February 2019

Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners

Scholastic Art and Writing Award Winners

A “remarkable” number of student writers and artists were recognized in the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running competition to identify creative talent among students. Ms. Baker and Mr. Torney announced the winners at a morning assembly.

Scholastic works in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and the Boston Globe to judge regional winners. Gold and Silver Key winners are welcome to participate in the regional awards celebration, which will be held on March 16 at Tufts. Gold Key award-winning work will be exhibited at the Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional exhibition at Tufts University from March 16 through March 25.

Gold Key work is currently being reviewed at the national level in New York City by panels of creative professionals for National Medal honors. National Medalists selected by these panelists will be announced on March 13.

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Milton Students Travel for Music, Service and Cultural Exploration Over Spring Break

Milton Students Travel for Music, Service and Cultural Exploration Over Spring Break

The Jazz Band will make its 12th tour of South Africa this spring break, continuing a Milton tradition that began in 1992, band director and music faculty member Bob Sinicrope says.

“Each trip has a personality of its own,” Bob says. “A lot of it has to do with the students and adults, and a lot of it has to do with the itinerary. We’re going to visit some of the same places, but every time we go, we see something new. South Africa in 2019 is a much different place compared with 1992.”

The tour has three purposes: to play music at several venues, to provide a cultural and social-awareness experience for the students, and to have fun.

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CEPP Volunteers Make a Difference

Students in Milton’s Community Engagement Programs and Partnerships (CEPP) have been busy since the return from winter break, hosting the winter Special Olympics basketball tournament, a Red Cross blood drive, and helping other student groups to feed families in need, says CEPP director Andrea Geyling-Moore.

At the Special Olympics event on February 3, Milton hosted 16 teams from around Greater Boston—including the Milton-Quincy teams the Bulldogs and the Superstars—who vied for an opportunity to compete at the state level. The Special Olympics is the largest sports organization for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, and it is a regular CEPP volunteer program: The Milton-Quincy teams practice here on campus with Milton students as volunteers.

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Boys’ Basketball Advances to Semifinals

Boys’ Basketball Advances to Semifinals

The boys’ varsity basketball team finished their impressive regular season (19-5) with a 65-50 win over rivals Noble and Greenough in front of packed bleachers in the ACC last Friday night. Seeded 5th in the NEPSAC Class A quarterfinals, the team traveled to Suffield Academy in Connecticut yesterday to pull off an exciting 62-54 win. The boys now advanced to the semifinals where they will play Phillips Exeter at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at Exeter.

This year’s team had a deep bench and according to team co-captain Dan Schlakman (I), “Whether it was 10 points or 2 points or a pass or an assist, everyone contributed. No one cared about their personal stats, which was refreshing. We knew we could be a good team, and we went out excited to win every game.”

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Mert Bayturk Dominates on the Mat

Mert Bayturk Dominates on the Mat

Mert Bayturk ‘19 won an astounding three heavyweight wrestling championships over the past three weekends—the Northern New England Championship, the ISL Championships and the New England Championship. After competing in the 220-pound weight class the past few years, Mert found his groove this year by competing against other heavyweights (285-pound weight class).

Mert started wrestling the summer before his freshman year at Yaşar Doğu Spor Salonu, a wrestling club in Ankara, Turkey, where he spends the summers with his family. He says what he loves about the sport is that it’s “like a chess game, involving strength and technique.” Before his junior year, he sought outside opportunities to wrestle, establishing a connection with the well-known wrestling club, the Dungeon Training Center in Hanover, Massachusetts.

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Speechies and Debaters Continue to Make Their Mark

During Presidents’ Day weekend, Milton Academy students joined nearly 5,000 students from 426 schools in 40 states and eight countries at the 45th Harvard University National Forensics Tournament. Competing in a variety of events, Milton’s team members attained the following notable achievements: Nyla Sams (II) earned 12th place from a field of 340 entries in Original Oratory; Jack Burton (IV) earned 12th place from a field of 197 entries in Humorous Interpretation; Riya Singh (IV) & Zahra Tshai (IV) placed 30th from a field of 165 teams in Public Forum Debate, missing the first cut by 3.6 points. This tournament was their first debate of the year; and Jana Amin (III) and Maya Bokhari (II) advanced past the first cut to the field of 115 out of 340 original contestants in Original Oratory.

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Meet Xiaolu Shi

Meet Xiaolu Shi

Growing up in Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, Xiaolu Shi was happily surrounded by the past. The start of the ancient Silk Road, the Xi’an City Wall, and the Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army—all this history fostered his love of learning. Xiaolu worked hard in school, but at the age of 12, he lost his parents in a traffic accident. “After that, I studied much harder, because I had no one to rely on. I knew I needed to work harder in school to have a better living in the future,” says Xiaolu, who teaches all levels of Chinese at Milton.

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Talents Showcased at the One-Acts

Talents Showcased at the One-Acts

The student one-act plays are a venue for student directors and actors to showcase their talents in a broad array of plays and topics. This year there were three one-acts, completely directed, acted and tech-supported by students. Jennifer Lim (II) directed A Game which starred Brie Lewis (II), Charlotte Kane (I), Calvin Bonomo (IV) and Talia Sherman (IV).

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The Social Institute Returns to Milton

laura-tierneyLast week, Milton welcomed back Laura Tierney from The Social Institute, which has worked with schools, universities, teams and organizations to analyze social media use in the community and to educate teens about how they can be empowered through the digital world. During the Upper School assembly, Mrs. Tierney had students participate in activities and debate social media scenarios on topics such as cyber-bullying. View their website to learn more about The Social Institute.

Parents’ Association News, February 2019

Fun during exam week and a sweet Valentine’s Day

barn-babies-2The stress of exam week was lessened a bit again this year with the return of the Barn Babies traveling petting zoo and exam treats sponsored by the Upper School Parents’ Association (USPA). Barn Babies, held in the Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium, was wildly popular, with students enjoying holding kittens, puppies, bunnies, chickens, and even a feisty goat. The next day, each student was able to indulge their sweet tooth with a candy bar. Valentine’s Day was made a bit sweeter with Donut Day. Thank you to Meredith Hall and Jen Jordan for bringing these beloved events back to campus. Students look forward to these special treat days made possible by our USPA volunteers. 

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day

Welcome to the Port of Havana, with colorful tropical flowers and fruits, fedoras, napkin “cigars” and a Latin beat playing in the background. This is the scene that greeted Milton’s faculty and staff inside Straus Library on Wednesday, February 13.

faculty-staff-brunchEach year, the Upper School Parents’ Association puts on the breakfast and luncheon, along with a gift for each member of our hard-working faculty and staff. A favorite part of the day is the free raffle with prizes donated by generous parents. Some of this year’s prizes included a Bahamas vacation, a flat-screen TV, and gift certificates to local restaurants. The faculty and staff of Milton, who make such an impact in our children’s daily lives, also enjoyed a Cuban menu prepared and served by appreciative parent volunteers.

Special thanks go out to Nicole Lippa for chairing the event, Leah Goldberg for planning the menu, Ann Jenness for transforming Straus with her decorations, Meredith Hall and Jen Jordan for procuring donations and organizing another fabulous raffle, Kate Paiz and Veronica Geroukos for purchasing and wrapping the gifts, and Amy O’Conner for bringing the drinks. And, of course, thank you to all who contributed time, skill, money and raffle items to enable another successful event.

Panel discussion and social hour with Milton leadership

On Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. in Straus Library, the USPA hosted a panel discussion with Todd Bland, David Ball and Indu Singh, moderated by Rod Skinner, college counseling director. The evening began with drinks and light hors d’oeuvres, followed by a discussion at 8 p.m. The conversation was recorded for those who could not attend, available at: www.milton.edu/uspa-panel. Questions from remote listeners can be sent to uspa-questions@milton.edu.

Upcoming Parents’ Association meetings

Please note that our next meeting is a MORNING meeting, details below!

All are welcome at the monthly Upper School Parents’ Association meetings (usually held at 7 p.m.) in the Caroline Saltonstall Conference Room. For those unable to join in person, dial-in instructions to listen in and email your questions are in each month’s meeting invitation emailed about a week prior to the event.

Upcoming dates and speakers:

  • Monday, March 4, 8:15 a.m.: Caroline Sabin, English department, and Rob McGuirk, history department
  • Tuesday, April 2, 7 p.m.: Jackie Bonenfant, academic dean and mathematics department, and José Ruiz, dean of students

Preparing for the Winter Dance Concert

Ira Sobchyshyna (II) choreographs a Ukrainian folk dance that will be part of this weekend’s Winter Dance Concert. The event opens in King Theatre on Thursday, February 28, at 7:30 p.m., followed by performances Friday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Latin, African, Irish, Hip-Hop and Contemporary Dance: The Winter Concert Has It All

Robert Skinner (Class I) likens the campus-favorite Winter Dance Concert to a new episode of a beloved television series.

“There may be some familiar styles of dancing year after year, but the concert brings entirely different components with the choreography, new dancers, costumes and storylines,” Robert says. “It’s fun to see people performing a style of dance you never thought they would do, and it’s even better to see them performing that dance well.”

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Featured Videos

Student One-Acts

Watch these three one-act plays, completely directed, acted and tech-supported by students.

Post-its: Notes on a Marriage

Directed by Devon Whalen (II) and starring Sarah Acker-Krzywicki (I) and James Millington (IV), Post-its: Notes on a Marriage is about a couple’s relationship as told through notes they write each other.

The Universal Language

Directed by Clara Wolff (I) and stars Eloise Maybank (III) and Ben Simpson (III), The Universal Language is a comedy about the power of communication beyond words.

A Game

Jennifer Lim (II) directs A Game, which stars Brie Lewis (II), Charlotte Kane (I), Calvin Bonomo (IV) and Talia Sherman (IV).

Featured Photos

The Children's Hour

Performing arts faculty member, Eleza Kort, works with the cast of The Children’s Hour just before showtime in King Theatre. View photos of the performance.

Barn Babies

A petting zoo in the RSG: The USPA invites Barn Babies to campus to provide a much-needed respite during exam week.

Giving Is In His Blood

Campus Safety Officer Ronald Dardano goes beyond the call of duty, giving blood during Milton’s Red Cross blood drive this past Tuesday in Wigg Hall.

Abelardo Morell Brings Flowers for Lisa

Flowers for Lisa #1, 2014

Renowned photographer and this year’s Gold Fund visiting artist, Abelardo Morell, displays his work in Milton’s Nesto Gallery through April 26. His exhibit, I placed a Jar in Tennessee, begins with an opening reception this Thursday, February 28, from 5:30–7 p.m.

Join the Fun

Cheer On Our Teams

The spring sports schedules are online. Visit our team pages to view when and where the Mustangs will play. If you can’t make it to the games, view photos and updates on Instagram (@MA_athletics) and Twitter (@MA_Athletics).

Red Sox Spring Training Game

Join Milton Academy in Fort Myers for a Boston Red Sox vs. Pirates spring training game! Enjoy a pre-game buffet luncheon with Head of School Todd Bland, and then take in the game from the infield grandstand with your Milton friends. Few tickets remain, purchase yours online.

Tuesday, March 19
Pre-game picnic: 11:05 a.m.
Game: 1:05 p.m.
Jetblue Park, 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers, Florida

Questions? Please contact the development and alumni relations office at alumni@milton.edu.

Milton Giving Day

Milton Giving Day is April 11, 2019. Join alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends from around the world as we unite around the common goal of supporting all that makes Milton exceptional. Please follow along on social media!

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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