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Inside this issue:
Esteemed Faculty Bid Adieu
Strawberry Weekend Highlights
Events Calendar 2015
October Saturday, October 3 Golden Alumni/ae Luncheon Upper School, Gerry’s Landing Campus
Sunday, October 18 Head of the Charles Regatta BB&N Boathouse
Nove m b e r Wednesday, November 25 Young Alumni/ae Coffee Upper School, Gerry’s Landing Campus Friday, November 27 Young Alumni/ae Pub Night Location TBD
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Monday, October 5 1974 Leadership Society Reception The Townsman, Boston
BB&N Homecoming Upper School, Gerry’s Landing Campus
Letter From the Head 2 Head of School Rebecca T. Upham’s graduation remarks to the Class of 2015
Community News 4 Spring Sports Wrap-Up, Closing Ceremonies, Second Grade Admission Maps, BB&N Circus, Student Honors, and more
Features 16 Six Esteemed Community Members Bid Farewell Tributes to Brigitte Tournier, Bob Edbrooke, Rick Foresteire ’86, Ada Park Snider, Jacqueline Kieff, and Rosemary Downer
Departing Faculty and Milestones Graduation 2015 The Class of 2015 moves on, prizes awarded, and more
Senior Spring Project Four BB&N seniors tackle sustainable global practices: Jaya Aiyer ’15, Sarah Dahl ’15, Edwin Gavis ’15, and Maeve McNamara ’15
Advancing Our Mission 42 BB&N Fund Breaks Record, Class of 2015 Parents’ Gift, Senior Class Gift, Sixth Grade Parents Support Middle School Renovation Project
Alumni/ae News & Notes 45 Alumni/ae News and Notes 60 Strawberry Night/Reunion Weekend Highlights
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Board of Trustees, 2015-2016 Ofﬁcers Bracebridge Young, Jr., Chair Charles A. Brizius, Vice Chair Shelly Nemirovsky, Vice Chair/Secretary D. Randolph Peeler, Vice Chair/Treasurer Members Leslie Ahlstrand ’08 Jeff Barber James T. Berylson ’00 Joseph Chung Gregory Clark Thomas Dingman Diala Ezzeddine Katie Gayman Mary Beth Gordon Janice Gould Jason P. Haﬂer ’00 Bob Higgins Jim Honan Karen J. Kalina ’81 Kenneth W. Lang Peter K. Levitt ’84 Erica Gervais Pappendick Clay V. Stites Janet M. Storella ’74 David J. Thompson ’85 Frederica C. Turner ’91 Charlotte Wagner David Williams ’78 Fan Wu ’98 Associate Trustee Agnes Bundy Scanlan Head of School Rebecca T. Upham Front Cover:
Sarah Dahl ’15, Edwin Gavis ’15, and Jaya Aiyer ’15 in Cambridge, Mass, outside of EcoLogic, where the three seniors worked on environmental initiatives in the Sarstun region of Guatemala. (Photography by Joshua Touster— www.joshuatousterphotography.com.)
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2015 Commencement Remarks by Head of School Rebecca T. Upham Today is an important day for the Class of 2015. This graduation
draw on what is here. This yearning I have to pause and look
and the diplomas these students will soon receive mark the end
around I “blame” on the group sitting in front of you. They
of one journey and the beginning of another. It marks a milestone
remind us what a neat place their school is; they have made
for all the faculty, family, and friends assembled here. This is
“cool” things happen here.
a moment when everyone here is suspended between the terra ﬁrma of BB&N and the world of new adventures.
The other night, at our closing dinner together, your parents told us that your experience at BB&N has shaped your “hearts
In the past few weeks, there have been many opportunities to talk
and minds and souls.” That’s a wonderful testament to your
about this class. We certainly applaud our soon-to-be graduates
teachers and coaches and advisors—but, of course, it is you and
for their many accomplishments in classrooms and studios, for
you alone who get the credit for actually working through the
their work in the local and global community, and for their spirited
competitions, be it with an ISL rival or each other in their color wars.
Still, you have been shaped here. Today marks a point where BB&N’s
There’s something about this group,
formal role in the formation of your
though, that you should know.
character, in the formation of your
Whenever we speak privately about
habits of heart and mind, is done.
the Class of 2015, be it in a faculty
Not done are the connections you
meeting or among a small group of
have made. Not ever ﬁnished are
colleagues, a note of admiration and
the bonds forged by common
wistfulness sidles up to the exchange.
experiences—by Senior Spring Project,
The other evening, the Senior Class
Sophomore Debates, the Junior
Dean Ms. Makrauer said of this group
Proﬁle, Biv, Color Wars, Spirit Week.
that for all their remarkable, truly remarkable, accomplishments, this is
And as I think about the attributes I
a group in which the whole is greater
hope you will carry with you beyond
than the sum of the parts. At least,
the walls of BB&N, I can’t help shake
that’s how we’ve experienced it. The
a vignette. It’s about a day in March,
esprit de corps of this entire group
right before you embarked on Senior
has infused the entire Upper School
projects. For this head of school, it
with pride, spirit, goodwill, and an
was a day made magical. The sun was
element of playfulness. The Class of
out and the snow sparkled. (The
2015 is a smart and talented, friendly
sparkling snow was NOT the magical
and spirited, and distinctly, decidedly,
part.) As is my wont most mornings,
inclusive group. Put simply, this is a class that has made BB&N a
I was on the Lower School campus and I was leaving to go to the
better school. And in so doing, they have earned our respect and
Upper School. Kindergartners careened across a playground
captured our hearts.
blanketed in three feet of snow with one youngster running pell-mell towards the teacher: “Come quick, I’ve found dinosaur
tracks in the snow!!” Dinosaur tracks in the snow. Said with conviction. Wow.
Graduation is oft times an occasion to look outward, to gaze forward and talk about horizons and things to come. But today, for just a few minutes, I want to turn in the other direction, to 2
I left the Lower School and slogged my way through
mountains of snow to arrive on this campus. Headed to my
ofﬁce, as I rounded the bend in Renaissance Hall, I overheard
It is with a great deal of pride that I join the faculty, your
three students talking. An emphatic voice caught my attention:
families and friends, in sending our heartfelt congratulations,
“I’m going to be the one to change society, just you wait!”
best wishes, and affection.
These two incidents, unfolding just minutes apart at your
You have more than lived up to our expectations. Now, as you
school, speak to things I hope you will take with you into the
accept the responsibility and opportunity that comes with this
world: Whether or not you ﬁnd dinosaur tracks, never lose your
diploma, we hope that you will live by the motto of this great
sense of wonder, your sense of possibility. Whether or not you
school: Honor, Scholarship, Kindness.
decide you are the one to change society, pursue your goals with passion, conviction, and purpose.
Godspeed, Class of 2015.
Lower School Celebrates End of Year with Harvest Festival This spring the Lower School campus hosted its second annual Harvest Festival, a daylong celebration centered on the harvesting of the Lower School gardens. The day featured myriad activities for every class, including beach volleyball, Zumba, tablecloth decorating, build your own hats, and the creation of a giant chalk mural outside of the Brick Building. Beyond the activities themselves, a highlight of the event was the interplay between the younger and older grades. Sixth graders were able to step into mentor roles to help facilitate activities for the younger classes, and the lower grades loved participating with their older “colleagues.” The day culminated with the annual faculty vs. sixth grade kickball game. In an unusual twist, behind the power legs of several inspired teachers, the adults turned the tables on the students this year with a 10-5 victory.
Kindergarten teacher Ben Goldhaber umpires the action at the annual sixth grade vs. faculty kickball game during the Harvest Festival.
BB&N Celebrates 64th Annual Circus For more than six decades the Circus has been offering family fun to students, parents, and alumni/ae of all ages. On May 2nd, the Lower School campus hosted the daylong “Circus by the Sea” full of rides, bouncy-houses, obstacle courses, a dunk tank, various games, arts and crafts, food, music, and entertainment. This year the addition of Buckingham Street being closed for the event allowed guests to enjoy more space for activities and brought with it a great new vibe to the day. Hundreds of families from across BB&N’s three campuses joined the festivities and raised money for the School’s ﬁnancial aid program. The success of the day is due to the contributions of many parents, faculty, and staff— from helping with setup and breakdown, manning the grills and food tables, stafﬁng the various activities, and donating items to the rafﬂe. This year an impressive number of Upper School students also volunteered their Saturday to help make this event a memorable one for the school’s younger population. A big kudos and thanks goes out to the Circus Committee, chaired by parent Kristine Higgins P’26, ’26.
A giant sandcastle was an impressive feature at this year’s BB&N Circus.
Community News Fifth Graders Take Ecology to the Field with Project Oceanology After spending much of their year in the science classroom learning about ecology, BB&N ﬁfth graders in April put their new-found knowledge to the test when they visited Project Oceanology in Groton, Connecticut. The overnight ﬁeld trip serves as an environmental awareness and team-building experience, and uses a variety of oceanographic equipment and vessels to complete a marine science and environmental education program. The trip served as a capstone for a number of inquiries that the students had been pursuing in their ﬁfth grade ecology curriculum. Concepts such as food webs, the interconnected balance of organisms in the ocean, and human impact on ecosystems were just a few of the topics that the trip examined. Science teacher Amanda Warren describes how students’ class work intersected with their exploration at Project O. “The trip segued into our study of human impacts on ecosystems in which we studied invasive species and how they alter and disrupt food webs. We studied the Asian Shore Crab in particular, and then surveyed the intertidal zone for these crabs at Project O. Connecting the theories that we had spent all winter discussing in the classroom with the real-world implications of these concepts was a unique and powerful learning experience.” In addition to the science and learning that occurred on the trip, students also enjoyed the getaway as a chance to have fun while partaking in some unique opportunities.
Charles Ward ’22 displays a crab caught on the research vessel in Long Island Sound.
“One of the highlights of Project O was going out onto Long Island Sound on a research vessel,” Warren says. “Students were tasked with collecting a range of physical, chemical, and biological data using sophisticated instruments. Participating in this type of research experience is rare for 5th graders—most science students don’t get these opportunities until college!”
Fifth Grade Tackles Global Education with World Fair Of course you know that David “Big Papi” Ortiz hails from the Dominican Republic. But did you know that there is a 178-mile-long salt mine in Poland? Or that Pakistan boasts the world’s highest polo ground, a famous grass pitch nestled among the mountains at 12,220 feet above sea level? These are just a glimmer of the many nuggets ﬁfth graders unearthed in their study of various countries for the class’ world fair. Featuring interactive games, displays, treats, and even a crepe stand, the Lower School gymnasium assumed a carnival-like atmosphere for the event, which younger classes were invited to visit for a delightful and informative morning. Since 1989, ﬁfth graders have been creating intricate and informative displays about their country’s states at the School’s annual state fair. This year the focus was broadened to a global scale as students chose countries to study instead of states. The results? A more globally informed student body, and of course…fun in spades! Khadija Raza ’22 proudly displays her interactive kiosk about Pakistan. 5
Ninth Grader qualiﬁes for USA Junior Math Olympiad Congratulations to Victor Chu ’18 who qualiﬁed this spring for the USA Junior Math Olympiad. Chu followed a rigorous and impressive route just to qualify: ﬁrst by ﬁnishing in the top 2.5 percent on the AMC 10 (a national contest with roughly 33,000 students participating), which then qualiﬁed him for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination, a three-hour test consisting of 15 questions. Chu correctly answered eight problems in this contest (the average was 5.29). As a result of his combined scores on these two national contests, Chu was one of 230 students in the United States to qualify for the USAJMO, a nine-hour contest consisting of six proof-based questions given over a two-day period.
Eight BB&N Students Excel as National Merit Scholars The National Merit Scholarships are awarded annually to students demonstrating signiﬁcant academic promise. More than 1.4 million juniors took the 2013 PSAT, and of those, approximately 16,000 were named semiﬁnalists. To compete for the National Merit Scholarships, semiﬁnalists had to advance to a ﬁnalist round through an application process. This year, ﬁve students were ﬁnalists in the 2015 competition. These students were Van Chung ’15, Arron Juang ’15, Chris Kellogg-Peeler ’15, Will Levinson ’15, and Sophie Sadovnikoff ’15. One ﬁnalist earned a National Merit Scholarship to the University of Chicago, where he will be attending school in the fall. Congratulations to Edwin Gavis ’15. Lastly, two students won a National Merit Scholarship to be used at the college of their choice. These students were selected because they were deemed to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Congratulations to Tom Chu ’15 and Jeremy Lewin ’15.
Jeremy Lewin ’15 (left) and Tom Chu ’15 accept their National Merit Scholarships from Upper School Assistant Director Katrina Fuller.
Community News Fourth Grader Places Second in Cambridge Poetry Contest Congratulations to Kaia Patterson ’23 for placing second in the Cambridge Public Library/Cambridge Tree Project Seventeenth Annual Poetry Awards. Kaia’s touching poem, Goodbye Grandpa, was chosen as a winner from more than 1,100 entries. Goodbye Grandpa I sit on the porch in NYC sipping my cool lemonade watching the sun go down in the pink sky. Tali Sorets ’16 with the poster she presented at the Academy of Neurology annual meeting.
BB&N Junior Presents at American Academy of Neurology Gathering The annual meeting of the Academy of Neurology—held every year in Washington, D.C.—marks a convening of great minds and intellectual curiosity of the highest order. So, it was indeed an honor and achievement for BB&N junior Tali Sorets when she appeared last month before the gathered doctors to present a poster about her experiences working with epileptic children in Bhutan last summer. “I was probably the youngest person there and the next oldest were medical students, which was pretty intimidating,” notes Sorets. “I think that since I was young (and look young), it sparked interest in my poster…so a lot of people were coming over to talk to me. But once the nerves went away, it was exciting to talk to other people about what excites me so much.” Sorets has always been interested in medicine, “especially global health,” so when the chance arose to intern with Dr. Farrah Mateen, a global health neurologist, Sorets jumped at the opportunity. She had no idea that her internship would take her to the small country of Bhutan in South Asia. “Bhutan is a remote, land-locked, low-income country with a very high rate of people with epilepsy despite the anti-epileptic drugs available there free of charge,” says Sorets. “During the study, we performed EEG’s (electroencephalography), conducted interviews, and administered quality of life surveys to children.” In her poster presentation, Sores discussed her work, the results, and how unintentional injuries as a predictor of epilepsy can be very helpful in determining on whom to focus the use of limited equipment in assessing and diagnosing epilepsy.
And then. I see him. My Grandpa. Sitting in his wheelchair enjoying the fresh air. I run down to him and hug him, since I haven’t seen him in such a long time. I love the way he smells, like fresh nectar and sweet croissants. His blue shirt shows up against his pale skin as I let go. The evening is my favorite time of day. Not too sunny not too dark. Perfect. My grandma comes out to see us with my mom, dad, and auntie. We all laugh as we talk and sing to the jolly evening. My biggest fear is standing right in front of me which is, I think of my Grandpa dying. The pain in my chest is going deeper or maybe it’s from being scared. I go inside as it starts getting dark. Goodbye light, Goodbye Grandpa.
1. Admission Building: The Admission Building is between Kelsey House and Bridgman House. The people in the Admission Building work on keeping track of all the new students to BB&N. The Admission staff tour people who are interested in coming to BB&N. They work with Beginner through 6th grade families.
2. New Wing Building: The New Wing has Grade 2, Grade 3, and Grade 2 4. It is connected to the Gym. The New Wing has bricks on it, and it is next to the playground. The two Second Grade classrooms are on the bottom floor. One of the Fourth Grades is also on the bottom floor. The two Third Grade classrooms are on the second floor, and the other Fourth Grade is on the second floor also. The New Wing is not handicapped accessible.
3. Markham Building: The Markham building has Art class, Shop class, and Spanish. Shop means woodworking. You would start doing Art in the Markham Building when you are in Kindergarten. You would start Shop in First Grade. You will start Spanish in Beginners. Both of the Math Specialists also have classroom spaces in the Markham Building. Sometimes, small groups will have math class there.
4. Brick Building:
Brick Building holds 5th and 6th grades. The 5th grade has two classrooms and the 6th grade has three classrooms. The gym connects the Brick Building and New Wing. You can find the director's office in that hallway too. Upstairs is where the library is. There are computers in the library. The community room is next to the library. There is also a kitchen for teachers. On the other side of the 2nd floor you can find a tech room where 4th-6th graders have Technology.
5. Lehner Center: The Lehner Center is named after Peter Lehner. On the first floor you will find the tech room for grades 1st-3rd. The music room for grades 3rd-6th is also on the first floor. There are three science rooms on the 2nd floor. The Pokross Room is on the 3rd floor. The Pokross Room is a multipurpose space and some after school programs are held there.
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When prospective Lower School parents and students come to visit BB&N next year, they will no doubt love what they see, but thanks to the intrepid work of this year’s second grade class, they will likely also have a much better sense of what they are seeing, and most importantly, how to get around.
8 Collaborating with their homeroom teachers, the admission ofﬁce, and Lower School technology teacher Jen Lavenberg, second graders embarked this year on a cross-disciplinary challenge to create a beautiful series of campus maps.
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The project evolved from an annual assignment in which second graders “map” their own classrooms. In a weekly brainstorming session, second grade homeroom teacher Susan Kinsky was thinking of ways to incorporate technology into the mapping project when Lower School assistant director Anthony Reppucci wondered aloud about the idea of partnering with the admission ofﬁce. Director of admission Geordie Mitchell loved the idea from the start as a way to engage students in a compelling project that could have bona ﬁde beneﬁts to the School. Once the seeds were planted, the idea took off in various planning sessions with students, teachers, and administrators. Students, in particular, embraced the idea and felt empowered by the chance to use the skills they were learning to contribute. They were given the chance to grapple with the questions of how the ﬁnished map should look, what should be included and why, and how to best achieve the ﬁnal product. A drone pilot even came to visit the Lower School and help the students by taking aerial photos of the campus with an iPhone attached to a high-tech drone. “This project marked a real shift in the way we approach curriculum in terms of planning and execution,” says Reppucci. “Putting kids at the center of the work allowed them to become researchers and authors of their own learning… kids are more invested when they are involved in the process from genesis to ﬁnish. They actually help shape the scope and direction of the project.” Using the Google SketchUp software, working off of the drone photos, researching the various buildings and landmarks on the campus, and honing their compass and mapping skills, students created four different campus maps in hopes of eventually making them available to visitors in the future. “Students loved the huge scope of the process,” says Lavenberg. “The drone visit was exciting, but so was learning to build 3D models on the computer and brainstorming the best way to get what was in their heads into an accurate and scaled map.” Featured at left is an in-process iteration of one of the second graders’ maps.
Adriana Hrabowych ’19, Tauryn Jennings-DuBose ’19, Laila Shadid ’19, Anna Soloshenko ’19, Lauren Yun ’19, and Livia Wood ’19 belt it out.
Middle School Embarks on Musical Romp with The Addams Family Middle School students donned their ghoulish best in bringing The Addams Family to life in their annual spring musical. Featuring rousing musical numbers and touching songs about love and growing up, the show turns on young Wednesday Addams’ desire to marry her boyfriend Lucas. Troubles arise in the glaring juxtaposition of Lucas’ incredibly “normal” family and Wednesday’s incredibly “abnormal” family. Under an edict from Wednesday to her family to be on their best behavior for a dinner visit from Lucas’ family, things spin hilariously out of control, sending the young couple and their parents into turmoil. Through wonderful acting, students showcased that even in extremely odd circumstances, love can prevail—and be incredibly entertaining in the process.
Sixth Graders Bring the Music with Shrek Jr. The Musical BB&N sixth graders took to the stage this spring for a performance of Shrek Jr. The Musical. Featuring colorful costumes and dramatic set design, students sang and acted their way through the play based on the popular story about a misunderstood ogre with a heart of gold. “Many of the students had never been in a full-ﬂedged musical with lighting, microphones, makeup, and big costumes,” says director and theater teacher Jenny Lifson. “I’m so proud of each and every student.” In addition to the pageantry, music, and fun that surrounded the production, the deeper messages within the play were not lost on students; “Shrek teaches individuality,” and “It encourages us to be our own unique selves no matter what,” were just a few of the answers given by sixth graders when queried about the play. Whether imparting moral lessons through the lens of an ogre, cracking wise as a delightfully acerbic donkey, or singing in chorus as a village of knights and peasants, the show provided everyone involved and watching with an unforgettable experience. BB&N sixth graders perform a musical number.
Community News Upper School Spring Play: Harvey Upper School actors shined in a spring performance of the classic play Harvey, by playwright Mary Chase. The show tells the tale of Elwood Dowd, a friendly man with a (presumably) imaginary friend—a six-foot-three anthropomorphic rabbit named Harvey. To stave off the embarrassment that accompanies Elwood and his invisible friend, Elwood’s family attempts to commit him to a sanitarium, but hijinks result when his sister is mistakenly admitted instead of him. At turns both funny and touching, the play teaches the lesson that different or odd isn’t always bad. In fact, learning to live with a giant, invisible rabbit isn’t the worst compromise if it means keeping Elwood his kind and affable self. Tatum Nadherny ’17 and Charlie Heveran ’17 act out a scene in Harvey.
Upper School Spring Concert The Upper School Spring Concert showcased the numerous musical groups at the Upper School. The annual performance ushered in the spring season and included performances by the orchestra, chorale, Voices of the Knight, and Knightingales. Under the direction of Brian Reasoner, the orchestra performed pieces by Gabriel Fauré, Beethoven, and Mozart. Led by director Joseph Horning, the chorale performed a selection of songs including Great Day, How Can I Keep From Singing, and Mi’kmaq Honour Song. The Voices of the Knight, Knightingales, and The Senior Ensemble followed with close harmony arrangements from the stage. The Upper School orchestra impressed at the Spring Concert.
Middle School Renovation Project Underway! The old mansion at Sparks Street began its makeover this June as excavators began their work at the Middle School campus, a site many alumnae will fondly remember as the Buckingham School. While crews are busy at work creating a state-of-the-art facility for students, the BB&N Business and External Affairs ofﬁces on Belmont Street are undergoing their own transformation back into a temporary Middle School—not too big of a stretch since the building was originally built as a school before the BB&N ofﬁces moved in.
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[1 [Zeke Berg ’16 drives the ball deep. [2 [Chris Bornhorst ’16 and Andrew DiPetrillo ’15 iron out their putting on the practice green. [3 [Sara Lopez-Wheeler ’16 completes the play at second base. [4 [Carter Liou ’17 drills a forehand from the baseline. [5 [Christina Stellwagen ’15 connects on a backhand. [6 [Tali Sorets ’16, Erica Yuen ’17, Sammy Wong ’17, Marin Lang ’16, and coxswain Katie Massie ’16 row the 4th boat to another victory. [7 [Maia Noyes ’17 streaks past a defender [8 [BB&N sailors mid-regatta. [9 [Mark Addonizio ’16 winds up for a shot. [10 [Coxswain Molly Murphy ’15, Pavel Fransten ’16, Edwin Gavis ’15, Alex Evenchik ’17, and Deven Catalano ’15 give it their all in the 2nd boat.
Community News Sports Wrap-Up
Girls Lacrosse (Record: 9-7-1) •
Baseball (Record: 21-2) •
BB&N baseball maintained its tradition of excellence by completing a 19th consecutive winning season behind the leadership and play of co-captains Cole O’Connor ’15 and Isaiah Berg ’15, and seniors Dan Metzdorf, Aran Hamilton-Grenham, Will Harris, Dan Pino, and Tom Chu. In a ﬁtting send-off to head coach and Athletic Director Rick Foresteire ’86, this squad captured the ISL title, the program’s sixth title since Foresteire became head coach in 1996. (See page 22 for a tribute to Foresteire.) Cole O’Connor ’15 was named league co-MVP and Dan Metzdorf ’15 was named pitcher of the year.
Cup Winners: Isaiah Berg ’15, Aran Hamilton-Grenham ’15, Dan Metzdorf ’15, Cole O’Connor ’15 All League: Isaiah Berg ’15, Dan Metzdorf ’15, Cole O’Connor ’15, Matt Trehub ’16 Honorable Mention: Zeke Berg ’16, Chris Butler ’16, Graeme Davis ’17, Owen Gideon-Murphy ’17, Zach Horwitz ’16
Cup Winner: Emily Kohlberg ’15 All League: Maia Noyes ’17 Honorable Mention: Kristina Cartwright ’16, Julianna Kennedy ’17
Girls Tennis (Record: 8-7) •
This team completed the most successful season in School history capturing both the ISL title and Kingman Tournament championship, a ﬁrst for BB&N. This team could easily have gone undefeated with their only two losses coming down to the wire.
Cup Winners: Chloe DiPetrillo ’15, Sophie DiPetrillo ’15, Mike Stellati ’15 All League: Chris Bornhorst ’16, Sophie DiPetrillo ’15, Alex Yun ’18
Boys Tennis (Record: 16-4) •
This team’s stellar season was guided by the strong play of senior captain Oliver Kendall, fellow co-captain Carter Liou ’17, and Nathan Logan ’15. Season highlights included an eight-match win streak, solid wins over Brooks, Groton, and Milton Academy, and a decisive 4-1 victory over Belmont Hill to advance to the semiﬁnals of the New England Class B Tournament.
Cup Winner: Oliver Kendall ’15 All League: Oliver Kendall ’15, Gary Rasin ’17
Boys Lacrosse (Record: 0-13) •
A third-place ﬁnish in the Big East Invitational featured a standout performance by Shannon Grifﬁn ’17, who belted two home runs and was named to the All-Tournament team. One season highlight included a last inning 9-7 comeback victory against an impressive Worcester Academy squad.
Cup Winners: Jackie Difﬂey ’15, Sara Lopez-Wheeler ’16 All League: Shannon Grifﬁn ’17, Sara Lopez-Wheeler ’16 Honorable Mention: Jackie Difﬂey ’15, Meaghan O’Brien ’17
Despite a youthful roster and a spate of injuries and illnesses, this team continued to work hard and show steady improvement from week to week. Highlights from the year included a four-goal attackman explosion by Jack Studley ’18, and an exciting 9-8 overtime loss against powerhouse Kimball Union Academy.
Cup Winner: Dan Lehman ’15 Honorable Mention: Shay Hayden ’15, Scott Hom ’15, Dan Lehman ’15
Sailing (Record: 3-6) • •
The sailing team was competitive all year and pulled out some impressive victories over Boston Latin, Hingham, and Wellesley. Season highlights included competing in the O’Day Trophy qualiﬁer for the New England ﬂeet race Championship, and racing in the Mass Bay League team race regatta.
Cup Winners: Audrey Bransﬁeld ’15, Jonathan Brudnick ’15
Girls Crew •
Softball (Record: 13-9) •
Featuring some promising young players and solid performances from upperclassmen, this team fought hard in every match as they played to a winning record. Season highlights included a great match against St. George’s at home and earning a bid to the New England tournament.
Cup Winner: Bridget DeFranco ’15, Grace Lavoie ’15 Honorable Mention: Alexandra Camargo-Cortes ’16
Golf (Record: 12-2-1) •
This hugely improved squad proved themselves as one of the most competitive teams in the league, posting a winning record and losing four one-goal games. Season highlights included being awarded the League Sportsmanship Award, and exciting ISL victories against Brooks (in overtime), Groton, and St. George’s.
With more than half of their team made up of underclassmen, this squad looks to build on a very successful 2015 campaign next year. Season highlights included the fourth and third boats completing undefeated regular seasons and both medaling with 3rd place ﬁnishes at the New Englands.
Cup Winners: Jenny Flaumenhaft ’15, Annabel Smith ’15
Boys Crew •
Despite a tough season, this team kept competing and demonstrated an unrelenting desire to get better no matter the odds. Behind stalwart leadership by co-captains James Lindberg ’15 and Zach Boughner ’15, this squad was recognized as one of the most supportive and close-knit teams at BB&N.
Cup Winners: Zach Boughner ’15, James Lindberg ’15 13
Sixth Graders Celebrate Milestone at Closing Ceremony Faculty and families gathered in the Lower School gym during the last week of school to celebrate the sixth grade closing as the students said goodbye to the Buckingham Street campus. Head of School Rebecca T. Upham urged the students and their parents to pause to celebrate the special moments in life since they go by so quickly, noting that before they know it these students will be celebrating graduation from the Upper School. She wished the students a summer “ﬁlled with good books, ice cream, family, and friends.” Lower School Director Shera Selzer then shared her favorite quote from the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio with the audience. “I have watched you all year long and marveled at the ways you have grown in kindness and in friendship, and in courage and in character,” Selzer said. “I encourage each and every one of you to continue your journey to ﬁnd the center of your true selves, the very heart of the very best you can be and let it grow until it shines so bright.” Once the certiﬁcates had been handed out and the ceremony had concluded, the students ﬁled out of the gym and through the traditional faculty receiving line, where they were able to say their ﬁnal goodbyes to their teachers. A lively reception for the students and their families was held afterwards in the courtyard.
PICTURED [1 [Dehlia Fallon ’19, Alexi Melki ’19, AJ Fabbri ’19, and Nikhil Datta ’19 [2 [Sam Rabieh ’19, Ava Long ’19, Christina Xiao ’19, Sophie-Marie Chadha ’19 and Lower School orchestra teacher Meghan Carye perform at the sixth grade closing ceremony. [3 [Lower School Director Shera Selzer salutes the sixth grade class. [4 [Grade six teacher Stevie Olson congratulates Yau-Meng Wong ’19. [5 [Chloe Atkinson ’19, Katie Gould ’19, and Siena Lerner-Gill ’19 [6 [Jason Bloom ’19, Charlie Bijesse ’19, and AJ Fabbri ’19
Community News Class of 2019 Bids Farewell to Middle School Processing into the Nicholas Athletic Center behind Middle School Assistant Director (and bagpiper extraordinaire) Tony Breen, the 86 members of BB&N’s Class of 2019 celebrated their last day as eighth graders on June 3. The closing ceremony intermingled spates of humor and poignancy through speeches, performances, and the handing out of certiﬁcates to the matriculating students. Keynote speaker English teacher Ethan Rossiter ’93 lightened up the morning in his address to the students, noting the irony of how much he learned from his students as their “teacher.” His examples of this phenomenon brought laughter, but the ﬁnal takeaway was earnest: “Thank you for allowing me to keep growing and learning as a teacher,” Rossiter said. “That’s the message I want to impart to you; keep growing, keep learning.”
Head of School Rebecca T. Upham pointed out how BB&N’s motto, “Honor Scholarship Kindness” has “ﬁgured prominently” in the journey of the Class of 2019. “There are many dimensions to what you have learned at this remarkable place,” Upham noted. “Your honor is deeper, your scholarship more skilled, and your kindness more practiced.” The students also helped mark the day with two compelling speeches by Stefania Sun-Mi Chung ’19 and Aurash Vatan ’19, and a vocal performance by Cordiana Cozier ’19. Cozier’s lone voice over a gentle piano caught the poignant tenor of the morning with her version of Carrie Underwood’s I Will See You Again. Middle School Director Mary Dolbear closed the proceedings with a meaningful send-off, telling the students, “It’s often not until much, much later that many of us recognize the seeds that have been planted here. That’s the magic of this place.”
[1 [Middle School Assistant Director Tony Breen pipes the students into the closing ceremony, led by banner recipients Tauryn Jennings-DuBose ’19, Armeen Golshan ’19, Talia Belz ’19, and Nolan FitzPatrick ’19. [2 [Cordiana Cozier ’19 performs I Will See You Again at the closing. [3 [Middle School Director Mary Dolbear congratulates William Li ’19. [4 [English teacher Ethan Rossiter ’93 addresses the eighth grade class. [5 [Thomas Sulikowski ’19, Charles Hanson ’19, and Deven Kanwal ’19 [6 [Nilu Cooper ’19, Chloe White ’19, Maya Basak ’19, and Lindsay Sheft ’19 15
D E PA R T I N G FAC U LT Y by J o e H o r n i n g , U p p e r S c h o o l c h o ra l m u s i c t e a c h e r
Guten Abend meine Damen und Herren. Es freut mich sehr sie begrüssen zu können. Ce soir nous célébrons nombreuses années d’enseignement dédié de la langue française.
Questo talento è unico, e spinto da un profondo amore per le lingue e una genuina curiosità.
Brigitte Tournier retired this spring after 25 years of teaching French at the Upper School. Her linguistic versatility spanned an array of languages—including German, Russian, Chinese, and Italian. As a tribute to her genuine curiosity and linguistic talent, I made a humble stab at trying to speak the ﬁve phrases above at the Faculty Farewell Dinner, but only Brigitte could recite each with a perfect accent. Brigitte grew up as “Birgut,” and her “Mutter Sprach,” or mother language, was German. She began studying French in the 7th grade at the American Academy in Athens, Greece, where her father worked for the U.S. Embassy. She continued her study of French in high school and subsequently spent twenty years living in Paris. In fact, when Brigitte’s colleague Cecile Roucher-Greenberg ﬁrst met her over lunch, Cecile noticed “her very French Parisian accent! Her whole demeanor and wardrobe looked very ‘chic’ to me. Twenty-ﬁve years later, she still looks quite sharp.” Brigitte acquired her Italian by osmosis—something related to Italian wine, I think; and the Chinese and Russian have come via diligent study, enrolled as a student in BB&N classes with her colleagues Chinese teacher Yinong Yang and Russian teacher Josh Walker. Imagine Intro to Russian with a class of 14 and 15 year old ninth graders, mostly boys!...and Brigitte there in the corner…looking over the young American lads’ shoulders like a KGB agent. Brigitte’s keen ear, determination, and genuine curiosity for the written and spoken word are some of her most admirable characteristics. Brigitte has been engaged in the life of BB&N in many ways. In addition to teaching French, she taught a mini-course in German during Senior Project, she’s chaperoned trips to China and a Chorale Tour to Italy. Brigitte has also been a Ninth Grade advisor and a Bivouac guide for 19 years. She took great pride in her advising, and has always made a special connection with her creative, artistic, or musical advisees. She split duties with Cecile in the Squad 9 site at Bivouac, consistently sporting her Bivouac knife at her side and those bright red rain boots. She lectured on ﬂashlight decorum with such verve and panache that every year students could be heard throughout the woods shouting, “who goes there?!” and politely shining their lights at the feet of the person they were greeting, rather than into their eyes. Decorum, elegance, and good manners were hallmarks of Brigitte’s tenure here at BB&N, and she imparted those values to her students. Brigitte loves the arts and culture. A talented artist, she has produced charming shows of her own landscape and still life photographs and paintings at the French Cultural Institute. She’s also designed costumes for theater productions in her hometown of Winchester. Her diverse tastes in art and culture have inspired creative teaching. She regularly assigned 16
B r ig i t t e To u r n ier Upper School French: 1990-2015
French pop songs to her classes to sing and on several occasions she helped her students stage and photograph a recreation of the Auguste Renoir painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party,” which appeared in the BB&N Bulletin. Her love for the arts at BB&N earned her the “Golden Cushion,” awarded by the Arts Department to that colleague who is the most passionate supporter of student events. Brigitte also loves the Patriots, especially Tom Brady! Every year, as the Pats make a run at the Super Bowl, a life-size cardboard cutout of Tom Terriﬁc visits our ofﬁce for good luck. The core of Madame Tournier’s work at BB&N has been in the French classroom. One of her favorite classes was French 3 Honors. “I was fortunate to have kids who had mastered the language by sophomore year,” she explains. “Can you imagine how much fun it was to work with these students?” BB&N senior Emma Herrick called French 3 with Madame “probably the hardest class I took at BB&N, but I can now recite every vocab word from Les Jeux Sont Faits. I’m so happy I also took French 4 with Madame because we became really close. She knew my strengths and weaknesses and I got to know her, too—when she’d give a pop quiz, when to joke around, when to get serious, the list goes on. It’s really cool when you meet a teacher that you can connect with on a closer level and I’m really lucky to be able to say that happened with Madame Tournier.” “Brigitte’s legacy here at BB&N is her exceptional French 5 Theater class,” according to her colleague Cecile. “Communicating her passion for theater and drama, she has been able to urge and support her students to the highest level of reading, writing, and performance. She guided them to outstanding work and made them very proud of their career in French at BB&N.” In my years of working with Brigitte, I’ve admired her passion for teaching and her gift for working with young people. She has high expectations, standards that her students have truly appreciated. Not surprisingly, her family is also very important to her and she is extremely proud of her two children Edward ’01 and Emilie ’97, both graduates of BB&N. She recently told me that when she heard the seniors sing “Jerusalem” at the Spring Concert, she began to shed a tear; perhaps because those few musical phrases signify the pivot point in this signiﬁcant transition—a retirement from teaching after 25 years here at BB&N, and a move to “England’s green and pleasant land” to be with her daughter Emilie, her son-in-law Jamie, and her two grandsons. We wish you the very best, Brigitte. Bon Voyage, und Auf Wiedersehen! 17
D E PA R T I N G FAC U LT Y by Josh Walker, Upper School Russian teacher
On a spectacular spring day at the BB&N turf ﬁeld, a group of students lined up to play members of the faculty for the 2015 Senior Spring Project Ultimate Frisbee Game. Just as the participants were ﬁnishing their warm-ups, one ﬁnal faculty member emerged from behind Renaissance Hall to take the ﬁeld: Bob Edbrooke, replete in his BB&N track suit and BB&N cap. Jeremiah Blacklow ’15 ended up lining up across from Edbrooke. “It was deﬁnitely really great for us that he played,” Jeremiah recalls of the match. “I actually spent quite a bit of time guarding him, and it was really encouraging to see him acting rather youthful for his age.”
Students and faculty who have gotten to know Edbrooke well over the past 25 years would not have been surprised by his athleticism or that he spent one of his ﬁnal Friday afternoons at BB&N engaged with the students. During his tenure at the Upper School, teaching Latin and History, Edbrooke involved himself in every aspect of student life. He found the time and energy for BB&N academics, athletics (coaching JV Girls Basketball and JV Girls Tennis), the arts, and also school trips to Turkey, Italy, and Greece. English teacher Althea Cranston worked closely with Bob for the duration of the School’s Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program, for which teachers took on a long list of additional responsibilities. Cranston was impressed with his level of dedication to this program, the depth of his knowledge, and his teaching experience: “Bob was an encyclopedia for the ancient world, was impeccably organized, and insightful about the Ninth Graders’ efforts and achievements when the teachers had to agree on grades for the portfolio and other interdisciplinary assignments.” Photography teacher Parrish Dobson concurs with Cranston’s assessment. “His deep knowledge of ancient history helped us all think creatively about using the art collections at the MFA as a springboard for research,” Dobson says. “In the very best sense of the term, Bob put the school ﬁrst in everything he did,” says former faculty member Peter Tower. “Whether he was busy with the operations of teaching, designing new ways to improve his courses, or envisioning overseas travel to enhance his students’ understanding, Bob was 100 percent a devoted teacher.” Math teacher Meena Kaur notes that Edbrooke was a ﬁxture at School events: “I’ve run into him at probably every BB&N game I’ve ever been to. And musical performance. And theatrical show.” Edbrooke, indeed, seemed to make time for every musical performance at the School. “Bob was always front and center at concerts held on campus,” orchestra director Brian Reasoner says. “In March 2003, we held the ﬁrst-ever Arts Bash, and 18
B o b Ed b ro o ke Upper School Latin and History: 1990-2015
Bob won the ‘Golden Cushion Award’ that ﬁrst year for his attendance record at school concerts.” Drama teacher Mark Lindberg agrees with Reasoner’s assessment. “I think he came to every play,” Lindberg says. Choral director Joe Horning noticed that Edbrooke had a certain place he preferred to sit during performances: left side, ﬁve rows back by the window. Edbrooke explained that this fondness for music emerged in his youth. “I had been a choir boy until age 14 for my church, and I played the clarinet in high school and my ﬁrst year in college,” he says. “I have always enjoyed music, and I enjoyed BB&N students having similar experiences.” Edbrooke’s many hours spent at the School did not go unnoticed. Former faculty member Armen Dedekian quipped that, were teachers paid by the hour, “BB&N would have gone bankrupt a long time ago” because “during his 25-year tenure, 360 out of 365 days per year Bob was the ﬁrst to arrive in the mornings and the last to leave in the evenings.” Edbrooke affected many student lives over the past quarter century. Natalie Kostich ’96 recalled Edbrooke’s encouragement during her days playing tennis at BB&N: “He was so supportive of his students/members of his sports teams, no matter how long it had been since they had graduated. I remember competing in Memorial Day and Labor Day tennis tournaments in a league outside of BB&N, and he was always there, by the fence, no matter how hot the day, or how long the match, as part of my ‘cheering section.’ He was always there.” Edbrooke’s departure from the Upper School will leave a vacuum in many aspects of the school community—though perhaps one that will not be felt for another year. Edbrooke’s plan is to remain in Cambridge until 2016 so that he can stay connected to School life and help his rising seniors work on their college essays. And once the year is over? Edbrooke’s plan is to move to a sunnier and warmer climate—no doubt someplace that boasts a lively music, theater, and sports scene. And perhaps even the occasional game of Ultimate Frisbee. 19
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Rick Foresteire, Class of 1986, leaves gargantuan footprints at his alma mater. Rick, who will relocate to Thayer Academy, an hour closer to his Plymouth home, touched thousands of lives at BB&N during his 24 years as a coach and 12 years as athletic director. Heading up athletics at a school like BB&N is a massive enterprise. Overseeing details large and small for 81 different teams, managing the well-being and development of 600+ student-athletes each year, and directing physical education and health/wellness efforts across all three campuses, among other responsibilities, is not a job for the faint-hearted. And this is for certain—faint-hearted is never a word that will be used to describe Rick.
Because his own life had been shaped so powerfully by the coaches and teachers he experienced as a BB&N student in the mid-’80s, Rick always remembered that impact once he returned here after graduating from Brandeis. Ask him about any one among the thousands of kids who have played a sport at BB&N during his tenure, and Rick will be able to tell you where he or she went to college, and what they’re up to these days. He cares about students, and he knew better than anybody the huge difference that BB&N could make in their lives. As a baseball coach, Rick’s teams won ISL championships six times, including one in his ﬁnal campaign this spring. During his time as athletic director since 2003, Knights teams have secured a total of 25 league titles. But while Rick takes great pride in the strides the athletic program has taken under his watch, his prouder legacy by far is the role he has played in helping a lot of terriﬁc kids improve not only in sports, but also in character, learning, and life. 20
Kathy Newell, Assistant Director of Athletics, Varsity Softball Coach
Rick was always completely devoted to athletics at BB&N. He believed in his coaching staff and did his best to support each program. His open-door policy allowed each coach, athlete, colleague, and parent to share their praise, concerns, and never-ending opinions; he listened, responded, and accommodated. I have always believed that being an athletic director is a very intense job. Rick genuinely always seemed to enjoy his role, and that should be a big part of his legacy. He made a 24/7 job work because of who he is and his dedication to BB&N. I truly think he is sad to be leaving BB&N, and we are sad to see him go. Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School
Rick brought to the role of athletic director enormous dedication to his alma mater. He has cared deeply about our students and the entirety of their experience. For students, alums, and colleagues he has been a fabulous role model.
Among the many aspects of the legacy Rick leaves, none is more far reaching than the building of community and School pride. Homecoming has become an event that students of all ages turn out for. And they turn out with great Knight spirit. Rick is one of BB&N’s best Knights. He is also one prince of a guy and we shall miss him. Woodie Haskins, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs
Rick has meant so much to this institution in so many ways. As a professional colleague, he has always been supportive of and fully engaged in our parent and alumni/ae initiatives throughout the years. He has brought the level of competitiveness of our athletic program to new levels of success; has expanded the scope of our athletic and physical education programming; and has enhanced the accessibility to these programs for all students. As an alumnus, he will always be a member of the BB&N
R i c k Fo re st e i re ’86 Athletic Director and Coach: 1994-2015
family and we look forward to welcoming him back “home” often! Adam Farkes ’06
From the time I ﬁrst met Rick (nearly 20 years ago), he has been one of the most inﬂuential people in my life outside my immediate family. The main qualities Rick has instilled in me are hard work and competitiveness. Over the course of my four years at the high school, Rick was my head football coach, head baseball coach, and academic advisor, constantly holding me to a high standard and always pushing me to improve and never settle with anything I did at BB&N. I remained very close with him during my collegiate career and even came back for close to two years to work at BB&N. I’ve had the opportunity to play for a number of great coaches, including two high-level collegiate football programs, but still to this day, it is the time I spent playing for Rick that has had the greatest impact on me, not only as an athlete but as a young man. I will always appreciate what he has taught me and consider Rick to be part of our family. Rory Morton ’81, Dean of Students/English
As a student, coach, and administrator, Rick had tremendous successes in his time at BB&N. As athletic director, he raised BB&N’s proﬁle in the world of high school sports, overseeing championships in numerous programs, while always keeping a student’s well-being at the core of his philosophy. Rick’s players both past and present are quick to recognize the positive ways he impacted their lives; he not only taught them how to win, but how to be winners. Because of Rick, many of these young graduates felt like they never left BB&N because he helped
them stay connected to the School. Rick wholeheartedly embraced what it meant to be a part of this community and he never relinquished that grip. He adamantly believed that there wasn’t a student out there who would not beneﬁt from coming to BB&N. Rick’s faith in this place runs deep and true, so I can only imagine how difﬁcult it must be for him to say good-bye. Sarah Bullard ’07
As a BB&N alum himself, Rick had the unique perspective and passion for the School and its athletics program that only an alum can. Current students and alums alike are fortunate to have been led by Rick during his tenure. He will be missed! Jesse Sarzana ’93, Middle School Math, Varsity Soccer Coach
Rick has been my coach, mentor, and friend for many years. I deeply appreciate everything he has done for me and the BB&N community. Rick wanted so badly for a student to NEVER turn down BB&N as a choice because of its sports programs, and the excellence of our athletic program reﬂects that passion and standard. He will be dearly missed. John Papas P’08, ’09, ’14, former Varsity Football Coach
Seldom does a person perfectly ﬁt a job, but that was the case for Rick and the athletic director job at BB&N. Rick had all the qualities to be a great AD at BB&N; he knew the school better than anyone, he knew the league (the ISL) better than anyone, he knows sports better than anyone, and he was a great leader. Those qualities are unique these days in the ISL. Add to the fact that he’s such a great guy,
it’s no wonder that he made BB&N athletics what it is today. Katie Gayman, Upper School Biology, College Counseling, former Varsity Soccer Coach
Rick hired me as a 26-year-old coach to an already storied girls’ varsity soccer program. Most athletic directors would want to oversee and micromanage such a young coach in her ﬁrst few seasons, particularly when they are taking over such a high-performing program. But as I learned, Rick puts great faith in his coaches and his hires, and he trusts them to lead their teams. For six years he allowed me to lead while always supporting me whenever I needed his expertise. His faith and leadership paid off with an ISL championship in 2010, and several deep playoff runs. This is one of many attributes that personify Rick as a top-notch athletic director and leader. Leigh Hogan, Upper School History, former Baseball Coach
I think the strengthening of the football program under Rick’s watch was a very good thing for the School. The number and quality of athletes increased across the board, in my view, and these kids were and are good kids and good students. Rick is a ﬁne coach himself of three sports and is very clear about what he wants. I think this allowed him to build a department that was strong in many ways. Kasey Kaufman P’12, ’16
I would simply say that what Rick has accomplished with the baseball program at BB&N is unprecedented. He inspires unwavering loyalty among his players and deep admiration from parents. To say he’ll be missed is an understatement. 21
D E PA R T I N G FAC U LT Y by Debbie Slade, former Lower School Music teacher and faculty emerita
It was because of former Lower School Director Dan Klatz that Ada found BB&N. One of the teachers at Aggasiz Preschool, where Dan’s children attended, knew that Ada was looking for a job and knew that Dan was looking for a music teacher. That was the summer of 1995. I remember interviewing her with Dan sitting on the benches in the Morse Building music room where she has been teaching the youngest BB&N students for the past 20 years. I was privileged to be her colleague for nineteen of those years.
For the ﬁrst two years, three of us were teaching music at the Lower School. Ada had Beginners, Kindergarteners, and First Graders, and left school every day at 1:00 pm. When 21-year veteran music teacher Howard Worona left in 1997, the music teaching duties were split between two of us, and Ada became full time. She gained Second Grade and co-taught Fifth Grade instrumental ensemble and two choruses with me, having more than the maximum number of weekly classes. Over subsequent years, more changes meant that her teaching duties included Beginners through Grade Two, co-teaching and accompanying in one chorus, and working on six annual musicals. Although she worked with all ages in the Lower School, Ada treasured her time with the little ones the most. Educating, performing, and caring describe how Ada lives her life and BB&N has greatly beneﬁted. As a music educator she wanted to help her students experience as many aspects of music as possible using instruments, singing, moving, playing, creating, and listening. Former Lower School colleague Kathryn Dermarderosian said she observed a professional who “very seamlessly incorporated all the concepts of music, using diverse repertoire and activities. I was amazed at how much she accomplished in one class with a large group of students. She kept a calm and joyful presence throughout, despite two very active young children.” Physical education teacher Libby Kenney remarked that she was “a dedicated professional” and was “gentle and soft-spoken with students and faculty.” Ada taught piano lessons to a few BB&N students after school, and I was fortunate to be present for many. Emma Toner ’14 and Darrith Phan ’15 each started when they were quite young, and appreciated how they were required to do the fundamentals while always feeling free to bring in songs they’d heard from movies or TV shows. Ada would often arrange the melody and harmony that was appropriate for their level and encouraged them to go further by using their ear to ﬁgure out things for themselves. Emma remembers playing “Linus and Lucy” from the Charlie Brown TV series. She notes, “I always enjoyed going to piano lessons with Ada—she was always very sweet and patient and made things fun.” She designed countless props and projects with masks, drums, and larger-than-life puppets that she made with her music classes, and many of these became part of school performances. She organized years of annual Morse Building sing-alongs, First Grade music sharing assemblies, and carried on the tradition of the First Grade Music and Movement assembly with the Physical Education department. She sought out ways to collaborate with parents, as well as faculty, and brought in parents to share talents, playing guitar and drums at a Morse Building assembly. When parents Nickie Phan, P’14, ’15 and Sumalee
Ada Pa rk Sn i der Lower School Music : 1995-2015
Passaretti P’14 had children in Ada’s classes, they volunteered to share dress, food, and dance of their native Cambodia and Thailand for Asian New Year, and Ada welcomed them with open arms. In 2005, Ada took up Nickie’s idea of adding the coconut dance to the Maypole celebration, suggested it for Third Grade (a grade she didn’t teach), and took it upon herself to ﬁnd forty dried coconut shells. Learning about ourselves and being accepting of others is at the center of Ada’s life. It has been at the heart of her teaching in the choices she made for the curriculum and the tenor of her classroom. In addition, each year she devoted work toward promoting diversity in the school community. She joined the diversity committee when she arrived at the Lower School, helping to organize meetings for faculty to explore the diversity in our own school community and in ourselves, as well as annual dinners for families. She was a member on the board’s Committee on Education and Diversity for three years and a member of the all-school parent and faculty LGBT committee. Ada not only guided students through countless numbers of performances over the years, she was involved in many herself. She explored, performed, and gave music workshops locally and nationally with a small group of committed music educators in the group Patschwork, and you’ll ﬁnd she’s become known for singing Broadway tunes on Sunday afternoons for “Great Music at Five” in Provincetown. A member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus since 1977, singing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at concerts in Boston, in the Berkshires, at the United Nations simulcast with choirs from ﬁve continents for the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, Japan, and on tour in Europe, she managed a demanding balance between rehearsals, performances, and her teaching. Ada does so much, gives little attention to herself, remains positive, and is modest about her accomplishments and professional activities. Spanish teacher Carolina Gomez-Kramer was so appreciative to have her as her mentor. Always willing to help, she shared her music room for Spanish classes and was available to answer any question or just to talk. This author and music colleague also very much valued her support and willingness to listen. After BB&N, Ada will continue to pursue what she is passionate about in life. Her educating, performing, and caring pursuits will be familiar and some will be new. She’ll discover ways to teach and inform, there will be more time for music, and she’ll always be ready to help others. Her partner, Stan, her children, and grandchildren will beneﬁt from her being more available, and she’s excited about all the opportunities ahead.
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Jacqu e l i ne K i e ff Lower School Psychologist: 1993-2015 by Beverly Malone, Teacher Training Institute Director and former Lower School Director
For the past 23 years, Dr. Jacqueline Kieff, as consulting school psychologist at the Lower School, has gently, calmly, and unostentatiously committed herself to supporting the children and the adults who surround the children, which include the parents, faculty, and administrators. She has always seen each child through the lens of the family that they are a part of. She once told me, “To help a child, you need to help the family understand the unique strengths and challenges of the child so that they can then eventually help that child. Children and families are complex and it takes time to develop trust and a relationship. It is not a process that should be rushed.” Care takes time. Jacqueline’s care has always taken the form of making sure services were coordinated, communication was clear, and above all else, delivered with compassion. She created “stafﬁng” meetings, which brought parents, teachers, and outside adults (testers, tutors, etc.) together to forge a community of support for the child. Faculty and administrators were always kept abreast of events in a child’s life so they could adapt and scaffold curriculum and support the social and emotional life of the child. The parents she worked with always knew she was building a “team” of adults. The parents I spoke with wanted to thank Jacqueline for her time, her concern, her attention, her help, her advice, her wise counsel, her encouragement, and her knowing understanding.
Children also beneﬁted directly from Jacqueline. She joined forces seven years ago with Kindergarten teacher Maria Barton to establish the Banana Splits program—a support group for children whose parents are separated or divorced. Maria says, “Jacqueline is patient, kind, open, and sincere. She always made sure that the children felt heard and cared for, safe, and comfortable.” Jacqueline has been graceful in everything she has accomplished at BB&N. So, I quote from Buckingham alumna Ellen Goodman ’59’s column about the “Graceful Exit”: “There is a trick to the Graceful Exit. It begins with the vision to recognize when a job…is over—and to let go. It means leaving what’s over without denying its validity or its past importance in our lives. It involves a sense of future, a belief that every exit line is an entry, that we are moving on rather than out. The trick to retiring well may be the trick of living well. It’s hard to recognize that life isn’t a holding action, but a process. It’s hard to learn that we don’t leave the best parts of ourselves behind, back in the dugout or the ofﬁce. We own what we learned back there. The experiences and the growth are grafted onto our lives. And when we exit, we can take ourselves along—quite gracefully.” Jacqueline has supported so many of us at the Lower School and her skill and knowledge will be truly missed. I think, however, a very young child in the Banana Splits group summed it up best. “Thank you for everything. I will miss you. Have fun in your free time.”
Ro s e m a ry Downe r Executive Assistant to the Head of School: 2004-2015 by Rebecca T. Upham, Head of School
“I never expected such a rich experience.” Rose Downer is leaning back on the couch in my ofﬁce, reﬂecting on her time at BB&N. For the past eleven years, Rose has found herself sitting, quite literally, at the hub of all of the School’s major projects. In her role as Executive Assistant, she’s been a troubleshooter, a gatekeeper, a problem solver and, with her ear always to the ground, an early warning system for things going astray. This has not been an easy job: there’s been a lot to juggle. Through it all, she’s managed to keep me, the head of school, on track. She’s done all this with an effortless grace that puts people at ease. When Rose arrived at BB&N, she thought she’d give the job a few years. What’s kept her here the last nine of her eleven-year stint? That rich experience she’s just referenced. She has enjoyed most her interactions with the community, and the variety of experiences that have come her way. She was inspired by the high caliber of education that happens here and she found it everywhere apparent: in the conversations at the lunch table with faculty, or simply walking the halls and overhearing our students. “This is an amazing place,” she says.
Her career started at Tufts then Harvard, where she worked for Frank Duehay at the Ed. School and later in the Dean’s Ofﬁce, with a leave of absence for a carpentry stint. Rose and I are in our third ofﬁce together at BB&N. In the time she’s been here, the physical space has changed dramatically. Renaissance Hall became a reality. So, too, an increase in enrollment, the creation of endowed chairs for faculty, and a doubling of the School’s ﬁnancial aid budget. Rose helped marshal the forces needed to make all those decisions and to see that highlevel Board decisions became a reality. Little seen to the bigger community is the support Rose has given to our trustees, board committees and retreats, and especially the Board’s leadership. Also not easily evident is all the support she has given me or the pats she’s given Leo, my Golden Retriever dog. “Leo,” she notes, “is good for comic relief.” Along with all the changes Rose has been a part of, she notes what has remained steadfast: “The School continues to attract great people. There is,“ she asserts, “a consistency to the quality of students and faculty,” and “an outlook and perspective that continues.”
That outlook, one of excellence but also one of warmth, was part of Rose’s experience since stepping onto the campus. When coming for her interview, Rose found herself driving around and around the Gerry’s Landing loop trying to ﬁgure out where to go. She eventually pulled in to Forbes House where a warm and friendly member of the staff (Nancy Bradford) was most helpful. That ﬁrst encounter left a very positive impression: in the warmth of that interaction, Rose found a kindred spirit. And it is the tone she has set in our ofﬁce all these years. In moving into retirement, Rose looks forward to spending time at the home she and her (architect) husband have in Westport. She also envisions some volunteer work, and thoughts about travel destinations, especially the National Parks and Alaska, have crept into her mind. But leading the list, not surprisingly, is time for family: older parents in Michigan and three grandchildren currently scattered around the globe. Wherever she goes and whatever she does, BB&N and I will be forever grateful for her masterful planning, her help, and her grace under pressure. 25
Departures Charles Danhof Upper School English Kim DiRosa Lower School Administrative Assistant Leila Evans Upper School Spanish Christian Gregory Upper School English Joe GrifďŹ n Former Director of Security Kelsey Gustafson Upper School Mathematics Tim Kendrick Upper School Mathematics Bridget Malachowski Communications Coordinator Laura McCammack Grade Four Cristina Murphy Lower School Spanish Matt McDonald Associate Director of Upper School Admission Sarah McDonald College Counseling OfďŹ ce Manager
Jill Netchinsky Lower School Spanish
Natalie Ralston Director of Alumni/ae Programs Noelia Santos Custodian Julia Tatsch Middle School Academic Support Specialist Kevin Steuer Sports Information Director/Coach Mo Zelaya Associate Director of College Counseling
Milestones 35 years of service Mark Fidler Upper School Math
30 years of service Parrish Dobson Upper School Photography Christine Wilson Accounts Payable
20 years of service Woodie Haskins Assistant Head of School for External Affairs 26
[1[Tim Kendrick, Upper School Mathematics [2[Sarah and Matt McDonald, College Counseling and Associate Director of Upper School Admission [3[Mo Zelaya, Associate Director of College Counseling [4[Natalie Ralston, Director of Alumni/ae Programs [5[Noelia Santos, Custodian [6[Leila Evans, Upper School Spanish
UPPER SCHOOL GRADUATION 2015 Donning smiles as bright as the sun that streamed through the windows of the Nicholas Athletic Center, BB&N’s Class of 2015 assumed their place as proud graduates on June 5th at the Upper School graduation. The morning abounded with inspirational and nostalgic sentiments from all who took the podium, especially the three featured speakers: Fuller Winton ’15, Geeta Aiyer (mother of Jaya Aiyer ’15), and Head of School Rebecca T. Upham.
Diarra English ’15 receives her diploma from Head of School Rebecca T. Upham.
In a comical and touching ode to his time at BB&N, Winton referenced many of his classmates, speciﬁcally their inimitable attributes and quirks. “Each and every student behind me does something unique or amazing every single day,” Winton said. “They refused to be deﬁned by the typical high school fodder…. Leaving these people will be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.” Aiyer, the parent speaker for the ceremony, drew from her experiences as an Indian-American immigrant to offer advice to the graduates. Distilling her speech into an “Immigrant’s Guide to the Future,” Aiyer outlined three main points. • “Embrace the hyphen…. It’s fun to color outside the lines sometimes.” • “There are no right answers…. Don’t worry too much about the perfect choice, the best-laid plans can change.”
From left: Alec Gustafson ’15, Daniel Strodel ’16, Sihak Lee ’16, Darrith Phan ’15, Tynan Friend ’15, and Eli Berlin ’16 jazz up.
• “Learn to connect and remain connected…. Learn all your life, meet people where they are with empathy and emotional intelligence.” Head of School Rebecca T. Upham celebrated the Class of 2015 in her remarks, noting the “The esprit de corps of this class has infused the entire Upper School with pride and spirit and good will.” In describing them, she catalogued the soon-to-be graduates as a “smart and talented, friendly and spirited, and distinctly, decidedly, inclusive group. This is a class that has made BB&N a better school. And in so doing, they have earned our respect and captured our hearts.” The ceremony closed with an outstanding student jazz performance of This I Dig of You, featuring horn, piano, drum, and bass solos that would have made Dave Brubeck stand up and howl. The seamless melding of the various instruments perfectly captured the chemistry and melody of the beloved Class of 2015.
Mike Stellati ’15 and Emma Herrick ’15 peruse the latest Vanguard after the ceremony.
Will Harris ’15 and Nick Jacobs ’15
Alex Fecteau ’15 and Michelle Zhang ’15
Cara Najjar ’15, Khai Tyler ’15, Serena Saini ’15, Ally Gillis ’15, Eliza Paton ’15, Tora Clark ’15, Lexie Taylor ’15, Hannah Martin ’15, and Natalia Greenblatt ’15
Thomas Chu ’15 and Darrith Phan ’15
Fuller Winton ’15 addresses the crowd.
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Seniors Reminisce at Lifer Party Twenty-six seniors gathered at their old stomping grounds at the Lower School to celebrate their time at BB&N at the annual “Lifer Party” this spring. The students, who comprised the largest group of Lifers in the BB&N history, were joined by their families as well as past teachers from their years at the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. After spending time enjoying old photos and memories, the seniors posed for a photo on the play structure they once knew so well outside of the Morse Building. Harry Bator • Nicholas Bator • Jeremiah Blacklow • Natasha Bornhorst • Zoe Bornhorst • Thomas Chu • Istvan Chung • Antoinette Cozier • Mallory Cutler • Peter Ferraro • Cameron Fitzgerald • Tynan Friend • Shay Hayden • Jordan Klein • Amanda Lifford • William Marshall •Molly Murphy • Darrith Phan • Sébastien Ridore • Amy Roberts • Aaron Sipser • Christina Stellwagen • Chloe Tinagero • Khai Tyler • Fuller Winton • James Zimmerman
Presenting the Class of 2015 Jaya Savita Aiyer Bryce William Andreasen Kwabena Antwi Harry Martin Bink Bator* Nicholas Ferenc Bator Helina Mekuria Belete Isaiah Solomon Berg Jeremiah Leo Blacklow* Natasha Ismene Bornhorst Zoe Clara Bornhorst* Zachary Tyler Boughner Audrey Claire Bransﬁeld Pablo Augustus Larimore Briger Jonathan Kyle Brudnick Deven Michael Catalano Thomas Charles Chu* Istvan Ki-Bohk Donath Chung* Jack Kimmett Clark Victoria Teresa Clark Antoinette Ophelia Cozier Benjamin LeRoy Crawford Mallory Hannah Cutler Sarah Margaret Dahl Bridget Burton DeFranco Sarah Madeline DeVellis Jacqueline Colleen Difﬂey Chloe Haig DiPetrillo Sophie Rose DiPetrillo Felix Duong Diarra Janai English Alexandra Fecteau*
Sebastian Ramón Fernández-Mulligan Peter Louis Ferraro Cameron Eileen Fitzgerald Jennifer Lyn Flaumenhaft Hallie Ann Fox* Katrina Michelle Francis Tynan Harris Friend* Bradley Clark Fusco Edwin James Gavis Sebastian Gilligan-Kim Alexandra Nicole Gillis Natalia Hannah Greenblatt* Alec Taylor Gustafson Ardeshir Alireza Hakimi Aran Thomas Hamilton-Grenham Michael Robert Harris William Patrick Harris Jr. Shay Vincent Hayden* Emma Gentry Herrick Ethan Lee Hodges Scott William Hom HyukJoo Hwang* Nicholas George Jacobs Rebecca Renee Jarrell Isabel Ann Jasper Chung-Junn Arron Juang* Andrew Scott Kahn Karim Raﬁq Karimi Isaac Kaufer Christopher McRae Kellogg-Peeler Oliver Grifﬁn Kendall
Audrey Jean Kirwan Jordan Gurnette Klein Emily Bloch Kohlberg Caroline Elena Kuldell Nicholas Carl Langen Grace Mary Lavoie Daniel Henry Lehman William Hise Baldassare Levinson Jeremy Present Lewin Amanda Loeb Lifford James Addison Lindberg Nathan Robert Logan William Fyfe Marshall* Hannah Robbins Martin Fiona Brook McCarey* John Greer McGourty Maeve Summer McNamara* Alexander Myles Medzorian Daniel John Metzdorf Eben Chase Nelson Moulton Molly Katherine Murphy* Ilsa Marie Nagel Cara Jeannette Najjar Abina Nepal Alec Todd Newell Allyson Virginia Noenickx Gerald Benjamin Nvule Cole Thomas O’Connor Owen Francis Page *Ryan Eric Pasculano Eliza de la Vergne Paton
Robert William Pereira III Elizabeth Trowbridge Perry Darrith Bin Phan* Daniel Richard Pino Sébastien Vladimir Ridoré Amy Fair Roberts Cierra Belize Robson* Julia Campbell Ruddy* Sophie Anne Sadovnikoff* Serena Capri Saini Adrian Alexander David Sands Harrison Spaulding Savage Isaac Scott Sebenius* Samantha Brianna Segal Aaron Joseph Sipser* Annabel McGee Smith Elisabeth Crowdis Smith Alexander Gustavo Sorets Michael Anthony Stellati Christina Marie Stellwagen* John Emerson Steverman Jillian Sun Lexie Danielle Taylor Chloe Kathleen Tinagero Khai Avery Tyler Adon Terrell Wade-Currie Albert Jay Wakhloo Fuller Rand Winton* Michelle Leyuan Zhang James Benson Zimmerman * cum laude
GRADUATION 2015 Class of 2015 Matriculation List College Amherst College Bard College Barnard College Belmont University Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brown University Bucknell University Colby College Colgate University College of the Holy Cross College of William and Mary Colorado College Columbia University Connecticut College Cornell University Dartmouth College Davidson College Elon University Emory University Fordham University Georgetown University Gettysburg College Hamilton College Harvard University Hobart and William Smith Colleges Ithaca College Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College Lafayette College
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Loyola University New Orleans Massachusetts Institute of Technology Middlebury College New York University Northeastern University Northwestern University Princeton University Quest University Canada Santa Clara University Skidmore College St. Lawrence University Stanford University Stonehill College Trinity College Tufts University Tulane University Union College University of California, Los Angeles University of Chicago University of Miami University of Michigan University of Richmond University of San Diego University of Virginia Vanderbilt University Villanova University Washington and Lee University Washington University in St. Louis Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University
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Colleges that also offered admission to BB&N students American University Babson College Bates College Beloit College Bennington College Bentley University Brandeis University Bryant University Bryn Mawr College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Chapman University Clark University College of Charleston Denison University DePaul University Dickinson College Drexel University Duke University Emory University - Oxford College Franklin and Marshall College The George Washington University Georgia Institute of Technology Gordon College Hampshire College High Point University Hunter College
The Juilliard School Kalamazoo College Kingâ€™s College London Lake Forest College Lehigh University Lewis & Clark College London School of Economics Loyola University Maryland Macalester College Marymount Manhattan College McDaniel College McGill University Merrimack College Mount Holyoke College North Carolina State University North Park University Oberlin College Occidental College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Saint Anselm College Simmons College Southern New Hampshire University Suffolk University Swarthmore College Trinity University University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley University of California, Davis University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of Colorado at Boulder University of Connecticut University of Denver University of Edinburgh University of Hartford University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of New Hampshire University of Pennsylvania University of Puget Sound University of Redlands University of Rochester University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of St Andrews University of Sydney University of Vermont Vassar College Wake Forest University Washington College Wheaton College Whitman College Willamette University Worcester Polytechnic Institute
PRESENT ING THE CLASS OF 2015
PRIZES AWARDED IN 2015 Arts THE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRIZE The Arts Department has chosen to recognize the following seniors who have challenged themselves in the studio and who have shared their passion for their chosen art form with the school community. Zachary Tyler Boughner ’15 Michelle Leyuan Zhang ’15 Hallie Ann Fox ’15
THE PAUL M. JACOBS PRIZE was established by Mrs. Emilie K. Jacobs to honor the memory of her late husband, a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Buckingham. The award is given to that member of Grade 10 who has shown outstanding skill in debating. Tristan Robert Young ’17
This year we recognize nine unusually gifted and generous seniors for their superb musicianship matched by their equally strong spirit of collaboration. Tynan Harris Friend ’15 Sébastien Vladimir Ridoré ’15 Alec Taylor Gustafson ’15 Adrian Alexander David Sands ’15 HyukJoo Hwang ’15 Isaac Scott Sebenius ’15 Alexander Myles Medzorian ’15 Adon Terrell Wade-Currie ’15 Darrith Bin Phan ’15
THE HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE TEACHERS’ PRIZE is awarded annually to the senior who has demonstrated exemplary achievement, commitment, and potential in the study of history and social science. Sarah Madeline DeVellis ’15
THE JOHN B. PETROPOULOS ART EXHIBITION commemorates a great teacher and friend. The following students were chosen to exhibit in this year’s Petropoulos Show: Zachary Tyler Boughner ’15 Abina Nepal ’15 Hallie Ann Fox ’15 Lexie Danielle Taylor ’15 Lukas Warren Kauth ’17 Michelle Leyuan Zhang ’15 Audrey Jean Kirwan ’15
THE DESIREE ROGERS KING FUND was created by Sherwood King in memory of his wife, a member of the Buckingham Class of 1936, who had a lifelong interest in the arts. The income from the fund is to be awarded annually to a promising student of the arts at BB&N. This award may be applied to scholarship assistance, or to after-school or summer study in the arts. Jennifer Lisseth Herrera ’17 Alexandra Martinez Massa ’17
THE JEAN GORDON CAIRNIE CASTLES SCIENCE PRIZE was established in 1982 through a bequest from Mrs. Gordon C. Cairnie in honor of her daughter, Jean Gordon Cairnie Castles ’54, and is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated exceptional scientiﬁc ability in biological science. Zachary Tyler Boughner ’15
Athletics THE PATRICIA H. BIGGAR PRIZE is awarded to students who have achieved a standard of excellence in performance, spirit, and leadership by example throughout their athletic careers. Sophie Rose DiPetrillo ’15 Allyson Virginia Noenickx ’15 Daniel Henry Lehman ’15 THE CLASS OF 1933 ATHLETIC AWARD was established by the Class of 1933 and is awarded to the best all-around boy and girl athletes in the graduating class, faithful in practice, skillful in play and, winning or losing, true to the highest ideals of good sportsmanship. Kwabena Antwi ’15 Daniel John Metzdorf ’15 Jacqueline Colleen Difﬂey ’15 THE NICHOLS PRIZE is given in memory of former Headmaster Edgar Hamilton Nichols to the girl and boy athletes in the upper classes who, throughout the year, attain the highest distinction jointly in scholarship and athletics. Bradley Clark Fusco ’15 Cole Thomas O’Connor ’15 Maeve Summer McNamara ’15
English THE GEORGE HENRY BROWNE ENGLISH PRIZE commemorates one of our School’s founders. A friend of Robert Frost, whom he several times invited to speak at the School, Mr. Browne was a highly esteemed English teacher, the writer of several books, and the headmaster of Browne & Nichols from 1883 until 1928. Audrey Claire Bransﬁeld ’15 34
THE HISTORY PRIZE is given by the Class of 1959 at Buckingham for a speciﬁc piece of distinguished work in the ﬁeld of history—in this case an outstanding American history research paper. Christopher McRae Kellogg-Peeler ’15
THE HARRY DAVIS GAYLORD PRIZE is given in memory of the former mathematics teacher to a deserving senior for outstanding work in the ﬁeld of mathematics. William Fyfe Marshall ’15 Aaron Joseph Sipser ’15
THE JOHN H. WALTERS SCIENCE PRIZE is named in memory of John H. (Doc) Walters, who taught science from 1949 through 1989, and is given in recognition of sustained enthusiasm and effort in physical science. Thomas Charles Chu ’15
World Languages THE ARABIC PRIZE is presented to a student who has proven to be mutahamis/mutahamisa (intensely enthusiastic) for Arabic language and cultures. Adon Terrell Wade-Currie ’15 THE CHINESE PRIZE is given to the student who excels in the study of Chinese. Audrey Jean Kirwan ’15 THE HELENE HERZOG FRENCH PRIZE is funded by faculty and friends of the former French teacher, and is presented for excellence in French and for consistent commitment to the study of French and French civilization. Alexandra Fecteau ’15 THE JAMES ARTHUR REEVES LATIN PRIZE is presented for excellence in translation and comprehension. Allyson Virginia Noenickx ’15 THE GEORGE DEPTULA RUSSIAN PRIZE is presented in honor of the founder of BB&N’s Russian program in 1956 and is given to a student
GRADUATION 2015 who has distinguished him/herself by excellent academic performance in the Russian language and who has demonstrated a continuous passion for Russia and its people. Owen Francis Page ’15 THE SPANISH PRIZE is given to the student in the upper grades who excels in the Spanish language and who demonstrates interest and enthusiasm for Hispanic literature and culture. Jillian Sun ’15
**** THE MARINA KEEGAN ’08 SUMMER FELLOWSHIP was established in the spring of 2012 by family, alumni/ae, faculty and
friends to honor the memory of Marina Keegan, BB&N Class of ’08. In multiple arenas, Marina stood out as a kind, intelligent, invested young woman known for her quick wit and irrepressible energy. This fellowship is awarded annually to one or more BB&N students pursuing projects focusing on either artistic pursuits or activist causes that reﬂect Marina’s spirit, talents, and ideals. Katharine Suzanne Massie ’16 Isabel Clara Ruehl ’16 THE CRAIG B. STONESTREET ’49 PRIZE was established in 1991 by family, friends, alumni/ae, and parents to honor the memory of BB&N’s respected alumnus, teacher, administrator and coach. The prize is awarded to a student of the junior class in recognition of high scholarship, excellence in athletics, constructive inﬂuence within the School, and is to be used for travel or other personal enrichment of an educational nature. Annie Harper Barrett ’16
Department Chair John Norton with Arts Department Award winners Hallie Fox ’15, Zachary Boughner ’15, and Michelle Zhang ’15
Director of Athletics Rick Foresteire ’86 and Class of 1933 Athletic Award recipients Daniel Metzdorf ’15, Kwabena Antwi ’15, and Jacqueline Difﬂey ’15
Michelle Zhang ’15 presents the Teacher Excellence Award to mathematics teacher Chip Rollinson.
World Languages Department Chair Cecile Roucher-Greenberg with Spanish Prize winner Jillian Sun ’15
PRIZES AWARDED IN 2015
Citizenship THE PETER K. GUNNESS PRIZE, established by the Board of Trustees, honors the founding Head of the School. Peter K. Gunness came to Browne & Nichols as Headmaster in 1969. He worked with Elizabeth Stowe, Headmistress of the Buckingham School, to create BB&N in 1974. With this prize the Trustees honor him by honoring a student with high ethical standards, whose voice has made a signiﬁcant difference in bringing important issues to the attention of our community. Through her compassion, unﬂagging sense of justice, incredible warmth and kindness, this award winner has been a powerful force for good. Through her work in SHADES, WIG, and leading many discussions (formal and informal) around topics of social justice and cultural awareness, she has made a truly just and welcoming BB&N a closer reality. Jaya Savita Aiyer ’15 Co-leader for two years of the GSA and a signiﬁcant voice on the Student-Faculty Disciplinary Committee, this student has been a caring and committed member of the BB&N community. He has spoken out about issues that are both personal and political while remaining true to his best self, and his courage and convictions have commanded the respect of faculty and peers alike. Nicholas Ferenc Bator ’15 THE BARRETT HOYT AWARD was established in 1972 in memory of a student and is awarded to a senior who acts responsibly and represents his or her classmates and School with honor. Whether in the Commons with a peer, on the ropes course at Bivouac, on the Charles in a boat or anywhere in between, this prize winner has always embodied what it means to put others ﬁrst. His massive heart and gentle spirit have greatly contributed to the collective success of both his class and his school. Deven Michael Catalano ’15 This student has been a friendly, caring, and spirited classmate, teammate and Peer Counselor. Her upbeat and inclusive personality has brought joy to all those around her. Well respected and appreciated by teachers, coaches and peers, she in turn is extremely respectful of others. Her positive outlook and energy are infectious. Emma Gentry Herrick ’15 THE ANNETTE JOHNSON PRIZE honors the memory of a student whose life exempliﬁed courage and commitment to scholarship. The prize recognizes optimism, perseverance and dedication to the community and its ideals. This prize winner has demonstrated courage, optimism and perseverance in challenging the BB&N community to become a better place for all. Her intellectual engagement, exemplary study skills, and kindness to her peers have modeled the best attributes of what our community values. Cierra Belize Robson ’15 THE MERIWETHER OTIS KIMBALL PRIZE, established in memory of a long-ago Browne & Nichols student, honors a senior who has used his or her talents to enrich the intellectual and extracurricular life of the School. 36
Using his intellect and charisma, he inspires those around him. He works hard and is competitive in a way that exhibits compassion, school spirit, and moral leadership. Through his work as a Peer Counselor and as a school citizen, he has enhanced the BB&N community during his time here. Ardeshir Alireza Hakimi ’15 A wise intellect with a modest presence, a devastatingly powerful debater with a generous heart, a loyal force for good with a joyful quick wit, this student tirelessly offers her many gifts to beneﬁt the wider community. Fierce in competition, empathetic to all, invested in the arts, and involved to her core, she inspires, empowers, and uplifts those around her. Molly Katherine Murphy ’15 THE LUBETS PRIZE was established by Richard I. Lubets, Browne & Nichols class of ’51, in memory of his parents, to honor a student who has made an outstanding contribution during her or his senior year. Outstanding scholar and inspirational athlete, this year’s recipient has been one of the most dedicated and passionate leaders in Grade Council and Student Government. Never seeking the limelight, she leads by example and is always ready to help others. With a warmth and a smile that light up those around her, she has had an enormous impact on the school community. Alexandra Fecteau ’15 As an intelligent, talented, caring contributor in the classroom, at Bivouac, as musician, sportsman, actor and public presence, this year’s winner has enriched our community as he has shared his gifts with humility and generosity. Tynan Harris Friend ’15 THE DAVID R. POKROSS PRIZE was established by the Pokross children and grandchildren to honor their father and grandfather, a former trustee at Buckingham Browne & Nichols. It is awarded to the student whose commitment to people in need best embodies the ideals expressed in the Community Service Program of the Upper School. This year’s prize winner has gone above and beyond her duties as President of the Community Service club and as member of the senior class Grade Council. Anytime help was needed, she was there. Always energetic and dedicated to the causes around her from Charles River cleanup, to work at the Margaret Fuller House, to helping students learn English in China, she has been fully engaged in bettering the circumstances of others. Michelle Leyuan Zhang ’15 THE APRIL TERUEL PRIZE, given in memory of a former student, is awarded this year to a senior who is kind and understanding to his or her peers and has been an active participant in the life of the School. From day one, she has been an unfailingly kind and considerate member of this community. Her positive, energetic manner has brightened the hallways, classrooms, and ﬁelds of the school for the past four years and will leave a huge void when she leaves. She is the embodiment of school spirit and everything that is good about BB&N. Emily Bloch Kohlberg ’15
THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRIZE was established by George Deptula, a former member of the faculty, to recognize strength of character, sensitivity to the needs of others, and willingness to use her or his education, talent, and time to assist those in need. This prize winner is a student who has shown an unwavering commitment to making our school a welcoming, inclusive and supportive community. His genuine sensitivity to the needs of others and the humor with which he ﬁnesses difﬁcult situations have been his hallmarks. A great friend, wise listener, and exceptional leader, his contributions to the school have been felt in every facet of his varied endeavors. James Addison Lindberg ’15 THE HEAD’S PRIZE is awarded to those students in the graduating class who, in addition to ﬁne scholarship, have contributed generously to friends, the school community, and whose lives exemplify the School’s motto: Honor, Scholarship, Kindness. This recipient is a leader in every sense of the word. His integrity, generosity with his time, support of classmates, and respect for others are constants. He has responded to every challenge with enthusiasm, self-discipline, dedication, and maturity. His intelligence is a gift that he shares with humility. Talented and engaged, he is a quiet and strong force for good in every group of which he is a part. Christopher McRae Kellogg-Peeler ’15 Scholar, athlete, musician, volunteer, she has contributed to the BB&N community in myriad ways. With abundant friendliness and genuine kindness, she has led by example. Whether at an assembly or in the orchestra, on the ﬁeld or in the classroom, she has displayed tenacity, energy, and spirit in her efforts to improve the school community. Maeve Summer McNamara ’15
Head of School Rebecca T. Upham and Head’s Prize winners Christopher Kellogg-Peeler ’15 and Maeve McNamara ’15
Academic Coordinator Ross Clark with the Peter K. Gunness Prize winners Nicholas Bator ’15 and Jaya Aiyer ’15
Grade 12 Dean Louise Makrauer with the Lubets Prize winners Alexandra Fecteau ’15 and Tynan Friend ’15
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Advancing Our Mission
Class of 2015 Parents’ Gift Raises Nearly $1 Million At the Senior Farewell Dinner in May, Senior Parents’ Gift Co-Chairs Cherise Bransﬁeld P’15 and Kate DeNormandie McCarey ’81, P’13, ’15, ’18 proudly took to the stage to present the results of the senior parents’ generosity over the past year. The check presented to Head of School Rebecca T. Upham, representing the cumulative gifts of 97% of parents in the class, was nearly $920,000, a remarkable accomplishment by any measure. And by the close of the ﬁscal year on June 30, that remarkable total had climbed even higher, to $974,190! Senior parents responded generously and enthusiastically to the calls and outreach of a large and dedicated group of parent volunteers in support of this year’s class project: the establishment of the Class of 2015 Faculty Opportunity Fund, which will fund collaborative learning and professional development opportunities for groups of faculty from across campuses and disciplines. Of the total class gift, $623,265 was allocated to the Faculty Opportunity Fund, with an additional $67,200 received from senior parents for other endowment funds and capital projects, and $283,725 for The BB&N Fund. Continuing a tradition set by previous senior parent classes, this year’s Senior Parents’ Gift Program was also an opportunity for seniors and their parents to honor one or more faculty members, coaches, or administrators for the special role they played during the seniors’ time at BB&N. We are delighted that 55 different faculty, coaches, and staff were recognized for their dedication and caring through this program.
Senior Parents’ Gift Committee Members: Co-Chairs: Cherise Bransﬁeld P’15 Kate DeNormandie McCarey ’81, P’13, ’15, ’18 Committee Members: Julie Auclair P’15, ’18 Cynthia and Richard Brudnick ’74, P’09, ’10, ’15 Lucy and Joe Chung P’09, ’11, ’14, ’15, ’18, ’19, ’22 Terry and Greg Clark P’15 Randi and Joel Cutler ’77, P’15 Carl DeFranco P’15 Jim DeVellis ’84, P’15, ’17, ’19 Jane and Alexander Gavis P’15 Pauline Gong P’15 Mary Grenham P’15 Shannon and Drew Hayden P’13, ’15, ’16 Nikki Jacobs P’15, ’17 Kate Kellogg and Randy Peeler P’15, ’17 Maura Murphy and Rich Page P’12, ’15 Eileen Murphy-McNamara P’15 Deb Pasculano P’15 Marie Ridore P’15 Ellen and Steven Segal P’09, ’12, ’15 Tricia and Nick Winton P’13, ’15, ’17, ’21
The 2014-15 Senior Parents’ Gift Committee
Emma Sagan ‘10 shares advice and reﬂections with the Class of 2015 at the Senior Farewell Dinner. 42
6 Things About BB&N:
Chip Rollinson, Upper School math teacher: Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut is one of my favorites that I’ve read a bunch of times. The chapters are never more than three pages which makes for an easy read between naps on the beach, and the thought of “ice-nine” (a ﬁctional material that ﬁgures prominently in the book) makes you appreciate the summer heat.
Betsy Canaday, Middle School English teacher: The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread, by Don Robertson Meet Morris Bird III, the intrepid nine-year-old who grabs a wagon (and his little sister) and embarks on an odyssey across Cleveland to visit his best friend. When the giant gas tank explodes (a real event), Morris really shows what he’s got. It’s a great adventure told in the voice of the totally appealing, young protagonist.
Our Faculty Recommend Some Summer Reading
Jack Denny-Brown, former Lower School grade ﬁve teacher and faculty emeritus: Many overlooked classics I’ve been catching up on all the reading I should have done long ago: The Count of Monte Cristo, The Once and Future King, Riders of the Purple Sage, Mutiny on the Bounty, David Copperﬁeld, The Mill on the Floss, 1984, and Brave New World. It’s been fun for me, but not for people looking for a book that will tell them something about the here and now. I guess I get enough of that every night on the evening news!
Carolina Gomez-Kramer, Lower School Spanish teacher: : I, Rigoberta Menchú, by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in social issues and the reality of many indigenous peoples in Latin America. In this biography, Rigoberta voices the oppression of indigenous peoples and their ﬁght to have equal rights. At a young age, she was forced to work like an adult. She also saw how her family was torn apart due to violence in Guatemala and had a brother who died of starvation.
Gus Means, Middle School math teacher: One Summer: America, 1927, by Bill Bryson
Tackling an historic summer in which icons such as Babe Ruth, Charles Lindberg, and Al Capone captured headlines, and the ﬁrst true “talking picture” was ﬁlmed, Bryson does a great job of capturing the magnitude and impact of these three months in their overall place in American history. A lot can be accomplished in just one season off from school.
Karen Wyon, assistant to the Upper School director: The Martian, by Andy Weir Originally self-published, this smart, funny, and enlightening account of a Mars expedition gone awry recounts the various efforts to retrieve the “Martian” stranded on the red planet.
THE BB&N FUND MAKING CONTINUED EXCELLENCE IN THE 21ST CENTURY POSSIBLE The BB&N Fund is an immediate-use resource that ﬁlls the gap in the operating budget between income from tuition and fees and the endowment. Last year (2014-2015) The BB&N Fund surpassed a record-breaking $3M!
What is it? Why should I give?
7% The BB&N Fund
Without The BB&N Fund, the endowment would need to nearly double in size to fund the School at the same level!
WHO makes excellence possible?
82% 17% 100% of parents
of the senior class
Why is my participation important?
in addition to other supporters, including grandparents, faculty, staff, past parents, and friends, totaling more than 1,950 donors!
A community with a high participation rate among parents and alumni/ae is a key factor when foundations consider a gift to BB&N.
HOW is excellence at BB&N supported by The BB&N Fund?
of faculty have advanced degrees
professional development and technology grants were awarded to faculty over the past 2 years
of BB&N students receive ﬁnancial aid
The BB&N Fund helps the School attract and retain top educators.
The BB&N Fund supports 21st century learning skills: creativity, curiosity, resilience, and teamwork. Financial aid supported by The BB&N Fund attracts a diverse group of high-achieving students from 86 communities in the greater Boston area.
How is BB&N fostering tomorrow ’s leaders, innovators, and visionaries?
AL CONNECTIO 2014 marked the 40th year of the Russian Exchange Program
7 international trips per year BB&N Students study... Arabic Chinese French Latin Russian Spanish
BB&N is committed to fostering respect for the identities and perspectives of others. All students are given opportunities to meet, experience, communicate, or learn with other students from around the world. faculty, athletics, arts, academics, ﬁnancial aid
I give because made a difference in my life!
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THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CONTINUE TO GROW! The BB&N Fund would like to thank the more than 1,950 donors who supported BB&N in 2014-2015. With your help, we reached a signiﬁcant new milestone—over $3,000,000 in annual support for our school. The BB&N Fund is the difference between a good school and a great one—thank you for making that difference possible!
BB&N magazine, summer 2015 issue