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Letter From the Head
Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price Greets the BB&N Community
Community News 3 New BB&N Alumni/ae Website, Spring
Sports Wrap-Up, Closing Ceremonies, Celebration for Rebecca T. Upham, BB&N Circus, Student Concerts and Plays, and more
Features 16 Esteemed Photography
A tribute to Parrish Dobson
Faculty 18 Departing and Milestones
20 Graduation 2018 The Class of 2018 moves on,
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30 Senior Spring Project Recent BB&N graduate Jossy Wang ’18
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Advancing Our Mission 34 BB&N Fund Highlights, Senior Class and
Senior Parents’ Gifts, and Sixth Grade Parents’ Gift
Alumni/ae News & Notes 36 Alumni/ae News and Notes 54 Strawberry Night/Reunion
74 BB&N in New York and Washington, DC 81 Milestones
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I’m very excited to officially become Buckingham Browne & Nichols’ fourth head of school. As I write this, I’ve only been on board for five weeks, having started on July 1st.
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Normally, joining a school community in the summertime can be a little challenging since classes aren’t in session and campuses are quieter. But, true to BB&N’s reputation for dynamism, the school has been anything but quiet and sleepy during my first month at the school.
This input, combined with the 1,000+ community members who have filled out my online Entry Survey, has been extremely helpful to me. This November, I’ll plan to give you a summary of my findings in a report that will be the starting point of an inclusive strategic design process, which will result in a long-term blueprint for our school.
It has been so much fun to see our school humming along during the summer as we all get ready for the ever-closer first day of classes. I so enjoy watching In my experience, I have the hundreds of kids having found that the more I’m able a blast at the BB&N Summer to connect and communicate Camp each day. Just as with the members of our exciting—to me, anyway— community, the better I can have been the dozens of To learn more about Dr. Price’s Entry Plan, lead. This starts, of course, with different facility upgrades visit www.bbns.org/entry our students—whom I can’t wait taking place across all our to meet this September. If you campuses. It’s also been Look for the Fall 2018 issue of the Bulletin want to follow my adventures, great to see the many for in-depth coverage of Dr. Price! be sure to follow me on Twitter faculty members who’ve @BBNHeadofSchool. been returning to the three campuses for professional I look forward to staying in touch with you as the 2018-2019 development. And I was especially happy to get the ball rolling school year progresses. In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy a (literally, as bowling was included) with a productive three-day terrific end of the summer season. retreat with my senior leadership team in early July. But perhaps the most impactful experiences for me so far have been the community get-togethers I’ve been attending. As I noted in my letter to you in June, I have been engaged in an extensive “listening tour” this summer, which will continue into the early fall. By the end of August, I expect to have met with several hundred members of our community in more than 20 different gatherings, ranging from our 46 Belmont Street offices all the way to San
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Community News Community Celebrates Departing Head of School Rebecca T. Upham
Hundreds of well-wishers across all strata of the BB&N community joined together on Friday, May 11, to celebrate and thank Head of School Rebecca T. Upham for 17 years of outstanding leadership. The festive evening featured many memories and laughs, including reminiscences by the Co-Chairs of the 2001 Head of School Search Committee (Dr. Pat Light P’89, ’91, and Steve Woodsum P’06, ’08, ’10), who recalled the plane flight back from Pittsburgh after an interview with Upham at the Ellis School, where she was head at the time: “We barely even needed the plane, we were flying so high!” joked Light.
The mood turned sentimental when attendees were privy to a poignant video in honor of Upham, featuring interviews with colleagues and photos of the Head of School throughout her time at BB&N. Upham was also moved by a special gift presentation when talented artist Julia Powell ’97 surprised her with a beautiful, symbolic painting to commemorate her tenure. Three former Chairs of the Board of Trustees and incoming Chair Chuck Brizius P’19, ’21, ’24 closed out the evening, speaking to the numerous accomplishments achieved during Upham’s time at BB&N: commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, the championing of financial aid, dedication to building new learning environments, and an emphasis on globalism were just a few of her lauded initiatives.
Upham was also surprised by the announcement of a newly established financial aid fund in her honor, the Upham Scholars Fund. A citation of the fund read in part: “…in recognition of Rebecca’s exceptional leadership, thoughtful vision, and many accomplishments and contributions to BB&N…. The Upham Scholars Fund will provide a vital source of income for financial aid, one of BB&N’s and Rebecca’s most important priorities, while creating a lasting legacy honoring her commitment to fostering a diverse community of learners.” Rounding out the evening, Upham herself thanked everyone for making it such a memorable evening, and noted, “It’s been a joy to see this School do great and interesting things, and I know it is poised to do even greater and 4
PICTURED x 1 x Peter Slavin ’75, P’06,’11, Chuck Brizius P’19,’21,’24, Rebecca T. Upham, Laura Hodges Taylor ’74 P’04,’08, and Steve Woodsum P’06,’08,’10.) x 2 x Upham and artist Julia Powell ’97 with Powell’s painting, a surprise parting gift. x 3 x Joelinda Johnson ’07, Nastaran Hakimi ’07, and Abbie Smitka ’07 x 4 x Attendees observe a poignant moment during one of the tributes to Upham at the celebration. x 5 x Former Lower School assistant Minnie Walcott, former trustee Gina Walcott ’84, and Rebecca T. Upham. x 6 x Tung Nguyen P’21 and Upham pose for a selfie. 5
BB&N Celebrates at 67th Annual Circus
Two Students Finish in Top Ten at World Debate Championship
For well over six decades the BB&N Circus has been offering family fun to students, parents, and alumni/ae of all ages. Featuring perfect weather and smiles aplenty, this year was no different. The Lower School campus hosted the daylong festival of rides, bouncy-houses, obstacle courses, a dunk tank, arts and crafts, food, music, and entertainment. Hundreds of families from across BB&N’s three campuses joined the festivities and raised money for School initiatives.
by Sharon Krauss, Upper School English Teacher
Competing among the English-speaking world’s best high school debaters, Adam Levin ’18 and Aurash Vatan ’19 notched spectacular results at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships, held April 9–15 at Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town, South Africa. After performing in the required four of five categories— Debate, Impromptu Speaking, Interpretive Reading, and either Persuasive or After-Dinner (Comedic) Speaking—Adam finished fifth and Aurash landed at tenth in the overall standings. Furthermore, after two rounds, Adam and Aurash were finalists in two categories each. Aurash placed an impressive first in both Impromptu and After-Dinner Speaking, and Adam was a finalist in Impromptu Speaking and placed third in Persuasive Speaking.
PICTURED x 1 x Students pose for a photo after one of the many performances at the Circus. x 2 x The action was furious and fun in the many bouncy house structures and obstacle courses on the Lower School field.
Middle Schoolers Probe for Answers at “Science Knight” Have you ever wondered how food can affect your mood? How the bodily functions of cows contribute to global warming? How nonNewtonian fluids can be used to strengthen houses in earthquakes zones? Why sugar is so addictive? What makes some people deathly allergic to bee stings? Why Twinkies last so long? How seaweed can be used to combat global warming?
Adam and Aurash qualified last fall at the Internationals, held in Winnipeg, Canada. BB&N was the only school to have two people, the limit, qualify at that competition.
These questions and more were answered at “Science Knight,” an evening of chemistry this spring in the Middle School Big Room and foyer. Eighth graders spent the night presenting their research, engaging visitors with hands-on demonstrations, and proving that chemistry can be fun!
“The level of competition at the World is incredible,” says Getchell. “For the students, it’s like being taken from their small pond and being thrown into the ocean. Seeing what other kids can do immediately helps them to up their game. It was great to see both Adam and Aurash perform so well.”
The highlight of the evening for students was assuming the mantle of “teacher,” and sharing their new-found knowledge with parents and siblings. “I really enjoyed demonstrating the science behind our topic to little brothers and sisters and seeing their reactions,” said Tyler Martin ’22. For Laura Cox ’22, turning the tables and becoming the instructor instead of the student was a blast: “It was really fun to teach the parents something new.”
PICTURED x 1 x Gillian Goddard ’22 and Sanya Goenka ’22 with their project on radiocarbon dating in art forgeries. x 2 x Cameron Gaisford ’22 and CJ Beals ’22 investigated activated charcoal as a means to remove toxins.
Adam was especially pleased with his third place in Persuasive Speaking. “I switched my topic pretty late to gun control and masculinity in the U.S., something really important to me,” he explains. “I never expected to get fifth overall, but I learned that if I push myself a little harder in terms of prep and work hard to be the best I can be, it actually comes together sometimes. It felt really good to have that happen.” Additionally, Adam thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from so many different countries—among them, Canada, Cyprus, India, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Lithuania, the U.A.E., Australia, Pakistan, Great Britain, and South Africa. “Now I have friends from all over, which is cool,” he says. “You need to go out and explore the world and learn about lives in other places. It’s a really awesome experience.” Getchell was proud of how much the boys embraced the chance to learn about their host country and to form connections with and cheer on other competitors. “Seeing these really smart kids grappling with these challenging issues, and hearing how kindly and respectfully they can engage with people with whom they disagree—it sounds kind of grandiose, but it gives a lot of us faith that some sort of positive change will happen in the world, maybe even because of this competition.”
Debate Coach Sarah Getchell with Adam Levin ’18 and Aurash Vatan ’19 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Aurash noted the effect of the high-caliber competition “especially in Debate,” he says, “because when you’re debating against others, as opposed to giving a speech, you need good opponents to do better. You’re forced to be much more creative because they think of things you haven’t thought of. It’s much more fun, too, when you’re debating strong opponents.” His preferred event, though, is After-Dinner Speaking, a prepared speech, which he started working on in February. “The final product is something I’m really proud of,” he says, “because I know I couldn’t have made it much better. Which is not to say it was perfect, by any means, but what I was trying to do, I got. I was happy with it, which is rare,” he says with a laugh.
“Their results are better than those of any contingent from a single U.S. school in at least a decade—and maybe ever,” says Head Speech and Debate Team Coach Sarah Getchell, who accompanied the students to the Worlds. While there were only 140 students in the competition, that number is deceptively small, Getchell says. “Those were the best competitors from each country; most qualified by finishing in the top few spots in local, then regional, and finally national competitions.”
personal anecdotes, analysis—how the heck did he manage to do this in five minutes? It was amazing.”
The Impromptu event gave Aurash another opportunity to engage the audience, which he particularly enjoys. “You can make it funny, if you want,” he says. “Laughter is a much more obvious sign of engagement than anything you can get out of a serious speech.” In the Grand Final of the Impromptu event, the two top competitors have two minutes to prepare in front of the entire crowd; then, bringing nothing to the podium, they deliver a three-to-five-minute speech. In the audience, Adam found it “nerve-wracking to watch Aurash prepare,” he says. “But he was brilliant, so poised. It made me wonder—with his examples, 7
Community News Kindergartners Make Beautiful Music with EcoSonic Playground
Faculty Squeak Out Victory in Annual Sixth Grade Kickball Game
Ever since 1999, Lower School music teacher Sara Zur had been dreaming of creating a musical play space for kids that would open their imaginations and foster a love of music. During travels in England and Israel, Zur had witnessed sound installations and melodic play areas, including a junkyard in Israel that transformed everyday waste objects into a learning opportunities for children.
Despite a hot and humid day that seemed to favor their energetic and nascent opponents, the Lower School faculty pulled out a narrow victory against sixth grade students in the School’s annual kickball game. A staple of spring for more than 25 years on the Lower School campus, the annual event pits teachers against students in a hilarious, fun, and cutthroat game of kickball.
“There was something about playing with everyday objects that seemed to make kids be extra musical,” Zur says. “There is a collaborative element, and a stretching of the imagination that can’t be duplicated with regular instruments.”
The field was flanked with students from the lower classes hoisting signs and cheering on their sixth-grade mentors with raucous chants, leading to a sizeable home-field advantage for the students. But the faculty perservered despite the conditions, knocking several homeruns en route to a 14-12 victory. Spirits on both sides were high as umpire and Kindergarten teacher Ben Goldhaber blew the closing whistle on the festive event, allowing for a well-deserved water break and chance to revel in some hard-earned camaraderie.
So this October, when Zur approached Kindergarten teachers Ben Goldhaber and Maria Barton about the concept of creating a musical playground at BB&N and discovered that the teachers had been toying with building a hollow marimba bench in the Lower School outdoor classroom, a serendipitous opportunity emerged: the chance to build an EcoSonic playground at BB&N. Made from recycled materials, an EcoSonic playground is essentially a large, unique, music-making structure intended to promote collaborative play. Building one includes a curriculum component for elementary schools to teach students STEM skills through lessons in acoustics, physics, engineering, and design as they work with educators to build the structures themselves. Zur, who holds a doctorate in musical play, quickly contacted her colleague Elissa Johnson-Green, a music professor at UMass Lowell, who heads up an EcoSonic team comprised of professors and graduate students. Over the course of the year, the EcoSonic team and Zur met regularly with the kindergartners to design and implement the play space. This didn’t just involve the nuts and bolts of putting the playground together. The students studied sound vibrations in Carol Fine’s science class, and tested different materials with Lower School technology integration and makerspace mentor Mickey Hardt. They drew up designs in their homeroom, and, of course, they studied music proper with Zur. Finally, this spring, the project came together when the musical playground was unveiled during the last week of school. PVC pipes, an old vacuum cleaner hose, a bike tire, and countless other everyday objects had been pulled together to create BB&N’s EcoSonic playground. “There is this drumming thing, and there is a tube that you can listen to like a headphone, and you can hear everything, except the sound is smaller,” explains kindergartener Ryan McCullough excitedly. “But designing it was even more fun than playing it, because when you are designing it, you get to play with more people.” The final result has been an EcoSonic playground that sounds at turns beautiful, cacophonous, and vibrant—but above all else, fun!
Sophia Panayotou ’24 blasts a hit in the annual kickball game. (Inset: Physical education teachers Libby Kenney and Kelley Kingman try to beat the heat while keeping score.)
Middle School Drama Wins Gold This spring BB&N Middle Schoolers won top prize, a gold medal, at The Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild middle school drama festival. Hosted by the Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA, the annual event featured performances by six area schools, including BB&N’s production of Don Zolidis’ The Firecracker Incident. Directed by Middle School Theater Teacher Christa Crewdson (current holder of the Marian W. Vaillant Future Leader Instructorship), the play delved into important topics such as the value of friendship, substance abuse, and making the correct choices under trying circumstances. Although focusing on serious themes, the performance also left room for some laughs, a powerful combination brought poignantly to life by the student actors and actresses. “The cast really gave an amazing performance,” notes Crewdson. “Their gold medal was well deserved, and the judges gave Lucian Wood ’22 a ton of praise for his performance before they handed him his award.” Wood was one of five BB&N students to earn an acting award along with Charlie Druker ’22, Gillian Goddard ’22, Julia Shephard ’22, and Konstantin Lukin Yelin ’22.
Kindergartners Davey Bentley, Andrew Cirami, Charlotte Egan, Riya Shah, Evie Varghese, and Ryan McCullough using the EcoSonic playgound. 8
Lucian Wood ’22 and Sofia Piccirillo ’22 share a poignant scene in The Firecracker Incident. 9
Class Notes Upper School Spring Play
Upper School Spring Concert Hits All the Right Notes
This year’s Upper School spring play tackled Simon Stephen’s stage adaptation of Mark Haddon’s best-selling book, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The production tells the story of an autistic, mathematically advanced 15-year old boy’s investigation into the mysterious death of a neighbor’s dog. Delving into topics of adolescence and family dynamics in both comedic and moving ways, BB&N students brought the story to life under the direction of MIddle School theater teacher Christa Crewdson.
Showcasing the talents of the numerous musical groups at the Upper School, the spring concert included performances by the Orchestra, Chorale, Voices of the Knight, and Knightingales. Led by Director Brian Reasoner, the Upper School Orchestra performed all four movements of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92, an impressive feat that filled that Grace Episcopal Church in Newton with grandeur. Under the direction of Joseph Horning, The Chorale joined in the fun with a series of selections including works by Mozart and Leonard Bernstein before The Voices of the Knight and Knightingales closed the show with some beautifully performed close harmony arrangements. In a poignant moment, departing Head of School Rebecca T. Upham was called to the stage following the concert to accept a bouquet of flowers.
Seamus Doyle ’21 (center) stretches his acting muscles.
Middle School Impresses in Sweeney Todd Production Audience members at the Middle School spring musical this year were transported to 19th century London for a deviant, musical romp into the world of Sweeney Todd. The Tony-winning production was brought to life in the Big Room through wonderful student acting and music.
Ty Harding ’22 gets more than bargained for during a haircut by Jack Haining ’22.
Sixth Grade Shines in Alice in Wonderland Jr. With wonderful acting, singing, music, and colorful set design to top it all off, the sixth-grade ensemble production of Alice in Wonderland Jr. was a delightful romp for students and spectators alike. Based on Lewis Carroll’s famous book series, the play provided not just a spectacle of fun, but also touched on important themes of embracing the unknown for the sixth graders.
BB&N sixth graders’ wonderful acting and stunning costumes on full display in Alice in Wonderland Jr. 10
The BB&N Orchestra performs at the Upper School spring concert.
Students Shine at Middle School Spring Concert Ringing the spring in with style, students welcomed parents and faculty in the Big Room for this year’s annual Middle School Spring Concert. The show featured numerous displays of student talent with impressive performances by chamber ensembles, the Jazz Band, and the rousing voices of the Middle School Chorus. The Middle School Jazz Band performs at the Middle School spring concert. (Left to right: Gavin Connolly, Yuyan (Daniel) Wang ’22, Sanisha Mahendra-Rajah ’23, Grace Fantozzi ’23, Thaddeus Foote ’22, Christos Papavassiliou ’22.)
Lower School Celebrates Spring with Concerts The Lower School welcomed spring with a series of concerts this spring, featuring student musicians, singers, and dancers. Grades three through five impressed with their spring concert early in the May, before BB&N’s youngest learners (beginners through second graders) took the spotlight with their own performances. Lower School music teacher Greg Fernandes leads the singing at the Grades 3-5 Spring Concert. 11
Spring Sports Wrap-Up
• Varsity softball dominated all year, culminating in a Big East Tournament title, and capturing the ISL championship. Rowan Park ’20 received MVP honors in the Big East Tournament.
Girls Crew 10
Cup Winners: Emily Brower ’18 and Olivia Maduro ’18 All League: Mia Biotti ’21, Halley Douglas ’19, Rowan Park ’20, and Molly Griffin ’20 Honorable Mention: Emily Brower ’18 and Emma Tomlins ’19
Cup Winner: Olivia Friend ’18
Cup Winner: Trevor Donovan ’18
• Golfer Alex Yun ’18 captured first place in the league-wide Kingman Tournament.
Girls Lacrosse (Record: 10-8) 7
Girls Tennis (Record: 2-13) 5
Cup Winner: Becky Kendall ’18 All League: Becky Kendall ’18 and Lexi Schmalz ’19 Honorable Mention: Chloe Boudreau ’19 and Julia Noyes ’20
Cup Winners: Lucy Goldfarb ’18 and Margaret Swanson ’18 Honorable Mention: Caroline Know
• Girls track enjoyed great success in their first year as an official ISL team. Highlights included Isabella Kennedy ’18 winning the 3,000-meter race at the ISLs, and Mia Bawendi ’20 winning first, second, third, and fourth place in the triple jump, 100-meter dash, 100-meter relay, and pole vault, respectively.
Golf (Record: 8-9-1) 2
Cup Winner: Max Haigney ’18 All League: Max Haigney ’18 and Aaron Rasin ’20
Track (Girls: 11-4; Boys: 3-14-1) 4 Cup Winners: Isabella Kennedy ’18 and Colin Lamphier ’18 All League: Isabella Kennedy ’18 Honorable Mention: Whitney Janes ’20
Boys Crew 11 Cup Winners: Justin Albee ’19 and Benjamin Ross ’18
Softball (Record: 18-2) 1
Cup Winner: Alex Yun ’18 All League: Alex Yun ’18
Sailing (Record: 16-5) 3
Boys Tennis (Record: 11-3) 9
Baseball (Record: 10-12) 8 Cup Winner: Peter Silva ’18 All League: Chris Lang ’18 Honorable Mention: Chris Attisani ’18
Boys Lacrosse (Record: 2-15) 6 Cup Winner: Michael Bulman ’18 All League: Michael Bulman ’18 and Mark Synnott ’18
• The sailing team experienced another successful campaign this year, winning the Massachusetts Bay League Division A Regatta, and placing 11th in a large field at the New Englands.
• BB&N rowing saw all four boats for both the boys’ and girls’ teams qualify for the New Englands, and the boys’ first boat beat powerhouse Brooks School for the first time in 13 years. • Boys tennis completed another strong season, qualifying for the New Englands for the sixth consecutive year. Although a championship bid fell short, they pulled off a stunning defeat of tennis powerhouse Hopkins in the first round.
PICTURED x 1 x ISL and Big East Tournament champions, the varsity softball team x 2 x Alex Yun ’18 on the course x 3 x BB&N sailors in action during a regatta x 4 x Mia Bawendi ’20 makes up ground during a relay race. x 5 x Giovanna Cima ’19 pounds a forehand. x 6 x Zach Cyr ’19 unleashes a shot on net. x 7 x Lexi Schmalz ’19 blows by a defender. x 8 x Devon Marrocco ’18 connects at the plate. x 9 x Tomás Navarro ’18 smashes a backhand from the baseline. x 10 x Katie McKinley ’18, Eve Grimshaw ’18, Jameson McKenna ’19, Olivia Friend ’18, and Victoria Glynn ’18 x 11 x Justin Albee ’19, Henry Ross ’18, Pierce Haley ’19, Ben Ross ’18, and Philip Melki ’19 on the river 13
Grade Six Closing Ceremony
Middle School Closing Ceremony
Gathering together for their last day as sixth graders, the Class of 2024 celebrated the end of their tenure at the Lower School at this year’s closing ceremony. Head of School Rebecca T. Upham kicked off the event by highlighting the extraordinary academic program at BB&N and encouraging students to think back on a few of the outstanding projects they completed over the course of this year, including the Human Rights Museum and the 6th Grade Musical. Upham then expressed her pride in the students for their development in citizenship and “creation of community bounded by the values of the School.”
The BB&N Middle School Closing Ceremony, held on June 6th at the Nicholas Athletic Center, marked an important milestone for the 90 eighth graders making the transition to high school. Middle School Director Mary Dolbear stressed the significance of this transition: “Today is about transitions and new beginnings. It’s not about the little stuff, it’s about taking yourselves seriously.”
The sixth grade parent representatives presented the sixth grade team with a small gift as a token of their appreciation, specifically noting the significant impact departing faculty member Stevie Olson has made on the 6th grade experience. Following a lively student version of X Ambassadors’ “Renegades,” Lower School Director Anthony Reppucci congratulated students and emphasized to families that they will always have a place at the Lower School. Certificates in hand, the 60 now former sixth graders joined their families and teachers outside to celebrate.
Head of School Rebecca T. Upham noted the importance of how the School’s motto—Honor, Scholarship, and Kindness—has encompassed the student experience at the Middle School, and acknowledged the changes that the students are about to face in 9th grade by quoting Helen Keller, “when one door of happiness closes, another opens.”
PICTURED x 1 x Blien Berhane ’24 and Cassie Wang ’24 x 2 x Henry Kirk ’24 is congratulated by sixth grade teacher and former trustee Stevie Olson. x 3 x Sivia Belz ’24, Natalie Gersen ’24, Darius Sinha ’24, and Leila Boesch Powers ’24 x 4 x Sixth graders sing during the closing ceremony. x 5 x Head of School Rebecca T. Upham addresses the crowd. 14
Student speakers Maya Benjamin ’22 and Elias Waisburd ’22 also shared their thoughts with fellow classmates. Benjamin, new to BB&N this year, spoke about the strong sense of community at the Middle School and how “even as a new 8th grader, I was embraced.” She also stressed the importance of speaking your truth. “No matter how different we are, being true to yourself is the most important thing you can do.” Waisburd also commented on the close community he experienced during his time at the Middle School: “There is something really special about being surrounded by the people we love.”
Voted by students as faculty speaker, English teacher Rachel Jamison shared how the story of her own transition from middle to high school informed her decision to become a teacher and pay it forward. From the lessons she learned as a teenager, Jamison shared two pieces of advice with the students: first, that “the unknown that can come with these transitions can be maddening, so enjoy this moment because it is all about you;” and second, “at some point you will need a lifeline, so ask for it. And when you are given help, accept it.” Jamison also praised the thoughtfulness and intelligence of the Class of 2022 by pointing out that “for better or worse, they know how to use their minds.”
“Step forward boldly and confidently,” encouraged Dolbear as the students prepared to receive their Grade 8 certificates and embark on their next adventure.
x 1 x Banner winners Ruilin (Alex) Zhang ’22, Corrine Waters ’22, Mary Randall ’22, and Nico Berger ’22 process into the Middle School closing ceremony behind Middle School assistant director (and bagpiper) Tony Breen. x 2 x Eighth Grade class speaker Maya Benjamin ’22 x 3 x Christos Papavassiliou ’22 is congratulated by Middle School director Mary Dolbear x 4 x Katie Chen ’22, Sanya Goenka ’22, and Dunia Sarkis ’22 x 5 x Patrick McDonnell ’22, Adrian Mendoza Perez ’22, and John Angelino ’22 15
D E PA RT I N G FAC U LT Y b y Jo h n No r t o n , fo r m e r U p p e r S c h o o l A r t Te a c h e r a n d Fa c u l t y E m e r i t u s
Parrish D obson
Upper School Photography: 1985-2018
The path of a lifelong educator takes many turns. After 33 years of teaching photography and English at the Upper School, Parrish Dobson has decided it is time to leave BB&N. In that time, she encouraged and guided students to be open and curious about the world and, equally importantly, to find meaning in that experience. She hoped that the camera lens that she introduced them to would reflect many things about the world, none more important than discovering what it is that we want to go looking for in life. For Parrish, photography was an educational challenge—an intimate kind of journaling process involving close observation and thoughtful reflection.
Parrish’s love of challenge was there before she came to BB&N, hired in 1985 by Sharon Hamilton to teach English at the Upper School. She was adventurous enough to graduate in the first class of female undergraduates at Yale in 1971, where she sung in a Slavic Chorus, taught overseas in Barcelona, and ventured across the Sahara Desert in a Land Rover— camera in hand—to discover what she could see. Along the way, she experienced a 12-year stretch working with students in a variety of capacities—in public schools in New Hampshire, running a college women’s studies program, and then teaching at Phillips Andover Academy and with School Year Abroad (SYA) in Barcelona. As much as she loved books (she had taken a Master’s in English at Brandeis) Parrish’s personal photography practice had led her to the exciting realization that, in writer John Berger’s words, “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and sees before it can speak.” So, not surprisingly, Parrish jumped at the opportunity to become the full-time photo teacher in the Arts Department when the position opened up two years after her hiring. It seemed to fit her naturally. Guiding hundreds of students through the dark room and later the digital worlds of image making, Parrish encouraged them to not only look, but to see. And being a believer also in words, she would have her advanced students write about
what they saw; an image exists as metaphor as well as shadow and light. She passionately believed that photography could be explored as a way of making sense out of the world.
Foreign Language departments, served on the schoolwide Education Committee, and help revive The Spectator (a student-arts and writing publication) as its faculty advisor.
I first came to America. She provided me with tremendous support both in school and in life. I wouldn’t have become who I am today without her help.”
At a recent Griffin Photography Museum symposium on teaching, at which she was invited to be a panelist, Parrish said her educational goal was to, “Teach students to care about the world and to notice what they are noticing—to question the world and find a way of responding.” The idea was to get closer to life, to see the familiar in new ways, maybe even to smile or be mystified. Nobody loved getting students out there more than Parrish—field trips, street photography in Boston, yearly visits to the Topsfield Fair, documenting the Big Dig’s construction—she believed that the world was the best teacher. She liked her students to travel back in time, too, making them explore early family snapshots or collaborate with Lower Schoolers in exploring a site.
As chair of the Arts Department for nine years, including the critical period of Renaissance Hall’s planning and construction, Parrish also worked tirelessly to support the various and talented members of her department in music, theater, and the visual arts. Under her leadership, the successful After-School Arts program and the Petropoulos Arts Scholars were created and thrived, allowing interested students to explore both the visual and performing arts in new ways. She was one of the guiding forces behind the annual Arts Bash in years past, overseeing the Golden Cushion Award given to the non-arts departmental teacher who most sat in on Arts Department events during the year.
Parrish had the natural gift of genuinely caring about students as individuals. Her gentle, but insistent, sense of engagement brought out the best in them. Zach Boughner ’15 reflects that, “I learned from her how important it is to wake up every day to do work that you care about. Ironically, the most important lessons that I have learned from her do not involve photography at all.”
As talented as she was as an arts teacher, and as a renowned photographer in her own right, Parrish was also interested in education broadly, embracing the role of initiating and promoting new programs of many kinds. She was one of the co-founders of the multi-disciplinary Mediterranean Studies program begun as a ninth-grade elective in the 1990s with members of the English and
Parrish’s students won numerous Globe and Scholastic Press Awards and other art awards over the years, but, as fine as their work was, they came away with something more. Wenli Bao ’13, who arrived from China as a ninth grader and was an advisee and photo student of Parrish’s, feels indebted to her former teacher to this day. “She was more than a teacher to me…she helped me adjust to this country when
Pursuing the qualities of curiosity and compassion were central to Parrish’s teaching, and students picked up on that. Sophie Smyke ’17 writes of her gratitude, “She taught me that there is no place for passivity in this world. She emphasized the power of art to influence the minds of others and helped to shape my identity as a student, as a woman, and most importantly as a creative individual.” Parrish believed in the possibilities of schools to change lives. In so many ways her teaching and her commitment to that goal embodied BB&N’s values of Honor, Scholarship, and Kindness. Her energy, passion, and sense of mission will be missed.
Kyle Boyd Upper School History and Social Sciences
Stevie Olson Grade 6 Homeroom and Former Trustee
45 YEARS OF SERVICE
Joao Brandao Lower School Maintenance
Grace Pekkala Upper School Nurse
40 YEARS OF SERVICE
Gustavo Carrera Upper School History and Social Sciences Department Head
Kelly Pendergast Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science
Ross Clark Upper School History, Social Sciences, and Academic Scheduler
Carolyn Polley Associate Director of Athletics
Lisa Conway Upper School Science Svetlana Grinshpan Middle School Technology Integration Mentor
Molly King Upper School Spanish Gerardo Molinari Upper School Spanish
Beverly Malone (1) Director of Teacher Training Institute and Former Lower School Director Henri AndrĂŠ (2) Director of Physical Education and Health Paul Ruhlmann (3) Upper School Woodworking
35 YEARS OF SERVICE Lewis Bryant (4) Director of Multicultural Services
Brian Sih Upper School Arts
Leigh Hogan (5) Upper School History and Social Sciences, Jeanette Markham Master Teacher Chair
Katie Small Interim Chief Advancement Officer
30 YEARS OF SERVICE Soizick Munir Lower School French and Languages Department Coordinator
Audrey Wallace Assistant Director of The BB&N Fund
Tom Randall Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science
Teisa Weekes Lower School Lunchroom
25 YEARS OF SERVICE Al Coons Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science
20 YEARS OF SERVICE
x 1 x Ross Clark, Upper School History, Social Sciences, and Academic Scheduler x 2 x Molly King, Upper School Spanish x 3 x Svetlana Grinshpan, Middle School Technology Integration Mentor x 4 x Gustavo Carrera, Upper School History and Social Sciences Department Head x 5 x Katie Small, Interim Chief Advancement Officer x 6 x Joao Brandao, Lower School Maintenance
Martha Newport Director of Middle School Admission
2 Class of 2018 BIDS FAREWELL TO BB&N BB&N’s Class of 2018 welcomed this year’s graduation with smiles as bright as the sun streaming through the windows of the Nicholas Athletic Center. The proceedings opened on a light note with senior class president Robert Tearney ’18 reciting a Wiz Khalifa song, but turned quickly to a reflective, emotional tone as senior student speaker Athena Chu ’18 addressed her class.
Reciting memories of her talented classmates, Chu celebrated her peers, recalling moments both poignant and funny as she championed the friendships and camaraderie within her class. “I want to celebrate us,” Chu said. “Not what we have done, but who we are. Just us.” As any good parent would, keynote speaker Dr. Aria Olumi used the podium to embarrass his son, Shayan Olumi ’18, before turning his attention to some advice for the soon-to-be graduates. Olumi spoke of coming the U.S. alone in the late ’70s as a 12-year-old who spoke limited English. “I say this as a friend, a father, and an immigrant: It’s difficult to be different…but adversity creates empathy. If you’ve ever been an outsider you know how awful it feels to be treated poorly. So, my message to the graduating class is to use that knowledge to stop yourself from ever treating others that way, and to give you the courage to intervene when you see others behaving badly.” Following a rousing performance by the BB&N Chorale, Head of School Rebecca T. Upham took the podium for her final graduation address as Head of the School. Upham thanked the community for her 17 years at BB&N before quickly focusing her full attention to the Class of 2018.
Touching on the increasingly divided and dissident national climate, she encouraged the students to seek out dialogue with others, and to “speak one’s mind by telling one’s heart.” And, quoting British-born Ghanian-American philosopher Kwame Appiah, Upham stressed the idea that “conversation doesn’t have to lead to consensus about anything, especially not values. It’s enough that it helps people get used to one another.” Processing out of the Athletic Center and into a beautiful summer day, BB&N’s latest graduates looked poised to help make a difference in a world where only the sky is their limit.
PICTURED x 1 x Rabia Kassim, Cooper Wolff, and Claudia Inglessis x 2 x Senior Class student speaker Athena Chu x 3 x Dr. Aria Olumi (father of Shayan Olumi ’18) addresses the soon-to-be graduates. x 4 x Elijah Davis receives his diploma from Head of School Rebecca T. Upham x 5 x The Upper School jazz band performs. x 6 x Ben Blackburn and Anilda Mendes x 7 x Eliott Wallace, Sophia Scanlan, Daniel Kutsovsky, Ali Plump, and Tayseer Chowdhury
Seniors Gather at Lower School for Lifer Party Breathing in memories, squeezing into chairs much too small for comfort, and gathering on the same climbing structure upon which they once played, 20 seniors spent an afternoon in the Morse Building, reminiscing about their journey at BB&N. The annual “Lifer” celebration reunites those students who came to BB&N as a Beginner, Kindergartner, or First Grader with past teachers and the Lower School campus where it all began. Lauren Elizabeth Bowden Bernier • Benjamin Thomas Blackburn • Emily Francesca Brower • Camilla Camargo Cortes Lily Morit Denton • Lily Miriam Druker • Andreas Fyodor Markus Frank • Olivia Katherine Friend • Isaac Glotzer Martin Lucy Bara Goldfarb • Evangeline Grace Grimshaw • Delila Pearl Keravuori • Christina Quattrocki Knight • Louis Moses Lapsley Ian Christopher McJohn • Isabel Nicole Nowiszewski • Sophia Katherine Scanlan • Caroline Head Scheer • Brooke Harris Shachoy Cooper Samuel Wolff
Presenting the Class of 2018 Christopher David Attisani Rachel Alexandra Avram * Bradley Monroe Basham Lauren Elizabeth Bowden Bernier Benjamin Thomas Blackburn Elizabeth Sophia Bowen Emily Francesca Brower Robert Prescott Brower Amanda Buchan Michael Gerald Bulman Madeleine Julia Burns India Rose Cabot Camilla Camargo Cortes * Molly Yihua Carney * Irfan Rauf Chaudhuri Elise Yeon Cho * Tayseer Asif Chowdhury Athena Sophia Chu Jung Soo (Victor) Chu * Kaitlyn Elizabeth Cohen Isabella Marie Collins Menen Haile Tajari Crawlle Maïa Jacquier Cullen Taylor Elijah Davis Lily Morit Denton * Thomas Andrew DiPetrillo Caroline Marilyn Donnelly Moran * Ryan Patrick Donnelly Brendan Thomas Donovan Trevor Doran Donovan Francis Joseph Doyle, IV Lily Miriam Druker
Kayla Jennifer Duran Constance Simone Faling Maxwell Flanagan Margaret Catherine Foot Brianne Forman Andreas Fyodor Markus Frank Olivia Katherine Friend Zachary Thomas Glantz Isaac Gordon Glotzer Martin Victoria Nicole Glynn Lidia Miriam Goldberg Lucy Bara Goldfarb Evangeline Grace Grimshaw * Maxwell Aldous Haigney Owen Michael Hakim Margaret Johanna Hendrick Hardigg James Fletcher Hauswirth Armando Sol Hazaveh Salazar Corey Joseph Herron Claudia Inglessis Rebecca Ann Bradbury Isaacson Kayla Lynn Kaloostian Rabia Maftouh Kassim Rebecca Kaulbach Kendall Isabella Nicole Kennedy Delila Pearl Keravuori Trevor Kuo Khanna Joshua JiWon Kim Christina Quattrocki Knight * Spencer Douglas Kuldell Daniel Kutsovsky * Colin Edward Lamphier
Class of 2018 Matriculation List College
Amherst College Bates College Bentley University Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brandeis University Brown University Bucknell University Claremont McKenna College Colby College Colorado College Columbia University Connecticut College Cornell University Duke University Emmanuel College Emory University Georgetown University Hamilton College - NY Harvard University Hobart and William Smith Colleges
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Indiana University at Bloomington Lehigh University Massachusetts Institute of Technology McGill University Middlebury College New York University New York University (Gallatin School) Northeastern University Northwestern University Occidental College Princeton University Providence College Salve Regina University Stanford University Stonehill College Suffolk University Syracuse University The George Washington University The London School of Economics and Political Science
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Trinity College Tufts University
Tulane University Union College (New York) University of California, Los Angeles University of Florida University of Maryland, College Park University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Miami University of Pennsylvania University of Southern California University of Virginia University of Washington University of Wisconsin, Madison Villanova University Wake Forest University Washington and Lee University Washington University in St. Louis Wellesley College Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University
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Colleges that also offered admission to BB&N students Christopher Keane Lang Louis Moses Joseph Lapsley Jiho Lee * Adam Scott Levin Angela Liu Timothy Stuart Longfield Theodor Philipp Lukin Yelin Lucy Maude Lyman Abraham Zachariah Madsen Olivia Lee Maduro Rachel Sarah Markey Devin Joseph Marrocco Henry Macrae Marshall * Anna Ryder Matthes Brett Michael McAllister James Edward McCarey * Ian Christopher McJohn * Emily Anderson McKinley Katherine Elizabeth McKinley Anilda Cristine Da Veiga Mendes Inis Mija Benjamin Ivan Morris * Tomás Navarro Carly Maria Newell Daniel Joseph Noenickx Isabel Nicole Nowiszewski Desmond Patrick O’Mahony Shayan Olumi Henry Robert Parente Aidan Won Park Kyle Morrow Peck Alison Naomi Driscoll Plump * Rena Beaux Repenning
Alia Husain Rizvi * Benjamin Peter Ross * Henry Joseph Ross John Emory Sabatini * Jacqueline Anna Lena Sands * Sophia Katherine Scanlan Caroline Head Scheer Jenna Katherine Selden Brooke Harris Shachoy Ryan Michael Sheft Yliuz Jhalet Sierra Marin Peter Boyd Silva Ian Thomas Edward Sloane Jennifer Ruifu Steinberg Jack Arthur Studley Margaret Sprague Swanson Jay Patrick Symonds, Jr. Mark Douglas Synnott Elisabeth Marie Tabor * Jeremy Yitian Tang * Michelle Tang * Robert Bayer Tearney Zoe Liang Ting Kimberly Therese Vetrano Eliott Pierre Cloud Wallace Matthew McGowan Walsh Jocelyn Wang * Cora Isabel Wendlandt * Charles Curley Whitney Cooper Samuel Wolff Alexander Jung Hwan Yun Malcolm Lewis Zuckerman * cum laude
American University Barnard College Baylor University Bryant University Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Chapman University Clark University Colgate University College of Charleston College of the Holy Cross Colorado School of Mines Cornell University Curry College Dartmouth College Dickinson College Drexel University Durham University Elon University Fairfield University Fitchburg State University Fordham University Franklin & Marshall College Georgia Institute of Technology Gettysburg College Hampshire College Hawaii Pacific University Howard University James Madison University Johns Hopkins University Lafayette College
Lasell College Lesley University Lewis & Clark College Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Loyola University Maryland Macalester College Marquette University Miami University, Oxford Pennsylvania State University Purdue University Reed College Regis College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhodes College Rice University Santa Clara University Simmons College Skidmore College Southern New Hampshire University St. Lawrence University Stevens Institute of Technology Temple University The Ohio State University The University of Arizona The University of Edinburgh The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Bristol University of British Columbia University of California, Irvine University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Barbara University of California, Santa Cruz University of Colorado at Boulder University of Connecticut University of Denver University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Maine University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of Michigan University of New Hampshire at Durham University of North Carolina at Asheville University of Notre Dame University of Oregon University of Redlands University of Richmond University of Rochester University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of St Andrews University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Toronto Undergraduate Only University of Vermont Vanderbilt University Vassar College Whitman College Willamette University Worcester Polytechnic Institute Worcester State University
PRIZES AWARDED IN 2018 Arts
THE ARTS DEPARTMENT PRIZE The Arts Department has chosen to recognize the following seniors who have challenged themselves and who have shared their passion for their chosen art form with the school community. Taylor Elijah Davis ’18 Daniel Joseph Noenickx ’18 Henry Robert Parente ’18 Jocelyn Wang ’18 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: Madeleine Julia Burns ’18 Isabella Marie Collins ’18 Taylor Elijah Davis ’18 Brianne Forman ’18 Victoria Nicole Glynn ’18 Claudia Inglessis ’18 Angela Liu ’18 Olivia Lee Maduro ’18 Benjamin Ivan Morris ’18 Daniel Joseph Noenickx ’18 Henry Robert Parente ’18 John Emory Sabatini ’18 Jenna Katherine Selden ’18 Jocelyn Wang ’18 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. Armando Sol Hazaveh Salazar ’18 Philip Andreas Satterthwaite ’19
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. Olivia Lee Maduro ’18 Benjamin Peter Ross ’18 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. Michael Gerald Bulman ’18 Kayla Jennifer Duran ’18 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 Monroe Basham ’18 Emily Francesca Brower ’18
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. Athena Sophia Chu ’18 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 at Buckingham. The award is given to that member of Grade 10 who has shown outstanding skill in debating. Mahika Pandey ’20 26
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. Jacqueline Anna Lena Sands ’18
PICTURED x 1 x Arts Department Chair Laura Tangusso and Arts Department Awards recipients Elijah Davis ’18, Daniel Noenickx ’18, Jocelyn Wang ’18, and Henry Parente ’18 x 2 x Director of Athletics Chuck Richard with Patricia H. Biggar Prize winners Olivia Maduro ’18 and Benjamin Ross ’18 x 3 x Mathematics Department Chair Chip Rollinson and Harry Davis Gaylord Mathematics Prize winners Victor Chu ’18 and Elisa Tabor ’18 x 4 x Science Department Chair Rachel Riemer alongside John H. Walters Science Prize recipient Theodor Lukin Yelin ’18 x 5 x World Languages Department Chair Cécile Roucher-Greenberg with Spanish Prize winner Rachel Avram ’18.
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. Jacqueline Anna Lena Sands ’18
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. Jung Soo (Victor) Chu ’18 Elisabeth Marie Tabor ’18
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. Molly Yihua Carney ’18
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. Theodor Philipp Lukin Yelin ’18
THE ARABIC PRIZE is presented to a student who has proven to be mutahamis/mutahamisa (intensely enthusiastic) for Arabic language and cultures. Tayseer Asif Chowdhury ’18 THE CHINESE PRIZE is given to the student who excels in the study of Chinese. Alia Husain Rizvi ’18
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.. Camilla Camargo Cortes ’18 Benjamin Ivan Morris ’18 THE JAMES ARTHUR REEVES LATIN PRIZE is presented for excellence in translation and comprehension. Brendan Thomas Donovan ’18 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 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. Christopher Keane Lang ’18 27
PRIZES AWARDED IN 2018 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. Rachel Alexandra Avram ’18
**** 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. Mahika Pandey ’20 Jayanth Vasudeva Uppaluri ’20 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. Justin Thomas Albee ’19
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 a student who, with determination and an open mind, has fostered collaboration and strengthened our community. This young woman’s contribution to the BB&N Community is multi-faceted: she has led with grace and quiet confidence, always with a smile on her face. An integral member of SHADES, EMPOWER, several teams, and the Core Committee for Community Day, her voice and high ethical standards have made BB&N a better community. Rabia Maftouh Kassim ’18 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. This student embodies the BB&N motto by holding herself to a high moral standard, befriending and advising students of all grades, and leading by example—in classes, social situations, and athletics. With her characteristic dry sense of humor and balanced perspective, she strives to connect with people, understand them, and enjoy the process. Lauren Elizabeth Bowden Bernier ’18 Whether providing her time and energy as a Senior Prefect, serving as captain on the volleyball team, or leading her class as junior class president, this young woman never hesitated to step 28
up and do what she thought was right. Her pride in our school, her determined nature, and her sense of responsibility was never more evident than in her tireless efforts to establish a Veterans Memorial at BB&N to finally recognize the men and women who proudly served in our military. Carly Maria Newell ’18 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 student displayed a strong moral compass and led by example in the classroom, on the squash court, on the soccer field, and through her work with the POV and Discipline Committee. Margaret Catherine Foot ’18 This young man is the ultimate community member. As a Peer Counselor, Summer Success Mentor, and captain of various teams, he has been a reliable role model for younger students and peers. His resilient spirit, unrelenting work ethic, and steady integrity epitomize what it means to live one’s ideals Desmond Patrick O’Mahony ’18 THE MERIWETHER OTIS KIMBALL PRIZE was established in memory of Meriwether Otis Kimball ’32 by his parents and is awarded annually for faithful, conscientious work and cheerfulness in meeting and overcoming difficulties. This year’s winner has used her unique talents to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Her fervent advocacy for the arts, her commitment to serving others, her strong social conscience, and her inspirational ability to deliver her own words represent the best of our community’s aspirations: Athena Sophia Chu ’18 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. This young woman’s understated leadership, integrity, and intelligence have been on full display in the classroom, through her work as Vanguard Editor-in-Chief, as a member of the Student-Faculty Discipline Committee, and as captain of the Cross Country and Track teams, to name a few. Her numerous contributions to BB&N community have challenged, educated, and inspired us. Sophia Katherine Scanlan ’18 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 young woman has combined Student Council leadership with success in the classroom, on stage, and on the river. Throughout her time here, she has been a community organizer
GRADUATION 2018 and excellent role model, especially through her thoughtful, diligent, compassionate engagement with the Best Buddies Volunteer Program. Olivia Katherine Friend ’18 This student has seized every opportunity to lead, in and out of the classroom, on the playing fields as a three-season athlete, as a Peer Counselor, Bivouac Junior Guide, and President of the Community Service Club. Her commitment to serving others epitomizes the ideals of the Pokross Prize and the value BB&N places on kindness. Katherine Elizabeth McKinley ’18 THE APRIL TERUEL PRIZE, given in memory of a former student, is awarded 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. Cheerful, helpful, and passionate, this young man has immersed himself in student life at BB&N. He has elevated his peers with his love for poetry and music, his leadership roles in three varsity sports, and his enthusiasm for theater and Russian Club. Colin Edward Lamphier ’18
Brilliant and empathetic, intellectual and compassionate, this student’s legacy will be one of inclusion, care, advocacy, and scholarship. Through her involvement with the Vanguard, her leadership in organizing Community Day, and her ever-present voice in the pursuit of social justice, this young woman possesses great conviction, stands firmly in her beliefs, and always engages others with patience and optimism. Alia Husain Rizvi ’18
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. Fearless, generous, curious, and kind, this prize-winner delights in dialogue across differences and has put his personal experiences and talents in the service of many brave causes. Through his work in SHADES, BSAE, Community Day, the Vanguard, and Admissions, he has proven himself an exceptional ambassador of the school and an encouraging leader to his peers. Yliuz Jhalet Sierra Marin ’18
Lively, energetic, and empathetic, this young woman greets each day and every person with warm enthusiasm. She has been a superb representative of our school during the admission process and a leader at Bivouac and in the community at large. She has proven herself an exceptional ambassador of the school and an encouraging leader to her peers. Jocelyn Wang ’18 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. There are two recipients. Earnest and upbeat, optimistic and trustworthy, this young man possesses a natural grace and kindness in his interactions with others. Whether speaking about identity at a community-based assembly, encouraging squad members at Bivouac, or representing BB&N on the baseball diamond, this young man has had a deep and lasting impact on his classmates while remaining grounded and true to himself. Aidan Won Park ’18
PICTURED x 1 x Dean of Students Rory Morton ’81 hands the Lubets Prize to Sophia Scanlan ’18. x 2 x Head of School Rebecca T. Upham and Head’s Prize winners Aidan Park ’18 and Alia Rizvi ’18
MAX FLANAGAN ’18
THROUGH THE STUDENT LENS
Senior Spring Project is an opportunity for seniors to schedule their own time and pursue interests beyond the academic and extracurricular setting at BB&N. Max Flanagan, like many other seniors, chose to schedule his time with a variety of different activities, including interning at a marketing company three times a week, taking two mini-courses at BB&N—Black Mirror and Disney Analysis—and volunteering at the Animal Rescue League of Boston twice a week. Of his many activities, his time at the Animal Rescue League has been Max’s favorite because, he says, “it’s fun, rewarding, and I love to play with the cats!”
Each spring following March break, BB&N seniors return to campus for Senior Spring Project, a semester-long opportunity to take the classes they never had a chance to take, embark on an independent study, or perform meaningful work in the community
Max also took cooking classes with his friends, a pursuit that often included practice cooking sessions at their houses. In addition to cooking classes, Max wrote a food blog (bostonsbestbites. wordpress.com) with his friend Lucy Lyman ’18 about inexpensive food in the Boston area. Among others, the two reviewed Bernard’s in Newton and the Breakfast Club, a student favorite in Allston. In their blog, Max and Lucy reviewed the food and discussed the changes these restaurants have made that stray from tradition. They explained that The Breakfast Club offers many options to suit different dietary restrictions and personal preferences, which differs from traditional heavy American breakfasts. Bernard’s serves many dishes, such as Chinese ribs, that are made with less sodium and baked instead of fried, while still maintaining great flavor.
While some students stayed on campus to study a foreign language, game design, or take a class in that compelling subject they never got to explore, others ventured out into the community for internships and volunteer work. Jossy Wang ’18 stayed closer to home for her internship. In addition to working at the Waltham Fields Community Fields Farm, studying photography, partaking in a book club, and completing two AP courses, Wang also spent her spring reporting and blogging about other students’ Spring Projects for the BB&N website.
Max enjoyed his free time and being able to hang out with friends, although with people on different schedules, he did miss the structured schedule of regular school a bit. He encourages future seniors to choose more on-campus activities where they could see their friends and teachers more often. All in all, Max thoroughly enjoyed gaining experience through his internship and exploring new activities during Senior Spring Project.
Read through the following pages for Wang’s take on some of the incredible work done by her classmates this spring.
BELLA COLLINS ’18 Bella Collins’ Spring Project included boat building, continuing Calculus class, coaching field hockey for her club team, physical therapy for a torn ACL, volunteering at Waltham Fields Community Farm, and a short story mini-course with Latin teacher Walter Young. Looking back on her spring, she enjoyed having free time to pursue unexplored activities and having no homework.
Bella has been woodworking since she was four years old, and since she was eight years old she has wanted to build a boat, so she decided to build a canoe. Instead of building a canoe the traditional way, she undertook crafting a twenty-pound geodesic aerolite skin-on-frame canoe that she bought plans for online. The process began with creating the box beam and frame on which to build the boat upside down. First, she attached the stern and bow to the frame and box beam. Then, Bella attached the rest of the long horizontal pieces and used structural epoxy to glue them to the stern and bow. Next, she steambent the ribs, which run perpendicular to the long pieces of the frame. Finally, she installed the inside pieces, which included components like the thwarts, which are the crossbars, and the floorboards. She is planning to install Kevlar roving into the frame, which adds strength to the boat, and then using Dacron, which is a heat-shrink aircraft-material, to skin the boat. Once the boat is finished, she will install ocean kayak seats and use paddles to propel the canoe. 30
1. Bella Collins ’18 (alongside Rob Brower ’18) outside of the BB&N Woodshop where she crafted her boat. 2. Max Flanagan ’18 (far left) practices cooking with some friends, a delicious and gratifying part of his Senior Spring Project. 31
EMILY BROWER ’18
KATIE McKINLEY ’18
Emily Brower is a lifer at BB&N who really enjoyed her Senior Spring Project (SSP). She appreciated gaining experience in activities that differed so much from normal school. Her project consisted of volunteer work at Drumlin Farm, continuing AP Calculus and AP French classes, coaching Middle School softball, and playing varsity softball. While she loved the opportunity to spend time outside for many of her activities, Emily does wish that there had been a little less traveling involved with SSP.
Katie McKinley particularly enjoyed her final two weeks of Senior Spring Project, where she witnessed the culmination of her many activities. Her project consisted of a mix of ceramics, painting, Spanish dance, chorale, nutrition, a Medical Problem Solving Global Online Academy course, coaching Middle School crew, and rowing on Varsity Crew. Outside her activities, she missed seeing her friends every day at school, but appreciated the opportunity to make new ones that SSP provided. Senior spring provided Katie time to relax and pursue activities that she enjoys, rather than spending hours on homework.
Emily spent a lot of her time volunteering at Drumlin Farm. Every week she helped with morning chores working with Caroline, the livestock manager at the farm. This included feeding animals that included goats, sheep, chickens, cows, rams, and horses. Midnight, a horse at the farm, has Cushing’s disease, so Emily helped ensure he received the specific diet he needs. She also tended to the poultry, washing eggs and documenting whether eggs are fertilized or unfertilized. There are also wildlife animals that have either been born and raised in captivity or injured and wouldn’t be able to survive in nature. Working with kids at the camp run during April break, Emily found educating others about the farm and local agriculture rewarding. She helped lead kids as they assisted with the farm chores and appreciated that the farm also accepts kids with disabilities to encourage everyone to get outside and interact with their local farms. Drumlin Farm is very transparent that the animals will be sold and slaughtered, teaching kids about how local farming works. Emily found it gratifying to learn more about the complexity and skills involved with running a farm. She believes that farming is often oversimplified, because it actually requires comprehensive skills such as knowing what a compost pile should smell like when it needs turning. Emily has educated herself about local farms and realized that the factory farming system is ineffective and creates more problems than it’s solving. She says, “Farming itself is not evil; it’s the people who corrupt it and mainly care about the profit rather than the well-being of the animals.” Emily hopes this volunteer work will continue to broaden her understanding of local sustainable farming and allow her to continue to educate others.
One major focus of Katie’s project was art in the form of ceramics, painting, Spanish dance, and chorale. For four years, Katie sang in the BB&N Chorale and loved it, but she never had time to take other art classes, so she used SSP as an opportunity to try new art forms. In her painting independent study, Katie began to master the basic techniques of painting. Much of her time was spent in individual exploration, and art teacher Lanie Wurzel also taught her different methods of painting. For example, Katie was painting an orange sunset over water, and Ms. Wurzel told her to paint a basecoat of orange and paint the blue over it so that some of the orange shone through the water to make it more realistic. In ceramics, Katie worked primarily with the pottery wheel. She first learned how to center clay on the wheel, then moved to working on making cylinders. After cylinders, ceramics teacher Christian Tonsgard taught her how to make bowls, and by SSP’s end, Katie had created mugs, vases, and tea cups as well—all neatly trimmed and glazed. In Spanish dance, Katie and her classmates started with a dance to a Spanish song, then learned a merengue, and finished up working on a partner salsa dance. Katie relished learning the different salsa steps and spins. In her different arts activities, Katie also found time for fun and relaxation. She continues to learn the importance of patience and concentration in art, especially ceramics. She says, “Ceramics takes a while to get the hang of, but that’s like anything you do.” Following the culmination of SSP, she cherished Back to Bivouac and the rest of the events in the last week of school as a bittersweet time to come together one last time with the Class of 2018.
1. Emily Brower ’18 2. A lamb and its mother were some of the many animals Emily Brower ’18 helped to oversee during her Senior Spring Project at Drumlin Farm. 3. Katie McKinley ’18 at the painting easel, working on one of her numerous art projects this spring. 32
Advancing Our Mission
100% Senior Class Participation and a Dunk Tank The Senior Class Ambassador Committee and the Class of 2018, continuing a 22-year BB&N Senior Class Gift tradition, achieved 100% class participation and raised $1,991.37 this year. The class voted to designate its gift toward financial aid. The Senior Class Ambassadors educated their peers throughout the year about the BB&N Fund, Alumni/ae Programs resources, and the impact of their Senior Class Gift using tools such as a Kahoot interactive online quiz at a senior class meeting, a 100 “Knights” until Graduation celebration, a Senior Class Gift video highlighting different areas on campus where the BB&N Fund’s support can be seen in action from a student perspective, and more. Thanks to the hard work of the Senior Class Ambassadors, the Senior Class Gift became more than just a gift—it symbolized the thoughtful, inclusive generosity of spirit of the entire class. For the second year in a row, the seniors were offered an extra incentive to reach their goal. Upper School History and Social Sciences teacher and Senior Grade team member Ross Clark volunteered to sit in a dunk tank if, and only if, the senior class hit 100% participation. Inspired by this tempting challenge, the class achieved its goal. On May 25, the class gathered in the Upper School courtyard to watch Mr. Clark submit to the dunk tank and the strong throwing arms of the seniors! The Senior Class Gift marks an important first step for the Class of 2018 as they join the BB&N alumni/ae community. At the Senior Farewell Dinner on May 30th, Senior Class Ambassador Co-Chairs Zachary Glantz and Jocelyn Wang addressed the seniors, parents, faculty, and friends, commenting on how special they believe their class to be. They noted that the Senior Class Gift is one tangible way to show love for BB&N, expressing their pride in the class for reaching its goal, and encouraging them to continue the class’ philanthropic efforts to provide the next generation of Knights with an extraordinary education and memories to treasure as well.
At right: After successfully achieving 100% participation in the class gift campaign, members of the Class of 2018 take aim to dunk Ross Clark, US History and Social Sciences and member of the Senior Grade team.
Thank you to the parents of the Class of 2018!
Class of 2018 Committee Co-Chairs:
6th Grade families raise 66,230 to establish The Class of 2024 Lower School Supplemental Financial Aid Fund
2017-2018 BB&N FUND HIGHLIGHTS:
Over the past three decades, the BB&N Senior Parents’ Gift program—an opportunity for senior parents to celebrate their children’s BB&N experiences—has inspired meaningful support for the School’s highest priorities. This year, the 2018 Senior Parents’ Gift Committee enthusiastically endorsed financial aid as the designation of its class gift, resulting in the establishment of The Class of 2018 Senior Parents’ Financial Aid Fund. The newly endowed fund will provide both tuition and supplemental aid for BB&N’s financial aid program.
Marcia Head P’18
Thanks to the generosity of Class of 2024 parents, $66,230 was raised through this year’s Sixth Grade Gift, the second highest total since this program was launched more than ten years ago. A dedicated committee of sixth grade parents reached out to other families in the class to seek their support, with 89% of parents participating in this special fundraising initiative to create a lasting legacy for Lower School students.
The BB&N Fund had a recordsetting year, raising more than
More than 89% of parents of the Class of 2018 came together to raise a total of $851,123 for the class financial aid fund, The BB&N Fund, and other initiatives. This generous philanthropic achievement will impact generations of students to come.
Julie Auclair P’15,’18
This year’s Sixth Grade Gift will establish The Class of 2024 Lower School Supplemental Financial Aid Fund. While BB&N’s financial aid budget provides tuition assistance for many students and their families, the School faces a growing need for the supplemental aid required to allow all families to participate fully in the BB&N experience. The Fund will augment the School’s supplemental financial aid budget over the next several years to specifically assist Lower School families with needs such as academic tutoring, transportation to and from school, field trips, the Lower School yearbook, Circus tickets, pizza lunch, and more.
Kate De Normandie McCarey ’81 P’13,’15,’18
Class of 2024 Committee Co-Chairs:
Jennifer and William McKinley P’18,’18,’21
Alexandra and Sam Epee-Bounya P’17,’21,’24
Classes in the 3s and 8s, celebrating their reunions this year, raised more than
Meredith and Christopher Shachoy P’18
Lori and Matthew Sidman ’90 P’22,’24,’25
Nathalie Tabor P’18,’21
Kate and Chuck Brizius P’19,’21,’24
Vicky and Ken Lang P’16,’18,’20,’22 Committee Members:
Agnes Bundy Scanlan P’18 Christina and Tim Cohen P’18,’23 Karen Donovan P’18,’20 Rachael Goldfarb P’18 Wei Lucy Qiu P’16,’18 Susan and Charles Longfield P’18
Pamela Tang P’18 Alice Wang P’18,’20,’24 Lilly Yun P’18,’19
Kimberly Hsu-Barber and Jeff Barber P’24,’25,’30 Erica and Ted Pappendick P’20,’22,’24
Committee Members: Julia Gwynne P’24,’27 Zachary Harvey P’24 Christine and Avak Kahvejian P’23,’24 Tania and Gordon Kluzak P’24,’27,’29 Heather Cheney and Philippe Rosier P’24
$3,700,000 for the School.
1,900 alumni/ae, current and past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff and friends supported the 2017-2018 BB&N Fund.
$400,000 in support of The BB&N Fund. The Classes of 1968 and 1978 celebrated with records by becoming the first reunion classes ever to raise
$100,000 for The BB&N Fund.
Fleur and Avron Segal P’24,’30 Lisa Fortenberry-Spaloss and Stephen Spaloss P’24 34
 Roger F. Stacey, Former Upper School English Teacher and Faculty Emeritus: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain: Quench Your Own Thirst, by Jim Koch I am making a careful study of Twain’s Huckleberry Finn in preparation for leading a seminar on it at The Beacon Hill Seminars in the fall. I am also preparing and recording Quench Your Own Thirst by the founder of the Boston Beer Company, Jim Koch, at the Perkins School for the Blind.
A Man of Few Words but a Big Heart It is said that the most unassuming people are those whose thoughtfulness and generosity can have an impact on others in quiet but powerful ways.
Things About BB&N:
Our Faculty Recommend Some Summer Reading
GEORGE W. JONES B&N ’47:
 Marissa Clark, Lower School Assistant Director Americanah, by Chimamanda Adichie Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie is a fantastic summer read about race and identity told within a tender love story of two childhood sweethearts. And if you haven’t already seen them, I also highly recommend Chimamanda Adichie’s TED talks, ‘The Danger of a Single Story’ and ‘We Should All Be Feminists.’ Both are must-see talks about culture and gender.
George went on to Harvard University, where he majored in engineering and applied physics. He initially put his engineering degree to work at WHDH radio, managing the electronics for a Fenway Park quiz show, and became the main financial support for his parents and two siblings. In 1969 he obtained a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Northeastern University while working as an engineer for the Charles Stark Draper laboratory in Cambridge, where he designed a computer navigation system at a time when computers did not even have keyboards. In addition to ham radio, George was also a trolley buff and vacationed at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine—to repair trains!
 Lewis Bryant, Director of Multicultural Services The Light in Their Eyes: Creating Multicultural Learning Communities (Tenth Anniversary Edition), by Sonia Nieto This book clarifies the importance of knowing your students, knowing and understanding their identities, and the importance of bringing their identity, community, family and culture into the learning environment and process.
 Tom Randall, Upper School Math Teacher: Honeybee Democracy, by Thomas Seeley This beautiful, but somewhat academic, book describes decision processes in a bee colony. In particular, how does a swarm build a consensus in finding a new home?  Melissa Courtemanche, Upper School Science Teacher Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi Homegoing is written as a collection of stories linked through family members across generations. Through the life events of the characters in Ghana and America, Gyasi presents us with characters shaped by unjust historical forces over hundreds of years. It’s a powerful and emotional reading experience.
 Kathi Gellar, Middle School Music Teacher and Grade 8 Dean Poacher’s Pilgrimage: An Island Journey, by Alastair McIntosh On my reading list this summer is Poacher’s Pilgrimage: An Island Journey by Alastair McIntosh. It is McIntosh’s account of his 12-day walk from Rodel, Scotland, on the island of Harris to Ness Moor (Lewis) in the Outer Hebrides. I’m looking forward to walking in some of his footsteps!
Such can be said of Browne & Nichols alumnus George Jones ‘47, who passed away in February at the age of 87. A long-time resident of Cambridge and the youngest of three children, George entered B&N in the sixth grade. He was a member of the tennis team for five years and the radio club as a senior, having developed a passion for ham radio from his brother Lew and receiving his amateur radio license from the FCC at the age of 16.
While he lived alone in his family home for much of his life, George thrived among contemporaries at the retirement home where he spent his later years. As his attorney David Banash ’68 commented at George’s memorial service, “What most impressed me was his character. Always a smile and never dissatisfied with anything, he supported his family when they needed it, supported major and minor charitable institutions, and was loyal to his friends.” Throughout his life, George also remained connected with BB&N and was a regular attendee at various reunions and Golden Alumni/ae luncheons. BB&N was fortunate to be among the charitable institutions to which George provided support during his lifetime. Shortly after his passing, BB&N received notification that George had made provisions to leave a portion of his estate to BB&N, making him a member of The Almy Society. This bequest will be added to the School’s endowment to provide support for future generations of students and faculty. To quote Shakespeare from George’s senior yearbook, “Men of few words are the best men.” And BB&N is proud to count this quiet but generous soul as one of our “best men.”
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