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Celebrating Tom Heise’s 28 Years

May 24, 2017

State of the Academy Joshua Fang

Associate Editor

Ines Bu

Sarah Jane O’Connor News Editor

After 28 years as a dedicated member of Deerfield’s faculty, Mr. Thomas Heise will retire from teaching at the end of this academic year. While at Deerfield, Mr. Heise has taught a wide range of history courses, including US History,

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American Studies, Western Civilization, Africa and Latin America, as well as a wide range of senior history electives, including this year’s American Empire class and a course on the local history of Deerfield. He also spearheaded the design of a number of Deerfield history courses, most notably Modern Times, which is currently offered to seniors.

Mr. Heise values the opportunities Deerfield has provided to design his own history courses, stating, “As a teacher, the conditions you have in a classroom to teach the way that you believe is right are pretty special.” Mr. Heise has served as chair of the History Department twice and Continued on Spread, p. 8

Macron Wins French Election Shreyas Sinha Staff Writer

On May 7, 2017, France elected former French Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry Emmanuel Macron, over National Front Party President Marine Le Pen to serve as the next President of France. Macron, founder of his party, En Marche!, stood out in the election as a centrist and liberal, a strong contrast to his opponent Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right party. Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founded the National Front party and is notorious for his antisemitic beliefs. While leader of the party, Jean-Marie proposed deporting three million immigrants,

and denied the existence of the Holocaust. Le Pen eventually expelled her father from the party for his controversial statements, and steered the party away from anti-semitism. The French election caught the world’s eye as many claimed it could determine the future of the European Union. The United Kingdom, in 2016, voted to leave the EU, a decision Le Pen strongly agreed with. If she were elected as President, Le Pen stated that she would withdraw France from the “eurozone” and implement a new currency for the country, and while she didn’t want a full “Frexit,” she suggested to negotiate to restore French sovereignty under the EU. However, although Presidentelect Macron is a strong supporter

of the EU, it is worth understanding why such anti-EU sentiment is growing in Europe. Continued on News, p. 4

Staff Writer

On Thursday, April 20, the sound of scissors snipping and razors buzzing radiated through the dining hall foyer. Students and faculty alike ran their hands

over their heads with surprise and laughter on their faces. Over three hundred people crowded around waiting for their turn. For every head shaved, or at least four inches of hair cut off, the Hale family donated 1,000 dollars to the DanaFarber Cancer Institute to benefit

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pancreatic cancer research. Brett Hale ’18 explained that since her grandfather passed away from pancreatic cancer, her family has been passionate about raising awareness about the devastating disease. Brett said that her family started the Saving by Shaving initiative in hopes of involving “as many people as possible in fighting this lethal disease.” Brett observed that the event brought the whole school together. After noticing the event’s success at Deerfield two years ago, the Hale family wanted to organize the event again this year. “Everyone was in such high spirits after, and I think for the people who participated in the event we all felt connected to each other through our hair. It has always helped to comfort people Continued on News, p. 4

To take two AP exams or to take seven? This is a decision that many rising juniors and seniors must make during the spring term. In the end, many resort to taking a healthy number of APs, but quite a few decide to take more than necessary through self-studying for classes that they might not even be interested in. And why? From what I’ve discerned, there are two reasons students often self-study: either to have an edge during the college process or out of pure curiosity. The college process is a game of cleverness and luck. To try to be the “best fit” for a certain college is a goal that many Deerfield students chase. And we often get lost in the game of trying to appear as perfect as we can. That’s almost undeniable. For example, student A would much rather turn in a 36 on the ACT than a 20. Why? Because from a young age, we are told from everyone around us to be the best version of ourselves and to put our best foot forward. And that’s when the game

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“Strive for the top that you can get into or accomplish,” she said. “But know when you are reaching your limits and you are... getting discouraged and worn out. Know that none of that is worth it.” Dr. Luthar cited these pressures as a primary cause in internalizing symptoms such as anxiety and depression. “If you find yourself crying into your pillow or being exhausted or, God forbid, saying you will hurt yourself, reach out for help and stop it. Pull back… You’ll get into some college. I went to Delhi University.” The most common reported cause of pressure to get into college was ‘self,’ with more than eighty percent of students citing moderate to strong pressure. The next most common cause was ‘parents.’ Continued on News, p. 4

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gets tricky - when you have to be yourself yet still find ways to win. Although we hear that we should showcase the best version of ourselves to colleges, we also have to keep in mind that the best version of ourselves is a happy version. If a Deerfield student is taking two AP exams and is kind, empathetic, inclusive, and most importantly, happy, then he/she will be much more successful in the long run compared to students taking seven APs, neglecting their personal happiness, and spending time with their noses in prep books, with their happiness correlating only to grades or test scores—material accomplishments. Is prestige more important than happiness? As for the college process, I believe that promoting different sides of a student is more valuable than just promoting his or her academic track. For example, showcasing personal skills, such as personality and self-awareness, rather than how many facts one can cram for an AP, only to lose the Continued on Opinion, p. 2

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To Study or Not To Study

Deerfield Combats Cancer

Lillia Brooker

On February 9, world-renowned psychologist and researcher Dr. Suniya Luthar came to Deerfield to administer a comprehensive survey to the student body. For almost an hour, students gathered by grade to answer questions about all aspects of life at our school. Similar surveys have been conducted by several other New England boarding schools such as Phillips Andover and Phillips Exeter. While these other schools conducted 9.6% their studies in-house, Deerfield’s study was overseen by Dr. Luthar, Foundation 32.3% Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Professor Emerita at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Having received numerous accolades and authored many papers, Dr. Luthar focuses her work on helping teens build resilience in the face of the many stressors in their lives. “I stumbled upon this finding quite by accident, that kids in highly achieving schools are more at risk of depression and anxiety and substance abuse,” Luthar recalled. During this May’s Family Weekend, Dr. Luthar returned to Deerfield to present the results to the Deerfield community. Overall, she found results consistent with other boarding schools where she had previously conducted a similar survey. “My biggest take is, as with every other high-achieving school, there is a disproportionate number of kids here who are depressed and anxious,” Luthar said. “The very

good news is that Deerfield and the other boarding schools are better than day schools in other parts of the country. And I was surprised by this.” When asked if they felt unhappy, sad, or depressed, 32.3% of students responded ‘Somewhat True’ and 9.6% of students responded ‘Very True.’ Dr. Luthar spoke out against the constant pressures placed on students to perform, especially the pressure to get into a top college.

Athlete of the Issue: Lily Fauver ’17



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The Deerfield Scroll

Opinion and Editorial Letter From the Editors Deerfield Scroll Dear Reader,

Vol. XCII, No. 2

Editors-in-Chief Jillian Carroll and Kevin Chen Opinion & Editorial Editor Kiana Rawji

Spread Editor Karen Tai

News Editor Sarah Jane O’Connor

Online Editor Simon Lam

Buzz Editor Uwa Ede-Osifo

Associate Online Editor John Chung

Features Editor Maya Hart

Associate Photography Editor Britney Cheung

Arts & Entertainment Editor Doris Zhang

Associate Graphics Editor Hannah Kang

Sports Editor Alli Norris

Associate Editors Julia Angkeow Joshua Fang Adeliza Grace Yingtong Guo Nadia Jo Orlee Marini-Rapoport Fatima Rashid Thomas Song

Photography Editor Roopa Venkatraman Graphics Editor Claire Zhang Layout Editor Ines Bu

Advisors Julianne Schloat and Anna Gonzales 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 is published eight times yearly. Opinion articles with contributors’ names attached represent only the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial board.

Stop Serving, Start Engaging Board Editorial

As Commencement grows ever nearer, we urge you simply to enjoy these last few days and thank everyone who has made a positive impact on your life, no matter how big or small. To the Class of 2017, we thank you for leaving a positive mark on this campus and wish you the best as you pursue your passions and embark on new adventures. All the best, Kevin Chen and Jillian Carroll Editors-in-Chief P.S. We would also like to thank Karen Tai for her tireless work during layout week and helping the new board smoothly transition into their roles. :)

Is Self-Studying for APs Healthy? Fatima Rashid Associate Editor

Continued from Front information a week later, is a more holistic and well-preserved case. Instead of taking two extra APs, why not get involved with other activities to better yourself and your community? One can take part in community service, join a club, read a book, or even spend a few extra hours sleeping. If those two APs are of genuine interest, then by all means, study. But if they’re not, then what’s the point? I personally do not see the value in staying up three extra hours every night to study for an AP on a subject that I hate. If one’s desire to stay awake is so strong, then it’s better to spend that time doing good for the entire community. The pursuit of knowledge should not be a selfish action. It should be selfless: I believe that it is every person’s duty to do something positive, meaningful, and/or impactful with the knowledge that they attain in their lives. Although there are times when, as students, we have to take classes we don’t love, our entire schedules

should not revolve around things that we lack true interest in. This year, during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day workshop, I overheard a senior say that your daily life should serve you and your interests and that you shouldn’t be a slave to your schedule. It does more harm than good to spend seven periods and countless hours afterwards focusing on things you have no care for. Social pressure has a large influence on a Deerfield student. If a person’s friends are taking twice as many APs as him/her, then he/she might feel the pressure to take more. But it is important to remember that everyone is his/her own person. Everyone is unique. Everyone has something different going for him/her, whether that be music, sports, or research. It is important to remember that everyone has different goals and friends should not make their friends feel bad for not taking more or less APs. It’s a personal matter. I understand that junior year is said to be the hardest year at Deerfield. But that doesn’t mean that we have to

perpetuate how hard and “dark” it supposedly is. Our time is what we make of it. And if we are not happy with how we spend our time, then we need to change something. Yes, it is important to challenge ourselves and open our minds to classes we’ve never taken before, as it helps us grow. But at the same time, it is also imperative to save time for the other activities that we love. And that is something that our friends and peers should be supportive of. We need to learn how to be content with what works for us as individuals and stop comparing ourselves to each other. Hannah Kang

Today, college has become closely associated with competition. At Deerfield, students of already incredibly high caliber are competing to be the biggest fish in the ocean. Here, even the smallest things become a competition because many of those small things we do are for the purpose of getting into a top university. Healthy competition is great: it pushes us to be the best we can possibly be. But in the words of John D. Rockefeller, “Unhealthy competition is a sin.” Students at prep schools vie for spots in colleges and many will do whatever it takes to get there, whether that means starting a club just to talk about it in an interview or participating in community service just to beef up a resume. It seems that there is a major flaw in the college application process: as certain schools get more and more selective, applicants become more and more susceptible to empty commitments. Deerfield students are known to overextend themselves as it is, taking rigorous courses and participating in both co-curricular and extracurricular activities throughout the school year. Yet some are still trying to knock the rest out of the field, to rise up to be the cream of the crop. To some extent, we all fall prey to this competitive spirit, but when we let competition and comparison consume us, we lose sight of what really matters: the invaluable opportunity to make a real difference. These opportunities that Deerfield students have to make an impact are often seen as mere stepping stones to college. Many students will travel on a service trip, attend a conference, or take advantage of any of the countless opportunities we are offered but then never speak of or act on what they learned afterwards. Unfortunately, it seems that many do it just to say they did it, not for the sole purpose of affecting positive change in the world. But we can make an impact, starting with the slightest alterations. One of our peer schools, Phillips Academy Andover, recently made an amendment to their community service department. Instead of using the word “service,” which has come to negatively connote obligation, they now use the word “engagement.” This change might seem minor, but it can have a major impact on the overall outlook of the department and its participants. Instead of looking upon service as a duty, as something students have to do because their school or college advisor tells them to, students are encouraged to look upon “engagement” as an opportunity: an opportunity not to increase your appeal as a college applicant, but as an oppurtunity to appreciate and give back to a community that does nothing but give to you. When you help others for the purpose of helping yourself, nobody is really being helped at all. What most overlook as they go through the motions of “helping others” and “doing good” is why they are helping. If true interest and enthusiasm do not drive our actions, then our accomplishments, regardless of how seemingly great they may be, lose meaning. We might receive an award or a title but we will not have received it for the right reasons: we will not truly have been a catalyst for the greater good. As philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel said, “Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” With these words, we advise you to find your passion, foster and explore it. Find something or even a few things that you genuinely take interest in, and run with them. Don’t just go through the motions: do things that mean something to you. In the end, our achievements, our legacies will be measured not by the colleges that we got into, but by Lynnette Jiang the positive and productive impact that we had on the world around us.

Oh, how time flies! The 20162017 school year is rapidly coming to an end, and that means saying goodbye to the incredible Class of 2017. This class has gracefully embodied their theme “Fam17y” by reaching out and touching the lives of many members of the younger classes. As members of the Class of 2018, we hope that our class will follow suit and continue to emphasize the familial atmosphere on this campus. Along with the Class of 2017, we bid farewell to a number of faculty and staff members who have left their mark on Deerfield through their commitment both in and out of the classroom.

Among these departing faculty members is History Teacher Mr. Thomas Heise, who is retiring from Deerfield after 28 years of riveting discussions and thought-provoking assignments. Throughout his time here, he has deeply impacted the lives of his students and has shaped them into thoughtful citizens of the world. This year, both of us have had the tremendous privilege of taking his Honors U.S. History class. Without a doubt, we and all his former students will deeply miss his “good for you’s”, witty sense of humor, and unwavering commitment and compassion. To all members of the Deerfield community, we know that goodbyes can be difficult.

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Rethinking Memorial Day at DA Doris Zhang

Arts & Entertainment Editor My perception of America changed a little when I came to Deerfield last year. Before then, all I knew about this country of which I am a citizen came from my American teachers and classmates, TV shows, and its occasional mentioning in the Chinese news. It was an odd experience, seeing the flag on every house, a church on every corner: life seemed to be a little different here. However, after almost a year of being immersed in these differences, it seemed that I had accepted them as normal. But my new cultural shock came earlier than I thought it would: on Memorial Day. I remember it was the day after Commencement, the seniors had left, and the campus felt just slightly empty. I hadn’t thought about it much. For me, it was a Monday that didn’t need a 7:30 AM alarm, a day without too much work or stress. All I had to do was show up to a series of events for approximately 2 hours. That’s it. Done. I could do the same this year, simply go through the motions one more time and call it a day. But the more I thought about it, the more it didn’t make sense to me. If US history and common sense had

taught me anything, it was that war helps no one and can often be avoided if falsely perceived nationalism and exceptionalism have not pervaded the country. But on Memorial Day, we celebrate the “heroes” who willingly or unwillingly gave their lives to the wars that helped no one. We recount the unfortunate deaths of US soldiers overseas: World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the list goes on. We do not remember or attribute the slightest significance to those who died on the other side of the battlefield. After all, it was their own fault for standing in the way of democracy and liberty. At its core, Memorial Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors all the American soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. However, such a premise cannot stand under a system of American imperialism abroad that has ruined the lives of many. Those who died in Vietnam did not die an honorable death after participating in the systematic massacre of civilian lives and the destruction of entire villages. No, they were young men who were oblivious, desperate, or in support of the government’s immorality. To the country, their deaths should not be an excuse to hold parades and celebrations but rather, they should serve as a

reminder of the horrors of war and imperialism. At Deerfield, we often celebrate ourselves as inclusive, understanding, and diverse. In the dining hall, we have 35 flags for the 35 different countries represented in the student body. We tell ourselves that this is inclusion, that we embrace difference, but when we celebrate Memorial Day, it seems like we forget that some of our students’ home countries have suffered through war because of American soldiers. As a global community, we know that nationalism and imperialism cannot be the future of this country. Yet, we are forced to come together to observe a day that glorifies such crimes committed in the name of patriotism. Why? Why must we, as a community, conform to a nationwide tradition without stopping to think about the fundamental ideological reasons behind it? Don’t we have something better to do with our time? On May 29, 2017, instead of mindlessly gathering to celebrate Memorial Day, we can learn about the wars, about this country’s rights and wrongs, and how, as future leaders, we can prevent such atrocities from happening.

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The Real World After Deerfield: Are We Really Prepared?

Stop Walking on the Grass!

Zahra Rawji ’15

Yingtong Guo

Contributing Writer

Associate Editor


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After the school bell signals the end of a period, we hastily cram our books into our bags, rush out of the classrooms, and squeeze our way through the clogged paths to the buildings where our next classes take place. Every extra minute we waste on “travel time” will earn us a frown from our next teacher and stain our attendance record with two more APs. It’s in moments like these that the temptation to take a shortcut across the grass straight to our destination begins to grow. Let’s weigh the pros and cons of giving in to this temptation. While cutting across the grass brings us faster to where we need to be, doing so won’t save us more than a minute on a campus like Deerfield’s, where school buildings are clustered relatively close together. The one minute we do save, however, comes at a high cost. By trampling on the tender shoots that have just sprouted from recently planted seeds, we crush the soil in which they’re growing. In turn, the denser soil exerts a pressure on the seedling cells that the developing cell walls can’t support. Although it’s true that, thanks to its remarkable resilience, some grass can thrive under the weight of our feet, it stands no chance against consistent damage. Unfortunately, the most efficient path between two locations on campus often requires us to walk across the grass. And if we continue to use it like a real path, we will transform it into one in no time, carving out a long, soil-brown scar on Deerfield’s lush, green lawn. This would be especially unfortunate around the time of Commencement, when we ideally want our campus to look its best. Even if, for some of us, the beauty of our campus doesn’t occupy a high place on our list of priorities, we should still take a minute to consider all the time and effort that the Physical Plant has invested in making sure that every seedling grows in the right place, receives the right amount of water and nutrients, and sprouts at the right time. Instead of nature’s work, we should remember that each of these seedlings is the result of professional human care, which we have no right to destroy. As hard-working Deerfield students, we can imagine too well what it would feel like if our teachers gave us an F on the paper we’ve been mulling over all week. Meanwhile, the Physical Plant has been tending our grass fields for months. When we stomp all over these fields, we’re giving their work the equivalent of the abhorred F that none of us wants to receive on a paper. Many of us used to be chronic grasscrossers, including myself. However, after the Physical Plant’s repeated requests that we change the bad habit, we can’t keep pretending that we’re unaware of the trouble we’re causing them when we ravage our campus. Nevertheless, when we see others tread on forbidden ground, we let their actions dictate our own and proudly trail behind them, reasoning that the option the crowd chooses must be a safe one, if not a right one. Subconsciously, most of us know that following the crowd doesn’t justify our individual decisions, but right and wrong no longer matter when we’re guaranteed that the crowd will take on the burden of our responsibility for those decisions. As proven by many students and faculty members who have reminded us to stay off the grass over the past few weeks, our community members still hold some respect for the work of the Physical Plant as well as for our environment and its role in the Deerfield experience. If all of us just go the extra mile to do the same, we will see our collaborative effort reflected in a greener campus.

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At the end of my senior year at Deerfield, I felt as prepared as I could be for college. I’d lived away from home for three years and had challenged myself at an academically rigorous institution. But as soon as I stepped foot onto my college’s campus, I reverted to my first few days at DA. Suddenly, my three years of preparation went out the window. I quickly became nervous, timid, and overwhelmed by my unfamiliar surroundings. It was an entirely new environment: it was scary, yet at the same time, exciting. I was the new kid again, with hundreds of other new students, all with incredible stories to share and adventures to begin. My classmates come from all walks of life—some undocumented immigrants, some refugees from Syria, and some the children of Wall Street titans. Sure, I was prepared for a more intense workload, and I was more disciplined with my work than many others who were still adjusting to life away from home and learning to manage their own time. But what I was not prepared for were the many conversations about salient issues or interesting events in the world. I could talk at length about my senior English elective on African American voices, but I could not confidently engage in debates about the geopolitical climate in the UK or the political origins of terrorism in Egypt or offer any pointed perspectives because honestly, I didn’t know enough about these matters. Moreover, I didn’t have the necessary skillset to evaluate a current issue and form a coherent point of view on it. I didn’t realize it while at Deerfield, but I had bought into a crowd mentality—a norm of living that I am no longer accustomed to, after having gone through two years of college. Deerfield is an incredible place

with incredibly talented students, but it is worth noting that the majority of students, although not all, grow up relatively well-off, when compared to the average American teenager. The small student body as a whole has a seemingly homogenous take on issues that surround it: the school has historically been relatively conservative, albeit this is a generalization that does not apply to certain

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minorities of students. This combined with the fact that, in high school, we are young, impressionable kids allows us to get sucked into the group mentality. The community you grow up in, especially if it is an isolated one like DA, provides a foundation for your worldview. And if you ever feel that your opinion opposes the majority opinion in that community, it is harder to speak up. At least this was the case for me. For example, when the Charlie Hebdo conflict occurred in 2015 (my senior year at Deerfield), I didn’t speak out about it, even though I could have had a unique voice on the matter, especially being a Muslim. I felt strongly about it but I didn’t

know how to coherently and logically convey my feelings. At the same time, I was scared to challenge predominant (yet sometimes misguided and uninformed) positions. Similarly, when Deerfield students started hosting Greer chats when I was at DA, I always knew I wanted to say something but I didn’t know how to without letting my emotions overshadow my reasoning. I didn’t know how to handle a debate without it becoming a shouting match. Deerfield should prepare us for reallife conversations, but this preparation shouldn’t only take the form of teacher-led discussions or rigid, planned class debates. Controversial conversations should be organic: we should be able to have these kinds of conversations naturally, in the dorms or when walking on the pathways to class, which is what I have found happens in college. But in order for this to happen, we first have to learn how not to be offended by differing opinions, how to disagree without getting defensive. We need to be able to have informed opinions based in fact and logic, so that emotion and judgement do not undermine productive conversation. Deerfield did an excellent job preparing me for the academic world but not so much for the real world, for the interactions that count. That’s what really matters in life, and I wish I had more exposure to that as a high school student. It certainly seems that DA is heading in that direction with the Global Studies and the Inclusion departments, but it needs to take a bigger step in stimulating conversation and teaching its students how to be critical but respectful and how to develop and articulate informed opinions. Students also have a key role to play in driving this change. Now is the time to develop these skills so that the shock does not set students back once they step outside of high school.

100 Days of Trump, 100 Days of...? Orlee Marini-Rapoport Associate Editor

Regular readers of The Scroll may wonder how articles get assigned. Sometimes a writer has an idea for an article and asks to write it. Sometimes an editor assigns articles to the writing staff. And sometimes, there’s an article that no one wants to touch with a 10-foot pole, but someone will inevitably point to the one writer who has shown an interest in the topic in the past. This is one of those times, and I am that writer. Full disclosure: I actually suggested this topic, but that doesn’t mean I actually wanted to be the person to write it. The topic of Trump’s first 100 days has been covered in virtually every way possible — 100 days of lies, 100 days of insanity, 100 days of failure. The editorials just keep coming, and it feels difficult to add something unique to this discussion. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 100 days (or, you know, just being a Deerfield student studying for your AP exams), Donald Trump’s presidency hasn’t gotten off to a great start. Since day one, he has attempted to strip women and immigrants and many other minority groups of their rights. He has continually attacked and attempted to defund Planned Parenthood. In his new healthcare plan, sexual assault may be considered a “preexisting condition.” He attempted the well-known “Muslim ban” and has made life harder in practically every way for

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immigrants living in the United States. What does it say about Trump if he is content stripping women of healthcare and splitting up families who have lived in the United States for as long as they can remember? Trump has picked fights with our allies, including Germany and Australia, and has jeopardized our fragile relationship with China and provoked North Korea. He has started ridiculous Twitter wars in the middle of the night. He has appointed people to head agencies whose beliefs are at odds with those agencies’ very purposes. He has hired his own family members as top advisors, a hallmark of authoritarian regimes. He has continually attacked members of the media, labeling anything that he doesn’t agree with as “fake news.” Who would have predicted that electing a reality T.V. star with no government experience to the highest office in the land would be such a disastrous idea? Along with problematic policy decisions Trump has made, his hypocrisy about how citizens should react to his first 100 days is striking. Over the years, Donald Trump has frequently used a president’s first 100 days in office to assess their effectiveness and talent. He criticized how “little” Obama had accomplished during his first 100 days in 2009, using this to discredit him as a president. Yet in late April, he said, “It’s a false standard, 100 days, but I have to tell you, I don’t think anybody has done what we’ve been able to do in 100 days, so we’re very happy.” In just one sentence, Trump both contradicted everything he once said

about the importance of a president’s first 100 days and then attempted to appeal to those people who will, in fact, judge him by his first 100 days. In fact, what’s remarkable about Trump’s first 100 days is the continuous contradictions between what he once said and what his actions now reveal. During the Obama administration, Trump tweeted dozens of times to attack Obama for golfing as president. Yet Trump went golfing 19 times during his first 100 days while Obama golfed only once during the same period. Ironically, Trump himself said in August 2016 that he was “going to be working for you… [and] not going to have time to play golf.” I guess he got that one wrong. His golfing obsession coupled with his frequent trips to Mar-a-Lago are costing taxpayers millions of dollars while he is cutting funding to necessary programs such as Meals on Wheels. But it’s not all doom and gloom. We, as citizens, do have a little bit of control and we have a duty, not just a right, to protest at this point in our country’s history. People across the country are jamming phone lines and leaving voicemails for their Congresspeople, Senators, the Secretary of State, the Department of Justice, and more. People are rising up and asking that GOP Congresspeople hold the Trump administration accountable for everything from the healthcare bill to the Russian hacking. We at Deerfield forget that we still have a voice and that even though many of us are not yet of voting age, words can matter.

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State of the Academy

Cancer Connection Lillia Brooker Staff Writer

Continued from Front who know loved ones fight cancer, and after [the event], they know they have a whole community supporting them,” Brett stated. This year, 356 people participated in the Saving by Shaving event, which raised $356,000 in total. Hale stated, “The fact that 356 people were willing to shave/cut their hair shows how special Deerfield is.” On April 27, DA gathered at the track for a Cancer Connection fundraising event. For every completed lap, one dollar was donated to Cancer Connection in Northampton, which helps individuals and families affected by cancer. Following the “survivor lap,” hundreds of students and faculty walked the track. Students in the Cancer Connection planning committee sold Richardson’s ice cream, with profits going to Cancer Connection. Games and raffles also took place. Lily Horowitch ’17, a student leader on the Cancer Connection committee, commented, “So many people at Deerfield have had loved ones affected by cancer and it is [a topic that is] close to everyone. Cancer can be hard for families and friends to deal with, and Cancer Connection provides a space for them to process everything. What is so special is

that all of their services are free.” The event raised awareness in addition to funds. Horowitch explained that the Cancer Connection event was their “only fundraiser [this year] because the [Center for Service and Global Citizenship] tries to focus more on awareness to stay away from people handing over their Greer cards without thinking about the cause.” Assistant Director of the CSGC Heather Wakeman also believes that community participation was crucial to raising awareness. The CSGC chose “a local organization so it could have more of that community engagement and personal feel.” At the event, Ms. Wakeman not only saw a “clarity of purpose,” but also “a lot of people enjoying themselves in the process.” In addition to the impacts both events had on cancer research and anyone affected by cancer, the events impacted the Deerfield community. Ms. Wakeman hoped that “students walk away...thinking about the questions ‘what is my purpose?’ and ‘what am I excited about?’ or ‘what problems or global issues do I want to contribute to solving?’” Ms. Wakeman believes that these events on campus prompted students to become “civically engaged and [think] about how and why to do so. [Civic engagement among students] is something I’m really passionate about and hope continues.”

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Anna Harvey ’18 and Rada Pavlova ’18 walk laps to raise money for Cancer Connection

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Continued from Front Dr. Luthar, who went to graduate school at Yale, warned students that big-name colleges do not guarantee enjoyable experiences. “[At Yale] there was just such an emphasis on achievement, [on] who’s publishing, who’s got an article published, when are you publishing, are you first author, second, to the point that when we graduated, they tried to do a reunion and no one showed up.” After moving from Yale to Columbia University, Dr. Luthar left the Ivy League for Arizona State University, citing a lack of warmth and a culture that didn’t suit her.

Seniors Address Sexual Assault Marco Marsans Staff Writer

On Tuesday, April 18, Deerfield Academy hosted Cindy Pierce, a leading social educator on sexuality and healthy relationships. Complemented by a prior showing of The Hunting Ground, Pierce’s speech aimed to prepare seniors for their next step, specifically by raising awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. Mrs. Caroline Savage, Associate Director of Admission, helped facilitate the talk and explained that by coupling Ms. Pierce’s talk with The Hunting Ground, which presents “a scary reality of what could and does happen on college campuses,” students were provided “with awareness and tools necessary again to navigate the social landscape in college.” Health Teacher and Peer Counseling Director Kristin Loftus and football coach Brian Barbato also supervised the event, which symbolized the administration’s continued efforts to educate seniors before they enter university. English Teaching Fellow Anna Gonzales ’12 commends the school on its willingness to promote discussion and tackle the issue of sexual assault. “When I was a student, conversations around issues of consent were limited to health

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Cindy Pierce, a social educator who teaches about topics from sexual consent to female anatomy, spoke at Deerfield in October 2015 and April 2017.

class, so it’s been encouraging to see more education on the topic,” Gonzales recounted. She continued, “There was no Deerfield Students Against Sexual Assault or even a Feminism club just four years ago, so it’s great that there are students doing work in those clubs in addition to the gender symposiums.” Mrs. Savage explained that Ms. Pierce’s visit “was really to prepare students for the college landscape and what to expect on college campuses in the fall in terms of sexual activity, drinking, and how those things can go handin-hand...it was taking a scary subject and giving seniors some tools to successfully navigate those waters.” President of Deerfield Students Against Sexual Assault Ellie Koschik ’17 attended the event and believed the administration’s invitation of Cindy Pierce was a positive

endeavor. Koschik particularly appreciated Pierce’s advice for exercising awareness when safety feels threatened: “read the room.” Koschik commented, “Awareness has definitely increased rapidly in the last few years; especially since the [St. Paul’s School sexual assault case]…all boarding schools have taken it more seriously.” Mrs. Savage emphasized that “No matter what a girl wears, what a girl says, or what vibe she gives off, she never deserves to be assaulted or violated. However, I thought [Ms. Pierce] heeded a very wise warning: that there will be someone in the room who doesn’t understand that, and you need to be aware that that someone is out there.” While seniors interpreted and valued Ms. Pierce’s symposium in different ways, the administration maintains its commitment to education of sexual assault.


The study will likely have an impact for many months to come. In the next several months, a group of students plans to fully disseminate the anonymous data and release the aggregated results online. Dr. Joshua Relin, Director of Counseling, stated he plans to return to the data in School Meeting early next year to discuss its implications. There is a trove of data to be analyzed, with 625 responses to almost 800 questions. Part of the reason the survey is so long is that each and every question has a purpose. In a school-wide census like this, there are bound to be outliers: joke answers, misclicks,

and the like. To verify valid data, the survey includes many questions on each topic that are all similar or linked. In this way, by checking for correlations in obvious places, Dr. Luthar and her team can ensure the data set is accurate and reliable. Dr. Luthar, along with many in the school, has high hopes for the survey’s impact on the school. She anticipates that the results, along with her story, will convince students to take a break from their constant lives of pressure and stress. “It’s about warmth,” she said thoughtfully. “Make time for it. Make sure you get it and you give it. Prioritize both.”

French Election Shreyas Sinha Staff Writer

Continued from Front Spencer Rosen ’18, a student from London, responded to this sentiment, stating, “Brexit was based on anti-immigration. People are playing off the fear of islamic radicalism, and people have seen incidents in Sweden, or France, or even in the UK. People are equating radicalists with immigrants.” Anti-immigration ideology dominated other recent European elections. During March 2017, Geert Wilders gained popularity in the Dutch election with antiIslamic, anti-immigrant rhetoric, proposing policies such as paying Muslim residents to leave the country. Wilders proposed leaving the EU in order to ensure less immigration. A similar shift was present in Denmark, where the New Right party proposed leaving the EU to further limit immigration. “It’s becoming a popular way for politicians to get new votes,” observed Angel Paes ’17, a Spanish post-graduate student. “They want to stop Syrian refugees because of a few uncorrelated incidents...They don’t want new people in their country.” Noah Lang ’18, also from Spain, described how the EU is advantageous from an economic point of view: “There is a ridiculous

amount of corruption... Because of this, Spain benefits from there being an EU.” Paes elaborated, “Some ‘populists’ in Spain, they wanted to leave the EU, because of the economics and debt. Now it’s all about immigration, not economics.” While both Le Pen and Wilders lost their elections, their ideologies still play a significant role in European politics, while the UK is still on track to leave the EU. Paes described the impact of shifting voter demographics, stating, “I think in the future Europe will become very conservative, very anti-immigrant. People don’t know the power they have, [so] they are just voting on impulses.” However, Rosen holds a more hopeful stance: “I see the EU in 15 years being stronger than it has been in the last 15 years. I believe that my generation believes firmly in Europe, and is going to restore the power of the EU.”

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Macron and Le Pen in a debate on May 3rd.

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10. This first prank involves former Sports Information Director and DirJoseph Morsman ’55. “He used to drive around in a little Volkswagen Bug,” math teacher Sean Keller recalled. “I believe a bunch of kids picked [his car] up and they carried it straight into the dining hall. Because if you get twenty people on one of those, you could carry it. It’s a really small car.” 9. One of Facility Services Manager at Physical Plant Tim Wondolowski’s favorite pranks was “One year when the senior class kept spreading rumors

about what they were going to do...they had security looking over their shoulders. They had administrators looking over their shoulders. It turned out that their class prank was no prank at all!” 8. Many pranks have involved Amie Creagh, former Dean of Students and currently the Assistant Head of School for Student Life. Last year, a group of seniors hired a mariachi band to follow Ms. Creagh for three hours straight. She even invited them to perform on stage at Wednesday school meeting. 7. Besides senior pranks, another popular senior tradition at Deerfield is the sacred “senior grass” that surrounds the Main School Building. This grass is reserved only for seniors. All other students must walk around the grass to the brick walkway in order to enter the building. One year, some particularly clever seniors placed sod down along the front walkway. As a result, no other students could access the building without treading on the newly formed “senior grass.” 6. One day in the 1980s, during the time of Headmaster Robert Kaufmann, everybody entering the main school building was greeted with a stunning sight: thousands and thousands of cups of water that spread across the floor of the building. “It took some coordination to do that,” said Mr. Wondoloski. “Nobody got hurt, nobody got disrupted. Everybody’s

emptying the cups of water into buckets. From the admissions office to the Caswell—door to door, eight-ounce cups of water.” The best part? The cups were all filled up and placed again the next day. 5. In past years, the faculty sat in the first three rows of the auditorium on the left and right. A small group of seniors went into the auditorium before the school meeting and undid the screws that were bolting the seats down on the floor. They took the seats and flipped them backwards so that the faculty seats were facing away from the stage, and bolted them back down. 4. One year the seniors really decided to leave their mark at Deerfield. They brought a cow on campus and led it into the Main School Building, easing it up the stairs until it was on the second floor. Mr. Keller explained, “Once you get a cow to the second floor, they don’t want to go down. They can go up, but going down is a different story.” 3. The black security vehicle is a familiar sight for all Deerfield

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students. How much was the vehicle worth? Last year, a group of seniors decided to find out. They posted a listing for the security vehicle on eBay and let the offers pour in. As an added twist, they posted Ms. Creagh’s cell phone number as the primary point of contact for information about the vehicle’s sale. 2. Certain items in everyday Deerfield life are commonplace yet crucial. Seniors emphasized this point when they collected all the silverware in the dining hall and hid it in a day student’s car. Come sit-down lunch, everyone had to eat with their hands – and the meal was none other than shepherd’s pie. 1. While the kidnapping of the ninth graders has become a regular senior prank, none were executed as smoothly and effectively as the original, which took place around fifteen years ago. Mr. Keller described, “We were a bit of a smaller school at the time, so there were fewer freshmen than there are now. They took them all at some early hour of the morning.” However, rather than sending the freshmen out to the Rock or some other far location, the seniors hid them right on campus in the basement of the Crow Commons. “The seniors provided orange juice and breakfast food. They simply closed the door and let the freshmen watch movies with their blankets and pillows. And there were signs all over campus that said, ‘Where are the freshmen?’”

“What has been your favorite memory here?” Fatima Rashid and Annie Ilsley Associate Editor and Staff Writer

“Late nights spent procrastinating with friends.” – Margot Genereux ’17

“Sophomore year when I got the chance to walk down the hill with my best friends, the bagpiper, and the tean it meant so much to me.”

“The pep rally this year was awesome. The cheerleaders are the best.” – Shai Lineberry ’17

– Jared Strauss ’17

“My friends and I have a tradition of staying in the dining hall late, running around until we’re laughing, falling, and singing at the podium.” – Sydney Williams ’17

Photos taken by Roopa Venkatraman, Bailyn Prichett, and Imani Goodridge. “My freshman fall, I was a part of Elements team. We did an overnight trip to Mt. Stratton, and hiked for 10 or so hours to the campsite. It was just a great time to talk and get to know our surrounding area.”

“Being supported by the entire Deerfield community was great when the swim team won New Englands.”

“Me, Naji, Vishawn, Kevin James, and Mamadou are constantly just chilling and cracking jokes on each other.”

– Madisen Siegel ’17

– Brandon Scott ’17

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Dear Margo, Rita, and Curtis, I don’t know what I am going to do next year without my proctors. They’re like older siblings to me. I am going to miss them so much. Sincerely, crowrat216 -Dear crowrat216, Ah, yes. The worst time of the year has come: graduation szn. It is time for the class of 2017 to leave the nest, to flap their wings, and to fly out into the real world. During this time we, as a school, often focus on the graduating class by paying tribute to their accomplishments… but let’s be real­ —graduation is mostly about the three remaining grades that will be ditched. Graduation for the ninth-graders, tenth-graders, and juniors alike, is similar to a bad breakup—it comes in 6 phases: Denial: At first you’ll pretend the class of 2017 isn’t leaving. It will all feel like a bad dream. This is okay, but will soon lead to a rude awakening. Anger: You’re going to be angry at your seniors for leaving you behind in the valley. Try to channel that by punching your bed pillow. Tears: You’re going to cry. A lot. Own it. ...More tears. Lots and lots of tears. Acceptance: Once the seniors have left campus, your pillow is bruised and beaten, and all your tears have dried, you will be forced to accept the fact that the seniors are gone. This phase comes with time. Finally, comes freedom: With each class that graduates, there is a new class of ninth-graders, brighteyed and bushy-tailed, ready to take on the Academy. So, channel your inner proctor and take good care of the newbies. For the class of 2018: Although the class of 2017 were never our proctors, they have been there right there beside us for every step of the way throughout our Deerfield careers. They’ve seen us at our worst (think freshmen, socially awkward, and painfully bold) and they’ve helped us to become our best. So now, as graduation creeps up on us, let’s bid the class of 2017 farewell. Take all the wisdom and knowledge they’ve passed down to us since our days when freshman/ sophomore halls ruled in 1 B.V. (before village) and honor the FAM17Y they created. For underclassmen: Speaking from experience, don’t try to hop in your proctor’s luggage. It does not, and will not work. Trust me, I’ve tried. Instead, I would recommend eating your sorrows away in the Greer. Don’t worry: we will always have Choate Day.







Cheers, Margo, Rita, and Curtis (P.S. To the class of 2017: This is not goodbye...it’s see you later.)


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Tarah Almonacy Northeastern University Jacqueline Alvarado-Perez Claremont McKenna College Derek Alvarez Dartmouth College Sabrina Alves University of Dallas Luca Basile College of the Holy Cross Lily Beaubien Smith College Lucy Beimfohr Georgetown University

Nathan Chong Military Service Columbia University Luke Crimmins Princeton University Jordan Crissy Princeton University Ian Crosby Denison University Mia Cuda Colgate University Thomas Denny Dale, Jr. Bucknell University Scott Danforth Trinity College

Hughes Benjamin University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Brian Davis University of Delaware

Devon Bierut New York University

Ramona Davis Davidson College

Maddie Blake University of Pennsylvania

Aiden Day Oberlin College

Mason Bonnie Georgetown University

Mimi deLisser Cornell University

William Briskin Wesleyan University

Cassie Deshong Williams College

Rhyan Brode Vanderbilt University

Robert Dewey Bates College

Max Bronckers University of Chicago

Sophia Do University of Southern California

Jackson Caputo Brown University

Teddy Donnelley University of Chicago

Theo Castellano-Wood Middlebury College

Matthew Donovan Fordham University

Lukasz Cegla Cornell University

Jonathan Donville Cornell University

Alaina Chen Georgetown University

Owen Downie Colgate University

Daulet Cheryazdanov Williams College

Sarah Du Princeton University

Ally Edwards Haverford College

Carl-Herman Grant Tufts University

Kevin James Trinity College

Ericka Ekhator Wesleyan University

Shane Graves Eckerd College

John Esposito University of Notre Dame

Jenna Greenbaum Colby College

Liam Jeon University of California Los Angeles

George Fair University of Southern California

Georgia Greene Boston College

Cole Fairman University of Maryland

Vishawn Greene Middlebury College

Danny Farr Colby College

Kathryn Grennon College of William and Mary

John D. Farris University of St. Andrews

Alexander Guo Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Daniella Faura Tufts University Lily Fauver Dartmouth College Acassia Ferguson Stanford University Giacomo Ferragamo Georgetown University Danny Finnegan United States Naval Academy Ellie Friends Bates College Harry Gahagan Williams College Jacob Gallehdari Johns Hopkins University Marguerite Généreux Dartmouth College Tim Gerber Dartmouth College Caroline Goguen Trinity College Imani Goodridge Franklin and Marshall College Nia Goodridge Wellesley College

Aditya Jha Cornell University Freddie Johnson Harvard University Gordon V. Johnson Princeton University Mohamed Yaser Kadry Tufts University Alexander Kaminsky Columbia University

Katherine Hadley Boston University

Brittany Kane Colby College

Chad Haggerty Trinity College

Wiggle Kerbrat Junior Hockey

Thomas Hale Brown University

Aerin Kim Carnegie Mellon University

Meghan Halloran Williams College

Celine Kim Cornell University

Perry Hamm Bowdoin College

Lucas Kim Yale University

Patrick Han Cornell University

Logan Knight New York University

Dallas Hobbs Washington State University

Ellie Koschik Brown University

Lily Horowitch Brandeis University

Ivan Kosyuk Boston University

Penelope Hough Northwestern University

Billy Lahart Bates College

William Hrabchack Cornell University

Sharif Legree Assumption College

Celia Hurvitt Gap Year Wesleyan University

Nick Leone Cornell University

Naji Jackson University of Miami

Xander Li Carnegie Mellon University

Class of 2017!

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Shailyn Lineberry University of Denver

Robert D. Mollo University of Texas

Annie Roberts Yale University

Zykeem Sims Monmouth University

William Ughetta Princeton University

Steve Lively University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

William Morgan Brown University

Kaleb Robinson Sarah Lawrence College

Sally Sirothphiphat Carleton College

Ellie Uhl Boston College

Katie Morse Tulane University

Winston Rossetter Trinity College

Tom Slack Harvard University

Samuel Vigneault Hamilton College

Cameron Desaix Munn University of Pennsylvania

William Sanford Darmouth College

Izzy St. Arnault McGill University

Katherine von Weise Bucknell Uniersity

Virginia Murphy Princeton University

Evan Santos Emmanuel College

Nathaniel Steele Harvard University

Uno Wait Cornell University

Dylan Nagle Tulane University

Will Santos Emmanuel College

Jared Strauss Willilams College

Ashley Wang University of Chicago

Zakiya Newman Lewis & Clark College

Griffin Sarachek Cornell University

Ted Sullivan University of Denver

Annabel Nottebohm Trinity College

Sevrin Sarachek Columia University/Sciences Po

Jeffrey Sun University of Virginia

Lindsay Warger Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst/ Tulane University

Skyler Nuelle University of Virginia

John Sawyers Hamilton College

William Suter University of Notre Dame

Alina O’Brien Duke University

Shelby Scarborough Dickinson College

Kaycie Sweeney Brown University

Gillian O’Connor Middlebury College

Brandon Scott Central Connecticut State University

Hannah Swinerton Rhodes College

Hunter Long Boston College Valerie Ma Georgetown University Duncan Mackay Washington and Lee University Kalina Majercak Georgetown University Anthony Mancini Connecticut College Jackson Mannix Union College Justin Masella Colby College Hollis McLeod Georgetown University Audrey McManemin Duke University Adeleke McMillan Gap Year in France Miles Menafee Stanford University Olivia Messina College of the Holy Cross Bobby Meyer Amherst College Daniel Michelson University of Pennsylvania Ireland Miessau University of Rhode Island Tessa Mills University of Pennsylvania Jacqueline Minor University of Southern California

Ángel Paes Universidad de Valladolid Caroline Pappas Georgetown University Richard Sang Yoon Park Yale University Robert Parker Amherst College Tendayi Peyton Wellesley College Louise Polk University of San Diego Seth Reinhard University of Michigan Felicia Renelus Brown University Justin Rivers Williams College

Andrew Shea Trinity College Anya Shevzov-Zebrun Tufts University Reid Shilling Amherst College Jiwon Shin University of Southern California Will Shuhda University of Virginia Rachel Shuman Boston University Madisen Siegel Columbia University Francis Simmons Tufts University

Karen Tai Yale University Meg Targett Dartmouth College Helena Tebeau Swarthmore College

Elizabeth Wenners College of the Holy Cross Jerrin Whiteman Montana State University Robbie Williams Georgetown University Sydney Williams Columbia University Jack Wood Duke University Flaura Xia Parsons School of Design

Ethan Thayumanavan Washington University in St. Louis

Alina Xu University of California Los Angeles

Maddie Thies Bowdoin College

Mamadou Yattassaye Columbia University

Griffin Thomas Yale University Aliana Thomas-Adams Middlebury College Tai Thongtai Swarthmore College Cameron Thrasher University of Virginia

The students listed above reported their matriculation results to the The Scroll. Not all students responded with their results; thus, not all members of the Class of 2017 are included.

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DEPARTING FACULTY Deerfield Bids Farewell to Beloved History Teacher Tom Heise Sarah Jane O’Connor News Editor

Continued from Front coached Varsity and JV boys soccer throughout his time at DA. He also acted as the faculty chair for “Imagine Deerfield,” a 2009 strategic plan for Academy development. According to its online reports, Imagine Deerfield served as “the Academy’s most ambitious fundraising campaign to date, designed to ensure that our students continue to have the best resources and opportunities available—and to provide new programs and initiatives that will secure our place as a leading secondary school.” When introducing the plan, Mr. Heise described its ultimate purpose, stating “The world calls to people who are flexible, broadly knowledgeable, interested and skilled, able to learn and grow, and generous of heart. The Imagine Deerfield plan, our response to that call, is the course we will follow to ensure that Deerfield continues to graduate students who serve the world nobly and well.” Mr. Heise’s legacy at Deerfield can be easily measured through his deep influence on history students.

Logan Knight ’17, who recently took American Empire and is a current student in Mr. Heise’s Freedom Summer to Ferguson elective, described Mr. Heise’s impact on his worldview: “I think [that]… no one can leave his class without feeling a responsibility for others and to do good in the world.” Knight illustrated the powerful knowledge gained from Mr. Heise’s courses, stating how he now recognizes that, “We all have a responsibility for each other, to think about each other, and bad things happen only when we aren’t actively pursuing the good in the world.” Karen Tai ’17, a student of Mr. Heise’s Honors US History and Freedom Summer to Ferguson classes, believes that, for her, “Mr. Heise [is] the first history teacher who made history interesting and come alive.” Tai enjoys Mr. Heise’s classes for their inspiring and stimulating nature. She described, “His classes are intellectually engaging and thought provoking. Just when you think you have an answer, he presses on, forcing you to think harder and deeper... His lessons on history are more than just facts; they are about understanding and considering everyone’s voice

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and point of view, no matter how small or different they are.” When reflecting on his time at DA, Mr. Heise aims for the lessons taught within his classes to inspire students for years to come. He stated, “I hope [my students] would see the world with greater understanding. I hope they would have a level of curiosity that is higher after leaving a class of mine than it was before. I hope that they would encounter any number of examples in a course where people with good minds and great hearts help make the world better.” Ultimately, Mr. Heise departs his teaching years hoping that “something about having been in this classroom and others at Deerfield will help people become the people they’re supposed to be.” Mr. Heise leaves Deerfield, “very grateful for the support and friendship that [he has] received from adults in this community and very grateful for the students [he has] had the privilege of teaching here.” Gratitude for Mr. Heise’s tenure at Deerfield is reciprocated by students and faculty alike. Tai expressed her appreciation for Mr. Heise, stating “His dedication to and passion for teaching

conversations she has had at Deerfield: “One of our students, a young black woman, asked me if I felt like my queerness fundamentally shaped the way that I experience Deerfield. I made a confused face and she offered that for her being black palpably affected every aspect of her experience at Deerfield. I’ll remember that moment of solidarity and vulnerability for a long time.” She will remember the GSA meetings, commenting, “you all give me life!” Although her future plans are “not firmly established, which is both exciting and terrifying,” Ms. Grimm hopes to teach at an independent day school near a major city.

and learning has been truly inspirational. He has a genuine compassion for his students...I owe much of where I am today to his invaluable advice and generous support.” Mr. Mark Scandling, an English teacher and long time

friend of Mr. Heise, believes that Mr. Heise’s dedication will hold a lasting impact on the Academy for years to come: “Mr. Heise always offered the best of himself, inspiring his students, his colleagues, and his school to do the same.”

Farewell to Teaching Fellows Teaching Fellow people beyond the classroom,” Meghan Ms.Science Meghan Jimenez joined such as having a student on Deerfield in fall of 2015 and her team, in her class, and taught a variety of classes in the iLab at night. She has Jimenez has from Physics IA to Robotics. loved “seeing the kids in [her]

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Math teacher Ms. Alice Grimm arrived at Deerfield in the fall of 2015 and has taught several classes including Linear Algebra and Fourier Analysis. She has also aided the math team enormously as its faculty advisor. Reflecting on her Deerfield experience, Ms. Grimm stated, “[I will] miss terribly [my] amazing colleagues who have done so much to support [me] over the past two years.” She remembers fondly when, on the day of the Pulse shooting during summer vacation, a student reached out to her by email to reassure her of her place at Deerfield. Ms. Grimm recalls one of the most memorable

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Kayla Corcoran During her time at Deerfield, History Teaching Fellow Ms. Kayala Corcoran ’10 has taught African and Latin American History and has been a vital member of the Inclusion Committee. Next year, she will be teaching at the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. She feels that she has found her home at Deerfield and is saddened to be leaving. Ms. Corcoran added, “Getting to work with Deerfield teachers,

After two years of teaching at Deerfield, Ms. Jimenez will be joining the faculty of the Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island next year where she will teach engineering and robotics and running the Design-Innovate-Build Lab, which is similar to Deerfield’s iLab. Ms. Jimenez will miss seeing students “in different contexts” and “knowing

class come up with these really cool ideas for projects and just making them happen even though they’re absolutely not normal high school projects,” including a remote-controlled surfboard, a drone that follows the user around, and a hockey puck launcher. Ms. Jimenez said, “I’m really excited for the future, but also really grateful for everything that I’ve learned here.”

the people who inspired me to do what I’m doing right now, has really been an honor.” A highlight for her was teaching in Tanzania over spring break on a Global Studies trip. She said, “I’ve seen students do really good work and really participate genuinely in learning and embracing what is different...I hope that every student and every teacher gets to do something like that at some point in their educational careers.” A fun fact: Ms. Corcoran didn’t get any APs while a student at Deerfield. She went out to Thai Blue Ginger with

Mr. Flaska’s assistant in the Dean’s Office her senior year and, laughing, said that getting no APs is “possible, kids, so don’t tell me it’s not!”

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DEPARTING FACULTY Michael Silipo Retires from Deerfield After 21 Years As Coach and History Teacher Deerfield Academy

History Teacher Mr. Michael Silipo has taught at Deerfield for 21 years and has coached numerous varsity sports during his time at Deerfield, including boys varsity football and boys varsity baseball. He is currently the head coach for boys varsity squash. He recounted his favorite

athletic memory at Deerfield: A championship home football game in 2002 against the Hotchkiss School. He explained, “Deerfield got the ball first, scored in overtime, and then held [the Hotchkiss team] on the last play to win the game.” Mr. Silipo emphasized how much he loves to get to know all the different students and athletes at Deerfield: “Each year there are different personalities you have to work with, and that’s what makes it fun.” He explained, “When you teach, you’d like to believe that the kids are believing you, and I’ve had that sense that the kids believe me and trust me...that’s important. People have been really good to me.” Many students at Deerfield greatly appreciate the positive impact that Mr. Silipo has had on them. “Over the past two years of my Deerfield career, I have had the incredible opportunity

of getting to know Mr. Silipo,” said Colin Olson ’19. “Ever since my first day in his classroom, Mr. Silipo has only heightened my interest in history and in learning by not only engaging with me in a light-hearted and encouraging way, but also by pushing me to come across ideas on my own and to grapple with them in my own way.” Olson also remarked on Mr. Silipo’s skill as an academic and personal advisor. “Mr. Silipo’s experience has not only been of invaluable worth, but his friendship has also helped me through many tough decisions and experiences,” he noted. “It is evident that he cares about the learning of each of his students and knows exactly how to push them to become better versions of themselves.” Carolyn Melvin ’18, who took Mr. Silipo’s Topics in Western Civilization course, felt similarly about Mr. Silipo. “Mr. Silipo sought to make meaningful connections with

all of his students,” she said. “Both in and out of class, he is there for his students. I remember that at the end of the school year, Mr. Silipo took my Western Civilization class to his house for an end of the school year party. We played corn hole and drank lemonade. This experience was very meaningful for me, and it is a perfect example his dedication to his students and love of his job.” “Mr. Silipo not only transformed me into a better student, but also a more cosmopolitan citizen of our world,” Daniel Cui ’19 added. “By learning about Greece and Rome of antiquity and the roots of western civilization, I have gained a greater appreciation for the world we live in today.

Mr. Silipo has greatly shaped the way in which I view the world, and I feel that I have a much better understanding of not only our past, but also our present and future, because of Mr. Silipo.” As for his future plans, Mr. Silipo hopes to continue coaching squash and do more cooking. He’s also an avid woodworker, and three out of four of his children live in Boston, so he hopes to spend more time with them and his two grandchildren. He will be speaking at Baccalaureate this year. Mr. Silipo said, “We’re really fortunate to have the type of young kids we have [at Deerfield] that care and want to do well.”

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After three years of service as a college advisor and a dedicated boys and girls water polo and swimming coach at Deerfield, Ms. Sarah Tarrant Madden will be heading to the Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut to continue her work as a college advisor. Throughout her time at Deerfield, Ms. Madden has

impacted many students. Maddie Blake ’17, JV swim captain and water polo player remarked, “Ms. Madden is a special coach because she is dedicated to helping every player on her teams succeed. Ms. Madden has brought an unparalleled level of experience and enthusiasm to the pool, and she will be greatly missed.” Doris Zhang ’18 further explained, “Ms. Madden really focuses on each individual player’s strengths and weaknesses, helping everyone improve regardless of what level they’re starting at. Also, she is great at making practices intense but also fun and lighthearted at the same time.” Uwa Ede-Osifo ’18 added, “Ms. Madden is very down to

earth and kind which really helps when beginning the broad process of applying to college. Her advice is very straightforward and honest, which her college advisees appreciate.” “Ms. Madden was a strong voice of reason who I could confide in about any topic,” Evan Santos ’17 said. “She consistently kept me as well as the other PGs in our dorm on a straight path, reminding us of our goals at Deerfield.” Ms. Madden remarked, “I will miss the boys in New Dorm, my wonderful college advisees and stellar academic advisees, the [water] polo and swim teams, plus many generous colleagues here at DA.”

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Edrik Lopez After teaching English at Fairfield University, Dr. Edrik Lopez brought 17 years of experience to Deerfield in the fall of 2016. Mr. Lopez explained that he “had to reorient [himself] to secondary education” in coming to Deerfield and while he “thought it might be tough to adjust,” he emphasized that “this year was the most rewarding teacher year [he’s] been blessed with. Deerfield brought back the joy in teaching for me.” He was “unable to find a way to move [his] family up [to

Deerfield], and a job opened at a Connecticut school that shall not be named,” where he’ll be next year with his family. He emphasized that he leaves Deerfield with two impressions: “Deerfield students are brilliant and intellectually courageous; and they are funny and soulfully caring…[and] Deerfield’s leaders work very hard for the student body. They not only grind it out on the daily tasks of keeping the school functioning, but they also care about the vision and mission of the school.”

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He said, “Deerfield is an incredible place, and it is easy for me to say it is the best place I have taught at...Deerfield transformed me.”

Ms. Charlotte Patriquin, Library Director, arrived at Deerfield in fall of 2013 and has played an instrumental role in the running of the library, aided by her previous experience of working at the Mount Holyoke, Beloit College, and DePaul University libraries. She will be departing with a “great respect and

appreciation for Deerfield.” She noted that “it was especially meaningful to have participated in the Boyden Library renovation project from concept to reality,” which concluded when the library reopened last winter. Ms. Patriquin emphasized that “this is a very special place, and I feel privileged to have been a part of it for the last few years.” Her future plans include “getting more deeply involved in the community, doing more traveling, and learning new things.” Ms. Patricia Kelly, Assistant Director of the Library, commented, “During her tenure, Mrs. Patriquin challenged the library staff to think on a higher level and review their best practices for customer service, analysis of the library collection, and information literacy.

Orlee Marini-Rapoport conducted interviews and wrote the articles on Ms. Alice Grimm, Ms. Meghan Jimenez, Ms. Kayla Corcoran, Mr. Michael Silipo, Ms. Sarah Tarrant Madden, Dr. Edrik Lopez, and Ms. Charlotte Patriquin. She had help from Sarah Jane O’Connor and Karen Tai. Additionally, not all departing faculty are included because some faculty did not respond to requests to interview.

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Substance Abuse Awareness at Deerfield Thomas Song

Associate Editor This year, Fatima Rashid ’19 has taken initiative to promote substance abuse awareness within the immediate Deerfield community and in the local Greenfield and Franklin County area with the help of Assistant Director of the Center for Global Service and Citizenship (CSGC) Ms. Heather Wakeman and Science/Health teacher Ms. Kristin Loftus. Rashid said, “I think that the reason why substance abuse awareness is relevant is because it [affects] people of different ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds.” Rashid also feels substance abuse awareness should be acknowledged and discussed at Deerfield. She stated, “I think substance abuse awareness is relevant to Deerfield because there are so many risk factors and pressures on kids here…they have their grades, families, and extracurricular activities…being able to tell kids that drugs and alcohol aren’t the only ways they can relieve themselves is really important.” Ms. Loftus additionally

emphasized the importance of Rashid’s work by highlighting the lack of current knowledge about substance abuse. She specified, “We [the Deerfield community] rely on random presentations or a speaker or a workshop. Those are hit or miss and very infrequent… my wish is that Fatima’s group brings back what they’ve learned to campus and offers alternatives to students here and in terms of the choices they make.” Rashid began her work in substance abuse awareness at the age of 12, due to the effect it had not only in her own life but also in the lives of others close to her. Rashid explained her personal tie to the cause: after an accident with a drunk driver, she immediately felt a call to action. Shortly after, a similar experience shared with a close friend brought to light the gravity of the situation and the commonality in its effects. “I saw that there was a negative pattern surrounding these substances. This wasn’t just affecting me. It was affecting the people around me,” said Rashid. Five years later, Rashid was involved in multiple projects to promote substance abuse awareness. In her local community

in the central valley of California, Rashid attends town hall meetings with her coalition to speak to her mayor. Through the relationships she established, Rashion was able to launch a“Red Ribbon,” week-long national campaign each year, bringing the national campaign for substance abuse awareness close to home in order to reach out to children and adults.

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Additionally, last September, she organized a conference in her local area in California after months of planning and communication with other advocacy groups. Approximately 500 people attended the conference to learn about the causes and effects of marijuana abuse. Rashid continued to pursue her goals at Deerfield by reaching out to the CSGC and forming the

Staff Writer

Next school year, Deerfield plans to complete its official Climate Action Plan and pitch it to the Academy’s Sustainability Board. Ten years ago, Deerfield realized the negative effects of some of its practices and the importance of making meaningful changes in order to protect the environment. It was at this point that the Academy chose to create a sustainability plan that consisted of 45 “actionitems,” created with the intent of improving Deerfield’s performance in environmental efforts. Deerfield also incorporated the term “environmental stewardship” into its mission statement. Today, the Climate Action Plan differs from the sustainability plan in that it sets out exact percentage reductions that the school should aim for in order to reach an ambitious but possible goal. Putting a real Climate Action Plan into effect is time consuming and challenging. Mr. David Purington, the Environmental Management Coordinator and member of the Sustainability Board stated, “It is important for next year that everybody understand we are not there yet. It’s almost like a race: we are training for the race, but we haven’t run it yet.” According to Dr. Ivory Hills, the current Director of Sustainability, who spearheaded the movement along with Mr. Purington and the rest of the board, the plan itself is “a process where we collect relevant information and community sentiment to construct a document that works for our school. We are still in the early stages.” Anticipated challenges arise

Sophia Centola Staff Writer

Last spring, the stepping up bonfire made an especially poignant impact on the Deerfield community and set the tone for the class of 2017's senior year. To an energetic crowd, Griffin Thomas ’17 introduced the slogan “fam17y” and shared the news that his father had lost his life to cancer that morning. In that moment, the creation of this word was much more than just an annual tradition. Thomas said, “We [wanted] a strong word that showed our love for one another… I had just lost my dad earlier that day and was a wreck, but coming to see all my classmates and members of my family rally around me was just magical. That is what family is for.” This slogan has manifested in various forms but nonetheless has unified the class of 2017. For instance, Kathryn Grennon ’17 feels that the slogan greatly decreased the gender divide in the

grade. “I think that is what really brought us together this year,” she said. According to seniors, not only have people unprecedentedly branched out and formed bonds with others they might not have known as well before, but they also have become more caring and respectful towards one another. Katherine Von Weise ’17 Hannah Kang

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from the fact that many activities that occur at Deerfield release large quantities of greenhouse gas. Jackson Cohlan ’18 plans to head the student committee next year that will aid the board with the CAP. Cohlan spoke of some of the challenges that Deerfield faces in creating the plan, explaining, “We have to make the carbon emissions as low as we can without impeding the things the school wants to do. For example, research conducted by a firm hired to survey and evaluate the Academy’s emission levels showed that [our trips abroad] with the CSGC and Dr. Curtis going on fundraising trips burn a lot of carbon emissions.” However, with a hopeful outlook, Cohlan believes that the Academy does not have to sacrifice these important activities that also emit greenhouse gases. Rather, we can find a balance. Dr. Hills indicated that the CAP would be a collective and impactful initiative, stating, “When the CAP is completed, it will be relevant to the whole community. Thus, I anticipate every student and adult helping to implement the plan.” Cohlan believes that many people take the importance of climate change for granted. While the climate change conversation is relevant to everyone, its importance is especially clear to Cohlan. When asked about his motivation to join the climate change movement, Cohlan said, “I live in southern Florida, and my house is officially below sea level. I have watched a bunch of documentaries about it and done a bunch of research, and if sea levels rise above two feet, my house will be underwater because it will get flooded, and it’s predicted to do that within the next one hundred and fifty years. It’s a thing that a lot of people don’t pay attention to, but I think it’s really important.” Through the creation of a personalized and thorough Climate Action Plan, students, faculty, and all members of the Deerfield community will take an active role in alleviating the amount of carbon emissions the Academy produces, making positive changes that extend to affect the global community at large.

get into contact with other people. There’s a lot more than saying you want to do something. You need to answer how you can keep your goal going and make it sustainable.” Currently, the Deerfield Substance Abuse Awareness Group is active with around 18 members and has already had a few introductory meetings. Elaborating on the future of this group, Rashid mentioned that students will be able to contact important individuals off campus and attend policy change hearings. Rashid specified, “Our group not only raises awareness about substance abuse, but it also teaches professionalism and how to work with adults.” Finally, Rashid encouraged any students interested in substance abuse prevention work to contact her and initiate a conversation. Ms. Loftus added that increased knowledge about substance abuse is key in the Deerfield community. Referring to her own personal experience, Ms. Loftus stated, “We have so much to learn. Particularly at Deerfield, we are an equation that equals a risk for addiction. A lot of our students are in that equation, so we need to do a better job in supporting them.”


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Deerfield Substance Awareness Group. Referring to her first meeting with Rashid during winter of 2016, Ms. Wakeman recalled that Rashid informed her about the work she had done in her home community and expressed her wish to educate others. Ms. Wakeman spoke of her first impression of Rashid specifically and stated, “I saw a student passionate about a topic and [aimed] to make her feel empowered that she could make a difference.” Since this initial meeting, Rashid has worked with both Ms. Wakeman and Ms. Loftus to establish connections with members of coalitions in the Franklin County area and motivate Deerfield students to become involved in substance abuse awareness efforts by joining her group. During this process, the three collaborated to develop the requisite skills for writing an effective proposal, contacting adults in the local area outside of Deerfield, and implementing Rashid’s original plan in a doable way. Clarifying the demands of this endeavor, Rashid remarked, “The members of the CSGC help you actualize all the steps you need to take to reach a goal. You have to

observed that students this year are more willing to branch out and develop meaningful relationships, stepping outside of their social comfort zone. Xander Li ’17 agreed with Von Weise's assessment and said, “I feel that this year, as well as in past years, the guys in my grade

have always backed each other up no matter the situation. So, in that way, I think we have always been a family because we care and respect each other.” When thinking back on their high school careers, seniors commonly cherish Deerfield not solely for the academic and extracurricular opportunities it offers but also for the priceless memories that students forge each day. “I think I really grew up here,” reflected Grennon. “I, as well as most others, entered here as lost 14-year-old freshmen and leave with a much stronger sense of who we are and a deeper understanding about the large and diverse world around us.” Grennon reflected on her gratefulness for the cameraderie that she has forged with her classmates, steating “For those reasons no matter how much the senior class has or has not changed, I will be eternally grateful for the Deerfield community.”

Living Lives of Meaning Inthat Boonpongmanee Staff Writter

Maya Rajan

“Lives of Meaning” is a club here at Deerfield Academy run by students and supported by Mr. Jan Flaska, the Dean of Spiritual and Ethical Life. As explained by Mr. Flaska, the club’s intention is to “examine the life we are living in order to live it well.” The members of the club hail from many different faiths, including Theravada Buddhism, Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Hinduism, Sunni Islam, and Reformed Judaism. Lives of Meaning enables students to share their own unique,

valuable perspectives, enriching their own lives and the lives of others. Mr. Flaska further explained, “[The club aims to provide] a safe and supportive space to assess one’s life through a lens that acknowledges our human existence as inextricably linked, both to those that have cared for us and for our environment in the past, and to who we will be to those that we meet in the future. In a word, Lives of Meaning builds community.” To Sally Siripiphat ’17, the club exposes students to various religions to foster diverse understanding. For example, Siripiphat explained that the group sometimes meditates and listens to Hindu songs to gain enriching lessons from a wide range of exposure. As a group, the members have realized the importance of seeking understanding from multiple perspectives as part of

that process. Siripiphat stated, “There are probably many paths that lead you to their own meaning of life. It’s about understanding other religions and yourself.” With each background bringing a unique experience and perspective, Siripiphat highlighted her own experience of being a Buddhist from Thailand, which she learned through the club, is different in practice than being a Buddhist from Japan. She further explained, “There is beauty in this individuality, which the club acknowledges in its explicitly pluralistic approach where participants regularly ponder the great questions of human existence and experience…. acknowledging many paths to a transformative destination, and many names for that unified and essential presence somewhere beyond this moment, somehow seeking to be known.”

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Arts and Entertainment KFC Reveals Hidden Talents

Britney Cheung

Fatima Rashid Associate Editor

Every year, winter and spring Koch Friday Concerts (KFC) invite Deerfield students to showcase their hidden talents, sing along with friends, and enjoy music-filled Saturday nights. After discovering the potential for a student-run show, Visual and Performing Arts Teacher Mr. David Dickinson

founded KFC in 2004 to showcase hidden talent. Mr. Dickinson explained that he believes the event allows students to contribute to the community by performing for each other. KFC was not initially intended to be a “big event” on campus. He explained, “It was supposed to be a small Friday night event. In 2007 it didn’t fly, because it’s hard to get into the calendar at this school.

12 Students, 12 Stories Amelia Chen Staff Writer

In the past, the spring play has often consisted of a collection of one-acts, and is frequently an opportunity for veteran actors and newcomers alike to explore new genres and techniques. This year, the theater program is providing students with a unique opportunity ­— a spring play, Twelve, that is entirely student-written, blocked, and performed. “This play is a devised theater piece, which means the inspiration all comes from the ensemble,” explained the director of the play Ms. Adaire Robinson. “It’s really nice to be able to see people tell not just stories that they think are interesting but stories that are also theirs… A lot of plays are not actually about teenagers, and if they have teenage characters, they’re often very narrow characters that don’t express the wealth of views and knowledge and information that our students have.” Eleven actors and one sound manager were actively involved in the genesis of this play. Titled

Twelve, the play is about the students themselves. It is meant to express the ups and downs they’ve experienced in life, drawing inspiration from moments of joy, frustration, failure, and success. To create the script, the ensemble brainstormed nearly a hundred different ideas and partook in timed writing exercises. “This [time] pressure helped students like myself hesitate less about what to write and simply share ideas in a genuine and honest manner, which was encouraged by the very friendly environment,” observed Noah Lang ’18, a member of the cast. As the script was finalized, rehearsals became more reminiscent of those during fall and winter, requiring the cast to memorize and breathe life into their roles. These twelve students have been able to weave together all their stories into an hour-long production that they invite the Deerfield community to enjoy. “Twelve” will be performed in the Black Box Theater from Wednesday, May 24, to Saturday, May 27th, a total of four shows.

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Since Friday nights were so heavily booked, it was moved to Saturday nights.” In the spring of 2008, KFC was a hit. Mr. Dickinson noted that the entire community went crazy over it, especially the homemade banner, which is still used today, and nearly twenty acts performed. In 2011, a few members of the Board of Trustees who witnessed this lively social gathering were taken back by the large level of talent and asked twelve acts to perform for the 1797 in New York at the Broad Street Ball Room. Mr. Dickinson had three words to share: “It was phenomenal.” Despite the fancy ballroom, lights, and stage, Mr. Dickinson’s favorite part of KFC is the hidden talents that come out. He stated, “I love it when I see a student who comes out of the shadows, and everyone is blown away at their abilities. I love seeing kids from all different backgrounds come

together in a band to make music. It all gels, and that’s the beauty of KFC.” Throughout the years, students of all backgrounds have been able to pursue their passions. KFC veteran Kate Hadley ’17 has developed special stories of personal growth with each KFC performance. Hadley reflected that, being a shy 9th and 10th grader, she did not perform at KFC until the winter of her junior year, when she took the stage with Henry Conlon ’16. She recalled, “We made a mash up ourselves. It was one of the first times that I got up in front of the whole school and did something I really wanted to do. It was awesome.” Hadley’s favorite part of KFC is the enthusiasm: cheering, seeing people’s reactions, and dancing. She stated, “It’s fun doing what you love in front of the people you love.” Talha Tariq ’17 shared his own

story of learning how to become a performer since his first KFC in his 9th grade year. He recalled, “In my mind, that was a professional concert.” As the years have gone by, KFC has transformed from being a nerve-wracking performance to being the most important and enjoyable concert that he plays all year. To show an example of his growth, Tariq stated, “I don’t get nervous anymore. Now I get excited to go on stage.” To musicians, KFC is an outlet to give the Deerfield community a taste of their passion. To students in general, KFC is lively event where they get to cheer on their friends. To Mr. Dickinson, KFC is an opportunity for students of all sides of campus to get together to make music. Whether it’s in the Koch Science Building or outside of the Hess Center for the Arts, everyone in the community are always looking forward to the next KFC.

Artist of the Issue: Ellie Koschik ’17

Caroline Carpenter

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Associate Editor A lifelong lover of visual art, Ellie Koschik ’17 grew up admiring buildings. “When my family and I [went on roadtrips], other people looked at the countryside, but I stared at the buildings,” said Koschik. Her exposure to architecture began during her 9th grade year, when she took Deerfield’s Graphics class. Here, she realized she preferred the “neat” parts of drawing to the “creative” aspects. Starting with Architectural Design in her junior year, Koschik went on to exhaust all the architecture classes offered by Deerfield. With guidance from Visual Arts Teacher Mr. David Payne, she learned how to draw by hand and develop her own personal style of design. During her time at Deerfield, Koschik has been a prolific architect, and her building designs have served a wide variety of purposes. In addition to creating

multiple apartments and houses, she collaborated with other students in the spring of 2016 to plan a new health center. The group then presented the project to Chief Financial Officer Mr. Keith Finan and former Director of Medical Services Dr. Thomas Hagamen, as well as to the entire school during school meeting. One of the most extensive projects she has worked on to date was a ski house on the Alps. Designed during the past winter term, the building was created with Xander Li ’17 serving as Koschik’s “client.” Koschik explained that the planning process was made easier by having the client give her a clear idea of what facilities he wanted. However, she did not have as much freedom to do what she wanted. Currently, Koschik is taking a spring elective titled The City as a Work of Art, a class focused on urban planning. She is also in a directed architecture study with Mr. Payne. For her final project,

she is working on a chapel for the Deerfield campus, which she described as a place that is not necessarily religious, but more of a place for people to sit with their thoughts. Mr. Payne described Koschik as being “meticulous, precise, and detail-oriented,” praising her drawings as “very crisp and clean.” He noted that Koschik has shown immense growth and discovered her artistic side while learning how to design, stating, “Everybody can do [architecture], but some people are naturally more gifted at it than others, and I think that’s the case for Ellie.” Koschik shared that she has learned from the buildings around the Deerfield campus. “A really important part of a neighborhood or town is for buildings work together and look similar, and I think Deerfield is a good example of that,” she stated. Although she is not sure what type of buildings she wants to specialize in planning, Koschik’s goal is to design buildings that, regardless of their commercial or residential use, are sustainable for the planet. She recalled, “I was at the Island School [in the Bahamas] last year, and they talked to us about how efficient they are about water use, which got me interested in the environmental aspect of architecture.” Above all, Koschik hopes to design buildings that function well, remarking that buildings “shouldn’t just be something to look at, but something people can make use out of.”

Andrea Leng ’15 Pursues Artistic Passions at Georgetown Adeliza Grace

Associate Editor After graduating from Deerfield Academy, Andrea Leng ’15 went on to pursue English and art at Georgetown University. Leng has immersed herself in several of the studio art programs offered by the university and has created a Squarespace website to exhibit her artwork. Leng recalled a childhood intrigue with attending art exhibitions, and visiting galleries and museums. However, it was in Visual and Performing Arts teacher Mr. David Dickinson’s class at Deerfield that she truly realized her own artistic abilities. Leng noted, “Deerfield gave me confidence not only to pursue art, but also to exhibit my work online

and in public spaces, to get the comments I needed to improve my technique.” Having been able to experiment with so many different mediums at Deerfield, she was also very comfortable with the majority of the projects she encountered once in college. In addition, Leng felt that she had an advantage over other students in her Georgetown art classes freshman year thanks to the rigor of Deerfield’s art program. Reflecting on her experience in Deerfield’s art classes, she commented, “Everything I learned from Mr. Dickinson has proven very useful in college. I remember him telling me to take a figure drawing class with live models, and I ended up doing that the first semester of my freshman year. It really paid off.”

Due to the classes Mr. Dickinson suggested for her, Leng was able to improve her drawing skills and simultaneously determine her specific artistic strengths, helping her decide what classes to focus on throughout the rest of her college career and which artistic interests to pursue in the professional art world. Leng is a frequent contributor of artwork and illustrations to different magazines and publications around the Georgetown campus. With regards to her own website, she noted, “It’s cool to be able to step back and see the work I’ve done over time, especially since being in college.” Leng is currently deciding between majoring or minoring in art. She is also considering a semester abroad to study art or

a Sotheby’s semester program in London. In addition, Leng is thinking of going into development and marketing of museums or galleries, or working in an auction house. Regardless of where she ends up working after Georgetown, Leng hopes to find a position that has an overlap between art and business. She wants to be able to make use of her communication and writing skills in an art-related environment. Wherever Leng ends up, her roots will always be at Deerfield. She reiterated, “The skills I acquired in Mr. Dickinson’s class will continue to help me improve my artistic ability, and to pursue my passions in the field with confidence.” Leng is in the midst of planning a summer internship at the

National Endowment for the Arts and hopes to start building her professional arts resume from there. To view the artwork that Leng has created at Georgetown, see her website, andrealeng.com.

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Rob Pannell ’08 Revisits the Lacrosse Program

Peter Everett Staff Writer

After being cut by his hometown high school’s varsity lacrosse program his ninth grade year, Rob Pannell ’08 carved out a name for himself, not only as one of the best players at Deerfield Academy but also as one of the best lacrosse players of all time, earning many honors in his high school, collegiate, and Major League Lacrosse careers. This March, Pannell reconnected with Deerfield when he helped coach the team at IMG Academy during the preseason program. Pannell eagerly lent his time to lead some practices for the team. Young Hur ’18 describes being coached by Pannell as “both intimidating and exciting. Looking up at such a successful player, I definitely tried to incorporate all of the tips that he gave us into the drills that we were doing.”

Pannell has dominated opponents on the lacrosse fields for years and is notorious for his turn-around shot. During his year at Deerfield, he played both lacrosse and basketball. He set and still holds the Deerfield lacrosse record with ninety-nine points in a single season. Also, he won the Stewart Lindsay, Jr. Award for the most outstanding attackman in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference. Andrew Philie ’09, an influential player on the 2008 New England champions Deerfield boys lacrosse team and current varsity boys lacrosse coach, remembers playing alongside Pannell: “He was really calm, cool, and collected, not trying to force anything. He was a really smart player. He didn’t have to do too much to let the game come to him. He also did a good job of getting everyone involved.” Boys varsity lacrosse captain Jared Strauss ’17 recalls following Pannell’s rise to fame: “I remember

Athlete of the Issue: Lily Fauver ’17 Colman Shea Staff Writer

Lily Fauver ’17 is a two sportvarsity athlete, competing for the Deerfield girls basketball and crew teams. So far this season, Fauver has been a key contributor to the crew team’s three first-place finishes. Next year, Fauver will continue rowing for Dartmouth College. Fauver’s beginnings in crew started with former Coach Eve Goldberg’s interest in her 6’1” height. Although she had never encountered the sport, Fauver decided to try it as a sophomore. She attended the crew pre-season trip at Jacksonville, Florida in 2015 after finding herself without a spring sport. During her first day on the water, she remembers feeling “terrified because the other boat got swamped and basically sunk.” However, even after that experience, Fauver grew to appreciate the sport. Now, two years later, Fauver leads the team as a crucial member. College advisor and head Provided by Lily Fauver

coach Melanie Onufrieff said, “Lily’s leadership is tied to her ability to stay calm under pressure and in the face of setback. She tackles obstacles with poise and without complaint, and as a coach I am very grateful to have Lily as the model of a strong and resilient teammate.” In addition to helping lead the first boat, Fauver sets an example for the novice rowers. Ella Holowesko ’20 described Fauver as someone who “is undoubtedly a leader giving everything from warm ups to races.” Holowesko also noted how supportive Fauver is and how devoted she is to the improvement of her teammates. Fauver attributes much of her success to the different coaches she has had, as well as the seniors from her first year with the sport. She recalls a particularly memorable moment: “There was one practice where there were two ergs, and we each had to row for a minute. We had to see who could go farther, and whoever won stayed on. I was on an erg with Claire Collins ’15 and Paige Cleary ’17, and Claire was going so hard that she didn’t get off the entire time. She won every single piece, and she was pulling so hard that she was crying at the end.” This memory inspired Fauver during her crew career. With the New England Championships and the Youth National Championships fast approaching, Fauver and the crew team hope to maintain their longheld tradition of success.

Lily Fauver ’17 in a regatta.

watching him my freshman year while he was at Cornell and finding out that he went to Deerfield. One time we were watching him and my dad told me, ‘This guy is going to be the best player in the nation,’ and he did that.” Pannell steamrolled into the Ivy League at Cornell. During his freshman year, he led Cornell in points. A broken foot in the second game of his senior season forced Pannell to rehabilitate, but he returned stronger for a fifth season. Finishing his college career as a three-time All-American, twotime National Player of the Year, and Tewaaraton Award winner, he was drafted first overall by the New York Lizards in the 2012 MLL draft. In his four years playing in the MLL, Pannell continued collecting accolades. He has been named a three-time all-pro selection, twotime league leader in scoring, and offensive player of the year.

In 2015, Pannell led the New York Lizards to their first MLL championship in twelve years. In addition to coming to Deerfield lacrosse’s preseason, Pannell is trying to expand his coaching into other formats. Pannell offers an online instructional lacrosse video series through The PlayersStudio. “He was always mature, poised, and ambitious at Deerfield,” said coach Chip Davis. According to Mr. Davis and Mr. Philie, Pannell has many strengths beyond pure lacrosse talent. “He’s not laid back. He’s not going to let someone keep repeating mistakes on the field. Like his game, he’s very precise,” Mr. Davis said. Mr. Philie remembers Pannell for his work ethic: “He was a guy that went about his business. He didn’t make a big deal of getting ninety-nine points in fourteen games here. He attacked every day with the love of the game on his

mind.” Pannell is starting up his fifth season with the New York Lizards where he has been an all-star his entire career. Deerfield Athletics

Rob Pannell ’08 coaching Young Hur ’18 at IMG Academy in Florida over spring break.

Alumni Influence Athletics Nick Fluty Staff Writer

After graduation, Deerfield remains a large part of many alumni’s lives. Alumni play an important role in the Deerfield community, and some shape the realm of Deerfield athletics. Mike Trombley ’86, who pitched in the major leagues after attending Deerfield and Duke University, has volunteered to help college advisor and coach Steven August in coaching the boys varsity baseball team this season. Jared Pantalony ’18 describes Trombley as “someone I can look up to knowing how successful he was as a pitcher at Deerfield, in college, and later in the major leagues. He also gives good advice about pitching that has really helped me and has definitely made me a better pitcher.” Alumni achievements have proved inspirational for current Deerfield athletes. Girls varsity lacrosse coach Allison DiNardo said via email, “We love to follow our alumni’s collegiate careers and report their successes back to the team.” As athletes hear the stories of alumni successes, they feel inspired and gain a more profound appreciation for their predecessors. Specifically, the collegiate success of Elliot Gilbert ’16 at Washington and Lee University has been inspirational to the current girls varsity lacrosse goalies Maggie Tydings ’20 and Liv Mikesell ’20. As a freshman, Gilbert has started in 16 games for the Generals, ranks second in the nation with a 3.92 goals-

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Deerfield Athletics Drew Philie ’09 playing hockey in 2009, and coaching in 2017.

against average and is 2nd in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference in save percentage (.505). Tydings said, “[Gilbert] played a key role in my [decision to attend Deerfield]... she is a great role model to have in the sport, and my position specifically, because I know that with hard work and dedication, you can succeed.” Mr. Drew Philie ’09 represents the impact athletically talented alumni can have on teams. After graduating in 2009 as a tri-varsity athlete at Deerfield and playing lacrosse for the University of Vermont, Mr. Philie returned to campus and currently coaches the football, hockey, and lacrosse teams. He has passed down wisdom on all three sports based off of his own experiences at DA. Ollie Hollo ’18 said, “One of the things Coach Philie always says to us in both football and lacrosse is: ‘It’s not

what’s on the back of the jersey, it’s the name on the front that matters. Don’t play for yourselves but play for DA.’ Knowing that he also played for Deerfield makes that statement much more powerful.” Mr. Philie was recently named to the UVM Lacrosse 40th Anniversary Team as a result of his great accomplishments as the captain of UVM’s lacrosse team. Mr. Philie was a four-year starter and three-year captain at UVM, and during his college career, he scored a point in all but one game, ending with 176 points. As Deerfield alumni have continued to find success in their collegiate careers and beyond they also continue to return to Deerfield in hopes of inspiring and mentoring current athletes through.

Varsity Teams Hype Up the Huddle with Pregame Rituals Ryan Kim

Staff Writer Deerfield sports teams have found success by providing environments where each player has the opportunity to do their best. The camaraderie between all of the players goes beyond just practice and games. Some teams even have unique traditions before games in order to boost morale and enthusiasm. Here are the pregame rituals of Deerfield’s varsity spring sports, as told by the players: Softball: Before each game, the softball team “normally plays really loud music, and [does] aga-chi right before we run onto the field to get everyone pumped up and ready for game time,” explained Ireland Miessau ’17. Baseball: According to Javier

Irizarry ’19, varsity baseball “gets in a circle and a senior says a prayer.” This gives the team an opportunity to calm down and come together as a group. Girls Lacrosse: Bailey Cheetham ’19 described, “Before we walk down to the field, the whole team gets in a circle in the locker room and one girl starts screaming and then the girl next to her starts screaming and it goes around the circle until everyone is yelling. Then, the captains follow up with a little speech.” Boys Lacrosse: Captain Brian Davis ’17 said, “One of the longest standing traditions for our team has been following a bagpiper down to the field for our biggest home games. Also, every Friday night after practice in the spring, there are vans that go to Antonio’s

in Greenfield, so we can share some quality food together.” Girls Tennis: Before every match, the girls varsity tennis team “sits in a circle, closes [their] eyes, and listens to a speech given by our coach that has been given before every match for a very long time. Then, after he leaves, we do a sort of hand and foot game that goes twice around the circle,” as told by Claire Koeppel ’18. Boys Tennis: “We always get super hyped during the handshake and then in the huddle when Mr. Speer gives his speech,” explained Connor Finnemore ’18. Golf: “Before every match, Garrett Moe sings ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine’ acappella, which is a big tradition that gets us hyped,” tells captain Lowell Weil ’18. Water Polo: Doris Zhang ’18

commented that “before every game, our team does the aga-chi agacha cheer to get us excited.” Ultimate Frisbee: Iqbal Nurjadin ’18 describes the frisbee team’s “gauntlet” as “everyone getting into two lines to form a tunnel. Then the coach calls the names of the starters, and they all high five the team through the line. Afterwards, we bring it in for a cheer.” Boys Crew: “We don’t have any team traditions before every race, but every year on the bus to New Englands, the captains of the current year read letters to the team from the captains of the previous year,” described Captain Freddie Johnson ’17. Girls Crew: Captain Anna Scott ’18 explained that “right at the start [of each race] we always

high five down the boat from stroke to coxswain, dump out our one water bottle that we share at the start (so there is no extra weight in the boat), and wear our Crocs!” Track: “To get ready for meets we usually all jog together, and someone plays music really loud, and we all just talk,” explained captain Felicia Renelus ’17.

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