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Gregory B. Hartch ’88, P ’19 Chairman Kimberly C. Augustine, P ’19, ’24 Richard A. Axilrod, P ’14, ’18 Nisha Kumar Behringer, P ’26, ’28 James F. Bell IV, P ’14, ’16, ’17, ’21 W. Robert Berkley Jr. ’91, P ’21, ’23 Nancy M. Better, P ’11, ’13 Michael J. Bingle, P ’20 Todd L. Boehly, P ’20, ’22, ’24 Emily W. Burns, P ’19, ’23 David M. Butler, P ’23 Mark H. Camel, P ’12, ’18, ’18 Robert F. Carangelo, P ’17, ’21 Frank Carroll III, P ’22 Alberto J. Delgado, P ’19, ’20, ’23 Mark F. Dzialga, P ’19 Philip A. Hadley, P ’18, ’20 Anthony E. Mann, P ’17 D. Ian McKinnon, P ’18 Robert E. Michalik, P ’19, ’21, ’23, ’28 Thomas D. O’Malley Jr. ’85, P ’12, ’15, ’21 Douglas I. Ostrover, P ’20 Suzanne P. Peisch, P ’12, ’14, ’16, ’18 Stephen R. Pierce, P ’15, ’19 James H. Ritman ’94, P ’28 David R. Salomon, P ’16 Andrei M. G. Saunders, P ’19, ’27 Michael A. Troy, P ’12, ’14 Kerry A. Tyler, P ’15, ’18 Tyler J. Wolfram, P ’18, ’22

Ex Officio Thomas W. Philip, P ’08, ’10 Headmaster Kathleen Harrington CFO/Business Manager Thomas G. Murray, P ’25, ’27 Executive Director of Development Daniel J. Griffin Director of Institutional Communications Pam Keller, P ’19, ’22, ’24 President, BPA

ON THE COVER  Faces set for the challenge, senior captains Tate Huffman and Alex Wada lead their teammates into a brand-new era of Brunswick’s rowing program — now launching from a state-of-the-art boathouse on the Mianus River. The facility opened in September after a dedication ceremony to honor all those whose generosity and commitment led the project to its fruition. For more on this transformative occasion, see page 12.

A NEW YEAR BEGINS! After members of the Class of 2017 processed hand-in-hand with first-graders into Dann Gymnasium — a longtime tradition of First Day — Headmaster Thomas W. Philip began Brunswick’s 114th year by wishing all the best of luck as they headed for new classrooms, advisories, and teams.


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HEADMASTER A Fateful Stop, A Wonderful Return


T WAS the winter of my senior year of college.

After my meeting with Uncle

I was home in Bedford for Christmas vacation

Henry and a brief, three-year

and was trying to find a job, exploring a

banking stint in New York City, I

number of avenues and talking to anyone I

took my first teaching and coaching


job at Avon Old Farms.

One late Sunday afternoon, I headed to

Five years later, I was newly

Greenwich to meet with my father’s college

married and took a job at

roommate: Uncle Henry, as we called him,

Brunswick. Ten and 12 years later,

was the head of an insurance company with a

respectively, my two sons became

well-respected analyst-training program.

Brunswick students.

I arrived in Greenwich about 15 minutes early. As I was meeting him at his house, I thought it would be rude to show up too far in advance, so

And 19 years later, I became Headmaster. Now, as I look back on that

I looked for a place to kill some time. I drove down the street — I’d never been on the road before — and found the parking lot of a school. I pulled in and sat in the car for about 10 minutes. The campus was deserted, but I got a good sense of the place as I looked around. And that place — as I’m sure you’ve figured out by now — was Brunswick School. I was 20 years old. I hadn’t yet considered (even for a minute)

Sunday afternoon,


that I might be a teacher. It’s now more than 30 years later — and, the older I get, the more I believe in fate. I don’t subscribe to any complex theory. I just suspect that, more often than not, things happen for a reason — that there’s a greater plan out there than is readily apparent, that what goes around comes around.

I’m amazed. I sat in my car knowing nothing about how significant Brunswick School would eventually become in my life — killing a few

tion with a place I initially only knew by name.

minutes in an empty parking

But as a result, I felt far more familiar with it on

lot before a job interview down

the day I arrived.

the street. My life could have gone in so many different directions. But fate — to me a surprising phenomenon that pops up every

Marcus Aurelius said: “Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart.” I love the people with whom fate has brought

once in a while, an otherwise random event that

me together. And I love Brunswick School with

(through an unexpected connection) causes deep

all my heart.

reflection and gratitude — brought me back to Brunswick. And I’m so glad it did. That first, unexpected association with Brunswick provided an odd but genuine connec-

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Headmaster Thomas W. Philip Executive Director of Development Thomas G. Murray Associate Director of Development Meghan McCarthy Director of Institutional Communications Daniel J. Griffin dgriffin@brunswickschool.org


Associate Directors of Communications Mike Kennedy ’99 mkennedy@brunswickschool.org Wayne Lin wlin@brunswickschool.org Class Notes Editor Libby Edwards ledwards@brunswickschool.org


Contributing Writers Daniel J. Griffin Mike Kennedy ‘99 Katherine Ogden Thomas W. Philip Keshav Raghavan ‘16 Nelson Vargas ‘16

12 New Boathouse Reflects Beauty of the Sport By Mike Kennedy ’99

Contributing Photographers Philip Bedford Dan Burns Daniel Dychkowski Michael Graae Andrew Henderson Jeffry Konczal Minush Krasniqi Wayne Lin Aleksandr Ostrovskiy Heather Prescott Matthew Womble ‘17 Eli Zaturanski Design Mary Lester Design marylesterdesign.com Printing Flagship Press, flagshippress.com

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06 A League of Their Own By Mike Kennedy ’99

16 A Day Filled with Love, Hope, & Gratitude: Commencement 2016 By Katherine Ogden & Mike Kennedy ’99 55 The Sounds of Spring: A Superb Season of ’Wick Athletics By Mike Kennedy ’99


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DEPARTMENTS 01 Message from the Headmaster 64 Beyond the Books – Highs of Two Different Sorts – Ascent at Midnight – An Unforgettable Friday 72 Class Notes 76 In Memoriam 78 Alumni Events 80 Last Look


FLEX TIME 04 Double Play of Fun & Celebration 11 “A” is for Appleseed


54 Faculty Honored for “Going the Extra Mile” 63 Compassion & Connection Across the Pond 70 Stars Collide in Sin City By Katherine Ogden



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Double Play of Fun & Celebration


T WAS a capstone year of giving at Brunswick — one, in fact, calling for double the fun and double the celebration. The ’Wick Annual Fund raised a record-setting

$4.16 million and maintained 99 percent parent participation for the eighth consecutive year. And,

01  The standing-roomonly crowd

continuing another noteworthy high, 100 percent of faculty and staff contributed. Alumni participation also

02  Bill Kies ’66 and Lane McBurney P ’19

climbed to new heights at 35 percent. Together, these achievements resulted in a commu-

03  Nisha Kumar Behringer P ’26, ’28 04  Brian McKenna ’75 steps up for a slider.

nity “Summit Gift” of more than $600,000 to the “Above All Else: Courage Honor Truth” Capital 03 04

Campaign to strengthen endowment. Most astoundingly, the Capital Campaign raced across the finish line by raising an earth-shattering $104.5 million in only four years’ time. As way of celebration, more than 300 ’Wick faithful, all of whom supported the Capital Campaign and the 2015–16 Annual Fund, converged on the Maher Avenue Campus for a streetlike festival on June 2, socializing and enjoying offerings from gourmet pizza, hot dog, beer, and slider trucks.

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Thanks to all for their contributions to another remarkable year of collaboration and generosity.





05  Upper School teacher Shane Kirsch P ’23, ’28 rocked the night on his saxophone.


06  Jaime Gonzalez-Ocaña P ’27, ’28; Angela and Abe Riera P ’19; Alex and Christina Ventosa P ’08, ’13, ’16; and Francisco Hoyos P ’04, ’06, ’08. 07  Pizza, Pizza! 08  Middle School teacher Marcus Chioffi P ’25, Billy Chapman ’09, Sam Philip ’10, and Nick Philip ’08


09  Frank Carroll P ’22, Kyna Shine P ’27, ’30; Kristin Price P ’24, and Director of Multiculturalism and Inclusion Marianne Ho-Barnum P ’12 10  Leo and Cynthia Russell P ’11, ’16



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The Brunswick School Athletics Hall of Fame honors athletes achieving at a level above the rest.



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T O N Y C A L A B R E S E ’97 The ‘Franchise’ Player


HALL OF FAME ATHLETES REPRESENT the very best in excellence. They symbolize true greatness in sport. And they achieve at a level above the rest. The Brunswick School Athletics Hall of Fame honored its second class of inductees at a celebratory luncheon on May 21, paying tribute to Peter Carlson Sr. ’48, Tony Calabrese ’97, and the 1987 varsity tennis team — all for exemplifying the finest in the spirit and tradition of Brunswick. The men of the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2016 — on the diamond, on the court, and in the collegiate and professional ranks — take their distinguished places in the Brown & Gold competitive record books. They now stand in a league of their own.

LEFT  Peter Carlson Sr. ’48 was an ace on the diamond. MIDDLE  Tony Calabrese ’97 effortlessly swung for the fences. ABOVE: THE 1987 TENNIS TEAM

Front row: Matt McGrath ’87, Brad Orben ’88, Tom Odelfelt ’88, Dennis Germaske ’88, and Adam Gibbons ’87 Middle row: James Bragg ’87, Alex Miron ’89, Chris Steen ’87, and Chris Riegle ’87 Back row: Greg Hartch ’88, Coach Jim Stephens, and Tim Hartch ’88 Missing: Christian Nagler ’88


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The “Franchise” Player “He’d hit these towering, cartoonish

a four-year profes-

feet off the ground after it left his hand, red

home runs and trot around the bases like it

sional career in

seams scorching through the air as it zipped

was nothing. And then he’d do it again.”

both the Yankees

across the diamond. Tony Calabrese ’97 had

In three seasons of varsity baseball,

and Mets systems

moved to his right into the hole in shallow

Calabrese hit .452, .481, and .381, earning

left field, backhanded a groundball as he

All-FAA honors and Dutch King team

inched ever closer to the foul line, and fired

MVP awards for each stellar performance

a member of the

a strike across his body into the outstretched

and leading the Bruins to their first league

second class of

mitt of the first baseman.

championship in more than a decade.

inductees into

He got the runner by a step. For the

As a senior, he was named the No. 2

Brunswick shortstop — on the field at King

prospect in the Northeast by ESPN baseball

School in the spring of 1997 — it was a

analyst Peter Gammons.

routine play. He was that good.

Calabrese became an immediate starter

at the AA level. And now he’s

Tony Calabrese ’97, here with classmate and friend Mike Walsh ’97, also played three seasons of varsity hockey as a Bruin.

the Brunswick Athletics Hall of Fame. “I’m incredibly honored to have my athletic ability recognized, but I’m even

“We all realized Tony — we called him

at shortstop at Seton Hall University and

more honored to have my name continue to

the ‘Franchise’ — was playing the game at

was named to the All-Big East freshman

be associated with the Brunswick tradition

a completely different level than the rest

team. After being selected by the New York

and spirit,” Calabrese said.

of us,” said teammate, classmate, and close

Yankees in the MLB Draft, he left school

friend Mike Walsh ’97.

following his junior year and embarked on

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T O N Y C A L A B R E S E ’ 97

THE BASEBALL NEVER fell more than four


“Brunswick never let me down and always instilled confidence in me.”

1987 T E N N I S T E A M “Hear the Thunder”


STORM CLOUDS LOOMED. Rain poured. But the boys on the Brunswick tennis

“We always supported each other,”

University, the Hartches

Nagler said. “You’re in a cage when you’re

joined forces to win the

team, outfitted in short white shorts and

playing tennis with nobody to blame but

doubles and spurred

tight white T-shirts, played on at their

yourself if you do or don’t get the point.

their team to a top-five

off-campus home at Binney Park in Old

Our teammates always stood on the

ranking in the nation.

Greenwich, Conn., in the spring of 1987.

outside, rattling that cage and pulling one

They didn’t heed the beckoning of their

another through a tough match.”

“Without a doubt, this is the best tennis team

Tennis team members on hand for the ceremony included: Front row: Tom Odelfelt ’88, James Bragg ’87, Coach Jim Stephens, and Brad Orben ’88. Back row: Christian Nagler ’88, Alex Miron ’89, Greg Hartch ’88, and Tim Hartch ’88

coach, Jim Stephens, who pleaded with

Senior co-captains and FAA doubles

in Brunswick history,”

them to stop hitting balls and take cover.

winners James Bragg and Matt McGrath

Stephens said. “They

Instead, they bared their chests and served

led the Bruins to a 12–1 record and an

were an amazing group

and rallied on, calling out to the skies

FAA championship — with wins against

of athletes — many going

above. “We want to hear the thunder! We

Greenwich High School and collegiate powers

on to have great success in the college

want to hear the thunder!” they chanted.

West Point and Columbia along the way.

ranks. They dedicated themselves to excel-

Twin brothers Greg and Tim Hartch ’88

lence in and out of the classroom.”

and soul of the team Christian Nagler ’88,

The words, first bellowed by the heart

played each other for the FAA singles title,

And now they’re Hall of Famers.

would become the rallying cry for the Bruins

with Greg coming out on top and finishing

throughout the season, energizing the team

the year untouched in the league. At the

all the boys who’ve followed. It was unique

when it needed a boost or a shot in the arm.

National High School Tournament at Duke

and special — truly a team for the ages.”

“The 1987 team established a legacy for


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Lewis, Wash.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Jacksonville,

Hall of Fame — Peter Carlson Sr. immediately harked

Fla.; and Quebec City, Canada, during his

back to his own time in the classroom and on the

professional career — one that included an exhibi-

diamond at Maher Avenue.

tion relief appearance against a Milwaukee Braves

He couldn’t help but think of Madame Defarge —

a cruel, vengeance-seeking character from A Tale of Two Cities — after opening to a splendid spread of

He retired from the game in 1956. And the

onship. He’d read Dickens’ classic novel, alongside his

before transferring to Brunswick in the 9th grade,

father, some seven decades ago, during his freshman

is now a member of the second class of inductees

year at Brunswick, in 1944. And he hasn’t forgotten it.

into the Brunswick Athletics Hall of Fame.

team’s uniforms look to be straight out of the Big Leagues. “The school has changed so much in the 70

“I am extremely proud and honored to be recognized,” Carlson said at the induction ceremonies. “As Neil Armstrong said, this may be a small step for Brunswick. But it’s a giant leap for me.”

years since I’ve been gone.” As a Bruin, Carlson lettered in football, basketball, and baseball — captaining the basketball and baseball teams during his senior year. He made his real hay, though, on the pitcher’s mound, leading the Brown & Gold to a 17–1 record and league championships in his final two seasons. He went on to pitch at the University of Delaware before signing with the Milwaukee Braves in the summer of 1952. In 1953, Carlson played for the Evansville Braves in the 3I League, comprised of teams from Indiana, Iowa, and Illinois.

ABOVE  Peter Carlson Sr. ’48 was struck by all kinds of emotion at the induction ceremony. LEFT  Peter Carlson Jr. ’76 proudly introduced his father to the gathered crowd.

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Eddie Matthews. Greenwich native, who attended Riverside School

by Madame Defarge,” Carlson joked. “Nowadays, the


lineup boasting Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, and

the ’Wick baseball team celebrating its FAA champi-

“When we played, we dressed in shrouds knitted


he’d be enshrined in the Brunswick School Athletics


He also took the hill for teams in Fort

★ AT H


“A Giant Leap” Toward Home Plate





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“A” is for Appleseed


T HAS been wisely observed that, while it’s

our character, and given us the foundation to be

easy to count the number of seeds in an apple,

positive forces for good,” Jamie said.

you can never begin to know the number of apples in a seed. Such are the words

“All have encouraged students to identify their personal strengths, building concepts of self-

of wisdom behind creation of the Appleseed

worth and contribution while nurturing passions

Awards, given in recognition of faculty members

to allow each boy to come into his own.

who have shown exceptional dedication to inspiring and encouraging Brunswick boys in their academic, athletic, and extracurricular pursuits. The awards also seek to recognize the vital role that faculty

“Although there is not a longevity component to the Appleseeds, the initial award winners have more than 100 years of combined Brunswick experience — in classrooms, on athletic fields, in the hallways, and in

play in developing the character of

simple, day-to-day interactions with

Brunswick boys and in identifying,

the students they encourage and love.

nurturing, and channeling the enormous

“Specifically, this award seeks to identify

potential within each Brunswick student.

teachers who are doing an extraordinary job

Pat Meloni, Tim Ostrye, Jim Stephens,

of inspiring students to enjoy learning in the

and Jaime Gonzalez-Ocaña are the inaugural

broadest sense, and who are building young men

winners of the awards, to be presented annually

of character by bringing substance to the School’s

at opening faculty meetings in the form of a

motto of Courage, Honor, Truth,” William said.

financial stipend. The awards were established by the family of Sam ’11, William ’12, and Jamie MacFarlane ’16 as a way of thanking Brunswick faculty members for their dedication, commitment, and positive impact. “The Brunswick faculty has planted the seeds for us to be lifelong learners, helped to shape

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT (AND TOP TO BOTTOM), Tim Ostrye teaches life lessons on the wrestling mat; Pat Meloni builds fundamental skills among her cherished secondgraders; Jim Stephens guides his top-ranked players on the squash court; and Jaime Gonzalez-Ocaña encourages cultural literacy and linguistic accuracy in the classroom.


Rowing alumnus Pat Spellane ’02, along with his wife, Katherine, and his daughter, Dru, were on hand at the unveiling of the School’s new boathouse — with easy access to the Mianus River and ample storage space for the ever-growing crew of Brunswick oarsmen.

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Beauty Sport of the


A simple architectural jewel on the banks of the Mianus River, Brunswick’s new rowing facility extends and underscores the School’s commitment to a program that has fast become one of the nation’s best. BY MIKE KENNEDY ’99


underneath the I-95 bridge are over. Since its founding in 1998 — when the Brunswick rowing team struggled to find a ninth rower to round out a boat — the program has lived and breathed without an adequate boathouse, operating out of the basement garage of a small office building and a trailer on the same site. Somehow, someway, though, the nascent program quickly grew in both excellence and prestige under the guidance of experienced coach Joseph Falco.


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house to call home, thanks to the

that’s consistent with Brunswick:

generosity and commitment of

The incredible dedication, the

parents, past parents, alumni, and

steadfast commitment, and the

friends who wanted to provide

leadership and teamwork of

Brunswick’s rowing team with a

bringing boats in and out of the

facility reflecting its great level of

water,” Philip said. “It all reflects


the beauty of the sport.”

Located at 91 River Road, on

directly on the hundreds of boys

building is approximately 10,000

who’ve put their hearts and souls

square feet and sits on a .55-acre lot.

into Brunswick rowing since the

The project’s cost of $3.8

With a squad of more than 55

backs and your legs on which the

$100-million goal of the “Above

cornerstone of this building is

All Else” Capital Campaign — and

placed,” the veteran coach said. “If you weren’t working hard, if you didn’t exude such compas-

on September 10, Headmaster

sion and love for the sport, this

Brunswick rowing now ranks as

Thomas W. Philip paid tribute

building wouldn’t be here. All of

one of the School’s largest sports

to all who had a role in making

the sweating, all of the hard work,

and is perennially among the top

the building a reality, noting

all of the pain and triumph in

crews in New England.

how strongly competitive rowing

winning and losing a race: It has all

reflects Brunswick’s philosophy.

added up.

beautiful, state-of-the-art boat-


At a dedication ceremony

boys in fall and spring programs,

And now the squad has a

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program’s inception. “It’s on your

million was added to the initial

completed on time and on budget. Now launching from their state-ofthe-art boathouse, Brunswick rowers take the customary route to practice under the I-95 bridge.

Falco placed the spotlight

the banks of the Mianus River, the

“There’s so much about rowing

“That’s why we’re here today.”






01  Christian Ruf ’18, Jack Mozingo ’18, and Oliver Nusbaum ’18 02  Matt Podlesak ’13 and ’Wick rowing aficionado Michael Martinov 03  Dan and Beverly Floersheimer P ’13, ’16 04  Gail Reynolds P ’14, ’19 and MarieFrance Kern, P ’16, ’16 05  Class of 2009 rowers Bridges King, Chan Mahaney, Turner Smith, and Taylor Black bookend head coach Joe Falco.


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Jourdon Delerme-Brown enjoys the sunshine and the imminent prospect of his graduation prior to the ceremony.

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Community Salutes Graduating “Class Full of Givers” On a balmy and near-perfect afternoon, under dazzling sunshine and the clearest of blue skies, hundreds of friends and family members flooded onto Edwards Campus in May to celebrate the achievements, good fortunes, and bright futures of a brand-new class of Brunswick alumni. BY KATHERINE OGDEN & MIKE KENNEDY ’99

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If Commencement brings a mix of joy and sadness to families each spring, this year’s ceremony might also be remembered for its


additives of love, hope, and gratitude.

BEFORE A STANDING-ROOM-ONLY GATHERING of parents, family, faculty, and friends, Brunswick School graduated 91 seniors at its 114th Commencement Exercises on May 18. The first of countless expressions of gratitude came from the Rev. Thomas L. Nins, assistant director of diversity. “Lord, we thank you for this day,” he said during the Invocation. “We thank you for glimpses of clarity and vistas of peace. Thank you for these graduates standing before us: Children one moment, then suddenly young men entering a brave new world. “Oh, how the time does fly.” Such sentiment was far from rare as scores of friends and family poured into Greenwich to celebrate the singular achievement that comes with a Brunswick diploma. Moms, dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and grandparents — well-wishers filled Dann Gymnasium to the brim in celebration.

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LEFT  The Rev. Thomas L. Nins began Commencement with the Invocation. ABOVE  Prior to parting stage right and stage left, Jamie MacFarlane and Pat Adamo lead their classmates into Dann Gymnasium.


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Headmaster Thomas W. Philip opened the ceremonies with reflections on luck and privilege, and offered some instruction from one of America’s greatest poets, Robert Frost. Valedictorian Andrew Israel introduced classmate Chris Peisch, who as Ivy Speaker offered his own reflections on luck, gratitude, and true success. And finally, Peisch’s lasting (and witty) speech set the stage for Joe Ehrmann, a 13-year veteran of the

LEFT  Reilly Walsh has a moment alone as he ties his traditional Commencement tie. ABOVE  Senior Dean Paul Withstandley inspires a pre-Commencement cheer with the graduates.


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NFL turned ordained minister, to deliver his remarks as the day’s keynote speaker. Ehrmann, an inspirational speaker known for his revolutionary concepts of teambuilding, mentoring, and coaching, pointed to Brunswick graduates as beacons of hope. For everyone, and especially for the grandparents who swoop in from near and far to mark this milestone in family life, the day was a proud moment that brought a basketful of emotions along with it. Grandparents Ronald and Anita Guarino of Rochester, N.Y., celebrated with graduate Eric Ganshaw. Waiting for the ceremony to begin, the family elders remarked on the passage of time, and how one minute it seemed they were hanging out in Old Greenwich with their grandson having ice cream and talking

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BELOW   Matt Sealy, Jack Stephenson, Max Fuld (and his sister Nora), and Brian Ketchabaw pose for the iPhone photo. MAIN  It’s all smiles and laughter for the graduates during the Ivy Address.


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S E N I O R AWA R D S O F D I S T I N C T I O N EACH YEAR AT COMMENCEMENT, Brunswick pauses to honor not just the high academic and athletic achievement of its top students, but also to point to the highest ideals of their character. Honesty, community service, dependability, integrity, positive personal relationships: all these and more are recognized. This year, 11 graduates earned

also won the Headmaster’s Trophy

special recognition, and one by one

for his dependability, integrity, and

their teachers took to the podium to


name the reasons why. On the Community Service Award winner Will Jeffery, Johnny Montanez said: “This student’s infectious personality, positive outlook, and


graduating class full of givers.”

Redahan was awarded the BPA

Award to Jack Stephenson, Ron

Prize for improve-

VanBelle said: “This year’s recipient

ment in scholarship

is a warrior, and I don’t use that word

and development of


fine character.

Altman Prize to Chris Peisch, Doug Burdett said: “Bright, engaged, funny, kind, and extremely well liked, this graduating senior simply gets involved. Best of all, since coming to Brunswick in kindergarten, he has been an upbeat citizen.” On the Robert L. Cosby Award


John Christopher Stephenson won the Jenkins Athletic Award. Christopher Hogan Peisch won the Thomas A. Altman Prize for maintaining positive personal relationships in school, in sports, and in community service. James Robert Grant MacFarlane

winner Jamie MacFarlane, Kristine

won the Robert L. Cosby Award

Brennan explained: “Coach

for good nature, optimism,

Montanez describes him as a silent

thoughtfulness, and character;

soldier, a young man who cares

and for doing the most to uplift

deeply about our community, but

the spirits of those around him.

never seeks accolades for his activi-

Ryan Alexander Callaghan,

ties beyond our doors.” Times of Brunswick extends its most sincere congratulations to all of the 2016 honorees. Here is the complete list: Andrew Walker Israel was named valedictorian, was awarded the Kulukundis Cup for the highest academic standing of the year, and



Community Service

Connor Charles

On awarding the Thomas A.


Jeffery earned the

desire to help others stand out in a On awarding the Jenkins Athletic

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William Eaton

Nelson Josue Vargas, Nwanacho Nwana, John Alexander Bowden Gibbons, and Alexander Bruce Russell each received faculty citations.

01  Graduate Will Jeffery and Johnny Montanez 02  Ron VanBelle and graduate Jack Stephenson 03  Doug Burdett and graduate Chris Peisch 04  Kristine Brennan and graduate Jamie MacFarlane

sports, and the next minute Eric is a celebrated golfer headed off to the University of Pennsylvania. “We wouldn’t miss this for the world,” said the grandfather. “That’s our boy, our first grandchild to graduate high school. Brunswick is a special school,” he said. “I am so happy my grandson had the opportunity to go here.” Grandparents Skip and Beverly Johnson of Worcester, Mass., were also at Commencement, waiting to see grandson Trevor Johnson graduate. “They are all so lucky to be able to go here,” Skip mused. The Johnsons actually arrived in Greenwich a day early, and were able to see the soon-tobe-graduates off to Prom on the night before Commencement. “I had tears yesterday,” said the grandmother. “They were all dressed up. I realized he is not a kid anymore. It’s just unbelievable. They grow so fast.” James and Barbara Adamo of Katonah, N.Y., eagerly waited to watch grandson Patrick Adamo receive a cherished life credential — his Brunswick School diploma. Aside from his grandparents, Patrick was also celebrated by his brothers, fellow Bruins Thomas ’14 and Brett ’17.

TOP  Eric Ganshaw (third from right) listens to the festivities with an intent expression. ABOVE  Conner Wakeman gladly accepts assistance with his boutonniere from Connie DeVico.


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“Patrick was welcomed here with open arms,” said James Adamo, the grandfather. “We are very proud of him and his accomplishments.” In truth, grandparents were everywhere in the crowd. Richard and Sue Marshall traveled from West Chester, Pa., to see grandson Colin Slyne graduate, as did grandfather Donald Slyne of New Windsor, N.Y. Donald remembered visiting Brunswick for School functions when Colin was a little tyke and they all wore little shorts. “The kids were

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LEFT  Sandro Mariani and Jack Mendillo tie their final knot as Brunswick students. BOTTOM LEFT  The finely dressed graduates head to the Senior/Faculty Handshake at Hartong Rink. RIGHT  Upper School teacher John Pendergast and graduate Joe Fervil share a nice moment at the Senior/Faculty Handshake.

like little gentlemen,” he remembered. “I’m so proud of my grandson. That’s all I can say. I was very proud of him then and I’m proud of him today.” Granddad Joseph Sama of Boca Raton, Fla., was relaxing on the grass and enjoying a snack under the tent after the ceremony. His grandson is graduate Sebastian Sama. “I was very proud,” he said, adding, “It was the pleasure of a lifetime.” Headmaster Philip recognized the parents, grandparents, and faculty who helped make the celebration of

P R O M 2016

Lady Liberty, Lifetime of Memories

Commencement possible. The Class of 2016, he said, is distinctive. To a person, they have made both Brunswick and themselves better throughout their time at the School. They will be missed. “Boys, there is a lot of love in this room,” Philip said. “We are all so proud of you. The school

WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OF the Manhattan skyline — and Lady Liberty serving as the patriotic backdrop — the Class of 2016 celebrated its senior prom by cruising the Hudson River aboard the World Yacht at Pier 81. Smiles (and selfies) lit up the chilly, overcast spring night of


dinner and dancing — many of the black-tied gentlemen offering their blazers to their dazzling dates in graceful gestures of courtesy. Photographer Jeffry Konczal documented the formal affair held on the eve of Commencement. “The photos always tell a story of good friends enjoying each other’s company,” Konczal said. “It’s a great send-off for everyone and provides memories they’ll hold onto for a long time.”


01  Will Rusk and Morgan Sorbaro (GA ‘16) 02  Greyson Wall, Billy Sperry, Gus Fraser, Drew Monroe, and Dayton Kingery


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Valedictorian and Headmaster’s Trophy winner Andrew Israel and Headmaster Philip embrace on stage.

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will feel empty without you. Everyone in this room will miss you more than you know,” he said. “You will not be at Brunswick, but I’m hopeful Brunswick will always be with you. The more time passes, the more you will realize your time at Brunswick will have forged your closest friends and your deepest character,” he said. Philip spoke to the unique privilege of a Brunswick education, and advised the graduating class not to take its luck for granted. “The farther out you go from Brunswick, the more you will become aware, often abruptly, how lucky you are,” he said. “Use your gifts for the benefit of others. Try to be sensitive to those billions of people who have less. Arrogance on the heels of good fortune is a lamentable fate,” he added. “I urge you always to work to avoid it. “Never, and I mean never, trick yourself into thinking it’s all about you. Working with others for the greater good is one of the most fulfilling things you can do.” Philip also offered two of his favorite quotations to help inform the journey ahead. The first from

TOP  The Connells have a William H. Swanson: front-row seat to watch graduate and family A person who is nice member John Hughes take the stage. to you, but rude to the ABOVE  Trevor Johnson, Gray Johnson, and Alex waiter, is not a nice Katchadurian enjoy a chuckle from one of the person. “This is very many fine speakers. important guys,” he said. “It rarely fails. Some people are selectively nice, and dismissive of those they feel are beneath them.” Philip told the boys to work to be one of the nice guys in life. “It’s good for you. It’s good for others.” The second quote came by way of


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Robert Frost: The best way out is always through. “Guys, determination and resilience will get you far,” Philip said. “Courage, honor, and truth are rarely the easiest way to lead life, but they’re always the best way. “Like all of us, you won’t always measure up to these ideals. But, if in life, you can work toward them, I promise you that your life and the lives of those around you will be better for it.”

Ivy Speaker and Altman Award winner Chris Peisch stands proudly with his younger brother, Wesley ’18, after the ceremony.

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Philip praised the Class of 2016 and said it would be one of the honors of his life to award each a diploma. “It’s because of people like you that teachers teach,” he said.

T H E CRU X OF H IS CH A R AC T E R VALEDICTORIAN Andrew Israel, who will

attend Yale University in the fall, introduced fellow senior Chris Peisch, the Class of 2016’s choice for Ivy Speaker.


“‘Power of the Tribe” IT TOOK ONLY ONE look over his shoulder for the co-founder of a new lifestyle brand to understand the power of the tribe. As he sat in the front row at Mr. Cosby’s funeral in 2004 — along with his father, Stan, and his brothers, Graham ’86 and Shep ’89 — Ian Murray ’93 peered behind him and surveyed the standing-room-only congregation of those on hand to honor their beloved teacher and friend. He’s never forgotten what he saw: Nearly every male in the audience at the Upper School gymnasium wearing a vineyard vines tie. “On that day, we realized how much Brunswick meant to our future dreams,” Ian said. “And we realized how much those in the Brunswick community had the ability to help and support each other. “It showed us the power of the Brunswick tribe.” As is tradition, both Ian and Shep returned to Maher Avenue on the eve of Commencement to share some

ABOVE  Will Reeve ’10 was the keynote speaker at Senior Breakfast. BELOW  Ian ’93 and Shep Murray ’89 welcomed the graduates into the rank of alumni.

advice with the graduating class at the Senior Breakfast. “The most important part of your Brunswick experience hasn’t happened yet,” Shep explained. “You have something special — a special network, a brotherhood, a tribe — and you’re going to do well if you stick with Brunswick.” Will Reeve ’10, a reporter and on-air correspondent for ESPN, also attended the annual event and left the Class of 2016 with these parting words: “Time is going to pull you in so many different directions,” he said. “Take comfort in the fact that you’ll have Brunswick as a common thread among you forever. “Nobody but you — and alumni after you — can possibly understand how much that means.”


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Movin’ On Up: The New Class of 2020

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Patrick Brady Adamo Merrimack College

Nicholas James DeSalvo Notre Dame University

Eric Todd Ganshaw University of Pennsylvania

William Gray Johnson Wake Forest University

William Erickson Bass University of Pennsylvania

Timothy William DeSalvo Wake Forest University

Christopher Lund Gendell Duke University

Alexander James Katchadurian Amherst College

Lucas Anthony Bell University of Wisconsin

William Joseph Dym University of Southern California

John Alexander Bowden Gibbons Harvard University

Jason S. Kennedy Stonehill College

Colin Michael Bernard Interim Year

Thomas Alexander Errichetti Babson College

Conrad Zia Graf Tulane University

Andreas Marc Kern University of Pennsylvania

Jared Ethan Boothe Williams College

Jon Daniel Errico University of Pennsylvania

Daniel B. Guadalupe Tufts University

Thomas Maximilian Kern University of Pennsylvania

Kevin Paul Badcock de Brito Middlebury College

Joseph Lee Fervil Springfield College

Henry Brenckmann Harris Colby College

Brian Martin Ketchabaw Middlebury College

Ryan Alexander Callaghan Northwestern University

Andrew S. Floersheimer Amherst College

John Francis Hughes Boston College

Dayton Cole Kingery University of Richmond

Christopher Patrick Cassidy American University

Scott McKinley Frantz Princeton University

Andrew Walker Israel Yale University

Ridgley Putnam Knapp University of Chicago

William Lee Danielsen Southern Methodist University

Angus William Fraser Cornell University

William Eaton Jeffery Notre Dame University

Alexander Phillip Kutner Columbia University

Jourdon Sean Delerme-Brown Middlebury College

Gamble William Kent Freydberg Southern Methodist University

Joseph Raphael Jiménez School of Visual Arts

Markus Eugene Lake Dartmouth College

Jonathan Lancaster DeNaut University of Southern California

Max Fuld Williams College

Trevor Mark Johnson Dartmouth College

Christopher Buck Lieder University of Denver


Alberto Lopez University of Connecticut

William Garrett Rusk Tufts University

Salvador Lopez Union College

Alexander Bruce Russell Duke University

James Robert Grant MacFarlane Stanford University

Theodore Jaren Sabato UNC, Chapel Hill

John Dougald MacGillivray Jr. University of Miami

Wilson Brown Salomon Georgetown University

Alessandro Mark Mariani Southern Methodist University

Sebastian James Sama University of Miami

Douglas Michael Marzonie Boston College

Peter Ward Schneider University of Vermont

Jared Andrew McCloskey Duke University

Aidan Michael Schubert Lehigh University

John Edward Mendillo University of Vermont

Matthew Palmer Sealy University of Vermont

Andrew P. Monroe III Dartmouth College

Colin Michael Slyne Interim Year

John Carrol Muccia Miami University (Ohio)

William Miller Sperry Williams College

Parlan Jhong-Kai Murray Northeastern University

Ryan James Stafford University of Vermont

Nwanacho Nwana Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Patroklos Nicholas Stefanou Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stephen James Ohlemeyer Southern Methodist University

John Christopher Stephenson Georgetown University

Alexander Mills Okinaka Williams College

Connor Harris Stone Elon University

David Joseph Pasini University of Miami

Scott Nathaniel Stuart Dartmouth College

Christopher Hogan Peisch Stanford University

Vikram Sebastian Sud University of Richmond

Boden Benet Polikoff Franklin & Marshall College

Nelson Josue Vargas Villanova University

Ryan Thomas Popp Villanova University

Alvaro Ventosa-Lázaro Boston College

William McAllister Powers Yale University

Conner Evans Wakeman University of Pennsylvania

Henry Grant Quackenbush Denison University

Peter Greyson Wall St. Lawrence University

Connor Charles Redahan Southern Connecticut State University

Reilly Nicholas Walsh Duke University

Henry Ren Northeastern University Wyatt Sullivan Rodger Bucknell University John Livingston Rose Princeton University

Jadon Michael Washington St. John’s University David Michael Yacobucci University of Pennsylvania

Israel said although the two had been at Brunswick together since kindergarten, he got to know Peisch only in the last two years. Despite the late start, their friendship can only be described as a blessing. “No praise I can offer him now can possibly encapsulate his humility, affability, integrity, and most important, his unparalleled sense of humor.” Israel mused that Peisch is a tough kid to figure out: On the one hand, he just about set the stage on fire in the School production of Annie Get Your Gun, an achievement that seemed to contradict his second-to-last place finish at the NEPSTA Division I Cross Country championships. “The countless curious contradictions of Christopher Peisch lie at the crux of his character,” Israel said. “He is the perfect combination of something we at Brunswick like to call ‘softos’ and ‘hardos.’ In more ornate speech, he understands perfectly the balance between drive and levity.” Israel pointed to a plaque at the Middle School that perfectly explains his friend. “Non mihi non tibi sed nobis,” it reads. Not for me, not for you, but for us. “No matter what Chris does, I can


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confidently say it is always for the boys,” Israel said. “It is always for the betterment of the men graduating here today and the generation of young men to graduate in future.”


Peisch, on the podium on Commencement day, delivering his speech as the Ivy Speaker. There he was, cataloguing his experience at Brunswick throughout the last 13 years, detailing the time in first grade when a classmate inadvertently knocked

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Graduate Chris Gendell out his baby teeth during has his eye on the cameras — they were story time, then wondering everywhere! aloud how a 12th-grade teacher could continue to give “impossible tests” just weeks before graduation. And there he was, referencing a book his own father had read to him as a boy. Season of Life, Peisch told the crowd, had completely changed the way he looks at the world, and he had devoured the book no less than five more times after his father had shared it. And, unbelievably, there, sitting on the stage beside him, was the legend himself


A World of Opportunities By Nelson Vargas ’16 WHEN I FIRST WALKED into the Lower School, as a new

from my teachers and advisors, and the world of athletic,

first-grader at Brunswick, I didn’t know what to expect.

extracurricular, and even international opportunities that

I assumed it would be tough to transition from a public school

this school had so generously opened to me. Most of all, this

in Stamford to an all-boys environment, where I would have to

school gave me a sense of belonging and brotherhood that I

wear a brown sweater, white polo, and khaki pants every day.

had found nowhere else.

And it was intimidating. But after looking around and seeing

Twelve years ago, I could never have imagined the sea of

a classroom full of kids just like me — excited, nervous, and

emotions that I would feel upon finishing my time here. But on

ready for first grade — I soon felt right at home.

the day of commencement, I was overcome by the bittersweet

From then on, school became a place where our teachers somehow managed to teach us about history, math, sportsmanship, and character, all while forming unforgettable

emotions of saying goodbye to my home for so many years, and to the classmates that have been my brothers through it all. Even as we prepare to go our separate ways, full of the excite-

memories for every boy in our midst — including Lower School

ment of college and a bright future, I know we will always have

Colonial Day, the annual wrestling tournament in Mr. O’s gym

our Brunswick family behind us.

class, and cheering on our teams at Homecoming. During my last two years at Brunswick, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to give tours to prospective families. As I showed

THE VARGAS FAMILY Mom Maria, graduate Nelson, sister Gracia (GA ’11), and father Nelson

families around the newly renovated Maher Avenue campus, I shared with them what Brunswick has meant to me. I spoke of the friendships I had with my classmates, the mentorship and support I had

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TOP  Parlan Murray, Kevin Brito, — the 6-foot-4-inch Jack Muccia, Conrad Graf, and Eric Ganshaw each express a different subject of the book, emotion as they await the Senior Class Photo. a one-time defenRIGHT  Lifers Gray Johnson and Peter Schneider smile for the sive lineman for the camera on their big day. Baltimore Colts and now the famed founder of Coach for America, Joe Ehrmann. It was a complete surprise. “I promise I had no idea he’d be here,” Peisch told the crowd, turning to Ehrmann: “I just hope I’m not taking your material, but it’s an honor to be up here with you.” It’s a safe bet that Ehrmann, known for bringing love and character education to

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the gridiron and beyond, didn’t mind at all. Peisch profoundly encouraged his classmates to take heed of the biblical passage “To whom much is given, much is required.”

Keynote speaker Joe Ehrmann, a former Baltimore Colt, left the Class of 2016 with a short and sweet message.

“We can only realize our potential to love and respect others once we have recognized how fortunate we are and express gratitude for all we have been given,” said Peisch, soon headed for Stanford University. “I honestly believe that as I stand up here today I am one of the luckiest kids in the world. I have everything a teenage boy could ask for, not in terms of material goods, but in terms of the amount of love I am given at this school on a daily basis by all the people in this room. “We have been prepared to succeed in every way imaginable. But this success will not be measured by how much money

we make or our status in the professional world; it will be measured by the relationships we have with the people we hold most dear,” he said. “This place is not special because of its incredible academic, athletic, and arts facilities, but rather because of the people who bring these places to life every day. “I can only hope that next year, when my family sits down at the dinner table and looks over to my empty chair, they are able to recognize that I am off trying to repay them for everything they have done for me,” he said, “by acting in a way that is befitting of a man of Brunswick, upholding the values of Courage, Honor, Truth.”


Women for Others and of The Door, an urban leadership foundation in Baltimore, Joe Ehrmann speaks frequently and powerfully about harmful messages that boys are fed as they grow into adulthood. His brief but authoritative speech at Commencement was no exception. Ehrmann offered congratulations to parents and the faculty, and pointed with optimism to the Class of 2016.


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“You are signs of hope not only for your family but for this community and this country,” he said. Hope, Ehrmann said, is sorely needed in today’s world. And if Brunswick boys have been privileged with some of the best educations in the world, so, too, are they tasked with great responsibilities. “We live in a world where tremendous numbers of people need to know that

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tomorrow can be different than today,” Ehrmann said. “Based on your education, based on the privilege of having a seat in a school like this, much is demanded of you.” Ehrmann recalled his own graduation from high school in 1967, a time when America began asking questions about social justice through the convergence of the Civil Rights Movement, the Women’s Rights Movement, the Human Rights Movement,

the War on Poverty, and questions surrounding the Vietnam War. “We, as a nation, began to ask the right questions,” he said. “Yet, 50 years later, they still have not been answered in this country. We still live in a society where racism and sexism and all kind of ‘isms’ marginalize and minimalize other human beings.” Ehrmann again pointed to Brunswick boys as beacons of hope. “I think it’s going to be under your leadership that America will move to a more fair and just position,” he said. “I think much of your leadership is going to be based on your character.” Ehrmann told the crowd that character “is this old Greek word” that means to mark, scratch, and engrave. Long ago, craftsmen would leave marks on their handicraft as a sign, so everyone would know who made it. There are two kinds of character. “Performance charLEFT: THE TRADITIONAL LIFER PHOTO  acter has to do with Connor Redahan, David Yacobucci, Vikram Sud, Andrew your own relationFloersheimer, Tim DeSalvo, Alex Okinaka, Will Bass, John Hughes, ship to yourself Boden Polikoff, Andrew Israel, Nick DeSalvo, Sandro Mariani, — things like grit, Grant Quakenbush, Peter Schneider, Gray Johnson, and self-determination, Alex Russell

Nacho Nwana, Ryan Callaghan, and Joe Fervil sit atop the bleachers, smiling in anticipation of the ceremonies.

overcoming obstacles. Those are character skills that you have to develop. But there are also moral character skills — things like empathy, things like moral courage. “My challenge to you as graduates — as Brunswick men — is to stand up and build a lifetime of relationships. Every one of you has to figure out how to grab your own engraving tools and continue to scratch and etch your own performance and moral character,” he said. “That will make you a sign and an agent of hope,” he said. “And this country is in desperate need of men standing up in their authentic selves — the highest version of themselves — and making a difference in this world.”


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MAIN  Graduate Markus Lake “hugs it out” with the Rev. Thomas L. Nins. RIGHT  Thomas Kern appears to have quite the firm handshake. BOTTOM RIGHT Faculty member Neil Minsky shares a happy hug with a graduate.

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T H E FACU LT Y H A N D SH A K E IT MAY WELL BE the longest receiving

line you’ve ever seen. There they all were, each of the 91 members of the Class of 2016, lined up along the edge of Hartong Rink, moments before Commencement began in the adjacent Dann Gymnasium. Then, along came nearly every member of the faculty, from Pre School teachers all the way up to teachers from the


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A Hip-Hop, “Bossy” Soundtrack of Wisdom & Best Wishes ANTHONY FISCHETTI IS STILL

idol’s shows, that first one

2016 as the chosen speaker at

do what they really like,” Fischetti

very much living the glory days.

costing the Greenwich High

Senior Awards Day, he looked

observed. “Find your passion.

They’ve yet to pass him by — yet

School graduate a mere $9.50.

no further than The Boss for

Pursue it. And then, never let it go.”

to pass him in the wink of a young

“Springsteen has provided the

inspiration. “I’ve learned lessons

girl’s eye — having dawned in late

soundtrack to my life,” said

at those concerts that outweigh

legendary E Street Band, which

August 1978, just a week before

Fischetti, a Middle School history

the financial cost and hearing loss

has taken the stage behind

his freshman year at Trinity

teacher and class dean of the

I’ve no doubt sustained in the

Springsteen for more than 40

College began.

eighth grade. “He’s an incredible

process,” Fischetti mused. “They

years — sleeping in vans and

live performer backed by one of

transcend the music that has

playing gigs at 200-seat clubs

day dawned when Fischetti

the best supporting bands in rock

been performed.”

when the group first went on

and his best friend hopped on

history, and has a long-standing,

a Metro-North train bound for

loyal fan base.

The figurative first glorious

Grand Central. Their midtown

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“His shows are part rock-and-

For one, after a six-year-old

Fischetti pointed to the

tour. “New friends are great, but

Springsteen saw Elvis Presley

the old ones — the ones who’ve

on the Ed Sullivan Show, he

seen you in more situations than

destination: One of three historic

roll concert, part revival meeting,

instantly knew he wanted to be a

you probably care to remember —

Bruce Springsteen “Darkness on

and part communal experience.

rock star. “So many people wish

are the ones who give you truth,

the Edge of Town” tour concerts

His music is hard-edged and

five-sevenths of their lives away

who look out for you, and who are

in Madison Square Garden.

full of desperation and struggle

just trying to get to the weekend

with you no matter what,” he said.

Fast forward to the present

— but it’s also full of optimism

every week, or spend their days

day: Fischetti’s now collected

and hope.” And so, as Fischetti

clock-watching trying to get to

Brunswick faculty also noted

98 ticket stubs from his musical

prepared to address the Class of

quitting time, so they can then

Springsteen’s charitable work


The 16-year veteran of the

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Senior Awards speaker Anthony Fischetti, a diehard Bruce Springsteen fan, offered the graduates five pieces of advice. He received a standing ovation from the crowd.

(done without publicity, fanfare, or photo op) and his peak physical condition at age 66 as further proof of his fine example. “Do the right thing because it’s the right thing,” Fischetti said. “We are Brunswick men. We don’t strut. Your body is the only one you’re going to get, and you’re going to need it for your entire life. Respect it. Cherish it. Care for it. And don’t abuse it.” For the final lesson, Fischetti turned to his all-time favorite Springsteen lyric, from the song “Badlands”: “For the ones who had a notion, and a notion deep inside, that it ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive.” “Be thankful,” he concluded. “Thank your parents, teachers, professors, coaches, and mentors who will or have already taken an interest in you, cared for you, and assisted you in your personal, academic, artistic, athletic, and, someday, professional growth.”

Last Words: Straight from the Script By Anthony Fischetti NOW, FINALLY, I WANT you to try and remember what it was like

Middle School, when you were



ming with the innocence of poss ibility, and when you conjured up idea s and theories on a daily basis — man y of which were brilliant in their simp licity, some of which were unworkable and wildly inappropriate. Don’t lose that quality. If you recall, when you had one of those ideas, I tried to listen to you

with a deadly seriousness. I’d resp ond, “That’s very interesting.” You’d invariably reply, “So we’r

going to do it?” And I’d similarly invariably reply, “No.”


Well, one of my eighth-graders

recently saw the play Hamilton, and has become obsessed by it, memorizi ng

the soundtrack and playing it all the time. When he found out I was chos en by you to give this speech, he had one of those “brilliant” Middle Scho ol ideas and said, “Mr. Fischetti, you shou ld do the speech by rapping it, hip-hop style,

just like they do in the play.” Of course, I immediately told him that was an interesting idea, and then when he asked if I was going to do it, I said, “No.” But then I star ted thinking — wha t if? So, with all advance apologie s to Lin-Manuel Miranda and any serio us hip-hop or rap fans here today, this is called “CHT.” So you all just sit while I do this spit. Let me get the beat : I wrote a rap that I think you wan na hear Wednesday comes an end to your time here Four shor t years in our Upper Scho ol Then you’re off to college where you’ ll all be so cool You finish your class, you finish your day, you take three APs and they whisk you away To a game, to a prom, to an SAT

test You’ll eat a quick meal and you migh t get some rest You wake up real early. You do it

again. But it’s ok ’cuz you’re all Brunswic k men But please think about these thre e simple words You know them, you live them, it’s all that you’ve heard It’s really much more than being so smart You gotta think about ’em and take ’em to hear t ’Cuz when things get tough, as things often do You will remember Courage, Honor, Truth! Class of ’16 — Out!


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SENIOR AWARDS Cum Laude Certificates* Ryan Callaghan Will Jeffery Alex Okinaka Billy Sperry

Bouffier Foreign Language Prize Pat Stefanou

Theater Award Ridgley Knapp

History Prize Andrew Floersheimer

Simpson Choral Award Alex Kutner

Social Sciences Award Ridgley Knapp

Randolph Band Award Conrad Graf

Thomas A. Shields Mathematics Award Andrew Israel

Visual Arts Award David Pasini Everett Prize For English Ryan Callaghan R. Scott Tucker Senior Essay Prize Andrew Floersheimer

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Senior Classics Award Alex Gibbons


AAPT Science Award Andrew Israel McKinnon Global Studies Award Joey Jiménez

Gus Conrades ’86 Varsity Athletic Awards Thomas Errichetti Joe Fervil Alex Katchadurian Alex Russell Jack Stephenson Robert G. Sampson Prize Alex Russell Alan M. Turing Prize for Computer Science Andrew Israel *Cum Laude members joined earlier inductees and classmates Wills Danielsen, Andrew Floersheimer, Alex Gibbons, Andrew Israel, Ridgley Knapp, Jamie MacFarlane, Chris Peisch, and Pat Stefanou.

ABOVE  Senior Award winners Thomas Errichetti, Conrad Graf, Alex Kutner, Pat Stefanou, Alex Gibbons, Joseph Jiménez, Andrew Israel, Andrew Floersheimer, Ryan Callaghan, Joe Fervil, Alex Russell, Jack Stephenson, Alex Katchadurian, and David Pasini. MISSING Cum Laude Inductees and Ridgley Knapp BELOW  Alex Russell, winner of the Robert G. Sampson prize, stands with the award’s namesake, Mr. Sam.

Upper School. Invariably, handshakes, high-fives, and hugs ensued. Each year, the faculty handshake is a poignant moment for students and faculty alike. “You know, it’s really emotional,” admitted Nwanacho Nwana ’16. “This is the moment where it really hit me. I came in eighth grade, and here I am on the last day. It’s really a crazy thing.” Classmate Daniel “Duke” Guadalupe allowed for some emotion as well. “You are a little sad. Just a little sad.” Graduate Conrad Graf was thrilled to share a moment with an elementary school teacher who remembered the time he was in a talent show in third grade. “I didn’t think he would remember me,” Graf said.

ABOVE  Graduate Lucas Bell shares a hug with his mom, Angelique. BELOW  Members of Jadon Washington’s family: His father, Pastor David; his aunts Yvette and Belinda; and his uncle Anthony


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ABOVE  Theater Award winner Ridgley Knapp is a lucky graduate, flanked by his grandmother Mary Joan Thompson and his mother, Yvonne Hyland. LEFT  At the “post-game” celebration: Chris Gendell, Pat Stefanou, and Jack Muccia

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Middle School English teacher Kate Duennebier said the Brunswick tradition of greeting students just moments before Commencement is impossible to put a value on. Often, if you are a Middle School teacher and not a coach, you don’t have a chance to see the boys as they grow and change through Upper School. “There really are some boys I haven’t seen in years,” she said. “It’s thrilling to recognize them and their growth. It’s the perfect send-off.”


Jourdon Delerme-Brown leaves no doubt about his graduation. TOP RIGHT 

Connor Redahan, a lifer, gives the thumbs-up on a job well done. ABOVE 

Michael Errichetti ’11, Alex and Alvaro Ventosa, and McKinley Frantz cover the bases of alumni, parents, and graduates.


what it is without the legions of family members who arrive to celebrate the day.


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Here is a sample of some of the emotion from the crowd: Dad Neil Brown was there to celebrate with son Jourdon Delerme-Brown. “This was definitely a beautiful milestone for him,” he said. “I am a proud father to know he graduated from a school like Brunswick. The script is for him to write.” Jourdon’s grandmother Martha Casimir, a native of Haiti, was also there to celebrate, donning an orange polka dot dress for the

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Mom Cristina snaps a great shot occasion. “I was so of her graduate, Alvaro Ventosa, along with his brother Rodrigo ‘13, happy,” she said. grandmother Beatriz Lopez Aguado, and great-aunt Carmen Aguilar. Rae Stone, 82, of East Hampton, N.Y., was found resting after Commencement. Her grandson is Harry Stone. “It’s exciting,” she said. “I got chills.” Graduate Nelson Vargas celebrated with his mom, dad, uncle, grandmother, and sister. “We’re obviously very proud of my brother,” said Gracia Vargas (GA ’11).

LEFT  Ally DeLucia (GA ’16), Jared Boothe, and Johnny Rose rejoice in the postgraduation gathering on the lawn. BELOW  Michael Marzonie is surrounded by part of his glowing family: His mother and father, Doug and Virginia, and his grandmother Joan Marzonie.

“We are here to celebrate Nelson’s hard work and achievement and to celebrate all the blessings we have been receiving from the Brunswick community,” said mom Maria Teresa Vargas. “Today is a day of joy and thanksgiving, not just for Nelson but for all the efforts of the community and all the parents and children.” Dad Tim Muccia of Rye, N.Y., was celebrating with son Jack. “I was very, very proud of him, seeing how hard he’s worked,” he said. “It’s amazing to see how a boy becomes a man in just a few short years. It’s bittersweet.” Graduate Joe Fervil was celebrating with his aunt and uncle, Joan and Atef Saleh of Troy, N.Y., after what has been a tough year with a serious illness in the family. “I’m trying not to cry,” said Joan. “Joe has overcome a lot this year. He’s been through a lot.” Joanne Bartlett, mom of Nicholas


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TOP  Graduate Will Powers enjoys a special moment with his grandmother Jane Powers and his sister, Caroline. ABOVE 

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The Sud brothers: Sivan ’14 and Vikram

Bartlett ’12, traveled to Greenwich from Baltimore, Md., to see nephew Christopher Lieder’s graduation. Also on hand for Christopher was another aunt, Kim Kernan of Norwalk. “I was thrilled,” said Christopher’s mom, Kate Lieder. “It’s bittersweet. I am ready for them to fly, but sad. They are leaving us.” Dr. William Hampton, 90, of Greenwich, was there to watch his grandson Will Rusk graduate. “If I didn’t,

ABOVE  Mom Marisol Katchadurian stands with a group of cigar-smoking graduates: Nate Stuart, Ryan Stafford, Harry Stone, and her son Alex. RIGHT  GA graduates Annika Tallis and Sarah Gold congratulate Will Jeffery.

everyone would make me feel bad,” he joked. Hampton wore a turquoise bola necktie, a memento of his training in Texas before World War II, when he served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic. “We’re all happy,” he said. Parents Allison and Terence Lake celebrated with their son, graduate Markus Lake. The two were happy to hear the speakers’ messages. “You really got a sense of the School community,” they said. “It also seemed there was a lot of genuine love up there.”


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Award Winners Saluted as Summer Beckons



faculty members with the courage to pursue

the books — and brilliant summer sunshine

their individual vision with honesty and

awaiting them outside Dann Gymnasium —

integrity, so as to earn the appreciation of their

Middle and Upper School students and faculty

critics and the loyalty of their peers. “Over the

gathered at Closing Exercises to recognize

years, Rick has quite literally dedicated his life

superior achievements in scholarship, char-

to Brunswick, a school that is far better for that

acter, athletics, and community service.

association,” Philip said. “He has Brunswick in

Headmaster Philip began the ceremonies by

his veins. So much of the School we see around

harking back on Opening Day in September —

us today is derived from his aspirations, expec-

the last time this group of Brunswick boys sat

tations, inspiration, and perseverance.”

amongst each other. “Nobody in this room is

Libby Edwards, alumni relations and special

the same person as he was then,” Philip said.

events coordinator, was presented with the

“You’ve all had successes and celebrated them.

Sheila Pultz Service to Brunswick Award —

You’ve all had setbacks and learned from

given to members of the administration or

them. Through it all, you’ve made Brunswick a

staff who have given loyally and unselfishly of

better place.”

their time and talents toward the betterment

More than 30 boys graced the stage to receive awards for their outstanding accom-

of Brunswick and the welfare of its boys. “Libby consistently represents our School

plishments in the classroom, in the greater

and our boys in the most positive light, and

community, and on the stage and athletic fields.

serves as a daily touchtone for so many in our

Rick Beattie ’80, a Brunswick graduate and

community,” Philip said. “She is respected by

member of the faculty since 1990, received

our boys, our faculty, and especially our alumni

the John F. Otto Award — dedicated to those

— providing a supreme example of hard work, dedication, infinite patience, and flexibility.”


And, before everyone raced outdoors to a well-deserved summer, members of the Class


of 2017 closed the ceremonies by taking their places at the front of the stage as the new leaders of the student body.


01  Nick VanBelle and Mr. Duennebier

05  Libby Edwards and Headmaster Philip

02  Tate Huffman and Mr. Follansbee

06  Trip Williams and Mrs. Gallagher

03  Bryan Regalado and Mr. Gonzalez-Ocaña

07  Headmaster Philip and Rick Beattie

04  Chris Paucar

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Trip Williams ’23 won the Eleanor G. Lindberg Award: Given annually to a fifth grader of great promise, proven character and good nature who has demonstrated courage when tested, who has brought honor to family and school, and who has always spoken and cherished the truth. Luke Apostolides ’22 won the Virginia I. Peterson Award: Given annually to a sixth grader for outstanding scholarship, citizenship, and sportsmanship. Charles Garland ’21 won the Seventh Grade Prize: Awarded annually to a seventh grader




Jack Montinaro ’18 won the Oaklawn Award: Awarded to the sophomore who, in the opinion of his teachers and classmates, has contributed significantly to the life and spirit of the School through scholarship, athletics, and service to others. for exemplifying the highest qualities of leadership, scholarship, and service to community. Logan Darrin ’20 won the Kulukundis Cup: Awarded annually to the student who has achieved the highest academic standing in the eighth grade. Ben Carpenter ’20 won the Geis Cup: Awarded annually to that member of the eighth grade who is judged by his coaches and teammates to have made an outstanding contribution to the School in athletics based on his ability, enthusiasm, determination, and leadership. Christopher Wack ’20 won the Williamson Trophy: Awarded annually to that student who comes nearest in athletics, scholarship, and character to achieving the ideals expressed in the Brunswick motto “Courage, Honor, Truth.”

UPPER SCHOOL Bobby Carangelo ’17, Tate Huffman ’17, Keshav Raghavan ’17, Andrew Rogozinski ’17, and Nick VanBelle ’17 were named to the Cum Laude Society. Christopher Paucar ’19 won the William A. Durkin III ’72 Alumni Award: Given to the freshman who best represents the Brunswick tradition in sportsmanship and character. Wesley Peisch ’18 won the Princeton Alumni Award: Given to the sophomore of recognized character who combined outstanding academic ability with achievement in other fields during the past year. Gordon Kamer ’18 won the Columbia Book Award: Given to an outstanding member of the sophomore class who has demonstrated excellence in the humanities.

Keshav Raghavan ’17 won the Williams Book Award: Given to a junior in the top five percent of his class who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and has made a significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the School. Nick VanBelle ’17 won the Yale Alumni Award: Given to the junior who, in the opinion of his school, has been most aware of the rights and feelings of others and has demonstrated his concern for those around him. Tate Huffman ’17 won the Harvard Book Prize: Awarded to the junior who displays excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields. Christian LeSueur ’17 won the Brown Book Award: Given to the junior who best combines academic excellence with clarity in written and spoken expression.

Nick VanBelle ’17 won the Chinese Award. Bryan Regalado ’17 won the French Award. Luis Hernandez ’17 won the Spanish Award. Matthew LaVersa ’17 won the Italian Award. Dan Forester ’17 won the William B. Dick Latin Prize. Christian Hartch ’19 won the Kenneth Merritt Mathematics Award. Colin MacFaddin ’17 won the Fairfield Biology Prize. Keshav Raghavan ’17 won the Rensselaer Award. Jack Kulesh ’17 won the Greenwich Arts Council Award. Christian LeSueur ’17, Nick Mosher ’18, and Henry Hill ’19 won Community Service Awards. Paul Grasso ’17, Cam Kelly ’17, Will Marvin ’17, Wilson Stephenson ’18, and Tom Foley ’19 earned Brunswick Varsity Athletic Plaques.


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Faculty Honored for “Going the Extra Mile”


students, meeting with boys who are struggling, modeling lessons in

Inaugural winners Dana Montanez, Anthony Fischetti, and Jean Dobbs were recognized by Headmaster Tom Philip on Graduation Day.

HE “Going the Extra Mile”

empowering all of those they teach.

classrooms, and doing all the dirty

in Excellence in Teaching

Award winners’ good example and

work, from photocopying to filing.”

Awards, in their inaugural

endeavors, great and small, are

year, have been awarded to

recognized as having a powerful

veteran of the Brunswick faculty, is

Jean Dobbs, Anthony Fischetti,

and lasting impact on improve-

a beloved history teacher, advisor,

Tom Philip said. “Passionate

and Dana Montanez.

ment and strengthening of their

and storyteller — also tirelessly

about her discipline and deeply

students’ character and self-esteem.

fulfilling his post as class dean of the

committed to her students, she has

8th grade. “Anthony is a teacher who

dramatically enhanced the study of

makes each boy believe his opinion

science in all divisions.”

The awards, in the form of a stipend established through the generosity of an anonymous family as part of the “Above All Else” Capital Campaign, will be given annually to a member of the faculty

“At Brunswick, ‘going the extra mile’ is a community ethic. For all of us, it’s really inspirational.”

in each division who is viewed by his or her peers, and the award’s

Jean Dobbs, math specialist in the

Anthony Fischetti, a 15-year

is valuable, a coach who helps his

By institutionalizing and

teams understand that team is more

devoting financial incentive to

important than self, and an advisor

encouragement of exceptional

who listens and counsels through

dedication and creativity in every

any challenge,” Head of Middle

teacher, the “Going the Extra Mile”

School Sarah Burdett said.

in Excellence in Teaching Award

Executive Committee, as one

Pre and Lower Schools, has been

who has gone above and beyond

a teacher at Brunswick since 1983,

standard levels of the profession,

defining herself through innovation

Dana Montanez, chair of the

exceeding expectations in having a

and commitment to her craft. “Jean

science department, arrived on

positive impact on students.

is the ultimate collaborator,” Lower

Maher Avenue in 2011, revamping

the donor who endowed the ‘Going

Award-winning faculty

School Head Katie Signer said. “She

the science curriculum and exuding

the Extra Mile’ award,” Philip said.

incentivize students by offering

makes teaching easier for everyone

sincere passion for a subject she

“At Brunswick, ‘going the extra

positive reinforcement and extra

— swooping in with creative ideas,

loves. “Dana is a remarkable and

mile’ is a community ethic. For all

help — consistently inspiring and

individualizing challenge work for

inspiring teacher,” Headmaster

of us, it’s really inspirational.”

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Upper School award winner

will help to ensure the increasing excellence of Brunswick’s faculty. “We’re exceptionally grateful to

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Teddy Sabato ’16


A Superb Season of ’Wick Athletics BY MIKE KENNEDY ’99


HE SOUNDS of spring echoed far and wide. They reverberated across Brunswick sports fields and practice facilities during the early afternoon and evening hours each day, just as they do every year.

Balls of all kinds — baseball, lacrosse, tennis, and


SPRING For more photos of Bruin Sports, visit bwick.org/tob_fall2016

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golf — singed, sliced, and spun through the air. They were hit to the gaps, cranked to the top corners, and volleyed deep into the court. They were wedged, lobbed, and driven onto fairways and greens. ’Wick sailboats and rowing shells powered, pulled, and pierced through water and wind — maneuvering at high speeds and leaving other elements and obstacles in their wake. Runners sprinted, hurdled, and paced around the track after firing out of the starting blocks. But other sportsmanlike sounds, too — those of effort, resilience, and determination; of competitive spirit, support, and camaraderie; and of Courage, Honor, and Truth — resonated most loudly among Bruin varsity players and teams this season. They, more so than any, combined to create the underlying fabric of a superb spring of Brunswick athletics.


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ROWING “Torchbearers” Take Team to New Level


Freydberg, Andreas Kern, and

of a new era for Brunswick rowing

Ridgley Knapp added their

— moving into a new boathouse

rhythmic strokes to the action at

in the fall — they’ve really set the


the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta

example for the younger boys to

and single-minded:

in Philadelphia, helping the team


Brunswick senior rowers set

close out the 2015 fall slate of

new heights for the program

racing with a banner, gold-medal-

in their long and distinguished

winning day in both the first and

careers on the water.

second eights.

They anchored a deep and expe-

And, at the New England

rienced team, filling seats in each of

Interscholastic Rowing Association

the first, second, and third eights,

(NEIRA) Championship Regatta

and led the Bruins to unprece-

in May, the Bruins made the Grand

dented success in their final years

Finals in the first, second, and third

wearing the Brown & Gold.

eights for the first time since 2007

As a class, they deserve to be

(2006, 2007, 2016) — with senior


Duke Guadalupe powering the

Will Powers — each of whom States Junior National Team

River Thames in England, earning

Selection Camp or Development

a spot in the Princess Elizabeth

Camp in the summer of 2015 —

Challenge Cup before bowing

joined classmate Alexander Kutner

out to Westminster (U.K.) in the

and junior coxswain Alec Esmond

Round of 16. as torchbearers of the program,”

Regatta last October.

said veteran assistant coach John



Will Bass ‘16 will continue his rowing career at the University of Pennsylvania.

“These seniors can be looked at

medal at the Head of the Charles

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2016-17 captains.

The team capped its season at the Henley Royal Regatta on the

Fellow seniors Gamble

Alex Wada have been named the

third boat across the finish line.

received invitations to the United

to win ’Wick’s first-ever bronze

Rising seniors Tate Huffman and

and the third time in School history

saluted for their grand-finale Will Bass, Thomas Kern, and

“They’ve helped take Brunswick rowing to a whole new level.”


The varsity eight: (from right to left) Alec Esmond ’17, Matt Womble ’17, Will Bass ’16, Will Powers ’16, Gamble Freydberg ’16, Thomas Kern ’16, Alexander Kutner ’16, Andreas Kern ’16, and Will Marvin ’17

Martin. “As we head into somewhat

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TENNIS Grand-Slam Standards for Self-Discipline & Sportsmanship



crown against a

England championship a

strong duo from

season ago, the Brunswick


tennis team took to the

And five players —

courts last spring poised to make

Willie Turchetta ’18,

another run at the title.

Ben Powis ’19, Conner

The Bruins, after all, returned

Wakeman ’16, Carney,

a ladder loaded with shot-making

and Rose — earned

and superstar talent in both singles

All-FAA honors

and doubles — and they had a new

for their superior

head coach with every intention of

efforts and results in

advancing the long and successful

between the singles

legacy of the program.

and doubles lines.

Ryan Abraham — 34-year-old

As a team, the Bruins did fall

native of Trinidad and Tobago,

just short of another New England

Harvard graduate, and former

title, dropping their opening-round

squash professional at Field Club of

match on the road at St. Sebastian’s

Greenwich — quickly took control

(Mass.), 4–3.

of the team on its training trip to

Abraham, though, still looks

Saddlebrook, Fla., setting grand-

back on the scope of the season as

slam standards of hard work,

a success.

self-discipline, and sportsmanship. Abraham, too, effectively

“The boys did a great job of adjusting to a new style of coaching

managed his lineup card with a

and rising to the expectations and

keen eye on development and indi-

demands of our practice and

vidual stamina — rotating players

match schedule,” he said. “To

in and out of matches in order to

lose only two matches all

give his team the best chance to

season long, each by a score of


4–3, shows just how competi-

The Bruins — led by senior captains Boden Polikoff and

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tive and talented we were.” Carney and rising junior

Johnny Rose — jumped on board

Hayden Hoover have been

with their new coach’s philosophy,

elected next year’s captains.

ultimately capturing the FAA title and putting together another fine season of Brunswick tennis. Tyler Carney ’17 and eighthgrader Ryan Glanville followed up the team’s regular-season championship by winning the FAA doubles


Tyler Carney ’17 will serve as a co-captain in 2017. MIDDLE

Senior co-captain Boden Polikoff provided leadership throughout the season. BOTTOM

Willie Turchetta ’18 held down the No. 1 singles spot for the Bruins and will return next spring.


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GOLF A Season of Signature Triumphs


HE BRUNSWICK golf team began a new era on the links in 2015–16.

The Bruins stepped

out of the FAA to play a limited fall schedule for the first time in the program’s history, utilizing additional practice sessions to focus on swing fundamentals, course management, and the shot-saving short game. They also mixed in a heavy dose of grippressurized intrasquad competition (akin to the Ryder Cup format of four-

Sophomore Lance Johnson fired

ball, foursomes, and head-to-head

a birdie-barraged 69 to earn

matches) during their autumn days

medalist honors, and Ganshaw, the

on the course.

four-year varsity letterman bound

Clearly, come springtime, they were primed and ready to tee it up against the best of Western

Head coach Anthony Fischetti reserved high praise for Ganshaw

New Jersey in their traditional,

in presenting him the team’s

jam-packed slate of interscholastic

cherished prize, the Doc Bevacqua


Award. “Eric has been our leader on and

Ganshaw and John Hughes,

off the golf course,” Fischetti said.

the Bruins hit all the shots (and

“He has been our best player and

a high percentage of fairways

an exceptional role model, showing

and greens) on their way to an

younger players not only what it

impressive 28–4–3 record — with

takes to excel on the golf course but

signature triumphs over defending

also in the classroom.”

New England champion Loomis

The Bruins will be counting

Chaffee and a six-team field at the

on that young blood — a strong

Senior captain Eric Ganshaw lines up a putt with the help of Connor Belcastro ’19.

Hotchkiss Invitational.

contingent of rising sophomores


Taft — at the par-70, 6,700-yard

in their teammate’s absence this

Tamarack Country Club — six

coming season.


Thomas VanBelle ’18 earned valuable experience throughout the fall and spring seasons on the course. BOTTOM  Jack Kulesh ’17 eyes an approach shot to the green.

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followed with a 72.

New England, New York, and

Paced by senior captains Eric

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for University of Pennsylvania,


And, in an 18-hole match versus

Bruins carded scores below 80 en route to a decisive victory.

and juniors — to carry the weight

Reid Robbins ’17 and Matthew Camel ’18 will serve as captains.

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SAILING TOP  Bay Hodge ’17 and senior co-captain Henry Harris battle the elements on the water.

Victory in the Wake of Historic Success


MIDDLE  Peter Pillari ’17 and Logan Hoelscher ’17 have their eyes set on the finish line.

XPECTATIONS SOARED at an all-time high for Brunswick sailors as they

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launched their boats into the

water last spring.

clinching ticket to College of

The Bruins were coming off


their most successful season in

“The team’s performance in

school history — winning both

the O’Day Cup (New England

the state and regional titles and

Championship) was certainly

finishing seventh in the race for

its crowning achievement of the

nationwide glory.

season,” head coach and ’Wick

They returned a host of storm-

alumnus Andrew Scrivan ’95 said.

tested veterans and sure-handed

“The competition never let up

skippers to the lineup, buoyed

throughout the day. And the boys

by senior captains and five-year

(once again) for the national

chess match to secure 99 points

rose to the challenge and got the

varsity lettermen Henry Harris

regatta at season’s end.

and a fourth-place tie with Cape

job done.”

and Peter Schneider. Future U.S.

And, ultimately, it all rested on

Elizabeth High School (Maine)

At the nationals, Brunswick

Olympic hopeful Jack Parkin ’17

the result of the final race at the

in the overall standings — the top

battled to a respectable top-15

and crewmate Bay Hodge ’17 added

New England Championships,

four fleets earning a coveted spot in

finish to cap a fantastic season —

star power to the fleet.

sailed in the waters off the

the quest for the Mallory Trophy.

and to set the tone for a promising

The team, unsurprisingly so, set a goal to ride the headwind alongside the best of the best in high-school sailing by qualifying

Edgewood Yacht Club in Providence, R.I. Brunswick eked out a seventhplace finish in the “windless”

By virtue of a higher number of outright victories in the A and

future ahead on the water. Parkin and fellow rising senior

B divisions, the Bruins won the

classmate Peter Pillari will chart the

tiebreaker to punch their goal-

course as captains next spring.

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LACROSSE Commitment That Never Splintered


BOTTOM Senior Matt Sealy will play college lacrosse at University of Vermont.

hoped for increased individual

the Brunswick lacrosse team

recognition or game time on the

for the guy sitting next to us in the

to make excuses in the face of


locker room — for the guy on our

adversity throughout the spring of 2016.

But this year’s team did none of the above — instead becoming

“We made it our mission to play

left and on our right.” The results speak for them-

The Bruins lay claim to

more determined when the ball

one of the most compet-

sailed high out of their sticks or the

itive in-and-out of

scoreboard swayed to the side of

ten of their last 11 contests (the

conference schedules in

the opponent.

only blemish coming on the road

the likes of national powers Deerfield, Haverford (Pa.), and New Canaan High School. They could

selves. The Bruins reeled off wins in

They never splintered.

at Salisbury) en route to a 15–3

“The bonds among the players

record and a second-place finish

were stronger than ever,” head coach

in Western New England — taking

David Bruce said. “They all encour-

down formidable tests Taft,

aged and supported each other even

Haverford, Hun (Pa.), Ridgefield

when things didn’t go as planned.”

High School, and Trinity Pawling

Senior captains Jack Stephenson and Reilly Walsh — along with

in the process. “It’s really an unbelievable

have called it

junior captain John Fox — all noted

accomplishment,” Bruce said. “The

too tough — and

the players’-only meeting held after

14 seniors set the tone for the rest

accepted consolatory

a mid-April loss to New Canaan as a

of the group and latched onto each

turning point in the season.

of their individual roles.

pats on the back for setting the bar so high. The Bruins boast a talented,


TOP RIGHT Senior co-captain Jack Stephenson will continue his career in the cage at Georgetown University.

T WOULD have been easy for

the country, including

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TOP LEFT Alex Buckanavage ’17 led the Bruins with 72 points from the attack position.

“We recognized that winning does not come easy and that we needed to

“Their positive attitudes were infectious.”

top-heavy roster with many college

work as hard as we could on and off

As the Bruin LAXmen now

commitments filling out secondary

the field to prove we could run with

look to the future, Fox and fellow

roles on the depth chart. They

the best,” said Walsh, a two-time

classmate Sean Morris will lead a

could have (presumably) wished

high school All-American headed for

promising core of youth onto the

ill will on their teammates — and

Duke University.

field as co-captains next spring.

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TRACK Personal Bests in Speed & Strength


HE BRUINS took to the (figurative) track this spring determined to run faster and jump farther.

They slogged through steep

stair workouts, grunted through grueling core exercises, and staggered through increasingly difficult

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interval sessions each and every day at practice — all in the name of team and personal improvement. And, while the Bruins didn’t blaze a record trail in the win-loss column, they never stopped working toward their goals — of the stopwatch and measuring tape variety. Head coach Robert Taylor, along with assistant coaches Dwight Jackson and Sean Harris, walked away from the spring with a clear sense of pride and honor to be associated with such a strong-willed and sportsmanlike group of athletes.

TOP  Senior co-captain Nacho Nwana airs it out in the long jump.

“The boys supported and pushed each other to the limit, respected

MIDDLE Freshmen Kevonne Wilder and Cory Johnson relay the baton.

their opponents, and forged deep connections with their teammates,” Taylor said.

BOTTOM LEFT Wesley Peisch improved his times in distance running throughout the season.

“While some key injuries limited our successes against other teams, especially at New England’s, many team members achieved personal

BOTTOM RIGHT Senior Conrad Graf “putts” his all into a throw.

bests and all became faster and stronger.” Individually, team MVP Brandon Allen ’17 set the school record in the 100 meters (10.90), also

Andrew Israel also markedly

“We’ll miss their lead-

placing third in the long jump at

improved their times in the

ership,” Taylor said. “They

the New England meet.

sprinting events and 1500-meter

were ideal role models for

races, respectively.

us all.”

Sophomore Wesley Peisch was awarded the team’s most improved

Taylor also recognized the efforts

Rising seniors

athlete, as he significantly and

of four-year varsity letterman and

Luis Hernandez and

consistently improved his 3000-

seniors Sal Lopez, Parlan Murray,

Paul Grasso will join

meter race times, while Cassius

co-captain Nacho Nwana, Henry

Johnson as next year’s

Johnson ’17 and senior co-captain

Ren, and Jadon Washington.


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Trevor Johnson ’16

Commencement Gives Way to Diamonds


he seven Brunswick

There was a game to play — and

seniors would have had

they’d stepped to the plate just in

it no other way. After

time for the first pitch.

receiving their diplomas at

Trailing by one run in the fourth

Commencement, they rushed to

inning, the Bruins erased their

the locker room, traded in their

deficit with a two-run, two-out

sport coats and ties for baseball

rally and held on for a hard-fought,

Montanez called this day on the

uniforms, and sprinted out to

defensively flawless 4–2 win over

diamond a defining moment in the

ranked 38th in the nation — the

the field for the FAA semifinals

the Vikings — the heart-and-soul


only blemishes of their campaign

against King.

senior class leading the charge

Family pictures and

with clutch hits and highlight-reel

celebratory handshakes would have to wait.

putouts in the victory. Head coach Johnny

NCAA Bound Trevor Johnson Dartmouth College

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(Brooklyn, N.Y.) and St. Joseph

have easily let doubt or distrac-

Regional (Montvale, N.J.).

tion slip into their minds — but it

Montanez credited the seniors

was clear from the beginning that

for spearheading the stellar season

nothing was going to stop them.

and the program’s resurgence as a

“They play baseball with such

whole during their varsity careers,

focus, passion, and determination.

though the six-year bench boss

They wanted nothing more than

was reluctant to separate them as

just to play — and play for another


day together as teammates.”

Ryan Popp Villanova University

Hamden Hall, 7–1, to secure its

catalysts — and they’ve gotten the

second straight league cham-

entire Brunswick community excited

pionship (and second straight

about and behind our program.

Teddy Sabato University of North Carolina

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to perennial powers Poly Prep

wrong,” he said. “The boys could

Michael Marzonie Boston College

Connor Redahan Southern Connecticut State University

First baseman Ryan Hanrahan ’17

“So much could have gone

The Bruins finished the year

Wilson Salomon Georgetown University

’Wick would go on to top

undefeated season in the FAA) — putting a feather in the cap of a 20–2 overall record and No. 1

“They deserve to be recognized as one,” he said. “They were all the

“It’s been very special to be a part of — and to watch.” Rising senior captain Ryan

ranking in New England by Perfect

Hanrahan will carry the torch

Game USA, the world’s largest

when the Bruins take the field next

baseball-scouting service.



Compassion & Connection Across the Pond


T’S AS “sweet” as it gets. Mabel, an 11-year-old girl from London, sits next to Theresa, an elderly woman with Alzheimer’s

Disease, and the two engage in spirited conversation. Just an hour earlier, Theresa had entered the room hesitantly — aloof, indifferent, uncomfortable, and afraid. She very likely didn’t know where she was or why she was there. As time progressed, though, Theresa opened up to Mabel as the pair constructed a colorful shoebox diorama with popsicle stick, puppet cutouts. Questions volleyed back and forth in reference to the artistic scene: “Where are you happiest?” “Where would you go if you could go anywhere?” “Where could we go together?” Mabel and Theresa discussed the ever-changing shapes, colors, and places of their memories — inspired by their own experiences

few minutes, an hour, or a day. Since 2011, with eight founding

and foreign language teacher Erin Withstandley, traveled to London

and their shared creation perched

children and eight adults from an

in June to train teachers and

on the table in front of them. After

adult-care program at the American

students based on their experi-

the session, Theresa rose from her

Folk Art Museum in Manhattan,

ences working with the program

chair appearing transformed —

Sweet Readers has expanded to

for the past three years in the

smiling, happy, and even exuberant

provide programming to nearly

local community. “Hayden and

as she hugged and said goodbye to

10,000 participants across the

Ryan were both impactful Sweet

Mabel for the day.

United States. Collaborative, highly

Readers in eighth grade, and we

It’s compassionate stories like

interactive projects often revolve

knew they’d bring energy, enthu-

these that embody the mission of

around music, art, and poetry —

siasm, and compassion to this

Sweet Readers, a not-for-profit

and promote shared learning and

venture,” Withstandley said.

organization with the goal of

personal connection among the

bringing generations together in


the fight against Alzheimer’s. Mabel had successfully seen

And now, with the help of

“It was a tremendous success. The students were warm, thoughtful, and engaged. They made significant

Brunswick boys and faculty, the

connections with their elder part-

beyond the masks of aging

organization has reached the

ners, and virtually all of them were

and illness and connected on a

United Kingdom.

disappointed when the three-day

meaningful level with her inflicted

Rising juniors Hayden Hoover

pilot program came to an end.”

partner. She had brought light

and Ryan Kahn, together with

Sweet Readers will launch at Alleyn’s

into Theresa’s life — if only for a

Middle School head Sarah Burdett

School in London this fall.

Teachers and students from Brunswick and Alleyn’s School in London visited the Castlebar Care Home in London to facilitate the launching of the Sweet Readers program in the United Kingdom.


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Highs of Two Different Sorts IN JULY, Upper School Environmental Science teacher Danny Dychkowski ventured to remote East Africa with seven Brunswick students — all members of ’Wick’s Global Citizenship Club — including two newly minted graduates of the Class of 2016. When the last of its three connecting flights touched down in Arusha, Tanzania, the group caught a fitful night’s sleep before beginning a grueling, six-day hike, culminating in the ascent of

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TOP   As he neared Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit at sunrise, photographer Matt Womble ’17 captured a landscape sloping down toward an ocean of cloud cover.

Mt. Kilimanjaro, on the Kenyan border.

ABOVE  A week later, doing volunteer work with Tanzanian children, Womble shouldered a student at a school on Lake Victoria in the Mwanza region, 280 miles northwest of Kilimanjaro.

Bachelder Foundation for Children (JBFC), a coeducational Tanzanian school and a refuge


Having conquered the continent’s highest peak, the weary group traveled to the northwest to the Mwanza region to spend a week living and volunteering at the Janada for orphan girls — breaking away for a day on safari in the Serengeti. Director of Institutional Communications Dan Griffin tagged along, emailing reports to the home front when flickering WiFi permitted. Here are two.




HE PLAN called for us

cautiously behind our

to bunk all together in

guide, Evans, away

one room, eat dinner (if

from the camp and toward the final

we could — and, fortunately, we all reached around the effects of

stretch of ascent. Darkness was so complete that

altitude to get nourishment), then

our headlamps illuminated only

get some sleep, waking at 11 p.m.,

the area around our feet. We had

as Day 4 dissolved darkly into Day

no choice but to look down, shuffle

5, to begin the final climb in the

forward and upward, and follow

pitch-black and freezing cold at the

Evans’ lead.

stroke of midnight.

Outside a radius of about three

In what felt like a minute, we

feet, nothing was visible — and

warily crawled out of our sleeping

that, actually, was a good thing.

bags — already pretty much fully

Quickly, the shuffle became steep,

dressed for the ascent — strapped

as we switchbacked our way up a

on our headlamps, and shuffled

treacherous incline into the black-

TOP  Backed by glaciers and clouds at Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit, ’Wick climbers taking a break are (left to right) Charlie Knight ’17, Dayton Kingery ’16, Nate Stuart ’16, Brendan Forst ’17, Ryan Hanrahan ’17, Christian LeSueur ’17, and Matt Womble ’17. MIDDLE  Tucked high in the clouds at 12,500 feet, surrounded by stunted trees and shrubs, Horombo Camp was the climbers’ halfway stop. BOTTOM  Upper School Science teacher Danny Dychkowski snapped (left to right) Charlie, Christian, and Brendan at 14,000 feet.


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ness, with little or no sense of what we were doing.

could: We looked directly down

Occasionally, a large boulder

and shuffled upward.

appeared and Evans would call for a water break. Under foot, the ground was

rise, to a massive and foreboding

weak — a chalky, loose, ground-up

outcropping of boulders concealed

amalgam of dust, shale, tiny stones,

in darkness that required giant

and shards of volcanic, slate-like

steps up, again and again. By

rock. Once again, one tiny step in

6 a.m., after hiking just three

Brendan Forst '17 stands in front of Zebra Rock, on the Marangu Route to Kilimanjaro's summit, at 14,000 feet.

the wrong direction caused a stone

miles in six grueling hours, we

slide, and the ground fell away into

arrived at Gilman’s Point (18,652


the blackness.

feet), having gained 4,350 feet in

Danny Dychkowski’s photo captures the landscape around Horombo Camp, at 12,500 feet, during a break in the cloud cover. TOP 


On Day 4, the group trekked from Horombo Camp to Kibo Camp (15,000 feet), hidden in the clouds, in preparation for the ascent.

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This continued for six hours — leading, as the sun began to


So we all did the only thing we



And, after about another half a mile ahead on a winding path, we reached the summit (19,341 feet) of Kibo on Mt. Kilimanjaro — nauseated, blinded by headache, and much more, but all proud to be at the top and even more to have supported each other in the journey.

TOP  A fellow climber faces Kilimanjaro’s less-known Mawenzi peak. Brunswick students scaled the mountain’s Kibo summit, the highest point in Africa. MIDDLE  Shortly after sunrise, ’Wick climbers, friends, and guides gathered at Mt. Kilimanjaro’s official summit (19,341 feet). LEFT  Dayton Kingery ’16 takes a moment to rest on the trail.


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FTER THE final bell had rung —

tires with several spokes missing from

to conclude a rewarding school

both wheels, it had one brake, a frayed

day — we took a short walk just

and broken cable that led to the spot

beyond the premises to a vast and dusty

where the rear brake should be, and just

sand-lot playground to watch JBFC middle-

one barely functional gear — and, still, he

school boys compete against a rival team in

absolutely beamed.

a “football” match. As we approached, hundreds of children, many pint-sized and as young as five or six (and all unescorted by adults), streamed toward the playground. One

Children of all ages and sizes immediately swarmed to the boys. Matt, our amateur photographer, fascinated many with his camera. Dayton sat on the ground as children

boy, perhaps 10, arrived on his new

collected twigs and lined them up on his left

bicycle. How far away was home, I asked.

leg. As more twigs took their places, more

“I’ve come 15 kilometers,” he told me, proudly. “I couldn’t have come if I didn’t

children gathered to join in the game. Christian picked up a six-year-old from

have my new bicycle. It’s a FINE bicycle,

the swarm of little boys following him

don’t you think?”

around and placed the child squarely on his

With nicks and scratches everywhere on its oversized white frame and threadbare

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shoulders. Immediately, the boy clamped his legs tight and, like a tic, settled in to

TOP  ’Wick students relax and mingle with their newfound friends while volunteering at the JBFC, an orphanage and school in the Mwanza Region. MIDDLE  Christian LeSueur and a JBFC student read together in a lateafternoon ritual. BOTTOM  A JBFC student mugs for photographer Matt Womble ’17.


enjoy his perch and newfound good fortune. Charlie tossed a well-worn foam version of an American football to a small group of boys, as girls watched from beneath the scorched shade trees that lined the field. Brendan had his own large and devoted following as he first sat in the midst of a laughing and roughhousing crowd, and then moved closer to the field to watch the game.  Like an impromptu mayor, Ryan was also surrounded by a crowd of admirers. “Isn’t this just amazing?” he asked, surveying the scene in wonder. “Where do all these kids come from?” The game finished and the crowd began to disperse. We made the short walk back to campus for the daily session of “Reading Buddies,” all wondering how the girls (or guys) could focus any attention on a book after two hours of such unbridled hilarity on a Friday afternoon. But focus we did — ending the day as usual, with evening song and prayers with resident girls in their dining hall. TOP  Ryan Hanrahan ’17 fascinates uniformed JBFC students with a camera. MIDDLE (TWO PHOTOS)  Shepherded by a Maasai, a herd of goats kicks up the dust as it ambles through the JBFC compound. The campus also includes a nascent farm, with crops planted in “permaculture,” to maximize yield in the often-parched area. BOTTOM RIGHT  Charlie Knight ’17 and a JBFC student take a moment to chill in this photo by Danny Dychkowski. BOTTOM FAR RIGHT  A local girl beams for photographer Matt Womble ’17 as she holds a LAX stick.


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Stars Collide in Sin City By Katherine Ogden “


LVIS” was “in the house” as

the culmination of months of work

hundreds in the Brunswick

by dozens of volunteers who brought

community came together

their expertise to bear in everything

in true Vegas style for a

from branding to budgets. The end

Spring Benefit and Auction — an

result was a magical transformation

extravaganza of fun organized in

of Burke Field House — from ordi-

support of the BPA Extras Fund for

nary gymnasium to Entertainment

Brunswick boys. The King himself

Capital of the World, at least for an evening.

was joined by


none other

not to like?”

than Marilyn

said Upper

Monroe and

School mom

a trio of stars from the original Rat Pack: Frank

Michelle Binnie, who co-chaired the Benefit along

Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy

with Lower School mom Gretchen

Davis Jr.

Bylow. “We had a really fun time

Indeed, the “stars” were out before

with this theme.”

the sun had even set, crooning for guests and setting the tone for an evening of glitter and fun. A vintage pink Cadillac, generously loaned by Brunswick’s Kimberlin family, perfected the scene. The Viva Las Vegas benefit was

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THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Elvis called the shots throughout the evening; Marilyn Monroe made a dazzling appearance; martinis were the drink of choice for many; and The Rat Pack put on a show for all in attendance at “Viva Las Vegas” on Saturday, May 7.


01  Owen West P ’22, ’24 02  Alicia Petrini P ’27 and E.D. Hill P ’15, ’23 03  Gretchen Bylow P ’25, ’27; Binnie Huffman P ’17, ’21; and Michelle Binnie P ’17





04  Rob and Cathy Carangelo P ’17, ’21; and Catherine and Michael Farello P ’17


Dancing girls, an at-your-service

everything from sports equipment

wedding chapel, and an all-you-

to travel expenses and school

can-eat buffet provided the


backdrop for one of the can’t-miss

Bylow, and to all the volunteers

calendar: the auction.

from every division who helped to make the evening a success,

were up for bid, from sports tickets

including a veritable army of

to trips. But, once again, the price-

committee chairs who tackled

less Magical Sleepover at the Lower

the myriad details of this major

School proved to be the bestseller


of the evening. All in all, the benefit on May 7

“We’re very grateful to all of our amazing committee chairs,”

drew more than 650 people, all

Bylow said. “They were super to

of them spending their evening

work with — and that’s the truth.

in good fun and for a good cause.

We had a great time working with

Proceeds supported the BPA’s


Extras Fund, which helps cover expenses for Brunswick scholarship students — including

06  David Sammons P ’18 and Lori Bell P ’18

Kudos go out to both Binnie and

events of the biennial spring As always, some dazzling items

05  Fabiola and Yvan-Claude Pierre P ’19


For more photos, visit bwick.org/tob_fall2016


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T WAS a trip into the past, a

journey down memory lane. Last summer, I ventured into the

Brunswick Archives, where I worked to help organize records, photos, and

At the Intersection of Past & Future By Keshav Raghavan ’17

any other materials. Throughout my time there, I realized that Brunswick is, in no small way, a product of its past. As I looked at a photo of bystanders


the Brunswick in the here and now. One important example of this was a short parable written by Brunswick’s founder, George Carmichael, as a model for young Brunswick boys, entitled “Dick’s Tackle.”

century copy of the Psalms of David. There were football helmets from

The story follows a young Brunswick boy, who, despite his

eons ago and varsity soccer jackets

nervousness and apprehension,

from the 1980s. There was a student

makes the game-winning tackle in the

at a homecoming football game in

record from the 1920s listing parents’

big game of the season. Dick’s qual-

the 1910s, dressed down in Brunswick

professions: Amidst the traditional

ities of courage and perseverance in

apparel, I had to convince myself that

mix of managers, accountants, and

the face of hardship define Brunswick.

it wasn’t a black-and-white version of

store owners, one individual’s listed

Brunswick stands, ultimately, for

a photo from this past year.

job title was “Prince,” with no further

Courage, Honor, Truth — a motto that


has stood since the beginning of the

Course catalogues from the 1920s featured classes that would

These items — as differentiated

School’s history, coined in a speech to

be familiar to many a Brunswick

as they were by the years separating

the Board of Trustees, and a mindset

student of this generation: History,

them — were startlingly similar to

that I found within the photographs,

Mathematics, Latin, Spanish.

things you would find around School

documents, and objects of the past.

I came across laboratory slides from the 1960s; correspondence with

today. But, most important, the Brunswick

That speech’s original text remains, undisturbed, in the Archives. Perhaps

local high schools dating back to the

of the past was in every regard a place

some things, for the better, never

1920s; and an early-20th or 19th-

that espoused the same core values of


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Throughout his summer in the Archives, Keshav Raghavan ‘17 sifted through records, photos, and School artifacts, including (from top to bottom) an allSchool photo, a School newspaper, and postcards and telegrams from proud alumni.



03 04


01   Mark Rice ’69 and Gary Montanus ’69 flank their 11th-grade English teacher, Mike DiGennaro, as the trio shares a bottle of wine. 02   Eleanor Ball (3) holds her new baby sister, Abigail, both the daughters of Steve Ball ’94.


03   It’s eyes wide open for Bowie Adler, the daughter of Jonathan Adler ’97. 04   Olympia Oveissi appears over the moon about her new baby sister, Gigi, both the daughters of Shahryar Oveissi ’98. 05   Elodie Adler, the daughter of Benjy Adler ’99, appears just a little bit ticklish. 06   Another baby for the Adler Clan! Here is Anna with her father, Robbie Adler ’01.



her older sister, Eleanor (3), are getting along very well. Steve is


In honor of Tim Auch, who died in

Mark Rice and Gary Montanus

a patent and trademark attorney

Benjy Adler and his wife, Jaime,

2014, the Auch family has founded

enjoyed an evening with their

based in Stamford, Conn., and sees

welcomed a baby girl, Elodie, on

the Tim Auch Spirit of Enterprise

11th-grade English teacher, Mike

several ’Wick alumni regularly.

February 3. See photo 05.

Award, offering students in Marion

DiGennaro. Mike taught at Brunswick

Please drop him a line if you are ever

County (Ky.) the opportunity to

for a few years in the late 1960s,

in the area. See photo 02.

learn, travel, and compete in the

before moving on to Mamaroneck

American Private Enterprise System

High School, where he spent most of

(APES) Youth Program.

his teaching career. See photo 01.


Jarrett McGovern married Rose Martincak in Nashville, Tenn., on July 16.

Jonathan Adler and his wife, Kasey,

welcomed a baby boy, Felix, on

School (Lebanon, Ky.), is intended


Zander Ross and his wife, Zoe,

welcomed a baby boy, Bownman (“Bowie”) on December 28. See

July 5.

to increase students’ knowledge of

Nat Barnum joined Lincoln Property

photo 03.

the American economic system and

Company as Senior Vice President in a

global economy through study and

regional division based in Greenwich.

The elite program, open to top juniors at Marion County High

competition. The top four students completing the program will be given the award, which will include a scholarship and cash prize. Auch was a local businessman and entrepreneur who had a keen


2000 Mark Clasby married Amanda Shaw


Charlie Oates and his wife, Sarah,

at the Filter Building in Dallas, on

welcomed a baby girl, Gretchen Lee,

July 3. Mark’s brother, Dwight ’98,

Craig McDonough and his wife,

on June 30.

was the best man — and Scott Caputo ’01 and Joe Praino ’97

Claire, welcomed a baby boy, Sean, on May 8.

Shahryar Oveissi and his wife, Erin,

were ushers.

welcomed their second daughter,

interest in teaching youth about

Genevieve James (“Gigi”), on

honored for his pioneering work


June 23. She joins her older sister,


with the state’s alpaca industry.

Steve Ball and his wife, Courtney,

Olympia. See photo 04.

Robbie Adler and his wife, Emily,

succeeding in business. He was

welcomed their second daughter,

had a baby girl, Anna Bay, on

Abigail Elizabeth, in May. She and

October 1, 2015. See photo 06.


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John Carr and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a baby girl, Lillian Elizabeth, on May 12. Jeff Long married Kaylie Hanson (GA ’06) at Belle Haven Club in Greenwich on May 28. Per Barre and Dave Sawyer served as co-best men — and Colin Doody, Peter Hanson ’08, Matt Heineman, and George Jamgochian stood as groomsmen at the heavily attended ’Wick/GA nuptial affair. See photo 07.

07 08


07   The wedding party portrait of Jeff Long ’01 and Kaylie Hanson (GA ’06): Danielle Geanacopoulos, Melissa Auth (GA ’06), Molly Carroll, Lexi Gordon, Allison Lawler, Addie Garland, Katie Duennebier (GA ’06), Katharine Brown (GA ’06), the newlyweds, Per Barre ’01, David Sawyer ’01, Peter Hanson ’08, Matt Heineman ’01, Colin Doody ’01, David Gordon, James Crowley, and George Jamgochian ’01 (Photo: Melani Lust Photography)



Rana Kashyap and his wife, Sanjana, welcomed a baby boy, Rishi Theo, on June 6. See photo 08.

2002 Chris Jones and Charlotte Johnson were married at the Hillsboro Club in Hillsboro Beach, Fla., on April 30. 10

Garret Overlock and Emily Driscoll


married at the Siasconset Union Chapel on Nantucket on June 11, with a reception following at the Sankaty Head Beach Club.

2003 Vinnie DeMarzo and his wife, Brooke, welcomed a baby girl, Addison Grace, on April 29. J. P. Shand graduated from NYU Stern School of Business on May 20. Wayne Atwell ’04 and Sam Kies ’04 were also among the graduates. See photo 09. In addition, J. P. and his wife,

08   Rana Kashyap ’01 shares the joy of his new baby boy, Rishi, with classmates Elliott Rauh, Paul Gojkovich, and Mike Boensch. 09   Fellow NYU Stern School of

Business students Sam Kies ’04 and J. P. Shand ’03 pose for a photo at graduation.

10   Oliver Shand, the son of J. P. Shand ’03, looks cozy in his new pajamas. 11   Alex Lopez ’04 and his new bride, Hema, celebrated a beautiful Hindu ceremony as part of their wedding festivities.

12   Kendrick Luse ’04 and his new wife, Rebecca, appear as happy as can be on their wedding day. 13   Joe McMenomen ’04 and his bride, Erin, walked through the door of marriage on May 21.

Amanda, welcomed a son, Oliver Marcus James, on July 14.

Alex Lopez married Hema Busgeeth

Kendrick Luse and Rebecca Forest

Andrew Small married Kristin

See photo 10.

on June 11–12 in Newport, R.I. The

were married in New York City on

Homer in a ceremony at the

couple shared a beautiful Hindu

May 21. See photo 12.

Kennebunk River Club in


Kennebunkport, Maine, on June 11.

ceremony in the rain on Saturday and then a nondenominational

Joe McMenomen and Erin Despot

Andrew Ferrer and his wife, Rachel,

ceremony on Sunday. Andrew

tied the knot in New Orleans on May

Bates Tillman and Libby Fellows

welcomed a baby boy, Jackson

Ferrer was one of the best men.

21. See photo 13.

were wed at the Crystal Mountain Ski

Tomas, on August 28.

See photo 11.

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Resort in Washington on August 20.




17 14



were among the groomsmen, as was

Matt Ferrer and Julie Wooters

See photo 16.

tied the knot at Christ Church of

Christian’s brother, Andrew ’10.

following at Shenorock Shore Club


in Rye, N.Y., on November 21, 2015.

Chris Troy and his golfing partner,

See photo 14.

James Nicholas, won the 80th John

Bronxville, N.Y., with a reception

G. Anderson Memorial Four-Ball Chris Hynes married Keeley Weir at

Invitational at Winged Foot Golf Club

Belle Haven Club in Greenwich on

on Sunday, June 12. The “Anderson” is

July 16.

one of golf’s premier amateur events



and began with a field of 64 two-man teams from across the country and the world. See photo 17.

Morgan Dunnan and Nora Saunders married at Camp Susquehannock in Brackney, Pa., on August 20.

FACULTY NOTES Upper School History teacher Steve Mandes and his wife, Jenn,

Jamie Millard married Krista

welcomed their second son, Wyatt,

Tenaglia at the Church of Saint

on June 27. He joins his brother,

Joseph in Garden City, N.Y., on

West. See photo 18.

June 25. The reception followed at Lawrence Beach Club. Classmate

Upper School History teacher Mike

Matt Virtue was the best man. Bart

Hannigan ’01 and Alexandra Rizk

Witmer ’05 was a groomsman.

married at the Lowndes Grove

See photo 15.

Plantation in Charleston, S.C., on


July 1. Mike’s brother, Tim ’07, was the best man — and classmates John Duffy ’01 and David Sawyer ’01 were

Christian Blake married Juliette

groomsmen. A strong contingent

Brindak at Larchmont Yacht Club on

of ’Wick faculty and friends made

August 6. Classmates Tom Connor,

the trip to the Low Country for the

A. J. Feld, and Christian Oberbeck

wedding. See photo 19.

14   Matt Ferrer ’05 and his new wife, Julie, pose for a wedding shot inside Christ Church in Bronxville, N.Y. (Photo: Zlatko Batistich)

18   Here is the customary one-month photograph of Wyatt Mandes, the son of faculty member Steve Mandes.

15   Jamie Millard ’06 and his new bride, Krista, enjoyed a beautiful summer wedding in Long Island.

19   Alumni, faculty, and staff (both former and current) made the trip to Charleston, S.C., for the wedding of Mike Hannigan ’01: FRONT Tim Hannigan ’07, Marc Strileckis, and David Sawyer ’01 MIDDLE Jarrett Shine ’92, Dana Montanez, the newlyweds, and Courtney Kennedy REAR Meghan McCarthy, Addison Pierce ’13, Kevin Decker ’07, Steve Garnett, John Booth, Mike Kennedy ’99, Johnny Montanez, John Duffy ’01, Andrea Strileckis, and Marcus Chioffi

16   The Class of 2007 “represented” at the wedding of Christian Blake: Mackenzie Judson, Tom Connor, the groom, A. J. Feld, Tucker Virtue, Robby Berner, Christian Oberbeck, and Travis Judson. 17   Chris Troy ’14 and James Nicholas took home the trophy at the 80th John G. Anderson Memorial Four-Ball Invitational at Winged Foot Golf Club.


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20   Senior Accountant Courtney Hitzel and her husband, Thomas, enjoyed first-class service on their wedding day. (Photo: Sara Wight) 21   The proud parents of Grace Kohart: Steve and Middle School teacher Annie Kohart. 22   Middle School teacher Taryn Petrelli (GA ’05) and her husband, Adam, entered their reception to a rousing standing ovation. (Photo: Parris Whittingham) 20



Senior Accountant Courtney Hitzel

implemented medical policies to

of his birth, August 16, 1971. He was

ethic was beyond compare — working

tied the knot with Thomas LaCalamito

ensure student safety and compliance

surrounded by his loving family and

tirelessly, putting pride into his work,

at Church of the Resurrection in Rye,

with state law.

friends, passing with a beautiful smile

and dedicating himself fully to every

on his face.

task or challenge until completed to

N.Y., on July 30. See photo 20.

During her 10-plus years as a nurse practitioner at Westhill High

Chuck was predeceased by his

Middle School English and Latin

School in Stamford, Conn., she led a

mother, Jacqueline Guarneri (April

teacher Annie Kohart and her

student nutrition club. The club was

23, 2016), and his father, Charles J.

Much like his late mother, Chuck

husband, Steven, welcomed a baby

highlighted on the CBS Morning News

Guarneri (July 15, 2016), as well as

had a sense of calm that would radiate

girl, Grace Warren, on September 4.

toward the end of her tenure.

his father-in-law, Reverend Philip V.

to those around him. Chuck was truly

Bayliss (June 21, 2001).

a beacon and possessed an amazing

See photo 21.

In addition, Jean believed in every

perfection, despite the hour on the clock.

student’s potential and encouraged

Chuck is survived by his wife, Laura

Middle School English teacher Taryn

underprivileged youth to work hard

Bayliss Guarneri, and his three young

tion that held everyone together, no

Petrelli (GA ’05) married Adam

and dream big. She continued to

children: son Charles J. III (C.J.) and

matter the situation.

Boardman at Brooklyn Botanic

use her gift as an educator while on

twin girls Addison Faith and Wynter

Garden on July 9. See photo 22.

faculty at Yale.

Grace of Missouri City, Texas.


more than 25 years. During that time,

Melissa Guarneri of Milford, Conn.,

she was an active member of Noroton

and Kimberly Femia, wife of Tony

Jean Heckadon McCormick, 68,

Presbyterian Church. Most recently,

Femia, of South Salem, N.Y.; his moth-

less gift. He had an uncanny way

died on May 9 after a courageous,

she retired and settled in Aiken, S.C.

er-in-law, Judy Bayliss; his sister-in-law,

of making everyone feel they were

Teresa Bayliss; and his brother-in-law

important and they truly mattered.

accomplishments, Jean was a loving

Philip Bayliss II, all of whom reside in

He did all things authentically and

Panama. The daughter of the late

mother, a devoted wife, and a beloved

Hagerstown, Md. In addition, Chuck


Philip and Catherine Simpson

daughter. Her commitment to helping

leaves several nieces and nephews,

Heckadon of Evans, Ga., Jean spent

others, educating children, and caring

and a magnitude of friends whom he

family were among his top attributes

most of her formative years in

for the sick speaks to her selfless

personally considered family.

— and his legacy will forever be firmly

Bakersfield, Calif., graduating from

nature and embodies her overall

the University of the Pacific with a

passion for making the world a better

most of his life until moving to Texas

degree in education.


in 2009.

Jean resided in Darien, Conn., for

two-year battle with melanoma. Jean was born in Almirante,

She earned a Bachelors in Nursing

Beyond her professional life and

Jean is survived by her husband,

He is also survived by his sisters,

Chuck lived in Stamford, Conn., for

After graduating from Brunswick,

soul. He was the rock and the founda-

He will always be remembered for his never-ending humor, unforgettable laugh, and the true loving of the life he had made for himself and his family. Chuck’s friendship was a price-

His love for and dedication to his

planted in his children. He loved his wife beyond compare. In February 1995, they became soulmates and best friends. After 17

from Cornell University, followed

Peter Carroll McCormick; daughter,

he attended the University of

years of marriage, he would still bring

by a Masters in Nursing from Yale

Ellen Catherine McCormick of

Maryland and earned his degree in

his wife fresh flowers weekly and


Arlington, Va.; son, Peter Carroll


regularly surprised her and the kids

She began her nursing career in

McCormick, Jr., and daughter-in-law,

the Cardio-Thoracic ICU at New York

Mary, of Charlotte, N.C.; two grand-

energy-trade business in 1999, when

Hospital, soon moving to Connecticut,

children, Mallory and Finn McCormick

he started as an analyst. After 17 years

where she worked for many years

of Charlotte, N.C.; and her mother,

in the business, he built his way up

Those who loved him are better

in the primary care unit at Norwalk

Catherine Heckadon of Evans, Ga.

to CIO of the Americas for Mercuria

people because of him and will forever

Energy, one of the top energy-trading

have a void in their lives, but will honor

firms in the world.

his legacy and live their lives by the

Hospital as a nurse practitioner. As one of the first nurses at

Charles James Guarneri II ’90 died

Brunswick, Jean established and

on August 16, 45 years after the day

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Chuck began his career in the

Chuck’s family notes: Chuck’s work

with little gifts he would pick up on his way home. Those who knew him loved him.

motto: “What would Chuck do…”



New Trajectory: From Island Time to Brunswick Time By Mike Kennedy ’99


HINK JEEP Wrangler

his parents and began knocking on

with the top down —

doors in New York City looking for a

suntanned dude driving

job at an art gallery. He’d majored in

on the beach with the

fine arts, with a concentration in art

music blasting. Brian Shepard ’97 was on island time. He’d spent the summer of 2001 on Nantucket teaching windsurfing, newly minted Amherst College

history, at Amherst. After six months, he finally landed a gig at MTV Networks as a sales assistant and moved to his own apartment on the Upper East Side.

diploma in hand, and planned to

the ladder during his two-plus

close out the season on the water

year tenure at MTV — ultimately

before hunkering down for the

working on sales plans — but art


remained his passion.

Life was as good as a morning swim in the Atlantic.

“I was burning the candle at both full day at work and then come

Shepard was on his way to

home and paint long into the

breakfast when the first plane struck

night.” Not until he returned

the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. He

to Brunswick to watch a

stood in frantic fear as he watched

lacrosse game, in the

the remaining attacks unfold on

spring of 2005, did he

television, his thoughts firmly fixed

consider the prospect of

on his family and friends back home


in New York. He boarded an overcrowded ferry


01  Brian is all snuggles with his daughter, Lulu.

Doug Burdett, a

02  Classmates Ned Adams and Tony Calabrese have remained close friends of Brian’s.

mentor of Shepard’s

the next day and arrived in Rye that

during his days as a

night, waiting anxiously for news

student, proposed the idea.

about his cousin Teddy Maloney,


ends,” Shepard said. “I’d spend a

But then came 9/11. work, stopping in at a local deli for


He began to climb his way up

Two weeks later, he’d interviewed

of LINK,

a 32-year-old broker at Cantor

and been offered a position at his

a summer program for

Fitzgerald, who hadn’t been heard

alma mater.

talented, underprivileged students

from since the attacks.

It’s now been more than a decade

03  Brian celebrates his graduation in the spring of 1997 with former headmaster Duncan Edwards.

in the surrounding area.

Teddy’s reassuring call never came.

— and Shepard is entrenched as a

And Shepard was changed forever.

Brunswick faculty member, teaching

faculty housing in Glenville with their

Shepard and his wife, Denise, live in

“My life’s trajectory changed

computer graphics and ceramics,

two daughters, Isla (3) and Lulu (1).

completely after that day,” Shepard

coaching hockey and tennis, and

recalled. “I wanted to be closer to

working in the college office under

my family and to support them in

the continuing guidance of Burdett

any way I could.

(“Doug” still doesn’t quite roll off

and the values we hold most

grounded and aware of the people

the tongue, however).

important,” Shepard said. “It sounds

around you.

“I also realized I needed to begin taking more ownership of my life.” Shepard moved (back) in with

He’s also manning the charge of Peer Leadership and is the director

Words came easy when asked to

“As an alumnus, I feel I’m well suited to transfer that message to

pinpoint why Brunswick. “I believe in the School’s message

simple — but ‘With all thy getting, get understanding.’

our boys. I’ve lived Brunswick and beyond Brunswick — and I can pass along the importance of remaining

“I hope to be here for a long time.”


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’Wick Underneath the Western Skyline B

RUNSWICK AND GA alumni convened

on the West Coast for two “kick-off-the-

summer” events, gathering at Marengo on the Alley in San Francisco and the Bungalow at Fairmont Miramar in Los Angeles on back-toback evenings in June.


01  The San Francisco Crew: FRONT Drew Tunney ’08, Sam Stein ’05, and Bart Witmer ’05; MIDDLE Scott Sherman ’96, J.W. Ballard ’72, Jamie Butler ’87, J.P. Scanlan ’95, John Goldberg ’85, and Jack Taylor ’06; BACK Chris Baldock ’10, Bill Hoch ’09, Tony Calabrese ’97, Zach Dobbs ’06, Jim Tormey ’06, Eric Epstein ’06, and Jarrett Shine ’92

Attendees — spanning five decades of ’Wick graduates — enjoyed picturesque Southern California weather as they reconnected and reminisced about their days on Maher Avenue (and even King Street, for the younger crowd on hand). With many Bruins now heading west to pursue professional and personal opportunities, please keep an eye toward the future for more

02  Zach Dobbs ’06, Eric Epstein ’06, and Jim Tormey ’06

social events like these.

03  Ned Adams ’97

all of his organizational efforts to secure such a

04  Bill Hogan ’80, Jarrett Shine ’92, and James Muhlfeld ’94

beautiful venue in Los Angeles.

Special thanks go to James Muhlfeld ’94 for

05  Jeff Condon ’96

For more photos, visit bwick.org/tob_fall2016

02 03

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Trekking Uptown to Connect with Old Friends


ore than 30 alumni gathered for a “Summer Social” at the 79th Street

Boat Basin Café in New York City on July 12. The event was jointly sponsored by Brunswick and Greenwich Academy. It was a beautiful evening for all those


who trekked uptown to connect with old



friends and to meet fellow ’Wick and GA alumni/ae of different generations. Thanks to everyone who attended — and we hope to see you at the Alumni Holiday Gathering at the University Club in December! 01  Corey Dobbs ’08 and Drew Tunney ’08 02  Conversation (and adult beverages) flowed! 03  Justin Weinstein ’99, George Jamgochian ’01, Matt Wheeler ’01, Per Barre ’01, Paul Gojkovich ’01, and Colin Doody ’01 04  Christian Oberbeck ’07 and Caroline Connor (GA ’08) 05  Oivind Lorentzen ’09, Parker Hurst ’10, and Will Reeve ’10

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Small Leap, Giant Step Photo by Jeffry Konczal


ALL IT a leap of good faith — times two.

behind as he ventured to the University of Pennsylvania

Photographer Jeffry Konczal quickly skirted

behind the bleachers after the Senior Class Photo, hoping (but not certain) to find a candid

of two graduates arm-in-arm as they headed off to Commencement Exercises. He sensed a moment of action, tension, or anticipation of what’s to come — a potential “framer” for the mantelpiece. And, this time, he found all that and more. Soon-to-be graduate Will Bass — the first to take instructions from Senior Dean Paul Withstandley — jumped down from

Would he be able to connect with friends and teachers on the same level in college as he had while a student on Maher Avenue and King Street? As he reflected on the possible answers, Bass knew one thing for sure: He’d take this next step forward — this small leap into the unknown — with Brunswick by his side. “Brunswick has built an indestructible

the bleachers (almost on cue) and led the way to the

platform of essential values — rooted in Courage,

ceremony, poised to embark on the next phase of his

Honor, Truth — that can guide me through small,

young life.

everyday situations and the broader, seemingly more

He’d been a student at Brunswick for 14 years — a compelled to leave his close friends and caring teachers


He was uncertain, even a little fearful, he recalled a few months later. He questioned his future.

He’d take this next step forward — this small leap into the unknown — with Brunswick by his side.

“lifer” at a place he called home — and he’d soon be

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in the fall.

significant challenges of my future. “That gives me the confidence that I can make it through anything.”


Gregory B. Hartch ’88, P ’19 Chairman Kimberly C. Augustine, P ’19, ’24 Richard A. Axilrod, P ’14, ’18 Nisha Kumar Behringer, P ’26, ’28 James F. Bell IV, P ’14, ’16, ’17, ’21 W. Robert Berkley Jr. ’91, P ’21, ’23 Nancy M. Better, P ’11, ’13 Michael J. Bingle, P ’20 Todd L. Boehly, P ’20, ’22, ’24 Emily W. Burns, P ’19, ’23 David M. Butler, P ’23 Mark H. Camel, P ’12, ’18, ’18 Robert F. Carangelo, P ’17, ’21 Frank Carroll III, P ’22 Alberto J. Delgado, P ’19, ’20, ’23 Mark F. Dzialga, P ’19 Philip A. Hadley, P ’18, ’20 Anthony E. Mann, P ’17 D. Ian McKinnon, P ’18 Robert E. Michalik, P ’19, ’21, ’23, ’28 Thomas D. O’Malley Jr. ’85, P ’12, ’15, ’21 Douglas I. Ostrover, P ’20 Suzanne P. Peisch, P ’12, ’14, ’16, ’18 Stephen R. Pierce, P ’15, ’19 James H. Ritman ’94, P ’28 David R. Salomon, P ’16 Andrei M. G. Saunders, P ’19, ’27 Michael A. Troy, P ’12, ’14 Kerry A. Tyler, P ’15, ’18 Tyler J. Wolfram, P ’18, ’22

Ex Officio Thomas W. Philip, P ’08, ’10 Headmaster Kathleen Harrington CFO/Business Manager Thomas G. Murray, P ’25, ’27 Executive Director of Development Daniel J. Griffin Director of Institutional Communications Pam Keller, P ’19, ’22, ’24 President, BPA

ON THE COVER  Faces set for the challenge, senior captains Tate Huffman and Alex Wada lead their teammates into a brand-new era of Brunswick’s rowing program — now launching from a state-of-the-art boathouse on the Mianus River. The facility opened in September after a dedication ceremony to honor all those whose generosity and commitment led the project to its fruition. For more on this transformative occasion, see page 12.

A NEW YEAR BEGINS! After members of the Class of 2017 processed hand-in-hand with first-graders into Dann Gymnasium — a longtime tradition of First Day — Headmaster Thomas W. Philip began Brunswick’s 114th year by wishing all the best of luck as they headed for new classrooms, advisories, and teams.


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