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No more daily subs Students to have directed studies in cafeteria
BEN PLOTKIN Without daily substitutes this year, all students must report to the cafeteria when their teachers call in absent, principal Jennifer Price said. Commenting on why students with canceled classes could not attend directed studies in classrooms instead of going to the cafeteria, Price said, “A lot of directed studies are already packed full, and to add in all those students whose teachers were absent would really change the dynamics of directed studies. “If we make this too complicated now, it’s not going to work. “Right now, students need to report to the cafeteria, and we’ll take it from there.” Currently, substitute coverage will be provided for long-term absences only, Price said. A long-term absence is 11 days or more, but Price said she is “negotiating with the Education Center to allow teachers taking ﬁve-to-11 day absences to receive classroom coverage. “Some teachers take trips during the course of the school year, and it’s not fair to cancel their classes, but it’s also not fair to tell them they can’t go,” Price said. Because voters did not override Proposition 2 1/2 last spring, the FY09 budget for the Newton school system was $159.2 million, $9 million short of what superintendent Jeffrey Young had originally requested. One of the results of that loss of funding at this school is the elimination of daily substitutes, Price said. “After the override failed, among the cuts we had to make were either losing two full-time teaching positions or eliminating the daily substitute program. “We chose the option that we thought would be less painful.” When teachers are absent, Price said, they should call an absence hotline and leave the following information: name, date of absence, what classes they teach, what blocks their classes meet and in what rooms. Based on this information, campus aides will work with housemasters to notify students of their teacher’s absence, and students will report to the cafeteria, where a campus aide will supervise, Price said. Under the Mass. Education Reform Act of 1993, all students must have 990 hours of structured learning time. “Because these are supervised directed studies, it is my assertion that they fall under the heading of the 990 rule,” Price said. “There’s no change in practice, only a change in location.” But Price said that classes will not meet during lunch blocks if teachers are out for a short term absence because the cafeteria will be in use. BY
Fixing schedules: Counselor Kyra Bateman helps freshman Richard Comstock ﬁx his schedule last Friday as freshmen Ryan Chan, Evan Harris, Justin Wu and Shahar Don wait their turn.
Teachers can use web for recommendations BEN PLOTKIN Teachers will have the option this year of using the Naviance web program to write and send college recommendations, said counseling department head Carol Kerrissey. “This is an option that is going to make your lives much easier,” Kerrissey said, addressing faculty at a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 3. Once students have provided teachers with the list of colleges to which they are applying, teachers can use Naviance to write a single BY
Custodial staff takes further cuts
BY MOLLY SILVERMAN Because of budget cuts, the number of custodians here has dropped over the summer from 13.5 to 13, principal Jennifer Price said. The custodial cuts are occurring in schools system-wide, she noted. “In the short term, the loss of custodians may not seem like much, but if you look at it over the long term, it’s having a dramatic Roxie Overaker Tim Keefe effect on the maintenance and infrastructure of not just this school, but the entire school system,” she said. When the current building opened, it had 22.5 custodians on its staff, Price said. Since then, that number has been consistently cut, she said. This school “is the same square footage as it used to be, but there are fewer and fewer people to maintain it,” senior custodian Tim Keefe said. With fewer custodial staff now available, Price emphasized the importance of students taking basic care of the school. “The bottom line is that the more people who pick up, the better,” she said.
recommendation, then send it to every college on a senior’s list, Kerrissey said. Students must give their teachers permission to send recommendations via Naviance, she said. Ben Plotkin Te a c h e r s Brad will be pro - MacGowan vided with a special e-mail address they can
use to access the Naviance server, said career center counselor Brad MacGowan. Currently, teachers will be able to send recommendations to about 800 schools, MacGowan said. The schools on the list are the ones past senior classes have commonly applied to, based on data from the records ofﬁce, he said. “One or two recommendations may need to be sent by snail mail, but in general, we feel we’ve done a good job of ensuring that those
schools that our students apply to are represented here,” he said. MacGowan said that teachers will still have the option of writing and sending recommendations by hand. “Naviance is really going to be a tremendous time-saver for all involved once it gets going,” he said. For the past year, Naviance has enabled students to enter college-related information, view past classes’ acceptance rates to particular colleges and compare that information with their own.
touring the “typical sights of Boston,” including the Museum of Science, the Aquarium, Harvard Square, Faneuil Hall and Copley Square, Mazzola said. Tuesday, students from both schools will go to New York City and return Thursday. Also, exchange students have visited this school during the
morning, Mazzola said. North students will travel to Florence in February, he said. “The main purpose of this exchange is for the 17 students from Florence to see our culture and learn the English language,” he said. The exchange dates from 1982.
Freshman orientation has three sessions
BY MATT KALISH Freshman orientation has three X-1 sessions in homerooms this fall, said history teacher Ty Vignone, coordinator of the program with Adams housemaster Jamie D’Orazio. There were ﬁve sessions last year. “Teachers and students said that having ﬁve sessions was interfering with their X-block commitments,” Vignone said. “Sessions this year include ice breakers on getting to know who’s who and a ‘Letter to Yourself’ activity,” Vignone said. Students also do a schoolwide scavenger hunt in locations including the house ofﬁce, the library, the principal’s ofﬁce, the computer lab and counselors’ ofﬁces. D’Orazio meets with one third of the freshman class each session, Vignone said.
Around the world
Florentines visit in exchange
MATT KALISH Students from Florence are getting to know the Boston area and are about to go to New York, said Emilio Mazzola, teacher of Italian. “Any time students go to a new country, it is very exciting,” Mazzola said. The group from the Liceo Antonio Gramsci has spent time BY
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In Zambia: Senior Erika Chow visits with children in Lusaka. See Around the World pages 11-13.
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Help keep school clean
ustodians work around the clock keeping the school clean so that everyone can learn in a good environment. And it’s not just the classrooms. Places where students hang out, like Main Street and the cafeteria, are equally important to the high school experience, so they need to be clean too. Students take for granted that there are custodians here to pick up after them. This school is 445,000 square feet, which is a lot of space to have to keep clean. When Newton North opened in 1973, it had a 22.5-member custodial staff to do just that. Although the size of the school hasn’t changed since then, the size of the custodial
Empathetic artwork WILL FEINSTEIN n front of a background of singed paper, a girl stands screaming with her hand clutching her forehead. The girl’s eyes tell us that she is exhausted and stressed out of her mind. Her puppy-dog slippers let us know that she is still a teen-ager. I have never seen something that so correctly captures the emotions of a junior going through one of the toughest times in this high school as I have in this piece on assistant principal Deborah Holman’s ofﬁce wall. A closer look at the background reveals that the carefully burned papers are pages from the artist’s junior thesis. The late nights, the isolation and the sheer volume of the exBY
column pected ﬁnal project rushed back into my mind as I looked at the picture. Madoka Fukai ’06 made the self-portrait as her ﬁnal senior art project. History teachers pooled money to buy the piece from the artist. Holman, also a history teacher, said she found the piece rolled up in the history ofﬁce and took it to hang in her new ofﬁce. Seeing this art in a teacher’s ofﬁce is reassuring. Students sometimes feel that teachers are out of touch with the way schoolwork affects their lives, but learning that the history department actually purchased the piece suggests that maybe teachers do understand.
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staff has. It’s now a 13-member staff. That means that on average, each custodian is responsible for cleaning about 38,000 square feet of the school. That’s an area that is ◆bigger than four baseball diamonds ◆more than eight NBA basketball courts ◆more than two Olympic sized pools. This already daunting cleaning task is made harder when people drop their trash all around the school. The year has just begun, and already students are getting sloppy. No one should take the custodians for granted. Their jobs just got bigger, and it’s only right for everyone to help them out.
‘Freakonomics’ seeks answers to odd questions I
MOLLY SILVERMAN n “Freakonomics,” Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner tell about two boys who got into Harvard, and they raise the question of how much parents actually matter in the college process. One boy, who is white, had well read parents who were active in school reform. His father often took him hiking. The other, who is black, had a mother who abandoned him when he was 2. He also watched his father knock out a woman’s teeth in a fight, and he began dealing drugs by the time he was 12. As it happens, the white graduate is Ted Kaczynski, who became the Unabomber and was responsible for a series of bombings from 1978 to 1995. The black graduate is Roland Fryer Jr., who became a Harvard economist and studies black underachievement. It just goes to show that personal background isn’t everything, according to Levitt, a University of Chicago economist, and Dubner, a New York Times Magazine writer. The school a student attends isn’t everything either, they say. Rather, the incentive to succeed, whether it comes from an indiBY
Senior art project: Madoka Fukai ’06 made this art to communicate her experience with her junior thesis.
vidual student or the parents, is what really matters. When “the dependability of data meets the randomness of life,” freaky things can happen, the book says. Writing about parenting and the achievement gap, a topic of special interest in this school, the authors cite an Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. The factors that correlate with test scores are ◆being adopted ◆having many books at home ◆highly educated parents ◆parents with high socioeconomic status ◆a mother who is 30 or older at the time of her first child’s birth ◆a low birth weight ◆parents who speak English at home ◆parents who are involved in the PTA. Among the factors that do not correlate with test scores, they say, are frequently watching television, often being read to and having attended Head Start. The authors also say that “black children who perform poorly in school do so not be-
cause they are black but because a black child is more likely to come from a low-income, loweducation household.” But there is more than discussion of the achievement gap in “Freakonomics.” The authors also challenge other conventional wisdom and come to a variety of surprising conclusions. For instance, the authors seek to uncover a similarity between schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers. They conclude that certain schoolteachers in Chicago and the sumo-elite in Japan both cheat, based on certain incentives. In fact, Levitt worked on a computer algorithim that helped the Chicago schools catch and ﬁre 12 teachers who had cheated. “Freakonomics” points out other odd relationships, including why drug dealers live with their mothers and how the Klu Klux Klan is similar to real estate agents. Another controversial topic in “Freakonomics” is a correlation between legalized abortion and a drop in crime. This book is a great read because it makes the reader think in unconventional ways. It brings up so much that is interesting that it’s hard to put down.
Conﬁdence, worries at the start WILL FEINSTEIN ome good omens, but some bad vibes too. Students in all four classes began the year last Thursday morning with some experiences that gave them conﬁdence and some that got them worried. For senior Michelle Caruso, coming into the building with three good friends was a comfort. “The thought of being a senior is bittersweet,” she said. “It is the end—and a new beginning.” Right back in his old homeroom, senior Sam Schauer took a look at his schedule and smiled. “‘Alright,’ I thought to myself,’” he said. “‘Maybe this year won’t be so bad after all.’ “I saw that I got all the teachers I thought I would.” A junior, Josh Bakan, said that when he walked into his second class he got homework that “looked really hard.” Sophomores don’t usually get lost in this building, but actually there are some who do, sophoBY
viewpoints more Kate Lewis said. “I had passed room 101 at least 10 times as a freshman,” she said. “Why is it so hard to ﬁnd now? “Room 103, 104, then 115. Who numbered these rooms, anyway?” For one freshman, Peter Szabó, it came as a surprise that finding his way to homeroom was “an effortless task, which helped relieve the worries about the labyrinth-like ﬂoor plan of this building.”
Freshman Gina May said she hopes she will put her concerns and worries in balance, and freshman Meredith Abrams said that although the ﬁrst day at a new school is “generally dreaded,” she appreciated math teacher Dennis Klem explaining his expectations and ending the ﬁrst class by shaking hands with each student. Another freshman, Kellynette Gomez, said she began to feel better about this place “because we are getting to meet new people by going to our classes. People here are so nice and friendly.”
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Colors in new school from core values panels BEN PLOTKIN Faculty got a chance to look at interior plans for the new high school last week. Steve Wychorski of Dore & Whittier, the project architect of record, showed renderings of the new Main Street and other interior sections of the building. Wychorski said Main Street will have “a simple black line running throughout, which will really give a sense of there being one continuous path moving through the school.” Also, he said, Main Street will feature the colors of the core values panels that hang on the current building’s Lowell Avenue side. The central black line “will contrast strongly with the otherwise muted tones of the main corridor” and increase the “sense of streamlining,” Wychorski said. The core values panels will be on display inside the new building, he said. Parent Susy Pilgrim Waters and Emma Vesey received the commission for the murals in September, 2001. Wychorski also showed renderings of the cafeteria, where he highlighted the openness of the space, and of the theatre. “The new theatre is intended to be a signiﬁcant improvement over the existing one,” he said. Heidi Black, director of high school construction and strategic planning, said teachers will work in clusters of countertop workspaces with storage above and below their desks. They will be assigned three to a workspace, with about 10 workspaces per cluster, she said. Red will be the clusters’ predominant color, Wychorski said.
into the new building.” In addition, he said, the city locked in a Guaranteed Maximum Price for the building August 11. The ﬁnal price for “hard costs” of the building is $162.8 million, Solomon said. “Hard costs refers to pure construction costs—how much we have to spend to actually put up the structure,” he said. The total Guaranteed Maximum Price for the project, which includes both construction costs and the “soft costs” of consulting, insurance and “anything not directly related to the construction of the facility itself,” is $195.2 million, Solomon said. He called the Guaranteed Maximum Price “good news for the city.” “It takes more than $2 million off the ﬁnal cost of the building, and it ends any uncertainty about the future of the new Newton North,” Solomon said.
Steelwork: Science teacher Matt Anderson looks out from the roof of the current building Wednesday, Sept. 3, as construction continues on the new high school. More than 2,000 pieces of structural steel are in place, according to city spokesman Jeremy Solomon ’88. mon said. In addition, the concrete foundation for the entire school is about 56 percent complete, and the foundation in the academic wing is 100 percent complete, he said. Flatwork—the concrete slabs that will make up the ﬂoors of the new building—began going up August 18 and is currently about
Construction work on schedule
With about 57 percent of structural steel in place, this part of the project is “solidly” on schedule, said city spokesman Jeremy Solomon ‘88 Monday. “The steel started going up in mid-May, and we expect to be done in mid-November,” Solo-
10 percent complete, Solomon said. During August, workers installed underground utilities for the new school in Elm Road, he said. “The installation of the underground utilities was big,” Solomon said. “We’re talking about what will eventually be all the wiring and all the pipelines going
Meanwhile, changes in the school’s current building include room relocations. The main counseling ofﬁce has moved to M-5, where the community education ofﬁce used to be. That ofﬁce has now moved to South, principal Jennifer Price said. Assistant principal Richard Ballou has also moved to Main Street near Beals. In addition, Price said, the school has set up student-accessible WiFi in the cafeteria. “Last year, once of the big complaints we got from students was that there was this wireless network that was available, but only for teachers,” she said. “The addition of the cafeteria hotspot aims to address that.”
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Students from both high schools collaborated in productions this year through Newton Summer Stage, a program the schools established in 2001.
‘A Few Good Men’ a dramatic look at a Marine trial review MAALIKA BANERJEE n a gripping, realistic show that felt relevant to the audience, characters fought for their sense of morality in “A Few Good Men.” Aaron Sorkin’s play went on stage under the direction of Ahmad Maksoud ’05 in Van Seasholes Theatre July 9 to July 12. The play tells the story of a trial in Guantanamo Bay concerning two Marines, Lance Cpl. Harold Dawson and Pfc. Louden Downey, who are accused of murdering another Marine in their unit. Lt. Cmdr. JoAnne Galloway, a determined investigator; Lt. j.g. Daniel Kaffee, an inexperienced Navy lawyer who lives in the shadow of his esteemed father; and Lt. j.g. Sam Weinberg, Kaffee’s partner are the main characters. From the minute Galloway and Kaffee meet, tension sufaces. She wishes to take on the case, but he has already been assigned to lead the defense. Sophomore Mercer Gary portrayed Galloway as an aggressive and determined lawyer. She thinks Kaffee is unﬁt to take on the case since he does not care about the clients. Greg Barrett, South ’08, playing Kaffee, portrayed him as laid back and fun-loving, never taking his job seriously. But the two grow to understand that they need each other to win the case. Josh Laredo ’08 portrayed Weimberg as a compassionate man who is often overlooked. At ﬁrst the lawyers have trouble getting the evidence they need from Dawson and Downey. As Dawson, South senior Max Pava portrayed a commanding character. Dawson would rather spend years in prison than bring
shame on the Marine Corps with a plea bargain. Playing Downey, junior Luke Gitzen portrayed his character as simple-minded and naïve. The two Marines say they ambushed another member of their unit, Pfc. William Santiago, because they were given the order of a “code red,” an unwritten code that entails a disciplinary action carried out by the rest of the unit when a Marine falls out of line. Galloway and Kaffee discover that a senior officer, Lt. Jonathan Kendrick, told Dawson and Downey to deal with Santiago because he was not able to keep up during runs. Also, after Santiago was found dead—gagged with a cloth and tied up—Lt. Col. Nathan Jessep forced the doctor to change the cause of death so the order of a “code red” could not be traced back to the senior ofﬁcers. As Jessep, who ﬁnally admits to ordering the “code red,” Blake Rosenbaum ’08 was intimidating and gruff. Costumes by senior Ashley Young intensiﬁed the show’s realism. Kaffee wore a sharp-looking uniform with gold buttons and stripes on the arm, lending a professional air. Furthermore, the Marines wore camouﬂaged outfits and their heads were shaved. The set by South technical director Ryan DuBray mirrored the ﬁerce sense of honor and patriotism of the Marines. A large U.S. ﬂag hung above a metal fence in the back. By delving into the different characters’ attitudes and outlooks, the story blurred the stark boundaries between right and wrong, forcing the audience members to question the matters at hand.
MAALIKA BANERJEE ith admirable characterizations, tender songs and upbeat music, “The Spitﬁre Grill” brought the warm story of a small town alive. Under the direction of Daniel Rakowski ’03, the production went up in the Lab Theatre, a theatre in the round, July 10 to July 13. Based on Lee David Zlotoff’s play with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, the action focuses on Percy, a young woman who brings new life to the town of Gilead. In the opening scene, Percy kneels on the ground in semidarkness as she sings of her suffering. In shapeless, gray clothing, Lauren Lietzke ’08, playing Percy, was sorrowful as she sang the ﬁrst notes of “A Ring Around
the Moon” about her time in jail. But a glimmer of hope seemed to enter her voice as she spoke of her future in Gilead. Lietzke delivered a powerful portrayal of a woman hardened by jail, but who still harbors tenderness in her heart. Upon Percy’s arrival, Joe, the sheriff, helps her get a job at the Spitﬁre Grill. Hannah, the owner, eventually allows Percy to work as a waitress. When the rest of the town hears about Percy in “Something’s Cooking at the Spitﬁre Grill” sung by Effy, Joe and Caleb, most of them are disapproving. As Effy, Jessica Johnstone South ’08 portrayed her character as a gossiping busybody and as Caleb, Alik Kogan South ’08 portrayed Caleb as demanding and bitter. Natalie Bader ’08 played a kind and timid Shelby, who
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“Facade:” Citizens of London sing about the hardships of daily life.
Music enhances tale of horror
Gripping, gritty version of Jekyll and Hyde story ANDREW STANKO ekyll and Hyde the Musical” presented a dark, gritty version of 1970s London in this musical adaptation of the famous story by Robert Louis Stevenson. With a cast of 48, the show went on stage here July 30 to August 2. It focused on the duality of the human soul in the classic tale of a scientist trying to defeat his alter-ego, a manifestation of evil in human nature. Junior Ryan Vona starred as Dr. Henry Jekyll, a man trying desperately to ﬁnd a cure for his comatose father who resides in a mental institution. In his experiments, he unwittingly releases a second personality that takes over his body at night. It’s the infamous Edward Hyde, who starts to create mayhem in the dingy London streets. As Jekyll, Vona brought across a sense of reason and innocence. He gave an authentic performance of a man who, although seemingly in over his head, ﬁghts relentlessly for good and for logic. A man of virtue, he leads a secret crusade in his laboratory to destroy the malevolent Hyde. As Jekyll’s work begins to separate him from the outside world, Vona poured emotion into his role as a good doctor distressed by the toll of his labor but unable to stop because of the need to correct the evil that has sprung from his earlier work. As soon as Hyde is liberated, he begins taking revenge on Jekyll’s colleagues, who previously obstructed his scientiﬁc experiments. Dressed in black, he takes to the city of London to create chaos. South senior David Broyles masterfully played a vicious Edward Hyde. With a booming voice BY
review and ﬂuid movements, he brought a smoothness and cruelty to the wild character. Broyles’ Hyde was much larger than Jekyll, and rather than battling for decency, he aims to ﬁght the corrupted controlling system with maniacal violence. He takes one step too far when he murders a prostitute named Lucy Harris, played by sophomore Kelly McIntyre, who had struck up a friendship with Jekyll. The story’s climax features a ﬁnal battle between the two personalities. Singing “Confrontation,” Jekyll and Hyde face off in the laboratory, throwing each other around the room. In the show by Steve Cuden and Frank Woldhorn, the citizens of London hold the same view of society and its evils as Hyde does. In the streets they dress as anarchist punks to contrast with the establishment and sing about hardships in daily life, a lack of trust in others and the need to put up a façade to fool others on a day-to-day basis. Katerine Whistler South ’08 was in charge of costume design and dressed all the actors perfectly to match thir roles. The set by Kyle Siegel ’08 created a dark and sinister environment—from a shady pub to the gloomy streets to a laboratory adorned with vials and beakers ﬁlled with colorful liquids. Black and red showed up often, especially during murders. Jekyll and Hyde was a forceful, imaginative production that touched on the evils of society and the evils within each of us that can awaken unexpectedly.
‘Spitﬁre’ a poignant musical about community ties review BY
quietly accepts her husband’s demands but gains conﬁdence from Percy. Playing Hannah, junior Hayley Travers delivered a gruff portrayal as she seemed to brood on happier days. When Hannah has an accident, leaving the grill to Percy to handle, Shelby comes to help cook. After learning that the grill reminds Hannah of better times when her son Eli was alive and that she has been trying to sell it, Percy suggests a contest to rafﬂe the place off. Though it seems like a crazy idea, Hannah warms up to it. In “The Colors of Paradise,” the most compelling song of the show, Shelby and Percy describe the wonders of Gilead for the ad they will place for the rafﬂe. Bader’s sweet voice and Lietzke’s
conﬁdently strong voice soared in hauntingly beautiful harmonies. As Joe, who loves Percy from a distance, senior South David Broyles portrayed his character as kind and understanding. At one point, he tries to ask Percy to marry him, but she rejects him since she thinks he deserves someone better. Percy then reveals to Shelby why she went to jail, saying she killed her stepfather after he got her pregnant and then caused the baby’s death by beating her. In “Wild Bird,” a particularly tender song, Shelby soothes her friend. A wailing violin and the soft chords of the guitar and piano perfectly complemented the sweetness of Bader’s voice. Hannah then reveals that her son Eli was not killed in war but instead deserted and has lived a hidden life ever since. From that point, Percy con-
vinces Hannah that she needs to get her son back, and singing “Way Back Home” Travers conveyed the tumult of emotions that overtake her character. Finally, Eli returns and they embrace, together again at last. The music, set and costumes contributed to the homey, rustic atmosphere of a tight-knit community. A ﬁve-piece band led by Chanee Park ’08 presented the graceful music in its soft folk style. The set by South technical director Ryan DuBray reﬂected the show’s honesty and simplicity. In the back was a vertical structure of rough wooden planks. Often, a counter would be wheeled in, topped with coffee cups and condiments, to transform the set into the grill. Costumes by senior Ashley Young enhanced the cozy feeling. This show, natural and honest, told a story that rang true.
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Getting acquainted with the school
Freshmen Amanda Lehman, Maggie Abed, Wainy Ngan and Danielle Campbell listen as senior Tory Kane points out the Barry house ofﬁce during a tour along Main Street opening day, Thursday, Sept. 4.
As year begins, speakers welcome staff M
MATT KALISH ayor David Cohen said one consistent message he has received over the years from young people in the city—including his own children, who attended Memorial Spaulding—is that they have had excellent teachers. “At the beginning of every school year, the one thing my kids would say was, ‘I hope my teacher is as good as last ﬁle photo year’s,’” he reDavid called. Cohen Cohen and three other Newton ofﬁcials welcomed faculty and staff to a new school year at Newton South’s ﬁeld house Tuesday, Sept. 2. Excerpts of their remarks appear in this story. “When walking my dog during this time of year, I start to think about snow removal,” Cohen said. “During a big storm, the most important people in Newton are the plow drivers, and as a thank you I personally serve breakfast to them. “Then I thought about the teachers here and realized I’d better shut my mouth or I’ll owe breakfast to all the teachers in Newton. “To the students and parents in Newton, the teachers are the most important people in the city every school day of the year. Students are ﬁlled with anticipation at the beginning of each new year. “We have some of the best teachers in the world here, and I thank you for that.” Cheryl Turgel, president of the Newton Teachers Association, predicted “a challenging year for each one of us.” “We are facing some very critical political decisions,” Turgel said. “Certainly the person who is elected to be ﬁle photo our new presiCheryl dent will have a Turgel profound effect on the future of public education in this country, this state and even in this community. “We must have someone in the White House who believes that major changes in education need to be made, and that resources need to be made available for those changes. So I will ask you to remain acutely aware BY
of the candidates’ positions and to be sure to get out and vote in November.” In addition, Turgel spoke about ballot Question 1, which could abolish the state income tax. Public education is one of the biggest line items in the state budget, so it would stand to be one of the biggest losers, she said. “If this were to pass, the tight budgets under which we have been struggling will look like they were very generous,” Turgel said. “This year, with all the rising costs in gas prices, food, clothing and heating along with the shaky economy, there is a fear that even our usual supporters are more frustrated and will enter the voting booth, close their eyes and vote ‘Yes.’” Turgel also noted that the teachers’ contract expires August 31. She said the elected members of the NTA’s Negotiations Committee have agreed to take on a “huge task in an extremely difﬁcult economic environment.” “We are conﬁdent that with the willingness of the School Committee to do right by its employees, we will be able to reach an acceptable agreement once again.” Dori Zaleznik, School Committee chair, said that Newton values education highly and demands the best for its students, but it faces major ﬁnancial constraints.
“One message I took from the failed override last spring was that the majority of those who voted believe the school department should live within its means,” she said, referring to the special election in which voters rejected an override to Proposition 2½. The schools are trying to get by this year by “doing without a number of teachers, aides, administrators, elementary school social workers, high school substitutes and custodians among other personnel,” Zaleznik said. “Even before school begins, we also have heard from panicked parents who are concerned that their children will not have a successful school year with the increase in class sizes.” Zaleznik ﬁle photo a l s o spoke Dori about the Zaleznik school system’s strategic planning process. “This is our chance to dream about what our educational system should look like and envision short- and longer-term goals to accomplish an important overhaul of the system that has served us well but may not be able to equip our students adequately for the future,” she said. “I hope you all will become involved in this effort. This is our chance to control where the Newton Public Schools heads
rather than being buffeted by yearly budgets. “Let’s engage, renew and ﬁght hard for what our school system and students need.” Superintendent Jeff Young said there is “almost a love-hate relationship between the general citizenry and the country’s public schools.” “In Newton and across the country, people debate the mission of public education and the quality of schools,” he said. “While in general the public believes that this America’s schools could be better, survey after survey shows that when parents are asked to comment about their own local school, they are more than satisﬁed. “This paradoxical stance— that public education needs to be fixed, except for my own child’s school system—typiﬁes the strong emotions adults feel when they are talking about their children. “But it does not end there. The forces that will affect schools this year and beyond are numerous and varied.” Forces Young cited are “◆uncertainty in the economy “◆persistent achievement gaps “◆increasing health care costs “◆increasing energy costs “◆demographic trends including ELL “◆teacher and administrator retention “◆special education programs
and costs “◆possibility of state income tax being eliminated “◆local debates on education policy “◆Gov. Patrick’s Readiness Project “◆impact of technology “◆administrative and regulatory requirements “◆impact of the No Child Left Behind Act “◆globalization.” “We will navigate our way through this maze of pressures and inﬂuences by following the good old advice of Socrates: Know thyself,” Young said. “As a school system, we are going to follow our internal compass and be true to our values. “Our primary strength comes from Newton’s faculty and staff. Because I believe that so deeply, I am making it my personal goal this year ﬁle photo to spend even Jeff more time in Young the schools, beyond the usual walk-through visits I’ve done for the past 10 years. “I want to talk and listen to you this year about the privilege and the price of being a teacher. “In Newton, we believe in excellence in all the work we do with students, academically and interpersonally.”
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In the sun: EDCO interpreters Melissa Phair and Marcia Gardiner, EDCO counselor Andrea Koenig and EDCO interpreters Jennifer Garny, Megan Silvia and Cherly Etoniru chat together outside the school during a cookout principal Jennifer Price and the custodians hosted Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Deborah Holman new assistant principal A
CHLOE JUDELL-HALFPENNY ssistant principal Deborah Holman said that part of her role this year is to redeﬁne her job. “A piece of the job is opening up to change this year,” she said. “It involves operations and business management, but it may grow into more.” She said that she accepted the job in order to get a new view of the high school. “I wanted a change,” she said. “I had taught for 10 years and didn’t want to completely leave teaching. I still have one class, but now I can serve at an allschool level.” H ol m a n g r e w u p i n D e s Moines, Iowa, where she graduated from Dowling Catholic High BY
in 1985. She earned her bachelor ’s in history and studio art from Wellesley in 1989 and taught at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia in 1991 through 1994. From 1995 to 1996, she took a hiatus from teaching to “dabble in political journalism,” serving as a clerk for a representative at the Iowa House of Representatives. “I was his right-hand woman, but I didn’t have much to do,” she said. “I saw the political process and watched interesting debates, including some on restrictions on abortions and allowing the death penalty. “But I was often angry that I couldn’t speak while I was
listening on the house floor. I began writing commentaries on the issues and sent them to local newspapers.” Holman said that she considered accepting a position at a small newspaper but sought to escape the “small-town Iowa” environment. She said that soon thereafter she applied to law school, but in the days after receiving her acceptance, she decided not to go. “I knew what I wanted to do was get back into the high school classroom and teach,” she said. She began her career here in 1996 teaching U.S. and World History, and earned her master’s in history from Boston College in 2000. From 2003 to 2006, she also
served as the project coordinator at the head of the Smaller Learning Communities grant, which was federally funded for both Newton high schools. She took a leave of absence from 2006 to 2007, opting to teach in Thailand at the International School of Bangkok. “It was Will Feinstein my 10th year Deborah teaching here, Holman and I needed a break,” she said. “I took a completely different route. I had students who were North American, European
and Thai.” Now, she said, her responsibilities range from administering MCAS to ensuring the phone system functions, to overseeing which classrooms teachers use. The job, however, may come with surprises, Holman said. “You come in thinking you’ll be able to get your to-do list done, but eventually people come and events arise that need your response,” she said. For now, she said that she aims “to learn the nuts and bolts of the position, and balance that with both getting everything done and being available and accessible.” Holman takes over from Susan Ostrer, who retired in June after working here since 1992.
Todd Young becomes chair of ﬁne arts department
MAALIKA BANERJEE odd Young, the new ﬁne arts department head, said he wants to be the best advocate for the arts that he can be. He said he’ll try to make sure people “inside and outside the building know about what’s happening here, whether it concerns the performing arts or the visual arts.” Young, who was the K-12 coordinator of performing arts for the Canton Public Schools, said coming to Newton North is a “phenomenal opportunity.” “In fact, it feels like a college, which is very appealing,” he said. “Whether it’s the facilities or the breadth of opportunities, something serious is going on here.” Young grew up in Needham and graduated from Needham High in 1990. At Berklee College of Music, he majored in ﬁlm scoring and music education and earned a bachelor’s in music in 1997. In 2001, he earned a master’s in sacred music from Boston University. There, he said, he started working in church music and choral conducting. Young started his teaching career in 2002 at Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury where he taught general music classes, Jazz Band BY
Behind the caf: New English teacher Kate Shaughnessy and history teacher Jim Morrison attend the cookout.
and chorus. A year later, he was the band director at Pollard Middle School in Needham. Principal Jennifer Price said the school is “very fortunate” to have Young on the staff. “He has extensive musical and administrative experience,” she said. “I am very excited about the energy he brings to the ﬁne arts department.” Price said she encouraged Young to attend parent coffees this summer so he could Roxie Overaker Todd Young meet parents and hear their thoughts about the music and arts programs at this school. “I hoped these coffees would begin the process of forging a strong support group within the community,” she said. According to Young, his responsibilities include teaching Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band, along with co-directing Jazz Ensemble with Casey Scheuerell. Young will also teach Musicianship and Electronic Music. He said he also plans to work with administrators in Newton’s
middle and elementary schools. “It’s important to me that we start working with the programs in these schools to make sure students have as many opportunities as possible, since they will be coming into the system here.” Young said he wants to support the visual arts as much as he can. “My job is to be an advocate for them, so I want to make sure people know about exhibitions,” Young said. He said his goal is for the arts program to provide the “very ﬁnest” so any student participating in the program is prepared for college-level classes. At the same time, the doors are open to any student, he said. “Whether a student has been in the Family Singers for four years or wants to try something out for the ﬁrst time, he or she should have that opportunity here,” Young said. “The arts should be as welcoming as possible and still provide plenty of room for competition. “It’s about balance. My belief is that a willing student can be taught.” Young takes over as ﬁne arts department head from Tom Leonard, who retired in June after 37 years in the Newton schools.
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Principal welcomes new faculty members CHLOE JUDELL-HALFPENNY BEN PLOTKIN Six new faculty join the Newton North community this year. Noting that the administration “stands ready to support” faculty and staff in all they do for this school and its students, principal Jennifer Price welcomed them last week. She also invited department heads to introduce individual teachers who are new to the school at an opening meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2.
terned at Brookline High last year. After Newton North, she graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s in journalism in 2007 and earned her master’s in teaching from Simmons in 2008. She has coached in the softball program here since 2006 and now coaches the freshman girls’ volleyball team.
Jim Morrison joins the faculty having ﬁlled in for Brian Goeselt, who chaperoned the group in Beijing last semester. Morrison has taught at Provincetown High for two years and at Oliver Ames for eight. He earned a bachelor ’s in history at Northeastern in 1996 and a master’s in education at Fitchburg State in 2002.
Career and tech.
Jim Gray takes over from retired drafting teacher Fred Therrien this year. Having served in the Air Force as a computer operator, Gray studied drafting technology at the Computer Processing Institute in 1990-91 and took courses at the Boston Architectural Center in 1994 and Microcad Training & Consulting in 2007. He was a teaching assistant at Wentworth Institute and a drafting instructor at the Learning Development Center in Somerville in 1992. His experience in the ﬁeld includes work as an AutoCAD operator and architectural drafter along with consultancies. Paul Wagner will teach automotive technology classes, taking over for Phil Rousseau. He graduated from U. Mass. Lowell, then the University of Lowell, in 1980 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. He earned his associate’s degree in automotive technology from the Franklin Institute in 1985. Wagner has worked at various General Motors dealerships for
In the cookout buffet line: Special education teacher Lindsey Pearlstein, cafeteria worker Fernando Lopez and special education teacher Erin Doyle stand in front of business teacher Bob Kane, math teacher Joe Siciliano and Linda O’Shea, a nurse. Faculty and staff had met that morning, Wednesday, Sept. 5, to get ready for students’ return the next day. the past 23 years and has played an advisory role in the workstudy program at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School.
Kyra Bateman comes from Andover High, where she served as a counselor from 2005 to 2008. In 2004, she interned here with Beth Swederskas.
Bateman graduated from Trinity in 1999 with a bachelor’s in sociology and earned her master’s in counseling psychology from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College in 2005.
year. In 2004, she earned her bachelor’s in Spanish and European studies from UCLA, where she also minored in English and was involved in nonﬁction publishing.
Mary Palisoul is teaching freshman and senior English classes, having student taught here with Neil Giordano last
In 2008, she earned her master’s in teaching at Boston University. Kate Shaughnessy ’03 in-
Tracy Stewart has taught mathematics at Day Middle School for 17 years. She earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in statistics and one in math education, from Boston University in 1991. She earned a master ’s in administrative technology from Boston College in 1998.
Tia Marola earned her bachelor’s in psychology from University of New Hampshire in 2004 and her master’s in special education at Simmons this year. She taught for ﬁve years at the New England Center for Children in Southborough. D IANA S ALVUCCI CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY.
Two new chairs for Scholarships Committee REBECCA HARRIS CHLOE JUDELL-HALFPENNY History teacher Albert Cho and school social worker Carol Evans and will chair the Scholarship Committee this year. As chairs, Evans said, she and Cho will match students with the scholarships that suit them best and create awareness of how the scholarships that exist. Retired English teacher Sheila Zolli, ﬁle photo who directed Albert Cho the program for 25 years, said the Scholarship Committee distributes about 200 local scholarships each year. “The committee gives out about $100,000 a year in local funding,” she said. “But there’s an additional $100,000 that comes from bank trust funds, businesses and the Chaffin Educational Fund. “It’s important that the chairs keep track of kids who apply,” she said. “When departments raise speciﬁc scholarships, the directors and the committee set them up and monitor them.” In addition, they work with the bursar to keep records of ﬁnances, and they track activity in the program’s account. Zolli said that Cho and Evans BY
will also take over leadership of the Newton chapter of Dollars for Scholars. “The program protects student scholarships,” she said. “It ensures that colleges can’t take away scholarships based on what we give them.” This role will also require them to disseminate information and advertise scholarships. Cho, who has taught here since 1998, earned a bachelor’s in political science in 1998 and a master’s in education from Tufts in 1999. In 2004, he did graduate work at the London School of Economics. Evans graduated from U. Mass. in 1983 with bachelor’s Newtonian degrees in Carol Evans American Studies and english. She earned her master’s in 1985 from Simmons. Before coming here, she worked in the child and adolescent department at Cambridge Hospital, now the Cambridge Health Alliance. Since she began working here in 1990, she has worked for New Start, “a self-contained alternative program for kids who were having trouble progressing toward graduation.”
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those who had suffered and died there. As we passed an entire room full of victims’ suitcases, I saw the last names of several of my friends, and I felt sick. The numbers of deaths that I’d read in my textbook were now not just numbers, but lives. While our visit to Auschwitz was a difﬁcult experience, it was, like the rest of the
Prague Summer trip, eye opening. We traveled for three weeks from Poland to the Czech Republic and then to Germany. Each morning, we had an hour of class about the history of the places we would see that day. We would then visit various memorials and do assignments including talking to people in the streets about current events and writing in our journals about our experiences. “This year’s group of students was fantastic,” said history teacher Ty Vignone, who founded the program in 1989. “They were really enthusiastic and great team players.” Faculty who accompanied us included Vignone, history teachers Albert Cho and Greg Drake and special education department head Walter Lyons.
MAALIKA BANERJEE Seated cross-legged on the clean, stone ﬂoor, I listened to a nine-year-old girl, Megha. Her eyes danced animatedly in her grinning face as she chattered away about the two parakeets huddled in the cage before us. “This one is Tooky and that one is Talky,” she said to me in Bengali. “Right now, they’re afraid of you, but don’t worry, they’ll get to know and love you.” In just a few words, this young girl had summed up my experience at Daya Dan, one of the Mother Teresa orphanages in Kolkata, Newtonian India where I spent three Maalika weeks volunteering this Banerjee summer. Daya Dan is home to 45 mentally delayed and physically disabled children with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy to Down’s syndrome to blindness. Most live there because their parents do not have the means to provide for them. First stepping into the house, I felt my heart patter a little faster with nervousness, but at once, I could feel the compassion emanating from this place, the compassion the sisters, workers and volunteers all felt for these children. And over three weeks, I, too, came to feel affection for each of the children on the third ﬂoor. Just as Megha had explained with the parakeets, I got to know and love them. In the morning, we scrubbed the plastic mattresses and bedspreads with disinfectant and tucked fresh sheets into them. Then we helped with physiotherapy exercises for the children with cerebral palsy, gently stretching and massaging their limbs. In an open area scattered with miniature chairs and tables, we played with the children with some mobility. One little girl, Deepti, insisted that I hold her in my arms and another, Manguli, was enthralled by bubbles. During lunch, we helped feed the children. Many times, I visited Megha and her brother, Mongol, in their classroom area, drawing pictures with them and helping them write. Speaking to them in the simple Bengali I knew, I would forget that they were not regular children. But then I would see the wheelchairs and remember that their legs, stick-thin and limp, would never be able to support them. Though thoroughly happy now, the uncertainty of their future lay inevitably ahead, as was true for all the children there. Although I came to Daya Dan to give back, I think the children gave me more than I could ever give them. By connecting with them in this experience, my eyes were opened to a world foreign from mine.
whirlwind of Olympic hype. I found that the hutongs are some of the most delicate and gorgeous parts of the city. These hutongs are mostly neighbor-
hoods in the poorer districts of the city, but the crumbling façades of the traditional houses, the walls with so many layers of history and the distant laughter of children all tied in to make these areas some of my favorite places to visit. Watching the Olympic opening ceremony was an ethereal experience, knowing that all the action was happening just a couple miles away and not on the other side of the world. With my uncle, aunt and little cousin, I soaked in their unabashed pride in their country and their absolute wonder at the performances. I couldn’t help but feel proud of China, my own country of birth.
The rest of the trip ﬂew by too quickly. I can still recall the ﬂurry of ﬂags and hands in the air every time China made a goal in the Olympics handball match I attended. And then there was the enigmatic, elderly man in the park writing poems on the walkways, who used only water as his ink so that his beautiful calligraphy existed only long enough to be read and admired. In contrast to all the action and excitement in those two weeks, my most vivid memory on my last day was a dusty blue sky, with those ancient Chinese kites, in their ever-changing shapes of freedom and ﬂight, dancing among the clouds.
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At the Peace Wall: Students from Prague Summer make their traditional visit to the landmark that dates from the Velvet Revolution in 1989-90 and is dedicated to John Lennon. Each year, Newton students add their own messages.
Bearing witness at Auschwitz S
ALISON MASTERMAN uitcases that looked empty but were full of happiness left behind, clumps of hair, tiny, worn shoes and rusty kitchen ware towered over us, and the silence vibrated. I, along with the 29 other students from Newton North and South who traveled with the Prague Summer Program, trudged through Auschwitz. We’d all studied the Holocaust in school, but it was not until we were standing on the exact ground on which so many innocent lives had been taken that we began to gain an understanding of the impact of the crimes that happened there. I felt emotions both within me and surrounding me: anger, sadness, humiliation and fear. But I couldn’t utter a sound. The air was thick with the sweat and tears of
My eyes were opened
Blue skies over Beijing during Olympic festivities JENNY ZHAO eijing’s blue skies greeted me at the Capital International Airport. Although the mugginess and pollution set back in after a couple days, my two weeks in Beijing were undeniably memorable, from navigating Beijing’s underground in impossibly clean subways to immersing myself in Newtonian Chinese culture to just Jenny Zaho being caught up in the
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Children in Zambia open to happiness In spite of AIDS, poverty, they celebrate life
ERIKA CHOW could hear shrieks of excitement from inside the thick, concrete walls that stood guard as protection, covered with orange dust and decorated with rusting barbed wires along the top. A painfully thin woman slid open the dented metal door. Within the small haven was an enormous crowd of elementary school children ﬁghting to be the ﬁrst to stare at our strange clothing and to shake our light-skinned hands. Their curious eyes zeroed in on the ﬂashy cameras that hung around each of our necks. “Goot monning, Teacha. How ah you?” they questioned eagerly in their thick accents, until an answer was directed at each one of them. I took a picture. Smiles broke out behind their hands. They peered up at us in tattered clothing, with their large, awakened eyes absorbing our culture and the awkward smiles that meant we had never imagined such poverty. But their youthful innocence left this last detail unnoticed. We were nothing more than a new experience, people who came with endless material wonders but constantly ran short of the natural, intangible sort of things—feelings like happiness and gratitude. It was hard to understand. They, with all of their misfortunes, were more open to happiness than we were. It had not occurred to me that even though the U.S. State Department says one in every six Zambian adults is HIV positive and twothirds of the country live in poverty, the children could be happier than we are. It was their appreciation for life in spite of having to raise a child at the age of 8, or having been raped or of not having two parents and a working father. And meanwhile, children with more material resources in the United States throw tantrums when there aren’t enough toys or their rides home arrive 10 minutes late. I felt disgusted. It didn’t come to me all at once, or even in the course of a few days. It took weeks for me to slowly realize that these people are far greater than we are, that they live high above us because they don’t need a reason to celebrate. Life could always be worse, and for those children, that makes whatever they do have a cause for celebration. Sometimes, it’s easy to hide behind endless piles of work, to create empty relationships for personal gain and to live in a network of materialistic dreams. But my eyes are open now, and I hope that I can open a few more in others. I want people to see like the children in Garden Compound in Lusaka because there, they know how to keep their eyes on the ball. BY
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Having fun: Junior Emily Goldberg and a group of children from the Garden Compound trade high-ﬁves.
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EMILY GOLDBERG his summer I was fortunate to travel to Zambia for two weeks with an organization called Communities Without Borders. Those two weeks were ﬁlled with eye opening experiences very different from anything I have taken part in before. In Zambia, I helped a Lexington special education teacher, also on the trip, at a school in Garden Compound in Lusaka. The school consisted of four small rooms and two or three tables with a few chairs. I had visited other community schools and realized that this was one of the better equipped. There was only one teacher, a young woman who had little experience teaching, and about 50 children from the ages of 6 to 13. While I was teaching, I found that all of these children were so happy to be at school because many other children’s families were not able to send them. As I would pass out pencils and paper, the children in the back, who had not received paper yet, would start yelling “Teacher! Me!” and grabbing for the pa-
per and pencils of the children in front of them.
When I explained that there was enough paper and pencils for all of them, their eyes lit up. After school was over, the children would not leave. They insisted on helping the teachers and me clean up because they did not have anything else fun to do. This was clearly the best part of their day. We would have to kindly ask them to go home and tell them school was over. Being a teen-ager who lives in Newton, I usually look forward to the end of a school day, lose pencils or pens occasionally and know there are more in my school bag. In Zambia, I had to realize these children were born into an environment where small objects like a pencil and sheet of paper mean an education and hope for the future. The children were brought up ﬁghting for everything they had. If they did not, they would have nothing at all. I feel grateful for everything I have, and I am glad I could help children who struggle with the bare necessities of life, even if it was for a short period of time. Zambia opened my eyes to a whole new world that I want to keep helping.
group as well as members of the Ngombe community, gathered into the new schoolhouse to witness the ﬁnalization of this transaction. Crowded outside were curious Ngombe children, some with orange hair, a sign of malnutrition. As the rest of us were waiting inside the schoolhouse for the vendor and the Society for Women Against AIDS in Zambia representative Dr. Nkanda Luo, who is also a member of the Zambian Parliament, ﬁve women stood up at the front of the room and began singing in their ﬁrst language, Nyanja. Although I could not understand what these women were singing, I could feel it.
They were so thankful for our help. It’s very difﬁcult to articulate all the emotion that was in their song. The emotion was so powerful that it gave me chills. Their song lasted for 15 minutes, and it ceased only when the signing of the documents began. The actual signing of the documents took a few seconds, but the speeches that followed lasted for about 20 minutes. Dr. Richard Bail, a Newton resident and the founder of Communities Without Borders, spoke about maintaining the building, and Luo stressed the importance of not taking advantage of the new building and our generosity.
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Together: Junior Emily Goldberg poses for a picture with a young girl in the Garden Compound.
Despite starvation, deprivation—hope still thrives MELISSA ANDERSON hat exactly does one expect traveling to a Third World country? Poverty, starvation, corruption, but, least likely of all, hope. Our last night in Zambia tied all three of these themes together. Communities Without Borders had recently bought a new schoolhouse for the Ngombe Compound Newtonian in Lusaka, Zambia’s Melissa capital city. Members of our Anderson BY
She made it clear that she would put any people who stole from the new school in jail. Her talk of stealing completely changed the formerly light-hearted atmosphere. Her threats reminded me once again of the awful state that every compound of Zambia is in. Somehow that one night managed to sum up my entire trip. Despite all the poverty and hunger, organizations like Communities Without Borders give people hope. Sometimes there are obstacles, but the idea of helping the impoverished Zambians drives everyone to push forward.
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Faith, friendship through Bronfman fellowship program I ANDREAS ROTENBERG had the privilege this summer of traveling to Israel as a Bronfman fellow. This five-week fellowship aims at developing a new generation of Jewish leadership and provides 26 young North American Jews with the opportunity to study and travel in Israel. We came from diverse religious backgrounds, ranging from Modern Orthodox to Reform. This year’s class featured top debaters, poets, a nationally recognized scientist, a student newspaper editor in chief and one of the youngest female Talmud scholars in Jewish history. Being a part of this multitalented group was at times overwhelming, but mostly exhilarating. Though the program is based in Jerusalem, we traveled throughout the country. Each day we spent time with the rabbis who accompanied us, studying modern and ancient texts, history and theology. We met with numerous Israeli artists, intellectuals and politicians who shared their perspectives with us. The director the Reut Institute for Public Policy in Israel, Gidi Greenstein, had this to say on leadership: “True leadership requires pain and sacriﬁce. Anyone who tells you otherwise has either never led, or never led successfully.” The Samuel Bronfman Foundation, which funds the program, also offers a similar program to young Israelis, and for a week we participated in a mifgash, or encounter, with them. The mifgash culminated in home stays with our Israeli counterparts. As many students in this country preBY
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In Lusaka: Senior Michele Kaufman reads with 10- and 11-year olds.
Working with orphans a key part of program Through Communities Without Borders, other experiences ranged from hospital visits to attending a bridal shower MICHELE KAUFMAN hen we ﬁrst entered the gates into Chawama Community School, a crowd of children surrounded us, reaching out their hands to grab ours and welcome us. This school was where I taught for the next week. Located in the Chawama Compound, this community school enrolls more than 200 children. Most of their parents have died of HIV/AIDS. I was in Lusaka, Zambia with a group of 25 people traveling with Communities Without Borders, a Newton-based nonproﬁt organization dedicated to building community-to-community connections and to promoting education and awareness about AIDS. Our group included four students from this school and one from Weston High, who worked with special education teachers from the Lexington elementary schools. We were spread out among ﬁve community schools, Chawama being the largest. We arrived at 9 each morning, and taught and played with the children until noon. We watched these children for a week wear the same outﬁt to school each day. While some had malnutrition, others also had diseases that needed treatment. They were the happiest children I have ever met and were so eager to learn. Yet they barely had anything. Each day the number of children who came to school increased as word spread around the compound that white people were at the school. We started the day off singing songs as a group, such as “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,” or “The Hokey Pokey.” We started to teach the children the alphabet, about different animals, the weather and the continents. We had brought boxes of books and art supplies, most of which the children had never seen before. BY
They never wanted to put the crayons or books down, and it was astounding how captivated they were. It was great to watch the children retain what we taught them and tell us about it the next day. Although we struggled with the language barrier, we came out learning some Nyanja, one of 72 different languages in Zambia, while the children learned some English. After saying long goodbyes in the compounds each afternoon, we returned to the Kaliyangile Guest House right outside the center of Lusaka. Our afternoons were spent doing different activities, such as meeting with students from Lusaka’s Olympia High School, visiting a malnutrition ward in a hospital, meeting with the U.S. Ambassador to Zambia, visiting different orphanages and testing our bargaining skills at craft markets. One of the special activities was going to a wealthy traditional Zambia bridal shower. We all went to the market to purchase our chitengaes, the traditional skirt in Zambia, and set off for the party. It was fascinating to see this side of Zambia. We got to participate in the traditional dancing that takes place when the bride is given a gift. Although it was a hard and tiring trip, it was the greatest experience I have had. You always hear people talk about how much we have and to not take things for granted, but visiting Zambia put it in a new perspective. This trip, and the people I have met through it, have inspired me to take action. By working together and caring, we can make a difference and help balance out the world’s unequal and unfair distribution of wealth. We all have something to give, from the children of Chawama to students and teachers at Newton North.
pare for college, Israelis prepare to take on the responsibility of upholding national security through military service. The weight of this task factors prominently into the psyche of the Israeli teen. Talented individuals often have interesting choices of duty. The Israeli fellow I stayed with has been offered positions in special forces and pilot school. Israel is a fascinating country and it is difﬁcult to generalize about its character with respect to any one issue since Israelis’ disparate social, economic and religious experiences do not allow it. What I found most interesting was the newness and pace of economic development that characterize Israel. It is a country under construction, and there is no plot of land too barren, distant or unaccommodating to prevent the Israelis from using it. As a Bronfman fellow, I feel changed in many ways: as a Jew, as a thinker and as a human being. To stand at the foot of the Western Wall and ﬁnd myself surrounded by people who shared my uniquely Jewish perspective affected me profoundly. To pray among a people whose national and religious identities are so closely related gave me new insight into the essence of my religion. The deep connection I felt to my faith was matched only by the depth of the friendships I made with the 25 other Bronfmanim—friendships grounded not only in mutual respect, but also in honest dissent and debate. We bonded as a group, and with the continuing support of the Foundation we will remain in close contact individually and through reunions for the rest of our lives.
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Visiting historic landmarks: Bronfman fellows take in the view, and senior Andreas Rotenberg stands near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.
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Volleyball has all new starters JACOB BRUNELL Girls’ volleyball, 3-1, has high expectations and aims to match or possibly surpass last year’s 172 team, said senior Annie Staulo, a captain with seniors Allison Clott and Natasha Link. “Our main goal this year is to be a serious competitive team, but to also have fun at the same time while playing,” she said. Losing all six starters from last season, the Tigers at times are “inconsistent,” coach Richard Barton said. “We need to make a smooth and functioning team,” he said. “We have the desire, but we still need to practice our basic fundamental volleyball skills. “Newton North is a fairly new team.” Today, the Tigers visit Weymouth, one of the league’s best teams, Barton said. “Weymouth is very athletic and strong physically,” he said. “Most of the varsity has returned.” Milton, a consistent team, visits the Tigers Tuesday, Barton said. “They have playing very well this year,” he said. Veteran players construct a BY
Racing: Senior Ariel Yofﬁe, a co-captain, cuts through the water in practice.
Boston Latin, Wellesley teams to be challenging, coach says
NICOLE CURHAN With three seniors, the girls’ swim team is “very young,” said coach Kirsten Tuohy. “Last season, we had nine, so it is a big difference experiencewise,” she said. The Tigers finished 4-7 last fall. This season, the Tigers have been extremely focused in trainBY
ing and have been swimming and running with intensity, Tuohy said. Tuesday, the Tigers will visit a strong Boston Latin team for what should be an exciting meet, Tuohy said. “We could win, but we would have to swim and dive extremely well,” she said. Friday in Wellesley and Tues-
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day, Sept. 23 hosting Natick, the Tigers will ﬁnd both meets to be competitive, Tuohy said. “Wellesley is not as large as we are, but Wellesley is always a strong swimming and diving team,” she said. At practices, the swimmers have had “very promising times,” said senior Ariel Yofﬁe, a captain with senior Susie Felts. “We have a very good team with diverse talents and everyone is self-motivated,” Yofﬁe said. “Even our freshmen seem to know what they want to do and are really good at it. I’m impressed by their work ethic.” Both in spirit and in athleticism, the Tigers are sturdy, Yofﬁe said.
strong base for Brookline, which the Tigers visit Thursday, Barton said. “Brookline has a lot of fullyear players,” he said. “They have good coaching and we have very friendly and close matches against them.” The Tigers host Needham Tuesday, Sept. 23. Last season, they defeated the Rockets 3-2 October 3. Framingham visits the Tigers Thursday, Sept. 25. In the ﬁrst game of the season, the Tigers defeated the Flyers in Framingham 3-2 Wednesday, Sept. 3. Wednesday the Tigers visited Walpole and won 3-1 with “a very strong performance,” Barton said. “Our serving was outstanding and our setting was excellent.” Monday, the Tigers edged Braintree here 3-0. “Braintree is a really athletic team, and they went for every single ball and played tough throughout the match,” Staulo said. Friday in Norwood, the Tigers defeated one of their “traditionally weaker opponents” 3-0 Friday Staulo said.
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Runners working hard, looking good ELI DAVIDOW Both cross-country teams have been running hills and beneﬁting from senior leadership, their coaches said. BY
Boys aim to win it all
Boys’ cross country’s main goal is to win all of its meets, coach Jim Blackburn said. The Tigers ﬁnished 9-2 last fall. “We have a great bunch of guys who are all doing hard work,” Blackburn said. “I am conﬁdent that we can win every one of our meets.” Returning runners for the Tigers are seniors Jared Forman and Dan Hamilton, junior Michael Goldenberg, and sophomores Ezra Lichtman and Dan Ranti. Forman and Hamilton, a Bay Conference, Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-star, are captains. Tuesday, the Tigers host Walpole and Needham, who beat them last season. “Needham lost a lot of top people from last season, so they should be beatable,” he said. “As for Walpole, we should be able to beat them.” In Framingham Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Tigers will run against a team that is easily beatable, Blackburn said. Tuesday, the Tigers defeated the Raiders in Wellesley 19-35. Hamilton placed ﬁrst with Ranti in third, Goldenberg in fourth, Lichtman in ﬁfth and Forman in sixth.
Girls aim to build unity
MARENA COLE If girls’ cross country wants to succeed in a rebuilding season, unity will be key, senior Liz Altieri said. Altieri, a captain with seniors Nora Barnicle, Franca Godenzi and Carolyn Ranti, said running in groups will be essential. Coach Peter Martin said that developing the team is a major focus this season. “We’ve got very strong, experienced returning members,” Martin said. “It’s important to build up our younger, up-andcoming runners.” The Tigers host Needham Wednesday in what will be “a very difﬁcult meet,” Martin said. Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Tigers visit Framingham, a team the Tigers have had past success against, Martin said. Martin cited Ranti as a key member of the team, along with Altieri, Barnicle and Godenzi, seniors Adina Hemley-Bronstein and Becca Park, and juniors Susannah Gleason, Elena Hemler, and Adele Levine Last season, Godenzi and Ranti were Bay State Conference, Boston Globe, Boston Herald and News Tribune all-stars. Barnicle and HemleyBronstein were News Tribune all-stars. Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Tigers defeated Wellesley 25-30. “We weren’t expecting a win, but we put our best foot forward, and tried to run controlled, smart races,” Ranti said. BY
ALI MASTERMAN With the loss of three of its four captains, girls’ soccer, 1-1-1, will need to play with intensity and aggressiveness to overcome its lack of size, coach Brian Rooney said. Seniors Chloe Kuh, a Bay State Conference, Boston Globe, Boston Herald and News Tribune all-star, Alyssa Hansen, and Genevieve Moss-Hawkins are out indeﬁnitely because of injuries, Rooney said. “We are all going to have to step up in the absence of three of our captains,” Rooney said. “This is a chance for some of our younger players to get some good experience.” In practice, the team is “concentrating on winning 50-50 balls and balls in the air to prepare to compete in an extremely physical league,” Rooney said. Monday, the Tigers will host Weymouth in what should be a good game, said senior Julia Quinn, a captain with Hansen, Kuh and Moss-Hawkins. “They are usually a great team but if we play hard, we’ll have a chance to win,” she said. Wednesday, the Tigers visit Milton for a game they “should win,” Quinn said. “We usually beat them, and we plan to do the same this year.” Hosting Andover Saturday, the Tigers hope to fare better than they did last year, Rooney said. “We lost on the road in part because of an injury and in part because Andover’s ﬁeld is turf, and we had trouble adjusting to that,” Rooney said. “Hopefully we can capitalize on our home ﬁeld advantage this time.” According to Quinn, after beating the Warriors 7-2 last September, the Tigers are hoping to do the same in Brookline Monday, Sept. 22. “Brookline was a big win for us, and it would be really encouraging if we could come out on top again,” Quinn said. Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Tigers host Needham, a team that knocked them out of the tournament last year. “Needham is one of the best teams in the Bay State League,” Rooney said. “They are athletic and skillful.” Hosting Framingham Friday, Sept. 26 will be “one of our toughest challenges,” Rooney said. “They were outstanding last year, and they had the player of the year, but she graduated,” Rooney said. “Unfortunately, all of their other starters are back.” In recent action, Norwood hosted the Tigers Friday and beat them 3-0. Monday the Tigers hosted Braintree and won 4-2 in a “strong performance,” Rooney said. Senior Michele Kaufman scored three goals, and senior Emma Kornetsky scored one. Wednesday the Tigers visited Walpole and tied 1-1. “We scored in the last four minutes but couldn’t come out on top,” Quinn said. BY
Across mid-ﬁeld: Senior Eric Brown hurries to the ball as Walpole senior David Hoag chases after him Wednesday. The Tigers won 1-0.
Boys’ soccer starts strong
With 16 seniors on 20-man roster, Tigers have depth WILL FEINSTEIN After starting the season with three victories, boys’ soccer must continue to stay focused, coach Ucal McKenzie said. “We have depth at every position, but we have to stay healthy, humble and hungry,” McKenzie said. Experience is the team’s greatest asset as a number of Tigers have played on teams together since childhood, he said. Now, the Tigers, only graduating four players, have 16 seniors on their 20-man roster, he said. “These guys have worked hard since freshman year, and now it’s their time,” McKenzie said. “They’re taking nothing for granted.” Monday, the Tigers host Weymouth in what will be a “dogﬁght,” McKenzie said. “They’re coming with their guns blazing,” he said. “We have to be ready to take their ﬁrst shot and bounce back. We’ll play to our style.” When the Tigers visit a weaker Milton team Wednesday, they will play them las they would any other team, he said. “They’re not known to produce a strong squad,” McKenzie said. “Still, we’re just going to go out there and play and let the game speak for itself.” BY
In a game under the lights at Tufts, Medford hosts the Tigers next Friday. “People can watch us play, and the guys love that,” McKenzie said. “Medford’s always been a great team.” Monday, Sept. 22 the Tigers host Brookline, a team that beat them twice last season. “With Brookline, we don’t like them and they don’t like us, but we’re so experienced and so focused that we’re not playing the name on the jersey,” McKenzie said. “We’re playing soccer.” Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Tigers visit a physical Needham team, McKenzie said. “They’re athletic, so if they don’t have a goal scorer, they’re going to give us everything they got,” he said. Fitness has been the Tigers’ focus during practice, said senior Eli Kuh, a captain with seniors Eric Brown, Greg Cohan and Jonah Poster. “We pride ourselves on being in better shape than the other teams,” he said. “Then we play late in the games as hard as in the beginning. We’ve been doing a lot of footwork and running in practice.” Kuh also cited Brown, a returning Boston Globe, Boston Herald and News Tribune all-star
in the center midﬁeld position, he said. “It’s partly because he’s so skilled and partly because of the position on the ﬁeld,” Kuh said. “He has great vision.” McKenzie also cited Poster in the goal as a “shining light,” having given up one goal in three games. Wednesday, the Tigers hosted Walpole and won 1-0. “Every year they have two speedy forwards, but they’re weak in the back,” McKenzie said. “We scored the ﬁrst goal and then they were playing catch-up.” Walpole coach Lee Delani said the Tigers provided a challenge. “Newton played harder than we did,” Delani said. “They just fought hard.” Monday, the Tigers visited an athletic Braintree team and beat them 1-0. “They had some skillful players, but we did not change our style of play,” he said. “It was a good test.” Friday, the Tigers hosted Norwood and won 6-1. “Our experience wore them down, and they ran out of steam,” McKenzie said. “We just wanted it more.” MURRATA KAPIGA CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STORY.
Field hockey seeks consistency MARENA COLE Field hockey, 0-1-3, is working on consistency and more aggressive offense, coach Celeste Myers said. “We’re trying to take a more dominant role on the ﬁeld,” Myers said. She cited senior Elizabeth Marshal for her solid work as goalie and strong performance overall. “Elizabeth has really made a difference by stepping up and improving our defense,” Myers said. Hosting Milton Wednesday, the Tigers have “great potential,” said senior Leah Medin, a captain BY
with senior Sandra Marzilli. In other games ahead, in brookline Monday, Spet. 22 and hosting Needham Wednesday, Sep. 24, connecting on the ﬁeld will be important, Medin said. “ We’re really working on improving communication for these upcoming games,” Medin said. “One major goal of this season is for the returning seniors to really step up and improve on last season,” Myers said. “With so many returning seniors, they really play a key role in the team’s performance.” In action this week, Walpole defeated the visiting Tigers
Wednesday 5-0. Braintree tied the Tigers 2-2 Monday with senior Kate Pellegrini and Medin scoring the ﬁrst two goals of the season. Pellegrini is a returning Bay State Conference all-star. “It was a great improvement over the ﬁrst two games,” Medin said. At Norwood Friday, the Mustangs beat the Tigers 3-0. “We’re learning to trust each other on the ﬁeld, and really just focusing on getting the ball into the net,” Medin said. At Framingham Wednesday, Sept. 3, the Flyers beat the Tigers 2-0.
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Tigers to visit Flyers ELI DAVIDOW s a young team, football, 0-1, is working on moving naturally in practices, coach Peter Capodilupo said. “It will hard to play in a league with very strong teams,” he said. “The real question is if we can survive because it’s early in the season and we’re young.” Today in Framingham the Tigers will ﬁnd the environment “difﬁcult,” Capodilupo said. “They always get a crowd there, and it is always a raucous place,” he said. “They are a very well-coached team with an outstanding senior quarterback in Dan Gaudagnoli.” Hosting Walpole next Sunday, Sept. 21 at Boston College at 1 p.m., the Tigers anticipate a powerful running game from their opponents, Capodilupo said. “Last year, Walpole went to the Super Bowl,” he said. “They BY
Colin Notis-McConarty “Our team has lost size over the last several years, but we have made it up with our quickness.” are one of the state’s premiere teams. Junior running back Ryan Izzo can really carry the team and make plays.” Walpole, which ranks No. 5 in the Globe’s Top 20, beat Framingham 34-13 Saturday. Senior Colin Notis-McConarty, a captain with senior Jeff Ambrosi, said speed is one of the Tigers’ strengths. “Our team has lost size over the last few years, but we have made it up with our quickness,” he said. One contributor to the team’s speed is junior Ben Kiley, a wide receiver, Notis-McConarty said. “Ben can use his speed to spread defenses,” he said. “He is definitely one of the faster kids.”
Last season, the Tigers finished 6-5, beating Brookline 13-6 on Parsons Field Thanksgiving Day to lead the series 55-52-6. The Tigers are centered on two main goals for the season, NotisMcConarty said. “Our first goal is always to beat Brookline,” he said. “The second goal is to win the next game.” Playing in the rain at Bentley College Saturday, the Natick Red and Blue shut out the Tigers 36-0 in the season’s ﬁrst game. “We didn’t execute what we were supposed to do and we didn’t do our assignments,” Ambrosi said. “After Natick started scoring a lot, we didn’t give up but it took the life out of us.”
Hiking: Senior Colin Notis-McConarty, a captain with senior Jeff Ambrosi, gets ready to snap the ball to junior quarterback Conor McNeil in practice at Cabot ﬁeld Friday.
Golfers look to veterans; aim to repeat successes
Driving: Senior Jake Mahoney takes a swing during the Tigers’ 80.5-27.5 victory over Framingham Tuesday, Sept. 2.
ELI DAVIDOW ith six returning players, the golf team, 3-0 Wednesday, hopes to repeat last season’s success, coach Bob MacDougall said. The Tigers placed fourth in the State Tournament last fall, ﬁnishing with a 15-1 record. “We will look to our veterans to bring back that success,” he said. “We have a lot of accomplished golfers, which will help us carry what we did last season into this season.” The most important opponents the Tigers will ever face are the actual golf course and themselves, MacDougall said. Key contributors are seniors James MacKenzie, Jake Mahoney and Will Reibstein, MacDougall said. Mahoney and Reibstein are captains. “In every match, the younger players are getting better,” Reibstein said. “We just need to play match by match and see what happens this year.” Monday, the Tigers visit Milton, a team that knows of the Tigers’ past success and will bring its best game, MacDougall said. Tuesday, because of their strong rivalry, the Tigers will host a determined Brookline team, MacDougall said.
“If there is any team we want to pin a loss on, it’s probably Brookline,” he said. “They will always play us hard because they’re our main rivals.” The Tigers will seek revenge against Needham, which they will visit Thursday, MacDougall said. “Last year, Needham was the team that gave us our only loss,” he said. “We are looking forward to that match very much because we want to shake off that loss. They know they can beat us, so we need to play strong.” Framingham hosts the Tigers Monday, Sept. 22. Last season, the Tigers defeated the Flyers 73-34. Home-course advantage will prove to be the key to a victory against Natick, which the Tigers host Tuesday, Sept. 23. “To play at home will be huge against Natick,” MacDougall said. “Playing at Brae Burn, which is a difﬁcult course, gives us an advantage against this team because there are so many veterans. There won’t be any surprises.” As long as the Tigers “play the course in front of us,” they should be able to claim a victory over Braintree Thursday, Set. 25, MacDougall said.
The Tigers beat the Wamps Monday in Braintree 73-35. Junior Ben Sauro shot even par 36, the team’s best score. “Braintree is a middle-of-the -road team, but we were nervous because it was our first away match,” MacDougall said. “We were worried that the focus wouldn’t be there, but judging by the scores, the focus was there and we played some very good golf.” Thursday, Sept. 4 the Tigers defeated Norwood 67-41 here, and Reibstein called the match “a good learning experience.” “It showed us that even if we were struggling to play well, we could still win,” he said. Sophomores Eric Regensburg and Jake Shane each shot 36, three over par. In the season’s first match, the Tigers hosted and beat Framingham 80.5-27.5 here Tuesday, Sept. 2. Top scorers were Mahoney, ﬁnishing two under, and Reibstein, ﬁnishing four over. “We dominated Framingham,” MacDougall said. “Will played well against another tough player and he won. “It was a great start to the season.” Yesterday, the Tigers were to have played Weymouth here.
ELI DAVIDOW Bob MacDougall, the new head golf coach, said he considers himself “a student of the game.” “In high school, I never played golf and I never had played in any tournaments before. I played a lot with my friends.” He said his predecessor, Phil Rousseau, asked him to coach JV ﬁve years ago. Rousseau coached here 22 years, 14 as assistant to retired
“Because they’re accomplished, there really is not much to teach in the physical aspect of the game, like in hockey or lacrosse. In those sports, there are always skills and Roxie Overaker things you can Bob work on. “What I can MacDougall
help them with is the mental part of the game. Even though the kids are good, they still need to know the mindset of getting through matches. I can give them those strategies. “They just need to play one shot at a time.” MacDougall, a special education teacher, is also the head coach of girls’ ice hockey and the assistant coach of boys’ lacrosse. Athletic director Tom Giusti
said what he likes most about MacDougall as a coach is his familiarity with the school’s athletic program. “Bob has developed special relationships with many of his players,” he said. “He knows the expectations of off-ﬁeld play and on-ﬁeld play. “In golf, it’s not so much about tweaking the mechanics of the swing. It’s about staying organized and watching the kids grow and develop mentally.”
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physical education teacher Jerry Phillips and eight as a head coach. Rousseau was also the Boston Globe Coach of the Year last year and won the Bay State Conference Sportsmanship Award in 2006. “To be a part of this program is something very special,” MacDougall said. “I am proud to be a part of the game and the program here.” “Most players on the team are accomplished golfers,” he said.
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