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Make a Difference Day Members of the senior class spent the morning of October 17 participating in offcampus community service projects at five sites around Manchester. Sophomores and juniors helped out with projects closer to home. Students traveled to Livingston Park to do fall clean up, worked on the trails or ropes course at school, made welcome home banners for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan or wrote letters to soldiers in Iraq.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Steven Burke Chair Bedford, NH


John Allard ’83 Manchester, NH

Annie Branch Director of Communications

Bradley Benson ’78 Derry, NH

Diane Allen Staff Writer

Christine Cikacz Chester, NH

Griffin York & Krause Design

Craig Sellers Head of School Manchester, NH

Dianne Connolly Windham, NH

Puritan Press, Inc. Printing

Cathryn Vaughn ’91 Secretary Manchester, NH

Jim Davis New Boston, NH


L. William Davis II Hopkinton, NH

Nicholas Alberts ’10

Nigel Donovan Treasurer Bedford, NH

features FEATURES

An Artful Education


by Annie Branch

Ditty Steele Bannon ’99 Preston Hunter ’98 Bedford, NH Laurie Lamp Bedford, NH Paul LeBlanc Manchester, NH Donna K. Lencki Candia, NH Lourdes Maldonado Manchester, NH

Dinner at Jenny’s by Amanda Fiedler ’97

Derryfield’s New Faculty


by Annie Branch

Amanda Fiedler ’97 Bob Cole, Michelle Coombes, Gill Roberts ’99, Jim Speigel, Liz Stefany ’98, Bekah Volinsky ’08 COMMUNICATIONS BOARD

Thomas Manson New Boston, NH

John Bouton

Walter Milne ’82 Manchester, NH

Annie Branch Charlotte Evans ’08

departments DEPARTMENTS

Message from the Head Around Campus Cougar Athletics Summerbridge Spotlight Update on Alumni

Constantinos Mokas Manchester, NH

Whitney Lockwood ’00

Christopher Morgan Amherst, NH

Laurie Lamp

Alumni Spotlight

Eric Nickerson Windham, NH


Life After Derryfield

Diane Allen Alumni Coordinator

Faculty Profile

Jeffrey Pollock Manchester, NH


Kate Erskine Director, Summerbridge

Diane Allen

Janice Romanowsky Hampstead, NH

Lori Evans ’00 Associate Director of Advancement

Richard Sigel ’81 Manchester, NH

Gail Gordon Advancement Assistant Alice Handwerk Director of Advancement

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.

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FRONT COVER: Students help art teacher Andy Moerlein assemble one of his sculptures on campus. INSIDE FRONT COVER: Seniors Kye Birchard, Bekah Volinsky and Mallory Rinker help clean the garden at Massabesic Audubon Center on Make a Difference Day. BACKGROUND: Eighth graders test their climbing skills on Rock Rimmon in Manchester. TOP: Students gather to work on class projects in the Milne Library.



Message from the

Our Teachers as Artists n the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending several classes at our school. Ranging from a class size of 10 to a 400‑person assembly, each spoke eloquently to the variety and thoughtfulness in the life of the mind at Derryfield. Each of the following three examples illustrates the art of teaching from a unique angle, unified by the com‑ mon thread of teachers and students learning together.



Asia – East and West is a new offering in our history department. The classroom was arranged with four tables of four students each. The teacher, alumna Carrie Foster ’00, drew out the students’ reaction to the day’s reading. She wrote key words from the group discussion on the white board and switched deftly between full‑group conversation and “pod discussions.” The students were engaged and relaxed while exploring the role of the shogun in Japanese feudal society. Forty‑five minutes felt like five, and when the bell rang the students continued the conversation, not wanting to leave. They had more questions about how artists are valued in an agrarian economy. Ms. Foster found the perfect balance between those classic models, “sage on the stage” and “guide on the side.” n Gerda Weissmann Klein, holocaust survivor, brought her message of hope to the Nancy S. Boettiger Theater on a snowy Sunday evening in December. The audience sat in hushed reverence – collectively aware of that rare moment when the speaker embodies the history he or she is describing. We were in the presence of a remarkable person, a natural‑born teacher, who managed to make a capacity crowd seem small, even personal. The questions


from the audience at the end of her presentation included “How can you forgive?” and “How can you remain posi‑ tive in light of the day’s headlines?” A parting message was an assignment to drive to our homes slowly, look inside our own windows and reflect on all the gifts that reside within. Her gift to us was this encouraging mes‑ sage of hope and love. n In Physics, Jeff Cousineau talked about the forces on sports cars and airplanes, and succeeded in giving direct, practical examples that engaged the class. The students asked questions, and took notes on handouts that were identical to the PowerPoint slides projected on the SmartBoard. At the perfect moment he handed a student one end of a string, moved to the other side of the class, and slid a 5‑inch toy Santa Claus holding a balance bar over our heads – we were both mature scholars and eight‑ year‑olds again, looking at a child’s toy through the lens of physics. The exhilarated class reached a whole new level of sophisticated observation when answering, “What did you just see?” Again, an hour sped by in a flash. Just as these teachers, and all of our teachers, have honed their craft into an art form, we see that art works its way into so many classroom experiences, enlivening the topics and energizing the students. Please enjoy this issue’s feature on the importance of art in education. We encourage you to visit campus to see these artists at work firsthand.

Craig N. Sellers Head of School

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events I M AG E S F R O M C O U N T R Y FA I R W E E K E N D For more photos, visit our online gallery in the ‘Exploring Derryfield’ section of


JANUARY Admission Open House


Upper School Play


Lyceum Gallery Reception


Summerbridge Saturday


Winter Carnival


FEBRUARY Jazz All-State Music Festival


College Planning Night for Juniors


Summer Opportunities Fair


Summerbridge Saturday


MARCH Senior Blood Drive


Upper School Musical


Sophomore Pasta Dinner


Lyceum Gallery Reception


Summerbridge Saturday


APRIL US Admitted Student Reception


MS Admitted Student Reception


Classical All-State Music Festival


Senior Dinner


Parent/Faculty Association Auction


Lyceum Gallery Reception





Clockwise from top right: Dudley Cotton receives a hug from Dick Anthony at his retirement party. n Sarah Dolloff ’12 and Kerryn Dobbin ’12 are all smiles at Country Fair. n Than Moore ’08 gives the thumbs up from the dunking tank. n Marcel Robinson ’09 and Jake Friedenberg ’09 perform during the talent show. n Kat DiPastina ’09 advertises the car wash. n Middle school teacher Irfan Rizvi is dripping after being hit in the sponge toss.

Looking for some quality theatre per‑ formances? Come see members of the Derryfield Players perform The Dining Room January 17‑19 and Thoroughly Modern Millie March 6‑8. To order tickets, go to ‘News & Events’ on




STORIES Alumni Perspective on Iraq

Hello Dolly! This I Believe Legacy Society Profile Global Education Google Docs

ALL-STATE MUSIC HONORS CHORUS: Kathy Stull ’08, Alto Marcel Robinson ’09, Bass Valera Filatov ’09, Bass Katherine DiPastina ’09, Soprano Andrew Cox ’10, Tenor Anthony Bernatas ’08, Bass WOMEN’S CHORUS: Alicia Jacobs ’10, Alto

Alumni Perspective on Iraq Recommendations for American soldiers in Iraq during Ramadan: n To the best of your ability, limit eating, drinking and smoking in front of Iraqis. Eating, drinking and smoking in front of a fasting Muslim is consid‑ ered very disrespectful. n Soldiers should maintain a high stan‑ dard of discipline and military bearing around Muslims to show respect dur‑ ing this time of spiritual reflection and contemplation. n Avoid playing loud music outdoors, especially at night, that can be heard by local nationals living nearby. Sharing these U.S. Army recommenda‑ tions with the Derryfield students and faculty is one way that Major Kevin L. Johnston ’84 has tried to make the war against terror in Iraq seem more real to our community. It has often been said that it is difficult for those of us at home to make a

Kaitlin Fink ’11, Alto Elizabeth Baseman ’08, Soprano ORCHESTRA: Allison Fink ’08, French Horn BAND: Christina de Bruyn Kops ’09, Baritone Horn JAZZ CHOIR: Elizabeth Baseman ’08, Soprano Marcel Robinson ’09, Bass Major Kevin Johnston ’84 speaking to students.


connection with a war on foreign soil with which we have little interaction. Through emails from Iraq and visits to the School, Kevin is doing his part to help us under‑ stand. Kevin visited Derryfield a few years ago and spent some time in history classes sharing his experiences with our students. Since that time, he has been in contact with Bruce Berk, history teacher and college counselor, periodically sending him emails, which Mr. Berk shares with the community during all‑school assemblies. The purpose is not to drive home a specific political point of view, but to give students and fac‑ ulty the opportunity to understand some‑ thing that has been, in large part, difficult for us to grasp. Unless we have a family member or someone close to us personally involved, we only hear sporadic reports of the climbing death toll accompanied by videos of burning trucks and slanted news reports, depending on which television sta‑ tion we are watching. On Friday, October 26, Kevin visited Derryfield again while on a three‑week leave from his duties in Iraq. This time he spoke in Mr. Berk’s American history class and then followed up with a special pre‑ sentation during activities period in the Lyceum. Students packed the room, hun‑ gry to garner information about something that is so prevalent in current events, yet

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Horace Vandergelder (Andrew Voss ’12) expresses his exasperation with Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi (Sarah Blaisdell ’12).

seemingly difficult to understand. Kevin’s stories were carefully chosen to bring the American soldier’s human side to the forefront of our students’ minds so that they could, identify with these people who are selflessly putting themselves on the front lines to stop the spread of terrorism. Bruce Berk comments on Kevin’s messages: “What’s interesting about Kevin’s emails and his speaking to the community is the way he weaves a ver‑ bal collage by referencing the next Red Sox game and following that up with a description of the progress his troops have made in an Iraqi city. And it’s not so much the combat stories or com‑ ments on the political situation that strike a chord with our students, but hearing that the temperature hasn’t dropped below 100 degrees for five months. That is something that we can relate to and that is how we can identi‑ fy with what is happening on the other side of the world.”

Hello Dolly! The Derryfield performing arts depart‑ ment has once again pulled off a show‑ stopper. The middle school musical, Hello Dolly!, was yet another display of the depth of theatrical talent at the School. It is clear that those who partici‑ pate in this middle school tradition not only have a great time, but also build self‑confidence through their experi‑ ence with life on the stage. Leading the cast of 36 through this madcap adventure is Dolly herself (Sarah Blaisdell ’12). Sarah’s real‑life personality shines through as she plays a perky matchmaker for the widowed half‑millionaire Horace Vandergelder, wonderfully portrayed by Andrew Voss ’12. However, Dolly, herself a widow, has her own sites set on Mr. Vandergelder and shrewdly manipu‑ lates people and events in order to suc‑ ceed in her plan to become his bride. First she must get Irene (Mia Sobin ’12), owner of a hat shop and betrothed to Vandergelder, interested in someone

else. This is where Vandergelder’s chief clerk, Cornelius (Alex Michaud ’12), comes in. What follows is mayhem which, somehow, works itself out in the end to the satisfaction of everyone. Kudos to the cast and crew for their dedication, to members of the VAPA department for their leadership and to the volunteers for their endless support. Don’t miss the upcoming upper school performances The Dining Room January 17‑19 and Thoroughly Modern Millie March 6‑8. Tickets for the January performances are now avail‑ able for purchase online through the Derryfield website.

Mia Sobin ’12 as Irene Molloy.



This I Believe Don’t Judge a Bird by His Bite What should a 15‑year‑old believe in? I believe in peace and good will towards men, but what is a belief really? For me, it’s something you really live by. I believe you shouldn’t judge a bird by its bite. My bird Cosmo portrays the role perfectly. To all of my friends and anyone who has ever been within 50 yards of my father’s house, Cosmo is known as the


NHS inductees The following Derryfield seniors were inducted into the National Honor Society during a special assembly on October 9, 2007.

Class of 2008 Daniel M. Carlson Molly A. Cikacz Elizabeth P. Dirth Charlotte H. Evans Allison M. Fink Hannah F. LeBlanc Lillis N. Meeh Nathanial P. Moore Audrey C. Morgan Danielle R. S. Potter Lauren H. Satkwich Kelly A. Schwarz Cynthia E. Simonoff Katharine E. Stover Akash J. Vadalia Rebekah Volinsky Hannah J. Will


“Screaming Old Woman” or the notori‑ ous “Land Shark.” The previous owner of Cosmo said that he was “too big,” but what my father and I didn’t know was that they weren’t just talking about his size but about his ego. He’d squawk like crazy when anyone pulled in the driveway or when excitement in the house became a little too extreme. He’d get so loud sometimes that any‑ one in their right mind would want to go right up to the cage and strangle him, but we refrained. Using aggres‑ sion against aggression is not the answer, I remembered. After all, how bad could it get? Yet none of us knew what would be in store for us next. Late one night, once we had all settled down for a movie in the den, a faint scuttling was heard from the next room. Quickly and without thought I abandoned it from my mind. Just then, without warning, the monster entered the room with his head held low and target sighted. “Aauuwuaaaawwwkk” it went and began its running charge at our feet. Dan, my brother, was his first victim. With a yell and a jump he leaped up onto the sofa away from the monster’s vicious bite. No one was safe from “Cosmo, the Land Shark.” For months a continuous onslaught of attacks ensued. In the dining room, the kitchen and even the bedroom, there was no escaping his malice. Yet once the winter came, his hostili‑ ty started to diminish and he retreated to his cage for warmth. At first all we could do was feed him grapes or nuts with risk of losing a few fingers. As his

venom began to dwindle I warily tried picking him up from his cage, hoping for my sake that he wouldn’t feel the need to taste human flesh. Fortunately enough for me he didn’t feel the need, and over time I was able to pick him up on my arm every day after school and even pet him. Eventually he had warmed up to me so much that he would even lift his feet and plead with his painted face to be picked up every time I passed by. My patience had paid off, and now, like all my other pets, he is one of my best friends. But does this mean I believe every‑ one is a squawking old woman who has a tendency to dash across the room and bite off your toes? Of course not. It’s hard sometimes dealing with peo‑ ple who can’t seem to give you a chance and let you in. It’s much easier to give up on them and forget you ever knew them. But what if that one shred of compassion was all it took, that little bit of faith was all that was needed to change their thoughts about you, and even the rest of the world. Kindness and patience can go a long way when you give someone a chance. I believe that with kindness, compassion and patience, even the most distasteful of people has the capacity to become better. Who knows, maybe that one person you’re tolerant with could become your best friend. – Nicholas Alberts ‘10 For other samples of “This I Believe” speeches, visit the ‘Exploring Derryfield’ section of

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planned giving Legacy Society Profile I graduated from The Derryfield School in 1999 as a ‘lifer,’ which, back then, meant I attended for six years. Those six years represent an invaluable time in my life. For me, attending Derryfield was an opportunity that greatly shaped who I am as a person. Derryfield taught me to love learn‑ ing. During those school years when a myriad of social pressures existed, I was able to be in a place where aca‑ demic achievement was respected and valued. The atmosphere at Derryfield was one that allowed me to explore new academic, athletic and leadership challenges in a tremendously positive environment. Since Derryfield, I graduated from Middlebury College with a joint degree in music and English. Following grad‑ uation, I traded the Green Mountains for the Rockies and moved to Colorado. Four months later, I returned to school to take science pre‑requisites in order to apply to graduate school. Currently, I am working on my master’s degree at

the University of Colorado Health Sciences Physician’s Assistant Program. While my route to PA school was somewhat untraditional, the founda‑ tion I had from my education at Derryfield has sustained me through‑ out all the transitions. My decision to become a PA reflects values that were emphasized during those early years at Derryfield. Ultimately my job will allow me to lead a balanced life where I am challenged on a daily basis and also expected to be a life‑long learner. My ability to succeed in higher edu‑ cation and proceed with confidence is due to the foundation that the faculty, fellow students and administration at Derryfield helped me build. This senti‑ ment is what keeps me giving to the annual fund each year and eventually led me to include Derryfield in my estate planning. Including Derryfield in my will helps the School in the long term, and also helps me extend grati‑ tude in a more permanent way for all that it has given to me. – Ditty Steele Bannon ’99


Just for you! Please visit our new interactive planned giving website

Planning your gift online is easy! n Find out how you can include The Derryfield School in

your will, trust or other estate plans. n Explore gift plans that can help you save on taxes,

increase your income and pass on more to your heirs. n Request a personal gift plan with detailed illustrations. n Learn about the benefits of membership in The 1964

Legacy Society. n Consider a confidential gift planning consultation.

Save the Date Please join us for coffee and dessert! Who: The Derryfield School community What: A conversation about estate and charitable gift planning with Derryfield’s planned giving advisor, Kimball Leiser. Kimball will answer questions about how you can support Derryfield and other charitable organizations in perpetuity, receive income for life and still benefit your heirs. When: Tuesday, February 5, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (snow date Monday, February 11) Where: At the home of Craig Sellers, Head of School

Please consider becoming a member! For more information, visit our website or contact Alice Handwerk, Director of Advancement at 603.669.4524 or by email at

Ditty Steele Bannon ’99 on a hike with her dogs.



Global Education You may recall the excitement sur‑ rounding last year’s announcement that The Derryfield School would bring Chinese into its language program. We were told that “as the global market‑ place shifts to the East, so must we shift our curriculum to meet this change.” We heard, “The Chinese cur‑ riculum will include cultural study. The ability to read Chinese philosophy and literature will deepen students’ understanding of this ancient, highly sophisticated society. Study of this cul‑ ture, which emphasizes stability and consistency over time, will challenge students to think, as these concepts are very different from the American cul‑ ture of ‘now.’” The excitement grew as we set about finding a Chinese teacher, and we were fortunate to bring Li Liu into the fold. But this was definitely not the end of our efforts. Having just completed a year‑long

search for new Head of School, Craig Sellers was now on board. One of the things that attracted us to Craig was his interest in “globalizing” Derryfield, and he got right to work. Barely into the start of the academic year, he announced that developing the School’s global education initiative would be one of his primary goals for the year. This goal was inspired by the last sentence of the Derryfield state‑ ment of philosophy, which states, “we are committed to purposeful involvement in the world outside our school in both the local and the global community.” When faculty and staff members were polled for their interest in a global education forum, 26 signed up for the opportunity, and began to meet with Craig during professional development days to work on the initiative. Craig and members of the board of trustees have also begun to research

the possiblity of establishing a sister school as a designated partner with an exchange of students and adults and an overlay of cultural routine, begining with our newest language offering, Chinese. While learning more about the prospect of establishing a relation‑ ship with a school in China, members of the global education forum also took time to reflect on some of the global interactions we are already experienc‑ ing as a school. It was quite interesting to analyze where we have already been while planning where we would like to go. Recent initiatives include student trips to France, China, and Israel, as well as the establishment of Challenge 20/20 as a student activity in which members address a global problem in conjunction with students at a school in India. During a November professional development day, the faculty worked to identify additional steps to be taken towards building a meaningful global education program. As we continue to work on a relationship with a Chinese school, we anticipate branching out to establish sister‑school relationships for each of the other languages that we teach: Spanish, Latin and English. To this end, a trip for middle school Latin students to Florence and Rome is planned for spring break, for which 32 students signed up immediately. Besides introducing Chinese to our curriculum, we have begun a ninth grade course entitled, Asia: East and West. This course allows students to become cultural translators as they

Alisa de Bruyn Kops ’11 works on symbols on the board with Li Liu.


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explore the history, art, religion, archi‑ tecture and foreign policies of China, Japan and the Middle East. They have set up a “wiki” email exchange chat room with Chinese and Taiwanese stu‑ dents at Southern New Hampshire University to discuss various cultural and historical issues. In the meantime, how are our very first Chinese students faring? Students are learning several words each day through repetition, review, use in sen‑ tences and dictation. They learn to write the Chinese symbols in two ways: simplified and traditional. Perhaps the most difficult technique to master is that of the new sounds that need to be made by using the tongue in a way it has not been used before. As Li Liu explains, “Americans speak with their tongues in the back of their mouths. In Chinese, the tongue is more toward the front of the mouth.” Inflection will be another hurdle, but Li is confident that as students become more comfortable with the vocabulary, the inflection will come. During her classes, Li is cognizant of bringing the culture of the Chinese to her students. A good example of her visual teaching is the Chinese ink box she brought to class along with several “brush pens.” The “ink” has the appearance of coal, but does not rub off when touched. The set is used pri‑ marily in the calligraphy of the Chinese symbols and is just one of the many cultural items being introduced to our students this year.

Google Docs The Derryfield faculty prides itself in keeping up‑to‑date with the latest tech‑ nological tools in their classrooms. To highlight their endeavors, we have brought you stories, either in this mag‑ azine or on our website, about physics classes using SmartBoard technology and history classes creating wiki pages. Our upper school history classes now add Google Docs to their repertoire of state‑of‑the‑art teaching and learning techniques. Google Docs allows the user to cre‑ ate documents, spreadsheets and pre‑ sentations online, share and collaborate with other students in real time, safely organize and store work, and control who can see the user’s documents. Brent Powell, chair of the history department, explains that his eleventh grade U.S. history classes are keeping online journals utilizing Google Docs, which allows them to examine and comment on the central questions of the course throughout the year. Google Docs gives his students access to their journals online from either home or school without the complications that email and flash drives sometimes pre‑ sent. Mr. Powell states that, for the most part, it has been a successful experiment, but some students have reported losing work using the pro‑ gram. At this point it is difficult to know exactly what the problem is, but it is an important side lesson for back‑ ing up work often. Says Mr. Powell, “It is interesting to note that the students, themselves,

Students work on history projects using the computers in the library.

began using Google Docs before we incorporated it into the class. It is great for class presentations. Students can all pull up presentations or compositions at the same time and edit them simul‑ taneously.” The use of Google Docs is spreading around the campus. At this time, histo‑ ry teachers Tom Curley, Marty Milne and Carrie Foster are using the pro‑ gram for common course planning. English department chair John Bouton is testing both blogging and Google Docs this term with his juniors in Composition. With fellow English teach‑ ers Trevor Munhall and Kate Starns experimenting in this area as well, Mr. Bouton is hoping to present a sus‑ tainable model for English faculty to consider as part of their teaching.





Fall wrap-up

For the third year in a row, the varsity field hockey team contested the state

Varsity Field Hockey

Boys’ Varsity Crew

championships in the Class M/S state

Season Record: 17-0 New Hampshire State Champions (Class M/S) Katherine DiPastina ’09, All-State (1st team), AllConference, Class S Player of the Year Allison Fink ’08, Co-Captain, All-Conference Julia Maldonado ’08, Co-Captain, Regional All-American, Senior Twin State Team, All-State (1st team), Senior AllStar, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award Kelly Schwarz ’08, Co-Captain, All-State (2nd team), Senior All-Star

New Hampshire Championships: 2nd, Youth 4+; 1st, Novice Youth 4+ Head of the Charles: 20th & 25th, Youth 4+ Head of the Fish: Xth, Youth 4+ Charles Lister-James ’08, Class of 1970 Award

with a first-quarter goal by Julia

Varsity Golf

Maldonado ’08 and two handoffs from

Season Record: 17-3 2nd at State Team Championships (Class M/S) Chris Dupuis ’09, All-Conference Justin Eldridge ’09, Class of 1970 Award Marty McCormick ’11, All-Conference, 4th at States (Individual)

1st at Granite State Champions (Class S) Will Keller ’10, All-Conference Akash Vadalia ’08, Class of 1970 Award

finals. This time, they entered the game undefeated and beat the defending state champions Newfound, a team that was also undefeated going into the game. It was the first championship in the history of the Derryfield program. The final score of the game was 3-0,

Ann DiPastina ’11 to sister Kat DiPastina ’09, who drove home Newfound’s defeat. Kat scored 29 goals this season, which is a Derryfield record. This puts her at 65 career goals at Derryfield, with another year to build on the record. Other stars on the team include Julia Maldonado ’08, who was named a Northeast Regional High School All-American for Field Hockey. To put the icing on the cake, Coach Lenny McCaigue, a former National Team coach who built this team into what it is today, was selected as the NHIAA Field Hockey Coach of the Year. The Derryfield team finished their season with a 17-0 record. Congratulations to the girls’ varsity field hockey team and to all the Derryfield teams on their successful fall seasons!


Girls’ Varsity Cross Country Leah Burke ’09, All-Conference, Class of 1970 Award

Boys’ Varsity Cross Country

Girls’ Varsity Soccer NH Championship Quarter-Finalists (Class S) Season Record: 10-7-1 MacKenzie Logan ’11, All-State (2nd team) Danielle Potter ’08, Captain, All-State (2nd team), AllConference, All-Academic, Class of 1970 Award Camille Smith ’09, All-State (1st team), All-Conference

Boys’ Varsity Soccer Season Record: 9-4-1 NH Championship Semi-Finalists (Class S) Dan Carlson ’08, All-State (1st team), All-Conference, All-Scholastic, Class of 1970 Award Chad Kelsey ’08, All-State (2nd team), All-Conference (HM) Brandon Rivard ’10, All-State (HM), All-Conference

Girls’ Varsity Crew New Hampshire Championships: 3rd & 4th, Youth 4+; 3rd, Novice Youth 4+ Head of the Charles: 14th, Youth 4+ Head of the Fish: 1st & 6th, Youth 4+ Taylor Nagel ’08, Class of 1970 Award

OPPOSITE (clockwise from top): The girls’ youth 8+ at New Hampshire Championships. n Leah Burke ’09 at the Derryfield Invitational. n Julia Maldonado ’08 dribbles past an opponent in a field hockey game. n Fritz Manson ’09 running in the Derryfield Invitational. n Liz Dirth ’08 takes the ball from an opponent. n Brendan Dobbi ’10 takes a swing in a golf meet. n The boys’ second boat at Head of the Charles. ABOVE: Kemal Kadic ’09 takes aim at the goal.

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spotlight Summerbridge


WHY CHANGE OUR NAME? n Breakthrough better reflects the year-

round nature of the program; we are not just a summer program. n Breakthrough is inspired by the A-ha!

Moments of discovery and learning that our students and teachers experience. n Breakthrough will preserve our essence

and improve community understanding of our mission. n Breakthrough will make our program

recognized nationally as part of a bold movement to improve education in America. n Breakthrough will be a household name

similar to Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army and YMCA.

Students pose for the camera before classes start.


A New Name for Summerbridge: Breakthrough Manchester In the next few months, Summerbridge Manchester, a Breakthrough Program, will officially change its name to Breakthrough Manchester. The program will continue to serve students, teachers, alumni and com‑ munity members with the same excellent academic services and opportunities that have been offered for the past seventeen years. The mission of the program will remain the same as will the longstanding relationships with The Derryfield School, the Manchester School District and the Breakthrough Collaborative. This name change is an important milestone among many that have signified the development of the program over the past seventeen years. In 1991, Manchester became the third city in America with a Summerbridge pro‑ gram. The founding director, Lynn Sorensen, worked closely with then Derryfield Head of School, Marcus Hurlbut; Beech Street Elementary School Principal, Nancy Tessier and other commu‑ nity visionaries to replicate the success of Summerbridge San Francisco. The launch‑ ing of sites in Manchester and New Orleans signaled the first steps toward creating a national collaborative of Summerbridge programs.


Over the years, Summerbridge Manchester’s leadership and community supporters provided strong guidance for the program. The second director, Joel Vargas, became the first Summerbridge student and teacher to serve as a site direc‑ tor. Since the beginning, Summerbridge Manchester is one of the only programs

"I have eight years of life‑altering experiences to prove it. Eight years of being part of a program that has done so much good for so many people. No matter what its name is, I will always call this program my home." where each director has consistently and carefully been trained by his or her predecessor. That tradition of fostering leadership in the directorship mirrors the program’s mission of cultivating leadership in each program participant. Summerbridge Manchester began at a key time when after‑school programming for students was being researched and lauded as a vital part of education. This resulted in a deepening of the program’s scope on a national scale; Summerbridge was no longer just a summer enrichment

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program, the result is that it changes lives. It truly does. It empowers stu‑ dents of all ages, and if you don’t believe me, I have eight years of life‑ altering experiences to prove it. Eight years of being part of a program that has done so much good for so many people. No matter what its name is, I will always call this program my home. – Samantha Allard

Upcoming Dates The red team shows their spirit with “happy ears.”

program, but a year‑round, multi‑year investment in the education of chil‑ dren. In 2000, the National Collaborative adopted the name “Breakthrough” to describe how edu‑ cation can be a vehicle for overcoming the challenges a student may face because of income, race or personal cir‑ cumstances. This unique education program with high hopes for the future of student achievement contin‑ ues to touch the lives of individuals, and has trained thousands of young people who are active leaders in all levels of education across the country.

A Student Perspective on Breakthrough Eight years. Eight years of my life have gone to Summerbridge. I am only eigh‑ teen years old, which means for nearly half of my life I have, in some way or another, been involved with this pro‑ gram. We still refer to the program as Summerbridge, but that is about to change for next year. At first I thought

I would struggle to adjust to a new name for a program that I have known as Summerbridge for eight years, but I have come to the sudden realization that names are quite insignificant. Okay, well it’s not that names are insignificant, because that would com‑ pletely defeat the purpose of the “Name Challenge,” but it’s what the program stands for that really matters. It is an amazing program. Its ambitions are to inspire middle school students to work hard to go to college and to inspire high school and college students to get involved in the education system and hopefully consider teaching as a career. But whatever its objectives are in being a

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Examining the Importance of Art in Education

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n a decade when visual and performing arts programs are being cut from school budgets across the country, the Derryfield faculty believes even more strongly than ever in the importance of the arts as part of a well‑rounded education. Not only are art classes an important graduation requirement, but our teachers are developing more classes that cross department lines, and are even bringing art into subjects that are not traditionally associated with the arts. The number of classes offered for either English or VAPA credit is a prime example of this integration. We asked several teachers, of subjects ranging from English to math, how art found its way into their classrooms and what their students gained from that perspective, and then asked a current student and alumna to talk about how their Derryfield education was influenced by the arts. The common thread is that the arts bring to life any subject with which they are tied.


Liz Stefany ’98 Whenever I hear a song from Jimmy Buffett’s “Barometer Soup” album, it takes me back to the spring of 1996, playing with fire in what is now the administration building. This was supervised play, and one might pin‑ point it as the beginning of my career as a serious silversmith. For that Christmas, I received from my parents every girl’s dream – a blowtorch, jewelers’ saw, and various tools to begin my hobby making silver jewelry. Derryfield gave me the oppor‑ tunity to create an independent art class. I did this with a focus to play, explore and ultimately learn to solder. Mr. Moerlein was my advisor in this endeavor, and while he did not have experience with jewelry‑making, he was able to guide me in making pro‑ ductive mistakes, which supplemented the knowledge I gained through books. This opportunity certainly had long‑

lasting effects, as ten years later I expanded my summer camp/winter hobby into a blossoming business. I started Carrabassett Valley Jewelry in the spring of 2006, and just complet‑ ed my first year of craft shows. Derry‑ field taught me to problem‑solve my way out of the various challenges I encountered, which helped to create the building blocks and the confidence to build a business ten years later.

Michelle Coombes Over the years, I have heard many stu‑ dents say “I’m just not a math person.” The abstract nature of higher mathe‑ matics challenges some students to the point where they believe they are just not “wired” for mathematical thinking. “I like humanities and the arts,” they say, adding, “There’s more room for creativity.” My experience teaching mathematics has told me this: there is plenty of room for the creative, artistic

mind to thrive in a mathematical setting. Mathematics could be defined as “the science and study of patterns.” Vast arrays of patterns exist in the world around us; it is up to us to rec‑ ognize, appreciate and learn from them. Achieving understanding of mathematical concepts often depends on identifying patterns. As students progress through their mathematical careers, they see time and again that patterns, whether visual, numerical or otherwise, are the true essence of mathematics. In Geometry, we examine visual pat‑ terns of shapes called tessellations. “To tessellate” means to cover a plane with a formation of geometric shapes such that there are no gaps or overlaps. Floor tiles, mosaics, quilt patterns and stained glass window designs are just some examples of tessellations. Popular Dutch artist M.C. Escher was



famous for incorporating mathematical ideas (particularly tessellations) into his artwork. When students study Escher’s work and are challenged to apply their geometric knowledge to create unique, dynamic tessellations, the experience reinforces that imagina‑ tion and creativity have a place in math class.

Bob Cole The question, “Which is more impor‑ tant, thinking or feeling?” always stimulates lively debate, as it did this fall in my English elective, What is Real: Experiments in Art and Literature in the 20th Century. We read novels and poems, wrote in various genres and created paintings and collage. We sought to understand what is – combining reason and feel‑ ing, intellect and intuition. We talked about our individual reality, especially what isn’t measured in straight lines of reason, but in the mysterious part we feel and intuit, running beneath the scholarly study of our world. To cap‑ ture this spiritual force, we each designed a Book of Self, transforming an old book into a manifestation of our individual being. We painted Picasso paintings from Cummings poems and wrote Cummings poems from Picasso paintings. This bouncing back and forth between artistic media deepened our understanding, challenging us to think and feel. Brush strokes and words unfolded into artful writing, tapping deeper colors inside us. Every art work – poem, painting or trash‑can sculpture – needs something


wild, something just beyond our intel‑ lect; if we control it, then we will miss the mystery that enlivens a bold line, a bent sapling or a splash of paint. Understandings built solely on logical constructs fall short of touching our whole selves. Planned spontaneity is essential to art. “Like a piece of ice on a hot stove,” says Frost, “the poem must ride on its own melting.” To write or make art, we must trust our instincts; we must feel the force. So how can we teach this essential understanding, this spiritual dimen‑ sion of self‑knowledge? If we hope to send deep, creative, whole people out into the world, we must help them find art within themselves. Education in the west leans heavily toward logic and reason, often slowing the growth of our most creative students. A scholar studies things in straight, orderly lines, suggests Frost, while a poet “wanders in a field, collecting burrs on his pants.” We need both halves to feel whole, to know ourselves truly. Students must craft a thesis – and make art. Our final mural for What is Real was painted on the floor in the basement, and this was our most connected and meaningful moment. On our knees, putting aside all personal inhibitions, we let the force dance on our shared canvas.

brings an element of fun and humor to the classroom, all the while helping the students to understand the nuances of Latin. I draw for them every day and I feel that it really enhances each lesson. For example, the students need to understand that Latin is completely based on word endings, not word order. A drawing of a person preparing a turkey conjures up a much different visual than a drawing of a turkey preparing a person! Through art, they realize that mixing up their endings will make for a very strange sentence. We also use art to decorate our chari‑ ots, create ancient frescos and prepare our costumes for Roman Holiday. Without art, the classroom would seem as “dead” as the language itself!

Gill Roberts ’99 I returned to Derryfield as a new teacher, wondering how I would revive a “dead” language. My artistic back‑ ground has certainly helped me with this task. Teaching using cartoons

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Jim Speigel The art of theatre has many levels that go well beyond any opening night. Every detail in a theatrical production is influenced by art, from the very first production meeting straight through to the closing show. Some of the more obvious art design aspects are focused on the set and set decoration, which include construction, woodworking and painting. The scenic art design is the creative force behind the look of a show, as the story and plot are literally brought to life through the talents of our painters, builders and set design‑ ers. Whether it’s the inside of a castle from Beauty and the Beast, the deck of an ocean liner from Anything Goes or the barricades in Les Miserables, the audience’s willful suspension of disbe‑ lief is heightened according to the skills of the various artists involved. Costumes add a whole other dimen‑ sion to the success of a production, and the research, creativity and efforts of the costume designer add endless amounts of substance to each and every character. Props, although often found in everyday situations, are usu‑ ally created and built to match the time period of a show. This art form of making something look as real as the genuine desired object is a glorious artistic achievement on any level. Add lighting and sound design to the mix, and it becomes clear that before one word is even spoken, the production has already become an art form within itself. Any and all students who participate in a Derryfield Players production,

whether acting or working backstage, are directly involved in the creation of the show. Students help with every‑ thing from set construction to props, costumes and scenic design. The opportunity they have working direct‑ ly with the incredible artists involved is an invaluable gift in the learning process of the arts in education.

Bekah Volinsky ’08 The arts at Derryfield have been very important to my entire experience because they not only supplement the other academic and extra‑curricular fields, but also add a merit of their own. Since seventh grade when I first came to the Middle School, the arts have been involved in my career here. From theatre with Mr. Speigel to paint‑ ing and drawing classes with Ms. Steele to Advanced Studio Art with Mr. Moerlein to becoming the Art Editor of Excerpt Literary Magazine with Mr. Cole, I have learned much from the Derryfield VAPA program. That 50‑minute block of time down in the art wing has always given me relief during the day. For most of our time here, we as students do not have many options in the classes we take because we have to fulfill graduation requirements, but we always have the opportunity to take an art class just for the simple reason that we want to. In my experience, I have found that the arts at Derryfield serve a broader pur‑ pose than just entertainment or recre‑ ation. I believe that it is imperative to involve aspects of learning in our edu‑ cation other than just the traditional

ABOVE: Ms. Coombes discusses a project in Topics with Brett Logan ’08. OPPOSITE: Mr. Moerlein enlists help setting up a sculpture.

academic modes. The arts program encourages students to be creative, to push boundaries, to ask not only the “why” that is so often present in histo‑ ry classes and the “how” that is crucial to the maths and sciences, but also the “what if” that is so important to our future experiences both inside and outside of school. This new perspective learned in the art room can, and right‑ ly should, be applied to the other subjects, creating a more rounded per‑ spective on all that we study. I have always been encouraged and nurtured in my artistic pursuits both in and out of the classroom, and I have learned so much about how to learn from the arts program at Derryfield.



Update on Jim Spillane ’87’s son Will holding the newest member of the family, Erin.

In Memoriam Founder Muriel Cuddy passed away on May 9, 2007. After graduating from Lassell Junior College, Mrs. Cuddy became a radio personality at WMUR

The news contained in this section covers the period of June 11, 2007 – November 16, 2007. For more recent news, or to post a note, please log onto the Derryfield Portal at

radio. She married Jeffrey Cuddy, Jr. in 1949. Mrs. Cuddy was active in Elliot Hospital Junior Associates, served as president of the Manchester Garden Club and was on the boards of the VNA and the YWCA. She is survived by her husband, a son, Jeffrey Cuddy III ’72, a daughter, Jennifer Steer and two grandchildren. Alumnus Douglas Peabody ’68 passed away on October 28, 2007. After graduating from Derryfield, Mr. Peabody received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in theology from Drew

1970 Bennett Freeman reports that on October 3, a few ’70s gathered for dinner at the Puritan Backroom. Attendees included Susan Hardy, Nancy Kudler, Nancy Lord, Scott Freedman, Mike Theodosopoulos, Kevin Devine, Greg Ahlgren, Bill Thornton, and Bennett Freeman. “We also cheered the Sox on to victory. As always, it was great to catch up, and we hope more of us will make it to dinner next time.”

University. He also received a master’s degree in library science from SUNY Albany. Mr. Peabody worked for over 23 years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston as a documents specialist. He volunteered for the libraries at the International Seafarer’s Center and the Port of Houston. Mr. Peabody was also an active swing dancer and maintained a large postcard network with his friends. He is survived by his mother, Hilda Peabody, two sisters, Mary Jane Peabody ’68 and Linda Schmidt, and a large extended family.


1978 Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grosso assumed command of the I Wing, International Special Training Center located in Pfullendorf, Germany on June 22, 2007. The I Wing, International Special Training Center is composed of officers and non‑ commissioned officers from the countries of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the

U.S., and provides training in patrolling, combat medicine, survival techniques, advanced mission planning and other spe‑ cialized Special Operations Force training to Special Forces and Special Operations Forces from these nine NATO nations, in addition to other nations.

1980 Attorney Eleanor Dahar, president of the New Hampshire Bar Association, has been appointed to serve on the board of the executive council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Eleanor is also a board member of Catholic Medical Center, the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund and chairman of the board of trustees of the Visiting Nurses Association Foundation.

Angela Papoutsy Lochtefeld, Walter Milne, and Daniela Shields (all ’82) at their 25th reunion in September.

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1984 As reported in the NH Union Leader on August 6, 2007, “Anu Mathur Mullikin, a shareholder with the Devine Millimet law firm and chair of its Trust and Estates practice group, has been named vice chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Manchester Region Advisory Board.”

1987 Looking for some good historical books on New Hampshire? Check out http://www.h‑ show.cgi?ID=125690. Scott Roper and his wife, Stephanie Abbot Roper ’84, are currently writing a book on attempts by the Amoskeag Manufac‑ turing Company of Manchester, NH to use baseball to keep labor from orga‑ nizing and to “Americanize” its pre‑ dominantly foreign‑born workforce, 1912‑1916. Scott says he is interested in a variety of topics related to American regionalism and ethnic identity. “We also enjoy our other long‑term project analyzing regional ethnic patterns in graveyards across the United States and Canada.” n Jim Spillane and his wife, Donna, announce the arrival of their daughter, Erin Elizabeth, born on June 29. She was born 19 inches long and weighed 6.2 lbs. Erin joins her two older brothers, Colin (11) and Will (2). In other news, Jim started a new job in Wakefield, MA in August. He is a Senior Technical Writer for ADP Taxware.

Members of the class of 1987 at their reunion gathering in September.

1988 Erin O’Shaughnessy has recently moved from Washington, DC back to Manchester, NH. When asked if it was the Red Sox that brought her back, she replied, “Of course it was the Red Sox. It was too hard trying to be a Nationals fan when I was always a New Englander at heart. Actually, I spent ten years in Washington working for the federal government (CIA, NRO, GAO and, most recently, NASA). I returned to New Hampshire to work at Fidelity Investments in Merrimack as a Disaster Recovery Project Manager – the same type of work I was doing at NASA.”

1989 Erik Noyes shares some professional news: “This fall I’ll start as a professor with the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College in Wellesley, MA focus‑ ing on innovation and entrepreneurship in large organizations. Relatedly, I just

wrapped up my doctorate in business admininstration at Boston University. All said, make sure to send budding Derryfield entrepreneurs our way!” n Ray Hindle tells us that he and his wife, Taylor Ferry Hindle ’92, wel‑ comed their third child on April 5, 2007. Anderson Garwood Hindle, bet‑ ter known as Gar, joins his two older brothers, William and Trip, and simply can’t wait to enroll in the alma mater of both his mom and dad.

1991 As reported in the NH Union Leader on July 18, 2007, “Karin Loscocco Witt, MD, FACOG, has joined the team at Women’s Care of Nashua, an affiliate of Southern New Hampshire Medical Center. Karin received her medical degree from New York Medical College and completed her residency at Cooper Hospital/UMN, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is board certified in obstet‑ rics and gynecology.”





Andrew Edwards reports, “I am no longer single. I was married to Katherine Vogel on August 25 in Milwaukee. Dave Athey was a groomsman. Kate and I met while we both lived in Boston and moved to Chicago in 2005. We honeymooned in Belize but had to evacuate in the mid‑ dle of the night a day early because of Hurricane Felix. I am working in com‑ petitive intelligence for Grainger, an industrial supplies distributor head‑ quartered north of Chicago.”

Brian Decker tells us that on June 2, 2007 he and his wife, Reilly, welcomed their first child, Jack Reilly Decker. He weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and was 22 inches long. He joins his “brother,” Henry, their three‑year‑old golden retriever, who is trying in vain to hold onto the “baby” title in the family.


seeking nominations This year Founders’ Day will be cele‑ brated back in the spring again. At this time, the Distinguished Alumni Award will be given by the Alumni Association recognizing an alum who has made a distinct or unique contribution within his or her career or profession or to society. Candidates’ credentials must be presented by written nomination from any alumnus or by the Chairman of the Alumni Awards Committee; final approval to be voted on by the Alumni Council. Please submit your nominations via email to both Chris Norwood ’99 (cnorwood@thenor‑ and Diane Allen (


1995 Lesley Keiner writes: “Matthew Herzberg and I were married on September 2 in Jackson, NH. It was an outdoor wedding on a gorgeous sunny day with the mountains as a backdrop. My bridesmaids included three Derryfield alums: Dana Keiner ’98, Lisa Tuttle Hultgren and Laura Mackey LeGower. Also in attendence was Julia Davis ’96, and my brother James ’01 was a groomsman. Matt and I live in Chicago now where he is an architect and I am an appraiser of fur‑ niture and decorative arts at an auction house.”

1996 Mark Ansdell tells us that he and his wife Dawn (Cates) from British Columbia, Canada were married three years ago in Vernon, BC. They live in Liverpool, UK where Mark is a fourth year medical student and Dawn is a nurse practioner. Mark returned to Derryfield this past summer for a tour

and visit and is happy to see how well we are doing! n John Wallin reports that he and Jeanine Girgenti were mar‑ ried at St. Augustine’s Church in Larchmont, NY on June 16, 2007. They met in law school at Rutgers and were engaged for just over 18 months. About a dozen Derryfield people were there, counting parents. n Tim Foster tells us that he married Caralyn Desautels in April 2007. He also writes that after five years of working as a consultant for ultra‑high net worth families at SEI Investments in Philadelphia, he and his brother, Jon ’94, have spent the last two years man‑ aging their own company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Their company, S.W. (RED) Smith, Inc., manufactures pick‑ led snack foods like sausages, eggs, dill pickles, pork hocks and pigs feet and was spotlighted on the front page of the business section of the Miami Herald.

1997 Jennifer Pletcher’s mom sent us an article that appeared in the newspaper Advance News in Ogdensburg, NY. Jennifer won the second annual statewide Nursing Essay Contest spon‑ sored by the New York State Area Health Education Center (AHEC) System. The essay entitled “The Regular” can be found in its entirety at Jennifer has been employed as a medical surgical RN at Canton‑Potsdam Hospital for two years. She has a bachelor’s degree

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in biology from Canton and an AAS degree in nursing from SUNY Canton. n Jim Thatcher tells us that he and his wife, Suzanne, had their first child on July 21, 2007. Oscar Maximus, whom Jim has already nicknamed Osco, made his way into the world weighing in at 7 lbs., 2.1 oz. and measuring 20 inches. Jim says, “Suzanne and Oscar are both doing very well. If I may quote Matt Bagley, ‘Suzanne is nails.’” n Katherine Stanley writes: “After three years working as a reporter in San José, Costa Rica, I took a job as a speech‑ writer for President Oscar Arias. I’m also engaged to Adrián Obando, of San José. My mom (who was ordained as an Episcopal priest during my time at Derryfield) is going to do the honors when we tie the knot in Maine this December – and again in a blessing ceremony in February, back in Costa Rica with our families and friends. Hi to all alums; hope you’re doing well!” n Anne Semple writes: “Morgan Melkonian ’00, who is working as a sommelier for Grill 23 Restaurant in Boston, and I were asked to participate in a trip to Argentina wine country. I

am currently the wine manager for Shubie’s Marketplace in Marblehead, MA. Morgan and I hadn’t caught up since high school and it was a great week‑long adventure to share along with about ten other participants from across the U.S. We spent five days intensively learning about the culture and wine of Argentina in the Mendoza region just over the border (and Andes Mtns.) from Chile. It was fabulous – everything from how Malbec grapes are grown at high altitudes to how to craft an authentic empanada by hand.”

1998 Liz Bolduc Boswell and her husband, Kevin, will celebrate their second wed‑ ding anniversary at the end of February 2008 but will probably have to do so long distance. While Liz remains in Hawaii, Kevin is on his sec‑ ond deployment to Iraq. He is expect‑ ed back in April, at which time they will both be living in Cherry Pt., NC. In the meantime, Liz is working as a social skills trainer for autistic children.

Members of the class of 1997 at their reunion gathering in September.

1999 Sara Schwartz tells us that she will be getting married next June. She and her fiance, Jeff Mohan, will tie the knot right after they both graduate from business school.

2000 Laura Hunter writes: “I left EF Smithsonian in January and moved on as a staff assistant for Harvard University’s new initiative for the undergraduates to enhance the experi‑ ence of pursuing a degree in science or engineering. The Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE) has been created from the recommendation of the Task Force on Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), to establish a stimulating, collegial and diverse resi‑ dential community for Harvard under‑ graduates engaged in summer research in life science, physical science, applied science, mathematics and engineering. PRISE is a ten‑week program for stu‑ dents working with Harvard faculty in relevant academic departments and research centers in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as program direc‑ tors and principal investigators in the Harvard Medical School, the School of Public Health, affiliated research insti‑ tutes and hospitals and other academic and administrative units throughout the University. If there are any Boston‑ area alumni who are interested in continued on page 26...



David B. Snow ’72 David B. Snow, Jr. ’72 is the president and CEO of Medco Health Solutions, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Medco provides affordable prescrip‑ tions to the public, dispensing more than 553 million prescriptions in 2006, includ‑ ing 89 million by mail. In addition to keep‑ ing Medco on top, David also sits on the board for Pitney Bowes, the advisory board to Harvard School of Public Health and the board for Rutgers School of Business. This summer, David took some time from his busy schedule to chat with Diane Allen, Alumni Coordinator, about his journey to success, beginning with a love of math and science nurtured by two former Derryfield teachers.

While you were at Derryfield, did you have any mentors or people who actually made you believe that you could be the CEO of a mega corporation like Medco? There were several I really liked a lot, but my absolute favorite teacher whom I always think about back at Derryfield was Mr. Dunbar in math. I loved math. I actually ended up majoring in eco‑

nomics and minoring in English, but he gave me that foundation for physics and all very intense “quan” courses. He was terrific. Like I said, there were a number of good teachers, and I also really liked Mr. Smith who was a sci‑ ence teacher. I don’t know if they helped create my love of math and sci‑ ence or if loving the subjects was why I liked them, but I think it was partially that they helped me love it.

What steps did you take after leaving Derryfield to reach your current position? I left Derryfield after my sophomore year and went to prep school at Hebron Academy. Derryfield started it and then Hebron finished it, giving me the real study discipline that I needed. After receiving a degree in economics at Bates and a master’s in health care administration at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke, I became a hospital administrator until realizing that my passion was in health care reform. I worked in managed care for 20 years and then started my own company. After selling the company to United Health Care, I came to Medco as chair‑ man and CEO, took it public in 2003 and have been running it ever since.

What advice would you give to current Derryfield students who think they would like to follow in your footsteps in the corporate world?

David Snow ’72.


My best advice to them is to use these years to find what you love. Don’t decide on your course until you decide what you love, because success comes

when you are pursuing something you have a passion for. Too many kids de‑ cide to follow in their parents’ footsteps or do something before they really like it. There has to be some soul to it. My experience in hiring great people as employees for my company is that they see a noble cause when they come here. It’s not just about the money. They need to see a noble cause in what they pursue, and that gives them the passion to excel. And they will be rewarded handsomely for it. If they have a pas‑ sion to lead, that will come out. But if they have a passion to be an individual contributor or an innovator, that too will come out, and we need all types.

When was the last time you came back to Derryfield? I notice this is a reunion year for you. I haven’t been to Derryfield in an awfully long time. I’ve been to Manchester because I still have family in Bedford, NH, but haven’t been back to Derryfield. I was actually a student at Derryfield for four years, but it was seventh through tenth grades. I remember that for the first two years we didn’t even have a building on River Road. We used the Boys Club and the Boys Club gym in downtown Manchester for classrooms and athlet‑ ics. Then I think we also used the Manchester School of Arts right across the street and down the alley. This was in seventh and eighth grade. We moved into the new school in ninth grade. I know it’s gotten a lot bigger since then. I’m back there fairly often; I’ll definitely try to come by.

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Mentor Community For the last several months, the Alumni Association and I have been working on a project that we hope will benefit everyone in our community. We are proud to introduce the fruit of our labor and our newest creation: the Online Mentor Program! The goal is to enhance our academic and professional outreach to one another. At this time we would like to invite mentors only to register. Simply visit, log on and click on “Groups.” You can then follow instruc‑ tions to register as either a professional or university mentor – or both! After answering a few questions, your regis‑ tration will be submitted for approval by the Alumni Office, after which your profile information will appear in the professional and/or university group

pages that pertain to your background. If you went to Cornell, for example, a mentee looking for the “inside scoop” could go to the Cornell group and your name and profile would appear. Likewise, if you are an architect and a mentee looking for information about your profession logs on, he or she will find your name and profile informa‑ tion under the “architecture” group. From now until the end of January, we will be conducting a drive to regis‑ ter as many mentors as we can so that when we invite mentees to log on, they will have a good base of mentors to call upon. Every alumna/us, parent and student is encouraged to partici‑ pate. We are all leaders in some capaci‑ ty, so add your unique perspective to our unique community. – Justin Shaka ’00

From the Archive


Alumni Ski & Snowboard Event Join us at Pat’s Peak on January 4, 2008, 4:00 p.m. ‑ 7:00 p.m. to cheer on the Derryfield ski team in their first race and have some fun on the slopes yourself! Form an alumni team (contact Chris Hettler at or just ski/snowboard for the fun of it. RSVP to

NYC Bus Trip & Alumni Reception Join Derryfield faculty and staff for a day in New York City on March 1, 2008. Board our deluxe bus, spend the day on your own and join us for an alumni reception from 5:00 ‑ 7:00 p.m. Then hop back on board the bus for a relaxing ride home with movies and refreshments. New York alumni – this will be your opportunity to meet our new Head of School, Craig Sellers.

Washington, DC Alumni Reception Details are being worked out for an alumni reception to be held in Washington, DC on the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2008. Watch for details on the alumni page of the website and in your mailbox.

Summer Alumni Events Since alumni no longer live by the school calendar, we’ve decided to save two alum‑ ni events for the nice weather. We are working on plans for alumni receptions in both Boston, MA and Portsmouth, NH. Stay tuned for more information as the weather gets warmer! Can you guess who these spry athletes are? Email your response to by January 15. Get at least five correct and win a prize!



Dinner at Jenny’s by Amanda Fiedler ’97

After completing her graduate studies, Amanda Fiedler ’97 spent the 2006‑07 school year in East Java, Indonesia, com‑ pleting a ten‑month Fulbright Student Grant. As part of the English Teaching Assistant program, she taught English in a public high school in Probolinggo, East Java. Throughout her year, she kept a week‑ ly online journal as a way of keeping in touch and passing on stories to her friends back home. The following is a selection of writing from that journal. or the first week of my vacation, I traveled to Padang, West Sumatra to meet up with Clarissa, Ethan and Deanna, three other Fulbright English Teaching Assistants working in different cities. We took a one‑week road trip through West and North Sumatra. We rented a car and hired a driver (without whom we certainly would have ended up in a ditch somewhere). Life as seen through a passing car window. Even when only looking, it is



incredible how much you can see. Our relatively aimless wandering led to some amazing, unforgettable moments. Most of these were small, little things. We would stop every few hours, get out of the car wherever we were and just take a walk with someone that we met in that particular town. Some‑ times, quite by accident or incidentally, we would stumble upon moments we never would have seen otherwise: a fishing festival teeming with tangles of people, fish and nets; the world’s largest flower, rafflesia arnoldii, still in bud form, but intriguing nonetheless; new trees; heart‑stopping bugs; plants that my mom has in her garden; a gui‑ tar‑building shop; deliciously spicy fried rice; and coffee spiked with so much sweetened condensed milk that it almost makes you choke. As we walked, it seemed that behind every house, or just beyond those trees, the world completely changed, opened up, and we breathed it in, in huge, deep breaths. It felt good.

I always find myself thinking that sometimes I feel like I am on another planet and then other times, I feel like I am back in New England. One day, Ethan and I hiked through the hills of Samosir Island, an island in the middle of Lake Toba, North Sumatra. Once we got to a higher elevation, the climate changed, and we suddenly found our‑ selves surrounded by pine trees and scrub bushes. The air was cool and there were a few birds twittering away. If I had closed my eyes, I could have sworn I was home. Even the pine nee‑ dles under my shoes felt the same. Of course, an hour later, we were centuries away from any sort of famil‑ iarity. We kept hiking until we came to Jenny’s Guest House, which is where we decided to stay after a few minutes of playful banter with the collection of women, men and children scattered around her porch and steps. Jenny’s was a small, wooden house, built up on stilts, in a village called Partungkoan. The word “village” is overstating it a bit; there were only about four or five other houses, none of which had elec‑ tricity or running water. The dogs,

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chickens and pigs welcomed us with barks, clucks and grunts as we clumsi‑ ly fumbled towards the house. Jenny was a small but rugged woman, born on the island, who excitedly came and introduced herself with a wide, ener‑ getic smile that revealed a mouthful of red, beetlenut‑stained teeth. She was more than hospitable and she and her family enchanted us for the remainder of the evening. It rained almost all night – a hard, relentless rain, soothing in the sounds that drifted into Jenny’s warm, cozy, candlelit home. Ethan and I sat quietly and observed the scene around us. Jenny’s two children drifted in and out of songs, humming and singing Indonesian pop and Christian songs. Her younger son could never remem‑ ber the words, so his older sister would routinely chime in and correct him. Jenny’s husband was busy by the fire, making a flute out of a piece of bamboo. He finished it in an hour or two and played it for us. He was very musical, like his children, and he informed us that, in addition to the flute (which he played quite well, in my uneducated opinion), he also played the guitar and several other traditional Sumatran musical instru‑ ments. Earlier in the day, while we were sit‑ ting on the porch watching the pouring rain, Jenny asked us what we wanted for dinner. I suggested chicken, think‑ ing that would be relatively easy. Some time later, she came out to us with a beautiful, velvety black chicken cra‑ dled in her arms and clucking softly. I

Clockwise from above: All smiles: Students from one of Amanda's 10th Grade ESL classes in Probolinggo, East Java; Batu, a village in the mountainous area of East Java, Indonesia; Nap time: A becak, or bicycle cab in Yogyakarta, Central Java; View from Borobudur, a Buddhist monument located in Central Java, Indonesia.

thought, oh God, she’s going to kill the chicken for us?! This was, of course, a ridiculously redundant thought, but one that I suppose is somewhat natural for a naive, spoiled Westerner such as myself, brought up on detached, supermarket meat. I can’t even bring myself to cook lobsters. I tried to ask her if we could just have eggs or veg‑ etables or something, but that state‑ ment was not even acknowledged and we found ourselves bargaining and haggling over the price of our chicken dinner. It was all a little confusing, but I realized that we had come to some sort of agreement when Jenny abruptly turned around and went back into the house with the doomed bird. Later, while sitting inside, huddled on a mat on the floor, Ethan and I watched our dinner evolve. I first saw the whole chicken being seared over the fire, seemingly charred to a dark black. After that, it was cut up and left to poach in a sauce. The whole process took quite a while, well over an hour, I think, but honestly, I have no idea – I lost track of time. The chicken tasted so good. I am sure I will never be able to duplicate that strange mixture of spices (not to mention the cooking process), chilies, garlic, bay leaf, I am not sure

what else. I am not even sure what color it was, since we were eating by candlelight. A little sweet, a little spicy, a little salty. It was complex and absolutely delicious. Even the white rice tasted better than usual; I guess that is what happens when you get to eat it fresh. What can I say? My bed was lumpy, we had to pee out in the grass, and if you wanted meat, it had to be killed first. Enchanting. It was a perfect day. That night, electricity and plumbing started to seem excessively overrated.




parents To Jim Spillane ’87 and his wife, Donna, a daughter, Erin Elizabeth, on June 29, 2007. To Raymond Hindle ’89 and Taylor Ferry Hindle ’92, a son, Anderson Garwood, on April 5, 2007. To Lisa Boucher van Oosterum ’93 and her husband, Marcus, a daughter, Roxie Lianna, on December 7, 2005. To Brian Decker ’94 and his wife, Reilly, a son, Jack Reilly on June 2, 2007. To Jim Thatcher ’97 and his wife, Suzanne, a son, Oscar Maximus, on July 21, 2007. To faculty member Marty Milne and his wife, Kerri, a son, Keegan Martin, on September 11, 2007.



weddings Andrew Edwards ’92 to Katherine Vogel on August 25,

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learning more about working for Harvard, I can be reached at” n Red Sox fans everywhere may have heard of a program on NESN called Sox Appeal, a dating show based out of Fenway Park. Our own Justin Shaka and Matt Rushton stumbled by the open audi‑ tions in Boston and were called back for a video interview. Matt showed up on the wrong day and Justin says he made himself look foolish. Neither Matt nor Justin made the show, nor did they make the blooper reel. n Insley Barr is happy to announce her engage‑ ment to Richard L. Jones. They live in the Catskills in Liberty, NY. Richard is a secondary education biology teacher at TriValley Central School and Insley is a medical assistant at a local hospi‑ tal. An August 8, 2008 wedding is planned in New York.

2007 in Milwaukee, WI. Lesley Keiner ’95 to Matthew Herzberg on September 2, 2007 in Jackson, NH. Tim Foster ’96 to Caralyn Desautels on April 21, 2007 in Buffalo, NY. Don Monson ’96 to Ying Hsu on November 10, 2007 in Chicago, IL. John Wallin ’96 to Jeanine Girgenti on June 16, 2007 in Larchmont, NY. Peter White ’98 to Becka Hutchinson on June 23, 2007 in New Boston, NH. Sarah Fogal ’99 to Luke Sweatlock on November 3, 2007 in Nashua, NH. Natalie Lebel ’99 to Christopher Reno on November 26, 2007 on a cruise to Cabo and Ensenada. Faculty member Rob Fogg to Melissa May Wallace on Sunday, July 8, 2007 in Methuen, MA.


2001 Alex Moerlein writes: “I graduated from Penn State in May, and found work outside of Philadelphia (King of Prussia, to be exact). I am a mechanical engineer for a start‑up company, and living a few miles away with my girl‑ friend and our puppy. I really enjoy the small office (15 employees) and the responsibilities they give me. The pro‑ ject I’m on right now is in conjunction with a company in Bedford, so I’ll stop in whenever work sends me up that way. Cheers, Alex”

Jim Thatcher ’97 and his wife, Suzanne, with their son, Oscar.

2002 Rob Buchholz tells us he is working for the New Hampshire State Senate in the Senate Clerk’s Office as the Assistant Senate Clerk. As an officer of the Senate, he is elected by the Senate to serve for a two‑year period, after which he is required to run for “re‑ election.” His job revolves around leg‑ islative process and parliamentary pro‑ cedure. The Senate Clerk’s Office is responsible for producing the weekly Senate Calendar, producing the weekly and permanent Senate Journals, updat‑ ing and maintaining the Senate Website, coordinating the flow of legis‑ lation between the Senate and House and ultimately working with Senate leadership to ensure that the Senate runs smoothly. As the Assistant Clerk, Rob is responsible for amending all legislation that passes through the Senate, maintaining an acccurate record of the legislative action on the Senate floor, coordinating with the

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Assistant House Clerk, etc. n In a note to Coach Lenny McCaigue, Maureen Harrington, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, reports, “Things are going very well for me here at Johns Hopkins. At the end of this week I will be going to another school in the area to start my third grade internship. I have been in first grade so far and it has been fun.” n Max Hodes spent Thanksgiving doing a majority of the mix‑down on a new record by USAISAMONSTER, an experimental progressive rock duo from Brooklyn by way of Boston. The record, untitled at this writing, will be sold under the Load Records label, hopefully by Christmas. For more information on their record, go to

2003 Elizabeth Richey writes, “I’m moving to Chicago in August. I will be work‑ ing at Northwestern University at the Feinberg School of Medicine. I’ll be doing research related to health policy with the Clinical Policy and Outcomes.” n Matt Whalon tells us that he has started his second year of his M.A. studies at the University of South Florida majoring in modern European history and hopes to gradu‑ ate in December 2008. He’s learning German in preparation to take his comps and write his thesis. Even more exciting is the fact that he is engaged to be married. His fiancee, Rebecca Meyer, is also an M.A. student and wants to work for NASA in their archives. They have not yet set a date for the wedding, pending completion

Natalie Lebel ’99 at her wedding to Christopher Reno in November.

of their respective educational pro‑ grams. n Hanna Melnick tells us, “I’m living in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia this year and am helping out in a high school here for a couple of days teaching English. The kids are from sixth to twelfth grade, just like at Derryfield. I will be working in a rural high school for most of the time.”


Leslie Keiner ’95’s bridal party at her wedding to Matthew Herzberg in September. Derryfield alumni include Leslie, her brother James ’01, sister Dana ’98, and classmates Laura Mackey LeGower ’95 and Lisa Tuttle Hultgren ’95.

Beth Frieden, a senior at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, will be graduating next spring and plans to take a year off before beginning her master’s program. She spent the sum‑ mer doing research with an English professor in Edinburgh. A theatre major, Beth is currently working on their first show of the season, a play that her autobiographical playwriting class is producing. n On November 27, Lindsay Devino embarked on a nine‑month national tour of the off‑ Broadway play, “The Great American Trailer Park Musical.” Lindsay has one



of only seven roles in this production for which she was once an usher. While spending some time at home before her tour, Lindsay dropped by Derryfield to share her experiences with a group of students who hope to continue acting after graduating.

2005 Katt Bolduc spent three months on the Marine Corp. base on the island of Oahu visiting her sister, Liz Bolduc Boswell ’98, who working in Honolulu as a teacher's aid. While there, Katt vis‑ ited two other islands, did a six‑mile hike across a lava field, swam under waterfalls, learned how to surf, swam with turtles and spent lots of time with her sister and the amazing friends she met out there. She definitely plans on going back after school to live and work in Hawaii for a few years. Back at St. Louis University, Katt is working on her doctorate of physical therapy.

Pat Khayat, Jackson MacKenzie, Allison Moen, Stephanie Pollock and Jordan Silversmith (all ’07) at the 2007 Summer Send-Off before heading to college.

2006 Congratulations to Dylan Evans, who reports that he walked on to the golf team at Lehigh, shooting an 80, 79 and 78, making him one of ten walk‑ons to make the team. They practice three or four times a week at Saucon Valley Country Club or at Lehigh’s practice facility, which has a driving range and two practice putting and chipping greens. n Taylor Scott tells us that he is still pursuing his Economics major at Holy Cross. He will be applying for the Washington, DC Semester Away Program for next year. If he makes it into the program, he will be doing an

internship in DC at a company of his choosing during the spring semester of his junior year. He would also be tak‑ ing a seminar class in DC taught by a Holy Cross professor, and writing a research paper related to his internship.

2007 Doug Lindner tells us he was one of the first New Hampshire staffers for Governor Bill Richardson for President when he joined the campaign at the end of his senior year at Derryfield. Having to leave the campaign to enter Wagner College, he was elected to the campus‑wide Student Senate. Doug has also been elected to represent Bill Richardson at the Democratic National Convention.

Faculty Alumnae rowers Chiara Arcidy ’06, Emily Monty ’06, Paige Houlihan ’07 and Hilary Hamer ’07 at Head of the Charles in October.


Robert Fogg, Director of Instrumental Music, was married to Melissa May Wallace on Sunday, July 8, 2007. The wedding was held at Methuen Memorial Music Hall in Methuen, MA.

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A Sneak Peek: Derryfield’s New Faculty Members Derryfield welcomes its newest members. For more details, check out

STACY BEAUDOIN Favorite Book: Too many – of course all of the Harry Potter books are great Outside Interests: Running and hiking Best Derryfield Moment: The moment the varsity field hockey team won the championship! Classes You Teach: Precalculus, Geometry, Algebra II

ROB CHILDS Favorite Book: Anything by Jim Harrison, Thom Jones, Cormac McCarthy Outside Interests: Skiing, canoe tripping, reading, running, stunt-kiting and fly fishing Best Derryfield Moment: Watching my men’s novice 4+ come in first at NHC's Classes You Teach: Academic Skills I & II, Tenth Grade English, America in Flux: The West and Change

CLAIRE FAUTH, Admission Coordinator Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Outside Interests: Gardening, photography, kayaking, quilting and being a grandma Best Derryfield Moment: Being so warmly welcomed by the community

REBECCA JOSEPHSON Favorite Book: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Outside Interests: Singing (classical, jazz) Best Derryfield Moment: Listening to my students read and respond to their short “no-exit” fiction Classes You Teach: English IV, Composition, World Literature, Images of Women in Literature, Non-Fiction Writing

LI LIU Favorite Book: Waiting by Ha Jin Outside Interests: Walking and gardening Best Derryfield Moment: Watching students’ presentations of their special skills Classes You Teach: Middle School Chinese I, Upper School Chinese I

MARTIN MILNE, Dean of Students Favorite Book: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick Outside Interests: Running, skiing, soccer, mountain biking and traveling Best Derryfield Moment: Faculty vs. student soccer game Classes You Teach: Civics, Modern European History, American Civil War, American Civil Rights Movement

ALLISON PRICE, Director of Admission Favorite Book: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton Outside Interests: Figure skating, dance, exploring national parks and going to Red Sox games Best Derryfield Moment: Listening to members

of our community present their “This I Believe” speeches

NICK QUINN Favorite Book: Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder Outside Interests: Swimming, theater and archaeology Best Derryfield Moment: Watching my sixth grade class finally begin to understand nouns Classes You Teach: Middle School Latin, Latin II

JUDITH REYNOLDS Favorite Book: To Live to Tell It by Gabriel García Márquez Outside Interests: Walking and jogging to Latin music, riding my exercise bike and family time. Best Derryfield Moment : The eighth grade whitewater rafting trip in Maine – the students were so fun and I managed to stay in the boat! Classes You Teach: Upper School Spanish I & II; Eighth Grade Spanish I

CRAIG SELLERS, Head of School Favorite Book: Almost anything Barbara Kingsolver has written Outside Interests: Family, triathlons and digital photography Best Derryfield Moment: A tie between the first time I heard our chorus sing, and the entire Thanksgiving assembly – sublime! Classes You Teach: Sad to say, I am not teaching a class for the moment... but I have hope!


New Hampshire Championships Members of the women’s second boat relax after placing fourth in the youth 4+ event at New Hampshire Championships in October.

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Derryfield Today, Fall 2007  

The fall 2007 issue of Derryfield Today.

Derryfield Today, Fall 2007  

The fall 2007 issue of Derryfield Today.