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04 Pay it Forward 08 Field Hockey 12 What did you 16 do this summer? The Laramie Project 20 Homecoming

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HOMECOMING Article by Justin McLellan


nother successful Homecoming weekend for Sanford sports teams is behind us as fall sports were in full swing.

“We had a lot of support from parents, fans and the other teams,” said senior Cross Country captain Erica McGaurn. “We all ran really well as a team and we’re looking to build off of the Homecoming meet and improve in the future.” The Sanford Cross Country team won with 43 points against Saint Andrew’s 15 points and came short against Wilmington Christian with a score of 24 - 32. Volleyball played a hard fought game against Tatnall but were unsuccessful in the end. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED

“The volleyball team this year has a lot of talent and potential,” said fellow senior captain Alexa Bradley. “I see great things ahead of us.” Boys’ Soccer had one of their highlights of the year during the homecoming match, a 3-1 win against Wilmington Friends. “We’re a really young team and we’ve had our share of good and bad moments,” said junior captain Chase Humphreys. “We came to play and we played as a team. We got a really great result against a conference rival.” Humphreys made eleven saves, conceding only one goal from a penalty kick. Bryan McLellan, John BachmanPaternoster, and Shemar Lyles each scored a goal in the game.

Field Hockey tied Wilmington Friends in a thrilling 1-1 Homecoming match that went into overtime. “The Homecoming game was really exciting. We had a lot of support and made a great last-minute comeback to go into overtime,” said senior captain Amira Hannon. Emily Bloom scored Sanford’s goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Sanford field hockey is having one of their most successful seasons under new head coach Anne Brooking. Sanford sports teams had a very successful homecoming weekend and each team looked forward to continue its success throughout the year.

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“We didn’t get the ending result we wanted but we’ll get them next time,” junior captain Anneli Wingertz who had 13 kills and 8 aces in the Homecoming game.

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FORWARD Brooke Finnicum

What does the phrase “ Pay it Forward” mean to you?


utting a quarter in a meter that is about elderly woman asked for her check, Carr happily to expire, tipping your restaurant waiter told her that it had already been paid. When the generously, buying a meal for a homeless server later checked the tips that she had made person - all unexpected acts of kindness that for the day, she noticed a tip of five $20 bills make all the difference to someone. This year, by the same generous couple. Random acts of Sanford School’s theme, “Pay it Forward,” kindness, such as the generosity shown by the is about showing an action of kindness without expecting Because it proves that you don’t need much anything in return. Sanford’s to change the entire world for the better. You strong community of faculty, can start with the most ordinary ingredients. staff, and students is dedicated You can start with the world you’ve got. to promoting “Pay it Forward” through their actions and words. - Catherine Ryan Hyde “I think that this school theme will increase the amount of compassion within unknown couple, can make a world’s difference the Sanford community. Mr. Shield’s RAKs in a person’s life. (Random Acts of Kindness) really embodies The steps to paying it forward may be simple, the spirit of Pay it Forward,” Senior Radhika but the outcome could be monumental. One Malhotra said. person’s small act of kindness could induce Recently, an unknown couple at Golden Girls a domino effect of generosity, changing the Restaurant in Clinton, Tennessee exemplified community for the better. “pay it forward” by secretly paying for an elderly woman and her daughter’s meal as well as giving her server, Shirley Carr, an $100 tip. When the




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New Sanford Hall What used to be the home of our JK students may look the same on the outside.... Article by Caroline Fritz

As students and visitors enter Sanford’s campus, the first building they see off to their left is Sanford Hall, the original Sunny Hills school designed in 1930 by Mother Sawin. Before this year, getting to Sanford’s admission, business, and Headmaster’s offices involved a laborious trek down to Kidder Hall, one of the farthest points of the school’s campus. But renovation on a new location started at the beginning of last summer when it was decided that the best place to welcome families would be the first building, both literally and historically, on Sanford’s campus.

Scan the QR code & be directed to the video feature package! If you haven’t already been inside, make sure to ask for a tour and see the improvements for yourself. “I think for the Head of school to be in’s certainly not in a location where folks could find me,” said Head of

School Mark Anderson. Renovations were vital for the old building that withstood weather and time. A Sanford supporter volunteered to donate the money needed for construction to create modernized office spaces while keeping the building’s distinction and historical structure. “[We] incorporated a lot of Sanford’s history into what we have up on our walls, but not in such a way that it is haphazard...those kind of touches that, I hope, signify that by using this historic building, we are honoring the school’s history, even as we move forward.” said Anderson. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED


Field Hockey Article by Bryan McLellan


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welve wins, two losses and one tie seem more like a final basketball record at Sanford than field hockey’s final record. Sanford’s 20132014 Field Hockey team boasts the team’s first playoff birth since the 2008-2009 season.

“I loved my first season [at Sanford],” said Coach Brooking. Previously an opposing coach, Coach Brooking noted that she “knew that there was talent on the team” and looked to mold this team from the beginning of preseason.

At least some of the team’s success this season must be attributed to new field hockey coach, Ann Brooking.

Sarmousakis said “With the new coaching staff, we focused on the fundamentals of field hockey. We changed the way we held our hands on the stick, how we passed and dribbled.”

“Coach Brooking made field hockey fun and intense,” said senior Courtney Clark. “She took the intensity level up each practice and she worked us hard to understand the basics and techniques.” “Her experience both coaching and playing really helped us,” said sophomore Ana Sarmousakis. “If we were in a certain situation, she knew what we had to do to succeed in that situation.” Coach Brooking became this year’s field hockey head coach after leaving the same position at Wilmington Friends School.

“She really prepared us well in preseason to do better, especially in conference games against rival teams,” said Clark. The Field Hockey team this year achieved a 5-2-1 record against in conference schools and took second place in the DISC conference. Sanford opened their conference schedule with a 1-0 win over Tatnall, whom Sanford had not beaten since 2009. Coach Brooking credited the success to her team’s mentality and said, “We played to win even with a one goal advantage which is hard to do, especially against a very good conference team.” THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED

14 In Sanford’s Homecoming game, Sanford tied Conference rival Wilmington Friends 1-1 with a late goal scored by senior Emily Bloom. “We never gave up,” said Clark. “We just kept pushing through no matter what the score was. Emily scored in the last two minutes of the game.” Two other big wins for the field hockey team this year came in the Turf Bowl where Sanford defeated Concord High School 2-1 at the University of Delaware and in the first round of the state tournament where Sanford eliminated Caravel Academy by one goal to none. “She knows the all the teams in Delaware’s playing styles and what we had to do to against them,” said Sarmousakis. Coach Brooking’s experience as a coach helped her guide Sanford’s team this past season. “I know the teams we play against fairly well, so I know how to beat them,” remarked Coach Brooking. She stated how this year’s team “won the games that they should have been winning.” After a win the first round of the state tournament against Caravel Academy, Sanford’s field hockey season came to a conclusion with a loss in the next round against Polytech High School.




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This year’s team will graduate six seniors including captains Emily Bloom, Amira Hannon, and Paige Hublein. Bloom and Ayars received Delaware Second Team AllState selections. The success of the 2013-2014 Field Hockey season made an impact across the Sanford community.

We have set the tone for next year. I think the juniors and sophomores will step up.

“Our first tournament game when all the fans came out was a defining moment, not for just our team, but for the whole school,” said Sarmousakis. “It was really cool that they could all come out and support.” In the coming years, Sanford Field Hockey looks to continue the success shown by this year’s team.

Go Sanford!

“I hope we can start the next season with the intensity that we finished this year with,” said Coach Brooking, “We have already created a positive environment with the program.” “We have set the tone for next year. I think the juniors and sophomores will step up,” said Clark, “I think we will make it further in the tournament, but only time will tell.” Sanford Field Hockey has taken a leap forward this season and seeks to continue its success in the following years. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED



WHAT DID YOU DO THIS SUMMER? Article by Brooke Finnicum

Boy’s State

Jekyll and Hyde Seniors Emily Malafronti, Chris Malafronti, and Emma Heberton and Sanford graduates Greg Wolf and Cristina Riegel were cast members of Delaware All-State Theatre’s musical production of Jekyll and Hyde. Performances were on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 21 - June 30 at Tatnall School’s theatre.

Seniors Nate Reynolds, Paul Gay, and Bryan McLellan attended Boys State at Wesley College in Dover, DE from June 16 - 20. Boys State consists of male high school students from Delaware that stay at the Wesley College dorms and participate in a mock state government. Boys State travels to the Dover Legislative Hall to discuss fake bills in the Senate and House chambers. Throughout the week, the boys are evaluated to determine if they will go to Boys Nation. Reynolds was one 1 of fifteen finalists for Boys Nation.

Governor’s School

Juniors Kate Holden and Hannah Duffy attended University of Delaware Governor’s School for Excellence from July 14 - 19. Known as “Gov School,” this program is a one-week summer residential program that brings together academically and artistically talented Delaware high school students who have completed their sophomore year. Holden participated Gov School’s Drama program where she honed her acting skills. Duffy participated in the academic program where she attended lectures about economics, politics, and the sciences taught by UD professors.

South Korea Senior Brooke Finnicum was selected to be one of 50 students across the U.S. to receive a scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State to study abroad in Seoul, South Korea for seven weeks. The program, National Security Initiative Language for Youth, provides merit-based scholarship for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages. Finnicum lived with a host family, took Korean language classes at a university, and participated in cultural excursions throughout Seoul.


SCAD Rising Star Senior Breanna Light participated in a five-week pre-college art program at the Savannah School College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Light enrolled in college-level classes including photography and drawing, then presented her artwork in a student exhibition at the end of the program. Along with other SCAD students, Light participated in tourist excursions on the weekends to beaches like Tybee Island and Hilton Head.

Interlochen Summer Arts

Junior Emma Ziesing attended Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan from July 7 - 20. Ziesing participated in the Interlochen Summer Arts program, taking courses for singer songwriters and recording her original music. Students performed one of his or her own original songs for a final showcase at the conclusion of the program.

Girl’s State

Seniors Radhika Malhotra and Amira Hannon participated in Girls State from June 16 - 20. Malhotra was selected to be one of two student “Senators� to represent Delaware at the national level, Girls Nation. Girls Nation was held at the 4-H center in Washington D.C. from July 20 - 27. The participants simulated the Senate and had to be familiar in parliamentary protocol. Girls Nation members had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama.


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The Sanford Repertory Theatre Company performed the fall play The Laramie Project on November 1st and 2nd. Written by the Tectonic Theatre Pro ject in 2001, The Show consists of interviews with the residents of Laramie, Wyoming in reaction to the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in 1998 and journal entries from the project members during their time in Laramie. “It’s not done like a normal play; it doesn’t go from scene to scene. It uses the voices of the actual people from the town and uses snippets of what they said to tell the story,” said sophomore Jordan Mcmillan, a student performing in the show. Some of the show focused on the gay hate that was believed to be the reason for Shepard’s murder. “It’s based on the murder of a gay university student. It’s a very powerful play,” said sophomore Philip Donahue, another actor in the show. Interviewees ranged from friends of Matthew Shepard to residents of Laramie that felt strong resentment towards the gay community. “It’s a challenge for the actors. You may have to portray something that you may not necessarily agree with or believe in,” McMillan said.

“Because you play so many different characters, there are little things you have to change about yourself so you can be different people that are completely different from each other, whether that’s in the way you talk or the way you stand,” said McMillan. Due to the maturity of the play, it was recommended for sixth grade and up. “I think there are points where the audience will be skeeved out by the opinions of some of the characters in the show,” stated McMillan. The audience was warned that the show would consist of some strong emotional scenes and statements with which they may not agree. “I think it will make people think and reflect on themselves and things going on in the world,” stated Donahue. The cast rehearsed for over two months to tell the story of Laramie, Wyoming - an impactful true story meant that leave the audience with a better understanding of the degrees in which people can hate.

Unlike a typical play, The Laramie Project consisted of over 60 characters portrayed by 13 cast members. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED




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