Category: Student Spotlight

Spring Sports Awards

Congratulations to all the student athletes who were honored at the Spring Sports Awards, and thank you to all the coaches who help make this season a success!

As well as teams, the following individual players were honored:

Most Valuable Player
Ade Olua ’17 – Badminton
Shannon Li ’17 – Crew
Ryleigh Cauley ’19 – Lacrosse
Kacey Deecher ’20 – Tennis
Marus Ludkiewicz ’17 – Track & Field
Connor Stevenson ’17 – Ultimate Frisbee

Most Improved Player
Prin Jitroongruangchai ’17 – Badminton
Avery Anderson ’19 – Crew
Grace Drost ’20 – Lacrosse
Nicholas Wang ’20 – Tennis
Ibrahim Koc ’19 – Track & Field
Vincent Pedersen ’18 – Ultimate Frisbee

Coach’s Award
Ludder Lu ’17 – Badminton
Jake Grondin ’17 – Golf
Talia Wiesel ’19 – Lacrosse
Beyza Tumturk ’18 – Tennis
Nicolette Peterson ’19 – Track & Field
Henry Ho ’17 – Ultimate Frisbee

Players’ Choice Award
Collin Wu ’19 – Badminton
Tim Yu ’17 – Crew
Kiara Rogers ’22 – Lacrosse
Eric Xiong ’19 – Tennis
Evan Murdock ’17 – Track & Field
Ethan Shelburne ’17 – Ultimate Frisbee

Thank you to Mrs. Cauley for the photos!

Kakar Signs with Barton College

Congratulations to  student-athlete Jake Kakar ’17  on signing with Barton College!

Kakar, a 6’4” shooting guard, received a scholarship to play basketball for the Division II Barton Bulldogs. Located in Wilson, North Carolina, Barton College is a private liberal arts school with a strong athletics program. In 2007, the Men’s Basketball Team won the NCAA Division II Championship.

“I believe Barton College gives me the best opportunity to be successful,” says Kakar. “It was a perfect fit, and I hope to have an immediate impact on the court and in the community.”

Nicely done, Jake. We wish you every success!

2016-17 Winter Sports Awards

We held our annual Winter Sports Awards event recently to honor some of our extraordinary student-athletes. Congratulations to those who received an award, and thank you to the teammates, coaches, and fans for your encouragement and support!

Most Valuable Player
Kacey Deecher  ’20 – Basketball
Dana Tate ’18  – Basketball
Jayden Holder ’20 – Basketball
Owen Albanese ’18 – Swimming

Most Improved Player
Jocelyn St. Onge ’18 – Basketball
Franck Kepnang Ndjong ’20 – Basketball
Jola Oke ’18 – Basketball
Rose Nguyen ’20 – Swimming

Coach’s Award
Emilee Auclair ’18 – Basketball
Austin Nzige-Nyambok ’17 – Basketball
Jayden Holder ’20 – Basketball
Whitney Peng ’17 – Swimming

Players’ Choice Award
Sarah Scott ’19 – Basketball
Jake Kakar ’17 – Basketball
Ethan Deecher ’18 – Basketball
Tim Yu ’17 – Swimming

Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College

Each January, our Latin students head to Mount Holyoke College for Classics Day. We had an excellent showing once again this year, with a number of students winning for artwork, oration, and Certamen competitions (sort of like Classics Jeopardy!):

Art Contest, 3rd prize in the poster category, “Roman Timekeeping”: Ethan Shelburne ’17
Art Contest, 2nd prize in the poster category, “Roman Women: Ideals and Realities”: Dolly Cupak ’17
Art Contest: 2nd prize in the model category, “Palace of King Herod”: Emmi Nunes ’22

Oral Recitation, Advanced Level, Poetry, 2nd prize: Yangshuyan Eve Rui ’17

Certamen team, Latin I, 3rd place: Ian Hua ’20, Jinglin Gene Qu ’18, Chloe DeAngelis ’20, Maddie LaChance ’20
Certamen, team Myth, 2nd place: Piper Polga ’22, Kyah Brown ’20, Lily Griffin ’21, Marie Hua ’22

Congratulations to the winners! Thank you to Classics teacher Mr. Taravella for the training and to all who participated!


Students Chosen for UMass Science Program

The University of Massachusetts MRSEC (Materials Research Science and Engineering Center) has partnered with MacDuffie to provide four students with a research opportunity in STEM.

Through ASPIRE (A Student-led Program in Research and Education), the Center’s graduate students (with faculty supervision) mentor high school students in a laboratory experience at UMass Amherst. As part of the 5-week program on Saturday mornings, students perform hands-on polymer laboratory experiments in synthesis, molecular modeling, 3D printing, and mechanical testing. Students also complete an independent project.

Vincent Pedersen ’18, Carrie Lu ’19, Anubhav Khanna ’18, and Jola Oke ’18 were selected after a rigorous application process. Candidates were chosen based on their application, academic standing, participation in extracurricular activities, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

“This external experience is beneficial in many ways,” said chemistry teacher Kristen Styspeck, who helped coordinate the application process. “It will give the students a real-world, hands-on research experience, allow them to make interpersonal connections at the University, and set them apart from others as they approach the college application process. It’s great to have a resource like the University of Massachusetts with which to partner.”

Congratulations to the participants, and thank you to all who applied. This is quite an honor!