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NEW PROGRAM focus for grades 6-12:

College & Career Readiness

107.7F M Fine tuning CSF’s NEW student-run radio station


Students become part of international history during exchange trip

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FACULTY PROFILE: SCOTT SAPOSNIK Middle/Upper School Social Science teacher


COLLEGE & CAREER READY Canterbury’s new College Guidance program




EXCHANGE RATE Students visit Monaco and Paris for school exchange




GREAT RECEPTION CSF’S new student-run radio station



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RUN, JUMP, THROW Track & Field rising stars

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CSFeatures is designed to give past, current and future Canterbury families and friends a snapshot of what our students, faculty, parent volunteers and alumni are doing on campus and beyond.

EDITOR & DESIGNER Heather Lambie

Crusaders show up. I have been a distance runner since I was 12 years old, when my father coached the cross country team at the school I attended, and made me join for the sake of convenience. Running has since continued to be a big part of my high school, collegiate, and adult life. I run about 500 miles per year, averaging 4 half marathons and several 10K and 5K races per year. I like that running is simultaneously an individual and a team sport. Anyone who’s ever trained alone for months, to run with the masses on race day, understands what I mean. Everyone is in it together, even if they’re running alone. The beauty of a race, success is not always determined by whether you worked with the right trainers and nutritionists or are wearing the best running shoes money can buy. Success is just as plausible if you’re wearing shoes with too many miles on them and doing conditioning on your own. Running is not about the pads, the balls, the nets, the bats or any other athletic paraphernalia. Running is just about your own two feet and discipline. Perhaps it is for this reason, that I appreciate and applaud our current track team members, who must practice on


odd surfaces, in less-thanperfect conditions, but don’t let that get in the way of their focus on success. They, too, succeed on their own two feet and discipline. (See story, page 14.) You can see this same grit and determination in students and faculty members across many of Canterbury’s academic and extra-curricular disciplines. Students who have an interest in broadcasting and media, for instance, take the initiative to find a sponsor and reincarnate a dead radio station. (See story, page 17) A French teacher desires to share her passion for all things Mediterranean with students, and spends her summer creating relationships with foreign dignitaries to arrange an international student exchange (story, page 12), and a 1982 alumna with an interest in technology and engineering becomes a standout female leader in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Molly Smith


Heather Lambie

Georgia Mattern

Elise Schreiner

Jeremy Quellhorst

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I’m sure the faculty and community at Canterbury has a lot to do with this undertone of humble work ethic found in the students and alumni throughout the school’s history. Crusaders show up. In every sense of the word. No expectations, no complaints; just our two feet and our discipline.

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faculty P R OF I L E Scott Saposnik SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT CHAIR BY HEATHER LAMBIE The stereotype of a history class is this: a sage on a stage. A teacher lectures, and students simply act as sponges, soaking up and memorizing names and dates. Social Sciences teacher Scott Saposnik does not teach stereotypical history classes, however. “Now that we have this amazing technology where you can look up all human knowledge at your fingertips at any time with a device that is always on you, it’s not necessary to become a possible future contestant on ‘Jeopardy,’” he says. “You don’t need to memorize all the names and dates.” Instead, in the three upper school social science courses and three AP courses he teaches, Saposnik focuses more on why things happen, and tries to get students to consider why they think things happen. He wants them to be able to stand up and argue for a point of view and differentiate between truth and fiction. “If you put the onus on the students and make them active learners,” he says, “they learn that their own thoughts and opinions, when backed up with primary and secondary sources, bring history alive. They start to see it’s all connected. World War II, for example, may seem like a really long time ago, but historically speaking, it just happened. Israel is prosecuting a criminal from that war

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right now. He’s 94, but it’s happening. They are starting to realize that history is not just names and dates and old dead people that don’t matter to them. They realize that history is just one long, huge story, and that they are also part of it.” Saposnik’s interactive and student-centered approach to learning is not just lip service. Through technology, social media, and guest speakers like Adam Smith, the political editor for the Tampa Bay Times, he is changing what the class experience can be. “It does take more effort this way,” he admits, “but it’s way more rewarding.” All Saposnik’s tests are taken online, and he manages his own twitter page @HistorywithMrS, where he tweets about everything from current political events to photos of class trips to Washington, D.C., to NPR articles for specific classes to read for discussion the next day, to reminders for seniors to turn in their Grad Bash money. “I try to incorporate technology,” he says. “They live in that era, it’s always around them. So I digitize all my tests. They are living documents the students can look at on their phones or on Chromebooks [which are part of Canterbury’s 1-to-1 program for Grade

8]. The tests are interactive, and through the course of taking a test, students will be presented with online maps, historical pictures, and websites. And they’re always available to review afterward to see what they got wrong and to use to study for midterms and finals.” He also assigns out-of-the-box projects that allow students to get inside the minds of historical characters. One such assignment is called Picture This: A Historical Narrative through which students must find an image of an immigrant from the era of new immigrants (20th century), and basically become that person. “They have to figure out what this person’s life was like and write a historical narrative in first-person perspective,” he says. “They dress in period costume and speak to the class as though they just went through a time machine, explaining what it was like the first time they saw the Statue of Liberty, the processing on Ellis Island, or living in a tenement in Manhattan.” These kinds of projects are important to Saposnik because, “when it’s just facts and figures, the human part of it all gets lost, and that’s a shame. So [the students] becoming these people can be a really great creative outlet as well as a window to the past.” Saposnik admits it was his own grandfather--an immigrant from the Ukraine-who instilled in him a love of learning, books, and travel. “My grandfather immigrated here in 1920 when he was five years old,” he says. “He ended up owning a restaurant and produce stand

in East Hartford, Connecticut. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever known, but he only went to high school.” This is high praise coming from someone who once worked at the Harvard Business School. “My dad was a teacher,” Saposnik says, “so he said, ‘You’re not going to be a teacher.’ I did spend a year at law school and absolutely hated it, so I ended up working at the Harvard Business School for a couple of years as a faculty assistant.” In this role, Saposnik did everything from research help to editing cases and papers to proctoring exams. “It was quite an experience,” he recalls. “And I was able to take classes at Harvard for $40 each.” Ironically, this is what led Saposnik to teaching. He took theater classes at Harvard with Bronia Wheeler, who also taught Matt Damon and Ben Affleck when they were there. “Once I took classes with her, that opened many doors to directing and acting jobs that I never expected,” he says. Saposnik ended up teaching drama all over the Boston area. Several school districts didn’t have enough money to have a theater program of their own, so Saposnik would run theater outreach programs after school. While Saposnik was directing You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown for an elementary school in the area, an opening for a long-term History substitute became available at Pembroke High School, and he was recommended for the position. “As the school year continued, I was asked to stay, and was hired full time. I have a degree in History from Emory, so I finally got to use my degree!” Saposnik taught History for years at Pembroke High School, where he says he “totally intended on staying for rest of my career. I thought I’d be Mr. Holland’s Opus over there.” However, his wife, a retail buyer, was recruited by a company in St. Petersburg, so she and Saposnik returned unexpectedly back to the place where he was born and grew up, and he landed at Canterbury.

BELOW: From @HistoryWithMrS

Mr. S

off the record WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? I graduated from Emory, and did a study abroad at Oxford University while at Emory, and it was such a wonderful experience; the best thing I did in college. I took a class called The American Revolution from the British Perspective, and it still informs my teaching. The American Revolution tends to be taught from an inevitable, “well, this is the way it was supposed to happen.” I give students a side of the story they don’t hear much. That’s my proudest academic accomplishment; being a public school kid from Southside St. Pete, and going to Emory and Oxford and thinking, “How did I get here?” TELL US ABOUT THE BEST FIELD TRIP YOU EVER WENT ON. To England three years ago. I took a group of 15 Pemborke High School kids to Great Britain. We toured London, Wales, Stonehenge for eight days. We got to see theater in the West End, went on the London Eye, did all the touristy stuff, even a little Harry Potter tour of where things were filmed. The kids were so into it, so it was a really fun experience. I would love to bring a UK trip to Canterbury. That would be great. WHAT DID YOU DO LAST WEEKEND? I was getting ready for the freshman class trip. I created some tests. I watched Netflix. We went downtown. Downtown is wonderful; it’s changed so much since I lived here. I hung out with my best friend, my dog. He’s a rescue, a Canaan mix, originally from Florida, but I got him in Massachusetts. So he was like me, a transplant. His name is Tyrion, after my favorite character on Game of Thrones.

History keeps changing based upon the questions you ask. “I love that quote,” he says. “You can study a similar topic, but your understanding of that topic can change based on what your life experiences are bringing to it.” Saposnik certainly never expected to study St. Petersburg again, but he’s grateful for the opportunity. SPRING 2016 |


alumna PROFILE

Sharon Israel Class of 1982

BY HEATHER LAMBIE Israel was only at G.E. for 13 months because the thought of law school piqued her interest. She applied and was accepted to a joint program at Emory University in 1987 to pursue both her law degree and an MBA. “I like to say I just kept going to trade school,” she jokes.

In the fall of 2015, Canterbury added makerspaces on both of its campuses to inspire young minds to embrace the burgeoning worlds of technology and engineering. Though nothing like these makerspaces existed when Sharon Israel (‘82) attended Canterbury, she certainly would have been a fan of the opportunities they provide and the ideas they inspire. A graduate of MIT with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Israel remembers her first days on campus. “I decided that I was interested in science and engineering, and I was fortunate enough to get into MIT,” she says. “My MIT class was about one quarter women, and I remember the first day sitting down in the big courtyard with all the students, and the president [of MIT] said, ‘Look around you. Half of you are going to graduate at the bottom of this class.’” It was a humbling statement, but not a news flash. Israel already knew she was surrounded by the best and brightest at MIT. “Everyone there was used to being in the top of their class,” she says. “We were all used to performing well, so the first time I took a test there it was a bit of a deflation to my ego.” Israel quickly figured out that she could push herself to be in the top of her class, and go the route of spending all her time studying, or she could be a well-rounded student. “I went the well-rounded route,” she says. “I didn’t graduate at the top of my class, but I had a great experience and a great education, and I think I came out all the better.” Israel credits Canterbury with giving her

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the tools she needed to get into MIT, as well as for teaching her the importance of balancing life with academics, and not being afraid to try new things. “That was one of the things I really loved about Canterbury,” she says. “I got to try things I wasn’t able to do at other schools. I started playing softball in seventh grade. I wouldn’t be great by the standards of today’s Canterbury softball team, but I played. I did everything--softball, theater, singing, yearbook. I was a class officer, and a Student Council officer.” After MIT, Israel wanted to experience the real world and went to work as an engineer for General Electric in Philadelphia. She worked for their re-entry systems operations, which, she says, was, “basically a defense subcontractor making parts of missiles.”

Her first summer after law school, Israel got an internship at an intellectual property firm in Washington, D.C. It was there she got her first exposure to patent law. “That kind of sealed the deal for me,” she says. “It was a great way to combine my love of law and technology.” When she graduated from Emory in 1991, she was fortunate enough to get a clerkship with a federal appellate court judge with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. “That’s the court that hears and deals with appeals and patent cases, among other things,” she says. “I clerked for Judge Alan Lourie for two years. From Class of 1982’s 30th reunion gathering. Israel’s influential teacher, Bob Bradshaw, far left.


© EPNAC 2014 ABOVE LEFT: Passing of the gavel at the 2014 AIPLA Annual meeting in Washington, D.C. ABOVE RIGHT: At the University of Houston Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament, March 2010.

there I decided I would head to warmer climates, so I went to Houston to practice in intellectual property law, and I mostly focused on patent litigation.” Israel has practiced law in Houston since 1993, and is presently a partner with the global law firm of Mayer Brown LLP. She has been very active in the Intellectual Property Bar, going back to her roots by becoming the adult equivalent of the highest-ranking Student Council officer. “I have served as President of the Houston Intellectual Property (IP) Law Association, Chair of the IP Law Section for the State Bar of Texas and, most recently, I’ve just finished a term as President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA),” she says. As President of the AIPLA, Israel was involved in shaping intellectual property policy through legislation, regulation, and advocacy to the courts. “I had the fortune of being able to represent AIPLA domestically and globally on multiple

continents, leading delegation meetings before governmental and non-governmental (NGO) organizations,” she says. The AIPLA is a national bar association with about 14,000 members, a 19-member Board of Directors, over 50 committees, and a staff of 27 headed by an executive director in Arlington, VA. Leading a group of this size is nothing Israel could have imagined as a young girl at Canterbury, but it’s a role she has easily and proudly stepped into, and now out of, as she finishes her last year on the board as the immediate past president. Israel says she will still continue to stay active in AIPLA, even after her term and, still not afraid to try new things, she adds, “I was recently asked to serve on the Board of the MIT Alumni Association, and also asked to serve on the Council for the Intellectual Property section of the American Bar Association, so, you know, I’ll find things to do.”

BELOW LEFT: Israel and her Canterbury classmates Cynthia Penwell, Susie (Kaufhold) Copeland, and Kathy (Parker) Crain in a shaving cream fight in 1979. BELOW RIGHT: Israel and her classmates recreate that photo 30 years later at their Class of ‘82 reunion in 2012.

My parents. I don’t think they pushed me to be successful, but they always encouraged me to try my best. I grew up in an environment where I naturally wanted to try to excel. They never told me I had to get As or any specific grade, but they always were supportive and provided me with the tools I needed. Without necessarily talking about their views on issues as I was growing up, it seems that I share, not without exception, but a lot of the same world views as my parents. Which probably represents their influence on me. They also taught me the importance of volunteerism and they continue to be active in many organizations today.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT? I’m still flying a little high off my year as President of AIPLA, which was a temendous honor. On a personal note, I have a goal of trying to make it to all the major league ballparks in the country. They keep building new ones so my goal may never be reached, but I have been to 30 MLB ball parks. I became a sports fan, in part, because I had [former Canterbury teacher] Bob Bradshaw for Social Studies and other classes over four years, starting in seventh grade. He would give pop quizzes on occasion, and he would add current events as bonus questions. He considered sports to be included in current events, and I got tired of missing the sports questions, so . . . he created a monster. I was probably a baseball fan before then, but then I started keeping up with baseball and football [because of him], and now I’m sort of a sports nut.

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT/VALUABLE THING YOU LEARNED LAST WEEK? That our nation’s gone crazy. I’m a political junkie too, so . . .

WHAT DID YOU DO LAST WEEKEND? Last weekend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo came to town, and I went to the BBQ cook off there. Then I caught up with work-related stuff the next day, which isn’t that exciting, but it is what it is. Last night I went to a college basketball game. I try to support the local teams. I’m a season ticket holder for the University of Houston football and basketball teams. Houston made it to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia, last December and played Florida State. I apologize to my Seminole alumni friends, but I was there, and I was routing for Houston (who beat Florida State, 38-24). SPRING 2016 |


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BY HEATHER LAMBIE In her junior year AP English class, Madi Flynn (‘16) read the play A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. She so enjoyed the play that this year--her senior year--when she saw that the Francis Wilson Playhouse in Clearwater planned to produce the play, she decided to audition for the role of Stella, just for fun. She had no expectations that she would get the part . . . but she did. Now she will play this iconic role in eight evening and matinee performances running March 31 - April 10. While she is rehearsing for Streetcar, Madi is simultaneously playing Gertie Cummings in a sold-out production of Oklahoma! (February 25 - March 13) at the same theater, which her mother, Stephanie Flynn, says is “good experience to prepare her for [the rigors of] college!” As if that’s not enough to keep her busy, on March 7 the Francis Wilson Play-

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house held auditions for The Mystery of Edwin Drood, in which Madi was cast as Beatrice. That show will open May 5 and run through the 22nd, right through her final exams. Madi will graduate from Canterbury on May 28. What has all this taught her at a very young age about work-life balance? “It’s taught me that I need to use every moment wisely,” she says. “It’s easy to get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities, juggling school work and attending rehearsals. But I have to remind myself to take time for myself and recharge with friends and family.” Finding time for self might be hard in the upcoming weeks, as the Playhouse productions run for two to three weeks-quite a bit more challenging than the two to three total performances she’s used to with Canterbury school productions. Certainly, however, Madi has been preparing for this kind of schedule and practicing the homework-life

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balance since Grade 4 when she first entered the stage as part of the ensemble in Canterbury’s 2008 production of The Music Man. Madi credits several of her teachers with giving her the acting bug. “There are too many influential people in my life to name just one! If I had to choose a few though, I’d definitely say [Canterbury Theater Director] Mrs. Tara Quellhorst; my voice teacher of six years, Mary K. Wilson; my acting teacher, Eugenie Bondurant; and my third grade teacher at

Canterbury who inspired my love of musical theatre, Mr. Bruce Berry.” Now a senior, Madi is ready to take what’s she’s learned at Canterbury and grow even more from the next set of influential people in her life: college professors. “I’ve been auditioning for theatre programs over the past several months, and am still waiting to hear on acceptances,” she says. “I hope to major in theatre performance and later get my Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology. In 15

years I imagine myself to still be performing in some way, hopefully with my own studio or practice that incorporates speech therapy with theater and music.” For someone who believes that acting is all about human connection, it’s no surprise she is considering a way to help others through theater. “I love working with other people to create honest and relatable moments that inspire each person who comes to see the production,” she says.

It may seem like someone so willing to put herself out on a stage has no fear. But Madi admits that her biggest fear is “going on stage and being unprepared. That may sound cliché, but I just had a dream that it was opening night and I didn’t know any of my lines!” She adds, “In all seriousness, I think my biggest fear would be losing sight of the meaning of the process, and forgetting to have fun. Some of my greatest theatre memories include the times that I’ve bonded with my fellow castmates.”

LEFT: Madi (far left) with her

Madi’s CSF Playbill GRADE 4 Ensemble | The Music Man GRADE 5 Sally Brown | Snoopy Ensemble | Bye Bye Birdie GRADE 6 The Blue Fairy | Pinocchio Starving Child | A Christmas Carol (1) Daughter | Pirates of Penzance (2) GRADE 7 Lucy | You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (3) Robin Starveling | A Midsummer Night’s Dream Silly Girl | Beauty and the Beast GRADE 8 The White Witch | The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (4) Dancer, Mission Singer | Guys & Dolls (5) GRADE 9 Rusty | Footloose (6) GRADE 10 Ensemble | A Wish for Tomorrow Laurey | Oklahoma! (7) GRADE 11 Lady Liberty | Vampire Cowboy Trilogy: The Adventures of Captain America and Lady Liberty Fairy Godmother | Cinderella (8) GRADE 12 M’Lynn | Steel Magnolias (9)

2014-15 Thespian classmates at the thespian state competition in Tampa. BELOW: Madi and Katherine Dubina show off their Superior rating for Duet Musical Theater at the 2015 thespian state compeition.

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College & Career Ready


Canterbury has always been a college preparatory school with academic rigor and 100% college acceptance for each graduating class. But current studies on college students indicate that many, while academically prepared, may fall behind the curve due to a lack of independence, problem-solving skills, resilience in the face of adversity, and time management.

morning in a mock admissions workshop with directors of admission from schools around the country. The workshop begins with a Q&A panel discussion with current seniors.

There is an increasing national trend in students transferring colleges after achieving low test scores because they do not understand the importance of test prep, academic rigor, and competitive landscape of colleges today.

Thus the College and Career Readiness Program was born under the umbrella of the Canterbury Advisory Program (CAP). The curriculum is sequential and developmentally appropriate for students in Grades 6 - 11. Seniors have a transitional CAP curricula which focuses on college safety, relationship communication, and life skills such as finances, how to do laundry, food safety and preparation, simple auto maintenance, and dorm hygiene..

However, Hehn felt that introducing it even earlier would benefit young students, not only through their college years, but through their high school years as well.


A passing rate is a score of 3 or higher (out of 5).

Canterbury: Florida: National:

78.1% 54.5% 60.7%

Of 40 students in the Class of 2015 . . .

Ever on the cutting edge of educational trends, Canterbury’s Director of College Guidance and Curriculum, Donnamarie Hehn, took note of this and began writing a new curriculum that would engage students, beginning in Grade 6, with age-appropriate academic and life lessons to help them not only assimilate into college life, but stay successful once there. Upper school students have received this kind of training as part of their college counseling for many years with monthly workshops for students and parents that include: KICKOFF TO COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

Provides the “nuts and bolts” of the college application process including the revised SAT, the updated ACT, the new Coalition Application, the Common Application, the application resume and essays, teacher recommendations, SAT vs. ACT, transcripts, and interviews. TAMPA BAY CASE STUDIES PROGRAM

Juniors and their parents join college admission deans from the top 100 universities and colleges in the country for this program that includes mock admissions workshop run by the admissions directors, and an exclusive college fair just for our juniors. RECRUITMENT FOR STUDENT ATHLETES

Students and their parents review the college recruitment process with CSF’s Athletic Director and Director of College Guidance. FRESHMAN FOCUS

Freshman and their parents spend the

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To being the program, grade-level advisors were given an orientation along with a set of lesson plans. The advisors choose which lessons to implement during their CAP sessions as they see the need in their advisory population. At the end of every session, there is a student product (journal entry, goal setting reflection, etc.) which is placed in a binder that is reviewed by the Hehn midyear and at end of year. This portfolio travels with the student year to year, and allows the Director of College Guidance the opportunity to review each student’s goals and thoughts beginning in Grade 6, and communicate with both the students and their parents about these goals as they progress to each new grade and advisory group. At the beginning of the junior year, Hehn then has a collection of reflections for each student that shows his or her FRESHMAN FOCUS


1 National Merit Scholar & 1 National Merit Finalist


Took AP courses. (24 APs are offered) | 2 National AP Scholars and 6 AP Scholars


Community service hours completed


Scuba diving hours 3 seniors logged by tracking coral reef health & diversity for Cousteau Divers

$5,110,834 Collegiate merit and athletic scholarships awarded


Students will play collegiate athletics in softball, football, basketball, golf and lacrosse


Held leadership positions on campus or in the community


Number of states/countries where students were accepted to college

growth of academic and social goal-setting, as well as growth in areas such as time management, role model selection, and leadership, to name a few. The goal is for Canterbury’s Director of College Guidance to know each student well enough to help him or her choose the schools and scholarships that will be the best fit, not only for their academic aptitude, but for their personality as well. “It’s all about finding the right fit,” Hehn says emphatically. “Students today must be prepared to understand career skills as well as to self identify options in career and college planning before they even begin to research colleges, or begin the admissions search and selection process. They have to understand themselves. This [program] will help them do that.”

BOOK REVIEW “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

--Anonymous (often attributed to Mark Twain)

BY MOLLY SMITH, UPPER SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL and TEACHER OF AP PSYCHOLOGY & AP U.S. HISTORY Most adults (after expressing relief that they will never have to go back and relive their teenage years again) feel that teenagers are subject to so many hormonal changes that they are resigned to being moody, forgetful and temperamental. Turns out, the flux of teenage changes has more to do with the developing adolescent brain than with hormonal changes. Co-written with Amy Ellis Nutt, neuroscientist Dr. Frances Jensen wrote The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults. Dr. Jensen raised two sons herself as a single parent and helped them to navigate their teenage years. Even as a neuroscientist, Jensen admits that she used to believe that the adolescent brain was “an adult brain with [fewer] miles on it,” but now through her research she has found that the teenage years encompass “vitally important states of brain development...full of unique vulnerabilities and exceptional strengths.” For many years people believed that brains were mostly developed by the teenage years, but we now understand that brains, while the size does not change much, undergo a massive reorganization between the ages of 12 and 25. The brain’s axons (the nerve fibers that neurons use

to send signals to other neurons) become gradually more insulated with the fatty substance surrounding the axon known as the myelin sheath, which greatly increases the axon’s transmission time (up to a hundred times faster). In addition, the dendrites (the branch-like extensions of neurons that allow the axons to connect to one another) grow longer, and the synapses that are most heavily used grow stronger. Synapses that see little use start to wither. Think of these changes as a software upgrade, phone upgrade, or systems upgrade: the brain becomes a faster and more sophisticated organ during this period (National Geographic, 43).

babies to read), research on brain growth from age five to 25 was largely underfunded.

Why is this research relatively new? It has only been in the past decade that Jensen started her concentration (pun intended, of course) on the teenage mind. Says Jensen, “Most research dollars in neurology and neuropsychology are spent on infant and child development--from learning disabilities to early enrichment therapy--or, at the other end of the spectrum, on diseases of the elderly brain, especially Alzheimer’s.” Because scientists used to believe that brain growth was pretty much complete by the time a child started kindergarten (hence the number of Baby Einstein products and programs designed to teach

A parent tells a child to take out the trash, and she says, “I’ll do it in just a minute;” Ten minutes later, the trash is still there and the parent says, “I thought I told you to take out the trash?!?” The response is often, “I forgot.” According to Jensen’s research, in many cases the child actually did forget.

Jensen says, “If the human brain is very much a puzzle, then the teenage brain is a puzzle awaiting completion.” For teenagers, emotion trumps reason, and will do so until the mid-twenties, when the pre-frontal cortex is fully formed. The late-developing frontal lobes also lead to mood swings, impulsiveness, and lack of judgement. Jensen adds that the teenager is like a Ferrari that has yet to be road-tested, since their bodies are capable of adulting before their brains are.

Jensen covers a number of topics that relate to the developing adolescent brain, in everything from risk-taking to bullying. She even relates the amount of time that adolescents spend on social media to the “digital invasion of the teenage brain.” She recounts how gender, stress, mental illness, food

issues and other seemingly non-brain related phenomena are, in fact, related to the brain’s development during adolescence, and how these manifest differently in adolescents compared to adults. As an Assistant Principal, I also am with adolescents all day (by choice!) and am at times both fascinated and perplexed by their decision-making. Jensen’s book made me realize that brains are not already hard-wired in young adults (how many of us have ever said, “Oh, he will be a doctor--I’m sure of it!” when a young person does well in science and expresses an interest in medicine?), since they are still a work in progress, a puzzle slowly being put together. Hormones are not the only reason that a child is impulsive and emotional; the adult brain simply controls hormonal responses better than a developing brain. Remember, all pistons aren’t firing in that pre-frontal cortex. Every teenageer is not just lazy, or lovelorn, or defiant; he or she is just not done yet.

Some information on brain development supplemented SPRING 2016 | from 11 National Geographic, October 2011 edition.

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STUDENTS AND FACULTY BECOME PART OF HISTORY UNEXPECTEDLY, DURING AN INTERNATIONAL AND MARINE STUDIES PROGRAM EXCHANGE WITH A SCHOOL IN MONACO In the summer of 2015, Canterbury’s Director of International Studies, Gina Donovan, submitted proposals to Monaco’s Ambassador and Minister of Education to arrange an exchange initiative for Canterbury students to stay in the homes of 10 students from Monaco’s High School (Lycee, in French) Albert I. While visitng the high school, both sets of students prepared presentations for each other on the state of marine environments in their respective waters (Mediterranean and Florida). Also a part of the exchange, Canterbury students got to participate in a sea rescue activity with Pierre Frolla, a famous graduate of Lycee Albert I. Frolla is a one-time Olympic free diving champion who now runs Ecole Bleue, a marine education school in Paris.

While in Paris, the students and chaperones unexpectedly became part of an international crisis--the ISIS attacks of November 13, 2015. Students and chaperones were sightseeing about a mile from the explosion at the Bataclan concert venue, completely unaware of what was happening. Moments later, Donovan received a cell phone call from a friend who is a member of the French police force, who advised her to get back to the hotel immediately.

BELOW & RIGHT: Canterbury students visit Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris.

“The airport personnel took very good care of us,” says Donovan. “They understood our situation as an American student group, and were extremely accommodating to get us through as seamlessly as possible.” Next year, the Blue Ocean Film Festival comes back to St. Petersburg, and the students from Monaco’s High School Albert I will come and stay with Canterbury families, something about which they are very excited.

The students finished their time in Monaco attending events at the Blue Ocean International Film Festival, where Canterbury alumnus Preston Buchanan won first place in the student film category (see sidebar, right). After the film festival, the students traveled to Paris to visit Èze, Nice, and Saint-Paul de Vence.

Donovan and fellow chaperone and Canterbury teacher Bridgit Mathers calmly escorted the students, still unaware, back to the hotel, where they stayed on lockdown overnight. In spite of the French president closing the borders, they left the next day as scheduled, and their international flight was able to depart just a few hours late.

“When we were in Monaco, we went everywhere with those families, followed them around, did what they did,” says Emmy Murray (‘19). “It was very comfortable because they were practically fluent in English.” ABOVE: A Lycee Albert I student and Domi Donovan (‘19) pose with head of Ecole Bleue, Pierre Frolla, after a mock sea rescue activity in the Mediterranean.

Maggie Giffin (‘19) added, “Yeah, we can’t wait for them to get here next year so we can take them to our parks like Universal, and show them a good time, too!” As international relationships and opportunities to connect continue to arise, Canterbury’s International and Marine Studies program directors will continue to create opportunities to learn beyond borders and to solidify the school’s mission of creating responsible stewards of our world. This summer, Donovan will be taking a group of Canterbury students to China for two weeks for an in-depth discovery of the Chinese culture, history, and language. The group will visit Shanghai, Beijing, Suzhou and Hong Kong.

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Alumnus Wins

International Film Festival More than 100

themed summer camps for kids ages 4-17 beginning June 6

Monaco -- November, 2015 -- Ten Canterbury students and two faculty members visited Monaco to attend the Blue Ocean Film Festival, which was held in St. Petersburg in 2014. Alumnus Preston Buchanan (‘15), now attending Emory University, was a finalist for his film on the lionfish plague currently facing the Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic. His film covered the Canterbury student Scuba Crew 210’s trip to Roatan, Honduras, during which the students speared lionfish

3D Game Design, American Girl Doll, American Sign Language, Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Cake Decorating, Cheerleading, St. Pete City Tours, Creating Code, Diggin’ Dinos, Gardening, Hoola Monsters, Indoor Camping, Yoga, Legos, Letterboxing, Mad Science, Marine Science, Minecraft, Painting, Photo Composition, Tennis, Volleyball, and so much more!

and studied the stomach contents to find what kinds of fish the lionfish were eating. The film may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV0V4LfvwhM Canterbury alumnus Alex Gomez (‘15) received an Honorable Mention for his international marine conservation film using actors speaking four languages: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French and English. The Blue Ocean Film Festival and Conservation Summit is held alternate years in St. Petersburg, FL, and Monaco, and is meant to inspire ocean advocacy through independent films. In attendance are renowned filmmakers, photographers, industry executives, policy leaders, celebrity ambassadors, ocean explorers, scientists and other dignitaries at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Canterbury students were able to see two film blocks then meet and talk with some of the film’s directors. On award night, Preston was presented with first

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Run, Jump, Throw



Gritty training conditions on asphalt streets, concrete sidewalks, and unlevel grass football fields are no match for the students’ and coaches’ pure love of the sport.

throw a discus or shot put in public parks, and--until recently--they practiced long jump on the grass rather than in sand.

distance-runner who now helps those students reach weekly personal records (PRs). Assistant Coach Lisa Valentine, a Canterbury parent, is a local champion 5K and marathon runner, not only in her age division, but overall. As a six-minute-milepace marathon runner, she knows what it takes to train the distance runners. Assistand Coach Sarah Adams, a Canterbury alumna and current parent, has a background in collegiate hurdles and sprinting, so when she joined as a coach four years ago, she added hurdles to the program. Assistant Coach Chuck Olson (grandparent volunteer) helps with field event throws and sprints, and new Assistant Coach General Mickens works with the team on strength and core conditioning as well as specific field events.

Canterbury, Track & Field athletes have no designated place in which to practice their skills. They run, hurdle, and practice relay pass-offs on public streets and shared fields. They safely

“There are 16 events in Track & Field,” says coach Sarah Adams, “five field and 11 running, typically, so it’s a big range of events to train [and have space] for. Our team practices six days a week, with a variety of workouts on grass, trails, and asphalt. Kids do hurdle drills for flexibility, coordination, and speed. They work in the weight room for strength and conditioning for core and overall body, and do pilates and yoga led by certified instructors for balance, flexibility, and to prevent injuries.” The team also receives nutrition education from their coaches to maximize performance, so what they lack in facilities, they certainly gain in top-tier coaching. And it shows.

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The team has five coaches, each with different specialties, to give the students the opportunity to train for, and compete in, different events to find their sweet spot. Head Coach Ken Johnson, a long-time teacher at Canterbury, was once a middle

around Puryear Park, which is a mile loop, for sprints and longer runs. As the program has grown, Coach Adams, who is an architect, and her husband, John, an engineer who owns a dredging company, have helped to provide training amenities. They know that building a proper rubberized track around Canterbury’s football field would be a feat because of the engineering fees to adjust the current angle of the field, and the mitigation and environmental permits that would be required by Southwest Florida Water Management District (swfwmd) due to Canterbury’s location on an estuary. But what they could do--and did--was use their professional skills and their own time and money to build a long jump pit beside the football field. Gator Dredging, John Adams’s company, dug the two foot hole and purchased the sand to fill it. The Adams family also purchased 10 hurdles for the team and got permission to share half the football field with the JV and Middle School Baseball teams that already train there. The school then painted five three-foot lanes across 50 yards on which the students can train. Coach Adams is not the only one who donates to the team. Coach Valentine brings sports drinks and energy bars to fuel students at every practice and meet, and Coach Johnson insists on paying for the entire team every Saturday at their post-practice breakfast at Harvey’s restaurant.

THIS YEAR, JUNIOR IY’RESE SCOTT BROKE THE SCHOOL RECORD FOR THE LONG JUMP THREE TIMES IN TWO WEEKS. As the program has grown, the coaches have found or created training locations for the students. “We asked [Athletic Director] Dave Smith to use the football field for some training, because it’s better for the students’ growing joints to run on grass--especially middle schoolers,” Adams says. “Sometimes the kids get frustrated when there are bumps in the grass because the field is not level--sprinters can twist an ankle that way, and that has caused a few injuries in kids this year. But I remind them that Usain Bolt--the fastest man in the world-does grass workouts to prolong his potential on the track. Overall, it’s better than the street.” They do use the street by Puryear Park, as a great solution when the field is wet, and the coaches have measured the length of the entire street as 300 meters, as well as the distance

That Saturday practice is, Adams says, a pressure-free practice to make running social. “It’s better to train together!” Adams says, and after the students complete one to six miles, depending on their skill level, they all go to Harvey’s for breakfast together, which advances team building. Like the Swimming team--the only other athletic team where the Middle School, JV, and Varsity teams practice together--the Track & Field team has a unique bond. “The older, varsity, high school kids can really show the younger kids what to work toward,” says Adams. “They provide a good challenge not just for running, but also for the push ups and core strength demonstrations and determination.” Current Canterbury long-jump record-holder Iy’Rese Scott (‘17) agrees saying that, ironically, the teammate who influences him the most is middle school student Sam Lee (‘22). “Sam always asks me questions about the long jump and other events I do. He hangs with me at the meets, and I see him doing a lot of the same things I do, so I can tell he needs someone to look up to for advice, like a mentor. It makes me feel good that I can motivate him, and it also makes me feel SPRING 2016 |


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good about myself--like I must be doing something right if he looks up to me.” All this team building and the additions to training and events are showing great dividends in a short time. “Take long jump,” says Adams. “We started boys long jump only a year or two ago. Last year Iy’Rese Scott jumped 18’9” to break the school record. This year he went even farther. The biggest thing about Iy’Rese jumping 19’2” at the start of this year, then 20’ the following week, and 20’9” at a city meet two weeks later, is that he is beating the boys in the larger, tougher public schools. He should go to state this year if he keeps improving, and he has the potential to get a scholarship in track at a bigger school just for jumping alone if he can get to 22’. I’ve been helping him look on college websites to find the jump mark requirements for each school.” Surprisingly, Scott only joined the track team three years ago. “I started track because I figured I had to stay in shape during the off season from football,” he says. “I knew it would keep me busy, but I never knew I would be good at it. I do three events, the 200M, 100M and long jump. I like the long jump the most. One of my old teammates is the one who told me to try it, said I had the height for it. I actually beat him the first meet we did it together, so that’s when I figured I could be good at it.” When interviewed, Adams requested that every member on her team be mentioned by name in this article because, she says, they are all hard-working and deserve recognition in their own ways for their own events and efforts. “I love to see all the kids improve,” she says. “I love to see them enjoying something healthy, and I love the team element in how they all support each other.” Team members Meredith Adams, Lynn Albee, Sawyer Dann, Nia Tomalin, Charlotte Florell, Ryan Evans, Kendall Kolzig, Jordan Luper, Logan Lambie, Chloe Wilder, Sam Lee, Joe Hoertig-Paulus, Aidan Lugo, Ayers Layman, Emma Jaworski, Kai Tomalin, Ellen McMullen, Antionette Roundtree, Iy’Rese Scott, Rachel Valentine, and Tyler Vanburger surely feel the same.

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All in the family

Christopher Olson (‘14) was a discus thrower on Canterbury’s Track & Field team during his high school years. When his sister, Sarah Adams, joined the team as a coach, she says, “my brother was throwing off the sidewalk out there at Puryear Park. He had to ensure, safety wise, that there were no people in the park before each throw.” Determined to be great, however, he didn’t concern himself with the lack of true training facilities. Instead he stayed focused, getting up at 5:00 a.m. before school each day to weight train. Then he’d train again after school with the team, putting in three to four hours each day, seven days a week.

the first Canterbury athlete in 20 years to gain an athletic scholarship to a Division I team. “The Gator track team is always top three in the nation,” says Coach Adams, “and many of their alumni go to the Olympics. The Gator coach saw Olympic material in him.”


With his father, Chuck Olson, joining his sister to coach him, Chris pushed himself to make not only his school but his family proud, and in the end, it worked. Chris gained a scholarship to the University of Florida where he is now a sophomore discus thrower on the UF Track & Field team. Though Canterbury has had multiple graduates attend colleges and universities on athletic scholarships, Chris was

Also hoping to gain the attention of collegiate scouts one day is Chris’s niece (and Sarah’s daughter), Meredith Adams (‘21). Meredith was a top runner and hurdler on Canterbury’s Middle School Track & Field team for two years, but has recently had to stop all running events due to injury. As she waits to heal, she has focused her attention on the discus, and the results would make her Uncle Chris proud.

“Meredith is in seventh grade, and her feet are already size 11.5,” says Sarah Adams. “Her Achilles’ is strained from growing so fast, so she’s had to put running on a back seat and throw instead.” In the short time she’s been throwing, Meredith is now placing Top 5 at the varsity level, and at first place in middle school meets for discus.

Great Reception

for Canterbury’s New Radio Team AFTER A FEW MONTHS OFF, CANTERBURY’S ON-CAMPUS RADIO STATION IS BACK ON THE AIR THANKS TO A SMALL GROUP OF SOPHOMORES WHO HAD A VISION FOR KEEPING FAMILIES INFORMED IN CARLINE, AND A PASSION FOR NEWS RADIO. Sophomores Maria Rios (left), Will Bond (center), and Cole Rodriguez (right) work under the supervision of Spanish teacher and radio sponsor Carlos Gomez to produce a daily radio show, WCSF 107.7 FM Crusader Radio.

In 2014, Canterbury parent John Murray made a generous donation of radio broadcast equipment to the school with the suggestion to start a radio station along with his offer help to get it off the ground. Then-junior Alex Gomez (‘15), a tech guru with a propensity for audio and visual media, decided to take it on. Gomez single handedly ran the station for two years, coming in early every morning to record announcements and report on the previous night’s athletic scores. This past year, when Gomez graduated, his father, Spanish teacher Carlos Gomez, wanted to keep the station alive, so he found a group of dedicated sophomores with an interest in broadcasting, offered to sponsor them as a club, and brought son Alex back to train them on the equipment. The group has a great chemistry, and the rest, as they say, is history.

WCSF 107.7 FM, a.k.a. Crusadio (Crusader Radio) currently broadcasts only in the direct vicinity of the Knowlton campus, focusing on general announcements, reminders, and sports reports. But Crusadio co-sponsor and humanities teacher Jeff Donnelly hopes to change that. “I see a lot of potential for the program to be much more robust,” Donnelly says. “I’d like to be able to take the recordings the students are making for broadcast and stream them, so that they can be accessed away from campus. The hope is is that we can add a web page as well for more diverse content as community interest builds. So having a place for visual as well as audio streaming would be great.” Donnelly imagines a portion of the broadcast as a daily rotation of news, announce-

ments, and reports, with another portion of weekly features. These features might include showcasing student work (written or performed), activities, service, and visual arts on the web page. “I think it would be really cool to also highlight club activities, field trips, service learning opportunities and achievements, perhaps even faculty/staff/admin/parent profiles,” Donnelly says. “It seems like a great opportunity to build community and spread the word about what’s happening to those already here, as well as folks out in the greater area who may not know much about us.” As the determination and ambition of the station’s staff and sponsors continues to grow, Murray’s dream of a broadcast station has become a reality. SPRING 2016 |




Grades 5-12 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Knowlton Campus, 990 - 62nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Chapel Service for grades 5-8 | Dollinger Theater Upper School classroom visits 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Middle/Upper School Reception & Photos | Gymnasium 9:30 - 10:15 a.m. Chapel Service for grades 9-12 | Dollinger Theater Middle School classroom visits

PK3 - Grade 4 Thursday, February 11, 2016 Hough Campus, 1200 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg 7:30 a.m. - Reception | Parish Hall 18 | SPRING 2016

8:00 a.m. - Chapel Service | St. Thomas Church


AMAZING . . . Canterbury has always been grateful for the many business sponsors who return year after year to support the Spring Gala. This year, an unexpected group of sponsors stepped up: parents of the Class of 2016. They joined together to raise $16,000 in honor of their children’s grad year and in support of the Gala as Senior Class Sponsors. Their collective donations totaled $23,850, well surpassing their goal! Thank you, parents of the Class of 2016, for “setting the stage” for future Galas and future class goals!

True to Canterbury tradition, this year’s Gala brought all kinds of costumes. Black tie, theater/ Broadway-themed (Annie, Phantom of the Opera), old Hollywood, and even a stage crew group, all to honor the location of the Mahaffey Theater. SPRING 2016 |


Northeast Exchange Freedom Shrine

TOP: The Freedom Shrine sits along the freshman hallway. FROM LEFT: Ken Johnson speaks to the Club. Head of School Mac Hall and Guidance Counselor Mike Davis watch as the ribbon is cut to open the shrine. Student ambassadors escorted club members to their luncheon.

IMAGES AND DOCUMENTS FROM AMERICAN HISTORY NOW A PART OF CANTERBURY’S COLLECTION The local Northeast Exchange Club presented Canterbury with a Freedom Shrine, a wall of American history document replications. Teacher Ken Johnson spoke at the presentation, saying: “Contained in our new Freedom Shrine is a copy of a plain, penciled note written in Cairo, Egypt at a 1943 meeting between President Roosevelt and Marshall Statin. It says: “The immediate appointment of General Eisenhower to command Overlord Operation has been decided upon.” 20 | SPRING 2016

General Marshall saved the note, and later gave it to Eisenhower as a souvenir. Overlord Operation became the Battle of Normandy, the largest sea-based invasion ever launched, involving more than two million fighting men; it ultimately ended WWII in Europe. Thanks to the Northeast Exchange Club, we now have a copy of the handwritten note--a deciding moment in history and something I have never seen in all my years of teaching--as part of our Canterbury collection.”



Anniversary Countdown

In each issue leading up to our anniversary, we are counting down the

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Be part of the

50th Anniversary Planning Committee!

There are plenty of opportunities to help out in a variety of capacities. If interested in any of the committees below email dhehn@canterburyflorida.org EVENT PLANNING 12 volunteers MEDIA/PR 8 volunteers for photography/photo editing, videography/editing, press releases, and social media help OUTREACH 5 volunteers to re-engage and invite alumni and past faculty, staff, parents, and non-alumni students to attend events SPONSORSHIPS/SOLICITATIONS 6-7 volunteers

KNIGHT DAY. On April 2, 2015, the Knowlton faculty surprised students with KNIGHT DAY--an unexpected day of NO classes--just fun, relaxation, and community. Everything from ice sculpting to drum circles to an obstacle course in the library make Knight Day, which replaced Field Day, a new favorite tradition.

Countdown to date . . . FALL 2015 35 Powder Puff Football Game SUMMER 2015 38 Summer Camps & Programs 37 Senior Dinner 36 Alumni Traditions SPRING 2015 41 “Thank you� Song at Chapel 40 3rd Grade Invention Convention 39 Dress Down Days WINTER 2015 44 Senior/5th Grade Buddies 43 Gala Signi-Up Parties 42 Miniterm

FALL 2014 50 Pink-shirt Thursdays 49 College Guidance Parent Coffees 48 Honor Books at Flag 47 Overnight class trips 46 Harvesting/planting marsh grass 45 Cross-curricular learning te vori a f to e a ant w Hav u yo n? ion t i tdow d n a u o r c t the at o t mbie .org a t i L r m e eath sub orida H fl Email anterbury c @ e i hlamb

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April 9 9th Annual Canterbury Cup All-Release Fishing Tournament See canterburyflorida.org/canterburycup for registration and details.

April 21-23

Canterbury presents Peter Pan

This all-school musical will run for three nights starting at 7:00 p.m. For tickets email boxoffice@canterburyflorida.org

April 24 Arts & Crafts Fair Held in the Kenyon Field House on the Knowlton Campus. Open to the public. May 10 Parents Association General Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the Knowlton Campus May 21 4th Annual Alumni vs. Seniors Softball Game 11:00 a.m. on the softball field

May 28 Class of 2016 Commencement 3:00 p.m., First Baptist Church

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Profile for Canterbury School of Florida

CSFeatures Spring 2016  

CSFeatures is a 3x/year publication from Canterbury School of Florida (CSF) an independent, PK3 - 12, co-ed, college prep day school on two...

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