December, 2016

A Conversation with the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

A Conversation with the Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy

On November 29, the United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, spoke with students and faculty as Milton’s 49th Alumni War Memorial Lecturer. Both in Straus Library, and later in the Fitzgibbons Convocation Center, Vice Admiral Murthy answered students’ questions about his role and about some of the most pressing public health issues facing America.

“I came here today because I believe you, young people, are the best shot we have in this country of overcoming the challenges that we face,” said Dr. Murthy. “It’s easy to think it’s someone else’s job to solve the country’s problems. You have to be that someone. … A leader is someone who has a voice and chooses to use it.”

Dr. Murthy explained that as Surgeon General his primary roles are to oversee the United States Public Health Service—one of the seven uniformed services of the United States—and to communicate the best possible information on health-related issues, so that medical professionals and all Americans can make informed decisions about health care.

“At a time when we are inundated with all kinds of news—some of it fake, some of it real—ensuring that people have access to the truth and to scientific information could not be more important,” said Dr. Murthy.

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Milton’s Houses Sparkle with Holiday Cheer

Milton’s Houses Sparkle with Holiday Cheer

December at Milton brings lights, music and holiday treats to every part of campus. Each house is decorated with signature style, from the wreaths that spell out “Robbins” to a lighted, candy-cane “M” adorning Millet House, which faces the sparkling “H” that marks Hallowell. As boarding students prepare to leave for winter break, they follow traditions, both time-honored and new, to get into the holiday spirit in their home away from home.

In Goodwin House, one long-standing tradition is that the house monitor dresses like Santa to run the Secret Santa exchange, which takes place the night before break. The Goodwin boys will also celebrate their second-annual holiday cookie baking and decorating contest and adorn a “traditions tree,” making paper ornaments that depict a special way their family celebrates any holiday.

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Nicole Darling ’97 Combines New Media With Classic Approaches in Art

Nicole Darling ’97 Combines New Media With Classic Approaches in Art

Nicole Darling’s foundation in art began when she was a boarding student at Milton. She studied photography with faculty member Bryan Cheney and painting with former faculty member Anne Neely. Her education and work took her to locations around the world, and now Nicole (Class of 1997) is back at Milton, as a visual arts faculty member, living once again in Robbins House. Nicole teaches a new course she developed called Technology, Design and Media, along with Studio Art and Grade 6 visual art.

“I was inspired to teach because of my experience at Milton,” says Nicole, who has taught at Concord Academy and the Forman School. “Being a student here cemented my belief in independent school education and the transformative power of learning. I love my teaching schedule because I get to explore digital media with the students and then go into a studio class and work with my hands. It’s a great balance.”

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Day of Debate for Milton’s Model UN

Day of Debate for Milton’s Model UN

Students in Milton’s Model UN traveled to Brown University this fall for a day of debate and collaboration. At the Model UN Conference, students took the perspective of a country or political figure, engaging with peers from around the country, debating and writing proposals on issues like cybersecurity, counterterrorism, and global social and military threats.

Caleb Rhodes (I), co-head of Model UN, earned Best Delegate for his representation of Lt. Col. Manuel da Costa Braz in the Alvor Agreement of 1975.

“Before this conference, I didn’t know much about Portuguese history and how they controlled Angola until the early 1970s,” says Caleb. “The Alvor Agreement was supposed to unite the different factions within the country after Portugal left. With my character, I had a lot freedom. He was a moderate socialist, and my goal was to create stability between all the competing factions. It was an opportunity to correct history, because in real life the agreement fell apart.”

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The Spirit of Giving is Alive at Milton Year-Round

The Spirit of Giving is Alive at Milton Year-Round

This fall, the Community Engagement Program has been dedicated to lots of projects involving students, staff and faculty, aimed at helping others. After Hurricane Matthew devastated areas of Haiti in early October, the program raised more than $2,000 for hurricane relief efforts. The donation was divided among four Haiti-based organizations focused on health and education. Milton has a history of contributing to Haitian relief efforts; many staff members have close connections with the country, with family and friends living there.

In November, the Community Engagement Program hosted the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet, in which 750 people participated in the dining halls during lunch.

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Alumna Frankie Shaw ’00: Empowering Women in Film

Alumna Frankie Shaw ’00: Empowering Women in Film

Milton alumna and filmmaker Frankie Shaw ’00 was tired of struggling to work as an actor: tired of uninspiring roles, not earning enough money, and telling stories through a male lens.

Setting out to make her own films after a decade of acting, Frankie made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, winning the Short Film Jury Award with SMILF, a semi-autobiographical comedy about her life as a single mom. She wrote, directed and starred in the film, which she is now developing as a pilot for Showtime.

“I’ve been on an amazing trajectory recently, all because I went off and made my own thing,” Frankie told students in a talk on “Empowering Women in Film,” sponsored by the Hollywood Filmmakers’ Club and SAGE.

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Parents’ Association News and Notes

It’s been a great fall at Milton: Parents’ Weekend, class dinners, Donut Days, and our Milton-Nobles refreshment tables have provided time and space for us to gather and get to know one another. We have a lot planned in the upcoming months and we hope you will be able to join us either in person or remotely. The second half of last year we introduced Parents’ Association coffees, which we have continued and expanded this year. It is a wonderful way to connect with friends new and old. They are held in Straus Library from 8-9:30 a.m. and are planned for January 9, February 27, March 2, April 24 and May 22. Please read more to learn about lots of exciting upcoming events and how you can be involved!

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Successful Seasons For Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer

Successful Seasons For Girls’ and Boys’ Soccer

Milton’s varsity boys’ and girls’ soccer teams faced some of the toughest opponents in the Independent School League (ISL) during the 2016 NEPSAC tournament last month. While both lost in the first round, the teams should feel proud of their seasons: both squads finished second in the ISL.

“Losing to Worcester Academy [girls] and Berkshire School [boys] in the quarterfinals is nothing to hang our heads about,” said boys’ Head Coach Chris Kane. “These are two high-powered teams, and Milton was competitive until the end. Both the teams, in defeat, showed a ton of resilience, a ton of fight, and a ton of growth.”

Milton’s girls saw a tremendous improvement, after finishing under .500 in 2015 to earning the second-place spot in the league with a 7-4-6 record, including nine shut-outs, in 2016. “It was a very big statistical improvement in terms of wins and losses, as well as our place in the league,” Head Coach Peter Kahn said. “The whole season was an incredible team effort.”

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Milton Faces Off Against Premier Prep Teams

hockey-faceoffEvery holiday season, the best teams in prep school hockey descend upon the rinks of Milton and Nobles for a chance to claim the coveted championship titles of the Flood-Marr Tournament and the Harrington Invitational Tournament.

The annual Flood-Marr Holiday Hockey Tournament is named for Dick “Lefty” Marr and his college roommate, longtime friend and rival hockey coach Dick Flood. Lefty Marr, who just passed away on November 11, was a member of the Milton faculty from 1957 until 1980, during which time he headed Forbes House and coached the boys’ hockey team. After leaving Milton, Lefty went on to head Aspen Country Day School in Colorado; he then taught and coached at Tabor Academy for 19 years. This year’s tournament, the 52nd annual, will include a tribute to Lefty and a moment of silence in his honor, preceding the puck drop on Saturday morning. This three-day competition for boys’ teams includes Nobles, Hotchkiss, Andover, Westminster, Deerfield, Kimball Union, Salisbury and Milton.

On the same weekend, the top girls’ talent takes to the ice at Milton and Nobles to compete in the 36th Annual Harrington Invitational. Milton will battle Nobles, Lawrence, St. Paul’s, St. Mark’s, BB&N, Westminster and Williston-Northampton.

The tournaments run from Friday, December 16, through Sunday, December 18.

View Flood-Marr Tournament schedule.

View Harrington Invitational schedule.

Milton Is StormReady, Thanks to the Campus Safety Team

Milton Academy is the first K–12 institution in New England (second in the country) to be recognized by the National Weather Service and U.S. Department of Commerce as StormReady, joining the ranks of local schools and communities including Harvard University, Tufts University and the City of Boston.

The designation officially recognizes communities that are prepared for significant weather events, with the communication and response tools aimed at keeping people and property safe in the case of a weather emergency. The StormReady program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving hazardous weather operations and awareness.

Milton met much of the program’s criteria prior to the assessment team’s visit, prepared in areas including weather monitoring and information systems, communication and warning dissemination, public awareness and protocols, and administrative resources. Officer Ron Dardano managed the application and evaluation process with assistance from Supervisor Katie Williams. Milton’s Campus Safety department sought the designation on the heels of their award from the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, since the criteria are all considered best practice in safety management.

In an on-campus ceremony on December 6, representatives from the National Weather Service, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency presented members of Milton’s Campus Safety team with the certificate of recognition and signage commemorating the achievement.

As winter approaches, remember that you can learn of School cancellations or delays on the Milton website, through broadcast alerts—via email, phone and text—and on several Boston-based television networks or radio stations.

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Our Students Have Spoken: Meet Stan the Stang

16-09_mustangOver the summer, Milton’s mascot underwent a physical transformation—sporting a new uniform, growing out the orange mane, and showing off a stronger physique around the cannon and stifle. With this new look, Milton’s athletic department and student activities office thought it would only be appropriate to brand the mustang with an official name. An appointed committee of students narrowed the field of proposed names down to four finalists. The list of finalists included Stoky the Stang, in honor of Mr. Stokinger; Millet the Mustang, in honor of Mr. Millet; Marty the Mustang; and Stan the Stang. All students, faculty and staff were offered the chance to fill out an online survey to pick their favorite. Nearly 600 votes were cast, and when the virtual dust settled, the winning name stood triumph. At the next athletic contest you attend, make sure you say “hello” to Stan the Stang.


Elina Thadhani ’17 (V Soccer)

Elina was a force down the stretch for varsity girls’ soccer and kept her terrific play going in the New England quarterfinal playoff game. Playing the key role of defensive midfield, Elina consistently won balls and stopped the Worcester attack through the middle of the field. Elina was terrific at challenging for 50/50 balls and getting the team’s offense started.

Ryan Manning ’19 (V Soccer)

Ryan Manning was phenomenal in net for the boys’ varsity soccer team in the quarterfinal game against the eventual New England Champs, Berkshire School. He made a number of fantastic saves that kept the team in the game and allowed them to mount a comeback. Were it not for his strong play, the scoreline would have been very different and, on the whole, he was arguably the best player on the field that day.

Honorable Mentions: Boys’ Varsity Soccer .. Girls’ Varsity Soccer

Past Mustangs of the Week

October 31 – November 6

Christina Sakellaris ’17 (V Soccer)

Christina had three great games last week for varsity girls soccer, holding opponents to a single goal as the team went 2-0-1.  Christina made several huge saves to keep us in the game on Friday after we went down by a goal in the first five minutes allowing the team to battle back and even the score in the second half.  Her steady work has given the team confidence to play a more attacking style and that has paid off.

Offensive Line (V Football)

The Offensive line for the varsity football team showed excellent run blocking skills on Saturday, helping the Mustangs to earn 455 yards rushing on the day, in a crucial 42-18 win over Governors, keeping their bowl hopes alive going into the rivalry game with Nobles this week.  The Offensive line is comprised of Allan Rappleyea ’17, Kevin Crabtree ’17, Anthony Gallagher ’18, Jack Czarniak ’18, JJ Bussgang ’18 and Tristan Manuel’ 17

Defensive Corps (V Field Hockey)

In a huge week for varsity field hockey, the defensive corps only allowed two goals, helping the team to a 3-0 week.  The group includes defenders, Madeleine Jordan ’18, Emily Panarese ’18 and Devon Park ’18, along with goaltenders Abby Furdak ’17 and Izzy Lareau ’18.  The solid play kept the team in games and allowed them to  pull out crucial victories over top ranked opponents, which puts them back in the hunt for the New England playoffs.

Mike Silva ’17 (V Football)

Mike rushed for 395 yards and 5 touchdowns in varsity football’s 42-18 win over Governor’s.  That single game rushing performance is the 11th best all-time in Massachusetts high school football history.

Honorable Mentions: Catie  Wise ’17 – V Field Hockey .. Kaja Hartwell ’17 – Varsity Field Hockey

October 24 – October 30

Amira Brown ’19 (JV Volleyball)

Amira had a very strong week for JV Volleyball helping the team to an undefeated week, winning three matches, capped off by a come from behind win over Nobles 3-1.  Over the course of the week Amira averaged, 5 kills per game, 12 digs per game, 7 aces per game and 2 blocks per game, including some timely points.

Jack Czarniak ’18 (V Football)

Jack had an outstanding game from his linebacker position on the varsity football team, leading the defense in a 24-13 win over St Sebastian’s on Saturday.  Jack had an impressive 17 solo tackles in the game, 2 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss and 3 assisted tackles.

Honorable Mentions: Catie  Wise ’17 – V Field Hockey .. Chloe Brenner ’20 – 3rd Soccer .. Ainsley Iwanicki ’20 – 3rd Soccer

October 17 – October 23

Ryan Manning ’19 (V Soccer)

Ryan has been a huge part of the success of the varsity boys soccer team this season.  His leadership, toughness and skillful play in the net has been invaluable.  He currently is the league leader in the ISL in terms of goals against per game and his strong play in net over three games last week was a huge factor in the team going undefeated in that span.

Tara O’Malley ’20 (V Cross Country)

Tara ran a very strong race for the varsity girls cross country team this past Saturday.  She finished 14th overall and second on the team.  Her time was 21:24, only a second behind Milton’s lead runner and one crucial second ahead of a Winsor runner.

Honorable Mentions: Jen Costa ’17 – V Soccer .. Samantha Cody ’20 – 3rd Field Hockey .. Malia Chung ’20 – 3rd Soccer

October 10 – October 16

Devon Noble ’20 (3rd Soccer)

Devon’s impressive determination and speed resulted in her scoring 3 goals for the 3rd girls soccer team against Middlesex on Friday leading the team to a 6-0 victory. The victory helped keep the team undefeated this season and Devon is currently the only player on the team with a hat trick.

Carter Rice ’20 (JV Football)

Carter has been outstanding this season for JV Football, helping them to a perfect 4-0 record so far.  This past week Carter led the team to a 41-0 win over Tabor.  He amassed 190 yards on offense with two touchdowns, and had 7 tackles on defense.

Honorable Mention: Freddy Okito ’17 – V Football .. Katie Paul ’20 – 3rd Soccer

October 3 – October 9

Jack O’Brien ’18 (V Soccer)

Jack scored all three goals for the varsity boys’ soccer team as they earned two important ISL wins last week over Groton and St. Sebastian’s.  More importantly, his leadership, toughness and tremendous work rate have helped set the tone for the team on both sides of the ball.

Lanie Cherry ’20 (V Soccer)

Lanie has stepped into the role of starting central defender on the girls varsity soccer team and has done a great job.  This past week she faced 2 all-ISL forwards in our game at Groton and held them scoreless and backed that up helping the team to another shut-out on Saturday against Exeter.

Honorable Mention: Devon Park ’18 (V Field Hockey)

September 26 – October 2

Alec Beesmer ’18 (V Football)

Alec led the varsity football team to their second straight win to start the season, 34-19 over a strong Brooks squad.  Alec was a perfect 5-5 through the air, for 82 yards passing.  He also carried the ball 8 times for 59 yards and scored a touchdown from his quarterback position.

Emma Murphy ’18 (V Field Hockey)

Emma has been a force in the midfield for the varsity field hockey team this season. She has a strong presence in the offensive end and has been great in the defensive circle also. Her all around team play this season has been fantastic and last Wednesday (in the team’s only game of the week), she scored the game winning overtime goal against Thayer to help the team earn their first win of the season, 1-0.

Honorable Mentions: Margot O’Marrah ’20 – 3rd Soccer .. Jake Atwood ’17 – V Soccer

September 19 – September 25

Teddy Beaudoin ’17 (V Cross Country)

Teddy led the varsity Boy’s Cross Country team on Saturday with a decisive win in a race including Middlesex, Lawrence and St. Sebastian’s. Teddy set the pace right from the start and controlled the race throughout. This win was Teddy’s first career win in an extremely competitive ISL.  As a team Captain, Teddy shows exemplary leadership in competition and in our day to day training.

Kendelle Grubbs ’20 (3rd Field Hockey)

The freshman field hockey team had their first game last week against Middlesex.  Kendelle played goalie for the first time ever and earned a shut out for the team leading them to a 3-0 win.  Kendelle is a great athlete and has a positive attitude on and off the field.

Honorable Mentions: Mike Silva ’17 – V Football .. Dani Black ’17 – V Soccer.. Lily Wright ’19 – V Cross Country

September 12 – September 18

Brie Lawson ’17 (V Soccer)

On Saturday Brie scored a terrific free-kick goal to seal a 2-0 opening game win for the varsity girls soccer team.  Brie played with skill and purpose throughout the game and helped get the team started with a good showing in our first game.

The Mustang (Varsity Spirit)

The new mustang has brought some revived school spirit to games and campus events.  Watch soon for naming contest!

Honorable Mentions: Rebecca Bower ’18 – JV Field Hockey, Kat Stephan ’19 – JV Field Hockey, Julia Johnson ’19 – JV Field Hockey

Featured Videos

Sweet Sounds of the Season

Milton’s musicians rehearse for this weekend’s Winter Concert. The chamber orchestra and full orchestra take the stage in King Theatre on Friday, December 9, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Milton’s chamber singers and Glee Club also perform a Choral Concert this weekend beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, December 11.

Winter Orchestra Concert
Friday, December 9, at 7:30 p.m.
View live webcast

Chamber Orchestra:
Marcello Oboe Concerto  Mvt. 1
Isabel Basow (I) solo oboe
Weber-Concertino for Clarinet
Anne Bailey (I) solo clarinet
Haydn-Symphony #94  “Surprise”

Full Orchestra
Nelhybel-Danza for String Orchestra
Ippolitov-Ivanov-Procession of the Sardar
Camphouse-Before the Frost

Winter Choral Concert
Sunday, December 11, at 4 p.m.
View live webcast
Download concert program

In the Mood for Some Jazz?

Enjoy this Chick Corea tribute concert, brought to you by Milton’s jazz program.

Step Into the Pep Rally

Milton’s Step Team fires up the crowd during the 2016 pep rally.

Dancers Fire Up the Fans

Following the Step Team, Milton’s dancers take center stage in the ACC.

Featured Photos

I Too Am Milton

Self-portraits hang in Kellner’s Pieh Commons. Flip through photos of the students’ work on display.

OBK Heads on Instagram

Helping Milton’s admission office give prospective families a real sense of life at Milton, Orange and Blue Key (OBK) leaders post photos on our School’s Instagram feed. Follow Milton on Instagram to see the students’ posts.

Nesto Shows Black History Matters

The newest installment in Milton’s Nesto Gallery, Black History Matters 365, features the work of seven artists. Percy Fortini-Wright, curator of the exhibit, has selected prominent artists who are uninhibited in the expression of their struggles, successes and visions of events, historical, political and personal. Through various forms of media—via portraiture, abstract art, graffiti and street art, and traditional drawing—the exhibition includes a versatile body of work. The show will continue in the Nesto through January 27. View photos of the exhibit.

Fall Performance Snapshots

Milton’s fall performing arts schedule began with Molière’s Tartuffe.
View photos from the show.

Peter and the Starcatcher

With the help of performing arts faculty member Eleza Moyer, Class IV actors unravelled the backstory of the beloved Peter Pan and his arch rival Captain Hook in Peter and the Starcatcher.
View more photos.

Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike

Nick Gistis (III), Matthew Tyler (II), Abigail Foster (III), Clara Wolff (III), Charlotte Moremen (III) and Emma James (II) starred in the 1212 Play, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike. Evan Jenness (II) was stage manager and performing arts faculty member Shane Fuller directed the show. View more photos.

Winter Athletics Schedules


Milton’s winter sports season has begun. We hope you can visit campus to help support the Mustangs. Below are links to our teams’ schedules. If you can’t make it to the games, get photos and updates on Instagram (@MA_athletics) and Twitter (@MA_Athletics).

Boys’ Basketball
Girls’ Basketball
Boys’ Hockey
Girls’ Hockey
Boys’ Squash
Girls’ Squash
Boys’ Swimming
Girls’ Swimming

Teams on Instagram
Boys’ Hockey: @miltonmustangshockey
Girls’ Hockey: @magirlshockey
Girls’ Squash: @magirlssquash


Message from the Milton Fund Upper School Parent Chairs:

With the holidays fast approaching, we hope you will take time to reflect on your child’s Milton experience. As parents, we are so grateful and fortunate to have Milton in our lives, and know that our children are receiving a top-notch educational experience. We encourage you to show your gratitude this holiday season by making a gift or specified pledge to the Milton Fund.  We have a goal to secure 50 percent parent participation by December 31, 2016.  Please join the 200+ Upper School families who have already contributed to the Milton Fund by making your gift today at

Thank you for your consideration, and best wishes to you and your family this holiday season.

Kelli Armstrong P ‘18
Red Barrett P ’15 ’17 ’20
Susan Laster P ’15 ‘18

Milton Magazine

Change. Brought to You By Optimists.

Milton Magazine features change agents in this issue—skilled optimists who have eschewed anger and blame and instead opted for responsibility. They are working on solutions to intractable problems that every day delay social and economic progress for everyone. Milton alumni ask great questions, and they so often shake off the standard responses in favor of unconventional strategies. Dive in, and meet fearless and skillful Milton alumni who are changing some playing fields that matter. At the same time, Milton students play out projects that allow us to hear and understand emotions that drive our evolving approach to a difficult world.

Centre Connection

Centre Connection, Milton's online newsletter for parents, is published five times each year through the efforts of the Milton Academy Communication Office and Parents' Association volunteers.

Communication Office


Erin Berg
Marisa Donelan
Cathy Everett
Liz Matson
Greg White