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Winged Beaver 2021 Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

Volume 94

Head of School James Detora All-male grades 9-12 & PG Student population: 403

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Avon Old Farms School 500 Old Farms Road Avon, CT 06001 860-404-4100 www.avonoldfarms.com

100 day, 303 boarding Campus Area: 860 Acres Founded in 1927 by Theodate Pope Riddle Members of the Founders League; Erickson League: Colonial League: Tri-State League; Housatonic League; Connecticut High School League; New England Lacrosse League; Western New England Lacrosse League

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Contents

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introduction 3 starting with fall- school Coverage 4 fall teams & alternatives 30 about us- portraits & groups 36 beauties 52 dorms, day & clubs 92 the second phase- school coverage 98 winter sports & alternatives 124 parent ads & thank yous 130 index 154 colophon & closing 158 board of directors 160

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* supplement includes Spring coverage, graduation & additional index

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When faced with adversity, people and institutions are more often judged by the way they respond rather than the adversity itself. A special bond connects us all to Avon. It ropes us in and brings together a resilient community. Covid-19 threw into sharp relief the multitude of problems in our world, but when the darkness swept in and pulled us apart, Avon stood resolute, unwavering in our minds and souls. The world moved fast, and the resulting responses to challenges were fluid, every moment inconstant, but we learned to adapt. This campus has an unparalleled magnetism. In March of 2020, we lost our anchor and ties to our community; we were cast to winds, spread across the map, and some thought our brotherhood was cracked. They were and are wrong. We all, students and faculty, came back. Teachers showed unwavering dedication, and new students returned despite the chaos of the world. Avon was the mecca for those far and near. Mrs. Riddle would be proud of the Eden she created and shed a tear of joy for the community which resides in her life’s work. There’s no place we’d rather be. So, strike the drumhead, fly the banner, now we gather men of Avon.

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Forging Our Fate With the world in crisis, the Avon Old Farms community dedicated themselves to each other and adapted to the new plague.

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Beaver pond lay desolate. As of March 24, 2020, the dormitories were filled with school books, clothes, and memories, but it longed for its inhabitants. This day was meant to be filled with the joy of 400 proud Avonian Students, but instead the clouds hung meekly over the abandoned campus. March 24th represented a mournful moment in our school's history.

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combined intellect of our brothers and sisters. Students vowed to be cautious, declaring a complete quarantine for two weeks, prior to the beginning of school. Along with consent to be tested for Covid-19 on a consistent basis upon return to school. Prior to summer, the maintenance and housekeeping staff were determined to bring students back on campus for the new school year. With the perspective of an engineering firm they were able to better establish airflow, which would

"It's nice when I have to concentrate on essays for college and do the tougher work that I have this year, it's so much more quiet than past years." lessons. The Student leadership along with Mr. Detora and his support, worked to adapt the Avon Brotherhood to an unconventional mold. This summer did not include parties and large gatherings, but rather the

ultimately prevent the spread of Covid. By introducing fresh air, they could dilute the disease and better fight Covid-19 molecules. “The excruciating process of designing a system of airflow, purchasing the equipment, and installing it were all

Kitchen Staff The wonderful kitchen staff have always been respectful and hard working, but during the difficult time of a pandemic, the have proven to work their very best. With masks, face shields, gloves, aprons, hair nets, and consistent health checks, they were determined to keep our community as safe as possible. Here students stood behind plastic dividers and chose from the hot meal line even in the makeshift Field House which was the second lunch space and allowed for greater distance in seating and safety precautions. Lunch workers cleaned tables and students wore masks while moving around.

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Covid Preparations - Fall - Story by Maximilian Cohen, photographs by staff

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It represents the blatant beginning of Covid-19, a powerful plague which affected the world in its entirety. It not only affected the family of Avon Old Farms, but it attacked each of our communities, households, and countries. In a period which seemed disastrous, we were more separated than ever. Little

did we know, the leaders of the Avon Old Farms School had already begun preparations for the salvation of our school. In April, teachers began conducting classes, reaching out to students and comforting them in a time of uncertainty, and preparing stimulating


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done by the phenomenal work of our staff” said Mr. Wilcox. “It is hard to breathe sometimes but the ventilation systems that were installed have made this process easier” said Ernie Lowe ‘22.

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The school year would begin with two separate lunch locations, where new students would arrive every 30 minutes. By August, the Health Department would introduce new protocol to ensure the health and wellbeing of the community. Certain meals were prepackaged, allowing for easy access and minimizing the time spent in the kitchen. The “cup system” was put in place; if a red cup was present the station had yet to be cleaned, but if there was a green cup it was

Chef Hector and the rest of the kitchen staff have done an amazing job preparing pre-packaged meals to keep things convenient” said Stratton Pratt ‘23. Jack Ginter ‘22 added that “When I had

Mechanical Adjustments With the help of an engineering firm, the faculty were able to establish better airflow, which would ultimately help to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Mechanical adjustments to classroom, offices, and forms included air ducts, 6 foot chair separations, and air circulation systems.

safe to sit and eat. For the kitchen staff, every morning they would sanitize their hands, have their temperature taken, complete a questionnaire, and then begin working. Extensive precautions were taken with vendors as well, and the kitchen staff were still able to accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.The food services served the students, allowing for less direct contact and potential spread. The morale of the staff remains high, and with their kindness and skill they nourished our bodies and our hearts. continued next page

Meal Time To Go With an atypical serving style, the refectory adapted from a sit down cafeteria to a quick and safer buffet style. Students could eat at their designated lunch hour or grab food to eat outside. Chef Hector and the Flik crew made two sandwich and two salad options every day, plus cookies, fresh fruit and chips. In the warmer days, kids left to sit down at the outdoor tables, or as the air got colder, the old wood refectory tables were freshly wiped and ready to host the next seating..

"Campus life has been more isolating, but the brotherhood has learned to thrive." Fall Coverage

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Modern exhaust systems were installed in the dorms and classrooms, and other detailed adjustments were made like adding barriers between sinks in the bathrooms. “We have only a few boys in our hall in Eagle.

A design for food services was elaborately orchestrated to minimize risk, and still allow for thoughtfully produced meals. In July, Chef Hector and his crew worked to adjust the menu and organize the logistics and safety protocol. A grab and go program would successfully maintain a constant flow of new students.

some work to do during my lunch period, I just grabbed a sandwich and ate outside.”

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Along with these physical renovations, effort would be equally prioritized in other aspects of preparation. Mr. Wilcox ordered an assortment of disinfection materials from vendors which would last more than six months. This order included personal protective equipment, gloves, masks, hand sanitizers, and much more. Professionals were brought in to properly train the house staff about Covid specific maintenance.

It's nice when I have to concentrate on essays and work, it's so much more quiet than past years” said Nick Karol ‘21. The Avon Old Farms community took it upon themselves to creatively and effectively minimize the dangers of this new disease.


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"The Health Center staff treated me with extreme kindness while maintaining the integrity of their jobs." ....continued from page 7

Q&A with Mrs. Callaghan Q- How has this year been different for the Health Center? A- First, the three locations (Wellness Center, Infirmary

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Q- How confident are you in our school's preparation, process, and precautions? A-I think our school has done an amazing job of planning, preparing and executing policies and procedures that will help keep our community safe and healthy. I am extremely confident

that we have a great plan in place to control the things that are within our ability to control. Q- Did anyone outside of the AOF staff become involved? We worked very closely with the Farmington Valley Health District throughout the summer. A- As the Director of Nursing, I had a zoom meeting EVERY single week (and still do) since the

“It has certainly taken a Village for us to get here and to continue to stay safe and healthy!”

Q-What was most challenging about preparing for the students to come back to school? A- The hardest part of this whole process was that public health guidelines were changing all the time. Another extremely difficult part of the preparation to bring students back was the lack of good,reliable, rapid testing, which is such an essential tool to being able to

beginning of March with all of the other boarding and some independent school nursing directors in CT. We have continuously shared ideas, policies, research, resources, etc. We consulted with medical experts from Hartford HealthCare during the summer and throughout this school year as well. “It has certainly taken a Village for us to get here and to continue to stay safe and healthy!”

Covid Preparations - Fall - Story by Max Cohen, photos by staff

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Mrs. Callaghan, our health expert and head of the Nursing Department, along with the staff at the Health Center elaborated on the plan proposed by the CDC. This coming school year would certainly have its challenges, like having to wear masks, social distancing requirements, and daily screenings. Throughout the school year, the Covid-19 coordinator, Mr. Whitty worked to update health protocols and educate the campus community on the best practices.

and Isolation/Quarantine dorm). Two, we ask people to call ahead - make an appointment if they are feeling sick. Three, even students with cold symptoms get tested for COVID and must go home until test results are negative and feeling better. Lastly, our school doctor now does a combination of in person and tele-health visits.

detect and contain the virus when it makes it way onto our campus.


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by the numbers

89% of 98 survey respondents think that the campus will stay open for rest of year- as of October 10, 2020.

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are the number of students who chose the two most impactful changes to campus rules and activities for the sake of Covid-19. The leading change chosen by 59 people described the rules about going off campus and the second was the additional afternoon options in lieu of competitive teams leaving campus for competitions.

12 the number of valid additional comments when asked about any social, political and environmental issues that needed to be addressed. Respondents typed in thoughts and worries about political tensions around the presidential race as well as international tensions, BLM, voting and public land issues.

Safety in Ventilation - Within the classrooms, expensive renovations were necessary to secure adequate air flow and reduce the air born Covid-19 virus. The incredible installation process was completed before the arrival of students on campus in the beginning of the school year.

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Cup System - With chairs six feet apart, kids who ate in the refectory were able to safely converse with each other and enjoy the luxury of the school bistro. The refectory still remained a place of leisure and every student was able to remain comfortable and distanced from one another.

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Boys stated they believed that keeping weekend leaves off-limits and continued maskwearing, that they were positive the school could remain healthy.

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Covid Preparations - Candids around Campus in September and October, taken by staff

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10/8/2020 Poll * out of 97 responses

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In-Person Students: How does this year's schedule compare to last year's? Are your classes more difficult because of Covid-19? Do you think that campus will stay open for the rest of the year?

69.9%

This year's schedule is better than last year's

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My classes are not harder because of Covid-19

70.8%

I think Campus will stay open for the rest of the year

"Along with the negative impact of the coronavirus, [there are] some positives." - John Zadrozny '21

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, teachers have chosen to hold outdoor classes very frequently Here, Ms. Doemland and Charlie Fekete enjoy an English class outside in the Quad. While they read Henry David Thoreau they are able to enjoy the transcendence of an outdoor classroom.

"Taking Biotechnology with Dr. Sanford has been extra interesting this year because of the pandemic. While we are learning about the process behind vaccines, there are currently many biotech companies with vaccines that are going through FDA trials. So, this pandemic has allowed us the opportunity to connect the material that we learn in our classroom to the real world, which makes for a unique and amazing experience." Henry Furneaux Vice-Warden '21

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"Huge shout-out to Mr. Lea and Sra. Featherston for keeping the Riddlers Program alive through such strange times." - Charlie Wion '21


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Academics Adapt: In Person vs Online

In-Person Learning: The Beauty of Outdoor Classes, the Music Department, and the Opinions of the Student Population

One of the consequences of Covid-19 means that it is safer to hold classes outside. As winter grew closer, however, classes outside because less appealing. During the warm fall months though, we enjoyed them as best we could, having discussions outside so that we could face one another, looking for inspiration down by Beaver Pond, or out on the Vista,

Fall in New England is something that we at Avon have always taken for granted, but to have classes outside is such a different way to appreciate our beautiful campus. One of the academic departments having the most trouble adapting to Covid-19 is the music department. Music is the only academic department with a difference in the inherent risk it possesses when compared to

"Mr. Lea has done a good job keeping morale high. The world right now is a mess, so Riddlers is a good escape from that." good job keeping morale high. The world right now is such a mess, so Riddlers is a good escape from that. Huge shout-out to both Mr. Lea and Sra. Featherston for keeping the Riddlers program alive through such strange times." Another class that is very interesting because of Covid-19 is Biotech. "Taking Biotechnology with Dr. Sanford has been extra interesting this year because of the pandemic. While we are learning about the

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Academics was one of the sections of the Covid-19 plan that required the most work with teachers having to rewrite their curriculum in order to accommodate for the online and asynchronous students.

and even just finding nice places to chat. Jacob Perry, a four year senior, said "Having classes outside is something that we always had the opportunity to do, but never really did. Having classes outside is such a nice way to appreciate campus and see how beautiful the Fall colors make Avon." Jacob's view perfectly reflects the views of most students on campus.

process behind vaccines, [...] many biotech companies with vaccines [..are currently..] going through FDA trials. This allowed us the opportunity to connect the material that we learn in our classroom to the real world, which makes for a unique and amazing experience, " said Henry Furneaux '21. John Zadrozny Warden '21 brings up another good point. "Along with the negative impact of the coronavirus, [there are] some positives. [...Having...] online learners allows in-person learners to review lessons by watching the videos intended for those who are not at campus. There are [...] more tools at the disposal of students on campus not only with their teacher but with resources [...] I am so glad that the administration’s hard work has allowed us to return to campus."

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Instead of vacations and leisure, faculty and employees spent months over the summer to prepare for a very unique year.

other academic areas like Math, Science, or English. Because singing and playing some instruments means blowing your breath and possibly germs, Music this year is quite strange. The change is quite pronounced for the Riddlers, the elite singing group on campus. Charlie Wion '21, said "Riddlers this year has [...] been weird, having to wear masks[...], but Mr. Lea keeps reminding us how lucky we are to be able to sing at all. [...]Mr. Lea has also done a

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"There are benefits and downsides to both of them. Let me just say that I like how I got more free time this year, [...] that allows me to write my college essays, which is great. But the downside is that my teachers are no longer recording their sessions so I have to do more self learning" Continued from last page

Boyang is known for working months ahead if given the opportunity, and when the Yearbook staff talked to him on Skype back in late September, he seemed to be having a great time making the best of an obviously quite poor situation. We asked him quite a few questions, so here is a transcript of how our interview went and what he said.

Do you have to go to more enrichment sessions than you would if you were on campus? "Yes for sure, and I have to do a lot of research online too."

How does this year's online program compare to the Spring of 2020? "There

Are you planning to return to campus later this year? "Yeah, as of now I'm

"Yeah man, I hit the weight room every day."

How is Covid-19 where you are right now? (China) "It's quite interesting, we have little to no cases in my area, but it starts breaking out again every once in a while around the country. It's totally random but its not that bad at all."

Do you have anything else you want to add? "Yeah, um I just hope that Veracross could be more in sync with Google Classroom because each teacher does their own thing. Its very hard to keep track [of work]."

Are stores and gyms and other places reopening?

There's no one system that all teachers are using?

Student Opinions

If this year were normal would you choose being online over returning to campus? "If this was a normal year then no. But obviously things are different now so..."

"Online learning is a totally new and special experience for me. Though [I am ...] thousands of miles away from campus, the internet bonds us together. I hope I could return to Avon as soon as possible." Li Chengxuan '23

A view of the top floor art studio, with desks spaced out at 8 feet and artists with their own set of materials. The music still played and the boys as productive as ever.

"Google Classroom has been a convenient platform for teachers to post upcoming assignments in an organized fashion. From a student's perspective, all of our schoolwork is easy to track."To the right a sample of the new classroom perspective, new to some teachers and created to handle hybrid, fully asynchronous and inperson classes.

"Coming back to campus was overall a better choice for me." Tommy Higgins '22

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Things changed as we shifted to the viewpoints of online and asynchronous students. Although there were some students struggling with communication with teachers across timezones, Boyang Zhou '21 is not one of those students.

are benefits and downsides to both of them. Let me just say that I like how I got more free time this year, [...] that allows me to write my college essays, which is great. But the downside is that my teachers, they're no longer recording their sessions so I have to do more self learning by myself."

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"No, they just do their own thing."

Online/Asynchronous Students: How does this year's online experience compare to last Spring's? * based on 20 respondents who were currently online learners

50%

This Year's Online System is Better

50%

This Year's Online System is Worse

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Thanks Boyang! "No problem man, it was good to see you." Moving on, with the different circumstances some students are experiencing, there were some people who started the year online, but quickly joined the group of boys who are on campus. One of those student was Tommy Higgins. When asked about which he preferred he said "I enjoyed being online due to the fact that I was able to enjoy the company of my family. The downside of [being] online was that I thoroughly missed the boys and teachers. Coming back to campus was overall a better choice for me."

2020/21 Online System vs Spring 2020 Online System

miss last Spring's reliance on zoom meetings and less homework

what's your story?

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Below, a screen shot is taken from Mrs.Magee's Chemistry class enrichment meeting at 8am EST. These sessions were held extra every morning for each department to fit the timing needs of many international students. Since their learning was asynchronous these sessions were essential to reconnect with one another and clarify concepts directly with the teacher.

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Mrs Custer took her French 1 class to sit in her lawn chairs that she and Mr. Custer brought in order to hold their classes outside. Mr. Custer used these chairs to hold class discussions outside. One of the results of the Covid-19 restrictions is that the desks don't face each other, which make class discussions difficult. Being outside on such a nice day is also really pleasant too!


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Academics - Fall - Candids and photographs around class and campus, photos by staff

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World Events Students giving their thoughts and opinions on the variety of events happening across the U.S. and beyond. Social unrest, environmental upheaval and political battles from the summer through Fall. THE ENVIRONMENT

Amazon started shipping more products than ever before, many people are driving to work instead of using public transport, many places are burning, the Atlantic hurricane season is, as of 10/26/20, welcoming its twenty-sixth named storm, Zeta, and that is only

In October we surveyed the Student Body about what issues currently going on in the world concern them the most, Kaito Minami ‘21, VicePresident of the

visiting the Post Office after classes it is filled both with packages and students picking their packages up, of which include food and electronics are the most common purchases. Some students have so many packages they have to

54% of the student body responded that they were worried about current environmental issues.*

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Environmental Club, said “[...] I am [concerned about] the disposal of cardboard boxes, which I expect to increase due to an increase of Amazon delivery. [...] when I checked it as an environmental proctor, there was a problem with over half of the dormitories.” Kaito’s concerns are valid. When

borrow trolleys in order to carry them all in one trip. “2020 is a Covid year and package volume matched last year when we had less than a full student population on campus for 7 [months] instead of 9 months. In September alone we had 3,131 packages and 60+ kids fewer on campus,”

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One side of the many catastrophes of 2020 is its effects on the environment. While at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic when the world locked down for a few weeks there were many positive environmental changes, like nature reclaiming many parts of cities and towns, air pollution reductions, carbon emissions reductions, and more. However, this positive change did not last long.

a list of most of the issues plaguing us right now.

perspectives Left Lorenzo Landini '21 created a photodocumentary capturing the pain Italy faced in its battle with Covid-19. The pollution of masks and their effect on the environment came to be a clear trouble very early on. Right In the post office, Chris Cloud informs us that in the Year of Covid-19, and with 60+ fewer students, the number of incoming packages surprisingly remained the same.

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SOCIAL ISSUES IN THE NEWS A Modern Conversation on Race Despite the conditions of a worldwide pandemic, extreme rage and sadness ignited after the troubling death of George Floyd; a 46 year old black man who was killed by a police officer in the street. With legal restraints put in place by the government to prevent Covid-19 spread, this health protocol began to limit the effectiveness of a social response. The Black Lives Matter movement became a

claims regarding weather or not this incident was raciallymotivated. Some people determined that fragments of a viral video were from an unofficial source and could not provide conclusive evidence to determine the officers’ motivation. However, across

the world one of the largest social movements would spawn in attempts to combat a history of systemic racism and cultural intolerance. Boys on and off campus had some feedback including more programs, speakers and structured opportunities to talk about social issues. In the school wide survey in October, a dozen students mentioned respect, sharing cultural traditions more, helping the individual be heard and feel respected. Mr. Roller continued to bring programming about race and diversity. "The racial injustices in our country have been ignored for far too long” said Xander Ratledge ‘22, who attended Black Lives Matter protests during the summer. continued next page

"The conversations we have had in Avon Advantage (Prep4ward) have been greatwe need more of them so kids can voice their opinions." - Michael Callahan '22

alumni spotlight

Alumnus TJ Shaw '17 covered protests over the summer including a violent and volatile one in Rochester, NY, after attending and photographing several more peaceful demonstrations in Syracuse. "I learned the level of desperation which the people feel. These protesters stood their ground against military-grade weapons with umbrellas, leaf-blowers and homemade gas masks," says Shaw. As a young documentary photographer at Syracuse University, he said he was trying to document history without bias, often seeing stories and other press coverage that degrade and dehumanize the police force as well as the protesters,

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Some of the students that are online this semester even had their lives in danger from the fires burning close to their homes. Xander Ratledge ‘22 lives in California. When asked about the fires he said “Fires have always plagued California. Most people who live here know someone who lost their home, me included. My home was recently surrounded by flames on all sides with only a few miles between us and the fires, to say it was

pedestal for liberators to speak from, and a monument for the developing organization. However, the matter quickly became a political quarrel rather than an asylum from racial injustice. Arguments erupted concerning the legitimacy of

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Another of the environmental issues that we think about here on campus are all of the wildfires out in the Western USA. The summer of 2020 was incredibly dry and windy, birthing perfect wildfire conditions stretching from California and Oregon to Colorado, with California even sporting 17 large fires according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC).

threatening would be an understatement. It was difficult to focus on school when everyday I was making sure I had what I needed packed and was ready to go at any moment. Fortunately the fires were stopped short of my town, but the smoke turned the sky red and ash rained for weeks."


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"I worry about the fairness of the upcoming presidential election, health care, wealth inequality, racial justice, freedom of religion." - Anonymous continued from page 19

Joe Berggren ‘22 explained, “I felt that BLM riots turned out to be way out of control; I would see smoke coming from downtown Portland from the burning buildings. If you got close enough you could hear gunshots. Burning the American flag and taking down presidential statues and vandalizing them was one of the most disrespectful things I’ve ever seen.” The controversy of the Black Lives Matter movement further perpetuated cultural divisiveness and political polarization.

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“Being there felt empowering, all working together, united, for a cause of the common good. And I am glad I took part in this historic movement” said Justin Manafort ‘23. He continued to express his disappointment in the United States government for not having previously resolved the blatant issues of racism specifically in the criminal justice system and the police force.

cast ballots for the first time. For many, being physically present at a protest raised issues of contracting the Covid-19 virus. Yet in the age of technology, social media served as an augmentation for a growing revolution. However it posed new issues of manipulation and fake news.

POLITICS & ELECTION November was the culmination of a two year --

Again like most of the country, many view this year’s election as a mess with either outcome looking bleak. As Michael Callahan said, “I know who I support, but at this point, it’s a nightmare. So much is going into it, and it feels like every little thing is super polarized, and the tension is going to manifest itself in an unproductive way probably.” Either way, the election goes, its impact and

unprecedented tumult will impact both the community and the greater world. There was an unpredictability and uncertainty many felt about the election and the outcomes. As both a class project and public service idea, Doctor Doyle’s AP Government class held a moderated conversation about each candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. In juxtaposition to the rapt attention the election is receiving, some take a much arm’s length approach.

An anonymous answer to a poll said “I don’t concern myself with the rantings of grown children.” This sentiment, shared by more than one student on campus, provided a voice outside of those who were immersed in the ebbs and flows of each campaign. With few exceptions, students were mindful of the election, and choose to follow it and remain informed on the issues through presentations in and outside of class.

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Protests surfaced in each and every one of the 50 states. While nearly 97% of these remained peaceful, in many of the major cities riots became almost indistinguishable as BLM was used as a cover by unrelated fear mongers and violent anarchists.

for some, a four-year -campaign for the presidency. Across the nation, debates about both candidates have been rabid and, at times, highly contentious; coupling the tenor of dialogue with the ever-fluid political landscape, the election is highly anticipated, if not nerveracking for many. Like the rest of the country, the community is both talking about the election and participating, with some seniors able to


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What students are worried about right now (October)...

Covid restrictions and the amount of terrifying news in the world. The fairness of this coming presidential election, health care, wealth inequality, racial justice, freedom of religion. Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

The rising tensions between political parties in the US.

voting rights I think that it would be awesome to learn about the election coming up since it isn't an every year thing.

On the Streets - Around the country, in every state a diverse group of people protested the killing of George Floyd. With the inspiration taken from the United States, other countries saw spikes in their protests as well. Nearby to Avon, there were popular protests in many of the Connecticut Towns. Hartford and West Hartford experienced protests immediately with massive support.

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Photos from bottom left clock-wiseImages 1-2 by TJ Shaw '18 Image 3 by Noah Matalon '20 Forest Fire in our Backyard by Jingke888 on CC 2.0 and "A U.S. Marine conducts wildland firefighting operations near the Sierra National Forest in California." by Official U.S. Navy Imagery is licensed with CC BY 2.0.

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Sports Poll Survey results filled in by students specifically regarding Covid-19 and the sports they play.

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Question: Should Avon keep the option to train out of season? Answer: 86% of students said 'yes'.

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Question: Has Covid-19 impacted your sport either some or a lot?. Answer: 87% indicated Covid-19 has.

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Sports ranked the second most common area where Covid-19 has changed Avon's schedule and campus life.

"Baseball in the fall has been great four us. It's something I hope Avon continues."

"Soccer has been a real highlight of the fall and I'm glad we can play." - Win Brichkowski '22

Big hacks- Christian Boudreau '21 takes a hard hack at a fastball at a fall baseball practice. Baseball has a track record of success and the time in the fall will allow them to develop as a team and gain more chemistry.

Drills // The Varsity Soccer team works hard every day of the season to improve their cardiovascular ability and become better overall players. Nana and Win, both some of the most experienced players on the team, enjoyed scrimmages during practice. The ability to scrimmage has been widely restricted due to Covid-19 regulations; but recently these have been mildly lifted to allow for more competition in practices and simulating a feel of normalcy which has been very much missed by many involved.

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Sports in a Covid World

However, despite these hurdles, sports are back and being played every afternoon and a sense of normalcy has been found on the court, field, track, or ice in the midst of anything but normalcy.

A wide consensus which has formed around practices and the way they are being conducted is: Coaches are doing a superb job to keep athletics invested in the program. Practices have been made up of strengthening fundamentals, working on set plays, installing offenses and defenses, and getting some good competition in too. Players are enjoying this as Donald Brennan ‘22, who is a QuarterBack on Varsity Football, said, “...Coaches have the schedule very well organized, they [coaches] have a really good idea of what they want from us… we’re just staying ready and in a time like this you got to do what you got to do, and everyone is doing a good job.”. The vehicle which allowed for spring and winter sports to be played in the fall also

"It was devastating, but I can’t say it was unexpected with everything in the Coronavirus landscape." Clay Davis '21 devastating, but I can’t say it was unexpected with everything in the Coronavirus landscape... obviously recruiting will be a lot different without an eightgame season for film, but the coaches are doing the best they can to fine-tune our abilities and showcase our skills in a more combine environment.” Recruiting has been a sore spot for athletes across the county with the NCAA

National. Jojo will be competing at Georgetown University in two years, this is what he had to say about the process and how Covid19 played a role, “They [Georgetown] called me on September 8th, and I committed on the 16th. They really blew me away, their coaching staff is really good and that’s what I fell in love with, also it’s an amazing school and that’s what I want from this process.” continued pg 26

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The world of professional, college and high school sports have been shattered by the outbreak of Covid-19. On-campus, this is no different, and fall athletics look very different compared to years prior. With a lack of outside competitions for fall sports like soccer, football, and cross-country, spring and winter teams have gotten the green light to practice their sport in seasons outside their own. In practice and in the locker room, Covid-19 has also played an impactful role with social-distancing and mask requirements constituting a pivotal part of any practice.

constantly extending deadperiods and a complete stop to in-person recruiting, making the already hard process, much harder. However, some have gotten the news of a lifetime: They are going to have the opportunity to play their sport at the collegiate level. One such Winged Beaver is Jojo Dean ‘22. He’s played Varsity lacrosse since his freshman year and plays for one of the premier club lacrosse teams in the country, Maddog Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

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How students adapt and embrace the new reality

took away a fall season for those who compete in them. The feelings of sadness and loss were felt universally with hard moments for seniors realizing they would miss out on their final season wearing the navy and red and an opportunity to be recruited to play at college. Clay Davis ‘21, a four year senior and member of the Varsity football team, felt this especially hard considering the implications it would have on recruiting, “It was


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"I mean it’s not bad, we just change and go, then find times outside of practice to bond with each other." -Tyler Warner '21 continued from pg 25

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When asked about how the summer affected the recruiting process, he said, “Those were pretty much the same, the only thing I noticed is the parents could not watch. They had to sit in the parking lot, but they were good events, and I’m glad people created them during Corona to give us some more exposure in uncertain times.”

The locker room and the camaraderie builds bonds and forges champions. The atmosphere created during before and after practice often makes a team more so than practice, with this in mind, Covid-19 has thrown a wrench into this bonding process with social

The idea of out of season sports practices sticking around is meet with general excitement by athletes deprived of playing their main sport. Additionally, the implementation of team lifts earlier and more often is also seen as a plus by members of the team. With more attention being paid to physical health, yoga and other forms of exercise are becoming a more integral role of pre and post practices rituals. Of the general change

Sports have been changed and most likely for

a long time, but that has not stopped our athletes from making the most of the situation. The ability to practice and compete stokes the fires of competition and makes our community feel a little more normal in times of marked uncertainty. Sports are adapting like all other places across Mrs. Riddle’s campus and will continue to adapt until Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and semblance of normalcy is returned. Until then, sports will continue to aspire and persevere. Covid-19 has also made the lives of coaches and how practices are going to be run difficult and requires a new

“"Sports {are} a very important part of our school and it’s culture and it’s missed" -John Zadrozny '21 level of commitment and ingenuity. Coaches have embraced this challenge and created solutions to the problems which lay in front of them. In football, practices are conducted in waves with linemen working

Dry Runs Left: John Zadrozny '21 walks back from his at bat. Baseball found its stride with scrimmages and other game-esque situations. Right: Linemen on both the offensive and defensive side, listen to small switches in the scheme that the coaches made. Football lost their season due to Covid-19 and have been focusing more on the technical and combine aspects of football.

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The experience was something which could only occur during Covid-19 and is a shining example of making the best of a tricky situation.

distancing being mandatory to ensure the health of all involved. This means bonding time like extended periods of close contact in the locker has been restricted. Of this predicament, Tyler Warner ‘21, a member of the Varsity Basketball team, said, “I mean it’s not bad, we just change and go, then find times outside of practice to bond with each other.”

to sports, John Zadrozny ‘21, a Varsity Baseball player and Warden, said, “Sports is a very important part of our school and it’s culture and it’s missed… It’s a silver lining in a Covid situation. In past years, we have never been able to practice in the fall because of the restrictions by the Founder’s League. It’s definitely a silver lining, the team’s been able to get together and go over things for three months which we would usually have only two weeks to cover before going to Florida. It’s definitely been beneficial.”


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on a specific skill while another section lifts and the offense works on routes. Lacrosse has done likewise and baseball is spread out with batting cage sessions, scrimmage type settings, and fundamentals. Soccer, a sport which had its season canceled due to Covid-19, has found a successful harmony between maintaining the rigor of practice and ensuring the safety of those involved.

Health & Hockey "Practices have been good with Covid going on. Since we can't have a ton of contact it puts everyone in a position to work on their own skills and development. The coaches have done a great job putting practices together and our guys are looking good. I'm excited for our team this year." -- JP Turner '21

what's your story? "The ability to play and practice lacrosse in the fall has been extremely important to building chemistry and relationships with new underclassmen. In previous years it has been hard to get chemistry with new players because of the limited time in pre-season.

No doubt sports were affected by Covid-19; however, coaches had a plan and with this plan, athletics -- a vital part of the school's culture -- was salvaged.

Losing our season last year sucked so I'm at least glad we have a chance to mesh as a team and bond early on. Despite being committed, I know I speak for a lot of seniors when I say that we aren't only looking to college, we want to win this year and we feel playing fall ball will give us the best chance to be successful this spring if we have a season. In this regard, Covid has been a bit of a blessing." - Michael Callahan '21

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Mr. Cugell, a soccer coach and history teacher, said of practices in Covid-19 times, “Coach Stensland has been really active in planning practices that are technically driven so that guys can space out and a lot of touches on the ball, working on some skills, and then also embed some team competition to get the boys some competitive juices flowing.”

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"I think it presents daily opportunities to be seen by coaches with experience to help improve your game, on and off the ice," said Joe Berggren '22 about the ability to play hockey in the fall and the chance to be picked for Varsity off more than a couple days.


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Fall Sports & Alternative Activities

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Rohan Anderson, Spencer Arzanipour, Anthony Clayton, Jared Flaks, Paul Fredericks, Aidan Horan, Myles Johnson, Ernest Lowe, Anqi Lu, Eliel Mercado, James Monin, Thomas Prendergast, Zachary Rejtig, Dylan Royal, Omari Salvi, Andres Schwartz, Richard Swann, Nathaniel Walters, Tyler Warner, Hamilton Watson, Melvin Weaver, George Wirpel.

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Football KeShawn Adams, Ryan Attaway, Ronan Balistreri, Donald Brennan, James Brighenti, Tadhg Cokeley, Barclay Davis, Gustavo De Luca Toledano, Henry Furneaux, Jackson Harper, Dylan Kasperzyk, Henry Kice, Minjun Kim, John Maas, Jemar Mack, Jacob Marmott, Patrick Mella, Brannon Miele, Matthew Henry Morgan,Brian Namnoum, Kevin Nizolek, Tyler Phommachanh, John Prince, Edward Rapacky, Benjamin Reznik, Maxwell Rosenbaum, Alexander Salgar, Marco Scarano, Ethan Shames, William Smalley, Joshua Tracey, Triston Ward, Jacob Wise.

Baseball Jack Andrews, Anthony Argazzi, Cole Beck, Christian Boudreau, Mac Cooper, Ryan Daniels, Sean Desjardins, Brian Dowling, Aeden Finateri, Jack Ginter, Gavin Greger, William Hart, Bungo Hayashi, Aydin Herlihy, Ryan Kolodziejczyk, Luke LaSaracina, Seokjune Lee, Van Liott, David McCann, Connor Naspo, John Oneglia, Nathan Puglielli, Solomon Rogatnick, Elijah Rosado, Aidan Schleer, Peter Siana, Matthew Smith, Harrison Stein, Robert Stewart, Creighton Wesson, Jackson Wise, John Zadrozny.

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Cole Bailey, Lawson Byrnes, Javier Calderon, Michael Chaho, Liam Curley, Samuel Cutler, Aiden Gravina, Chase Harris, Michael Hart, Andrew Lee, Frederick Pulver, Benjamin Raposo.

Cross Country Samuel Frushone, Luke Adelsbach, Zain Burki, Dashiell Corning, Owen Cronin, Kiernan Davey, Ayden Gauthier, Wesley Legere, Ryan McDonough, Brian Nguyen, John Oneglia, Aidan Rooney, Joshua Vazquez, Griffin Williams, YoAn Zhao.

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Tennis

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Konner Adams, R. Windate Brichkowski, William Bumgarner, Cesar Caceres, Quentin Cutler, August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Samuel Cronin, Dion, Kieran Charles Droppo, Colin Dugan, Erik Eads, Michael Gouvin,Li, Davey, Luke Foley, John Glaspey, Yunha Kim, Derrick Alexander Houzhi Hu, Joshua Hunter, Jonathan Henrich, Luo, Robert Maher, Ryder Marsh, MaximMichael Metlitski, Indomenico, Nicholas Karol, Chase Lech, Ritesh Mahtani, Andrew Meyers. Kieran Marshall, Alexander Mitchell, Jack Moschella, Saagar Motupally, Shikhar Motupally, James Mullen, Ryan Nunez, Jacob Perry, Jacob Puchalski, William Rosenbaum, Nikhil Satpathy, Matthew Spencer, Amir Thomas, Nana Tuffour, Zhengcheng Wang, Chase Weisleder, Ryan Wunsch.


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Daniel Strug, Owen Aliciene, James Bingham, Nicholas Bianco, Bryce Filippazzo, Theodore Braiewa, Brannan Bridger, Donovan Crowley, John DiNicola, Brook Alexander Ferreira, Luca Fox, Clay Gallivan, Andrew Gates, Julian Lemert, Nolan Lynch, Henry Sterrett, Finn McHugh, Edward Mok, Spencer Parish, Andres Ramos, Nicholas de Marval, Michael Rosenthal, Major Phillips, Luke Capozzoli.

Carter Grimes, Edward Sobiesienski, Jonathan Masterson, Jacob Marmott, Tate Pecknold, Chase Neel, Arthur Mirante, Tripp Miley, Aidan Begg, Rufus Gray, Kevin Leary, Joseph Odyniec, Magnus Gadowsky, Aidan Kwok, Tyler Dufresne, Jack Bradway, Marcus Hookong, Joseph Berggren, Jonathan Boxford, Wellington Masterson, Tyler Anton.

Varsity Hockey John Prince, Brendan Williams, Liam Verdoni, Chase Ramsay, Aidan Patterson, Jordin Palmer, Patrick Neal, Hudson Miller, Magnus Turcotte, Alex Pelletier, Charles Blanchard, Nicholas Capasso, Conor Callaghan, Jake Bongo, Timothy Duffy, Christopher Aube, Seth Robinson, Jake Geraci, Joseph Connor, Michael Rubin, Connor Brazil, Paul Davey, Jason Siedem, Timothy Heinke.

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disclaimer on portraits Please note (and we ask forgiveness) that at the time of putting these pages together for our November 20 deadline, issues with online and international timing challenges as well as hybrid learning that took place for 60+ students, sadly not every student is pictured in the following pages. Those students not represented in the team photos are represented in the lists of names accompanying the photos.

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Golf Benjamin Boyd, Luke Capozzoli, Samuel D'Addabbo, Andrew Fitting, Brett Foster, Benjamin Hole, Tyler Lavoie, Jonathan Masterson, Finn McHugh, John Steber, Thomas Steber, Daniel Strug.

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Timothy Burns, Francesco Calabrese, Liang-Wei Chiang, Roger Cyprian, Jackson DellaCamera, Charles Fekete, Alex Green, Matthew Guyer, David Elijah Haden, Michael Hennessy, Thomas Higgins, Quinn Kennedy, Theodore Kim, Joseph Kooluris, Ritesh Mahtani, John Newberry, Nick Piteo, Stratton Pratt, William Rettaliata, William Rosenbaum, Sam Russo, Noah Schmeizer, George Stephan, Andrew Sun, Shinshu Tozawa, Joseph Watkin.

Lacrosse Thomas Baldini, Colm Barnett, Jacob Baumoel, William Beck, Kaleb Borg, Yann Broc, Porter Brown, Michael Callahan, William Chanin, Frederick Clark, Ryan Cohen, Ford Cullen, Jonathan Dean, Blake Eklund, Will Fekete, Jack Fine, Andrew Freni, Jake Furtado, Theodore Gabrielian, Francis Hagood, Zachary Hepworth, Ryan Hornyak, Benjamin Johnson, Leo Johnson, Walker Johnson, Benn Johnston, Graham Kelly, Tyler Marmo, Ellis Mcdonald, Sawyer Morris, Brian Mullen, Brett Newman, Jonathan Oris, Brendan Powers, Christian Reboul, Adrian Reed, Seamus Rooney, Dylan Rutledge, John Ryan, William Schaeffer, George Stephan, Klay Stuver, Henry Thornton, Maxwell Tomak, Samuel Tomak, Tucker Valas, Patrick Walsh, Benjamin Wong, Toby Zeidenberg.

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Squash Christopher Baldini, Charles Friedman, Adham Nassar, Kevin Nizolek, Chi En Peng, Jia Yi Sun, Atis Watt, Shomari Wiltshire.

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AIP/Yearbook Maximilian Cohen, Aidan Conroy, Samuel Cutler, Lucas Estevez, William Goldman, Derrick Li, Preston Runk, Alexander Sanborn, Charles Wion, Shijie Xie.

"I intend to major in Architecture. Spending time in the art center on this project has invoked curiosity and discovery in ways nothing else has before." - Preston Runk '21

Nimrod Project Adrian Enrique, Samuel Frushone, Christopher Jensen, Nicholas Langevin, Ryan Zappone.

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Robotics Mazen Abunasra, Brendan Donahue, Yi Jiao, Theodore Kim, Anthony Lawson, Spencer Li, Ziwei Pang.

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“The players get excited when they realize that their brothers in digital media can create high-end, ESPN-like graphics for them.” - Erica LuBonta

Fitness Training August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Cronin, Kieran Davey, Luke Foley, John Glaspey, Yunha Kim, Derrick Li, Jonathan Luo, Robert Maher, Ryder Marsh, Maxim Metlitski, Andrew Meyers.

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Sheila Albert- TechnologyDatabase Coordinator Barbara Alenckis- Director of Campus Security Luke Archambault- Advancement OfficerMajor Gifts Trey Bacchus- Maintenance/Groundskeeper Geoffrey Barlow- Athletic Director Araceli Bartkiewicz- Faculty-Spanish

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Kathleen Barzun- Chairperson English Ann Beloin- Library Assistant Ian Bomely- Faculty-Science John Bourgault- Athletic Director/Faculty-History Edwards Brennan- Assistant Director of Facilities Pierce Brennan- Chairperson Mathematics

Peter Brochu- Maintenance-Housekeeping Gregory Calibey- Faculty-Art Graham Callaghan- Dean of Curriculum Development & Instruction/Faculty-English Heather Callaghan- Director of Nursing Semaj Campbell- Faculty-Science Roger Cantello- Dean of Faculty

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Joshua Cardwell- Director of Squash Programs Debra Case- Director of Information Technology Erik Chase- Faculty-Math Keith Clark- Painter/Carpenter Christopher Cloud- Mailroom Coordinator James Costanzo- Head of Grounds

Jonathon Crocker- Director of College Counseling Brian Cugell- Faculty-History Arthur Custer- School Historian/Faculty-History Michelle Custer- Library Assistant/FacultyFrench Kenneth D'Annolfo- Groundskeeper Ryan Davey- Faculty-Latin/Art Peter Deckers- Associate Director of Information Technology Marie Delnicki- Registrar Robin Delnicki- Associate Director of Development James Detora- Head of School Melanie Dexter-Morlath- Faculty-Science Katherine Doemland- Faculty-English Robert Dowling- Provost Brian Doyle- Dean of Students Christopher Doyle- Faculty-History Griffin Doyle- Faculty-Spanish Lara Doyle- School Store Manager Dawn Driggs- Accounts Receivable Coordinator

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Deborah Garber- Library Director John Gardner- Athletic Coach Kelly Ann Giamalis- Admission Assistant Christon Gill- Residential Life Christopher Gill- Groundkeeper Jeremy Graffam- Head Housekeeper

Cheryl Jackson- Infirmary Michele Jadovich- School Store Assistant Samantha Jensen- Director of Learning Center Troy Johansen- Plumber James Kassel- Faculty-Wood Working Dean Keating- Library Assistant

Jacqueline Keller- Senior Project Manager Susan Kohn- Head of School Administrative Assistant Matt Kowalchick- Associate Director of Admissions Elizabeth Larson- Faculty- Science/Engineering William Lea- Director of Choral activities Erica LuBonta- Faculty- English

faculty & employees

disclaimer on portraits on following pages Please note (and we ask forgiveness) that at the time of putting these pages together for our November 16 deadline, we were not able to include portraits photographs of all students. Due to issues with classroom dress and access to Vespers, online and international timing challenges as well as fluctuating online and hybrid learning that took place for 60+ students, sadly not every student is pictured in the following pages and some images are those sent by students online. Also, we tried our best to photograph Seniors, but you will notice some variation and inconsistency. We hoped to maintain as much tradition as possible but hope you understand the circumstances that this Pandemic presented us.

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Brian Grey- HVAC Technician Jill Harrington- Academic Dean, Science James Healey- Athletic Equipment Coordinator Jennifer Hill- Director of Human Resources Daniel Hodgson- Faculty-English Clayton Holcomb- Electrician


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Allison Magee- Faculty-Science Shelton Magee- Faculty-Science Brian Malchoff- Faculty-Math David McElheny- Faculty-Math Claudine Meaney- Admission Assistant Arthur Mehos- Faculty History

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Mathew Mihalich- Faculty-Math Patrick Miller- Dean of Enrollment/Institutional Advancement Patricia Moeller- School Store Assistant Jacqueline Morr- Controller Jennifer Moyer- Faculty-English Michael Murphy- Assistant Dean of Students/Faculty-History Christian Negron- Housekeeper Mickoy Nichol- Assistant Director of Admission James O'Leary- Faculty-Science Robert Orenstein- Chief Financial Officer David Palmer- Housekeeper Michael Pereira- Assistant Director of Admission

David Raposo- Chairperson Performing Arts James Reece- Learning Center Specialist William Reller- Student Center Manager Peter Rice- Chairperson Science Tieba Rice- School Store Assistant John Riley- Hockey Rink Manager

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James Perry- Faculty-English Katy Perry- Director of Sustainability Cristina Pinton- Chairperson Visual Arts Kaitlyn Pratt- Marketing and Analytics Manager Matthew Proffitt- Faculty-Math Ivan Raabe- Mechanic

Timothy Roller- Associate Director of College Counseling/Faculty-History Christel Rooney- International Advancement Officer Joseph Rubera- Housekeeper Jack Sanford- Faculty-Science Evan Sayles- Faculty-Math Benjamin Schloat- Faculty-Spanish Jeffery Simonsen- Groundskeeper Joseph Spalla- Housekeeper John Spearman- Faculty-Latin Elizabeth Steber- Learning Center Specialist Carl Stensland- Faculty-Science Weston Stephens- Faculty-History

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Trevor Stern- Academic Dean/Faculty-English Donald Strutz- Housekeeper Michael Symes- Assistant Dean of Students/Science Cynthia Tartaglia- Facilities Coordinator Darrel Tibbles- Chairperson World Language Anne Townsend- Executive Assistant

Scott Tumperi- Faculty-Science/Math Rene Twarkins- Security Officer Hector Vasquez- Executive Chef Adriana Vega Mackler- Faculty-Spanish Carmen Vega- Campaign & Operations Manager Melissa Vega- Advancement Data Manager

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Jon Vona- Carpenter Sarah Wallace- Research and Planned Gift Manager Timothy Watt- Faculty-English Chris Webb- Director of Advancement Robert Werner- Faculty-English Kimberly Whitty- Administrative Assistant

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Robert Whitty- Associate Head of School Glenn Wilcox- Director of Facilities Rebecca Winsor- Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid Eugene Wright- Housekeeper Richard Yen- Housekeeper Allison Young- Faculty-English

a few words from faculty responses as of 11/03/2020

...by the commitment to being together in community and participating in a extraordinary experience in extraordinary times. #communitygoals

Kate Doemland

...how well everyone has adapted to these bizarre circumstances in which we find ourselves. The boys have accepted the new normal and gone about the business of being at school with nary a complaint (that I’ve heard); the faculty have done their best to include online students even as they work with “regular “ classes, and the online students are for the most part getting things done. Arthur Custer

"...how quickly our "new normal" became embraced and so smoothly integrated into our culture. And the fact that a few students (and teachers) here and there are still rocking traditional classroom dress every day," says Mr. Werner dressed in a stylish bow-tie. Mr.Werner is a part of the English Department, College Counseling and is the head of the Gentlemen's Society which teaches boys good manners, proper dress and overall gentlemanly-attitudes.

...am (not!) surprised and remain optimistic that when we all work together, we can keep our community healthy and the classrooms open so our boys can have an authentic Avon experience.

...that we are still here.

Jamie Reece

James Kassel

..how well our community is adjusting to Covid-life. Obviously we are taking precautions to keep us all safe which have changed our daily lives drastically. I have been surprised at how well the boys are handling the transition and I am mostly surprised that we have been able to remain Covid-free.

James O'leary

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Bonding at the Cabin- Administration broke up the freshman class into small groups that visited the Nimrod Cabin a few nights a week over the course of September. Students were introduced to the history of the school, the land, and the history of the Nimrod Club while playing icebreakers and eating typical Nimrod dinners- burgers. Luke Adelsbach Owen Aliciene Spencer Arzanipour Ronan Balistreri Jacob Baumoel William Beck

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James Bingham Charles Blanchard Theodore Braiewa Lawson Byrnes William Chanin Jiazhuo Cheng

Tadhg Cokeley Joseph Connor Donovan Crowley Nicholas De Marval Jackson Dellacamera Tyler Dufresne

Brook Alexander Ferreira Andrew Fitting Paul Fredericks Charles Friedman Jake Furtado Clay Gallivan

Andrew Gates Bungo Hayashi Ryan Hornyak Shan Hua Yi Jiao Azhaan Khalid

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Aleksandr Khramov Henry Kice Andrew Lee Seokjune Lee Julian Lemert Derrick Li

Hongze Lu Nolan Lynch Kieran Marshall Duncan McPherson Eliel Mercado Maxim Metlitski

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Brannon Miele Hudson Miller Taiyo Minami Edward Mok Sawyer Morris Jack Moschella

Shikhar Motupally Spencer Parish Sean Park Tate Pecknold Major Phillips Jacob Puchalski

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Andres Ramos Edward Rapacky Solomon Rogatnick Elijah Rosado William Rosenbaum Dylan Rutledge

Andres Schwartz Jiayi Sun Henry Thornton Maxwell Tomak Magnus Turcotte Zijian Wang

Joseph Watkin Henry Watson Atis Watt Chase Weisleder

Kaixun Yang Yuxuan Yang Jiaxu Zhou

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Jonathan Boxford Jack Bradway Brannan Bridger James Brighenti Yann Broc Porter Brown William Bumgarner Timothy Burns Francesco Calabrese Nicholas Capasso Michael Chaho Liang-Wei Chiang Jeongwoo Choi Yeonwoo Chung Frederick Clark Roger Cyprian Patrick Dallahan Kieran Davey TRIM LINE TRIM LINE

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John Dinicola Samuel Dion Colin Dugan Adrian Enrique Bryce Filippazzo Luca Fox Andrew Freni Samuel Frushone Theodore Gabrielian Charles Goggin Michael Gouvin Alex Green

Left: Theodore Gabrielian '23 high fives Walker Johnson '22 in front of Eagle, walking to lunch in the Refectory Middle: Alex Greene '22 walks in front of the student center heading to class after finishing his lunch job in the Field House Right: Francesco Calabrese '23 has lunch outside the Refectory with fellow sophomores Timothy Burns and Kieran Davey on a beautiful Avon day.

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sophomore faces Left: Keshawn Adams, enjoying Chick-Fil-A at the Hawks Nest after Study Hall thanks to the new Hawks Nest App. Middle: YoAn Zhao practicing black and white values while drawing a woman's head during Drawing 1 with Mr. Calibey Right: A group of sophomores with Mr. Cantello during the sophomore visits to the Nimrod Cabin overlooking Beaver Pond to learn about school and club history.

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Carter Grimes Matthew Guyer Francis Hagood Jackson Harper William Hart Yuxiao He Zachary Hepworth Marcus Hookong Joshua Hunter Junhee Hwang Cameron Iacobelli Christopher Jensen TRIM LINE TRIM LINE

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Benjamin Johnson Benn Johnston Quinn Kennedy Theodore Kim Keun Hyong Kwak Nicholas Langevin Tyler Lavoie Kevin Leary Chase Lech Chengxuan Li Van Liott Anqi Lu Benjamin Luciani Robert Maher Justin Manafort Jacob Marmott Ryder Marsh David McCann Ellis McDonald Finn McHugh Tripp Miley Arthur Mirante Alexander Mitchell James Monin People Section

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Brian Mullen Connor Naspo Joseph Odyniec John Oneglia Jordin Palmer

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Shinyoung Park Caleb Pelland Alex Pelletier Chi En Peng Nick Piteo

Stratton Pratt Thomas Prendergast Frederick Pulver Maxwell Rosenbaum Michael Rosenthal

Dylan Royal William Runyon William Schaeffer Ethan Shames Yuan Shi

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Matthew Smith Harrison Stein Daniel Strug Shinshu Tozawa Nana Tuffour

Joshua Vazquez Patrick Walsh Jianhui Wang Zhangyu Wang Zhengcheng Wang

Ziyang Wang Triston Ward Melvin Weaver Griffin Williams Jacob Wise

Benjamin Wong Ryan Zappone Yoan Zhao

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"Spectrum club strives to build a welcoming community in Avon for the LGBTQ population by showing support and standing against bullying." Michael Xie '22

"Mrs. Harrington connects the physics topics to the real world and gives us activities to do every class. It makes the class engaging and enjoyable." Joseph Berggren '22

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Top Left: Ben Hole and Jared Flaks walking to their next class near the Jamerson Green. Top Right: Luke Cappazoli during the first snow storm of the year last October. Bottom Left: Javier Calderon and Paul Kim playing during Mr. Tibbles' Friday Game Nights. Bottom Right: Nikhil Satpathy and Brian Dowling waiting in line to get lunch in the Refectory last fall.

Konner Adams Tyler Anton Christopher Aube Colm Barnett Cole Beck Joseph Berggren Nicholas Bianco Kaleb Borg George Brannon Connor Brazil Donald Brennan R. Windate Brichkowski Cesar Caceres Javier Calderon Luke Capozzoli Maximilian Cohen Aidan Conroy Owen Cronin

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Ryan Kolodziejczyk Joseph Kooluris Aidan Kwok Lang Lang Wesley Legere Spencer Li Kobi Lin Patrick Loomis Ernest Lowe John Maas Tyler Marmo Jonathan Masterson Wellington Masterson Ryan McDonough Patrick Mella James Morr James Mullen Adham Nassar Chase Neel John Newberry Brett Newman Brian Nguyen Kevin Nizolek Jonathan Oris People Section

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"I am preparing mediums to grow bacteria cultures. Part of this includes having an open fire from the Bunsen Burner to prevent airborne particles from landing on the agar mixture to make the bacteria medium dishes. " -Lucas Estevez '22 also pictured above near Dio Circle with Leo and Derrick Li

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Gregory Peltz Zachary Peltz Brendan Powers John Prince

Benjamin Raposo Xander Ratledge Zachary Rejtig Seth Robinson

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Seamus Rooney John Ryan Alexander Salgar Nikhil Satpathy

Marco Scarano Noah Schmeizer Wooseong Seo Chenhao Shen

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Zeyu Shi Peter Siana Edward Sobiesienski Henry Sterrett

Andrew Sun Samuel Tomak Liam Verdoni Nathaniel Walters

Hamilton Watson Creighton Wesson Jerry Wijaya Shomari Wiltshire

George Wirpel Shijie Xie Toby Zeidenberg

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Rohan Anderson Hartford, CT

Thank you Mr. Miller, for being the best advisor I could ask for, always there if I am in need of anything, and always find a way to make me laugh. Thank you Mr. Roller for the intimidating yet always joyful conversations, and also for helping me get into college. Thank you Mr. Lea for making my experience with singing greater than I would ever think and pushing me to be better. Thank you Mr. Nichol and Mr. Campbell for always being there for me. Thank you Mrs. Larson for coaching me to become a better track star so I can try to pursue a track career after high school. Finally, thank you to the community of Avon for pushing me to be a better man and always being a place I could call home.

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Academics: II-III - Honor Roll Athletics: 5ths Soccer, Thirds Soccer, Thirds Basketball (C), JV Basketball (C), Varsity Track and Field Clubs: Network Club (Club Head), Singed Beavers (Club Head)

"All of your dreams can come true... If you have the courage to pursue them." -Walt Disney

Anthony Argazzi Kensington, CT Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Basketball, Baseball Clubs: Investment Club, Nimrod Club I want to thank my Mom and Dad for giving me the opportunity to come to Avon. Thanks to my grandparents for driving me almost every day for three years. Thanks to Mr. Lea for being the best advisor. Thanks Avon for an incredible four years full of great memories. "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." -Ronald Reagan

*Good luck to you, AJ! I have loved having you as an advisee and a student all these years! All the best, Mr. Lea.

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Ryan Attaway Milton, GA Athletics: Varsity Football Thank you to everyone that helped me both in athletics and academics. Thank you to the coaches that spent countless hours helping everyone get better every day. Thank you to the teachers that invested their time in me to help me succeed. “Hey guys, you ready to let the dogs out?" -Alan Garner

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Cole Bailey Jacksonville, FL

First and foremost, I'd like to thank my mother and advisor Matt Kowalchick for always supporting me throughout my three years at Avon. They have been a huge help throughout my time here and I don't know what I would've done without them. Above all however, I would like to thank my uncle Brett for making the Avon experience possible for me. Without his financial help and guidance along the way, I would've never been able to have such a thrilling Avon experience like he did. Coming from the Florida education system which is renowned for being pretty horrible, It was wonderful being able to finally experience engaging courses with teachers that actually cared and wanted to see me succeed. Additionally, being able to try new things out such as hockey or participating in clubs such has Red Cross has been extraordinary and they are opportunities I would've never had at a public school. Brett has a wife, three kids, and a whole list his own responsibilities and obligations and yet he still found the time and resources to support me and fund my time at Avon. In all honesty, I may not have thanked him enough for all he's done for me in my life so I hope that is some aspect, through this he realizes how thankful I am to have someone like him in my life. "My advisor had told me that this was a co - ed school" -Cole Bailey

Christopher Baldini West Hartford, CT Academics: III - Honor Roll : Trinity College Book Award : PSAT Award Athletics: Varsity Squash (Captain) Clubs: Investment Club, Winged Retrievers, Prep Forward (Moderator) Thank you mom for always being in my corner throughout my high school career. You made sure everything was planned and that I was in the best position possible, and I can’t possibly tell you how much I appreciate that. Thank you Dad for teaching me how to be a man and how to deal with and treat people the right way, I am so grateful for the relationship we have. Thank you to Bobbie for being a third parent to me. The lessons that you’ve taught me throughout childhood have made me the person I am today. Our talks and time spent together is priceless, you’re my number one pal. "If a man does not have sauce he is lost. But that same man can get lost in the sauce." -Gucci Mane

My dear General Grievous, congratulations on a wonderful two-year run at the Farm! You are as solid a young man as they come. I’m proud of you and cannot wait to see what you do next! -Mr. Cugell Senior Brags/Beauties: Anderson - Baldini

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Academics: I-IV - Dean's List : Hippocrene : Community Service Award Athletics: Soccer, Lacrosse, Hockey, Squash, Tennis Clubs: Red Cross Club (Club Co-Head), Culinary Arts Club (Club Co-Head), Endangered Species Club


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August Berklas Farmington, CT Academics: I-IV - Head of School's List : I-III - Academic Excellence Award : APUSH Book Award : AP Chem Book Award : AP Spanish Book Award : Honors Chem Book Award : Algebra 2 Honors Book Award : Western Civ Book Award : English 2 Honors Book Award : Early US History Book Award : Spanish 3 Honors Book Award : Spanish 4 Honors Book Award : Avon Big Band Book Award Athletics: Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Wrestling Clubs: Avon Record (Club Head), Model UN (Club Head), Nimrod Club

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Thank you to my parents and grandparents. Thank you to Mr. Doyle, my adoptive and steadfast advisor for the past two years. Thank you to Major Bourgault who built me from a 117 pound freshman to a 143 pound senior. Thank you to Mr. Field, a sage and inspiring mentor. Thank you to Mrs. Bartkiewicz and Mr. Chase for teaching me for three years without hating me. Thank you to Doc Doyle, Mr. Stern, Mr. Whitty, Mrs. Larson, Mr. O'Leary, Mr. Stephens, Mr. Cugell, Mr. Mehos, Mr. Schloat, Mr. Cantello, Mr. Dowling, Mr. Detora, Ms. Moyer, Mr. Sayles, Doc Watt, Mr. Kassel, Ms. Barzun, Mrs. Doyle, Mrs. Rice, Dr. Malchoff, Mrs. Magee, Mr. Crocker, Mr. Vasquez. Thank you to every Avonian during my four years at Avon. Whether directly or indirectly, you all impacted me. "If you're not willing to go too far, you will never go far enough." -Chael Sonnen

Jake Bongo Avon, CT Athletics: Varsity Hockey Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me along my high school career. Thanks to my family, friends, and teachers for making my stay at Avon Old Farms a memorable one. I am going to miss everything that Avon Old Farms had to offer and will forever cherish this campus.

*Jake, even though it has been a couple of months since you have arrived in the AOF community I feel you have made a solid impact on campus. It has been great working with you as your advisor and I wish you the best at Sacred Heart next fall. -Mr. Mehos

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“If you ain’t first, you're last” -Ricky Bobby

Christian Boudreau Avon, CT Athletics: Varsity Baseball Thank you to my family for allowing me this opportunity to further my academic education close to home, my friends for keeping me sane through these uncertain times, and my teachers/coaches/advisors for helping provide a community that acts as a home away from home.

*Christian, It has been a pleasure to have one of the finest high school musicians in CT here at Avon Old Farms. Your talent is only surpassed by your humility. Keep striving for excellence! -Rap

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Benjamin Boyd West Hartford, CT Academics: I-II - Honor Roll : III - Varsity Golf MVP Athletics: Varsity Cross Country, Thirds Hockey, Varsity B Hockey, Varsity Gold (Captain) Clubs: Avon Outreach, Food Committee (Co-Head), Foster Dog Club I want to first thank my mom and dad for giving me this lifetime memory of attending AOF. Making the switch from a day student to boarding during the year was not an easy switch but my parents stood by my side. I would also like to thank Coach Deckers for taking a chance on me when I was a 15 year old freshman on the golf team. Taking me under his wing and bringing me on the golf trip my freshman year helped me gain confidence in myself and belief in my golf game. Thank you also to my advisor Scott Tumperi, who was mainly the reason why I remained in one piece. Thank you for being someone who I could call when things were tough but also when things were good. I am definitely going to miss you next year. "did I stutter?" -Mr. Tumperi

Zain Burki Farmington, CT Academics: I-II - Dean's List : III - Head of School's List : Language Poetry Competition Finalist Athletics: Cross Country, Thirds Squash (Honorary Captain), Varsity Riflery, Track and Field (Pole Vaulting) Clubs: Debate Club, Environmental Club, Model UN

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain

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I'd like to thank all of my teachers and coaches for their support throughout these past 4 years. In particular, I'd like to thank Mr. Cantello, Mr. McElheny, Mr. (and Coach) Cugell, Mr. Lea, and Dean Doyle for the amazing support and guidance they've provided me with. I'd also like to thank Coach Larson and Mr. Kassel - you've both been very kind and understanding.

Conor Callaghan Warwick, NY Academics: II - Honor Roll : IV - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Hockey Clubs: Student Activities Mom and Dad, thank you. Without you two I wouldn’t be the person I am today. You both sacrificed a lot to get me here and I will always be grateful for that. Mom, thanks for letting me move away from home, I know it wasn’t easy for you. Dad, thanks for telling me all the stories you had about Avon and making me want to come here. You guys are the best. Love, Conor. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." -CS Lewis.

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Michael Callahan Darien, CT Academics: II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List Athletics: JV Football, Varsity B Hockey, Varsity Lacrosse Clubs: Investment Club, Winged Retrievers Thank you Mom and Dad for supporting me through my triumphs and failures, I wouldn't be here without you both. Thank you to my coaches for pushing me to be the best and for helping me get to where I am. Thank you to my best friends for the bond we have built, I wouldn't have made it through Avon without you. Lastly, Thank you Mr. Stern. You pushed me in ways I did not want to be pushed and made me do things I did not want to do, but without you I would not be nearly the person, student, or athlete I am. I owe my success to you, dawg. "I think if you get kicked in the face you deserved it because that means that you watched the foot come to your face.” –Kevin Hart

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*Michael, Your growth over the years has been tremendous, and I am incredibly proud of your accomplishments. From scholarship, to sportsmanship, to integrity, you embody the necessary tools to find success and lead. I'm excited to see all that you'll achieve in the future. Stay humble and hungry, always. - Mr. Stern

Anthony Clayton Albany, NY Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Basketball (Captain), Varsity Track and Field Clubs: Investment Club, Spanish Club, Avon Outreach, Equality and Diversity Thank you to everyone who has helped me get to where I am at today. Thank you to my parents and family for blessing me with so many opportunity and sacrificing so much to get me where I am . Thank you to all my coaches for training me and teaching me life lessons that will stick with me forever. Thank you to all my teachers who have put me in the best position, and have always been there for me. Lastly thank you Avon Old Farms for setting me on the right track.

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“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” -Bruce Lee

Ryan Cohen Boca Raton, FL Athletics: Varsity Lacrosse Clubs: Big Brother Thank you Mama and Papa Cohen. I did it. "The only time I set the bar low is for limbo." -Michael Scott

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Mac Cooper Brooklyn, NY Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: 3rds Football, Varsity Baseball Clubs: Endangered Species Club Thank you, Mr. Hodgson, Mr. Mehos, and everyone else who helped me during my time at Avon. Also thank you Mom you have done so much for me over the past years and I will forever be grateful. "Are you MAGA? no, I'm Ferda." -Theo Gold

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Cole Coopman Atlanta, GA Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Lacrosse I would like to thank all of the coaches and teachers here for dedicating their time and helping me grow as a person. Thank you most importantly to my parents and family for giving me the opportunity to go to this school.

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"I've always won, and I'm going to continue to win. And that's the way it is." -Donald Trump

Xavier Copening Enfield, CT Athletics: Varsity Football, Strength and Conditioning, Track and Field Clubs: Special Olympics Thank you for all you do and your hard work never goes unnoticed. Forever thankful.

*Xavier. You’ve done an excellent job here in Avon. You should be very proud of your efforts and accomplishments! I certainly am. Stay in touch! -Mr.Proffitt

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Dashiell Corning Avon, CT Academics: I - Honor Roll : Engineering Book Award Athletics: Varsity Cross Country, Wrestling, Track and Field, 3rds Soccer Clubs: Minecraft Club, Music Production Club, Club Forge, Chess Club, Gaming Club

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I would like to thank everyone who helped me along my journey, specifically all my friends and mentors. If it weren't for many people along the way believing in me and tolerating my roundabout way of doing things, I probably wouldn't be graduating. I want to thank my advisors Dr. Sanford and Mr. Davey, as well as Mr. Detora for holding me accountable. Next, I would like to thank my teachers for making class enjoyable thorough my four years here. Finally, I want to give a personal thank you for Mr. Magee. If you're reading this, I hope you remember the legendary thing that happened in your class, and I hope you tell that story to all of your future classes with a wide smile. Again, thank you everyone.

*Good luck next year at school. Make sure to set several alarms to be on time for class. -Mr. Davey

Chase Cummings Westchester, CT

Thank you to my parents for supporting me and providing me the opportunity to attend such a wonderful school. Thank you to all of the boys for making sure there was never a dull moment on campus. Thank you to Mr. Mehos, Mr. Spearman, and Mr. O'Leary for enabling me to create so many great memories on the football field. Thank you to Mr. Symes and Mr. Malchoff for letting the horses run on gamedays, and all of the unique pre-game speeches. Thank you to Mr. Werner for believing in me and helping me to survive four years of high school. Thank you to Mr. Larocque for giving me the opportunity to become the man I am today. Thank you to the brotherhood for providing me with the most enjoyable four years possible and giving me friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Academics: II-III - Honor Rolel Athletics: JV Football (Captain), Varsity B Hockey, 3rds Baseball Clubs: Chess Club

"I'd rather tame the tiger than paint stripes on a pussycat." -Kevin Cunningham *Chase, over the last four years I've seen you transform from the freshman causing trouble outside of James and Jemar's room in Dio into the mature Jennings monitor and Junior hockey player you are now. I couldn't be more proud of the progress you've made and you will truly be missed. - Mr. Werner

Liam Curley Avon, CT Academics: I - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List Athletics: Riflery (Captain), WAOF, JV Tennis Clubs: Film Club, Investment Club, Monitor Thank you Clayton Donahue for being my co-captain in Riflery. Thank you Doc Doyle for being a great advisor, and a great teacher. Thank you Mr. Sayles for teaching me Computer Science and helping me better understand the career I hope to pursue. Thank you to Aidan Conroy for Goldfish Pants. Thank you Stratton Pratt for being named after a mountain and an actor at the same time. Thank you Zain for being God's gift to Earth. Thank you Brian Nguyen for being a reliable friend I could always go to for academic support. Thank you Paul Kim for enjoying Riflery as much as I do. Thank you Mr. Spearman for teaching Latin and life-skills. Thank you Avon Old Farms for be the stage for the best 4 years of my life up to this point.

*Thanks for everything. Will miss you. Go, fly, dream. -Doc Doyle

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Samuel Cutler Delray Beach, FL Academics: Varsity Tennis, JV Squash Clubs: Investment Club, Finance AIP First, I want to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to attend AOF. Without their unconditional support throughout my life, I would not have an opportunity to attend such a lifechanging place. I then want to thank all of my teachers who helped me along the way, and worked with me during all the late-night enrichments. I want to thank my advisor Mr. Driscoll in particular. Mr. Driscoll has become one of my closest friends during my time at Avon. He has helped me and supported me in all aspects of life, and I am so appreciative for all of the valuable lesson he has taught me during my time at AOF. I then want to thank my friends, for so many things. My friends at Avon motivated me to succeed in all aspects of life, and I am so thankful for them as well. Last but not least, I want to thank AOF community for making my time here unforgettable. "Memories take us back, dreams take us forward." -Unknown

Paul Davey Avon, CT Academics: Certified Beauty Athletics: Varsity Hockey

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*Thanks for everything. Will miss you. Go, fly, dream. -Doc Doyle

Barclay Davis North Hampton, NH Academics: I-IV - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Football, Varsity Wrestling, JV Lacrosse, VB Lacrosse Clubs: Nimrod Club (President, Scribe), Investment Club, 5:45 Club, MEAT Club Thank you to my family, friends, and the faculty for your unwavering support these last 4 years at Avon. Thank you especially to My parents, Grandparents, Mr. Crocker, and Mr. Cantello for leaving a profound impact on my education. Much love to all my Avon Brothers and the boys back home, the brotherhood is real, the memories are forever. "Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." -John D. Rockefeller * Clay, congratulations on your impressive career here at AOF. You have been a leader in Nimrod and in the dormitory, and you worked hard for your academic achievement. You have honored me with your trust, and I am deeply grateful for your willingness to listen. With affection and admiration, JAC

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Gustavo De Luca Toledano Panama City, Panama Athletics: VB Hockey I want to thank everyone at AOF for making me feel like home- from the faculty to all the boys. I appreciate you embracing me so quick and making me part of the brotherhood. You all have helped me grow a lot and helped me get closer to achieving my goals. Coming to AOF was the best decision I've ever made and changed my life. Sadly my time here was short due to Covid but the impact that one full year I had was immense. I came in as a boy and I'm leaving as a man. I will never forget you, AOF family, you all are a bunch of beauties.

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"My belief is stronger than your doubt." -Dwyane Wade

Sean Desjardins Watertown, CT

I would first like to thank my family, especially my parents for giving me this opportunity. Mr. O’Leary, thank you for sticking by my side for the past four years. Mr. Werner, thank you for helping me find the right college and guiding me academically, athletically, and socially throughout my four years. I would also like to thank all of my teachers and coaches throughout my entire four years for making me a better person. And, above all, thank you to all the boys who made my time here so special.

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Academics: I, III - Dean's List : II - Honor Roll : I-III - Community Service Pin : Monitor : National Art Honor Society : National Society of High School Scholars : Studio Photography Book Award : II-III - Hippocrene Athletics: 4ths Soccer, Thirds Hockey, JV Baseball, VB Hockey, JV Baseball, Varsity Baseball, Nimrod Clubs: Avon Outreach, Global Outreach, Yoga Club

"Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don't wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don't wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom." -Jim Rohn

Timothy Duffy Sudbury, MA Clubs: Investment Club Shoutout to my bro Symes, dirty John and the boys, and especially Tony J for getting me through the year. #hornsdown #zgod #tonyJ “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever” -Kobe

*It was a pleasure working with you and I wish you all the best. -Mr. Symes

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Erik Eads Chesapeake, VA Athletics: Varsity Soccer I would like to thank Major Bourgault and Mr. Tumperi for looking out for me and helping me reach my goal. “Hard times create strong men, strong men create good times, good times create weak men, and weak men create hard times.” -G. Michael Hopf

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Charles Fekete Cheshire, CT Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Football, JV Football, Thirds Red Basketball, VB Lacrosse, JV Lacrosse Clubs: Special Olympics Thank you to everyone who supported me including: Mom, Dad, Emma, Sam, Will, Nana and Papa, Memere and Papa. Somehow, I did it!

*Charlie, it has been a pleasure to watch grow as a person and an individual over the past four years. Your positive attitude and approach to life is admirable. Your presence on campus will be missed next year, but I am excited to see you take on your next set of challenges. Congratulations on a job well done! -Mr. Malchoff

Patrick Feng Vancouver, CA

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Aeden Finateri Watertown, CT Academics: Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Baseball (Captain), Thirds Squash (Captain) Clubs: Yoga Club (Club Head), Junior Achievement Huge thank you Mr. Hodgson for being my advisor for all 4 years and helping guide me through the challenges I faced during my time at Avon.

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*Thank you for letting me be your advisor for the past four years. It has been a pleasure to be part of your growth, and I am excited to see what your future holds. -Mr. Hodgson

Jack Fine Roslyn, NY Academics: IV - Honor Roll Athletics: JV Basketball, Varsity Lacrosse Thank you to all my teachers, coaches and peers for helping me along this journey at Avon Old Farms. I would also like to thank my parents for putting me in a position to succeed.

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Luke Foley Avon, CT Academics: II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List : Community Service Award (Nimrod Club) : Hippocrene Athletics: 3rds Lacrosse, VB Lacrosse, JV Football, 4ths Hockey, Robotics, Fitness Clubs: Nimrod Club, Book Club I'd like to thank both of my loving parents for always being there to support me through my endeavors. I’ll thank all my siblings for making my life better most of the time. All the teachers, coaches, and advisors deserve a thanks as well. I also want to thank all the excellent role models I had in my life, for putting me down the right path. Some of whom I haven't ever even met before. All these people contributed to making me the man I am today, and I just wanted to say thank you all of them. “Take your work seriously, but don't take yourself seriously” -Clint Eastwood

*All the best on your graduation, Luke! You have grown much in your time here, and you should be proud of all that you have accomplished. Congratulations! -Mr. Callaghan

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Henry Furneaux Hartford, CT Academics: I-III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Football, Varsity Track and Field Clubs: Vice Warden, Junior Achievement (Club Head), Food Committee (Head), Big Brother To my family, thank you for allowing me with the opportunity to attend AOF. To my friends, thank you for giving me memories that I will remember forever. To the entire Avon community, thank you for the best four years of my life. Avon Old Farms for life. "Good Morning Brothers."

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*Henry, it has been an honor to serve as your advisor here at Avon. Thank you so much for all that you have done for our school community. You are a tremendous leader with a bright future. Best of luck and congratulations! -Mr.Malchoff

Magnus Gadowsky State College, PA

Thank you to my parents for allowing me to have this experience, and to my friends and faculty for making this experience so amazing. Thank you to my brother for taking me under his wing and helping me become the man I am today. Thank you to my advisor, Mr.Tibbles, for helping me whenever I need it and looking out for me both in school and life. Thank you to Mr.Kowalchick for not only inspiring me to come to Avon but also continuing to impact me on a daily basis during my time here. And lastly thank you to Mr.Tumperi who has gone out of his way countless times to help not only me but hundreds of students during my time here, his example will undoubtedly continue to impact me and the person I become.

Ayden Gauthier Avon, CT Academics: II-III - Honor Roll : IV - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Track and Field, Thirds Basketball, Thirds Squash, Thirds Baseball Clubs: Monitor, Investment Club (Club Head), Avon Outreach Thank you to everyone in the Avon Old Farms community for making it such a special place. I'd like to thank Mr. Doyle, Mr. Cugell, Mrs. Larson, Ms. Barzun, and Mr. Deckers specifically for helping me throughout my time at AOF and shaping me into the person I am today. Lastly, I would like to thank my parents for making my four years here possible. Thank you for being hard on me when I needed it, helping me get through long and stressful nights of work, and motivating me to succeed. Roll Beavs! "I'm ready to face any challenges that are foolish enough to face me." -Dwight Schrute

*It has been my absolute pleasure to watch you become such an outstanding citizen at AOF. Four years has flown by and I cannot wait to see what you do in the future! -Mr. Cugell

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Academics: II-III - Head of School's List : Woodworking Book Award : Mandarin Book Award Athletics: 4ths Soccer, JV Tennis (Captain), 3rds Hockey (Captain) Clubs: Gaming/Chess Club (Club Head), Culinary Arts Club (Club Head), Special Olympics


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Jake Geraci Old Tappan, NJ Athletics: Varsity Hockey Thank you to Coach Gardner, Coach Pereira, and Coach Barlow, the coaches of the hockey team for your motivation and teaching. Thank you to all of my teachers for teaching me over the year. Thank you to Mr. Mehos for his caring and welcoming personality. Thank you to my peers and teammates for all of the amazing memories. Thank you to everyone else at Avon who made my experience amazing. Last of all, thank you to my family, especially my parents, for always supporting me in everything I do and for providing me with so many opportunities in life including coming to Avon.

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"Ayo boss, lemme get a bacon, egg, and CHEEEESE."

*Jake, even though I have only known you for a short period of time, you have been a valued member of the AOF community, Jamerson dormitory, and our advisor group. You are the true personification of a student-athlete. Much luck in your future endeavors, Mr. Mehos

John Glaspey Farmington, CT Academics: I-II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Swimming Clubs: NImrod Club, Hippocrene, Avon Record, Big Brother

"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying." -Frederick Nietzche

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Thank you to Mr.Cugel for your help over the past four years. To Mr.Tumperi for opening doors for me I have never would seen otherwise. Most importantly thank you to my parents for supporting me over the past four years. None of this would have been possible without you.

*I cannot believe how fast these four years have gone and how much you’ve grown up. You are a steadfast and thoughtful guy, I’m proud of you! -Mr. Cugell

William Goldman Centennial, CO Academics: II-III - Dean's List : IV - Head of School's List Athletics: Yearbook (Editor), JV Lacrosse, Varsity Lacrosse, 4ths Hockey Clubs: Avon Record, Socratics Club (Club Head), Model UN (Club Head), Political Action Club Being a senior is mind-blowing. Has it really been four years already? I want to thank my parents and grandparents, for if it was not for them, I would not be here. Thank you. I want to thank my teachers who have pushed me to many sleepless nights, but more intelligent for it. Thank you Mr. Cugell for putting up with my daily "hot takes", some of which bordered on lunacy. Thank you to Doc. Malchoff for being patient and giving perfectly-timed advice. Thank you Mr. Cantello, for both being a superb teacher who made me interested in English and for being my advisor the past two years. Lastly, a big thanks to Kristof Proulx, who took me under his wing when I was new and continued to do so even after. Thank you all. "If you think you have nothing left, you have the power to forgive." -Eva Mozes Kor *Will, I admire and respect your energy when it comes to making the world a better place. I particularly value your sense of justice. Keep seeing the good in humanity - we all need to appreciate one another. Mr. Cantello.

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Tyler Gordon Avon, CT Academics: I, III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Hockey, Track and Field, 3rds Lacrosse Clubs: Junior Achievement Thank you to Coach Gardner for being my coach, advisor, and greatest mentor during my time at Avon. I would also like to thank all of my teachers for supporting me for the past four years. A big thanks to my Mom and Dad for all their love and support and allowing me to go to such a great school. "What's your shotgun policy here?" -NELK

*Tyler, Congrats on your 4 years at Avon. It has been fun watching your growth and maturity and how much you have made of your time here. -JTG

Aiden Gravina Farmington, CT Academics: I-II - Dean's List : III - Head of School's List Athletics: Varsity Tennis (Captain), Varsity Soccer, JV Soccer, Varsity Wrestling, Thirds Squash Clubs: Red Cross Club (President), Book Club (Co-President), Club Pengyou (Co-President), Investment Club

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Thank you Mr. Cantello for being the best advisor I could ask for. You helped me with my transition here which would otherwise have been difficult. Thank you Mr. Mac for always making me laugh in calculus class. Thank you Mr. Stephens Cugell and Mehos for making History interesting. I'll also miss Dunkin runs with you Mr. Mehos. I could not have asked for a better high school experience so thank you everyone.

Iakov Gurevich Moscow, Russia Academics: II-III - Head of School's List : Intro to Engineering and Design Book Award : AP Computer Science Book Award : AP Physics Book Award Athletics: Robotics Clubs: Nimrod Club, Club Forge To Mr. Sayles - Thank you for being one of the most important people during my time at Avon. You are a great advisor, teacher, and coach. I can't list everything you have done for me, but you know your help is invaluable. To Mr. Tumperi - Thank you for being a great teacher, and for all of your help outside of the classroom. To Ms. Larson - Thank you for teaching me the very important basics of Engineering. To Clayton Donahue, Oleg Kolchanov, Spencer Li, and the Robotics Team - you guys are amazing, and my time here at Avon would not be the same without you. "Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today" -Abraham Lincoln

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David Elijah Haden West Orange, NJ Academics: I-III - Honor Roll : IV - Dean's List Athletics: JV Football, JV Baseball, JV Basketball, Varsity Baseball, Thirds Squash, Var Soccer (Mng) Clubs: Network Club, Foot Committee, Avon Outreach, Spirit Club, Global Outreach, Student Activities, Monitor Shout out to, Browwwwn Towwwwnn!!!!!!!, The Whole Haden Fam (love you guys) Mr. Rice, the Dowling Family, Mr. Stern, Ms. Lubonta, Major, Mr. Nichol (a god with the clips), Mr. Miller, Ms.Jensen, Big Daddy Tump, Mr. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Doyle, Mr. Whitty and Mrs. Whitty, Mr. Barlow, Mr. Magee, Mr. Callaghan, Mr. Symes, Mr. Cugell, Jeff and Lauren, Mr. Roller, Mr. Cloud, Mr. Hodgson, Mr. Detora, and Mr. LaRocque. Thank you for making sacrifices for me to achieve my goals and aspirations. Thank you for cursing me out, emailing me about packages/late to class, giving me advice, making me laugh, and pushing me to do my best. Thank you to the boys. You guys have made all my 4 years here special. Hope you guys use all of the opportunities Avon has to provide. Class of 2021, we made it babyyyyy, congrats boys love y'all. Best of luck in future. Life is Like a Sandwich; no matter which way you flip it, the bread always comes first." -Unknown * I have so enjoyed serving as your advisor over these four years. It has been a joy to watch you grow and mature. Thank you for letting me be a part of your "team" over these years. You have made your mark on the community! Keep in touch and come back to visit! -Mr.Rice

Michael Hart Chappaqua, NY Academics: II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List : IV - Head of School's List Athletics: Theater Tech Crew, Strength and Conditioning, ABA, Varsity Tennis Clubs: Investment Club, Nimrod Club, Political Action Club I would like to thank my mother and father for always believing in me and supporting me when I needed it most. I would like to thank Mr. Brain Conroy, Mr. Jerry Garvey, Mr. Larocque and Mr. Detora for giving me this amazing opportunity. I am thankful for all my teachers that supported me and enabled me to succeed academically. Finally I am forever thankful to the brotherhood for accepting me and making me part of a lifelong community.

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Timothy Heinke Berlin, CT Athletics: Varsity Hockey, JV Baseball, Strength and Conditioning, Golf Thank you to everyone that has helped me through my bath at Avon. And to the boys for making it a good ride. Special thanks to Coach Gardner (aka the GOAT) for all that he has done for me. "I'm not here to take part, I'm here to take over." -Conor McGregor

*Congrats Tim in your 4 years at Avon. It’s been fun and sometimes not but you have learned to persevere and are better for it. -JTG

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Alexander Henrich South Salem, NY Academics: II-III - Honor Roll Athletics: Thirds Squash, 3rds Lacrosse, Varsity Soccer (Captain) Clubs: Avon Outreach, Investment Club, Hippocrene Thank you to my Mom and Dad for sending me to this great place. Coach Martinez for pushing me to be great. My friends for always having my back. Coach Cantello for showing me what real passion for the game looks like. Everyone on the 2019 soccer team for making that season unforgettable. Thank you to the grounds crew for always making Carriuolo Field look good, and Mr. Healy for making sure our Jerseys are clean. David, Eugene, and Richard for letting me come back from classes to a clean dorm. Laurin and Jeff for making sure I was healthy and safe to play. Last but not least, thank you to all the hardworking women in the Health Center for always starting my day off right.|Jeremiah 29:11| “You gotta dream you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves they tell you, you can't. If you want something, go get it, Period." -Will Smith Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

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*Aidan, I wish you were here longer! You have everything we could hope for in an Avon graduate. Thanks for making us

Houzhi Hu Qingdao, China Academics: II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List : Head of School Ambassador Athletics: JV Soccer, Thirds Hockey Clubs: Red Cross Club, Book Club, Endangered Species Club (Club Head) I want to say huge thank you for the whole Avon family, the brotherhood. Three years ago I was applying to all the high schools. I knew this is where I belong to. With extreme disappointment on my waitlist, I had never give up any hope to attend to school at Avon Old Farms School. I knew this is the best fit for my future. I slapped my computer on the table when I first heard about the news that I got accepted by Avon. I had never expected to attend an all boys school, but here I am. Three years went past fast. I had learned so much, not just education, but how to become a man and the part of brotherhood. All I want to say is to this community. I will left this place with no regrets. I can't say enough how thankful that Avon provides this opportunity for me. All the teachers, students will be my mentor and played an essential part of my life. Thank you Avon! "Dreams are not what you see in your sleep, dreams are things which do not let you sleep." -Cristiano Ronaldo

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Michael Indomenico Wethersfield, CT Academics: I-IV - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Soccer Clubs: Investment Club Thank you to Coach Martinez, Coach Cugell, and my teammates for making me the player and person I am today. Thank you to my brother for always supporting me throughout my time at Avon.

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"The will must be stronger than the skill." -Muhammad Ali

Millan Jain Houston, TX Academics: I - Dean's List : II - Honor Roll Athletics: Robotics, Thirds Red Basketball, JV Baseball, Sports Media Productions Clubs: Avon Outreach, Prep Sports Report Club Thank you to my parents who gave me the opportunity to finish my high school career at Avon and thank you Avon for giving me a second home.

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"It's only illegal if you're caught." -Millan Jain

*Millan - I'm so proud of you! You've grown so much in 4 years, and the pride I know you feel about all you've accomplished is warranted. Congratulations and best wishes for your bright future! With affection, Ms. Barzun

Matthew Jamison Vail, CO Academics: II - Head of School's List : III - Dean's List : University of Pennsylvania Book Award : Community Service Award: NAHS, ASAP 1st place and other photo awards Athletics: Varsity Football, Varsity Wrestling, AIP, WAOF, Digital Media & Production Clubs: Photography Club (Club Head), A/V Club (Club Head), Spectrum Club (Club Head), Avon Record I’d like to thank every person that has helped me mature and develop into a stronger man while here at Avon. I wouldn’t recognize myself as I was when I began here and I owe it to this brotherhood and family that has seen me grow so much. Thank you to each and every person that has helped me on my path through these difficult years — your help and guidance means the world and much much more. I’d like to specifically thank Mr. Whitty for being the best advisor ever and helping me build selfconfidence. Mr. Dully for his support as a friend and mentor in both my personal life and professional progression as a photographer. Mrs. Keller for always being there and supportive and positive. "Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men." -John F. Kennedy

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Zheng Yang Jin Shanghai, China Academics: Head of School's List Athletics: JV Soccer, Varsity Swimming, JV Tennis Clubs: Book Club, Table Tennis Club Thank you Mr. Doyle for being the best advisor ever. Your help throughout my AOF career has meant a great lot to me. I entered your advisee group not even making the honor roll, but now, both my grades and AOF experience improved tremendously. You are really for the boys. Before coming to Avon, I could not picture a person working in the same place for more than a decade, even two decades. But with your passion and love for the school, I came to understand the magic of the AOF community and the brotherhood. Thank you so much for you help and support for for years. I will be carrying these memories on forever. "Zoom class year is legit yielding." -Andy Jin Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

Leo Johnson Greenwich, CT Academics: II - Dean's List : III - Headmaster's List Athletics: Varsity Lacrosse (Captain), JV Basketball, 3rds Squash Clubs: Junior Achievement

“Winners focus on winning. Losers focus on winners.” -Eric Thomas

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Thank you to all my teachers specifically Dr.Watt, Mrs. Moyer, Senora Bartkiewicz, Mr. Whitty for helping me grow as a student and a person during my time at Avon. All of you have been very influential in my growth during the past three years. Also special thank you to Coach Lee, Coach Fekete, Coach Kowalchick, and Coach Stern for helping me grow as a player, leader and person.

Myles Johnson Baltimore, MD

*Myles-This has been an amazing year for you and I am so lucky to have been your advisor. I can't wait to see the next steps in your journey. There are so many great things yet to come for you! I will be watching and cheering you. - Mrs. Lubonta

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Nicholas Karol Westwood, MA Academics: I-II - Honor Roll : Biology Book Award : Freshman History Book Award Athletics: Varsity Soccer, Thirds Squash Clubs: Global Outreach, Avon Outreach, Investment Club

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“60% percent of the time, it works every time” -Paul Rudd (Anchorman)

*Nick, pursue your passions with determination, drive, and an indomitable spirit. Use your talents and skills to challenge us all to do better. Work hard. Good things will happen. -Mr. Cantello.

Dylan Kasperzyk Killingworth, CT Academics: I-II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List : Freshman Athlete of the Year Athletics: Varsity Football, Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Track and Field Clubs: Fishing Club I would like to thank my family for all the long road trips, being on my side line or in my corner on the mat. You guys have given so much for me to be where I am now. I love you guys so much. To all my coaches thank you for dealing with my “aggressive style” and bettering me as an athlete and as a man.

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"Sometimes a King has to remind fools why he's King" -Unknown

*I have known you since you were a young boy and am extremely proud of who you have become. It has been a joy to watch you grow. I hope you will continue to follow your dream of serving our Country where I know you will continue to make us proud. Semper fi -Major

Lorenzo Landini Roma, Italy Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: VB Hockey Clubs: Gentleman's Society Thank you everyone for making my experience at Avon true and full of memorable moments that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. "No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride...and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well...maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten. " -Unknown

*AUGURI e Congratulazioni!!!!! I'll miss our advisory moments over an espresso. You're a creative young man with a unique voice that will continue to transform these next few years as your adventure truly begins. Will miss you ragazzo.- Mrs.P

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Luke LaSaracina Colchester, CT Varsity Baseball, Varsity Football Investment Club I want to thank my parents for all they have done for me over the years. I wouldn't be in the position I am today without your guidance and inspiration. Thank you for all your sacrifices, they do not go unnoticed. Love you guys! “Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.” – Michael Jordan

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* Good Luck in college and beyond. Keep making good decisions and Rep the colors. -Mr. Symes

Anthony Lawson Farmington, CT Academics: II-III - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Riflery, Cross Country, Varsity Track and Field, Robotics Clubs: Debate Club, Environmental Club, Film Club, Model U.N. Club

"Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of their marvels." -Francisco Goya

Matthew Leopold Avon, CT Academics: III - Head of School's List : Brown University Book Prize Recipient Athletics: Varsity Soccer, JV Basketball (Captain) Clubs: Student Council Thank you to my dad who spent too many agonizing hours trying to teach me simple algebra because my brain just isn't that big. Thank you to my mom for supporting me through hard times like when Mr. Mac was failing me in math. Thank you to all my teachers and a special shout out to Mr. Mac and Mrs. Bartkiewicz. Another big thank you to Mr. Cugell for putting up with me on the field and in the classroom. Sorry for getting to school at 7:46 every day. I couldn't find my shoes/books/computer/phone/mask. Thank you to all my friends. And finally, I'd like to thank myself for always being there for me. “Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.” -Michael Scott * “A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant.” -Chiam Potek (The Chosen). For four years I have had the pleasure of watching you "fill that span" with your energy & your enthusiasm! Mr. Mac Senior Brags/Beauties: Karol - Leopold

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Thank you to my family and my teachers for the support I have received. I would like to especially thank Mr. McElheny for being an excellent math tutor, Mr. Bolster for peaking my interest in writing and widening my views on the interpretation of books, and Mr. Spearman for introducing me to aspects of Roman literature and culture which are often overlooked in the Latin classroom.


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Jonathan Luo Shenzhen, China Academics: I-IV - Head of School's List : WALKS Essay Finalist 2020 Athletics: Fifths Soccer, Fourths Soccer, Varsity Swimming, Gardening Clubs: Red Cross Club, Club Pengyou (Club Head), Music Production Club (Club Head), Club Forge Thank you Boyang Zhou.

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"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." -Winnie the Pooh

*Good luck next year! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. Mr. Davey

Jemar Mack Chicopee, MA Academics: I - Dean's List : II-III - Head of School's List : Poetry Award Athletics: Varsity Football, Varsity Track and Field, JV Basketball, Strength and Conditioning Clubs: Singed Beavers, Networking Club (Club Head), Spirit Club, Student Diversity Leadership Conference

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“Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” -John Wayne

*Jemar, I love that you have found your voice and carved out your place at Avon, and watching you grow over your four years has been a true honor! I know wonderful things await - keep using that voice of yours! You have more power than you know! -Mrs. Jensen

Ritesh Mahtani Noord, Aruba Academics: Dean's List : Head of School's List Athletics: Intramurals, JV Basketball Clubs: Investment Club Thank you to my parents for providing me the opportunity to attend a school like Avon old farms and giving more in life than I could ever ask for. Thank you to my friends, and teachers at Avon that have helped me throughout my time here. I am forever grateful for the time I spent and the experiences I've had at Avon, thank you! "If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for ordinary." -Jim Rohn

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Jason Marsella Greenwich, CT

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*Jay- I wish nothing but the best for you in your future endeavors. Your passion and dedication will help fuel you as you go on to tackle many of life’s challenges. Good luck with your time at Yale, and continue to work hard in everything you do! - Coach P

Andrew Meyers Pittsburgh, PA

Each of my teachers, coaches and brothers have had a life changing impact on me. I could never thank them enough. Especially to: Mr. Miller, for making Avon my reality and being my supporter from day 1. Mr. Webb, for supporting me every step of my journey and making me feel part of his family. Mr. Ford, for being a mentor by showing me the link between boxing and school. Mr. Crocker, for guiding my big dreams through the college process. Ms. Finn-Bolster, for believing in me as a leader and giving me the confidence to strive to become one. Doc. Doyle, for being the most influential teacher I have ever had and for instilling values in me that I never would have thought possible. Mr. Detora, thank you. “I stopped thinking the way other people think a long time ago. You gotta think like you think.” -Rocky Balboa

Kaito Minami Tokyo, Japan Academics: II - Dean's List : III - Head of School's List : Algebra 1 Book Award : Drawing 1 Book Award : Architecture Book Award Athletics: Fifths Soccer, Fourths Soccer, Varsity Swimming Clubs: Environmental Club, Rubik’s Cube Club, Environmental Proctor I’d like to thank my parents, my advisor Mr. D, and everyone who helped me from Freshman to Senior year. These four years will be memorable. "Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance" -Epicurus

*Kaito I am proud of all you accomplished in your four years. When you first started you could barely speak English and now you have matured into one of our top students. Your hard work and determination paid off! Best of luck, Kaito! -Mr. Detora

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Matthew Henry Morgan Issaquah, WA Athletics: Football Thank you so much to my parents, Erik and Tracy, for allowing me to do a post-graduate year at Avon Old Farms. Thank you to my family for their constant support and love throughout high school. Lastly, shout out to the Chipotle in Canton and all the door dashers who delivered the food from there.

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"Seven hours of commercial free football starts now." -Scott Hanson

*Matt, it has been a pleasure working with you this year. Hamilton is lucky to have you and I can not wait to see you play next year! - Mr. Bomely

Saagar Motupally Avon, CT

My growth over the last 4 years has been a direct byproduct of the people who have surrounded me. I want to thank each and every one of my teachers who each in different ways have inspired me to keep asking questions and to never stop learning. Whether if it was through tough love like in the classrooms of Ms Barzun, Mr. Mac, Dr. Malchoff, and Mr. Tump, or through slightly less tough love from Mr. Sweetland, Mr. Cantello, Mr. Cugell, and Mr. Chase, my teachers always pushed me to be my best. I also want to thank Coach Stephens, Coach Cugell, and Coach Stensland and Mr. Dowling for taking chances on me and giving me the tools to grow. Each of my mentors and many others are responsible for the person I am today.

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Academics: I-IV - Head of School's List : Yale University Book Prize : III - Academics Excellence Award Athletics: Varsity Swimming (Captain), Varsity Soccer Clubs: Avon Outreach (President), Debate Club (President), Student Council (Secretary)

"Embrace the Darkness boys, we are really in it now." -Coach Cugell *Saagar-You have achieved so much here, and it has been a pleasure working with you for the last four years. You have much to contribute to this world, in college and beyond. We are proud of all that you have accomplished,, and realize that this is just a promising beginning to your journey. You have it all social intelligence, kindness, toughness, and class...not to mention the GPA! -Mr. Dowling

Brian Namnoum West Hartford, CT

*Brian, Congratulations on finishing your time at Avon, Brian! You have developed into a strong student-athlete over the last four years, and I hope you take with you lasting memories of The Farm and your work here. -Mr.Callaghan

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Patrick Neal Greenwich, CT Academics: II - Dean's List : III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Hockey (Captain), Varsity Track and Field Clubs: Big Brother Program (President), Student Diversity Committee, Avon Record (Sports Editor), Admissions Officer (Head) Mom, Dad, and Jack - Thank you for giving me the chance to attend Avon Old Farms. With the opportunity you have provided for me I have done everything to achieve my goals and for that I am forever thankful. Coach Gardner and coaching staff - Thank you guys for teaching me to believe in myself. Playing for you has provided me countless life lessons and prepared me for not only future hockey endeavors, but for life. LET'S GO TO THE BEACH!!! Mr. Mehos - Thank you for being my dad away from home. Every night I looked forward to saying goodnight to you and I am forever thankful for your every effort to make Jamerson feel like home away from home. You're the man! And thank you to everyone else! "I'm Mr. Meeseeks, look at me!" -Mr. Meeseeks *PJ! We are a better school because you are here. You are a value add wherever you go because you bring many talents and the right attitude to all that you do. You have earned special opportunities, and will be ready for success in whatever is next for you. It has been so much fun being your teacher and advisor; keep in touch, know that we will be rooting for your continued success next year and always. -Mr. D

Yoshioki Niimura Tokyo, Japan Athletics: Varsity Skiing, Thirds Soccer, Tech Crew, Green Team Clubs: Gentleman's Society I want to thank to those who made my life at AOF. Best of luck for everyones next adventure. Your hard work will pay off in many ways.

*Yoshi, it has been a pleasure getting to know you and working closely with you even though you are in Tokyo this fall. We miss your smile on campus! It is my hope that we can get you back on campus this spring and see you graduate on the Village Green. -Mr. Rice

Ryan Nunez Suffield, CT Academics: I - Honor Roll : II - Dean's List : III - Head of School's List Athletics: JV Soccer, Varsity Soccer, Thirds Blue Basketball, Thirds Squash Clubs: Avon Outreach, Big Brother, Day Student Monitor First off, I would like to thank my parents for giving me the opportunity to attend AOF. Their nonstop love and support have helped me achieve success throughout my four years. I love you Mom and Dad. I also extend my gratitude to all of my teachers. Each and everyone one helped to push me academically to find success in their classes. Finally, I would like to thank my advisor Mr. Cugell. You’ve been there since the beginning, and helped to acclimate myself to life at Avon. I appreciate all of the time you’ve spent with me over the years helping me academically, and athletically. You’ve helped me realize that playing thirds squash isn’t just a sport, it’s a lifestyle. “I’m not superstitious, but I am a little 'stitious” -Michael Scott

*Four years gone in a flash. Watching you succeed in class, score goals and run to celebrate with the team, and that smile/sense of humor - these are the Nunez memories I will cherish. Good luck, Ryan! -Mr. Cugell Senior Brags/Beauties: Morgan - Nunez

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Ziwei Pang Shenzhen, China Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Robotics (Captain), Tech Crew Clubs: Club Med (President), Club Pengyou (President) Thanks.

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"Life is a journey to find myself." -Unknown

Hyunjun Park Seoul, South Korea Academics: III - Dean's List Athletics: Robotics, AIP Clubs: Club Forge (Club Head), Environmental Club 54 68 61 6e 6b 20 79 6f 75 20 66 6f 72 20 79 6f 75 72 20 70 61 72 74 20 69 6e 20 6d 79 20 6a 6f 75 72 6e 65 79 20 3a 29 Thank you to my family, friends, and teachers for being part of my journey. With your help, my time at Avon became more memorable and enjoyable :)

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"2020 can’t get any worse." -Anonymous

Aidan Patterson Redondo Beach, CA Academics: II-III - Dean's List Athletics: VB Hockey Clubs: Culinary Arts Club, Gentleman's Society

Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way and made me the person I am today. Thank you mom and dad for letting me attend Avon and believing in me. “Here’s the deal—I’m the best there is. Plain and simple. I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence." -Ricky Bobby

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Jacob Perry Avon, CT Academics: I-II Honor Roll : III - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Soccer, Thirds Squash Clubs: Gaming Club (Club Head) Thanks you to my parents for always being on my side and keeping me going throughout my time at Avon. Thank you to all my teachers and coaches for always being there for me whenever I needed extra help. Lastly thanks to everyone at Avon for making my four years at Avon very memorable. "You absolute muppet." -Mr. Cantello

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*Congratulations Jacob! It's been a heck of a four years, but I couldn't be more proud of all that you've accomplished. I hope you are proud of yourself as well! Best wishes for a bright future. With affection, Ms Barzun

Tyler Phommachanh Bridgeport, CT Athletics: Varsity Football (Captain), Varsity Track and Field, Basketball I would like to start by saying thank you to all the Many teachers and coach’s that guided me through my time in Avon. Specifically Mr. Detora, Mr. Whitty, Mrs. Steber, Major, Coach Profitt, and Coach Brennan. You guys made life here at Avon a lot easier. This is definitely a place I will miss.

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“Good morning meatball!” -Mr. Detora

*Great job Meatball! You handled the lack of a football season with great leadership for the other members of the team. I am proud of you and wish you the best of luck at UConn. -Mr. Detora

Nathan Puglielli Canton, CT Academics: I - Dean's List : II-IV - Head of School's List Athletics: Thirds Blue Basketball (Captain), Varsity Baseball Clubs: Junior Achievement Club, Day Student Monitor, Investment Club, Big Brother Program I would like to thank my teachers for helping shape me into the person I am today, and for their undying support through my time at Avon. Specifically my advisor of four years, Mr. Dowling, who has been a supporter of my growth as a man since that first day in the Fall of 2017. To my friends, who have gone through the best and worst by my side, and always seem to produce that light at the end of the tunnel, I thank you all. I also recognize all that my parents have done for me, from sending me to such a prestigious school as Avon Old Farms to supporting my baseball career. I often don't thank them as often as I should, so thank you. "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when you look back everything is different." -C.S. Lewis *Pugs! I am so happy for you. You have achieved so much, and are ready for success in all that you encounter. You are smart, diligent, tough, and classy. Keep in touch, fulfill your promise, and know that we will always be rooting for you from Avon Old Farms. -Mr. Dowling

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Aidan Radtke New York, NY Academics: III - Honor Roll : IV - Head of School's List : Graphic Design Book Award, multiple photography awards Athletics: Varsity Hockey (Manager), Thirds Football, JV Football, WAOF Clubs: Photography Club, Avon Record, Big Brother Program "Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence." -Vince Lombardi, the Greatest Coach of All Time.

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*It’s been an awesome four years. You’ve grown and matured so much in so many ways but are still the same calm, unflappable guy you were your first year on 3rds Football. I have always appreciated your quiet steadiness and wish you all the best in your life after Avon. Congratulations, Jake Spearman

Chase Ramsay Granite Springs, NY Academics: II-III - Honor Roll : IV - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Hockey (Co-Captain) Mom and Dad thank you for giving me this opportunity to go to such an amazing school. Coach Barlow, Coach Pereira, and Coach Gardner thank you for pushing me to improve not only as a player, but also as a person. Thank you Ms. Moyer and Mr. Doyle for making every class a fun one. And finally, thank you boys for making the last three years unforgettable.

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Christian Reboul Avon, CT Academics: III - Dean's List : II - Honor Roll Athletics: JV Football, Varsity Lacrosse, Fourths Hockey Clubs: Club Forge (Club Head), Nimrod Club Thank you mom and dad for always pushing me to be the best version of myself, even when it wasn't appreciated. Without your constant love, I know I wouldn't be the person I am today. Thank you to all my coaches who I've worked with both on and off the field, and a special thanks to my life coach, Mr. Kassel, and Mr. Barlow, the fastest driver on campus (after me of course). "Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?" -Kanye West

*Best of luck in all your future endeavors, Christian! - Mr. Barlow

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Adrian Reed Unionville, PA Academics: III - Honor Roll, Athletics: Thirds Red Basketball, JV Lacrosse (Captain), JV Football, Weightlifting Clubs: Political Action Club Thank you Mom and Dad can't believe I made it here in one piece, on to the next!

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*Adrian- You've grown tremendously and expanded beyond your comfort zone in the 2 years you've been at Avon - as athlete, scholar, artist, leader among your classmates. I am proud of you and look forward to the impact you'll make in the years ahead. All my best. Mr. Whitty

William Rettaliata Bay Shore, NY

First off, I would like to thank my parents. Your consistent support and affection has made me into who I am today. I could not have done it without the two of you. Secondly, I want to thank Mr. Davey. As soon as I arrived on campus, you have guided me to success. You always had my best interest in mind, and I could always count on you for help. And to my most consistent coach, Scott Tumperi thank you for teaching me the value of hard work on and off the field. Finally, I want to thank the entire Avon community as a whole. Your lessons will always stay with me through adulthood and beyond. Thank you. "A sailboat that sails backwards can never see the sun rise." -Bill Cosby

*Best of luck next year! Thank you for a great three years. Mr. Davey

Benjamin Reznik Riverwoods, IL Athletics: Football Thank you to my parents, peers and coaches for supporting me throughout my experiences at Avon! “Do or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda

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Aidan Rooney Bay Shore, NY Athletics: Varsity Cross Country, Hockey, Tennis Clubs: Investment Club, Film Club, Game Club, Avon Record Thank you to all the faculty who helped make Avon as exciting as it was. I would also like to thank my parents for allowing me to take a year off to attend school here this year. Most importantly thank you to the boys in Brown Town who made my one year as exciting as possible.

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"You know how everyone's always saying 'seize the moment'? I don't know, I'm kinda thinking it's the other way around. You know, like the moment seizes us." -Boyhood

*I wish you the best on your next adventure, whether it's on the track or in the classroom. I truly enjoyed getting to know you during your short time here! - Mrs.Larson

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*Michael , Congrats on your one year at Avon. You bought into the school and consequently made the most of it. JTG

Preston Runk Davis, CA Academics: II - Head of School's List : III - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Cross Country, JV Football, Thirds Squash, JV Lacrosse, AIP (Architecture) Clubs: Avon Outreach, Student Activities I would like to thank Mr. Mehos for being a great advisor and keeping me on the right path during my time at Avon. I’d also like to thank Mr. Cantello and Mr. Mac for always challenging me in classroom. Lastly I’d like to thank my family for allowing to come to Avon. “Shoutout Tony J.” -Dirty John and the Boys

*Preston, it has been a great three years as your teacher, and two years as your advisor. You are a solid, well respected citizen of the AOF community and it has been a pleasure working with you. All the best to you in college and your future endeavors. Your friend always, Mr. Mehos

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Sam Russo Windsor Locks, CT Academics: ASAP Photography Competition- 1st place Athletics: Thirds Soccer, Thirds Hockey To my family, thank you so much for the opportunity to come and be educated here. To all the teachers and faculty, thank you for all the time and support you invested into me to make me a better person. To the boys (and Mr. Nichol/Mr. Gill) in Jennings, you made this year a good one, I couldn’t ask for a better dorm. "Once you question your own belief it’s over." -Naruto

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*Sam, comparing the tiny, trouble-making 9th grader you were in my class at Watkinson to the long-haired, mature young man you've transformed into here at Avon Old Farms blows my mind. I couldn't be more proud of you, and you better come back to visit! - Mr. Werner

Omari Salvi Gaithersburg, MD Athletics: Basketball Clubs: Investment Club Thank you so much Mr. Ford, Dr. Doyle, Mr. O' Leary, Mr. Hodgson, Mr. Gill, Mr. Nichol, Mr. Rapposo, Mr. Magee, Mr. Campbell, and Mr./ Mrs. Doyle

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Alexander Sanborn Simsbury, CT Academics: I-IV - Dean's List : Drawing Book Award, NAHS Athletics: Varsity Football, AIP, Theater, Varsity Track and Field Clubs: Fishing Club (Club Head) Thank you to my brother, mother, father, and Mrs. Pinton. “The inner mechanisms of my mind are an enigma” -Patrick Star

*Xander- these past 2 years with you in my classes have been as beautifully inspiring for me as they've been for you. Super proud of your artistic and emotional strength, resilience and kindness. Be good to yourself and keep fishing for new adventures! -Mrs.P

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Sean Scanlon New York, NY Athletics: Varsity Baseball

Thank you to my friends and family for supporting me through my process of deciding to come to Avon Old Farms. It was a long and hard journey before I got here but I am glad that it brought me to Avon Old Farms. "If people aren't laughing at your dreams, your dreams aren't big enough." -Bryce Harper

*Sean - I am so happy that you decided to join us for a year. You and a special young man filled with talent, determination, and promise. We will be rooting for your continued success next year and always! -Mr. Dowling

Aidan Schleer Sparta, NJ Academics: Dean's List Athletics: Fourths Soccer, Varsity Wrestling, Varsity Baseball Clubs: Investment Club, Student Activities, Red Cross Thank you to my family, friends, and my teachers for helping me along the way. Thank you to Mr. Dowling, Major Bourgault, Mr. Kowalchick, and every other faculty member that has supported me the last two years.

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"High school, the best five years of my life." -Unknown *Aidan, I have known you since I arrived back on campus 17 years ago. You were a toddling faculty child living in Jamerson Apartment. I am proud and amazed at who you have become! What a journey! Wishing you all the best in the years to come. Hoo Rah! - Major

Jason Siedem Madison, NJ Athletics: Varsity Hockey (Captain), Varsity Tennis Clubs: Spirit Club I want to thank my parents for helping get back to Avon for my senior year. I didn't have an easy couple years but they helped me get back to the ice for my senior year. I also want to thank my brother and sister. Ryan went to Avon the year before I came and he gave me great advice that he loved Avon and had a great time here. I want to thank my coaches for staying with me through a tough time and helping me get back to the ice. "Yo let's skip. This is a joke. Bro you know I led the league in skips when you were gone last year." -Vinny

*Jason. I am very proud of you for overcoming the challenges that you have faced. The future is so bright, and I look forward to watching the next chapter of your life unfold! Keep in touch. -Mr. Proffitt

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William Smalley Fairfield, CT Academics: II-III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Football, Strength and Conditioning, JV Lacrosse, Recreational Golf Clubs: Culinary Arts Club I want to start off by thanking my family, more importantly my mom and dad for supporting me throughout this journey I embarked on 3 years ago. Without their support, attending Avon Old Farms would not have been an option for me. Secondly, I would like to thank my teachers and coaches at AOF. Thanks to your support and guidance I have seen first hand what persistence and hard work looks like. Whether it’s on or off the field I know that every single faculty member has my back. Lastly I would like to thank my fellow Avon brothers. The bonds I have built with you boys stretch far behind high school and even college. These bonds will last a lifetime. Since day 1 I knew I choose the right school to be at. Time and time again we preach the essence of brotherhood and community. With sincere confidence I can say that both these characteristics are in fact prominent in a daily AOF lifestyle. This school will always have a special place in my heart and I cannot wait to see transpires in the near future. Forever and always a beav #sixfourout Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

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Matthew Spencer Fairfield, CT

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John Steber Avon, CT Academics: III - Dean's List Athletics: Thirds Soccer, ABA, VB Lacrosse, Recreational Golf Clubs: Monitor, Big Brother, Investment Club Thank you to everyone in the community who made my Avon experience special. A special thank you to my Mom and Dad who gave me the opportunity to attend Avon. Thank you to Mr. Symes and Doc Watt for being great mentors during my two years here. Thank you to the Peli Boys for holding it down with Tony J and the casino., A thank you to my brother who has been my biggest supporter. "My slogan is who needs fitness when you've got great equipment." -John Daly

*Remember, you’re either surviving or thriving. Wake up every morning and say, “ Best Day Ever.’’ Good luck - Mr. Symes

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Thomas Steber Avon, CT Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Thirds Soccer, Varsity Lacrosse, ABA Clubs: Fishing Club Thank You Mom and Dad for going easy on me. we would not be here without you superstars. Thank you to my brother and sister for doing all 5 years of high school with me. Thank you to Buck and the Dirty A for shaping me in to a fine young fella.

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“If you give me $5, I’ll turn it into $250,000” -Me

George Stephan Avon, CT Clubs: Head of Investment Club, member of Socratics and Club Forge I’d like to thank my grandparents for giving me the opportunity to come to such a great school and my parents for having patience with me throughout my high school years. Huge thanks to Mr. Detora for everything he’s done for me. A big thanks to Mr. Raposo for advancing my musical abilities and another to the rest of my teachers.

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“It’s really hard to know when you’re lucky and when you’re smart.” -Charlie Ledley

*I think you have some sort of record for hip surgeries during your high school career! However, you always kept a positive can-do attitude. It will serve you well in life! I wish you the best of luck in college and beyond. - Mr.Detora

Robert Stewart Darien, CT Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: VB Hockey, Varsity Baseball Clubs: Special Olympics Thanks to all my teachers and coaches that I’ve had since I got to AOF. “The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.” –John Madden

*You have come so far in these three years. You have made your family so proud of your accomplishments. I have been fortunate to be a part of your story. Keep in touch and come back to visit! - Mr.Rice

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Klay Stuver Fairport, NY

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Richard Swann Winter Park, FL Athletics: Varsity Basketball Clubs: 5:45 Club, Investment Club Thanks to our hard working staff members who keep us fed and safe in a clean and orderly environment.

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"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" - John F. Kennedy

Amir Thomas Southampton Bermuda Athletics: Varsity Soccer (Captain), Varsity Tennis I would like to thank Dave that works in Dio for keeping me motivated and giving me great life advice. I would like to thank Ms. Pinton in the Art room for always being positive and encouraging me. I would like to thank my friends at Avon for always being loyal and real to me. I would like to thank my advisor for always pushing me into becoming a better man. I would like to thank Mr. Avon for all of the haircuts and talks. I would like to thank Ms. Larson for Aerospace class. I really enjoyed myself and learned a ton of stuff about aircrafts and rockets. I would like to thank Ms. Moyer for everything she has done for me. I would like to thank Mr. G. Doyle for helping me out in Spanish. I would like to thank Mr. Mihalich for junior year math class; Had a great time in there and developed a pretty decent work ethic. I would like to thank the soccer program here at Avon. Thanks Coach Martinez, Coach Stensland, Coach Cugell, and Coach Murphy. I would like to thank the maintenance and the kitchen crew for always working hard and keeping Avon going. I would like to thank Mr.Tumperi for his everyday enrichments. I would like to thank the music program here at Avon. Thanks Mr. Lea, Ms.Featherson, and Mr. Raposo. I would Like to thank the tennis program here at Avon. Thanks Coach Chaho and Coach Raposo. I would like to thank myself and my family for always having my back and supporting me. Last but least I would like to thank the whole Avon community. "True friends are like stars; you can only recognize them when it's dark around you" -Bob Marley Senior Brags/Beauties: Steber - Thomas

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Joshua Tracey Shelton, CT Academics: Higgins Cup Athletics: Varsity Football, Strength and Conditioning, Track and Field Clubs: Networking Club Thank you to the whole Avon staff community that has contributed to my mental and physical growth I appreciate every teacher that has helped reached the goal I ultimately wanted to complete I couldn’t have asked for a better 3 years at another High School. This was the best choice I’ve ever made in my life and I will be forever grateful for the people I have made relationships with over the time and everyone that has made my life better, thank you!! "Yessir!!" -Joshua Tracey

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*Josh, You have taken full advantage of every opportunity here at Avon. I am so proud of you, and cannot wait to watch you develop and play at the University of Connecticut! Forever a fan! Mr. Proffitt

John Turner Falmouth, MA Athletics: Varsity Hockey (Captain) Clubs: Big Brother, Monitor Thank you Coach Gardner, Coach Pereira, Coach Barlow, Coach Dunham and Coach Murphy for making my experience of playing hockey at AOF awesome and helping me develop into the best player I can be. Sunday night skills with Mr. Doyle went along way too. Thank you Mom and Dad for the endless sacrifices to put me in the best position I can be in and raising me the right way. Last but certainly not least, thank you to all the boys. Thanks for the endless memories and all the good times we shared.

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Tucker Valas Raleigh, NC Academics: II-IV - Honor Roll Athletics: WAOF, JV Lacrosse, Spiritual Leader, Thirds Hockey, JV Football Clubs: Student Activities Club, Spirit Club, Avon Outreach Thanks Mom and Dad for giving me the opportunity to attend this amazing school it has been the best 3 years of my life. Thank you to all of my teachers who have helped me become a better man. Thank you Mr. Mehos for taking me to my first Playoff Hockey game. Thank you Patty, Greasy Gardephe, and Freekly Weekly for making my sophomore year so memorable. Shoutout Dirty John and the Boys. Thank you Avon. "Dang it feels good to be a gangsta." -Geto Boys

*Thanks for everything. Will miss you. Go, fly, dream—Doc Doyle

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Tyler Warner Ontario, NY Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Basketball Clubs: Investment Club I would like to thank my parents who have supported me through my crazy journey to this point. I would not be the person I am today without their influence in my life. I would like to thank my teachers throughout my time here at Avon as they have helped me grow into more than I thought I could be in the classroom. I would like to also thank all of the students at Avon as you have made this a place a home away from home. Through that community of support I am able to wake up each day and be the best person I can be. To my grandparents for always being there for me and making me feel like I could do anything. And finally I would like to thank my little brother. He may look up to me but he has taught me how to lead, how to be there for someone and how to be an overall good person. I am grateful for all of these relationships as it will help me through college and beyond because I know I have the support. Hope I make you all proud!

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“It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” –Tom Hanks (Jimmy Dugan in “A League of their Own”) *Congratulations on graduating! You took on so many challenges and you're more ready for the world. I am excited for your future! -Mr. Mihalik

Wyatt Weeks Sudbury, MA

First and foremost, thank you to all of my friends, teachers, and advisors. I don't know how many non-beauty moves I would have made without you all. To Patty, Tucker, and the rest of the eagle gang you guys were the best. From the night time hawks nest to the cilantro incidents at Chipotle, you guys rocked. To Mrs. Bartkiewicz, thank you for being one of the best teachers I've had at AOF. Future Spanish Classes will never be the same without you. To Mom, Dad, Gammie, and Grandpa (May he rest in peace) thank you for acting as my "village". From preschool to senior year, you have always been there for me. To Mr. Kowalchick, Spaddle that! To Uber Eats, thanks for getting me out of those beef stroganoff nights And Lastly, to Avon...thank you all for showing me what brotherhood truly meant.

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Academics: II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List : Spanish Excellence Prize : AGT winner Athletics: Varsity Swimming, Thirds Lacrosse, AIP Club: Model U.N. Club, Culinary Arts Club (President), Environmental Club

“What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world.” -Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther)

Jonathan Wells Highlands Ranch, CO Academics: I-II - Honor Roll : III - Dean's List Athletics: Varsity Basketball, Varsity Baseball, Varsity Swimming Clubs: Junior Achievement (Human Resources Officer 2020) Thank you Avon for making this the most impactful and unforgettable four years of my life. Thank you to all of my brothers for sticking through thick and thin and making important memories and friendships that I'll be forever grateful for. Thank you to my teachers for helping me not only in the classroom but also to become a thoughtful and participating man of society. Lastly, thank you to my family for giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams in a place where I now call home.

*Keep Grinding. No Bad Days at Avon. Continue working on your Banner. Good Luck. -Mr. Symes Senior Brags/Beauties: Tracey - Wells

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James Wilborn Flint, MI Athletics: Varsity Football (Captain), Varsity Basketball, Varsity Track Clubs: Singed Beavers, Diversity Club I would like to thank everyone at Avon Old Farms from my freshman year to my senior year. Being here has been a blessing not only to me but my entire family, you guys changed my life completely. And I am truly thankful and appreciative for it. Being away from home can either make or break you but for me it definitely showed the type of person/ man I will become.

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"All work is easy work. Never give up on what’s important." Mr. Dante Brito

*James, you've worked so hard over your 4 years here, and the efforts are paying off! Keep it up at Boise! I expect to see great things for you! - Mrs. Jensen

Brendan Williams San Juan Capistrano, CA Academics: III - Honor Roll Athletics: Varsity Hockey, Recreational Golf Club: Fishing Club

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Thank you to all my teachers for guiding me through my last two years of high school. Thank you to my coaches who have pushed me to get better every day. Thank you to my parents who believed Avon would be the best fit for me, and it was.

*Best of luck in all your future endeavors, Brendan! - Mr. Barlow

Charlie Wion Farmington, CT Academics: I-II - Honor Roll : III-IV - Dean's List Athletics: Thirds Squash, Nimrod Cabin Building, Yearbook Clubs: Nimrod Club Thank you to Mrs. Steber. I wouldn't have the grit or ability to push through during the hard times without your support. Thank you to Mr. Mehos, for bringing me into the Avon community in a good way my freshman year. Thank you to Mr. Kassel and Mr. Crocker for introducing me to the Nimrod Club when I most needed a place to relax. Thank you to the Library Staff, for accommodating for me and helping me find places to work if I still needed to as the Library closed. Thank you to Mr. Lea and Sra. Featherston for bringing me into the Riddlers; I wouldn't be who I am today without it. Thank you to all of the students and staff who made my Avon experience so special and unforgettable. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking." -Steve Jobs

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Charlie, having you as an advisee has been a highlight for me. You are a confident and courageous young man. You are ready to move on - out of the country! I look forward to witnessing all that you achieve as you continue to set big goals for yourself. Your tenacity and fortitude will take you far. -Mrs.Steber About Us - Senior Brags/Beauties - Layout by Staff

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Jack Wise Charlotte, NC Athletics: Baseball Thank you to all my Coaches and Teachers who have helped me get to this point. I would personally like to thank, Coach Dowling, Coach Doyle, Coach Callaghan, and Coach Hodgson for helping me get to this point and giving me the opportunity to play here. I would also like to personally like to thank Mr. Rice for being such a great Advisor for me during my one year here and helping me out through everything. Lastly, I would like to thank my family for giving me this great opportunity to come to Avon to better myself, and I couldn't have done it without you guys. Thanks. "Success is based off of your willingness to work your butt off no matter what obstacles are in your way." –David Goggins

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*Jackson, I have so enjoyed getting to know you and helping you get your feet on the ground at Avon this fall. I hope that this year meets your expectations and launches you to great heights in the years ahead. Stay in touch and come back to visit! -Mr. Rice

Ryan Wunsch Danbury, CT

Thank you Mom and Dad for supporting me throughout my four years at Avon. My hope is to be able to make you proud with my further decisions in life. With keeping my future in mind you guys really helped me stay on track and pressure a greater education. Yet, not everyone can have such as great parents as you but I am great full that you are apart of my life. I fully appreciate the amount of time you put into supporting me such as wakeup calls, enrichment reminders, paying hawks nest bills and more. I am forever thankful that you are on this earth and apart of my life today.

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Academics: II-III - Honor Roll Athletics: Basketball, Football, Soccer, Squash, Varsity Hockey (Manager), Varsity Football (Head Manager) Clubs: Fishing

"The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you." -Neil deGrasse Tyson

Joonhyeok Yang Seoul, South Korea Academics: I - Dean's List : IV - Head of School's List Athletics: JV Soccer Club: Book Club (Founder), Investment Club It was a pleasure to be with good people in the right place at a good time. I thank for everything I have.

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time." -Leo Tolstoy

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Timothy Zagarri Marblehead, MA Varsity Baseball, Honor Roll, Mini-golf Club, Thank you to my parents, my grandparents and my siblings for giving me the life I love. Thank you Mr.Dowling for sticking with my for three years and thank you to myself for continuing to be myself.

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"So Zapped"

*TJ, I am happy for you that you have grown so much in your time at Avon; you are ready for the opportunities you have earned. I know you will go for it, and achieve! Mr. Dowling

Boyang Zhou Shanghai, China Academics: I-IV Head of School's List : Geometry Honors Book Award : Precalculus Honors Book Award : Bowdoin College Book Award : AP Biology Book Award : BC Calculus Book Award : Honors Physics Book Award : Bausch & Lomb Award Athletics: Thirds Hockey Clubs: Self-Defense Club (Founder)

"Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs." -Farrah Gray

* Final note- due to fluctuations in Covid issues and students online, or off-campus, not all photographs were taken by our school photographer and not all BRAGS were complete. We are sorry for this and the absence of text in some BRAGS, but wish all students well and rest assured that the "beauties" of AOF are still complete.

Opposite page: Aeden Finateri dresses up for Halloween despite the frigid temps. A few boys were able to get off campus to get costumes at Walmart, even with the lure of prizes for best costumes and dress. Seniors await an announcement of last spring's awards at one of the few morning meetings held outside on the Green. Administration took advantage of a few good days of warm weather to gather the school outdoors. Here Book Awards and other major awards were announced that only were communicated online given the lock-down and virtual classes that happened in May, 2020.

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Matt Leopold '21 hits the ball at one of the finest Stick Ball leagues of all time at AOF. Given restrictions and indoor spacing, stick ball games were the highlight of the evenings for the entire Fall of 2020. About Us - Senior Brags/Beauties - Layout by Staff

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Avon is really a magical place. I cannot believe how far I have come these past four years. I just want to thank all of you for simply being there to make my Avon experience possible. I will say something that my favorite 6 ft high school Algebra II teacher whose last name begins with a D and rhymes with oil once taught me: I love you all like a brother-in-law! Haha! Take care guys!


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Millan Jain, Sean Desjardins, Robbie Stewart, John DiNicola, Roger Cyprian, Tyler Lavoie, Arthur Mirante, KeShawn Adams, Triston Ward, Sam Russo, Michael Rosenthal, Anthony Clayton, Omari Salvi, Aidan Horan, Marcus Hookong, Kevin Leary, Myles Johnson.

Christian Reboul, Matthew Spencer, Will Rettaliata, David Haden, Brett Newman, Rohan Anderson, Ben Boyd, Jonathan Luo, JP Turner, Cole Bailey, Nate Walters, Thomas Steber, Adrian Reed, Liam Verdoni, Tyler Marmo, Kaleb Borg, Creighton Wesson, Jackson Wise, Jake Bongo, Aidan Rooney, Kevin Nizolek, Matthew Morgan, Luke LaSaracena, Ben Reznik, Michael Rubin.

Pelican Tucker Valas, John Steber, Erik Eads, Rock Swann, Christian Boudreau, Tim Heinke, Klay Stuver, Brendan Williams, Tim Duffy, Jason Siedem, Preston Runk, John Oneglia, Sam Frushone, Nicholas Capasso, Nicholas Langevin, Daniel Strug, Anqi Lu, Zhengcheng Wang, Tripp Miley, James Monin, Liang-Wei Chiang, Jonathan Boxford, William Bumgarner, John Zadrozny, Joseph Berggren, Aidan Kwok, Jack Moschella, James Bingham, Joseph Connor, Hudson Miller, Tate Pecknold, Jake Furtado, Azhaan Khalid, Spencer Parish, Duncan McPherson, Theodore Braiewa, Major Phillips, Julian Lemert.

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Tyler Phommachanh, Tyler Anton, Seth Robinson, Houzhi Hu, Ryan Wunsch, Ziwei Pang, Michael Hart, Cronin, Joshua Tracey, August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Kieran Zachary Rejtig, Maxwell Rosenbaum, Alex Pelletier, Davey, Luke Foley, John Glaspey, Yunha Kim, Derrick Li, Benjamin Jack Bradway, Johnston, Brian JonathanJohnson, Luo, Robert Maher, RyderBenn Marsh, Maxim Metlitski, Mullen, Shinshu Andrew Meyers.Tozawa, Brannan Bridger, Joseph Odyniec, Yann Broc, Toby Zeidenberg, Cullen Ford, Will Smalley, Francesco Calabrese, Timothy Burns, Amir Thomas, Alexander Henrich, Jackson Harper, Marco Scarano, Nana Tuffour, Edward Mok, Chase Weisleder, Paul Fredericks, Ferreira, Alexander, Seokjune Lee, Clay Gallivan, Samuel D'Addabbo, Quentin Cutler, Dylan Royal, Michael Gouvin.

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Ryan Cohen, Michael Callahan, Leo Johnson, Jack Fine, Nicholas Karol, Timothy Zagarri, Aidan Radtke, William Goldman, Minjun Kim, Donald Brennan, Jonathan Dean, Rufus Gray, Lucas Estevez, Henry Sterrett, Patrick Loomis, Win Brichkowski, Chase Neel, Theodore Gabrielian, Aidan Patterson, Jack Maas, Colm Barnett, Luca Fox, Harrison Stein, Quinn Kennedy, Robert Maher, Carter Grimes, Jordin Palmer, Chase Lech, Bryce Filippazzo, Andrew Lee, Spencer Arzanipour, Eliel Mercado, Jacob Baumoel, Brannon Miele, Yi Jiao, William Beck.


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John Glaspey, Barclay Davis, Magnus Gadowsky, Jack Andrews, Zachary Hepworth, Aidan Begg, Ellis Mcdonald, Frederick Pulver, Chi En Peng, Jacob Wise, Francis Hagood, Ronan Balistreri, Bungo Hayashi, Nicholas de Marval, Henry Thornton, Luke Adelsbach, Tadhg Cokeley, Lawson Byrnes, Jackson DellaCamera, Joseph Kooluris, Walker Johnson, Patrick Walsh, Thomas Prendergast, Yunha Kim, Aidan Schleer, Mac Cooper, Javier Calderon, Seamus Rooney.

Cole Coopman, Ryan Attaway, Brendan Donahue, Cesar Caceres, Wellington Masterson, Chase Ramsay, Jake Geraci, Jonathan Masterson, Brett Foster, John Prince, Ryan Kolodziejczyk, Michael Hennessy, Paul Davey, Tyler Warner, Ritesh Mahtani, Samuel Cutler,Patrick Neal, Conor Callaghan.

What's the Deal with Monitor Photos? Hobie- "Tradition. It's something that has been passed down and replicated by every team of monitors I know. As monitors, we are charged with enforcing the standard in the dorm, especially in 2020, being able to have a little bit of fun and break the mold of being as professional as we can in the dorm is always fun and a good note to start the year on. Lastly, we all have our own unique personalities and quirks that we like to show off a little bit of that in these pictures."

John- "They are the rowdiest photos in the yearbook. Each group of monitors comes up with their own crazy ideas for each photo. It's a tradition to either pick a theme or just dress up with the most random things in your closet."

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while Day boys represent. 9/10 Day Students Owen Aliciene, Charles Blanchard, Tyler Dufresne, Andrew Fitting, Henry Kice, Derrick Li, Nolan Lynch, Kieran Marshall, Maxim Metlitski, Shikhar Motupally, Jacob Puchalski, Edward Rapacky, Elijah Rosado, Dylan Rutledge, Andres Schwartz, Joseph Watkin, Henry Kieran August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Cronin, Watson, Atis Watt, Baldini, Yunha James Brighenti, Davey, Luke Foley,Thomas John Glaspey, Kim, Derrick Li, Michael Chaho, Frederick Clark, Patrick Dallahan, Jonathan Luo, Robert Maher, Ryder Marsh, MaximKieran Metlitski, Davey, Colin Dugan, Adrian Enrique, Alex Green, Tyler Andrew Meyers. Gresh, Matthew Guyer, William Hart, Christopher Jensen, Theodore Kim, Van Liott, Benjamin Luciani, Justin Manafort, Ryder Marsh, Finn McHugh, Connor Naspo, Nick Piteo, Stratton Pratt, Ethan Shames, Matthew Smith, Joshua Vazquez, Melvin Weaver, Ryan Zappone, YoAn Zhao.

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4-Year Boys Rohan Anderson, AJ Argazzi, August Berklas, Ben Boyd, Zain Burki, Michael Callahan, Dash Corning, Chase Cummings, Liam Curley, Barclay Davis, Sean Desjardins, Charlie Fekete, Aeden Finateri, Luke Foley, Henry Furneaux, Ayden Gauthier, Jack Glaspey, Tyler Gordon, Aiden Gravina, Elijah Haden, Tim Heinke, Xan Henrich, Michael Indomenico, Millan Jain, Zheng Yang Jin, Nick Karol, Dylan Kasperzyk, Lorenzo Landini, Anthony Lawson, Matt Leopold, Jon Luo, Jemar Mack, Kaito Minami, Saagar Motupally, Brian Namnoum, Ryan Nunez, Ziwei Pang, Jacob Perry, Nate Puglielli, Aidan Radtke, Christian Reboul, Will Rettaliata, Jason Siedem, Matt Spencer, Jack Wells, James Wilborn, Charlie Wion, Ryan Wunsch, Joonhyeok Yang, John Zadrozny, Boyang Zhou.

Our 4 year Seniors are very proud of the time they've dedicated to the school and wear the 4-Year boy badge with honor. These boys climbed the ladder from early experiences as a little fish in a big ocean, to creating a strong relationship with their peers, teachers, the campus itself. We honor them every year with a special photograph and "badge" marked on their BRAG sheets in portraits pages.

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Konner Adams, Christopher Aube, George Brannon, Connor Brazil, Luke Capozzoli, Maximilian Cohen, Aidan Conroy, Ryan Daniels, Brian Dowling, Charles Droppo, Will Fekete, Jared Flaks, Jack Ginter, Chase Harris, Benjamin Hole, Sutton Kaylor, Wesley Legere, Spencer Li, Ernest Lowe, Ryan McDonough, Patrick Mella, James Morr, John Newberry, Brian Nguyen, Jonathan Oris, Benjamin Raposo, John Ryan, Nikhil Satpathy, Peter Siana, Andrew Sun, Hamilton Watson, George Wirpel, Anthony Argazzi, CJ Baldini, August Berklas, Zain Burki, Dashiell Corning, Liam Curley, Charles Fekete, Luke Foley, Henry Furneaux, Ayden Gauthier, Tyler Gordon, Aiden Gravina, Michael Indomenico, Anthony Lawson, Matthew Leopold, Saagar Motupally, Brian Namnoum, Ryan Nunez, Jacob Perry, Nathan Puglielli, Alexander Sanborn, George Stephan, Charlies Wion.


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Traditions During the Covid-19 pandemic, some school traditions were impossible to hold, while some were modified for the pandemic. Highlighted here are a sample of those traditions and some we missed altogether. Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

CHAPEL TALKS One of the first impressions incoming freshmen have always had of Avon has been the chapel. Coming into Avon, it was the first thing that impressed me as unique.

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While this integral part of campus life was scrapped during the early days of the fall, and the faculty and staff scrambled to get ready for the year, it made a return when things

quieted down a little in October and November. Upon the return of chapel talks in mid-December, we heard from seniors Jack Glaspy, John Zadrozny, Henry Furneaux, Adrian Reed,

Nimrod WREATHS AND GARLANDS- One of the most visual important winter tradition is when the Nimrod Club decorates the Refectory, Chapel, and sets up the Christmas Tree that new Faculty members and their families decorate. While the Chapel was decorated so that chapel talks matched the season, it paled in comparison to the usual decorations. The Refectory especially was always beautifully decorated. "As a member of the Nimrod Club, I love decorating the Chapel and Refectory because it is so nice to stun everyone who sees it for the first time, as well as because it just makes campus so much more festive. New England Decembers don't always look pretty, so the decorations help to make campus more seasonal." Charlie Wion '21 DONUTS GALORE- Social distancing doesn't prohibt sales of Dunkin Donuts for Toys for Tots. Quentin Cutler '22 and Sutton Kaylor '22 are among more than the 150 students who purchased a dozen for the charity.

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While the brotherhood was enviably rare in boarding schools, the entire school coming together twice a week to listen to wisdom imparted by seniors and faculty was truly an experience which could be found nowhere else.

“Keep the brotherhood alive. It matters. It separates us from the others.”


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Another iconic tradition was the annual Toys for Tots fundraiser. Every year the school community raised tens of thousands of dollars and this year was no different. Community efforts meant even more as normal donators to Hands on Hartford weren't able to donate as much as a normal year or at all. The school raised well over $14,000 just by the start of December. The most memorable parts of the TfT fundraiser were the raffle prizes and donut day.

vouchers for homecooked meals, vouchers to have food from local restaurants paid for and delivered, a 400 piece poker set, monthly deliveries of home made cookies, and more. Another unique part of the Toys for Tots fundraiser was donut day. With limited time in the Hawk's Nest, fewer food choices in the refectory, donuts were a welcome addition to the day's menu. We asked some

The raffle this year had a number of prizes with almost fifty community members and seven local businesses donating gift cards,

students, Toys for Tots raffle winners, and Carter Grimes (1), Josh Hunter (2), and Aidan Patterson (3) responded about their experience and success with their tickets. Q: Do you like this fundraiser? A(1): "I do like this fund raiser because I believe Toys for Tots is a very good cause and helps a lot of kids during the holiday season. It is special to know that you are helping out kids get what they want on christmas morning." (cont. on next page)

Boar's Head One of the traditions that always leaves a mark on new students and seniors alike is Boar's Head. Boar's Head is a traditional play put on by the senior class with the help of some faculty children and the Riddlers for the new students in December during the last dinner of the calendar year. New students and some returning students eat extravagant meals, listen to the medieval music, and the night ends with everyone in the Refectory circling up and singing Auld Land Syne together.

Christmas Vespers & Holiday Concert Christmas Vespers and the Holiday Concert are always highlights of the Holidays at Avon. This year, because of social distancing guidelines, as well as the inherent danger of both singing and playing instruments both of these traditions had to be disregarded. Both of these did exist in some form however, as a shortened version of Christmas Vespers was recorded and placed online along with recordings done by various music classes.

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One of the most captivating talks came from Henry Watson, ironically breaking the tradition by having a chapel talk as a freshman. Henry spoke about his brother after a tragic boating accident the summer before his freshman year. He included personal bits from people who reached out to him without having ever met him to make sure he was ok, and finished his talk stating, “Keep the brotherhood alive. It matters. It separates us from the others.”

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"I think that the prize that all the boys want is either the homemade brownies or the crisp 100 dollar bill." -Joe Berggren '22 (cont. from last page)

Q: Are you excited about your prize and how will you spend it/share it/etc with whom? A(1): "I am very excited about my prize. I got the 25 dollars to Moe's Southwest Grill and I will be sharing it with my family for a

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student innovation in helping others in need, shopping at Target and buying the blue raffle tickets at an armslength at a time.

Traditions lasted, though slightly less formal and less publicized, from the pasta supper with head monitors and team captions as waiters, to

We all missed huge gatherings, but the magic still happened as boys closed off the year 2020.

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A(2): "I liked this fundraiser because we are donating to an important cause and getting a possible reward out of it so it’s a win-win." A(3): "This is awesome especially this year because we got to help people that are close to our school and make an impact on their lives."

lunch when I get home!" A(2): "I already used my prize I was excited about it because I normally don’t win raffles." A(3): "I am excited because I had never won in my two years prior." We asked Joe Berggren '22 what he thought the most coveted prize was this year as well as what he thinks about Toys For Tots. "I think that the prize that all the boys want is either the homemade brownies or the crisp 100 dollar bill. I believe that the fundraiser is a great way to get all the boys to help other kids in the area," said Berggren.

administration this year because of Covid-19, the students and faculty that made it happen had a huge impact in even more trying times.

Toys for Tots was a huge undertaking for the

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by the numbers: Traditions (% based on 74 responders)

43% 16% 14% ... of students who said they most missed the original Toys for Tots, with the raffle prizes drawn at morning meeting, even more raffle prizes, and even more fundraising events.

... of students who said that they missed celebrating with their advisors or classmates by going out to eat, or ordering a special lunch one day.

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...of students said that the tradition they missed the most was Boar's Head, complete with Mr. Custer's storytelling, great food, and an entertaining performance put on by the Senior Class

Love Wins: The Helping Hands for Connecticut Club organized this clothing drive for families in need in honor of Ana-Grace, a Sandy Hook victim. Student, Faculty, and Staff alike all helped by donating articles of winter clothing such as coats, jackets ,hats, gloves, scarfs, and whatever else they could think of.

Toys: Every year after the Toys for Tots fundraiser has ended a group of guys goes with the student council and members of the administration to buy all of the toys and gifts for the kids. Jacob Perry, '21, went on the trip in December. "It was nice to shop for the gifts we helped pay for, and I knew they were going to kids who would really enjoy them," Perry said.

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Other percentages worth mentioning include: 12% of responding students said they missed the Holiday Concert, 8% said they missed Christmas Vespers, and 7% said they missed the Nimrod Christmas Tree and Campus Decor


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2021 BEGAN WITH A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS This January, even before our students repopulated campus after a long winter break, the art department began receiving word from a variety of art competitions. In January, we celebrated the artists who were recognized with top awards across four competitions: The ASAP Young Photographers Competition, the 2021 National Art Honor Society’s Juried Exhibition, the 2021 Emerging Young Artists Juried Exhibition hosted by University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. "We are very proud of these boys and their willingness to experiment, be courageous in their creativity, and strong in voice/vision," said Visual Arts Chairperson Cristina Pinton. Students represented on pages 104-107 are (in no particular order): Leo He ’23, Derrick Li ’24, Aidan Radtke ’21, Michael Xie ’22, Linhao Jiang ’22, Alex Kwak ’23, Ben Reznik ’21, Peter Siana '22, Tommy HIggins '22, Sean Desjardins '21, Quentin Cutler '21, Francis Hagood '23, Adrian Reed '21, Preston Runk '21, Sam Russo '21, Lorenzo Landini '21, Matt Guyer '23, Xander Ratledge '22, Van Liott '23

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CHEM SPACE- Mr. Bomely's Chemistry class is filled with productive note taking and routine lab practice while in person. Students had to share lab space and be extra careful with equipment and enrichment time. AP PREP- Mr. Sayles' Advanced Placement Computer Science class, students use a program called Kahoot to practice for the exam's multiple choice section. CS easily move from in-person to online given it's maleable virtual content and applications. HOME SET-UP- Students post photos of their home work stations. Sean Desjardins '21 and Ryan Cohen '21 demonstrated clean but efficient areas.

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Evolving Curriculum in a Paused World break and then return onto campus to resume the second quarter. However with the safety protocol in place, they made adjustments to transfer academics to the online platform for two weeks. Due to the pandemic in the spring of 2020, teachers were forced to abruptly refashion their teaching styles. However in December 2020, teachers had experience and more time to better prepare.

After a successful first academic quarter, we were more than halfway towards our goal of reaching November 20th. With even still so much uncertainty about the state of the world, the student body willingly followed the school’s strategy which ultimately proved to be a success. In a typical year they would adjourn for Thanksgiving

While some classes found the transition to online fairly simple, other more physically interactive classes like lab sciences, arts, and music classes struggled at first to design a functioning system which would continue the students’ education despite losing the value of in-person learning. For other students, many of them being international, asynchronous

"I'd rather be in-person for my arts classes, but working online for other academics is better since I can adapt my style and timing." - Noah Schmeizer '22 successfully with no Covid outbreak. HOW CLASSES KEPT MOVING Within the music department, classes were quite different for the proportion of the semester done online. Mr. Raposo explained the challenges that his department faces, “Over the course of Semester 1 we had to adjust the manner in which we presented our concert material for performing ensembles. As

The department focused on how to be productive despite the many restrictions of a pandemic. Jack Ginter, a Junior day student said “Mr. Rap did a really great job transferring the work we did in jazz class to what we were able to do at home. We would have an assignment to work on every week and we were able to collaborate with our classmates and create music together in a way we haven't done before.” Continued on next page

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The first semester included some students learning in person, some online, and some asynchronous.The news changed every day but we were able to be prepared for at least one thing in our day- the schedule and academics. For the final two weeks of the first semester, the entire community was online, with new and improved, engaged zoom learning and google classroom use.

we had minimal time, we focused on repertoire that would help the students with skill development, be appropriate for the Holidays, and be attainable in a four week window. The students prepared and recorded a holiday concert and it was sent forth to the communications department as part of their Alumni and Family digital Christmas card, ”said Raposo. Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

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In-Person Learning, the transition to entirely synchronous learning through Zoom.

online classes had become a new normal. Despite having social limitations and wearing masks, the atmosphere within the classroom remained nearly identical to that of previous years. With the collective efforts of all students, faculty, and staff, the community safely reached their goal of November 20th


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By holding digital audio workstations, singing Avon style theme songs, offering new projects for Digital Media Production groups, the students took these opportunities and added their own imagination.

In English classes, there was a brand new conversation regarding how to approach online classes. The teachers began to understand which activities would maximize productivity and which activities would be less approachable online. In Mr. Hodgson’s sophomore English class, “We would write a very short story from a prompt and then read it out loud. It was super fun to write and hear other stories from your friends” said

Ms.Moyer’s junior English class focused on the highly acclaimed novel The Great Gatsby and all of its complexities. Each student was able to pick an individual

a collection of resources online from the school library. They questioned the traditional interpretations and offered the class their own subjective understanding. The History department led by Mr. Cugell followed his example for how to remain on schedule in order to complete the material by the end of the quarter. The advanced placement classes

“During our time online things oftentimes felt weird. Doing any school work from home is difficult because of the distractions and lack of structure which students deal with. But Ms. H took away the difficult aspects of physics and replaced it with engaging conversations." - Tommy Higgins '23 motif to study throughout the reading, and eventually present through zoom to their entire class. “We had deep conversations about the symbols presented throughout F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. We then chose a symbol from the book and did a partner presentation on the significance of that symbol”, Sutton Kaylor explained. Ms. Moyer’s students were able to access

understood that their final exam would look much different. The college board had already made changes to the previous year exam, and the curriculum inside the classroom would need to conform with the new arrangement. Mr. Cugell’s students were given access to document based question resources, as the priorities shifted from advanced placement style

tests to more interactive writing assignments. Other history classes chose to continue with regular tests and quizzes, given to students during regular meeting times and either being monitored of through lock-down browser services with time stamps. Mr Custer’s Advanced Placement World history class “was done really well via zoom. We focused heavily on student presentations, stern conversations, and utilizing what we had in front of us. I thought it worked exceedingly smoothly[...]” said William Goldman. Science classes were left in a quite unique predicament. Courses offered in the science building are based around first hand experimentation and lab activities. Moving these classes online was about more than engagement, but rather acquiring skills essential to these courses. Ms. Harrington, a physics teacher used Phet Simulations online to continue these lab exercises. “During our time online things oftentimes felt weird. Doing any school work from home is difficult because of the distractions and lack of

WELL-EQUIPPED- During the two weeks of online learning in which the entire community was online, students created their own environment at home where they could be productive and continue their education. Also shown on the right is a representation of a typical zoom class setup in which the teacher and students can all see one another through the page setup while working or taking notes. Pictured here workspace photo by Ryan Zappone '23. Dr. Sanford's Biology class included new lab exercises and note taking. Mrs. Custer was able to practice speaking French with her classes through Zoom and Ms. Harrington's Physics class kept standards high through interaction and personalization.

"I would prefer in class because you’ll be with your teachers and classmates all the time." - James Wilborn '21

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The visual arts took advantage of online learning by assigning short projects. Boys were assigned to interview and document a person in their family for photography, AP art created paintings or drawings illustrating a typical scene from teenage life and Drawing classes created food still lives.

Freddy Pulver. Activities like these focused on maintaining the brotherhood despite being countries apart. Through Zoom and with its accessible feature, teachers were able to bring back Harkness table style conversations.


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From November survey structure which students deal with," said Tommy Higgins '23. Other science teachers and most math teachers were able to record videos of themselves giving lessons from within the classroom or perform the laps over zoom. Opennote tests, “take home” style tests, and projects became a new medium for learning.

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With the continuation of a worldwide pandemic, teachers would be forced to engage with their students in a completely different way. More than anything, the connection between students and teachers never hesitated. Teachers remained in contact with students all over the world to make them feel safe and enforce healthy learning and living habits.

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November Student Poll74 responses *respondents could vote twice

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What was the most enjoyable part of participating in the Peterson-Keel Muck Ruck?

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I was proud to help out for a great cause (i.e an AOF brother who lost his life)

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It was one of the only all-school events we've been able to have and I wanted to be part of it

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I liked the physical challenge of it

"Signing day was the culmination of a lot of hard work for me and it felt amazing."

"We are proud of how far he's come. These signing days are always noteworthy and celebratory." - Mr. Doyle for Aiden Finateri '21

FOR THE WIN- Nana Tuffour '23 is among the first to cross the finish line and receive a coin donated by the Peterson-Keel family. About 30 students line up to compete, the first to start the 5K run along the Varsity Cross Country woods path. Each after-school group then lined up a few minutes one after another, some finishing the race in 1.5 hours. The day ended in drizzle but the entire school participated.

Drills // The Varsity Hockey team had to change their practice schedule due to COVID but were still able to gear up and continue having practices as normal. Towards the end of the Winter Season, the Varsity level team was able to participate in interscholastic competition. During practices the team would play scrimmages against their own teammates.

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Group Efforts lead to Group Gains The Fall season ends and Winter season begins with a few opportunities for sports teams to unite

The 5K kicked off at 3 p.m with every student gathering on the JV baseball field. It was rainy and foggy, but students and faculty alike were ready to finally pull together a community-

It was there on the fields where each team would take off from the starting line in groups to maintain social distancing. The first team to go was the cross country team along with any other competitive runner. From there each sport would follow behind. The first 20 students would receive a challenge coin from the Pedersen-Keel unit. Avon teacher John Bourgault anticipates this to be an annual event. In total 400 runners took part in this event. Like Boxford, many students were able to pay

Throughout the Fall, athletes participated in skill training with their teams. This allowed them to get exercise every day while staying safe from COVID-19. There was light at the end of the tunnel.

"I've had many family members in the military so it was a good chance to celebrate them along with a fallen brothers." -Johnny Boxford '23 FIRST CHANCE TO COMPETE When the calendar flipped to September, the campus of Avon Old Farms school began to buzz with the sight of the students returning from a long summer break. For almost every returning student, however, it had been March since they last stepped foot on campus. When November rolled around, it seemed to be back to normal...well not fully normal. With the Pandemic in full

After two long hard months, students returned home on November 20th to finish up the semester online, but not everyone. The athletic department scheduled two games for the Varsity Basketball, Soccer, and Hockey teams to play that weekend. FINALLY ON THE ICE Varsity Hockey took to the road on November 20th as they faced off against their rival Salisbury. The game started off strong as both continued pg113

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On Veterans Day, The Avon Old Farms community honored a fellow brother Andrew Peterson-Keel who was killed on duty in Afghanistan. The school organized a 5K in cooperation with APK Charities, a foundation started by the parents of Peterson-Keel. “I've had many family members in the military so it was a good chance to celebrate them along with a fallen brother,” sophomore Johnny Boxford said.

sponsored and communityattended event given the weeks previous avoiding contact. The school was invited to walk, or run, and to add a ruck-sack or backpack to mimic the weight that recruits would wear in training.

At the end of the day, the Avon Community raised over $300 dollars for the charity. Peterson-Keel's parents attended the Ruck and the ceremony and were given the donation but touched more so by the community spirit in their son's name.

swing, the Founders League decided to cancel their Fall athletic season. As hard as it was for all of the boys, it was even harder for the seniors as they could not play their final games as a Winged Beaver.

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respects to their own family members. “It shows how strong our brotherhood really is, it's like another family,” Boxford said.


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teams created time and space to create chances. Two and a half minutes into the game, Senior Tim Heinke ripped a laser from the blue line putting Avon on top early 1-0.

This did not phase Avon one bit as Sophomore Nick Capasso tied the game on a beautiful feed from Jake Bongo. A few minutes later Heinke found the back of the net again putting Avon on

For the final game of the series Avon stayed home trying to win and take the series win. Like the first two games both teams created scoring chances as Heinke capitalized on one early putting Avon up early 1-0. Salisbury answered back quickly tying the game back up at 1. Later on in the first Salisbury snuck another one by Callahan taking the lead 2-1. Early in the second period Nick Capasso added himself to the scoring list with a toe drag shot that whistled into the back of the net equalizing the game at 2.

After that, Salisbury ran away with the game scoring two more goals. Although Avon added another goal, they could not complete the comeback as they dropped the final game 6-4. Despite the series loss players enjoyed the competition. “It was nice to get out on the ice especially with a new team. They have all been really helpful in helping me adjust to a new team and school,” Conner Brazil '22 said.

ON THE COURT Along with the hockey team, Varsity Basketball found themselves on the road against Salisbury for a home and home series against the Scarlet Knights. With parts of the team missing, Junior Jared Flaks and Nate Walters stepped up as they were accompanied by Rock Swann, Brian Dowling and Thomas Prendergast. “It was great to finally put our hard work to the test against Salisbury,” Flaks said. Avon did start strong as Walters hit from three point land to kick the game off. Later Flaks dumped the ball

“It was great to finally put our hard work during skill drills this past season to the test against Salisbury.” - Jared Flaks '22

From there Salisbury scored the next two goals taking a 4-

off to Walters scoring again for Avon. “We were working so hard every day on our chemistry it was really great to see it all come together on the court,” Flaks said. Ultimately Avon dropped the first game of the series 66-

Dry Runs The Varsity Basketball team was able to begin competitions against Salisbury after both schools doing exceptionally well with COVID prevention and all played testing negative beforehand.

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For the next five minutes both teams battled hard as Avon’s goalie Senior Conner Callahan made some incredible saves on shots that were tipped in front. For most of the beginning of the second period, Avon dominated the game creating chance after chance but it was Salisbury who put the puck into the net tying the game at 1-1.

top. From there it was all Avon as Jake Bongo and Paul Davey both scored. Despite another two goals from Salisbury Avon held onto the victory 5-3.

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40 as Nate Walters led the scoring with 13 points hitting 4of 5 from beyond the Arc. Flaks had himself a solid game as well registering 9 points.

Soccer Scrimmages ""It was a definitely a privilege to be able to play contact soccer during these times. Very few schools are able to do the same and none of us took that for granted. My goal this season was to make Varsity and improve my technical skills and footwork," said Quentin Cutler '22.

The next day Avon hosted Salisbury in a revenge match. The home court advantage felt nice as they opened up on a scoring rampage as Rock Swan opened up with a 3. On defense they forced turnovers which quickly led them to points.

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Avon did find themselves cutting into Salisbury’s lead as Banks Monin and Tomas Predergast cashed in for points. Ultimately Avon couldn’t complete the comeback as they fell again 55-44.

With the Founders League being cancelled for the 2020-2021 year, the athletic community had to adjust. The school lost some students to online status so they could compete off-campus and not have to worry about quarantining rules. Other students began discussions about repeating a year for sports, as well as for academic and developmental concerns. As the Winter Season moved on, however, teams were able to compete as things changed from November winter activities to late winter sports competitions on and off-campus. Every week students did their pool Covid tests, and so did Salisbury. When both teams came back negative, the games were on and each player allowed to invite one parent.

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Salisbury unfortunately had answers of their own despite the turnovers.They kept Avon within one possession for most of the first half. In the second half Salisbury found their strength under the basket as they scored off second chances often.

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"Being able to play in a time when many others couldn't was an experience I'm grateful for. Training together allowed me and others to improve on technical skills and other strategies. Although not playing a full season, a game against great competition revived our spirits and allowed for a sense of normalcy," said Peter Siana '22.


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The One and Only After much communication about fullteam Covid tests for Avon and visiting players, many games were scheduled and then canceled due to issues with the testing itself. Despite Founders League being canceled, boys were excited to get on the ice, or on the courts to compete any way possible. Visitors were limited and fans absent completely. The game on February 6th against Salisbury was more of a special event than the usual competitive rivalry.

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Blink, and You Miss It An early November survey of political predictions, to January unrest and violence in D.C. The political news, landscape, and Covid information change weekly. Early winter of 2020, an overwhelming amount of political and social developments occurred with a neck-breaking speed. On November 3rd and the months prior, more Americans -- including numerous members of the senior class -- cast a ballot for either Joseph R. Biden or Donald J. Trump. This election saw the most votes cast ever, with Biden garnering over 80 million of them to secure the office of President of the United States. The news was in nearconstant turmoil, with Donald Trump alleging voter fraud. During that same period, massive strides were made in the fight to find a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus.

On election night, many students gathered around laptops and televisions, watching in bated breath, hoping for their chosen candidate or candidates to pull through and win their election or re-election to office. In Eagle’s junior hall, the attention was heavily centered on swing states such as Georgia, Florida,

some cases. As one junior said, “It was like watching a car wreck; I couldn’t look away and focus on other things even if I wanted to. It was that captivating.”

CLOSE RACES: Changing by the second While the Presidential

"Advice to get through this? Well, I'm just taking it one day at a time."

than I thought. Watching the votes come in knowing at some point races were gone while others were just starting was an odd mix.”

-Sam D'Addabbo '23

Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, to name a few. As early votes and mail-in ballots rolled in, some celebrated as results look favorable or gritted their teeth as margins increased, making a path to victory more uncertain, nay impossible in

election trundled on, some focused more on Senate and House races, knowing the fate of legislation balanced upon these results. As a student said, summing up Friday night’s Senate and House elections, “These races were arguably more important and much closer

Picking up on the theme of quick changes and close calls, the race was correctly predicted to be exceedingly close. News remained in flux for the next two weeks as mail-in ballots continued to be tailed and then recounted. The country relied on extended wait times to find winners of

perspectives MAPPING IT OUT- Voters in Des Moines precincts 43, 61 and 62 cast their ballots at Roosevelt High School. Photograph taken on 3 November 2020 by Phil Roeder from Des Moines, IA, USA. Copyright use on Wikicommons

NEW SPACES- Documentation abounds as citizens come out to polling stations, abiding by social distancing rules. Photograph from Wikicommons use. Election 2020 Watch Function, 4 November 2020 New Zealand US Embassy New Zealand

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states, and that was consistent throughout the 2020 presidential race. With states like Michigan, Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia going through manual recounts and sifting through the enormous amounts of ballots, the election’s fate remained upin-the-air. BETTING ON THE RACE

While states went through recounts, lawsuits were filed contesting the election results. During this time of doubt and uncertainty, many across the country believed and inseminated the false narratives about the election.

race would be called. Francis Hagood ‘23 guessed the correct date and won the prize pot of five dollars. The election was called on November 7th; he guessed the 6th. The reason the election went on for so long was due to state laws and the recordbreaking amount of mail-in

VIOLENT RESPONSES On January 6th 2021, a crowd heard President Trump and others speak about the election and urged the crowd to do something about Congress certifying the election result. In the immediate aftermath of the speech, the mob marched its way to the Capitol building

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Confederate flag entered the halls of Congress. As many said, including George W. Bush, this was a dark day in American history. Many here felt the same way, as one student said, “Watching what unfolded at the Capitol was one of the most disturbing and disheartening events we’ve seen as a country in

a long time. It makes us really think about how fragile we are as a country and a community as a whole.” In the wake of the attack, Congress, led by the slim Democratic majority in the House, opened an impeachment investigation and quickly impeached Donald Trump for the second time in his term, making history as the first President to be impeached twice. On the same day as the attack on the Capitol, January 6th, it was declared Jon Ossoff and the Reverend Raphael Warnock won the two Georgia Senate elections, creating a tie in the Senate 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans. By law, a tie is broken by the Vice President, Kamala Harris, giving the Democrats a razor-thin lead. With the impending trial of Donald Trump in front of the Senate, these two Senators were assumed to make a massive difference. Blink and you miss it. continued next page

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"Watching the votes come in knowing at some point races were gone while others were just starting was an odd mix.”" - Anonymous

and demonstrated outside. People then broke into the Capitol, stormed Nancy Pelosi’s office, stole, vandalized, and attempted to find and kill individual members of Congress and even the former vicepresident, Mike Pence. American flags were torn down and replaced with ‘Make America Great Again’ flags, and even a

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This uncertainty lead to a fun little game the Political Action Club created. Their premise was simple, guess the correct date when the

ballots. The extended amount of time between election night and the Presidential race being called allowed doubt to creep in about the fairness and security of the election, with some prominent figures alleging voter fraud and irregularities.


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"I think this year has been by far the most crazy. Opinions have a chance to make or break friendships, meanwhile there is a global pandemic which is killing thousands and is infecting millions. I feel it's time to come together, yet people still can't get along because some people differ in opinions." - Andrew Freni '23 continued from page 119

UPDATES ON A VIRUS

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In November, good news was on the horizon in the efforts to finally beat the Covid-19 pandemic. This news could not have come at a better time, with rates across the country rising exponentially, surpassing the two previous peaks in the summer and spring.

Only four months later in December, the positivity rate had sky-rocketed to 10% state-wide. On December 18th and December 11th, Moderna and Pfizer both announced their vaccine was viable and reliable. These companies harnessed new technology and focused on

As hope for healing seemed near, news of mutations in Covid-19 sprung up in the United Kingdom, Japan, and South Africa quickly. These strands were more transmittable, and fear surrounding their potential implications played on the minds of many. VACCINE NEWS FOR STUDENTS When asked about the vaccine and its potential, one student said, “I think the vaccine is a great start and hopefully will expedite our ability to return to where we

The news about vaccine efficacy, roll-out, phases and response to the mutations was overwhelming in such a

short time. At such a high level, the trials and tribulations, whether government or medical, left many suffering. The Covid-19 virus posed unprecedented and unique challenges to the world and this community. Given the uniqueness of the virus, challenges emerged over the cure. States had to create, from scratch, a

comprehensive and productive plan to help end Covid-19. Seniors citizens were the most impacted and the first recipients of the vaccine. The issue came when states had wildly different responses to the logistics of distributing a vaccine to their citizens. This meant some were left behind, still awaiting a vaccine to a lifethreatening virus. As one student said, “I feel a lot of trepidation and how the

vaccine is going to be distributed. Obviously, I love my grandparents, and their safety is something of vast importance to me.” Despite this landscape of uncertainty and unpredictability, students have weathered the storms of political doubt and violence and dreamed of the rising sun of a vaccine.

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In Connecticut, the positivity rate posed a serious challenge to repopulation for the school second semester. In September, the state-wide positivity rate hovered at 1%, making repopulation and quarantine protocols easier.

RNA to create their vaccine. The vaccine went public in January, and numerous countries and states began to inoculate their citizens. Countries like Israel and highrisk states like Florida rolled out vaccines, and their inoculation rates rose rapidly, allowing for a pathway to normalcy.

were before Covid happened. The speed when getting the vaccine out was impressive. I think we’ll see more vaccines come out more frequently, and adjustments will be made to counteract the new strands. Overall, I think we’re in good hands, and things will go back to normal soon, hopefully.”


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Q&A - the "Bubble" Snip-bit of conversations with Provost Rob Dowling- February 12, 2021

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Thanks Mr. D- we'll have to do this again in two months and see what the updates are.

INSPIRATION THROUGH SEPARATION- Seven photography students are selected for ASAP Exhibit about "Quarantine" in Woodbury, CT. Lorenzo Landini and Sam Russo, shown below, make work based on the theme of physical separation and brotherhood. Sam won the top prize that was announced at the awards ceremony held virtually in December. The "bubble" that Avon sought to create over the year was in flux but always included distancing rules and emotional barricades as well.

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So you weren’t surprised by how high that number [Covid-19 cases] got in Connecticut in terms of the positivity rate? R.D -- I wasn’t. You know Connecticut, like many other states, has many of the same issues. While generally, I think Connecticut has done better than some other states, I think it would be naive to think Connecticut would be an exception. So when we were repopulating in late-August or in earlySeptember, the positivity rate was around 1% and when we returned to school in January, it was between 6 and 8%. So to think we would be immune from those statistics would be foolish. So we did the best we could in terms of aggressive protocols, we asked you to test before returning, we quarantined when we got here, we tested

Yeah, that leads right into my next question; how do you think students, as a whole, have handled this second time around? I know from what I’ve seen, and what I’ve heard, it’s a lot more strict protocol-wise this time around. R.D- I think our responsibility to educate students is to inform them of real world problems too, and how real world problems are going to be addressed on campus. So I think all the things we have had to do as an institution have only been successful if there has been student compliance. Now when students are here, I think it’s tough. I think of the senior class who has seen a wide range of Avon: they’ve experienced -- if they’ve been here for more than a year -- what Avon should be, experienced it online, and now are experiencing it with an enormous amount of restrictions in their movements, off campus activities, what they can do on campus. That will certainly create an emotional reaction from the boys.

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How has the reintroduction process this time around differed from the fall? R.D- Most importantly the statistics in the surrounding areas were more troubling. When you guys came back in the fall the prevalence was very very low, and when you came back after the holidays, the prevalence was significantly higher. I think the concern was, ‘how do we manage inperson learning, within the tradition of Avon, with predictable increases in Covid cases.’

several times -- once a week for four weeks -- we identified cases, we had protocols that informed us in how we would respond to all those situations. I think, fortunately, all those planning sessions that we had worked out pretty well, in the sense that we didn’t have wide spread cases on campus, we were able to address the small number of cases without interrupting in-person learning.


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Christopher Aube,Charles Blanchard, Connor Brazil, Conor Callaghan, Nicholas Capasso, Joseph Connor, Timothy Duffy, Jake Geraci, Tyler Gordon, Timothy Heinke, Aidan Kwok, Hudson Miller, Patrick Neal, Joseph Odyniec, Jordin Palmer, Aidan Patterson, Tate Pecknold, Alex Pelletier, John Prince, Aidan Radtke, Chase Ramsay, Seth Robinson, Jason Siedem, Magnus Turcotte, Liam Verdoni, Brendan Williams, Ryan Wunsch.

Aidan Begg, Joseph Berggren, Nicholas Bianco, Jonathan Boxford, Donovan Crowley, Sean Desjardins, Tyler Dufresne, Magnus Gadowsky, Andrew Gates, Rufus Gray, Carter Grimes, Marcus Hookong, Lorenzo Landini, Jacob Marmott, Wellington Masterson, Jonathan Masterson, Finn McHugh, Duncan McPherson, Gregory Miley, Arthur Mirante, Andres Ramos, Edward Sobiesienski, Tucker Valas.

3rd Hockey Mazen Abunasra, Owen Aliciene, William Beck, James Bingham, Theodore Braiewa, Luke Capozzoli, Roger Cyprian, Nicholasde Marval, John DiNicola, Will Fekete, Brook Alexander Ferreira, Bryce Filippazzo, Luca Fox, Clay Gallivan, William Hart, Michael Hennessy, Aydin Herlihy, Houzhi Hu, Sutton Kaylor, Quinn Kennedy, Van Liott, Nolan Lynch, Edward Mok, John Newberry, Spencer Parish, Caleb Pelland, Major Phillips, Edward Rapacky, William Rettaliata, Michael Rosenthal, Harrison Stein, Henry Sterrett, Daniel Strug.

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Varsity Basketball

JV Basketball Spencer Arzanipour, Ronan Balistreri, Frederick Clark, Tadhg Cokeley, Andrew Fitting, Jack Ginter, Joshua Hunter, Ernest Lowe, Anqi Lu, Eliel Mercado, Zachary Rejtig, Andres Schwartz, Hamilton Watson, George Wirpel.

Rec Basketball

Adams, Argazzi, Borg, Boudreau, Boyd, Brighenti, Broc, Brown, Bumgarner, Calabrese, Chaho, Cooper, D'Addabbo, Droppo, Fekete, Foster, Foster, Fredericks, Furneaux, Furtado, Gabrielian, Ginter, Goodman, Greger, Guyer, Haden,Hagood, Harris, Henrich, Hepworth, Higgins, Hole, Hornyak, Johnson, Johnston, Kice, Kolodziejczyk, LaSaracina, Lavoie, Maas, Marsh, Marshall, McCann, Mcdonald, Mella, Metlitski, Morr, Morris, Motupally, Motupally, Mullen, Naspo, Nunez, Piteo, Pratt, Puchalski, Pulver, Reed, Rejtig, Renger, Rooney, Rosado, Runk, Ryan, Scanlon, Shames, Steber, Sun, Tozawa, Ward, Watson, Weisleder, Wells, Wesson, Wise, Zadrozny.

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Varsity Squash

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Christopher Baldini, Thomas Baldini, Javier Calderon, Charles Friedman, Samuel Frushone, Yaiyo Minami, Aiden Gravina Andrew Pilaro, Benjamin Raposo, Atis Watt, Shomari Wiltshire.

Rec Squash 1 Timothy Burns, Jackson Dellacamera, Cole Bailey, Henry Thornton

Rec Squash 2 Porter Brown, Zain Burki, Lawson Byrnes, William Chanin, Ford Cullen, Liam Curley, Colin Dugan, Samuel Frushone, Ayden Gauthier, Yi Jiao, Nicholas Karol, Anthony Lawson, Andrew Lee, Andrew Meyers, Kaito Minami, Alexander Mitchell, Brian Nguyen, Chi En Peng, Jacob Perry, Nathan Puglielli, Aidan Rooney, Charles Wion

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Robotics Brendan Donahue, Theodore Kim, Wesley Legere, Spencer Li.

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August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Cronin, Kieran Davey, Luke Foley, John Glaspey, Yunha Kim, Derrick Li, August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Maxim Cronin,Metlitski, Kieran Jonathan Luo, Robert Maher, Ryder Marsh, Davey, Erik Eads, Luke Foley, Andrew Freni, Alex Green, Andrew Meyers. Bungo Hayashi, Matthew Jamison, Dylan Kasperzyk, Graham Kelly, Aleksandr Khramov, Wesley Kistler, Robert Maher, James Mullen, Brian Namnoum, John Oneglia, WIlliam Rosenbaum, William Runyon, Samuel Russo, Dylan Rutledge, Alexander Salgar, Joshua Vazquez, Griffin Williams, Benjamin Wong, YoAn Zhao.


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Cannot believe how fast these years have gone by. To see you grow into the young man that you are makes us so proud. We wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence ... Along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully ... We wish you an adventure on your journey and may you always stop to help someone along the way ... Listen to your heart and take risks carefully ... Remember how much you are loved ... We are so very proud of you!

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Michael, We are so proud of the man you have become!

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Ryan Wunsch Ryan, We are so proud of you and all you've accomplished at Avon. We know big things are ahead and we'll always be here to support you. "Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves." Jawaharlal Nehru Love, Mom and Dad

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Mac Cooper Mac It was a brave and bold move to go to Avon. You have always known what you want and work hard to achieve it, while making great friends in the process. Congratulations on your success! We love you. Love, Mom, Huntly and Leila

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We are thankful to God for your successful high school graduation. From being born a preemie, to becoming the tall, strong, handsome, kind, young man you are. We are so happy to see you graduating - Class of 2021!

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Wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will be successful as long as you remember your roots, your confidence, your spirit, and your values. Be strong, be brave, and continue to be smart. Your family loves you, and so do your friends. A wise man once said, "The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose." - Chadwick Boseman We cannot wait to see all you will do, Eli! Love, Mom, Dad and Dalila

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Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look once in awhile, you could miss it. Congratulations Charlie and always remember you are loved more than you know. Love, Mom, Dad, Emma, Sam, Will and the pups

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Jack Glaspey Congratulations Jack! We are so proud of you. Keep working hard to reach your goals. We know your future will be filled with great things. Love, Dad, Mom, Leah, and Sarah

Congratulations Aidan! We can't believe you are graduating! We are so proud of your hard work in the classroom and on the ice at AOF! It wasn't always easy but you have kept your focus and drive and crushed your goals! We are so excited for whatever your future holds (#1 draft pick for the Ranch Hands?!). You are so "chunky"!! We love you so so so much! Mom, Dad, Kiera (Ginger & Steve!)

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Robbie, Work hard, stay true to yourself, go after your dreams, and achieve your potential. “Good things happen when you swing the bat!” We love you to the moon and back.

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Congratulations! We are extremely proud of all that you have accomplished ! We wish you much love , happiness and success on your next chapter. Love. Mom, Dad, Isabella, Joshua, Arianna

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Aiden Gravina Congratulations Aiden! It's been a joy watching you grow into such a fine young man. We are so proud of everything you've accomplished and we can't wait to see what the future holds for you. Good luck at NYU! Love, Mom, Dad, Carter and Salty

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Congratulations on four years of hard work! No one deserves this more than you. The next four years will be some of the most exciting and challenging of your life, and you're ready. We couldn't be prouder of you. The best is yet to come!

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AJ Argazzi Happy Graduation AJ! Your bright easy smile, generous heart, quick wit and enthusiasm for life have led you to the end of your journey at Avon Old Farms.

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You have grown into a well-rounded young man who fulfills so many roles: son, grandson, big brother, cousin, Eagle Scout, Christian, teammate, and friend to many. We are so proud of you! May you prosper, be happy, be limitless, be bold and continue the path of brotherhood as your journey takes you to a new beginning. With much love,

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Jacob Perry Congratulations Jacob! We couldn't be prouder of your four years at Avon. It's a place you can always call home. Love, Mom, Dad & Devin

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Congratulations Jake! We are so proud of you and are excited for the next step in your journey. We love you so much!!

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August Berklas May your dreams be big and your heart be endless.

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Will,

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We are so incredibly proud of you and all of your accomplishments! You continue to show compassion, strength, perseverance and love for family and friends wherever you go. We are excited for you as you embark on the next chapter of your life. We love you so much and look forward to watching you excel as you continue to make your dreams come true! Love , Mom, Dad and Nathan

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JP Turner Congratulations JP! JP we are all very proud of you! We have loved watching you on this journey! The Best is yet to come! Love, Mom, Dad, Brady & Maeve

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Nicholas Karol Nicholas, We are so proud of you! You are an honest, loyal, thoughtful and funny young man. You have integrity.

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Brian, Our hearts are full. Congratulations on this spectacular achievement. The years have flown by and now we celebrate the man you are becoming. God speed and good fortune to you always. We love you! Mom, Dad, Elise and Yiayia

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"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives--choice, not chance determines your destiny." -Aristotle

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Ace – we are so proud of you. This has not been the easiest year and you have tackled it with perseverance, style and grace. You are a remarkable boy and we can’t wait to see what you accomplish in college and beyond. We love you.

Congratulations Sean! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We can't wait to see you take the field next year at Holy Cross! Aspirando et Perseverando! Love, Mom, Dad, Bridget and Deirdre

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Samuel Cutler Dear Sam, Congratulations on your graduation. We are so proud of you. Wishing you tons of success at Tulane University. We love you, Mom, Dad and Jacob

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Dear Zain,

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Congratulations!!! We are very proud of you. As you make your way into this vast world, remember that we’ve tried to prepare you with unconditional love and support, a solid set of values, a strong character and roots that go deep. Your path won’t always be easy, but that’s when you do some of your best growing. Challenges give you strength, validate your character, and test your capacity to learn. Plus, we’re always here for you, so just call home! Make a difference. Be the difference. Live a noble existence. Celebrate YOU! love you, Mom, Dad, Madison, Léo & Bond ******** GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS. LIVE THE LIFE YOU'VE IMAGINED. - Henry David Thoreau

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Congratulations Lorenzo!

The future is anything you want it to be. You got this.

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In your future, you will face many obstacles, but it is your education which will be the pillar you can always lean on.

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined." -Henry David Thoreau

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 You have endured a school year unlike any other in our history!

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I could not be more proud of your efforts and leadership in making this year a success. Remember to always stay in touch and get back to campus whenever possible.

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Aspirando et Perseverando, Karen & Jim Detora

Christian A. Boudreau Strength, dedication and perseverance know no bounds. Your unwaivering drive in pursuit of sports, academics and music at the next level has been rewarded and worth the extra effort. From the east coast to the west, success will be yours. We are proud of all you have accomplished, support all your future endeavors, wish you a lifetime of happiness and believe dreams do come true. Enjoy every one of them. Love Mom, Dad and Gavin

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Behind you is all your memories, Before you is all of your dreams, Around you is everyone who loves you, Within you is all that you need to succeed.

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Dear Jake,

We are beyond proud of the man you have become and we wish you all the success and happiness on the next chapter of your life. Love you so much, Mom and Dad

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Abunasra, Mazen 35, 44, 93, 111 Adams, Keshawn 30, 44, 45, 123 Adams, Konner 31, 48, 95, 123 Adelsbach, Luke 10, 11, 31, 42, 93, 94, 125 Aliciene, Owen 32, 42, 95 Anderson, Rohan 30, 52, 92, 123 Andrews, Jack 30, 44, 49, 93, 94 Anton, Tyler 32, 48 Argazzi, Anthony 30, 52, 95, 123, 146 Argazzi, Family Ad 146 Arzanipour, Spencer 30, 42, 93, 123 Attaway, Ryan 30, 53, 94 Aube, Christopher 32, 48, 95, 108, 122

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Caceres, Cesar 24, 31, 48, 94, 115 Calabrese, Francesco 33, 44, 107, 123 Calderon, Javier 31, 48, 93, 94, 124 Caleb, Pelland 46 Callaghan Conor, Family Ad 138, 140 Callaghan, Conor 32, 55, 94, 116, 122, 138, 140 Callahan, Michael 27, 33, 56, 93 Capasso, Nicholas 32, 44, 92, 116, 117, 122 Capozzoli, Luke 32, 48, 95 Chaho, Michael 31, 44, 95, 111, 123 Chanin, William 33, 42, 93, 124 Cheng, Jiazhuo 16, 42

Chiang, Liang-Wei 33, 44, 50, 51, 92 Choi, Jeongwoo 44 Chung, Yeonwoo 44 Clark, Frederick 33, 44, 95, 123 Clayton, Anthony 30, 56, 123, 142 Clayton, Family Ad 142 Clubs- Group, Portraits 96, 97 Cohen, Maximilian 34, 48, 95, 96, 109, 111 Cohen, Ryan 28, 29, 33, 56, 93 Cokeley, Tadhg 30, 42, 93, 94, 123 Connor, Joseph 32, 42, 92, 122 Conroy, Aidan 34, 35, 48, 95, 97 Cooper, Family Ad 136 Cooper, Mac 30, 57, 93, 94, 123, 136 Coopman, Cole 57, 94 Copening, Xavier 57 Corning, Dash 31, 35, 58, 95, 144 Corning, Family Ad 144 Cronin, Owen 10, 11, 31, 35, 48, 93, 95, 103, 125 Crowley, Donovan 32, 42, 93, 96, 122 Cullen, Ford 33, 48, 109, 124 Cummings, Chase 58 Curley, Family Ad 129 Curley, Liam 31, 58, 95, 97, 124, 129 Cutler, Quentin 28, 31, 48, 115 Cutler, Samuel 31, 34, 59, 94, 153 Cutler, Family Ad 153 Cyprian, Roger 33, 44, 111

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D'addabbo, Samuel 48, 106, 123 Dallahan, Patrick 44, 95 Daniels, Ryan 30, 48, 95 Davey, Kieran 31, 35, 44, 93, 95, 125 Davey, Paul 32, 59, 94 Davis, Barclay 12, 30, 59, 93, 94, 136 Davis, Family Ad 136

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Bailey, Cole 31, 53, 96, 97, 111 Baldini, Christopher 34, 53, 95, 124 Baldini, Family Ad 140 Baldini, Thomas 33, 44, 95, 124 Balistreri, Ronan 30, 42, 94, 123 Barnett, Colm 16, 33, 48, 93, 97 Bartlett Dunn, Hudson 44 Baumoel, Jacob 29, 33, 42, 93, 97 Beck, Cole 30, 48, 93 Beck, William 33, 42, 93 Begg, Aidan 32, 44, 93, 94, 111, 122 Berggren, Joseph 27, 32, 48, 92, 122 Berklas, August 31, 35, 54, 91, 93, 95, 96, 125, 147 Berklas, Family Ad 147 Bianco, Nicholas 32, 48, 93, 122 Bingham, James 32, 42, 92 Blanchard, Charles 32, 42, 95, 110, 122 Bongo, Family Ad 147

Bongo, Jake 32, 54, 92, 147 Borg, Kaleb 33, 48, 92, 123 Boudreau, Christian 24, 30, 54, 92, 123, 156 Boudreau, Family Ad 156 Boxford, Jonathan 32, 44, 92, 122 Boyd, Benjamin 55, 92, 123 Bradway, Jack 32, 44 Braiewa, Theodore 32, 42, 92 Brannon, George 31, 35, 48, 93, 95, 125 Brazil, Connor 32, 48, 95, 116, 122 Brennan, Donald 26, 30, 48, 93 Brichkowski, R. Windate 24, 31, 48, 93, 96 Bridger, Brannan 32, 44 Brighenti, James 30, 44, 95, 123 Broc, Yann 33, 44, 97, 123 Brown, Porter 33, 44, 93, 123, 124 Bumgarner, William 31, 44, 92, 97, 123 Burki, Family Ad 154 Burki, Zain 14, 15, 16, 31, 55, 95, 108, 124, 154 Burns, Timothy 33, 44 Byrnes, Lawson 31, 42, 93, 94, 124


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Gabrielian, Theodore 10, 33, 44, 93, 123 Gadowsky, Magnus 10, 32, 63, 93, 94, 96, 122 Gallivan, Clay 32, 42, 122 Gates, Andrew 32, 42, 93, 122 Gauthier, Ayden 63, 95, 97, 124 Geraci, Family Ad 157 Geraci, Jake 32, 64, 94, 122 Ginter, Jack 30, 49, 95, 96, 103, 123 Glaspey, Family Ad 139 Glaspey, John 31, 35, 64, 93, 94, 95, 96, 125, 139 Goggin, Charles 44, 109, 111 Goldman, William 10, 11, 34, 64, 93, 96 Gordon, Tyler 65, 95, 116, 122 Gouvin, Michael 31, 44 Gravina, Aiden 14, 15, 31, 65, 95, 96, 124, 143 Gravina, Family Ad 143 Gray, Rufus 32, 49, 93, 122 Green, Alex 33, 44, 95, 125 Greger, Gavin 30, 49, 93, 123 Gresh, Tyler 95 Grimes, Carter 32, 45, 93, 122 Gurevich, Iakov 65 Guyer, Matthew 33, 45, 95, 96, 123

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Haden, David Elijah 33, 66, 92, 123, 137 Haden, Family Ad 137

Hagood, Francis 28, 33, 45, 94, 107, 123 Harper, Jackson 28, 30, 45 Harris, Chase 31, 49, 95, 123 Hart, Family Ad 134 Hart, Michael 31, 66, 109, 134 Hart, William 30, 45, 95, 122 Hayashi, Bungo 30, 42, 94, 125 He, Yuxiao 45, 106 Heinke, Family Ad 128 Heinke, Timothy 32, 66, 92, 112, 113, 116, 122 Hennessy, Michael 33, 49, 94, 122 Henrich, Alexander 28, 31, 67, 123, 129 Henrich, Family Ad 129 Hepworth, Zachary 33, 45, 93, 94, 123 Herlihy, Aydin 30, 49, 93, 122 Higgins, Thomas 14, 16, 17, 33, 49, 106, 111, 123 Hole, Benjamin 48, 49, 95, 123 Hookong, Marcus 32, 45, 122 Horan, Aidan 30, 67 Hornyak, Ryan 33, 42, 93, 123 Hu, Houzhi 16, 31, 67, 96, 122 Hua, Barry 42 Hunter, Joshua 31, 45, 93, 123 Hwang, Junhee 45

Johnson, Leo 28, 29, 33, 69, 91, 93 Johnson, Myles 30, 69, 123 Johnson, Walker 33, 44, 49, 93, 94, 123 Johnston, Benn 33, 45, 123

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Jain, Millan 35, 68 Jamison, Matthew 12, 13, 29, 35, 68, 91, 93, 94, 96, 102, 125 Jensen, Christopher 34, 45, 95 Jiang, Linhao 49 Jiao, Yi 35, 42, 93, 96, 124 Jin, Zheng Yang 69, 96 Johnson, Benjamin 28, 29, 33, 45

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Karol, Family Ad 151 Karol, Nicholas 14, 16, 17, 31, 70, 93, 111, 124, 151 Kasperzyk, Dylan 30, 70, 91, 93, 94, 111, 125, 126, 127 Kaylor, Sutton 16, 35, 49, 95, 100, 102, 122 Kelly, Graham 33, 49, 93, 125 Kennedy, Quinn 33, 45, 93, 122 Khalid, Azhaan 35, 42, 92, 110 Khramov, Aleksandr 43, 125 Kice, Henry 30, 43, 95, 123 Kim, Jisung 49 Kim, Minjun 30, 93 Kim, Theodore 33, 35, 45, 95, 125 Kim, Tyler 49 Kim, Yunha 31, 35, 48, 49, 93, 94, 95, 97, 125 Kolchanov, Oleh 49 Kolodziejczyk, Ryan 16, 17, 30, 49, 94, 123 Kooluris, Joseph 33, 49, 93, 94 Kwak, Keun Hyong 45 Kwok, Aidan 32, 49, 92, 122

Landini, Family Ad 155 Landini, Lorenzo 70, 122, 155 Lang, Lang 49 Langevin, Nicholas 34, 45, 92 Lasaracina, Luke 30, 71, 92, 123 Lavoie, Tyler 45, 123 Lawson, Anthony 35, 71, 95, 97, 124, 145 Lawson, Family Ad 145 Leary, Kevin 32, 45, 111 Lech, Chase 31, 45, 93 Lee, Andrew 31, 43, 93, 124 Lee, Seokjune 30, 43 Legere, Wesley 49, 95, 125 Lemert, Julian 32, 43, 92

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Four-Year Boy Group, Portraits 95 Fox, Luca 32, 44, 93, 97, 122 Fredericks, Paul 30, 42, 123 Freni, Andrew 33, 44, 93, 125 Friedman, Charles 34, 42, 93, 97, 124 Frushone, Samuel 31, 34, 44, 92, 97, 124 Furneaux, Henry 12, 30, 63, 91, 95, 103, 123 Furtado, Jake 33, 42, 92, 123

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Day Student Group, Portraits 95 De Luca Toledano, Gustavo 60 De Marval, Nicholas 42 Dean, Jonathan 33, 48, 93 Dellacamera, Jackson 33, 42, 93, 94, 124 Desjardins, Family Ad 150 Desjardins, Sean 30, 60, 122 Detora, Ad 156 Dinicola, John 32, 44 Dion, Samuel 31, 44, 93 Donahue, Brendan 35, 48, 94, 97, 125 Donahue, Clayton 97, 103 Dorm, Portraits 92, 93, 94 Dowling, Brian 24, 28, 30, 48, 49, 95, 123 Droppo, Charles 31, 49, 95, 123 Duffy, Timothy 32, 60, 92, 122 Dufresne, Tyler 32, 42, 95, 122 Dugan, Colin 15, 31, 44, 95, 124


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Leopold, Matthew 16, 29, 71, 95, 103, 123 Li, Chengxuan 45, 96 Li, Derrick 31, 34, 35, 43, 50, 51, 93, 95, 110, 125 Li, Spencer 35, 49, 95, 125 Lin, Kobi 49 Liott, Van 30, 45, 95, 122 Loomis, Patrick 49, 93 Lowe, Ernest 30, 49, 95, 123 Lu, Anqi 30, 45, 92, 123 Lu, Hongze 16, 43 Luca, Gustavo 30 Luciani, Benjamin 35, 45, 95 Luo, Jonathan 31, 35, 72, 92, 93, 95, 125 Lynch, Nolan 32, 43, 95, 122

Maas, John 16, 30, 49, 93, 106, 123 Mack, Jemar 30, 72 Maher, Robert 31, 35, 45, 93, 95, 125 Mahtani, Ritesh 31, 33, 72, 94, 97 Manafort, Justin 35, 45, 95 Marmo, Tyler 33, 49, 92 Marmott, Jacob 30, 32, 45, 93, 122 Marsh, Ryder 31, 35, 45, 93, 95, 123, 125 Marshall, Kieran 31, 43, 95, 123 Marval, Nicholas 32, 94 Masterson, Jonathan 32, 49, 94, 122 Masterson, Wellington 32, 49, 94, 122 McCann, David 30, 45, 93, 123 McDonald, Ellis 33, 45, 93, 94, 123 McDonough, Ryan 49, 95, 97 McHugh, Finn 32, 45, 95, 122 McPherson, Duncan 43, 92, 122 Mella, Patrick 30, 49, 91, 95, 123 Mercado, Eliel 30, 43, 93, 123 Metlitski, Maxim 31, 35, 43, 93, 95, 123, 125 Meyers, Andrew 31, 35, 73, 93, 95, 124, 125 Miele, Brannon 30, 43, 93

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Namnoum, Brian 30, 74, 95, 125, 152 Namnoum, Family Ad 152 Naspo, Connor 30, 46, 95, 123 Nassar, Adham 34, 49, 93 Neal, Family Ad 133 Neal, Patrick 32, 75, 94, 96, 112, 113, 122, 133 Neel, Chase 32, 49, 93, 111 Newberry, John 28, 33, 49, 95, 122 Newman, Brett 33, 49, 92 Nguyen, Brian 49, 95, 97, 124 Niimura, Yoshioki 75 Nizolek, Kevin 30, 34, 49, 92 Nunez, Family Ad 132 Nunez, Ryan 14, 15, 31, 75, 95, 123, 124, 132

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Odyniec, Joseph 32, 46, 122 Oneglia, John 30, 46, 92, 97, 125 Oris, Jonathan 33, 49, 95

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Palmer, Jordin 32, 46, 93, 111, 122 Pang, Ziwei 35, 76 Parish, Spencer 32, 43, 92, 122 Park, Hyunjun 76 Park, Sean 43 Patterson, Aidan 10, 29, 32, 76, 93, 97, 122, 139 Patterson, Family Ad 139 Pecknold, Tate 32, 43, 92, 122 Pelland, Caleb 111, 122 Pelletier, Alex 32, 46, 111, 122 Peltz, Gregory 51 Peltz, Zachary 51 Peng, Chi En (Eric) 34, 46, 93, 94, 124 Perry, Family Ad 147 Perry, Jacob 31, 77, 91, 95, 124, 147 Phillips, Major 32, 43, 92, 122 Phommachanh, Tyler 30, 77, 100 Pilaro, Andrew 124 Piteo, Nick 33, 46, 95, 123 Powers, Brendan 33, 51, 93 Pratt, Stratton 28, 29, 33, 46, 95, 123 Prendergast, Thomas 30, 46, 93, 94, 123 Prince, John 30, 32, 51, 94, 122 Puchalski, Jacob 31, 43, 95, 111, 123 Puglielli, Family Ad 132 Puglielli, Nathan 14, 15, 30, 77, 95, 124, 132 Pulver, Frederick 31, 46, 93, 94, 123

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Radtke, Aidan 35, 78, 93, 96, 122 Radtke, Family Ad 135 Ramos, Andres 32, 43, 93, 122 Ramsay, Chase 32, 35, 78, 94, 116, 117, 122, 132 Ramsay, Family Ad 132 Rapacky, Edward 30, 43, 95, 122

Raposo, Benjamin 31, 51, 95, 124 Ratledge, Xander 51, 105 Reboul, Christian 33, 78, 92, 131 Reboul, Parent Ad 131 Reed, Adrian 33, 79, 92, 123 Reed, Family Ad 153 Rejtig, Zachary 30, 51, 123 Renger, Jonathan 123 Rettaliata, Parent Ad 131 Rettaliata, William 33, 79, 92, 97, 122, 131 Reznik, Benjamin 30, 79, 92, 134 Reznik, Family Ad 134 Robinson, Seth 32, 51, 122 Rogatnick, Solomon 30, 43, 93, 111 Rooney, Aidan 80, 92, 96, 124 Rooney, Seamus 33, 51, 93, 94, 123 Rosado, Elijah 30, 43, 95, 123 Rosenbaum, Maxwell 30, 46 Rosenbaum, William 31, 33, 43, 93, 125 Rosenthal, Michael 32, 46, 96, 122 Royal, Dylan 30, 46, 123 Rubin, Michael 32, 80, 92 Runk, Family Ad 138 Runk, Preston 34, 80, 92, 123 Runyon, William 46, 125 Russo, Samuel 33, 81, 125 Rutledge, Dylan 33, 43, 95, 96, 125 Ryan, John 33, 51, 95, 123

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Salgar, Alexander 30, 51, 93, 125 Salvi, Omari 30, 81, 123 Sanborn, Alexander 14, 16, 17, 34, 35, 81, 95, 97 Satpathy, Nikhil 31, 48, 51, 95, 124 Scanlon, Family Ad 153 Scanlon, Sean 82, 123, 153 Scarano, Marco 30, 51 Schaeffer, William 33, 46, 93 Schleer, Aidan 30, 82, 93, 94 Schmeizer, Noah 10, 11, 14, 16, 17, 33, 51, 93

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Thomas, Amir 31, 85 Thornton, Henry 33, 43, 94, 124 Tomak, Maxwell 33, 43, 93 Tomak, Samuel 33, 51, 93 Tozawa, Shinshu 33, 46, 97, 123 Tracey, Joshua 30, 86, 100 Tuffour, Nana 24, 29, 31, 46, 112 Turcotte, Magnus 32, 43, 93, 110, 122 Turner, Family Ad 149

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Valas, Family Ad 143 Valas, Tucker 33, 35, 86, 92, 122 Vazquez, Joshua 46, 95, 125 Verdoni, Liam 32, 51, 92, 122

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Walsh, Patrick 33, 46, 93, 94, 111 Walters, Nathaniel 28, 30, 51, 111, 123 Wang, Jianhui 15, 16, 46 Wang, Zhangyu 46 Wang, Zhengcheng 15, 31, 46, 92 Wang, Zijian 43 Wang, Ziyang 46, 96 Ward, Triston 30, 46, 123 Warner, Tyler 28, 30, 87, 94 Watkin, Joseph 16, 33, 43, 95, 110, 124 Watson, Hamilton 30, 51, 95, 123 Watson, Henry 43, 95, 100, 123 Watt, Atis 34, 43, 95, 124 Weaver, Melvin 30, 46, 95, 123 Weisleder, Chase 31, 43, 123 Wells, Jonathan 87, 123 Wesson, Creighton 30, 51, 92, 93, 123 Wijaya, Jerry 51 Wilborn, James 88 Williams, Brendan 32, 88, 92, 122 Williams, Griffin 46, 93, 125 Wiltshire, Shomari 34, 51, 93, 124 Wion, Charles 34, 88, 95, 111, 124 Wirpel, George 30, 51, 95, 123 Wise, Jackson 30, 89, 92, 123 Wise, Jacob 30, 46, 93, 94 Wong, Benjamin 10, 33, 46, 93, 125 Wunsch, Family Ad 134 Wunsch, Ryan 31, 89, 122, 134

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Yang, Joonhyeuk, 89 Yang, Kaixun 43 Yang, Yuxuan 43

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Zagarri, Timothy 90, 93 Zappone, Ryan 34, 46, 95 Zeidenberg, Toby 33, 51, 97 Zhao, Yoan 45, 46, 95, 125 Zhou, Boyang 90 Zhou, Jiaxu 43

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As the year drew to a close and we came to the end of the story, we reflected. We reminisced upon the fall and tenderness which gripped our campus. We pondered the winter, the darkness, and the brief liquidity of our circumstance. We then contemplated spring in its triumph. In this spirit, we thought back to a time where our future at Avon was in peril and how, despite the tumult of the world, we came back. We masked up and distanced from our brothers for the joint cause of shared happiness and the establishment of our Eden once again. Undaunted by Covid19, we, as students, made Avon what it is meant to be and reveled in fraternity. We surpassed even our own wildest expectations and created a high tide mark. As a community, equally driven and united in our passion to restore Avon to what Mrs. Riddle intended, we returned to campus in the fall, returned in the winter, and once again made a comeback in the spring. Limited interaction, expansive testing, and periods constrained in our dorm rooms, we nonetheless used Avon as our anchor and persisted. Driven by unrivaled passion for our home and school, we clung on to the rope of guiding hope, and by embracing the fundamental challenge, we were able to comeback, as we always will.

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Colophon and Letter from the Editors

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This year has been a continuous test of our collective fortitude, both mental and physical. Last spring, we closed our doors and sheltered in our homes, and attended classes through computer screens. This year was only the second time in our 94 years we closed our campus, the only other time being at the outbreak of World War II. In these uncertain and unorthodox times, the world so often feels upside down. Amid a deadly pandemic, the largest Civil Rights movement in our generation, and an election filled with controversy -- we returned this Fall to our hilltop home. With that backdrop, we, as a school, had to operate differently than before. So too did the Yearbook. Like the new standards of scholastic enterprises employed this year, such as masks, social distancing, class-specific events, and the abandonment of traditional sit-down dinners, so too did the Yearbook reinvent itself. Knowing of the difficult year ahead, we stretched ourselves, opting for a new method as to how we wrote the yearbook. Our articles became longer and more journalistic in nature; we created a new book which recalled all the valuable and venerated traditions but fresh in appearance, theme, and style.

This year’s theme is about embracing that comeback. Originating from hundreds of cultures and dozens of countries across the globe, we are all drawn in and connected to each other by this school on a hilltop. It provided a normalcy which allowed us to tune out the outside and commit to our passions, whether they be academic, athletic, or artistic in nature. To attend a place like Avon is a gift for us all. When circumstances tore us apart, we, as a collective, knew we had to come back -- and we did, aspiring and persevering all the while.

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This year has been about coming back to Avon and making the best of terribly unfortunate circumstances. This year has stretched our impressions of our school. So much of what makes Avon the place we know and love is the culture. Ours is one steeped in tradition, brotherhood, sportsmanship, and scholarship. Each of these aspects has been fundamentally altered due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Attending sporting events in person was off the table until late winter, socializing in the dorms was all but forbidden, and classes themselves were split between in-person and virtual students. But despite these cataclysmic changes, we made our come back. Dragged in by our most heartfelt love and admiration for Avon and what it represents to all the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and our families, we returned.

Sincerely, Charlie Wion and Will Goldman

Technical: Press Run: 300 copies Photography: Kristen Kerwin, Jacqueline Sembor, Mathew Jamison, YB Staff Members. The Design: -The cover was designed by yearbook staff and Rick at Jostens. Trim size is 8.5x11, custom Litho. The cover material is High Gloss Litho 478. The cover application is process color 317 and gold foil. The binding type is sewn. - The front and back endsheets are Oxford white 268. Color is process YTO process color. - The body copy and captions were mostly set in 6-12 AYT Urbano and pull quotes, divider titles and article titles in AYT Angst.

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Printing: - The book was printed by Jostens in their plant at 451 International Blvd. Clarksville, 37040. - The plant CSR was Shelly Foster - The Jostens rep was Ericka Metevier - The binding was smyth sewn, rounded and backed with headbands in school colors. - The text paper was 100 lb. medium gloss. - There were four deadlines and they were all submitted digitally online. - 164 pages in four color process with a supplement for Spring delivery of 20 pages. - Team met 3 deadlines in November, February and April for a May delivery for graduation. A Spring supplement produced in May to cover Spring and graduation ceremonies. The Digital Part: - Three iMacs and personal laptops - Software included

InDesign3 and Photoshop CC - Digital photography was created with various digital cameras and lenses. Awards: Volume 93 of the Winged Beaver, Aspirando ed Perseverando, won Silver Medal for CSPA and First Place for ASPA. Editors and Staff: Co-Editors in Chief Charlie Wion '21 and Will Goldman '21; Assistant Editor Max Cohen, staff includes Millan Jain and Paul Kim. Advisor is Cristina Pinton. Disclaimer: The Winged Beaver yearbook for Avon Old Farms School was created over the course of the 2020-2021 school year before, during and after school hours. Content gathered by the yearbook staff was done while adhering to the health and safety guidelines outlined by Avon Old Farms at the time of capture. Content

from the AOF Yearbook group and community was submitted via email, shareable drive or image sharing app; although all community members are encouraged to follow health and safety guidelines at the time of capture, some images may contain individuals without masks or less than recommended social distancing. The yearbook staff is responsible for layout/design, copy writing, caption writing as well as overall editing of the publication. Every effort is made to ensure the Winged Beaver is holistic, objective, and accurate. Although the publication is thoroughly proofread and edited, we sincerely apologize for any omissions, misspellings, mis-attributes or other errors that occurred during the editorial process. Letter from the Editors /Colophon

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Martin I. Cole P’04, Chairman Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Bradley R. Morris ’84, P’20 Avon, CT

William P. Austin ’92, Co Vice-Chairman New York, NY

John A. Nolan '80 Wayzata, MN

Brendan L. McKernan '89, Co Vice-Chairman, Treasurer Beverly, MA

Nelson Peltz P’09, ’12, ’22, ’22 New York, NY Glenn A. Sieber H’19, P’17 Clinton, CT

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Christopher S. Drew '85, P'17, '18, Secretary Simsbury, CT

Henry B. duPont Smith P'17, '19 Haverford, PA

*** John D. Wendler ’68 Burns, TN

Andrew E. Caputo, MD P'16, '17 Avon, CT

Milt Williams P'20, '23 New York, NY

James W. Corrigan '67, P’98 Contoocook, NH

Norbert Williamson P'14, '16 Bristol, CT

J. Stratford R. Dennis '00 Brooklyn, NY

Kenneth J. Winemaster '83, P'17 Lake Forest, IL Ex–Officio Member Jim Detora P'12 Head of School

Dee Gordon P'90, GP'21 Farmington, CT Richard H. Gordon P'90, GP'21 Farmington, CT

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John E. Edwards H'19 Hilton Head Island, SC

*** HONORARY MEMBERS

Dean C. Graham '84 Chevy Chase, MD

Spencer E. Beal Sr. ’65, P’95 Joseph R. Biondo P’92

Clayton D. Johnson '82 Victoria, TX Neal J. Keating P'19 Farmington, CT

Campbell P. Brown ’86 Leslie S. Cutler P’91, GP'22 John E. Drew P’85, ’87, GP’17, ’18, '24

Wade H. O. Kirby P'17, '18 Morristown, NJ Ira H. Leesfield GP'19 Miami, FL

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George F. Getz Jr. ’80 Timothy M. Jones P'05 Stephen S. Lash ’58

John W. Maxwell '86 Hingham, MA

Paul R. Matalon ’70, P’01

Wade L. McDevitt '82 Philadelphia, PA

Rolf H. Olson ’59

Allan J. O'Connor ’75

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Contents spring coverage sports teams last days graduation

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Awards Ceremonies & Farewells Final two weeks include Academic Awards, the infamous Informal Senior Portrait and "Last Words"

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The long-awaited Founders Day was announced by Ms.Pinton and a scroll on May 13, per wishes of Mr. D. But the return of the outdoor Morning Meeting was the stage for the most important announcements about successful Covid test results, news on Senior privileges, student and school successes, and the Underclassmen Awards.

Student Leaders: The leading students for the 2021-22 year were announced at Morning Meeting, including the Warden James Morr and Vice-Warden Jack Maas. Other senior members voted into student council were Max Cohen as secretary and Javier Calderon as . These students along with other boys listed here were voted by their classes and will have the honor of representing the thoughts and needs of the student community. Thomas Baldini, Stratton Pratt, Francis Hagood, Ryan Hornyak, Hudson Miller.

Along with these end-of-year celebrations, the Seniors left a few words of advice and reflection. Their leadership on campus left a clear mark, and the underclassmen knew that further conversations about a chance for change and growth would be the core concepts of the 2021-22 school year.

"The last two years have been stripped from our brothers. Therefore, my biggest goal for next year is to get back to the way things used to be, and give our guys a real Avon experience." - James Morr, Warden class of 2022

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The University Book prizes, selections for head dorm monitors, Student Council results and other select

awards were announced in May. A continuation of the ceremony was planned for the Fall for department awards.

Select Underclassmen Prizes & Awards

Listed here are only a few of the awards presented at Morning Meeting. Head monitor positions and student council were communicated, while the rest was postponed until Fall return to school.

"We will have a strong and diverse group of boys leading next year." -Javier Calderon '22

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Farewell Wishes from '21

Above photo by Panphoto.com

"I really liked finding common ground with boys I never thought I would be friends with, and gaining a mutual respect with them." - Luke Foley

"Thanks to the beauties in Peli Trap. Been a pleasure." - Tim Duffy

"Give it your all. You won't ever regret working hard and earning something or achieving a goal of yours." - Hobie Jamison

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Clubs Return to Action Three meeting times per week allowed further engagement outside the classroom. A CLOSER LOOK

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Origami and dumpling anyone? The Art Club and newly modified International Club worked together to celebrate Asian culture, Boys were led by Michael Xie '21 in creating traditional Japanese folds with Taiyo Minami's guidance and inspiration for the project. Other boys made dumplings in the refectory, and sampled sushi at lunch the day before the joint workshops.

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During the spring academic quarter, the club read and discussed “The Second Sex” by Simon De Beauvoir, Kafka’s “Hunger Artist”, and

the pandemic. Unlike previous years when the team published a large newsletter by the end of each quarter, the team settled with the idea of publishing small newspapers every other month. “I think that the Avon Record has been moving in a positive direction. We're starting to adapt to the pace of life at Avon. News starts, spreads, and dies very quickly at Avon Old Farms, and I think that our current approach has improved morale and helped us become ingrained in life at Avon Old Farms,' said August Berklas '21. Avon Outreach faced a “crushing blow,” as its club head Saagar Motupally said.

"I read articles about Asian Hates crimes in the U.S. and thought it was important to introduce Asian cultures to the boys in a real way." Taiyo Minami '24 opinions and how to reason with others by providing logical evidence. The Avon Record newspaper team met on February 5th to discuss a plan that will help them efficiently publish newsletters without being hindered by the setbacks of

“The inability to leave campus for volunteer activities has Many of our typically scheduled events had to be canceled this year,” he continued. Unable to conduct normal activities such as food run for the Hartford homeless shelter, Saagar started an activity

Green President Paul Kim speaks up "The Environmental Club promoted the protection of nature through viable means. It encouraged the community to participate in various different Environmental activities, while creating a workplace for students who are interested in Environmentalism to conduct personal projects."

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The Socratics club ran activities much like a philosophy class. It created an environment where club members were encouraged to discuss philosophical ideas, modern or ancient, with each other.

“Resistance, Rebellion, and Death” by Camus to discuss the themes of materialism and the value of artists. During the club activities, students were frequently seen disagreeing or agreeing with each other’s opinions. The students engage in a process where they learn how to formulate their own


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The Political Action club was one of the few clubs that has not been hindered by the

setbacks of the pandemic. “We're doing the same kind of open forums we have been doing all year,” says William Goldman, the head of the Political Action Club. “We have done a really good job, I feel, in being open and allowing access for anyone who wants to swing by, but simultaneously, adhering to Covid guidelines”. William Goldman continued to state; “I think it's a good spot to talk about your political opinions without judgment. There's no teacher to tailor your thoughts to, so the commentary is raw -- unless someone is being sarcastic or pointfully bombastic,” says Goldman.

conducted small-sized engineering activities such as building the pumpkin catapult for the Avon Halloween party, a drivable mini-car, and cardboard planes that can be controlled autonomously. “We wanted the students to learn how to build their own projects without being too dependent on their teachers,” says Mrs. Larson. During the club period, many students were seen building each individual part of the project without the help of their mentors. Even with a limited number of students, the club has enlarged the Avon community’s interest in engineering. It has provided a workplace for

Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, the Club Forge was open for anyone who is interested in learning more about engineering. “This year, COVID caused less people to attend the Forge meeting,” said Ms. Larson, chief advisor of Club Forge. Working with a small group of students, Mrs. Larson and Spencer Li '22, the head of Club Forge,

aspiring engineers who are willing to learn more about how to build a project, and an area where veterans can start their independent projects. Throughout Spring, the Environmental Club planned celebrations for Earth Month: The Water Bottle Reduction Project, Reusable Mask Handouts, and Treeplenish tree planting activity. The Water Bottle project was started in the first week of April, which was also the first week of Earth month. The project aimed to encourage the students to reduce plastic waste created by consuming plastic water bottles by ....continued page 8

Origami Creations

Asian Celebrations: Emails went out for the duration of month of May with info recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Taiyo Minami '24 met with Mrs. Pinton and Ms. Rooney with the idea of celebrating with the perfect kick off for the month: dumpling making and an origami workshop. Under the direction of Michael Xie '21, Bungo Hayashi '23, Leo Chiang '23 and Jiayi Sun '23, boys filled dough with pork and steamed the dumplings. Others followed Michael's direction and created origami Samurai helmets and paper carp in Japanese style.

"Not as good as home cooking, but being in the kitchen was fun." -Marco Pang '21 Spring Coverage

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that can be done even under the COVID restrictions. “This spring, Avon Outreach is primarily working on community service opportunities directly on campus and other small activities that we can complete for those in the local community,” says Saagar. The Investment club meets every Wednesday afternoon by zoom. The club head’s primary focus during the meeting is to teach the participants how the stock market functions. They encourage the participants to be active in the stock market game by teaching them new knowledge about the stock market every other week. “We have been talking a lot about how the COVID19 pandemic has affected and is continuing to affect the market, and we have also talked about stocks that are recovering well as things return to normal,” said Ayden Gauthier '21, the head of the Investment Club.

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using reusable bottles. The project encouraged school admissions to consider installing water filters for the Quad dormitories to further reduce plastic usage in school. The Reusable Mask project first started as a charity back in October, when the club raised money to purchase the reusable masks by selling burgers and nuggets to the school community.

different types of trees in the school area. The Environmental Club promoted the protection of nature through viable means. It encouraged the Avon community to participate in various different Environmental activities, while creating a workplace for students who are interested in Environmentalism to conduct personal projects.

During the April 9th and 16th lunch period, the Environmental Club handed out around 100 reusable masks to the students and faculties. Back in November, the Treeplenish team, a nonprofit organization ran by undergraduates from Harvard University and University of Michigan, reached out to the Environmental Club in Avon. It proposed to plant 100 trees to compensate for the paper usage of the school. During March, the Environmental Club conducted a dress-down day to secure funds that will be used to purchase the trees.

YEARLY SERVICE INITIATIVES in APRIL After missing a year, the Nimrod Club returned to stocking Beaverdam Pond for the school community, Harding's Trout Farm stocked

it for the Nimrod Club on a bright and warm spring afternoon. Brian Harding from Harding's Trout Farm, assisted by a number of students, put 213 rainbow trout into the pond with the following measurements: 150 x10", 50 x 12", 10 x15", 3 x 18". Boys headed to the pond, many with fly fishing gear, over the last 2 months of school. The month also boasted the13th consecutive year of conducting Push Ups for Patriots sponsored by Major Bourgault. "This year we broke last year's moneyraising efforts, making this

On April 26th 2021, the club members met in the Oakgrove to plant three

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year the most successful event in the school's history," said Bourgault. Highlights included Mr. Art Custer who walked 22 miles August Berklas '21, Francis Hagood '23, Magnus Gadowsky '21 and Mike Xie '22 ran a full 26.2 mile marathon while Jack Glaspey'21 ran a full 36 miles. Future Midshipman Erik Eads '21 and Jacob Marmott completed the full 12 hours of completing 10 push-ups every minute...nonstop (for a total of 7,200 push-ups) Finally, Spring welcomed senior community service day. Boys stayed on campus and helped facilities clean up the grounds. A group went to the community garden with Mrs. Perry, another group helped organize the various paving stones that are over in the facilities area. Several groups cleaned up leaves and sticks around campus, a group helped trim trees around the tennis courts, and we ended the morning with a BBQ down on the fields.

Activities and Clubs - Spring - Story by Max Cohen, Paul Kim, photos by staff

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GIving It All - Above Dylan Kasperzyk '21 is one of the most consistent PFP contributors each year at AOF. The charity raised over $50,000 topping last year by a few hundred. Students and teachers alike were seen around campus in this year's grey PFP t-shirt, a simple but commanding design, sold at lunches by participating members and monitors.

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Around Campus- Instead of heading off campus for the service day, boys stayed around campus and tidied up what the facilities crew didn't have a chance given the dozens of projects in the buildings, dorms and such. One area that got a clean up was the Tennis Courts, where Wyatt Weeks '21 trims trees, gathers lone tennis balls, and helps with landscaping.


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Founder's Day - Spring - photos by Staff

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Spring Sports

Varsity Baseball

JV Baseball

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Christian Boudreau, Mac Cooper, Sean Desjardins, Brian Dowling, Jack Ginter, Gavin Greger, Millan Jain, Ryan Kolodziejczyk, Luke LaSaracina, Matthew Leopold, Van Liott, David McCann, James Morr, Connor Naspo, Nathan Puglielli, Sean Scanlon, Aidan Schleer, Peter Siana, Harrison Stein, Robert Stewart, Jonathan Wells, Creighton Wesson,Jackson Wise, Timothy Zagarri

Mazen Abunasra, KeShawn Adams, Tyler Dufresne, Andrew Foster, Luca Fox, William Hart, Bungo Hayashi, Aydin Herlihy, Henry Kice, Seokjune Lee, Jacob Marmott, James Monin, John Oneglia, Edward Rapacky , Jonathan Renger, Elijah Rosado, Matthew Smith, Jacob Wise, Ryan Zappone

Track & Field Luke Adelsbach, Rohan Anderson Jr., Ryan Attaway, Donald Brennan , Zain Burki, Anthony Clayton, Dashiell Corning, Donovan Crowley, Samuel Frushone, Anthony Lawson, Chase Lech, Ryan McDonough, Kaito Minami, Taiyo Minami, Brian Nguyen, Xander Ratledge, Aidan Rooney, JiaYi Sun, Joshua Vazquez, Melvin Weaver , Wyatt Weekes, Shomari Wiltshire

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Sports Team Portraits - Spring - photos by Jamison, Pinton and Radtke

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Kelly, Tyler Marmo, Ellis Mcdonald, Brian Mullen, Brett Newman, Jonathan Oris, Brendan Powers, Adrian Reed, Seamus Rooney, John Ryan, Marco Scarano, Maxwell Tomak, Samuel Tomak, Tucker Valas, Patrick Walsh, Benjamin Wong, Toby Zeidenberg

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3rd Lacrosse Owen Aliciene, Spencer Arzanipour, Aidan Begg, Nicholas Bianco, James Bingham, Theodore Braiewa, James Brighenti, Timothy Burns, Luke Capozzoli, Roger Cyprian, John DiNicola, Lucas Estevez, Andrew Gates, Matthew Guyer, Joseph Kooluris, Tyler Lavoie, Ernest Lowe , Duncan McPherson, Patrick Mella, Eliel Mercado, Maxim Metlitski, Brannon Miele, Alexander Mitchell, Caleb Pelland, Major Phillips, Andres Ramos, Michael Rosenthal, Dylan Royal, Henry Sterrett

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Ronan Balistreri, William Beck, Porter Brown, William Chanin , Frederick Clark, Ford Cullen, Quentin Cutler, Charles Droppo, Brett Foster, Grayson Goodman, Carter Grimes, Francis Hagood, Quinn Kennedy, Wesley Kistler, Nolan Lynch, Jack Maas , Everett Masterson, Edward Mok, Sawyer Morris, Kevin Nizolek, Spencer Parish, Andrew Pilaro, William Rettaliata, Preston Runk, Dylan Rutledge, Ethan Shames, John Steber, Thomas Steber. Henry Thornton


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Varsity Golf

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Joseph Berggren, Benjamin Boyd, Patrick Dallahan Timothy Duffy, Andrew Fitting, Benjamin Hole, Jonathan Masterson, Finn McHugh

JV Golf Charles Blanchard, Windate Brichkowski, Joseph Connor Samuel D'Addabbo, Cameron Iacobelli, Kieran Marshall Tripp Miley, Chase Neel, Seth Robinson, Daniel Strug

NE Prep Winners The New England Prep Tournament took place on a wet and windy May 8th at South Kent School. The Club at River Oaks was a tight course demanding tee to green control for the AOF players. Our 4-year starter and Captain, Ben Boyd '21 finished the tournament T-3 with a score of 78. Another key player, Bennett Masterson '22, finished T-1 (losing in the 1st playoff hole) with a score of 77. The tournament usually hosts 12 to 16 of the top golf schools. This year, because of COVID, only 7 schools were able to compete. We sent our top 4 players to the tournament and won by 2 strokes over Brunswick.

“With everything going on in the world right now, it was awesome to be able to play in an 18 hole tournament for a New England Championship and to win, it was the cherry on top of a great season!” - Ben Boyd '21

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Sports Team Portraits - Spring - photos by Jamison, Pinton and Radtke

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Fitness Training August Berklas, George Brannon, Owen Cronin, Kieran Davey, Luke Foley, John Glaspey, Yunha Kim, Derrick Li, Jonathan Luo, Robert Maher, Ryder Marsh, Maxim Metlitski, Andrew Meyers. Customer is allowed to have objects outside of the margin.

Varsity & JV Tennis

Javier Calderon, Michael Chaho, Liam Curley, Jackson DellaCamera, Magnus Gadowsky, Aiden Gravina, Chase Harris, Thomas Higgins, Marcus Hookong. Yi Jiao, Aidan Kwok, Andrew Lee, Anqi Lu, John Newberry, Tate Pecknold, Jacob Perry, John Prince, Frederick Pulver, Benjamin Raposo, Zachary Rejtig, Andres Schwartz, Edward Sobiesienski, Jianhui Wang, Chase Weisleder, Griffin Williams, Shijie Xie, YoAn Zhao

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Rec Tennis Nicholas de Marval, Luke Foley, Joshua Hunter, Jack Moschella, Jacob Puchalski, Christian Reboul, Andres Schwartz, Magnus Turcotte, Hamilton Watson

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Senior Week- Spring - photos by Staff

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Last Week & Last Words

Senior Week and Goodbye's

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Senior Tile Tradition Paint Ball for Senior Week Last Lacrosse game Underclassmen Saying Goodbyes


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Graduation - Spring - photos by J. Keller

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Closing - Spring

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