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Hopkins School 986 Forest Road New Haven, CT

Vol LXVI, no. 1


September 6, 2019

Off the Hill: Summer Activities an informative experience: “I got to speak with people on the scene who were personally tethered to these events and genuinely dedicated to causes in our community– some very cheerful, and some very tragic." Appreciative of the experience, Sonnenfeld said she "feels more connected with the New Haven community than ever before" Zoe Smith ’21 worked as an apprentice at Hamden’s Eli Whitney Museum which, according to Smith, strives to, “educate kids on the principles of engineering and design.” Each week provided Smith with different opportunities, from helping campers construct electronic boats in a Make Design camp to using CAD software to build cities. Smith, interested in biomedical engineering, found her apprenticeship an “incredibly rewarding” opportunity that helped develop the “skills needed to be an engineer.” Lily Meyers ’20 spent her summer in the Made in Queens program, an undertaking of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. The programs strives to promote Queens’ local businesses by providing them with chances to sell their goods. Meyers spent much of her time using social media to promote a market. She deemed this experience “interesting” since she “thought about and used social media in a very different way than what I’m used to.” During the final days of her internship, she was able to go to the market herself and “meet the people behind the businesses I had read about and tagged in posts.” Annie Burtson ’21 worked at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. Burtson stated she 'learned so much about running a business." Burtson thoroughly enjoyed her working experience, calling it "an amazing experience" that she "can’t wait to continue during the school year!"

Anushree Vashist '21 News Editor As Hopkins students were freed from the struggles of school, each found a unique way to enjoy their summer freedom. For some students, the summer holiday allowed for extensive travel. Lola Panagos '21 visited Dubai and South Africa with siblings Lucy Panagos '20 and Lily Panagos '23. They visited the Burj Khalifa before stopping in Sabi Sands for a safari to explore native wildlife. They ended their travels with a comprehensive journey through South Africa, including visiting the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town and the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg. For Panagos, understanding the nation’s culture provided her with a new awareness: “It was very interesting to see the rich and recent history of South Africa. There truly was a long walk to freedom. To experience their culture and wildlife was an amazing opportunity.” Other students chose to spend their summer right here at Hopkins for both summer courses and the Pathfinder program. Julia Davis '21, who participated in Atlantic Communities III, enjoyed the class "because of the recent nature of the material covered and the engaging way the course was taught.” Students like Kyle Shin '20 were Pathfinder Teaching Fellows. Shin enjoyed the connections he made with his students throughout the summer, saying "it made me feel like I had made a difference." Sophie Sonnenfeld ’21 spent her summer at local newspaper The New Haven Independent. She reported on a series of events, ranging from a sustainability rally to the reopening for a children's trauma center to a Caribbean festival. Each event provided Sonnenfeld with

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New Haven Road Race On September 1, Hopkins students, faculty, staff, and alumni participated in the Annual New Haven Road Race hosted by Faxon Law Group. Over 7,000 runners participated in the race, including 30 Hopkins students. "It's more of a tradition now," Yasmin Bergemann '20 said. "We get together at the Hopkins tent and get special shirts to represent the school." The race offers a 5k, in which most Hopkins students participate, as well as a 20k and half-marathon course.

HDA Students Take the Stage in Edinburgh Ella Zuse '21 and Zach Williamson '22 Assistant Arts Editors From July 31 to August 11, a group of sixteen students from the Hopkins Drama Association (HDA) traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland. Guided by drama faculty Mike Calderone and Hope Hartup, the crew performed Shakespeare on a Shoestring: The Comedy of Errors! at the Fringe Festival. The Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival, ran from August 2 to 26 this year. Drawing in thousands of performers and audience members, the festival makes use of hundreds of stages, finding a way to accommodate any group that wish-

Leah Miller '20

Students explore Edinburgh Castle.

es to perform. This marks the third iteration of HDA’s trip to the Fringe, the first being in the summer of 2017. The group flew to Edinburgh after a successful kickoff show at Hopkins. Calderone explained the decision to perform a Shoestring show at the festival: “ A good bunch of the HDA students on this trip were in the original Shakespeare on a Shoestring: Comedy of Errors! when we developed it in my Ensemble Class back when they were in ninth grade. It was fun reviving some of their roles and recasting others with new actors. Bringing a Shoestring show to the festival is almost a no-brainer in that there's no scenery to transport, construct and take down before and after each performance.” With six shows spread out over the course of the twelve-day trip, the cast had the opportunity to sightsee, perform, and view other shows. Ellie Doolittle ’20 said, “My favorite thing outside of performing was definitely the haunted tour. Our group heard creepy historical stories walking around Edinburgh and even went in a graveyard to see a king's haunted grave.” She continued, “Another highlight was the hike up to Arthur’s seat, an incredibly steep climb, but an overall rewarding experience once we reached the top and saw the incredible views.” The group performed at 10 a.m. each performance day, promoting the show by handing out flyers on the street. Graley Turner ’20 commented on the experience of “flyering”: “We had to do all our own advertising, from handing out flyers on the Royal Mile to striking up conversations with other performers and festival-goers. We mastered flyering and subtly advertising our show.” Margaret Toft ’21 remarked, “ Having an audience of people you don’t know, and getting to share something you have worked hard on felt really special.” Leah Miller ’20 commented on the actual experience of performing the show: “By the time we arrived and were performing on an international stage the show felt pretty second nature and we were able to really enjoy the experience of being semi-professional actors.” In addition to performing, students also had the opportunity to watch other performances. Seeing two to four performances a day, students were able to take advantage of the wide range of theatrical genres and experiences the Fringe Festival has to offer with over 3,000 shows. Drew Slager ’21 reflected on this experience: “It was an amazing opportunity to see these smaller

shows that you Hannah Szabo '21 would otherwise never hear about. We also had the opportunity to find shows ourselves and rally others to come with us, so while we saw most shows together as one big group, we did have the occasional performance that only a few of us experienced.” Some shows, however, were not as Students hiked to Arthur's Seat, an extinct s p e c t a c u l a r. volcano in Edinburgh. Slager went on to say that the group “did also see some pretty bad shows, one being an all-female improv musical group whose topic was Hobbes and Shaw. It was not our favorite.” However, the cast agreed upon two favorites: Police Cops: Police Cops in Space and Police Cops: Badass Be Thy Name. Elizabeth Roy ’20 explained, “Police Cops is a group at the Fringe Festival who perform two very ridiculous, but very funny shows. Most of the group had seen their first one already, so we all wanted to see the second one together. Before the show began, we crowded into the first few rows of the audience and danced in our seats. We enjoyed the show and expressed that enjoyment so much that the actors gave us a shout out at the end of the performance.”

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Inside: News............1 Features.......2 Arts............. 3 Sports..........4

Features Page 2: New Faculty Profiles

Arts Page 3: StuPro Show, Almost, Maine

Sports Page 4: Fall Sports Preview

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Welcome to The Hill!

September 6, 2019


The Razor welcomes new faculty and staff to Hopkins. Here are some personal introductions and tidbits. Be sure to give them a warm welcome!

Linda Isaacs

CJ Chiu

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Stratford, CT, went to school in Schenectady, NY and taught in New York, Delaware, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Arizona before moving back to CT last summer.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in the Beaver Hills section of New Haven.

Linda Isaacs

What is your academic background? I attended Foote School, St. Mary’s High School, Connecticut College and Southern Connecticut State University.

What is your academic background? I went to Bunnell High School, Union College for undergrad and Concordia University for grad school. What are you teaching/coaching/advising this year? I will be teaching Math 25 and Math 40, coaching the Mathcounts team and advising a group of 9th graders. What was your favorite experience as a student? When I was in college, I got to meet Benoit Mandelbrot at a math conference. He was considered the father of fractal geometry. What particular tidbit should we know about you? I’ve been lucky enough to travel CJ Chiu extensively the past few summers. When we were in the Vatican City, we happened to come out into St. Peter’s Square in time to hear the Pope give his weekly address. Who or what has inspired you most in life, and why? Traveling has inspired me the most - to get to experience different cultures and meet people in different countries has been eye-opening and humbling.

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Milford, CT.

Sanil Patel Sanil Patel

What is your academic background? My academic background is in the classics, biology, and education. I focused on Higher Education while obtaining my Masters Degree.

What are you teaching/coaching/advising/ etc. this year? This year I will be teaching two sections of Spanish 1. Do you have a pet? I am a huge supporter of rescuing animals. I have three rescue dogs. I have a German Shepherd mix named Greta, a Labrador mix named Tula and a Chihuahua named Rocky. What was your favorite experience as a student? My favorite experience as a student was participating in foreign language poetry recitation contests and I am so glad to know that Hopkins students participate in them too. I also enjoyed serving on student council. What particular tidbit we should know about you? My 15 minutes of fame has to be when I was in high school and my twin sister and I were chosen to be on the cover of three books about twin sisters and their adventures.

Ashley Sjolund

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Hamden, CT and attended Hamden High School. I spend many hours throughout my childhood swimming for Chuck Elrick and the Hopkins Mariners. While I did not attend Hopkins as a student, I somehow feel that joining the faculty at Hopkins and coaching the swim team is bringing me full circle.

What particular tidbit we should know about you? I am a serious foodie and love to cook. Living in New York City, I find myself always searching for the newest, trendiest restaurant. When I am not exploring, I am in the kitchen trying new recipes!

What is your academic background? I attended Villanova University and earned a B.S. in Biology in 2008. While at Villanova, I worked in a research lab and completed a senior thesis studying the dysregulation of prolactin signaling in breast cancer. This experience led me to complete a Ph.D. in Genetics at Yale University. I studied a DNA repair protein that is mutated in a small percentage of the population and found that expression of this variant led to a cancerous phenotype in human cells and altered the effectiveness of treatment. After completing my doctorate, I taught biology at Greens Farms Academy in Westport and served as an advisor and the Assistant Director of Independent Research through June 2019.

Are you a sports fan? Sport? Team? Participant in? Yes! Sports consumes much of my life outside of work. I am a die-hard Yankees fan and find myself going to games quite often. In my spare time, I love to golf and bike.

What are you teaching/coaching/advising/etc. this year? I will be teaching freshman and AP Biology, and serving as the Assistant Coach for swimming, and coaching Science Olympiad. I am also excited to serve as a freshman advisor!

Tell us about a book, film, television program, performance, etc. that has impacted you and why? Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss is a door-stopper that I read a few years back. It looks at successful leaders in technology, business, health, and sports, and sheds insight into their lives and habits. I find it interesting to look at the habits of those who are successful and happy. One of the most recited habits? Make your bed in the morning. If only I would have known this when I was 10...

Do you have a pet? Tell us about it! My husband and I rescued a little white Maltipoo from Korea in June. His name is Oscar. He loves a belly rub and will chase birds and squirrels all day if he could. He has freakishly long legs, can jump really high, and has the cutest fluffy tail. I hope Oscar is able to visit Hopkins one day, as I think petting and playing with a dog is a great way for students to de-stress.

What are you teaching/coaching/advising/etc. this year? This year, I will be working in the college counseling office and advising.

Mariana Torrens Arias Where did you grow up? I grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to the U.S. in 2003. What is your academic background? After teaching Spanish for four years in Maine and Massachusetts, I was admitted to the Communications program at the University of Texas at Austin and moved there to study. My focus was on cross-cultural communication, cultural translation and marketing for cultural institutions. Upon graduation, I applied these skills at the Blanton Museum of Art, the Thinkery (Austin’s children’s museum) and in International Development at Yale University.

Mariana Torrens Arias

What are you teaching/coaching/advising/etc. this year? At Hopkins I will be offering academic support and teaching Spanish 2 and 3 Accelerated, and Spanish 3.

What was your favorite experience as a student? I loved living in Austin and having first-hand experience of the history and perspectives near the border with Mexico. My favorite experience about being a student there, other than the weather in February, was taking classes that challenged me to look at things from a perspective other than my own. It felt like yoga for the brain!

Ashley Sjolund

Are you a sports fan? Sport? Team? Participant in? I am a huge Villanova Basketball fan! You will see me around campus with my Villanova Nalgene, Villanova workout bag and Villanova car decal. I try to attend at least two home games a year with my college friends and love to trash talk other Big East teams. I also get extremely excited if I find out that a student is applying to college at Villanova and I am always happy to share a little about my experience as a student there. Come chat!

Lely Evans Lely Evans

Where did you grow up? I was born in Taiwan but grew up in California. What is your academic background? I got my BA in violin performance and continued with 19th century performance practice in grad school, which was in Australia. I studied teaching Mandarin as a second language later on as a way to reconnect with my roots. What are you teaching/coaching/advising/etc. this year? I will be teaching Junior School Chinese.

What particular tidbit we should know about you? I love to create things (food, clothing, metal work...). My junior year abroad in Vienna was an eye opener. I learned German and many other things in life. Do you have a pet? We have a cavachon named Brie.

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The Razor

September 6, 2019

ERRO Statement on Consent bly for both the Upper School (in April) and the Junior School (in May). We were supported by our classmates, facThe three of us have ulty, and Yale’s CCE student been at Hopkins since Junior and administrative fellows School. Our educational expe(Consent Communication Edrience for almost six years has ucators) in these two projects. been within the confines of The Yale CCEs were extremeThe Hill. We’ve taken Healthy ly useful to us, as they guided Bodies, Healthy Minds in us through our research and the seventh grade and Health aided in presentation planning. classes about alcohol and adWe learned the importance of diction as sophomores. Yet, providing clear cut definitions throughout all our time at Hopto aid discussion, using affirkins, we have not heard much mative consent (“yes means about consent. Sure, our paryes”), and ents explained Jemma Williams addressing consent to us the grey when we were areas of younger, by personal way of tellcommuing us that no nication. means no, but To g e t h e r, we had never these elelearned how ments help consent is create a treated at Hophealthier kins. What are sexual culthe school’s ture, espolicies on pecially behavior and in school reporting haenvironrassment? m e n t s . What about Each Asconsent in sembly non-sexual had equal situations? amounts of How do we informanavigate these tion, adgrey areas? vice, and ERRO heads speak about the importance of consent in Lots of imporresources, Assembly during the 2018-2019 school year. tant questions but focused were going unanswered. We of asking and communicat- on different stages of relationdecided to find those answers. ing about boundaries--the first ships, from friendly and social As we began our step would be to bring more to sexual and romantic. To supjunior year of high school last consent education to campus. plement these Assemblies, we year, and our first year as heads Fast forward several also held a workshop for the of ERRO, we had to choose months, and we were finally Upper School which was led what we really wanted to focus able to put together an Assem- by members of the Yale CCE.

Anna Simon ’20, Yasmin Bergemann ’20, and Elizabeth Roy ’20

on. Ekphrastic writing, physics tests, and AP US DBQs all competed for our attention. Prompted by the hearings of Judge Kavanaugh , the three of us decided the most essential thing, the issue we felt most urgently needed to be brought up, was sexual assault and harassment, in all of its forms. We knew if we wanted to try to change the culture we’ve experienced in our time at Hopkins – that is, many mistakes are made simply because we make assumptions instead

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Students are anticipating the abundance of back to school emails. The workshop was a kind of a things through some more. do we have time to do? How We are not attempt- much time will something pilot, allowing ERRO to hear back from you all on how we ing to solve rape culture and take to put together? Is there can improve our workshops: end sexual harassment within enough time to do what we what was beneficial, what the extended Hopkins com- want to? The answers were was irrelevant, and what was munity in just two years. sometimes yes, and sometimes the most thought-provoking. Tackling issues such as this no – we learned very quickly This year, to con- takes time and consistency. that if we want to do sometinue to promote healthy com- We know these more serious thing well and with the support munication and relationships, issues need to be covered be- of our busy administration, we we aim to foster conversations cause unfortunately, they are have to go slow. Nonetheless, through ERRO meetings and already relevant to many of us. that has not stopped us in purmore workshops led in part- We also know talking about suing what we feel we have nership with the CCEs. The or presenting violent sexual a responsibility to do, and CCEs primarily use discus- situations to large audiences we hope it will not stop you sion-based workshops to talk can be triggering and emo- in helping us either. Consent about consent. The workshops tionally daunting, in addition culture will only change if cover how to read social cues, to being mostly ineffective. we work as a community, and To properly address we hope that work will still the effects of alcohol on your brain and how that relates consent, we need to start small. continue after we graduate. Whether you want to consent, the role of social This coming year is the next media and peer pressure in step on a long road to hav- to do your own research, bring our lives, and much more. ing a healthy understand- uncomfortable topics up with As always, there ing of consent, and to con- your extended friend groups, will continue to be an abun- tinue successfully with this, or engage with someone who dance of resources here at we will need your support holds a different opinion, we feedback through- encourage you to do it. We are Hopkins such as Ms. Roman- and chok, Mr. Brant, and Dr. Cox out this year and beyond. determined to change the culOver the last year, ture of consent at Hopkins, no to talk to, whether you felt uncomfortable, frustrated, we have had many conversa- matter how long it takes, and confused, or just want to think tions relating to time: What we can only do it with you.

HDA Students Travel to Edinburgh for International Performance (continued from page 1) While in Edinburgh, the cast, along with Calderone and Hartup, stayed in local college dorms and shared a kitchen. Slager reflected on this experience of a shared living space: “On the trip we really bonded together considering we all shared a kitchen. Living, eating and breathing together was definitely an

experience and a struggle, but it was interesting. Lots of food stealing and shenanigans.” Other adventures contributed to this spirit of camaraderie. Turner said, “From the get-go we were put through situations that made us bond as a cast. We had evening rehearsals, a delayed flight, and the process of getting a show ready to perform, but we really united and worked through these triumphs and challenges together.”

As the Fringe Festival draws thousands of audience members from across the globe and Lovell only seats a few hundred, performances at the festival were a different experience than those at Hopkins. Griffin Congdon ’20 commented, “Performing at the Fringe is exciting because you never know who is going to be in the audience. At Hopkins it’s usually friends and family, but in a totally foreign country we were performing for com-

plete strangers, which was a cool experience.” Being part of an arts festival at the caliber of the Fringe was an exciting opportunity for HDA. Roy commented on the staying power of the experience: “I know that as I continue to perform, I will keep different elements of the shows I saw in Edinburgh with me.” Doolittle also remarked, “Scotland during the Fringe is truly magical, it’s a hub for creative theater, memorable performances, and immense talent.”

Students Produce Almost, Maine Leah Miller

Editor-in-Chief: Eleanor Doolittle Managing Editor: Sarah Roberts News.......................................................................................................Zoe Kim, Anushree Vashist, Juan Lopez Features...............................................Katherine Takoudes, Julia Kosinski, Anjali Subramanian, Emmett Dowd Op/Ed..............................................................................Saira Munshani, Sophie Sonnenfeld, Kallie Schmeisser Arts........................................................................................................Lily Meyers, Ella Zuse, Zach Williamson Sports..................................................................Veronica Yarovinsky, Teddy Glover, Abby Regan, Maeve Stauff Editor-at-Large..........................................................................................................................Izzy Lopez-Kalapir Webmaster.............................................................................................................Arushi Srivastava, Nick Hughes Business Managers........................................................................................Sophia Fitzsimonds, Sophia Cerroni Cartoonist...............................................................................................................................Arthur Masiukiewicz Faculty Advisors....................................................Jenny Nicolelli, Elizabeth Gleason, Sorrel Westbrook-Wilson.

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Students rehearse for this year’s Summer Student Production, Almost, Maine. Director Leah Miller ’20 explained, “what makes Almost, Maine unusual is that each scene has only two people, so the actors work hard to deliver a compelling scene with little action and heavy dialogue.” The show will be performed on Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6 in Lovell Hall.

The Razor: Sports

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US Women’s Soccer Team Fights On and Off the Field for Equal Pay Abby Regan ’22 Assistant Sports Editor On July 7, 2019 the US Women’s National Soccer team (USWNT) took home their second consecutive and Tribune News Service

Megan Rapinoe celebrates team USA in front of a large crowd. fourth overall FIFA Women’s World Cup win. As the numberone ranked team in the world, they were competing for more than just the champion title in this World Cup: they were also fighting for a paycheck equal to that of the US men’s team. The USWNT has been fighting the US Soccer Federation [USSF] in the past years because their pay is substantially less than that of the men’s team. The women’s team used this World Cup to make themselves heard and generate support. After winning the final game against the Netherlands, fans in the stadium chanted “Equal pay!” in solidarity with the USWNT. Girls Varsity Soccer captain, Anna Simon ’20 commented, “I think that every time they [USWNT] celebrated a goal, even in the 13-0 game, they were celebrating more than just a goal. They were celebrating being one step closer to equal pay and an international stage. Every goal they scored was sort of proof that they deserved more.”

In March, they filed a lawsuit against US soccer because of unequal pay. It stated: “A comparison of the WNT [Women’s National Team] and MNT [Men’s National Team] pay shows that if each team played 20 friendlies in a year and each team won all twenty friendlies, female WNT players would earn a maximum of $99,000 or $4,950 per game, while similarly situated male MNT players would earn an average of $263,320 or $13,166 per game against the various levels of competition they would face.” While some say it isn’t fair to make comparisons between the compensation of the two teams, by game standards the women’s team is much more successful than the men’s team. The women are now four-time World Cup champions as well as four-time Olympic champions while the men have never won either tournament. From 2016 to 2018, women’s games brought in almost $10 million more in revenue than the men’s games. Felipe Perez ’22 commented, “Despite being paid less, the US women’s team continues to win international titles, and have made a name for themselves as a force to be reckoned with in their league.” The US soccer federation has claimed that there is no pay gap. They even hired two lobbyists to convince the judge that the USWNT is wrong. Their court date is set for May 5, 2020, just weeks before the summer Olympics. In the meantime they hope to settle it without a trial, but their last mediation resulted in angry statements from both US soccer and the women’s team. Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Joe Addison shared that he hopes it will be resolved, for the sake of soccer in the US. “The USSF will have a serious problem if it does not settle the current lawsuit with the USWNT and/or the team refuses to sign the next collective bargaining agreement. That is the power of winning–every soccer fan in this country wants to see more of the USWNT and will rightfully blame the USSF if players go on strike for equal pay,” he said. The USWNT’s lawsuit covered discriminatory problems other than pay gap, such as working conditions, the way they travel to games and the hotels they stay in. Hopkins Girls Soccer Coach Becky Harper said, “Pay, unfortunately is not the

only issue. It comes down to resources. Major teams, worldwide, at their start were solely for men. That has changed rapidly in the last decade or so with clubs like Barcelona, Paris St. Germain, and other football behemoths establishing women’s teams as well. Yet, the funding and resources allocated are not equal. The owners of these clubs are less willing to invest in the women’s game, especially in the US. My hope is that more and more people will start realizing the untapped potential of the women’s game; we have just grazed the surface.” Throughout their season, the US women’s soccer players are not just training and competing in games, they are also CBS Sports

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USWNT players display their trophy after the final. taking a stand for women’s rights and inspiring younger girls and soccer players to support what they believe in. Anishi Kalaria ’22 shared, “I believe that as younger players grow, they will not be willing to accept the gap in pay between men and women players. The fight for equal pay will affect them in a way that will make them feel stronger when they are older or professional athletes.”

Fall Captains Weigh In On the Upcoming Season Maeve Stauff ‘21 Assistant Sports Editor

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Football Captains Phil Delise ’20 and Brandon Smith ’20: “This past spring, we had a dedicated group of individuals who trained regularly at 6:30 am. We were humbled by the commitment that was shown by these individuals to go the extra mile. We’re excited to teach our young players what it takes to be part of the Hopkins football team: heart, grit, and team over self.”

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Captain Luca Richo ’20 celebrates a goal in last year’s FAA final.

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Field Hockey receives help from the Yale team.

Boys Soccer Captain Avi Shein ’20: “We trained hard during the offseason and have very capable players coming to the team. We are aiming to win both the FAA regular season and playoffs for the third year in a row.” Water Polo Captain Will Randazzo ’20: “I anticipate a great season with the foundation of fundamentals and chemistry. We have a great group of guys this year, and I’m excited to try to accomplish our goal of winning New England’s for the second time in Hopkins history.”

Boys Cross Country Captain Nic Burtson ’20: “I think this year we have a really strong core of returning athletes who did well at the JV races. They will definitely step up and fill those Varsity roles. We are also looking for a good spot in New England’s this year.”

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Lily Kaiser ’20 sets the ball like she will set the tone for the season. Peter Mahakian

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Girls Volleyball Captain Ally Wang ’20: “I’m super excited and I have a pretty good feeling about the season. We have some amazing hitters, and Casey Goldberg, the setter, is back. We all get along very well and are supportive of each other. I can’t wait to bond more during team dinners!”

Girls Cross Country Captain Kat Toukedes ’20: “Featuring a beautiful new track and a large group of senior girls, we’re looking to defend our title as FAA champs for yet another year and to bond as a team during workouts, on the trails, and at team dinners.”

Girls Soccer Captains Lilly Fagan and Sophia Fitzsimonds ’20: “We think the season will go pretty well. We have a lot of talent on this team already, and, with our new head coach, Ben Joiner, we hope to build this team, and the girls soccer program as a whole to have a very successful season this year.”

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Captain Philip Delise ’20 is excited for the new season. Peter Mahakian

Cross Country stretches before practice.

Field Hockey Captains Courtney Banks and Amanda Leone ’20: “We’re super excited for our new coach, Jen Morgan. What we love most about field hockey at Hopkins is the people. During games and practices, we constantly motivate each other. Everyone gives their total effort when battling challenging opponents, practicing skills in drills, or doing sprints. Most importantly the level of support between teammates and coaches is truly unbeatable. After wins and losses, we are there for each other, excited to grow and to prepare for the next game.”

Captain Julius Herzog ’20 blocks the ball.

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