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This summer, Gavin Kennedy ’16 started a project to help combat sexual assault at high schools and colleges. A large part of Kennedy’s mission is to “educate kids our age about [sexual assault], because it’s extremely complicated.” Kennedy explained that he wants people “to understand the issue.” Kennedy believes that the number of cases of sexual assault can be lowered if students are educated about what it is and what its consequences are. The creation of Kennedy’s project coincided with a trial that occurred this summer after a senior boy at St. Paul’s School was charged with the rape of a freshman girl. The girl, aged 15 at the time, claimed that the senior had sex with her, while the senior pled innocence, claiming that they had sexual contact but not intercourse. In the end, the senior boy was convicted of a felony charge and four misdemeanors. When asked about the events that took place at St. Paul’s, Kennedy stated, “Some people just don’t realize how rigid [the statutory rape] law is. People don’t understand that if someone is under the age of consent, they literally cannot give consent.” Kennedy continued, “If [an upperclassman is] about to go hook up with a freshman, they should [be thinking] ‘I should not be doing this.’” Kennedy stated that sexual assault is “a complicated issue with a lot of parts,” and that students’ full awareness of each part is necessary in order to

make high schools and colleges safer. He explained that Title IX is the principle sexual assault policy of many universities and that at universities that abide by Title IX, all sexual assault cases go to the Title IX officer at the school, “who is inclined to side with the victim.” Kennedy continued, “Title IX is about gender discrimination, which raises a philosophical question about whether or not sexual assault is discriminatory towards a certain gender.” He added, “Also, the idea of consent changes everywhere you look at it. Schools define it, states define it—there are definitions everywhere.”

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The first step of Kennedy’s project is to educate students on the issue. He plans to give sessions at DA to detail sexual assault laws. At a school meeting, for instance, he will describe how these laws affect us in the Deerfield community and beyond. Looking ahead, Kennedy said, “I think I want to have students [discuss] their own policies, and see what kids our age think about the issue and how it should be handled, and from there we can see what

policies need to be changed or implemented.” Through conversation and surveys he has created, Kennedy hopes to gain a sense of students’ attitudes towards the Deerfield policies and gauge whether or not they feel as if these policies are sufficient. He also plans to offer his own solutions to the community about how to best manage issues and confusion with sexual assault. Since last year, Deerfield’s Sexual Assault policy has changed slightly. For the first time, the administration has defined the word “consent” in the Sexual Intimacy Policy to read, “It is never legal to engage in any intimate contact without another’s full consent. Consent is more than “no means no”-it represents an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each party to engage in sexual activity.” Additionally, freshmen and seniors are now officially prohibited from getting parietals with each other, unless they are visiting in groups. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18, according to usnews.com. Additionally, according to Aljazeera America, 20-25 percent of college women experience rape or attempted rape, with freshmen and sophomores, both male and female, being most likely to be victims. Kennedy hopes that through education and policy reform, those numbers will drop, and the issue will become one that people are willing and able to discuss more freely.


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Over the summer, Joshua Tebeau ’16 worked to change the college touring process by creating a website dedicated to sharing 3-D tours of college campuses. “My role on the project is to help gather footage, find relevant information about schools, help develop the website, and design the 3-D videos” explained Tebeau, who hopes to officially launch the website in October. Containing 360º videos of vital locations on various campuses, Josh’s website is a dream come true for international and domestic students who can’t spare the time or the money to visit schools in person. As an international student from Warsaw, Poland, Josh experienced the hardships firsthand. “College tours have been very difficult for me,” he said. “By creating an [online] platform for... tours, I can help make it a more accessible process for everyone.” As Isla Forster ’16 said, “I think [the website] would enable me to see more colleges than I could otherwise, and then I could have the option to visit them in person after getting in.” Since most colleges are public spaces, Tebeau did not need special permission to film there. To ensure he captured the most important locations of campus, he surveyed the local students to deliver the most authentic information. To film in 3-D, Tebeau’s project requireed the use of 14 GoPros mounted around a still unpatented rig, which

attracted the attention of people he came across while directing the filming process. At Brown University, a professor even offered to show him the university’s VR (virtual reality) program. By next summer, Tebeau hopes to have a team of dedicated bloggers to create and update content for the website, while also directing more filming. “Currently there are about 10 schools which will pilot the project, but we hope to collaborate with universities to get more schools and therefore more access for website visitors,” Tebeau said. Some featured schools include Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, Wesleyan, and Harvard; Tebeau also created a 3-D tour of DA. While the applications of such technologies are still a novelty, 3-D tours are not as rare as one might assume, and many famous landmarks offer such an experience. However, until Josh began his project, no colleges or universities had taken advantage of 3-D technology. “The future of virtual reality and 360º video is really bright,” Tebeau said. “It is a more immersive experience and helps suspend disbelief more than previously thought possible. I can see all sorts of applications for Virtual Reality, whether it’s for college tours or visualizing data to help teach.” College Advisor Jamie Bucci commented, “I really admire Josh’s effort. I continue to be impressed by how Josh sees social issues, cares about them, and puts his energy into finding and implementing creative solutions to them.”


Associate Editor Each year, Deerfield students can apply for a Workman Grant, established in 2000 in honor of David T. Workman ’50 to encourage community service by offering compensation to students who aim to improve their communities. This summer, among the interesting projects were those undertaken by Maia Taylor ’16 and Hatty Wang ’16. Taylor completed a project involving local farms in the area surrounding Deerfield, and Wang used her grant to improve education and fight poverty in Beiyu, China. “I was interested in farming, and I wanted to do some volunteering,” Taylor explained. “My initial interest in farming and agriculture was made because of my interest in food: what kind of food I’m putting into my system, and how hormones injected in food can affect my personal health. I don’t know [when] I decided ‘food, farming,’ but I got really into it.” Taylor began her work by emailing seven farms in the area surrounding Deerfield Academy, and two of the farms, Natural Roots and Clarkdale Fruit Farms, accepted her help. In addition, Taylor worked at Deerfield’s new greenhouse. She used her grant money for natural resources, tools, and her own compensation. Her tasks at each of the

locations varied greatly. At the Clarkdale Farms, she cleared excess fruit from the apple trees, removing apples that were too small or too heavy. She also pruned excessive grape leaves to insure the grape vines got adequate sun. At the Natural Roots farm, the workers host an activity called Community Sustained Agriculture (CSA). Members of the CSA purchase a share of the farm crops, and every Tuesday, they pick up their shares, which are generally organic vegetables. “On a typical day [I would arrive at] 7:30 a.m.,” Taylor explained. She sorted the vegetables, and then horses carried the harvested produce to a washroom. After stocking the cleaned produce on the shelves of the CSA barns, she would transplant seeded sprouts from the greenhouse into the soil. Taylor’s day was over around 6:30 p.m. At the new Deerfield greenhouse, Taylor worked with Katie Salinetti, a member of DA’s grounds crew, to clean out boxes to prepare the greenhouse for this school year. Overall Taylor found the entire experience eye-opening. She noted that Natural Roots farm “is completely horse powered,” and said that “watching horses work the machines [was] something you don’t get to see every day.” Another highlight of her experience was the interesting people with whom Taylor

volunteered. “I met this really cool man named Ed, who’s 60,” she said. “He’s a glass blower, and we spent some really good time planting lettuce together ... One of the things I found pretty cool about Natural Roots, Clarkdale, and other organic farms is that they want to provide for the people,” Taylor explained. She noted that that the farms also redistribute food to stock food banks. On the opposite side of the globe, Hatty Wang’s summer grant focused on bringing NonGovernmental Organizations (non-profit NGO’s) to the impoverished town of Beiyu, China in the Shanxi Province. Wang has received the Workman Grant for the past three years and returns to the same town each summer in order to continue her initial goal of improving the town’s education. She began her first year by volunteering as a teacher at the Beiyu Elementary School, which has only two classrooms and two teachers for sixty students. The following summer, she returned with a team of volunteers. This year, Wang explained, her project evolved “from simply being a teaching volunteer to addressing local poverty.” Realizing that she could only help out during the summer, this year she “visited and interned at an NGO and drew up a proposal that was later sent to various NGOs and charity foundations in

order to help Beiyu improve its education quality and eliminate local poverty in a sustainable manner.” While volunteering at the school, Wang woke up at six a.m. to have breakfast, feed the chickens, walk 30 minutes to school and prepare for her classes before school started at 7:30 a.m. Wang began the school day with morning read-aloud sessions and then assisted with the next three morning classes. She taught on a wide range of topics including Chinese and the African migrations. After lunch, she led one more class followed by “activity time,” which Wang generally organized. T h o u g h she has volunteered in China for three summers, Wang explained that her work has yet to be completed: “One charity group has already implemented one local teaching volunteer who has initiated his first project— a gardening project that not only betters the look of the school, but also has an educational value for science classes, “Wang said. “The charity group is willing to help carry out my comprehensive proposal for Beiyu, which aims to place

Beiyu above the poverty line through environmental planning, medical betterment, educational advancement, and economic solidification over a five-year span.” During her time volunteering at the school, Wang stayed with a student named YaoYao, a third grader whose dream is to become a dancer. “Beiyu is a remote town from any major cities, so there is no place to buy dancing shoes, and her family does not have the money to spare, either,” she said. “I designed and stitched a pair of dancing shoes for her. Hand

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made. Haute couture. I didn’t have much free time, so I worked on the shoes while I watched the geese. When she tried on the shoes on her birthday, and they fit, it was probably one of the happiest moments of my life.” Later, Wang mailed YaoYao another pair of dancing shoes she had bought in Beijing.

Vol. XC, No. 3


16 September 2015 editor-in-chief BELLA HUTCHINS

managing editor BROOKE HOROWITCH

video editor EMILY YUE

front page editor

social media editor ELIZABETH TIEMANN

opinion & editorial editor CAROLINE FETT

online editor WILLIAM UGHETTA

features editor JULIA DIXON

online associate editor FREDDIE JOHNSON

arts & entertainment editor MAGGIE YIN

layout associate editor ALEX GUO

sports editor DAVID DARLING spreaditor DANE SCOTT layout editor ASHLEY WANG photography editor GWYNETH HOCHHAUSLER graphics editor RACHEL YAO distribution manager JUSTIN HSU



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Dear Reader, First and foremost, welcome to both the new and the returning. I am confident that this year will be a year of growth, pride, and gratitude for the community as a whole and that the Class of 2016 will prove to be influential role models and leaders for everyone on campus. Right now, each one of us is living through one of the most hectic times in our world. With the beginning of this year offering a fresh start, I see it as our duty, as members of this community, to remain informed and to get involved. I want to direct your attention to the world beyond Deerfield. With all of the mobile access we have today, it’s easy to keep up with information both in this country and around the world. In times of great catastrophe and strife, which define the lives of so many people around the globe, the news can serve as a method of raising awareness: a means of connection

the right to edit for brevity. The Scroll is published eight times yearly and is uncensored. Opinion articles with contributors’ names attached represent the views of the respective writers. Opinion articles without names represent the consensus views of the editorial staff.

TO THE NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS To the new students on campus, we’re excited to welcome you into the family that is Deerfield. You provide the great energy that comes with fresh starts in life. Here at The Scroll, we believe that Deerfield’s community is the way that it is because of the students who take chances, so we urge you to do just that. Though it sounds clichéd, if you talk to the majority of returning students, they will tell you they’ve developed an unexpected interest, made unexpected friends, and developed countless unexpected perspectives since they arrived at DA. That’s the way our community works, so take advantage of it. To returning students, The Scroll board urges you to have the same positive outlook as the new students this year. We know returning students want to change Deerfield for the better, so we urge them to lean away from cynicism and more towards making a positive impact on campus. Although this is not your first year at Deerfield, you are in a new chapter of your Deerfield career. Take advantage of that and greet this year with a new perspective. So to all students—new and returning—we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors this school year. Be grateful, be kind, and be eager. We believe in you!

SENIORS, BUY IN! To our seniors: We’re here to remind you of the promise we made in the dance studio last May to be the class that finally brings “it” back. We’re here to remind you that we’re keeping that promise. In that dance studio, we spitballed ideas to actually implement our master plan to bring it back. Ultimately, it breaks down into the wise words of Captain Deerfield: “Buy in.” Mr. Kelly quoted him at our first sit down lunch as seniors, and we’re quoting him here. There’s no better way to say it. Buying in means going the extra mile, or the extra ten, and we owe it to Deerfield to do that. So, just as we promised we would, channel the enthusiasm and hype that the cheerleaders brought out in you at the Stepping Up Bonfire and opening sc. Go the extra mile, show extra gratitude, and be more proud of this school than you’ve ever been. It has a ripple effect, and to implement a positive effect on the juniors, sophomores and freshmen would mean we’ve done our job, and we’ve brought it back. LET THE RE16N BEGIN! Love, The seniors at The Scroll

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the utmost strength, endurance, and compassion. It marks a day of selflessness and the true heroism of people who deserve unbounded recognition and gratitude. I’d like to shed light on all of the students and faculty who did just what I mentioned at the beginning of this letter—who, this summer, remained informed and got involved. I’m truly honored to be a member of a community of people who are so driven to affect change for the better of the world—who are driven to take advantage of the resources that they have to provide resources for people lacking them. As we head into this year, I urge you all to remain humble and generous. I have the utmost faith that our community will continue to care, will continue to be empathic, and will continue to do good.

Cheers, Bella Hutchins Editor-In-Chief


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

between those who are suffering and those who care enough to do something about that suffering. As I write this letter, Europe is in the heat of a profound migrant crisis, one that has been the subject of headlines everywhere. In August, social media drew enormous attention to the issue when a photo of a drowned three-year-old Syrian boy washed ashore on a Turkish beach went viral. It is times like these when the world’s never-ending attachment to media deserves positive recognition for drawing attention to what needs to be seen— the harsh reality of the world that seems the polar opposite of our own. Here in this country, Friday marked the 14th anniversary of 9/11, what news media have rightly named one of America’s darkest days. I’ve spent my entire life living in New York City, and 9/11 marks a day when my home, which I share with 8.4 million other people, was attacked. However, 9/11 also marks a day of

//JOSH TEBEAU Senior Writer While the United States scrambles to choose Democrat or Republican, many forget there is another option: The Green Party. Elections are about choices, and the Green Party is a true alternative! As the Republican Presidential nomination debates have started, we’re frustrated as usual by the lack of choice, with each candidate making efforts to appear more racist and xenophobic than the other. With the most appealing candidate emerging in the form of a man who proposes building walls around the United States and who accuses Mexicans of being natural-born killers, the Republican primaries should be seen for what they are: theatre that hides a failure to address real issues. The Democratic Party has gained a breath of fresh air with Bernie Sanders entering the race. But he is running against the moneyed interests that support Hillary Clinton’s cynical campaign. The Democratic Party has reduced the number of debates between candidates dramatically. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is seen in public suffering from yet another controversy related to flouting the rules of holding an appointed public office. In a U.S. political environment split between two parties with the benefits of large fundraising machines, the Green Party hasn’t received the attention it deserves. The Green Party sees itself as the true flagbearer of American liberalism, representing the greater good as well as all Americans, not just the 1%. As an alternative, the Green Party also offers U.S. citizens a chance to make a statement as well as a choice by taking a step away from a two-party system. The two-party system is clearly unpopular and, if anything, has now started to turn American politics into hate-filled partisanship about personalities and grandstanding rather than policies and priorities. The Green Party of the United States has developed a 10-point

platform that starts with a focus on grassroots democracy to encourage and build greater public participation in the democratic process. Beyond this, its platform is heavy on the environment and sustainability as well as ecological wisdom and being aware of our global responsibilities. The U.S., in the Green Party vision, becomes a leader by example instead of trying to explain to the developing world why it should follow global treaties to reduce warming while being the world’s greatest contributor to warming. In its domestic policies, the Green Party supports non-violence, feminism and social justice. The Green Party is the most committed U.S. party to supporting equal pay

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for women and men. Furthermore, the Green Party stands for full access to abortion, ending big money politics and treating corporations as businesses and not people. It opposes the death penalty, firmly stands for reducing greenhouse gas emissions now, opposes drone use, believes in reducing military spending and supports the creation of a living wage. These policies may seem desirable to Democratic-leaning voters, but few Democratic candidates give more than lip services to these values. Republican-leaning voters can also find points of view to support – for instance, the Green Party of the United States has more consistent views on decentralization than does the Republican Party. The Green Party, unlike the other two major parties in the United States, does not take donations from corporations and

therefore is not forced to pander to their demands. They put the interests of the people and the local communities that make up the United States above the interests of multinationals. In a country where 15% of American children are food insecure, why is more effort being spent on a new Global Trade Treaty (Trans Pacific Partnership) than eliminating hunger in the United States. This refusal to accept corporate donations is emblematic of the Green Party’s fundamental opposition to business-as-usual politics, Republican or Democratic. Dr. Jill Stein, the most visible Green Party candidate, highlighted the point when she announced she was running for president: “Our Power to the People Plan lays out these solutions in a blueprint to move our economy from the greed and exploitation of corporate capitalism to a human-centered system that puts people, planet and peace over profit. The U.S. is embroiled in wars across the globe and spends more on its military than the next 20 largest n a t i o n s combined, most of which are our allies. Members of the main parties rarely question the wisdom or sustainability of this practice. In this country, wealth concentration among the richest 1 percent is now at its greatest level in 100 years, though economists and political scientists are universal in explaining the dangers of this for democracy and even economic sustainability. Yet neither of the main parties will raise this as a basic issue in our democratic system. California is suffering from a five-year drought and global temperatures are the highest on record. If the ice sheets continue melting we will see a several meter rise in ocean levels, inundating our cities. Isn’t this a more important issue than building a wall to keep people out? The Green Party is the only major party prioritizing issues that affect America and the only one addressing these issues directly with policy suggestions and approaches. Even if you consider it optimistic to hope for a Green Party President, voting Green is a vote that can help America recognize and prioritize the true issues we are facing.

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DEERFIELD POLITICIANS DEMOCRATIC PARTY //NHYIRA ASANTE Contributing Writer The National Democratic Party is one of the two major political parties in the United States. It was founded in 1848 and enjoys the distinction of being the oldest, still functioning political party in the world. Democrats often favor a mixed economy, labor unions, universal healthcare, environmental and consumer protection, equal opportunity and government social programs such as welfare and Social Security. With the U.S heading into an election year, it is imperative that President Obama leaves behind a solid legacy for his successor to campaign on if the Democrats hope to maintain control of the presidency in 2016. Currently, the two most prominent Democratic primary candidates are Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernard “Bernie” Sanders (I-VT). This will be Clinton’s second time running in the primaries—she lost in 2008 to a young Barack Obama. She’s campaigning on a center-left agenda, focusing on the middle class and on small businesses, much like Obama did in 2008. In contrast, Sanders is pursuing a further-left, more socialist agenda. A self-described Vermonter with a Brooklyn accent, Sanders is the newcomer on the scene, virtually unknown in comparison to Clinton, who’s had extensive experience in the White House, having served as both Secretary of State and First

Lady of the United States. Sanders is gaining notoriety for his no-holds-barred approach to politics. Rather than tip-toeing around controversial issues such as police brutality and Roe v. Wade, he has actively vocalized his views, even going as far as vowing that if he becomes president, he will not nominate any Supreme Court judges who are in opposition to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which allowed healthy women to obtain abortions during the first two trimesters of pregnancy without state interference. His more progressive mindset seems to be winning him some support; in a recent poll, The Huffington Post found that among 897 registered voters, 36% were “favorable” to Sanders, while 43% were favorable to Clinton. Though I appreciate his direct, unabashed approach, I think he’d be hard-pressed to attract floating voters and more centrist Democrats in the general elections, a factor that will no doubt be considered during the primaries. Clinton, in contrast, appeals to moderate Democrats with her less radically progressive stance on political issues. That being said, the same poll by The Huffington Post states that 55% of voters were “unfavorable” to Clinton. This decline in Clinton’s popularity can be attributed to the infamous e-mail scandal she is embroiled in, where she stands accused of storing classified government emails on her personal server. While Clinton denies any such wrongdoing, the damage to

her reputation has been done, and the scandal continues to plague her as the government investigates the allegations made against her. For the time being at least, it seems like Democratic voters are looking for a safe bet. Surprisingly, Sanders (the resident wild card), is becoming a more appealing option as the Clinton e - m a i l investigation drags on. The primary will probably come down to Sanders’s success in campaigning his uber progressive views versus C l i n to n ’s ability to extricate herself from the e-mail dispute. If current Vice President of the United States Joe Biden decides to run, however, the entire race will be spun on its head, as he likely will then be seen as the candidate most likely to succeed. The combination of his Clintonesque experience in the White House and Sanders-esque approachability and reputation (spotless) would likely be very popular amongst voters. I personally would like to see Biden join the race. His track record as Vice President has been solid, and his ability to persevere, even in the face of family tragedy, appeals

to me, as it probably will to many voters. In my view, his electability (should he decide to run) will be inextricable from Obama’s legacy, which increases the pressure on the President to end his tenure on a strong note. When it comes to elections in America, for me political affiliation has become less about believing in a party and more about not believing in a party. I’m not inclined to vote for the Republican Party, which, in my view, is becoming increasingly ridiculous

as Donald Trump continues his coarse rhetoric and gains further support. Thus, I am prepared to disregard my conservative fiscal views and vote Democratic. At the end of the day, this beats the alternative of supporting candidates like Trump, who is literally teetering on the edge of white nationalism, and Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio, who are pro-life except when it involves the life of a mother.



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It’s that time of year again: election time, when uninformed teenagers like me get to haphazardly stitch together their political beliefs in order to sound intelligent. With that being said, here is a breakdown of two of my favorite Republican candidates: John Kasich and Ben Carson. Donald Trump is not discussed in this article, simply because there is not enough space to do him justice. A short disclaimer: this has some opinion in it, and it will be

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biased, but if you disagree with me, you’re a communist and you hate freedom. Kasich, the current Governor of Ohio, impressed me during the first debate. He was poised, well spoken and clearly stated many of his points. In terms of experience, Kasich is a veteran. Not only has he served as Governor of Ohio, but he also spent 18 years as a member of the House of Representatives. This makes him far more appealing than other surprise candidates such as Carson, a

retired neurosurgeon who, while extremely smart, lacks a strong political record. What I like most about Kasich are his conservative fiscal politics. He cut spending in Ohio and thus erased an eight billion dollar deficit, and he has long been an advocate for decreasing taxes. He wrote the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and since then has continued to slash any budget he can get his hands on. While his fiscal politics are extremely conservative, Kasich has shown a moderate side that could be extremely helpful in swaying independent voters. He supports a path to citizenship for illegal aliens, and he has fought hard to maintain the common core education system in Ohio. Additionally, in what was perhaps one of his most notable decisions, Kasich strayed from the path of many other Republican governors and accepted a Medicaid expansion through Obamacare. Despite the fact that Kasich’s fiscal policies and moderate views on the issues discussed above are popular among many, he has religious views with which many young voters, including me, tend to disagree. While he is on record for accepting the Supreme Court ruling on sames e x marriage, he still states that

he only believes in “traditional” marriages. Likewise, he is formally against abortion. I still think, though, that if Kasich follows the rulings of the Supreme Court and continues to uphold moderate views on important social issues, he could turn out to be a great candidate. Carson is another candidate who has made a legitimate push in the last few months. Personally, I love his style. His simple, to the point answers throughout the debate were key, and he showed that he has the ability to transition from a medical genius to a political stud. Carson advocates for a simple tax code and limited government interference in the free market. These two ideas are attractive to me as a young Republican voter, and Carson’s idea to let the economy run “the way it’s supposed to” is reassuring. My favorite thing about Carson, however, is his outsider status. Carson rarely gives in to the histrionics and grandstanding to which candidates like Rand Paul are prone. Instead, he offers blunt,

straightforward statements about his beliefs. When asked about race, he is quick to acknowledge the issues plaguing our country, which is something that many other Republicans seem afraid to do. He advocates for police officers to wear cameras in an effort to curb abuse and violence, and he believes that with the implementation of these cameras, instances of police brutality will decrease by 85%. Despite the fact that Carson is personally against gay marriage and abortion, he has formally stated that the Supreme Court ruling should be followed. Likewise, he supports abortions up until 20 weeks. Hopefully these stances are moderate enough for independent voters. I think that Kasich and Carson are two impressive candidates who have a real shot of challenging Trump for the Republican nomination, and I am excited to see how the race develops.

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CONNECTICUT: Brigid Stoll ’19 Henry Conlon ’16 Katherine Bowman ’19 William Dale ’19 Caroline Conzelman ’18 Mary Edmonds ’19 Emily Henderson ’19 William Kolman ’19 David Michaud ’16 Colin Olson ’19 Jackson Palmer ’19 Margaret Williams ’19 David Gagas ’16 Sarah O’Conner ’17 Anna-Birgitta Sotirhos ’18 Zev York ’18 Daniel Cui ’19

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PENNSLYVANIA: Mary deLisser ’17 Nicole Da Costa ’19

VIRGINIA: Luke Brugel ’16 Gannon Witt ’18 NORTH CAROLINA: Michael Holland ’19 Sean McAvoy ’19 Gurbir Grewal ’16

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NEW JERSEY: Gerardson Alexandre ’19 Chelsea Egu ’19 Bayard DeMallie ’19 Bennett Stankovits ’19 Qingying Li ’19

MARYLAND: Julia Angekeow ’18 Seth Reinhard ’17 Graham O’Brien’19

WASHINGTON DC: Peranut Nimitsurachat ’16 FLORIDA: Garrett Moe ‘19 Avery Reed ’18 Helen Hicks ’18 Alfred Auersperg ’19 Alexis San Martin ’18 Winslow Robinson ’16

NEW YORK: Caroline Carpenter ’19 Benjamin Hirsch ’18 Harbour Woodward ’19 Edward Durfee ’19 Rian Bogle ’19 Jennifer Brown ’19 Aminata Ka ’19 Kevin Hendrick ’18 Samuel Powell ’18 Lily Davy ’19 Chenelle Jones ’19 Jared Pantalony ’18 John Cobb ’19 Jada Howard ’19 Cameron Ciero ’16 Alina Xu ’17 Louise Polk ’17 Kathryn Parker ’16 Isabel Perry ’16 Syndney Bebon ’19 Frederick Boulton ’19 Sophia Centola ’18 Federico Ferragamo ’19 Jacskon Fleming ’19 Victor Geraci ’19 Jordan Ginder ’18 Christopher Hunt ’19 Ethan Kelly ’19 Maya Rajan ’18 Richard Roberts ’18 Alexander Wong ’18 Lucy Blake ’19 Rory Flaherty ’16 Aaron Appleton ’16 Young Hur ’18 Caneron Heard ’19 Maxwell Scalamandre ’19 Protik Nandy ’19

Quick Count: 195 Boarding 23 Day 40 International 218 total new students!

Thank you, Ms. Wierzbicki, for your assistance in the production of this map !


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Dear Margo, Rita, and Curtis, I’m a little nervous about my first few days at DA – do you have any tips for me to feel ready for this new adventure?

// PERRY HAMM Staff Writer

Sincerely, Newbie Dear Newbie, First of all, a huge welcome to DA! And you’re right, this is going to be the adventure of a lifetime. And no adventure is complete without a reliable survival kit. Here are some of the basics you will need on your first day of DA: 1. A pair of binoculars that says to DA, “Hey, I’m a curious kid with a knack for bird-watching. Wanna be best friends?” Why mess with a classic? 2. A James Bond style shoe-phone. As you might already know, use of mobile phones in public areas of campus is strictly prohibited. However, a sleek, oxford-style shoe phone will ward off any and all suspicion of unsolicited use of mobile phones. (Plus, this is a fun and stylish way to communicate with that new best friend!) 3. Pants. Don’t forget pants. With the exception of the risky business dance. Then, forget pants. 4. A prepared list of answers to the most commonly asked questions by new classmates. For instance answers to questions like, “What’s your name? Where are you from? Where are you living? When’s the mobile project due? What’s that on your toe?” to name a few. The best way to get these extremely valuable questions answered, without having to repeat yourself, is to type them up and ask Mr. Kelly to send out an all-school email. This way, everyone will know who you are and won’t need to talk to you until a few weeks into the school year. 5. A mask in case you need to start anew. Sincerely, Margo, Rita & Curtis


A couple of the Council’s goals heading into the school year: - Bracelets or necklaces for girls at commencement - Hiring professional DJs for dances - Deerfield Student Requests Facebook page (students can post ideas/ issues they want addressed) Please contact Claire Petrus (cpetrus@deerfield.edu) with any suggestions/proposals that you’d like accomplished this year. Freshmen and sophomores: Student Council elections will take place in October for those who want to run!


For the 2015-2016 school year, the Dean of Students office will undergo the following changes: Mr. Toby Emerson will step down from the Dean’s office to return to full-time teaching, and for the first time, the underclassman dean position will be split into two separate roles, with a dean for the freshman class and a dean for the sophomore class. Becca Sherburne will be stepping up as the Freshman Class Dean, and Sam Bicknell will serve as the Sophomore Class Dean. In her new position, Ms. Sherburne’s biggest focus is the new Freshman Village. “My main goal is to see the Village succeed, in whatever way that may mean,” she said. “I am really looking forward to seeing where this project will lead us in the future, and how it will impact the student body.” Ms Sherburne added that she is “especially excited to work with the rest of the dean team, and learn from the wisdom of the more experienced deans, like Ms. Creagh and Mr. Kelly.” Though Ms. Sherburne is very excited about her new role, and the responsibilities that come with it, she is wary that her deanship could influence her relationship with students. “I know that my role could lead to some hesitancy towards me from students, which would be really sad, but understandable.” Similarly, Mr. Bicknell said, “I hope that the way students and faculty interact with me doesn’t change, but I understand that my position can come with a certain aura that can skew those interactions a little bit. My hope is that I’m the same Mr. Bicknell that people have come to know, but more present in the community.” For the beginning of this year, Mr.


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Bicknell is hoping to get to know as many students on campus as possible, and as the year progresses, he hopes “to be consistent and to communicate often with students and faculty.” “There’s a lot of unknown that comes with this position, and it’s going to take me some time to get on my feet and get a good idea of what exactly is going on in the Dean’s office,” Mr. Bicknell said, “but it’s such a great opportunity to interact with the entire community, and create a more positive environment in the Dean’s office and on campus.”

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Mr. Bicknell at his new desk.

Mr. Emerson mentioned that though he is very excited to be back in the classroom full time, he will miss working with Mr. Kelly and Ms. Creagh. “Especially Ms. Creagh,” he added, “We have been together in that office for eight years.” In terms of student relationships, perhaps Mr. Emerson’s experience as a Dean can help ease some of Ms. Sherburne and Mr. Bicknell’s nerves. He explained that though his relationship with students “certainly changed,” these changes weren’t necessarily negative, as “ the opportunity to work with students in different ways was a certain advantage the Dean of Students job offered.” One piece of advice Mr. Emerson would give to the new deans is the the following: “Create a trust and never take yourself too seriously.”

Over the summer, Elizabeth Tiemann ’16 launched a nonprofit called Delta Lab with a team of twelve other young entrepreneurs. The company’s mission is to “encourage involvement in the crucial fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)” among Indonesia’s underprivileged youth. To do this, as stated on its website, Delta Lab will distribute lab kit boxes filled with “thought-provoking, interestpiquing experiments” to elementary schools in the area. Tiemann, who grew up partly in Jakarta, Indonesia, fondly recalls transforming her family’s kitchen into “Elizabeth’s Lab,” where she conducted science experiments

engineering, technology, and science to employees in other countries, Tiemann was motivated to create

Provided by Elizabeth Tiemann

Delta Lab. Delta Lab produces “lab boxes” designed for third and sixth grade students that contain materials for five different STEM classroom experiments. Each experiment also teaches a scientific concept, including topics such as density, a catalyst’s role in a chemical reaction, oxidation through carbon compounds, and heat. Each experiment incorporates fun materials and titles, such as “Growing Gummy Bears” and “Rainbow in a Jar,” that are aimed at engaging young learners. To develop the nonprofit, Tiemann works with a team of students, called “lab partners,” most of whom “go to boarding school or college in the U.S.” Each lab partner is responsible for contacting sponsors and communicating Provided by Elizabeth Tiemann with schools. Tiemann encountered challenges created by her mother. She values those activities as a crucial part of her along the way to making Delta Lab a early education, and she explained reality. For example, she eventually that not nearly enough Indonesians decided to reconstruct the model, have the same opportunities. When which first allowed for students to she learned that far too many receive their own lab boxes, after Indonesians lack a range of STEM realizing the kits would be more skills, forcing Indonesian companies effective as a classroom-wide tool. to outsource jobs in the fields of She also experienced initial difficulty

in finding sufficient funding and support. Individual sponsors cover the fifty-dollar cost of each lab box, maintaining the non-profit nature of Delta Lab, and they have input into which schools receive the boxes. As Tiemann said, “the sad reality is that not everyone wants to help,” but ultimately, enthusiastic supporters of Delta Lab helped balance the funding scales. During the seven-week startup period, Tiemann said the most rewarding part was seeing the students’ reactions when they performed the experiments: “I haven’t seen that much sheer enthusiasm for learning in a while, and that was really, really refreshing.” Rewarding, too, was the initial response to the idea of Delta Lab. “I started getting requests from schools for upwards of 30 boxes a week,” she said. “One school even extended an invitation to do an event to demo a box in front of a group of 180 students!” During the school year, Tiemann explained that “the number of boxes and frequency of delivery will decline a bit, but [she expects] to go back with full force next summer.” She will stay in contact with potential sponsors and work with her team in Indonesia during school breaks. “It killed me a little bit on the inside when I had to leave Jakarta just as work was really starting [up],” she said. “But I trust the momentum will keep building, and we can make a greater impact next summer.” Though still very young, Delta Lab has already reaped the support of the economic consul of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta and hopes to extend its services to other countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam, and Mongolia next summer. Tiemann added, “We have proven that the demand for STEM education, and our boxes as a vector for that demand is outstanding.”


This summer, Madisen Siegel ’17 used a grant from DA to educate herself and those in her community on the past and present history of the Middle East. Her interest in learning about the Middle East stems from her family’s Jewish heritage and from the fact that her grandfather lives there. She stated that before learning more about the region, she felt “very ignorant,” and explained that that her “main inspiration for the project was to prevent the ignorance that sparks so many stereotypes about the region and subsequent conflicts.” Siegel began her project by taking an intensive threeweek course at Princeton University called Politics in the Middle East. “What was really cool about [the class] was that it took an objective, academic stance on all of the issues…we weren’t learning biased views from either side.” She explained that hearing from news sources is not a sufficient way to understand everything that is going on, stating, “You have to look into history to get the truth.” Siegel used all of the knowledge she learned from the class at Princeton to create a PowerPoint presentation that she delivered to two audiences in her hometown in New Jersey—one at the Glenn Rock Public Library and the other at the Glenn Courts Senior Independent Living Center. One of the events was advertised in the Glenn Rock Gazette, her town’s local newspaper. She centered her presentation on the

following mantra: “To Understand We Must Contextualize.” Her PowerPoint offered this contextualization by presenting a detailed history of the Middle East that she hoped would provide an unbiased portrait to her audience. The presentation began by detailing the general region and land. Siegel explained that the area is “a melting pot of leftover countries.” Next, she discussed negative stereotypes in the Middle East, especially concerning Islam, because there are “a lot of

the cause of the conflict by “looking back into history.” Siegel recounted that her audience was “overwhelmed after discovering how much they didn’t know about the region and the history,” especially after they discussed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Iran Nuclear Deal. She explained, “Their reactions reminded me of my own response when I had been first exposed to the material just a few weeks earlier.” Siegel wanted to show the audiences that there are not “sides to each conflict” in the Middle East, but rather that “it’s all just shades of gray.” She continued, “The only way to understand now is to look back and understand the relationships that were formed” and the tensions that emerged in those relationships. She explained that she wanted to be sure to be completely objective in her presentation because she knew that she would be speaking to people of Jewish faith and perhaps people who had lived during the Holocaust. Siegel explained of her Provided by Madisen Siegel final project, “Not only was I misconceptions about the religion.” able to master the material better by The presentation included details teaching it, but also it was fulfilling to about fundamentalism in Islam see my community’s reactions.” because that term is often associated If you are interested in hearing with ISIS and other terrorist Siegel’s presentation, The Center for groups; however, as she clarified, Service and Global Citizenship plans fundamentalism itself does not relate to host a service symposium in the to terrorism at all. Boyden Library once renovations are During her presentation she also complete. Siegel and other students discussed the Israeli-Palestinian who utilized summer service grants Conflict. She wanted to explain that will have the opportunity to present the tension and violence between their projects. In addition, Siegel Israel and Palestine has been is willing to give the presentation “building and erupting” for a while. again on campus for those who are She said she discovered the roots of interested.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT NEW ART GALLERY MAKES AN IMPACT //NINA MCGOWAN Senior Writer During the last days of summer, when students across the world prepared to return to the Valley, the von Auersperg Gallery prepared for the installation of the exhibit “Human Impact.” Comprised of both photography and sculptures, the exhibit, curated by Fine Arts Teacher Tim Trelease, will be open from September 20th to October 20th in the Hess Center. The exhibition was inspired by the popular “Unconventional Beauty” assignment in Mr. Trelease’s photography classes. Mr. Trelease always introduces the assignment with a short clip from the film American Beauty, in which a character explains the most beautiful thing he had ever seen: a plastic bag carried by the wind, dancing in a deserted alley. Trelease captured the spirit of the project by saying, “It’s the poetic beauty behind things. It’s looking for unconventional beauty, like a cigarette box in a puddle or some graffiti, and elevating these ugly things into beautiful things.” The upcoming show will highlight the notion of unconventional beauty, incorporating a sense of social consciousness to answer the daunting question, “What impact are we having on this planet that we all share?” To respond to this question, Trelease created his “wishlist” of artwork that explores the emerging cultural crossroad regarding the effects of the population on urban condition, urban life, water and sustainability. With the exception of a Richard Misrach photograph, generously lent to the Academy by a Deerfield family, the works of art are on loan from the various galleries that represent the artists. Each of the artists in the forthcoming exhibit approaches the unifying theme of human impact in a different way. Awardwinning Brazilian photographer

Sebastiao Salgado, for example, captures the pure, untouched natural beauty of the polar ice caps. His photograph provokes the haunting question, “How much longer is this going to be?” The photographer Andrew Moore offers another perspective. He photographs abandoned and dilapidated buildings all over the world, suggesting the detachment and Fortress of Solitude, Antarctica, 2005, by Sebastiao wastefulness of human beings. Salgado Although the show is predominantly photographs, it includes several sculptures, which will be centered on the floor of the gallery. The exhibition also includes the work of Rachel Perry Welty, Brian Vanden Brink, Tim Feresten, Harriet Diamond and Rebecca Muller. With the opening of the exhibit quickly approaching, Trelease hopes to provide his photography classes with as much information about the artists and exhibit as possible. Several students, including Lily Louis ’18, Lulu Fanjul ’18 and Rachel Yao ’16 will return to the gallery as tour guides. Trelease also hopes to organize student interviews with the artists this fall. Even though the exhibit will close in October, the von Auersperg Gallery will be filled with a student “Human Lost in My Life (Fruit Stickers with Wax Paper), Impact” art show this spring. 2014, by Rachel Perry Welty The artwork will not be limited to only Deerfield students— all art students from private schools in the Northeast are invited to participate. Trelease said, “I want this show to be a catalyst for inspiration. In whatever way [the student-artists] are inspired and in any medium, we’ll find a way for their work to be in the exhibit.” The forthcoming “Human Impact” exhibit will offer the Abandoned House, by Brian Vanden Brink Deerfield community the opportunity to see astonishing artwork, inviting viewers to All photos courtesy of the artist. contemplate the profound Top two photos also courtesy of relationship—and subsequent Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC. responsibility—that exists between humans and the earth.


hoped to send to her painting’s viewers. After submitting her work, in order to advance into the next round, Yao needed others to vote for her piece online. Yao said, “In a way, by asking people to like my work, I am helping to raise awareness for human disability, which isn’t a very talked about topic at Deerfield.” Her piece is a reflection inspired

defects, but in fact they could be people with trouble communicating or opening up,” she described. The UN Draw Disability A few months ago, Rachel Yao Contest has sparked conversation ’16 entered her artwork into throughout the world. In eight the UN Draw Disability Contest months the contest received created to encourage dialogue, almost 3,000 submissions from 50 raise awareness on disabilities and countries. Out of these submissions, related issues within educational 125 of them were selected by a jury environments, and advocate of experts according to the following respect and inclusion. The criteria: message, #DrawDisability campaign creativity, technique, was launched on December and overall impact. 3, 2014, the International Day From those 125 of Persons with Disabilities. chosen drawings, the Yao was first inspired to 100 most voted for create her painting after will be featured in the observing the power of final #DrawDisability combining art with activism. exhibition at the UN She said, “At the time, I was Headquarters in New really inspired by the MLK Day York this December exhibit and how those artists to celebrate the used their art as a form of social International activism.” This summer, while Day of Persons Gwyneth Hochhausler researching different ways to with Disabilities. incorporate raising awareness Rachel Yao ‘16 holding her painting for the Draw Disability contest. Yao explained, for a specific cause into her “If I do make it artwork, she came across the United Nations Draw Disability contest. by a visit when she was 7 years old to that stage, it will open up opportunities for She submitted her painting to an orphanage in China housing countless with two goals in mind: to support children with mental disabilities. me as an artist, but more the cause for humans with “Every drip represents the vast importantly, an activist. Art is disabilities and to gain support range of disabilities there are. my passion, and knowing that I for her artwork. #DrawDisability People with disabilities are often could use it to change the world fosters the exact message that Yao perceived as having physical is very inspiring and motivating.”


A piece from Victoria Castellano-Woods’s ‘16 concentration, “Addictions.”

Graphite drawing by Gia Kim ‘16 .

Self portrait by Katherine Goguen ‘16.

A piece from Sevrin Sarachek’s ‘17 concentration.


and exposure on our campus.” Juan Cabrera ‘16, an active singer at DA who spoke with Jackson during opening days, said, “I strongly believe that he is going to get more people involved in the arts in some form...it’s exciting to think more people will potentially be involved in something extraordinary.”

Deerfield’s new music director, Daniel Jackson, has an extensive background in music. Beginning his voice career in high school, Mr. Jackson performed in front of thousands in vocal ensemble, then went on to attend Florida State University, majoring in Choral Music Education—a perfect fit for his job here at Deerfield. After performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and taking a two-week tour of Valerie Ma Vietnam, Jackson Jackson works with the Rhapso-D’s before their first graduated and took performance of the year. a job at Olympia High School in Orlando, Florida, where Not only does Jackson wish to he was deeply involved in the music program. Mr. Jackson also influence our students’ musical through these new spent three years as the Assistant talents Artistic Director for the Garden ensembles, Mr. Jackson mentioned Community Choir in Winter Garden, that he also hopes “to be able to Florida, and spent eight years as offer a listening ear, an open heart, the Chamber Choir Director at the and maybe a new point of view Presbyterian Church of the Lakes. on what makes life worth living.” Jackson understands that At Deerfield, Jackson plans to try to create more opportunities Deerfield will be a new environment for ensemble classes during the for him and that he will have to class day schedule. In addition, learn the “communal rhythm.” He added, “There are new he hopes to specialize the ensembles, meaning particular responsibilities that I don’t quite classes will be for jazz, a cappella, have a handle on yet. The fact is, percussion, or Gospel. Jackson all I care about is teaching kids feels these different types of and having a positive influence on ensembles could “really help to others. I absolutely love what I do.” build cross-cultural connections


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For 12 days this summer, 35 Deerfield soccer players trained in Spain for preseason led by Coach Flaska, Coach Rajballie, Coach Taft, Coach Pitcher and Coach Davis. The team stayed in Valladolid, which is a small town outside of Oviedo and Madrid. Every day, the team had morning practices and more often than not played matches against some local teams. “The first day following our arrival, we played a very strong team and they beat us really bad, and then on the last day, we played the exact same team and we tied,” post-graduate Felicius Bucyukundi ’16 recalled. “As a team, we grew and improved, and there was chemistry building, which was something that is crucial for the rest of the season.” Needless to say, the team experienced much more than just training. “This [was] a players’ trip,” Coach Flaska acknowledged. “We [had] a lot of team bonding, including reading a book together, fun activities in our dorm together and—quite often—out on the field together.” Not only was the trip one for returners, but for incoming students as well. Bucyukundi ’16 commented, “One thing I liked about the team was that they were very welcoming, and they reached out to me and made sure I

wasn’t sitting alone.” On top of that, the group also took advantage of their training environment to learn about another way of life. Co-captain Brendan O’Connell ’16 commented, “This trip [was] about the experience of living and playing in a completely different country and culture.” The agenda included a guided tour and a tapas tour of Downtown Valladolid, a visit to the Santa Clara Monastery in Tordesillas, a tour of Real Madrid’s “Estadio Bernabeu” and much more. During the trip, the team immersed itself in the soccer culture of Spain, which included watching two high level matches: a Real Valladolid Match, and a Spain v. Slovakia European Championships 2016 qualifier. Upon their return to school, the captains are thinking about how best to lead the team into the season. Co-captain Oliver Fair ’16 concluded that the team’s “goals for the season are definitely to make the playoffs and then go on to win the league.” “Taking this season day by day is most important,” O’Connell stated further. “All of us have to learn something new and strive to get better every day.” He added, “we have the right tools consisting of coaches and players to make a run this year.”


DSPN has the goal of providing live updates, increasing school spirit, informing alumni on Deerfield athletics and of course chirping Choate Rosemary Hall. We have an Instagram (__dspn) and a Facebook page, which will provide live updates on everything Deerfield athletics. We encourage everyone to follow our Instagram and like our Facebook page. Finally, if anyone has submissions or updates for us, we would be more than happy to post them on either Instagram or Facebook.

We (Charlie Carpenter ’16, Courtney Morgan ’16 and Rufus Shamberger ’16) are running DSPN and are pumped to increase the school spirit that makes Deerfield so special.

Deerfield alumnus Alex Killorn ’08, now a explained. “Playing professional hockey is a center on The Tampa Bay Lightning, made a grind,” he said. “Instead of 30 games a year name for himself this summer during the NHL you play sometimes over 100. That wears on fight for the Stanley Cup. your body… but you get used to it” Killorn was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Killorn’s opportunity to play for Lighting although his family moved to an area just was not one he was willing to pass up, outside Montreal when he was very young. regardless of the heightened intensity and Later, he found his second home at Deerfield pressure. Alex became the first ever Academy. Looking back on what he Harvard graduate imagined for himself and his future to score a goal in the as a student at Deerfield a n d Stanley Cup, but his “biggest later at Harvard University, goal to date was scoring the Killorn reflected, “I didn’t really game-winner in game 7 of the have many expectations when eastern conference finals against I first arrived at Deerfield. I was Lundqvist,” a Swedish goaltender hoping that I would get recruited for the New York Rangers. to play hockey at a division one Killorn believes that his time at college. Once I got to Harvard, Deerfield prepared him I really focused on having a well for an academic career in professional hockey and athletic career. and committed myself to that. He noted, “I think Rachel Yao I had a great senior year and [Deerfield] helped me everything fell into place.” out a lot academically in Killorn always knew preparing me for Harvard… that he wanted to play As a hockey player, it was a chance hockey, and as he moved up from high school for me to really be showcased to different to college, he became more ambitious and colleges… I also met a ton of friends who I sought to excel. However, Killorn did not am still very close to today.” Not to mention, always feel fit to play. He explained, “I was the highlight of his Deerfield experience was undersized and had a tough time adjusting to “probably beating Choate at home.” a sport that was so physical. I really worked Throughout his hockey career, the best hard in the gym… working out nearly 6 times piece of advice that Killorn has received a week. This helped me once I grew. I filled is “don’t worry about the big picture, just out.” focus on what’s in front of you right now.” Speaking of his achievements, in 2012, after However, Killorn himself has his own advice finishing his time at Harvard, Killorn went on for current Deerfield students that can apply to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL. to any realm, whether it be academics, arts, or While it was an incredible accomplishment, athletics: “Have confidence in yourself. I try to it was also an immense adjustment. Going have the mindset that I’m the best player on from high school hockey to college hockey the ice whenever I play.” is one thing, but transitioning from college to a national league is “a lot different,” Alex


After winning gold at the Youth National Championships by more than five seconds last year, the Deerfield Girls Crew Team returned from Sarasota, Florida with the title once again. The Girls first boat was coached by Eve Goldenberg, Miriam Singer and Sonja O’Donnell, and consisted of Claire Collins ’15, Eileen Russell ’15, Paige Cleary ’17, Katie Livingston ’15 and coxswain Garam Noh ’15. Goldenberg reflected on the overall season: “I didn’t necessarily believe that it was talent enough to win this year, mostly because of inexperience, but I couldn’t help but feel as though the program was building by leaps and bounds, exponentially, every day, and that everyone was working super hard and adapting and improving.” She also stated, “This year people knew we were coming – they had actually watched our season because of last year’s win.” On May 23rd, at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Regatta, the first boat won gold for the second time in a row in the 1,500 meter race, qualifying the girls for the Youth National Championships, with a time of 5:30.399 minutes, leading Newton Country Day School by more than 7 seconds (5:37.480) and The Winsor School by more than 8 seconds (5:38.808). Eileen Russell ’15 acknowledged, “We knew that if we raced our best races, we would take home the gold.” However, in order to prepare for Nationals, the girls faced a grueling period of training, because they needed to adjust

Eileen Russell


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from a 1,500-meter race plan to a 2,000-meter race plan, which required practice twice a day and a significant increase in mileage. At Nathan Benderson Park, where The Youth National Championships were held, the boat placed third in the Semi-Finals and therefore entered the Finals with the fifth fastest time. In the final race, the boat was not always ahead. For the first 500-meters, the boat was sitting in third, but the crew kept taking seats. By the 1000-meter mark, the boat was ahead and, according to Russell, rowing the “perfect race.” The Girls rowed their way to the Gold Medal finish in the 2,000-meter race with a time of 7:10.3, beating Upper Natoma Rowing Club (7:14.0) and Green Lake Crew (7:17.5). Goldenberg declared, “The primary feeling was pride, such pride. I don’t think I’ve felt that way before…Everyone committed in a way that pushed them differently and harder than ever before. They were angry, and focused, and ready to do something absolutely new.” Goldenberg attributed that success to the depth in the boat and concluded, “Claire, Eileen and Garam each bring something different—they are all sick and fierce competitors, but each has a different sort of poise, and each knows, really knows, the value of work. Katie has one of the most beautiful strokes, and she ‘set up’ the boat so well that everyone in front of her simply felt a sort of confidence—she is this quiet force that allows boats to work. And Paige brought all the vigor of a young, new rower combined with the mental game of a seasoned athlete.” Russell ’15 said of next year, “There are some incredibly talented girls on the team who will definitely make strong first and second boats this coming season...Needless to say, you have not seen the last of Deerfield Girls Crew!” Victoria Castellano-Wood ‘16 and Anne Trapp ‘16 will captain the team next year. Eileen Russell will go on to row at Williams College, Claire Collins at Princeton University, Katie Livingston at Wellesley College, and Garam Noh will cox at Harvard University.


After an outstanding season, the Boys Crew Team rowed their way to third at Youth Nationals for the second year in a row. The first boat—Gordon Johnson ’17, Bryce Klehm ’15, Alex Devries ’15, Caleb Friends ’16 and Dani Michelson ’17—coached by Spencer Washburn went into NEIRAs unsure of fierce rivals Belmont Hill School and Groton School. Johnson ’17 acknowledged, “During the season, I thought maybe we could get second at NEIRAs and then possibly go to Nationals, but I had no idea we would make it that far.” The boat went on to win NEIRAs and qualify for Nationals with a time of 4:52.124 minutes in the 1,500 meter race, beating Belmont (4:57.244) and Groton (4:59.513). After receiving gold, Johnson ’17 stated, “We trained at Deerfield twice a day for about a week and a half, rowing out of the UMass facilities. We trained at 6:30 in the morning and then again at around 3 p.m. When we finally got to the first race at Nationals, we didn’t really know how fast we were compared to the crews across the country.” At Youth Nationals, the boat ended up winning their initial heat and winning the semi-final race by beating Bromfield Acton Boxborough by two seconds. “After not having raced in almost three weeks,” Head Coach Spencer Washburn commented, “they showed very little rust and immediately put themselves on the short list of contenders in their event. They followed the heat up with a great effort in the semi-finals on Saturday, where they again crossed the line first.” In the finals, the Boys crew battled from start to finish in a volatile race with the best high school crew teams in the country. Deerfield took third with a time of 6:32.58 minutes behind Bromfield (6.31.04) and Lyme-Old Lyme (6:32.01). “When we got to the finals,” Johnson ’17 reflected, “we put everything on the line and raced as hard as we could, but it wasn’t enough.” “No one blinked or backed down,” Washburn said of the final race. “It was a fantastic race to watch as those three crews

(Deerfield, Bromfield and Lyme- Old Lyme) all stepped up in the biggest race of the year and threw down incredible efforts. It was certainly a race that could have been won by any of the three boats, and while we were hoping for a slightly different result, I am very proud of the way the boys represented themselves and our program on the national stage. They’re a special group.” Bryce Klehm ’15 concluded, “It was a great season with the whole team in general. And I know I speak for Alex and I when I say it was a privilege to have Coach Washburn our senior year. I could not have asked for more.” Bryce Klehm will go on to row at the University of Pennsylvania, and Alex Devries at Brown University. Friends and Johnson will be captains of the crew team next year.

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