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Lantern THE

Spring/Summer 2012

the magazine of Landmark School

Landmark High School Class of 2012


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Landmark School

our mission Landmark School’s mission is to enable and empower students with language-based learning disabilities (LBLD) to reach their educational and social potential through an exemplary school program complemented by

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outreach and training, assessment, and research.


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Lantern Spring/Summer 2012

The Lantern is published twice yearly by the Marketing and Communications Department at Landmark School, Post Office Box 227, Prides Crossing, MA 01965-0227. The Lantern is available online:

Vice President of Finance Mark Brislin Assistant Head of School and Director of Outreach Dan Ahearn Head of Elementary • Middle School Rob Kahn Head of High School Chris Murphy Director of The Prep Program Suzanne Crossman

LANTERN EDITORIAL BOARD Editor and Designer Dede Grace Manager of Design Services Managing Editor Susan Tomases Contributing Editor Rob Kahn Contributors Denise Bankston P’05 Deborah Blanchard Sam Bresnahan Bob Broudo P’11 Deborah Chandler Anna DiPerna Jeff Fauci Maureen Flores Tyler Gaw ’12 Carl Gasowski Peter Harris Jaquelin Hubbard Beth Jamieson Stephanie Johnston P’17 Jim and Jen Kuhns John Manning ’16 Chris Murphy Christine Ozahowski Sarah Patt Lisa Robinson Brook Sumner Colby Tallman Doug Walker David Williams ’12

Photography Erin Curran Kathleen Hamon Kara Healey Winslow Martin Rich Nagle P’12 Jake Pike ’05 David Pratt Brook Sumner Susan Tomases Steve Webster P’17

Director of Admission Carolyn Orsini Nelson Chief Development Officer Maureen Flores Leadership Gifts Officer Ryan DeJoy Leadership Gifts Officer Lisa Robinson Director of The Landmark Fund Jeff Fauci Director of Marketing and Communications Susan Tomases


President and Headmaster Robert Broudo

inspire. innovate. initiate. To paraphrase Norman Geschwind “most humans who have ever lived have been illiterate, [and] dyslexia has in fact rarely been a disability…it is our task to outwit nature by preserving the high talents without the disadvantages.” We are now fortunate to live in an age where the stories of “high talent” are publicized. Our generation is increasingly aware that language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia convey advantages as well as challenges. The mission at Landmark inspires, fosters, and preserves innovative teaching, and leads students to initiate change that stems from those advantages and share gifts that might otherwise have remained hidden. This issue of The Lantern highlights the many ways in which Landmark School inspires, innovates, and initiates.

Graduation/Transition photography and printing graciously donated by

lifetouch services

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TABLE of Features Highlight 5-13 High School Graduation 2012 6 Graduation Keynote Address: “Resilience” by Dr. Robert Brooks 14-21 Elementary • Middle School Transition 2012 24 Landmark’s Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam: A Formula for Success 30 Reach: The College Readiness Program at Landmark


34 FOTO: Friends of The Orphans – Making the World Seem Smaller at EMS 36 Tough Mudder – Energy and Teamwork: No One Gets Left Behind 50 Landmark Matters. Initiatives from The Office of Development

Limelight 22 Landmark. A Love Story: Jim and Jen Kuhns

Departments Headlight 4 Message from the Headmaster: Inspire. Innovate. Initiate. Removing the “Dis” From Disabled


Penlight 26 In His Own Words: by David Williams ’12 The Process of Invention: Impacting the Present. Inspiring the Future. 31 In His Own Words: by John Manning ’16 Taking the Initiative: Looking Ahead

Backlight 27 In Appreciation Charles P. Harris: Scholar. Archivist. Gentleman.

Twilight 28 In Memoriam: Alice DeSousa A Steel-Trap Mind and A Heart of Gold 29 In Memoriam: Bob Van de Water Generous. Talented. Wise.


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CONTENTS Spotlight 32 Faculty Profile: Jaquelin Hubbard Ironwoman: In the Water. On the Road. 42 Student Profile: Tyler Gaw ’12 Hard Work and a Positive Attitude, On and Off the Stage 48 Donor Profile: Denise Bankston P’05 Sharing What Works in Education 58 Alumnus Profile: Sam Bresnahan Unswerving Self-Determination



38 Viking Athletic Team Awards Danny Czerkawaski ’12: An Inspiring MVP 39 Alumni Field: From a Rocky Glacial Landscape Into a Field of Dreams 40 Landmark Performing Arts Spring Musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown 44 The Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards 2012 46 Foundations of Art Animal Invasion! It’s a Jungle Out There.

Sidelight 57 MECCA Max E. Clayman Compassion Award


Floodlight 52 “Destination Landmark” Spring Auction • April 2012 54 7th Annual Casino Night • June 2012 55 20th Annual Landmark Golf Benefit • June 2012 56 Homecoming Save the Date • October 2012 60 Alumni Notes

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by Bob Broudo

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ost students diagnosed with language-based tinue to motivate us to inspire, innovate, and initiate. To learning disabilities (LBLD) are not “disabled’ enable our students, Landmark will always encourage at all. Rather, they are “dis-enabled” by school research-based program development in all areas of the systems that do not see these learners for who they are or curriculum. To enable the faculty, staff, and students, we teach them according to their will continue to set priorities and needs. It is not a question of develop our physical sites, with a “Landmark’s role, responsibility, whether these students can learn, present focus on new classrooms but a question of how they learn for the high school and middle and vision all relate to being an and how they are taught. Because school. To enable the future, we influential change agent. of these issues, Landmark School will work to build our endowment Inspiring, innovating, and was founded. and business model for sustainability. We will make a concerted initiating are the critical Since its inception, Landmark has effort to reach more teachers and elements of our success that enable fully embraced the role, responsistudents worldwide through the us to fulfill our own mission.” bility, and vision inherent in its development of on-line applicamission to enable and empower tions of Landmark methodologies students diagnosed with LBLD to and courses. We will continue to reach their educational and social potential. We have develop our own professionals, maintain a strong and worked to initiate awareness, understanding, and practical vibrant outreach and training program, and market the programs. Landmark’s administrators and teachers have Landmark brand for increased awareness of Landmark been innovative in assimilating, creating, and refining pro- and venues for creating success for all types of learners. gram models, curricula, materials, and methodologies. We will expand our relationship with Harvard to support Powerful stories of success constantly reinforce our vision increased outcome-based research. And we will find ways and drive our strategic planning, while providing inspira- to improve on-site facilities in support of performing and tion to our faculty and others. visual arts, student life activities, athletics, etc. Looking ahead, we have a firm foundation on which to build a future constructed on our exemplary school program, constantly improving physical plant, expansive outreach and training activities in public and private schools, and evolving collaboration as a research school with Harvard Graduate School of Education. Our passionate ownership of our role, responsibility, and vision will con-


Landmark’s role, responsibility, and vision all relate to being an influential change agent. Inspiring, innovating, and initiating are the critical elements of our success that enable us to fulfill our own mission. With the investment of the entire Landmark community, we will continue to remove the “dis” from disabled and disenabled, and launch our students as successful life-long learners.

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RESILIENCE by Dr. Robert Brooks


oday I want to talk about what has been the passion of my 40-year career as a psychologist and educator, and that has to do with the topic of resilience. Years ago, I became very interested in the question of why some children who have faced noteworthy struggles grew up to be adults who were hopeful, optimistic, and leading successful lives while others had less fortunate outcomes. In my practice I constantly ask myself what adults can do to help kids who are unhappy or experiencing despair to become more resilient. Researchers and psychologists have asked adults who overcame adversity, what made the difference in their lives. The number one reply was that there was at least one adult who believed in them and stood by them. In an article written in l988 one of my heroes in the field of psychology, the late Julius Segal, referred to that person as a charismatic adult, a person whom he defined as “someone from whom a child or adolescent gathers strength.” To the graduates who are sitting here today, please remember that you are surrounded by many charismatic adults who have made a significant difference in your life, including your, parents, grandparents, faculty, and friends. They share in this day with you.

“Continue to demonstrate the courage that led you to where you are today and to where you will go tomorrow.” I have often been asked what adults do that earns them the label “charismatic.” One very important thing is that they identify and reinforce the strengths of each child. Thirty years ago I started to use a metaphor to capture the image of strengths. I noted that every child, adolescent, and adult has what I call islands of competence. While adults must not ignore the problems and vulnerabilities of children, they must focus much more time and energy on identifying and reinforcing each youngster’s islands of competence. We must help children to recognize, value, and follow their strengths, passions, and interests since by doing so children will experience genuine success and happiness.

charisma resilience Another key characteristic of charismatic adults is that they appreciate the courage of children and adolescents to overcome problems. The graduates here are examples of courageous young men and women.

inspire. innovate. initiate. school every day is an act of courage. For some children to play on a little league team or a soccer team is an act of courage since they are not well-coordinated and even their own teammates utter negative remarks about them. For some children going to something as simple as a birthday party is an act of courage since they sense that no one likes them and they often feel rejected.

When I use the word “courage,” I am reminded of Kate, a girl I saw in therapy many years ago. She had significant learning problems and was bullied in I told Kate’s teacher, who was a wonderful and creschool. She was 10 years old but looked about six ative woman, that Kate’s island of competence was because she had a growth hormone problem. that she was an “expert shot-taker.” Kate’s teacher Consequently, she had to take growth hormone shots told me that she could apply that information in every day. When I first started to see Kate, she was a Kate’s school program. She told Kate that many chilchild who had difficulty seeing any strengths in dren had to take shots, but there weren’t any books in herself. In one of our first sessions that included Kate the school library that would prepare them to do so. and her mother, I asked, “Kate, what do you enjoy She encouraged Kate to write a book about “How to doing? What do you do that’s pretty good?” I could Take Shots.” After Kate finished the book it was barely get the words out before Kate emphatically placed in the school library. Her classmates were replied, “Nothing! Dr. Brooks, do you know what it informed that there was now a book in the library that feels like to go to school every day and think you’re a dummy? “I have often been asked what adults do that earns them Do you know what it feels like when you are always the last one the label ‘charismatic.’ One very important thing is that chosen at games?” Not surpristhey identify and reinforce the strengths of each child.” ingly, upon hearing these comments, Kate’s mother looked depressed and became teary-eyed. Kate also looked would help kids prepare for any shots they had to depressed and I know that I felt depressed. However, take. Having her book in the school library was a big after a few moments Kate started to smile. I rememboost to Kate’s self-esteem and her sense of accomber wondering, “Why is Kate smiling?” Kate then said, plishment. In essence, her island of competence was “Dr. Brooks, I just thought of something I do better displayed for the entire school to see. than any kid in the whole school. I take shots better I want to offer my congratulations to the Landmark than any kid in the whole school.” graduates and to encourage you to discover your At that moment Kate’s mother expressed a thought I islands of competence and build upon them. shall never forget. She looked at Kate and then at me Continue to demonstrate the courage that led you to and said, “Dr. Brooks, you will find as you work with where you are today and to where you will go tomorKate that she is one of the most courageous children row. And remember to thank your charismatic adults you will every work with.” With these words Kate’s who have been at your side and believed in you. I wish mother poignantly captured that for some children, you much success and happiness and I believe that especially those with learning problems, going to one day you will be those successful and charismatic



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DESTINATIONS Paul Z. Acciavatti Beverly, Massachusetts Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts Elena Boaz Adkins Long Beach Township, New Jersey Florida Gulf Coast University Ft. Myers, Florida Margaret Ashley Alevizos Wellesley, Massachusetts Endicott College Beverly, Massachusetts MacKenzie D. Amigo Merrimack, New Hampshire Keene State College Keene, New Hampshire

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Spencer C. Baldwin Keene, New Hampshire Paul Smith’s College Paul Smiths, New York Taylor Aram Balemian Sparta, New Jersey Adelphi University Garden City, New York *Corinne Michal Bane Dayton, Ohio Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York Alexander Michael Belyea Lexington, Massachusetts Colby-Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire

Miguel Angel Benavente Amesbury, Massachusetts Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts *Elena A. Bennett Lexington, Massachusetts Colby-Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire Mikaela Marie Bialecki Marlborough, Massachusetts Framingham State University Framingham, Massachusetts Taylor Leigh Bonini White River Junction, Vermont High Point University High Point, North Carolina

Derek C. Bowman Melrose, Massachusetts Colby-Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire Conor P. Bruce West Newbury, Massachusetts Northern Essex Community College Haverhill, Massachusetts Mark Edward Burns Rockland, Massachusetts Massasoit Community College Brockton, Massachusetts Pelagia Graciela Candelas Arlington, Massachusetts University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts

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Sara Nagle

Elena Bennett, Mikaela Bialecki, Taylor Bonini

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Miguel Benavente *Bretton Schumacher Clark Stratham, New Hampshire Wheelock College Boston, Massachusetts

Derek F. Dexter Newburyport, Massachusetts Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York

*Brittany Nicole Dzugas-Smith Southhold, New York Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, New York

Matthew Thornton Fries Old Lyme, Connecticut University of New Hampshire Durham, New Hampshire

John P. Collins West Roxbury, Massachusetts Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

*Samuel Giffen Dik Boxford, Massachusetts American University Washington, District of Columbia

*Daniel Patrick Fahey Topsfield, Massachusetts University of Vermont Burlington, Vermont

Adam Maxwell Fritz Narberth, Pennsylvania American University Washington, District of Columbia

Christopher Cowderoy London, United Kingdom Africa Venture Uganda, Africa

*Sarah DiRico South Hamilton, Massachusetts University of Colorado at Boulder Boulder, Colorado

Thomas John Fahey Westford, Massachusetts Lyndon State College Lyndonville, Vermont

*James J. Furrier Topsfield, Massachusetts University of Hartford West Hartford, Connecticut

Daniel L. Czerkawski Cohasset, Massachusetts High Point University High Point, North Carolina

Nickolas Santino DiVito Medway, Massachusetts Dean College Franklin, Massachusetts

Nicholas Mathieu Falvey Westborough, Massachusetts Nichols College Dudley, Massachusetts

Parker Scott Ganassin Peru, Illinois Lynn University Boca Raton, Florida

Harry James Day Berkeley, California University of California at Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, California

Larissa Marie Doucette East Bridgewater, Massachusetts Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts

Madeleine Dodd Ferry West Newton, Massachusetts Brehm/OPTIONS Carbondale, Illinois

Tyler David Gaw Lynnfield, Massachusetts University of Rhode Island Kingston, Rhode Island *The Prep Program at Landmark School

Nicholas Falvey

Paul Acciavatti

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Ciara Southwick

Eric L. Gottlieb Lawrence, New York University of Arizona Tuscon, Arizona Timothy Peter Guertin Jr. Framingham, Massachusetts Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts Sean Patrick Hardiman Sherborn, Massachusetts Iona College New Rochelle, New York Savannah Jayne Elizabeth Hartigan North Reading, Massachusetts Colby-Sawyer College New London, New Hampshire

l. to r.: Parker Ganassin, Timothy Guertin, Sean Hardiman, Savannah Hartigan Gregory Emil Levesque Methuen, Massachusetts United States Marine Corps Benjamin H. Lindsay Portland, Oregon Johnson & Wales University Denver, Colorado Sean Charles Maloy Wakefield, Massachusetts Universal Technical Institute Norwood, Massachusetts Julia Nancy Malynn Rowley, Massachusetts Salem State University Salem, Massachusetts Kenneth Leroy Manning Cambridge, Massachusetts Principia College Elsah, Illinois

Christopher J. May Shrewsbury, Massachusetts University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts

Mark A. Muska River Vale, New Jersey Bergen Community College Paramus, New Jersey

Kyle Andrew McCormick Minneapolis, Minnesota Coe College Cedar Rapids, Iowa

*Christopher Mills Myers Beverly, Massachusetts Adelphi University Garden City, New York

*Matthew P. McDonald Lexington, Massachusetts University of New England Biddeford, Maine

Sara Katherine Nagle Boxford, Massachusetts Adelphi University Garden City, New York

Eric Matthew Murrer Boxford, Massachusetts Curry College Milton, Massachusetts

Joseph R. Occhipinti Beverly, Massachusetts New England Institute of Art Brookline, Massachusetts

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Student Marshals Tyler Gaw and Larissa Doucette with Connie Theokas

Sean Maloy, Kenneth Manning, Kyle McCormick, Christopher May, Mark Muska Matthew Fries William Joseph Ouellette Gardner, Massachusetts Mount Wachusett Community College Gardner, Massachusetts Marc Anthony Pugliese Andover, Massachusetts North Shore Community College Danvers, Massachusetts Etta Mather Resnick/Field Somerville, Massachusetts Hartwick College Oneonta, New York Matthew Yuri Riberdy Feeding Hills, Massachusetts Washington County Community College Calais, Maine

*William Thomas Roughan Hopkinton, Massachusetts Allegheny College Meadville, Pennsylvania

Faisal Sbitan Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts

Tyler Caley Ruddock Boxford, Massachusetts Wentworth Institute of Technology Boston, Massachusetts

Nathaniel Thomas Seckler Brussels, Belgium Utah Valley University Orem, Utah

Mary Frances Sahlas Arlington, Massachusetts Endicott College Beverly, Massachusetts

Samuel Micah Seckler Brussels, Belgium Utah Valley University Orem, Utah

Drew Edward Sanborn Danvers, Massachusetts Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts

Ciara Killoran Southwick Hamilton, Massachusetts Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, Georgia

Matthew Fries Sophie Haffenreffer Southwick Hamilton, Massachusetts Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, Georgia Zachary H. Staude Stoneham, Massachusetts Massachusetts College of Art and Design Boston, Massachusetts Julia Melissa Stavins Newton, Massachusetts Curry College Milton, Massachusetts Ryne Joseph Steinborn Lexington, Massachusetts University of Massachusetts Amherst, Massachusetts *The Prep Program at Landmark School


Maddy Ferry and Family

*Benjamin Hagan Danielsen Strawbridge Belmont, Massachusetts Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts Alana Katherine Sullivan Quincy, Massachusetts Westfield State University Westfield, Massachusetts Levi J. Tourigny Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire Plymouth State University Plymouth, New Hampshire

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Alyona Ueda Brookline, Massachusetts Cosmetology Kaitlyn Ann Rose Untiet Bedford, New Hampshire Franklin Pierce University Rindge, New Hampshire Vincent W. J. Van Poucke Monroe, New York Nichols College Dudley, Massachusetts David Robert Williams Cohasset, Massachusetts Minnesota State UniversityMoorhead Moorhead, Minnesota

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Morgan Barlow South Hamilton, Massachusetts New Hampton School New Hampton, New Hampshire

Trevor DiTrani Cambridge, Massachusetts Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Cambridge, Massachusetts

Anna Rosalie DiMaggio Westford, Massachusetts Brewster Academy Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Leah Kalfel West Newbury, Massachusetts Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Haverhill, Massachusetts

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Danny Czerkawski and Parents




Eric Murrer

Brittany Dzugas-Smith

Christopher May

David Williams

Each spring, every senior is invited to apply for the Landmark Parents Association Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. We received 17 applications for this year’s award. The application requires the candidate to seek two recommendations (Case Manager and Guidance Counselor) in addition to writing a self-reflective “Applicant Statement.” The completed application packet is then reviewed by a committee of seven – a mix of faculty members and parents. The entire process is a culmination of the self-advocacy skills that are characteristic of Landmark students. In addition to the honor of winning the award, each of the four Award recipients is presented with a $500 check at the Graduation Ceremony. Karen Hatch P’10,’13, Co-president of The Landmark Parents Association, was pleased to present the 2012 Award for Outstanding Accomplishment to:

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trans EMS When we first came to Landmark, our son was starting fifth grade. We were told by Karl Pulkkinen that it’s never too

early to start thinking about transition. And now, his words ring all too true.

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l a n d m a r k e l e m e n ta r y • m i d d l e s c h o o l

For parents of typical learners, the path is fairly clear: one can be reasonably sure that at the end of each grade level their child will be

ready to move on to the next grade, the next school, the

next step. For parents of children with learning differences the

path can be unclear, progress Nicholas Dalissandro

unpredictable or uneven. Our children work hard while we hope, cajole, encourage, worry, and yes –

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We rejoice at our son’s gains and the foundation he is building at Landmark. We are excited about the time remaining as he enters eighth grade in September. We step back and see the person he is becoming: a capable

reader, mathematician, creative writer, and this year for the first time, an active participant in sports. Whether our son transitions next year to Landmark High School or to another school, we will keep the big picture in mind: the

foundation he has begun to build will be substantial enough to support the cathedral of his future hopes and dreams.

Natalie Clark

-Stephanie Johnston P’17

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Alec Salzer and Family



Michelle Authelet Cumberland, Rhode Island Landmark High School Matthew Bailey Sudbury, Massachusetts Landmark High School Rachel Bussone Danvers, Massachusetts Landmark High School Ernest Carabillo Lexington, Massachusetts Landmark High School

Eliza Wildes

Victoria Smith

John Carney Wellesley, Massachusetts Landmark High School Natalie Clark Topsfield, Massachusetts Landmark High School Emma Colcord Andover, Massachusetts Landmark High School Patrick Cunningham Topsfield, Massachusetts Landmark High School Nicholas Dalissandro Beverly, Massachusetts Essex Agricultural and Technical High School Hathorne, Massachusetts


Cameron Walter and Family

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Michael Dalzell Rowley, Massachusetts Landmark High School John Carney

Rebecca DeNatale Malden, Massachusetts Landmark High School Molly Early Quincy, Massachusetts Landmark High School Bradley Ellis Hamilton, Massachusetts Landmark High School

Katherine Cutler

Celeste Falzone Melrose, Massachusetts Landmark High School Brennan Hill Quincy, Massachusetts Landmark High School Linnea Janes Hamilton, Massachusetts Landmark High School Nicholas Kovalchik Westford, Massachusetts Landmark High School

Anna DiPerna and Celeste Falzone

Grace Allen

Tanner Lane Marblehead, Massachusetts Landmark High School

Christopher McKernan and Justin DiPlatzi




Alex Loring


Bo Levine Quincy, Massachusetts Landmark High School Alex Loring Prides Crossing, Massachusetts Landmark High School Jacqueline Mahoney Quincy, Massachusetts Landmark High School John Manning Groveland, Massachusetts Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School Haverhill, Massachusetts

Molly Early

Brennan Hill

Ariane Mills Salem, Massachusetts Landmark High School Anthony Nickas Hamilton, Massachusetts Landmark High School Griffin Patrican Boxford, Massachusetts Pingree School Hamilton, Massachusetts Matthew Pramas Andover, Massachusetts Landmark High School

Griffin Patrican and Family


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Samantha Putur Beverly, Massachusetts undecided Rachel Bussone and Family

Thomas Quirk Lincoln, Massachusetts Landmark High School Timothy Regan Newton, Massachusetts Landmark High School Joshua Richards Essex, Massachusetts Landmark High School Alec Salzer Woburn, Massachusetts Landmark High School Victoria Smith Middleton, Massachusetts Landmark High School Brandon Strasnick Swampscott, Massachusetts Landmark High School

Rachel Palleschi and Linnea Janes

D. Alex Sullivan Sherborn, Massachusetts Landmark High School Mercer Therrien Carlisle, Massachusetts Landmark High School

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Richard Keesler and Ernest Carabillo

Cameron Walter Boxford, Massachusetts Malden Catholic High School Malden, Massachusetts Nicole Whalen Groveland, Massachusetts Landmark High School Eliza Wildes Groveland, Massachusetts Landmark High School Marcus Wright Wenham, Massachusetts Landmark High School



MacKenzie Kelley

Emma Colcord

Max Barrett Brookline, Massachusetts Brookline Public Schools Brookline, Massachusetts Katherine Cutler South Hamilton,Massachusetts Brookwood School Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts MacKenzie Kelley Needham, Massachusetts Montessori School Putney, Vermont Thomas Kourkoulis Nahant, Massachusetts Swampscott Middle School Swampscott, Massachusetts


Elizabeth Davis and Jacqueline Mahoney





Michelle Authelet


Grace Allen Beverly Farms, Massachusetts Briscoe Middle School Beverly, Massachusetts

Mercer Therrien

Olivia Carbone Danvers, Massachusetts Holten Richmond Middle School Danvers, Massachusetts Justin DiPlatzi North Reading, Massachusetts North Reading Middle School North Reading, Massachusetts



Austin Begien Wenham, Massachusetts Brookwood School Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

John Manning

Rebecca DeNatale

Angus Hawley Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts Brookwood School Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts



S. Lee Dalzell Rowley, Massachusetts Pine Grove Elementary School Rowley, Massachusetts

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Matthew Pramas

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ALoveStory “Landmark. A Love Story” is a regular feature of The Lantern showcasing couples who met at Landmark and continue to be part of the Landmark family.



by Christine Ozahowski

hey are one of those couples that just belong together. Their mutual affection is obvious and flows over to their family and to the extended family they call Landmark. Jim and Jen Kuhns make it clear that the Landmark community they have embraced has influenced their lives. Jim’s first impression of Jen was that she was a girl with a huge heart and beautiful long blonde hair. That first brief meeting led to a long distance relationship between Niagara Falls, NY and Amherst, MA. Jen finished a degree in Environment Science and Jim, having finished a degree in Mass Media Communications, worked for his father’s company. Jim wanted to do something meaningful with his life, and after an interview at Landmark, he found what he wanted. Jen’s job at Landmark followed shortly thereafter when she found herself being recruited for a job that, according to Chris Murphy, was hard, with long hours including dorm duty, and paid less than she was already making. Jen took the proverbial “leap of faith” and started teaching a few weeks later. Jim immediately loved teaching and admits, “I was a bit of a ham.” Remembering the years before the Levels System in the dorms, he acknowledges that his sense of humor helped a lot. Jen calls herself naturally shy and found stepping in front of a class challenging. Teaching became intuitive when she realized that she knew what the kids needed because she had never received it herself. “It is the kids that sustain you because they are just so brave,” she says. Their children, Lily, born in 1998, and twins Elizabeth and Julia, born in 2000, grew up on campus. With three kids in diapers, Jim and Jen remember being young and exhausted but loving the students they worked with and the people in their community. They found that everyone learns when there are young children on campus. Their girls were quiet during study hall and the “big kids” were quiet during naptime. Often, when alumni return, the first question they ask is “How are the girls?” Eventually the Kuhns moved off campus but “Our kids are Landmark kids and always will be,” says Jen. In fact, shortly after settling into their new home and not wanting to leave too much of their life at Landmark behind, the Kuhns girls asked for, and got, a Levels System of their own!

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Landmark’s Lemelson-MIT

InvenTeam A Formula for Success by Susan Tomases

“I love working on this project. I can work with my hands and figure out how to build stuff. Every time I come here I learn something new. If you miss one day you really feel lost.” -Cal Robbins ’16



ake a small group of students who like to tinker and love science, add two passionate and talented teachers, combine parents with ingenuity and encouragement, and you’ve got a formula for success. Landmark School’s InvenTeam: Nate Douglass ’14, Kevin Fraga ’13, James Furrier ’12, Emilee Miller ’14, James Petrillo ’13, Cal Robbins ’16, Will Tylko ’13, LB Wallace ’14, and David Williams ’12 took this winning formula to the next level and may be changing lives in the process.

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At the suggestion of parent Ernie Carabillo P’16, Landmark High School faculty members Carl Gasowski and Doug Walker applied for a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam grant. Recipients of the prestigious award receive up to $10,000 to invent technological solutions to real-world problems. In the fall of 2011 the news was announced: Landmark School was one of only 15 high school teams selected nationwide.

After the excitement faded, the industrious group of students, “Landmark Water Systems,” guided by Gasowski and Walker, began developing the desalination drip irrigation system outlined in their proposal. The device was projected to be site-built by individuals or villages in emergent nations, particularly in areas of minimal annual rainfall. The unit could also be used as a water purification system for potable water. The intent was to allow individuals to build units using local, recycled parts as much as possible.

Since October, the group has been busy designing 11 prototypes which they presented at EurekaFest at MIT in June. They narrowed their most affordable and efficient prototypes down to three models: a parabolic flash boiler, a passive solar homogenization unit, and a bottle trough cabinet that they brought to exhibit. The four-day event included presentations by the $500,000 and $100,000 professional award winners for improving our world through technological invention and innovation, master classes, an InvenTeam showcase, and a full day high school design challenge. One of the highlights was hearing the Secretary of Energy Steven Chu speak on behalf of the top prize winner. Team member Cal Robbins ’16 says of his experience, “I love working on this project. I can work with my hands and figure out how to build stuff. Every time I come here I learn something new. If you miss one day you really feel lost.”

l. to r.: Mr. Doug Walker, LB Wallace ’14, Emilee Miller ’14, Will Tylko’13, Cal Robbins ’16, James Petrillo ’13, Mr. Carl Gasowski

As with many inventions, the byproducts are often more valuable than the initial project. The team is currently developing a device to help hearing-impaired people, and they are also hatching a plan to make the program a permanent part of the Landmark curriculum. To learn more about Landmark’s InvenTeam: 25


in his own words


he Landmark InvenTeam is a team sponsored by MIT to participate in their Lemelson Project. My jobs are team manager, treasurer, and leader. It is my responsibility to be communicating back and forth between MIT and other contacts, organizing interviews, visits from MIT, and companies for possible sponsorships. It is also my job to make sure everyone is doing what he or she is supposed to be doing and making sure everything is on schedule. Over the year, we had deadlines with MIT that involved sending in materials such as prototype information and monthly progress reports. In June we attended EurekaFest, MIT’s gathering with all teams, to show our inventions. I organized the logistics for the visit– making sure the proper forms were filled out and submitted on time, organizing the stay at MIT, and arranging transportation for members and our inventions.


INVENTION: Impacting the Present. Inspiring the Future.

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by David Williams ’12

Being part of this team, along with my entire Landmark experience these past three years, has allowed me to develop lifelong skills in group management and leadership. Without Landmark, I would not have been able to come so far in my abilities and what I hope to accomplish in the future. Landmark has taught me how to manage my time, work around my learning disability, and advance more than I would have at any other school. Landmark has become a huge influence on my life.

During my three years at Landmark, I found a love for the sciences and helping others through community service. I have been inspired to become a doctor. I plan on double majoring in Biosciences with an emphasis in Medicine and Athletic Training at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. I hope to continue on to medical school to receive an MD and follow my path into Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine.


The many abilities I have absorbed through being part of the Lemelson Project and attending Landmark School will help me in my everyday life once I enter college and will assist me down my path for the future. For that I am thankful.

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in appreciation

Changing of the Clerks: The Trustees Salute

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Scholar. Archivist. Gentleman. by Bob Broudo

Many names and personalities have comprised Landmark’s Board of Trustees throughout the school’s history. Of all those illustrious tenures, however, the longest service to the Board recently came to an end when Charley Harris stepped down as Clerk of the Corporation.

In the critical role of Clerk of the Corporation, Charley’s contributions to the school’s governance reflect his organization, judgment, and legendary knowledge of institutional history and culture. The Clerk is responsible for keeping the Board on course by sending notices of meetings, taking meeting notes, maintaining and updating bylaws and policies, assuring that actions are appropriately distributed

and discussed, presenting necessary annual votes, and guiding meetings through parliamentary procedures. Although the cyclical duties of Clerk will pass to another person after four decades of service, folks throughout Landmark will no doubt continue to seek out Charley to chat about an issue, get advice, recall some obscure bit of Landmark lore, discuss literature, proofread a sensitive letter, talk about golden retriever dogs, or just say hello. The Board of Trustees will continue to welcome Charley in an emeritus capacity for many years to come. Thank you for your tenure as Landmark’s Clerk of the Corporation, Charley Harris: Assistant Headmaster and Clerk Emeritus, and life-long member of the Landmark School Community to the benefit of everyone associated with the school.

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harles (Charley) Harris participated in initial discussions with Landmark’s founder, Dr. Charles Drake about opening a school for dyslexic students in the late 1960s. Shortly after its inception, Charley joined Landmark as its Assistant Headmaster. Charley’s presence, expertise, and networking helped greatly to smooth the path for the school’s evolution, from its early years to the present. Administratively, professionally, and personally, Charley Harris has enriched Landmark in every role he played.



in memoriam

Alice C. DeSousa, 91, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, died on February 22, 2012, following a brief illness. She was born in Beverly, MA and graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School in Cambridge, MA. She was a secretary for several businesses and worked

Alice DeSousa 1921-2012

at the Fuller School in Gloucester as a receptionist. In 1981, she became the receptionist at Landmark where she worked until 2011. She is survived by her daughter, Donna C. (DeSousa) Slade and her husband Daniel B. Slade, and her grandson, Daniel D. Slade; several nieces and nephews; and best friend, Peggy LaBare and her companion George Cooper.


a steel-trap mind and a heart of gold by Dede Grace


or 30 years, anyone who stepped into the reception area at Landmark or called the school phone number crossed paths with Alice DeSousa. She was the ever-friendly, always-welcoming face and voice of Landmark. If you were visiting our school for the first time, she would make sure you felt at ease – offering coffee, tea, water, maybe a piece of chocolate…whatever she could find or say to make your butterflies disappear. If it was raining and you came without an umbrella, you can be sure Alice would have offered you hers. And she would have insisted that you take it. She stopped at Dunkin’ Donuts every morning on her way to Landmark and if you saw her early enough, she would give you the donut she had bought...just for you. Alice was the “go-to” lady if you needed to locate anyone on campus; she knew every Landmark employee’s phone extension by heart. When a colleague was sick, she would send a get-well card the old-fashioned way – through the post office – sometimes daily until that person came back to work. Alice had beautiful, rhythmic handwriting, the cursive style that used to be taught in grade school. When you found an Alice-addressed envelope in your mailbox, you knew right away who it was from. Alice was devoted to her family – especially her daughter Donna and grandson Danny. She delighted in cooking a special meal for Danny every week for just the two of them to enjoy. And if you shared anything with Alice about your own family, she would always ask about them later. She remembered the important details and treated you like you were her own.


Alice treasured her Landmark family and was loved by everyone here. You couldn’t put much past Alice. She was a small woman, but she sure left big shoes to fill.

Bob Van de Water


in memoriam

generous. talented. wise. by Rob Kahn


obert Holmes Van de Water, an original member of the Landmark School faculty and the first Director of Landmark Elementary • Middle School, passed away in Portland, Maine on April 23, 2012 after a long battle with IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis). Bob was a veteran, educator, and banker, a prolific gardener, chef, and a Mason. He was predeceased by his first wife, Janice Mancinelli, Landmark High School’s first art teacher. Bob’s sister Jane is also a former Landmark faculty member and Campus Director.

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Bob was well-travelled, having lived in Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. After returning to the U.S., following his service in the armed forces, he met Landmark’s founder, his mentor and friend, Charles “Chad” Drake Ed.D. and developed the philosophies that would guide him through his professional life. Primary among them was “Listen to what is being said, not just the words.” and “Put employees in positions that maximize their strengths and minimize their weaknesses.” Family members, former and current Landmark faculty, and other friends gathered at Landmark’s Elementary • Middle School campus on Saturday, May 12 for a Memorial Service remembering Bob. His children and granddaughter Kiley spoke of his love and his determination, his strength, and success at being a presence in their lives even as he battled illness in recent years. Annekje St. John, Bob’s oldest daughter, and Rob Kahn, EMS Head, dedicated Annekje’s first Christmas tree on the EMS campus in memory of Bob and Jan. A military color guard presented the colors to Bob’s wife Beckie, and played a moving rendition of Taps in honor of Bob’s service. Former Landmark High School Director Archie Campbell remembered Bob’s friendship and his special connection to the Masons. In a moving eulogy, Mark Merrill, Dean of Students when Bob was Director, recounted anecdotes spotlighting Bob’s generosity, talents, wisdom, and friendship, including Bob and Beckie’s recent trip to visit Mark in Virginia, complete with oxygen tanks, and a special pie that Bob knew Mark would appreciate. Bob leaves his wife Beckie, sisters Mary Elizabeth and Jane, brother David and his wife Seline, daughter Annekje and grand-daughter Kiley St. John, daughter Alicia, and son William and his wife Amy.


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the college readiness program at landmark school

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the reality


For a growing number of young people, getting a college degree is a natural continuation of the educational process. So what do students who have graduated from high school but aren’t thoroughly prepared for the rigors of college do? Far too many Americans get accepted to college but are unable to keep up with the demands long enough to have a successful experience there. In fact, data from the U.S. Census Bureau reports that one in three Americans drops out of college. U.S. News and World Report reveals that 30 percent of college and university students leave after their first year.

the solution

In the fall of 2013 we will launch Reach, the College Readiness Program at Landmark School. We will begin to promote the program this fall to attract juniors and seniors contemplating a move to college but realizing that they may not have the skills to thrive there.

reach and endicott college The program is designed to give high school graduates, ages 18 – 20, a unique opportunity to focus on key skills like college level reading and writing, research, study skills, time management, and more. The Reach Program is partnering with neighboring Endicott College where students will take two to three full-credit courses during the 10-month program, applying what they learn in their Reach courses to college level material.


To learn more about the Reach Program: • 978.236.3407

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looking ahead by John Manning ’16


in his own words

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” As I look back on my past, I struggled with my dyslexia, which frustrated me and made me feel different. I fell behind in school and I lost my confidence. Landmark School helped me realize my future is not limited by my dyslexia and has encouraged me to dream of my future. As I transition from middle school to high school, I have set challenging goals for myself. I want to continue to develop my writing skills. I want to become more fluent in reading as well as to improve my study skills. If I reach my goals, then I will set new challenges for college. At Landmark, my writing and reading skills have improved greatly and made me ready for new milestones. Throughout the next decade of my life, I hope to become more independent and gain greater responsibility. In my four years at Landmark School I have become more mature, and now that I am an eighth grader, more is expected from me. I am seen as a role model to the younger students and must think about the choices I make. Landmark has turned me from a needy and helpless student to an independent leader. As I move to a new school away from Landmark, I hope to be a leader there as well. Throughout life, I hope to continue to gain maturity and Landmark School has helped me take a huge step in the process. In the words of the Greek philosopher Plato, will determine his future in life.” Landmark has paved for me a path of education, which will hopefully lead to a prosperous future. And for that I am thankful.

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“The direction in which education starts a man,

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IN THE WATER. ON THE ROAD. by Sarah Patt and Rob Kahn


hile “triathlon” may be a great multisyllable word for Jaquelin Hubbard’s tutees to decode, it’s also her passion – something she can’t imagine life without.

Spending Saturday morning swimming a half mile, biking twelve miles, and running over three miles in sequence and without a break isn’t for everyone, but Jaquelin, a 4th year math teacher and tutor at the Elementary • Middle School, says: “The rush of endorphins and pushing myself physically motivates me. I enjoy competing against myself the most, but also love the race atmosphere where people all around me are achieving what they once thought impossible.” Through college, Jaquelin played basketball and held only disdain for running, as it was basketball’s “punishment.” As a sophomore in high school, she was lounging in front of the TV one day when her older sister asked if she wanted to go for a run. Jaquelin adored her sister, and in mere seconds she agreed to give it a try. From that day forward, “I was hooked.” Jaquelin has raised over $5,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as part of her training. This past September she faced her biggest endurance challenge, the Ironman – a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile foot race. While she is proud of this achievement, she is most proud that she can be successful without having the typical physique of an avid marathon runner, and she hopes to inspire others who may dismiss their own fitness goals or aspirations because of their body type. This past April Jaquelin was the first female and third overall to finish a triathlon at Gordon College. Jaquelin’s athletic accomplishments briefly took a back seat to another goal this past year, an appearance on Wheel of Fortune. “The Wheel” held auditions in Boston in November and Jaquelin received a callback, and an invitation to be a contestant. Her show aired in March, and much to the delight of her Landmark supporters, family, and friends: she won!

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endorphins and pushing myself physically motivates me.” “The rush of


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FRIENDS of The ORPHANS Making the World Seem smaller at EMS by Deborah Chandler


his year at Landmark Elementary • Middle School, one teacher’s initiative has led to an innovative school partnership with an inspiring twist.

In December 2011, EMS faculty member Anna DiPerna visited El Rancho Santa Fe in Honduras, part of the Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) orphanages funded by the Friends of the Orphans (FOTO). Her trip “exceeded every expectation.” Children were happy and loving and she felt a true sense of family. The 1,500 acres of beautiful property along with eight other orphanages in Latin America and the Caribbean provide education and support for the life of each child. Their major source of income is through sponsorships of their children.

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Inspired by the staff and caretakers at El Rancho, Anna joined FOTO’s Associate Board of Young Professionals. She now proudly supports Jesus who has physical disabilities and Ivania who has dyslexia. After she shared her experience and showed slides to the EMS student body, they overwhelmingly wanted to help by sponsoring a young boy Anna had met named Carlos. To have a student body sponsor a child would be a

back row: Eliza Wildes ’16, Ryan Dumont ’17, Alex Loring ’16, Keegan Smith ’17 front row: Nathaniel Dekin ’17, Philip Popken’ 17, Ms. Anna DiPerna, Philip Tsoukalas ’18, Max Gesner ’20

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first for the newly founded Northeast/Atlantic FOTO office, and the Carlos Fundraising Team at EMS would need to commit to raising $360 every year.

the Pancake Breakfast, and made an additional monetary donation. Anna and the Carlos Fundraising Team also planned an all-school movie night successfully held in May.

Carlos is eight years old, and loves soccer, pancakes, and his friends. He joined El Rancho in late 2010 and experienced school for the very first time, at the age of 7. Carlos loves math, but finds reading and writing challenging. Landmark students have been writing to Carlos and have received one letter back written by his caretakers. The students are eagerly anticipating Carlos’s first letter written on his own.

In April, a touring group from NPH-Haiti, dancers and drummers Roberto, Joseph, Edeline, and Magdaline, performed for EMS to show appreciation for the efforts of the Carlos Fundraising Team. The performers enjoyed jump rope and basketball with the students, and went home proudly sporting Landmark gear. As one teacher said, “The world felt a little bit smaller today.”


The Carlos Fundraising Team has 8-10 students who have designed campus events to raise money. “Slam Jam,” the first major school-wide event, raised $427. It included a preceding Pancake Breakfast, an elementary Knock-Out basketball tournament, and a Staff/Middle School three-on-three basketball tournament. Brock Foods donated supplies and staffing for

Landmark EMS has raised over $550 to date for FOTO, and in return students are gaining cultural knowledge and connection to a young person in another country, opportunities to write meaningful letters, and leadership skills as they develop ideas for fundraising and put them into action. We are so looking forward to seeing how this relationship continues to grow.

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ENERGY and TEAMWORK: No One Gets Left Behind by Susan Tomases

ake determined athletes, a grueling 10–12 mile obstacle course designed by the British Special Forces, and more mud than you can ever imagine, and you’ve got Tough Mudder. On May 6, 2012 at Mt. Snow in Vermont, a team of ten Landmark High School faculty members were inspired to take on one of the ultimate endurance challenges lead by Landmark alumnus and residential staff member Derrick Neal ’04. The obstacle course includes demands that offer up fire, ice water, 12-foot-high walls to climb, and underground mud tunnels. It is a true test of strength, stamina, and mental grit. “The secret to the energy and effectiveness of the experience is teamwork – no one gets left behind. That’s what Tough Mudder is all about,” says Neal. There was much more to the venture than just taking on one of the toughest obstacle courses around though. The group members each kicked in approximately $150 to participate in the event that supports the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), an organization that offers comprehensive help to injured service members and their families. Since Tough Mudder teamed up with WWP in 2010, 500,000 athletes worldwide have helped raise over $3 million for the cause. Bill Barrett, Director of Faculty Recruiting at Landmark School, said of his first Tough Mudder competition, “we carpooled together and were joined by some Landmark friends and parents. The theme was not about finishing first but about supporting the team and making sure everyone finished safely and together. It’s what we talk about all the time here at Landmark!” Barrett continues, “That spirit definitely typified our group and, combined with the cheers of encouragement from our supporters, made it easier to face the next challenge. At the end we were all exhausted but exhilarated. Next year, I know our team will be larger, we’ll have just as much fun, and we’ll be able to contribute even more to the Wounded Warrior Project.” To learn more about Tough Mudder: 36


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the team and making sure everyone finished safely and together. It’s what we talk about all the time here at Landmark!”


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“The theme was not about finishing first but about supporting



Viking Athletic Team Awards Spring 2012

Boys’ Varsity Tennis

Most Valuable Player: Daniel Czerkawski ’12 Most Improved Player: Connor Hooper ’14 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: Alex Belyea ’12

Most Valuable Player: Adam Fritz ’12 Most Improved Player: Jonathan Ten Eyck ’13 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: Gabe Cullinane ’13

Boys’ JV Lacrosse

Girls’ Varsity Softball

Most Valuable Player: Jackson Silverstein ’13 Most Improved Player: Warren Cohen ’13 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: A.D. Sullivan ’14

Most Valuable Player: Maria Tashjian ’13 Most Improved Player: Tori Smith ’16 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: Summer Kelly ’15

Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse

Independent Girls’ Conference All-League Players

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Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse

Most Valuable Player: Rachel Smith ’13 Most Improved Player: Cathryn Garrett ’15 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: Ashley Holmes ’13 Boys’ Varsity Baseball

Most Valuable Player: Johnny Barrett ’14 Most Improved Player: James Perkins ’14 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: Tom Fahey ’12, Chuck Phelan ’14 Girls’ Varsity Tennis

Most Valuable Player: Margaret Alevizos ’12 Most Improved Player: Kelly Cheney ’13 Coaches’/Sportsmanship Award: Brittany Dzugas-Smith ’12

Softball: Maria Tashjian ’13, Summer Kelly ’15 Girls’ Lacrosse: Rachel Smith ’13 Girls’ Tennis: Margaret Alevizos ’12, Katie DiRico ’15 NEPSWLA All Stars: Rachel Smith ’13, Morgan Barlow ’15 Eastern Independent League All-League Players

Baseball: Johnny Barrett ’14 Boys’ Lacrosse: Danny Czerkawski ’12, Levi Tourigny ’12

Danny Czerkawski ’12: An Inspiring MVP Most Valuable Player(MVP) is an award that is earned on the practice field and in competition. A true MVP is both a leader for his teammates and a voice for his coaches. This year’s Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse MVP, Danny Czerkawski, took it to another level. Danny is a natural leader, a coachable player, and is quite simply the most skilled midfielder to ever step on Collins Field. Danny completed an impressive high school career by tallying 47 goals and 16 assists to lead the Eastern Independent League in both goals and total points. He was recognized as an All League midfielder and finished second in voting for league All-American. But perhaps most importantly after his four years as a starting midfielder, Danny will leave the Landmark lacrosse program in a better place than when he arrived. Danny pushed his teammates to improve when necessary, and increased his own level of play when required. Look for him next year at High Point University in North Carolina as he joins the Panthers for their inaugural Division I Lacrosse season. 38


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inspire. innovate. initiate. ALUMNI FIELD field dedication homecoming • october 13, 2012

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David Sacal-Slovik ’13

Alumnus Cole Morton ’08

Lia Giber ’14

Morgan Barlow ’15 and Rachel Smith ’13

From a Rocky Glacial Landscape Into a Field of Dreams by Brook Sumner


hen Landmark High School greets students for the opening of the 2012-2013 school year in September, there will be a new playing field on campus ready for use. Alumni Field, carved out of the rocky, glacial landscape behind the Automotive Shop, will have a fresh carpet of grass covering the 120-yard-long by 75-yardwide playing surface. This fantastic addition will provide the Athletic Department the ability to schedule simultaneous soccer and lacrosse games on campus and provide an additional place to practice. The field will also provide space for numerous other activities for the enjoyment of the entire community. Perhaps Alumni Field will provide a new home for the Annual Field Day next spring.

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The project began in May 2011 and continued through the summer months into last fall. Before seeding the field, a deep well and an irrigation system were installed, guaranteeing a healthy field through the driest of stretches. Now, after months of watching the grass take root, grow, and mature, we are ready to take to the field! Mark your calendars – Saturday, October 13. After the Landmark 5K, there will be a Field Dedication for Alumni Field just prior to the Boys’ Varsity Soccer game versus rival Waring School.


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PIG PEN: Robbie Kamenz ’13

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RERUN van PELT: Nathan Hammond ’ 15


SHERMY: Zander Manning ’14

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SCHROEDER: Chris Meyers ‘12

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LINUS van PELT: Simon English ’14

VIOLET: Etta Resnick/Field ‘12 MARCIE: Tyler Gaw ’ 12

CHARLIE BROWN: Will Klinar ’ 15



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s Tyler Gaw crossed the stage at Graduation in June, it was the final bow in a long and successful run at Landmark School for this shining star of the class of 2012 and veteran of Landmark’s Performing Arts Program at the High School.

Hard Work and A Positive Attitude ON and OFF THE STAGE by Maureen Flores

Tyler arrived at Landmark’s Elementary • Middle School in 2002 to begin third grade. His story was similar to many – an early diagnosis of a language-based learning disability and a school experience that was rapidly falling apart. He credits his parents Debbie and David for realizing early on that he needed to be at Landmark and points to his older sister as a true academic role model. Tyler’s years at Landmark have had a constant theme running through them – his lifelong love of music and musical theater. Tyler enjoyed his years at EMS where he left his mark on every afterschool drama club production, with his expressive face and flair for acting. But his true passion for the performing arts found a mentor in Richard Fish and a home on the Landmark High School stage. Mr. Fish recalls “When Tyler first arrived at Landmark, he was shy on stage, and had difficulty singing. He was always willing to work very hard, on a daily basis, to learn everything he could. More than this, he was truly happy with whatever part he received in any production, and did a great job with it. During production of Beauty and the Beast, Tyler was asked to move into a principal role from understudy. His performance as Maurice, Belle’s father, was truly well-sung and well-acted in all respects. I was, and remain, immensely proud of Tyler. He not only proved to himself, but to everyone who saw him, that hard work and a positive attitude are really the ‘magic’ that makes performances great!” Case Manager Adam Hickey made the strong connection between Landmark’s Performing Arts Program and the academic work that happened for Tyler in the classroom. “Tyler brought the same dedication, motivation, and spirit to his academic life at Landmark. What I found really interesting in my work with Tyler was how his skills in performing arts transferred to his oral reading development. I credit the growth in his oral reading fluency and prosody, in part, to his control over language, which he developed working on his craft as an actor.” As Tyler heads off to the University of Rhode Island in the fall, his many years at Landmark, the friends he made, the roles he played, and the adventures of the Chorus Tours will be the memories he carries with him. Knowing that his family and the Landmark community are waiting in the wings to support and encourage him, he is ready to step into the next scene and play the part of a confident, successful Landmark graduate. “Maurice” (Tyler gaw) and “Belle” (Brett Clark ’12) in The Landmark Stage Company Production “Beauty and The Beast” 43


Scholastic Art Awards 2012

Zachary Webster ’17 • Gold Key Pelagia Candelas ’12 • Gold Key

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Abby Kennelly ’13 • Gold Key

Sophie Southwick ’12 • Gold Key

Samantha Cusson ’14 • Gold Key

Sophie Southwick ’12 • Gold Key

Zachary Staude ’12 • Gold Key

Phoebe Britton ’13 • Gold Key

Lia Giber ’14 • Gold Key

Natalie Mack ’13 • Gold Key

Olivia Wise ’13 • Silver Key

Abby Kennelly ’13 and Samantha Cusson ’14 were National Finalists in The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, recognized at a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in June. 44

Chloe Mills ’13 • Silver Key

Nora Sullivan ’13 • Silver Key

Sophie Southwick ’12 • Silver Key

Oliver Hatch ’13 • Silver Key

Ashley Holmes ’13 • Silver Key

Zachary Webster ’17 • Honorable Mention

Isabel Winston ’13 • Honorable Mention

Meghan Doolan ’14 • Honorable Mention

Julia Malynn ’12 • Honorable Mention

Maddy Ferry ’12 • Honorable Mention

Oliver Hatch ’13 • Honorable Mention

Alex Belyea ’12 • Honorable Mention Pelagia Candelas ’12 • Honorable Mention Sarah DiRico ’12 • Honorable Mention

Nate Douglass ’14 Honorable Mention

Katy DiRico ’15 Honorable Mention

Sarah DiRico ’12 Honorable Mention

Chloe Mills ’13 Honorable Mention



SEA TURTLE • shells & pebbles

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ANIMAL Invasion!

It’s a Jungle Out there. by Susan Tomases


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e've all heard the expression “save the best for last.” Despite the public praise students in our High School art department have achieved this year, the final display – an animal invasion of sorts – they shared with the community was on the last day of school in June. Students in the Foundations of Art class sculpted larger-than-life animal heads out of paper maché, painted them, and then adorned them with material befitting that particular animal. Among the many animals crafted – the sea turtle wore seashells

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and pebbles, the chipmunk was covered in small wood chips and acorn tops, the owl was festooned with a feathery fringe of newspaper, and the toucan was blanketed in fruit loops. The pieces were exhibited in the Alexander Building lobby and the high school dining room and made for a spirited and fun year-end marker. "I am absolutely blown away by the talent of our art students. Just when we think they've outdone themselves, they manage to amaze us again," said Chris Murphy, Head of Landmark’s High School.

TOUCAN • fruit loops

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CHIPMUNK • wood chips & acorn tops

LION • feathers

BEAR • gummy bears

OWL • newsprint

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. e t a i t i n i . e t a v DENISE BANKSTON o n n i . e r i Sharing What Works in Education p s n i spotlight donor profile


by Susan Tomases

hen you meet Denise Bankston, the archetype of a southern woman comes to mind: charming, quick with a laugh, warm, and hospitable. What you soon learn is that she is also feisty, motivated, and determined to make an impact on public education in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. Her passion stems from the journey she and her son JT embarked on in his 3rd grade year. Struggling to read and write, feeling totally misunderstood in school, JT was diagnosed with dyslexia, and Bankston looked unsuccessfully for a school that would fit his needs.

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By the time 9th grade arrived, the quest had led 1,700 miles from home to Landmark School. Bankston temporarily left husband and family behind to move to Massachusetts, where JT soon thrived as a student and athlete, graduating in 2005. Seeing how a fitting education allowed him to reach his potential ignited a fire in Bankston. In 2010 she established A Kid’s Choice Foundation to systematically improve elementary education in Bossier Parish. Bankston and A Kid’s Choice generously adopt three schools each year and provide funding for Smartboards, iPads, and other educational tools. She is also a strong presence in the schools, purchasing necklaces for all students, faculty, and staff to raise funds for hungry children in the US, journals for documenting goals, and hosting a day where she moves from classroom to classroom showering students with hugs and her love.

Legacy Day

Perhaps the most profound gift that Bankston gives to her adopted schools is sending eight teachers each year to Landmark Outreach’s Professional Development Summer Institute. Last year teachers from Curtis, Legacy, and Meadowview Elementary Schools attended a week-long graduate course on establishing a language-based classroom. Teacher Laurie Selsor who attended the course said, “I have seen firsthand the joy that Ms. Bankston’s loving, caring heart has placed on student faces. I have also seen the lightbulb of learning illuminate above my students’ heads after they begin to benefit from the strategies I learned during my course at Landmark. She [Ms. Bankston] is definitely giving learning differences a voice. Thank you for giving me an unforgettable learning experience at Landmark.”


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Classroom Building Upgrades High School • Fall 2012

Gym Floor Replacement Elementary • Middle School • Fall 2012

Alice Ansara Athletic Center High School • 2010


Landmark Matters. Initiatives From The Office of Development by Maureen Flores

An education at Landmark School is an investment in excellence. Although tuition is a vital source of revenue for our school, it does not cover the total cost of educating our

students, building and maintaining a quality environment in which to work, learn, play, and ensuring that Landmark attracts and retains the highest caliber of faculty and staff. Several important financial initiatives have been completed and new projects are being considered for the near future as Landmark remains committed to providing the best possible

intellectual, educational, and physical environment for our entire community.

1. what projects has landmark been raising money for this year? This spring, two projects were identified as priorities for the school and our immediate fund-raising efforts.


Priority #1: High School Classroom Building

Priority #2: Elementary • Middle School Gymnasium

Two very generous lead gifts at the high school are funding some much-needed upgrades to the Classroom Building. When students return this fall, the building will have new siding, windows, and a new entryway. As funds become available, the classrooms will be further renovated, providing additional upgrades to this important building on campus.

At the Elementary • Middle School, we raised more than $75,000 to replace the old, well-worn gym floor with a new, state-of-the-art, hardwood floor. The new floor is a “floating floor,” which is an important safety feature, lessening the impact of a fall and chance of a resulting concussion.

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Both of these projects were identified as high priorities by the campus heads, but were outside the scope of our capital budget this year. By raising all of the money to fund these projects, work can take place over the summer and both projects should be completed by the start of the school year in September.

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2. what is landmark’s recent history with capital campaigns? Landmark has conducted two successful capital campaigns since 2,000, resulting in the school’s first endowment fund, which now totals over $9 million. In addition, these campaigns funded much-needed facilities at both the High School and the Elementary • Middle School: • High School Dining Room • Elementary • Middle School Meeting Room • Elementary School Classrooms • Alice Ansara Athletic Center at the High School Since the completion of these initiatives, we have undertaken some smaller capital projects without entering a full campaign. Completed projects include a new soccer and lacrosse field at the High School and High School Classroom Building refurbishments, both of which will be completed by the opening of school in September. At the EMS gym, a new hardwood floor with additional refurbishment of the facilities will also be ready for use by the opening of school in September. These projects were fully funded through donations from families, alumni, and friends of Landmark.

Capital Campaigns are usually undertaken at a school to fund major initiatives above and beyond what the standard operating budget supports. Landmark is focusing on two major capital priorities for the future.

Priority #1: Classrooms Through the recent self-study undertaken for our NEAS&C (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) accreditation, the faculty, staff, and trustees have identified new classrooms at both the High School and EMS campus as a priority for the future. We are in the very early stages of planning for those projects and will spend the next several months determining where those buildings might go, what they might look like, and most importantly – how much they will cost.

Priority #2: Financial Future of Landmark School A second priority is to assure and protect the school’s financial future. One of the best ways to secure a school’s future is to have an endowment that will provide an ongoing source of income in perpetuity. By focusing on building our endowment, we will be able to guarantee that we can keep faculty salaries at a level that is competitive. Our greatest resource at Landmark is the teaching faculty – they have the expertise, passion, and commitment to ensure that our students have the support they need to become successful. We still have a lot of work to do before we embark on the next formal Capital Campaign. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on The Landmark Fund, which provides support to the school’s operating budget each year. Our families are extremely generous in their support of the school and we are grateful for their partnership each year through gifts to The Landmark Fund.

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There are plenty of opportunities to renew your ties to Landmark School at events sponsored by the Alumni Council throughout the year. One of the most popular is Casino Night. At the Seventh Annual Casino Night, alumni, faculty, and parents were well-represented with over 120 guests rolling the dice for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. Thanks to our sponsors, donors,

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20th Annual Landmark School Golf Benefit 06.04.12

What a turnout for Landmark’s 20th Annual Golf Benefit, hosted by Ipswich Country Club! The rain and chilly weather did not deter the field of 116 golfers who took on the 18-hole championship course in support of Landmark School and The Landmark Fund. By the end of the day we raised just over $163,000 – a record for our Annual Golf Benefit.

A special thank you to all of our sponsors, participants, and auction donors who helped raise crucial funds for Landmark School. We are proud to have such a supportive community and look forward to next year’s tournament!

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ax Clayman, a graduate of the class of 2010, had been a student at Landmark School since 4th grade. Throughout his time here, Max distinguished himself with an unusual ability to connect to other students – a connection that reflected his natural ability to listen well, to support the many who chose to talk with him, and to display genuine compassion for those from all walks of life. What Max meant to people is beautifully described by the author Leo Buscaglia:


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“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” Because we believe the world was a better place because of Max and that compassion is an important attribute that should be cultivated, expanded, and recognized, The Clayman Family established this award to honor Max’s memory. The Award goes to a student(s) graduating from the Middle School and the High School, who has naturally incorporated regular acts of kindness and compassion into their daily practice and as a result, have made their schools better, more positive places.

MIDDLE SCHOOL Mercer Therrien ’16 HIGH SCHOOL Danny Czerkawski ’12 Brittany Dzugas-Smith ’12 Mark Pugliese ’12

To this year’s Award recipients,

Thank you for making the world a better place. Thank you for keeping Max’s memory alive.



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am Bresnahan left Landmark at the end of seventh grade to attend Miles River Middle School in nearby Hamilton, Massachusetts. As his Language Arts teacher during his final year at the Elementary • Middle School, I was impressed by Sam’s work ethic and intrinsic motivation to surpass teacher expectations. As we moved into the spring of that year, talk of transition began. Would Sam succeed back in public school? Was he ready to face the challenges of a less structured academic environment? These were the questions that Sam’s case manager, Jay Flannery, and his teachers were helping to answer. Everyone who had worked with Sam at Landmark had observed one highly reassuring factor – Sam’s initiative. Sam had acquired the ability to independently assess an academic challenge, institute a strategy, and see that plan through to a superior outcome. Last November, Sam’s English teacher asked him to write a narrative composition about a time when he gained new perspective. Sam chose to write about his experience at Landmark, and how it impacted his life. The following is an excerpt from Sam’s narrative.

“ After three years at Landmark, I was able to come back into the public school system. When I was at Landmark, I learned some skills that helped me learn in a different way. The Landmark teaching methods helped me to understand concepts better. These skills helped me tremendously so that when I came back into the public school system, I was able to get high honors for all four quarters of my eighth grade year. This was a big accomplishment for me because I did not know if I could succeed transferring back into public school. The new perspective that I have gained is that when something in life is not going well, you need to make a change. For me, Landmark School was that change. Another lesson I learned is that if you take the time and work hard at fixing something, it will pay off for you in the long run. I think that I will have even more of a new perspective about my experience at Landmark School when I am older because I will be able to gauge how much this experience has helped me.”

-Sam Bresnahan

Sam will be a sophomore in the fall at Hamilton Wenham Regional High School where he is a three-sport athlete and honor roll student. He plays football, ice hockey, and lacrosse for the Hamilton Wenham Generals. In the classroom as well as on the field or ice, Sam’s formula for success remains unchanged: set a goal and go after it with a resolute and unswerving self-determination.

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Charles has attained his Ordination Certificate and is now an ordained minister. He will attend college in the fall to complete majors in Psychology and Anthropology and minors in Art, Theater, and Religion. Charles shares his favorite Landmark memory, “Sailing through the Cape Cod Canal on the When and If.”

Robert Liddy ’82

Ipswich Country Club • June 4, 2012 The rainy day at the 20th Annual Landmark School Golf Benefit didn’t stop these alumni from an impromptu reunion. pictured above l. to r.: Chris Cronin ’87, Matt Murphy ’02, Spencer Smitherman ’08, Jack DeJesus ’07, Harvey Alter ’81, Greg Tancreti ’11, Jake Pike ’05, Taylor Patten ’07, Derrick Neal ’04, Guido Meade ’81, and AJ Lopardo’92

John Benvenuto ’75 “I attended Landmark School back in the days of Charles Drake and Roger Whynot (1972-1976). I can still remember looking out of my dorm window over Marblehead bay with the lighthouse in the distance, while Endicott College was just a stone’s throw away. My years at the school have never faded away. I visited about ten years ago and I am looking forward to some day coming back againand walking the grounds and remembering what it was like. I was at the North Campus (now EMS) and South Campus (now HS). I have long since graduated from Norwalk Community College in 1995 and Iona College in 1998. I appreciate the time I spent at Landmark, and the people I met.”

“I graduated from high school in Hartford, CT in 1982, and from the University of Wisconsin in 1989. After returning from the Peace Corps I went back to college from 1992-1994 and graduated in 1994. My degrees are in History and Animal Science. After returning from the Peace Corps, I worked in the Virginia State Prison System for seven years as a Corrections Officer. I also did armed and unarmed security for private companies. As a member of the US Army Reserves I was called to Bosnia with the NATO Peace Keeping Forces from 1999-2000. Then the second time I was called to Iraq from 2003 to 2004. I spent most of my time in Fallujah. I am now in the Active Duty Army, stationed at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. My Military Occupation specialty is 25V, Combat Camera and Video Production Sergeant. During full time duty I was stationed at Fort Meade, MD from 2007- 2009. From June 2009 to October 2010 I was in Korea and Afghanistan doing AFN (American Forces Network). I have been married twice and have two wonderful daughters.”

Stephen Broadbridge ’85

After Landmark, Darryl went to Central Catholic High School and then Johnson & Wales University. He was a barber/hairdresser for 25 years and loved styling hair. Darryl shares a memory about Landmark: “I enjoyed when Dr. Drake would come to the Manchester campus and he would tell the younger students scary stories before we went to bed.” Darryl now lives in Lawrence, MA.

“I still own and run Caribbean Discovery Tours, an eco travel company in Trinidad and Tobago ( and do wildlife photography but have been getting more involved in video. I have co-produced a few television programs and recently got a contract with a local TV station here in Trinidad and Tobago called Earth Wise. This TV series is designed to create environmental awareness. I am also a co-founder of an environmental Facebook group called Trini Eco Warriors. We have 12,000+ members and are responsible for laws made to protect endangered wildlife including leatherback turtles. Last year the government of Trinidad and Tobago requested that I assume the position of deputy chairman of a stateowned company called Estate Management Business Development (EMBD). This company manages thousands of acres of land. This has been a very new experience for me. In 2012 I have been invited to be an honorary game warden.”

Stephen Moschella ’80

Jose Zegarra ’86

Darryl Silva ’79

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Jose has recently shared his “life changing experience” with us and requested it be shared with the community. “I remember the day

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my life changed. It was September 17, 1980. I had problems with reading, writing, and my language skills were not good. I was scared because I felt I was dumb; during the first days at Landmark I was so afraid that I preferred to hide instead of going to class. A teacher, Miss Hunter, asked me, “Why aren’t you coming to class?” Since I was from Puerto Rico and spoke more Spanish than English, I hardly managed to tell her, with the little English I knew. “I am scared to go to class because I think I am dumb.” She wiped the tears from my face and told me, “I don’t think you are dumb; it’s just that your school did not teach you well enough.” She became my tutor for the following two years and I was lucky because she knew both English and Spanish. Day by day I got more confident with myself. Then, when I transferred to the High School, I met Mr. Dudley, an excellent teacher. He was very nice to me and made my days more comfortable in school. I also remember with joy the first day of my computer science class with Mr. Ferguson, a teacher I came to love and respect. I spent hours after class, on my free time, working in all aspects ofcomputer science. The fruits of my hard work made me proud of myself. Mr. Ferguson told me, “I think you are going to be great at this field of work,” and he was right. I am now a computer technician fixing and programming computers. During my school days I loved spending my summers at Landmark. My aunts in Puerto Rico asked my mother why I was staying during the summer at Landmark. “Are his grades bad?” they asked. My mother told them that my grades were fine. “It just happens that he feels better there than here.” I spent half the day in classes and the other half in the Seamanship Program. There I learned to sail. Now I sail my uncle’s sailboat and love the sea. Because of these and other experiences, Landmark became a very important part of my life from 1980-1986. And now that I write about it, I am sure it still is. I would like to thank Landmark and their wonderful teachers for changing my life.”

Jim Sonda ’88

Vincent MacDonnell ’87

Chris Capaldi ’00

“I have been married 10 years and have a 6-year-old daughter.”

John Peterson ’87 After leaving Landmark, John graduated from Northeastern University. He is now married and has two little girls. He lives in Danvers, MA and works as a quality engineer for a medical device manufacturing company.

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“I attended Landmark Prep the summer of 1987 and the following school year, graduating in 1988. I want to share an article with you (website below) from Charlotte Magazine about the chapel at Levine Children's Hospital, which as it turns out shines a light on my work as chaplain. The team at Landmark made a lasting difference in my life. Giving me the tools I needed opened up a world of opportunity that otherwise would not have been available to me. In turn, I have the opportunity almost daily to make a difference in the lives of other children and their families. Thank you for the important work you do. The impact you have on the lives of your students does not stop with them; they impact others who in turn impact others. It is exponential. To read more about the Levine Children’s Hospital chapel and its impact, please visit the website: Click on: Levine Children’s Hospital Chapel: A Place of Hope. Sincerely, Jim Sonda, The Rev. James D. Sonda, Jr., M.Div., BCC Staff Chaplain, Levine Children’s Hospital

Mary Devereaux ’91 I was recently let go after ten years as a receptionist and went back to school at Quincy College, graduating in January of 2011 with certification in early childhood education. I now work at Hugs Plus Learning Center in Braintree as a Toddler/Infant and Preschool Teacher Assistant.

Christopher Mattson ’91 Christopher is a firefighter and a police officer. He has four children.

Sam Boardman ’99 Sam is engaged to Kristel Cahill and they will be married next June in Newport, RI.

After leaving the Elementary • Middle School, Chris went on to graduate from high school and college, spending a majority of his semesters on the Dean’s list. He played various sports including football; he was part of a team that won two Super Bowls. He works fulltime at a sales agency in Foxboro, MA and is getting married this summer to a lovely schoolteacher. He bought a house in Marlboro and has lived there for a little over a year. He shares these remarks about Landmark, “I couldn’t have accomplished any

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of these things if it wasn’t for Landmark focusing on me and caring about me. I remember sailing and learning how to manage tasks on my own, and the obstacle course we needed to complete to focus on problem-solving. The one-on-one tutoring and small classes allowed me to form into an adult and work out my learning disability. People ask me all the time how I overcame my learning disability and I tell them that I haven’t; I just learned how to deal with it. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate everything Landmark has given me. I owe a lot to Landmark, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without the education and mentoring I received at Landmark.” Chris was kind enough to appear on a recent alumni panel at EMS.

Seth Larner ’02 Seth ran and completed the 2012 Boston Marathon! He was generous enough to contribute part of his fundraising efforts to The Landmark Fund.

and was selected to have her art presented at the NCAA annual convention in her junior year. Brittany finished her master’s degree in Education from Lesley University in 2011 and is currently teaching at Rectory School in Pomfret, Connecticut where she is a dorm parent, teaches art, and is starting up Rectory’s lacrosse program.

Jason LeBlanc ’06 Jason graduated on April 21, 2012 from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology, Magna Cum Laude.

Jessica Ness ’06 Jessica graduated from Landmark and went on to receive a B.A. from the University of Arizona in the winter of 2010. She now lives in New York City and works at the New York Public Library in fundraising and development.

Ethan Sedman ’06 Ethan graduated from Landmark and completed his undergraduate studies in 2010 at Adelphi University in New York with a 3.8 GPA. Ethan is now enrolled in a Ph.D. program at New York Medical College to become a Physical Therapist.

Jessica Occhipinti ’07 Jess graduated from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA in 2011. Jess returned to campus for a Prep alumni panel and shared that she is starting to develop her own photography company.

Emma Pare ’07 After graduating from The Landmark Prep Program, Emma completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Regis College in 3 years. Emma now works in Boston at Robert Half as a headhunter. Emma returned to campus this past spring for an alumni panel offered to students in The Prep Program.

Seth Larner ’02

John Chaffin ’05 After Landmark, John graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Technical Theater Direction. He now works for Cirque de Soleil in Machu, China.

Brittany King ’06 After leaving Landmark Elementary • Middle School, Brittany attended the Cape Ann Waldorf School. She continued on to Proctor Academy graduating in 2006. Brittany attended Wheaton College where she was named a Student Artist/Athlete/Scholar


Gabby Pecoraro ’07 Gabby was the alumni speaker at the 2012 Senior and Parent Dinner at the Danversport Yacht Club this past April. Gabby did an amazing job sharing her life experiences thus far. Her words of wisdom and advice were extremely well-received by the senior class and their families. Gabby currently works in Boston at John Hancock Financial Services.

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LUMNI alumninotes Matt Cohen ’08

Matt graduated from Syracuse University days before returning to campus for an alumni panel offered to students in The Prep Program. Matt graduated with a major in Sports Management. During his time in school, he had multiple internships with teams like the Lowell Spinners and Boston Cannons.

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attending medical school, but that didn’t last long. I was ready to give up on medicine all together until I learned about the emergency medical service program through the school of medicine. During my junior year I changed my major and fell in love with the world of emergency medicine. In March of 2012 I took a chance and applied to the paramedic program. I recently found out I was one of 30 applicants accepted out of 80 applications. I will begin the program in the fall of 2012 and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Medical Services in 2013. It has been one crazy roller coaster ride but it has been an amazing journey. I am looking forward to next year!”

Patrick Shea ’08 On May 19, 2012, Patrick graduated from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He completed this while swimming four years in Division I. He will be starting a new career at a major corporation, Sig Sauer, in Exeter, NH.

Spencer Smitherman ’08 Spencer graduated from Bentley University this past spring and will be moving to San Francisco for work. Matt Cohen ’08 (back left) with his fraternity brothers

Jessica Glassman ’08 Jessica graduated from Suffolk with her B.A. in Public Relations with a minor in Education. She is most appreciative of all her time at Landmark.

Stephen Darby ’09 Stephen is attending Syracuse University and will graduate in 2013. He recently studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic at the Fakulta Akademie Muzickych Umeni (FAMU), the Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague – considered one of the best film schools in Europe.

Luke McMahon ’08 Luke graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Television on June 2, 2012.

Molly Pugsley ’08 Molly returned to campus in February for an alumni panel offered to seniors and later returned to the EMS for an alumni panel held there. She is currently studying at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA and working at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Chloe Sernet ’08 “Hello! Here is an update since the last time we spoke...almost four years ago. After graduating in 2008 I chose to attend the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. It was risky choosing to attend such a big school but it was worth it! When I started I was majoring in biology in the pre-med program with hopes of

Stephen Darby ’09 (center) in action while filming.

Alex Cassell ’10 Alex is a sophomore at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA and is majoring in Athletic Training. 63


High School Alumni Panel

l. to r.: Kaitlin, Briana, Molly, and Jake

On February 2, four positive and energetic alumni returned to campus for an alumni panel offered to the senior class. Kaitlin McGowen ’06, Briana Sommer ’05, Molly Pugsley ’08, and Jake Schneider ’08 offered advice and insight about life after Landmark to the attending seniors. One panelist shares, “I really enjoyed coming in and speaking to the students. I remember when I was in their place and

I hope I help them be more confident about going to college.”

l. to r.: Jake, Briana, Kaitlin, and Molly



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After Landmark

Landmark Landmark founded founded 1971 1971

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Harvey L. Alter L. Alter ’81 ’81 Nicholas Nicholas A. Lopardo A. Lopardo P’92,P’92, GP’20, GP’20, ’22 ’22 Harvey Glenview, Illinois Illinois Chairman Chairman Glenview, Newburyport, Newburyport, Massachusetts Massachusetts Founder Founder and President and President Susquehanna Susquehanna Capital Capital Management Management Co. Co.

Vice President Vice President The Alter The Alter Group Group

Robert Robert J. Campbell J. Campbell P’04P’04 Robert Robert J. Broudo J. Broudo P’11 P’11 Rockport, Rockport, Maine Maine Investment Counselor Counselor President President and and Headmaster Headmaster Investment Beverly, Beverly, Massachusetts Massachusetts Landmark Landmark School, School, Inc. Inc.

Beck,Beck, Mack, Mack, & Oliver & Oliver

Jeffrey Jeffrey Carney Carney P’16.’18 P’16.’18

Martin Martin P. Slark P. Slark P’01 P’01 Wellesley, Wellesley, Massachusetts Massachusetts ViceVice Chair Chair for for Executive Executive Vice President, Vice President, Branch Branch Network Network Charles Schwab Schwab & Co., & Inc. Co., Inc. Organizational Organizational Development Development Charles Burr Burr Ridge, Ridge, Illinois Illinois President President and CEO and CEO Molex, Molex, Inc Inc

Lynne Lynne Darling Darling ’98 ’98 Hampden, Hampden, Maine Maine Rental Rental Director Director and Finance and Finance Manager Manager Darling’s Darling’s Automotive Automotive Group Group

Moira Moira McNamara McNamara James James P’10 P’10 ViceVice Chair Chair for Advancement for Advancement O. Fitzpatrick O. Fitzpatrick Marblehead, Marblehead, Massachusetts Massachusetts AmyAmy Swampscott, Swampscott, Massachusetts Massachusetts Landmark Landmark Past Past Parent Parent and and Volunteer Volunteer

Landmark Landmark Past Parent Past Parent and Volunteer and Volunteer

Mark Mark R. Brislin R. Brislin Linda Linda G. Gersh G. Gersh P’06P’06 ViceVice President President of Finance of Finance Hamilton, Hamilton, Massachusetts Massachusetts Landmark Landmark School, School, Inc. Inc.

Beverly Beverly Hills,Hills, California California Landmark Landmark Past Parent Past Parent and Volunteer and Volunteer

William William A. Goldthwait A. Goldthwait ’86 ’86 Gia F. Gia Meicher F. Meicher Brookline, Brookline, Massachusetts Massachusetts Clerk Clerk Managing Managing Director Director

Beverly, Beverly, Massachusetts Massachusetts Landmark Landmark School, School, Inc. Inc.

RBS Global RBS Global Banking Banking & Markets & Markets

William William M. Graves M. Graves Jr. ’86 Jr. ’86

Charles Charles P. Harris P. Harris Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Clerk Clerk Emeritus Emeritus Education Education Consultant Consultant

Winchester, Winchester, Massachusetts Massachusetts Landmark Landmark School, School, Inc. Inc.

Sandra Sandra L. Jesse L. Jesse P’13 P’13 Manchester, Manchester, Massachusetts Massachusetts Vice President Vice President & Chief & Chief LegalLegal Officer Officer Haemonetics Haemonetics Corporation Corporation

JohnJohn J. McDonough J. McDonough


Andover, Andover, Massachusetts Massachusetts Executive Executive Vice President Vice President & CFO & CFO American American RenalRenal Associates Associates

Robert Robert S. Merowitz S. Merowitz P’06P’06 Sudbury, Sudbury, Massachusetts Massachusetts President President Universal Universal Realty Realty Corporation Corporation

Joseph Joseph H. Morgart H. Morgart P’12 P’12 Weston, Weston, Massachusetts Massachusetts Senior Senior Vice President Vice President Pyramis Pyramis Global Global Advisors Advisors

William William T. Patten T. Patten P’07P’07 Hamilton, Hamilton, Massachusetts Massachusetts Director Director of Sales of Sales & Marketing & Marketing Construction Construction Management Management & Builders, & Builders, Inc. Inc.

David David G. Peterson G. Peterson P’08P’08 Bedford, Bedford, Massachusetts Massachusetts SalesSales Management Management Consultant Consultant

Edward Edward W. Probert W. Probert Jr. P’15 Jr. P’15 Newburyport, Newburyport, Massachusetts Massachusetts Director Director of Alumni of Alumni Affairs Affairs and Development and Development Phillips Phillips Exeter Exeter Academy Academy

George George W. Ratermann W. Ratermann ’79 ’79 Livermore, Livermore, California California Founder Founder and Owner and Owner Ratermann Ratermann Manufacturing, Manufacturing, Inc. Inc.

Catherine Catherine SlarkSlark P’01 P’01 Burr Burr Ridge, Ridge, Illinois Illinois Landmark Landmark Past Parent Past Parent and Volunteer and Volunteer

Michael Michael D. Tancreti D. Tancreti P’09,P’09, ’11 ’11 Nashua, Nashua, New New Hampshire Hampshire CEO CEO Ashwood Ashwood Development Development Company Company

David David A. Tessier A. Tessier P’10 P’10 Beverly, Beverly, Massachusetts Massachusetts Executive Executive VP &VP Chief & Chief Investment Investment Officer Officer Turnberry Turnberry Associates Associates

*Suzanne *Suzanne H. Sears H. Sears P’02P’02 Hamilton, Hamilton, Massachusetts Massachusetts Landmark Landmark Past Parent Past Parent and Volunteer and Volunteer *Trustee *Trustee Emerita Emerita

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