One-hundred-eighty-five seniors received their Milton Academy diplomas during the School's graduation exercises on Friday, June 6, 2008. A longstanding tradition of the ceremony is the election of student valedictorian speakers to assure seniors that they will, at their last Milton gathering, hear from classmates they have chosen. This year’s student body elected Samuel Panarese and Elizabeth Bloom. Delivering the commencement address was alumna Jehane Noujaim, Milton Academy Class of 1992. Jehane is not only a successful, young, provocative documentary producer and filmmaker; she is an international activist who believes passionately in the power of film to help move people toward global acceptance of diversity.
Click here to read speeches and view photos from the 2008 graduation ceremony.
Alyson Friedensohn ’08 Receives National All-American Award from U.S. Lacrosse
Alyson Friedensohn (I) has been recognized by U.S. Lacrosse as a National All-American Honorable Mention. Alyson has been a starter on the varsity lacrosse team all four years of her high school career. This season she was the team’s co-captain and led the Mustang squad statistically in both goals (65) and assists (29). Coach C.J. Navins says of Alyson, “She is a dominant presence on the field. Her innate field sense, speed, accuracy and depth of shot selection make her the kind of dynamic attacker that other teams strategize ways to defend, as she inevitably tallies the majority of Milton’s goals. Her offensive creativity and ability to find the back of the net speaks for itself with 224 career goals and 80 career assists.” Alyson was voted Milton’s MVP by her teammates and received ISL All-League first team honors. She will continue her lacrosse career this fall at Division I Johns Hopkins University.
Students Raise Funds for AIDS Action Committee
On Sunday, June 1, the Milton Academy AIDS Walk Team participated in the 23rd Annual AIDS Walk in Boston. Milton’s 17 team members joined over 20,000 participants who raised nearly $1.2 million for the AIDS Action Committee (ACC) of Massachusetts.
“We arrived in time for the opening ceremonies, did some stretching, walked the 6.2 mile route, and spent an hour looking around the Wellness Festival at the end of the walk,” said Corina Chase (I). “As a team, we raised $2,271 for the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts.”
Members of Milton’s AIDS Walk Team included Solana Davis, Holly Mawn, Caroline Owens, Madeline Sherrill, Rachelle Alfred, Robert Bedetti, Charles Storey, Nikolas Powers, Aylin Feliz, Lillian Kaiser, Caitlin Dutkiewicz, Sarah Costello, Carolina Quezada, Hannah Jenkins, Isabel Watts, Ruth Weld and Corina Chase.
The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, New England’s first and largest AIDS organization, is dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS by preventing new infections and optimizing the health of those already infected.
Music to our ears?
To help raise awareness of Musequality, a non-profit aimed at setting up and supporting community music programs for the poorest children in the developing world, Jasmine Reid, Holly Mawn (both Class II) and Grant Jones (Class III) invited the organization’s founder, David Juritz, to visit Milton. Mr. Juritz surprised students and faculty at numerous venues, playing his violin at the opening of the Students’ Art Show, for instance. He is visiting Boston to take part in a Longwood Symphony Orchestra concert. At Milton he met the members of Milton’s Musequality Board, and shared the program’s intentions and accomplishments with others.
Spencer Parsons Wins Scholarship to Study Arabic
Dartmouth College has awarded Spencer Parsons (II) a scholarship to participate this summer in The Rassias Foundation’s Accelerated Language Program. Spencer will be studying Arabic in a ten-day intensive course that focuses on structure, vocabulary, fluency, accent and cultural understanding. Spencer is a self-proclaimed “language person,” and although familiar with Latin, French, Spanish and Chinese, he knows no Arabic. Spencer says, “I don’t want to go into the program with any preconceived ideas about the language. The only thing I know how to say in Arabic right now is thank you. The program at Dartmouth claims that after 100 hours spent working with the language, [students] will have a certain level of fluency. The method they used was originally developed for teaching Peace Corps volunteers.”
Spencer, who was seeking a summer independent language study on his own, came upon this opportunity and submitted a winning essay noted for its “goals and vision.” Spencer is currently enrolled in AP French and is trying to learn Chinese from friends. “They laugh at my accent,” he jokes. “Languages are like a puzzle to me, and I like puzzles,” he says. “I think I have a good ear for languages, and I think that knowing other languages is important, but mostly, I think they’re fun.”
Two Milton Students Receive Writing Award from Washington University
Corina Chase (I) and Chloe Cole (II) were named recipients of the 2008 Howard Nemerov Creative Writing Award given by the writing program at Washington University. Students from across the country submitted their poems, short stories and novel chapters to be judged by a panel of faculty at the University—including fiction writers Kathryn Davis and Kellie Wells, and poets Mary Jo Bang and Carl Phillips. Writing samples by Corina and Chloe were among the three chosen as award winners.
Milton Hosts Special Olympics
Milton's Community Service program organizes three tournaments per year and has hosted Special Olympics events for over 20 years. With the help of student volunteers, the Community Service program also coaches its own Milton-Quincy team, The Mustangs, which practices on campus every Sunday.
Thirty-five teams—including 750 athletes and 250 coaches—competed in the Track and Field Special Olympics event hosted by Milton Academy’s Community Service program on Sunday, May 18. Athletes from all over Greater Boston gathered on Stokinger Field to vie for the opportunity to qualify for the Massachusetts Summer Games. Over 200 volunteers—from Greater Boston, the Town of Milton and Milton Academy’s community—made the day a success as they escorted athletes to and from their races, awarded medals, served lunch, and provided activities for athletes when they were not competing.
Packaging Company Available On Campus
On June 3 and June 5, Boston Pack and Ship will be on campus to offer their services of custom packaging, shipping and summer storage. Representatives will be located in Forbes from 2:30–5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, and in Forbes from 12–4 p.m. and Hathaway from 12–3 p.m. on Thursday, June 8. For more information, call Boston Pack and Ship at (800) 400-7204 or visit their Web site at www.bostonpackandship.com.
Samara Oster Wins Scholarship to Jazz Institute
Samara Oster, Class II, was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, an intensive one-week educational program in jazz performance for exceptionally talented high school students. Held from August 9–16, 2008, at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and named for jazz legend Dave Brubeck, the program accepts fewer than 20 high school musicians from a competitive audition process. Samara will spend the week working with Brubeck Institute faculty and guest artists in individual lessons, master classes, rehearsals and seminars, culminating in a final concert.
Brian Kong is Finalist in U.S. Physics Team Competition
Brian Kong, Class IV, has been selected as a finalist in the U.S. Physics Team contest leading to the selection of the five Team members to represent the United States at the 39th International Physics Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam, in July. Brian scored exceptionally well on a series of exams this spring at Milton Academy; these exams were administered to thousands of students across the country by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT).
Brian attends an intensive academic training camp for ten days at the University of Maryland (May 17—May 28), which includes another exam process to select the final five students who will compete against 70 other nations at the International Olympiad. The U.S. Physics team has been competing since 1986 through the sponsorship of the AAPT and AIP. Recent hosts for the competition include Singapore, South Korea, Spain and Iran. Last year the U.S. Physics Team earned two gold and three silver medals at the 2007 event held in Isfahan, Iran.
T-Shirt by Sarah Sze ’87 one of GAP’s Artist Editions Collection
Milton Academy Theatre Presents Lute Song
Sarah Sze’s T-shirt is among those designed by 13 “of today’s most influential artists,” a project organized by GAP to celebrate the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial in New York. Sarah’s work is part of the lives of all Milton students, as her sculpture, “The Edge of One of Many Circles,” created in 2006—a gift of trustee Richard Perry ’73—hangs in Milton’s Schwarz Student Center.
In addition to Sarah, GAP tapped contemporary artists such as Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Kiki Smith and Hanna Liden to design the shirts; all 13 artists have exhibited at earlier Whitney Biennials. The Whitney Biennial is a special exhibition, held every two years, featuring the most important contemporary art in the United States; GAP is a sponsor of the 2008 Biennial.
GAP’s Web site that features the Artist Editions offers a profile of Sarah Sze: “Sze’s sculptural aesthetic has presented ephemeral installations that penetrate walls, suspend from ceilings and burrow into the ground. She was awarded a Macarthur Fellowship (the “genius” grant) in 2003, and has exhibited in many international institutions over the past decade. Sze’s work can be found in both public and private collections world wide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Foundation Cartier in Paris.”
This week David Peck, chair of the performing arts department, directs his final Milton production in what will be his twentieth year at the Academy. For his directorial finale, David chose the play Lute Song, adapted from the classical, centuries-old tale from Pi-Pa-Chi and adapted for Broadway in the 1940s. The story is about Tsai-Yong, a young Chinese student who leaves his wife, parents and provincial life to become part of the larger world. He becomes a famous magistrate and is forced into marriage, becoming husband to the daughter of a prince. The tale follows the relationships that play out while Tsai-Yong reconciles his new life with his old.
“It’s a very romantic, very painful love story,” David says. “What I like is that it’s quite complex; none of the roles are simplistic. It’s a traditional Chinese tale, and it’s traditional in the way it’s presented. People in China often don’t know the play by name, but they know the story. The story and the set we’ve created are simple, compelling, and beautiful. This production isn’t about spectacle, it’s about emotion.”
Lute Song will take the stage in Ruth King Theatre on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 17, at 7 p.m.
Four Young Alumni Present Their Work at Boston's Independent Film Festival
Milton graduates Kate MacCluggage '00, Michael Lerman '00, Ian Cheney '98 and David Modigliani '98 were among the artists whose films were showcased during the 2008 Independent Film Festival (IFF) of Boston, which recently took place in theaters in and around the city. The IFF is a weeklong celebration of independent filmmaking and includes premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films as well as panel discussions from professionals in the industry. All three works—Ian's film, The Greening of Southie, Kate and Michael's film, Natural Causes, and David's film, Crawford—made their New England debuts at the festival.
Click here for synopses of these films, courtesy of the IFF Web site.
Nesto Gallery Exhibit Opens Tuesday
On Tuesday, May 6, the doors of Milton’s Nesto Gallery open to a new exhibit featuring the photography of Lauren Shaw. Ms. Shaw’s photographic installation, Maine Women: Living on the Land, celebrates the relationship between the land we live on and the soul and spirit of place. Featuring the lives of ten women and their connection with the land around them, the exhibit inspires audiences to look at the relationship they have to their own personal surroundings. The show includes an interactive DVD that deepens the experience as these women from Maine tell their stories in their own words. An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, from 5:30–7 p.m., and the film version of Maine Women: Living on the Land will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Milton Presents a Tale of the Ancients
Milton’s traditional 1212 productions date back to the pre-Student Center days, when Warren Hall, Room 1212 was home to the intimate productions that—without the allowance of much technical support—relied on the atmosphere of an informal setting and strong performance to stage a crowd-pleaser. These days the beloved 1212 plays are brought to life in Wigg Hall, and this spring’s 1212 production, Hecuba, promises an entertaining evening.
Written by Euripides, one of classical Athens’ great tragedians, Hecuba takes place after the Trojan War, when the city of Troy has fallen. Hecuba and her daughter Polyxena are enslaved to Agamemnon, and the story that unfolds depicts Hecuba's grief over the sacrifice of her daughter and the revenge she takes over the loss of her son, Polydorus. At the tragedy’s center is the status of women—who at this time in history are out of power and at the margins of society—shown through Hecuba’s suffering, revenge, and eventual metamorphosis.
Directed by performing arts faculty member Peter Parisi, Milton’s production of Hecuba fills Wigglesworth Hall on Thursday, May 1, and Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m.
Graham Allison of Harvard leads off Keyes Seminar Day at Milton Academy
Dr. Graham Allison, author of the book Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, was this year’s keynote speaker, leading the 2008 Milton Academy Seminar Day on April 30. Dr. Allison directs the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, at the JFK School of Government, Harvard University. He has served as special advisor to the secretary of defense under President Reagan and as assistant secretary of defense for policy and plans under President Clinton. Dr. Allison has twice been awarded the Department of Defense's highest civilian award, the Distinguished Public Service Medal. Nuclear Terrorism: The Ultimate Preventable Catastrophe, published in 2004, is now in its third printing and was selected by the New York Times as one of the “100 most notable books of 2004.”
Producer, Filmmaker and Activist, Jehane Noujaim '92, to Address Graduating Class
Jehane Noujaim, Class of ‘92, comes back to campus on June 6 as the 2008 Milton Academy graduation speaker. Jehane is not only a provocative, successful, young documentary producer and filmmaker; she is an international activist who believes passionately in the power of film to help move people toward global acceptance of diversity.
Jehane started making movies at Harvard College, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 1996 with a degree in Visual Arts and Philosophy. Prior to graduating, Jehane earned a Gardiner Fellowship and used it to direct Mokattam, a film about the community of garbage collectors (Garbage Village) outside Cairo, for the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies. After college, her professional life began in the MTV news documentary division, where she was a producer for the series Unfiltered. She has worked as cinematographer both in the Middle East and in the United States for the documentaries Born Rich, Only the Strong Survive and Down from the Mountain. She was both a producer and director for the award-winning documentary Startup.com. In 2003, she made the documentary film Control Room about Al Jazeera, the U.S. military’s Central Command and their contrasting ways of reporting the United States’ invasion of Iraq. About Control Room the New York Times said, "Through the deceptively simple practice of watching, listening and editing, Jehane Noujaim captures the complexity of reporting, and has a great deal to say about truth, democracy and the ambiguous status of the free press in the modern world."
Milton Hosts Musical Friends from Africa
The award-winning Maru-a-Pula School (MaP) Marimba Band from Gaborone, Botswana is touring the northeastern United States this month, and as part if its tour, MaP will be visiting Milton Academy. Managed by alumnus Reif Larsen ’98, the group will be on campus from Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27.
On April 24, MaP’s marimbists will be performing at the acclaimed Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge (www.ryles.com), and two of Milton’s Senior Jazz Combos will be opening the concert in what will be their final public performance as Milton students. The Jazz Combos will take the stage at 7:00 p.m., and MaP will begin at 9:00 p.m. In addition to this joint performance on Thursday evening, Milton students will engage with the young group members—ranging in age from 14 to 19 years—as their hosts for the weekend. MaP students will join an Oral Interpretation class, perform in the Schwarz Student Center, and are invited to attend this weekend’s Spring Choral concert and Beatnik Café.
The group’s tour of Boston also includes a performance at Symphony Hall and a visit to downtown’s Prudential Center. They were in New York City earlier this week and performed live on NBC’s The Today Show. The focus of MaP’s Marimba tour is to raise scholarship funds for AIDS orphans. Their country has one of the highest AIDS rates in the world and is home to more than 30,000 AIDS orphans. According to the MaP Web site, “In 2005, Maru-a-Pula started funding two orphans’ scholarships, recognizing that many… future leaders were in this population of orphans, if only they had the opportunity for a world-class education. The school is now funding 20 full scholarships and is hoping to raise the money to fund 60 full scholarships by 2010.” Joining the group on their tour is Milton alumna Natalie McCormack ’00, MaP’s development director. For more information about MaP, please visit www.afmap.org.
The Senior-Senior Prom: Milton Brings Back an Old Tradition
On Friday, April 18, the Community Service Board hosted a dance on campus for the elderly members of Milton’s community. The Board invited guests from three Milton residences—Unquity House, Fuller Village and Winter Valley—to visit our campus and dance the night away.
Years ago, the event was an annual tradition at the School, but had been forgotten about over time. Community Service Board Co-head Emily Rider-Longmaid and Board member Katherine Perzan were inspired to organize it once again after meeting with former faculty member and alumnus, Geoff Theobald.
“Geoff mentioned that he had organized the Senior-Senior Prom while at Milton,” said faculty member Heather Sugrue, “and Emily and Katherine thought it would be wonderful to revive an old tradition. Many Milton students joined in the fun and everyone had a great time. Mr. Theobald was on our guest list too, and he was happy to stop by and see the success of the event.”
Spring Brings Music to King Theatre
The music department at Milton Academy presents the annual Spring Concerts this weekend in King Theatre. On Friday, April 25, Milton’s Chamber Singers, Glee Club and Gospel Choir take to the stage at 8 p.m. for the Spring Vocal Concert. On Sunday, April 27, students in the Chamber Orchestra and the Full Orchestra will perform at 4 p.m. in the Spring Instrumental Concert. For more details about either show, please contact music department chair, Don Dregalla, at email@example.com.
Milton Welcomes Marshall Carter as K-8 Principal
Milton’s K-8 Principal Search Committee announced this morning that Mr. Marshall Carter will join the community as leader of the K-8 division. Mr. Carter joins Milton from The Rashi School in Newton, Massachusetts, where he was the middle school director, managing all aspects of the 6-8 grade division within a K-8 setting.
Interim Head of School Rick Hardy, in commenting on Mr. Carter’s appointment, said, “Mr. Carter is an experienced and talented educator who is excited by the opportunity at Milton to build on the sound planning by the K–8 committee and to implement a program that maximizes students’ experience at every grade. We are delighted to welcome him to Milton and look forward to working with him as he leads Milton, K-8.”
Click one of the following links for the complete announcement.
[Middle School News Page]
[Lower School News Page]
Milton Students Receive Regional and National Writing Awards
Corina Chase (I) has been named a National Gold Award winner in the 2008 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards from the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. After receiving two Gold Key awards at the regional level in the short story and short short story categories, Corina won a Gold Award in the National Scholastic Art and Writing contest for her piece entitled "Tango."
As Corina describes, “Tango” is about one day in the life of a girl named Marie who is dealing with—or having trouble dealing with—her mother’s depression. “The stories I write usually start with a place or a setting,” Corina says. “For this story, what inspired me was the cold beach near my grandparents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine. ‘Tango’ begins with Marie on a cold beach, much like the one near my grandparents’.” Corina explains that the “short” short story is an even tighter version of the short story, typically not exceeding 3,000 words.
Corina’s award places her in the top 1% of all submissions, with 10,000 works submitted to the national contest from 100,000 overall submissions. The national award recipients were chosen by a panel of distinguished artists, writers, arts professionals and educators based on their originality, technique and emergence of a personal voice or vision. Corina is invited, along with other national award winners, to attend The National Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony in New York City in early June.
Three other Milton students were awarded regional honors in the Scholastic Awards competition for their creative writing. Jennifer Kilbourne (I), Chloe Cole (II) and Mike Bartley (II) all received Gold Key awards for their submissions in the poetry category.
Princeton Hockey Player Liz Keady ’03 Wins Prestigious ECAC Award
Milton alumna and Princeton University senior Liz Keady ’03 was recently granted the 2008 Sarah Devens Award from ECAC Hockey and Hockey East. The award is given each season to a player who "demonstrates leadership and commitment both on and off the ice." Liz, a forward for the Tigers’ team, is the first Princeton student-athlete to receive the Devens Award.
According to the ECAC Web site, "[Liz] registered double-digits in scoring for the fourth consecutive season amassing 19 points (9 goals and 10 assists) in 28 overall games this past season, while playing most of the season with four fractures in one foot and a bad back. One of her on-ice achievements for the season was earning ECAC Hockey Player-of-the-Week honors… scoring three goals and adding three assists in leading Princeton to three victories. Off the ice… [Liz] has organized hockey-related programs such as Skills N' Drills, and taught power skating and stick handling skills. During the summers, [she] assists with a hockey humanitarian program called "Teaming Up," which raises awareness and money for maternal health in developing countries." Liz has also played on the U.S. National team and, after graduation, plans to pursue a career in hockey.
In other girls’ hockey news, Milton head coach Darcy Corson was appointed the 2008 Under-16 Girls' U.S.A. Hockey National Player Development Camp Intern Coach. U.S.A. Hockey identifies its Development Camp coaching interns as "the best up and coming young coaches in the country.”
Jake Hooker ’91 Wins 2008 Pulitzer Prize
Jake Hooker ’91, reporter for The New York Times, has been awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize with co-writer Walt Bogdanich for their stories on toxic ingredients in medicine and other everyday products imported from China, which led to crackdowns by American and Chinese officials. According to The New York Times, articles in the team’s series, A Toxic Pipeline, "examined how dangerous and poisonous pharmaceutical ingredients from China have flowed into the global market. Reporting on four continents, Walt Bogdanich and Jake Hooker traced the illicit ingredients through traders and middlemen that formed a supply chain stretching from small factories in rural China to consumers around the world. The stories detailed the devastating, sometime deadly, human cost of this toxic pipeline." Most recently, the two writers exposed the possible connection between 19 deaths linked to contaminated batches of heparin, the blood-thinning drug, and Chinese drug counterfeiting.
After Milton, Jake attended Dartmouth College where he concentrated in art history. His profile in The New York Times tracks an independent path from college to his current role as reporter for the Times: "For two years [Jake] lived in the White Mountain National Forest as a caretaker for several backcountry huts operated by the Appalachian Mountain Club. He was a volunteer in the Peace Corps in China starting in 2000. For two years, he taught English at a middle school in Wanxian, a small town along the middle reach of the Yangtze River, near the Three Gorges. In his free time there, he learned Chinese. He published his first newspaper article, about his life in Wanxian, in The Boston Globe in 2001. In 2003, Jake returned to China to work for the Surmang Foundation, a nongovernmental organization that runs a free health clinic for nomads in eastern Tibet. Western doctors work alongside Tibetans there; patients come on horseback. [Jake] translated for Western doctors and Tibetan doctors, bought medicine, wrote reports and met with health officials, Tibetan monks and other people in the Surmang Valley. [Jake] has traveled to most places in China writing about rural life, AIDS, ethnic identity, and archaeology. Since 2006, he has contributed research and reporting to a wide range of China coverage for The New York Times."
Wandering and Wondering: The Works of Joshua Meyer
On Tuesday, April 8, Milton’s Nesto Gallery opens an exhibition of paintings by figurative painter Joshua Meyer entitled “Wandering and Wondering.” Inspired by the English painter Frank Auerbach, Meyer creates a universal humanism in his paintings by the use of his gestural stroke. In his words, “the figures emerge and recede, building relationships and layers.”
Born in Lubbock, Texas, and educated at Yale University, Meyer has shown his work throughout the United States, most recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art and the Lowe Gallery in Los Angeles. Some of the paintings exhibited in “Wandering and Wondering” appear in the recently published book of Meyer’s paintings called Wednesday Evenings: Paintings of Sharrona Pearl.
Meyer’s work will be on display in the Nesto Gallery through May 1. An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on April 8. Meyer’s will be available to speak with students, faculty and other members of the community on Wednesday, April 23, in Greeley Auditorium at 9:10 a.m. The Nesto Gallery is located on Milton’s campus, in the lower level of the Science Building. The gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, please contact Anne Neely at 617-898-2335.
Michelle Peirce ’83 Named President Elect of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts
Alumna Michelle Peirce, a litigator at the firm Donoghue Barrett & Singal, has been named President Elect of the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) of Massachusetts. Michelle became President Elect of the 1,500-member organization at the Association’s annual meeting held at the Omni Parker House in Boston. As President Elect, Peirce will work with the new WBA President, Kathy Jo Cook of Keches & Mallen, to further the WBA’s mission of ensuring full and equal participation of women in the legal profession and in a just society. Michelle will become the WBA President in March of 2009. “The WBA has never been stronger,” Michelle notes, “and I am looking forward to continuing that momentum to help women lawyers advance in their practices and in their lives.”
Michelle’s work focuses on white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University and earned her juris doctorate magna cum laude from Boston College School of Law. She clerked for the Hon. Andrew A. Caffrey in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and has also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University Law School. Michelle has twice been named a “Rising Star” in “Super Lawyers’ Massachusetts Rising Stars,” published annually in Boston Magazine.
From Budapest to Belize: Students share their time and talents over spring break
While many use the March break as an opportunity to relax or escape to warmer weather, many Milton students spent their time off visiting other countries while offering a helping hand and sharing their musical talents.
Twenty-five students and three faculty members participated in the Community Service Program's trip to Belize, South America. Assisted by Peacework, the nonprofit group that helped coordinate previous Milton trips to the Mississippi Gulfcoast, students refurbished the Saint Barnabus School, just outside of San Ignacio in the country’s mountainous interior. Working eight-hour days, they painted and tiled a classroom building and tutored elementary school students in language and mathematics. During free time, the group viewed Mayan ruins, voyaged into the Belizean jungle, and snorkeled off the coast’s famous barrier reef.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the Milton Academy Chamber Singers and Chamber Orchestra spent one week touring Prague and Budapest, performing in churches and concert halls, and visiting castles and other historic landmarks throughout the countryside.
While in Prague, the group toured the Lobkowicz Collection, hosted by Milton alumnus William Lobkowicz ’79. William spoke to the group (wearing his Milton tie) and explained how he recovered his family’s collection of art and musical scores, which includes the original scores of three Beethoven Symphonies, including the fifth, as well as string quartets of Haydn dedicated to William’s great-great-great grandfather. The Lobkowicz Collection also includes the original score of the Mozart orchestration of Handel's Messiah.
The group performed its first concert to a full house at the St. Salvador Church in Prague and its second in the colonnade hall of the small town of Podebrady. On the fifth day of the trip, the group performed its third concert prior to a mass at the St. Peter and Paul Cathedral outside of Budapest. The students performed their final concert of the tour at a local Renaissance Festival before returning to the United States.
Rick Hardy, Interim Head Through 2009
The Milton Academy Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Rick Hardy will serve as interim head of school through June, 2009.
"Rick brings 25 years of experience at Milton—as a classroom teacher, house parent, department chair and Upper School principal prior to his serving as interim head," said Franklin W. Hobbs, president of the board. "We are delighted that Rick will continue his leadership."
Author Louise Glück is Bingham Visiting Reader
Award-winning author, Louise Glück, will be on campus this Wednesday, March 12, as part of the Bingham Visiting Writers Series. Louise is the author of numerous books of poetry, including The Seven Ages; Vita Nova, winner of The New Yorker magazine’s Book Award in Poetry; Meadowlands; The Wild Iris, which received the Pulitzer Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award; Ararat, for which she received the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry; and The Triumph of Achilles, which received the National Book Critics Circle Award. She has also published a collection of essays, Proofs and Theories: Essays on Poetry, which won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for Nonfiction. Louise’s tenth book of poetry, Averno, was nominated for the National Book Award in 2006 and was listed by the New York Times Book Review as one of the 100 Notable Books of the Year. Her honors also include the Bollingen Prize in Poetry, the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, and fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller foundation, and from the National Endowment for the Arts. In September 2003, Louise was appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress. She is currently a writer-in-residence at Yale University. On Wednesday, Louise will speak in Ruth King Theatre during second period, followed by a discussion with students and faculty in Straus Library.
Michael Flaherty ’92 earns Reporter of the Year Award from Reuters
For three years Michael Flaherty has covered the private equity boom and bust for Reuters. In 32 major scoops during 2007, Michael wrote “market-moving exclusives and ahead-of-the-curve analyses,” according to the news agency. “[Michael] Flaherty’s work was a pivotal part of Reuters coverage of the U.S. sub prime crisis and ensuing global credit crunch,” Reuters announced in making the award. “Mike Flaherty is the consummate dogged journalist, spending hours building sources and then breaking news that is important to our clients. He is innovative, embracing multimedia and new ways of doing things, including launching our popular deals blog,” said David Schlesinger, Reuters editor in chief.
Mike began his reporting career, after freelancing for several magazines, in 2001 at the Fairfield (CA) Daily Republic, covering housing and the environment. He moved on to the San Mateo County (CA) Independent as a city beat reporter and as lead reporter covering San Francisco International Airport during the post 9–11 security transition and the bankruptcy of the county’s largest employer — United Airlines. Before moving to New York City in September 2003, he was a city beat and casino reporter for the Marin Independent Journal. Mike joined Reuters in December 2003.
Kyle Roy is New England Prep Wrestling Champion
Kyle Roy (Class II) wrestled his finest matches of the season as the sixth-seeded wrestler in the 160 lb. weight class at the New Englands on Saturday, March 1, to take home the first place trophy and title, New England Prep Wrestling Champion. Kyle defeated senior Peter Hadjipeteras (11th seed) from Brunswick Academy in the first round of the tournament, a 14-8 decision. Kyle then faced the third-seed from Choate-Rosemary Hall, Christian Duffy, and defeated him by a score of 11-4. In the semi-final round, Kyle beat second-seed Stu Corliss from Roxbury Latin in a close match to advance to the finals against first-seed Jack Nuland from Taft.
“Nuland’s perfect 17-0 record coming into the tournament was evident as he wrestled a great match and led 4-2 after two periods,” said Milton’s head coach, Chris Hales. “Kyle’s keen use of match tactics and exceptional defense allowed him to fight back to a tie score at the end of regulation. Seconds into the sudden-victory overtime period, Kyle stymied Nuland’s takedown attempt by flipping him directly onto his back and nearly pinning him, at which point the match was stopped and Kyle’s arm rose in victory.”
Congratulations to Kyle Roy, the 2008 New England Prep Wrestling Champion.
Samara Oster: Second in Musical Theater Competition
Samara Oster (Class II) was awarded second place in the finals of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition in Musical Theater, a regional competition hosted at the Boston University College of Fine Arts on February 23. Samara competed in the high school division of the competition and was chosen by a panel of judges comprised of professionals in musical theater. Her award includes a cash prize.
Capitalist Club Visits Harvard Business School
Members of Milton’s capitalist club, Invisible Hand, met with alumni from Milton’s Class of 1997 at the Harvard Business School on Thursday, February 28. Graduates discussed their careers, answered questions, and took their guests on a tour of the campus.
Ross Lerner (Class III) said that the alumni pointed to Milton’s academic and organizational preparation as a key to their success. They detailed Harvard Business School’s famed "case" method of instruction and described their own experiences in college and at Harvard Business School.
Neal Litvack, Milton’s CFO and faculty sponsor of Invisible Hand, accompanied the students on their trip and called the visit a “great success.”
What Else Didn’t We Know?
Dr. Karen King Shares Her Ideas at Milton
Dr. Karen L. King, Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Harvard University in the Divinity School, spoke with students on Wednesday, February 27 as the Class of 1952 Endowment for Religious Understanding Speaker. The title of Dr. King’s talk was "What Else Didn't We Know? Ancient Gospels from the Egyptian Desert," and it explored how we approach historical texts, in our research and in our interpretation.
In talking with students, Dr. King explained, “History does not just exist; it is interpreted, and often injected with our own preconceived ideas. History is much more complicated than the stories can tell. If we reject this kind of complexity, we lose the ability to know a fuller version of history that we can think about, research and consider going forward.”
Dr. King's research interests within the history of Christianity include women's studies, orthodoxy and heresy, and the Nag Hammadi texts. She has written books on the Gospel of Mary and the Gospel of Judas (with Elaine Pagels), which are texts within the Gnostic canon. Her current interests focus on the diversity of early Christianity; women and gender in early Christian life; and how violence, martyrdom and suffering shaped Christian theology and practice.
A former student of Dr. King, Chaplain Suzanne DeBuhr describes her as “a brilliant scholar and educator who takes an inquisitive approach, encouraging us to read both what is written but also to look for what is not being expressed in a particular text.” Dr. King met with students in Straus Library during third and fourth period, following her talk.
Milton’s First Melodrama in Over 27 Years
Performing arts faculty member Darlene Anastas has been teaching at Milton since 1981. This year’s production of No Mother to Guide Her by Anthony Forsythe will be the first production of its genre to be staged at Milton in her 27 years. No Mother to Guide Her is old-fashioned melodrama, rife with ladies feigning “Help! Help!” and villains twirling their handlebar mustaches. Melodramatic acting is new to Milton students.
The tale’s heroine, Spring Overton, has lost her memory and turns up on the steps of the Vandenburgh home. The villainous rogue, Talbot Twillingham, does his best to woo Spring, but she denies his advances. Scorned, Talbot turns against Spring and the Vandenburgh family; his intents are foiled in the nick of time by the manly hero, Casper Vandenburgh.
Dr. Cheryl Jenkins is the 2008 Talbot Speaker
Dr. Cheryl Sandford Jenkins, along with her husband, Dr. Jeff Jenkins, visited Milton on Wednesday, February 13, as the Samuel S. Talbot Speaker. A psychologist specializing in adolescence, Dr. Jenkins has 30 years of experience counseling independent school students in boarding and day schools.
Dr. Jenkins has been the principal investigator of the Independent School Gender Project, a project conceived by Ellie Griffin, Milton’s director of health and counseling services. The project’s goal is to address equity issues for men and women, and boys and girls, in independent schools.
Nesto Gallery Features Work of Peik and Judith Larsen
A new exhibit featuring a full range of printmaking from contemporary artists Peik and Judith Larsen opens in Milton’s Nesto Gallery on Tuesday, February 12. Through the work of these two artists, the show will address the confluences of etching and digital imagery, demonstrating the range and interrelationship of both processes. An opening reception will be held from 5:30–7 p.m. on Tuesday evening in the Nesto Gallery located on the lower level of the Science Building.
Speech Team Qualifies for National Tournament
Milton Academy’s speech team competed in the Catholic National Qualifying Tournament at Shrewsbury High School on Saturday, February 9. Milton’s team members won 12 of the 36 slots to move on to the national tournament in Appleton, Wisconsin in May. Students who qualified for the national competition include Lexa Gluck and Megan Campos in Dramatic Performance; Lily Kaiser and Steve Wagner in Duo Performance; Chloe Cole and Dylan Williams in Duo Performance; Amelia Whalen in Prose and Poetry; Cameron Parsons in Declamation; Liz Stark, Corina Chase, Lyndsey Starks and Allan Jean-Baptiste in Original Oratory; and Henry Litman and Matt Gottesdiener in Extemporaneous Speaking.
A Big Weekend for Milton's Jazz Program
Milton Academy jazz students took part in the 40th annual Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival at the Hynes Auditorium in Boston on Saturday, February 9. Over 2,500 students from 12 states participated in what is hailed as the largest high school jazz festival in the country. Milton’s jazz group competed in the medium to small-sized high school combo category.
“The group was outstanding, coming in second place by the slimmest of margins and winning two partial scholarships for group members to Berklee summer programs,” said faculty member Bob Sinicrope.
Samara Oster (Class II), who sang vocals for the group, received the Judge’s Award for Outstanding Musician. Other group members included Chris Côte (trumpet), Drew Hresko (alto sax), Adrian Alston-Moore (tenor sax), Derek Huang (piano), Will English (guitar), Alec Seymour (bass), Bernardo Schuhmacher (drums) and Will Davis (congas).
Another of Milton's jazz groups played at the Atrium Mall in Chestnut Hill on Sunday, February 10, to help promote TeenLife Boston—an organization that helps students connect with community service opportunities and other programs beyond their school. Students who volunteered their time include Brady Caspar (alto sax), Jonah Francese (trumpet), Sam Pearce (trumpet), Ben Naddaff-Hafrey (piano), Luke Gaffney (piano), Michael Abrams (piano), Jamie Maynard (guitar), Wyatt Cmar (guitar), Spencer Gaffney (bass) and Ethan Schneider (drums).
Milton Dancer, Dylan Tedaldi ’09, Wins International Competition
When Dylan Tedaldi ’09 left for Switzerland in January, he had no idea what to expect. When he returned to Milton one week later, he was considered to be one of the top three young dancers in the world.
Last fall, Dylan was chosen among just 71 dancers—20 of them boys—to participate in the 36th Annual Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Prix de Lausanne is an international dance competition reserved for young student dancers aiming to pursue a professional career in dancing. Performing Arts faculty member Kelli Edwards remarks, “Of all the international ballet competitions, this prize is probably the most coveted. Just to be selected to compete is an honor.”
Captain Jeremy Deutsch Wins Colin F. MacDonald III Trophy
Recently Milton defeated Thayer 3-0. This was Milton's second victory over Thayer this season and the third in a row going back to last season. Following the game the Colin F. MacDonald III Trophy is given to the Outstanding Player of the Milton Academy – Thayer Academy Annual Ice Hockey Series. This trophy is presented in the memory of an outstanding young man and Thayer captain.
This year's award went to Milton Academy captain Jeremy Deutsch (Lloyd Harbor, NY). Milton gave up only one goal in the two games this season and Deutsch served as the backbone of the Milton defense. The play of goaltenders Michael Baldino (Woburn, MA) and Thomas Tysowsky (Amherst, NY) in the Milton nets was also instrumental in the team's success. This award is two years running for Milton as Deutsch joins Milton alum and current Yale blueliner Michael Matczak (Sewell, NJ) as back-to-back Milton recipients.
The eleventh ranked Mustangs are currently riding a seven game unbeaten streak and host league leading and second ranked St. Paul's team on Wednesday at 4:45 PM.
Colin F. MacDonald III, in whose memory the trophy was established, was a graduate in the Thayer Academy Class of 1976, a student with exceptional athletic ability and personal qualities rare in one so young. His desire for personal improvement, his steadiness, perseverance, humility, and kindness were conspicuous and remarkable. He was a model for all who knew him.
Percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie Performs at Milton
Internationally renowned percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie, performed in Milton’s Ruth King Theatre at this year’s Gratwick Concert on Tuesday, February 5. Throughout her career, Evelyn Glennie has commissioned 143 new works for solo percussion, composed and recorded music for film and television, and gives more than 100 performances a year worldwide. Her diverse collaborations have included performances with artists such as Nana Vasoncelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Emmanuel Ax, Sting, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Fred Frith. Her first album, a recording of Bartok's Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion, won a Grammy in 1988.
Students Host Special Olympics Basketball Tournament
This January, Milton Academy's community service program hosted more than 100 athletes from the Greater Boston area competing in the annual Special Olympics Basketball Invitational Tournament. Leading up to the event, Milton students volunteered their time each Sunday afternoon to coach one of the fifteen teams. At the tournament, Upper and Middle School students managed the opening ceremony, anthem and Special Olympics oaths; served as referees and time keepers; and presented awards during the closing ceremony. Lower School students and their families made signs, cheered the teams and assembled lunches for the players. In May, the Special Olympics will return to Milton when the community service program hosts the Track and Field qualifier.
Milton Celebrates Black History Month
The Jazz Dessert on February 1 kicked off an important month for all of us: Black History Month. Onyx and the Diversity Office have put together a great series of exciting and educational events for the community. The Jazz Dessert featured selections from jazz band students and a brief discussion of the historical significance of jazz to African-American culture.
Click here to view a full schedule of Milton events for Black History Month.
Alumna Assists in Paraguay Micro-finance Project
The self sufficient farm as a high school
Since August of 2007, Sarah Role ’99 has been working with Fundación Paraguaya, a Paraguayan microfinance institute, to conduct research at the Self-sufficient Organic Farm School in Paraguay. The farm school is a pilot agricultural high school where students learn to grow their own organic food, market their product, and use revenue from their sales to pay for the School’s operating costs. Graduates from the School are given small loans to start their own farms.
According to the alumni newsletter of School Year Abroad, Fundación Paraguaya believes “the Self-sufficient Organic Farm School model has the potential to bring agricultural education to a far wider audience, including low-income rural families for whom private schooling has always been just a dream. Fundación Paraguaya hopes its model will be replicated first throughout Paraguay, then in neighboring countries, and eventually in the rest of the developing world.”
Sarah was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship to conduct participatory research at the farm school until June of this year. She hopes that her research and experience in Paraguay allow her to “bring the Self-sufficient Organic Farm School model to the United States to provide the next generation of farmers the education they’ll need to survive in today’s market: an education that addresses both the agricultural and entrepreneurial demands of organic farming.”
Tibet in 2008: What Does the Future Hold?
Kathleen Nolan, a pediatrician and executive director of Tibet Aid, visited Milton Academy on Thursday, January 31, to talk with students about the Tibetan people, both on the Tibetan Plateau and in the exile community. Her speech entitled "Tibet in 2008: What does the future hold?" focused on the relation between religious and political freedoms and the preservation of the indigenous Tibetan culture. Ms. Nolan has spent the last five years directing Tibet Aid's programs in India, Nepal and Tibet and has studied Zen and Tibetan Buddhism for almost 20 years. Her visit was sponsored by Milton's Tibet Club. Visit www.tibetaid.org for more information about the Tibet Aid organization or click here to learn more about the Tibet Club.
Kelli Edwards’ Work Showcased at the ICA in Boston
Performing arts faculty member Kelli Edwards was one of eight Massachusetts choreographers selected to create and perform an original dance for the seventh annual Ten’s the Limit dance concert at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Presented by World Music/CRASHarts, Ten’s the Limit showcases all-new contemporary dance pieces performed in ten minutes or less. Kelli, along with John Hayden (Class II) and recent graduate Samantha Yu '07, took the stage in the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA on January 18 and 19.
Milton Students Perform at MMEA Music Festival
Five Milton Academy students participated in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) Eastern District Music Festival hosted at Boston University on January 4 and 5. The festival is part of the MMEA’s mission to “promote the advancement of music education” and “encourage music activities among schools of the Commonwealth.” Auditions to select student performers were held in November of 2007. Among the talent selected were Kate de Stadler (Class II), Karen Lively (Class III), Jonathan Yu (Class III), William Yu (Class II), and Kimberlee Chang (not photographed).
“The MMEA festivals feature some of the best performers in the state,” said music department chair, Don Dregalla. “The Eastern district, which is new this year, features schools in and around Boston and is probably the strongest musically. For a school the size of Milton, getting five students into the festival is an achievement.”
Milton Dancer Selected for International Competition
Dylan Tedaldi (Class II) was among just 71 dancers in the world—only 20 of them boys—to participate in the 36th Annual Prix de Lausanne competition in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Prix de Lausanne is a dance competition reserved for young student dancers aiming to pursue a professional career in dancing.
“Of all the international ballet competitions, this prize is probably the most coveted,” said performing arts faculty member Kelli Edwards. “Just to be selected to compete is an honor.”
The Prix’s artistic committee chose the 71 dancers out of a pool of applicants from as many as 22 nations. According to the Prix de Lausanne’s Web site, Dylan was not only picked to participate due to his achievements to date, but for his “advanced technical skills” and his potential to “succeed within a dancing career.” The weeklong competition begins on January 29.
Talent Show Funds Community Service Trip to Belize
During the upcoming March spring break, 27 students and three adults will serve a number of community needs in Belize, Central America. They will help renovate school classrooms, assist with the installation of water pumps, and tutor children. To rally support and funds for the trip, the community service program will host a student-faculty talent show in Pieh Commons of the Kellner Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 5, at 7 p.m. The event includes entertainment from the Miltones, the Jazz Combos, Milton's Gospel Choir and, back by popular demand, the musical talents of faculty members Mark GwinnLandry, Gregg Reilly, Elaine Apthorp, Keith Hilles-Pilant and former faculty member Brick Moltz. The night will also include a raffle of Red Sox tickets, Bruins tickets, an iPhone and more. Tickets may be purchased during lunch in the Student Center on January 3 and 4, or at the door on the night of the event. Proceeds from the talent show and the raffle will pay for building supplies and other materials needed for the community in Belize where the group will be working.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…
House Traditions Ring at Milton
Tradition is a source of joy, comfort and connection for most of us. Milton’s boarding students may miss their families’ own special events until they return home for break, but they join with their family away from home in traditions that thrive at Milton.
On Academy Road, a giant “W” in white lights singles out Wolcott House. Paper snowflakes dot the windows of the Schwarz Student Center, and more than one faculty member sports a Santa hat. On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Robbins House girls hold their holiday decorating party; with paint and glitter they decorate wooden and glass ornaments shaped like snowflakes, Christmas trees, snowmen or Jewish stars. “We get paint on each other, we dance around and sing really loudly to terrible Christmas music—it’s such a fun time,” Olivia Woollam (I) says. “What’s neat is that a lot of girls in the dorm are Jewish, one girl is Muslim, a few are atheists, and nearly all celebrate Christmas in some way. Regardless of what we believe individually, we share in the cultural celebrations. The spirit sort of permeates across religious boundaries.”
Gingerbread Raffle Raises Money for Dana Farber
Each year before students leave for winter break, Milton’s community service program sponsors a gingerbread raffle to raise funds for a local or international charity. The student board has chosen to donate the proceeds from this year’s raffle to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Tickets may be purchased on Monday, December 10–Wednesday, December 13 at the community service office and during lunch in Forbes Dining Hall. Ticket prices are two for $5, five for $10, and 12 for $20. The drawing of the lucky winner takes place at the All-School Holiday Assembly on Thursday, December 14. This work-of-art (and candy) was once again created by Marjorie Stone, parent of Milton graduate Andrew Stone, Class of 1999.
Journalist Liz Walker Visits Milton
Award-winning journalist Liz Walker visited Milton’s campus on Wednesday, December 12, as this year’s Margo Johnson Speaker. Liz is host and executive producer of Sunday With Liz Walker, a half hour news magazine on WBZ Television. She joined WBZ in April of 1980 and anchored the station’s evening newscasts for almost 20 years. She is the recipient of numerous regional awards, including two Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award.
Liz Walker also co-founded My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian group building a girls’ school in the village of Akon, South Sudan, and produced a documentary about the organization’s work called A Glory From the God. An advocate of women's issues, she co-founded the Jane Doe Safety Fund, a statewide service group for victims of domestic violence. Liz sits on numerous community boards and is a spokesperson for people living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer survivors and at-risk youth.
During her visit, Liz spoke to Classes I–IV in the Athletic and Convocation Center during second period, followed by a discussion with students in Straus Library during third period.
Holidays and Music, Always a Pair
The much-anticipated orchestral and choral Winter Concerts entertained on December 7 and 9, bringing holiday spirit to the Ruth King Theatre.
The Chamber Singers and full Orchestra performed on December 7. Highlights for the chamber singers included rarely heard works by two Czech composers, Jan Vodnansky and Franz Kersch. The chamber singers and chamber orchestra will perform these two pieces later in the year when they tour Prague and Budapest during March break. The orchestra performed five pieces, including the very exciting Light Cavalry Overture of Franz v. Suppe. The concert concluded with a sing-along of Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride."
The Chamber Orchestra and Glee Club performed on Sunday, December 9. The chamber orchestra began the evening with two marches of Franz Schubert, followed by a Viola Concerto of Franz Hoffmeister. The viola soloist was Allan Jean-Baptiste, Class of 2008. The concert continued with works of Charles Ives and Beethoven. The Glee Club performed seven short works after intermission, starting with the Telemann "Alleluia" followed by the beautiful "Cantique de Jean Racine," of Gabriel Faure. Two folk songs followed, and the concert concluded with a work of Michael Haydn and the Gospel classic, "The Storm is Passing Over."
Tony Award-winning Actor will Visit with Students
Mr. Bill Irwin, a Tony Award-winning actor, as well as a comedian, dancer, mime and clown will be the Melissa Dilworth Gold Visiting Artist at Milton on December 4 and 5. Mr. Irwin’s Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor was awarded for his role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Edward Albee); he also appeared in Albee’s The Goat. You may have seen him in his Great Performances special on PBS, or as "Mr. Noodle" on Sesame Street. Bill’s talents are diverse: his career has also involved producing, directing, writing and choreographing. During his two-day visit to Milton he will work with classes and talk with students and faculty about these various art forms.
Historian and Filmmaker Co-sponsored by the AIDS Board and Visual Arts Department
Filmmaker Sam Kauffmann, associate professor of film at Boston University, will present his award-winning film, Living with Slim, to students from Classes I–IV on December 5. Mr. Kauffmann’s visit is co-sponsored by the AIDS Board and the visual arts department. In Living with Slim, seven African children, ranging in age from six to 17 years old, talk about what it’s like to be HIV positive. The children discuss how they felt when they first learned they were infected; the way they are treated at home and at school; and how the illness affects their daily lives. After his presentation, Mr. Kaufmann will meet with students during third period in Straus Library. Living with Slim garnered many awards, including the Special Achievement Award from the Boston Society of Film Critics; CINE Golden Eagle; Best Documentary Short, Woods Hole Film Festival; Best Documentary Short, New England Film & Video Festival; Audience Award, Best of Festival, Crested Butte Reel Fest; and the Jury Award, Best Documentary, Crested Butte Reel Fest.
David Auburn's proof is this Fall's 1212 Play
Under the direction of performing arts faculty member Peter Parisi, students take the stage in Wigg Hall this weekend for the 1212 production, proof. In this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, playwright David Auburn focuses on a young woman, Catherine, who has taken care of her ailing father for many years. Following her father’s death, one of her father’s former students discovers an important mathematical proof never seen before. In his quest to explore the origin of the theory, he realizes a visible proof of authenticity he didn’t expect to find. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, and Friday, November 30, and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.
Lindsay McNamara '05 an NCAA Champion
Aided by Lindsay McNamara, Milton Class of 2005, the Bowdoin College women’s field hockey team captured the school’s first-ever NCAA Championship on Saturday, November 17, in a game against Middlebury College. Lindsay, a junior, set an NCAA record scoring nine goals in the tournament, including three of Bowdoin’s four goals in the final game. This game finished off what was only the seventh perfect season in Division III history, the first since 2004. Bowdoin’s Polar Bears allowed three goals in the championship match-up, the same amount they had allowed—combined—in regular season play. In addition to setting a Tournament goal-scoring record, Lindsay tied a "Final Four" record with four goals over the course of the weekend and was named to the "All-Tournament" team. Lindsay is also a member of Bowdoin’s ice hockey team. Photo courtesy of Bowdoin College Web site.
Author Claire Messud '83 is Bingham Visiting Reader
Author and alumna Claire Messud '83 returned to campus on Wednesday, November 14, as part of Milton’s Bingham Visiting Writers Series. Claire’s first novel, When the World Was Steady, and her book of novellas, The Hunters, were finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award; her second novel, The Last Life, was a Publishers Weekly “Best Book of the Year” and an “Editor’s Choice” at The Village Voice. All three books were New York Times “Notable Books of the Year.” Her most recent book, The Emperor’s Children, has received wide acclaim; in its review of the novel, the New York Times Book Review named Messud an author of “unnerving talent.” She has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Radcliffe Fellowship, and she is the current recipient of the Strauss Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Claire spoke in Ruth King Theatre during second period and the conversation continued with students and faculty in Straus Library.
Established in 1987 by the Bingham Family—Barry, Edith and Claire's classmate Emily '83—the Bingham Visiting Writers Series brings writers, historians and journalists to speak and work with students and faculty at Milton. Other recent series lecturers have included author Lorrie Moore, novelist Zadie Smith, poet Michael Harper, novelist John Wideman and novelist Sarah Bynum '90.
World War II Veteran Ned Handy ’40 Speaks to Students
During World War II, Ned Handy, Class of 1940, was captured by Germans in April 1944, after his B-24 was shot down. Sent to Stalag 17, the infamous Nazi prison camp, Ned soon led an escape team determined to tunnel to freedom. Along with the unforgettable comrades he vividly describes, he worked relentlessly for months on a tunnel that was to prove instrumental in saving the lives of four fugitives sought by the Gestapo. One of those fugitives would become the only American ever to escape permanently from Stalag 17.
In 2004, Ned co-authored The Flame Keepers, a vivid first-hand account of an American soldier’s experience as a POW in Nazi Germany. Last year, Ned participated in Milton’s Advanced Oral Interpretation course project entitled Milton Generations: World War II. On Wednesday, November 7, Ned returned to campus to speak about his experiences to the student body during this year’s Veterans’ Day Assembly in the Fitzgibbons Convocation Center.
The Diary of Anne Frank, A Play About Hope
“We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means. I believe that it's everyone's responsibility to fight prejudice.”
- Otto Frank, Father of Anne Frank
Playwrights Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett based the original version of The Diary of Anne Frank on Anne’s diary entries, but her words were heavily edited and guarded by her father, Otto Frank. The present script, adapted in 1999 by Wendy Kesselman, introduces new material from Anne’s unedited diaries and fleshes out her true personality during her twenty-five months spent hiding in the upstairs annex. Though describing a harrowing time for the residents of the annex and their helpers, the play is nevertheless hopeful and, at times, funny. Director Debbie Simon says, “To me this play is about hope. The hope I see that the residents had in their hearts everyday in hiding; the hope that Miep Gies and Mr. Kraler displayed as they worked diligently to ensure their friends’ survival, and the hope that Mr. Frank expressed when he gave his daughter’s diary to the world to remind us all to look for hope even in the bleakest of times. [The cast, crew and I] have understood from the beginning that this play deserved our respect and attention, and we have tried to honor the people ‘for whom we speak.’”
Milton’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank will take place in Ruth King Theatre on Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. Please purchase tickets by contacting Dar Anastas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Olympians Compete on Milton’s Campus
Forty teams—with 518 athletes and coaches from Greater Boston and northern Massachusetts—traveled to Milton on Sunday, October 21, for the regional qualifying tournament for Special Olympics soccer teams. Volunteers, including over 50 from Milton Academy's student body, set up the event at the crack of dawn, ran the opening ceremonies, refereed the games, kept score, presented the awards, prepared and served lunch, and cleaned up the nine game fields at the end of the day. The Milton Mustangs Special Olympics team, which has practiced and played with Milton students on campus every Sunday, joined in the competition. Milton Academy will host an invitational basketball tournament for the Special Olympics in January and a track qualifier during the month of May.
David Lang's Circumstances Opens in Nesto Gallery
Milton Academy’s Nesto Gallery features the work of artist David Lang in a new exhibit that opened on Tuesday, October 23. The show, Circumstances, features an exhibition of David’s kinetic sculptures like Hospitality shown in the above photo. The exhibit will run in the Nesto Gallery, located in the lower level of the Science Building, from October 23 through November 20.
Professor Zheng is this Year’s Hong Kong Distinguished Speaker
Dr. Shiping Zheng, associate professor of political science and chair of the International Studies Department at Bentley College, visited campus on Wednesday, October 17, as this year’s Hong Kong Distinguished Speaker. Before moving to the United States to receive his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, Dr. Zheng taught in the Department of International Politics at Fudan University in Shanghai, where he also received his M.A. Dr. Zheng has been a professor at the University of Vermont and a visiting scholar at Harvard University, McGill University in Canada, and the National University of Singapore. Dr. Zheng’s research interests include theories of international relations, East Asian political economy, Chinese elite politics, and U.S.-China relations. He has published a book with Cambridge University Press on Chinese politics and contributed many book chapters and journal articles.
What’s Better Than Jazz on a Friday Night?
The Milton Academy Jazz Combos payed tribute to legend Art Blakey in the fall jazz concert on Friday, October 19, in King Theatre. The concert began with a performance by Sam Pearce and Jonah Francese on trumpet; Brady Caspar on alto sax; Kim Chang on flute; Suzanne Gallo and Ben Naddaff-Hafrey playing piano; Wyatt Cmar and Kyle Sykes on guitar; Lucy Kahn on bass; and Ethan Schneider on drums. The evening continued with a performance by Tom Shaw on trumpet; Barrett Takesian on alto sax; Nick Eisen-Berkeley on tenor sax; Steve Wagner on violin; Derek Huang playing piano; Jamie Maynard on guitar; Spencer Gaffney on bass; and Will Pride on drums. The last group to take the stage included Drew Hresko on alto sax; Chris Côte on trumpet; Samara Oster doing vocals; Adrian Alston-Moore on tenor sax; James Keefe playing piano; Will English on guitar; Alec Seymour on bass; Bernardo Schuhmacher on drums; and Will Davis on percussion. The performance included such classics as Blues March, This Here, A la Mod, The Soulful Mr. Timmon, Carava, and Up Jumped Spring.
Ian Cheney ’98 is King Corn
If the old saying is true—what we are is what we eat—then Milton alumnus Ian Cheney’s new documentary film released in Boston this week proves that we are corn. In King Corn, Ian and Curt Ellis, Ian’s best friend from college, move to the heartland of America to learn where our food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, Ian and Curt plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when the pair try to follow their corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm. Ian has been featured on PBS’s On Point with Tom Ashbrook, and his film has been the subject of features in the New York Times food section and the film section, as well as in the Boston Globe. Ian participates in other media features in Washington, D.C. next week, when the Senate takes up discussion of farm subsidies. He’s pictured here with his trusty truck—which accompanied him in Iowa—as he retrieved it at Milton for the trip to Washington. King Corn opens on Friday, October 19, in Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.
Milton Honors Teaching
Celebrating four holders of teaching chairs
We all understand that teaching is a calling. Naming teaching chairs gives the Milton community a chance to affirm how much we value our faculty, and to highlight several outstanding teachers among us. In a ceremony on September 29 recognizing four faculty members who now hold prestigious chairs, board president Fritz Hobbs ’65 quoted Joseph Campbell’s reflection that “The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” He underscored the essential role of Milton’s faculty in the life of the School and the extraordinary education gained by today’s students as well as alumni over many decades.
Journalist Nir Rosen Visits Campus as Henry Heyburn Speaker
Journalist Nir Rosen, this year's Henry Heyburn speaker, visits Milton on Wednesday, October 10, to talk about his experiences in Iraq. Author of In the Belly of the Green Bird, The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq, Mr. Rosen "has been hailed by The New York Review of Books as the reporter who managed to get inside Fallujah 'at a time when it was a death trap for Western reporters,' and as one of the few Western reporters able to report the truth from Iraq." Mr. Rosen will speak in King Theatre during second period followed by a discussion in Straus Library during third and fourth periods.
Excerpt from In the Belly of the Green Bird, The Triumph of the Martyrs in Iraq. © All rights reserved.
Milton Gears Up For Swap-It
It’s a dance; it’s a tradition; it’s a flea market with flair; and it’s fun: Swap-It. For more than 25 years, Swap-It has provided gently used clothing, furniture, toys, electronics and books for sale, to benefit the Milton Academy Lower School. Many members of the community anticipate Swap-It with excitement, particularly students who look to adorn themselves appropriately for the Swap-It dance, coming up on October 12.
Anyone who would like to donate clothes, books, toys, furniture, athletic equipment or electronics that someone else might treasure, can bring the items to the Athletic and Convocation Center. Lower School parents will receive donations every day until Tuesday, October 9, from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. On Monday, October 8, donors can also deliver items between 6 and 9 p.m. Swap-It is open to the public on Friday, October 12, from 6–9 p.m.; Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2–5 p.m.; and Sunday, October 14, from 9–11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Milton Hosts Parents' Weekend
On Friday, October 26, and Saturday, October 27, Milton Academy parents are invited to share in their child’s school lives by attending classes, meeting with teachers, talking with advisors, cheering on athletic teams, and learning about Milton programs. The schedule of events includes group meetings with Milton’s college counselors, Parents' Association receptions, performances and presentations, and much more. Interim Head of School Rick Hardy will talk about “Milton Today” and trustee co-chair of the head of school search committee, Jack Reardon, will explain the search process for Milton’s next head of school.
Click here to download a printable schedule (PDF) of Parents' Weekend activities. For more information, please contact the Upper School office at (617) 898-2145.
Nesto Gallery Presents Paintings by David Brewster
Recently joining Milton’s visual arts department, David Brewster brings with him nearly 20 years of teaching experience and considerable artistic talent. David’s paintings—which interpret varied landscapes and the objects within them—will be on display in Milton’s Nesto Gallery during the month of September. The exhibit, Paintings by David Brewster, opens on Tuesday, September 18, at 5:30 p.m.
In David’s artist statement, he explains, “Though I paint outdoors and regularly take the sky and the earth as my subjects, I hesitate to introduce myself as a landscape painter. I do not paint copies of nature. I am interested neither in sentimental imitation nor in minute technical specificity. I paint to investigate the history and current use or disuse of a particular space, building or environment. I am determined to recreate the astonishing beauty of natural forms in conjunction with contemporary synthetic constructions and incongruous alterations.”
David received his bachelor’s degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art and earned his M.F.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, he has taught painting and drawing in Pennsylvania, California and throughout New England. He has held fellowships and lectured across the United States and abroad, and at Milton he will be teaching several sections of Advanced, Studio and Class IV Art. The Nesto Gallery exhibit of David’s work will continue into October.
Graduate Sami Kriegstein Returns to Milton to Film Speech Documentary
Sami Kriegstein, Class of 2004, along with Erica Dasher and James Harvey, spent the week on Milton’s campus filming for a feature-length documentary tentatively titled Speak Easy. The film follows Duo speech teams from different states as they work their way towards the 2008 National Forensic League Tournament. Members of Milton’s speech team will be featured in the film.
“Our aim is to bring a greater awareness of Speech to the world; to give credit were credit is due,” said Sami and Erica, producers of the project. “The dedicated coaches and amazing kids who participate in this oft-overlooked extracurricular are truly deserving of such recognition.”
Milton Academy Wins "Whole Grains Challenge"
The Whole Grains Council named Milton Academy’s dining service team (FLIK) the winners of this year’s Whole Grains Challenge, a competition involving restaurants, schools and hospitals from across the country. FLIK won the challenge in the category of K-12 independent schools by demonstrating a commitment to serving whole grains. The Whole Grains Council, a consumer advocacy group, was founded in 2003 by a group of scientists, chefs, members of the industry and Oldways, the pioneer in successful promotion of healthy, traditional eating patterns.
Convocation: A Familiar Ritual
Milton students, faculty and staff filled the Fitzgibbons Convocation Center on Monday, September 10, welcoming the new school year in traditional fashion. The Academy’s interfaith chaplain, Suzanne De Buhr, led the invocation; Sabrina Lee and Henry Litman—co-head monitors—welcomed fellow students and passed along wisdom they have gained in their years at Milton. Both Sabrina and Henry received the James S. Willis, Jr. Memorial Award, given in memory of James S. Willis, Jr. ’50, “a gallant leader.” Upper School Principal Sarah Wehle introduced fourteen new faculty members, and Head of School Rick Hardy announced the appointment of faculty member Will Crissman to the George C. Lee ’47 Chair, a gift of the Lee family, awarded “to support excellence in teaching and to build community among junior faculty.” Mr. Hardy then shared with students “A Teacher’s Welcome,” honoring three adults who influenced him and stoked his passion for learning. He implored students to look to their teachers—and each other—for that same inspiration.
A Fourth Gold Medal for Milton Magazine
Milton’s alumni and parent publication, Milton Magazine, earned its fourth gold medal this summer in the CASE Circle of Excellence Awards. Each year, these awards represent a nationwide search for excellence in college, university and independent school publications. Milton Magazine’s gold recognition is in the category of independent school magazines. The Magazine’s most recent issues focused on trends in the college admission process; and alumni, students and faculty at work in realms of public problem solving. CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is the international association for education professionals in alumni relations, communications, and development.
Click here to view recent issues of Milton Magazine.
Milton’s Fall Plays: Making the Invisible Visible
The Diary of Anne Frank, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and Proof are three plays that will begin Milton’s 2007-2008 theatrical season. These plays are vastly different, but share one common theme. The main characters of all three stories appear unnoticed by the outside world, but ultimately find a way to become visible.
Claire Sheldon '06 Wins State Amateur Championship
Claire Sheldon, Milton Academy Class of 2006 and currently a student at Harvard, won the 104th WGAM Massachusetts Amateur Golf Championship hosted at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. Former captain of Milton’s golf team and winner of the Priscilla Bailey Award her senior year, Claire is preparing for another season on Harvard’s golf squad. According to the Crimson’s Web site, Claire “was fourth on the team in stroke average after playing in seven tournaments as a freshman” and “registered three top 10 finishes.”
Sarah Role ’99 Selected as Fulbright Fellow
A member of Milton’s Class of 1999, Sarah Role, has recently been selected as the 2007-2008 Fulbright Fellow to Paraguay. Sarah will research sustainable agriculture and development in collaboration with the Paraguayan Development Foundation (Fundacion Paraguaya), Paraguay's leading microfinance institute. Sarah will work with Fundacion Paraguaya to further develop its pilot "self-sufficient organic farm school," a model aimed at bringing free agricultural education to low-income rural youth throughout the developing world. Sarah was invited to Paraguay by the director of Fundacion Paraguay, Martin Burt, a world-renowned social entrepreneur who has served as both Vice Minister of Commerce of Paraguay and Mayor of the capital city of Asuncion.
New Media Artist, Mark Tribe '85, Stages Work on Boston Common
On Boston Common, July 14, 2007, Mark Tribe ’85, an artist and curator whose interests include art, technology, and politics, staged “Port Huron Project 2,” the second in a series of three performance and media events. Mark is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University, where he teaches courses on digital art, curating, open-source culture, radical media, and surveillance.
The Port Huron Project is a series of reenactments of protest speeches from the New Left movements of the 1960s and '70s. Each event takes place at the site of the original speech; a performer delivers the speech to an audience of invited guests and passers-by. Videos, audio recordings, and photographs of these performances are then presented in various venues and distributed online and on DVD as open-source media. The project is named after the Port Huron Statement, a historic document drafted by Tom Hayden for the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in 1962.
One-hundred-eighty-four seniors received their Milton Academy diplomas during the School's commencement exercises on June 8, 2007. A longstanding tradition of the ceremony is the election of student valedictorian speakers to assure seniors that they will, at their last Milton gathering, hear from classmates they have chosen. This year’s student body elected Kabeer Parwani and Jee-Ahn Suh. Delivering the commencement address was alumna and artist Sarah Sze, Milton Academy Class of 1987. Sarah is well known in the United States and around the world as a compelling contemporary artist. Her sculptures and installations are intricate works that use objects of everyday life in expansive or even dizzying relationship, making spaces come alive.
Click here to view photos and read speeches from the 2007 graduation ceremony.
Milton Places Third in Applied Science & Engineering Competition
Milton students placed third in the 2007 Tests of Engineering, Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) competition, a national tournament of over 1,200 high schools competing to solve real-world engineering problems. Milton's team of six traveled to Harvard University to compete in division 4 of the varsity teams, a group of high schools with similar admission policies and number of enrolled students. Milton’s winning team included (from left to right) Ho Chan Lee (Class II), Tim Fram (Class I), Ivan Kozyryev (Class I), and Coach Michael Kassatly. Team members not pictured are Austin Cheng (Class I), Kyle Song (Class II) and Yoo-Na Kim (Class I).
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