the hospital four days later. Day nine was the only day I woke up and rode alone. After two intravenous bags, we reconvened in Blacksburg, VA. With Dave giving me the play by play and color commentary of his intestinal sys‑ tem, I wrote in my journal that “I wish I had infinite energy; I would do the entire trip non‑stop. Limited energy means sitting around in the middle of nowhere with too little energy to explore.” In Virginia and Kentucky we encountered the best and worst aspect of this country: nice people and mean people. Through these two states we had the following thrown or yelled out of car windows: two lit fireworks, a handful of pennies, a condom, water, middle fingers, “ya’ll are morons,” “get off the road,” “get a car,” as well

ABOVE: Dave and Matt reunite on the West Coast after a two-day separation (they hadn’t shaved since Kentucky). BELOW: A lack of traffic allows the pack to ride in the middle of the road.

as other incomprehensible verbal abuse. And by cars I mean large pick‑ up trucks. Still, the good outweighed the bad. After our twelve‑hour trek along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Gerties reopened their country store and cooked us meatballs, spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream as well as let us sleep in their backyard in Vesuvius, VA. Again in Virginia, when I was replacing a broken spoke (one of 17) in the parking lot of a Methodist church, an older couple volunteering their time to paint the church’s fence gave us juice, crackers, peanut butter, and twenty dollars. And in Kentucky we were given $120; $20 for us and $100 for the James P. D’Alessio Esophageal Cancer Fund. Ten days into the trip we stayed at an Appalachian Trail hostel where we met two other recent college graduates who were also riding coast to coast. Thomas and Brian, from Norfolk, VA,



were also riding the Adventure Cycling TransAmerica Trail. With a few short exceptions, our group of now four would not separate for the remainder of the trip. One exception was when Dave and I made a side trip to Nashville, TN, to visit a college friend. Another was when Dave and I waited for two hours for Thomas and Brian to catch up to us when it turned out they had gone to a bike shop (because Thomas needed more tire tubes) and encountered a Chinese buf‑ fet. A final exception is when Dave decided to split from the group two days before reaching the West Coast in order to push ahead and take advan‑ tage of a hotel room his parents had reserved for him. Although Dave and I started the trip together and were friends throughout college, biking across the country and sleeping in the same tent with him for 66 days made me realize that I didn’t like him very much. From day ten, it was Thomas’, Brian’s, and my trip, since Dave had alienated himself from the group. Dave and I will always be friends but

this trip changed the nature of that friendship. After the painstaking chore of Virginia and Kentucky, we entered the Midwest, where we had a tough time comprehending that our time was finite. We tried to live in the moment and appreciate every sensory input of our surroundings, but the Midwest made this impossible. Mentally, it was discouraging waking up day after day realizing all you will do is pedal your bike for 100 miles. We needed to get

Here we took a much‑needed fifth day off from riding. Our other days off included Charlottesville (2), Nashville, St. Louis, and Denver (2); the other 59 days of the trip were spent pedaling a total of 4,175 miles. From Pueblo, the ride got good and the scenery huge. Pueblo, CO, to the Pacific Ocean made riding enjoyable again. As I look back on the trip, east of Pueblo is only important to the trip because it links the rest of the country with the other ocean.

“Looking back, the individual days seem like isolated bike rides, some inspiring and some tedious, but the trip in its entirety is the coolest thing I’ve ever done, and the most respectful thing I could do to be at peace with my father’s death.” out of the monotone vastness of west‑ ern Missouri, Kansas, and eastern Colorado. So we did; with nothing bet‑ ter to do than ride west, we rode 1,300 miles in 14 days through 100‑plus tem‑ peratures, wind, hail, and thunder‑ storms before reaching Pueblo, CO.

Along the trip I was the only one in the group of four not to fall; although I came close once when I was drafting Thomas within inches of his rear tire and I looked down for an instant only to look up again to the sound of our tires rubbing. Thomas was the only

Left to right: Grand Teton National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and Grand Teton National Park.


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one who didn’t hitchhike along the route. I had to cheat 15 miles to the next bike shop because my rear axle bolt snapped in half while riding, and my entire weight was riding on the quick release skewer. Fifteen miles was insignificant, considering there was a gap of bike shops between Pittsburg, KS, and Pueblo, CO, of over 700 miles. Dave cheated to go to the hospital, which was 50 miles down the road, and Brian cheated two times because of injury and a 35‑mile‑per‑hour down‑ hill crash. The top speed on the trip was held by Dave, who clocked 51 miles per hour down a hill in Idaho. From Pueblo we crossed the conti‑ nental divide nine times; stayed with Zach Bioteau ’01 in Denver; rafted down Gore Canyon’s ten‑mile, class five section (top two most extreme commercially run sections of river in the country); stayed with Becca Angoff ’00 in Steamboat Springs; rode on interstate I‑80 and I‑90 in Wyoming and Montana; rode through Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks; camped on the side of state highways;

rode through a tunnel; rode through the Cascade mountain range; rode through Hell’s Canyon in Idaho; swam in the Snake river; met a guy who was riding from Anchorage, AK, to Chile, flying to Madagascar, kayaking around the island, sailing to Australia, and rid‑ ing across the country in four years; met a guy who had walked over 14,000 miles around the country painting signs for small businesses while pulling a 400‑pound rickshaw; met a guy who spun fire for us at our camp‑ site; hitchhiked to and from stores in the back of pickup trucks after our days of riding; were chased by dogs who could sustain a 25‑mile‑per‑hour pace for a quarter mile; took naps on the side of roads; rode on bike paths; met a guy who said he was envious of what we were doing but that he would shoot us if we got in his way on the road; did laundry a total of five times; slept in 30‑degree temperatures; slept in 90‑degree temperatures; rode in 40‑ degree temperatures; rode in 100‑ degree temperatures; and raised a total of $13,200 for the James P. D’Alessio

Esophageal Cancer Fund. Looking back, the individual days seem like isolated bike rides, some inspiring and some tedious, but the trip in its entirety is the coolest thing I’ve ever done, and the most respectful thing I could do to be at peace with my father’s death. Some people cry, some people scatter ashes, some people go to funerals and wakes; I rode my bicycle across the country.

Left to right: Camping behind a Southpark, CO, firestation the morning of climbing Hoosier Pass to 11,542 foot elevation; sunflowers in eastern Kansas; and a preventative burn in western Kansas.



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in the Northampton area they should feel free to look me up.” Lisa is working at ISO New England as a programmer.

1989 Janice Mosher Danis wrote on the online community, “I am thrilled to announce that my husband James and I welcomed a baby girl, Briana, on May 30. She couldn’t wait to meet us, arriv‑ ing over one month early. We are all doing well and loving life with our lit‑ tle princess.” n Sarah Silverman has been featured in many national publi‑ cations recently, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Time, as she is heavily promoting her new movie enti‑ tled Jesus is Magic. For more informa‑ tion about the movie, check out


1990 Class Correspondent: Kimberly Knight Ellington

Cathleen Cronin and her husband, Jason Farago, reported, “Caitlin Rose Farago was born on June 2, 2005. She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and daughter enjoyed their summer at home.” n Sarah Smith Hickey and her husband, Dan, welcomed their son, William James Hickey, on June 3, 2005. Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing great. They still live in Arlington, VA, where Sarah is an ESOL teacher at a high school in Fairfax County, VA. Even though they are far away, they get all the Red Sox games on NESN through the MLB package. She writes, “As you can see from the picture (page 18), Will is already a Red Sox fan!” n Oakley Lowe writes, “I am working for the Lake and Peninsula School District in Alaska. My job is a combina‑ tion of overseeing and implementing a physical education grant and doing health testing on all the students in the

district. The district consists of 14 schools along the Alaska peninsula. I fly to each school at least a few times during the year, and then do office work in King Salmon, where I live with my boyfriend, dog, and cat. This is my first year and I am really enjoy‑ ing it.” n Congratulations to Sean Downey and his wife, Heather, who welcomed little Wyatt Richard to their family on July 27 this year in Tucson. Sean is a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, studying eco‑ logical anthropology. He will be taking his qualifying exams and finishing his coursework this year, so if anyone near Tucson can contribute anything about the socioecological resilience of swid‑ den agriculture among Kekchi farmers in southern Belize, give Sean a call! n Brady Bonus is living in Boston and working in web development as well as being a sculptor and artist. To see some of his work, visit www.bonusart. com. n Jason Keefer wrote to say, “On January 21, 2005, we welcomed our son, Cole Benjamin, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was

Nathan Emley ’94 performing on the acoustic guitar at Ithaca Fest 2005.

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bored, send me an email at; I’ll try to give you a Dr. Phil response, or at least respond with a ‘hi.’”

1992 The wedding party at Jennifer Goodrich ’96’s marriage to Tyson Heilhecker included Ana George ’97 (4th from left) and Elizabeth Angoff ’96 (7th from left).

born during the huge blizzard and we were snowed in at the hospital for three days (which we didn’t mind at all). We moved to Maryland this sum‑ mer, where I am district sales manager for Pfizer, managing the Washington, DC, area.”

1991 Shayne Bickford writes, “Hello all! I haven’t heard from anyone posting a note in awhile, so I figured I would say, ‘HEY!’ Not much going on in Webster, NY. I just realized that next year will be 15 years since graduation. Hopefully everyone is doing some‑ thing they love and is spending their days with people they love. It’s funny how I always seem to check the Derryfield site and the Colby‑Sawyer site in September. Maybe I miss being a student more than I ever thought I would. Well, hopefully I will make the reunion. If it’s in November around Turkey Day I will not, as retail hap‑ pens to be busy at that time. If you are

Meghan Kenny was just awarded best fiction prize for 2005 by The Iowa Review. She reported to Bob Cole, “I was in Boise, ID, getting my MFA from 1998 to 2002, then I adjuncted for two years at Boise State, teaching composi‑ tion and ficiton classes. In August of 2004, I moved to Japan and taught English for the year. I came back this August and got my act somewhat together up at our house near Sunapee/Hanover and I’m currently at a writing retreat in the south of France. I’ve been here one month and am here until mid‑December. It’s very nice – a lot of hikes, reading, red wine, along with some writing. I’m working on

revising a collection, but whatever good writing comes, comes.”

1993 Katherine Ayers was married on September 3, 2005, to Matthew Mannix at St. Andrews Church in Hopkinton, NH. Betty Jipson attended the ceremo‑ ny. The couple now resides in North Carolina.

1994 Nathan Emley writes, “I am complet‑ ing my doctorate work on nanomag‑ netism in the Department of Applied Physics at Cornell, and will graduate later this fall. Inching towards my PhD has been quite a challenging experi‑ ence, but I finally see the glimmer of light at the end of the long tunnel. On June 3, I gave an acoustic guitar perfor‑

Angela Calvetti Hornor, Paulita Isabelle Tsen, Meghan Kenny, Hilary Hornor Boynton, and Taylor Ferry Hindle (all Class of 1992) gathered for a reunion to welcome Meghan home from a year in Japan and wish her bon voyage to France for two months.



mance at Ithaca Fest 2005. It was a fun time, but combined with job interviews just the week prior, it turned out to be a very stressful start to the summer. After finishing up in Ithaca, I will relo‑ cate to the Bay Area for a post‑doc position at UC Berkeley.” n John Slocum wrote to say, “I finished at WPI in 1999 with a BSME (mechanical engineering) and finished my MBA at BU last May. I have been and am cur‑ rently employed at Varian Semiconductor in Gloucester, MA, designing ion implanting equipment.” n NEMO Equipment and Cam Brensinger’s inflatable tent were fea‑



weddings Stephen Perley ’81 to Tanath Place on September 24, 2005, in Manchester, NH. Melinda Mallon ’86 to Jeff Paradis on July 21, 2005, in New Castle, NH. Lisa Newman ’88 to Dang Huynh in the summer of 2005 in Bedford, NH. Matthew Wasdyke ’88 to Rebecca Smukler on September 18, 2005. Katherine Ayers ’93 to Matthew Mannix on September 3, 2005, in Hopkinton, NH. Jonathan Kfoury ’94 to Elena Gadient on November 4, 2005, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mark D’Ambruoso ’94 to Akiyo Marukawa on December 3, 2005, in Saratoga Springs, NY. Jessica Oas ’95 to Eric Valentine on August 28, 2005, in Manchester, NH. Joseph Dvorak ’99 to Sherrie Foote ’00 on August 6, 2005, in Manchester, NH.


The Class of 1995 at their 10th Reunion class party (L to R): Peter Bielagus, Erika deHollan, Julie Frey, Charlie Hendricks, Vanessa Gorczyca, Alex Chan, and Cavan Siu.

tured in Time Magazine’s “Amazing Inventions of 2005” issue. The tent was noted to be extremely easy to use and able to be set up in less than one minute. For more information, check out

1995 Peter Bielagus was featured in the Sunday, June 12, 2005, edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader. The arti‑ cle focused on his book Getting Loaded and his experience speaking to high school and college students about being financially repsonsible in today’s market. His website is www.peterb n The Concord Monitor reported on Sunday, July 3 that Matt Emmett is engaged to marry Emily Coyne. Both Matt and Emily work at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack, NH. An August 2006 wedding is planned. n Lisa Tuttle married Matthew Hultgren on June 25, 2005, in Bedford, NH. The

couple currently live outside Cincinnati. Derryfield alumni attend‑ ing the wedding were Ryan Tuttle ’93, Brant Hughes ’93, Lesley Keiner, and Jimmy Rich ’92. n Staci Boucher Olson writes, “Andrew and I moved to Freeport, ME, last March and are extremely excited to be back in New England. I recently starting working as the assistant director of admission and financial aid, along with coaching girls’ soccer, at North Yarmouth Academy, a grade 6‑12 independent day school.” n Jessica Oas and Eric Valentine were married on August 28, 2005. The Derryfield folks who were in the wed‑ ding party were Jess’s brothers, Dan Oas ’96 and Clinton Oas ’06, and friends Annie Bickford and Kim Mueller. n Julie Frey reported that Lydia Henry welcomed the birth of her daughter, Zoe Elizabeth Darcy Henry‑ Hughes, on Tuesday, October 18, 2005, at 1:15 a.m. She was 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 21 inches long. n Charles Hendricks reports, “I am engaged in

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an ambitious planning project to advance my acting career in New York City – watch out! Michael Noyes, the artist responsible for the large cougar mural in the Derryfield gym, has moved to New York City, and had his work displayed in a prominent Man‑ hattan gallery. Check out www.michael I recently attended the ten year Class of ’95 reunion with Alex Chan, Vanessa Gorczyca, Julie Frey, Erika deHollan, Cavan Siu, and Peter Bielagus.” n Lesley Keiner writes, “I am currently studying as a full‑time student in the MA program in art history at UMass Amherst. I will be graduating in May and plan to get right back into museum work after moving to Princeton, NJ.”

1996 Timothy Foster wrote on the online community, “I just thought I would give a quick update on what’s been going on in my life. After graduating from Gettysburg in 2000, I moved to Philadelphia and began working for SEI Investments. After five years in alternative investment product devel‑ opment and sales, I just moved to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to try my hand at something new. No weddings or pets, but things are going really well. I hope this note finds everyone healthy and happy. Take care.” n Jennifer Goodrich reported through email, “I was married on Sunday, June 5, 2005, at the Castleton Conference Center in Windham, NH, to Tyson Heilhecker (a

former Derryfield student). Ana George ’97 and Elizabeth Angoff were in the wedding party. It was a wonder‑ ful time and we enjoyed seeing every‑ one. We were also very happy that Mrs. Melkonian, Joshua Morton ’97, Michelle Gelfand ’95, and Matthew Pedone ’97 were able to attend. Tyson and I enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon in St. John U.S.V.I. I am still working at GLS Consulting, Inc., in Brookline, MA, as their business manager. Tyson is now working at the Boston University School of Public Health as their grants coordinator.” n Brenna McCandliss wrote that she and Shane Thomas are engaged to be married on May 6, 2006, in Walnut Creek, CA. The two met while carpooling in busy San Francisco. Brenna is currently working as a researcher at Morgan Stanley in the city. n Adam Pignatelli wrote to say, “I graduated in May from law school, took the Massachusetts Bar Exam this summer, and I found out I passed. I should be admitted in the

next month or so. I currently work at Cooter, Mangold, Tompert & Karas, LLP, in Washington, DC.”

1998 Jason Steffen’s father writes, “Jason graduated from Georgetown University magna cum laude and with Phi Betta Kappa membership. He was honored with awards given in the French Honor Society and the Philosophy Department award. He also received the Ryan award at gradu‑ ation. He started at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2004.” n Elizabeth Bolduc wrote on the online communi‑ ty, “I am very excited to announce that on October 28, I became engaged to Kevin Boswell, whom I met while coaching his little brother’s basketball team at Littleton High School where I work. Kevin and I will be married this February just prior to his deployment to the Middle East. Kevin is currently

Brant Hughes ’93, Ryan Tuttle ’93, Matthew Hultgren, Lisa Tuttle Hultgren ’95, Lesley Keiner ’95, and Jimmy Rich ’92 at Lisa’s June 2005 wedding to Matthew.



the nuclear, biological, and chemical defense chief for his battalion in the Marine Corps. We can’t wait to begin our lives together at Marine Corps Base Hawaii once he returns.”

1999 Meredith Steele writes, “This summer brought a move to Denver, along with the purchase of a home with my boy‑ friend, Chad. I have applied to gradu‑ ate school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Physician’s Assistant Program. I await my interview in December with my fingers crossed.”



art show Derryfield is holding an Alumni Art Show in the fall of 2006. The show will run from August 28 until October 21 in the Lyceum Gallery and Sculpture Garden, with a reception for the artists on Friday, September 29 in conjunction with Reunion weekend activities. Whether you are a professional or weekend artist, we welcome you to sub‑ mit works of painting, drawing, photog‑ raphy, printmaking, ceramics, outdoor sculpture, as well as performance work including film and video projects. For more information, please contact Andy Moerlein at or at 603.669.4524, ext. 226


2000 Class Correspondent: Laura Hunter

Morgan Melkonian writes, “Where to begin? I graduated from Boston University last May, and was awarded the Kopf Family Wine Fellowship. I traveled with five other students from selected universities to California, Italy, and France, studying wine for three months. Seeing as I gave up a food and beverage management position with the new Four Seasons in Jackson Hole, WY, to go on this trip, I had to decide what to pursue next. There was no doubt though I would be taking on the wine industry. I now live in Napa, CA. I work at Darioush Winery (www.dari‑ and take classes trying to determine whether or not to get my master’s in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis. I’ll be home in August for Heather MacLeod’s wedding on the Cape. Hope to run into some of you during my visit back East.” n Sabrina Dunlap reports that she is attending law school at American University in Washington, DC. n Jenna Sirkin writes, “I just wanted to let you know that I won the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship for 2006–07, and am plan‑ ning to spend the year in Latin America (most likely Chile), where I will be taking classes, working in a nongovernmental organization that focuses on adolescent health issues, and working with children in the com‑ munity. Currently, I work for the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research, which is part of Cambridge

Members of the Class of 2000 celebrating with Mr. Berk at their 5th Reunion class party in October.

Health Alliance. I am also doing research for a professor at the Center for Population and Development Studies at Harvard.” n Kate Newick graduated from Middlebury last win‑ ter, spent the Spring at Lake Tahoe, working, skiiing, and traveling the Northwest. She started working at Burke Mountain Academy in mid‑ August. The first three weeks were spent training in New Zealand, then back to Vermont. Burke Mountain is a ski academy for grades 9–12. Kate is the assistant nordic ski coach, art teacher, and a dorm parent. n Christine Culver wrote to say, “Yes, I am back at Connecticut College as the assistant coach, and am enjoying the soccer at CC from the ‘other side.’ So far it has been a great experience, and I am learning a lot from my head coach. Having been away from the game for a year due to surgery, it has been great to be back involved in soccer. I love being involved in the athletic realm of things, and all of my colleagues in the depart‑ ment are great to work with. It is defi‑ nitely a completely different experi‑ ence than it was as a player. It is also great to be giving back to a program

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and a school that I played for.” n The Union Leader reported that John Butler was engaged to Dr. Isolde Krummrich. An April 15, 2006, wedding is planned. John is currently in his second year of law school at Tulane University and works in criminal defense at the law firm of Smith & Fawer in New Orleans. n Caroline Foster wrote to Ed Lemire to say, “I am actually sending this email to you from Syria, where I cur‑ rently live and work. I am the director of English Programs for a language institute with six sites around Syria. I have a nice little rooftop apartment in Damascus, and I love living here.”

2001 Nicole Bryant’s mother reported, “We just got word from Nicole, who is in Paris, that she has been awarded a fel‑ lowship at the Ecole Normale Super‑ ieure in Paris. Nicole will be working towards a doctorate in French litera‑ ture at the Sorbonne. Nicole is the only American to receive a fellowship. If you want to see more about the Ecole, the website is If you click on the international section and then on ‘resultants’ you can view the other recipients and their respective coun‑ tries.” n David Henry visited the School on August 17. He reported that he will be working at Booz Allen and Hamilton in McLean, VA, as a researcher on their transportation, environment, and energy team. n The Concord Monitor reported, “Christine Murphy earned a master’s degree in

modern languages, with honor, from the University of Scotland, where she was also awarded distinction in both French and German. She is going on to teach English as a second language in Miyama, Japan.” n Lindsay Starner writes, “I started working at Chinnici Direct in New York City in August, and love living and working here, but I am still a Red Sox fan!” n Andy Cochran reports, “I have accepted a job at ESPN in Hartford, CT, as a Pay‑Per‑ View Coordinator, coordinating college football and basketball games. I am happy to have found a position in the sports field.”

2002 Sarah Charpentier wrote on the online community, “Hello Derryfield. I’m spending the fall semester of my senior year in Legon, Ghana. I have created a blog to post photos and written entries. Anyone interested in checking it out can go to” n Matthew Reno recently returned from living in Europe for the past year, div‑ ing headfirst into a career in interna‑ tional finance. n Maureen Harring‑ ton’s mother wrote to Lenny McCaigue to let us know that, “Maureen was selected to the All Patriot League Team (2nd team). She was thrilled, especially



down under

Alexa Warburton did not head directly off to Middlebury College this fall. Rather, she took the opportunity to visit the land “down under.” She kept the Derryfield community abreast of her trav‑ els through her email journal. She reported stories of snorkeling in Fiji, shopping in Auckland New Zealand, visiting the Mahmudra Buddhist Retreat Center, working on the Rotoiti Organic Farm, and even spending three nights wallaby tracking in the Alexa riding a wave in Australia. Innes National Park. When asked about her trip, she said, “My time abroad was nothing like I would have ever imagined. Living in a Fijian village is like going back in time. What meant the most to me was when one of the many Nenes of the village told me, ‘You Americans worry and worry. You have the money and the nice possessions, but you don’t have the happiness. It’s the inside that matters: if the heart is happy you will be happy.’” Alexa will be attending Middlebury College in January.



seeing that she was competing with the girls from American University who are from Chile, etc. It was a nice way to end her field hockey career.”

2003 Steven Flagg writes, “Nearly three years of college have gone by too quickly. I’ll be heading off to Leadership Development & Assessment Camp at Ft. Lewis, WA, this summer; it is certainly something I’m looking forward to.”

2004 Class Correspondent: Joe Guerra

at Smith College and on both the Varsity Ski team and Varsity Lacrosse team. I am a neuroscience major.”

Joelle Emery wrote to Bob Cole and Lenny McCaigue to let them know that all is going well at Tufts. She said class‑ es are going great and that the Tufts soccer team made it to the Final Four in Greensboro, NC. “We played the undefeated College of New Jersey on Friday, and unfortunately, lost. We fin‑ ished the season, therefore, as the third best Division 3 team in the nation.” n Julia Voorhees reports, “I am currently

2005 Cooper Cunliffe writes, “Still at col‑ lege, having a great time, and doing well. I’ll be by to visit in the near future.”

From the Archive

Can you name the alumnae in the picture, what drama production they were dressed for, and who directed it? Please send your responses to Tracey Perkins at


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Joanne Taube ’69 hrough her focused, passionate affiliation with the school, Joni Taube ’69 has evinced a remark‑ ably steadfast love of the arts at Derryfield. From caricatures in the 1969 Initium to decorations at this fall’s 40th Anniversary Gala, Taube’s careful and discerning eye has heightened people’s perceptions of their surroundings. “She has always had a flair for the arts,” remarks classmate Ellie Cochran. “Whether it’s selecting the painting in the Head of School’s office or the time that she went through the hanging of every plaque in the hallways of the school, Joni has made her mark here. Along with Elaine Krause, she is the queen of decorating at Derryfield.” Cultivated by her studies with long‑ time arts teacher Bob Eshoo and culmi‑ nating in the arts editorship of Initium, Taube established herself as one of the early embodiments of the student artist. As Taube herself remembers the arts during her time here in the late six‑ ties, “It was a strong component to the school; the influence of Bob Eshoo as a Founder helped, and the Art House was a place for innovative projects.” Recalling an opportunity to work with metallic sculpture under Mr. Eshoo’s guidance, Taube remarked, “The arts


always stood out here.” Her training and preparation at Derryfield took her to Boston University, where she majored in art history. A master’s degree and work in education in Massachusetts and New Hampshire followed. While marriage to Eliot Sirkin and eventually the birth of daughters Jenna ’00 and Kayla ’06 broadened her interests and experi‑ ences, the arts continued to call to Taube. In 1980 she joined partner Lee Krentzel Forgosh to form Art3, which Derryfield art teacher Andy Moerlein credits with providing “original art to notable buildings in New England.” As her growing business allowed her to represent leading artists and to build a collection for her gallery, Taube supple‑ mented her extensive volunteer work for Derryfield with counsel to the VAPA department at the School. The “godmother of the sculpture garden,” as Moerlein describes her, Taube has provided “...the aesthetic backbone that helped propel and sup‑ port an unbelievably preposterous endeavor for a small school.” Spear‑ heading a group of volunteers, Taube has not only made possible the con‑ struction of a fine sculpture garden, but has also helped Moerlein create a

Taube’s ’69 yeabook photo.

gallery outside the school’s Lyceum for exhibitions of paintings, photographs, and works in other media. With daughter Kayla ’06 soon to join the ranks of Derryfield graduates with her sister Jenna ’00, Taube is set to start a new chapter in her long association with the School. While it is likely that we will still hear her cheer for the field hockey, cross country, and tennis teams that have been her daughters’ passions, she will continue her work as a patron of the arts and event organizer. Between tireless work and a vision for the long‑term health of the school, particularly in the fine arts, Joni Taube continues to embody the ideals of the Alumni Service Award that she received in 2004. – John Bouton


Roman Holiday Allen Khayat ’10 and Josh Richardson ’11 take a run in the chariot race during the Middle School’s Roman Holiday.

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Derryfield Today, Fall 2005  

The fall 2005 issue of Derryfield Today.

Derryfield Today, Fall 2005  

The fall 2005 issue of Derryfield Today.