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A Norfolk Academy Upper School Publication — 1585 Wesleyan Drive Norfolk, VA 23502 — December 2018 Issue

A Solar-Powered School

Patrick McElroy ’19 Over the past year, we have seen many amazing panels were installed on the Lower School and additions to Norfolk Academy, from the Massey 510 on the Middle School. Building to the Wynne-Darden stadium to the It is hard to understate the significance of complete renovation of the Lower School. What this project. The solar on Norfolk Academy is you might not know is that right now, as you enough to power eighty homes, and it should be read this, something entirely new is being add- able to reduce the carbon footprint of the school ed to the school–solar. The project began with a by over thirty percent. The panels have a range group of parents that gathered the funding to of other benefits, from reducing the school’s buy around one million dollars worth of solar electricity costs to shading the roof, which repanels for the school. The group created a sep- duces the need for air-conditioning. On top of all arate organization in order to be able to claim of this, they are rated to last for fifty years, with tax breaks that Norfolk Academy as a non-prof- a wind tolerance higher than the roof itself. But it organization could not. Destin Rodgers, a se- perhaps the best part of this renovation is the nior, designed the logo for the project. Norfolk example NA sets by doing this. Academy plans to pay these parents back fully Norfolk Academy strives to be a leader in only seven years through tax breaks and the within our local community, and committing to significant reduction in the cost of the school’s solar installation shows that we are a part of the electricity. solution in one of the most critical issues fac In May of this year, installation began on ing this area: climate change. NA will also be the maintenance building near Virginia Wesley- implementing touch kiosks to educate students an. In just a few days, almost the entire building about the panels, and perhaps other schools will was covered in solar panels. However, the main- soon follow in our footsteps. Norfolk Academy is tenance shed was not the only building to re- blazing the trail in renewable power and inspirceive this solar renovation. In September, solar ing a new generation to learn more about how to installation began on both the Lower and Mid- make our planet a healthier, better place. dle Schools. Over the past month, about 1,200


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Sports Fall Sports Spotlight: Football Jonny Hines ’19 The Norfolk Academy varsity football team

recently finished their season with a loss at

productive season, holding opponents to

Flint Hill in the state semifinals, but the

twenty-one points or less on five separate

Bulldogs scrapped their way to a 6-3 regular

occasions. The defensive line was anchored

season record. With the loss of key players

by all-conference picks Lorenzo Thompson

like TCIS Player of the Year Christian Ran-

and Guil Ware, alongside Ray Fitzgerald,

dolph (quarterback) and first-team selections

Robert Frazier, Leif Smith, and Jack Lim-

Tyler Tabor (running back), Zach Minor

roth. David Byler earned all-conference hon-

(offensive line), Campbell Pozin (kick return-

ors as linebacker, playing alongside Jasper

er), and Will Spivey (defensive back), several

Doyle, Colin Looney, and Max Minder. Elijah

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players stepped up to fill leadership roles.

Quamley was outstanding in coverage and

tackling at the Bulldogs’ hybrid linebacker/

into the starting quarterback job, passing for

defensive back position.

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over 1,600 yards and thirteen touchdowns.

Landon Porter served as the feature tailback

Keels showed promise as an all-conference

in the Bulldog offense, earning first-team

cornerback, and Elijah Holt locked down the

all-conference honors with more than 1,000

other side of the field. Young safeties Nate

yards on the ground. Jasper Doyle was an

Dickinson and Will Inderlied stepped into

excellent second option at running back for

starting roles seamlessly. Colin Looney was

NA, powering his way in for seven touch-

a dependable kicker and punter all season

downs. Ben Locke was also a dangerous

on special teams. AJ Keels and Max Minder

running threat and earned first-team honors

made a name for themselves in kick/punt cov-

as a wide receiver. All-conference tight end

erage as well. Ben Locke earned an all-con-

David Byler was a reliable option over the

ference selection as a kick returner with a

middle of the field, and also served as a solid

touchdown against St. John Paul the Great.

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Co-Editors-in-Chief Solomon Duane ’19 Maiya Foleck ’19 Junior Editor J.R. Herman ’20 Faculty Adviser Mrs. Charlotte Zito ’99 Contributors Katharine Barbour ’19 Matthew Bonner ’19 Jonny Hines ’19 Cabell Jones ’19 Jacob Knapp ’19 Patrick McElroy ’19 Megan Robinson ’19 William Smythe ’20

Drew Duffy comfortably stepped

blocker alongside Ray Fitzgerald and Leif Smith. Jabril Lewis, Elijah Holt, and Wilson Traywick manned the wide receiver position for Norfolk Academy, combining for three touchdowns through the air. NA’s offensive production was made possible by offensive linemen Lorenzo Thompson, Max Polio, Guil Ware, Robert Frazier, Zach Suttle, and Daniel Moscoso.

Norfolk Academy’s defense had a

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sports Winter Season Senior Athlete Spotlights Megan Robinson ’19 The closure of an outstanding fall athletics season brings on a fresh winter season. Many athletes, including our seniors, are excited to compete for new titles and face new competition. Emma Somers: If there is one person Norfolk Academy knows is a runner, it’s Emma Somers! Emma has been on the team ever since she was eligible to play sports at Norfolk Academy. Running for three seasons a year for the past six years, Emma has become extremely knowledgeable in track and field. Emma eagerly explained: “I love the people I run with because all of us have grown super close. Track is something that defines who I am, and the meets are always so social and fun. It is so fulfilling to share something I love with so many people. I love track because it brings different people with different skill sets together. As far as being a runner, it pushes me in a way nothing else can. The rush of racing is something I will never get tired of.” When recalling her best experiences on the team, Emma excitedly said, “My favorite memory was watching my fellow teammate, Ellie Vest, run at states in 2015 and win the 4x4 race at the line to St. Catherines. We were supposed to lose by 46 points and ended up winning by 6 points. It was such an adrenaline rush, and I began to understand why track was a team sport. Everyone did their job, no matter what it was, and fulfilled their role for the entire team. It was an emotional day, but that relay was by far the best moment.”

As for her personal and overall goals for the year, she says she would like “to go 17 feet or more in long jump, and over 10 feet in pole vaulting. I am aiming to win states in the vault! As far as running, I really want to keep the momentum we had last year on our 4x800 team. Also, running a 3:12 in the 1000m would be awesome!” She has contributed significantly to the Academy’s athletic program for a long period, and Emma will continue to compete at John Hopkins University, where she will be running for the Women’s Track and Field Team! Best of luck, Emma! Cameron Lloyd: Cameron Lloyd is one of our top runners on the boys varsity Track and Field team. Over the past four years, he has contributed greatly to his team not only with his incredible performances in races, but also by his ability to raise the spirits of his fellow teammates. As for personal goals, he “would like to go sub 50 seconds in the 400 meter dash” and “beat our school record from last year in the 4x400 meter relay with another great group of guys.” Cameron states, “I tend to bring in a lot of points in my hurdle and sprint races, and I try to be a good leader and role model, especially for the younger and newer athletes on the team.” Cameron’s funniest memory over the past four years happened last year at the state meet, “before the 4x400 meter relay.” Cameron explains, “I have a tendency to get really nervous before races which often

results in me feeling sick with nerves, and potentially throwing up. My teammates, Bascombe, Campbell and Alex were all joking me about it. But then, right before the race, Pozin walks up to the trashcan and throws up too… and then Alex… and even Bascombe! Bascombe then said, ‘Heck, let’s go run this!’. We ran and we absolutely crushed the school record!” This year Cameron will be competing in the 300 meter, 55 meter hurdles, 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay, and pole vaulting. Way to go Cameron!

Emme Pike: Emme’s Norfolk Academy swimming career began as a JV swimmer in the eighth grade. In ninth grade, she made Varsity and has been on the team ever since. Emme has gained a position on the Bates College Women Swimming Team!


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Over the past three years, Emme has competed in multiple events, including Breastroke in the 200 medley relay, the 200 individual medley, and the 100 breastroke. Her personal goal for the year is to break 1:06 in the 100 Breastroke, and to potentially beat the record of her former teammate, Callie Dickinson. Emme’s sprint breaststroke is a key component to our 200 medley Relay, a relay which could be in the top five at state this year, as she finaled at state in the 100 breaststroke last year. When speaking about her life on the swim team, Emme says, “The best part about being a swimmer is the relationships we have formed, not only amongst the seniors, but every member of the team. I look forward to seeing them in the pool everyday and cheering them on during races.” Thinking about her favorite memories, Emme stated, “whether it’s on a bus to states or just to a normal meet, everyone is always so excited and supportive of each other. Last year, when the girls placed second at the state meet by .5 points, the guys team was really supportive, and one of the seniors came over and gave Callie and me a hug because we were crying. I think that really just shows that we are ‘one team, one family’ like we always say.” Go Emme!

team spirit and being a part of a family!” Paul will continue to make Norfolk Academy proud, as he will be joining Emme Pike at Bates College to swim on the Men’s Swimming Team! Way to go Paul! Seth Lucas: Seth Lucas has been a varsity athlete on the wrestling team since middle school. Having competed for many years, he has gained lots of experience in the sport of wrestling. Seth hopes to accomplish many Paul Southern: goals during his final year. Paul Southern is known for “Winning states is an obvibeing one of the top male ous goal,” he says, “but also swimmers at Norfolk Academy. He has swum for the past making sure the program will maintain and build upon the ten years, and he has even sense of family and the enthubeen a part of Tide Swimsiasm for wrestling, which is ming, a local swim team. something I helped to begin Paul’s races include the 50 by doing team bonding events Free, 100 Free, 100 Breastoutside of school and offseastroke, and multiple relays. son.” He was an all-state and all Seth’s favorite memory TCIS-Relay contributor last was “when Coach Bousman year, and he will be critical was kicked off the mat for to the team’s relay success at arguing with the referee. He states again this year. then moved to the bleachers When asked about his and still yelling at the ref, personal goal for the year, he stated that he “wants to make said, ‘I’m not on the mat, and I’m still right!’” Seth hopes it the most enjoyable year on to set a positive example for the swim team and in school, many of his younger teamas well as to make some new friends.” Paul exclaimed, “My mates. Seth said, “There are best memory at both Norfolk a bunch of motivated, young guys on the team that want Academy, and on the swim team, was winning states last to win, so keeping them focused and the intensity up is year for the first time since 1999.” He also said, “The best important to help them reach their goals.” part about being a swimmer on the team is the feeling of


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Chelsea Worthy: One of our outstanding basketball athletes is senior Chelsea Worthy. She is no stranger to the court, as she has been on the Varsity team since the ninth grade. She plays guard, but is flexible to play the majority of positions, and thus contributes greatly to her team. Chelsea hopes to achieve both personal and team success this year stating, “My personal goal is to do the best I can do for my team in order to be TCIS champions again this year.” When reflecting on her love for basketball, she stated, “I have always had a love for basketball. I have been playing ever since I was about five, and my dad would always take me to work on my ball handling and shooting. I just have a love for how fast-paced the game is. I also love having the opportunity to bond and create relationships with my teammates.”

One of Chelsea’s favorite moments on the basketball team is when they won TCIS Championships. She says, “My team ran together and started jumping and celebrating. A rush of energy overtook the crowd and my teammates. The feeling was like no other.” Best of luck to Chelsea and her fellow teammates on the girls varsity basketball team! Neil Malik: Neil Malik has been a strong contributor to the Academy’s Varsity basketball program for the past three years. As a captain and third year veteran, Neil has plenty of experience of what it takes to make a team and to play on the court. He plays both shooting guard and point guard on the team. Neil states, “My favorite aspect about being on the basketball team is definitely the atmosphere. Usually, there are a lot of fans at our games, and it’s really fun to play when your friends, teachers, and family are there to cheer you on.” He continued to touch on the topic of being on the team by stating, “I think that I bring experience to the team, and I’m able to help my teammates who haven’t been playing varsity for that long. I’m also a leader on the court, so if we aren’t making shots I try and take it up myself to inspire my teammates and change the momentum of the game.” When it comes to basketball, Neil is one to put the team first before himself.

“The system and values that our team plays by doesn’t really have any room for personal goals,” he exclaimed. He went on to say, “It’s more team first. With that being said, I think the team’s goal is definitely to win the championship again, but also to reach our potential and play together.” The boys basketball team hopes to build on last year’s TCIS Championship success. Big games before the holidays include the home opener on November 28th, as well as games on December 4th and 11th. Additionally, the TCIS conference opener against Steward is on Friday, December 14th. Come support Neil and his team! Go Bulldogs!


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Opinion America, Why Don’t You Just Meet Me in the Middle? I’m Losing My Mind Just a Little... Katharine Barbour ’19 In the blood sport that is American politics, there’s something to be said for the middle ground. In 2018, it seems as if we have only two options: conservative or liberal. Republican or Democrat. And these parties are at each other’s throats over every political issue. The idea that you have to sign up— hook, line, and sinker—for a party’s platform has become a plague on our country. This “my way or the highway” mentality leaves many voters feeling unrepresented and forgotten. I hesitate to pile on the media in this ridiculous era of “fake news,” but they do bear some responsibility. Publishers know that sensationalism sells, so they feed off the far ends of the political spectrum, giving extensive air time and column inches to viewpoints that, in reality, reflect the thinking of a small minority. The radical fringes have become the face of American politics. The political reality, though, is very different. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, 42% of Americans identify as political independents. Moreover, the midterm election results prove that Americans are far more politically moderate than we appear. Red states aren’t actually that red, and blue states aren’t as true blue as we thought.

Texas, a famously red state, had its closest Senate race in 40 years, with Republican Ted Cruz defeating Democrat Beto O’Rourke with just over 50% of the vote. Countless other states had extremely tight elections too, with some still counting votes. So why is an openly liberal girl writing about independents? Shouldn’t she be advocating for her own political party? To tell you to the truth, I don’t think Democrats will achieve much while President Trump is in office, and a future where the far left and far right join hands and sing Kumbaya seems unrealistic. As conservatives and liberals grow increasingly intolerant, our political union appears to be lurching toward disaster. If there’s any hope for progress and compromise in the future, it lies in the hands of independents and moderates. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advising you to remain neutral on issues. I want you to have opinions. I want you to care. But if, like the majority of my political science class, you fall somewhere in the middle of the political spectrum—with views tinted purple— you have an important role to play in our country. You have the power to change our nation’s political discourse by redirecting the conversation. You have the power to reunite America.


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POlitics Acosta-ing the Press: Trump’s Violation of the First Ammendment

William Smythe ’20 The President is in some hot water after an al- The conservative-based news platform tercation with a CNN reporter, resulting in the Fox News openly supported CNN in their efrevocation of his press credentials from the forts, promising to file briefs for the network’s White House. Jim Acosta, correspondent for lawsuit. Sarah Sanders, current White House the major news organization CNN, asked Presi- press secretary, countered CNN and Fox’s efdent Trump a few questions about the impend- forts to undermine the power of the President ing caravan only to be met by stiff resistance by exclaiming that Acosta “put his hands on” from the commander-in-chief. The Trump Ad- the White House intern who attempted to steal ministration and Acosta have a long history of his microphone away during the altercation. In fierce, standoffish behavior in press conferences, addition, a memo released by the administraso it is not completely surprising to see such an tion argued that the President has “absolute action by the President after years of disagree- discretion” over journalist access and that “no ment. journalist has the First Amendment right to However, Trump’s bold and controversial enter the White House.” reaction to the questions of a reporter, whose Due to the heightened tensions between words are protected by the First Amendment as the media and President Trump throughout the a member of a free press, has resulted in wide- first two years of his presidency, the revocation spread backlash across many news organiza- of Acosta’s press credentials is simply a boiling tions. An issue that reaches across the aisle, the over of long-standing disagreements with the restriction on free speech and the mobility of President and the correspondents of the White the free press prompted CNN to retaliate with House. The media should always have the First a lawsuit against the administration for viola- Amendment right to exercise their freedom of tions of the Fifth and First Amendments of the speech, no matter the platform, as compromisConstitution. ing these wears away at our foundations of an open and liberal press.


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Satire Students in First Row at Chapel Anxiously Await Call-Out by Mr. Manning Matthew Bonner ’19 and Jacob Knapp ’19

It seemed like just another normal morning at the Academy. All of the students of Tunstall were sitting in their seats at chapel, minding their own beeswax, when suddenly, Mr. Manning appeared from behind the curtain with a grin on his face. He took the stage; no, not took, rather, he commanded the stage. Instantly, the mood changed in Johnson Theater. A feeling of buyers-remorse overcame all of the seniors sitting in the front row, including our dear friend, Brendan “B” Kastner.

“I thought it was Lorenzo’s speech! I didn’t know Mr. Manning had chapel!” lamented Kastner. “I thought it would just be another normal morning!” Little did Brendan know, this chapel would change his life forever.

Every senior in the front row knew it: the headmaster was bound to call one of them out. The only question was: who? Suddenly, Mr. Manning turned to dear Brendan. He locked eyes with our friend, as if to warn him of what was to come. Then, Mr. Manning bellowed, “Big plans for this weekend, Brendan?” B sat there like a stone wall, unsure of how to respond. Sweat covered his brow, and he began to feel light-headed. Brandon decided to muster his courage and meet Manning’s challenge. Our friend sheepishly replied, “Uh, yes sir, Mr. Manning.” Mr. Manning only nodded his head, considering B’s response. And then, just as quickly as he had appeared, he was gone. This trial by fire that our dear friend endured is not an isolated incident; seniors across Tunstall fear the chapel callout. Sitting in the front row has its benefits, such as feeling as though you can reach out and touch the senior speaker.

As a rose has its thorns, so too does the front row present its dangers, as Brendan discovered. “I thought I would be expelled if I answered incorrectly!” Brendon exclaimed. Mr. Manning is a man of mystery. No one can quite predict when he might grace us with his presence in chapel. The chapel call-out keeps us on our toes and throws a wrench of unpredictability into our otherwise mundane lives. While the chapel call-out can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience, as B discovered, a nod of approval by Mr. Manning for a well-timed response is something that we hope every senior gets the chance to experience. The chapel callout is as beloved as it is feared, and we hope that Mr. Manning continues this sacred tradition. Just know that when those sturdy, mahogany doors close behind you as you walk into Johnson, all bets are off. I have acted honorably in completing this assignment. Matthew and Jake


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Tunstall Polls Survey Says: What Music Do Tunstall Students Like? Cabell Jones ’19 A few weeks ago, I sent out a poll to the entirety of Tunstall. It held three questions. For the first two questions, the students could check as many answers as they wished, including a customizable answer. For the last, they could only choose one of three options. The poll received 116 responses within five days. Here, I will discuss the results. In question one, “What kinds of music do you love?,” everything below the “I don’t listen to music” line was a custom answer. Four people independently filled in “Indie.” “Sad rap,” wrote one, while another wrote “Weezer.” Some answers were long enough to vanish from the chart: “Musical Soundtracks (ie. Wicked),” “90’s rap, the good genre,” and “Lo-fi hip hop beats, classical.” The coolest thing about this question was the variation I found in music tastes. Some people checked almost every box. Many clicked only one and continued. Others chose both Bluegrass and Rap, or other unexpected combinations. A few friends told me that they chose “disco” because they had no idea what disco music was. This adds error to my poll, though I cannot calculate exactly how much. I purposefully left question two, “What kinds of music do you dislike?”, optional, just to see how many people were eager to bash their least favorite genres. What fascinated me was how people responded to this question. Some were hesitant, kind, or open-minded, some voted against a few genres or selected “None”. The two fill-ins were absolutely vicious, such as one student who not only voted

against Country music, but filled in “Really don’t like country” for good measure. The second fill-in was too long to fit next to its box on the chart: “All the ones i chose have no talent.” The majority love Freebird! Only 7.8% hate it. The rest are confused by the question. To cure this injustice, I will provide a brief explanation: if you are a musician without the safety of an orchestra, contract, or row of personal bodyguards, someone may corner you at a gig and request an eight-minute song named “Freebird.” A domino effect will take place until the entire crowd begs you to play the masterpiece. It is an incurable plague that haunts every stage, every coffeehouse, and every concert. I, for one, welcome it, for the sake of tradition and humor. After this poll, I have some solid advice for all of you: if you like a hated genre of music, don’t be scared to champion it. If you hate a certain genre of music, understand that reasonable people can enjoy it, just like you enjoy your favorite tunes. We’re all going to die one day, so let’s spend our time jamming out to what we love and accepting the music we dislike.Except for Freebird. That’s an undeniable bop.


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academics Midterm Exam Advice J.R Herman ’20 It’s getting to be that time of the year! Not only are the days getting shorter and colder, but the formidable midterm exams are just around the corner! The mere mention of exams tends to provoke fear and angst amongst students, and with this article, I hope to lessen that stress by providing exam information and advice. The Norfolk Academy examination process has undergone several major changes. For example, English and History exams have been eliminated in the Upper School, replaced by papers and projects. Examinations start on December 17th, math being first, followed by science and foreign language. Exams begin each morning at 9:30 A.M. Students have two hours to complete the exam, with no grace period. Exams now account for only twenty percent of the semester grade, rather than twenty-five percent. Below is a list of tips that I hope will prove useful as you make your exam preparations. Begin organizing your papers a week or two before exams. An organized binder allows you to easily access all old quizzes, tests, and notes that you may need. Once you have begun studying, you don’t want to waste time searching for papers. Keep your desk neat, as a messy desk can be distracting. I recommend looking through the study guide a few days before the exam, in order to determine the areas you need to work on the most. Once you have identified the areas where you struggle, read the section of the textbook that corresponds to this type of problem,

and do a few similar problems to ensure you have grasped the material. By reviewing the study guide early, you have time to go to your teacher for extra help if you need it. Also, if you have the time, try to complete most of the packet two or three days before the exam, so you will not be rushing to finish it on the night before the exam. On the day before your exam, rework any problems on the study guide that you missed the night before, so they will be fresh in your mind. Realize that you most likely should study things that are not in the study guide. Reread your notes, and make sure you have memorized all required formulas. Rework old tests and quizzes, even the problems that you got right, because you may have forgotten how to do them. Create a study plan. It is important to know which subject requires the most studying. Devote ample time to this subject, but make sure not to neglect studying for other exams. In addition, use your study hall time wisely in the days leading up to the exam. This next piece of advice is specific to the foreign language exams. For many people, myself included, the listening section is the most daunting part of the exam. It is often helpful to do listening practices ahead of time in order to feel prepared and more confident. During the listening section, listen for background noises and the tone of voices, as they often provide clues that will allow you to understand what is happening, even if you are having difficulty understand-

ing the dialogue. Try to listen for key words and think about what logically makes sense. Breaks are important, so take frequent but short breaks. The night before an exam, it is tempting to cram, but taking a five minute break here and there is actually beneficial and increases focus. However, when you are working, try to eliminate all distractions, particularly those from your phone, and remember to reward yourself for successful studying with something you enjoy. Don’t go to bed too late. This is hard. Trust me, I know. Try to stop studying by eleven. All nighters often lead to careless errors that can prevent you from performing well. As for the actual exam, be sure to take your time answering questions. If you see a question and are unsure of how to do it, skip the problem and don’t worry about it. After you have completed the rest of the exam and feel comfortable with your other answers, come back to it. Most importantly, remember to stay calm and take a deep breath.


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seasonal What holiday traditions do you and your family have? “We always go to the movies, and then go out for Chinese food on Christmas.” Shelby Brown ’19

“My twelve cousins and I gather on the stairs and take a picture every year, so we can see how much we’ve grown.” John Leo Luecke ’19

“My dad, me, and all of our friends come together and play a big flag football game.” Nicholas Sabatino ’19

“My family and I always go to our lake house and we celebrate with my grandma.” Reilly Husson ’19

Baking for the Holidays: Thumbprint Cookies From the Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook by Ina Garten Ingredients: 3 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature) 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 3 ½ cups all purpose flour ¼ teaspoon kosher salt 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash) 7 ounces sweetened flaked coconut Jam (Raspberry) Preparation: Preheat oven to 350 °F Mix butter and sugar, add vanilla. Slowly mix while adding flour mixture Once mixed, dump onto floured board and roll together into a flat disc Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes Roll into balls Dip each ball into egg wash then roll in coconut Place ball on cookie sheet and make small indentation with thumb Put jam into the indentation Bake for 20-25 minutes until the coconut is a golden brown Allow to cool and serve!

The Belfry staff wishes you a very merry holiday season!

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