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Lifelong Inventor & Successful Entrepreneur Jamie Siminoff ’95 Chief Inventor and Founder

The Power of Design Thinking Teachers Unleash Student Talent A Story of Quiet Leadership

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Board of Trustees John F. Fay, President David Gately, Vice President Gail Kurz ’86, Vice President Thompson D. Grant, Jr. ’69, Treasurer Judy Taggart, Secretary Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster Bernadette Aiello Joseph B. Baker ’65 Christopher Blake Mary-Ellen Campbell (Honorary) Ravi Chopra ’97 Ronald DePoalo David Ferry Abbie Shine Giordano Jeffrey Gronning Paul Hawkins ’85 David V. H. Hedley ’64 (Honorary) Lee Kellogg Sadrian ’89 Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 (Honorary) Paul Lombardi Michael Mariano Ajay Nagpal Michael W. Ranger (Honorary) Gerald Scully Carisa Strauss Elizabeth Warner Elizabeth Winterbottom

Director of Institutional Advancement Betsy Patterson Director of Marketing & Communications Crimson Managing Editor Janet Burdorf Associate Director Alumni Relations & Faculty/Staff Giving Monya Taylor Davis ’88 Associate Director Annual Giving & Young Alumni Maggie Ranger ’10 Alumni Relations Associate Melissa Hedley ’90 News & Information Manager Steve Patchett Magazine Layout & Design Sharon Cowen-Cain Creative Design Manager Tiffany Zuber Contributing Writers Dr. Owen Boynton, Ellie Buscemi ’18, Darcy Caldwell, Dr. Patrick Horan, Steve Patchett, Carol Selman ’64 Photography AEROJO, Janet Burdorf, Peter Chollick Photography, David Kramer ’69, Steve Patchett, Jordan Stead/Amazon, Tiffany Zuber Printed locally by Action Graphics using soy based ink on 30% recycled & sustainably-sourced paper


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Quiet Leadership: The Impact of an Introvert

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Back on Campus to Stay

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The Center for Innovation & Design

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In Memoriam

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Class Agents

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Stories of Excellence in Teaching & Learning

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Alumni Moments

On the Cover: Jamie Siminoff ’95

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Football players take part in traditional ringing of the bell after their win at Homecoming 2018. Photograph by: David Kramer ’69

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Remarks From the Headmaster Dear Friends of MBS, As I walk around campus this fall, it’s gratifying to see how the School is buzzing with energy and activity—students are busy working on sound and lighting design for the fall play; Middle School students are walking to the Arboretum to conduct environmental research and study forest ecology; Constitutional Law students are staging a mock trial to gain a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding freedom of religion. At Morristown-Beard School, education is not a passive endeavor. Our curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, independent thought, and intellectual risk taking. As our Head of the Upper School Darren Burns often remarks, “At MBS, students do not receive an education, they pursue an education.” Active engagement is certainly at the heart of the plans for our new Center for Innovation & Design (CID), a cutting-edge facility designed to inspire self-directed “design thinking” for the 21st century (see Dr. Owen Boynton’s article on page 40). The Center will serve as an “idea incubator” where students will analyze challenges, deconstruct them, think creatively, tinker, forward new and unconventional ideas, and vet them with their peers in a sort of “Shark Tank” mentality. As we look forward to the opening of the CID in 2019, MBS faculty, students, and parents have been participating in a series of workshops this fall to become more familiar with principles of design thinking and the “maker movement,” and to discover ways to see the world more creatively. In the end, we hope to orient our work by way of three fundamental questions: What do we know? What should we do with what we know? What can we hope will result from/ grow out of what we do? The CID surely would have been a favorite resource of MBS graduate Jamie Siminoff ’95, a “Shark Tank” veteran whose creativity, vision, and determination helped make the Ring doorbell system the industry leader in the home security market. Jamie’s story (see page 20), which traces his early days as an inventor in his garage, his rejection on the TV show “Shark Tank”, and his company’s subsequent success and historic acquisition by Amazon, is a lesson in risk-taking and resilience—principles we try to encourage in our own students every day. Although our fundraising for the CID has been strong, there is still much work to be done in order to open the center as planned in 2019. I encourage you to support the CID with a donation today. Only with your kind support, and the support of many, will we be able to make this innovative and inspirational center a reality!

I look forward to seeing you on campus soon!

This issue of Crimson magazine showcases many of the exciting pursuits that our students, faculty, and alumni are undertaking. I encourage you to visit us and see firsthand what makes Morristown-Beard School such a vibrant learning community. I’m sure you will be impressed by the remarkable accomplishments of our students and inspired by our momentum.

Peter J. Caldwell, Headmaster


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MBS Welcomes New Faculty & Staff Morristown-Beard School welcomed 10 new faculty and staff members to campus. This year’s newest members of the MBS community include: Cheryl Bartlett—Advancement Assistant Cheryl joins MBS as the Advancement Office Assistant from the field of municipal government. She is an ardent supporter of independent school education and is thrilled to become a part of it after experiencing its first hand-success with her three adult children. Her daughter is presently a high school teacher in Los Angeles after teaching locally for four years. Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she double majored in Psychology and Sociology. Rose Borowsky—Middle School Office Rose joined MBS as the Assistant to the Head of Middle School in July after two years as the Admissions Office Manager at Newark Academy. She brings more than 18 years of experience in the independent/private school sector. Rose spends most of her free time traveling and chasing after her three daughters. Audra Fannon—Upper School Math Audra joins the MBS faculty after spending several years teaching at the Friends School of Baltimore. Audra has a diverse academic background, having earned a double major in Math and Art History, with a minor in Spanish, at Bryn Mawr College, graduating Magna Cum Laude. Audra has experience teaching at both the Middle and Upper School levels in math. William Fedirko—Upper School Math Will comes to MBS from the Park School in Buffalo, NY where he has taught for the past 12 years. He is currently completing his Ph.D. dissertation in Mathematical Philosophy from SUNY Buffalo, and holds a B.S. in Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Will has taught the entire spectrum of secondary school math, and is particularly interested in the integration of math and art.


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Nicole Freeto—Upper School Latin Nicole taught Latin in the Berkeley Heights School District for the past five years, serving as the only Latin teacher in the district, and commuting between schools in the mornings and afternoons. She joins MBS faculty as a full time language teacher. Nicole double majored in English and Classics at the College of New Jersey, completed a post-baccalaureate Classics program at the University of Pennsylvania, going on to earn her Master’s in Classics at Rutgers University. At MBS Nicole teaches both Latin and English, and will offer an English course next year in reading Homer in translation. Dr. Lisa Ievers—Upper School Math Dr. Lisa Ievers has made the transition from university to secondary school teaching. She comes to MBS from Georgetown University where she taught mathematically-oriented philosophy classes such as symbolic logic. She is eager to take on a full-time math position because of the strong connections between the disciplines, particularly, as she notes, “a concern with clarity, logical rigor, and the production of a well-formulated argument for a conclusion.” Lisa earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University, and as an undergraduate double majored in Math and Philosophy at Bucknell.

Philicia Levinson—Upper School Math Parent of an MBS Senior, Philicia has been teaching Math at Kean University for the past several years following a career spent in the finance and marketing sectors. She earned her B.A. degree in Economics at the University of Virginia, and an M.B.A. at Harvard. She was eager to join the MBS faculty because, as she puts it, “teaching is not just a second career for me, it is a passion.” One of the fields she is most eager to develop at MBS is a course in Business Calculus, which she has been teaching at Kean.

Aime Lonsdorf—Upper School Science Aime is in the early stages of what looks like a promising career as a science educator. Her approach to the classroom stresses inquiry-based learning and she strives to create classroom environments where students are “engaged and genuinely invested in their learning.” Aime earned a B.S.c degree in Biology and a B.A. in Education at Rowan University. Prior to coming to MBS, she taught Science at North Star Academy.

Sharon Phelan—Middle School English Sharon brings a wide ranging and diverse set of experiences to her position at MBS. She has taught English literature in both America and Asia, has studied the poetry of W.B. Yeats in Ireland, helped organize HIV/AIDS awareness workshops in Kenya and engaged in extensive community service projects both here and abroad. Sharon earned her BA degree at Wesleyan, and a Master’s in English at Middlebury College.

Kate Muttick—Upper School English Kate graduated from MBS in 1997, and taught English here from 2010-15. She returned to the MBS fold after time spent teaching at the Berkeley Preparatory School and the University of Tampa, where she specialized in teaching academic writing. Kate took her BA in Political Science at the College of the Holy Cross, and earned a Master’s degree in English literature and creative writing at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland.

MBS Welcomes New Board of Trustee Members RAVI CHOPRA ’97

Ravi Chopra ’97 is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Azora Capital, a hedge fund focused on financial services investing. Prior to starting Azora, he was the Sector Head of U.S. Financial Services investing at Samlyn Capital and a Financial Services Analyst at Sigma Capital. Ravi started his career as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College in 2001 and is a CFA Charter holder and member of the CFA Society of New York. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Minds Matter NYC, a non-profit organization focused on the mentorship of highly-achieving, low income high school students in the New York City area. Ravi lives in Manhattan with his wife, Allison, and 10-month old son, Reilly.


Lee Kellogg Sadrian ’89 served as a Trustee from 2007 to 2012 before rejoining the board in 2018. Lee founded Kellogg Design, an interior decorating firm, in 1999, and was General Manager of Hudson Farm from 1999-2012. She is currently on the board of IAT Reinsurance and the Summit Park Line Foundation, and is a former director of the Hudson Guild and Centenary College. Lee lives in Summit, NJ with her husband and three children.


We extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to retired trustee Katie Simon ’85, P ’15. Katie’s kind generosity and extraordinary support of MBS have been instrumental in the transformation of the School and the many important accomplishments achieved over the past six years.

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Celebrating the Faculty & Staff of Morristown-Beard School Members of the Morristown-Beard School community take on many activities (professional, civic, and personal) in addition to their yearly responsibilities at School.

program at The Juilliard School with year-long classes in “Ear Training� and “Music Theory & Analysis.� Barbara’s final composition project for the “Music Theory & Analysis� class was to compose a two-part invention, in the spirit of those written by Johann Sebastian Bach. A two-part invention may be described as two independent voices interacting with each other in an imitative manner.

The following is an excerpt from the spring 2018 issue of Crimson Achievements: Celebrating the Faculty & Staff of Morristown-Beard School.

Susan Speidel (Chair, Performing Arts) was selected by the EnglishSpeaking Union of the United States and Great Britain as one of 20 English and Theater teachers to study at The Globe Theater in London during the month of July 2017. The focus of the intensive workshop was lifting Shakespeare’s words off the page and exploring the context that brought his works to life on stage, with an emphasis on producing and directing Shakespeare’s plays with teenage actors.

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Brent Deisher (Science) earned a scholarship to attend both the Maitland P. Simmons Summer Institute for middle school science teachers in July 2017 and the corresponding New Jersey Science Convention in October 2017, sponsored by the New Jersey Science Teachers Association. The Maitland P. Simmons Summer Institute focused on interdisciplinary science instruction, with a particular emphasis on integrating engineering practices into the science classroom. As a result of his studies, Brent created a new unit on wind energy, including an activity in which 8th graders design and build wind turbines and test their power output with Vernier sensors.

Peter Donahue (English), who teaches Creative Writing in the Upper School, has published two poems in Exit 13 Magazine’s 2017 issue. This journal focuses on poetry of place, with particular emphasis on New Jersey. Peter’s poems meditate on a hike in Parsippany and the demolition of the Kirkbride Building in Greystone Park.


Brent Deisher (Science) presented a workshop entitled “From Inspiration to Connection: The Art of the Upcycled Journal� at the Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education’s first annual autumn outdoor conference, hosted by Duke Farms in September 2017.

Andrea Deventer (Performing Arts) attended a four-day “Professional Dance Teacher Retreat� near Boston, Massachusetts, in August 2017. Classes were held on “Classic Dance Techniques,� “Critique Your Choreography,� “Combinations Using Non-8-Count Music,� and “Progressive Warm-up Through Age Levels,� to name a few. Andrea had the opportunity to spend time with other dance teachers from around the country, exchanging ideas about her craft.

Gorica Lalic (World Languages) attended the Annual Conference “Français langue ĂŠtrangère—French dual-language conferenceâ€? organized by the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). The conference focused on the benefits of a dual language education, as well as the growing body of research on bilingualism that confirms the lasting impact that these immersion programs will have for generations to come. The symposium took place in March 2018 at the Boerum Hill International School in Brooklyn, New York.           

In July 2017, Laurie Hartman (Visual Arts) enrolled in a one-onone follow-up course in “Creating Digital Negativesâ€? with professional photographer Morgan Post. The previous summer (2016) Laurie had studied with Post at the Center for   43                   Photography in Woodstock, New York, learning how  3                4   to make enlarged negatives from digital files, as well as                                                           scanned black and white film negatives. Last summer,                    the concentration was on adjusting those negatives                           specifically for platinum printing, all helpful information                                     for Laurie to use in her “Advanced Photographyâ€? course.       Invention in e minor

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Liz Harrison, Jen Laviola, and Michael McGrann (World Languages) attended the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention in Nashville from November 1719, 2017. Along with thousands of language educators from across the country, they participated in a variety of workshops on topics ranging from curriculum design to teaching social justice. They also learned about recent developments in language pedagogy. Mixing business with pleasure, Liz, Jen, and Michael went on some independent excursions, including a visit to the replica of the Parthenon and a foray into the live music scene in Nashville. They

returned to MBS, enthusiastic to share what they learned with colleagues and students. In December 2017, Darren Lovelock (Chair, English) travelled to White Plains, New York, for a one-day Learning and the Brain training seminar entitled “Active Differentiation in Practice.” Dr. Kristina J. Doubet, a Professor of Education at the College of Education at James Madison University, advised seminar attendees about best practices in implementing initiatives in differentiated instruction, curriculum design, digital learning, and classroom assessment. Darren returned to MBS, armed with more than a dozen new ideas that he shared with the English Department. Michael McGrann (Chair, World Languages) attended the 20th Anniversary Celebration for SALVI (aka the North American Institute of Living Latin Studies) in July 2017. The celebration included presentations about teaching Latin and Classics at both the secondary and tertiary levels, workshops about topics ranging from specific teaching techniques to the development of the Latin language, a musical performed in Latin, and social interactions with friends and colleagues. Michael also presented at the Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey (FLENJ) Annual Conference in April 2018. In his workshop “Latin for Everyone,” he discussed both a rationale for and provided some examples of how to teach Latin using a communicative approach. Michael emphasized the importance of treating Latin like any other language, described certain fundamentals of second language acquisition (SLA) research, and shared the progress that educators in Classics have made in recent years. By the end of the workshop, participants understood that a true communicative approach can benefit and inspire their students, and they took away clear, specific activities to use in their own middle school and high school Latin classrooms.


Brent Deisher (Science) completed the “Anchor House Ride for Runaways” in July 2017. Brent rode a total of almost 500 miles across the

state of Pennsylvania in one week to raise money for the Anchor House Foundation in Trenton, New Jersey, which provides housing, education, and job skills for at-risk youths. He raised nearly $900 for the Anchor House Foundation prior to the ride. In June 2017, Andrea Deventer (Performing Arts) supervised a twoweek trip in Tanzania for 20 MBS students, doing volunteer work in a remote village near Arusha. They then spent five days on safari camping in The Serengeti. Nikolin Eyrich (English) was selected in 2016 to be part of a committee responsible for redesigning aspects of the K-12 School District of South Orange and Maplewood. The district’s new mission statement focuses on creating learner-centered schools and preparing “students for a future that we have yet to imagine.” (For detailed information, see: http://www.somsd. Nikolin’s committee worked on the vision and plan for enhanced emotional and academic supports. This academic year, she cochaired South Mountain Cares, a district school-based committee focused on providing food and clothes to those in need. Gorica Lalic (World Languages), who is also a 19th-century French art historian, was invited by the University of Birmingham and Kingston University, London, to take part in a research project about the Nabis Politics. The Nabis, a group of French artists who rose to prominence in Paris at the end of the 19th century, include such famous artists as Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard, Félix Vallotton, and HenriGabriel Ibels. Gorica joined 14 international academic researchers and curators to investigate the political and social attitudes of these influential Nabis artists. She then participated in various events to present and discuss their research findings. The famous art historian Guy Cogéval and art critic Isabelle Cahn of the Musee d’Orsay was part of the group. By studying their work, objectives, and affiliations in unprecedented detail, the network will develop an innovative critical perspective that casts much-needed new light on the Nabis’ approach to art and design, promotes public awareness of their work, and offers fresh insights into the turbulent relationship between culture and politics in 1890s France (the decade of feminist congresses, labor agitation, anarchist bombings, presidential assassination, and the famous Dreyfus Affair). In October 2017, Patrick Horan (English) spoke to the Chester Book Club in Chester, New Jersey, about Lynn Cullen’s historical fiction novel Mrs. Poe. Based on letters, journals, and biographical information about Poe’s years in New York City, the novel includes a scenario inspired by what many critics believe was a possible love triangle among the famous writer, his young wife Virginia, and fellow poet Frances Osgood. Patrick Horan (English), Zach Mazouat (Visual Arts), and Susan Speidel (Chair, Performing Arts) took part in the hit Broadway musical Once Upon a Mattress, which played at the Cranford Dramatic Club for three weekends in May 2018. Susan appeared as the overbearing Queen Aggravain; Patrick played her badgered husband, King Sextimus the Crimson Fall 2018


CRIMSON ACHIEVEMENTS Silent; and both were directed by Zach, who is also a long-time, active member of the dramatic club. Ricky Kamil (History) has been in charge of the Westfield Historical Society’s Weekend Speaker Series since the fall of 2016. This program is a vibrant and integral part of the society’s mission to preserve, interpret, and encourage interest in history through educational efforts and community outreach programs. Ricky has attracted authors, college professors, historians, museum directors, and other intellectuals who are passionate about history and committed to sharing stories with residents and members of the general public. Some of the recent speakers—such as Elizabeth Del Tufo, President of the City of Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission; as well as Gilda Rogers and Roger Mumford, who discussed the T. Thomas Fortune House preservation effort and the making of a New Jersey National Historic Landmark—are familiar to the MBS community because they also delivered Lehman Lectures here on campus. Cathy Kellstrom (History) is a member of the choir at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, New Jersey. Cathy also assists in the Skidmore College Admissions office as an alumni admissions interviewer. Renee Kenny (Library) is a member of the Peapack-Gladstone Library Advisory Board. Renee also serves as an alumna interviewer for the University of Chicago. David Molowa (Science) was appointed to the Board of Directors of University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. Of his appointment, David stated, “From leading-edge research to groundbreaking clinical programs, University Hospital is continuing to transform healthcare in Newark. I am humbled by my appointment and delighted to join the outstanding leadership on the Board of University Hospital.” In December 2017, Barbara Napholtz (Information Systems Manager) joined fellow members of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA) for a rush-hour Christmas concert at Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City. Barbara played “The Little Drummer Boy” in the holiday concert. She has been a member of the 8

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ACMA for the past seven years and performs in at least one of their concerts each year. The performance at the Port Authority was sponsored by “Sing for Hope,” a New York City-based non-profit organization whose mission is to transform lives through the arts. On May 26, 2018, Barbara performed Liszt’s “Liebestraum No. 3” at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City. In attendance was Magee Hickey, Emmy-award winning reporter for WPIX 11, and a part-time classical flutist. Barbara was interviewed about her love for the piano, and excerpts from her interview and performance were aired on the evening broadcast at WPIX 11. Also in attendance at the concert was Amy Nathan, author of the upcoming Making Time for Making Music (released May 2018). Barbara is cited in that publication. Despite rain and strong winds, Steve Patchett (News & Information Manager) completed his fourth Boston Marathon on April 16, 2018, in 3:19:10, beating the qualifying standard for next year’s race by more than 10 minutes. Roger Richard (History/ Director of Instruction) was invited to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute at Rutgers this past summer. Founded in the early twentieth century, Seabrook Farms was a frozenfoods and canning agribusiness located in southern New Jersey. During its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s, the company employed more than 6,000 laborers at peak production and produced roughly two-thirds of all the frozen food consumed in the United States. Seabrook Farms was transformed during World War II, when it recruited and received 2,500 Japanese Americans paroled from incarceration in internment camps. At Seabrook Farms, Japanese Americans worked alongside migrants from the U.S. South and immigrant guest workers from the British West Indies. Following World War II, Seabrook added to its ranks of laborers Eastern European refugees sponsored from camps in occupied Germany,

and Japanese Peruvians facing extradition to Japan after being detained by the United States during the war. Using Seabrook Farms as a case study, institute participants will be encouraged to workshop curricular activities and ideas that they hope to implement in their own classrooms on subjects related to refugee resettlement, internment, and immigration. Participants will also engage in dialogues about internment and the constitution, immigration policy, and the employment of migrant agricultural laborers today. Susan Speidel (Chair, Performing Arts) „ Continued to work under the auspices of the Paper Mill Playhouse Education Department to provide entertainment and enrichment programming, through trivia games and musical theater performances, for the residents of the Lillian Booth Actors Home, run by the Actors Fund of America in Englewood, New Jersey. „ Appeared with cabaret performer Bobby Nesbitt and musical theater performers Susan Powell and Richard White, in a March 2018 concert called “Remembering Lenny,” sponsored by the Fringe Theater of Key West and the Key West Pops Orchestra, during their week-long celebration of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial. „ Served as a musical theater and vocal performance adjudicator at the 2018 Student Festival of the Mid-Atlantic Music Teacher’s Guild, held in Princeton, New Jersey, in April 2018.

John Sheppard Honored for 25 Years of Coaching During Senior Night festivities on May 23rd, members of the MBS baseball team also saluted Head Coach John Sheppard, who is celebrating his 25th season at MBS. Through the years, Sheppard has amassed more than 400 wins as head coach of the MBS baseball team. In 2016, he was selected as the High School Division III, Region 2 Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Only eight High School Division III coaches from across the nation receive the award each year. He was also selected as the Daily Record’s Coach of the Season for spring 2016. Coach Sheppard’s teams have won the Morris County Championship (2016), five NJISAA Prep Championships (1996, 1997, 1999, 2007, 2008), two NJSIAA Private B State Sectional Championships (2005, 2010), the Colonial Hills Conference Championship (2008, 2009), and four NJAC Conference Championships (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). He was awarded the Colonial Hills Conference Coach of the Year in 2008. Coach Sheppard was elected to the New Jersey High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2014.

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8th Graders “Move Up� to Upper School On Friday, June 8th, Morristown-Beard School held its 2018 "Moving Up" ceremony in Founders Hall on the MBS campus where 56 eighth graders received certificates and advanced from the Middle School to the Upper School.

Seniors Celebrate at Commencement The Morristown-Beard School Class of 2018 officially joined the ranks of MBS alumni as the School held its Commencement ceremony on campus on Saturday, June 9th. Faculty, family, and friends gathered under the tent on Senior Circle and cheered as the 98 seniors received their diplomas.

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Morristown-Beard School Launches Summer Institute In August, Morristown-Beard School officially launched the MBS Summer Institute—a new academic summer program for students interested in extending their education beyond traditional disciplines and into real world problems.

from “Solar Panels” and “Geothermal Energy” to “Composting” and a “Green Roof.” Afterwards, the students pitched their sustainable initiatives to panelists including the Student Government Association (SGA) president and two recent graduates.

The MBS Summer Institute program Environmental Science and Stewardship asked students to take seriously their futures as stewards of the world, as they learned about the environment, systems theory, stewardship, and leadership strategies in relation to key 21st century challenges.

Upper School students participated in the Interdisciplinary Seminar program. Under the guidance of Upper School science teacher Paul Fisher, this program focused on immersing students into the difficulties of environmental stewardship and sustainability. Activities for this program included analyzing local river water and designing a process-based or technology solution for water waste in everyday routines. Students worked in small groups throughout the week, and the program was designed to expand students’ knowledge of the environment through debates, hands-on design, and other methods.

Middle School students participated in an exciting, team-taught Environmental Adventure program. This program focused on introducing students to environmental stewardship through a variety of hands-on experiences. As part of the program, students visited Duke Farms, where they learned about adaptive reuse of buildings, solar power, and other sources of renewable energy. At the end of the first week, four teams of Middle School students held an NFL style draft for the best ways to make the campus more environmentally friendly. Each team selected four “draft picks” ranging

Students in both programs were able to take advantage of MorristownBeard School’s new 25,000-square foot Math & Science Center as well as Science on a Sphere®, an interactive display system that uses computers and video projectors to display data onto a six-foot diameter sphere.

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Honk! Jr. Takes the Stage in Founders Hall The MBS Middle School musical, Honk! Jr., was performed on May 24th in the Theater at Founders Hall. The show was a stunning success, including fantastic musical numbers such as “A Poultry Tale,” “Look at Him,” and “Warts and All.”

MBS Senior Named National Merit Semifinalist Congratulations to Matthew Lindberg ’19, who was named a semifinalist in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The 16,000 semifinalists nationwide represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and were selected for earning the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. For the past three years, Lindberg has won the N.J. Robotics Championship and competed in the VEX World Robotics Championships. At MBS, he is a member of the winter and spring track & field teams, serves as vice president of the Lifting Club, and is also a member of Spectrum, the School's Gay/Straight Alliance. He hopes to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering in college. In addition, the following six seniors were named Commended Students in the National Merit Program: Pamela Beniwal ’19, Quiya Harris ’19, Alexander Rebhun ’19, Emma Sombers ’19, Rebecca Tone ’19, and Jesper Trapness ’19. 14 Crimson Fall 2018

Baseball Team Honored for Academic Excellence For the third year in a row, the Morristown-Beard School varsity baseball team has been selected to receive the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association. This year’s award was presented to only 70 schools nationwide. To be eligible, high school teams had to be current ABCA members with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Pike ’19 Named to All-America Watchlist MBS senior Juliette Pike ’19 was among 36 elite soccer stars named to the All-America watchlist for girls soccer in August 2018. Pike, a Brown University commit, is expected to be one of the most stalwart defenders in the state. Last year, she was the main force on a defense that put together eight shutouts on the way to a 10-7-2 record as the Crimson advanced to the semifinals of both the NJSIAA State Tournament and the Prep B Tournament. Last season, Pike was selected as an East Regional All-American for girls soccer. She was named First-Team All-State and First Team All-NJAC Liberty Division. As a sophomore, she was named co-MVP of the MBS girls soccer team.

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Members of the Class of 2018 walk the runway The MBS Class of 2018 and their families gathered on April 29th at the Fashion Show Brunch at the Hilton Short Hills. Watching the seniors walk the runway, enjoying fabulous food, and taking a chance at the gift raffle put smiles on everyone’s faces. The MBS community is grateful to the Parents Association for organizing this event and to all the volunteers who made the event such a success.

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MBS Community Enjoys a Day of Golf On May 14th, the MBS community enjoyed the day at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, NJ at the 2018 Morristown-Beard School Golf Classic. The event was a tremendous success thanks to the efforts of the MBS Parents Association. As the weather slowly improved, the golfers enjoyed a wonderful day on the course. Many of the golfers participated in “Putting With Peter,” a putting contest against Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell. Thanks to all of those who participated and made the event so enjoyable! All proceeds from the event support Morristown-Beard School student programs.

MBS celebrates Grandparents & Special Friends Day On May 29th, grandparents and special friends of Morristown-Beard School students enjoyed a day on campus—without worrying about taking tests and quizzes! Middle School students had an opportunity to play tour guide for the day as they showed their grandparents around the campus, took them to classes, and introduced them to their friends. The visitors also enjoyed special performances by the Middle School Tap Attack dance class as well as the Players class, and special greetings from Head of Middle School Boni Luna and Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell.

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MBS Celebrates Convocation & Community Day The Morristown-Beard School community kicked off the 2018-2019 academic year on September 5th with Convocation & Community Day. The day consisted of a breakfast, an opening Convocation ceremony in Founders Hall, class meetings, advisor group meetings, and summer reading discussion groups. In his opening remarks, Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell encouraged students to think about how they want to define

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themselves within the MBS community this year, and the importance of resisting assumptions. Students also heard from Darren Burns, Head of the Upper School; Boni Luna, Head of the Middle School; Dr. John Mascaro, Dean of Faculty; and James Cunningham '19, the Student Government Association (SGA) President, who spoke about the importance of community and risk-taking.

Community Enjoys Fall Family Festival On a beautiful fall afternoon in September, Morristown-Beard School opened its campus to host the 2nd annual Crimson Fall Family Festival. The fun-filled afternoon included food and refreshments, a DJ & photo booth, a popcorn machine, and a hot dog truck. There was also a giant slide, pumpkin painting, face painting, and other activities for children. The public was able to tour Morristown-Beard School’s new $12.6 million Math & Science Center and see “Science On a Sphere®,” an extraordinary system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data and weather patterns onto a six-foot diameter sphere. MBS is just the second secondary school in the nation to offer this innovative educational tool. Morristown-Beard School





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Jamie Siminoff ’95

walked away with nothing after pitching his video doorbell on the TV show “Shark Tank”. Undeterred, he transformed his invention into Ring, the industry leader in the home security market, which was recently bought by Amazon for more than $1 billion.

Pass on & Perseverance By Steve Patchett


ueled by passion and perseverance, MBS graduate Jamie Siminoff ’95 created the world’s first Wi-Fi video doorbell while working out of his garage seven years ago. Although his invention was rejected on ABC’s start-up investment TV show, “Shark Tank”, the setback didn’t deter him. He has since transformed his invention into Ring, a cutting-edge neighborhood security company that is revolutionizing home security and reducing neighborhood crime.

Photo by: Jordan Stead/Amazon

Under Siminoff ’s direction, Ring has seen incredible success and growth. Last winter, Ring was acquired by Amazon for more than $1 billion, the second largest Amazon acquisition after Whole Foods. From an early age, Siminoff had a desire to tinker and build things. His father co-owned a plant that forged steel pipes for oil refineries, and he would often use his father’s tools to take apart television sets and build small inventions in his basement after school.

Jamie's Yearbook photo Morristown-Beard School 1995

Before coming to Morristown-Beard School as a sophomore, Siminoff attended public school and admits, “I was not a very happy kid overall…I was not on a good path.” At MBS, however, Siminoff began to flourish. “Morristown-Beard School allowed me, for the first time in my life, to find the things that I liked and to do those things. I discovered that I really Crimson Fall 2018


liked architecture and building things, and I was able to do that,” he said. “I feel like I found myself there.” Siminoff ’s passion for tinkering was certainly ignited by Rich Timek’s architecture class. “That was incredible for me, the stuff that we did in (Mr. Timek’s) class. For the final architecture project, we had to build a model, and that was probably one of my favorite things I’ve done. I designed a house…a nice Jersey estate. I think I still have it somewhere.” At MBS, Siminoff also enjoyed taking physics and math classes, and remembers former Math Department Chair Ines Schluter as being “a standout.” History teacher Dr. Alan Cooper also had a big influence on him. “He was just phenomenal…great all-around,” said Siminoff. “I think what stands out for me was the diversity of people at Morristown-Beard School; you got exposed to a lot of different viewpoints.” He said the MBS campus environment itself also promoted a sense of independence and helped him develop time-management skills. “For me, it was such a great thing to be more on my own, just walking outside from classroom to classroom,” he said. “It was definitely more

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On Failure

“People always ask me, ‘What’s your biggest failure?’ Even talking about failure is the wrong way to look at it. Life is about long-term success; it’s a marathon. If you’re a marathoner and you have one misstep at mile seven, you don’t call it a failure— you just make your next step better. If your shoe comes untied, you tie it, but the marathon is not over. It has nothing to do with the overall race.” “When you make a product that’s not working well, you try to use that information to make it better next time. You just keep iterating.” “It’s important to not get into the microcosm or the myopic side of this failure. Keep sight of what you want to achieve in five, 10 or 20 years. That lets you kind of blow through all these other things along the way.”

On Success

“You should be trying to do what motivates you every day. It’s about trying to find that thing that’s going to satisfy you.” “Money and starting a business are not fulfilling on their own. I think it’s really doing the thing that fulfills you that is going to allow you to be successful, because success is you being happy. We’ve all seen people who have achieved things that you would think would make them happy, but they don’t seem to be.”

Photo by: Jordan Stead/Amazon

On Self-Discovery

“When I think about what I have learned about myself through the years, it’s really that I liked building things to make people’s lives better. If I look at the core of me—which I think would be labeled as an inventor—I think what drives me more than anything is the ability to see something that someone doesn’t have… like a missing part, and to give them something that fills that need and makes them happier. Once I realized that, that’s when things certainly started to go better for me.”

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freedom than what I had in public school. When I got to college, I think a lot of kids crashed and burned during their freshman year because they were not used to having more control of their own time. I kind of flew through college without any problems. Even during my first semester at Babson, I remember making the Dean’s List.” Siminoff became interested in Babson College after Peter Hedley ’97 made an off-the-cuff comment during their daily carpool to MBS. “I would drive him to school and I was starting to look at colleges. He was two years younger than me, so for Peter, college didn’t matter at the time. I named all these colleges and we were just talking. I said something about Babson and he said, ‘My Dad just met someone from Babson who was really successful.’” The light bulb went off in Siminoff ’s head and he immediately headed to the College Counseling Office. “I went to the college counselor and said, ‘I’m applying to Babson, but I wanted to look into it more,’” he said. “I saw that they had a program in Entrepreneurship and thought that sounded great.” At Babson, Siminoff won the college’s business planning contest and then made money drafting real briefs. After he graduated, he founded PhoneTag,

the world’s first voicemail-to-text company, and, a service that helped email users clean commercial emails from their inboxes. “I had some decent things and was mildly successful, and was jumping from project to project. I had kind of an entrepreneurial mid-life crisis,” said Siminoff. “I kept doing these little things and nothing was getting any traction.” At that point, Siminoff decided to shift his focus from being an entrepreneur to being an inventor. “I told my wife, ‘I’m going into the garage. I’m going to hire two people, two interns, and I’m just going to build (stuff ),’” he said. “Thankfully, as crooked as she looked at me, she did still say, ‘Great. That sounds like a good career choice. You’ve accomplished so much in the garage.’” Siminoff began working on a modular gardening system called SNAP Garden, but noticed that he couldn’t hear the doorbell while he was in the garage. “My cell phone didn’t have any signal,” he said. “I would miss people; I would miss packages. On the side, I soldered together a bunch of crap and that was the first DoorBot. It was so obvious to me — why wouldn’t your doorbell go to your phone, and why can’t you see and talk to who’s there from your phone? To this day, it doesn’t seem like an invention to me because it was so damn obvious.” Soon after, Siminoff had lunch with an entrepreneur who encouraged him to try out for “Shark Tank” and gave him an email address for one of the producers. “I emailed the producer from the lunch table,” Siminoff remembers. “I was driving home, and the guy actually called me and said, ‘You have to be on the show!’” When Mark Cuban and the other sharks turned down the deal that Siminoff wanted, he admits it was incredibly discouraging. “I was so sure that Mark Cuban was going to invest,” said Siminoff. “And all of a sudden we’re walking off the show with no money and it’s like, ‘we’re screwed!’” Despite the rejection, quitting was never an option for Siminoff. “The truth is, I had basically sunk all of my money into this project and the only way to survive was to keep going because stopping was certain death,” he said. As it turns out, the publicity of being on “Shark Tank” actually saved the company and the appearance on the show drove more than $1 million in sales in just one month. “When I was on “Shark Tank”, I was pitching a product that didn’t exist because I was seeing what

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it could be, but I couldn’t build it,” he said. “What “Shark Tank” gave us really was the capital injection to start on the path of getting that built, and then attract other investors.” In 2015, billionaire Richard Branson invested in Ring after a guest on his private island used the doorbell system to speak remotely with a delivery person back home. Branson was intrigued by Ring’s ability to reduce crime in neighborhoods—a mission that Siminoff is passionate about.

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“From a technology standpoint, it’s probably had more impact on neighborhood security than anything else. We have thousands of pieces of video evidence that show that,” said Siminoff. “For the inventor side of me, that’s the most fulfilling thing that could have happened.” To combat crime in communities, Ring has partnered with National Night Out and police departments across the country. Recently, Ring and the Los Angeles Police Department kicked off a pilot program aimed at reducing crime by providing residents with complimentary connected doorbells. In a 6-month period, the LAPD said burglaries had decreased by 55 percent compared to the same time period the year before. Now that Ring is part of the Amazon family, Siminoff will be introducing several new home security products that work in conjunction with Alexa, Amazon’s voice computing platform. “Knowing that something that I actually worked on, and touched, and invented, is affecting people’s lives in a positive way… that goes above and beyond all forms of compensation,” said Siminoff. “I’d say that’s as good as it gets.”

The Shark That Got Away

After being rejected on “Shark Tank” five years ago, Jamie Siminoff made a triumphant return to the TV show as a ‘Guest Shark’ for the season 10 premiere on October 7th. “Well, well, well…look who’s back,” Shark Kevin O’Leary said as Siminoff walked onto the set. “I was the only one who believed in you. You deserve your seat here.” “The Sharks were extremely nice,” and didn’t apologize for rejecting him, Siminoff told USA Today. “You can’t blame an investor for missing out on something they heard for 30 minutes on a TV show.” As a former contestant, Siminoff brought a unique perspective to the Shark chair, and it was very clear what he was looking for in a pitch. In his view, hard work, a clear business mission, and a good deal of luck are all staples of successful business stories. The first pitch made to the Sharks was very much targeted to Siminoff’s expertise—a package security idea called BoxLock. After hearing the pitch, however, Siminoff balked at investing, and the other Sharks jokingly called him a “dream killer” for not backing the product.

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Powerfully prepared By Steve Patchett

The success of our alumni is proof of the powerful impact a Morristown-Beard School education can have. As the alumni in this issue demonstrate, our graduates are exceedingly well prepared for college, careers, and beyond. Passionate, hardworking, and fueled by a desire to give back, these alumni are making meaningful contributions, and we are proud to be part of their journey.

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A Cut Above Sarah Bayersdorfer ’11 knows that a solid work ethic can take you to great heights. Just five years ago, she was making French fries and mozzarella sticks at the pool snack bar at Canoe Brook Country Club. Today, she is a Chef De Partie at The French Laundry in Yountville, California— Thomas Keller’s three-star Michelin restaurant that is regarded as one of the finest in the world. Bayersdorfer said her interest in the culinary world developed slowly over time, starting with family dinners growing up. “No matter how busy my family was, we always had a home cooked dinner together,” she remembers. “My parents showed me that life is about balance, doing what you love, and working hard to make sure you achieve your goals.” At MBS, Bayersdorfer was passionate about athletics and she played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse throughout her Upper School years. As an ice hockey player, she was a three-time All-State selection, the quickest person to reach 100 goals in MBS history, and she became the School’s alltime leading scorer in her junior year. Still, Bayersdorfer’s focus was never on individual accomplishments. “The best part of being on that team was that it was actually a team. I didn’t care about scoring; I cared about being a family with everyone,” she said. “I learned a lot about leadership on that team… how to support people when they are successful, and ways to make them successful when they initially aren’t.” In the classroom, Bayersdorfer remembers being the student “who always had to work twice as hard as others to get the same grade. I was so fortunate to have many of my teachers take their time to tutor me.” She credits Soni Dougherty and Rob Mead with shaping her growth in Middle School, and Dr. David Molowa, Rocio Romero, Cathy Fleming and Dr. John Farhat with being her “backbone” in the Upper School. “I put so many hours into (Dr. Farhat’s) French class and honestly, it wasn’t for me. But the family joke is, I now work in a French kitchen and try to speak the best French I can!” she said. After MBS, Bayersdorfer played Division I ice hockey at Boston University and planned to become a neurosurgeon. After taking hospitality courses as a sophomore, however, she immediately fell in love with the program and changed her major. One of her chefs at Boston University was the Executive Chef at the renowned Union Oyster House, and she seized the opportunity to work for him. “I did everything there—including working as a waitress, hostess, chef,

food prep, opening and closing, and cooking on all parts of the line,” she recalls. “On top of that, I became the first female chef in the oldest continuously run restaurant in America.” From there, her career path was a whirlwind. After graduating from Boston University, she received a partial scholarship to be in the Culinary Institute of America’s accelerated program in Napa Valley. She was later recruited by Hillstone Restaurant Group, where she worked in five of their restaurants across the country and was promoted to Culinary Manager after only a year. Although she was moving up the ladder quickly, she felt that something was missing and took a shot at her dream job—The French Laundry. After a Facetime interview with a manager, the Executive Chef invited her to Yountville to work in the kitchen for two days. “I still remember Thomas Keller sitting on his stool watching me work, and I could feel the sweat dripping down my back and trying to keep my hands from shaking, all while making sure my sauces and knife cuts were perfect. I knew at that moment that this was for me,” she said. Today, Bayersdorfer says she still gets chills every day when she puts on her chef ’s coat. “It’s an honor to work here with such talented and amazing co-workers. The teamwork, efficiency, accountability, sense of urgency, and love of learning are breathtaking,” she said. To be successful in the kitchen, Bayersdorfer says it’s important to learn from others, take criticism, and be fiercely dedicated to your work. “Skills can always be taught, but you can’t teach work ethic. It’s a choice you can make for yourself, and it has nothing to do with talent,” she said. “I am beyond lucky to have had communities like Morristown-Beard School and my amazing family for believing in me and helping to shape who I am today.” Crimson Fall 2018




Eye on the News John McHale ’07 never wrote for The Crimson Sun and never took a journalism class at Morristown-Beard School. Still, the successful journalist said that MBS gave him a jumpstart on his career as a digital video content editor for ABC News by expanding his worldview and teaching him about people. “I came from a town where everyone looked like me. Morristown-Beard really helped me broaden my horizons and meet people from all walks of life,” he said. “I was able to attend diversity conferences in Dallas and Seattle that had a huge impact on my life. I never thought I would meet a student from North Korea and hear firsthand about the terrible conditions there. It was eye-opening.” On campus, McHale became active with the Kaleidoscope diversity club and won the Princeton Prize in Race Relations for his contributions to the community. “People used to call me ‘The Mayor of Mo-Beard’ because I talked to everyone,” he remembers. “I like learning about people and finding out what makes them tick.” He has fond memories of many MBS faculty members, particularly Carol McGough, the former Director of the Learning Center. “I never went to her for help with my homework, but I would just go to the Learning Center and talk to her because she was such an interesting person,” he said. “Pam O’Connor, Rose Koch, Beth Vecchio, Eddie Franz, and Pat and Jim Horan were also big parts of my time at MBS.” McHale was passionate about theater throughout Upper School, and he appeared on stage in all eight shows during his four years. He earned a degree in Theater Arts from Drew University, but found limited career prospects. “I thought ‘Why don’t I try TV?’ I’ve always had 28 Crimson Fall 2018

that pipedream, and TV seemed to be the exact lovechild of my major in theater and my minor in business.” After submitting his resume to CBS, McHale was quickly hired as a television broadcast page. From there, he moved to CBS News Marketing & Promotions, where he created and edited daily on-air promos for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. For the past four years, McHale has worked at ABC News in Digital Video Operations. As a live stream operator and editor, his days can be a whirlwind of activity—editing and distributing a wide range of news events ranging from politics to crime to extreme weather. “I really like my job. The best part is when you’re covering huge events like the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, and you’re pulling all of these amazing shots from different angles and it becomes a production that is so much grander than just a straightforward shot of the podium,” he said. “You’re truly giving the viewer a spectacle. In that way, it’s a lot like theater.” McHale also enjoys the responsibility that comes with his work. “You’re the last line of defense before the public sees the footage. You just have to be smart about it,” he said. “It’s a fun burden to have.” No matter where the news coverage takes him, McHale says he thrives on collaborating with an interesting team of people and telling compelling personal stories. “Ultimately, it all goes back to people and what I learned at MBS, “ he said. “People are really all you have in life.”


A Call to Action It’s an understatement to call Eriqah Vincent (née Foreman-Williams) ’06 a tireless advocate for environmental and social justice. Vincent has dedicated her career and her extensive volunteer outreach to making the environmental conversation in America become more inclusive and equitable at all levels. After working at the National Wildlife Federation to strengthen campus sustainability efforts and support youth environmental leaders for the past six years, Vincent currently serves as the Just Energy Portfolio Manager for the Partnership of Southern Equity. Here, she works to educate and engage low-income and communities of color in Georgia about the production of their energy and how that affects them. “Although it’s unfamiliar to many residents, these policies significantly impact household utility bills and can impinge on the quality of air, water, and other natural resources that affect their health and well-being,” she said. Last year, Vincent was appointed Board Chair of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Green Fund, an initiative that emphasizes cutting-edge technology and community activism. “Our goals are to help HBCU schools apply for grants to retrofit their buildings with more energy efficient technology, and also to provide funds to help schools teach and advocate for clean energy,” she explained. To advance the message of ‘going green,’ Vincent also serves as a member of the Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Youth Perspective Climate Justice Work Group. On the side, she even started her own consulting business this past year, Logistics by E.Re´, and is helping EcoDistricts, her first client, organize their annual Summit in Minnesota. Vincent has always been a high-energy individual, passionate about the world around her. At MBS, she gravitated toward performing arts classes and appeared on the Wilkie Hall stage for several plays, dance concerts, choral performances, and a musical. Her favorite teachers included Andrea Deventer for dance, Dr. James Horan for chorus, and Dr. Patrick Horan for English. “Besides teaching us technique in their particular subjects, all of these people really cared about us as individuals and cared about our success,” said Vincent. “Having teachers who genuinely want to see you succeed, who care about your life, and who cheer you on is priceless.” After graduating from MBS, Vincent enrolled at Spelman College to pursue a Sociology degree on a pre-law track. However, after taking a

course in Women’s Studies to satisfy a requirement, she soon fell in love with the subject and changed her major. “It was a great fit for me,” she said. “It was women’s rights through a racial lens, and I was hooked, even if I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it.” At the same time, her interest in activism began to flourish and she joined an environmental justice group called SEeED (Students Endeavoring for Enlightened Environmental Decisions) at neighboring Morehouse College. “Getting connected with that group was like divine intervention. All of my interests came together,” she said. Before graduating with departmental honors from Spelman in 2010, Vincent began working with inner city high school students through AMPS (the Atlanta Mentorship Program for Sustainability) and in 2011 she landed an internship with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. With each new experience, her calling came into sharp focus and her passion for her work seemed to grow. “Whatever I can do in my daily life to improve the human condition and advance people’s lives, I’m there,” said Vincent, who added that keeping an open mind was a key to her success. “You don’t have to have your life all figured out in high school. As long as you’re moving and learning and pulling people up as you go, you’re doing what you need to do.” Crimson Fall 2018



Lightning Bno l t s o the

By Darcy Caldwell English Department

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Creativity cannot be taught, but it can be guided and nurtured. When that happens, it’s an opportunity for a teacher and a student alike. Trevone Quarrie ’19: A Passion for Words Last December Trevone Quarrie ’19 competed in his first poetry contest, an open mic competition at the Nuyorican Poets Café in lower Manhattan. He pitted himself against 20 contestants, all of whom were experienced with the spoken word and had at least half a decade on him. He missed the finals by one point. During the class day when I am not teaching or meeting with students, I am usually grading papers. However, this past spring during Period 7, my work ethic was foiled. I often found myself stopping my grading to listen to the intense collaboration going on in Mr. Donahue’s room across the hall. Sometimes I found myself pulled from my seat to visually witness what was going on over there, and I would find Peter Donahue and Trevone Quarrie ’19 at the revision stage of one of Trevone’s poems: words scrawled across the white board, both of them standing there, arms folded, considering the way the words resonated with rhythm and meaning. Often the poem on the board was in its tenth or eleventh draft. This was the last stage before Trevone would be sending his words across the country to compete in various poetry contests and to possibly get published.

Unleashing a Student’s Talent Last spring, under the tutelage of Mr. Donahue, Trevone learned how to revise and polish his poems. He learned about form and meter. Although he is a musician, he had never known how to scan a poem for its rhythm. Mr. Donahue knows about this kind of thing. After all, he is a writer, artist, musician, poet, graphic novelist, and blogger. Often at the end of the day, I would see Peter still at his desk, toiling over his own writing. Last spring his project was a copyleft text called Indented. Copyleft is the practice of allowing people to freely distribute your work, a perfect indication of Peter Donahue’s generosity of spirit when it comes to teaching and learning. Of his relationship with Mr. Donahue, Trevone says: “I met with Mr. Donahue three or four times a week, and it wasn’t even an independent study. We just happened to have the same free period. I enjoyed his company, and he enjoyed mine.” Let me be clear that it is not as though Trevone had not written poems before he met Mr. Donahue. On the contrary,

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“As a musician and writer, he knows when and how to direct me. He gave me the tools to figure it out on my own. He knows when to let me veer off and find my own solutions. ...”

Trevone had filled notebook after notebook with poems, but he had never revised and polished them. He had never intentionally used meter, and he had not learned how to get his poetry where it wanted to go. The lessons from Mr. Donahue during their shared free period were game changers for Trevone. He explains it this way: “Mr. Donahue and I are both musicians; we have had really good conversations about rap music and the music industry in general. Although I grew up speaking Patois and he grew up speaking English, we speak the same language. As a musician and writer, he knows when and how to direct me. He gave me the tools to figure it out on my own. He knows when to let me veer off and find my own solutions. Maybe the biggest thing he helped me see is when it’s not time (to complete a draft). When something I was writing stalled out, Mr. Donahue would say to me: ‘Sometimes you gotta let it go. The tools you have right now are not adequate to finish this piece.’ The poem I was working on with him when you came in, ‘Sunday Morning Sermon’ I had to let that sit for 2 ½ months.”

Trevone’s Beginnings Trevone’s love of words started early when he was a young child growing up in Jamaica. “I learned storytelling from my mom. When I was little in Jamaica, she would tell me so many stories about my family. My mom gave me my love for words, and she taught me to read. I could read by the time I was two. Well, what else do you do when you have no TV and no Wifi? My teachers were very supportive of me, and I never considered my life in Jamaica as full of adversity. It just was. My mom always taught me: you take what you have and you live well. I had a lot of eye trouble; I had migraines, and I had cuts and bruises everywhere, but I had so much richness in my life. I was raised in the countryside, always in nature, and always surrounded by people I loved. In Jamaica, if a bus has seven seats, 10 people are in them. I lived by two mottos: ‘Find a book.’ Or ‘Go outside.’ Even today you can see all my poison ivy scars, but there was something really healthy and spiritual about growing up in nature. When I was really young, my mother was still at University, and she left me with a helper, and this woman who took care of me did not have indoor plumbing, so for a solid year of my life I took baths in the river because that’s all we had. “We moved to New Jersey when I was four, and by the time I finished Great Oaks Charter School in Newark I had read 75 percent of the books in the Vaux Hall Branch Library. In middle school, Mrs. Butcher was my English teacher, and she really pushed me although my lowest grade at that school was 99. But it wasn’t always easy. “First grade in this country was the single most horrible year of my life. We were learning the alphabet, and the teacher asked the class: ‘Do any of you know basic words?’ And I raised my hand and answered her question, and her response was ‘We understand that you are advanced. There’s no need to show off.’ “That was hard. It seemed as though their way of thinking was ‘Wait a minute. Trevone is from a third world country; he’s not supposed to be smarter than our kids.’ And my teachers essentially told me to stop. Also, I was getting bullied because I was a country boy with a thick accent, and that kept up until my growth spurt in seventh grade. “I was raised in a Christian household, and I learned ‘Do not judge others

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lest ye be judged.’ And I live by that. I don’t make assumptions about people. I give everyone the benefit of the doubt. “When we first came to this country, we lived in Morristown for a really long time, and we put down roots there, so even after we moved to Union, we would travel back to Morristown for church, and for years every time we passed Morristown-Beard School my mother would say, ‘That’s where you’re going for high school.’ Or ‘That’s your future school!’ “My life really changed when I came to Morristown-Beard School, and you know what was funny? I was admitted the day before school started. The day I arrived, I didn’t have a schedule, but somehow everything worked out. You know, a lot of people in the world see things as convenient, minicoincidences, but not my family. My entire family sees things as blessings. “One of my blessings is Mr. Donahue. The way I see it is, Mr. Donahue and I are the same person. Let me give you an example. We were in a Mariah meeting. And we came across a problem, and me and Mr. Donahue both stood up, walked to the same spot in the room and said “hmmmm” at the same time, the same tone of voice, so much so that we sounded like the same person. We are the same people. We were just born in different places and different times, but we think the same, and we value the same things.”

Mr. Donahue’s Beginnings Like Trevone, Mr. Donahue largely thrived at public school through his younger years, and he arrived to MBS having taught very successfully and powerfully at a large public school. At MBS he has been able to

devote more time to his students, his art, and his family. Beyond teaching four classes, last year Mr. Donahue worked with two students in two separate independent studies, Sundia Nwaziodor ’18 in poetry, and Pamela Beniwal ’19 in Shakespeare, giving up a precious free period and a lunch period to work with these students. He is also an advisor to the School’s literary magazine, and in his free time he plays music with CMW musicians. At home, he is father to young Jack, age three, and husband to Erin, a financial consultant. In the spring, they are expecting a second child, a little girl. About his relationship with Trevone, Mr. Donahue says, “I think in some ways there is a lot I can connect with Trevone. I have not experienced the same kind of hardship, but the nature of the house I grew up in was similar to his in terms of what we valued. For one thing, I know Trevone appreciates that I pick up on all the Biblical allusions in his poetry. “I come from an Irish household, and our lives revolved around words, stories, music, religion. We lived with my grandmother. She was an artist and a painter and an entrepreneur. She wrote children’s books. She wrote a novel. In my teenage years, my aunt lived with us, too. She is a musician and poet. All of this had a big impact on me playing the guitar and writing poetry. “Religion was a way for my mom to keep the family together and be productive. She was a big church-goer and together we would pray the rosary. My dad was a computer programmer. He was more of a critical thinker and storyteller, and he would read to us from Lord of the Rings. After prayer and stories, we would sit around and sing. My grandmother Crimson Fall 2018


“Mr. Donahue and I had dynamic conversations about the remaining lines of the poem. ...” plays the piano; my mom plays the guitar, and my dad plays the fiddle. He is especially into Irish music and Appalachian music. We had a house full of instruments, five guitars, a mandolin, bongos, and this all had a strong influence on my three siblings and me. In our adult lives, all of us express our art in different ways.”

Poets at Work This semester, Mr. Donahue and Trevone have a formal independent study called The Poetics of Rap. They are paying particular attention to the rhythm and sound in Trevone’s poetry. Recently I asked Trevone to walk me through the creative process for one of his poems. He chose his poem, “When Dreams Are Fluid, Time is Lucid.” Here’s what he had to say: “Well, the whole poem began with this visual image I had in my head, and I was thinking: why is this person in this situation? “A lot of the image was almost dream-like; this person can’t go anywhere, and he is dreaming of life on the outside. His dreams flow into each other, and they take him across time. He is in this time period where if you have enough money, you can get out of prison. And if you don’t have the money, and you are accused, you don’t get out of jail. “They are threatening to kill this man…and he needs three gold pieces to get himself out, and he doesn’t have it. And it’s money versus someone’s life because right now many jail systems in America are privatized, and the jails make a lot of money, so they need people in there for the jail to run, so there was my thought. Now he is in the prison, and he can’t leave. He doesn’t have the money to get out. These first two couplets are the only lines that survive in the final draft: Three gold pieces on a triple beam Weighed against a dying soul Three grown men in a holding cell None have hope of going home

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Now, in the next stanza you pick up a couple things about the character: he seems to be a heavy drinker; he’s somewhat violent; he’s just gone through some emotional trauma. To numb the pain, he is smoking any kind of substance you can imagine that would numb his pain: Three broke bottles on my counter One’s a bar fight One’s a break up One my last ride bathed in smoke

What comes after that is the kind of experience he had under the influence. He says: “I traded aces for faceless cards.” No one in his right mind would do that. It’s right after this line, “when my last ride bathed in smoke.” With that hard k in smoke, that line has one of the last breathstopping sounds in the poem. After that, the line endings are all elongated, liquid sounds that are more protracted, l’s s’s and m’s. When I watched your ashes wish me well If lightning bolts make Pluto Mars I wasted life on wishing wells I killed the King I made a Rome I dream of life Spent free to roam

“Mr. Donahue and I had dynamic conversations about the remaining lines of the poem. About the line “Three lifetimes later” Mr. Donahue asked me “Why are you repeating this line? I understand that you want the repetition to help link these images that seem to have nothing to do with each other, but each line should be strong on its own. You should use other devices that are not so obvious.” “And that is what made me turn more heavily to the device of sound. Instead of repeating the line, I used elongated sounds, forcing the unlike images to flow into each other. “Mr. Donahue said that his favorite line was ‘make Pluto Mars’ because of how I had set it up with the “where” and “when.” It’s such a strange image. There is neither lightning nor Pluto on Mars, and you just accept that if this happens then this happens. If this happens, I wasted life. Where I traded aces for faceless cards When I watched your ashes wish me well If lightning bolts make Pluto Mars I wasted life on wishing wells

“After this elongated rhythm, we decided we needed another change up, so I took lines 11 and 13 and chopped them up. Short lines quicken the pace, and all of a sudden, you’re in a different place. “My final edit came just last week. Actually, I had not touched the poem

for a couple months, and when I saw: “No hope of going home,” the rhyme there felt artificial. That one rhyme well/cell said to me “Look at me! I am rhyming!” and I knew I had to get rid of it because it was distracting from the rest of the poem.

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Three gold pieces on a tri-beam Weighed against a dying soul Three grown men in a holding cell None have hope of going home

I live my life in a holding cell

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Three broken bottles on my counter One’s a bar fight One’s a break up One my last ride Bathed in smoke

Resuscitating my dying soul Only sixpence in my pocket

10 Three lifetimes later 11 I killed the King and made a Rome

“At the very end you learn why he can’t get out: because he has sixpence to his name, and they want three gold pieces.

12 Three lifetimes later 13 I dream of life spent free to roam

“The thing we had the longest discussion about—and we actually argued about it for a little while—is the word resuscitating.

14 Three lifetimes later 15 I wish to wish on a wishing well

“So the line ‘I wish to wish on a wishing well’ became ‘with no hope.’ With no hope. No hope. It just puts the brakes on everything. You’ve been building tension, building speed, thinking of all these things, and then ‘with no hope.’ Done. You’re back to reality: ‘Only sixpence in my pocket.’

Mr. Donahue said for a poem like this, resuscitating is such a big cumbersome word. He said he didn’t think it worked because after having one and two syllable words the whole poem to suddenly drop resuscitating, a fivesyllable word out of nowhere, didn’t work. A couple of drafts later, I figured out a way to implement it. I think it works because the “s” sounds are very fluid. It allows the poem to keep going: ‘resuscitating my dying soul.’ It’s a long cumbersome word but listen to the difference with resurrecting. It’s interesting; resurrecting is one syllable shorter, but it feels longer. In resuscitating, the s’s just blend into each other… Painting by Peter Donahue “It Is Useless to Yearn for the Old Country.”


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Three lifetimes later I find myself in a holding cell Resurrecting my dying soul Sixpence in my pocket No hope of going home

When Dreams Are Fluid, Time Is Lucid Three gold pieces on a triple beam Weighed against a dying soul Three grown men in a holding cell None have hope of going home Three broke bottles on my counter One’s a bar fight One’s a break up One my last ride bathed in smoke Where I traded aces for faceless cards When I watched your ashes wish me well If lightning bolts make Pluto Mars I wasted life on wishing wells I killed the King I made a Rome I dream of life Spent free to roam With no hope I live my life in a holding cell Resuscitating my dying soul Only sixpence in my pocket

And that’s the end of the poem!” (until the next revision, of course.) This year, beyond The Poetics of Rap with Mr. Donahue, Trevone is taking Advanced Studies: Literature of the Modern Period, Constitutional Law, Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Advanced Physics, Architecture II, and French IV. He doesn’t yet know where he will go from here, but he knows he does not want to be too far from his mom’s cooking, and he knows wherever he ends up, he will have his poetry with him. A life-long educator, Darcy Caldwell taught at Northfield Mount-Hermon, Choate, St. Andrew’s, and the Peck School before joining MBS to teach Upper School English. She earned an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Brown University. Crimson Fall 2018



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n high school, one would not expect an introvert to thrive, especially not if the classical, cult films of the last 40 years are anything to go by (Breakfast Club anyone? How about Heathers?). From that perspective, high school looks to be a jungle, where extroverts rise above the rest due to their natures, full of desirable qualities like bravery, outspokenness, and extreme sociability. However, that perspective is as flawed as it is popular, at least from where I am quietly looking on.


I have spent the last seven years of my life walking through the halls of MorristownBeard School, and this place has shaped me in ways I can only recognize in retrospect. As an introvert, I have always expected to coast through my life, silently looking on as extroverts ran the show. However, at MBS, I have not disappeared quite like my 6th Grade self imagined I would. Over the years, I have learned that introverts have a bigger part in running things than I initially assumed.

ntrovert By Ellie Buscemi ’18

During the fall performing arts productions at MBS, I was frequently surprised at who would show up at auditions. Yes, there were your usual suspects, the extroverts, but there were also the students who I had never heard speak or seen flutter around a room, let alone a stage—the students more like myself. I had done some acting before coming to MBS, but auditioning for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark was my first time acting on the stage in Founders Hall, and I was extremely nervous. My thoughts ran along the lines of “I’m going to be the only quiet chick here. Why did I decide to do this? I’m going to be surrounded by people who talk 10 times louder than I shout.” However, I quickly came to realize that there were as many people silently sitting in the seats of Founders Hall as there were scampering about, and both types of people were waiting to do the same thing: audition. As auditions went on, I watched my fellow introverts with a Crimson Fall 2018


“The community nurtured my best qualities and provided the experiences to help me grow…” bit of surprise. I would bear witness as these quiet upperclassman would silently drift onto stage, explode into the character they were auditioning for, and then silently drift back into their little bubbles of solitude. All the while, I could not fathom how these introverts managed this, despite the fact I was doing the same thing.

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During sophomore year, I still had that same confused mentality auditioning for Almost, Maine, which only became more confused when Dr. Speidel cast me in the role of the boisterous waitress. Despite my fears at playing a role so different than myself, I managed to become the waitress the show called for. It simply required me to view the challenge less like “pretending to be an extrovert” and more like “let’s see if I can trick a room full of people into believing I’m an extrovert.” However, despite my success at pushing beyond my comfort zone, I still had very little idea how I managed to throw myself onto that stage each year. In my junior year while trying out for Macbeth, I finally had a sense of how I, and the rest of introvert-kind, managed to thrive in an activity that seemed to favor the qualities of an extrovert. I learned that introverts went about their tasks for the productions with the same spirit that extroverts did. However, the passion that introverts had, silent and thoughtful, took a different form than the fiery spirit of extroverts. In addition, the quiet passion of introverts got covered up by the flashier ways of the extroverts. It was not that extroverts were the only leaders; it was that extroverts were the more noticeable leaders. Most importantly, both the commanding presence of the extrovert and the silent example of the introvert made for terrific leaders. It simply mattered what one looked for in a leader. On the swim team as well, I found both introverts and extroverts brought the same love to the sport, even if that love showed itself differently. Arriving at my first practice freshman year, I expected there to be a rowdy group of swimmers buzzing about. Yet, to my surprise, I found just as many swimmers silently meandering about the pool deck as I saw hollering and throwing themselves repeatedly into the water. As it turns out, our success as a team often came from the silent leaders. In the 2016-17 season, the boys’ swim team won the Prep B championship. To

this day, I have only, maybe, heard a few sentences out of some of those boys’ mouths. These boys may not have had bold, outgoing personalities, but they thrived swimming and let their actions do the talking. It was hard not to respect their example.

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Even in the classroom, I began to see the full value in being an introvert. Extroverts dominate most classroom discussions: I could not deny that. I had seen it year-in and year-out for more than half a decade at Morristown-Beard. However, I had also seen some of the braver introverts in my class slip their own comments into a class discussion, waiting for a lull in the conversation or until multiple ideas had been explained. I tried this myself on occasion, hoping that my ideas, which I tried hard to build off of my classmates’ various thoughts, might enhance the conversation in some way. Over time, I found the most effective of my comments looked at an old solution from a new angle. So, I tried to make insightful comments as often as I could in Mr. Yuhas’ Environmental Science class senior year, knowing that it was my last year to do so. Every time I learned a new concept in that class, whether it was about hurricanes or solutions to overpopulation, I tried to build it on top of the previously-learned ideas, hoping that it might trigger more reflective discussion than the rapid-fire remarks the extroverts of the room usually had. I found that I could use introversion to work with the extroverts’ discussion, not in replacement of the current conversation: where the extroverts went wide, I went deep. Together, it made for a great discussion. So, fully understanding the value of leading by example and having attempted to lead in the classroom throughout my academic career, I went into my senior year consciously trying to be a good role-model to the underclassmen in my own unassuming way. I held open doors for the people behind me, I came to class on time, and I tried to stay on top of my work, knowing that if even one student took something from my behavior, then I had done something great. It was not any one teacher who clearly taught me the lessons I put into action by senior year, but a collection of experiences, the very environment at Morristown-Beard School, from the stage to the pool to the classrooms, that taught me the value in being an introvert. As my senior year comes to a close, I leave Morristown-Beard School knowing that it was truly possible to have an impact as an introvert. At MBS, I have learned that qualities of extroversion do not necessarily make a leader, but they do make leaders noticed. Furthermore, I learned that the people who lead by example are just as much leaders as the people who have the biggest presence. At MBS, this fact is accepted, which is part of what makes Morristown-Beard the place where I have thrived, instead of simply coasting by. The Morristown-Beard community never tried to mold me into the boisterous leader you see in movies. The community nurtured my best qualities and provided the experiences to help me grow, and I am a better person, a more competent leader, because of it.

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Ellie Buscemi ’18 was named a Commended Student in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program and was inducted into the Cum Laude Society last spring. She currently attends Johns Hopkins University, where she is studying creative writing. Crimson Fall 2018







By Dr. Owen Boynton

Director of The Center for Innovation & Design English Department

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When the Center for Innovation & Design opens its doors in 2019, it will provide a physical space for students and teachers to experiment, collaborate, create, and learn. But the studios, tools, and technology are only part of the picture. This year, teachers at MBS are starting a conversation about the approach to learning and problem-solving that inspired the Center in the first place: Design Thinking.

anything, it is a vindication of much that we already do.

In other respects, however, it is novel. Design Thinking can inspire teachers and students to set out in unexpected directions and to make connections that they might have otherwise neglected. Most radically, Design Thinking differs from other design processes and from many inquiry-driven teaching methods in its focus on empathy: on observing how people live, on telling Since it took off in the 1990s, Design Thinking has found a warm welcome stories about what they need, want, and believe, and in getting inside of the in business schools, design firms, corporations, and, in recent years, the experience of problems before solving them. Empathy deserves and receives world of education. Whereas the design process was special place among the core values at MBS; Design the purview of engineers and artists, Design Thinking Thinking points at how it might be foundational for Design Thinking is a conceptual promises to help nearly anyone, pretty much anywhere the most rigorously analytical problem-solving tasks. structure that enables break through entrenched habits of thought in order creativity…and that’s what Especially valuable and novel in Design Thinking is to innovate. That’s a tall order to fill, and Design the Center for Innovation and the common focus and shared vocabulary it provides Thinking has its share of skeptics. As with any method, teachers and students alike. Within its framework, Design is all about. A lot of technique, or approach, its success depends largely on it becomes possible for teachers and students teaching is about inventing how it is applied. across disciplines and classrooms to more easily structures for thinking and In its theoretical form, Design Thinking encourages exchange ideas, refine techniques, and collaborate problem-solving, for observing deep observation, dynamic collaboration, rapid in order to improve—which is what the Center is and questioning, and for helping prototyping of ideas, and frequent testing of constraints. all about. Design Thinking can make conscious and students gain new insights. As opposed to a linear process of ideation followed communicable the wealth of implicit know-how Design Thinking doesn’t by refinement, Design Thinking demands a recursive already possessed by the MBS community. radically alter what teachers at loop, through phases of inspiration, ideation, and MBS are doing; it extends and Design Thinking is sometimes criticized for peddling implementation, with learning and refinement deepens it. It offers a chance an easy solution to intractable problems. That criticism happening along the way. The world provides inspiration is fundamentally misplaced. Design Thinking starts for teachers and students alike for ideas, which are implemented and critiqued and from the view that, whether the situation is perennial to create more meaningfully assessed for what their failures can teach. or uniquely exacerbated in the 21st century, the and thoughtfully. In practice, the process needs to be carefully managed, world we live in teems with insoluble complexities, and participants need to be willing to tolerate ambiguities, and uncertainty. Design Thinking gives uncertainty, failure, criticism, and frustration. The rhythms and quirks teachers and students alike a set of tools for navigating through that messiness of Design Thinking will differ from organization to organization, from with heightened self-awareness, more supportive collaboration, and greater situation to situation. confidence. Far from avoiding the messiness of real world problem-solving, Design Thinking serves as a vehicle for meeting it head-on. When teachers at MBS have thought about Design Thinking in the context of their classroom experiences and learning objectives, many were struck by The four questions that buttress Design Thinking are not easy to remember its similarity to what they already wanted to accomplish. For the purposes to ask; even harder is doing what it takes to answer them well, not least of education, the key aspects of Design Thinking can be translated into a when facing a deadline or grappling with a puzzle. When people see Design sort of checklist for learners and teachers: Thinking in action at the world’s top design firms, they notice how intense the process is, and how much it demands from everyone involved: how 1) Have I tried to understand the challenge or problem from within, rapidly the ideas pour out, how quickly they are rejected, how creatively and defined it for myself ? they are revived, how fearlessly they are modeled, tested and refined, and how much energy the process absorbs and generates. Teachers see that 2) Have I elicited feedback, genuine criticism, and have I modified what and what stands out are the emotional and social skills that support it all. I’m doing to incorporate it? Have I borrowed the best ideas available? Design Thinking reminds us that, whatever the analytical tools we provide students, whatever the knowledge and know-how they possess, we need 3) Have I made multiple attempts, failed, and learned from each failure? to help learners develop the qualities of character and spirit it takes to put their knowledge and tools to the best use they can. 4) Have I tested the situation’s constraints to know whether they are valid or real?

At MBS, where project and inquiry based learning has a dominant role in classrooms from the sciences to the humanities, teachers spend a lot of their time encouraging students to reflect on all of these questions. In some of its key elements, Design Thinking is hardly new to the School; if

In addition to earning his Ph.D. at Cornell University, Dr. Boynton has also earned degrees at Oxford University (Masters of Studies in 19th-Century British Literature) and Brown University (A.B. in Comparative Literature). Prior to coming to MBS, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the College of the Holy Cross and as a Lecturer in English at Cornell. Crimson Fall 2018


Stories of Excellence

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Students Learn about Climate Change with Science On a Sphere®

In September, Upper School history teacher Chris Teasdale and English teacher Andrew Holbrook combined their 9th Grade Humanities classes and took a “micro field trip” to Wilkie Hall to learn about Earth’s melting ice sheets using Science On a Sphere. The group watched a short program on the Sphere that showed the melting of ice sheets from 17,000 BCE to 10,000 AD (projecting thousands of years into the future!). They also viewed a short video about Hurricane Florence and learned how hurricane intensity and rainfall are expected to increase as the climate continues to warm. Mr. Teasdale’s 9th Grade history students are examining early civilizations and flood mythology/reality, while Mr. Holbrook’s students are working on a unit that links being a human with humanity. The project with Science On a Sphere provided an ideal

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IN THE CLASSROOM chance for the two disciplines to collaborate. Recently, Paul Fisher’s Environmental Science students conducted a simulation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference using Science On a Sphere and other resources in Wilkie Hall. Working in teams that represented different countries and regions of the world, the students presented and negotiated their plans for combating climate change. Each team devised a plan to keep the mean global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, while also presenting a feasible economic plan. As they negotiated their positions, the students used shared software from Climate Interactive—a simplified version of the technology used at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. After changing a number of variables including the emissions peak year, the year that reductions begin, and the annual reduction rate, it became obvious how difficult it would be to maintain a temperature increase of 2 degrees or less over the next hundred years. “We have reached a point where that goal is almost off the table. As you can see, it would have been much easier to accomplish an increase below 2 degrees 10 or 15 years ago,” said Mr. Fisher. “Now consider the world politics involved. How likely is it that we can start now?”

Students Create Cyanotype Images Last spring, three seniors in Laurie Hartman’s Alternative Process and Advanced Photography class created Cyanotype photo prints using the sun as the UV source. Students Zoe Grebin ’18, Emily Kitchin ’18 and George Warnock ’18 experimented with Cyanotype, which is one of the oldest photographic printing processes and produces intensely blue pictures. Cyanotype was discovered in 1842 by Sir John Herschel, an English scientist, as a means to reproduce diagrams. Engineers used the process well into the 20th century as a simple and low-cost process to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints. The process involves exposing materials that have been treated with a solution of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to a UV light source. The students created their photos from enlarged black and white negatives by exposing them to the sun.

While the task ahead appears formidable, Fisher hopes that the simulation and discussions will help the students think critically, understand the importance of global collaboration, and address the challenges ahead with a heightened sense of urgency. Crimson Fall 2018



Geography class filters and drinks water using a LifeStraw Mrs. Swanson’s 6th Grade geography students have been researching and discussing ways in which African countries can overcome water problems by implementing various solutions. Last spring, the students got a chance to use a LifeStraw—a water filter that is often used in parts

of Africa as an inexpensive and effective way of preventing waterborne disease. The straw filters a maximum of 1,000 liters of water, enough for one person for one year, and removes almost all waterborne bacteria and parasites. After a few moments of hesitation, many of the students eagerly jumped on line to try out the LifeStraw. Many commented afterwards the water tasted exactly like the kind they buy in a store.

Class of 2019 makes blankets for children in need In May, the Junior Class gathered in the Auxiliary Gym to make no-sew fleece blankets for children in need as part of Project Linus. Each 11th Grade advisory was responsible for making one blanket for the service project. The mission of Project Linus is to collect and distribute homemade blankets to children in shelters, social service agencies, and hospitals. With chapters in every state, Project Linus has managed to deliver more than 7 million blankets since 1995. 44 Crimson Fall 2018

Middle School Hosts World Culture Day In April, the MBS Middle School hosted a World Culture Consortium event for students from five area middle schools, and the fun was certainly not lost in translation. The day consisted of educational games and exercises that celebrated cultures from around the world. Students participated in International Family Feud, where they were asked cultural questions following the format of the popular TV show. They also tried their hand at Petanque— a French lawn bowling game, as well as many other activities throughout the day. In Classical Connections, students worked in teams to find associations between items including Greek gods and goddesses, Roman numerals, famous monuments, and etymologies. In another exercise, students even learned to make pasta! “The games are not about competition and winning; they are meant to encourage participation and collaboration. This event is a great way to challenge students in new ways, in a new setting, and to give them an opportunity to work collaboratively with students they are meeting for the first time,” said event coordinator Soni Dougherty, a Middle School French teacher at MBS. Participating schools included: Morristown-Beard School, Delbarton, Morris Plains, Ridgedale, Central Middle School, and Oratory Prep.

Cushioning the Fall of a Bocce Ball In the spring, 9th Grade physics students in Dr. Payette’s class learned about the concepts of free fall, momentum, and impulse as they tested devices that they designed to cushion the fall of a bocce ball. The students’ goal was to make a device that would minimize the force with which the bocce ball hit the ground with as few materials as possible. The bocce ball project replaces the “egg drop” that the 9th grade physics students did in past years. The egg drop project involved dropping eggs from various heights and protecting them with devices that the students designed. The new project allows the students to actually measure the force with which the bocce ball hits the ground and is made possible thanks to the new technology in the Math & Science Center.

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Classroom STUDENTS AND FACULTY COLLABORATE WITH GIVE & SURF Over the summer, 30 MBS students and five chaperones traveled to Bocas del Toro, Panama to work with Give & Surf, a nonprofit organization started by MBS alumnus Neil Christianson ’02. For three weeks, students spent their time building and painting a new preschool for the local community. Some students also had the opportunity to work directly with kids, helping them learn Spanish and English. When not hard at work, the students immersed themselves in the Panamanian culture and community. They took trips to the Panama Canal and Panama City, participated in surfing lessons, and also found some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches of Panama.

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AN ALASKAN ADVENTURE! This past summer, a group of Upper School students traveled to Alaska for an educational adventure that included whale watching, wildlife tours, and cultural experiences. Highlights included visiting a gold mine and panning for gold flecks in the river, seeing moose, bears, bald eagles, and other wildlife at Denali National Park, visiting a dogsled kennel, and taking a boat ride to see the glaciers. The group also traveled to Anchorage on the Denali Goldstar train, and was able to see a variety of wildlife and enjoy majestic views of the area.

STUDENTS VOLUNTEER TO HELP FEED THE HOMELESS Each year, as part of Community Service Club, students go on three “Bridges runs” to help the homeless. The students met in the MBS Dining Hall early Sunday morning in September and made more than 100 lunches and brought them to Civic Square in Irvington, where they distributed the lunches and also served hot chocolate and soup. They also handed out lunches, baseball hats, childrens’ books, and toiletries to very thankful men, women and children. Crimson Fall 2018



SOCCER TEAM ENJOYS SCRIMMAGES, SIGHTSEEING, AND SERVICE WORK IN SCOTLAND Known for its rugged terrain, magical castles, gorgeous lochs and coastline, the United Kingdom’s northernmost country provided an unforgettable experience for members of the boys varsity soccer team this past August. Highlights from the trip included exploring the city of Glasgow, where they toured the cathedral, watched a triathlon and soccer match, and got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Celtic Stadium. The group also visited Stirling Castle, saw the “Braveheart” battlefield, enjoyed hikes and sightseeing in Edinburgh, and sampled traditional Scottish foods. The team competed against local soccer teams in several matches, including a memorable 3-1 win in Glasgow. They also participated in service work, volunteering at the St. Margaret of Scotland Hospice, where they planted flowers in the gardens and sanded and re-painted patio furniture.

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6 TH GRADERS AT THE UNITED NATIONS In April, the students visited the U. N. facility in New York City that included a tour of the General Assembly and Security Council Chamber. They also viewed an exhibit that aims to humanize the global water crisis by showing individuals from different cultures who need safe water. The exhibit serves as a springboard to the students’ current interdisciplinary study of the regional water crisis in Africa. The students also met with an official from the Food and Agricultural Organization as a follow-up to their study of food insecurity this past winter in Geography class.

8 TH GRADE CLASS GOES TO WASHINGTON For two days in April, the 8th grade class visited Washington, D.C., where they toured national landmarks and museums that included The Tomb of the Unknowns, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, The U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Vietnam, Korean, Jefferson, and Lincoln Memorials. The itinerary also included stops at the National Museum of American History, The Air and Space Museums, the Newseum,

and The Pentagon Memorial—which was designed by Morristown-Beard School graduate Julie Beckman ’91. At The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the students were excited to see the photographic work of MBS sophomore Ashleigh Scully ’20, whose picture of playful bear cubs was displayed in the museum. Ashleigh was named the Youth Wildlife Photographer of the Year in 2017.

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BEYOND THE CLASSROOM 7 TH GRADERS VISIT THE CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE Last spring, the MBS 7th Grade Class enjoyed an overnight trip to Philadelphia where they toured some of the city’s top historic landmarks. The group spent their first day at the Constitution Center and the U.S. Mint before heading over to Dave & Buster's for dinner and games. The second day included visits to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and The Museum of the American Revolution.

7 TH GRADERS VOLUNTEER AT LOCAL PRESCHOOL Throughout the school year, a different MBS 7th grade advisory will visit The Neighborhood House each month, and the students will assist the preschool teachers by reading books aloud in class, playing games, and participating in other activities. In October, students kicked off this year’s partnership by reading books that included The Napping House, The Rainbow Fish, and Five Little Monkeys.

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MBS COMMUNITY WALKS TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER Members of the Morristown-Beard School community participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk in Parsippany on October 21, 2018. The event, which was spearheaded by MBS senior Pamela Beniwal ’19, raised more than $7,500 for the American Cancer Society—smashing the School’s goal of $5,000. The walk was attended by 96 Morristown-Beard School students as well as seven faculty members, coaches and their children.

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It was another successful year for Coach John Sheppard and the MBS varsity baseball team. The Crimson finished with a strong 13-9 record (7-3 in the NJAC-Liberty Conference) and won nine games in a row in the middle of the season. MBS advanced to the quarterfinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public B Tournament before falling to Gill St. Bernard’s, 8-3. Ian Beumee ’18 led the team in hits and runs scored, and was named First Team All-Prep B and NJAC-Liberty First Team. The young team was also led by Pat Coyne ’20 (All-Prep B First Team and NJACLiberty First Team), Ian Cook ’20 (All-Prep B First Team and NJAC-Liberty Second Team), Trent Caudill ’19 (All-Prep B Second Team and NJAC-Liberty Honorable Mention), and Tom Dempsey ’20 (All-Prep B Second Team and NJAC-Liberty Second Team). Jackson Kirsch ’19 was named NJAC-Liberty Second Team while Will Dallas ’19 earned All-Prep B Honorable Mention. 52 Crimson Fall 2018

Boys Golf

It was quite a season for the MBS boys varsity golf team (16-3) which captured the NonPublic B title and repeated as State Sectional champions by 10 strokes. Under the direction of Coach Harry Carr, the Crimson also repeated as Morris County champions, beating second-place Delbarton by 12 strokes. The team also advanced to the Tournament of Champions for the fourth straight year and defended its K-Golf Classic title, defeating 17 schools with an outstanding winning score of 308. At the end of the season, the Crimson were ranked 6th in the state in the Top 10. Pat Ryan ’18 was named NJAC-Liberty First Team and All-State Second Team, while Matt Karrat ’19 earned NJAC-Liberty First Team and All-State Third Team. Will McCann ’18 and Fran Randazzo ’18 were both named NJAC-Liberty First Team while Paul Detre ’20 received Second Team honors and Caden Strauss ’20 earned Honorable Mention.

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Girls Golf

The MBS girls varsity golf team had an outstanding year, capturing the NJAC Southern Division Championship with a perfect 6-0 record. They clinched the title with a convincing 187 to 210 victory over Villa Walsh. “This is only our third season as a varsity team, so we’re incredibly proud,” said Head Coach Cathy Kellstrom. During the season, the Crimson (12-7) posted big wins over Randolph, Mt. St. Dominic, and Madison High School. Rebecca Tone ’19 received NJAC-South First Team honors, while Katelyn Lipkind ’20 was named NJAC-South Second Team, and Jenna Kurz ’19 received Honorable Mention.

Boys Lacrosse

There were plenty of ups and downs for the MBS boys varsity lacrosse team (5-13) this past season. As the #5 seed in the Prep Tournament, the Crimson advanced to the semifinals before falling to Montclair

Kimberley Academy. In the Morris County Tournament, MBS posted an impressive 18-7 win over Parsippany before losing in the next round to Mount Olive. The Crimson were led on offense by Jay Goldy ’18, who paced the team with 53 goals and 29 assists, and was named All-Waterman Division First Team and NJAC-National First Team. Harry Gregory ’19 was also named All-Waterman Division First Team and NJAC-National First Team, while Drew Sokolowski ’18 earned All-Waterman Division Second Team and NJAC-National Second Team honors. David Kasabian ’18 received NJAC-National Honorable Mention.

Girls Lacrosse

Under the direction of Coach Meredith Locasto, the MBS girls varsity lacrosse team captured the Prep Championship this past season with a thrilling 10-9 road win over Princeton Day School. Later in the week, the Crimson posted another exciting win,

defeating Verona 11-10 in overtime in the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 Tournament. Although MBS lost to Glen Ridge, 13-10, in the semifinal round, the Crimson finished the season with an impressive 12-7 record. Emily Kitchin ’18 and Keegan Heher ’18 were both named All-Freedom Conference First Team, with Kitchin receiving Morris County Second Team honors and Heher being named to the Third Team. Sophia Picozzi ’19, Kaitlyn Tartaglione ’21 and Emma Kenny ’20 each earned All-Freedom Conference Second Team honors.


For the first time since 1994, the MBS varsity softball team captured the Prep B Championship following a 6-3 win over Doane Academy. The team advanced to the finals after posting a convincing 6-1 win over Gill St. Bernard’s. Coach Kevin McDonald’s squad finished the year with a solid 12-11

record, and advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Non-Public B Tournament before falling in a heartbreaker, 8-7, to Newark Academy. Zoe Grebin ’18, who picked up her 100th career hit this past spring, was named NJAC-Liberty First Team along with Gianna Rella ’19. Katie Wright ’18 and Lily Wieder ’20 were both named NJACLiberty Second Team while Anna Bajak ’20 received Honorable Mention.

Boys Tennis

The MBS varsity boys tennis team posted another winning record, finishing the year at 11-6. The Crimson enjoyed an outstanding performance in the Morris County Tournament, highlighted at 2nd singles with Mark Nagpal ’19 reaching the finals. As a team, the Crimson finished among the top five teams in Morris County. In the State Tournament, MBS was seeded #4 and defeated Saddle River Day before falling to powerhouse Newark Academy in the semifinals. The first Crimson Fall 2018



Back on Campus to Stay

This fall we recognize the alumni currently working at Morristown-Beard School. They are the strongest of testimonies as to why the MBS community continues to be such a special place long after graduation.

doubles team of Jarod Cohen ’18 and Alex Hopman ’21 was named NJAC-Liberty First Team along with the second doubles team of Ryder Stine ’21 and Henry Larson ’20. Mark Nagpal ’19, Teddy Koide ’19, and Ethan Davison ’20 each earned NJAC-Liberty Second Team honors.

Track & Field

The MBS varsity track & field team performed extremely well in the NJAC Conference Tournament, the Morris County Tournament, and the Prep Tournament. The Crimson had 10 athletes qualify for the State Group Championships this past spring: Nicole Borowiec ’19, George Burke ’19, JayShon DuBose ’20, Curtis Fagan ’19, Amanda Fradkin ’20, Femi Gbayisomore ’18, Rachael Kelson ’20, Matt Lindberg ’19, Patrick Salazar ’19, and Sarah Williams ’19. JayShon DuBose qualified for the Meet of Champions after finishing second in the 400-hurdles, while Nicole Borowiec ran her best race of the season and qualified in the 100-hurdles. At the Sectional Championships, MBS enjoyed a solid day with the boys track team finishing 6th overall and the girls team finishing 8th overall. JayShon DuBose and Nicole Borowiec were both named First Team NJAC-Liberty. Rachael Kelson and Femi Gbayisomore earned Second Team honors while Amanda Fradkin and Matt Lindberg received Honorable Mention. 54 Crimson Fall 2018

Pictured above from left to right (top row) Eric Shea ’05, Kate (Sheleg) Muttick ’97, Greg Williams ’05, Kevin McDonald ’98; (bottom row) Maggie Ranger ’10, Melissa Hedley ’90, and Monya Taylor Davis ’88.

My education at MBS was student-centered and I was happily engaged by teachers and administrators who genuinely cared for me as a student, and more importantly, as a person. Realizing the importance of this gift motivated me to pursue a career in the world of independent schools here at MBS.

—Greg Williams ’05

When working with the faculty each day, I am reminded of how passionate and supportive they are to the students. I experienced it first-hand as a student, but have really learned to appreciate their commitment to the community by working alongside them.

—Kevin McDonald ’98

is my joy to bring to MBS the skills and “Itdedication to learning that were shaped

by Beard many years ago. It is my pride that MBS carries forward the legacy of the founding Schools.

—Carol Selman ’64 (Not pictured in this photo)

MBS Alumni & Friends 3rd Annual Cocktail Party



37 West 44th Street, New York, NY

For more information, please contact one of our alumni representatives: Monya Taylor Davis ’88 Associate Director of Alumni Relations 973.532.7578

Melissa Hedley ’90 Alumni Relations Associate 973-532-7581

Maggie Ranger ’10 Associate Director of Annual Giving & Young Alumni Crimson Fall 2018 55 973-532-7588

Class Notes 1946

Updates From the

Alumni Board Dear fellow alumni, This year I had the privilege of becoming your MorristownBeard School Alumni Association President. While I have enjoyed a relatively long and fulfilling career as a 1978 Class Agent and an Alumni Board Member, it is particularly exciting to serve as President of the Alumni Association for all alumnae and alumni of The Beard School, Morristown School and Morristown-Beard School.

“To all members of the Class of 1946, best wishes and love to those of us beginning our 90th year!” Nancy Ward Smith.


Pictured with his wife, Robert Greenberger writes, “Hello to 70 years since graduating.”

I will do everything I can to build stronger connections among all alumni. Whether you donate your time and talents or make a monetary donation, supporting MBS benefits all of us and enables the School to continue on as the great educational institution it is today.

Please visit or email

Amy Chaiken Wolffe ’78

Stay in Touch with MBS! Keep the MBS community updated on your latest personal, professional, and civic achievements. Please email by February 1, 2019 to be included in the next issue of Crimson.

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I enjoyed meeting some of you at the Crimson Fall Family Festival in September and at Homecoming in October. Both events were fun MBS community days and for those of you who were not able to attend, I hope you will plan to join us at a future MBS alumni and friends event where I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can.

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Class Agent Anne (Overman) Bunn connected with her classmates and transcribed all of their class notes that appear in this issue. She states, “I took this assignment on because I couldn’t stand to pick up the (Crimson) magazine and see nothing (submitted) for the Class of ’54. I have been rewarded by speaking to classmates and finding out what they are up to!” Anne and her husband live in Vero Beach, FL for eight months of the year and in a condominium in Chatham, NJ for the other four months. Two of their sons live near her and her husband in NJ; their daughter lives in Florida and their other son lives in California. Every August they have a family reunion at Skytop in Pennsylvania with their children and 13 grandchildren. “One of our grandsons is a freshman at Morristown-Beard and he gave us a personal tour of the beautiful and impressive campus last fall!” Sue Albert lives in Massachusetts with her friend Dottie Smith in a house they built together. They are happy and healthy and enjoy entertaining in a house with a guest cottage.

Vallie (Hill) Beckwith lives in an independent living facility with her Norfolk Terrier dog. She moved to Arizona to be near her son Jeff. He and his wife are very helpful to Vallie; they drive her to appointments and help her with bookkeeping, etc. Vallie has a great-granddaughter. Sue (Higi) Clancy lives in a senior living facility. She is happy there and says the people are friendly and that it is well run. Sue has two sons, Jeff and Kevin. Kevin lives nearby in Albany, NY. The prize for the alumna with the most energy in the Beard School Class of 1954 goes to Sally (Rogers) Epstein. Last year she went on a bike trip to Norway. This year she went on a bike trip to Holland. Sally rents a house every year for a week on Lake Champlain where she entertains her grandchildren. She is also a Board Member of the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and enjoys playing Pickleball year-round. Kathy (Meglaughlin) Ferris and her husband Pete live in Vero Beach, FL. This summer, instead of traveling to Vermont as they have done in previous summers, they decided to stay in Florida since they are enjoying it so much. Another alumna from the Class of 1954 who lives in a senior living facility and loves it is Betsey (Adair) Glaeser. Her youngest daughter Julie lives close by and is very helpful. Over the summer Betsey and her family (including her nine grandchildren) got together at her son Jim’s home in Atlanta. Though she struggles with Parkinson’s, Carin (Asbach) Gordevitch enjoys the activities offered at Atria in Darien, CT, especially the art. A yoga enthusiast Angelique “Kiki” Lampros lives in West Orange, NJ and does a great job keeping in touch with all of her classmates. Jenny Lou (Warner) Laughlin shares her home with three dogs and three cats. She plans at least one trip each year with her daughter Jodi. This year Jenny and Jodi are going to the Trappe Family Resort in Vermont. Jenny is also very active in the local senior center. Fran (Overman) Mercer lives in New York City in the summer and Seattle, Washington, near her daughter Kirsten, in the winter. When she’s on

the east coast, her daughter Ashley is close by in Connecticut. Fran has six children spread across the country yet they all manage to get together several times a year. Martha (King) Rickenback has “eight wonderful grandchildren” who come to visit her in Florida. Mary Earl (Pruden) Rogers and her husband Bill live in a home in Maine with a wonderful water view. They were very active this past summer pursuing musical concerts and they keep in close touch with Jean (Rippin) Schroeder and her husband Fred. After Beard, Mary Earl and Jean were classmates at Wellesley College and their husbands attended Harvard Law School together. Jean and her husband Fred recently moved to a one-floor house across the street from their daughter. Toni (Murphy) Sullivan has five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She lives in an active retirement community where she works in the library and enjoys winter volleyball. With a passion for her artwork, Anngay (Brown) Williams makes woodblock prints—a technique which originated in China for printing text, images, or patterns. Ann has one daughter and a dog named Delaney.


Bettie Comas LaVallee and her husband Ron enjoyed traveling to Grand Lakes, CO where this picture was taken. Bettie describes it as “Beautiful. Could live here except for the snow.”


Four Beard School Class of ’56ers held a minireunion luncheon with their husbands in midSeptember at the Princeton Club in New York City. Pictured left to right: Sally (Brooks) Smith, Betsy (Ferris) Puchner, Lisa Blauvelt-Weil, and Emily “Emmy Lou” (Lehman) Smith. Lisa and

her husband Francois live in Tours, France and were in the US visiting family in Mt. Kisco, NY. Eric W. Johnson became involved with the Boy Scouts about 10 years ago when his grandson became a Cub Scout. Over the years he has had increasing involvement in the Boy Scouts through leadership positions and his grandson has become an Eagle Scout. Eric initiated a project to reintroduce the American chestnut trees to local Scout reservations and to a Virginia state park. Most recently he wrote a biographical history of a WWI veteran who was buried in a “slave/sharecropper” cemetery in a Virginia state park. Eric still enjoys hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, fishing, and kayaking.


Bill Birch and wife Ginny live close to MBS in Bernardsville. Additionally, they have a winter home in Vero Beach, FL not far from Gus Hancock and his wife Carol. Bill is retired after a long career in finance in London and New York. He still enjoys golfing, reading, biking, and serves on several boards. Bill submitted the following 60th Reunion recap and Class Notes update with the help of his classmates: “The Morristown School Class of 1958 had a strong turnout for their 60th reunion. We were all blown away by the programs and facilities that have been added over time. Long distance travel honors go to Doug Mockett and his wife Rita from Los Angeles and Dave Rutgers from Vancouver.” Both Doug and Dave maintain active careers. Doug heads Doug Mockett and Company specializing in “Fine Architectural Hardware For Fine Furniture.” Doug founded his company in 1980 and it continues to grow. The company has grown from offering one grommet back in 1980 to over 5000 SKUs today. In his spare time, Doug travels far and wide racing automobiles and often pilots himself from place to place. Crimson Fall 2018



Susan “Tobi” Wobbe Graham enjoyed traveling to her 15th lighthouse over the summer. They visited the Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada. “My 12 year old pup Minnie and I moved back to New York to live with my daughter Montserrat and her husband Joel and (we are) loving it!” writes Barbara Margalef.


Dr. Jeanie Hayes is “enjoying goat life” on her farm just north of San Francisco, CA and driving her carriage horse on the “beautiful trails of Marin County.” She uses her “exotic and friendly farm animals” in her psychotherapy private practice with individuals, couples, families, and children.

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Alumni couple Glen Nelson and wife Peggy (Harding) Nelson, Beard School Class of 1959, live near Morristown-Beard in Chatham, NJ. Glen is retired as a long time member of The New York Stock Exchange and Peggy remains active as a long-serving member of the MBS Alumni Board. This spring, their daughter Pamela (Nelson) Davidson ’90 served on the school’s Alumni Career Panel and was inducted into the MBS Athletic Hall of Fame along with her teammates from the undefeated 1989 and 1990 swim teams.

fond memories of it. She was delighted to hear about my son, Tom Polaski ’20’s experience as a student at MBS today and is so proud of how MBS has evolved.”

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Lowell Jaeger and wife Joanne enjoy having two grandsons at Morristown-Beard School and split their time between Oldwick, NJ and Jupiter, FL. They have been active sailors for many years. Their family company, Jaeger Lumber, flourishes under the leadership of their son—with Lowell making regular visits to his longtime desk.

“Peter’s talk has inspired our class to undertake a fundraising project to support several of The School’s initiatives. The goal is to have 100% of our classmates participate. We have been very generously supported by the family of the late Newton Kirkland through their commitment of a matching gift in Newt’s memory for each donation made by class members, family, and friends. Please contact the Advancement Office or Bill Birch for more information.”

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Gus Hancock was heavily involved in planning our reunion but was hindered by an unscheduled open-heart surgery. He says he is recovering well. Gus and his wife Carol now live in Vero Beach, FL after having spent 15 years living on their yacht “Indigo” in which they sailed to five continents. His new boat is a single racing shell! The bulk of Gus’s career was in manufacturing, specializing in turning around failing companies.

Bill Birch concluded his recap of Reunion 2018 citing: “Joining us after Reunion day at our dinner was Headmaster Peter J. Caldwell who gave an inspiring update of the School's initiatives including a forward-thinking project to equip students with the ability to respond to the rapid changes that characterize today’s workplace.”


Bob Gardner lives in Bernardsville, NJ with his wife Karen. Bob is now retired following an entrepreneurial career in technology and Karen remains active in politics.

Ken and Rebecca had a nice visit recently with Paul Nergaard and his wife Susan who have been living on West Island in Maine for many years. Paul comments “It’s been a fascinating ride since Morristown.” After Brown, Columbia, and a variety of other graduate schools, Paul taught at Temple University. Over the years he also worked for the Vermont EPA, U.S. Forestry service, ski areas (managing), and created and ran a commercial embroidery business for 30 years. Paul also found time for community service on planning boards, chambers of commerce, and lots more including captaining on a windjammer.

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Dr. John Duryee is fully engaged as a psychologist at a private practice in clinical psychology and psychoanalysis in Gillette, NJ. John’s daughter, a pianist, lives in France with her two children and his son, an MD, lives nearby in NJ.

Ukraine, Poland, and New York City. Ken will be publishing a book soon on fundraising.

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Dave is President of Rutgers and Company LLC, which is active in buying, leasing, and managing office/warehouse projects in Ohio and Texas. He is also an avid biker in fast-paced groups in Vancouver and in his younger years, Dave completed a marathon to the top of Pikes Peak at 14,000 feet. His daughter is in school in Vancouver.

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Current parent Cecilia Polaski shared the following: This is Evelyn Swanson Prather. She graduated from the Beard School and has

Peter Engler just republished his first political thriller, The Unselling of the President and gives us a snapshot of his book: Can an exNavy Vietnam combat pilot and present-day advertising hotshot save the President, his new client, from a Cold War plot to assassinate him upon his re-election? Lots of tense action, horrible terror weapons, and a great love story await the reader. Peter has also published a career guide entitled Your Crystal Clear Career Path, with valuable ideas and perspectives for job seekers of all ages. Peter comments, “Carole

and I have 11 grandkids on the West Coast and we hosted several of them near Cinque Terre in Italy this past July. I sailed Croatia and am now recovering. I am focusing on writing a seven-novel series around my protagonist, Ben Coleman. You can find me kayaking or writing in my office overlooking a pleasant lagoon. When in San Francisco, let’s meet: 415-6012444 or”


Dorcas (Berry) Beatty, Sydney (Dunn) Reed, Debbie Sulcer Boyce-Smith, and Millicent Buxton-Smith, all gathered at Sydney’s condo in Vero Beach, FL to celebrate 55 years since graduating from Miss Beard’s School. “We ate, we went to the theater, enjoyed a boat ride, and hung out chatting and laughing at the same old jokes all weekend.”

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Doug Buchanan sends best wishes to his classmates and all alumni. “Just settled in a new place on the ocean in Lauderdale by the Sea! Come visit sometime! Life is good!”


Educator Barbara (Cornish) Fountain and her husband, an air traffic controller, live in Leesburg, VA, near Washington, D.C. Both are enjoying retirement and seven grandchildren. Barbara, a Skidmore College graduate, was a French teacher (merci, Mme Salles) who honed her language skills while living in Switzerland

with the Experiment in International Living program. She is still in touch with her Lausanne family. She now uses those Beard enforced grammar rules as an ESL volunteer instructor.


In May, Dr. Christine (Cope) Pence spent one week in New Jersey in May where she met up with two classmates she had not seen in 50 years: Elizabeth “Betsey” (Carson) and Sheryl (Schlesinger) Starr. “Catching up on so many years in just a few short days proved to be challenging but the best part was realizing how much we still enjoyed each other’s company.” As Sheryl noted, “we really are interesting women with rich life experiences and stories. Betsey is still working at The DwightEnglewood School; Sheryl

is retired and has started a new passion activity with drones; Christine teaches graduate business courses online to pay for her photography and travel passions.”


Matilda “Cille” Kennedy ’62 and Triska. It was a wonderful family time together. As for me, I retired from the corporate working world at the end of 2014, but am now working full time, having launched my own magazine, PRESENT, which is distributed by more than 100 independent gift retailers across the country. This keeps me very busy.” Bill Derrico is married with two children and three grandchildren. As a Class Agent, Bill would like to thank the nine other classmates who attended their 50th Morristown School Reunion in June. “The program at the School was wonderful and dinner that evening in Morristown was terrific with lots of stories and laughs.” Bill especially wants to thank Malcolm Miller and Randy Taylor as they helped him put together a day they will always remember. Stewart Holmes enjoyed attending the Alumni Reunion in June. He “had not returned to ‘the Prep’ since graduation 50 years ago. The transformation is breath-taking.” Stewart appreciated touring the campus and “meeting former classmates from our class of 1968.” After 29 years, Stewart retired from teaching 5th grade in Ridgewood, NJ. He is also celebrating his 25th anniversary as Director of Music and Organist at Old Paramus Church in Ridgewood where he “helped design and build our 2000+ pipe organ.” In June, Stewart’s wife Jean retired from being a minister in the Presbyterian Church, (PCUSA). Stewart and Jean have two children: “Dana, an acupuncturist in Morristown, and Russell, who resides in Sayreville with his wife Lori and two children.” Craig Johnson was not able to attend his 50th Reunion in June because it was the same day as his granddaughter Lily’s 5th birthday party. Craig is pictured here with Lily and her older sister Emma (7 years old) as they enjoyed family

Caroline “Kebbie” Kennedy recalls: “It was a lovely day for our 50th Reunion last June. My sister Patricia “Triska” (Kennedy) Kretschmar ’65 and her husband Ray joined me for the picnic on the Quad. I am sorry that other Beard ’68 classmates were not able to attend. It would have been pleasant catching up after all these years. This summer I spent a week at the shore in Seaside Park with my two sisters, Crimson Fall 2018


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Arlyn Goldberg won second place in the stock category at the Nutley Rotary Car/ Motorcycle show.

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Warren Bobrow was the Mercedes-Benz, Stuttgart ‘mystery speaker’ on wellness at the SXSW Tech Conference held in Austin, TX this year. He spoke about adult beverages at the Vegas Bar Show and was a rum judge for the Rum XP competition held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He is the education chair of the United States Bartenders Guild of NJ. Warren “drives by campus often and remembers fondly the massive coat of arms on the 3rd floor of Beard Hall.” Mo r

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On July 30th at Roots Steakhouse in Morristown, this longtime alumni friend group got together for their annual ‘Guys’ Steak Dinner.’ Pictured below left to right (front row): Joe Lentini, Chris Puleo ’88, R.A. Lee, Stu Vorcheimer, Alex Ewig, Andy Pirtle ’89, Gerard Stier, Merritt Lewis, Rob Warnock; (back row): Randy Scully and Hank Brucker ’88. Randy Scully currently lives in Bozeman, MT and Chris Puleo resides in Asia.


Bobbi (Brady) Collier sent in the below picture featuring Morristown-Beard School students and alumni of all ages: “MBS’s finest! Young and old…” Pictured left to right starting with the back row are: George Warnock ’18, Brittany (Brady) Warnock ’87, Charlie Hutchinson ’84, Gail (Kaltenbacher) Kurz ’86, Steve Collier, Tessa Connell ’19, Samantha Hutchinson ’19, Ali Palazzetti ’18, Jenna Kurz ’19, Bobbi (Brady) Collier, and David Mead ’84.

Amy (Chaiken) Wolffe welcomed her third grandchild, a boy, on July 5th on Cape Cod. Leo Marlow Dunn is the first child of Amy’s eldest daughter and son-in-law, Erica and Adam

was born on March 29th, 2018 in Walnut Creek, CA by way of surrogacy. “Now 7 months old, Connor enjoys sitting up, rolling over, a good conversation with his toy animals, and blowing raspberries at his two dads - who couldn’t be prouder!”


David V Hedley III and husband, Bryan Hancsin, became first-time parents with the birth of their son, Connor Hancsin Hedley. Connor

“I’m not losing a daughter, I’m gaining a son!” exclaims Sandi (Appet) Pesso. “My daughter, Ali, was married in March on beautiful Sanibel Island, FL. Ali teaches 2nd grade in Durham, NC and her new husband Brendan, is in his last year at Duke University School of Law. We’re thrilled to have Brendan as part of our family.”

on Season 2 of Dynasty: Reboot that will be on Netflix and The CW starting in November.”

1997 This September in Montauk, NY, Gerard Stier celebrated his 50th birthday with family and friends. Guests included MBS alumni Joe Lentini, Scotty Sommers ’85, and R.A. Lee. 2 0 0 9 2014

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Melinda Tierney cheerfully shares, “I am still enjoying life in Vail, CO. I am lucky to see Lisa (Lentini) Byther and Tracey McFaddenAnderson often. I took a sabbatical from work this summer and backpacked 150 miles on the Colorado Trail. Big fan of getting into the woods and away from the hustle and bustle of life.”


“I am living in Pawling, NY and teaching at the Trinity-Pawling School. My daughter Annie is 6 and my son Graham is 3,” shares Frank Fritts with a picture from his “first day of school.”

in Vermont crewing for their mutual friend Alyssa Godesky as she set the record for the women’s Fastest Known Time on Vermont’s Long Trail - 273 miles in 5 days and 3 hours. Pictured above from left to right are: Michele Muehe Landry, Katherine Wagenbach, Kurt Wagenbach, and Alyssa McKeown. Michele adds, “Kurt is godfather to my daughter Skylar and Alyssa is my same amazing best friend since we met at morning meeting freshman year at MBS!” Michele also shared this picture and wrote “With my husband Derek and daughter Sky. We reside in Newport Beach, CA. I am co-founder of Smashfest Queen, a women’s endurance apparel company.”

Amanda “Amy” Arnold, a star softball pitcher and 2011 MBS Athletic Hall of Fame inductee, was featured in a Morris Essex Sports podcast over the summer, during which she discussed the power of mindfulness and how it has helped her succeed. She currently owns H.A.P. (Happy, Aware, Present) Learning in Madison, and explains that her mission is “to help others find an inner calm so that feeling happy, aware, and present becomes attainable regardless of outside factors.” “After nearly 10 years of running my own marketing business, I recently took a position as content manager at Stuart Country Day School (our biggest field hockey rival in the 90s!)” writes Hilary (Trought) Morris. “They had been a client for seven years, and now I am thrilled to join their staff in an official capacity. My biggest tasks in this position are running the school’s social media and curating the all-school


MBS Faculty member Roger Richard ran into Eliko “Elly” (Vivian) Smith over the summer as they both were participants at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Institute at Rutgers University. Elly currently teaches at The Bishop’s School in La Jolla, CA.


Michele (Muehe) Landry shared “a wonderful memory from this past summer.” She and classmates Kurt Wagenbach and Alyssa McKeown had the pleasure of spending a week

Actor Michael Masini writes, “I’m shooting a fun role in the new Tom Hanks movie ‘You Are My Friend’ and I have a recurring character Crimson Fall 2018


CLASS NOTES newsletter. I still work with a few clients in the Princeton area where I live and I also manage the social media for to stay connected with businesses and people in the area. One of the best things about running my own business all these years—and even going to work every day—is that my three girls can see what is possible if you have a vision for your future and pursue it! My husband Rob and I live in Montgomery Township with our girls Maddy, 10, Catherine, 8, and Evelyn 4. Please look me up on Facebook or Instagram at @itshilarymorris.”


Dan Millman is “Happy to announce that on April 23rd, my wife Jamie gave birth to our 2nd son, Grayson Cole Millman. Big brother Ryder loves his baby brother and is the best big brother. I am also happy to announce that I am now managing Corporate Hospitality Partnerships for The Madison Square Garden (MSG) Company. My role involves the sales, service, and strategy for all premium products at MSG.”


On Sunday, June 24th Joshua Rockland wed Alexa Zepka. The afternoon ceremony took place at the Huisman Gazebo in Belmar, NJ and was officiated by Josh’s father. Josh received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Rutgers University in 2007 and a Master’s of Art Education from Montclair State University in 2008. He is employed as an art teacher at Memorial Junior School in Whippany and is also a professional artist with work at Followed by a honeymoon in Greece, the couple now resides in Morristown.

On July 14th at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, Seth Podell married Laelena Brooks. “We were so excited to have our classmates Tyler Mulvihill and Greg Williams in attendance to help us celebrate our marriage.” The new bride and groom both live and work in Manhattan where Seth works in real estate and Laelena is the Director of Alumni Relations and College Completion at PublicPrep Network, a nonprofit organization.

the Navy, he moved to Seattle for work, then on to Fort Worth, TX to work at the data center for Facebook. After two years in Texas, David moved to Denmark where he continues his career with Facebook. “I am a building controls technician. I work on the hardware and software that automatically cools the servers. I’m enjoying Europe and can’t wait to explore it more. I visit my girlfriend, Caitlin, (pictured here with me) in Philadelphia every chance I get. We met on a balcony on Bourbon Street two years ago.” Tyler Mulvihill happily reports that he “married my high school sweetheart Sarah Stout (of Basking Ridge) on May 19th at Crystal Springs Golf Resort.” Although Sarah didn’t go to MBS, she did bring oranges and ice pops to many of Tyler’s lacrosse games and was his date at senior prom. Tyler’s brother Reid Mulvihill ’08 served as


Ashley M. Powell traveled to Paris in April during her spring break. Over the summer Ashley was able to enjoy a coveted trip to Havana, Cuba. Today she is back at school teaching kindergarten at Roseville Community Charter School and is fully engaged with her new 4th Grade class. Lillian “Lee” (Grant) Bogaert’s baby shower, which was held on June 30th at her sister Jackie’s house in Rowayton, CT provided an exciting occasion for alumnae to get together. Pictured from left to right: Jen Conway, Christine “Tine” Raia, “Lee”, Molly Pribor, and Jackie (Grant) Pellenberg ’02.

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Classmates Jack Fleming, Tyler Gilsenan, and Tom Moore participated in the ‘Tunnel to Towers’ 5K run on Sunday, September 30th in NYC. The race was created to retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.

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Friday, October 12th proved to be an exciting day for Matt Baron and Jamie Dal Lago as they celebrated their engagement with a party in NYC. Alumni in attendance included (from left to right): Maddy McCann, Tim Connor, Frank Dal Lago ’08, Amanda Siegel, Jade Kipperman, Vincent Molinari, Carter Daly, Brandon Baron ’11, Matt Baron, and Jamie Dal Lago.

Katy Hentenaar founded her luxury travel agency, Coveted Journeys, in November 2017. Katy strives to orchestrate unforgettable luxury travel experiences and works to ensure each and every trip is custom tailored to reflect each traveler’s unique tastes and desires.


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After attending the University of Vermont, Jordan (Ferrier) Tolstoi found it hard to leave the beautiful “Green Mountain State” and now resides in Burlington, VT with her husband of two years. Jordan remarks “I graduated from Physician’s Assistant School in 2016 and now work as a Physician Assistant in Oncology in the Vermont Cancer Center. This job is undoubtedly difficult but also incredibly rewarding. My focus is on breast and gynecologic cancers, sarcomas, and head/neck cancers. I hope to make it back to the MBS campus soon to see all of the new buildings! Go Crimson!”

After living and working in New York City for six years and most recently leading product development at American Express for their conversational artificial intelligence platform, Max Bevan has moved to Cambridge, England. He has “taken a position with a startup called Simprints as their product management leader.” The company builds biometrics technology to ensure the delivery of education, health, and financial services to people living in the world’s poorest and harshest regions. 19 49 19 5 4 19

With four years of experience at ABC under his belt, John McHale and his team have just launched ABC News Live, which is a live 24 hour curated channel of content the news division provides with the occasional break-in for live events. John has covered a series of dramatic events such as the Thailand cave boys and the start of hurricane season as well as keeping up with the day-to-day in Washington, DC. ABC News Live can be found on the ABC News Live page, Roku, and soon to be seen on Facebook.


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Pooja Aggarwal is currently attending Berkeley College of Music studying Professional Music with concentrations in Music Business and Vocal Performance. She recently released her debut single “Without You”, which is available on all streaming platforms. In addition to her musical endeavors, Pooja is also looking forward to graduating in December and pursuing a career in music radio. In May, Ben O’Connell graduated from NYU with a B.A. in English and minors in Business Crimson Fall 2018


CLASS NOTES of Entertainment, Media, and Technology and Sociology. He currently works at Downtown Music Publishing/ Songtrust as a Licensing & Administration Coordinator in NYC. Ben is an active artist, songwriter, and artist manager. His passion for music and songwriting has led to acclaiming features and credits on songs with over 30 million aggregate streams. Ben aspires to become a top A&R/artist manager in the music industry and is in constant pursuit of hidden talent and potential. Alumni Board member, Jillian Griffith graduated this year from Drew University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Environmental Science and Sustainability as well as Leadership for Social Action. She currently works as an analyst for a private energy developer and is studying for her graduate school entrance exam. Bobby Kirby graduated in May with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University. He’s currently working at BMW as a National Sales Representative. This past spring, Jessica Ling graduated from Fairfield University with a degree in Nursing. She currently works at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.


Skidmore College senior Gabriela Hyman was selected to represent the Skidmore Thoroughbreds at the Victory Sports Tours/ National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Senior game. Annually, the NFHCA Senior Game features the top 60 senior players in the nation. This year, the Division III Senior Game will take place in Manheim, Pa. in November at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex. Gabriela currently leads her team and is among the league leaders with 27 points, on 12 goals and three assists.

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In Memoriam Norman J. Merksamer ’48, February 25, 2017, age 87. Norman grew up in Dover, New Jersey. After Morristown School, he graduated from Lehigh University in 1952 and served in the Air Force, honorably discharged as a first lieutenant. He then earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, qualified as a certified public accountant, and worked at Arthur Andersen and Bear Stearns before becoming an independent member of the New York Stock Exchange. For 25 years Norman was known for his rapid and effective executions on the trading floor. Norman played football for Lehigh University and was a lifelong supporter of the School, especially its scholarship and athletics programs. He and his wife Geraldine made significant donations and Norman recruited generations of students to his alma mater. Lehigh recognized Norman’s service with the “L-in-Life” award, the Eugene G. Grace Award and the James Ward Packard ME 1884 Distinguished Service Award. Norman shared his wit, warmth, and problem solving acumen with all he could help. He lived in Scarsdale, New York and is survived by his family including his wife of 63 years and three children. Emma Joy Linen Dana ’49, August 18, 2018, age 87. A longtime mainstay of Morristown, New Jersey, Emma Joy was living in Bozeman, Montana at the time of her death. From 1969 until fairly recently, she and her husband Bill had spent part of each year at their ranch in Livingston, Montana. Emma Joy had strong, lifelong ties to the Beard School in Orange and to MBS. Her late father, John S. Linen, was president of the Board of Trustees at the time of the destructive 1953 Beard School fire. With others he worked tirelessly to enable Beard to rebuild and move forward. Emma Joy, in turn, was a dedicated member of the MBS Board of Trustees from 1976-1982 and a crucial voice in the early days of the merger—a voice that helped ensure the success of the School. She long participated in MBS events— reunions, alumnae luncheons, the Lehman

Lecture, and more. Emma Joy was the second eldest of four sisters, all Beard School graduates; the four were featured in a Crimson magazine article in the early 2000s. She is survived by two of her sisters Mary Alice Linen Warner ’47 and Ann Linen Probert ’56 as well as her four sons and four grandchildren. Her husband, often a presence at alumni and other events on campus, died in 2013 shortly after their 62nd anniversary. She was also predeceased by her sister Alexandra (Sandy) Linen Halsey ’52. After Beard, Emma Joy completed her freshman year at Smith College, and then left college during the following year to marry Bill. After Bill’s service in the United States Army and graduate school in Boston, the couple moved to Morristown in 1955. They purchased the Montana ranch fourteen years later. Energetic, hard working, and enthusiastic, Emma Joy volunteered extensively. Among her early causes were the Urban League, Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, The Morristown YMCA, and the Junior League of Morristown, which named her Volunteer of the Year in 1970. Emma Joy also served as officer and director at the Harding Township Civic Association and Macculloch Hall Historical Museum and was the longtime membership chair of the Arts Council of the Morris Area. In the early 1980’s Emma Joy explored the Madison Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU), focusing on the historic Twombly-Vanderbilt buildings and the campus grounds designed by Frederick Law Olmstead. She founded both the FDU Friends of the Library and the Friends of Florham, where she served as board president from 1990–2008. She had earlier received the FDU Founders Community Service Award in 1983. Emma Joy’s two great loves were fly-fishing and art. She created art all her life, especially woodblock prints. She donated many of her original works as illustrations to the book Montana Spaces in support of the Montana Land Reliance. Committed to land conservation, Emma Joy and Bill were dedicated supporters of The Harding Land Trust and The New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The Montana Land Reliance honored them in 1991 as Conservationists of the Year. She donated her collection of 20th-century avant-garde Czechoslovakian art to the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York City and to Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript

Library, where the works remain available to the public and to scholars for research. Katherine (Kate) DeYoung Dwyer Corvaja ’55 April 13, 2018. Kate was an artist and a highly commended art teacher. Born in Orange, New Jersey, she graduated from The Beard School, and from Boston University with a double major in art and education. She enjoyed homes in Italy, the Oranges, and Spring Lake where she was living at the time of her death. Her brother, Edmond J. Dwyer, her sister, Johannah Weinhofer ’53 and her former husband, Angelo Corvaja of San Giovanni Valdarno, Italy, predeceased her. Kate is survived by her son and his wife, her daughter and many family members and in-laws both in the United States and Italy. Kate enjoyed her many years living and teaching at the American School in Florence, Italy. With her then husband and two children, she traveled extensively throughout Europe. After returning home to the Oranges, Kate taught art in the Newark school system before joining the East Hanover Middle School. Honored with the Gubernatorial Teacher of the Year award for her commitment to excellence in education, Kate organized art shows to encourage her students to develop their visual language and confidence by showcasing their work. She retired to Spring Lake where she and generations of her family had long spent vacations. Kate maintained ties to Beard and MBS, attending Beard alumnae luncheons in Bay Head, where she told engaging stories of visits in Florence from former Beard Headmistress Edith Sutherland and biology/ chemistry teacher Helen Sperry. Those who knew Kate would recognize her in this description of the character played by Maureen O’Hara in The Quiet Man: “That red hair is no lie.” Dr. John ( Jack) G. Zeis ’57, March 4, 2018, age 78. John died suddenly doing what he loved, ice fishing on the Adirondack’s Great Sacandaga Lake with his son John and granddaughter Emmalee. They survive him as does his sister and many nieces and nephews; his wife died in January of this year. After Morristown School, John did his undergraduate work at Hamilton College where he played hockey and lacrosse and was a proud member of the college’s undefeated 1958 football team. He then earned a masters degree at Colgate University and taught in

his hometown of Wells, New York at Wells Central School. He next enjoyed a long career in education administration at the Stratford School and as superintendent at Mount Markham School and Hudson Falls School, where he worked for over 25 years. During this time, he also received a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. After retirement, John filled interim superintendent positions, including Wells. John was also an adjunct professor for Plattsburgh State University, the longtime administrator of the Glens Falls Foundation, and a member of the Wells Fish and Game Club and of the 4 Rivers Alliance of Hamilton County. He loved hunting and fishing with his family and time at the family camp and farm in Stratford, New York. Michael Alpern ’62, February 10, 2018, age 73. Born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Michael was a graduate of Morristown School and Lafayette College. His work history included years of teaching and long stints at his parents’ business, Alpern’s Yard Goods and Decorating Supplies, as well as A&R Interiors and Eastern Infantswear. A longtime resident of Stanhope, New Jersey, Michael loved the New York Giants, the outdoors, and photography. He was known for his puns and idiosyncratic taste in music. His wife Karen Verrinder, his daughter, three sons and their spouses as well as six grandchildren and his sister and brother-in-law survive him. Sandra (Sandy) L’Hommedieu Phillips ’62, January 17, 2018, age 73. After graduation from Beard and Bryn Mawr College, Sandy spent a challenging and rewarding year as a ViSTA volunteer with the Navajo Nation. On returning east she worked for a developmental reading company, met her husband, and the couple moved to Vermont and earned advanced degrees in education. By the mid 70s, they had two children and loved life in rural Vermont. In 1979, a newly divorced Sandy and the children followed her brother and his family to Denver, Colorado where she secured a position with a financial planning company, progressing from proofreader, to financial analyst, to management positions. These positions supported her earning an MBA in Finance. An early adopter of computer technology in the work place, she became an academic associate for the College

for Financial Planning, both teaching and developing materials for certification entrance examinations. Sandy then gained expertise in instructional design, creating online educational material at Sun Microsystems and learned to make websites. She also discovered Denver’s vibrant folk music community, mastered the hammered dulcimer and some guitar, and wrote and self published humorous topical songs which can be found on the “14 Songs” page at Her favorite composition was “Not for Everyone” about the dire side effects read off at the end of television pharmaceutical advertisements. She loved gardening and was famous for her chocolate chip cookies. Her daughter Nathalie and son Schuyler baked hundreds of “Nat’s Mom’s cookies” for her memorial service. Sandy perfected her recipe in 1989 and she kept it secret in case she became “the next Mrs. Fields.” The recipe was revealed at the service. Sandy’s children, their spouses, four grandchildren and her brother and his family survive her. John Jorden Larkin ’70 September 1, 2018, age 67. John was a lifelong New Jersey resident, born in Englewood, growing up in Convent Station and later living in Morristown, Chatham, and Basking Ridge. After Morristown School, he graduated from Thiel College. John was president of John Larkin and Company of Denville, which installs and services production scale coffee and food production equipment in facilities across the country. His wife Cheryl, three stepchildren, two grandchildren, two sisters and many additional family members survive him. Joseph ( Joe) R. Stefani ’81, February 22, 2018, age 54. After MBS, Joseph graduated from Hartwick College in upstate New York where he studied psychology and relished having Vermont license plates on his MG. At the time of his death, he had been living in Bozeman, Montana where he was a past Head at the Headwaters School. “Headwaters kids of a certain age will always remember ‘El Jefe.’” Deeply caring, he ensured that parents, no matter how many time zones away from their children, felt connected to them and their teachers. Crimson Fall 2018


2018-2019 Alumni Association CLASS AGENTS

The Alumni Association is dedicated to bringing you—our treasured alumni—coveted events, such as Reunion, Homecoming, regional events, and exciting campus news. Class Agents are imperative to our Alumni Community by keeping their classmates connected to MBS. Their primary role is to encourage their classmates to attend events and to contribute class notes. * Nancy “Taz” (Tasman) Brower ’47

Carolyn (Clarkson) Markham ’50

Joyce (Christian) Bodig ’53

Anne (Overman) Bunn ’54

Richard Seabury ’54

*Fred Greenberg ’55

Bettie (Francis-Lajara) LaVallee ’55

Carol Selman ’64 Paul Tversky ’64

William “Bill” Trimble ’85

Pamela (Norman) Apito ’65

Gail (Kaltenbacher) Kurz ’86

Martha (Root) Brody ’65

Herman Kurz ’86

Whitney (Brusman) Shelton ’94

Michaele Esposito ’66

* Jackie (Jonnard) Landre ’86

Dr. Christina (Toth) Breen ’95

Bill Derrico ’68

Joseph “Joe” Lentini ’87

* David Kramer ’69

Delevan Barrett ’70

Richard L. Stinson ’56

Daniel Gonnella ’72

Bruce “Sandy”Adam ’57

Cheryl Teare ’73

Brenda (Pruden) Winnewisser ’57

Gus Hancock ’58

Gail (Lehman) Harty ’59

* Peggy (Harding) Nelson ’59

Evelyn (Swanson) Prather ’59

Hope (Phillips) Hazen ’60

* Sandra “Sandi” (Appet) Pesso ’87

Robert Warnock ’87

* Cartwright Wallace ’93

Peter Hedley ’97

Hugh Leoni ’97

Ed Forbes ’98

Melinda Sheehan ’98

* Greg Bendelius ’88

Monya Davis Taylor ’88

* Robert (Bob) Namar ’74

Dominique (Bales) Wagner ’88

Ridgely Harrison ’99 Darnell Parker ’00

* Tashia Martin ’01

James “Jim” Crouch ’77

Lisa (Kaugher) Humphreys ’89

Melissa M. Hedley ’90

Stephanie (Gowski) Bush ’91

* Amy (Chaiken) Wolffe ’78

Steve “Peach” Fusco ’79

Betsy (Lorber) Stern ’79

Joe Selvaggi ’83

Bill Phillips, Jr. ’62

* Katherine “KC” Hnat Joubran ’84

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David Weisbrod ’73

Loretta (Porter) James ’62

Katherine “Katie” (Ewig) DiNardo ’93

David Moretti ’85

Sallie (Oakes) O’Connor ’91

Chip Rollinson ’91

Mary (Milanesi) Koenig ’92

* Sue Driscoll ’02

Todd McConnell ’02 * Tyler Mulvihill ’05 Greg Williams ’05

Lee (Grant) Bogaert ’06

* Jennifer Conway ’06

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* John Capo ’08

Adam Dubov ’08

* Zachary “Zach” Gray ’12

Brette Brier ’13

Megan Reiling ’13

Lauren Johnson ’08

* Jillian Griffith ’14

Rebecca Lerner ’10

Emily Martuscello ’10

Maggie Ranger ’10

Sam Taggart ’10

Anna Balliet ’11

Trevor Baptiste ’14

John McDonald ’15

Maddie Carroll ’16

Nicole Robertson ’16

Mackenzie May ’17

Charlie Naples ’17

Lauren Capo ’11

Matthew Smith ’18

Alix Shulman ’11

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Ivanka Farrell ’10 Delivers Cum Laude Address MBS graduate Ivanka Farrell ’10 returned to campus in late April to deliver the Cum Laude Address at All-School Meeting. Eight years ago, Farrell began her Senior Project at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a marketing and communications firm in Washington, D.C. Today, she is an Associate Director of the company, where she handles digital advertising. Farrell said that her path to this stage was an unlikely one. “I wasn’t at the top of my class; I didn’t have straight A’s. In fact, I struggled with my grades during my freshman year…so much so that I was placed on academic probation for a semester,” she admitted. Farrell said the support of the MBS community helped her find her passion and got her back on the right path. She began gravitating towards history courses, and said she was fortunate to have Ricky Kamil as both a history teacher and an advisor. “I always enjoyed the conversations he encouraged about current events,” she said. “He pushed us to discover why we think the way we do, and why we believe in the things we do.” She also credited Dean of Faculty Dr. John Mascaro and Upper School History Teacher Dr. Alan Cooper with influencing her academic journey. For her Senior Project, Farrell said she was determined to work for David Axelrod, a political communications consultant. Although that didn’t work out, she was referred to one of his colleagues who had just started his own company, Bully Pulpit.

“From the start of my Senior Project, I knew that this was it,” said Farrell. “All of the searching for what I was passionate about, all of the history classes and current event conversations led me here.” In the past eight years, Farrell has gone from an intern to an Associate Director. She leads and mentors a team, and advises clients that range from national politics to college sports. During the 2012 election, she worked on the Obama For America digital advertising team and even met the President. “College was great, but I wouldn’t have been able to succeed in my career without what I learned here (at Morristown-Beard School),” she said.

Gold Medalist Trevor Baptiste ’14 Speaks at Morning Meeting MBS graduate Trevor Baptiste ’14, one of the top lacrosse players in the nation, returned to campus to speak to the students about his trip to Israel this past summer. Baptiste helped the United States men’s lacrosse team earn its first world title since 2010 by defeating Canada. He talked about his experience and showed photos from his trip. “It was a fantastic experience that changed my life. I got to meet a ton of great people from a lot of different nations,” he said. He also talked about the pressure to succeed in big games and in big moments in life. At the University of Denver, Trevor was a two-time finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, which honors the national lacrosse player of the year. After graduation, Baptiste was selected as the first overall pick in the Major League Lacrosse Draft by the Boston Cannons, earned All-America honors and was named Big East Midfielder of the Year for a fourth consecutive season.

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Alumna Joins NJ Golf Hall of Fame

Beard School graduate and champion golfer Charlotte Glutting ’27 was inducted posthumously into the New Jersey State Golf Association (NJSGA) Hall of Fame on May 1st as part of the organization’s inaugural class. The ceremony took place at Galloping Hill Golf Club in Kenilworth, NJ.

Hatfield ’15 becomes Top Scorer at Richmond

Congratulations to MBS graduate Teddy Hatfield ’15, for becoming the all-time points leader for the University of Richmond lacrosse team—as a junior!

Glutting (1910-1996), was the first person to win the state Women’s Amateur Championship four times (1931, 1932, 1934, and 1935). In 1934, she captured the decisive point of the Curtis Cup to lead the American team to victory. She led the U.S. team to its fourth consecutive Curtis Cup title in 1938. She captured numerous prestigious championships including the 1934 North and South Women’s Amateur played at Pinehurst Resort. In 1935, she reached the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Glutting was inducted into the Morristown-Beard School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

Hatfield concluded his successful spring season with milestone accomplishments for his team as well. On May 5th, the Richmond Spiders had their first-ever Southern Conference Championship win against Jacksonville. In overtime, Hatfield scored the wining goal securing the team a placement in the 2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Championship. On May 12th, the Spiders competed for their second time only in the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Championship against Albany. Although the team did not prevail with a win, Hatfield contributed two goals to the competitive game. We look forward to an exciting senior year in lacrosse with Hatfield, as we know it will be a promising one.

Kevin McDonald Picks Up 50 th Win

On May 5th, MBS softball coach Kevin McDonald ’98, picked up his 50th career win as the Crimson defeated Villa Walsh, 13-3. Overall the softball team enjoyed a successful season with a final record of 12-11. McDonald, a 1998 graduate of Morristown-Beard School, joined the MBS community in 2006 as a coach and a member of the Wellness Department, teaching physical education and health. As a student, McDonald played baseball, football and basketball at MBS. He played college baseball at the University of Maryland and was later selected in the 2002 Major League Baseball draft by the Detroit Tigers. Crimson Fall 2018



Waters ’17 Making a Splash at Navy

MBS graduate Ryan Waters ’17 returned to campus this past spring after a very successful freshman year at the U.S. Naval Academy. As a freshman on the Navy Swim Team, Waters was named First Team All-Patriot League. He won the 500 freestyle at the Patriot League Swim Championships and was undefeated in that event all season. In December 2017, Waters was named the Division I National Swimmer of the Week by after a dominating performance in the distance events at the Army – Navy meet.

Tyler Mulvihill ’05 Speaks to BFI Club MBS graduate Tyler Mulvihill ’05, Director at ConsenSys Enterprise, returned to campus in April to speak with members of the BFI (Business, Finance, and Investment) Club about blockchain, Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. At ConsenSys, Mulvihill advises Fortune 500 companies on their supply chain strategy, and he initiated and serves as Chair of the Supply Chain Working Group within the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA). He is

co-founder of Viant, a blockchain-based platform for modeling business processes, tracking assets and building the supply chains of the future. Before joining ConsenSys in 2016, Mulvihill worked in Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte & Touche. He is a registered CPA in the state of New York. He earned a B.A. in Finance & Accounting with a minor in History from Lehigh University. Mulvihill explained the basics of blockchain technology, which is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. By allowing digital information to be distributed but not copied, blockchain technology created the backbone of a new type of Internet. Originally devised for the digital currency Bitcoin, the tech community is now finding other potential uses for the technology. He discussed how blockchain is, by design, a decentralized technology. By creating a new way to verify transactions, aspects of traditional commerce—the “middle man” or third party—could become unnecessary. Mulvihill encouraged the students to read Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, which he said was highly influential in his career. He also reminded the students that, “You learn more from failure than from success. Failure builds character.” Finally, he encouraged the students to follow their own curiosity on the subject. “It may seem a little confusing, but I would Google ‘what is blockchain?’ and start going down the rabbit hole,” he said.

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MBS Gathers at the Bay Head Yacht Club

On Friday, August 3rd at the Bay Head Yacht Club, alumna Lee Kellogg Sadrian ’89 graciously hosted a spectacular cocktail party for nearly 100 MBS Alumni & Friends. With the weather improving, guests were able to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres out on the Fly Bridge overlooking Barnegat Bay.

The night proceeded in typical MBS fashion, filled with laughter and smiles. Guests in attendance ranged from the Beard School class of ’50 to current MBS senior James Cunningham, President of the Student Government Association. At the conclusion of the evening, the time honored Naval tradition “Attention to Colors” was conducted and upon final departures, a voice was overheard saying: “So glad we were able to make this. What a great night. We have to get together more often…”

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MBS Celebrates Alumni Reunion Graduates from the Beard School, the Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School gathered on campus on June 1st and 2nd to reunite with old friends and enjoy a full slate of activities as part of MBS Alumni Reunion 2018. Class years ending in 3 or 8 were those that marked milestone reunions. On Friday, June 1st alumni from the classes of 2007-2017 attended Y.A.R.P.—the Young Alumni Reunion Party. Attendees enjoyed socializing with one another and were impressed with the beautiful new Math & Science Center. The festivities continued on Saturday with campus tours, a student performing arts showcase, alumni picnic, annual meeting of the Alumni Association, and the Headmaster’s Cocktail Party. Notable alumnus Allan P. Kirby, Jr. ’49 was recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award— the School’s most prestigious alumni award. Mr. Kirby is a veteran and a humble, highly regarded philanthropist who primarily donates to educational and historic preservation causes.



New this year to the slate of activities was the Alumni Memorial and Flag Raising Ceremony. Inspired by MBS graduate Amy Chaiken Wolffe ’78, this new annual tradition includes the raising of the Morristown-Beard School flag and a moment of silence to honor the memories of all of the deceased alumnae and alumni from the Beard School, Morristown School, and Morristown-Beard School. This year’s milestone classes all had great turnouts with special recognition going to the Morristown men from the Classes of 1958 and 1968. Class Agents Gus Hancock ’58, Bill Birch ’58, and Bill Derrico ’68 worked tirelessly to encourage their classmates to return to campus. Check out their Class Notes for all the details of their memorable reunions. Priscilla Meyer Tucker ’48—great niece of Beard School founder Miss Lucie Cummings Beard—was also in attendance as the sole representative from her class for her milestone 70th Reunion. Save the date for Alumni Reunion 2019 - Saturday, June 1st when Class Years ending in 4 or 9 will be recognized.


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Coming Home…



On Saturday, October 13th a wave of crimson and white rolled out to celebrate Homecoming and to cheer the Crimson football team to a 42-7 win over Riverdale Country Day School. The beautiful afternoon allotted a great opportunity for old friends and classmates to reunite. Alumni gathered trackside to enjoy some food and drink while they watched the Morristown-Beard School football team compete.

Freshman quarterback James Marinello ’22 threw for three touchdowns—including two to his twin brother Dante Marinello ’22— to lead MBS to victory. During halftime of the football game, a large group of participants turned out to run the 26th annual Kirby Mile. Senior Alex D’Alessandro ’19 won the race in a blazing fast time of 5:27. Bridget Ewing, a 7th grader and daughter of Alumni Board member Kelly MacMahon Ewing ’91, was the first place middle school girl with a time of 7:05. MBS 6th grader Riley Donner ’25 was the first place middle school boy, finishing in 7:16.

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2018 Crimson Award and Athletic Hall of Fame In May 2018, the MBS Athletics Department and the Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Committee joined forces and hosted the first ever Crimson Award and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and dinner. This was the first time that current students and alumni athletes were honored in the same event and the combined synergies resulted in a tremendous success. The Crimson Award is given to current students who display excellent character and best exemplify the principles, standards, and ideals of MBS. They encourage their teammates and cheer others on; these athletes are dedicated to seeing their teams win, but also have a consistently positive attitude even when games are lost. For a full list of Crimson Award winners, visit the MBS website. This year’s Athletic Hall of Fame inductees were the members of the 1989 and 1990 undefeated MBS Swim Teams. These two teams were extremely talented and captured the following four titles: • • • •

Girls Prep B State Champions Boys Prep B State Champions Girls and Boys Prep B Conference Champions Girls County Champions

The members of the two teams are: Matthew Ascari ’91 Danielle Carr Kahm ’92 Lawrence Baker, Jr. ’93 Robin Graziano Kinsey ’92 Leslie Kaugher Brow ’92 Gregory Loeber ’91 Stephanie Gowski Bush ’91 Carter Lonsberry ’92 Stewart Alex Campbell ’89 Matthew McKenna ’91 Alison Bryan Catchpole ’92 Jodi Monaco-Tilghman ’92 Denise Bachmura Cathro ’92 Lisa Moretti ’90 Brooke David ’91 Julia Morhouse ’93 Robert DeVries ’92 Pamela Nelson Davidson ’90 David Docteroff ’92 Patrick O’Brien ’92 Jeff Dorr ’90 Andrew Patten ’89 Kelly MacMahon Ewing ’91 Melissa Pratt ’92 Tara Ryan Faupel ’90 Laura Furrer Riedmuller ’91 Ryan Foley ’91 Julie Pelano Snyder ’92 Seth Goldberg ’92 Penny Masheter Sorbello ’89 Valerie Gorra ’93 Susan Page ’90 Laura Hoag Hay ’93 Melinda Tierney ’89 Tanya Hiebler ’91 Nancy Wetzel ’92 For information on how to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame, please send an email to Monya Taylor Davis, Associate Director of Alumni Relations at

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Girls Soccer Wins State Championship

The Morristown-Beard School girls soccer team showed the power of grit, determination and teamwork on Sunday, November 11, as they defeated St. Rose, 2-0, to complete an historic playoff run and capture their first-ever state championship.

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