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Fall 2011 Vol. 36, No. 1

Taking Care B

eing told you have cancer is shattering enough at any age. But for young adults ready to begin an independent life the “diagnosis” brings a unique set of challenges. No longer children but not yet fully on their own, they find themselves in an emotional, physical and often financial limbo. Added to the worry about surviving the disease is the isolation they may feel and the need for their own network of support. According to a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, “more than 72,000 adolescents and young adults — defined by the cancer institute as ages 15 to 39 — are diagnosed with cancer each year.” (Cancer’s Most Isolated Patients, Los Angeles Times, October 26, 2011)

“This was the moment I realized that I was part of a larger community and I wanted to do a fund-raiser for these young people who needed help.” Sam Eisenstein Watson ’96 and Jon Wilson ’01 are two young adults who endured the uncertainty, pain and arduous treatment to become promoters of care and hope for others. Both turned their attention away from themselves and outward to the many cancer patients their age they hope to help and inspire. Sam was in her senior year at Brandeis University when she was diagnosed with advanced cancer in her leg and her future did not look bright. After extensive difficult treatments and several relapses, she was able to return to Brandeis and she received her degree in 2001. Sam met many young adults like herself

during her treatments and she was struck with how all the support groups were for older adults. There didn’t seem to be any safety nets for cancer patients her age. She attended a conference in Boston focused on young adults. “This was the moment I realized that I was part of a larger community and I wanted to do a fund-raiser for these young people who needed help,” she explained. What became the SAMFund started out slowly as she gradually put together an organization with a tight focus on helping young adults who have finished their cancer treatment. “My personal experience was my motivation and it was a huge leap of faith to start it,” she said. “Nobody talks about the cost of cancer. I saw a lot of people who didn’t have the kind of insurance I had. The fund is a tangible way to help people with everyday needs. We are still the only organization that will write a check to pay the rent if needed.” In 2006 Sam received an MBA in nonprofit management from Brandeis. “I was able to take what I learned and apply it to what we were doing. We were new enough to improve continued on page 2

The View The Quarterly Newsletter of Burr and Burton Academy editor Frederica Templeton design Irene Cole photography Gary Baker ’72 headmaster Mark H. Tashjian director of advancement Cynthia H. Gubb associate director of advancement Rich Thompson Tucker board of trustees Seth Bongartz ’72 Chair Barry Rowland Vice Chair Andrew Shaw ’75 Secretary Barry Rowland Treasurer Robert Allen Sharman Buechner Altshuler ’82 Ed Campbell ’70 Michael Cohen Lu French Skip Martin Bonnie Nunn Carol Bresko O’Connor ’67 Cindy Casey O’Leary ’74 Michael Powers ’60 Sanfra Weiss Tony Whaling Mark Wright trustees emeriti Orland Campbell Manchester Village Dr. Robert E. Treat ’55 Manchester Center

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(Left to right): Kyle Hewitt, Andrew Pierce ’01, Matt Van Der Kar ’02, and Jon Ams ’02 at the finish line of the AKP bike race this fall in Manchester.

what we were building.” In 2007 the fund motto “Always keep pedaling.”) Andrew Pierce received capacity building grants from several ’01 designed his website and Jamie Penge ’95 Boston area foundations. and his brother Justin Wilson ’97 also serve In 2011 The SAMFund will give out a on the board, as does Simon Perkins. Jonathan record $135,000 to grant applicants. Her board Ams ’02 and Robbie Knowles ’01 are members is strong and active and she has developed a of the grant selection committee. “In addition network of volunteer reviewers who make to wanting to help and support my friend recommendations on who is most in need of Jon and his foundation, I realize that cancer help. “We are beginning to see the long-term is something that can affect any one of us at impacts of our earlier grants,” she said. “We see any time, and it is comforting to know that the short term effects immediately when we organizations like AKP are there to support remove the barriers and help them get back those in need. It is both an exciting and proud on track. The long-term effects like starting feeling to be part of something that our friends, a family, finishing school, being able to buy and the younger generation in the area have a house with improved credit scores, are all pulled together to create,” said Ams. wonderful.” “I feel very strongly “I feel very After graduating from Burr that the best way to build and Burton in 2001 Jon Wilson is through physical strongly that the confidence left for Colorado College where activity,” he said. “It forces best way to build you to focus and live in the he studied political science. His life abruptly changed in 2006 present.” confidence is when he was diagnosed with The AKP Foundation cancer in his leg and he suffered through physical does not give direct grants but through a complete amputation rather looks for applicants who activity.” and many rounds of treatment. lack the financial resources to Seeing the strong and confident young fulfill their desire for physical challenge and man he is today you would not know how helps them achieve their dream. “We are able to tough his battle has been. Fighting through all work with young people to identify what they the difficulties associated with surviving cancer want to do,” said Jon. “We work closely with as a young adult, he began to see the need for them and help them to do research and get the a different kind of support. He was grateful to equipment they need.” receive a grant from Sam’s fund in 2008 which Both foundations are proud to be affiliated allowed him to attend First Ascent, a non-profit with the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Young devoted to promoting physical challenges for Adult Alliance. And both have a growing cancer survivors. network of online support.You can learn more From this experience he decided to about the SAMFund at www. start his own non-profit for cancer survivors and Sam’s blog: http://thesamfund.blogspot. that would focus on helping them make a com. Twitter: @thesamfund and Facebook: comeback from cancer by using adventure sports to build confidence. Several lifelong Jon’s AKP can be found at www. friends and his family helped him to establish can also friend the the AKP Foundation in March 2010 and are foundation on Facebook: members of the board (AKP stands for his akpfoundation. 2

Burr and Burton Academy Celebrates Mountain Campus Groundbreaking



Burr and Burton Academy held a groundbreaking celebration for its Mountain Campus academic building in Peru,Vermont, on Monday, November 14. Attending the ceremony to mark the start of construction were school trustees, donors who have supported the project, Mountain Campus Director Ben Freeman, and teachers Paul Kelly and Cindy Schlieder Mowry ’87. Headmaster Mark Tashjian welcomed everyone to come along as “the adventure begins.” Trustee and Mountain Campus Steering Committee member Sharmy Altshuler ’82 spoke to the assembled guests about her belief that the Mountain Campus program was a manifestation of “everything Burr and Burton holds dear” and a fulfillment of its mission of responsibility, integrity, and service. Mountain Campus Director Ben Freeman invited everyone to add something to a box that would be placed in the finished building as a time capsule. Trustee Lu French read a poem written by her son Nicky who is a Burr and Burton freshman. Board Chair Seth Bongartz ’72 thanked the trustees and the donors for their unwavering support of “the creative educational opportunity” the Mountain Campus program will 3

begins provide to the school. Eliot Orton, representing the Orton family and the Vermont Country Store, spoke of his hope that the program would give students “the time to slow down, listen, and pay attention” and would inspire them to never give up and know they can effect positive change. Bensonwood owner Tedd Benson and architect Randall Walter were also present for the ceremony. Benson said it “was a privilege for us to be a part of this project” and the company intended to be “a big part of creating something wonderful.” Walter described how the new building would be erected with a glass front facing south to allow maximum use of solar energy. The building will be LEED Platinum certified, the highest level of certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council. He also pointed out that the building is relatively small because the real classroom was the 100 acres where the students will pursue their studies.

The site work and the foundation for the academic building will be finished this month. As soon as the weather allows in the spring Bensonwood will deliver the components of the building’s outer shell which are being constructed at the company’s headquarters in Walpole, New Hampshire, over the course of the winter. According to Mountain Campus Director Ben Freeman, the building is scheduled to be completed in July 2012 in time for a fall opening of the Mountain Campus program. “Applications from students will be taken this January for both the fall and spring semester of the 2012–2013 school year,” said Freeman. “After many years of planning for this program, we look forward to the successful launch of this exciting and innovative student experience.”

Burr and Burton’s Tropical Storm Irene Relief Fund Gives Out Over 50 Grants I n response to the wake of devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Irene, and at the direction of Headmaster Mark Tashjian, Burr and Burton Academy created a fund for victims of the flooding. Thanks to the generosity of our many friends and supporters, we raised just over $40,000 to assist our local community in rebuilding after the storm. To date, we have made 50 grants to individuals, families and organizations trying to recover from the flood damage. These grants have covered the gamut of needs, including construction materials, dumpster rentals, storage unit rental, electrical work, excavation work, new appliances, carpet replacement, clothing, replacement of food staples, snow tire replacement (people lost tires stored in their garage that were swept

Bromley Mountain presented Headmaster Mark Tashjian with a check for $1,500 for the school’s Tropical Storm Irene Relief Fund. Shown (left to right): Sales Manager Colleen Beideman, General Manager Bill Cairns, Headmaster Mark Tashjian, Johanna Brosnan, and Director of Marketing Michael van Eyck.

away by the raging waters) and many other needs. We continue to receive applications and will welcome them until every penny of the Irene Relief Fund is dispersed. In the process of making

grants, we have been working with a number of groups and individuals in the community to identify individuals, families and organizations in need. We would like to thank all donors who supported this

fund and we will continue to update you on our progress as we get these funds to our friends and neighbors in our community. -Cynthia H. Gubb Director of Advancement

Burr and Burton Students Invited to Start Mini Book Clubs B

urr and Burton Academy teamed up with the Northshire Bookstore and Spiral Press Café this fall to offer students and faculty the exciting opportunity to read, listen, and connect. The program, Food For Thought, is intended to encourage pleasure reading: three or more students with at least one adult select a book to read together. The school will purchase the books for the group through Northshire Bookstore. Once the group has finished reading their book, they then have lunch at the Spiral Press Café to discuss the book. Spiral Press and Northshire Bookstore are providing a discount, and Burr and Burton is paying all expenses. “This is a terrific opportunity for students and teachers to share the joy of reading and discussing great books,” said Headmaster Mark Tashjian. “As an added bonus, they get to do this over a nice meal at one of the top lunch spots in town. Such a deal!” “We are thrilled to be a part of this partnership,” said Northshire Bookstore’s Nancy Scheemaker, “and very excited for everyone who is participating in these newly forming reading groups.”


Burr and Burton’s Riley Center is Community Cultural and Educational Resource


urr and Burton’s collaboration with local non-profit organizations continues to enrich the cultural and educational life of its students and the community. Last spring, with the generous support and guidance of Northshire Performing Arts (NPA), Burr and Burton installed a state-of-the-art sound and projection system in the Riley Center making possible the high-definition simulcasts

of Metropolitan Opera performances through The Met: Live in HD program. This fall, live broadcasts of Don Giovanni and Satyagraha were broadcast in the Riley Center. Burr and Burton also collaborated this fall with Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning to broadcast performances from London’s National Theatre giving audiences an extraordinary close-up view of world-class productions

from the National Theatre of Great Britain. The first play, The Kitchen, was shown on November 18. Two additional plays will be broadcast this year: Collaborators, a new play by John Hodge on December 9 and The Comedy of Errors on March 16. The Riley Center has been home to the Manchester Music Festival’s Young Artists concerts for over 20 years,

Every fall Burr and Burton welcomes students from all over the world to its campus in Manchester Village.The students come for a variety of reasons, but typically they are interested in learning more about America and improving their English.This year there are a record sixty students studying at Burr and Burton. Many are living in one of the school’s three dormitory houses and others are living with local host families.

and is often used by local organizations like Meals on Wheels to present benefit concerts.

Master cabinetmaker Gregg Gawlik ’88 holding the new finials he crafted for the bell tower out of African mahogany. Facilities Director Ken Glasier will be replacing the original finials which have lasted for decades on the top of the six spires. Gregg has his own business in Pawlet. He also built two substantial podiums in recent years for the school, one of which was commissioned by the Class of 1954 in honor of their 50th reunion.

Burr and Burton Academy welcomed twenty-two students from the Wirtemberg-Gymnasium in Stuttgart, Germany, for a two-week visit in October. This exchange program has been in continuous existence for twenty-nine years. Accompanying them was faculty member Lars Koehler (far left), who was himself a visiting student in the same program twenty-two years ago.The students, who stay with Burr and Burton students and their families, attend classes, go to sports events, and enjoy the opportunity to meet new friends. Burr and Burton students in the German language program will visit Stuttgart in June. 5

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“Because of you, I have all-star teachers.” kristen ’12 hometown: Manchester,Vermont burr and burton in the family: Sisters Jessica ’04 and

Samantha ’15 activities: If you have been to a Burr and Burton basketball game in the last four years, you have probably watched Kristen in action—not shooting three-pointers, but as a state champion dancer! Kristen is a four year member of the varsity dance team, winning the state championship her freshman and junior years. She takes pointe lessons with Burr and Burton’s Claudia ShellRaposa after school and classes at Ballet Manchester. Kristen performed in the school’s productions of A Chorus Line and Good News. Plus, she plays varsity soccer, is a member of the National Honor Society, is the vice president of the Student Policy Advisory Board, and sits on Manchester’s Design Review Board as a member of the Manchester Youth Commission. kristen’s burr and burton: “Coming to Burr and Burton, I knew math, science, and dance were my passions. Jim [Raposa] and Claudia [Shell-Raposa] are actually professional


actors and dancers. I have the opportunity to work with them every day in the studio and that pushes me to work even harder. The teachers here have encouraged me to explore new subjects, too. This year I’m taking film. We have professional equipment and our editing software is what they use to make movies—and I’m just taking this as an elective! And I’m a much stronger writer. My dad says I write better than he did as an English major in college! I have the all-star faculty team this year.” next year: “I plan to go to college somewhere on the east coast to major in biomedical engineering, with a minor in dance or Spanish. I hope to have the opportunity to study abroad, maybe in Spain or Italy. I fell in love with both countries when I went on the Burr and Burton trip with Mrs. Ritchie last year.”

Sharing the American Dream What sets Burr and Burton apart from the majority of high schools?*


ome would say our 180-year tradition. Others note our passion for excellence. As an independent school open to all students, Burr and Burton provides a wide range of opportunities.You never know which course, program, sport, club, or artistic pursuit will inspire a lifelong passion for learning, spark a successful career, or lead to a new discovery. We invite you to consider the Rowland Endowment Challenge. A strong endowment

helps a talented, dedicated and caring faculty and staff offer real learning in many forms. With $788,000 to go to reach the $5 million goal, your gift or legacy gift at any level is a meaningful way to prepare this and future generations to make a difference in our communities, our nation and our world. *Results of academic test scores place Burr and Burton in the top four percent of high schools in the United States.

Join more than 400 alumni, parents, grandparents, businesses and friends who have contributed to the Rowland Challenge to date with gifts ranging from $15 to $500,000. Contact Cindy Gubb at 802-549-8201 or, or Rich Thompson Tucker at 802-549-8135 or

While there’s no deadline for the American Dream, the Rowland Challenge ends June 30, 2012.

burr and burton academy is sincerely grateful to our 2011 – 2012 Corporate Sponsors headmaster ’ s list

high honors list

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Berkshire Bank r.k. Miles Rugg Valley Landscaping Stratton Mountain Resort The Manchester Gym The Orvis Company The Vermont Country Store Vermont Country Properties / Sotheby’s International Realty

Finn and Stone, Inc. W.H. Shaw Insurance Agency, Inc. Witten, Woolmington & Campbell, PC

Battenkill Communications Dr. Catherine A. Cech Mack Molding

honors list

TPW Management, Inc.

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iShip Grandma Miller’s Pies & Pastries

If you would like information about becoming a Corporate Sponsor, please contact Shannon O’Leary at 802.549.8281 or by e-mail


CORRECTIONS While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the Annual Appreciation Report, occasionally errors do occur. We thank the following friends of the school for their understanding. As an International Club Sponsor of the Celebrating Global Community Gala, Tara and Michael Pollio should have been additionally listed as Class of 2014 parent donors. Mr. Joseph Madeira gave a gift to Scholarship at the Celebrating Global Community Gala.

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S p orts Wr a p First Boys Soccer Championship Since 2003


he boys varsity soccer team under coach Peter Mull capped off a stellar 15-2-1 season by claiming the school’s ninth overall state crown in boys soccer. The Bulldogs added another banner to the wall of the E. H. Henry gymnasium with a dramatic 1-0 victory over Union 32 in the Vermont State Division II Championship game. After a disappointing 2-11-1 season last year, the Bulldogs turned things around this season and went on a title run that included tourney wins over Rice, Milton and Mount Abraham. The winning goal in the title game came off the foot of senior Greg Goldstone with under twelve minutes to play. The tally was set up by a perfect pass from freshman Reid Conde. Junior goalkeeper Mike Nolan earned the shut out in the BBA nets by making six saves. The state championship is the second for coach Mull, who also won the title in 1993

and goes in the record books as the coach’s 100th career win. The team was lead all season by the play of seniors Goldstone, Mark Nebraska, Brendan Murray, Bill Bazyk, Max Gomez, and Harry Forbes. “These guys are just a phenomenal group of guys to work with,” praised Mull.

BBA Title Hopes Dashed By Slaters On November 12 at Castleton State College the Burr and Burton Academy football team saw its hopes for a dream 8

season come up one chapter short of completion when the Bulldogs suffered a 57-34

setback to the Far Haven Slaters in the Vermont State Division II Championship game. Played before a raucous crowd of over 5,000 fans, the contest started out with promise for BBA but ended in agony as Fair Haven used an offensive explosion to break open what at one time was a first-half 14-14 deadlock. The loss left the Bulldogs with a nonetheless impressive 7-4

record on the season. The championship appearance and a tournament semifinal round victory over previously unbeaten North Country will go down as highlights of an outstanding campaign for the Bulldogs. In the title contest BBA junior quarterback Jake Stalcup completed 19 out of 41 passes for the Bulldogs. Leading receivers were Jake Oliver and Eamon Walsh, while Jake Coyle, Grady Murtagh, and Mitch Magarian were the leading rushers for the Bulldogs. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bulldogs were lead by seniors Murtagh, Ben Hunter, and Adis Muminovic.

team enjoyed another very successful campaign under longtime coach Dan DeForest. The Lady Bulldogs posted an 11-2-1 regular season mark and earned the number two seed in the Division II tournament. BBA opened the tourney with a convincing 3-0 playdown victory over

Rutland. The Lady Bulldogs then suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 double-overtime penalty kick shoot out setback in the quarterfinal round to the 10th seeded Green Knights. “It was a tough way to end a great season,”
 noted DeForest of his club’s final 12-3-1 mark “We exceeded all expectations this

Torey Beavin, Michelle Kelley, Claire McLeish, Charlotte Palmer, Ashley Preuss, Sara Wilson, and Kelsey Towslee.

year.” The Lady Bulldogs were lead by the play of senior tricaptains Melanie Thulin, Sam Lebate, and Lizzie Jorgensen, each of whom were four-year starters for the Lady Bulldogs

attention to conditioning. In September the two teams swept the ten-team invitational meet in Rutland with junior David Shehadi finishing first for the boys and junior Abby Lord finishing second for the girls. At the BBA Invitational in October the girls garnered second place and the boys fourth. Finishing in the top places during the season were Weston Muench and Lauren Miskovsky.

The boys and girls crosscountry teams were under the leadership of Marty Mahar this year as they worked to improve their results with

The perennially powerful BBA girls varsity soccer

The girls varsity field hockey team under first-year coach Barb Muench displayed great team spirit and steady improvement in posting a 1-12-2 final record. The Lady Bulldogs single victory was a 2-1 win over Brattleboro. Seniors on the roster included Lily Ross, Maggie Schroeder, 9

from the Grandparents and Special Friends Day archives 10 y e ars ago


The Student Council challenged each of the school’s advisory groups to see who could raise the most money in a week with a minimum donation of $5 from each student. They called it the “BBA Bucket Brigade” to reflect the incredible spirit of the volunteers in New York who were seen digging out the World Trade Center with buckets. The students raised $1,900. 20 y ears ago


Steve Houghton steps down as the girls varsity basketball coach; named Coach of the Year. 30 y ears ago


Steve Houghton arrives at Burr and Burton as athletic director; quickly becomes girls varsity basketball coach. Burr and Burton announces the 150th Anniversary Campaign with goal of $250,000. 40 y ears ago


Houghton Pearl named headmaster to succeed Peter Housekeeper.

Gifts to the Archives

50 y ears ago


Trustees announce gift from Lincoln Isham for the construction of a biology laboratory; becomes the art room before being taken down in 2004 when the Rowland Center was built.


Mike Powers donated his gold 1960 class ring (left) to the archives several years ago as did the late Mildred Wilcox Orton ’28.This fall Norman Storrs ’52 donated the 1915 class ring (right) that had belonged to his father,

the late Earle E. Storrs, who was a long-time Burr and Burton trustee and president of Factory Point National Bank. Norm is shown here presenting the ring at the Donor Appreciation Party in September.

“Little Women” on Stage at the Riley Center for the Arts “Little Women” drew packed houses in November for its stellar production of a delightful play based on the beloved book by Louisa May Alcott. During the fourday run, students sold posters, raising over $1,300 for the Tropical Storm Irene Relief Fund.

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to Retire in June B

urr and Burton Academy Assistant Headmaster Steve Houghton has announced that he will be retiring in June after 31 years at the school. Houghton began as the director of athletics and coached two championship basketball teams. For the last 23 years he has served as assistant headmaster. In an e-mail sent to faculty and staff, Houghton said it was not an easy decision but it was the right one. “I have truly enjoyed my career,” he wrote. “This place has provided my family and me with so many wonderful opportunities, experiences and memories. The highlights are too

numerous to mention here but will forever be in my heart. I have had the opportunity to work with a tremendous group of dedicated and talented teachers as well as seeing thousands of really terrific young men and women graduate from this great school.” “For thirty-one years, Steve has bled green and gold, and I suspect he will continue Steve Houghton giving a tour of the Smith Center then under construction. to do so even as he moves into the next say ‘Thank You’ to Steve for all he has phase of his life,” said Headmaster Mark done to embody this school’s mission of Tashjian. “With more to come and more responsibility, integrity, and service. His to say as we celebrate Steve’s tenure will be very, very large shoes to fill.” towards year end, for now I will simply

The View Newsletter Fall 2011  

The quarterly alumni newsletter of Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, Vermont