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First Art Exhibit and Jazz Concert of the School Year Opens in Kellner

First Art Exhibit and Jazz Concert of the School Year Opens in Kellner

Beginning on Friday, September 15, the newly renovated Arts Commons in the Kellner Performing Arts Center features Ubuntu, an exhibit by photographer Frances Scanlon. Ms. Scanlon’s body of work includes images captured over the years during the Milton Academy jazz group’s biennial tour of South Africa.

“What started out for Frances Scanlon as documentation of the Jazz South Africa tours crossed the line into art,” says Nesto Gallery Director Larry Pollans. “Frances finds structural energies that define South African culture. She also captures the spirited link forged between our students and the South Africans. There is a palpable sense of adventure in the images.”

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Convocation Speakers Encourage Milton Students to Know, Challenge and Hear One Another

Convocation Speakers Encourage Milton Students to Know, Challenge and Hear One Another

“Know, and be known,” Head of School Todd Bland urged Milton students during Convocation on Friday morning, asking them to not run from difficult conversations, and instead seek to understand each other.

“I’m a believer in the truism that author Andrew Solomon is well known for saying: ‘It is nearly impossible to hate anyone whose story you know,’” Mr. Bland said. “I would carry that a step further: It is also far easier to maintain good faith in those whose stories you know. Let us do that for one another.”

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Embrace Differences, Head of School Todd Bland Encourages New Students

Embrace Differences, Head of School Todd Bland Encourages New Students

Welcoming new students and their parents to Milton this week, Head of School Todd Bland asked everyone in attendance to acknowledge and honor the differences each student brings to the School.

New Class IV students, as well as those entering Milton in Classes III and II, join others from 24 U.S. states and more than 20 countries, each with their own stories and points of view. Some of them have been at Milton since Kindergarten, while others are brand-new. Mr. Bland promised parents that the School is ready and excited to guide each student as they grow more independent.

“We will do everything in our power to be supportive of your children,” he said. “We will care for them and we will look after them.” To students, Mr. Bland said: “You’re in for a great ride.”

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Those First Few Days: Opening of School Overview

Those First Few Days: Opening of School Overview

Milton’s programming for new students and parents begins on Tuesday, September 5. Opening of school activities are designed to help families start to form an understanding of the community we strive to build, the many people who make up our community, and the individual contributions we all make to help form this dynamic learning environment. We know that while new students are surrounded by welcoming faces, they are making their way over unfamiliar terrain.

Our programs in the opening days are geared toward helping everyone get acclimated—to feel confident about who and where they are. These programs are designed by in-house experts—our own faculty and students—who know what being new to Milton feels like and what experiences will be helpful in those first few days. Each person at our School contributes to the Milton environment in big and small ways every day.

For the opening of school schedule, visit the opening of school calendar.

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Graduation 2017

Graduation 2017

Milton awarded diplomas to 190 seniors during the School’s commencement exercises on June 9, 2017. One longstanding tradition of the ceremony is students electing their student speakers, which assures seniors that they will, at their last Milton gathering, hear from classmates they have chosen. This year, students selected Jacob Atwood and Sophia Wilson Pelton. Delivering the commencement address was alumnus Tze Chun, Milton Academy Class of 1998. Click here to watch the ceremony, read speeches, and view photos from the day.

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Sharing Their Experiences: Seniors Present Their Final Projects

Sharing Their Experiences: Seniors Present Their Final Projects

Just before graduation, underclassmen see the fruits of the seniors’ work at the Senior Project Fair in the ACC. Senior project performances also take place around campus over three days. Freddy Okito gave an emotional TED-style talk of his journey from a Rwandan refugee camp to becoming a student at Milton. Award-winning poet Letitia Chan read a selection of her poems. Marshall Sloane and Elliot Burnes held a debate on Adam Smith’s Wealth of Nations.

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Activism and Identity Live at the Heart of Visiting Poet Franny Choi’s Work

Activism and Identity Live at the Heart of Visiting Poet Franny Choi’s Work

Exploring the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and immigration, poet and activist Franny Choi read several of her poems at an assembly sponsored by the Asian Society and GASP student groups.

Ms. Choi, the author of Floating, Brilliant, Gone, shared work about life as the queer daughter of Korean immigrants. Ms. Choi recalled coming out to her parents, a process that took years, as they adjusted to her identity.

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Two Milton Seniors Named Scholar-Athletes by National Football Foundation

Two Milton Seniors Named Scholar-Athletes by National Football Foundation

Mike Silva (I) and Allan Rappleyea (I) were recently named scholar-athletes by the Eastern Massachusetts chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame. They are among the 33 award recipients who were selected from over 200 schools and were honored at the 42nd annual scholar-athlete banquet in May. Both Mike and Allan will play football next year—Mike as a running back for Harvard University and Allan as an offensive tackle for Wake Forest University.

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Sailing Team Caps Off Terrific Season With Third Place Finishes at Two National Events

Sailing Team Caps Off Terrific Season With Third Place Finishes at Two National Events

An epic sailing season ended on a high note when Milton placed third in the ISSA Baker Team Race Championship held in Norfolk, Virginia, this past weekend. The national race consisted of the top 12 teams from around the country. Milton qualified for the race after placing second at the New England team racing championship held at Bowdoin College.

The team also had great success in fleet racing—placing third in the New England championships and then placing third in the national ISSA Mallory Doublehanded Championship. The No. 1-ranked team also won the Massachusetts State High School Championship. These accomplishments capped off an undefeated regular season where the team went 20-0, losing only four races the entire season and winning every meet.

“Going undefeated was my proudest moments,” says Eli Burnes (I), one of the co-captains of the team. “We had to be very focused all season because every race counted.”

Fellow co-captain Ginny Alex (I) said their biggest meet win was against St. George’s School. “We have a deep and strong team, so when we went to St. George’s, we could send our girl sailors to compete in the NESSA Women’s Championship (Herreshoff Regatta), which was held at the same time.”

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