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SEED The Sanford Upper School

Trimester Two: 2014

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AsiA DeShields

Student Spotlights:

Luke McDonough ‘17

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SEED Leadership Team EDITOR-in-CHIEF Brooke Finnicum SPORTS EDITOR Bryan McLellan PHOTO EDITOR Christopher Malafronti & Breanna Light AUDIO MANAGER Jordan McMillan PRINT MANAGER Breanna Light NEWS & FEATURES EDITOR Jiaxuan Liu OPINIONS EDITOR Kate Holden COPY EDITOR Caroline Fritz VIDEO MANAGER Sarah Daiger CONTRIBUTORS Alex Ball



Cover Story: Freshman Luke McDonough places second in the 2014 DIAA State Wreslting Championship.

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Students cheer on the boys’ basketball team in a game vs. Salesianum School

Shomi Edeki ‘15, Hugh Swanson ‘15 , and Kyle Evans ‘16 wait for a basketball game to start during the national anthem. Eric Cecil ‘14 watches a felllow warrior during a match.

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Christopher Malafronti ‘14 and Lillian Allingham ‘18 performed “I Don’t Need Anything But You” during SRTC’s spring performance of Annie.


Sanford Wrestling Article by Christoper Malafronti

Delaware Allstate TheatRE

Article by Kate Holden

Student Spotlight: Asia Desheilds Article by Caroline Fritz Coach Stan Waterman smiles at the crowd during a boys’ basketball game.



Article by Ruilin Yang The coaches of Sanford Swim Team have been working hard and having fun with all the Sanford swimmers this year. All three coaches are very competitive swimmers themselves and have been swimming since they were little. They all shared their experience with Sanford Swim Team. “This is my third year coaching Sanford Swim Team, and my favorite part is watching the new kids come in and watching them grow and learn as swimmers,” said Lynn Correll, the head coach of Sanford Swim Team. Coach Lynn felt it was very rewarding and refreshing for her to watch the swimmers working hard and improving. Assistant coach, Laura Stefanik said, “There are a lot of topics this year about making the practices more efficient, harder and challenging for the swimmers so that their times will drop. I think that the head coach Lynn has done a really good job of writing some good practices for everybody because they are complaining about how hard they work, so that’s a good thing.” The three coaches have different goals for the team. Assistance coach Keenan Aungst said, “My goal for the team would be to help [the swimmers] achieve goals in swimming.” The swimmers’ goals include getting state cuts, improving their dives, flip turns, and all four strokes.

Kristine Christiansen ‘14 takes a breath while swimming breast stroke.

My biggest goal is for the kids to learn the proper techniques and have fun doing it while building a bond with [their] teammates and schoolmates,

said coach Lynn Correll.

Stefanik, who is new to Sanford this year, has been enjoying coaching the team so far. She said, “ My goal for individual swimmers would be to drop their times in whatever events they are doing.” Stefanik also mentioned that she is very proud of all the swimmers and that they should feel proud of their own events too. “My biggest motivation comes from the kids,” stated coach Lynn. “We [all three coaches] critique and try to improve the kids’ techniques.” All three coaches and the swimmers had lots of fun this year and expressed their passion about creating a better Sanford Swim Team.

Adam Caulfield ‘15 is swims fly in Delaware’s High School Swimming State Championship. Senior Joshua Bostick ‘14 is this year’s men’s swim team captain. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED


Sanford Wrestlers Roll With The Punches And Roll Up Their Mats Article by Christopher Malafronti Sanford wrestlers walk away proud of a year of great accomplishments. After three months of wrestling, the team finished with a record of five wins, two losses, and two wrestlers placing in their weight class. Working hard to bounce back from two losses at the end of the season, the wrestlers swept DISCs on February 8th. With seven champions Oliver Fleischmann ‘14 and three second and third place turns to coach Corey Fredrick a word of wrestlers, Sanford was ready to move for advice before his match. onto the State tournament. “In middle school it was just goofing off in a padded room, and that’s always fun, but you come into high school and it’s just completely different. It’s a lot of work. You work hard, you play hard,” said senior Oliver Fleischmann right before his last Delaware state wrestling tournament. The final two tournaments of the year were split up into team championships and individual championships. Sanford sent a varsity team that failed to place in the dual team state championship. The Delaware State Open State Wrestling Championships, the individual tournament, was split between Friday, February 21st and Saturday, February 22nd. At the end of the first day, Sanford had two wrestlers, freshmen Luke McDonough and

Special thanks to Ted Rosenthal for his photography of the wrestling team this year. To see more pictures, go to the Sanford Wrestling Facebook page.

Brendan Lamey, advancing to the semi-finals. In an interview held earlier this year McDonough commented on how being a freshman might play out for him in the state tournament, stating, “This year I know I’ll do pretty well. In years coming, I can probab ly place in some bigger tournaments,” a prediction of the future that he did not have to wait long to see come true. McDonough earned second place in his weight class in this year’s state tournament. In a similar prophetic statement McDonough said, “I’m a freshman, I could wrestle a senior. I’m not just wrestling kids my age.” McDonough wrestled and lost to senior Brent Fleetwood from Smyrna High. The end of this year wraps up head coach Cory Frederick’s second season with the Sanford wrestling program. McDonough predicts “next year we’ll have a better chance [winning] because we’ll have a another year to prepare.” Fleischmann leaves the wrestling program knowing that “[the wrestlers] have really benefited from his [Frederick’s] experience,” and that the program will live on, growing stronger with every passing year. With another season gone by, Fleischmann leaves the wrestlers, and the Sanford upper school, with some words of advice: “You’ve got to go out there and want to win, because at the end of the day it’s just you versus the other guy, and you’ve got to believe you’re going to come out on top.” THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED


Delaware All-State TheatRE a show within a show Article by Kate Holden

Sanford students with scripts and sheet music in hand recently auditioned for Delaware All-State Theatre’s The Drowsy Chaperone. The students cast are Jordan McMillan, Emily Malafronti, Christopher Malafronti, and Kate Holden. This comedic show will be performed on June 20- 22 and 27-29 at Tatnall School. The show focuses on a man listening to his favorite record, The Drowsy Chaperone. The record is enacted on stage and is the show within the show. The story line is that Janet Van De Graaf, a vaudeville actress, is engaged to Robert Martin and if she marries him she will have to quit acting. This angers her employer, Mr.Feldzieg, who tries to stop the wedding. “The Drowsy Chaperone oversees all this in her drunken glory,” explained Jordan McMillan, a DAST performer. McMillan, who will play the title role of The Drowsy Chaperone, said “I was really excited when I found out because the show is a lot of fun and so are the characters.” Christopher Malafronti was cast as Mr.Feldzieg and Holden and Emily Malafronti received ensemble roles. The Malafrontis have been participating in DAST for three years.

“I think the reason that I decided to audition for DAST was because I had a lot of friends who were participating and people I looked up to were involved in it,” said Chris Malafronti. This will be Holden’s and McMillan’s first time in a DAST show. “I’m most excited to meet new actors because I’ll be with a bunch of people I’ve never worked with before, including the director,” stated McMillan. Coming to the show will support a worthy cause selected by the actors the week of the show. “We do a fundraiser every year. It’s called DAST Gives Back,” said Emily Malafronti. The cast will rehearse for three months until their debut in June.

The 2014 production of The Drowsy Chaperone will be staged in the Laird Performing Arts Center at The Tatnall School on the last two weekends of June. Fridays, June 20th and 27th at 7:30 pm Saturdays, June 21st and 28th at 7:30 pm Sundays, June 22rd and 29th at 2 pm

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Amira Hannon hits the heights of harvard

Article by Brooke Finnicum “I didn’t expect it at all. I applied to Harvard hoping that I would get in but never really allowed myself to think about the possibility of being accepted. My whole life was leading up to this one point,” Hannon exclaimed.” Excelling in academics, athletics, and leadership, senior Amira Hannon has always been an active member of the Sanford community. As an AP Honor Roll student, Hannon participates in a variety of activities in and outside of school, ranging from club sports to weekend tutoring. Hannon is a team member of Delaware Rush Blast 95, a club soccer team, math tutor for students grades K - 5 at Math Plus, and team member of Sanford’s winter track team and Varsity captain of Sanford’s field hockey and soccer teams. She is also a member of Sanford’s Student Activities Club, SEAL Club, and Diversity Alliance. Although Hannon is involved in a number of different activities, her passion for science and engineering is paving the way for her future. “I want to major in Biomedical Engineering, which involves a mix of math and science. I participated in a six week program at the Summer Academy for Math and Science at Carnegie Mellon for the past two summers and it helped me prepare for my potential career,” Hannon said. While many students would be overwhelmed by the thought of participating in an array of different activities, Hannon is able to handle the amount of work. “I’ve discovered that the more free time I have, the more time I waste. Participating in a lot of activities has helped me stay focused. I’ve tried to be organized and efficiently use the free time that I do have,” Hannon said. A finalist for National Achievement Scholarship Program, Hannon is waiting to find out if she received a scholarship for her possible future college, Harvard University. Hannon was accepted to the institution in early December.

Hannon’s copious extracurricular activities, strong academics, and hard work helped her to persevere through the stress of waiting to hear back from her dream school. When she finally received the life changing phone call from Harvard, Hannon was in disbelief. “I feel like all of your life’s work builds up to one point where you can achieve your goal. My goal wasn’t necessarily to get into Harvard, but something that could commemorate my accomplishments and hard work,”said Hannon. The way in which Amira found out she was accepted to Harvard was a nerve-racking experience in itself. “The decision was supposed to come out at 3:00pm at the end of the school day. My friends came to support me while I waited for the e-mail, but it was already past 3:00pm. I was so nervous that I had to have Bryan McLellan call the admissions office because the e-mail still hadn’t come yet,” Hannon laughed. When the admissions officer told Hannon that she was accepted, the future Harvard student and her friends were all in disbelief. “Everyone started freaking out, and I was bawling. I was so glad that my friends were there to support me,” Hannon smiled.” Looking back on her career as a Sanford “lifer,” Hannon considers her Harvard acceptance surrounded by friends as her most cherished memory. “Getting my Harvard decision at Sanford is my favorite memory. It was fitting to end where I started. There is no way that I could be in this position without being part of the Sanford community,” Hannon said.” Hannon is very grateful for the support that she received throughout her years at Sanford, but is looking forward to future successes.


Asia DeShields Sings her way to stardom Article by Caroline Fritz

Asia DeShields performs a song in the Delaware’s Classical Musical Theatre Competition. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED

9 A common sight for Asia DeShields is a sea of faces sitting in bleachers, listening to her sing the National Anthem with their hands over their hearts. The talented junior has won the Holy Family Church’s Summerfest Newark Idol Competition as well as many other singing competitions, so she is used to singing in front of large crowds. DeShields grew up in North Wilmington, Delaware with her parents, two older sisters, Cheyenne and Khyanne, and a dog named Lovey. “My sisters are really good singers,” she laughs. “When we would visit family, my mom would make us sing, and I was always the bad one.” DeShields first discovered her talent after trying out for a solo in third grade. Coincidentally, the first solo she tried out for was from the latest SRTC musical, “Annie.” Unfortunately, she was not picked. However, soon after, DeShields was asked to perform in front of a large group of people for the first time, singing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” She then recieved the role of Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.” Encouraged and inspired by numerous compliments, she started to pursue acting and singing. DeShields first started formal training at Sanford with the guidance of Noel Williams who, as she says, has “helped me the most.” Her skills in reading music and developing tone have progressed in leaps and bounds under the teacher. The junior is humble and credits her success to Williams when people compliment her skills and tell her she should sing professionally. “I want to be successful, but I’m not sure I want to be a singer,” she said.

“Don’t be afraid to tell your parents - mine support me so much. Don’t let your parents decide what you want to do,” DeSheilds said. Based on her performance audition of “Waiting for Life to Begin” from “Once on this Island” and “Carousel” from the musical “Mr. Snow,” DeShields qualified for the next round of Delaware’s Classical Musical Theatre Competition. She chose the two pieces for their contrast and diversity. “Waiting for Life to Begin” is more contemporary, “very belty,” and “Carousel” is more classic, old-time theatre. The comments she received were positive and contained helpful, constructive criticism. DeShields will go to San Antonio, Texas over the summer and compete in the national contest.

“I’ve never been that far away from home, so I’m kind of scared.” she said. “But I see it as not being about competition, just a good learning experience.”

Despite being an immensely talented singer, DeShields acknowledges the harder aspects of being a teenager and encourages her fellow performers to do their best. “Try not to compare yourself to others,” she advises “I still do it, and it’s one of the hardest things to overcome.”

DeShields enjoys listening to the women of R&B and jazz from older times such as Etta James, Billie Holiday, Patty LaBelle, and Whitney Houston, as well as the more contemporary artists Mariah Carey and Ariana Grande. “I have an open heart and mind to every and any genre, whether it’s rap or country. I feel that if anyone really likes to sing, they can’t only listen to one type of music,” said DeSheilds. DeShields advises prospective singers to explore their passions.

Asia DeShields ‘15 sings “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in the Sanford Holiday Concert. THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED

10 career,” Hughes said. Todd Hughes ‘14 dunks at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Growing up watching his older cousin playing basketball, Todd was surrounded by a family that has ample experience with basketball. “I just fell in love with it,” Hughes said. “My father.” The words leapt out of Todd mouth immediately when he was asked who played the most important role in his basketball career. “My dad always pushes me to work hard.” Todd’s father having a high school basketball history of his own, knows about working hard. He always tells his son to pursue his dream by focusing on achieving it and to never stop working.

Success: A Slam-Dunk for

Todd Hughes Article by Jiaxuan Liu

Bounce. Jump. Shot. Score. These are smooth moves that Todd Hughes is familiar with. “Playing basketball has always been my dream,” Todd said with a smile. He has been playing basketball since he was seven, and started playing on the varsity team his freshman year at Sanford. Though he tried playing football and lacrosse, neither of them could replace the role of basketball. “Basketball just caught my eye and to me, it’s the most exciting sport. It’s the thing I’m best at,” Hughes said. The environment in which Todd grew up has influenced him in playing basketball. “My father said when I was a baby, he put a basketball in my THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED

“That’s what I love, and that’s what I should do.” Todd’s dad never let him settle because he knows if Todd settles, he will regret it.


Todd’s family supports the boys’ basketball team by attending their games.

At Sanford, Todd has watched how hard the players work to keep Sanford’s legacy. Winning two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, Sanford’s basketball players wanted to continue the success, and they did. When Todd played in 2011, the team won the championship again. However, the success could not go on without the players’ perspiration, and that was the biggest lesson that Todd has taken away with him in his career in Sanford.

University. Like many teenagers who play basketball, Todd is aiming at playing in a professional team in the NBA. Leaving this year, Todd wants the students who are coming to play basketball in Sanford to know that they should not let age determine how hard they work. “If you are a freshman, play like it is your last year as a senior,” Hughes said.

“Playing basketball showed me that no matter what you do, you can’t be lazy. You can look at basketball like life. If you’re lazy when it comes to working out, you can’t get what you want to get out of it, and you won’t be successful,” Hughes said. Todd recently scored the 1000th point in his career, but his bright future has just started. He hopes to attend one of the Division I schools that have looked at him and to have full scholarships there. These include Temple University, St. Peter’s University and Monmouth

Sanford’s 2014 varsity men’s basketball team THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED


Article by Brooke Finnicum

Successfully Serenades the state

Flats, sharps, quarter notes, and eighth rests may sound like a foreign language to many people, but these are music terms that students in Delaware AllState Chorus are familiar with. Seven Sanford Upper School students and two Middle School students have been selected to participate in the select chorus. Sponsored by the Delaware Music Educators Association, the chorus holds a selective audition process every winter for all Delaware high school students. The audition, which is held at Middletown High School, separates the students into rooms based on voice part; bass, tenor, alto, or soprano. There is a room designated for the first part of the audition singing a quartet, or a song that consists of all voice parts. A separate room is used for auditioning with the solo piece, a classical song in a foreign language. The solo piece room is also used for testing the student’s sight reading, or ability to sing music notes in the correct pitch and rhythm.

Altos in Mixed Choir included seniors Brooke Finnicum and Erica McGuarn and junior Emma Ziesing. Sopranos in Mixed Choir were junior Asia DeShields and sophomore Sarah Boone. Altos in Women’s Choir are seniors Emily Malafronti and Emma Heberton. Junior Chorus members consisted of Middle School students Lily Allingham and William Zimmer. Sanford students often practice for months for the All-State audition, usually starting to learn the audition music over the summer. “The songs are in different languages, so we went over the pronunciation of the words first. Once I knew the

Brooke Finnicum ‘14, Emma Ziesing ‘15, Sarah Boone ‘16, Emily Malafronti ‘14, Emma Heberton ‘14, Asia DeShields ‘15, and Erica McGaurn ‘14 were selected to performs in the 2014 Delaware All-State Chorus.


13 pronunciation, we combined the music with the words and practiced during every lesson,” junior Emma Ziesing explained. The audition can be nerve-racking for many students while singers who have been participating in All-State for several years may feel less anxiety about the process. Senior Emily Malafronti ranked 3rd place in the Alto 2 section.“You check in and do vocal warm up with everyone auditioning, which can be intimidating. There are a ton of a people that you don’t know but also people that you may know from your school or past years of being in All-State,” said Emily. “You can choose to go in to the quartet room or the solo and sight reading room first. I usually go in to the solo and sight reading room because sight reading is the most difficult part of the audition,” said junior Asia DeShields, who ranked 5th place in the Soprano 2 section. The audition is a “blind audition” where the judges in the room have their

backs turned to students so they can’t see who they are. The judges are often high school music teachers who could possibly judge a student that they know. This eliminates any bias that the teacher may factor in to the scores if they personally know a student. “In the quartet room, there is usually a fourpart harmony where you have to sing your voice part while the accompaniment plays the other voice parts,” said Malafronti. “They grade you on aspects of your singing such as tone, quality, classical style, pitch, rhythm, musicality, dynamics, and the inflection of your voice.” All-state Chorus takes the highest scoring singers in the state and places them in either Women’s Choir, or Mixed choir. Students miss two days of school and go to a high school in Delaware with their choir to learn the music pieces that they will perform in a concert at Dickinson High School. “The coolest part about All-state is getting to meet the director for the choir. I love how they make the process exciting while teaching us about music. Being around other talented students is also really fun,” DeShields said. Each year, Sanford students from the Upper School are accepted into Delaware AllState Chorus.

William Zimmer ‘19 and Lillian Allingham ‘18 were selected to perform in the 2014 Delaware Middle School All-State Chorus.



I don’t know about all this

SNOW Article by Jack Warren

The idea is simple: too much snow, no way to safely get to school, so don’t have school. Theoretically, it is a win-win situation: students don’t get hurt and schools don’t have to worry about social backlash over a student getting hurt. Historically, it has also meant a day off for both teachers and students, which is usually welcome during the busy winter season. However, in the always-on, always-connected world we live in today, snow days are actually dreaded by a lot of students. Why? The work. In an effort to meet deadlines and curriculum requirements, teachers are beginning to think of snow days as days on, not days off. Often, teachers will email worksheets, projects, or instructions for writing an essay or reading from a textbook. However, when students actually go to school, they get other things as well, such as real life examples, discussions, questions answered, group work, and more. In addition, when students are in school, teachers are able to gauge comprehension, and whether there is a need to review the topic at hand. All of those things do not translate into an email with an attachment.

The result from teachers’ giving the work is that the students do the work. They turn the work in when school resumes, and the teachers may or may not grade it. Often, because the teachers are slammed with grading to do after every student had a simultaneous deadline, the assignments are not graded, and either stay in students’ binders or reside in some pile somewhere. Several days or weeks later, there will be inevitably be a test or quiz on previous material, and suddenly people are consistently missing questions. Patterns arise, and almost all students are missing the same questions. Some may miss more than others, and that is usual, but the point of a test is to both prove mastery and force students to gain mastery. If everyone is missing the same questions, then that means that the students haven’t mastered the material, and so haven’t learned. Teachers take a step back and look THE SANFORD SCHOOL SEED

at the big picture, and might think: “But I’ve taught everything in the test.” Often, teachers forget about that hole that was planted and glossed over weeks ago. Yes, all the students did the work, but they all missed so many other things, that the haven’t fulfilled the point of the work, which is to learn. One or two snow days are not insurmountable mountains of missed material to make up; it might require an extra half hour or so while studying to look up the definitions of a few things, and that is all fine and well. But get to six or seven snow days, days where students practically skipped a class while the curriculum moved on ahead, and then suddenly the students’ tower of knowledge is looking a lot like a block of Swiss cheese. So what do the students do? They either sink or swim. Students either give up, don’t care, or forget to find extra time in busy schedules to get help or teach themselves material, or they pack in what they can, often sacrificing thoroughness and learning just to pass the test and have a grade their parents won’t balk at. At the end of it all, at the end of the school year, teachers might take another step back and look at the grades over time for the year. It’s not an unknown fact that at Sanford, grades dip over the winter. Surprisingly, some teachers try to give advice at the start of the winter season that “Second trimester is difficult, so make sure you are paying attention in class and doing your work.” That advice is good, if it wasn’t completely missing a lot of the reasons why grades dip. Students aren’t in class as much in the first place, and the work isn’t a substitute for coming to school. As it stands now, teachers can’t just skip the days either, because they have curricular and grade deadlines they need to meet. As we begin in the 3rd trimester of the 20132014 school year, I think it is important to realize that something needs to give, and it might be in the best interest of the school if that thing was not the students’ sanity. Maybe that means not giving work over snow days or maybe that means not having the snow days in the first place, but nevertheless, change is needed.



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Lillian Allingham ‘18 and Christopher Malafronti ‘14 make funny faces during SRTC’s spring performance of Annie.

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