Graduation Issue Friday, June 10, 2011
Vol. CXVII Num. 2
Novelist and Milton Alumnus Reif Larsen, ’98, Addresses Seniors at Graduation Ben Scharfstein and Seth August Editor-in-Chief, Senior Editor
The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
The cover of The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet
Today, Milton Academy welcomed back novelist Reif Larsen (’98) to speak about his own experiences in hope of lending everyone some helpful advice. At a mere thirty-one years of age, Mr. Larsen has achieved many
laudable accomplishments and wishes to impart the wisdom he has gained from these experiences to the class of 2011. Primarily, Mr. Larsen is a writer. Last year, he published his first book, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, a critically acclaimed novel widely admired for its use of drawings and figures in the margins. The book received praise from Vanity Fair and was called “a treasure” by author Stephen King. The novel follows a twelveyear-old boy living in Butte, Montana on a thrilling journey east towards New York City, where he goes to accept a prize for his mapmaking. The boy, according to Larsen, is not based on the author, but there are still some similarities between the author and the character he created. Larsen first fell in love with the “Wild West” as a young boy when he “went on a couple river trips in Idaho” at the age of twelve. Larsen remembers, “When you’re on a seven or eight day river trip, your whole body starts to synchronize with the pace of
the river. You become pretty in tune with the river, and for an eastern kid like me, it kind of blew my head open.” Years later, Larsen returned to the western United States. In Montana this time, he became obsessed “with cowboys and why we have been so saturated with them in our culture for such a long time, and why sometimes our presidents try to be them.” Through his experiences in the West, Larsen found his muse. “It wasn’t until really a month or two into writing it that I really found the voice of the main character and really figured out he was 12,” said Larsen. The storyteller “started off as a 50 year old drunk narrating the book in retrospect from a French prison.” After “burning” the original story, Larsen hit his stride. When the manuscript was nearly complete, he came upon his original idea to include illustrations. After that, everything fell in place and the publishers came knocking on his door. Like he had done with the illustrations, Larsen was also able to in-
novate on the technological front with an interactive website to accompany The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet. He believes that “every book nowadays needs some website or web presence” and he “think[s] that’s an interesting challenge,” for people who
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Cum Laude Awards
Mr. Ball Finishes a Successful First Full Year as Upper School Principal Gina Starfield Editor-in-Chief
Akanshu Srivastav News Writer
At the beginning of the academic year, David Ball became Milton Academy’s Upper School Principal. From the moment he accepted the position in the spring of 2010, Mr. Ball has welcomed the role and has assumed the responsibility with thoughtfulness, creativity, and care. While Mr. Ball has faced some challenges, students, faculty, Mr. Bloom and Mr. Bland share that his first year has been a resounding success. After graduating from Milton, Mr. Ball obtained an A.B. in history from Princeton University and an A.M. in history from Duke University. He then began teaching at Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, Alabama. He returned to Milton in 1999 and joined the History Department, while also continuing his love for public speaking as the Debate Team coach. From 2005-2010, Mr. Ball served as the Milton Academy Academic Dean. In adjusting to his new position, Mr. Ball’s experience at Milton Academy has been rewarding yet challenging at times. Mr. Bland comments that an internal move to principal from
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Mr. Ball looking pensive at his desk
academic dean is a struggle “because people see you in a certain role and you have to establish yourself in a very different job.” Mr. Ball acknowledges that his biggest test has been to view school issues through the lens of a principal, rather than the lens of an academic Dean. He shares, “I find myself in conversations on the same topics about which I was in conversations last year but now having to think about them in
Education Reform, pg. 3 Alumni Speakers, pg. 5 Graduation Attendance, pg. 6
different ways.” Yet, Mr. Ball has embraced the challenge and his vast experience at Milton has enabled him to evaluate issues from multiple perspectives in order to reach the best possible solutions. Mr. Bland comments that, although establishing oneself in a new role in the same institution can be difficult, Mr. Ball’s transition has “been just natural.” Mr. Bland adds, “It feels like
Retirees, pg. 7 Valedictorian Speakers, pg. 8 Summer Movie, pg. 9
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On Tuesday, May 31st, thirty-four students gathered in Straus Library to collectively celebrate their high academic achievements. In a school whose students often have a reputation for fierce academic competition, these thirtyfour represent the highest caliber of academic achievement. This extraordinary gathering of individuals and the unveiling of the plaque with their names in Cox Library cement them into the highest academic fraternity amongst high school students: The Cum Laude Society. The Cum Laude Society is a nationwide academic fraternity amongst high school students, modeled after the Phi Beta Kappa fraternity in the university system. Their dictum, in Greek, is to celebrate “Areté, Diké, Timé” or in English, “Excellence, Justice, and Honor.” Every spring, seniors with academic excellence receive Cum Laude based on their marks in Class III, II, and the first semester of Class I. A Class II student with the highest grades also receives an award. It stipulates that no more than Continued on page 9
Beatstock, pg. 12 Best Class IV Talks, pg. 12 Summer Plans, pg. 13
Best Sports Moments, pg. 14 Athlete of the Year, pg. 14 Spring Season Recap, pg. 15-17
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Milton Academy Tradition Founded in 1798, Milton Academy is, by its very nature, a school rich in history. We pride ourselves on thirty-year faculty members, students of former students, and century-old buildings. Yet, for all our history, we lack the fundamental traditions that have previously defined the character of our institution. In recent years, we have witnessed the continued decline of numerous Milton traditions. The end of some traditions, from a student’s perspective, has been unclear and controversial. Many feel that, in the past few years, the school has discontinued seemingly harmless, albeit sometimes disruptive, school traditions, such as the beloved senior dog day, senior skip day, unapproved senior pranks, and senior drive by. While many are quick to blame strict school administrators for the abolition of age-old traditions, the monochromatic filter of nostalgia with which we observe the past skews our judgment. We often forget why administrators, protecting the health and safety of students, have stopped these traditions. The Change-Over assembly—when class leadership is passed on to the rising seniors—was ended for several years after a violent Boarder vs. Day Student brawl broke out in the Change-Over of 2007. Senior Skip Day was canceled after much of the senior class chose to spend their day off at a party in Maine. Other traditions simply became outdated and unnecessary. Our From the Archives article (Page 3) illustrates one such tradition—separate graduations for male and female students— that no longer exists. There has always been justification—sometimes petty, sometimes valid—to disallow prior traditions. Yet, by dismantling senior traditions in an attempt to parallel society’s movement towards political correctness and avoidance of legal liability, we have stripped Milton of much of its personality. We, by no means, suggest that Milton should reinstate old traditions simply for the sake of nostalgia. Two years ago, the head monitors tried to restore the once beloved Space Day as part of spirit week with little success; even though Space Day was one of the most anticipated days during the time of teachers such as Mr. Ball and Mr. Heard, students simply did not participate with enthusiasm. In the past few years, students have started new traditions that meet the wants of students and needs of the school. Spirit Week, the week leading up to Nobles Day where students dress up in different themed clothing each day, promotes friendly inter-class competition and breaks up the monotony of the school day. Gotcha, another beloved school wide competition, achieves these same goals. If we cooperate with the administration, we can re-cultivate Milton’s rich history and create new traditions of our own. Gotcha and Spirit Week provide an example of new, unique, and organic traditions, which are, perhaps, more tailored to Milton than simply stereotypical senior privileges. In a few years, dying enthusiasm, overeager students, or changing societal values could bring about the demise of these traditions. Today, however, we, the students of Milton Academy, must carry on these traditions with pride and enthusiasm so we can recover the personality of Milton integral to the atmosphere and character of the school.
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From the Archives 1979: A Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor, I would like to comment on Milton’s practice of separate graduations for the Boys’ and Girls’ schools. Frankly, I find this somewhat baffling. At a school where co-education is supposedly a reality in almost all phases of social and academic life, it seems a curious anachronism to conduct two different ceremonies on two different days. Many students I have talked with here and at other schools—both public and private—are stunned that such a policy could still exist. Separate graduation is a misguided idea—an idea that has become so rigidly built into the system that the community tends to take it for granted. What is worse, an attitude has developed that twin ceremonies somehow maintain the identity and uniqueness of each school. In reality, I think this maintains a gap in school life that can only have a negative effect on total campus integration. Graduation is an occasion when the entire class should be brought together to share in something that is a really special experience for each senior. Student pressure was enough to implement a visiting privileges rule: I am confident that with similar support we can expect action on this issue as well. Sincerely, David Ajemian
In 1979, the Milton Academy boys and girls upper schools still had seperate graduations
Education Reform: A New Idea for an Old Issue Nelson Barette Section Editor On May 24, 2011, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in a 3-2 decision that the State Legislature had reneged on its constitutional obligations by cutting funding for 31 urban school districts. The court’s solution: the state must increase spending on education in those districts by $500 million. This case has generated renewed interest in the condition of the American education system. Unfortunately, the court’s order, like so many other attempts at education reform in the United States, is a doomed stopgap measure. The real solution to the growing problems in the American education system—and all of the other issues which stem from these problems—has more to do with the way we allocate money to schools, and less to do with changes to our system of funding. The myriad of problems with public education in the United States should be clear. The results of the 2010 PISA report, a key barometer for the success of a country’s educational system, put the American students 14th out of 34 nations’ children in reading, 17th in science, and 24th in math. In other words, most other developed countries are outpacing the United States in academic subjects key to an individual’s
and a nation’s success in the 21st century. More than that, the social effects of America’s education stagnation can be extreme, particularly for minority communities. In her 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander cites several disturbing statistics on crime and its social effects, including the following: “A black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery... [also], if you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas have been labeled felons for life. (In the Chicago area, the figure is nearly 80 %.)....They can be denied the right to vote...and... access to education.” The implications of the poverty and lack of education in disadvantaged communities are immense: studies from the University of Wisconsin’s Institute for Research on Poverty have shown empirical links between the income and supportiveness of a child’s family and that child’s performance in school. In the real world, such academic considerations simply make sense; children whose families are without basic human necessities have far too much on their plate to perform well academically. But the relative poverty of cer-
tain children in certain, often urban, areas has another, even more nefarious effect on their quality of education. In the United States, most schools are paid for by local property taxes. Indeed, according to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, “...nearly half of all property tax revenue [is] used for public elementary and secondary education.” This system of funding has what should be an obvious flaw: poor communities can pay far less property taxes than rich ones, and so have less money for school funding. At this point, the State steps in for poor districts; thus, state and local revenue contributes to 92% of public education spending in the U.S. Unfortunately, cash-strapped states under governors like New Jersey’s tax-averse Chris Christie are making deep cuts to local education funding, leaving poor districts to fend for themselves. And where is the federal government? It’s providing 8% of the funding for public education, mostly for special needs students. In short, the Feds are not helping poor districts pay for education comparable to that of their rich neighbors, hence the large socioeconomic and racial gaps in academic achievement from coast to coast. The main difference between the U.S. system and that of other developed nations is where the money
comes from. In most European nations, regional governments are in charge of the particulars of education, but the central government foots the bill. The result: a (usually) more equitable distribution of government funds, and a better education for everyone. The troubled experience of the United States’ locally funded schools highlights the need for a move to a more centralized system of educational funding. In such a system, certain taxes earmarked for education would be collected in Washington, and then distributed to school districts based on the needs of their students. State and Local governments should not lose all power; occasionally, specific local needs require specific local responses. But overall, an improved American education system would see most funding come from the Federal government. A system like the one described above would certainly not alleviate all of the problems of the American education system; issues like teacher independence, curriculum design, diversity, and others will still need to be tackled. In sum however, a more streamlined and logical method of funding America’s public schools will go a long way towards creating a more educated, more motivated, and ultimately more egalitarian society.
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Will Sarah Palin be Able to Take the 2012 Elections? Charles Wang Opinion Writer During the 2008 presidential campaign, first-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gained political stardom and notoriety after John McCain chose her as his running mate. In November, after McCain lost the presidential election, an active “Draft Palin” movement emerged. Ever since the egression of the movement, the American people, especially the American media, have asked: Can Sarah Palin win the 2012 GOP Nomination? It is now 2011 and with the 2012 presidential election on the horizon Sarah Palin has already expressed some interest in running for the presidency of the United States. On February 6th 2010, Fox News asked Palin if she would be running in next year’s presidential elections and she replied, “I would be willing to if I believe that it is right for the country.” She then sparked even more rumors on her candidacy by responding to a similar question, stating, “It’s time that a woman is president of the United States of America.” The odds of Palin declaring her candidacy are very likely, but the more important question is whether or not Ms. Palin stands any real chance of winning the GOP nomination. The short answer: no. Republican candidate from the previous presidential race: Mitt Rom-
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Sarah Palin smiles for the press
ney, former Massachusetts Governor, will compete with the former Alaskan Governor for the nomination. In the 2008 elections, Romney lost the GOP nomination to Senator John McCain in 2008. In a poll last month, Palin had the second highest unfavorable ratings in comparison with other condidates tested. Another poll found that 62% of Americans said they would definitely not vote for Palin. If Palin hopes to even be considered a serious candidate she will have to find a way around these dismal statistics. On the other hand, top Republican strategists are worried that, because of her ability to woo the public, Palin may end up winning the Republican nomination, ultimately causing the
GOP to lose the presidential election. There is some cause to be concerned, as Palin has attracted significant attention from the media and has made public appearances in many states. The public, however, will not allow Sarah Palin to run this country. For her to even be considered a potential candidate for the presidency, there are many things that she will have to learn and change. First of all, Sarah Palin needs to become more knowledgeable about policies. Two and a half years have passed since the last presidential election allowing Palin ample time educate herself about America’s political system, yet she has failed to do so. While she is a smart woman and served very well as Alaska’s gov-
ernor, she is unprepared to assume the rule of the United States President due to her lack of knowledge about world history and foreign relations. Palin will have to spend time studying the political leaders of every foreign country before she gains legitimacy. Palin will also have to learn how to represent our country without embarrassing herself. Some may recall her interview with CBS’s Katie Couric where she stumbled through many of her answers. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s senior campaign strategist and advisor, later reflected on the interview, calling it the “the most consequential interview from a negative perspective that a candidate for national office has gone through.” I predict Sarah Palin will not win the GOP nomination, let alone the presidential election. She has made too many public gaffes that have ruined her image and legitimacy as a potential world leader. She lacks the basic knowledge that a president needs to interact with foreign countries and deal with global issues. The best move for Sarah Palin would be to save herself from the guaranteed loss to Obama during the 2012 election and try again in 2016. Maybe in 5 years she will have improved her reputation and will be a more qualified candidate for the presidency of the United States of America. Only time will tell whether Palin can keep her high position in the nation’s spotlight 2016.
Reflection on Memorial Day and the War in Iraq Liam White Opinion Writer Memorial Day reminds us to respect the dreadful power of war, and the harsh consequences of its use. Certainly, we have to admire the bravery of the men and women of the United States who put their country before their own lives. Who cannot help but think highly of someone brave and strong enough to leave their families and be thrown into the middle of a battle between militaries, cultures, egos, and tempers! However, we must also remember that war has consequences. In seconds, beautiful, lively human beings become corpses lying on the ground, covered with blood and mud. The families of the 4,454 Americans who lost their lives fighting, and the families of the thousands more wounded and emotionally scarred soldiers returning from Iraq can only ask questions: Why did my loved one have to die? Why did the U.S. go to war? Is the war worth the consequences? In truth, the War in Iraq has become something it was never supposed to be. When former president George W. Bush declared war, he aimed to destroy supposed weapons of mass destruction that never actually existed.
This act of disempowerment, he felt, would make a statement about America’s stand against terrorism. On March 20th, 2003, the war began. More than eight years later, no one has found the weapons. In fact, former Sergeant Camilo Mejia, who in 2004 went to prison for refusing to be redeployed, boldly declared that he, “realized that none of the reasons we were told about why we were in Iraq
of the broader War on Terrorism, has since adopted the name Operation Iraqi Freedom. The U.S. had to find a new way to explain why we are invading another country, causing the deaths of innocent civilians, and continuing a costly and brutal war 6,000 miles away from home. We have tirelessly promoted our capture and execution of Saddam Hussein as a turning point in the conflict.
“Part of the reason it has taken so long for us to pull out of Iraq is that our original cause—to eliminate weapons of mass destruction—was never real” turned out to be true. There were no weapons of mass destruction. There was no link between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.” He continued, “We weren’t helping the Iraqi people and the Iraqi people didn’t want us there. We weren’t preventing terrorism or making Americans safer. I couldn’t find a single good reason for having been there, for having shot at people and been shot at.” People should not die for a cause that helps no one. A war once referred to as the principle theatre
The Iraqi people had good reason to hate a government that censored outside information, limited personal freedom, and caused as many as 200,000 deaths of its own people. However, in order to justify our own actions, we quietly disregarded the people who recognized that Hussein used Iraq’s oil resources to make his nation wealthier, created campaigns to make more of his people literate, and ruled a country that lacked the wrenching religious conflicts and insidious terrorism groups surrounding
nations struggled to deal with. The United States has tried to install a democratic government in Iraq run by the people. Why then are we so hesitant to let the Iraqis run their new government independently? Memorial Day reminds us of the people who died fighting for a cause. Part of the reason it has taken so long for us to pull out of Iraq is that our original cause—to eliminate weapons of mass destruction—was never real, and so our present goals are built on a foundation of sand. Despite our questionable actions to this point, we have a chance to better a now unstable nation, even if their instability is our fault. For me, it is simply an issue of pride. With our country’s power, size, and success, Americans have reason to think that, as long as we are in control, we can make things better. At some point, we need to let someone else show that they are ready to take responsibility for their country. 4,454 dead soldiers should know that the cause they fought for not only demonstrated the strength of their own nation, but also truly helped the people of another nation prepare to rule themselves.
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Alumni Graduation Speakers Add a Unique Perspective
Erika Mobley graduated from Milton in 1986; Peter Scoblic graduated 1992; and now, Reif Larsen, Milton Academy Class of 1998. These last three graduation speakers illustrate a recent trend. For several years now, the school’s graduation speakers have been exclusively Milton alumni. Although there are valid reasons for this tradition, there is also something to be said for allowing non-alumni to speak as well. For every successful, inspirational, and funny Milton graduate, there are literally thousands of others who never attended the academy, who could still captivate the audience just as well, if not better. For this reason, some in the community wish to hear the opinions of these speakers at an event as momentous as graduation. Famous
and successful non-alums, such as Bill Clinton, have been some of the most popular and well-remembered commencement speakers. However, for all that these people possess in terms of personal experience, they lack a true understanding of Milton students’ experiences and expectations. Although bringing in speakers who did not attend Milton introduces a plethora of different voices, Milton alumni offer students a more direct view of what life after Milton Academy is like. A Milton alumnus or alumna knows the school well and can better connect to the graduating class. Ms. Everett, Director of the Communications office, described this connection quite clearly when she said of the alumni, “They know what the kids have been through; they know what the culture is like – they have a common bond. So, they start in the same place.” Although the Alumni Relations office handles much of the graduation planning, picking a speaker is a privilege given to the students. A group of seniors choose between Pulitzerprize winning authors, political leaders, and artists of all stripes. Previously, Milton Academy hosted a series of speakers who were not in any way a part of the Milton bubble. However, seniors embarked on a new path when they picked David Lindsay-Abaire, Class of ‘88, as their graduation speaker in 2002.
Choosing our Valedictorians Ilve Bayturk Opinion Writer
Students feel more connected to alumni speakers Nicole Acheampong Opinion Writer
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This choice began a tradition that continues today. Students at the time reported on how refreshing it was to hear from a Milton alumnus. They saw on the podium not a famous but unconnected speaker meant to motivate; rather, they saw someone who had started in the same way that they had, who had then managed to make a name for them self. They saw tangible goals and personal inspiration with a speaker who had a real bond with the Academy. A speaker who is in no way connected to Milton may still deliver an amazing, encouraging speech. Nevertheless, there is something to be said for someone who understands, immediately, the balance of humor, honesty, and celebration that our seniors crave on Graduation Day. Last year, Peter Scoblic spoke to the school about his own incidents – and injuries – on Milton’s quad years ago, the very same quad where students sat that day, citing with witty candor the various locations of his unfortunate accidents. Could a non-Milton speaker entertain the audience? Most likely. But in the end, these speakers would lack the connection that makes a graduation speaker great. Seniors look for someone who has walked in their shoes and Milton alumni are the perfect source.
Though Milton Academy is known for its rigorous academics and bright students, we do not in fact choose valedictorians based on class rank. Instead, every year, the graduation speakers are elected by their peers. Although Milton does not honor the two highest achieving students with the opportunity to speak, we do have methods of honoring high achieving students. Every year, 10-15% of the senior class is inducted into the Cum Laude society. Additionally, the Thursday before graduation features an award ceremony that honors all different types of academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Having the senior class vote for its graduation speakers is a tradition Milton should continue. Choosing its own graduation speakers means being able to have the most memorable, albeit not necessarily the highest achieving, students speak at the graduation ceremony. In a school filled with rules and bureaucracy, electing their own speakers gives seniors the freedom to choose two talented classmates to represent the diversity of their class during the graduation ceremony. The fact that Milton Academy does not have academic valedictorians or announced class rankings maintains the school’s goal of being accepting of students with unique and diverse talents, not just those who excel inside the classroom.
The Conspiracy of the Conspiracies: Why do Americans Love to Mistrust Everything? Stewart Pollock Senior Editor Shortly following the death of Osama Bin Laden, I was browsing CNN.com, as I often do before classes. The front page contained the usual mix of important world affairs and pointless celebrity blather (I was somewhat disturbed to see “Justin Beiber’s new look” was trending above “Libyan Crisis”), and I was about to click away when I saw, in bright blue letters, “Death of the Birthers and Birth of the Deathers”. The article was a short piece, detailing the apparent rise of a new group of conspiracy theorists who believed that Osama bin Laden hadn’t been killed on May 2nd, and that the U.S. government was actually perpetrating a massive conspiracy to hide the truth that he had either died several years ago, or that he remained at large. This was only a few days after President Obama released his long form birth certificate, presumably to put aside any lingering doubts that he had been born in the U.S. Our country lasted a grand total of one week without feeling the need to accuse the government of perpetrating a massive cover up. That is, if you don’t count the government faking the moon landings, the truth behind JFK’s assassination, the secret communist conspiracy behind water fluoridation, 9/11 or, if
“The most troublesome aspect of these theories is not their claims, but the fact that far too many people subscribe to them” you believe English author and activist David Icke, alien lizards who control the government and are trying to use humans as food (sadly, I am not making this guy up. Google him). It would be easier to dismiss such outlandish speculation as the ravings of a few lunatics, were it not for the seemingly wide array of public figures who throw their support behind these beliefs. Donald Trump’s claims about Obama’s birthplace, combined with his high profile efforts to seek the GOP nomination for the presidency, seemed to add a certain amount of legitimacy to what was otherwise a nonsensical argument. Of course, it didn’t seem to matter that Mr. Trump hadn’t the slightest shred of evidence to back him up. After all, the “Birthers” argue, the lack of evidence only furthers their argument that there is a cover up by the government. Such outlandish claims are not endorsed only by those on the right, and some of the worst conspiracy theories originate from the far other
end of the political spectrum. Since 9/11, many have claimed that the Bush administration demolished the Twin Towers and fired cruise missiles at the Pentagon, in order to garner support for an invasion of Iraq. Needless to say, there are many, many problems with the evidence or lack thereof which conspiracy theorists’ use to garnish their claims. However, the most troublesome aspect of these theories is not their claims, but the fact that far too many people subscribe to them. A recent poll found that nearly a quarter of Republican voters belief that President Obama was not born in the United States. There are several key reasons for the continued popularity of fringe conspiracy theories. Part of the problem is people like Mr. Trump, whose career depends on how much media attention he can get, have no limitations on what they can say. While Mr. Trump is entitled to him opinions, the media seems to have forgotten that they are entitled to
ignore him. “The Donald” is not the only offender. In 2006, Director Spike Lee, on Bill Maher’s program Real Time, declared that the federal government had deliberately blown up the levee’s surrounding New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. To support this viewpoint, he cited the infamous Tuskegee syphilis experiment, a 1947 test by the U.S. government on a small rural black town in Tuskegee Alabama, in which scientists deliberately withheld medical treatment on victims of the disease to measure its effects. Mr. Lee argued that because of incidents such as Tuskegee, the government couldn’t be trusted not to withhold information from the people. This sort of argument relies on logical fallacies, as well as people’s inherent mistrust of government to work, however. Another root of the problem is the fact that most people seem to hold the government in such low regard. The constant stream of scandals, gaffes, and partisan bickering seems to lend itself well to an atmosphere in which our country’s leaders, of both sides, are often seen as incompetent at best, and downright malicious at worst. As a result, we, the citizens, are more willing to believe stories of secretive or villainous behavior amongst our political elite. The media has only made Continued on page 6
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Why America Should Care About the European Debt Crisis? Kate Ballinger Opinion Editor On May 18th, 2011, Dominique Strauss Kahn, chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), resigned from his position, setting off a series of events across Europe which threatened the already unstable economies of many nations. The IMF helps negotiate between nations, persuading the more successful to aid those struggling economically. Recently, the IMF has also been heavily involved with Europe’s economic crisis and the unified effort to provide relief to those nations affected. Without Strauss-Kahn, the mastermind behind the IMF, aid to struggling European nations will be delayed until a new leader is selected. In response, Prime Minister George Papandreou of Greece acknowledged that his country needs more outside help than anticipated, the S&P 500 warned that Italy could soon face a debt downgrade, Fitch Ratings announced the same of Belgium and stock markets in France, Germany, England, and the U.S. fell sharply. The question many Americans have in response to these recent events is: how will this affect me? America has its own domestic economic prob-
lems: huge government debt and high unemployment rates, amongst other issues. So, should we care about economic problems 3,000 miles away? The answer is yes. We simply cannot afford not to. Americans should be concerned with the recent economic crises in Europe because it is a warning of what could become of America. Our economic situation, though much less dramatic, is not all that different from that
taking more of their money. If we continue to demand that the government provide all of these services without raising taxes, America could potentially face the same crisis that Greek government dealing with now. Another reason the United States should be concerned with Europe’s debt crises is because our current economy is, and always has been, dependent on the economies of nations around the world.
“Should we care about economic problems 3,000 miles away? The answer is yes. We simply cannot afford not to.” of Greece. The problem in Greece is that the government that the people envision is more expensive than what they are willing to pay for. Greek people expect politicians to be able to build a government according to their demands without having to pay the necessary costs. Similarly, in America, the people want healthcare, social security, good schools, a strong army, etc., yet also want to cut taxes. It is impossible for a government to fund all of the programs demanded by the people without
If economies across Europe decline further, the people will not have enough money to spend on American products meaning that money from sales overseas would diminish. Many people do not realize how interdependent economies today are; however, the economic decline in Europe will directly affect our economy, causing America to suffer as well. Finally, the debt crises in Europe affect Americans because of the contagiousness of fear. When Americans see the effects of the recent events in Europe and realize that the U.S. is not
immune to these problems, they will begin to worry about their own money. People will lose even more trust in America’s economy and government and will stop lending money to the banks. Though individually it makes sense to preserve your own money, this protectionist response will only hurt our economy further, creating a cycle of collapse. Rash attempts to avoid a debt crisis here in the U.S. are more likely to cause an economic crash than help the situation. For this reason, Americans should care greatly about the debt crises in Europe. Our economy is dependent on the European economy, meaning that if Europe crashes, America will be next in line. Most importantly, Americans should worry because our current situation is not much better than that of Greece. Though we are not facing the same magnitude of economic trouble as Greece is today, we very easily could be tomorrow. In light of the recent events in Europe, the United States government needs to create a rigid plan to help us avoid these problems, maintain a steady economy and a plan towards reducing debt.
As We Go On: All Students Required to attend Graduation Should Stay Nicole Rufus Opinion Writer
Graduation is a special time of year, commemorating the end of one seg-
ment of our lives while introducing us to another. We all anticipate our own graduations—albeit some far more eagerly than others. Graduation is especially important at Milton because for most of us this school is our life. Half of us live here, and the rest of us might as well live here too. We spend so much time at Milton that we’re able to create relationships that are substantial and meaningful. Graduation is a time when we can celebrate our common experiences and congratulate other students on their achievements. Some may argue that not everyone forges a bond worth celebrating with people in the graduating class, and ask why should they be forced to go to the graduation ceremony? However, I believe attendance at graduation should remain required by all classes because it is a tradition, and
traditions help define Milton Academy. I will admit there have been times when I was bored to tears at graduation, but I still would not miss it for the world. Because Milton is such a small school, the graduating class truly does influence the lives of the younger students at Milton. Given our extremely diverse backgrounds—different states, countries, grades—it is surprising how easily Milton students can form connections. Katherine Bator (I), when asked about why graduation is required, said “the reasoning for it is that it’s a way to show support for the graduating class. The tradition of a required graduation represents everything that Milton embodies. Milton is not a place which stresses the importance of an
individual; rather, we emphasize the community. Graduation is a chance for younger student to finally hear the opinions of two members of the student body, who aren’t the head-monitors or the class counselors. The advice of the two elected valedictorian represents the views of the graduating grade in a way that students with leadership positions cannot. I will never forget my freshmen year when a senior that I barely knew told me that she was “really glad that she had met me.” As a freshmen, that was amazing for me and since then it has been my goal to get to know younger Milton students. I love the idea that when I graduate from this place move on to a much larger world, there will be over 600 other students celebrating the moment with me.
Because the motivations behind conspiracy theories are so fundamental to the human condition, we really can’t do anything to stop them. Some people really won’t be satisfied, no matter how overwhelming the evidence is. The once group which really can do something about these conspiracy theories is the media. By focusing so much on these fringe movements, the media gives them an undeserved platform on which to preach their ideas. The media should do a better
job of filtering through their stories, and only report on a conspiracy if it has some evidence behind it, and is not merely the speculation of public figures. Hearsay and accusations do not make a valid case for any position. Hopefully the media will remember its civic duty, and put real stories ahead of unfounded and downright silly conspiracies.
Conspiracy of Conspiracies Continued from page 6 things worse, by continually attempting to drum up ratings by focusing on fringe theories, instead of focusing on more mundane, but more important issues. This all perpetuates a cycle in which media attention feeds legitimacy, and legitimacy feeds media attention. However, this problem strikes deeper than this. It is not just because of the media that we are inclined to pay heed to conspiracy theories. There is almost something comforting about believing that the government, or busi-
ness, or some imagined organization, is actually all powerful. It is easier than confronting the chaos and violence which we constantly see in the world. There is something inherently depressing about acknowledging that nature can simply wipe away entire cities, or that religious fanatics from far away countries can bring the fruits of our prosperity down around us, while our government tries and fails to bring meaningful aid. Many people find comfort in the belief that somebody knows what they are doing.
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Ms. Wade, Member of the History Department, Says Goodbye Henry Arndt Layout Editor After 28 years of intensive involvement in the Milton community, beloved history teacher Ms. Wade retires to her house in Vermont, where she will teach spring classes at the Mountain School. Ms. Wade’s departure is a great loss for the history department and Milton Academy as a whole. In a recent interview with the Milton Measure, Ms. Wade shared some of her thoughts on leaving the Academy. When asked about her most memorable experiences at Milton, Ms. Wade responded with memories of her students. “I have a lot of memorable students and when I think back all their faces are there and when I run into people I can almost always remember exactly what chair they sat in and sometimes I can remember what they wrote their research paper on.” Ms. Wade shared. Ms. Wade also explained that she has stayed at Milton for so long because “teachers here have a great deal of latitude as they write their courses and plan what they want to do with their courses.” In her response, Ms. Wade displayed a combined love for her students, for history, and for Milton, the kind of love which makes Milton a special place for both faculty and students. As a student of Ms. Wade, I can attest to the value she holds as a classroom teacher. She engages each student in class discussions and helps all students reach their full academic potential. Her complete knowledge of history allows her to create a curriculum conducive to exploring worldwide
historical relationships. Ms. Wade has been an instrumental part in my assimilation to life during my first year at Milton. She was always willing to meet with me outside of class and grant me a retake when I needed it. When asked about her experiences with Ms. Wade, Libby Perold (II) spoke fondly. “She’s a great advisor. She’s extremely kind and warm and easy to talk to”. Libby added, “She definitely loves her students, you can just tell. It’s very sad that she’s leaving.” Mr. Pollans, a fellow member of the history department, eagerly shared his words on the departure of Ms. Wade, commenting on her dedication to history. “She has had her finger on the pulse of the American academic interest in the teaching of history since she got here”. Mr. Pollans explained that all students benefit from her love of teaching and concluded, “ She is much loved by her colleagues and will be much missed”. Despite feelings of nostalgia and sadness, Ms. Wade welcomed the next stage of her life, a stage when she will enjoy well-deserved time for herself. In making her decision to leave, Ms. Wade found some solace in Hindu doctrines. As Ms. Wade explained, Hindus believe in “four stages of human life and each one of them is terminally important and necessary. There comes an understanding in the Hindu belief that there comes a time that being in the center of the game just isn’t enough anymore”. Often, Ms. Wade said,“That time to think, time to observe, time to put the pieces together gained over time is very appealing.” Not one to leave her cherished
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Ms. Wade smiles as she talks to a student
students empty-handed, Ms. Wade carefully presented Milton Academy with parting words of wisdom. “This time in people’s lives seems to me to be a very great gift. The time when one doesn’t have to make a living and when one doesn’t have to think about advancement in the world or whether one can afford to buy a house.” Ms. Wade said that, as students, we have the opportunity to “absorb a great deal of knowledge and to think out loud with other intelligent people”. She concludes with final words of wisdom: “It just seems to me if folks recognized that and gave that preeminence in their approach to their lives right now they wouldn’t be sorry.” On behalf of the students at Milton, I would like to thank Ms. Wade for her passionate work over the last 28 years. Even though she will no longer be at Milton, Ms. Wade will continue to be a valuable member of the Milton community. I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to be taught by her and wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. Ms. Wade, you will be missed..
Sra. Colbert, Member of Language Department, Retires Nathan Daniel Senior Editor This coming year, Milton Academy will be without veteran Ana Colbert, as she retires after a 27 year tenure at Milton. The sole teacher of the Spanish 2/3 and Spanish 5AP courses, she will undoubtedly be missed within the Language Department. As a mentor, she leaves an even more profound mark on the student body. She has transcended her role as a teacher and shaped her students’ outlooks on life, instilling enthusiasm for the Spanish language and endowing her students with an understanding of the world around them. “I have never had a teacher like Sra. Colbert.” Louis McWilliams (II) testifies, “Every reading was her favorite.” Her love of Spanish literature was infectious, and readings from “1500 to 1950” would all become “appreciated” texts in her classes. For most students, the hallmark of an excellent teacher is the ability to fully captivate an audience that would otherwise be relatively uninterested in the material at hand; Sra. Colbert mastered this art effortlessly. When asked for a simple description of her current AP Literature
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teacher, Nicole Baker-Greene (II) said, Sra. Colbert is “kind, excited, and spirited”. The atmosphere she creates for her classes is an enjoyable one, albeit productive and serious. “Her class is the hardest I’ve ever taken,” said Chloe Gianatasio (II), “yet I can never manage to get mad at her; I’m always finding that her class helps me in my other academic disciplines. And, of course, she is so nice.” While the classes she teaches can be challenging, the immersive method with which Mrs. Colbert has taught has been uniquely rewarding for many of
her students. Ultimately, all the characteristics of Sra. Colbert’s classes—their worldliness, vigor, and light-heartedness—arise from the passion and openness with which she runs her classes. “She encourages us to express our viewpoints,” Nicole said, “and challenges us to explore others.” Regardless of the topic in discussion, Sra. Colbert always excites inquisitiveness in her students. “She will be missed” Nicole adds. The entire Milton community and the Milton Measure echo this sentiment.
No two students on campus share the same opinion regarding summer reading – many commented that they think reading “sucks,” while others shared that they buy books for courses they aren’t taking next year simply because the books look like good reads. Nevertheless, as both Ms. Apthorp and Mr. Smith emphasized, summer reading is an important way to prepare for the school year ahead. Mr. Smith said that the weight of the summer reading varies for each individual course, but regardless of which course, students must keep reading and asking questions over the summer. Summer reading keeps students engaged in literature and gives English courses somewhere to start come September. Ms. Apthorp noted, “In my sections of American Lit, Discovering Lit, Philosophy and US History, the summer reading is integral to the course. Each of the summer texts becomes the focus of an assignment – in some cases, of more than one”. Both teachers divulged that they can immediately notice when a student has not completed the summer reading. Mr. Smith also shared why many of the summer reading choices have remained the same for several years (incoming freshmen have been reading East of Eden for over thirty years!) Mr. Smith explained that, for English, the summer reading books have to be ordered to Cox Library before teachers know which courses they are instructing next year; therefore, most teachers do not have the opportunity to change the books. Ms. Apthorp had an interesting stance on summer reading because she teaches both English and History, the two courses that usually require summer reading. She noted that, in English courses, she has made use of the summer books fairly consistently. Alternatively, in her U.S. History course, she uses the texts when they are relevant during the course of the year. She states, “A few years back, we used a book that zeroed in on the early years of the Republic. In other years we have used books that were broader in scope and offered interpretive perspectives on a long sweep of American history”. Mr. Smith also agreed that he believes summer reading gives new students an equal footing when they first arrive at Milton. Danielle Cahoon (III) reemphasized this idea when she said, “Coming into classes with an essential sense of being prepared was helpful.” This summer, some students will have only one or two required books to read, and others may have five or six. However, Milton teachers agree that consistent reading will make a huge difference during those first weeks of school when many students seem to forget what they have already learned.
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Principal sets Ball Rolling Towards Success Continued from page 1 it is a fit. He was really meant to do this job and is doing it very well.” Evan Garnick (III) shares this perspective, stating, “From what I can tell, he’s doing a great job. I haven’t heard of one student that has negative things to say about him.” Among the student body, Mr. Ball is known for his Monday morning assembly speeches where he addresses the community in, according to Mr. Bland, “a very David Ball-like way.” He speaks almost entirely extemporaneously, writing down only a few phrases to remember word for word. In picking a topic, Mr. Ball draws inspiration from both eclectic and accurate sources. Danielle Fredrick (II) comments that, while his speeches may be long, “it’s interesting to see him connect historical anecdotes to our lives at Milton.” “I try to think in terms of stories,” Mr. Ball explained, “where you begin your story, where you end, how you get there, and if people will want to keep going with you.” Michael Berke (I) adds that during past assemblies
when Mr. Ball spoke, “I was engaged at Milton, finds Mr. Ball to be “very and enjoying those twenty minutes.” supportive.” Mr. Ball has been open In picking a topic, Mr. Ball draws in- to every suggestion and complaint of spiration from many sources— Mil- faculty members but has also remained ton events, world issues, and “cheap realistic. Ms. Marianelli comments, “I tricks” as simple as the birthday of a may not always get the answer I want significant figure. As he explains, “I try but what I am saying is being heard.” to think in terms of stories: where you From the Trustees’ perspective, Mr. Ball was an begin your excellent choice story, where “Mr. Ball is an excellent listener with for Upper School you end, how Principal. Bradyou get there, a very quick understanding of the and if people issues involved in any situation” ley Bloom, the Chairman of the will want to - David Smith Board, says, “The keep going nice thing about with you…” In his relationship with the fac- David is that he has known people on ulty, Mr. Ball has developed, as David the Board for a very long time.” Mr. Smith says, “a positive and purposeful Bloom adds, “Mr. Ball has brought tremendous continuity to the position.” atmosphere.” Mr. Smith elaborates, “Mr. Mr. Ball and Mr. Bland have Ball is an excellent listener with a very worked together in an organic manner. quick understanding of the issues in- The entire community has recognized volved in any situation.” Mr. Ball has their unique, close-knit relationship. been attentive to faculty needs and Mr. Bland shares, “From my perspecconstantly communicates with them. tive, our working relationship has been Ms. HerrNeckar, who has worked with fantastic. I could not have imagined it fifteen different upper school principals being any better, quite honestly.” The
two administrators communicate daily, mutually arriving at solutions to difficult situations. Mr. Bland adds, “I have valued our collaboration but I want the community to know that, although we work very hard, I appreciate how much fun I have with him.” Mr. Bland reports that he laughs every day at Mr. Ball’s “fantastic sense of humor and dry wit.” The entire community celebrates Mr. Ball’s first year. Mr. Bland commented, “We wouldn’t be in as good a place come graduation, come the end of the year, without his steady hand, without his guidance, and without his care.” Milton is extremely lucky to have Mr. Ball as its Upper School Principal and, after a great year, the community looks forward to future years under his leadership. Mr. Bland concludes, “Mr. Ball has far surpassed even my highest expectations. What makes me most excited in thinking about years to come is that he is just getting started.”
Class of 2011 Elect Seniors Yoshi Makishima and Sam Shleifer to Speak at Graduation Rebecca Chernick News Writer
Valedictorian Yoshi Makishima
Every year at Milton, the senior class elects two students - one male senior and one female senior - to speak at graduation. This year, Yoshi Makishima (I) and Sam Shleifer (I) have been elected as the Class of 2011 Valedictorians to address the Milton Community. Many students may recognize Yoshi Makishima for her role in “Chicago”, portraying the boisterous Prison Warden Mama Morton. Makishima
has been at Milton since her freshman year and shares that she was always an “artsy” person. Spending much of her time in Kellner, Makishima participated in plays, Speech Team, tech crew, and movie making. Although Makishima will miss the entire community, she admits that she will “probably miss Kellner - and the people there - the most.” Throughout her time at Milton, Makishma has learned to be a critical thinker. She illustrates that, “because Milton requires students to examine both sides of the same argument, and because you come in contact with so many different people at Milton with different ideas about the world,” she has learned to understand different points of views. Makishima adds that The Milton Performing Arts Department “stresses empathizing with your character, no matter how different your character is from you as a person.” Her experiences with the Performing Arts Department, along with other students, teachers, and classes at Milton, have taught her “how to understand other people’s feelings and opinions,”
though she admits that she “does not always remember to do so.” Sam Shleifer, known for his position as an Editor-in-Chief of The Milton Measure during the 2010- 2011 school year, started his Milton career in sixth grade, when he was just eleven years old. During his time at Milton, Shleifer was a member of the Squash team and recently he took the stage as a German doctor in the Spring 1212 play, the “The Brothers Menaechamus.” Like Yoshi, Sam says that his experience at Milton was “incredibly powerful.” Shleifer says that, through his time at Milton, he has learned that effort produces positive results, a lesson which he learned both in the classroom and out on the sports field. Yoshi Makishima’s background in public speaking has prepared her for today’s speech. From victory in Speech Tournaments to placing as the runner-up in the English-Speaking Union’s 2011 Shakespeare Contest for High School Students, Makishima has immense experience in the field of speaking. Makishima, however, has one fear: “I am one of the shortest speak-
ers in years, so they’re actually not sure if I’m going to be able to see over the podium. So whatever I say, it will probably be said on top of several phone books.” After graduation, both Yoshi and Sam look forward to next year. Makishima will be attending Smith College in the fall, and she adds that Smith “alumnae include Joan Mitchell, Nancy Reagan, and Sylvia Plath.” She is “psyched to be going,” and she will be the second valedictorian speaker in a row matriculating at Smith. Shleifer looks forward to attending Yale University next September.
Valedictorian Sam Shleifer
School Year Abroad Offers Milton Students a Unique High School Experience Lisa Zhou News Writer Milton provides students with the opportunity to participate in a program called School Year Abroad (SYA), a full year program as opposed to the semester program at The Mountain School. The program connects students with host families in order to fully immerse these students into a new culture and a second language. Milton offers the SYA program in China, France, Italy, Spain, Viet-
nam, and Japan and sends about 3-5 students abroad each year. Nationwide, the SYA program accepts a maximum of 60 students. The core of the SYA program mirrors a normal academic year in the United States, offering math and English taught by instructors from U.S. schools. The program also offers History classes unique to the chosen country, language annunciation class, and a culture course. What peaks the interests of these students to independently spend an entire year away from friends, family and familiarity with the culture?
Emilie Trehu (II) was swayed by the richness of Italy’s art history and the classics program in Italy’s SYA program. “History and the classics are my main academic interests, and I love art, so the opportunity to study all those things on site in Italy seemed like an awesome of all those things into one,” Emilie shared. The host families with whom students spend the entire year are an integral part of each student’s experience and of each student’s decision to apply to SYA. The SYA program matches each student with a compatible host
family based off of interests and extracurricular activities. The host families range from newlyweds and empty nesters, to single parents and couples with multiple children. Victoria Chen expressed her love for her Chinese host family who had a child Victoria’s age: “I loved spending time with a Chinese girl my own age; I learned so much.” The students who come back from the SYA program gain a new, global perspective of school, life, and the world, along with a community of new friends, a new family, and a second home.
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Reif Larsen: Graduation Speaker
In the 1998 Milton Measure Graduation Issue, Reif Larsen was awarded superlative of Hottest Guy
Continued from page 1 have and have not read the book. The website can be reached at tsspivet.com. Larsen published his first works during his time at Milton. He was the Arts editor for The Milton Paper and printed several short stories in the Magus Mabus. “I also did a lot of creative writing courses and I was really fortunate for the great teachers [at Milton] and really throughout my entire education,” he added. Another way Larsen has improved his writing is through his practice of Zen, a school of Buddhism focused on meditation. He believes that an important part of writing is gathering your thoughts. “I’ve talked to a lot of writers and it’s just not Buddhism or Zen Buddhism. They need a sort of balance to ground their practice in because it’s very hard to concentrate on your writing. I need to calibrate the day for like twenty-five minutes because my mind will just race. Breathing sets my day on the right track so it’s just a hugely important part of my life.” When he is not writing or meditating, Larsen devotes his time to helping out disadvantaged children in Africa. During his college years at Brown, Larsen took a semester off to teach at two African schools—one in South Africa, and one in Batswana. It
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was in Batswana that Larsen connected with the Maru-a-Pula school, where he now sits on the American board of directors. “All these kids are so motivated to really exceed…They have the future of the country and continent upon them, so they are really motivated to learn leadership skills,” said Larsen. At his marriage next week, Larsen will ask all the guests to make a small donation to the school’s scholarship fund in lieu of typical wedding gifts. “I graduated with some ex- traordinary people and often felt stuck in the middle.” -Reif Larsen Larsen is an inspiration for many Milton students who don’t necessarily feel atop their class. “I graduated with some extraordinary people and often felt stuck in the middle.” said Larsen. “Not extraordinary at all. Maybe that’s not such a bad thing at Milton, but I was not top of the class at all. Just know that it’s not necessarily the people at the top who go on to influence people. Let it be of comfort to those who were mediocre in high school.”
Continued from page 1 twenty percent of any graduating class can be inducted into the society, a requirement synonymous with an “A-” average here at Milton Academy. According to Mr. Ball, the Induction Committee attempts to gather the maximum amount of people into the society, loosely modeling the process on the “20%” condition. Due to the incredible number of people here who achieve that B+/Aborderline, he believes that the people who deserve to be on Cum Laude Society achieve it. The 20% mark is “a good problem to have.” Each chapter has its own eccentricities; for example, our chapter also selects one, two, or three juniors per year. With similar constraints as for the seniors, the junior(s) chosen display the highest academic average, if calculated. The only junior to be inducted this year, Gina Starfield (II), had the highest average throughout her junior year as well as her sophomore year. Each year at the reception, a faculty speaker addresses those individuals. This year, the speaker was the beloved history faculty member Ms. Wade, who will be retiring from Milton. She spoke upon the impending changes for the majority of the seniors, embarking upon new collegiate careers. Her theme was “What next?” and she described the “next steps” each person has to take upon the Hindu model of life and duty. Before defining those steps, however, she took the time to ask each senior in the audience to consider: “What next? What will
I learn that delights? Consternates? What will I learn about myself? How will I use what I have learned at Milton?” The first stage of life was “Living with the Brahman”, or complete devotion to studies, which the Cum Laude recipients exhibited so well. Next was “The Time of the Householder,” during which they pay devotion into their business and community and make their work upon the World. Third was the “Stage of the Forest-Dweller,” in which each person meditates and discovers their wisdom and moves onto contemplation and solitude. Ms. Wade alluded to the final stage by saying “that I have not reached that point yet.” Ms. Wade shared that, through all four stages of life, self-realization will move each person dutifully. After Ms. Wade’s speech, Mr. Bland presented each person with his or her certificate, signed with Mr. Hansen’s artful handwriting. As Angela Berkowitz (I) viewed the unveiling of the plaque, she commented, “It’s nice to be recognized, and feel like I have left a larger legacy having worked so hard.” Lastly, Mr. Bland commented on the collective success, “offering his congratulations to this year’s class of scholars, who represent the very best of achievement and focus.” Altogether, the celebration was a quiet, solemn one full of mutual respect and camaraderie.
Waiting for Superman: a Required Summer movie for all Students Amanda Beaudoin News Section Editor Being a part of the Milton Community, students, parents, and faculty can hardly imagine a world in which academic growth is inhibited. Yet, this is America, a world filled with many flaws in its public education system. Waiting for ‘Superman’, the all-school required summer movie, is a documentary that follows the lives of Anthony, Francisco, Bianca, Diasy, and Emily as they try relentlessly to improve their education. Unfortunately, a better education is all a matter of luck. The movie explores the lottery system that randomly chooses which children will be admitted into charter schools for a better education. The system leaves the children, their families, and the viewers in tears: sometimes of joy, but many times of disappointment. As the head monitors for the 2011-2012 school year, Molly Gilmore (II) and Tom Schnoor (II), began their search for a summer movie or book, their objective was “to find a film [or book] that we would get something out of watching and that would generate
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good discussion in the community,” said Tom. Neither head monitor was set on following last year’s trend of assigning a movie instead of a book. Molly “didn’t mind the books we had to read in previous years”. However, due to the amount of participation in the summer movie last year, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Tom and Molly decided that they could ensure high participation by choosing “a two hour movie [rather than] a book that might take several days or weeks to read”. Attending Milton, “it becomes
easy to forget how people outside of this community live,” commented Molly. Molly and Tom both hope that watching this movie will help students realize just how lucky we are. Students may ignore the repetitive advice to appreciate what they have and may choose not to watch the summer movie, but Waiting for ‘Superman’ is not a boring lecture about bettering our society. The movie teaches viewers about the flaws in the American public school system as well as challenges one’s emotions through the, as Olivia Atwood (III) shared, “com-
pletely and heartbreakingly real” stories of five children who you grow to love throughout the movie. Students who have already seen the movie agree with Molly and Tom’s choice. After watching the movie, Olivia Atwood said, “I really appreciated our school more and all the resources I have here.” Lisa Zhou (III) explained that seeing the movie and realizing “that not everyone has a high-class education like us at Milton was like a reality check for [her].” Even those who have not seen the movie, acknowledge that it will enrich their lives. Victoria Lee (II), who has yet to see the movie, believes “that the movie is a good way for us to penetrate the ‘Milton bubble’ and really begin to understand the [educational] systems that give some people an advantage and make life harder for others.” On a final note, Molly added, “I hope this movie will open the door to some very interesting and relevant conversations about the education system and educational opportunity in America today.”
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An Ode to Eleven Tis the end of the year and all through the quad. People are listening to the wise words of Todd. We arrive here today to give cheer for ‘Eleven; I’ve waited for this since the wee age of seven. The bright sun is too hot but the talks we adore. The grass of course green, that’s what you paid for! Just a minute from freedom, kids full of elation. Forget the cigars and live with temptation? As kids get diplomas, parents loudly celebrate, Two DC’s and three lawyers, at least she’ll graduate! But Oh! It would be your kid that tripped right on stage. Quick, hide your face behind the Paper’s miz page. We look so sharp in white dresses and ties, Pay close attention and try to be wise For your name may be called at the ceremony’s end And you’ll win a bag of quarters, try not to misspend. Now come the goodbyes and the tears start to fall, I’ll miss the strange stench of the quad above all. Awkward hugs with the teachers, snap pics with attitude, Last chance to reveal crushes, innocent or lewd.
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After four long years of bad grades and frustration, At least I will be able to rage this vacation! The seniors are going off and losing their email, And tonight to parties, with the deans on their tail. They do nothing all summer; don’t let down your guard Those are not trees, it’s the Deans in your yard. Things will be different now that seniors are gone, But 2012 has a mix tape and group dance, groove on! We began this long year all full of Gilbert Grape, We’re glad we will end without legal scrape. Tell the Boston Globe we’re on the straight, I swear, we had nothing to do with Weinergate. But now lets get back to this sacred event And bask in our memories of time well spent. Parents, faculty and students, We’re all MA kin! Let’s fly the colors with this here orange and blue pin! It was totally worth it to do that senior prank… Hold on a minute Why’s my diploma blank?
Have a Great Summer!
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Arts and Entertainment
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Magus Mabus Hosts Final Music Cafe of the Year Louis McWilliams A/E Section Editor On Friday June 3rd, Magus Mabus hosted “Beatstock.” This performance was the last of its kind for the 2010/11 school year. A play on Woodstock, Beatstock provides students with a chance to enjoy the warm, late spring weather behind Straus Library and to appreciate the musical talents of their contemporaries. For many years Beatstock has been a Milton Academy tradition sponsored by Magus Mabus, Milton’s student run art and literature magazine. With an open and inviting atmosphere, Beatstock provides a stress-free environment for students from all classes to perform for the first time in front of an audience. For other more experienced performers, Beatstock allows for creativity and welcomes original songs and poetry. Though the evening was slightly cooler than Magus had hoped for, the weather did not deter students. Beatstock was once again a success with “about 100 people or more” in attendance, according to Vincent Kennedy (II), next year’s Magus Mabus Editor-in-Chief. Some highlights include performances by Mike Godwin (I), who sang several slow country songs, and “Two Ins and a Bone,” a group consisting of Brandon Daly (II), Robin Chakrabarti (II), and Jay Sharma (II). “Two Ins and a Bone” performed origi-
nal pieces that the audience greatly enjoyed. With so many great performances and considerable student turnout, Beatstock lived up to its fame. The always brilliant James McHugh showcased his skills as a singer and songwriter with several tunes he composed. Ian Kernohan (I) and Kathie Woodhouse (I) brought both music and comedy to this year’s Beatstock, performing the hilarious “Four Chord Song” by the Axis of Awesome. As fun as the night was, how-
ever, it had a sad undertone as the last Milton Academy performance for many seniors. Frequent Beatstock performers from the class of 2011 include Mike Godwin, Ian Kernohan, Kathie Woodhouse, Danny Lamere, Andrew Beaudoin, Andrew Nwachuku, Jovonna Jones, Joseph Reynolds, Isabella Frontado, Yael Acker-Krzywicki, Mariko Azis, and others. They will all be sorely missed. Yet, Beatstock also celebrated new beginnings. It was the first event for the new board and staff of the mag-
azine, which includes Vincent Kennedy (II) as Editor in Chief, Elizabeth Bennet (II) and Hannah Grace (II) as Literary Editors, Michaela Carey (II) as Art Editor, and Max Bennett (II) as Music Editors. The new staff has already instituted some changes, such as limiting Beatstock performances to ten minutes in order “to allow as many acts as possible to perform” and “to showcase as much of Milton’s talent as possible,” as Vince shares. The incoming staff has some new and intriguing ideas for next year that it hopes will make Magus Mabus a more prevalent and successful publication on campus. Over the next year, Magus Mabus hopes to make music a larger part of its arts agenda, planning six musical cafes (including Beatstock), adding a Music Staff to the board, and beginning to incorporate student-recorded music on their new website www.magusmabus.tumblr.com. Vince advises to “look for websites to become a big part of…Magus media next year,” and shares that Magus wants to start competitions around art and literature with rewards for excellence. Through these plans, the new board wishes to invest Milton students in art and literature, hoping to expose much of the art and creativity of students that often goes unnoticed. Overall, Vince predicts that “next year will be a big year for Magus.” Look forward to the first issue in the fall.
Robin Chakrabati and Brandon Daly perform at Beatstock
Peers Elect Freshmen Classmates to Perform their Class IV Talks Elana Golub Writer
Eric Menna and Nathaniel Bresnick
A rite of passage for all upper school students, Class IV talks have been a long standing Milton Academy tradition. All freshman students must deliver a 5-7 minute speech on the topic of their choice to fellow classmates. At the end of the year, each student votes for the speeches he has enjoyed the most and the students with the most votes speak in front of the entire class. Last Wednesday, six freshmen appeared before the entire freshman class to recite their Class IV speeches for a second time. The wide variety of
topics, ranging from reincarnation to robots, displayed the diverse interests of Milton Academy students. The first talk, delivered by Cameron Park, introduced students to Space as “the final frontier.” Loaded with statistics and intriguing factual evidence, Cameron’s presentation was not only stimulating, but also incredibly informative. All class IV students received vast amounts of information on Space to which they had never been previously exposed. The second talk was a compelling speech on happiness, given by Emmie Atwood, a dedicated member of Milton’s Speech Team. Emmie’s lecture intrigued the crowd immediately with its fantastically crafted structure and extensive detail. She provided listeners with descriptive scenery in every sentence. She left her audience dazed by her portrayal and complex unveiling of the true meaning of happiness. Contrary to Emmie’s smooth talk, Nate Bresnick stunned his classmates with the raw subject of his speech. Nate first explained that he likes to build things, a seemingly simple concept. Yet he began to divulge that he does not build simple things—legos,
shelves, or even chairs—as the audience had expected. Nate builds robots. He explained that he began his first project one snowy day out of pure curiosity. Throughout his talk, Nate described building a robot in simple language, stunning his listeners. His positive attitude, intriguing topic, and calm presentation left both students and teachers thoroughly impressed. Claire Russell spoke about reincarnation. The opening line—“my mother is an elephant”—immediately caught the attention of the audience. While many are unacquainted with the concept of reincarnation, it proved to be a fantastic subject choice. Claire captivated the audience with her exceptional speaking skills. Poised and confident, Claire presented her speech clearly and cultivated the interest and belief of her classmates. Jack Cahill like Emmie, discussed happiness, but took on a different view. Jack talked about happiness in the context of society, asserting that America is clearly not one of the world’s happiest countries. The creativity of his topic choice helped him compose an enthralling presentation. The audience was thoroughly impressed and entertained by Jack’s writing and speaking talents.
Finally, Eric Menna spoke about the difficulties of adaptation. In his presentation, he shared a story about personal family trauma.. The powerful and meaningful story that he shared sent a message to his classmates to stay hopeful and positive through seemingly unmanageable situations. He amazed his classmates with the pure boldness he exhibited by sharing such a personal experience. These six talented writers and speakers presented their Class IV Talks flawlessly and, without a doubt, stood out from all of the other speeches given this year. They provided a great end to a successful school year.
Emmie Atwood, Claire Russell, and Cameron Park
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Musicians Flock to Boston for Summer Concerts Catherine Kulke A/E Section Editor Summer has finally arrived, bringing with it a luxury rare to Milton students during the academic year: free time. Music fans searching for ways to fill their empty nights need not travel far because the Boston area will be a hub for live concerts this summer. Boy band fans are sure to be thrilled to hear that two old-school favorites, New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, have reunited and will be playing at Fenway Park tomorrow, June 11th. After a long break during which many members have made names for themselves in areas other than music, both bands have returned to the stage and have earned rave reviews from critics. While last minute tickets may be difficult to come by at this point, audience members are guaranteed a fun night out. A number of other concerts will keep Top 40 listeners satisfied. Arena pop returns to Boston on Saturday, June 18th as Katy Perry takes the stage at the TD Garden. The dancepop superstar is currently touring to promote her recent hit single, ET, and her concert is a must-see for all fans of black lights and glitter. Following Perry, Rihanna will perform at the Garden on July 24th in promotion of her latest album, Loud,
and on August 8th the downtown Boston venue will belong to Britney Spears. Spears, who finally transcended her media-magnet status with the success of her latest album Femme Fatale, will definitely give audiences a show worth remembering. For those less interested in bigname pop artists, WFNX (101.7 FM) will host its annual clambake on June 16th at the Boston House of Blues. Entertainment will include local indie rockers Buffalo Tom and The Sheila Divine, as well as the British alternaterock group Noah and the Whale. Unfortunately for underclassmen, one must be over eighteen to attend the event. Younger alternative fans have nothing to worry about, however, because the 2010 breakout Florence and the Machine is set to stun audiences of an all-ages show at the Bank of America Pavilion on Thursday, June 23rd. Fronted by style maven Florence Welch, the art rockers have taken the indie spotlight with their debut album, Lungs. The band, which hails from the UK, has become increasingly popular in the States and was recently featured on the cover of Rolling Stone. Indie fans should also check out hip hop and rock fusion artist Matis Yahu at the Paradise on June 25th. While he has remained out of the spotlight since his 2006 hit King Without
A Crown, the solo artist’s 2009 album, Light, combines elements of Rock, Reggae, and beat-boxing that are well worth a listen. Additionally, indie rock’s Matt and Kim will light up the House of Blues on Thursday, June 30th. July and August bring an entirely new slew of rockers into town. Taking Back Sunday, a post-hardcore band hailing from Long Island, New York, will play at the House of Blues on July 20th. Pop-punk chart toppers All Time Low will heat up the Bank of America Pavilion July 31st, followed by indie favorite Death Cab for Cutie on August first. Fronted by Ben Gibbard, Death Cab has won hearts (and top chart positions) with their eloquent lyrics and unique melodies since their 1998 debut album Something About Airplane. Their show at the Pavilion this summer is a must-see for all alternative listeners. While many students plan on traveling this summer, music provides a good incentive to stay in town. Frequent concertgoers should take advantage of the vast array of Alist musicians coming to the Boston area. Summer has always been an ideal time to try new things and explore culture, and there is no better way to explore this year than through music.
Fun in the Sun: Milton Students Plan their Summer Vacations Olivia Atwood A/E Writer One memorable summer, I stepped off a plane in Costa Rica and announced, in a rush of excitement, “I’m ready for this country, armed with my knowledge of Spanish!” A guard with an automatic rifle immediately approached me, grabbed my wrist, and pulled me out of the Customs line. “Are you armed?” he shouted. “Uh...uh...just with perfectly conjugated verbs,” I stuttered. He responded by rolling his eyes and—to my relief—letting me go. I hold this experience among my most interesting summer ones. This past week, several other students across campus took the time to share their craziest summer stories before embarking on vacation. Mary Brown (III) stubbornly dismissed my questions. “Nothing happens during the summer; I work at Shaw’s.” When asked to describe her experiences there she nonchalantly replied, “I was once asked to model naked. I declined.” Mary Brown lives in West Barnstable, Cape Cod, and plans to spend most of her summer at work instead of the beach. Hopefully her summer will be just as eventful as those of years past. Another sophomore shares a traumatic summer moment. She details the time when she, her sister and a friend went out sailing on a beautiful day, only to be caught in a violent
storm. After swimming for over an hour, they eventually washed up, exhausted, on a private beach. “It was the worst experience of my life!” she exclaims. “This year I’m going to be a junior CIT at a camp. No more sailing for me, hopefully!” Many students plan on volunteering at various locations. One rising junior said that her sister is visiting Africa for a month to build schools, simply because she “wants to help.” In Grace Kernohan’s (III) spare time, she will teach at her dance camp. Several other rising juniors plan on working at daycares. Most juniors have college visits planned. “I’ll be going out West a lot and then maybe back around here,” a Class II male states. “I’m going to be pretty busy this summer.” A large number of Class II students will be occupied, according to an anonymous junior, “padding the ole’ college apps.” But it’s not just the juniors planning on college. Several sophomores are also visiting schools, though few of the show excitement. According to several Class III students, they will visit schools because their parents feel the need to give their summer some structure. “I’m worried my kids will do nothing...maybe sleep in till passed noon, slip on their pajamas and, after several episodes of Family Guy, call it a day,” one concerned father explains. This father is not alone; many
parents fear muscular atrophy—a summer of total vegetation. One parent remembers a summer hike: “It was in the Blue hills—a beautiful day, a gentle slope. After a quarter of a mile, my daughter just lay down on the trail, refusing to go another step.” Okay, the daughter was me. I was not exactly in top physical condition, so maybe those parents have a right to be concerned. Above all, summer allows Milton students to relax and let go of stress for a couple of months. Maybe we’re going to foreign countries, volunteering, job hunting, hanging poolside, or touring future schools, but one thing remains certain: by next September, we will all have lots of stories to tell.
Art Program Ben Bosworth A/E Writer As we approach the end of the year, most students focus on summer. Our wonderful teachers and peers in the Art Department, however, spend their final days planning for next year, a year that will be big for this department as they hope to find new ways to strengthen the program. The first big change next year will be the change in location of the visual arts department from the art trailers behind Kellner to the now vacant Old Science building. Art for grades 6 through 9, Studio Art, and all painting and drawing courses will be located in the Old Science building, which will take on the new title of “Art and Media Center.” The building already holds some photo labs and the Nesto gallery, so filling the building with the entire visual arts program will be a suitable continuation. Its large, empty rooms will be perfect for both classrooms and studios. When I talked with Mr. Chase, the Chair of the Arts Department, he shared that, “under the able coordination of Jim Selman representing the Facilities Dept., the main floor of the Old Science Building has been transformed in some basic ways”. Mr. Chase shares that the large labs have been divided into four “spaces for basic classroom use providing a lot more space and ceiling height.” The building will also be home to storage spaces, offices, studios and an “Art Lab”. The state of the art digital photo lab will remain on the main floor and The Nesto Gallery will remain in the basement. The upper level of the building will also continue to be used for other functions like Class IV study hall. Mr. Chase adds, “A lot of time and energy has been devoted to make the ventilation in this antiquated building work, to improve the lighting, and to begin to consolidate the Visual Arts - an effort in the works for over 30 years.” Mr. Chase sadly stated that the visual arts will still use separate buildings on campus, with the 3-D classes in the RSG. He expresses that “so many opportunities would exist if the Visual arts lived in one house”. As Mr. Chase explains, younger students could see older students work and benefit from the creativity of the older students. He also declares, “Student productivity would increase significantly with all the appropriate tools and work spaces closer at hand”. Hopefully in future years, Mr. Chase’s wishes will be attained. Performing arts will also make changes for next year. Mr. Parisi stated “We are not sure what we will be producing next year other than a small musical, class IV play and student directed one-acts, dance concert, King Theatre productions, two 1212 plays, a spring dance concert and Improv night.” This leads the way for many surprises in the upcoming year as far as theatre goes. Whatever the performing arts department decides to produce, I’m positive we have a lot to look forward to.
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The Top 5 Milton Sports Moments of the 2010-2011 School Year Tucker Hamlin Sports Section Editor As the summer vacation has arrived, let’s look back on some of the most memorable moments on the athletics field this year. The Girl’s Varsity Soccer team had a very successful season and their playoff win against the highly seeded BB&N gave the girls a spot in the top five. The Mustangs headed into the game against BB&N as an underdog. Coach Lillis remembers “Vouvouzuelas honking, large crowds, and perfect weather for fall soccer.” With Milton down by one late in the game, Abby Lebovitz (IV) guided a beautiful shot into the back of the net sending the highly contested game in OT. With OT winding down, Megan Kim (II), pounded the winning goal to give the Mustangs an incredible win, stunning the BB&N Knights. In the four spot, the Boys Varsity Basketball team had another outstanding year under the guidance of ISL Basketball Legend, Lamar Reddicks. The first of two games for the ‘Stangs was a convincing win against the Nobles Bulldogs. Milton dominated the court in every aspect, defeating the embarrassed bulldogs 65-28. Heading to the playoffs, the team continued its dominance on its home court against Exeter.
Fans celebrate MA hockey win over Nobles
With the crowd buzzing, the Mustangs pulled off another excellent win to push them to the Semi’s, 57-33. Unfortunately, the team went on to lose to a strong Choate team at the end of the season, but the real victory was dominating two different opponents on its home court to bring a strong sense of community around the game of basketball. In the spring season, the track team joined up with Mr. Darling’s workout program in hopes of creating a powerhouse to defeat all other opponents. Grueling practices and runs in the rain paid off when ISL’s rolled around. The strong dynasty that Milton had built through Mr. Darling and Track and Field proved to be a success
as the Milton Mustangs took home a much respected third place in this years ISL contest against some of the best schools in the area. Every year the Milton-Nobles football games bring excitement to both communities, and this year the game between the two rival schools gets the second spot for the best sports moments of the year. In a game going back and forth the entire way, the game went into triple OT. After a year of domination by running back Ben Ticknor (I) and Quarterback Charlie Storey (I), the team once again turned to them. Putting the team on his back, Ben plowed up the middle to tie the score at 45 with a chance for the win with the two-point conversion.
As he had done some many times throughout the season, Ben found the end zone to win the game. Fans and players rushed the field in complete chaos in what proved to be only the start of great athletic competition throughout the year. Finally, in what many would say was the best moment this year and maybe even the past couple of years proved to be the success of the Boy’s Hockey team. The team had an incredible season and went to the post season for the second straight year. With fans like no one had seen before in the athletic center, the Mustangs grinded out, coming back from a two-goal deficit to force OT. In the finals of the New England Championship, the Mustangs faced Kent. Fan buses poured into the Ice Center in New Hampshire. Horns honking, bells ringing; the school spirit that was shown helped the Mustangs battle throughout the entire game. The Milton Hockey Team brought home the New England Championship beating Kent 2-1. This year brought much success on the sports field, but also gave the community a real sense of school spirit. Although only a few of the sports teams were mentioned, every team fought hard in hopes of bringing home hard wear.
Athlete of the Year, Ben Ticknor, Displays Athletic Prowess James Wang Sports Writer
Ben Ticknor: Athlete of the Year
With many incredible athletes to consider, the Milton Measure has chosen Benjamin Ticknor (I) as the Athlete of the Year. Hailing from Concord, Massachusetts, Ben was a tri-varsity athlete his senior year, contributing enormously to the football, basketball, and track and field programs. Ben has impacted Milton athletics ever since he arrived as a new sophomore after leaving St. Paul’s, but his senior year has clearly stood out as his strongest at Milton Academy. After playing on Varsity football since sophomore year, Ben came into his last season at Milton with intentions to lead the team. At the beginning of the season, Ben was just one of the many athletes on the team. His strength seemed to be in his defensive position, the middle line-
backer. The majority of the offensive strength came from his close friend, Charlie Storey (I) at quarterback. However, during the St. Sebastian’s game, Charlie hurt his foot, keeping him on the sidelines for a large portion of the season. Thinking back to the season, Ben said, “Obviously he was one of our team leaders both talent wise and vocally, and it’s tough any time a team loses a starting quarterback, which is the most crucial position on the field. All the seniors rallied in that game and over the course of the season to lead the team.” Despite Ticknor’s humbleness, it was quite clear after the Rivers game, in which he rushed for 349 yards with 5 touchdowns, that his drive to lead the team had made him the new offensive power At the end of the season, Ben rushed in total for around 1000 yards, averaging 7 yards per carry. On defense, he had 64 total tackles, 2 blocked kicks, and 1 interception. When asked about his impact on the team, he responded, “I like to think I made an impact on the football team not only statistically but also by helping some of the younger players come into their own.” Ben continued, “There are some very gifted sophomores who I know are going to step up big next year as juniors, and I think they know what they have to do to succeed.” Ticknor was voted MVP of the football team by
his teammates. He was also all-ISL and was selected to be on the New England Prep Team. His accomplishments in his last season at Milton showed Ben’s leadership, athleticism, determination, and genuine love for the game. A passion for athletics led Ben to branch off from his primary sport of football to successful endeavors in basketball and track. Already accepted to colleges in the fall of his senior year, Ben continued to play Milton athletics and displayed a support for our athletic program which transcended his college interest. About his time on the Varsity Basketball team, he said, “I was never the most skilled basketball player but I think that I helped out my teammates by working hard in practice and helping them improve their own games.” “This was really a special year for our basketball program, with talents like Dennis Clifford (I) and K.J. Pontes (I) and young guys like Ike Ngwudo (III) and Alec Brennan (IV) taking the team to heights that Milton has never seen before.” Despite Ben’s lack of experience with basketball, he set an example for the team with his leadership and hard work; in the end, Ben received the Coaches’ Award for this exemplar character. This spring, Ben participated in Track and Field for the first time, running the 100 meter and 4x100 events. Unfortunately, Ben suffered a back injury in the opening weeks of the season and was unable to compete
until the concluding weeks of the season. Despite his injury, once he was able to continue running, Ben was out on the track getting back into running shape to prepare for the ISL tournament. Sharing his thoughts on the new sport, Ben said, “Track was new to me this year but I tried to support vocally and did my best to help out our 4 x 100 meter relay team. It was a blast and it was great to see so many athletes from different sports coalesce and work together.” Ben will go on to play football alongside Charlie Storey at Dartmouth College next year. “It’s a huge step up, as the Ivy League attracts talent from all across the country, so I’ll have to work my ass off if I want the chance to make an impact,” says Ben. As a Milton thletic star, Ben shares his final thoughts about Milton athletics: “I have loved my time at Milton, and athletics have played a huge part in my Milton Experience. I’m very sad to leave the great programs I’ve been a part of and incredible coaches who’ve mentored me, but I’ll never forget guys like Coach MacDonald and Coach Reddicks.” While Ben is certainly deserving of this award, there are many others who deserve recognition for their athletic prowess. Dennis Clifford (I), Pat McNally (I), Sean Dougherty (I) and Charlie Storey (I) were all finalists.
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Spring Review Boys Sailing
M-Club Recap Baseball (9 – 5) MVP-Erik Jacobsen All-ISL-Erik Jacobsen, Jared Friedberg Honorable Mention- Michael Davis, Josh Ellis 2012 Captains - Jared Friedberg, Tyler Starks, Brooks English Boys' Lacrosse (7 – 8) MVP: Sean Dougherty All-ISL: Sean Dougherty, Jake Turrin Honorable Mention: Pat McNally, Nicholas Gagnon 2012 Captains: Nick Gagnon, Sam Wasserman, Harry Pearce Boys' Tennis (14 – 1) MVP: Noah Bragg All-ISL: Noah Bragg, Matt Lebovitz, Bart Panarese 2012 Captain: Matt Lebovitz Boys' Track (8 – 4) MVP: Running - Andrew Beaudoin, Field - Steven Pawlak All-ISL: Henry Russell, Stephen Pawlak, Kelby Pontes, Vincent Kennedy, Travis Sheldon, Ben Bosworth Honorable Mention: Andrew Beaudoin 2012 Captains: Vincent Kennedy, Ben Bosworth
Girls' Lacrosse (4 – 11) MVP: Erin Martin Honorable Mention: Diana Perry, Kaitlyn Stazinski, Mackenzie O'Neil 2012 Captains: Erin Martin, Sarah Evans, Carly Cummings
Max Bennett Guest Writer
Co-Ed Golf (9 - 8 – 2) MVP: Sam Procter 2012 Captain: Louis McWilliams Max Bennett
Girls' Tennis (9 – 3) All-ISL: Sophia Panarese Honorable Mention: Alexandra Lazarus, Ilve Bayturk 2012 Captains: Natasha Bhasin, Alexandra Lazarus Girls' Track (3 - 6 – 1) Honorable Mention: Olivia Irving, Elly Day, Nicole Acheampong, Nalani Daniels 2012 Captains: Kate Ballinger, Elly Day Sailing (11th in New England) 2012 Captains: Max Bennett, Alistair Hutchings Softball (10 – 4) MVP: Jane Ghublikian All-ISL: Jane Ghublikian, Maddie Gallagher Honorable Mention: Alana Dovner, Delaney Flynn 2012 Captains: Jane Ghublikian, Amy Chappel
Smooth sailing in Boston Harbor
All around improvement marked the 2011 sailing season – both individual racers and the team as a whole advanced to meet the competition. Sailing does not include sitting on fiberglass boats, aimlessly pulling ropes. On the contrary, high school sailing is a sport that relies heavily on tactics, plays, experience, and both mental and physical agility. In order to competitively race, one must know these basics of sailing, as well as pick up on the sport’s rules early in the season. Our 2011 season from start to finish was competitive. Throughout the season, pairs of skippers and crews were constantly changing, and the three varsity boats were never constant. With strong leadership from the captains Katherine Wasynczuk (II) and Sam Madden (I), the spring break trip to Miami kicked off the successful season. With new coach Mark Dinneen , who previously coached at Bowdoin, the team knew that the year would be complete with new plays and meaningful coaching.
The squad made it to New England’s for fleet racing at Tabor Academy, where the wind roared at over 25 mph and waves crashed throughout the harbor. While they did not qualify for nationals, qualifying for the O’Day Trophy at New England’s was a step up from the past 2010 season. After beating Sharon High, Cape Cod Academy, and Winchester High, the team record climbed to 4-1. It then faced the competitive teams from Portsmouth Abbey, Dartmouth High and Duxbury, Coach Dinneen’s Alma Mater. The Mustangs trumped Dartmouth and Duxbury, but unfortunately met their match in the frigid waters of Bristol, RI. Going into Wild Card weekend for team racing, the team knew that it would face its toughest opponents, as the top two teams qualify for New England’s. After a long day of fast-paced racing in Manchester by the Sea, the Milton team unfortunately lost its second place spot by one race, ending with a final record of 6-3. The final record does not reflect the improvements made by the sailing team this season. All racers improved their tactics, boat handling, and play recognition, and with the addition of new sailors next year, the sailing team will have what it takes to reclaim victory over the other New England sailing teams. With its informative coaches, helpful leaders, and overall team attitude, the sailing team finished the spring season in high spirits; “We are tough as hell,” as our beloved Coach Dinneen stated at M Club. Watch out next year, Tabor.
Tyler Starks Guest Writer
Ryan Heath Guest Writer
The Mustangs flew out of the gates by opening the season on a five game win streak, including a come from behind win over Thayer Academy in the last inning. After winning its first five games, the Mustangs fell to the undefeated Lawrence Academy squad and continued to lose by falling in a game against Belmont Hill. The chance of an ISL championship was ruined, but senior captains Erik Jacobsen (I), Charlie Storey (I) and Gregor Seidman (I) kept the team focused with outstanding leadership and poise. The Mustangs’ highlights of the year included coming from behind to beat the nationally ranked BB&N Knights baseball team and beating rival school Nobles. Against BB&N, Erik Jacobsen (I) pitched all seven innings while catcher Josh Ellis (III), right fielder Christian Hoxie (I) and centerfielder Jared Friedberg (II) came through with essential hits that pro-
The Boy’s Varsity Lacrosse team this year had a season of fluctuation to say the least. Finishing with a record of 7-8, this season was somewhat of a disappointment in relevance to the team’s actual capabilities, but still themselves nonetheless. Ranging from the absurdities of Dan and Cam Bowen (I), to the psychotic babblings of Matt Sullivan (III), the season was wrought with entertainment. In terms of the game-time performances of the players, the most consistent offensive threats included Jake Turrin (I), Pat McNally (I), and Nick Gagnon (II). From the defensive perspective, the “meat-heads” of the team kept the boys alive throughout the vast majority the games. Towards the end of the season, however, several injuries forced some of the other, often younger, players to step up and score some points for the Mustangs. Some of the
Ms. Mimi Storey
Varsity Baseball smiles after a big win
pelled Milton to an inspiring 4-3 victory. On Nobles Day, the Mustangs played their best game of the season by beating Nobles 11-5. Erik Jacobsen hit a home run in the very first inning to jump start the Mustangs. Outfielder Connor Johnson (I) had three hits in the game and Josh Ellis added a home run; Milton never let Nobles back into the game. The season ended with a feeling of success that should cascade into next year’s season.
Boys Lacrosse at boat dance
few that made a late but definite impact on offense included Sam Wasserman (II), Kevin Lynch (III), and the only freshman, Jack Kahill (IV). There could be hours of discussion surrounding the boys lax team this year, but from the first days of tryouts and the Florida lax trip, to the last minutes of the near-victory against Nobles, the boys had a great time, and the coaches were excellent as well, both in teaching the game and offering a relaxed, yet competitive atmosphere throughout the spring of 2011.
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Spring Season Recap Boys Track
Jesse Pagliuca Sports Section Editor
Milton Track is back in both track and field
Milton Academy Track began the season with the mantra “Track is back!”, hoping to reclaim a position at the top of the ISL. Combining Darlings with Track infused the Track team with a plethora of new talent that included K.J. Pontes (I), Dennis Clifford (I), and Travis Sheldon (II). The influx of strong newcomers, combined with many successful veterans, made for an
impressive year. The Track team went 8-4 for the season, scoring points in myriad of ways. In the field events, Sean Sylva (IV) and Clifford made a freshmensenior javelin duo that routinely scored near the top. Clifford also steadily scored points in the High Jump. While many players boasted high scores in field events, Stephen Pawlak (I) was the most dependable, always placing at the top in the pole vault. Pawlak was named field MVP, proving his worth in a variety of ways, including setting the Milton pole vault record at 13’ 8”. Pawlak also mentored Kevin Lee in the pole vault event, coaching him to become another habitual scorer. Not only did Pawlak excel at the pole vault; he was part of many placing relay teams as well. In terms of track events, many people contributed to the team. Vincent Kennedy, Pontes, Benjamin Ticknor, and Sheldon all did well in the shorter sprinting events, progressing as the season went on. By the end of the season, Sheldon was a speed demon, placing
Girls Lacrosse Sam Barrett-Cotter Sports Writer
a real heartbreaker,” remarked Nicole Donato (II). In another overtime thriller, Milton met Tabor in a duel of will. But the Stangs wanted it more, earning their way to an exhilarating 15-14 win. Eleven players got points, and this April 22 game was the “beginning of us working as a team,” said Simourian. However, it was on the 25th of May that the team pulled off its, according to Simourian, “Best win of the season.” Going into the game, the girls were confident, but conscious of Groton’s conquests. The Groton squad had handily defeated Thayer Academy, The girls lacrosse team shows spirit a perennial powerhouse, earlier in the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse is coming off year. of an emotional season. Although fin- The Mustangs knew that they ishing with a disappointing record of had to give it all they had to secure a four wins and eleven losses, the team victory. At halftime, the score was 9-9, fought hard the whole year. The girl’s and the team was fired up. record does not accurately represent Senior Hannah Jenkins, who the time and effort the girls put forth will be playing lacrosse at Wesleyan every minute of the spring season. University next year, was a force on Brighid Noone (II) reflected this sen- face-offs, succeeding with help from timent when she exclaimed, “I was captain Kaitlyn Stazinski who will proud of the way we fought in every attend St. Anslem College in the fall. game this season, win or loss.” The offense moved the ball with grace Four of the team’s losses were and speed, focusing all throughout the decided by one goal. On May 14, the game, the Mustangs won with a score team faced off against St. Mark’s. With of 16-13. 5 seconds remaining, Milton was down The team will miss the seniors’ by one goal when sophomore Lillie Si- energy, speed, intensity and “crazimourian netted her 4th goal of the game ness,” according to Lillie Simourian, to send the teams to overtime. Despite but it hopes to build on this year’s imstrong goaltending by Sarah Evans (II), provement and utilize its experienced with 12 saves, Milton lost in the sec- players to compete with the top teams ond overtime. “That game was tragic, in the league. Hannah Jenkins
third in the 400 at ISL’s, garnering the attention of various colleges. Though the entire team helped through encouragement and participation on the track, runners Henry Russell, Ben Bosworth, and Andrew Beaudoin stood out on the track. Henry dominated long distance events such as the 1500 and 3000. Bosworth proved a versatile runner, placing multiple times in the 400 and competing in the 1500. Of all the athletes, Andrew Beaudoin helped the team the most, and was named track MVP. Beaudoin led the team in overall points, always performing well in the 400 and the 800. He proved unselfish too; at ISLs, he sacrificed a gold medal in the 400 in order to help the team get more points. His unselfish act helped secure the team 3rd place, Track’s best finish since 2003. Beaudoin also set a Milton record in the 800, finishing with a time of 1:56.59. Overall, the season was very rewarding. MA Track is back!
Boys Tennis Matthew Lebovitz Senior Editor The Boy’s Varsity Tennis team had another extremely successful season this past spring, finishing with a 14-1 record and 2nd place finish in the ISL. The boys commenced the season with a strong start, winning their first five games by a combined score of 68-6. This dominance gave the team a lot of confidence going into the tough stretch of the season. In their sixth game, the boys played Belmont Hill on the indoor courts at Milton. The team started off the match by sweeping doubles The team then split the rest of the singles matches to win 9-6 over its hated rivals. After the win versus Belmont Hill, the boys had two easy victories against Thayer and Lawrence. However, the season hit a road-bump in the next match against Roxbury Latin. In this match, the squad won two out of the three doubles matches, but stumbled in the singles and dropped the match 10-5. Bragg and Panarese played very well, but, overall, the boys did not show up to play versus a very solid team. After this mishap, the boys finished out their schedule without a loss, beating a tough St. Paul’s team and their archrivals, Nobles in tough contests. Due to a technicality, Milton was unable to compete in the New England championship; however, the boys were still extremely proud of their season. With only three graduating seniors, the team looks to continue its success into next season and beyond.
Walton Lee Guest Writer
Captain practices outside of Forbes
As the spring season draws to a close, many sports are being celebrated for their achievements in a variety of official manners. Ultimate is not one of these sports. Despite being an interscholastic sport by definition (the team competes with other schools), the team is often regarded as illegitimate or at least “intramural” by the athletic department. Thus, in the past, the team has been kicked off its practice field numerous times by more “official” teams such as middle school lacrosse. However, this year the team kicked off the season with improved relations with the athletic department, receiving funds for tournament fees and ordering jerseys through the cage. Traditionally, the team consists mainly of seniors, but this year the team was left with only two: captains Clint McSherry (I) and Josh Berman (I). Returners were also sparse. Thus, the majority of the players this year were sophomores who were new to the sport, making the team very young in every sense of the word. Yet the new members quickly picked up the nuances of the sport and became proficient at throwing with the help of the unofficial throwing coach, Caleb Warren (III). Disappointingly, many games were cancelled due to harsh weather. The few games that were successfully scheduled saw strong performances by the captains, Warren and Walton Lee (II) acting as handlers (guys who are dished the disc to make bigger throws). Sky Williams (II) and Mike Sheehan (III) were among the most athletic players on the team, scoring majority of the points. Hopefully the team will come out in full force with 13 returners next year.
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Spring Season Recap Girls Softball
Maggie Walsh Guest Writer
Matthew Lebovitz Senior Editor
Varsity girls softball 10-4
The 2011 Varsity Softball season began with six consecutive wins, granting the team an early shot at an ISL title and a profile in the Boston Globe. Key wins over Brooks and Rivers, traditionally competitive teams, made Milton tough competitors for league leaders, such as Governors and Nobles. Coach Hickey loved to tell the team, “we are the team no one wants to play,” due to the team’s strong offense and ability to make comebacks late in the game. With an ISL title in its sights, the team suffered its first loss 8-7 to the bats of Lawrence Academy. Despite determination to rebound from the shattering of an undefeated title, the
loss of two key players, Catcher Maddie Gallagher (I) and 1st Baseman Kate Couturier (II) due to illness and injury, left the squad’s defense weakened for the highly anticipated game with ISL powerhouse Governors. With almost every player in an unfamiliar position, the defense was unable to measure up to the strength of Governors’ bats and the Stangs suffered their second loss. Despite the disappointment of the losses in such important games, the Milton softball team was able to maintain a winning record of 7 ISL wins and 4 losses, and a total record of 10-4 including tournament and non-ISL games. The battle with Nobles in the team’s last game of the season served
as a culmination of all of the hard work of the Softball team. Up 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh, the team owed credit to both the solid defense and the pitching by Jane Ghublikian (II), a force on the mound. Despite a hard fought game, several well-placed hits from the Nobles offense put them in the lead 7-6 for a final victory. In a group huddle following the loss, Coach Hickey wisely proclaimed “that’s life kid” while Gallagher and Amy Chappel (II) performed an old drama piece. Both events put smiles back on the girls’ faces. The team could give play-byplays of every game, but the defining characteristic of the season was the team’s chemistry. Led by Captain Alana Dovner (I), every member of the team held a vital role whether contributing to the games, practices, or team dynamic. Practice was never boring and the energy was unsurpassable. The chemistry and support throughout the team as the girls cheered for “Canada” or “the girl who fell” remind everyone that despite difficult losses, the softball team continues to be the family that each member looks forward to returning to every spring season. The softball team would like to thank Coaches Amy Hickey and Ted Carroll for another great season as it looks forward to success in the spring of 2012.
Coming off a disappointing season, the Girls Varsity Tennis team bounced back very well this past spring. The team started off the season with high expectations as star-player Sophie Panarese (I), ranked fourth in New England, returned to the team after a one-year hiatus. Georgetown bound Panarese summed up the goals of her team, stating, “We went into the season looking to kick some serious ass.” The girls started off the season on a high note, winning their first three games by a combined score of 33-12 versus competitors Rivers, St. George’s, and Brooks. However, after this impressive beginning, the team suffered a short losing streaking, falling short in their next two games against Middlesex and Thayer. Despite strong performances by seniors Emma Borden (I), Panarese, Susannah Lavigne (I), and Nikita Bhasin (I), the girls fell short, losing 9-5 and 8-7 respectively. After these tough defeats, the girls bounced back nicely, winning five of their last seven matches to finish with a 10-4 record, third place in the ISL. Led by new captains Natasha Bhasin (II) and Lexi Lazares (II) and coached by Troy Crichlow, the team looks to remain strong and continue off their success from the past year. Even though four seniors are leaving, the future is optimistic and Coach Crichlow seems to be building a true powerhouse in the ISL.
Girls Track Abbie Higgins and Danielle Frederick
After a slow start due to snowy weather, Girls Track ended up having a strong season filled with many great performances. Two amazing captains, Lauren Kee (I) and Olivia Irving (I), led the girls. The team finished third in its first two meets at Tabor and at home. Some highlights from Tabor included Kate Ballinger’s (II) win in the pole vault, Abbie Higgins (III) and Danielle Frederick’s (II) one-two finish for the grueling 3000 meter, Kee’s gold in the strenuous 1500 meter, and Irving’s win in the 400 meter. The Nguyen sisters, Kee, and Irving performed remarkably in the first home meet of the season. When the team took first place at St. Paul’s there were many first place winners: Jovonna Jones (I) (Shot and Disc), Tiffany Nguyen (II) (Jav and 100 hurdles), Danielle Cahoon (III) (Triple Jump), Irving (400 and 200), Nicole Acheampong (III) (100), and the girls 100
The girls bolt down the track
meter team of Kasia Ifill (III), Irving, Nalani Daniels (III), and Acheampong. Despite three canceled meets, the team went on to ISL’s and New England’s with great optimism. The ISL and New England team featured Irving, Daniels, Acheampong, Ifill,
Ballinger, Elly Day (II), Jones, Tiffany and Tatiania Nguyen, Danielle Cahoon, Elya Reznichenko (III), Carson Gaffney (II), Lindsay Atkeson (III), Kee, Frederick, and Higgins. Among the various strong finishes, Frederick set a personal record at 11: 18 minutes for the 3000 meter.
Reznichenko pole vaulted her way to a third place finish and a personal record at 7 feet 6 inches. Ballinger also tied for third in the pole vault. When asked to reminisce about the season, Coach Simonson offered many remarks. He describes Irving as “indomitable” and Jones as “the calm and collected rock of our throwing program”. He also noted that the Nguyens are very versatile and that Reznichenko improved tremendously, especially considering she was a first time pole vaulter. Moreover, working through an injury, Ballinger never gave up. Simonson noticed ample amounts of enthusiasm from the distance team. The girls were never afraid to run through muddy woods or to “The Top of the World”, fighting off Rottweilers on their way. A lot of new elements were introduced to the team this year as the team experienced a completely new coaching staff, but overall a unity grew between the girls, resulting in an unforgettable season.
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A Taste of Senior Projects
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Kaito Hara/The Brotherhood
Kaito Hara, Dan Bowen, Tyler Edwards, Nikhil Bhambi, Stephen Pawlak fluence from recent crime-themed movies, such as The Town and the Bourne series. The film depicts Bowen and Edwards as a pair of assassins trying to uncover a plot against them. The film also features a large ensemble of Milton students. Stephen Pawlak plays the film’s
Russian-gangster villain. The film featured plenty of fistfights, gunfights, and explosions, the latter courtesy of extensive special effects by Hara, and the audience was certainly not disappointed, giving the film a minute-long ovation.
One of the most high-profile senior projects this year was The Brotherhood, an student produced thriller film directed by Kaito Hara and starring Dan Bowen, Tyler Edwards Nikhil Bhambi, and Stephen Pawlack. The film, set in the seedy Boston underworld, draws clear in-
Emma Borden, Sophia Sopuch, Sloan Devins Emma Borden, Sophia Sopuch, and Sloan Devins mesmerized a crowd of about twenty-five onlookers as the girls gracefully jumped, twirled and leaped across the dance floor in the Kellner Dance Studio. The hard work put into their senior project manifested itself in the synchronization of their movement. Although the performance
was short lived, Borden and Devins continued to teach a dance class of about fifteen students who signed up in advance. The dance class was extremely homogeneous, consisting of only one male student. The performance was a great way for the girls to end their careers at Milton.
Andrew Nwachuku, Josh Jordan, Nick Alves In a school overflowing with talented musicians, the Hip-Hop sensation, The Academy, has become the most popular student group on campus. This past Wednesday, the members, Andrew “Dru Classic” Nwachuku, Josh “Sprinkles” Jordan, and Nick “J. Esco” Alves displayed their talents in King Theatre for their senior project. Starting off the event, Kahdeem Ralph showed his documentary on the group’s formation, including the history of Milton musicians, such as James Taylor, the Black Spades, and Cookie Dough. The movie also involved inter-
views with students and faculty, asking their opinions on the super-group. To end the documentary, Ralph shared an artist biography for each member of the group with pictures of his childhood and stories of experience with music. Following the short documentary, The Academy stormed the stage to perform three of their favorite songs: Time, Truth, and The Divided Line. The presentation was an enjoyable experience for all present, and definitely a highlight of the 2011 Senior Project presentations.
Sarah Lyn, Audrey Keathley, Shannon McHugh Hallowell seniors Sarah Lyn, Audrey Keathley, and Shannon McHugh teamed up with Robbins senior Doriane Ahia in learning about the arts of kickboxing and yoga. During their project the girls wanted not only to learn self-defense, a skill they felt was essential given their gender, but also “to get fit during projects” said Lyn.
While their main focus was, in fact, kickboxing, they underwent other training in their pursuit of becoming fit, including but not limited to, conditioning, flexibility, and core strength. In order to complete their project, the quartet was required to give an instructional session on what they had learned. And while they lamented that they
could not squeeze in all that they had accomplished into their given time slot, their session effectively went over the basics. Packed into the wrestling room, a slew of females of various ages—including prominent faculty Bridget Johnson and Heather Sugrue—and a lone male junior participated in a simple workout set up by the team. After
some light conditioning and core work, the students proceeded to learn about jabs, crosses, knee hits, and kicks. After going through the motions and sacrificing the wellbeing of the punching bag, the disciples went into some relaxing yoga. It was an incredible instructional session by the girls and an amazing senior project.
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by Watson Leffel, Managing Editor
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Prombiance: Senior Prom 2011
This past Saturday marked the annual Senior Prom for the class of 2011. Prom, the most famous and highly anticipated high school dance, was a great success, meeting the expectations of the graduating class The entire experience of prom collectively consumed at least twelve hours of each student’s day. Some dates gathered at friends’ homes with smiling and nostalgic parents to take pictures. Others waited until the entire senior class met on the quad at around 6:30pm to take formal pictures with dates, friends, parents, teachers, and even Mr. Bland. At past Milton proms, senior girls wore longer and more formal dresses while juniors and other underclassmen guests wore shorter dress in order to respect the graduating girls. This year, however, short and long gowns proved popular amongst seniors and underclassmen. A common trend of females from all classes was the white “goddess-like” full dresses. Memorable ensembles included but were not limited to: Hannah Jenkins’s (I) regal full length purple dress, Claire Whitman’s (I) white goddess gown hand made by her mother, Sophie Panerese’s (I) beautiful one shouldered black mini dress, Ariana Lee’s (I) classy long black and white gown, and Mariko Azis’s (I) stunning floor length ruby red dress. After taking innumerable pictures, students stepped on to the trolleys and later arrived at the Radisson Hotel. Upon walking into the ballroom, students saw many white dinning tables decorated with black and gold balloons that were centered around a dance floor and DJ table. Dates began to claim their tables, marking them with purses, blazers, and heels. As dates snapped pictures while awaiting dinner at their tables, Marvin Gaye’s “Aint No Mountain High Enough” projected from the speakers and Kahdeem Ralph (I) ran across the dance floor to fellow dorm mate Cam Bowen (I). The two danced in what was easily the night’s most memorable duet performance. Following the impromptu performance, students enjoyed an extravagant three-course meal and then proceeded to hit the dance floor. Throughout the night, when dates needed a break from dancing, they lined the outside hallway and enjoyed the tables of small pastries, fruit, and cups of water. Senior Claire Whitman recalled her prom experience as “an awesome night.” At one a.m., the DJ played the last song and students departed in trolleys on a much calmer and quieter ride than the one before. When students arrived back at the Student Center, flashing colorful lights welcomed them into the “Boardwalk” themed prom after party. Girls and boys traveled to their respective changing areas where everyone shed their formal attire and donned sweatpants and t-shirts for the remainder of the morning. The bottom level of the student center held tables of pizza, crab rangoon, and spring rolls while the upper level housed the board walk games, a frozen drink tiki bar, a cappuccino stand, a cotton candy machine, and a caricature artist. Inside Wigg Hall, students could also enjoy the moon bounce, the inflatable obstacle course, or the human Velcro wall. After a few hours, the excitement of “post prom” began to wear off, and students dozed off in all areas of the building. Students could be found asleep in the freshman booths, all corners of the sophomore cave, the hallway to the book store, on the floor, and on couches of the upper level of Stu. Prom goers even slept on the moon bounce, the Velcro wall’s platform, and the obstacle course. Finally, at five a.m., groggy, sleep deprived students in various states of dishevelment left the student center. Students in pajamas, some with make up or dress shoes still on, carried their wrinkled dresses and tuxes out of the student center as they departed for a long, lazy day of sleep and recovery. All in all, this year’s Senior Prom met the expectations of a great send off for the senior class of 2011. We wish them the best of luck for next year!
Dr. Patricia DeGroot
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Matriculation: Class of 2011
Yael Acker-Krzywicki: Binghamton University Mariam Agaeva: University of Chicago Doriane Ahia: Harvard University Rachelle Alfred: Tufts University Sarah Alliegro: Georgetown University Nicholas Alves: Boston College Philip Alves: George Washington University Samuel Ames: Union College Mariko Azis: Cornell University John Bailey: Harvard University Ashley Bair: Mount Holyoke College Katherine Bator: Dickinson College Katlyn Bean: Kenyon College Thomas Beaudoin: Williams College Alice Becker: Carnegie Mellon University Robert Bedetti: Harvard University Loxley Bennett: Columbia University Michael Berke: University of Pennsylvania Angela Berkowitz: Harvard University Joshua Berman: McGill University Nikhil Bhambi: Boston University Nikita Bhasin: Columbia University Rachel Black: Gap Year, Brown University Emma Borden: Cornell University Cameron Bowen: Fairfield University Daniel Bowen: Junior Hockey League Julianne Brady: Gap Year, Ithaca College Noah Bragg: Bowdoin College Julia Brown: University of Edinburgh Katherine Caine: Georgetown University Charles Casper: Colgate University Wayne Chang: Washington University in St. Louis Michael Char: Tufts University Natalie Chaves: Trinity College Wilson Chen: Harvard University Zhen Zhen Chen: Brandeis University Lauren Cheng: Fordham University Sidney Chiang: Georgetown University Mark Chu: University of Miami Dennis Clifford: Boston College Jaclyn Coffey: College of the Holy Cross Sarah Costello: George Washington University Elias Dagher: Columbia University Solana Davis: Tufts University Genevieve DeGroot: Wesleyan University Rebecca Deng: Barnard College Aaron Deutsch: Amherst College Mary Devins: University of South Carolina Sean Dougherty: Williams College Alana Dovner: Connecticut College Caitlin Dutkiewicz: Georgetown University Tyler Edwards: Lehigh University Robert Elias: College of William and Mary Delger Erdenesanaa: Bowdoin College Conor Feagan: New York University Aylin Feliz: George Washington University Isabella Frontado: Wellesley College Jasmine Gale: University of Southern California Madison Gallagher: Gap Year Christopher Ganss: Air Force Academy Nicolette Gendron: Occidental College Michael Godwin: Saint Lawrence University Lydia Green: Tulane Unviersity
Harvard University Cornell University Tufts University Boston College Amherst College Columbia University George Washington Unversity Georgetown University Washington University St. Louis Wesleyan University Bowdoin College New York University University of Chicago University of Southern Cal. Brown University Dartmouth College Dickinson College Trinity College Wellesley College Williams College Yale University Boston University
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Marco Barber-Grossi: Gap Year, Harvard University Nâ€™dea Hallett: Tufts University Kaito Hara: New York University Benjamin Hawkins: University of Michigan Alexander Healey: Amherst College Noelle Hiam: Wesleyan University Christian Hoxsie: Claremont McKenna College Woodruff Hudson: Gap Year Chinenye Ikoro: Johns Hopkins University Olivia Irving: George Washington University Erik Jacobsen: Bowdoin College Kunal Jasty: University of Chicago Naveen Jasty: Cornell University Hannah Jenkins: Wesleyan University Connor Johnson: Harvard University Jovonna Jones: Emory University Joshua Jordan: Salve Regina University Samuel Karlinski: Columbia University - Juliard Exchange Program Audrey Keathley: George Washington University Sarah Kechejian: University of Vermont Lauren Kee: University of Rochester Ian Kernohan: College of Wooster Esther Kim: Boston University Cleopatra King: Boston College Brian Kong: Massachusetts Institue of Technology Richard Kong: Cornell University Brian Krantz: Columbia College Warren Lam: Vanderbilt University Daniel Lamere: Washington University in St. Louis Cameron Lamoureux: Yale University Josette LaRochelle: Brown University Susannah LaVigne: University of Richmond Ariana Lee: Brown University Carolyn Lee: Yale University David Lee: Emory University Yoona Lee: New York University Isabelle Lelogeais: Rice University Isabel Lester: Claremont McKenna College Zakiya Lewis: Harvard University Shan Lin: Dickinson College Sarah Lyn: Mount Holyoke College Jane Ma: Colby College Robert MacKay: Tulane University Samuel Madden: Tufts University Elisabeth Makishima: Smith College Charlotte Malone: Sarah Lawrence College Sonia Manssen: Bowdoin College Hannah Mason: Bard College Devon McCready: Boston College Shannon McHugh: Fairfield University Patrick McNally: Harvard University William McSherry: McDaniel College John Meek: University of Vermont Chelsea Mehra: University of California, Davis Caitlin Melendez: Furman College Daniel Merenich: Amherst College James Meresman: Washington University in St. Louis Nicole Meyers: Gap Year, Bucknell University Chloe Michaelidis: Earlham College Brittany Miller: New York University Patrick Miller-Bartley: University of Colorado, Boulder
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Carnegie Mellon Claremont Mckenna Earlham Emory Fairfield Gap Year / Undecided Johns Hopkins MIT Middlebury Mount Holyoke Occidental Rice Tulane University of Michigan University of Vermont Kenyon College Air Force Academy Bard College Barnard College Bates College Binghamton University Brandeis University
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John Mitchell: University of Chicago Scott Murphy: Cornell University Samantha Noh: Harvard University Andrew Nwachuku: Amherst College Seowon Oh: Carnegie Mellon University Sean Okita: Trinity College Caroline Owens: University of Chicago William Palmer: Middlebury College Sophia Panarese: Georgetown University Tanya Panicker: University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign George Pantazopoulos: Tufts University Stephen Pawlak: Cornell University Elizabeth Peabody: University of Southern California Diana Perry: Haverford College Kelby Pontes: Wheaton College Jaclyn Porfilio: Williams College Nikolas Powers: Wesleyan University Xiaoyin Qiao: Washington University in St. Louis Carolina Queszada: Earlham College Kahdeem Ralph: Wesleyan University Yuleissy Ramirez: Harvard University Charlotte Reed: Kenyon College Joseph Reynolds: Pomona College Ainikki Riikonen: University of St. Andrews Anais Rodriguez-Thompson: Columbia University Henry Russell: Dartmouth College Thomas Schneider: Skidmore College Daniel Schwartz: Gap Year, Harvard University Gregor Seidman: University of Michigan Samuel Shleifer: Yale University Sofia Silverglass: Middlebury College Hannah Smith: Guilford College Sophia Sopuch: Indiana University Kaitlyn Stazinski: Saint Anslem College Charles Storey: Dartmouth College Andrew Strang: Clemson University Alexandra Stratouly: Boston College Conrad Taylor: Boston College Madeline Thayer: Wellesley College Benjamin Ticknor: Dartmouth College Satto Tonegawa: Massachusetts Institue of Technology Victoria Trippe: Cornell University Zachary Trkla: Bates College Jackson Tse: Johns Hopkins University Jake Turrin: Amherst College Marshall Tyler: Occidental College Farzan Vafa: Harvard University Anika Wasserman: Grinnell College Isabel Watts: Evergreen State College Jessica White: Illinois Wesleyan University Claire Whitman: Wellesley College Arianna Williams: Washington University in St. Louis Katherine Woodhouse: Dickinson College Joycelyn Yip: University of Southern California Christian Yun: University of Southern California Robert Zindman: Trinity College Alisha Zou: Rice University
Bucknell University 1 Clemson University 1 Colby College 1 Colgate University 1 College of the Holy Cross 1 College of William and Mary 1 College of Wooster 1 Columbia College 1 Connecticut College 1 Evergreen State College 1 Fordham University 1 Furman College 1 Grinnell College 1 Guilford College 1 Haverford College 1 Illinois Wesleyan University 1 Indiana University 1 Ithaca College 1 Junior Hockey League 1 Lehigh University 1 McDaniel College 1 McGill University 1
Pomona College 1 Saint Anslem College 1 Saint Lawrence University 1 Salve Regina University 1 Sarah Lawrence College 1 Skidmore College 1 Smith College 1 Union College 1 University of California, Davis 1 University of Colorado Boulder 1 University of Edinburgh 1 University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign 1 University of Miami 1 University of Pennsylvania 1 University of Richmond 1 University of Rochester 1 University of South Carolina 1 University of St. Andrews 1 Vanderbilt University 1 Wheaton College 1