The Razor - April 2021

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Hopkins School 986 Forest Road New Haven, CT

Vol LXVI, no. 1

April 30, 2021

Virtual No More: Hop Returns to Campus

On February 23, Head of School Kai Bynum announced that Hopkins would return to a fully in-person learning model: “After careful planning and consideration, Hopkins School will shift from our Hybrid Learning Model to our Fully In-Person Model beginning on April 5, 2021.” While the majority of students are opting into the model, campus life is still far from the pre-pandemic standard. Several students are enthusiastically embracing the fully in-person model. Ava Pfannenbecker ’21 states that “spending time with friends” is what she looks forward to most. Sydney Matthews ’23 is excited to “have everyone be together.” Juliette Henderson ’21 reinforces these sentiments, saying she anticipates finally “being able to spend time with my close friends as a group again.” Aaron Gruen ’21 is happy to “see friends I haven’t seen in a long time!” Much enthusiasm stems from reuniting with friends from the opposite cohort again. Ethan Piazza ’22 comments, “I am ecstatic to once again be on campus with Ben Jenkins [’22].” While Ben Jenkins ’22 responds, “I’m looking forward to many of the new things that come with the return to campus, except seeing Ethan Piazza.” Laila Samuel ’23 cannot wait to “see friends who [she] hadn’t seen in a year.” Returning to in-person learning also allows students to directly engage with their peers, teachers, and class work. Caroline McCarthy ’22 notes she is beyond ready to “be able to learn more effectively once again.” Drew Williams ’21 is particularly excited for “better class-based discussions.” With most students back on campus, teachers do not have to navigate teaching through Zoom as much. Math teacher Robert Studley says, “I look forward to teaching a class without turning on Zoom. I look forward to correcting quizzes/tests with my bare hands and not while looking at a screen. I look forward to connecting with my students, which is way easier when we are in person together. I look forward to hearing students help each Kallie Schmeisser '22 Lead News Editor

other with some math problems and not sitting in silence ’22 reflects, “Seeing both cohorts on campus together while they are all in breakout rooms.” Math teacher John has been extremely heartwarming; there’s an incredIsaacs echoes Studley’s sentiments: “[I most look forward ible sense of liveliness that comes with seeing camto] being with all the students in a class. From a learning pus so full and so normal for the first time in a year.” standpoint, feedback is a major part of the learning model that is far more effective in person.” The in-person model marks the first time students new to Hopkins this year will meet their classmates from the opposite cohort. Anika Madan ’24 notes, “I am most excited to meet all of the new students in my grade and make new friends.” Hanna Jennings ’24 mirrored this: “[I look forward to] being able to meet everyone finally.” But, the departure from the hybrid model is not completely free from trepidation. With the doubling of students on campus, a somewhat unwanted proximity is inevitable. Dining services continue to comply with strict Food and Drug Administration (FDA) safety standards; however, the increased on-campus population leads to lunch lines of seemingly @hopkinsschoolct never-ending piles of students. Additionally, the A student enjoys the beautiful spring weather on the quad. desks in classrooms now stand three feet apart, rather than six. The lunch lines, increased volume of stu- The return to campus marks a shift back dents in common spaces, and the lack of six feet of distance to normalcy, and a chance to make up for those experiencin classrooms have led to some feelings of frustration. es that were cancelled, postponed, or significantly altered Matthew Cotaj ’22 points out his concerns: “The in the past year. Madan explains, “I miss the little things Covid-19 guidelines on campus are terrible. The proxim- on campus like the Cafe, regular sports, and playing games ity of many students is constantly too close and often- with friends without having to be socially distanced.” times during lunch, students don't wear masks in large Hudson Berk ’21 adds, “I am excited for the spring [athgroups.” English teacher Steven May notes, “There's still letic] season.” Studley brims with enthusiasm, stating, “I risk. People are getting vaccinated, but the risk remains. am really pumped for spring sports. As a baseball coach it That's just a part of life right now.” Luke Lu ’23 states sim- feels great to be on the diamond as we prepare to defend ply, “There just feels to be too many people on campus.” our FAA title. It's cool to hear the coaches talking, see the Alongside fear and frustration are feelings of players preparing, and feel the energy that comes along hope and happiness. Dhalia Brelsford ’23 reports, “I'm with spring sports. Maroon and grey all day. Go Hop!” excited to be back and hope this method of school is And, of course, if all else fails, do as Hishere to stay!” Head Adviser for the Class of 2021 Ma- tory teacher Gerald Casanova recommends to stay rie Doval expounds, “Seeing the smiley eyes on all the safe: “Get Tesla guns to (safely and at a distance!) students has been wonderful.” Alexandra Mathews shoot down mutants possibly roaming on campus!”

At-Home Learning Causes Stress for Hopkins Students Evie Doolittle '23 News Editor

The hybrid and virtual learning models Hopkins implemented from the start of the pandemic until April 5 introduced new and unfamiliar modes of teaching and learning. Brant describes how virtual learning can contribute to some students’ stress: "Human beings are wired to take the path of

With virtual school and limited in-person socializing, students' stress was heightened during the pandemic. School Psychologist Joshua Brant explains that Vox there are many symptoms of stress such as, “muscle tension, low energy, sleep difficulties, digestive problems, headaches, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, feeling anxious, depressed, and generally, "Pandemic school" affected Hopkins students in a variety of ways. overwhelmed.” Since switching to online least resistance. So, any time things change school last spring, some students expe- our normal routine, there will be stress.” rienced these symptoms. Arielle Rie- Director of Academic Support der ’23 details, “Stress impacts me by Matthew Treat worked with students who being a detriment to my sleep sched- found online learning challenging: “For a ule and making me feel more tired.” number of students, a weak internet conInside: News........1, 2 Features....2, 3 Op/Ed.......4 Arts...........5, 6 Sports.......7, 8

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nection created challenging moments to participate and learn. As a result of having these difficulties during class, students' stress and anxiety increased.” Throughout the pandemic, the Academic Support Program (ASP) met with students to help them manage their stress: “The Academic Support Program has been meeting with students all year. Almost all of our sessions through April have been virtual meetings with students. Many of our teachers/tutors met with students once or twice a week,” says Treat. He believes that, “many of the students in ASP found connecting with a tutor during the pandemic to be helpful when they were at home.” He elaborates, “The check-in and guidance our tutors provided really made a difference to our student's confidence in the classroom. Our tutors provided study skill support like planning, organization, time management, and assessment preparation. In addition...our tutors also worked with students on content in a particular class.” For some students, however, virtual learning decreased their stress. Marco Buschauer ’23 explains, “While attending school in person, there tends to be much more stress in terms of schoolwork and tests as there is a lot less free time.” Rieder agrees, “Online school has decreased Arts Page 5: A celebration of women in film

my stress level since I have a lot more time to get stuff done.” However, Ross Vine '23 describes his experience with Zoom fatigue, “In the beginning, it was manageable, but as time went on it became more difficult to focus during class.” School Counselor Linda Romanchok explains that the limited in-person socializing during the pandemic caused anxiety for certain students: “Not being around classmates at school or participating on sports teams has made social engagement more challenging, which has created a good amount of stress for some of our students as well. We are hopeful that having the majority of students back on campus will help to alleviate stress levels.” To combat the negative side effects of stress, Romanchok recommends students “maintain good mental and physical health through a healthy diet, exercise, and sleep.” She explains that calming down through, “stretching, breathing, creative visualization, mindfulness, reframing failure, listening to music/dancing, parking worries, helpful self-talk, counting to ten” can also improve mental health. Romanchok concludes, “Simply seeing problems as ‘things that can be solved’ can help to reduce our stress.”

Op/Ed Page 4: Don't limit Earth Day to a single day

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The Razor: News

Yang Elected StuCo President in a Runoff Karatzas doubled down on her goal to restore Amir McFerren ’24 pre-pandemic Hopkins traditions, saying that, if elected, Assistant News Editor she planned on “doubling all fun events and traditions The 2021 Student Council (StuCo) Presidenat Hopkins next year” to make up for lost time during tial Election concluded on April 13, when Albert Yang quarantine. She cited Jack Luben Grilled Cheese day and ’22 won in a runoff election against Chris Ruano ’22. Rent-A-Senior Day, among others, as eligible events. Con Yang and Ruano received the most votes of the versely, Yang put forth ideas for new events, such as “Hop six candidates in the initial election, but neither received Night Live,” which he described as “a Saturday night enough votes to gain the majority. The candidates from the dedicated to showcasing all the talents in our community.” Class of 2022 were Pearl Miller, Sofia Karatzas, Cyrus Ken All of the candidates conveyed their love of kare, Owen Lamothe, Ruano, Johnathan Henninger Hopkins. Ruano said he and Yang. They each deliv“was just astounded by ered Assembly speeches via how kind and welcomZoom on topics ranging from ing everyone was” when the return to normalcy folhe arrived at Hopkins in lowing the Covid-19 pandemthe eighth grade. Lamothe ic, to the Connecticut Food also expressed appreciaBank Fundraiser (CFBF). tion for those who were All but one of the StuCo President before, candidates (Karatzas) held saying he was “inspired by elected office before their past presidents on StuCo… presidential campaign; Yang, namely Ella Zuse [’21] and Kenkare, and Lamothe each Katherine Takoudes [’20].” served as Class President Another popular camfor one year, and Miller and paign strategy was assurRuano both currently serve ing the student body that as Class Representatives. they would direct input. “I “I see next year as Albert Yang ’22 was elected Student Council President will work tirelessly to hear after a runoff. a pivotal year,” said Kenkare everyone’s individual ideas and strive to make them all in his speech. “Although I am proud of the way Hopkins possible,” said Karatzas. Kenkare reminded the commuhas responded [to the pandemic], next year is critical to nity that “Student Council meetings are open to the entire make sure we keep the momentum in the right direcschool” and promised “as president, I will make sure that tion.” Some candidates marked a return to normalcy and you all feel comfortable sharing your ideas.” Yang said, tradition as a goal of their potential presidency, such as “I’m someone you can trust, talk with at any time and Miller, who said, “The first thing I want to do is bring I’m here for every single student...and faculty member.” our school back to some [level] of normalcy. I think be Ultimately, each candidate promised to iming able to continue past traditions is very important.” prove student life. “I hate the idea that someone may Others ran on a promise to improve upon those tradifeel left out or alone,” said Miller. Ruano summarized tions, such as Lamothe, who aimed to “expand our fahis campaign when he said, “I want to make our school vorite traditions and rethink things like the CFBF in ora better community and a better place for everyone.” der to make them as successful and fun as possible.”

April 30, 2021

Claudia Rankine Visits Hopkins

Claudia Rankine, poet, playwright, and winner of numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, visited Hopkins virtually on April 29. The Zoom call was broadcast in the Athletic Center at 12:10. Rankine read some of her work and interacted with students, staff, and faculty. A second session, at 7:00, was open to Hopkins alumni and current families. Three of Rankine’s books, Citizen, Just Us, and The White Card, are available to order through the Hopkins bookstore, and can be picked up at the Calarco Library or delivered by mail.

The Razor: Features

Students “Zoom” to the Dominican Republic

Megan Davis ’23 Assistant Features Editor During the first week of March break, Hopkins students connected over Zoom with students and community members from Batey Libertad, a small area in the northwestern Valverde Province of the Dominican Republic. Hopkins partnered with Yspaniola, a Dominican-American education nonprofit, to bring the experience to students. The purpose of the program was to Sue Bennitt

Pre-pandemic, Hopkins regularly offered language and cultural immersion trips around the globe. In August 2019, Bennitt led students on a trip to Guatemala. both strengthen Hopkins students’ Spanish language speaking skills, and encourage learning about a different culture and way of life. The experience was designed as a Covid-friendly replacement for a March break travel experience. Hopkins Spanish teacher Susan Bennitt served as the brains behind this operation. She shares her experience with the planning process: “I’ve been leading immersion trips abroad for Hopkins for sixteen years now—it’s what I love most about my job, and not being able to travel because of Covid-19 was a crushing disappointment for me.” She continues, “One day this winter, I was sitting at the kitchen table and the idea just popped into my head—if we can’t go on the trip, why can’t the trip come to us?” Bennitt connected with Hopkins alumnus Jon DiMaio ’05, who direct-

ed the growth of the Yspaniola University Scholarship Program and the ServiceLearning Trips Program and oversaw the creation of the Learning Center and Summer Camp while serving as Executive Director. “Only days later, Jon called me to catch up. We agreed to have Hopkins participate in the modules that Yspaniola was already developing to meet the demands of a non-traveling world.” DiMaio chimes in on his experience working with Yspaniola and how the nonprofit came to be. “I became involved with Yspaniola in 2007 when it was an undergraduate group at Yale. I traveled to Batey Libertad and became friends with young people in the community and with my fellow student travelers. We U.S. college students were so affected by the experiences our friends in the community shared with us, we decided to start a non-profit to help people in the community who were also being denied access to education and citizenship because of systemic racism.” DiMaio’s work with Yspaniola and the Batey Libertad community made the opportunity available for Hopkins students. Bennitt explains, “Jon had been in my AP Spanish class his last year at Hopkins, and we’ve kept in touch ever since. Jon and Yspaniola, the NGO [non-governmental organization] that Jon worked with while at Yale and beyond, made it possible. His involvement in and passion for the project align[s] with Hopkins’ goals for global citizenship, so it was only natural that, eventually, we found a way to start working together.” DiMaio adds, “I want to emphasize that building Yspaniola has been a huge group effort. The work we’ve done is only possible with the support of our transnational community!” The online program held a series of Zoom meetings in Spanish to further develop students’ language skills and cultural awareness, including sessions on topics such as Dominican history and culture, a presentation on Batey Libertad, the specific issues facing Dominicans of Haitian descent, and volunteer work done by Yspaniola, along with more volunteer options for students. Bennitt not only “used Spanish for the meetings,” but also “English in the conversation exchange at the end of every visit [as well as] the chat feature for translation of some of the tougher words maybe [Hopkins] students didn’t know.” Hopkins students who participated in this virtual trip found the program to be eye-opening. Evan Migdole ’22 talks about why he chose to sign up and the benefits that came with the experience: “I wanted an opportunity to learn about and meet people from another part of the world. [It] helped me make practical use of my classroom Spanish skills in talking with students and immersing myself in a culture I had never experienced.” In addition to the educational benefits that came out of the Zoom meetings, participants were also able to have social experiences with other teens their age. Swarna NavaratnamTomayko ’24 observes, “I really enjoyed talking with the students at the school. It was interesting to get to know kids our age and the ways our lives are both similar and different. Some of the students I spoke with taught me how to dance the Bachata, a traditional Dominican dance. It was a lot of fun!” She recalls, “Two of the students I spoke with taught me words used predominantly in the Dominican Republic, such as ‘pana’, meaning friend.” Amidst a global pandemic, the virtual trip to the Dominican Republic was a modified way for the Hopkins community to be safely immersed in a new cultural experience. Bennitt welcomes newcomers who may have been hesitant to join in, “I would encourage everyone not to be shy and to come along, and hopefully, next time it will be a trip for real!”

The Razor: Features

April 30, 2021

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Exploring Women’s History and Representation at Hopkins

versations regarding sexual assault and rape. Vashist observes that “on the rare occasion that [these conversations] do come up, we avoid the complexities of these issues with blanket statements on consent … I think it’s definitely important that we have very clear policies regarding harassment in the handbook and two designated sexual assault To honor the thirty-sixth anniversary of Womcounselors ([Dean of Students Lars] Jorgensen and [Biolen’s History Month, dedicated to commemorating and ogy teacher Kellie] Cox), but we need to more directly celebrating contributions made by women throughout address this significant issue for women across the globe.” history, The Razor examined the history of women and Students are advocating for more complex gender equity at Hopkins. We interviewed multiple faculty conversations around gender equity, beyond simple members, students and an alumna to gain a perspective rerepresentation. Club leader of the Society of Women garding the history of gender inclusivity at Hop@hopkinsschoolct Engineers, which offers women STEM experikins and answer the question “How far have we ences and opportunities, Amy Zhang ’22 ascome, and is there still room for improvement?” serts the need to have more conversations about Founded in 1660, Hopkins Gramwomen with marginalized identities, observmar School (HGS) was an all-boys school until ing,“... I think it’s important to discuss the expe1972, when HGS merged with the nearby allriences of women we commonly talk less about: girls school, Day Prospect Hill School (DPH). POC [people of color] women, women from Accounts Payable Manager Wendy Parente, lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and women ’75, recalls her experience at DPH before it who are caretakers or who work from home.” merged with Hopkins: “I enjoyed my ‘all girls’ There are young women in the Hopkins student experience from seventh to ninth grade. The body who attest that there is active gender ineqschool was very small and everyone knew evuity in their daily lives. Arielle Rieder ’23 believes eryone.” When asked about the merger, which funding is unequal between girls and boys sports, took place during Parente’s sophomore year, she “Girls Squash doesn’t get as much funding as other recalls that “although [it] was difficult for some, sports… versus Boys Squash [who] have a coach mostly juniors and seniors, it was a very excitand funding”. Lynneah Bretoux ’23, shares her exing time.” Parente is the only remaining Hopkins perience regarding discrimination at Hopkins, “It’s employee who holds a direct connection to DPH. easier for men to speak up… and their… thoughts As a result of the merger, Parente says are taken into more consideration than [women’s].” she “felt more school spirit with a combined Dhalia Brelsford ’23 shares her experiences with student body” and “there were different courses micro aggressions in the classroom, “I’ve definiteHopkins students at 2019’s International Women’s Day Assembly. available and more opportunities.” She goes on ly been talked over by my male counterparts, but to say that, despite the loss of DPH-specific traditions, of women among the rank and file, as well as administra- that’s a very common experience…and male teachers call the merger “was the best for both schools.” Anushree tive positions, there is still room for improvement. Doval on boys more often than girls, typically in STEM classes.” Vashist ’21, leader of the Girls Who Code club, has re- comments, “I wish there were a couple more on the Ad- Hopkins is currently working on creating a searched the history of DPH in the Hopkins archives. ministrative Board. I am sure this will come.” History Women’s Studies class as part of the History curriculum. Vashist notes the forgotten traditions of DPH, believ- teacher Zoe Resch shares a similar outlook, claiming “it’s History faculty Sarah Belbita, who proposed this initiaing that it should be discussed in more detail among the important that we continue to value having both [women] tive, stresses the importance of offering the elective: “As Hopkins community: “The unification of DPH and HGS and [men as] role models in all departments, athletics, with so many other persons in history, our collective was less of a merger and more of a complete takeover administrative positions, etc. At Hopkins we have those narrative as women has often been either marginally adon the part of Hopkins Grammar School: DPH Head of role models, but there is still room for improvement.” dressed or overlooked in favor of the more traditional School Anna Bowditch left afterwards, most DPH tra- Recent years have given rise to a wide range of ‘comfortable’ narrative, though there is steady progress ditions died out, the original DPH building was eventu- clubs dedicated to empowering women at Hopkins. Vash- being made to include more perspectives.” Though still ally demolished and turned into the Thompson parking ist shares her experiences as a young leader at Hopkins. in the process of planning, Belbita has already narrowed lot, and the mostly women DPH faculty and DPH’s stu- While involved in various academic clubs and activities, the course down to one essential question: “To what exdents suffered through a less-than-optimal experience.” such as Science Olympiad and Debate Club, Vashist states tent has American society evolved in terms of women at However, Hopkins has vastly progressed in terms that “I’ve never felt like I couldn’t do anything or that my taining equality?” Belbita expects the course to depend of female representation and in the last fifty years. Ac- work wasn’t being taken seriously because I’m a girl.” “on the individual interests of students” and plans for cording to Head Advisor of the Class of 2021 and Spanish However, Vashist also acknowledges that Hopkins has a “the course [to be] primarily discussion-based, with one teacher Marie Doval, “I think there might be more women long way to go on certain issues regarding gender equity. project, and utilize excerpts from sources by Mary Beth than men faculty right now. We are well represented.” The first of these issues is how Hopkins approaches con- Norton, Linda Kerber and Ray Raphael, among others.” Vivian Wang ’23 Lead Features Editor Zoe Sommer ’23 Assistant Features Editor

Doval elaborates, “I have seen women in top positions at this school since I came many years ago. There are many women Department Chairs, Head Advisers… we [even] had a [woman] Head of School until Dr. Bynum took over.” According to Vashist, Hopkins currently has “four [women as] head advisors and a [woman in the position of] Dean of Academics.” Doval also provides insight as to how Hopkins is promoting gender inclusivity in the classroom by keeping the ratio of girls to boys balanced: “In Admissions we try to create a balanced class so I would say that in the student body we are pretty closely balanced as well.” In spite of these improvements in representation

Student Council Pilots New Scavenger Hunt Aanya Panyadahundi ’23 Lead Features Editor In March, Hopkins held its first Campus Scavenger Hunt as a part of the new March Madness Day. Brought to the community by Student Council (StuCo), the Scavenger Hunt was one of many different activities stationed all around campus for March Madness. President of the Class of 2023 Dev Madhavani detailed in a Google Classroom announcement that “in all the buildings throughout campus, there are different themes and activities for [students] to participate in.” The event was the brainchild of Madhavani and fellow StuCo members Joy Xu ’23, Luke O’Connell ’23, Charlie Fisher ’23, and Cyrus Kenkare ’22. Xu detailed the planning of the event and overall atmosphere prior to its execution: “We got together as a group to write up the clues, pooling together our common Hopkins knowledge. Then on the afternoon before [the Hunt], I went all over campus putting up the signs; I was so excited for the next day!” During the Hunt, clues sent students running from Baldwin Hall to Heath Commons to the Athletic Center, looking for their next clues. Each of these buildings had its own theme; for example, Malone was “Home of the Malone-ys,” honoring twins Sawyer and Craigin Maloney ’21. Heath was the new “Hea(L)th” building and the Kneisel Squash Center was adorned with decor centered on puns about squashes and other vegetables. The wide array of buildings involved in the Hunt also allowed students newer to campus to explore spaces to which they had not yet been exposed. Anvi Pathak ’26 personally liked how the clues were spread all over campus. She recalled, “My favorite part [of the Scavenger Hunt] was the clue about the original Hopkins House because I had walked by it before, but I have never actually looked at it.” Both Xu and Madhavani’s favorite clue in the Scavenger Hunt was one that required students to give an excuse for being late to Heather Volosin, Administrative Assistant to Head Advisers; responses to the prompt from students included, “Dog ate

our tire,” from Yash Thakur ’21, and “I got distracted by a $19 Fortnite gift card,” from Marlon McFerren ’26. The Scavenger Hunt allowed students to spend time away from their schoolwork and in the outdoors. Charlotte Cocozza ’23 enjoyed “being outside. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the clues hidden in all different buildings kept my advisor group active and moving.” Seventh graders were also seen enjoying the fresh air; many students saw

Joy Xu ’23

A map of Hopkins and a Scavenger Hunt clue loated on the first floor of Baldwin, where the Hunt began, on March Madness Day. “seventh graders running around, timing themselves to see how fast they could [complete the scavenger hunt].” Over 70 students participated, according to StuCo President Ella Zuse ’21’s allschool email. Xu “hopes that everyone had fun doing it, and maybe even learned something new about Hopkins!” While nothing is set in stone, Madhavani believes there is potential to make the scavenger hunt an annual occurrence at Hopkins: “March tends to be a quieter month for StuCo, so if more students want it to happen, I’m sure it will continue.”


Exercise During a Pandemic Mind Body Business

Abby Regan ’22 Lead Op-Ed Editor Exercising is hard. Exercising during a global pandemic is even harder. Even after more than a year, I feel like I’m still adjusting to pandemic workouts. I used to rely on school to force me to exercise, so when the pandemic hit, I had no idea what to do. After several weeks of not working out at all, I started trying to go for runs during the day, mostly just to get outside. That worked for a while; during the spring and summer when it was warm and sunny, I looked forward to running. I even worked my way up to a half marathon by the end of August. But when it started to get cold, I lost all my motivation. I was buried in school work and could not muster up enough energy to workout. I dreaded even thinking about my running routes and how far away they seemed. What once was a glorious outlet that filled me with confidence had become a chore. As Hopkins students, we were stuck at home for much of the cold, gray winter. We only got the movement of walking between classes every other week, assuming we even chose the hybrid option of school. By reducing our movement, we lost a factor that helps to reduce stress. According to Health Line, exercise of any kind is proven to stimulate the release of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. Our brain chemistry is an important part of our mental well being and physical activity contributes to releasing the chemicals in our brains that improve our mood. During the winter, I missed the feeling I held onto all day after a morning run. I always loved the snow and the cold, but this year I just missed going outside and that glorious feeling of exhaustion I get after I finish a run. When the warm weather finally came, I felt an im-

Exercise trends before and during the pandemic. mediate sense of relief and freedom from the dark winter months. I could finally go for walks and runs again! Despite Covid complications, there is still a stigma around weight gain and the pressure to have a “quarantine glow-up.” Society’s expectations for exercise and the way our bodies look persists, especially for women. Social media, beauty standards, and stereotypes shame people for pandemic-related health changes, like unwanted weight gain or loss, changes in sleep patterns, and an increase in alcohol consumption. Stress manifests itself in people in many different ways; some get bad acne, some can’t sleep, some turn to food and drink, and some turn to exercise. Our coping mechanisms for stress became much more evident during the past year. Given that we’ve not yet made it to the other side of the pandemic, we don’t know what the long term effects of these changes will be. Our physical state often reflects our mental state; we already know that we are going to be facing pandemic-related trauma long after it has ended. As a society, we need to focus on bettering our mental and emotional

selves so that we can be in the right mindset to find balance and healthy habits moving forward. We should not blame people for turning to food or quitting exercise during this time. What good is it going to do to make people feel bad about it? Society needs to accept that and present the tools and motivation to help people reach the healthiest version of themselves. Maybe that’s more weight or less exercise than before the pandemic and maybe it’s not. Life is about balance. If there’s anything I’ve learned from my pandemic runs and then my winter crash, it’s that we need to accept those ups and downs to find that balance. I’m grateful to have turned to running, especially during the early months of Covid, but @hopscoresct

The Hopkins Varsity Crew team practices in the gym, socially distanced. I wish I could have balanced that with grabbing a donut from the Cafe and taking walks during the school day with friends. I can’t wait to have that balance again!

Why Earth Day Should Be Every Day Anika Madan ’24 Assistant Op-Ed Editor The fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day was Thursday, April 22. It is a day that everyone can, and should, celebrate. Earth is the only planet with perfect conditions for sustaining life. It is gifted with optimal water, oxygen, atmosphere, and sunlight. All of this is made possible because of the 93-million-mile distance from the sun, 23.5-degree tilt, one-year orbit, and one-day orbit on its axis. This perfection calls for a day of both appreciation and action. Action needs to be taken because of current global issues. The pandemic brought to light the close relationship between humans, animals, and nature. It is important to consider potential future diseases after the threat of Covid dwindles to promote the overall well-being of our planet. According to the UN Environment Programme, a new infectious disease surfac-

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es every four months, out of which sevenNational Ocean Service ty-five percent are caused by animals. The increase in contact between humans and animals increases the chances of rapidly spreading pathogens. Thus, we are inextricably linked in this complex ecosystem. To prevent this, we need to avoid disrupting nature with deSmall acts make a difference for our planet. forestation, land use change, and illegal wildlife trade. Although it is difficult for us to directly minimize these activities, we can raise awareness about them, and Earth Day is the perfect opportunity. . In addition to these larger issues, there are many smaller acts that we can perform daily to promote the overall well-being of our planet. What are some examples of these acts? Fellow students on campus have some ideas. Demi Adeniran ’23 suggests “avoiding getting printed out receipts when you buy stuff to help save trees.” It is more convenient to get emailed receipts, which can always be accessed via smartphone. Ivy Sun ’24 25 Hour News recommends “picking up litter from a local beach or park with a few friends.” Although this act is seemingly minor, it is actually immensely effective for the health of our community. Litter poses a threat to animals’ health because of the danger that they may digest it. Each year, over nine billion tons of litter end up in the ocean. This causes pollution for aquatic animals, some of which we may later consume. It is important to coexist with nature. Sam Cherry ’23 suggests that “everyone should try [to] plant something.” Planting trees is important for numerous reasons. One of the most important reasons is to continue protecting animals. Trees provide both food and protection for some animals. Humans need to make up for the extensive intrusion in animals’ lives. The least we can do is more plant trees to increase biodiversity. In addition to these efforts proposed by Hopkins peers, there are many more precautions that we can take to preserve and improve our community to celebrate Earth Day every day!


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A Celebration of Women in Film

Amalia Tuchmann ’23 Assistant Arts Editor

According to a recent study, women comprised 16% of directors working on the top 100 highest-grossing films in 2020, up from 12% in 2019 and just 4% in 2018. On an even more encouraging note, 47% of the overall feature slate for the Sundance Film Festival’s 2021 lineup is directed or codirected by women. Three women were nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Director this year, the first time in history more than one woman has been recognized in the category. Chloé Zhao won the award for her film Nomadland, becoming the first woman of color, and the second woman ever, to win the accolade. In honor of Women’s History Month, and in honor of all the historic strides women in film have made this year, the Hopkins community celebrates the successes and talents of women behind the camera. Hopkins’ very own Margaret Toft ’21, a director and screenwriter, released her most recent short film

Chloe Zhao directing Nomadland. in March, titled “The Heart of Hopkins.” Toft particularly enjoyed “the collaborative script writing process with [Associate Director of Communications Jemma] Williams and [Director of Communications John] Galayda,” and said that “being able to bounce ideas off each other was super fun.” She chose to pursue filmmaking because she “really liked the idea, specifically as a woman, of being able to have control over my projects.” When they were an underclassman, they “thought that acting was going to be my creative outlet, but I was always frustrated by how the gender imbalance carries out in theater: there are

only a few female roles and those are usually the stereotypical ingenue.” After experiencing this, she started to direct her own projects, “because if you’re writing and you’re directing, then you get to decide who gets the roles and how the gender balance plays out. I liked having that power to make it diverse and make it equitable.” Hopkins Video Production teacher Ian Melchinger noted that “a lot of women who get into directing have to come through something else to get there, like Angelina Jolie and Jodie Foster, who had been movie stars, and then got to direct. I think being forced to know one thing really well before you direct makes you a stronger director, and what I love about some of those movies is that you can really see that they’ve got multiple abilities.” Melchinger admires director Ava DuVernay, because “She made a completely rock solid winning feature film (Selma), which is not so easy. And then she made 13th, which I thought was a stunningly effective documentary. And then she put it all together and made When They See Us, which is sort of a dramatized, real life, documentary, and she’s just getting started! I’m looking forward to aging Searchlight Photos and watching Ava DuVernay continue to make important, exciting stuff.” Hope Hartup, who teaches American Film Studies at Hopkins and is one of two directors for the Hopkins Drama Association, agrees with Melchinger that women who were actors before directors bring a beneficial perspective. A director she admires is “an actor-director in the fifties named Ida Lupino. Lupino did a lot of what we call B movies, sort of detective film noir kinds of movies, and was actually able to get behind the camera and direct a number of her own films. Given that it was the fifties and the culture was a very masculine one, for her to have the strength and determination to soldier forward and create her films speaks to her as a dynamic director who had a vision for what she wanted to create.” For those interested in specific film recommendations, Toft suggested the movie Boys Don’t Cry by Kimberly Pierce, which is “nasty, but in such an interesting way.” She loved the director “because they started off in the typical light, nice little fun romance, and then it just went so dark at the end.” Melchinger recommended “Deborah Granick’s movie Winter’s Bone, which is an example of how much you can do with a tiny budget, if you just

really understand the place that you’re in. It’s a really hard trick to make a movie where everyone watching it thinks that they see thought going on in the main character’s face, and they think that they’re the only one who knows.” John Galayda

Margaret Toft ’21 directing “Heart of Hopkins” Hartup mentioned The Hurt Locker by Katherine Bigelow, which she found “really amazing in the use of sound, and the use of editing to get inside the experience of being a soldier in Iraq. There are some visual and oral moments in particular that still come to me right away whenever I think about that film.” Other members of the Hopkins community recommended Pariah by Dee Rees, The Farewell by Lulu Wang, and Girlhood by Céline Sciamma. To any other women and girls interested in directing or getting involved with filmmaking in other ways, Toft advised, “do it and do not wait for any people to give you the opportunities. The only reason I was able to produce movies on my own at Hopkins was because I stopped worrying and waiting for other opportunities to come to me. Specifically for girls in the entertainment industry, it’s so hard. You can’t wait for someone to pick you out and tell you you’re great. You just have to make the stuff you want to make.” If you are a woman or a member of another marginalized community, and are considering directing, producing, or writing your own movies, take the leap and try it out, because the world always needs more stories told by people who bring new perspectives and life experiences to the table.

Spring Gallery Showcase: Nature in Peter Ziou’s Art Sophia Neilson ’23 Arts Editor

Students, faculty, and art-lovers alike should take a moment to check out the fantastic work of beloved Hopkins art teacher Mr. Peter Ziou. The virtual gallery, which includes 20 gouache paintings, has been available through the Hopkins Arts website since Friday, March 12. Since childhood, Ziou has had an affinity for art, although he said he “didn’t know that what I was doing was art” at the time. According to him, “art means a different thing to different people; it’s so hard to define the concept of art.” His journey began in high school, when he took different art classes as well as spent time with the other artistic students. Following high school, Ziou realized he wanted to pursue the arts in the future and decided to enroll in an arts program for college. “Art is attached to constantly finding aspects of yourself, it is used for the sake of spirit,” said Ziou. He believes that everyone is always trying to find themselves, and art can be an effective technique for doing so. Ziou frequently asks himself, “who are you now?” Ziou uses art to portray

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Peter Ziou’s Spring Green. deep and meaningful emotions such as love, loss, and pain in his work. Art can be used to express emotions that are too complex to put into words. Colors, shapes, lines, and shadows can help to deepen our understanding of our emotions and identity. This can be seen in some of his paintings such as

“Spring Green” which features many entangled lines and bright blue and green colors. The neutral tones contrast the cool colors of the foliage depicted to perfectly encapsulate the feelings of early spring time. Ziou described his collection as “a reaction to the pain that the human

world gave me.” He used nature to escape the complexities and difficulties of the world around him. “Nature is greater than any religion, greater than all the things in the world. As we lose nature, we lose ourselves,” said Ziou. He shared that he turned to landscapes because “it became too painful to deal with social and political struggles, but nature has always cleansed me and calmed me down.” When painting landscapes, he chooses areas with little to no man-made creations, such as houses and telephone poles, so he can completely capture the untouched purity and beauty of the area he is trying to paint. If he is painting an area with man-made objects in the way, he chooses to leave them out. Ziou observed that “the man-made world is almost always in crisis, but art can make it a better place.” Ziou’s chosen material, gouache paints, are an opaque, matte watercolor that allow him to “work small.” Ziou notes that “large landscapes wouldn’t work out for me right now,” and that “gouaches allow me to create small, delicate works.” When speaking about his chosen paint, Ziou reminded us that these materials are not for everyone. Continued on Page 6...

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Continued from Page 5. He said that “each artist has a loving relationship with the medium they use if they can get their work to display their desired message,” and that what works for him may not work for someone else. Ziou Highpoint Pictures strongly believes in “[making] the space you have work for you” and “[accommodating] yourself” to work with what you have. Ziou believes that you don’t need a large studio to create beautiful art, you just need to make your space work for you, as he has done. If you enjoy his work, Ziou has good news for you! He plans on continuing his work with landscapes, assuring us all that “this collection is ongoing.” Ziou said, “I will probably keep painting landscapes for a while.” Ziou used to do a lot of portraiture work, which can be seen in “Ode to New York City,” an older Arts Teacher Peter Ziou. painting he added to the col-

Ziou’s Ode to New York City. lection despite its differences from his other pieces. Although his current work is primarily with landscapes, he said, “You may see in the next five years some more figurative work and portraits.” To view Peter Ziou’s Sabbatical Show in its entirety, please visit

Artists of the Issue: Kaila Spearman and Ranease Brown of both Brown and John Galayda Spearman. Brown says that she “owe[s] a lot of my music related training to Ranease Brown ’21 and Kaila Spearman ’21 con- Hopkins Drama Asnected immediately after meeting in eighth grade. “When sociation (HDA) and Kaila and I first met, we just clicked,” reflected Brown. Ms. Schroth, and the Growing up, Brown consistently felt a strong tie to music: musicals. That was “Being raised in a church, I’ve always been surrounded really when I had by music. My grandparents have always been very mu- the most fun and it sical, my aunts, my uncles, and it’s just all I’ve ever was a time I really known. I mean, I say this a lot, but I think I learned how felt like the most auto sing before I could speak!” Brown’s interest in other thentic Ranease I artistic pursuits also enriched her relationship to music: could be.” In a simi“Because I’m an actor, once I put the music together with lar vein, Spearman the acting, that’s really when I felt the most connected. said that Schroth I felt like my most authentic self, even just listening to has encouraged her music when I was younger. There’s just something about to expand her musiit that evokes more emotion for me than anything else.” cal horizons through Although Spearman’s family isn’t as musi- Concert Choir and cally inclined, she embraces the aspects of her life Triple Trio, one of Spearman and Brown sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” that allow her to sing. She explained, “My grandma Hopkins’ all-female in quarantine. Brown elaborated on how the album came to used to sing lullabies to me when I was a baby. I also a cappella groups. be: “The beginning of quarantine was exciting, when evgrew up in the church. When I was in first grade, I Brown thinks that “Hopkins has done a great job eryone was talking about getting two weeks off, but it just joined the little children’s choir and sang my first so- with making sure that we know there are great opportulos. I was really shy, but I just really loved [singing].” nities for arts, and we know that there are outlets where got really lonely. I was consumed in my thoughts. Because The duo started working together in eighth we can find our place.” However, she said, “I have felt we’re artists, we can use this, where other people will have grade, when they performed “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” that if I wasn’t such an advocate for myself and for my to find other ways to cope and navigate this.” She continoften referred to as the Black National Anthem, dur- art, that I probably would’ve been suffocated by my more ued, “Alexis, Kaila, and I, we’re like ‘Dude, we can put this ing a Black History Month Assembly. They received a academic, athletic, and STEM focused things.” Brown in a song.’ We wanted to get a song that is able to, with the standing ovation from the student body, and have been is an avid activist for the arts, and tries to bring light to music, express how we felt with this past year. We wanted performing together ever since. This year, they have all of the different art forms on the Hopkins campus. it to start off soft, because at first we were really happy, but then have it get really chaotic because we’re all up in your performed in two virtual Assemblies - once with a ren- The similarities between Brown and Spearman’s heads. Our biggest focus was figuring out how to do that dition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” by Simon & respective artistic processes facilitate their partnership. Garfunkel and again with a medley consisting of “Lift The biggest challenge of working together, Brown shares, with our music, which is a beautiful thing in my opinion.” When asked if they had any advice for up-andEvery Voice and Sing,” “Bridge Over Troubled Wa- is figuring out “the theme of the song.” When writing, coming artists, they both offered their thoughts. For writter,” and “A Change is Gonna Come,” by Sam Cooke. they frequently ask each other questions such as “Is [the ers, Spearman draws on personal experience: “I write Both artists have found support at Hopkins. song] about relationships? Is it about romance? Is it about from my perspective the most. When I’m upset, I always Spearman said that Assistant Head of School John Roberts friendships?” They are currently working on an album write what I’m feeling in that moment and reflect on it always “encourages us to perform.” Roberts is not the only with Alexis Chang ’21 for their Senior Project. The group later. I think it’s important for writers to capture moments faculty member that supports the duo. Director of Choral collaborates on different components of music-making like that. It’s important not to force it, though. Don’t feel Music Erika Schroth has contributed to the artistic success such as production, lyrics, and melodies. Spearman and like you have to write when you’re not feeling inspired.” Brown gravitate less to- Spearman urges prospective writers to think about the mesHighpoint Pictures ward the technical side sages they wish to convey through their music, and how of music, but identify it that affects their process. Brown, in a more general sense, as a necessity: “In terms offers advice for artists of all mediums, saying “If being of the tech aspect, we passionate about something is what brings you happiness have a handle on Log- or what eases your mind, do that with the utmost respect to icPro, which is the [mu- yourself and not the people around you. Surround yourself sic production] software with the people that are going to support and uplift you.” that we use. We’re able Brown and Spearman both plan to delve deeper to expand our palette into their musical studies while attending undergradubecause we’re teach- ate school. Brown will attend the University of Cincining ourselves how to nati College-Conservatory of Music to study musical work all this stuff and theater, and Spearman will attend the University of Mihow to understand what ami to study Music Business and Entertainment Induschords sound good.” tries. As the pair prepares to start their futures, Brown Brown and Spearman stressed the importance of one overarching principle drew inspiration for to a young person’s career: “Get to know yourself betheir upcoming album cause you can get lost in how other people identify you.” Ranease Brown ‘21 and Kaila Spearman ‘21. from their experiences Anand Choudhary ‘22 Lead Arts Editor Rose Robertson ’24 Assistant Arts Editor


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Spring Sports Take On Other Schools In order to ensure the safety of interscholastic games for Hopkins students are less supportive. Daya Baum ’24 said their participants, a couple of adjustments to this season’s that although “sports bring up morale, we can’t trust all the schedule were made. Bagnall explained that “the num- other schools to be as safe as Hopkins, and shouldn’t just ber of games has been reduced [with] most @hopscoresct games occurring on Saturdays and a handful of Wednesdays.” Transportation to and from games was also adjusted to allow for “flexibility for parents to take their young people directly to the game, instead of a bus,” said Bagnall. Many precautions and safety measures from the winter and fall seasons are also carrying over to this season’s practices and games. Mask-wearing and social distancing remain pillars of Hopkins athletics and are enforced by the Athletics department. Bagnall also noted that the “sharing of equipment [is limited], and if it is shared, [it] is cleaned as much as possible.” To facilitate the overall safety and hygiene of athletes, Bagnall added that “cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, [and]spare masks are available.” The safety measures taken by Hopkins have made some athletes feel very safe and comfortable going to sports practice. Dhalia Brelsford ’23 stated: “I think I feel much better now that everything is outdoors as much Girls Lacrosse practices while socially distanced. as possible and, Charles Scott in general, sports has not worried me as much expect them to be as careful as us.” Laila Samuel ’23 felt as, say, the lunch line.” similarly: “Returning to games/meets isn’t wise...ComMany Hopkins students be- ing back fully in-person was a big step and we’ve been lieve that returning to sports able to be successful because of our protocols. I don’t is imperative, so ensuring think the same caution is being applied to competitions.” that practice is safe is essen- Although there are some concerns on resuming tial. Jada Lowery ’24 said, games, most athletes and students are very excited for a “It is super important to genuine, though altered, spring sports season. Boys Varcontinue practices, both to sity Lacrosse Captain Cooper Bucklan ’21 said, “Resumkeep up with other schools ing sports was absolutely [the right] decision--especially who we will have to play because spring sports did not have a season last year.” next year and for all the peo- He continued: “Because of where we are at in the panple who draw immense joy demic and with vaccine distribution, it is perfectly safe from sports and rely on it as to play, and it was the right decision to resume sports.” their means of destressing.” Amy Metrick ’23 agreed, adding that “[having games] In regards to the re- allows Hopkins to regain some normalcy, fun, competiBoys Lacrosse prepares to play against Kingswood-Oxford. sumption of games with tion, and school spirit that is really important right now.” other schools, however, some

Melody Cui ’23 Co-Lead Sports Editor Eli Ratner ’24 Assistant Sports Editor On April 5, after more than half a year of hybrid learning, the grey and maroon cohorts merged on campus. The following weekend, interscholastic games resumed, but the major shift back to prepandemic behavior also brought on the possibility of increased chances of viral transmission. The decision to resume interscholastic competition came after both the FAA league and Hopkins concluded that it would be both safe and beneficial to do so. Director of Medical Services and Associate Director of Athletics Don Bagnall stated that, compared to the fall and winter seasons, there is now “a better understanding on how the Covid-19 Virus is transmitted and treated.” He continued: “Using the standard mitigation strategies of social distancing, mask wearing, hygiene, health checks and testing allows sports to restart for the spring.” Bagnall also added that resuming competitive sports was a priority because of its effect on students’ physical and mental health, noting that “physical activity plays an important part in the mental [and] physical health of people of all ages, but certainly young people.”

Fans Limited at Games Amid Covid-19 Hanna Jennings ’24 Assistant Sports Editor Following a year of cancellations and restrictions, Hopkins’ student-athletes finally returned to interscholastic play on Saturday, April 10. While each team was able to compete against its respective opponents, the cheering sections were noticeably smaller. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, Hopkins only allowed two spectators per athlete in the stands, which is a major change from pre-pandemic sporting events, where students were often packed into the stands, enthusiastically cheering on their classmates. Director of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer for Sports Medicine Don Bagnall explained that these safety measures are enforced “by school faculty, staff, coaches, etc.” Student opinions on this policy were mixed. JJ Drummond ’22 supported the restriction: “The spectator rule is a precaution that is necessary to keep both teams safe.” However, some students expressed grievances with this new regulation. Marin Ciardiello ’22 was disappointed, stating, “I had some family that wanted to come [to the first game] but were not able to because my parents took up my [two] spots.” For

others, the extra precautions were still not enough to ease their nerves. Eli Ratner ’24 said that his parents “were a bit concerned about the protocols, but they felt much safer once [he] explained the reasoning to them.” Most student-athletes agreed that these new restrictions were better than the alternative of no fans. Margot Sack ’24 “had

sports” and is grateful that “it felt [like] things are finally starting to return to normal.” Ciardiello seconded this sentiment: “I think there would have been a [negative] impact if no one was allowed to watch, so I am thankful that wasn’t the case.” Teddy Glover ’21 agreed: “While it wasn’t what we would normally expect, even the pres-

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Girls Varsity Lacrosse player Shoshana Epstein ‘23 dodges a Kingswood-Oxford player. missed the excitement that comes along with spring at Hopkins, especially spring

ence of spectators at all was a huge boost.” In many cases, athletes and

spectators alike noticed that these regulations did not have much enforcement. Sophia Neilson ’23 attended a Varsity Softball game and recalled that, while social distancing measures were followed, “nobody asked who we were there for. I kind of just went in and sat down.” In some games, the number of fans in the stands was actually higher than before the pandemic. Giulia Crosio ’24 was surprised at her tennis matches as “there were more fans [on Saturday] than ever [before].” Sack noticed how “as the day went on, people from other games started to watch our match too.” Most of all, athletes are simply looking forward to the continued presence of fans at games. Sack said, “I saw how [the spectators] made our team bring even more energy and helped boost positivity all around.” Tanner Lee ’23 said, “I’m really excited for fans to start being back at games regularly because the fans can bring up the energy in a stadium and make the game more interesting and meaningful for the players.” Ratner supported this statement: “At my most recent game, even with the limited fans, the support I received from the fans and the sense of community I felt was unparalleled and something I look forward to experiencing every game.”

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Spring Sports Soar Into Action

Softball: “This is the first season the softball team will be able to play on our new field! My co-captain Annie [Burtson ’21] and I worked really hard to get this field over the years, so it’ll be great to finally be able to play on it!” - Ava Pfannenbecker ’21

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Boys Tennis: “After not getting to play last spring, I’m looking forward to competing under Coach Frias’ leadership and with a young team that has a lot to prove.” - Luke Brennan ’23

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Boys Lacrosse: “There are a lot of challenges going into this season with rule changes and a shortened preseason due to Covid-19. Aside from that, I think I speak for the entire team when I say we are extremely excited to get out there together for the first time in two years.” - Zachary Bleil ’22

Girls Track: “I think the most unique part of this season would be the virtual meet we have scheduled and I’m curious about what that meet will look like. The most exciting part is that we have an actual track! It’s been great so far to practice on the new track and I think it will be great for everyone’s development, especially for hurdle and field events and some events we haven’t been able to before. We’ve also never had a home meet before, so I’m really looking forward to that.” - Jasmine Simmons ’21 Boys Track: “The track team was able to schedule several meets this season; I’m excited to finally compete against other schools again.” - Jonathan Hwa ’21

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Baseball: “We have a lot of new players that don’t have much Varsity experience but, on the other hand, we have enough talent and opportunity to compete against the tough FAA baseball schools.” - Jason Chung ’21

Boys Crew: “Something unique about this season is that we can’t all go to the boathouse at the same time so we’re splitting the team and going on different days. It’s really exciting to get out on the water because half the team hasn’t been to the boathouse because our season was cut short last year. I’m most looking forward to forming bonds with the other people in my boat so we can work well together in races when they return.” - Egan Turner ’23

Girls Crew: “Even though the team doesn’t have any scheduled meets this season, we are all very excited to finally get back on the water for the first time in over a year. And I’m definitely looking forward to having ended this school year with such a wonderful and disciplined team.” - Julia Brennan ’23 @hopscoresct

Girls Lacrosse: “I love that we have so many games, reviving the sense of normalcy from last season. Seeing everyone on the turf at practice is always one of my favorite parts of the day. Also, having spring teams competing and cheering one another on restores our school spirit. I’m really looking forward to getting back out on the field and playing with my teammates!” - Shoshana Epstein ’23

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Interviews with spring athletes conducted by Sports Editors Tanner Lee ’23 and Sam Cherry ’23

Golf: “It is [most exciting] to just be able to play after missing a whole year, and getting the whole team back together. The most interesting part about the season is definitely where we play, given that Yale hasn’t been fully open to our use, so it has taken a lot of flexibility for us to adjust. Also, I’m looking forward to playing in matches for the first time in a couple years!” - Dev Madhvani ’23