February, 2016

A Student Startup Yields Many Lessons: Getting “Faces of Success” Off the Ground

A Student Startup Yields Many Lessons: Getting “Faces of Success” Off the Ground

This year, Ashleigh Hogan (II) launched a new lecture series on campus. Her goal: Offer students the full-range of what “success” looks like. Through the Faces of Success series, Ashleigh plans to invite personally and professionally successful individuals, inspirational people from various backgrounds, to share their stories—challenges, surprises, decisions, outcomes—with Milton students.

In December, with support from faculty members Tasha Otenti (classics) and Jamila Capitman (multiculturalism), Ashleigh hosted her first guest speaker, Bertha Coombs. Ms. Coombs (Milton Class of 1980) is a reporter for CNBC covering financial, business, and healthcare news.

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The Milton Measure: Delivering News Since 1894

The Milton Measure: Delivering News Since 1894

The Milton Measure, Milton Academy’s official school newspaper, is the oldest student-written and student-managed publication on campus, published bi-weekly since 1894. In this year’s nine issues, the paper has covered a range of topics including faculty sabbaticals, the boys’ soccer team’s historic success, student views on the college process, and sustainability on campus.

“The newspaper staff this year is a dedicated group of student journalists,” says Liz Matson, the faculty advisor to the paper. “They take a thoughtful and thorough approach to their reporting, writing and editing. I’ve been very impressed with their work ethic.”

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Video: Winter Dance Concert Rehearsal

Organizing Milton’s Welcome to the World: OBK Heads Make the Campus Tours work

Organizing Milton’s Welcome to the World: OBK Heads Make the Campus Tours work

Orange and Blue Key (OBK), the organization of admission office volunteers for Milton, is more than a century old. Today’s OBK heads set up all the tours—every period, every school day—that introduce new families to the School. Each of the senior girls and boys who are OBK heads manage the tours on one full class day, bi-weekly, for five months of the school year. They start with the schedule of visits for that day, and a list of available tour guides, and then set up and confirm all the tours. Roughly 200 Milton students devote some of their free periods to introduce families to Milton “on the ground.”

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Dead Fish and Poems and Lots of Awards

Dead Fish and Poems and Lots of Awards

Each year, dozens of Milton students earn honors for their creative work—poems, short stories, paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures. Earlier this month, more than 35 students received recognition from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the program identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and presents opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships. Established in 1923, Scholastic is the largest and longest-running program of its kind. Students across America submitted nearly 320,000 original works this year, across 29 categories of art and writing. Jurors—some of the foremost leaders in the visual and literary arts—look for works that exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of personal voice or vision.

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Meet Matthew Blanton, History Department

Meet Matthew Blanton, History Department

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Matt Blanton wanted to take a short break from the pre-med track he was on and teach. He earned a one-year fellowship at the Taft School, where he taught math. One year turned into six, because Matt discovered he loved teaching.

“I also realized that I liked teaching as a profession more than I liked the topic of math. What I liked was working with students on what I call social issues–race, class, gender and sexuality. But I felt I didn’t have the academic training to be an appropriate teacher for those topics, so that was the impetus to go back to school and move away from the sciences and math into the humanities.”

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Parents’ Association News and Notes

Click “read more” to get the latest news from Milton’s Parents’ Association, including recaps of past events—Barn Babies, the Class II Parent Dinner, and Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day—and information about upcoming events for Milton parents.

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The Romeros Perform at the 86th Gratwick Concert

The Romeros Perform at the 86th Gratwick Concert

On Thursday, February 25, Milton hosts the annual Gratwick Concert featuring the classical music of The Romeros. Having left Spain during the times of Franco, this quartet of guitarristas españolas has kept the family tradition alive since 1960. Over half a century after walking onto the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, The Romeros continue to be a veritable institution in the world of classical music, winning the raves of reviewers worldwide.

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Did You Hear Rumors?

Did You Hear Rumors?

“February needs a laugh,” says performing arts faculty Eleza Moyer. Eleza directed this winter’s production of Neil Simon’s Rumors, which she describes as “a classic farce—strictly meant to be fun.” Filled with ridiculous situations, misunderstandings and lots of physical comedy, the play is set in the 1980s, when a group of well-to-do friends gather for an anniversary celebration. In every direction, blunder and hilarity ensue.

“This show is a true ensemble,” says Eleza. “Lots of action is happening on stage most of the time, and—as in any comedy—timing is critical. I worked with the students quite a bit on establishing momentum.

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Celebrating an Anniversary: 20 Years of the Beatnik Café

Celebrating an Anniversary: 20 Years of the Beatnik Café

Earlier this month, students packed Straus Library, lounging on couches, feet dangling between rails of the second floor balcony, to see their classmates’ artistic talents at Beatnik. The popular Beatnik Café—an evening of live entertainment, for and by the students—has grown since 1996. Eagerly anticipated by students, and fondly remembered by grads, Beatnik always draws a full house. Music of all kinds—classic guitar, rap, rock, hip hop, acoustic—along with original poetry readings and improv comedy round out the night’s performances. Though most of the acts are by students, faculty members occasionally get in on the action, delighting with skills on the guitar, the piano or vocals.

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Mustang Success on the Ice

Mustang Success on the Ice

The boys’ hockey team is in the midst of an exciting season (17-5-2). Ranked in the top five of New England Prep Hockey all year, the team is looking to secure a playoff spot. Yesterday’s game against Thayer was a tough loss (7-6), but the team is looking forward to facing off against Nobles this Saturday at 4:15 p.m.

“The team is really close as a group of guys both on and off the ice,” says team captain Andrew Dumaresque (I). “Our depth of play is something we didn’t have last year. We have a lot of players who can score. And we have great goaltending by Ethan Domokos (II).”

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Shay Quintin ’16 (V Wrestling)

Shay Quintin finished the ISL season with a 12-2 record and finished in third place in the ISL Championships at the 126 weight class.

Raneem El Torky (V Squash)

Raneem went undefeated this weekend in four matches and helped lead the Milton girls’ squash team to an impressive 6th place finish in the country at High School Nationals.  Over the course of the weekend she defeated two of the top players in the county, both of whom are ranked in the top 6 nationally.  Most impressively, she came back from down 2-0 against Episcopal Academy to win the last three games and the match.  Along the way, she fought off 4 match balls in the 4th game to come back from a 10-6 deficit to take the game before winning the match decisively in the 5th game.

Honorable Mentions:  Jen Costa ’17 – V Hockey .. Siramori Yattassaye ’19 – 3rd Basketball .. Nick Tupanjanin ’16 – V Basketball

Past Mustangs of the Week

February 1 – February 7

Anthony Gallagher ’18 (V Wrestling)

Anthony won the Northern New England wrestling tournament at the 220 lb weight class this past weekend for the Mustangs.  In the final against an opponent from Andover he tossed his opponent for the win!

Olayeni Oladipo ’19 (3rd Basketball)

Olayeni scored 13 points and collected 20 rebounds in the 3rds girls basketball game against Lawrence on Wednesday. After trailing for most of the game, she locked down their best offensive threat, scored several points down the stretch and pushed the team to make a come back in the final 4 minutes. The team eventually won the game 35-27.

Honorable Mentions: Trevor Turnbull ’16 – V Hockey .. Anne Malloy ’16 – V Hockey .. Charlie Gagnon ’17 – JV Basketball .. Ryan Vyas ’19 – JV Hockey

January 18 – January 24

Charlie Keohan ’18 (JV Basketball)

Charlie stepped up big for the JV Boy’s Basketball team in last week’s game against St. Marks. He was able to come off the bench and hit a couple of crucial 3’s that kept the team in reach in the nail-biting match against St. Marks. Charlie, who is coming back from an injury on his shooting hand, brought energy and defense with his play in Saturday’s tough loss and will be a key piece of the teams’ success moving forward.

Hannah Congdon ’17 (V Hockey)

Hannah earned two big wins between the pipes for the Varsity Girls Hockey team this week.  On Wednesday she stopped 17 of 18 shots in a 4-1 win over Governors.  On Saturday she stopped 36 of 38 in a 3-2 upset of #6 St Paul’s, including an amazing 17 save performance in the first period, without allowing a goal, to keep the team in the game.  On the season, Hannah has stopped 94% of the shots she has faced and has an impressive 1.57 goals against average.

Honorable Mentions:  Ellie Lachenauer ’17 – V Basketball

January 10 – January 17

Nick Tupanjanin ’16 (V Basketball)

Nick scored his 1000th point here as a Milton Academy varsity basketball player on Saturday vs. St. Paul’s. Nick is the first player that has accomplished this milestone, since Coach Reddicks arrived at Milton.  Earlier this season he scored his 1000th high school career points against Thayer (182 points as a freshmen year at Dover-Sherborn). Nick is averaging 17 points per game this season and wasrecognized as an all league player in 2014 and 2015.

Vivian Lee (V Basketball)

Vivian scored 21 points in a heroic effort vs. Andover for the girls varsity basketball team.  Unfortunately the team lost that game in double-overtime. She has led the team at point guard this season, helping them to earn four quality wins vs. Exeter, Governors, Thayer and St. Pauls.

Honorable Mentions:  Del Jenkins ’17 – JV Basketball .. Sophia Li ’19 – 3rd Basketball

January 1 – January 9

Kellie Quinn ’16 (V Hockey)

Kellie led the girl varsity hockey team to a 3-2 record to begin 2016.  She tallied a goal and 4 assists to lead the team in scoring over the first 5 games with 5 points.  Her energy, tenacity and leadership has helped to drive the team forward this season.

JJ Batt (V Swimming)

In the first home meet of the season, JJ broke oldest school record in the books.  He swam the  100m fly in 54 seconds breaking the record held by Charlie Everett.  In the same meet, he led the AquaStangs to victory over Westminster, winning the 200m IM and leading two winning relays.

Honorable Mentions:  Edward Moreta ’18 – JV Basketball .. Jack Bliss ’17 – V Hockey

December 7 – December 13

Casey Delano ’17 (V Swimming)

Casey DeLano set a new 50m freestyle school record leading off 4×50 relay at KO Invitational.  She also won the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke events.  Her performance helped the varsity girls swimming team to a first place finish in the event.

Sam Rochelle ’16 (V Diving)

Sam Rochelle placed first in 1 meter diving at both the meet vs Deerfield and at the KO invitational meet.  He completed some amazing dives carrying some of the highest difficulty in the league.  He defeated the other divers in the field by a very wide margin.

Honorable Mentions:  Raneem El Torky ’17 – V Squash .. Trevor Turnbull ’16 – V Hockey .. David Jones ’16 – V Squash .. Jack Pacheco ’18 – JV Basketball

November 30 – December 6

Anne Malloy ’16 (V Hockey)

Anne Malloy helped the girls varsity hockey team to open their season with a win for the first time in over 10 years.  She scored the overtime game winning goal on a slapshot from the point to give the team a 2-1 win over a very strong Tabor team.  Further, she was dynamic in the defensive end, making it impossible for the Tabor forwards to get any offensive chances.

Ethan Domokos ’17 (V Hockey)

Ethan Domokos began his career at Milton by earning a shutout and helping the varsity boys hockey team to a 4-0 win over St. Sebastians to begin their 2015-16 with a winning record.  Domokos stopped all 26 shots he faced in goal to earn the shutout.

Honorable Mentions:  Maya Davis ’16 – V Basketball .. Rhett Carter ’19 – V Basketball .. Earvin Ofulue ’17 – JV Basketball

Community Service Volunteers are Bound for Belize


Thirteen students, along with two chaperones, travel to Belize during spring break for a week of service work and cultural exchange activities on the island of Caye Caulker. Milton has a long-standing relationship with Ocean Academy, the only high school on this small island off the coast from Belize City. For several years, the community service program at Milton has been helping with building repairs and working to add a library, greenhouse, and additional classrooms to the facility. After the daytime work of mixing cement, painting and hammering, Milton’s volunteers get to know the Cape Caulker students through family home visits, dinners, game nights and sports activities. The students will also have a chance to explore the beauty of Belize with a day of snorkeling in the island waters.

Paying It Forward at Milton: Make Your Gift Today

So far this year, 313 families in the Upper School have made the decision to pay it forward by donating or pledging their support to the Milton Fund. Donations to the Milton Fund directly impact the lives of Milton’s students and faculty by providing the funds needed to address the changing needs of the organization in real time. A successful Milton Fund ensures that Milton will continue to thrive today and in the future.

Are you ready to join your community and show your support? Make a tax-deductible donation online at www.milton.edu/donate or mail a check to:

Milton Academy
Development & Alumni Relations
170 Centre Street
Milton, MA 02186

If you have questions about the Milton Fund or making a gift, please contact Jaime Wendel, Annual Giving Officer, at Jaime_wendel@milton.edu or (617) 898-2378.

Milton Hosts Annual Blood Drive

The Community Service Board at Milton hosts the annual Blood Drive event next Tuesday, March 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wigg Hall. Any local parents willing and able to donate can schedule an appointment by emailing Community_Service@milton.edu. Students may also donate if they are 17 years of age or older, or if they are 16 with a parent consent form. More information on eligibility can be found on the Red Cross website at www.redcrossblood.org/students/information-parents

Featured Videos

Robotics Club at Milton

An introduction to robotics: Listen to Ravi Rahman (I) talk about the club.

Laughs at Morning Assembly

Watch Milton’s Improv actors convey a location, occupation and object using only gibberish and gestures.

Why Milton?

Listen to our students talk about why Milton is a great school.

Behind the Scenes

Milton’s orchestra prepares for a spring break tour of the Czech Republic. The Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Singers touch down in Prague on Friday, March 11 to begin their concert tour.

Jammin' in the Jazz Room

Watch Advanced Jazz students jam in Bob Sinicrope’s Kellner classroom.

Puttin' on the Ritz

Tap dancing in the Studio to prepare for the Winter Dance Concert on March 2.

Featured Photos

Mid-Year Student Art Show

Taking it all in: The Mid-year Student Art Show opens in Pieh Commons.
View students’ work on display.

Special Olympics

Milton’s Community Service Board hosted a Special Olympics basketball tournament for 12 teams and 150 athletes from the greater Boston area on February 7. The annual event gives teams a chance for extra competition practice before heading to the state tournaments. Volunteers, including members of Milton’s basketball teams, helped out as referees, timers and scorekeepers. Milton’s next large Special Olympics event will be the track and field tournament for 700 athletes and 30 teams on Sunday, May 15. Families are welcome to volunteer. Email Andrea Geyling-Moore, if you are interested.

Spring Schedules

With the winter season coming to a rapid close, we look to the promise of an early spring. Milton’s spring sports schedules are posted online and ready for you to view, download and sync with your personal calendar.

View the athletic calendar.

Sachiko Akiyama’s exhibit, UNTOLD STORIES, runs in Milton’s Nesto Gallery through March 4.
The Gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If you can’t visit campus to see the show, view photos online.

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.

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