Friday, June 7th, 2013
Vol CXIX Num. 2
Valedictorian Speakers Represent the Senior Class By Iladro Sauls ‘15 News Writer This morning, two seniors, Olivia Atwood (I) and Harry Wood (I), addressed the community in their valedictory speeches. Each year, members
of the senior class nominate themselves to be valedictorian speakers. This process differs from many other schools: valedictorian speakers are typically selected on the basis of class rank or GPA. Milton
Harry Wood (I) and Olivia Atwood (I) were voted to represent their classmates as valedictorians.
candidates, however, write two-minute speeches specifically for the purpose of being “elected” to the valedictorian position. The boy and girl who receive the most votes from their classmates are asked to speak as valedictorians on graduation day. Both very accomplished members of Milton’s speech team, this year’s valedictorian speakers, Olivia and Harry, have proven themselves to be two of the most eloquent speakers at Milton. Last year, both Olivia and Harry qualified for speech nationals, held in Indianapolis, Indiana, in the category “Humorous Interpretation,” where they made judges laugh with 10-minute memorized performances of a written comedic work. In past years, selected valedictorian speakers have often participated in extracurricular activities, frequently
the arts and performance, during their time at Milton. Students in these groups are often well-spoken and confident performers: perfect valedictorian speaker material. Throughout their high school careers, Olivia and Harry have taken on leading roles in these groups with gusto. Olivia Atwood has complimented her time at Milton by participating in various extracurricular activities. In addition to being a member of the Milton Speech Team since 2006, she has taken on roles of leadership and responsibility, such as editing the “Arts and Entertainment” section of the Milton Measure and working as a class councilor for her fellow Class I students. Olivia has also starred in a plethora of plays during her time at Milton, including Lady Dracula and The 21st Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee. Now
in her senior spring at Milton, Olivia remains witty and humorous as always: when asked why she wished to be valedictorian for her class, Olivia replied, “My family wanted good seats at graduation. Also, I stink at goodbyes, so I was like, hey, I’ll do one huge one and then drive off into the sunset.” Olivia says that what she will miss most at Milton are “snack bar tater tots and warm cookies. Those things saved my life.” Olivia doesn’t want to give away too much about her speech: “All I can say is this: elephants, Nerf guns, and Mr. Ball. ‘Nuff said.” To say that Harry Wood has some experience with the performing arts may be the understatement of the century. This co-captain of Milton’s speech team is nationally recognized for his work in humorous interpretation and original oratoContinued on page 5
Mr. Ruiz Reflects on First Year
Mr. McCloskey and Mr. Hilles-Pillant Retire
By Jacob Aronoff ‘16 News Writer As José Ruiz’s first year at Milton Academy as the new Dean of Students comes to a close, he reflected on some of his meaningful moments at Milton thus far and shared some of his regrets in an interview with the Milton Measure. When considering his transition to Milton Academy, Mr. Ruiz says, “I’ve enjoyed it; in many ways it’s been everything I wanted it to be professionally.” The satisfaction with this new job is not just his own: the move “from a family standpoint was good,” Ruiz explains. “My kids have settled into the community very well. They’ve taken a liking to many students, particularly some of the girls in Robbins…My wife is enjoying the community as well.” Coming to Milton, Mr. Ruiz had some expectations, saying, “I expected our students to be bright.” He remarks that Milton “has lived
By Rebecca Chernick ‘14 Head Writer Two beloved Milton teachers, Mr. McCloskey and Mr. Hilles-Pilant, will be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Mr. McCloskey has been working in the English Department for 42 years. He began teaching at Milton in 1971, when “the college job market had collapsed.” Mr. McCloskey took a liking to the school: “Milton was comfortable and reminded me of New Orleans. My wife and I loved being in the dorm—things were much looser then—and I stayed because I liked it.” He added, “I was given too much to do as a first year teacher, and I am not sure that I did any of it well.” Nevertheless, he has certainly been valuable to the Milton Academy, serving as a houseparent, English teacher, editor of the alumni magazine, and faculty advisor to The Milton Paper. Though Mr. McCloskey has not really thought about
up to the perception from the outside world. I’ve been pleased with that. Our students are extremely bright, articulate, and thoughtful.” For José Ruiz, being surrounded by intellectual Milton students has “been one of the best parts of the year so far.” Before arriving at Milton, Mr. Ruiz knew the size of the school, but “seeing it for its numbers and then actually experiencing the school are two very different things.” Coming from fellow ISL school St. Mark’s, which has an upper school of about 350 students, “it was easy to say that Milton is a big school, but what had been surprising is how much bigger it feels…looking at students and trying to recall in your memory banks all the different faces I’ve met and the names I’ve come across-that’s been very different than I thought it would be.” Through many new experiences, Mr. Ruiz says,“the Continued on page 4
Cum Laude, pg. 5 Senior Projects, pg. 8
SGA, pg. 9 Relaxing at Milton, pg. 12
his retirement plans, since he will continue to teach part time in the Spring of 2014, he said “I have considered writing a book about a teacher’s experience at a New England preparatory school. It would be a comedy of manners, of course. Not ‘School for Scandal,’ but more likely ‘The Way
of the World.’” Mr. McCloskey said, “I will miss students and the people I work with in the English Department.” Ali Edwards (I), who had Mr. McCloskey as both her English teacher and advisor, says, “he’s super easy to talk Continued on page 5
Courtesy of Mrs. Sugrue
Mr. Hilles-Pilant retired after 27 years.
Kirby Feagan, pg. 13 The Great Gatsby, pg. 14
Bruins Playoff, pg. 16 Girls’ Tennis, pg. 18
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Communication with the Adminstration The 1968 editorial that has been reprinted on the opposite page identifies the absence of communication between the faculty and the students. In the past forty years, Milton has made strides to close this gap, establishing an environment in which students are able to express their dissatisfaction with the administration when necessary. Milton’s administration has been thrown quite a few curveballs this year, situations that have sparked decisions whose outcomes were not entirely acceptable with the student body. Like the ’68 rejection of a smoking proposal, the use of administrative disciplinary committees and the eradication of holiday traditions spurred a lot of talk and anti-administrative sentiments. The choices made this year by the administration may have upset the student body, but in comparison to the reactions over forty years ago, students did not just return to their dorms, fostering and building resentment against the administration. They spoke out, communicating their aggravations in open meetings and lunches with class deans and administrators. Granted, the students still did not always feel that their voices were heard. Often times students leave these meetings feeling even more confused and bitter than before, thinking that the school leaders had not taken their complaints seriously. Although the administration has created a friendly atmosphere in which students feel comfortable voicing their opinions, they have not necessarily created an atmosphere in which these opinions are actually taken into consideration. The disciplinary process in particular has been a source of significant debate between the student body and members of the administration during this year alone. Given the recent use of administrative Disciplinary Committees, the question has come up: how legitimate is the student body’s voice if the administration can still choose to ignore their opinions in moments of judgment? While the responsibility to decide on and enforce discipline rests entirely with the administration, the lack of student voices in the DC’s that most often result in steep punishment demonstrates a breech in communication between the student body and the administration. By censoring the voices of students when they matter the most, the administration throws into question the legitimacy of any student opinion. Obviously, much of the previous tension between the administration and the student body profiled in the 1968 editorial has disappeared, but use of the administrative DC not only delegitimizes the value of the normal DC but also clarifies that in the end, administrators will always have absolute and final power; their implementation of the self-governing association (SGA), designed to act as a liaison between students and administrators, consequently wields authority largely conditional upon the circumstances. Additionally, the administration’s recent decision to change a long-standing dorm tradition where the Forbes freshmen kiss Robbins seniors on the cheek sparked outrage amongst the boarding community. Because it was an integral part of the winter holiday season, one in which many previous boarders have participated, the decision feels unwarranted in the minds of most. The administration can’t possibly have honest and complete communication with students if they continue to make decisions on issues without student input. Furthermore, their choice to censor Octet’s annual rendition of Santa Baby has similarly met opposition, largely because the majority of students saw no issue in it. While these issues might not be as pressing as the disciplinary process, the administration has shown that while they proclaim themselves open to communication, in the end the decision will be theirs and only theirs. The friction between the administration and the student body has undoubtedly decreased since the included 1968 editorial was published; nevertheless, the same fundamental issues remain. By selectively choosing when to legitimately consider and include students in the decision-making process, administrators increase the distance themselves from students. This lapse in communication will continue to breed discontent, and until the administration chooses to act on these shortcomings, the bridge between the two will continue to be shaky.
June 4th, 1968 You are a student: Mr. Wicks stands up and reports that the smoking proposal has been shut down; you look around you and realize just how different Milton Academy is from the rest of the world; you file out of Wigg Hall with one hundred and fifty other people who are just as sick of Seilers’ food, the faculty and Milton Academy in general as you are. The temptation is to dismiss this situation as a lost cause, to brand it as the administration’s hopeless disasters. The immediate result of such an attitude is that the students withdraw to their houses, the faculty to the Harding room, and each group decides that it is undeniably right, that what it stands for is the correct and in fact only way to live at Milton. The already dangerous gap between students and faculty is widened, and since harmony and communication between the faculty and students are perhaps the most important factors in education, the whole nature of Milton as an educational institution is threatened. The only way to save Milton from the disastrous course it is now following is for everybody to make an effort to communicate and understand everybody else. Perhaps it is the students who are most at fault here. It seems that no one is willing to talk to anybody else, except fellow students, about the problems they find. The administration is dismissed as “Fascist pigs,” “dictatorial swines,” and a “united front of unreason,” and it is assumed that communication with them, let alone fruitful conversation is impossible. Hard as it is to believe, especially in the light of Monday’s announcement, after many discussions with Mr. Wicks, the faculty, and the board of trustees, one finds that there are very few Fascist pigs and dictatorial swines connected with Milton, and no united front of unreason stands arrayed against the student body. The administration on the other hand, is also at fault. The cold announcement that smoking will still not be permitted is just one example of the aura of unreason with which the administration is surrounding itself. It may be that the decision to uphold the smoking regulations was all for the best, but the effect that it will have on the student body was clearly underestimated. It was at least not a very diplomatic gesture, and now is the time to use diplomacy. Nor did it display great flexibility, which is also badly needed. Perhaps smoking when signed out on a blue card would have helped. As it was, no matter how understanding Mr. Wicks and the faculty tried to be, it wasn’t enough. Monday morning, the students and faculty continued to drift further apart. I repeat, it’s hard to believe but Milton Academy and its administration are reasonable, for the most part. The students are reasonable for the most part. We all know problems exist, but we’ll never work them out if people aren’t willing
By David F. White
Letter From the Editors: Today’s world of instant media and communication spins faster than ever. World events can reach your phone just seconds after they become news, while rarely does a day pass before school news reaches the entire student body. As we swim in this modern fish bowl of information, we at The Milton Measure strive to give a different perspective on relevant issues, presented in a dynamic fashion. Instead of solely reporting the news and scores, the CXIX Editorial Board is committed to spicing up The Milton Measure. By taking inspiration from highly regarded publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, and Sports Illustrated, we intend to keep The Milton Measure exciting to read. Whereas many amateur publications fall into the fatal cycle of publishing a bland collection of short essays, we hold fast to our pledge of keeping not only the topics of our articles interesting, but we also aim to vary the style and structure of these pieces. We want to give you not just a summary of a Wednesday assembly, but a snapshot into the journey of the speaker that led him to his ideas; not a recap of a sports game, but a play-by-play of the winning goal; not background stories of new teachers but outlines of their hopes to impact the cognitive and creative growth of Milton Academy students. In short, we don’t just want you to read our stories—we want you to experience them. But this vision we have described does not fully encompass the essence of The Milton Measure’s biweekly publications. Here’s where you come in. Milton Academy derives its intellectual curiosity and fervent passion not just from its supportive and competitive environment, but also from the potent ambition of the student body. We want to embody the magnitude of this community’s talent in every twelve-page paper we create, so that when you pick up a Measure on your way into recess every other Friday morning, you are picking up a newspaper characterized by your peers’ achievements. Whether you star in a theater production, bring the house down at Beatnik, or captain the basketball team, we will make sure to incorporate your investment in the Milton Academy community into this publication, no matter how small that investment may be. When you pick up your next Milton Measure, look for a part of yourself in the articles. Stay informed by our news section. Be inspired by our features. Laugh at our jokes (please!). Read on, friends. We love you, Elana and Charlie
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Mr. Ruiz Reflects on First Year as Dean of Students Continued from page 1 ISL [basketball] girls’ and boys’ tournaments were definitely one of the highlights for me.” He will always remember the “students out there supporting each other, celebrating a good moment when the boys won the ISL…
the number of students that came out that wanted to be with their peers and rooting them on.” Over the year, Mr. Ruiz has really delighted in “the musical performances… just watching both students singing and playing instruments. The level of sophisti-
cated music that they take on has been very impressive.” Although Mr. Ruiz has seen many great things, he still has many regrets, the greatest of which is that he didn’t get to know students as well as he wanted to. Mr. Ruiz explains that upon his arrival, ”one of
Dean of Students José Ruiz is satisfied with his first year
my biggest goals was to try and be as much of a presence in the student community as possible and I think I’ve been able to do that in some ways, but I don’t think I’ve been successful at that. I didn’t realize how quickly my schedule gets full and that’s the hard part.” Even though his schedule did not give him a lot of flexibility, between teaching two sections of Senior Transitions Classes, attending sports games whenever possible, and spending time with Norris House boys, Mr. Ruiz attempted to reach out to the student body as best he could. For example, Ruiz explained, “I tried to be a presence in the dorm. I’m a house advisor and I have 5 freshmen [advisees]... I try to make sit down meals there whenever I can.” “Part of my summer project is thinking ‘Okay, what can I do better next year?’” says Mr. Ruiz. No longer a new faculty member, Mr. Ruiz will have many advantages that he didn’t have this year. He hopes he will “[be] much
more familiar with faces… [and] understand the rhythm of the school.” He says, “For next year, [I am] trying to find a balance in terms of the number of meetings versus what I feel is my role to be present with students.” Mr. Ruiz has many ideas for the 2013-2014 school year, including being more involved with culture clubs. “Clearly, students are involved in a lot of activities here, [and going] to those meetings would be great—just to sit in and listen to what students are interested in and what they are talking about in their respective meetings, organizations, and clubs.” Another way Mr. Ruiz wants to understand the student body is by possibly shadowing students next year. He wants to see “what the academic experience might be like for students.” As Dean of Students, he thinks it is important to understand, “the day-to-day life of a student…I feel like if I sample a group of students… it will give me a flavor of what students are going through.”
Exceptional Students Honored At Perksy Awards By Rachael Allen ‘14 News Writer Last Monday, Cox Library pushed aside its desks, set up tables, and brought out silver platters filled with chocolate covered strawberries and cannolis for the 34th annual Persky Awards, a ceremony recognizing excellence in publications at Milton. Featuring Tess Wheelwright ’00 as a guest speaker, the awards brought together faculty, award recipients, and the former and rising heads of Milton’s publications. Looking at pieces published in Magus Mabus, The Milton Measure, The Milton Paper, Helix and the Yearbook, the Persky awards are judged mostly by writers and artists outside of Milton Academy. Poet Jesse Graves judged for creative writing, editor of Commonwealth Magazine Bruce Mohl for journalism, novelist and science writer Gregory Mone for science writing, and Milton Academy teacher Mr. Chase for art. Mr. Bland presented each of the recipients, honored for his or her exceptional writing talent, with a book prize specific to their category, ranging from David McCullough to Junot Diaz’s This is How You Lose Her and The Paris Review. For the creative writing category, Best Fiction went to Emmie Atwood (II) and Best Poem went to Rachael Allen
(II). For the journalism category, Best Editorial went to The Milton Paper Editorial Board, Best Commentary went to Sahana Rao-Chakravorti (II), Best News Story went to Dianne Kim (III) and Emma City (I), Best News Feature went to Neil Chandra (II), Best Sports Story went to Mike McGee (I), Best Arts Story went to Olivia Atwood (I), and Best Science Essay went to Abigail Higgins (I). For the art category, Best Work of Art went to Kirby Feagan (I). Alex King (I) and Sophie Tsanotelis (I) received the Yearbook Awards for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication. Like M Club, the Bisbee Tea, and a host of other ceremonies at Milton, the Persky awards are a great way to honor students at Milton for pursuing a topic that relies not on grades but on personal enjoyment and pride. Emmie Atwood’s winning piece “The Warrant” told the story of a boy visiting his uncle and of the defining experience of their trip into the woods. She was inspired after seeing a video about invasive black rats in biology, and felt “totally engrossed and totally disturbed by this image. I started just playing with the sounds of some of the scientific words used in the film, like ‘black’ and ‘rat’ and ‘uterus’ and ‘pup.’” From there, her own imagination and experi-
ences took hold of the story. Sahana Rao-Chakravorti felt a similar personal connection with her best commentary. “The State of Indian Women,” was “a response to the rape of a young girl that had occurred in India. I was inspired because I too am a young Indian girl, and I was so shocked by her story, and it hit quite close to home.” Writer Tess Wheelwright addressed these young writers and artists, speaking to the humanity of treating one’s characters with sympathy, the balance of solitude and connection through writing, and
the way a story helps sort out thoughts and feelings. Ms. Wheelwright’s senior project at Milton was simply to spend time in a cabin in the woods and write. Her life has come, in a way, full circle: Ms. Wheelwright is again pursuing a solitary writing experience, now out in Oregon for a sixmonth writing residency. Kind to her parents—her mother, Mrs. Wheelwright, is a 3rd grade teacher at Milton—and very open with the students, Ms. Wheelwright seemed like someone many Milton writers would aspire to be: experi-
enced, honest, knowledgeable, and natural, advising students about the independence and experience of writing.Overall, the Persky awards were a great recognition of Milton writers and artists, offering them a glimpse at what an award night would perhaps look like in future writing careers. At times, Milton writers, particularly ones on a newspaper staff, too often feel their work receives just a moment of spotlight, but the Persky awards help those writers remember the importance of their work.
Rachael Allen (II) and Neil Chandra (II), respectively awarded Best Poem and Best News Feature.
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Milton Students Join Cum Laude Society By Ariela Buxbaum-Grice ‘15 News Writer The wall on the bottom floor of Cox Library proudly displays the plaques honoring the recipients of the Cum Laude award. The plaques do not simply recognize Milton’s high-achieving students; the inscribed names also represent the admittance of a student into the Milton Academy chapter of the Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society is made up of high-academically achieving students and was modeled after Phi Beta Kappa in order to recognize students with high grades. Dr. Abram Harris, director of the Tome School in Maryland, created the Cum Laude Society in 1906. Since its inception, the Cum Laude Society has granted membership to 382 schools. The great majority of them are private or independent, but roughly two-dozen public schools also offer Cum Laude awards. Although most of the schools affiliated with Cum Laude are in the United States, there are member schools in England, Spain, Canada, France, and Puerto Rico. For such a coveted award, little discussion about Cum
Laude is heard in the hallways of Milton. At this time of year, the gossip of the Upper School usually revolves around the social aspect of Milton life. In contrast to the full-banner public invitations to prom and boat dance, Cum Laude recipients are not recognized until the end-of-year award ceremony. Every year, roughly thirty members of the senior class and one or two juniors convene in Straus library to honor their academic achievements. Seniors receiving Cum Laude have earned an average grade of A- through their sophomore, junior, and senior years, while the juniors who receive the Cum Laude have the highest grades in their class. At Milton this year, the Cum Laude ceremony honored thirty-three seniors and one junior. This year’s junior recipient, Anna Lachenauer, says, “I was really surprised to get Cum Laude, but I was also really excited and honored. I wasn’t expecting it, so it was a nice surprise. I had seen juniors get Cum Laude in my previous years here, but I wasn’t expecting that it would be me.” Abigail Higgins, a senior who achieved Cum Laude this year, describes a similar feel-
Kirby Feagan (I), Clare Dingle (I), and Julia Xiong (I) of Hallowell with Cum Laude awards.
ing of “excitement and honor” when she heard about her admission to the Cum Laude society. She says, “I had known about [Cum Laude] and thought about it throughout the four years at Milton. I knew it was something that was an honor and I wanted to work towards that… I didn’t think about it a lot, but it was always something I could potentially strive toward.” When senior Jonathan Esty heard of his Cum Laude achievement, he was “pleased and pleasantly surprised.” He describes Cum Laude as “the
byproduct of hard work. You probably get good grades for their own sake and the rest of it is trimmings.” When asked what this year’s Cum Laude achievers had in common, the ever-witty Esty replied “female” as, only eight male students received Cum Laude. At the ceremony every year, a faculty member speaks to the Cum Laude recipients. This year, Mr. Chase addressed the students. As an art teacher, Mr. Chase considers creativity a very important part of lifelong development. Mr. Chase introduced his speech with the
relatable image of having an imaginary friend, encouraging his audience to embrace the more creative, seemingly childish side of things. Often lost in the pressure to excel in academics is the more recreational, exploratory side of Milton. Mr. Chase reminded students not to get too caught up in things, quoting Buckminster Fuller, one of Milton Academy’s most wellknown graduates. Mr. Fuller and Mr. Chase, riffing on our motto, “Dare to be True,” remind us to “dare to be naïve.”
Mr. McCloskey and Mr. Hilles-Pillant Retire
Valedictorians Represent the Senior Class
Continued from page 1 to and get along with. He’s always been super supportive of me.” In class, she says, “he really just gives us some prompting thoughts, and then lets us take the conversation wherever we want. He chimes into the conversation naturally, less like a teacher and more just another one of us trying to make sense of the book. He’s always straightforward and honest with everyone. He can be really funny, and, of course, he’s got the best southern accent.” Nick Jiang (II) says, “he’s a fun teacher but strict enough to make you get your work done.” Nick’s fondest memory of Mr. McCloskey is “watching him scooter around the classroom on a Razor scooter that Geoff Owens (II) brought to class.” When asked about Mr. McCloskey, Helena Thatcher (II) recalls a funny memory: “he once told me that ‘I could not throw a party, because one does not throw a party. One simply has a party; one THROWS a drunken orgy.’” She adds, “Mr. McCloskey doesn’t just teach English.
Continued from page 1 ry. Just two weeks ago, Harry, in a performance at nationals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was recognized as the secondbest humorous interpretation performer in the nation. Harry says that he is very thankful he found his place in speech at Milton. “Honestly, I think I love it so much because it’s a gateway to so much else. It’s helped my classes, my writing, my theater, but most of all, just my general confidence and ability to interact with people.” Harry has also been involved in many activities while at Milton, writing for the Humor section of The Milton Paper, performing in a production almost every season, and singing with the Miltones, Milton’s all-male acapella group, melting the hearts of girls who heard him sing the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way.” When asked why he wished to be a valedictorian speaker, Harry replied, “I’ve felt a lot like this class has been a big part of my development as a person over the last few years. I’ve grown a lot since I came here, and learned a lot,
He teaches life. Not only did I learn about Oedipus complexes or Homer’s masterpieces, but also I learned how to speak in an organized manner, and, more importantly, shout to have my opinion known!” Something that the Milton Academy community may not know about Mr. McCloskey is that he wrote a historical romance novel, Risking Elizabeth, published in 1997 by Simon & Schuster. Nick thinks that Mr. McCloskey will be remembered as “that cool guy with a sword cane who wrote Risking Elizabeth,” while Helena thinks “he will be remembered as an amazing man with an incredible British/southern accent.” Ali put it most simply with these words: “Mr. McCloskey is the best.” Mr. Hilles-Pilant, affectionately known as Mr. H-P, has been teaching at Milton since 1986, and he has taught in Japan and Italy with School Year Abroad (SYA) for the past three years. Mr. H-P is currently traveling the world and was unfortunately unavailable for interview. How-
ever, Heather Sugrue, Head of the Mathematics Department, says, “he is an amazing musician, a thoughtful mathematician who has taught across the entire curriculum, and a great colleague. We will miss having him on the faculty but know that he has greatly enjoyed his travels over the past few years at SYA.” Brendon Piccinni (II) spent a semester at SYA Italy this year. Although he did not have Mr. H-P as a teacher, he did get to know him, and describes him as “very funny. His sense of humor was always up to date…the jokes he made were never off point.” Brendon added that, while at SYA Italy, Mr. H-P and his wife “have been excellent mentors for a local Italian faculty’s daughter to try and help her achieve her dreams of coming to Milton, which is inspiring.”
and I wanted to give something back. I felt like the best thing I could do for my class was try and impart with them some advice as we head off to do new things.” Concerning his speech, the only thing he will give away is “I use a prop. That’s all I’ll give you.” Harry says that what he will miss the most next year is “just the safety of this place. I’ve never felt as comfortable being myself as I have at Milton. Everyone – teachers, students, everyone – accepts people for who they are here. I’m sure I’ll find it somewhere else, but it’s the thing I value most about this place.” Valedictorian speeches are always one of students’ and adults’ favorite parts of Milton’s graduation ceremonies – Olivia’s and Harry’s are most certainly no exception.
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Milton Students Stay Busy Over Summer By Hannah Hoffman In just a few short hours, the 2012-2013 school year will come to its much anticipated end, and Milton’s students will scatter from campus to begin summer break. Some are hopping on planes headed to all corners of the globe, while some are walking a mere block away to their homes. Regardless where they will spend the next few months, all Milton students have something planned for the summer. From running their own businesses to interning at Harvard Medical School, six Milton students have particularly remarkable summers ahead of them.
Shanlyn Tse (III)
Shanlyn Tse (III) will be going to Udonthani, Thailand, with Rustic Pathways, a company that “provides superior quality travel and service programs for students in some of the world’s most welcoming countries,” according to its website. Shanlyn will be participating in forty hours of service projects, “such as teaching orphans English and art, helping out on a farm, building homes in the village, and maintaining Buddhist temple grounds.” Shanlyn plans to travel with about fifty other high school students from all over the United States. Shanlyn has “always wanted to go on a community service trip overseas. I don’t have a lot of time during the school year [for community service], so summer is the perfect opportunity to go. I’m really excited to be working with the kids in the orphanages and schools and building houses for people in the village. Even though I’ve already been to Thailand, I went to only Bangkok and Chiangmai, which were quite urban, so I’m really excited to explore a different, more rural part of Thailand. I’ve also never been on a community service in another country, so I’m excited to meet other kids, live in a totally different place, and experience the Thai culture.”
Neekon Vafa (III)
Much of Neekon Vafa’s (III) summer includes traveling to Asian countries, such as Japan and Hong Kong, but what he is most excited about are two educational opportunities he was accepted into: a course on multivariable calculus as Harvard Summer School and an internship at Tufts’ CEEO (Center for Engineering Education and Outreach), where he will be “working with people with similar interests to make an interface so that people can easily program Raspberry Pis from a server.” “I have never had an internship before, so the experience [will] be a new one for me, and new atmospheres [can] always be nerve-racking, but I’m not extremely nervous about it. As for the summer school, I’ve never taken a college level course before; the course goes at a college pace, modeling a college course. That could be challenging.” Despite some nerves, Neekon is extremely excited for his summer opportunities. “I always love to learn new things; I enjoy learning math, so taking a multivariable calculus course [will] interest me, and I took a computer programming class this year at Milton that interested me a good amount, so making an interface for Raspberry Pis fits right in.”
Claire Robertson (I)
If you walk around Kellner during any time of the year, it’s hard to miss Claire Robertson’s (I) incredible photography hanging on the walls. Not only is Claire’s senior project based on photography, but she is also dedicating her entire summer to the art. Since she was twelve years old, Claire has been going to the Charles River Creative Arts Program (CRCAP), a program that works with kids from ages 6-15. CRCAP offers classes in numerous departments, including theater, visual art, media, animation, dance, tech theater, photography, writing, and even some sports classes. After three years as a camper, Claire applied for and received a C.I.T position. This coming summer will be Claire’s third and final year as a counselor at CRCAP. “Since this is my third year, I get to teach my own class, called ‘Begin-stagram: Photojournalism.’ I’m going to teach kids how to take more candid photos that tell a story, and then also how to caption, title, and publish work. It’s a great way for me to continue doing photography and writing while also making a positive impact on others’ lives. I also love working with kids and am thinking about pursuing a career in education of some sort. Even though CRCAP really isn’t anything like school, we’re teaching material we are passionate about.”
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Yuta Immaru (I)
Yuta Inumaru’s (Class I) summer still consists of much work and discovering. “While planning for my senior summer, I wanted to have enough to do that I wouldn’t get bored while at the same time not make it too intense.” Soon after summer break begins, Yuta plans on traveling around Asia through much of Korea and Japan. He hopes to tour around these countries with a Milton friend while “experiencing the culture of the places [we visit]. I’m very excited about the trip to Korea. Although this is my second time, I’m hoping to visit some parts of the country that I haven’t seen before. I was fortunate enough to make plans for the trip in Korea with my family’s consent and the generosity of my host friend.” Yuta is also hoping to reunite with many friends he made at The Mountain School before the start of college. Lastly, “I am finally going to get my license back at home in Connecticut. Let’s just say that I can’t wait to become independent from my parents control over my transportation means!”
Mykayla Sandler (II)
Mykayla Sandler (II) will be spending much of her summer time at Harvard College. Chosen from a large group of very-qualified high school students, Mykayla will participate in the Basic Science Partnership summer research program at the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School. “I’m excited and also a bit nervous to be the only high school student in the lab.” For eight weeks, Mykayla will intern for Dr. John Flanagan, researching cell-signaling molecules and the effect on the development and regeneration of connections in the nervous system. Dr. Flanagan “gave a great overview of the work they are doing related to nerve regeneration, and I found it so interesting,” says Mykayla. This is not the first summer Mykayla has spent studying science: over the past two years, she has participated in biomedical engineering and pathology courses at Smith College, she took a simulation lab course at Tufts Medical School, and she shadowed a pediatrician at work. Jenna Lee/TMM
Ravi Rhaman (IV) Anyone can tell that Ravi Rahmen (IV) is an absolute computer fanatic. Three years ago, he founded Geek Resolutions, a company that provides technology solutions for individuals, small to medium sized businesses, and non-profits. It offers offline and online marketing needs, including websites and newsletters. Ravi originally founded this company to “bridge my passions for technology and entrepreneurship. Through operating this business, I am able to explore all aspects of running a company and expand my professional skills while having some fun exploring my interests.” Along with working on his ever-expanding company, Ravi is also working with Milton Academy’s ATS Department for about 8-10 weeks this summer, during which time he will help refresh and set up the computers on campus for the upcoming school year. “I will be tackling new projects, such as how to efficiently wipe and reinstall the operating system on the Macs and K-8 computers, as well as other programming projects, such as revamping the science computer logon script I enhanced last summer. When working at Milton ATS, I look forward each day to supporting the Milton community and making the lives of teachers and students more efficient through technology.” Ravi’s additional summer plans include helping Milton teachers to better understand and utilize technology, taking a 3-week course in Engineering at the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. “I am most excited for spending the summer doing what I love: using technology and math/science as a tool to release my creativity. All of these opportunities are what I want to do; not what I must.”
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Seniors Leave Behind Legacy with Projects
SGA Makes Impact on Community
By Claire Russell ‘14 News Writer On May 2nd 2013, most seniors were released from their academic obligations and entered the highly anticipated period of Senior Projects. Every senior has the opportunity to take advantage of the tradition of senior projects, taking the last month of school to explore an interest they discovered during their time at Milton or to learn something new. Seniors can drop their entire course load the month before graduation; however, they must complete a total of forty hours a week on their proposed project. Others take on halfprojects, keeping some of their classes and pursuing projects for less time a week. Senior varsity athletes also have the option to remove five hours a week from their projects to continue playing sports alongside their projects, and all students have the opportunity to break this time commitment up into multiple seperate projects. Delaney Flynn (I) and Sam Curran (I) are kayaking together for their senior project. They kayak different routes in Scituate and research the historical significance of those areas. They are also helping to build a website about kayaking in Scituate, which will include information about the different routes, hazards on the routes, and length of the
By Natalie Perlov ‘16 News Writer Although public sentiment towards Milton’s SelfGoverning Association may vary, everyone can agree that the SGA is an active organization on campus that impacts the Milton community positively. This group is comprised of elected students, such as co-head monitors, day and boarding monitors, and class representatives. We hear a lot about the SGA, whether in the context of DC statements, student correspondence with representatives, or community spirit events. Without the SGA, we would not have any student input on disciplinary measures. After all, the SGA members are students who face the same pressures as everyone else. We need that sympathetic ear on those discipline committees to provide a critical peer perspective. In addition to everyday issues which the SGA handles, the SGA is also involved in other parts of life at Milton. The SGA involves itself in many other activities, such as monitoring elections, Gotcha, and inter-grade activities.
routes. Curran says they have learned a lot about the tide, weather, wind, and, most importantly, kayaking. The two took lessons in order to kayak and capsize safely, which Curran said is “pretty cool.” Menaka Sachdev (I) has split her hours into two projects. For one of her projects, Menaka is an apprentice at the music department at Shady Hill School, where she helps teach music to students. Afterwards, Sachdev returns to campus to work on her second project, titled “An Exploration in Music”, with friend, roommate, and fellow talented musician Eliza Cornwell (I). Sachdev and Cornwell spend their time recording covers, writing songs, and creating a documentary about music at Milton. Sachdev says the documentary is “a tribute to the people at Milton who have inspired our musical journeys.” The movie focuses on Ms. Apthorp, Mr. Skinner, Nunu Lawoyin (I), Charlie Perkins (I), Adam Rochelle (I), and Sydney Adedemola (II). For Sachdev and Cornwell, the project has been an opportunity to collaborate with those who have inspired them at Milton as well as play together because, according to Sachdev, music is what brought her and Cornwell together. Sam Audette (I) and Johanna Ebers (I) are also producing and collaborating on
Menaka Sachdev (I) and Eliza Cornwell (I) rehearse for their senior project.
a film. Like Menaka’s, this movie includes appearances from fellow Milton students and faculty, such as Nick Maragos (I), Mary Brown (I), Sam Barrett-Cotter (I), Jimmy Haddad (I), Upper School Principal Mr. Ball, and Headmaster Mr. Bland. Audette’s interest in directing stems from his background in acting. Audette thought it would be interesting to try something different and work from a new perspective behind the camera. He says that it has been “difficult and fun to work with so many talented actors.” Lillie Simourian (I), captain and key attacker for Mil-
ton’s Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team, is coaching middle school lacrosse along with teaching first grade, and helping out in PE classes in the Lower School. Simourian picked her project because she hopes to teach and coach when she is older. She says her project has taught her to “be flexible and go with the flow,” since the first graders are sometimes rambunctious. The project has been particularly rewarding for her because she gets to watch students conquer material and reach the “aha moment,” as she calls it. She has also seen her coaching positively affect the middle
school lacrosse team’s attacking end. Simourian has grown as a player through her time coaching because she can see the game from a new perspective. Her project has confirmed her desire to become a teacher and coach in the future. Although senior projects require a lot of planning, time management, and hard work, they are ultimately rewarding and a lot of fun. Projects are annually presented to the community in the last week of school so Class I students can share the knowledge they have all gained in the past month.
Baccalaureate Dinner: One Last Night for Seniors By Hannah Hoffman ‘15 News Editor This past Monday evening at 5 o’clock, the Class of 2013 gathered together to attend one of Milton’s long-standing traditions: the Baccalaureate Dinner. The event concluded the seniors’ high school careers in order to give seniors one more moment together. The occasion began in King Theatre for performances and ended in the RSG for dinner. Students presented their advisors with cards as a thank you for the dedication these teachers have given their advisees over the past few years. The variety of performances, always the favorite aspect of the event, truly exhibited the diverse talents of this senior class. Sage Warner, Menaka Sachdev, Eliza Cornwell, Adam Rochelle, Nelson Barrette, Nicole Achaempong, Jordan Quintin, Liane Thornhill, and Brittany Lee all performed at Baccalaureate Dinner.
One of the most memorable performances was Osaremen Okolo’s (I) speech, entitled “Our Memories, Our Milton.” Osaremen interviewed many of her classmates regarding their memories of their time at Milton, accumulated these memories into a written piece, and performed the reflections for her entire grade to hear. Most students forget about this tradition by their senior year; however, at the end of freshman Health class, all students write a letter to themselves that are sealed and stored until their Baccalaureate dinner three years later. The opening of the Health class letters was very exciting for the seniors. Many noted that their letters did not contain much, just a mention of their favorite song or senior crush, but that it presented them with a moment to reflect on how they have changed over their years at Milton. Seniors unanimously agreed that this dinner was,
though slightly melancholy, a great way to commence their week of saying farewell to and leaving behind their classmates, their teachers, and their
high school years. Josh Ellis (I) says,“It was fun to see all my classmates perform one last time, and it was great thanking the faculty for all they’ve
done for us over the years. I’d say that it’s something seniors should look forward to.”
Anna Zhang (I), Daniella Colombo (I), and Danielle Cahoon (I) attended the Baccalaureate Dinner.
At the core of the SGA are good intentions; everything the SGA does is for the ultimate goal of bettering the school, making it a safer and healthier place and a closer community. How successful is the SGA in accomplishing these goals? Overall, the SGA arguably has a meaningful impact on the school. The freshman grade’s representatives have been, by consensus, particularly effective in their attempts to communicate the student body’s ideas to SGA. Posts to the conference and announcements during assemblies about open SGA meetings and opportunities for students to voice their opinions have been innumerable. The SGA puts in a lot of effort in order for students’ voices to be heard. It does everything it can to put some of the power into the community’s hands; whether we accept this responsibility or not is our own choice. At the very least, the freshmen feel like they can have their voices heard. If we choose to take advantage of these opportunities, our ideas and plans, like movie nights and class trips, can come to fruition and make our high
school experience at Milton Academy more enjoyable. Ultimately, the power of the SGA is determined by how much the students push for action. However, the SGA has little independence in carrying out its policies. While the SGA’s faculty advisors give the representatives meaningful advice, they also temper
all of the SGA’s actions with the influence of the administration. The SGA has a decent amount of freedom in planning one-time events, but its liberty largely stops there. The SGA can initiate plenty of great ideas, but ultimately cannot make any substantive changes to an administration controlled community.
Though the SGA isn’t perfect and some of their actions are highly debated amongst the Milton Academy community, on the whole, it does a very good job of making Milton a safer, happier, and better place.
Head Monitors Liam White (II) and Cameron Park (II) lead Self-Governing Association.
Spoiled Apple: Corporation Pays Reduced Tax By Hari Patel ‘15 Opinion Editor Last week, an investigative committee in the United States Congress found that Apple Inc. had used tax avoidance schemes to get around paying billions of dollars to the government. While the company did not technically break any laws, it employed schemes that resembled some of Mitt
Romney’s tricks to avoid paying his “fair share” throughout his career. As the investigation of Apple came to light, members of Congress, particularly Senators Carl Levin of Michigan and John McCain of Arizona, were outraged over this iconic company’s “cheating the nation” out of tax revenue. However, Apple CEO Tim Cook testified before the Sen-
A crowd gathers outside an Apple Store.
ate’s permanent subcommittee on investigations and staunchly defended the company’s tax policy. He declared that the company pays non-U.S. tax rates only on profits it made outside the United States, that Apple pays every single dollar of the taxes it owes, and that Apple does not rely on tax “gimmicks” or on shifting intellectual property overseas. In his much quoted testimony, he said, “We not only comply with the laws, but we comply with the spirit of the laws.” Free-market supporting senators, such as Rand Paul, advocated for Cook, and some even attempted to defend Cook for the company’s attempts to save money and increase its budget. The case of Apple’s totally legal tax avoidance methodology does not point to any wrongdoing on the part of the company’s employees. As a company in the free market, Apple logically pays the least amount of taxes it can to maximize its profits and increase funding for product development and advertising. However, the existence of these wrongful “loopholes” suggests Congress’ systemic failure to develop proper tax legislations rather than
any failure on Apple’s part. Rand Paul correctly suggests that Apple did not act maliciously. In the intensely competitive tech markets of today, a company the size of Apple cannot afford to waste any money on paying avoidable taxes. By definition, a publically-owned company in the free market like Apple has an obligation to minimize costs and maximize revenue in order to produce the highest possible profit. If senators are suggesting that companies should not take advantage of loopholes that they wrote into the books, they clearly lack an understanding of America’s free market system. Further, senators should not call CEOs before Congress who have done nothing to break the law. The legislature creates the law, and if lawmakers believe that tax laws are not working, they hold the responsibility to craft legislation that can improve the effectiveness of our tax laws. Obviously, the Senate has proven to be incompetent at tackling tax reform and, instead of making meaningful progress, has chosen to whine about how corporations are taking advantage of the current sys-
tem. If senators think that attacking companies’ legal practices will solve the nation’s tax problems, they need to take a long, hard look in the mirror. Another important point to examine is Apple’s positive influence on society in the United States. Apple is a source of national pride and is one of the world’s most respected companies. If the United States government does not want to have the company here, then it should feel free to create conditions such that it will leave. However, a company with a proven track record of integrity, respect, and American ingenuity should be given the respect it has earned. If senators want businesses that operate within the United States to pay more tax, they need to change the tax laws themselves. If this nation continues to have a Congress at conflict with a functioning corporate America, a Congress so incompetent that it does not know it needs to solve its own problems, our national economic strength will be imperiled.
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Top Ten Reasons To Be Late To Graduation 10. Still trying to get your senior project passed. 9. Decided to act on your “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” resolution. 8. Buying Bermuda shorts for the new dress code next year. 7. Searching for “Where would you be in 20 years?” in your yearbook. 6. Finally passed out from the 8 month junior year cleanse. 5. Still upset that the Leafers lost Game 7. 4. Drove to Sutton Academy instead of Milton Academy. 3. Traffic. 2. Pondering ways to get kicked off SNL. 1. Chatting with a faculty member in a liquor store.
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The Benefits of Relaxing at Milton By Eliza Scharfstein ‘16 Opinion Writer Classes at Milton Academy have both benefits and disadvantages. While Milton relates educational material to students’ everyday life, and makes even classically boring subjects interesting, its riveting classes come with an extremely heavy workload. It is not surprising that after arriving home from a day packed with classes, clubs, and activities, many students find themselves overwhelmed and stressed from the piles of homework. I cannot count the times that I have returned home and got started on a couple of assignments yet found it difficult to stay focused on my work. I know that I am not the only one facing these struggles. How, then, can we Milton students finish our homework when there is so much? The answer lies in relaxation. One might think that he or she does not have the time to relax, due to the enormous workload just waiting to be completed. However, a small, short break can refocus and rejuvenate. For me, relaxing is grabbing a snack, taking a shower, or going for a run. But these
strategies are not the only ways to escape from the stress of Milton. Olivia Atwood (I) requires a different kind of break to destress and says that she likes “to read books--especially comic books… I also like to jump on my family’s trampoline and just sit in the Stu and do nothing with friends.” This complete dichotomy of schoolwork and down time, she says, causes her work productivity to “definitely increase.” We are not the only two who think that breaks are important; studies have validated this theory. According to an article by Cara Stein on workawesome.com, in a study reported in Cognition, experimenters addressed this theory of taking an occasional break. They gave people a task to complete: to distinguish if a line is short and long on a computer screen. When the subjects worked on the test for forty minutes straight, their results often decreased in quality as the time elapsed. However, the quality typically did not decrease when subjects were given three short breaks throughout. The only plausible explanation, it seems, is that these breaks are neces-
ning of the summer. For some, summer is a time for relaxation; for others, it’s a season for internships. Though interning is quite common for high school students, the purpose of an internship often varies.
By Aeshna Chandra ‘16 Opinion Writer Last year on September 11th, Islamic militants in Benghazi, Libya attacked American diplomatic compounds in a pre-meditated and symbolic act of terrorism. Both the U.S. and Libyan governments responded with grief for the slain American diplomats and condemnation for the ter-
rorists. However, the Obama administration -- notably former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton -- is still accused of having a “move along, nothing to see attitude” and for attempting to keep the events in Benghazi under wraps. Bringing up the issue to solve security problems at overseas compounds and to ensure that such an attack doesn’t happen again
is extremely necessary. The criticism of the Obama administration was mostly from Republicans aiming to undermine Clinton, who many people believe could have become the 2016 Democratic Party presidential nominee if she had acted differently during the Benghazi crisis. In a time of such confusion, the administration must solidify its stance
Victoria Parker (II), Chandler Quintin (II), and Nora Kohli (II) relax outside the student center.
sary for our brain to refocus. In his book, Spark, John Ratey of Harvard Medical School shares the benefits of exercise on decreasing stress and strengthening mental capacity. In other words, exercise is a great method of regaining energy and refocusing when the workload begins to pile up.
Although the research shows that taking a break is important, Olivia emphasizes the importance of taking an actual break, saying that “half- working, half-relaxing doesn’t work for me.” Facebook chatting with friends while trying to write a history essay is probably not the
The general consensus among students is that an internship looks good on a college application and displays interest in a particular field of study in which one might major in college. However, more im-
Justin Lamere (I) prepares for his upcoming summer internship.
portantly, a high school summer internship should provide a meaningful learning experience for the student in the profession which he or she may want to pursue. Internships, through hands-on experiences or shadowing of experts, help many students have an idea about what direction they want to go into. While specific electives at Milton give students the opportunity to discover and learn about which subjects they are passionate, an internship provides one with professional experience and, in a way, acts as an indicator about whether a career is right or not. Almost half of employers prefer to see internships on a student’s resume, says College Parents of America, as this background gives an employer reassurance about hiring someone who has experience in that specific field. While some people consider the objective of a summer internship in high school to be for a college application, the importance of the work lies in the internship’s meaning on the student’s life. As opposed to rewarding superficial internships, most universities are “ultimately looking
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best idea, nor is watching TV while working on a lab report. Relaxation time needs to be separated from work time. So next time you have writer’s block or simply don’t understand your complex math homework, take a quick break and you see the positive effect of a re-energized mind!
Students Prepare for Summer Internships By Madeline Barnes ‘16 Opinion Writer For at least one day every year, Milton Academy students are all simultaneously happy: graduation, a celebration which marks the end of the school year and the begin-
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for students that will prosper in the real world,” says college preparatory website College Explorer. On one hand, while an internship’s appearance on an college application might make one stand out from the rest of the applicants, it does not guarantee that a student will be successful at whatever they choose to do in college or their chosen field of work. On the other hand, the internship can help a student make a more informed decision about which career one might like to pursue. With graduation rapidly approaching, summer internships, though not mandatory, should be strongly considered as a way to spend part of your summer. Taking the initiative to engage in some sort of internship will not only assist you in choosing your future job, but also give your future employer the peace of mind that you bring a handson understanding of your profession to your work.
President Obama addresses country regarding incidents in Benghazi.
on the Benghazi attacks and stand by their actions to display an image of competence. Although she is no longer Secretary of State, Clinton, should she choose to run for president in 2016, could win her own party’s nomination by a landslide. However, any potential campaign has undoubtedly been damaged by these events. In September, during the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks, many Republicans argued that Clinton was not aggressive enough and failed to prevent an event that could have been stopped. She was then placed under review by the Administrative Review Board, where she voiced her evident dissatisfaction with being “removed” from the case. Both the media and US citizens share her frustration at being held back from doing her job by a trivial review board. Clinton should have stood behind her actions more strongly and defended her decisions, which were based on the information she had at the time. Similarly, the federal government must solidify its thoughts on Benghazi to lay out a clear plan that can prevent an attack of similar caliber from occurring again. Despite Obama’s announcement that the government is trying to locate and link the attackers to various terrorists groups,
critics question why, even 9 months later, it still lacks an objective plan. Furthermore, opponents of the government’s handling of Benghazi discuss how the government’s disorganization led to evident signs of danger to slip under the radar, signals that hinted at the attacks even before they happened. Had a more definitive plan been in place, the likelihood of the attacks’ prevention would have been much higher. However, since no logical strategy was proposed despite the clear demand for a plan, the government needs to clarify its expectations, changes, and hopes for the future. Benghazi happened 9 months ago. But now, no one can do anything but talk about what should have happened as opposed to what did happen. Yet in place of mentioning what the administration should have done better, both political parties and all members of the Obama administration should devise a future plan where preemptive actions are taken against such attacks. Using the assaults as an educational tool to plan for defense against future threats is the only way to move forward from these attacks in a safe and more prepared manner.
Senior Spotlight: Artist Kirby Feagan By Emma Martin ‘15 A&E Writer Among the many talented artists in the class of 2013, Kirby Feagan (I), is a true standout in the visual arts. Her art, including works titled Skin Deep, Alive, Girl in the Glass Box, Escape, The Heat, The Man, Pulchritude, and The Nature of Competition are mesmerizing and captivating due to Kirby’s uncanny ability to create detailed, life-like pieces. Before Milton, Kirby had a great deal of experiences, attending camps where she tried many different categories of visual art: drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry making, sewing, and even set design. Upon her arrival at Milton, Kirby further developed her skills and created some of her finest works of art. Although she tested many different styles, genres, and mediums, Kirby became passionate about colored pencil. She loves the color and detail that the pencils allow, and chose this tool to create many of her works in her senior year portfolio.
Of all the impressive works in Kirby’s senior portfolio, her favorite piece is The Nature of Competition. Not only is The Nature of Competition a mesmerizing drawing of a ball made of human faces morphed together, it is also relevant in society. Though a bit eerie and twisted at first sight, the drawing reveals the truth that in life, there is no way for one person to be on top without another person being on the bottom; Kirby likes that she has been able to develop the style of “magic realism” and convey strong social messages through these “realistic portrayals of unrealistic situations.” Asked about the secret to a perfect work of art, Kirby credits her patience and attention to detail that help her focus for hours at a time on her works. Her perfectionism is very obvious in her works, as she “won’t stop working until the piece looks perfect to [her].” Next fall, Kirby will head off to study at UCLA’s School of the Arts and Ar-
chitecture. She will continue to draw but also combine her interest in art and film, specifically within animation, set design, and art production. Before she graduates, Kirby has some advice for other aspiring artists: “Take time to
try out many different styles, subjects, and mediums as you can. It’s important to know what you like, what you’re good at and what you’re passionate about, and it’s equally as important to know what you don’t like and what doesn’t
work as well. I didn’t really discover my passion for art until my senior year when I began my portfolio, but I never would’ve gotten here without years of trial and error.
Talented artist Kirby Feagan (I) works on one of her pieces.
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The Great Gatsby Dazzles Audiences
Senior Spotlight: Pianist Adam Rochelle
By Kate Higgins ‘15 A&E Editor The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s visually stunning take on the beloved Fitzgerald novel, arrived in theaters on May 10, 2013. This blockbuster, which has already made over one hundred million dollars in the box office in the United States alone, has a starstudded cast, which includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher. Luhrmann’s remake pairs the original plot of the timeless love story with over-the-top costumes and a modern soundtrack. Flapper dresses? Check. Feathered headpieces? Check. Long chunky necklaces? Check. As expected, the clothes stayed true to the extravagant and flamboyant styles of the 1920s. The film’s costume director, Catherine Martin, enlisted the help of Prada, Brooks Brothers, and Tiffany and Company for the movie’s wardrobe. In conceptualizing the wardrobe, Prada and Baz Luhrmann aimed for Daisy Buchanan’s style to “show her as the most beautiful and rich woman in the world.” Taking this objective into account, Catherine also put focus on the historical aspect of the film when designing the
By Louisa Moore ‘14 A&E Writer Among the amazing musical talent at Milton, one senior – Adam Rochelle – stands out. A central figure in the jazz ensemble and the Music Editor of Magus Mabus, Adam has displayed his love for music by exploring its many different forms and sharing it with others. Adam started his musical career twelve years ago with classical piano lessons. Five years into his classical training, he switched to jazz; from there, he was hooked. With jazz, he says, “music became a lot more fun for me.” Since then, Adam’s command of instruments has increased impressively. He started playing the saxophone six years ago (he had about a year of lessons) and only went on to teach himself to play guitar, bass, and drums when he entered Milton. Naturally, when Adam came to Milton as a freshman, he immediately joined the jazz ensemble. With the group, he has gone twice on the South Africa tour, a trip that runs every other year. He finds the “improvisational focus in jazz…really interest-
fabulous costumes. Take one of Gatsby’s ties, for example. She refused to put DiCaprio in a tie made of synthetic fabric because synthetics, in fact, did not exist until the 1940’s. Her fastidious decision to the material of the tie, something that most likely would have gone unnoticed, illustrates the film’s attention to detail and respect for the historical context of the classic novel. Not all audience members, however, appreciated the glitz of the costuming. Many fans of the book maintain that the modern cinematography, soundtrack, and costumes dilute the theme and power of the original work. “I thought the costumes were a distraction from the plot,” said Tucker Hamlin (I). “They overshadowed the storyline of the movie.” Shira Golub (II) agreed, saying, “the extravagance of the costumes and scenery made it difficult for me to fully appreciate the authenticity of the plot.” Most viewers agree that Baz Luhrmann’s movie plot stuck relatively faithfully to the plot of the novel, with a few details missing here or there. Ms. Polk, who offered her American Literature class of juniors the opportunity to see the movie, said that while “the
Leonardo Dicaprio stars in the movie adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
overall plot was the same,” she prefers the book because she “loves the language” of it. That being said, she did admit that “the movie captured the cruelty and sadness of the book well, and the actors gave great performances.” Catherine Zhu (II), a member of Ms. Polk’s class, agreed with her teacher, saying that “Carey Mulligan was absolutely phenomenal.” As for the stupendous soundtrack, Beyonce, Fergie, Jay-Z, Lana del Rey, will.i.am, Kanye West, and Florence + The Machine are just a few big names to appear on the track list. One of
the most memorable tunes is Emile Sande and the Bryan Ferry Orchestra’s remake of Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love,” adding a trombone that throws the audience right back into the 20’s. It is hard to tell that this swinging, upbeat piece is merely a cover of the pop sensation’s 2003 hit single. Mary Ellis (II), who attended the movie with her English class, said that the soundtrack was “unexpected, but it worked.” Luhrmann said, of the modern soundtrack, “we’ve got to get the audience to feel how it must have felt to hear jazz for the first time at a party. You
need to feel how scintillating, extraordinary, new and dynamic these things were; there needs to be a frisson of the new for people to actually understand what it was really like to be there in the Twenties.” Luhrmann’s brilliant work, subverting the classic ‘20s imagery of the novel, just goes to show how timeless this love story truly is. Generations of readers have enjoyed The Great Gatsby since it was published in 1925, and, evidenced by the success of the movie, the same high regard for the story clearly lives on today.
Senior Spotlight: Dancers Hayley Fish and Isabel Wise By Kat Fearey ‘14 A&E Writer During their time here at Milton, Hayley Fish (I) and Isabel Wise (I) have become integral members of the Performing Arts department and its strong dance program. They have spent an enormous
amount of time in the dance studio, working on countless numbers for many different productions. Both consider their four Winter Dance concerts to be highlights of their time here. Although Isabel does concede that the work and long days can be difficult, “the
Isabel Wise (I) performs her original choreography in Dance Concert
reward of a cheering, hollering, and applauding audience at the end makes all the hard work and long days worth it.” Not only do these girls dance in a variety of productions, but they also choreographed many of their own dances in their junior and senior years, a challenge that added a whole new element to the experience for the girls. At Milton, the Performing Arts department grants room for creativity to all of its students, affording them the opportunity to take an idea and turn it into a reality. Haley enjoyed the flexibility Milton gave her, saying she was “able to do anything I imagined. I chose who I wanted to be in my dance, how they danced, what they wore, what lighting was used.” Hayley and Isabel were also captains of the dance team at Milton. They perform twice a year, once at the pep rally in the fall, and once at the Nobles day basketball game. Isabel describes these dance team performances as perhaps the hardest production she has done. “The gym floors we dance on and the lack of re-
hearsal time we have before the performances, especially the basketball game performance, pose a great challenge.” The Nobles Day basketball game takes place right during the height of Dance Concert rehearsals, making balancing their time and learning a new dance extremely hard. However, these girls take every opportunity to choreograph and perform their own dances. Throughout their Milton careers, as the girls have grown from freshmen to seniors, the Performing Arts department has changed and challenged them. Their roles have shifted from participating as two of the few freshman involved in Dance Concert to heavily influencing and leading the production. “From freshman year to now my senior year, I have become a better dancer and now a choreographer, something that has been incredibly rewarding,” says Hayley. The Performing Arts department, especially Kelli Edwards, has pushed the girls to step outside of their comfort zones, working and performing in dances of styles they aren’t quite as
familiar with. Isabel says that “Kelli has questioned and pushed me as a choreographer, encouraging me to think about how my choreography looks on other dancers, how my movement portrays my story, and how my music relates to my story.” The Performing Arts department and many of its members have been key figures in the girls’ lives on campus. “The Performing Arts Department values each student as an individual artist and tries to make every student’s vision come alive on stage,” says Hayley. Isabel adds how thankful she is to the department for allowing her to “grow as a dancer, choreographer, artist, and student, and [she] doesn’t think she could be where [she] was without the amazing experiences the department gave [her].” She continues, explaining that she has “made some of the greatest relationships with faculty and peers through dance concert.” Both girls will be greatly missed next year, leaving large shoes for next year’s seniors to fill.
ing,” so he has tried to involve himself in it as much as possible at Milton and outside of school. At Milton, besides living in the jazz wing of Kellner, Adam received the position of Magus Mabus Music Editor. This job was created last year to relieve the Magus EditorIn-Chief of the responsibility of running Beatnik open mic nights. Taking on this responsibility came easily to Adam as he is no stranger to Beatnik, having performed at every one during his time at Milton. Since taking the position at Magus Mabus last spring, Adam has expanded the music board and created more opportunity for Milton students to share their music. As Music Editor, he has “developed the Magus CD concept and created a whole staff of people that will use their combined talents to make these things even better next year.” Adam’s musical endeavors do not stop there. A frequent performer at morning class assemblies, he would play “random songs [he] learned just the night before or improvise altogether.” For his senior project, he was writing songs for people and genres he
had never explored before. He even has a band, Centre St., in which he sings and plays keyboard with Johnnie Gilmore (II) on bass, his brother Sam Rochelle (IV) on drums and vocals, and Sam Baler of Holliston High School on guitar and vocals. Over the summer, Adam is a Counselor In Training at the Charles River Creative Arts Program, where
he can share his love for music with younger musicians. Adam’s enthusiasm for his own practicing and performing is clear, and his teachers have certainly picked up on it. Many see that he is, in the words of his English teacher, Mr. Fricke, “a musician first.” His advisor, Mr. Pratt, can tell that many “hours of every day [go into] thinking about
music.” Of course, he has received many accolades from the music department. Mr. Sinicrope, his jazz teacher, calls him “wonderfully generous” and a “vital member” of the Milton jazz ensembles. His teachers see his dedication, easiness, creativity, and talent. Adam will surely be missed next year, but he has left his musical legacy here.
Adam Rochelle (I) sings while playing the piano.
American Idol and The Senior Spotlight: Alé Gianino Voice: A Comparison By Faith Pang ‘15 A&E Writer American Idol is the original and arguably the most famous televised talent competition, taking skilled amateurs and turning them into stars. The success of American Idol has even inspired many countries around the world to create their own version of Idol with the audience’s votes determining the winner.
and loud; Randy’s catchphrases are extremely repetitive; Mariah [Carey] doesn’t have it in her to say anything bad about the contestants … The only capable judge is Keith Urban, and it is a pity that he is getting fired as well...” While American Idol suffers a ratings slide, a new, popular singing competition has emerged. In 2011, The Voice aired its first season and
Alex Yu (III). In addition, the show’s winners also make little impact on the music world. Have any singers from The Voice charted on iTunes Top 10 list? In contrast, American Idol’s stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Phillip Phillips, David Cook and David Archuleta have all had hit songs that have sold successfully in not only America but around the world.
“Ratings for American Idol have declined in recent years, and many longtime fans find the current season to be disappointing.”
After Kelly Clarkson claimed Idol’s first season in 2003, she quickly emerged as one of America’s preeminent pop stars. However, ratings for American Idol have declined in recent years, and many longtime fans find the current season (Season 12) to be disappointing. Many named the unlikeable, dismissive judges as the main reason for the show’s slow demise. Tiara Sharma (IV) reports, “Nicki Minaj is over-the-top
awarded its grand prize to Javier Colon. This show differs from American Idol in that The Voice, as its name suggests, focuses primarily on vocal ability rather than performance. Its judges face the audience, turning their chairs to face the singer only when they are drawn to “the voice.” However, some believe that the show focuses too much on its judges, which makes the outcomes “predictable,” according to
Although The Voice may be a feel-good, entertaining show at the moment, it will not last, and American Idol will remain a classic. The high-profile success of many American Idol winners suggests that with slight changes the show can bounce back from its slump and retain its longevity.
By Davis Tantillo ‘15 A&E Writer At Milton, many students get the opportunity to perform in various capacities – whether it be singing in an a cappella group, acting in a play, or performing in one of the dance concerts, to name a few. Even with so many participants, some performers truly stand out. When Alé Gianino, known for her beautiful voice, takes the stage, she puts a smile on everyone’s face. People most often heard Alé sing at Milton with Octet, one of Milton’s all-female a cappella groups. As a co-head, she worked closely with Ms. Mundinger to choose songs and arrange parts. A great deal of work goes into each a cappella performance, and most of this work is done by the student leaders, even when they are not taking the lead on a song. Her presence and dedication to Octet will be hard to replace and will certainly be missed. Alé also sings with the Milton Academy Chamber Singers, whose alto section she helped to learn difficult parts. While others may have
become frustrated with the difficult music, Alé is always determined to learn it to the best of her ability, as well as share her knowledge with other members of the group. While her natural voice is beautiful, it is accompanied by an incredible drive to work hard to further improve and push herself to the highest level possible. This spirit encourages others to do the same and is possibly her greatest gift to the performing arts department. In addition to singing, Alé is also an actress, as she has been an important cast member in two musicals at Milton: Chicago in 2011 and this spring’s production, City of Angels. In these productions, Alé effortlessly blended her acting and singing skills, making these performances a pleasure to watch. The passion she puts into both her singing and acting makes her performances fun to watch and truly inspiring. The performing arts department will miss her greatly!
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Blood, Sweat, and Beards: Bruins Playoff Run By Jeremy Gross ‘16 Sports Writer The Boston Bruins have a shot at winning one of the greatest trophies in all of professional sports, the Stanley Cup. The Bruins’ desire to repeat their 2011 playoff run and win the Cup for the second time in three years is clear from their gritty, intense, “blue-collar” style of play. Almost every Boston fan set high expectations for the Bruins as they entered this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. In a series preview of the first-round Bruins vs. Maple Leafs series, ESPN.com analyst Scott Burnside, wrote that he “still believes in the Bruins’ ability to rediscover the old Bruins.” Although most expected the series to be a hard-fought battle, the Bruins were the favorites to pull out a victory. In accordance to the predictions of many analysts and
fans, the Boston-Toronto series turned out to be a true nail-biter. Much hype surrounded former Bruin and current Toronto forward, Phil Kessel, and current Bruin, Tyler Seguin, for whom Kessel was indirectly traded. In Game 1, the Bruins dominated and defeated the Leafs with a final score of 4-1. In Game 2, however, the Leafs struck back, defeating the Bruins 4-2 in Boston. In Game 3, despite playing on the road, the Bruins fought hard and defeated the Leafs once again by a score of 5-2. A suspenseful game four took place in Toronto. Both teams came to play and showed a strong desire to win. After thirteen minutes of overtime hockey, Bruins forward David Krejci scored his third goal of the night, landing a hat-trick to win the game for his team. Both teams played ideal playoff hockey throughout the series: fast-paced, ag-
gressive, and hard-hitting. Knowing that one more loss would result in their getting kicked out of the playoffs, the Maple Leafs rallied back, winning the next two games 2-1 and 2-1. Game 7 was the definition of suspense. By the beginning of the third period, the Maple Leafs had a commanding 4-1 lead, but the Bruins, inspired by Boston Marathon bombings, came back, scoring a goal with eleven minutes left in the game. With about two minutes left, the Bruins pulled their goalie in order to have an extra forward on the ice and scored two straight goals, an incredible feat, to tie the game at 4-4. The Bruins completed one of the most amazing comebacks in NHL playoffs history, with long-time Bruin, Patrice Bergeron, scoring the gamewinning goal just six minutes into the overtime period. In round 2, the Bruins
Shawn Thornton lays a hit on Rangers’ Ryan McDonagh.
took on the New York Rangers – a strong team with a quick goaltender. The Rangers, like the Bruins, were still fatigued from beating the Washington Capitals in seven games in their first round series. The Bruins won the first three games of the series, defeating the Rangers 3-2 and 5-2 at the TD Garden in Boston and 2-1 at Madison Square Garden in New York, and rode strong performances by their three rookie defensemen, especially Torey Krug. Also playing a key part in the series was the Bruins energy line, or “fourth line.” Daniel Paille, Gregory Campbell, and Shawn Thornton provided timely goals and brought energy and effort off the bench when called upon. Sports analysts and fans alike were confident that the Bruins would sweep the Rangers, but when the Rangers beat the Bruins in Game 4, fans were concerned that a repeat of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs would occur, when the Bruins were up three games to none against the Philadelphia Flyers and lost four straight games, losing the series and getting kicked out of the playoffs. Nevertheless, the Bruins defeated the Rangers with continued strong play by Krug and the fourth line, winning the series and moving on to the conference finals, disposing of any last-second doubt. The Bruins are currently up 3-0 against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Eastern Conference #1 seed, which is led by three of the most talented
players in the NHL: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jerome Iginla. Iginla was nearly traded to the Bruins at the trade deadline in April, but went to Pittsburgh at the last minute. The Penguins pose a major threat to the Bruins, with a deadly offense led by Sidney Crosby, arguably the best hockey player in the NHL, and a sharp goalie in Thomas Vokoun. The first two games were all-Bruins, though, as they outscored Pittsburgh 9-1 and took both on Pittsburgh’s home ice. Pittsburgh played with a necessary sense of urgency in Wednesday’s game 3 in Boston, as they tallied more shots, hits, and face-off wins than the Bruins. However, on the back of goaltender Tuukka Rask, the Bruins claimed the victory with a Patrice Bergeron redirection late in the third period to claim a 3-0 stranglehold over the favored Penguins. It will be particularly difficult for the Penguins to shut down the Bruins’ high-power offense and lockdown defense in game four in Boston. The key for the Bruins going forward is to reduce mistakes and turnovers, while capitalizing on power plays, an aspect with which they struggled on Wednesday night. Tonight in Boston, the Penguins have a final opportunity to salvage the Eastern Conference finals. The puck drops at 8:00, so celebrate the end of school while the Bruins and Penguins battle for a berth in the Stanley Cup
Softball Wraps Up Sailing Team Cruises to By Anthony Scurto “14 Sports Writer Milton Academy’s varsity softball team wrapped up their season on last Tuesday at Nobles, falling to the Bulldogs in a hard-fought 3-6 loss. The game resumed after heavy downpours suspended action on Friday, May 25th. The team finished the season once again with a winning record and picked up where last year’s powerhouse left off. This team, poised for success, had 5 seniors returning and numerous other players from the previous season. Captains Delany Flynn (I) and Sophia Tsanotelis (I) led the Mustangs this year both offensively and defensively . Both players had batting averages well over .500, with Flynn at .588 for the season while Tsanotelis had an equally im-
pressive .514 batting average. Combined, these two captains hit 11 home runs. Delaney had 29 runs batted in and also notched 7 homeruns for the Mustangs, while being a mainstay at shortstop throughout the season. Tsanotelis played the hot corner at third base and proved to be a versatile player. She occasionally pitched when the team was in the need of an arm. She led the team through a walk-off thriller versus Lawrence Academy. Anna DiGravio (IV) carried the pitching staff this season. DiGravio, though new to the team, was consistent every time she took the mound. She will be even better next year after all the experience she garnered this year. The team has a number of freshmen and sophomores so this young core of player makes a bright future for the Mustangs.
Success in Milwaukee
By James Maguire ‘15 Sports Writer On Memorial Day weekend, the sailing team had a strong finish to an eventful season, earning second place at the National Invitational Regatta in Milwaukee, WI. Eight sailors left campus early Friday morning to fly to Milwaukee to compete in this National Tournament. The next morning, sailors went down to the Milwaukee Yacht Club to race eight teams from around the nation. The first day was a qualification round for the championships, beginning with one round robin in which every team raced each other team. Milton sailors worked great together, finishing the day with a record of
six wins and one loss, making them the top seed for the championship round. Tampa Jesuit, Mercy McQuaid, and Minnetonka were the other teams in the championship. On Sunday, the final day of the event, Milton went back to the yacht club to race in the championships. This event consisted of two round robins, each team in the championships racing every other team twice. Milton got off to a rocky start, losing their first two races to Tampa Jesuit and Mercy McQuaid. The team seemed like they were back on track when they defeated Minnetonka, but sailors were quickly demoralized again when they lost to Tampa Jesuit again. At this point, it looked as if Tampa Jesuit was going
to win, but Milton did not lose hope. In a pinnacle moment in the second to last race, skippers Nick DiGiovani (III) and Alex King (I) made a strategic play to put Charlie Blasberg (II) in second place, allowing the team to win the race. The team had an incredible end to the day when the three Milton boats finished in first, second, and third. Unfortunately, these last two wins were not enough to hold onto first place. Tampa Jesuit went undefeated in the championships, putting them just one race ahead of Milton. Regardless, Milton sailors were happy to come home with a podium finish as an end to their amazing season.
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Baseball Steps Up to the Plate By Anthony Scurto ‘14 Sports Writer The Milton Academy baseball team, also known as “The Program,” led by Coach Petherick, finished up their season on the wrong side of a heartbreaking, extra-inning marathon versus Nobles, which ended with a walk-off hit that gave Nobles the win at Nash Field. The Mustangs came into the season with a veteran-filled team and high expectations that they most definitely lived up to. The pitching staff had some great surprises this season. Left-handed pitcher Erik Mohl (III) transitioned from being the first lefty shortstop ever in the history of freshman
baseball the year before to a key arm in this year’s rotation. Mohl’s shining moment was a complete game victory versus BB&N. Also, freshman Ryan Allen provided some quality outings including a 4-3 win versus a talented Worchester Academy ball club. Senior captain Jake Farabee picked up where he left off last year and proved to be the ace of the staff this year. Farabee battled with unmatchable intensity every game and gave Milton an emotional edge this season. On the field, captain Josh Ellis (I) once again was behind the plate where he has been stationed for the past four years. Ellis led by example on and off the field throughout the whole
season and had a strong showing at the plate once again. Newcomer Drew Blake (II) managed third base this year, and the sweet swinging lefty provided the lineup with some much-needed power, which was displayed in a 9-1 rout of BB&N on May 18. Ryan Rizzo (I) showed off his speed and athleticism patrolling the outfield throughout the season. In one especially impressive game, he made a clutch, acrobatic catch at St Sebastian’s that helped the Mustangs seal the win. Milton Academy baseball is continuing to improve under the guidance of Coach Petherick and should remain one of the top teams in the ISL for seasons to come.
Drew Blake (II) send a ball over the right field fence.
Girls’ Lacrosse Comes to a Close
Claire Russell (II) and Lillie Simourian (I) share a joking moment after their win at Lawrence.
By Jack Urquhart ‘14 Sports Writer The girls’ lacrosse team ended the season with a record of 4 wins, 11 losses, and 1 tie, winning against Dana Hall, Lawrence Academy, St. Georges, and Exeter. Though known to start off their games slowly, these lacrosse players came back in the second half of these games to earn four wins. Despite suffering many losses, the team is already looking forward to next year and the return of several strong junior leaders. When asked about next year, Maddie Warwick (II), says, “next year is going to be exciting because we are only losing two seniors and we have a lot of recruits coming in that are talented. We have nine rising seniors so
it’s awesome to have so many leaders already on the team for next year.” Of these nine rising seniors, both Claire Russell (II) and Kat Fearey (II) were chosen as New England all-stars. In addition to receiving this recognition, Kat was honored with her placement on the lower New England team along with teammate Cameron Park (II), playing in a large tournament during Memorial Day weekend in Pennsylvania. These upperclassmen leaders along with several talented freshman including Cassie Warwick (IV), Madeline Murphy (IV), Avery Park (IV), and Anne Malloy (IV) not only look to make an impact for next season, but for many seasons to follow.
Boys Tennis Finishes Strong By Caroline McCammond ‘16 Sports Writer The 2013 Boys’ Varsity Tennis season was filled with challenges that proved how committed and resilient the boys are, as they finished with a winning record of 8-7. The team was composed of returners, captain Alexander Lauretti (I) and Chris Kim (I) and welcomed many newcomers including Julian Lauretti (I), Will Mixter (I), Spencer Gray (I), Alexander Lee (II), Jaspar Liang (II), Andy Hahm (III), Alex Vivado (III), and Neil Taneja (III). With so many new players, the boys knew they had their work cut out for them. The team started off the
season with a tough loss against a non-ISL Dexter team. Not letting this result deter them, the team executed flawlessly against Rivers, shutting the Red Wings out 15-0. St. Sebastian’s was a particularly important test for the team because of a hard loss in the previous season. This time, they turned the tables and pulled out the bitterly foughtfor win. Even better, the win marked Coach Michael Duseau’s 100th in Independent School League play. The match was a close one, but it was Julian Lauretti (I) who put them over the top, scoring three points for the Mustangs by winning his singles and doubles matches with team-
mate Jaspar Liang (II). This match exemplified the team’s dedication and high level of play throughout the season. In one of their last matches of the season, the tennis team played against rival Nobles and Greenough. It was a tough match, as the boys left the court with a loss of 5-10. However, the team gave its all and the doubles team of Chris Kim (I) and Andy Hahm (III) had an exceptional win. This season was filled with both wins and losses, but the team demonstrated a lot of grit. No doubt next season they will start out stronger and more determined than ever. Coach Duseau with Alex Lauretti (I)
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Boys’ Lacrosse Rebuilds By Jack Urquhart ‘14 Sports Writer The boys’ lacrosse team ended the year with a 3-12 record in a especially talented ISL year, grabbing wins against St. Georges, Lawrence Academy, and BB&N. The boys’ record does not fully demonstrate just how competitive these contests were, as three of the team’s losses were decided by one goal. After losing many seniors last year to collegiate athletics, the team saw this season as a rebuilding year. Although down eleven seniors for next year, the team still has a bright future. Luckily, both offensive and defensive MVPs, Jack Cahill (II)
and Chad Malinowski (II), are returning for next season. When asked about the upcoming season, Malinowski said, “This year we had a lot of potential but never really hit our stride. Although our record was not where we wanted it to be, a lot of younger guys really made key contributions to our team. Sean Brennan (III) and Will Fitzpatrick (IV) really solidified our defense this year and are posed to have breakout seasons next year. On offense, Morty Fearey (IV) showed a lot of potential as well.” With a lot of growing talent in the younger players, the boys’ team is hoping to make a name for themselves next year. At
By Neel Taneja
As spring sports come to a close, it’s time to look ahead to the fall season. All the Milton teams are poised to be serious contenders, and it’s clear that we have phenomenal talent across the board.
Chad Malinowski (II) jukes past a St. Mark’s player.
Golf is Par for the Course
Mike McGee (I) takes a swing.
ISL Kingman Tournament last Tuesday, where the team placed fourth and the top four Milton golfers received scores of seventy-nine, seventy-nine, eighty-two, and eighty-two. Despite a strong performance at ISLs, the teams’ final match of the year against Nobles was the highlight of the season. Milton golf closed out a strong season with a win against the undefeated Bulldogs. After this exhilarating victory, team member Emma Martin (III) says, “Everyone was psyched! We worked hard and earned our win. Every player stepped up.” One player in particular stood out,
After a posting a record of 5–3 this past year, Varsity Football looks to improve its performance this fall. The team looks very strong, with plenty of juniors and seniors looking to give Coach Mac his 8th ISL Championship. Defensive end Andrew Godwin (III) recently said, “Next year should be a great season. We have a lot of veteran football players and a lot of younger talent too.” Co-captained by Drew Jacobs (II), Nelson Thomas (II), Anthony Scurto (II) and buoyed by Justin Yoon’s (III) nationally recognized kicking, the team is sure to bring an electric intensity to the field. The football team will be playing a new schedule this coming season and will look to seriously contend for both the ISL and New England Championships.
winning MVP and captain for next year: Scott Majkowski (II). Despite going into the second to last hole behind his Nobles opponent, he pulled through, playing an amazing two holes to win the deciding game against Milton’s rival. Next year, Sam Procter (II), another strong player, will join Scott as captain. Although the team will lose three valuable seniors, it will still consist of nine talented athletes returning next year. Coach Kane expects big things from the golf team in the near future.
Soccer Although both boys and girls soccer teams are losing key senior players, an excellent group of current sophomores and freshman will definitely help the teams to be able to compete for an ISL championship. After winning a respectable 8 games last year, Varsity Girls’ Soccer looks to take the next step and rise to the top of the ISL. This past year, each player contributed to the team’s great chemistry and flawless teamwork. As far as the Boys’ team, varsity player Jesse Martinez (III), dubbed by his teammates as “the chosen one”, said, “As a team, we are looking for a top 4 finish and certainly have the talent to do it with the help of our Captain, Liam White (II). Next year is looking bright and is certainly going to be fun…we could even become league champs.” The outlook for both soccer teams is positive for next season and looking into the future
Field Hockey After a disappointing loss to Nobles to close the 2012 season, the field hockey squad has a lot to prove. Despite losing senior standouts, Ale Gianino (I) and Ali Gendron (I), this team is loaded with plenty of young talent and veteran leadership, and looks to improve on last year’s 6-win season. Led by rising senior co-captains, Cameron Park and Maura Noone, the team will make a strong bid for the ISL title next season.
Girls’ Tennis Dominates the ISL By Caroline McCammond ‘16 Sports Writer Milton Academy Girls’ Varsity Tennis had a fantastic season this year, boasting a 12-1 record and capping the season as ISL Champions. As a team, they had one of their strongest seasons in recent memory. The team was led to victory by captains Merritt Levitan (I) and Mary Brown (I) and coach Troy Crichlow. Abby Lebovitz (II), Ilve Bayturk (II), Kaitlin Gately (II), Riley Kinney (II), Kendall Hall (II), and Maddie Dewire (IV) all helped make the team the best in the ISL. Dewire described the team as being “very close and supportive on and off the courts.’’ Coach Crichlow also saw how powerful and skilled each player was, especially Dewire, who only lost one match the entire season at both first singles and doubles. The girls lost once all season, to Middlesex in a close
7-8 match. While the match was a tough one, it did not stop the team from continuing its winning pattern against other schools. The girls’ next match was against Thayer, a rival that had not been beaten for years. Winning by the razor thin margin of 8-7, the victory was a huge triumph for the girls. The Thayer match came down to the thirds doubles team of Riley Kinney (II) and Mary Brown (I), who won in a tiebreaker. It was one of the team’s closest matches, and it showed how determined the girls were to go all the way this season and become ISL Champions. The 2013 season was great for the team and Coach Crichlow. The Girls’ Varsity Tennis was composed of very talented players who took control at almost every match. There is no doubt that next season will be just as strong.
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the team banquet this past Sunday, their Coach Simonson stressed the improvements that the team had made this year and the contributions that the senior class has made to the lacrosse program. The 11 seniors accumulated 21 points in their home finale on Dennis Field against BB&N and set a great example every day in practice for the underclassmen. Although this year’s season did not yield an outstanding record, Boys Lacrosse made its spring season very productive and set themselves up for a successful future.
By James Maguire ‘15 Sports Writer Milton golf had an outstanding season this spring. Seniors Liam McNeil (I), Duncan Bowden (I), and Mike McGee (I) led the team to fifteen wins and nine losses, but this amazing record did not come easily. The golf team has practiced tirelessly on its home course, the Milton Hoosic Club, and all its hard work definitely paid off. Milton golfers won many important matches, placing them fourth in the league behind Nobles, Governors, and Belmont Hill. The team went to Concord Country Club to play in the
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Cross Country Under Coach Scott Bosworth, both Cross Country teams are sure to be atop the ISL. Captains Rick Dionne (III) and Charlie Janeway (II) will lead the boys’ team through a successful season. On the girls’ side, multiple All-ISL runners such as Maddie Warwick (II) and Emmy Bosworth (III) will help the team have another fantastic season and hopefully repeat their ISL Championship.
Following a great 2012 season, the Volleyball team hopes to be a serious contender this year. Marina Fleites (III), member of the volleyball team, recently said, “ We have a really strong team and we all have our different strengths. For example, Devon Moehlenkamp (II) can block really well, Jamie Murray (III) consistently hits hard, and Debbie Lee (II) is a great passer and all-around player.” This depth and skill level should help the Volleyball team to another strong season. Abby Lebovitzr/TMM
The Girls’ tennis team, their coach, and their manager celebrate their ISL victory.
Matriculation: Class of 2013
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Nicole Acheampong: Princeton University Jazmine Alicea: Lehigh University Sarah Anderson: Harvey Mudd College Lindsay Atkeson: Tufts University Olivia Atwood: Bowdoin College Sam Audette: University of Chicago Alexandra Aulum-Pedersen: Smith College Sam Barrett-Cotter: Tulane University Nelson Barrette: Harvard University Adam Basri: Cornell Unviersity Amanda Beaudoin: Brown University Martin Bernard: Bowdoin College Tyler Billman: Gap Year, University of Chicago Nick Bland: Cornell Unviersity Jessica Blau: Yale University Kate Bodner: Wesleyan University Oliver Bok: Oberlin College Jeff Bortman: Tufts University Ben Bosworth: Connecticut College Duncan Bowden: Colby College Mary Brown: Harvard University Marjorie Burke: Trinity College Kailey Buxbaum: Colby College Chris Cahoon: Whitman College Danielle Cahoon: Boston College Isabelle Carr: Williams College Brian Cho: Brown University Jonathan Chuang: University of Chicago Scott Cielinski: Rollins College Emma City: Gap Year, Harvard University Sam Clifford: Fairfield University Daniella Colombo: Amherst College Michael Cooke: Trinity College Chimene Cooper: Cornell Unviersity Eliza Cornwell: Bard College Julia Cowen: Pomona College Allie Cullen: Cornell Unviersity Samantha Curran: Wesleyan University Jack Curtin: Johns Hopkins University Nalani Daniels: Northwestern University Anne Deng: Harvard University Clare Dingle: Cornell Unviersity Margaret Draper: Williams College Jonah Dwyer: St. Mary’s University Johanna Ebers: Lehigh University Ali Edwards: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Josh Ellis: Bowdoin College Lydia Emerson: Gap Year, University of Pennsylvania Jonathan Esty: Yale University Jake Farabee: Gap Year, Junior Hockey Kirby Feagan: University of California, Los Angeles Hayley Fish: Cornell Unviersity Delaney Flynn: Colby College Evan Garnick: Columbia University Ali Gendron: Skidmore College Namzey Gentso: University of Massachusetts, Boston Alé Gianino: University of Southern California Ali Golden: Yale University Ellyn Golden: Dartmouth College Tommy Goode: Carnegie Mellon University Andreas Graham: Colorado College
Brown University Cornell University Colby College Harvard University University of Chicago New York University Tufts University Northwestern University Princeton University Wesleyan University Amherst College Bowdoin College Dartmouth Collge Hamilton College Case Western Reserve University Columbia University Johns Hopkins University University of California, Los Angeles Vanderbilt University Yale University Bard College Boston College
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Eva Grant: University of Southern California Spencer Gray: College of the Atlantic Jake Greenberg: Macalester College Jimmy Haddad: Boston College Shun Hagiwara: University of California, Los Angeles Lucie Hajian: Brown University Tucker Hamlin: Hamilton College Andrew Haser: Hamilton College Henry Hays: Emory University Ryan Heath: Deerfield Academy (PG Year) Alycia Hernandez: Howard University Abbie Higgins: Harvard University Chester Holtz: University of Rochester Sarah Hombach: New York University Avery Hutchison: Gap Year, St. Andrew’s University Adele Huughe: Eckerd College Kasia Ifill: Amherst College Yuta Inumaru: Brown University Genevieve Iwanicki: University of Chicago Mallika Iyer: Johns Hopkins University Dan Jagaselvan: Case Western Reserve University Natalie Jones: Amherst College Naavin Karimbux: New York University Alexa Katz: University of California, Santa Cruz Grace Kernohan: Union College Chris Kim: Case Western Reserve University Dan Kim: Emory University Alex King: Vanderbilt University Colin Kohli: Vanderbilt University Kat Kulke: Princeton University Zoe Kurtz: Vassar College Helen Kwon: Washington University in St. Louis Justin Lamere: Colby College Alex Lauretti: Occidental College Julien Lauretti: Colby College Nunu Lawoyin: University of California, Los Angeles Brittany Lee: Gap Year, University of Chicago Terry Lee: Beijing University Merritt Levitan: Colgate University Grace Li: Wellesley College Jessica Li: Harvard University Kevin Lynch: Claremont Mckenna College Kevin Ma: Bowdoin College Nick Maragos: Undecided Erica Mathews: Northwestern University William McBrian: Colorado College John McDonough: Wake Forest University Mike McGee: Fairfield University Julia McKown: Dartmouth College Liam McNeil: Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Jason Mercer: Morehouse College Jeremy Mittleman: Dartmouth College Will Mixter: New York University Cole Morrissette: Wesleyan University Max Motroni: Endicott College Nelson Mugabo: Brown University Billy Murray: University of Miami Ray Nakada: Colby College Oona Newman: Susquehanna University Ike Ngwudo: Dartmouth College
By The Numbers
Colorado College Emory University Fairfield University Kenyon College Lehigh University Morehouse College Trinity College University of Miami University of Southern California University of Vermont Vassar College Washington University in St. Louis Whitman College Williams College American University Beijing University Boston University Bucknell University Carnegie Mellon University Claremont Mckenna College Clark University Colgate University
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The Milton Measure
Max Nikitas: University of Vermont Teddy Nwachuku: University of Chicago John Oda-Gallagher: John Abbott College Osaremen Okolo: Harvard University James Oliver: Tufts University Nick Pagliuca: Duke University Sara Pearce-Probst: Tufts University Charlie Perkins: Vassar College Alex Perry: St. Lawrence College Shannon Peters: University of Georgia Olivia Pincince: Brown University Josh Pomper: University of Miami Kris Powers: Princeton University Jordan Quintin: Rhodes College Elya Reznichenko: McGill University Jesse Rice: New York University Ryan Rizzo: Middlebury College Claire Robertson: Kenyon College Kali Robinson: Amherst College Adam Rochelle: Wesleyan University Ned Rodat: Whitman College Matt Rohrer: Tufts University Charlotte Ross: Queen’s University Dan Rubenstein: University of Chicago Skye Russell: Hamilton College Javon Ryan: Princeton University Anthony Sabitsky: Gap Year, Junior Hockey Menaka Sachdev: Gap Year, Brown University Duncan Sewall: Colby College Mike Sheehan: University of Massachusetts, Amherst Bobby Shepard: Boston University Lillie Simourian: Hamilton College Lizzy Siphron: Kenyon College Jacci Smith: American University Calvin So: New York University Angie Song: Cornell Unviersity Ari Spilo: Washington University in St. Louis Ellen Sukharevsky: Brown University John Sullivan: University of Vermont Matt Sullivan: Clark University Liane Thornhill: Northwestern University Arielle Ticho: Northwestern University Sophia Tsanotelis: Northeastern University Elliott Vorel: Wesleyan University Matrez Wade: Morehouse College Nina Wadekar: Tufts University Charles Wang: University of Michigan Allison Ward: Bucknell University Sage Warner: Bard College Caleb Warren: Johns Hopkins University Victoria Wee: Loyola Marymount University Monique Williams: Columbia University Isabel Wise: Cornell Unviersity Harry Wood: Northwestern University DJ WuWong: Case Western Reserve University Julia Xiong: Columbia University Carina Young: Brown University Tristan Zeman: Vanderbilt University Anna Zhang: Mount Holyoke College Lisa Zhou: New York University Natasha Zuzarte: Skidmore College
College of the Atlantic 1 Connecticut College 1 Deerfield Academy (PG Year) 1 Duke University 1 Eckerd College 1 Endicott College 1 Harvey Mudd College 1 Howard University 1 John Abbott College 1 Loyola Marymount University 1 Macalester College 1 Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1 McGill University 1 Middlebury College 1 Mount Holyoke College 1 Northeastern University 1 Oberlin College 1 Occidental College 1 Pomona College 1 Queen’s University 1
Rhodes College Rollins College Skidmore College Smith College St. Andrew’s University St. Lawrence College St. Mary’s University Susquehanna University Tulane University Union College University of California, Santa Cruz University of Georgia University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Michigan University of Pennsylvania University of Rochester Wake Forest University Wellesley College
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