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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Vol. CXXXVI, Number 18
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
CLASS OF 2014 SAYS GOODBYE Exeter Looks to the Future
Newest Alums: Conscientious, Passionate, Bold
By REX tERCEK Staff Writer
To meet the social and technological challenges of the 21st century and to distinguish Exeter from other academic institutions, Principal Thomas Hassan spent the 2013-14 school year discussing the Academy’s future strategic plans. As part of strategic planning, the Academy
By JACK HIRSCH, toMMY SoNG and REX tERCEK Staff Writers
The 317 seniors of the Class of 2014, knit together by a warmhearted spirit and a dedication to the greater good, marched across the stage to graduate this Sunday, June 8, at the 233rd Commencement Ceremony. Principal Tom Hassan, who became princi-
diversity issues on campus: leadership training and professional development, employee connections, policy and practice, staff and student relations and power imbalances at the Academy. The Equity and Diversity Committee narrowed
the Class of 2014 arrived at Exeter, said that this graduating class was exceptional for its altruism and global awareness. “What sets the Class of 2014 apart for me is the seniors’ commitment to community – in and outside of Exeter,” Hassan said. “There are so many
of extensive surveys and discussions, and Hassan expects to implement changes in the future to further improve community life at Exeter. At the dawn of strategic planning, Hassan hosted two faculty and staff meetings; one in early February to summarize Exeter’s intended action steps and another later that month for faculty and staff to respond to the proposed initiatives. “The meetings were largely devoted to my bringing faculty and staff up-to-speed on why we need to plan and offer some initial thoughts as we are about to begin planning with them this spring,” Hassan said. has undergone the strategic planning process in 15 years. Hassan noted the importance of the equity and diversity work at the Academy.
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2013-2014 Year Sees Half as Many DC Cases By PHIlIP KUHN and toMMY SoNG
cases resulted in probations and three concluded in RTWs (Requirement to Withdraw). Similar
This past academic year, the Academy’s discipline committee (DC) reviewed 56 cases,
cases resulted from illegal visitations, but other charges included lying, failure to follow faculty instructions and inappropriate behavior. Of the 48, 11 cases resulted in restrictions with review. Whereas 43 percent of the discipline com-
minor cases. The committee experienced a sharp decrease in disciplinary charges from the previous school year’s record of 101 cases. According to Dean of Residential Life AJ
the issue of drug use in the 2012-13 school year, drug use became a less frequent topic in
related to plagiarism, harassment, possession of -
believed that this was due to a decrease in drug usage within the student body. “It was a quiet year for the Discipline Committee, and I attribute that to the decrease in the number of kids who are using drugs and alcohol on campus,” he said. Cosgrove attributed this to a change in culture in dorms which previously used alcohol and drugs more frequently. “Still there are people who use it, but it seems like the culture that tolerated use in dormitories has shifted a little
something they did because it was the right thing to do for others, including members of their own class. For the Class of 2014, connection and caring have been second nature.” Other members of the community have been equally moved by the class’ warm-hearted character. “I have loved working with them for their lovely sense of humor, for the pleasure that they took in each others' company in and out of the classroom, and for their willingness to do cheerfully the important work that they took on, again, in and out of the classroom,” science instructor Townley Chisholm said. “We are a kind, good-spirited and hardworking class,” senior class president Nate Moulton said. Science instructor and senior class adviser Elizabeth Stevens emphasized the graduating class’ strong moral values. “I feel that this senior students who work hard, and try to do the right thing,” Stevens said. “Compared to other classes there have only been a few DC cases over the four years. There are so many young men and women whom I will really miss.” The graduating seniors also noted their class’s deep dedication towards solving problems both in See 2014, A2
See DC, A2
A First Time for Everything
A Four-Year Senior Reflects on Her Time at the Academy By JACQUIE KIM Contributing Writer
“Hey, don’t tell anyone.” “Don’t tell anyone what?” “That I like you.” First-times are not perfect. My thirdgrade crush’s confession of his feelings for me failed to meet Courtesy of Alison Dowski my expectations of romance. In fact, I was so disappointed that I stared at him, red-faced, and chased after a group of my friends who were walking ahead. But I still remember this moment. It was the
the keycard sweeper until the satisfying click is heard and I have sat at the same D-Hall table with the same group of people for four years After a while, I started missing “first times.” I missed the exhilaration I felt as I slid down the hill on a black trash bag, spraying mud and rain water from my sides, the glee bridge into the gentle water, and the awe that Amanda Zhou/The Exonian
dizzying. Always speaking in English was an experience in itself, and Exeter’s trademark brick buildings looked daunting as well. After my dad dropped me off with a hasty “good luck,” I refused to spend time with my roommate or even eat regularly. After an unnerving
time” experience. common saying that holds incredible truth. I remember my confusion when I tried opening the door to my dorm, having forgotten about the keycard system, the anxiety of sleeping through my morning classes even after setting one in D-Hall to sit with. But I got used to all
that my dad had given me, detailing how to do laundry, where to put away my socks and which shop I should visit to buy the cheapest binders. However, even these pages steeped in my dad’s love didn’t help me. Classes were still daily nightmares, and meeting people who seemed perpetually happy was petrifying; but most of all, I distinctly remember the horror of
ing up at 7:53 a.m. and still making it to 8 a.m. class, honed the art of rubbing my backpack on
Inside The Exonian’s Graduation Issue REFLECTIONS Seniors, alumni and faculty discuss their experiences at Exeter. Learn how the Academy has affected each contributor. See Section B.
The Senior Acting Ensemble performs its rendition of The Mahabharata.
iPad Requirement Among Tech Changes By PHIlIP KUHN and toMMY SoNG Staff Writers
From the installation of campus-wide Wi-Fi network services to the migration of the outdated webmail system, to the implementation of the iPad requirement, ITS (Information Technology Services) made sweeping changes this past year. The year began with the continuation of the Wi-Fi expansion tation of wireless networks in dormitories, was completed before the anticipated December deadline. Director of Information Technology Services Diane Fandrich said that ITS has received positive feedback. “I know [Director of Dining Services] Ward Ganger is very happy because the dining halls are busy all the time now that kids come to work there. So I think it went extremely well.”
The cloth benches soaked up the heat
Academy community, some felt that there are still ways in which it could be improved. Upper Joshua Desmond expressed a desire for stronger and more stable connections. “The switch from Ethernet to
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SPORTS Visit sections E, F and G to catch up with Big Red’s season performances.
Exonians embark on the next chapter of their lives. See the matriculation list on A4-A5.
Curran Sullivan, captain of wrestling and lacrosse, is Male Athlete of the Year. See E9.
Each year, prizes in all departments are awarded to exemplary Exonians. See this year’s recipients on A10-11.
LIFE hockey and lacrosse, is Female Athlete of the Year. See E9.
Read about the Academy’s culture and community in Sections D and H.
Visit media.theexonian.com to view photographs from this year’s prom and graduation ceremony. Order prints of your favorite snapshots for friends, family or a brand new alum.
A Class of Talents to be Missed 2014, continued from A1
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All Students to Own iPads in Coming Year TECH, continued from A1 Wi-Fi was actually kind of a down-side for me, because the connection is less reliable and there are
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Students in the PEA Dance Company perform an interpretative dance, utilizing the renowned Harkness table.
Student Organizations Raise Gender Discussion Summer Brings By JOONHO JO and TOMMY SONG Staff Writers
From “Why so Gendered?” posters posted campuswide to a cardboard Eiffel tower covered with signs to a Tumblr blog titled “Phillips Exeter Academy Needs Feminism,” a series of highly controversial gender-and-sexuality-related activist events swamped the Exeter campus this past year. The events, mostly initiated by an anonymous group of Exonians, prompted heated discussion among the student population and the greater Academy community. ing the last week of September, covering bulletin boards of Academy buildings, windows and bathroom doors. The signs included a copy of the E Book’s dress code guidelines, with the words “For Boys” and “For Girls” highlighted. Although the intent of the posters was ambiguous, they sparked dialogue about gender issues on campus, such as dress code and co-ed bathrooms.
Many students felt that the second wave of activism, which came in early October, was more provocative than the last. The placards, covering a wider range of topics, covered entire bulletin boards in the Academy Building. The posters featured various questions, including “When did you consent to letting strangers decide what you look like naked?” and “When did you consent to rules that deny the existence and validity of gay relationships?” In response, some students created satirical posters that resembled the activists’, including one that read: “Have you ever been subject to a cheesy rhetorical question?” The final round of posters occurred this April, when they were pasted onto a handmade cardboard Eiffel tower from Jazz Brunch and placed in the middle of the Academic Quad, which was later moved in front of Phillips Hall. The posters featured controversial statements as before, such as “Do you ever think about the gender of your deans?”
Director of Student Activities Joanne Lembo said that although the posters succeeded in sparking dialogue among the student body, the anonymous students who created the posters made the wrong decision when they placed the posters without considering school rules on advertising with posters. “The posting policy in the Academy Center is one poster per bulletin board, so that there’s an equal advertisement for all groups,” Lembo said. “Whenever there is a violation of the policy, we take things down regardless of the content, and we followed our procedure with the ‘Why so gendered?’ posters.” Some students felt that the posters were an ineffective means of sending the intended message to the general student body, describing them as denunciatory and aggressive. “The tone sounded accusative to me,” lower Tim Wu said. “The campaign was good in that it was thought-provoking, but I do not think it was doing so in an informative way. It See GENDER, A6
Prep Pass/Fail Term Piloted
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Elm Street Dining Hall, Love Gym and Webster Hall will undergo renovations this summer. Additionally, fundraising support for an addition to the current music building has progressed to 80 percent of the total funds needed. The Court Street site on top of the tennis courts forming arts center. Elm Street Dining Hall will undergo a major renoFacilities Management will focus renovations on the student area of the dining hall. Instead of only two hot food lines, this area will be split into multiple serving stations. This will spread out the long lines and reduce waiting time for meals. New lighting for serving areas and entrees will be installed, along with a new book bag storage unit system oven is currently being planned in order to allow for the implementation of new menu concepts. New refrigeration and hot-holding equipment will also be installed to help
campus, so we hope these upgrades will offer an exciting new atmosphere for those who spend much of their time in the dining hall,” he said. the weight room is currently in good condition, some students and faculty cited lack of space as a disadvantage. The new weight room will be 9,000 square feet, as opposed to the current 3,200 square feet, according to Director of Athletics Robert Morris. The renovation will begin during the late summer,
“I thought pass/fail was really helpful because the transition period is always the hardest on grades,” prep Carissa Chen said. “It helps students transition smoothly by allowing them to branch out more, explore the school opportunities, get into clubs and meet more students.” Prep Cameron Gruss also stressed the importance of pass/fail allowing him more time to take a look at the campus and become a better part of the community. “Pass/Fail is a great system. Although my grades were better during winter term, I think it allowed me some time to adjust to the new environment that I was suddenly placed into,” Gruss said. “I just did not feel as much pressure with this structure in place. Pass/Fail allowed me to adjust and worry more about getting settled in and making more friends, than focusing all on grades.” Prep John Wang added, “because of pass/ fail, preps are not overwhelmed by the work and are given the chance to adapt to the new challenges that Exeter poses without the constant burden of schoolwork above their heads.” Even faculty at Exeter did not notice a difference in prep work ethic towards the beginning
By TYLER KOH and PHILIP KUHN
Dan Ferland, the Dining Services manager, has high expectations for the new renovations. “Elm St. Dining
By HENRIETTA REILY and REX TERCEK
While seniors toiled away at their work this fall to achieve high grades and impress colleges, members of the newly-admitted Class of 2017 attended classes and completed assignments in hopes of a “pass.” Last spring, Exeter’s Curriculum Committee proposed the pass/fail plan for all incoming preps as a method to alleviate stress and better ease the brand new Exonians into the rigorous academic lifestyle at the Academy. The Committee conducted a survey in 2010 of both preps and four-year seniors to delve into aspects of social, academic and health quandaries the students faced in their time at Exeter. After meeting with a counsel and consulting among themselves, the Committee offered the “Pass/Fail” proposal at faculty meeting, where it was narrowly approved 76-51, with 16 abstentions. “The conversations I have had with a dozen preps leads me to believe that the pass/fail fall term initiative reduces the pressure they feel upon matriculation,” Academy psychologist Christopher Thurber, who served as a counsel to the Committee, said. “It is likely that this reduced academic pressure helps with the overall adjustment to Exeter.” Although the decision was partially split among faculty members, many preps enjoyed
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Exonians Travel Across the Globe By SAM TAN and HENRIETTA REILY Staff Writers
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Upper Mia Collins performs at the annual talent show.
Advising Block Implemented By JACK HIRSCH and MELISSA LU Staff Writers
At 10:30 a.m. on a Wednesday hustling to a meeting with his advisor John Hutchins, having almost forgotten about the newly installed block. Worried about completing his biology homework before his next class, Malasek hoped the meeting would be short. Yet as he entered the room, the savory smell of sweets from Dunkin Donuts changed his mind: a gift from his advisor. The recently added advising block, which occurs weekly on Wednesday afternoons, has drawn mixed reviews from faculty and students. Many have found the block useful and helpful; an essential key to staying in touch with their advisor. Others have found it tedious, believing that infrequent one-on-one meetings with one’s advisor would be of more use. Still others, like Malasek, are somewhere in between, debating its effectiveness, but also appreciating its social attributes and fun. does let me tell my advisor how school is going and what I need help with,” Malasek said. “The worst part about advising block is that it takes away from my free time. The best part is that my advisee group is the best and it is a lot of fun.” Some advisers, such as Paolo Reich-
lin, modern languages instructor, choose to dedicate the advising block to a variety of activities. “We have used the dedicated advisee time for different things: to organize an advisee dinner, for the seniors and upperclassmen to give advice to the preps, for me to meet one-on-one with a day student advisee and with another from outside of Amen,” Reichlin said. Reichlin, although glad to have a time set aside to meet with advisees, disliked the number of times his group is required to meet. “I think students are not against the idea of an advisee meeting time but think that making it a mandatory, weekly event is excessive.” History instructor Kent McConnell agreed with Reichlin.“I initially voted against the idea during the ballot, because as much as advisory meetings may be enjoyable, it seemed too frequent, as someone who lives in the dorm and often see advisees on a regular basis,” McConnell said. Lower Joon Kim also expressed his discontent about the addition of required appointments to his weekly schedule. “If we’re going to add something, another thing should be taken out,” Kim said. “But if we continue to add without subtracting, it’s only going to add to the stress level of Exonians.” See ADVISING, A6
Scottish country dancing. Meeting “Dr. Who” David Tennant. Watching a soccer game with 80,000 Germans in the country's largest stadium and skiing the slopes of Austria. Shoveling manure on a farm in Ireland. Living in the open and airy hostels of Ghana and studying the African slave trade. These are just a few of the activities Exonians have pursued as part of study abroad programs this past year. for the better,” senior David Kiger, who traveled to Germany during his winter, said. “The trip’s focus was on the pure enjoyment of life, something that the environment at Exeter can often inhibit.” Senior Lloyd Feng described his choice to apply for the Stratford Program as one of the best he has ever made. “It is important for the school to expose students to the global community in which its students live… the The Academy’s Stratford program is offered the fall term of each school year. This year, eleven Exonians, along with the family of English instructor Brooks Moriarty, journeyed to England. The students partook in a variety of activities each week—spending some days exploring country houses and stately homes, such as Blenheim Palace and Hampton Court Palace, and others visiting London independently. Feng, who initially applied to the Stratford program out of interest in English theater, felt that the trip was a memorable experience. “Before I came to Exeter, I was exposed to a great deal of the theatergoing scene in New York. I watched a musical, opera, or play a few times each month,” he said. “I missed that aspect of living in New York and wanted to get back to that experience of theatergoing. I saw the Stratford Program as my ticket to theater and the arts.” During the winter, as a part of another study abroad program, four students from the Academy travelled alone to Germany and stayed with German host families in GötSee ABROAD, A6
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The Class of 2014 Matriculation List
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Seniors Claudia Teng, Leah Sparks, Nat Wyatt and Asile Patin cheer on PEA at the annual fall E/A.
Seniors Shanae Dixon and Andrea Conde study.
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Seniors Becca Nievar and Anna Brown enjoy their senior-alumni dinner.
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Seniors celebrate their time here at the annual ring ceremony with alumni.
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Senior Weilin Chan listens in on the conversation at the annual Senior Alumni Dinner.
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Campus Debates Gender RENOVATIONS, continued from A3
GENDER, continued from A3
Students Mixed on Advising Block
ADVISING, continued from A3
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Exeter Remembers Greer, Cole, Baggia By JACK HIRSCH Staff Writer
Over the course of this past year, the Academy lost beloved former faculty members Peter Greer, Aldo Baggia and Donald Cole. All three served Exeter for more than thirty years, and will be fondly remembered among students and faculty alike for their leadership and kindness. Greer was involved in the Exeter community for more than 60 years, as a student from the class of ‘58, an English instructor and chair of the English Department. He will be remembered as a warm and compassionate teacher, mentor and friend. Cole was an active member of the Exeter community for 42 years and served as a history instructor, dean of faculty and coach of football and lacrosse. He has a legacy of unifying the community during times of crisis with his wisdom and understanding, and was awarded the Founder’s Day award in 1992 for his leadership. Baggia taught French, Italian, German and Spanish at Exeter for 33 years and served as the chair of the Modern Languages Department. He brought enthusiasm to all his endeavors, such as languages, music and baseball, touching both students and colleagues with his joy. Greer passed away early last December after a long and hard-fought battle with cancer. “Though he had a challenging cancer prognosis for the last 8 or so years he simply reached in and grabbed life by the throat and lived to the fullest,” religion and history instructor Kathleen Brownback said. Science instructor Richard Aaronian connected with Greer on a very personal level and was always impressed by his ability to affect others.“His relationships with others were so important to him, and his circle of friends was incredibly wide,” Aaronian said. “He came out with one of my ornithology classes and quickly began to form relationships with many of my students, even though he didn’t know them at all and only saw them once a week.” Greer also hired many current English instructors, including Jane Cadwell. Cadwell remembered him as a patient mentor who helped smooth out her transition to Exeter. “Peter launched me on my Exeter teaching career and was a gentle and supportive mentor for me as I made my way through the predictably Courtesy of Google
Peter Greer, a member of the Exeter community for 42 years, is deeply missed.
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Five Win Coveted Negley By MATT KIM and SAM TAN Staff Writers
paper and defend my thesis because the scope and topics I discussed were all so interesting to me,” Ju said. History instructor Molly Mackean Davis identi-
This year, the Negley committee commended the for an outstanding History 333 research paper. Seniors Leigh Marie Braswell, Hansen Shi, Rohan Pavuluri, Alice Ju and Alyssa Heinze were this year’s honorees. Determined by the Negley Committee at the Acadhistoriography of students that took the Academy’s U.S. History 333 course last year. The Negley-winning 333 papers from this year’s seniors have been published in a booklet this spring for the community to read. The booklet will also serve as exemplary models for current U.S. history students who are writing papers. Senior Leigh Marie Braswell discovered her passion for writing history when considering the emotions of the people involved. Furthermore, her interest in explore the invention of the atomic bomb and the related Manhattan Project. As such, she ended up choosing to write about J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie to the Manhattan Project and the development of the atomic bomb. History instructor Kwasi Boadi, Braswell’s History 333 teacher, noted that, along with an interesting topic, the quality of writing is also crucial for distinguishing between a good paper and a Negley-worthy paper.“She met most of the essential determinants,” Boadi said, “including good writing mechanics, placing the aspect of the topic under research in historical context, bringing the characters to life by giving them voice and penetrating their personalities and providing counter-argument if the paper is thesis driven.” Senior Alice Ju wrote her 333 on the popularly of prescribed anti-anxiety drugs of the mid to late 1900s and how the disproportionate prescriptions of these drugs to women in postwar America revealed and strengthened long-standing prejudices about feminine “insanity.” Although many U.S. history students can often of a 333 can be, Ju’s experience with her paper seemed to have been the contrary. “As I spent time researching and writing, I found myself excited to construct my
and force, and she did a beautiful job weaving together very different kinds of historical evidence in seamless and insightful ways,” Davis said. Senior Alyssa Heinze chose to write about the impact of Title IX on women’s sports within a decade. Title IX, part of the Education Amendments of 1972, essentially outlawed discrimination in sports on the basis of sex. tance of choosing a topic that sparks the interest of the writer. “I chose to write about women in sport because it is one of the few things I am passionate about. As an athlete myself, I related to my research and found it extremely engaging.” Motivated by his interest in law and politics, senior Rohan Pavuluri chose to write his paper on the role of
“He noticed when my insecurities began to bubble up, and he responded by treating me as his equal.” Greer had the rare gift of being able to connect with individuals on a personal level. “He was open and available to people, more interested in individual growth and depth than he was in being institutional,” English instructor David Weber said. “When you received an email from him, it was like a handwritten letter,” Aaronian said. “Most people have the tendency to just write quickly, but not him.” Greer was also able to maintain a wide variety of friendships from all over the country. “Judging by the mail from all over the place, from people of many different ages, he had a profound effect on people,” Weber said. “He helped them to see that more things were possible than they had realized.” both knowledge and goodness. “ Over his four decades of teaching at Exeter, Mr. Greer witnessed a lot change at our school,” Hassan said. “What never changed written and spoken text and in the exchange of ideas. He pressed those around him to explore ideas and to hold each other to high standards as students and as people. He also accepted and appreciated diverse personalities and activities, which made him a great adviser, friend and colleague. We miss him very much.” Cole served as an educator and leader in the Exeter community for 42 years. He retired in 1988 and was recognized with the Founder’s Day Award in 1992 for his work as dean of faculty under two principals. He graduated from Harvard University and served as a lieutenant in the Navy during World War II. Cole dedicated his life to historical research, publishing numerous well-recognized books on Jacksonian democracy, many during his tenure as a full-time faculty member. Cole juggled academics, dorm life and coaching in his service to the Academy, and will be remembered for his infectious love for the pursuit of knowledge. “He was what you would call a school man, a triple threat—involved in the dorm, a teacher and a coach,” Barbara Eggers said, Cole’s mentee when she to do all these things, and that in retirement he maintained his love of history and produced several books.” Cole was famed for his ability to make history come alive for his students. “He was a very energetic teacher and really talented at getting kids involved with the issues in the moment, almost as though they were living in them,” Eggers said. During his tenure as Dean of Faculty, Cole succeeded in unifying the campus during times of crises and remained a constant, fair, and calming presence at the Academy. “As dean of faculty, he was recognized by everyone for his standards, fairness and ability to hold people accountable,” Professor Emeritus school… He was [also] masterful at being able to listen to voices around the table, which were never in harmony. He was very patient, and more than any other person on campus, he was responsible for keeping the school together [during student protests].” When student protests swept campuses across the nation during the Vietnam War protests of the late 60’s, Cole was chosen to lead a committee to propose an Academy response. During a period of national acrimony in America’s school communities, he served as a unifying voice. “He was absolutely masterful at being able to listen to voices around the table, which were never in harmony. He was very patient, and more than any other person on campus, he was responsible for keeping the school together,” Herney said. “Many schools were damaged
largely due to his leadership,” Baggia is remembered as an enthusiastic and fun-loving individual, capable of being both charming and energetic. He remained both thoughtful and responCourt justice. “When choosing a subject, I craved for sive as a department chair and kept classes energetic with his lively presence. a topic that connected my two main academic pas- Above all, he loved to teach and valued both his colleagues and students. sions: law and politics,” Pavuluri said. “Fortunately, I stumbled upon a book dedicated to the Brandeis never wavered,” modern language instructor Joseph Reiter said. “His spirit, the-top baseball fan.” time thinking about and exploring the topic. “I would Baggia charmed those around him with his perceptive nature. “We felt think about my paper before I went to sleep or in the valued under him because as department chair he listened, was very responsive shower, and let all these ideas—of gender, post-war and very considerate. He checked up every day on his colleagues—I would be sitting in my classroom after a few afternoon classes, and he came into the would not have been able to develop these ideas in a classroom to chat. He was funny and dynamic and energetic,” French instrucfew days, it really took the whole couple weeks we were given for me to write a paper with depth and was incredibly courageous despite his health issues and even as he declined, nuance,” Ju said. he was never negative at all.” Pavuluri added that the amount of work and late As a teacher, Baggia always held unending faith in people that inspired nights associated with the 333 can often result in student students and faculty alike. “What was so wonderful about Mr. Baggia is that he always rooted for the underdog, be it the singer understudy or the unknown write a Negley paper. Instead, I promised myself I pitcher or hitter,” Reiter continued. “His rapport with the students was the same. would write a paper that I could be proud of. Anybody He encouraged them to stand up at the language plate and to take a chance. Teaching for him was coaching and guiding, and always with smile and a good Heinze shared her advice in a few simple remarks. word.” “Whenever I read an opera or classical music review, Mr. Baggia inevi“Write about something you are genuinely interested tably comes to mind, and I speculate how he would react to the news,” Reiter in,” Heinze said. “Stay organized. And don't give up, reminisced. “I miss his witty reactions, his encyclopedic knowledge, and his wonderful sense of humor.”
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Hanson Takes Over Academy’s Finances Staff Writers
David Hanson, who came to Exeter as the school’s new Chief day.” His experience with leadership at various higher education institutions across the country distinguished him from other applicants for the position and has led him to success so far. Principal Thomas Hassan said that Hanson has “acclimated very well to Exeter.” He was initially a top pick for CFO because of his work in educational administrations—Hanson was previously his short time on the job. “He has picked up quickly and effectively on his many responsibilities and has enjoyed getting to be part of this diverse and connected community,” Hassan said. committed community” that is Exeter. In addition to his duties in is on dorm duty each week, a role he has looked forward to since applying for the job. Lower Sam Millner lives in Knight House and commented that, similar to his smooth transition to CFO, Hanson has also “become a part of the Knight House family very quickly.” Milner, continued, of Athletic Training] Gordo [Coole] dearly, Mr. Hanson can hold his own when it comes to discussing economics.” to projects for IT, human resources, legal matters or the children’s center. While there is little consistency, Hanson explained that this is the reason that his job is exciting and challenging. See
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New Instructors Join Exeter Faculty Staff Writer
A handful of new history, math, science and English teachers will arrive on campus in the fall. Aykut Kilinç, who will teach history at PEA in September, initially came to the US for a reason that many Exonians can relate to: education. In 2000, Kilinç moved to New England from Turkey to study Turkish history at a community college in New York, then moved on to American history and foreign policy at the University of New Hampshire. Kilinç previously taught history to international students at UNH for seven years while earning his Ph.D.
Two years ago, while writing his dissertation, Kilinç realized that the best part of his fellowship at UNH was the opportunity to teach, and he decided to pursue a career in education. Having taught mainly freshman-level classes, Kilinç said that he prefers with Exeter last summer when he encountered the Academy’s Director of Summer School, Ethan Shapiro, and became familiar with the Harkness method and the quality of students who attend Exeter. “Exeter has been on my radar for a year, year
Chen, Seligman, Lei to Lead ’15
therefore personable. However, that seems quaint and irrelevant when held up to all of their earnest love for the Academy.” The trio was also chosen for their innovative ideas, unusual outlooks, and the gift of being able to lead. “Benj, Robert, and Kevin will all bring fresh perspectives and different relationships with the student body, which will hopefully help move Student Council forward in places where this year it seemed stuck in place,” upper Nick Diao, a member of Student Council, said. “They seem like a cohesive bunch and will be able
Rising seniors Stephanie Chen, Jad Seligman and Paul Lei will serve as senior class president, vice president and treasurer respectively, succeeding seniors Nate Moulton, Nikhil Chuchra and Nina Meyers. Chen was ecstatic to learn she had been selected as president and is ready to take on the challenge. “I am honored to have been chosen to be class president, because I know that any of the three other candidates would do the job justice as well, and I am looking forward to getting the ball rolling,” she said. “There is a lot of work to be done next year with events, the senior gift, E/A and alumni affairs.” Chen continued to explain why she is so honored to represent her class, which has been a valuable asset “When I entered Phillips Exeter as a new lower, I was nervous to meet everyone and the common insecurity of ‘Will I make any new friends?’ arose,” she said. “Fortunately, the class of 2015 welcomed me with open arms and I could not have asked for a better group of people.” Seligman agreed with Chen that the Class of 2015 is a cohesive group of unique individuals. His main goal for this year will be to bring all the seniors together to form lasting memories before graduation. “I want to try to establish a long term community in the Class of 2015,” he said. “Any possible way I can do that will be ideal. Events that foster building friendships across the grade will help because there are a lot of isolated groups in our grade. I believe very strongly that most of the people in this grade could be friends if they got to know each other.” Like Seligman, Lei will focus on increasing interaction within the senior class, while giving his class opportunities to relax with events scheduled throughout the year. “It will be more important than ever to have chances to de-stress. In order to do that, I will organize a beach trip and EP date auction,” Lei said. “Also, it is important to begin the transition from students to alumni.” With a numerous amount of ideas for the upcomSee
as the new president, vice-president and secretary, respectfully, for the next school year. After collecting 350 signatures, presenting a speech in front of the entire school and debating amongst the other candidates, the StuCo executive board was chosen from a highly selective group. Even though only two Exonians ran for president, uppers Benjamin Cohen and Emily Lemmerman, three originally ran for vice-president and four for secretary. “Each year always brings something new, and I can say that the candidate pool appeared to be very strong this year,” student council adviser Laura Marshall said. All three executive board members are lauded as an especially motivated, affable and passionate bunch. Coincidentally, all three executive board members hail from Cilley Hall. Dormmate and senior Orland Kahan offered some insight into the personalities of the three students. “I'm convinced that Benj, Robert, and Kevin will not just represent Cilley Hall as capable, respected leaders, but also the entire Academy,” Kahan said. “They are hardworking, likable and committed guys who I am sure will head next year's Student Council with both wisdom and dedication.” Another senior in Cilley, Charlie Boyd, commented on the character of the new StuCo leaders. “They are without a doubt some of the most upright individuals at the Academy. Integrity is their hallmark; All three will never resign from a cause that they believe in or care for regardless of
Prep StuCo Represenative Alejandro Arango shared a similar attitude toward the new board members and praised Robert Conner’s work on StuCo in the past. with him before and I can say without a doubt that policies like the
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318 kids from around the world, representing different and unique interests and skill sets, will all be new additions to the Exeter community this September. This year, the Academy experienced a 73 percent acceptance yield, a school record. Last year, over-enrollment proved to be an issue for the Academy. "We were full everywhere. It took a lot of cooperation on the part of a lot of people," Dean of Residential Life AJ Cosgrove said. "The ninth grade class is substantially smaller than it was last year, or I should say last year was substantially bigger than usual." Therefore, when it was time to offer admission to candidates, Admissions took precautionary measures to prevent overenrollment for this year and years to come. "We made offers of admissions—437—to the fewest number of applicants in a very long time to control for over-enrollment, and I am happy with where we landed with our enrollment number," Director of Admissions Michael Gary said. The students joining the Exeter community next year are split nearly perfectly by gender, an improvement from last year. "With the 318 new students, 162 are males and 156 are female, which interestingly is the same gender makeup of the current senior class," Gary said.
As usual, most of the new students will fall into either the prep or lower classes. In the school's successful effort to avoid over-enrollment, the prep class size has returned to the formerly designated number of 175. The number of accepted new seniors and post-graduates has been reduced to compensate for the large number of students accepted last year. The class of 2018 and the new additions to classes of 2017, 2016 and 2015 bring remarkable diversity of backgrounds, interests and athletic and academic strengths. Math instructor Joseph Wolfson, who read through incoming prep applications, noticed some impressive essays and resumes of extraordinary students displaying a wide variety of talents. "I read a couple of Caroline D. Bradley scholarship winners, and that's cool, Wolfson said. “Also, I read about a handful of cool siblings. There are always scads of fascinating preps each year, and this coming year should be no different." Lower Rebecca Ju, one of the Academy's tour guides, agreed. "I See
PEA Departments Look for Strong Credentials, Diversity FACULTY, continued from A8 my Ph.D., there was an opening and I just jumped at it. I applied for it, and I got so lucky, I feel so blessed.” History Department Chair Meg Foley said that Kilinç will be a crucial addition to the history department, as no current history instructors have as deep of a background in foreign policy. Kilinç volved in international students’ lives at Exeter. That is something I truly enjoy,” Kilinç said. “I can
teaching spots. The math, history, science and English departments have collectively hired seven new The Academy offered English instructors Tyler Caldwell and Jason BreMiller, previously on one- year contracts, continuing appointments. In addition, English instructors Patty Burke-Hickey returning in the fall with a one-year position as a mathematics instructor. The English department hired two new teachers for next year, Linda Chavers and Ah-Young teachers who are departing this spring. The English department hopes that Chavers and Song, who are African-American and Korean, respectively, will help create a better representation of the diversity present among the student population at Exeter. Chavers, with a background in African-American literature, will bring diversity in subject matter to the English department. “Linda impressed us with her scholarship,” English department chair Lundy Smith said. Chavers received her Ph.D at Harvard University and is currently teaching at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Song has taught previously at Andover and is currently teaching at an American school in Taipei. “In the applicant pool, [Chavers and Song] were really the strongest,” Smith said. “We looked at 350 resumes, and these are the people that really jumped to the top of the pile.” The mathematics department hired four new full-time instructors, including a one-year position, which was taken by Phillips, one of this year’s two math interns. Along with Phillips, the department has hired David Huoppi, Tim Whittemore and Filip Sain for tenure-track positions. Huoppi, who has a master’s and bachelor’s degree in mathematics, previously worked at the has a lot of independent school, boarding school experience,” mathematics department chair Eric Bergofsky said. “He’s a real school man.” Whittemore taught for four years at the Putney School, an independent boarding school in Vermont, before attending graduate school at the University of Michigan. Sain, a Ph.D in applied mathematics, has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense and a software company for most of his career. He recently started his teaching career at an Oklahoma independent school and spends his summers teaching in Uganda. dentials and experience. “Ultimately they will teach across the curriculum like all the members of the math department do,” Bergofsky said. “They have their differences in background, but they will be able to teach anything and everything.” will be teaching chemistry full-time and Anisha Vinod will be an astronomy intern.
Library Café, Visitations Policy to be Discussed Among Other Issues PRESIDENT, continued from A8 we might have more results in getting something passed.” As the results were announced, the chosen candidates were both thrilled and surprised to hear the good news. “I am humbled to be voted in as the next StuCo president, but I am so excited to get started on all the initiatives I promised,” Cohen said. “I made these promises with the intentions of coming through on them, and I will start working on that today.” “I feel proud and pressured,” Zhen said. “The competition was tough this year, for all candidates, and I know that I must do everything I can to help the student community because I was given this privilege.” Conner added, “I am very excited to be vice-president. The competition was tough.” Even Cohen, who had two weeks to campaign and did not participate in the primary votes (since only two candidate ran for the presidential position), saw the competitive spirit as especially ubiquitous this year.
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Upper Class Casts Ballots SENIORS, continued from A8 class before putting any into action. Chen explained one method they are planning to implement, which will keep their class updated on all upcoming events and changes. “This year, the upper reps discussed making a newsletter, so that the class knew what we were up to in Student Council,” she said. “I think this would be a great way to let the students know what we are discussing and debating.” After the ideas are agreed upon by the class, the strong bonds between the representatives will ease the process of putting these ideas into action. “Paul and I have worked together this past year and I know that he is both hard-working and that he always wants the absolute best for the class,” Chen addition to the team,” she added. “Everyone says that he is such a conscientious and charismatic person and I know he will bring great ideas to the table.” Seligman believed that he would have a smooth transition into working with the other two representatives.“I have no worries about working with Stephanie and Paul,” he said. “They’re great people. They’re both hardworking, dedicated, focused and really kind.” The rising seniors believe that their three representatives will successfully accomplish their roles. “I think Stephanie will be a great class president,” upper Kimberly Dawes said. “So many people know her, so they will feel comfortable talking to her, she's also a very approachable person. She really gives her all to everything.” ground in StuCo. “She has done a great job thus far in StuCo, and I think that will continue in her position as class president,” Malone said. “Steph is always willing to listen and put plans in motion. She has done so much for the upper class this year, and I have a feeling next year won't be much different.” The newly elected senior class representatives are also respected and well-liked peers of the school community. class vice president,” upper Luis Verdi said. “I don't know any better person suitable for this role and wouldn't want anyone else. To all the uppers who voted for Jad, you can be assured that you made the right decision.” affability. “There is no one who can deny that everyone loves Stephanie from the minute they meet her,” she said. “Even if they do not know her, she is one of those people who they want to meet. She has the biggest heart of anyone I know. I have a loss of words because no matter what I say, it won't give her any justice. I am so thankful she is my friend.” Chen, Seligman and Lei are ready to take on the challenging task of mak“Jad, Paul and I are ready to take on the role of making our last year at can reminisce on the best of Exeter,” Chen said.
Academy Welcomes 318 New Students STUDENTS, continued from A8 toured quite a few sports recruits, including a fencer, equestrian and a gymnast," to learning. They were genuine in their questions about the academic life here. I could see that they valued their education greatly, something that's fairly rare in a middle school student.” During Experience Exeter week, current Exonians were able to meet, host, and hang out with some of the new students for a whole day of classes. "I hosted a few kids that week, and one of them was Swedish but lived in Japan, which I thought was really cool because those are two really different cultures,” prep Ivy Hong said. “The girl was really excited to meet all of my friends and teachers and participated in a lot of the discussions in the classes she went to.” Some Exonians even already made friends with incoming students, showing how special these new students will be to the community. "During Experience
person, a great candidate with great ideas, had equal experience to me, and gave a fantastic speech. I bet the election came down to a few votes.” But after all the emotions subsided, the triumvirate got to work immediately. The group’s cohesive attitude and strong characteristics have also helped their plans thus far.
shares my interest. I really hope we become good friends next year," prep Hannah MacKay said. The new students are just as excited to become a part of the community. Incoming prep Will Soltas, brother of Evan Soltas ‘12 and Connor Soltas ‘13, expressed excitement about his decision to come to Exeter. "When I came to Exeter for my tour and the revisit day, I felt at home," Soltas said. "All the students seemed like they were happy and loved it there. The faculty seemed motivated, friendly, and interesting. The class discussions were exciting, and the feeling I got was that everyone had something to do." The Academy was able to uphold its reputation as one of the most generous
will lead them well as an adviser,” Cohen said. “Kevin has a ton of passion for StuCo, after having become a select member, and he is such a hardworking guy, so we should be able to get a lot done this year.” Even though their tenure as the executive board has not begun yet, the group is already developing action plans and various goals to make next year better than ever.
forty thousand dollars. Gary was very pleased with the generosity the school was able to afford. "We continue to be true to making our community accessible to youth from every quarter," he said.
second, make sure we have events every weekend, third, work on a dining hall feedback system, and fourth, start a feedback system on the visitations policy,” Cohen said. “ I plan on writing all those up on Not only does the future executive board want to make the 2014-2015 school year as great as it can be, but they are hoping to join forces and form long term objectives that will improve StuCo and Exeter as a whole even after they graduate. “Having a plan is key to empowering people to do good work,” Cohen said. “We are going to change the culture in StuCo from being a reactionary body to a more proactive group that can impart meaningful change on campus.”
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saying that he brings it to all projects as a leader and mentor. Director of Investments and Finance Justin Merrill concurred with Beauchesne, adding that Hanson is capable, while also being curious and interested enough to ask good questions, all while “maintaining a keen focus on the Academy’s mission.” Hanson is currently occupied with many projects, but his main focus is on the budgeting process for the
and the over $90 million funds that he must oversee. “The budget is complex,” Hanson said, “and relies on different sources of revenue, so I collaborate with our department chairs, our administrative leadership, the While being at Exeter presents many new and different challenges and experiences for Hanson, it also represents a homecoming. Having lived and worked for years outside of New England, he expressed excitement when discussing his return to the area, located less than an hour away from his hometown.
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Prize Winners, 2013-2014 Art
The Francke Prize in Art, established in memory of Henry Gilbert Francke, Jr. of the Class of 1939, and awarded to Exeter students who, because of their imagination and skill, give promise of creating beauty in architecture:
Sohil Patel Brandon Wang
Emily Palmer Camille Rucker
Elias Robinson Eunice Cho
The Paul P. Gelles Memorial Art Scholarship Prize for outstanding work in art:
The Ralph Bradley Prize for Excellence in Art:
Computer Science prizes are funded by an anonymous gift from a member of the Class of 1975.
sity for and a superior understand-
The Lt. John A. Larkin, Jr. Memorial Prize in Art for outstanding work in drawing and ceramics:
In Beginning Latin First Prize to: Alec Sun Second Prize to: Andre Lok Sang Chan
Computer Science Lower Classmen Awards are given to students at the Junior and/or Lower level who have demonstrated a propensity for and superior understandDavid Bau Mandy Lu Computer Science Upper Classmen Awards are given to students at the Upper and/or Senior level who have demonstrated a propen-
THE LATIN PRIZES Prizes for excellence in Latin are maintained from funds given in 1925 by Samuel W. Bandler in honor of John C. Kirtland; in 1932 by William H. Rand of the Class of 1885 in honor of Robert F. Pennell; and in 1927 by Mrs. William J. Gabel in memory of her son, William H. Gabel, of the Class of 1940. A prize
Oishi Banerjee Leigh Marie Braswell Mickey Chao Grace Yin
In Second Year Latin First Prize to: Dong Hyun Ryou Second Prize to: Connor Murphy In Third Year Latin, Special Section First Prize to: Jane Eun Second Prize to: Dominique Cantave
The Special Award in Computer Science is given to students who have demonstrated not only experbut have also given of themselves freely to further the goals of the Computer Science department:
the passionate spirit of Carmen and Natalie held for dance as a means of self-expression, a form a group in which all members are considered equal, and a vehicle for cultural awareness. The award this year is given to: Sulyedi Betancourt Leigh Marie Braswell Crystal Clements Andrea Conde Violet Davis Scott Heston Alice Ju Elena Kashtelyan Amina Kunnummal Maria Fernanda Martinez
Nina Munir Christina Safford Lydia Stahr Katherina Tibilova Amy Wang
The Meir Z. Ribalow ’66 Theatre Prize is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to theater. The following prizes consisting of books and name engraved on wall of Fisher Theater, are awarded to: Oishi Banerjee Eva Borgwardt Marlene Coe Xander Coleman Savannah Gardner Matthew Geary David Gindra Yu Xi Misty Goh Eleanor Katsman
Given in honor of Judge Charles Wyzanski, this prize is awarded “to a student whose ethical beliefs and practices have contributed
Curran Sullivan Hannah Wellington
Thomas Clark ‘14
The Frank A. Weil ’48 Prize for Exemplary Growth and Promise Given by Mr. Frank A. Weil ’48, this prize recognizes students who have shown through their efforts and improvement a drive and capacity for life long growth. This prize seeks to emphasize that the value of an Exeter education is not measured only by a record the growth and character that is developed through “the journey taken.” [It should recognize not rather, students who demonstrated “steady improvement springing from persistent growth.”]: William Vennes ‘14 Suleydi Betancourt ‘14 Erica McCormick ‘16 The Harvard Book Prize Given by the Harvard Club of Boston in memory of Lt. Colonel Joseph Ganahl, Exeter Class of 1922, to an outstanding Upper Middler, is awarded to: Katharine Liptak The Smith Book Award Given by Smith College to an Upper “in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and leadership,” is awarded to: Emily Lemmerman The Wyzanski Prize
In Fifth Year Latin, Special Section First Prize to: Brian Gao Second Prize to: Melissa Baroff
In Second Year Greek First Prize to: Yeji Jung Second Prize to: Melissa Baroff
In Sixth Year Latin, Special Section First Prize to: Oishi Banerjee Second Prize to: Natalie Wyatt
In Third Year Greek First Prize to: Natalie Wyatt
From the income of the George Herbert Pollock Memorial Fund, established in 1974 in memory of George Herbert Pollock, of the Class of 1953, for that student who has shown the greatest interest and improvement in Latin Literature. A prize to: Brooks Saltonstall THE GREEK PRIZES
In Fourth Year Latin First Prize to: Angus Gorman Second Prize to: Eunice Cho
The Joline Prizes, established by O.D. Joline, of the Class of 1885, for excellence in First Year Greek,
Davis Leonard Hannah Marudzinski Kieran Minor Zadie Ross Arianna Salvaterra Laura Zawarski R. W. Ellis “Anvil” Prizes for Storytelling are supported by a fund established in 1983, by Fred Grandy ’66 “to foster storytelling at the Academy.” The results of the storytelling competition held Thursday, May 22 are as follows: First prize: Kevin Zhen Second Prize: Meena Jagadeesan Third Prize: LaNice Baker
The Philip Curtis Goodwin ’25 Athletic Award is presented annually to the four year male and female who best embodies the qualities of Sportsmanship and Participation:
First Prize to: Oishi Banerjee Second Prize to: Anika Ayyar
book provided by the Prentiss Cummings Book Prize Fund, established in 1906 by Prentiss Cummings of the Class of 1860.
The Mathematics Department prizes are sustained by the William Allen Francis Fund, the George A. Wentworth Fund, the Maurice R. Scharff Prize Fund and the Lindsay Crawford Prize Fund. The prizes are for outstanding contributions to the mathematics program, and the awards are made by vote of the Mathematics Faculty.
the Dean of Students. This year, the award is presented to:
Leigh Marie Braswell Vahid Fazel-Rezai Ravi Jagadeesan Dianyu Wang
Books that accompany the following prizes are funded by the Fisher Fund, the E.P. Holder Fund, the D.J. Killian Fund, and the Wentworth Fund.
Weilin Chan Nora Cullen Jennifer DiPietro Alice Ju Elle MacAlpine Daniel Oakley Elias Robinson Lydia Stahr
The Powell Prize Given by Frank T. Buchner '30, in memory of his grandfather, Omar Powell “for recognition of a student or group of students who has conceived and carried out some creative idea which has resulted in a new and useful addition or
The Fiske Memorial Prize, given in memory of Wintrop E. Fiske, an instructor in physics at the Academy from 1899 to 1938, is awarded for excellence in Physical Sciences:
Niklas Bergill ‘14 The James A. Snead ’71 Memorial Prize This prize honors a distinguished alumnus, as it annually recognizes some of the qualities and areas of interest that were essential to him. It is given to students who have written effectively on multicultural themes; who have contributed to the evolution of a non-racist culture in the community; or who
William Li ’15 David T. Swift Award Established to honor David T. Swift, the award reads "In recognition Dormitory Proctor, in helping to create a positive residential experience at Exeter." This year the award is presented to: Luke Browne – Williams House Tyler Courville – Williams House Da’Rya McAllister – Merrill Hall Jordan Rohrlich – Webster Hall North
Nghia Le Chung Eun Lee Nikhil Raman Seokyu Shin Zhuo Qun Song Elizabeth Wei Kuo-an Wei Itai Weitzman
Daniel Bausher-Belton Mickey Chao Thomas Clark Claudia Feng
Amina Kunnummal ‘14
The Gavit Cup The Gavit Cup is presented annually at Prize Day to a member of the Upper Middle Class selected by members of the Class and the Principal in recognition of outstanding character as displayed in all phases of school life. Each year the recipient of the Gavit cup for the previous year assists in presenting the cup. This year the Cup is awarded to:
A prize to: Ifeyinwa Ikpeazu
The Maurice R. Scharff Prizes in Advanced Mathematics:
humanities that promises to be lifelong.
Davis Leonard and Rowan Rainwalker, “Why So Gendered?”
of study at the Academy.
The Lindsay Crawford Memorial Prize to the senior with the most outstanding career in mathematics this year:
The John and Irene MacKenty Astronomy Prize, awarded to graduating seniors who have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Astronomy at Exeter:
through his or her entrepreneurship, persuasiveness, innovation or leadership,” the prize is given to:
The Hatch/Phillips Award in Latin and Greek, established in 1980 by David Edgar Baver, of the Class of 1942, in honor of Norman L. Hatch, Morison Professor of Latin and Henry Phillips, Cilley Professor of Greek, is awarded each year to that graduating senior enrolled in courses in both Latin and Greek during his or her senior year who, in the judgment of the Department of Classical Languages, has shown outstanding dedication to and sig-
Academy or community.”
The Warren Burke Shepard '84 Award In the spring of 1980 a boy named Warren Shepard was admitted to Exeter's prep class for the following fall — the Class of 1984. At the time Warren was a student at the American Community School in Halandri, Greece, where his father was stationed in the United States foreign service. Warren Shepard never realized his dream of attending Exeter; in June 1980 he died of fulminary hepatitis. Knowing how much Warren had looked forward to being a student at the Academy, his family and friends established at Exeter a prize to be given annually, in his name, to a student at Phillips Exeter Academy who tries hardest to realize the Exeter opportunity, as the award's namesake would have. In addition to the award presented today, a
are awarded as follows:
In Fourth Year Latin, Special Section First Prize to: Sam Kushell Second Prize to: Henry LaFond
In Third Year Latin First Prize to: Robert Myers Second Prize to: Peter Bitman
Theater & Dance
The J. Carmen ’92 and Natalie S. ’95 Stewart Prize in Dance recog-
Millicent Dethy Nicholas du Pont Yongbeom Kwon Alexander McLaughlin Alexis Pae Craig Poskanzer Nikhil Raman The David M. Bitman Prize, given in memory of David M. Bitman of the class of 1978, is awarded to students who show excellence in a wide range of science subjects:
The Fisher Prize, established by the Fisher Foundation, is awarded to recognize excellence in advanced courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics: Daniel Bausher-Belton David Gindra Amina Kunnummal Olivia Liautaud Seokyu Shin Alexandre Trudeau Dianyu Wang Flora Wang The Corning Benton and Dr. Corning Benton Jr., Science Department Prize, is awarded to a student of two or more years in the Academy who, in the opinion of the Science Department Faculty, shows outstanding promise as a future scientist: Leigh Marie Braswell Elizabeth Faith
The Religion department annually awards prizes for student achievement from three separate funds. Lowers. The second and third at the level of uppers and seniors.
The Arthur L. Merrick Memorial Fund Prize is awarded to the Prep or Lower having demonstrated excellence in the study of Religion. Four equal prizes to: Alyse Clinton Meena Jagadeesan Caroline Sullivan Meghan Tanguay The Abbie Manton Polleys Memorial Fund Prize is awarded to
those students who have shown ricular offerings of the Religion Department. Three equal prizes to: Andres Mejia Rohan Pavuluri Sima Shah The Nathaniel Gordon Bible Fund Prize is awarded to students who have demonstrated excellence in the study of Religion. Four equal prizes to: Eva Borgwardt Sean Haggerty Joohwan Kim Sahil Singhvi
The Modern Language Prizes are sustained by the Annie C. Benton Memorial Fund, the Alumni Modern Language Prize Fund, the Gomez Prize, the Hugh Corby Fox Prize, the Fish French Prize Fund, the Frates Prize Fund, Independence Foundation Romance Prize and a gift in honor of Percy C. Rogers. These prizes, consisting of books, are awarded as follows:
Michelle Bosché Zhengyan Darius Shi Audrey Hood Elizabeth Ward
Third Year French Alyse Clinton Angela Song Mahesh Kumar
Second Year Russian Jae DeGuerrera
THE ARABIC PRIZE Daniel Oakley
Fourth Year Electives Jay W. Lee Alice McCrum Jamie Hwang Alex Weitzman
THE CHINESE PRIZES First Year Chinese Kelvin Green Kesi Wilson Abigail Yu Second Year Chinese Hillary Aristotle Kendall Kuzminskas William Rau Mia Shoquist Third Year Chinese David Berlin Benjamin Hogoboom Amanda Hu Fourth Year Chinese Kimberly Dawes Natasha Lim THE FRENCH PRIZES First Year French Eunice Cho Joanna Papadakis Veronica Galimberti Stephanie Pan Sam Millner French Transition – 210 Connie Cai Zea Eanet Second Year French
Accelerated Russian Paige Harouse
THE GERMAN PRIZES First Year German George Turer Accelerated German Thomas Clark Second Year German Peter Luff Third Year German Nicole Don Fourth Year German Lydia Sylla THE ITALIAN PRIZE Jennifer DiPietro THE JAPANESE PRIZES First Year Japanese Jada Huang Third Year Japanese Ruby Malusa Fourth Year Japanese Daniel Bausher-Belton
Third Year Russian Catherine Zhu Augustus Gilchrist SPANISH PRIZES First Year Spanish John Helmers Alex Papadakis Oreoluwa Solanke Katherine Ying Spanish Transition 220 Meghana Chalasani Genesis Contreras Shekinah Davidson Charis Edwards Audry Hahn Christine Hu Catherine Huang Robyn Stewart Second Year Spanish Daniel Barbakoff Hoyeon Kelley Lew Khymaya Perkins Third Year Spanish Janice Chung James Foye Sachin Holdheim Peter Thompson Kevin Zhen Fourth Year Spanish Madeline Logan Kelly McCarthy Sabrina Ortega-Reik Elizabeth Wei Andrew Xu
THE RUSSIAN PRIZES First Year Russian
David Ayscue Oishi Banerjee Valerie Bright Weilan Chan Mickey Chao Tyler Chapman Shirley Cheung Nikhil Chuchra Eve Friedland Mark Huang Victor Hunt Shiwhan Kim Stefan Kohli Amina Kunnummal Justin Landowne Diane Lee Sean Lee Hannah Grace Marudzinski Katherine McCarthy
The Prizes for the Study of History at the Introductory Level, For academic achievement to: Julie Chung Hoyeon Kelly Lew Anne Yanofsky For attitude and approach at the Harkness table to: Julia Friberg Bokyoung Kim Daniela Nemirovsky Samuel Noyes Lena Papadakis Isabella Weissman The Prizes for the Study of History at the Intermediate Level, For academic achievement to: Michelle Bosche Yena Cho Meena Jagadeesan Peter Luff Preeya Sheth Angela Song For attitude and approach at the Harkness table to: Kyra Dawkins Owen Duke Ruby Fludzinski Nicholas Madamidola William Rau The Prizes for the Study of Economics,
The Turner Exonian Prize, given by Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Turner, parents and friends, is given annually to students who do the best writing and/or reporting for The Exonian during the school year.
Edward C. Echols Jazz Prize: Orlando Kahan Kieran Minor A.A. Landers Prize recognizes those seniors who have made vital contributions to the large and small music groups on campus to: Ki-Hong Ahn Elizabeth Fortescue Samuel Han Yeji Jung Orlando Kahan Nathan Ko Alison Lee Arianna Salvaterra
History For academic achievement to: Leigh Marie Braswell Chinedum Egbosimba Ravi Jagadeesan Stewart Scott
For attitude and approach at the Harkness table to: John Helmers Myunghyun Paul Lee Elle MacAlpine Maxim Sak The Prizes for the Study of History at the Senior Level, For academic achievement to: Oishi Banerjee Julie Becher Charles Boyd Rohan Pavuluri Stewart Scott Hansen Shi Dianyu Wang The Sherman Hoar Prizes for excellence in American History: Jirawat Anunrojwong Nicole Don Zacharia Hamdi Amanda Hu Marley Jenkins Yeji Jung Amina Kunnummal Kiyomasa Kuwana Natasha Lim Katharine Liptak Madeline Logan Michaela Morris Jeanne Olivier
The Gordon Editorial Award, given by Dr. and Mrs. Gene Gordon, is awarded annually to an Exeter student who displays through editorial journalism in publication emanating from the Academy, a passionate dedication to personal freedom, particularly freedom of conscience and its expression.
Danna Shen Zoe Sudduth Peter Thompson Kuo-An Wei The Blackmar Prize in American History, given in memory of General Wilmont W. Blackmar, Class of 1864, is awarded for the year's best work in American History: Augustus Gilchrist Drew Goydan Sachin Holdheim Jay W. Lee Jing Cheng Paul Lei Alice McCrum Catherine O’Donnell Christina Savvides Brandon Wang Elizabeth Wei Natalie Wyatt The Frederick Whitman Prize is given by The Phillips Foundation in honor of Frederick Whitman, a teacher at the Academy, to that individual studying American History who, through application, grades, and interest contributes the most enthusiasm for the subject among students at Exeter:
Michael Shao Kevin Zhen
Class of 1882 Debating Prizes Hersh Bhargava Connor Bloom Nicole Don Emily Lemmerman Christina Rossitto Zoe Sudduth Margaret Zhu The Glazier Speaking Prize Sachin Holdheim Hansen Shi
The John O. Heald Debating Prize
The Exonian Staff Award, given by the faculty advisors and student editors of the Exonian for the year's most innovative and unique newspaper feature over the past year, is awarded to:
Thomas Clark Orlando Kahan
Amanda Hu Jay W. Lee Katharine Liptak
The Gifford Pinchot Prize, given by Gifford Pinchot, class of 1884. This prize is given annually to a student who, like Gifford Pinchot, demonstrates dedication to the conservation of the nation's natural resources.
The Merrill Prize-Speaking Contest winners are:
Justin Landowne, for his work on environmental issues
The Monologue Competition
Two equal First prizes: Lazaro Cesar for “Cuz He’s Black” Laura Zawarski for “The Marionettes” Third prize: Eleanor Katsman for “Hamlet”
The Hunter V. Farnham Prize, established by the Farnham Family to honor Mr. Farnham’s love of Africa, developed in his many trips for the Agency for International Development, for students who intend to continue the study of Africa.
The Duologue Competition First prize: Tyler Hodges and Quincy Tichenor for “True West” Second prize: Ruby Fludzinski and Benjamin Hogoboom for “Smoke Scenes” Third prize: Eva Borgwart and Davis Leonard for “Top Girls” The Debating Prizes:
Daniel Oakley Olivia Owlett Danielle Sim William Venness Harshita Yerramreddy David Zhao
Third Year Electives Parker Wild Caroline Sullivan
The combined William G. Saltonstall, E.S. Wells Kerr Prize recognizes those seniors who have consistently contributed to the musical life of the Academy:
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The Charles Theodore Russell Bates Debating Prize Carissa Chen Bokyoung Kim David Larar Mandy Lu Peter Luff Samuel Millner Stephanie Pan Niels Schrage Eric Tang
Natalie Wyatt The Scharff Prize is awarded to sons and daughters of alumni who also won prizes while they were at the Academy in the same or closely related disciplines. Thomas Clark, who has won a prize in Debate, whose father, Thomas Clark, also won a prize in Debate in 1981. Charis Edwards, who has won a prize in Spanish, whose father, Richard Edwards, won a prize in French in 1960. Kiyomasa Kuwana, who has won a prize in History, whose father, Eiichiro Kuwana, also won a prize in History in 1981. Katharine Liptak, who has won the Harvard Book Prize, whose mother, Jennifer Bitman, also won the Harvard Book Prize in 1979.
The Academy Debating Fund Prize Morgan Burrell Shannon Hou
Alice McCrum, who has won a prize in History, whose mother, Sarah Lyall, also won a prize in History in 1980.
The English Prizes consist of the prizes established in 1896 by Dr. Abner L. Merrill of the Class of 1838, for excellence in English Composition and established in 1925 by Samuel Cony Manley of the Class of 1885 and established in 1949 by Mr. and Mrs. Thomas S. Lamont, together with friends, in memory of their son, Thomas W. Lamont, II, of the Class of 1942 and in 2007 by Jane and Basil K. Vasiliou of the Class of 1967. Each year students chose to submit their work in competition for these awards. First Year English First Prize: Seung-Hyun B. Ko for “Greenie” Second Prize: Wei Xiao “Joanna” Zhang for “Noodle Soup” Third Prize: Athena Gerasoulis for “The Summer of Tea Leaves” The Vasiliou ’67 Writing Prize in Second Year English First Prize: Kevin Zhen for “Roots Paper” Second Prize: Antonio S. G. Gomes for “Falling Action” The Vasiliou ’67 Writing Prize in Third Year English First Prize: Braxton Harris, for “Paper About Getting Big, Among Other Things” Second Prize: Bhargav Arimilli, for “Men of Lugner” Third Year English - Reporter at Large First Prize: Ann Yao Zhang for “Scheherazade” Second Prize—two equal prizes to: Will Li for “The Man with the Scissors” Abigail Scheetz for “We Are A Different Breed” Third Prize: Sabrina Ortega-Riek for “Felicity” Fourth Year English First prize: Kieran Minor for “Supernova” Second Prize: Kerrick Edwards for “Solstice” Third Prize: Thomas Clark for “Chimeras” The Bensinger Shakespeare Prize for best essay on a Shakespearean topic: First Prize: Brandon Wang for “A Means to an End” Second Prize: Andrew Xu for “Twelfth Night and Ironic Marriage” Third Prize: Emily Lemmerman for “You”
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The Thomas W. Lamont II Prize in English Composition for the best extemporaneous essay in Senior English: First Prize—Two equal prizes to: Hansen Shi and Eunice Cho
The Negley Prizes in American History for the year's best essays will be presented in the Fall Term.
The Lewis Sibley Poetry Prize for the most promising collection of original poems: First Prize—Two equal prizes to: Alice Ju and Davis Leonard
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Sunday, June 8, 2014
Brotherhood TJ HODGES When I started formulating my renotes, I noticed that a profuse amount of my entries began with “I wish I had…” I wish I had looked up from my cell phone more. I wish I had let more time slip by on the cool fall evenings throwing frisbee with dorm-mates. I wish I had spent more time with people I was not familiar with, as well as with friends that I knew really well. Perhaps an extra bridge jump would have been nice. Scrolling through a long list of my “wishes” left a poor taste in my mouth. But mixed in with all of my shortcomings, there still were some successes and lessons learned. And so I have decided not to dwell on the missed opportunities, but instead to share one of these lessons.
like looking at a messy dorm room in need of cleaning, as I have done many times, and deciding where to start. When I think about how my time at Exeter began and ended, I can think only of my brother. My younger brother Josh and I began playing basketball when we were both in elementary school. Around that time, we changed our evening schedules from playing with toys to shooting on the six-foot tall plastic basketball hoop nestled in the corner of the yard. On the outside, Josh and I were pretty different, frequently getting in the way of one another and complaining to Mom about it. In the backyard, our games were sharp, fumbling dances for victory, a special kind of rivalry we shared only with each other. We played through cuts, bumps, bruises and dim skies as the sun set too quickly. If it weren’t for Mom calling us in for dinner, the games would go on
forever. It was a special relationship, a special kind I haven’t truly developed with anyone else. Our basketball court became at Exeter. I can only equate my happiness in a handful of moments to the excitement I felt when Josh and I laced up to play ball. As I searched for the stories, lessons and experiences I was privileged to have in the last four years, I could not help but ask, “was it worth it?” It is a question that most Exonians will inevitably ask at some prep year or the last few of senior year. otherwise have spent with Josh and the rest of my family makes “was it worth it?” harder to answer. I cannot compare my experiences and friendships made at Exeter to my relationship with my brother, Connor Bloom/The Exonian
See HODGES page B6
Fleeting MoMents I will remember. As incredible as Exeter is, however, I would implore younger kids to think twice before applying. To go to Exeter is to make
Jenny DiPietro When I contemplate my time spent at that come to mind. First, I should state, as cliché as it sounds, I am forever grateful for having gone to school at Phillips Exeter Academy. I will never know how to repay
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Best Friends, role Models elle MacalPine When I lead the bright-eyed, nervous prospective students around Exeter on their campus tours, I always try my best to convince them that although the workload and stress at Exeter are significant, no one here actually wants to see you fail. I tell them that teachers have all kinds of time for extra help, your peers are always there for you, and your adviser will help you choose the best solution to any problem. Usually, though, I am just spilling words, thinking about the frequent essay conferences and the extra math help I requested once in my entire time here. As I look back on my time at Exeter, I am beginning to realize the truth of my own advice. Our teachers and staff members often have their own families, worries and stresses, but they always have a spare moment for students. For me, a few people have become combination parents, mentors and life-long friends. Some, like Ms. Waterman and Mr. Golay, I only met this year, yet they took incredible interest in my personal well-being, and have always been there to discuss or just listen. Some, though, have helped me to grow during the entirety of my four years here. They have seen me through every high and low and truly shaped who I am a mere four years after I stepped onto this campus in the fall of 2010. Ms. Rankin and Ms. Waleryszak have been two of my best friends at Exeter. When I began giving tours my prep year, I always looked forward to seeing that enthusiastic Admissions lady with the beautiful, puffy, gray hair. I got to know her better through many weeks of working in Admissions over breaks and giving hundreds of tours while classes were in session. During my upper and senior years, I began to frequent Bissell House for long chats about boys, school, sports and family. She listened intently and with genuine interest as I told her stories of things I normally would only tell my peers, and responded with a certain wisdom that my high school-aged
See MACALPINE page B6
To Live Plainly Thomas Clark
Facing the uncomfortable, the trying, and the surprising moments
in order to send me here. Exeter was an intellectual awakening, a beautiful refuge from the academic carelessness in which I drowned during middle school. I had never been in a such an incredible place before, a place fueled by intelligence, passion, and ambition. It has been the best four years of my life. I feel that when I am older, in ten or twenty years, I will remember only the good things, the happy parts. This school, however, also has its less attractive side, and to remember because that is the part that has truly taught me something. Exeter is the epitome of two-faced. A place of family; a place of isolation. Joy; misery. Friends; loneliness. Victory; failure. Home; Hell. At Exeter, I have met the most incredible people that I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and also the people who have caused me the most pain. I’ve loved the place and hated it, which I think is the case for most students who pass through the majestic brick buildings and the endless stairs of the science building. The warm May days spent basking melt in my mind like soft caramel candies; they leave a lingering, sweet taste for days after they’re gone. I will always remember the early mornings in spring, bridge jumping to the chagrin of campus safety, through the dappled woods, Las Olas burritos, tanning, guitars and the inevitable,
back home and free time for the pursuit of knowledge and opportunity. It means prioritizing schoolwork over things that are exponentially more important. So you should ask yourself: how much are you willing to give up? Are you willing to shut per? Turn down an upset friend so that you can cram in the last bit of studying? It was nighters and that I lost sight of what was important. Exeter condones survival of the Rachel Luo/The Exonian
recurring panic after realizing that no homework had been done. I will remember the team dinners, loud and raucous, plate after plate of food shoveled down after a particularly demanding practice. The gluttonous consumption of chicken nuggets and grasshopper brownies. The elation of birthday cake night. I will remember playing volleyball, frisbee and minute before check-in. I will remember rowing in the pouring rain in the dark at and at the New England Championships, teammates and coaches at my side. I will remember performing in the church, in the music building, on the assembly stage and the steps of Phillips Hall for spring EAR, soft breeze producing feedback off the microphones. I will treasure the nights spent in dorms, the dinners at Green Bean with my best friends, calzones and movies on Sunday nights, Harkness classrooms and free formats spent at Stillwell’s instead of studying. These are the good things. These
Finding voice at the table and beyond
of slaving through it, just trying to make it out alive. You are indeed a two-faced friend, but in the end, there is no question that you are worth it all.
Unquantifiable here. For me, Exeter wasn’t about huge events or epiphanies—it was a culmination of moments in time that added up to form a complete experience. I will always remember talking about history with my piano teacher instead of actually playing piano, the taste of Mr. Reichlin’s cookies at Saturday check-in, somehow enjoying watching horror movies with fifteen girls in the dorm even though I hate horror movies and typing papers in my favorite library carrel overlooking the Academy building. I remember the promise of spring twilight on the quad and getting a bit lost in Ma-
Sarah hannigan I distinctly remember the moment I met my best friend. It was our move-in day as new lowers in Amen and I knocked on her door, hoping that she would be friendly and would know where to find food. She opened the door crying, struck with homesickness even though her parents were still in Exeter; and then she started laughing. I have spoken to her every day since. Attempting to reflect on and summarize an Exeter experience seems impossible, as this place is so unquantifiable. The things that stick out to me the most are the instants that are small, but form the foundation of life
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See HANNIGAN page B4
Inside Reflections Beyond the Count Alec Hernandez
An experience that reaches beyond the count
A Letter to My Teachers
Call for Emotional Education
A personal note recounting the fundamental roles of our mentors
A reminder to seek out the opportunities for personal growth
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Drawing my Sword
that we forget to take care of those around us and instead draw inside ourselves and become self-centered, alone. Yes, Exeter is a place for those of a certain academic caliber, and it prides itself on teaching “the best and the brightest.” However, it also twists those same kids into different versions of themselves, versions that may not be an improvement. So, bravo Exeter. You are amazing; you have challenged me and brought me to my lowest points, forcing me to scramble back up again and again. You have allowed my intellectual curiosity to thrive, given me the best friends in the world, and proved to me that I can make it through the rigor and come out all-right. I also want to thank you for your bad side, for it is only because I realized these things about you that I have learned how to prioritize, how to make time for those I care about, how to
Bouncy House Syndrome Eva Bogwardt The responsibility of making your fun
Listen Kieran Minor Learning to hear yourself
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Yasmin Bashirova ’13 Expectations after Exeter Courtesy of Facebook
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
We Made It We have now sat for the last times as students of the Harkness table, been dress coded or dicked one final time and asked permission for OOTs or V’s, things we will never experience again. And now, as we stand on the threshold of something new and unknown, we may never see some of these faces again. So, to all of the people who have made our Exeter great: thank you. From the friendly custodians in the halls who are happy to strike up a conversation, to the science teachers who run with us on the field, to our fellow students who stay up with us late talking or indulging in all means of procrastination. It is the people Exeter draws and houses that make this place what it is and enable it to be our home. You have helped us deal with lost games and aggravating classes, ensured our safety and joy and kept us going to be able to find this moment where we can finally look back and appreciate all that we have seen and done in the past years. When we leave the library quad from graduation lunch, it will mark the end of a journey. All the sleepless nights, crammed papers, extracurricular projects and schedule conflicts were worth it. We made it.
Tina Safford As my four years at Exeter come to a close, it seems odd that this is my first contribution to The Exonian. This newspaper has been a constant in our lives every week, whether we spent Thursday lunch avidly flipping through the pages to find pictures of ourselves from the weekend’s events or discussing controversial student articles. It is the many underappreciated routines like this one that I will miss as I move on from Exeter. The gentle buzz and murmur of auxiliary breakfast, an endless train of students headed to Assembly, the last kid that runs into class as he puts his tie on, Friday night a cappella concerts, afternoon frisbee on the quad; all of these things make up our Exeter. We might have similar moments in college or later in life, but never again will be have these moments with these same people that we have gotten to know during our time here. I suppose it is not original to say that what I will miss most about Exeter are the people, but this is entirely true. Every four
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years there is a new Exeter. The campus stays the same, with little updates here and there, but the halls slowly empty of familiar faces, and year-by-year, the Exeter we know will fade into the Exeter of the past. We four-year seniors have a seven year span of Exonians to recognize and relate to the Exeter of now. In knowing this, our Exeter is individually ours. The Class of 2014 has seen many changes, from term schedules to sleep schedules to rotating weeks. We have been through Halloween snowstorms, blistering springs and tornado warnings in hopes that someday we would make it to this week, the last week, the home stretch.
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The Legacy Will Vennes
Let me just start by saying that the Exeter I expected on my first day of lower year and the Exeter I now leave behind are two entirely different beasts. I am not saying I was some dewy-eyed kid walking into my first real high school experience. I received plenty of “experience” at my previous school. I spent a year at a Kentucky public school where, at times, I was afraid to lift my gaze from the floor when walking from class to class. The “Advanced English” there was just a step above remedial. People could barely read. Needless to say, I wasn't happy. A friend of mine, Dylan Farrell, started out at this magical place at the end of eighth grade, and he wouldn't stop talking about “Phillips Exeter Academy.” (It was always Phillips Exeter Academy, never Exeter, PEA, or Phillips Exeter. He had to say the entire thing.) My family and I decided to submit an application and go through the admissions process to Exeter and Exeter alone. I didn't know anything about any of the other New England prep schools, and this place sounded incredible. Great food, lots of cool clubs (including a surf club!), and it was ten miles from the beach! And, of course, I hoped that I might be challenged academically. The day I received my acceptance letter and an award of full financial aid was one of the greatest in my life. The way they worded that letter, telling me how special and how lucky I was to have been one of the select few offered admission at Phillips Exeter Academy, honestly gave me a bit of an ego boost for the remainder of my time in public school. I was ready for what I felt I deserved after a year of what I could only think of at the time as torture. Three years later, everything has changed. Writing this two weeks before graduation, I can honestly say that the food isn't as brilliant as they made it seem in the brochure, I don't think Surf Club's met once since I've been here, and unless you're a day student, going to the beach just doesn't happen. I can also say, however, that I've meet some incredible people, faculty and students alike, done things I never could have dreamed of back in Kentucky and learned what it means to be non sibi. The guys in Knight House I have to leave in two weeks are now my brothers, each and every one of them incredible in his own light. My advisor, Dr. Curwen, has become a grandmother figure for me and influenced my life in such a remarkably positive way. I've been able to realize my academic dreams in taking countless science courses, which led to my decision to head down to Eckerd College for Marine Biology next year. I learned how to play the banjo and the guitar, became a radio DJ, played competitive ultimate frisbee, built a longboard, backpacked through the mountains of Tucson, Arizona with NOLS, got through my 333 and jumped off a freaking bridge. All of these are unique experiences that this school and its financial help have been able to offer me. I am deeply grateful for the things I've done and the things that I have been set up to do. I now understand what non sibi truly means. What I have been able to do, all that I have achieved both inside and outside of the classroom, was only made possible by the generosity of donors, coaches, teachers and everyone else who have anything to do with making this place run smoothly. I only hope that in my travels, from this moment forward, I can look back and continue to carry out the legacy they set forth.
Harry Halem “Doooorrrrrmmmmm Meeeeeeeettttiiiiiiinnnnggggggggg!” boomed through the stairwells of Abbot on my first night. Already in my pajamas, I followed the seniors on my floor down to “Mama’s” apartment. Sitting on her rug next to Rohan (I remembered his name because of Lord of the Rings) and Spencer, my new roommate from Las Vegas who enjoyed heavy metal music and video games, I listened as 29 new faces announced their names, hometowns, and interesting facts about themselves. One student, Tyler, asked almost 20 clarifying questions about “hazeling” before we realized that he had just misheard “hazing.” Finally, just as my knees began to ache from sitting for so long, we finished reviewing the E Book. Mama, also known as Mrs. Sysevich, announced that it was almost bedtime. More than ready to return to my room and fall asleep, I felt my knees click as I stood up and made my way to the door. Suddenly, halfway up the stairs, someone tapped me on the shoulder. “Hey Harry,” said Manny, one of the proctors on my floor, “come to my room. We’re having a dance party!” Intrigued, I investigated. Manny had transformed his room, placing a disco ball on his desk and blaring music from the speakers. I chatted with Daniel and Craig for a few minutes, planning to head to bed right after. Manny burst in again, yelling, “Come on, guys, let’s dance!” Unsure of what to do, we started, not quite dancing, but jumping around. Manny, however, captured our attention. As head of OutKast, he actually knew how to dance. Realizing that we had all stopped to watch him, he asked, “What, don’t you guys know how to dougie?” After a few minutes of his tutelage, we couldn’t quite dougie, but we came close. Prep year is filled with those moments, episodes of spontaneous fun and random kindness that helped ease the acclimation of a homesick, scared thirteen-year-old from New York City to Exeter life. Although Exeter is an academic institution, and has built its name due to the quality of education it affords its students, the people, both students and faculty, are what make the “Exeter experience” truly memorable. More than anything else, the dorm becomes
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a small, tightly knit family. Especially for a homesick prep, the dorm was the best possible support system. Seniors became a cross between tutors and older brothers. Their names, Ted, Manny, Ved, Kevin, still carry weight among my Abbot Hall Class of 2014. This year, I lived in “Ted’s room,” despite the fact that he graduated nearly three years ago and no one in Abbot will know him by next fall . We Abbot Seniors carry the memories of our upperclassmen, because we know that, after our graduation, their names and faces will become no more than pictures in the Abbot section of the yearbook and random initials in odd places throughout the dorm. Nevertheless, we refuse to let the home they created become just a dormitory. Every fac-proc, the Abbot Class of 2014 manages to come up, a constant reminder of the goal that the Abbot proctors and seniors as a whole strove for this year. Abbot can never be home, but if we can do our jobs to the fullest, it can become something even better. Exeter’s classes, clubs and sports have all created wonderful memories for me. They all teach their participants how to persevere for a goal that affects more than one individual. However, the impact of dorm life on students is by far the most significant and beneficial. Exeter’s greatest opportunity is to participate in the creation of an organic community that can visibly change every single one of its members for the better. This year in Abbot, the seniors tried to do just that. We tried to take the home that we love and make it even better. Honestly, I don’t know if we succeeded. But I do know that we tried our hardest to achieve that goal. I don’t think ‘our’ seniors, Abbot’s Class of 2011, could have asked for anything more.
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Don’t Sacrifice Experiences Spencer Goodwin When I think back on my time at Exeter, I’m flooded with memories of crushing anxiety and of pure bliss. For every memory I have of being swamped with work, though, I have three more of hanging out with my friends, just enjoying the moment. The closer I get to the end, the more I realize Exeter is what you make of it. If you focus on the work you have and stress about every little thing, Exeter can be a miserable place. On the other hand, you can enjoy the little things every day. In my experience, living day-to-day at Exeter is the healthiest way to survive here. If you look too far into the future, the pressure will crush you. In the end, however, Exeter is a lot like any other place, and you have to make the most of it. The closer you get to the end of your senior year, the more you start thinking about the rest of your life and your time at Exeter in terms of success. Your upper and senior years are dominated by talk of colleges, and at the end of the day that’s what a lot of people judge your success by. If you judge my success at Exeter by the outcome of my college decisions, I’m a failure. Plain and simple. My closest friends are going to schools such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Stanford, while I’m left deciding between a gap year or transferring schools in a year. But I’ve realized something. That doesn’t define success at all. When I think of the reasons why I came to Exeter in the first place, I see that none of them involve college. My reasons for coming across the country to a boarding school at fourteen were solely based on the opportunities I would be afforded. And I was not disappointed. In my time here, I have spent a term abroad in the Bahamas studying environmental sustainability. I survived a hurricane while there and learned to scuba dive, kayak, and spearfish. I learned about Bahamian culture and history, and I saw a side of the Bahamas that very few people see. I also got to travel to the Philippines with some friends in order to film a documentary about child homelessness and abuse. Above all, I was placed in Abbot Hall and made connections with people that I will undoubtedly have for a lifetime. Sure, I didn’t get into the best college in the country, but that isn’t what I came here to do. I came to Exeter to experience people, places and things that I would have never had the chance to experience if I went to public school in Las Vegas. It sounds cheesy, because people always say it, but I think it is one of the most important things to embrace while you’re here: enjoy this place. Don’t value yourself or others based on where you or they are going to school. The value isn’t in where you’re going; it’s how you got there. When an opportunity arises to do something daring, take it. When you leave Exeter, you don’t want to be thinking about the “what if’s.” You want to be thinking “remember the time when…” It’s not just the big trips either. Some of the things I remember most vividly about my time here are just hanging out in the dorm. Memories like dorm movie nights, watching Archer every week when it came out, or just the late night conversations you have with your roommate when you can’t fall asleep. Don’t sacrifice these experiences for work. In thirty years, what’s going to be more important? The college you attended for a brief amount of time, or the people and memories that will stick with you forever? It’s corny advice, but it’s corny for a reason.
It’s Been a Blast
Thank you Exeter, for providing me with people that believe in me more than I do in myself. From teachers to coaches to friends, I have met countless people here that encourage me to go beyond what I believe are my limits. Many of my friends have heard me babble on about Chemistry 319. I joke with them, remembering it as a "dark time in my life," "not a course but a lifestyle" or simply using it as evidence that "the struggle is real." I remember filling out the application for Chemistry 319 lower year, thinking, It'll be a challenge, but why not." Little did I know that by the end of my upper fall, I would have failed my first test ever, spent hours getting help from teachers and classmates, had too many late nights to count and talked to my teacher multiple times about
dropping the course. Needless to say, it was much more of a challenge than I had anticipated. Apparently I wasn't much of a chemistry person. Even through all of my struggles, Mr. Hiza encouraged me to continue, insisting that I was capable of doing the work. To be honest, the next term wasn't much easier for me. One night winter term, Ms. Hobbie, my dorm head and Chemistry 329 teacher, knocked on my door. It was almost midnight, but she came to visit me and hand-delivered my first chemistry test that I got an A on. As she showed me the test, she reminded me that I could do well in the course, despite my thinking that I was completely incompatible with chemistry. I was struggling so much through chemistry upper year that my goal for every test was simply to pass. I couldn't believe I could actually do well. There are few other places in
the world where someone is so excited when you succeed that she comes to celebrate with you when she should be in bed, where people push you to continue through a challenge even when you yourself don't think you can make it to the end. Through my four years at Exeter, I have lived through so much more than I could have anticipated. Staying up that extra hour to cram more biology facts into my brain. Completing that last shaky push-up during Coach Shang's 7 a.m. prep camp volleyball workout. Leaping off the bridge by the stadium. A year of chemistry. Without the supportive people I have met at this school, my experience would not have been nearly as incredible as it was. So once again, thank you to everyone who has believed in me through my four years. Exeter, it has been a blast.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Drawing My Sword Priyanka Boddu For being at school that boasts so much about the Harkness method and the importance of participation, I set myself up for failure. Throughout middle school and freshmen year, I was the quiet kid who never asked questions. No, that’s a dumb question, I would tell myself. Why would anyone ever ask that? I don’t want to make a fool of myself. So I held my questions until I had a chance to Google them. I always struggled through difficult problems on my own. The only collaboration I had was with group projects and forced peer edit sessions in class. I prided myself o n m y i n d ep e n d e n c e — I didn’t need anyone’s help, and at the same time, I feared judgment from my classmates. But my system didn’t work at Exeter. The first few weeks of lower fall, the only words I mumbled around the table were my name, grade, dorm and where I lived. I watched my classmates debate
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across, points flying back and forth across the table like a tennis match. Sometimes I heard them obliterate someone’s insightful point, and sometimes I listened as they strengthened another ’s idea. I feared entering that arena—that is, English class—everyday. The only classes I felt comfortable in were math and Latin. I put up the easy problems in math, knowing I could be spared from my classmates’ criticism. Math was my “thing” so I knew that my work was adequate.
Latin was a small class and the term started out with a review of the previous year so I worked my way through the course, offering up translations frequently. As we delved further into fall term, math began getting more difficult, and what was once my “thing” started failing me. I thought that I needed to finish all eight of the homework problems with complete accuracy before class. I agonized over vectors, unable to visualize them. I didn’t get the derivation of
trig identities and linear regression was not my friend. On top of that, I didn’t know how to use a graphing calculator. Up until this point, the numbers had been simple enough that I could calculate by hand. On my first math test, when an "Alex the Geologist" problem came up that didn’t have pretty numbers, I panicked. My heart pounded as I told Mr. Wolfson how I was calculator challenged, and he scolded my lack of initiative. This was the first time I asked for any help at Exeter. But even then—in the middle of the test—he gave me a quick rundown on how to use the max function. That night an upper in my dorm heard me fret about my calculator issues and sat with me for an hour showing me every relevant function on the TI-89. Nevertheless, I was still afraid to ask for help. I spoke maybe once per class in English, usually only clarifying someone’s point. See BODDU, page B5
To My Fellow Langdell Seniors Anisha Nawalrai
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To my fellow Langdell seniors, Allow me to take you down memory lane as we approach a new beginning: college. Do you remember the first day of prep year? When we gathered together in the common room, sitting in a circle, introducing ourselves one by one. Our names, where we were from, what floor we would live on. Do you remember talking over Facebook (and Tiny chat) before coming to school. That was you, Meagan and Shelby. Do you remember coloring in schedules with Ms. Hobbie and then being led on separate tours by different proctors, who kindly showed us where each of our classes were. Anna Brown, we were in the same group, led by Sam. Do you remember our very first Academy Life Day. Our trip to Memories, where we devoured ice cream and posed for pictures, something I could never imagine us not doing. I remember waking up early that Monday morning, eating bagels in the common room and watching cartoons, then decorating mugs for each other. Mugs that I know many of us still keep. Do you remember Halloween? When Meagan dressed up as Barney (the dinosaur), Yeji and Anna were a boat and a sailor, Shirley was a box, Becca belonged to the 80’s and Jacquie and I were animals. We crashed a wedding that night at the Exeter Inn. Then ate tons of pizza, while having a dance party. Do you remember spa night? When Mr. Chan painted his nails green with white flowers, when we gave each other makeovers and massages. Do you remember Abbot Casino? And Weilin’s tube dress which someone in the dorm has worn every year since Casino ’11? What about Janet Brown? All that excitement for a snow day that never happened. And Jazz Brunch? There were at least ten of us sleeping in Jacquie and Becca’s room— on the bunk beds. The following day we would stand in line before 9 a.m. and stuff ourselves with fried mac and cheese...at least that’s what I did! Remember our British themed tea? And then mud sliding in the rain with Yeji and Ted Lee? And then we became lowers. Priya, remember when I walked into your room thinking it was mine? I did that a couple more times. I would walk into second floor before realizing that I actually lived on the fourth. I guess I wasn’t used to living in a single anymore. Shirley, remember how prep year we had these “music battle” sort of things, where each of us slowly increased the volume of our music, until we couldn’t make it any louder, and a
cacophony echoed around the room? It only ended when we each plugged in our earphones. I would enjoy Miley Cyrus’ “Can’t be Tamed,” while you listened to classical music, something I never got accustomed to listening to. And remember your alarm clock? Oh my God. That thing was loud. Remember lower year, when once a month, there were crepes instead of omelets in D-Hall? Remember how we stole a bunch of crepes and ate them with nutella in the dorm basement? Remember our Spring Term “Cinco de Mayo” celebration, and the inauguration of the “Langdell Country Club,” aka our new bench? The one that is cemented to the ground so no Soule boys can steal it. Oh yeah, and remember the Langdell/Soule War? The photoshop pictures that Steph Wu made, the time we raided their common room, the time they infiltrated ours? Back to lower year, remember that time Weilin and Becca danced to “Single Ladies,” winning the Langdell talent show. We stayed up all night on the last day of class, before running to Dunkin’ Donuts and frantically packing that same day. Upper year came in quickly, and with half of our Exeter career over and only half of it to go, we had our first ALD at the beach. With Coach T pregnant, soon we’d welcome Haiven into the Langdell family. Remember Hurricane Sandy? When we sat in the Langdell common room, eating pizza alongside the company of Main Street boys? And Gym Night? And sitting in the sauna in the teacher’s locker room, sharing secrets and playing “Never Have I Ever.” And Abbot Casino came along, and Jacquie would wear the tube dress for a second year in a row. And then we’d come back and take pictures in Meagan’s room, having yet another dance party. And remember our all dorm Harlem Shake? Monkey masks, Rubik’s Cubes, chickens and pillows? And our Flatbreads tradition started! And Priya just couldn’t keep her eyes open in any of the pictures. She still can’t! Well...only if it’s Weilin’s camera. And soon, upper dinner came round our way, and as we took pictures on the Langdell balcony, we realized that yet another year at Exeter was ending, and we braced ourselves for Senior Fall. Although Senior Fall was hectic and exactly what everyone described it to be, I don’t think I could have ever survived it without you, Langdell. The late night conversations in Priya’s room, while stuffing ourselves with Ritz and Nutella or Honey Bunches of Oats. The Fun with Feng Sunday selfies that Yeji posted every week. The Cards against Humanity gatherings in the church basement. Gossip sessions at Ms. Stahr’s apartment, while looking through LionLinks for potential prom dates. Dinner at Szechuan, when the Asian man photobombed the Asian Langdell picture. Holi on the Wetherall Quad, when Claire ran up to me and attacked me with powder! The pancake brunch! Do you remember when Dani and Jacquie got us a hammock? How we sat outside on warm days and sang along to tunes that Weilin played on her uke? Do you remember rafting on the Exeter river and freezing because it wasn’t actually eighty degrees? Thanks weather.com for deceiving us. Do you remember the endless group chats on Facebook and text? The couple names and the girl problems? The creepy, stalker pictures of each other and our significant other’s (our lovers). The boy names. Daniel, this one’s for you! And just like that, four years have flown by. So Langdell seniors, thank you for making my time at Exeter the best it could ever have been. Thank you for all the memories, the late night conversations, the nutella and your friendships. I love you all and keep in touch! Anisha
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As an Individual Hansen Shi
So I was asked to write a piece in which I reflect upon the three years of my life that I spent at this place– all three beautiful, terrible, poignant years–but that kinda seems like a lot, so instead let me just tell you about this strange dream that I had a few nights ago. In this dream, I was wandering around this huge warehouse store (like Ikea size) where all the lights were dim and there wasn't much for sale. I don't remember why, but I felt desperately that I needed to get out of this creepy Soviet-era warehouse as soon as possible. So I ran into the elevator and tried to get onto the roof, where maybe there would have been a helicopter or something waiting for me; however, when I pressed the button for twelve, the elevator dropped like a stone and plummeted me deep, deep into the darkness below instead. When I emerged from the elevator's cold, musty interior, I found myself staring weakly into a row of white, fluorescent lights. On my hands and knees, I mustered all the strength I had to crawl out of the collapsed elevator to find myself in the Bargain Basement of the Urban Outfitters store in Cambridge. Yes! I thought to myself (I may have even said it out loud): Yes, finally! This is what I've been looking for all this time! People who know me will tell you that I've only ever been caught shopping at Urban Outfitters once in my entire life–last summer when my friends pressured me into paying $50 for a light blue-and-white casual summer shirt that was probably made out of recycled cardboard or something, since it fell apart after I wore it outside for the first time during a light drizzle. In short, I had always felt (pretty consistently) that Urban Outfitters is just not really my look. I'm a simple man who likes clean, simple colors; at least, that's what I've always told myself, though perhaps it's more accurate to say that the whole jorty shunderwear thing is simply out of my reach. Nevertheless, upon reaching the Bargain Basement that night in my dreamspace, I experienced the deep, almost existential feeling that this is what I have been searching for. Driven to new heights of mania, I darted from rack to rack, but soon I discovered that all I could find were cloth-y sweatshirts with pictures of cats on them and tops and bottoms I lack the vocabulary to describe. Yet for some reason, I felt the acute need to buy something; it was like my money was burning a hole in my pocket. Finally, I stumbled upon a giant bin labeled "Bags: 60 percent off." And at the top of that bin lay a single, light electric blue two-strap backpack with leather accents. Yes; that was the one. And I knew, I knew from the first instant, that it was–it had to be–the backpack for me. I began to ascend the mountain of bags, which at this point appeared to be increasing in mass, until finally I conquered it all and held the light electric blue two-strap triumphantly in my hands like in The Lion King. Then my parents appeared out of nowhere and my mom snappily pulled a comically large red lever in the wall that collapsed the mountain of bags and sent me crashing to the floor. "No," she said emphatically. "You not get that one, that one ridiculous, waste of money. You get serious man bag, now." She pointed to one of the thousands of identical brown leather briefcases that lay in a mound below me. At this point, I'm pretty sure I started crying. I'm running out of words now, but I guess what I am trying to say is that, in a weird way, we all want things that maybe aren't right for us. The typical Exonian drive to be "serious" and non sibi can sometimes seem at odds with the universal human need for recognition and expression as an individual. I've got a long way left to go before I figure out exactly what this means to me and for other Exonians, but I'll let you know when I decide.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
To Live Plainly Thomas Clark
The warm breeze flowing through the open doors of our great marble-and-brick library; the chill of the river’s water after a plunge; the slamming shut of books and laptops at an invitation to come outside, to wander, to create art, to talk with old and new friends. After four years, it is so tempting to ascribe some elaborate meaning to my personal Exeter experience, to create some monument out of the sum of my days and nights – each neatly penned diagram, each race through the leafy green trails, each traverse to and from the cinderblock walls of my room. Yet I am stopped by a hint of unease. Dostoevsky once wrote, “Beauty saves the world.” I fell for this quote wholeheartedly when I first read it. Now I realize that I don’t know what he meant by the word beauty, and therein, within that distinction, lies the essence of my unease. In one sense, beauty is artifice. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is some man-made quality with which artists and art-appreciators endow objects and experiences. Looking back on Exeter, I can easily become enraptured with nostalgia that is beautiful in this sense, accepting on the inside the words many have told me – that I am living now the best years of my life, that I will never forget the memories from this campus. My experience can mesh beautifully and seamlessly with those of so many others, and many parts of me want to be that smiling alumnus returning for his reunion decades from now and believing that Exeter transformed me and therefore the real world through my actions, believing that I am part and parcel of the culture here. Perhaps this nostalgia, this grappling for beauty, originates with the sense that we, as Exonians, are the elite, the writers, the academics, the visionaries and the virtuosos who see things in the unique light of our great education. We take nothing at face value, for every utterance and every glance at the world overflows with the potential for drama and beauty. Convinced by this and partaking in it fully, I lost the ability to live plainly, to take things as they are, trading this ability for the tendency to see everything in shades of real or imagined meaning. Sometimes people like me will invest all our hopes and dreams in a class, in a teacher, in a dorm culture, in another student, in
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ourselves. I have stacks and stacks of notebooks in my room documenting my obsession with my own life and its drama, written down in longlasting ink under the assumption that those thoughts and struggles would matter to me years down the line. Yet by investing so much heart in grand expectations or false attributions and depth and beauty, we only set ourselves up for harsh disappointment and disillusionment. The friends we thought were so transformative and intimate drift away, betray our trust, or live their own secret lives. The acquaintances that had fit so neatly into archetypes are revealed to have unique differences that embarrass our attempts at generalization or characterization. The story of our lives, the path to the top, the necessary buzzer-beater or hall-offame times, the awards, the college dreams, are all liable to evaporate and leave us deeply alienated from what we thought was beauty. In vain we try to re-spin to story, attack beauty from another angle, but are met with the same result. Doing all this again and again, I failed to realize that I had succumbed to a deep vanity that was viscerally averse to looking at a second type of beauty, one that is more demanding and more frightening but also more real. I believe that the world contains beauty just by merit of existing, without ascribing anything to it. Life has the right to be senseless, unexpected and unfair without being called ugly and having us give up on its goodness. Emotions may seem to beg to be written down, experiences may seem to form themselves
into stories, but I do not wish to be preoccupied with the past. Knowing the first kind of beauty is helpful – it helps to get one’s point across, it helps to win friends and influence people, it might even help to give us a tremble or two in our old age. Yet I have seen more than one person have his life taken over by the pursuit of this beauty and the devastation of disillusionment; I have seen depression eat at people because to them, there is nothing possibly sadder than a crack in the story, than the world not pulling through for them. So here I am. I still write things down, but not nearly as much and for entirely different reasons. I could throw away all those filled-up notebooks now, something that would have caused me great pain even a year ago. I want now to live plainly, and above all to give thanks plainly. I give thanks for the family that I was born into by pure chance. For the random events that led to where I am now. For the facts I remember from my classes and the people I met in them. For the great race where I felt like I had conquered my body and all its limitations. For the terrible one where I felt like I was nothing but a coward. For the interactions I have with people who drift in and out of my field of vision, people who defy conventional labels. For four years that I spent here because I happened to be here. Above all, I am thankful for the rest of the world that my classmates and I now go on to face, so unknowably different from what I have known here, so full of uncomfortable and trying moments, so eternally surprising with its reality.
My Favorite People HANNIGAN, continued from B1 lost in Madrid with Señor Perez. I remember the first time I woke up at 4:50 a.m. to make it to The Exonian office by 5:00, chugging my Keurig coffee and asking myself why I was even moving at such an ungodly hour, along with the moments of panic two minutes before the deadline and the triumph that came with the finished product. Looking back on the past, it’s easy to remember the good and not the bad, so I feel obliged to also remember the bleaker moments. There were countless times that I sat at my desk at 9 p.m. after a packed day and faced a seemingly insurmountable amount of work, and many occasions when I crossed the dark tundra that is campus in February and literally did not see a single other person. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed and defeated in a way that is unique to Exeter. But for every one of those memories that involve darkness and too much caffeine, there was another moment of togetherness that has had an impact far more lasting, like a huge group bridge jump, running into someone from lower winter math on the path and laughing about that one problem or a second of excitement at the Harkness table when it all just makes sense. My best memories are connected to Amen, staying up late laughing and eating too much sushi, or sitting on the porch at night and letting everything else melt away. My time here has been both entirely predictable and very unexpected. I could have guessed that I would do lots (probably too many) extracurriculars, but never thought that I would come to love spending a slightly obscene amount of time in a cramped newspaper office. I didn’t think that I would discover a love of history or that I would refer to my dorm as “home.” I didn’t expect to figure out what I want from the future and I certainly didn’t expect to have an idea of how to get there. In terms of advice—one of the easiest things to do at Exeter is sit in your room, watch Netflix, order food and complain about how there’s nothing to do. We’ve all been there. So go do something, anything really. One thing that I have learned at Exeter is that it is possible to create fun in the most unlikely of circumstances. Even if you end up back in your room, at least you know you tried. Also, take the classes you want senior year. I only took calculus to have four years of math on college apps, and now I really wish I was in photo or philosophy. Of all the things that Exeter has given me, the most significant have been the relationships. I love the people here, and I am confident in saying that I will never find another group like this, with so many unique perspectives and a common drive for knowledge and betterment. My teachers here have inspired me, guided me and, of course, helped me learn so much. My friends have always supported me and truly are like my family. Exeter has given me so much, including some of my favorite people in the world, and for that I will be eternally grateful.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
A LETTER TO MY TEACHERS Joohwan Kim under her graduation photo from last year, “[I have] climbed this mountain that we call Exeter, and the view is beautiful.” So to everyone who has helped me climb this mountain, or even pulled me up at one of the many tumultuous turns, this letter is for you: Mr. Secondi, Mr. Vorkink (get the mountain reference?), Mrs. Breen, Mme. Fair, Mr. Miller, M. Reiter, Ms. Crawford, Mr. Blair, Ms. Ramage, Mr. McMillan, and every teacher that I hold dear in my memory, thank you so very much. Dear Teachers,
Connor Bloom/The Exonian
In 1957, shortly after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, Albert Camus wrote a brief yet heartfelt letter of gratitude to an elementary school teacher of his named Louis Germain. In his letter, Camus writes to his beloved mentor, “Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to the small poor child that I was, without your teaching, and your example, none of all this would have happened.” For Camus, there was no doubt that everything he had achieved in his life had come down to the generosity and love of Mr. Germain. Though graduating from high school pales, or rather lies absolutely flaccid and limp, in comparison to winning a Nobel Prize, in the spirit of Camus’ beautiful display of love and modesty, I’d like to address a letter to every teacher that I feel has left an indelible impression on my life. While Exeter can sometimes be cruel, as a friend of mine posted as a caption
I first realized the fundamental part of my life I was going to leave behind at the beginning of a college visit. I was sitting at the Exeter train station, waiting for my train to Providence to arrive, when the tracks began rattling. At first they were muted, but then they shook violently as the train roared in. Its wheels crashed against the rails in a cacophony of dissonant sounds and biting tones that echoed in the caverns of my head. The pain I experienced for that brief moment was unusual for me. I’ve spent most of my life in trains. As a child, I would watch the lights sweep into darkness as my train left every station, wondering if the beams I had seen cut off would follow us through the underground. The sounds of trains were ubiquitous throughout my childhood. Yet, in that moment, sitting in Exeter, watching this train, I was in agony. When it emerged into sight, all my fluid and abstract fears of leaving everything behind and finding independence seemed to have congealed into this behemoth heading straight for me. My soul shook within its fleshy tabernacle, and the faces of the people to whom I owed my admittedly sheltered yet joyful childhood experience flashed through my mind. Besides my parents and sister, I saw Mr. Vorkink calling me Fuji, Mr. Moriarty pointing to the fleshy tabernacle passage in Moby Dick and describing it as “awesome,” Ms. Crawford and me listening to Carly Simon’s
Community Shiwhan Kim I remember walking as a prep down the path towards Elm St. with a friend and asking him, “You know what would be weird? If the two of us both flashed back to this moment when we became seniors. It would be like we time traveled.” This memory came back to me as I traversed the same path just a few days ago. A part of me felt as if the fous years at Exeter had simply slipped by. In reality, a lot has changed. I have learned a lot from the time spent here, and indeed I have gleaned a lot more from friends and memories than the scores of classes I have taken. That’s what I want to remember from my time here: that Exeter was a truly enlightening learning experience. Contrary to what we’re told frequently, our grades
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shouldn’t be a reflection of our learning and maturity as students. There are lessons given to me by friends, faculty and others that I will take to heart. I’ve been told time and time again by over a hundred successful speakers to make mistakes and take my failures in stride. Of course, the sayings are true;
The Arena Inside My Head BODDU, continued from B3 I rushed to math class and was that obnoxious kid who “called” problems before class (to the point where I would rock-paper-scissors someone for my problem). My papers and test scores were decent, but my participation grades suffered. I didn’t know how to get into the discussion. Once I did, I didn’t know what to say. I refused to go to peer tutoring, mostly because I was afraid of going by myself. I relied on the Internet, and my own neural networks to make it through lower fall. As time passed, I started talking a bit more in class—meaning now a max of two comments per class. I spent more time arguing internally over whether or not I should ask my question rather than just thinking of one. I began stressing as I watched the minutes go by and still hadn’t said anything and then finally blurted out a random point just as the class ended. I tried writing out all my points before class, but whenever I did that, the class discussed topics I hadn’t even considered. I still feared my classmates’ intelligence—partly because I thought I wasn’t at their level and feared getting shut down. Upper year was the turning point. I knew it was an important academic year and I didn’t want to struggle through it like the previous year. I dropped my pride in asking for help and approached my teachers early in the term. I remember constantly bothering Dr. Wade to help me with participation. In a class filled with Harkness warriors, I complained about how I feared talking because when I did say something, it got looked over. It was during my time working with Dr. Wade that I realized how helpful and understanding teachers could be. I used to think that teachers only worshipped the winning gladiators in the Harkness arena. I started meeting with my teachers more frequently and asking them questions about the material. I’m pretty sure I met with Ms. Girard every other week during my free for math help and Mr. BreMiller constantly on how to get involved in discussion. I used to view extra help as “weak,” but now I realized that it makes you a stronger person by being proactive in your education. While I developed bonds with my teachers, I did the same with my classmates—forming study groups before every test and going over labs and talking out papers. I became friends with my currents friends today through classes and classes alone. It was only after struggling through Chem 319 and History 333 that we discovered our shared interests. I found a way to be interdependent at Exeter, and that’s possibly the greatest thing Exeter has taught me. Even now, I’m pretty quiet in class—it’s my personality and there’s not much I can do to change that. I’m not mute, though, and I do ask questions now. I no longer fear my classmates, but rather expect them to help me develop or completely alter my idea. I wish I had started participating earlier because Harkness is so much more fun when you’re part of it. I wish I could easily let go of my self-conscious nature and speak my ideas and defend them when contested. Sometimes, I can feel my lower year self emerge again, but I take action now and talk to my teachers, my friends. I let them guide me instead of relying on just myself. I also realized that no one remembers what you said in class unless it was incredibly brilliant or incredibly funny. I learned that any question and any statement, even something somewhat meaningless, can spark an idea in someone’s mind. I discovered that my quiet voice can govern the classroom just as well as a loud one. The English class arena I feared lower year was all inside my head. I just needed to draw my sword.
“You’re so Vain” together during recess in the third grade, and Mr. Blair and I laughing over a joke he had made during a middle school soccer practice. They were little moments, the train tracks of my life that only I, the sole passenger of my train, could see as a straight, coherent stream of human experience. Anyone else outside this metaphysical train would’ve only seen disjointed, bent tracks. Yet as the passenger, I owe it to those who have been outside, watching and steadily guiding my train for building the trail that stretches into my future. Those were the faces I saw at the station that day. As I describe this moment, Mrs. Breen and her English class come to mind. You always told me to watch out for being overwrought. This reflection may be an indictment of my writing skills, but it won’t be of your teaching. You taught me how to enjoy writing, how to let my thoughts and imagination come together to weave a narrative that held more truth than any factually true statement or piece. I’m clearly still learning how to write, but you have no idea how wonderful it was to come to Will House every Sunday and have you read my papers, your blunt yet maternal voice relaying essential information, not just about writing but also about looking back. I’d like to say you aren’t just a teacher of writing or reading, but a teacher of reflection, arguably the most essential human skill of all those I have learned in my brief 18 years. There are so many more of you that come to mind as this Proustian reminiscence overwhelms me, and even as the train to Providence scheduled to arrive in August approaches, the tracks rattling and their sound amplifying as leaves go from bright green to yellow and red. I still remember you and thank you for teaching me and supplying this young boy with an endless number of memories that he will watch, read and listen to over and over again, as the train bundles on further into the fruitful dark. I embrace you with all my heart, Joohwan Kim
every terrible test or scolding by faculty could just be that reminder someone needs to get them back on track. But the perfectionist culture at Exeter leaves little mercy for mistakes. It’s a small school, and whatever wrongs you commit follow you. One vagrant error can absolutely change the way that others view you. I began to learn that every day isn’t always a fresh one, that sometimes failure is a crushing blow that I can’t always recover from. But I have also learned to accept that what is done is done and to cut my losses. I have to learn everything that I can from my mistakes because a lesson learned with a slap on the wrist is far better than more austere consequences down the road. With every passing misstep I take, I try to make sure I can gain tools to succeed later. There were long periods at Exeter when I was struggling. I’ve had days where one demoralizing event piles on top of another, or the endless wave of work breaks the fragile spirit of enthusi-
asm. We all have different ways of coping with such hard times, whether it’s a religious organization, reliance on friends or weekend Netflix binges. For me, I hung on to a sparkling vision of my future. But it wasn’t as if I had some fantasy career plan and I was following the steps to achieve my goals. My dreams were there to remind me that I had a future that would be brighter than the life I had now, that things would turn out for the better and that everything could only go uphill from here. Most importantly, my dreams provided a way to have a positive outlook in life. Looking back, the hardships and successes that I have experienced at Exeter have truly shaped my character for the better. The support, joy and guidance that friends and faculty have provided have made my time here priceless. Life is nothing without those to share it with, and I am proud to have been a part of the vibrant community of Exeter and the Class of 2014.
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An Exeter Diploma vs. an Exeter Education RELATIONSHIPS, OLD AND NEW
HODGES, continued from B1 but there have been nights where I wished I could open the sliding glass door on Sandra Terrace and join him in the hot, dry sunset and a scrimmage for bragging rights. I believe, however, that, during my time away, I have learned to be a better brother. Brotherhood is tricky. The requirement to make a friend out of an utterly random, biological assignment is not always easy, and Josh and I have many stories to prove it. Yet those stories are similar to the collection of stories I share with everyone training group, whom I have also come to call brothers. I’ve learned all about the time it takes to facilitate a strong connection between teammates, and the amount of success that can come of it. As I left Josh at home my prep fall, I joined a completely new group of people.
on my dormmates and proctors for guidance. As a senior, I am encouraged to help The Exonian
Every mile I ran with the cross-country team brought me closer to the other runners. I credit every great race to my teammates. Together we created a culture that recognizes the marriage between enjoying a sport and taking it seriously. Throughout the weeks we were supportive, motivating each other during workouts and sticking together as a pack during recovery runs. On weekends, we are purely competitive, pacing each other during the beginning of the race and throwing down rigid surges at its end. It is easy to see why slacking during races is not possible for The condition of the team was hardly ever perfect; there were rivalries and feuds throughout each season. But because we kept our heads level and put others before ourselves, our seemingly random collection of Exonians managed to grow into a championship team. More than anything, my time at Exeter has been about relationships: growing, next year, that I can take the lessons I’ve learned, those of support, competition, and show, in my own way, that even the terrible costs of attending Phillips Exeter, such as the absence from home and the sleepless nights, are paid back in bigger ways.
The Little Pieces
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Bouncy House Syndrome
When I came to Exeter in the fall of my upper year, I was feeling what most of the other 350 new students were feeling. I was nervous, terrified, in fact. When my dad pulled our maroon Jeep up to Lamont Hall, my hands were sweating and my teeth were chattering. It was a warm day, but there was a hint of fall in the breeze that caught my breath when I stepped out of the car. My mom put her arm around my shoulder and squeezed. After we hauled everything from the car, up a flight of stairs, and into room 233, my parents were saying goodbye. I smiled and told them it was going to be alright. They assured me they weren’t worried about me, and asked me to call after my first day of classes. Twenty minutes after I watched the Jeep disappear down Tan Lane, I was on my phone, dialing the familiar number of my dad’s cellphone. I hung up before the phone started ringing. I wanted to be independent; I was nearly 17. My sister hadn’t called after she got dropped off in New York; nor had my brother when he was left at college in Flint, Michigan. I can do this, I told myself, as I put away my phone and began unpacking my belongings. I remember missing so much about home, especially my first term here. There were so many reminders that I wasn’t at home here. D-hall’s food did not compare to my mom’s home- cooked meals. My dorm mates were unfamiliar and made me miss my brothers and sister. Traditions I had at home quickly got replaced by new, not-so-fun customs; slushie-runs with my brothers at 1am were replaced with late night homework sessions with my hall-mates. Now that my short time at Exeter is coming to a close, I have begun to give thought to what I am going to miss about this home away from home. I no longer feel terrified when I arrive on our campus. I don’t call my parents as often as I used to. I spend more time than I ever thought I would at
The “bouncy house syndrome”: At age three, I attended a party with a bouncy house, and, far too shy to go inside, I sat on the sidelines watching the other kids bounce, biding my time. For two hours. By the time I finally worked up the courage to venture in, the party was over and they were letting all the air out. My parents have used this episode to tease me ever since. As a new lower, I was that kid (and if you haven’t been this kid, you at least have been in a class with someone) who spends the entire class period synthesizing a complete comment, which he or she will sometimes deliver in one long breath at the very end of class–or, more often than not, swallow in frustration as the final bell rings. I guess I was still deathly afraid that the other kids wouldn’t want to bounce with me. This was also the year when I had aggressively papered the walls of my dorm room with posters of San Francisco, despite having just moved to Missouri—I’m from California, dammit, I wanted to announce to people. But what I had to realize was that Exeter, as a place to bounce, is incredibly safe. It took a semester at the Mountain School, which is easily and immediately identifiable as a safe place—a small farm nestled in the hills of Vermont, with fortyfive students and dozens and dozens of sheep. It is idyllic and pastoral in s every traditional sense. But the safety I felt there did not emanate from the rolling countryside—it came from the teachers, and from the students—their attitudes that we had all gathered here to learn. The teachers wanted to teach us something that would stick, and reminded us of that every time they handed out tests—I’ve never studied harder. We planned our own activities on Saturday nights, and no one ever complained that Bingo night or Contra dancing in the library was “lame”—they’d helped
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D-Hall. I have found a family in that tucked away dorm on the hill. I have so many fond memories of late night conversations, when we can’t sleep because we still have too much homework to do. It was a late one Thursday evening, probably after 12:30, when my friend piped up. “This is what I’m going to miss,” she said, and I turned to look at her. I was sitting on the ground at her feet while she was braiding my hair. My other friend was on the bed, singing and working on an essay. I guess I didn’t fully understand what she meant when she said that at the time. Most alumni come back and say that they miss Harkness. They don’t talk about the Thursday evenings in the dorm or Sunday afternoons spent at D-Hall. They don’t mention the silly traditions you and your friends make up, nor do they talk about the walks you made in the blizzards. But those are the reasons I love Exeter so much. When I came here, I was terrified. There were so many things that I was leaving behind; my home, my family, and my little traditions. However, Exeter found extra space to squeeze in amongst all the stuff cramped in my heart. It made my siblings being far away seem bearable, just as it made nights without slushie-runs okay. It filled those spaces with other people and things. But that’s what I’m going to miss: all of the little pieces of Exeter that I have found, and that I will leave and forget about. I hope I can hold on to some of my favorites and think of them when I need a reminder of what a truly amazing place this is.
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plan it. Apathy was pointless—it was way more fun when everyone was invested in having a good time. I think much of the Mountain School experience was rooted in its finitenes–we were acutely aware that every moment counted, and there was this constant demand for intentionality—be intentional in everything you do. One eventually gets this sense of finiteness at Exeter, but perhaps this is the reason why everything looks better during senior year. I realized upon returning for Senior Fall that what I had loved most at the Mountain School was not the sheep—I missed the way I looked at the world while I was there. I walked into a classroom with the goal of learning something, and I would walk into a dance we’d set up on Saturday night with the full intention of having an absurd amount of fun. And those were things I could bring here. Because Exeter, really, is just as safe. But you have to take responsibility for your own experience—nothing’s fun when you’re on the sidelines, either too scared to try something out or too scared to show your genuine excitement at the prospect of doing so. Make your own fun–go contra dancing in town; grab your friends from down the hall and go for a walk in the woods ten minutes before check-in. Speak up, and listen. You are here to get an education. And the only way to get anywhere is to get up, take a deep breath, and bounce.
Listen Kieran Minor
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I’ve been forced to wake up early recently. Having to live in the skylight room of Soule is both a blessing and a curse: it’s spacious but suffocatingly hot, you get privacy but only at the cost of the 67-step staircase, you see the stars at night and the sun in the morning. This morning, I saw the sun. At around 6:30 AM. The lap of luxury, senior spring, begets its curse: a mandatory, celestial alarm clock. However, being awoken that early on the morning of your quadruple sleep in has its benefits. You hear things. Cars zipping by on Front Street, the E&R truck backing in, laughs between maintenance workers on the quad, birds, and the fan beside you, oscillating calmly. The first things you notice
after a deep sleep are the things you hear, before groggy eyes and body roll out of bed. A map of sounds. Sound, I guess, has been pretty central to my Exeter experience. I remember vigorously purging my middle-school iTunes library (Daniel Powter, Sara Bareilles, P!nk) and over the course of two days, attempted to make myself culturally current. I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought a stock Green Day poster of a fictitious concert, before promptly returning home and attempting to verse myself in all things American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. To my horror, upon my arrival to school, I discovered Green Day had stopped being good / culturally relevant in the late nineties. So throughout prep year, I drifted, through a wasteland of Mraz and Mumford, listening without really listening, hearing the sound of my own voice change, in more ways than I could have ever anticipated, for better or for worse. Soule’s two spiral staircases, lined with brick, dotted with yellow light, serve as an aural cave, carrying sound floor-to-floor, room-to-room (again, for better or for worse). I remember emerging from a particularly dull winter my prep year to hear the barbershop quartet practicing outside of the room of David Moon ’12, two floors away. I sat on the steps in front of my room and marveled at the reverberations, vivid, clear, that cascaded and bounced off the glass ceilings at the top of the stairs. I remember that afternoon as the first day of spring.
After that point, I heard more. The soundtrack of people around me. Giacomo Melegari ’11, playing piano, creating mixes, and blasting techno a floor below me, shaking furniture, lamps and bed like clockwork five minutes after lights-out each night. The unforgettable tenor of Jackson Crook ’13 practicing each new Exeteras solo as he walked up and down the stairs. The cheers and caterwauls following a Fifa match in the room of Nicho Gonzalez ’12. The cacophony of screams as 40 Soule boys, dressed in flags, run down the stairs, burst out the back doors, and onto the midnight quad. I eventually found my sound. Through radio shows, EPs, EAR shows and late-night conversations. Through performing with Exeteras, locking in harmonies, or improvising new ones with the jazz trio. Through hearing those around me perform, staircase and stadium concerts alike. There is never enough advice you could give to a prep, and there is only so much advice a prep will listen to. But if you can take away one thing: listen. Get up early, stay up late, go where you shouldn’t and stay when you shouldn’t. Leave your dorm room door, your iTunes, your mind and your ears open. And if you ever get lost, lie in your bed and stare into the night (skylight or otherwise) when it’s quiet. Connect the constellations, the points on your map of sounds, and eventually, you will hear yourself.
YOUR OWN PERSONAL GROWTH HAMMOND, continued from B7 ical way of being with which I grew up. Exonians have long displayed a perverse pride in being able to drive themselves to work ALL the time, to suppress needs for sleep, play, contemplation, developing trust and friendship, or simple joy in observing nature. But today, with the constant presence of smartphones demanding outwardly-directed attention, even between classes, it seems that students have even less free attention, less time for restoration, than ever before. People say “complaining is the favorite sport of Exonians.” I wonder if the culture of complaining about work is a way of masking deeper needs. Students derive a sort of status from “competitive suffering” by comparing all-nighters and loads of papers and tests; on the other hand, all the complaining also creates a bonding sense of being “in it together.” However, students have also used to a "bonding" experience to justify hazing. Complaining about work is safe self-suppression of basic needs that are central for physical and psychological health. Ignoring one's own needs leads to an unbalanced life; ignoring the needs of others hinders the creation of a healthy community. Even though we have a student body that appears "diverse," if we are teaching them all to be too tough with themselves, we also unintentionally sanction their being tough with others. Instead of encouraging respect and inclusion, instead of inspiring concern for inequity and injustice, instead of creating opportunities to become intrigued by what they can learn from different cultural styles, we are, in effect, "prepping" all of them for domination rather than for true leadership. Those who cannot feel their own feelings will not be able to validate the feelings of others. Those who cannot identify their own basic needs or acknowledge their own vulnerability will not understand, believe or act skillfully when confronted by the painful experiences of those who have been pushed to the margins of society, whether on a local or global scale. In order to practice "Non Sibi" intelligently, people need a healthy relation to "Sibi." The two are inseparable. Ironically, as that senior meditation showed, if the
of emotion is to be in motion; thus, by shutting down the so-called negative emotions, one inevitably blocks off the positive ones as well. That vicious cycle contributes to a
ity–and he reciprocated. By being able to hold each other's feelings, we deepened the bond between us and created an even larger "bowl" of awareness and empathy. On the other
of purpose and the epidemic of depression among students, which seems greater every year. I wish all students could safely explore the complexities of the mind and emotions. I wish they could experience themselves as the container, the bowl, in which many emotions co-exist. We can learn to be not slaves to our emotions but witnesses to them. Emotions can contain valuable information–there is no right or wrong or "should" about
to sympathize with other students’ emotional dramas. Empathy, however, is not about getting lost in identifying with someone else's emotions, but rather it's about witnessing and gently holding in awareness whatever their experience is. When we empathize, we see the other person as having the same human feelings and capacities as we do–we are not in his or her shoes, but we can be present with his or her experience. Then, both people can just "let it go" and choose to shift the focus of attention.
to recognize, not suppress, the feelings. The second trick is to name them and hold them. The third trick is to investigate what they may be revealing to you (about yourself or your relation to the world). Finally, when their purpose has been tion gathered) they can be released, because more information and more feelings are on the way! Emotion is a singular capacity--the ability to feel and to be aware of those feelings. The greater one's capacity for positive emotions, the greater one's capacity to feel "negative emotions." For example, when my mother died, and later, when both my cats died, I felt overwhelming grief. But as I cried and felt my heart breaking, I also realized (with an awareness born perhaps from years of meditating) that the grief I felt was directly related to (and proportional to) the love I had for them, and that I still HAD the love. The two feelings blended and became one, and both were okay; I would not have given up either one. And because I didn't try to get rid of the grief, it came and went on its own, in waves. All the while there was an underlying peace because I wasn't resisting or judging, but allowing. Although I didn't go around school crying, I did take some time off when I needed to, with the support of some understanding colleagues. Many students create lasting friendships at Exeter. Developing the ability to acknowledge other people's feelings can contribute to a deeper, more meaningful bond. For example, when I met the man who would become my husband, I knew he was the one in part because I felt safe in revealing some of those experiences of deep vulnerabil-
tively–rather than just ignoring, suppressing, or masking them. For example, the hardest emotion for me to deal with is anger, especially if it is directed at me. Often, those who are conditioned to be "tough" on themselves are unable to acknowledge feelings of vulnerability and discomfort and will feel and express anger or dissatisfaction instead. Fortunately, when I sense that, beneath the anger, someone feels unsafe or alone, disconnected and afraid, then I know it won’t help to get mad at him/her in return. Nor does it help to judge his/her anger or tell him/her they “shouldn’t feel” it. Resisting an unwanted feeling just holds it in place -- where it blocks positive emotions. "What you resist, persists." After you graduate from the Academy, please seek out opportunities for your own personal growth, wherever coveries with each other and support the development of such opportunities here on campus. Imagine what Exeter could be like if a critical mass of students and adults were actively and intentionally developing both self-awareness and imaginative empathy–especially with those who seem alumni, and employees) might come even closer to being the "caring and connected community" that Principal Hassan calls for. Exeter's charge is to develop both "goodness and knowledge," and emotional education may be the practical bridge needed to link the two.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Call for Emotional Education
A recent senior meditation got right to the heart of the issue. The senior revealed how he had spent so long others and not burden them with his problems that he began to feel that he did not know who he was beneath the mask he had adopted. Even as he highlighted the dangers of our striving and competitive culture, his remarkable ability to
Lark hammond, emeriTa Exeter’s public pronouncements about goals in addition to academic excellence sound good: "Non Sibi," "goodness," "a caring and connected community." But when it comes to truly educating "the whole student," training is haphazard at best in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-understanding, empathy and skill in emotional communication with others. True, student listeners get trained, some advisers and dorm faculty are quite skillful, some activities and some classes may contribute to one or another of these major life-skills. But all too often, for both students and adults, the pressure of work and a culture of toughness prevent them from exploring – or even feeling! – their own feelings and give them little or no time for empathy and caring for others. I fear that, increasingly, students' only yardsticks for success are grades, money and the status of college admissions. These are inadequate lead to satisfying connections with self, others and lifepurpose. However, a different kind of learning can contribute to the needs of the whole self and also improve the quality of the community we create together.
in being vulnerable, while somewhat unusual, were also a testament to the positive potential of our community and Harkness education. To achieve a better balance and maybe we all need to reassess what is truly important in Increasingly, in recent years, when I ask uppers childhood passions connect with their current dreams and idea of having an internal sense of purpose seems foreign to many. No one has ever asked them to investigate what truly moves them. So, even though at Exeter they have access to amazing teachers and classes and activities, they are consumed by concern for grades, college acceptance and a stereotypical "success." They are not purposefully and zestfully exploring and preparing to make a unique contribution to the world, one which will deeply satisfy themselves as well. Members of the community–both students and adults–are often dealing with major personal stresses: health challenges, depression, family crisis, death and
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grief. I have had students who are seriously ill apologize to me for not getting work in on time. That's insane! When I tell them their well-being is more important than any due date, any paper, any grade, or even being at Exeter, sometimes they will cry from the relief and express genuine shock at the notion of someone caring more for them creates a lot of internal stress–whether it’s because work and failure, or because we simply don’t know how to feel emotions without being overwhelmed by them. A deeper self-knowledge provides a compass for navigating the waves of emotion. tion of the dominant, white, upper-class, somewhat Puri-
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Yasmin Bashirova ’13 As my first year in college comes to a conclusion, I would like to share some of my experiences. Arriving at Exeter as a new upper was the most stressful and daunting period in my entire life—coming from Azerbaijan to the United States, a place where I had no relatives or personal connections, I was not just academically unprepared, but culturally and emotionally as well. I am forever grateful to those who believed in me throughout this difficult transition period. At Exeter, we do incredible things throughout our high school years; we push our absolute physical and intellectual limits, and then, by breaking them, we discover how much further we can extend ourselves. We are constantly told that we are the leaders of tomorrow. While Exeter students do get a lot more exposure to the process of academic writing and research, there are many people out there in the world who can excel in their classes without the exceptional pre-college education that we had the privilege to experience. The reason for going to Exeter is not to make us the absolute best in the field we are going to pursue, but rather give us a strong foundation in any discipline that we find interesting. We are different not because we are the best at everything, but because we know how to distinguish between what really matters to our goals and our lives. We learn this on a daily basis. Remember how teachers encourage us to annotate our books? I find that the process of annotating texts taught me to interpret everything in its context and not just on content alone. Freshman year at college will throw many frustrating moments at you. You will have to embrace the fact you will not be the top student in your class even with the work ethic and discipline that Exeter helped you develop. People will enter college with a diverse range of backgrounds and talents, some having had more exposure and specialized knowledge in certain subjects, but that will not matter in the long run. You will realize that being able to maintain your dedication to your pursuits is significantly more important than being the top student in an academic subject. Don’t let your first year of college be too overwhelming, because nothing is decided in one semester, or even two. You will see that the well-rounded education you received at Exeter will help you balance your academics and extracurricular life. Take the skills and knowledge you’ve learned and apply it in college to extend your pursuit of knowledge. In college I realized that many accomplished Exonians don’t acknowledge how much of our success is due to the support and care we receive from our community. When you enter college, all of those networks of people will disappear and you will have to learn quickly how people change as they become older. Just remember all the advice and mentorship you received during your time at Exeter and keep in touch with your classmates. Even if you’re in the same graduating class in college, but didn’t necessarily know each other well at Exeter, keep those connections running. Stay in touch with your classmates who may be across the coast from you. You will realize how much you miss them when you run into Exeter alumni after your first summer away from the Academy. Where you are doesn’t define who you are. This phrase stuck with me from Assembly speaker Ursula Burns during my upper fall. Remember that being an Exeter graduate doesn’t define you as an individual, but how you reflect and apply your experience at Exeter will determine the path to your aspirations.
Exonians love talking about numbers – 333s, Art 444, SAT scores, 999 courses – the list goes on. We count so much that we ran out of fingers to count on a long time ago. One of our favorite things to count, though, is how many years we’ve all been on campus. Oneyear upper, two-year lower, four-year senior. Personally, three years were just enough for me on our beautiful New England school. Showing up as a new student on campus with a year of high school already under my belt, I could not wait to start my career at Exeter, no matter how far away it was from my family in Chile. Like almost everyone else, I expected a lot of challenges when I first came to Exeter, as cliché as it sounds, but there was one that I did not see coming. Right off the bat, I was the “South American new lower,” because at first no one really knew me. The year slipped by, and I found myself intrigued by the person I was becoming and in love with our boarding school. Lower year was my year of firsts – my first bridge-jumping escapade, my first all-nighter, my first group of real best friends. There was nothing that I would have changed that year, because everything seemed to happen exactly as it should. The end of lower spring rolled around, and I was back home relaxing and enjoying summer away from Exeter, waiting for the notorious upper year. What I didn’t expect when I came back to campus was to still be called a new lower when people referred to me. The little blue sign next to my name on Lionlinks telling everyone that I was a new student had disappeared over the summer, and I thought I had already rid myself of that label. I was ready to be an upper, not just a two-year upper, but Exeter couldn’t help but counting like always. There is no way that I would appreciate Exeter without having spent a year in high school at home. Exeter and Nido de Águilas, my American international school in Chile,
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are two completely different worlds, and after three years here I know that there is no place that I would rather be. I fell in love with Exeter and New England in general, but something still makes me feel like I’m a year behind my four-year friends. They tried everything a year before me, made classic Exeter mistakes before I did and will finish their time here with an entire year more than I will. By the time we all graduate, we will have all spent at least four years in high school, but for me it will always feel like three. When we all move off campus after graduation, I’ll still feel like a have a year left to fulfill, a fourth and final year that will take my new lower name away. Don’t get me wrong, I cannot wait to move onto college and jump-start the next step in my education, but I’ll always be bound to Exeter by this fleeting fourth year. So many seniors groan about being on
campus for too long, and I sometimes think that three years were enough for me. As we all prepare to leave Exeter in a matter of days, I’ll be ready to come back some day. I know that my time at Exeter has not finished yet, and that I will eventually have to claim my fourth year somehow. Every Exonian will stay connected to our school in some way after we graduate, but my missing year will keep me tied to this campus, making me want to return for more. Sure, four years are lucky because they got to spend a year longer on campus, but in the long run, I’ll be around for much, much longer than just the three years I lived here. Right now I count one, two, three years on my hand, but I’m not done with Exeter just yet – our Exeter experience will last so much longer than the time that we physically spent on campus, so I’ll count the fourth year once I’ve had my fair share.
The Post-Exeter Stage miki TakeshiTa ’13
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Standing up there on stage with our diplomas in hand under the bright sun on graduation day, we were ready to conquer anything. We had one to four years of Exeter under our belts; we could accomplish everything. We were excited for the parties, the booze and the freedom. We were ready to carry the Exeter legacy with us as proud alumni. Harkness ran through our blood, and we grew up spoiled with love from our teachers and friends, putting us way ahead of our peers from other schools. Equipped with the reassuring words from visiting alums that everything would fall into place. After one year in college,
I realize now that I may have gone through more hardships and confusion than I ever did during my four years at Exeter. Orientation week kick-started my stressful transition to college; although living away from home was second nature to us, many of my housemates were
professors wanted, and I was surprised, even shocked, that I had perhaps more work than I ever did at Exeter. I’m not trying to scare anyone here, especially not on your graduation day. I understand that everyone’s college experience is different–some people may have
and were overeager to meet each other. I lost track of how many times I introduced myself to people who wouldn’t remember my name if I saw them again, and the question “Am I even going to be friends with them when I graduate?” burned in the back of my mind. “Exeter? Isn’t that where the rich preppy kids go?” people would snarl in my face,
have classes that are manageable. But I would say that it is wrong to assume that everything gets easier after Exeter. You will inevitably question yourself as you navigate your way through a sea of new faces and question just how much Exeter prepared you for college as it (supposedly) claimed it would. You will feel the pressures of a looming future in the workforce and the panic that hits you twelve hours
shrinking as I struggled to reconcile my prep school past in this new Midwestern environment. Academically, the transition was even worse. I was frustrated by the huge lectures and pseudo-Harkness discussions, where the professor would encourage discussion on the syllabus yet dominate and leave little to no time for the students themselves to speak. I was frustrated when I had studied extensively for a failed calculus test that was harder than any exam I took in Mr. Feng’s class. ing style to the style that some
tion, I’d say that the post-Exeter experience, as I see it after a year of college, is a beautiful one. It is beautiful because all the emotions that you feel, the frustrations and joys that you experience, the questions that run through your mind, are what you’re supposed to feel as an Exonian out of Exeter. After getting a 61 percent on my math midterm, it was as if my whole world shattered, and I almost wanted to give up. However, what my father, who graduated
from Exeter in 1975, said right after I told him about the failed test still resonates with me today: that “it’s not the failed grade that puts Exeter to shame, it’s knowing how to deal with the failed grade that puts Exeter to shame.” This applies to not just a failed grade but to almost anything. Exeter did not condition us to be perfect human beings who do exceptionally well in everything beyond Exeter – that’s not what an Exonian is. An Exonian is someone who thoughtfully works his way through these obstacles and comes out a stronger person each time, just as Exeter conditioned him to be. He is conditioned to think critically, to question himself, to look not alone. There is beauty in knowing that many generations of Exonians have been there before him, feeling the same emotions, experiencing the same frustrations and joys and asking the same questions. There is beauty in knowing that there is a shared connection running amongst the alumni community that is there to guide him through the post-Exeter stage. Class of 2014, you are more than ready to take on the challenges that you will face, and we alumni are there to support you. Congratulations on behalf of the Exeter alumni community!
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
YEAR IN REVIEW: 2013-2014 Fall, Winter and Spring
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Left: Exonians play Powderpuff football. Middle: Upper Sabrina Movitz promotes her ESSO club. Right: Senior Lydia Stahr performs during the fall dance assembly.
Prep Pass/Fail: An Experiment While most Exonians began their work at the dawn of fall term hoping to achieve strong grades, some of the 237 preps in the Class of 2017 may have done so with the goal of simply earning a “pass” on their official transcript. In the spring of 2013, Exeter’s Curriculum Committee proposed the plan for a pass/fail prep fall so that incoming freshmen could better acclimate to the Academy’s rigorous academic guidelines, and the plan went into effect for the first time this fall. The experiment, which will last two more years before undergoing faculty review, was passed in faculty meetings
by a close vote of 76 in favor to 51 against and 16 abstentions. In addition to the majority of faculty, many members of the Class of 2017 seem to agree with the decision, as they believe it allowed them to ease into the Exeter community without the emphasis on letter grades. But there are still many faculty members that disagree with the outcome and are eager for Exeter to return to the previous system. Although the specific grades do not appear on transcripts, midterm and end of term grades are still received by Exonians and parents as to know where the student stands and how he/she is doing.
Fall By REX TERCEK Staff Writer
Adviser Block Fixed Into Weekly Schedule Despite Objections In response to the faculty's decision to add a weekly mandatory advising block, The Exonian sent out a poll to the entire student body. 559 students replied to the survey in September. The following is the breakdown of the data collected.*
31.1% of preps are in favor of the new advising format
Faculty Vote on Advising Block
*Please allow for statistical variance.
14.9% of seniors are in favor of the new advising format
Student Opinion on Advising Block
Not in Favor
Not in Favor
For many years, students and faculty have noted the lack of adviser/advisee communication at Exeter, and several candidates for the Executive Board of Student Council (StuCo) announced their intention to fix the drawbacks of Exeter’s adviser system. In early November, an adviser-meeting proposal developed by the advising committee after meeting with students and faculty was passed 89-23 in faculty meeting. The plan involved a mandatory, 30 minute weekly meeting between adviser and advisees on Wednesdays, in which the group ideally discusses any matters the students have as well as issues and topics the administration wants faculty to consider with Exonians. But many students, who endorsed a meeting every other week in a StuCo vote, opposed the weekly plan. In a poll of more than 500 students, 79 percent objected to the introduction of weekly adviser meetings. In response to the backlash, the administration noted they may adjust the time and length of the meeting, but the addition to the Exeter schedule is here to stay. To the left are statistics gathered upon the Academy's decision to add the Adviser Block to the Wednesday schedule, which currently follows the Meditation period, pushing Wednesday classes from 12:30 to 12:50 pm.
Why So Gendered? Questioning Equality at the Academy On an early September morning, students woke up and went to class, only to see hundreds of white posters plastered on doors, windows and walls all throughout campus. The signs read, “Why so gendered?” and “When did you consent?” with some of them featured dress code passages of the E Book that highlighted the “for girls” and “for boys” sections. The mystery elevated when both Exeter’s Gay/Straight Alliance and the Feminist Union announced that they had no involvement in the campaign, and the Exonian that taped up all the posters remains anonymous to date.
Although the action violated certain rules, like not posting on doors or windows, and the message behind them is unknown, the posters sparked a multifaceted dialogue about gender issues in the Exeter community. After seeing the posters, many students and faculty believed that it was time to discuss genderneutral spaces, including bathrooms, and how these spaces and also gender-specific locations affect peoples’ comfort, while others used the campaign as a time to converse about the dress-code and how it could be made more equal and less biased for both
genders. Many students also held a negative opinion of the poster campaign, believing that it was inflammatory and ultimately confusing in its message. Some students responded creating signs of their own and writing on the original posters. Another view was that the signs may have been posted to raise controversy and kindle conversation rather than send a specific message; if that is the case, then the campaign surely succeeded in bringing this topic to the attention of everyone at the Academy.
Trustees Reject Divestment Lamont Health Center Renovated Over the fall months, poster distribution, panels and protests all took place at Exeter to discuss the possibility of Exeter’s divestment from fossil fuel companies. Divesting, a process that involves selling off investments in certain companies, has been a tactic used often by past leaders and movements. Recently, many environmental figures have encouraged businesses, schools and universities to divest from companies that utilize fossil fuels for profit. Following this movement, Exeter’s Environmental Action Committee (EAC) planned a campaign urging the trustees to divest the more than one billion dollar endowment and make a statement to other similar academic institutions. The group hosted a rally outside a trustee meeting, and panels were held for both Student Council and the whole school in which the positives and negatives of divestment were discussed. Although the campus was divided on the issue, with many students and faculty for and against the undertaking, the trustees unanimously voted in late October to not support divestment; deciding it was not effective in affecting public policy or confronting the issues of climate change, and would reduce the endowment, allowing fewer under-privileged students to attend the Academy on financial aid. The decision came as a blow to the Environmental Action Committee and the supporters, but they resolved to continue to address other environmental problems at the Academy.
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Entrance to the renovated health center.
An elegant entrance, fully-fitted classrooms and a cozy waiting room are all part of the restored Lamont Health and Wellness Center. After months of construction setbacks, the facility reopened in early October. For many years the old building lacked simple services, including permanent emergency exits, pushing Exeter’s administration to deliberate various options for an enhanced health center for over a decade. In 2011, The Academy decided the best plan of action was to gut and rebuild the existing structure, and after two years of fundraising, they began construction. Exeter also planned to improve other aspects of the location that were not health-related. Two rooms were created for students and clubs, and several features helped protect the environment and advocate for sustainability: both a green roof on the entryway to the building and a rain garden composed of plants and sandy soil have been added to lessen rainwater runoff and pollution. The new center has pioneered the idea of the efficient, sleek and environmentally-friendly building.
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Faculty Unanimously Dismiss Visitations Proposal For years, Exeter’s visitations (V’s) policy has sparked dialogue among faculty and students, and last year’s candidates for the Executive Board of StuCo pledged to submit a fair, yet valuable, amendment to the policy that faculty would approve. For this reason, President Alice Ju and the rest of StuCo endorsed a proposal that extended visitations hours for upperclassmen from 8 p.m. to
9 p.m. on weekdays. Exonians hoped the simple proposition would be well received by faculty, but dorm heads decided unanimously against it in a vote in early February, sending the Executive Board back to the drawing board. StuCo proposed the amendment with the reasoning that having a member of the opposite gender in the dorm during study hours is not innately more disruptive
to the dorm environment than having someone of the same gender. But the dorm heads decided that this behavior might be more bothering and troublesome for lowerclassmen trying to study, since the door must be open 45 degrees and noise travels easily into the halls. StuCo will not push further this proposal but work on other ideas that are more likely to have a successful outcome.
Greene, Loosigian and D’agostino Announce Their Retirement Plans Three faculty announced their retirement in December: Special Events Coordinator and Media Specialist Mary Frances D’Agostino, math instructor and former varsity tennis and squash coach Tony Greene, as well ESSO coordinator Laurie Loosigian. Their presence in the Exeter community, both as teachers and friends, will surely be missed. Greene, who has been at the Academy since 1989, is known as a thoughtful, dedicated and friendly teacher and coach, while the compassionate D’Agostino worked tirelessly for nearly 45 years as a member of the Assembly Committee, arranging the transportation for assembly speakers and fixing technical aspects of assembly. Loosigian, who came to Exeter fairly recently in 2005, has had a profound effect as ESSO Coordinator, restructuring ESSO completely to create more opportunities for students to run fun and important groups that benefit the community as a whole.
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ITS Extends Wireless Internet to All Dorms Exonians had been confined to restricting and impractical ethernet cords to access the world wide web up until this winter, when the IT Department completed the installation of wireless Internet in all dorms early and under-budget. The project was part of a larger campaign in recent years to create more freedom in the usage of Internet at the Academy. In 2012, the Executive Board of Student Council proposed the idea of 24/7 Internet in a time when permission to use the web began at 6 a.m. and shut off at 11 p.m., claiming that the previous system was unfair to students who could not afford smartphones. The proposal was quickly endorsed by both Student Council (StuCo) and faculty meetings, and the more recent Wi-Fi proposition was passed last year. The impressive timing and budget of the enterprise seemed to stem from IT’s ability to deal with setbacks and the determined, collaborative nature of all parties involved, and students could not be happier. Exonians can now scroll through the Internet on all their devices and complete work whenever they are the most productive without worrying about bad connections or shut-off times.
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Top left: Dancers celebrate MLK day. Top right: EAR holds winter concert. Bottom: Abbot Casino.
Trustees Buy Land, Potential Location for New PEA Arts Center Teacher Post Instructional Evaluation System to be Implemented Next Year By REX TERCEK Staff Writer
Perhaps class goes five minutes late, a teacher gives 60 pages of reading or one never gets back their final paper or test; whatever the issue may be, for many years, students have wanted a way of reviewing the course and instructor without a chance of it affecting grades. Answering these wishes, under the guidance of former StuCo President Max Freedman, StuCo proposed the Post Instructional Evaluation (PIE) last year. PIE, as it is known by most, offers a way for Exonians to review technical aspects of the course and the instructor at the end of the term, so that there is no fear of responses impacting the student’s grade. In addition to the instructor receiving all the replies, the department head also receives a
copy in case there seem to be apparent problems that instructors can repair. The proposal for PIE, after waiting for months in faculty meetings, was passed in early February by a close vote, sparking much debate in the Exeter Community. Some students and faculty argue it is too impersonal, since it uses computers, is time-inefficient and places too much accountability on the teachers, while the majority of Exonians and instructors note that it places the correct amount of accountability on instructors while creating a pathway for meaningful change. Nevertheless, as soon as IT finishes the online PIE forms for students to fill, the new review system will go into effect at the beginnning of the 2014 school year.
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The trustees bought land that includes St. Anthony’s Bakery. After the trustees convened in mid-January, Exeter bought the land between the IT Services and the Saltonstall Boathouse. The property currently houses the popular St. Anthony’s Bakery and the handy Jim’s Barber Shop, two businesses are frequented often by students and faculty. Since the Academy already owned the two lots surrounding it, the trustees deemed it practical to also acquire the space in between. Looking towards the future, the trustees noted that it might be a suitable location to build a new Performing Arts Center. Although Exeter is looking at two different locations for the center, the fate of the two business on Water Street is undetermined; either in a couple years or in several, the well-liked stores will most likely have to pack up and find new spots, an outcome that has been received with much ambivalence in the Exeter community. On one hand, students are looking forward to an improved Performing Arts Center, and on the other, are going to miss the delicious snacks of St. Anthony’s or the snazzy cuts given at Joe’s.
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Ceramics students create pieces of pottery in the ‘Clay Throwdown.’
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Community to Transition to ESSO Holds Annual Relay iPad Requirement This Fall for Life Fundraiser Event With technology and teaching techniques rapidly changing during the 21st century, the administration chose to embark on a “strategic planning” procedure to assess all aspects of Exeter life. In mid-spring, Principal Hassan announced that all returning Exonians will be required to purchase tablets for the 2014-2015 school year. After a three-year pilot program with involvement from all faculty, a study by the curriculum committee and attentive consideration, Exeter found that the use of tablets in and out of classes could help to improve class preparation and discussion. Students will be able to communicate with teachers over online blackboards, use helpful tools for subjects like math and buy online textbooks that both save paper and costs. The decision was met with criticism from some faculty and students. Many believe that owning laptops and high-tech calculators is suitable for all classes, since those devices can accomplish nearly all functions of the tablet, and others saw purchasing tablets as a financial burden. On the other hand, many members of the Exeter community believed the decision to requiring tablets for all students was a step in the right direction, utilizing technology to the fullest.
At the end of Relay for Life, an annual American Cancer Society fundraiser hosted by ESSO this April, its committee discovered that $1300 in donations was stolen during the event’s Luminaria service. The event, which honored PEA emeritus Peter Greer, was held in the Thompson Gym, and featured over 50 student-led booths, had raised $3285.78 before the money was stolen. The theft, after it was announced in an email, shocked all of campus and prompted responses from faculty and students. Many Exonians took to Facebook and other social media sites to share their dismay, while Principal Tom Hassan, accompanied by Relay for Life co-chair upper Cornelia Smith, presented speeches during assembly the following Friday. The Exeter Police began an investigation but nothing was found. More importantly, Relay for Life opened another donation booth in the Agora to raise back the lost funds, and $4,178.23 was collected, almost a thousand dollars more than the amount raised before the theft, a testament to the strength of the Exeter community.
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Senior Kieran Minor sings during the a capella showcase.
Cohen, Conner, Zhen Named StuCo Exec Every spring, campus buzzes with the excitement of elections season, and this year Exonians elected uppers Benjamin Cohen and Robert Conner and lower Kevin Zhen as the Student Council president, vice president and secretary, respectively, for the 20142015 school year. In addition, the current uppers voted in classmates Stephanie Chen, Jad Seligman and Paul Lei as senior class president, vice president and treasurer, respectively. Lowers Antonio Guanaes, David Larar and Jun Park were chosen as upper reps, and preps Sarah Brown, Joel Lotzkar and Issay Matsumoto were selected as lower reps. The Executive Board and individual grade reps are already planning for next year, and since Cohen, Conner and Zhen are all in Cilley Hall, an unprecedented result in recent StuCo history, they are confident that their efforts will be even more powerful. Thus far, the trio has begun forming ideas for a library cafe as well as an “online harkness” website where Exonians can ask or answer questions, and the group is also gearing up for another attempt at reforming the visitations policy.
Academy Accepts 437 New Exonians
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Senior Eva Borgwardt experiments with spray paint at Democracy of Sound’s Sound Fest.
Spring By REX TERCEK Staff Writer
Committee Decides On 1.9% Tuition Increase, Trustees Support the Change Following a meeting earlier this spring, the Academy trustees have approved a tuition increase of 1.9 percent, raising the cost for boarders from $46,899 to $47,790 and $35,750 to $36,800 for day students. This tuition increase represents one of the smallest in Exeter’s history, and is modest compared to that of other institutions. A special committee composed of Principal Thomas Hassan, Chief Financial Officer David Hanson and various trustees analyzed the expected income from gifts and the endowment as well as estimated expenses to formulate the most suitable tuition change. This modest modification, which also included an enlarged financial aid budget, has pleased many, since it eases the strain on financially-limited Exonians and allows the Academy to further its investment in “youth from every quarter,” no matter their economic situation.
After 2,325 applicants applied to Exeter in the fall of 2013, the Admissions Office accepted 437 applicants, ranging from a trained equestrian to a Nigerian prince. Of the accepted, 318 will be attending the Academy next fall. After over-enrollment for the 2013-2014 year, causing Browning House to be converted into a boys’ dorm, Admissions was careful this year to accept a smaller number of students. 162 males and 158 females will join the Academy next year, in contrast to last year, when an unexpectedly high number of males chose to attend. The prep class will be back down to its normal 175 members, and the senior class of 2015 will be one of the smallest in years.
Class of 2014 Graduates, Exeter Says Goodbye At sunrise on June 8, hundreds of white chairs lined the green field facing the Academy Building. In just a couple of hours, the 316 members of the class of 2014 filled their seats while friends and family watched in admiration, at Exeter's 233rd Commencement. The celebration, which began at 10:30 a.m., included a remark from Principal Tom Hassan, a speech from the Class of 2014's class president Nate Moulton, and a beautiful performance from the Academy's Chamber Orchestra. Then, for the most poignant feature of graduation, each senior strode onto stage, beginning with those who received a Classics Diploma, and received their official diploma accompanied by a hearty hand shake from Principal Hassan. The moment marked the time when 316 Exonians who worked so hard for so long at the Academy were no longer students; now they were graduates, yet the commemoration was far from over. Seniors still had a chance to say goodbye to their favorite faculty members, embrace their families, and share a cigar with fellow classmates in the last grade activity until five years later, when they will meet again for their fifth reunion. In this way, the Academy could finally said goodbye and good luck to the Class of 2014!
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Senior Eric Kwon and upper Annie Choi enjoy a game of Cards Against Humanity at McConnell Tea.
Trustees Approve $93 Million Budget At the close of their May 15 gathering, the trustees supported a $93 million operating budget for the 2014-2015 school year, a $2 million increase from this past school year. The board decided upon the amount after taking into account health expenses, utilities and salaries for faculty and staff. In addition, the trustees examined fundraising strategies for the upcoming years, since the Academy is gearing up for a new Performing Arts Center, an addition to the Forrestal-Bowld Music Center, a Webster Hall renovation and an Elm Street Dining Hall restoration. All projects are contingent on a thriving donor support base, and although Exeter’s goals reach high, it seems that the Academy is currently on track with their fundraising.
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Exeter Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty Members By THOMAS CHOU and TOMMY SONG Staff Writers
After 26 years at the Academy, science instructor Kathleen Curwen will retire at the end of this school year. Known for her compassionate and patient nature, her presence on campus will be greatly missed by students and faculty alike. Curwen served as a devoted administrator and teacher during her time here, holding positions as Dean of Faculty, Science Department Chair, as a dorm head and as an adviser to GSA. Science instructor Alison Hobbie said that Curwen’s thoughtful spirit has inspired those around her. “She always
Mathematics instructor Tony Greene retired at the end of this year, following 25 years of service to the Academy as a beloved teacher and coach. “He [will] be remembered [as] a very caring and giving teacher who was always willing to go the extra mile for students, just like he did for his tennis players, squash players and his dorm students,” mathematics department chair Eric Bergofsky said. Prior to Exeter, Greene spent his teaching career at various public schools in Massachusetts. Then in 1989, when a spot for a teaching position opened at Exeter, he took the leap and applied. “He was in mid-career, so it was a big decision for him to whether or not stay in the public schools he had been teaching at, or enter the independent school world,” Bergofsky said. Greene’s advent was fortuitous for the Academy. After his arrival, Greene immediately became a revered instructor, helping students develop their interest in mathematics and hone their skills in problem solving. Whether it was in the classroom offering hints and insights to students on the board, or outside of classrooms helping those who needed the extra help, students and faculty noted his caring nature and wisdom. Senior Nikhil Raman said that Greene’s empathy in classrooms and ability to guide students without completely revealing the answers to problems helped him and his classmates grow as mathematicians. “Mr. Greene had an unbelievable amount of patience
In her nine years of dedication to ESSO, coordinator Laurie Loosigian has seen the organization grow from a haphazard collection of smaller clubs to the vibrant community service coalition that it is today. “When [Ms. Loosigian] began working with ESSO, it was a small, student run organization, but her ability to listen and mediate, as well as mentor and encourage has allowed generations of Exonians and partners in our community to thrive from non sibi,” head of Global Health initiative Lucy Weiler said. Prior to Loosigian joining the staff, ESSO was largely disorganized and divided into groups of students that lacked decisive adult leadership and supervision. Consequently, many students had a longing to volunteer and improve the social
passions and share in their joys – to create something more than a normal ‘teacher to student’ relationship in Exeter,” spend hours with a student for whom chemistry is a struggle.” Curwen began teaching chemistry at the Academy in the fall of 1988. Prior to Exeter, Curwen taught in at University of New Hampshire, but after visiting the Academy in the spring of 1987, she decided to come to Exeter. “I happened to come to the Assembly Hall one evening to hear a speaker. After the presentation, the speaker invited the audience to ask questions. I was so impressed by the questions that PEA students asked that I picked up the phone the next day and called the chair of the science department to inquire about teaching at Exeter,” Curwen said. She came on board the very next fall. Hobbie said that Curwen’s nature connected to her leadership as Dean of Faculty as well. “Unbiased, devoted, understanding, all faculty members respected Dr. Curwen for her balanced and translucent leadership while she was Science Department Chair and instructor John Blackwell said that Curwen served as a caring and deeply invested
much as would on our own, and he had no issue with us if we made mistakes,” Raman said. Greene’s colleagues noted his patience as well. Fellow mathematics instructor Philip Mallinson said
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Science instructor Kathleen Curwen.
Math instructor Tony Greene.
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“Up until 2005, ESSO was a student club and was much smaller. Groups like Best Buddies were individual clubs, and so students in these groups spent most of their time fundraising and not actually participating in programs,” Loosigian explained. “Exonians seemed to be frustrated, and they wanted an organization that would help fund them and let them instill more meaningful change to the community.” dinator in 2005. Since her arrival, Exeter has been introduced to countless exhibitions, shows, programs and new clubs that have been helping to raise awareness for the value of community service and strengthening the student body’s embodiment of the school's motto “Non Sibi.” Senior Audrey Zheng, head of the ESSO group Exeter Microcredit, which gives invaluable loans to present or future small businesses, emphasized the ways in which ESSO has “Ms. Loo has helped ESSO grow since day one. Ten years ago, ESSO was just a handful of clubs under student activities. See LOOSIGIAN, C5
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Community Service Coordinator Laurie Loosigian.
Mrs. Behnke By JACK HIRSCH Staff Writer
Mary Behnke, a Latin and English instructor, will retire from the Academy at the end of spring term after teaching at the Academy for five years. Behnke has taught for thirty years at a variety of schools and colleges, including Tufts, University of Chicago and Buckingham Browne and Nichols (BB&N). Behnke decided to leave Exeter because of the difficult commute; each week she splits her time between York, ME, Boston and Exeter. “It’s just too much. I never like to be late, or missing, but these last two winters have been brutal,” she said. She said that the boarding school culture of Exeter has made her position as an off-campus instructor challenging. “Because of the way Exeter runs, it runs naturally as a boarding school and for people who live here, so there are no days off or snow days or anything. I’ve thought that if this was a day school, theres no way I would leave,” Behnke said. Although Behnke is leaving her job at Exeter, she plans to continue teaching after taking some
time off next year. “I’m taking a year to reconsider my future,” she said “I have some irons in the fire in Boston— I’m teaching a course for an organization called Beacon Hills Seminars, and it’s related to classics. I’ll do that since it’s not a big commitment and I’ll volunteer at some city schools and do work with some children and music and see what comes up,” Behnke said. Reflecting on her time at the Academy, Behnke appreciated her students’ enthusiasm and original ideas. “The kind of variety and excitement of kids here is just inspirational,” she said. She also spoke of her love for the job. “My favorite part about teaching is the fact that it’s a job where you never step into the same stream twice, as Pythagoras said. Every year, every day it’s a different thing,” she said. Behnke is described by colleagues and friends as an engaging and passionate teacher who loves to learn as much as teach. Sally Morris, the chair of the Classics Depart-
ment, highlighted Behnke’s ability to inspire her students. “When I think about Ms. Behnke’s teaching, I admire how she is really great with the younger kids and teaching them how to approach foreign language and how to enjoy approaching a foreign language, which requires a lot of memorization, but turning that memorization into a lot fun,” Morris said. Morris added that Behnke’s established her reputation as a talented educator before her time at the Academy “We knew of Ms. Behnke for years because she had run an exceptional program at BB&N,” Morris said. “She also ran a wonderful humanities and Latin program at University of Chicago, so her reputation preceded her as a person who enthuses all of her colleagues and her students to get as involved as possible and show the different ways Latin permeates our life.” English and Latin students alike praised Behnke’s talent as a teacher in the classroom and
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Interns Offer Insight into Their “Exeter Experience” By SAM TAN Staff Writer
select interns that came to experience being a teacher here at the Academy. These interns came from a variety of backgrounds, whether it was interning at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or playing professional basketball in Dubai. Many of the interns came to Exeter because of their interest in pursuing a teaching career, such as mathematics intern Laura Bradford. A graduate of Bard College, Bradford came to Exeter after discovering the mathematics program at the Academy. “I looked for a short-term math teaching position so I could determine if teaching was a career I'd enjoy,” she said. “Other schools offered internships and full-time positions but I chose PEA mainly because the math curriculum looked fun.” After settling in here, Bradford noted that her life had changed dramatically. “I have a clearer picture of where I'm headed in life. I'm healthier because the dining hall sometimes puts the desserts away early. I wake up about six hours earlier each day than I did back in college,” she said. Once this year of teaching at Exeter ends, Bradford hopes to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching, then move on to another teaching position. Emma Phillips, another intern in the mathematics department, graduated from Trinity College last spring. Phillips arrived at the Academy to see if teaching would become her full-time commitment. “I have known for a while that I was interested in teaching, but I wanted to try an internship Phillips chose Exeter above other choices because the internships at the Academy especially emphasized mentorship and training. After over two terms of teaching at the Academy, Phillips felt that the experience was very successful in experiencing being a teacher. “I've found that I love teaching math, especially in
a format where I get to engage students in a discussion about what they're learning,” she said. Though Phillips enjoyed working with her students inside the classroom, she also mentioned her enjoyment of the experiences within the dorm. “The girls in my dorm are fantastic, and I think it makes a big difference in how the class runs when I know more about my students than just their math abilities,” she said. Phillips has already signed on to become a full-time instructor at the Academy and plans to pursue further studies in a math graduate program. Interns also came to the athletics department, such as physical education instructor Elizabeth Hurley. in hopes of improving her performance as a teacher. “When I was offered the position at PEA, I was thrilled that I could work at such a prestigious school. I knew that PEA would be a great place for me to start my career as a teacher.” Hurley noted her sudden independence once she arrived at the Academy, and has learned a lot from living on her own. “I pay my own bills, make my own appointments, etc. I have learned a lot from this experience, mostly from my mistakes. Fortunately I have my parents are always just a phone call away to give me helpful advice,” she said. Hurley hoped that coming to Exeter as an intern would assist her transition into the teaching profession. “Unlike many of the other teachers I graduated with, this internship/job is meant to help me improve my teaching and coaching as well as ease me into my teaching career,” she said. Hurley, already taking a graduate program in Athletic Administration and Coaching, plans to teach physical education and coach, and become an athletic director in the future. Also coming from a background of health education, health instructor Melody Yee came to the Academy in the fall after receiving an offer from the school as an intern.
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around the Harkness table. Upper Augustus Gilchrist, who currently has Behnke as an English teacher, appreciates her wealth of classical knowledge. “Mrs. Behnke has a boundless enthusiasm for the intellectual development of her students. Despite having her for English, Mrs. Behnke still made, then explained, countless classical references which really enriched our experience,” he said. “She is always happy to provide feedback on a piece of writing to a students, and I found her comments both warm-hearted and constructive,” Gilchrist added. Fellow upper Casey Osborne has had Behnke as a Latin teacher for multiple terms. “Magistra Behnke has been by far one of the best teachers I've been taught by,” Osborne said. “I admire her dedication to her students and her teaching skills. I have experienced firsthand her passion for the classics and her vibrant presence in the classroom. She will be sorely missed by me and by the Exeter community, and I wish her all the best in her next adventures,” she said.
Yee comes from Rice University, where she graduated from in 2013 after studying health education and health promotion. Similar to the other interns, Yee wanted to experience having a job in the real world while applying her previous knowledge before furthering her education in graduate school, and Exeter seemed to be a great place to do that.
Curwen Embodies Non Sibi CURWEN, continued from C4 department chair. “Dr. Curwen has always been conscientious. While she was the Chair of the Science Department, she was thoughtful and an excellent listener. When changes were suggested to the curriculum, she was sure to articulate the changes to the whole department for discussion,” Blackwell said. Upper Tori Dakin noted Curwen’s ability to remove the excessively competitive atmosphere from her classrooms, allowing students to learn in a supportive environment.“Dr. Curwen is such a patient and astute teacher that every class with her is a pleasure. She has perfected the role of teacher in a Harkness style class, and always makes her classes fun and engaging,” Dakin said. Dakin recalled a time when Curwen walked in to her classroom to give her students a test and found them all huddled under the Harkness table, hiding. Curwen brought the class baked treats the next day because she found the prank so charming. “She's extremely approachable and has a great sense of humor --not all teachers would laugh and take a picture of their students hiding under the table before a test.” Hobbie added that Curwen had an innate gift for keeping her students interested and curious about chemistry. “She always made each class enjoyable for her students; her classes were often designed around an activity so that it promoted intellectual curiosity,” Hobbie said. “She incorporates activities that combine important chemistry concepts with that ‘catch’ of wonder that sparks both enthusiasm and passion in her students.” Curwen said that witnessing her students grow intellectually and as individuals has made her teaching experience worthwhile. “Seeing a student or advisee
develop over the course of their time at on leadership positions - is very gratifying,” voice at the table or the student who initially thinks he can’t do chemistry but realizes he can and can do it well – those moments are what make my experiences memorable.” In addition to teaching, Curwen’s Exeter career has encompassed multiple facets of student life. She was an active adviser of the Academy’s Gay Straight Alliance, an organization she helped to found. Along with her chemistry students and members of GSA, Curwen’s affability was recognized and treasured by her advisees and dorm residents as well. Upper and Knight House resident Philip Chang noted Curwen’s care and love for the dorm. “Dr. Curwen has been a generous and caring dorm faculty member. Every year, it has been Knight House tradition to travel up to her house by the beach for Academy Life Day; my fondest memories of her interacting with the dorm have come from our time at her house,” Chang said. Senior William Vennes, one of Curwen’s last advisees, emphasized that her kindness allowed his dorm mates and himself in Knight House to “feel at home.” “She's really generous not only in giving up her free time for us, but also in making sure she's there to make us feel at home,” Vennes said. “Whenever her advisees have a birthday, she also makes his favorite dessert for the dorm and brings it over at check in,” he added. For Vennes, Curwen has truly become a “dorm parent” rather than just a faculty member.“Really and truly the best way I can especially living away from my family back home,” he said. “She's always there to put in
Greene, an Active Mentor GREENE, continued from C4 that, as an instructor, Greene was “patient and willing to spend time outside of class to help his students.” Bergofsky also added and emphasized that Greene’s devotion to his students was a valuable asset for both the students and the department. “He’s always been great to allow his students to work on their problem and solve them without indulging them with his help, but just with the right amount of hints and guidance, empowering them to have a sense of independence on the board,” Bergofsky said. “He’s also been very well known for how much he’s willing to give extra help outside of class with any of our material.” Senior Lloyd Feng said that Greene’s ability to patiently and thoroughly aid students to understand the material helped him and his classmates throughout each class. “I was always grateful for the clarity with which he explained concepts and more Upper Philip Chang added that all students, including him, appreciated Greene’s dedication and help to those who were lost or confused about the material. “After struggling with one of the concepts he had brought up in class, Mr. Greene had made sure to spend extra time with me so that I could properly understand and learn the material,” he said. Along with the time he spent with students in and out of classrooms, Greene was equally devoted to his athletes on the tennis and squash courts. He served as the head coach for Exeter’s boy’s varsity tennis and squash teams and motivated students throughout his Exeter career. Raman, a co-captain of the boy’s varsity tennis and squash team, said that under Greene’s guidance victory was not hard to achieve for the team. “Coach Greene's strength was the amount of ambition with which he came into each match,” he said. “There was no match, no matter how good the opponent was, that we could not win.” Raman added that Greene’s dedication to the players was inevitable to recognize when on the court. “Some of my best
memories with Coach Greene are on the tennis court, but just small memories, doing drills with him. It was beautiful seeing him still able to come out on court and do some of the doubles drills with us,” Raman said. “My saddest memory, of course, is the day on which he told us, the captains, that he was retiring.” Chang agreed and added that everyday in practice, his care for his players was evident and apparent. “He took a genuine interest in each one of his varsity tennis players, offering us key pieces of advice during matches and practice,” he said. Similar to the athletes, Greene explained that memories of past and current tennis players competing in the court, and victory over their opponents are what characterize his time in Exeter special and successful. He shared one of his earliest moments of coaching tennis, when the team defeated Andover at an end-of-theseason game. “My captain, Rob Katz, was on the court. He was in a battle. It came down to a tiebreaker in the third set between the two of them. We were cheering on our side and Andover’s team was cheering on their side. Then Rob ended the match with a 9-7, and we beat Andover 4-3. Moments like that are what make my time coaching tennis precious,” Greene said. After Greene’s retirement, Bergofsky said that both students and faculty from every corner of the campus, from the hallways of the Academy building to the tennis courts, would miss him. He emphasized that Greene’s service to the Academy will always be cherished and evoked. “I can only hope that he can be remembered for what he is, which is a very caring and giving teacher who was always willing to go the extra mile for students, just like he did for his tennis players, squash players and his dorm students,” Bergofsky said. He continued, “He did whatever it took to make the students successful. He wanted his students to feel good about them, be successful at what their doing and come away being confident in the end. And I’m sure students will remember him as a master teacher, caring coach and a good guy.”
goals and interests, but I knew being in education - especially a place as academically acclaimed as PEA - would teach me a lot and help me grow as a person,” she said. While a student at Rice University, Yee was involved in many clubs and activities throughout the campus. She helped with tobacco smoking research, volunteered with Planned Parenthood, and also took part in the “Stand with Texas Women” campaign. “A lot of my experience was focused in health promotion. For instance, I was a peer health educator for over two years and I was in charge of all the mental health programming at Rice for one year,” she said. Following her arrival at Exeter, Yee quickly found that teaching and being an intern at the Academy helped her develop as a person. “My perspective on the world has changed since I have seen so many places and met so many different people. I'm glad I had the opportunity to live in a place like Exeter which is so different from my hometown,” she said. Through teaching health at the academy, Yee has gained deeper appreciation for her previous teach“Ultimately, I wish I had more time to connect more and get to know students better. I also hope that for my health classes, that my students got something out of it and will make healthier choices based on what we talked about it,” she said. After her year at Exeter, Yee hopes to go back to Houston to get a Masters degree in Public Health. Besides simply teaching Health Education, she hopes to also spread some awareness about health issues and preventing disease. Theater and Dance instructor Andrew Trent came to the Academy along with the rest of the interns, coming from Southern Oregon University. After studying theater, lighting and stage design, Trent interned “Exeter's internship program checked all the boxes. Theatre education really saved my life in high school, and it's a privilege to contribute to a program that offers so much to its students,” he said. Now at the Academy, Trent designs and teaches stage lighting in the theater program. He also coaches students in the backstage operations of the theater and dance productions. As the school year “Exeter has given me a great opportunity to expand my portfolio and develop as a teacher. I've been able to design productions, create and teach a class, and introduce myself to a new and interesting part of the country,” he said. After one year at Exeter, Trent plans to pursue theater in New York “until it straight-up kills me.” Administrative Intern Salah Abdo arrived at Exeter this fall after spending time in Dubai as a professional basketball player. After receiving an offer from the Academy to serve as an intern, Abdo felt that going to Exeter was a clear choice. “PEA is a place where when their students graduate, they go on to impact the world. I wanted to that for me this year,” he said. After being mentored under Christine Knapp, International Student Coordinator, and Russell Weatherspoon, religion instructor, Abdo felt that the experience here allowed him to accomplish many things that he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. “Not only did I grow as a person and in my profession, but I developed wonderful, life lasting friendships with colleagues and students. Not many professionals can say they work in a healthy work environment, and I was thankful to have that,” he said. Abdo attributes his recent job offer at St. Mark’s school to the mentors and experiences he has had here. “With the support and experience I gained this past year at PEA, it enabled me to receive an offer to be an Assistant Dean of Students next year at St. Mark's school in Southborough, MA. I am thrilled, yet humbled about my new adventure,” he said. Even as Abdo departs for St. Mark’s later this year, he still promises to remember how being an intern at the Academy developed him. “As I get ready to leave this year, I will be forever thankful for the opportunity this academy has afforded me,” he said. As some interns depart from the Academy in the spring and others decide to stay as a full-time teacher, all found that being an intern at Exeter was a great experience for having the chance to put their college education to use. “Having to teach, learn, and work in this environment has opened my eyes in ways I never could have imagined. I loved working with students and meeting you all,” Yee said.
Loosigian Leaves a Mark LOOSIGIAN, continued from C4 Students wanted to get out into the community and make a difference, but they recognized the need for adult help,” Zheng said. “Students started a petition to the trustees to hire someone as ESSO coordinator, and the school responded by bringing in Ms. Loosigian.” Zheng continued, noting Loosigian’s accomplishments in various facets of ESSO. “Thanks to her care, support, and unwavering commitment to enabling us to serve and grow, ESSO has become an organization of over 70 clubs in addition to ESSO Global with a reach as close as the Harris Family Children's Center and as far as China,” she said. “Her energy and drive has sparked the growth of every student she has worked with as leaders and as citizens of the world.” Ms. Loosigian’s involvement and devotion to community service started before she was even chosen for the job. “I emailed Mr. Hassan, who was the Vice Principal at the time, saying something needs to be done about ESSO, since it is not being used to its full potential. In the end, Exeter chose to hire someone for the position of ESSO Coordinator, and they chose for me to have the position in 2005. I have been doing it happily ever since then.” Weiler, head of the Global Health Initiative, which raises awareness for certain global healthrelated issues, outlined the reasons for Loosigian’s gian’s efforts and service as successful is her style of leading the organization. “For the past nine years, I have worked to ensure ESSO is truly student driven under student initiative, and not something faculty choose to have, so that the Exonians that do join the club are really motivated to do well,” Loosigian said. Although community service programs at other New England preparatory boarding schools have stronger adult involvement, Loosigian feels that the student-oriented process of ESSO she has maintained during her Exeter career is the most effective. “Ms. Loo came to the organization and really helped bring it to center stage in the Exeter community. Throughout her time working with ESSO, she never lost sight of the fact that it was really a student run organization,” upper Drew Goydan, a co-head of the tutor group Reading Buddies, said. “She is such a talented leader because she knows what role she has to play and how much she can delegate to the students. She really trusts
us which in turn, I think, empowers us.” pride in Exonians, during her time, she led the group with unmatched fervor and ambition. “She's enthusiastic about service, the Exeter community, and Exonians,” Senior Flora Wang, former co-president of ESSO, said. “Whenever I that she wants to talk about with me. Most importantly, I can tell that she really cares about students and she takes the time to form relationships with those she meets.” Although Loosigian has mainly served as the students on campus as a role model, inspiration, “I have known Ms. Loo since my lower year; needless to say, we've spent a lot of time together,” Wang said. “She helped me get my Chinese class started, and she also taught me a lot of leadership skills. Looking back on my 2 years on the ESSO leadership team, I've realized that Ms. Loo played a fundamental role in teaching me not just how to coordinate clubs or plan events but also how to approach service in a meaningful way.” Weiler added, “Ms. Loosigian has been a steady and reliable resource for me, as both a club head and just a student on campus. Her can-do attitude is infectious, and everything she does she does for the betterment of our community.” But as various pastimes and duties piled up in her ,it became apparent she could not lead the organization any longer, and this year, she chose to retire. “My husband and I bought an apple orchard in 2010, and when I took the job here I knew we were eventually going to make the purchase,” Loosigian said. “On top of that, I need to take care of my mother and a dog that needs a lot of attention. It has been hard recently to balance all the things in my life, so it seemed like it was time to move on.” Loosigian said she will continue to crave dearly for the job and all the joys it brought to her. “My favorite part about being the coordinator was just the whole experience: being able to work with the students to coordinate and host fun, meaningful events-- it is a close knit group that I will always cherish. Everyday I was happy to work for the betterment of others in the Exeter community.” All members of the Academy community agreed that she would be deeply missed. “I truly don't know if it is possible to replace Ms. Loosigian,” Weiler said.
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Online PIE Survey to be Implemented This Fall By JOONHO JO and REX TERCEK Staff Writers
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Upper Katie Huffman performs a saxophone solo during a jazz band concert in Phillips Church.
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ESSO Sees New Beginnings Visiting Writers Bring Insight By PHILIP KUHN and ALEX ZHANG
By HEATHER NELSON and ALEX ZHANG
The Folded Heart The Folded Heart See ESSO, C7
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PEA Students Look to Summer Plans By SAM TAN Staff Writer
Senior Christina Lee tutors an elementary school student during one of ESSO’s programs.
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PEAN Focuses on “Little Moments” By JOONHO JO and PHILIP KUHN Staff Writers
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Brown Serves as Bennett Fellow
Reyes Named ESSO Head
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was a quintessential ‘non sibi’ experience."
visit to Exeter provided a great experience to students,
communication and publicity. “We restructured the newsletter, got rid of unnecessary leadership positions, and combined some positions
poet who brought to Exeter an expertise of narrative— quite helpful and inspirational to the students who are asked to write a lot of narratives—especially the preps, for whom this style of writing might be new and whom Poets were not the only writers who were invited
Lim said that the board has worked together smoothly over the
Academy English instructor George Bennett by awarding a one-year fellowship to an author who has not yet published a book and povides each fellow with a stipend and housing. Brown. Brown has always had a strong interest in the mandolin and has used it as a theme for many pieces of writing in the volume of poetry he has completed.
by bringing new ideas and perspectives to the community.
an undergraduate degree writing about almost nothing but the mandolin. I got a graduate degree writing about nothing but the mandolin too. It became the central metaphor of everything I did. It was the compass by
to come to campus. “I decided to accept the fellowship offer because said. “I was interested in an eventual career in teaching at an independent school . I also came because of the wonderful opportunity to write my dissertation with less distraction than the average graduate student, who often Woodbine is working on a dissertation on religious that are considered underrepresented. He will study the myths, rituals and sacred symbols that athletes express on street basketball courts. “I was inspired by my personal upbringing in “I noticed then that people living in neighborhoods riddled by poverty and gang violence were using the basketball court as a place to express pain, to grieve ing teachers to identify and address bullying in a middle
Many of these poems focus around Bill Monroe, Zheng described the selection process. “We assembled a team, not -
topic because it was personal to her. book deals with cultural appropriation—this is the heart
that I was not prepared to handle bullying situations and
domestic and spiritual tensions an artist confronts. It is about the toil of building a music, a home, a marriage
important for teachers to understand and know how to create and foster safe learning communities. And if we’re not trained we can’t do that.
like to make a more appealing mode of communication between the
Brown has found that being at Exeter has allowed him to really focus on this manuscript, which he has been
own research, I realized that I was bullied in high school
much time here, I have focused more on publishing, and I have had more things published in the past six months than I have had in the past six years."
is that I see racism, I see sexism, I see homophobia, as forms of institutional learning, and because I’m an activist, it made sense for me to pursue research on bullying."
will pursue through next fall “Even though we say that over 70% of needs are dedicated members who will stay with the club throughout
StuCo Fellows to Explore Social Issues SUMMER, continued from C6
“We’re hoping to continue enforcing stricter rules regarding
“I think it is very important to offer these, because these trips allow for a small sample of the Exeter population
Xiang, Lu and Chen EICs
ing their applications accepted, the Academy funds these students on their projects in various parts of the world, and they come back to the Academy to share their work.
PEAN, continued from C6
a family whose background is rooted in India, Mohite decided to explore the practice of female infanticide in her family’s country of origin. After previously being interested in exploring this topic, as well as taking the Modern India course at the
looking at things on a timeline throughout rather than events per study is an attempt to understand the historical, religious and political context of this practice, the issues and why very optimistic about the changes made this year. pletely unlike that of previous years. At the same time, though, it will make a lot more sense to Exonians. In creating the book, we have put ourselves in the shoes of alums who, decades down the road, are
Upper Nick Diao, plans to spend time in New York creating a documentary about inner city schools and the struggles of the teachers and students in everyday life. “I decided to participate in this program because I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to research areas that some choose to partake in various activities independent of the school, like upper Mariano Montori.
Along with the purchase of the PEAN, students also receive a that highlights all of the events and memories of the spring term. Wolfson said that the supplement was a great way to prepare
in Peru, in order to help the students there have a chance at attending an American college. “We’re trying to help those people lead a better life and start building communities in poor parts of nations While some students at the Academy plan on spending time volunteering or serving as interns, others have decided to spend their free time catching up or getting ahead in school work.
and tie it up and it is a pretty easy time because there are not a lot of think about it, the PEAN is around 400 pages so—that is 200 pages per term, while this one is only 72 pages per term, so it is a nice break
Faculty Split on PIE PIE, continued from C6 found them useful." Like many others, science instructor Eric Janicki believes the feedback from PIE can greatly illuminate aspects of the class that the teacher may not be aware of. “I know whether or not class starts and ends on time, but if there are questions that have to do with how much time is spent on homework and However, not all faculty and students are in favor of the proposal, and -
do not feel comfortable going to their teachers with accountability issues. is where we should be focusing. English instructor Michele Dionne expressed concerns about the format of the survey. “I hate computer rating systems, which are de-humanizing and reductive," she said. Other faculty concluded that the addition of PIE is not only excessive, but has placed an unreasonable amount of liability onto faculty.“We have overloaded ourselves with plans so that the quantity of them has not enhanced students were looking to do the same for instructors. But with this proposal and other initiatives, there seems to be unbalanced accountability." At the same time, many students and faculty saw this increased accountability as pivotal. “I believe that accountability is crucial: as teachers we hold students accountable for their behavior all the time—for doing their homework and participating in class, for checking in on time and observing study hours. In turn, we should be willing to be held accountable for doing
Whether it be studying independently or adventuring with other Exonians or simply relaxing at home, Exonians
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ExonianNews Exonian: A Year in Review
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
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MAHABHARATA: AN EPIC TALE OF DHARMA Seniors performed for the last time in Fisher Theater's Mainstage in the annual Senior Acting Ensemble.
Term Activities In Review By MICHAEL BALDYGA Life Editor
hen reflecting upon the past year, Exonians will not think of the demanding curriculum so much as they will remember the fond memories shared with friends and the activities that helped to catalyze these precious moments. I have compiled the following list of some of the most memorable events that have taken place this past school year. Speed Dating: As Upper Benj Cohen preached in his Student Council election speech, Exeter needs more events like Speed Dating that brought
smiles campus-wide. International Student Tea: This was the first year that the International Student Advisory Board has hosted an event of such grandiose. The event, which offered a wide array of ethnic desserts and tea, was not specific to international students and attracted all quarters of Exeter’s campus. Asian Night Market: Always a popular event, the Asian Night Market once again succeeded in raising awareness for one of the many diverse groups of people at Exeter through the means of food.
A LOOK INTO LIFE FOUR YEAR REVIEW...D2-3
CLUB OF THE YEAR: FEMINISM CLUB...D6 SENIOR PROJECTS...D7 FOUR “MUST WATCH” FILMS...D9 FEATURED CLUBS...D10 SIBLINGS AT EXETER...D12 SENIOR MEDITATIONS...D12 SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR: THOMAS CLARK...H6 SCHOLAR OF THE YEAR: LEIGH MARIE BRASWELL...H6 ARTIST OF THE YEAR: AMY WANG...H7 ARTIST OF THE YEAR: SOHIL PATEL...H7 SENIOR OF THE YEAR: ALICE JU...H8 SENIOR OF THE YEAR: NIKHIL RAMAN...H8 ART ACHIEVEMENTS...H9 THAI SCHOLAR: “JERRY” ANUNROJWONG...H10 THAI SCHOLAR: NAT SOTHANAPHAN...H10 SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW: JOSH CAMP BROWN...H11 SENIORS STUDY ABROAD...H11
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TRENDWATCH OF THE YEAR...D4 POP CULTURE...D4
Academy Life Day: Whether playing on the beach or on a miniature golf course, students across campus enjoyed this day off at the beginning of the school year to take part in a fun activity and get accustomed to their new peers. Dances: Dunbar kicked off the year with their annual Back in Black dance. For many, the event was their first high school dance and would pave the road for their interest in other popular dances
By PHILIP KUHN and TOMMY SONG Staff Writers
rom the ART 444 show to the annual senior art show, the Academy’s Art Department hosts multiple senior art showcases in the Lamot Gallery every year to exhibit the pieces seniors have worked tirelessly on during their last year in Exeter. The pieces presented in the showcases encompass a variety of artistic genres, including photography and ceramics. All pieces that are displayed in the shows are independently created by seniors, and each pertains to a theme the artist chooses. To be able to create and display the pieces, art instructors help students reach the level of artistry where students can freely prepare their own creations with their own distinct style. “The passion and dedication of the teachers to their students help foster the talents of these young artists,” art instructor Rebecca Barsi said. “It is our responsibility to expose these students to the opportunities and resources within the visual arts, and help them develop their artistic voice.” Senior Stefan Kohli, who took ART 444 this fall, the advanced studio art course strictly designed for students who have already developed their own artistic voice, presented his pieces at the end of fall term. Kohli said that during the course he created a series of photos on the subject of Lincoln Street in Exeter, which he saw as a typical setting of a small U.S. town, as well as a unique feature of the town of Exeter. “I think that it's cool because that street could really be anywhere in small-town America, but it's a cool identifier of the town of Exeter – everyone who has lived in Exeter would know those stores on Lincoln Street like Gerry's, Burnham Dry Cleaner and the Arnold Bakery Thrift Store,” Kohli said. Similar to Kohli, many other seniors took ART 444 throughout the year and presented their works. For example, senior Leah Sparks completed three pieces, including a portrait of Don Cherry and Eddie Shore, two Boston Bruins’ ice hockey players and a replica of a modern Bruins jersey. “I'm a huge Bruins fan, so I figured in order to keep myself interested in the project, I would focus on something I'm very passionate about,” Sparks said. “Second, I [also] wanted to work on perfecting drawing fabric and shading.” Sparks continued and explained that presenting her pieces was her favorite part of her ART 444 project and noted that she enjoyed working with her classmates. “I'd say the presentation was the highlight because I was finally able to exhibit my hard work, and my family was able to come so that was a plus,” Sparks said. “Also being with all my classmates and having worked through 444 together, it was satisfying to finally be able to collectively show our art.” Senior Katie McCarthy, who took two ART 444 courses this year, agreed and said that having her own artwork being exhibited in the gallery was not only enjoyable but also a rewarding experience. She emphasized that sharing her expressions and interpretations with the rest of the community and having her peers recognize her efforts and work was a valuable experience.
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four years ‘10 – By ANN ZHANG Senior Reporter
PREP YEAR SPAZ Fond memories of the Junior Physical Education Program, affectionately given the name “prep spaz,” still remain four years later. Preps who did not play a JV or varsity sport entered the spaz program, faced with the reality of early morning dodgeball and swimming. Friendships were forged and hidden athletic talents were discovered through the course of prep spaz; some students or who rowed prep crew in the spring went on to join interscholastic teams their lower year, carSome dedicated spaz athletes who took the class all three terms earned the title of having been a part of “varsity spaz.” If only there was a boathouse or varsity letter to go with it.
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SLEEP SALVATION format classes (or for some lucky ones who had health then, the occasional sleep-in), winter term brought some drastic changes to the school’s daily schedule. Known informally as the “sleep schedule” because it had been minutes in order to start and end the day earlier. The sleep-ins meant sacthan usual, but preps were happily unaffected. Nevertheless, in a poll of 404 the schedule continued. Although the high level of student support was not heeded, an extra half-hour of sleep may have made all the difference, at least
E/A AT ANDOVER gether in a whirlwind of red clothing, a bookstore’s worth of gear emblazoned with “Exeter.” Students covered their faces with crimson paint and repped school colors in the form of bandannas and vuvuzelas onto Big Blue territory. Students and faculty packed the bleachers in Andover’s stadium and watched Big Red triumph, the players cementing a threeThe sky glowed with red and oranges, and the air vibrated with shouts of surrounding the victorious athletes in a swarm of school pride.
UPPER YEAR 24-HOUR INTERNET In contrast to previous years, when the internet would shut down at 11 pm, this year, Facebook messaging, paper-writing and Netflix watching continued into the late hours of the night, and sometimes into the next day. As a result, ITS reported that there was an overall surge in internet usage, perhaps from uppers working on US history papers late into the night.
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REPORTER-AT- THE (IN)FAMOUS 333 LARGE After two years of studying the personal narrative, it was time for writing in English class to begin moving in a different direction. A shift to the personal essay and the winter term RAL gave the uppers a chance to explore a different type of writing and also hone their reporting skills. Uppers interviewed people over winter break, or sometimes faculty and staff on campus and wrote a paper that moved away from the self, instead focusing on someone else’s story.
or papers that would be rights-of-passage for uppers. In the spring, uppers worked for a little over a month on the 333, a cumulative research paper on a topic of their choosing. Long hours were spent in the library or late into the night researching and reading. Skills developed in the previous two terms were critical to research and writing. After all of the hype surrounding the paper, it ultimately boiled down to lots of hard work and some ways, it was the clear end to upper year and a sign of how far students had come since those 500 word essays prep year.
TESTING, TESTING AND MORE TESTING As students entered upper year, the reality of the college process loomed closer and closer, starting with the formal start to the college counseling process, and the extensive upper questionnaire. Perhaps the clearest reminder of what still lay ahead were the many standardized tests that had to be taken in preparation for the applications that would follow. Students typically took the SAT I for the first time in March, crossing their fingers that the score would be good enough so that they wouldn’t have to take it again. That was just the tip of the iceberg, though: SAT Subject Tests, APs and ACTs also dominated much of students’ test prep, and college application writing hadn’t even started yet. Stefan Kohli/The Exonian
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in review – ‘14 LOWER YEAR SLASHED SATURDAY CLASSES Finally, TGIF applied to Exonians. Friday nights were no longer identical to Tuesdays, and there was a free minutes before sports games to bask in the joy of relaxation, if only for a few hours more. Principal Tom Hassan, still only two years on the job, left a mark on Exeter with this revolutionary change, and gave Student Council candidates something to talk about in every speech. But listening to another politician-in-training promise a dance every weekend night was certainly worth ten o’clock check in on Fridays and the chance to feel like a regular kid again.
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FIRST THANK-A-DONOR DAY Spearheaded by ESSO’s Giving Thanks club, the Academy had the opportunity to write letters to volunteers and donors as well as participate in a phone-a-thon.
COMMUNITY ACTION DAY “Clean-Up Day” (which was once Environmental Day) was replaced by Community Action Day, on April 25, 2012. Students participated in a variety of service activities, most of them on campus including cleaning dorms and surrounding areas and supplying needed support to a number of projects on campus.
SENIOR YEAR MEDITATION A chance to sit back and reflect after constantly moving forward for three years. Seniors gathered their thoughts on their families, religions, beliefs, friends, feelings and lives in their senior meditations. Winter term was full of contemplative, brooding seniors, using every opportunity to get inspired for their biggest English assignment yet. The final pages were submitted to teachers and read to classes, dorms and, for the selected few, an audience of faculty and students in Phillips Church. Learning about writing, speaking, thinking and themselves, the seniors worked hard to do this project justice.
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PROM Every teen magazine, movie and television show prepared the seniors for this long-awaited day. The tuxes were rented, the lip gloss applied, the frantic emails from Student Activities about ticket deadlines received. Dramatic asks—those four little letters spelled out in anything from tennis balls to glo sticks—and plenty of primp time culminated in a photographic frenzy. The pictures will be immortalized in photo albums and on the interweb, lasting as long, if not longer, than the memories themselves. All the seniors (and a few very lucky underclassmen) enjoyed their last hoorah in style, merriment and sentimentality combining to make for an unforgettable night.
COLLEGE AND INTO THE FUTURE The apps are over. The decisions are out. The fateful letters have flooded email inboxes and P.O.s. Rejections have been despaired. Acceptances have been celebrated. The goodbyes have been said, and the buses have been boarded. Now attention is turned to the fall—seniors will become freshmen, starting over at their new schools. New mascots will be cheered for, and new school songs will be learned. Everyone waits with baited breath, ready to see what the future will bring.
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trendwatch POP CULTURE of the year
a year in review By TRISHNA MOHITE
By MIA AREFEAINE, ALEC HERNANDEZ and ELLE MacALPINE
August 25 1. Miley Cyrus performs at the VMA’s
September 29 2. Breaking Bad series finale brings in a record breaking 10.9 million viewers to the AMC network
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Happy commencement, Exonians, Here we are, at the end of the year and at the end of the Class of 2014’s time on this campus we love so dearly. That means as seniors, we the 2013-
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tions to the Class of 2014! Philip Decker
3. Kayne West releases “Bound” music video
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else rain or shine. Whether in the early fall or mid-winter, Philip has dressed to impress since day one. On a similar note, Charlie Boyd
4.Wolf of Wall Street opens in theaters preppy, Rohan Pavuluri
million dollars is a poor We’ve seen some of the most unique fashion of the senior class on none other than Miss Tina Safford fun with her cloths! Sarah Chisholm
February 7-23 6. #Sochi 2014 – The rest of the world becomes familiar with
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Stefan Kohli’s frequent trips to Boston always publications, The Exeter Dress Code (www.theexeterdresscode.tumblr. com). On a more eclectic note, Quinn Larkin has one of the most subtle, yet
February 17 5. The handing over of the comedy crown –The Tonight Show is passed down from Jay
Thomas Clark and Joohwan Kim usually strayed from the ordinary with their renditions of the dress code. Thomas
trends, were afraid to try different patterns or textures and instead made their Megan Do Trang Duong, Alice Ju and
March 21 8. Divergent premiere, bringing in 56 million to box offices – The movie industry’s
March 2 7. The Academy Awards – Ellen’s A-list selfie becomes the “most re-tweeted picture apparently the 140 characters of a celebrities tweet can now play some sort of pivotal role for today’s humanity.
another basic teen cult.
campus. and these two day students have been on point since day one. Way before Angus Gorman the same time, Nik Bergill
March 31 9. How I met your Mother series finale episode premieres on the Fox network after a nine season run
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everyday. Sarah Hannigan Ari Spahr
years with a certain effortlessness that many of us only dream of. Madge Tan
10.Kim Kardashian and Kayne West appear on the cover of Vogue – no comment
she made upscale casual oh-so-classy. All three of these ladies have show us Well, that’s about it, Class of 2014. These past four years have been, to say the least, incredible in so many ways that transcend what we wear to
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Elle, Mia & Alec
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Club of the Year
FEMINIST UNION By WILL BELMONT and JACK HIRSCH Staff Writers
TERM ACTIVITIES, continued from D1
Seniors Present Artwork ART SHOWCASE, continued from D1
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SENIOR PROJECTS ByTHOMAS CHOU and REX TERCEK Staff Writers
fter toiling away for a number of long terms at Exeter, seniors are rewarded every senior spring with the chance to complete a senior project. Unlike most courses at Exeter, where one must achieve a certain requirement and follow a rigid course syllabus, these projects give seniors a chance to complete something of their own interest under the close supervision of an Exeter instructor, while also having the opportunity to present their findings for an audience at the end of the term. Here are four examples of what seniors did with their projects.
The City Beautiful Movement a project by Charlie Boyd Charlie Boyd, a senior from San Francisco, California, focused his research on the City Beautiful Movement, a reform ideology of North American building style and city planning that thrived during the early 20th century. propaganda in our nation's capital,” Boyd said. At the end of the term, Boyd presented a PowerPoint for anyone interested using
had on the landscape of the US capital. his presentation, Boyd himself was the most enthused and affected by the project. “With great help from Mr. Golay, I determined the plan of action loosely for the Boyd said. “Basically, my project allowed me to study what I wanted however much I wanted to and in any way that I wanted to. I have really just treated this as I would any other course except for I maybe have pursued it with a more enthusiasm.”
McMillan Plan, which organized the core as well as the parks of Washington, D.C.,
Obstetric Fistula a project by Mia Arefeaine Senior Mia Arefeaine, for her senior project, decided to study the obstetric/gynecondition typically affects women with limited pre and post-natal care in developing nations and is usually connected to old cultural customs of early marriage. Subsequent pregnancy is onset before the mother’s body is fully developed. Although many countries work with organizations like the Fistula Foundation and the United Nations villages of Ethiopia. After Arefeaine visited the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis
subject to it.” For many seniors who partake in senior projects, it has left a lasting impact on them, and Arefeaine is no exception. “Only at Exeter would I be able to dedicate time to a personal research project throughout this project just makes me want to continue dedicating time to the end of Even with the long hours of study and copious amounts of research, Arefeaine
in the topic. “Because I am Ethiopian, and got a chance to visit the Hospital during one of my visits, I have a deep connection to this cause,” Arefeaine said. “Many of the girls suffering from this alienating condition are my age or younger and shouldn’t have to be
slideshow that she presented for close friends and faculty. Arefeaine said, “it is an extraordinarily rewarding thing to dedicate yourself to no matter what you are studying.”
Ethics of Medical Experimentation on Humans a project by Keunyoung Ma those who have been wronged in unethical medical practices and discard the data, or
project on the ethics of medical experimentation on humans. “I was inspired by a public health service knowingly denied syphilitic patients penicillin for the purpose of observing them further,” Ma said. In addition, Ma also examined the ethics of medicine throughout history, starting from the Hippocratic Oath. She tied in Nazi experimentation to her overall analysis as well. “In the end, I posed morally challenging questions to my audience, such as ‘Can sentation at the end of winter term, where students were able to discuss the morality of the situation. “It's disturbing to think that the Nazis' heinous crimes have produced
Exploring 3D Printers a project by Lakin Vitton Lakin Vitton, a senior from Greenwich, Connecticut, decided to take his senior project in a technological direction. With the addition of the three new 3D printers this year in the Art Department, Vitton utilized them while working on his senior project. “I really wanted to take advantage of the Art department's 3D printer and explore the uses and practicality of 3D printing,” Vitton said. While working on his senior project, he was able to independently print objects under the supervision of his project advisor. “I'm blown away every time I print something, it’s amazing to see how practical 3D printers could be in a few years.” of the designs included functioning parts for the printer. “It’s always incredible when you print a replacement part or upgrade for the printer, and watch as it literally improves itself.”
As Ma worked on her project, she found that she was really able to dive deep into something that interested her. “I prepared about 40 slides on Prezi and a general script to guide my presentation. I got really into it – more so than I thought – as I found more Although she focused mainly on the history of medical experimentation, she the present and the future, considering all the ongoing research on eugenics and clondence – to research at my own pace, shape the direction of my project as well as the types of research I wanted to include – allowed me to truly appreciate the history of the tension between intellectual boldness and ethical integrity.”
Other Senior Projects –– Emily Hatheway – Poetry Study –– Shaquille Brown, Luke Brown and Olamide Ogunbambo – West African and Caribbean Literature –– Zadie Ross – History of Hip-Hop –– Marc Steele and Alec Hernandez – Exploring Soviet Culture Through Russian Film Collection of Original Songs –– Meshach Peters – Compilation of Original Music Composing and Performing Original Music –– Nate Dow – Music Recording, Songwriting and Audio Technology –– Sean Lee – A Creative Exploration of Aesthetics and Interaction in the Information Age –– Will Vennes – Building a Hamboard –– Cal Oakley – Building and Operating a Trebuchet –– Michael Eaton – Building Birdhouses: A Forgotten Art –– Sohil Patel – Microscope Photography: “Art in the Vast Invisible World” –– Asile Patin – Track & Field: How Fast Are We? (The Prep Edition) –– Curran Sullivan – Documentary Film on Smitty’s Wrestling Barn
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By NOLAN PEACOCK and MASON POLK Staff Writers
allow us to experience some of the most influential movies in recent times. With this final review, we hope to highlight not only our famovies of the past four years.
Moonrise Kingdom (2012) he has never experienced: love.
Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom earned our love. With it’s visually appealing mix
Moonrise Kingdom’s score goes along perfectly tography of accomplished director Wes Ander-
cally pleasing movies of 2012.
in this case the protagonist is a child with the mind of an adult. All in all, Moonrise Kingdom in every essence of the phrase, is worth the watch. Both charming and insightful, it comes ers.
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The Intouchables (2011) ables
Phillipe and their friendship develops, their personalities contrast in a way that Phillipe has never experienced.
story of a paraplegic and his companion, The Intouchables
depended on. By forming a relationship with a wealthy,
The easygoing and lighthearted performances of
Although we mentioned it in our previous review,
movie that’ll give you that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. The Intouchables reaches
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Short Term 12 (2013) All of us have felt alone in life. All of us
national premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, it received a standing ovation. Detailing the
or when we felt unsure of ourselves. However, most of our worries pale in comparison to those
state of those who care for the shelter’s residents. is coming from, or where they are going to sleep for the night. Destin Daniel Cretton’s Short Term 12
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in the shelter, the viewer is presented with an
Film Festival and was released to audiences worldwide a few months later. During its inter-
ers around you.
About Time (2013) Amongst countless sappy romantic comedies dripping with cliches, 2013’s About Time stands out from the rest with its fantastic acting and original plot line. With amazing performances on Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams’ part, young direcour favorites list earlier this year. Who would have an emotional rollercoaster? Gleeson’s character Tim,
as external forces complicate every aspect of his life, past and living in the present. The plot of this movie is refreshingly original. Rather than following the cliche romantic comedy
template and spending the length of the movie on the ups and downs of the central couple, this movie allows the characters to introduce a much more personal story. Through their interactions on-screen and the dialogue revealed to us, the story carries a lot of weight and a lot of relevance to those with close relationships to their parents and family. The movie also goes to great lengths to preserve its timeline and to not let the concept of time travel inchanges and transitions, the movie seamlessly and
suggest it to anyone in the mood for a good laugh and a meaningful message.
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Until next year, Nol and Masey
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FEATURED CLUBS By THOMAS CHOU and JULIE CHUNG Staff Writers
rom fire dancing to Latin competitions, Exeter’s clubs have it all. Each year, students are bombarded with various choices at Club Night, one of the first events on campus in September. With such a huge variety of clubs, it can be hard to narrow one’s selections down to keep from feeling overwhelmed. This year, a few clubs have really stood out among the rest by their activities on campus and from the number of active members.
A.L.E.S Afro-Latino Exonian Society, more commonly known as ALES, is one of the largest clubs on campus. With weekly meetings on Friday nights to discuss topics and build new relationships within the Afro-Latino community, ALES has expanded to reach a large variety of people, extending to those of all races and backgrounds. “ALES is important to me because it was at their opening cookout my prep year that I felt like I could make it through my Exeter career,” upper Jordan Bolden, next year’s ALES club head, said. “I found that there were people like me who were willing to help through any problems I might face and really welcomed me into the Exeter community.” ALES also educates students who may not be too familiar with Afro-Latino culture.. “I am half-Black and half-Japanese, and after coming to Exeter, I've learned about and connected with my African-American side more than I have before because of ALES,” lower Tierra McClain said. The club invites students of all nationalities, races and backgrounds to join. “A lot of people have the misconception that the club is only open to ‘black people’, however I think it's important to see new faces at the meetings,” McClain said. “The meetings are a learning experience for everyone and anyone.” Bolden agreed. “I think new students should join ALES as a way to open their minds in a new way. New students should come to clubs like ALES to get a taste of the different people that surround them everyday.”
PEADs PEADs is the only co-ed a capella group on campus. Performing songs such as “Seasons of Love” from Rent and “Bad Romance” by Lady GaGa, they have garnered a lot of popularity from Exonians over the years. Known for their bright wardrobes, they give each a capella event a burst of color and enthusiasm. “I started singing in PEADs my prep year, and since then I've learned how to read music, get over stage fright and lead a group of teenagers, many of whom are the same age or older than me,” upper co-head Sabrina Movitz said. “It's going to be a real pleasure leading them again next year.” “PEADs is so valuable to me because of the people in the group. Of course, given that we are an a cappella group, we gather to practice and perform, but what's most important is simply the time we spend together,” upper co-head Annie Choi said. “Most of the time, it's highly energized and exciting. Other times it's frustrating, but overall, PEADs has given me so much more than I expected when I auditioned in 2012: friends that are like family.”
Feminist Union Feminism was the campus’ hot-button topic of the year. Although the club did not organize this event, the “Why So Gendered?” campaign sparked debates all over campus. Most recently, Feminist Union’s “PEA Needs Feminism” campaign popped up all over Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. The club garnered an overwhelming amount of responses from students from every grade and gender. The Union was revived last year by current seniors Amina Kunnummal and Kristina Elhauge when they noticed that people were increasingly becoming unaware of an issue so important to both of them. Now, students quickly fill up the seats in their weekly Wednesday meetings to discuss anything from Beyonce’s new album to the school’s dress code. Kunnummal, who is a current co-head, noted the club’s focus on the issues most prevalent to students at Exeter. “Feminist Union gives a space for people to talk about feminist issues that are important to them, and a lot of times our discussions end up being about issues that are on campus,” she said. “I think the great thing about the club’s impact on campus is that so many people feel like they have the space to say these things.” Whether it is students passionately supporting their cause or curious bystanders seeking answers to their questions, Feminist Union provides a place for students to discuss topics, while providing an open and judgment-free zone for anyone on campus.
Mock Trial Mock Trial has been growing exponentially in popularity over the past few years. This year, the Mock Trial team went to the national competition after placing first at the state competition. This year, over 60 students tried out on a sample case. Lower Rebecca Ju has been involved with Mock Trial since prep year. “Mock Trial is important to me mostly because of the people – they're all so dedicated and intelligent,” she said. Lower Julia Leatham echoed Ju’s sentiments. “I love Mock Trial because everyone in the club is so hardworking, which creates a lot of trust within the group. Everyone is lovely and passionate.” Although Mock Trial can be time-consuming, both Ju and Leathem have found it to be worthwhile. “Going to meetings makes me so happy, and I always end up laughing. I don't mind dedicating many hours and weekends, because what else is as fun as Mock Trial?” Leatham said. In addition, Ju felt that Mock Trial also was a great way for students to apply themselves. “I think Mock Trial adds a more practical usage of a lot of the skills we use in Harkness. I've learned how to act - I'm a witness,” Ju said. “And I've learned about the subtleties of language and how important presentation is. New students should join because it is a great community to be in. We get so many beginners every year nearly every one of our team members started Mock Trial here.”
Fair Trade Exeter Fair Trade is one of the many ESSO clubs on campus. It has grown in popularity since it was founded last year by upper Jeanne Olivier. Fair Trade aims to educate Exonians about buying Fair Trade products. The club raises awareness by selling Fair Tradecertified products in Agora every week. While many ESSO clubs struggle to maintain high attendance rates, Olivier, a current co-head, stressed the club’s strong group of members. “Our club encourages innovative ideas, thus club members are proud to see their visions and hard work culminate into a variety of events. I think this sense of pride and accomplishment is what keeps them dedicated and excited to participate fully at every meeting and even outside meetings,” Olivier said. One of Fair Trade’s most notable accomplishments this year was to make Phillips Exeter one of the first nationally recognized Fair Trade high schools. Additionally, the club hosted an assembly this year with Mary Jo Cook, Chief Information Officer of Fair Trade USA, to further educate the Exeter community about making better choices as consumers. The club’s sales in Agora further boost Fair Trade’s presence at school. Many of the food items, including the Fair Trade chocolate, are favorites amongst a large number of Exonians. Olivier noted that “Our weekly sales in Agora and these large scale events make the club visible on campus. Also, our club sells mostly comestible products (dried fruit, chocolate, rice cakes, tea, energy drinks, freeze dry fruit), and what Exonian doesn’t like some good food!”
G.S.A Exeter provides a number of clubs that strive to make the school a more accepting place for students. Gay-Straight Alliance, in particular, provides an addition to the Academy’s inclusive environment through its weekly meetings. Lower Lucy Weiler stressed the positive impact the GayStraight Alliance, or GSA, has made on campus through its accepting atmosphere. “I absolutely love my dorm, and living in a dorm has been an entirely positive experience for me, but I think that GSA provides an open, welcome atmosphere for kids on all parts of the LGBTQ spectrum and a space for their straight counterparts,” Weiler said. In addition to providing an environment where students can discuss issues or be open with others, the club’s weekly meetings have been largely educational as a place of reflection for students, whether they are gay or straight. “I have learned a lot about how to eliminate micro- aggressions in my own life, alongside just how to simply be a better resource and more welcoming individual for people from all walks of life,” Weiler said.
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Siblings on Campus “What's it like having a sibling at Exeter?”
“It is nice to have someone who understands both halves of your life – the idiosyncrasies of your family and pressure and joys of an Exeter education.”
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Sam Gray ‘14 and Luke Gray ‘14.
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– Elle MacAlpine ‘14 (left) with sister Holly MacAlpine ‘16 (right)
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Will Ayscue ‘17 and David Ayscue ‘14.
“Someone who I can give indiscriminate 7s to.” – Dylan Farrell ‘14 (left) with brother Jacques Farrell ‘17 (right)
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Sam Oakley ‘15, Aidan Oakley ‘17, Cal Oakley ‘14 and Liam Oakley ‘17.
SENIOR MEDITATIONS ByTHOMAS CHOU Staff Writer
long with many Exeter traditions like EP, to whole new side of her. It was really amazing to it was much shorter than senior meditations, I felt like bridge jumping and teas, meditation is one connect emotionally with her on a new and different tradition that helps shape the Exeter expe- level.” the excess information and really strip it down to its rience into what it is. Heralded by some On a different note, Clark touched upon the bones.” as “the most valuable experience at Exeter,” meditapressure seniors feel while writing their meditations. Despite the stress and the pressure of writing a tion provides students with an opportunity to learn “While I generally like the meditation program, I am meditation, Clark believes that it may not be as difsomething through a story that may not necessarily wary of overemphasizing its importance. Because have been taught in the classroom. Although meditaseniors only have one chance, unlike faculty, some can write a meditation whenever they want, inside or tions are given by teachers in the fall and winter terms, seniors tend to feel a pressure to make their meditation outside of class. I believe that every person's story is the spring term gives a chance for seniors to present complex and multifaceted enough to warrant multheir meditations to a larger audience and is usually a Exeter experience.” highly anticipated event. De Haseth echoed Clark in terms of the pressure choose. I think if I had to write another meditation Each year, all seniors are required to write a medi- while writing a meditation. “This year, in my religion right now, I could, and it would be completely differtation for their English class. This year, eleven seniors ent from the one that I wrote earlier this year.” were chosen out of 100 submissions to present their meditations in Phillips Church: Oishi Banerjee, Anika Ayyar, Thomas Clark, Amina Kunnummal, Tyler Weitzman, Matthew Greaves, Tyler Courville, Nikhil Raman, Leo Liautaud, Kaelina Lombardo and Kieran Minor. One of the chosen seniors, Thomas Clark, felt that the meditation writing process was one that was unique. “Writing a meditation was unlike most other assignments, in that we are given a huge amount of independence,” said Clark. “There is no formal prompt, and you can really choose to write about anything you want, whether it be humorous or heavy.” The tradition of seniors delivering their meditations has gone on for many years now. Clark noted, “I think it is nice that seniors who want to share their meditations have a platform to do so, and its just too bad that only ten or eleven seniors are able to read in the church.” Lower Anna Barnes agreed with Clark. "Each year, I really enjoy going to the senior meditations. You learn so much about the speaker that you might not otherwise learn. Seniors’ meditations allow students to take a glimpse into what they think is meaningful or special.” Upper Ryan De Haseth noted the difference between senior meditations and teacher meditations. “For me, I think that the senior meditations provide a really great way for us students to connect with each other. Even though we might not know the senior presenting personally, we may still be able to connect with them through common beliefs, ideas and struggles.” Lower Stajz Saar agreed with De Haseth. “A girl in my dorm presented her meditation earlier Connor Bloom/The Exonian this year. Although we know each other pretty well through sports and our dorm, I feel like I was exposed Senior Leo Liautaud was among one of the few seniors chosen to read her meditation in Phillips Church.
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Boys’ Cross Country: Undefeated Champions Big Red Finishes Victorious, Winning New England Interschols for the Third Year in a Row By REX TERCEK Staff Writer
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY, continued on E7
Football Starts Off Season Red Hot By ANDREW POGGIONE Staff Writer
FOOTBALL, continued on E5
PGs Ryan Conte and Stone Hart jump in celebration.
Girls’ Cross Country Shows Promise for Next Season By NOLAN PEACOCK Staff Writer
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY, continued on E3
Exeter Field Hockey finished their season with a huge win against Andover, a first in four years. Read about it on E2.
Coach of the Year
After leading girls’ volleyball to success, coach Bruce Shang took the reigns of Exeter’s first boys’ volleyball season. E7.
Boys’ Bear Polo finished up yet another successful season, finishing with a season record of 12-6. Read about it on E8.
Inside Fall Term Field Hockey Boys’ Soccer Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year Boys’ Water Polo Athletes of the Year Girls’ Volleyball
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Moxie Defeats Andover For the First Time in Four Years By HEATHER NELSON Staff Writer
Senior Hannah Wellington battles for possession of the ball with her stick.
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Strong Team Chemistry Highlights the Girls’ Season GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY, continued from E1 able experience, running against more experienced runners at Interschols. Going against tougher competition, the lowerclassmen focused on watching the ways the more experienced girls took on the course—ready to add their tricks to their own repertoires. ”Interschols was an amazing race to be a part of. The atmosphere and competition was great. It was fun running against fast people from a bunch of schools in New England, especially Anoush Shehadeh, who is a beast,” Hu said. The girls’ team also did a better job at Interschols this year than they have in previous years. This surplus of younger, stronger runners signals a new era for the team, and hopefully the girls will continue to improve in the same fashion as they have been so far. “I think there are a lot of dedicated younger runners who will help take the team to a new level, and it's exciting to think how much talent there will be within the team for the next few years,” senior captain Anika Ayyar said. “I am excited to see how the team does at Interschols next year. Big Red also boasted a strong team chemistry this season. “The team really clicked and helped push each other to be the fastest we could be,” Hu said. “We had a pretty good season this year, but I think we have the potential for a lot of improvement next year.” Ayyar shared Hu’s sentiments. “I love that even though cross-country is an individual sport—to some extent, the team dynamic is still really huge. Especially in workouts, it makes an enormous difference that you are running with your teammates, and motivating each other, instead of just running by yourself,” Ayyar said. This idea motivates many cross country runners. The camaraderie that comes with suffering through a workout brings the squad together and forms friendships that are Hu was among the top runners on the team, and did a lot to help the team to the place that they ended up. “Christine Hu was consistently at the top this season,” Saar helped motivate me during some of the harder workouts of the season. Michaela Morris was also a great performer,
Girls’ cross country runs as a group alongside girls from the Pingree School.
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was really fun to see.” This season, the team tried to focus their workouts on helping the girls compete, and to excel in meets. “This year parts of the course that we knew were challenging during races. We split up into groups, and each group switched between the various parts of the course, working out tactics that would help us push through those parts when we were actually racing. Workouts like that, where we could directly apply our training to the home races, were really useful.” The girls will kick off another great season next fall, captained by current uppers Elsa Chinburg and Clara Hobbie. “I'm looking forward to more races and opportunities to run fast! I'm really pumped to spend another term running everyday with my teammates. I'm also excited for Elsa and Clara to be captains—I think they'll make cross country a blast, just like Anika and Valerie did this year,” Hu said, excited for another season of cross country.
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Uppers Michaela Morris and Elsa Chinburg
Boys’ Soccer Goes Through a Transition Year After Losing Many Starters Last Year, Young Talent Maintained Soccer’s Winning Record By TOMMY SONG Staff Writer
Coming off of last year’s season record of 142-2, the boys’ varsity soccer team pulled through another winning season, with a regular-season record of 9-2-7. Although the team fell short of participating in the NEPSAC tournament, the group of young, talented players completed yet another long season, and team members anticipate an improved performance next fall as they transition from a reconstruction period this season. “Out of my four years on the team, unfortunately this was the only year we didn't participate in the Division 1 New England playoffs. Whether it was our young team or an increased level of competition, we weren't able to seize the results we were looking for,” senior co-captain Henry Stevens said. Stevens added that an unusual amount of injuries contributed to the team’s reduced performance. “Both [co-captain] Stew [Scott] and I were plagued with leg injuries for the majority of the season which didn't help either,” Stevens said. “PGs were dedicated and did their part for the team— until they were diagnosed with a broken knee or a concussion or an ankle problem; injuries hindered us greatly.” Other team members said that the addition of a group of new and young players influenced the team’s performance, since it took time for all the players to be comfortable around each other. “We were much younger this year than we were my upper year. Overall, this season we had fewer guys who played together all four years than last year and more new guys than previous years, and that definitely affected the team chemistry in that we had less time to get acquainted with each others’ playing styles,” senior and goalkeeper Noah Wright said. Wright continued and said that because many players were new, the team lacked effective communication, which was problematic. “As the team’s starting keeper, one of the challenges this year was the initial lack of effective communication. It was not until the middle of the season until we started to be comfortable with each other. Although we were riddled with injuries, towards the end of the season we had built a strong sense of
Upper Ted Hart shrugs off a defender as he sprints for the ball. a unity; we communicated well. We maintained the team’s solidarity until the last game and managed to defeat several schools.” Although the team did not make it to the New England playoffs with a comparatively young team, all players agreed that the season’s results were still satisfactory. “For a young team, we did very well this season; we managed to pull through some of our rival opponents,” Wright said. Indeed, the season brought a number of unanticipated victories, considering Exeter’s previous records against some schools. “St. Paul’s at the beginning of the season—that was a big win. It was our third game of the season and although they ended up doing really well this season, we beat them 2 to 1 in a home game so that was a good way to kick off the season,” upper and center midfielder Sterling Weatherbie said. In addition to the triumph against St. Paul’s, the
Lower Trevor Cosgrove dribbles past his opponents towards the goal.
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team managed to beat eight other schools in total. Team members reflected upon some victories that stood out to them. “Our most notable victory was definitely against Deerfield, where we won 1-0. In the past Deerfield has been a challenging opponent, but this year we pulled through,” Wright said. “We also tied Berwick Academy, an all post-graduate team, which was exciting.” Upper and left wing Max Rerkpattanapipat added that along with the victories over Deerfield and St. Paul’s, the team’s match against Bridgton Academy was also another highlight of the season. “All three of those games came down to the wire and our team showed our true identity in those games. Those games reflected our training, teamwork, and heart,” he said. Players attributed another successful season and its victories to the strong team leadership from the seniors, especially from the captains. “We had seniors including our captains, Henry and Stew, who put it all on the field for the last season,” Rerkpattanapipat said. “The PGs on our team also provided us with great spark and leadership.” Weatherbie emphasized that the captains’ leadership was crucial this season. “This past year we wouldn’t have done as well without our seniors like Henry, Stew, and our PGs, because they did a fantastic job leading the team. I hope I can be as good of a captain as they were; they love soccer and they love winning, a combination that helped bring victories even with a developing team this year.The seniors really put the team on their backs and helped lead.” Weatherbie added that the decisive coaching this season also played a key role in aiding the team to develop and grow for the upcoming season. “I think that our coaching has stepped up this year,” Weatherbie said. “Coach Cosgrove and Hutchins both put in a lot of work for this upcomBOYS’ SOCCER, continued on E9
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Veteran Seniors Lead Team to Successful 6-2 Season Despite a Dominant Ground Game, Exeter Football Falls Just Short of Playoffs FOOTBALL, continued from E1 JV level, we never dumbed it down or expected anything less than we did from varsity.” After keeping the system rather uniform between the varsity and junior varsity levels, it left Morris well-prepared for the season ahead. As the first days of preseason rolled by, the talent of the team was immediately evident. Even in the first days of practice, many of the players knew already that they had the potential to compete with the best teams in their league. With a roster full of experienced seniors and ten postgraduates, the team knew they had something big in store for them this season. Senior co-captain Joey Hebl was one of those players. “From our first practice in late August, I knew we had a talented team,” Hebl said. “We had good size all around, plenty of athleticism, and a strong group of veterans who had been on the NEPSAC championship runner-up team the year before. We had all the pieces required for what would eventually become a successful season.” After watching the team crush Proctor in their opening scrimmage and Worcester 36-7 in their first regular season game of the year, the team’s first instincts proved to be right: the athletes were headed for a great season. Despite all the fresh faces on the roster, the team appeared to have no problem melding together. The chemistry came easy. W’s filled the team’s record as the season continued. In the first part of the season, only one team, Loomis Chaffee, proved to be a challenge. Big Red squeaked by with a 14-13 win. In the other five wins of the season, the team pounded their opponents, winning
by an average of 28.4 points. Big Red’s stifling size and athleticism proved to be too great for their weaker adversaries. The sheer strength of Exeter’s offensive and defensive line, led mostly by postgraduates, allowed Exeter to dictate each game. On offense, Exeter stuck to mainly running the ball, but their one-dimensionality did not hurt them. Few teams could stop Big Red’s run game. The team had what Coach Morris described as “a prolific run offense.” “I definitely think our rushing game was our identity,” Hebl said. “Auggy Roberts had a solid run of at least 30 yards or more every game and could be counted on a regular basis to pick up a tough, gritty four yards on third down to preserve the drive.” While Hebl complimented post-graduate running back Roberts’ outstanding play, he also did not forget to pay homage to the incredible job the offensive line did throughout the year. “A lot of credit has to be given to our O-line for that as well. It may be a cliché, but they're the most underrated part of the game. You can't do anything without an O-line, and luckily this year we had a stout crew that gave Auggy great opportunities to gain huge chunks of yardage.” While the team had a dominant offensive game, Exeter also dazzled fans and opponents on the defensive side of the ball. Led by future Harvard athlete and postgraduate Stone Hart at the line, a deep secondary unit and a strong group of linebackers, the team dominated others teams with their defense. Only one team—Avon Old Farms School—managed to score more than 14 against the defensive squad. Big Red gave up 11 points per game this season, while
Senior Auggy Roberts tries to dodge the defense on a run.
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forcing fumbles and interceptions as they went. Exeter’s defense was always there to support the team when the offense was struggling to get started. The team also saw solid improvement from many of its younger players. Senior David Ayscue said, “We saw good improvement from younger guys like Shayne Holland, Will Edwards, and James Quinn stepping in as starters with JT Thompson giving good depth at receiver and defensive back spots.” Although upper Holland will not be returning to the team next year, Exeter will still have a solid core of experienced players ready to take over the team next year. “I am confident and excited about next year. We have a nice mix of new kids coming and a strong, talented, and experienced group returning who are poised to be making huge contributions. They have worked very hard in the off-season and everyone is looking forward to next fall,” Morris said. After two straight seasons as one of the best teams in NEPSAC, the younger boys will surely be eager to show that they have the talent to continue Big Red’s winning tradition. As the team’s seniors finish their last year at Exeter, all the boys will forever remember their time on Exeter’s football squad. The tough practices and hardfought wins will resonate in each of their minds as they move through life. “I'll miss the boys the most and going into battle with them every Saturday,” Ayscue said. Hebl agreed. “You come out of an Exeter football season not just as teammates but as brothers. The run out to Phelps stadium, which goes by the Amos Alonzo Stagg statue, over the bridge and between the pines, will forever be etched in my mind.”
Roberts shakes off a tackle from an Andover defender.
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Lower JT Thompson and Senior Curran Sullivan celebrate.
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Girlsâ€™ Soccer Team Looks Forward to Next Season Young, Close-Knit Group Shows Great Improvement and Strong Team Chemistry
By JOONHO JO and PHILIP KUHN Staff Writers
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COACH OF THE YEAR, 2013-2014: BRUCE SHANG
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By PHILIP KUHN and REX TERCEK Staff Writers
On Saturday afternoons, while students sleep in or head to sports games, coach Bruce Shang is engrossed in the NCAA volleyball game playing on his TV. A former college volleyball player, Bruce Shang has always had a strong passion for the sport. So when he came to Exeter, it was no surprise that he decided to coach girls’ varsity volleyball. Shang has now been the girls’ volleyball coach for three full years. He also coaches girls’ squash and recently founded the first boys’ volleyball team at Exeter. “This is my passion, and the girls here have been a joy to work with everyday,” Shang said of the girls’ volleyball team. “We strive for perfection and push one another to get better every day. What results is usually something that we are all proud of.” Shang went on to explain his coaching methods, which he utilizes to help his players grow as athletes. “My philosophy on coaching is pretty simple,” he said. “Lots of perfect repetitions, with lots of instant feedback. I really love my players and appreciate them more than they know. It's their wins, their team, their accomplishments. I am just here to help.” It’s not only Shang’s strategic coaching that makes him an excellent mentor, it’s also his compassion towards the team. Shang shares unique relationships with each player and loves to enjoy a laugh with them, even during volleyball practice. “I feel like everyone on the team respected him, but also felt really comfortable with him,” senior captain Weilin Chan, who has known Shang for four years, said. “He often came to practice smiling and isn't afraid to poke fun at us sometimes. He coaches in a way that makes the players want to do well for him because we don't want to disappoint him.” These relationships aren’t limited to volleyball practice. Even outside of volleyball, Shang is always supporting members of the team, whether its coming to one of the player’s basketball games or simply giving a hug to a passing player and engaging them in a conversation.
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“He is probably one of the closest coaches to the team friendwise,” upper Brooke Detwiler said. “At the same time though there is that level of respect, all the girls respect him. He is a great guy. If I need help with anything at Exeter, he is probably the first person I go to and I am sure all the girls do the same.” Although Shang loves to crack jokes, he knows when it is time to be serious. He is very knowledgeable about the sport from his former experiences with volleyball and is intent on sharing this knowledge with all players of the team. “He honestly wants each of his players to improve and reach their potential, and he is always willing to work one on one with players to fix their weaknesses,” Chan explained. One of Shang’s best coaching qualities is his ability to guide the team without upsetting anyone or discluding players. According to varsity girls’ volleyball player Michelle Bosche, he focuses on making the team better as a whole and keeping them united. He gives everyone an equal opportunity to shine and is fair about who gets on the court and who still needs a bit more practice. Prep Rachel Lou explained how Shang has helped her rise up to her potential as a varsity girls’ volleyball player through his coaching. “I went to prep camp before my first season at Exeter not even knowing how to spike a ball,” she said. “He was really patient while teaching me the game and never got mad when I messed up. Since then, we have gotten pretty close. It's only changed in the way that I trust and feel more comfortable talking to him now, about my game, or about life in general.“ Shang is so in love with coaching volleyball that he couldn’t stop with just girls. This year he built the first ever boys’ volleyball team at Exeter. Although most of the players could not even complete a pass during volleyball tryouts, Shang has confidence that the boys will be able to rise up to the challenge. “The difference between coaching the boys and the girls is most of the girls have come here with years of experience, as opposed to the boys that are learning
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the sport for the first time,” Shang said. “But I think within three years the boys will be able to make a run at the championship.” Kevin Flynn, a member of the men’s volleyball team, commented on Shang’s determination to make the boys a championship winning team. “Shang is really motivated and certainly pushes us really hard together as a team,” he said. “But also if you ask him one on one, he is even better as a coach because he is a very personal guy. He has so much knowledge and so much experience that he is able to give us that on the volleyball court.” Graham Rutledge also commented on Shang’s coaching methods which have helped the team improve tremendously. “He has such a strong presence and brings so much more to volleyball practice than just knowledge which he has tons of,” Rutledge said. “He is intense and straightforward and he tells you what you need to know. If you mess up, he won't hesitate to let you know and he'll tell you when you're doing well. He is everything I like in a coach.” Although there is still lots of room for improvement for the new mens volleyball team, Luo, like Shang, believes the team will be able to rise up to very high standard—the athletes have already won multiple games this season-but they will need the persistence of Shang to reach this goal. “The fact that he even took on the task of turning fourteen guys who had almost no experience in volleyball into a team is incredible,” Luo said “You should've seen these guys their first few days, but he's managed to teach them what I've learned over a course of years. They're not amazing yet, but under Shang I think they can be.” And to top it all off, Shang also helps out with girls’ squash during the winter. With the guidance of Shang, and of course the head coach Freddie Brussel, the girls’ squash team placed number one in nationals this year. And with Shang’s strong determination, this won’t be the last year. In all his sports, coach Bruce Shang facilitates success for all his players.
Boys’ XC Takes Third Straight Interschols in a Row BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY, continued from E1 testament to the kind of program that has been established at Exeter,” Larnerd said. “We are called crazy, because who wants to run as much as we do? But that craziness pays off, especially with three championship trophies on Exeter's shelves because of our hard work.” Many wonder how Big Red has attained such dominance year after year, and it seems the mastery stems from a combination of hard work, focus, powerful team fusion and effective coaching. “Nothing about our supremacy is chance—we consistently pushed ourselves hard starting in June with summer training and with a lot of hard workouts during the fall, which was crucial to our victory at Interschols,” Clark said. “We also had a great team dynamic, which is one of the things I love about cross-country. The older runners on the team really worked to foster a sense of both seriousness and fun that encouraged younger runners to step up their game and stay dedicated.” “We have superb coaches here. Coach [Nicholas] Unger has a way of bringing his passion for running to the team and has always made me feel like i am participating in something ancient, special and steeped in tradition,” Clark continued. “Coach [Brandon] Newbould, who has coached me for nine consecutive terms, is truly a phenomenal coach and really works hard to know each
and every runner and his strengths and weaknesses, and Coach Jordan was a great mentor for the younger boys.” In addition, the guidance and supervision of seniors seemed to play a key role in Exeter’s success. “This year was really special for me because of the great leadership we had on the varsity squad,” Courville TJ, John and Thomas and all of us have been a part of this program for several years. This was special to me because we have matured as distance runners together accomplishments is the truly resolute nature of all runners on the team. “The overall one characteristic that has made us so successful is the ability to take cross country outside of the sport itself,” Clark said. “The mindset of ignoring the pain your body is experiencing and pushing through to achieve the highest level can be translated to other aspects of life, which is why you will see our cross country runners embodying discipline and mental strength overall, for example taking cold showers, pursuing academics or going for morning runs outside of practice.” Although the past three years have been superb, the team and the rest of Exeter are looking towards next year to see if Exeter will be just as commanding in The New England League.
“Unfortunately, we are graduating a lot of runners. seniors, so it will be really important for the younger runners to take summer training seriously,” Clark said. “I think next year’s captains, [uppers] Holden Hammontree, Quincy Tichenor and Will Li, will do a great job with that.” Indeed, the team members coming back next year “The future holds more success, particularly next year,” Larnerd said. “We have a few very fast uppers, all of whom are looking to impress the classes who have graduated before us. The seniors are the ones who are held to the highest standard, and we expect to go above and beyond representing Exeter's XC team next year.” If Big Red continues on the path past teams set out, it will make history in no time, a feat the remaining Exonians are bent on reaching. “Quincy and Holden both look to be among the best in the league for next year, and Will, Max and Kenny [Berger] all came off amazing seasons and will head into next season as great leaders,” Courville said. “The team is going to need these guys because no team has ever won four consecutive NEPSTA titles. We are on the brink of making history and I believe strongly in next year’s team.”
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Female Athlete Of the Year: Hannah Wellington By TOMMY SONG and REX TERCEK Staff Writers
Senior Hannah Wellington smiles in the Academy quad on her way to Phillips Hall.
Boys’ Water Polo Just Misses Claiming the Title, Manages to Pull Out Stellar Record Regardless By NIKHIL CHUCHRA Staff Writer
Senior Joe Shepley, smothered by defenders, whips the ball at the opponent’s goal.
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Male Athlete Of the Year: Curran Sullivan By SAM YOO
Around campus, he can be seen sporting different styles of facial hair, ranging from a scruffy beard to a clean mustache. In classrooms, some describe him as a “class clown who can keep things light but still get work done,” but he’s also a serious learner, being selected as part of the one section of the advanced English 411/421 sequence. However, senior Curran Sullivan performs the best and feels most comfortable when he is on the field, playing football or lacrosse, or on the wrestling mat. Sullivan, a three-season varsity athlete and the cocaptains for both boys’ varsity wrestling and lacrosse, has remained committed to the Academy’s athletic program during his four years here, fearlessly challenging himself and displaying his strong work ethic and leadership. Before even arriving at Exeter, Sullivan had a strong connection to Exeter and its sports culture. His two older brothers had both played football and wrestled at Exeter, earning regional and state-level accolades and captainships. Sullivan, who played football since sixth grade, felt that it was natural for him to join the football team. “I played football before, and I just had a really good experience in middle school, so I decided to keep with it through high school,” he said. Starting out in JV his prep year, Sullivan quickly showed his athletic prowess and made the varsity team for his lower year. Playing tight end and linebacker for the varsity football team for three years, Sullivan reflected on the sense of community that being on the football team brought on. “In terms of my experience with football here, the first thing I noticed was how many friends I made. I remember prep year, I made friends on the team, and I’ve kept all of them through senior year. I met all of my closest friends through football,” Sullivan said. “With E/A, I’ve never been to same athletic event with same sort of intensity, excitement and hype around it.” Varsity football coach and Director of Athletics Rob Morris, who has known Sullivan for more than ten years, gave credit to Sullivan for his athletic contribution. “He has always been willing to play different positions in football, and this past year, he was a significant. We were a heavy running team, so he did not get many chances to catch passes, but his consistent Tight End play was a key to our success as we spent the great percentage of our time running right over his blocks.” Morris continued, “I have always been impressed that Curran has played three sports for four years—not an easy task at all, especially in three very physically demanding contact sports. He never misses a practice or a workout. I know for sure there were days that he was not feeling close to 100%, but he showed up regardless, setting the example and giving every ounce of effort he had.” Sullivan has made the transition from varsity football to varsity wrestling for the past three years, following the end of fall season. Although he played JV basketball his prep year, Sullivan quickly found his passion to be wrestling, which allowed him to grow into a successful wrestler and one of the three co-captains, along with seniors Sean Haggerty and Noah Wright. “My lower year, I decided that JV Basketball wasn’t really helping me in any way, so I decided to take up wrestling to just see how good I’d be at it,” Sullivan said. “I really wanted a no-excuses kind of sport, so I decided to wrestle.” Since the change of heart, Sullivan has qualified twice for Nationals to compete, both his upper and senior years. In addition, Sullivan has placed sixth and seventh in the New England Championships, in his upper and senior years, respectively. Although Sullivan humbly commented that he was definitely not the best wrestler in the team, Haggerty commented him for his great athleticism. “Although Curran was the least experienced wrestler to begin with, he really was the most successful of the three captains. I think that’s because he was so hardworking. He is a great athlete who can pick it up really quickly. I’ve been wrestling since fifth grade, and he made the sport look much easier.” In addition to being an excellent wrestler, Sullivan was also instrumental in leading the team as one of its co-captains. “I think Curran was a big help throughout the year in creating a good team dynamic. He really brought the team together and made a lot of the younger kids on the team feel welcome, leading by example and setting the tone.” History instructor and varsity wrestling coach Ethan Shapiro agreed. “I think kids look up to him as a person, in general, and they appreciate his work ethic. He has good leadership qualities, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he takes on more and more leadership roles as he gets older. He doesn’t put himself out there and campaign to be a leader, but it naturally comes his way because of the kind of kid he is,” he said. Sullivan said that he tried to think of ways that he could best lead the wrestling team, although wrestling is frequently seen as a very individual sport. “I think
Senior Curran Sullivan stops to pose on his way from class into Grill. the things that always most inspired me were stories, such as inspirational speeches or success stories. That got me going more than anything else, and as a captain, I didn’t discipline too much, but tried to motivate the kids.” As he did in football, Sullivan tried to view the team as a tight community of individuals. One of the things Sullivan recalled the most was his relationship with Shapiro and varsity wrestling co-coach David Hudson. “My relationship with Coach Shapiro and Coach Hudson is really good. We always chirp each other in different ways, and that’s something I feel like I earned as a wrestler because you don’t chirp your coaches and expect to get away with it. That’s a solid sign I’ve got a good relationship with my coaches,” Sullivan said. Hudson praised Sullivan for his commitment to the wrestling team. “Curran has always been one of the hardest working athletes in the wrestling room. He is loyal to the program and takes great pride in representing himself and the school in a positive way. He competes hard and has high standards.” In the spring, Sullivan has returned to the field to play lacrosse. This year, Sullivan led the boys’ varsity lacrosse team as well, alongside seniors David Ayscue and Nick du Pont. When thinking about lacrosse, Sullivan recalled the difficulties he had at first. On the JV team as a defensive middie during his prep year, Sullivan had his heart set on making the varsity team his lower year, but initially got cut as a short stick. However, when boys’ varsity lacrosse coach Bill Glennon saw Sullivan’s love for the sport, Sullivan was given another opportunity. “We went to Florida for preseason, and Coach Glennon said that he saw how much in my head I was, and how inexperienced and unskilled I was, but he told me that he saw enough athletic ability to compete and gave me the option of being on JV as a short stick or on varsity as a long pole.” Taking up the long pole for the first time, Sullivan saw increasing success. After most practices, Sullivan put in the extra time by staying back and practicing with Chris Keating ’13, two-time All-American and current starter at Yale University’s varsity lacrosse team. Getting more and more play time on the fields, Sullivan was eventually able to become one of the co-captains of the team. Du Pont praised Sullivan’s accomplishments as a defense captain for this year. “More than just playing phenomenal individual defense, Curran helped an inexperienced defense transform into a group that kept us in every game, even against some of the top teams in the country. His leadership was evident not only on the field during games, but during practices and in the locker room. He was always working to improve his individual game and was an inspiration to all on the team because of that,” du Pont said.
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Sullivan saw himself as a soft-spoken, but firm captain, basing his actions and words as a captain on his own experiences growing as a team member and lacrosse player. “I never really yell at kids for dropping a ball or making a bad pass just because I’ve been there and I was worse than any other kid that I’ve seen. My humiliating experience has affected how I act as a captain and how I want kids to feel about themselves,” Sullivan said. He continued, “However, occasionally, when someone I expect a lot from doesn’t perform up to the level, you need to get at that because that’s what I learned from Chris—you have to demand a certain performance from somebody and you need to let them know the expectations, so that they will eventually perform at that level.” Although Sullivan is often looked up to on campus as an amazing athlete, many students and coaches praised his personality and character. “I have witnessed Curran grow into a mature, disciplined, hardworking student and athlete who always puts his team ahead of himself. He works hard in the weight room during the off-season and has served as a great role model for not only the younger students but to his peers as well,” Morris said. “Curran is the epitome of goodness and knowledge combined. On the field and off the field he is well liked and highly respected. I personally am going to miss him.” Senior Matt Greaves, Sullivan’s teammate on the varsity football, agreed. “Curran Sullivan is just that dude—hardworking, good looking, great beard. He just knows how to connect with people. He’s one of my favorite people at this school, I’d say.” Upper Thomas Stockham, who plays varsity lacrosse, appreciated the role that Sullivan had played in his and others’ lives at Exeter. “Curran is an amazing friend, role model, and captain. He is a strong leader with a great sense of humor. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play with Curran, and to be able to call him one of my closest friends.” Although his athletic career at the college-level is still uncertain, Sullivan appreciated the fact that he learned many things, beyond sports, by being a part of Exeter’s athletics for four years. “I can take a lot away. I learned just how important humility can be, but at the same time, how important confidence can be. I never knew how to teach confidence, but at the end, I don’t think it’s something you can pick up and teach,” Sullivan said. “If you can get confidence in any sport that you play, you will automatically become better, no matter what it is. Even if you drop passes, but you still keep going after you make those cuts to the open lane or whatever, you’re going to get better.” Sullivan also emphasized the importance of non sibi. “Try and give back as much as you can. That’s something I see as extremely crucial. If you want the school to be better at sports, and if you care about the athletic program getting better, give back.”
Boy’s Soccer Completes Transition With Young Talent BOYS’ SOCCER, continued from E3 ing year, and we improved immensely because of their help.” Rerkpattanapipat agreed and emphasized the coaches’ contributions to the team. “Coach Cos and Coach Hutch bring a very professional atmosphere to the practices and the games. They are extremely organized and have a lot of knowledge about the game. They both have a good sense of humor but are very serious when the time calls for it,” Rerkpattanapipat said. “Both have a very tight relationship with the players. They coach the team well and inspire us to look forward to every game and practice. We owe a lot of our success to Coach Cos and Coach Hutch.” With only a few more months left until the beginning of another season, returning players anticipated a bright future for the team. Weatherbie, who will be one of the two captains next season, said that the team will be prepared to bring better
results next year. “Our future’s definitely looking promising. We have some postgraduates coming in next year, and our young guys are all going to be a year older,” he said. “We are going to focused on further improving our team chemistry and bringing more victories so that we can play in the championship next year, that’s our ultimate goal for our team next season.” Stevens agreed and said that the team will be able to accomplish more with the team players growing older and improving everyday. “As the team gains experience, results will come. The 2013 season was a transition year, and although we didn't make it as far as we wanted to, we developed,” Stevens said. “Exeter soccer is about perpetual, undying effort, and one day we will reach the top.”
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Outside the Bubble: Three Defining Moments in Sports for 2013-2014 Year Compiled by the Editors
Worst to First: World Series Going from last place in the American League East Division to the champions of Major League Baseball cannot be accomplished in just one night. In the span of one year, the Boston Red Sox went from the bottom of the food chain to the top of the baseball world, and it all started with the firing of the worst manager in Red Sox history, Bobby Valentine. With problem number one out of the way, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington searched for talent to fill in missing gaps on the diamond as needed. Eventually, the Sox signed a new skipper, John Farrell, to take helm. They also signed plenty of position players as well, such as catcher David Ross, outfielder Jonny Gomes, outfielder Shane Victorino, closer Koji Uehara and shortstop Stephen Drew. At the beginning of the season no one expected the Red Sox to do well. Even I wasn’t really hopeful for Boston’s chances when they first took the field on Opening Day. But then something amazing happened: they started to win games. By the time the All-Star Break came around, the Red Sox were on top of the AL East standings, 2.5 games ahead of the second-place Rays. They constantly fought off the battling Rays until August, when the Red Sox pulled away in the AL East, finishing off the regular season with the best record in the MLB with 97 wins and 65 losses. In the post-season, the Red Sox faced their rivals that season, the Rays, after they won the wild card game against the Texas Rangers. They beat the Rays in the ALDS 3-1 and continued on to the ALCS to face the Tigers. A tough opponent, a combination of great pitching and hitting kept the Tigers alive. However, this didn’t stop the Red Sox from taking advantage of situations, such as David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam in game 2. They eventually beat the Tigers in six and moved on to the World Series against the Cardinals, a team with one of the best pitchers in the league. After a hard fought battle, the Red Sox were able to take the World Series title at home in six games. It was the icing on the cake. This excitement wouldn’t last for long though, as the Sox lost key players this past offseason such as center-fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, and currently resides in last place in the AL East. Courtesy of Google Images
Superbowl XLVIII: Seahawks Win their First Title Ever This year, if you watched the Super Bowl other than to see the commercials, then you witnessed the most improbable, and perhaps one of the most dull Super Bowls in the history of the NFL. In a matchup between the rookie Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks and the veteran Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos, the rookie managed to come out on top. It was also a matchup between the best offense and best defense There really isn’t much to say about this game, except for the fact that this was one of the largest Super Bowl score margins. From the start of the game, the Broncos between the center and Manning, which resulted in an unexpected early snap and a safety, giving the Seahawks an early 2-0 lead. However, the defensive lapses were not over; drive after drive, the Seahawks’ offense kept up the pressure, putting the Broncos’ defense in an uncomfortable position. But it wasn’t only the defense that was lacking; Manning also had an especially drives. However, one should not blame solely Manning for these mistakes because it is hard to say that his offensive line kept off the pressure of the Seattle defense. Surprisingly, most of the points didn’t even come from the offense. To start off the third quarter, Percy Harvins of the Seahawks returned the kick off for a touchdown, some of the interceptions that Manning threw. By the end of the game, the better team had won. The result was obvious after halftime. It was an overall bad game for the Broncos on the unusually mild winter night in New York City.
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FIFA World Cup: Brazil: a nation that is known for its legendary contributions to the sport of soccer, with legendary players such as Pele, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo (no, not Cristiano). Its national team has won the most World Cup Finals out of any nation in the world, with their and it kicks off in only four days! This tournament is bound to be one of the best World Cup Finals of this century, with the host nation being one of the biggest contenders this year. Of the nations participating this year, the teams to watch are Brazil, Argentina and Germany, with the underdogs gripped around the major international soccer trophies over the past four years, I think the Spanish are a little too old to be major contenders for this year’s tournament. For some reason, I see the English Three Lions bringing in a possible run from the team it has selected. Moving away from veterans that are used to the world stage, manand Rahim Sterling. A current star on Liverpool, Sturridge will be able to work well with Rooney to create a serious offensive threat. As Brazil’s bus motto reads, "Brace yourselves! The sixth is coming!" And why shouldn't they be a little cocky? Brazil boasts one of the best defenses in the tournament rooted by Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, along with a pretty great offense led by Hulk and Neymar Brazilians this year. No matter who you are rooting for, the next month is going to be a time to sit back, relax and watch some world class soccer in what should be one of the best World Cups of this century. Courtesy of Google Images
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Volleyball Finishes With a Victorious Season, Defeating Andover After a Seven Year Drought By HOJUNG KIM Staff Writer
It begins with a roar like a lion’s. The crowd is ecstatic. The red digits of the Love Gymnasium scoreboard blink to 29-28 as head volleyball coach Bruce Shang stares up at the overhead fluorescent lights. Mired deep in a third set tiebreak, the tide has swung back and forth for this historic Big Red team. His cast of players huddle together one last time in a mosaic of red and white as their dark blue opponents, on the brink of elimination, drip sweat down onto the waxen floorboards across the net. Roars from up and down the wooden stands reach Shang’s ears. In the next 10 seconds of Exeter’s final home game, his team will complete the final piece of a near-perfect season. Although they will go on to lose their semifinal against Choate, a team they closed out a tight 5-set match with earlier in the season, the season-closing playoff against their traditional rivals set the tone for the season. Gliding up to the service line, lower Josie Russ tosses the ball up with her left, and raises her right shoulder, letting gravity work into the final swing of her motion. Her palm instinctively searches for and finds the three-stitch seam of the ball and sends it sailing over the net and the heads of the Andover frontcourt. “Persistence,” Russ says, has been the key to their season. Russ, a third-year volleyball player, is already coming off of a 3-1 win at Andover, ending a 7-year E/A drought. The win capped a 12-6 regular season that secured them a place in the NEPSAC conference quarterfinals on their home court, a tournament that the school missed out on last year, and fell in the first round the previous two. For four-year senior captains Weilin Chan and Kaelina Lombardo, this moment is the final note of their careers. After three seasons of never making it past the first round of the playoffs and a lower season that ended in a sweep by Andover, Chan and Lombardo are itching to hit back. They both watch and ready their stances, along with the rest of their team, as the ball sail towards the waiting hands of the Andover libero. And for a season that saw captain-elect and coMVP, upper Brooke Detwiler, and lower Taylor JeanJacques named to the NESPAC All-Star team, the opportunity looks promising. They comprise, along with co-MVP Chan and lower Zaidee Laughlin, an expectant team that has done as they do now all season: dig their heels in and wait to strike. Chan spoke of the importance of this last season in her Exeter career. “There isn't much more I could have wanted for my last volleyball season at Exeter,” Chan
Senior Weilin Chan spikes the ball into a wall of blockers. said. “From the start, the team had amazing chemistry. I remember thinking to myself that the team was an extremely talented group of girls.” Although just four days ago the girls had taken down their Big Blue rivals in a 3-1 thriller, only a month ago they had left Andover in a crushing 0-3 defeat. “I remember being really nervous after that match to play Andover again the following Wednesday in the playoffs,” Laughlin said. “Part of me thought that there was no way we could do it again.” The results to come during the playoffs were far from certain. In a fluid whip of the body, the Andover girl smashes the ball, sending Jean-Jacques into a low dive to save it. Detwiler places the set high up in the air in perfect position for lower Michelle Bosche. From the corner sideline, Shang watches with his regularly stern face. His disciplined approach to the season along with a new set of talent has combined to make this season promising. Detwiler commented on Coach Shang’s attitude toward practice and games. “He inspires such a great work ethic,” Detwiler said. “We have a young team, but the aura of positive yet intense competition that enveloped the gym produced incredible results. Our
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season speaks volumes to Shang’s coaching ability.” The “young team” that Detwiler speaks of holds incredible promise for the future. Only four teammates, including co-captains Chan and Lombardo, will graduate this year. The majority of Shang’s core group consists of lowers with big talent. After nearly a decade of struggling to find their place in the league, the girls’ volleyball team made an early resounding statement. With a 5-0 run to start the season, Big Red proved that they could play against anyone and win. As Bosche takes three steps and jumps high in the air, arching her back like a bow into the air, Shang lets a smile break loose. Both Shang and Bosche, who led the whole team in kills this season, have the same thought in mind: “The game was over.” The smash, streaking deep and fast toward the hardwood, is too strong for the Andover setter. The scoreboard blinks the final score of the marathon third set, 30 – 28. As the ball hits the floor, the crowd erupts, roaring out onto the court to surround their team, swathed in maroon and white. Recalling the atmosphere of that final moment, Laughlin said, “The energy in that gym was unforgettable.”
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Veteran Hockey Team Finishes Strong, 22-4-3 Record By ALEC GREANEY Staff Writer
Boys’ varsity hockey continued an impressive run of recent years, reaching the NEP-
result Exeter was expecting or hoping for, preventing Andover from taking the win also prevented Big Blue from making the Elite Eight Tournament, with Cushing grabbing the number eight spot.
one seed and reigning champion Salisbury School, however, the talented Big Red team
league prevented the team from cinching one of the highest spots, but it did manage to earn a fourth seed and a home game in the opening round. In this contest, the boys took on #5 Nobles, a team they had not faced in the regular season. The game quickly turned into a challenge for Exeter, who fell behind early on in the match. An Exeter team that was used to taking early leads for a good amount of the season
came in December at the hands of Gunnery School and Cushing Academy, but the squad
to give itself a 3-2 lead. Though Nobles would tie the game later on, Big Red had the
two or fewer goals, we would win the game.” Coming out of Christmas, the team continued to play strong hockey, pounding
over the course of its long season. “I think it was our best game of the season,” Rorick said. “Because we were so talented, we hardly ever had to battle back. However, we proved that we were one of
“Our hope was always to bring home the school's second championship,” senior co-captain Cody Rorick said. “That was a realistic goal and we fell short of reaching
really bought into the team mentality for playoffs.” Senior Kyle Alexander agreed. “I thought our playoff game against Nobles was our Heading into an Exeter/Andover weekend layered with playoff implications, Big Red hoped to repeat its decisive victory from earlier on in the season. Andover came force overtime. Big Red played well in the extra period and nearly netted a winning
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Girls’ Hockey Surpasses Hurdles with Tight Team By ALEC GREANEY Staff Writer
Girls’ varsity hockey took to the ice this year looking to build off a strong 5-0 win over Andover at E/A last season. After graduating a strong 2013 class that the team struggled to put the puck in the net with consistency, and for the second year in a row narrowly missed the .500 mark, finishing with a record of 10-12-2. and hadn't gained too many new girls,” senior co-captain Alyssa Heinze said. “However, we had a very strong core group of girls who had been here for the past few years.” The team got off to a bumpy start, falling to St. Paul’s and narrowly tying out the Purple Penguins 2-0. Lower Kirsten Nergaard skates past an Andover defender.
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GIRLS’ HOCKEY, continued on F2
Basketball: Start of a New Era By GEORGIA FORBES Staff Writer
At the beginning of Big Red’s basketball season, everyone at Exeter was still reeling from the thrilling 2012-13 “superteam.” Going off a historic 25-1, the group was built on the backs of PGs and repeat uppers, an older team of premier athletes, brought in to decimate any opponent that stood in its way. The school was spoiled by victory, and when the eleven-man roster was posted for the 2013-14 season with only three PGs and of another dominant season. Oh, how wrong we all were. standing, of course, but with a hockey team that averaged 2.4 more goals per game than outs over close, hard-fought victories. But what Exonians failed to notice was a talented group of young men becoming closer and closer to each other, developing chemistry, The focus of the team shifted from last year’s high-octane blitzkrieg offense that could BOYS’ BASKETBALL, continued on F2
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The boys were not the only basketball team to win a championship this winter. Read more about the girls' team rebound from the year before on F3.
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The boys' basketball team goes in for a huddle before tip-off.
Wrestling An outstanding season once again from the wrestling team. There were great performances from every wrestler on the team. Read more about it Jonathan Ye/The Exonian on F2.
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Even though girls’ squash did not have the best season, the team improved a lot from last season by clinching first place at Nationals and Interschols. Read up on it on F6.
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Basketball Makes History as Exeter’s First Back-to-Back NEPSAC A Champion in Final Match against Hotchkiss -
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in overtime and silenced the mobs as they stormed the court
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hockey team had unfortunately failed to do the day before:
of the court, but up a heavily contested three, and sank it, After they had crushed the feeble Thayer Academy that
the stretch. This helped us a ton once it became playoff time.” PG JD Slajchert shoots a layup.
unlucky calls and rim bounces that didn’t land in their favor. -
Wrestling Finishes with a Spectacular Record By TOMMY CEFALU Staff Writer
Exeter pulled off an impressive 16-3 record this 14th in the country at nationals. Determined to improve
from last season, but coaches Dave Hudson and Ethan Stone Hart.
Senior Noah Wright pins his opponent to win his match.
Exeter’s success for most of the season, but in retrospect, support of the student body to attend our matches and
Hemintakoon said. Hart’s success came as no shock to of unbeaten seasons to his name. Hart came in second at nationals by just one point to a heavy favorite from Choate. Bailey and Hemintakoon also stood out as stars on division. Hemintakoon did not place at nationals but had
Hemintakoon seems like a leader, as he is one of the isn’t as close as teams at public schools,” Hemintakoon The team looks to do even better next season. The The Exonian
Lower Billy Baker puts his opponent in a hold.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Girls’ Basketball Dominates, Takes the Title of Inaugural Champions of the Eight School Leagues By BEN MACLEAN Staff Writer
The Exeter girls’ basketball team had a record 2013-2014 season, going 20-4. The team was led by seniors Nicole Heavirland and Yvonne Dean-Bailey and lower Peace Kabari. Other key contributors were seniors Susannah Gray and Maddie Firkey and upper Courtney Henrich. The team was rounded out by senior Katherine Callahan, uppers Mel Allen, who was unfortunately injured early in the season, and Casey Osborne, lowers Michelle Bosche and Michaela Streep and prep Maya Blake. The group was led by head coach Johnny Griffith and assistant coach Ellen Gunst. The squad got off to a hot 6-0 start before Christmas break. Over the course of that streak, they beat, among others, Northfield Mount Hermon, Hotchkiss and Tabor in OT. To start off the new year, Exeter lost to eventual Class A champions Noble and Greenough. That was the first loss of the season for the Big Red, but the team did not seem discouraged. It responded by ratting off six consecutive wins. During that stretch, Exeter had wins over league foes Deerfield and Choate Rosemary Hall. The squad beat its opponents by an average of 23 points during the streak. That dominating sequence of victories came to end after a trap game loss at Governors. The loss dropped the team to a 12-2 record through January. Exeter’s first game in February was against rival Andover at home. The team struggled throughout that game but was able to still come out with the victory. After the match, the team had a meeting and went over what its attitude was going to be going forward. “I think it engaged the team as a whole and reminded us of what kind of team we are,” Henrich said. “We kind of lost our identity in the last two games and it was time to bounce back.” Indeed, Big Red did bounce back. The athletes proceeded to crush New Hampton, beat Marianapolis in an OT thriller and defeated Worcester. Then, unfortunately, they were derailed by a loss to would-be Class B champions Tilton. With only three games left in the regular season, Exeter went out and won its next two with road wins over Cushing and Holderness. Exeter’s final game of the regular season was
The girls’ basketball team breaks it down before playing.
Senior Nicole Heavirland dribbles down an open lane to the basket.
against archrival Andover. Going into the game, the team had already clinched the number-one seed in the Eight Schools League playoffs. Perhaps that played a role in the game’s outcome: a 40-36 loss at Andover during E/A. Exeter struggled throughout the game, rebounding off the offensive and failing to convert most of its perimeter jumpers. The loss left the Big Red disappointed, but Exeter still had the playoffs to redeem themselves and finish strong. The girls’ first matchup was against Northfield Mount Hermon, the team Exeter had beaten earlier in the season and that had beaten Andover in order to face Exeter. Big Red thoroughly dominated NHM to a tune of 59-40. After securing a spot in the title game versus Choate, the team got excited but kept things in perspective. “We can’t rely on having beaten them before,” Kabari said. In the championship game on its home court, Exeter controlled the whole game. After getting out to a sizzling 14-0 start, the girls never looked back. Their defense, as it had all season, stepped up and forced turnover after turnover, resulting in easy transition baskets. Their shooting touch also came back and helped them earn a 65-36 win to become the inaugural champions of the Eight School League. After the final buzzer of the season rang, the team celebrated by cutting down the nets and posing for one final photo together.
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For the whole 2013-14 season, Exeter played with one word in mind: grit. It was demonstrated in the girls’ defensive pressure, whether man or zone, and pestered many of their opponents into committing turnovers. On top of forcing turnovers, the defense only let up 45.75 points per game. The team’s grit didn’t just show up on defense; the athletes also rebounded well and scored many of their points with aggressive drives to the rim, primarily from Kabari and Heavirland. Next year’s team will be missing four starters: Heavirland, Dean-Bailey, Gray and Firkey. Senior Katherine Callahan will also not be returning. With five seniors graduating, the team will not only need to replace its production, but also its leadership—Heavirland was the team’s captain and a New England Prep All-Star. “The younger kids are going to have to step up,” Griffith said. “Peace [Kabari] and Courtney [Henrich] are obviously leaders on the team and they’ll be back, but we’re hoping to get a good yield from admissions as well. [There’s] a couple of really strong PGs that have applied.” With Kabari, also a Prep All-Star, returning, the team will have no shortage of go-to scorers and lockdown defenders. Henrich will be the only returning upper who had considerable playing time this season and will be looked upon as a leader. Mel Allen will be coming off a torn ACL suffered this season and will look to contribute as one of the three will-be seniors on the team. If no recruits come in, prep Maya Blake will look to take over the hole left by Gray in the paint, and lower Michelle Bosche will look to build upon her increased role late in the season. Other returners will be upper Casey Osborne and lower Michaela Streep, both expected to be in the rotation for next year. Also look for prep Hannah Gustafson and lower Tessa Vaccaro to make the jump from JV to varsity next year, as Bosche and Streep did so this season. “Hopefully some young kids will come in and fill in some shoes, but it will a bit of a rebuilding project,” Griffith said. This year was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the boys’ team, but it ended up not being one at all as it won its second consecutive Class A title. It would be no surprise to see next year’s girls’ team back competing for another title. As for Exeter’s second motto, “Turn Up,” the banner that will hang in the gym speaks for itself.
A Better Season than the Numbers Can Tell After Losing Several Talented Players from Last Year’s Team, the Girls Find New Leadership GIRLS’ HOCKEY, continued from F1 “We beat Cushing for the first time since I've been at Exeter,” Heinze said. “That was a pretty big deal—they always have a very strong team.” In the long term for Exeter, the game proved that it could play together and come out on top. “We lost a lot of good seniors last year, so there were definitely some big shoes to fill coming into this season,” upper Marley Jenkins said. “But, we got a lot of new people that clicked with the team instantly. A lot of the new girls we got this year are very dedicated to ice hockey and practiced a lot in the off season. Coming into the season, we hoped to get a good team dynamic with all of the new girls, which was something that definitely happened.” After a tough New Years’ Tournament, at which the girls’ won one game and lost two, they returned to campus for an improved January, going 4-4-1. This stretch included an exciting 3-2 overtime win against Holderness and a 1-1 tie against Andover. “A game that stands out to me is the Holderness game,” Jenkins said. “The game we played before Holderness was Deerfield, which we had lost in overtime. So when the Holderness game went into overtime, we were determined not to lose in overtime twice in a row. Clara Gilbert ’15 scored the game-winning goal in overtime and our whole team rushed off the bench in celebration to cheer on the ice. It was an awesome feeling after just having lost in OT.” Towards the end of the season, however, Big Red’s offense cooled off, and the girls managed just one goal in their final four games, which included a 0-4 loss to Andover at E/A. Though it did not prove to be the ideal end for Exeter, the team felt that they had played better than the bare numbers suggest. “Sometimes we just had trouble putting the puck away,” senior co-captain Alex Betrus said. “In a lot of our games, the score didn't reflect how the game was played; we would get a lot of great opportunities, but the puck just wouldn't bounce our way at times.” Another difficulty for Big Red was the lack of depth. “We had a very small team this year, which was a challenge for us. We usually played only two lines, which could be very tiring at points,” Jenkins said. “The small team was also challenging because we had
a fair amount of injuries and sicknesses on the team when we couldn't afford to lose any players.” While Heinze acknowledged challenges in only playing with two lines, she also recognized the benefits. “We had a close knit team this year—since we had a really small team, we had a great team dynamic,” she said. “Everyone knew their role on the team and took on their specific responsibilities.” Perhaps the most important role to fill for the team entering the year was at goalie, where Yuna Evans ‘13 left a long shadow. Lower Allegra Grant, who had joined varsity hockey as a prep the year before, proved up to the challenge. “Our goalie, Allegra, was very solid for us this season,” Jenkins said. “She made a lot of awesome saves that kept us competitive in close games.” Other standouts on the squad included Heinze, Gilbert and lower Kirsten Nergaard, who worked together on the first line to score the majority of Big
Lower Kirsten Nergaard chases the puck.
Red’s goals. Betrus and senior Millie Dethy led the effort on the defensive end, helping Grant to acclimate to her new starting role. On the whole, over the course of the year, Betrus did see improvement from the team. “I really thought we had good puck movement by the end of the season,” she said. “We also had some really good passing from our offense as the season progressed.” Next year, girls’ hockey will lose six seniors, but the players are optimistic that the team can improve. “We got a lot of good recruits that were accepted to Exeter and are coming next year,” Jenkins said. “We did lose six seniors this year but hopefully the new recruits coming in will be able to fill their spots.” “Again, they'll be losing a core group of girls, so that might be tough at first,” Heinze said. “Unlike this year, though, they'll be getting a good amount of recruits to fill in the missing gaps. Should be good!”
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Senior Joe Shepley is deep in concentration during his backstroke.
Exeter Swimmers Saw Their Times Shrink, Many Broke Their Records By NOLAN PEACOCK Staff Writer
Winter term is now behind us, and with it went the so-called “winter blues.” While winter term can be depressing for some and downright miserable for others, it is not that way for all of Exeter’s students. For the swim team, winter term means the start of a new season of the sport they love. From the pool to the weight room, the swim team goes hard in all that they do. Whether it be a twelvethousand-yard workout or a light taper day, you can This season provided the swimmers with a number of great opportunities. For the older students, it was a chance to improve their technique, work on their stroke and break their personal records. Or, in some cases, school records. For the younger returning students, it was a chance to gain more experience with the sport and to improve their game in the pool. For the youngest members of the team, it was a chance to get familiar with the sport, establish a strong base and gear up for the seasons ahead. The swim season works like many other sports, with an initial dual-meet season followed by the championship meet. This year, the boys did well through the season, and managed to bang out a respectable performance in the interscholastic competition at Hotchkiss. “This season, I’d say that we all worked really hard throughout the dual meet season, and that really paid off at Interschols,” lower Graham Hazlett said. “We had some hard workouts here and there, but we knew that if we kept at it and didn’t give up, eventually we’d be able to get through the season with some victories under our belt.” The boys weren’t wrong. At the last meet of the season, nearly all of the athletes dropped time in one race
season, including our twelve thousand yard morning and afternoon practice, as well as our lifting days,” upper Erick Friis said of the season. “In meets, we swam and dove our best, culminating in our 4th place title in the New England championships. [Seniors] Joe [Shepley] and JB [Baker] led the team well as captains, and everybody swam their best. Joe broke his own record by swimming career.” The boys started off their preparation for Interschols with a taper. For those out there who aren’t familiar with the concept, a taper consists of slowly decreasing the yardage of the team’s workouts. Little by little, the workouts get shorter and less demanding. Essentially, it saves energy and preps the athletes for a big meet, getting them well-rested and ready to compete. However, due to the decreased amount of exercise, taper workouts come “Taper diets are terrible,” Hazlett said. “I think I know how wrestlers feel during taper diets. First of all, we can eat very little carbohydrates, as we are not doing enough exercise to burn them all off. Secondly, we have to really watch our caloric intake. This means that a lot of the time, we go to bed hungry.” Hazlett went on to explain that virtually all the taper diet consists of is
less eating. The next swim season should be an impressive one. Although some great swimmers are leaving the squad, hopefully the team will acquire some new potential from the incoming students, and some existing swimmers will are departing. The team, however, will not be without great leadership. At the end of this past season, the squad voted to replace outgoing captains Joe Shepley and JB Baker with current uppers Andrew Eigner and Brooks Saltonstall. “I’m really honored to have been elected captain,” Saltonstall said. “This is such a strong group of guys who work very, very hard. It’s really going to be my pleasure to lead them next year.” Saltonstall and Eigner, both strong swimmers on the team, already have a substantial amount of responsibility within the team. But they have stepped up to accept the burden and privilege of a captainship and take on the responsibilities that go hand-in-hand with the position. All in all, this season was a great one for the boys’ team, and under the guidance of the new captains, the squad should go on to achieve even bigger and better things this coming season.
A league at the meet. “We had a lot of great swims at Hotchkiss,” Hazlett said. “I’m really proud of our season, and I hope the rest of the squad is too.” Many swimmers saw great improvement over the course of the season. In particular, the preps on the team, Joel Lotzkar, Walter Lehneis and John Wang, gained some very valuable experience when they traveled to Interschols with the rest of the varsity team. “It was a really good time,” Lehneis said of the trip and the meet. “I think it was really great that we got to go out there with the rest of the varsity guys and see what Interschols is like. I don’t know about the rest of the boys, but I really appreciate the opportunity to swim in the Championships.” one for the boys. With lots of demanding workouts coupled with schoolwork, the performance from the squad was remarkable. “We trained hard throughout the
Lower Nick Liolios performs a backward somersault in a meet.
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Strong Offense Brings Big Red a Succesful Season BOYS’ HOCKEY, continued from F1 showed up to play that day.” Unfortunately for PEA, its next game came against Salisbury School, one of the most consistently dominant programs in the league. While Exeter remained optimistic about its chances, the team could not overpower Salisbury, falling 6-0 to the eventual 2014 New England Champions, who defeated Gunnery Though Big Red fell short of its overall goal, the boys were still proud of the team. “We had arguably one of the most talented lines in prep school hockey of David White ‘14, Henry Hart ’14 and Kevin Neiley ’14,” Rorick said. key guys stepped up in key times.” Alexander also lauded several members of the squad. “We had great leadership from our captains Matt Foley ‘14, Patrick Quinn ’14 and Cody Rorick, and our new PG's stepped up this year and produced,” he said. “Neiley, White, H. Hart and [Pat] Besse really bought into the system and were amongst our best players. We also got great goaltending from Jack Parsons ‘14. Kevin Neiley in particular stood out to me. People see him as a grinder and a scorer, but he was also the best passer on the ice this year, which I think went unnoticed.” With so many talented players, certain teams can have tendency for individual performances to overshadow the play of the team. believed this year’s team remained focused on the main prize. “The toughest part with so many great players is just everyone accepting their roles and doing what's best for the team as a whole,
and over the course of the season everyone did team,” he said. Exeter used its abundance of individual talent, capitalizing on the team’s remarkable depth. “We battled even when we didn't have our best game,” Alexander said. “We were so deep that when someone wasn't playing hot, the rest of the team would pick up the slack and produce. We were 16 forwards and six defenseman deep, and that's not something you see on most high school hockey rosters.” With such a deep roster, PEA will have its fair share of returners, with 12 underclassmen due to return to the squad next season. Alexander also believes the entire program should lead Big Red to future success. “The team should be great again next year,” he said. “We did lose 13 guys, but there are plenty of new guys coming in and plenty of younger guys looking to step up. This year, we had one of the better JV teams Exeter has ever seen and a lot of those guys will be moving their way up the stairs into the varsity locker room.” As with every long 30+ game hockey season, it wasn’t hard to see the team grow to be one of the tightest-knit teams on campus. For everyone, and four-year seniors especially, this season was one to remember. “Overall, this past year was my most memorable here at Exeter,” Rorick said. “We had a great season despite not reaching our end goal of a New England championship. The guys on the team made it a fun ride and Coach Barbin was a joy to play for over the past four years.”
Lower Spenser Young clears the puck from his defensive zone.
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SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Exeter Track Competes in the USATF New England Championships By BEN MACLEAN Staff Writer
The Exeter winter track teams competed in 11 meets this winter season. Between the two teams, boys’ and girls’, Big Red had a combined eighty-one athletes. The boys’ team found great success this season. The team performed well in a variety of events. Standouts in their individual events included upper Marcus Polk in hurdling, upper Mason Polk in mid-distance events, upper James Quinn and senior Mark Zavrl in throwing events and upper Tommy Miller in jumping and sprinting events. The distance team also performed well, as always, throughout the track season. Off the track, the team also carried great chemistry and a competitive nature. The best of the team constantly pushed their fellow teammates to push harder. The team bonded well through their tough workouts and meets, and their positive attitudes helped carry the team to a great winter season. In the highlight of the season, the Big Red smashed Andover on their track 71-31. In almost every event, Exeter dominated Andover track. Rival Andover had no chance. Big Red was just too talented. The Exeter team also competed in the USATF New England championship where they faced college and professional athletes. There were several top ten finishers at the USATFNE. Postgraduate Stephen “Chewy” Ucheomumu placed 6th in the 60m dash, Mason Polk placed 4th in the 200m dash and 6th in the 400m dash, Miller held 6th in the 200m dash, Marcus Polk grabbed 10th in 400m dash and 1st in the 60m hurdles, senior Luke Gray was awarded 8th in the 60m hurdles, senior Lloyd Campbell took 1st in shot put, lower Chudi Ikpeazu grabbed 2nd in the shot put and the distance medley team placed fifth. When asked about who should have a big impact on the team next year, Ucheomumu said, “Tommy Miller…will probably run at the division one level.” But as seen by the several other top ten finishers, the team has plenty of talent to carry the team in future seasons and years. With a highly successful winter track season, Big Red achieved much of the same in the spring. Meanwhile the girls’ team capitalized on their best events throughout the season. The girls’ team dominated all season in the relay teams, short distance, long distance and also in the mile run. Senior Helen Hutlin and prep Margaret Coogan stood out in the latter event and set Hall of Fame times. While the girls’ could always count on their strong events, they performed commendably in their other events, as well. “I think we had most of the events covered across the board,” lower Jacie Lemos said. “There was someone for every event on [the team], and a lot of kids did a variety of events.”
But not all of the events were as strong as they could be. Lemos pointed out that despite the fact that captain senior Asile Patin competed well in the long jump, there could have been stronger performances from others. Nevertheless, the hard work that each athlete put into practices and meets all winter term surely paid off in the spring season. As for the best meet of the girls’ winter track season, Lemos noted that the Andover meet seemed to top all. Although the girls were unable to come up with a win, the competitiveness of the girls really shined in the 55-49 loss. The meet came down to the wire, and the team now knows that they can compete with the best of them. The girls now have optimism for the spring season as the team will look to build upon their competitiveness and chemistry. Look for lower Katie Huffman and upper Elsa Chinburg to step into the role as team leaders while also putting up winning times. Both of the teams will look to improve upon their chemistry from this season and also continue their success. The girls will look to get revenge on Andover while the boys look to defend their title four years running. Senior Kam Bounds takes a leap.
Senior Shanae Dixon powers around the turn in the 200 meter dash.
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Girls’ Swimming Looking Foward to Another Incredible Season By NOLAN PEACOCK Staff Writer
This past season, Exeter girls’ swimming performed excellently, with numerous wins and a strong performance at E/A, proving victorious against Andover. While Big Red suffered a tough loss at Interschols, the athletes still had a fantastic season, and one that they should most definitely be proud of. With a final season record of five wins and one loss, the girls’ team has improved significantly from past years, and hopefully will continue to do the same next year. The seniors on the team, in particular, had a great final season, and provided many of the points necessary for the girls to gather all of their wins. “Our seniors were consistently some of our better swimmers in distance, sprint and the IM events,” lower Caroline del Real said. “Next year we only have three people graduating so we should be able to do just as well, if not better in our championship meet and I’m excited to have our two new captains lead us.” Del Real also went on to mention the great abilities of some of the newer swimmers on the team. “All of the preps really outdid themselves this year,” she said. There were many of new, strong preps on the team who helped Big Red reach new heights, and who gained valuable learning experience in the process. “I was a new swimmer on the team this year,” prep Emily LaRovere said, “and I really enjoyed being able to follow the example set by some of the older swimmers on the team. Even in practice, it was helpful when they would give me a quick tip on my form, or a word about my start. I think that it was really great to be able to be on the team with them.” Upper Janet Chen supported LaRovere’s sentiment. “There was so much new talent on the team this year and it was great to watch all the new girls improve over the course of the season,” Chen said of
Upper Michelle Ysrael speeds ahead in the backstroke race.
the new swimmers on the team. “Next year, we'll miss the seniors very much, but we're excited to keep training and improving with many of the girls who were on the team this year.” Hopefully, the girls on the squad will continue to improve, and with the aid of the upperclassmen, will make the team stronger because of it. The Exeter girls’ swim team has always had a reputation of being tight-knit, and this year was no different. “NEGS [New England Girls Swimming] mostly remains the same from year to year—the team is always very tight-knit and hardworking,” Chen said. “At home, swimming is largely an individual sport, but the team here at Exeter really feels like a team. We are very supportive of and bring out the best in each other.” “It was great coming into this environment where everyone is really supportive and encouraging,” LaRovere said. “Especially as a new swimmer and a new student, not only did it give me a good environment to compete in, it also provided me with a whole new group of friends that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.” Swimming provided many of the girls on the squad with a time to have fun and compete with their teammates. “I love everything about swimming, from the tough workouts, to the awesome teammates, to the team Las O trips,” prep Christine Hu said. “I don't think there's anything like training your butt off for a whole term and then anchoring a relay at a championship meet. Swimming creates these types of moments that you'll remember for a lifetime.” Hu also used swimming to improve her everyday life, and to bring her spirits up during the cold months of winter term. “Just going to the practices and meets everyday was probably the highlight of my winter term, and I'm sure most other girls on the team feel
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the same way." The girls had several great meets this season, and consistently out-swam the competition. “We had several spectacular dual meets this season. Winning our E/A for the first time in 4 years was definitely a highlight,” Chen said. “I’m really happy with our season,” upper Michelle Ysrael said. “I think that this has been one of our better records, and I think that if we continue to train hard going into next winter season, we will definitely be able to return to the level that we’re at, if not improve on that. I’m optimistic about our future seasons.” Ysrael is not alone in her confidence. “I'm already looking forward to the next swim season and swimming with the whole team again,” Hu said. “I think Janet Chen and Dana Yu will make amazing captains, so I'm looking forward to swimming under their leadership.” While all the girls had great seasons, senior Hope Logan had a particularly impressive run this past term. “Hope Logan, our MVP, had a great season. She worked hard in practice and consistently led the lanes. In meets, we could always count on Hope to perform.” Chen said of her teammate. “Hope Logan had an incredible season and was consistently a top scorer for the team. She was also a great role model and supporter of all the swimmers, and the whole team really enjoyed her presence.” Hu went on to add her appreciation of the efforts of captains Corinne Noonan and Diane Lee. “The captains also had very successful seasons. They were extremely supportive captains and did an awesome job leading the team and guiding the younger swimmers."
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Boys’ Squash Looks to Continue Improving Their Game By REX TERCEK Staff Writer
A tiny black ball rockets off prep Darius Kahan’s racket with a flick of his wrist. His opponent sprints to the ball, which ricochets off the wall like a bullet. With that point, the boys’ varsity squash team ended the regular season with their second trouncing of the Andover team. Indeed, the 5-2 and 6-1 victories over Andover were not the only marks of Big Red’s impressive term on the courts. Boys’ squash faced many formidable schools, including Deerfield, Groton and Milton. Although Exeter did not conquer them all, they fought many close battles and won quite a few admirable landslides. Unlike some schools, Exeter does not readily recruit players for squash, so the team had to work persistently, all while maintaining its determination to thrive as it did. Near the end of the season, Big Red placed fifth in its division at the US High School Squash Team Championships and finished off the year 15th overall in New England. “Exeter squash had a strong season this year. Facing the loss of seven seniors from last year, it was definitely going to be a rebuilding year,” upper Philip Chang said. “Led by our two captains, Nikhil and Philip, we worked diligently to improve our games, and played quite well against other schools. We were able to improve from last year's record, despite losing so many seniors, and that speaks volumes for both our work ethic and talent.” Chang continued, highlighting that the season was not just about work. “With a great group of seniors: Philip, Nikhil and Hojung, not to mention our prep Darius Kahan, we had a competitive, and immensely fun season.” Prep Darius Kahan, who reached the #2 spot on varsity, reiterated Chang’s beliefs. “For a team with no recruits, our season was a great success. Even though we were unable to pull off many wins at Interschols, we were in the A division and were sometimes neckto-neck with our opponents,” Kahan said. “The team improved throughout the whole season and kept up with the quick pace of our competitors.” Lower Will Ettinger agreed. “The season went great. Not to say that we thought we were going to lose, but none of us went into the season thinking that we were going to be the best team in the league,” he said. “We put a lot of effort into the season, and what really makes the year special is that the entire roster cared about every point they won and lost.” Although the results of this season may have been outstanding, team members noted that there were many little things that could have made the difference in their ranking. A couple point differences determined Exeter’s 3-4 loss against Milton Academy, the Penn Charter School at nationals and at various matches
throughout the season. “The season went pretty well, and it was better than expected. At Interschols, we did not have a great showing, since we got 15th, but the team knew going in it would be difficult. We are proud that we finished above Andover at Interschols,” senior co-captain Nikhil Raman said. “It is tough to consider, though, that it was literally a difference of a few points here and there that made the difference between 15th and perhaps 10th. But that is how it works. We worked hard in practice day in and day out, and we never fail to improve quickly during the season.” Now that the winter is over, Exeter’s players and coaches are looking for ways in which the team can develop to have an even more triumphant season next year. Raman offered his thoughts on refinements that could be made. “The team needs to focus on playing a lot of squash from here on out because experience is what will get us to the next level: plain and simple hours on the court,” he said. “I think the season started pretty slowly at the beginning of the season, but by the middle of the season we were doing a lot better because we had developed a lot of confidence in our own abilities.” Raman also noted the importance of watching fellow teammates as a way to enhance one’s own skill. “At last we truly believed towards the end of the term
that we were a match for whoever stepped on the court,” Raman said. “I look to fellow senior Hojung Kim as a prime example of this, someone who stepped on court and played good squash with anyone, day in, day out.” Kahan agreed with Raman’s advice for the team next season. “We can improve by taking practices more seriously and fighting harder during matches. As a team, we have many skilled players who will continue to be valuable assets to our ever improving team,” Kahan said. Coach Freddie Brussel also looked to the less experienced team members as a channel for future development, in addition to other values. “We will need to improve on our fitness and shot selection, and I do feel we have a good group of players that are willing to work on their game to improve for next year,” Brussel said. “As long as I have been here, someone comes back the next year to surprise me with their improvement.” All in all, this winter was a season filled with advancement and perseverance for boys’ squash, and they hope to continue through next year. “Everybody wanted to get better, push a little harder and prove themselves in the end,” Ettinger said. “It is hard to single out one player, because improvement is all relative, but everybody stepped off court at the end of the year completely different players.”
Senior Hojung Kim lunges over to recieve the ball and secure the win.
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Girls’ Squash Victorious at Both Nationals and Interschols By HEATHER NELSON Staff Writer
Growth and improvement encapsulated the girls’ varsity squash team during the 2013-2014 winter season. Although the team finished with a record below .500 with seven wins and ten losses, by the end of the season, the girls had improved to become one of the strongest teams amongst their rivals as they clinched first place at both Nationals and Interschols. Big Red made huge strides in comparison to last year’s 3-12 record and fifth place title at Interschols. The team invested long hours of hard work and maintained constant optimism this year– and the results clearly reflected this. Every year, the girls’ squash team competes against the same schools, and in past years have failed to meet success. But this year, Big Red, with their tough work ethic, triumphed against many of the competitors that had beaten them in previous years. This year, the girls truly redeemed themselves after their lackluster performance the year before. Their tremendous showcases at Interschols and
Nationals ended their year of redemption with a bang. At Interschols, which was the last event of their season, they rose high above their rival schools, winning division B by a considerable margin. No other team in their division was able to keep up with Exeter’s pace of improvement. The girls’ ability to overcome various challenges and obstacles allowed them to excel during the season and improve throughout it. The mental game posed the greatest challenge to the girls this past season. Coming off of the 2013 season, the girls’ confidence started off low; they did not expect much success after finishing 3-12 last season. However, team captains Madge Tan and Elle MacAlpine quickly noticed this decrease in morale and made sure to emphasize mental toughness. "Mental toughness was one of our goals at the beginning of the season I think was really improved upon and shown through at the end across the board, no one was giving up in tough matches, which was really great to see,” Tan said. “Everyone finished super Elle MacAlpine prepares to hit the squash ball.
Josie Russ returns with a backhand stroke.
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strong and I hope that they carry their perseverance with them to the next season." Big Red also polished its technical skills throughout the season. The Class of 2013 graduated a considerable amount of top squash players, so the team welcomed into its ranks younger players, some who had never played before. As the season went on, the rookies quickly improved and by the end of the season, the lowerclassmen stood amongst the ranks of the returning players. "Everyone on the team definitely noticeably improved throughout the season,” lower Audrey DeGuerrera said. “It was great to see myself and all the other girls become so much smarter players." As they went through so much improvement over the course of the season, the girls also built a strong team chemistry as they continued to bond and push each other to new heights. With a small group of players who played individually amongst each other everyday, the players came to know each other very well. Once the captains instilled a strong morale in their teammates, the players came together as a
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cohesive family. "By the end of the term everyone was really working together well and the team dynamic was just great. I can't wait for next year’s squash season," DeGuerrera said. As teammates and sisters, the girls will surely miss the eight seniors on this year’s team that were key to this season’s success. This season was Tan's second year as the team’s captain, and she has made a great impact on the team over her two years as leader. The team has grown under her leadership, and even more with the help of her co-captain MacAlpine. Next year, the captains’ departure will certainly leave the team without the talent and leadership from this past season, but Big Red does not seem too worried, as the younger players will be more than ready to take over the reins. Especially with the season ending on a high note, everyone believes that the younger girls will be able to continue their success into next year. After having improved their record tremendously in the 2013-14 season, the girls hope to mark a winning record in the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
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Track and Field Dominates Interschols By REX TERCEK
ning of the season and leading all the way up to interschols,”
was very successful, every single person on the team learned and
off. He sprints down the track with long, swift strides and makes
interschols, and it is promising to see the amount of uppers and underclassmen who were so competitive throughout this term.” Upper Randal Hernandez added, “We trained hard, and were coached properly, peaking just in time for it to really count.”
of the team Hall of Famed in their respective events and school domination this year, echoed Rerkpattanapipat’s claims.
in the winter track season. second Interschols victory in a row. team as it congealed into one mass towards the end. You can tell as one of the most dominant teams in the league, did not hold fundamental to any success we had.”
predicted to follow suit. However, we ended up dominating the competition.”
team’s skills over the season. “There was a lot of growth, which is always important for TRACK and FIELD, continued on G3
deserved victory. Whether it was pole vaulting, sprinting, long
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Girls Finish Strong Boys Row to Success By HEATHER NELSON
By ALEC GREANEY
Girls' crew lived up to its history of greatness this year after an almost undefeated season last
season into a matter of a few minutes. In such a quick, isolated competition, though, anything can happen. In the end, mere seconds decide winners and losers, and this year, despite several we had hoped for." “It was a great season with awesome people,” senior Lakin Vitton said. “Despite the end GIRLS’ CREW, continued on G4
BOYS’ CREW, continued on G3
Softball 12 seniors and postgraduates led Big Red’s softball to a great season. Read about it on page G2. Caroline Del Real/The Exonian
Boys’ Volleyball begins a new era of boys' sports. Read about it on page G3. Rachel Luo/The Exonian
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Baseball Boys’ Lacrosse Cycling dominates 2014 season. Boys A Girls’ Lacrosse and C finish in first Golf place. Read about it Girls’ Tennis Boys’ Tennis on page G7. Girls’ Water Polo
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Experienced Seniors Lead Girls to a Winning Season Contributing Writer
The Exeter softball team had a winning season in 2014 with a record of 11-7. Of the squad of 17 ballplayers, nearly half of the roster were seniors or postgraduates: Alexandra Betrus, Weilin Chan, Chloe Dubocq, Helen Hultin, Nina Meyers, Hannah Myers, Paola Otero, and Madge Tan. The team will surely miss the eight seniors’ talent and experience when next season comes around. But hopefully Exeter’s head coach was Nancy Thompson and assistant coach Liz Hurley Chan, Dubocq, and Myers captained the team this year. Throughout the season they made sure to keep a fun, but winning, attitude among the team. From being called the Thompson family singers to counting how many times they nearly hit their coach in the third base coach’s box, the captains made sure to keep the team loose. “The team really values having fun,” Otero said, who came to the team as a post-grad after spending her previous four years at Governor’s. “Overall it was fun.” The season began over spring break in Disney World, where Exeter held preseason. Twelve of the seventeen players traveled down there. The team ended up losing all four of their games down there, but the team was still able to come away with some valuable experience by playing with each other and coming closer as a team. After returning to New Hampshire, the Big Red’s season was delayed by a week as a scrimmage and their regular season opener were both rained out. As a result, the team’s
Exeter dropped both games of that meeting with scores of 9-6 and 12-11. The twelve runs allowed were the most since played before the Big East Tournament as they were able to squeeze in a win against Tilton between the two weekends. Going into the tournament, the team was neither too high or too low in spirit. “Some [teams] are going to be tough, but we’ve been working hard. We just need to stay focused,” said Gibeley before the tournament. After having lost in 2013, the returners for the team also looked to use the old loss as victory over Worcester: the team that knocked them out the previous year. Big Red won that close game 6-4. In the next round, the team faced off against Tabor with a trip to the championship game on the line. Unfortunately, Exeter was not able to take home the W, and Tabor came out on top after a 13-5 win, eliminating Exeter from the tournament. In the next game, the team still may have felt the shock of the loss as they lost at Governor’s, 6-0. That game was the lone time Exeter got shut out all year. It may have also a double header at Andover. Going into the games, the outlook did not look too bright for Exeter. They had lost all four of their double header games this year and had already lost to Andover earlier this season at home. History also seemed to be against the Big Red as they had gone 1-14 against Andover in their previous six years, the lone win being a 1-0 win in eight innings. Exeter softball had failed to win an E/a game in over seven years. All of that meant nothing to the team as they won the
it showed as the team lost them by a combined 30-9 score. It was the worst day the team would see all season, though, as they quickly rebounded from their early losses. The next week, the team was able to revive their record to over .500 with three wins in as many days. The winning streak stretched on for three more games, and nearly a month, before the girls dropped a close game to Andover. Andover’s pitcher was the fastest, and best, pitcher the team had seen since Nobles. Despite the loss, the team still felt good about
for Exeter, as it gave them a good note to end the season on. Next year, Big Red will come back with nine of their seventeen players, but will lose many of their starters. The
the best games we played even though we lost,” said Gibeley. The team could not dwell on the loss too long, however, as they had three games later that week. The toughest of those matchups was a double header at home against Tabor.
carry the team next year,” said Otero. Other players expected to play bigger roles are upper Azniv Nalbandian, upper Carly Perreault, and lower Allegra Grant, among others. The recruits coming in are younger, so the team will have to
well as the leadership roles on the team. One big loss for Thompson’s squad will be the workhorse, starting pitcher Gibeley. One of her departing teammates has total faith that she will be able to pick up where Dubocq left off. “[Gibeley]
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lean even heavier on their veterans than they did this year. With an undefeated JV program this year, there could also be a few players coming up from there that could help the team next season. Exeter should still be competitive next season. They will look to build upon their success this season, and will hope to get deeper into the playoffs than they have the past few years. Coach Thompson and the gang will be going out for their third straight winning season next spring.
Young Talent Shows Potential for Upcoming Season Staff Writer
Perhaps it’s been said one too many times about one too many teams at Exeter in the 2013-2014 athletic season, but the truth is: Exeter has a young, athletic group of guys that’ll develop into a powerhouse in a few years. Shocker, right? The difference is, with some teams, they’re ready with a championship. However, that wasn’t the case this year for boys’ varsity baseball. This spring was a subpar 6-13 season, and not the type of performance that the team anticipated going into the season. The lesson learned here was that when a team eleven out of the twenty-two guys originally selected to be on the team were fresh young talent and a lot of the new uppers and postgraduates were strong recruits, one can’t just toss a bunch of athletes on a list and expect them to immediately win. Chemistry, teamwork and strong, experienced starting players are musts. While that was certainly true for many of the players who had been on the team for a number of years, boys’ baseball just wasn’t a winning recipe from the start, especially when a lot of the returning players were injured before the season began. “I’d say we came into this year pretty optimistic about our chances. We were going to have a deep team with a good amount of returners, including a lot of bats “The biggest question mark was probably around the pitching, since we lost our two best starters from last year, Hunter Carey and Curtis Arsenault, who were both already been affected by injuries. Spenser Young, who played some shortstop for us last year, was still out, and JT Thompson, who probably would have started in left Although even the biggest baseball fans didn’t follow Big Red baseball after a 2-8 start to the season, a group effort kept the team running on its wheels. Throughout the season, the team bonded over the season, which will hopefully be a big part of what makes Big Red varsity baseball one of the more successful teams in the future. “My favorite moments from this year came from practice every day,” lower Perry DeLorenzo said. “Whether it was Chief [Brendan] Rousseau hitting balls into the tennis courts, or Greg Shapiro making diving catches, we tried to keep practice exciting. We were never able to put together a string of games where we played well enough to win, but the next day we were always back at it. It was frustrating to go through struggles both as a team and individually, but I think we were always excited to go out and play baseball, no matter what our record was.” As for the baseball itself, there were good games and there were bad games. There were 11-0 shutouts over Berwick Academy, and there were 10-21 losses to Worcester. The offense was patchy, the defense was inconsistent, and the pitching went from Clayton Kershaw levels of perfection to ERAs nearing double digits. When it was going good, it was going great, but when it was off, it was a blowout. “E/a was quite a letdown for most of us, just like the rest of the season,” senior co-captain Nate Dow said. “After playing some really good baseball over the last half of the season, we really lost our focus at the end. Offensively unprepared and defensively unsound baseball really plagued us today. Speaking on behalf of the seniors,
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I can say that this was a really rough way to go out.” Dow added that Big Red fans could expect a more successful season next year with plenty of returning talent. “With plenty of returning faces for next year's team, I think this experience will serve as inspiration for those underclassmen. Exeter will have some quality baseball players returning to the program next year, and, counting on some help from next season's fresh faces, they should be a competitive prep school baseball team for seasons to come.” “One thing that was really important for us this season was our hitting,” upper Brendan Rosseau said. “Coming up with big hits in the clutch moments was something that made or broke this team. This past month, we've been playing some great baseball, but we turned it on just a little too late to be a contender in the playoffs.”
pitching to make it through, but a couple of guys stepped up and pitched well consistently. Nate Dow always gave us a shot to win the game, and then Quinn Larkin, Vincent Sansone, and Austin Roberts really showed that they could hold their own,” he said. This certainly was not a season to remember, but its latter half proved that Big Red was more than fans gave the team credit for, and that Exeter would be a force to be reckoned with. From moments like Perry DeLorenzo hitting homers over Choate to Austin Roberts stealing home over an off-guard pitcher, there were moments of greatness, and the “rally rafters” seemed to shift toward Exeter at the end. It only took two bad seasons for the Washington Nationals to go from the worst record in the MLB to winning a very strong division: why can’t Exeter do it in one? There are going to be eight seniors leaving
the team’s playoff dream, but as it all turned out, with the
in the league next year. However, there is something great happening under the Big Red dugout, and it will be a treat to see them in action. “We kept a good attitude for almost every inning we played, rooting on every guy in to pitch or up to bat,”
from the bottom of the pack and only missed the playoffs by one game. The bats came alive, the pitching started to heat up, and the defense began to work well together. a -1 over the last eight, and that was including the 13-1 demolition by Andover at E/a. Exeter beat the number
as our captains, leading us mentally and physically on
over the course of the season. Big Red proved that they could run with the big dogs at the end of the season, and that there is nowhere to go but up. Upper Parker Wild spoke of the pitching that improved consistently over the season. “At the beginning of the season, I don't think we were expecting to have enough
with the help of a couple new post grads this team can get back to the Worcester tournament.” “If we had put together a few more good innings, who knows? Maybe we're competing for a championship,” DeLorenzo said. “All I know is, we’re going to be good. Real good.”
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NEIRAs Disappoints Track Dynasty Thrives BOYS’ CREW, continued from G1 result, it was great to come to practice every day. Everyone was excited and ready to go.” to succeed again this season. Getting out on the water in April, the team started off in the St. John’s, Simsbury, Kent and Hanover. While the boys suffered a hiccup against Andover in PA’s home race, they came back out strong the next week to take down St. Paul’s. “We had a really great race against St. Paul's School,” senior co-captain Sam Helms said. “The boat felt really fast and smooth.” “It was a disappointing end of the season for the 1st boat, but third and second really stepped up to the plate, winning gold and bronze, respectively,” Helms said. “Watch for some great crews in the future.” For B2, this year’s NEIRAs was about regaining its medal status, which they had been knocked out of the running for last year. “The second boat came out with the goal for vengeance,” senior Michael Eaton said. “We started the season a little timid, as we only had one returning varsity rower, but after England’s.” Eaton cited physical endurance as the boat’s primary weapon, supporting the investment of hard work these athletes put in. year came down to the last 600 meters of the race. We were simply stronger at the end of our pieces, and were able to maintain our composure despite our position in the race. No matter where we were, we knew we could sprint in the last 500 to pass our opponents.” come from behind.
TRACK, continued from G1 conference, many have wondered what makes Exeter so skilled and strong in their performance, but team members point to nothing except hard work, dedication and a team bond that cannot be copied. “We are a group that are often competitive with each other, for better or for worse. We are all racers, we are all out there to be number one, and that is why we are this great,” Hammontree said. “When it is time to work out we are there to not only compete with one another but to get just do not have that team drive.” Rerkpattanapipat shared Hammontree’s views, but also noted the unparalleled bond between “The biggest component to this team is the love and support and the tightness we have with one another. The team spirit is off the charts,” Rerkpattanapipat said. “We all train hard and push each other during practice, but the closeness we have on this team is something that cannot be Clearly, these two factors played an instrumental role in Big Red’s success and kept Exonians invigorated even when the motivation was not high. only potential weakness was losing focus in practice and not staying in a competitive mindset during races,” Hodges said. “That did not turn out to be a problem. We kept each other honest, and many runners stayed focused by racing teammates and competitors they would not normally keep up with, or going for personal records or school records.” Another presence that helped the team on track was the coaching staff, an additional tool that has led Exeter to victory time and time again. in the technicalities and our focus and determination,” Rerkpattanapipat said. “We could not have had the success we had without our coaches. They know everything about track and they do a good job of teaching us everything, pushing us in training, and keeping a friendly atmosphere.” Now that the season is over and the excitement from back to back Interschols and E/a
Eaton said. “It was a race where everybody stayed cool, calm and collected.” Big Red had its share of personal achievements, as well. performance camp this summer,” Helms said. “Upper Benj Cohen was a standout as always, camp this summer. Watch for him to compete at the junior world championships this summer.” were valuable assets to the team.
Although some incredible talent will be lost as seniors graduate, Big Red has a bright future and rapidly improving young team members, leaving nothing to worry for the ‘14-ers that are moving on to college. “Next year is looking good for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. There are going to be many key returners and we are also going to get new faces that will positively add to the team dynamics,” Rerkpattanapipat said. “We are looking to have as much success we had this season, if not more.” Hodges, who is also graduating from the Academy, added, “All factions of the team have returning athletes with great promise. Many of them have already competed at Interschols, and several scored points for the team. We have another great season ahead of us.”
and Nick Madamidola, both of whom were on JV last year, came back stronger than ever after a long winter in the erg room. They were huge contributors to the power in our boat,” he said. “We had three lowers move all the way up from novice to varsity: Rex Bone, Mark new positions to become essential members of the second boat.” coach. Caldwell, a former lightweight at Harvard, initially joined the Exeter crew program rowers an excellent role model from which to learn. “It was a pleasure to work with Coach Caldwell and Coach Moore, both helped all of us tremendously,” Vitton said. “I don't know what we would have done without them.” All in all, B1 and B2 will be graduating Helms, JB Baker, Vitton, Bruno Jacob, Julian “This has been a great season for the program,” Eaton said. “While NEIRAs did not go as well as we had hoped or expected, we had a solid season. We've proven that despite losing six seniors, we have a great base of rowers to choose from in the coming years."
New Boys’ Volleyball Team Finds Success in First Season Ever By BEN MACLEAN Contributing Writer
MVP: ALEC A. HERNANDEZ Senior Alec Hernandez jumps up, spiking the volleyball down with his palm towards the other side of the court while his fellow Exonians dive to stop it from hitting the ground. This is not a club sport or a friendly pick-up game, but the first practice of Exeter’s boys’ volleyball team. After passing through various votes and financial issues, the team was finally approved to partake in their first season as an official team sponsored by the Acadarea: Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, Northfield Mount Hermon and Wilbraham and Monson. “We were playing pickup on Sundays, and every single year there would be a couple kids who would say, ‘Why isn’t there a boys’ volleyball team?’’ physical education instructor Bruce Shang, coach of the boys’ volleyball, said. Shang will be joined by fellow physical education instructor Susan Griffith to head the new team. allocate proper funds to make an interscholastic team, plans for a boys’ volleyball team had been delayed for many years. “It was very difficult to start a new sport when we didn’t have the money for existing sports. So we had to wait,” Shang added. “But I think with time, the kids that are actually interested will play the sport that they’ve always wanted.” Now that the team has been given the thumbs up, a group of different male students, ranging from beginners to those seasoned in the sport, are ready to represent the Academy in the sport they enjoy while also sporting stylish uniforms. “Shang is planning on taking around 24 kids, a mix of people who have experience and people who have never played and are just looking to learn,” Hernandez said. program, even though only 12 will play on the varsity team. “This will ensure that we can build a strong foundation for later years,” Wu said. “As a new team, it will be hard to play against existing teams with more experience, but it will be valuable to have newer players learn the game in preparation for success in the future.” Regardless of the overall skill level of the team, most students are eager and excited to participate in the newly formed sports team. “I have been waiting to play volleyball here since I came as a new lower. I used to play on a varsity team until I came here, so I'm ecstatic to get to play my favorite sport as an Exonian,” Hernandez said. “I will finally get to play a sport that I love on a varsity team, which we did not have before.” The boys’ team also gives certain students, who have not been involved in sports otherwise, a chance to play a thrilling game while also being a part of a supportive, friendly group of players. “I wanted to join because it seemed like something I would have fun doing and could develop into a passion of mine,” lower Cesar Zamudio said. “I have never been on a team before, so it will be a little scary.” Shang pointed out one of the many beauties of volleyball as an interscholastic sport. “There are six dudes on the court. Someone has to pass the ball to the setter, some-
Prep Mitchell Kirsch drops a tip over opponent's block.
one has to set the hitter the ball, and you’re hoping that the hitter puts the ball away,” Shang said. “In volleyball, you have to work as a team, and that’s what I love about it.” the arrival of a new sport that had previously been offered only to girls. “I am really excited that Exeter is introducing boys’ volleyball. I have played pretty much my whole life, and I think volleyball is probably one of the easiest sports lot of guys have come out and played at the open gym on Sundays, and they are all doing a great job. Hopefully more guys will realize what a great sport it is and they will have a great first season,” she said. witness the first year of boys’ volleyball at Exeter. “I'm mainly just really excited to be involved in the program. I love the sport and I think men's volleyball is such an exciting game to watch, and I'm also excited to be The arrival of the boys’ volleyball team at Exeter marks an important moment in the Academy’s history, as well as providing yet another avenue for students to enjoy and revel in their experience at Exeter. “It is important to give men the opportunity to play,” Wu said. “As long as enough guys show interest, Exeter has a responsibility to offer it. Volleyball is played by both genders all across the world, only in America is it really a ‘girls’’ game, and even on the West Coast it is played by men too. It is just New England that is behind.” Previously, the New England volleyball league had only been composed of four teams, and some other prep school coaches felt it was lacking. Andover’s boys’ varsity volleyball coach Clyfe Beckwith, who started the team in 1998, gladly welcomed a new team into the relatively sparse game schedule. “Coaches in the boys’ volleyball league have been trying to encourage other schools to join to better the league and make it more competitive,” Beckwith said. and some years the prep schools are competitive with these schools. I, as only one coach in the existing league, welcome Mr. Shang and the Exeter boys because it gives more students an opportunity to play at a high level, and enriches the experience of interscholastic competition.” Choate Rosemary Hall’s boys’ varsity volleyball coach Thomas Yankus, whose team was formed in 1972, agreed, predicting that though Exeter is a new team, Exoa season Exeter will be up to speed,” he said.
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PEA Girls’ Crew Snatches Gold at NEIRAs continued from G1 gold, G3 bringing home the silver, and the girls winning the points trophy, it’s safe to say that all were impressed with Exeter's performance," lower Lily Sexton said. Upper Zoë Sudduth agreed. "Winning NEIRAs is always the icing on the cake. The moment
Although the results at NEIRAs may make girls’ crew seem invincible, Big Red had some trouble getting there. At NEIRAs, there are three preliminary heats, and the top two boats from "We came off the water angry that we hadn't rowed to the best of our abilities, and when we said. "Kent was our toughest competitor; they had beaten us earlier in the season, and when we between us and them. It's an understatement to say our victory felt amazing." The girls' crew team had come a long way throughout the season to end up at their amazing victories at NEIRAs. At the beginning of the season, they weren't able to row on the water because the river was still frozen from the harsh winter. Some of Exeter Crew's toughest competitors were Red still dominated because of their tough strength training and erging. "This season was unique because we were not able to get on the water as early as usual; however, the team came together incredibly quickly to make the most of the time we did have solid race plan and how to be effective throughout the entirety of each race. All of our technique training on the water and the strength building that we had done in March combined to make us a very powerful and mentally tough crew for New England's." Not able to go on the water until the second week of April, the girls struggled through their
Even with this shaky beginning, this season turned out to be one of the best for girls' crew. "This year we had a crew that worked well at high ratings and that wasn't afraid to sprint for 500 meters or more, if necessary. Both of those factors really helped us win in the Grand Final against crews that were just as physically strong as we were," DiPietro said. Not only were the outcomes for girls' crew a success this year, the team dynamic was like none other. "This year, varsity was a very close-knit group of girls which was amazing because there was mutual respect between all rowers. This translated to success on the water due to our closeness and genuine care for each other," DiPietro said. "All in all, this crew season was a successful one. Whether or not our boats won or lost, the girls on our team really came together as a whole,” Sexton said. “I've made some of my closest friends from this team, and for that reason, I'm thankful for the girls Exeter crew program.” All of the girls attribute their successes to each other and to their coaches. "Our crew program would not be at the high level its at without our wonderful coaches. From Mrs. Morris to Mrs. Moore to Ms. Hobbie, I speak on behalf of all the girls of Exeter crew when I say it's thanks to them that we have been so successful. We have nothing but the utmost respect for all of them," Sexton said. "Our coaches are phenomenal," DiPietro said. "Coach Morris is so wise in the sport of rowing, she can truly look at a boat for ten seconds and pinpoint each problem spot and exactly our mental and physical limits, but is incredibly understanding and always looks out for the good of the team instead of the individual, which is one of the central values of crew. I have grown incredibly close with her after three years of rowing on her boats, and I have the utmost respect for her and her coaching." Next year, the team will lose a lot of valuable seniors, but the underclassmen have proven themselves to be just as promising. really strong base of underclassmen, as shown by the results of 2nd and 3rd boats at NEIRAs,”
on," Sudduth said. "However, our second race really came together and we continued to improve as a boat each week."
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Boys’ Lacrosse Pulls Off an Astounding 14-6 Season By OLLIE JUNG Staff Writer
When upper Winston Smith readied for the face-off just a few minutes later, however, Big Red found themselves staring at a It seemed as if a great era had truly drawn to a close. Big Red boys’ lacrosse graduated about half of its roster last season, and the presence of Under Armour All Americans Chris Keating and Matt Ryan was sorely missed. The team was off to a sputtering start with a 2-2 record, not including a scrimmage loss against Bridgton to open the season, and they had just dropped two consecutive games with a combined score of 11-28. The glory days of going weeks on end without a loss loomed near. “It was clear at that point that there was a lot of work to be done,” senior co-captain David Ayscue said. “For many of the games we had really beaten ourselves. We made lots of mistakes—very coachable mistakes—and we had holes in our strategy from inexperience.” As the season began, however, Big Red looked sloppy and clearly out of sync. The players had trouble picking up ground balls, and the level of play was inconsistent. To make things worse, the team entered a soft spot in their schedule, and Exeter’s opponents lacked the quality to exploit the squad’s weaknesses, leaving the boys unprepared for the perfect storm that arrived at Phelps Stadium on a cold, rainy Wednesday afternoon midway Exeter team for the 5-8 upset. “New Hampton took us by surprise, and we knew that we were a lot more capable than we had shown,” Ayscue said. “At that point in the season, we were going into the stretch run and we wanted to prove that we were better than that,” he continued. “We realized that our season was coming to an end and that we didn’t have much time left, especially for the seniors,
and the decades-long wait would have to continue for at least another year. Exeter fell 5-8. The team then blew past Holderness in a 17-4 romp, but it loss on the road against archrivals Andover, which capped off what had been an equally exhilarating and frustrating season. It was a spring of growth and progress, as the young squad showed tantalizing glimpses into its wealth of ability despite the growing pains. It would be unfair, though, to merely chalk this up as a “transition” or “rebuilding” season. Although they struggled at points during the spring, Exeter snapped off six consecutive victories
“A lot our players were much younger. We didn’t have many seniors, and only a few of us are even playing lacrosse in college,” Ayscue said. “But that aspect, being younger, made the team more cohesive. “You had sophomores playing with seniors on the same line,” he continued. “They had the enthusiasm of being young, being new starters, being expected to step up into a big role. They took on the challenge, and there were no slackers. It was always about getting better, which was actually different from most years. Everyone wanted to win badly every single game.“ Ayscue was also optimistic about the team’s future with head coach Bill Glennon at the helm after the former assistant Glennon has a winning pedigree, having coached Division III teams Hampden-Sydney College and Rochester Institute of Technology, the latter to four Final Four berths in the NCAA of time until Glennon’s winning mentality takes hold at Exeter.
record: only one game off the pace from last year’s 14-5 squad. “I think  was a good season on its own,” Ayscue said. of performances that showed that this wasn’t just a stepping stone season and that we were capable of playing very well now.”
up,” Ayscue said, “because a different coach brings in different players, different recruiting schemes and a different coaching style. Coach Glennon is a tried and true winner in his days of coaching at the collegiate level.”
the co-captain praised the team’s attitude during the season and looked ahead to the promising coming years.
surprised if the team isn’t one of the best in New England within the next two years, or maybe even next year,” Ayscue said.
year went on.” The newfound sense of urgency provided a peek into Big Red lacrosse’s bright future. Determined to rebound strongly, the team travelled to Loomis and gutted out a tough, 7-5 victory. The subsequent loss against Brewster may have been disappointmajority of the game. Then Exeter welcomed Tabor to Phelps Stadium. The boys braced for yet another scrappy contest but found themselves dominating from the start. “I think we almost surprised ourselves against Tabor,” prep were capable of playing at that level.” assessed best performance of the season. From that point on, emulating the Tabor game became the approach for every subsequent past KUA and coming home with a hard-fought win at NMH. on all cylinders, and an upset victory against visiting favorites just a couple weeks prior. After two goals apiece from senior co-captain Nick du Pont and post-graduate Peter Anastos and
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Upper Marley Jenkins tosses the ball over her defender's stick.
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Senior Leo Liautaud runs through the Holderness girls.
Girls’ Lacrosse Ends Season 11-5, Changes Team Image and Improves Upon Last Year’s 6-9 Record By TOMMY CEFALU Contributing Writer
MVP: MARLEY J. JENKINS Exeter girls’ lacrosse produced a fantastic season, its the season, Big Red started out most games very strong. But
“We had eight or nine different people contribute heavily in season. options offensively,” Liautaud said. Ball movement and
hard and improve and support their teammates, every member played an important role,” Breen said.
dramatically,” Lemos said.
year,” Breen said. such a young team. to improve. “We pushed each other in practice to do better made us succeed,” Liautaud said. Exeter improved in many areas throughout the season,
Prep Michelle Lee follows through with her drive.
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Lower Matthew Kim putts to the hole.
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Golf Takes the Year to Build Up for 2015 By JOONHO JO
MVP: J.C. PAUL LEI
Prep Charlie Dubiel said that the lack of practice should not be an excuse for a mediocre season. “I think part of the disappointment of the season could have been
proved by helping each other out and playing together, ment and continue from that level of performance. Choi explained his perspective on the team’s situ
for such a young, promising team. the team.” do a lot better.”
able to improve for their upcoming years representing
so the future looks bright. Overall, the team improved from last year.”
team chemistry at the beginning of the season. the team at the beginning of the season compared to the end. “We started off the season as practically strangers,
matches. In the second match of the season, Exeter us have forged close, or perhaps, even closer friendships commented on the lack a large room for improvement as a team for next season, started playing better as a team.”
ly got onto the course, things started shaping together.” Prep Brian Choi observed a distinct difference in
through the season. the final matches.”
could barely practice for the first half of the season due many positives from this year.”
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Exeter Boys’ Tennis Swings to New Heights By JOONHO JO and PHILIP KUHN Contributing Writers
MVP: CAMERON P. GRUSS
impressive 8-1 record. The season began with a six match winning streak before they lost to Milton Academy in a hard-fought game. Unfortunately, the team was unable to win in Interschols, losing to Andover 4-0. Despite the loss in Interschols, the team was overall very proud of their nearly undefeated season. “In general, I think we had a very successful season—our record speaks for itself,” upper Moises Escobar said. “Although we came up short at Interschols, we played hard all season and I know we are all very proud of each other.” One of the most memorable parts of the season was the team’s win over Andover. Like the Milton match, the team faced another really tight match, except this time, they pulled through. “One of our especially memorable wins had to have been over Andover,” Escobar said. “Three very tight matches that Joon Kim, Cameron Gruss and Brian Niguidula managed to win gave us the 4-3 win over our rivals. It was a great moment for the team.” After the regular season ended, the team went on to place
The two preps who joined the varsity roster this year, Brian Niguidula and Cameron Gruss, proved to be valuable assets to the team this season. Niguidula played exceptionally well as the number two position on the team and Gruss did the same as the number four position, never losing a game. “Brian was a prep, which can be a little nerve racking if it formed so well at the number two position and towards the end of the season we could always count on him to pull out a tough match and help Exeter obtain the victory.” “The other prep on the team, Cameron, who played number match of Interschols, he had not lost a single match. Day in and out, no matter what, we could also count on Cam to win his match, no matter the skill of the opponent, and that was instrumental in our success.” Along with the new players, the team also had a new coach this year, Frederic Brussel. Senior co-captain Charlie Boyd commented on the friendly yet productive atmosphere that Brussel brought to the team. “Freddie is a great guy. More or less he is a teammate. We all talk to him and relate to him the same way we would with a teammate,” Boyd said. “But he did buckle down when he needed to and when he wanted to so we still understood his position in
the hierarchy. But that didn’t mean we didn’t talk to him like this before.” Although the new players and the new coach proved very successful, the team was still missing some of the great players from previous years, which proved to be a slight problem. “Most of the year’s previous that I have been here, we have had kids that have been on a different level in tennis,” Boyd said. “They would go out and play one and they wouldn’t lose a game. It was not the same thing this year. We didn’t have the luxury of having someone who could single handedly win one double without any help, so we had to play better down the rest of the lineup.” However, in the end, the team did a great job overcoming this challenge as they improved tremendously. where he saw this improvement. “The team improved its doubles play throughout the season, and the singles play has stayed solid,” he said. “Although the season was capped by a disappointing loss at New Englands, we still pulled off a great record, a huge improvement from last year.” Like Kim, Escobar also saw great improvement in the team in various areas. Especially for the new members of the team, a
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Prep Cameron Gruss steps in for a backhand.
it is like to play on Exeter’s team. “We knew which matches were must-wins and for the most part, our guys went out there and pulled off some clutch performances,” Escobar said. “Tennis is a very individualistic the team comradery, using the energy of the team to push through tough matches.” After a great year, the team is looking forward to next season and is already forming training plans so that they could start off strong next year. “One of the issues with spring sports is that even if you train all summer, chances are your team will be rusty by the time you get to the season,” Escobar said. “I know our coach, Freddie, is looking into having some sort of tennis team trip to somewhere where we can practice and play matches during spring break. I beginning of the season to get off to a good start.” Unfortunately, the graduating seniors of the team will no longer be able to participate in these future plans, but Kim believes that with some incoming recruits, the team will be able to replicate this year’s great performance. potentially solid new tennis players, so the future is looking bright,” Kim said. “We have nowhere to go but up.”
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Upper Moises Escobar slams a serve.
Girls Make Great Strides from Past Seasons By HOJUNG KIM Contributing Writer
MVPs: MICHELLE M. BOSCHE & DANA C. TUNG Senior captain Meagan Dashcund points her left arm skyward. The ball reaches the peak of its parabolic trajectory and drops toward the crossed strings of Dashcund’s racket face. Although the ball is less than three inches wide, a player with Dashcund’s six years of experience sees the neon fuzz like a balloon. Her shadow projects down on the court, bent into a trophy position, like a Nike swoosh. Just do it. The overhead smash is her favorite shot. She will not waste this opportunity. In a crisp whip of her shoulder and elbow, Dashcund sends the ball barreling down into the court. It slams into the green synthetic concrete and rockets back upwards, too fast and too strong, out of her opponent’s reach. Her Andover opponent on the other side of the net stands weary with disbelief. The midseason Kent tournament draw put up what was supposed to be a one-sided matchup. Howexpectations, and went on to win the match. Dashcund recalled the moment of viconto the court and surrounded her in a sweaty embrace. Her play embodied the spirit of Exeter girls’ tennis, which despite steep obstacles, seized all opportunities, and left onlookers bewildered this season. This season was not supposed to be easy. After losing seven of their 13 varsity players, including both co-captains and three of their leadership, produced overwhelming results. They went even at 4-4 this season, breaking The three seasons before had not even come close. All that while battling constant injury and sickness. Upper Helen Edwards commented on one of the season’s obstacles. “A few people got very sick and were out for half of the season, which was a major setback,” Edwards said. “A lot of people had to play up.” Fortunately for the team, a surge of players out of the top four sat out due to injury or sickness. Preps Connie Cai and Melissa Lu stepped up big for the team, playing crucial matches at the top of the varsity B ladder and bottom of the varsity A. Upper Callan Malone, who played at the number two spot when she was healthy enough to be in the lineup, indicated that were it not for health issues, the team could have performed at an even higher level. “I think illness really brought the team down this year. We were constantly without one or two players, which made it hard to get in a steady groove,” Malone said. “We had a lot
of new girls which was fun and challenging at the same time.” While the girls stayed dominant, dismantling most of their competition, Andover turned the tables on them both early in the season and at spring E/A, leaving them with 0-9 losses each time. For a team that took four victories with ease, the fact that they could not take a single match off of Andover is perplexing. Edwards mentioned that Andover has had a history of strong teams. “Andover has always been fairly dominant,” Edwards said. However, Dashcund asserted that their results against Big Blue could have improved immensely had their season been injury-free. The team dynamic, especially in doubles pairings, Dashcund said, was a factor in these losses. team together, and when people came back or left, the dynamic was a little messed up,” she said. The inconsistency of the lineup showed sometimes, when injury would force switchups of the doubles pairs, partners could look uncomfortable on the court, not used to each other’s playing styles. Although their otherwise successful season was derailed by injuries, upper captain-elects Caroline Lu and Dana Tung are team will only graduate one senior, captain Meagan Dashcund, leaving a strong core of players for years to come. Tung hopes to cut out all inconsistencies from their games, citing mental fortitude as the best method of improvement. “I think hitting a lot of ground strokes, sometimes with the ball machines, will build consistency for our games,” Tung said. “I think our matches will all come down to how focused we are during practice.” Tung has her mind on the future, with detailed plans to lead the team to victory next year. “We only have one senior graduating, so next year we can really build off of everything we started this year,” Tung said. “I also want to organize more team dinners before matches. I hope to really get to know every player on the team.” Dashcund agreed with Tung on the importance of the team being about the people more than just the game. “When I think back on this season, my favorite moment was after that Kent tournament match,” she said. “Not when I hit my best shots, or when I won the match. It was when my teammates surrounded me after the win. It reminded me that this season didn’t make me happy just because of our success, but because of the people.”
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Season Score Puts Exeter Cycling in First By JOONHO JO
MVP: ERICK Y. FRIIS
Upper Erick Friis leads the pack as the team races on our home course.
Girls Start Season on 7-0 Run, Finish 12-3 By NOLAN PEACOCK Contributing Writer
MVP: DIANE LEE This spring term, Exeter girlsâ€™ water polo achieved
not to mention those who came to watch their matches.
While giving their matches their all, the girls also have
Upper Emily Zhu shields the ball from the opposing Hopkins defender as she look ahead for her open teammates.
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The Humor Page (Deeeefinitely) The Oldest Preparatory School Humor Page in America
June 8, 2014: Graduation Issue
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
Goodbye, Class of 2014
How to Be a Person
Vol. 2, Number 1
By KATIE CASADO Humor Editor
As Ben and I struggle through another mandatory Grad Issue meeting, Ben sits on Facebook and I think of ways to get out of this meeting while having done minimal work. Pulling out last year’s Grad Issue, I can’t help but feel inadequate in comparison to what our previous editors have accomplished: Alice will soon rule the world, and Nick will get the credit for helping without actually helping. Our motto for the Humor Page this year was “Don’t be a screw up,” and I can’t help to think, that to a certain extent, that was the goal of every upper: to learn from the mistakes of the senior class (and they’ve made many). The seniors of the class of 2014 have served as great role models and leaders, and we often find ourselves asking “How did Alice do it?” We’ve come to realize that we still don’t know how she did it, but we do know that we did it by procrastinating and getting the bulk of our layout done two hours before the deadline. That is the nature of a senior class in any given year: they seem like majestic beings who Know What They’re Doing, but are merely big fish in small ponds. The class of 2014 have completed four (or however many years someone has been here) years at Exeter. After three years of climbing (or crawling, as the end of upper year was upon them), they are at the top, and ready to fly off into coed dorms, unlimited dickeys and no check-ins.
By BEN HOGOBOOM Very Wise/Humor Editor
So you’re graduating from Exeter. Your high school career is officially over. The definition of graduate is to successfully complete an academic degree, course of training, or high school (google). This definition implies that high school does not, in fact, count as “training” or “an academic degree.” It’s time to start those things now, to become a real person. But that can be scary, I know, that’s why I’m still an upper. But luckily for you, I have created a list of ways you can ease your transition into full-on personhood.
On a more emotional note, it will be hard for us to part with our seniors. These were the lowers that hazed the class of 2015 as preps, the uppers who complained to us and the seniors who gave us college advice when they weren’t in one of their two art classes. The rising seniors have big shoes to fill (have you seen some of the PGs?) and we only hope that we will rise to the occasion. All of us will have to adjust to life without the class of 2014. Preps, rising Lowers, will no longer wear their lanyard around their necks and finally be able to offer an opinion and have it be validated. Lowers, rising Uppers, will memorize every aspect of the library as they begin to spend all of their time there. Their under eye bags will become more pronounced. Value them as badges of honor. As rising seniors, it will be up to the class of 2015 to know none but be known by all, be a fountain of
knowledge for the young ones and totally crush worthy of the lower classmen. I don’t know how much faith I have in the last one. Last year in her send off, Alice compared the class of 2013 to flies or some type of bug. However, I think it is more appropriate to liken the class of 2014 to butterflies. As preps, the graduating class were prepubescent caterpillars that slowly began to create a chrysalis (that was later used for hibernation during their upper spring). Now, at the end of their time at Exeter, the members of the class of 2014 are about to hatch or break free, or whatever it is butterflies do. Maybe I should have done some research before writing this. Anyway, as seniors join their [College] class of 2018 page, they have the chance to soar freely in their new schools, unfolding their wings and fly towards the nectar of college life. Godspeed, friends.
Lower Year Reflection By DAVID LARAR
All the Prep, None of the Perk
As a new student this year, fall term was a struggle. I wanted to make all the mistakes a prep could make and get away with in three years by using “prep fall” as an excuse. But if I messed up, no one would let me justify it with lower fall. Also, what was up with pass/fail. Like, darn, all these preps goofing around, playing cball from 5am to 8pm, and I had been thrown into a pool of lowers with a year of experience. There is no empathy for new lowers writing their first narrative. Not to mention the crushing disappointment of losing E/a this fall. Like, my first E/a and we lose football for the first time in 5 years (no,
mom, I am not bad luck for the school). Winter term is always rough. First, I tried to make squash. I didn’t make the squash team. Then I s i g n e d u p f o r y o g a . Vi n y a s a yoga. I was expecting a nice nap, but next thing you know, I was doing headstands. Everyone told me winter term sucks. I can’t argue with that. H format class, when it’s dark out and your teacher is trying to discuss a book you haven’t r e a d i s t h e W O AT. W O R S T O F ALL TIME. Plus, once you think you can’t work any harder, you get your midterms. Then you cry some more. But then you get to laugh at all the preps who said they were gonna start trying winter term, but didn’t know how to after a blissful term of pass/fail.
Spring term was sooooo not overhyped. All of the stories I heard from the seniors of Cilley during the completely voluntary and non-hazing foot/back rubs about spring time glory days were true. There was ice cream in the dining hall every day. Girls and the upperclassmen on the crew team showed off their legs. It’s the GOAT. GREATEST OF ALL TIME. The hammocks are chill. So chill, in fact, that I forget to do things like submit this humor article on time. Now that spring term has come down to imagining what next year will be without you seniors, I’m glad these hammocks shield the rest of south side quad from my tears. It’s been real, class of 2014.
1. Graduate: Congratulations! You’ve gotten here already. This is the first step into becoming a person. Most of us expected to graduate from high school one way or another, but now is the time society removes all of the safety nets-you gotta figure out your own path now. 2.Turn Eighteen: Unless you’re an overachiever, most of you have already done this step as well. This is life’s way of saying, “Saddle up, brother trucker, it’s time to start.” It’s the day everyone says you’re ready to take care of yourself, so on your eighteenth birthday do all the wild and crazy things you couldn’t do before. Go ahead and get tried as an adult, sign up for eighteen-and-up tinder and swipe right on everyone, sign up for the draft, order a snuggie from the nice lady on htc, and go on disneychannel.com without parental permission. 3.Go to College Or Take a Gap Year: This one seems obvious-you lack the skills and potentially the interests required to be a useful member of society. So what do you do? Go to college, see what’s out there in the world of NESCACs, uninhibited by the Exeter curriculum, finally standing up on top the harkness table and saying “No more!” Until that humanities requirement slams you back down and says "LOOK AT ALL OF THESE GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES WE HAVE." But if that doesn't sound good to you, you can always take a gap year. The benefit of a gap year is obvious. You might get to learn a new language, have a foreign romance (#marryme #katiecasado), and you might even find what your looking for. But really, the best part is you do it at the expense of your parents or Exeter, and it's another year you get to decide what you're gonna be. Follow these simple steps and in no time you'll be changing the world. Because let's be honest, Exeter is close enough to a college education that you're prepared for anything. College is just extra. In fact, the best advice I can give you is just not to go to college. And I'm an upper, so I know what I'm talking about.
Alice Ju: Real Talk By ALICE JU
In Association With Allen Ginsberg
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by 333, starving, hysterical, out of dress code, dragging themselves through Elm St at dawn looking for a hot breakfast. What sphinx of cement and aluminum bashed open our skulls and ate up our brains and imagination? Cosgrove! Restrictions! Probation! Illegal visitations and unexcusable dickeys! Students screaming under J. Smith arches! Students sobbing in class! Students weeping in Swasey Park! Deans! Deans! Nightmare of Deans! Deans the loveless! Deans the heavy judgers of men! Exeter I’ve given you all and now I’m nothing. Exeter two hundred thousand dollars June 9, 2014.
Can you give me back my own mind? I won’t write this until the last minute. Exeter why is your library full of tourists? Exeter when will you send your students to college? I’m sick of your insane demands. When can I go into Grill and buy what I want with my cumulative GPA? Exeter after all it is you and I who are poor not the next world (why else would you ask me to donate, already?) Your machinery is too much for me. You made me want to be a consultant. Exeter when will you let us wear our clothes? Exeter when will you look at my mind, not my hemlines? Exeter when will I be worthy of the dress code? My best friend is in the Latin Study I don’t think he’ll come back. It’s sinister. Exeter are you being sinister or is this some form of practical joke?
I haven’t read the newspaper for years Exeter I used to be an idealist when I was a prep and I’m not sorry. I’m addressing you. Are you going to let our lives be run by the E-Book? You’re obsessed by the E-Book. You rewrite it every year. It’s always telling me about responsibility. Teachers are serious. Students are serious. Rohan is serious. Everybody’s serious but me. It occurs to me that I am Exeter. I am talking to myself again. College is rising against me. CCO says I’ve got a chinaman’s chance. I’d better consider my extracurriculars. I say nothing about my sleep deprivation, health center visits, unexcused dickeys, midnight screams.
Inside The Humor Page
“Disc Golf” is a “Sport” Senior Sam Blank tells the true story of how he "didn't choose the disc life, the disc life chose him." H4.
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Lower Kevin Zhen laments his sad, lonely existence. H3.
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Exeter how can I write another made-up narrative of my lackluster life? Exeter I will sell you narratives for your prize money. Exeter when I was fourteen a tour guide took me to the Academy Building they sold us. Harkness-- everybody was angelic and sentimental about the reading it was all so sincere, you have no idea. Exeter I don’t really want to go to college. Exeter this is quite serious. Exeter this is the impression I get from reading the Humor Page. Exeter is this correct? It’s true I don’t want to join the real world, I’m sick and I need ibuprofen. Exeter I’m putting my fourth dickey to the deans.
A Love Quest
Editors Ben Hogoboom and Katie Casado reevaluate an Exeter education. H2.
My ambition is to become President despite the fact that I’m a woman.
Yesterday: Hot The Day Before That: Hot enough to go bridge jumping. Graduation: Who cares, you're graduating.
An Exeter Education, Revalued By KATIE CASADO AND BEN HOGOBOOM Expert Googlers/Humor Editors
On this fine day of graduation, many of you seniors, (and parents of seniors) probably feel very nostalgic over leaving behind the place you gave so much time (read: money) to. With that being said, now that you are all going off into the Real World, let’s see how worth it your Exeter Education really was. We at the Humor Page have conducted very serious Google research on the matter. One year at Exeter costs $46,905, for the academic year of 2014-2015. For the purpose of this exercise, we will assume the student in question is a four year boarder. That would mean a total $187,620 over the course of four years. So, here is a list of things you can buy with an Exeter Education.
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Noteworthy Alumni Enjoy Humor Page
1. 750,480 Chicken McNuggets (based on the four piece costing a dollar). 2. 12,516 Snuggies (according to the selling price of $14.99 on the official Snuggie website). 3. 156 MacBook Pros (13 inch at $1199) or 924 iPhone 5s’s (16GB at $199). 4. 4,691 Herschel backpacks (the classic at $39.99) 5. 53,913 tubs of 13 oz. Nutella (at $3.48 from Walmart). 6. 172,128 bags of Cheetos from Grill (at $1.09 per bag) 7. 375,240 Grill cookies. 8. 113,479 tubes of Colgate Cavity Protection toothpaste (packs of three sell for $4.96 at walmart). 9. 23,481 months of a Netflix subscription. 10. 12,508 Horse Head squirrel feeders at $15 dollars a head. 11. One Porsche 911 and one Corvette Stingray (total $166,875). 12. 60976.5 liters of Arizona Iced Tea. 13. A small, undeveloped island off the coast of Ireland. 14. 4 hip replacements in the United States (going by the average of $40,364 per surgery). 15. 2,501 subscriptions to The Exonian (at $75 a paper). 16. 8,528 fedoras (at $22 a hat). 17. 2,578 box sets of The Twilight Saga in hardcover ($72.75 a set from Barnes & Noble). Who says you can't put a price on happiness? Or regret, for that matter.
Senior Saluting and Jojo By KATIE CASADO Pining/Humor Editor
Dear Hot Graduating Senior Boy, I went to your sports games all term and crept through your profile pictures instead of working on my 333. During late night gossip sessions about who we were bringing to Tea, I brought you up but was too shy to ask you. You were in dhall once and smiled at me. I wrote about it in my journal. I lament not approaching you and inviting you to meet me at 5 am to look at the sunrise and do some homework. The reason your ceramics bowl is missing
is because I stole it. It is filled with the tears I have shed over your graduating. I should have done something, anything to get your attention. Maybe I would’ve been your arm candy at prom, or maybe you would’ve PG’d at Exeter so our love could’ve continued. Alas, Jojo’s “Too Little, Too Late” is playing in the background, and I’ve never heard a song more accurate to describe my situation. Maybe we will cross paths in the future. Love, Sad Not Graduating Upper Girl
An Unbelievable Conspiracy Theory By WILL ETTINGER Not the Illuminati Bill Belichick, Andover class of 1971, has won three super bowl rings as a head coach, an interesting number. George W. Bush, George W. H. Bush, Jeb Bush, were all once Smurfs; three Bushes-a pattern is beginning to emerge. JFK Jr. was an Andover alum, and he was one of three children born to the president John F. Kennedy. He was also known by three names. John Barres was a graduate of Andover who went onto divinity and eventually became the Bishop of Allentown. Everyday, this man prays to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, three consubstantial persons who can be expressed in the form of a triangle. Most obviously, the “A” in Andover clearly forms a triangle. What can we take away from all of this? The consistency of threes and triangle points to one obvious commonality among Andover alums, they’re all members of the Illuminati! So what, right?.... Wrong! While one might observe that the average Smurf is weak and feeble, there are some intelligent ones who slipped through the cracks at that school, and who pose a major threat to the school. Behind closed doors in their ivory tower, the twenty-two Andover are scheming their plot to take over PEA. They obviously chose a head of school who graduated from Exeter, because he already knew the inside and any weak points the school might have. So be weary, Academy, and just remember that when the Andover uprising start,s I told you so.
A Lonely Lamentation By KEVIN ZHEN
Likes Long Walks on the Beach
One would be inclined to believe that being manager of the girls Varsity Volleyball team, or being around girls in leotards for Dance Co would set one onto a path that would lead to a glorious relationship. You would think that being a lean, mean, breakdancing machine would attract women from every quarter of the world. But alas, I am still more single than an upper who doesn't complain about their 333. I don’t know which of my parents is more disappointed: Coach Shang, or my mother. It’s not like I don’t try. I show up to all the cool events, like the ESSO girl scouts and meditation. My mom says that girls like talented guys, so I’ve been hitting the books every night and practicing piano like crazy, but the only people who seem to appreciate my mad skills are the chess players who always hang out in the music building. Sometimes I think to myself: why do I even try? Girls understand other girls, and they don’t even like each other, right? But on those lonely winter nights with my books piled up as high as two E&R bags, I rest my head on the cool wood of my desk and wonder what it would be like to rest my head on some girl’s shoulder. This game we play... I’m telling you it’s just not fair. Like, hold your horses and listen to this. I was playing a board game with my homies, when suddenly a friend appears and talks about how he had such a great time at the dance that night. And as he is saying this, he pulls down his shirt ever so slightly and reveals two bruise-colored hickies on his neck. That night I lay in bed, hands folded neatly over my belly button, wondering to myself how my friend had more fun that day than I did the whole year.
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Reunion Bingo! (Save For Five Years) By AUDREY DEGUERRERA Encourages Late-Life Gambling
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Upper Year, a Reflection By BEN HOGOBOOM Done/Humor Editor To all you seniors graduating, congratulations. Everyone here at Exeter, is proud of you, in addition I’m sure to your friends and family back home. You’ve made it through Exeter and managed (hopefully) to stay on track through your senior spring. Chances are you’re going to college, which I’ve heard is like just four years of senior spring.Your friendships have gotten closer over the past year, and the friends you have now will last you a lifetime. But enough about you, you’ve had your turn. Now it’s time to focus on the real heroes of Phillips Exeter Academy. The brave, hardened, shell-shocked uppers. When I think of upper year, a few things come to mind. Among these things, almost half of them occur between the hours of midnight and six o’clock in the morning, and almost half of those were “wow, you’re an idiot for not doing this earlier,” promptly before taking another ten minute House of Cards break. When I think of upper year, I remember the anonymous quotation that reads, “No one looks back on their life and remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep.” When I think of upper year, I wanna punch the person who wrote this article before hopping in my time machine and going back to September 20, October 8, February 12, and May 11, or all of the nights I got more than seven hours of sleep this year. When I think of upper year, I think of all the preps who think they’re safe, and all of the lowers who are seriously considering dropping out of Exeter to avoid
the onslaught. But mostly, when I think about upper year, I’m proud to say that I did it, and I’m happy that I can hold that over people’s heads for the rest of my life. I have ofme was “the toughest academic time of my life… Even if you pursue a doctorate program.” Thanks, Dad, yes I have, and that means that I get to be angry at preps and lowers for no particular reason. The words, “narrative,” and “stressed,” uttered in the same sentence by someone under the and relatable. As a proctor for next year, I am ecstatic that I can make the preps feel inferior with just the utterance of those that there’s nothing they can do about it. nothing compared to the promise of senior year. To you, current seniors, college might seem better than senior year. But to me, it’s another opportunity for me to purposefully take the hardest courses, apply to twenty eight colleges, and do a bunch of other stuff no sane or non-masochistic person would do. Once I hit senior spring I can turn back to the uppers and say, “I already did my 333, plus my college apps, so you can’t Exeter food chain. Now at what college because of your third year of high school? None of them.
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Television Lessons By KATIE CASADO Still Very Attached to the Show/Humor Editor
Last term during finals week, I discovered that all six seasons of Greek were available for instant stream on Netflix. Naturally, I put off studying for my math final and writing my 332 to finish season three before going home. For those of you depraved souls who don’t know what Greek is, it’s a show that ran from 2007-2011 on ABC family and followed college kids who belonged to fraternities and sororities. The main character, Casey Cartwright, is a junior at the top sorority, Zeta Beta Zeta. She has it all: a hot Omega Chi Delta boyfriend, the presidential spot for next year in the bag and perfectly highlighted hair. Her dorky little brother comes to her university as a freshman eager to pledge. Hijinks, drama and heartbreak ensue over the next couple of years at Cyprus-Rhodes University and the next five seasons of Greek. Without going into further detail (I promised myself I wouldn’t think about the series finale at the risk of crying all over my keyboard), here are some things I learned about college from Greek. 1. College kids like parties. 2. Classes are pretty much optional and are only useful when involved in your drama of the week. 3. Professors are just as dateable as the frat boy at the party. 4. Speaking of frat boys, the bigger the party a house throws, the bigger the hearts of the party throwers. 5. Kids in the advanced engineering major make really good frat bros. 6. Sororities have to follow a bunch of lame rules all of the time. 7. Grad school is easy to get into. 8. So are most of the main academic building after hours. 9. Campus officers only exist so that students can pull pranks on them. 10. Four years of college is sometimes not enough for people, so others graduate in five, six, or even seven years and it’s no problem at all. For more life lessons and a complete lack of control over your own life, start watching Greek on Netflix.
Disc Life Chose Me By SAM BLANK
How to College
As it seems, not a day goes by when I don’t hear this classic, prep school argument: “[insert sport here] is so much harder than [insert other sport here].” Well, obviously that can’t be true. Let’s face it, all other sports have something that separates them from other sports in a different type of athleticism, right? Wrong. So wrong. One might argue that all sports are created equal, or, separate but equal, but in the end, no one truly believes it. Every tennis player says “I dare you to try and return one of Moises’ serves.” Every cross country runner says “I dare you to run 3.1 miles in less than 17 minutes.” Every cyclist says “I dare you to spend $4000 on a piece of rolling metal that you could so easily destroy by rolling over the wrong pebble and win a race with it.” Every rower says “I dare you to join a cult and sit in boats.” Every baseball player says, “I dare you to sit in a dusty box for hours player says “Can you even skate?” Every hip-hop dancer says, “Can you even begin to be this hardcore?” Every football player says “Can you be 6’5”, 350, and 4.9?” Every basketball player says “KOBE!” Every lacrosse player says “Brah.” Well, I may not be able to most of those things, but that doesn’t matter, because I found the one true sport that requires maximum agility, strategy, strength, stamina, speed, explosive power, accuracy, poise, clutchness, sportsitude and all out dedication: ultimate frisbee. I know what you’re thinking now, and it’s probably something along the lines of “Sam, you’re wrong, there’s science behind you being completely wrong.” Well, science tells us a lot of things, but it doesn’t prove anything. Gravity? Still a theory. We can’t prove it because we can’t see it. Hockey pucks and baseballs are really hard to see, whereas frisbees are always vis-
ible, so we can truly observe and show that it’s just a better sport. How’s that for science? Every part of the disc life is athletic. We sprint for anything, whether it be the farthest huck or the short and lofty high-release. Do you know how we go after it? Like pros. Like champions. Do you know what champions do? They. Lay. Out. Just like us. No matter if we are on concrete or mud, that frisbee is getting into the champion’s hand if it takes his life in the graceful dive. Now I haven’t watched many crew races in my day, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone lay out to try and catch a boat. Where’s the commitment to the sport? Or should I say, playful game? I’m sure you’re practically convinced by now, but let me add just a bit more. A sport shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg and a mortgage. What does it require to play frisbee? A disc. A regulation, 175g Discraft UltraStar costs about $10. This is known to be the best disc in the sport. How much does the best bike cost? Well, the Specialized S-Works + McLAren Venge will run you about $18,000. The nicest crew shell probably runs you well over $100,000. I’m not economist, but you shouldn’t have to spend that much to be the best. Money doesn’t buy athletic ability. Last up on my list of soapbox materials is this: there are tons of crossover athletes. Football players play basketball, hockey players play lacrosse, tennis players play squash, the list goes on. That’s because the sports are so simple that one can simply jump in and be good at it. Have you ever seen a football player toss a frisbee well? Didn’t think so. In conclusion, I think we know who the real athletes are. Also, please do not stuff me in a locker.
By KATIE CASADO
College Expert/Humor Editor
Are you a high school senior graduating today? Do you want to Get Totally Hot the summer before college and wow all of your peers? Are you ready to start the next four years of your life On the Right Foot? We here at the humor page are willing to help you do just that. 1. Make sure to post frequently in your Facebook class page so everyone in your grade already knows who you are. Bonus points if you post about your high school interests and achievements so they also know how cool you are. The posts on here are like a resume in the way that you can completely lie about everything to make yourself seem more athletic, popular, smarter. Is your favorite book The Very Hungry Caterpillar? Just tell them all about your love for Kafka’s The Metamorphosis. What’s the difference between one bug and another when your future college career is at stake? 2. Do something really “alternative” or “hipster” over the summer, so that when all of your new school and classmates Facebook stalk you, they’ll see you shaved half your head and wore safety pins before your freshman year and all the surge of independence from your parents hit you. which fraternities or sororities throw the best parties so your social or professors when pledging is at stake! If your school doesn’t have Greek life, then you’re already in trouble. 4. Ditch all of your high school friends (both on Facebook and real life). You don’t need those children cramping your style. Now that you’ve escaped Exeter, you don’t have check in and V’s hour at college. Anyone else just wouldn’t understand.
Student Debt Pays for Stuff
Follow these four easy steps to ensure four more great years!
By BEN HOGOBOOM
Writes Hard Hitting Exposés/Humor Editor
As the class of 2014 graduates, Exeter looks forward to the addition of a new theatre in the name of one forgetful senior. It was revealed last week that Exeter’s next new addition, a new theatre in lieu of the old Fisher building, will go into construction this summer, only a few days after the current seniors leave campus. However, the new building has many a small group of students protested the new building this weekend. Why would a new theatre have everyone up in arms? Because one poor soul, senior Eric Anderson, discovered before prom thursday night that the new building will be named after its sole donor, “Eric Anderson Theatre.” “Discovered?” I hear you say in disbelief. How does one discover that they’ve donated a building? Head of the Exeter Finance Department, Charles Montgomery Burns answered with “we keep it a secret from them for all four years. We pick one prep at random,” he explained, “and charge them for everything.” Mr. Burns gave us the details of his scheme last weekend at the annual Dining Hall Budget meetas the trustees call it. “Well, you see,” he started, somber, “ the donations by wealthy alumni have dropped exponentially in the last twenty years.” The last new building installed by the Academy was the
Phelps Science Center. “Then,” Mr. Burns continued, “four years ago, a sharp older gentleman gave us a call.” Bernie Madoff joined the Exeter Budget Committee in 2010.
By KEVIN ZHEN Poet
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Larry reads The Things They Carried Morgan writes his three thirty three Pranay is dressed in all black Cam sleeps. Larry rubs his toes. His belt is unbuckled, a silent thanks to Penang. Larry raises an armpit. There is hair. Such manliness. Pranay smiles even though it is 2:45 a.m. Why are you smiling? Pranay attempts to write a humor article. Black headphones, black jacket, black glasses. Pranay is a fearsome opponent in the darkness. A fart breaks the early silence. Larry’s shoulder twitches as the air escapes from beneath him. Pranay’s eyes widen as he realizes the fan is blowing in his direction. I see you now, Pranay. Your eyes are white. Gotcha. Fin
English Department Gone
Wise Words From Will By WILL ETTINGER
Not as Useless as We Thought
By KATIE CASADO
Concerned/ Humor Editor
The class of 2014 are not the only people leaving the Academy this year.
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As many of us start to take the big step out of Exeter and to the next plateau in life, it is impossible to forget the powerful lessons that are handed down to us in our time here,
Hall, the English teachers have decided to go on strike. Earlier in the term, someone from the Exeter Fire Department told many of tors were livid, and their amiable relationship with the EFD and the administrators
able. Insurmountable amounts of work are often given to us, with unrealistic expectations
Teacher advisee to The Exonian desire to start a Teachers Against the EFD Union. furniture is allowed to return with them.
Exeter Match Up, Revealed
Bancroft common room. Yes we owe everything great we know the the instructors and students at Exeter, but our function in the society extends even further than the classroom. An Exonian stands out in the real world, not by his mannerism, but rather by his al
By DAVID LARAR Desparate
Dear seniors, side of Exeter. The assimilation process is especially tough for grads following the re my list were as willing to share their deepest desires as I am, and send in lists. I trust One Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest room and have your lights on at 11:01. Alice Ju Alice Ju Rebecca Ju(st kidding) AliceJu
Biz Board Takedown By BEN HOGOBOOM
Brave Knight/Humor Editor
The Exonian Business Board is trying to kill me. It all started with the creation of The Exonian The Exonian
charts, I was destined to become the gut busting comedy writer I am today. In the spring of 2013, these two storylines converged, and my humor career truly began. trating my demise. You see, my great grandfather, Bartholomew Beauregard Hogoboom, one student or faculty member even regarded the other sections of The Exonian. However, tholomew had to be destroyed. Bartholomew, in his upper year, was put on a med leave he
that no local businesses, not even the local comic shop, took us seriously. I feared not, and
and this completed issue is testament that you cannot destroy the humor of the Hogoboom
Black Market To Open for Dickeys By KATIE CASADO News Correspondent/Humor Editor
the three per term. Teachers are at a loss, and so are their students. A record 10,000 dickeys were issued this spring term alone, and dickey
market where students will be able to buy, trade, pawn and sell dickeys. it explained to us it seemed like a lot of complicated computer science stuff. Exonians will be able to pay for dickeys with cash, check, lioncard students. Those faithful scholars who attend every class will gain cold, kids from wasting their trust funds and allowances on 50 (sometimes
Some Haiku By WILL ETTINGER Haiku-er
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I don't know Haikus But they seem pretty easy Like college! Congrats! Next year is coming Upper year is doomful How will I make it
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JV Baseball rocks Are you proud yet, mom?
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Scholar of the Year|Thomas Clark
A Love for Linguistics By PHILIP KUHN, SANG PARK and TOMMY SONG Staff Writers
hether it’s collecting edible snails in a marine biology class or discussing the effects of the Cuban Missile Crisis around a Harkness table, during his four years in Exeter, senior Thomas Clark’s intellectual curiosity and academic fervor have been the object of admiration. Although Clark’s range of interests encompasses a myriad of studies, his passion focuses on linguistics and languages. Coming from a multilingual family, he explained that his enthusiasm was a natural result. “I grew up speaking English and Japanese at home, and studied French and Latin in middle school. I have always liked listening to the sounds of other languages and have been fascinated by the differences and similarities between them,” Clark said. sian and completed the course sequence by his upper year. pated in the National Security Language Initiative for Youth
Languages and linguistics, however, are not the only areas in which Clark is accomplished in. Apart from taking advanced course sequences such as English 411/421 and Society.
lish instructor and Clark’s advisor, Matthew Miller noted the role of Clark’s application of his knowledge and intellect in classes. “He is vastly intelligent but it is his wisdom, his capacity impressive,” Miller said. “He has great natural intelligence and yet he works hard, never resting on that intelligence.” Clark and his peers attribute Clark’s academic achievements to his division of focus that prevented him from being “burnt out” during his time in Exeter. For example, outside of the classroom, Clark was involved in numerous on-campus clubs, including head videographer for The Exonian, head peer tutor, and co-captain of the Daniel Webster Debate Society. “Personally, I don't think pursuing academics should come at a cost to other aspects of your life or should feel
week homestay program. “[It] was one of the best experiences of my life and different environment and set of people,” he said. “Since my host family and teachers at school didn't speak English, it was truly a full immersion experience, and it was both challenging and exciting in a way I hadn't experienced before.” modern languages instructor Ihna Sysevich commented on Clark’s ever-passionate dedication and ardor in the language. “I have only had two students over my twenty years in that caliber and one of them is Thomas. And the other one is it all by himself. He asked for extra work, he progressed and learned things quickly.” ther and took German this year. Winter term, he took accelerVermont region for the 2nd Year National German Exam. Prep Julia Friberg, who took German with Clark this year, shared her experience with Clark and commented on his assertive nature during classes. “He always tries to take concepts we learn and apply them, even when part of the class is a bit apprehensive to speak in a language we have only studied for a short period, Thomas is always eager to try and isn't afraid to make mistakes,” Friberg said. “He is always open to helping anybody who is struggling with a concept or question. Even if he isn't a solution.” of English. Although as a prep, writing in English classes were new to Clark, as he constantly worked to improve
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Senior Thomas Clark has taken advantage of the many opportunities the Academy has to offer.
also able to come to a greater understanding of the language itself. “Over time, I came to see how the English language could be used to communicate deeper emotions and feelings with others,” he said. Clark’s passion for languages links with his ardent involvement in linguistics as well. He is the club head of Exeter’s Linguistics Society, and works with other members of the club to explore the study of morphology and syntax. He also prepares with the club members to participate in the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad, which he placed second in this year. Clark also gave part in an assembly this year on the topic of linguistics, and commented on his experience and the importance of recognizing linguistics in modern societies. “I really enjoyed giving part of an assembly on linguistics this past term, as I think it is actually a really multifaceted and riveting subject that people unfortunately often overlook,” he said.
here at Exeter and overall, I am driven by the desire to live holistically, and academics is only one part of that,” Clark explained. “I think that to be successful in one aspect of your life, it helps to really enjoy it and counterintuitively, not to spend too much time dwelling on it and rather pursuing other activities.” With a broad range of cross-disciplinary interests, Clark managed to enjoy every activity and class in Exeter, even if they were challenging. For example, his lower year, he audited the highest computer science course, Comp Sci 425, “just for fun.” Clark’s peers agreed that his ability to enjoy all aspects Clark. “He gets the top grades that every student strives for, and it always seems like he's enjoying every moment of the class,” senior Jackie Kim said. “He never dozes off, or even quiets down after a hard morning.” Miller echoed Kim’s sentiments, emphasizing that Clark’s dedication is not for what’s written on his transcript, but rather in the pure joy of learning. “He pushes beyond what is asked of him and not, it seems to me, for the grade in a class, but because he wants to see further and deeper than he had before. He enjoys the pursuit of knowledge in the application of art and intellect,” Miller said. Sysevich added, outlining how Clark endeavors to make every step in his life worthwhile. “Whatever he is going through, he makes it meaningful. And I really appreciate that because not a lot of people take she said. “He is simply exceptional.”
Scholar of the Year|Leigh Marie Braswell
In Her Element By WILL BELMONT, REX BONE and THOMAS CHOU
hrough her noticeable achievements in academics and her willingness to challenge herself both mentally and physically,
the academic spirit of a well-rounded and motivated economics and history, her interest in these subjects lead to her involvement in extracurriculars like math club, ESSO and the quiz bowl. Coming from a small town in Alabama, Braswell often felt distant from her peers due to her love of math. She did not subscribe to the pain complex math seemed to inspire in her classmates and instead strove to join the local math team. A sixth-grade problem solver, she had little encouragement from the community, and her parents, although enthusiastic, knew little about competitions in mathematics. With opportunities to train few and far in between, Braswell took matters into her own hands. “Living in this context forced me to decide for myself what I wanted and how badly I wanted it. I actively searched for chances to sharpen my mathematical skills and seized them at all costs,” Braswell said. “I began commuting two hours weekly to Alabama's math circle and later two hours daily to a school that offered advanced math classes. While doing this, I fell hopelessly in love with the constant puzzle of math. My discovery sent me to multiple math camps around the country and to Exeter in eleventh grade.” Braswell’s arrival at Exeter introduced her to a new world of math. As an upper, she enrolled in Math 600, the course in abstract mathematics. The welcoming intellectual community was an incredible sur“I found teachers and friends who were also integrals, why we really don’t have free will – see Newcomb’s Paradox or ask Mr. Ibbotson – and large brackets with columns of numbers inside of them,” Braswell said. The community played only half the role, however. Braswell loved the style of teaching and instantly grew attached. “Exeter’s math curriculum is a dream come true; it motivates you to develop complex ideas on your own and sparks some awesome discussion with your classmates. What’s so enjoyable about math is the problem solving involved, the collaboration it requires, and the unmatched feelings of truly underto the problem you’ve been working on for hours,” Braswell said. “Exeter’s famous curriculum does just this, and it has exceeded my expectations.” A combination of her insatiable desire for learning and the newfound community support led Braswell to join Exeter’s math club. An integral part of Exeter career, math club allowed Braswell to study with other enthusiastic mathematicians in a variety of ways.
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Senior Leigh Marie Braswell is an avid dancer and mathematician.
“Working with IMO gold medalists is probably the most humbling and motivating experience ever. Teaching aspiring mathletes and leading the organization of Exeter’s middle school math tournament are probably some of the most rewarding experiences ever,” Braswell said. “Laughing and gossiping about it all afterward? That’s just math club. Those friendships keep you up when the math contest scores get you down, and I hope to keep them long after my Exeter career is over.” However, math has not been her only academic success. “I only thought I was coming to Exeter for the math. Boy, was I wrong,” Braswell said. The Academy’s computer science classes offered Braswell a chance to join a friendly new community. She worked closely with two friends to develop applications, working tirelessly to perfect the game. During her time working on the project, she encountered one of her Academy career highlights. “One of my favorite Exeter memories is camping ish the project a few hours before it was due, while the
PEADs practiced Lady Gaga right next to us,” Braswell said. “Thinking back to times like those makes you realize how much fun ‘work’ really was. I don’t think it’s work at that point.” On a whim, Braswell decided to take economics, a subject she knew little about. History and economics instructor Giorgio Secondi introduced her to the world of economics and helped her explore topics. Her academic passion inspired her to start the Exeter Quiz Bowl team for the Harvard economics competition. Besides expanding on her logical precision and development of arguments, economics class taught her other lessons. “I learned to embrace the uncertainties and contrasting viewpoints inherent in dealing with human decision-making. Because the subject was totally new to me, I had to accept being a beginner again, asking lots of ‘stupid’ questions and saying incorrect things in class. I’ll undoubtedly be doing this again and again in the near future,” Braswell said. “However, when there is so much to learn in such an interesting subject, it’s easy to become absorbed in it. You forget that you’ve been reading an economics book for a few hours, and then you must frantically start working on your other homework.” Braswell’s wide breadth of academic interest and achievement has led many of her teachers to admire her drive. Secondi expressed a particular respect for Braswell as a student. “One of the factors that set Leigh Braswell apart from other students is her willingness to take risks. She never backs down from a challenge. If she’s not sure of the outcome, she still gives it her best shot, and if it doesn’t work out, she just dusts herself off with a laugh and tries something else,” Secondi said. Secondi continued about Braswell’s prowess. “Her intellectual curiosity, energy, and talent are remarkable indeed; but the breadth of her academic achievements is what really sets her apart. She’s a superb mathematician, a great writer with a Negley prize to her credit, ics Challenge. It’s hard to think of other students who have achieved so much in so many different areas,” he said. Braswell is truly an example of a scholar, an individual whose curiosity and passion lead her to different paths of life, one of which was Exeter. for that Exeter brochure I got in the mail,” Braswell said. “Through the trials and the triumphs, Exeter has made me a stronger, more courageous and more compassionate individual. I’ve learned how to come back from failure and how not to be complacent with learn from both my teachers and classmates, inside and outside of class. I’ve never been so excited about the present and the future, and Exeter’s incredible community deserves most of that credit.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Artist of the Year|Amy Wang
Twirling into Success By WILL BELMONT, THOMAS CHOU and JACK HIRSCH Staff Writers
collective sigh sweeps the room as senior Amy Wang spins on one foot, twirling into a graceful pirouette with ease. The silence shatters as the crowd bursts into applause, dazzled by her cordial smile and composure. Wang is a proctor in Dunbar Hall, co-head of Lionettes, member of the belly dance group Abs, avid pianist and dance choreographer. Wang has been dancing for twelve years and has learned a variety of styles of dance. “I started dancing when I was six years old with lessons in tap and ballet,” Wang said. “I started contemporary and lyrical dance in middle school, and since coming to Exeter have focused on ballet and contemporary dance.” While she finds many branches of dance fascinating, Wang is most focused on contemporary dance. “My favorite style to perform is contemporary because it is more emotive than other more technical dance styles such as ballet or modern,” Wang said. Yet despite her enormous success in contemporary dance, she still desires to further her dance resumé. “My favorite style to watch is hip hop or street dance,” Wang added. “[It’s] so precise and athletic... I would love to get into it in college.” Wang’s adviser, English instructor Eimer Page, commented on her adamant dedication to arts and dance. “Amy has had a deep-seated commitment to the arts since her arrival at Exeter as a prep,” Page said. “She's a superb dancer and pianist, and she combines her passion for art with a real love of Eric Kwon/The Exonian learning across disciplines.” Senior Amy Wang has been a big part in the Exeter Dance Senior Andrea Conde, a close friend of Wang, agreed, and was amazed by Wang’s ability to juggle Company during her time at the Academy. so many activities. “Part of what most impresses ful smile during a musical theatre or a Lionettes me about Amy is that her talents are so multifacperformance, or distressed face during an emotional eted,” Conde said. “She can help me with a comcontemporary piece, the emotion with which she bination during class, explain a chemistry concept dances is both contagious and moving.” and still have time to be a great proctor and friend,” “What resonates in Amy's work is a deep comConde said. “Her extensive work with the dance program here not only shows her incredible versatil- mitment to action and to take action with full determination, sensitivity, care and expressive force in ity and commitment but has also inspired us to be all that she believes in, feels, identifies with, enjoys better people.” the challenge of,” Jon Sakata, her piano teacher, Wang has proved herself adept not only at said. "Underlying this commitment and action is a dance, but at the interpretation of music; she is able thoughtfulness, a force of thought, that is not just to match the mood of the music to the rhythm of her dance. “I feel like dance combines the complexity of an intellectual or mental practice but a thoroughly physicalized knowledge and capacity to think the human condition with the more intuitive movethrough the body as much as through the mind.” ment of the body to create a metaphor for emoWang also takes great pleasure in choreographtions,” Wang said. ing dance, a special passion of hers. She particuConde noted, “She is also great at communilarly appreciates the freedom granted by Exeter’s cating with her audience, whether it’s her cheer-
dance program. “The most distinctive aspect of the Exeter dance program is that students are allowed to choreograph dances for themselves and other members of the company,” Wang said. “In a typical studio, choreography is always taught by the instructor, whereas at Exeter, students are the main force behind the Dance Company, providing much of the choreography of each dance concert.” Wang also commented on the importance of dance as an emotional outlet. “My main goal when choreographing a piece is to make sure that the choreography expresses the emotions that I feel when listening to the music I have chosen.” Wang takes full advantage of the resources available at Exeter. “I will often go to the dance studio in the Thompson Gym to just improvise, like experimenting with choreography on the spot, without necessarily trying to remember it for later,” she said. “It allows me to tap into the core of my emotions and create something I think is beautiful, without feeling self-conscious or doubtful of my movements.” Upper Kimberly Dawes agreed, impressed by Wang’s unfaulting confidence. “She’s always really great to watch in class because she always knows what she’s doing,” Dawes said. “She hears the music well to fit the dance to it.” Wang, a pianist, also attributes dance to her interest in music, another passion of hers. “Dance can feel like it’s telling a story, and so incorporating music with dance is complementary and they play off of each other, which I sometimes take for granted, but also find fascinating,” she said. Outside of dance classes and Dance Company, Wang is a co-head of Lionettes and is a member of the belly dance group Abs. “I enjoy Lionettes because it gives me the chance to dance with my peers and do a different kind of dance than usual,” Wang said. Whether in the studio dancing, choreographing a piece to perform, practicing piano or hanging around the dorm, Wang is sure to give it her all. This past spring term Wang pursued yet another one of her interests through the Washington Intern Program. “I know that the dance program will miss her this term when she's in the [program], and we'll miss her in the dorm, too,” Page said. Ultimately, Wang says that she would like to share the joy she feels in dancing with others and hopes that they will be able to adopt the attitude toward life that she has gained from dancing. “Don’t be self-conscious and just go out there and enjoy it,” she said.
Artist of the Year|Sohil Patel
Picture Perfect By JACK HIRSCH
three years ago on a summer trip to South Africa between ninth and tenth grade. Since that trip, Patel has discovered a passion and endless talent
“In a sense, as a photographer, he came to me already in a mode of richly appreciating and occupying the present; but I have wanted to challenge him to critically engage this present as both an even larger as well as microscopic milieu in which to work out and mine problems of seeing, feeling, hearing, sensing in so many ways and levels,” Sakata said. Sakata elaborated by describing Patel’s innate ability to energize a scene in unique ways. “I love the way he turned his ‘meds’ into not just an object to be depicted or captured; but as a means, a generator to unleash and harness entirely new energies, forces, critical awarenesses, as well as to try to penetrate the emotional gradients these ‘ingested agents’ cause him, give him, toward his own sense of agency to think the other, feel the other, express the other (and in turn to think, feel, be mindful of himself in new, unknown ways).” As well as his artistic abilities, Patel is also described as a sincerely kind individual who cares deeply for the well-being of others. “Sohil is one of the friendliest guys I've ever met,” Patel’s current roommate, senior Joey Hebl, said. “He is genuinely concerned with how you're doing, which has helped him be a great student listener and proctor at Exeter. Sohil and I have been together for four years but have become especially close this spring.” In his time at Exeter, Patel has found a new side of
I just took photos,” Patel said. “It didn't really feel like I was going to pursue photography in any way shape or form when I came back from the trip. I'm actually pretty surprised that I love art so much now. Back then it was just something I casually enjoyed doing. Now, it has become something I love and have to do.” For Patel, art has proved to be a real inspiration and has taught him that an ordinary scene is never ordinary. “Art has inspired me to be a better thinker. It taught me to look at things from a different perspective. It taught that if you stare at something long enough it will always look like something else.” Yet it has also given him view any one thing. “[But] most importantly,” Patel said, “It taught me that even when you think you've failed and will love it and appreciate and recognize you for it.” While photography is Patel’s main interest, he has also become invested in other mediums of art. “Photography was my focus and still is, because I have all the techniques, but I’m interested in exploring other forms of art too. My senior project is an exploration of all the different mediums of art. I’m working on painting right now, but did drawing, sculpture- attractive art.” Although Patel has only pursued photography a short time, he has become enthralled by its ability to completely narrate a scene, yet leave so much unspoken. “I like photography because, I don’t know how to exeverything that’s going on. It shows what you’re thinking, which doesn't happen often in other mediums. You can’t understand what the person is seeing or thinking or viewing in that moment, but if you take a photograph a certain way, you can show exactly how you are internalizing the moment.” As well as being fun and entertaining, photographymost challenging part is the energy and time it takes to learn the new mediums,” Patel explained. “People think art is learning all the techniques, but that’s just technique. Its the same as writing; it’s not literature just because Literature is made when you can decompose the writing and grammar itself. Same with art. You can have really beautiful technique, but it’s not art necessarily.” Patel is also sometimes frustrated with the inhibitions inherent in high school art. “Everyone is driven to pursue technique, and whoever has the best technique is the best artist, but there isn’t much consideration given to the thought process and what they’re actually doing with it. It’s kind of wanting to pursue those techniques but at the same time wanting to deconstruct them. That’s the
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Senior Sohil Patel has taken advantage of his creative side during his time here at the Academy.
Ever since coming to Exeter, Patel has been inspired by his mentor and friend Dr. Jon Sakata. “I got into art last year so its been rather rapid development,” Patel said. “Dr. Sakata is my composition teacher, and at this point we don’t even play piano anymore, we just have a conversation about art.” Sakata has been able to teach Patel the intricacies of art, which has furthered his love for the subject. “I also receive a lot of outside the classroom help. Dr. Sakata has been very inspirational for me; he has acted as my mentor for the last two or three years. Every time I go to him, every time we have a conversation, something else is inspired. He sparks something and makes me want to tor in terms of my art.” Sakata has taught Patel piano composition, but beyond that has also helped him explore the richer parts of art and has fostered his love for the subject. Sakata described how Patel has explored diverse and richly personal projects in multimedia, culminating in engaging, problematizing and framing the “present” to creatively live with “presence.”
as well as outside it. “Sohil was a shy, nervous prep but as he's survived many of Exeter's challenges he's really come out of his shell and has learned that sweating the little stuff here will make things nearly impossible,” Hebl said. “Sohil is an especially courageous Exonian. This past year Sohil has completely changed his mind on what he wants to do with the next stage of life. He astounding growth as an artist has been fun to watch and, although it he does. He's willing to take a chance, and that deserves a lot of praise.” A member of Patel’s fall 444 art class, Katie McCarthy, described Patel as “determined, modest, and sweet.” words or numbers. We have never collaborated on any work together, but we do often go to each other for advice. He'll ask me painting or other studio art questions and I'll get his help with various photography things.” McCarthy also praised Patel’s ability to hone in and focus on a project or abstract idea. “Sohil is very determined to follow through with a task or idea and has a wonderful work ethic. And though he's very gifted and still extremely modest. He is probably the sweetest boy I know at Exeter. He not only has an impressive overall collection of work, but also brilliant smaller series of
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
Senior of the Year|Alice Ju
Alice in Exeter-land By REX BONE, SANG PARK and REX TERCEK Staff Writers
Let me tell you a story about a bagel.” Alice Ju stood on the assembly stage in front of the student body, all of whom were intrigued and confused by the beginning of her speech as a Student Council presidential candidate; but over the next six minutes, her charming wit and eloquent rhetoric successfully swayed Exonians into voting her as the 2013-2014 Student Council president. Although many know Ju as the student who gives assembly announcements, there is quite a bit more to her than meets the eye. During her four years at Exeter, Ju became not only the secretary and president of StuCo, but also a Mock Trial and Republican Club co-head, a humor editor for The Exonian, an avid playwright and an overall hard-working student. Her ambition, however, never overshadowed her light-hearted demeanor. “Alice is smart, has a wry sense of humor and a strong sense of responsibility, and loves Exeter,” Thomas Ramsey, religion instructor and friend of Ju, said. “She is a dynamic student, independent-minded and hard-working. In class, she pushes everyone, including herself and her teachers, to do their best work. Alice is always challenging and full of surprises.”
ity, Ju has become a role model for many. “I have always looked at her work ethic and I have been inspired to work just as hard,” Rebecca said. “She has also given me so much advice, both through actions and words, and has helped me become who I am today. She is an amazing person who I have always looked up to, and she's someone I am incredibly proud of.” Lemmerman shared similar feelings. “I have always held Alice in high regard, especially for her outspoken role in Student Council and Republican Club and her ever clever quips. She helped me an incredible amount as I prepared to run for vice president, encouraging me and rewriting my punchlines,” she said. “I also look up to Alice in her breadth of interest and deep passion for intellectual growth.”
and looking for a more challenging academic environment. Once she visited and had her interview, Exeter seemed like a “I remember cracking jokes with my interviewer, Mr. Lynch, and listening to him describe how all the classes were taught in the Harkness style, with the teacher sitting around the table just like the students,” Ju said. “I felt at home at Exeter, and that was when I decided I wanted to come here.” After luring her to the school, the Harkness table continues to play a role in Ju’s academic contributions and personality. “A wonderful combination of intellectual intensity, charm and sense of humor. She likes to work hard but keeps it fun. She also cares about what happens at the table.” English instructor Matt Miller said. “Class discussion and the ideas we dig into at the table matter and have meaning to her. She is also generous and inviting and wants to learn from her peers. I think she brings out everyone's A-game. She makes you better by making you demand more of yourself.” leadership and relationships with others. “She is a smart, driven and a likeable person,” Alice’s sister and lower Rebecca Ju, said. “Alice is an incredible leader, and she's managed to guide the Exeter community so well. Her best and she works incredibly hard to reach her goal, therefore she is an excellent student, well spoken at the table and is also an absolutely amazing writer.” Ju has the ability to entwine her funny side with other more serious topics, a talent that has come in handy often. “What makes Alice special is that she is always able to toss some humor into the situation. She does come off as a
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Senior Alice Ju has taken full advantage of her time at the Academy.
very focused person, and therefore she is indeed successful, but it is cool to see her funny side too,” lower Audrey Deguerrera, a member of Student Council, said. Deguerrera continued, noting the importance of this skill. “In StuCo, Alice is able to balance being authoritative and being relatable at the time. She really has a good hold on the group, even with the hecklers,” she said. Upper Emily Lemmerman, who, as the vice-president of StuCo, has worked closely with Alice, added, “It is no so rare this year: Alice knows when to pound the gavel and when to crack a joke back at the jokers. That balance that she strikes, by taking what she does, but not herself too seriously makes her great. I have taken a lot from her leadership style, as I think the school has: sometimes Exonians need to remember to not take themselves too seriously.” Senior Nick du Pont, a former co-editor of The Exonian humor page and a close friend of Ju, appreciates her sense of humor combined with brilliance. “She has a wonderfully sharp sense of humor, which complimented my unfortunately dull one when we worked together as humor editors. She is brilliant, honest, unafraid of judgement and assertive.” Combining her drive, wit and incredible leadership abil-
Ju co-captains a talented mock trial squad that placed 10th at the national competition last year. Member since her prep year, she enjoys formulating other teams’ strategies and preparing her testimonies. “The actual logistics of the trial itself is just a lot of fun. I mostly play a witness, for which I write a character beforehand. Then, it’s a lot of thinking of my feet and answering the other side’s questions, which I love.” Walter Stahr, class of ‘75 and a volunteer student advisor, attributes Ju’s success to her intellectual curiosity. “Alice is intelligent, diligent without wanting to seem so, intense, provocative, curious. Very few people would, like she does, spend her breaks reading existential philosophy or Russian novels. And that wide-ranging, penetrating intellect is what makes her so great at mock trial.” This exemplar reputation is trusted by many other Exonians as well. “Alice comes off as a smart, responsible person, and as a role model for younger students,” DeGuerrera said. “She has a strong presence, and as an outside observer, she has really molded herself into an ideal Exonian. She has shown everyone what is possible here at Exeter, and it seems as if Alice has gotten a lot out of her Exeter education, whether that be socially, academically, or through her extracurriculars.” This respect students feel for Ju has been bred by her actions. She has worked hard to make changes for the student body, with a touch of her personality included. “I ran for lower rep because I really thought that as a rep, I should be doing what the students wanted me to do, and during that time, everyone told me that they just wanted free candy, essentially,” Ju said. to the students, and they want certain things: events, better dining hall food, etc.” Ju said. “Since I became secretary, I've concentrated on getting those things, even the smallest things. I don't believe that StuCo should shy away from pursuing anything if the students think that it is right just because it is want to run council.”
Senior of the Year|Nikhil Raman
Breaking the Surface By PHILIP KUHN and TOMMY SONG
ikhil Raman is one of the most admired and respected students on campus. He has explored many different facets of activities at Exeter and has taken advantage of every opportunity thrown his way. This determination and love for what he does has stuck with Raman since his prep year. "Prep and even lower year I was pretty antisocial to be honest. I was the kind of guy who didn't leave the dorm much, head in his books a lot. Not really because I was worried too much about grades, but just because I loved learning,” Raman said. “I soaked it all in, everything I was learning, and the grades sort of came with it as I found myself absorbed in the subject matter of all of my classes." Although Raman is more concerned with learning than with his grades, he still managed to place in the top 5 percent of his class, earning early cum laude. "I'm really proud of getting early cum laude," Raman explained. "I don't think grades mean anything in terms of a person's intelligence or academic achievement, but looking back on it I was surprised by the fact that I did receive the honor and I'm happy that my passion for learning managed to bring that honor as a byproduct." What's even more impressive about Raman's accomplishment of early cum laude is that he earned it while taking many advanced classes such as AP physics his upper year, which he then followed up by studying physics abroad at a university in Japan. And this fall and winter, Raman took a creative Connor Bloom/The Exonian writing class, taught by his advisor and English SeniorNikhil Raman enjoys spending his time playing guiinstructor Matthew Miller. tar and talking with friends in Main Street Dorm. “He is a great student,” Miller said. “He is a wonderful writer and a deep thinker about words all ready for each game.” and the way they can make and break the world. He Apart from his leadership, Frederic Brussel, the is one of the best students I have worked with at any boy’s varsity squash coach, commented on Raman’s level.” Miller continued and explained that in every class dedication to the sport. “Nikhil works very hard to master whatever he is Raman created an affable and understanding atmolearning and along the way he helps others to apprecisphere around the table. ate it,” Brussel said. “He is a great squash player, who “Nikhil cares about what his peers write and takes works hard to improve and help those that are on the care with helping them with their work,” Miller said. team to become better. He understands that the team “That care is reciprocated as they also care about him is as good as the lowest player.” While it’s already hard for students to excel in He cares about words. He knows they matter.” both academics and athletics, Raman manages to be Along with academics, athletics is another area actively involved in music as well. He is a member in which Raman excels. He is the captain of both the of the Exeteras and his love of guitar is well known. boys’ varsity tennis team and the boys’ varsity squash According to senior Joohwan Kim, Raman was not team. originally a great singer, but quickly began to master Regarding Raman’s guidance and leadership as this art when he decided to try out for the Exeteras. captain, prep Darius Kahan noted Raman’s enthusi“Nikhil learns unbelievably quickly,” Kim exasm that prepared the team for every matches. plained. “If he wants to be able to do something, he “Nikhil was always enthusiastic during the will pursue it endlessly. Last January he was what squash season and kept the squash team’s morale up most would consider a not very good singer. In fact, and ready for match play,” Kahan said. “He was a valuable asset to the team and made sure that we were I'd say he was quite below average. He wasn't re-
ally hitting notes and was off pitch. But by spring he sounded above average. By fall, he was good enough to be a unanimous pick as a new member of Exeteras.” Singing is not the only area where Kim has seen major growth in Raman. Over his time at Exeter, Raman has become much more socially active and willing to share his talents with others. “Lower year, outside of the dorm and his sports teams, no one really knew who Nikhil was,” Kim said. “He admits it himself. He never came out with his guitar playing, which he was not as diligent about until his upper year. I didn't really know him or even talk to him my lower year.” “But he's come out of his shell and the school “I've made a great friend, if the word great even does justice. He's very open now and he plays his guitar in public as much as he can. He told me he was going to go busking during break. Very few people have the audacity and courage to do that. People know him everywhere on campus, hence why he's senior of the year. He's admired for being the guy who did well academically and socially and in athletics without compromising his love for Exeter or his dignity.” Dorm life has helped spark the growth seen in Raman and has served as a community that he can always look to for help. And this year as a proctor in Main Street, Raman has had the opportunity to return this favor to others. “I think my most memorable experience in Exeter of course,” Raman said. “We've been such a tight knit dorm for the past four years, probably one of the most tight knit, if not the most. It's been so much fun in the spring, and I always know I have someone to talk to in Main Street when I need someone to rant to.” Raman’s musical performances and joyful personality will surely be missed at Exeter. Raman is certain Exeter will be hard to move away from and is grateful for all the school has given him. “I don't know what I'm going to do when this spring term comes to an end,” Raman said. “After enjoying my time here in the past four years, I can't imagine moving on from here. There are so many teachers, peers, friends, new parts of family that I can't thank enough and that I will miss so much when graduation comes.” “This place is truly a place where students can friend, Connor Soltas, Class of 2013, once told me to say yes and when to say no.’ I think that idea is too often taken for granted and that really Exeter gives a we love and what we hate.”
SUNDAY, JUNE 8, 2014
ART ACHIEVEMENTS By PHILIP KUHN and TOMMY SONG Staff Writers
rom the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire, to handmade mugs that support sustainability in the Academy’s Grill, the Academy community witnessed another academic year full of achievements in the arts. This year, Exeter’s visual arts students received 37 Regional Scholastic Art Awards and eight students won National Art Awards. Art instructor Rebecca Barsi said that she, along with fellow art instructor Carla Collins and Chair of the Art Department Tara Misenheimer, received the National Scholastic Art Teacher Recognition Awards. She also added that she received the Alumni Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching from her undergraduate institution, SUNY New Paltz. Barsi, however, emphasized that student accomplishments are what makes Exeter’s Art Department special. She commented on the variety of student artists’ talents and noted the students who are admired each year by the instructors and the community. “Each year there are always several students who stand out for their dedication to art making. Each of these students have their own unique process for the media in which they work, and their talents have been admired by the peers in the Exeter community,” Barsi said. One of the select groups of student artists who have gained the community’s admiration and recognition are students who took the course Art 444, an advanced visual art course that concludes each term with a showcase of student artists’ works. Senior Katie McCarthy, who took two Art 444 courses during her post-graduate year explained that she created several pieces, which quickly became well known across campus. She noted that during her fall term Art 444, two paintings she created titled, The Boat Shoe and The Tie Guys, were sent to the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire. “I put a lot of hard work into the boat shoe and the two guys wearing a shirt and tie and I was happy with the way they turned out,” McCarthy said. “They go together cohesively and have a set theme of the dress code here.” From photography of small towns in Amer-
ica by senior Stefan Kholi to fellow senior Leah Sparks’ portrait of two Boston Bruins ice hockey players, students showcased a myriad of artwork, all of which impressed many members of the Academy community. Some students who are actively involved in the arts won several awards, including the Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire. Upper Brooks Saltonstall, for example, won the Gold Key award, the highest honor given from Scholastic Art Awards of New Hampshire’s award program. Saltonstall, who took ceramics this year, reflected upon how he sent his works for the awards program. “I was really happy with how [my pots] came out, and I was eventually approached by Mrs. Collins who told me that she was going to submit them as a whole to the Scholastic Art Awards. So she did. I signed a piece of paper and she sent of the pictures. I was really nervous because the art that they show in their website is some truly intense and phenomenal stuff so I didn't think that my art would be good enough at all,” Saltonstall said. To Saltonstall’s surprise, he received the Gold Key award, along with many other students in the department who received the Gold Key award in various areas of visual arts. Apart from awards, other individual students gained recognition through their projects. Upper Metincan Suran, who is from Turkey, especially earned reverence from the Academy community when Syrian refugees’ children’s artwork he collected from refugee camps in Turkey were showcased in the Lamont Gallery. His work, titled “I Drew My Family,” spread awareness of the Syrian conflict and the agony in which Syrian families are experiencing. While individual accomplishments, like Suran’s, caught many Academy community members’ attention and earned their respect, several groups of students’ projects also gained recognition by bringing change to the Academy’s campus. For example, The Empowering Portrait project, done by art instructor Steven Lewis’ Advanced Photography class during winter
term, featured portraits of staff members who serve the Academy community everyday. “[Students] made black and white studio portraits of PEA staff. The person that they chose to photograph was their own choice. We then used the Art Department's large format printer to enlarge the images up to 40 X 60 inches,” Lewis said. “Ms. Scanlon, the Academy librarian, enthusiastically allowed us to hang the twelve portraits in the library atrium. A lot of people saw the portraits and found them to be really significant. It was a great experience for the staff that were photographed, for the students that made the photographs and for the people who saw the exhibit,” he added. Other notable projects were done by the Academy’s Ceramics Department. Their first major project, the Empty Bowls project, which was created by The Imagine Render Group, occurred at the beginning of the year, when craftspeople, instructors and students within the Academy community created handcrafted bowls for sale. The money raised was donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity across the globe. The second project took place this spring term, when ceramics classes cooperated with the Academy’s Grill to replace paper cups with handmade mugs. “Grill wanted some way to make people use mugs instead of buying the paper cups to be more eco-friendly. Ms. Collins collaborated with Grill to figure this out, and so they came up with the idea to collaborate with the Ceramics Department to make the mugs,” upper Kimberly Dawes, who participated in the project, said. The mugs, created by students taking the ceramics course, are currently located next to the coffee machines and are used by members of the Academy community everyday. Regarding the project and its results, Dawes shared her experience participating and her opinions of the outcome. “I enjoyed the project a lot, even though it was sad to leave the mugs I created in Grill, I definitely thought the project was a success,” Dawes said. “I saw someone using my cup in grill, and I got so excited.”
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Thai Scholar|Jirawat “Jerry” Anunrojwong
Thai Wonder By MATT KIM and SAM TAN Staff Writers
erry Anunrojwong, a pleasant, respectful, collegial, responsible and highly conscientious young man, as History instructor Kwasi Boadi put it, is one of the two Thai scholars who studied at the Academy this academic year. As an academic, Anunrojwong has much to boast about. After being selected as a King’s Scholar, one of only nine students selected country-wide, Anunrojwong chose to attend Exeter as a post-graduate. After arriving at Exeter, Anunrojwong quickly found his place in the Exeter community. Many teachers noted his work ethic and consistent academic achievement. Boadi commended Anunrojwong’s contributions to the classroom. “What easily stood him out in the class is the depth and breadth of his analytical skills. No contradiction, nuance, nor paradox escaped Jerry.” Teachers also noticed Anunrojwong’s creativity and attention to detail when it came to problem-solving. “He thinks on several different levels and is always concerned not just about a result being correct but also about the best way to present it,” Jeff Ibbotson, mathematics instructor, said. “His work sparkles with an elegant creativity. His inquisitiveness seems to know no bounds.” When asked what his favorite subject was, Anunrojso passionate. “I am most interested in mathematics because mathematics is an exemplary instance of human imagination and interconnectedness of knowledge,” Anunrojwong said. “In math I am free to play by the rules, and I can invent anything I want.” Anunrojwong’s interest and knowledge of mathematics were shown last summer when he participated in the International Math Olympiad (IMO) at Bogota, Colombia, and received a gold medal. However, Anunrojwong mentioned that awards mean little to him, as contributions to the community mean more to him. “I don't think there is any particular award that I would like you to mention in the article. I am not especially concerned about awards, anyway,” Anunrojwong said. “I am more concerned about what I can do to improve myself and help people I work with/ contribute to the communities I am in.” Furthermore, Anunrojwong refuses to dwell on whatever emotions that may come from his accomplishments, as he prefers to begin anew after achieving something. “I will keep my joy and happiness for accomplishing something for only a certain amount of time and then start again, tucking away that accomplishment in the deepest recesses of my mind. The same thing applies for disappointment and distress.” Anunrojwong, along with his impressive mathematics credentials, is also an active member in the Academy’s
at Worcester Academy is something that he chooses to mention to embody his time at Exeter. “My experience attending the Worcester conference was a very emotional one. I never experienced a lot of politicking, dog-eat-dog domination that goes along with ‘intellectual’ discussions like that before and, since I didn't expect it, I was seriously affected by it.” Anunrojwong mentioned that, after starting to be more comfortable in Model U.N., he has developed as a person. “[Model U.N.] taught be to always stretch my limit and try new things and speak up. I met a lot of great people, ferocious in conferences but very nice in real life. It also Anunrojwong is also a member of Peer Tutoring, Environmental Action Commitee and the Praise Team. leadership within Browning Hall. His adviser, mathematics instructor Simon Spanier, applauded Anunrojwong’s willingness to become a leader when one was needed. “I was pleased that Jerry applied to be a proctor in our dorm with no returning seniors, and, after his candidacy attracted widespread support, he has exercised that role with insight, patience and dedication.” Lower Nicolas Coleman, a fellow resident of Browning
Senior Jirawat “Jerry” Anunrojwong has enjoyed his time as a proctor in Browning House.
Model U.N. club. In Thailand, Anunrojwong was an avid debate fan who didn’t have the chance to participate in debate competitions. After coming to Exeter, International Student Coordinator Christine Knapp recommended to Anunrojwong that he join Model U.N. After the co-heads gave Anunrojwong the chance to go to a conference at Worcester Academy, Anunrojwong felt that he had learned a lot from the experience. After spending many days and nights before the “role call” and “unmoderated caucus,” among others, Anunrojwong attended the conference relatively unprepared. “At the conference day, as expected, I was very condoing a very good job. At the time I was very disappointed with myself and I almost decided to give up.” Soon after, Anunrojwong felt inspired to build upon this experience, and thus began attending school conferences and practice sessions. Through perseverance, Anunrojwong’s experience with Model U.N. gradually improved. For a reason unknown to Anunrojwong, the experience
“I would describe him as a very nice and friendly person. He always seems happy and greets people with a smile and a wave while passing by,” Coleman said. “Either way, I admire the courage it must've taken to come all the way from Thailand to attend Exeter for only a year.” Other students at the Academy also appreciate Anunrojwong’s joyful and intellectual personality. “It's just interesting that when we sit together we can always talk about some sciency stuff and there are just so I admire about Jerry the most,” upper Andy Wei said. Physics class, also observed the work ethic of Anunrojwong. “He's very inquisitive. More than once he's stayed after AP physics to ask Mr. Saltman about things he had on his mind.” Similarly, senior Leigh Marie Braswell praised Jerry’s love of learning. “Jerry is extremely inquisitive, motivated, and knowledgeable. One minute he'll be giving us historical context on the topic we are learning, and the next he'll be putting up a complex proof on the board. His love of the subject material and his constant smile are contagious.” To sum it all up, it seems Anunrojwong is an avid learner and student, as well as an always-happy personality on campus. Many from Exeter believe that Anunrojwong will have an academically prosperous future after Exeter. “Jerry is imbued with a deep sense of purpose that should carry him far on whatever academic career he pursues beyond Exeter,” Boadi said.
Thai Scholar|Nat Sothanaphan
Bangkok Boy By MATT KIM and SAM TAN
oming from Bangkok, Thailand, one might expect senior Nat Sothanaphan to be the kind of international student that struggles with American culture. That would be a mistake. Sothanaphan has been quick to adjust to the American lifestyle and has formed many a friendship among the Exeter community, all the while excelling at academics. Each year, Exeter embraces two Thai scholars who were top-ranked intellectuals from their respective high schools in Thailand. Each of the intellectuals take a government-run test to determine their academic aptitudes. After a rigorous selection process, only a handful are selected as the King Scholars. As one of the two Thai scholars that came this year, Sothanaphan has established himself as an intellectual powerhouse. Like all international students whose native tongue isn’t English, Sothanaphan initially had some trouble with life at Exeter. Modern languages instructor Mark Trafton, who is also a dorm faculty member of Dutch
of the year, Sothanaphan was able to overcome the challenge through his perseverance and diligence. One of Sothanaphan’s academic strengths is mathematics. Sothanaphan has done much to ex-
dorm. was learning a new culture and not completely comfortable with the English language, but also someone who was extremely intelligent, and Ida Piyale/The Exonian willing to learn, and very kind and considerate,” Senior Nat Sothanaphan has enjoyed his brief time at Trafton said. Exeter while adjusting to a new culture. Trafton noted the dramatic changes in Sothanaphan since the beginning of the year, especially with familiarity with the English language. American culture, he found Sothanaphan’s ability “As a language teacher, his comfort with colto adjust impressive. loquial English, I don’t have to think of the words “I feel like he came here willing to embrace I use anymore. Like ‘Have you been hanging out at other cultures apart from the one he was used to. That was a really admirable trait, because I know frisbee, are you getting psyched to play a game things that he wouldn’t get back in September. That’s one thing that I found remarkable,” he said. Fellow Dutch House senior Chinedum Egbosimba observed Sothanaphan’s assimilation into the dorm life. “He plays poker with the people in the dorm. At the start he wasn’t sure of himself but over time he’s come out more to join us and other dorm activities,” Egbosimba said. “He took up hockey last year. He had never played hockey before and he signed up for the club team, and Ms. Marshall, the dorm faculty, coaches club hockey.” Egsosimba is also an international student from
about getting used to the American culture, and he jumped right in,” he said. In class, Sothanaphan is regarded as an intelligent student with a passion to learn. “What stood him out in his class was his determination,” history instructor Kwasi Boadi said. Boadi continued about how Nat did not let his language barrier get in the way of his learning in class. “It was apparent early on that he was quite conscious of the challenge he faced in expressing was a challenge to Sothanaphan in the beginning
“I have been attending the Math Olympiad camp when I was in Thailand and went to the International Math Olympiad at Argentina,” he said. Sothanaphan managed to get a silver medal for Thailand at the competition, after many weeks of training and hard work. As part of the Academy’s math team, Sothanaphan participated in various competitions, with great success. “At Exeter, I participated in Math competitions such as AMC [American Mathematics Competition] which I got high enough score to go to the next round. I also got the Top 10 award in algebra in HMMT competition [Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament],” he said. Commonly seen in the Peer Tutoring room, Sothanaphan is regarded as an earnest and approachable tutor. “He is always smiling and I don't think I've ever seen him in a bad mood,” Peer Tutoring adviser Pamela Parris said. Parris also observed Sothanaphan’s improvement in the English language as part of the Transition to Harkness program and mentioned how he contributed to the peer tutoring program at Exeter. “In his shy way, he has helped as a peer tutor since he is approachable and low key. His English was, huge progress.” After one year at the Academy, Sothanaphan hopes to pursue his interests further in college. “I want to study math and comp sci further at college especially at MIT, which I just got accepted on March 14 this year.” Finding Sothanaphan’s traits admirable, Parris felt that he would do well after graduating. said. “He is a solid, motivated and utterly dependgo after it.” Trafton, who has had several Thai scholars in his dorm in past years, found Sothanaphan’s acculturation especially remarkable. “Nat has been in many ways for a role model to how to acculturate into a new place with new culture and new languages; a place with new customs. He’s done extremely well and I’m going to miss him,” he said.
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Someone You Should Know|Josh Camp Brown
A Southern Fellow By REX BONE, THOMAS CHOU and REX TERCEK Staff Writers
Bennett Fellow Josh Camp Brown wrote several
STUDY ABROAD By REX BONE and JACK HIRSCH Staff Writers
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