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Making Progress

Cardigan M Mo ou un n tt a a ii n n

S Sc ch ho oo o ll

Head of School David J. McCusker, Jr. ’80, P’09,’10

From the Editor’s Desk

Asst. Head of School & Dean of Faculty Matthew S. Rinkin Asst. Head of School & Director of Development David G. Perfield Director of Business Operations James C. Fenn


his edition of the Cardigan Chronicle, with its focus on “making progress,” is brimming with stories and perspectives about what makes Cardigan Mountain School strong and distinct—namely, the people who work and live here, the students who learn to live (and lead) the Cardigan Way, and the members of the broader school community who move us forward with their care and support. Together these personal stories highlight a unique “moment” in Cardigan history, a time when our community has come together with a clear sense of who we are, what we do and how it’s best done, and—perhaps most important—why the Cardigan Way is worth sustaining and supporting.

Director of Admissions Chip Audett P’16

It continues to be an honor (and a source of great enjoyment!) for me to sit down with members of the CMS community and listen as they share memories and put into words their affection for the School—people like Phyllis Powers P’75,’82,’87, GP’06,’06,’10,’16,’17, who shared an hour of her visit to campus with me this spring to offer her 40-year perspective on Cardigan as a parent and grandparent; and our new board chair, Hank Holland P’12,’15, who revealed, in a delightful conversation this summer, his complete dedication to Cardigan and its future. I’m grateful, too, for those like Nick BhiromBhakdi ’73, and Ned and Phyllis Philie P’06,’10,’16,’17, who have taken time to sit down for (videotaped) interviews while here on campus, and also for my colleagues— for their thoughtful contributions to what is another “full and rich” issue.

Director of Student Life David H. Irwin

As an organization, we continually reflect on the intentions of the School’s founders, commit ourselves daily to timeless values, and through The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2020 have set a course for strategic progress and success. This will once again be a year of looking back and looking forward, as we prepare to recognize the pivotal leadership that Dave and Steff McCusker have provided since 2007, and to continue—even as we bid them farewell next June—to build on the momentum they’ve inspired toward an awesome “Cardigan 2020” celebration to mark the School’s 75th anniversary that year. We’re making progress, and I hope that what you read in this issue of the Chronicle will inspire you to visit The Point and see for yourself . . . or to add your story to this impressive chapter in Cardigan’s history.

Joy Michelson Director of Advancement Communications

CMS Communications Office 205 Bronfman Hall Erin Drury, Communications Associate Martin Grant, Digital Communications Specialist Steff McCusker, Free Safety

Director of Advancement Communications Joy L. Michelson P’17 Director of Athletics Ryan E. Frost Director of Residential Life & Student Activities Ethan B. Harris

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David J. McCusker, Jr. ’80, P’09,’10 Head of School

In Our Community 4 6 7 12 13 14 15 16 18 19 21 22 24 26 28

Cardigan at Dartmouth Boys’ Club of New York The Cardigan Auction Bermuda San Francisco Edilberto C. Ramos Tennis Courts Dedication Clark-Morgan Renovation Groundbreaking Sunset Climb Tradition Cougar Classic Golf Tournament Class Reunions 1955 & 1965 Alumni Tie Tradition 2015 Alumni Association Welcome Banquet Commencement 2015 The 2015 Prouty Cape Cod

On The Point 30 31 38 46

Award-Winning Athletics Gates 2015! Distinguished Service: Recognition for Faculty and Staff Finland Exchange Tradition Continues

Advancing Cardigan 52

Meet Our New Trustees


Introducing the Summit Society


Special Opportunity

Perspectives 58








Alumni News 68 73 74

Alumni Events Transition Class Notes

On the Cover Members of Cardigan’s 69th graduating class make their way to Commencement Excercises on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Making Progress Commencement 2015


The Future’s So Bright


The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2020


Introducing Our New Board Chair: Hank Holland P’12,’15


The Campaign for The Campaign for Cardigan 2020


In Memoriam 82

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Making By David J. McCusker, Jr. ’80 P’09,’10 Head of School



f you were to visit Cardigan this summer, your first reaction might be, “What a mess!”

academic curriculum, our Student Life program, arts and athletics, and the way in which we support—both personally and professionally—our faculty.

Certainly, as you turned into the main entrance, you would see a lot of construction equipment, a lot of dirt, and a lot of busy workers, who show up every day to renovate Clark-Morgan and to make improvements to the site around this iconic structure, as well as between it and Hopkins Hall, all of which will result in attractive and newly configured pedestrian and vehicular pathways.

The 2015-2016 year will be the last for Steff and me as head of school and free safety. Just writing those words brings a flood of emotion, as we have both so fully dedicated our lives to our “favored school.” There is much good work to be accomplished in this (our final) year on The Point, and we have an exciting and dynamic strategic plan to guide our collective efforts. The search process for my successor is also underway and is, by all accounts, reaping the benefits of strong leadership from our search committee and from the progress achieved at Cardigan in recent years. To be clear, what we have all done—together—to improve our school will allow us to move from strength to strength.

As Steff and I were walking onto campus one hot July morning, we talked about the less-than-ideal aesthetics at the present time, while remaining heartened by the future vision created for our students and colleagues and all visitors to Cardigan. When this job is done, the results will be spectacular. It was Steff who quipped, “This should really be referred to as ‘prog-mess,’” noting that in an effort to move something forward, the process can indeed be a bit messy. I’ll resist expounding too extensively upon the natural parallels that can be drawn between her observation about work being done on our physical plant and the work that we do with our students. Raising healthy young men can also be a messy proposition at times. (And the outcomes can also be spectacular!) This issue of the Chronicle is dedicated to the concept of progress. This is an apt time in the School’s history to explore such a theme, as recent years have certainly been fortuitous in our efforts to make improvements here. While the most visible improvements tend to be capital in nature, I would assert that much of the positive change here has been focused on all dimensions of the education we provide, including our Page 2 / Making Progress

Cardigan will celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding in the year 2020. As we prepare for that milestone year, we are putting together a plan to more fully capture our school’s living history through personal interviews and writing, which will eventually inform an updated written history and video project. Cardigan’s last written history provided an update through the year 1995, so it’s high time we capture the years since. In looking back upon the School’s history, it’s only natural to reflect on the salient themes that emerge and attempt to Spring/Summer 2015

Our Mission Cardigan Mountain School offers a close-knit community that prepares middle school boys— in mind, body, and spirit—for responsible and meaningful lives in a global society.

. . .The Cardigan Way pinpoint which approaches and what kinds of programming worked best at various points along the way. Equally valuable is the practice of determining which areas during the School’s lifetime proved to be a bit “messier” and taking clear steps to improve upon those. As rewarding as it is to see the complete makeover of a beloved campus structure come to fruition—and lovely site work take shape all around it, it is at least as rewarding to witness the thoughtful changes in programming, in campus culture, and in curriculum brought about by our deeply engaged and caring faculty, staff, and administrators. In turn, we have the privilege of watching— and supporting—the young men here as they navigate the sometimes-tricky waters of “middle school,” which can include everything from figuring out how to be a good friend to learning how to manage one’s time, from handling disappointment on the playing fields to summoning the courage to try out for the play, from acquiring the skills required to be a respectful class-discussion participant to contributing to a cohesive residential family by taking care of one’s dorm responsibilities…and, of course, everything in between. We have the joy of observing these moments of growth and progress for our boys and for the school we love. What a privilege! Prog-mess, indeed.

To achieve our mission, we reward effort and accomplishment, helping each boy realize his academic, physical, and personal potential through the integration of the following core values in all aspects of daily life.


We cherish the quality of kindness, asking each member of our community to “love thy neighbor as thyself,” and we embrace the importance of service for the greater good.


We expect rigorous honesty in all dealings.


We teach respect for all individuals, embracing an appreciation for diverse perspectives.


We cultivate personal integrity, underscoring our commitment to “doing the right thing,” through community discussion, public example, and role modeling.


We instill a love of learning and promote intellectual curiosity and growth, recognizing that each person learns differently.


We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to grow and develop, succeed and fail, in a safe environment that values intent, effort, and accomplishment, free from bias and prejudice.

David J. McCusker, Jr. ’80, P’09,’10 Head of School Cardigan Chronicle

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Cardigan at Dartmouth

In Our Community

Top (from left): Richard Clancy ’67, Chuck Metz ’74, Adam Philie ’10, Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, and Austin Philie ’16. Center left (from left): Jennifer Dorsey P’17 and Peter Sorofman P’17. Bottom left (Clockwise from top): Kendall MacInnis P’19 and Maureen White P’19, with son (and incoming sixth grader) Ryan MacInnis ’19.

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Center (from left): Dave McCusker ’80, Bill Shepard Top right: Austin Philie ’16 launches a Cardigan tee P’12,’15, and Chuck Metz ’74. shirt into the crowd. Bottom (from left): Henri Pfeifle ’16, Thaddeus Second row right: Jeff Densmore ’63 (third from Stern ’15, Jon Schafer ’15, Sam Seaver ’15, Austin left) and family. Philie ’16, Jacob Leone ’15, and Jack Bayreuther ’17. Third row right: CMS staff member Richard Rosenbeck (center) and sons. Bottom right (from left): Nabil Elkouh P’15,’17,’19 with Jim Leone P’15.

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Top Left (from left): Dan DeMars P’11,’18, Adam Philie ’10, and Austin Philie ’16.

Top center (from left): Myles Shepard ’15, Sam Second row right (from left): Dale and Diane Hines Seaver ’15, Henri Pfeifle ’16, and Thaddeus Stern ’15. P’17, with Gage Perry ’17.


Center left (from left): Sheila Cragg-Elkouh P’15, ‘17, with Jeneal Leone P’15.

Second row center (from left): Jan and Frank Thibodeau, Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, with Ken and Sandy Hollingsworth.

Bottom left (from left): Summer Session faculty member Greg Stott, with daughter Annabelle.

Third row center: Cardigan boys launching tee shirts into the crowd between periods.

Third row: Faculty member Kyla Joslin (right) with her mom, Kelly. Bottom right (from left): Jan Thibodeau, Linda French, Steve Williams, and Frank Thibodeau.

17,’19 Bottom: CMS faculty members Eric and Missy Escalante, with sons Matteo and Diego.

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In Our Community

Boys’ Club of

New York

January 17, 2015 Top left: Varsity Basketball players gather with fans for a reception after their games at the Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. Clubhouse courts in Harlem. Center left: Souleymane Ballo’ 16 on defense during the game against Hillside School.

Center: Head Varsity Basketball Coach Andrew Cook talks to his team during a time out. Bottom center: Jalen Nougues ’15 passes the ball during the Hillside game.

Top right: Cardigan dad Brian Sergenian P’15,’16 (right) watches the court as both his sons (Will ’15 and Henry ’16) play for the Cougars. Second row right: Cardigan mom Christie DavisNougues P’15 (right) and another CMS fan watch the action on the court.

Bottom left: Trey Parker ’16 works offense. Third row right: Anthony Williams P’14 talks with Coach Jeff Good during the post-game reception.

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The Cardigan Auction

In Our Community

Top left: Fund-a-Need bidding frenzy!

Bottom center: Josh ’16 and Ellen P’16 Rizika, with Josh’s little sister, at the silent auction.

Center left: Phyllis Powers P’06,’10,’16,’17 draws for the wine pull. Bottom left: Marshall Wallach holds the bag while Lisa Callahan P’11,’13,’15 draws for the wine pull. Looking on are Leslie Bavaro P’15 and Erin Drury.

with tion.

Center right: Jorge Garcia-Segovia and Claudia Morales de Garcia P’03,’05,’16 with son Rodrigo ’16. Bottom right: Trustee Craig Johnson ’78, P’01,’03.

Catch the Spirit!

The 26th Cardigan Auction—February 6, 2015


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February 6, 2015

Top left: William ’18 and Hope Brannan P’18. Second row left: Richard Clancy ’67 with Giorgo Carapidis Soto ’16. Bottom left: Barbara Parker P’15, Anna Dulac P’15, Shay Brine P’16, and Heather Roberts P’18.

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Top center: Hui Min Sun and Zhaorui Han P’18, with their son, Haoming ’18.

Top right: Trustee Stewart Dixon ’80 and fiancée Karen Schmid.

Center: Trustee Kim Kenly ’68 offers a bid during the live auction.

Second row right: Eric and Jennifer Himmer P’17 and son Owen ’17. Third row right (clockwise): Joseph Jordan ’15, Jonathan Schafer ’15, and Andrew Noel ’16.

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Top left: Feng Liu P’15, seated with Rick Exton P’11, offers a bid.

Top center: Len Angelli, Lisa Callahan P’11,’13,’15, and Leslie Bavaro P’15.

Second row left (standing, from left): T.J. Beaver ’16, Conor Caccivio ’16, Wes King ’16, Andres Morales ’16; (seated, from left): Susan and Jim Caccivio P’16 with Topsy and Andrew King P’16.

Third row center: Chris Cowans P’12,’15 and Patrick Turcotte P’15.

Top right: Christie Davis-Nougues P’15. Second row right: A bidding frenzy!

Third row left: Kate P’16 and Andrew Noel ’16.

Bottom center (from right): Trustee David Bradley H’13, P’78 and his wife, Ann P’78.

Third row right: Roland P’15, Ro ’15, and Evelyn Bryan P’15. Bottom right: Carlos Rodriguez Diaz del Castillo ’16 with his parents, Carlos and Lolita P’15.

Bottom left: Robert Carpino P’07 with Lauren Casey.

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Top left: Trustee Barbara O’Connell P’03, Shay Brine P’16, and Frank O’Connell P’03.

Top center: Bill P’15 and Ned ’15 Kelley.

Top right: Eileen and Timothy Madigan P’16.

Center left: Alumni Association President Patrick Gilligan ’80 offering a heartfelt and touching testimonial on the value of his Cardigan experience.

Second row center: Tong Wu and Feng Liu P’15 with Center right: Trustee Jeremy Crigler ’79. son Jiaxi (Justin) Liu ’15. Bottom right: Buzz ’15 and Phoebe Fisher P’15. Third row center: Jeneal P’15, Jacob ’15, and Jim P’15 Leone.

Bottom left: Margarita Pazos P’16 and Juan Pablo Velazquez Pazos ’16.

Bottom center: Trustee Malcolm Moran ’64, P’00 and Elissa Moran P’00.

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Join us in 2015-2016 as we celebrate with Dave and Steff McCusker! September

Opening of School for 2015-2016


“Roots of Gratitude” Community Reception (October 22) Fall Parents’ Weekend (October 23–24)


Cardigan Visits Texas and Mexico!


Cardigan Visits the Boston Area!


Cardigan Visits New York City!


Winter Parents’ Weekend (February 5–6) The 27th Cardigan Auction (February 5)

Cardigan Visits Chicago!

(September 30)

Boston Area Reception, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (December 4) Belmont Hill Hockey Tournament, Belmont Hill School (December 18)


Cardigan Visits California! Cardigan Visits Florida!


Cardigan Visits Washington, D.C.! Cardigan Visits Philadelphia!


Family Weekend (May 6–7)



June Cardigan Chronicle

Check for details on all the year’s events as they develop!

for the McCuskers! (May 6)

Alumni Tie Ceremony and Cardigan’s 70th Commencement Exercises (June 4) In Our Community/ Page 11

In Our Community


February 10, 2015

Above (from left): Graham Boyle ’80, P’13, Jack Bayreuther ’17, Andrew Daly ’15, Corbin Holland ’15, and Beckham Bayreuther ’15, at the St. George’s (Bermuda) reception hosted by the Daly family. At right: Event hosts Jolene P’15, Andrew ’15, and Michael P’15 Daly.

Save the date!

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San Francisco

In Our Community

March 26, 2015

Top left: Former faculty member Kate Foster and Richard Clancy ’67.

Top center: Event hostess Candyce Martin P’14 Top right (from left): Tom Gordon ’89, Neil Alford addresses the gathered community at her San ’88, and Alex Offutt ’93. Francisco home.

Second row left: Neil ’88 and Laura Alford. Center left (from left): Steff McCusker P’09,’10 with Barbara Shragge Stack P’10 and Kate Foster. Bottom left: The view from the reception. Bottom second from left: Steff McCusker P’09,’10 with Tom Gordon ’89.

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Second row center (from left): Cale Quasha ’00, Hank Second row right: Richard Clancy ’67 and Palmer Holland P’12,’15, and Candyce Martin P’14. Sessel ’58. Third row center: Candyce Martin P’14, Wendy Giudi Third row right: Bob Foley ’66 and Toby Harriman ’06. P’01, and Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10. Bottom right: Nick Giudi ’01 and Cale Quasha ’00. Bottom center right: Ann Ellis and Toby Harriman ’06.

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Edilberto C. Ramos Tennis Courts Dedication

May 1, 2015

Top left: Ray ’91, Vidal ’97, and Eddie H’06, P’91,’97 Ramos. Left center: The school community gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Edilberto C. Ramos Tennis Courts. Bottom left: Mr. Edilberto “Eddie” Ramos H’06, P’91,’97.

Center (3) clockwise: Speakers Wim Hart H’07, Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, and Eddie Ramos H’06, P’91,’97.

Top right (from left): Videographer (and former faculty member) Bill Farrell, Penny and Schuyler ’63 Peck, Stewart Dixon ’80, and Ed Krayer ’82.

Bottom center: Mr. Hart H’07 congratulates (the very surprised) Mr. Ramos H’06, P’91,’97 and invites him to the lecturn.

Second row right: Board Chair Diane Wallach P’06, with Wim Hart H’07 and Eddie Ramos H’06, P’91,’97. Third row right (from left): Eddie Ramos H’06, P’91,’97 and Dudley Clark H’05. Bottom right: Lorraine and Ned Gibbons, Sr. P’78, GP’12,’15.

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In Our Community Clark-Morgan Hall Renovation Groundbreaking

mer yler ’63

P’06, ’91,’97.

Top left: School Leader Cedric Elkouh ’15 welcomes the community to the celebration. Second row left (from left): Diane Wallach P’06, Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, Dr. Elizabeth Perryman P’13,’15, Cedric Elkouh ’15, and Dr. Richard Morrison ’50.

6, Third row left: School Leader Cedric Elkouh ’15. P’78,

Bottom left: Head of School Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10.

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Center: At the end of the festivities, community members were invited to ring the Victory Bell in celebration of the successful fundraising that led to what would be a complete renovation of ClarkMorgan Hall. Bottom center: Head of School Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10 addresses the gathered community.

Top right: A group of eighth-grade boys pose in front of the event “honoree,” Clark-Morgan Hall. Middle row right: Barbara Hinman GP’86,’89,’97, GGP’16 with great-grandson Henri Pfeifle ’16 and daughter (Henri’s grandmother) Mel Pfeifle P’86,’89, GP’16. Bottom right: Trustee Dr. Richard Morrison ’50 offered remembrances of his early years on The Point, as well as some history of Clark-Morgan Hall (formerly known as the Haffenreffer Mansion).

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In Our Community

Sunset Climb Tradition


C Top left: Mr. McCusker ’80, P’09,’10 leads the class in a rousing rendition of the Cardigan Hymn atop the summit of Mount Cardigan. Middle row left: Ned Kelley and Aiden Bourke. Bottom left: Jonathan Schafer shares his thoughts on the “Cardigan brotherhood” with his classmates.

Center: Tucker Williams, Jake Dulac, Peter Callahan, and Ro Bryan.

Top right: Bennett Freidberg, Bennett Psyhogeos, and Addison Walker.

Bottom center: Jeronimo Tapia de Obeso, Luis Chico Hegewisch, Diego Zesati Icaza, and Rodrigo Trejo Suero.

Second row right: Beckham Bayreuther arriving on the summit. Third row right: Kai ’91, P’15, Terhi P’15, and Roope Hirvonen. Bottom right: Gabe Moldenhauer and Steven Garron.

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Class of 2015


Top center: Thaddeus Stern.

Top right: Myles Shepard.

ing on

Top left (standing, from left): Spencer Brown, Sam Seaver, Drew Bavaro, Will Sergenian, Tucker Williams, and Corbin Holland. Seated: Zane Cowans.

Second row center: Cedric Elkouh, Juan Pablo Ramos Barroso, and Shijie (Charlie) Ma.

Second row right: A group of soon-to-be graduates on the summit,awaiting the sunset.


Middle row left: Siqing (Henry) Hu, Longxuan (Dragon) Ding, and Jiaxin (Jason) Zheng.

Third row center: Peter Callahan and Corbin Holland.

Third row right center: Spencer Brown addresses his classmates.

Bottom left: Assistant Head of School Matt Rinkin.

Fourth row center: Lelia Mellen P’12,’15, with Jeneal and Jim Leone P’15.

Third row right: Buzz Fisher.


Bottom center: Drew Bavaro embraces a classmate.

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Bottom right: Will Sergenian and other classmates embrace on one of their final evenings together.

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Cougar Classic

Golf Tournament

Commencement Week 2015

Top left: Avery Scoville, Hugo ’15 and Patrick P’15Turcotte, and Graham Gauthier. Center left: Robert Lyons, Jake Dulac ’15, Ralph Hough GP ’15, and Rhys Dulac P’15. Bottom left: Hank P’12,’15, Tom GP’12,’15, and Corbin ’15 Holland.

Top center (from left): Jimena Barroso P’15, Juan Pablo ’15 and his sister, and Marco Ramos P’15.

Top right: Wim Hart H’07, Richard Clancy ’67, and Michael Nakade.

Second row (left center): Anthony Figueiredo and Austen Hannis; (right center): Patrick Gilligan ’80 and Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10.

Second row right: Kai ’91, P’15 and Roope ’15 Hirvonen, with Art P’15 and Bennett ’15 Psyhogeos.

Third row center: John P’09,’15,’17, Beckham ’15, Jack ’17, and Gavin ’09 Bayreuther, with Ryan Frost and Tim Newbold. Bottom center: Jack, Tim ’13, Kevin P’11,’13,’15, Nolan ’11, and Peter ’15 Callahan.

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Third row right: Thaddeus Stern ’15 and Dan DeMars P’11,’18, with Enrique P’15 and Rodrigo ’15 Trejo. Third row right: Michael P’15 and Andrew ’15 Daly, with Jacob ’15 and James P’15 Leone. Bottom right: Robert Carpino P’07, Drew Bavaro ’15, and John Gordon. Spring/Summer 2015


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Class Reunions 1955 & 1965

Class of 1955…60th Class . . . of

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Top left (from left): 1965 grads Carl Villanueva, Wade Knowles, Jock Pearson, and Fran Mayo.


Second row left: Rocky Kingsbury ’65, Richard Clancy ’67, and Carl Villaneuva ’65.

DeMars ejo.

Bottom left: Wade Knowles ’65.


Third row center: John (Jack) Foster ’65. Bottom center: John Foster ’65 with former CMS headmaster Norman Wakely H’91, P’70,’73,’75.

Top right: Members of the Class of 1955 celebrating their 60th reunion, Tom Lovett and Doug McLean. Center right: 1965 grads Jack Shaner, John Foster (seated), and Carl Villanueva. Bottom right: Fran ’65 and Martha Mayo, former faculty members Joan and Tom Rouillard, and Richard Clancy ’67.

aro ’15,

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Top left: Former faculty members Joan and Tom Rouillard reminisce with former student Richard Clancy ’67.

Top center: Sandra Hollingsworth and Beverly Wakely H’01, P’70,’73,’75.

Top right (from left): Ned Gibbons, Sr. P’78, GP’12,’15 talks with Jim Nowak ’64.

Bottom center left: Fran Mayo ’65.

Center right: Jock Pearson ’65, P’98 and Jack Shaner ’65.

Center left: Carl Villanueva ’65. Bottom center right: Rocky Kingsbury ’65.

Bottom right: Fran ’65 and Martha Mayo.

Below: The Cardigan Mountain School Class of 1965 on their Commencement day.

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Below: The 1965 Commencement procession.

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Alumni Tie Tradition

Alumni Tie Ceremony—May 30, 2015

Top left: Then Director of Alumni Programs Richard Clancy ’67, emcee for the Alumni Tie Ceremony, begins the tradition with special legacy tie presentations (this one from Kai ’91 to Roope ’15 Hirvonen, who is shown shaking hands with Patrick Gilligan ’80). The standing alumni traveled to The Point to participate in the presentation of alumni ties to the members of the Class of 2015.

Top right: Myles Shepard ’15 dons his new alumni tie.

Second row left: Richard Clancy ’67. Center: School Leader Cedric Elkouh ’15 and Patrick Gilligan ’80, after Cedric received the first alumni tie at the Alumni Association Welcome Banquet on the eve of Commencement.

Third row right: The table is laid out with silver and green ties for the graduates.

Third row left: Alumni Gordie ’10 and Charley ’12 Borek prepare to present a tie to their brother Owen ’15. Bottom left: Steve August ’69 presents a tie to Bennett Psyhogeos ’15.

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Second row right: Alumni Association President Patrick Gilligan ’80, Ned Gibbons, Jr. ’78, Tim Fleming ’70, and Sheldon Caplan ’71. Third row center: The CMS Class of 2015.

Bottom center left: Jackson Freidberg ’13 presents a tie to his brother Bennett ’15; Bottom center right: Roope ’15 and Kai ’91, P’15 Hirvonen. Bottom right: Zane Cowans ’15 receives his alumni tie from his older brother, Ace ’12.

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Alumni AssociationWelcome

Top left: Head of School Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10 welcomes the gathered community. Center left: Sam Hebert ’15, his brother Will, and Phil Hebert P’15. Bottom left: Terhi P’15 and Kai ’91, P’15 Hirvonen with Dudley Clark H’05.

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Center right: Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, Hongwei Ma P’15, Jiachen “Vivian” Gu P’15, Maureen P’08,’10,’13 and Max ’13 Gilbert. Mr. Ma and Ms. Gu received the 2015 Gilbert Family Service Award for outstanding support and leadership in Cardigan’s Chinese community.

Top right: Trustee Jonathan ’75 and Norman H’91, P’70,’73,’75 Wakely. Bottom right: Sheldon Caplan ’71 and Ned Gibbons, Jr. ’78.

Bottom center: Former faculty member, the Honorable Dan “Judge” Fleetham.

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Top left: Aiden ’15 and Doneyn P’15 Bourke. Center left: Greg P’15 and Jalen ’15 Nougues (standing, from left) and Christie Davis-Nougues (seated, in green), and members of their family. Bottom left: Anthony Figueiredo, Charlie Ma ’15, Rick Exton P’11, Vivian Gu and Hongwei Ma P’15, and Mary Exton P’11.

Top center: Jinyu “David” Wang P’15, Chris Wang, Qing Qiu “Nana” Wang P’15, Huaxin Huang P’15, Sizhe Hao, Chen Wang P’15, and Bo Zheng P’15.

Top right: Luis Chico Hegewisch ’15 (standing), with his parents, Maria Hegewisch and Luis Chico Pizarro P’15. Second row right: John Burritt, Zhuyuan (James) Chen ’15, Huaxin Huang P’15, and Sizhe Hao. Third row right: Thaddeus ’15 and Peter P’15 Stern. Bottom right: Chen Wang and Bo Zheng P’15 with son Jiaxin (Jason) Zheng ’15.

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CMS Class of 2015

Top (3): The traditional class photo was taken on the chapel steps this year because of the ongoing renovation work around Clark-Morgan Hall. Center left: The graduates prepare to follow the bagpiper in a procession to the Commencement tent on the Quad.

Center: Graduates embrace one another in the receiving line after Commencement. Bottom center: Bennett ’15, Michael P’13,’15, and Jackson ’13 Freidberg.

Center right: Faculty members Chris Kenny, Allan Kreuzburg, David Auerbach, and Alex Gray congratulate members of the Class of 2015. Bottom right: Board Chair Diane Wallach P’06 delivers remarks at the opening of the Commencement Exercises.

Bottom left: Class marshals Christian Powers ’16 and Austin Philie ’16 lead the procession of graduates.

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May 30, 2015

Top left: Head of School David McCusker ’80, P’09,’10 congratulates Detola Salako in the receiving line.

Top center: Class Marshals Austin Philie ’16 and Christian Powers ’16 embrace members of the graduating class.

Second row right: Many of the graduates celebrated with an enthusiastic jump off the chapel steps.

Second row left: Director of Spiritual Life Dr. Elizabeth Perryman P’13,’15 delivers the invocation.

Third row left center: Ralph Hough GP’15 with graduate grandson Jake Dulac.

Third row right: Trustee Jock Pearson ’65, P’98 watches the graduates enter with Beth Holland P’12,’15 and Lily Wennik.

Third row left: Graduates Will Sergenian, Corbin Holland, and Roope Hirvonen.

Third row right center: Sam Seaver ’15, with his mom, Lauren Rosen P’15, and his sister.

Bottom left: GraduatesAiden Bourke and Shijie (Charlie) Ma.

Bottom center: Buzz Fisher and proud family members.

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Bottom right: Graduate Colton Bullard (standing center) poses with members of his family.

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The Prouty

Helping Make Progress . . . Toward a Cure


Cardigan Prouty Team Captain Alex Gray H’12, P’14,’16 leads a “Go Cougars!” cheer at the culmination of the event.

dedicated Cardigan com-munity team once again came out strong for the “Prouty,” a two-day athletic event held annually in Hanover, N.H., that raises funds to benefit DartmouthHitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC)—a National Cancer Institutedesignated Comprehensive Cancer Center. On Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, members of the Cardigan Mountain School “Prouty Team” participated in a variety of ways—including volunteering, biking, and walking—and raised over $12,000 for patient resources and research to battle the deadly disease, which has touched— and taken—so many lives. This year,s Cardigan team dedicated its efforts to two special Cardigan family members who lost their cancer battles in 2015: Former woodworking teacher Everett “Rhett” Yelton, who died in May; and former coach, teacher, and parent Andy Noel III P’16, who died in January. Team captain Alex Gray H’12, P’14,’16 went the furthest (and farthest!) for the Cardigan effort, biking 100 miles on Friday as a volunteer support rider

Above: Adam Philie ’10 (during his sophomore summer at Dartmouth College) stopped for a photo with former Alumni Director Richard Clancy ’67 at the finish line.

A.J., Kate P’16, and Andrew ’16 Noel were on hand to support the Prouty effort.

for the Prouty Ultimate* and then biking another 100 miles on Saturday! The entire Gray family (Liz P’14,’16, Emery ’14, and Seth ’16) made a strong showing, in fact, raising close to 10 percent of the 45-member team total with their individual efforts. Another family effort, that of longtime Prouty supporters and former Cardigan faculty members Carl and Cari Lovejoy P’99,’04,’07, brought in more than 15 percent of the team total. Cardigan’s leading individual Prouty fundraiser, with a total of over $2,100, was former faculty member (and current assistant head of school at White Mountain School) Nate Snow, who completed the Prouty Ultimate—riding 100 miles each day Friday and Saturday. *As a support rider, Alex spent nearly nine hours on and off his bike on Friday, to help slower riders tackle the Prouty Ultimate.

Alumnus Nicholas Slaughter ’13 and former faculty member Dougie Clark. Page 26 / Making Progress

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TEAM MEMBERS Alex H’12 and Liz Gray P’14,’16 Emery Gray ’14 Seth Gray ’16 William Brewster Giorgo Caripidis Soto ’16 Skip Chalker Joy Michelson P’17 Richard Clancy ’67 Dougie Clark Dick and Lisa Drummond P’11,’13 Noah Drummond ’13 Speight Drummond ’11 Rick Exton P’11 Michael Fitzgerald Gustavo Garcia Orellana ’14 Edward Guo ’16 Krishna Hoi Shui Doodnauth Kathryn Holland Peter Chun Pang Li ’16 Jiaxi “Justin” Liu ’15 The 2015 Cardigan Prouty Team Cari and Carl Lovejoy P’99,’04,’07 David ’80 and Stephanie McCusker P’09,’10 AJ Noel In addition to the dollars raised event. Together the Ivy Leader Andrew Noel IV ’16 for Norris Cotton Cancer participants contributed nearly Javier Ogarrio Velez ’16 Center, the Cardigan Prouty $1,300 to the Cardigan team David Perfield Team’s success in reaching (and total, just hours before the group Andres Pilliod ’16 surpassing) $10,000 in Prouty boarded their plane to travel to James and Janet Proctor funds triggered a special in-house South Africa! Nono Qiu ’16 challenge match by an anonymous Jorge Rumbos Guerra ’14 Cardigan community member Our sincere thanks go out to all Juan Enrique Rumbos Thery ’14 that will add $10,000 to the our dedicated team members Henry Sergenian ’16 Ryan G. Feeley Fund for Faculty and supporters. It was a beautiful Ryan Sinclair Nicholas Slaughter ’13 Excellence. This endowment day and an uplifting community Nate Snow fund was established in 2013 experience, and we couldn’t have James and Laura Stanley in honor of former Assistant done it without each of you! Kevin Sun ’16 Head of School Ryan Feeley, Weizhi “William” Zhao ’16 Note: The total raised by the more than 5,000 participants in the two-day and provides annual financial Xingzhi “Michael” Zhao ’16 2015 Prouty event this year topped the year’s goal of $3 million.

resources to support faculty professional development.

The Cardigan Prouty Team once again included participants in Ryan Sinclair’s Ivy Leader program, a service-learning and leadership experience that features a trip to South Africa each summer. Fifteen boys joined Mr. Sinclair and co-leader Dougie Clark to participate in the Prouty

Far right: Seth ’16, Liz P’14,’16, and Alex H’12, P’14,’16 Gray.

Henry Sergenian ’16 and his dad, Brian P’15,’16. Cardigan Chronicle

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Top left: Reception hosts John GP’13, Mindy Beach P’13, and Melinda GP’13 Pfeffer. Center left: Trustee Michael ’67 and Melanie Garrison P’94,’96. Bottom left: Peter Michelson ’17 with Richard Williams.

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Top center: Head of School Dave ’80 and Steff McCusker P’09,’10 thank the gathered community for their support of the School. Second row center: Dan and Kellie Houston, Art Cox ’62, and Peter Albee ’58.

Second row right: David Coletti ’94 and his guest.

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Bottom right: Nathaniel Nugnes ’13 and Nate Gilbert ’08.


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Bottom center: Thomas P’14, Jordan ’14, and Judy P’14 Pepe.

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Cape Cod National Golf Club Top left: Kristen Nugnes P’13, Phyllis Powers P’06,’10,’16,’17, and Christine Jenkins P’10. Center left: Janet and Gary Cookson P’13,’17.

Top center: Jack and Charlotte Marshard. Center: Bruce Marshard ’64, Art Cox ’62, and Laura Marshard, with Charlotte and Jack.

Top right: Former headmaster Cameron “Chip” Dewar H’02, P’93, Steff McCusker P’09,’10, Janet Dewar P’93, and Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10. Center right: Drew Philie ’06 and Jer Shipman ’00.

Bottom left: Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,10, with Nikki Bartlett (and her children, Schuyler, Brook, Sam, and Chad), Jon Wakely ’75, Penny and Schuyler ’63 Peck.

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Bottom right: Sally Schimmel, Linda Pfeffer GP’13, Mindy Beach P’13, and Nick Bakker.

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Award-Winning Athletics . . . It’s the Cardigan Way Cardigan Athletics to Be Honored by NIAAA


ardigan Mountain School and its athletic program have been identified as a 2015 recipient of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Quality Program Award at the Exemplary Level. The Quality Program Award will be presented to Athletic Director Ryan Frost at the 2015 NIAAA Annual Meeting, to be held during the NIAAA/NFHA National Conference in Orlando, Florida, in December. Cardigan will also be featured in NIAAA’s IAA Journal, on the association’s website, and in its e-newsletter, as well as through media releases in the local news outlets. The primary goal of the NIAAA Quality Program Award model is to encourage measurement, planning, and goal setting aimed at continuous improvement of local school athletic programs.

Members of Cardigan’s Athletic Department, led by Ryan Frost (pictured above), deserve to be congratulated and recognized for implementing and supporting an outstanding athletic program and a commitment to continuous improvement!

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Gates 2015! Cardigan’s 8th Annual Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition Nearly 60 students eagerly “manned” their stations (approximately 42 inventions, innovations, or design projects) at the 2015 Gates Expo in Turner Arena on the morning of Friday, May 1. Many of the boys’ family members, as well as available faculty and staff members, trustees, fellow students, and three official judges, roamed from one booth to the next, asking questions and receiving demonstrations and explanations. Months of both “clean” design in the E.P.I.C. Center* and tinkering and construction (and reconstruction) in the Gates Lab (all under the guidance of Gates Program Director Mr. David Auerbach H’14, P’11 and Gates coach Mr. Jeremiah Shipman ’00) had come to fruition; numerous prototypes—or, in some cases, partial prototypes—were on display in the Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition, and the students who’d concocted them stood at the ready to describe the “hows” and the “whys” (and the “why nots”!) of their design processes.

From the many projects in Turner, eight emerged as finalists, the full presentations of which would take place on Saturday morning in Humann Theatre, with many of the boys’ classmates and family members looking on in the audience. Following each presentation, the judges asked pointed questions, as did a number of curious audience members. A short recess provided the judges (John Pfiefle P’86,’89, GP’16; Hamdi Cavusoglu ’02; and Matthew Brightman ’06) enough time to deliberate, and then the full community (including all students and teachers, all family guests, and many trustees who were on campus for the weekend) reconvened in the theater for the final awards presentation.

*Engineering, Possibilities, Innovation, and Creativity Center

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Gates 2015!

The Charles C. Gates I.D.E.A. Shop

After the audience was treated to a short video about the Gates Program (created by Mrs. Jessica Bayreuther and Mrs. Sarah Sinclair from Admissions), Cardigan’s chair of the Board of Trustees, Mrs. Diane Wallach P’06, after whose father the Gates program is named, addressed those gathered, providing some context for why her father founded the program (Cardigan is one of just two schools in the country to have implemented it) and earmarked funding to support it. Mrs. Wallach said that “Charlie” believed in the creative spirit, and she described her childhood as one of tinkering, taking things apart (even “blowing them up” sometimes!), and attempting to piece them together again. Trying and failing. Trying again. Sometimes succeeding. And, all the while, learning from mistakes—and having FUN!

Congratulations to all of the Gates participants, of course, for summoning the courage to tinker, and to test their ideas—and then display and explain their efforts on Friday. And kudos to the presenters of the eight finalist projects: Pedro Saenz-Diez Aldama ’17: Lightning Shoes; Jose Torres Haces ’17: Soccer Ball Return; Seung Hyun “Shawn” Kim ’17: Hole Punch Binder; Luke Hartman ’18: Bear Claw; Tom Dana ’18 and Jackson MacDonald ’18: Magnetic Sharp Eraser; Will Brannan ’18 and Peter Gilbert ’18: Cleat Covers; Jack Bayreuther ’17 and Noah Dorsey-Sorofman ’17: NJ Pong; and Tom Madigan ’16 and CJ Baroni ’16: The Cougar Cleaner.

And finally, special congrats to the award winners (see page 33)!

Special Prize A special “Honeywell Prize” was then also announced by Mr. Auerbach: Congratulations to Shihao “Larry” Liang ’17 (shown at left) for earning the opportunity to attend a one-week space camp!

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Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition

Congratulations to the 2015 Award Winners! First Place: José Torres Haces ’17 “Soccer Ball Return”

And many thanks to our volunteer judges: Hamdi Cavusoglu ’02 Matthew Brightman ’06 John Pfeifle P’86,’89, GP’16 The Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition at Cardigan is made possible by the generous support of the Gates Frontiers Fund. Best Salesman: Luke Hartman ’18

Second Place: Jack Bayreuther ’17 and Noah Dorsey-Sorofman ’17 “NJ Pong”

Best Presentation: Tom Dana ’18 and Jackson MacDonald ’18

Third Place: Shawn Kim ’17 “Hole Punch Binder” Cardigan Chronicle

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Commencement 2015 A Beautiful Ending to a Memorable Year By Erin Drury, Communications Associate Right: Commencement speaker Stuart Kaplan ’47, Founder and Chairman of U.S. Game Systems, Inc., of Stamford, Conn.


hough the week began with some booming thunder, heavy rain, and nearby lightning strikes, the skies were clear in time for the Class of 2015 to make the traditional final trek up Mount Cardigan on Thursday evening before Commencement weekend. The boys took off just after 6:00 p.m., and, fueled by excitement and anticipation, it didn’t take them long to reach the summit, the setting for their sunset experience. As the sky began to dim, the boys reflected upon all that they had accomplished in their time on The Point, shared memories, and spoke to one another from the heart about what they would miss. The emotional journey to—and at—the top was certainly symbolic of each boy’s time at Cardigan. (See photos on page 16.) The Senior Climb kicked off a series of events that would ultimately lead to Commencement exercises on Saturday. Friday offered the choice of friendly “Cougar Classic” golf or tennis tournaments with friends, family,

alumni, and faculty members. Later in the evening, the ninth graders’ adult family members gathered on the Rymer Patio and Scaramucci Porch, with a number of alumni and faculty members, to reminisce and socialize before joining their sons inside for the annual Alumni Welcome Banquet in the Kenly Dining Hall. (See photos on page 22.) During dinner, Maureen Gilbert P’07,’10,’13 and her son Max ’13 were pleased to congratulate the winners of the Gilbert Family Service Award, Hongwei Ma and Jiachen “Vivian” Gu, parents of ninth-grade Class President Shijie “Charlie” Ma ’15 and rising eighth grader Hyeongkyu “Joseph” Min ’17, in honor of their extraordinary volunteer efforts. This year’s final Heart of the Cougar Award was given to Byunghoon Min and Jisook Lee, parents of graduating senior Sihyun “David” Min ’15, for appreciation of their service to Cardigan as well. The gathered community then heard

Watch this year’s deeply personal and inspiring Commencement address, offered by Stuart Kaplan ’47 (Cardigan’s oldest living alumnus) on the School’sYouTube channel:

a speech from Class President Shijie “Charlie” Ma ’15, and Alumni Association President Patrick Gilligan ’80 presented the first traditional green-and-silver-striped alumni tie to School Leader Cedric Elkouh ’15. Guests enjoyed a bountiful dinner prepared by Mr. Bob Spano and his Dining Services team, and the evening concluded with a touching “senior slideshow,” which featured baby photos alongside senior portraits of all the graduates, highlighting just how far they had come to get to this important transition. After pulling a virtual “all-nighter”— watching movies in the Klein Family Theater, enjoying tennis in Turner Arena, and/or playing games in The Haven (our student center)— the boys were tired but ready for Commencement. They suited up in their white blazers and were adorned with boutonnieres pinned securely by Mrs. McCusker and Mrs. Lenihan. After posing for the occasional photo, they made their way into Humann

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2015 Commencement Prize Winners The Caldwell Prize The Dewar Prize The Hinman Prize The Norman and Beverly Wakely Prize The Founder’s Prize

Roope Waino-Werneri Hirvonen Graydon Cedric Usher Elkouh Jack Edward Kavanaugh Bennett Aris Psyhogeos Graydon Cedric Usher Elkouh

The Pannaci Memorial Award

Beckham John Merz Bayreuther

The Skibiski Memorial Award

Oliver Buzby Fisher

The William Knapp Morrison Award The Faculty Prize

Theatre for the Alumni Tie Ceremony, where Mr. Clancy ’67 explained the history of these unique ties before each graduate received his own—handed to him by a Cardigan alumnus. Among the 51 alums who made their way to campus for the ceremony were a number who were able to bestow a tie upon a younger brother, a special “mentee,” a son, or even a grandson who would be graduating later that morning. (See photos on page 21.) With their new ties fastened, the boys were ready to receive their diplomas, but not before taking in the wisdom imparted by Head of School Mr. McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, Board of Trustees Chair Mrs. Wallach P’06, School Leader Graydon Cedric Elkouh ’15, and Commencement speaker Mr. Stuart Kaplan ’47. All delivered remarks praising the class for how far its members had come, as well as offering words of advice and encouragement with regard to the boys’ next steps. Awards were presented prior to the delivery of diplomas,

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Corbin Steele Holland Colton Thompson Bullard Andrey Emme Hyun Seung Kim William Sergenian Zachary Joseph Wennik Noa Kimura

and after a rousing rendition of the “Cardigan Mountain School Hymn,” members of the class made their way to a receiving line to shake the hands of their classmates, friends, families, and teachers. Saying goodbye to their “brothers” and the family that they have grown so close to here on The Point certainly evoked many tears and tight hugs. But as emotions settled, the boys quickly made their way over to the chapel steps to do the traditional “chapel jump” photos—struggling to decide what the best mid-air pose would be to honor their excitement as they ran from inside the sanctuary to leap over the granite steps. These final jumps represented each boy’s unique way of wrapping up both an extraordinary day and a memorable Cardigan Mountain School experience.

The CMS Class of 2015 Drew Thomas Bavaro Beckham John Merz Bayreuther Owen Scott Borek Aiden Donal Bourke Spencer Ronald Brown Roland Ethan Bryan Colton Thompson Bullard Peter Charles Callahan Zhuyuan Chen Luis Antonio Chico Hegewisch, Jr. Tzu-Cheng Chu Zane Christopher Cowans Andrew Cole Daly Longxuan Ding Jake Degnan Dulac Graydon Cedric Usher Elkouh Andrey Emme Oliver Buzby Fisher Bennett Perryman Freidberg Steven Charles Garron Yuan Gong Samuel J. Hebert Roope Waino-Werneri Hirvonen Corbin Steele Holland Siqing Hu Philip Tzu-Ruei Huang Joseph Mark Jordan Jack Edward Kavanaugh William Edgar Kelley Hyeongseok Kim Hyun Seung Kim Woojae Kim Noa Kimura Sang Mo “Jeff” Koo Kibum Lee Jacob Bradley Leone Siyan Li Jiaxi Liu Shijie Ma Sihyun Min Gabriel Moldenhauer Jalen Michael Nougues Nicolas John Pieroni Bennett Aris Psyhogeos Justin L. Quinones Juan Pablo Ramos Barroso Adetola Jonathan Salako Jonathan May Schafer Samuel Henry Seaver William Sergenian Myles Randolph Clements Shepard Brian Dong Hyuk Shin William BH Song Zachary Thaddeus Stern Jeronimo Tapia de Obeso Rodrigo Trejo Suero Hugo Pierre Arthur Turcotte Addison Gray Walker Cho Ming Wang Zachary Joseph Wennik Tucker Finn Williams Diego Zesati Icaza Jiaxin Zheng On The Point / Page 35

Commencement 2015 Thoughts and Reflections . . . Friday, May 29, 2015 On the evening of Commencement, members of the Class of 2015, their families and friends, the Cardigan faculty, and a number of alumni gathered for the annual Alumni Welcome Banquet in the Kenly Dining Hall. Before dinner began, a few awards were given, the first alumni tie was presented, and senior class president, Shijie “Charlie” Ma ’15 (pictured at right) offered some words to the graduating class of 2015. What follows is an excerpt of Charlie’s words of wisdom for the community. “Cardigan has been a home to me for four years. In these years I have met different students, played for different teams and coaches, and learned many values and lessons. One lesson I want to share tonight is about resilience. At some point in life, you are not going to get things right with only one attempt. You are going to be knocked down or pushed over by a challenge or a setback. It is okay to be down. It is okay to fail. It is not important. What is crucial is that you get back up and have the courage to try again, again, and again until you get it right . . . . . . Tomorrow is going to be an extremely emotional day for many of us. Unavoidably, some of us will shed some tears. Tears are not signs of weakness. They might be from sadness about leaving our brothers, but I believe the main source of the tears is happiness and joy—for each other. It shows the strength of the bond between us. Dropping tears are contagious. I want you to know that you do not have to refrain from shedding some tears tomorrow. If things get emotional, it is fine to cry and show how much you care about your Cardigan brothers.”

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The School Leader’s Perspective . . . On the morning of May 30, the Class of 2015 sat under the “big white tent”—surrounded by their friends, family members, and teachers, and patiently awaiting their diplomas and awards—as a new tradition was born this year. Added to the Commencement program line-up was an opportunity for School Leader Cedric Elkouh ’15 (pictured at right) to deliver a reflection. Cedric used his time to say farewell, and to remind his classmates about what they would soon be leaving behind­—as well as what they would take with them forever. His speech led listeners on an hour-by-hour journey through a typical Cardigan “day” that simultaneously symbolized the broader Cardigan experience. Cedric concluded with the poignant excerpt that follows: Before long, it is 8:20 p.m.

Above: School Leader Cedric Elkouh ’15 delivers remarks during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

The sun sets at 8:20 p.m. As many of you know, as a four-year boy at Cardigan I have already seen the end of the (schoolyear) day here for three years. The transition and necessary beginning of a restful night (and summer) used to lead into another CMS school year. Each year I was sure of my future as a Cardigan student, and of what challenges and requirements would be expected of me the following school year.

out with wonder—with a whole day and a whole year of Cardigan memories under their belt. And what I did know about the group of young men who sat atop that windy mountain is that they were all ready to support each other, in whatever language or form of communication—whether it be by a phone call, a text message, Snapchat, or face-to-face conversation—no matter the distance that separated them.

The other night, when we were sitting on the rocky peak of Mount Cardigan, I looked out at the vast wooded landscape that presents new and unknown challenges. However, despite all of the unknowns and question marks in that distant forest, I realized that there were 62 other boys looking

How did I know this? I knew this because over the past four years, three years, two years, or nine months, I have become friends with the boys who stood atop the mountain that was quickly being draped in the cloak of night. I knew this because each and every one of them knows when and how to do the

right thing and to “help the other fella.” I knew this because not only are we friends, but we are brothers who will do anything for each other and go to any length to help each other out. I know this because I have seen evidence from day one of our strong and unbreakable bonds. Having the same group of students start and finish the year is no small feat, and it fully demonstrates the power that the Class of 2015 had this year. I know this because when help is asked for in this group, help is always given. I know this because we are the Cardigan Mountain School Class of 2015. The classiest class. My class. Our class. Thank you, boys, for making this year at Cardigan the best “day” ever, and good luck next year and every year that follows!

“. . . Not only are we friends, but we are brothers who will do anything for each other and go to any length to help each other out.” Cardigan Chronicle

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Distinguished Service Longtime Faculty and Staff Members Are Recognized on “Years of Service” Display


n impressive new wall display appeared in the Cardigan Commons in May, featuring the names and faces of many beloved CMS employees, both past and present. Familiar faculty names like Jim Marrion, Joe Collins, Harry Mahoney, Dave and Carol Shelton, and Eddie Ramos are displayed alongside those of well-known staff members such as Eleanor Weller, Jackie Lary, Don Blunt, Shirley Lester, and Audie Armstrong— in an effort to recognize the outstanding commitment of all School employees who have dedicated 20, 30, or even 40 years of their working life to Cardigan service.* This project was inspired by goals outlined in the 2013 edition of The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2020, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for faculty and staff. The specific strategic priority, within the goal—part of Phase I of the plan—guided a (volunteer) Faculty Recognition Committee, led by Austen Hannis, to “Develop and implement a program to recognize and reward faculty excellence and/or achievement.” Other aspects of this program, which have become School traditions, include the Dudley Clark Faculty Appreciation Awards handed out bi-monthly to faculty members for exceptional (above-and-beyond) deeds, and “benchmark” prizes awarded at the end of each school year (marking 3, 5, 7, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 40 years of service).

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40 or More Years of Service James “Coach” Marrion H’03, P’88, GP’03,’05,’14 Edilberto “Eddie” Ramos H’06, P’91,’97

30 or More Years of Service Dick Clancy P’65,’67 Dudley Clark H’05 Joseph Collins H’92, P’74 Rev. Harold “Hal” Finkbeiner H’02 William “Wim” Hart H’07 Rick Kahn Shirley Lester H’05 Ruth Talbert H’02, P’59 Beverly Wakely H’01, P’70,’73,’75 Norman Wakely H’91, P’70,’73,’75

20 or More Years of Service Audie Armstrong Donald Blunt P’76 Neil Brier H’11 Rosalind “Roz” Burke P’97 Karen Colburn P’01 Frederick “Rick” Exton P’11 Leona Fiske Patricia Franz Jamie Funnell H’09, P’07,’09 Freda Grace Alex Gray H’12, P’14,’16 Sherwood “Griff” Griffin Jackie Lary H’04, P’69,’71 Nicholas “Nick” Lynch H’13, P’96,’97,’04 Randolph “Randy” Macdonald Rev. Harry Mahoney H’01 Patricia Morse Judith Ribeiro Susan March Rives H’09 Carol Shelton H’00 David Shelton H’00 Robert “Bob” Spano Eleanor Weller

*Recognition lists were based on a search of employment records. If you think you’ve spotted an error or omission, please contact David Perfield at or 603.523.3522. We’re also happy to make changes to the photos in the display (and in fact we need good close-up shots of Leona Fiske, “Griff” Griffin, and Patricia Morse, if you can share one!).

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The Future’s So Bright

Cardigan Makes the Most of Its Sunny Position

By Joy Michelson Director of Advancement Communications

As this issue went to press, preparations were being made for the eventual installation of a 100-kilowatt array of solar panels on campus rooftops here on The Point. By this time in 2016—and with additional photovoltaic installations—Cardigan Mountain School hopes to be producing upwards of 70 percent of its electrical energy needs from solar power generated right here on campus. I spoke with our director of business operations, Jim Fenn, and Tim Jennings, our director of facilities (shown right to left above), to learn more about Cardigan’s solar power efforts—and other ways in which the School is preparing for a sustainable energy future.


he idea that Cardigan could meet a large portion of its power needs through photovoltaics (PV) first saw daylight last fall, when, as a member of the Local Energy Working Group (LEWG), Cardigan’s director of business operations, Jim Fenn, participated in a conference on municipal energy conservation measures. Jim had recently joined the Cardigan administration after serving for nine years as business administrator for the Lebanon, N.H., School District. During his tenure in Lebanon, Jim had been part of the team that oversaw the design and construction of the new Lebanon Middle School (which opened in the fall of 2012) and the implementation of myriad energyconservation measures in the city school system.

Basically, Cardigan will enter into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Norwich Technologies (NT), whereby the School agrees to purchase the electricity generated (from arrays located here on campus) at a fixed rate that reflects a savings from our current arrangement. The PV system equipment, which will consist of rooftop arrays and up to three ground-mount arrays located on various parts of the campus, will be installed by NT. The School’s only responsibility—as it will not own or manage the equipment—will be to acquire the appropriate permissions and permits and handle any forestry work needed to allow for installation of the larger ground-mount arrays.

As luck would have it, and as Jim worked to find an organization to help the School explore renewable power alternatives, a connection was made within the Cardigan community to get a solar project off the ground. Through current parents Terry Donoghue (father of Sean ’18) and Troy McBride (father of Quincy ’17), a working relationship was quickly formed with Norwich Technologies, a White River Junction, Vt.-based firm that focuses on engineering affordable clean energy. Jim was immediately impressed with the knowledge, professionalism, and responsiveness of Norwich Technologies. “They were able to communicate with us in language that we, as novices, could understand . . . and they have brought plans and investors that offer the potential of doing a PV (photovoltaic) system with zero up-front costs.”* Page 40 / Making Progress

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Let there be (energy-efficient) light! In addition to seeking lower-cost and renewable energy sources, Cardigan is committed to continuing its efforts to curb energy consumption on campus. Each new construction or renovation project is guided by current, state-of-the-art building science concepts, and new opportunities are continually sought to upgrade existing systems to promote conservation. One such project, being implemented this summer,

In June, after considerable background planning conducted through the spring, members of the Cardigan Board of Trustees were brought in on the details of the project for review and possible approval of the PPA and installation plan. Though supportive of the project, trustees raised important concerns about the overall arrangement and the location of proposed arrays, all of which were addressed quickly and effectively by NT and the Cardigan planning team. On July 1, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees gave a green light to the project, with the positioning of rooftop arrays representing the first step in realizing Cardigan’s solarpowered future.

is the replacement of the sodium vapor lighting

Now that the outlines of the Cardigan–NT partnership have been established, the oversight responsibility has shifted from the Business Office to the Facilities Department, led by Director Tim Jennings. He’s gotten started by walking the potential ground-array sites with the School’s site engineer (Pathways Engineering of Lebanon, N.H., forester Rick Evans) and representatives of Norwich Technologies, in order to establish what clearing may need to be done—

utility bill), and in four years, when both the Marrion

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systems in the Marrion Gymnasium and Turner Arena spaces. The availability of grant support and financing through our utility company will allow the installation of LED lighting systems in those large spaces, which will use 50 percent of the energy required to power the existing systems. This energy savings will offset the cost of the new lighting equipment (which will be financed through a no-interest loan paid through the and Wakely systems are paid for, the School will fully realize the 50-percent reduction in cost to light those areas. (Utility company estimates project that the new lighting systems will, over the 15-year life of the LED bulbs, avoid 1.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions and leave 613,294 pounds of coal unburned!)

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What about wind? Visitors to The Point can’t miss Cardigan’s






power turbine

(installed in 2008 with the support of a CMS trustee) located between the Commons and Marrion Athletic Center. While the School has looked into the viability of making greater use of wind power, Director of

and to start the environmental permitting processes. Tim was pleasantly surprised by the footprint of the proposed arrays; “I had thought more acreage would be required to power the campus.” Cardigan currently purchases about 1.8 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year, and the PV system planned for campus, if realized, is estimated to supply approximately 1.6 million kilowatt hours annually. With continued efforts to upgrade campus facilities with energy-efficient fixtures, down the road Cardigan might even become a “net zero” electricity consumer. The (Cardigan energy) future indeed looks bright!

Facilities Tim Jennings tells us that the wind resource in our location just doesn’t offer enough return on investment. The existing single turbine,





*NT and its investors are able to cover the costs of equipment and operation by taking advantage of rebates, tax credits, and other government incentives for renewable energy. Any permitting fees will be the responsibility of CMS, as will be forestry management work—which is thought to be nominal.

generates about 1,800 watts of power for Marrion Athletic Center.

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Big gains already! Renovation projects supported by The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 have already reduced Cardigan’s heating fuel and electrical energy demands—and therefore its carbon footprint and annual costs. With the renovation of Hayward Hall in 2014, the School saw a 25 percent reduction in that facility’s energy use, and Clark-Morgan Hall will use one-third the energy it did before its renovation.

Above: The Hayward Hall renovation was completed in August 2014.

Below: The Clark-Morgan Hall renovation is to be completed in September 2015

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Strategic Plan Update The Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2020 A Vision of Excellence in the Education of Middle School Boys

Dear Cardigan Family Members, Cardigan Mountain School has been blessed in recent years with the opportunity to make numerous and significant improvements to all aspects of the education we offer. With due thanks and credit to my colleagues and to our board of trustees, we have applied great discipline and focus to our strategic planning process, which now builds on the positive momentum we’ve been able to generate for our community. This latest iteration of the Strategic Plan for Cardigan 2020 maintains the long view for our school, as a larger context within which to plan, while articulating specific short-term goals that have been identified as priorities over the next three years, 2015–2018. While the development of strategies and tactics will be ongoing, we have learned valuable lessons from our history, which inform this document, including the importance of remaining open-minded and flexible, in order to incorporate additional goals as they emerge.

At Cardigan Mountain School, boys are at the center of all we do.

As I begin my ninth year as Cardigan’s head of school, I think about the last eight years, and I am heartened by the evolving definition of “the Cardigan Way.” In earlier years, this phrase was cited as a response to the question “Why?” without much explanation beyond the simple use of the phrase. The Cardigan Way now represents something much different, I believe. We are a much more intentional, proactive, and ambitious school today, motivated primarily by a belief in and commitment to the mission and work our school does each and every day with the boys in our care. This plan continues a conversation started many years ago that allows us to dream boldly for Cardigan. Appreciating the transformative effect that this education has on the lives of our students, we recognize a responsibility to conceive a vision of the highest standard, which we must diligently pursue for our students and families today—and for those who will follow in the years to come. As one of my colleagues recently stated in a planning meeting, “We can do anything!” This comment was made with great enthusiasm, referencing our recent achievements, and was aspirational in nature.

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We all agree, especially if we continue to enjoy the same strong partnership we’ve had in recent years with members of the Cardigan family. What a privilege and honor to do this good work, shoulder-to-shoulder with so many talented and caring members of our community. This plan, similar to previous plans, has been largely created by my colleagues, Cardigan’s faculty, who are the primary experts and practitioners of the Cardigan Way. Providing tremendous leadership and guidance, our board of trustees has been fully engaged at every turn. At various times we have also engaged our students, our alumni, and our families in this important planning process. This inclusive and collaborative exercise yields excellent thinking, which this strategic plan represents for our school. Thank you, one and all, for your care and commitment to Cardigan. I am grateful for your partnership. Sincerely,

David J. McCusker ’80, P’09,’10

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Finland Exchange Continues A “Travel Diary” Account of the 2015 Varsity Hockey Trip From Ryan Frost, Athletic Director


he Cardigan Mountain School Varsity Hockey Team had a very full first day in Finland on Monday, March 9, 2015. They had some ice time in the morning for practice, met with the mayor of Hyvinkää, toured a school, tried their hand at curling, spent time at the mall, and won their first game of the trip with a score of 2-0! On Tuesday the group visited the Vehkoja School, Cardigan’s longtime exchange partner, where Mr. McCusker traded gifts with his Finnish counterpart and an ample display of international goodwill was made by all. The afternoon featured lunch, tours of the school, and a lesson in “floor ball.” Our CMS boys quickly put their new skills into use against some of the Vehkoja boys (in front of the entire school!) and won 6-5! On Wednesday the boys boarded a bus to visit to the Lahti Ski Museum, and while there was no active ski jumping during their visit, the boys were able to go to the top of the jump to enjoy the view and, during a tour of the interactive section of the museum, they were able to test their skills on jump and biathlon simulators. Later in the day, the boys donned their gear to take on a tough Pelican team in Lahti, then grabbed dinner and watched a local game before heading home for the night.

The boys spent Thursday morning attending classes at Vehkoja School, which included a double-period dance class, physical education, both English and Finnish language classes, plus history and science. After lunch the group returned to the rink to prepare for their game versus the Pohhois-Haaga team, which was followed by dinner and then the “Cardigan Disco.” A day trip to Helsinki filled Friday’s itinerary. The visit began with a hockey game, and after a solid hour of play (three full 20-minute periods), the boys were treated to lunch at the home school of Tommi Jokinen ’85 (who is the son of the late longtime leader of the Finnish exchange, Jouko Jokinen) and a driving tour of Helsinki. The group was able to enjoy a view of the presidential palace, the open air market at Helsinki Bay, mall shopping, and a few hours of play at an indoor water park before dinner and the return to their host families.

Above: Listening to the National Anthems of both the U.S. and Finland before their game in Helsinki. Right: The view from the ski jump in Lahti.

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Left: Doing a bit of shopping. Right: Preparing for “floor ball” at Vehkoja School. Below: Trying their hand at curling.

Before preparing to come back to the States, the boys had some free time with their host families. They were also able to play in the traditional “Old Boys” Finnish Alumni Game, go bowling with students from the Vehkoja School, and do some final shopping in Hyvinkää. It was a full and exciting week of new experiences, and while the boys were ready to head home for some Spring Vacation rest and relaxation, they were also sad to leave their new friends in Finland. During the entire trip, the boys were excellent representatives of themselves, their families, their team, their school, and our country.

Above: Meeting with the mayor of Hyvinkää. Below: Attending classes at the Vehkoja School.

Above: Ambassadors for their country and their school, the Cardigan Mountain School Varsity Hockey Team. Left: On a visit to the Lahti Ski Museum.

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Introducing Our New Board Chair A Conversation with Hank Holland P’12,’15 By Joy Michelson, Director of Advancement Communications July 1 marked a transition for the Cardigan Mountain School Board of Trustees, as Diane Wallach P’06 completed her term as board chair and Hank Holland P’12,’15 stepped in to the leadership role. Hank has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2010, and during that time he has served as a vice chair and as a member of the Executive, Finance, Personnel Compensation, and Strategic Planning Committees. I spoke with Hank this summer about his relationship to Cardigan and his hopes for the School’s future. What follows are excerpts from his side of the conversation, which I found both articulate and inspiring! Hank’s path to Cardigan . . . I grew up in a middle-class family, completely unaware of boarding schools. When we started looking at schools [for eldest son Hayden ’12], it was a new experience for me and my family. Plus, we were 3,000 miles away [living in California] and didn’t know what to expect. We just knew we wanted something more for our son. Hayden had begun not to like school. He had great relationships with his coaches and felt successful in the athletic arena; however, he did not feel “liked” by his teachers, and felt anxious and on edge at school. He was constantly being told to be still and be quiet. We wanted to find a place for him to just be a boy. It’s difficult for a boy growing up today, regardless of socioeconomic status. I’ve seen it. Kids from affluent families have no unstructured time. With lessons and sports and all these activities, they’re just busy. Parents are incredibly engaged—more than parents were when I was growing up—and the expectations are high, and can cause stress in kids. Everything revolves around achievement, with little space for a boy to just be—to discover what he likes . . . what he wants to do. And kids from a lower socioeconomic base, they also don’t have that unstructured time and space—they don’t have the same shot at life, and in some circumstances their parents may be keeping them in to keep them safe. All the options don’t exist for them—depending on where they’re coming from, both economically and geographically.

My son Corbin really found himself at Cardigan. Regardless of any particular thing he learned, he developed selfconfidence, a “solid-ness,” and a strength in knowing who he is. He knows now that he can do things, or try things, regardless of “whether I’m supposed to,” and without worrying “what will people think?” He can just do it; even knowing he may not be best at something, he will try something new. Corbin became “his own person” at Cardigan. He was universally well-liked by peers and teachers / coaches alike, and he was appreciated and admired for “looking out for the other guy.” Our kids come to us, all with different strengths and different needs, and each one can excel at something here. One is at the top of his class academically, but another—like Corbin—is a middle-of-the-class guy who is respected. They both get to be celebrated for something. And nowhere else in these kids’ lives will people know them so well. The adults at Cardigan take the time to get to know these young men, and these relationships have a depth they wouldn’t have in a non-residential environment. Hayden’s teachers knew him and “experienced” him in every facet of his life—in the classroom, in the locker room, on the athletic field, in the dining hall, and in the dorm. He built lasting relationships.

Our [Cardigan] boys are privileged. I’m not talking about wealth, and it doesn’t matter if a boy is here because his parents are affluent or whether he’s here on financial aid. It’s a privilege to be at Cardigan. I truly believe that. At right (from left): Corbin Holland ’15 and classmates Jake Dulac ’15 and Drew Bavaro ’15. Page 48 / Making Progress

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At right: Hank’s eldest son, Hayden ’12, while a student at Cardigan; and (far right) presenting an alumni tie to his brother Corbin ’15 this spring.

On the Cardigan Way for boys. . . There are really three aspects of what boys get at Cardigan that I love. First, the nature of the curriculum …it’s truly “relevant, engaging, and hands on.” When these boys are in class, they’re not being talked at; they’re interacting. Socratic seminars are just one example of this. There’s so much that engages them actively in their learning. Second, I love seeing the boys between classes or after the class day, being playful—not always buttoned up. There’s a lot expected of these boys, don’t get me wrong, but at the same time they develop a comfort with each other in the sense that they can cut loose . . . giggles and skipping around, throwing lacrosse balls in their free time. Third, it’s terrific that they’ve got four hours in the afternoon where they’re physically active, with sports and just time to get on a skateboard or throw a ball around. A lot of kids today—especially boys—exist in a sedentary environment . . . but not at Cardigan. Our boys are not playing video games; they’re outside, active, and interacting with their peers. And through the athletic program, they’re developing relationships with coaches that carry over to dorms and classrooms. On Cardigan teachers . . . I really believe that good teachers—the best teachers— teach the way they coach. They coach in the classroom, and Cardigan teachers are in a unique position where they’re able to take the relationships from outside the classroom and bring them to the classroom—and they engage differently with the boys as a result. Class time is not the totality of the relationship between teacher and student. Cardigan teachers are going to know what’s going on with their students, because they know them physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I think even as a parent it’s hard to achieve that. Dad gets home at 6:30, the kid has homework, they may not have dinner together as a family, he’s got his phone with him the whole time, and then he goes to bed. Very few families have the kind of time to interact that the Cardigan setting affords. In fact, our boys will leave Cardigan and, in all likelihood, will never again be part of a community where so many people know them so well. Cardigan Chronicle

The Cardigan mission is so important; there are no years more formative than these middle school years… and it’s not so much about whether they learn calculus; it’s about the person they become. Probably the most important lesson my older son, Hayden, learned is what it means to be a good citizen. It’s one thing to be popular, but another to be trusted to do the right thing. Being a good citizen means you do things because it feels better to do the next right thing. You want to be that person who does the right thing. You see, the adults at Cardigan don’t so much tell the boys to do those things as they model for them, and the boys can relate to the people who are modeling the values and behaviors. These adults are still having fun and loving life, but they’re also respected in the community, and trusted. Every time I’m at Cardigan I am inspired—to be a better parent—by the remarkable teachers and staff who give their lives to the service of others. Living in a small rural community where often the totality of your life is that campus, working with those boys; what an incredible thing to model for boys. Two things that would make me most proud of my sons are for them to serve their country, or to become a teacher/coach. Article continues . . .

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Getting a Cardigan education is a privilege, and I believe that with that privilege there comes responsibility. Trustees, faculty, staff . . . we’re/they’re also privileged. Where we are in this age, we’ve discovered that what we wish for is a life that is purposeful. Our privilege is that we get to participate in this thing that is meaningful and purposeful. Because of the boys, the formative years, the change we can witness . . . it does feel purposeful. I feel privileged to be serving as the board chair. This matters . . . and for me this is an incredible honor, and also to be working alongside trustees and faculty and staff.  The challenges and opportunities looking ahead . . . Our first challenge and opportunity will be to culturally integrate the next head of school. We know that certain aspects of who we are—what Cardigan is—are almost in stone, but there are other aspects that are constantly evolving. New energy and new strengths are going to be brought in by a new head. Cardigan is an evolving, living, breathing thing, and we always need to be reimagining what Cardigan could be. We in the Cardigan community have a duty to the next head to welcome him, and to embrace this new energy and these new strengths. His challenge will be in discerning what is core to who we are, but further improving what we do. Dave McCusker is a very, very close friend, and I have enormous respect and admiration for what he and Steff have done for Cardigan and the community. Their commitment has been incredible, and the thoughtful way in which they considered and planned for this transition (nearly two years ahead of their departure) is not just uncommon—it’s exceptional. I think that in many ways that they have given all they had. They need to fill their tank for the next thing, and I’m really happy for them—and grateful! Knowing Dave and Steff, I’m confident that they will work tirelessly until their last day in their current roles, and I hope—and expect—that they will continue to join us on campus, and to help Cardigan in many ways . . . just as Dave’s mentors and most trusted friends, Norm and Bev Wakely and Jim Marrion, did before them. There are some opportunities within the School to pursue, for example in improving the arts or other program areas. One continuing challenge will be around technology. We’re entrusted with caring for and teaching boys in very formative years . . . it’s an enormous responsibility. The world is changing incredibly quickly in terms of technology, and it’s generational. When I was in high school we passed notes, and tore them up when we didn’t want people to see them. These boys may do things that are Page 50 / Making Progress

Above (from left): Corbin Holland ’15, Dave ’80 and Steff McCusker P’09,’10, and Hank Holland P’12,’15.

not well thought-through, and that doesn’t make them bad boys, but their actions have permanence that our torn-up notes didn’t. Technology creates a challenge. We absolutely need to teach the boys to use these tools to navigate in a global society, but we also need to protect them—and it’s an enormous responsibility in these boys’ lives. This generation will have an experience none of us will ever have had, and there’s a permanence to it that involves risk. On serving as board chair . . . I am truly humbled and honored to have this role following Kim [Kenly ’68] and Diane [Wallach P’06]. Kim is someone I feel close to, and have a close friendship with—he was a mentor and one of my first connections to the School. I think about the 29 years he has spent as a trustee working on behalf of the School, including the 10 years he served as board president/chair. Kim spent an incredible amount of time on campus, and he made himself available at all hours on the other end of the phone—that’s devotion. In Diane’s case, she was someone who was enormously passionate about our unique mission, and very boldly and ambitiously challenged us to reach further than most thought we were capable of. I have such admiration for the way she infused the board with optimism. Her work advanced the mission of the School, and also made really significant advancements to the endowment, the physical plant, and the overall tone of the board’s work. Spring/Summer 2015

“As a board we’re fortunate that the School is in a strong place . . . We have the luxury of some very ambitious, forward-looking projects.” For my part, I bring to this role the perspective of a parent, and I intend to bring in the perspective of the people on the staff whom I respect. I don’t want to just provide direction as board chair; I want to help us reach consensus and then bring resources to help make things happen. As a board we’re fortunate that the School is in a strong place, and so we don’t need to focus on “fixing.” We have the luxury of some very ambitious, forward-looking projects. We’ve had great early success with the Campaign, and we can’t let up. I really want to encourage us to give every member of the community the chance—the opportunity, really—to participate. Maybe you’re in the 10th grade someplace and you can only give $10, but that would be great! If every person touched by Cardigan is given a chance to give back, that’s a huge benefit to all the boys who follow. Hank’s personal priorities . . . I never had charity, or philanthropy, or service to others modeled for me when I was growing up. But I’ve come to understand that we must acknowledge our privilege by giving back to the community. There’s a lot that’s already going on at Cardigan to teach core values, and to incorporate community service, and I’d like us to go further. I’d like service to others to truly be integrated in the curriculum, starting small and then going out to the global level. I can envision each grade level having its own initiative. The sixth grade might keep their focus local, but each year the scope progresses to a broader level of service—local, state, national, and international. We take the curriculum out on the road, essentially. I think of Ryan Sinclair in South Africa with the Ivy Leader kids, and I want us to be able to extend that kind of work so that it’s truly integrated into the curriculum.

One last (and not the least) thing . . . I want to express my thanks to the school community for the care and guidance Hayden and Corbin got. I’m enormously grateful for both of their experiences here, and I know that it shaped the young men that they are. Hank followed up our initial conversation to share with me that he would even like to live on The Point one day. He wants to fully experience what he called the “purposeful vocation of life on The Point,” including dorm life, teaching, and coaching—and he doesn’t consider this a whimsical notion, either, but rather an ambition. Nothing would make him more proud than to answer the question, “So, what do you do?” than by replying, “I’m a math teacher and a coach at Cardigan Mountain School . . . this incredible boarding school for middle school boys in rural New Hampshire.” Now that’s an aspiration born of real inspiration!

Overall, the Cardigan curriculum is strong. We’re doing many things well, and yet we want to be sure that we’re giving every boy a place where he can excel. We could be doing art and music better. Where Corbin is going next year, students can substitute an arts offering for one of three athletic seasons—that’s given as much weight as sports are for that term. They can go really deep in a theater production, or prepare for performing a musical piece of some sort. For a lot of Cardigan boys this would be a great, great thing. I would love to see that. I think that we’re lucky . . . that we’re in a strong position to have some other aspirations. Cardigan Chronicle

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Meet Our New Trustees Carole Mennen P’17 Carole is a full-time mom to three boys and the wife of George J. “GJ” Mennen. The Mennen family resides in Cornelius, N.C., and their eldest son, George, is a member of Cardigan’s Class of 2017. All reports indicate that George is having a wonderful experience here, and so we’re hoping that his two younger brothers will follow him to CMS (and if they do, Mennen boys would be part of the Cardigan student body for nearly a dozen years!). Carole’s graduate studies focused on art education, and she achieved teacher certification in the State of Texas for grades one through eight and a bachelor’s degree in human development (with a minor in art history and reading literacy education). Because of her extensive background in early childhood education, Carole and her family have a passion for supporting education in all ways.

Christopher “Kip” Hale ’95 A Cardigan alumnus of the Class of 1995, Kip was a very active student in the Cardigan community. He played varsity soccer, basketball, and lacrosse and was a floor leader in Greenwood House. Following Cardigan, Kip attended Pomfret School and Denison University, and he went on to attend the University of Denver-Sturm College of Law. After law school, Kip worked for close to three years at the United Nations’–supported

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Christopher M. Taliercio ’95 An alumnus of the Class of 1995, Chris made the most of his time at Cardigan Mountain School. He was an honor roll student and served as captain of the Varsity Hockey team, a member of the Green Key Society, and a member of both the cross-country and Varsity Lacrosse teams. Chris went on to attend St. Paul’s School and then Dartmouth College, and he now works as a broker for Bridger Management, a hedge fund company in New York City. He commutes from New Canaan, Conn., where he lives with his wife, Chelsea, and their two daughters, Ainsley and Lila.

Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, helping prosecute surviving members of the Khmer Rouge regime. After this post, he began working as a senior counsel for international criminal and human rights law at the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights in Washington, D.C. He also currently serves as the director of the ABA’s International Criminal Court Project. In June 2014, Kip returned to Cardigan as the Commencement speaker for the Class of 2014 and delighted the gathered community with his well-spoken message.

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Introducing . . .

The Summit Society at Cardigan


he Summit Society is named in recognition of the School’s annual traditions of climbing mountains, and reaching their peaks, together as a community. Each year, just after they have begun their Cardigan experience in September, new students climb Mount Cardigan to see the sun rise. In October, the entire student body celebrates Mountain Day (and the incredible beauty of New Hampshire foliage) by tackling various other mountains in the area with their classmates. And, just days before Commencement, ninth graders climb, once again, to the summit of Mount Cardigan—this time to see the sun set at the close of their Cardigan experience. Climbing together and meeting challenges—together—is integral to the Cardigan Way. Members of the Summit Society know this, and they have committed themselves to upholding and sustaining this deeply held value of community aspiration and achievement. The Summit Society is Cardigan Mountain School’s most prestigious donor recognition category. This society honors the leadership and extraordinary support of alumni, parents, and friends who have generously provided lifetime support of $1 million or more, through outright and/or deferred gifts. Cardigan gratefully honors these benefactors, who have made a special commitment of leadership, involvement, and personal resources. These individuals and families play a vital role in supporting the Cardigan program, the good people who devote their lives to this education, and the tools and facilities needed to ensure the continued success of the School.

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Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Bronfman ’74 Gates Frontiers Fund Mr. and Mrs. Clayton D. Johnson ’79, P’08 David and Sally Johnson P’78,’79, GP’01,’03,’08 Christine and David Martinelli P’13 Mr. Burton E. McGillivray P’07,’09,’09 Mrs. Margaret McGillivray P’07,’09,’09 Marshall F. and Diane G. Wallach P’06 Anonymous

Thank you!

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A Special Opportunity

The Andrew B. Noel III Memorial Scholarship Fund

Andy (at left) with his good friends (and former CMS colleagues) Jim Truslow, Carl Lovejoy P’99,’04,’07, and Alex Gray H’12, P’14,’16.

Former faculty member Andrew B. “Andy” Noel III died on January 21, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Andy is survived by his wife, Kate, and their three children, Lucy, Andrew, and A.J., and many beloved family members and friends. His son Andrew is a member of the Class of 2016. Andy was a member of the Admissions Office at Cardigan from 1992 to 1997 and coached both varsity- and reserve-level hockey, cycling, and varsity football. During his time at Cardigan, he made a positive impact on hundreds of students. For the past 15 years, Andy was employed by Choate Rosemary Hall as associate director of admissions and director of financial aid. He was a graduate of Governor Dummer Academy and received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and his MEd from Boston University. In addition to Choate and Cardigan, Andy was previously employed at the Salisbury School and Lake Forest Academy. To honor his memory, the Andrew B. Noel III Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established at Cardigan Mountain School. This scholarship fund will be awarded annually to the student-athlete who best demonstrates the “character, chemistry, and work ethic” that Andy strived to develop in his players as their coach. Page 54 / Making Progress


had the privilege of working with Andy Noel III at Cardigan, and his sterling citizenship was transformational to my teaching and coaching. Care and consideration were his calling card. Andy’s enduring impact transcended particular subject matter, because he modeled an effort and attitude that quietly changed the way we saw the world, our ways of thinking and of approaching problems, what we commit to, and our words. Those of us who worked in and around Andy are better people because of the influence of his positive energy and attitude. Right out of Bowdoin as a young coach, Andy knew and conveyed the great pleasure of participating in an enterprise that was larger than himself. Fortunately, his conviction led him to schools where he could share this concept with his smile, with his encouragement, and with his firmness and his organization—and he did it on a daily basis with his players and colleagues, and with families visiting the Admissions Office. Andy’s way was clear: There is right and there is wrong, and it usually isn’t difficult to tell the difference. He taught student-athletes to be responsible for their actions, and he modeled it too. He showed us all that we can succeed and that we could start succeeding today. He helped us to look inside ourselves and find our own instrument of power. For him it was never a magic wand—it was a shovel. His instrument was never covered in magic dust; it was covered with sweat. If an education is what you remember after you forget what you have learned, then those who knew and remember Andy certainly have been equipped to face the rest of their lives. Today we have the opportunity to equip students at Cardigan with character and a work ethic that will serve them far into the future via the Andrew B. Noel III Scholarship Fund. Please join me in contributing to it. Alex Gray H’12, P’14,’16

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“. . . He was extremely kind and respectful to everyone. He was candid in his beliefs, but not selfish in his decisions. He gave up things for the betterment of the group. . . “


ndy Noel was the ultimate community member. He showed kindness to all whom he met, relished in the moment, celebrated other people’s accomplishments aloud, and accepted praise with great humility. He cared more about the cause and those around him, than he did himself. He left lasting memories for his students, friends, and teachers to remember him by. He was a loving father, husband, friend, brother, and son. He will always be remembered with a smile on his face and a good word for all whom he greeted. You always felt better about yourself when you left Andy, as opposed to when you had greeted him. He made you laugh, love, and cherish life for what it is. He will forever be missed by all. I believe that Andy’s life as a faculty member and administrator mirrored his life as a student at Governor Dummer in the late 80s. He was extremely kind and

respectful to everyone. He was candid in his beliefs, but not selfish in his decisions. He gave up things for the betterment of the group. If he gave up a lead role in an effort, he pushed equally hard from the middle or the back, making him more valuable than ever. To me, he embodied in every way the phrase, “He makes everyone around him better.” I was always proud to be Andy’s friend—a friend that I made on his first day at GDA. He entered as a sophomore. We graduated together, but I had come to school the year before as a freshman. I met him during his tour. All of this I can recall so clearly because of the person Andy was and how deeply I cared about him as a friend. Chris D’Orio P’17,’18


ndy had a profound impact on my life many years ago, and even now there isn’t a day that goes by where his influence isn’t felt by me and by those around me. I feel privileged to have called him a mentor, coach, and friend; my goal was always to make him proud of me, and of the person he helped me become. A scholarship in Andy’s name is only fitting; it will ensure his legacy and will provide the means for some deserving boy to reap the benefits of an experience at Cardigan, where the instilling of positive values in young adults is implemented in a manner consistent with Andy’s unique approach to mentoring. Chris Taliercio ’95 Left: Andy with another great Cardigan mentor, James “Coach” Marrion H’03, P’88, GP’03,’05,14


ndy Noel is the reason why our son Sawyer is attending Cardigan Mountain School. What I mean is that Andy was our first point of reference and a trusted resource. Everything that Andy loved about Cardigan is what we came to love about Cardigan. Andy Noel was, and will always be, one of the most important people in my life. From our days at The Governor’s Academy (winning a New England Prep Hockey Title) to our days of competing on the ice against each other at Colby and Bowdoin—Andy was, and always will be, a best friend. I miss my dear friend Andy Noel so much! However, whenever I am at Cardigan, I know that this is truly the place that Andy hung his heart and soul. That is why Cardigan is so extra special to me and so very special to our son Sawyer. Alex P’16, Kristin P’16, and Sawyer Moody ’16 Cardigan Chronicle

How to Make a Gift Gifts may be made to the Andrew B. Noel III Memorial Scholarship Fund online at www.cardigan. org/noel or by sending a check (payable to Cardigan Mountain School) to: Cardigan Mountain School Andrew B. Noel III Memorial Scholarship Fund 62 Alumni Drive Canaan, NH 03741


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The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 Progress toward our vision of excellence in the education of middle school boys.


ith enormous gratitude in my heart for your continued support of Cardigan, it is my great pleasure to share a progress update for The Campaign for Cardigan 2020. The Cardigan fiscal year ended on June 30, 2015, and the School and Campaign are both running strong! This year’s fundraising total was Cardigan’s second largest ever, and these contributions continue to propel the many exciting projects, programs, and initiatives currently in flight—all to the benefit of the boys’ experience and to the continuance of Cardigan’s leadership in providing the finest middle school boys’ education in the world! In these pages you will find striking stories and images that vividly display the incredible outcomes that your support of The Campaign for Cardigan 2020 have made possible. It is a truly transformative and historic time for Cardigan Mountain School, and the movement of brick and soil, wire and paint—while exciting and important—is in fact the enabler for something far more powerful . . . the fulfillment of Cardigan’s compelling mission and the delivery of its unique programming.

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our boys, believe in the School’s mission, and are committed to seeing the brightest future possible for Cardigan. Since its launch, hundreds of individuals have supported the Campaign through gifts ranging from $1 to $100, on upward to $1,000 to $4,000,000! No matter the size, each gift represents a boost to Cardigan and plays an integral role in the forward progress of our school. These include capital gifts for new and renovated spaces supporting the residential, athletic, and academic programming; annual fund dollars for operating support, and endowment gifts that build a foundation of support for the School’s future students, faculty, and programs. Again, to those who have joined me and my family in supporting The Campaign for Cardigan 2020, and, in turn, our favored school, please accept my deepest gratitude. It is my hope that every Cardigan community member will both participate in and share in the success of the Campaign. When we do, we can all be proud to celebrate the fruits of its success, but most important, to enable the School to deliver an incredible formative experience for generations of Cardigan boys to come! For more information about The Campaign for Cardigan 2020, upcoming projects, and current opportunities, please contact the director of the Campaign, Sandra Hollingsworth, at 603.523.3743  or visit cardigan2020. With sincere gratitude, Karl G. Hutter ’92 Chair, Campaign for Cardigan 2020

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Next Campaign Goal Within Reach: A New Dormitory! In November 2014, the School announced an amazing unrestricted gift of $2,500,000 to the Campaign. In addition to this tremendous gift, the same donor has offered the Campus Priorities Challenge Grant (a matching gift challenge for up to an additional $2,500,000) to support the construction and endowment of a new dormitory for Cardigan Mountain School. As of August 15, 2015, $1,056,788 has been raised toward the $2.5 million goal, which will provide the School with an additional $1,635,964 through the Campus Priorities Challenge.

You’re Invited! Gifts from new donors to the Campaign will be eligible for a 2:1 dollar match, and new gifts from current campaign partners will be eligible for a 1:1 dollar match.

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The Parent Perspective Phyllis and Ned Philie P’06,’10,’16,’17 Phyllis P’06,’10,’16,’17 (four years in to what will be her 13-year CMS “parenting career”) with Adam Philie ’10 during Parents’ Weekend in 2008.

By Erin Drury, Communications Associate Before they could know that their third Cardigan son, Austin ’16, would be elected rising school leader for the 2015-2016 academic year, Cardigan parents Ned and Phyllis Philie P’06,’10,’16,’17 sat down to share with us what an incredible impact the School has had on their entire family. Having been involved in the Cardigan community in one way or another for as long as most of us can remember, and coming from a family steeped in values mirroring those of CMS, it comes as no surprise to us that three Philie boys—Drew ’06, Adam ’10, and Austin ’16—have all been elected school leader for their ninth-grade “senior” year. And in truth, the tradition of attending Cardigan—and even having a school leader in the family—was begun long before Drew (and even his cousin, Chris Powers ’06) arrived on The Point. Three of Phyllis’s brothers, Scott ’75 (school leader for 1974-1975), Kevin ’82, and Sean ’87, attended and thrived at Cardigan—and likely set the stage for their nephews’ love of the School. A fourth Philie son, Aidan ’17, starts his Cardigan career this September.


en years ago, when it came time for their oldest son, Drew, to look at schools—and he was showing particular interest in boarding schools—Phyllis and Ned Philie were not surprised that Cardigan emerged as the clear winner. “At the time, Drew [initially] wanted to go to Tabor, but my nephew Chris [’06]—son of my brother Paul (who did not go to Cardigan)—was looking at Cardigan. So . . . Chris and Drew . . . it all kind of came together. We came up here, and Drew decided he didn’t really want to go to Tabor after all—that this was where he wanted to be. . . . On the way home from his interview, Drew told us, ‘I feel it in my stomach, that Cardigan is the right place for me.’” Since the distance to Canaan, N.H., from their hometown on Cape Cod was a “trek,” Phyllis admits that she was a bit nervous about sending her son so far away, but . . . “My parents were great role models. The fact that they were able to be so involved in [my brothers’] lives while having them attend here, and seeing the benefit that the boys had, and how happy they were to be among other boys and to be doing things that they liked to do, helped me support Drew’s decision. So I guess I had a head start

Portraits of Scott Powers ’75 and his nephews Drew ’06 and Adam ’10 Philie from Cardigan’s “leader wall” in Hopkins Hall.

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in understanding that this wasn’t going to be the end of the world for me, as a parent, having a child living away from home. I saw the dynamic that happened with my parents, and the fact that you can work it out and be able to see them and be involved. And I think the fact that [the boys] had vacation time and were able to spend time with their siblings . . . there wasn’t any kind of loss in the relationship [my brothers] had with their siblings, because all of us—nine of us—are very close as well. I guess, yes, for me, it was an easy transition—easier than most parents would have, because I saw it firsthand and I saw how well it worked. I thank my mother and father for showing me that, because it made it easier for me to then make that happen for my kids—if that’s what they wanted. But I certainly didn’t offer it to them; they came to me and asked…” And so, after Drew was accepted, he came to Cardigan, and it was indeed a perfect fit for him. Phyllis and Ned were thrilled to see that their son was engaged and excelling, not only academically and athletically, but socially. A few years later, their son Adam decided he wanted to attend Cardigan too. Knowing that Adam had a different, “more outspoken” personality, Phyllis and Ned were hesitant about whether he would find the same appeal at Cardigan. But because of the School’s diverse community and vast number of activities, their concern soon dissolved. It appeared that CMS was a place that allowed almost any child to thrive and succeed, which was made even clearer when their third son, Austin, joined the Cardigan community just a few years after Spring/Summer 2015

The Philie family (2014). From left: Drew ’06, Ned P’06,’10,’16,’17, Austin ’16, Adam ’10, Aidan ’17, Alexandra, and Phyllis P’06,’10,’16,’17 Philie.

Adam. From Ned’s perspective, “This is a great place, and there are so many opportunities for the students here… but what I think is most important is that there’s an awareness now—and a wider and deeper thought process about—educating young boys and helping them through these years. They really have a great blueprint.” Because the Powers/Philie family has been a part of our family for such a long time, they are bound to have noticed a number of changes that have taken place over the years. Comparing the parent experience during Drew’s Cardigan stint with that of the present, now that Austin is here, Phyllis says the biggest change seems to be the improvement of communication between the School and families. “[When Drew was here] . . . you dropped your son off, and unless you were here at the School, you didn’t really know what was going on. You didn’t know what the day-to-day life was like.” Phyllis still remembers the day [in 2008] when Cardigan launched its To the Point e-newsletter to families, informing parents of various happenings and including a number of pictures of their boys enjoying Morning Break, learning in the classroom, participating in the school play, and even playing sports. “I think that was the biggest and most positive change in order to have a parent feel comfortable—the fact that you had a connection to your son’s everyday life. It was almost as if you knew how school went that day. You weren’t there to say to them, ‘How was your day?’ but you kind of knew how it went because the e-newsletter did a great job of covering the day-to-day events.”

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Both Ned and Phyllis have also noticed a huge improvement with facilities over the years, particularly the athletic facilities on campus. Before the Wakely Center existed, Phyllis remembers, her brother Scott ’75 would play hockey on Cardigan’s outdoor rink. “When the whistle blew for the second period to end, the boys would go to the sidelines and get shovels. They would skate with their shovels and get the snow off—it was an outdoor rink. The Wakely Center now is amazing!” The improvements at the School, both programmatically and structurally, have spoken volumes to the Philie family, who have watched it grow and develop dramatically through the years. They recognize why people feel so passionate about Cardigan and what it has done for their kids. “It’s wonderful,” says Phyllis. “I should feel numb about this, given the number of visits to campus, but . . . every time I come to campus on Parents’ Weekend I still have that jaw-dropping feeling of awe and realize how fortunate we are, and what a gift we are giving to our boys.”

“ . . . every time I come to campus on Parents’ Weekend I still have that jawdropping feeling of awe and realize how fortunate we are, and what a gift we are giving to our boys.”

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The Grandparent Perspective Phyllis Powers P’75,’82,’87, GP’06,’06,’10,’16,’17 By Joy Michelson, Director of Advancement Communications To say that Mrs. Phyllis Powers is the quintessential Cardigan grandparent is, though not untrue, an inadequate way to describe her relationship to—and impact on— Cardigan Mountain School. As the mother of three Cardigan graduates (Scott ’75, Kevin ’82, and Sean ’87 Powers) and “Nana” to five Cardigan boys (Chris Powers ’06; and Drew ’06, Adam ’10, Austin ’16, and Aidan ’17 Philie), she really could be the official Cardigan matriarch, if such a title were to exist. And it’s not just that eight of her brood have attended CMS; it’s that each of them has left Cardigan a better place by bringing Powers (and later Philie) family values to The Point. I had the pleasure of talking with “Nana,” along with her daughter Phyllis Philie P’06,’10,’16,’17, on a sunny May afternoon after grandson Austin’s home lacrosse game, in the very room that bears her name—the Ken and Phyllis Powers Room within the Cardigan Commons. It was Mrs. Powers’s first visit to the room, which was dedicated in 2013 and serves as a sunny, well-used multipurpose meeting and dining space just off the School’s main Kenly Dining Hall.

How did your family come to be part of the Cardigan community?

Above: Mrs. Phyllis Powers P’75,’82,’87, GP’06,’06,’10,’16,’17 visiting the Powers Room in Cardigan Commons in May 2015.

My son Scott and two boys from East Boston were approached by Mr. Bruce Marshard ’64 (then a teacher and coach at CMS), who saw them skating and said, “You know, there’s a great school . . . would you like to go?” Mr. Marshard came to us and said the same thing, and he rented a bus—and anyone who was interested got on the bus and drove up here [to Cardigan]. My husband and I came, and we thought it was lovely. Scott at first said “Yeah, I think it would be nice to be there,” and then he had a few little [second thoughts] . . . like any boy . . . He said, “You know, I’m thinking maybe that’s not such a good idea,” but his older brother Paul said to him, “Are you out of your mind? Your mom and your dad are going to send you away to school, and it’s a great place. You should do it!” And so we never heard anything wishy-washy about going. He was going to Cardigan. So, an older brother whom he greatly admired said a few words to him . . . but if you were to ask Scott now, he would say, “No, no, I did it all by myself. Nobody made the decision for me.”

On parenting . . .

Scott is my middle child. I have nine children: Andrew, Marybeth, Paul, Debbie, Scott, Phyllis, Lynne, Kevin, and Sean. Kevin and Sean came to Cardigan as well.

I was the noisy one . . . but we had a kind of rule: You never speak to a coach, and we never did. I mean if a coach came over and spoke to us and said “hello,” we certainly would, but we never went saying, “Why aren’t you playing my kid?” or dat dat dat. We never spoke to a coach. That was a rule. No, we never did. And I’m not a sports person.

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I don’t remember that any of our boys were homesick, but we came twice a week. [Daughter Phyllis Philie explains . . . “She got past the laundry service. She came here and took their laundry home and brought it back to them, and my father would take his vacation time on Wednesdays. So they were here twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays.”] My husband was a reporter, and then he was an editor on the picture column for the Record-American and Herald American, and he worked out his schedule so that he worked all holidays—except for Christmas—and he used those holiday times to go with their [the kids’ sports] schedules. From whatever school they were in, junior high school up to college . . . so we rarely missed a game. And after my husband passed away—Sean was here at that time—I came every Wednesday and every Saturday to the games. Watching the boys’ games . . .

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At right (from left): Adam ’10 (then a sophomore at Dartmouth College), Austin ’16, “Nana” Powers P’75,’82,’87, GP’06,’06,’10,’16,’17, and Phyllis Powers Philie P’06,’10,’16,’17 after a spring 2015 lacrosse game.

When we were brought up, and I was from a family of eight, the boys played sports and the girls took Home Economics and that was it. You didn’t play on teams, but my girls all played on teams, and took dancing lessons, and did all the things that we didn’t do because it was in a different era. We were close to the Depression time. I was born in 1930, and I was the sixth of eight children in my family, and times were tough. A team approach to family . . . It just seemed like that worked for us. I loved working (as a nurse), and for seven years I didn’t do any nursing, I just was taking care of the children—and I really missed it. It took a little bit of convincing before I was able to go back to work—my husband wasn’t thrilled about my working— but after a while it worked well for us. We could be around for the children; we didn’t need babysitters, and we could attend their games. The one nice thing about nursing, back in those years, was that they accommodated you. There were four-hour shifts. You could go to work, your husband came home, you finished your supper, you got in your car, and you went and worked 7:00 to 11:00. Or you went in the afternoon and worked 3:00 to 7:00. So there were hours . . . you didn’t have to work full time. If you could work weekends you were really desirable, because the other girls who worked 40 hours didn’t want to work the weekends.

Above: Ken and Phyllis Powers on their wedding day in 1952.

[She looks now at her daughter…] I think your father was more of a playmate to you kids, and to your mother! He was a big kid. Give him a golf club, a baseball, a basketball, tennis, ping-pong . . . and he challenged them all to play with him. [Daughter Phyllis adds that he was competitive.] Yes, well sure he didn’t like to lose, but the point was that it encouraged you guys to be better at what you were doing. [Phyllis Philie adds here that] “He was a playmate That’s true, because he worked the night shift and you worked the day shift and that enabled him to spend free time with us. During the school year, the night time was for homework and getting ready for school. There wasn’t a lot of play time, but in the summer, he was that guy in the neighborhood— we lived in a neighborhood that had five children across the street, and three children across the street—and he basically sounded the gong and said ‘I’m leaving at 10:00 a.m. and if anyone wants to come with me . . .’ And he took all the neighborhood kids to the beach. He loved to play!” On the balance between academics and athletics at Cardigan . . . [Hockey was] what made Scott a person of interest [for Cardigan], but in our household, sports were a part of the bringing up. My husband was quite an athlete on his own. He enjoyed playing golf, playing tennis; he’d play with the kids. When I was working…in the summertime, he would take a bunch of kids in the car to the beach where they could swim. Once, when we lived in Stoneham, we lived like two or three blocks from a pool that belonged to the town, and 8:00 a.m. was swimming lessons. It didn’t matter if it was freezing; everybody got out of that bed. He took them down and they had their swimming lessons. Article continues . . .

Left: Mr. Andrew “Ken” Powers P’75,’82,’87, GP’06,’06,’10,’16,’17, who passed away in 1987.

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Phyllis Powers and her children, from her 75th birthday celebration in 2005. Front row, left to right: Paul, Debbie, “Nana,” Phyllis (Philie), and Scott. Back row, left to right: Kevin, Marybeth, Sean, Lynne, and Andy. Not pictured, but worthy of mention, are the next two generations of Mrs. Powers’s family— about which she shared, “They’ve all been great. There aren’t too many people who have 27 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren who can say how well they have all been. There isn’t one of them that you couldn’t be proud of.”

[Phyllis Philie, bringing the conversation back to school . . . “Adding to what mom said about Scott . . . He got noticed by Cardigan for the hockey, but it was the academics that were most beneficial for him here. He was already a good athlete to begin with . . . Scott was really the Cardigan pioneer in our family. Still to this day he’s a great ambassador for the School, and continues to pay it forward with both his time and through his philanthropy.”] The fact that there was a time to do your homework, and people to go to . . . and if you didn’t go to them, they came to you. “You’re not doing well in this class, now how can I help you?” I’ve heard that come out of the kids’ mouths more than once. When Scott was in fourth grade he was in public school, and he was looking out the window. And the teacher came over to him and said, “You’re supposed to be doing suchand-such,” and Scott said, “You know, I was just thinking, I wonder how many children there are who are hungry and have no homes.” And so she reiterated that to me. And she probably thought I was the worst mother in the world, because I said, “That’s all well and good, but he was supposed to be doing his homework. He was supposed to be paying attention!”

that they were brought up with: You tell the truth, you do your job, you study, you do your homework, you don’t get into any trouble—or else! So I think that the same type of environment is here. There is a lot of encouragement, there’s a lot of looking after, it’s more, probably, than they would get at home. So I was very impressed with the quality of what they pushed, and my boys did well here. Scott walked off with a number of awards from Cardigan. He was job foreman his first year, he was school leader, and then all the recognition that comes at graduation. Kevin also got a couple of awards at graduation. They were all nurtured, and they all gained a lot from the experience of being here, and I still think they think that way. Special memories . . . Mr. and Mrs. Wakely . . . they were wonderful people . . . attended weddings and things like that. And they always expressed their feeling of being happy to have the boys here. And Mr. [Dudley] Clark . . . he brought the kids donuts. He had a unique way about him, to my mind. He talked to the boys like they were on his same level. He was never

Cardigan’s impact on later school opportunities . . . Kevin and Scott went to St. Paul’s, and Sean went to Tabor. Scott went on to Harvard, Kevin went to Bowdoin, and Sean went to Stonehill. I think that every one of my boys who came here (and if there was a girls’ school, I would have been happy to try and send [the girls there] too) benefited greatly. And they had some of the same standards [at Cardigan]

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Kevin Powers ’82

Sean Powers ’87

Chris Powers ’06

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The Heritage Society at Cardigan Mountain School

Dudley Clark H’05 (above) with students; and (right) selling donuts at Morning Break.

threatening, he was always supportive, he attended a lot of their games, and he had his favorites. You have to admit Mr. Clark has his favorites—in every class. He picks a certain one . . . I mean he never gives lesser attention, but there’s always somebody who’s kind of special—who needs him a little more than the others. The other thing that I liked a lot was the fact that there was always a faculty member on every floor when the kids went to bed. They were there to help, and they did help a lot. Any one of the boys could walk up to that particular person and ask for help, or to talk about something that was bothering them. They had what they would have at home—they didn’t miss it— because they got it here.

Beverly H’01 and Norman H’91 Wakely P’70,’73,’75 in the 1980s.

The Reason for My Gift My name is Ronn Bronzetti, and I graduated from Cardigan Mountain School in 1989. My Cardigan experiences were some of the best times of my life, and I marvel at the lifelong impact that CMS has had on me. The unique experiences, life lessons, and enduring friendships made at Cardigan are why I’ll always be so grateful to CMS. When I entered Cardigan as an eighth grader, I was unfocused and undisciplined. Most of all, I lacked self-confidence. However, the unbelievably devoted and tireless faculty at Cardigan lifted me up with their high expectations and unwavering care. The impact that educators and coaches like Norm Wakely

I marvel at the lifelong impact that CMS has had on me. and Bill Barron had on me (as well as so many others at CMS) is simply incalculable. They stood by my side and simply would not let me fail. Through their commitment, although it took some time, I eventually lifted my personal expectations in accordance with the ones placed before me. In 2 short years, Cardigan taught me more about myself, and about others, than I had learned in the previous 15. Cardigan taught me that the world is a huge place, but that we’re all interconnected in more ways than not. I’ve included Cardigan in my estate plans and encourage my fellow alumni to do the same.

See for more information, or contact the Development Office at 603.523.3519. Cardigan Chronicle

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The Student Perspective A Winning School Leader Candidate Speech by Austin Philie ’16 Delivered on May 12, 2015, in the Cardigan chapel. Each spring at Cardigan, school elections are held to elect the senior leaders for the following year. Based on student and faculty votes, those boys who receive the highest leadership ranking have the opportunity to run for school leader. Candidates need to demonstrate the ability to work independently and to balance academic commitments with other school responsibilities. In addition, candidates should have a clean disciplinary record. The following week, candidates for school leader give short speeches in support of their candidacy, and the school community votes to determine the winner. This spring the community elected Austin Philie ’16 to be school leader, shortly after Austin delivered the remarks that follow.


ood afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. McCusker, faculty, staff, guests, and Cardigan brothers. My name is Austin Philie. I am here today with four of my good friends to speak to you about an important role in our community: school leader—a position of honor and respect. As we sit here today on this remarkable spring day in this wonderful place of gathering, we are focused on next year and who will be the ones to lead us in our journey. First, let’s take a moment to thank Cedric for his fine work and ongoing leadership this year, as well as all the other leaders, titled or not. Without the ninth-grade leaders and all they have taught me, I would not be standing in front of you now.

• Humility. • Serving and helping others. • Living and leading by example. • Having a positive attitude. • And always striving to do his best.

Let me tell you more about what these principles mean to me . . .

When I think about the school leader’s role, I think of what it means to the Cardigan community as a whole, not to me alone. Leadership is a concept that is sometimes hard to explain because it can mean many things to many people. Leadership occurs in the classroom, on the field, in the dorm, and many more places. To me, a great leader is not someone who never makes mistakes, but someone who is willing to take chances and do what is right, regardless of the outcome. I believe that a successful and worthy leader possesses the following qualities:

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Humility—Humility is not about being recognized or having a title yourself; it’s what you do and how you recognize others that is important. Service is something that should always be on our minds as we represent Cardigan, both here on campus and everywhere we go. It is what we are taught here at Cardigan, and it is our responsibility to serve our school and community. Helping others means being there for your classmates, listening to what they say, and knowing that it is your responsibility to provide support, friendship, or solutions without judging them. Living and leading by example. As (author) Jim Elliot put it: “Wherever you are—be all there.” And as Mr. McCusker constantly reminds us, “Be where you are when you are there.” Live the moment you are in, be the first one to offer a helping hand, encourage others to get involved, and be upbeat and energetic. Positive attitude. A true leader sees the good in others and carries a great attitude wherever he goes. There will always be difficult times, but those who can stay positive and make others around them positive are the ones who will lead through those times. Lastly: Always do your best… it’s something that I’ve heard for most of my life. My parents always used to say, “Always give your best effort, and that is all anyone can ever ask for.” A great leader cannot do any more than his best—or give everything he has in everything he does. These all add up to a person of character, integrity, energy, and enthusiasm . . . the Cardigan school leader. I believe that I can really make a difference if I am school leader at Cardigan. I have been on campus since I was a small boy, running around chasing my brothers. Over the years, I realized that Cardigan could be a special place for me. I respect the traditions, and I am so thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given. Those opportunities mean Cardigan Chronicle

everything to me, and they carry a great responsibility—a responsibility to the faculty who teach us and care for us, a responsibility to the staff who feed us and make sure our dorms are clean and safe, a responsibility to others who have attended Cardigan before us, and, most importantly, a responsibility to our classmates and friends. I can’t think of a more important place in my life. If I am elected school leader, it will be my honor to represent my classmates, teammates, and friends from the entire school. This upcoming year is a year where Cardigan will experience change. Mr. and Mrs. McCusker will be planning for their next adventure, and we will welcome a new head of school to The Point. I will work hard to help with this transition, and will be sure to uphold the traditions, values, and positive impact that the McCuskers and the Cardigan faculty have made here at our home away from home. While change seems scary, it happens all around us. At Cardigan we are extremely fortunate to be here today, in this chapel, at this school, on this spectacular piece of land, surrounded by the people who we care about most. While many of the boys in this chapel will never see each other again, I will always remember what each person did for me, and I will learn from each and every one of you. I will think about the Dawn Climb, the Polar Bear Club, the competitive sports environment, and the challenging academics at Cardigan . . . how I adjusted to dorm life and the friendships I have developed with all of you—the Cardigan family. I will remember the faculty and coaches who have set an example for each of us. All of these experiences have helped to shape me and remind me how lucky I am to be here. They have also given me the tools to be an effective leader. In closing, I again want to thank all of you, along with my fellow candidates. It is a privilege to be in front of the community with each of them. It is a privilege to speak to all of you today, and if given the opportunity, it will be a privilege to be your school leader next year. Thank you. Perspectives / Page 65

The Alumni Perspective Chutinant “Nick” BhiromBhakdi ’73 Nick was kind enough to make time during his first visit back to The Point since 1973, to sit down and share some memories with former faculty member (and videographer) Bill Farrell. What follows are adapted excerpts from their time together on April 16, 2014.

Excitement about the first trip back to Cardigan . . . I started getting excited the minute I saw Whaleback [ski area] on the left [coming up the highway] . . . Whaleback— in operation still! Driving onto the campus, I said, “Yeah, that was the infirmary.” I got sick once and had to stay there for about two nights. Memories . . . I had called [my Cardigan classmate] Bob [Chartener] earlier in the day; and he said, “Just park near the chapel.” That’s where my room is . . . or was . . . near the chapel. Everything was like it was when I left . . . the chapel and Clark-Morgan. To me, I think those are the two iconic [buildings] of Cardigan. I did a lot of photography when I was a student here; we had the darkroom over at Hinman, developing Tri-X [film]. I still have some negatives. I’ll have to start looking . . . I have some pictures of the day we graduated in the white coat and all of that. It was always beautiful here . . . fall, winter, spring, when the sky was clear. As a new student, adapting to such a different place . . . During my time I was probably the only “foreign” student here, and I learned to adapt. And in turn, I think my friends adapted too. They adapted to me, to international students or whatever. There was a blend and I’m all for it, having the culture, a different society blending into one. But it’s also important to find that balance, and not to lose that New England identity that Cardigan represents. I don’t care whether you’re a shy or an outgoing person, eventually you have to adapt yourself. For me it helped to adapt to different situations, different people. You know because I went on to another boarding school—I went to Hotchkiss; then I went to Boston University—I’ve come

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Photos of Nick from the 1973 Blaze (yearbook).

and gone into different things in my working life. I’ve gone into politics, into sports, so you learn how to adapt yourself quickly into a different situation, and that helps so that people are not in their own inner circle and that they are a little bit more adaptive. Sunday inspection with white gloves . . . [Mr. Mahoney] was my corridor master for two years. It was a lot of discipline the way the blankets had to be really tucked tight. To me it was fine because I’d heard a lot of stories about boarding schools and that is what I was expecting. Both of my parents went to boarding schools in England so they told me stories. When I came here with the life, love, etc., I thought it was normal. It was a good experience. The language challenge. . . I got by. I think conversationally I had no problem because I’d spent a year in New England at another school. What I got most out of it was the written English. That was really the skill set that I took away the most from Cardigan. We did so much prose writing and grammar. I was in English class with Mr. Fahrner—reading and writing prose—but grammar-wise I was still not really proficient in it. Mrs. [Penny] Peck tutored me on the sideline on my grammar. I would maybe see her three times a week.

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Nick (second from left, standing) during his April 2014 visit to campus, with (from left) Richard Clancy ’67, Taylor Chace ’02, Robert Chartener ’73, Dudley Clark H’05, Jer Shipman ’00, and (seated) Norman H’91 and Beverly H’01 Wakely P’70,’73,’75.

The Cardigan influence . . .

Reflecting on the Cardigan experience . . .

From Cardigan I went on to Hotchkiss . . . a bigger school . . . but I think that Cardigan really helped me in terms of punctuality and planning. We used to have one of those planners where we actually would draw up the [plans] for the week and month. It was really good . . . cleaning up, looking after yourself, and the dress code too. I think that the dress code was different from the normal American culture and educational system. I think that this was a little bit more—it provided us with more discipline.

The first day I arrived was the beginning of the school year. For the two years I was here I stayed at Brewster Hall. I think the highlight—even though the campus is so amazing in how it looks, and the feel—but I think the highlight for me at that time was that one of my classmates was the son of Kirk Douglas. My mom brought me to Cardigan, and Kirk Douglas was there and brought his son Eric, our classmate. So we met, and Norm Wakely obviously did the introduction. Eventually my parents and Kirk became friends too. That was really the highlight. Wow . . . right here at Cardigan!

I still use [a daily planner]. I don’t write it down . . . now it’s in my iPad or iPhone, but I do it. I can’t live without it. I always have to look up what is going on in the next hour or the next week or month, so it was very good. On Mr. Wakely . . . He was a really friendly father figure. Now to compare it for today’s kids to understand, it would be—what’s his name in Harry Potter?—Professor Dumbledore! That’s how I look at it; he was a tall, lanky, friendly, fatherly figure. And he was. I don’t think that I ever got in trouble with him at all. He was always there, always overlooking, always giving me advice here and there.

I enjoyed most parts of my time here. For the two years that I was here I enjoyed hanging out with friends and doing sports. But after leaving this place and looking back, the education part—the English, the English subject I learned from here—it helped me a long way. Again, I went on to Hotchkiss, which also put a lot of emphasis [on] the prose and English. It really helps, and I compare myself to many other Thais who went to other prep schools, and the level of English proficiency is quite different . . . so I credit that by starting off at Cardigan.

Nick’s memories included rigorous Sunday room inspections with Mr. Mahoney (left) . . .

Note: Nick served on Cardigan’s governing board as an incorporator from 1998 to 2012.

. . . and Mr. Wakely’s sound advice and fatherly presence.

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Nix’s Mate—Boston, Mass. January 14, 2015


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Left: Peter Secor ’77, Richard Clancy ’67, and Ronn Bronzetti ’89.

Below: Ronn Bronzetti ’89 and Jon Wakely ’75, who scored the prizes in the business card draw.

Above (from left): Chris ’79 and Cheryl Kennedy, Richard Clancy ’67, and Colin Flynn ’05.

Above: Devin Clifford ’99, Colin Flynn ’05, Jessie Rives, and Jason Feitelberg ’97. At left (from left): Nate Gilbert ’08, Patrick Gilligan’ 80, Cheryl and Chris ’79 Kennedy.

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New York City

Draught 55 January 15, 2015

Marc Shaer ’02 and friend.

Pam and Jeremy ’79 Crigler, Liz Truslow, and Eric Wald ’02.

Top: Henry Baker ’92 draws the winning business card. Above: Ian-Duncan Ball ’83, Peter Mahler ’84, and Neil Brier.

Ian-Duncan Ball ’83, Peter Mahler ’84, and Jim Truslow.

Jer ’00 and Nicole Shipman.

At right (from left): Neil Brier, Jim Truslow, and Richard Clancy ’67.

Above (from left): Nicole Shipman, Jon Trayner ’75, and Jer Shipman ’00.

Eric Wald ’02, Jon Trayner ’75, and Richard Clancy ’67. Marc Shaer ’02, Henry Baker ’92, Ryan Mitchell ’92, and Andy Bay ’92.

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Winter Weekend Left: NASTAR race winners (from left) Tim Frazier ’00, Former faculty member (and ski coach) Bill Farrell, and Bret Pfeifle ’89. Below: Richard Clancy ’67, Ken Gould ’71, Stephanie Spaulding P’14, Bill Farrell, and Mike Kinnaly ’81.

Right: Bill Farrell on his winning NASTAR run.

Ski/Snowboard Day Attendees Included: Chris Aldrich ’78 Fred Barney ’91 and children Robert ’73 and Kate Chartener, Jasper and Matilda Richard Clancy ’67 Justin ’91 and Michelle Elliott Bill Farrell Barb and Joe Frazier P’88,’95,’00 Tim Frazier ’00 Pepper ’76, P’16,’18 and Peter ’18 Gilbert Barbara Hinman GP’86,’89,’97, GGP’16 Ken Gould ’71 and grandson Joe Marcoux Mike ’81 and Keri Kinnaly, Sam Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10 Joy Michelson P’17 Bret ’89 and Kate Pfeifle, Teddy and Addie Mel and John Pfeifle P’86,’89, GP’16 Jer Shipman ’00 Nick Spaulding ’14 Stephanie Spaulding P’14 Below: Ken Gould ’71 takes on the NASTAR course on his Telemark skis.

Above: Bret Pfeifle ’89. Below: Mel Pfeifle P’86,’89, GP’16 and two of her grandchildren.

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February 28 and March 1, 2015 Alumni Hockey Game Attendees Included: Richie Cardillo ’12 Ace Cowans ’12 Kenny Craig ’07 Jeff Densmore ’63 Justin Elliott ’91 Barb and Joe Frazier P’95,’98,’00 Zi Ikeda ’13 David Perfield Mike McLean ’77 Marcus Mitchell ’12 Mark Ruelle ’76 Joe Smith ’12 Gus Means Richard Clancy ’67 Devin Clifford ’99 Sandy Hollingsworth Douglas Lovell Dave McCusker, Jr. ’80, P’09,’10 Joy Michelson P’17 Jer Shipman ’00

Above: Richie Cardillo ’12. Above right: “Shinny” action on the pond. At right: Mike McLean ’77 and (his sister) Campaign Director Sandy Hollingsworth. Far right: The real (former CMS goaltender) Mark Ruelle ’76 and his wooden counterpart. Below: Gus Means, Ace Cowans ’12, and Richie Cardillo ’12.

Above: Marcus Mitchell ’12. Left: Zi Ikeda ’13 and Devin Clifford ’99.

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Washington, D.C.

Morton’s The Steakhouse—April 16, 2015

Joe ’63 and Lucy Hallowell, with Kirby ’63 and Bonnie Whyte.

Josh Perelman ’86, Alec Koromilas ’79, and event host Kip Hale ’95. Left: Dwight deKeyser ’71 and Joy Michelson P’17.

Below: Josh Pellegrino ’93 draws the business card to determine the winner of some fine Cardigan gear.

Jer ’00 and Nicole Shipman, with Jessica and Josh ’93 Pellegrino. Right: Julie Kulikowski and Patrice Whiting.

Right: Richard Clancy ’67 and Joe Hallowell ’63.

Right: Rick Whiting ’71 (the lucky winner) with Jer Shipman ’00.

Above: Josh Perelman ’86, Richard Clancy ’67, and Darren Purcell ’84.

Right: Arch and Ann Riley (husband and daughter of Sally Goodspeed Riley ’73) with Richard Clancy ’67 and Joy Michelson P’17.

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Transition Alumni Director Richard Clancy ’67 Retires . . . Not Far from Home


fter five years of service as director of alumni programs—and more than 60 years of personal history on The Point— Richard Clancy ’67 (a.k.a. “Clancy”) has decided that it’s time to retire. Not wishing to draw attention to his own transition during the spring celebration season, Clancy quietly announced his intentions in late June and completed his tenure at the end of July. But not to worry . . . because while Clancy’s vast knowledge of the history of Cardigan and his personal connection with so many alumni will be missed on a daily basis, we know that he will remain a presence around campus and in the Canaan community—because he lives right around the corner from his childhood campus home (Clancy House). Clancy recently purchased his retirement “dream home” on nearby Fernwood Farms Road (a 1795 Cape offering him a wealth of home improvement projects) with friend and fellow Cardigan fan Joy Michelson P’17, and he is already hard at work—and loving every new challenge.

Young Richard (behind the cake!) with his dad, Dick, the original “Clancy.”

We’ll be forever grateful to Clancy for his (truly) lifelong dedication to Cardigan, and we wish him all the best in his retirement pursuits! At right: Members are hoping to coax Clancy out of retirement to come back and play in the faculty rock band, “Grades & Comments!” Far right: Ever the artist, even the retirement wood piles have the Clancy touch.

Richard Clancy ’67

Many Years, Many CMS Roles 1952–1963

“Fac Brat” (Clancy’s term!), son of Dick and Nellie Clancy, two of Cardigan’s very first employees.


Cardigan Student


Faculty Member (Art)


Alumni Board Member


Distinguished Service (“Green Jacket”) Award Winner


Alumni Association President


Director of Alumni Programs

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Clancy ’67 (center) with Cardigan’s very first Alumni Board in 1992. From left: Jock Pearson ’65, P’98, Bruce Marshard ’64, Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, John Stowe ’60, Geoff Blair ’68 F. Lee Bailey ’47, and thenHeadmaster Cameron “Chip” Dewar H’02, P’93.

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Class Notes 1947


Stuart Kaplan was invited to campus to deliver the Commencement address to the Class of 2015. Stuart is the founder of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., a thriving business built from a card-collecting hobby (one he began as a Cardigan student) that brought him on adventures all over the world, many of which he mentioned in his speech to the graduates. (See page 34 for more.)

Cardigan boys (and friends for 50 years!) Richard Clancy and Sky Schrode reunited with Jerome Goodspeed ’69 in Florida last spring and had a great time (see below)!

Ken Gould brought his grandson and joined the fun at the Cardigan Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day at Mount Sunapee. Ken was in fine form with his Telemark skis and laid down an impressive run on the NASTAR course. (See page 70.)

Tom Lovett and Doug McLean (with his wife, Beth) joined the merriment of Commencement Weekend 60 years after their own graduation! (See page 19.)



Joe Hallowell and Kirby Whyte were reunited, after 52 years, at our alumni reception in Washington, D.C. (See page 72.)

Former President of the Alumni Board Steve August participated in the Alumni Tie Ceremony and presented alumni ties to Bennett Psyhogeos ’15 and Spencer Brown ’15, two former members of Steve’s all-star youth baseball team, the New England Ruffnecks. (See page 21.)

Classmates Jim Nowak and Alumni Board Member Bruce Marshard had such a good time at their 50th reunion last spring that the two returned to share in the fun of Commencement Weekend and the Alumni Tie Ceremony again—with the Class of 2015. (See pages 19–20.)

1965 Trustee Jock Pearson, and classmates John Foster, Wade Knowles, Jack Shaner, Carl Villanueva, and David “Rocky” Kingsbury, reunited on The Point to celebrate their 50th reunion. The group enjoyed a weekend of programming on and off campus, including golf, tennis, the Alumni Association Welcome Banquet, Alumni Tie Ceremony, Commencement, as well as time to catch up with their old friends from Cardigan.

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Classmates Dwight deKeyser and Rick Whiting enjoyed spending time together at the Washington, D.C., reception (see page 72), reminiscing over old photos from the Blaze, all volumes of which are available online at blaze. Rick, who always seems to have luck on his side, won the raffle for a very attractive Cardigan hoodie! Sheldon Caplan came all the way from Canada to connect with fellow alumni during Commencement Weekend.




John Ris returned to campus in the spring and enjoyed a tour of campus with Richard Clancy ’67 (see below).

1970 Alumni Board Member Tim Fleming was one of more than 40 alumni on stage in Humann Theatre to present Class of 2015 graduates with their alumni ties. (See page 21.)

1973 Chutinant (Nick) BhiromBhakdi writes, “I have just been awarded the ‘Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette’ from the Japanese government in recognition of my contribution to popularizing Karate-Do, which has greatly enhanced the cordial relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and Japan. The conferment ceremony (pictured at left) was presided over by His Excellency Ambassador of Japan to Thailand, Mr. Shiro Sadoshima, at the Ambassador’s Residence on June 23, 2015.”

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1978 Trustee Robert Chartener and family enjoyed a beautiful day in New Hampshire on the slopes of Mount Sunapee on Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day. They paused for a break in Cardigan’s private lodge area for a photo (see page 70) before heading back out to the mountain.

1975 Jon Trayner attended the New York City Alumni Chapter event in January. (For more, see page 69.)

1976 William “Pepper” Gilbert P’16,’18 joined Cardigan alumni at Mount Sunapee with his son Peter ’18 for the Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day. (See page 70 for more.) Mark Ruelle joined us for our Alumni (pond) Hockey Game in March. Mark’s usual position in the net was played by an official wooden pond hockey goal, allowing Mark (shown below with Mike McLean ’77) to skate out for the first time ever in an alumni game. (See page 71 for more.)

Chris Aldrich hit the slopes at Mount Sunapee for a day of skiing during Cardigan’s Alumni Winter Weekend in March. (See page 70.) Alumni Board member Ned Gibbons, Jr. is a regular visitor to campus. We saw Ned most recently at the Alumni Tie Ceremony and at Commencement, as he celebrated the graduation of his nephew Steven Garron ’15. (See page 21.)

1979 Trustee Jeremy Crigler and his wife, Pam, joined fellow alumni at Draught 55 in Manhattan for the New York City Alumni Chapter Reception. (See page 69 for more.) At the Heart of the Cougar Dinner in May, Jeremy was honored by fellow trustee and former Board Chair Diane Wallach P’06 with the Stealthy Cougar Award for his hard work behind the scenes for Cardigan.

Alumni Board President Patrick Gilligan planned to visit campus this summer for the Third Annual Alumni Lacrosse Game, but was unable to attend. Earlier in the year, Patrick attended our Boston Alumni Chapter Reception. (See page 68.)

1981 Mike Kinnaly hit the slopes for our Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day along with his wife, Keri, and daughter, Sam. (See more on page 70.)

1983 In June, Jim Gottlieb brought his family to The Point and toured campus to see all the recent improvements.

The Honorable Alec Koromilas is a federal administrative appeals judge in Washington, D.C. (See page 72.) Alec was a student during the brief teaching career of Richard Clancy ’67. The two reconnected in Washington, D.C., after not having seen one another in 37 years!

1980 Tim Frost, president of the Vermont-based firm Peregrine Design/Build, was proud to have some of his company’s work showcased (see below) on the Fine Homebuilding blog, “Through the Lens,” including this screened porch constructed with Douglas fir.

1977 Alumni Board member Mike McLean (shown above with Mark Ruelle ’76)came out for “shinny” on the pond at the Alumni Hockey Game. (See page 71 for more.)

Ian-Duncan Ball and Peter Mahler ’84 were the lucky winners of some Cardigan gear at the New York City Alumni Chapter Reception. (See more on page 69.

Peter Secor attended the Boston Alumni Chapter Reception at Nix’s Mate, where he reconnected with Richard Clancy ’67 and Ronn Bronzetti ’89.

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Lt. Colonel Darren Purcell attended the Washington, D.C., Alumni Chapter Reception (see page 72) and shared news that he has been accepted to the U.S. Army War College. Congratulations, and good luck!

We missed seeing Rick Hughes at the 27th Annual Alumni Hockey Game in March, but he did share with us a picture of his son, Bodie, who turned one year old in May (and is already showing some strong puck-handling skills!).

Fred Barney joined fellow Cardigan alumni on the mountain during Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day. (See more on page 70.)

1985 George Husson, a graduate of Lake Forest College, wrote to the Alumni Office to say that he is currently running a learn-to-skate program for more than 200 youngsters in Tyngsboro, Mass. His 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter both play hockey.


1986 Josh Perelman reconnected with fellow CMS alumni at the Washington, D.C., reception in April. (See photos on page 72.) Josh owns a custom awards and engraving business called Trophy Mart in Alexandria, Va., which has done some fine work on Cardigan projects. Josh mentioned that he is good friends and keeps in touch with former faculty member Bill Barron H’11. Bill lives in Colorado with his wife, Victoria, though his continued deep involvement in coaching and officiating youth wrestling (Bill’s passion) leads him all over the country.

1987 Dionisio Ramos participated in the Alumni Tie Ceremony, bestowing J.P. Ramos ’15 (his son!) with his alumni tie.

In the spring of 1991, an expired visa forced Kai Hirvonen to return to Finland the day before his Cardigan graduation. This spring, after awarding diplomas to each of the members of the Class of 2015 (including Kai’s son Roope Hirvonen ’15), Head of School Dave McCusker, Jr. ’80, P’09,’10 invited Kai to the stage and presented him with an official Cardigan diploma, after 24 years of waiting.

Ronn Bronzetti is the director of partnerships with, a Bostonbased social fundraising platform. Ronn is a regular visitor to campus, and we often see him on the road—as we did at the BostonArea Alumni Chapter Reception, where he and Trustee Jonathan Wakely ’75 were the lucky winners of the business card raffle. Each took home a Cardigan hoodie. (See photos on page 68.) Bret Pfeifle brought his whole family to Mount Sunapee for our Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day. His skills on the NASTAR course were impressive, earning him a top spot in the rankings. (See more on page 70.)

Classmates Henry Baker, Andy Bay, and Ryan Mitchell attended the New York City Alumni Chapter Reception in January at Draught 55 (see page 69). Fellow classmate Brandon Wagner, who rarely misses an alumni event, was not present on this particular evening because he and his girlfriend, Erin, were welcoming a baby girl, Ava Rose, to their family. Congrats, Brandon and Erin! Ryan (Mitchell) keeps himself very busy (and in great shape!) as a board member of the nonprofit organization Party With Purpose. Ryan raises money for charities by organizing and running in road races ranging from 5K events to marathons.

A special moment for Kai Hirvonen ’91, P’15 at this year’s Commencement!

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1993 Josh Pellegrino joined the group of alumni in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Jessica. (See page 72.) The couple is living in Burke, Va. Josh shared memories from his time on The Point and recounted a handful of stories about classmate Mike Creed, who is a regular attendee of our Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day at Mount Sunapee. Ari Vaisanen writes, “It was great to host the Cardigan Hockey Team once again this spring in Finland. We had such a good week and, to top it off, the Finnish Old Boys beat CMS in the traditional Alumni Hockey Game at Hyvinkää Rink. It was our pleasure to have Mr. McCusker (shown below with Ari) over to join us for several days. In other news, I finished my thesis this summer and graduated with a master’s degree in industrial service design and engineering. After a hard day of work, I spend my free time coaching a local floorball team (Y14) and taking my son and daughter to ice hockey practices. All the best to the Cougar family!”

1995 Joe Burnett, along with his wife, Yuki, and their son, Rio, joined former faculty member Bob Low on a hike up Mount Cardigan in the summer. Classmates Chris Taliercio and Kip Hale were invited to join the Cardigan Board of Trustees in the spring. Both bring good experience and a love of Cardigan that will be greatly appreciated. In April, Kip cohosted an alumni reception at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Washington, D.C. (See page 72 for more.)

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1996 In April, Trustee Karl Hutter became president and CEO of his family’s aerospace manufacturing business, Click Bond, Inc., and he has been enjoying the challenge of the role tremendously. He and his wife, Jen, have their hands full with inquisitive little girls (Hannah, soon turning 4; and Marley, 2) and their adventures. The Hutters have been enjoying the summer in Reno and at Lake Tahoe (see photo on page 56).

Luke Shipman is living in Boston and working in the North End at a labor market analytics firm. Luke enjoys spending his free time in Casco Bay and Bar Harbor, Maine, as well as spending time in the apple orchard at his family’s farm in New Hampshire, where he makes hard cider every fall with his brother and fellow CMS alum, Jeremiah Shipman ’00 (shown below with Luke).

Marc Porcelli returned to campus in June to see all that has changed in the 20 years since his graduation. He is currently living in Ontario, just outside Toronto. Marc was accompanied during his visit by his son, who was getting a taste of Cardigan’s Summer Session (see below).

1997 On the heels of his highly praised ESPN 30 for 30 documentary film titled Rand University, Marquis Daisy has produced and directed another film, called Black Hoosiers, a story about Oscar Robertson and Crispus Attucks High School, which aired on ESPN in May.

Pablo Zervas is currently living in Perth, Australia, and working as an occupational therapist. He and his wife have been married for 11 years and have one son, Cuba. Pablo continues to be an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoys rock climbing (see below).

While giving his younger sister a tour of KUA, Jason Feitelberg made the short trip to Canaan to have his own tour of Cardigan. Seven members of the Class of 2015 will follow Jason’s path from The Point to The Hilltop. Bennett Freidberg, Roope Hirvonen, Jon Schafer, Myles Shepard, Hugo Turcotte, Zach Wennik, and Tucker Williams will all represent Cardigan well in Meriden next fall. We saw Jason again at our Boston Alumni Chapter event at Nix’s Mate, where he caught up with his former art teacher Susan Rives H’09. (See more on page 68.)

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1997 (continued)


In a note to Rick Exton P’11, Sergio Autrey shared that a hectic work schedule, and his new fatherly duties, are keeping him very busy. “But I can’t complain,” he writes. “Work is good and family is great!” His daughter, Paula (shown below), will be turning one in October.

In March, Ben Lovejoy was traded from the Anaheim Ducks back to the Pittsburg Penguins, the team with which he won the Stanley Cup in 2009.


2000 Tim Frazier is living in Portsmouth, N.H., and working as an engineer metrologist for East Coast Metrology (a global measurement solutions firm). In February, Tim regained his title as the fastest Cardigan alumni skier in the NASTAR race at this year’s Alumni Ski and Snowboard Day at Mount Sunapee. (See page 70 for more.) Roberto Henriquez and his wife, Itziar, are the proud parents of a baby boy named Iñigo (shown below with his proud parents), born in February. Roberto continues to be an ambassador for Cardigan in Mexico and shared news of Javier Tames ’00, who was married in October 2014.

Tyson Bolduc returned to The Point for the first time in 17 years with his wife, Martina. Tyson had been living in Austria, designing big mountain skis for Head BV, but decided to move back to his native Colorado—where he is now once again piloting helicopters. Tyson arrived for his visit just in time to see his old room in Clark-Morgan before renovations started in early June. He also caught up with honorary alumnus Eddie Ramos H’06, P’91,’97.

Jeremiah Shipman is enjoying life with his wife, Nicole, in Lebanon, N.H., and is thrilled to be entering his third year of work at Cardigan. In July, Jer was promoted to director of alumni programs, and he is looking forward to connecting with alumni on the road and here on The Point! Congratulations to Justin Simon, who married his fiancée, Jenna McCabe, in June. Justin is teaching English and is the head coach of the varsity lacrosse team at New Hampton School. Justin led his team to a 12–3 record and a Lakes Region Championship this spring, with a win over Brewster Academy. Justin returned to The Page 78 / Making Progress

Point in August to work the Cardigan Mountain Lacrosse Camp, and played in the Third Annual Alumni Lacrosse Game on August 15 (see below).

2002 Ahmet Hamdi Cavusoglu is a PhD candidate at Columbia University, studying chemical engineering and applied chemistry. His work on sustainable energy is beginning to get noticed, and he and his partners have been receiving national press coverage. Hamdi’s insight was a welcome addition to the Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition at Cardigan in May, where he served on our panel of judges alongside John Pfeifle P’86,’89, GP’16 and Matt Brightman ’06.

Classmates Eric Wald and Marc Shaer came out to the alumni reception in Manhattan at Draught 55, where both reconnected with former faculty members Jim Truslow and Neil Brier H’11. (See more photos on page 69.)

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After majoring in chemistry and playing varsity lacrosse at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Austin Lee attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and graduated in May 2015. He is now in residence at Boston University’s Henry Goldman School of Dental Medicine. In a recent update, Austin reflected that attending Cardigan changed the course of his future and was one of the best experiences of his life.

Matt Brightman journeyed south from Montreal for the second time to serve as a judge for Cardigan’s Charles C. Gates Invention & Innovation Competition in May. Matt’s latest venture is with a company called Mirametrix, which specializes in eyetracking products and software.

Mike Doyle is working in New York City in the field of finance recruiting, specializing in hedge funds. He started in May and loves it. We’re looking forward to seeing Mike at our New York City Alumni Chapter events!

2005 Colin Flynn helped coordinate, and attended, the Boston Alumni Chapter Reception at Nix’s Mate. (See more on page 68.) After graduating from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, Colin played junior hockey for two years before settling in Boston. He is currently working as a researcher for Loomis, Sayles, and Co., and is enjoying his first experience in the world of finance.

Jonathan Castillo recently connected with Mohamed Bamba ’14 (shown below) and got a chance to see Mo play basketball. In June, Mo broke into the ESPN 60 Top 10 underclass rankings for Class of 2017 high school players. (The 6’11” center continues to excel and garner the attention of scouts, as the already-lengthy list of offers from Division I schools continues to grow.)

Courtney Lockwood played three years of Division I hockey as a goalie for the Colorado College Tigers. He studied history and was awarded a BA (with distinction) in the spring. Courtney was unable to attend his graduation because he was busy training in Salida, Colo., for a river guide safety and rescue certification course.

2007 Kenny Craig returned to Canaan for Alumni Winter Weekend and took to the ice at our Alumni Hockey Game (see left).

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Ian Gagnon has just begun a two-year master’s degree program in mechanical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He and several classmates are working on a product called Eden, which monitors water usage in well pumps. Ideally, Eden will lead to greater and morereliable access to clean water for remote villages. The product is in the testing phase in Uganda and Ethiopia, and, if it is successful, Ian and his partners will bring the product to market soon. Gates coaches David Auerbach H’14, P’11 and Jeremiah Shipman ’00 invited Ian into the Cardigan I.D.E.A. Shop this spring to speak with the boys about engineering, entrepreneurialism, and how a simple idea can change the world.

Cardigan was well represented in Winchendon, Mass., in a St. Michael’s College hockey game against Franklin Pierce College. Cardigan alumni included Tim Sullivan, Kyle Moran, Nick Potter, Brodie McCusker ’09, and Josh Dickman ’09. Four of the five (Kyle, Nick, Brodie, and Josh) had time to connect afterward for a photo (see below).

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Gavin Bayreuther and Adam Philie ’10 (shown below) were on campus lending support to the lacrosse program throughout the spring, in part through sharing some of their wisdom at a Captains’ Council meeting. Gavin, a rising junior at Saint Lawrence University whose skills in the hockey rink rivaled those on the lacrosse field, was invited to the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs development camps over the summer. Adam has remained closer to The Point and recently completed his sophomore summer at Dartmouth College.

Gordie Borek, alongside his brother Charley ’12, congratulated youngest brother Owen ’15 and welcomed him as an alumnus at this year’s Alumni Tie Ceremony. (See page 21.)

In winning the NEPSAC Large School Boys Hockey Championship, Brooks School benefited from a roster boasting seven former Cougars, including Captain PJ Kelleher, Max Rand ’14, Danny Philbrick ’14, Henry Cormier ’13, Jack Goodwin ’13, Paul Capozzi ’13, and Johnny Trotto ’14.

Cole Franklin enjoyed his freshman year at Curry College and played well for the Colonels’ lacrosse team, seeing action in almost every game of the season. Cole sends his regards to everyone back on The Point!

In the championship game, Cardigan alumni accounted for all four goals scored against Belmont Hill. Henry scored two, Paul had one (with an assist from Max), and Jack had a late “insurance” goal in the 4-2 victory.

2011 Nolan Callahan and brother Tim ’13 joined fellow alumni on stage to present their younger brother, Peter ’15, with his alumni tie on Commencement morning. (See page 21.) AJ Bourdon (shown below) worked the Cardigan Summer Session, teaching “Making Things Go” alongside academicyear faculty member Anthony Figueiredo. AJ is a rising senior at Elmira College, where he is majoring in history and playing defense on the lacrosse team. AJ reports that his brother, Robbie Bourdon ’06, is getting married in August of this summer.

Yongbeom “Eric” Kwon graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 2014 and just finished his first year at Brown University, where he plans to major in chemical engineering (he says it was Mr. Kreuzburg who piqued his interest in science!). Eric will soon report for mandatory military service in Korea—an honor for him, and a duty for which he was well prepared at Cardigan. Eric reports that he remembers Cardigan fondly and still wears his Polar Bear tie on occasion. Neil McCalmont has again returned to Cardigan to teach Latin during the Summer Session. Neil just finished his first year at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where he is studying Wagnerian conducting. Neil reports that his brother, Mikal McCalmont ’00, is well and working at a startup company in Boston.

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A few brave souls, including this bunch from the Class of 2012, joined Dave McCusker ’80, P’09,’10 in sub-zero weather for the 27th Annual (and first ever on the lake) Alumni Hockey Game. Ace Cowans, Joe Smith, Marcus Mitchell, and Richie Cardillo (shown below with Mr. McCusker) donned a few extra layers and enjoyed a beautiful New Hampshire morning on Canaan Street Lake. Ace was honored as the MVP of his team— the same honor he earned in his senior year at Groton (along with All Independent School League honors!). He is headed to the University of Vermont, and we look forward to following his continued success.

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2013 Sean McCarthy, Will Nearis ’13, and John Seter ’14 represented Cardigan on the Salisbury School Varsity Hockey team as they earned their third straight NEPSIHA Elite 8 Championship. Johnny MacLeod (pictured below on the right) holds the championship trophy with a Boston University teammate after a 4-3 overtime victory against Northeastern University in the 63rd Annual Beanpot Tournament in February.

Classmates Aidan Garron, Hayden Holland, and Will Shepard were all on hand at the Alumni Tie Ceremony to present the green and silver tie to their brothers, Steven Garron ’15, Corbin Holland ’15, and Myles Shepard ’15. (See page 21.)

Jackson Freidberg presented his brother, Colin Munro, already a UNC Lacrosse Bennett ’15, with his tie on graduation day commit, was invited to try out for the at the Alumni Tie Ceremony. (See page 21.) U19 U.S. Lacrosse Team. The attackman, currently playing for Mountain Vista High Max Gilbert is enjoying Salisbury and has School in Colorado, is one of just 108 taken an interest in rowing crew. Max and players in the nation invited to try out. his classmate, Nicholas Slaughter, were both present for the Alumni Tie Ceremony Former Faculty on May 30. (See page 21.) Neil Brier H’11 is the activities and community service coordinator at the 2014 Dwight School in Manhattan, where In a letter to Head of School Dave he oversees service and extracurricular McCusker ’80, P’09,’10, Yifu “Kimi” opportunities for 6th- to 12th-grade Mu shared, “Holderness has been a students. Outside of work, Neil co-chairs tremendous experience for me. I am the Brooklyn Community Board 14 no longer living in my own bubble. I’ve Youth Committee. The committee offers become friends with people from many underserved children opportunities for different backgrounds. I’m trying out new summer jobs, volunteering, support services, stuff that I’ve never done. High school is and education. Last year, at their annual really different, and I am making the best conference, they hosted 700 kids and are of it every day.” Yifu continues to “lift hoping for 800 this year. Twenty years of as he climbs” and again made his annual early mornings on The Point readied Neil for community service trip to Cambodia over even earlier mornings in New York, where summer vacation. his job demands a 4:30 a.m. rise and three Raymond Bai reports that he is doing well trains to get to work on time. Neil often at Taft and enjoyed his role in the winter phones former colleague and Clark-Morgan dorm parent Dudley Clark H’05 in the play The Diviners. early hours—the only person Neil knows he Classmates Adonis Williams, Zuoquan will not wake up at 5:00 a.m. “Jack” Wu, Herman Lui, Leif FosseGreiner, Danny Philbrick, and Johnny Bill Farrell is often on campus filming Trotto (shown below), along with Blake memorable moments on The Point. Bill is Wilkey and Nick Spaulding (not pictured), also an avid skier and enjoyed the Alumni all returned to campus in late May for Ski and Snowboard Day at Mount Sunapee, Commencement and to participate in the where he was fastest down the course in the “Master Division” of the NASTAR ski race. Alumni Tie Ceremony. (See page 21.) (See photos on page 70.) Current Summer Session faculty member and former academic-year faculty member Gus Means joined the fun in our Alumni Hockey Game, and earned MVP honors while leading his team to victory. (See photos on page 71.) Susan March Rives H’09 teaches art classes at the Cardigan Summer Session. She and her daughter Jessie, a Summer Session alumna, attended our Boston-Area Alumni Reception in January. (See page 68.) Jim and Liz Truslow joined us in New York City at our alumni reception (see page 69). Jim and Liz have two children, and Jim is the director of external affairs at Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

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In Memoriam ALUMNI Michael Clancy ’65 (1950–2014) Waukegan, Illinois Thomas Andrew Francis Clausen ’75 (1959–2015) Revere, Massachusetts Thomas (“Tommy”) died at home, in late May, while preparing to spend a few weeks with his older brother Peter and Peter’s wife, Pat, at their summer place in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. That was Tommy’s favorite spot, where, since childhood, he loved to putter about, improving the house, planting fruit trees, fishing, and playing at lumpy golf courses just recently converted from cow pastures. Tommy was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, and after Cardigan, he attended Hebron Academy, Franklin Pierce College (where he earned a B.A. in history, with honors), and Suffolk University, where he earned an MBA. He was self-employed as a real estate appraiser. Tommy was a sweet, decent, hardworking man and good neighbor who could always make people laugh. He left far too soon. Thomas O. “Tee” Doggett Jr. ’68 (1952–2015) Johns Island, S.C. “Tee” died suddenly in February 2015, from a coronary event. He was born in Griffin, Georgia, grew up in Brazil, Mexico, Connecticut, and Ohio, and resided in South Carolina for the last 30 years of his life. Tee attended Cardigan and, eventually, Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture. Tee enjoyed an active and adventurous life. He was a skier, scuba diver, sailor, lacrosse player, student of Aikido, animal lover, and ardent

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Buckeye fan. He shared these activities and many more with Pamela, his best friend and wife of 38 years. Tee was known to be a solid friend to many and a talented professional in his work as an architect. His excellence in design is reflected throughout the Johns Island, S.C., community. Dalton J. French ’07 (1991–2015) Fort Lauderdale, Florida George L. Hammond ’08 (1993–2013) Boston, Mass. George passed away suddenly in November 2013, in Boston. George was born in Salem, Mass., on January 28, 1993, and grew up in Topsfield, Mass. He was the son of Frederic G. Hammond of Hamilton and Evelyn S. Hammond of Boston. George is further survived by his brother, Charles S. Hammond, and sister, Caroline C. Hammond, as well as his grandparents, James W. and Marlise D. Hammond of Waterville Valley, N.H. In addition to Cardigan, George attended Steward and Proctor Schools in Topsfield, Masconomet Regional Middle and High Schools, and was a 2011 graduate of the Hyde School in Woodstock, Conn. His gentle soul, lively sense of humor, and compassion for others will be forever in the hearts of those who knew him.

care of those around him. Bill was a wild spirit, who had a gentle touch. He was a fixer, a builder, and a rescuer. He would not hesitate to aid any injured or distressed animal of any size, or any friend or neighbor who was in need. His fondness for kayaking at Goose Rocks Beach was unquestionable; he’d spend all day on the water or searching for sea glass. Bill’s death is a shock; his absence will long be felt by those he touched. Bill loved and will be greatly missed by his partner of 20 years, Leigh Anne Hutchison, as well as his mother (Mary), sister Nancy (Dan Lalande), niece Jessie, and brother John. He was predeceased by his father, Donald R. Huggett. A private family service has taken place. If so desired, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Craig Lighty ’52 (d. 2014) Willows, California Craig passed peacefully from this life in April 2014, at age 75. He was a previous resident of Livermore and Nevada City, Calif. Craig was the president of Alexander’s Contracting, Inc. (d.b.a. Alexander’s Tree Care) and the owner of Eagle Duplexes. He lived life to the fullest and will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his great singing voice, and his generosity.

George William (Bill) Huggett ’79 (1964–2014)

Richard M. Mariano, Jr. ’83 (1968–2014)

Bill died suddenly in October 2014, at age 50. Bill’s quiet, powerful presence belied his soft heart. He was incredibly generous and protective of those he loved, going out of his way to take

Richard, formerly of Rockport, Mass., passed away unexpectedly in January 2014. He was born in Norwood, Mass., and raised in Rockport. After Cardigan, Richard graduated from Rockport

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High School in 1986. He attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, and later graduated from Salem State College in 1993. He was a great lover of the outdoors. He loved the ocean and fishing and spent his winters on the ski slopes of Wildcat Mountain or the mountains in Colorado. His deepest love was for his two daughters. Michael David Redstone ’73 (d. 2014) Boulder, Colorado Michael, previously of Boston, Mass., passed away in Boulder, Colo., in May 2014. He is survived by his three children: Jesse, Alex, and Emily; his wife, Joy, and her two children, Laurel and Galen; and his first wife, Shelley.


the foundation’s ongoing work. Parts of this collection can now be found in major art institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Frick Gallery in New York City. The Christian Humann Foundation, under Edgar’s leadership, has given financial support to numerous arts, education, and science organizations in Bermuda, as well as to Cardigan. The Humann family had been connected with Bermuda since before World War II, and Edgar played a diplomatic role during his residence there, serving as French Consul of Bermuda for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007. In 2007, in recognition of his continuous dedication and generosity, the French Government awarded him the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of the Legion of Honor.

Edgar Humann P’80,’83 (d. 2015) Bermuda

Edgar leaves his wife, Faith, and sons Francis ’80 and Christian ’83.

Mr. Humann, former French Consul and philanthropist, died in March 2015. He was 77.

Keniston P. Merrill (1936–2015) Woodstock, Vermont

Edgar served as chairman of his family’s charitable foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, named in honor of Edgar’s father, who was a financier and a passionate collector of art. The foundation was formed to support the arts, as well as education and sciencerelated initiatives and enterprises. Christian Humann had developed his interest in art and collecting in large part from his mother’s family, whose fortune was lost during World War II. During his life he amassed an impressive collection of art and artifacts. It was through the proceeds from the sale of this collection that the Humann family was able to establish the 1985 giving policy that guides

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After a long illness, Mr. Merrill died peacefully in January 2015, with his family beside him. He was born in Worcester, Mass., and graduated from Hamden High School in New Haven, Conn., in 1954. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., and graduated in 1958 with a BA in English literature and economics. He subsequently went on to earn his master’s in business administration in 1960 from New York University. Ken was married to Carol J. Martin in 1959. They lived in Armonk, N.Y., and later moved to Ridgefield, Conn., where they lived until 1982, after which they moved to Vermont and settled in Randolph. Ken retired

from a long and successful career in finance in 1997 and remained active in his retirement years, serving on a number of local and nonprofit boards (including Cardigan’s Board of Trustees). In 2013, Ken and Carol moved to Blake Hill Road in Woodstock, Vermont. Ken was a cigar aficionado, a wine connoisseur, a food critic, and a voracious reader of all genres. He was a loyal fan of Trinity College Football and New York professional teams. He had a lifelong passion for jazz music, locomotives, railroads, and model trains. He loved Vermont, and particularly enjoyed watching the seasons change from his home and office at Brainstorm Farm. Ken is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol; his sons, Peter and Andrew; and five grandchildren.

FORMER FACULTY Donald E. Cantlin, Jr. (1925–2013) Enfield, N.H. Don was born in Lebanon, N.H., and attended school there, where he excelled in competitive Nordic and alpine combined skiing. He brought those skills, which he honed over a lifetime, to Cardigan as its Nordic Combined Coach (ski jumping and cross-country) in the 1960s. At age 17, with the permission of his parents, Don entered the U.S. Navy and served for four years aboard a destroyer during World War II. After the war, he married the love of his life, Leafie, in 1948. Don offered himself again to the service of his country during the Korean Conflict for two years. Don and Leafie settled in Enfield, N.H., where together they

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In Memoriam devoted thousands of hours to a variety of volunteer roles in their community. Don owned and operated Don’s Radio & TV Sales & Service on Main Street in Enfield for several years, worked for the U.S. Post Office as a rural carrier, and then worked as owner/operator of Cantlin’s Snack & Store on Rte. 4 in Enfield. Don enjoyed life, family, friends, hunting, fishing, and skiing (on both snow and water). If he heard that a child wanted to learn to ski, he’d locate a full set of equipment for, and teach, him/her. Don was a good man and a true patriot, with a tremendous love for this country. Langdon F. Lombard (1940–2014) Belmont, Mass. Langdon (“Lucky”) died peacefully at his home in May 2014. He was the husband of the late Nancy Regan Lombard. Langdon graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1964 and received his master’s in English from Middlebury College at Breadloaf in 1971. He was a teacher of English and coached several sports. He later became a restaurant manager. His lifelong passion was classical music; he hosted a classical music program at WMUA while in college, and he co-founded the Serge Koussevitzky Legacy Foundation.

Help us remember our Cardigan loved ones. Obituaries may be sent to: Alumni Programs Office 62 Alumni Drive Canaan, N.H. 03741

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Andrew B. Noel III P’16 (1969–2015) Wallingford, Conn.

Everett B. “Rhett” Yelton III (d. 2015) Pleasant Lake, N.H.

Andrew Bernard Noel III died peacefully, with his family at his side, at his home in Wallingford in January 2015. He was the loving husband of Kate Martin Noel and the proud father of Lucy Noel, Andrew B. Noel IV, and Alexander John Martin Noel (A. J.).

Rhett’s stoic battle with cancer ended in June 2015 at his home on Pleasant Lake, N.H., with his wife and golden retriever by his side, and with the gracious help and support of family, friends, hospice care, and VNA of New London, N.H.

Andy was employed by Choate Rosemary Hall for the past 15 years as associate director of admissions and director of financial aid. A graduate of Governor Dummer Academy, he later received his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and his MEd from Boston University. Prior to his years at Choate, he was previously employed at the Salisbury School, Lake Forest Academy, and Cardigan.

Born in East Orange, N.J., Rhett grew up in Victoria, Texas, and West Chester, Pa. He attended Tower Hill School in Wilmington, Del., and earned a BS in 1969 in civil engineering from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., with a minor in American History.

Andy was a lover of all sports, especially golf, cycling, baseball, and hockey. He guided many young athletes for many years, and was called “Coach” by players, parents, and sports fans alike. A Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established in Andy’s name at Cardigan. The scholarship will be awarded annually to the student-athlete who best demonstrates the character, chemistry, and work ethic that Andy strived to develop in his players as their coach. (See page 54 for more information.) The Choate Rosemary Hall community has also established a scholarship fund in Andy’s memory, “The Andrew Bernard Noel III Family Trust,” through, for the purpose of directly financially supporting Andy’s family now and into the future.

Rhett led a life dedicated to education and the joys of building and competition. He was a devoted teacher and proud father. His teaching career brought him from Pennsylvania to Vermont to New Hampshire (including Cardigan), establishing math and science curricula along the way, challenging students to reach beyond expectation to their fullest potential. He was a competitor throughout his life, enjoying his undefeated wrestling title at Union College and the game and camaraderie of many years of refereeing soccer. He was a creator and builder, owning MY Builders Construction Company in Londonderry, Vermont, for more than 20 years. He built houses in Vermont, New Hampshire, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as his own homes. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Dianne Johnson Yelton, their two children, Jerett and Allison, and two grandchildren.

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