Crimson Magazine, Fall 2013

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The Morristown-Beard School Magazine









2012-2013 Annual Report Inside!


Crimson FALL


Dear Friends of MBS,

Board of Trustees Mike Ranger, President

As I write this letter, the campus is bustling with energy and excitement at the start of a new school year. I hope that you and your family had a chance to enjoy some time and some welldeserved rest together over the summer break. During that time, when the pace at MBS was a bit slower than now, I had a chance

Thompson D. Grant, Jr. ’69, Vice President Siobhan A. Teare ’77, Vice President John Egan, Treasurer Paolo Cucchi, Secretary

Patrick Burke ’84 Mary-Ellen Campbell (Honorary) John F. Fay David Ferry Wilfredo Fernandez David Gately


David V.H. Hedley ’64 (Honorary)

anticipating the year ahead. In this issue of Crimson magazine, we celebrate the extraordinary Class of 2013, who joined the ranks of MBS alumni last June. These wonderful recent graduates, now just starting their college careers and contemplating a whole new level of educational richness and challenge, will soon discover how remarkably well prepared they are, thanks to the quality of their MBS education. (Please note that we have an online supplement at with more coverage of our Commencement and Middle School Moving Up ceremonies.)

Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 (Honorary)


Remarks from the Headmaster

Loretta Porter James ’62


MBS News Briefs

Gail Kurz ’86


New Turf Field

Joe Robillard


Sunrise for the Middle School

Debi Roth


The Time has Come for "MBS Now"

Roger Schwarz ’66


MBS Partners with Local Police


Humanities Program Connects English & History


Going National


Digging with Doc


Winter & Spring Sports Round-Up


Commencement Ceremony


Moving Up Ceremony


MBS Celebrates Alumni Weekend


Alumni Spotlight

Throughout the summer, the campus has been enhanced by a few “bricks-and-mortar” projects, including


Class Notes & In Memoriam

(Fessenden Field). As we analyzed our facilities needs in light of the growing numbers of student-athletes, it became


The Morristown-Beard Fund

Michael Magner

Katie Simon ’85 Judy Taggart Monya Taylor ’88

Director of Institutional Advancement Betsy Patterson

Director of Development Joseph Locandro

Director of Communications Steve Patchett

Photography David Kramer ’69

I continue to be very proud of the diverse education that our students receive here at MBS, an education that prepares them to be globally responsible citizens of the world. This issue of Crimson offers articles that showcase this diversity in academics, athletics, leadership, and technology. Our feature article focuses on Morristown-Beard students who are garnering national attention in everything from ballroom dancing to rock climbing. While their skills and talents are admirable, their character and leadership are even more impressive. These students display the integrity, determination, and independence of mind that are cornerstones of an MBS education, and we are tremendously proud of the way they represent their School and themselves. I would like to call your attention as well to the Annual Report in the center of the magazine. The life-changing work that goes on at MBS every day would not be possible without the support of our alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff and friends. We are extremely grateful for your generosity!

improvement will enhance our strong athletic program.

Steve Patchett

Designer Jaimi Talarico

Printer AJ Images

projects we are undertaking, and to absorb the heady atmosphere of learning at the highest level. Despite the everincreasing pace of change that characterizes the modern world, the MBS commitment to offering the very best educational experience will never waver. I look forward to seeing you all as the new academic year unfolds. All the best,

Peter J. Caldwell Headmaster 1

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MBS News Briefs Franz Inducted into NJSCA Hall of Fame Congratulations to MBS boys' varsity basketball coach Eddie Franz, who was inducted into the

This fractured fairytale was set in a courtroom, where the

literary work of more than 20 student authors as well as photography

notorious Big Bad Wolf was taken on trial for his crimes against

and illustrations by 18 student artists.

the creatures of the Enchanted Forest – and his fate was decided by the audience. Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs, the Evil Stepmother and the Fairy Godmother were among the

The extensive and very talented cast included: Amogh Anakru ’17, Pamela Beniwal ’19, Anna Burns ’19, Richie Carchia ’18, Trevor Clemson ’18, Tessa Connell ’19, Joseph DePoalo ’19, Rylan DeStefano ’19, Emma Duffy ’19, Perri Easley ’19, Connor Heffernan ’18, Ryan Heffernan ’19, Taylor Jaskula ’17, Blake

Track Event Benefits the Semper Fi Fund

’19, Alexa Lightbourn ’18, Lauren Mennen ’19, Courtney Ober

On June 15th and 16th, more than 20 runners hit the track at

Piniaha ’19, Lilly Pinkin ’19, Natalie Pruitt ’18, Sophie Richman

Morristown-Beard School for “Run the Track to Give Back” – a

’18, Anoushka Shah ’19, Lauren Smith ’19, Lindsay Smith ’19,

24-hour track-a-thon that raised money for injured members of

Matthew Smith ’18, and Rebecca Tone ’19.

’18, Ian O’Brien ’19, Leslie Phillips ’19, Sophia Picozzi ’19, Carly

and tennis, was Morris County's

The event, which was sponsored by Excel Fitness Center of Bernardsville in cooperation with Foley, Incorporated, raised more than $50,000 for the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund

School literary magazine, Mariah,


and Navy veteran Robert Donnelly, were on hand to participate

new world – releasing

in the event.

as Tony shares his jo storie urney to the s about g NFL, winni

a digital edition complete with 3 0

coaches who were inducted at the luncheon in Edison.

minutes of student-

T hurs

generated media that from the print version.

Madison High School. He earned his 200th win in 2007, and “It’s a tremendous peer support system between the newer athletes and the Team Semper Fi guys. They’re motivated with a 21-5 mark and their second consecutive conference

because they can see where they can be in the future,” said

championship that year.

Elizabeth O’Connell, a representative of the Semper Fi Fund.

Eddie Franz has been involved in a wide range of activities

The Digital Mariah

Members of the MBS community enjoyed an entertaining and

was spearheaded by

often hilarious evening with Tony Siragusa, a former professional

student editor Kaitlyn

football player and popular television personality, on April 25th in

Tatulli ’14 along with

Wilkie Hall. The event was sponsored by the MBS Crimson Club.

an array of student contributors under the guidance of faculty advisors Mike Kelly and Allison Postma. It features a half hour

at MBS since he began his tenure here in 1983. Through the years, he has served as Assistant Headmaster, Assistant Head

design projects.

for Student Affairs, Director of Student Affairs, and Director of Guidance. He currently serves as the Wellness Coordinator, boys' varsity basketball coach, boys' varsity tennis coach, and a teacher of U.S. History.

coach in 2010.

Jersey, his journey to the NFL, winning the Super Bowl, and his everything from his mother’s meatballs to the college recruiting process… and why NFL contract negotiations are easier than

has offered student-generated multimedia as part of its literary

coaching girls’ soccer.

Morning Meeting on May 31st.

He picked up his 100th career win as the boys' varsity tennis

Tony shared stories about growing up in Kenilworth, New

The Digital Mariah magazine. It was unveiled along with the 2013 print version at

Siragusa, MBS parent of Samantha ’15, is a former NFL defensive tackle with the Indianapolis Colts and the Super Bowl Champion

Please note that to access the Digital Mariah on an iPad, you will

Baltimore Ravens. He is currently a sideline NFL analyst for Fox

need to have iTunes U as well as iBooks – both are free apps.

and the host of DIY Channel’s “Man Caves.”

Digital Mariah can be found on iTunes U by searching under

Phil Rizzuto, and I'm more of a Phil Rizzuto guy," Franz told The

A Howlingly Funny “Big Bad Musical”

Daily Record. "I hung in there. You're humbled by being in the

Audiences were treated to some lively and hilarious courtroom

This year’s printed edition of Mariah was edited by Caitlin Brown

same organization as these guys. I know I've been plugging

hijinks as Morristown-Beard Middle School students presented

’13, Sandra Becker ’13 and Julia McBride ’13, and features the

along, and all of a sudden you get rewarded for it."

“The Big Bad Musical” on May 23rd in Founders Hall.

“Morristown-Beard School” and then clicking on the Mariah course.

day, A

“Goose : The Outra geous

is entirely separate

help you get back to sports because really the best medicine


Paren t of Sa manth Colts a ‘15, and the forme analyst r NFL Super def for Fo Bowl x, host Cham pion of the DIY Ch annel’s

has entered a brave

In December, Franz picked up his 300th victory with the boys'


An Entertaining Evening with "The Goose"

S cho ol’s Upper members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

the Semper Fi Fund with helping him return to an active lifestyle.

"Some guys make the Hall of Fame as Babe Ruth, and some as

school in the state. The 2008 and 2009 editions of Mariah were awarded “Excellent” ratings by the same Council.


Donnelly, who lost a leg in a parachute jump two years ago, credits

enjoyed one of his most successful seasons in 2011-2012, when

Mariah was nominated for the Highest Award, given to only one

MBS Literary Magazine Goes Digital!

lone representative among the 36

basketball team following the Crimson's 49-37 road win over

to recognize excellence in school literary magazines. In 2010,

the U.S. Armed Forces.

Several injured veterans, including Marine veteran Andy Robinson than 50 seasons of basketball

Award by the National Council of the Teaching of English program

Kernen ’18, Kenny Lavoie ’18, Jaydn Lawrence ’18, Liza Leever

on April 14th. Franz, who has coached more

the years. The 2012, 2011 and 2010 editions of Mariah received a “Superior”

New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association (NJSCA) Hall of Fame

The Mariah has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence through

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After his presentation and a Q&A session with the audience, Siragusa autographed copies of his book, Goose: The Outrageous Life & Times of a Football Guy.



Life & Times

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Students & Faculty Paint Mural at Children’s Hospital

MBS Says Hello to "Bye Bye Birdie" Members of the M BS communit y “ Put on a Happy Face” and were transported to a simpler time as the MBS Upper School staged the beloved musical "Bye Bye Birdie" in Founders Hall this spring. Inspired by Elvis Presley's draft into the Army in 1957, "Bye Bye Birdie" centers on teen idol Conrad Birdie and the lucky girl chosen to give him a farewell kiss before he leaves for war. A near riot ensues in a small Midwestern town as girls love him, boys despise him, and fainting women follow his every move. The show was a good-natured swipe at popular culture, rock 'n' roll and American life in the 1950s. The upbeat score featured "Put On A Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' To Do," and "One Last Kiss." MBS students featured in the production included: Pooja Aggarwal ’14 (Rose Alvarez), Erica Atkinson ’13 (Ursula

Awards program.

coveted “Challenge

At MBS, he has received several academic awards, including


freshman Trevor McNamara

seniors who attended

’17 and his family unveiled

MBS Middle School

a new room at the Goryeb

returned to their former

Children’s Hospital in memory

Houses to compete

of Trevor’s late brother Liam

alongside today’s 8th

Hayden McNamara, they got

graders. After a half hour

plenty of artistic support from

of intense competition,

the MBS community.

the Spartans emerged

the Biology Award and the Physics Award. He will attend Brown University in the fall and plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

Morristown-Beard students, faculty, and staff helped paint a

victorious over a tenacious group of Athenians.

beach mural complete with rolling dunes and wispy clouds on

The competition was part of a spring “Mini-Spirit Week” which

the bathroom wall of Liam’s Room. The mural creates a warm

culminated on Saturday, April 13th with a full slate of athletic

and comforting feel, and was painted by Trevor McNamara and

events on campus including softball, boys’ lacrosse, and baseball.

Reiling ’15, along with faculty and staff members Laurie Hartman, Zoe Jameson, Chris Finn, Carol Wooldredge and Greg Williams. Liam was diagnosed with an incurable and devastating neurological condition called Lissencephaly. From the family’s experience with going in and out of the hospital, parents Lisa and Peter McNamara

Collins ’13 Named Merit Scholarship Finalist

Production of "Midsummer" Earns Eight Award Nominations

Congratulations to Morristown-Beard

This year, the Morristown- Beard production of William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was nominated for an unprecedented eight awards in the Montclair State University Theater Night Awards Program.

School senior Dan Collins ’13, who care through creating more home-like inpatient hospital rooms. According to the McNamara’s, spending countless hours in a

National Merit Scholarship Program. The pool of nationwide finalists

a sick child. Liam’s Room provides the amenities to function

represents less than one percent

as a family, even if the setting is in a hospital room: whether it

of U.S. high school seniors. More

be through the ability to sleep in the room with their child, play

than 1 million juniors in the nation

video games together or enjoy a mural painted on the walls.

took the qualifying exam, the PSAT, in the fall. Only 15,000 were selected to become National Merit

in Summit. The second Liam’s Room – at Goryeb Children’s The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) gives out

Rojek ’15 (Kim Macafee), Max Schmidt ’13 (Albert Peterson),

hospital and will serve as a home-away-from-home for children

and Tyler Smith ’15 (Hugo Peabody).

who frequent the hospital due to life-limiting illnesses.

The ensemble included: Ashley Aracena ’13, Jessica Babb

To volunteer or learn more about Liam’s Room, please visit

’16, Dan Collins ’13, Carlye Cording ’16, Breyton Croom ’13,

Michelle Diamantis ’14, Danielle DiRaddo ’14, Eric Fernandez

8,300 scholarships annually. NMSC evaluators select those letters of recommendation, test scores, student information and a written essay, according to NMSC information. In order to be considered, students must have a record of consistently exemplary high school academic performance and must also perform well in any college courses the student may have taken.

Nelligan ’16, Arielle Moss ’16, JD Parker ’15, Annabel Pruitt ’16,

Seniors & 8th Graders Team Up for Legacy Cup House Challenge

Bailey Rechler ’16, Amanda Sit ’16, and Hailey Winterbottom ’16.

The pride of the Athenians, Shongums, Spartans and Whippanies

Quiz Bowl team, and a member of the Cum Laude Society as

was on the line as MBS seniors and 8th graders teamed up for

well as the Math Honor Society. He was also a member of the

special “Legacy Cup House Challenge” game of capture the

ensemble for the MBS production of “Bye Bye Birdie.”

Emily Hromin ’16, Rachel Leung ’16, Jack Lindberg ’15, Meghan

Stage managers for the production were: '15 and Christopher Monaco '14. The behind-the-scenes Karbachinskiy ’16, and Titi Ogunsola ’15.

At Morristown-Beard School, Collins was a co-captain of the

Collins recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and spearheaded

crew included: Jack Collins ’16, Dylan Iuzzolino ’15, Steven


of Excellence from the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community

contests to capture the

For the first-time ever,

’13 (Mr. Macafee), Lacey Nussbaum ’13 (Mrs. Macafee), Alexa

’14, Ryan Fisher ’16, Molly Glick ’16, Erin Hargrave-Kerns ’14,

challenges, and other

This summer, when MBS

Merkel), Rachel Butensky ’13 (Mrs. Peterson), Jamie Cocuzza ’16 (Conrad Birdie), Rachel Moss ’13 (Gloria Rasputin), Kyle Movsovich

off in a series of races,

When students enter the 8th grade at MBS, they are randomly

numerous efforts to help feed the hungry. At Morristown-Beard

assigned to one of four Houses – the Athenians, Shongums,

School, he led two food drives to benefit The Community

Spartans, and Whippanies. Throughout the year, they square

FoodBank of New Jersey’s Backpack Program. He was honored

Three MBS students led the way by all being nominated in the Lead Actress Category. Alexa Rojek ’15 won “Best Actress in a Classical Role” for her performance as Puck. In addition, Rachel Moss '13 was nominated for her role as Hermia, and Rachel Butensky '13 was recognized for her role as Bottom, the Weaver. MBS was the only school to have multiple nominations in this very competitive category. Performing Arts Department Chair Susie Speidel won in the category of “Outstanding Costume Design.” In addition, the work of the entire cast was recognized with a nomination in the category of “Outstanding Performance by An Ensemble.” The overall production was nominated as both “Outstanding Production of a Classic Work” and “Outstanding Overall Production.” Finally, guest artist Perry Kroeger was nominated in the category of “Outstanding Set Design.” This is the fourth year that MBS has participated in the MSU Theater Night Awards, which is run by the MSU Theater Department and School of the Arts to recognize excellence in the production of high school plays throughout the state of New Jersey. This year's nominations are the most ever received by MBS for a single production.


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In an ongoing effort to provide its

Fessenden Field is a Hit

"In light of the growing number of student-athletes at MBS, it became quite apparent that the addition of another more playable space to support our robust athletic program," same time,”


“And if it rains in the maintenance – they can just focus on getting their team ready for the game.”

Fessenden Field Donors Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. John W. Adams Mr. Paolo P. Cucchi

“We are tremendously grateful to those project,”

“We are

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Fay Will and Danni Fernandez Lee Kellogg Sadrian '89 Mr. Herman Kurz ’86 & Mrs. Gail Kurz ’86

engaged community.”

Michael and Virginia Ranger Mr. and Ms. Joseph C. Robillard William and Debra Roth

After 6

Ms. J. Katie Simon '85 Mr. and Mrs. Frank D. Visceglia, Jr. William E. Simon Foundation, Inc.


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Throughout the Spring semester, the Middle School has been sending small groups of students to visit the residents of Sunrise of Madison, a senior residence facility.


Every two weeks, a cheerful contingent of 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders travel to the Sunrise facility — next to Farleigh Dickinson in Madison — in order to discuss topics of mutual interest, to chat about current affairs, or to play a game called "This Day in History."

"It has been a really fun experience going over to Sunrise," said 8th Grader Lucas Fagan. "Not only did we get to share our own experiences with the residents, but we usually learn quite a lot from listening to their stories."

During a typical visit, the Middle School visitors introduce themselves to their senior hosts and then start a conversation by talking about a historical event that happened on that particular day. The students give a synopsis of what they researched, and then the seniors provide their personal remembrances of the event. On April 15th, for instance, the group started with a simple outline of Jackie Robinson Day and ended up with an animated discussion of what sports were popular when the seniors were young.

"Going to Sunrise takes a lot of energy," added Rob Mead, one of the two Middle School advisors to the group. "Fortunately, that's something that we have a lot of in the Middle School. The kids do an amazing job — they are excellent ambassadors for the School and they bring a lot of joy to the residents with every visit." "We are looking forward to forging strong and close ties with the senior community," added Mead. "We always have a lot of children who are eager to go, and we aim to expand this part of the After School Program in the fall."

The relationship with Sunrise has been more than just a one way street for the Middle School. During the in-school production of the MS musical, The Big Bad Musical, residents from Sunrise came to cheer on many of the same students who had visited the facility. "Tell the children to keep at it," commented one Sunrise resident after the show. "I was in a lot of shows when I was in school. It was always a lot of fun."

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It’s late on a Sunday night and students’ thoughts are turning to the school week ahead. Homework is finished, but there is still one nagging, unresolved issue… The all-important question:

“What’s for lunch on Monday?”

That’s where MBS Now comes in! The app, developed by MorristownBeard students Graham Dyer ’14 and Lena Rajan ’14, is designed to help members of the MBS community get the School information they need quickly.

“We were looking to make something that the entire School could benefit from, and a way to help our community on a day-to-day basis,” said Dyer. The app, which made its debut in May, features everything a student, faculty member or parent at MBS would want at their fingertips – the day’s class schedule, School calendars, homework assignments, forms, athletic information, and yes – the all-important lunch menu. “I’ve found that the lunch schedules are getting the most hits,” said Dyer. “Monday has been the most popular day for the app, and the peak time is between 11 a.m. and noon.” The idea for the app arose after both Dyer and Rajan studied iOS programming 1 & 2 with teacher Barbara Napholtz. “I started taking Mrs. Napholtz’s class and realized that I loved it,” said Rajan. “It came naturally and I discovered that I really enjoy doing it.” “Programming is something I’ve been interested in since the 8th Grade,” said Dyer. “I’ve done several independent studies with Mrs. Napholtz, but this is my first large project.” Dyer focused his efforts on the code while Rajan finished the graphics and artwork and put the app through rigorous testing.

“They collaborated well. I was really impressed…they were very organized,” said Napholtz, who wasn’t surprised that two of her star students created such as successful app. “Graham has learned so much and he’s got great ideas. He really bowled me over last year with his presentation on app development for Winter Workshops,” said Napholtz. “And Lena is very dedicated. Her contributions – especially as a tester – were invaluable.” Dyer said the approval process for the app was surprisingly smooth. “We met with members of the MBS Senior Team twice, and Mr. Burns was especially helpful in the process,” he said. The students submitted their app to the App Store using iTunes Connect, and the review process took nine days. Since the initial roll-out of MBS Now, Dyer and Rajan have already completed two updates of the app. Dyer has also conducted several app development workshops for MBS students to share his personal experiences and knowledge. When he graduates from MBS next spring, Dyer said he will pass ownership of the MBS Now app to an underclassman so that student can keep the app updated. Until then, Dyer and Rajan are both signed up for “Advanced iOS Programming” with Mrs. Napholtz. And both students are eager to learn more.

MBS Now version 2.3 is a free app available from the App Store. 9

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n an effort to set a new standard for campus safety and security, Morristown-Beard School recently donated two mobile computers to the Morris Township Police Department that will enable the police to access the MBS surveillance system in the event of an emergency.

The idea for the police to tap into the MBS surveillance system arose last October during the School’s night football game. Patrolman Steven Crump, Captain Richard Ferrone and MBS Director of Security Hal Freeden were brainstorming about ways to enhance safety on campus.

The two computers and software will allow the police to tap into the security cameras that are positioned throughout the campus, and determine exactly where a situation is taking place.

“We agreed that we’d love to gain access to the camera system at the School, and Patrolman Crump ran with the idea,” said Captain Ferrone.

“The concept is that time is lives; every second counts,” said Patrolman Steven Crump. “Morristown-Beard is known for setting high standards, and they are taking a giant step forward in the security of their students. We can now cover the entire 22-acre campus with no guesswork.”

“The cooperation and teamwork have been incredible. Morristown-Beard is setting the standard – and we hope to show other schools how they can take advantage of this kind of partnership also,” said Patrolman Crump.

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In April, Chief McGuinness met with representatives from all 14 schools in Morris Township to encourage them to partner with police and share access to their surveillance systems. He said that the cost for other schools should be minimal since Morristown-Beard has already donated the mobile computers.

“If something happens – it could be anything from a bomb threat to an intruder to a fire – this gives us a real edge in terms of responding quickly and assessing the situation,” said Chief of Police John McGuinness. “I hope it also gives parents some peace of mind that Morristown-Beard is doing its utmost for campus security.”

“Ensuring the safety of our community is our top priority,” said Headmaster Peter Caldwell. “We hope these actions will allow us to continue the good work that we do with minimal interruption to our daily lives and with no visible change in the warm and open atmosphere of the campus, while providing security and peace of mind to all members of the community and visitors.”

Chief McGuinness said he was not entirely surprised when he found out that Morristown-Beard had decided to donate the computers. “We have a great relationship with Headmaster Peter Caldwell. The School has really greeted us with open arms.”

Morristown-Beard School and the Morris Township Police Department held a successful drill in the spring to test the new system.

Throughout the year, MBS 9th and 10th grade students were asked to collaborate and think creatively as they explored the connections between History and English in a series of Humanities Symposiums. In May, the freshmen hit the airwaves as they created their own 90-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) to raise awareness for a particular environmental issue. The students tackled a host of topics, including the dangers of radium, the problem of overpopulation, and the work of groups such as the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society, and the World Wildlife Fund. Meanwhile, the sophomores became museum curators at “The Museum of Transformation Objects.” The museum houses 10 rooms, each representing a different aspect of culture: Politics, Architecture, Fashion, Painting, Food, Music, Film, Television, the Environment, and Sports. Students selected a transformational object for their particular room, and explained its evolution as well as the influences of the object on society. Transformational objects ranged from the

American flag (Politics) and pants (Fashion) to steroids (Sports). Earlier in the semester, members of the Sophomore Class stepped into the future – the year 2033 to be exact – as teams designed their own machine to pitch to investors at the annual “World Investors Conference” in Wilkie Hall. Presented with a world marked by global warming, political upheaval and economic crisis, the sophomores needed to come up with ideas to turn things around – and fast! Some of their visionary new ideas included: wireless electricity, a “smart” backpack, Magnif-Eye lenses, programs to improve memory and language comprehension, and even a tennis racquet of the future. When the students weren’t pitching their inventions, they were scouring the convention floor - learning about the other teams’ designs and deciding which teams deserved funding. Across campus in Founders Hall, the 9th graders were busy making their case for the “Explorer of the Year Awards.” The students

were split into groups and assigned a different candidate from among the 2012 MacArthur Fellows to research and pitch to the class. The students learned that although the candidates may not be ‘explorers’ in the Vasco da Gama or Ferdinand Magellan sense of the word, their discoveries and new ways of approaching their disciplines – and the world in general - have made them true pioneers. These 21st Century explorers included a geochemist, a conceptual photographer, a documentary filmmaker, a bioengineer, and a pediatric neurosurgeon. By all accounts, the Humanities Symposiums were a huge success, bringing together English and History, as well as some Science, to thereby broaden the interdisciplinary program. “The students were clearly well-prepared, and responded enthusiastically to the tasks,” said History Teacher Ricky Kamil.


Going National By Steve Patchett

Students Make their Mark from Coast to Coast On any given day, it’s easy to spot Morristown-Beard students celebrating each other’s achievements on campus. From the roar of a capacity crowd after a show-stopping performance in Founders Hall to the screams of the Crimson Crazies at a Friday Night Lights football game, the outpouring of School spirit and support can be downright deafening at times. Other student achievements, by their very nature, are a little quieter since they take place off-campus. Morristown-Beard students excel in a diverse array of activities away from School – several on a national level.


“Kevin Budd ’15 used to compete with me, and I know a lot of other people who seem interested,” said Bridges, who added that MBS teachers and administrators are also very supportive. “Mr. Caldwell and Mr. Burns always come up to me and ask me about my surfing,” said Bridges. “And Mr. Hartman wants to come down to the beach sometime and watch me surf, so that’s pretty cool.”

The Synchroettes participate in 9 or 10 competitions per season, and their schedule has taken them across the United States – from California to Michigan to Georgia – as well as across the globe. Despite the rigorous schedule, both girls would like to pursue synchronized skating as far as it will take them. “One of our goals is to be on the World Team,” said Petrocelli. “We would also like to see synchronized skating recognized as an Olympic sport so we could compete in the Winter Olympics, but that probably won’t happen for a while.” In the near future, the girls are looking forward to competing internationally again as part of Team USA in 2014. They would also like to continue skating in college, and from there – who knows? “We joke about coming back in 40 years and doing a Master’s team!” said Roth.

Spencer Bridges ’16: In Search of the Perfect Wave Surfer Spencer Bridges ’16 caught his first wave when he was just 7 years old, and it’s been a wildly successful ride ever since.

Irene Petrocelli ’15 & Jacqueline Roth ’14:

The MBS sophomore recently captured first place at the Eastern Surfing Association Northeast Regional Championships in Sea Isle City for 14-and-under shortboard, while taking second in the longboard competition.

To say that MBS students Irene Petrocelli ’15 and Jacqueline Roth ’14 are "in sync" would be an understatement.

He also placed third in his division at the National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) East Coast Championships in Florida last April. Later in the spring, it was on to the NSSA Northeast High School Championships in Ocean City, NJ where he finished 8th out of 108 surfers in the shortboard division, and 2nd out of 20 in the longboard.

And while it may be impractical for the Crimson Crazies to show up at an equestrian event in Florida or a rock climbing competition in Colorado, there is no doubt that they would if they could!

“I was really excited to do that – especially as a freshman,” said Bridges, whose father grew up surfing in Cornwall, England.

Likewise, these student-athletes may not have an “MB” emblazoned on their uniform, but they are still ambassadors of this School, they still bleed Crimson, and they epitomize the values of a Morristown-Beard education.

And no, New Jersey’s frigid winters can't deter Bridges from hitting the waves.

And we are tremendously proud of them.

This fall, Bridges hopes to share his passion with other members of the MBS community by forming a Surf Club.

Bridges’ surfing has taken him across the United States and as far away as Hawaii, but he still says one of his favorite surfing destinations is Nantucket Island, Massachusetts – where his family has a summer home. He also surfs regularly in Belmar and Ocean City, NJ where he trains with professional surfer Rob Kelly.

“Yes, I surf in the winter…I surf in the snow,” he said with a laugh. “I think I went out this year when the water was 34 degrees and there was snow on the beach, but it was amazing – the waves were really good!” For Bridges, surfing is a passion of which he just can’t get enough. “When I go out (surfing), I don’t think about anything else. It’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done,” said Bridges. “I can surf for eight hours at a time and never get bored. There are an endless amount of tricks and things you can work on.”

Skating Away

The girls have been best friends for nearly 10 years, they live in the same town, they always hang out together, and they finish each other’s sentences. But that’s just the beginning. Petrocelli and Roth are both members of the Synchroettes – a Junior-level synchronized ice skating team that was selected by U.S. Figure Skating to compete as part of Team USA for the 2012-2013 season. In January, the 16-member team competed for the prestigious Leon Lurje Trophy in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they received the bronze medal. In February, the Synchroettes captured the gold medal at the 2013 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. “It feels so good to finally be achieving such success,” said Roth. “We’ve been skating together for years and have been through so much as a team. When we first started, we used to be the team that would come in last place!” Persistence and hard work have clearly paid off for the Synchroettes. “It’s a big commitment. It’s basically your entire life,” said Petrocelli, who practices with Roth and the rest of the team six days a week for three or four hours a day. “You have to be dedicated and focused. Skating makes you an overachiever", agreed Roth.

Sam Curtis ’15: Squashing the Competition Sam Curtis ’15 is making quite a racket on the squash court, thanks to his great skill, his passion for the game, and a few pointers from his father and doubles partner, Harry. In April, the father and son team won the U.S. Father/Son National Squash Championship Under-17 Division held in New York City. The duo competed against 20 top teams from around the country before capturing the title by beating a team from Massachusetts. “My father is the one who encouraged me to start playing squash when I was a little kid, although I didn’t start getting competitive with it until this year,” said Curtis. While he has only focused on squash for a short amount of time, Curtis quickly realized he has a knack for the sport. He is currently ranked 60th in the nation by U.S. Squash for the Boys’ Under-17 Division. “In the beginning of the season, I won three tournaments and that really boosted my confidence,” said Curtis. “I also beat a top-30 kid in a tournament at Lawrenceville, and almost beat the second-ranked kid in the nation last year, but lost by three points.” Curtis puts in an average of 10 to 12 hours of squash training per week, and he has also trained internationally with Coach Geoff Mitchell and members of The Chatham Club as part of a special summer program. In 2013, Curtis and his teammates trained with


Hungary’s top junior players in Budapest, and worked on their balance and speed with Hungarian Olympian Krisztian Pars. As part of the trip, he traveled to Amsterdam where he competed in the Dutch Open, playing nine best-of-five matches against juniors from around the world.

Steinberg was introduced to the sport when she was just 10 years old after her brother attended a birthday party at the Gravity Vault, an indoor rock gym near her home. Today, Steinberg trains at Gravity Vault four days a week for two and half hours each session. As she enters her senior year, she continues to set high goals for herself.

“I’ve played in the Gold Nationals here in the U.S., but it’s a whole different level to be playing kids from Europe,” said Curtis. “The competition there is very hard.”

“This year, I hope to go to Colorado Springs for Open Nationals and Youth Nationals,” she said. “I’ll start training in September to get a jump on that. I also hope to make the U.S. Team again and make the podium for Youth Bouldering.”

This past summer, Curtis trained in Belgium for a week with some of the top coaches in the world. “My goal right now is to keep training really hard and try to get my ranking higher,” he said. He also plans to visit a few colleges and check out their squash programs as he prepares for the upcoming season. And of course, a few doubles matches with his father aren’t out of the question, either.

While some of her climbing friends have a desire to pursue the sport professionally, Steinberg says plans to attend college to study neuroscience and continue climbing as a hobby. “As long as I’m somewhere where there is climbing nearby, I’ll be happy,” she said.

Pooja Aggarwal ’14: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance! Anyone who has spent some time in Founders Hall during the past few years knows that Pooja Aggarwal ’14 can sing.


“It’s tiring – we do a boot camp and then have shows practically every day,” said Aggarwal. “But it’s worth’s kind of indescribable the satisfaction you get from performing!” Whether she is touring the country or performing in Founders Hall, Aggarwal said one of the best parts of performing in a group is the sense of family that develops. “In Bye, Bye Birdie - the spring MBS musical - there were a lot of freshmen in the show. By the end, it doesn’t matter what grade you’re in – you all become good friends,” she said. And Aggarwal says she is extremely grateful for the support of her friends – many of whom have come to her Rock-N-Roll Chorus performances and other shows. “I really believe that all of the support from my teachers and friends at MBS has helped me become a better performer outside of the School,” she said.

“Most competitive equestrian teams are in the South, so I’m looking at schools like South Carolina, Auburn, University of Georgia, Texas A&M, and SMU,” she said. She looks forward to competing in college, and says one of her dreams is to eventually compete in the Olympic Games. “One of my friends, Reed Kessler, was the youngest rider in Show Jumping history in the Olympics,” she said. “I think it’s every girl’s dream to be in the Olympics.”

Morgan Moog ’14 is not the only MBS student to excel in equestrian competitions. Several other MBS students, including Julia Acierno ’13, Hannah Fuller ’16, Hannah Toohey ’15, and Catherine Wachtell ’13 also excel at horseback riding and have the ribbons and trophies to prove it!

Morgan Moog ’14: Horse Sense

The talented senior has been a member of the chorus and the Crimsingers, and has been a fixture in MBS musicals and at CMW and Coffee House performances.

From an early age, Zoe Steinberg ’14 has been literally climbing straight to the top.

This past spring, however, Aggarwal stole the spotlight for another talent – dance.

Steinberg, who is entering her senior year at MBS this fall, is one of the top rock climbers in the country, earning an array of awards in both bouldering and sport climbing.

In April, Aggarwal was named a Fred Astaire National Champion for American Rhythm and American Smooth Dances at the Cross Country Dance Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This past year, Steinberg finished fourth at the ABS (American Bouldering Series) Youth National Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, securing her a spot on the 2013 U.S. National Team. She has been a top ranked climber by USA Climbing since her days in MBS Middle School, and her resume includes a first place finish at the ABS National Rock Climbing Tournament during her freshman year.

“When I got there, I didn’t know what to expect. I had done regional competitions before, but nothing on this level,” said Aggarwal, who only began dancing seriously four years ago. “It was the best experience!”

Despite all the accolades and awards, Steinberg’s focus is far from trophies and ribbons. In fact, she says her most rewarding climb took place two years ago with no fanfare on a quiet morning in Red River Gorge, Kentucky, when she did a free climb with a grade of 5.13 – one of the most difficult climbs imaginable.

Now, Aggarwal goes to the dance studio almost every day for about an hour and a half each session, and she says she couldn’t imagine life without dance.

She says her biggest thrill took place at the 2008 U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Medal, as she and her horse Goodnight Moon topped the efforts of more than 180 other competitors to win the championship title. “I was really happy, and I didn’t know that I would get that far,” said Moog who was just 12 at the time and defeated many older, more experienced riders.

“When you’re so passionate about something, you find the time to fit it in,” she said.

Moog has been riding since she can remember, and started competing when she was just eight years old.

She also continues to work on her vocal abilities, and has taken private voice lessons for the past 10 years. Over the past two summers, Aggarwal has toured with the Rock-N-Roll Chorus, an a capella group which tours the country – from Orlando to Cleveland to the Jersey shore.

“When I was three, my mom put me on my first horse and I fell in love with it,” said Moog. “My mom used to ride so she got me hooked on it.”

“I had been really close to doing it for a while, and would always psych myself out,” she said. “One day, we were about to leave for Nationals, and my back was bothering me, and I went over with no expectations – and I finally did it! I was really, really happy by performing at that level.”

In addition to riding in a full slate of competitions over the summer, Moog has spent her time looking into colleges with strong equestrian programs.

Not Just Horsing Around

Zoe Steinberg ’14: Rock Star

Aggarwal began dancing at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Montville after a family friend began doing it. “I really didn’t think I would like it, but I tried it and I surprised myself,” she said.

Moog keeps her two horses – Tilly and Regis – at Someday Stables in Montville, where she rides six days a week. “During the school year, I go straight to the barn after school and ride for three or four hours depending on homework,” she said. She has been with the same trainer – Caitlin Githens – for the past 10 years, and says she is like a “second mom.”

For Morgan Moog ’14, horseback riding provides an adrenaline rush as well as a sense of inner peace. “When I ride, it’s my free place. I love my connection with the horse,” she said. “If I’ve had a stressful day, I can go to the barn and be fine; it’s my happy place.” Lately, Moog has had plenty to be happy about. She recently took top honors at several regionial and national equestrian competitions, including the 3’6” equitation in Ocala, Florida last March. She has competed in countless tournaments – from Florida all the way up to Vermont – and she also hopes to travel to Europe for an international competition.

Despite breaking her collarbone this year, Catherine Wachtell amassed quite an impressive list of accomplishments during her high school equestrian career. In 2010, she was a Zone 2 runner-up for “Horse of the Year” and Junior Jumper Reserve Champion. In 2011, she was the Ocala Winter Series Low/ Amateur Jumper Circuit Champion as well as the Marshall & Sterling League Finals Low Junior/Amateur Jumper Champion. Wachtell was also the Devon Fall Classic Low Junior Jumper Champion and USHJA Zone 2 Champion in 2012. Most of the honors were earned with her mare, VDL Las Vegas. “She is extremely quick and an absolute champion,” said Wachtell. “I ride six days a week and travel to Florida in the winter for six to eight consecutive weeks. It’s a big commitment but it’s a lot of fun.” Hannah Toohey also travels to Florida in the winter, showing her horses at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. “I got some seconds, fifths and sixths out of around 40-plus people each time,” she said. In the spring, Toohey showed at the Garden State Horse Show in New Jersey as well as in a $5,000 Hunter Derby and in Performance Hunters and was a reserve champion. Like several of the other MBS equestrians, she says she spent her summer “traveling from horse show to horse show all over the place!”


The rumors are true!

Dr. Alan Cooper – Morristown-Beard School’s beloved history/Latin teacher and archeologist extraordinaire – has returned to campus. Deep in the basement of Alumni House, Doc Cooper is embarking on one of his biggest adventures yet – sifting through a mountain of photos, newspaper articles, brochures and memorabilia in an effort to create a true Archive. By Alan “Doc� Cooper While it is axiomatic that we live immersed in our own history, and we all have collections of memorabilia from our lives, the institutions we create have histories also. It should be incumbent on those of us who become part of those institutions to do whatever we can to preserve and maintain the records of what we were and thus what we might become. The four schools which make up the history of MorristownBeard – St. Bartholomew’s, The Morristown School, The Beard School, and Morristown-Beard School – have played unique parts in the creation of what we are today, and much can be gained from even a quick perusal of their contributions. To do that perusal or more detailed research, however, the materials which still exist must be placed in an order which will permit that effort. That means taking what exists and turning it into a true Archive, a repository of ourselves. While the idea of an Archive for our schools has been around for many years, and has occasionally produced superb research from such faculty as Arthur James and student Edward Forbes ’02, the material was and is disorganized. Still, one must commend the efforts of the Alumni/ae Board and others in their attempts to bring some order to the material. Now, at long last, MBS has hired the writer, a former faculty member who has worked in this area, to begin the processes of inventorying what exists, separating that material into collections related to each School, and putting that material in an order which all may access. This new work has just begun and, it is hoped, will continue 22 as long as our Schools and the memories they encompass for

will last. Already, not surprisingly, several tantalizing bits of information have emerged, all of which demand more attention. For instance:


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Micaela Reilly ’14 breaking the School record in the 800 meters, Nick Cornine ’13 breaking 10 minutes in the 3200 meters, and Kyle Larsson ’14 breaking two minutes in the 800



were presented to Breyton Croom ’13 and Alicia Vnencak ’13 for their leadership. The team was also led by four superb captains: Mitch Green ’13, Nick Cornine ’13, Taylor Vessa ’13, and Micaela Reilly ’14.

Golf The Morristown-Beard golf team captured the

Boys’ ice Hockey winning record of 12-11-5. The team earned a share of the Prep B title after a 2-2 tie with Princeton Day School. The Crimson also

Josh Schappel ’14 earned the team’s Crimson Award while Lucas Moser ’14 was named Team MVP and a First-Team Mennen Division selection. Joshua Schappel ’14, Max Cuomo ’14, Michael Meisenbacher ’14, Peter Alevras ’13, and Alex Borowiec ’16 also earned AllMennen Division honors.

Girls’ ice Hockey The girls’ ice hockey team earned its fourth straight WIHLMA title with a 3-0 win over 17-1-2 record including a great 3-2 win over Lawrenceville late in the season. Allie Aiello ’13 was the recipient of the Crimson Award for leadership, while goalie Katherine Chester ’13 was named the team’s MVP. Five members of the team – Allie Aiello ’13, Brette Brier ’13, Carolyn Chambers ’14, Katherine Chester ’13, and Kendall Cornine ’15 – were named First Team WIHLMA while Mikhaela Schultz ’14 picked up Honorable Mention honors.

Boys’ BasketBall season with a 9-17 record. The team played Tournament play, and helped Coach Eddie Franz pick up his 300th career victory in December. Jordan Panella ’13 provided senior leadership and earned the Crimson Award. Ben O’Connell ’14 was named First Team All-NJAC and the team’s MVP while Stephen Sangree ’14 was selected to the NJAC Second Team. Mark Aboyoun ’14 and Chris Pooler ’15 – the Crimson’s Most Improved Player – were NJAC Honorable Mention selections.

Girls’ BasketBall The girls’ varsity basketball team played well in the Prep and Morris County Tournaments, and with a hard-fought win over Montclair-Kimberley record. Kathryn Bregna ’14 played with tremendous heart all season and earned the Crimson Award. Morgan Bartner ’15 was a NJAC First Team selection while Dani Kabat ’16 was named to the Second Team. Meg Damstron ’16 and Kennedi Monteith ’13 received NJAC Honorable Mention. Zaire Alston ’16, Sarina Morales ’15, and Sara Seuffert ’16 all received Coaches Awards.

swimminG The swim season was an exceptional one this year, highlighted by an array of personal bests and an overall team record of 6-4.

heat, which ultimately placed her 9th overall in the entire state in the 100 breast stroke. Julia McBride ’13 was named Most Improved Swimmer for the girls while Grace Fleming ’13 earned a Coaches Award. The boys were led by MVP Trevor Baptiste along with Most Improved Swimmer Lux Saravanapavan’15 and Coaches Award winner Mitch Green ’13. Green and Caitlin Brown ’13 were named the team’s Crimson Award recipients.

ski team The ski season went well, and once again weather was the biggest challenge. The Calvin Wetmore ’16 to the Race of Champions. Wetmore placed 18th out of 40 boys in the giant slalom and 9th overall in the state in the slalom. The ski team’s Crimson Awards were presented to Delaney Jones ’13 and Colin Waters ’15, who have both shown great dedication and loyalty to the team, and were great role models for their teammates.

BaseBall It was another tremendous season for Crimson baseball as the team advanced to the State Finals of the Non-Public B Tournament following a 1-0 shutout of Newark Academy. Although they lost to Morris Catholic in the an impressive 17-11 record and a conference championship with big wins over Hanover Park, Whippany Park and Madison. Crimson Award winner Nick Ferry ’13 won his 20th career game at MBS, becoming just the third pitcher to do so. He was a Second Team All-Prep and All-Conference selection as was Jeremy Westaway ’15. Kyle Vanderhoof ’14 was a First Team All-Conference and All-Prep selection. Other post-season award winners included: Shaine Carptenter ’13, Nick Naples ’13, Travis Nardin ’14, Pat Davis ’16, Drew Jansen ’16, Cory Betz ’13, and Kevin Brophy ’16.

softBall The MBS softball team has shown quite a bit of improvement this year. Despite a 6-17 record, they doubled the number of runs scored compared with last year, and have given up 20 less runs. The team was led by Lauren Conway ’16 (First Team All-Prep, Second Team All-Conference) as well as Hannah Guenther ’15 (First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Prep). Other stand-out players included Sara Seuffert ’16 (Second Team All-Conference, Prep Honorable Mention), Katie Sidlowski ’14 (Second Team All-Prep, Honorable Mention All-Conference), Vincina Bivona ’16 (Second Team All-Prep), and Lindsay Reeth ’15 (Honorable Mention AllConference).

track & field achievements and personal bests. In the NJAC meet alone, the team set 19 personal All-County athlete Halia Rosemond ’15 placing sixth in the discus at the Meet of Champions and second at the Morris County Tournament,

season with an impressive 15-8-1 record. They competed in the Morris County Tournament, in the top 10 in the state sectional tournament out of 11 schools in the Prep Tournament. The Crimson Award for golf was presented to Patrick Kennedy ’13 who has been a cocaptain of the team for the past two seasons. The team was also led by MVP Spencer Shepperly ’14 as well as Coaches Award winners Tom Strada ’13 and Peter Alevras ’13. Shepperly ’14 and John Shay ’15 were named First Team All-Conference, Peter Alevras ’13, Pat Kennedy ’13, and Tom Strada ’13 were named to the Second Team, while Brian Andrzejewski ’15 and Karl Larsson ’14 received Honorable Mention.

Girls’ l acrosse The girls’ lacrosse team finished the 2013 season with a very successful 11-6 record. The Crimson captured the Colonial Division Championship and played an incredibly exciting Prep Final game before a heartbreaking loss in triple overtime. Delaney Jones ’13 was named an Academic AllAmerican, and she also received the Crimson Award for her positive attitude and commitment to the team. Carolyn Chambers ’14 and Jill Burke ’15 were both named First Team AllPrep and First Team All-Conference. Other All-Conference selections included: Emily Kellogg ’13 (First Team), Kiki Fitzgerald ’14 (Second Team), Alissa Masini ’16 (Second Team), Devon Flinn ’14 (Second Team), and Ashley Magner ’14 (Honorable Mention).

All-Prep; Andrew Callahan ’13 was named Second Team All-Conference and First Team All-Prep; John McDonald was named First Second Team All-Prep and Honorable Mention All-Conference; and Matt Sefcik ’15 was named Second Team All-Prep. Sal Tromonda was named the Conference Coach of the Year.

Boys’ tennis The boys’ tennis team posted a regular season record of 9-10 with some big wins over Pingry and Gill St. Bernards. The team placed 6th out of 21 schools in the County Tournament, with 1st singles player Pete singles player E.J. Gordon ’14 competing First Team All-Conference. Pete Daly was also awarded the team’s Crimson Award for posted more than 20 wins for the year, and is on pace to win more matches than any player in the history of the School. Ben Schreiber ’15 and Kyle Heffernan ’14 received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Boys’ l acrosse The boys’ lacrosse program has seen a big turnaround this season, and posted an impressive 11-8 record. The Crimson beat round of the State Tournament before falling

Tournament. Trevor Baptiste ’14 was named First Team All-Conference and First Team

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Samuel Nadler Julia Papas Deirdre Passione Daniella Petrocelli Bronte Pickthall Healey Taylor Pinkin Emma Polaski

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MBS Enjoys Alumni Weekend 2013! Graduates from the Beard School, the Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School gathered on campus on May 17th and 18th to reunite with old friends and enjoy a full slate of activities as part of Alumni Weekend 2013. On Friday, May 17th members of the MBS community honored Beard School Later in the day, alumni visited classes and enjoyed a luncheon in the Boardroom.

informative Lehman Lecture as she spoke about “When Art & Words Marry: The

book. She also offered insights into the inspiration behind her well-loved books, and the series.

celebrated their 50th Reunions at the Half Century Club Dinner in Wilkie Hall. Not even a few raindrops could dampen the festivities on Saturday. Reunion events on Saturday included alumni baseball and lacrosse games, campus tours, varsity party later in the evening. The festivities also continued with individual class gatherings off campus. 34


Nancy Wallin Flores Lessler ’64:

Adventures In & Out of the Artist/Dancer’s Studio - Nancy Wallin Flores Lessler ’64 Beard schoolmates remember Nancy Wallin painting, dancing, and studying ice skating with Olympian Hans Gerschwiler. After Beard, Nancy studied art at NYC’s Parsons School of Design and explored the 60s music scene from Harlem to the Bowery to Greenwich Village, where she hung out with the Loving Spoonful. Soon, she was performing with the Ice Follies and finding her heart in San Francisco (the Follies’ home base), Marin County, and Mexico. Nancy’s adventures as a champion ballroom dancer (Nancy’s professional name is Nancy Flores) and sought-after mural painter took her far, from completing 24 murals for the St. George Hotel in San Francisco to national dance competitions. Her adventures continue today with husband Mark Lessler, a former Federal Agent, who is now a private consultant to the FBI. The couple travel and have a second home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Home is on the Napa River where they moor an 18-foot boat and Nancy has an in-house studio. There, she teaches dance privately and captures dance on canvas. Among her many credits are five cover paintings for Dancing USA Magazine. One of her tango paintings was enlarged to 40 feet as the backdrop for Alicia Keyes’ performance at the 2002 Grammy Awards.

Q. What can you tell us about your first

years after leaving NYC?

A. My year with the Ice Follies was

exciting; we traveled the country in a train with our own compartments. But, it was often less glamorous than it seems. I quit and moved to Mill Valley, California; made crafts; and concentrated on my painting. I’ve loved and studied both art and dance since childhood. I began doing mural work and had a large commission in Puerto Vallarta. For a time, I lived in Yelepa, Mexico, then traveled Mexico by car, donkey and boat before moving back to California - to Mill Valley - first living on a houseboat, then in a converted railway car. My son Tytus Bergstrom was born in 1971. I began teaching jazz dance at an Arthur Murray Studio. Another instructor, Frank Flores, was teaching ballroom and Latin dance. He took me out social dancing and that was it. I fell for both the dance and for him. We married and opened our own dance studio in San Anselmo.


Q. How did the competitive dancing begin? A. A wealthy couple saw Frank and me

out dancing socially. They asked about sponsoring us in dance competitions. Competitive dancing is expensive - private master classes, costumes, travel. We competed in International Style Latin Dance: samba, rumba, paso doble, jive and cha cha. We became Northern California champions.

By Carol Selman ’64

“When I joined the Ice Follies, life became an adventure.”

Nancy Flores, Argentine Tango, 2007, oil 30” x 40”

Q. You and husband Mark dance together socially and you still teach privately, but now you spend more time painting.

A. Yes, Mark and I met when he

with your son as your partner?

A. When Tytus was about 15, Frank and I

Q. What are the challenges of painting

said, “Women love a man who can dance.” Tytus took one look at the young women dancers and began studying with me. In 1988 Tytus and I won the US Pro/Am International Latin Competition in Florida. Tytus, who married last year, went on to be US Champion three times. It’s wonderful to teach your child what you love most and then later be his student.

To the Lighthouse!

Have you ever gazed at a lighthouse and wondered what life was like for a lighthouse keeper and his family? Tobi (Beard friends remember her as Tobi Sue) and husband Jack Graham can tell you. Since Jack’s 2005 retirement as a Pennsylvania State Park Manager, the long-married couple have served as seasonal volunteer lighthouse station custodians and interpretive guides at lighthouses from Maine to Oregon. Along the way, they study and write about lighthouse history and the lives of those who manually operated and maintained the lights. A few years ago, they began to lead their tours dressed in period clothing — Jack has an official keeper uniform; Tobi makes her own costumes. Off season, they share their experiences and knowledge with illustrated, public lectures. Each is well-suited: Jack is also a longtime professional story teller and Tobi has been a school teacher and historic site docent. When not caring for lighthouse stations, the couple live in Elliottsburg, Pennsylvania; their son and their daughter, respective spouses, and four grandchildren are all located within a few hours drive.

came for dance lessons. When I was dancing competitively, I continued with commissions and murals, but I had little time to paint for myself. In the late 1990s, I began to concentrate on my art. I studied photo realist techniques - lighting, how to paint hands - with a master teacher. I developed a new style about 14 years ago, concentrating on dancers and the dance.

Q. What can you tell us about competing

Tobi Wobbe Graham ’61:

By Carol Selman ’64


A. Too often, painting of dance is kind of

dead. Degas was the great painter of dancers; he understood the emotion. When I work, I know the dancers that I choose for models. I know the dance, the movement. I know the passion and the emotion of the dance, how to connect, make it explode on canvas.

Q. Were years of living in state parks

the spark to become lighthouse station volunteers?

A. We lived in state parks all over PA – we were required to rent on-site; we didn’t buy our first home until Jack left work. But the spark was lit by accident. We were flying to Maine to visit friends who had bought a sea captain’s house. I was looking at an in-flight magazine and saw a search for a compatible couple to tend the Seguin Island, Maine lighthouse on the Kennebec River, near Bath. We thought, “We could do that.” On the flight home, we took the ad; spent three weekends answering the essay questions; and applied. We had an interview in Bath that February. They said, “If you really would like to come, we’d love to have you.” That was the beginning. We had barely moved into our house when we left to live for four months on an island. Since then, we spend winters finding, researching and sometimes visiting other lighthouses that need volunteer keepers and writing them to see if we can help.

Q. Who sponsors these programs? A. In 1939, the US Coast Guard took

over supervision of all US lighthouses. With automation and remote monitoring, keepers were phased out by the 1970s. Some lighthouses were closed. Local groups campaigned to lease, restore and preserve their lighthouses — to keep this history alive. We are honored to help these hardworking volunteers.

the tides, we only average two trips a month to the mainland to do laundry and buy food and supplies. I wash clothes in the bath and hang them out to dry; in the wind they dry in half an hour.

Q. What is a typical day?

story of daily life at the lighthouses. It is very different if the keeper is in uniform talking in the first person, and I’m taking a bread pudding from the oven. Jack talks about the actual lights; I talk more about how people lived, daily life.

A. Each lighthouse has been different, but

we do maintenance and caretaking at all the sites and lead interpretive tours — we can have up to 2,000 visitors a day. At some sites, private boats can arrive from 6 a.m. to late at night; public tours start at 10 a.m. and go all day. I’ll wake up, sweep out the sand, wash windows; cook. We maintain the paths and trails; do repairs and painting, both on the keeper’s house and the out buildings. We generally have very little time to ourselves.

Q. Are there modern conveniences? A. Some light station houses have electricity,

but not all. If not, we read by kerosene lamp and rely on coast guard radio for communication. At Seguin Island, we carry in potable water and hand pump the rest. There, due to weather and

Q. Why did you begin to wear period clothing? A. We want to gather the visitors into the

Q. How do you feel about this work? A. We are in awe that we can live on these sites - what we see, what we can do. We generally stay until mid October. We see all the migrations - whales, birds. These lighthouses are national treasures.

To learn more or inquire about a presentation, see lighthouses on or email 29

Chris Nelson ’90: Shore Strong Mantoloking was one of the Jersey Shore towns hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy last fall. Every one of Mantoloking's 520 homes was damaged or destroyed by the Oct. 29th storm, and the town was the last shore community to allow residents to return.

Clearly, the road back to normalcy has been slow and challenging, but progress is being made thanks to dedicated volunteers including MBS graduate Chris Nelson ’90, who serves as Special Counsel to Mayor and Council of Mantoloking.

Chris Nelson '90 (right) discusses the rebuilding effort with New Jersey Governor Chris Christy and Prince Harry.

Q: How long have you and your family spent

Q: Where were you during Superstorm Christmas Carols – that is when I knew we

remaining structure in town and worked extremely hard to get our equipment back in town.

A: My Mom and Dad both spent summers

Q: How long have you been displaced from A: During the storm, I was in Bernardsville your home? with my brother and his fa mi ly. In A: We are still out of our home. We hope to

A: Our first priority is to make sure that our Q: How did you become “Special Counsel beach is rebuilt and stronger than ever. This

summers in Mantoloking?

at the Shore since they were kids – my mom on the Metedeconk and my dad here in Mantoloking. When my dad retired, they moved to Mantoloking full-time, and four years ago we bought the house right across the street to use as our summer home base.

Q: What prompted you to move back to Mantoloking after living in Indonesia? A: We lived overseas for over 12 years

and wouldn’t have traded it for anything. Our children have visited many different countries and cultures. They speak Chinese and Indonesian. However, it was time to move home — my son was tired of watching Giants and Yankees games before school on a Monday. Ultimately, we wanted to be closer to our family and friends.


Sandy, and what kind of damage did your house sustain?

Mantoloking, over a foot of water washed through our entire home. My neighborhood was devastated - our good friend’s kitchen was in the trees behind our house. In anticipation of returning, we completely renovated our house and it was completed in June. Our builder at least knows what he has to do since he already completed the work last year.

Q: What were your memories of the storm? A: I have too many horrible memories to list. The worst: seeing my friend look at where his home used to be before the storm. The day after the storm, it was completely gone. The best memory: our community working together to rebuild, culminating with a 25-foot Christmas tree that was lit with a generator and over 500 people standing in the rain singing

would be back.

be back by the 1-year anniversary of the storm.

Q: Tell me about your volunteer work with the Mantoloking Fire Company.

A: I was a volunteer firefighter when I was at Morristown-Beard, luckily, my qualifications were still good and I could join Mantoloking’s Fire Dept. with relative ease. It also helps that I am still relatively young. Most of the other firefighters are well into their sixties, so you can imagine, I get all of the fun jobs. Q: What kind of jobs did you do as a volunteer

firefighter during or immediately after the storm to help your neighbors? A: We did everything—evacuated residents who stayed during the storm, checked every

to Mayor and Council”?

A: The Mayor of Mantoloking is a friend of the family. I have worked in Government Relations and Communications for 15 years. My skillset matched perfectly with what the town needed and I am extremely honored to help my community out in its time of need. As my wife says, “It was fate - right place at the right time.”

Q: What kind of work does that entail? A: Everything. I meet with reps from FEMA, the federal and state government, the county and other municipalities all of the time. I also make sure that Mantoloking remains in a positive spotlight. People need to know that real folks were affected by the storm, not just people who have summer homes.

Q: What kinds of things have you been doing to help the town rebuild?

requires working with the Army Corps of Engineers as well as the State DEP.

the beach does not get fixed, we are sitting ducks for the next hurricane. Many of my neighbors are also battling their insurers. There is a big blame game going on…flood vs. homeowners insurance, and the losers are the people that are unable to rebuild until there is an outcome.

Q: How has the rebuilding process been going – both for your own property and for the town as a whole?

Q: What positives do you take from this

A: Our house has been going slow. We were

to see how everyone continues to pull together. I also take great solace in the fact that despite the power of such a storm, Mantoloking did not face a single casualty or injury - pretty remarkable.

required to do some pretty major renovations and in the next couple of weeks, we will lift the entire structure 10 feet higher. Many others in the town are doing the exact same thing. Mantoloking and the Shore will look different and will certainly be stronger.

Q: What are the biggest challenges ahead? A: Cutting through all of the red tape to put the beach and dunes back in order. If


A: The unwavering sense of community and

Finally, I encourage all that are affiliated with MBS to visit the Shore and spend some money in local businesses and restaurants. These small business owners really got hit hard and they need a helping hand to stay Shore Strong!


Class notes

SUSAN QUINN. Pictured from left

Resistance to keep Deepwater Wind from


George. She has now lived in Maine

at the Saturday Bar-B-Q are: Millicent

destroying Rhode Island beaches with

was great to see the few women who

for the past 40 years, and celebrated

Ffolliott Knight, Jane Burpeau, Maria

electrical pipelines.”

braved celebrating our 50th Reunion.

her 43rd wedding anniversary this

Life’s spectrum seems to fold in on itself

year. She has two children – Eric and

as some of us have lost loved ones, and

Sunshine – who are both married. She

others celebrated having grandchildren.

enjoys backpacking in Baxter State Park

It is a comfort to come together in

in Maine, and has been a member of

Alger, Alexandra Halsey, and “Toppy” Campbell.

DOUG LOVELL enjoys coming to


reunions at MBS each year. He recalls


friendship giving strength and support to

the Maine Herb Society for many years,

all the good times at Morristown School.

occupational therapist and still has her

each other.” She and her husband live

making her own natural lip balms, hand

restaurant, Dorcas of Bay Head (NJ). “I

in Richmond, Virginia ear their daughter

creams, and lotions. “I am now a one

and son-in-law and two granddaughters.

and a half year breast cancer survivor,”

Hurricane Sandy, I have gotten people

Her other daughter lives in Virginia

she writes. “I am very happy and

from the local club to run it for me. This

Beach with her two grandsons. She lost

enjoying every bit of my life.”

1953 1937





Sullivan, was born in January of 2011.

“I have fond memories of my years

husband got to walk the Camino de

“She’s worth every breath of being a

at Morristown, especially my friends

Santiago in Spain last May and to

her son Ross to colon cancer on March had someone else do the work. I really

JACK HARTFORD, GERRY WHITE, ED FRISBY, and the faculty – George

wedding in September.

BRYANT GRIFFIN reported that the

in 1970, I took the Sky Marshall Exam.

Morristown Class of 1963 had better

About nine months later, I was accepted

has sung and performed weekly in

than 10 percent return for the 50th

by the Immigration and Naturalization

The Glide Ensemble, a well-known

Service (INS) as the only female. This

(English), Mr. Shepardson (Math), and

JOAN EARLE MILLER is living in a

Mr. Leach (History). My father was also

villa in Neptune, NJ. Joan was unable

LOIS DANE SOULE is still involved in

Foundation. The Foundation helps


a graduate of Morristown School and

to attend the Beard 65th reunion since

many activities. She and her husband

provide more than a million meals a year

event. Bryant lives near Rochester, New

able to travel when criminal aliens had

Harvard University.”

there was a large Miller family reunion

Bill especially enjoy being involved in

and offers free healthcare and shelter

York and has been retired from Kodak for

to be escorted – went to Nigeria twice,

the same weekend.

their local Senior College.

for homeless families. With the group,

12 years. He keeps busy as the Director

Japan, Barbados, Peru, and the U.K. I

she has performed at San Francisco

of Finance for an international technical

taught at the INS training facility. I was

49ers and Giants games, as well as

conference. He and his wife Michele

on the stage with Bon Jovi and Conan

enjoyed the summer at their house in the

such as sheik Omar Rachman and

O’Brien. “My husband and I still reside

Finger Lakes region.

Mario Ruiz-Massieu. After 9/11, we

Tilghman (Headmaster), Mr. Evans



gospel choir that supports The Glide



was a law enforcement position which

is still living in New Hampshire and

JOY ESEHAK DYBAS sings with the

in San Francisco and enjoy the use of

enjoys seeing her daughters Ellen

Somerset (NJ) Community Choral. She

our sailboat. We also bike, hike, and

SUE JENNINGS lives in Davis,

Wienberg and Linda Williams and their

is in the Bible Challenge program at her

play golf,” she writes. “We tragically

California, and worked at University

year I had anticipated, but I look back

families. Ellen lives in Manchester, New

church, planning to read through the

lost my stepson 10 years ago, however

of California – Davis for 30 years

on my 30 years with a feeling of great

Hampshire while Linda is in Freeport,

entire Bible in 2013.

the remaining children are doing well.

before retiring. She says her most


We may never totally retire, as our work

clear memories of Beard are two-fold:


had more than 1,000 cases detained.

GAIL WISS HEYER is looking forward

gives us meaning. We love living in San

very good friends and an excellent


to moving from Sedona to Cornville,

Francisco and will probably remain here.

education. “I still recall I felt college

retirement community in St. Petersburg,

Arizona. “We will cut down a drive of 45

I am on Facebook for anyone who wants

was much easier academically than

Florida named Allegro. “It is next door

minutes each way to see our horses,”

Senior Professionals at Eckerd where I am very involved,” she writes. “Come for


CARMEN PIETRI NELSON writes, “I am still living in my same old house in Allenhurst. So many of my dear 14 grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren. I’m still playing golf and

Beard – primarily I am sure because


Beard prepared its students well for

to organize the 50th reunion for The


further educational challenges. I went

Morristown School Class of 1964,


recently celebrated her 46th wedding

to Ohio Wesleyan, and, after graduating,

and he expects a strong turnout for

anniversary with husband TOM DODGE

taught overseas in Japan and Germany

’63. They have two children and two

the celebration which will be held on

for six years. Following that, I went to

campus on May 16 and 17, 2014. For

granddaughters. Tom is a retired member

Penn State for M.S. and Ph.D. degrees

more information about the event, please

that she enjoyed a wonderful celebration Reunion in the spring of 2012. Eight

MARIE NEUBERT YOUNKINWALDMAN once again ran the seaside

members of the class were able to

fair in Narragansett, Rhode Island, which


is called “Where’s The Town?” She

hospice chaplain. Betsy has been a

years at Earlham College before joining

writes, “Our grass-roots civic group

massage therapist for the past 10 years,


aims to bring recognition to a charming

the last four in the setting of hospice.

entity that is invisible to the mainstream

Her interests include birding and plants,


Rhode Island visitor. My husband Myron

gardening, walking and reading. Tom is a

in Alaska for three and a half years,

and I are in a group called Deepwater

20-event marathon runner.

which is where she met her husband

on campus for the Class of 1952’s 60th


half acres, more freedom, and space to

to Eckerd College and the Academy of


LORELEI WOBBE VALVERDE writes that she has had quite an adventurous



22, 2012. “I hope to keep in touch with

in exercise science. I taught for three Alumni Relations at

PEG NAYLOR writes that DORCAS R. HARDY was inducted into the Olave-Baden Powell Society


this past May in Lucerne, Switzerland

for MBS students with the help of local

James (7) and Ellie (9). She commented

for her extensive volunteer advocacy as

photographer Jim DelGiudice. This

that it was fun to be back at Morristown-

president of the Friends of Eagle Island

year’s portrait and lighting workshop

Beard School for her 30th Reunion last

Girl Scout Camp in the Adirondacks.

was held on campus with Kramer and

spring and to see old friends.

The society supports the mission of Girl

DelGiudice offering tips and advice to

Scouts and Girl Guides worldwide. Camp

Laurie Hartman’s class. The students

DAVE ELMER lives in Orlando, Florida

Eagle Island is one of many threatened

divided into groups, with one group

and is a web developer for a real estate

Girl Scout camps nationwide. Learn more

working outside with natural light,

company, supporting all of their web operations.


CAROL SELMAN writes, “The Beard Class of 1964 has been sharing e-mail correspondence in happy anticipation of our 50th reunion, May 16 and 17. (We are also sharing disbelief that we have

diffusers with available indoor lighting

JOE SELVAGGI and his wife Pauline

as well as studio lighting, umbrellas and

Donnelly were married on New Year’s

strobes. Both groups also had a chance

Eve of 2011. They recently moved to

to use the "green screen" room as a set

Washington, DC.

up for still portraiture.

gone from being the Senior Class to being "seniors.") We have exciting news to date: HOLLY BERDAN SWEETOW & NANCY WALLIN FLORES LESTER California, NANCY QUAD KIRK from Montana, SUE DREWES MINICH





GREG BENDELIUS and his wife Laura attended Reunion last spring with daughters Hadley and Audrey. He is a member of the MBS Alumni Board.

GRETEL OAKES MERRILL came to Reunion from Half Moon Bay, California, where she is currently living.

SHARON SOLOMON attended her 25th Class Reunion with her husband Li-

ROSS DODD married Caitlin Viole in Paramus

Wen Kang, and her 4 year-old twin sons.

on June 8, 2013. MBS groomsmen included

Sharon, who currently lives in Baltimore, was Valedictorian of her Morristown-


Beard class. She is a retinal surgeon

couple resides in Austin, Texas.

and serves on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University.


DOWELL HEPPE married Elizabeth Hill on August 11, 2012 at the Dunsmuir

Orleans with her husband, and has


been her MBS Class Agent for many years. She speaks weekly to classmate

Hellman Historic Estate in Oakland, California. Members of the MBS community in attendance included:

from her current home in Florida, as


well as the usual suspects from the D.C.

CLARK PETERSON was promoted to

grooms’ parents Colt and Janice Heppe,

gets together with her when she visits

area, New Jersey and New England.

Managing Director on Bank of America’s

New Jersey. Amy has worked as an

Special Situations trading desk.


We expect more class members to sign appeared in The Butler. She says she’s

CHRIS THAYON is still enjoying life

group, please send your updated contact

thrilled to see MBS on Instagram, and

and work in the White Mountains of New

information to Greg Williams '05 in the

encourages alumni to keep in touch with

Hampshire. “Both of our boys revel in

her through Facebook and e-mail.

welcomed their second son, Mason Allen

the outdoors and are looking forward to

Parker, on January 8, 2013. His brother

moving into the new house we’re building

Grant is enjoying the new role of big brother.

PATRICK BURKE III, A.I.A. Assistant Vice President – Capital Project

1980 1969

WARREN BOBROW’S Apothecary Cocktails, is being published by Quayside/Rockport this November

Management, Columbia University



Medical Center, was recently honored at the 13th Annual Real Estate & Construction Gala. Fellow MBS graduate

PETER HEDLEY ’97 also participated in the event.

Warren has published over 300 articles on everything from cocktail mixology to


TIFFANY HALO, PH.D. is living and working in Chicago with her husband,

MIKE MASINI recently appeared on an

Chris Mador. She recently organized

restaurant reviews in New Jersey Monthly magazine. He has written food articles and news for Edible Jersey, Chutzpah Magazine, Serious Eats, and Rambling Epicure, among others. For the second year in a row,

DAVE KRAMER, who owns Edmund M. Kramer


2004. In addition to his appearance

were married in August, 2012 at Fiddler's

LOUIS VAN DER DOES is painting,

on “Modern Family,” he has also been

Elbow Country Club in Bedminster, NJ.

writing, and enjoying life in New Hope,

seen on “Anger Management” and in the

PA. also produced.

ROB WARNOCK writes, “As an old guy,


Photographers, Inc. of Florham Park,


helped coordinate a special workshop

Lexington, Virginia and has two children:

Family.” Masini is a former professional hockey player who started acting in


I now understand why our parents both enjoyed and despised the end of summer.

DARNELL PARKER and his wife Marcie

this summer.”

episode of the hit TV comedy “Modern



Pictured and in attendance were: OLIVER


a 55’ Hataras with both the Halo and


parent Henry Martuscello

My son is in eighth grade this year, and



Blau & Berg Company, while Jason is as

Michael Weingarten were married on

and BRIAN ROOS were married in Rose

Executive Vice President at The Blau &

June 15, 2013 at the Waterworks in


Berg Company. Whitney’s father, Bruce

Philadelphia, PA. The reception was held

’02, TODD MCCONNELL ’02, JONATHAN FERGUSON ’02, THOMAS DILLON ’01, and KENDALL EILER ’06 were all members of the

Driver, serves as the Morristown-Beard

at the Omni Hotel. MBS staff member

girls’ varsity ice hockey hockey coach.

Kathy Hemmer was there to celebrate

wedding party.



Special Programs/EOF Class at Rutgers

Weingarten are living in Connecticut

University in May. She will attend

where Anna is doing her residency at the

Montclair State University in the fall

Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in

to pursue a master’s degree in Public

Hartford, CT. Anna completed medical


school at UMDNJ in May.

A N DRE W LE WI S married Elizabeth

MICHAEL BROWNE graduated from High Point University with a B.A. in Communications. He will be living

Prusiewicz on June 8, 2013 in Kiawah, South

KAYLEIGH MELROY graduated last

in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for

Carolina. Morristown- Beard alumni in

October from Ithaca College with a

the upcoming year to work on two

attendance included: EMMY KEAN’06,

Doctorate in Physical Therapy. She is



which is given to the most promising sophomore or junior majoring in French at New York University. Boiardo will be studying in Paris in the fall.

CARSON GANNON, a junior at Dickinson College, led the Red Devils to AllConference honors and a school record in the 800 free relay at the Centennial Conference Championships. The Red Devils

that education and community service

clocked a time of 7:47:71 to place second.

could transform lives. On April 12th, the

the Newport, Rhode Island area in an

fourth player in Saint Michael’s College

RYAN KRAMER was named the

alma mater to speak to MBS students

outpatient orthopedic setting.

lacrosse history to reach the 100-goal

Centennial Conference Baseball Pitcher

about her journey since graduation and the

plateau this season. Donnally achieved

of the Week in March. Kramer, a junior at

lessons she has learned along the way.

the mark in a 14-9 win over previously

Dickinson, tossed a two-hit shutout in a


undefeated Mercy College. With the

REY JEFFERSON was recently

Knight in the last 21 years to reach the

selected by NBA great Kevin Durant

century mark.

to play in a special Nike “Summer is

award-winning teacher returned to her

complete game effort as the Red Devils blanked Keuka College, 8-0, in game one of a double-header. Kramer recorded nine strikeouts on the day while surrendering no walks.

Serious” basketball game in Brooklyn.

DENNY MADIGAN has been promoted

Kevin Durant and opposing coach James

to AVP, Store Manager for the TD Bank

Harden each picked seven players to


location in Waterbury, Vermont. He was

compete in the pick-up game of their

“Owl of the Week” by Bryn Mawr College

also one of two Vermont employees

lives. Jefferson, who was a 1,000-point

to win a trip to TD Bank’s annual CEO

scorer at MBS, was selected as the 13th

in Bryn Mawr’s 15-3 win over Penn State in


Development at Pride Academy, a charter school in East Orange. She recently completed an M.Ed. in International Education Policy at Harvard University and participated in Teach For Liberia. Prior to that, she taught for two years at the Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas as part of the Teach For America program.

overall pick by Durant. Jefferson played

women’s lacrosse. She was also recently

Daitey says her passion for teaching

point guard for Clarkson University and

named a team captain, and scored her

was ignited by seeing her grandmother’s

TV debut this summer, starring in the new

also played basketball with the USA

100th career goal.

commitment to service and education

reality competition “Summer Camp” on

Athletes International group in Italy.

through her school, Building For


the USA Network. Melinda has also been keeping busy as a professional stuntwoman in Denver, Colorado.


EMILY GRUENBERG, a rising sophomore at Franklin & Marshall College,



Tomorrow, which she founded in Liberia, West Africa. She also credits the Link Community School and Morristown-Beard School with

JOHN MASINI recently graduated from

earned a spot on the All-Centennial

Journal of Economics for his senior thesis

Union College, where he played football

Conference Second Team for women’s

on the European debt crisis.

against several other MBS graduates.

tennis following a breakout freshman

“Morristown-Beard opened up my world

During his senior season, he played

campaign. Playing primarily No. 5 singles,

by giving me new experiences,” said


against Hobart College players MAX

Gruenberg posted a 12-7 mark on the year,

Daitey, who participated in Model U.N.,

from the American University School of

JANOFF ’10 and KEVIN HEARON ’10. MATT MARTIN ’08 also attended the

including a 6-4 record in the conference.

Umoga Imani, and Kaleidoscope at MBS.

game, which was won by Hobart, 42-34.

RYAN MARTIN was named to the

published in the UCLA Undergraduate

International Service in December, 2012.

giving her a solid foundation.

"The teachers at MBS were exceptional." In conclusion, Daitey reminded the MBS

on March 16, 2013. Whitney is a Public & Media Relations Specialist at The

Daitey currently serves as Director of

MELINDA GROSS made her national

Leadership trip to Miami, Florida.


Prix Michele Lapautre,

PETER DONNALLY became just the

goal, he became just the second Purple

Manges in New York City this fall.

was awarded this year's

Daitey ’05 Returns to Campus as Cum Laude Speaker

and is currently living and practicing in

JANE COOPER graduated from Yale Law School in May, 2013. She will be



with the couple. Mr. Weingarten and Dr.




students of the words of Shirley Chisholm:


that my friend and the swim coach's wife

In Memoriam

September 9, 2012, age 64. Andy was an

“Service is the rent we pay for the

The 6th Annual Remmey Roast was

(31), while his 78 RBI are second to North

am impressed that the swim awards won

privilege of living on this earth.”

hosted by Todd McConnell ’02 and the

Carolina's Colin Moran (86). Kinsella also

in 1990 are still on the wall display, and

Bumsted Family in New York City on

avid golfer and spent 10 years employed

“Always stay true to yourself,” Daitey said.

May 11 and raised money for VH1’s Save

percentage, while also tallying 20 multi-

have such fond memories of creating a


at Mendham Golf and Tennis Club in

“Look for inspiration in everything. Find

the Music Foundation on behalf of the

RBI games and 23 multi-hit games in

successful swim season that year.

June 24, 2013, age 93. A charter member

Mendham, NJ. Previously, he was a

purpose in everything.”

Remmey Bumsted Fund.


of the Morristown-Beard School 1891

substance abuse counselor in Morristown.

Being able to walk now on the MBS

Society, Jane cared deeply about Miss

campus unrecognized as a former student

Beard’s School and much admired Miss

Ms. Daitey’s talk at Morning Meeting

“The support that Morristown Beard

was sponsored by the MBS Cum Laude

alumni give to the Bumsted family is truly

Conference honoree this season. He

and to be addressed as a parent is

Beard. She grew up near the School in

Society. The Cum Laude Society,

unbelievable and what is even more

was a second-team selection by Baseball

refreshing. I enjoy sitting in the auditorium

Orange, before relocating to Maplewood

modeled on Phi Beta Kappa, was founded

remarkable is the age range. We have

America and a third-team pick by the

watching my daughter on the new stage

and then Rumson and Red Bank, NJ.

in 1906 at the Tome School in Port

had an alumni attend representing each

National Collegiate Baseball Writers

of Founder's Hall stage in the camp talent

At the time of her death, Jane was living

Deposit, Maryland, to promote learning

decade going to the 60’s up through a


show. Seeing the new dance studio and

near family in Rhinebeck, NY. She was

and scholarship in secondary schools.

graduate from a few years ago,” said

talking with counselors about their current

related to Gladys Faber Grant, a long time

The Beard School received its Cum Laude

McConnell. “With everyone’s efforts we

MBS experiences is exciting, as they have

staff member at Miss Beard’s, and, by

Society charter in 1950, the Morristown

have raised tens of thousands of dollars

all their choices ahead of them. However,

marriage, to Pamela Faber, history teacher

School in 1958, and Morristown-Beard

and continue to keep this tradition alive.

I remember the angst well of not knowing

at Beard’s for over 45 years. Jane attended

School in 1976.

For everyone who was involved we thank

Change & Tradition at MBS


Event Held in All-American Memory of Remmey Kinsella '10 Bumsted '03 Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in MLB Draft

Driving my daughter to MBS Summer

Barnard College, then made a career the right person to settle down with. Being

in banking, retiring as vice president of

young is stressful, but it appears that

the Bank of America in Red Bank. Jane

the supportive "second family" inclusive

was a dedicated volunteer with many

atmosphere still exists at MBS.

environmental and progressive causes: She was an active member of Planned

speed bumps too hard and I asked a staff member when these new speed bumps

Anyone who talks about the good old days

Parenthood Sustainers and the English

had been installed. The answer: "Long

remembers the relationships that matter

Speaking Union and a regular volunteer at

ago. Mrs. Moronski, long ago. The seniors

and the people who shaped our lives for

the Oceanic Library in Rumson and Clean

were driving too fast on campus and

better or worse, but I would never want to

Ocean Action. During the 1950s, Jane was

ALLAN D. PENNER, July 20, 2013.

something had to be done." Being called

go back in time. I’m proud to be writing

a plane spotter at Sea Bright, NJ.

Allen Penner was a beloved member

"Mrs. Moronski" reminds me of my mother-

this now on my iPad and to use electronic

in-law, and I'm glad the speed bumps are

reference databases on my job rather than


serving as Head of the Upper School

there now to keep us all safer. I believe in

sort stacks of paper as in past years.

6, 2013, age 74. After Beard, Rosalie

from 1980 to 2000. Allan was raised

of the MBS community for many years,

attended Hollins College and married

in Holyoke, MA, and New York City.

and experiences along the way, I am

My children have shown me the current

Andrew Hill Watson who predeceased her

He lived in Florham Park for more than

grateful to be a more rounded and more

power of dedicated educators and I am

after 52 years of marriage. The Watson’s

forty-three years before moving in 2011 to

interesting person today than I was starting

pleased to see that the traditions of MBS

had three daughters, one son and ten

Fellowship Village in Bernards Township.

out in high school at MBS in 1990.

change, and, thanks to all kinds of people

have changed and yet remained the same:

grandchildren: all survive Rosalie. She

Allan graduated in 1959 from Oberlin

together for the 6th Annual Remmey

MBS continues to be dedicated to building

was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal

College. After receiving his MEd from

Roast in memory of R. Remmey Bumsted

"Mommy, you don't know what the

education and character foundations that

Church in Darlington, SC and enjoyed

Boston University, he spent 39 years in

many years working part time as lead

public and independent school education,

This spring, many MBS alumni gathered

IV. Remmey was a Morristown Beard

Morristown-Beard graduate Ryan Kinsella

swimming pool is like at Morristown-

will last a lifetime for each unique person.

Alumnus, class of 2003, and was a

'10 was selected in the 18th round

Beard School," explained my daughter

Wishing you all a lifetime of love and

librarian at the Walton County Library in

learning and looking forward to seeing you

Monroe, GA.

Crimson “lifer” since 6th grade. His passion for MBS was felt throughout

(540th overall) of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 8th by the Arizona

not like when you went to school and


only swam laps." Honestly, in 1986 when

the School as he served as SGA

the pool was brand new, I probably was

President, and was captain of both the

The 2013 Southern Conference Player of

football and lacrosse teams his senior

the Year and a third-team All-American

I do remember the awe of the big locker

year. Remmey passed away unexpectedly

this season, Kinsella hit .313 as a junior

rooms and the high ceiling of the pool. I

at the age of 23 from an undiagnosed

for the Elon Phoenix with 21 home runs

used Facebook that summer night to relay

heart condition. His memory is kept alive

and 78 RBI.

my daughter's thoughts as well as my

in all who were fortunate enough to have known him.



enjoyment of observing "swim instruction" Kinsella's 21 home runs are second in

with an electronic message to one of the

the nation behind San Diego's Kris Bryant

former 1990 MBS swim champions. I

School, then at Montclair Academy and at Newark Academy before joining

again in the near future.

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MBS. He also served on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. In retirement Allan was a volunteer for the Speakers' Bureau at the New Jersey Sharing Network. He and his wife spoke to high school classes about the need and possibilities for organ donation. He was also on the Executive Board of the Colonial Crossroads Chapter of the American Red Cross.


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The Morristown-Beard Fund Tops

$1 Million

For the Second Year in a Row

The Morristown-Beard Fund 2013 – 2014

Each year, MBS parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends join together to secure Morristown-Beard School’s bright future. The common bond we share is a commitment to a greater ideal – that we can help each generation of MBS students enjoy the most challenging and fulfilling student experience possible. A gift to the Morristown-Beard Fund represents your active participation in this effort, and your welcome inclusion in our valued community of benefactors.

Join our community today. We welcome your call at (973) 532-7579, or your online gift at

Thank you for your kind support of the Morristown-Beard Fund.

It is with great excitement and gratitude that Morristown-Beard School announces that the 2012-2013 Morristown-Beard Fund surpassed a million dollars in unrestricted giving for the second year in a row.

Morr nd u F isto This achievement is a testament to the wgenerosity eaofrthedentire MBS community and B n to our collective belief in our School and its mission. We are immensely appreciative of every donor who helped us reach this tremendous milestone.

Save the Date

for Alumni Weekend! Celebrating Our Proud Alumni Community, including Reunion years 4’s and 9’s!

May 16 – 17, 2014 To RSVP or for more information, please contact the Advancement Office at or (973) 539-3032