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2007 Curtain Call Coaching Life Warm Hearts Portrait in Words SPRING 2007


Tell a Friend Garrett Van Wie ’11

Being from Maine and attending a school with such international diversity, I have become more aware of world perspectives. My family hosts international students which is always fun, and we often end up playing soccer with my little brother. Friendships at Hebron are lasting, no matter where you come from. Uta was at Hebron for one year and I still get weekly emails from Germany. Maine

Rosa Van Wie ’08

Bahamas California Colorado Brazil Connecticut Florida Canada Georgia Hawaii China Illinois Iowa Germany Louisiana Maine Korea Maryland Massachusetts Latvia Michigan New Hampshire Philippines New Jersey New York Spain North Carolina Oregon Sweden Rhode Island Texas Taiwan Vermont Virginia Ukraine

Yuto Sawaki ’10 Philippines

Being a part of an international community, you learn about different cultures and people have different things to share. My first day in Atwood, we had a group of us in the bowl playing soccer and getting to know each other. My good friends this year are from the Bahamas and Maine.

It’s interesting that the thing we have in common at Hebron is that everyone has a different experience, different background. People here are open, friendly and non-judgmental and before long you are a part of it. Within weeks I felt Madeleine Öun at home at Hebron, comfortable and with friends. ’09 The attention you get from teachers and other students in a small school is very different. I Sweden miss my home, but I am not homesick. I like my classes. I love the dorm. There is always someone to talk to. It is as good as I hoped for.

This campus in Maine holds a world of diversity and opportunity. At Hebron, students can be themselves while becoming part of a greater community. Open a world of opportunities for a student you know. Refer him or her to Hebron Academy.

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14 departments 2 18 34 23 44 30 The Academy

news, events, arts, athletics, and more

Alumni et Alumnae

notes, unions, new arrivals, obituaries

Hebroniana

members of the club

features Break a Leg senior class takes final bow by Charles Bartlett Cummings ’07

Coaching Life what really makes athletics work

The Warm Heart of Africa making a difference in Malawi by Sara Armstrong

Passion and Purpose a portrait in words by Kayla Chadwick ’08 Tevye’s daughters Sprintze (Katya Planson ’09), Tzeitel (Mary Randall ’09), Hodel (Vika Planson ’07), Bielke (Claire Cummings ’09) and Chava (Rosa Van Wie ’08) in Fiddler on the Roof.


the academy Editor’s Note Today We Are All Hokies

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he Virginia Tech campus lies in a quiet valley in southwestern Virginia, nestled between the ancient Shenandoah mountains and the small college town of Blacksburg. At its heart is a large grassy area—the Drill Field—ringed with historic buildings faced in a locally-quarried multi-hued limestone. But you knew that. On April 16, 2007, we all watched the tragedy at Virginia Tech take over every news outlet. It was painful to see the campus I once called home caught in the national media spotlight. I haven’t been back to Tech since I graduated 23 years ago, and only the thinnest of orange threads still connected me to that time and that place. But as the horrific story unfolded, I felt that slender thread grow thicker. My pride in the university, in the faculty and in the students grew. At the end of that terrible week, Tech alumni everywhere asked their friends and family to wear orange and maroon in a show of support for the university. I sent a campus-wide e-mail and on Friday was deeply moved by the number of people—faculty and students alike—who put aside their Hebron green and white to proudly wear Hokie colors. On that day in April, we were all Hokies here at Hebron—in the foothills of Maine’s ancient Appalachian mountains, on our campus of historic buildings made of local brick and granite circling a central grassy area—connected to each other by a strong ribbon of burnt orange and Chicago maroon. Jennifer F. Adams, Editor jadams@hebronacademy.org

reunion & homecoming 2007 September 28 and 29, 2007 Reunions for 1957 • 1962 • 1967 • 1972 • 1977 1982 • 1987 • 1992 • 1997 • 2002 • Catch up with classmates and old friends • Cheer on Hebron’s teams • Take part in activities for the whole family: road race, art exhibit, Alumni Convocation, music, games for kids, athletics and more For more information, please call or e-mail Beverly Roy at 207966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org or visit our web site: www.hebronacademy.org

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ON THE COVER

The girls’ JV soccer team takes a pregame warm up run. Photo by Diana Griggs, Tannery Hill Studios, Inc. The Semester is published twice each year by Hebron Academy, PO Box 309, Hebron ME 04238. 207-966-2100. Issue No. 199 MISSION

The Semester magazine’s mission is to continue the Hebron family’s intellectual and emotional engagement with the Academy by conveying news, preserving the heritage and memories of the school and chronicling the accomplishments of its alumni, faculty and students. EDITOR

Jennifer F. Adams E D I T O R I A L A S S I S TA N C E

David W. Stonebraker S TA F F W R I T E R S

Susan R. Geismar David Inglehart P R O D U C T I O N A S S I S TA N C E

Penny S. Braley Robert M. Caldwell Leslie A. Guenther Beverly J. Roy Louise M. Roy ’05 PHOTOGRAPHY

Robert M. Caldwell William B. Chase Skip Churchill Beth Garza Susan R. Geismar Dennis and Diana Griggs, Tannery Hill Studios, Inc. David Inglehart Joel Haskell Robert P. Rich, Jr. ’49 and friends PRINTING AND MAILING

Maine Printing Company, Portland, Maine. Hebron Academy reaffirms its longstanding policy of nondiscriminatory admission of students on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation. We do not discriminate in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs and athletic or other school-administered programs. Hebron Academy is an equal opportunity employer. © 2007 by Hebron Academy.

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the academy A Note From John King

Earth Movers And then the earth moved.” With apologies to Ernest Hemingway, that famous phrase defines and signifies the height of emotional relationship for Robert Jordan and Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls. Finding meaning, learning and growing through the profound impact that teachers, coaches and advisors have on students is fundamental to the Hebron experience. You will read about some of those wonderful relationships in this issue of Semester. It is the emotion, anticipation and momentum from those relationships and the general spirit of Hebron Academy—even as we say the poignant good-byes of graduation— which sets our school in such a strong position today.

confident in commissioning the first new building project in 32 years at Hebron, the new Athletic Center project described by trustee Paul Goodof ’67on the next page. This milestone undertaking will address many critical needs of the school. Primarily an indoor recreational and fitness area for the whole school—students, faculty, staff and families—the center will support the athletic program with much-needed indoor practice space and, most importantly, will provide immediate opportunity for the subsequent conversion of Sargent Gymnasium into full-time arts, music, theater, auditorium and classroom space in the Lepage Arts Center, and for future student social facilities in lower Sturtevant Home. Equally important to recognize is that this symbolic indicator of the stability and progress of the school is directly the result and offspring of the human, emotional and educational growth of the school—the Hebron education that is its people and the commitment they have made to our school. Read about the students and faculty who are traveling to Africa to work in a Malawian orphanage; the impact and creative opportunity of the musical Fiddler on the Roof and the student-directed plays; the New England and national success of the Hebron Academy math team, whose talent, like our sports teams’, comes from all parts of the world. Understand the significance of the newly inaugurated Leyden Award, pre-

a sure sign of the good health of a school is the movement of dirt “And then the earth moved”—I cite Hemingway’s description in a more literal way than his emotional metaphor: at Hebron we are moving earth. It is an aphorism among school people that a sure sign of the good health of a school is the movement of dirt—any kind of building activity. I would amplify that thought to come closer to Hemingway’s metaphorical emotional pinnacle. The caring teaching, coaching and friendship among our teachers and students, the support and endorsement of our parents and alumni, growth in enrollment, the fiscal good health of the school, and the spirit that grows in competitive classrooms, athletic programs and a lively, busy campus community, has made Board of Trustees

sented at graduation to a senior who has overcome obstacles and become one of those familiar “Hebron success stories” that the Leyden family have been helping to come true for more than 30 years. Recognize, as I do, that everything we accomplish at Hebron is based on the success of individual student-teacher relationships and the inspiration of dedicated faculty, staff and supporters who are so committed to the young people who come to Hebron. The faculty, students, and trustees of the Building Committee, led by Paul Goodof ’67 with the engineering advice of Jim Hill ’90, have dedicated many hours and months of work to the planning and design of the project with architects and construction managers. Business Manager Jim Bisesti, the Finance Committee of the Board, bankers, lawyers and the Finance Authority of Maine have produced detailed analysis and an intense level of financial projection and validation of Hebron’s readiness for the bond financing of the project. Early leadership gift support from several key benefactors has inspired us and the momentum of endowment gift growth reinforces our confidence to

reach the achievable goals and future for Hebron. Humbling, though, is the knowledge that we have much work to do together to continue Hebron’s positive momentum, to raise the funds to build the endowment and support those future projects and plans. We have made a good start, but now, as always, it takes all of us, the people of Hebron Academy to secure our

it takes all of us to secure our school’s future for our students school’s future for today’s and tomorrow’s students. We’ve moved much earth already this summer, in advance of the official Athletic Center groundbreaking. A new faculty house from Schiavi Homes will be sited soon and the tennis court refurbishment is well underway, as is the septic system renovation. Inside, dormitory bathrooms are being renovated. Come visit campus in the fall to see all that is happening at Hebron. And while you’re here, you can see the earth movement and construction activity, too. John J. King Head of School

The tennis courts are being replaced this summer as part of the overall movement of dirt this summer.

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the academy Athletic Center Update

On Our Way to Breaking Ground H ebron Academy’s strategic plan, adopted by the trustees in 2002, identified a core set of institutional priorities, and substantial and noteworthy progress on many of them has been the subject of reports on these pages in previous issues. It is my privilege, as chair of the building committee, to give you an update on the exciting first stage of implementation of the Campus Master Plan. A year ago, a committee of students, faculty and trustees began serious exploration of an athletic facility to replace the aging and dated Sargent Gymnasium (which will become the new campus arts center in the second phase of the plan). Ably led by Athletic Director Leslie Guenther, the group—Moose Curtis, Alex Godomsky, Tiffany Bichrest ’07, Charlie Cummings ’07, Michael Hughes, Jim Bisesti, Robert Caldwell (ex officio) and John King; and trustees Bill Golden ’66, Jim Hill ’90 and Susan Gendron—identified the program elements important to the Academy, defined a standard for the building, and interviewed a number of architectural and planning firms.

In October, acting on that committee’s recommendation, the trustees engaged the services of SMRT, Inc., of Portland, the successor firm of John Calvin Stevens who designed many of Hebron’s buildings, and coincidentally currently headed by Stevens’s great-grandson. Furthermore, the lead architect is one of Hebron’s own: Lynne Holler ’80. Over the course of the first several months of design and planning, SMRT developed a concept for a structure to be located just south of Halford, and thanks to thoughtful and continuing input from all members of the campus community, it has been refined in the last four or five months into the renderings you see here.

The main entrance, on the corner nearest Robinson Arena.

While the “field house” component—for basketball, indoor tennis, and spring practice areas for baseball and lacrosse—is necessarily the largest single element of the building, all of the pieces of this structure are designed to encourage fitness and the life sports so critical to Hebron’s mission. An elevated running track will complement a relocated and expanded Lepage Wellness Center and a multipurpose room for aerobics; a

climbing wall will challenge both individuals and teams; two squash courts will introduce many students to a lifelong activity; and up-to-date locker and team meeting rooms will serve both home and visiting teams far better than we’ve been able to do in many years. Coupled with a new competition athletic field and viewing area, and full resurfacing of the Academy’s tennis courts, this project will effectively and attractively take care of the needs of generations of Hebron students and staff to come. I salute all members of the planning team for a job immensely well done—Hebron couldn’t have been better served!—and look forward to congratulating all of them at the groundbreaking in August and the ribbon-cutting at Homecoming in 2008. Paul S. Goodof ’67, trustee Building Committee Chair The view from the field side, also known as the “Hebron beach” elevation. Images courtesy SMRT.

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the academy A Student’s Perspective

Thank You, Mr. Leyden The second of three generations of Leydens to serve Hebron Academy, Associate Head of School Jack Leyden is moving on after 18 years. Presented here are excerpts from a profile of Mr. Leyden written by a Hebron student. We think she captured him perfectly. “I am close to the luckiest guy in the world,” Mr. Leyden claimed boldly at the 2007 Baccalaureate, during the first formal speech I’ve ever heard him present. His words were softer than usual and he stated his discomfort with speaking in front of a crowd. The funny thing is, he does it every day. Seven forty-five on the dot he stands at the front of the room, tells a bad joke, reminds us to go to classes and be there on time. “You may never know if you are somebody’s hero,” Mr. Leyden said as he continued to hold the eyes of the room. “This is okay. By modeling responsible and appropriate behavior and by sharing your passion with others, you are making a difference in people’s lives.” I wonder if Mr. Leyden knows that he is a hero. I do not wish to make him seem godlike or out of reach because the lack of these elements is why I look up to him. At Baccalaureate he grabbed a music stand so that he could remain on the floor, on the same level as us. An endlessly busy man, one can find him examining the roads from every direction at 4:00 am on a

stormy day, checking locks on windows, and picking up dining hall forks that kids have taken outside. As Mr. King said, it is perplexing how he always knows what’s going on and even better, what’s going to happen. Inspired by his father to reach out to people and treat them with respect, he admires the entire act of teaching. As one of the passionate people devoted to the wellbeing of others, he calls the work put forth towards kids as heroic and finds the results of such selfless acts more gratifying than the promise of money that a big business CEO can count on. His heroes are also the dining hall staff and the maintenance crew. The individual relationships he establishes are something to admire and strive for. His door is always open except when it’s not and in those cases he’s on the telephone assisting somebody else. Wait your turn. He might be able to reach out to many, but only one at a time. He told me he likes to keep it simple. I don’t remember meeting Mr. Leyden, because I must have showed

up late in the middle of our first conversation. That’s a joke we have together because of my inability to show up on time and Mr. Leyden’s countless reminders. I was scared when he first called me by name to confront me about my tardiness. “Three strikes and you’re in detention,” had been the policy at my middle school, but I soon learned that Mr. Leyden would be different. Instead of avoiding his intimidating

shadow I sometimes found myself going to apologize for a morning failure. I actually cared that I was late. I often see Mr. Leyden pulling kids aside in lunch, tapping his pen against his hand and opening his eyes wide with a smile on his face to confront them with their absences. There’s something about the manner in which he approaches students that provides for a healthy environment. For the most part kids know when they’ve messed up and will either apologize or declare their punishment before he can even begin to question them. Just the other day he was after me for missing an advisee meeting... and I mean literally after me. I knew he was coming because his golf cart’s buzz increased in volume. Soon I was running as he cut across the grass and chased me around the lawn in front of the dining hall. It was fun until it was hot. I had to stop. Where were you during advisories this morning? Uhh, I don’t know what to sayyy… Well, you know what I’m going to say! Haha! (ZZOOOMMMMM) And he was off. Jennifer Duguay ’08 Above: Sheriff Leyden in 1998. Left: At morning meeting in 2006.

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the academy Syllabus

Outsourcing an Essay?

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n January 22, 2007, Bill Chase’s International Relations class got a crash course in outsourcing. The class of 12 students had just finished reading Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat, a novel discussing the aspects of an interconnected, global society. Friedman uses the term “flatteners” to describe the elements creating a level playing field for all societies and countries competing in the global marketplace. As a final wrap-up of the novel, Nick Planson ’01, brother of current IR student Vika Planson ’07, made a presentation on his job and the components of working globally. Sitting in Hebron Academy’s new “global” conference room, the students listened to Nick discuss his position at a company based out of New York city called Consumer Powerline which

specializes in consulting with large businesses in the greater New York City area on ways to reduce energy consumption. Nick is in charge of coordinating a tool of Consumer Powerline dubbed “PowerDesk”. PowerDesk is an internet-based platform used to communicate with Consumer Powerline’s backbone—a firm located in Bangladesh, India. PowerDesk’s Indian team

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Nick Planson ’01 gives Mr. Chase’s International Relations class a real-world taste of global outsourcing.

processes data, maintains Consumer Powerline’s website and completes reports on compiled information sent to them through PowerDesk. Instead of paying for five full-time employees to perform non-specialized, clerical work in New York, Consumer Powerline outsources this portion of their company to a firm located on the other side of the world which can complete the work more cheaply. In addition to Nick’s presentation, the class called Rohit, PowerDesk’s coordinator in India. Rohit spoke to the class about his experience with working with American firms and his view on outsourcing or as Rohit likes to call it, “cosourcing”. Both men were very enthusiastic on the positives aspects of using India to supplement firms located across the globe. Outsourcing jobs

across the globe provides needed jobs to many parts of India, saves American firms millions of dollars per year and while the American company is closed for the night, the teams in India are crunching away at their newly assigned work. As a conclusion to the presentation, the class, having been assigned an essay discussing Friedman’s novel, logged onto the PowerDesk platform and outsourced their essay topic to Rohit and his team. Within seconds, Rohit was reviewing the newly posted assignment. His team of five were to write on the technological flatteners which Friedman discusses, just like the class. Within two days, the assignment had been completed. A Hebron Academy class had just outsourced their essay to India. Noah Love ’07


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SARAH BRYAN

Forest Perkins ’55 Marks 25th Year

Charlie Cummings ’07, Ku Young Jeong ’08 and Halsey Keiler ’07.

International Dinner Whets Appetite for More

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ebron Academy’s international students recently hosted their first International Night, open to all and held in the school’s dining room. The idea for the event began with International Program director Sarah Bryan and student organizer Tae Hoh Park ’08, from Korea, who worked with students to plan, shop, and cook for this special occasion. This year Hebron has students from Brazil, China, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine and Spain. International Night gives international students an opportunity to share their cultures and to open a window for discussion and cultural exchange. International food has much flavor and variety. Cooks take advantage of a wide range and combination of ingredients which may be unfamiliar to American students. Approaching the dining hall the night of the dinner, one could smell wonderful aromas even before entering the building. Students presented their food in unique and creative ways. Our international chefs prepared such savory treats as dumplings, fried rice, Korean barbecue and Japanese sushi. German, Spanish and South American pasta were popular, as

were Canadian cheese curds and French fries with gravy. Brazilian pudding disappeared as soon as it was displayed. “International Night was amazing,” said Rachael Cooper ’08. “It was a great way to incorporate the cultures of international students with that of the Americans. In addition to this, the food was spectacular!” “Ms. Bryan and the students worked very hard to make this happen,” said English teacher Donna Inglehart. “It was a genuine celebration of Hebron’s cultural diversity.” Maria Peral ’09 from Spain hoped that in future the event might include music and games from each of the countries. International Night is destined to become a Hebron Academy tradition. Next year’s event is already beckoning! Chen-Hsun Hsia ’07, Taiwan

After 25 years, it is satisfying for Fine Arts department chair Forest Perkins to reflect on his department’s humble beginnings in “two unpainted dusty rooms” in the basement of Atwood Hall. From his first ensemble of piano, oboe and trumpet, the musical offerings have grown to include orchestra, chorus and jazz band, in addition to classroom courses in music appreciation, classic jazz and theory. Mr. Perkins is a firm believer in the importance of the arts in the development of balanced, well-educated members of society. “It is one of the few disciplines that invokes both the emotions and the intellect,” he said. The fine arts faculty nurtures the creative spirits of their students and helps to make them more sensitive to the world around them. “We teach them to take the time to look and to listen,” Mr. Perkins said. “And we help them connect the arts to other disciplines.” While still in a basement, now in Sturtevant Home, the department is a warm and welcoming place. Student artwork hangs on the long corridor walls and Mr. Perkins’s office is a popular hangout for students during free periods and between classes. And although there is more room than in Atwood, the prospect of a dedicated fine arts center in Sargent Gymnasium is something that students and teachers alike are looking forward to. For 25 years, Mr. Perkins has provided the “soundtrack” for community meetings and special events. He thinks that he’s played the school hymn close to 1000 times. “But I couldn’t sing it without the words in front of me!” he laughs. Other Milestones •• 5 Years • Robert Caldwell • Julie Middleton • Steve Middleton • Andy Stephenson ’96 • Paul Thibeault •• 10 Years • Ron Brooks • Alex Godomsky •• 20 Years • Sheila Kyllonen • Cynthia Reedy • Gail Trundy •• 30 Years • Bobbi Bumps • Carole Smith •• 35 Years • Bill Chase

Math Team Takes First Place

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mproving upon last year’s second place finish, the Hebron Academy Math Team placed first in Class D in this year’s Maine Math Meet, held at the Bangor Auditorium in April. The meet is the largest competitive high school gathering in the state—academic or athletic— involving some 1,300 students. The meet consists of a series of six rounds of individual questions, followed by a relay race in which teams work to compile a cumulative score. Within its division, Hebron bested second-place finisher St. Dominic Regional High School by a score of 473 to 350. Individual standouts included Ho In Na ’10, who placed eleventh overall and third among freshmen. Joon Sung Lee ’09 finished 23rd overall, fifth among sophomores. Both students represented Maine at a national competition organized by the American Regions Math League and held at Pennsylvania State University.

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the academy

Fabulous Fiddler

VIKA PLANSON

Scenes from Fiddler on the Roof. Clockwise from above: Tevye (Dave Delgado ’08) and Lazar Wolfe (Charlie Cummings ’08) toast each other in “L’Chaim.” Calvin Moisan ’09 as Motel the tailor. Cassandra Benson-Abrams ’08 as Yente the matchmaker. The Russians: Sasha Romanenko ’07, Josh Shanbaum ’07, Jon Myles ’08, Ku Young Jeong ’08, Jay Goodman ’08 and Dima Naida ’07. Papas Paul Brouwer, Noah Love and Gino Valeriani in “Tradition.” Vika Planson ’07 as Hodel. Dave Hoffberger ’07 as Perchik the student. Tevye and Golde (Kelsey Jordan ’07) sing “Do You Love Me?”

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Art Gallery

Lauren Tardif ’07, oil

Han Sol Kim ’07, multimedia

Danny Sommer ’08, photo illustration

Diamond Duryea ’07, oil

Tiffany Bichrest ’07, pastels

Kwon Ho Seo ’07, prismacolor marker and Photoshop

Artwork by Hebron Academy students that appeared in this year’s edition of Etchings, the school’s art and literary magazine.

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the academy New Assistant Head of School Appointed

Meet Mike Munhall A Long Island native, Michael Munhall graduated from Monmouth College (Illinois) in 1971, and began his career at the Leelanau School—a boarding and day school in Glen Arbor, Michigan—where he served variously as a teacher, coach, house parent, athletic director, dean (of students and faculty) and advisor. Attending Michigan State University in the summers, he received a master’s degree in educational administration in 1982, and went on to head Leelanau for another six years. Mr. Munhall then moved east to head Cape Cod Academy, a day school in Osterville, Massachusetts, where he created a middle school and initiated community service and outdoor education programs. Following headships at The Wellington

School in Columbus, Ohio, and the Pike School in Andover, Massachusetts, he became head of the South Shore Charter Public School in Norwell, Massachusetts. The move to Hebron represents the completion of a circle for him. “I didn’t want a big school,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot about education since Leelanau, and Hebron is a chance for me to reconnect to the boarding experience.” Calling himself a “student’s administrator,” he focuses on understanding education from the perspective of those who receive it. “You only go through school once, and there is a lot of reward in helping kids find themselves in the process.” Hebron’s prospects are appealing as well. “Hebron is a school on the move. John [King] needed somebody who

has run a school, and I’ve run a number of them.” “Mike’s extensive experience first drew us to his resume, said Dean of Faculty Cilla Potter. “His approachable demeanor hooked us when he came to visit. We were curious why he sought a job at this level of administration and he said he misses working directly with students and faculty. That was a fit! We also thought it might be a jarring adjustment to move from a high-rise on the Charles River to Hebron, Maine, but the schools where Mike worked early in his career were even more rural than Hebron and he really enjoyed those environments.” And what about the challenge of taking over from Jack Leyden, who will end his eighteen-year career at Hebron in June? Mr. Munhall hopes that “people will allow me a grace period to let me establish myself. And I only hope I can convey the same dedication that Jack has shown.”

Mike Munhall, who will take over from Jack Leyden in July, already looks right at home in the School Building.

A widower whose wife died in 1984, Mr. Munhall is the father of two sons, Trevor, 26, who currently teaches English at the Derryfield School, and Matt, 24, who is entering his final year of college. Mr. Munhall is an avid photographer as well as sailor, bicyclist and swimmer. Other interests include antiques, gardening and travel.

Cum Laude Society 2007 Front row: Kelsey Jordan ’07*, Erin Fraser ’07, Rosa Van Wie ’08, Katie Leyden ’08, Tiffany Bichrest ’07, Katherine Cole ’07*, Taylor Fey ’07, Vika Planson ’07, Allison Maidman ’07, Sara Powers ’07*. Back row: speaker Chris Pinchbeck ’87, Han Sol Kim ’07, Ji Yun Seo ’08, Tae Hoh Park ’08, Josh Taylor ’07, Silas Leavitt ’08, Cameron Thompson ’07, Gabe Rubinstein ’08, Brian Simms ’07, Je Won Hong ’07*. *Elected last year.

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the academy The Sports Pages

Winter Wrap-Up T hough the winter snows came late in the season, Hebron skiers and snowboarders hit the slopes regularly and the weather rarely impacted other teams’ schedules and travel plans.

Hebron’s scores are listed first.

Girls’ Basketball

Boys’ Varsity Basketball

12/8 Elan 42 12/9 Gould 30 12/12 GP Christian 46 1/5 Kents Hill 44 1/10 Gould 30 1/13 Proctor 16 1/17 Richmond 16 1/19 Berwick 32 1/20 Hyde 18 1/24 Rangeley H.S. 8 1/27 Elan 46 36 1/31 GP Christian (OT) 2/1 Hyde 25 2/7 Kents Hill 31 2/9 Highview Christian 39 MPA Class D Tournament 2/13 Preliminary vs. Seacoast Christ. 39 2/19 Quarterfinal vs. Rangeley HS 27 The girls made their first MPA tournament appearance ever, advancing to the quarterfinal round on the hardwood in Augusta.

11/29 Tilton 69 81 12/3 St. Andrews 50 85 12/6 Pingree 57 66 12/8 Kents Hill 72 54 12/12 Lee Academy 57 68 Kingswood Oxford Tournament 12/15 vs. Hopkins 61 54 12/16 vs. St. Luke’s 54 40 12/17 vs. Kingswood Oxfd 57 47 St. Sebastian’s Tournament 12/28 vs. Masters 57 44 12/28 vs. Belmont Hill 56 51 12/29 vs. Nobles & Grngh 47 54 1/5 St. Mark’s 54 69 1/10 New Hampton “B” 74 59 1/12 St. Andrews 39 67 1/13 Marianapolis 56 65 1/17 Brewster “B” 65 74 1/19 Hyde 71 50 1/20 Exeter 68 57 1/24 Kents Hill 82 63 1/27 NMH 63 89 1/30 Bridgton 63 132 1/31 Brewster “B” 65 62 2/2 Vermont Academy 80 66 2/7 Hyde 71 60 2/9 Gould 80 47 2/10 KUA @Exeter 44 56 2/16 BB&N 46 51 2/17 Middlesex 68 61 2/21 Holderness 66 58 2/24 Tilton 55 66 The boys finished the season +.500 and earned their fourth consecutive MAISAD title.

Boys’ JV Basketball 12/8 12/9 1/6 1/12 1/16 1/20 1/24 1/26 1/27 1/31 2/7

Elan Gould Kents Hill Buckfield Buckfield Hyde Kents Hill Berwick Elan Gould (OT) Hyde

22 12 21 36 38 19 21 46 28 35 16

69 46 57 37 53 65 47 41 52 33 60

20 16 25 17 23 65 30 51 50 39 31 34 39 22 22

1/14 Stanstead 1 4 1/17 Pingree (OT) 3 2 1/19 Wyoming Sem. (OT) 3 2 1/20 New Hampton 2 1 1/22 Brewster 2 4 1/24 NYA 12 1 1/26 Berwick 2 0 1/27 Kents Hill 4 0 1/31 Kents Hill 4 2 2/2 Berwick 2 4 2/7 NYA 9 2 2/10 Proctor 5 1 2/16 Brunswick 4 2 2/17 Proctor 7 1 2/18 Hoosac 4 2 2/21 Bridgton (OT) 1 2 2/24 Pingree 7 0 New England Div. 2 Tournament 2/28 vs. St. Mark’s 4 0 3/3 vs. Vermont 1 4 The boys earned the #1 seed and advanced to the semifinal round of the Division II New England championship tournament.

Boys’ JV Hockey 12/2 12/6 12/8 12/9 1/6 1/10 1/12 1/13 1/17 1/19 1/20 1/22 1/24 1/31 2/1 2/7 2/9 2/12 2/13 2/15 2/16

New Hampton St. Dom’s Academie St. Louis Academie St. Louis New Hampton Kents Hill Tilton Eaglebrook @ Civic Center Kents Hill Academie St. Louis Academie St. Louis OHCHS NYA St. Dom’s Kents Hill Brewster Holderness NYA OHCHS Maine Renegades NYA

7 4 2 0 6 4 0

1 5 5 6 2 6 9

6 1 1 4 4 5 2 5 1 4 4 6

loss 4 3 2 1 4 1 6 2 2 1 3 2

37 37

Boys’ Varsity Hockey Tilton Showcase 11/26 vs. Tilton 11/26 vs. KUA 11/26 vs. Northwood 11/29 Holderness (OT) 12/2 Worcester 12/8 Acad. St. Louis St. Mark’s Tournament 12/15 vs. Middlesex (OT) 12/16 vs. Worcester (OT) 12/16 vs. Prnctn Cntry Day BB&N Tournament 12/29 vs. Tilton 12/29 vs. Thayer 12/30 vs. BB&N 1/3 Boston Bulldogs 1/5 Bridgton 1/10 Middlesex 1/13 Brewster

6 3 3 2 7 6

2 0 5 1 1 1

2 3 6

1 4 0

4 1 4 0 6 7 5

1 2 1 7 4 2 4

Sara Powers ’07 with a Rangeley opponent at the MPA semi-final in Augusta.

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the academy Girls’ Hockey 11/29 12/2 12/6 12/8

Exeter Pingree Governor’s Acad. Greenwich @ St. Mark’s 12/9 Gunnery (OT) 12/10 Gunnery St. George’s Tournament 12/15 vs. Millbrook 12/15 vs. St. George’s (OT) 12/16 vs. Holderness Northwood Tournament 12/31 vs. Alaska 1/1 vs. Princeton 1/1 vs. Northwood 1/2 vs. BB&N 1/5 St. Mark’s 1/6 Leo Hayes HS 1/10 Kents Hill 1/12 Tabor Academy 1/13 BB&N 1/17 NYA 1/20 Proctor 1/21 NAHA 1/24 New Hampton 1/26 ME Mosquitos 1/31 Holderness 2/2 Middlesex 2/9 NYA 2/10 NEWHL

7 8 4

4 0 3

6 2 1

6 3 2

8 3 1

3 4 3

1 2 4 6 2 2 5 3 1 4 3 1 6 7 4 1 4 9

3 3 3 2 3 0 4 9 2 1 4 5 0 4 2 3 1 2

2/14 Proctor 5 6 2/17 New Hampton 3 2 2/19 Kents Hill 5 2 2/21 Exeter (OT) 3 4 2/24 Kngswd Oxfrd (OT) 3 2 The girls narrowly missed a bid to the New England tournament this year.

Skiing 1/10 1/17 1/19 1/31 2/7 2/9 2/16

SL @ Kents Hill GS @ Sugarloaf GS @ Sunday River GS @ Shawnee Peak SL @ Kents Hill SL @ Sunday River MAISAD C’ship SL and GS @ Shawnee Peak 2/28 New Englands Jamie Tyler ’07 and Ross Thayer ’08 tied to place first in the overall MAISAD points standings for boys, while Vika Planson ’07 topped the girls’ standings. Two other skiers finished in the top 10: Kelly Phillips ’09 in 6th and John Bedette ’08 in 9th. The JV boys also placed well in the overall standings: Francisco Alcon ’08—2nd, Charlie Hiller ’08—6th,

Dani Freund ’08—9th and Je Won Hong ’07—10th. The varsity had an excellent individual and team showing at the New England Class B championship. The girls’ and boys’ teams finished second and third respectively, and Jamie Tyler, Ross Thayer, Isabel Kannegieser ’12, Vika Planson, and Kelly Phillips earned “All New England” distinction for their topten individual finishes.

Snowboarding 1/17 SS @ Sugarloaf 1/24 SS @ Sunday River 1/31 BA @ Kents Hill 2/7 HP @ Sugarloaf 2/9 HP @ Sunday River 2/14 BA @ Kents Hill 2/16 SS/HP @ Sunday River Katherine Cole ’07 earned the girls’ silver medal for her second place finish in overall MAISAD points. Four other Hebron riders finished in the top 10 in the overall MAISAD points standings: Miriam Scarpino ’07—3rd, Kevin Keough ’10—2nd, Gabe Rubinstein ’08— 5th, Leo Paquette ’09—9th.

The girls’ team also placed first in the MAISAD championship meet.

Swimming 12/1 Lewiston/EL Relays 12/8 Lewiston 1/5 Edward Little 1/10 HA/St. Dom’s/Hyde 1/16 Boothbay H.S. 1/24 Hebron/St. Dom’s 1/31 Exeter 2/9 KVACs 2/10 KVACs Two Hebron swimmers qualified for the MPA state meet—Rachel Rogers ’10 finished 10th in the 200-yard freestyle, while Tim Smith ’09 finished 16th in the 100yard butterfly.

Could this be a new between-seasons sport?

April 17, 2007. Steph Roy ’07, Jay Goodman ’08 and Tiffany Bichrest ’07 go for a paddle in the Bowl. One week later the snow was gone, the grass was green, and the Middle School was playing baseball.

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the academy

April Snows… W

e returned from spring break to a week of warm, dry weather before the April snows descended. Though the unexpected weather kept us inside until midApril, Hebron teams continued to keep up their spirits despite being forced to practice indoors.

Hebron’s scores are listed first.

Baseball 4/20 4/24 4/25 5/1 5/2 5/5 5/9 5/11 5/16 5/19

Kents Hill 6 Bridgton 3 Gould 14 Bridgton 0 New Hampton 1 Kents Hill 8 Gould 11 Kents Hill 13 MAISAD semifinal—bye MAISAD championship vs. Kents Hill 6 Four-time MAISAD champs!

3 15 4 16 13 7 13 10

3

JV Baseball 4/23 4/25 4/28 5/2 5/7 5/9 5/14

Buckfield Gould Kents Hill Gould Kents Hill New Hampton Buckfield

16 16 19 35 16 3 17

6 4 12 17 15 17 7

Boys’ Lacrosse 03/31 4/7 4/20 4/22 4/25 4/26 4/27 5/2 5/5 5/7 5/9 5/11 5/12 5/16

Nashua Jamboree Winchendon 13 7 Gould 13 2 Kents Hill 14 2 New Hampton 18 3 Hyde 14 9 Kents Hill 12 6 Tilton 13 2 Gould 21 2 NYA 9 10 Hyde 9 8 Brewster 4 12 KUA 5 10 MAISAD semifinal vs. Gould 13 5 5/19 MAISAD championship vs. Hyde 8 4 5/23 NE quarterfinal vs. Lexington Chrst. 11 3 5/25 NE final vs. Berwick 10 12 After earning the MAISAD title, the boys’ team received a third straight bid to the New England small schools lacrosse tourna-

ment, advancing to the semifinal round before falling in a very close game to eventual champion Berwick Academy. Jon Gendron ’07 was named to the Maine High School Lacrosse All-Star team. Carmine Zegarelli ’07 and Bobby Thoits ’08 were named to the All Northern New England Prep Second Team. First Team and All-Star honors went to Cameron Lao-Gosney ’07, Roman Lao-Gosney ’07 and Blair Campbell. In addition, Cameron was named All Northern New England Lacrosse Prep Scholastic Player of the Year and Coach Jay Keough was named Prep-School Man of the Year.

Boys’ JV Lacrosse 4/22 4/25 4/26 4/28 5/2 5/5 5/7 5/9 5/19

Kents Hill Gould Hyde Kents Hill Berwick Gould NYA Hyde MAISAD round-robin

8 9 6 5 5 7 3 3

1 1 5 0 8 0 0 5

Girls’ Lacrosse 4/22 4/24 4/25 4/27 4/28 5/2 5/4 5/5 5/8 5/9 5/11 5/12 5/16

Kents Hill 11 7 Oxford Hills 11 5 New Hampton 8 19 Gould 13 8 Kents Hill 14 7 Tilton 16 5 NYA 14 2 Gould 10 6 Hyde 16 5 Hyde 9 8 Kents Hill 8 7 Berwick 6 7 MAISAD semifinal vs. Hyde 16 6 5/19 MAISAD championship vs. Gould 14 4 Four-time MAISAD champs!

Softball

Girls’ JV Tennis

4/18 4/20 4/25 5/1 5/2 5/5 5/9 5/10 5/12 5/16 5/19

4/20 4/23 5/2 5/9 5/11 5/23

Lewiston play date Kents Hill play date Exeter 10 Gould 16 Telstar 2 Kents Hill 9 Berwick 7 Kents Hill 12 Gould 6 MAISAD semifinal—bye MAISAD championship vs. Kents Hill 9 Four-time MAISAD champs!

1 0 3 8 6 2 4

2

Boys’ Tennis 4/14 4/20 4/23 4/25 4/28 5/1 5/2 5/5 5/9 5/16 5/19

Hyde NYA Bridgton Kents Hill Gould Bridgton Kents Hill Gould Hyde MAISAD singles MAISAD doubles

1 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 2

4 4 4 5 3 5 5 4 3

4 1 0 1 1

1 4 5 4 4

NYA Oxford Hills playdate Berwick Berwick Kents Hill Oxford Hills

0

5

0 0 0 6

5 5 5 3

Track and Field 4/14 4/21 4/28 5/5 5/12

Exeter Invitational Hyde Invitational Hebron Invitational Seacoast/Elan @ Hyde MAISAD championship @ Hebron 5/19 New Englands The girls had an exceptional season, taking the MAISAD title and finishing fourth out of 15 teams at the New England meet. Jasmine Webber ’07 placed first in both the 100m and 300m hurdles, while Liz Davis ’07 won the 100m dash.

Boys’ JV Tennis 4/20 4/25 4/27 5/3 5/7 5/9

NYA Gould Kents Hill Fryeburg Kents Hill Gould

1

4

Girls’ Tennis 4/11 Gould 1 4 4/20 NYA 1 4 4/25 Gould 1 4 4/28 Kents Hill 3 2 5/2 Berwick 0 5 5/4 Kents Hill 3 2 5/7 Fryeburg 3 2 5/14 KHS 2 3 5/16 MAISAD singles 5/19 MAISAD doubles Lauren Tardif ’07 won a second consecutive MAISAD singles title.

Pitcher Brandon Rolfe ’07.

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The Class of 2007 takes center stage

Break a Leg Welcome. Welcome parents, grandparents, family, friends, trustees and honored guests, faculty, and most importantly, the class of 2007. Many people are uncomfortable giving speeches. I’m not. I’m an actor. Are you? As Jaques says in Shakespeare’s As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, (2.7.139–142)

This past winter, over fifty members of the Hebron Academy community were players in our production of Fiddler on the Roof. And in that play, there were many

parts. Tevye, Golde, the papas, the mamas, the sons and the daughters, the people of Anatevka. Like the characters in that play, we all play roles, not only on the stage, but also in real life. At Hebron Academy, we are all actors; every one of us has a part that we play. Some of us are stars on the sports fields; others are stars in the classroom; artists, musicians, proctors, members of community service, tour guides, friends. Some seem to be stars in all their endeavors—some seem to struggle to shine at all. Yet, I feel all of us have had moments when we have shone with a special and personal light. Every play has its stars, but what are these stars without the role-players. A role-

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player gives depth and meaning to a play. Who would King Lear be without his Fool? Or Juliet without her chiding Nurse? Can you imagine C3PO without R2D2? Our Wiz would have been a bit less wonderful without the Munchkins, especially our six-foot-six munchkin, Mr. Kaufman! These characters (and we are characters!) are called the ensemble. “Ensemble” comes from the French and means “together”. Ensemble actors are just as important to the success of the play as its stars. Without them, a play cannot happen. As a class, our ensemble has accomplished much “together”—we have 28 four-year students, numerous maisad championships, hundreds of hours of com-


here you can play many different roles misguided brothers as foils for Joseph. But foils are not always bad. The noble Macduff brings about the ruin of the evil Macbeth. And to return to my Star Wars metaphor, the roguish Han Solo is the perfect foil for the clean-cut Luke Skywalker. We all must have foils in our lives. Through tension and conflict, our foils push us to be more than we normally think we could. Everyone can remember a foil from freshman year. Think back…it was the guy who made you carry the water bottles at practice…it was the person who took your favorite seat in Ms. Armstrong’s class…or maybe it was a coach screaming your name across the field (I forgive you, Stevo). Over the years, these foils have helped to shape us into who we are today. But a play only lasts a few hours on the stage. In the course of our lives, our roles are ever shifting and often we go from foil to friend and back many times. The person who was once a nemesis may become an ally. For as Jaques says, “one man in his time does indeed play many parts.” In my opinion, one of the nicest things about Hebron, is that here you can play many different roles. In our time here, we have learned how to play the roles of student and teacher, winner and loser, commuter and boarder. Role upon role, the list expands. In Fiddler on the Roof, many of us participated on stage and backstage, but over two hundred others

were the most vital part of the production, the audience. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child; well, it takes an audience to put on a play. And, as we see today, it takes a family to honor a graduate. We have come to this moment; the casting is done. Now, on with the show!

“Tomorrow at break. 6:30 in the Fine Arts Center. G period on the stage. Everyone for just five minutes after morning meeting.” I can’t tell you how sick I got of those announcements, but as we all know, “practice makes perfect!” What is a school if not practice for real life? To perform well, the cast must practice both individually and collectively. There are six essential elements to practice: actors must learn to master their lines and master their bodies. They must know the context of their play and be able to communicate its emotion and passion. Most importantly, they must place their in trust in the other actors and take a risk: they must believe in the magic of the whole. We master our lines when we study and do our homework, when we compose an essay or look through a microscope, when we solve an algebraic equation or play a scale on the violin. And we don’t practice our lines alone: we recite our soliloquies with our roommates, we review for our history test with our classmates, we jam with our friends in the Fine Arts Center. To fully perform his role, not only must an actor learn his lines, he must learn to master his movements as well. We master our movements when we run the crosscountry loop or work out in the gym, when Mr. Brouwer drags us up yet another mountain or makes us paddle across Marshall Pond, when we shape a beautiful bowl from a “formless lump of clay” or when we stroke a paintbrush across a bare canvas. Top right: Hebron Cup winner Sara Powers. Middle right: inaugural Leyden Award winner Jamie Tyler with departing Associate Head of School Jack Leyden. Bottom right: piper Chris Pinchbeck ’87 leads the procession across campus.

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munity service, and we have created a bond which will last for many years. In a play, the ensemble works together, but often the tension between characters provides the most meaningful aspects of the production. In many plays, there are characters called foils. A foil acts as a contrast to the hero. Many times a foil brings tension or conflict to the play. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would have been a rather uninteresting play without those


Thirteen-year senior Charlie Cummings (left), who delivered the Commencement address, with twelveyear senior Chris Roy.

Baccalaureate Awards National Society of Women Engineers Ji-Yun Seo ’08 Entrepreneurship Program Challenge “Business with the Most Profit Potential” Hebron Poster: Gregory Colarusso ’08, Austin Grande ’08, Han Sol Kim ’07 and Katherine Stewart ’08 Entrepreneurial Program Challenge “Most Profitable and Most Creative Business” One Stop: Jennifer Duguay ’08, Jason Goodman ’08, Ji-Yun Seo ’08 and Corey Sanders-Frison ’07 Hebron Academy Parents’ Association Artist Recognition Emma Jahoda-Brown ’07 Charlotte R. Stonebraker Community Scholarship Brent Coy Landry ’10 Eric Rodriguez ’08 L. Edward Willard Prize in English Silas Pratt Leavitt ’08 Compton Prize in Languages Silas Pratt Leavitt ’08 Cum Laude Geometry Prize Bess Ellen Curtis ’10 Dr. Louis Friedman Mathematics Prize Tae Hoh Park ’08 Academic Excellence in Religion & Ethics Mary McRae Randall ’09 Renssaeler Polytechnic Institute Medal Michael Robert Simms 08 Middlebury Book Award Kayla Anne Chadwick ’08 Smith Book Award Rosa Phillips Van Wie ’08 Dartmouth Book Award Ji-Yun Seo ’08 Williams Book Award Kathryn Phyllis Leyden ’08 Harvard Book Prizes Silas Pratt Leavitt ’08 Tae Hoh Park ’08

To draw the audience in, the actors must know the context of their play. They must perform with passion and elicit emotion from the audience. Last summer several of our classmates journeyed to Africa where they lived and worked at an orphanage. Social studies was no longer just a class—suddenly, it had become real life. The words “malnutrition” and “poverty” took on new meanings, and the nameless faces in photographs became our friends. Their daily trials became our trials. We learn from our serious life experiences, but real life can be fun as well. Just last week, Mr. V’s physics classes spent a long, hard day experiencing physics firsthand at…Funtown. Excalibur, Dragon’s Descent, and Tilt-A-Whirl made the classroom a carnival. By understanding the context, we can add emotion and passion to our performance. Mr. Perkins once told me that true art conveys an emotion. We can find this passion in paintings in the gallery or in a poem that makes us cry. There is emotion in a solo at Vespers and in a last-minute touchdown attempt. There is passion when a student edits and rewrites an essay and when an athlete practices free throws over and over and over again. When a person invests time, effort, and commitment to something,

there is passion, and with this the finished product takes on greater meaning. The most important element of theater is the ability to put your trust in other people and to take risks with the other actors. In our Hebron community, we see this as teamwork. This is readily apparent on the athletic fields, but it can also be seen in the Entrepreneur-

Kelsey Jordan with science teachers Bruce and Betsy Found.

Math teacher Merry Shore with Je Won Hong.

our parts are ending but our lives are opening

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ship program. The students have to work together to come up with a product and an innovative way to market that product. In chemistry class, you have to trust your lab partner to measure out the correct amount of a hazardous material. At Camp Kieve, we learned to trust our classmates as they suspended us fifty feet above the ground. The trust that we have in one another unites us— it is a bond that ties us together. Mastery of the lines, mastery of the body, knowing the context, providing the passion, trusting in each other—the cumulative effect of these elements results in the magic which is the Hebron experience.


Commencement Awards Art ..........................................Han Sol Kim English.................Katherine Winslow Cole French .........................Stéphanie Lise Roy History ...........................Sara Joan Powers Mathematics.....................Jae Hyung Park Music .............................Sara Joan Powers Natural Sciences .........................Allison Michelle Maidman Physical Sciences .................Je Won Hong Spanish................Katherine Winslow Cole and Erin Moreau Fraser

Josh Taylor with outgoing Admissions Counselor and hockey coach Rob Gagnon.

Laurisa Barthen and English teacher Carnie Burns.

The curtains open, the lights come on. Don’t worry—it’s just the dress rehearsal!

We will become for one brief moment the stars of the show. It will be a brief moment, and the moments of our time together are closing as well. As Prospero says in The Tempest, Shakespeare’s farewell to the theater:

The director gives you your final notes before you step on stage. The stage manager whispers your cue. The lighting crew turns on the spotlight. The music director, following your lead, adjusts the tempo of the music. These people have worked with you and trained you for this moment. Even though you walk onto the stage alone, they are right there behind you. Off stage, these people are our teachers, our coaches, our parents, our family, and our friends. After our “opening night” these supporters are not going to disappear; they will always be with us. They are with us when we earn great reviews and with us as well when we get panned. Ask anyone from the Fiddler on the Roof cast, and they will tell you that our dress rehearsal was not perfect. Ask anyone in our senior class, and they will tell you that our senior year was also, not perfect. We may have slipped along the way once or twice, but in the end, we have all made it here to this opening. This year has been our dress rehearsal, our practice for the big show. In just a few short minutes we will make our debut. As each one of us climbs the steps of this stage to receive the Hebron diploma, we will be stepping into a special spotlight.

Our revels now are ended. These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air; And like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, yea, All which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on. (4.1.165–174)

Class of 2007, we are the stuff of dreams, and though our moment at Hebron is just a passing scene, there are many more to come. Our parts here are ending, but our lives are opening. As we go on to play other roles, on other stages both great and small, I am confident in our ability to master the roles we will play in our lives ahead. Five minutes to curtain! And now, Class of 2007, as we say in theater, “Break a leg!”

Charles Bartlett Cummings Class of 2007

Drama Award David Andrés Delgado Noah Samuel Taylor Love Outdoor Leadership Prize Cameron Stuart Thompson Reed Awards Alysia Lynn Goldman Roman Nicholas Lao-Gosney Bessie Fenn Award Taylor Leigh Fey Athletic Award Jose Alex Gumbs Bernat Memorial Award Victoria Planson Senior Scholarship Prize Laurel Kelsey Jordan Louise Lorimer Scholarship Prize Laurel Kelsey Jordan Regis R. Lepage Scholarship Prize Charles Bartlett Cummings The MelMac Education Foundation of Maine (Maine Principals’ Association Award) Jasmine Ann Webber ’07 Leyden Award James Henry Tyler Edward Tate II Green Key Award Latoya L. Wright Ernest Sherman Award David Andrés Delgado Charles and Amy Dwyer Memorial Award Tiffany Jean Bichrest Milton G. Wheeler Good Fellowship Award Noah Samuel Taylor Love Phemister Award Joshua A. Taylor Risman Honor Award Katherine Winslow Cole Hebron Academy Cup Sara Joan Powers

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students

29

teams

15

sports

13

league titles

5

New England-level contests

396

individual contests Numbers are one thing, but what really makes an athletic program run? The coaches. A generation of Hebron players will recognize Coach Moose Curtis and his ever-present whistle.

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t’s easy to speak of athletics by the numbers, the statistics, the records of wins and losses, the championships won and tournaments entered. Athletics at Hebron are integral to the school’s mission, but what does the program really teach? Why should students devote so much time to the pursuit of sport activity and fitness? Some answers are obvious—fitness for life, a sense of accomplishment and appropriate challenge, an opportunity for growth. Others are less tangible, more value-oriented. Through sports, among other experiences, Hebron students come to value respect, fair play, time management, perseverance, teamwork, fitness, skill, leadership, confidence. And they are helped in these areas by teammates and by coaches. Indeed, “coach” has become a particularly ubiquitous word. We recognize sport and fitness coaches, certainly, those who teach particular movement skills and tactics for sport activities. But current culture suggests as well our potential need for birth coaches, acting coaches, business coaches, spiritual coaches and life coaches. The concept of “coaching” may suggest a curious amalgam of teacher, advisor, confidante and counselor. However the word has evolved in use, the core of coaching remains a bond of persons, of coach and performer. That bond of past and present experience, of what the coach has known and done and what the person coached aspires to perform comprise the powerful connection manifested daily on Hebron’s fields, slopes, courts and rink.

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ebron Academy, like many independent schools, makes sport a major component of school life and asks a lot of its teachercoaches. Most carry a full load of four classes, take rotating duties in the dorms, library or study hall and have four to six advisees in addition to their athletic assignments. For an outsider, it’s hard to imagine how to balance these different responsibilities. “You just do it,” said Jess Keeley, history teacher and three-season coach. “It’s just like when I was a student at Tabor and Trinity. I still have homework and I still have practice.” Each is a part of the daily routine, yet each is also a part of a life style. For chemistry teacher and long-time football coach Moose Curtis, the place of coaching is simply a matter of setting priorities. “During the fall, Sunday is football day,” he said. “I use that day to review

Saturday’s game and to plan for the upcoming week.” “Coaching is a different aspect of daily school life,” Mr. Curtis continued. “If I’ve had a lousy day, it’s great to get out in the fresh air on the sidelines or the ski slope and leave all that behind.” Coaches see Hebron’s students in a different light and share time in a different setting. Ms. Keeley agreed. “Practice is therapeutic. It’s two hours of the day when you can focus on just one thing and leave the classroom up the hill.” Focus can be the necessity of drills to master technique, tactical situations repeated again and again until the strokes and passes are second nature. Such practice is both tedious and fun. The confidence displayed in competition is nurtured in practice, in the smaller moments shared by coach and athlete.

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touches the spirit of each individual student and ultimately the school itself.”

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Boys’ hockey coach Rob Gagnon gets the team going with some words of advice.

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ebron’s program begins at the middle school level with soccer, skiing and baseball in addition to a scheduled physical education class. “We work on having a great team experience and learning how to play,” said veteran teacher Kathy Leyden. “In the Middle School, everyone is a winner.” First experiences become the foundation for the future. Fun is mingled with learning self-discipline, learning to give up a bit of the “I” for the good of the group. In the Upper School, the PE requirement is fulfilled by requiring every student to participate in a team sport, outdoor education or personal fitness for at least two seasons. “There is a place for everyone on our teams,” said Athletic Director Leslie Guenther. “The sub-varsity teams focus on skill development and participation. Varsity teams are more competition-oriented. We promote lifelong physical fitness and healthy activity, foster teamwork and camaraderie, and teach good sportsmanship and fair play.” Those goals, rooted in Hebron’s tradition and in the language of its athletic awards, define the place of athletics in the mission of the school.

“It’s all about our mission—inspiring and guiding each student to reach his or her highest potential in mind, body, spirit,” said Head of School John King. “The spatial and strategic challenges of sport test the mind, the fitness that is enhanced by athletic activity strengthens the body, and the experience of sharing both success and disappointment in sport

Middle School math teacher and coach Kathy Leyden stretching with seventh grader Bekah Jett.

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oaches are the persons who work the chemistry, or the magic if you will, of combining sport and life values, of helping young athletes see beyond the immediacy of skills, practice, performance and outcomes to applications for themselves and for the future. There are as many coaching styles as there are coaches, but most will agree that they are role models. “I get frustrated with officials who don’t respect our kids,” Mr. Curtis said. “It goes both ways. Treat your players with respect and they will respect you.” Respect the game. Respect each other. Respect yourself. For Ms. Keeley, faith in the team is paramount. “Andy McPhee was my hockey coach at Trinity. We struggled, but he was one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. Even though we lost, we never felt like he lost faith in us.” Admissions Counselor Rob Gagnon believes in building confidence. “I once had a difficult coach who stripped me and others of our confidence. Because of that experience, I try to build confidence. If a player makes a mistake during a game, I may be in his face to tell him what he did wrong, but I always finish up by telling him what he did right. In the long run, I’m teaching more about life than about how to win a hockey game.”


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Lacrosse all-stars Cameron Lao-Gosney ’07, Roman Lao-Gosney ’07 and Blair Campbell ’07 with their coach, Prep-School Man of the Year Jay Keough, whose passion for the sport inspired his team to take the MAISAD title and earn a New England tournament berth.

Equally important for coaches and players alike is pure love for their sport. Coaches have been there, done that. In the cliché of the time, the best coaches can “talk the talk” because in other places and in other times, they have already “walked the walk.” Their experiences, their learning are part of the respect and devotion for sport that is passed from coach to player, attitudes and values that can inspire a lifetime interest. Craig Clark ’70 considers his athletic experiences to be among the most important of his Hebron years. “At the beginning of my senior year, I was the #1 goalie on the JV ice hockey team. After the season began, the number two goalie on the varsity team left and Coach Bruce Gardner asked me to join the varsity squad. I wasn’t very good and didn’t want to hurt the team, but he told me I’d do fine and he needed a second goalie so they could scrimmage. As the season progressed, Coach Gardner taught me many of the skills I needed to be a better goalie. I finally got to play in the Lewiston game and, well, it didn’t go all that well. “At the awards ceremony after our 16-3-0 season, he gave Hebron letters to deserving players. And then he said ‘And last but not

least, I am giving a letter to Craig Clark for his participation.’ I was dazed as I did not expect to get a letter but appreciated his kind words. “This was the second of my three senior year letters and one I have always been most proud of receiving. Coach Gardner helped me to grow that season, and his love of the game is one of the reasons I still play hockey in men’s leagues.”

t Hebron, coaches are teachers first, but the relationships forged on court, field or rink enhance the classroom experience. “You get to know your students on a different level,” said Mr. Curtis. “I know when they are doing their best, how much to push them, and when to back off.” “My coaches saw me at my worst,” Ms. Keeley said. “They got to know my family, picked me up when we lost, celebrated when we won, and kept me honest. My field hockey coach at Trinity was tough, but she taught me the best lessons about life and coaching.” Tiffany Bichrest ‘07 echoes her coach’s words. “It’s pretty cool to have your coaches be your teachers or in your dorm. You get to know them in a whole different way. They know what you can do and can push you in the classroom. You can’t get away with anything!” As Tiffany aspires to play collegiate sport, her experiences with Coach Keeley become the shared stuff of one who has already been there. For Hebron athletes, making that next step to college athletics is aided by coaches who know both the opportunities and the demands of college sport, coaches who can prepare school athletes soundly on the field and in the classroom for college and for life.

Former player Jamie Fey ’02 (left) returned to Hebron this year to teach and coach. In the fall she joined Jess Keeley at the helm of the field hockey team.

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here is no doubt that Hebron’s athletic program is comprehensive and complex. Athletic Director Guenther is particularly pleased that with the addition of girls’ hockey in 1998, the overall program achieved parity. The number of teams, leagues and contests surpasses anything in Hebron’s history. At times, travel commitments and scheduling seem daunting. Ms. Guenther cites the ever-present challenge of striking a balance of academics and athletics in the experience of a Hebron student. Each is a vital component of the Hebron experience. Each provides the venue in which Hebron’s multi-talented adults “inspire and guide” each young student athlete. The construction of Hebron’s new athletic facility will further that balance and provide a place for all in the community to share. As Ms. Guenther noted, “The new building is for the whole campus community, not just the athletes.” For Mr. King, “The new building is not just a way to enhance particular programs but will be a place for everyone to be able to do a variety of indoor activities during bad weather, a place for walking and jogging; aerobics, dance and fitness; weight-training and conditioning; rock climbing, tennis and squash. The new facility will have tremendous impact; I can’t wait!” It is a sentiment shared by all.

The love of the game. Coach Middleton with Zac Creps ’10, Aaron Paiton ’10, Geoff Newitt ’08 (kneeling), Je Won Hong ’07 (kneeling) and Matt Desgrosseilliers ’09.

Yet as much as a new facility will enhance the experience of Hebron athletes, as much as competitive schedules and a tradition of excellent competition play a role in forming our school, the heart of the program is unchanging. All of us remember an experience with “Coach.” For many, those experiences gave us feelings of worth and accomplishment, led us to see our place in a larger

Coaches Heather Ferrenbach (far right) and Janet Littlefield enjoy the girls’ basketball team’s MPA quarterfinal game with players Emma Leavitt ’09, Amanda de Sena ’08, Emily Kuhn ’09, Jennifer Duguay ’08, Erin Fraser ’07, Emily Minigell ’09, Michelle Monaco ’07 and Emily Powers ’10.

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context of sport and living, introduced us to people and places we might not have encountered and provided dreams and memories on which further experience grew. Hebron’s current coaches continue that tradition of giving and inspiring. They build on the legacy of Charlie Dwyer, Eddie Jeremiah, “Cappy” Hollis and Nat Harris—known to generations of Hebron players simply as “Coach.”


ack in 1998 when Madonna was winning MTV awards for a Sanskrit-infused disco album called “Ray of Light,” Skidmore College senior Janet Littlefield received a call that changed the direction of her life. Her U.S. Peace Corps recruiter phoned to ask if she was interested in a placement in Malawi, Africa. “OK,” she replied with no hesitation. “Uh, let me get a map.” This quick-to-agree-let-me-figure-out-the-details-later spirit is the guiding force behind the creation of an orphanage that now serves over 60 youngsters, many of them orphaned by the AIDS epidemic, in this impoverished African nation. The Republic of Malawi is a small, landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. It has had a relatively peaceful existence without tribal or religious conflict and, for this reason, Ms. Littlefield says that before her volunteer assignment she, like many others, had never heard of the country dubbed “the warm heart of Africa” because it was rarely in the news. Of course, in recent months the very public and somewhat controversial adoption of a young Malawian by that aforementioned pop star, as well as other news about the work of UN Millennium Development Project Director Jeffrey Sachs has made Malawi more familiar. It is consistently listed in the top ten poorest nations in the world with over half of its population living on less than one American dollar a day. Although its economy is agriculturally based, less than half of its terrain is suitable for crops. It, like many other African nations, has been devastated by AIDS and HIV. Published life expectancy figures in Malawi range from 37 to 42 years. The number of children orphaned by AIDS has grown exponentially and it has been only in recent years that the government of Malawi has publicly recognized the scourge of AIDS. Ms. Littlefield admits that she knew little of this before getting on a plane to Africa with her group of fellow education

volunteers. Her childhood in the small town of Union, Maine, provided little opportunity to interact with others from different racial or ethnic backgrounds. She did have a strong desire to travel and volunteer abroad, and the Peace Corps provided this opportunity. After training in beginning Chichewa (an official language of Malawi along with English) cross-cultural understanding, teaching methodology, health and safety, Ms. Littlefield began her service in the Ntaja Distance Education Center (DEC), a public secondary school where she was to teach science. The school served students ages 16 to 22, many boarding on the campus as it was too far from their villages for most to travel by foot. All of the teachers had housing in the school compound and Ms. Littlefield lived in a simple cement house with the school’s headmaster for a few months before moving into her own home. Resources were few. The area had no electricity and water needed to be drawn and filtered. Class size often ran to 130 students with the teacher having the only textbook available and students sitting on the floor. Ms. Littlefield admits that much of the time in the classroom was taken up by students copying large amounts of information teachers had written on blackboards. She found that one of the most difficult parts of teaching at the Ntaja DEC was the cultural difference in the interactions of teachers and students.

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MALAWI

Lake Nyasa

Lilongwe

MALAWI

Lake Nyasa

Lilongwe

Although she had some students close to her own age, pupils were required to show their respect to her—and their other teachers—by not making eye contact and, when speaking directly to a teacher, sometimes even getting down on their knees. While teaching in Ntaja, three significant factors affected the course of Ms. Littlefield’s life to come. First, after school, a small group of students began to congregate regularly at her home for what became an informal ESL (English as Second Language) class. Ms. Littlefield says it was during these sessions that she learned that she was really called to be a teacher. Then a young man named Shaibu Kaliati approached her with a proposition: in exchange for running errands and helping around her home, would she be willing to help with his school fees as he was orphaned and had no family to assist him. Secondary education in Malawi is not free and can cost from $300 to $1000, a staggering amount for most Malawians. Ms. Littlefield agreed to pay Shaibu’s school fees, and the connection that grew between the two of them became a key element in the unfolding story of Ms. Littlefield’s work in Malawi. Finally, the combination of the death of a close family friend back in the

The girls’ house at Little Field Home was the first major building project. Now there is a boys’ house as well as a food storage facility, two baths and two toilets.


States and Ms. Littlefield’s struggles with illness caused her to make a difficult decision—she returned home to Maine before the end of her two-year service period. She says now that leaving early had a profound effect on her. “I knew I was not done there yet. I was unsettled about it. I just kept having this feeling that I was meant to do bigger and better things for the people of Malawi.” s. Littlefield could not predict what those “bigger things” were, but she was right. She became a science teacher at The Landmark School in Massachusetts, but kept in touch with some former Malawian colleagues and students through letters. In 2000, a year after leaving Ntaja, she returned for a visit during her school spring break, bringing science teaching resources and making contact with Shaibu once again. Against the odds, he had passed the high school national exams and now qualified to take college courses. Ms. Littlefield again agreed to fund his education and he began classes in business and computer technology. Shaibu now had access to the internet and when Ms. Littlefield returned to Landmark, they began emailing on a regular basis. Over time, they had intense exchanges about global poverty and its effects, especially on children, and Shaibu shared stories

about his home village, Chigamba, and the incredible needs there. “There are these huge and overwhelming world problems, but I believe strongly that an individual can make a difference,” Ms. Littlefield said. “So I kept asking myself, ‘What can I do?’ I knew the answer was to focus on one small community.” In 2003, an opportunity presented itself. Shaibu told Ms. Littlefield that there were twenty orphans living in his home village. The villagers were helping these young children but there really was no system in place and just not enough space for them. So she asked, “If we built a hut, could they sleep there?” Shaibu seemed to hesitate just a bit, wondering just what she was asking. So she asked again. He told her that yes, the orphans could sleep there and, in fact, building on the village’s land would not be a problem because he was sure he could get the village chief’s permission. “How much?” her next question came quickly. Shaibu researched the answer, finding builders. “$800,” he replied. And just like the first time she responded to her Peace Corps recruiter’s query about going to Malawi, with no hesitation she said, “I’ll send it to you next week.” And she did, figuring out the details later.

Janet Littlefield and Shaibu Kaliati became inspired. While her funds financed the building of the orphans’ home with Shaibu overseeing, Ms. Littlefield soon realized that shelter was only the first need. Villagers had been sharing their food but they were all struggling. She decided to send money for food on a regular basis

using a portion of her teaching salary. Recognizing the limits her salary could provide, she began fundraising in earnest. She enlisted some Landmark colleagues and they held a five-course dinner for students at $25 a plate, cooking, serving and earning $1000. Friends donated items for a massive yard sale, netting $2400. When not teaching, grading, coaching, advising or doing dorm duty, Ms. Littlefield dreamed up ways to raise funds for the Chigamba orphans. Meanwhile in Malawi, Shaibu enlisted help from two elderly villagers to become the children’s caretakers as the number of orphans was growing. AIDS caused the number to more than double, and in 2005,

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the orphanage was serving 49 children. Now more established, Shaibu said that the home needed a name. Ms. Littlefield asked him to please do the honors. “We found a name,” he wrote in his next email, “Little Field Home.” Ms. Littlefield blushes when relating this detail. “Actually, it is pretty funny. They painted a sign calling it Little Field Home—two words, not one—and we never corrected it because the truth is it is in a little field.” n the fall of 2005, after six years at Landmark, Ms. Littlefield came to Hebron Academy. She was happy to return to Maine and it was an important time to be close to family while her father battled terminal cancer. Her new students, colleagues and parents began asking her more and more about her work in Malawi, and it was then that she realized that Little Field Home was bigger than anything she or Shaibu had originally anticipated. It was time to put some permanent structures in place to support it. The Hebron Academy community rallied. Hebron parent and trustee Susan Geismar connected Ms. Littlefield with Hebron alumnus and lawyer Chip Hedrick ’91 who, pro bono, helped Ms. Littlefield gain non-profit status for her newly-named organization, Friends of Little Field Home, and just this past October, a 501(C)3 designation. Ms. Littlefield recruited two Hebron

colleagues to serve on the executive board, English teachers Bill Flynn and Courtney Adkinson. Students and staff participated in various fundraisers such as making pottery to fill with ice cream and sell during the winter musical, participating in a walk-athon on the Hebron trails, and knitting blankets to send to the orphans. Recently, sophomore Andy Churchill ran his own fundraiser, a jump-rope-a-thon, held at Oxford Hills High School, raising $2000, while his cousin in Pennsylvania held a dance-a-thon, adding another $2300.. In November of Ms. Littlefield’s first year at Hebron, Kelley Hilton ’06 approached her about a possible trip to Chigamba during the spring break. Kelley, also a Maine native, had never traveled abroad before, but was interested in travel, children and service work, thinking she might one day become a doctor and live and work in a developing nation. With her father dying, Ms. Littlefield explained that the time was not right, but reconsidered a month after his January death, thinking it was important to have a new focus and goal. She had yet to travel to Chigamba and see the Little Field Home in person. She also felt strongly that this trip would be important and transformative for the Hebron students. “I believe, especially in today’s age, it is extremely important for students to make connections on a global level and to learn that one person can make a difference.” In February, she announced at

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morning meeting that she would be traveling to Malawi that summer and invited students to join her. A number responded and before the school year ended, four were committed to going: Kelley, Amanda Robinson ’06, Sarah Irish ’07 and Laurisa Barthen ’07. ver the course of the school year, Laurisa Barthen, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, had grown close to her advisor, Ms. Littlefield, and wanted to make the trip. Laurisa’s parents were initially unsure about letting her participate, but ultimately relented, making sure she had the appropriate immunizations, a solid backpack and the long skirts Malawi’s cultural expectations required. Laurisa, who had never traveled outside the U.S. and Canada, says now, “I knew nothing,” and was shocked after finally arriving in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city—after 36 hours of traveling—to find the airport did not even have four walls. Exhausted and unsure of her decision, she was mostly quiet on the six-hour drive it took to reach Chigamba. However, when the travel-weary visitors reached the Little Field Home, they were greeted with children singing. This is a moment Laurisa will never forget. “I heard the kids singing, ‘We are happy today. We are happy today. Welcome,’ and I was happy and knew it would be OK.” Kelley Hilton was surprised by just how impoverished Malawians are through-


Little Field Home director Shaibu Kaliati; Laurisa Barthen ’07 presents information about AIDS; Ms. Littlefield with Yamikani.

out the whole country. “I used to watch those televisions ads for care organizations helping overseas and I also thought they just chose the ‘worst’ places to highlight. When I got to Malawi, I realized, those ‘worst places’ in those TV ads were everywhere.” She was not, however, put off by the primitive conditions at the Little Field Home. Nor was Buckfield, Maine, resident Sarah Irish, “It was just like camping— except they do it year round.” In their three weeks in Chigamba, Ms. Littlefield, Mr. Flynn, who also made the trip, and the students all lived just as the orphans, their caretakers, and the rest of the villagers did. They slept on the floor of a hut, cooked food over an open fire, subsisted on a diet predominated by nsima, a corn-meal paste, bathed themselves using a bucket of water and a dipper, washed their clothes by hand, and survived without electricity. Sarah admitted that culture shock kicked in and there were times she just needed time away from the orphans and villagers to sit quietly and read. “It became difficult not always being able to communicate and it grew exhausting ‘being on display’ all the time.... This was the first place I had traveled where I knew I would Opposite page, from far left: Sarah Irish ’07 and a new friend; the shy but well-dressed Yassin; Amanda Robinson ’06 and Kelley Hilton ’06 prepare a meal.

stand out...but it was sometimes tough to contend with the stereotypes about America and Americans.” Hebron resident Amanda Robinson agreed. “Probably the hardest thing about being there, was, well, being stared at. For many of the children we were the first white people they had ever seen, thus we were a novelty. There were a few children who never warmed up to us.” The four students are all quick to point out how incredibly friendly all the Malawians they met were. “Everywhere you go, they all wave and smile. Despite being impoverished, they appear to be such happy people,” Sarah said. Both Laurisa and Sarah shared a memorable experience of walking to a neighboring village and being met by excited women and girls. Despite the language barrier, they spent the next hours playing net ball and laughing and were all sorry to see the sun setting for it was time for the two to return to Chigamba. “My favorite part about being there was the dancing and singing,” Amanda said. “Some of the songs were in English and others were in Chichewa but either way they were stock full of energy and laughter. These were some of the happiest kids I have ever met and yet they have lost just about everything. [It was] truly inspiring.”

The young women were impressed by how resourceful the children are. “They made toys out of plastic bags and strings,” Laurisa said. Kelley talked about a group of

children who made another toy out of her cast-off flashlight packaging. After this experience, Kelley says that she is struck by how wasteful we are in the States. “What we consider trash, they find a use for.” efore leaving the United States, and under Ms. Littlefield’s guidance, the students chose, researched, and prepared topics for workshops that they would present to the villagers and orphans dealing with animal husbandry, nutrition, health and HIV/AIDS. Amanda, who breeds and shows sheep at home, worked with the villagers on successful breeding practices for their goats. Kelley taught basic health skills: washing hands, covering sores and using toothbrushes. Sarah’s topic was nutrition—one highlight was going to the market to buy local ingredients and teaching the villagers how to make guacamole since avocados, tomatoes and onions were

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The outdoor school room in Chigamba village.

available and abundant. Perhaps, though, the workshop that made the most lasting impression—on the Hebron students, at least—was Laurisa’s lesson about HIV and AIDS. Before the trip, Laurisa spent time researching up-to-date information about the disease and created posters that she folded up and carried in her backpack. When it was her turn to present, she was quite nervous given that this topic had been culturally taboo in Malawi for many years. Shaibu Kaliati, now Little Field’s director, stood with her to translate. All the villagers came and it was quite apparent how much misinformation was out there. In a truly memorable moment, one villager stood up to announce that she was suffering from AIDS, a first, brave act in helping dispel some myths about the disease. ll the students were profoundly affected by their time in Africa. Sarah returned home with a new global perspective and changed her college application plans, ultimately choosing Ithaca College to study in a unique program called “Culture and Communications.” She also plans to minor in nutrition and hopes to become a Peace Corps volunteer. Laurisa would also like to join the Peace Corps after college. She knows she wants to study abroad and major in political science. “Before, I wanted to get rich to buy nice cars

and things, but now I want to get rich so I can do good work with my money.” In fact, she was so inspired by her trip, as were her parents after hearing her accounts and seeing her photos, that she held a fundraiser in her hometown last summer. A local restaurant donated space and gave her discounted rates for wine and appetizers. She charged individuals to attend, and with nearly 50 people there, she auctioned wood carvings she had bought in Malawi and presented a slideshow of her trip, earning $1500. Amanda was equally affected. “Now that I look back, I realize that I have a new thirst. I want to help, not only in Africa, but anywhere I can. I would still love to go back to Malawi just to see how well the children have grown. I have always wanted to travel but now I want to be more than a tourist. I want to do something worthwhile. I don’t know what that is yet, but I’ll find it soon enough.” Kelley, too, has exciting plans. In July, she will return to Malawi, this time with long-time Hebron teacher Kathy Leyden as a travel companion. There they will meet a host of other volunteers working at the Little Field Home throughout the summer, including four more Hebron students, ris-

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ing seniors Kayla Chadwick, Jennifer Duguay, David Gormley and Rose Johnson. Ms. Littlefield and Mr. Flynn will be there again, as well as Ms. Adkinson, Mr. Flynn’s brother, Peter, two of Ms. Littlefield’s Landmark students, seven resi-

dents from her hometown of Union, and two Maine nurses. Jennifer Duguay wants to make a difference. “Ms. Littlefield says that children have to walk 12 kilometers to go to a school at which the chances of a roof [on the school building] are slim—that alone is reason enough for me to get out there.” “I’m looking forward to this trip as something I’ll never forget, and I think interacting with people who have so little will be enlightening and put a lot in perspective,” said Kayla Chadwick. Heavily involved in fundraising for the orphanage in the past two years, the trip means much for Ms. Adkinson as well. “I feel incredibly fortunate that Janet included me on the Executive Board of the orphanage. This summer, I will leave Malawi a few


days early to begin a course on International Education Reform in South Africa. I am hoping to use these studies to help improve the educational experience of the children at the Little Field Home and in the Chigamba Village, and am thankful that Hebron has encouraged me in this venture.” s. Littlefield is amazed and delighted by the growth in facilities and services that Little Field Home is able to offer the orphans and other villagers. The home is now staffed by fourteen workers who look after the 60 orphans who currently live there, and the workers receive $35 and $60 a month in addition to housing and food. Director Shaibu Kaliati, now 28 years old, earns a regular salary, equivalent to about $80 monthly. A needs assessment resulted in a construction boom, and the compound now includes a girls’ home, a boys’ home, a food storage facility, two baths and two toilets. A medical clinic, to be staffed by the Malawian government, will be completed in June. The orphanage now owns a 14passenger van that is used both for transport and as an income-generating project.

The bus makes a monthly trip to the capital for HIV/AIDS testing and treatment. It is also used as a taxi service that earns $25 to $30 a day. The Friends of Little Field Home organization provides food for 30 Chigamba families in need and pays for the HIV medicines of 28 villagers. The organization also funds the school fees for 13 secondary students, and hopes to build a community center, library, and a school building, one with walls and a roof, unlike the Chigamba facility now. In general, Ms. Littlefield, Mr. Flynn and Ms. Adkinson pay all operating expenses themselves, with one exception: a $500 computer projector to use in their frequent presentations about the orphanage. Ms. Littlefield understands that a large reason for the orphanage’s success is her unique partnership with Shaibu Kaliati. As a Malawian, he understands the culture and has ties to the villagers and chiefs that an outsider simply would not. An orphan himself, he brings a unique perspective and great compassion to his work and the children he serves. Another factor in the home’s success is the guiding principle in Ms. Littlefield’s approach to development. “I ask, ‘What do you need us to do?’ instead of

simply imposing what I may think is good and right, and that makes a difference.” Ultimately, with all the necessary facilities in place, Ms. Littlefield would like to see the Chigamba village thrive on its own, but realizes that there must be economic development there, and throughout all of Malawi, before the Little Field Home and Chigamba village can be self-sustaining. In the meantime, Ms. Littlefield and the Friends of Little Field Home remain committed to raising funds to support the orphans of Chigamba and improve the lives of all the villagers. Back at home, the Hebron students and community learn from this stunning example of what one individual can do, and even more so, how powerful a group of people coming together in support of others in need can be.

Sara Armstrong met her husband, Hebron teacher and college counselor, Peter Crumlish while both were serving as U.S. Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines. They often discuss rejoining the Peace Corps once their three young sons have grown. Find more at www.littlefieldhome.org


AP Language and Composition: A Portrait in Words

Passion and Purpose by Kayla Chadwick ’08 “Write a profile of 3500 words or more which explores the life of an adult you know.” This seventeen word prompt became the summary experience for students in the Advanced Placement Language class. Having worked on rhetorical skills and sentence craft throughout the year students put their skills to use in an extended exercise that synthesized various modes of discourse. They read and analyzed pieces which addressed events and issues by examining the lives of people. Gloria Steinem’s tribute to her mother, “Ruth’s Song—Because She Could Not Sing It,” was followed by John McPhee’s account of the lives of young family doctors in rural Maine, Heirs of General Practice. Studs Terkel’s Working offered glimpses into the routines of working people and their dreams beyond the workplace. Then the challenge began: to develop a lengthy profile in the manner of Steinem or McPhee, utilizing a variety of techniques to organize and present a multi-faceted study of a unique person. Kayla Chadwick chose Associate Director of Admissions Julie Middleton as her subject. Kayla first conducted an interview with Julie, assembled a vitae of her life and then completed an short piece to introduce her subject and suggest threads that would be followed in her inquiry. Next Kayla “stalked” Julie, observing her in several contexts around the campus. These observations became the basis for a longer piece, “a microcosm,” which sought to capture the spirit of the subject through physical observation, objects or mannerisms associated with the person and metaphors to serve as analogy. A third part of the assignment asked students to listen to their subjects, to find characteristic stories and anecdotes that would capture important experiences and core beliefs. When presenting these stories, students imitated the approaches of Steinem, McPhee and Terkel to present embedded narratives, contrasting vignettes or selected language that captured essential aspects of their person. Finally, the students figuratively laid all their cards on the table, selecting and assembling from all the evidence collected a profile which would hook the reader immediately, move through a variety of subjects, demonstrate multiple rhetorical strategies and come, finally, to capture the spirit of the subject. We think Kayla, this year’s Middlebury Book Award winner, succeeded admirably. David W. Stonebraker

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hen considering Julie Middleton’s obvious passion for her work, taking her life before Hebron into account is helpful. Perhaps her appreciation for prospective students from afar stems from her own travel experiences, both as a child and as an adult. Probably her devotion to Hebron’s drama program comes directly from her college studies in theater. Her fierce dedication towards maintaining Hebron’s close-knit community might even come from her experiences in her own blended family when she was a child. What is not debatable is the fact that Ms. Mid is completely zealous about her work at Hebron Academy.

Born Julie Mason Poland in the mid-sixties, Ms. Mid lived in Boston, Massachusetts, for the first few years of her life, before moving to the South Shore town of Hull (home to the largest wooden roller coaster in the US at the time). Her parents divorced when she was only eleven, during a time when it seemed the entire block was separating, and both remarried. Her mother, Emily Maria Gleysteen Poland, married William Perry Reeve, and though their marriage ended in another divorce, Ms. Middleton’s father, Richard Thomas Poland, married Susan Hurwitz and had two more children: Nicole Anne and Samuel Dustin. Between two stepparents, two half-siblings, and a full sister, Lucy Hunter Poland, it is fair to characterize her family as a bit confusing. Soon after the divorce, when Ms. Mid was thirteen, her family moved again, this time to Newport, Rhode Island, where they stayed. She remained close to home for college, attending first the University of Rhode Island at Kingston, majoring in French with a concentration in theater, and then Johnson and Wales University in

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Providence, where she studied travel and tourism. While working at the Landing Restaurant in Newport in 1987, she met Steven Paul Middleton. He was as much a jokester then as he is today: teasing her, mixing up her drink orders, and “forgetting” her name. Ms. Mid was charmed, and fell for him because of both his gift for humor and his sensitivity, which, she says, she knew about immediately because of the way he talked about his mother. The two met in June, and by the next February had moved to Block Island. They took a trip to Europe for two months that November, and were married three years later. Their first child, Maxwell Asa Middleton, was born in 1994, and a daughter, Charlotte Lucy Middleton joined the growing family in 1995. Around this time, there was a devastating death in the family: Ms. Mid’s grandmother, a musical woman who was passionate about learning, and a huge influence on her, passed away. The Middletons, both working fifty or so hours a week in


Newport, with Max and Charlotte in daycare, decided to buy a family farm in Livermore Falls, Maine. Their original plan was to go into business selling Maine products online, but after a few months of research they realized that an online shop was just not practical with two infants. For a while, Ms. Mid went to work for a highend guitar maker, traveling across the country to deal with clients like Alison Krauss and Ricky Skaggs, while Mr. Mid took on the job of “Mr. Mom,” a role he enjoyed and was successful with. In 1998, the Middletons were offered positions at the Indian Mountain School, in Lakeville, Connecticut, within miles of schools like Hotchkiss, Salisbury, and Berkshire. Indian Mountain is a private boarding school for children up to grade nine, and part of the job entailed living in the dorm. Though a valuable experience, living with such young children also included “toothbrush duty,” a little like babysitting, a job Ms. Mid had never warmed up to as a teenager. The Middleton family spent four years at Indian Mountain before deciding to look for similar positions in Maine, where their family farm house languished without them. After looking at Kents Hill School, they interviewed at Hebron Academy, which immediately seemed like the better fit. Ironically, the Head of School, Mr. John King, was already acquainted with Ms. Mid: she had directed his daughter in drama productions at Indian Mountain, and he was interested in starting an allschool drama program at Hebron. Mr. Mid was offered a post teaching history in the Middle School, and Ms. Mid became an Admissions Counselor. The Middletons moved their family into an apartment in Halford, the girls’ dormitory, and began working in 2002. After a short time, Ms. Mid was promoted to the post of Associate Director of Admissions, her current title. Her office in the Stanley Building at Hebron is a tribute to important figures and events in her life.

While it might be hard for some to accept the inevitable crossings over between personal and professional life that living on campus invites, Ms. Mid has embraced them. There is a couch along one wall, welcoming any weary student passing through. The door is always left open; flyers from every one of her Hebron musicals posted on it in chronological order. The screen-saver of her computer displays photos of her family, past and present students, and school activities. The most striking thing about Ms. Mid—and her office—is the obvious pride she has in her work and the school. It is clear that it is Hebron Academy’s interesting mix of personalities that makes the school so special to her, and she delights in being an integral part of maintaining that positive balance of eccentricities year after year. She loves meeting prospective families and students, and has a great sense of the types of people who will thrive and be assets to the curious chemistry of the Hebron community. She enjoys the chal-

lenges of her work, and is sometimes surprised by the candidates who choose Hebron. For example, she says, to better prepare students for Hebron we may ask them to “jump through hoops” like summer classes,

It is Hebron’s interesting mix of personalities that makes the school so special. supplementary recommendations, or second interviews. She is always delighted when a student will still choose Hebron, even when other schools might not ask them to do those things. One of the greatest rewards is when a student with a nontraditional background succeeds here. Asked how she feels when students choose to withdraw, she doesn’t hesitate: “It’s devastating,” though, she concedes that “[the admissions process is] not a perfect process; it’s a human process.”

Charlotte, Steve, Max and Julie Middleton on the steps of the Parsonage.

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The sun is shining on this year’s Green Key student tour guides picnic, and Ms. Mid glows in the laughter of the students she organizes tours for. She giggles as she gives out awards to tour guides for things like “Longest Tour”—a Mr. Goodbar candy bar for a student’s twohours-plus tour. The recipient of “Last Minute Where-Are-You Tour Guide” gets a set of toy handcuffs, eliciting a hearty guffaw from the crowd assembled on the

dents drift off toward the dining room after all the awards are given, a handful lounge on the chairs and benches, talking about tours gone awry and eating. Ms. Mid walks around, stopping to engage several groups in conversation. A tall, willowy woman, Mrs. Middleton loves talking to students, and clearly enjoys the successes of each and every one, perhaps most especially those she interviewed. She stops to chat with a young man in Hebron dress code—except perhaps for the sequined sun hat perched jauntily on his head—his award for being the tour guide always “Most Dressed for Success.” “My mom dresses me,” he explains, halfjokingly, and Mrs. Middleton laughs appreciatively, perhaps at the idea that any eighteen year old boy would allow his mother to choose his clothing, or maybe at the prospect of this particular boy’s mother coming every day from a foreign country to dress him. Ms. Mid asks if Hebron is likely to see his younger brother, sounding rather like a collector looking for a rare item. When she hears that prospects for the brother are doubtful, she is clearly disappointed, and wants to know why. Told that

That smile is the staple of Ms. Middleton’s wardrobe— it is the most predictable accessory to her ensembles.

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Stanley Building lawn. Perhaps the crowd’s—and Ms. Middleton’s—favorite award is for “Most Stood-Up Tour Guide,” this year a tie. One boy had seven tours scheduled for him, and ended up with six cancellations. A girl went three for nine. They each get deodorant as a gag gift, and Ms. Mid assures each of them that this is all in fun, and thanks them for being good sports, all while holding back a goodnatured chuckle. While most of the stu-

the younger brother probably “wouldn’t fit well” here, she jokes that the boy’s elder brother said the same of him. “Only joking,” she assures him, and they both laugh. Her ability to speak so light-heartedly with the majority of Hebron students and keep a constant sincere smile on her face is astounding. That smile is perhaps the staple of Ms. Middleton’s wardrobe, as it is the most predictable accessory to her ensembles. Seeing her around campus is a delight to many of the female students, especially those most tuned in to the fashion world. Consisting mostly of pants suits and long dresses and skirts, Ms. Mid’s wardrobe is nothing if not creative. However, even while being adventuresome with her clothing, she always looks professional, striking a perfect balance between practical and stylish, and sometimes even sending a message. For instance, the striped dress she wore to Fiddler on the Roof, the school musical, intoned “world peace,” not boldly, but tastefully, while remaining primarily a pretty dress for a night at the theater. She wears her longish dark hair down and straight most days, so that it compliments her dark eyes, which are usually crinkled in laughter. As they clean up after the picnic, she and her admissions colleague Joe Hemmings share a joke; both are clearly delighted in the success of the Green Key program. Ms. Middleton was pleased to have such a high turnout: about forty-five percent of the school participates in touring prospective students, ensuring the continuity of a balanced community, something that she seemingly values over any other aspect of her job, except perhaps for her valuable interactions with the students. If nothing else, Ms. Mid can be described as a presence on campus. Always encouraging, Ms. Mid is someone to approach with a problem, concern, or just to say “hi.” And she is easy to find, because all year round, Ms. Mid is invested in campus life, and is perpetually, “around here somewhere.”

Ms. Mid backstage with Fiddler cast members Josh Shanbaum ’07, Brooks Schandelmeier ’08 and Je Won Hong ’07.

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Almost without exception, Hebron students have a place in their hearts for Ms. Mid. When asked to relate a story or anecdote about her, most students pause for a moment. They ponder the request, cast about for a suitable memory, and inevitably smile and mention a personality trait. When they realize that “She always compliments everyone,” is not really a story, they rack their brains for a specific instance, often failing to come up with one, because all of the times it happened blend together, until each run-in with Ms. Middleton is like the other, if only because of the sheer pleasantness of the encounter. If, by chance, they manage to come up with a real anecdote, it can generally be put into four categories: their interviews at Hebron, conducted by Ms. Mid; something having to do with the winter musical, which she directs; something about Green Key, the Gay/Straight Alliance, or another on-campus event she oversees; or a fond memory of her in the dorm (the Middletons moved out of Halford this fall, to the dismay of the girls, to better accommodate their family). A typical admissions interview with Ms. Mid goes something like this: A short girl walks into the admissions office after a campus tour and is directed into Ms. Mid’s office. She asks the usual questions about school, family, and the like, and the girl is struck by how much she truly seems to care about the answers to the questions, unlike many of the interviewers at other private schools. The interview is comfortable, much more like a conversation with an adult friend or mentor than an inquisition. The girl notes how Ms. Mid seems to light up when she talks about Hebron, particularly the musical. When the interviewee mentions her experiences in musical theater, and especially her love of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Ms. Mid is noticeably excited, as she elaborates on Hebron’s production of it. “It was really fabulous,” she insists, glowing, and the girl believes her wholeheartedly, mostly because of the genuine excitement emanating from her very pores. The talk turns to athletic interests, and the girl mentions softball.

“Really?! My husband coaches softball! What position do you play?” The girl remarks that she has played in almost every spot on the field, but that she prefers catcher, and Ms. Mid considers this for a moment. “Are you sure you’re not a pitcher?” she asks, “They can always use another one of those.” Told that the girl pitched in elementary school, Ms. Mid grins and assures her that there will be a place for her on the maisad championship team. The girl leaves the office excited about the prospect of attending the school. Excited students are rarely disappointed by Hebron, and those with less enthusiasm are generally pleasantly surprised by their experiences here.

Middletons were “off-duty” in Halford, she liked to keep the door to her apartment open, an act which was perhaps more symbolic than she realizes. The Middletons live in their own house now, a hard decision, according to Ms. Mid, but ultimately the right one, as Max and Charlotte are grow-

She has as much enthusiasm for the futures of individual students as she does for the school at large.

The few people who don’t interact with Ms. Mid often mistake her ardor for the theater program as condemnation of other activities, but nothing could be further from the truth. In Mr. Mid, she married an athlete, and she herself is a huge Lumberjack fan, which can be attested to if you have seen some of the banners she has paitned or if you stand next to her at a game. Each winter, Ms. Mid is delighted as the winter musical becomes more and more diverse. For instance, in Fiddler on the Roof, this year’s musical, the Russian ensemble included two Canadians (one from Montreal and one from Ottawa), two Ukrainians (Kiev and Kharkiv, respectively), a Korean (Seoul) and a Mainer (Turner). Beyond the international aspect, each member of the cast has his or her own hobbies. Because student-athletes are encouraged to participate in the musical, the cast includes basketball players, skiers, swimmers, and hockey players, all in addition to those who chose drama as their after-school activity. Clearly, Ms. Middleton loves her work, each and every aspect of it. She misses getting to know the girls in the dorm like she used to, “unguardedly:” in and out of her apartment in their pajamas, or asking to cook in her kitchen. Even when the

ing up, and they now have more time together. However, Ms. Middleton remains as open as her door always was in Halford. She believes that Hebron is at an “exciting place in its history,” and is ecstatic to be part of it. With enrollment growing on a yearly basis, and the new gymnasium project underway this summer, she predicts no end to this upswing, and has as much enthusiasm for the futures of individual students as she does for the school at large. Indeed, if the future of Hebron is as bright as Julie Middleton’s demeanor as she goes smilingly about her business each and every day, then surely the school has more to look forward to than anyone ever thought possible. “When I saw Ms. Mid's name I knew I wanted to interview her,” said Kayla Chadwick ’08. “I work with her in Green Key and drama, she was the person who interviewed me, and despite her protests, I know she has led an interesting life. Writing a ten-page paper was both easier and harder than I'd been led to believe: the pages flew by, but only because I was prepared beforehand.” Kayla hails from Kearsarge, New Hampshire. An honor roll student, she plays field hockey, ice hockey and softball. She was a munchkin in the 2006 production of The Wiz and a villager in Fiddler on the Roof this year.

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alumni et alumnae

2007 Reunions & Homecoming Friday, September 28 Saturday, September 29

Reunions for 1957 • 1962 • 1967 • 1972 • 1977 • 1982 • 1987 • 1992 • 1997 • 2002 • Catch up with classmates and old friends • Cheer on Hebron’s teams • Take part in activities for the whole family: road race, art exhibit, Rainbow Reunion, Alumni Convocation, music, games for kids, athletics and more For more information, please call or e-mail Beverly Roy at 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org or visit our web site: www.hebronacademy.org

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alumni et alumnae

Class Notes 1935 Harold Pearl writes, “At 91, I still have fond memories of my 4 years at Hebron.”

1937 Bruce Van Fleet reports, “My wife, Marjorie, passed away on April 16, 2001. I am living with my daughter, Barbara. On December 12, 2006, I turned 90 years old. I am still driving my car and playing some golf. I am a volunteer at St. Luke’s Hospital and visit the sick members of our church. God has been very good to me.”

1939 Bep Morse got together with Rose and Ed Simonds to watch the Super Bowl.

1941 Class Agent: John MacDonald judymacd@aol.com Mayland Lewis writes, “It doesn’t seem possible that 67 years have passed since I enrolled at Hebron. I appreciate hearing all about Hebron through mailings and emails. Going to Hebron was an important part of my life.” ■ Robert “Doc” Sanders reports, “Playing a little golf, shooting a little pool, keeping up with the grandchildren.”

1942 S I X T Y- F I F T H

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Class Agent: Norm Cole ncolseba@aol.com Robert Bussey was a flight officer during World War II. He went on to the University

of Michigan, earning a BS and an MS, and working as a petroleum geologist. ■ Our sympathies go to Allan Chase on the death of his wife in June. ■ Karin and Norm Cole are moving back to the Pittsburgh area. “Who knows,” says Norm, “Maybe the Penna. lottery will be kinder than the Maine Megabucks!”

1949 Class Agent: Bob Rich rprich@erlanger-inc.com Bob Rich was recently elected to his third term as chair of the Goochland County Planning Commission. Goochland County is a fast-growing area just west of Richmond, VA.

1950 Class Agent Needed!

1943 Class Agent: Gene Smith zachplum@aol.com Lester Bradford writes, “Life is pretty much unchanged from year to year. Good skiing in the North Cascades in winter, and trail-building with the Pacific Northwest Trail Association in other seasons. Also I enjoy working with the local Habitat for Humanity crew—we’re on our 18th house in the county. And I’m teaching the algebra I learned at HA—to GED candidates.”

1947 SIXTIETH

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Class Agent: Ernest Rodrigues marod@attglobal.net

1948 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org Congratulations to Cam Niven, who recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org William Fisher reports, “Just turned 74 and remain active and healthy. Busier than ever but doing fun things that time practicing medicine didn’t permit. Instead of using my hands fixing people, I’m woodworking, carving birds of prey, singing, playing the guitar and banjo, playing golf, sailing, reading all kinds of interesting things non-medical, enjoying my six grandchildren, travel, etc. Hebron prepared me well for all aspects of work and play.”

1951 Class Agent: Ted Ruegg rueggnh@midcoast.com

1952 F I F T Y- F I F T H

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Class Agent: Ken Boyle revken60@aol.com Neal Kurtgis writes, “Frequently converse by phone with Jose Cesteros ’51. Enjoying retirement and still skiing.” ■ Richard Robbins writes, “Currently semiretired. Teaching high school English parttime in Broward school system. Daughter Michelle recently gave birth to fourth grandchild. Wife Beverley is teaching English full time in the Broward system.”

1954 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org Manolie and Dick Jasper still own and operate a discount health store. Dick also works full-time for K-Tec. “Add in 16 grandchildren, a quarter-acre garden, fruit and nut trees, writing, and teaching yoga, health, meditation and cooking classes—our plates are full!” says Dick. “Out our way the tollfree number is 888-636-4372.” ■ Llewellyn Ross reports, “With two young sons (15 and 20) and two accompanying tuitions (one prep school and one college), I am still active every day in business at Merrill Lynch. New large accounts happily accepted!”

1955 Class Agent: Richard Parker rparker@promedicacrc.com Sam Dibbins continues to teach tennis at a local club in Portland, OR. His wife Cynthia is still a horse trainer and competes with her own horse in three-day eventing.

1956 Class Agent: Kenneth Mortimer 360-527-3584 kmortimer5@comcast.net Richard Cutter writes, “I have had a good year. I recently completed four years of working on the Seacoast Hospice House Project. It is now completed and open.” ■ John Hales writes, “Enjoyed the 50th reunion and seeing ‘old’ classmates. Also the chance to talk with current students. A beautiful weekend. Staff to be congratulated on the preparation and events for the weekend.” ■ Chris Righter writes, “A great reunion weekend in ‘Chamber of Commerce’ weather. So good to see (and know) so many are still with us.”

1957 FIFTIETH

1953 Class Agent: Dean Ridlon deridlon@msn.com

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SAVE THE DATE September 28 and 29, 2007 Don’t miss your one and only chance to celebrate your 50th Hebron reunion! If you have questions or suggestions you can contact Brownie Swartwood at cbswartwood@comcast.net, Mike Mentuck at mikem@salvor.com, or Beverly Roy in the Alumni Office at 207966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org.

Three generations of the Maidman family celebrated at Commencement this year: Mitchel ’82, Richard ’51, newly-minted alumna Allison ’07 and Patrick ’80, with Mitch’s son Harrison.

Make your reservations now at The Grand Summit Hotel Sunday River Resort 800-207-2365 • $99 per night Bruce McFarland is looking forward to seeing classmates in September at the 50th!

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alumni et alumnae 2007 Jay L. Woolsey Distinguished Service Award

Call for Nominations Established in 1984, The Distinguished Service Award is Hebron Academy’s highest award given out each year to honor a person whose contributions to the Academy and/or society in general are felt to be exemplary. In 2006, the award was renamed to honor retired teacher and trustee Jay L. Woolsey’s service and dedication to Hebron Academy. The 2007 award will be presented at Alumni Convocation during Reunion and Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, September 29, 2007. The deadline for nominations is Friday August 24, 2007. Distinguished Service Award Nomination Form Name of nominee_________________________________________________________________ Home address __________________________

Business address __________________________

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Why are you nominating this person for the Hebron Academy Distinguished Service Award? ______ ______________________________________________________________________________ Please describe how this nominee meets the criteria listed above. ____________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Is there anything else about this nominee we should know? ________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ How have you come to know the nominee? _____________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ Your name ____________________________

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Address ________________________________________________________________________ Home telephone ________________________

Business telephone ________________________

Email address____________________________________________________________________ Send completed nomination forms to: Robert M. Caldwell, Assistant Head for Advancement & External Relations, Hebron Academy, P.O. Box 309, Hebron, ME 04238. Fax: 207-966-2004. Email: rcaldwell@hebronacademy.org

1958 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org Although retired, Chris Beardsley is working part-time in the summer as the coordinator of the tourist information center in Orleans, MA. “Although I only attended for one year, Hebron was instrumental in teaching me how to learn and study which helped me so much later on,” Chris wrote. ■ Corey Hammond writes, “Considering my time in the Navy, having had a European wife for 28 years and having worked for a large corporation I have been many places and met many people. Now I am happy to have landed in Brunswick, ME.”

1959 Class Agent: Bernard Helm hebron59@aol.com James Harberson writes, “Maggie and I are enjoying visiting our granddaughter Sophie. My son Justin is an M.D. at Temple Hospital in Philadelphia and Jim is a lawyer in Phoenix.”

1960 Class Agent: Dave Williams david_williams@ustrust.com Joe Godard writes, “Can’t seem to retire (and don’t want to!). Have been working with a small group of IR radiologists in Macon (GA) for the past few years, and spend one out of three weeks working up there (and two weeks down here at the beach). No night calls, no committee meetings, no business office worries (and more challenging than crossword puzzles or golf!).”

1961 Acting Class Agent: Bernard Helm ‘59 hebron59@aol.com Rick Peterson reports, “Still own and run one of the largest executive search firms in the U.S., serving the brokerage industry. Currently building a new large home at the new Fazio golf course in Woodlands, TX (near Houston)—large since we now have 7 grandchildren under the age of 5, including one set of twins. Life is terrific. We travel a great deal and just returned from Antarctica. Also did China and southeast Asia in the fall.”

At the Hebron Academy Advisory Council Senior Dinner: Alysia Goldman, Annual Fund Director Pat Layman, Meredith Montgomery, Cassandra Benson-Abrams, Steph Roy, Henry Rines ’65, Liz Davis and Jazz Webber.

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alumni et alumnae 1962 F O R T Y- F I F T H

Dave Delgado ’07 with his parents, Ivan ’76 and Mary.

REUNION

SAVE THE DATE

1966

Plan to attend your 45th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details.

Class Agent: Harvey Lowd hlowd@ksallc.com

If you would like to help plan the weekend please contact the Alumni Office at 207-966-5266 or broy@hebronacademy.org Jon Brooks writes, “Have left New England after 45 years, following wife (who has had a real job these many years) to Maryland. I’ve been paragliding and playing the banjo since the two kids grew up and are on their own. Sorry to miss tis reunion but am travelling (and flying) in September. Do students still pick apples on the way to the soccer field?”

1963 Class Agent: Will Harding Will Harding recently won the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association vintage heavyweight superbike national championship. Will is also the roadrace referee. He still helps coach cross country at East Lyme high school and plays bluegrass bass. ■ Ken Sweezey reports, “I recently retired for the second time from the San Jose Sharks and am enjoying RV travel with Joyce, my wife of 32 years, and our two dogs. Life is good!”

1964 Class Agent: John Giger john@cybergiger.com Thomas N. Hull has completed his presidential appointment as ambassador to Sierra Leone and has been named as the Joan M Warburg Professor of International Relations at Simmons College in Boston.

1965 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org Our sympathies go to Jeffrey Chase on the loss of his mother in June. ■ James Morrill writes, “Granddaughter Grayson Anne Morrill was born in August. Our first grandchild!”

Chris Buschmann is planning a cross-country bicycle trip during the summer of 2008 “to celebrate my 60 years of living.” He enjoyed catching up with classmates Chuck Resevick, Reeve Bright and Bruce Beard as well as other Hebronians at Homecoming.

1967 FORTIETH

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SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 40th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details. If you would like to help plan the weekend please contact the Alumni Office at 207-966-5266 or broy@hebronacademy.org

1968 Class Agent: Robert Lowenthal rlowenthal@rochester.rr.com

1969 Class Agent: Jonathan Moll caribjon@aol.com Bill Burke writes, “I’m in my 17th year as headmaster of St. Sebastian’s School. Patty and I will soon celebrate 31 years of marriage. Two of our four sons are married. Our grandson Liam will be 2 in March. I am in contact with Joe Kaknes, who has added stand-up comedian to his wonderful repertoire. I am very proud of the job that former colleagues John and Marcia King are doing.”

1970 Class Agent: Craig Clark jcclark@wildblue.net Ed Bell writes, “I’m sorry to tell you that Chip Baumer passed away in January, very suddenly. He was a big part of my life at Hebron and afterward. I’ll miss him.”

Reunions & Homecoming 2007 Friday, September 28 • Saturday, September 29 Reunions for Twos and Sevens • Alumni Convocation Athletic Competitions • Kids Activities • Much more!

1971

1975

Class Agent: Harvey Lipman harveylipman@hotmail.com

Class Agent: Ellen Augusta eaugusta@msn.com

George Lesure writes, “Left EMS after 12 years and am now VP of operations for a small outdoor products design company. Debbie and I are now empty nesters and enjoying life fully.” ■ As president of the Yankee Clipper Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Harvey Lipman accepted the trophy for “Best Great Small Chorus” in competition with choruses from New England, upstate New York and the Canadian Maritimes, from presenter Cotton Damon, former Hebron business manager. Harvey has had visits from Steve Pollard and Doug Gordon recently. He reports that his son Ben will attend Unity College in the fall.

Our thoughts are with Jessica Feeley on the death of her mother in January, and with Melinda Leighton on the loss of her mother in December. ■ Geoffrey Nash writes, “I just finished editing a library reference book series on geologic landforms targeted at a high school-level audience. Eight books: lakes, rivers, mountains, etc. We have two daughters at Mt. Holyoke College this year and a son in eighth grade.”

1972

Reed Chapman recently joined his father’s Bowdoin classmates in a bicycle trip from Boston to Bowdoin. He thanks Doug Haartz for “essential assistance.” ■ Mel Nadeau reports, “My business is doing well. Denise has 3 more courses to finish her master’s in nursing. We are off to St. Paul’s River to fish for salmon on July 1. I am off to the President’s Cup in Montreal in September. Will meet up with Frasier Baikie and Billy Kaneb ’75.”

T H I R T Y- F I F T H

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SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 35th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details. Class Agent: Steve Gates stephenrgates@msn.com John Chandler is the new fire chief in Holden, Maine.

1976 Class Agent: Reed Chapman creedclark@yahoo.com

1977 THIRTIETH

1973 Class Agent: Gregory Burns gregmburns@aol.com Richard Potvin is now associated with the Brenda Fontaine Family Team of ERA Worden Realty in Auburn.

1974 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org

REUNION

SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 30th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details. Class Agent: Carolyn Adams cadams@hargray.com Our thoughts are with Jennifer Feeley Cappuccio on the death of her mother in January, and with Bill Hathorne on the loss of his father in April. ■ Robert Ryan writes, “Left San Francisco in April to take the position of general counsel at Stallion Oilfield Services in Houston. Our motto is ‘Everything but the rig.’ Getting used to the

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alumni et alumnae Advisory Council members John Robinson ’91, John Donahue ’84 and Jane Harris Ash ’79.

1982 T W E N T Y- F I F T H

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SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 25th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details. Class Agent: Joy Dubin Grossman vtultrarunner@tds.net

Unions 2001 Rita Theresa Rix and Andrew Bradford Sloat on August 4, 2006, in North Berwick.

Former Faculty Bénédicte Méplain and Robert Kaufman, in Florida in May and in France on June 23, 2007.

New Arrivals 1982 To Amy Tchao and Roger Clement, a daughter, Mae “Maisy” Tchao Clement, on May 19, 2007.

1986 To Nicole and Fred Schrafft, a son, Thatcher Cole Schrafft, on May 24, 2007.

1987 To Lindsay and Chris Pinchbeck, a son, Cameron Stewart Pinchbeck, on April 3, 2007.

1990 To Stephen and Michelle Nowinski Brann, a daughter, Amelia Michelle Brann, on December 22, 2006. To Elizabeth and William Wood, a daughter, Alexandra, on August 27, 2006.

1992 To Scott and Barb Rasco McConnell, a daughter, Lauren Kelly, on March 17, 2006.

weather and beauty of Houston has been a struggle, but it’s coming together. I’d like to hear from other Hebronians in Texas.”

1978 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org George Dycio is settling into his new job as an economic development specialist with the Lewiston/Auburn Economic Growth Council.

1979 Class Agent: Brian Cloherty mnclohertys@earthlink.net Brian Cloherty writes, “We are coming up on five years living on the Minnesota prairie. In that time we have been struck by lightning and this year we experienced softball-sized hail. This summer, Daniel (11), Elizabeth (9) and Katherine (5) all caught their first trout from the Cascade River on the north shore of Lake Superior.”

1980 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org

1981 Class Agent: Jane Hepburn Fiore fancyjane@comcast.net

Former Faculty To Laurie and Sean Rousseau, a daughter, Sophia Clay Rousseau, on August 13, 2006. To Joe and Jill Silvestri, a son, Charles Nikolai Silvestri, on May 5, 2007.

Bob Gardner, father of Susan ’76, Tobin ’79, Lisa ’80, Ben ’84 and Kathryn ’85, with Joy Wright at the Advisory Council Senior Dinner.

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Roger Myers hopes to see classmates Marc Danesi, Tuck Cutler, Neil White, Todd Harmon, Mike Wolf and Beth Johnson at the 25th this fall. ■ Rachel StephensonTribuzio writes, “Mario and I are building a saltbox and hope to pour the foundation this spring. I still work as a clinician at Sweetser Children’s Services—in my fifth year. My children—Lauren, Michael and Megan—are busier every year, which means I am too! Where is Karen Thorburn?”

1983 Class Agent: Deb Beacham Bloomingdale debbiedale@adelphia.net

1985 Class Agent: Eric Shediac shediachouse@comcast.net Amanda Williams Norwood writes, “Still in NC and keeping very busy with Alexander (9) and Ben (4) as well as with my Southern Living at Home business. Would welcome news from classmates. Anyone passing through NC is welcome!”

1986 Class Agent: Carl Engel carlengel85@msn.com Tony Cox is working part time as community and economic developer for the town of Bowdoinham. He says that his two girls, Anna and Olivia, are keeping him busy! ■ Carl Engel is vice chair of the school board in Rockport, MA. ■ Harper Ingram Wong writes, “Elbert has started an IT consulting business, MTS Consulting, for mortgage lenders, and I remain at MGIC as sales manager for CA. Hope all is well at Hebron. We keep Mr. Woolsey and Edie in our thoughts and prayers.” ■ John Thompson was recently promoted to vice president and general manager of customer care for Sullair Corporation.

1987 TWENTIETH

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1984

SAVE THE DATE

Class Agent: Deb Schiavi Cote debscote@yahoo.com

Plan to attend your 20th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details.

John Suitor will become head of school at Long Trail in Dorset, VT, in July. John, Gail, Elizabeth (12), Madison (6) and Catherine (2) are excited about moving back to the northeast and they look forward to reconnecting with classmates and alumni in the area.

Class Agent: Kate Thoman Crowley thocro@comast.net Nathan Draper writes, “Still love living in San Francisco. Just finished renovating the back of my beautiful home. In my 12th year of teaching seventh grade science and health.”


alumni et alumnae Reunions & Homecoming 2007 Friday, September 28 • Saturday, September 29 Reunions for Twos and Sevens • Alumni Convocation Athletic Competitions • Kids Activities • Much more!

1988 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org

1989 Class Agent: Hayes McCarthy hayes@bonvisagegroup.com

1990 Class Agent: Jim Hill james.hill@hillmech.com Michelle Nowinski Brann is working as a high school social studies teacher at Wells High School. She sees Sybil Newton King and Beth Abernethy Trefethen from time to time. ■ William Wood is now sales manager with ESS in Houston.

1991 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org Congratulations to Scott Nelson who successfully defended his PhD thesis in December.

1992 FIFTEENTH

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SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 15th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details. Class Agent Needed! Help plan your reunion. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org Barb Rasco McConnell writes, “My husband Scott and I are still living in Kalispell, MT. We had a baby girl, Lauren Kelly on March 17, 2006. (What did you expect with a last name like McConnell?) We opened a boarding facility in December called Ashland Boarding Kennel. Our lives are very busy but great!”

1993 Class Agent: Marko Radosavljevic mradosav@alumni.bates.edu Tony Bianchi is working as a geographic information system supervisor in Mesa, AZ, and was recently appointed to the Gilbert, AZ, planning and zoning commission. He’s enjoying watching Lauren (4) and Drew (2) grow. Tony has recently seen classmate Marko Radosavljevic as well as Keith Hovey ‘94, Jed Kutzen ‘94 and Dan Rausch ‘94.

Meike Hoheisel ’02 recently spent eight months working and traveling in Nepal.

1994 Class Agent Needed! Find out how you can get involved with your class. Call or e-mail Beverly Roy: 207-966-5266, broy@hebronacademy.org

1997 TENTH

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SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 10th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details.

1995

Class Agent: Matt Fournier mfournie@bowdoin.edu

Class Agent: Jessie Maher jm4lfclvr@yahoo.com

Arica Powers Monahan joined the Hebron Academy health center staff this spring.

Sean Morey recently signed a three-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

1998

1996

Class Agent: Janna Rearick jannarearick@gmail.com

Class Agent: Devon Biondi dmbiondi@yahoo.com

Nils Devine is living in Los Angeles with Cybil Solyn and doing web design. He’s enjoying national table tennis tournaments and euro board games. Recent travels include Mexico, Britain, and driving cross-country with Leif ’01. ■ Janna Rearick writes, “Law school is going well. Will be working this summer at Freedom House in Detroit, providing legal assistance to refugees seeking U.S. asylum.”

Alex Gillies is working towards a PhD in international relations at the University of Cambridge. Her research is on oil sector governance reform in Africa. She is enjoying both the work and the experience of living in England. ■ Susan and Andy Stephenson have relocated to Portland, where Andy will be an investment advisor at Smith Barney.

1999 Class Agent: Joe Patry joseph.patry@gmail.com Congratulations to Jake Leyden, who was named Hebron’s Dean of Boys for the upcoming school year.

2000 Class Agent: Cori Hartman-Frey corinnahf@gmail.com

Nick Planson ’01, Vika Planson ’07 and Nina Planson ’05.

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alumni et alumnae 2001 Class Agent: Nick Leyden nick_leyden@hotmail.com

2002 FIFTH

REUNION

SAVE THE DATE Plan to attend your 5th reunion celebration on September 28 and 29, 2007! Stay tuned for details. Class Agents: Katie Curtis katherine.curtis@gmail.com Emily Geismar emily.geismar@hotmail.com Jana Bugden was named MVP of the Hockey East championship tournament for posting 67 saves over two games. ■ Congratulations to Jamie Fey, who will be entering medical school at Albany Medical College in the fall. ■ David Gottlieb is pursuing a JD at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law. He sees Matt Jellison ‘04 regularly and still speaks a lot with Dan Hazan. ■ Danny Hazan is majoring in sports marketing at Columbia College in Chicago. ■ Meike Hoheisel writes, “I am midway through my studies now and I took the past year off. I started studying civil engineering in 2003, which I finished with a bachelor’s degree last summer. I have been in Nepal for the past eight months, the first five of which I spent working. I did an internship for a German construction company which has a major hydro power project in the foothills of the Nepalese Himalaya. The time I spent on the project was just great. It was good to get some working experience and it made my enthusiasm for my subject even bigger. The people I worked with were amazing and I got to be in one of the most beautiful countries of this world. After my contract was over, I traveled the country. I spent a month in India as well, which was really interesting, but also very challenging. You’ll never know what kind of crazy experiences you are able

to manage until you are thrown into one and the only way out is to deal with it. I will change my university now, and hope to start my masters in October. If everything works out, I will go either to Munich or Zuerich. It means a minimum of two more years of studying, but I’m not ready to start working yet!” ■ Maren Worley graduated from New England College in May. She took the summer off to travel and joined the U.S. Army in January as an intelligence analyst.

2003 Class Agent: Sara Marquis sarainathens@hotmail.com Tim Curtis graduated from Norwich University with a BS in chemistry and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Army. ■ Meghan Gillis will return to Hebron in the fall to teach history and work in the Academic Support Center. ■ Sara Marquis was recently promoted to district manager for Vector. She’ll be graduating in May and plans to move to Lowell, MA. ■ Adam Rousseau spent the fall semester in London, where he studied and played hockey for the Romford Raiders of the English Premier League. He signed with them for next season and will return to London in August. ■ Françoise Villedrouin was named to the fall dean’s list at Saint Michael’s College.

2004 Class Agent: John Slattery Carrie Curtis was named to the fall dean’s list at Colby College. ■ Lisa Lundstrom was named to the fall dean’s list at the University of New England.

2005 Class Agent: Tina Voigt tinafish33@aol.com Jamie Frederick was named to the fall dean’s list at Elmira College.

Maddie Campbell ’06, Leyden Student Center manager Bobbi Bumps, Fraser Campbell ’03 and Blair Campbell ’07.

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Reunions & Homecoming 2007 Friday, September 28 • Saturday, September 29 Reunions for Twos and Sevens • Alumni Convocation Athletic Competitions • Kids Activities • Much more!

2006 Class Agent: Allison Coombs ha_grlz_lax_12@hotmail.com Brian Knopp was named to the fall dean’s list at the University of Maine. ■ Daniella Lyons was named to the first semester dean’s list at St. Anselm College. ■ Vratko Strmen will be attending Jacobs University in Bremen in the fall. He plans to major in international politics and history.

Former Faculty George Helwig reports, “Still healthy and active at 84, although I had the second hip replaced on February 12. Expect to ski again next winter. Particularly enjoyed my visit to Hebron last summer. Met many people who are continuing the ‘Hebron spirit.’” ■ Congratulations to Eric Foushee who was recently promoted to executive director of alumni relations and annual giving at Bowdoin. ■ Dr. Kevin Fox is now a retired distinguished teaching professor of biology at Fredonia State University. ■ Frank Pergolizzi recently started a new position as vice president and director of collegiate services with The TEAM: Sports, Entertainment and Media. ■ Lloyd Urdahl writes, “I retired in 1989 after teaching 20 years and working for state government 13 years. I improve the shining hour by reading Greek and Latin classics, especially the new testament in Greek. Cicero wrote, ‘Haec studia senectutem oblectant,’ (these studies delight old age). He also wrote to his son: ‘Hominis mens autem discendo alitur et cogitando,’ (the human mind is nourished by learning and thinking.”

Above: Jamie Fey ’02 and Taylor Fey ’07. Below: Jodie Simms ’05 and Brian Simms ’07.

The Gumbs family flanked by Greg Gumbs ’06 and Jose Gumbs ’07.


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Obituaries 1929 Harry Edward Booth died March 12, 2007, following years of declining health. Mr. Booth was born in 1907, the son of John Edward and Hattie Manser Booth. He graduated from the University of Maine where he set records in the one-mile run as well as in cross country. He married Lenora Pooler in 1934; she died in 1999. Mr. Booth was a forester working on Mount Katahdin before joining the Civilian Conservation Corps in Jefferson, and served there until it closed. He worked in the Portland Shipyard during World War II. At the end of the war, he worked in the Auburn Post Office, leaving there in 1947 to work at the Mount Auburn Cemetery. While there, he became well-known for his ability to know exactly where every lot was located. He retired from Mount Auburn Cemetery in 1997, at the age of 90, after a 50-year career. Mr. Booth is survived by a daughter, Marjorie Booth Penley; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a sister and several nieces and nephews. Two sisters and a brother predeceased him.

1930 Frederick Chase Batchelder, husband of the late Margaret Nichols Batchelder, died March 14, 2007, after a brief illness. Mr. Batchelder was born in 1911 and lived most of his life in Wenham. He was the son of the late Frederick M. Batchelder and Ethel Chase Batchelder. He attended Wenham Public Schools, Beverly High School, Hebron Academy, Bowdoin College and the Bryant and Stratton Business School. He worked most of his life as an accountant for GTE Sylvania in Danvers. After retirement he served as a volunteer tax preparer for the elderly and as a volunteer accountant for the Wenham Museum. Mr. Batchelder was active in local affairs and served on the Wenham Public Library and Cemetery Boards and with the Essex County Health Association, for which he served a term as president. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Essex County Club in Manchester, and he participated in tournament play at many of the golf clubs of the area. He was also part owner and president of the Lakeview Public Golf Course in Wenham. He was an avid reader, and he maintained a lifelong interest in the history of Wenham and the neighboring communities of Essex County. Mr. Batchelder is survived by a son, Frederick C. Batchelder Jr.; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Batchelder; and two sisters, Alberta Lamont and Mary Cogswell.

1935 ★ Edward M. Gordon died unexpectedly on December 11, 2006, in Portland. Born in Thomaston in 1916, Mr. Gordon was the son of Isidor and Ethel Gordon. He was

predeceased by a sister and by his son-inlaw, Conrad Gassner. He earned a BA from Boston University in 1939. He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of World War II. As an involved member of the Rockland community, Mr. Gordon served as president of both the Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Adas Yoshuron Synagogue. He was a founding member of the Rockland Lobster Festival and a member of the Lions Club. Following his college graduation, Mr. Gordon began his career by opening an antique shop in Thomaston. However, his true passion of woodworking soon became his profession. He was a master cabinetmaker, a true craftsman, a designer of fine custom kitchens and antique reproductions. In many publications, kitchens were often referred to as a Gordon Kitchen. At an age when most of his peers were retiring, he continued to create and never stopped doing what he loved. He was a mentor to many, he was respected for his work and admired for his quick wit and sense of humor. Foremost in his life was his family. Mr. Gordon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Charlotte. He is also survived by four daughters: Susan Theriault, Joan Gordon, Judith Gassner and Gail Gordon; and son Peter Gordon; eleven grandchildren and 1 great-grandson. Mr. Gordon’s essence is best expressed by his grandson, Adam Theriault: “Grampy never got old.”

1937 ★ James Kerr Tweedie Sr. died February 19, 2007, in Bangor. He was born in 1920 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the son of James Kerr Tweedie and Sarah Lord Coggins Tweedie Hodgkins. His father came to the United States from Scotland at 16 and his mother’s family was among the first settlers of the town of Lamoine. After his father died in 1929, his mother returned to Lamoine to teach school and James went to Hebron Academy for six years, graduating in 1937. His aunts, the Coggins sisters, Emma, Alice and Eunice; and his Uncle Fred, Capt. Fred L. Hodgkins, were active in his upbringing during his summers in Lamoine. He received his BS in business administration from the University of Maine in 1941 and was a member of the SAE fraternity. He worked summers during college at Echo Lake Camp, Appalachian Mountain Club. Mr. Tweedie enlisted in the Army in October 1942 and served in World War II as a cryptographer for the 6th Signal Detachment, Headquarters Ship Type B. He fought in the battles and campaigns for Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno and Southern France. In 1947 he married Villa Hodgkins Smith of Lamoine and New York who died in 2005. He spent 25 years with AT&T and New England Telephone Co. His last position was as general internal auditor. After retiring to his home in Lamoine in 1972, Mr. Tweedie traveled

extensively and spent time in Spain with his wife. He was appointed to the board of trustees of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in 1980 and served until 1992, when he was appointed honorary trustee for life. He co-chaired the capital campaign fund drive with his good friend, Harris McLean, from 1987 to 1990. He was the head of the Lamoine Planning Board, a member of the Free Masons and the Episcopal Church. He loved his home and family life, travel and the state of Maine. He was pleased that during his last trip in January on the Queen Mary 2, he was able to sail around Cape Horn. He had a quick wit and enjoyed people. He was a kind person with a gentle manner, inner strength, natural confidence and integrity. His brother, Frederick H. Tweedie, died in 1940; and his sister, Agnes T. Beckwith died in 2001. Mr. Tweedie is survived by a son, James K. Tweedie ’77; a daughter, Catherine de Tuede; three nieces; and two grandchildren. A son, Thomas, died in early childhood.

1940 ★ Walter B. Turner died on December 13, 2006, after a brief illness. The son of Charles and Bertha Baker Turner, he lived most of his life in Cranston, Rhode Island, and worked as a salesman at Durfee’s Hardware on Rolfe Street. Mr. Turner served 18 months on the USS Guam in the Navy during World War II. He was the devoted companion of Dorothy M. Howard, who died in 1999. He is survived by her three children, Paul, Gloria and Phyllis Howard; his grandson, Matthew Howard-Nolan; and his cousins, Roger S. Bentsen, Harold S. Bentsen, Jr., Peter N. Stone, and Nancy Bennett.

1941 ★ Dr. Rene “Doc” Desaulniers died on December 6, 2006. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II (at Normandy), he retired in 1968 as a major, US Army Reserves. He was born in Danielson, Connecticut, the son of Egide and Rose Regis Desaulniers. Dr. Desaulniers received his degrees in optometry from Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1947. He was a member of the American Optometric Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and a member of the Connecticut Association of Optometrists. Named the Connecticut Optometrist of the year in 1989, he also served for many years on the Connecticut State Board of Examiners of Optometry and was a member of the International Association of Boards of Optometry. He is survived by his five children: Suzanne Bauzys, Maureen Russe, Michelle van Haagen, Thomas Desaulniers, and John Desaulniers. He was formerly married to Pauline McGrath Desaulniers.

1942 ★ Marsh MacBurnie Loane died peacefully on December 21, 2006, in Palmdale, California, after a lengthy illness. He was born in 1923, son of Bertrand and Helen Marsh Loane of Fort Fairfield. He lived his

early years in Fort Fairfield until the passing of his parents. Then his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Ralph H. Marsh, and his aunt, Alice Marsh of Guilford, raised him. He graduated from Guilford High School in 1941 and attended Hebron Academy and also the University of Maine. Mr. Loane was a veteran of World War II, serving as a tech sergeant in the Army Quartermaster Corps, of both the European and Pacific theaters. He became a lieutenant in the National Guard, after which Northrop Corp. of California employed him for 38 years. He traveled world-wide as a field service engineer and instructor of the drone aircraft for the company. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Mount Kineo Masonic Lodge No. 109, both of Guilford and was also a 32nd Degree Shriner through the Isis Masonic Lodge, Salinas, Kansas. His hobbies were playing his theater organ and being a ham radio operator. He loved talking with old and new friends over the ham radio. Mr. Loane is survived by his wife, Barbara Foltz Fitzpatrick Loane, with whom he enjoyed 37 years of married life. He is also survived by his daughter, Marsha Loane Hansen; stepsons, Larry Fitzpatrick, Michael Fitzpatrick, Brian Fitzpatrick and Bill Fitzpatrick; a stepdaughter, Kathy Fitzpatrick Newholm; 11 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Loane Buzzell and Alice Loane Johnson; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Sally French Loane of Guilford, in 1964.

1948 ★ Danforth Beal died April 3, 2007, after a long and frustrating battle with pneumonia. He was a beloved husband, loyal brother and devoted father. His gentle, soft-spoken ways will be missed by many. A hero, a maverick, a man of strong convictions—he will be remembered as a quiet, compassionate, thoughtful man of keen intelligence and warm wit. Though born and raised in the northeast, Dan always harbored a deep love for the west—its rugged landscape, big sky and wide open spaces. He lived in Colorado, Wyoming and Montana before moving to Arizona 7 years ago with his wife Helen. Dan loved the land, planting trees and working in the garden. When he wasn’t outside working he could be found in his library with his dog at his feet reading piles of books on history, Churchill and horses. A lover of hockey, art, animals, the American flag and the sacrifice and bravery of the common soldier. Ever the Marine and proud Republican, Dan was a humble man with a kind and generous heart who made the world a better place. He is survived by his wife, brothers Mack and Lou, and his six children: Danny, Kelly, Matthew, Angus, Megan and Briden. Byron Randolph Cady, Jr. died November 5, 2006, at his home in Federal Way, Washington. He was born in 1929 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He graduated from Bowdoin College and came out to the Northwest with Weyerhaeuser. He retired in 1984. Mr. Cady is survived by his wife of

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alumni et alumnae 53 years, Louise Coburn Cady, and three daughters: Jennifer Baugh, Laura Hilby and Pamela Fogelberg; seven grandchildren; and his sister Priscilla Clement. Mr. Cady was an active and devoted member of Wayside United Church of Christ and the Federal Way Kiwanis. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

1952 Ralph Royal Stevens, a life-long resident of Yarmouth, beloved husband of Suzanne, father and grandfather, died on January 31, 2007. He was born in Yarmouth in 1933, the son of Ralph B. and Ruth H. Stevens. His father was the owner/manager of the Royal River Packing Company. Before he could complete his studies at Babson College, his father became ill. Mr. Stevens returned home, never taking his finals. After his father’s death, he followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming manager of the packing company. Through the years and various ownerships of the plant, he remained manager until retiring in 1987, being employed for many years with Stinson Canning Company. During his years with Stinson and with the decline of the sardine population, he traveled the world buying fish. In the 1960s, Mr. Stevens saw that the boating industry was coming into vogue. He eventually bought a piece of property, and over the years, four adjacent pieces, all located on the river behind the fish factory. He played a leading role in the development of the Royal River harbor. He loved the outdoors whether it be canoeing the Allagash, hiking a new or familiar trail with Sue and the dogs, running his crane, dredging the river

or breaking ice in the harbor in his rusty old tugboat the Chesuncook. In 1961, he was a member of the first snowmobile trip in the Allagash. At that time, there were only 12 known snowmobiles in the state, seven of those participated on that trip. Every winter, for the next 45 years, he accompanied a special group of friends to camp in Milan, N.H., to snowmobile. After his marriage to Suzanne Higgins in 1958, they moved to Yarmouth. Together they raised six children along with a large menagerie of household pets. Through the years they traveled the United States and the world visiting their children and friends who were living away. He always said his greatest love was to hear his family laughing together. Throughout his life, Mr. Stevens was involved with many local and marine committees. His deep and long-standing devotion to the town set a standard of commitment and service that was admired and honored. Mr. Stevens will be forever and deeply missed by many, many dear friends, his loyal crew at Yankee Marina and his loving family. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Suzanne H. Stevens; his children, Ralph B. “Ben” Stevens, Lisa E. Stuart, Deborah A. Delp, Matthew R. Stevens, Mary Katherine “Katie” Lord, and Jason H. Stevens; nine grandchildren; his beloved dogs, Clue and Tooney; and his cat, Emma. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Mary Hunter Stevens.

1959 Stuart F. Myers died in December 2006 after a very long illness, at the Mary McCarthy Hospice House in Sandwich. Mr.

Remembering Edie by the Hebron Academy Middle School We remember: “Sure dear.” Millions of pictures on her walls. “Honk if you’re Scottish” bumper stickers And, “If it ain’t Scottish it’s crap.” We remember: The feeling of welcome Her joyful hellos In a sweet accent That always cheered us up. We will never forget: The candy she freely gave And when she wasn’t supposed to She gave it to us anyway Always saying, “I didn’t see anything.” We remember: Edie at her desk. We would sit in the comfort Smelling jolly ranchers—cream savers Helping her with text twist On her way to two million points.

We remember: Her door always open Never too busy to make you smile. She accepted us She accepted everyone For who they are. We will never forget: Your room full of cats The leopard on the sill watching Your name in wire and colors The adopted wolf. You, so thankful for the gifts Of Elway and the Broncos And, “The Patriots stink.” We will always remember: The heart of the school Ringing her bell at hockey games. Saying, “Thank God it’s Friday.” And “Goodnight, dearie.” As she left for home. Candlelight at night Still in her windows. Dear friend We will miss you.

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Myers was a native Cape Codder and loved the ocean. For many years he could be found on his boat the Four Buoys. He owned and operated Myers Furniture, an Ethan Allen store in Hyannis. He was a member of many furniture industry organizations, the Downtown Hyannis Business Association, Bass River Rod & Gun Club, and sat on the boards of several committees for the Cape Cod Hospital. He was a Rotarian since 1963, a Mason, and past commodore of the Hyannis Yacht Club. Mr. Myers leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Henita Simons Myers; four sons, George, Scott, Andrew and Eric; and eight grandchildren.

1963 ★ George Willis Lord passed away unexpectedly on February 10, 2007, at his home in Vienna, Maine. He was born in 1944 in Hanover, N.H., the son of Dr. George and Mrs. Katherine Lord. Mr. Lord spent four years in the U.S. Coast Guard serving aboard the USCG icebreaker Northwind in an attempted transit of the Arctic Ocean above Russia and later on the USCG cutter Wachusett on Market Time Patrol in Vietnam. Returning to college in 1969, he and Denise Vacchi were married in 1971 and he graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1972 with BA in zoology. In 1973, he joined the Bureau of Water Quality at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, becoming director of the Division of Licensing and Enforcement in 1980. Later he was appointed director of the Division of Enforcement and Field Services in the Bureau of Land Quality. In 1987, George was the first recipient of the Evelyn Jephson award for environmental achievement. Leaving the DEP in 1990, Mr. Lord worked with the town of China on the China Lake protection program and with the Department of Transportation on several lake protection projects. He also worked for the Congress of Lake Associations as one of its directors. He worked with Eco-Cycle of Manchester, managing the installation of surface water control devices and as an environmental consultant and lakeside educator with the DEP’s milfoil project in the Belgrade Lakes region. Mr. Lord will be most remembered as a loving partner and parent and good friend. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman and an environmental activist and leader. He is survived by his partner Sally Blanchard; his daughter, Rebecca Lord; his son, Nathan Lord; his sister, Janet Neale; a niece, Amy Clark; and a nephew, George Neale. Paul Douglas (P.D.) Merrill of Yarmouth died unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home on February 11, 2007. He was born in Portland in 1944, the son of Paul Emery Merrill and Virginia Sweetser Merrill. He attended Portland schools and graduated from Hebron Academy. He attended Webber College and the University of Minnesota. In 1990, Mr. Merrill married Sandi Goolden. After working in Minnesota, Connecticut and Boston, Mr. Merrill returned to Maine to work in the family businesses, Merrill Transport

R. Eugene Whitman ’54 Trustee ★ R. Eugene Whitman died of a heart attack on January 7, 2007, at a dinner dance in Sarasota, Florida. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and grew up in Argentina, where his father was head of the First National City Bank branch in Buenos Aires. He graduated from Brown University in 1958. He served in the National Guard while attending night school, and earned an MBA from New York University in 1961. In 1960, Mr. Whitman began his banking career at banks in New York City and with Wall Street firms. In 1978 he moved to Boston to work with an investment firm and then launched his own company, Whitman & Co., in 1980. Mr. Whitman retired in 1995 and traveled extensively with his wife, then began working in finance again, this time with Longview Partners, an asset management company in London. He joined Hebron Academy’s Board of Trustees in 2007. Two years ago he was instrumental in starting an Entrepreneurship Program for juniors and seniors at Hebron. Mr. Whitman is survived by his wife of 46 years, Daphne Tewksbury Whitman; a son, Ralph Whitman; a daughter, Hilary Whitman Allinson; a brother, Charles Whitman; and two grandchildren.

Company and Merrill Industries, in 1979. After the death of his father in 1982, he charted the future course of the companies and saw the Marine Terminal grow to be the largest dry freight marine terminal in the state. A pivotal event early in his life was when he and his sister Sally traveled to Washington, D.C., to hear Dr. Martin Luther King deliver his “I Have A Dream speech.” At the University of Minnesota, he managed a student dining cooperative and headed up the development of new cooperative housing. This work led him to Technicoop, an international developer of housing co-ops based in Connecticut. His work with Technicoop included development and managing cooperative apartments throughout the United States. He successfully served as a senior management official at the Boston Housing Authority at a time when the Authority was under court supervision following a long failure to meet health and building codes. When Camp Agawam in Raymond faced a doubtful future, Mr. Merrill stepped in to help create a non-profit organization to preserve it. From 1984 until his death, he served as a trustee of University of New England, including five years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 2004, he transferred active management of the Marine Terminal to Sprague Energy, in order to have more time with his family which was the center of his life. Mr. Merrill is survived by his wife, Sandi Goolden; and son Ethan Merrill of Yarmouth; sisters Sally Merrill and Martha Merrill; brother Peter Merrill;


alumni et alumnae sister-in-law Barbara Lambach; nephew John Merrill; and niece Becky Merrill.

1964 John Thomas Morris Jr. died May 23, 2007, following a long and valiant battle with cancer. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio in 1945, the son of the John Thomas Morris and Virginia Rowley Over. He graduated from Youngstown University. Mr. Morris worked for Rust Engineering Co. in Pittsburgh, Buenos Aires and in South Africa, and later Wheelabrator Frye Corporation. He is survived by his daughter, Lynette Morris Malone; two sons, Patrick Skeffington Morris and Brett Mathers Morris; two stepsons, Andrew Gaisford Bell and Adam Laughlin Bell; stepmother Susanne Morris; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Edward Rowley Morris and sister Marny Morris Krause. He loved sailing, skiing and golf.

1970 ★ Mr. Donald H. Baumer Jr., known to his family as Chip, a lover of life, died suddenly on January 7, 2007. The son of the late Col. Donald H. Baumer, Ret., and Audrey Marchand Baumer, he was born in 1952 at West Point, N.Y. At age five, the Baumer family moved to Frankfurt, Germany. Don attended Frankfurt International School in Oberursel, Germany, through junior high school. He then returned to the U.S. to attend Hebron Academy. After graduation, he attended Mt. Hermon School. Mr. Baumer graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in behavioral and social sciences in 1976. He joined the Army in 1978 for a three-year period. He worked in sales with Flame Enterprises for several years. His co-workers will remember him as a willing, dedicated, hardworking member of their sales team who always kept a jar full of candy and kept everyone laughing with his unique sense of humor. Mr. Baumer was most well known for his generous heart. His friends at the Providence United Methodist Church will long remember him for his willingness to always lend a helping hand. Most recently, he used a week of his vacation to volunteer to help rebuild a home in Biloxi, Mississippi, Hurricane Katrina. In his community in Monrovia, he was also well known for his love of animals. He supported the local Humane Society, having “parented” more than one animal from the shelter. His soft heart and fun living spirit found its expression in the simple things in life, such as cooking for others, cultivating his flowers, bowling and working on projects at his home. Mr. Baumer is survived by his son, Donald H. Baumer III; his two sisters, Dawn H. Baumer and Audrey Joan Andreson; and his stepmother, Sandra J. Baumer.

1973 Douglas C. Garvin died August 3, 2006, at his home in West Chester Township, Ohio. He was born in Chicago, the son of Stefan Juan Garvin and Jeanne Cartwright Garvin. He received a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from Lafayette

College, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. In 1977, he went to work as an assistant metallurgist at Armco Steel, which was later bought by AK Steel. He worked for the company for 29 years. Mr. Garvin and his wife bred and showed horses—half Hanoverian, half thoroughbred hunters and jumpers. At one time, they operated a small stable in Pennsylvania. Mr. Garvin loved to travel to Europe and to New York City, where his only child, Krystal, lives. He enjoyed squiring her and her friends about the city, taking in restaurants and other attractions. He loved the good life, especially savoring gourmet meals and a glass of aged scotch. And his wife said he “loved to try to play golf.” In addition to his wife, Debra, and daughter, survivors include his father and a brother, Richard Garvin ’72.

Staff Edith “Edie” Baillie Pierson died at her home in Hebron on January 28, 2007. She was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, the daughter of James and Davina Pearson McCracken. She graduated from Kilmarnock Academy. With her first husband, Floyd Ellison, Edie eventually settled in Missouri and became a U.S. citizen in 1965. She was employed as a receptionist at Hebron Academy, where her love for the students, and in particular, for that school’s hockey team, was a great source of joy in her life and in the lives of those students. For nearly 10 years, until 1998, she was the owner of Edie’s, a pizza takeout and delivery shop. She had a great love for animals, her cats especially, and was a passionate advocate for environmental causes. She was an active member and supporter of the Maine Green Party and she had a unique and wonderful talent for knitting. She married her second husband, William T. Pierson Jr., in Oklahoma in 1974, and they moved with their daughter to Maine in 1981. Edie is survived by one daughter, Heather Pierson of Fryeburg; one brother, William McCracken of London, England; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by a son, James Ellison, and her husband, William.

Former Faculty ★ David Compton died May 1, 2007, after successfully fighting cancer for more than a year. He was born in Bronxville, N.Y., in 1941, the son of Richard and Eleanor Compton. He spent his early years in the company of his sister, Carol (Compton) Wingard, and his brother, Scott Compton, developing his lifelong passion for learning and languages. Mr. Compton attended the Holderness School and Bates College, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in French, and spending his junior year studying in Paris. It was at Bates where he met the love of his life, Janet (Suomela) Compton. They married in 1964, and laughed, cried, and grew together for the next 42 years. In 1963, Mr. Compton enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served in Germany in an intelligence capacity. Returning to the United States, he earned a master’s degree from Brown University, and embarked on a teaching career spanning more than 30 years. He taught French,

Michael Toole Take paper. Now, write from memory and then analyze: To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them. And so we can. The words come back from this and other passages we studied in Mike Toole’s English classes until they were embedded in our being, until the questions he posed and our work with the language made the words speak so familiarly on the tongue that they come at will, even now, after years away. For twenty-three years, Mike Toole taught English at Hebron, usually to juniors and seniors but occasionally to freshmen as well. Always his classes included Shakespeare, often Hamlet which he dearly loved, but the other tragedies as well—Macbeth, Othello, Julius Caesar. He focused on what the tragedies could tell of human frailty but also of human strength, of the uncertainties of the human condition but also of the noble striving to understand the human heart. And in all the literature that he chose for his classes, from classic to the contemporary, there was the sense of core values. Students will remember the authors: Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Conrad, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, William Styron, Larry McMurtry, Pat Conroy, Cormac McCarthy. They will remember the dramatists: William Shakespeare, to be sure, but also Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Athol Fugard, August Wilson. They will remember reading The Odyssey and the Arthurian legend. They will recall the discussion of heroes, of the stages of quests and journeys and the symbolism of battles lost and won. Athletes will recall Mike’s presence on the football field—a student of sport, an extraordinary analyst of defenses, a tough motivator and a mentor who insisted upon practice, perseverance and self-discipline. Can we summon back his barked commands to the defensive set? Do we recall those Friday nights in the Science Lecture Hall when he would play the excerpt from Patton as George C. Scott as General George S. Patton exhorted his troops? And do the words now spring to mind that he would often repeat from Teddy Roosevelt that “credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasm, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause. . .” And now perhaps, one feels the firm grip of his handshake in congratulation, the light in his eyes as he praised enthusiastically for a job well done—be it a tackle, a paper revised, a graduation or a commission. One remembers that Mike Toole believed in each of us, believed that we could do more than we thought we could, become more than we might have imagined ourselves to be, striven harder than we believed that we could. For he embodied those words that he taught, the values that he lived. And the words of Tennyson from “Ulysses,” return again: Though much is taken, much abides; and though We are not now that strength which in old days Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are, One equal temper of heroic hearts, Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. Here was a man with a great heart who taught life’s lessons and lived them as well. We summon him forth in our minds, knowing full well the ultimate truth of Hamlet’s words of his father, ‘A was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again. Michael Toole’s heart failed on May 10, 2007. DWS

English as a Second Language, and computers at Suffield Academy in Suffield, Conn., where he was chairman of the language department, and at Hebron. In his retirement years, he built a home in Buckfield, and published four novels: A Filthy Business, Nexus, Catalyst and Claxton Hall. He served as chairman of the deacons committee at the First Congregation Church in South Paris, where he was an active member. He loved classical music, model railroading and a rural lifestyle. Besides his wife, Mr. Compton leaves a daughter, Kirsti Compton; and two cats, Gandalf and Samwise.

Other Deaths Clement Earle Philbrook ’36, on May 25, 2007. Col. Howard G. Johns ’40 USAF(Ret.), on May 29, 2007. Charles R. D’Ewart ‘43, on December 28, 2006. LTC Edward G. Thorp, Jr. ‘62, on January 7, 2007. Dorothy L. Jordan, past staff, on February 24, 2007. Marian M. Pulsifer, past staff, on May 27, 2007.

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ere is a short quiz on acronyms. Give the full name of the following organizations in which Hebron Academy participates currently, or did participate at one time: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

M.A.I.S. 6. N.E.A.S.C. 7. I.S.A.N.N.E. 8. M.A.I.S.A.D. 9. N.E.P.S.A.C. 10.

N.E.P.S.G.I.H.A. N.E.P.S.T.A. I.S.S.C.A. N.O.R.B.A. M.I.L.L.

Some are the familiar accrediting and governing bodies of independent schools— Maine Association of Independent Schools, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Independent School Association of Northern New England—but others may be much less familiar. For Hebron athletes, the school’s membership in leagues and coaches’ associations becomes the avenue for regional and national individual competition and for tournament and championship play for teams. (Answers are at the bottom. All but one are currently active affiliations for the school) Presently, Hebron athletes and teams aspire to regional competitions sanctioned by N.E.P.S.A.C., The New England Prep School Athletic Conference. Within the state, Hebron’s league is defined by M.A.I.S.A.D., The Maine Association of Independent School Athletic Directors. However valuable leagues, standings and tournaments may be to a sense of collective accomplishment, the values learned in competition—cooperation, leadership and fair play—contribute much to an athlete’s growth as a person. Pictured here is a certificate from The Sportsmanship Brotherhood, dated 1928, an organization which sought “to foster and spread the spirit of sportsmanship throughout the world. Coach Charlie Dwyer would have been the school’s representative at the time, and Hebron’s official teams would have been cross country running, football, basketball, baseball and track. When one considers how new a concept interscholastic athletics was for

Hebron and other New England boarding schools, it is interesting to note the values promoted by the organization: • Keep the Rules • Keep faith with Your Comrade • Keep Your Temper • Keep Yourself Fit • Keep a Stout Heart in Defeat • Keep Your Pride Under in Victory • Keep a Sound Soul, a Clean Mind and a Healthy Body • Play the Game Forty words to express eight precepts. Not bad. However distant the language may appear, the sentiments ring true, then and now. Currently the New England Prep School Athletic Conference dedicates itself to “the highest standards of sportsmanship and cooperative good will.” Its Code of Conduct and Good Sportsmanship contains much the same values as the older statement, the language reflecting both the golden rule and the necessary adjudication of contests: 1. Treat other persons as you know they should be treated, and as you wish them to fairly treat you. 2. Regard the rules of your game as agreements, the spirit or letter of which you should not evade or break. 3. Treat officials and opponents with respect. 4. Accept absolutely and without quarrel the final decision of any official.

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5. Honor visiting teams and spectators as your own guests and treat them as such. Likewise, yourself behave as an honored guest when you visit another school. 6. Be gracious in victory and defeat; learn especially to take defeat well. 7. Be as cooperative as you are competitive. 8. Remember that your actions on and off the field reflect on you and your school. David W. Stonebraker

Answers to the quiz: 1. M.A.I.S.—Maine Association of Independent Schools 2. N.E.A.S.C.—New England Association of Schools and Colleges 3. I.S.A.N.N.E.—Independent Schools Association of Northern New England 4. M.A.I.S.A.D.—Maine Association of Independent School Athletic Directors 5. N.E.P.S.A.C.—New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference 6. N.E.P.S.G.I.H.A.—New England Preparatory School Girls’ Ice Hockey Association 7. N.E.P.S.T.A.—New England Preparatory School Track Association 8. I.S.S.C.A.—Independent Schools’ Ski Coaches Association 9. N.O.R.B.A.—National Off-Road Bicycling Association 10. M.I.L.L.—Maine Independent Lacrosse League


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