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Science Olympiad to Shine at the Science Symposium By NINA SHEVZOVZEBRUN Staff Writer

An excavator tears down the Dining Hall ‘Bubble’ that was damaged during the fire in December.

A Perfect Storm in Admissions

By THEO LIPSKY and LIBBY WHITTON Editorial Associates

This year may have been a “perfect storm” for Deerfield admissions. DA continues to be a school held in the highest esteem by the best applicants from a global pool, but this leads to both good news and bad news. This year’s admission statistics were in record numbers, as evidenced by a record-breaking 14.3 percent acceptance rate. This phenomenal yet daunting statistic surpasses last year’s 16 percent acceptance rate and is particularly remarkable consid-

Peter Smith Named 2010 Lambert Fellow By JACQUI COLT Staff Writer

Local author, teacher, and writer Peter Smith is this year’s Lambert Fellow. Named in honor of former English Teacher Bryce Lambert, the fellowship furthers the possibility of writing careers to students and faculty. Mr. Smith will head to campus on the week of April 26. Mr. Smith’s impressive writing career made him a perfect candidate for this year’s Lambert Fellowship. According to his official resume, Mr. Smith edited a major publication (O the Oprah Magazine), taught at the graduate and undergraduate college level, and published numerous works of fiction and nonfiction in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Life, O the Oprah Magazine, and many others. Mr. Smith also ghostwrites, or writes for pieces of which he was not the official author; he has ghostwritten nine pieces throughout a variety of fields. Ghostwriters often receive no credit for their work as predetermined by a contract made be-

ering the realities of the current economic situation. This leads, however, to bad news: admissions must continue to turn away many qualified applicants. The situation is made even more difficult because the school has experienced several years of high “yields” where more accepted students than projected have chosen to attend, resulting in over-crowding. Now there is a mandate to monitor and even slightly reduce the number of total students in order to remain a mid-sized school with the kind of community that makes Deerfield unique. The situation has been further complicated this year by tween the author and ghostwriter. Contributions can range from writing entire chapters of books to editing already completed works. In Mr. Smith’s case, he was hired by other authors to add on to their work. Even beyond having an exciting career, Mr. Smith’s ability to relate to the boarding school life made him a more appealing candidate. As English Teacher Sonja O’Donnell, who identifies the Lambert Fellow each year and brought Mr. Smith to DA, asserted, “He knows us.” Having grown up as a ‘faculty-brat,’ Mr. Smith attended Milton Academy and went on to study in France, in Australia, and finally at Columbia University. He now lives in the Pioneer Valley, allowing him to connect with our community on a deeper level. Another advantage of Mr. Smith’s local proximity to campus is his availability to share his knowledge. Contrary to most speakers who make one speech and leave, Mr. Smith will be available the majority of the week and also speak at school meeting on April 27. He will potentially visit classes, meals, and other activities. Mrs. O’Donnell describes him as a “fine communicator” and a “wonderful person to invite into the classroom.”

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a very high level of interest from siblings of current students and legacy students. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Patricia Gimbel explained the realities of the situation, saying, “It has been brutally competitive.” She especially noted that “there are many more student siblings and legacy applicants on the waitlist than in previous years.” The core of our legacy lies in being a community of about 600 students, a specific size that allows both wide options and close relationships. This mandate to control size has added another dimension to the complicated task of admissions.

The Deerfield Science Olympiad Team placed twelfth out of forty schools in the Massachusetts State Science Olympiad. The Olympiad, held at Framingham State College over the last weekend of spring break, involved events covering a wide range of topics, such as fossils, archeology, ornithology, cell biology, and food chemistry. Students took written exams, performed laboratory assignments, and participated in “building events,” which included the construction of elevated bridges and mouse trap vehicles. According to Olympiad Officer Jennifer Chu ’11, the team of fifteen – last year’s team only consisted of five members – performed remarkably well against the “fierce competition” from other high schools. While the team started to get ready for the competition only a few months in advance, other schools began their intense preparation much earlier. “Other schools have lab coats and goggles as uniforms. This is their varsity sport,” said Chu. “Dr. White was there to guide us, but it was more student-run,” added Olympiad Member Emlyn Van Eps ’12. Students designed their own structures for build-

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Tim Wondoloski from Shipping and Receiving supervises DAPP worker Ritchey Howe ’12.

Despite Small Bumps, DAPP Proves a Success

By SARAH WOOLF Editorial Associate

After a year’s experience with the Deerfield Academy Perspectives Program (DAPP), a student work program formerly known as the Green and White Program, Assistant Dean of Students Amie Creagh said there were no major problems that surfaced during its trial. A few minor issues, however, have emerged this year. In assigning tasks to student workers, Ms. Creagh had a difficulty making sure that each de-

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partment involved enough workers while trying to accommodate all student’s work requests. Soon after the assignments began, some students questioned the involvement of their peers in the mailroom. It made them uncomfortable that sophomores were distributing their personal mails. As soon as this came to Ms. Creagh’s attention, the task of delivering personal mails, such as graded assignments, immediately returned to staff. It was also difficult to establish rhythm or momentum with

ing events and studied independently for exams, using various textbooks and websites. Looking ahead to next year, Chu said the team plans to “start preparations earlier and work more on written exams.” The team also hopes improve on building events and to participate in regional competitions as practice for next year’s State Olympiad. “We always welcome new members who are interested in science, want to learn, and like to have fun,” reminded Chu. In the upcoming Science Symposium on April 29, the Olympiad team will display projects it built for various events. Chu stressed the importance of sharing and talking with the community “about things we learned at the Olympiad,” for “many members spent lots of time and effort studying and preparing.” Science teacher Mark Teutsch explained that students enrolled in all science courses and certain math courses will also participate in the Symposium. The Physics Projects class, for example, will present laboratory research conducted on electric vehicles, wind turbines, and solar panels. Mr. Teutsch believes it will be an excellent opportunity for both the Science Olympiad Team to share their works and for other students to have the “experience of organizing their research and presenting it to others.” the new assignments this term due to spring second visit days. Many supervisors contacted student volunteers to let them know that they wouldn’t start working until a few weeks later. Despite these issues, DAPP is still seen as a valuable program. The survey sent out to participants after the trial term last year returned primarily positive responses. Students enjoyed their experience and thought it should be continued in the future. Laddie Trees ’11 helped out with gardening and trash pickup last spring. He “was not looking forward to giving up a free,” but after a few times, the task became much more enjoyable. “I found out that a lot more happens than I thought to make our school look as good as it does,” he said. Although students do make small contributions to the community, “the program was something new, which made me feel like I was really contributing to the school’s ability to function,” said Anna Gonzales ’12 about her experience at ITS. Ms. Creagh is adamant about sticking to the DAPP’s mission: to create and strengthen relationships between students and staff by getting students to help around campus. “Strong human connections are what allow a school to run smoothly,” she said.

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Opinion / Editorial

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Letter From the Editor VOL. LXXXV, NO. 1

APRIL 21, 2010


Layout Editor SARAH KIM

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Arts & Entertainment GRACE MURPHY

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Advisors SUZANNE HANNAY & JOHN PALMER STAFF REPORTERS: Nastassia Adkins, Lizz Banalagay, Delaney Berman, Casey Butler, Jacqueline Colt, Lizzy Gregory, Miles Griffis, Philip Heller, Sonja Holmberg, Ritchey Howe, Claire Hutchins, Jade Kasoff, Stefani Kuo, Eunice Lee, Daniel Litke, Dylan McDermott, Courtney Murray, Hadley Newton, Zoe Perot, Nina Shevzov-Zebrun, Eliot Taft, Elisabeth Yancey, Michael Yang STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERS: Megan Cai, Sarah Cox, Claire Fair, Will Fox, Daniel Han, Veronica Houk, Nina Kempner, Susanna Kvam, Louisa Schieffelin, Blair Scott The Deerfield Scroll, established in 1925, is the official student newspaper of Deerfield Academy. The Scroll encourages informed discussion of pertinent issues that concern the Academy and the world. Signed letters to the editor that express legitimate opinions are welcomed. We hold the right to edit for brevity. The Scroll, published nine times yearly, is entered as third class bulk rate at the U.S. Post Office at Deerfield, Mass. 01342. Advertising rates provided upon request. Opinion articles with contributors’ names attached solely represent the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial staff unless otherwise specified.

The Junior Agitation

The proctor-selection process began and ended with aggravation among the junior class. After attending mandatory leadership training meetings on three consecutive Thursdays during faculty break, juniors without interest in proctorship became irritated. As for the majority of the students who applied to become proctors, the continual postponement of the release of the decision created stress and anxiety. On top of intense junior schedules, college advising meetings, and standardized test prep, the last thing stressed students need-

ed was to hear that the decisions had been postponed two days. Proctor decisions were supposed to come out the morning of Saturday, April 10. This date then moved to Sunday evening. After receiving an email on Sunday that promised more information later that night, juniors opened their inboxes a few hours later to find that decisions would not come out until Monday. We realize that there is no perfect way to conduct a proctor selection, but we wish that the communication had been more consistent and less stressful.

TV Takes Over

Here is a horrifying fact: common room television rules actually used to control how much television Deerfield students watched. Today, with nearly every show online, students can watch unlimited television in their own dorm rooms. Many students admitted to watching up to ten hours of T.V. per week, religiously following six or more shows; most T.V. watching occurs online when the common room television is offlimits. While this is an obvious distraction from academics, online television also replaces exercise and outdoor time for some. We are not advocating an end

to common room T.V. restrictions or increased control of our internet. However, this presents an opportunity for improvement. If we manage our time responsibly, we can cut back on television, study when our hall residents think we are studying, sleep for a decent number of hours… and still manage to catch the latest episode of Glee. As Mr. Warsaw encourages us to stop multi-tasking, and as Dr. Curtis graces us with a schedule that allows for more sleep, television seems like an enemy to our success. What are our priorities as a community? Gossip Girl or English paper?

No Tears for the Greer Although the Greer Store is due to close for renovations on May 1, there will be no need for waterworks this spring. We’re used to congregating nightly at the Greer, when in fact, there is much more to the Pocumtuck Valley than we see and use. Spring term is meant to be spent outside…and not just outside of the Greer. Certainly we will miss the Greer and everything that comes with it, but let us use this as an opportunity to explore and take

advantage of everything that is around us—especially with beautiful spring weather. Explore Historic Deerfield and other lesser-known sights nearby. Starting May 1, we will have the opportunity to experience Deerfield and its surroundings, and without the Greer, there is no excuse not to explore the area. Fro-Yos, popcorn, and Juke Box music can be easily replaced; valuable memories and experiences that come from being outside cannot.

As a news source for Deerfield’s student body, faculty, parents, and alumni, The Deerfield Scroll strives to provide an accurate picture of important matters relevant to our community. Choosing article topics for each issue proves to be somewhat of a puzzle—we must achieve a healthy balance between publishing newsworthy articles and ensuring that we stay within the boundaries of tactfulness. In this process, complicated issues inevitably arise, presenting themselves as both opportunities and challenges to The Scroll editors as we attempt to negotiate the enigmatic line between what is appropriate to print and what is not. Many fascinating stories reach our ears, stories that would indubitably make the front page in a professional newspaper, but we must consider our role as a student publication before acting upon our knowledge. The past few weeks have presented us with an unusually large number and range of issues, triggering ethical discussions among the editorial board as to exactly how far we may extend our right of free speech. We have wrestled with whether or not to print coverage of issues including a tragedy involving an alumnus, a difficult situation within our own school, and a letter to the editor opposing one of Deerfield’s benefactors. Upon careful consideration, we chose to withhold our wealth of information, believing it the most respectful option. As I assume the role of editor and learn to wrestle with such situations, I would like to extend my thanks to former Editor-in-Chief Lucy Cobbs ’10 and her outstanding staff. Thank you also to our advisors, Ms. Hannay and Mr. Palmer, for your patience, commitment, and sense of humor (whether in the form of seal noises or noting our looks of guilt). Finally, I give my gratitude to all the new editors for making our first issue together a success: I’m certain your hours of time, patience, and high spirits (not to mention your willingness to listen to music from the Glee soundtrack!) will make Volume 85 an enjoyable experience. And, of course, thanks to our readers: The Scroll always welcomes your feedback, letters, and opinions of any form. If you have something to contribute to the next issue, please contact us at scroll@deerfield. edu or Felix natalis sit tibi, Roma. -Elisabeth Strayer, Editor-in-Chief

Grit & Glamour


Former Arts & Entertainment Editor While I can’t say I know the first thing about fashion, I do see it as a rather curious establishment. Every so often, I find myself in a dentist’s reception room flipping through one of those fashion mags, somewhat involuntarily educating myself on the latest haute couture. What can I possibly compare myself to gazing in bewilderment at the thick, glossy pages - a grandfather watching his twelve year-old granddaughter texting? A three-toed sloth observing the movement of a flying monkey (or any type of movement, really)? Images of creatures from another species meet my eye: some have alien antennae, others long, silky tails, and still others, purple cheeks and Athena-esque armor. I venture to compare this level of fashion, the most haute of haute couture, to curling at the Winter Olympics; it takes some time and patience to understand, but is in fact quite sophisticated. (This is total supposition; I have yet to understand curling, either.) The next fashion level down, however, I begin to follow. There are clear trends, ranging from newly-introduced styles to renewals of vestments from the past. Women walk down the runway wearing monocles, draped in ribbons, or sporting dresses off the set of a Jane Austen remake. Recently, I heard of an upsurge of military-inspired design lines. The latest trends always strike me as impractical or, if not impractical, simply out of place. This idea repeats itself when I see Deerfield students wearing rugged Timberland boots and Barbour jackets around our idyllic preparatory school campus. There is a distinct juxtaposition of the rough and tough quality of the two brands and

the pristine, elite setting in which they are worn. John Barbour, a Scottish farmer turned draper turned clothesmaker, began making jackets back in 1894. The majority of his customers were seamen and others involved in the ship industry who bought the coats for their protection against the worst of the elements. Since then, the Barbour company has come a long way, though it has tried to maintain its clothing in the spirit of British country living. Still based in South Shields, England, where John Barbour first set up shop, Barbour distributes worldwide and has expanded from oilskin seafarer-wear and riding coats to more casual clothing, like the quilted and beadle jackets seen on many girls around campus. Still, the physical appearance of these jackets retains the dark, rugged quality of a seaman’s shell, also similar in look to many models belonging to the Carhartt clothing company, which targets its apparel at the active worker— landscapers, builders, carpenters, and the like. Then there’s the Timberland Company, famous for its ecological and humanitarian outlook in addition to its quality footwear. The shoe-maker entered the business as a major player when it introduced a new molding technology that created a completely waterproof boot. Their durable, high-performance shoes constructed from thick, chunky leather are geared towards out-

door activities, such as hiking and boating. Lately, this classic yellow boot has found its way off the trail and onto the street, picked up by many hip hop artists for its rugged, masculine look. It has even made it to the heated brick walkways of prestigious boarding schools like Deerfield. But back to fashion. The curiosity is how it seems to be constructed out of a series of constantly-shifting reversals. Garments representative of lifestyles that were looked down upon or completely foreign to their new wearers are taken up and reversed into something prestigious and high-end. How often over the course of a month, or a year, is a student’s Barbour jacket subjected to the harshness of coastal elements, or Timberlands trudged through the muddy outdoors they were made for? While the gritty, outdoorsy nature of these and certain other items is ironic displayed in such a tame, sheltered, and intellectual lifestyle, there is more to it all than fashion. The fact that their original uses have become in many places, like Deerfield, obsolete, indicates, above all, an irreversible change in lifestyle. Sources: h t t p : / / w w w. t i m b e r jsp?page=corpTimeline barbour-clothing-history.php

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Aaron Cyr-Mutty Aaron Cyr-Mutty ’11 prepares vaccines for Haitian schoolchildren.

“ P r e n d Ta G u i t a r e ” : Haitian Songs of Hope Going to Haiti was a sensory overload. The tent cities, tin slums, rubble, garbage, and sewage form a blurred tableau in my mind, and it’s difficult to discern meaning or importance from any of it specifically. I had come to take recordings of the local music and help my grandparents, who were giving vaccines, and though I essentially accomplished what I came for, what I truly brought back with me were the faces of the people I met, from the smallest schoolchildren at Proje Espwa dressed in their pink and green uniforms, to the old maid who worked in the volunteer compound and chased chickens around with a banana frond broom. There are faces that are more defined than others. The people I got to know personally, whom I talked to, with whom I simply shared a smile stand out in my mind. It was my last afternoon at Proje Espwa, the orphanage where I stayed. As I emerged out of the sticky heat of my makeshift recording studio, I heard guitar and singing drifting from one of the other rooms. I went to investigate and found a guitarist and a singer sitting on some plastic chairs. I knew the guitarist a little bit; his name was Jimi, like

the legend himself, and he carried a slightly out of tune acoustic guitar with him at all times. Earlier, Jimi had given me a rendition of Michael Jackson’s “We Are the World” on solo guitar (Jackson is huge in Haiti). The other man, in his late twenties or early thirties, was Prospere. After they finished their song, Prospere and Jimi told me they had something to record. I had already taken down the microphone I had duct taped to a makeshift stand, so I had to sit in between the two of them and hold the microphone in my hands. I had heard the song they played before. Jimi had played it on one of the warm evenings in the quad of the compound. It was called “Prend Ta Guitare” and it was the favorite song of Father Mark, the man who ran the orphanage. We recorded a few takes and though the guitar was a little too flat, and the microphone placement was far from ideal, the song had an endearing quality that I couldn’t quite explain. When we finished recording I played the song back to Prospere and an unforgettable smile came across his face, one of almost childlike glee. It was a smile that seemed to defy everything I’d seen on the trip so far, a smile that communicated a glimmer of hope in a place where I had seen little.

The significance of the song itself came to me after I had already flown out. I had asked my francophone grandmother to find out the lyrics to “Prend Ta Guitare” for me and few days after I left Haiti I got the email from my grandmother with the verses. It was then that I knew why the song was Father Marc’s favorite, and why the smile and the song were tied together in my mind. There was a repeating line in French throughout the verses that translated to “We carry the hope for a better tomorrow.” The message of hope in the song could have found no better embodiment than in Prospere’s natural voice and warm smile. They were the sound and vision of the modest hope of the song. People from the outside who come to Haiti are often struck by the resilience of the people there. Even in Port-Au-Prince with its infrastructure still in shambles, the Haitian people have sustained themselves. They’ve survived through years of exploitation and invasion by France, Spain, and the United States and they’ve survived through corrupt governments and savage treatment. Maybe it’s that sense of modest hope in “Prend Ta Guitare” that keeps them going, the hope for a better tomorrow, which every once in a while, against all odds, puts a genuine smile on their faces.

Wi l d e r n e s s : M a d e in the USA By SAM BELCHER Contributing Writer I have always felt at home in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. My dad grew up summering in the Whites, my grandpa was the executive director of the Appalachian Mountain Club, and I have been climbing them since the age of five. From what my dad has told me of my grandpa, he was at one with the mountains. Long after his hiking days were over, he would spend hours sitting on the porch of his cabin, Echobank, with his binoculars, watching people walk across the Gulf Side Trail. He could even pick out the regulars 3000 feet above, and identify them by name. My grandpa spent most of his professional life trying to preserve the land in the Whites and wrote about the men who almost destroyed it in his book Logging


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Railroads of the White Mountains. He closes the introduction by saying, “The rest of this book tells the story of the logging invasion – the combatants, the campaigns, the victories, and ultimate defeat, as the mountains were saved and put in trust for future generations.” One-hundred years after “the mountains were saved,” I stood atop Bondcliff, a mountain in the middle of the Pemigewasset Wilderness. The Pemigewasset Wilderness is 45,000 acres of protected forest, created by the White Mountain National Forest after years of unregulated logging ravaged the beautiful landscape. The WMNF was created by the Weeks Act of 1911 that allowed the government to purchase land in watershed areas in order to protect the natural ecosystems. Perhaps it was out of respect for my grandpa and the relationship he had with the mountains

that I found myself on Bondcliff, overwhelmed by the most beautiful view in the Whites. As I stood in the center of the Pemi, it seemed as if all signs of human activity were absent from the panorama. A massive expanse of green spread out in front of me. Five hundred feet below, a bird sang in the valley. Clouds formed and slid up the cliffs, gaining speed as they rose out of the trees. As they leapt over the lip of the summit ridge, they curled over, falling back down into the evergreens. But as I looked closely at the mountains, something unnatural blemished their sides. Long, spiraling lines ran up the slopes, like a topographical map inscribed in the trees. I realized they were the logging roads, their marks still on the land. Nearly one-hundred years after it was turned into a “wilderness,” the Pemi showed the scars of the industry that

Over spring break, a group of Deerfield students, faculty, and faculty children journeyed to the small neighborhood of Las Charkas, Dominican Republic, to build a house through a non-profit organization called Cambiando Vidas, or “Changing Lives.” I can still remember how I received the email from Ms. Cabral, upon which I acted spontaneously, eager to travel and exercise my Spanish-speaking muscle. A few weeks later I received another email from Ms. Cabral, expressing her desperate need for a complete team, and accordingly extending application deadlines, but again I didn’t pay much attention to it. Yet, come spring break, I found myself boarding a plane headed to San Juan. After a long flight, we arrived at the work site the next day, faces already moist with sunscreen and thin films of sweat in the eighty-degree weather, and were told to go set our backpacks down inside a neighboring house where a smiling elderly woman greeted us. Relishing the opportunity to finally use my Spanish, I gave a quick wave, accompanied by a short “Hola,” to which the woman responded, her bright brown eyes sparkling; she smiled wider and exclaimed, “Hola mi hijo!” As I marched towards a pile of bloc, heavy rectangles cement blocks and men making mezcla, a mix of sand, water, and concrete, I was determined to make this trip mean some grand change to the elderly woman and her community; I never suspected that I would leave the D.R. as utterly changed as the family receiving the house. Deerfield has an interesting way of expressing its lack of interest in serving the larger community. We manage to show how unappealing foregoing spring break is for majority of the student-body, through our unwillingness to take risks and reply to the adventurous emails that Ms. Cabral had to send multiple times before we managed to assemble a complete team. Such situations express our

nearly destroyed it. The history of the venerable peaks played itself out before me. The one-hundred foot Chestnut trees towering out of the valley. The loggers moving in; entire mountains stripped of their behemoths and roads carved into their sides. Finally the new trees sprout out of the naked slopes, rising from the rubble, their roots reclaiming the rotting stumps.

“It seemed as if all signs of human activity were absent from the panorama.” The Pemigewasset is an example of the rapacity of industrial America. It illustrates the conflict between Manifest Destiny and the desire to preserve the land’s natural beauty. The scars on the peaks of the Pemi remind us of the hubris that comes with the belief that the land is ours to do with what we want. In American

utter indifference to the dire need of a family, who, without the aid of a full team, would have struggled to raise their three daughters in a scrap-metal hut, hardly worthy of being called a home. Those students who wonder why they would want to take a week from their typical spring break are, in fact, the perfect candidates for Cambiando Vidas. In reality, the purpose of the program is not only to change the lives of the family members, who have gone from having little more than a stove and septic tank, to having full indoor plumbing, windows, and separate bedrooms for parents and children, but also to change the students who go on the trip. I applied for the program, not knowing what to expect, and whispering to myself that the reason that the students who last year thought the program was life-changing was merely because they hadn’t lived their lives to the fullest. Yet over the course of the program I got in touch with a more compassionate, empathetic side of me. I realized that adventure and culture were not rooted in merely traveling to a Hilton resort in Aruba, but immersing oneself in another culture, creating that emotional bond. I had been the one not living my life to the fullest. On our last day of working, the heat was slightly more bearable, the buckets of cemento at the new working site felt lighter, and my conversational Spanish had never been better. But it was time to go. As I grabbed my bag, for the last time, from the woman’s small, one-room house, I gave a resolute “Adios” and she just smiled and replied “Adios mi hijo.” Her eyes rested on mine and I realized that even though she might not remember my name she would always remember the Americano who hardly spoke Spanish, but who lent a hand in building a house for members of the community that she cherished. I would remember the smiling, kind old woman who had inspired me to do it in my new vida cambiada. So I ask, Deerfield: are you living your life to the fullest?

history that belief has driven us to exploit much of the pristine land of our country. The Pemi is an attempt to alter that belief and say we would rather return it to its unspoiled state. But even time can’t erase the scars of the loggers, at least not 100 years. That day atop Bondcliff, I realized my love for the mountains was completely entwined with my Grandfathers belief in preserving them. The day my dad got a call saying my grandpa’s heart was failing, he had a vision of my grandpa taking off his pack on top of Mt. Adams with all of the Whites spread out around him. My grandpa succeeded in passing on his conviction for the mountains to my dad and my dad passed it on to me. I knew that day that if I were to honor my grandpa, a man I never knew, but felt completely akin to, in any way it would to be to continue to “put [the mountains] in trust for future generations.” Sources: Belcher, C. Francis. Introduction. Logging Railroads of the White Mountains. By Belcher. Boston: Appalachian Mountain Club, 1980. 16. Print.

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Staff Writer If you walk into the mailroom, past the day-student lounge and the wall of mailboxes, and turn left, sandwiched between the soda and snack machines, you’ll discover a blue bulletin board covered in letters bearing the crests of Harvard, Georgetown, Williams, Colorado College, UC Santa Barbara, Pomona, and Hamilton, all with their sincerest apologies. This is the Wall of Shame, a place for seniors to pin up the contents of those notorious thin envelopes and to commiserate with classmates over rejections. Wall of Shame creator and future University of Texas stu-

dent KC Morris ’10 applied to no fewer than 18 schools and, so, considered herself a good person to start the Wall of Shame. “Just by the sheer numbers game of it, I knew I’d be rejected from a lot of places,” Morris chuckled. Morris modeled the Wall of Shame after the one at her brother’s school. “When I came here my freshman year and realized that we didn’t have one, I vowed that that would be my contribution to this school as a senior.” Fully committed to her project, Morris posted all her own letters on the Wall of Shame. “I didn’t want to do it halfheartedly, so I put every single rejection letter up there, even the ones that I have to print out,”

Morris said. She proposed the idea in her Facebook status to gauge its popularity. “I got three ‘Yes, do it’s, and one ‘No, that would be an awful idea, no one would ever use it, it’s such a private thing,’ and I completely respect that idea but it caught on eventually. My friends laughed at me, but they started putting their own letters up.” Morris wanted her class to feel a sense of togetherness. “Being Deerfield students, people kind of assume that you’ve already done so many great things. Even if I was the only one up there for two months, it was a reminder to let people know that even if they didn’t want to put their letter up, they’re not alone.”

DA Cribz: Katie Walker

Susanna Kvam Katie Walker’s personal touches add a little flair to her sunny, spacious room.

By MALOU FLATO Staff Writer

There’s the Buckingham Palace, the Taj Mahal, and then there is Deerfield’s own Bewkes House. Katie Walker ’10 resides in what the inhabitants call “the palace.” Her room used to be dorm resident and math teacher Pamela Bonanno’s office before the house was converted into a dorm. Walker has two huge windows on either wall, a porch, high ceilings, hard wood floors, a fireplace, a small couch against

one wall and two built-in shelves on either side of her desk. Walker’s additions to the décor only add to the room’s splendor. She has four large blown-up photos of her friends covering the empty wall space, two paintings resting on the symmetrical shelves, and an enormous beach scene poster curving around the wall above her bed. A circular pink rug in the center of her room warms the polished wooden floors. She has moved her desk on the opposite side of the room to block the boarded

up fire place. Walker has plans to make use of her porch, “We have decided to establish a Bewkes dorm lemonade stand” named, “From Your Suite.” She also has ambitions for setting up a grilling station with John Zurlo ’10. “I have the biggest single and the best room on campus,” boasted Walker, adding, “my room was a total surprise; I had no idea I would be getting something like this.” Despite her own good fortune, she assumes the room will be converted into a double.

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Claire and Kayla work hard at their athletic exemptions.

Would You Rather?


Though all students receive the application for an athletic exemption every term, very few pursue the opportunity. This year, however, many students created unique alternatives to the normal co-curriculars or arts exemptions. Clare Malfitano ’11 works with Head Baker Steve Parsons and the rest of the baking staff to make desserts, rolls, and anything else necessary for the meals in the week. “Baking was something that I missed here at DA. At home, I would relieve stress by making cakes and other desserts for family and friends, and I just didn’t know I could pursue this at school,” Malfitano said. Each day, Malfitano takes charge of one or two aspects of the menu for an upcoming meal. “Yesterday, I piped all of the whipped cream on the [chocolate cream] pies. It took over an hour and a half, but I was happy to help in whatever way I could,” said Malfitano. She is determined to own and run a bakery as an adult, so this exemption gives her valuable experience in her field. “Baking for hundreds of people is completely different from making a single item for a friend. This co-curricular allows me to simulate my bakery,” said Malfitano. Through hands-on work with the baking staff, Malfitano has come to appreciate everything the dining hall staff makes for the students. “Until this co-curricular, I did not even know where the bakery was. Everything at DA is made from scratch, including all of

the breads, pastries, and cakes. Sometimes we take our staff for granted, and they do so much for this school,” said Malfitano. While Malfitano works in the dining hall, Kayla Erf ’11 uses her athletic exemption to pursue alternate exercise off-campus. Erf trains with the level 7/8 Greenfield YMCA gymnastics team for two-and-a-half hours, four days a week. Each day, she does a mixture of conditioning, running, and flexibility work along with practicing her gymnastics technique. “We run every Monday and Wednesday before we get on the equipment, and we have teamconditioning sessions every day at the end of the practice,” Erf explained. The Greenfield YMCA team is new for Erf, but she knew many of her teammates from Dunkley’s, an eight-week gymnastics camp located on Lake Champlain in Vermont. “I had my first gymnastics meet when I was six, and have been competing ever since. But, I quit when I came to Deerfield. I first tried to get this exemption in my freshman spring, but between study halls and sit-down dinners, there was no feasible way for it to work,” said Erf. Though Erf is not competing this year, she will support her new team and she hopes to apply for meets in the fall. For students looking to take advantage of an exemption, Erf suggests that “As long as you know exactly what you would like to do and if you can get everything you may need for your exemption to work, the committee will understand. Work hard for what you want, and you can pursue an activity about which you are passionate.”

Touring Historic Deerfield: Sexton House

This article is the first in a series exploring the historic Deerfield houses owned by the Academy. By ZOë PEROT have resided here including Eng- Ms. Hannay shared. “They’d Staff Writer lish teachers Suzanne Hannay crawl back into a low-ceilinged

Cats gone missing, children stuffed behind chimneys, tavern brawls, a ghost, and a rare mural are all part of the Sexton House history. Located next to Ephraim-Williams, Sexton House has a rather mysterious story. Built in 1760, this salt-box style house had ten different owners during its first hundred years. The house has served as the post office, the home of a tailor and his business, and a publishing place for a weekly anti-Masonic newspaper. Its first owner, David Sexton, used the house as a tavern. “It was the tavern for the patriots of Deerfield during the American Revolution, and across the street was the tavern for the loyalists. There used to be fights between the two parties in the street!” assistant dean of faculty, English teacher, and current resident Karinne Heise noted. In 1924, the house was sold to Deerfield Academy where it was a small dorm until 1958. Since then, multiple faculty families

and John Palmer and the Heise family. When asked whether she enjoyed living in a historic house, Ms. Heise replied, “It’s interesting [but] also structurally shaky at points and can be hard to clean.” Ms. Hannay described the Sexton house as a “great old house,” and during their seven year residency, she and her husband, Mr. Palmer, discovered some unusual house traits. The most distinctive feature of the house is its mural, one of only two colonial waterfall murals on the East Coast. “It’s a ‘Cascade Mural,’” Ms. Hannay explained, “meaning that your eye follows the flow of a gigantic woodland waterfall from the top of the house all the way down to the bottom of the stairway.” The Sexton House’s second intriguing aspect is a hideout, used to keep colonial children safe during Indian raids. “The little ones got stuffed into a narrow opening hidden in the molding of the front hall and staircase,”

brick chamber behind the three fireplaces on the first floor. The thinking was that the children might even survive a house fire surrounded by fired earth bricks.” Ms. Hannay discovered the hiding place when one of their cats went missing. Upon moving in, residents are warned about the ghost of a “young man in colonial dress” that has haunted the house for over a century. Ms. Hannay said, “We didn’t pay much attention to this story, though our cats used to stare in a state of high alert at the empty, south-east corner of our bedroom.” She continued, “Very late one night I was awakened by a sensation that someone was sitting on the edge of the bed right beside me. I awoke expecting to see my husband telling me he couldn’t sleep; instead there was nothing but a very cold sensation around me. That was it.” Bedside ghosts, secret chambers, political brawls, rare murals. The Sexton House has it all.

Susanna Kvam Historic Sexton House displays colonial “salt-box” architecture.

Elisabeth Strayer Sexton’s waterfall mural cascades to the foot of the staircase.

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arts & entertainment

The Tiny World of Willard Wigan By CASEY BUTLER

Staff Writer I would ask you whether you had ever seen any of Willard Wigan’s art, but chances are, you haven’t and couldn’t. Willard Wigan is a micro sculptor, and his pieces are so small, they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Many of them are only three times the size of a single blood cell. Typically, they sit on the head of a nail, or in the eye of a needle. “I could probably go down to, say, five microns, the tip of a human hair,” Wigan said in a recent interview with CBS. Wigan’s inspiration was born of a childhood of adversity. He had dyslexia as a schoolboy in England, and an abusive schoolteacher once said to him, “You are an exhibition of failure, and all the children in the school need to know about you, because this is what happens if you don’t listen to me, children.” Wigan said, “That made me feel small.” Such belittling had a huge impact on Wigan, and his mother noticed. She told her son, “You are now going to continue to make small things… If you keep making small things, your name will get bigger!” Now Wigan spends his days bent painstakingly over a microscope, crafting his masterpieces. The creations are made of various materials, including grains of sand, gold, and spiders’ cobwebs. He must make his own tools (e.g. the single hair of a fly as a brush and a shard of diamond attached to a pin). To control his hand/ eye coordination, he must put himself into a meditative state of mind, where he is able to control the most basic of movements. He

Lights and Costumes and Music— Oh My!

The Spring Dance Showcase By DELANEY BERMAN Staff Writer With the spring term comes sun, flowers, and the dance showcase. Widely-anticipated and always well-attended, it combines student and professional choreography. Explained Director of the Dance Program Jennifer Whitcomb, “The spring concert is usually the largest one all year.” This year’s concert features 17



Lena Mazel

must be aware of every twitch, every heartbeat, and every breath. Even the pulse in his fingerprint could wreck the sculpture. He learned the hard way while working on a sculpture of the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland. Wigan reflected, “I’m lifting her [Alice] with the eyelash to put her underneath the table…and as I’m poking her— and I’m doing this microscopically—and at the same time, I’m going [makes deep breathing noise], I lift her out again, and then…. And then ugh, gone!” Wigan inhaled her. Alice went down the rabbit hole. Despite its size, Wigan’s work draws a lot of attention. One of his most famous creations is of Charlie Chaplin dancing on the tip of an eyelash. “That one brings a lot of attention, because people see it and they think, ‘An eyelash? Is that really an eyelash? Is that really there?’” Many of Wigan’s pieces are of well-known events or people: the Last Supper, the Obama family, the Incredible Hulk, Humpty Dumpty, and a seven-foot oneinch tall Shaquille O’Neil. “Put a guy like me into a little pin? That’s crazy!” said O’Neil after viewing his sculpture through a microscope. “Took him seven weeks? Probably take me 17 years!” Wigan believes in the sayings “Less is more,” and “The little things mean a lot.” “And my work, it means a hell of a lot to me, and a hell of a lot to everybody that sees it,” declared Wigan. Willard Wigan’s work will be on display at the Flag Art Foundation in New York until May 27, 2010.

AP Artwork by Ariel Beauregard-Brenton ’11 (top) and Sonja Holmberg ’11 (middle and bottom). Artists have been working ’round the clock to finish their portfolios by the AP deadline in early May.

pieces: 11 choreographed by professional choreographers and six by Deerfield students. The spring showcase is also unique in that it features our senior dancers in their last major dance performance at Deerfield. Most of the seniors will perform solos or duets, such as a piece by Hillary Brooks ’02 for Alex Comerford ’10, a collaborative ballet piece by professional Carrie Towle and Emily Swarts ’10 for Swarts, and a funky piece for Rachel Teague ’10 co-choreographed by professional Amy Diaz del Rio and Teague. What exactly will the pieces be like? Ms. Whitcomb said, “We all feel better with the onset of spring, and many of the dances in the show reflect that change.” In her opinion, “We have a nice balance of playful pieces and thought-provoking ones.” While the showcase will bring

great happiness to the community and to the dancers, it is a bittersweet event for all the seniors after a long history of Deerfield dance. “There are mixed emotions, but of course I am excited! It’s also our last show here, which is really depressing,” said Swarts. For better or for worse, four- year-senior dancer Daryl Cooley ’10 will not be able to participate in the Spring Showcase because she qualified for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s National Horseback Riding Competition in Georgia. However, she will be back for the Parents’ Weekend showcase to star in a duet with Sam Gray ’10, among other pieces. The showcase will take place on April 22nd and 23rd starting at 7:30 p.m., and a shorter version of the original concert arrives on April 30th at 8:00 p.m. for Parents’ Weekend.

air, would so many high school students rather watch this quirky, odd-ball newcomer? The answer, it seems, is incredibly straightforward: Glee has music. “The reason Glee is special is that it has football players bursting into song,” said Rose Pember ’11. Steph Olivas ’10 agreed, adding, “It’s also just funny to watch because the typical high school experience is so over-the-top in the show. It’s very silly and dra-

matic in a good way.” Another attraction is the good-looking guys, according to Allie Gray ’11, who said, “Finn [the teenage male lead] is adorable.” The cast includes Broadway star Matthew Morrison (Will) and comedy veteran Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), from The Forty Year Old Virgin and Two and a Half Men, as the school’s caustic cheer leading coach bent on destroying the Glee club.


Staff Writer The only ninth grader in the Advanced Dance Ensemble, Lena Mazel ’13 is poised and controlled, devoted and passionate. “Lena was allowed into The Ensemble not only because of her prowess as a dancer, but also because of her maturity, dignity and grace,” said Director of the Dance Program Jennifer Whitcomb. Mazel started dancing at age three and became seriously committed at eight. Mazel admitted, “I quit one year to play baseball and try gymnastics,” but she soon returned to dance. Her styles of expertise are ballet and modern, but she dabbles in jazz as well. Mazel laughed, “I’m awful at hiphop!”

“Lena was allowed into The Ensemble...because of her maturity, dignity and grace.”

Glad to Have

Glee By JADE KASOFF Staff Writer

Ryan Murphy’s hit musical comedy and drama, Glee, returned to the air April 13 for its second season. It tells the story of earnest Spanish teacher Will Schuester’s attempt to reinvent the school’s once award-winning glee club. The show, which is unlike any other show on television, has won a Golden Globe for best comedy and, after only a season, already has higher ratings than Gossip Girl and So You Think You Can Dance? So why is Glee so popular? Why, when there is a multitude of high school “dramadies” already on

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Dancer Lena Mazel ’13 blows people away with her grace.

Her dance training is extensive, not surprisingly. She started at the Brattleboro School of Dance in Vermont and has also danced at The Rock School in Philadelphia. For April’s dance showcase, Mazel is choreographing a piece for her first time. While she does not aspire to become a professional choreographer, she does plan to dance professionally. For a dancer engaged in academics, summer can be the most critical time for improvement and professional training. This summer, Mazel will attend the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) summer intensive in Alabama. Her favorite dance performance is Le Corsaire, “Hands down, my absolute favorite! It’s about pirates. How can you go wrong with that?” she exclaimed. And being such an experienced dancer herself, she ought to know.

Getting Graphic By SONJA HOLMBERG

Staff Writer Most books are words, words, words, with, perhaps, an occasional illustration. When was the last time you looked at a book in which the illustrations were equally important as the words? Graphic novels differ from comic books in their literary merit and seriousness of purpose. For example, graphic novels such as Maus, Persepolis, and Ghost World grapple with serious political, social, and psychological struggles. Yale University Press recently released the graphic novel An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories. Topics range from sobering accounts of sexual abuse to masterfully-crafted reflections on the subtle nuances of everyday life. The variety of perspectives and styles is eclectic and inspirational. In Jessica Abel’s short story, “Jack London,” a reference to the author of Call of the Wild and “To Build a Fire,” the protagonist reflects on the beauty of a Chi-

cago snowstorm. Every illustration captures her emotions, while the pen-and-ink snow scenes resemble Georges Seurat’s pointillist paintings. The prose in “Jack London” is lyrical and fluid. For example, the protagonist meditates, “…I feel like Jack London. We are a city full of arctic pioneers, bonded by the harsh conditions.” Adrian Tomine, in “Optic Nerve,” communicates psychological soupçons through his realistic facial expressions and gestures. The familiarity with characters in “Hazel Eyes” is intimate and intriguing. The intensity of Tomine’s characters is at once striking and relatable, undoubtedly due to the effective combination of prose and images. This anthology showcases the best feature of graphic novels: the creation of an alternate reality through the synthesis of written and visual components. The characters have depth and intricacies that are intrinsically human. With graphic novels, the pictures are as important as the words.


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April 21, 2010

Laddie Trees Chases New England Record in Javelin By DANIEL LITKE Staff Writer

Laddie Trees ’11 broke his own school record of 166.5 feet by throwing 196 feet, just five feet shy of the New England record, on April 10, 2010. Last spring, in his first-ever track season, Trees was chosen on a whim to fill a vacant position in the javelin throw. In only two throws, Trees stunned his coaches, teammates, and many others as his newlydiscovered talent took flight. “The first [throw] was a flop,” said Trees, “but the second one was about 140 feet.” Without any formal technique training and with only a few practice throws, Trees had already qualified for the New England championship by throwing over 120 feet. “That just doesn’t happen,” said javelin coach Conrad Pitcher. “The guys who throw that distance have been throwing for five or six years,” he added. Mr. Pitcher and Co-coach Mark Ott acknowledge Trees’ athleticism as the reason he has had such success in such a small amount of time. “He has a unique combination of flexibility, quickness, and strength,” said Dr. Ott, “and he instinctually has the right form.” “He’s about as natural a javelin thrower as you can find,” added Mr. Pitcher. Trees’ natural throwing ability has been tested before. He

played baseball for much of his life, sometimes playing pitcher— although he admits he had some “accuracy problems.” With further instruction on javelin technique over his first season, along with his natural talent, Trees was able to throw 166.5 feet at the New England championship meet on May 15, 2009 —enough to land him second place in New England and claim the school record. This year, “I’m throwing even farther,” says Trees. “I hope I have a shot [at winning the New England championship] since I didn’t lose by much last year.” Aside from significant individual achievements, Trees’ presence on the team has also been a catalyst for a stronger overall javelin program. “Laddie is a great teacher; he has a great attitude and he always tries to help [his teammates],” said Dr. Ott. “His attitude has drawn in more people to throw the javelin.” Dr. Ott said that javelin throwers, Rico Welch ’10 and Rajab Curtis ’12 often “try to compete with Laddie,” and have improved and may score significant points for the team this year greatly because of Trees’ presence. As the new track and field season kicks off, Trees is also trying his hand at long jumping, hurdling, and pole-vaulting. There is no telling if Trees will have a similar influence on these other events, but as Dr. Ott put it, “he’s going to be fun to watch.”

Sarah Cox Laddie Trees practices his throw in a late March practice.

New and Improved Softball Steps Up Game By MARLY MORGUS Staff Writer

On the first day of softball practice, nineteen girls arrived on the field ready to play. After the first cuts in two seasons, the girls’ team now fields a roster of fifteen, eight of whom are new students, seven of whom are freshman. Many people have been surprised to hear of the reform the team has undergone. Previously, the girls’ softball team, although playing at the varsity level, cared more about having fun during practice than working hard and winning games. Last year, the girls went 2-10. This season, with cuts being made and a higher level of intensity added to each practice, the team has transformed itself into one dedicated to improving their overall skills and abilities. One major difference between

this year’s mentality is how they practice. “We run. A lot,” said senior Shaye Horn ’10. A typical practice begins with a warm-up of Indian sprints, followed by stretching and a toss. From there, the girls take softtoss, a hitting drill where one person lightly tosses the ball to the batter–“a great way to practice good hitting fundamentals,” said shortstop Jackie Tavella ’11. Practices then are divided between infielders and outfielders so that both can practice their positions. Despite the team’s recent setback with the injury of Anna Pettee ’13, who was hit in the head with a softball, the team remains excited and hopeful about the year. “It seems like a promising season and we have a great team; we are all excited to see what happens,” said Flora Donovan ’12.

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Attackman Christian Walsh ’10 chases a KUA defender in an early boys’ varsity lacrosse home game. The team is currently ranked number 1 in the nation among all high school lacrosse teams and is looking to defend its fourth straight New England Championship.

Small Coxwains Play Big Role By CLAIRE HUTCHINS Staff Writer

There is nothing but a silent tension that stretches between the six boats lined up at the starting position. Before the start of a crew race, the brawn of the teams sits nervously silent as the official’s countdown begins. The brains of the operation, the coxswains, sit calm and focused as they repeat the race-plan one more time to their teammates. The coxswain’s body is hidden in the bow of the boat with just his head peeping out as he faces the course ahead of him. He grips the steering in his lap as the weeks of training and practice whirl through his head. The official’s speakers blare the word “ROW,” shattering the river’s silence as six different coxswains call for power and strength. Coxswains are members of the crew team who, because of their small frames, fit into the front of each boat to steer, direct, and control the course of each rowing event. Despite being the smallest

members of the crew teams, the coxswains have by far the most difficult and important jobs in racing and practice each day. “You’re an extension of the coach,” said girls’ coxswain Elizabeth Wood ’10. “Since there’s no coach in the boat, it’s up to you out on the water to relay their instructions to the team.” Coxswains’ main goals include keeping the boat on a straight course while racing and keeping their rowers motivated and focused in situations of extreme exhaustion. “I know they’re tired and I can feel their energy slipping, but my job is to push them to go beyond what they think they can accomplish as rowers,” said boys’ coxswain Whitney Nudo ’10. It is also crucial to the outcome of the race that coxswains adhere to the coaches’ race plan, “You need to stick to the plan. but you also need to be able to think on your feet and adapt to the setting of the race. You need to know your rowers well and what it takes for them to win,” girls’ coxswain Liz Earle ’10. affirmed.

Technically, the coxswain’s job is to make sure every single stroke pulled in the boat is perfectly synchronized. To accomplish this, coxswains have “calls,” or specific sets of directions that last for the duration of about ten strokes. Boys’ coxswain Thomas Earle ’12 said, “I make calls, or ‘technical tens,’ to keep my rowers focused on specific aspects of rowing, like catching the water together and finishing each stroke at the same time.” To gain the trust and respect needed to control their teammates, the coxswains create a unique bond with member of their boat. “You need to show them that you are confident in yourself and willing to work as hard as them to gain their respect,” said boys’ coxswain Alfonso Velasco ’11. “You get a possessive feeling over the girls in your boat,” added girls’ coxswain Audrey Cho ’11. “Once things start to click and everyone pulls together, that’s when an automatic connection is made and things really start to happen.”

WHAT 2 WATCH 4 Girls’ Water Polo vs. Andover and Choate (5/01) Girls’ Lax vs. Hotchkiss (5/01) Softball vs. Williston (4/24) Girls’ Tennis vs. Hotchkiss (4/24) Track vs. Choate (5/01) Boys’ Lax vs. Salisbury (5/12) Baseball vs. Choate (4/21) Boys’ Tennis vs. Hotchkiss (5/05)

Deerfield Scroll: April 21, 2010  

Deerfield Academy's student run newspaper

Deerfield Scroll: April 21, 2010  

Deerfield Academy's student run newspaper