Category: Student Spotlight

2016-17 Fall Sports Awards

We held our annual Fall Sports Awards event last night to honor some of our standout student-athletes. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all the student-athletes, coaches, and fans that made the fall season a success!

Most Valuable Player 
Grace Drost ’20 – Soccer
Devon Huard  ’18  – Soccer
Evan Murdock ’17 – Cross Country
Kacey Deecher ’20 – Volleyball

Most Improved Player
Mimi Jung ’18 – Soccer
Mason Baral ’18 – Soccer
Kezia Nunaki ’17 – Cross Country
Maya Levine ’20 – Volleyball

Coach’s Award
Ryleigh Cauley ’19 – Soccer
Julio Kbarek ’17 – Soccer
Ian Hua ’20- Cross Country
Amy Hwang ’18 – Volleyball

Players’ Choice Award 
Ava Marion ’19 – Soccer
Marus Ludkiewicz ’17 – Soccer
Josh St. Pierre ’17 – Cross Country
Donovan Richardson ’17 – Cross Country
Sarah Scott ’19 – Volleyball

Henry Ho ’17 Named Commended Student

Head of School Steve Griffin announced that Henry Ho ’17 has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Henry received a Letter of Commendation from MacDuffie and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic excellence.”

Congratulations, Henry!

Seniors Place 2nd in Regional Science Fair

Way to represent MacDuffie! Congratulations to David Goretski ’16 and Eva Lin ’16, second place winners at the recent Western MA Regional Science Fair competition, which was held at the MCLA in North Adams, MA on March 11.

Mrs. Anderson writes, “Of the 90 or so students who entered 75 projects, our school was the smallest of the high schools that were represented, and our two representatives, with their project dealing the effect of antibiotics on E. coli bacteria, came in with a second place. They are automatically eligible to enter their project in the state fair at MIT in May.”

Great job, David and Eva!

Mental Health Awareness Month

Submitted by Victoria Perez (’16)
mental health 3

May is the month of mental health awareness and I thought I would share with everyone some information when it comes to mental health and how you can get help or help someone in need.

 Some statistics:

  • 20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition. (In 2010, there were about 26,466,237 youths ages 13-18 in the U.S.  20% of 26,466,237 is 5,293,247)
  • 10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder.
  • 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder.
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10 – 24.
  • 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness. 

Everyday people are affected by mental illness and it’s not only teens, adults and young children also live and cope with devastating mental illnesses. As someone who is affected by mental illness, I feel that this it is very important be aware of how prevalent it really is. I hope that with the resources I am providing, you all will be more conscience about mental illnesses and I also hope to provide those who need help with the support they need to find it. 

mental health

Struggling alone with a mental illness is tough and I encourage those who are to find someone they trust and ask for help. That’s always the first step and the hardest! But it’s worth it 🙂 

There are many people who are always around to help (the school nurse, counselor, advisors, etc.) anyone who needs it, so please don’t hesitate to ask. 


1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Student Spotlight

student spotlight

Magdalene Taylor, Class of 2014, has channeled her frustrations with the college admissions process into a thought-provoking and well-researched article.

Her analysis of current trends in college admissions takes into account deeper meanings for the economy and society as a whole.

At MacDuffie, we want our students to approach matters critically, and think beyond themselves in order to grasp the “big picture.’

Judging from Magdalene’s perceptive writing, it is clear that she has done just that.

Her teachers can attest to that as well, based on her excellent work ethic and commitment to academic success over the course of her four years at the school.

The Springfield Republican certainly has recognized Magdalene’s talents and has offered her an internship, a nice coda to her year as Editor-in-Chief of the Magnet.

Congratulations to Magdalene for making her voice heard in such a clear and compelling way!

Read the full article here: