Category: Academics

Summer Reading 2017

“A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”  – Samuel Johnson

The English Department is pleased to present the 2017-18 Summer Reading program. Each Middle School student must read one mandatory summer reading book and one selected summer reading book before the school year begins. Each Upper School student must read two mandatory summer reading books and one selected summer reading book before the school year begins. The exceptions are the two AP courses; both have larger reading lists.

The blurbs and thought questions are available through these links:

Summer Reading Blurbs

Summer Reading Thought Questions

Happy reading, students!

Red Carpet Awards 2017

Our annual Red Carpet Awards honored Arts students who excelled in the Music, Dance, Visual Art, and Theater programs. This fun, flashy event recognized Middle and Upper School students who made a notable contribution to the Arts at MacDuffie.

“Art allows us to do just that, to question ourselves and others and to be rule breakers,” said dance teacher Ms. Muzzy as the evening wrapped up. “We as teachers urge you to be big, bold and make mistakes, especially in the classroom. It’s when we step into the unknown and face our deepest fears that we actually accomplish creative, inspiring moments of truth and shine brighter.”

The following is a list of awards and recipients:

Multi-Program Outstanding Multi-Discipline Artist: Guo (Daisy) Cheng ’17
Outstanding Vocalist – Upper School: Courtney Hurley ’17
Outstanding Instrumentalist – Upper School: Camellia Liu ’17
Outstanding instrumentalist – Middle School: Marie Hua, Yunshu Wang ’21
Musical Versatility Award: Allan Wan ’17, Alex Wang ’18
Most Improved Vocalist Award – Upper School: Oliver Wang ’19
Most Improved Vocalist – Middle School: Madi Hernandez ’21
Most Improved Instrumentalist – Upper School: Celine Wang ’18
Most Improved Instrumentalist – Middle School: Zach Mavlouganes ’23
Excellence in Music Technology: Jonah Abrams ’19, Carlo DeFelice ’19
Outstanding Stage Performance: Kezia Nunaki ’17
Senior Recognition: Camellia Liu ’17, Daisy Cheng ’17, Allan Wan ’17, Ade Olua ’17, Presheila Pandori ’17, Kezia Nunaki ’17, Eveline Hamadi ’17, Steven Liu ’17, Brandon Hwang ’17, Haley Yue ’17,
Courtney Hurley ’17, Rustam Samimi ’17, Namphet Wongkanha ’17
Excellence in Technique: Ethan Deecher ’18
Excellence in Creativity: Georgianna Brown ’19, Talia Wiesel ’19
Excellence in Creativity & Technique: Nicolette Peterson ’19, Sarah Scott ’19
The Golden Easel: Alana Ford ’17
Most promising newcomer in Middle School Visual Arts: Julianna Mason ’23
Excellence in Visual Art Creativity: Victoria Vecchione ’21
Excellence in Visual Art Technique: Jillian Ouimet ’21
Excellence in Visual Art Creativity & Technique: Lily Griffin ’21
Most Promising Newcomer in Middle School Visual Arts: Marie Hua ’22
Most Promising Newcomer in Visual Arts: Daniella Tishchenko ’20, Ian Hua ’20
Choreographic Excellence Award: Delores (Dolly) Cupak ’17, Jing (Angela) Tang ’17
Performance Award: Lucia Deda ’17, Julio Kbarek ’17, Jordan Skibel ’18
Emerging Dancer Award: Hannah Donnelly ’22
Dancer Award-Silver Slipper: Sam Hackett ’17, Ratchadapor (Namphet) Wongkanha ’17
Dance Scholar Award: Chloe LaDuke ’19, Taylor Pluta ’18, Sophie Sharp ’19
Dance Service Award aka Right Hand Person: Zeynep Erol ’18, Florence Tshimanga ’17
Senior Dance Award: Alexis Chapin ’17, Daisy Cheng ’17, Dolly Cupak ’17, Lucia Deda ’17, Alexa Dermody ’17, Jake Grondin ’17, Sam Hackett ’17, Eveline Hamadi ’17, Courtney Hurley ’17, Jessie Hurley ’17, Julio Kbarek ’17, Ayano Kubota ’17, Movits Laowrattana ’17, Shannon Li ’17, Whitney Peng ’17, Mai Nguyen ’17, Prisheila Pandori ’17, Isabel Perez ’17, Cassidy Polga ’17, Angela Tang ’17, Tira Xia ’17, Namphet Wongkanha ’17
The Middle School Golden Flashlight: Victoria Vecchione ’21
The Golden Flashlight: Beyza Yilmaz ’18
Best Hot Glue Gun Operator: Seungyeon (Jade) Hong ’18
Outstanding Newcomer in Theater: Nam Vo ’18
Outstanding Supporting Performer: Long Chau ’18
Outstanding Middle School Performer: Sophie Stetson ’22
Outstanding Breakout Performer: Tae Seol (Kevin) Hong ’18
Outstanding Upper School Performer: Varona Maysonet-Ayala ’18
Edwin F. Lyman Technical Award: Alana Ford ’17
Special Achievement in Theater Award: Megan Jacques ’20
Senior Achievement Award: Eveline Hamadi ’17

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to the Arts faculty for cultivating creativity in our community.

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Science Fair 2017

Why do people prefer the left side of a face in a photo?

Could antibacterial hand gel work on plant fungi?

And colors: Which is best for reading retention, and which is best for portion control?

These are just a few of the questions posed at this year’s Science Fair, which featured projects from both Middle and Upper Schools. In addition to judges within the MacDuffie community, we also had area STEM professionals serve as judges (asking students questions and speaking with them in-depth about their projects). A special thank you to physics teacher Mr. Stella for coordinating the effort!

Harvard Forest Honors Biology Teacher

Biology teacher and Harvard University alumna Karen Anderson was recently honored  for her contributions to the Harvard Forest Schoolyard Ecology program. Specifically, she was recognized  for her nine years of dedicated project leadership of field ecology projects contributing to The Woolly Bully and the Hemlock Pest project led by Harvard Forest scientist, David Orwig.

Ms. Anderson’s Environmental Science class also went on a field trip to Harvard Forest.  Students shared their project data from the hemlock trees that grow on campus and met Dr. Orwig. The class saw first-hand the dramatic changes a tiny insect is making on giant hemlock trees in many parts of Massachusetts.

Congratulations to Ms. Anderson–our students thank you, and so does the environment!

Journalism Conference at Columbia

For the ninth consecutive year, our budding journalists made their annual trip to the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Spring Convention. The conference is sponsored by Columbia Journalism School and features seminars and workshops led by educators and professionals.

Dean of Students Alun Polga and Meaghan Quinn, advisor for The Muse (our literary magazine), chaperoned the trip. Both are also English teachers who serve as co-advisors for the online student newspaper, The Magnet. Student staff members of both The Magnet and The Muse attended the conference, which took place March 15-17 over Spring Break. The Magnet staff who came on the trip were: Editor-in-Chief Cassidy Polga ’17, Managing Editor Alexis Chapin ’17, Copy Editor Cecelia Messbauer ’17, and senior staff members Nicolette Peterson ’19 and Sarah Scott ’19. The Muse staff members in attendance were Editor Alana Ford ’17 and staff members Aurora Basnet ’19, Georgie Brown ’19, Craig Judicki ’19, and Cindy Nguyen ’19.

It wasn’t all work and no play…the group also took in the Broadway show Kinky Boots!