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Anthony Bourdain ’74 In Remembrance

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A Message from “Dr. D.” As I write this, the season is finally blooming and we are preparing for all our traditional spring events that define the close of the school year. This issue of our magazine arrives after going through an extensive redesign including a new digest-style sizing, the launch of a new enhanced website (, and the introduction of a related online D-E today Video Archive. The website includes both expanded versions of the features you see here and a more interactive version of this booklet, with links to all the e-communications regularly shared with our current families, faculty, and staff. The D-E today Video Archive represents what our students, faculty/staff, and parents see every day when they are on our campus, on plasma TV screens located in gathering places such as the Lobbies of Hajjar and Schenck Auditoriums, and Modell's Sports Complex. With these enhancements, we aim to better capture D-E "today" in an authentic way for our extended community located throughout the US, and even overseas. The School is now in the final chapters of another interesting and exciting year. Groundbreaking was held earlier this year for the Middle School, the newest phase in the School's Village Project campus development project. We have recently watched the steel beams going up and cement poured. At this time I am reminded of how the construction process can exemplify a disparate, wonderfully diverse group of individuals coming together to create something that is even more glorious than the sum of its parts. This year I have also seen exceptional examples of our community demonstrating our mission in action. Our "Seeking Excellence" feature hopefully can motivate all of us, with examples from our alumni body as well as current students and faculty. 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awardee Aaron Dworkin ’93 epitomizes the ideals too of "making it better" through his work at a nationwide after-school program. Allison "Ally" Raphael ’21 (see below photo) is just one student who inspires me. Finally in this issue we also remember Anthony Bourdain ’74 whose untimely death caused so many to pause and think about the importance of seizing new opportunities, and to always maintain fresh perspective, a listening ear, and the mindset of a life-long learner. Thank you for being a part of our community, Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett

Head of School "Dr. D" is seated alongside racer and Upper School student Ally Raphael '21. To learn more about Ally and others who "seek excellence" please see page 8.

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D-E today is published by Dwight-Englewood School Communications and Publications, in partnership with the Advancement Office. Mission As a community of learners, DwightEnglewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for life-long learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values, and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better. Comments are always welcome. Please address them to:

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Introducing the D-E today Video Archive. Throughout the magazine you’ll notice specific references to our new D-E today Video Archive, an online album of video vignettes capturing special activities and events, breaking news announcements, outstanding community achievements, and more. These are the same video clips that play on the plasma TV screens now located throughout the D-E campus. We hope you enjoy this additional opportunity to sample and experience current life at the School, an authentic representation of D-E today.

Editor: D-E Today 315 East Palisade Ave. Englewood, NJ 07631 Phone: 201-227-3117 Fax: 201-567-1676 Email: Editor: Director of Communications and Publications Liz Tausner Contributors: Greibin Agramonte; Pat Boig; Sherronda Brown, Ed. D.; Linda Chen ’19; Anne Choi ’19; Fiona Cohen ’19; Marisol Diaz; Christopher Fleischl; Madison Gagnon ’19; Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78; Adia Guthrie ’21; Caroline Chappell Hazarian ’05; Cameron Janssens ’19; DaYoung Jung; Jordan McKoy ’19; Riley Levine ’20; Allison Raphael ’21; Ryan Rodgers ’19; C. Christian Schmid; Lilly Trentacosta ’23; and Kenneth Yan ’19. Copyediting: Leslie Virostek Graphic Design: Bartosz Klemensowski Photography: Julia McSpirit Beckett ’17; Anne Choi ’19; Harrison Co ’10; DaYoung Jung; Bartosz Klemensowski; John McCabe, and Mena Tausner ’20. Additional photography supplied by D-E student and parent, faculty/ staff, and alumni submissions. Printing: Print Solutions, Englewood, NJ On the Front Cover: A Lower Schooler gives her approval during a successful experiment conducted in collaboration with the Upper School WISE (Women in STEM Education) Club. On the Back Cover: The Class of 2019 painted the Senior Rock earlier this year, a relatively new but one of many beloved, picture-worthy D-E traditions. Just a few of the myriad “Scene @ D-E” images that you will find highlighted here and with more online at

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A Message from “Dr. D.”


The Village Project


Seeking Excellence


Celebrating Our Community


“Learning Boldly” with D-E 360°


Appreciating the Arts


Athletics Highlights


Seasonal Scenes


Connecting Our Community / Class Notes


Bulldog Bookshelf


In Memoriam


Remembering Anthony Michael Bourdain ’74


Embracing Diversity

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Creating Dynamic Campus Learning Environments

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The new Middle School currently under construction on the D-E campus represents so much more than an innovative building for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. It is just one component of The Village Project, an exciting vision for new campus buildings and green spaces. The Village Project is shaping our dynamic learning environments in and out of the classroom. It began with the opening of the cutting-edge Hajjar STEM Center in the fall of 2015. It continues with the construction of the new Middle School; a new auditorium currently under development; and the reconfiguring of outdoor spaces designed to support both academic learning—particularly the School’s commitment to project-based learning and process-oriented teaching—and community gatherings. Located on the site of the Pope Science Hall and replacing Umpleby Hall, the new Middle School will provide a multi-disciplinary mix of classrooms and is designed to accommodate the specific needs of each grade community. Groundbreaking for the facility took place in the fall of 2018 (see pages 6-7), and construction is expected to conclude in 2020. The nearby auditorium, featuring a new performance hall, will follow the completion of the Middle School and will be on the site of the current Umpleby Hall. With a stage that can seat 80, and an audience space of 630 seats, this auditorium will be a home to the D-E music/ performing arts program and provide a venue for all Middle School and Upper School assemblies and many campus activities and important community events. To learn more about The Village Project and to be involved in its vision and development, please contact Pat Boig, Director of Advancement, at 201-227-3108 or

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BREAKING GROUND FOR THE NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL: PROGRESS TOWARD THE VISION OF THE VILLAGE PROJECT hiny silver shovels were the tools used by participants at the ceremonial groundbreaking for DwightEnglewood’s new Middle School on September 5. But the event’s true emphasis was on other tools—namely, how the new Middle School facility will give D-E’s topnotch teachers the tools they need to provide the best education possible to our students. As Middle School Principal Jonathan Davis pointed out to administrators, trustees, major donors, and the entire faculty of the Middle School who were attending, “We would never go visit a doctor or dentist who was excellent and well educated but still using their equipment from 1965.” Praising the innovative D-E faculty, whose best practices incorporate the latest research on neuroscience and learning, he said,

“I am personally excited to see what can be done when we combine state-of-the-art pedagogy and vision with a state-of-the-art building.” President of the Board of Trustees Ray Spitzley noted that a mere four years ago, the community was celebrating the groundbreaking for the Hajjar STEM Center, which has had a transformative impact at D-E. The new 30,000-square-foot building, designed by Gensler—the same architectural firm that created the Hajjar STEM Center—represents another “milestone” for the School as it executes its long-range Master Plan. The board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee, chaired by Scott Mager, was instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.


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The building’s design incorporates input from the Middle School faculty and possesses aspects and features that they deemed important, including providing an appropriate physical space for students from sixth to eighth grade, who span different stages of growth and maturity; retaining the benefits of grade-level affiliation while promoting discipline-based work; meeting the needs of teachers for better faculty and meeting spaces; and leveraging technology to enhance both learning and dissemination and presentation of student work. Speakers at the groundbreaking ceremony also addressed the importance of the middle school years as a developmental stage for children. Head of School Rodney V. De Jarnett noted that the middle school years are arguably the ones in which children “grow into the people they will become.” In his words,

“The school environment thus has the potential to significantly shape the trajectory of their personal and intellectual growth.” D-E community members have embraced the objectives of the building project. About two dozen major donors were on hand to wield shovels for the ceremony. De Jarnett praised all the donors not only for their belief in the vision of the School but also their willingness to act to push forward a project that will have “effects that will last for generations.” The new Middle School building is taking shape and should be completed next year. The construction site preparation that has occurred thus far has included the pouring of the foundation, and steel beams installation. The Middle School faculty will continue to meet with architects in the coming months to finalize decisions about learning spaces and furnishings.

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An Alumni Profile: Aaron Dworkin ’93 hen 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Aaron P. Dworkin ’93 arrived as a new sophomore at Dwight-Englewood, he found peers who were eager to learn, teachers and administrators who took the time to help him individually, a caring community, and a plethora of ways to get involved—student government, sports, clubs. In short, he found opportunities. Opportunities to learn, to grow, to gain confidence, to discover his strengths and interests. Today as the president of the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) National Network, an award-winning nonprofit that offers daily after-school and summer programs to some 75,000 low-income students around the country, he often invokes the “opportunity gap” that is the norm for so many kids in inner-city schools. Closing that opportunity gap is what his organization is all about. Its mission is to


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“Provide comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.” The organization’s Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) initiative, for example, fosters financial literacy and other skills while helping students discover and plan for their future careers. Another initiative, Sports as a Hook, is a sports-based youth development program that promotes leadership and teaches a variety of skills.

“I would go to all these gyms and leagues and I’d see hundreds of great guys, all of whom I thought could be great mentors.” Dworkin has been with ASAS since 2007 and has been instrumental in establishing the national model and growing the organization, which now has chapters in 20 major cities. He spends his time managing the local affiliates and overseeing strategic planning, program, evaluation, advocacy, expansion, partnerships, and leadership training efforts. There have been many highlights along the way. For example, at the age of 36, he went “back to college,” sleeping in a dorm, eating in the cafeteria, and taking classes—alongside a group of teenagers who had just finished 8th grade. It was part of CampUs, a weeklong program that brings to college campuses students at risk for dropping out of school, helping them understand why graduating is important and how college leads to fulfilling careers. The overnight experience is part of ASAS’s We Are Ready initiative, which was developed based on research showing that the best time to intervene to prevent kids from dropping out of high school is actually before they even enter high school. Another highlight for Dworkin came in 2016 at a gala in Washington, DC, when on behalf of his organization he accepted an Impact Award from Partnership for a Healthier America, the national nonprofit whose honorary chair is Michelle Obama. The award recognizes the group that demonstrates a measurable impact at the community level in building a healthier future for America’s children. Dworkin’s career in battling such big national issues as the youth obesity epidemic, the high dropout rate, and the lack of college and career counseling for underprivileged kids began with the simple desire to give back. He started volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters. And then, as he explained in his remarks at Dwight-Englewood’s commencement for the Class of 2018, he had an epiphany about how to connect kids with mentors. “I would go to all these gyms and leagues and I’d see hundreds of great guys, all of whom I thought could be great mentors


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Seeking except they didn’t want to,” he said. “But they were willing to stop whatever they were doing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 o’clock to play basketball.” He and D-E classmate Joe Stetson ’93 decided to put two and two together, founding a program called Hoops & Leaders. Dworkin explained, “We’ve got all these guys, we got all these kids, we got the funds, we got the New York City Parks Department to give us a gym, we refereed the games, we served food, we led the drills, we had leadership activities.” And so was born a way to enhance the lives and prospects of kids with few opportunities. While running Hoops & Leaders, Dworkin pursued other career options, including working for the Coro New York Leadership Center and for Moody’s Investors Service, but the commitment to helping underprivileged kids remained central to his life. It has been his full-time career for more than 10 years. Dworkin earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts, a master’s degree in education from Harvard, and a master’s degree in public affairs from Columbia, but he considers D-E to be “the school with the biggest influence on my life.” D-E provided him with essential opportunities that too many students do not have access to, he says. Think of the number of college counselors at D-E versus in the public schools, where there is one counselor for 1,000 students. Think of a D-E tradition like the Alumni Power Breakfast. It is a great example of social capital and how kids are getting exposed to adults with successful careers. It’s a far cry from the students he’s met who don’t know what careers are even out there, much less the steps to take to pursue a dream career. Dworkin views his job as “lighting up pathways for people” and “connecting the dots” for kids who—through no fault of their own—simply “don’t know what they don’t know.” Dworkin says he takes his inspiration from D-E. And now as the most recent Distinguished Alumni Award recipient he wants to use his experiences to inspire the D-E community to help close the opportunity gap. His closing words from his Commencement Keynote are an apt extension of this charge. In his words:

“My question for students today is: What do you do with the gifts that this school has given you? To whom will you pass on these gifts?”

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How our entire community works to embrace our D-E School mission to "seek excellence" is an additional source of inspiration. Featured here are just a few contributions and testimonials from current students. For additional reflections please visit


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Seeking Jordan McKoy ’19 Ever since I was little, I was taught to try to achieve excellence in everything I do. For me, this turned into playing basketball and getting good grades in the classroom. The passion to succeed was instilled in me at a very young age by my mother. She always told me to take pride in everything I do and try to be the best at it. I am very grateful to my mother for teaching me this because I continue to carry this out. In the classroom, I try my best to ask questions to make sure I understood the material clearly, I seek out my teachers during my free periods when I need a little extra help, and I always put aside an appropriate amount of time to prepare for any assessments I have. I have always liked to be proactive and stay ahead of the curve to reduce stress and make sure I get all of my work done. On the other end of the spectrum is how I strive to achieve greatness on the basketball court. In addition to playing on the team at school, I train outside of school three times weekly and at least once on the weekends to sharpen my skillset. I also played AAU basketball during the spring and summer on the weekends to gain high-level game experience. For me, this meant giving up a lot of time with my friends and family, but I did it because I had a larger dream motivating me. I set a goal for myself to earn a scholarship to play basketball in college, and this is what kept me going through the ups and downs basketball has shown me. D-E has given me an amazing opportunity and environment to achieve excellence, always encouraging me to strive for greatness and be the best I can be in every aspect.

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Linda Chen ’19

Ryan Rodgers ’19 Throughout my journey at D-E, I have been taught the strong meaning of community. The fall of ninth grade I joined a club on campus, Teens Connecting Communities (TCC). When I joined TCC, I immediately had a moment of realization that many communities aren’t as fortunate as mine. I quickly devoted my high school experience to helping communities through implementing a tutoring program for Englewood’s younger public school students, organized an annual coat drive, collected books, coordinated a school supply drive in the spring, and wrapped and distributed holiday toys during December. I believe that coming from a community as fortunate as ours, it is vital to take time to give back to other communities not as fortunate. My love for the Dwight-Englewood community encourages me not only to help improve our community but communities around us.


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Of all the activity at D-E, I think volleyball has shaped my definition of excellence the most. Everyone on the team knows all too well how important the book Wooden is to us. Written by one of the most successful basketball coaches in history, Wooden has taught us to relentlessly pursue excellence with grace and humility. With this mentality, we were really able to embrace our reputation as underdogs and excel far beyond our expectations. I think this theme of being the underdogs can be found in many of my activities, such as robotics and WISE (Women In STEM Education). Both programs started out small and, through patience and ambition, I was able to create a lasting impact that shifted the culture of our school. Meanwhile, my experience in these activities has revealed a lot about myself. Through many setbacks and victories, I learned about what matters to me. At the end of the day, I love being part of something bigger than myself. Whether watching the glow of understanding and curiosity from a student or the smile of confidence of a teammate, I feel a sense of pride and giddiness every time I have inspired or motivated someone. It’s a bit addicting.


Madison Gagnon ’19

Madison Gagnon ’19 (far left) with the D-E Crew Club after winning Bronze in the Spring 2018 State Championships. Gagnon is pictured here with Paul Philliou ’21, Alexander Philliou ’18, Alec Hoffman ’19, and Roxane Colquit ’18.

Linda Chen ’19 (far left, in white) celebrating a victory with her fellow Varsity Volleyball teammates.

Seeking excellence for me is about rowing. Ever since I fell in love with crew at Bergen County Rowing Academy in seventh grade, all I've wanted to do was row for my school. I wanted to share the strength, the escape, and the joy of rowing with my classmates. I started working on bringing crew to D-E my first week of high school, forming the D-E Crew Club, and then proceeding towards gaining new members, creating uniforms, and achieving official team status. I was initially told that rowing would never become a team for a multitude of reasons. However, after working with two different Athletic Directors, Dr. De Jarnett, my coach Clemens Reinke, and many other D-E staff and students for over three years, the D-E Crew Team finally became a reality. As a senior preparing to leave D-E after 11 years, I take comfort in leaving something behind that will be enjoyed by future students for years to come. I hope rowing can give to them what it gave to me.

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Allison "Ally" Raphael ’21 Whenever I am at the track or in a race, I am the youngest. When I race professionally next year, I will be the sole teenage female professional sports car racer in North America. Being the youngest has always pushed me to do my best on and off the track. The more practice and strategy you gain as a racer, the more you can trust yourself on track. Learning to trust yourself in racing is one of the key factors that makes me love the sport. There are various times during a race when your mind tells you to hit the brakes, but you must go full throttle. In my very first race, two cars collided in front of me. My mind told me to brake, but instead I went around the accident at full throttle. You have to override every instinct, and it can be terrifying‌but this aspect of race car driving has taught me to trust myself in difficult scenarios. Racing has taught me about perseverance. Last summer was my first multiclass race, meaning that I was not just racing against other MX-5 Miatas, but BMWs, Porsches, and even Ferraris. This would also be the longest race I had done up to that point, being 90 minutes. It was lap four of the race when I was going through the S turn, when the car behind me and I had a collision, leading me to crash into a wall at 90 mph. I walked out of my crushed car feeling legitimately crushed. I was so afraid to ever get back in a car directly after that happened. After that day I had two options: to never race again or to fight my fear and race the next weekend. I have a passion for racing, and I had worked so hard my entire life. I felt that I owed it to myself to keep going. The difference between winners and losers is that the winners get back up every time they fail. Race car driving has taught me that winning does not mean a trophy at the end of the day, but going back on track when you feel you have failed. Learning from past mistakes has led me to become a better driver and more confident person.


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Adia Guthrie ’21


Excerpted from a poem written by and performed by Adia at the January 2019 Black History Month Assembly: Black Excellence Black history tells a story The story of the birth of excellence from oppression the birth of Beauty from ashes The birth of Power from powerlessness It’s crazy how some like to criticize black people for talking about the past Since “we’re all equal now” but can’t even see the privilege that allowed them to speak that out loud. those are sentiments I will not allow... ... The pressure from the oppressor will not stifle my greatness Because from pressure comes diamonds. From our pain comes the beauty of expression Comes the music y’all love to bump to and the vernacular you love to imitate. From our anger comes creativity...

Riley Levine ’20 I try to seek excellence and find my voice in the creative arts, particularly film and poetry. My drive to find this voice stems from the impact that I see these artistic mediums can have in the world, and if I can effectively tell stories with a unique voice, I too can impact people’s perspectives. Film and poetry are outlets of creative expression and I find the process of storytelling to be satisfying because I enjoy the challenge of exhibiting the creativity, the vision, and the determination necessary to create and finish a project. In these fields, the results are rewarding because seeing both the tangible or intangible effect on the receiver of the art is extremely gratifying to me as the creator. That being said, it is a combination of both the means and ends of storytelling that motivates me forward.

Editor’s Note: For the complete poem by Aria please visit

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Cameron Janssens ’19 Tennis practice serves as respite from the stressful realities of high school. Every day after school I enter a separate world where for two hours I focus on one thing. Being a part of the DwightEnglewood tennis team has been a cornerstone of my high school experience and representative of how I seek excellence. Whenever I am on the court, I seek excellence both in developing my skills and improving the dynamic of the entire team. On-court performance is only the visible part of a long process that requires perseverance and mental strength among other things. For me, the hardest part about playing tennis is not the actual matchplay, but all of the preparation leading to the performance. The amount of work put in completely determines the quality of the result. Through this, I have learned the importance of discipline and self-motivation in achieving not just tennis goals, but anything I might want to pursue later in life.


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Lilly Trentacosta ’23 I founded a company called Lillypops ( that makes and sells gourmet lollipops. I have always wanted to start my own business and make a difference and what better way to bring a smile to people’s faces and help others than with a delicious sweet Lillypop. With each purchase of a Lillypop, a donation is made to charity. Recent charities include Broadway Cares, The Project Solution, Save the Children, Tenafly Pet ResQ, and Center for Food Action. D-E has always encouraged me to seek excellence. I’ve always been taught that you are never too young to make a difference. In Mrs. Sussmann’s third-grade social studies class, we learned about the importance of giving back to the community. That really had an impact on me. Recently, I was awarded The Congressional Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Josh Gottheimer at his “Hometown Heroes” event for the charity work and donations I have raised through Lillypops.

Kenneth Yan ’19


Ask any group of people, and chances are, every single person will have a different interpretation of the word “excellence.” Over the course of my life thus far, I have heard countless interpretations of what it means to be excellent or to seek excellence. Often I hear that seeking excellence involves somehow surpassing other people in a competitive process, or having uncanny talent or ability. Yet through my experiences over the past six years as a student at Dwight-Englewood, I have come with my own interpretation for seeking excellence: to have the resolve to grow not only my own knowledge and curiosity, but also to cultivate the same spirit within others and to raise the standard of what we can accomplish together. I can say with certainty that teaching and mentoring others, whether on purely academic matters, robotics, or creative writing, has been one of the most meaningful experiences in my life. Prior to Upper School, I had not expected that I would enjoy teaching. However, as I became increasingly involved with D-E's varsity robotics team, Critical Mass, I started teaching younger students both at D-E and at other schools about robotics and STEM as part of our community outreach initiatives. I extended the same energy to mentoring people in creative writing as well. For me, the allure of teaching comes from knowing that my efforts could inspire others to discover or create new things. Perhaps they too will teach and mentor other people. I like to think that even if I had only inspired two people over the last few years, both of them will eventually inspire other people, and the process will continue forward— an exponentially growing network fanning out to include more and more people. Who knows how far it will stretch in the future?

Kenneth Yan '19 (above) with Head of School Dr. De Jarnett at a robotics meet earlier this year.

But for now, as I finish my career at Dwight-Englewood, I hope to pass on this same spirit to younger students. And as I go to college and beyond, I will stay true to the idea that seeking excellence is not an action that is solely bound to my aspirations and achievements, but to those of others as well.

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lumni from the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys (ESB), and Dwight-Englewood School gathered for Reunion 2018, to celebrate milestone reunion years and to honor select alumni. The evening of Friday, June 1, kicked off numerous special events on the D-E School campus and around the metro area. Dwight School and ESB alumni from the Classes of 1968 enjoyed a 50th Reunion Dinner hosted by Head of School Dr. De Jarnett in the Hajjar STEM Center. On Saturday, June 2, alumni from the Classes of 1978, 1983, and 1988 gathered together with Head of School Dr. De Jarnett and Alumni Director Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78 in the lobby of the Modell’s Sports Complex to dedicate a new interactive display featuring all prior inductees of the Bulldog Hall of Fame. The 2018 D-E Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to


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Aaron Dworkin ’93 and Isaac-Davy Aaronson ’98. The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1997 to pay special tribute to alumni of the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys (ESB), and D-E. The award is presented for exemplary professional and/or volunteer accomplishments. It honors alumni whose achievements deserve special recognition by the school and by fellow graduates. As president of the National Network of After-School All-Stars (ASAS), Aaron Dworkin works to ensure program quality, collaboration, growth and sustainability amongst the ASAS chapters currently serving nearly 75,000 low-income students in 400 Title I schools in 19 major markets across the US from Harlem to Honolulu. Aaron also leads ASAS government advocacy work and

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Celebrating Major Milestones! Alumnae from the Dwight Class of 1963 recognized their 55th reunion—just one of several classes that returned to the School for a major milestone gathering. Pictured here in the top row (left to right) are: Susan Robertson D ’63, Virginia Pfizenmaier Snyder D ’63, and Dimitra Milanos Gebhard D ’63. In the bottom row (from left to right) are: Jean “JJ “Mueller Sinton D ’63, Paula Frisby Refo D ’63, Eliza “Betsey” Taft Colby D ’63, and Betsy Blackman Wahmann D ’63.

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the national program department which offers chapters support with partnerships and evaluation. They provide these national initiatives: We Are Ready middle to high school transition; CEO career exploration; Sports as a Hook health and fitness; and Life Service Action. Aaron previously served as the first-ever ASAS National Program Director and is a frequent contributor to Youth Today and presenter at education conferences. Aaron founded and directed Hoops & Leaders, a leadership training and mentoring program for low-income youth in New York City. Aaron has also worked as Director of Strategic Development for the nonprofit Coro New York Leadership Center and in Read more about Aaron the private sector as a public Dworkin ’93 on page 8. finance analyst for Moody’s Investors Service. Aaron is a graduate of Tufts University, a former Coro Fellow in Public Affairs and holds master’s degrees in education and public administration from Harvard University and Columbia University, respectively.

Editor’s Note:

Isaac-Davy Aaronson ’98 has been Segment Producer for The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC since 2014, and during that time he has won two News & Documentary Emmy® Awards for Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis (“An American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint”); and Outstanding Live Interview: (“One-on-One with Kellyanne Conway”). Following his graduation from D-E Isaac-Davy received his BA in English and his MFA, both from Columbia University. His prior experience also includes working as a producer, reporter, and host for North Carolina Public Radio New York Public Radio - WNYC. Alumni were also inducted into the 2018 Hall of Fame, which was established in 1996 to honor those individuals who have achieved a high

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level of success during their careers as student athletes and coaches, or through significant contributions to the school’s athletic program. Its purpose is to perpetuate the memory of those who have brought distinction and excellence to the Dwight School, the Englewood School for Boys, and the Dwight-Englewood School. Remarks were made on behalf of Hall of Fame inductees Alison Désir ’03, Coach Karel “Charlie” Lender (posthumously honored), and the 1987 and 1988 D-E Field Hockey Teams. For more on these Hall of Fame inductees, please see pages 26-27.

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Members of the D-E 1988 Field Hockey Team were on hand for the team’s induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. The 1988 team had an 11-2-2 record and won the Bergen County Championship, a first for D-E field hockey. Along the way, they snapped River Dell’s 19-game winning streak. The team was captained by Kelly Lynn ’89 and Amy Gambrill ’89 and coached by Liz Traub and Edith Thurber. Niccole Siegel ’90, Clara Markowitz ’90, Amy Gambrill ’89 and Eunice Lee ’89 received recognition in the All-County, All-State, and Northern Jersey All-Stars levels.

Joseph Stetson ’93 (left) provided an introduction and congratulatory remarks for his classmate and friend, Distinguished Alumni Awardee Aaron Dworkin ’93, President of the After-School All-Stars National Network. (Editor’s note: for more on Dworkin please see his alumni profile within the “Seeking Excellence” feature on page 10).


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The 1987 Field Hockey Team, which was inducted into the Hall of Fame, had a 12-3-3 record. They were the MAAPS League Champion team and State Champion team (State A Independent). The team was led by Captains Jennifer Grodberg ’88 and Cathleen Kim ’88 and coached by Liz Traub and Rose Ann Byron ’80. Lenise Graddy ’88, Patty Perez ’88, Niccole Siegel ’90 and Cathleen Kim ’88 received recognition in the All-County and All-State levels.

Reunion 2018

Announcing Alumni Annual Awards! In 2018, The Dwight-Englewood School Alumni Relations Committee decided to reinstitute the Annual Alumni Awards to be presented to those alumni classes that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to Dwight-Englewood School. The awards will be determined based on the results of the previous fiscal year’s D-E Annual Fund campaign and major reunion attendance. The presentation of the awards will take place at Reunion 2020. These new awards will recognize a variety of class achievements including “Highest Annual Fund Class Participation”; “Most Improvement by a Class for the Annual Fund”; and “Best Reunion Attendance” — among others. For more details about these NEW! Alumni Annual Awards, visit

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Hall of Fame inductee Alison Desir ’03 is pictured here in Hajjar Auditorium with Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett and Athletic Director Chris Schmid, during the Alumni Award Ceremony. Désir was also later photographed with English Department Chair and Track & Field Coach Fred Daly, who was delayed coming to the ceremony thanks to a laterunning meet, and provided remarks to honor and officially welcome her into the Athletic Hall of Fame. From 1999 to 2003, Désir received 11 varsity letters in soccer, winter track, and spring track. During that time she also was named recipient of the Cookman Award, the Bolling Award, and the Ann Hardy Award. Up until this year, she held the D-E School record for girls 400 meter hurdles, and she was the spring track 400 meter hurdles state champion (Non-Public B Group). In 2017, Women’s Running named Alison as one of 20 women who are changing the sport of running and the world. She is also Founder of the Harlem Run and Run 4 All Women. Earlier this year she was featured in Under Armor’s 2018 global campaign, Unlike Any, which celebrates and honors the unprecedented achievements of female athletes that rise above gender comparisons and stand on their own as marvels of athletic prowess.


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Reunion 2018

Alumnus John Glidden ESB ’65 provided remarks to posthumously induct Coach Karl “Charlie” Lender into the School’s Athletic Hall of Fame. The late Coach Lender was a former soccer, hockey and tennis coach and faculty member of ESB from 1958 to 1974. He was also the coach for the Englewood Field Hockey team made up of primarily ESB students. Under his coaching, the Athletic Hall of Fame 1965 and 1966 soccer teams excelled and had one of the longest winning streaks in the school’s history for soccer. The 1968 hockey team boasted a 16 to 1 win-loss record. Coach Lender was also the tennis “Pro” at the Englewood Field Club. By way of background, Charlie Lender was a gifted athlete. He represented Czechoslovakia on the Davis Cup team and in hockey and soccer at the 1956 Olympics in Brisbane, Australia.

Isaac-Davy Aronson ’98 (left) is pictured here with History Department faculty member Peter Bograd, who presented Aronson with his Distinguished Alumni Award plaque. (Editor’s note: For more on Aronson please see page 23.)

For video footage from Reunion 2018, visit our D-E today video archive.

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Bulldog Classic 2018 Highlights The Bulldog Classic 2018 once again served up great singles and double tennis matches, yoga, and, of course, golf on the gorgeous Montammy Golf Course. The event, which was held thanks to the generous support of Presenting Sponsor Grace & Mercy Foundation along with several dozen other sponsors, raised more than $150,000 through sponsorships and both silent and live auctions. These proceeds are directed to financial aid for students who otherwise would not be able to attend the School. Attendees were inspired during dinner when hearing personal reflections from alumna Rana Campbell ’09, who spoke of the tremendous positive impact of her D-E education. Beloved Director of Special Events & Associate Director of Development Bea Movesesian, who retired in June 2018, was also honored. For more details on the Classic and other special events at D-E visit

Rana Campbell ’09 provided memorable keynote remarks during the Bulldog Classic dinner.


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For related video footage of the Gloria Crest event, visit our D-E today video archive.

A Glorious Evening at Gloria Crest The D-E Head of School Society (HoSS) gathered earlier this year together with Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett and his wife, Annette, and members of the Board of Trustees, for an appreciation event at the historic Gloria Crest Estate in Englewood. Members of the HoSS are those donors who have made an exceptional D-E Annual Fund financial investment of $2,500 or more. Gloria Crest is located adjacent to the campus, across the street from Collins House, the Head of School’s residence. While most people only can catch a glimpse of it when its majestic gates occasionally open, this event allowed HoSS members a complete tour of the 24,000-square-foot mansion and 5+ acre grounds. Currently available for sale, the property has an intriguing past, including the story that it was once occupied by screen legend (and Academy Award-winning actress) Gloria Swanson. At the time, Swanson was having a much-publicized relationship with Joseph Kennedy.

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Kelly Spitzley P ’18, ’22 and Cyma Zarghami ’80, P ’15, ’21, ’29

From left: Jane Angert, Dana Adler ’85, and Mimi Sauma

From left: Brett Shevack P ’21, Kate Shevack P ’21, Marta Mehlmann P ’32, and Tino Mehlmann


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Elizabeth Harrison and Keith Schwebel P ’20

Alan Bell ’77, Dale Bell, Michael Katz, Roni Katz, and Dana Adler ’85

From left: David Plotnick P ’19, Catherine Chow P ’19, Tong Li P ’26, and Bin Zhu P ’26

For more information about the Head of School Society, which enjoys similarly unique gatherings throughout the year, please contact Dawn Lozada, Director of Philanthropy, at 201-227-3112 or Email

From left: Michele Grodberg ’79 P ’24, Dr. Sander "Sandy" Florman P ’17 ’20 ’24, and Toby Florman P ’17 ’20 ’24

Head of School Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett welcomed all attendees.

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Legacy Families 2018-2019 12th Grade Hayley Basner......................................... Elli Cola Basner ’84 Austin Borg ....................................................Stephen Borg ’86 Sandy Agemian Borg D ’57 GP & Malcolm Borg ESB ’56 GP Ezra Hunter........................................................................................... Theodora “Teddi” Langbaum Hunter ’87 Michael Kuske..........................Carlene Campos Kuske ’86 Joshua Linder...............................................Robert Linder ’79 Alyssa Luchs.......................................................Scott Luchs ’84 Thea Maletta............................... Rhoda Peritz Maletta ’85 Vanessa Malhame............................ Michael Malhame ’88 Simon Model........................................................ Eric Model ’72 Matthew Park...........................................Peggy Chu Park ’87 Emma Schwartz..................................... James Schwartz ’85 11th Grade Amelia “Amy” Anderson.............................................................. Adrienne Buda Anderson ’85 & Chris Anderson ’81 Donald Anderson ESB ’48 GP Julia Aroesty.................................. Lori Scharin Aroesty ’88 Alexandra Breslow.......................................................................... Loren Merson Breslow ’91 Elliane Greenberg................................. Alex Greenberg ’76 Neal Gurland..................................................Mark Gurland ’71 Caroline Lee.................................Stephanie Jordan Lee ’85 Lukas McCullough..................................... Michelle Jung ’87 Isabelle and Alexandra Pappas.............................................. Elaine Holt Pappas ’86 10th Grade Jacob Breslow ..........................Loren Merson Breslow ’91 Isabella Brown ................................Christopher Brown ’86 Jacqueline Cohen ....................................... James Cohen ’76 Elise and Luke D’Alessandro..................................................... Lisa Canino D’Alessandro ’83 Shayne Foster .................................................................................... Janine Powlis ’00 (deceased) Lilah Gmyrek ..............................Robyn Squeo Gmyrek ’88 Michaela Kroll ...............................Niccole Siegel Kroll ’90 Gavin Malhame ................................. Michael Malhame ’88


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Chiara “Kiki” Marchi...................................Dean Marchi ’84 Maurizo “Gio” Miglietta............................................................... Courtney Myers Miglietta ’87 & Maurizo Miglietta ’87 Ethan Obergfoll .....................................Cyma Zarghami ’80 Samantha Semsel............Christine Campos Semsel ’86 9th Grade Joseph Agresta.........................................Joseph Agresta ’84 Owen Brown...............................................Andrew Brown ’92 Natalie Carnoy................................Lisa Landau Carnoy ’85 Ryan Jafri ...................................................................Rafi Jafri ’94 Lucy Jerome.....................................................Marc Jerome ’85 Chloe Liu ................................................................. James Liu ’87 Ava Maletta.................................. Rhoda Peritz Maletta ’85 Paige McCullough..................................... Michelle Jung ’87 Hannah Model ................................................... Eric Model ’72 Vaughn Foster .............................................Janine Powlis ’00 (deceased) Aidan Hunter ...............................................Theodora “Teddi” Langbaum Hunter ’87 Javier Ibarguen ................... Laura Rigolosi Ibarguen ’93 Jacoby Kroll .....................................Niccole Siegel Kroll ’90 Davis Lee ......................................Stephanie Jordan Lee ’85 Ally Miglietta ..............Courtney Myers Miglietta ’87 and Maurizo Miglietta ’87 Monica Alvarez Mitchell ’93 Bryan Mitchell ...............................................Ravi Munver ’88 Sujan Munver .................................................David Opper ’92 Benjamin and Ava Opper Aryana Petti ...........Maryam Yamani ’84 7th Grade Rhys Bowie...........................................Michele Grodberg ’79 Emma Brown...............................................Andrew Brown ’92 Emet Kroll ........................................Niccole Siegel Kroll ’90 Ava Liu ...................................................................... James Liu ’87 Abigail Mitchell...................Monica Alvarez Mitchell ’93 Alice Pichel........................................................ Jesse Pichel ’87 Uma Rajan ...........................................................Ami Vaidya ’91

D-E Alumni Relations was thrilled to welcome a full house of alumni and their children for the annual Legacy Breakfast earlier this fall. There are now more than 80 Legacy students and more than 50 Legacy families enrolled in the School, and at some point it’s likely the group will need to meet someplace new.

5th Grade Emma Baumgarten... Dana Drapkin Baumgarten ’94 Hudson Clune ................................Karen Pavur Clune ’86 Jared Liu ............................................................... James Liu ’87 Nisha Rajan .....................................................Ami Vaidya ’91 Noah Saphier ................................................Carl Saphier ’85 Anya Shah .............................................................Salil Sha ’94 4th Grade

6th Grade Soham Bafana..............................Kavita Shah Bafana ’96 Lilly Baumgarten....... Dana Drapkin Baumgarten ’94 Lucas Brown....................................Christopher Brown ’86 Benjamin Gmyrek..................Robyn Squeo Gmyrek ’88 Maddy Miglietta............Courtney Myers Miglietta ’87 & Maurizo Miglietta ’87 Jackson Jafri...........................................................Rafi Jafri ’94 Radha Munver..............................................Ravi Munver ’88 Alia Saphier....................................................Carl Saphier ’85 Ayden Shapiro........................................Ronald Shapiro ’82 Karen Lane Fierstein D ’61 GP Jackson Stillman ............... Michael Kaufman ESB ’68 GP

Julia Levin-Markowitz.................................Dori Levin ’93 Andre Valencia .................Randi Scheiner Valencia ’87 2nd Grade Dean Baker.................................................... Zeyad Baker ’97 Georgia Baumgarten................................................................... Dana Drapkin Baumgarten ’94 Gabriel Saphier ...........................................Carl Saphier ’85 Kindergarten Jad Baker ........................................................ Zeyad Baker ’97 Preschool 3 Teddy Singer ............................................. Julian Singer ’02

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“LEARNING BOLDLY” with D-E 360° Summer Connections

Contributed by Summer Interns Julia McSpirit Beckett ’17 and Anne Choi ’19

ach summer in late June, the D-E campus begins its annual transformation into a day camp for 700+ participants in D-E 360° Summer Connections. With programs for learners of all ages, from preschoolers all the way to adults (Editor’s Note: see STEM Institute story on page 42 for details), the 2018 program once again served up dozens of exciting learning opportunities within the arts, athletics, cooking, business start-up and entrepreneurial ventures, STEM, and more.

“We are very much looking forward to continuing to offer opportunities to our summer participants that are dynamic, hands-on and just plain fun.” - Dr. Sherronda Brown, Ed. D. Director, D-E 360°

For video footage of Summer Connections, visit our D-E today video archive.

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The Summer 2018 theme for our youngest campers in Discoveries and Adventures was “Passports Around the World.” Starting in North America and eventually “traveling” their way to all the continents, including Europe, Africa, and Asia, youngsters from the age of 3 through Grade 5 explored the world through lessons in culturally relevant cooking, music, art, and literature. Field trips were particularly exciting, including a special visit to the UN, where campers were privileged to see where international leaders meet and experienced a meeting in-progress. Campers in Grades 5-12 enjoyed class favorites within the “a la carte” Enrichment program, ranging from classes in cooking and debate to fencing, photography, videography, and watercolors, and they also enthusiastically engaged in new debut classes such as archery, ballet, body knitting, cheerleading, and self-defense. Summer Connections Scholars participants


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took on demanding but fulfilling five-week, credit-granting courses in English, math, and science. In the words of one Algebra 2 teacher, “There’s more opportunity to talk through what we’re learning [during the summer program] compared to a typical math class during the school year… in this program, if we’re not sure about a concept, we have an opportunity to stop and have a [clarifying] conversation.” Meanwhile those enrolled in the program’s Immersive offerings did a “deep dive” into specific disciplines, gathering for in-depth, one- or two-week time periods to focus on one specific area of concentration in the arts and STEM, to name a few. String Society, led by D-E’s own music faculty members Annaliesa Place and Diego Garcia, celebrated its 11th year and ended its week with customary flourish thanks to a fantastic Grand Finale concert. (Editor’s Note: See more on the String Society on page 44.) Now in its fourth year, the popular Young Visionaries (YV) provides another pertinent example. D-E visual arts teacher Rachel Brusky, who founded the program, explains her inspiration for the course came from “frequent inquiries I received from parents about local art classes and programs for their elementary-aged children. I would often hear from parents that their children loved making art, but only had art class once a week in school or not at all. YV allows students to discover who they are as artists and develop a strong mindset of risktaking.” This year YV artists experienced woodworking, mixedmedia, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, a c ti ng , a nd t he integration of art and technology, learning various techniques hands-on, and applying a theme centered on the idea of “scale” in art. Inspired by an intricate e x h ibit depic ti ng Manhattan in miniature at the New York Children’s Museum, YV Director Chelsea Noyes and visiting professionals D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II


together guided YV campers in creating their own individualized environments for a culminating exhibit unveiled on the last day of the program. The display transformed Hajjar Auditorium into more than a dozen small-scale communities. Dr. Sherronda Brown, Director of D-E 360°, summed up the program as follows: “For six very powerful weeks each year, we create a community dedicated to ‘learning boldly’ and Summer Connections 2018 was no exception! We brought the world to D-E with our Passports Theme in Discoveries and Adventures; we brought new opportunities for Enrichment students; we remained true to academic offerings in science, math and writing; and we immersed our students in specialty offerings in Strings, Explosive Science, Coding and the visual arts with Young Visionaries. With all of that said, we are very much looking forward to continuing to offer opportunities to our summer participants that are dynamic, hands-on and just plain fun. The feedback from students and their families for 2018 was overwhelmingly positive, and they’re looking to return for more!” Photos included here attest to the wonderful experiences that unfolded during Summer 2018. For more details, photos, and video vignettes from D-E 360° Summer Connections, and to learn about our Summer 2019 offerings, please visit or call 201-227-3144.


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• Open Doorways to New Worlds: Discoveries & Adventures Programs for our youngest campers Preschool—Grade 4! • Explore Arts, Athletics, Business, Entrepreneurship, STEM, and more: Enrichment & Immersive Programs for Grades 2—12! • Earn academic credit and experience Master Teachers in English, Math, Science: Academic/Scholars Programs for Grades 5—12!

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STEM Institute 2018 This past summer, 13 teachers from around the country and from right here at D-E joined us in our STEM Institute professional development workshop. Over a three-day period, these teachers worked through an intense but fun curriculum that included physical computing, digital fabrication, and project-based learning. Working with FabLearn Fellow Kevin Jarrett and D-E’s own Technology Director, Trevor Shaw, the participants worked together to construct autonomous, Arduinocontrolled robotic vehicles. Participants designed the chassis of the vehicles themselves and cut them out of wood using D-E’s new Helix laser cutter / engraver. They also learned some fundamentals of electronics and some programming in order to build a vehicle that could successfully solve a challenge. More important than the technical skills, the teachers also strengthened their skills for managing a student-centered classroom. The workshop ran at the same time as one of our STEM Challenge workshops for middle school students. Therefore, the teachers had the opportunity to observe how tools such as these can be implemented in a classroom with real students. This hands-on approach to working with the tools combined with the observation of young students going through the process helps teachers imagine how to bring projects like this to life in their own classrooms. As a side benefit, by participating in the workshop, teachers received professional development credits.

Based on its success, STEM Institute will be offered again in July 2019. Adult learners from all professional backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply! For details and to register online, visit or call 201-227-3144.

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String Society 2018 Nearly 40 enthusiastic instrumentalists of all ages participated in String Society 2018, once again enjoying each other’s musicianship in an intensive week-long program now celebrating its eleventh year. Designed for exceptional string musicians in Grades 5-12, String Society has evolved into a beloved D-E 360° Summer Connections tradition. In the words of String Society Co-Director and Founder Annaliesa Place, “String Society offers a chance to learn, create, and perform ‘musical magic,’ and our timing at the beginning of the season helps dedicated musicians jump-start their summer!”

“Our program offers an immersive, intensive opportunity to explore gems of the string orchestra repertoire while also being introduced to music by living composers.” In addition to orchestra and chamber experiences, the “stringers” participated in private lessons, sectionals, an improvisational workshop, and mindfulness activities such as yoga. This year the program was thrilled to also welcome visiting ensemble Project Trio, a genredef y ing cha mber group comprising three virtuoso composers/ per formers f rom Brooklyn, NY. Project Trio led small ensemble sessions and then played together with the String Societ y Chamber Orchestra in a rousing Grand Finale Concert featured on the final day of the program. The concert epitomized the


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goals of the program, featuring pieces such as Bach’s Allegro from Bradenburg Concerto No. 2 and composers such as The Beatles (“Eleanor R igby”), Brahms (Hungarian Dance #5), Villoldo (“El Choclo”), and Jenkins (“Pa l ladio”). The Chamber Orchestra also performed Project Trio’s own composition “Winter in June.” String Society 2019 is once again planned for the first week of D-E 360° Summer Connections. For details about String Society 2019, including application/audition requirements, please visit stringsociety or call 201227-3144.

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Appreciating the Arts Celebrating their hard work in the arts, D-E students have provided myriad inspirational experiences this school year. From the Start of School Assembly in early September to the annual Jazz Rock assembly events held in December and March, and all the time in-between, D-E students and their families have been treated to standout performances in dance, drama, music, and the spoken word. Meanwhile, Swartley Art Center has hosted striking visual arts exhibits and related workshops and talks by alumni and visiting artists (Editor’s Note: see page 50 for details.) Student artwork on display during the semi-annual Arts Festivals further demonstrated the breadth of creativity in our student body. For more photos and videos of artistic programs at D-E, visit

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Swartley Series Showcases Alumni and Visiting Artists This school year D-E has hosted several exhibits at Swartley Art Center displaying works in photography, oil, and other media by both alumni and visiting artists. In introducing this year’s Swartley Series to students, teachers, and staff, Visual Arts Chair Marisol Diaz explained, “Keeping with our mission as a school, our goal in the D-E Visual Arts Department is to focus both on the ‘process’ as well as the ‘products’ of any artistic endeavors, so we are so thrilled to have these visiting artists not only share their beautiful work with us, but also value when they spend time with our students in leading related hands-on workshops, ‘lunch and learn’ sessions, and artist talks.” To kick off this year’s Swartley Series, an exhibit by Sona Viola entitled “Modern Day Vintage: Photographic Fusion of Yesterday’s Techniques, Today’s Technology” dramatically showcased an assortment of pieces from multiple series of works over the course of eight years. Each piece represented a combination of the analog and digital world that explores the usage of different mediums in order to create a stronger message of the pieces in their entirety. Sona Viola’s love of photography and its impact began in early childhood. Creating stories and worlds behind each image taught her to expand her imagination, connect with an image, and eventually begin to create her own. She studied photography and business in school, but is mostly self-taught. She began her career working in the corporate world but after many years she left to pursue her dream of being a photographer, eventually starting a professional photog raphy firm specializing in portrait and c o m m e rc i a l photography. After building a successful business, Viola expanded into exhibiting her artwork throughout the New York / New Jersey area. She curated her first exhibit this year and D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II


Alumni artist Lucy Plowe ’16 (2nd from right) with (from left) her mother, D-E English faculty member Dana Stangel-Plowe and sisters Kiki Plowe ’21 and Emma Plowe ’19.

For video footage of all Swartley Gallery Series Exhibits, visit out D-E Today video archive.

has been recently named Gallery Director at Volition Gallery in Orangeburg, NY. Currently in her third year at Cornell University and expecting a BFA in 2020, alumna artist Lucy Plowe ’16 is a painter and printmaker. Her Swartley exhibit, entitled “The New Sacred,” included this statement:

“My work explores emotion and the otherworldly through intimate figurative expression, gestural mark-making, and natural motifs. My interests include visionary art mythology, religion, and cross-cultural iconography.”


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David & Lisa Fall Play This fall the Upper School Play, David & Lisa, offered D-E audiences a sensitive, thought-provoking, and awarenessbuilding performance on the complexities and many faces of mental illness. Primarily focused on a pair of institutionalized adolescents who form a delicate friendship, David & Lisa is a staged version of the Oscar-winning independent drama based on a fact-based novel by Theodore Isaac Rubin. David is the only son of wealthy parents with a fear of being touched, and Lisa is an orphan with Dissociative Identity Disorder. The play follows their progress and pitfalls during a term at the Berkeley School, a therapeutic boarding school where they have come under the sympathetic guidance of psychiatrist Alan Swinford and his staff.

“Laughter, heartbreak, and suspense distinguish this authentic and moving love story.” In the process of preparing for the production, the cast and crew of David & Lisa themselves also broadened their perspectives around mental illness, including participating in a workshop with D-E parent and psychologist Dr. Patricia Brown. Director and D-E Theatre Department faculty member Carla Moriarty explained in her program notes, “In 1997, I had just gotten back from London with a master’s degree in performance studies and applied for a job in the New York Times asking for “teacher/dorm parents” for a therapeutic boarding school in the Berkshires. Little did I know at the time how this two-year commitment I made to working at this unique institution would change the course of my life. The school was a residential facility that treated teenagers who did not fit in anywhere else, and we worked with the students and their families to get them to a place where they could re-engage with the world. It was there that I first saw the film David and Lisa.” Moriarty added, “Laughter, heartbreak, and suspense distinguish this authentic and moving love story. The understated charm of David and Lisa is what originally set this intelligent film apart from so many other attempts at depicting problems of mental illness in teens. Having experienced firsthand how this kind of school works for adolescents who face personal challenges, this story is particularly moving to me. Mental illness is a serious issue in this country, particularly for our youth, and For video footage from David & Lisa, visit it needs to be de-stigmatized, discussed, our D-E today video archive. and addressed.” D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II



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LIVE at D-E The Upper School winter musical this year, Cats, and the annual Winter Arts Festival (a three-concert event spanning several days and featuring performances by all Orchestral and Wind Ensembles as well as African Drumming, Handbells, and Choral Ensembles, Stage Band, and the StringJam chamber group), delighted audiences with some of the most impressive performing and visual arts talent the School has witnessed to-date. Artwork on display by both Middle and Upper School students in all media, from ceramics and watercolors, provided a beautiful backdrop. The photos here attest to the hard work, dedication, and talent that came together to provide memorable artistic experiences. For more details on these events (and upcoming performances and festivals) at D-E, visit


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Faculty Endeavors Dwight-Englewood commends the following D-E faculty members, who through their recent projects each epitomize our mission to have “passion for life-long learning” and commit to “making it better.”

Shawn Clybor, Ph.D. Earlier this year D-E History Department faculty member Dr. Shawn Clybor was in Los Angeles to participate in IndieCade, an international, juried festival of independent games. Dr. Clybor helped to create Attentat 1942, a historically accurate and critically acclaimed video game about the Nazi occupation of former Czechoslovakia. Attentat 1942 won the “Most Amazing Game Award” at the prestigious A MAZE 2018 Festival in Berlin, yet remained unavailable in Germany due to the government’s controversial policy that prohibited Nazi symbolism in video games. However, in light of the recent change of this policy, the game received an approval in the fall of 2018 by the Entertainment Software Self-Regulation Body (USK). Attentat 1942 is the first PC video game with Nazi symbolism released in Germany with the USK rating after the change of the policy. Moreover, the game is released with German subtitles. The game explores WWII through the eyes of its surviving civilians. Combining interactive comics, video-interviews, and archival film footage, it presents a unique depiction of the not-so-distant past. “Attentat 1942 shows the profound impact that the war and the Nazi totalitarian regime had on the lives and minds of ordinary people. It immerses players in the living histories of personal tragedy and pain as well as moments of extraordinary hope and courage,” says Vít Šisler, the game’s lead designer. “Attentat 1942 offers a stark reminder of the dangers of fascism and political radicalism,” adds Dr. Clybor, who was the game’s US-based historian collaborating on the game’s localization. Dr. Clybor also contributed a chapter to the recentlypublished Perceptions of Society in Communist Europe, Bloomsbury Press. The book was edited by his close friend and colleague Muriel Blaive. Dr. Clybor shares, “The volume features a cohort of European and American academics who are all part of the same historiographical school. If you’re interested in Stalinist musicals, my essay will be a real page-turner.” Dr. Shawn Clybor (left) at the IGF/GDC awards ceremony, at which Attentat 1942 was recognized. At right is Dr. Vít Šisler, Assistant Professor of New Media Studies at Charles University in Prague and lead game designer of the project.


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Marisol Diaz All That Glitters / Say Her Name 12”x12” Pencil and metallic watercolors on 140lb watercolor paper

Marisol Diaz D-E Visual Arts Department Chair and faculty member Marisol Diaz was selected to design a gorgeous gift bag for a special fundraiser benefitting Nyack-area nonprofit Center for Safety and Change in honor of that organization’s 40th anniversary. Earlier this year Ms. Diaz did an art installation in the window of 95 1/2 Main St gallery, also promoting the Center for Safety and Change. Ms. Diaz also recently won the 2nd place prize for Room magazine’s 2018 cover contest with her striking piece “All That Glitters / Say Her Name.” Room is Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal, and has published fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, interviews, and book reviews.

Bryan Kosnik D-E English Department faculty member Brian Kosnik was recognized with the “Outstanding Educator Award” by the University of Chicago earlier this year as a result of a nomination by D-E alumna and current U Chicago freshman Noa Levin ’17. According to the U Chicago website, “Every year, [we give] newly admitted students the opportunity to recognize the educators who have made a difference in their lives. And every year, over a third of the incoming class responds with stories that are truly inspiring. The University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award recognizes all teachers who are nominated, highlighting the stories that show education’s power to transform.” In Mr. Kosnik’s words, “I am both humbled and thrilled to have received this honor and it’s all thanks to Noa nominating me.” D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II


Winter Sports Highlights Middle School

Contributed by Greibin Agramonte

Girls MS Basketball The Girls MS Basketball team had an incredibly successful season, ending with a 14-1 record. It was amazing how much they grew and worked together as a team. By the third game, all team members had scored, and by season’s end all players had scored in the double digits. Highlights on the season include winning the Hackensack Memorial Tournament for the second time in three years, and of course sweeping our toughest opponents: Roy Brown, Montclair Kimberley, and Teaneck Charter. The only loss came on a buzzer-beater in Maywood to a very strong team. We had battled from being down 9 points to taking a 5-point lead, but lost it in the final minute. Eighth graders Karina Pink ’23 and Montana Nicks ’23 led our team in scoring and assists and were tremendous leaders and team players. All of the 8th graders, including Sofia Robertson ’23, Raina Saini ’23, Sydney McKoy ’23, and Ava Opper ’23, made significant contributions to the team. The sixth and seventh graders also played a strong role this year and look to become leaders next season. A terrific season overall for the Middle School girls and a bright future for Bulldog basketball!


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Boys MS Basketball—Blue Team With six sixth graders and seven seventh graders, these young Bulldogs played each game with tremendous determination and a feisty spirit, even as they faced opponents that were sometimes older and taller. The sixth graders brought much toughness, quickness, and energy to the squad. The seventh-grade players brought in a wealth of fire, determination, and experience to the Bulldogs. The only returning players from last year’s team, Rhys Bowie ’24 and River Smith ’24, helped to anchor down the guard position along with other exciting players such as Alex Soracchi ’24, Aaron Harrison ’24, and Lenny Park ’24. The “Boys on the Block,” Carson Reinhardt ’24 and Miles Krieger ’24, brought rebounding tenaciousness and aggressiveness to anyone who dared to play against them! Finishing with a team record of 4-7, the young Bulldogs played hard, were willing to be coached, and learned some important philosophies and strategies of the game of basketball.

Boys MS Basketball—White Team The White Team had another strong season, finishing with an 11-2 record. The team was deep and balanced, with as many as 10 players scoring in several games. In almost every game, the Bulldogs controlled the boards and played suffocating half-court defense accompanied by the occasional press to create even more turnovers. Two notable highlights: first, getting revenge at the Buckley School, the only team to beat the Bulldogs a year ago; and second, finishing undefeated at home. This marks the white team’s third straight year without a loss in the historic Silberfein Gymnasium. A strong group of current sixth and seventh graders from the blue team will make up next year’s squad.

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Upper School

Contributed by C. Christian Schmid

Boys Varsity Basketball The Boys Varsity Basketball team had an outstanding season, capturing the league championship for the fourth consecutive season. This was also second consecutive year for going two rounds deep in both the County Jamboree and State Playoffs. Major individual milestones were achieved by Jordan McKoy ’19 for becoming the second leading scorer in school history and gathering 1st team all-county honors. Judah McIntyre ’19 was voted 3rd team all-county and set a school record for career assists. The top defenders included Aidan Pink ’21 and Jayden Lemond ’22. With a strong group of underclassman, including David Mager ’22, Tyler Koutros ’20, Noah Pean ’21 and Harry Ruff ’20, the future is looking bright.

Girls Varsity Basketball The Girls Varsity Basketball team finished the season 5th place in the league with a 10-13 overall record. With such a small number of girls in the program, the dedication and perseverance of each person was important. Four-year players Ryan Rodgers ’19 and Mya Most ’19 put forth their best effort this season to finish their basketball careers on a good note. For this team, the wins and losses were less important than the lessons learned and relationships developed along the way. These girls committed to making themselves better athletes, and their hard work For video footage of D-E teams, visit our paid off. Sidney Conner ’20 was an D-E today video archive. incredible addition to the program this year, and because of her positive attitude and work ethic she received


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the Coaches’ Award. Caroline Yaffa ’20 stepped up and led the team with 44 3-pointers on the season. Our Most Valuable Player was Ryan Rodgers ’19, who led the team in points, rebounds, free throws, and blocked shots, and who received 1st team all-league honors. Sidney and Caroline received 2nd team all-league and Mya Most ’19 received all-league honorable mention.

Indoor Track Indoor Track’s exciting season saw 16 total school records broken: eight individual and eight relay records, with nine of the records broken by the boys and seven by the girls. On the boys’ side: Jeremy Bronstein ’19 is now the record holder in the 800, 1000, 1600, 3200, and in the sprint medley relay as the anchor leg. Alec Hoffman ’19 and Jeremy each broke the longeststanding records, held since 1985. The team finished 2nd in the State Group Relay Championships and 3rd for Individual Group Championships. Jeremy was 1st team all-league (3200m) and Alec was 2nd team all-league (triple jump). Both also finished with state honors. Jeremy finished 2nd NPB (NonPublic B) all-state in the 800 and 1600, and Alec was honorable mention in the high jump. Jeremy was also 2nd all-county in the 1000. On the girls’ side: Caroline Lee ’20 broke two individual records (55m, 200m) and became #3 on our all-time list in the 200. She also made the all-time list for long jump at #6. She was an all-league honorable mention for the 55m. Linsey Lam ’22 broke the school record in the pole vault and is all-time #1 at D-E. She was all-league honorable mention. India Marseille ’20 was the only girl to advance in the state finals, placing 4th in the shot put.

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League, County, & State Honors US Fall Sports 2018 Field Hockey Varsity Field Hockey League: All-North Jersey `` 2nd Team: Paulina Chartouni ’20 League: All-County `` 1st Team: Paulina Chartouni ’20 `` 2nd Team: Lilah Gmyrek ’21 `` Honorable Mention: Ryan Rodgers ’19 League: All-League `` 1st Team: Paulina Chartouni ’20 `` 2nd Team: Ryan Rodgers ’19 `` Honorable Mention: Lilah Gymrek ’21 Volleyball League: All-County `` 1st Team: Autumn Leak ’19 and Audrey Leak ’20 `` 3rd Team: Jayna Waldman ’19 `` Honorable Mention: Shayne Foster ’21 League: All-League `` 1st Team: Autumn Leak ’19, Audrey Leak ’20, Linda Chen ’19 & Jayna Waldman ’19 `` 2nd Team: Isabella Brown ’21 `` Honorable Mention: Shayne Foster ’21 Tennis Girls’ Tennis League: All-County `` 3rd Team Doubles: Isabella Pizzillo ’19 and Alexa Tiflinsky ’21

Boys’ Cross Country League: All-League `` 1st Team: Jeremy Bronstein ’19 Caleb Dalgetty ’21 and David Khym ’19 `` Honorable Mention: Ethan Scher ’22 Girls’ Cross Country League: All-League `` Honorable Mention: Zoe Kapur ’21

US Winter Sports 2018-2019 Girls Winter/Indoor Track League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Division: All-Conference `` Honorable Mention: Caroline Lee ’20 (55 m) `` Honorable Mention: Linsey Lam ’22 (Pole Vault) Boys Winter/Indoor Track League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Division: All-Conference `` 1st Team All-League: Jeremy Bronstein ’19 (3,200 m) `` 2nd Team All-League: Alec Hoffman ’19 (Triple Jump ) `` Honorable Mention: Ehren Layne ’19 (55 m) County: Bergen County Coaches Association (BCCA) `` 2nd Team All-County: Jeremy Bronstein ’19 Basketball

League: All-League `` 1st Team Singles: Julia Aroesty ’20 `` 1st Team Doubles: Isabella Pizzillo ’19 & Alexa Tiflinsky ’21 and Caroline Yaffa ’20 & Gaby LoBue ’20 `` 2nd Team Singles: Olivia Greenberg ’19 `` Honorable Mention: Emma Schwartz ’19Soccer

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Girls’ Soccer League: All-League `` 1st Team: Abigail Goodman ’20 `` 2nd Team: Paulina Quijano ’19, Sarah Roth ’21, Brianna “Katelyn” Moncion ’21 & Sidney Conner ’20 `` Honorable Mention: Tara Gabriele ’21 Boys’ Soccer League: All-County `` 1st Team: Patrick Wright ’19 `` 2nd Team: Maxmilian “Max” Asteris ’20 `` 3rd Team: Brandon Rhee ’21 League: All-League `` 1st Team: Maxmilian “Max” Asteris ’20, Patrick Wright ’19 and Brandon Rhee ’21 `` 2nd Team: Justin Jo ’20 and Matt Park ’19 `` Honorable Mention: Michael Kuske ’19


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League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Division: Liberty `` 1st Team All-League: Ryan Rodgers ’19 `` 2nd Team All-League: Sidney Conner ’20 `` 2nd Team All-League: Caroline Yaffa ’20 `` League Honorable Mention: Mya Most ’19 League: North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC) Division: Liberty ** Dwight-Englewood 2018-19 League Champions ** `` 1st Team All-League: Jordan McKoy ’19 `` 1st Team All-League: Judah McIntyre ’19 `` 2nd Team All-League: Jayden Lemond ’22 `` 2nd Team All-League: Aidan Pink ’20 `` Honorable Mention: David Mager ’22 County: Bergen County Coaches Association (BCCA) `` 1st Team All-County: Jordan McKoy ’19 `` 3rd Team All-County: Judah McIntyre ’19

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Dwight-Englewood Honors US Fall Sports 2018 Cross-Country Girls Cross-Country `` Most Improved: Zoe Kapur ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Serin Koh ’21 Boys Cross-Country `` Most Improved: Ben Aaron ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: David Khym ’19 `` Most Valuable Athlete: Jeremy Bronstein ’19 Field Hockey Varsity Field Hockey `` Most Improved: Olivia Pilot ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Maya Simon ’19 `` Fialko Award: Ashley Chang ’19 `` Most Valuable Player: Ryan Rodgers ’19 JV Field Hockey `` Most Improved: Isabella Carballo ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Lucy Jerome ’22

Tennis Girls Varsity Tennis `` Most Improved: Julia Aroesty ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Olivia Greenberg ’19 `` Most Valuable Player: Isabella Pizzillo ’19 Girls JV Tennis `` Most Improved: Sheridan Goldstein ’21 `` Most Improved: Francesca Gallo ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Anaya Gandhi ’20 Football Varsity Football `` Most Improved: Adrian Taveras ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Aidan Thomson ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Henry Suchite ’19

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Girls Varsity Soccer `` Most Improved: Caroline Lee ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Sarah Roth ’21 `` Most Valuable Player: Paulina Quijano ’19 `` Most Valuable Player: K. Brianna Moncion ’21

Girls Winter Track `` Most Improved: Linsey Lam ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: India Marseille ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Adia Guthrie ’21 `` Most Valuable Athlete: Caroline Lee ’20

Girls JV Soccer `` Most Improved: Alexa Mitumbili ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Julia Daly ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Kathleen Meleski ’21

Boys Winter Track `` Most Improved: Caleb Dalgetty ’21 `` Most Improved: Jibrael Harrell ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Alec Hoffman ’19 `` Most Valuable Athlete: Jeremy Bronstein ’19

Boys Varsity Soccer `` Most Improved: Michael Kuske ’19 `` Coaches’ Award: Matthew Park ’19 `` Most Valuable Player: Patrick Wright ’19 Boys JV Soccer `` Most Improved: Jonas Davis ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Andrew J. Derrico ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Eric Saraydarian ’20 Boys Freshmen Soccer `` Most Improved: Ryan Jafri ’22 `` Most Improved: Michael Derrico ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Oliver Fontaine ’22 Volleyball JV Volleyball `` Most Improved: Raissa Fernandes ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Adia Guthrie ’21 Varsity Volleyball `` Most Improved: Isabella Brown ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: Jayna Waldman ’19 `` Most Valuable Player: Audrey Leak ’20

Girls Basketball Girls JV Basketball `` Most Improved: Bella Levin ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Tyler Rodgers ’21 Girls Varsity Basketball `` Most Improved: Caroline Yaffa ’20 `` Coaches’ Award: Sidney Conner ’20 `` Most Valuable Player: Ryan Rodgers ’19 Boys Basketball Boys Freshman Basketball `` Most Improved: George Perez ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Drew Alfano ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Wilson Burke ’22 Boys JV Basketball `` Most Improved: Jahi Bandele ’ 20 `` Coaches’ Award: Jacob Breslow ’21 `` Coaches’ Award: John “Jack” Berg ’21 Boys Varsity Basketball `` Coaches’ Award: Jayden Lemond ’22 `` Coaches’ Award: Aidan Pink ’20 `` Most Valuable Player: Jordan McKoy ’19 `` Most Valuable Player: Judah McIntyre ’ 19

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“Feeling the Vibes” Earlier this year a special music concert, “Feeling the Vibes,” was performed by D-E students in the Stage Band and Upper School Chorus and Handbells ensembles and alumnae together, in honor of the late Joseph Erwin. Erwin was a beloved member of the Dwight School faculty, who served as the Director of the Choral and Handbells ensembles at the Dwight School for more than 30 years. Alumni have honored Erwin’s legacy by graciously contributing to the purchase of a beautiful new vibraphone, which was heard for the first time during the event. Following the concert, which included the singing of rousing full-ensemble renditions of “Lullaby of Broadway” and “Jerusalem” (the latter representing either The Dwight School alma mater or one of the several alma maters, depending with whom one talks), alumnae gathered in the Orchestra Room with Head of School Dr. De Jarnett. The group unveiled a plaque honoring Erwin and shared personal stories about Erwin’s enduring, positive impact. D-E Alumni Relations wishes to express sincere appreciation to all the alumni who participated in the concert and to those who were responsible for making the gift of the vibraphone possible.

For video footage from “Feeling the Vibes”, visit our D-E today video archive.

Connecting Our Community:

Class Notes Are Now Online! Alumni from the Dwight School, Englewood School for Boys (ESB) and Dwight-Englewood School can look forward to our online-only Class Notes, featuring more photos, more frequent updates, and an opportunity to submit alumni news to the D-E Alumni Relations Office. You can also send class notes directly to It’s easy as 1,2,3: 1) Visit 2) Click on “Class Notes” (see image) 3) Enter the Password: connect Questions? Email

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Bulldog Bookshelf If you are a D-E alumna, alumnus, student, parent, or current or former member of the faculty or staff, we welcome your submissions to Bulldog Bookshelf. Please forward press releases, electronic files or cover art, and related materials about your book, music release, or film to: Bulldog Bookshelf descriptions are adapted from promotional materials and do not reflect the views or opinions of the School or its staff.


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Devin Delliquanti ’02 and staff writers from The Daily Show

The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library Spiegel & Grau, July 2018

In June 2017, just steps from Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah opened The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library, a 4,000-square-foot museum space that gave the 45th president and his amazing Twitter legacy the respect they deserve. In the single weekend it was open to the public, the pop-up library drew 7,500 visitors and had to turn away countless others. This volume of hundreds of Trump’s tweets is organized and commented on in the fearless, hilarious, insightful voice of The Daily Show. Thayer Cory D ’65

Cracked Open Finish Line Press, February 2018

Thayer Cory was raised with four siblings in New Jersey but feels most at home on the shore of eastern Long Island and in the wilds of New England. After college (political science) and graduate school (psychology and religion) in the Boston area, she moved to Williamsburg, VA, where she raised two children and helped raise two stepchildren. She and her husband are avid hikers and have walked through much of Europe, including the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain. Her work as a psychotherapist in both public and private settings for 35 years continually inspires her to see the world from many perspectives, and her involvement in Williamsburg Friends Meeting (Quakers) keeps her grounded in a spiritual community. Her commitment to her four children and seven grandchildren is also a driving force in her life. All these experiences nurture and inform her poetry. Her poems search for the threads that keep us connected to human relationships, to the natural world, and to the divine. Danielle Henry Vaughn ’03

The Waiting Game: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Your Storms Danielle Vaughn, July 2018

If you’ve ever gone through a period of waiting on your “what’s next,” you know how trying and difficult that time can be. In The Waiting Game: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Your Storms, Danielle shares some of her own personal struggles and revelations that will teach you how to not only survive periods of waiting, but also how to find the purpose behind your storms. You will be equipped to not only determine what each trial in life is meant to produce in you, but how to then use those lessons to get closer to your ultimate purpose in life. The Waiting Game is not just about sitting still. It’s about finding who you are and what you are capable of. You are more than your circumstance. D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II


Dr. Regina Bailey ’93

Motherhood My Way: Becoming a Single Mother By Choice CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, July 2018

At the age of 35, Dr. Regina Bailey was at the prime of her career, but in her personal life she was recovering from sexual assault and had not found her so-called “Mr. Right.” Facing declining fertility and a mother with failing health who desired a grandchild, Dr. Regina did what some said would ruin her career and life: She decided to become a single smother using a sperm donor. In this book, Dr. Regina gives a frank commentary of her decision to pursue motherhood and the steps along the way, from finding a sperm donor and experiencing infertility to undergoing IUI and IVF, handling miscarriage, being pregnant and delivering a baby with no partner, and dealing with life as a single parent.

Anthony Bourdain Remembered

Editor’s Note: Reflections on Anthony Bourdain’s life from his brother Chris ’77 can be found on page 80.


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A new book of memories and anecdotes presents a moving tribute to the late, great Anthony Bourdain. In Anthony Bourdain Remembered, friends, fans, and colleagues testify to Bourdain’s open-minded, compassionate, and ever-curious spirit, his ongoing legacy, and his effect on their lives. Among those contributing remembrances are Barack Obama, Ken Burns, Jill Filipovic, and Questlove. To be released in May of 2019, the book is a testament to Bourdain’s widespread and enduring impact.

In Memoriam Alumni/Alumnae

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Dr. Mary Cumberland Yurchenco 1/3/2019

Donald Anderson 8/8/2018 Brother of David Anderson ESB ’51; father of Christopher Anderson ’81 and father-in-law of Adrienne Buda Anderson ’85; grandfather of Katherine “Katie” Anderson ’17 and Amelia “Amy” Anderson ’20

Elizabeth Salembier Mankin 12/20/2018 Sister of the late Bernard Salembier ESB ’35 and David Salembier ESB ’34. DWIG HT 1937

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Barbara Brown Barrett 9/24/2018

Irving Valkys 12/18/2012

Alice Coxe Keith 12/18/2018 Sister the late Cornelia Coxe Brewster D ’37 and Adelaide Coxe Schuster D ’35; aunt of Charles Schuster ESB ’73 and the late Elizabeth Schuster D ’74 DWIG HT 1940 Kathleen Young Orrick 4/9/2018 E SB 1940 Dewitt Jones III 2/3/2018 DWIG HT 1941

DWIG HT 1952 Jane D’Esopo McKinnell 3/30/2018 Sister of the late Peter D’Esopo ESB ’50 Patricia Ix Flaherty 9/16/2018 Sister of Florence Ix Kiley D ’47 Helen VanBlarcom Chandler 3/6/2018 Louise LaBold 12/24/2018 E SB 1952

Mary Van Buren 6/28/2018

C. Gibson Durfee 7/8/2018 Husband of Camilla Vilas Durfee D ’53

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Robert H. Pike 4/4/2018

Abby Baker Burden 1/25/2018 Simone Cadgene Attwood 1/11/2017 DWIG HT 1944 Mary Jane Rowe Waldo 7/27/2018 Dr. Edward Conklin 12/4/2018 Father of Mary Conklin ’75 DWIG HT 1948 Zarine Mehta Chothia 10/2/2018

DWIG HT 1954 Andrea McEwen Field 10/2/2018 Sister of the late Henry McEwen ESB ’52 Judith Pyke Robertson 6/2/2018 Sister of the late Taylor Pyke ESB ’48 and Patricia Pyke Munn D ’45 Lewis Mowry III 3/25/2018 DWIG HT 1954 Andrea McEwen Field 10/2/2018

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Donald Brenner 7/22/2017 Father of Robert Brenner ’99; brother of the late Lois Brenner Barnitt D ’50 Strattan White 7/5/2018

P. Jeffrey Overton 9/11/2018 Brother of Steven Overton ESB ’72, Jonathan Overton ESB ’73, Mark Overton ’75, and Matthew Overton ’77; son of the late Sue Morton Overton D ’45 and the late former faculty member Richard Overton ESB ’44; nephew of the late Timothy Overton ESB ’41

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Clare Russell Gregorian 4/28/2018 Sister of Gillian Russell Gilhool D ’57, Felicity Russell Kirschbaum D ’66, and the late Dorsa Russell D ’54

Tina Grobow Hahn Jacobson 10/16/2018

DWIG HT 1956 Nancy Kraemer Balliett 9/1/2018 Kathleen Carskadon Graves 12/28/2018 Sister of Thomas Carskadon ESB ’65 E SB 1956 Austin Joyner 12/5/2018 Brother of Leila Joyner Smith D ’61; uncle of Marcus Koblitz ’01 and Lauren Koblitz ’98 E SB 1961 Warren Duffy 3/22/2018 Father of Christopher Duffy ’89 and Michael Duffy ’86; husband of former school nurse Mary Duffy; brother of former longtime faculty member and administrator Malcolm Duffy DWIG HT 1962 Barbara Scholl Baker-Bury 4/8/2018 Daughter of the late Katharine Johnson Scholl D ’28; sister of Virginia Scholl D ’65 and Sarah Scholl Hedberg D ’68; cousin of Anne Johnson Frost D ’58, Patricia Johnson Wood D ’55, and the late Thomas Johnson ESB ’52 Phillipa Robinson Faulconer 3/20/2018 Sister of Janice Robinson Alfieri D ’63 E SB 1962 William Jackson 4/7/2018

D - E 1974 Anthony Bourdain 6/8/2018 Brother of Christopher Bourdain ’77 Editor's Note: See page 79 Elizabeth Schuster 12/14/2018 Daughter of the late Adelaide Coxe Schuster D ’35; niece of the late Alice Coxe Keith D ’37 and Cornelia Coxe Brewster D ’37; sister of Charles Schuster ESB ’73; stepsister of Dr. Margaret Kissam Morris D ’61 and Allie Kissam Delventhal D ’68 D - E 1977 Louis Cofrancesco 4/2/2018 Brother of Charles Cofrancesco ’75 and Carmen Cofrancesco ’79 D - E 1979 Bruno de Landevoisin 11/15/2018 Brother of Virginie de Landevoisin ’83, Malou de Landevoisin, and the late Regis de Landevoisin ’78 Homayoon Kashani 4/1/2018 brother of Patricia Kashani ’89 D - E 1983

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Amy Bertsch Burke 7/6/2018 Sister of Leslie Bertsch Neumeyer ’77 and Melissa Bertsch Giancarlo ’80; sister in-law of Michael Giancarlo ’80; aunt of Isabella Giancarlo ’10 and Christian Giancarlo ’13

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D - E 1986 Neal Benzel 6/30/2018 Brother of Kim Benzel ’80 D - E 2008 Melissa Fischel 10/04/2018 Sister of Bradley Fischel ’09 D - E 2014 Justin Imperatore 10/2/2018 Cousin of Andrew Pohan ’96, Alicia Pohan ’98, and Amanda Pohan’03; nephew of former President of the D-E Board of Trustees Armand Pohan ’60 and Nancy Rieger

Bonacarti ’81, and Christopher P. Bonacarti ’84 Betsy Brisk 2/18/2019 Mother of Charles Brisk ’70, Susan Brisk Sharp ’71, Steven Brisk ’74 and Robert Brisk ’76 Dr. Ana Burton 1/4/2019 Mother of Andrew Burton ’83 Mary Campbell 9/1/2018 Mother of Catherine Campbell-Rodriguez ’74 James Canino 8/27/2018 Father of Lisa Canino D’Alessandro ’83; father-inlaw of Kurt D’Alessandro; grandfather of Olivia D’Alessandro ’15, Emily D’Alessandro ’17, Luke D’Alessandro ’21, and Elise D’Alessandro ’21


Harvey Clarke 1/11/2019 Father of Jennifer Clarke-Economou ’88, Robert Clarke ’82, and Nancy Clarke ’81

Elizabeth Augusta 3/5/2018 Mother of Ellen Augusta ’76, Michael Augusta ’77, and Kathleen Augusta ’81; wife of the late former Athletic Director Addison Augusta

Carla Cohen 12/31/2018 Mother of Francesca Cohen Marcus ’80 and Mara Cohen ’83; grandmother of Thomas Marcus ’13

Jay Esposito II 4/18/2018 Mark McGrath 11/5/2018

Margaret Connell 11/28/2018 Grandmother of Carson Todd ’18 and Fiona Todd ’23

James Moreland 4/3/2018 Father of Brett Moreland ’88; grandfather of Aanya Moreland ’31

Robert L. Cunningham 2/13/2019 Father of Director of College Counseling Eileen Cunningham Feikens; grandfather of Julia Feikens ’14 and Jon Feikens ’15

Brian Hoffman 9/26/2018

Karen Diamond 8/10/2018 Mother of Emma Diamond ’12

Beverly Regna 3/14/2018 Wife of Robert Regna ESB ’64

FAMILY AND FRIENDS Christine Algrant 8/12/2018 Mother of Upper School Principal Joseph Algrant; grandmother of Isabel Algrant ’17 and Haley Algrant ’21 Leona Apostoleris 3/6/2017 Mother of Nicholas Apostoleris ’78 Nancy Benzel 1/12/2019 Mother of Kim Benzel ’80 and the late Neal Benzel ’86 Dr Alexander Bonacarti 9/6/2018 Father of Dr. Emily Bonacarti Nolfo D ’69, Alexander Bonacarti ESB ’71, Lisa Bonacarti Callaway ’74, Ellen Bonacarti ’75, Alexandra

Sidney Dully 2/6/2018 Mother of Christopher Dully ’87 and Peter Dully Jr. ’86 Rose Farrell 11/23/2018 Mother of Richard "Tim" Farrell ’83 and William Farrell ’80 Louis Gignac 7/7/2018 Father of Jean Michel Gignac ’79 Samuel Hekemian 8/21/2018 Father of Peter Hekemian ’92, Richard Hekemian ’01, and Mark Hekemian ’03; uncle of David Hekemian ’84, Robert Hekemian ’79, and Lisa Hekemian ’79 Maureen LePack 8/15/2018 Mother of Jake LePack ’25; wife of Kyle LePack Revital Joseph 3/29/2018 Mother of Julian Joseph ’23 D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II


Maria Kaslow 1/9/2019 Mother of Dan Kaslow ESB ’69 and Laurie Kaslow D ’72 Charles Lazarus 3/22/2018 Grandfather of Ben Feldberg ’08 Peter Maffetone 6/13/2018 Husband of longtime English teacher Joan Maffetone; father of Kathryn Maffetone Koch ’06 Carole Maury 4/18/2018 Mother of Richard Maury ESB ’72, Wendy Maury Shane D ’70, Nicole Maury ’79, and Stephen Maury Hartwell Moore 11/16/2018 Husband of former school librarian Sandra Moore; grandfather of Josephine “Josie” Blough ’23 Frederick Morehead 1/21/2018 Grandfather of Aaron Haskel ’16 and Melina Haskel ’21 Mustafa Oz 2/9/2019 Grandfather of Daphne Oz Jovanovic ’04 , Arabella Oz ’08, Zoe Oz ’13, and Oliver Oz ’17 David Quentzel 1/27/2019 Father of Stephen Quentzel ’81 Jack Siegel 3/21/2018 Father of Nicole Siegel Kroll ’90, Heather Siegel ’88, and David Siegel ’95; grandfather of Macela Kroll ’21, Jacoby Kroll ’23, and Emmit Kroll ’24 Vivienne Sohn 10/2/2018 Former Director of Development and former Trustee; mother of Steven Sohn ESB ’71, Mark Sohn ESB ’72, Keith Sohn ’75 and Nan Sohn ’77 Dr. Phyllis Staplin 6/28/2018 Mother of Director of Communications & Publications Liz Tausner; grandmother of Benjamin Tausner ’22, Samuel Tausner ’22, and Mena Tausner ’20 Mortimer Steinberg 7/17/2018 Grandfather of Olivia Kempner ’17, Melissa Kempner ’10, and Zach Kempner ’08 Elena Torres 2/28/2019 Mother of Viviana Torres ’17 and Sergio Torres ’20 Reverend Roy Wagoner 12/2/2017 Father of former faculty member Joel Wagoner ’75 and Stephanie Wagoner ’77


Richard Weisinger 1/15/2019 Father of Norman Weisinger ’75, Roberta Weisinger ’77 William Weisinger, ’78, and Janet Weisinger Ginsburg ’82 D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II

Anthony Michael Bourdain ’74 The entire D-E community shares in the palpable grief and sorrow shared worldwide, upon hearing of the passing of Anthony Michael Bourdain ’74, who died on June 8, 2018. He was born on June 25, 1956, in New York City and grew up the elder of two sons, spending the bulk of his childhood and teen years in Leonia. Tony began attending the Englewood School for Boys (ESB) in 1970 as the school progressed toward merging with the Dwight School. A member of the Class of 1974 who actually graduated one year early (in 1973) to follow his then-girlfriend Nancy Putkoski ’73 to Vassar, Tony was a member of the very first co-ed graduating class of the recently-merged Dwight-Englewood. Tony attended Vassar for two years, and worked summers in restaurants in Provincetown, Massachusetts, before dropping out. After leaving Vassar, he decided to enroll in The Culinary Institute of America, graduating in 1978. Following graduation, he ran several kitchens in New York City including the Supper Club, One Fifth Avenue, and Sullivan’s. In 1985, Tony and Nancy were married. He became the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan in 1998. Tony published two novels in 1995 and 1997, whose backdrop was the world of NYC restaurants. These received some good reviews but had limited commercial success. It was his 1999 New Yorker article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” that started to bring him widespread attention and fame. His first non-fiction book, Kitchen Confidential (2000), was an extension of the article, and quickly became a best-seller. It also brought him truly global celebrity. In sub-sequent years, he authored a host of articles and essays, and ten more books, including two graphic novels and a sequel to Kitchen Confidential, (Medium Raw, 2010). In 2000, Food Network offered Tony the chance to host his own world-travel show as an adjunct to his planned book, A Cook’s Tour. That show ran from 2001 through 2003, and in 2005 he started a new series, No Reservations. Later shows included The Layover and Parts Unknown, premiering in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Parts Unknown was lauded for taking viewers around the world to experience other cultures and cuisine at a very personal and local level. President Barack Obama, one of the legions of fans of the show, appeared in an episode in September of 2017. In addition to his television performances, Tony started his own publishing line, Anthony Bourdain Books, in 2011. He also appeared in the 2015 film The Big Short and produced and appeared in the 2017 documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. Tony and Nancy divorced in 2005. In 2007, he married Olivia Busia, with whom he had a daughter, Ariane, born in that same year. The couple separated in 2016. Anthony Bourdain is survived by his former wives, his daughter, and his brother Christopher Bourdain ’77, and his mother, Gladys Bourdain. D-E TODAY 2018 - 2019 | VOLUME II


Chris Bourdain ’77 Shares Some Remembrances On his brother’s irreverent antics in school:

Ancients who remember ESB in the 1970s may recall a few of the things Tony got up to in his years there. The soccer team in 10th or 11th grade had a maximum hair length rule, which Tony and his friends exceeded by a lot. He and three good friends got some short (and, I gather, pretty silly-looking) wigs for soccer, rather than cut their hair. Instant compliance! That is, until the wigs flew off when “headers” were played! Tony and a few friends also briefly published a less-than-reverent “alternative” school newspaper, Gorilla, until the powers that be shut them down. I vaguely remember a “Gorilla Day” involving Tony or one of his cohorts running around campus much of the day in a gorilla costume.

On the impact of his brother’s work:

Even in well-trodden countries like Japan and France, he took us to offbeat less-known corners, showing us things we had not seen or known about previously. Street food and traditional working-class food markets were an early feature that few had devoted attention to before. Tony approached every place with curiosity and openness to try anything, and without prejudice or fear. He treated humble street food vendors and Michelin three-star chefs with equal respect. The constant messages that beamed out from his best programs were these: The humble and hardworking deserve respect. Don’t de-humanize anyone. If we could all of us, around the world, just sit together for a while and have some food and talk, we would see how much we have in common. We are all more alike than not alike.

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From an episode of "Parts Unknown" filmed in Libya, 2013:

“Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.” Anthony Michael Bourdain ’74 1956 - 2018

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Alumni Challenge:

THANK YOU Class of 2018 “Gifts” New Patio Members of the Class of 2018 stopped by earlier this year to enjoy the traditional pre-Break JazzRock 2018 concert and then officially dedicate a new outdoor space (aka “The Patio”) adjacent to the Wharton Lessin Dining Hall. Despite damp and chilly conditions, D-E Alumni Relations together with Head of School Dr. De Jarnett, Upper School Principal Joe Algrant, and Class of 2018 / Class of 2022 Dean Kim Lalli (sporting her ‘ugly holiday’ sweater) were greeted with sunny alumni smiles.



Alumni from ESB, Dwight, and D-E all “rose to the challenge” this fall and participated in record numbers with the firstever D-E Alumni Challenge. The Challenge took place over 10 days in mid-November, and by the last day, nearly 300 alumni donors had contributed more than $100,000. The reward for meeting this cha l lenge was a $20,000 gift to the school from a generous anonymous donor. Caroline Chappell Hazarian ’05, noted, “This was truly a race to remember! THANK YOU to all of our alumni for their participation, and in particular to our class captains for helping to spread the word. This campaign exceeded all our expectations and together we all have made a difference for D-E.”

Embracing Diversity A Diwali Extravaganza, recognizing the annual Indian “Festival of Lights,” was celebrated vividly this year on the D-E campus thanks to a collaborative effort between the D-E Parents’ Association, the South Asian and Indian Parents Affinity Group, and the Office of Equity and Diversity Engagement. Silberfein Gym was transformed with thousands of Diyas (traditional Diwali lights), delicious Indian delicacies, and plenty of rousing drumming and dancing. This new event for adults was a counterpart to the series of Diwali Appreciation Assembly programs in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.



For many more video excerpts of D-E diversity initiatives, visit our D-E today video archive.



An Invitation to all alumni of Dwight School, Englewood School for Boys and D-E

Reunion Schedule of Events Reunion invite

May 31 - June 2, 2019

Note: Events and schedule are subject to change. For the most current Reunion 2019 details, including private major reunion events, please visit www.d-e. org/alumni or contact Maria Sanchez Gardner ’78 by Email at:

Friday, May 31 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.

Alumni and Students of Color Reception

2:00 P.M.

Welcome Back Alumni Reception

Ethics room (2nd floor of Leggett Hall)

Appetizers and Refreshments Giovanni’s Bicycle Club 487 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

3:30 P.M.

Campus Tour Leave from Graham House

7:00 P.M.

4:30 P.M.

Dwight School and Englewood School for Boys Class of 1969 50th Reunion Dinner

Annual Award Ceremonies Hajjar Auditorium

Hajjar STEM Center Saturday, June 1 Registration Desk will be open from 9:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. in Graham House. After 3:30 P.M., please go to the small reception tent on Leggett Field. All student-led general tours will start at Graham House. Coffee and refreshment service is available in Graham House from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. and then from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. 10:00 A.M.

Alumni Soccer Game Graham Field 10:00 A.M.

Alumni Field Hockey Game Graham Field 11:00 A.M.

Distinguished Alumni Honorees Peter Balakian ESB ’69 Anthony “Tony” Bourdain ESB ’74 (posthumously honored) Jennifer Borg ’83 Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees P. Jeffrey Overton ESB ’69 (posthumously honored) Jain Lattes ’94 6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.

Alumni-Faculty Reception and Dinner Leggett Field Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, fine wine, a specialty drink, craft beer, and a delicious dinner under the tent with entertainment and the good company of fellow alumni and faculty. Major reunion classes will be seated together.

Major Reunion Class Celebrations Please go to to check for major reunion private events

Campus Tour Leave from Graham House

Sunday, June 2 10:00 A.M.

11:15 A.M.

Commencement 2019

Alumni Lacrosse Game Graham Field

Leggett Field Commencement Speaker - Devin Delliquanti ’02 Alumni are welcome to attend



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D-E Today: 2018-2019: Volume II  

D-E Today is published by Dwight-Englewood School Communications and Publications, in partnership with the Advancement Office.

D-E Today: 2018-2019: Volume II  

D-E Today is published by Dwight-Englewood School Communications and Publications, in partnership with the Advancement Office.

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