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Inside this issue:


Esteemed Faculty Tributes


Graduation 2019

56 Strawberry Weekend Highlights

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Tuesday, August 20 BB&N at Fenway Boston

Se pte m be r Saturday, September 21 Homecoming Cambridge

Oc tobe r Tuesday, October 1 1974 Leadership Society Reception By invitation Thursday, October 17 Golden Alumni/ae Luncheon Cambridge Saturday, October 19 Head of the Charles Regatta Alumni/ae Reception Cambridge Sunday, October 20 Head of the Charles Regatta Community Reception Cambridge

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Wednesday, November 27 Young Alumni/ae Coffee Cambridge Friday, November 29 Young Alumni/ae Pub Night Boston

For more details and additional regional events, visit bbns.org/events Parents of former BB&N students: Please help us stay in touch with your child! Update contact information online at bbns.org/updateinfo, email changes to alumni_programs@bbns.org, or send a note to Alumni/ae Programs, BB&N, 80 Gerry’s Landing Road, Cambridge, MA 02138

Summer 2019

Letter From the Head


Director of Communications Joe Clifford, Editor

Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price’s graduation remarks to the Class of 2019

Community News 4 Spring Sports Wrap-Up, Lower and Upper

School Theater Collaboration, Closing Ceremonies, Upper School Eco Bash, BB&N Circus, and more

Members Bid Farewell Tributes to Bill Rogers, Rob Leith, Mark Lindberg, Nina Revis-Barresi, I’man Solomon, Candida Monteith, Al Coons, and Sandy Dow

Faculty 23 Departing and Milestones

Graduation 2019 24 The Class of 2019 moves on,

Prizes Awarded, and more

Senior Spring Project 34 Profiles of five seniors whose Spring Projects went the extra mile: Zack Cyr, Anna Garrity, Zach Lang, Rebecca Mironko, and Anna Soloshenko

Advancing Our Mission 38 2019 BB&N Day of Giving, Grade Six

Parents’ Gift, Senior Parents’ Gift, and BB&N Fund Highlights

Alumni/ae News & Notes 40 Alumni/ae News and Notes 58 Strawberry Night/Reunion Weekend Highlights 77 BB&N in Washington, DC

82 Milestones

Communications and Website Coordinator Hadley Kyle, Editor Contributing Writers Kevin Bau Whitney Dayton Brunet Joe Clifford Ian Craig Cecily Craighill Davis Mark Fidler Andrew Fletcher Kathi Gellar Ben Goldhaber Bill Hritz Sharon Krauss Hadley Kyle Rebecca Lombardo Louise Makrauer Rory Morton Soizick Munir Dr. Jennifer Price Janet Rosen

Features 12 Esteemed BB&N Faculty

Associate Director of Communications Andrew Fletcher, Senior Editor

Contributing Editors Cecily Craighill Davis Janet Rosen Tracy Rosette Brianna Smith ’10 Alumni/ae News & Notes Cecily Craighill Davis Tracy Rosette Brianna Smith ’10 Design & Production Nanci Booth www.nancibooth.com 781-301-1733 Photography/Artwork/Design Lisa Abitbol Leila Bailey-Stewart Pierre Chiha Joe Clifford Andrew Fletcher Ian Kaplan ’21 Eric Nordberg ’88 Shawn Read Joshua Touster Adam Richins

Board of Trustees, 2019-2020 Officers Charles A. Brizius, Chair Erica Gervais Pappendick, Vice Chair/Secretary Bob Higgins, Vice Chair/Treasurer Members Leslie Ahlstrand ’08 Jake Anderson-Bialis Carmen Arce-Bowen Pam Baker Jimmy Berylson ’00 Margaret Boasberg Bihua Chen Tim Cohen Alexandra Epee-Bounya Christine Gross-Loh Jason Hafler ’00 Rachel Kroner Hanselman ’89 Jeff Hawkins Freddie Jacobs Ken Lang Peter Levitt ’84 Marjorie Lichtenberger Bridget Terry Long Tristin Mannion Shep Perkins Leslie Riedel Emma Sagan ’10 Jesse Sarzana ’93 Ilah Shah Matthew Sidman ’90 Becky Velander Adam Zalisk ’03 Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price Front cover: Zack Cyr ’19, Anna Soloshenko ’19, Rebecca Mironko ’19, Anna Garrity ’19, and Zach Lang ’19 head a group of outstanding Senior Spring Projects. (Photography by Eric Nordberg— www.nordbergphoto.com) Correspondence may be sent to: Office of Alumni/ae Programs (alumni_programs@bbns.org or 617-800-2721) or the Office of Communications (communications@bbns.org or 617-800-2403), 80 Gerry’s Landing Road Cambridge, MA 02138-5512


2019 Commencement Remarks by Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price

Congratulations, Class of 2019. Along with your families, please know your teachers, coaches, staff, administrators, in fact the entire BB&N community is proud of you and your accomplishments. Class of 2019, even before I joined BB&N a year ago, I was told what an amazing group you are. And you have definitely lived up to that reputation. I’ve gotten to know you at Lucky Charms breakfasts, at lunches in the Commons, sitting at the boathouse during Head of the Charles, cheering at Homecoming games, watching you on stage, running after Mr. Leith with you at the MFA, joining you at Senior Prom, and supporting some of you through Senior Spring Project. Yet, given my short time with you, I felt some hesitation as I began to craft this speech. At that point, I turned to the person I always turn to in a moment of struggle—a parent. I do realize that for many of the graduates sitting in front of me, this might sound like a slightly foreign concept right now. But trust me, some day you will get it. If you remember, when we met at Assembly in the fall, I told you about my mother and gave you all a challenge for this year and beyond. You may not have realized at the time, but this challenge originated from a surprising place. Let me turn back the clock for a quick story. I cannot remember why or for what, but on the occasion of some accomplishment or birthday, my mother gave me this plaque. Now let’s be honest, at the time I did not want a cheesy Hallmark plaque with an even cheesier poem on it. I would have much preferred 20 bucks, a CD (I’m dating myself), in fact, anything else. But, alas, I got the plaque with a poem. So, I did what we all do and put it up in my room somewhere, probably in a corner on my dresser. But, somehow, this plaque stayed with me—from the dorm room to that first sketchy apartment, to the nicer apartment, to the house I actually bought. And when my mother passed away, it became clear that no matter what I wanted to do with the plaque, I was now stuck with it. You’ve got to love the guilt factor! One day I actually read the poem for real—I am sure I skimmed it before, but this time I actually read it. The poem, titled “That Woman is a Success” by Barbara J. Burrows, talked about the measure of true success. One line really stuck out to me: ”...Who puts her best into each task and leaves each situation better than she found it.”


Leave each place better than we found it? Wow. What a thought. See, moms and dads are right some of the time. And, of course, as you know, Class of 2019, that line is the exact challenge I gave you back in the fall and I have echoed it with all of our BB&N students over the course of the year. Standing here now, eight months later, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you are leaving BB&N and the communities around you better than you found them: • You are collaborators and empathizers—Community Days began at the Upper School under your watch as freshmen. • You have made an international mark in debating, in composition, and in poetry. • You have won New England Bowl games and ISL championships; two of you even completed the Boston Marathon. You are known as much for your sportsmanship as your athletic excellence. • You have developed apps to help diabetics self-detect retinopathy with a cell phone. • You have returned to your roots at the Lower School to help teach science classes. • You have curated art shows to support charitable and social justice causes. • You have collectively performed more than 6,000 hours of community service in your time at the Upper School. And that is just some of what you have done…. In short, you are a class that clearly leaves BB&N better than you found it. A class that has upheld our school motto of Honor, Scholarship, and especially Kindness. After today, you as a class will disperse all over our great nation... in fact, all over our world. What would it look like if each of you, in your own way, left each place better than you found it? Imagine the impact the BB&N Class of 2019 could have on this world with that simple approach. So, this is my challenge (okay, let’s be honest...my mom’s challenge) to each and every one of you…leave each place better than you found it. I am confident that with the education you have been given here at BB&N and with the support you have received from those gathered here today, you are fully ready to leave the thousands of places you will touch better than you found them. Congratulations, Class of 2019!


Community News Kindergarteners Turn Playwrights with Upper School Theater Collaboration


As the members of BB&N’s Kindergarten North classroom filed into the Upper School theater late this spring, the excitement on their wide-eyed faces was palpable; weeks of hard work were about to pay off with a little help from some upperclassmen. Working in groups throughout the month to craft a series of short stories, the Kindergarteners now had the opportunity to watch their tales come to life on stage under the masterful direction of Upper School theater teacher Mark Lindberg and four Upper School students: Julian Li ’20, Seamus Doyle ’21 Ruthie Osagie ’21, and Andrew Zhao ’21.

“My favorite part of the collaboration was being able to put the kids’ stories together and make them smile.”


Kindergarten teachers Maya Stiles-Royall ’04 and Maia McPherson ’04 were thrilled to see the collaboration come together. “We had been interested in having some cross-campus connection work. Both being alums of the school, Maya and I frequently would remark on certain faculty who were still around from our days as students,” McPherson says. “Curriculum-wise, we wanted to find an audience for our students’ story writing beyond themselves and their families. It felt important to enable the children to see their stories come alive...and theater was a great avenue for that.” And what rich material these kindergartners brought to the stage for their older colleagues to work with. Boasting titles such as It’s a Magical Volcano World, and Space Explorers, the stories transported the Upper School theater students to a volcano kingdom, the outer reaches of space, and even tasked them with acting out a tornado that sweeps people up and swirls them to a luxury hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. “My favorite part of the collaboration was being able to put the kids’ stories together to make them smile,” says sophomore Ruthie Osagie. “I loved seeing the looks on their faces when we put their skits together! They had some very unique characters, and I believe we tried our hardest to act them to the best of our ability.” From the reactions of the Kindergarteners, Osagie and her peers came through in spades. There were “oohs” and “aahs,” laughter, and even some audience participation from the Lower Schoolers, who relished their chance to work with the “big kids.” McPherson described her students’ reaction as one of “utter joy!” “They were empowered by seeing their stories understood and interpreted by other people—and they loved interacting with the Upper School students and giving them feedback and advice on their improvisations,” McPherson says. “Watching teenagers seriously commit to a performance of mermaids, tornadoes, and volcano eruptions was simply amazing.”

1 PICTURED x 1 x Mia Bawendi ’20, Claire Pingitore ’20, and Elise Donovan ’20 were all smiles at one of the many informative booths featured at the Eco Bash. x 2 x Lower and Upper School students collaborate to learn about New England wildlife.

BB&N Urges Green Initiatives with Eco Bash For one morning this spring, Upper School student and faculty attention shifted from classroom learning to a different kind of learning: environmental education. Featuring numerous information booths, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and guests, the annual Eco Bash devoted a morning to raising awareness for sustainability, climate change, and green initiatives. Spearheaded and organized by student Eco Representatives and the Faculty/Staff Sustainability Group, the morning kicked off with a presentation by former BB&N parent Bob Massie, a national activist and author who is considered an expert in the field of climate change activism. In his address to the Upper School, Massie noted the challenges facing this generation in countering the environmental issues facing the planet. Showcasing ocean level projections and other scientific data, Massie passionately called students to action in working toward sustainability goals and recognizing that globally, Earth has reached an environmental crisis point. Following Massie’s provocative talk, students spread out across the campus for more than 40 student- and faculty-led green demonstrations and workshops. Whether learning about fossil fuel alternatives during a bike ride, how to cook with leftovers to reduce waste, discussing environmental psychology, learning about sustainable water gardens, or gaining insight into local wildlife through a live reptile display, all attendees gained insight into the environmental issues via fun and informative activities. And for the first time ever, Lower Schoolers joined the fun this year as members of the Lower School Environmental Club hosted their own information booths, and fourth graders were invited to attend workshops held by their Upper School counterparts.

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Speaking before an informative poster about global warming and a display of houseplants, sixth grader Victoria Lassikas was a girl on a green mission.

“We thought this project was a great way to inform people about the environment, to motivate them to get involved,” Victoria says. “Even if they’re only maybe eight or nine, they can still do something; they can still make an impact.” Victoria was part of a fifth- and sixth-grade delegation, all members of the Lower School’s Environmental Initiative Club, who manned booths and impressively dispensed information, along with a healthy dose of passionate advocacy. “Eco Bash gave the Lower School students a great opportunity to share their ideas with the greater community and to hear the feedback that people found these projects interesting and important,” said Fourth Grade Homeroom teacher Christina DelloRusso, who advises the Environmental Initiative Club. “It validates them as learners and inspires them to continue to tackle challenging topics and effect change, both at BB&N and beyond.” Not to be outdone by the energy of their sixth grade peers, the fourth-graders attending one set of workshops were fully engaged, curious, and unfazed by the relative giants sharing the space with them. Jack Williams ’27 seemed eager for a rematch with the Upper Schoolers after attending a workshop called Are You a Smarter Recycler Than a 5th-Grader? “We learned a lot about composting, recycling, and landfills,” he said. “They destroyed us in trivia, though.” After the four fourth graders in Grassroots Wildlife Conservation: Meet New England Wildlife offered most of the answers to facilitator Emilie Wilder’s questions, junior Jake Berger said to the Lower Schoolers on his way out, “You guys are smart.” The compliment further validated the collaboration between BB&N’s older and younger grade levels, and throughout the event, it was clear that the feelings were mutual. “It was fun to learn things with sophomores and juniors, people who are six or seven years older,” noted fourth grader Rami Rouayheb Klemencic. The cross-pollination of ideas and camaraderie across campuses enhanced the day’s message that a united effort can, indeed, effect environmental change. 5

Community News Grand Tradition Continues with 68th Annual BB&N Circus

Sixth Graders Shine in Madagascar Jr.

Carrying on one of BB&N’s grandest traditions, students, parents, and alumni/ae of all ages turned out for the 68th annual BB&N Circus this spring. This year featured a Wizard of Oz theme, evidenced by a giant rainbow bedecking the entrance to the Lower School campus, along with myriad students dressed as characters from the famous movie.

Sixth graders captivated the audience in their performance of Madagascar Jr. The Musical. Based on the DreamWorks hit film, the play follows the story of a group of animals who escape the zoo in search of a new and different life. Lower School drama teacher Jenny Lifson expressed her hope that the students would learn important lessons from the story: “My goal is when the students look back at being in Madagascar Jr., they will remember a story of friendship, learning to lean on each other in times of transition, and never giving up hope.”

The daylong festival featured rides, bouncy-houses, obstacle courses, a dunk tank, arts and crafts, food, music, entertainment, and more. Hundreds of families from across BB&N’s three campuses joined the festivities and raised money for the School’s financial aid program in the process.

In collaboration with the Lower School art department, the students also created every piece of scenery for the musical, offering them the opportunity to participate in the show’s production from start to finish.


BB&N sixth graders in Madagascar Jr.

Upper School Spring Play Impresses


Upper School students flexed their theater chops this spring when they took to the stage to perform The Boy at the Edge of Everything, by Finegan Kruckemeyer. The story tells the tale of two boys, one living on Earth who leads an over-scheduled life with too much to do and not enough time, and one who lives at the edge of the universe with too much time and not enough to do.

PICTURED x 1 x Dressed as characters from The Wizard of Oz, Dalia Dainora Cohen ’21, Jane Mo ’21, Elaine Mo ’22, and Kate Constan ’22 greet visitors to the 68th annual Circus. x 2 x The Lower School field became a bouncy-house paradise at the Circus!

Eighth Graders Tackle Big Questions at “Science Knight” Hosting its annual “Science Knight,” the Middle School transformed into a chemistry symposium for one evening this spring. Parents, faculty, and students buzzed excitedly between eighth graders’ booths, which featured experiments and posters detailing diligently researched information on a variety of subjects.

Nicholas Kolbas ’20 as “the boy” at the edge of the universe.

Using chemistry as a lens through which to explore questions about their world, BB&N eighth graders cherished the opportunity to share their findings with the community. The topics spanned from the fun, Is Gatorade Really Better than Water During Exercise?; to the serious, How Can Venoms Be Used in Medicine?; and even to the otherworldly, Can Life Exist on Other Planets? But among the colorful and carefully thought-out projects, one theme in particular emerged: concern about addressing the planet’s struggling ecosystem. Titles such as How Can Terraforming Save Our Dying Planet?, How is Sunscreen Damaging Coral?, Are Rocks the Solution to Our Environmental Problems?, and Are Pesticides Worth the Risk? stood out as just a few of the many displays exploring healing the environment through creative, scientific methods. The educational evening served as a reminder that answers can be found through hard work, and of course, that science is fun!

PICTURED x 1 x Caroline Roche ’23 and Danielle Brennan ’23 answer questions about their display at “Science Knight.” x 2 x Fotis Zafiriou ‘23 shares what he learned about making nuclear reactors more efficient. 6

The fantastic narrative showcases a burgeoning friendship between two adolescents suffering from discordant problems, and highlights how friendship can allow for resonant moments of teaching and learning in unlikely places. Directed by theater teacher Christa Crewdson, the production garnered rave reviews from all in attendance.

Middle School Takes Gold in Drama Festival BB&N Middle School students cleaned up this spring at the Middle School Drama Festival. Performing along with seven other area schools at the Cameron Middle School in Framingham, BB&N eighth graders were awarded a gold medal in the festival for their production of The K of D, an Urban Legend. In addition to taking home the gold, the students also received five individual awards for excellence in acting, music, and sound design. Written by Laura Schellhardt, The K of D tells the story of Charlotte McGraw, a lonely girl who loses her voice following her twin brother’s death in a car accident. As her brother expires in her arms, he kisses her and bestows on her a unique power—anything she kisses also dies, or so the townsfolk come to believe. The story grapples with Charlotte’s and the town’s coming to grips with the tragedy, and explores the subtle line between reality and legend.


Excellence in Acting Awards: Alexandra Fabbri ’23 and Isabella-Marie Selden ’23 Excellence in Music Award: Asher Parker-Sartori ’23


Sound Design Awards: Gabrielle Martin ‘23 and Meira Wang ’23

Left to right: Sandro Benmayor ’23, Isabella Marie Selden ’23, and Alexandra Fabbri ’23 7

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Spring Sports Wrap-Up Softball: (Record: 17-1) Cup Winner: Halley Douglas ’19 All-League: Mia Biotti ’21, Halley Douglas ’19, and Rowan Park ’20 Honorable Mention: Molly Griffin ’20 and Natalie Hopkins ’20

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Track (Girls: 17-0; Boys: 13-7) Cup Winners: Ava Fascetti ’19 and Julian Li ’20 All-League and All-New England: Mia Bawendi ’20, Tyler Martin ’22, Layla Mathieu ’20, Meredith McDermott ’22, Peyton Rollins ’22, and Zak Zinter ’20

Season Highlights: • Softball rolled to another outstanding season, winning the ISL and Big East Championships for the second consecutive year. Rowan Park ’20 was named ISL MVP for the year and also received Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors.

Boys Tennis: (Record: 10-5)


Cup Winner: Armeen Golshan ’19 All-League: Alexander Hayre-Perez ’20 Honorable Mention: Rohan Agrawal ’19

Golf: (Record: 6-8-1) Cup Winner: Sam Theodore ’19




Boys Lacrosse: (Record: 3-14) Cup Winner: Thomas Maloney ’19 Honorable Mention: Daniel Addonizio ’20, Nico Berger ’22, Jack Pappendick ’22, and Thomas Porell ’22

Baseball: (Record: 4-14) Cup Winner: John Day ’19 All-League: John Day ’19

Girls Lacrosse: (Record: 4-11) Cup Winner: Jori Balsam ’19 Honorable Mention: Julia Maimonis ’21, Julia Noyes ’20, and Aimée Seppenwolde ’21

Sailing: (Record: 0-9) Cup Winner: Laila Shadid ’19

Girls Tennis: (Record: 3-12) Cup Winner: Giovanna Cima ’19 Honorable Mention: Giovanna Cima ’19

Boys Crew Cup Winner: Theodore Nolen ’19

Girls Crew Cup Winners: Abigail Ford ’19 and Madeleine Ford ’19




PICTURED x 1 x Rowan Park ’20 tags out a runner at the plate. x 2 x Layla Mathieu ’20 crosses the finish line in the girls 4 x 100 victory in the ISL championship. x 3 x Alexander Hayre-Perez ’20 lines up for a serve. x 4 x Theo Nolen ’19, Pierce Haley ’19, Mack Forman ’20, Nate Fay ’19, and Philip Melki ’19 x 5 x Hannah Sarnak ’19, Tessa Haining ’19, Jameson McKenna ’19, Sophie Collins Arroyo ’19 , and Ella Benjamin ’20 x 6 x Jori Balsam ’19 cuts past an opponent. x 7 x Daniel Addonizio ’20 gets a shot off between two defenders. x 8 x John Day ’19 fires a laser to first base. x 9 x Sam Theodore ’19 drops it close with a silky-smooth-bunker shot. x 10 x Caroline Knox ’21 unleashes a serve on her opponent. x 11 x BB&N sailors on the water.

• Led by captains Mia Bawendi ’20, Talia Belz ’19, and Ava Fascetti ’19, the Girls Track and Field team finished the regular season 17-0 and placed 2nd in the ISL tournament and 3rd in the New England tournament. Freshman Peyton Rollins won the 100 meter Hurdles and 300 meter Hurdles in both the ISL’s and the NE’s, setting records in each. Rollins also won the long jump at the NE’s and was voted the MVP at the Div. 2 New England’s tournament. Mia Bawendi ’19 also won the triple jump at the ISL’s and NE’s and won the pole vault at the ISL’s. •

The Girls 4x100 relay team (Mia Bawendi ’20, Layla Mathieu ’20, Meredith McDermott ’22, and Peyton Rollins ’22) was undefeated in all the big meets, running the fastest time in New England this year.

Zak Zinter ’20 won the shot put in the ISL and the Division 2 New England’s tournament, highlighted by a New England best throw of 51' 2".

Tyler Martin ’22 won the javelin in the ISL and the New England’s tournament, highlighted by a 173' 1", the second-best throw in New England this year.

• Boys Crew completed an excellent year, sending all four boats to the New Englands, recording an impressive sweep of Middlesex mid-season, and winning “best team performance” at the Dupont Cup. • Boys Varsity Tennis continued their historically strong play by qualifying for the New Englands for a seventh consecutive year. 9

Class Notes Sixth Graders Bid Farewell to the Lower School


Gathering together for their last day as sixth graders, the Class of 2025 celebrated the end of their tenure at the Lower School at this year’s Closing Ceremony. Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price kicked off the event by thanking the sixth graders for leaving the Lower School a better place than they found it, and wished them well on their transition to Middle School.

Under a sunny and beautiful sky in the side yard of the Middle School Campus, 91 eighth graders celebrated the end of the year at the BB&N Middle School Closing Ceremony on June 5th.

Lower School Director Anthony Reppucci also wished the students well on their next adventures and told them that “no matter where you are going or end up, you have a community here that really cares about you...don’t hesitate to reach out if you ever need anything.” Following the certificate presentation to the class, students joined together to sing High School Musical’s “We’re All in This Together.” Certificates in hand, the 59 now former sixth graders joined their families and teachers outside to celebrate.



“You don’t realize it yet, but your morals and beliefs have already started to take root—the beginnings of your truth,” noted Middle School Director Mary Dolbear in her remarks to the class. “That is the magic of this place.” Head of School, and Class of 2023 parent, Dr. Jennifer Price followed by expressing her deep appreciation to the faculty, staff, and parents who had helped to support the students during their time at the Middle School. She also shared a story about her mother, who taught her to “leave a place better than you found it,” and challenged students to think about how they were going to leave 80 Sparks Street. In celebration of his 45 years of service to the BB&N Middle School, retiring history teacher Bill Rogers served as faculty speaker this year. He shared a funny and “dirty” story about growing up on a dairy farm in western Massachusetts that involved a mishap with lots of manure, and left the students with five pieces of advice: first, there are worse things than getting a C- on a Latin test; second, keep your mind on what you are doing; third, if something smells bad, it probably is; fourth, sometimes manure just happens; and finally, every day try to learn something useful, have a little fun, and make someone’s day a little brighter.

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Eighth Graders Transition at Middle School Closing Ceremony

Student speakers Tess Holland ’23 and Finlay Crafter ’23 also shared their thoughts with fellow classmates. Crafter, new to BB&N this year from Australia, spoke about the experience of moving outside of his comfort zone, encouraging his classmates in their transition to high school: “Being new to high school can be hard—we will all be out of our comfort zones— but if we take the lessons we have learned from the Middle School, I am confident we will be okay.” Holland summed up her time in Middle School as “information and awkwardness,” and also encouraged her classmates to “think about how far [they] have come” as they look ahead to the future. In addition to the speakers, the Middle School Chorus performed, and four students were recognized as the 2019 Banner Recipients: Katherine Baker ’23, Isabella-Marie Selden ’23, Grant Levinson ’23, and Leo Sarzana ’23.

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PICTURED x 1 x 2019 Banner Recipients: Isabella-Marie Selden ’23, Grant Levinson ’23, Katherine Baker ’23, and Leo Sarzana ’23

x 2 x Retiring Middle School history teacher Bill Rogers’ speech

PICTURED x 1 x Sixth Graders sing a song at their closing ceremony. x 2 x Maxwell Crafter ’25 performs on violin with the Lower School Orchestra. x 3 x Learning specialist Beth Chiasson congratulates Joshua Curhan ’25. x 4 x Grade Six homeroom teacher Lora Mazaheri and Mia Gross-Loh ’25 were all smiles at the closing. x 5 x Leena Wong ’25, Pressley Jacobson ’25, and Saho Reppucci ’25 get into the spirit of the day.


garnered a rousing ovation and served as a fitting send-off to the class. x 3 x Grace Fantozzi ’23, Sophia Kahvejian ’23, Lulit Hailu ’23, Kieran Fults ’23, and Hayley Kelleher ’23 x 4 x Middle School director Mary Dolbear congratulates Ava Wade-Currie ’23. x 5 x Timothy Guan ’23, Owen Dowden 23, and Ryan Chang ’23



by Kathi Gellar, Middle School Music Teacher, Grade 8 Dean in that first year, struggling with a class discipline problem. As we did then, the faculty came together and strategized around such issues. Bill suggested “three paper clips”—and proceeded to explain the strategy, which helps students monitor what can be distracting classroom behaviors. (It worked by the way!) I was only one of many, many teachers who benefited from Bill’s incredible wealth of teaching experience and gentle (yet firm!) encouragement.

Bill Ro g ers

Middle School History Teacher

Bill Rogers was hired to be a Lower School teaching assistant in grades one and three, and an Upper School and Lower School coach in September of 1974, which would be at about the same time President Ford pardoned President Nixon of all federal crimes and Evel Knievel tried to jump the Snake River Canyon on a motorcycle, but didn’t quite make it. Fortunately, our Mr. Rogers was far more successful! The following year, his job shifted to sixth grade English teacher and coordinator of LS sports, a large job at the time. In 1979, Bill moved to the Middle School, then under the directorship of Frances Ackerly. In the intervening years, Bill’s role at the MS has included various titles and responsibilities, including: history teacher, advisor, coach, admissions, mentor, community service leader, head of the Audio-Visual Department (12 years!), FCC representative, Educational Policy Group (EPC) member, department head, and a member of the Playground Committee, which produced “the green” out of the wreckage of the old side yard. He also ran a debating elective, and for many years was the head, along with ceramics teacher Libby Maclaren, of S&R, the legendary Middle School sexuality and relationships curriculum. In addition to those many roles, Bill helped to found the ‘seventh grade groups,’ which were the groundwork 12

for the present advisory system. Then, teachers had 20 advisees, and Bill noted that it was more of a “checking off” responsibility, rather than the in-depth work advisors do today. He guided the seventh-grade history curriculum with its focus on Africa and African history and culture (including a major annual event called “African Fair”) through a complete regeneration to focus on Latin America, Latin American history, and “Carnivale,” a grade-wide celebration that included costumes, authentically prepared lunches for the entire grade, arts presentations, and a parade around the neighborhood. Bill also created the Salem and Boston field trips, which marked major milestones in the fall and spring for eighth graders.

Though many of these events have changed over the years, generations of students recall them as touchstone memories of their MS experiences. With all of the roles Bill has filled, or the curriculum or programs of which he has been a part, rare is the Middle School student who has not been touched by Bill’s work or attention in the last forty years. Bill was well established at 80 Sparks when I walked through the front door in September 1999 to begin teaching at BB&N. I was assigned a faculty mentor, Margaret Hardy ’61, and a homeroom partner, Bill Rogers. Jane Moulding, former MS Director, in her inimitable way, surrounded me with greatness and said, “Go learn.” I remember early

Bill had a long tradition of “prize of the day,” some little toy or random object that was awarded to a student who contributed the most to class on that particular day. It was highly prized, and despite the occasional outright weirdness of the object, students who won “prize of the day” were proud of it. He awarded his last “prize” to Caroline White ’23 in his role as Faculty Speaker at Middle School Closing Ceremonies in June.

Even though the building is quiet now in summer repose, the true ‘prize’ of Bill Rogers lingers at 80 Sparks. In student memories, in laughter, in remembered conversations about history, teaching, books, and music, and in leaning in to the quiet voice, Bill Rogers touched us all in ways we will continue to learn through and lean on. Truly, that is the teacher’s legacy. Thank you, Bill, from all of us.

A GREAT MENTOR by Ian Craig, Head of School, Trinity Valley School Everyone deserves to have a terrific

mentor in his or her life, and I was fortunate to have one of the best when I was a very young and inexperienced teacher starting out at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge in 1994. I was fortunate to have Bill Rogers—a utility player who could teach history and coach football, ice hockey, and lacrosse— as my history department chair. He is an unassuming man, but a brilliant teacher, and I learned more from him in my first two years than in my entire graduate program, by a long shot. Ever professional, he was genuine and sincere in his relationships. He made it a point to know at least one important thing about each student—their role in the recent musical, a sport they played, or an interest outside of school. Bill made it a point to ask them about this, or commend them for a recent success. He always demonstrated that kids will never learn from you until they know that you care about them, and that you appreciate them, warts and all. He never had classroom management

issues despite being one of the most soft-spoken people I have met. It was beautiful to watch a rowdy class get quieter and quieter simply because he talked more and more softly and they had to be quiet to understand what he was saying. Within minutes you could hear a pin drop. Bill was gracious in his way of giving criticism. As a new teacher, I had a tendency to inflate grades and, on one occasion, Bill pulled projects from both of our classes, laid them on the floor next to each other in order of the grades assigned, and we had a thoughtful discussion about the rubric and the evaluation process. Without him having to say anything directly, I understood the point that he was trying to make, and I adjusted accordingly. One of my favorite quotes from the self-deprecating Bill Rogers happened at graduation when he was presented with a silver bowl for 25 years of service. When he jumped down from the stage and sat next to me I said, “Hey, Bill, congratulations.” Without

missing a beat, he replied, “This is an attendance award—it’s what you do with the years that counts.” Several weeks ago, I had a meeting with the director of admission at Harvard, whose office is just down the street from my former school. With a little time to kill, I walked to Sparks Street to try and say hello. When I arrived, I realized that the building had been completely renovated over the years, and being so late, there was no one left to direct me. I wandered around until I turned a corner, and there was Bill—the last teacher left in the building, at 5:30 at night, grading papers. We had the opportunity to catch up and I learned that after 45 years at the school, he would be retiring to write a book, travel, and spend time with his family. Later, when I wrote to congratulate him on the terrific run, he humbly wrote, “Mostly, my 45 years is a longevity award.” Hardly.



by Mark Fidler, Upper School Math and Computer Science Teacher

seniors. Rob played the bassoon in the school orchestra, and designed and led numerous art history trips to Italy. All that plus much more. Outside of school, he has spent many summers engaged in scholarly art history research, a passion that will fill his days in retirement. Rob was a recipient of BB&N’s first endowed faculty chair, the Paideia Master Teacher Chair. In addition, students recognized Rob with an early Teacher Excellence award, and as one former colleague noted, “If repeat winners had been allowed, Rob might have won it 35 consecutive times.”

Rob Leith

Upper School English, Art History Teacher

“Mr. Leith, you changed my life.” A card with those handwritten words recently adorned the Faculty Appreciation Luncheon at the Upper School. Countless BB&N students share that sentiment about the tall, soft-spoken man who speaks with an impressive vocabulary and perfect diction. Rob Leith attended Noble and Greenough School and then earned an English degree at Harvard, where he met Mary Joan. After marriage to her and completing a master’s degree, Rob taught English and lived in a dormitory for two years at Governor


Dummer Academy. The next move was to Cambridge, where he and Mary Joan eventually had two sons, Bill and Tom, and where Rob taught English and Art History at BB&N for the next 40 years. In addition, Rob coached Girls Varsity Soccer and Boys

3rd Basketball. He was the advisor of two student publications, transforming the Vanguard into an award-winning newspaper. Rob wisely chaired the Disciplinary Committee for many years. He has taught a film class and an AP Harry Potter mini-course to

Rob shared with me two pivotal experiences that brought him to where he is today. In his senior year at Nobles, he took a new class called Environmental Studies. Coming of age in the “Save the Planet” ’60s, Rob was drawn to the cause. That class took him off the school property to do research on a local clean water project, culminating in an oral presentation at a town meeting. In the process, he discovered that when he was passionate about something, he worked harder and better than he could have dreamed. That would be a lesson he applied years later in designing his AP Art History class, a course in which students leave campus to explore local museums every week, and regularly prepare 20-minute presentations on a work of art. The second turning point was his selfdescribed less-than-stellar first year of teaching at Governor Dummer. Rob yearned to be a great teacher, and he knew that he fell short. At the newteacher meetings, an administrator once stressed the importance of being organized. After sailing through Nobles and Harvard without being very organized, Rob knew it would be impossible to do so and do a great job as a new teacher. At that moment, the paragon of hard work and organization was born.

Surprisingly, Rob was not a star student through his sophomore year at Nobles. He did develop a love of learning, and he attained firsthand knowledge of what we know today as the delayed maturity of boys. As a teacher and advisor, Rob has always been an advocate for those young high school boys who just have not gotten it together. Former colleague and English Department Chair, Al Rossiter, talks about Rob with these words: “Keen intelligence and genuine intellectual curiosity; patience with students of varying abilities. He related to students through kindness, gentleness, and a sense of humor.” Rob has received endless praise from students he has taught or advised. Anya Chung ’19 says, “Mr. Leith has changed my view on literature, art, school, and myself. He teaches each and every student with respect, attention, and high expectations, thus encouraging the student to believe in themselves and their ability to master the material. Mr. Leith taught us in a manner that celebrated the capability and history of humanity. I always left each class feeling inspired not only by the art we studied, but more by Mr. Leith’s devotion to our education.” Julia Shephard ’22 says, “Mr. Leith gave us a lot of work—our class could always boast that while the other English classes were writing their fifth essay of the year, we were working on our twelfth and taking a vocabulary quiz that day—but everyone still loved him…. He changed everyone in his class for the better, as writers, readers, and people.”

For my oldest son, Bailey ’03, AP Art History was much like Rob’s experience with Environmental Studies at Nobles. That art history class with Mr. Leith was a pivotal experience in Bailey’s life, where he worked harder than he ever had, and with more passion, and stepped into adulthood as a scholar. Amy Holzapfel ’92 shares, “I will never forget Mr. Leith’s spirited generosity during the holidays, when he would invite all of his advisees over to his home to eat spaghetti and watch It’s a Wonderful Life in the company of his beautiful family.” Rob’s genuine modesty is part of his appeal to his students. When teaching, he honestly feels there is nothing extraordinary about his classes. He is wrong, but that does explain his work ethic. Premier athletes are often driven by something to prove. Like Tom Brady, who is still fueled by the frustration of his years as a college backup, no one has worked harder to be great than Rob Leith. Rob once said that he thinks that students see themselves in the reflections they see through the eyes of their teachers. Rob genuinely enjoys being with students and sees them in their best light. Young people look in Rob’s eyes and like what they see about themselves. “You changed my life.” Those words ring so true with Rob. As teachers, we all change lives. That’s why we do what we do. And no one has done it better than Rob Leith. From generations of students and colleagues, thank you. Mark Fidler has been a colleague and friend of Rob’s for 39 years.

About AP Art History class, Elleree Erdos ’08 says Mr. Leith “allowed me to speak with a confidence I didn’t previously know I had. Mr. Leith fostered an environment in which even the quietest students could be softspoken but still heard.”



by Rory Morton ’81, Dean of Students passes, you recognize the truth, honesty, and frankly, a little bit of bravery and love behind those notes. If he didn’t care, or didn’t think you could do better, the note would stay in his pocket. And it is his critical eye that make the compliments, when they come, so much more magical: “That was your best one yet!” This is a direct reflection of my experience with Mark every time I presented a report to the faculty. This spring, after he critiqued my most recent presentation, I felt relief mingled with pride.

Mark Lindberg

Upper School Theater Teacher

Mark Lindberg has been a member of the BB&N community for 37 years, and while he would tell you the favorite roles he has played in his life have been that of husband and father, our community has benefited from the numerous roles he has played in the school. Mark leaves an indelible impression on our lives as a teacher, director, department head, advisor, and mentor. In these capacities, he has cajoled, challenged, and entertained us, all the while displaying a fierce passion for his craft and dedication to his charges. As Adam Zalisk ’03 notes, “Like only the best artists do, Mark showed us how to see; like only the best teachers do, he showed us how to work.” My friendship with Mark started twenty years ago on an early Saturday evening in August. Having been hired earlier that summer as the new Dean of Students, I was in my office, facing out onto Gerry’s Landing Road and catching up on some work. Mark strolled by my window with his dog in tow, heading for the fields. As he spied me at work, he began gesticulating wildly—making it very clear that this sight was not acceptable. “Get out of here,” he shouted in mock horror, “It’s a Saturday night, for Pete’s sake!” Even though he was joking around, I detected an element of honesty in his reaction. He might as well have said, “God, please tell me you’re not one of 16

those people who have nothing else going for them other than to work at school all weekend.” One part of him was looking out for the new kid on the block by providing some sage advice—“Pace yourself. It’s a long year.” The other part was laying down the gauntlet: “Get a life!” I soon learned that Mark valued hard work as much as anyone, but he valued common sense and balance even more. Going forward I knew he would be keeping an eye out for me and also keeping an eye on me. More importantly, he would not hesitate to let me know if I was falling short of either of the two directives he had

given. Over the years I have heard similar stories from other colleagues about Mark’s unique mentoring style. Head of College Counseling Amy Selinger shared a story about her friendship with Mark and one of the ways he challenged and supported her as a colleague. Generally, you know you are in for some unvarnished truths when Mark comes in the office and pulls out a piece of paper from his front pocket. He has “notes” for you. “Notes” are usually a full accounting of how you came up short, could have done better, should adjust your standards, or could take a different approach next time. After the sting of being called out

Anyone who really knows Mark understands he has a great deal of fondness and loyalty for the unsung heroes in our community. I have often admired the way he manages to get to know every person on the facilities and kitchen staff. I don’t mean just that he knew their names. He made it a point to get to know them as individuals. Many a time I observed him sharing a cup of coffee and trading one-liners with beloved figures, like maintenance gurus Jimmy Troisi and John Jorge, aka “Big John.” In their banter, they took no prisoners as they zeroed in on each other’s imperfections and idiosyncrasies and served them up for laughter to whoever was in attendance. It was not a place for the faint of heart. Mark always gave as good as he got, and it was clear that he took great joy in these exchanges. As many of these people retired, Mark always found time to meet with them outside of work, for coffee or breakfast, just to catch up. It was never surprising to learn that upon someone’s passing, he would be one of the BB&N figures in attendance at their funeral. Mark never made a big deal about going, but it was important that he be there to pay his regards to the families and loved ones. It was important to him that they knew he respected their loved ones and valued their many contributions to the school. Mark’s fondness and affinity for the people who worked behind the scenes to help keep this place running is

genuine and one of the things I respect about him the most. As a teacher and director, Mark was never interested in playing it safe or even making things comfortable. He enjoyed the challenge of tackling incredibly complex works and bringing them together. Mark was unapologetic in his selections and quite honest when he discussed the merits of these work. An example of this candid approach is found in a 2007 interview he did with the school newspaper, The Vanguard. In discussing the upcoming BB&N production of the musical Hair, he had this to say: “It focuses on a group of hippies who drop out of society and just hang out, do drugs, have casual sex, listen to rock and roll music, and protest the Vietnam War…. There is not much of a plot, no specific scenes.” Mark was never interested in catering to mass appeal. He wanted to put on shows that were honest, provoked questions, and made you feel a little discomfort. He remarked once in another Vanguard interview about the power of the theater: “It should be a place where you’re uncomfortable. You should go to the theater expecting that you won’t be totally happy in that room for the next two hours.” Additionally, Mark welcomed all comers to audition for the show. He was also a genius at making theater accessible to students who never even dreamed they could get up on stage in front of an audience. Countless BB&N alums owe him a debt of gratitude because he saw something in them that they never saw in themselves. Much like he did when he sat down with a then 14-year-old Talene Monahan ’09 to discuss her performance in an 8th grade production of Guys and Dolls. The first time I spoke with Mr. Lindberg, he told me that he had enjoyed my performance as Sara. Then he said to me, “I would have preferred to see you

play Adelaide though, actually, what I really would have preferred would have been to see you play Nathan Detroit. That would be a good role for you.” This outside-the-box type of thinking was central to Mark’s process when he selected or casted a play. He wasn’t interested in trotting out the same tired adaptations or catering to cookie-cutter characters. He insisted that his students reach down deep within themselves to connect with the characters they were portraying. Talene continues: This idea that I could be Nathan, that I didn’t always have to be Sara…I can’t overstate this, actually. I have been acting professionally for over a decade, and I’m aware of these tenets written in invisible industry ink that say women can only be one or two things. With Mr. Lindberg, I learned I could be many things, maybe all the things. I’m not the only one. I think so many of us who studied with him continue to feel entitled to possibilities, restless for a range of expression, seeking lawlessness in our own authenticity as we make our way in front of lights. Some of my fondest memories over the years have been talking to Mark about my own children’s involvement in their school plays. He always listened patiently as I talked about my daughter’s love of drama and the plays she acted in. I knew I could bend his ear about their experiences provided that I did not break his one cardinal rule. It was the same rule he had for any proud parent convinced that their child was the next big Broadway star—“Please don’t ever ask me to come see one of your children’s plays.” Was he being funny when he said this? Yes. Was he being honest? Absolutely! This request sums up Mark Lindberg’s legacy at BB&N in a nutshell—painfully honest, unerringly direct, and incredibly funny.



by Bill Hritz, Lower School Math Specialist It is an honor for me to share some thoughts about a beloved colleague and dear friend, Nina, on the occasion of her retirement. Nina and I both began our BB&N teaching careers in 1985 with chalk, blackboards, and hands that often sported purple blotches from the mimeograph machine.

Nina Revis-Barresi Lower School Academic Support Specialist

We were in our twenties, a couple of newbies on the faculty, loaded with fresh ideas from graduate school, and determined to have a positive impact on the world. At that time, there were a number of legendary fixtures on the Lower School campus. Nina’s position as reading specialist placed her in close and frequent contact with three women of a certain age whose combined years of service surpassed seventy-five years. While some novice teachers, at times, may regard seasoned educators as out of touch, or behind the times, Nina always spoke of these three women with great admiration and respect. She often made a point of acknowledging how incredibly fortunate and thankful she felt for having opportunities to learn lessons from their wisdom, and to develop her craft with their guidance and support.

to many early career teachers and interns just beginning their journeys. While some seasoned educators, at times, may view new teachers as inexperienced rookies with so much to learn, Nina clearly recognized the value of those who were looking at learning with fresh eyes and new perspectives. She always saw what all others had to offer, and she understood that the number of years of experience didn’t necessarily correlate with the value of the contributions one could make. Well before “collaboration”, or any form of that idea, became an established buzzword in the world of education, Nina was already the ultimate collaborator. She connected with students, parents, colleagues, and the

curriculum itself in meaningful ways. Nina’s approach to collaboration was always quite simple. When working with others, she asked some form of the following questions over and over: What can I do to help the children learn? What do you think might be most helpful? Is there anything I can do to help you? Nina asked this last question twice, first as a colleague, and a second time as a friend. From the beginning, Nina developed the habit of going above and beyond her job responsibilities. Although her job focused heavily on supporting children with the development of particular skills, Nina knew what some others in this type of role may overlook—that developing a deep understanding and enthusiasm for the content that children were exploring

played a significant role in motivating students and influencing their attitudes toward school and work. By establishing a shared passion for the topics children were learning about, Nina strengthened her connections with students. And these connections provided the foundation for so many children’s academic growth and love of learning. For more than twenty-five years, Nina and I had the great pleasure to guide groups of children through the magical world of Charlotte’s Web. So, it is only fitting that I wrap up my thoughts by adapting E.B. White’s closing words of the novel, because they ring so true for me: It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a treasured colleague. Nina was both.

Jumping ahead a few decades, once Nina was established as an experienced professional with wisdom of her own, she became a mentor

by Ben Goldhaber, Lower School Kindergarten Teacher “Love, respect, creativity, mercy, humility, and kindness.” These, in his own words, are the tenets that I’man Solomon hoped to represent during his 30-year career teaching art at the Lower School. As he moves onto retirement, I’man leaves behind a community that he helped to transform. Through patience, openness, and gentle brush strokes, he guided his students and colleagues to think deeply, live passionately, and foster beauty and equality in the world.

I’man Solomon

Lower School Art Teacher

I’man’s teaching was grounded in the belief that everyone is an artist. Long before exploration became the keystone of the learning process at the Lower School, I’man understood the value of creating a safe space where children were encouraged to take risks, think outside of the box, make mistakes, and get messy. I’man’s commitment to highlighting student work in his classroom and throughout the campus was also ahead of its time. From small creations to large exhibitions—each piece he displayed served as visual reminder and powerful affirmation of his message that everyone’s art has value and meaning. I’man’s understanding of the importance of self-exploration and personal growth was not limited to the artistic process. He fully recognized that art is a vessel that allows people to express feelings, challenge ideas, and connect


across cultures. It encourages people to see beauty in the world and provokes them to reflect on how much better the world can be. In 1954, I’man and his siblings were some of the first black students to integrate the Brighton Public School system—which, he shares, “forced him and his 13 brothers and sisters to become social justice warriors at a very young and impressionable age.” This passion for social justice, along with his love of art and his spirituality, have been threads throughout I’man’s life. They are explored and reflected in his own artwork, as well as in the work of his students. As I’man himself has said, one of his “greatest joys has been guiding children to explore big ideas like love and justice in their own work” and that “they have in turn inspired [his] own artwork and thinking.”

Over the past three decades, I’man helped the Lower School community to evolve. He is especially proud of his collaboration with his colleagues to develop Civil Rights and Ancient Arabian curricula and create partnerships with local Muslim schools. I’man’s work laid a foundation that led to a shift across campus and put the teaching of kindness, empathy, and inclusion at the forefront of the educational process. During the final week of the school year and his time at BB&N, I’man encouraged every student at the Lower School to select a piece of pottery from his classroom to take home. These treasures will serve as keepsakes and reminders of their beloved teacher. However, I’man is leaving all of us with an even greater gift—his teachings, his love, and his friendship—and for that we are extremely thankful. 19


by Soizick Munir, Lower School French Teacher For 28 years, Lower School woodworking teacher Candida Monteith fostered caring, creative growth, and learning in BB&N’s youngest students from her art studio in the Markham House. When I think of Candida, I envision beautiful woodwork and, first and foremost, incredible wooden spoons. Students managed to make intricate spoons under the expert guidance of Candida, and didn’t mind spending countless hours sanding them to obtain the smoothest results.

Candida Monteith Lower School Woodworking Teacher

I remember Candida heading off to choose the best wood and coming back with elaborate grains and colors so that the students’ work would be a highly motivating learning experience, and a showcase for them and their parents. Beverly Malone, our former Lower School Director, says that “Candida set up a curriculum so that children will always have something to cherish from their time in woodworking with her.” And when I spoke to Nina Revis-Barresi, Lower School learning specialist and longtime colleague of Candida’s, she explained how gifted Candida is in intuitively figuring out each of her student’s fine-motor abilities. Candida is so passionate about art and knows so much about it. Whenever I was planning a trip to her beloved New York City, I would

always enjoy asking her advice about galleries and exhibits. I often wondered the influence the Big Apple had on her art. Candida still loves going to New York City to enjoy its art scene, but most of all to visit her 93-year old father, a Patron of the Arts, whom she adores. And when she wants some peace and quiet, Candida escapes to her place in Truro on Cape Cod, where she enjoys gardening and can appreciate beautiful sunsets from her deck. Among her many fine attributes and qualities, Candida’s brilliance shown through most in her interaction with students. Many students whose lives she helped shape have fond memories of their time in Candida’s studio. When third grade teacher Amena Zavery asked her students what

their favorite thing in first grade was, their reply was a resounding: “WOODSHOP!” Gemma Friend ’28 remembered how supportive Candida was, noting “if you messed up, she always tried to help us.” While Henry Carroll ’28 explained how Candida always had little tricks to make a project easier. For example, once she made sawdust with the wood he used to fill up a crack in the tail of his fish—he then added with pride and admiration that, “I still use that trick!” Sarah Baker ’28 recalls that Candida “gave very good feedback on how to become a better artist.” It was sometimes frustrating according to Sarah, but all the students agreed that they were glad she gave them such candid feedback. “She was very truthful,” said one student. “She even

corrected our grammar.” A comment that made everyone laugh! Eliot Saad ’28 was moved when he talked about Candida, and words were not coming easily, but his expression said it all. He finally said, “She was a very experienced teacher, very good, I don’t think I had a better teacher. I felt close to her, more than any teacher on campus.” Eliot fondly recalls making a butter knife in Candida’s after-school club, “Wild Woodworkers.” This immensely popular club occurred three times a week and was completely full every session. Although BB&N is much better off for her time here, the campus will certainly feel a little emptier in her absence. Here’s to many beautiful Cape Cod sunsets in your future, Candida!

by Kevin Bau, Upper School Math Teacher As a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy, Al Coons vividly remembers his geometry teacher, Walter Burgin, proving that all triangles are equilateral, and challenging the students to find the flaw in the “classic” fallacious proof. The proof was convincing enough that students puzzled it over together for a long while before collectively figuring it out. That formative learning experience has informed Al Coons’ teaching philosophy for his entire career, and he works tirelessly to create experiences where students would drive classroom discussions and learning.

Al Coons

Upper School Math Teacher


Al speaks glowingly about teaching at BB&N: “The school has always stood for allowing teachers to teach in the way they think is best. But what makes BB&N exceptional is the kids. They’re so nice and they’re so motivated. When you give them the responsibility for their own learning, they really come through. I can’t remember ever ending a course here where I haven’t been able to say that the way the kids learned didn’t make me feel great.” Al’s constructivist approach to education has been a hallmark of his teaching here, where he’s worked to make math class “experiential” and studentcentered. When he taught Geometry, he’d bring kids outside, point to 1010 Memorial Drive (a high-rise building near campus) and challenge the kids

to find out how tall the building was, using only the tools that they could build themselves. Lily Brown ’19 says, “From day one, he said he would teach us how to learn, to truly understand and be able to explain all the material. He is so kind and down to earth. Mr. Coons understands how students’ minds work.” Though his classes are studentcentered, Al puts much effort into carefully engineering the structure of each class. He has copious notes for each lecture, detailing exactly how he anticipates each class would go. Unbeknownst to most students, he’s constantly amending these notes, sometimes with minor tweaks, sometimes with major overhauls. While this work may not have been seen, the results clearly were. Ross Fidler ’11 recalls, “I remember

being in awe of how well his classes flowed in AP Stats. His lessons felt like they emerged effortlessly from him, but now as an AP Stats teacher myself, I realize how much work it took for him to get to that level. I aspire to teach the course with the same grace as he did.” Inspiring and helping other teachers has also become central to who Al is. Former BB&N faculty member Tim Kendrick gratefully acknowledges, “Al was my saving grace when I began teaching AP Statistics in Chicago. He’s a wonderful teacher and colleague— generous, patient, and funny.” The 1996-97 school year was the first for BB&N AP Statistics, and it was also the first year the AP Statistics test was administered. Al remembers being a bit scared as he led the new class. After talking with colleagues at other schools

who were also getting started, he realized that nearly everyone was scared! Thus, the BB&N Statistics website, chock-full of teacher resources created or curated by Al, was born. The website was so helpful for teachers around the world that, for many years, the BB&N Stats page had more web traffic than the College Board’s official AP Statistics page! To this day, he continues to be a respected leader in the AP Statistics community. Al tends to downplay the enormous effect he’s had on those around him: “What do I do mostly? Share ideas. If I am doing my job well, I mentor more than teach. Every day is full of good questions, new ideas, and new ways to look at ideas.” We can all see, though, that Al has embodied the best of BB&N. He’s influenced students and fellow educators, and helped us come up with our own ideas for many years. He will surely continue to do so in the years ahead.



by Louise Makrauer, Upper School History and Social Sciences Teacher

Departures Darcy Bailey Lower School Spanish

Librarian, advisor, costumer, Senior Spring Project coordinator, baker—these words describe Sandy Dow, but they don’t begin to capture her. She has brought heart, industry, and creativity to everything she has accomplished in her twenty-five years at BB&N. Laura Duncan, Sandy’s colleague in the library for the past five years, calls her a superhero—and anyone who knows her would concur. Sandy can create costumes for dozens of students in lavish theater productions. She can find great sources for the most esoteric research topics. She can get people to love to read and to argue over which book is best. And, she can bake brownies that are to die for.

Sandy Dow

Upper School Librarian

Sandy’s legacy is as unassuming as Clark Kent’s and as important as Superman’s in holding back the Hoover Dam. Laughing and perennially optimistic, she does it all. She rolls through her day cheerfully making this better, fixing that, getting this project off the ground, and following up with that student. She’s not tall enough to leap buildings in a single bound, but Sandy has created a library that, despite it’s limited physical space, has become a center

for positive activity. A class learns about online databases here; over there, juniors are poring through books for their history paper, and the study rooms overflow with good cheer and purpose (most of the time!). Perhaps as importantly, Sandy’s library has always served as an oasis for students in the maelstrom of a busy BB&N day. Sandy’s famous creativity and humor were never more evident than in her role as Costume Designer for Upper School theater productions. Longtime colleague and theater teacher Mark Lindberg recalls Sandy’s talents: “When Sandy abandoned me and left her position to extend her commitment to Lynne Jones in the library, her daughter (BB&N alumna and orchestra pit musician), Isabelle ’05, queried, ‘But, Mom, won’t you miss the magic?’” Said magic included her cleverly costuming


32 actors in Evita as her first show, one that included an additional 14 Lower School kids, and only one backstage bathroom. Magic, indeed. Sandy also used her magic to transform Senior Spring Project, a dynamic and demanding program that she oversaw for many years with careful attention. As the seniors on Spring Project roll into class meeting on Friday at 11:15, few are aware that the person responsible for this “civilized” hour of gathering (rather than 8 a.m.) is Ms. Dow. And, few know that the selfdefense course that some have called “the very best part of my SSP” was also instituted by Ms. Dow. By her hand, Senior Spring Project seniors took on more responsibility, became more accountable for the design of their projects, and, ultimately, more satisfied with the experience.

Perhaps Sandy’s most important super power is the personal warmth and caring with which she has advised scores of BB&Ners. Advocating, counseling, comforting, she tailored her guidance to the individual and the time. Erica Yuen ’17 says it best: “Ms. Dow has had a lasting impact on me,” she reflects. “She gave me not the advice I wanted, but the advice I needed. Daily, I am reminded of her by the things she taught me and the words she bestowed. Whenever I am taking on too much, I hear Ms. Dow’s voice in the back of my mind telling me that ‘I can’t do it all, that I should choose what I love, and do it well.’” Sandy, may retirement be full of doing what you love and doing it well!

Beth Brooks Middle School Librarian Dave Bunton Middle School Associate Director of Athletics Bill Castell Middle and Upper School Academic Technology Leader Caitlin Chipman Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science

Julian Ledoux Lower School Technology Integration Specialist Rebecca Levi Lower School Arts

Demetri Orlando Director of Information Technology Kate Radlauer Associate Director of the BB&N Fund Jocelyn Sand Parents’ Association Liaison

Greg Fernandes Lower School Music

John Santos Upper School Maintenance

Mariah Hostetter Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science

Jorge Senabre Middle School Spanish

Chris Kelly Security Associate Susan Kinsky Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher


Ali Mattia Assistant Athletics Trainer

Courtney Doyle Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science

Joelinda Johnson ’07 Upper School French



Corley Sims After School Teacher Amy Sullivan Lower School Mathematics


Erik Swanson Middle School Science


PICTURED x 1 x Demetri Orlando, Director of Information Technology x 2 x Beth Brooks, Middle School Librarian x 3 x Jorge Senabre, Middle School Spanish Teacher x 4 x Susan Kinsky, Grade 2 Homeroom Teacher x 5 x John Santos, Upper School Maintenance

Milestones 35 YEARS OF SERVICE


Kathy Newell Upper School Athletics Associate

Louise Makrauer Upper School History and Social Sciences

Libby Kenney Lower School Physical Education and Health Teacher

Peggy Payne Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science


Laura Tangusso Upper School Arts Department Head

Joe Horning Upper School Choral Music Althea Cranston Upper School English and Latin

20 YEARS OF SERVICE Kathi Gellar Middle School Music and Grade 8 Dean

Gabriela Gonzenbach Upper School Spanish Rory Morton ’81 Upper School Dean of Students Christine Oulton Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science Craig McLaughlin Upper School Mathematics and Computer Science Kevin Huang Database and Network Manager 23

CLASS OF 2019 BIDS FAREWELL WITH GRADUATION Joining the proud ranks of so many BB&N alumni/ae before them, the Class of 2019 saw the culmination of years of hard work rewarded at Graduation this June 7th. Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price opened the proceedings by honoring ten departing faculty whose service to BB&N has been invaluable. Recognizing 309 collective years of service, all in attendance gave an emphatic and well-deserved ovation to: Beth Brooks, Sandy Dow, Al Coons, Candida Monteith, I’man Solomon, John Santos, Nina Revis-Barresi, Mark Lindberg, Rob Leith, and Bill Rogers.

Aidan Klein ’19 and James Brunelli ’19

Senior Class student speaker Aurash Vatan ’19

Student speaker Aurash Vatan ’19 addressed his peers with a mix of trademark humor and touching sincerity. Vatan spoke of the incredible characteristics of his class, reading a series of acts of kindness he had asked his classmates to submit to him. Both large and small acts stood out as indicators of the closeness and compassion of the graduating seniors. Vatan also noted the uniqueness and beauty of being part of this class of 126 wonderful people. “What we’ll miss most, I think, is walking into the Commons and knowing that wherever we sit, it will be amongst friends.” Following an introduction by her daughter, Katharine Randall ’19, keynote speaker Dr. Katrina Armstrong (Chair of the Department of Medicine and Physician in Chief at Massachusetts General Hospital, and Jackson Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School) stressed the importance of both faculty and relationships in her address to the soon-to-be graduates. Armstrong first issued a heartfelt plea to recognize the exceptional teachers in attendance, noting that “there are absolutely no better educators than those sitting here today, the faculty of BB&N.” Armstrong continued by relaying an anecdote from her time as a very young doctor when she was treating an elderly woman. “I was determined to save her life. I got her the best possible treatments and followed her lab tests religiously. There wasn’t a number I couldn’t fix.” Despite her best efforts, Armstrong was devastated when she had to give the woman bad news, and was surprised by her reaction: “Instead of being angry, she thanked me for being there, for explaining what was happening and calling to check on her,” Armstrong said. “She ended our conversation by saying how glad she had been that she gotten a young doctor who wasn’t too busy or important to be able to see who she was.”

Keynote speaker Dr. Katrina Armstrong (mother of Katharine Randall ’19) addresses the soon-to-be graduates.

Caleb Hajian ’19 receives his diploma from Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price.

Stefania Chung ’19, Devonte Nurse ’19, and Laila Shadid ’19

Armstrong noted how that experience and others like it changed her understanding of what really matters. “Life is not about getting the best numbers or even the outcomes we wanted, but about the relationships we developed along the way.” Armstrong then pointed out the many relationships the Class of 2019 cultivated during their time at BB&N, not just with peers and faculty, but with learning, work, and most importantly of all, with themselves. “You’ve learned that you have the strength to make it through even the hardest things…and are still learning to forgive yourselves your mistakes and get up the next day and try again.” Following a musical interlude featuring flutists Philip Satterthwaite ’19 and Magnus Aske ’19 and pianist Avik Sarkar ’19, Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price relayed her own words of wisdom to the graduating seniors. Price shared an anecdote about a “cheesy” Hallmark plaque emblazoned with a poem that her mother had given her as a child. Against all odds, the trinket followed Price from bedroom, to dorm room, to apartment, and finally a house, where she actually read and considered the poem one random day. “The poem, titled ‘That Woman is a Success,’ talked about the measure of true success, and one line really stuck out to me: ‘who puts her best into each task and leaves each situation better than she found it,’…What a thought!” Price spoke about how this class had achieved just that throughout the year, citing several examples, before closing with a challenge to continue that practice as they embark on their next step. “Imagine the impact the BB&N Class of 2019 could have on this world with that simple approach…you are fully ready to leave the thousands of places you will touch better than you found them.” The proceedings closed with a rousing performance by the BB&N Chorale and the singing of the school song, Jerusalem, before the newly minted alums made their way out of the gym and into the great, wide world. The BB&N Chorale performs a traditional South African song, “Tshotsholoza.” 24

Avik Sarkar ’19, Rebecca Mironko ’19, Cordiana Cozier ’19, Nilu Cooper ’19, Anna Mackey ’19, and Max Ambris ’19 celebrate outside.



Seniors Reminisce at Lifer Party BB&N’s annual “Lifer Party ” allowed nineteen seniors a chance to brush the dust off of their Lower School past as they gathered on the Morse Building playground with their families and teachers from their earliest years at the School. Perhaps the slides, climbing structures, and chairs seemed smaller than they remembered, but the memories spurred by the event were larger than ever. James Brunelli • Johanna Brunelli • Cordiana Cozier • Alexandra Brizius • Aidan Klein • Samiha Datta • Julia McCauley • Stephania Chung • Abigail Ford • Madeleine Ford • Harrison Druker • Ethan Voligny • Ronan Fitzgerald • Mia Maginn • Magnus Aske • Maxwell Lichtenberger • Philip Melki • Cecilia Velander • Aurash Vatan

Class of 2019 Matriculation List College American University Babson College Barnard College Bates College Bentley University Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brandeis University Brown University Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Case Western Reserve University Colby College Colgate University College of Charleston College of William & Mary Colorado College Columbia University Connecticut College Cornell University Dartmouth College Davidson College Drexel University Duke University Georgetown University

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Hamilton College - NY Harvard College Harvey Mudd College Hobart and William Smith Colleges Johns Hopkins University Kenyon College Lake Forest College Loyola University Maryland Middlebury College New York University Northeastern University Palm Beach Atlantic University Pitzer College Pomona College Providence College Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rice University Santa Clara University School of the Art Institute of Chicago Sewanee: The University of the South Simmons University Southern Methodist University Stanford University Stonehill College Swarthmore College Syracuse University

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The George Washington University Trinity College Trinity College, Dublin Tufts University Tulane University University of California, Berkeley University of Chicago University of Maryland, College Park University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of Miami University of Michigan University of New Hampshire University of Notre Dame University of Pennsylvania University of Rochester University of Southern California University of St Andrews University of Wisconsin, Madison Vanderbilt University Villanova University Wake Forest University Wesleyan University Yale University

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Presenting the Class of 2019 Rohan Agrawal Justin Thomas Albee Sean Maxwell Ambris Camille Grace Archer Magnus Fariña von Buchwald Aske Ishaaq Yousef Ayyub Isabelle Larson Baily Jori Brenda Balsam Talia Meira Belz Alyse Michelle Bierly * Kira Nicole Bierly Patrick Blanco Chloe Belle Boudreau Alexandra Middleton Brizius Lily Isabella Brown James Francis Brunelli Johanna Adeline Brunelli Catarina Natalie Meirelles Buchatskiy Kitahna Jailene Charles Christopher Lee Chen Lei Chen Aaron David Chisholm Stefania Sun-Mi Chung * Giovanna Cortesi Cima Sophie Anela Collins Arroyo * Nilufahr Muriel Cooper Matthew Robert Corrieri Cordiana Bequia Cozier Zachary Jack Cyr Samiha Datta * John Patrick Day Jamie Ann DeVellis


Emma Wade Doubman Halley Elizabeth Douglas Harrison Isaac Druker Ryan Jeffrey Eamer Andrew Brent Elkins Jr. Leyla Veronica Ewald Ava Jean Fascetti * Nathaniel Chapin Fay Harriet Grace Ferridge Ronan McTavish Fitzgerald Abigail Frances Odence Ford Madeleine Leigh Odence Ford Anna Dailey Garrity Charlotte Elizabeth Gifford Samuel David Gloss Kathryn Anne Goebel Harry Jacob Golen * Armeen Golshan * Victoria Alexandra González Canalle Benjamin Noah Gross-Loh * Tessa Karin Joffe Haining * Caleb David Hajian Pierce Jackson Haley Rei Alexis Halloran Charles Dylan Hanson * Nevaeh Jalis Hawkins Adriana Sofia Hrabowych Lauren Nicole Jackson William Morris Jarrell Tauryn Blair Jennings-DuBose Matthew Brendan Keating * Colin Robert Donahue Keegan

Annabel Grace Kiley Aidan Patrick Tudor Klein Klara Abigail Benzaquen Kuemmerle * Anthony Paul LaMonica Zachary Lang * Sarah Helen Leder Siyeon Lee Gabriel Yehuda-Johannes Levis Maxwell Edward Lichtenberger Rose Lober Allegra Michelle Lubar * Anna Kern Mackey Mia Chai Maginn Yousif Sayeed Malek Timothy James Maley, II Ella Gatti Mallinger Thomas O’Neill Maloney Danny Elian Matos Julia Lopez McCauley * Jameson Christine McKenna Philip Anthony Melki Luis Mendoza Perez Rebecca Umuringa Mironko * Samantha Alexandra Moskow Anna Finley Nicholas Theodore Fritz Paul Nolen Devonte Phillip Nurse Alice Catherine O’Neill * Grace Curran Paul * Fraser Edmonds Pesek Sabrina Lily Pforzheimer Henry Nicholson Platt

Katharine Penney Randall Zachary Charles Regis Michael David Remijan * Samuel Scott Klein Roche Alexandra Victoria Roloff Avik Sarkar * Hannah Leigh Sarnak Philip Andreas Satterthwaite Laila Jolin Shadid Ashley Ajai Sharma * Vinayak Sharma Lindsay Ann Sheft Jaylen Charles Smith Spencer James Solit * Anna Jessica Soloshenko Thomas Alan Sulikowski Sam Michael Theodore Lana Joan Tilke Emma Mulherin Tomlins Jacob Matthew Tuck Nicholas Raj Vanasse Aurash Zacharia Vatan * Cecilia Lancaster Velander Ethan Conrad Gapud Voligny Alexandra Cramer Wagner Katherine Nina Whitaker Andy Haozhe Xu * Kevin Edward Ye Lauren Mia Yun Joseph Yu Zhou

Adelphi University Agnes Scott College Amherst College Arizona State University Bard College Belmont University Binghamton University Bryant University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University Centre College Chapman University Claremont McKenna College Clark University Clarkson University Clemson University DeSales University Dickinson College Elmira College Elon University Emmanuel College Emory University Fordham University Gettysburg College Grinnell College Howard University Indiana University at Bloomington Jacksonville University Lafayette College Lehigh University Lesley University Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University New Orleans Macalester College Marymount Manhattan College Massachusetts College of Art and Design McGill University Merrimack College Miami University, Oxford Michigan State University Middle Tennessee State University Northwestern University Notre Dame de Namur University Occidental College Pace University, New York City Pennsylvania State University Princeton University Purdue University Quinnipiac University Regis College Rhodes College Rider University Rochester Institute of Technology Roger Williams University Rollins College Saint Mary’s College of California Savannah College of Art and Design Seattle University Skidmore College Spelman College St. John’s University Stevens Institute of Technology Suffolk University Temple University

Tennessee State University The Catholic University of America The New School The University of Alabama The University of Arizona The University of Edinburgh The University of Tampa Trinity University Union College - NY University College Dublin University of British Columbia University of California, Los Angeles University of California, San Diego University of California, Santa Barbara University of Colorado at Boulder University of Denver University of Hawaii at Manoa University of Maryland, Baltimore County University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Pittsburgh University of South Carolina University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Toronto University of Utah University of Vermont University of Virginia Vassar College Washington University in St. Louis Westmont College Williams College Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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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. Stefania Sun-Mi Chung ’19 Cordiana Bequia Cozier ’19 Klara Abigail Benzaquen Avik Sarkar ’19 Kuemmerle ’19 Philip Andreas Satterthwaite ’19 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: Stefania Sun-Mi Chung ’19 Halley Elizabeth Douglas ’19 Anna Dailey Garrity ’19 Colin Robert Donahue Annabel Grace Kiley ’19 Keegan ’19 Klara Abigail Benzaquen Allegra Michelle Lubar ’19 Kuemmerle ’19 Sabrina Lily Pforzheimer ’19 Anna Finley Nicholas ’19 Katharine Penney Randall ’19 Henry Nicholson Platt ’19 Lana Joan Tilke ’19 Alexandra Victoria Roloff ’19 Katherine Nina Whitaker ’19 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 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. Emma Patricia Garvey ’20 Adon Philip Goodpaster ’20


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. John Patrick Day ’19 Jameson Christine McKenna ’19 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. Justin Thomas Albee ’19 Rei Alexis Halloran ’19 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. Jori Brenda Balsam ’19 Thomas O’Neill Maloney ’19


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 1929. Sophie Anela Collins Arroyo ’19 Laila Jolin Shadid ’19


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. Margaret Elise Draper Hawkins ’21 Jackson Robert Lichtenberger ’21


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. Zachary Lang ’19 Allegra Michelle Lubar ’19

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. Lana Joan Tilke ’19 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. Armeen Golshan ’19


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. Allegra Michelle Lubar ’19


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. Aurash Zacharia Vatan ’19


THE JEAN GORDON CAIRNIE CASTLES SCIENCE PRIZE was established in 1992 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. This year the prize goes to two seniors: Gabriel Yehuda-Johannes Levis ’19 Grace Curran Paul ’19



THE JOHN H. WALTERS SCIENCE PRIZE is named in memory of John H. (Doc) Walters, who taught science from 1949 through 1999, and is given in recognition of sustained enthusiasm and effort in physical science. Ava Jean Fascetti ’19

World Languages

THE ARABIC PRIZE is presented to a student who has proven to be mutahamis/mutahamisa (intensely enthusiastic) for Arabic language and cultures. Andrew Brent Elkins Jr. ’19 THE CHINESE PRIZE is given to the student who excels in the study of Chinese. Spencer James Solit ’19 THE HELENE HERZOG FRENCH PRIZE was 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. Tessa Karin Joffe Haining ’19 THE JAMES ARTHUR REEVES LATIN PRIZE is presented for excellence in translation and comprehension. Katherine Nina Whitaker ’19


PICTURED x 1 x Arts Department Chair Laura Tangusso with Arts Department Prize honorees Stefania Chung ’19, Cordiana Cozier ’19, Klara Abigail Kuemmerle ’19, Philip Satterthwaite ’19, and Avik Sarkar ’19 x 2 x George Henry Browne English Prize recipients Sophie Collins-Arroyo ’19 and Laila Shadid ’19 alongside English Department Chair Sharon Krauss x 3 x Harry Davis Gaylord Prize honoree Aurash Vatan ’19 with Math Department Chair Chip Rollinson x 4 x Class of 1933 Athletic Award winners Justin Albee ’19 and Rei Halloran ’19 with Athletics Director Chuck Richard



PRIZES AWARDED **** 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. Emily Elizabeth Plump ’20 Samantha Jessie Savitz ’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, and constructive influence within the school, and is to be used for travel or other personal enrichment of an educational nature. Rowan Dahlim Park ’20


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 award winner is at home behind a camera, exploring the ocean, leading a pack of runners, and exploring her many academic interests. A Peer Counselor, co-captain, editor, and Eco-Rep, she has embraced a diverse group of opportunities and used her talents to make our school a more compassionate and exciting place. Leyla Veronica Ewald ’19 This young woman is wise beyond her age and lives by a strong moral code. She has a huge heart and is driven by a sense of justice and fairness. When this student speaks, people listen. Tauryn Blair Jennings-DuBose ’19 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.

Endlessly curious, effervescent, and witty, this student exemplifies positive risk taking. Whether running for office, working on an issue of the Vanguard, or squaring off in a debate, she is a model leader who fails and succeeds with grace. Talia Meira Belz ’19 Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, this student has dedicated herself to the betterment of her community. She has consistently woven together her personal interests and her academic ambitions, and she has developed a powerful voice for global engagement. Laila Jolin Shadid ’19 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. Always enthusiastic, this student elevates those around her. Whether buzzing around in a bee suit at the Eco Bash, co-chairing the club Leaders for Equity Advancement and Democracy, or making gorgeous ceramic bowls with hand-engraved flowers, she moves through busy days with ease, kindness, and grace. Katharine Penney Randall ’19 During the past year, our winner has attended the prestigious Iowa Young Writers Studio, spent time in South Africa teaching young people to write and compiling a book of their work, interning at Mass General Hospital, co-captaining the Girls Cross-Country team, and leading the Vanguard, all while earning the highest praise from her teachers. She is a faithful friend, a supportive classmate, and a clear-headed, dependable leader. Isabel Clara Ruehl ’16 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.

Optimistic and generous, she embodies the very best qualities of a BB&N student. As a scholar, Peer Counselor, and athlete, she has striven to improve our school by sharing her intellectual curiosity, her determination, and her vision of an inclusive community. Sophie Anela Collins Arroyo ’19

This student’s energy and enthusiasm are evident in everything that she does. Whether coordinating activities for the class, spending school vacation time volunteering at her former middle school, or helping to coach her brother’s youth baseball team, she shares her personal and academic strengths with others as a way of giving thanks for all that she has received. Grace Curran Paul ’19

This year’s winner shows her unflagging school spirit by sharing her prodigious knowledge with those around her. To her peers, she is a kind, supportive, perceptive classmate who makes the experience better for everyone. Samiha Datta ’19

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.

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. 32

From Senior Prefect to captain of the football, basketball, and crew teams, this student’s leadership extends into many areas of school life. Always willing to lend a helping hand and do what is needed for the betterment of those around him, this student carries himself with kindness, humor, and always a big smile on his face. Justin Thomas Albee ’19


Whether leading in the classroom, playing on the tennis courts, or editing The Mouthguard, this young man is a committed and passionate leader. His honesty, strong communication skills, sense of humor, and deep appreciation for his peers inspire others and have energized and “uKnighted” his grade. Armeen Golshan ’19 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. No matter the time or day, this winner always has a smile on her face. With her warm spirit, strong character, and acute sensitivity to the needs and experience of others, this young woman will always lend a supportive ear or help out a friend in academic or social need. Lily Isabella Brown ’19


This student models empathy, rectitude, and sensitive awareness to the world around him. An extraordinarily gifted and hardworking composer, musician, and writer of prose and poetry, he uses those talents to spotlight issues of social justice, human dignity, and respect for all. Avik Sarkar ’19 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. This young man has excelled as a scholar, journalist, athlete, and leader in and out of the classroom. His humility, hard work, and willingness to assist others represent our school’s highest values. Benjamin Noah Gross-Loh ’19 Empathetic, compassionate, passionate, intelligent, and devoted, this student’s legacy is one of advocacy, scholarship, kindness, and strength. Through her involvement with SHADES, Femco, and Prism, through her outstanding leadership in organizing Community Day, and through her talent, her voice, and her care, this young woman is not only a role model but also a future leader. Rebecca Umuringa Mironko ’19 NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS National Merit Scholarship Finalists: Kira Bierly ’19, Lily Brown ’19, Leyla Ewald ’19, and Sam Klein Roche ’19 National Merit Scholarship Recipients: Kate Whitaker ’19, Harry Golen ’19, and Spencer Solit ’19

3 PICTURED x 1 x Director of College Counseling Amy Selinger poses with The Marina Keegan ’08 Summer Fellowship recipients Emily Plump ’20 and Samantha Savitz ’20. x 2 x Upper School Dean of Students Rory Morton congratulates Barrett Hoyt Award recipients Tauryn Jennings-DuBose ’19 and Leyla Ewald ’19. x 3 x Head of School Dr. Jennifer Price alongside The Head’s Prize recipients Benjamin Gross-Loh ’19 and Rebecca Mironko ’19


“I came into Senior Spring Project with the company incorporated and provisional patent applications already filed. So, the first half of my SSP included converting those provisional patent applications to utility patent applications and filing those,” says Lang. “The second half of my SSP was more centered around finding funding for the concept to potentially materialize itself. This is where the grants come into play, and I spent much of my time researching and applying for grants that would potentially fund the company.”

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Spring Project SENIOR CLASS EMBRACES DIVERSE OPPORTUNITIES Every year following March break, BB&N seniors embark on Spring Project, a semesterlong opportunity to take classes they never had a chance to take, engage in independent study, follow their passions to new experiences, and perform meaningful work in the community. Featured here are five students whose unusual projects took full advantage of the unique program that is Senior Spring Project.


The project has been rewarding, and challenging on many fronts. “I found the intellectual property law aspect of the project most interesting and fun. This, alongside conceiving new ideas for the invention, were the two aspects that I enjoyed the most.”



Zach Lang spent his Senior Spring Project building his own medical device company around an invention he hopes will change the landscape of ophthalmology by providing comprehensive eye exams to people in underserved countries. As the founder of Phundus, Inc., Lang is on track to doing just that.

While many of her classmates were undertaking interesting projects closer to home, the bulk of Rebecca Mironko’s Spring Project was spent further afield, Ethiopia to be exact.

“The idea first came when I visited the ophthalmologist at Mass General Hospital. Experiencing the burdensome nature of the visit and reading about the poor cost profile of the retinal imaging machines, I started researching eye examinations and read about the various diseases that could be diagnosed from unique patterns within it. I then had the idea to make a simpler and more accessible device.” Lang came up with a design for a device which connects to the camera end of a smartphone and covers the face’s peri-orbital area, allowing for the natural dilation of the eye which is necessary for retinal imaging. Using a modified imaging system attached to the phone, an image of the eye is taken and then sent to an app he is developing, which uses automated analysis to compare the patient-specific image to a library of stored retinal images. “By comparing a user’s image to a library of images, and searching for specific blood vessel patterns within the eye, the app will be able to diagnose a retinal disease such, as but not limited to, diabetic retinopathy and pre-diabetes,” says Lang.

As for challenging parts? Lang learned that fantastic undertakings require fantastic patience and perseverance. “I ran into difficulties at practically every stage along the way. As an inventor, you need to ensure that your invention doesn’t infringe on prior art. Thus, I had to conduct an extensive amount of patentability searches to ensure the novelty of my invention. Apart from this, the technology side of the invention proved challenging. I do not have an experienced background in engineering and artificial intelligence, so I needed to devote additional time to studying these fields.” There’s a long road yet to be hoed, but thanks in part to Senior Spring Project, Lang is well on his way realizing his “vision.”

“I was in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia,” says Mironko. “I lived with my dad who works at the African Union Peace Fund, and interned with the public relations/communications department of Abebech Gobena Children’s Care and Development Association (AGOHELMA).” For six weeks, Mironko immersed herself in the culture, working at a local orphanage and helping out AGOHELMA with projects ranging from informational magazines, writing thank-you letters to donors, and running the organization’s social media platforms to inform on projects concerning women’s empowerment and combatting human trafficking. “I’ve learned a lot about the importance of meaningful relationships in running a non-profit and empowering communities,” notes Mironko. “The experience has taught me about the multi-faceted ways that we can provide marginalized people with skills and resources in order to positively impact entire communities.” Mironko also found some time to work on her “limited” understanding of the local language, Amharic, explore the city, and discover the joys of injera, a traditional Ethiopian flatbread.

With much of the heavy lifting on the idea and design in the works already, Lang took advantage of his time during Senior Spring Project to dive into the massive logistics and paperwork that accompany such an undertaking.

“The most rewarding part was probably just gaining perspective and learning everything that comes with experiences that are outside of one’s comfort zone.”

Pictured: Zach Lang ’19 displays his company website, Phundus, Inc., and some schematics of his invention.

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Unlike her peers, Anna Soloshenko spent a lot of her SSP consorting with insects: Drosophila Melanogaster to be exact, the common fruit fly. Interning at the Harvard de Bivort Lab in Cambridge, Soloshenko focused on tracking the neurological behaviors and traits of the flies to reveal what evolutionary patterns they follow.

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“I help the scientists run thermal assays, which test what thermal preference individual flies have, and help them maintain the fruit fly stocks and side-projects in the lab.”


Using CO2 as anesthesia, Soloshenko sorted flies under a microscope, analyzed them with a program called “Mat Lab” that tracks the thermal preference of each fly, and then carefully resuscitated them.

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It’s a perfect example of how SSP allows students to taste realworld job experience, perhaps whetting an appetite for a future career, and in this case, getting to know some fruit flies on a very personal level! Pictured: Using a light microscope, Anna Soloshenko ’19 puts fruit flies to sleep on a CO2 pad.



Standing outside the garage of his house, Zack Cyr grins widely next to a giant TR 6060 six-speed engine suspended from a joist. Inside the garage, a stripped apart 2006 Pontiac Solstice sits—looking comically small—next to the 500-horsepower engine.

Anna Garrity ’19 has always loved art—not just the creation of it, but the many ways that art can bring people together, unify communities, and impact society. So, when brainstorming ideas for her Senior Spring Project, it seemed only natural that she should design a project that combined all of the aspects of her passion.

“I ripped out the old engine last fall, and we ordered this new one from Ohio. It’s been a process but I’m hoping to have this done by the end of the summer.” As part of his Senior Spring Project, Cyr has undertaken the daunting task of pulling apart and rebuilding the car from scratch, with the hopes of getting it race ready. When finished, the impressive vehicle will feature a new engine, new wheels, new brakes, new suspension, an interior roll bar and cage, and a laundry list of other changes. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in doing, ever since I rebuilt a snowmobile when I was 13,” Cyr says. “And it’s been fun working with my Dad on it.” The all-star football player had begun the project earlier, but recognized Senior Spring Project as the perfect opportunity to accelerate the process and learn some more about engineering and mechanics in the process. “I’m hoping my Dad lets me take the finished car to college with me next year,” says Cyr, laughing. A shake of the head from his father confirms that that part of the impressive project may have to wait. Pictured: Zack Cyr ’19 undertakes the complicated task of installing a TR 6060 engine into his Pontiac race car. 36

“I have always been interested in art curation and what it means to curate art and assemble an exhibit,” Garrity says. “I got in touch with the Milton Arts Center and I communicated my ideas for a show with the director. After outreach at a variety of schools in Milton, including Milton High and Milton Academy, and outreach at BB&N, I was able to gather art from a group of talented students.” The result was a dynamic exhibit at the Milton Arts Center entitled “Adolescent Chaos,” exploring the tension teens feel about their identity and the environment in which they are growing up and existing in. “The show was a fantastic way for me to get in touch with other artists, learn more about curating, and put together a collection of work all made by students my age.”

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Advancing Our Mission

BB&N Day of Giving Sparks Record Participation Friday, April 5, marked BB&N’s third annual Day of Giving—a 24-hour event that invited the entire community to come together and show their #uKnighted support and pride for the school by making a gift to The BB&N Fund. The Day began with a challenge: if 250 members of the BB&N community made a gift of any size to The BB&N Fund, they would “unlock” a challenge gift of $200,000 from a group of generous donors. By 11:24 am we reached our initial goal of 250 donors! Not wanting to let the day’s momentum fade, an additional donor surfaced and pledged another $10,000 challenge to reach 300 donors. Members of the BB&N community rose to the challenge with more than 400 alumni/ae, parents, faculty, staff, and friends making a gift in honor of the Day—a new Day of Giving donor record! Thank you to all who participated and helped to raise more than $360,000 for The BB&N Fund.

Class of 2019 Senior Parents’ Gift Co-Chairs

Parents of the Class of 2019 Raise More Than $1 million!

Negin and Oliver Ewald P’19, ‘21 Betsey and Charlie Gifford P’17, ‘19, ‘22

For more than 30 years, the BB&N Senior Parents’ Gift program— an opportunity for senior parents to celebrate their childrens’ BB&N experiences—has inspired significant support for the school’s highest priorities.

Class of 2019 Senior Parents’ Gift Committee

This year, the Senior Parents’ Gift Committee enthusiastically endorsed the dual designation of financial aid and faculty support to establish two funds: the Senior Parents’ Class of 2019 Financial Aid Fund, which will provide both tuition and supplemental aid for BB&N’s financial aid program, and the Senior Parents’ Class of 2019 Faculty Support Fund, which will support compensation and professional development opportunities for BB&N faculty members.

It was a fantastic day full of #uKnighted pride! As part of the celebration, we asked students on all three campuses to show their support for BB&N by expressing the ways in which the School has impacted their lives. Here are some examples of what they had to say… .


Sara and Eric Aske P’19 Christine and Kenneth Baily P’19, ‘24 Lori and Ed Belz P’19, ‘24 Margaret Boasberg and Chris Bierly P’19, ‘19, ‘22 Melissa and Todd Boudreau P’17, ‘19 Kate and Chuck Brizius P’19, ‘21, ‘24 Jacqueline Stephen ’86 and Michael Brunelli, P’16, ‘19, ‘19 Madhuleena Saha and Arup Datta P’19, ‘21 Jim DeVellis ’84, P’15, ‘17, ‘19 Amy and Scott Goebel P’19, ‘22, ‘24 Brenda Herschbach Jarrell ’85 and Kevin Jarrell P’15, ‘17, ‘19 Ann Bitetti and Doug Lober P’13, ‘19 Virginia Shannon and JK Nicholas ‘85, P’17, ‘19, ‘23 Xiaotong Yu and Zilu Zhou P’19, ‘23

PICTURED x 1 x Senior Class Gift Co-Chairs Philip Melki ‘19 and Lily Brown ’19 present the class gift at the Senior Farewell Dinner

x 2 x The Class of 2019 says farewell x 3 x Senior girls celebrate their BB&N experience


Sixth Grade families raise a record2 $79,110 in support of student setting enrichment endowment fund Thanks to the generosity of the Class of 2025 parents, this year’s 6th Grade Gift collected $79,110, the highest total since the program was launched over a decade ago. A dedicated committee of parents sought the support of their peers, resulting in 97% of class parents participating in this special fundraising initiative. This year’s campaign goal was to fully endow the 6th Grade Endowment Fund for Student Enrichment Programs. Originally established by the Class of 2007 6th Grade parents, it provides a permanent source of funding to enhance and enrich learning opportunities for Lower School students through supplemental programs in the arts, sciences, and other academic areas. Income from this endowed fund will be used annually to support special student initiatives and programs such as the 6th Grade musical, visiting artists and performances, outside speakers, community service and environmental sustainability initiatives, and other similar enrichment programs for Lower School students. 38

Class of 2025 Sixth Grade Gift Co-Chairs Michelle and Eric Lev P’23, ‘25 Towne and John Williams P’25, ‘27, ‘30, ‘32

Class of 2025 Sixth Grade Gift Committee Pamela and Jesse Baker P’23, ‘25, ‘28 Alexis Boyle Egan ’93 and Chris Egan P’25, ‘28, ‘30, ‘31 Bihua Chen and Jackson Loomis P’23, ‘25, ‘28 Kimberly Hsu-Barber and Jeff Barber P’24, ‘25, ‘30 Freddie Turner ’91 and Alejandro Heyworth P’25 Sharissa Jones and Daniel Medwed ’87, P’25, ‘31 Devika Kapoor and Hiren Mankodi P’25 Petra and Richard Paulson P’25, ‘26 Autumn and Jesse Sarzana ’93, P’23, ‘25 Monera and Folk-Man Wong P’21, ‘25


2018-2019 BB&N Fund Highlights:

$3.25 million

raised overall More than


donations from alumni/ae, students, current and past parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends More than


contributed by this year’s reunion classes (ending in 4’s & 9’s) 39


[1] Cris West, Lower School Beginners Teacher The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life, by Anya Kamenetz This book presents updated research about the effects of screen and digital media use on children, and how we can support children’s use of digital media in ways that further their growth and development. Helpfully, it also supplies ideas for what could be our role as educators, caregivers, and parents in children’s use of digital media use. [2] William Fregosi, Faculty Emeritus, Upper School Theater/Stage Design Mascagni: An Autobiography Compiled, Edited And Translated from Original Sources, by David Stivender A fascinating study of the symbiotic relationship between Pietro Mascagni and Benito Mussolini. The fascist dictator used the great opera composer to gain cultural status with the Italian people; Mascagni saw Mussolini as the meal ticket of one’s dreams. They were both destroyed in the end.

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Our Faculty Recommend Some Summer Reading

[3] Allison Kornet, Upper School English Teacher The Overstory, by Richard Powers Powers writes gorgeous and surprising sentences, and he’s bucking some novel-writing conventions in intriguing ways. Trees are both themes and characters, and the arc of time and geography is sweeping. A great read!

[4] Omar Machado, Lower School Spanish Teacher A Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marqués My favorite book of all time (100 Años de Soledad) is magical surrealism and one of the most-read books in the world. A classic! I love it in part because it tells the story of Latinoamérica with magical tones, but also with a real, rooted truth…a must-read, and Netflix is working on a series.

[5] Josh Walker, Upper School Russian Teacher Black Swan Green, by David Mitchell I received this book as a gift from Jacob Seidman ’13. It is a phenomenal summer read in under 300 pages: one part nostalgic reminiscence of bittersweet adolescence, one part mysterious magical realism. Highly recommended!

[6] Simone Esteves, Middle School History Teacher and Diversity Initiatives Coordinator An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones This book plants readers in the center of destruction caused by a wrongful arrest and conviction. The richly developed characters leave readers with no choice but to examine the complexities of their own beliefs about love, family, loyalty, and integrity.



BB&N has established a Faculty Legends Endowment Fund in honor of the eight “faculty legends” celebrated in this issue of the Bulletin, as well as the countless others who have transformed the lives of our students and alumni/ae. The Faculty Legends Endowment Fund will provide financial support in perpetuity for all BB&N priorities. Visit bbns.org/facultylegends for more information about the fund, to share a tribute to a faculty or staff member who made a difference in your or your family’s life, or to make a gift. For more information, contact Janet Rosen at jrosen@bbns.org or 617-800-2729.

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THANK YOU! We would like to thank the more than 1,650 donors who supported The BB&N Fund in 2018-2019. Your participation as a BB&N Fund donor not only supports a critical 7% of the annual budget, but also fosters an unparalleled educational journey.

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