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Erick Tseng Asks, “What Would You Do if You Weren’t Afraid?” By Rebecca Chernick ‘14 Head Writer Erick Tseng (‘97), this year’s Hong Kong Speaker, spoke to Classes II and III in King Theater on Wednesday, May 8. The Hong Kong Bicentennial Committee established the Hong Kong Distinguished Speaker Series Fund in 1998 to educate the Milton community about Asia and discusses topics concerning Asian cultures. Mr. Tseng graduated from Milton in 1997 and received both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT, as well as an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Since graduate school, he has worked for Microsoft, Yahoo, and MIT Media Lab, and was a senior project leader on Google’s Android team. In 2010, Mr. Tseng joined Facebook, where he is currently head of mobile products. When asked about his visit to Milton, Mr. Tseng said, “I love coming back to
campus. Having the privilege to talk was a big honor.” Mr. Tseng was the first trustee, though not the first Milton alumnus, to speak as the Hong Kong Distinguished Speaker. Ms. WuWong, History Department Chair and faculty advisor to Asian Society, said, “This [year’s Hong Kong Speaker] is particularly significant because Erick Tseng is a graduate of Milton Academy. He was active in Asian Society, serving as Editor-inChief of The Asian. It makes me very proud. He is a current trustee, and I had him as a student. He was a key member of the Asian student community.” When Tseng was a student at Milton, explained Ms. WuWong, Asian students were not very involved in activities outside of Asian Society. Erick, however, joined a range of activities, participated in theatre productions, and captained the Speech Team. English teacher and Speech Team coach Ms. Simon, said
Erick Tseng ‘97 addressed the Milton Academy student body on May 8th.
that Tseng was instrumental in the school presentation of Fiddler on the Roof, describing him as someone who was “always right where you need him” and an incredibly memorable speech captain due to his outstanding leadership. When he came back to Milton last week to speak, Tseng opened by presenting himself
as “a living, breathing stereotype,” a member of the “model minority” who did extra math homework as a child and learned to play the violin and the piano. He then challenged these stereotypes, saying that Asian Americans “do not want to be pigeon-holed,” and confronted Milton students with the question, “What would
you do if you weren’t afraid?” Tseng drew parallels from his own life to expand on the question. After developing the “world’s best smartphone” with Android, Tseng had to choose whether to “ride the Android rocket ship, or take a leap of faith and start a new company.” While Continued on page 4
Washington Wizard’s Center Jason Collins Comes Out By Shira Golub ‘14 News Editor On April 17th, the Gay and Straight People’s Alliance at Milton held an assembly highlighting the tensions of homosexuality in the athletic sphere. Twelve days later, basketball player Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay male professional athlete.
While playing at Stanford in 2001, Collins was named an All-American, then was drafted by the Houston Rockets. Since then he has played for many teams: the New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, and the Washington Wizards. After twelve years in the
NBA, he is now a free agent and a world-wide advocate for the LGBTQ community. In a recent issue of Sports Illustrated, Collins took ownership of his identity by saying “I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.” Jason is extremely proud to make this stride for both the NBA and the entire profes-
On April 29th, Jason Collins came out as first openly gay professional athlete.
Community Service Day, pg. 3 Bisbee Tea pg. 3
Blue Coat, pg. 4 Miranda Rights, pg. 5
sional athletic community. “Loyalty to my team is the real reason I didn’t come out sooner,” Collins explains. “I decided to commit myself to the Celtics and not let my personal life become a distraction. When I was traded to the Wizards, the political significance of coming out sunk in. I was ready to open up to the press, but I had to wait until the season was over.” A huge factor in other athletes keeping their sexual orientation private is locker room culture. “The biggest concern seems to be that gay players will behave unprofessionally in the locker room,” Collins says. The locker room is a place where athletes can feel most vulnerable, and, Collins says, many people have misconceptions about how a homosexual person will act in a locker room. However, Jason explains, “I’ve taken plenty of showers in 12 seasons. My behavior wasn’t an issue before, and it won’t be one now. My conduct won’t change. I
Film Festival, pg. 9 City of Angels, pg. 10
still abide by the adage, ‘what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room.’” Although Jason announced this opinion with conviction, Elaine Apthorp, History and English teacher at Milton, as well as faculty advisor to the Gay and Straight People’s Alliance, says, “unfortunately homophobia is so virulent in locker room culture nationwide that it’s just not realistic to expect it will evaporate soon.” She adds, “I still read of professional athletes in team sports like football and baseball blandly proclaiming they’d never play with a gay teammate—when of course they have already done so, but those gay teammates have been so intimidated by the consequences of coming out that they’ve been thoroughly not out in the locker room, so the ignorance and bigotry goes unchallenged.” The LGBTQ community hopes that Jason Collin’s message of “lead[ing] by example Continued on page 4
Boys Lacrosse, pg. 11 Sailing, pg. 11
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Wednesday Assemblies: Worth the While? Last week, the student body gathered in King Theatre to hear Erick Tseng ’97, the current head of mobile products at Facebook, talk about a point that we have heard before in speeches from Paul Tough and Pamela Husain. However, Tseng’s theme of daring to take chances and not being afraid to fail resonated much deeper with us than the very same point made by different speakers did. Why did Erick Tseng receive such an ecstatic response when speakers just as qualified and knowledgeable heard crickets? The simple answer is that Erick Tseng is relatable. It is fun to listen to an attractive, funny, energetic Milton alumnus who is aware of what teenagers care about and will respond to. A vivacious and passionate speaker, Erick Tseng kept us interested in the points he made. Moreover, Tseng engaged us by touching on experiences specific to Milton students. Finally, Tseng inspired us when he brought dozens of audience members to the stage to share what they would do if they weren’t afraid. Enthused applause erupted when he concluded, and we left the speech feeling optimistic and refreshed. The Erick Tseng experience differs from the Wednesday assembly norm, when we check our phones and wait for the clock to strike 10. The points may be just as valid and the speakers may be just as intelligent; however, without an appealing and upbeat delivery, the speakers tend to exhaust the short-attention spans of tired teenagers, obstructing their audience members from digesting the presentation’s material. So how do we keep students entertained? It is rare for a speaker to offer an obsolete or repetitive point of view, as he or she has been selected by a club or organization in order to shed new light upon an economic, political, or social issue. If we as a community begin to choose speakers solely based on their charisma and ability to harness the attention of the student body, then we could potentially discount speakers with groundbreaking ideas that can’t seem to engage several hundred high schoolers for 45 minutes. However, if a speaker is unable to convey his or her point accurately through speech, the ideas, no matter how enlightening, lose credibility as the students simply stop listening. It is on both us students and the speakers to be able to get more out of the Wednesday morning assemblies; they are amazing opportunities that we need to take advantage of. We students need to make a stronger effort to both understand and heed the points offered by speakers. On the other hand, when the speakers offer their points in more engaging ways, the audience takes more away from the speech; just as important as a speaker’s actual point is how that speaker can convey that point to a group of over 600 fourteen to eighteen year-olds. As we have seen, having an impressive resume or wide breadth of knowledge is not enough to captivate this high school audience. The speakers who can see eye-to-eye with us both receive positive reactions from us and inspire us to live by their words. We as students need to be more active in grasping the the lessons that every speaker has to share, and speakers should show an awareness of their audience, not by diluting their points, but by presenting them in a way that keeps us engaged.
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Community Service Day: A Huge Success By Claire Russel ‘14 News Writer Every year, Milton Academy takes a day off from classes to take part in either Community Service or Seminar Day. This year, on May 1st, Milton’s Upper School joined together to participate in giving back through community service around the greater Boston area. Members of the student body were assigned different tasks in order to get further in touch with Milton’s neighboring communities and offer help to those in need. Students dispersed to various locations to impact their designated communities. Some Milton students traveled to elderly homes, food banks, or preschools delving into various activities to offer their support. Others stayed on campus to teach science, play music, and connect with students from the Epiphany School. All these tasks accumulatively made a great impact on both Milton students and the destination communities. Sydney Adedemola (II), who sang and played the violin for the Epiphany students, recalls a particularly memorable moment when the students sang along in “a pure moment of music, bringing everyone together.” From this experience, Sydney sees how sharing music becomes a service to others no matter how small.”
This day, just one song, one act of kindness, illustrates to the students the impact they can make on the community. Last year, Milton hosted Seminar Day, which was filled with interesting talks that enlightened Milton Students about a broad spectrum of issues and ideas. Next year we will host Seminar Day again, following the biannual fashion of alternating between these two days. For many years, the days present a pertinent Milton Academy tradition, helping students understand what goes on in the world beyond the boundaries of the Milton campus. Students enjoy both Seminar Day and Community Service Day for different reasons. Erika Lamere (III) who, this year, visited the Bridge Boston School to help teach, plant flowers, and play with the kids explains that she prefers community service because it is “more fun and you feel good when the day is over.” Gianna Beniers (III) who assisted at the Boston Food Bank agrees with Lamere that community service day is “fun” and “more hands-on” than Seminar Day. An anonymous senior girl referred to Community Service Day as an opportunity to expand beyond the “Milton Bubble.” She explains, “Milton students will react better to being active instead of just listening to things going on
Adam Basri (I) enjoys the Class I field day with the Taylor School.
outside [the Milton Bubble].” Even with all the positive feedback about Community Service Day, there are still many people who truly enjoy and actually prefer Seminar Day. Ian Kennedy (III) says that he likes being exposed to many different topics on Seminar Day rather than just learning about the one location through community service. Ian describes the individuals who come to speak to students as “super interesting.” Also in favor of Seminar Day, Bart Panarese (II) states, “I get to choose what I want to do and what interests me.”
Bart says his desire to select what he learns stems from his “naturally curious” personality, a trait which many Milton students share. Panarese likes the elective system of Seminar Day because it allows him to learn things he wants to learn. Students seem to generally agree that both of these days offer them the opportunity to learn about real world issues and expand their thinking beyond Milton Academy’s sometimes monotonous atmosphere. Milton students enjoy the chance to leave for the day or hear the stories and ideas of people on many different pub-
lic issues that they otherwise would not have been exposed to in a classroom. This year, Milton Academy reached out and offered its help to the community, and next year, we will have the opportunity to hear from many amazing and intellectual individuals on topics such as the environment, politics, business, and more. The Milton Academy community embraces the tradition of these days, enthusiastic about learning in a non-traditional way.
Nine U.S. History Students to Attend Bisbee Tea By Rachael Allen ‘14 News Writer With the warm weather coming in and summer approaching, students are glad to be finishing up their history term papers and finally putting aside the long hours in the library and the many notecards.
For thirty years, selected U.S. History and U.S. in the Modern World II students have been awarded the Ethan Wyatt Bisbee Prize for Outstanding Research in United States History, a prize that culminates in a presentation and a discussion
of select history term papers with the History Department and peers. While term papers can be excellent in many different ways, the Bisbee Prize highlights students whose papers have broken through common ideas about topics to
Recipients of the Bisbee Prize look forward to discussing their term papers at the Bisbee Tea next Tuesday.
discover and analyze the material in an innovative way. Each U.S. History and U.S. in the Modern World II teacher is allowed to choose one student from each of his sections, making up a total of nine Bisbee Prize recipients. Ms. Foster says, “All teachers have different definitions of an outstanding term paper, but they all agree it must be unusual, go so far beyond the minimum that the students are working not as students but as historians finding something fresh.” As Ms. Foster notes, this achievement is particularly hard at a school like Milton where the coursework is so intense already, since honorees have to put so much extra time into their papers. Mr. Hilgendorf observes, “Many papers might be strong in research or have a well-developed thesis, but the Bisbee Prize winners have done ‘A’ work in all three phases of the paper – development of thesis, quality of research, and beauty of writing.” This type of preci-
sion and skill has been key because, while an original idea is interesting, “a clear and compelling argument, evidence of significant original research, and a well-supported and thorough discussion of primary and secondary source material are, in my opinion, the more important ones,” says Ms. WuWong, chair of the History Department. To achieve this level of sophistication and innovation, students must dedicate much of their time to this project, whose process, award recipients and teachers agree, relies upon passion for the topic. While a number of students had persuasive and strong term papers, the honored students demonstrated unique ideas in well-written papers, achievements rooted in passion for their topic and organization. One of the nine recipients, Helena Thatcher (II) wrote about “the undemocratic nature of the electoral college,” focusing upon the Election of 1800. Originally Continued on page 4
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Evaluating Blue Coat after One Year By Mark Iraheta ‘15 Opinion Writer If you are a boarder at Milton Academy, you have probably bumped heads with this year’s new proxy. Whether shutting off an underclassman boarder from the internet at your bedtime or blocking a junior from online shopping during study hall, the proxy does a solid job of limiting internet activity. Although the proxy has helped me and other boarding students stay off Facebook and other social media websites during study hall, I also find the proxy more of an inconvenience than a helpful tool. In the beginning of the year, due to the proxy, many boarding students experienced difficulty connecting to the campus internet. The first month of school was filled with endless problems simply connecting to Google and other search engines. Although the new proxy was put in place to protect our school’s safety and privacy, the proxy prior to this one provided a much better service. While the cur-
rent proxy does successfully block distracting websites during study hall, Milton students are generally capable of managing their time on social media sites. Additionally, students that log onto Facebook during study hall are usually trying to connect with peers about assignments, and those who are trying to connect to blogs are often researching a topic for class. I believe this new proxy is only a hassle that we must all deal with. Upon arriving at Milton for the beginning of my sophomore year, I was excited about the freedom that came with it. My bubble was soon burst the first night that I asked for late lights back in October, when I needed to access a website for an assignment. To my surprise and inconvenience, I was presented with the Milton Academy logo with a caption reading “Access Denied.” This problem arose recently with the new and supposedly “improved” proxy software. The new proxy now shuts off at 10:30pm for freshman
Bisbee Tea Honors Exceptional Term Papers Abolitionist Movement affectContinued from page 3 researching two elections, ed one another, noted that the Helena had to narrow down organization of the paper was her ideas and felt that confer- crucial. “One of the biggest encing with her teacher really struggles was definitely just helped, especially since stu- doing the research and finding dents receive a grade for the the most useful information to process of writing the paper. put into the essay. Going in with Another of the nine, Neil a clear research question really Chandra (II) felt similarly helped narrow my research.” On Tuesday, May 21st, overwhelmed by the multistudents will tude of sources attend the for his paper on Bisbee Tea Henry Kissinger’s policies and “The passion for a at Straus Limistakes that topic can help fuel brary, where they will be led to a turbuthe drive and motihonored for lent end to the Vietnam War. vation to continue these exceptional hisHe suggested the paper...” tory essays. that future MilAs Neil adton historians vises, “the should choose term paper something they are passionate about and is an experience,” so students make sure to analyze from should make the most out of their own point of view rath- it; perhaps, it is this dedicaer than summarizing events. tion and enjoyment that led This passion for a topic can to the deserved recognition help fuel the drive and moti- of these nine students. vation to continue the paper, even through all the information and all the time spent. Similarly, Nadya Yeh (II), who wrote her winning paper on how the Underground Railroad and the growth of the
boarders and 11:00 for sophomores, which poses a problem that needs to be addressed. With the old proxy, accessing the internet past bedtime with late lights was not difficult. One could go on the internet freely and do homework such as Supersite exercises or history research. Now, late lights are not helpful in regard to online assignments, since the
internet completely shuts off at either 10:30 or 11:00 pm. Likewise, waking up early to finish online homework is nearly impossible, as the proxy does not restart again until approximately 6:00 am. This proxy has been only a nuisance for all members of the boarding community, particularly the underclassmen, and the old proxy should
Jason Collins Comes Out Continued from page 1 and show[ing] that gay players are no different from straight ones” will influence many high school athletes who are struggling to express their sexuality. “Here at Milton we are way ahead of a lot of high schools in that our program in so many ways proactively encourages education about and active appreciation for diversity,” says Ms. Apthorp. “But homophobic attitudes are not magically absent from the community.” At Milton “a couple years ago one of our own varsity athletes, Erin McDaniel, came out to the school at an assembly in the fall of her senior year [in the context of a response to some anti-lesbian graffiti in
one of the Cox Library bathrooms],” Ms. Apthorp remembers. “I can tell you that was a very big deal for her to do at the time.” This is not the only example of a student athlete who felt comfortable enough with the community to share their sexual identity. “About a decade ago, Ken Nakamura came out in a Chapel speech, and that was a big deal. He was a varsity hockey player. Courage was his middle name. To Milton kids’ great credit, both those students got a lot of support from fellow students both before and after their coming out.” The Milton community still has a long way to go in completely adopting Jason
Collins’ philosophy that “a good teammate supports you no matter what.” Ms. Apthorp declares, “It’s depressing to hear the stuff some kids still feel perfectly comfortable saying about gay people without their friends calling them on the careless cruelty of that garbage. We’re on a long road.” Ms. Apthorp is right. While Jason Collins says, “I’m glad I’m coming out in 2013 rather than 2003. The climate has shifted; public opinion has shifted,” he also reminds us that “we still have so much farther to go.” Hopefully Jason Collins’ courage will inspire Milton to encourage each other to be more accepting and open in our athletic programs.
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Continued from page 1 making the decision, he received a call from his present employer, Facebook. After deciding that “Zuck [Mark Zuckerberg] was down to earth and extremely smart,” Tseng took the enormous risk of abandoning both Google and his own start-up, deciding to join Facebook instead. Tseng elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from students. Santiago Vivar (III) says, “He was great—he was speaking on a topic that a lot of people could relate
to. He was well-spoken and incorporated humor into the speech.” Santiago added, “I liked that [Tseng] involved students in the presentation.” Ariela Buxbaum-Grice (III) also enjoyed Erick Tseng’s speech, but for different reasons. “I thought it was very interesting that he talked about racial stereotypes, because he has a very important job—he could have talked about that instead. His speech was very relatable and applied to Milton students.” Yemi Olorunwunmi (II) says, “I liked him.
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be reestablished. “Dare to be True,” our school motto, does not hold true online. Why are we not trusted enough to complete our work without being distracted, so much so that the internet has to completely shut off at bedtime? The proxy last year was more reasonable and effective, and we should return to it.
The Blue Coat proxy rejecting a website during study hall.
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It was probably one of the best speeches I’ve heard at Milton.” Having Erick Tseng back at Milton was an honor. The Milton community wholly embraced him and his message of accepting failure as a natural process of growth. His contributions to the school, both in his time as a student and as a trustee and speaker, have motivated the school to truly pursue its motto, Dare to be True.
By Eliza Sharfstein ‘16 Opinion Writer
thorities apparently continued with further questions, such At 8 p.m. on April 19th, as whom they worked with, Boston citizens, with the rest how they built the bombs, of the United States, sat glued and how they became radicalto their televisions as authori- ized, none of which fall under ties, after a week of searching, the public safety exception captured Marathon Bombing related to immediate danger. Some fear that broadening suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, who was found hiding in a boat the exception beyond an imin the backyard of a Water- mediate threat to society could town home. In the hours after fall down a slippery slope and the city-wide lockdown was eventually result in officers lifted, the city was relieved- taking advantage of suspects, -but many questions remained with suspects incriminating unanswered. Were there still themselves because they are any bombs in the area? Was unaware of their rights. Oththis plot part of some greater ers, however, worry that offischeme? Had the suspects cials could lose an opportunity been formally trained? Who to gain valuable, life-saving influenced the brothers? Of- information from suspects afficials faced the matter of ter reading them their rights. whether to compromise the After all, in the Tsarnaev case, answers to these questions by before reading the Miranda reading the Miranda Warn- warning, the suspect was cooping to the surviving brother. erative in answering questions, Appearing throughout but he “chose” to remain silent movies, television, and books once he was read his rights a when police make an arrest, few days after his capture. The situation offers a the Miranda Warning is a concomplex, intriguing example stitutionally-mandated speech of the struggle between prothat extecting our plains the society from s u s p e c t ’s “It is to stop law enforcement both immediright to siate and future authorities from committing lence, an a t t o r n e y, abuses. Because when they can threats and maintaining make their own rules, someand other court mat- time, somewhere, they inevita- sight of our constitutional ters. Combly will.” Fifth Amendmonly rement rights. sembling Although the classic the public safety exception, cop speech “You have the right which applies only to immeto remain silent. Anything you diate threats, is essential to say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have protecting civilians, the risk of the right to an attorney. If you abuse is too high with this excannot afford an attorney, ception. Once interrogations one will be provided for you broaden beyond the scope of at interrogation time and in immediate threats to questioncourt,” the Miranda Warning ing about future ones, the exreminds people of their Fifth ception should not apply. This Amendment right against self- approach does not prevent incrimination. If the warning authorities from continuing is not given, nothing a sus- with questioning to find out pect says is permissible as about less immediate, broadevidence in court. You might er-scheme threats; however, have heard someone say, “I prosecutors should not be perplead the Fifth” when he does mitted to use it as evidence not want to answer questions against the suspect in court. We in court, referencing this right. must remember the reason for However, there is an ex- adopting the Miranda Warning ception to the law: when pub- back in 1966. Emily Bazelon lic safety is potentially en- of Slate puts the initial intendangered. Instituted in 1984 tions of the Miranda ruling after a Supreme Court ruling, eloquently: “It is to stop law the “public safety exception” enforcement authorities from allows officials to proceed committing abuses. Because with questioning before the when they can make their Miranda Warning is given. In own rules, sometime, somethese situations, anything said where, they inevitably will.” by the suspect can be used in court. This exception was used in the Boston Bombings case to ask Dzhokar if the brothers had planted any more bombs. While these questions were important to ensure immediate public safety, au-
Rajiv Ram (IV) participates in his Class IV English class.
Freshman Year at Milton By Sophie Cloherty ‘16 Opinion Writer Freshman year at Milton Academy tests new students’ ability to make a difficult transition as they adapt to an unfamiliar environment. As a freshman myself, I remember orientation week with great clarity: sitting in the ACC, uncomfortably looking around at future classmates, and trying to muster up the courage to approach them. In addition to preparing for a new academic and social routine, freshmen face the challenge of discovering their individual identities while uniting as a class. Milton takes steps to ease Class IV students into this transition. As I have learned from other Class IV students, many at the time believed that the administration unnecessarily forced some social activities in the fall. Faculty insisted upon various “get-toknow-you” activities, ranging from redundant name games to discussions. Even though teachers had good intentions, most students did not enjoy these bland gatherings which were ineffective in bringing the class together. Looking back, however, I wonder if maybe those forced interactions did in fact unite us. We all shared in doubting these techniques, and eventually we bonded over our shared dislike of these activities. Though Milton’s methods may be cli-
chéd, they in fact achieve their objective of uniting classes. Freshman year additionally presents each student with challenging academics regardless of his or her educational background. The first few weeks are particularly tough as students adjust to the new workload, accompanied by longer hours and higher expectations. However, Milton does help incoming students handle the pressure well. Milton offers extensive support
“In addition to preparing for a new academic and social routine, freshmen face the challenge of discovering their individual identities while uniting as a class.”
through peer tutors, extra help sessions, and proctored study halls. The administration also evens the playing field for all students by mandating that they all take the same level of English and Physics. This requirement allows freshman students to gain an understanding of their own academic abilities and subsequently set goals for upcoming years. Balancing rigorous academics with a new social environment takes a great deal of effort. On Milton’s campus, faculty and older students,
who remember going through the transition themselves, recognize this hardship, and although we must often struggle through ourselves, Milton does offer good guidance. Most Class IV students seem excited about transitioning into sophomore year, strengthening bonds within their dorm, no longer being the “babies” of the Upper School, but most of all taking advantages of all the opportunities that Milton has to offer in the upcoming years: exchange programs, club prospects, sports teams etc. One Class IV student says that now. after his first year here, “high school is no longer a hypothetical and terrifying place,” but very real and exciting, somewhere that he secretly looks forward to being every day. Everyone experiences high school differently, but freshman year at Milton Academy shows students the numerous possibilities when a diverse group of individuals come together, empowering each other to tackle the next three years ahead.
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Freshman of the Week: Nelson Barrette (2010)
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Senior of the Week: Amanda Beaudoin
Age: 14 Gender: Male Zodiac Sign: Aries Hometown: Watertown, MA
Age: 18 Gender: Female Zodiac Sign: Aries Hometown: Dedham, MA
In three words how would you describe yourself? Funny, curious, and smashingly handsome, of course.
In three words how would you describe yourself? Three words aren’t enough to capture my awesomeness.
What is your most embarrassing Milton memory? My first few cross country races were last place efforts, which doesn’t seem as bad looking back, but really wasn’t pleasant at the time.
What is your most embarrassing Milton memory? I forgot the entire second paragraph of my class IV talk. If you could change one thing about your experience at Milton what would it be? I wish more people realized how cool Milton Academy Jazz is and actually came to our concerts.
What is on your bucket list before senior year? Go to more weekend events, and actually use texting and social media.
Underclassmen crush? Sam Rochelle (IV)
If you could change one thing about your experience at Milton what would it be? I would have practiced more before all of the unfortunate basketball tryouts I went to.
Faculty Crush? Mr. Fricke
Upperclassmen crush? Laura Soriano ‘10 Facebook
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“Not just telling things to the audience, but engaging their minds throughout the talk, like how Erick [Tseng] kept coming back to “what would you do if you weren’t afraid,” letting us know that he would later turn the question to us.”
“Relevance, charisma, and a good story. I’ve noticed I like the speakers who tell us... about their own lives, like Rais [Bhuiyan]... The speaker makes the topic, not the other way around.”
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dream” promotes a potent collective effort towards the success of the country, as opposed to the American idealization of self-sufficiency and individual prosperity. With an enormous amount of centralized resources, China has already spearheaded innovation in education and sustainability in order to invest in the future. American public schools slash their budgets yearly, but China’s spending on education increased nearly tenfold in the past decade, exceeding $250 billion in 2011. Their 15-year-olds scored the highest in the world in reading, math, and science; the number of their college graduates came just above eight million a year. Additionally, the nation’s five-year plan for 2011 to 2015 includes ambitious goals for sustainable development. The government is determined to cut energy and water usage, rather than “pollute first and clean up later”. Although pollution is still at ominous levels in some urban areas, China has realized that it cannot sustainably grow by following the path of 20th-century Britain. According to The Guardian, China will spend over $1.6 trillion on its strategic sectors in the next five years with a focus
Xi Jinping of China assumes presidential role.
on clean energy investments. The Chinese propose a compelling model of collective growth over individual advancement. By centralizing resources and public funds, the government can launch longterm projects that might not yield immediate results. The country’s focus on education and sustainability reveal China’s ambitions for its future. But for Chinese citizens themselves, the new dream must embody a higher calling. Thirty years of market reform have resulted in crass consumerism, with Lamborghinis and Mediterranean vacations
on top of people’s wishlists. The rise of China’s middle class, while stunning in its scale, lacks the spiritual drive that propelled the Chinese for thousands of years in ancient times. The younger generations must redefine the Chinese culture in this collision of traditions and open markets. Without a collective identity, collective growth is not justified. The Chinese must feel unity before they work towards the common goal of lifting the nation. In the meantime, the government must translate the advancement of the nation into that of the in-
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dividual, or else only those of wealth and power will reap the benefits of China’s ascendance. China’s dream should not and will not resemble the American dream. Rather, the dream must be rooted in the Chinese culture and speak to the needs of the ordinary Chinese. With anything less, China’s continued rise is not ensured -but with anything more, the American dream will face a new, competitive ideology.
CIA Bribing Scandal Raises Controversy By Constantine Velmahos ‘15 Opinion Editor Recent scandals of the C.I.A. depositing bags of U.S. dollars at the offices of Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan’s president are fueling multiple protests against Washington’s foreign “diplomacy.” For over a decade, the C.I.A. has been supplying the corrupt Afghan government with stacks of taxpayer dollars that have been “dropped off every month or so,” according to Matthew Rosenberg of the New York Times. The C.I.A. ostensibly began these payments in an attempt to influence the Afghan regime, but it seems to have had little impact on the overall command of the country; according to an unnamed American official, the money has stimulated even more corruption within the nation and weakened President Obama’s exit strategy from the war zone. This type of corrupt imperialism should come as no surprise, as America has tried to control the Middle East with money and power for over 30 years. When the Russians invaded Kabul in 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed one of the first orders to fi-
nancially aid the guerrilla opponents of the Soviet regime, the Taliban. Eleven years later, the U.S., along with other powerful allies, agreed to cut down the $14 billion Egyptian debt as long as President Hosni Mubarak maintained a peace treaty with Israel, one of the United States’ strongest allies. From 2001 until 2008, influential American officials reportedly met with President Gaddafi multiple times to discuss how “to win the propaganda war… and [give] advice on how to undermine Libya’s rebel movement,” according to an Al Jazeera search of the demolished Libyan intelligence agency. Quite clearly, the U.S. has tried to control power shifts in the Middle East over the past 30 years. Since the U.S.’s ascent to power in the modern world half a century ago, involvement of our country within the Middle East has increased dramatically, and the benefits are obvious: oil, oil, and oil. Containing less than 5% of the world’s population, yet consuming about 25% of the world’s oil production, the United States has a desperate hunger for the “black gold.”
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Chinese Dream By Hari Patel ‘15 Opinion Editor A few months back, Xi Jinping, China’s then vice president, took the reins of the world’s most populous nation, as Hu Jintao stepped down after his decadelong tenure as president. Every Chinese leader since Mao Zedong has had his own fairly bland slogan which embodies his vision of the nation’s direction, from Jiang Zemin’s “Three Represents” to Hu Jintao’s “scientific development outlook.” However, last week, The Economist reported a bold new development in these slogans: The politburo under Xi will highlight “the Chinese dream.” Through songs, “dream walls” at schools, and even “Chinese dream” research grants, the party will encourage the spread of this new dream. However, beyond the implication of “the great revival of the Chinese nation,” this dream has not been defined. This catchphrase does not harmonize with the “American dream” of hard work and ingenuity but signals China’s re-emergence as an economic powerhouse on the world’s chessboard. Xi’s “Chinese
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From a short-term perspective, the idea of encouraging America’s favored regimes is ideal. Money, especially cash, buys silence and power and is usually untraceable. However, when corrupt officials become greedy, the oppressed become restless, and civil unrest reaches unprecedented levels. Those unscrupulous officials attempt to extort America for more money to solve the problems caused by those oppressed people, and the cycle of corruption continues. Recently, the U.S.’s role in Afghanistan, a country where the balance between war and peace could break at any moment, has begun to change. According to Khalil Roman, President Karzai’s deputy chief of staff from 2002-2005, the United States provides cash to maintain access to the center of Afghanistan’s very tight government. However, these payments do not elicit docility from the Afghan government. Apparently, Karzai is encouraging the C.I.A.-trained Afghan militias to instigate and target operatives of Al Qaeda, potentially undermining Obama’s strategy for fighting Al Qa-
eda. Furthermore, Karzai’s willingness to openly oppose the United States, by revealing the influxes of American dollars in his offices, shows that not only can his influence not be controlled but his silence can also not be bought. The U.S.’s financial involvement, one of many, has turned extremely sour. Originally, the C.I.A. had supplied the guerrilla jihad group – the Taliban -- with firearms and money to overthrow the Soviet regime, only to have the Taliban to rise to power as one of history’s most extremist administrations. The C.I.A. is repeating its mistakes, only in a different manner. This money is not directly helping a regime rise to power, but rather cementing Mr. Karzai’s government while various warlords in Afghanistan gain more power. Even worse, this money does not seem to be helping the people of these Middle Eastern countries in the least. The C.I.A.’s money is handled by a select few group of people at cabinet meetings, one of whom was Mohammed Zia Salehi, a corrupt government official, up until he was arrested and linked to Taliban aid-
ing, illegal opium trading, and cash smuggling two years ago. An unnamed American official said that “the biggest source of corruption in Afghanistan was the United States.” Certainly, the C.I.A. deserves our faith, as it has guided our country’s covert operations through the Cold War, Vietnam, and conflicts with Al Qaeda. However, all these problems pertained to the United States as a country. Afghanistan’s public and private affairs have no relation with the United States, other than our peace treaty between our two governments--unless, of course, some unknown power play is at work. We must reconsider our stance in the Middle East and whether our money is being used effectively. Power is vital in a region where instability is so common. But when the administration, with which we are paying millions of dollars to cooperate, begins to take advantage of the United States’ resources, we must begin to consider whether this power grab is a good investment.
By Iladro Sauls ‘15 Opinion Writer On April 20th, Arooshee Giroti (III), Neekon Vafa (III), and Yoav Segev (III) won the award for the best film at the 2013 Hotchkiss Film Festival for their film “The True Story of ‘The Iliad’”, originally created for their Moving Image class. According to the contest’s official website, two students at Hotchkiss first established the festival in 2012 in the hope that the Hotchkiss Film Festival could “provide a channel for young filmmakers to have the opportunity to showcase their works, make connections outside their schools, and possibly to contribute to the film industry in the future.” An esteemed panel of judges, including former Hotchkiss film educator Robert Haiko, actor/director Chris Eigeman, filmmaker Harry Bainbridge, and producer Chandler Tuttle, selected the four-and-a-halfminute work from seventeen eligible short films. The entries included two other films by Milton students, “Lonely Day” by Johanna Ebers (I) and Jack Curtin (I) and “DJCK-
IZZLE” by Jeremy Gunn (II). The True Story of ‘The Iliad,’ a silent film, explores the anonymous friendship between Arooshee and Neekon. Communicating only through messages left in a copy of the Greek classic The Iliad, Arooshee and Neekon become fast friends and then search for each other in real life. When asked about his reaction to winning the award, Neekon shares, “Honestly, I was really surprised!” Mr. Fuller, he says, asked all of the students in class if they were interested in submitting a short work to the Hotchkiss Film Festival. “[Arooshee] and I had each done about five films this year, and this was the one we had in common,” Vafa says. Yoav Segev joined the pair in editing the film in post-production. The trio decided to send their work to be considered for the festival, and weeks later, the group received an email from the festival committee, congratulating them on their movie’s admittance. The 2nd annual Hotchkiss Film Festival brought together high school filmmakers
from throughout New England to convene and share their works with one another. Submissions to the festival were unique and varied, ranging from sentimental documentaries to low-budget horror flicks. Upon learning that they had won the most prestigious award of the night, the trio was in disbelief: “I didn’t think it
would win,” said Yoav. “I was shocked, but it was really cool when I heard [the news].” Successful or not, the three students ultimate goal was for their audience to experience their film in different ways. They avoided “forced symbols or interpretations” which would have made the work artificial. Yoavs says,
“It was supposed to be an easygoing story about two teenagers and the development of their relationship.” The three students appreciate the recognition for their hard work and hope that the audience enjoy watching the film—the same enjoyment that the trio felt in creating it.
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Yoav Sagev (III), Arooshee Giroti (III), and Neekon Vafa (III) celebrate success at the Hotchkiss Film Festival.
Percy Fortini-Wright Featured in Nesto Gallery By Tiara Sharma ‘16 A&E Writer The canvas glows with a haze of chaos and excitement. Storms of light, music, and colors propel bursting emotions from each brush stroke and undefined strides of the spray paint can woven within the framework of the canvas.
City scenes and musical eruptions tumble off the streaks of paint to show a mirage of a frenzied yet proud identity. This is the work of Percy Fortini-Wright, whose pieces hang on the walls of the Nesto Gallery until the end of May in the latest exhibit, “The Spray Can and the Brush.” He fills
Fortini-Wright’s “Flying Horns”
each piece with unique energy, deviating from traditional art forms to encompass an interesting combination of streetinspired spray paint found on city walls with the more accepted strokes of a paintbrush. Fortini-Wright exhibits his diverse roots through the unconventionality of his artwork,
often embodying his identity and influences. As he states in the exhibit’s introduction, “Being multiracial I am constantly searching for threads of unification and integration.” Fortini-Wright earned a Fine Arts degree at the Art Institute of Boston in the realm of oil painting and figurative styles. Many of his paintings display a tornado of text, faces, animals, colors, and buildings to illustrate the chaos of the world and the jumble of day-to-day life. Several of his paintings portray a mixture of expressions, objects, and colors exploding from the center of the canvas in a spray-paint-like style, with a whitewashed brick wall as the backdrop to the hodgepodge. When one observes the painting from a distance, all the objects and feelings seem to blend into one overwhelming and thrilling piece; however, when you look closely at each individually applied detail or stroke of the brush, a splash of words drawn onto the paint appear. An up-close glance at the other paintings allows the viewer to see the lines of the images seem to blur together, with indistinguishable objects and images. Yet from afar,
the colors and lines seem to unite, creating a coherent big picture. Many of his paintings capture the excitement of music through illustrating a vibrant burst of horns, famous musicians, and sheet music drawn into the canvas. Other paintings show the blur of a chaotic city life, capturing familiar scenery from different, unexpected perspectives, with an alarmingly realistic tone of colors. For instance, “Cambridge on Broadway,” uses spray paint and brush strokes to show a wet, hazy rush of a stoplight at a street intersection—an image so familiar and routine in our daily lives, yet rarely remarked for its compelling beauty which this image captures perfectly. Percy Fortini-Wright’s captivating exhibit will be on display in the Nesto Gallery for the coming weeks, so be sure to stop by and be amazed by his lively and inspiring work.
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City of Angels Lights Up King Theater
Softball: The Comeback Kids
By Kat Fearey ‘14 A&E Writer Running from Thursday, May 16th through Saturday, May 18th, this year’s Spring Musical, City of Angels stars some of Milton Academy’s most talented performers. Two different plots make up this musical comedy: one about a writer working to turn his book into a screenplay and the other about the film itself. The mystery film tells the story of both a girl who has disappeared and the detective trying to find her. The director of the film does not make it easy on the writer of the book, forcing him to constantly change his work. So far, the musical has come along wonderfully. Members from all different classes are involved, each playing very different roles. Mack Makishima (IV) says the opportunity to meet so many upperclassmen was one of his favorite parts of the musical. “I love meeting and hanging out with the upperclassmen,”
Haley Dougherty‘14 Sports Writer This season, the girls’ varsity softball team has continually taken steps to surpass last year’s outstanding 4th place in the ISL and impressive 9-7 record. So far, these girls have posted a solid 7-4 record. As Rubye Peyser (II) notes, “The team is a really supportive group. We have one of the loudest benches in the league, great field players, strong batters, and awesome camaraderie. Supported by great coaches, we fight each game to the end, and we have a strong record to show for it.” This positive spirit encourages the team to push late in the game, at a point when most teams would simply fold. Captain Delaney Flynn (I) calls the team “the comeback kids,” due their ability to continue pushing towards a win even when they are down in the final stages of
he says. “It’s a lot of fun to do some activity with people you normally wouldn’t spend so much time with.” Many of the kids involved in this year’s spring musical did not know each other very well, if at all, going in. “The best part of being part of the spring musical is the wide range of people you are getting to know,” says Jack Karle (II). “You learn to figure out people you didn’t know at all aren’t much different from you, and you end up enjoying learning who they are.” However, students involved in this production also face many challenges. For Sage Warner (I), one of the hardest parts of the musical has been changing her mood and personality with her character. “My character uses a bunch of different tactics to get her way,” Sage explains. “There are moments where I have to completely change my personality of a line. It’s been difficult, but interesting to work with.” As fun as the process of
creating and putting the musical together has been, everyone is looking forward to opening night and seeing how it all comes together. “I can’t wait to see how the characters have finally developed,” says Karle. “Seeing the transformation of the characters from March to May will be interesting because they start off so basic and transform into something so complex.” Michaela Brickley (III) promises “a lot of humor, great acting, and fun.” Yemi Olorunwunmi (II) agrees, calling the musical “extravagant. It is a memorable production that will leave everybody on their toes. The vivid colors will leave you wanting more; it is not to be missed.” This year’s musical is expected to be a great one. Get your tickets today during lunch periods!
Interview With Milton’s Track Star Ben Bosworth By Patryk Krzesaj ‘14 Sports Writer Since his initiation in Milton’s running program his freshman year, Ben Bosworth (I) has been an integral part of the school’s Cross Country and Track teams. Last year’s Track team MVP and this year’s Track and Cross Country captain, Bosworth has set Milton records in the 1500 meter and 3000 meter races and currently has the school’s second fastest 800 meter time. This spring Bosworth asserted his dominance by claiming the USATF National Youth Championship in 1500 meters. What events do you run in a typical track meet? Each meet is different. I run the 1500m, 800m, 3000m and a leg of the 4x400m relay, though I don’t do each race at each meet. Typically I’ll do one of them, and then take the 3000m as a workout or run a leg of the 400m. I like to pick one race at each meet and focus on that in order to get the best time as possible. At ISLs, I did the 1500m, 800m and 4x400 in order to score as many points as possible.
How did you get into track? As a freshman, I planned on playing football and basketball, but after a career ending football injury, I realized I didn’t enjoy the sport, so I joined XC. I fell in love with the team and the sport. I loved the camaraderie of the team and learned to push myself to be better. I won most improved that year, and I trained through the winter and came to [the track team] ready to improve more. Who do you aspire to be? What/ who are your inspirations? I always credit the guys that I ran with as an underclassman as great inspirations, and they definitely were. Seeing guys like Henry Russell ( ‘11) and Andrew Beaudoin ( ‘11) put themselves out there, I was inspired to be as great as I can be. My dad’s been another huge inspiration. He has the utmost belief that I can accomplish all of my goals and pushes me when I need to be pushed. On top of that, he massages my legs, and that’s really helpful. Another source of inspiration I’ve had is the big dogs: guys like Matt Centrowitz, Galen
Rupp and Nick Symmonds who are all Olympians in my distances. They weren’t born running; they all came across this sport at some point and worked hard for greatness. That’s what I want to do. What goes through your mind as you run a race/event? Going for records is something I’ve set my mind to, so I’ve pushed myself to stay on pace. I’ve remembered to stay strong. Each time I come through a lap, I remember to stay strong. Keep my eyes up, keep my form good and speed up a little. I’m getting stronger in that regard. It gets hard, especially about 3/4s through races when my legs start to pain, but I keep myself pushing for my goals. It seems that running is important to your family. Yes! I wrote about my dad before. And he’s why I joined this sport. He’s always been a runner, so he’s coached me and been a great training partner. He gets a lot of credit for my success. My sister runs XC here and is fun to have on the team.
Members of the musical prepare for their performance.
1212 Play: Lovers Quarrels By Kate Higgins ‘15 A&E Editor From May 2nd to 4th, Wigglesworth Hall, also known as “Big Wigg” to some, came to life as fourteen Milton actors took the stage. This year’s 1212 play is Lover’s Quarrels, Moliere’s first successful comedy. The challenging script, translated from French to English by Richard Wilbur, is written entirely in rhyming couplets. Actors had to juggle this heavy verse while performing a light-hearted yet complex plot. The play stars a young girl, Ascagne, played by Ellen Askey (III), who disguises herself as a boy in order to receive an inheritance. To further complicate matters, Ascagne falls in love with the rightful inheritor, Valere, played by Adam Basri (I), and the two get married. However, Valere mistakenly believes that he is marrying Lucile, Ascagne’s sister. Conundrums and humorous misunderstandings bring to life Ascagne’s deceptions, making for an entertaining play. Though this production tested the actors’ abilities, the cast still had a great deal of fun
during rehearsals. Ellen Askey says she most enjoyed getting to know people she otherwise would not have interacted with and “doing so in a hilarious environment.” In addition to getting closer to the other members of the cast, Ellen also adds that she is proud of the play, especially when she’s “walking between classes and people [she’s] never talked to before congratulate [her] on the performance.” Additionally, with Mr. Parisi as director, funny memories were a guarantee. “When Mr. Parisi is there directing and when you have such a funny cast, you go to rehearsal almost sure you’ll get a good laugh, even if it is at your own expense,” Ellen says. This year, students continue the Milton tradition, which embodies the same philosophy today as it did thirty years ago: imitate productions with small casts, minimal technical demands, and challenging material for both actors and audience. Next year, the fall, winter, and spring 1212 plays will continue to bring another great production to the Milton community.
Ben Bosworth (I) USATF National Youth Championship winner in the 1500m.
a game. Down 5-2 to Rivers in the 7th inning, the team was able to rally to tie the game in the final inning and win in extras. Another comeback occurred against Lawrence, which culminated in an Erika Lamere (III) walk-off-single. Flynn reflects on the season so far: “We’re doing pretty well, especially for a young team. We have a ton of underclassmen and they’ve all stepped up and played great.” Bolstered by the mentality to never give up in the face of adversity, the team yet again has had a successful season, and, with only a few games left, looks to finish on a strong note. With a few more wins, they could achieve their goal of bettering last year’s 9-7 record, an impressive feat. On May 18th, the girls will play at a one-day tournament called the Softball Slam at Thayer, so they will push for some more wins.
Lacrosse Seniors Lead the Way Nick DiGiovanni ‘15 Sports Writer Though it has been a season full of trials and challenges for Milton’s boys’ Varsity Lacrosse team, the boys continue to play with determination in the final weeks of spring sports. After rigorous training during the fall and winter seasons, the team went into its 44th season with great excitement. The lacrosse players got off to a rough start with early losses to ISL rivals Brooks, Rivers, and Middlesex; Sean Brennan (III) confesses that he and his teammates “didn’t have the start [they] wanted.” However, he added that all his teammates aim to be “improving every day” in order to make their season better than their last. Although there were a few losses at the start of the season, the team quickly came back with a big 10-6 win away at St. George’s. Another highlight of the season was a 16-5 win over Lawrence, when the boys played with the fluidity and dexterity that had eluded them up until that game. Momentum from this game carried into the following match-up against ISL powerhouse Roxbury Latin, where they barely lost in a 7-6 heartbreaker. So far, the team has gelled extremely well. There are a number of seniors, includ-
ing goalie Andreas Graham (I), who have set the tone for a healthy and positive atmosphere on and off the field. Sean Brennan acknowledges how helpful it has been “to be surrounded by such a great group of guys,” and describes how the “seniors have been a big part of [the team’s] success this year.” According to many players, the seniors have been outstanding leaders and can be credited for keeping the team’s resilient spirit alive, regardless of what the record column reads. Although there are only three more regular-season games left this year, the team is looking forward to taking their competitors on one by one and working hard to achieve muchdeserved victories. Going into these games, the team has a record of 2 wins and 8 losses but hopes to surprise its opponents to close out their season. On May 24th, Milton will face the infamous Nobles Bulldogs. Brennan says that he can speak for his teammates when he says that they “are looking forward to playing Nobles this year.” The game against Nobles brings a “lot of emotion,” and we will all be sad to see the seniors wrap up their lacrosse careers at Milton.
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Charlie Blasberg (II) and Scott Pedersen (II) pin out a St. George’s boat.
Sailing Team to Postseason By James Maguire ‘15 Sports Writer Since the first day they launched their boats in the water, the Milton Sailing Team knew that an eventful season lay ahead. The season kicked off with a spring training trip to Miami, Florida where captains Julia McKown (I) and Alex King (I) led the team in drills, races, and team bonding. An average day consisted of six hours of rigorous sailing, working on boat speed, racing tactics, and basic boathandling skills. The goal of the trip was to hone Milton’s skills in order to start the season with momentum. After their first meet at Tabor Academy, the Mustang sailors achieved their goal, defeating Bishop Stang and the Williams School. Unfortunately, crippled by the loss of skipper Charlie Blasberg (II) and crew Scott Pedersen (II) to the Class II Retreat, Milton lost to undefeated Tabor Academy. The sailing team hit a speed bump and suffered three losses at Duxbury, a meet marred by controversy. There were numerous fouls for
which sailors did not do their penalty turns. Milton, along with several other teams, protested many of these controversial fouls but were not heard, and Milton still ended up with these three losses. A similar issue came up in the O’Day qualifier, a regional qualifying event for fleet racing nationals. A part of Wayland High School’s boat broke in the middle of a race, giving them grounds for redress: the disqualification of a race. The team filed for redress, and the race was not counted. This turn of events put Milton in a tie for third place. Unfortunately, Milton lost the tiebreaker and ended up in fourth place, taking them out of qualifying position. The Mustangs were back on track the next week when they picked up a win against BB&N and two subsequent victories against Boston College High School and Winchester High School. But the following meet proved to be Milton’s performance of the season. Sailors took a trip down to Providence, Rhode Island, to sail against Moses
Brown, Southern Maine, and St. George’s in a set of bestof-five races. After two races against St. George’s, Milton was down 2-0. With almost no hope left of winning, Milton sailors finally clicked and won three races in a row, beating St. George’s for the first time in years. After the win, skipper Alex King (I) exclaimed, “You cannot even begin to understand how happy I am right now!” Milton proceeded to beat the other two teams, leaving that day with three more wins under their belts. The next week, Milton Sailing traveled to Cape Cod where they raced Barnstable, Cape Cod Academy, and Bishop Stang. Milton suffered one loss, but gained two more wins. The next week on the North Shore, Milton beat Brookline High School and Portland High School, but lost to Manchester Essex. Finishing the regular season with a 13 and 6 record, Milton will be competing for qualification for the Atlantic Coast Championships this Saturday in the Independent School Championships.
Milton takes on St. Mark’s players in an 8-9 overtime loss on May 10th.
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Top Ten Worst Ways to Get DC’ed in the Spring 10. Invite Paul Davis to prom. 9. Redecorate a campus safety car. 8. Turn “Restless Virgins” into a school play. 7. Write a memoir enumerating your conquests. 6. Pick on a Forbes freshman. 5. Complete your film project on the third floor of the library. 4. Sanctuary. 3. Take him for a walk. 2. Reactivate @stang_whisperer. 1. Scale a building.