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Students Speak Up at State House for Voting Changes

Students Speak Up at State House for Voting Changes

Samantha Bevins ’21 testified before the Joint Committee on Election Laws at the Massachusetts State House on H.4161, her proposed legislation to allow young people who are 17 to vote during primary elections if they will turn 18 in time for general elections.

“We are simply trying to give those of us old enough to vote in the general election the right to pick the candidate for whom we will ultimately vote,” said Sam, who spent hundreds of hours researching and gathering support for the bill. Sam is a day student who lives in Hingham, Massachusetts.

Ben Simpson ’21 and Josie Vogel ’21 also testified with Sam, surrounded by classmates, a map showing the 24 states that already allow this, and the bipartisan support of Democratic State Representative Joan Meschino and Republican State Senator Patrick O’Connor.

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Wonderful and Worthy—Students are Already There, Talbot Speaker Says

Wonderful and Worthy—Students are Already There, Talbot Speaker Says

“How would you engage in your life if you knew you were wonderful just as you are?” Dr. Adia Gooden asked Milton students. “I want you to think about what you would have the courage to do if you knew you were worthy.”

Dr. Gooden, a licensed clinical psychologist, visited campus as this year’s Talbot Speaker. She is the director of community programs and outcome measurement at the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She spoke with students about the issues of imposter syndrome and low self-worth, things that make even the highest achievers feel as if they are unworthy in their day-to-day lives.

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LORAX Speaker Discusses Youth Advocacy

LORAX Speaker Discusses Youth Advocacy

Biology and climate solutions educator Eben Bein spoke to students last week about current climate legislation in Massachusetts. Mr. Bein, the New England Coordinator for Our Climate, was on campus as a speaker for LORAX, a student environmental club.

Mr. Bein discussed current bills at the Massachusetts State House, including the 2050 Roadmap Bill and H.2810, “an act to promote green infrastructure and reduce carbon emissions.” He also discussed the Transportation Climate Initiative and how to effectively lobby legislators for climate legislation.

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A Week Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A Week Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A series of events this week celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Organized by the Student Multicultural Programming Office, the theme is “Silence is Complicity!”

On Tuesday, students were invited to swing by the Schwarz Student Center to “take a stance” and take a photo with the commitment that speaks most powerfully to them. Director Ilan Rodriguez said the photos will be arranged into a collage similar to last year’s MLK student-made handprint collage.

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Welcoming Student Guests From Shanghai

Welcoming Student Guests From Shanghai

Four visiting students from Shanghai, China, spent their first day at Milton touring the campus, meeting with Lori Dow in the Admission Office, and having lunch with Head of School Todd Bland. The students attend the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University and are staying with student host families for their two-week visit.

The exchange program, in its second year, was organized by Shimin Zhou, a modern languages faculty member. Other plans include visits to Boston sites, such as the M.I.T. Museum and Robotics Workshop, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Faneuil Hall. The students will also tour the campuses of Boston University and Harvard University and spend time attending classes with their student hosts.

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Boys’ Varsity Hockey Wins the 2020 Tabor New Year’s Tournament

Boys’ Varsity Hockey Wins the 2020 Tabor New Year’s Tournament

Over the first weekend of 2020, boys’ varsity hockey took to the ice against strong opponents in Tabor Academy’s New Year’s Tournament. On the first day, they beat St. George’s 4–2 and then Winchendon 6–3, setting them up for the championship game against Pomfret.

In an exciting game, senior forward Tyler Crist shot Milton’s two goals against Pomfret—one shorthanded to start the scoring and one on the power play to make it 2–0. Pomfret scored with 1:20 to go in the third period but Milton held on for the win (2–1). Milton also saw some stellar goaltending by junior Chris Demers, who turned back 26 of 27 shots that he faced.

Milton is now 6–5–1 for the season. This is their second Tabor Tournament Championship in the last three years.

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Honoring Traditions Old and New, Boarding Houses Spread Holiday Cheer

Honoring Traditions Old and New, Boarding Houses Spread Holiday Cheer

For boarding students, the winter holidays at Milton are a time to celebrate, have fun, and bond together in the houses and as a boarding community, culminating in a boarder dinner just before break.

Each house has its own way of making the season special. “It really brightens the shortest days of the year and gives students an opportunity to give to one another,” says Millet House head Linnea Engstrom of the holiday traditions.

Wolcott boys decorated right after Thanksgiving, house head Joshua Emmott says. Tradition holds that Class IV students put up wreaths, while seniors string lights in the shape of a “W.” Perhaps not surprising to parents of teenage boys, a significant amount of food is involved in Wolcott’s celebrations.

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Imagine, Then Illustrate, Raúl the Third Tells Students

Imagine, Then Illustrate, Raúl the Third Tells Students

Raúl the Third, an illustrator, author and painter, found his first artistic inspiration in a library.

Born Raúl González in El Paso, Texas, the artist explained that his mother—frustrated with staying in a tiny apartment with three young boys—dragged the family to a public library. Mr. González recalled two sensations he would love forever: air conditioning and the smell of books.

He and his mother got to know the librarians, who would recommend books that helped them learn English. One time, a librarian asked Mr. González to describe a book.

“She said, ‘If you can’t tell me what your favorite part was, why don’t you draw it for me?’” he recalled in a talk with visual arts students during the Nesto Gallery assembly. “From that point on, every time I read a book, I created an illustration for it.”

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Deidre Dunn ‘95 Reflects on Taking Risks and Making Mistakes

Deidre Dunn ‘95 Reflects on Taking Risks and Making Mistakes

It is okay to take risks, get outside one’s comfort zone, and make mistakes, Deidre Dunn ‘95 told students during the Investment Club and Invest in Girls Assembly. Deirdre is managing director and co-head of global rates at Citi.

Deirdre said that even though she considers herself an introvert and dislikes public speaking, returning to campus to talk about her career was an easy decision.

“But not insignificant in my decision is something that I used to do by accident, but now I do on purpose. I pursue things that make me uncomfortable. You could almost say, I have gotten really comfortable being uncomfortable. And it has been incredibly powerful for me.”

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Heyburn Speaker Discusses New York City and the Sea

Heyburn Speaker Discusses New York City and the Sea

New York City’s vulnerability to rising sea levels and storms goes back to its earliest days, historian Ted Steinberg told history students during the 2019 Heyburn Lecture. Mr. Steinberg is the Adeline Barry Davee Distinguished Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University, and his work focuses on the intersection of environmental, social, and legal history.

Although, many residents were caught off guard by severe flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Mr. Steinberg said the “seeds of New York City’s expansion at the expense of the sea had been planted in the early years.”

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